This Thursday, May 23rd, you’ll be able to place a pre-order for Sideshow’s new 1:6 scale Darth Vader figure. This version of Vader is from his appearance in Return of the Jedi and will include a removable mask and helmet so that he can be displayed as he appeared in the final scenes on the Death Star.
Vader will also come with 12 interchangeable hands, an Imperial-themed light up display and a meditation chamber stand for the removable helmet and mask. The Sideshow exclusive version will come with an additional severed gauntlet and hand.
Both the Sideshow exclusive and the regular edition will be priced at $249.99. Pre-orders will be live with the release of this week’s newsletter.
For more preview photos of Darth Vader and all the ordering information, head over to the Sideshow Experience Design & Development page.
Sideshow announced last June that they would be offering a deluxe Darth Vader 1:6 scale figure based on the Return of the Jedi appearance. The date for that pre-order is now set; May 23rd.
But pre-ordering isn’t the only way to get your hands on this newest offering, Sideshow is running a giveaway and all you have to do is offer up your email address.
We’ll probably see a full photo gallery on Tuesday and then Vader will be up for sale next Thursday. Look for the pre-order to go live late in the afternoon with the release of the newsletter.
Until then, head over to Sideshow’s website, enter the giveaway and take a look at the preview photo.
Sideshow is one of the top Star Wars license holders both on the product side and when it comes to customer support and interaction. For this year’s May the 4th Be With You celebration, they’re continuing to prove why.
From the teaser image posted yesterday, it looks like we’re getting really close to the release of their new Darth Vader figure, which was announced last year. But it doesn’t stop there, they also have two giveaways running right now and they’re pretty cool.
First up, you can enter to win a Jabba the Hutt prize pack which includes everything you need to build Jabba’s Palace in 1:6 scale.
Second, you can enter to win a set of Deluxe Clones by registering your email address.
Finally, if you place an in-stock order before May 9th, you’re eligible for a free Sideshow key chain.
Kotobukiya announced last year that they would be releasing metal business card holders featuring Han Solo in Carbonite and R2-D2 designs. Now, Big Bad Toy Store has pre-orders up for three new designs: Stormtrooper, Darth Vader and C-3PO.
We’re not sure if these were announced previously, but we double-checked our Celebration VI, New York Comic Con and Toy Fair photos and didn’t see them. All three are priced at $26.99 from BBTS, as are the Han Solo and R2-D2 releases, and are listed with a September 2013 release.
Back in September, Cartoon Network aired Star Wars Lego: The Empire Strikes Out, their most recent animated special. In just over a week, on March 26th, that special will be out on DVD. The set includes an exclusive Lego Darth Vader with medal minifigure. The set will retail for about $15 but is available for pre-order from Amazon, at the time of this post, for $9.99.
Gentle Giant has announced their 2013 Premier Guild gifts and they include three Star Wars offerings and a Marvel bust of War Machine. All Premier Guild memberships have gone up $10 to $80 for the year. The 2013 membership will include a 10% discount on all orders for regular releases, a $30 coupon on in-stock orders and a $10 gift certificate good on any one order, including pre-orders.
In order to guarantee your choice of membership gift, you must join the Premier Guild before June 1, 2013. All four gifts are listed for the fourth quarter but based on past years, we wouldn’t expect them before we ring in 2014.
Mace Windu from Attack of the Clones. One of Gentle Giant’s earliest busts, released in 2002 sans arms, Mace Windu makes a comeback with his unique purple bladed lightsaber.
Boba Fett Rocket Firing First Shot. Shot all in blue, with no paint, the J-Slot recreation of the vintage Kenner prototype will ship in a blister card inside a polybag.
Darth Vader Holographic Mini Bust. This release is a copy of the 2005 Revenge of the Sith bust only now in clear blue resin. The bust also lights up.
War Machine Mini Bust. Featuring light-up effects, this new bust is based on the Iron Man 2 appearance of the armor, as worn by Don Cheadle’s Rhody Rhodes.
The latest Mythos statue from Sideshow is Darth Vader and he’s now available for pre-order.
Scheduled for a September release, Darth Vader stands 21″ tall and comes with both Hayden Christensen and Sebastian Shaw portraits along with the classic helmet. Three right hands are also included so the statue can be displayed holding his lightsaber or helmet, or making a fist.
The Darth Vader Mythos statue is priced at $349.99 and is a Sideshow Collectibles exclusive. The Payment Plan is available and a non-refundable deposit of $35 is due at the time of order.
If you like cute plush toys, and who doesn’t, then you probably own something from Comic Images. They’ve been putting out plush toys in their Super Deformed line for nearly a decade while some offerings, like the Backpack and Plush Vehicles lines, are newer.
For 2013, Comic Images is offering a new line, Creatures. The first four offerings include a Tauntaun, Rancor, Wampa and Bantha. They’ve also expanded their Vehicles line which now includes an AT-AT, Millennium Falcon, Death Star and others. Another line that’s new is the Rag Dolls line which includes characters such as Wicket, Yoda, Chewbacca and Darth Vader.
Photos courtesy of Joe Kersavage
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.
The 12 Days of Sideshow rolls on with yesterday’s tease of new artwork for their upcoming Darth Vader Mythos statue.