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 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: |

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 [...]

Hasbro Pulse’s 100K Fans Giveaway

For collectors who are on Instagram, now is the time to be checking in on Hasbro Pulse each day as they are giving away toys to a fan daily. The giveaways began on Wednesday and will continue through next Thursday. The list of giveaways is listed below and Star Wars toys fill four of the ten slots! All you are required to do each day to enter is post the hashtag #HasbroPulse100kFansGiveaway in the comments of the daily post. Good luck all and if you win, let us know!    

By |2020-03-27T15:36:42-07:00March 27th, 2020|Categories: Hasbro Pulse, The Black Series, The Vintage Collection|

A Legend Retires, So What Now?

Yesterday, Hasbro sent news of some changes they are making to their Star Wars brand team. Legendary designer Mark Boudreaux who started his four-decade run making Star Wars toys at Kenner for the release of Star Wars will be retiring. After 43 fantastic years creating some of the most iconic Star Wars toys and vehicles Mark Boudreaux will be retiring. His work has had a tangible impact on the Star Wars universe and been formative in creating the Hasbro Star Wars brand we know today. ·         Chris Reiff will be joining the Hasbro Star Wars design team as an Associate Principal Designer. With experience in the industry and extensive knowledge of the Star Wars galaxy, including working professionally on Star Wars for 25 years, Hasbro is thrilled to have someone of Chris’ caliber join the team. [...]

By |2020-03-20T06:26:35-07:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: The Vintage Collection, Vintage|Tags: |

The ITT Comes to TVC

We are beyond excited about today's news (and long time rumor) that the Imperial Troop Transport as featured in The Mandalorian Disney+ series will be coming to The Vintage Collection in March. The detail presented on this toy is outstanding and much like the Imperial Assualt Tank, it will be a piece not to miss. It can currently be preordered for $69.99 as most e-tailers. See below for links! This will be the second vehicle in the line to be based on the hit television series. We can't help but notice the downed TIE Fighter on the package and while we are sure it is just a custom version of a previous release, we'd sure love to have Moff Gideon's version seen in the final [...]

By |2020-02-04T14:46:29-08:00February 4th, 2020|Categories: The Mandalorian, The Vintage Collection, The Vintage Collection 2|

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|

2019 – A Year in Review of Star Wars Action Figures

For Star Wars action figure collectors, 2019 will be a year that will stand out and be talked about for years to come. The final year of this decade has been an unusual one in the world of figure collecting. It has provided us historic toys while also altering 40-year-old traditions and the combination of the two has us entering a new decade uncertain about the future of the hobby, especially when it comes to certain scales. We'll begin our year in review by the various figure scales Hasbro now supports. By the Numbers When it comes to the numbers, there were about 200 figures released throughout 2019 and as you can see 3 3/4" figures outnumbered the amount of 6" figures released. The breakdown [...]

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