Hasbro Star Wars Brand Team Interview – Feb ’21

Today we had the opportunity to sit down with members of Hasbro's Star Wars Brand Team, Patrick Schneider and Eric Franer. Jake was joined by our friend Dan Emmons of StarWarsCollector.com and fellow fan-media site contributors Jose from Endor System, @skeletonastronaut from Rebelscum, and Victoria from Victoria's Cantina. You can listen to the interview in podcast form by subscribing to The Sandcrawler on your favorite podcast feed. Or you can watch the video of the actual interview on our official YouTube channel as linked below!

By |2021-02-10T21:23:34-08:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Interview, The Black Series, The Vintage Collection|Tags: |

Fan First Friday Livestream Jan ’21 Press Release

Yesterday morning Hasbro Pulse held their "inaugural" Livestream event of 2021 on their official YouTube page. This Fan First Friday event revealed ten new items as well as showcasing three that were revealed yesterday on IGN. They also previewed a few figures in the works for both The Black Series and The Vintage Collection. We'll break down our thoughts about each of the reveals in a follow-up post. But in the meantime, the following are the official press release and images from today as provided to us by Hasbro: STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES LUCASFILM 50TH ANNIVERSARY 6-INCH QUI-GON JINN Figure (HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Spring 2021) Commemorate the first 50 years of LUCASFILM with figures inspired by the STAR WARS prequel [...]

The Sandcrawler – Episode 107: Save The Black Series Junior

The Sandcrawler Podcast is back in 2021 with Episode #107! Join hosts Mike Tarkin and Dengar Dan as they torture Jake Stevens with his pet peeves and all three discuss some of the best Black Series and Vintage Collection figures released in 2020! Tune in and let us know your thoughts on the best figs of the last 12 months! It’s our first show of the new year! And after the year the world went through last year, it’s reason to celebrate! This week we catch up on new Star Wars finds (and other franchises) in I Wanted Everything and Jake asks the question But Where Did The Pins Go?  Getting the Din Djarin/The Child Build Up Pack was a pain for most collectors. How [...]

By |2021-01-24T20:01:34-08:00January 24th, 2021|Categories: The Black Series, The Sandcrawler, The Vintage Collection|

But Where Did the Pins Go?

If you are like a majority of the collectors out there, you have had a difficult time getting your hands on The Vintage Collection's Din Djarin with Child figure from Wal*Mart. This figure was put up for presale in the Fall of 2020 and sold out within minutes. Then in mid-January, a majority of these pre-sales were abruptly canceled by Wal*Mart. A day later this figure was reoffered online but this time as a bundle with an exclusive pin of The Child. Now ironically, those who re-ordered this figure in January, received it before those lucky few who ordered it back in October and never had their order canceled. Upon receipt of the new version with pin, many and dare we say most collectors did [...]

By |2021-01-23T12:01:59-08:00January 23rd, 2021|Categories: The Mandalorian, The Vintage Collection, The Vintage Collection 2|

The Sandcrawler Podcast #103 – Many Many Mando Mondays!

This week on The Sandcrawler, Jake joins Mac and Dan to discuss this Fall's many #MandoMonday reveals and a ton of action figure therapy...now in video! This week we catch up on Mando Mondays and the announced Star Wars figures for Black Series and The Vintage Collection. Will we get the entire Bad Batch team at some point? Does it really matter if the announced Zutton figure is named Snaggletooth or not? In I Wanted Everything Jake knocked off a few big missing pieces for his complete Disney Parks Droid Factory collection. Dan finds a super cool KB Toys Phantom Menace sign and Mac proves he’s a hypocrite  and gets The Carbon Freeze Chamber play set. It’s a shorter show [...]

By |2020-11-28T00:17:22-08:00November 28th, 2020|Categories: The Black Series, The Sandcrawler, The Vintage Collection|Tags: |

Mando Mondays #5 Hasbro Press Release

Continuing what Lucasfilm began in October, today was yet another round of #MandoMondays merchandise reveals from the hit series The Mandalorian. Hasbro's offerings these last two weeks have made us very happy because last year at Washington State Summer Con, Jake had the pleasure of interviewing the amazing Carl Weathers on stage. His Mando directorial debut has garnered lots of acclaim with many calling it their favorite yet! Now while the episode is not even a week old yet, Hasbro has announced Weathers' character Greef Carga in his Season 2 look for The Vintage Collection. This will be the second 3 3/4" figure to bare this look as only last week's The Black Series Carga figure will feature his Season 1 outfit. The second [...]

By |2020-11-23T22:58:03-08:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: The Mandalorian, The Vintage Collection|Tags: |

Fan First Friday November’s Livestream Press Release

Last Friday, Hasbro Pulse held another Fan First Friday Livestream event which resulted in four new reveals for The Black Series and The Vintage Collection. The event hosted by Star Wars Brand Team members Patrick Schnieder and Eric from the Design Department on the Hasbro Pulse YouTube channel. The Vintage Collection Zutton figure was hinted at potentially needing two more versions to be released in the line before for and Hasbro can check it off their The Ninty Six list which is referring to the original 96 or figures that were originally released by Kenner in the vintage line. In addition to the reveals, it was mentioned that the Brand Team is listening to fans and that after the next release of Captain Rex [...]

By |2020-11-16T22:36:28-08:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: The Black Series, The Clone Wars, The Vintage Collection|

Hasbro’s Star Wars Brand Team Interview

Yesterday morning we had the privilege of sitting down with members of Hasbro's Star Wars Brand Team. From4-LOMtoZuckuss.com and a few fellow fansites spoke with Patrick Schneider and Chris Reiff in an exclusive question and answer session over Zoom. While no specific revelations were made about upcoming figures it was nice to confirm there is more coming to the Retro Collection and that Hasbro has noticed the hunger fans have for The Vintage Collection and we want more from the line such as smaller vehicles, creatures, and mail aways we need to make our voices heard. In our session, the first of the day, we were joined by Star Wars Action News, Collectors Cantina, Kastors Korner, [...]

By |2020-11-07T07:31:56-08:00November 6th, 2020|Categories: Interview, The Black Series, The Vintage Collection|Tags: |

HasLab’s Razor Crest Tiers 4 & 5

This morning Hasbro Pulse released the details of their fourth and fifth tier unlocks of their current Vintage Collection HasLab project. The Razor Crest having just achieved 13,000 backers, has unlocked "Rick Duel's Gang" in Carbonite Blocks and freed up the campaign for more stretch goals in the final 9 days of crowdfunding. So far backers will be getting the following: Razor Crest vehicle Loose Mandalorian figure with soft goods cape Carded The Child with vac-metalized pram Escape Pod 3 Carbonite Blocks We have been tracking this campaign carefully, just as we did with the Sail Barge in 2018, and many Kickstarter-like campaigns gain lots of backers in the last few days. Hasbro may be betting on this as their new stretch goals now [...]

By |2020-10-31T00:10:51-07:00October 31st, 2020|Categories: Hasbro Pulse, HasLab, The Mandalorian, The Vintage Collection|
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