After taking a post-Star Wars Day break from the show last week, Flyguy and I are back to discuss the latest in Star Wars collecting. A mysterious Black Series set of astromechs turned up in Hong Kong and we speculate on its destination. Funko dropped their new Smuggler’s Bounty this week and we break down its contents and criticisms. Plus, Rogue One had a series of “spoilers” drop this week in terms of characters names, aliens and vehicles. All of this and more PLUS our latest acquisitions on Episode #97 of The Realm Recap.
The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today as we take a look at the 2009 SDCC Exclusive Boba Fett (McQuarrie Concept) Mini Bust from Gentle Giant.
PROS: As a huge fan of anything related to Ralph McQuarrie, this item struck a chord with me back in 2009 although I only just acquired it recently due to my new and expanding “Concept/Prototype Boba Fett” collection of items. The sculpt and details of this piece captures McQuarrie’s original concept masterfully and the inclusion of the swappable helmet is the perfect touch as it give collectors options for displaying. Paint is minimal, yet effective as the overall off-white, egg shell color gives it a used “in-universe” look.
CONS: Long since sold out, the aftermarket/third party prices on this piece are elevated but there are deals out there to be had from time to time. If you really want to add this piece to your collection, I suggest having a “saved search” on eBay.
Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this bust is worth adding to your collection.
Hallmark has taken the wraps off of their 2016 Convention Exclusive items. Click on through for the full details.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens lands on Digital HD on April 1 and Blu-ray April 5, featuring tons of special features. In celebration, Hasbro is launching the first #StarWars #HasbroToyPic Fan Figure Photo Series and calling on fans to show off their amazing collections and creativity by recreating scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens using Hasbro’s Star Wars figures and vehicles.
Beginning Tuesday, April 5 through Wednesday, May 4 (aka May the Fourth), all photos posted to social using #StarWars and #HasbroToyPic will be considered for inclusion in a Star Wars: The Force Awakens Figure Photo Timeline in the Hasbro booth at San Diego Comic Con. Credit will be given to all creators within the Timeline display. For inspiration and more information, several background scenes provided by Hasbro including Jakku, Starkiller Base, and Takodana and additional #HasbroToyPic details can be found at Hasbro Pulse*.
**Logo not official
UPDATE: The announcement page on Hasbro Pulse is now live.
Just a quick reminder that the exclusive 6″ First Order Stormtrooper will be available starting tomorrow on HasbroToyShop.com. Good luck, and MTFBWY. Be sure to follow us on social media (Facebook & Twitter) for instant notification of its availability.
Update: Available as of 11:23am ET
Update 2: Out of stock 11:30am ET
Now with Hot Toys, TIE Fighters, Hasbro reveals, and more all from the floor of San Diego Comic-Con International!
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We’re back after an extended break with our quick rundown of highlights and lowlights from SDCC including reveals from Hasbro, Sideshow, Gentle Giant, LEGO and more. Speaking of LEGO, despite the TFA blackout, several sets and minifigure images have leaked onto the web giving us our first look at key vehicles and designs for the upcoming sequel. As always, we wrap things up with our latest acquisitions and reviews – all on Episode #69 of The Realm Recap!
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Our friends at Star Wars Action News have posted their QnA with Hasbro from SDCC and they state that the Special Forces TIE Fighter from The Force Awakens will see limited release on September 4th “Force Friday”. You can listen to the entire interview on SWAN’s YouTube Channel.
Topps.com is now offering collectors their SDCC Exclusive Over-sized Star Wars Trading Card Set. Each set includes 10 cards which measure 5×7 inches. There are only a limited number of sets still available and there will be a maximum of 5 sets available for purchase per household.
Several sites at SDCC were been able to secure Q&A sessions with Hasbro’s global marketing team for the Star Wars brand. Check them out below and be sure to share your thoughts back here or at the respective sites.
Star Wars Action News
After Hasbro’s big reveal at SDCC with their massive 6″ TIE Fighter, we’re curious what our readers think… is this a “must have item” or are you disappointed that they are making this $170 toy after telling us for years that things like a Death Star playset, Sail Barge and other 3.75″ items can’t be made?
Sound off in the forums with your thoughts and be sure to take our poll in the forums too!
At 1pm, Topps will be giving away their new Star Wars Galactic Connexions trading discs to 50 lucky fans. The disc features the First Order Stormtrooper which will only be available at SDCC in an extremely limited quantity of 250. Topps Star Wars Galactic Connexions will be on sale on Force Friday, September 4th exclusively in Walmart with 85 characters to collect.
Next up – Topps will be hosting Steve Blum, the voice of Zeb from Star Wars Rebels, at booth 2913 at 3:30pm. He will be signing Topps cards for the first 50 fans.
Also, Topps has oversized vintage style cards for sale. There are ten sets to collect, each with ten cards for a total of 100.
Did you miss the SDCC panel for The Force Awakens? Admittedly it kills me to have missed it but Disney/Lucasfilm did fans a solid and posted the behind the scene video for all to loop.