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 press 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.
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.
BanthaSkull has reported the discovery of the Rogue One wave of 3.75″ Black Series figures in Walmart’s database. This wave includes the Scarif Stormtrooper, Jyn Erso, Imperial Death Trooper and Cassian Andor.
UPCs are as follows
630509506392 Scarif Stormtrooper
630509504145 Jyn Erso
630509504152 Imperial Death Trooper
630509506385 Cassian Andor
As promised, Hasbro has unveiled a few of their exclusives for Rogue Friday next week – two of which have leaked prematurely. Head on over to Yahoo to check out the 6″ Black Series Jyn Erso (Kmart), Imperial Hovertank Pilot (ToysRus), Cassian Andor Blaster Rifle (Target), Smart R2-D2 (Walmart) and the Black Series Battlefront Shadow Trooper Helmet (Amazon).
The unofficial “Go Rogue: A Star Wars Collecting Checklist” is now available for download. As additional information comes to light, we will amend the checklist and post a notice when a new update/download is available.
UPDATE: Version 2.0 is now available for download. Look for one last revision on Thursday of next week (Sept. 29).
Enrico writes in with a new store find today revealing the app-enabled Smart R2-D2.
I came across these at a local Walmart in San Diego this morning. I tried to buy the 12″ Rebels Vader but wasn’t allowed to. The remote R2-D2 was a surprise item. I haven’t seen it in any advance catalog. Looking at the box, it’s controlled via an app on Android and iPhone. Sorry I didn’t get pictures of the box.
You can download the app now to control the Bluetooth Smart R2-D2 via iTunes app store.
Since the 6″ Black Series Hovertank Pilot leaked yesterday, people questioned if it was really an exclusive to Toys”R”Us as the packaging was missing the silver foil sticker. Now, eBay auctions have sprouted up and the sticker is present on those. This is not too dissimilar with what happened with the Exclusive First Order Snowtrooper Officer last year.
Thanks to Corey from First Order Transmissions/The Cargo Hold for the heads-up.
As we revealed yesterday, Hasbro is releasing a special “value” assortment of vehicles for Rogue One and joining the TIE Striker is the Rebel X-wing Fighter. These lower cost vehicles strip out most of the toyetic features of their larger vehicle counterparts in lieu of more accurate proportions and aesthetics.
Remember that smaller scale Millennium Falcon from Hasbro last year? Hasbro is issuing more vehicles in this “value” scale — one of which is the TIE Striker. As you can see, the vehicle is a tad smaller, lacks figure compatibility and (to some collector’s delight) the omission of the NERF firing features. What do you think?
Thanks to Corey from First Order Transmissions for the heads-up on the image.