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Update: Hot Toys Reveals New 1:6 Scale BB-8 and BB-9E (and more)

Hot Toys has announced a few new 1:6 scale offerings for The Last Jedi: an all-new BB-8* with interchangeable arms, BB-9E*, a BB-8 with BB-9E set with bonus MSE droid*. Both BB units feature LED light effects. You can also see in the background the new First Order Stormtrooper from The Last Jedi is coming soon as well. Look for these to go up for preorder through Sideshow Collectibles soon.

Update: All three options are now available for preorder at Sideshow Collectibles.

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Several NEW Droid Factory Products Coming to Disney Parks

The insanely collectible Droid Factory program is about to expand in a huge way as several new products were revealed today by the Disney Parks team at Star Wars Celebration.  Click on through for images of tomorrow’s launch of the Protocol Droids, several carded releases for the holidays and D23 PLUS the tease of a Sandcrawler with Power Droid Playset!

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Mystery 3.75″ Protocol Droid Figure

We have another as-of-yet unannounced figure to share today. This image comes from our source that discovered those four disney droidfactory astromechs we revealed. Details are scarce for this protocol droid other than it looks to be R-3PO. There is a theory that the build-a-droid/droidfactory program may expand to include protocol droids as there are a fair amount throughout the films to pull from. Click on through for a closer look.

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Fourth Droidfactory Astromech Revealed

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As a follow up to our exclusive announcement of three new Droidfactory/Bulld-A-Droid astromechs coming soon to Disney Park locations, we can reveal R2-C2 as the fourth droid that should complete the 4 droid “Clone Wars” set. Interestingly, we just received a version of this figure in Entertainment Earth’s exclusive last month.

Click on through for a closer look and a comparison to EE’s version.

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New Clone Wars Droidfactory Astromechs Coming Soon?

clonewars_astromechsToday while exploring the seedy underbelly of the internet, I came across three as-of-yet to be announced astromech figures that look to be part of a Clone Wars themed Droidfactory set for Disney Parks (note the missing wires on the feet). It is unclear if these will be offered together or individually, or if there is possibly a fourth droid to join them. Click on through for a closer look at R5-S9, R5-P8 and R5-U8/R5-013.

Again, these aren’t Hasbro products.

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UPDATE: Toyguide Update: Entertainment Earth Astromech Droid Pack

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The Yakface Toyguide returns from semi-retirement today with the addition of the Exclusive 3.75″ Astromech Droid Pack from Entertainment Earth.

PROS:  If variety is the spice of life then this set is for you as Entertainment Earth has created a truly unique boxed set featuring several different astromechs pulling from live action and animated sources. My favorites of the set include Jabba’s unnamed bartender droid – a figure I for one never expected to receive; R2-C2 – Ziro the Hutt’s bartender/service droid mainly because of the wild deco; and  finally, QT-KT because of its reference to R2-KT and a great arc in The Clone Wars series. The sculpt used for the base of each droid is recycled from the Vintage Collection R2-D2 (VC25) which is a solid design with a decent amount of articulation for an astromech.

CONS: This biggest complaint I’ve run across for this set is the price, which is interesting considering the cost breakdown per figure is about what we pay at retail now for TVC/Black Series quality figures. Secondly, depending on your mileage, paint apps are a little loosey-goosey on some droids, and not quite accurate on others so it’s a mixed bag, but nothing that should stop you from acquiring this set. Thirdly, a couple of the astromechs have issues with the retractable leg remaining in its fully-extended position, resulting in the droid falling forward. And finally, the first runs of this set have a four digit date stamp pressed into each of the 6 domes* which is disappointing, but it is on the back of the dome so it’s not really a deal breaker either.

Head to the toyguide for our detailed image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this set is worth adding to your collection.

*According to Entertainment Earth, the date stamp should only be present on these early samples and production pieces will not have them.

Note: this advanced sample was provided to us by Entertainment Earth and I’d like to thank Bethany and Adam for including us in this early product reveal.

UPDATE: We have added six new images into the toyguide for this set to reflect the final production versions which eliminate the production stamps on the back of each dome.

Star Wars Astromech Droids 3-3/4-Inch Figures

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Entertainment Earth Exclusive! The droids you are looking for are here. Celebrating the entire Star Wars saga and the 10th anniversary of our super-popular, sold-out, 2006 exclusive astromech droid sets, this amazing new Star Wars action figure gift set will knock your socks off! The sextet of astromech droids comes to you in a specially designed R2-D2-shaped box with 3 3/4-inch scale action figures. Each droid sports multiple points of articulation, similar to the collector-favorite figures of The Vintage Collection. Dating back as early as the 1977 version of the original Star Wars movie, and all the way to the recent The Clone Wars animated series, this set has robots with personality you won’t want to live without. Each figure includes rolling wheels on their feet, plus jointed domes, ankles, shoulders, and maybe even a few other surprises.

Click on through for the details for each figure. Preorder yours here.

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