A Droid Story – When it comes to animation, Lucasfilm is releasing a series with The Bad Batch, a series of shorts with Vision, and now an animated film starring the most famous droids in the Galaxy far, far away. For this film, LFL is teaming with ILM but what that means is still unclear. Once again the timeframe surrounding this series is unknown.
While the details were brief on most of the new reveals today, the message is clear. Star Wars is set to chart a new course into the future beyond the Skywalker Saga. Not only are they taking fans to new corners of the galaxy, the Prequel and Sequel Trilogies appears to be off-limits to exploration at this point. We are overcome with both excitement and amazement that so many projects are currently underway and all coming in the next 5 years. While we do like the idea of a new film trilogy, this content is exciting nonetheless.
The question now remains on how much toy and action figure tie-in will be possible with this much media headed down the pipe. We believe this would be a good time for Hasbro to begin a new line of 3 3/4″ that is a balance between The Vintage Collection and 5POA that can cater to all Star Wars properties. The reason behind this is simple. Action figures need to be affordable for kids and families and the current TVC price point of $13-$18 is too expensive. Also, TVC requires its figures to be super-articulated which drives up the cost and lots of lesser characters do not require that level of possibility. Having a catch-all line will also help to ensure that figures from all new media receive attention. Plus there are so many figures that have been produced in the modern line that could see rerelease should those characters appear in these series it only makes sense to have a line that could accommodate them.
The years ahead in Star Wars will see more must-see TV than motion picture events but right now we are not complaining. Now how do we find our way into one of these productions…