Marvel Taps Hasbro for Comic Art

This past week announced a new limited series starring the Dark Lord of Sith. Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Visions, which begins in March of next year, includes a cover image of Vader mounted atop a creature and brandishing his lightsaber and an Imperial shield. What is exciting about this art is his shield featuring the Imperial cog which was done by Hasbro in 2005. During their Revenge of the Sith line, Hasbro introduced a very short-lived series, geared to younger kids, called Force Battlers. These 6"ish figures, were more stylized in design and included action features. The first Darth Vader released in this line included the Imperial shield which now appears to be possibly headed for official Star Wars canon if seen [...]

By |2018-12-10T13:33:39-08:00December 10th, 2018|Categories: Kenner Cameo, Revenge of the Sith|Tags: , , |

Marvel Film & Television Chronology – Update

In anticipation of this week's release of Avengers: Infinity War we have updated our Marvel Live-Action Film and Television Chronology! The Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU has been an incredible and influential series of films. Their continued success and every-increasing quality of storytelling and film-making have had a major impact on, not only comic book movies of the past ten years, but on all film franchises and studios. In the past decade, the shared universe of the MCU has eclipsed all other franchises (even our beloved Star Wars) in terms of content and total box-office. This week the next film will debut which will add to the ever-growing library which consists of 18 films, 10 television series and numerous direct-to-video short films that make up the [...]

By |2018-04-24T15:20:55-07:00April 24th, 2018|Categories: MCU, Off Topic|Tags: , , , |

Marvel’s Action Figure Variant Cover Checklist

When Marvel reacquired the comic publishing license from Dark Horse Comics to print comic books they wasted no time creating new canonical stories each month. Marvel quickly tapped the talent of John Tyler Christopher to produce a series of Action Figure Variant Covers for many of their first issues and as well for their flagship Star Wars ongoing series. Star Wars Ongoing Series; January 2015 #1 Luke Skywalker Courtesy of #1 Luke Skywalker Black & White [Diamond’s C2E2 2015 Exclusive] #2 Han Solo #3 Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi #4 Chewbacca #4 Boba Fett [ Exclusive] #5 See-Threepio (C-3PO) #6 Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) #7 Stormtrooper #7 Boba Fett Black & White [ Exclusive] #8 Tusken Raider #9 Star Destroyer Commander #10 Jawa #11 Luke Skywalkwer: X-Wing Pilot [...]

By |2016-03-08T23:36:36-08:00November 1st, 2015|Categories: Nostalgia|Tags: , , |

Galaxy of Toys SDCC Breakdown

The Galaxy of Toys Podcast is back to breakdown the reveals of San Diego Comic Con and discuss the numerous rumor lists that have surfaced in the last month as we edge closer to #ForceFriday. Join us for a listen and as always you can make your thoughts and feelings heard by reaching us on our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter! Let us know what you think and/or if you have any suggestions for the show! This episode we are also giving back to our listeners and so make sure to listen in as to who won a Marvel Comics Lando #1 Action Figure Variant cover featuring the smuggler himself! For a complete list of all Galaxy of Toys Podcast shows, episodes and special guests [...]

By |2015-07-31T00:26:51-07:00July 31st, 2015|Categories: Galaxy of Toys|Tags: |

Marvel’s Kenner Covers Update

With last week's debut of an upcoming Artoo-Detoo cover, we have updated all Marvel Comics "Action Figure Variant" covers released/solicited to date  on our Kenner Cameos page. Below is a gallery of the 10 covers in question and to find out more about these issues and other times Kenner designs have shown up outside of the action figure line head on over The Kenner Cameo Chronology! Now when it comes to Kenner's first 12 figures, the artist John Tyler Christopher only has four left: Stormtrooper, Death Squad Commander (Death Destroyer Commander), Tusken Raider and Jawa. It will be interesting to see if Marvel chooses to commission these last four as none are main characters like the previous releases which appears to be their focus. Until Lando [...]

By |2015-05-27T11:59:04-07:00May 27th, 2015|Categories: Vintage|Tags: , |

Kenner Cameo – Action Figure Variant Covers

Marvel Comics has been showing Star Wars action figures a lot of love lately with their steady release of variant covers for their Star Wars comic books. The artist John Tyler Christopher has depicted 5 covers to date with one more announced so far. Each "Action Figure Variant" cover features a figure from the first 12 Kenner figures released. Both the cardback and figure illustrations are not meant to be exact replications of the vintage figures but have a very close ascetic to the originals to justify their inclusion in our Kenner Cameo Chronology. 2015 On April 22nd, Marvel Comics will release an 'Action Figure Variant' cover for Star Wars #4 which will feature a carded Kenner-inspired Chewbacca action figure by John Tyler Christopher. On March 11th, Marvel Comics released [...]

By |2015-04-02T11:24:23-07:00April 2nd, 2015|Categories: Kenner Cameo, Vintage|Tags: , , |

What a week for Star Wars!

This week has been filled with so much Star Wars its been a fantastic challenge to keep up with it all! The week began with a Philip Reed's Universe Expanded Kickstarter to produce a book exclusively about The Power of the Force's Expanded Universe line of figures. The next Wave (3) of Saga Legends line appeared online over at On Monday, the Star Wars Fan Film Awards were announced and this time around they are full of action figures cameos! (And some cool animated bounty hunters!) Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens was announced on Tuesday. This will include 20 published works that tie into or lead up to December's The Force Awakens. "All titles published under Journey to [...]

By |2015-03-13T08:39:59-07:00March 13th, 2015|Categories: Episode VII, Episode VIII, Saga Legends, Star Wars Celebration|Tags: |

The Spinner Rack is Back

After taking a hiatus for a few months (due to the lack of Star Wars comic books) Galaxy of Toys' comic book podcast The Star Wars Spinner Rack is back.  In this issue, Jake is joined once again by Jason and Ryan as they not only discuss Dark Horse Comic's final releases but Marvel Comics' first entry into a third new era of Star Wars comic books. To find out what the gents thought about these books and to hear if we really did get a Kenner Cameo give The Star Wars Spinner Rack Issue #4 a listen. Kenner Cameo? In addition, we are pleased to announce that Galaxy of Toys will be doing a live podcast from the Celebration Anaheim Podcast Stage. Below is [...]

By |2015-01-28T23:46:40-08:00January 29th, 2015|Categories: Galaxy of Toys|Tags: , , , , |

Episode 7 Cameo in Star Wars #1

Did Marvel's Star Wars #1 just give us an appearance of an Episode 7 alien? Yesterday Marvel Comics returned to the galaxy far, far away for the first time in close to 30 years. Their return to publishing Star Wars comics was promoted at comic book shops across the country with "Welcome Home" parties that included free swag. The premiere issue of the ongoing series is set to break comic book records by selling 1 million copies. This was helped by the creation of about 100 different cover variants that were made available at numerous exclusive locations (our sympathies to completest collectors).  In our extremely biased opinion the best by far was the incredible cover by John Tyler Christopher which payed tribute to Kenner's vintage action figure line! Now in the story, which [...]

By |2015-01-15T11:41:30-08:00January 15th, 2015|Categories: The Force Awakens, Vintage|Tags: , |

Marvel & Hasbro – Could There be More to Come?

Over the last week, we have been just thrilled to see some of the newest variant covers for Marvel's Star Wars #1.  The new series is set to debut in January with no less than 39 (and counting) different covers so far. It goes without saying that the one that has got us giddy with excitement was none other than last Friday's reveal of the "Action Figure Variant".  The amazing cover by artist John Tyler Christopher is a great tribute to Kenner's vintage packaging.  The image of the figure itself has more of a modern sensibility yet still retains the vintage (and most recently) 5 points of articulation. Our friend Michael over at Retroblasting was quick to jokingly point out that Luke has a screen accurate blue [...]

By |2014-12-09T23:33:41-08:00December 9th, 2014|Categories: Comic Packs, Vintage|Tags: , |
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