SDCC: Hasbro Announces Black Series 6-Inch Jyn Erso Pack

In a mild surprise announcement today, Hasbro announced via an official press release that there would be an exclusive Black Series 6-Inch Jyn Erso pack available at San Diego Comic Con. We saw the figure unveiled during Star Wars Celebration Europe last week and many thought we would not see this figure available for sale until Force Friday this September.

Here is the section from Hasbro’s Press Release: Continue reading “SDCC: Hasbro Announces Black Series 6-Inch Jyn Erso Pack”

Thrawn

The biggest news of the day from Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 is that fan-favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn is making the leap from the Expanded Universe into the new cannon material. Not only will he appear in Star Wars Rebels Season 3, Timothy Zahn is returning to the Star Wars literature space to pen a brand new novel titled: Thrawn.

What an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Poster Revealed

The new movie poster dropped during the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story panel today at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016.

You have to agree it is awesome and the imagery is unlike anything we’ve ever seen from a Star Wars movie poster.

Dan Brooks of StarWars.com also had 15 things we learned from that panel today that is worth checking out here.

(Image credit: StarWars.com)

Black Series: Sergeant Jyn Erso 6-Inch Figure from Rogue One Revealed

As Gwendoline Christie announced during the Rogue One panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, Hasbro has released the first Black Series figure for Rogue One. We can expect more information next week at San Diego Comic Con on other figures in the next wave.

Credit Jedi Insider with the image below:

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Panel to be Live Streamed

Set your schedule now, StarWars.com and The Star Wars Show LIVE will have us covered this weekend with the latest happenings from Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016.

There are several can’t miss panels including information on Star Wars Rebels Season 3 – but the headliner is the Rogue One Panel on Day 1 of Celebration. It is rumored that we will see a long-awaited full trailer of the film and get more details from director Gareth Edwards.

11:00 a.m. EDT / 8:00 a.m. PDT
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Star Wars Show LIVE will be the one place to watch Celebration panels as they happen in London — but you may want to channel your inner Admiral Ackbar and plan a viewing strategy. Check out StarWars.com’s live stream schedule below, and make sure you don’t miss any of the big news and revelations! These times are subject to change… and equally subject to cool surprises throughout the broadcast!

StarWars.com has the full live stream schedule here.

Bad Art Can Equal a Unique Find!

While camping in northern NH last year my family and I went shopping in a nearby, small town on what was turning into an increasingly rainy day. The town was Littleton, NH and during our stop there we stumbled upon an amazing little shop. Our car was jam packed with camping gear so there was no room to fit any purchases, but we vowed to return and a few weeks ago we made another trip up to northern NH. This time we left room in the car especially for relieving this shop of some of their inventory.

Bad Art is a small store off of a side street (conveniently located across the street from a brewery that also serves wood-fired pizza…also worth the trip, but that’s another story) where you can find many movie and TV show related pieces as well as some miscellaneous non-media related works.

The walls are covered with items that to me are far from what should be labeled as “bad art”. Especially when you consider the amount of great Star Wars based pieces you find.

While strolling through the store my wife and I found many items we were interested in. We immediately picked up this shadow-trooper-like piece painted on a 12″x12″ piece of wood:

There were many other Star Wars helmet paintings similar to this one using different color backgrounds. I’ve regretted not picking up a larger, scout trooper piece that hung close to this one since we left.

While everything seems to be reasonably priced, there are some cool pieces painted on vinyl records that won’t break the bank even if you are on a tighter budget as they ranged from $10 – $15 each. We picked up this one which shows a Force Awakens era storm trooper helmet:

 

But the item that I had to have was this unique storm trooper picture:

 

 

I cannot express how freakin’ cool this thing is. At 16″x 20″ this canvas painting is large enough to make an impression on Star Wars fans and non-fans alike. The $80 price tag seemed perfect, but to be honest they could have said $100 or even a little more and I would have bought it just as quickly.

The artist, Jon, gave us some insight on how this painting and others with a similar style were made. Specifically he said this painting was left out in the rain to get the spotted effect you see in the background. For others he has used various liquids to see what effect might be created and if it works. He pointed out one painting which he has used Pabst Blue Ribbon on. At least someone has found a good use for PBR!

In addition Jon mentioned how while he will make a similar painting now that we purchased this one, it will not be exactly the same. The next version will have changes to the background or other details meaning this and other paintings in the shop are one-of-a-kind.

The pictures and my description of the art in this store are probably not doing it justice. I recommend checking out their Facebook page using this link. Their Facebook shop has a limited selection compared to the store, but it gives you a little more of an idea of the various types of pieces they sell in their physical shop. They are also quick to respond on messenger if you have questions.

Collecting Star Wars merchandise is fun and addictive. However having something you can show off in your home as art while also adding to your collection is even better.

Every Star Wars collector has a Storm Trooper. How many have one as part of a piece that no one else has? Now that I do I will probably be visiting Bad Art again in the near future to look for another unique piece to add next to my other collectibles.

Oh and thanks to Jon at Bad Art for having awesome taste and bringing such unique stuff into this world!

 

 

Vote for the Next 6-Inch Star Wars Black Series Figure

Hasbro is teaming up with StarWars.com and countless Star Wars fan websites to allow fans to choose which character joins the Black Series in the Hasbro Star Wars Fan Figure vote.

StarWars.com has all the details here.

Any character is eligible except for those from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. First-round voting will take place at Star Wars fan sites; after voting closes, the top picks from each site will be entrants in a final poll at StarWars.com, which will run from July 18 – 22. Finally, the winner will be announced at the Star Wars product panel at San Diego Comic-Con on July 23.

Black Series: Anakin Skywalker (Revenge of the Sith)

12 Anakin Skywalker
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: 2014
MSRP: $19.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

When I got started with building my Star Wars collection – I always said I would avoid succumbing to eBay if possible. I guess it is good that collecting is better when personal biases are more of a guideline than a hard and fast rule.

I’ve had my eye out for a reasonable Black Series Anakin Skywalker for the past few months but the cost on Amazon and eBay were at least four times normal retail value. The tide turned for me recently when Anakin Skywalker out of the blue was available at Ross Stores in certain parts of the United States. I couldn’t tell you where the nearest store is – but there certainly are none in the New England area. Going back to our college economics classes with the theory of supply and demand meant there was a good shot the second-hand market would correct itself – and it did gradually. After a few failed winning bid attempts – I finally secured a new, unopened figure with the box in excellent condition from a reputable seller for $34.00. Given that I have seen this figure command over $80 plus in recent months, I’m pleased with my score.

We may get another version of Anakin Skywalker in a future wave (hoping for a Clone Wars version), but with that not certain, I wanted to be sure I had one in my collection just in case. I still have plenty more figure posts to add to the site from my collection, but this one likely ends my pursuit of previous Black Series waves prior to the Force Awakens. Never say never though…

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New Black Series Exclusives Revealed from Hasbro

Anthony Breznican of Entertainment Weekly had the scoop from Hasbro on two new Black Series figure exclusives for Star Wars Celebration and San Diego Comic Con. An unmasked version of Kylo Ren will be available at Star Wars Celebration and the Alec Guinness version of Obi-Wan Kenobi will be available at San Diego Comic Con.

Kylo Ren unmasked with Darth Vader helmet

 

“Ben” Kenobi with Princess Leia hologram

YakFace.com was able to track down information on Twitter that both figures will be available on HasbroToyShop.com at the conclusion of San Diego Comic Con:

 

The hand-wringing has already commenced for collectors bemoaning the fact that these figures will be so hard to obtain that it isn’t even worth the pursuit. The prices on eBay will likely be through the roof immediately after each convention.

Patience may be in order instead of participating in the chase. Each figure is likely to hit normal retail channels with different packaging and possibly less extra features. Remember last year when the First Order Stormtrooper was released in a similar fashion? It eventually was part of the first wave of The Force Awakens figures:

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats: Star Wars Night 2016

I was in attendance for Star Wars Night at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats minor league baseball game on June 25, 2016. The home team wore Darth Vader jerseys and the 501st New England Garrison, Rebel Legion Alderaan Base and Mandalorian Mercs were also in attendance.

Stadium:

501st New England Garrison, Alderaan Base and Mandalorian Mercs:

Merchandise:

Lego Star Wars: Motorized Walking AT-AT

10178 Motorized Walking AT-AT
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Toy Line: Lego Star Wars
Release Date: 2007
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

Lego was my favorite toy when I was a kid and Star Wars has always been my favorite franchise/movie/set of movies/everything. So the combination of those two things has created a product that I have enjoyed collecting more than any other Star Wars merchandise.

It started when my wife bought me a Y-Wing set for Christmas years ago. I began assembling it and realized how much fun the combination of Legos and Star Wars could be. There was no turning back from there.

The following Christmas after receiving the Y-Wing my wife gave me Set #10178 “Motorized Walking AT-AT”. Empire Strikes Back is my favorite of all the Star Wars movies. Specifically the Hoth scenes just stuck with me and as a result I love all things AT-AT and T-47 Airspeeder related.

Overall it’s an impressive build.

I built this set years ago, so remembering how the build went in any detail is tough, but I do recall some parts where I had to back-track as I realized a part was put on backwards or up-side down a few steps earlier. However overall I do remember enjoying the build.

This walker set is more Lego Technic-like. However this is to be expected considering it is motorized. Essentially this build is a motorized technic set with an AT-AT shell.

Lifting the side panels shows a little more of the technic-like insides of the set.

In all I think what you gain in cool, motorized functionality you lose in detailed exterior.For that reason if you are looking for something to display and will never actually use the motorized feature I suggest going with one of the more recent, non-motorized sets.

Inside of the walker’s cockpit.

Four mini-figures are included; General Veers, AT-AT Driver, Snowtrooper and Luke Skywalker.

Included mini-figures

When it comes down to it, the build is impressive, fun and looks very cool. The only thing that may hold you back if your interested in picking one up for yourself is the price tag. The set came out around 2007 and a quick scan of Amazon and google showed prices ranging from $699 to $999. For that price it’s hard to justify in my opinion considering there are other versions out there that are cheaper and more readily available albeit sans the motorized walking ability.

If you get a chance and can stomach the price (or somehow find a great deal) this is a nice addition to a collection. Just realize that is is border-line criminal not to build a shield generator to go with it!

Black Series: Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars Rebels)

20 Ahsoka Tano
Star Wars Rebels
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: 2016
MSRP: $19.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

Like many collectors, I had to search far and wide to find Ahsoka Tano at or around retail prices. Just by chance last month I checked Amazon and not only was she in stock – but she was at retail price.

One of the things I’ve found getting into the collecting the Black Series earlier this year in 2016, is that some of the figures are extremely hard to come by. When I saw this wave was being released, I had a hunch that Ahsoka would be the most sought after figure based on her popularity from the Clone Wars and reappearance on Star Wars Rebels. The markups were excessive on Amazon and eBay to say the least.

In a sense, I missed the Clone Wars era so my attachment to adding her to my collection wasn’t as strong as some. Since her appearance in Rebels Season 2, I have begun watching the Clone Wars on Netflix. I have a different perspective that most Star Wars fans who saw her become the Rebel leader she is today. For me, I get to work backwards and see all the growth along the way.

This may be one of the most detailed Black Series figures I have run across and feel fortunate to have added her to my growing collection.

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Black Series: Luke Skywalker (Return of the Jedi)

03 Luke Skywalker
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: 2014
MSRP: $19.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

Luke. Skywalker. Jedi Badass.

When I started collecting the Black Series line in early 2016, naturally I stumbled across great database resources like JediBusiness.com. I realized that I missed several great figures since the onset of the Black Series that would likely cost me an arm and a leg to ever find on the secondary market. The one figure I knew I needed to have in my collection was this Luke Skywalker figure from Return of the Jedi.

I was less than a year old when Return of the Jedi was released in theaters, but growing up I, like many other Star Wars fans, related to and saw the saga through Luke’s perspective. I’ll always remember the beginning of ROJ fondly – especially when Luke ignites his new green lightsaber on Jabba’s Sail Barge.

I broke my rule of not overpaying for any one figure in my collection. I never intend to be a completest collector – only to collect things I found interesting or meant something special to me as a Star Wars fan.

When I saw Amazon was offering this figure a few weeks ago for a little less than double normal retail price, I had to strike. I’m glad that I did. This figure is fantastic and the detail is spot on.

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