Back by popular demand! Hasbro is once again asking you, the fans and collectors, to help determine the next figure(s) released in the 3.75″ Vintage Collection line. Click on through for details on how to cast your vote for the 2017 Fans’ Choice Poll!
Stop. Rumor Time. We’ve received a tad bit of intel regarding a future (not necessarily the next) wave of 3.75″ Black Series figures coming to Walmart next year.
Without spilling the beans fully, I can hint that all four will probably be repacks; two of them are potential army builders, one is a very requested figure from the Original Trilogy offered briefly in the Vintage Collection and one is a perennial favorite.
Any guesses? Leave them in the comment section or forums and stay tuned for more vague rumors and cryptic writings (maybe even for Episode VIII) in the coming days.
PROS: If variety is the spice of life then this set is for you as Entertainment Earth has created a truly unique boxed set featuring several different astromechs pulling from live action and animated sources. My favorites of the set include Jabba’s unnamed bartender droid – a figure I for one never expected to receive; R2-C2 – Ziro the Hutt’s bartender/service droid mainly because of the wild deco; and finally, QT-KT because of its reference to R2-KT and a great arc in The Clone Wars series. The sculpt used for the base of each droid is recycled from the Vintage Collection R2-D2 (VC25) which is a solid design with a decent amount of articulation for an astromech.
CONS: This biggest complaint I’ve run across for this set is the price, which is interesting considering the cost breakdown per figure is about what we pay at retail now for TVC/Black Series quality figures. Secondly, depending on your mileage, paint apps are a little loosey-goosey on some droids, and not quite accurate on others so it’s a mixed bag, but nothing that should stop you from acquiring this set. Thirdly, a couple of the astromechs have issues with the retractable leg remaining in its fully-extended position, resulting in the droid falling forward. And finally, the first runs of this set have a four digit date stamp pressed into each of the 6 domes* which is disappointing, but it is on the back of the dome so it’s not really a deal breaker either.
Head to the toyguide for our detailed image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this set is worth adding to your collection.
*According to Entertainment Earth, the date stamp should only be present on these early samples and production pieces will not have them.
Note: this advanced sample was provided to us by Entertainment Earth and I’d like to thank Bethany and Adam for including us in this early product reveal.
UPDATE: We have added six new images into the toyguide for this set to reflect the final production versions which eliminate the production stamps on the back of each dome.
Several readers have been asking “when will HasbroToyShop open orders for the 6″ Black Series Exclusives from SDCC 2016?” It is a valid question considering Hasbro’s “go live” times have had a track record of unpredictability. Click on through for our breakdown* of the previous five (2001-2015) SDCC exclusives.
Speaking of variants, a new figure variant has surfaced that actually improves upon the pre-existing figure. Newer releases of #02 Luke Skywalker (Hoth) now feature color matched (tan) elbow pins. The original VC95 and TBS #02 releases has contrasting gray pins that stood out quite noticeably. Click the image above for a closer look.
Thanks to our friend Matt Booker from JediNews for the heads up.
Starting today through midnight Cyber Monday, December 1st, 2014, K & C Collectibles is offering 10% off all in-stock merchandise. In addition we are offering FREE Shipping for those orders over $90. Your shipping address must be within the continental USA. Offer valid while supplies last.
Star Wars Hot Wheels:
Hallmark, M&M and other Christmas ornaments:
Star Wars Trading Cards:
Vintage Collection & Legacy Vehicles:
Black Series 6″ Figures:
Gentle Giant Limited Edition Statues:
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Our sponsors over at DorksideToys have listed several new Black Series 3-3/4″ figures as well as some repacked figures from the Vintage Collection.
The new figures are:
- Luke Skywalker Wampa Attack
- Clone Captain Rex
- Darth Vader Yoda’s Test
- Darth Malgus
- Imperial Navy Commander
- Princess Leia Boushh
Thanks to Flyguy for the heads-up.
It appears that some orders processing out of Amazon warehouses are forgoing shipping boxes and just slapping the labeling right to the TVC packaging. Check out this post at Rebelscum for an image that will shock and amaze. If your order hasn’t processed yet, I strongly suggest you call and request your order be packed out correctly.
This week at Toys”R”Us all Star Wars (plus Marvel and G.I. Joe) figures are $7.00 each. This sale includes Clone Wars, Movie Heroes and Vintage Collection figures and is available both in-store and online.