While browsing about eBay this morning, I stubbled across two exclusive variant covers for the upcoming Shattered Empire series.
The first, exclusive to Comic Pop Collectibles, features an ominous depiction of the Emperor with Darth Vader in the foreground. The second, exclusive to Third Eye, features Luke Skywalker over a star field with the Millennium Falcon under pursuit. Look for these on shelf September 2.
The Realm Recap returns this week with the latest in Star Wars collecting news. On this episode, Flyguy and I discuss the availability (or lack thereof) of the SDCC Exclusive First Order Stormtrooper that was briefly available on HasbroToyShop.com last week – plus new merchandising and marketing hitting stores prior to Force Friday. Christmas in July was clearly on Gentle Giant’s mind as they revealed their holiday themed Jumbo Salacious Crumb for PG Members. Did this cause you to laugh maniacally? LEGO leaks continue to trickle out as another list of products for 2016 hit the web with a couple interesting reveals. With Episode VII news, Rogue One filming about to begin and our developing addiction to Topps’ Card Trading app, Episode #71 of The Realm Recap is “groomed” for your enjoyment.
As Force Friday creeps ever closer more merchandise is hitting stores. Local JediDefender collector Brian sent us a few images of new product in packaging for The Force Awakens from Spin Master, Uncle Milton and Hasbro. Click on through for a few images.
Corey from The Wolfpack Podcast sends along this image from a Facebook group showing new aisle shippers hitting the floors at Walmart. Based on the merchandising planogram I’ve seen, these feature the same design that will be in the aisle and overhead awnings of Walmart for Force Friday and beyond.
We’d like to thank all of our affiliates and friends in the Force that have made the past 15 years simply amazing. This month Sandtroopers.com kicked off the 15th Anniversary celebration at their Sponsor Brian’s Toys. Make sure to check out the new video clips that feature never before seen footage of Brian’s Toys and his personal collection and stay tuned as we are putting together additional photos from the tour. We’ll also be dropping many giveaway prizes to celebrate a decade and a half of service to the collecting community!”
Ten years ago, August 30, 2005, two Star Wars collectors released the world’s first podcast dedicated to Star Wars collecting: Star Wars Action News. From the Revenge of the Sith line through The Black Series, and even looking back at Vintage and 90s toys, Marjorie and Arnie have covered it all.
Now join Star Wars Action News at a party to celebrate this milestone! At Wizard World, Chicago, join Arnie, Marjorie, Brock, Jerry, Daryl, Andrew, and other members of the Star Wars Action News team for drinks, food, cake, and fun!
The party starts at 7:30pm, Saturday, Aug 22 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, the hotel attached by skywalk to the Stephens Convention Center.
The 2015 holiday season is upon us! Join the festivities with a warm glass of blue milk, some tasty cookies, and Salacious B. Crumb! Digitally scanned from the original Kenner vintage figure, Gentle Giant Ltd. has enlarged Crumb to JUMBO size to celebrate the season. Complete with hat, scarf, and bag of goodies, Jabba the Hutt’s favorite court jester is ready to perch on your shelf and spread his mischievous brand of holiday cheer!
The 2015 San Diego Comic-Con is gone, but not forgotten. In addition to the exclusive First Order Stormtrooper selling out faster than you can say “Blast it!”, the images of giant TIE Fighters, working R2-D2 robots, and McQuarrie art based statues still dance in our heads.
Last week you had a floor tour of the major booths at the con. Now join Marjorie and Arnie this week as they recap San Diego Comic-Con, including the companies with the best showings and the coolest items coming soon. They are also joined by resident Hot Toys expert Andrew to discuss that TIE Fighter and that even biggerMillennium Falcon, and Berent recounts his experience getting into the Star Wars panel at Hall H!
Also on this week’s show, Steve “The Gingerprince” reports in from a convention on the other side of the pond: London Film and Comic Con. He recounts his celebrity meetings and rare purchases at the con.
The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Carrier Fisher as Princess Leia in the film, and features a newly developed head sculpt, detailed hair sculpture in Princess Leia’s iconic bun hair style, specially tailored costume, two types of blasters, and a figure stand.
This special edition includes a specially designed backdrop as a bonus accessory.
The shroud of “The Disney Side” is slowly, but surely, being lifted on the plans for Force Friday. This week, Flyguy and I discuss some of the images, product lists and unwitting retail employees leaking out info ahead of September’s big reveal. Speaking of big, Hot Toys revealed the ultimate 1:6 item – the Millennium Falcon display recently in Hong Kong. It not only went viral in the collecting community, but caught worldwide attention on media outlets as well. Is something like this actually viable in today’s market? We wrap things up with a bit of comic news as well as our weekly breakdown of new purchases and acquisitions and more on Episode #70 of The Realm Recap!
Jedi Temple Archives has posted a great scoop regarding new toys from The Force Awakens available on Force Friday. Retail Meijers apparently set their shelf tags a little early revealing vehicles, playsets and other merchandise. Head on over for the details and images.
The ever expanding list of action figure cover variants for Marvel’s Star Wars series continues with the Tusken Raider for issue #008. Like the others, this variant features the work of John Tyler Christopher giving the cover a Vintage Kenner inspired design with a realistic twist. Look for it at your local comic shop on August 19