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: , |

The Final ESB 6″ Fan Vote

The final vote for which figure from The Empire Strikes Back fans would like to see released in The Black Series line is now live on HasbroPulse's Instagram page. The vote will be open for just a few days and will close on Friday, March 8th. The following characters were culled from the 11 participating sites and are as follows: Lobot 2-1B Droid Hoth Rebel Soldier Willrow Hood Wedge Antilles (Snowspeeder) Princess Leia (Bespin Gown) Luke Skywalker (Dagobah) Ugnaught Imperial Probe Droid FX-7 Medical Droid Now last week we crunched the numbers and this list matches perfect with what we found from each of the participating websites' final nominations: Remember to cast your vote by Friday for who you'd like to see in The Black Series 6" [...]

By |2019-03-05T09:47:36-08:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: The Black Series, The Empire Strikes Back|Tags: , |

Hasbro’s ESB Fan Vote – 1st Round Finishers

Well, the votes are in for round one of The Empire Strikes Back Fan Vote. We want to thank all who "made their vote heard" but posting on social or by emailing us their choice for the next Black Series figure from Episode V! We have tallied up your nominations and have sent the following 10 character selections to Hasbro for round two which will take place on the Hasbro Pulse Instagram page. The following fan sites also participated in the Fan Vote and may be posting their 1st round results soon. Fantha Tracks Imperial Shipyards Jedi News Star Wars Action News Star Wars News Net Yodas News So without further ado, here are our TOP TEN nominees who are moving on to [...]

By |2019-02-21T23:35:53-08:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: The Black Series, The Empire Strikes Back, Toy Fair|Tags: , , |

Hasbro’s Empire Strikes Back Fan Figure Vote

At this weekend's Toy Fair Entertainment Brand Preview event, Hasbro announced that they will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. In anticipation of the anniversary happening next year,  Hasbro is letting fans decide which Star Wars character they would like to see added to The Black Series line. Starting today, Tuesday, 2/19, you'll be able to cast your vote on which Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back character you would like to be seen made into a 6-inch figure. Rules on voting Only characters from The Empire Strikes Back may be nominated Only 1 vote can be submitted per email address or social handle per day Votes need to be submitted between 12pm EST on Tuesday, February 19th and 11:59pm EST on Thursday, February 21st. To cast your [...]

By |2019-02-19T09:52:17-08:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: The Black Series, The Empire Strikes Back|Tags: |

More TV Figure Appearances Found

Thanks to the many collectors and fans who share their findings on social media we are able to add three more Kenner and Hasbro Star Wars action figure appearances to our Lights! Camera! Action (Figures)! filmography! On a very special Christmas episode of Cagney and Lacey in 1982 "I'll Be Home For Christmas", the detectives hit the stores only to pass by some beautiful packed-on-the-pegs Empire Strikes Back figures. Special thanks to Jason L. for the heads up and Toby B. for the use of the images! Next up, we have a more modern appearance in the form of a few Power of the Force 2 figures that appeared in an episode of Dexter. This scene appeared in Season 2's episode titled "The Dark Defender" which [...]

By |2017-01-11T07:52:11-08:00January 11th, 2017|Categories: Rogue One, The Empire Strikes Back, The Power of the Force 2, Vintage|

37 Years of Imperial Troop Transport History & Restoration

Our friends over at RetroBlasting have released their latest vintage Kenner Star Wars vehicle restoration video which focuses on one of the toy line's very first Expanded Universe creations, the Imperial Troop Transport. Originally released in 1979, the ITT included an electric internal mini-record which played six "original Star Wars sounds" upon pressing the six orange button surrounding the cannon.  This feature tends to break down over time and for those wanting to hear R2-D2 Beeps, Stormtrooper stun blasts and the ITT's engine will want to pay close attention to this restoration. ITT Restoration Part 2 Now what makes this restoration project even of greater significance is that the specific vehicle undergoing the knife held by Michael's very capable hands belongs to our good friend and [...]

By |2016-05-18T07:52:23-07:00May 18th, 2016|Categories: Star Wars Rebels, The Empire Strikes Back, Vintage|Tags: , |

New 12″ Additions & 3PO Red Arm Day

We have updated Target's Exclusive 12" 3-pack featuring droids from The Force Awakens to our 12" Action Figure Hero Series Checklist page. This set which was made available a few days prior to last week's release of Episode VII on Blu-ray/DVD is fantastic due solely to Goldenrod. C-3PO has not only one of the best sculpts for a Hasbro 12" figure to date but a terrific paint job that could only be outdone with vac-metalizing. Speaking of 3PO, today is long-delayed day where we find out exactly why he has a red arm in TFA in Marvel Comic's Star Wars Special: C-3PO (Journey to The Force Awakens) #1. This issue will ship with a 3PO Action Figure Variant cover and an exclusive version from Wonderland [...]

By |2016-04-13T09:58:56-07:00April 13th, 2016|Categories: 12" Figures, The Empire Strikes Back, The Force Awakens, Vintage|Tags: , , , |
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