Just a quick reminder that starting on Oct. 3 through Oct. 11, Hallmark is launching their Keepsake Ornament Debut where collectors can pick up their Kylo Ren and/or Magic Motion Holiday Darth Vader Ornament
The Yakface Toyguide updates resume to kick off a series of additions for The Force Awakens 3-3/4″ line. Today, we take a look at the First Order Snowtrooper from wave 2 of the Build-A-Weapon “Snow” assortment.
PROS: Hasbro/Kenner has come a long way since the first 5 POA figures they released in the 90’s. Gone are the muscle bound proportions, instead we have a near-screen accurate representation of the latest snowtrooper from The Force Awakens in a more kid-centric line of products. The emphasis on “kid centric” is important as this line isn’t intended to subvert the diehard collector, but to give options in the toy aisle. Some may hate them, but again if you do, you’re probably not the audience anyway and that can’t be helped. As for the First Order Snowtrooper figure itself, the design is solid with a lot of detail in the stark white armor. Articulation is basic but the figure stands well and the ball-jointed head lends a little “attitude” when posing the head. He includes the standard issue F-11D blaster rifle (with extended stock), removable cold weather survival pack and two pieces for the “Icebreaker*” Build-A-Weapon.
CONS: For me, the jury is still out on the build-a-weapon concept. Sure, it adds to the playability of the figure (depending on the part), and there’s a nostalgic Vintage Kenner Droid Factory vibe I get from the constructs you assemble, but as a collector, they don’t really scratch that itch fully and leave me cold. In short, I wouldn’t miss them if they were abruptly dropped from the line in favor of a waist joint or a $1 decrease in price.
Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.
Despite being only 80 days away from the The Force Awakens, the flow of product in and money out seems to be never ending. On this episode of The Realm Recap, Flyguy and I take a look at the latest reveals from Hasbro, Bandai, Funko, Anovos and much more (and hopefully with 100% less audio distortion).
Also, if you prefer an audio-only version, a downloadable MP3 is available as well.
FastCompany has posted and in-depth interview with Hasbro’s Star Wars Design Director, Steve Evens, about the process of designing a new slate of toys for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Some pretty interesting details included in the article especially confirmation regarding character selection from only the first third of the film.
K & C Collectibles has added New Star Wars Multi-Pack Action Figures, Force Awakens Vehicles, Black Series 3.75″ action figures, Titanium, Force FX Kylo Ren Lightsaber and Star Wars Insider Comic Cover Exclusive verison (Free Topps Trading Card). Click the NEW PRODUCT link for a complete list of recently added items.
StarWars.com has updated giving readers and collectors a first look and several books coming with the release of The Force Awakens on Dec. 18. Most interesting is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Visual Dictionary which will be full of the minutia we’ve been waiting for surrounding the characters and technology of the new film.
Tamashii Nations continues to blow the competition out of the water with their latest announcement of their S.H.Figuarts Captain Phasma from The Force Awakens.
Jedi Temple Archives has posted a report that the Toys”R”Us Exclusive “Desert/Jakku Deco” Special Forces TIE Fighter with pilot has been found in the US. Head on over for their report and use UPC 630509368969 to check for availability at your store(s).
Leave it to retailers and distributors to once again reveal Hasbro’s products for them as Walmart.com has posted the first look at four new 3.75″ Black Series figures coming exclusive to their stores soon. Head on over to check out place holder pages for Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and Han Solo. Thanks to Jedi Temple Archives for the heads-up.
Those that preordered the Amazon Exclusive 3.75″ Troop Builder/First Order Legion 7 pack have started to receive notification that the item has been delayed to the end of January (Original release date was November), and in some cases, the first week of February as seen in the above image from reader Chance D.
Keep an eye out for additional info and we’ll update if any other developments arise.
Update: Twitter follower @socalrider received a similar notification with the revised February timeframe.