As we prepare for Hasbro’s Star Wars panel, which begins today at 2 PM PST, we can’t help but pour over the images from Hasbro’s booth this year in anticipation. Hasbro once again impresses with the sheer amount of product and displays including a very impressive Sarlacc and Jabba’s Palace diorama.
Now our friends over at Rebelscum have inquired about that many of the “new” figures in the Jabba’s Palace dio, which include 6″ versions of the Rancor, 8D8, EV-99, Gonk droid, and even a tortured 2-1B droid, and as of now it appears they are all customs for the display. But as fans recall the Trash Compactor Luke was also considered a custom in a previous Hasbro display until a year later he was announced as a new figure.
While there are not new figures on display (outside of the show’s exclusives) we do get to see the packaging for a few new pieces including Emperor Palpatine, which will be the second in The Black Series’ Deluxe line.
Also on display was The Galaxy of Edge exclusives and the Galaxy of Adventures line.
The four show exclusives are on display which the Sith Trooper and Kenner-tribute Boba Fett gaining the most attention. The three that are available at the Hasbro Pulse booth are the Sith Trooper, Boba Fett and Jedi Destiny set. The Retro Prototype Vader is available exclusively at the show at the Entertainment Earth Booth but will be available at Target.com at a later time.
We were surprised to see that SDCC exclusives were available at 2 per person whereas the Celebration exclusives from earlier this year were limit 1 each.
In other news, LFL has on display the evolution of the Stormtrooper which gives fans a closer look at the new Sith Trooper which appears to have some elements of both Stormtrooper and Clone Trooper in its design.
Thanks to Steve James from WA State Summer Con for the images and correspondence from the show!
We’ll see you later for the panel coverage!