Topps Releasing Star Wars Illustrated: The Empire Strikes Back in 2015

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Published on: October 30, 2014

Topps Illustrated The Empire Strikes BackTopps will be releasing a followup to their 2013 Star Wars Illustrated: A New Hope with Star Wars Illustrated: The Empire Strikes Back.  Coming in April 2015, the set will have a 100 card base set and several levels of chase and parallel cards.  Autographs, sketch cards, Sketchagraphs, and relics are just a few.

Each box will have 24 packs with six cards per pack and an MSRP of $3.99 which puts boxes in the $95 – $100 range.  With 144 cards total per box, and each box including 2 hits, having parallels and chases scattered in means it could be tight completing a base set with just one box.

Beckett News has additional photos and chase card information on their website.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume Exhibit Coming to the Smithsonian.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume Padme has announced that new costume exhibit will be coming to the Smithsonian.  Titled Star Wars and the Power of Costume, the exhibit will feature nine sections that will include outfits worn by Padme Amidala, Jedi, Darth Vader and the droids, C-3PO and R2-D2.

The exhibit will also feature multimedia components to go along with the 60 costumes that will be on display.  No date for the exhibit is given in the article but once it is announced, we’ll have an update.

Update! The Power of Costume exhibit will begin showing at the EMP Museum in Seattle on January 31, 2015. It will run until October 4, 2015 then it will move on.  Future stops haven’t been announced yet but a full press release and additional information about what will be included in the exhibit can be found on the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service website.

Luke Skywalker: Red Five X-Wing Pilot Pre-order from Sideshow

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Published on: October 30, 2014

Sideshow Luke Skywalker Red FiveSideshow has posted the pre-order for their new Luke Skywalker: Red Five X-Wing Pilot.  Luke comes with a removable helmet, extra hands and a stand.  He’s priced at $239.99 and will be released in October 2015.

There isn’t an exclusive version of this release but this is a Sideshow exclusive.

New Stormtrooper Pre-order from Hot Toys/Sideshow

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Published on: October 30, 2014

Hot Toys StormtroopersOn the heals of the September pre-order for the new Hot Toys Han and Chewbacca, Sideshow has posted the new 1:6 scale Stormtroopers.  There are three options for ordering; single Stormtrooper, 2-pack and 2-pack exclusive which comes with a blaster rack.

Both 2-packs include Stormtroopers of different heights, extra hands, stands, blasters and a mouse droid and heavy blaster rifle, which are exclusive to the 2-packs.  It isn’t listed if the single Trooper is the regular or shorter version but we’re guessing it’ll be the “normal” height.

The single Trooper is priced at $199.99 while both 2-packs are $399.99.  They’re all scheduled to ship in August 2015. Releases X-Wing & TIE Fighter Games

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Published on: October 28, 2014 has posted DRM free versions of several LucasArts games, including X-Wing and TIE Fighter.  The mid-90′s simulator games are still considered two of the best games ever released by LucasArts for the Star Wars franchise and while fans have been hoping for updated versions, being able to play the originals on current operating systems is still a fun option.

Both are available for download, along with bonus material, for $9.99 each from the website.  Also available, the popular Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic along with Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and The Secret of Monkey Island.

Sideshow Previews Luke Skywalker in X-Wing Pilot Outfit

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Published on: October 24, 2014

Sideshow Luke Skywalker X-WingIn yesterday’s newsletter, Sideshow posted a preview image for their upcoming 1:6 scale Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing Pilot uniform.  Luke was first teased during San Diego Comic-Con and it looks like we’re now close to having more details and a pre-order.

Medicom Chewbacca Sofubi

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Published on: October 23, 2014

Medicom posted a photo to Twitter showing off their new Chewbacca Sofubi figure.  Chewbacca is due in February 2015 and is listed for 9,000 Yen, which is about $83 but the previous Sofubi figures have been in the $185 – $195 range from sites such as BigBadToyStore.

Two New Star Wars Lego Sets Teased for 2015

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Published on: October 23, 2014

Groove Bricks posted two photos to Twitter showing new Star Wars Lego sets that we can expect in 2015.  They’re 75085 Hailfire Droid and 75087 Anakin’s Custom Jedi Starfighter.

As far as we know, neither has been offially announced yet and neither number showed up in the list of 2015 sets that we posted back on October 8th.  It’s possible that these could be store exclusives.  We’ll post more info when it becomes available.

Diamond Select Releases Plants vs Zombies Figures & New Marvel Minimates

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Published on: October 23, 2014

It’s another big week for comic shops, as Diamond Select Toys has delivered another super-exciting batch of new products! Their Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare action figures continue to roll out to stores, along with their Clerks 20th Anniversary Minimates set, an all-new Best of Marvel Minimates series, and the highly anticipated Mechagodzilla Vinyl Bust Bank! Read on for more details, and reserve yours at your local comic shop!

Clerks Minimates 20th Anniversary B&W Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys Release! These Minimates aren’t even supposed to be here today! It’s the 20th anniversary of Clerks, the legendary first movie by the godfather of geeks, Kevin Smith, and DST is celebrating with a box set of four Minimates! Dante, Randal, Jay and Silent Bob are each lovingly rendered in black-and-white, standing approximately 2 inches tall with a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142230, SRP: $19.99)

Best of Marvel Minimates Series 3 Asst.
A Diamond Select Release! The best Marvel Minimates DST has ever made are back for a third series! Four more two-packs of Marvel’s most famous heroes get the ultimate Minimate treatment, including Marvel Now Captain America with Spider-Sense Spider-Man, Transforming Grey Hulk with Mark 29 Armor Iron Man, Classic Hawkeye with Lab Attack Ant-Man and Luke Cage Power Man with Dragon Attack Iron Fist! Each Minimates mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed and Sculpted by Art Asylum!  (Item #MAY142222, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

Godzilla Classic Mechagodzilla Vinyl Bust Bank
A Diamond Select Release! Godzilla’s greatest foe is launching his attack! A cybernetic copy of Godzilla with superior firepower, this vinyl bust bank of Mechagodzilla is based on how the robotic kaiju appeared in 1974′s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Standing 8 inches tall, the bank features a coin slot in his back, as well as an access door in the base. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!  (Item #MAY142233, SRP: $22.99)

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A Diamond Select Toys Release! Can’t get enough of the acclaimed third-person shooter Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare? Stage your own battles using the brand-new assortment of action figures from Diamond Select Toys! Each two-pack includes a  5″ scale Zombie and an opponent Plant figure, each with multiple points of articulation. Free Garden Warfare bonus content download code in every package!

Scientist Zombie & Gatling Pea 2-Pack (Item #MAR141940, SRP: $19.99)

Foot Soldier Zombie (with bonus Commando head) & Camo Cactus 2-Pack (Item #MAR141941,  SRP: $19.99)

Engineer Zombie & Chomper 2-Pack (Item #MAR141942, SRP: $19.99)

All-Star Zombie & Shadow Flower 2-Pack (Item #MAR141943, SRP: $19.99)

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Gentle Giant Jumbo Admiral Ackbar Pre-order

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Published on: October 21, 2014

Gentle Giant Jumbo Admiral AckbarGentle Giant announced several new Jumbo figures during their San Diego Comic-Con presentation and Admiral Ackbar was one of them.  Now he’s up for order.  Priced at $80.00 directly from Gentle Giant, the Admiral is slated for a third quarter 2015 release.

If you’re looking for more pictures, has a first look with more information.

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