Rumor Report: Interactive Plans for The Last Jedi Figures?

Rebelscum has posted a rumor regarding possible features/interactivity built into the new Hasbro figures for The Last Jedi. If you’re old enough to remember CommTech chips, the “Force Link Bracelet” sounds a bit familiar. Head on over to Rebelscum for the details.

UPDATE: After some independent research, it looks like the vehicles will also be compatible with this “Force Link” technology.

  • CT-7567

    $8 is pushing it. I really enjoyed them at $6, with the MS sets for $10. They felt like fair prices. Anything more than $7.99 would be a big mistake. Id like to say I wouldn’t buy them, but I definitely wouldn’t try to get evey figure. I just want a Luke from TFA and his new TLJ costume. Regardless of how good the films are, it’s Luke so I want him. I’m really getting fed up with Hasbro. The 6″ line is basically an online exclusive now. TVC is returning, but if I know the current SW team, it’ll just be a wide release of what we’ve been getting in the Walmart line, just on vintage cards and for more money. My guess is that the first wave will be all repacks of the “new” figures from the Walmart line. Also, it seems likely that there will be a heavy focus on new material. We’re supposed to get more figures per annum, but even if that’s 30-40 figures, how many will be from TLJ and Solo films? I’m hoping I’ll like TLJ more than TFA, but recent leaks have me expecting the worst. I’m dead against the Solo movie. I like t get figures from movies I like. I don’t see many slots in the new TVC reserved for OTPT figures. I hope I’m wrong. Between the distribution of TBS6, possible price increase for TLJ figures(from a movie that may not be so great) and a likely strong focus on the Disney movies in TVC I’m starting to think it’s time to quit and just enjoy what I already have.

  • Bombadgungan

    I never had a problem with CommTech. I thought it was a neat idea that added something unique to the figures of 1999. Have I been campaigning to have this feature brought back? No, but I feel pretty comfortable that this will be reserved for the mainline 5-POA figures and not be apart of The Vintage Collection, so its an non-issue. If they keep it as a separate piece, i.e. a stand or integrate it seamlessly with the [5POA] figure so as not to make it big and clunky of hinder the articulation even further, I’m fine with it. Ultimately Hasbro and the retailers are going to charge what they’re going to charge. Cheap is not the goal. I don’t believe a C.O.R.P.s-like pricepoint is what they are after.

  • General Hux

    interesting, wonder how this will turn out.

  • CT-7567

    I always thought the Commtech idea would’ve been good if the chips used actual lines from the movie. I wonder if this gimmick will replace nerf in the vehicles? I foresee more ridiculously priced vehicles coming.

  • nate e.

    Thank you, sir!
    Now, what can I spend those on?!?!?!?!? LOL

  • Fluke Skycrawler

    Considering that force Friday comes three months before the film’s release, the figures will have generic phrases due to spoilers so their interactivity will not be authentic to the movie. Just a bunch of ” the force Wii be with you” or ” I sense a great disturbance in the force” or ” You Resistance scum”

    • CT-7567

      Good point. Disney’s ridiculous hypersensitivity towards spoilers will probably adversely affect this feature.

  • StarTron

    sweet jesus. that’s all we need. another excuse for hasbro to forgo paying attention to the figures and raise the price. i sure hope this rumor doesn’t come true.

  • chad

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jawa_Fetish

      OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • nate e.

    CommTech NERF darts.

  • bmales01

    I can see that. either way, they were clearly actors and the quality was less than stellar. The idea has potential but I’d rather focus on the figure than the gimmck

    • Paul B

      Are you sure they were actors?

      • bmales01

        I always thought so. Some had lines that were never uttered in the movies and some characters with no movie lines had lines on the Chip

  • Chris Taylor

    Well that makes me feel old: CommTech Chips are now old enough to vote and buy cigarettes.

  • bmales01

    Yazflow, stop including play features that raise the price of figures and that NO ONE asked for!
    This will not get more kids to buy it. Much like making the AT-ACT smart phone compatible did not make it palatable to young people. Just make nicely painted articulated 3.75 figures and keep the price as low as possible by ditching electronics or pointless honking gun accessories.

    • CT-7567

      Well said. I actually enjoyed collecting the Rebels line at $6. I don’t mind 5poa, but a figure with articulation that limited shouldn’t cost close to ten bucks. I paid $10 for the Fenn Rau-less Raddus wave and although the Admiral and Sefla are pretty awesome, it still feels like I got ripped off a bit.

  • barney dunn

    I remember those Phantom Menace figures with CommTech chips hanging 20 deep on clearance $1.49 on end-cap pegs at Rite Aid stores, specifically Watto and C-3PO without his coverings and all.

  • SID

    lol just bought a vintage commtech display with reader this past summer $50 its a cool interactive display but its just a useless in the long run as the dozens of those stands.
    I just don’t get it. Just please make only figures Hasbro. Cheaper the more I buy etc.

    • CT-7567

      It would’ve been cool, IMO, if the chips played actual dialog and sounds from the movie. $50 for the reader? Wow. Is it really worth that much? TPM stuff is usually pretty cheap on the aftermarket unless it was short packed like Jabba and some of the other creatures.

      • SID

        it was a the reader display (entirely intact) with all parts including the power adapter. Also came with a handful of figures. I loved the display when I was younger way nicer to have it to scan the chips then the regular loose readers… Also figured it would look good with my giant Naboo fighter display (Wal-Mart raffled it off super-bowl Sunday one year. I had only bought maybe 2? Tickets lol… Still won!)

        • CT-7567

          Wait, you mean the store display?

          • SID

            yup the display… (not my photo)https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb17aa49f0319f5be28803bce26f1744575c00bcf3043c954242cea9b1995296.png

          • CT-7567

            That’s awesome. I love stuff like that.

          • I have one of those as well

          • CT-7567

            Awesome. Does it still work?

          • SID

            yeah I did I random search last summer and a perfect example was on eBay only 1 other bidder. Was surprised it ended only at $50 I hate the stupid readers… Fun… I guess? Only utterly pointless. But to have the memories of store displays from TPM and have a sweet way to show off the MOC figures.. “look what these can do” is price less.

  • Jesus’s Best Friend Floyd

    Please god no electronics. Add more accessories and paint the damn faces.

  • 80sRobot

    Here are my guesses of potential new figure sculpts (I’m mostly thinking of the 3.75″ scale):

    Rey, new outfit and hairstyle
    Luke
    Finn, Resistance attire
    Finn, First Order officer disguise
    Rose
    General Leia
    Kylo, new outfit and helmet
    Kylo, unmasked of above
    Poe, new attire
    Phasma, unmasked
    Elite Stormtrooper (the ones that accompany Phasma)
    Snoke
    Snoke personal security guard
    BB-9E
    DJ
    Holdo
    Various non-human characters from casino

    Unlikely to be made:
    “Slicer guy” (hacker played by Justin Theroux)
    Konnix
    Paige (or maybe she could be packed in with a Resistance vehicle)

    • 80sRobot

      New vehicles for 3.75″ I’m predicting:

      Resistance bomber
      “Sky skimmer”
      Kylo’s TIE
      First Order walker (this will walk too like the AT-ACT)

      Maybe Hasbro will re release the X-wing and TIE using sturdier plastic. They seem to also be continuing to sell the U-Wing, perhaps to capitalize on the final season of Rebels which will feature this ship.

      • Super Amigo

        Great lineup, I like it. I hope someone at Hasbro takes up the glove.

        I’d also love to see a classic TIE Fighter and X-Wing done in the same scale and style than the TFA ones, without gummy parts, of course. Most don’t like that approach, but I think it works, not being too large nor too small. Also, the sculptural detail of those vehicles is amazing.

        Regarding the TFA Falcon and X-Wing, if Hasbro just included higher standing landing struts, I’m sure they would give the impression to be bigger just by not being standing so close to the floor.

        • CT-7567

          You should check out the POTF2 or OTC X-Wings and TIEs. I think the OTC ones are pricey on the aftermarket, but the POTF2 ones might be reasonable. I love them because they use the original Kenner molds, but with better paint apps.

      • CT-7567

        There’s a new A-wing, too. I’d expect Hasbro to repurpose Hera’s A-wing from last year. I got that ship on clearance and I don’t mind the size and I rather like the sculpt. The obtrusive nerf launcher and original MSRP are offensive.

  • 80sRobot

    Maybe they’re adding this gimmick because many of the same characters from TFA will be resold under TLJ… Like the First Order Stormtrooper for example. Any new sculpts (for new hairstyles and outfits) probably won’t stand out to most kids who are meant to be the main customers.

  • Sith Lord Jacen

    As long as they don’t put this junk on The Vintage Collection I don’t care. I wont be buying any of these. Is it gonna sound as bad as the commtech reader that sounded nothing like the voices of the characters.

    • CT-7567

      I have a really bad feeling TVC is going to largely consist of TFA, RO(which is actually good for figures) , TLJ and the Solo film. It’s going to be just like the Walmart line except on vintage cards, for more money and available at more store than just Walmart. Also more figures per annum, but again, probably from the new movies.

  • Mother_Talzin

    I’d rather have cheaper basic figures without the big hunk of extra plastic that proves rather useless for many kids and collectors. Sometimes they’ll add something cool, that’s FROM THE MOVIE, in the case of Bodhi Rook for example, but that’s rare these days. These pack-in gimmicks fade fast, go back to the only one that remains praised by kids and collectors – BUILD-A-DROID!

    • CT-7567

      Bohdi’s backpack was a very welcome accessory. Lt. Sefla has a screen-accurate rocket launcher that’s also awesome. If they HAVE TO give us extra plastic, let it be screen-accurate and useful.

  • Rykrof_Enloe

    Instead of focusing on good sculpts, paint, and articulation… let’s focus on another stupid gimmick. So tired of this nonsense.

    • bmales01

      Question for you. I got my shipping info from GTP and I know you did too. Was yours just a shipping alert/preshipment without an actual shipment like mine? Just curious

      thanks in advance

    • CT-7567

      Agreed. RO had a few cool, relevant accessories but mostly it was just extra junk that represents funds that could’ve been used elsewhere.

  • I smell a bloody excuse to make expensive figures…

  • DarthLocke4

    I really like the quality and hold-up of many of my comm-tech TPM figures, so I’m kind of excited to see how the tech might advance with these–especially if they found a way to make them interactive with each other and that certain dialogues only come out when certain pairs are put together!

  • Zachary Hering

    As long as we get Luke, Leia, Maz, and Snoke from the movie in six inch, I’m fine with them talking. I’d honestly pay a couple hundred for each if I had too, paycheck allowing of course.

  • Paulskywalker

    Just don’t do it and make the bloody figures cheaper.

  • RumSleg

    Please no.

    • CT-7567

      #NoMoreGimmicks 🙂

  • When TPM launched I collected the entire basic figure line, so I amassed a huge commtech chip collection, my reader even still works. This would be really fun to experience again!

    • Paul B

      I have two of those readers
      Both still work

      • bmales01

        My cathode ray tube TV still works too. Doesnt mean I use it or feel the need to use it

        The COMM Tech technology, while a decent idea in theory, was horrible. The sound quality was often not good and you could really tell they did not use direct lines from the movie but used “actors” that were poor imitations

        • CT-7567

          I still use a CRTV for my Atari 2600. For watching stuff? No.

    • bmales01

      copying for you too 🙂

      My cathode ray tube TV still works too. Doesnt mean I use it or feel the need to use it

      The COMM Tech technology, while a decent idea in theory, was horrible. The sound quality was often not good and you could really tell they did not use direct lines from the movie but used “actors” that were poor imitations

      • CT-7567

        Would you get behind it if it was the same as the TPM chipsstands, but they actually work well with real sounds and dialog from the films? Don’t get me wrong, I prefer no gimmicks, but I always thought Commtech could’ve been kinda cool if it worked well.

        • bmales01

          Maybe. Honestly, I think adding voices restricts the imagination of the kid playing with the toys.

          • CT-7567

            Good point. I think Commtech chips that actually work well with voices and sounds actually from the movie are a good idea for collectors. You have figures on a shelf on neat display stands and when you pick one up to look at you get to scan it and hear voices or sfx, which is kinda cool imo. But yeah, as a kid I often made up my own “further adventures” , so maybe they would be restrictive. It’s already a done deal with the TLJ figures, sports hope it’s a decent gimmick. How much you wanna bet this feature finally brings the 5poa line up to $9.99?