3A Tomorrow Kings Lonely Star Warrior TK Sergeant Available Soon

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Published on: April 14, 2015

3A Tomorrow Kings Lonely Star Warrior TK Sergeant

3A has announced that they’ll be attending the Thailand Toy Expo from 30 Apr – 3 May, 2015 at CentralWorld Bangkok, Thailand. They’ll have several exclusives available at the show and more online at Bambaland, including the new 1:6 scale Tomorrow Kings Lonely Star Warrior TK Sergeant.

The TK Sergeant will be $160.00.

Hot Toys Announces Star Wars Celebration Spacetrooper

Hot Toys CVII Spacetrooper

Hot Toys has posted photos of a Star Wars Celebration exclusive Spacetrooper this morning. No pricing or pre-order details were given, and we’re not sure yet if this will be available at the show.

A full set of photos are available on the Hot Toys Facebook page. And keep your browsers pointed at the Sideshow website for ordering information.

Gentle Giant Announces 2015 Premier Guild Membership Gifts

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Published on: April 14, 2015

Gentle Giant announced their 2015 Premier Guild Membership gifts last night and they’ll have Emperor Palpatine, Commander Faie and a Scout Trooper.  The Premier Guild Membership will be $80 this year.

Funko Announces Star Wars Super Shogun Exclusives for Celebration

Funko just announced today on their blog that they will have two more exclusives for Star Wars Celebration; Super Shogun Boba Fett and Shadowtrooper.

Both figures are 24″ tall and feature wheeled feet.  The Shadowtrooper will have a launching left fist while Boba Fett features both a wrist and jetpack launcher.

Funko will be in booth #1410. No price was listed in the blog post.

Japanese Toy Company Primer

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Published on: April 13, 2015

Over the last year there has been an increase of Star Wars license holders from Japan and South East Asia that have announced or released action figures, models, die-cast vehicles and other toys to the US market.

To help keep some of the releases straight, we’ve put together a list of the various companies and the lines of toys that they put out.

Bandai

Bandai is the parent company of Tamashii Nations and both have multiple lines of toys.

  • Bandai
    • Movie Realization – 6” (1:12 scale) action figures
    • Egg Force – Stylized transforming action figures
    • Converge – Deformed characterization figures
  • Tamashii Nations
    • S.H. Figuarts – 6” (1:12 scale) action figures
    • S.H. Monsterarts – 6” (1:12 scale) action figures

Good Smile Company

The Good Smile Company and Max Factory will be rolling out a line of action figures under their Figma banner.  Figma are in the 6” scale, as with many of these new offerings, and are known for being very detailed, articulated and including multiple accessories if not also interchangeable hands and other parts.

Herocross

The Hong Kong-based Herocross is currently producing the Hybrid Metal Figuration line of action figures.  The 5” figures are made mostly of die-cast metal but also include soft goods.  While they are stylized, and slightly deformed, they are highly articulated and most come with multiple accessories including interchangeable hands or parts.

Kaiyodo

Kaiyodo produces the Revoltech line of highly articulated and detailed action figures in a 6” scale.

Medicom

Medicom has had several Star Wars action figure licenses over the last few years and has recently moved into the 6” scale with their MAFEX line.

  • Real Action Heroes – Approximately 10” (1:7 scale) detailed figures with soft goods
  • Kubricks – 3” stylized figures sold in blind boxes with chase figures
  • Vinyl Collectible Dolls (VCD) – Deformed/stylized, approximately 8” vinyl figures
  • Sofubi – Approximately 9” soft vinyl figures
  • Miracle Action Figure EX (MAFEX) – Approximately 6” scale, highly detailed and articulated

Square Enix

Square Enix will be releasing a line of 1:6 scale (approximately 11” tall) Star Wars figures as part of their Play Arts Kai line of action figures.  The Star Wars line is called Star Wars Variant and, as with their super hero lines, are amped up versions of the characters they represent.  The Square Enix toys are sculpted and usually include multiple accessories and interchangeable hands and parts.

threeA/3A

3A got their start as an outlet for figures based on Ashley Wood’s comic characters but are now branching into licensed toys.  Their Star Wars line will be called Star Wars Alternate.  At this time no actual toys have been shown so we’re not positive of the scale but the 3A toys are known for being sculpted but also having soft goods.

Hot Wheels R2-KT Celebration Exclusive to Benefit Star Wars: Force for Change

CVII Hot Wheels R2-KT

Mattel will be selling an exclusive R2-KT Hot Wheels car during Star Wars Celebration with proceeds going to Star Wars: Force for Change.  More details R2-KT and the charity have been posted on the Celebration website.

The R2-KT car is in the same style as the new character cars that Hot Wheels are releasing at retail.  R2-KT will be $10 and while it wasn’t mentioned on the Celebration website, we’re assuming it will be for sale at the Mattel booth #1222.

G.I. Joe Club Announces Figure Subscription Service 4 Figures & Club Exclusives

GI Joe 2015 Convention logoEven though the Figure Subscription Service (FSS) round 3 hasn’t wrapped up yet, today, at the G.I. Joe Convention, the Club announced the figures that will be in FSS 4.  They also spoke about several store exclusives and the 2016 membership releases.

Figure Subscription Service 4

While the 13th figure wasn’t named, as is Club policy, the 12 regular release figures were all named.  There weren’t any photos of the figures, but it shouldn’t be too long before the Club posts preliminary artwork.

  • G.I. Joe Bunker Buster, Code Name: Barricade
  • Cobra Commander’s Son, Code Name: Billy Arbco
  • G.I. Joe Intervention Specialist, Code Name: Bullhorn
  • Cobra Information Extractor, Code Name: Interrogator
  • G.I. Joe Military Police & K-9, Code Name: Law & Order
  • Cobra Battle Android Trooper Code Name: Inferno B.A.T.
  • G.I. Joe Ninja Commando, Code Name: Nunchuck
  • Ice Ninja Night Creeper
  • G.I. Joe Jungle Assault Specialist, Code Name: Pathfinder
  • Z-Force Communications, Code Name: Calvin “Jammer” Mondale
  • Tiger Force Advanced Recondo, Code Name: Sneak Peek
  • Tiger Force Survival Specialist, Code Name: Outback

It looks as if the Club is trying to finish off the Tiger Force collections as we had two figures in FSS 3 and this year’s convention set is Tiger Force themed.  We’re particularly looking forward to Billy and Z-Force Jammer.  However, as with FSS 2, we’re a little disappointed in the lack of female figures.

2015 Club Exclusives

3.75″

It was announced on the Transformers Club Facebook page late last year that they’d offer a 2015 exclusive set of Marissa Faireborn and Afterburner.  Marissa is the first human character released by the Transformers Club and she’s based on a G.I. Joe figure sculpt while Afterburner is a re-paint of the G.I. Joe Retaliation Wheel Blaster motorcycle that came with Firefly. Today during the Club panel it was revealed that the set will be a crossover exclusive available to both the Transformers and G.I. Joe Clubs.

Along with this set, a second set will include Old Snake and two Stealth B.A.T.S. which are repaints of the Transformers Prime Soundwave figure.

The third item is strictly Joe, a Wave Crusher with Sub Viper driver.

More details and pricing on these will be available later.

12″

For 1:6 scale collectors, the Club will offer two more figures in their Lost Talker series, Action Sailor and Pilot.  Both figures will feature digital talkers and include new phrases that weren’t available with the vintage releases.

2016 Membership

The 2016 memberships will again come in both 3.75″ and 12″ flavors and both will have add-on accessory sets available.

The 3.75″ membership figure will be the Cobra-La Emissary Pythona.  The add-on set will be Dreadnok mechanic Heartwrencher with the Dreadnok Ground Assault 4-WD.

Fans of the 12″ figures should be excited with next year’s offering; Mike Power the Atomic Man!  He’ll have two bionic legs and an electronic eye.  The add-on will be Field Mission Alpha which will include an outfit and accessories to send Mike Power on a fun adventure.

New 2015 G.I. Joe Sets Announced at G.I. Joe Con

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Published on: April 11, 2015

Taking a break from our Celebration coverage today to post some announcements coming out of the G.I. Joe Convention which is taking place this weekend in Springfield, IL.  Hasbro held their panel today and announced several new figure packs and two new vehicle releases along with their San Diego Comic-Con exclusives.

The retail presence for G.I. Joe, as it was in 2014, will be at Toys-R-Us.  There are five new 2-packs, four 3-packs and two vehicle sets.

2-Packs (MSRP $14.99)

  • Classic Clash: Storm Shadow and Spirit
  • Hunt for Cobra Commander: Cobra Commander and Shipwreck
  • Marine Devastation: Cobra Shadow Guard and Gung Ho
  • Swamp Steam: Croc Master and Blowtorch
  • Trooper Build-Up: Iron Grenadier and Steel Brigade

3-Packs (MSRP $19.99)

  • Chase for the M.A.S.S. Device: Cobra Commander, Cobra C.L.A.W.S. Trooper and Conrad “Duke” Hauser
  • Rock Rampage: Cobra Shock Trooper, Rock Viper and Alpine
  • Sneak Attack: Specialist Dusty, Firefly and Bazooka
  • Vanishing Act: Torpedo, Hit & Run and Zartan

Vehicles

  • Desert Duel: Cobra Basilisk w/ Cobra Elite Horseman vs G.I. Joe F.O.E. Striker w/ Philip “Chuckles” Provost (MSRP $49.99)
  • Silent Strike: Cobra H.I.S.S. Tank w/ H.I.S.S. Driver & Gunner vs G.I. Joe Stealth Skystriker w/ Brad “Ace” Armbruster & Sightline (MSRP $59.99)

Sightline is a new character and Hasbro has named the character after Garry “Goggles” Head, a long-time G.I. Joe collector and fan who passed away recently.  Garry was very active in the G.I. Joe community writing for websites, running a Facebook group and attending G.I. Joe events.

San Diego Comic-Con

The SDCC exclusives will be variants of the two regular release vehicle sets.  The vehicles in one set will swap teams, and paint decoration, and the figure mix will be different while the Desert Duel will include additional figures from the retail set.

Crimson Strike

Crimson Strike will feature the Skystriker in Cobra colors and renamed as the Cobra Scythe.  It will be piloted by A.V.A.C. and backed up by an Alley Viper Officer.  The H.I.S.S. is repainted green and named the Chimera.  The Joe team will consist of Grunt and Steeler. (MSRP $99.99)

Desert Duel

The vehicle teams and decoration will remain the same but Chuckles will be joined by Night Fox and the Elite Horseman will have a Cobra Air Trooper riding shotgun. (MSRP $59.99)

The box art for the two SDCC sets can be matched up to create a larger panorama scene.

Impressions

We’re happy to see that Alpine will be coming out in his classic deco. He was previously released in the M.A.S.S. Device DVD sets but was very hard to find, leading to a huge secondary market price.  While the 3-pack he comes in also includes Cobra Commander and a Cobra Trooper from that DVD pack, the final piece of the M.A.S.S. Device build-a-figure set isn’t, still leaving many collectors with an incomplete build.

Several of the other figures that will be released are either previously announced, but unreleased figures, like Blowtorch and Croc Master, or come from the Hasbro “concept case” which showed off proposed figures at Joe Con several years ago.

The Troop Build-Up 2-pack with the Iron Grenadier and Steel Brigade figures is also a welcomed addition as the Steel Brigade was very popular and the IG figure was one of the harder to find figures during its first retail release.

The two vehicle sets have stepped it up a notch from last year’s 50th Anniversary releases and seeing the Skystriker again, in black stealth mode, is sure to make a lot of people happy.  Even the AWE Striker, now called the F.O.E. Striker, has enough updates that it should sell well packaged with the Cobra version of the Snow Cat, now called the Basilisk.

Although Duke and Cobra Commander make appearances, as does Storm Shadow, it’s actually refreshing to see that Hasbro has decided again to skip selling us another Snake Eyes figure.  We can hope that the quality of the figures is a little better than the 50th Anniversary releases but even if they’re on par, the 2015 lineup looks pretty solid and we’re anxious to find them at retail.

Cartamundi Will Debut Two New Card Decks at Star Wars Celebration

Cartamundi announced on Twitter today that they’ll have two new decks of cards avaialble at Star Wars Celebration next week.  There will be both standard and collectible tin versions available.

These sets are in addition to the exclusives that were announced last week on the Jedi News UK site.  Cartamundi will be giving away “Lucky Sevens” playing cards as well as selling limited framed sets and plaques.

Cartamundi will be located at booth #902.

Lego Recreates Saga Movie Posters with Minifigures for Celebration

Lego announced on Twitter earlier today that they will be giving away six posters during Star Wars Celebration.  The posters recreate each of the six Saga movie posters using Lego minifigures.

Lego will be at booth #1025 at Celebration Anaheim.  They are also rumored to be selling a mini build exclusive but official word and photos have not been released.  We’ll update when that’s been officially announced.

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