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: |

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 [...]

The #RetroRedo Challenge! – UPDATE

UPDATE - Inspired by our good friend Jayson over at Yakface - we are expanding the contest to include redos or new variations of the front of the box as well! See contest and examples down below! Over the past month, the Retro Collection wave of The Empire Strikes Back figures (which currently are Wal*Mart exclusives) have arrived at many stores and mailboxes across the country. The six figures in the wave, which include near-Kenner replicas of Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker (Bespin), Yoda, Lando Calrissian, Han Solo (Hoth) and Leia (Hoth), have become highly sought after not just for their nostalgia factor but also due to the poor quality online orders are arriving in and lack of any other new 3 3/4" figures currently on the [...]

By |2020-06-06T09:43:29-07:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: 40th Anniversary Collection, Retro Collection, The Empire Strikes Back|Tags: |

The Wal*Mart Dilemma

This past week many collectors across the country have begun to find in stores and/or be delivered their Wal*Mart preorders of the exclusive Retro Collection wave two based on The Empire Strikes Back. For those finding them in stores, it appears only some Wal*Marts are placing these on pegs as many have chosen to simply stack them on the shelves. Regardless of the stocking of these figures they both appear to both be generally mint when found in stores and unfortunately for many to disappear from shelves fairly quickly. Stores appear to be getting one or two cases of the figures in this initial release. The card backs on these figures are much thinner than their true vintage counterparts and are very susceptible to arching [...]

By |2020-05-24T16:56:54-07:00May 24th, 2020|Categories: 40th Anniversary Collection, Retro Collection, The Empire Strikes Back|

Fan First Friday 2020 Press Release and Images

Happy May the 4th Eve! This weekend has started with a bang with Hasbro's Fan First Friday Livestream Event which resulted in quite a few Black Series reveals and a Vintage Collection reveal as well. Most of the figures announced went up for pre-sale on Friday but a few associated with Hasbro were delayed until Saturday where Hasbro Pulse hosted the initial offering for Amazon. We are very excited about many of these releases which you can learn more about in the official press release info and images below. Now Hasbro has hinted that tomorrow there may be more revealed so keep your eyes posted to social tomorrow in between your May the 4th viewings and celebrations! We are preparing to spend the day saying [...]

12″ Boba joins Lights! Camera! Action (Figures)!

A huge thanks to our friend and resident '80s movie expert Dan Geister as he has passed on our lastest update to our Lights! Camera! Action (Figures)! entry. In the 1983 film, High School U.S.A., Michael J. Fox is a high schooler who wants to date a popular girl. As you can see from the image above, Kenner's 12" Large Action Figure Boba Fett makes a cameo sitting about a desk. List Boba Fett was first released in 1979 prior to his film debut in May of 1980. He was then re-released in 1980 in The Empire Strikes Back packaging once the film was released. For more appearances of Star Wars action figures in films and television, check out our Lights! Camera! Action (Figures)! in [...]

By |2020-02-15T10:04:19-08:00February 15th, 2020|Categories: 12" Figures, The Empire Strikes Back|Tags: |

Coming in 2020…So Far

With New York Toy Fair just three weeks away, it's that time of year where folks begin speculating about what we can expect to be revealed at the annual toy event. Now before you go too deep into the wishing well of 2020, we thought we'd remind you of what has been officially announced to date and what Hasbro has planned for the reset of this year. The Vintage Collection April VC45  Clone Trooper (PhotoReal Reissue) VC 164  Cara Dume VC165  Remnant Stormtrooper VC166  The Mandalorian Now with the success of The Mandalorian, of course, it only makes sense that each of these figures is released this year. Now while the Clone Trooper may feel out of place, you never know what familiar faces from [...]

By |2020-01-30T23:23:36-08:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: The Black Series, The Empire Strikes Back, The Vintage Collection, The Vintage Collection 2|

Hasbro’s ESB Fan Vote Numbers

Yesterday, Hasbro Pulse on their Instagram page released the percentage breakdown for their recent 40th Anniversary Fan Vote for The Empire Strikes Back. The vote, which was initially hosted here and at other fan sites, came down to Luke and Wedge on the final vote and as we can now see the winner just barely edged ahead. View this post on Instagram How close was our fan vote? Tighter than Beggar’s Canyon – and just like back then, Luke threaded the Stone Needle and came out on top! Thank you for voting! A post shared by Hasbro Pulse (@hasbropulse) on Mar 19, 2019 at 6:03am PDT Now some of these results were interesting while others were predictable. The Hoth Rebel Trooper and Lobot had a huge following [...]

By |2019-03-20T13:56:50-07:00March 20th, 2019|Categories: The Black Series, The Empire Strikes Back|Tags: |

Luke Skywalker (Dagobah) Wins Hasbro Pulse Poll

Hasbro has reached out to us to let us know the winner of their Instagram Black Series Fan Vote: We are thrilled to announce the results of the Star Wars: The Black Series 6-Inch figure Fan Vote, in celebration of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary. The winner is Luke Skywalker (Dagobah)! Despite Wedge and Lobot showing strong numbers in both the fan site vote and at different stages in the final vote, Luke was declared the winner by Hasbro. We have reason to believe Wedge is currently in the works and headed to The Black Series line sooner than later so this will give the Star Wars sculptors something new to work on and release in 12-18 months. View this post on Instagram WE. HAVE. A. [...]

By |2019-03-14T22:55:17-07:00March 14th, 2019|Categories: The Black Series, The Empire Strikes Back|

Vintage Toys on The Goldbergs

On last week's episode of The Goldbergs, the Goldberg children were threatened with having some of their favorite toys given away to their cousin Gleb. Among the amazing haul of '80s toys were some vintage Star Wars, He-Man, Transformers, and GI Joe items to name a few. When it comes to Star Wars, the following pieces were clearly visible from the vintage Kenner line: Twin-Pod Cloud Car "Battle Damaged" X-Wing Fighter Scout Walker Vehicle Land Speeder Land of the Jawas Action Playset This seventeenth episode of Season 6 plays up a Perfect Strangers rift and is aptly titled "Our Perfect Strangers" and debuted on February 27th, 2019. Erica, Barry and Adam are not happy when their distant relative Gleb visits from Russia, until they realize he can make their [...]

By |2019-03-07T22:47:33-08:00March 7th, 2019|Categories: The Empire Strikes Back, Vintage|Tags: , |
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