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Toy Fair 2009: New Star Wars Galactic Heroes Team | February 15, 2009


You didn’t think we could pass up Hasbro’s booth without mentioning these irresistible little guys, did you?

Hasbro again delivers on the line that just aims to please with at least seven new 2-packs on deck, including some Clone Wars entries (the Clone Wars look translates very well to these little guys!). Head on over to our Flickr series to check these out!

Don’t miss our continuing photo coverage of all the Star Wars goodness appearing at New York’s Toy Fair this year!

Toy Fair 2009: Hasbro Vehicles, Role Play and Games Team | February 15, 2009


While vehicles usually top the list of wants for Star Wars toy fans and collectors (did you see our previous post for the new Turbo Tank — wow!!), the item that really impressed us this turn from Hasbro was actually a new role play toy — the Clone Commander Blaster. Hasbro took the idea of “Build Your Own Lightsaber” and translated it into a pretty nifty (and sizeable at 2.5 feet long!) blaster rifle that can come apart, be reconfigured, and includes light and sound effects when your re-attach the parts! Some pretty cool features that are new to the Star Wars toy galaxy that should please a lot of younger fans (and older — we couldn’t get enough of it!)


Also pretty nifty was a remote-controlled Clone Wars Artoo that sports many of the same features as the small Japanese version released a few years ago but now much bigger — more on the scale of the 12-inch figure line, actually (although this is a Clone Wars deco’d version of the fiesty astromech). Finally, a new lightsaber, called “Duel Action”, actually might as well be called “Dual Action” — a second saber is hidden in the hilt and can be pulled out and attached to the end for a double-bladed saber. Pretty sneaky sis!

There are also two new additions to the Star Wars Transformers line (actually, these are Clone Wars entries), as well as a bunch of new games and 3D puzzles. Be sure to check these out, as well as Hasbro’s new vehicles plus all the rest of our photo coverage of the 2009 Toy Fair!

Toy Fair 2009: Hasbro’s Clone Wars Turbo Tank Team | February 15, 2009


We just got an eyeful of the new Turbo Tank from Hasbro, and man, this thing easily rivals the recent AT-TE in terms of sheer size and play value. There are lights, sounds, removeable parts, and even a speeder bike that fires out the front! Make sure check out our photo coverage of the new Turbo Tank, one of the first Star Wars vehicles with wheels!

For our full photo coverage of this year’s Toy Fair, click here!

Toy Fair 2009: Hasbro Action Figures

Pete Vilmur | February 15, 2009


We start our Toy Fair coverage today with a peek inside Hasbro’s showroom at New York’s Toy Fair, currently underway beneath brilliant blue skies and near freezing temperatures!!

We’ll start by sharing the new Star Wars action figures they’ve got lined up for this year, which include several characters new and old from both the filmed saga and The Clone Wars. Some great additions here, especially from The Clone Wars line — Jabba the Hutt, Padme, Jar Jar, and Goldie the notorious astromech droid, to name a few. As for the classic, we were happy to see a little Ugnaught love coming from the Hasbro galaxy this year!

For Expanded Universe fans, check out the fantastic Lumiya complete with changeable head and lightwhip! A lot to look forward to from Hasbro this year, especially with new episodes of the Clone Wars adding fantastic new characters and vehicles to the line with each episode. Speaking of new vehicles, stay tuned for Hasbro’s big BIG release for this year with one of the few Star Wars vehicles that actually uses, yes, wheels (gasp!!).

Click here for our full photo coverage of the 2009 New York Toy Fair!

Russian Star Wars Posters

Bonnie Burton | February 13, 2009

Boing Boing Gadgets Blogger Joel Johnson takes a look at some rather obscure Russian Star Wars posters. See if you can tell which poster is for which Star Wars film.

Check them out here:
Russian Star Wars Posters (via Boing Boing Gadgets)

Rare Hungarian Star Wars on Ebay

Pete Vilmur | January 27, 2009


When it comes to Star Wars posters, sometimes bizarre is better. This recent eBay auction for a rare Hungarian Star Wars poster, which depicts a strange grill-mouth Vader with sword-wielding dragon, recently sold for nearly $700. Not bad for a film whose title most of us probably can’t pronounce (“Csillagok Haboruja”).

Obama Action Figure Duels Vader

Pete Vilmur | January 21, 2009


We’re not exactly sure if this is an officially-licensed Presidential action figure or not, but the fact that it’s posed with none other than Darth Vader makes it too irresistible — not to mention timely — not to mention here. Lucas must have been on to something when he singled out Obama as a modern-day hero-in-the-making last June.

Check out more pics of this striking figure apparently from Japan.


Empire Billboard Fetches $14K on eBay

Pete Vilmur | January 15, 2009


There used to be a day when you could hardly give billboard posters away — they were too large to easily display, and mounting them archivally on a roll of linen was cost-prohibitive. But, like many things, Star Wars seems to have changed the rules on that. Perfect example was a recent eBay auction for a rare Empire billboard poster which yielded 10 bids reaching $14,000, quite a respectable sum for any Star Wars poster.

George Lucas Wants You to Rock Team | January 12, 2009

Itching to start up your own awesome band? Maybe buying a brand new Gibson guitar signed by George Lucas will motivate you to become a rock god. Lucky for you, George Lucas joins other icons, artists, and musicians to raise money with a special upcoming Guitar Gala to help keep the legendary Phoenix building stay standing and offering music and art programs to the citizens of Petaluma, Calif.

The Guitar Gala will feature approximately 20 guitars (donated by the Gibson Foundation), each designed and customized by local and nationally recognized visual artists.

In additon to filmmaker George Lucas, other artists committed to the program include Devo, Seth Green of Robot Chicken, Stan Lee of Marvel Comics, Les Claypool of Primus, Jack Haye, Chris Clark (of Motown fame), Michael Garlington, Chris Jehly, Anna Oneglia, Lia May-Bird, Ricky Watts, Jared Powell, Josh Staples of the New Trust, and Jason Jenkins. The event will feature a live Internet auction of the guitars as well as a silent auction.

The entire proceeds from the Guitar Gala will be dedicated to supporting the free-of-charge after-school music, theater and arts programs for at-risk youth of the North Bay — as well as to help preserve the historic Phoenix Theater, which has served as an important performing arts venue for over 100 years — hosting a diverse group of artists ranging from Enrico Caruso to Louis Armstrong, from Carlos Santana, Sublime, and Metallica to Green Day and Hilary Duff.

The gala takes place Feb. 27-28, 2009 at the Petaluma Phoenix Center in Petaluma, Calif.

Learn more about the event and the guitars up for auction here:
The Phoenix Carnaval and Guitar Gala

Test Your Midi-chlorian Count with New Toy Team | January 7, 2009


Think you’re strong with the Force? Pretty soon, you’ll be able to find out. just posted a story about an upcoming licensed toy that literally uses brain waves to “reach out with your feelings” and move an object. Here’s an excerpt:

The Force Trainer (expected to be priced at $90 to $100) comes with a headset that uses brain waves to allow players to manipulate a sphere within a clear 10-inch-tall training tower, analogous to Yoda and Luke Skywalker’s abilities in the Star Wars films.

No, you’re not tapping into some “all-powerful force controlling everything,” as Han Solo said in the movies. But you are reaching out with mind power via one of the first mass-market brain-to-computer products. “It’s been a fantasy everyone has had, using The Force,” says Howard Roffman, president of Lucas Licensing.

Now, if we could just find a Force toy that lifts the economy…

Check out the full article here.