StarWars.com Previews Sideshows ARC Troopers Echo & Fives

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Published on: July 29, 2014

Sideshow Echo and FivesStarWars.com has the exclusive preview of Sideshow’s upcoming Echo and Fives 1:6 scale ARC Troopers.

Both come with helmets and character portraits and the exclusives will be stands with their individual decos.

There will be an assortment of weapons and extra hands for each character as well as the detailed armor, holsters and bodysuits for each.

Although no pre-order date was given, a Tuesday reveal is usually followed up with a Thursday order so we’ll keep you posted on that. In the meantime, head over to StarWars.com to check out all the photos and see a full list of all the accessories.

New Lego Sets Hitting Retail

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Published on: July 28, 2014

Lego usually schedules major releases of new sets for January and August and this year is no different.  But with only three days left in July, the new Star Wars sets are starting to be found at Toys-R-Us and Target stores around the country.  For the two new Rebels sets, 75048 The Phantom and 75053 The Ghost, they may already be in some Lego stores and you can pick up a Toys-R-Us exclusive Super Pack which includes the Ghost and The Phantom for $109.99 which is about $5 cheaper than buying them separately.

Below are photos and a list of August sets with prices and minifigures

  • 75048 The Phantom : 234 pieces $24.99 – Ezra, C1-10P (Chopper)
  • 75049 Snowspeeder : 279 pieces $29.99 – Snowtrooper, Luke Skywalker, Dak Ralter
  • 75050 B-Wing: 448 pieces $49.99 – Ten Numb, General Airen Cracken, Gray Squadron Pilot
  • 75051 Jedi Scout Fighter : 490 pieces $59.99 – Yoda Chronicles Jek-14, Ithorian Jedi Master, RA-7 Protocol Droid, Astromech Droid
  • 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina : 616 pieces $69.99 – Bith Musician, Greedo, Han Solo, obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Sandtrooper
  • 75053 The Ghost : 929 pieces $89.99 – Zeb Orrellios, Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus, Stormtrooper
  • 75054 At-At : 1137 pieces $109.99 – General Veers, Snowtrooper Commander, AT-AT Drivé, 2x Snowtrooper
  • 75055 Imperial Star Destroyer : 1359 pieces $129.99 – 2x Stormtrooper, Imperial Officer, Imperial Navy Trooper, Imperial Crew, Darth Vader
  • 75058 MTT: 954 pieces $89.99 – Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Naboo Security Guard, Battle Droid Pilot, 7x Battle Droid, PK-4 Droid
  • 66512 The Ghost & The Phantom Super Pack: 1163 pieces $109.99 – Ezra, C1-10P (Chopper) and Zeb Orrellios, Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus, Stormtrooper

Gentle Giant San Diego Comic-Con Announcements

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Published on: July 28, 2014

Update – It looks like we missed a couple of concept pictures from Gentle Giant’s presentation at San Diego Comic-Con.  In addition to the Zam Wesell statue, GG showed concepts for Aayla Secura and Republic Commando statues.

Gentle Giant played a video during their segment of Friday’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con which included many items that have previously been shown or debuted in their display cases on Thursday.

The Jumbo line had the most new announcements but there are new mini busts and statues on the way.

The mini bust line will add both Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker from the Yavin medal ceremony in A New Hope.

The Jumbo line will expand with Admiral Ackbar, Logray and an Ugnaught (both blue and purple capes were shown in the video) along with Leia as Boushh.  Jabba the Hutt with his dais was also teased but no prototype was shown.

The Life-size Jumbo line, which already has offered pre-orders for the Stormtrooper and Darth Vader, is expanding to include Boba Fett.

The new Rebels television show will have three upcoming maquettes of Ezra and Chopper, the Inquisitor and Zeb while the only new realistic statue announced was Zam Wesell.

The Her Universe Fashion Show Announces Winners

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Published on: July 27, 2014

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“GEEK COUTURE” IS THE HIT OF SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

AS TWO WINNERS ARE CHOSEN IN THURSDAY NIGHT’S

FIRST-EVER HER UNIVERSE FASHION SHOW

Two contestants awarded the opportunity to design a Her Universe Collection for Hot Topic

 

July 25th – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The first-ever The Her Universe Fashion Show, at San Diego Comic-Con, sponsored by Her Universe, Hot Topic and Nerdist Industries, debuted last night to a packed house and great success with 36 stunning “Geek Couture” designs hitting the runway at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Harbor Ballroom. Only two designers could ultimately win the grand prize – the opportunity to design a fashion collection with Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein for specialty retailer, Hot Topic. The panel of celebrity judges chose Amy Beth Christenson for her design “Great Skirt, Marty” based on Back to the Future while the audience picked Andrew MacLaine for his design Regina’s Curse based on Once Upon a Time. The designers’ fashions embraced everything that is celebrated at Comic-Con – from sci-fi films and TV to comics, gaming, fantasy and more and it was tough to only pick two winners.

“Geek Couture has officially invaded San Diego Comic Con! Last night was truly a celebration of the Fangirl culture and geek fashion,” said actress, Her Universe Founder and Fashion Show Host, Ashley Eckstein. “The feeling in the room was absolutely electric! All of the designs blew me away!”

During the fashion show, Ashley Eckstein made a surprise announcement regarding a new collaboration with legendary Japanese animation company, Studio Ghibli, for an exclusive line of Her Universe fangirl merchandise to be sold exclusively at Hot Topic. This marks the first time Studio Ghibli has licensed a company to create apparel and gift items in the U.S. for such beloved Hayao Miyazaki films as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service. To honor this announcement, Eckstein wore a Totoro inspired geek couture gown designed and made by Catherine Elhoffer of Elhoffer Design.

The Her Universe Fashion Show ended the night on another high note with the Hot Topic after party featuring a live concert with pop punk band All Time Low rocking the house. Fashion Show partner, Nerdist Industries, filmed the entire Her Universe Fashion Show and will release footage of the event this weekend, with the full show being available online later this summer.

Photo credit by Kelsey Edwards Photography

Hair and Make-up Partner: Espionage Cosmetics

Ashley Eckstein’s Hair and Make-up by Jen Blanchard for Opus Beauty

About Her Universe
Her Universe was launched in 2010 by actress and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein and The Araca Group, a leading theatrical production and brand management company. Ashley and Araca created Her Universe to address the expanding market of female sci-fi and fantasy fans.  We entered our first agreement with Lucas Licensing to develop and produce a line of female-centered Star Wars apparel and accessories. The success of that line was followed up with a collection for BBC America for Doctor Who, and CBS Consumer Products for Star Trek and AMC for The Walking Dead, Nerdist Industries, Marvel and Hasbro for Transformers. You can learn more about Her Universe and purchase the current line of fangirl apparel and accessories by going to  www.heruniverse.com and by following Eckstein & Her Universe on Facebook (facebook.com/HerUniverse) and Twitter (twitter.com/HerUniverse).

About Hot Topic
Hot Topic is a mall-and web-based specialty retailer beloved by rebellious and expressive teens for 25 years. Hot Topic offers music and pop culture junkies band-related apparel and accessories, licensed merchandise, and fashion apparel and accessories. Hot Topic operates 644 stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and an online store at hottopic.com. Find Hot Topic on Twitter (twitter.com/hottopic), Facebook (facebook.com/hottopic), YouTube (youtube.com/hottopic) and Instagram (instagram.com/hottopic).

About Nerdist Industries
Nerdist Industries is a multi-platform creator of genre and popular culture content. Founded by CEO Chris Hardwick, its online presence includes a website at Nerdist.com; a premium YouTube channel (youtube.com/nerdist) featuring Nerdist News hosted by Jessica Chobot; a combined 2.4 million Twitter followers; a Podcast Network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast; The Nerdist School comedy training program; and the Nerdist Alliance, a community of curated partnerships with some of YouTube’s most talented and passionate creators creators including up and coming stars Hannah and Hilly Hindi of The Hillywood Show. Nerdist also produces content for television including @midnight for Comedy Central and All Star Celebrity Bowling for AMC. Further, Nerdist hosts live events around the country such as The Nerdist Podcast Live! and Course of the Force, an annual lightsaber relay in partnership with Lucasfilm LTD. Legendary Entertainment acquired Nerdist Industries in August 2012.

About San Diego Comic-Con International
Comic-Con International: San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. For more information on this year’s San Diego Comic Con go to http://www.comic-con.org/cci

Diamond Select & Nickelodeon Partner on TMNT Toys

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Published on: July 27, 2014

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are more popular today than ever before. The newest animated series on Nickelodeon is beloved by new and longtime fans alike, creating a diverse audience hungry for new stories, media and merchandise. With that audience in mind, Nickelodeon has partnered with Diamond Select Toys (DST) to create a similarly diverse array of toys and collectibles for fans of the hit franchise, with the first products scheduled to debut at the 2014 Comic-Con International in San Diego.

“The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are one of those brands that any company would love to work on,” says Diamond Select Toys president Chuck Terceira. “Not just because it’s so popular today, but because it’s such a long-lived property, with distinctly different incarnations of the Turtles and their colorful supporting characters stretching back to the late 1980s. Plus, it’s just a heck of a lot of fun. They’re turtles who fight ninjas, robots, and talking brains. What’s not to love?”

“The depth of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise allows us to continue to create new products that will resonate with both new and loyal fans,” said Manuel Torres, Senior Vice President, Global Toys and Publishing, Nickelodeon Consumer Products.  “Partnering with Diamond Select Toys to create a variety of products is a perfect example of the momentum of the Heroes in a Half Shell.”

Comic-Con International in San Diego, which runs from July 24-28, will see the first physical Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles products from Diamond Select, two translucent Minimates mini-figures of Leonardo and Michelangelo.  These products will be handed out for free (while supplies last) daily during the convention at the Diamond Select Toys booth (#2607) and Nickelodeon booth (#4113), respectively.

Products from several different categories will begin to hit stores in September, including:

•    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Series 1: The cast of the animated series has been transformed into a series of 2 -inch block figures as part of the wide-ranging Minimates brand. Each figure in the line features interchangeable parts as well as their trademark weapons. Characters include the four Turtles, April O’Neil, Shredder, Foot Soldiers, Foot-Bot, Kraang and Exo-Armor Kraang and are available in blind bags and two-packs. Sold at comic shops, specialty stores, Kmart, Sears and Toys “R” Us.

•    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vinyl Bust Banks: The four turtles will be re-created from the waist-up as full-color vinyl money banks. Striking action poses with their trademark weapons, each 7 inch bust is based on 3D data from the animated series, and will feature collectible-quality sculpting and paint, as well as a coin slot and access door. Sold at comic shops, specialty stores and Toys “R”Us.

•    Michelangelo Metal Bottle Opener: A classic image of Michelangelo enjoying a slice of pizza, taken from promotional artwork for the 1987 cartoon series, has been turned into a 3D metal bottle opener, with magnets on the back so it can be hung on any metal surface. Sold at comic shops and specialty stores.

•    Michelangelo Pizza Cutter: Michelangelo’s mind is always on pizza, and now his head will help slice it! This pizza cutter shaped like Michelangelo’s head is a must-have for any pizza party, Turtle-themed or otherwise. Sold at comic shops and specialty stores.

ABOUT DIAMOND SELECT TOYS AND COLLECTIBLES, LLC

Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles, LLC was founded in 1999 by sister company Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Envisioned to create unique and exciting collectibles for children and adults alike, the company has licensed a vast array of pop culture properties to be turned into merchandise. In 2007, Diamond Select Toys acquired select assets of the New York design studio Art Asylum, creators of the global Minimates brand. Minimates have been recognized as the #1 selling block figure in the world and were the first toys ever to be inducted into the ToyFare Hall of Fame in 2007. With partners including Marvel Enterprises, Universal Studios, EA Games, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon and Sony Pictures, Diamond Select manufactures a wide variety of collectible products, and is headquartered in Hunt Valley, MD. For more information, visit www.diamondselecttoys.com.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com.  Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

Sideshow Collectibles Announces McQuarrie Artist Series

Most of the items that Sideshow spoke about in Friday’s panel have already been announced or even have pre-orders available for them but they did slip in a few new items.

Sideshow McQuarrie Artist Series

The biggest announcement was a followup to a tease about items based on Ralph McQuarrie’s artwork.  The new McQuarrie Artist Series will be a line of 1:5 scale statues that appear to be somewhat reminiscent of the Mythos line.  Sideshow’s San Diego Comic-Con slideshow features a Stormtrooper, Darth Vader and Boba Fett based on McQuarrie’s early concept artwork.

Shown at the booth is their upcoming Premium Format Boba Fett and more pics of a previously announced PF Darth Vader were included in the slideshow.  Fans can also look forward to a Sandtrooper which was debuted during the panel.

The 1:6 scale items were all previously announced as were the Legendary and Life-Size scaled items.

Kotobukiya Announces New Upcoming Releases

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Published on: July 26, 2014

Kotobukiya - Han and ChewbaccaA joint panel at San Diego Comic-Con hosted eFX, Kotobukiya, Sideshow and Gentle Giant with each company taking turns showing off upcoming items and recapping some that have already been announced.

Kotobukiya is continuing their 1:10 scale ARTFX+ line as well as adding a new Darth Vader to their 1:7th scale lineup which includes sounds.  

ARTFX+ 1:10

  • Han and Chewbacca
  • Luke and Leia
  • R2-M5 with coin: Barnes & Noble exclusive
  • Snowtrooper 2-pack
  • K-3PO
  • Yoda and R2-D2
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi A New Hope

The next Bishoujo statue will be a female Stormtrooper and the light-up chopsticks line adds Mace Windu and Yoda.

New items include Sandwich and Boiled Egg shapers.  Both lines will include Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper while the Egg Shaper line will also include C-3PO and R2-D2.

Most of the ARTFX+ statues are slated for a 2015 release but Han and Chewbacca will be out later this year.

Official Hasbro Images of New Command Line

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Published on: July 26, 2014

One of the new lines that Hasbro debuted at Toy Fair this year was Command.  Command are sets of small static figures and vehicles that are reminiscent of the old army figures.

Hasbro is showing off several upcoming releases both in their display cabinets and in a large custom display on the floor of San Diego Comic-Con.  Shown in the presentation today were several sets from both the Original and Prequel Trilogies along with a carrying case and two Toys-R-Us exclusives.

One of the exclusives, Reveal the Rebels: Galactic Battlefield, contains 93 figures and vehicles including a Star Destroyer that opens and launches a ball to defeat the Rebels.  The second set contains 51 figures to increase the playability.

This line of toys while being a similar scale to the smaller Unleashed line from a few years ago, lacks paint apps but adds a certain game quality that the Fighter Pods line didn’t seem to capture.

Hasbro San Diego Comic-Con Star Wars Panel Images

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Published on: July 25, 2014

Hasbro has posted official images of the upcoming Star Wars figures and vehicles that they previewed during their panel earlier today.

Hasbro Star Wars Panel at SDCC Reveals New Releases

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Published on: July 25, 2014

Hasbro held their annual San Diego Comic-Con panel from 3-4PM EST today and there were a few new announcements including some confirmations of rumors we’ve been hearing about for the past couple of months.

The list of announcements is below.  We’ll update later when Hasbro publishes photos.

Mission Series

  • IG-RM & Cikatro Vizago (Scar Face) Rebels
  • Wullffwarro & Wookiee Warrior Rebels
  • Wicket & Scout Trooper ROTJ
  • Bossk & IG-88 TESB

Saga Legends

  • AT-DP Pilot: Rebels
  • TIE Pilot: Rebels
  • Jedi Temple Guard: The Clone Wars
  • Commander Gree: The Clone Wars
  • AT-AT Driver: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Plo Koon: The Clone Wars

Vehicles

  • Imperial Troop Transport: Rebels
  • Hero Series X-Wing with electronics: Sam’s Club Exclusive
  • Hero Series Millennium Faclon: Walmart Exclusive
  • AT-DP Pilot & AT-DP: Target Exclusive
  • Kanan Jarrus & The Phantom: Target Exclusive
  • The Inquisitor & TIE Fighter Prototype: Target Exclusive

Black Series 6″

  • TIE Pilot
  • Han Solo in Stormtrooper armor
  • Clone Trooper Sergeant Phase I
  • Bossk
  • Luke Skywalker & Wampa
  • Han Solo & Tauntaun
  • Emperor Palpatine
  • Shadow Trooper: Target Exclusive
  • Shadow Biker Scout & Speeder Bike: Target Exclusive

Black Series 3.75″

  • Yavin Ceremony Princess Leia
  • Desert Armor Commander Wolffe
  • Captain Rex
  • Commander Doom: The Clone Wars
  • Chewbacca Ceremonial
  • Dabogah Darth Vader w/ hole in helmet
  • Jon “Dutch” Vanders

12″ Figures

  • Rebels 6-pack: Target Exclusive
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