Kenner and Hasbro have both had a long history of releasing special preview figures prior to the debut of each new Star Wars film and its respective action figure line. As we ready ourselves for The Force Awakens figure line which will be premiering on #ForceFriday (September 4th, 2015) we are taking a brief look back at each Sneak Preview figure offered throughout the last 38 years. Star Wars (1977) Although it did not proceed the actual film or include any figures initially the Early Bird Kit was not only the first item released from Kenner’s seminal line but it also gave collectors their first taste of the Star Wars action figure onslaught that was to come. Early Bird Certificate Package; figures were to arrive [...]
The hosts of Galaxy of Toys Podcast are joined once again by our friend and Star Wars Blogger Mike MacDonald to chat about a potpourri of Star Wars topics on Episode #40. Also for those attending Celebration Anaheim next month don't forget Galaxy of Toys will be putting on a live show on the Podcast Stage: Galaxy of Toys: Live Podcast The Celebration Podcast Stage room 208AB Saturday, April 18 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm To read more from Mike make sure to check out his site and read his blog "Looking Away to the Horizon" at MikeTarkin.com!
This week has been filled with so much Star Wars its been a fantastic challenge to keep up with it all! The week began with a Philip Reed's Universe Expanded Kickstarter to produce a book exclusively about The Power of the Force's Expanded Universe line of figures. The next Wave (3) of Saga Legends line appeared online over at Amazon.com. On Monday, the Star Wars Fan Film Awards were announced and this time around they are full of action figures cameos! (And some cool animated bounty hunters!) Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens was announced on Tuesday. This will include 20 published works that tie into or lead up to December's The Force Awakens. "All titles published under Journey to [...]
Today Lucasfilm very casually announced the title of the highly anticipated beginning of the next Star Wars trilogy; Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film, which just wrapped principle photography and is slated for a December 18th, 2015 release, has apparently dropped the numeration which was made popular by the Special Edition and Prequel trilogies. This hearkens back to the Original Trilogy which has been director JJ Abrams' main focus in the creation of this next film. A New Hope -> The Phantom Menace -> The Force Awakens The Empire Strikes Back -> Attack of the Clones -> ? Return of the Jedi -> Revenge of the Sith -> ? Falling inline with the previous first chapters of each trilogy this title is a bit vague [...]
This week's massive Episode VII (spoiler) concept art leak got us thinking about the cyclical nature of Star Wars and how the next chapter will mirror what has been depicted in the past while making its own distinct mark on the Saga. With Star Wars Rebels' debut earlier this month, the "Hero's Journey" has begun anew. This newest journey of Ezra Bridger's marks Star Wars' fourth time using this monomyth, with yet another on the horizon. We have seen two cinematic versions culminate in two vastly different ways; one who returns victorious and another who makes it out of the transformative abyss only to fail in completing his journey. The destinies of our television heroes remain unclear as at this point their journey has either been abandoned or has [...]
With just four days left to enter for your chance to be in Star Wars Episode VII, Starwars.com and JJ Abrams give us another look behind the curtains of the highly guarded and confidential set! We absolutely love what we see and look forward to seeing it all in plastic a year from now at San Diego Comic-Con 2015.
Well its been quite the week for Episode VII and the future of Star Wars films! Monday, June 2nd - Saw 40+ images taken from the same set director JJ Abrams previously revealed in his Force for Change campaign video. The photos appear to have been taken purposely as many of the subjects were smiling and posing. The images were "leaked" by TMZ and can be found on their website. Also that day StarWars.com announced two additional cast remembers for Episode VII. Lupita Nyong'o joins the recently announced cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. This year, her breakthrough performance in 12 Years a Slave earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Gwendoline Christie, currently starring in the hit television series Game of Thrones as Brienne of Tarth, has also been [...]
In the last seven days... ~ Star Wars, the film that revolutionized science fiction, Hollywood, marketing, and the toy world turned 37 years old. And the great thing about being a Star Wars collector is that due to the enormous about of merchandise produced over the last 30 and a half decades we are always learning new things such as... ~ For the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves toy line the Battle Wagon was not only a reissue of the Ewok BattleWagon Vehicle but also included the Ewok Assault Catapult Accessory which was attached to the top of the wagon in place of the Bantha Skull. This has now been updated in our Sister Lines database. ~ Lucasfilm officially announced the director, writer and release date of [...]
Breaking News from Starwars.com: The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. Director J.J. Abrams says, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud." Star [...]
I once again had the opportunity to fill the guest-host chair on Galaxy of Toys Podcast’s 2013 Year in Review. The hosts and I break-down the ups and downs of not only action figures but also the major Star Wars events of the past year. To listen to the show and to find out what some of our misses and hits were head over to Galaxy of Toys at Podbean or download it through your iTunes account. For those who would like additional Year in Review coverage, we suggest the following: Jedi-Buisness's Year in Review article (I agreed so much of what they wrote I will officially call "Ditto" and let it be my year in review article too! Thanks Chris!) RebelForce Radio's December 27th [...]