There are so many new Star Wars themed Angry Birds items coming out that it’s hard to keep track of them all. But last night, at Target, we spotted several new products that are kind of fun.
First is a Chewbacca bird bathmat that’s about 24″ in diameter. Next up are two towels; Chewbacca shows up again as a hooded poncho and there’s also a Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot bird hooded wrap. Both are $14.99 but we missed the price on the bath mat.
We found these on an end cap by the bed and bath section where they also had some of the plush pillows and a few other items, like throws and bedding.
Hasbro has posted a press release in advance of this weekend’s Toy Fair to promote new toys that we’ll be seeing this year. There are a couple of Star Wars items on the list but more will be revealed at Hasbro’s press event on Saturday.
ANGRY BIRDSTM STAR WARS® JENGA®RISE OF DARTH VADERTM GAME
May the Force be with you as you battle the dark side in the new ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS JENGA RISE OF DARTH VADER GAME. Slingshot your JEDI birds from the LIGHTSABER LAUNCHER to defeat DARTH VADER and the evil SITH LORDS and win the game! Players can also unlock ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS in-app content with a special code in each pack. (Ages: 8 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Players: 1-2/Available: Fall 2013)
First announced at the UK Toy Fair, where it won an award, we also have the announcement of the 12″ Anakin to Darth Vader action figure.
STAR WARS® ANAKIN TO DARTH VADER™ ACTION FIGURE
Hasbro introduces a breakthrough action figure innovation to celebrate the DARTH VADER character with the STAR WARS ANAKIN TO DARTH VADER figure. Standing at 13-inches tall, this figure changes from ANAKIN SKYWALKER to DARTH VADER by attaching the helmet and armor, and includes iconic phrases, sound effects, and a LIGHTSABER that changes from blue to red. (Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99; Available: Fall 2013)
Look for more news concerning the Black Series and other action figure releases during our coverage this weekend.
After the debut last fall of Hasbro’s new Angry Birds line of games, a new set has been spotted at retail; Millennium Falcon Bounce Game.
Priced at about $23, we spotted a copy of it at Walmart in the past week. When the first announcement of the Angry Birds line was made there was a Millennium Falcon Heroes Koosh refill 3-pack with Leia, Han and Chewbacca birds which makes a little more sense now.
If these aren’t in your local stores yet, they probably will be soon with the holidays over, stores going through resets and inventory.
Let’s face it, from a collecting standpoint, 2012 was one of the worst years of the modern hobby. Hasbro had a terrible time getting product to store shelves, the Clone Wars line was nearly abandoned and the glut of The Phantom Menace product echoed 1999.
Still, 2012 brought the 3D release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace to theaters, we partied at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, Florida, The Clone Wars is enjoying it’s fifth season on Cartoon Network and we had the huge surprise of Disney announcing its purchase of Lucasfilm.
It depends on how you look at things, when picking the Best and Worst, and even with the problems collectors faced this year, it’s hard to deny that Hasbro did have some ambitious offerings this year, Gentle Giant surprised us, Sideshow continues to roll, Lego is in good shape and we now have 2015 to look forward to as that’s when Disney’s news trilogy of Star Wars films is set to launch.
Most of this article had been written before Hasbro’s announcement that they’d extend the release of Vintage Collection figures into 2013. That doesn’t let them off the hook on the terrible distribution we saw in 2012 but it does give hope that collectors will have an additional shot at some excellent toys. However, it doesn’t fix the problem with the Naboo Starfighter and, as of now, doesn’t bode well for the 2013 Legacy Collection/Droid Factory releases that were shown off at Celebration. It’s possible that line has been pushed to Fall but there’s also speculation that it’s been cancelled altogether with the figures either going into an as yet unannounced Vintage Collection expansion or being abandoned altogether in favor of repacks and repaints allowing Hasbro to sit in a holding pattern until things are sorted with the Disney buyout of Lucasfilm and the new movie slated for 2015.
Read on for this year’s Best and Worst. (more…)
It wasn’t even a month ago that the new Star Wars Angry Birds game was announced and today it’s available. You can download the PC version for $4.99, iTunes has it for $0.99 on the iPhone and $2.99 on the iPad and if you have an Android device, there’s a free version with advertisements or you can buy it for $2.99.
And don’t forget the tabletop games from Hasbro that are now available at Toys-R-Us.
Rovio Entertainment posted a new video for their upcoming Star Wars/Angry Birds crossover app and this time it includes gameplay. The app is scheduled for a November 8th release.
This morning there was a big event at the Times Square Toys-R-Us store where the official announcement was made for the new Star Wars and Angry Birds crossover.
Starting on November 8th, you’ll be able to download the new game from angrybirds.com/starwars. You can head over there now for some wallpaper downoads and other preliminary content.
Hasbro, Rubie’s and Cartamundi will all be selling toys and games based on the new crossover. (more…)
Photo Courtesy Idle Hands Blog
A teaser image was posted yesterday with an announcement scheduled for Monday, but the news is breaking early; Star Wars is crossing over with Angry Birds!
Paul over at the Idle Hands blog, dropped some photos and information earlier today which shows some of what we can expect. Hasbro will be offering up a Death Star Jenga set, AT-AT Attack Battle Game and an Early Angry Birds Figure Pack which includes Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Luke and R2-D2 as Angry Birds characters.
Rubies will be offering up some costumes and there will be some plush toys available also.
Personally, I think I’m too excited for my own good with the fact that the AT-AT Attack game comes with an AT-AT Driver pig! The official reveal will be Monday at Toy-R-Us Times Square but you can head over to the Idle Hands blog now and see some photos and check out the info that Paul posted.