The Sandcrawler Episode #96 – Summertime Collecting Blues

The Sandcrawler Podcast returns for the mid-Summer action figure therapy you need to get you through the dog days! Join Mac, Dan and Jake as they break down the Hasbro releases and announcements from the past month! It has been AWHILE! We’re back after a lengthy break and there is a ton of Star Wars collecting news to catch up on. This week’s show notes are a necessity so be sure to click on the links below to keep up! Seattle Krakens join NHL (not Star Wars, we know) Star Wars movies pushed back in release schedule In “I Wanted Everything” Jake picks up the first wave of the kid-focused Mission Fleet, Dan adds to his Power of the Force collection including an awesome [...]

By |2020-07-29T22:01:06-07:00July 29th, 2020|Categories: HasLab, The Black Series, The Sandcrawler, The Vintage Collection, The Vintage Collection 2|

Galaxy’s Edge Target Exclusive Hasbro Press Release

UPDATE 7/23/2020 -  Great News! It appears that the frustration seen across the internet from fans, sites and collectors about the issues with Target's Galaxy's Edge (and GI Joe Classified) pre-orders, Hasbro and Target have agreed to open the Smuggler's Run Falcon back up for orders this Friday! We received the update from Hasbro this morning: The Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Galaxy’s Edge Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run Vehicle will be available again for pre-order starting tomorrow, 7/24, at 10AM EST in limited quantities at Target. Following the pre-sale or shall we say pre-sale-outs of the Target exclusive Galaxy's Edge merchandise, we were provided with the official press images and information by Hasbro. These images give us a better look at what is new and not new about the [...]

By |2020-07-23T10:43:51-07:00July 23rd, 2020|Categories: Galaxy's Edge, The Black Series, The Vintage Collection, The Vintage Collection 2|Tags: |

Target’s Exclusive Galaxy’s Edge Merch

In the wee hours of the morning, Starwars.com released an announcement about Galaxy's Edge-themed merchandise coming to Target stores on August 30th. These exclusives include three different Hasbro items consisting of two 6" figures and one very large 3 3/4" vehicle. Rumored for many months now, Captain Cardinal and DJ-R3X will be joining The Black Series and after years of speculation and requests, the BMF aka the Legacy Falcon will be re-released with some upgrades to reflect the version found in the Disney Parks. As exciting as these sets are, the hype surrounding them quickly faded as many fans and collectors (mostly on the West Coast) were left a bit stunned as these items became available for pre-sale at 6 AM PST and sold-out [...]

By |2020-07-21T11:17:38-07:00July 21st, 2020|Categories: Galaxy's Edge, The Black Series, The Vintage Collection, The Vintage Collection 2|

Hasbro Pulse Exclusives Press Release

This morning Hasbro through a handful of media partners announced three new sets that will be available for collectors in September. Screenrant announced a 6" Kenner-inspired addition to The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Collection line, The Wampa. This set is the first of its kind as it features Black Series action figures on the packaging to truly mimic the vintage Kenner release. Typically Black Series figures either use the black line art of Gregory Titus or the vintage card back images. The next release came via Cnet.com who debuted the lastest Special Action Figure Set for The Vintage Collection. This Clone Wars based three-pack includes members of the 501st Legion, Echo, Jesse and Fives. Each of these figures was featured extensively throughout The [...]

By |2020-07-20T22:45:37-07:00July 20th, 2020|Categories: 40th Anniversary Collection, The Black Series, The Clone Wars, The Empire Strikes Back|Tags: |

Begun The Clone Wars Black Series Has

This morning approximately 40 minutes prior to their 7 AM release time, Wal*Mart made available yesterday's announced Clone Wars wave of The Black Series. If you missed the exclusive announcement yesterday by iO9, the wave consists of characters from the final season of The Clones Wars released earlier this year. The figures above are centered around The Seige of Mandalore arc which ended the series. Ahsoka Tano 332nd Ahsoka's Clone Trooper Mandalore Loyalist Mandalorian Super Commando The wave is set to launch in November and while the pre-sales were exclusive to Wal*Mart, the release of this line will include other retailers in the Fall. As of this reporting, 12 hours after launch, only the Mandalore Loyalist is still in stock [...]

By |2020-07-17T18:36:33-07:00July 17th, 2020|Categories: Convention Coverage, The Black Series, The Clone Wars|

Fan First Monday Press Release & Images

Yesterday, Hasbro live-streamed their first-ever Fan First Monday event (you can watch it here). The event revealed products for both The Black Series and The Vintage Collection. It is assumed that these would be some of the announcements that were originally set for San Diego Comic-Con this year but due to its cancelation, Hasbro is revealing them online. It was discussed during the stream that exclusives intended for the event are still being worked out in regards to their release. Hasbro is continuing to support the 40th Anniversary of Episode V in both their scales and the much-rumored Bespin playset made its official debut. Now as rumored, this set requires two playsets to make the whole Carbon Freeze Chamber and preorders for this set and [...]

New Black Series Packaging Press Release

This past Thursday, Hasbro surprised fans and collectors with not only a reveal of the new Black Seris packaging that will debut this fall but also two full waves of presales including a new deluxe Zeb and his now PhotoReal Rebels crew. Hasbro has provided us with both information and images of the new figures which are now up for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse and other online retailers. HASBRO STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES UPDATED PACKAGING 2020 ONE SHEET The new Star Wars: The Black Series packaging featured below welcomes a new era for collectors and fans, featuring several new details and colorways. Each colorway represents a Star Wars entertainment property and helps fans to collect figures based on their favorite Star Wars movies and [...]

By |2020-05-31T15:50:03-07:00May 31st, 2020|Categories: Star Wars Rebels, The Black Series|

Black Series Archive Collection Final Vote

Hasbro Pulse has now launched the final vote for fans to choose the next figure to be included in the 2020 Black Series Archive Collection. From4-LOMtoZuckuss and other Fan Media Sites hosted the first round and now HasbroPulse.com hosting the final vote. We are very excited by the 10 finalists as it shows once again our readers and fans have their pulse directly on the hobby as the final ten we submitted to Hasbro was the exact ten figures that made the final vote! At Hasbro Pulse, fans come first! That’s why we’re counting on YOU to help choose the next Star Wars The Black Series Archive Collection figure. Thanks to all the fans that participated in the first round of voting with the fan [...]

By |2020-05-15T18:17:56-07:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: The Black Series|Tags: , |

Archive Fan Vote Round 1 Results

Yesterday we tallied all of our votes concerning the next Black Series Archive Collection figure as submitted by fans and collectors over the previous week. Votes were cast via email, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and forwarded to Hasbro. A final vote for which figure should be added to next year's Archive Collection will take place this Friday, May 15th on Hasbro Pulse. We were asked to submit the our top 10 as voted on by our readers and followers: #1 Commander Cody #2 Jango Fett #3 Obi-Wan Kenobi (Episode III) #4 Qui-Gon Jinn #5 Greedo #6 Princess Leia (Jabba's Prisoner) #7 Jyn Erso #8 Ahsoka Tano #9 501st Clone Trooper #10 Princess Leia (Boushh Disguise) Once Hasbro tallies not only our votes but those gathered [...]

By |2020-05-13T12:39:44-07:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: The Black Series|Tags: , |

Hasbro Star Wars Brand Team Zoom Q&A Session

This morning we had the privilege to speak with the Hasbro Star Wars Brand Team via a Zoom conferencing video call in an exclusive Q&A session. We spoke with Patrick Schneider (marketing) and Eric Frane (design) and were joined by the good folks at Star Wars Figuren, Toy Shiz, Planete Star Wars, and Coffee with Kenobi. Make sure to check them out for potential coverage of today’s session. We have transcribed our interview answers for you below and make sure to let the brand team know your thoughts by commenting on our socials. From4-LOMtoZuckuss – It is becoming clear that 2020 will be a transition year in many ways for Hasbro’s Star Wars line due to brand team changes, a renewal of the Star Wars [...]

By |2020-05-06T13:41:56-07:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: 40th Anniversary Collection, The Black Series, The Vintage Collection|Tags: |
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