Senate Duel (MS10) Review

The tenth Mission Series 2-pack, "Senate Duel (MS10)" featuring Darth Sidious and Yoda, is finally beginning to show up at online retailers such as after being MIA for the past few weeks; the other two new sets in its presumed wave/revision, "Bespin" and "Utapau", hit retail awhile back.  This set follows the same pattern as the other two: one new figure, Darth Sidious, and one repack, Yoda. If you already purchased the Saga Legends Yoda, the ever-so-slight paint variations on this one are negligible...the only real difference on my MS sample is the superior paint job on his pupils. I'm a big fan of this Yoda; if I had to narrow my PT Yodas down to just one figure, it would be this one.  [...]

By |2014-06-30T19:23:30-07:00June 30th, 2014|Categories: Mission Series, Saga Legends|Tags: , |

Galaxy of Toys Episode #29

In the newest episode of Galaxy of Toys Podcast we break down what toys are now appearing on shelves, SDCC exclusives and a few other Star Wars toys slated for release! Let us know what you think and join in the conversation by contacting us on our official Facebook and Twitter pages! Also for a complete list of all shows and guests on the Galaxy of Toys Broadcasting Network check out the "Galaxy of Toys" link at the top of the page! And until next time, May the Figures be with you!

By |2014-06-27T20:34:44-07:00June 27th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

So much still to learn!

It never ceases to amaze us on the amount of knowledge that is discovered on a regular basis. One would think that after 35+ years, the amount of new information on our favorite little plastic space men might start to dry up but its great podcasts, blogs, and forums that continue to reveal fascinating facts and discoveries. The most recent episode of The SWCA Podcast (aka The 'Chive Cast Vintage Pod) which despite having a Lobot focus revealed pretty amazing fact about the Kenner's Jawa figure.  New Kenner documents obtained by Ross Cuddie and shared by Ron Salvador on the show, explain how the Jawa was originally intended to not have a cape or robe at all.  This makes perfect sense as the original sculpting of the figure [...]

By |2014-06-23T10:22:32-07:00June 23rd, 2014|Categories: Vintage|Tags: , |

New Pics from Artist Boutros77

Its always a good day when our e-mail includes picture updates from Carl BouMansour aka "Boutros77" of his amazing custom action figure dioramas!  For new readers, we featured Boutros77 in our Fans of Force Figures exclusive interview earlier this year.  The customizing genius is hard at work increasing his already impressive Jabba's Palace diorama and shared the following pictures with us. It goes without saying that we are big fans of his work.  We wish desperately Hasbro could take a note from Boutros77 as the amount and quality of playsets and diorama pieces in Hasbro's modern line is sorely lacking.  But we are entering a new era in Star Wars, so we will remain optimistic that with new movies and media, Hasbro will develop new [...]

By |2014-06-18T22:43:39-07:00June 18th, 2014|Categories: The Saga Collection, Vintage|Tags: |

Mission Series vs. Movie Heroes

When it comes to the Saga Legends/Mission Series, Hasbro's 5 points of articulation line of figures, its very easy for Hasbro to hit or miss.  Hasbro has stated that their limited amount of articulation would translate to producing some of the best figures sculpts out there.  And true they have had some clear hits lately with their Stormtrooper, Boba and Jango Fett figures. But unfortunately their misses are starting to overtake their hits.  Now this is hard to admit because we are huge fans of the 5POA concept and its nod to the vintage toys we grew up with. A good example of this is the recent release of their Mission Series: Bespin set featuring Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.  Here you can see that [...]

By |2014-06-17T12:14:17-07:00June 17th, 2014|Categories: Mission Series, Movie Heroes "Vader", Saga Legends|Tags: |

Happy I Am Your Father’s Day

Its hard to believe that its been 7 years since Hasbro released their Wal*Mart exclusive Father's Day card/action figure set.  This release remains unique as it not only turned into it's own gift box but is the only holiday-themed set Hasbro has ever created outside of their handful of Christmas sets.  Released in 2007 as part of The 30th Anniversary Collection this set wasn't as largely produced as Wal*Mart exclusives typically are. Of the figures included, just one was just unique enough to give loose collectors motivation to purchase it.  The unfatherly Darth Vader figure was a straight repack of the Throne Room Duel release from 2003's Star Wars "Saga" line. Luke was a kitbashed figure that merged two previous versions from the Saga line to create this unique [...]

By |2014-06-15T01:23:55-07:00June 15th, 2014|Categories: Holiday, The 30th Anniversary|Tags: |

Kenner X-Wings in Star Wars #18

While doing prep work for the next "issue" (episode) of The Star Wars Spinner Rack Podcast, which is the newest show on the Galaxy of Toys Broadcasting Network, we couldn't help but to notice a unique Rebel vehicle design.  On the cover of issue #18 of Brian Wood's Star Wars title appears an X-Wing which by all accounts should be very familiar to both vintage and modern Star Wars action figure collectors. Pictured to the right of Chewbacca's head is none other than a Kenner action figure version of the X-Wing Starfighter. It's Kenner origins are obvious due to its shorter fuselage, depressed R2-D2 dome (which causes the S-Foils to open) and shorter laser cannons. This mold was originally produced in 1978 and has seen multiple repaints and [...]

By |2014-06-12T23:11:18-07:00June 12th, 2014|Categories: The Power of the Force 2, The Star Wars Spinner Rack Podcast, Vintage|Tags: |

New Battlefront Designer’s Action Figures has just released a behind-the-scenes video highlighting the care Dice Studios is taking in creating the next Star Wars Battlefront game.  We are thrilled to see how many Kenner and Hasbro action figures, ships and carrying cases litter the desks of the designers! How many can you spot?  Let us know on our official Facebook page!

By |2014-06-09T13:30:52-07:00June 9th, 2014|Categories: The Power of the Force 2, Vintage|

Japanese Saga Legends Figure Exclusive Stands

When the new limited articulated Saga Legends line debuted last year it was announced that Japan would be carrying the figures as well but in that nation's popular blind box format.  Its was announced that the figures would be a mix of Saga Legends and Mission Series figures.  Fifteen figures that were pictured on the backside of the blind boxes, but what wasn't shown was the fact that each figure would include an action figure stand! The stands are nothing new to long time Star Wars figure collectors as they are reissues of the "Star Wars" stand that was made available with the 2006 The Saga Collection series.  Although this time they did not include the printed name of the figure on each stand. The [...]

By |2014-06-09T12:11:57-07:00June 9th, 2014|Categories: Mission Series, Saga Legends|Tags: , |

Episode VII Heats Up!

Well its been quite the week for Episode VII and the future of Star Wars films! Monday, June 2nd - Saw 40+ images taken from the same set director JJ Abrams previously revealed in his Force for Change campaign video.  The photos appear to have been taken purposely as many of the subjects were smiling and posing.  The images were "leaked" by TMZ and can be found on their website. Also that day announced two additional cast remembers for Episode VII. Lupita Nyong'o joins the recently announced cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. This year, her breakthrough performance in 12 Years a Slave earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Gwendoline Christie, currently starring in the hit television series Game of Thrones as Brienne of Tarth, has also been [...]

By |2014-06-07T12:44:38-07:00June 7th, 2014|Categories: Episode VII, The Vintage Collection|Tags: , , |
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