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Roundup: SDCC 2015 Exclusives and More!

Here’s the toy and merchandise roundup for June 2015 to help you catch up to speed with what you’ve missed in the past month. It compiles the latest major announcements and developments related to Star Wars toys and other products.

New Releases and Announcements

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The Star Wars Rebels Vinylmation set, featuring Chopper and Zeb, went on sale this past weekend at Star Wars Weekends. The product was announced late last month. The Rebels set is limited to 2,500 pieces and will sell for $29.95. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the set is currently only available at Darth Mall in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. The Inquisitor Vinymation will also go on sale on June 12, 2015. If you are looking for someone to pick up a set for you, Vinylmation World recommended C&D Disney Park Shopper.

Also available at Star Wars Weekends is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Force For Change First Order Stormtrooper pin and shirt.

playmation-star-warsComing October 2015, with the Star Wars portion arriving in April 2016, is a new system that plans to reinvent previous methods of play for the digital generation. Known as Playmation, according to the description, it is “the next step in the evolution of play, where digital gets physical and imagination becomes real. The groundbreaking system of toys and wearables uses smart technology to inspire kids to run around and use their imaginations, as they become the hero or heroine of stories from across The Walt Disney Company.” Click here to view the official announcement trailer.

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September 4, 2015, is officially known as “Force Friday“, an event where Star Wars: The Force Awakens products–from toys to books and apparel–will go on sale in stores around the world.

“[Fans] will be able to visit their local retailer starting at midnight on September 4, and are encouraged to document their experience using the hashtags #ForceFriday and #MidnightMadness.” Some fans even received an exclusive #ForceFridayCountdown Calendar, recording almost 40 years of Star Wars merchandise from notable brands, such as Kenner and Hasbro.

thinkgeek_han_solo_fridgeThinkGeek has an interesting item on sale: the Han Solo Fridge.

“The Han Solo Fridge really is big: it can hold up to 18 cans of soda. It’s also one of those neato fridges that cools or heats its contents (depending on which temperature you need),” states the official description. “And though the Han Solo Fridge be mighty, it’s still made to travel. It’s even got a handle on top for grabbing, which, let us tell you, is more convenient than carrying a huge block of flippin’ carbonite. Whether it’s blue milk or leftover bantha burgers, the Han Solo Fridge is ready for all your late-night bounty hunting. And by ‘bounty’ we mean ‘snack.'”

For other recent ThinkGeek items, click here.

SDCC 2015 Exclusives

The Hasbro Star Wars panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 will take place on Friday, July 10, 2015, at 12:00pm in Room 7AB. Follow the hashtag  for regular updates. In other news regarding Hasbro, the company has withdrawn from the 2016 Toy Fair UK convention. Read more about this latest development over at Toy World Magazine.

r2droidsjumbo1Gentle Giant Ltd recently announced one of their Star Wars San Diego Comic-Con 2015 exclusive products: the Star Wars: Droids R2-D2 Jumbo Figure. Digitally scanned from a mint 3 ¾-inch Kenner original, the Jumbo Figure was reproduced in 12-inch scale while also maintaining all of the original details.

“In 1985, everyone’s favorite protocol droid and astromech droid starred in their own animated TV series. Star Wars: Droids, featured R2-D2 and C-3PO on their early adventures that took place before Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.”

Read the rest of the announcement over at Yakface.com.

Infrared_Boba_Fett_HikariFunko announced the first batch of SDCC exclusives, including the Hikari: Star Wars – Infrared Boba Fett. Make sure to check back every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until June 29, 2015, for a new batch of exclusives toys. Also, for those attending SDCC, Funko stated, “In an effort to provide more of our products to Con-goers, we are NOT offering a pre-buy option this year.”

The_Black_Series_6_Inch_Force_Awakens_First_Order_Stormtrooper04__scaled_600Rumored to be a SDCC exclusive is the Star Wars: The Black Series 6-inch First Order Stormtrooper from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Jedi Insider provided an exclusive first look at the figure in its brand new packaging.

“We don’t have much in the way of details right now, but this packaging definitely looks to be some kind of special edition version,” wrote Jay Cochran. “We also know it comes with a thick booklet inside entitled ‘Evolution of the Stormtrooper’. Perhaps this figure will first be released as a 2015 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive like we have seen with previous Black Series figures in the past.”

Visit Jedi Insider for a gallery of photos.

Fashion

ThinkGeek has a handful of exclusive Star Wars maxi dress designs, the latest being the Tatooine Sunset Maxi Dress for any fangirl’s summertime wardrobe, “This maxi dress combines the length of a gown with the ease of a t-shirt for a combination that looks good both with a pair of sandals for going to the grocery store or with some spectacular pumps for a nice night out. With tank-top styling, this red blended jersey (50 cotton / 50 polyester) maxi dress has a slit on the right side and a landspeeder in front of two suns printed across the front.”

At ThinkGeek, you’ll also find an exclusive Lightsaber Ladies’ Tee by Her Universe. The shirt features crossed lightsabers in fuchsia and teal on black.

Poprageous recently released a new pair of leggings and a crop top inspired by the lovable BB-8 droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lisa Granshaw writes all about it and other fashionable items by Poprageous over at The Daily Dot.

Interviews and Other News

Although it’s not an interview, The Huffington Post did write an article about Colin Hanks’ experience regarding the lack of Star Wars merchandise for girls. “After being told that the light sabers were ‘in the boys section’, she picks out the light saber of her choosing and asks about the Princess Leia toy. One problem: they only had the ‘slave Leia’ … The only good to come from this is that, once again, my daughter makes me look at the world in a whole new light.”

Ron of MakingStarWars.net interviewed the Funko’s director of marketing, Mark Robben, at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. You can find the interview here.

Tim Veekhoven revisits a classic Star Wars toy in the latest Vintage Vault.

Pre-Orders

sideshow-collectibles-luke-skywalker-02Sideshow Collectibles recently revealed the Star Wars: A New Hope Luke Skywalker Sixth Scale Collectible Figure by Hot Toys.

The description reads, “The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the film, and features a newly developed head sculpt, specially tailored costume, LED-lighted lightsaber, a hat with goggles, a poncho, detailed accessories and a figure stand. The special edition includes an additional Stormtrooper belt with grappling hook, a communicator, and a blaster rifle.”

sideshow-collectibles-sandtrooper-003Sideshow Collectibles also presented theStar Wars: A New Hope Sandtrooper Sixth Scale Collectible Figure from Hot Toys.

According to the description, “The highly-accurate Sandtrooper collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of the Squad Leader on Tatooine. The specialized trooper features a meticulously crafted Sandtrooper armor and helmet with signature weathering effects, a highly detailed survival backpack, 3 types of blasters, a Patrol Droid as seen in the Special Edition of the film, and a specially designed desert-themed figure stand.” It’s expected to ship between December 2015 and February 2016.

anovos-star-wars-imperial-trooperThe Star Wars Classic Trilogy Stormtrooper Helmet Accessory is available for pre-order over at ANOVOS. The listing comes with two variants: a do-it-yourself kit for customization, or as a completed helmet that would be ready to wear straight out of the box.

The official description states, “Utilizing the best features of the various helmets made for the Classic Star Wars trilogy, this offering consists of the following features: gloss white PVC construction; distinctive asymmetry, an artifact of the hand-sculpted screen-used pieces created for the original production of 1977’s STAR WARS™ EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE, with replicated hand-painted style decoration; flat lenses for optimum visibility; and details matched from existing artifacts.”

Custom Products

Instagram user PrettyFuzzy created a handmade Ahsoka Tano doll using polymer clay. It’s exceptionally well done, and now I wish a young Ahsoka doll was an actual thing for young Star Wars fangirls.

Roundup: The Force Awakens Packaging, Disney Infinity, and More!

Here’s the toy and merchandise roundup for May 2015 to help you catch up to speed with what you’ve missed in the past month. It compiles the latest major announcements and developments related to Star Wars toys and other products.

New Releases and Announcements

star-wars-the-force-awakens-packagingIf you haven’t already done it, mark your calendars! Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys and merchandise will hit shelves on September 4, 2015, at 12:01 a.m. Also known as “Force Friday“,  various stores will be opening their doors at midnight for a grand celebration of this new age of Star Wars. From toys and collectibles to a diverse range of products, such as books and comics, eBooks and apps as well as stylish apparel and accessories, will be available starting at midnight on September 4. Fans are encouraged to share their experiences through social media using hashtags #ForceFriday and #MidnightMadness.

Enter for a chance to win the Star Wars Midnight Madness VIP Shopping Spree. Winners will win a trip to Toys “R” Us Time Square for an exclusive first access and much more.

Celebration-Anaheim-2015-Hasbro-6-Inch-Ahsoka-Tano-001-RebelScumScheduled to arrive in 2016 is Hasbro‘s The Black Series Ahsoka Tano 6-inch action figure. Originally unveiled at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, the figure received an overwhelmingly positive response from the fanbase. I briefly looked at a list of the existing 6-inch figures and it looks like this will be the first time a character outside of the original and prequel trilogies will be included in the 6-inch line!

Her Star Wars Rebels 3.75-inch figure was recently revealed alongside Darth Vader and that will be available later this fall.

Visit RebelScum.com for a hi-res gallery of Ahsoka’s figure. Continue reading

Roundup: New Rebels Figures, Star Wars Weekends Merch, and More!

The Star Wars Report‘s merchandise roundup returns this month (March 2015), compiling the major announcements and latest developments related to Star Wars toys and other products.

2015 TFNY Hasbro Q&As

In case you missed them, make sure to catch up with the Hasbro Q&As from February’s Toy Fair New York.

Sales

dorksidetoys-march-black-fridaDorksideToys is having a Black Friday sale in March! Click through the image above for additional details, and specifically, at what time the sale begins. Some items will be as low as $3.99! Star Wars toys on sale include:

Fashion

Norse Legion has a variety of licensed Star Wars jewelry, including Pandora style beads and charms. Fans looking to glam up their outfits should visit their collection and follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Norse Legion also has a small collection of Star Wars t-shirts.

Following the season finale of Star Wars Rebels, Her Universe unveiled a new shirt. Known as “Visions of Ahsoka”, the t-shirt has art designed by Dave Filoni. It’s currently available for $25 at the Her Universe website and it will not be available for purchase at Star Wars Celebration.

Announcements

In addition to the reveal of Ahsoka Tano and Darth Vader in the Rebels season finale, USA Today reported that Hasbro will released Ahsoka and Vader figures in the style of Star Wars Rebels later this fall. According to Yakface.com, the two figures will be sold together in the same package.

Funko announced that the POP! Slave Leia will be released from the Star Wars vault in celebration of the highly anticipated sequel. It will be the second POP! vinyl figure to return and it will only be available for a limited time with special packaging. The figure will be available in stores starting in April.

Coming October 2015 is the Snowtrooper 2-Pack ARTFX+ Statue by Kotobukiya. This reveal comes after the Star Wars Celebration announcement of the R3-A2 and K-3PO. Visit the Kotobukiya 2015 New York Toy Fair catalog for more information. (via Yakface.com)

The LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded will be coming out on April 28, 2015. The book contains 72 additional pages of new minifigures and includes an exclusive Prototype Boba Fett minifigure.

Star Wars Weekends 2015 returns Friday, May 15, to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. Disney Theme Park Merchandise is going to kick off the annual celebration with a ticketed event called “Galactic Gathering” on Thursday, May 14, from 10am to 3pm. The event will provide guests the first opportunity to purchase brand new products specially crafted for Star Wars Weekends. Visit Vinylmation World for more information.

Pre-Orders

You can now place pre-orders for the Darth Vader Premium Format Figure by Sideshow Collectibles and the Obi-Wan Kenobi Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys. The Vader figure is priced at $499.99 and the Obi-Wan figure is $219.99.

Other items available for pre-order, specifically at Entertainment Earth, include:

Roundup: Merchandise Pre-Orders, New Products, and More!

Every second Wednesday of the new month, I will publish a roundup that gathers the most prominent news related to Star Wars toys and merchandise, from figures to fashion. My goal is to catch you up to speed and bring to you whatever you might have missed the previous month. I know what it’s like to fall behind, so my roundups here at Star Wars Report will be your reliable source to make sure you’re on the same page as everyone else.

First up, February 14-17 is going to be a big weekend in New York City with the NY Toy Fair in town. Stay tuned for reports and updates here at Star Wars Report, since I will be attending the event as a member of press. In the meantime, check out 4lomkuss.com’s “NY Toy Fair ’15 — What to Expect” and Jedi News‘ LEGO update at UK Toy Fair.

New Fashion Items Inspired By Star Wars

her-universe-imperial-love-hoodieAshley Eckstein’s Her Universe recently added a new item to the Star Wars clothing collection. The Imperial Love Hoodie is both soft and comfortable. According to its description, “This top has more of a uni-sex fit. If you want this top to be fitted, go down one size. If you want it a bit loose, order your regular size.” As with any article of clothing, make sure to measure yourself properly and follow the sizing chart in order avoid mistakes. The Imperial Love Hoodie is priced at $40.00, and for a limited time, get the light side/dark side Hoodie Bundle for $65. Continue reading

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Jedi Visions: Insights or Opportunities?

Jedi Visions:
Mere Insights into the Future or Opportunities to Change Course?

In the most recent episode of Star Wars Rebels, “Vision of Hope”, Ezra Bridger has visions of fighting alongside Gall Trayvis, the self-styled “Senator in Exile” who has been the source of information (or misinformation) for the Ghost’s small band of rebels.  Despite Kanan’s warning to refrain from taking the visions too literally, Ezra chooses to act upon his insights, hoping to meet and work with this man he idolizes as a celebrity among rebel insurgents.

The events that transpire during this episode of Rebels has caused speculation among fans about whether acting on visions is encouraged among the Jedi.  (Check out RebelForce Radio’s Star Wars Rebels: Declassified episode from 4 February 2015 for their discussion about Jedi visions.)  Citing Yoda’s advice to both Skywalkers in the movies, it has been asserted that using Jedi visions as a guide for action is frowned upon by the Jedi Order.

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From the perspective of the movies’ initial release order, our introduction to acting upon Jedi visions is during Luke’s training on Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back.  While balancing in a handstand and levitating cargo crates and R2-D2 through the Force, Luke experiences a vision of Han and Leia suffering at Cloud City.  When Luke prepares to rush to their rescue, Yoda issues a warning: “Decide, you must, how to serve them best.  If you leave now, help them, you could, but you will destroy all for which they have fought and suffered.”

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Yoda, aware of the machinations and deceptions of the Dark Side, tries to persuade Luke to choose his path based on wisdom and discretion instead of emotion and attachment.  He beseeches him to continue his training instead of hurrying away to confront unknown threats unprepared.  Obi-Wan weighs in on the discussion, warning Luke that temptation awaits him if he leaves before he is fully trained.  Adamantly, the two Jedi Masters, Luke’s mentors, sternly attempt to steer him from acting rashly as he is spurred on by his visions of his friends’ pain.  Some see this as a possible judgment against acting upon Jedi visions of the future.

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In other instances, more blatantly foreboding in its decrying reliance on Jedi visions to govern one’s actions, are Anakin’s visions of his mother’s pain on Tatooine and later of Padme’s death in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, respectively.  Anakin’s nightmarish visions of his mother in peril causes him to leave his assigned post on Naboo in order to find and rescue Shmi from her Tusken captors.  When he discovers her, nearly dead at the abusive hands of the sand people, he erupts in a wrathful rage against the Tusken encampment, slaying men, women, and children indiscriminately.  Certainly, his willingness to allow himself to thoughtlessly follow his visions led to a growing darkness in his person — something that would manifest itself in the eventual rise of Darth Vader when he later acts on his visions of losing his wife during childbirth to the point that he betrays the Jedi Order and slaughters younglings in the temple in a vain attempt to save Padme’s life.

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For those who remember these bleak examples of the dangers of allowing Jedi visions to dictate a course of action, it seems reasonable to assume that the Jedi are not only cautious when it comes to such premonitions, but even to rationalize that acting on those visions is forbidden in the Jedi Order.

That is, until we consider what was revealed in the third season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars…

TCW Assassin Fortune Cookie.001In Season 3 of The Clone Wars, Episode 7 “Assassin”, Ahsoka has visions of Aurra Sing threatening to assassinate someone.  When she tells Yoda of her dreams, he informs her that she is having premonitions which can only be seen more clearly through meditation.  In saying this, he encourages her to focus on the visions — to seek to understand what they are telling her.  When she does so, she realizes that Senator Amidala is the one who is in danger of being assassinated.  She brings news of her visions to the Senator, who insists on going ahead with her plans to go to Alderaan in spite of Ahsoka’s warning.

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Determined to get a better understanding of what she has seen, Anakin’s padawan returns to her chambers in the Jedi Temple to continue her meditation, resulting in further confirmation that Senator Amidala’s life is in danger.  When she tells Yoda of her concerns, Yoda responds with the familiar words, “always in motion is the future”.  Similar to his direction to Luke many years later, he provides Ahsoka with a choice of whether to act upon what she has seen: “Choose you must, how to respond to your visions.”

Ahsoka Consults Yoda

As she accompanies Padme on her mission to Alderaan as additional security, she is plagued with uncertainty about her visions and how she should act upon them.  Her dilemma is punctuated by a rash response to her vision that turned out to be either misunderstood or a possible variation of the future of which Yoda spoke.  Yet, when she is convinced to act upon a vision a second time, she interrupts an assassination attempt by deflecting Aurra Sing’s shot sufficiently to save Amidala’s life.

Later, when Ahsoka realizes that the would-be assassin was about to make another attempt on the senator’s life, she prevents the second attack and enables the capture of Aurra Sing.

When Ahsoka and Senator Amidala return safely to Coruscant, Yoda congratulates Anakin’s padawan for her choice to act upon her visions in defense of the senator’s life,  “Served you well, your visions have, young padawan.”  He then encourages her to peer more deeply into the matter through her increased insight to discover more about the plot to assassinate the senator from Naboo.  The additional details she provides brings about the confession of Ziro the Hutt who was already imprisoned on Coruscant.

Although Ezra’s visions in Star Wars Rebels “Vision of Hope” turned out to be misleading, it is not a blanket condemnation against using Jedi visions to determine an appropriate course of action — rather it is an admonition to beware of allowing emotions to cloud one’s insight and discipline oneself to spend time and thought in meditation in order to better interpret one’s visions.  As Kanan teaches Ezra in the epilogue, “Visions are difficult, almost impossible to interpret,” Jedi visions do not forbid action, but are to be considered in view of the complexity of an ever-changing future.