Topps Announces Four of the Cut Signatures from the Masterwork Set

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Published on: January 28, 2015

Topps Masterworks Cut SignaturesTopps posted a photo to their Facebook timeline yesterday to highlight four of the five cut signatures that will be in the upcoming Star Wars Masterwork set and they include Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, John Hollis, and Shelagh Fraser who played Obi-Wan Kenobi, Grand Moff Tarkin, Lobot and Aunt Beru respectively.

These are each 1 of 1 cards and will be inserted into packs of the new set.  The Masterwork set will be released in February with a the premium price of $50 per pack or $200 per box.  This is a hobby release only so check with your local card and comic shops if you’re interested in picking them up.

Takara Metal Figure Collection Available for Pre-order

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Published on: January 27, 2015

BigBadToyStore.com has posted pre-orders for six new Star Wars figures in Takara’s Metal Figure Collection.

Each figure features metal and plastic and most have head and arm articulation while R2-D2 only has a rotating dome.  The photos came from the BBTS website and as you can see the Yoda and Luke figures don’t appear to be final.  All of the figures are priced at $11.99.

With the exception of Luke and Yoda, we believe the first sighting of these figures was during the Tokyo Toy Show in June 2014.  BBTS is estimating these figures to be released in April.

Anovos Posts AT-AT Driver Ensemble Pre-order

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Published on: January 27, 2015

Anovos AT-AT Driver EnsembleWe normally don’t cover props and replicas but we couldn’t pass up highlighting the new AT-AT Driver Ensemble from Anovos Productions.  The outfit includes most of the pieces you’ll need to dress as the driver of the fearsome AT-AT.  It incldues the helmet, jumpsuit, cloves and chest box with hoses.  Just add boots and you’re on your way.

Pre-orders are being accepted through February 7, 2015 with tiered pricing in place. Early orders, through today (January 27th), are priced at $1,200 then $1,360 until January 29th before going to full retail price of $1,600 through the end of the pre-order window.

The AT-AT Driver Ensemble is expected to ship in August.  Head over to the Anovos website for all the details on the costume as well as sizing and ordering information.

DCSWCC Commander Cody Pins Arriving

DCSWCC Cody PinBack in November, the DC Area Star Wars Collecting Club announced their new fundraising pin, Commander Cody, and now they’re starting to arrive.  The sales from this year’s pin will benefit The Children’s Inn at Nation Institutes of Health.

The Commander Cody pin is limited to 500 pieces and is priced at $11.  You can place your order and find out more information about the charity on the DCSWCC website.

The pin is just over 1.5″ tall and features a hologram of the Washington Monument which is a running theme with all of the DC Club’s pins.  Orders are still being taken and we’d suggest ordering soon as the edition size is smaller than previous pins from the club.

Sideshow TIE Fighter Pilot Pre-orders Are Live

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Published on: January 16, 2015

Sideshow TIE Fighter PilotSideshow has posted the live pre-orders for the new 1:6 scale TIE Fighter Pilot.  Both regular and exclusive are priced at $199.99 and are due in the fourth quarter of 2015.  The exclusive edition includes the cool blaster pistol which is a nod to the vintage Kenner accessory.

Alien and X-Force Minimates & More From Diamond Select

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Published on: January 15, 2015

It’s a new year, and the new year brings Diamond Select Toys’ first big New Toy Day! With six items hitting comic shops and specialty stores this week, it’s the perfect time to head down to your local store to check out the new items in person! A new box set of Marvel Minimates, a new bank and Minimates set from Aliens, two new Universal Monsters banks and the first-ever board game set in the View Askewniverse are all shipping this week! Read on for details, then place your order or reserve your items today!

Alien Egg with Facehugger Vinyl Money Bank
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Putting aside a nest egg? why not keep it in an actual egg? This 9-inch vinyl bank resembles an actual xenomorph egg from the Alien film quadrilogy, complete with a Facehugger alien skittering around on its outer surface. With a coin slot on the top and a door in the base, it’s the perfect place to keep your loose change safe from squeamish criminals! Comes packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item #SEP142249, SRP: $22.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/alien-egg-with-facehugger-vinyl-money-bank

Alien Minimates 35th Anniversary Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s been 35 years since Ridley Scott’s Alien set a new bar for both science fiction and horror and created a world that still amazes and terrifies us! DST is honoring the film that started it all with a special box set of four Minimates mini-figures, including Ripley, Kane, Parker and the Big Chap hiself, the original Xenomorph! Each fully poseable Minimate stands approximately 2 inches tall and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories, including a facehugger alien and the ship’s cat, Jonesy! Packaged on a blister card. (Item #JUL142034 SRP: $19.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/alien-minimates-35th-anniversary-box-set

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Monopoly Game
A Diamond Select Toys release! Bring the magic of the movies home with the first board game ever based on the films of Kevin Smith! The cross-country adventure of “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” is now an official, authorized edition of Monopoly, with a game board featuring art and locations from the movie! The game also has new Chance cards, Community Chest cards and game pieces, all set to the same classic Monopoly gameplay! Packaged in a full-color game box with movie artwork.   (Item #DEC142209, SRP: $39.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/jay-and-silent-bob-strike-back-monopoly-game

Marvel Minimates Classic X-Force Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys Release! When a job needs to be done and the X-Men are afraid to do it, that’s when X-Force steps in! Led by Cable, this team of young mutants is ready to bring the pain, and this box set flashes back to a time when stealth suits were unheard of and pouches were everywhere! The set includes Cable, Domino, Cannonball and Shatterstar, and each fully poseable Minimate stands approximately 2 inches tall and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a blister card. (Item #JUL142036, SRP: $19.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/marvel-minimates-classic-x-force-box-set

Universal Monsters Metaluna Mutant Vinyl Bust Bank
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Universal Monsters are not dead yet! This year, Halloween will bring one more vinyl bust bank to join the monstrous line-up, the Metaluna Mutant! Whether you love him from This Island Earth or the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 takedown, he’ll make a big impression on your shelf, with high-quality sculpting and paint details. Plus, his brain alone will hold several dollars in change, thanks to the coin slot on his back! Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #JUL142037, SRP: $22.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/universal-monsters-metaluna-mutant-vinyl-bust-bank

Universal Monsters Metaluna Mutant B&W Vinyl Bust Bank
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Metaluna Mutant is back in black (and white)! The horrific monstrosity that served a superior intelligence in the sci-fi classic This Island Earth (as well as the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 takedown) is getting the silver-screen treatment with a new, film-accurate grayscale edition of his vinyl bank! He’ll still make a big impression on your shelf, with high-quality sculpting and paint details, plus his brain alone will hold several dollars in change, thanks to the coin slot on his back! Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #APR148519, SRP: $22.99)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/universal-monsters-metaluna-mutant-bw-vinyl-bust-bank

Sideshow Previews New TIE Pilot 1:6 Scale Figure

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Published on: January 14, 2015

The pre-order will go live tomorrow, Thursday January 15th, for Sideshow’s new 1:6 scale TIE Fighter Pilot and yesterday they posted preview pictures.  He will come with a stand, extra hands and the standard Imperial Blastech E-11 rifle.  What’s really cool, however, is the exclusive which will be a blaster pistol which is a throwback to the vintage Hasbro figure’s weapon.

The TIE Pilot, both regular and exclusive editions, will be priced at $199.99 with Sideshow’s payment plan available. The photos are mirrored above but also check out Sideshow’s TIE Pilot preview page for all the information and pictures.

Big Plans from Topps in 2015

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Published on: January 2, 2015

Topps LogoICv2 posted an article in December highlighting several new releases from Topps for 2015. We already knew about the Masterwork set coming early in the year, with the expensive premium release not being something we are looking forward to.

Of the five releases that ICv2 posts about the only one we’re currently looking forward to is the Star Wars Rebels release slated for February. Being that it’ll be retail only, 100 cards in the base set, and has a relatively attainable list of chase cards, we’ll probably be buying in on this set.

The other three releases include Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Illustrated, a followup to the 2013 A New Hope release, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith 3D Widevision and Star Wars Chrome Perspectives Part 2.

The Revenge of the Sith 3D release will follow the 2014 Return of the Jedi model and be released online only, via the Topps website, for $100 in a limited edition package.

ICv2 doesn’t have any info on a probably The Force Awakens set but history shows we can expect some type of release for it.

Head over to the ICv2 website for all the details they have on the sets.

Sideshow Teaser for Ralph McQuarrie Artist Series Stormtrooper

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Published on: January 2, 2015

Sideshow RMQ Stormtrooper TeaserSideshow announced they’d be doing a Ralph McQuarrie Artist Series line of statues and teased several during the 2014 Sand Diego Comic-Con. Today, as part of the 12 Days of Sideshow they announced the Stormtrooper as coming soon.

There isn’t much in the photo so we’re looking forward to a full preview. The teaser image also comes with the standard caveat for early looks, “Prototype Pending Approval.” We’re not sure if a scale was announced for this line so it will be interesting to see if they’re scaled to the Premium Format line or will have their own scale like the Mythos line.

We’ll have more info when it becomes available.

Last Day for 2014 Rancho Obi-Wan Membership Kit

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Published on: December 31, 2014

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Hey Everyone!

I’m writing to encourage you to become a member of Rancho Obi-Wan before midnight, December 31st.  If you are already a member–thank you!

Your donation allows us to continue our mission of Inspiration.  Each year we donate thousands of dollars worth of tours and books to kids and other charities.  The ability to share the collection with so many depends on your support. 

It’s easy to sign up, just click on the link:  

http://www.ranchoobiwan.org/support/memberships/

* The $40 donation is tax-deductible.  With only 2 days left in the year, now is the time to give to get credit for 2014. 

* Rancho Obi-Wan’s 2014 thank you gift and special renewal pin will only be sent to those signing up before midnight, December 31st. Make sure your Rancho Obi-Wan collection is as complete as possible! 

Rancho Obi-Wan Membership Kit 2014

* Your membership will be valid through all of 2015.  We’ll make sure you get priority offers and special privileges in what is going to be an amazing Star Wars year.  And don’t forget, only members can purchase tickets to tour Rancho Obi-Wan!

* All members of Rancho Obi-Wan can participate in the Rancho Recruiter program and get great swag: http://www.ranchoobiwan.org/ranchorecruiter/

Thank you for your consideration and we hope you have a wonderful start to 2015!

Anne Neumann

 

 

-Anne Neumann
General Manager
Rancho Obi-Wan, Inc.
www.RanchoObiWan.org/social

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