In other Target news today, our friends at Galactic Hunter are reporting that the Canadian retail chain, Zellers, is converting a majority of its store to the Target brands, with a few other stores taking on the Walmart name. Visit o.Canada.com for more details.
Target Corp. today has announced, effective immediately, that they will be offering year-round price matching of top online retailers including Amazon, Walmart, BestBuy and Toys”R”Us/Babies”R”Us. Target stores will also price match their own website. Keep that in mind when looking for your favorite Star Wars collectibles! Head to Target.com for the full press release.
Here is a quick update with some cool new pre-orders and the latest arrivals.
For several weeks it seems, I have watched in envy as other collectors have shown off their very cool Jocasta Nu figure from Brianstoys… I mean heck, I ordered mine back on July 20, so what’s the deal?
Thanks to a prompt from forum member Grimace, I went ahead and emailed their customer service just a few days ago – and magically my order arrived today.
Coincidence? I think not. So if you’re been sitting around waiting on your order since last summer, it may worth a moment to send them a kind email inquiring about your order. But remember, be nice. Rudeness gets you nowhere.
We have received official word from Hasbro that the rumors are true: the Droid Factory assortment for 2013 has been globally cancelled. Look for the figures that were intended for this line to be released through other means in late 2013. Expect more details to be released (and questions to be asked) at Toy Fair 2013 next month.
The following is an official statement on the 2013 Star Wars toy line from the Hasbro Star Wars team.
Star Wars fans,
The Droid Factory line which was slated for spring 2013 has been cancelled. We were very excited about this line at its inception and wanted to give fans an early sneak peek when we unveiled it at Star Wars Celebration this past summer. Unfortunately since then, through the course of development, we realized that the price would have to be increased and we felt that the value we were adding with the droid parts was no longer substantiated.
As a result, we have decided to rework our 3.75” figure program to create a line that is on-par with the quality and pricing of the Vintage Collection. Many of the figures intended for the Droid Factory will become available in this new line in the fall. We’ll be able to share more news on this at Toy Fair.
We also recognize that there were many hard-to-find Vintage Collection figures in 2012. So, as we shared last December, we will re-release many of these figures this spring before the Vintage Collection goes on hiatus, making way for some of the most exciting new initiatives for SW collectors in years.
Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm.
While news regarding the demise of the B.A.D. line is depressing for many of us, Toys”R”us stores continue to receive shipments of the 2013 deluxe sets – keep up those toy runs if you’re looking to add these to your collection, and good luck!
The 12 Days of Sideshow conclude today with a video preview of the Premium Format Chewbacca figure. Head on over to check it out!
PROS: Originally designed as a pack-in, Hasbro instead worked this into the Class I line as a separate companion piece to the MTT. The design and interactivity of the fighter itself is fun with its configurable wings and weapons and with the 2 included figures, it makes for an instant “battle pack” for kids and collectors.
CONS: If you’re a stickler for articulated figures, this set probably doesn’t seem like much of an offering at a price north of $20.
Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this set is worth adding to your collection.
Hothbricks.com has posted images of 4 new LEGO Star Wars “Yoda” line look polybags hitting retail in 2013. They are as follows:
30240 Z-95 Headhunter
30241 Gauntlet (Pre Viszla Mandalorian Starfighter)
30242 Republic Frigate
30243 Umbaran MHC (Mobile Heavy Cannon)
Head on over to Hothbricks.com for a closer look and thanks for Flyguy.net for the heads up.
Pre-orders are now being taken for the new Sixth Scale Yoda figure from Sideshow Collectibles.