Here’s the toy and merchandise roundup for July 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.
Disney Infinity 3.0 has certainly grabbed the attention of the Star Wars community. Some are looking forward to the game, while many more are looking to collect the figures attached to it. Later this year, certain figures will be exclusive to a handful of retailers for a limited time. If you’re looking to collect the sets, check out this list from the Infinity Inquirer:
- GameStop: Zeb (free shipping $25+, or in-store pickup)
- Target: Sabine (free shipping $25+)
- Toys ‘R’ Us: Ezra (not available online yet)
- Walmart: Kanan (Free shipping, or in-store pickup)
This past holiday weekend, the Ezra Bridger Vinylmation figure went on sale at D-Street locations. There’s the standard Ezra Bridger figure as well as the variant version with his custom-painted helmet.
If you are unable to get one in person, I highly recommend searching eBay, since many users tend to offer it through that service.
StarWars.com, Hasbro, and fan sites joined forces over the past few weeks to conduct a massive fan poll to see which character will be made into the next 6-inch Black Series figure. To place your final vote, head on over to StarWars.com.
Sign up with Hasbro Pulse to receive news and information regarding upcoming reveals for your favorite brands, behind the scenes look with Hasbro designers, participating in fan polls, and much more. Read more about it over at Yakface.com.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Hasbro’s First Order Trooper will be making its debut at San Diego Comic-Con. Read up on the description about the figure, as posted by MakingStarWars.net:
“Shock Troopers clad in white armor first appeared on the Galactic Stage during the opening battles of the Clone Wars. Clone Trooper Armor became iconic almost immediately; Its stark white design stood for hope that peace and stability might be restored to a galaxy at war. But this dream of peace died with the Republic, and the Empire that rose to take its place imposed order by any means necessary. Soldiers within The Grand Army of the Republic were given a new name: Stormtroopers. As these former protectors of galactic peace mercilessly crushed resistance across the galaxy, their white armor came to symbolize oppression and indomitable power of the Emperor’s will. Yet the tyranny of Imperial Rule sparked Rebellion, and the Stormtrooper legions were scattered in the aftermath of the Empire’s fall. Now, the rise of the first order ushers in the next chapter in the Stormtrooper’s legacy as a new era of ruthless brutality begins.”
To celebrate the highly anticipated release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mattel will be making the first character car based on the First Order Stormtrooper. The Star Wars-themed Hot Wheels character car will be available in its exclusive packaging for $10.
Although it’s currently out of stock, make sure to check back and get your teaser poster of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens from Disney Movie Rewards. Read more about the announcement over at Yakface.com.
Earlier this week, Hot Toys announced via Facebook a 1/6th Scale Millennium Falcon Cockpit Collectible. “An incredibly detailed prototype of the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit will makes its first appearance at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con this week, so don’t miss the chance to check it out at Booth #1929 during the event!”
Coming soon to Sideshow Collectibles is the Sixth Scale Imperial AT-AT Driver Figure. “Trained to pilot the All Terrain Armored Transport, these tried and true soldiers of the Empire had one intense job! Following the releases of Sideshow’s other Star Wars pilots of Luke Skywalker: Red Five X-Wing and Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot will be the Imperial AT-AT Driver sixth scale figure! This Empire soldier will be available for Pre-Order in the future! Attending Comic-Con in San Diego in 2015? Be sure to stop by the Sideshow booth to see the full figure with your own eyes!”
Also coming soon to Sideshow Collectibles is the R2-Q5 Imperial Astromech Droid Sixth Scale Figure. “Rolling in the footsteps of the droids R2-D2 and R5-D4, R2-Q5 is outfitted perfectly to serve the Empire as an Imperial droid. Those attending Comic-Con in San Diego in 2015 will get a chance to see R2-Q5 in person. Star Wars fans, be sure to sign up above to get updates on this upcoming release!”
Priced at $219.99, you can now pre-order the Jawa Sixth Scale Figure Set over at Sideshow Collectibles. “Ready to peddle their hastily refurbished finds, the Jawas are equipped with an impressive cache of weapons and accessories, including a space thermos, welder, droid caller, magnetic restraining bolt, a blaster pistol which fits neatly in a belt holster, and a droid-stunning Ion Blaster for difficult acquisitions.”
More San Diego Comic-Con Previews/Exclusives
Recently announced as an item you will be able to see in person at San Diego Comic-Con, the Ralph McQuarrie Boba Fett Statue from the Star Wars Concept Artist Series will also be made available for pre-order in the near future.
Once again, if you’re attending Comic-Con in the next few days, make sure to stop by the Sideshow Collectibles booth to see the Darth Maul Sixth Scale Figure! It will also be made available for pre-order soon on their website, so stay tuned for further updates.
Find the 20-inch “First Appearance Boba Fett” at the JAKKS Pacific booth for $50. “The outfit is from Boba Fett’s first public appearance in the San Anselmo County Fair on September 24, 1978, marching alongside Darth Vader. The armor, worn by assistant film editor Duwayne Dunham, features several differences such as the brightly colored blue jump suit, yellow and red armor highlights, and tribal marks on the helmet.” (via StarWars.com)
Available from Gentle Giant is the Prototype Boba Fett Mini Bust based on the 1978 early concept art by Ralph McQuarrie and Jon Johnston. “Digitally sculpted by master artisans using actual archival footage and designs, each piece comes individually numbered with a matching certificate of authenticity.” The SDCC exclusive is fresh out of pre-orders, but stop by the booth to see the bust in person. Gentle Giant is also bringing the Droids Boba Fett Jumbo Figure and Droids R2-D2 Jumbo Figure.
Acme Databank will be debuting five new Star Wars Rebels character keys at San Diego Comic-Con. The characters include Chopper, Ezra Bridger, the Inquisitor, Kanan Jarrus, and Sabine Wren.
At the Entertainment Earth booth, you will find the JAKKS Hologram Darth Vader. The figure features seven points of articulation as well as LED light-up effects. Read more about it over at StarWars.com. You can also find the online listing here at Entertainment Earth.
Earlier this month, Funko announced the return of the POP! Star Wars: Jawa. “We’re celebrating this Throwback Thursday by taking Jawa out of The Vault! These famous scavengers appear throughout the Star Wars series and are best-known for their glowing yellow eyes! As with all of our Pop!s from The Vault, Jawa comes in updated packaging! Make sure to get yours before the whole clan is gone again!”
Well hello there!
The good folks over at Topps have sent some cool info about their presence at SDCC this year. They will be located in the Lucas Pavilion – Booth 2913-J with exclusive merch, a giveaway, and products demos.
Check it out!
We will have 10 sets of oversized cards for sale.
Each set will feature 10 classic characters on iconic Topps vintage designs.
Each set will cost $20 (tax included).
Characters include Luke, Leia, Han, Vader, Boba Fett, Chewy, The Droids, The Empire, The Rebel Alliance, and Yoda.
We will be revealing one card from each set every day until SDCC on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OfficialToppsStarWars using the hashtag #10RevealsIn10Days
Product Demo #1: Star Wars Card Trader App by Topps:
Our Topps Star Wars digital team will be on hand to answer all your questions about the new Star Wars Card Trader App by Topps.
They will be doing one-on-one Q&A’s as well as live demos.
There will also be an exclusive card in the cantina that weekend for SDCC attendees
Product Demo #2: Topps Star Wars Galactic Connexions trading discs:
Topps will debut its new collectable discs Galactic Connexions.
We will display an array of character from the set and have game demos.
*More to come after we reveal product details at SDCC*
We will be giving away an exclusive Galactic Connections disc at the show.
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
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.
Coming 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.
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 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
#HasbroSDCC 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.
Gentle 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.
Funko 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.”
Rumored 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.
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.”
Tim Veekhoven revisits a classic Star Wars toy in the latest Vintage Vault.
Sideshow 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 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.
The 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.”
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.
Greetings Fanboys, Fangirls, EU Fans, and returning Beyonders!
And welcome to Star Wars Beyond the Films!
This week, true believers, your EU Guru Nathan P. Butler, and The Defender of the EU Mark Hurliman, take you on a wild adventure as they explore the recent news that came out of San Diego Comic Con 2012 (SDCC), and how it effects your EU.
Some things that were recently discussed at SDCC:
- Vader’s Little Princess (like Vader and Son)
- A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure like Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy
- Darth Maul: Death Sentence (comic series)
- Lost Tribe of the Sith: Spiral (comic series)
- Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets (comic series)
- Dawn of the Jedi: Prisoner of Bogan (comic series)
- Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebbon(new novel)
- Mercy Kill (Hardcover -comes out this month)
- Star Wars by Brian Wood (ongoing comic series; THE ONE TO WATCH)
- Essential Readers Companion (Essential Guide)
- The Old Republic: Annihilation by Karpyshyn (novel)
- Scoundrels by Zahn (novel)
- Last of the Jedi (standalone novel)Ever since Emperor Palpatine’s Order 66–which called for the execution of all Jedi–Jax Pavan is the last Knight around to fight the dark side of the Force. Together with his droid I-5, Jax has eluded Vader time and again, all the while wreaking havoc against the Empire through the underground resistance on Coruscant. But now the Rebel’s leader on the city-planet has been captured, and it’s up to the Last Jedi to ride again…possibly for one final adventure.”
Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia have spent a lifetime fighting wars, bringing the Jedi back from extinction, raising families, and saving the galaxy more times than they can count. They’ve earned the right to rest on their laurels and let the younger generation shoulder the burden–but fate has another adventure in store for our heroes, a quest only they can tackle and hope to survive…”
Crucible leads Mark into pondering a death of one of the Big 3. He explains why readers would get more out of witnessing the deaths of the Big 3 and the reactions of the rest of the cast, compared to the idea that it should happen off page. Han dies first?
There will also be 5 – 8 issues per year from the following comic series:
- Agent of the Empire (Hard Targets this time around)
- Dawn of the Jedi (Prisoner of Bogan this time around)
We will get 5 issues per year of:
- Dark Times (just finished Into the Wilderness)
- Darth Vader (currently Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison)
There will also be TWO ongoing series:
- Star Wars
We will get 8 issues per year of a new ongoing series that has not yet been given a title. We’re betting this is the same series as above.
There are no current plans to bring back Invasion, The Old Republic, or Jedi… This causes Mark to rant a bit.
Nathan focuses on the marketing and the term “accessible” and what that means. And Mark ponders the need to explore some of the most mined parts of the saga in the name of accessibility. Have we not had retcons, but instead Reboots this whole time? The hosts are all for new stories. And Nathan lays out the gauntlet of stories set between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back right where the new “Star Wars” series plans to start. It makes it hard to envision this series NOT causing a continuity flubbup. Mark explains how you can’t add minutes to a day, and calls a spade a spade. In a “what?!” Rant that sets both hosts into a fun little moment.
Randy Stradley writes about Invasion-
There are lots of reasons why some series don’t go where we thought they would (disappointing sales, writer’s get stalled on where to take stories, other higher profile projects takeover the publishing slot, and so on), and I’m not going to list the reasons for our decisions for ending or continuing any given series.
I will say this: feedback from comics retailers and bookstore buyers (the people who actually order our books) indicates overwhelmingly that they want more titles that are accessible to casual fans. For instance, Dawn of the Jedi and Legacy, each being at relatively continuity-free ends of the timeline are good fits. The new Star Wars series, which is designed so that readers need know nothing more than what happened in A New Hope is another good jumping on point.
This doesn’t mean that everything we publish will fall into those kinds of categories, but it is a fact that the more accessible titles (or those which focus on important movie characters) sell better than those that require readers to be familiar with Expanded Universe continuity. We totally get that hardcore or longtime fans would like more exploration of the “between times,” but the fact is that sales of those projects don’t come up to the levels of the more accessible story lines. Every decision we make is a balancing act between art and commerce. That’s why I have said — and will continue to say — that telling a good story is far more important than connecting the dots between existing continuity landmarks. A really good story is always receive more consideration from me than one that exists primarily to fill-in the blanks.
Does it make fitting the stories more difficult to fit together when the newer materials ignore previous stories due to how obscure they are? Nathan and Mark try hard not to rant and rave, as they discuss all the various things that came from SDCC.
Wait… the EU isn’t a part of Star Wars?! The hosts ponder a great many things this week. They also focus on the marketing choices by Dark Horse and Del Rey.
There is a lot going on this week. A must listen episode if ever the dynamic duo have ever recorded one.