Gentle Giant has announced another convention exclusive debuting at San Diego Comic-Con: the Jumbo Kenner Droids Boba Fett! You can get the first in-hand look at this set over at YodasNews.
PGM members can preorder now from GentleGiant.com
Rumors are rolling regarding upcoming products to be featured at Celebration Anaheim. The latest is that Gentle Giant is planning on releasing R2-D2 as part of their Life Size line of Kenner figure statues. Look for more info on this in the coming days.
* Image above is representational only, not of Gentle Giant product.
Preorders are now open for A New Proof: Kenner Star Wars Packaging Design 1977-1979 by Mattias Rendahl. This must-have book for vintage fans is limited to only 500 copies and features full-color imagery as well as interviews with the design team responsible for developing the signature Kenner line look. You can check out sample pages of the book at dearpublications.com.
For Celebration Anaheim attendees, Mattias will be having a panel on this book Sat., April 18, 1:30–2:30PM on the Collectors Stage (210AB)
Continuing a tradition that started in 2005 and has carried through all U.S. Celebrations since, six regional Star Wars collecting clubs will be giving away custom patches at their booths at Celebration Anaheim 2015. Each Lucasfilm-approved patch is fully embroidered and depicts an action figure from the vintage Star Wars line by Kenner. Collect all six to complete your set of Bounty Hunters from The Empire Strikes Back!
Jedi-Bibilothek has posted the action figure variant cover for Marvel’s Star Wars #3. The “Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi” variant joins, Luke Skywalker (Star Wars #1), Han Solo (Star Wars #2), Darth Vader (Darth Vader #1) and Princess Leia Organa (Princess Leia #1).
A Star Wars collector has dropped some serious credits on a very rare Palitoy Boba Fett. Craig Stevens put up for auction several vintage Star Wars items with Boba Fett selling for an amazing £18,000.
Sideshow is now taking preorders for their Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot Sixth Scale figure. It features a detailed fight suit and helmet, interchangeable gloved hands and the exclusive version includes a very cool vintage Kenner style blaster pistol. Preorder is set for $199.99 and is scheduled to ship late 2015
PROS: This was one of the figures I missed in early 2014 (due to “last wave syndrome” of the previous line look in the US). Thankfully, Hasbro recognized the problem and reissued it for the first wave of Rebels/Saga Legends assortment. The figure itself is quite possibly the best 5 POA Luke figure ever done in terms of capturing the classic Kenner aesthetic while using modern sculpting techniques. Like most offerings in the Saga Legends line, there are some issues with paint apps but this figure (at least my sample) seems to have faired pretty well. They really seemed to have nailed the specific “Jedi” details of his outfit as well – namely the chest flap and the cool little pouch on his belt.
CONS: As we mentioned, the paint apps for this figure can vary from figure to figure so finding one with decent eye/eye brow deco may be the hardest part about collecting the figure. Otherwise there really isn’t much to complain about unless you just don’t like “cheaper” toys aimed a younger generation.
Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.
Gentle Giant updates today announcing preorders for the Jumbo Kenner Ugnaught figure.
Digitally scanned from mint 3 ¾” Kenner originals and reproduced in 12” scale to the rest of the jumbo Kenner line, no detail has been overlooked. Roto and injection molded and made of durable plastics, this fully-articulated jumbo figure includes a faithfully re-produced tool kit, as well as it’s fabric apron.
To further capture the vintage feel, Gentle Giant has packaged this figure with a Empire Strikes Back-inspired backer card featuring original photos and artwork. Designed with the collector in mind, the figure comes in a re-sealable plastic outer clam shell to help protect and display this limited edition figure.
Estimated release: Q3 2015
Our show returns this week as Flyguy and I discuss the latest in Star Wars collecting. All has been quiet on the Black Series front in the US, but our neighbors to the south recently had a huge roll out of the Black Series line at Walmart that included the Prototype Boba Fett as well as a slick Limited Edition lithograph. On the other side of the pond, UK collectors are getting Star Wars Rebels action figures by way of Disney Stores as US collectors are still coming up empty. Sideshow and Medicom give us some “Rebels” teases of their own and we highlight a few notable custom pieces — all on Episode 37 of The Realm Recap!
Also, if you prefer an audio-only version, a downloadable MP3 is available as well.
Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys is now up for preorder on iTunes with a release date of Nov. 4.
When Star Wars landed in the theaters, it introduced audiences to a galaxy filled with heroes and villains, robots and space ships, and a dizzying variety of alien life. But when the lights came up, they all disappeared… Unless you had all the toys. In which case, the adventure never had to end. Like no toys before them, Star Wars toys were a phenomenon that swept the nation, permanently transforming both the toy and movie industries, and ultimately creating a hobby that, 30 years later, still holds sway over its fans. Plastic Galaxy is a documentary that explores the groundbreaking and breathtaking world of Star Wars toys. Through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts and authors like Stephen Sansweet and Gus Lopez, and of course collectors, it looks at the toys’ history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.
Last night was our monthly JediDefender Dinner/Swap Meet and our wonderful host, Justin, gave us a crack at purchasing some of his extra Vintage Kenner goodies. A few things were off the table though like this huge wall of carded Vintage Kenner figures all presented in acrylic cases. While I have seen this before, it is still an surreal experience every time I look upon them all and felt it was too good not to share.
Gentle Giant is now taking preorders for the Life Size Vintage Boba Fett Monument. Standing at 6 feet tall, this fully articulated monument also includes an authentic re-scaled replica blaster accessory! A stunning centerpiece for any true collector’s display, this limited edition hand-painted monument comes with a certificate of authenticity. Price: $2750.00 with free shipping to the contiguous United States.
localgotal returns like a Jedi with his latest additions to the popular Concept Series lineup he’s created. This update proposes 3 much-need inclusions to the popular (and preferred) Vintage Collection line of carded figures: The Emperor, Teebo and AT-ST Driver. Check them out, enjoy the pics, and join in the discussion after the jump!