Between leaked product lists and information that came from the London Toy Fair, we knew much of what we’d be seeing at Toy Fair this year but it was still great to finally see it in person.
The runners up in the vote were Jocasta Nu and Jaxxon. That’s twice that those characters have finished in the top 5. Unfortunately, we didn’t ask about their chances now. Hopefully someone else did and we’ll here about it elsewhere.
The big item on everyone’s mind, of course, was the MTT. This new large ship is nearly 3 feet long when the Battle Droids deploy. There are electronic sounds, firing missiles and opening panels for drivers and other figures to ride in. The MTT includes 20 Battle Droids and Obi-Wan Kenobi. There are 4 articulated Battle Droids and 16 that are fixed and fit in the deployment rack in the front. The rack automatically opens and closes, once you manually move the deployed droids back to the center of the rack. The MSRP is $139.99 and will be due this fall.
San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive
The second large announcement was for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con exclusive. As with last year’s this will feature a large cardboard display only in the shape of the carbon freeze camber from Bespin. There are 7 figures included, one from each of the 6 Saga films and one exclusive:
- Jar Jar Binks
- Clone Trooper Lieutenant
- Shock Trooper
- Bespin Leia
- Darth Vader
The exclusive figure will be a Jar Jar Binks in Carbonite block. This is based both on the original Han in Carbonite figure but also a fan made life-size frozen Jar Jar. The block has a removable center that can be turned around to show a “defrosted” block. The regular Jar Jar will actually fit in the cavity.
To make the set even more special, each of the 6 basic figures will be carded on a card back that uses proposed, but rejected, vintage artwork from the Kenner Vault. Just as with last year, all 6 will be available at retail on the Kenner card back and regular Vintage Collection movie cards. The price of the exclusive is said to be approximately $70.
There wasn’t a lot of new Clone Wars announcements but we did see the next wave which includes:
- Commander Wolff
- Republic Commando Boss
- Super Battle Droid
- Captain Rex
Rex and Wolff both have the new Phase II helmets while the Super Battle Droid has a new paint deco. And it’s good to see Aayla make a comeback, she was exceptionally hard to find the first time. There will also be some new Class I Fleet Vehicles, but we already knew about them and they weren’t on display.
Collectors were happy to see, in person, several new characters that were rumored but are now official. Here are the wave breakdowns and approximate release date;
- Wave 6 (June)
- Clone Pilot Odd Ball
- Grand Moff Tarkin
- Nikto Skiff Guard
- Galen Marek (Starkiller)
- Shae Vizla (The Old Republic)
- Wave 7 (July)
- Ahsoka (Clone Wars, realistic version)
- Obi-Wan Kenobi (Clone Wars, realistic)
- Gungan Warrior (From Discover the Force)
- Nien Nunb
- Emperor’s Royal Guard
- Aurra Sing (From Discover the Force)
- Mawhonic (From Discover the Force)
- Naboo Pilot (From Discover the Force)
- Wave 8 (August – SDCC figures)
- Jar Jar Binks
- Clone Lieutenant
- Bespin Princess Leia
- Wave 8.2 (August)
- Darth Vader
- Republic Trooper (The Old Republic)
We were also shown two Battle Packs coming this year that will have all new figures. They were shown in the presentation but were not on the floor. The sets include:
- Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Bespin Luke Skywalker
- Episode 1 Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Darth Maul
Fighter Pods are the new kid oriented line of battle figures. While these are already out, there are more sets on the way. We didn’t go over all the figures but did notice a couple new vehicles such as a Republic Gunship, X-Wing and Shuttle.
AMP’D is a new line of figures and vehicles that can be customized with interchangeable parts. You can take the TIE Advanced, for example, and turn it into a TIE Crawler or create your own unique take on the classic vehicle. There are single carded figures, approximately 3-inches tall, that can be customized by replacing arms with weapons, for example. There are several different sizes and price points but initially there will be 12 figures and 6 vehicle sets. Look for these in the fall.
- Carded Figures ($6.99)
- Darth Maul
- Obi-Wan Kenobi
- Captain Rex
- General Grievous
- Figure and Vehicle ($14.99)
- AT-RT w/ Clone Trooper
- S.T.A.P. w/ Battle Droid
- Jedi Starfighter ($19.99)
- Anakin’s Starfighter w/ Anakin and R2-D2
- AAT ($24,99)
- AAT w/ Battle Droid Commander
- X-Wing and TIE Fighter 2-pack ($39.99)
- X-Wing w/ Luke Skywalker and R2-D2
- TIE Fighter w/ Darth Vader