Your Star Wars Guide to Emerald City Comicon 2017

Each year around this time, Seattle plays host to one of the biggest comic conventions in the country. Emerald City Comicon which is now in its 15th year, brings out fandom of many different genres but of course, if you are reading this you most likely fall on the Star Wars side of fandom which is why are proud to once again present to you our fourth annual Your Star Wars Guide to Emerald City Comicon! As in years past, our goal is to help provide you with the most Star Wars-infused convention experience possible (outside of attending a Star Wars Celebration convention, which we will be in Orlando this April as well)! ECCC continues to grow each year and expand its offerings to fandom [...]

By |2017-02-28T00:15:17-08:00February 28th, 2017|Categories: Comic Cons|Tags: |

TOY RUN – Episode 48: Toy Fair ‘17 Recap Show with Galaxy of Toys

With last week’s Toy Fair now behind us, the cast of the Galaxy of Toys Podcast reassembles to bring you the Hasbro high and low lights from this year’s New York trade show. The hosts, Jake and Criz Bee also check-in with friend of the show Chris Pirillo to learn about his Disney World Star Wars VIP tour and his upcoming Galaxaar - Collectables Bazaar.  Plus Force Friday II, Han Solo’s Newbacca, the Disney Elite hiatus, Emerald City Comicon panels and much much more in Episode 48 of TOY RUN! Show Notes New York Toy Fair Hasbro Press Photos Toy Fair Coverage 2017 The Sandcrawler Podcast Galaxy of Toys Podcast Emerald City Comicon Panel Galaxaar We want to hear from you! If you have questions [...]

By |2017-02-24T00:14:11-08:00February 24th, 2017|Categories: Toy Fair, Toy Run|Tags: |

The Sandcrawler Podcast #16

Jake Stevens joins fellow Star Wars collectors and all around great guys Mike (Tarkin) and (Dengar) Dan for some Star Wars action figure discussion on the latest episode of The Sandcrawler podcast entitled "Jake Stevens, The Kenner Hole & Patriots Rule". We are very excited to welcome Jake Stevens of and Toy Run to the show this week. Jake is a long-time action figure collector and a big part of the Star Wars collecting community and it was a great conversation covering the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, Hasbro distribution and the ongoing debate over super-articulated Star Wars figures.  Oh yeah, there’s some super hero movie discussion just for good measure too. The Sandcrawler is a part of the Retrozap Podcasting Network and is dedicated to Star [...]

By |2017-02-20T01:00:09-08:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Star Wars Celebration, The Black Series|Tags: |

Hasbro’s Toy Fair Press Photos

Hasbro has released official press photos from their Toy Fair 2017 presentation.  While they include much of what was discussed throughout the panel, they, unfortunately, do not include a first look at Jedi Master Luke in 6" form. The Black Series - 40th Anniversary Collection The Black Series - 40th Anniversary Collection: Legacy Pack with Darth Vader The Black Series - 40th Anniversary Collection: Exclusives Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot Gear) - Celebration Orlando 2017 R5-D4 - Entertainment Earth The Black Series Exclusives Imperial AT-ACT Driver - Target The Black Series - Centerpiece The Black Series - Wal*Mart Exclusive 3 3/4"

By |2017-02-20T00:12:49-08:00February 19th, 2017|Categories: The 40th Anniversary Collection, The Black Series, Toy Fair|

Toy Fair 2017 Coverage

February 18th marks the beginning of the annual event put on the by Toy Industry Association, Inc. in New York City.  Toy Fair provides companies a showcase to debut new products that are set to be released throughout the year while trying to woo retailers into supporting their brands. While Toy Fair is open to the press only, they have produced a number to exclusive products in years past. With each major event in which Star Wars has a presence, we'll be providing coverage on all Star Wars action figure-related news and updates throughout the weekend and show. This year, in the lead-up to Toy Fair, Hasbro has released a preview of what's in store for collectors and fans through a few different major media outlets. ~ [...]

By |2017-02-20T00:25:52-08:00February 18th, 2017|Categories: Rogue One, The 40th Anniversary Collection, The Black Series, Toy Fair|

TOY RUN #47: The State of the Hobby with Yodasnews’ Mark Picirilli

This week Criz Bee and Jake Stevens are joined by Mark Picirilli to discuss the current collecting atmosphere, the 13th Anniversary of and thoughts about this year’s New York Toy Fair. The hosts then break down the recent Hasbro press releases and announcements and as always provide the latest Star Wars news and happenings from the past week. Show Notes 40th Anniversary Press Release Celebration Orlando 2017 Exclusive Luke Skywalker 6" Figure Please vote for us here: We want to hear from you! If you have questions for the hosts, suggestions on which guest to have next, a figure fact you’d like to share or opinions on what segments you did or didn’t like, let us know! You can contact us on [...]

By |2017-02-17T10:58:10-08:00February 17th, 2017|Categories: The 40th Anniversary Collection, Toy Run|

The Last Jedi Packaging & Force Friday II Reveal has released the packaging design for the next episode of the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi.  The packaging features Episode VIII versions of our heroes Rey, Finn and Poe.  This is in contrast to the packaging of both The Force Awakens and Rogue One as they both featured villians. In addition to releasing the design which will be used by all properties producing Episode VIII paraphernalia this fall, Force Friday II was officially confirmed. The released and street date for all The Last Jedi merchandise is set for September 1st, 2017.  This is a month earlier than Rouge Friday last year but lines up with Force Friday 2015 which was held on September 4th. Look for more details about this line and launch date [...]

By |2017-02-17T10:41:28-08:00February 17th, 2017|Categories: The Last Jedi|Tags: , |

Hasbro’s Pre-Toy Fair Press Release

Hasbro has shared with us some images of their upcoming products that will be appearing at this weekend's Toy Fair and which debuted yesterday on Yahoo. STAR WARS 2017 Product Descriptions STAR WARS BLADEBUILDERS PATH OF THE FORCE LIGHTSABER (Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: 2017) Young Padawans can choose to follow the dark side or the light side with this premium lightsaber! Imagine fighting on the light side by attaching a Jedi connector piece and automatically activating blue light effects, or simply switch the connector piece to battle with a red Sith blade. For more action, press the button on the connector piece to expand the hilt for ultimate customization! Compatible with BLADEBUILDERS LIGHTSABER components, each sold separately. Includes lightsaber and 2 [...]

By |2017-02-17T09:39:42-08:00February 16th, 2017|Categories: The Black Series|Tags: , , |

TOY RUN 46 – Figures and Autographs and Stocks! Oh my!

In Episode 46, full-time collectors and hosts Criz Bee and Jake Stevens discuss Hasbro’s earnings for 2016, debate the need for Jyn Erso’s autograph at Star Wars Celebration and report on the latest action figures announced by Hasbro.  Throw in a timewarp back to 2002’s Attack of the Clones toy commercials and the collector’s calendar and you have this week’s edition of TOY RUN: The Star Wars Action Figure Cast! Show Notes Disney Elite Series Die Cast On J.B. Galaxaar Toy Show Hasbro Press Photos Of Wave 4 Hasbro Stock Report Jake's Finn building Finn, reposted by Finn (John Boyega) Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 Guests Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 Star Tots Steve Evans' 3rd Anniversary As Hasbro's Design Manager Takara Tomy 3" On [...]

By |2017-02-09T22:50:19-08:00February 9th, 2017|Categories: Rogue One, Toy Run|

Hasbro Press Release – Black Series Titanium & Centerpeice

Hasbro has provided us with an official press release revealing some of the new items they'll be offering in their 2017 Black Series. Hasbro interestingly will be bringing back their 3 3/4" Titanium Die-Cast Series from 2006. These figures, which commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars, are similar to the original series as they consist of die-casts figures attached to bases.  Not familiar with the Titanium Die-Cast Series? Look for our complete visual guide coming soon!  Another new line announced which sounds familiar is their Centerpiece series.  This line which begins with Luke Skywalker, is very reminiscent of the Unleashed line of figures which debuted in during Attack of the Clones' Saga line.  We look forward to seeing and hearing more from Hasbro about these [...]

By |2017-02-09T14:46:01-08:00February 9th, 2017|Categories: The 40th Anniversary Collection, The Black Series, Titanium Die-Cast Series|