After spending a few hours searching this morning, I managed to stumble across a new listing for an unannounced Vintage Collection figure: Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise). Perfect for the upcoming Barge and rumored Tatooine Skiff, right? No word yet if this is exclusive to Walmart, but based on its UPC, that is not out of the realm of possibility. Maybe we’ll learn more about this at Toy Fair next month. The pertinent info has been added to our Master List of UPCs and SKUs.
As a follow-up to our rumor report (and hints) from November 2018, word is we can look forward to (at least) 3 vehicles at retail for the Vintage Collection in 2019. Two are Original Trilogy related and the third is from Episode IX. More as we learn more…
We have what I think is a fun little exercise in “guess the Black Series figures” coming out in 2019. I’ve posted a series of 12 clues after the break to help narrow the field to the 3 characters. Ready? Set? Guess!
The biggest complaint so far with Hasbro’s Galaxy of Adventures figures is the laziness in execution stemming from the recycling of previously used sculpts for the first two waves. Things may be changing in that regard in late 2019 as more new figures are introduced as well as vehicles and beasts. What is even more interesting is that we’re hearing of a potential scale change too (comparable scale and price to the 5” Marvel Infinity War line). That would essentially mean that there wouldn’t be two competing 3.75” lines vying for collectors dollars with just the Vintage Collection remaining. Toyfair 2019 is next month so we’ll have to see how/if/when this plays out.
We are only two months away from 2019 and from what we’ve seen thus far (officially), Hasbro’s mantra is basically “what’s old is new again” thanks to the reissue of older figures (essentially repacks) but with an updated look care of Photo Real tech being applied to the 3.75″ scale. Some don’t like the approach of having so many “repacks” for super-articulated figures, especially at today’s price point. The later half of the year looks brighter for the line and, thankfully, there are a few surprises left make their way across the Dune Sea of the retail landscape…. Continue reading Rumor Report: TVC – Looking Forward to the Past
While Hasbro has officially announced the Vintage Collection Chewbacca (repacked from the 3.75″ Black Series line) today at MCM Comic-Con, we’ve heard word of another repack coming to fill an empty slot in the assortment for 2019: R2-D2. Now, it would make sense to re-release that BaR2-D2 (VC25) to accompany the barge, but this figure is currently – and curiously – labeled as “E4”. I guess we’ll have to wait and see when it’s officially announced.
Doing some investigating around my usual haunts, I came across some frightening details about a new assortment of figures called Story in a Box*. From what I’ve been able to gather, there are 4 different sets: Darth Vader, Jedi Luke, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 and should retail for around $10 each. Beyond that, I’ve heard that these figures are minimally articulated (the price point gave up that ghost) and should be available in late 2018/early 2019.
Maybe we’ll hear more about these at NYCC — or maybe not.
*Officially “Galaxy of Adventures”
The hunt continues for new and as-of-yet unannounced merchandise. Further digging has revealed two new mystery Hasbro action figures at the $49.99 price point. “Star Wars Rey Action Figure” and “Star Wars Darth Vader Action Figure”. These are not the $49.99 Black Series Centerpiece figures judging by their respective UPCs. We’ve added the pertinent info to our UPC/DPCI/SKU Master List Page at the bottom of the Black Series section. (Their placement there doesn’t confirm or imply that these are Black Series related products.)
As always, rumors of unannounced products may change or be cancelled altogether at anytime.
UPDATE: According to Amazon, the packaging 2.6″x9″x11″ – interestingly, that is (nearly) the same dimensions as the Captain America/Crossbones 2 pk of Marvel Legends 6″ figures. Time will tell I guess.
Thanks to Avi G. for the heads up and Ben R. for the image.
UPDATE: this figure is 6” Moloch (code named Chronos in the US at Target)