Now that we’ve all had time to calm down since SDCC and come to terms with the fact that Hasbro is severely hamstrung by Lucasfilm (which is nothing new in a summer before a film release), we are here to put some lipstick on that puffer pig and remind you of what we can expect* for the rest of the year and beyond by recapping over 30 EXCLUSIVE RUMOR REPORTS that you won’t read anywhere else, and if you do, they were likely reposted/referenced from this site (usually without attribution).
*All rumors are subject to change and/or cancellation by the manufactuer and nothing is confirmed despite evidence of such products in development and/or slated for release. Captain America, nor his ass, endorse this information.
As a follow up to our original exclusive rumor report from April, we have acquired new UPCs and Walmart SKUs for the first wave of TVC figures slated to be released for Force Friday on October 4 for the official kick off of merchandise for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Interestingly, we found info for yet another Luke Skywalker from A New Hope that has a unique UPC from the Yavin Ceremony version which we first revealed in March. This could be either the Stormtrooper Disguise or X-wing pilot figure that were revealed at Star Wars Celebration, the latter of would make sense considering the release of his TVC X-wing Fighter this year.
We have also added the E9 assortment UPC and SKU (which will change for the Vintage Collection) to our Master List as well.
After a long weekend of ignoring my family* to bring you the latest rumors, we kick things off this week with info for more Hasbro product coming later this year. Remember all info is subject to change and cancellation by the manufacturer (Hasbro) and no assurances can be made as to when and where these will be available, if at all.
Another rumor of ours that was officially confirmed today was the Walmart Exclusive Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) figure for the Vintage Collection. As you can see in the above shot from @JustinaLaSalata, it looks excellent!
After an extensive search online, we’ve located and added the UPCs and Walmart SKUs for the second wave of 6″ Black Series Archive (BSA) figures to our 2019Master List of products. As you recall, Hasbro officially announced back in October at NYCC 2018 that wave 2 would consist of Anakin Skywalker, Yoda and the Biker Scout/Scout Trooper. Darth Maul* on the other hand has been on our rumor lists for a while and based on the UPC info found above, we now have Maul’s accurate (yet unofficial) confirmation. Case breakdown isn’t known at this time but we can guess that it will be similar to Wave 1 with a 2x pack out.
*Note: the image for Maul is not of the actual BSA figure.
Jayson and Flyguy are back after 6 months to discuss our thoughts on 2018, what’s to come in 2019 and the latest news in collecting. We touch on our purchases for the past few months and dive into some of the rumors revealed lately. All this and more on the triumphant return of the Realm Recap!
Right before NYCC, we posted a report about an upcoming $10 assortment of Hasbro figures referred to as Star Wars: Story in a Box*. The first four figures include Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and R2-D2. After some further investigating, I’ve found there are four more of these sets (probably wave 2) that includes Princess Leia, Han Solo, Stormtrooper and Yoda. Watch for additional details on this product line soon.
As with all of our advanced rumor reports, details of these products are subject to change and/or cancellation altogether.
For those curious about Hasbro releasing new figures for the upcoming Star Wars: Resistance animated series, I can confirm today (via some online digging) that there are at least 6 figures (Kaz and Torra to name a couple) so far and they are a mix of Resistance and First Order characters. Stay tuned later this week for additional info on these figures and more.
Like previous merchandise launches (The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi), multiple waves of 6″ Black Series may make it into the hands of collectors via retail (brick and mortar and online) for the launch of Solo: A Star Wars Story products in April. Wave 16 has already started showing up in advance of the street date and Wave 17 may be hot on its heels.