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12 New Clone Wars Action Figures for 2010

Pete Vilmur | February 15, 2010

Hasbro revealed their Clone Wars action figure collection this weekend at Toy Fair, which includes 12 figures from the first two seasons of the show in addition to the vehicle/figure packs reported earlier. Check out the full set of 12 at our Flickr series here, and stay tuned our unfolding image series of Toy Fair in the full collection here.

Hasbro’s New 2010 Vintage Collection Figures

Pete Vilmur | February 15, 2010

Revealed at Toy Fair this year, Hasbro will be releasing some old favorites with all new tooling but in packages resembling the original action figures from the ’70s and ’80s (see the Cloud Car Pilot package below). Check out the full line for 2010 at our Flickr series here!

Be sure to check out our full coverage of Toy Fair 2010 by checking back here at the blog, or by bookmarking our Toy Fair 2010 collection at Flickr.

Boba’s Back, and Hasbro’s Got Him

Pete Vilmur | February 14, 2010

Hasbro’s got at least three new entries for 2010 of the galaxy’s best bounty hunter, including the infamous rocket-firing Boba Fett figure that finally gets the spring-loaded missile that was promised in 1979 but not released!

Because of safety concerns in 1979, the spring-loaded missile that was to come with the mail-away Fett was permanently attached to the bounty-hunter’s backpack shortly before release, with the rocket-firing feature surviving on only a select few prototype examples that are now worth thousands of dollars.

This rocket-firing Fett, which appears almost identical to the 1979 vintage original, will be available as a mail-away with the purchase of five specially-marked Hasbro figures starting this fall. Also on deck is the Boba Fett role-play blaster and helmet (read more about the helmet here). Check out our Flickr series for more photos of the vintage-style Fett figure as well as larger pics of the blaster and helmet. Stay updated with the latest from Toy Fair with our full Flickr series here!

Hasbro Reveals Vehicles for 2010

Pete Vilmur | February 14, 2010

At this weekend’s Toy Fair in New York, Hasbro unveiled their 2010 line of Star Wars vehicles and figure/vehicle combos. Some great entries from the Clone Wars series here, such as Cad Bane with Pirate Bike and Mando with Speeder Bike, as well as some great classic vehicles like the Bespin Cloud Car. But that’s just for starters — follow this link to the full set of new Star Wars vehicles slated for 2010, including some bigger pics of the Super Deluxe AT-AT.

Hasbro’s Mega AT-AT Unveiled!

Pete Vilmur | February 13, 2010

Today at the 2010 New York Toy Fair, Hasbro unveiled the heavily-rumored (and consequently highly-anticipated) all new AT-AT vehicle for their 3.75-inch action figure line, which will retail for about $100 on August 1. Check out the images and description below, and get the full roster of Hasbro toys announced at Toy Fair after the jump (stay tuned for more Toy Fair coverage as we report from the event starting this weekend in New York)!

Star Wars AT-AT
(Approximate Retail Value: $99.99; Ages: 5 & up)
In space, size does matter, and Hasbro certainly kept that in mind when creating its all-new, highly detailed Star Wars AT-AT. The AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport) played a significant role in the Empire’s military assault in The Empire Strikes Back, and it will play an equally important role in every fan’s toy collection this year! Measuring more than 24 inches tall, nearly 28 inches long, and 12 inches wide, this colossal vehicle holds up to 20 Star Wars figures — 6 of which can fit in its head alone! — and includes so many play and electronic features true to its on-screen counterpart that it’s hard to believe! From the zip-line in its body and articulated legs for superb poseability, to its LED lights and authentic movie sounds and phrases, this is the must-have addition for Star Wars fans of all ages. Includes a 3.75 inch AT-AT driver action figure and a pop-out speeder bike.

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501st Member Plays McVader

Pete Vilmur | February 4, 2010

The 501st French Garrison website recently posted a bunch of images documenting the photo shoot for McDonald’s 2009 French ad campaign which featured Darth Vader sitting in a McDonald’s restaurant “beckoning” his meal (the poster from this campaign just missed being included in the Complete Vader book — read about it here).

If we read our French correctly (ok, we translated through Google), the site states that 501st member Julien Vergnes (aka SL 8106) played the role of Vader for the ad — a pretty big honor, to be sure, although we’re not sure if he, or the guy behind him, was having a better time!

Check out our recent announcement for the new US McDonald’s Star Wars campaign.

Found on eBay: “Stupid Ewok”

Pete Vilmur | November 25, 2009

stupid ewok

Just in time for The Ewok Adventure‘s 25th anniversary, we found this amusing item description attached to a 1980s PVC figurine of an Ewok. Here’s part of the description:

I am ashamed to even list this thing. i should have thrown it into a pond, but we’re trying to ebay some stuff to get a coffee grinder. that’s what my life is now. I would rather trade my scifi dreams in for a decent cup of coffee than ever look at this little jerk’s mug again. Ewoks? Seriously? YOU BETCHA!

Hey, we know Ewoks aren’t for everyone, but maybe if the seller can earn a few bucks for his “officially…dead to me” little PVC, he’ll find the little fuzzballs aren’t so bad. Check out the auction here. Thanks to Andrew Boscardin for the heads-up!

First Ever SARLACC Charity Pin Now Available!

Pete Vilmur | November 24, 2009

pin

SARLACC, the Seattle ARea Lucasfilm Artifact Collectors Club, recently announced its first collectible lapel pin, available exclusively from their site. Here’s their description:

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, the SARLACC charity pin features the Millennium Falcon flying in to land at the world famous Seattle Space Needle. This high-quality cloisonné pin has a limited run of 1000 and has been officially approved by Lucasfilm Ltd. and Seattle Space Needle. Each pin will come on an individually-numbered card with an image of the Cloud City’s landing platform.

All proceeds from the sale of this pin will benefit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, whose ultimate mission is the elimination of cancer and related diseases. The Center conducts research of the highest standards to improve prevention and treatment.

To order this limited edition pin, visit the SARLACC site. For more about Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, please visit www.fhcrc.com.

We Go Way Back (to 1971), Lando and Me

Pete Vilmur | November 19, 2009

han and lando

Good ol’ Han and Lando, bosom buddies of the Star Wars saga. They shared a past, a ship, and a scoundrel disposition. What you may not have known is that they also shared an episode of a little-known TV show from 1971 called “Dan August,” starring Burt Reynolds.

Snooping around imdb.com recently, we discovered actors Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams had actually been cast together for an episode of the crime teledrama (titled “The Manufactured Man”). We’ve not seen the episode, or a script for that matter, which is why we’re not able to relay the basic plot. Still, seeing the card-player/scoundrel and no-good swindler in a schmaltzy 1971 Burt Reynolds pre-Bandit vehicle — starring Gary Busey, Mickey Rooney, and David Soul, no less — sounds to us like TV worth watching.

Check out the imdb page for the episode here.

’70s Space Toys Spawned by Star Wars

Pete Vilmur | November 16, 2009

ebony

Thumbing through the pages of the November, 1978 issue of Ebony magazine recently posted by Google Books, we found a great period article on some of the space toys spawned by Star Wars mania in the late ’70s. Gotta love that Vader wannabe mask!