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Imperial Rocket Trooper Press Release

In a surprise Thursday reveal, Hasbro Pulse's Instagram account announced the next figure in GameStop's ongoing Gaming Greats line of Black Series figures. The Imperial Rocket Trooper is a repaint of the Imperial Jumptrooper figure which was featured in Star Wars: Rebels a released a few years ago. This deco of course has its origin in Battlefront II and is, like all TBS Gaming Greats, exclusive to the video game retailer. Hasbro has provided us the official press release and images which you can find below! STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES GAMING GREATS 6-INCH IMPERIAL ROCKET TROOPER Figure (HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Summer 2021) Fans and collectors can imagine exciting moments from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this premium STAR WARS: [...]

By |2021-03-04T19:35:38-08:00March 4th, 2021|Categories: Star Wars Rebels, The Black Series|Tags: |

Toy Anxiety: The State of Star Wars Toy Collecting

Jake once again had the absolute pleasure of appearing on the YouTube show and podcast Toy Anxiety hosted by fellow collectors Craig Goldberg, Abigail Gardner, Jacob Walsh, and Ryan Doell. With the hobby falling upon hard times for folks headed to the toy aisle these days, the hosts discuss the state of collecting, Toys R Us in its heyday, and some of the reveals from last week's Star Wars Fan Celebration announcements from Hasbro. Tune in and subscribe to Yes Have Some and Toy Anxiety to never miss out on the fun! The week, the gang is joined by Jake Stevens of From4-LOMtoZuckuss.com to talk about the current state of Star Wars toy collecting! Toy Anxiety LIVE! -2/24 #ghostbusters​​ #starwars​​ [...]

By |2021-03-01T22:05:31-08:00March 1st, 2021|Categories: The Black Series, The Vintage Collection|Tags: , |

More Fan Celebration Reveals

This past week Hasbro continued their Fan Celebration reveals by showing off the next member of The Bad Batch and two all-new Vintage Collection sculpts. Last Thursday, Wrecker was announced to be joining his clone brothers from the upcoming animated series which were revealed a few months ago. The next day on Friday, IG-11 from The Mandalorian and Bespin Lando Calrissian were finally shown off. Both of these figures were part of the pipeline reveals made a few weeks ago during Hasbro's last LiveStream event of 2021. Wrecker was made available for pre-order this past Friday but both TVC figures will be put up for presale in the future. Hasbro has provided us with their official press release information and photos. STAR WARS: THE BLACK [...]

Exclusive Fan Celebration Reveal: TBS First Order Stormtrooper Helmet

We are excited to once again be partnering with Hasbro in their Fan Celebration Day by providing an exclusive reveal of their latest helmet to join Star Wars: The Black Series line. The First Order Stormtrooper Electronic Helmet joins the already impressive line of Star Wars replica helmets produced by Hasbro. This helmet includes voice distortion electronics much like the troopers from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This helmet is now available for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse and other online etailers. Like last year's Fan Celebration Day reveals, make sure to visit Hasbro's fan media partners today for other exclusive reveals. The official press release and images can be found below following a quote from one of the helmet's designers: [...]

By |2021-02-23T21:07:38-08:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: The Black Series, The Last Jedi|Tags: , |

The Sandcrawler Podcast Episode #110: #CurrentMood

The hosts of The Sandcrawler Podcast are joined by Jake Stevens for a much-needed action figure therapy session. Taking a break from the normal banter and channeling passions in a different direction, Mac, Dan and Jake share their frustrations about the current state of the hobby including scarcity, price inflation, customer service, and empty toy shelves and pegs. But don't worry, things will return back to your friendly neighborhood action figure cast, most likely even later this very week! We had a plan, we hit the record button and then… Being a Star Wars collector can be very challenging lately. Being a Star Wars FAN can be very challenging lately. This week’s episode is three friends basically unloading on each other about the state of collecting. [...]

By |2021-02-22T20:16:32-08:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: The Sandcrawler|

The Empire Strikes Back Toys ‘R’ Us News Footage

On May 21st, 1980, ABC7NY's Peter Bannon filmed a segment about Star War toys on the day of the release of The Empire Strikes Back. The raw footage has just surfaced thanks to btm0815ma on YouTube. The film's footage is simply mesmerizing as it depicts the now-all-but-extinct Toys 'R' Us in its prime. From teeming shelves to open product displayed above and around the store, gave the retailer a feel of being a true toy store and not a cookie-cutter corporation which it would become. This film also draws significance in regards to the toy shelves of the 2020s which are notably characterized by empty pegs and shelf space. This video is a joy to watch [...]

By |2021-02-20T22:01:10-08:00February 20th, 2021|Categories: The Empire Strikes Back, Vintage|Tags: |

Hasbro Star Wars Brand Team Interview – Feb ’21

Today we had the opportunity to sit down with members of Hasbro's Star Wars Brand Team, Patrick Schneider and Eric Franer. Jake was joined by our friend Dan Emmons of StarWarsCollector.com and fellow fan-media site contributors Jose from Endor System, @skeletonastronaut from Rebelscum, and Victoria from Victoria's Cantina. You can listen to the interview in podcast form by subscribing to The Sandcrawler on your favorite podcast feed. Or you can watch the video of the actual interview on our official YouTube channel as linked below!

By |2021-02-10T21:23:34-08:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Interview, The Black Series, The Vintage Collection|Tags: |

GameStop’s Gaming Greats Cal Kestis and Thoughts on Repaints

This past Friday, Hasbro announced their next Gaming Greats figure for the GameStop exclusive Black Series line. Cal Kestis from the popular Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order joins the deluxe line. This figure includes not only his trusty BD-1 droid but it also includes a small Bogling creature from the planet Bogano. This figure appears to be a repaint of the initial Cal figure released last October on Triple Force Friday with a new cloak. When it comes to repaints, the last year of figures has featured them heavily so this release is not unexpected. Whether the 6" line has been rereleasing sculpts with PhotoReal deco, holiday repaints, or Mandalorian credit sequence Credit Collection repaints, the reuse of molds has become the norm for the [...]

By |2021-02-09T21:43:15-08:00February 9th, 2021|Categories: The Black Series|Tags: |

Fan First Friday Livestream Jan ’21 Press Release

Yesterday morning Hasbro Pulse held their "inaugural" Livestream event of 2021 on their official YouTube page. This Fan First Friday event revealed ten new items as well as showcasing three that were revealed yesterday on IGN. They also previewed a few figures in the works for both The Black Series and The Vintage Collection. We'll break down our thoughts about each of the reveals in a follow-up post. But in the meantime, the following are the official press release and images from today as provided to us by Hasbro: STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES LUCASFILM 50TH ANNIVERSARY 6-INCH QUI-GON JINN Figure (HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Spring 2021) Commemorate the first 50 years of LUCASFILM with figures inspired by the STAR WARS prequel [...]

The Sandcrawler – Episode 107: Save The Black Series Junior

The Sandcrawler Podcast is back in 2021 with Episode #107! Join hosts Mike Tarkin and Dengar Dan as they torture Jake Stevens with his pet peeves and all three discuss some of the best Black Series and Vintage Collection figures released in 2020! Tune in and let us know your thoughts on the best figs of the last 12 months! It’s our first show of the new year! And after the year the world went through last year, it’s reason to celebrate! This week we catch up on new Star Wars finds (and other franchises) in I Wanted Everything and Jake asks the question But Where Did The Pins Go?  Getting the Din Djarin/The Child Build Up Pack was a pain for most collectors. How [...]

By |2021-01-24T20:01:34-08:00January 24th, 2021|Categories: The Black Series, The Sandcrawler, The Vintage Collection|
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