Toy Fair NY 2015 kicks off tomorrow, Saturday, February 14, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Several toy announcements and updates have been made regarding future Star Wars toys and merchandise. Here is a small collection of news to keep you up-to-date with the latest.
Underground Toys Announces New Star Wars Themed Homewares Collection
Underground Toys is a leading manufacturer and distributor of licensed products, offering a variety of homewares and decor items. According to their press release, more items inspired by Star Wars are on the way!
This is an exciting time for Underground Toys as they continue to bring innovative ideas to market, providing avid Star Wars fans with cool homewares products.
The initial collection launched at the end of 2014 and has created a buzz amongst fans with products available for purchase in retailers such as Hot Topic, HMV, FYE and Books-A-Million.
Prime examples where functionality has been incorporated into an iconic Star Wars prop include Lightsaber BBQ tongs, fully usable and equipped with sound! These retail around $40 and are available in the U.S. and Canada now along with the X-Wing knife block, which retails for around $99.99.
Other items will include Darth Vader & Stormtrooper helmet salt & pepper shakers, a selection of worktop savers and R2-D2 & Death Star kitchen timers, all retailing for around $20.
These are just a few of the products in the Star Wars homewares collection Underground Toys will bring to market, with many new items ready for launch in the U.S. and Canada from June to October 2015. Watch this space!
JAKKS Pacific 2015 Star Wars Products
Leading designer and marketer of toys and consumer products JAKKS Pacific revealed three new 18-inch figures. Labeled as highlights for “boys” in their press release, completely disregarding the other 50 percent of their consumers, these figures will focus on three classic characters. It should be noted that no women characters have been incorporated into the 18-inch, 20-inch, or 31-inch lines.
Star Wars Classic 18” Yoda
“Do or do not…there is no try.” This is the wisdom of Jedi Master Yoda from the Star Wars Universe. A fierce fighter, brilliant strategist and envoy of the Force, Yoda comes to life as an 18” action figure. The figure features authentic details including Yoda’s fabric robe and signature cane. The 18” Yoda comes with multiple points of articulation so he can be posed in almost any way you want! This is the perfect gift for kids and collectors alike. (SRP $34.99, Ages 3+)
Star Wars Classic 18” Bossk
The Trandoshan bounty hunter with a natural hatred of the Wookiee species is now available as a dynamic action figure in the 20” Star Wars line from JAKKS Pacific. Featuring multiple points of articulation, highly detailed deco, and his signature Relby-v10 micro grenade launcher, owning the 18” Bossk Big Fig is essential to complete a JAKKS Pacific Star Wars collection! (SRP $19.99, Ages 3+)
Star Wars Classic 18” R2-D2
Everyone’s favorite Astromech comes to life straight out of the Star Wars Universe! Now kids and collectors alike can own their very own R2 unit that stands 18” tall and has three points of articulation. (SRP $49.99, Ages 3+)
Hasbro’s BLADEBUILDERS and FURBACCA
Hasbro unveiled a brand new line called Star Wars Bladebuilders. The line will launch later in the fall, allowing children to assemble a lightsaber from their own imagination. Read the USA Today announcement for more information. (via Yakface.com, Jedi News UK)
Star Wars BLADEBUILDERS STAR WARS® BLADEBUILDERS JEDI MASTER LIGHTSABER
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 2015)
The definitive Lightsaber of the BLADEBUILDERS system provides kids with the unique components needed to create the weapons their imagination can conjure. The Jedi Master Lightsaber comes with main Lightsaber featuring lights and sounds, two independently-lit lightdaggers, expansion hilt, 2 elbow connectors, dual connector, and cross connector. Requires three AAA batteries — demo batteries included.
STAR WARS® BLADEBUILDERS ELECTRONIC LIGHTSABER ASST
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2015)
Harness the power of the most iconic JEDI and SITH from the STAR WARS saga and fuse their Lightsabers with other components across the BLADEBUILDERS system (each sold separately) to create incredible weapons. Electronic Lightsaber comes with main Lightsaber with lights and sounds, and connector. Choose from OBI-WAN KENOBI, DARTH VADER, and LUKE SKYWALKER. Each sold separately. Requires three AAA batteries. Batteries not included.
STAR WARS® BLADEBUILDERS FOAM LIGHTSABER ASST
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Fall 2015)
Introducing a new way to wield a Lightsaber! New Foam Lightsabers provide movie-accurate looks with a soft foam material for amazing fun. Each Lightsaber is compatible and combinable with other BLADEBUILDERS Lightsaber components (sold separately). Choose from YODA, DARTH VADER, and LUKE SKYWALKER. Each sold separately.
STAR WARS® BLADEBUILDERS EXTEND LIGHTSABER ASST
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Fall 2015)
Grab your favorite character’s Lightsaber hilt and with the flick of your wrist the blade extends and you are ready for battle! Each Lightsaber is compatible and combinable with other BLADEBUILDERS Lightsaber components (sold separately). Choose from ANAKIN SKYWALKER, DARTH VADER, and LUKE SKYWALKER. Each sold separately.
Designed by June Shieh, Hasbro also revealed a Furby inspired by everyone’s favorite Wookiee, Chewbacca. Mashable has more information about the little fuzzball and you can see it move and talk in this Vine. A life-size version can also be seen walking around Times Square in New York City.
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/Available: Fall 2015)
For the first time ever, HASBRO is bringing FURBY to the world of STAR WARS with FURBACCA! This fully integrated toy and app speaks wookiee just like CHEWBACCA, hums theme songs from the STAR WARS movies, plays virtual games, and much more! FURBACCA takes kids on a STAR WARS themed digital adventure via their mobile device as they explore the galaxy and collect virtual Star Wars FURBY FURBLINGS. The free FURBACCA app will be available for download in the App Store and Google Play in Fall 2015. The FURBACCA app is not required for FURBACCA play. Includes bandolier accessory. Requires four “AA” batteries, not included.
Hasbro Investor Presentation Images
Yakface.com has a collection of Hasbro’s Investor Presentation slides that were shown earlier today. The images include future products, such as Play-Doh’s Star Wars Can-Heads and another look at the Hero Mashers line with Darth Vader, Yoda, and a stormtrooper.
To see the rest of the images, visit Yakface.com.
New LEGO Star Wars Sets In 2015
LEGO recently announced new LEGO Star Wars sets for 2015. According to their press release, “From smaller sets featuring droids and inventive microfighters, to larger sets featuring iconic vehicles and starships, to a new line of constructible figures, the 2015 LEGO Star Wars collection is one of the largest and most diverse since its launch in 1999. Sets feature characters and vehicles from the classic Star Wars saga, the new Star Wars Rebels™ animated series and the highly anticipated seventh film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Jill Wilfert, vice president of licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group, said, “As we all eagerly anticipate Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiering in December, 2015 gives LEGO Star Wars fans a chance to build and play based on all of the existing Star Wars stories. For more than 15 years, children and kids at heart have told and retold the Star Wars story through LEGO brick play and this year we will give them even more characters and elements to recreate the epic saga – including several sets with which to add Star Wars: The Force Awakens to their building adventures.”Powered by Sidelines