In the part one of “15 Years of LEGO Star Wars“, I looked at the introduction of the mashup franchise through to the end of 2005 and the release of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge on the Sith. Part two of this retrospective looks at the period between 2006 and 2010 which includes the 10th anniversary of LEGO Star Wars and the introduction of the first sets from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. By the end of 2005 we’d seen 124 sets released which included over 125 different minifigures.
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The International Toy Fair in New York wrapped up last Wednesday, and the team from StarWars.com was there to ensure we brought you all the latest news on what you can expect from the industry over the upcoming months. There were lots of new products to see, including new items from Star Wars Rebels as well as products from the original and prequel trilogies.
In addition to the galleries already presented by Hasbro and LEGO, we present new images of some of the products on display. The first LEGO gallery didn’t include any of the summer product line, which includes a new Imperial Star Destroyer which opens up fully with some great new play features and comes with fix new minifigures (2 x Strormtrooper, Imperial Officer, Imperial Navy Trooper, Imperial Crew, and Darth Vader) as well as a stunning brand new holographic Emperor micro figure. For all fans of The Empire Strikes Back we look forward to new sets of the AT-AT featuring four new minifigures (General Veers, Snowtrooper Commander, AT-AT Driver, and 2 x Snowtroopers). In a new take on one of the first sets released 15 years ago, the snowspeeder which comes with three new minifigures (Sandtrooper, Luke Skywalker, and Dak Ralter) and a new firing harpoon mechanism.
LEGO Star Wars celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and some of my next few Collecting the Galaxy blog posts will be devoted to looking back at the history of the mashup franchise. In the first of these LEGO Star Wars-inspired blogs we look at the period between 1999 and 2005, which takes in the releases of the prequels and the first original trilogy sets, too.
The holiday season is over and a new year has begun, which means that by now you’re probably back at work, college, or school and the thoughts of this year’s festivities couldn’t be further from your mind.
That may be the reality for most, but for toy and collectibles companies around the world this is actually one of the most important times of the year. Over six weeks they will take their new products around the world — the Toy Fair in Hong Kong took place January 6-9, followed by the Japanese Toy Fair which takes place this week, from January 12-15. Next week, from January 21-23, Toy Fair arrives in the UK, followed by Germany from January 29-February 3, and then to North America for the International Toy Fair in New York from February 16-19.
Take part in the official Hasbro Fans’ Choice poll to decide which Star Wars character will go into production next!
Star Wars Insider magazine and Hasbro have joined forces to give Star Wars fans the chance to vote for a Star Wars character to be made into an action figure! The figure will be included in Hasbro’s Star Wars action figure line in 2013, in time for the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi.
There are twenty Star Wars characters in the running. The winning character will be announced at Hasbro’s 2012 Collector-Fan Media Day event at Toy Fair in New York in February 2012.
“Everybody loves collecting Star Wars and this is a rare chance to vote for a character to be made into an action figure, says Jonathan Wilkins, Star Wars Insider editor. “There are some really diverse characters to choose from; from the movies to the Expanded Universe; from the dreaded Emperor Palpatine to the cute Princess Kneesa. We want as many fans as possible to get involved! Who will you choose? You can read more about the history of the fan poll in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider, out now! Get voting!”
The toy that makes it into production will be decided by this poll alone, so this really is your chance to stake a claim for the toy you’d like to own most.
To place your vote, visit the Star Wars Insider magazine website.
One Toy Fair booth that wasn’t shy about showing its Star Wars spirit was Kotobukiya, who devoted an entire wall to their line of Star Wars chopsticks. While casual passersby might be dazzled by Koto’s Star Wars utensil utopia, those few of us savvy enough to inspect their display cases off to the side discovered the next three entries in the lightsaber chopsticks line — Mace Windu, Luke Skywalker (Episode VI), and Darth Maul. Maul’s have the added feature of attaching together at the hilts like the Sith Lord’s movie version. These look to be available this summer. Check the pics after the jump for details!
C-3PO plush backpack
Comic Images had a lot of nifty new plushes to show off at Toy Fair this year, including two backpacks that, in retrospect, seem like no-brainers: a C-3PO in pieces (as he was carried around by Chewbacca in Empire) and a Boba Fett rocket pack. We just know there’s got to be a Yoda in Dagobah pack somewhere on the horizon!
There’s some great new plush figures as well, including a stormtrooper (with limited 501st and pink charity editions) and large-scale Vader, Chewbacca, and Yoda. Check out our full set of images here!
Boba Fett plush rocket backpack
While I was dazzled with the great new entries to the LEGO Star Wars line I previewed at their Toy Fair booth today, the biggest take-away for me — literally — was a slick promotional book and exclusive white Boba Fett LEGO mini-fig!
The book, which features a die-cut spot-varnish Vader cover, contains LEGO’s current and coming releases for 2010, presented on heavy gloss cardstock pages. The binding is so tight that to photograph them I had to stick my fingers in the photos (apologies!).
Another exclusive, although I wasn’t clear that it’s limited to Toy Fair, is the white Boba Fett mini fig, appearing as the bounty hunter did before designers decided to give him the bang-up Empire deco we’re familiar with. A great pair of items that is sure to have the LEGO Star Wars collectors calling their Toy Fair contacts!
Check out the rest of the images after the jump!
The LEGO booth at Toy Fair had some great upcoming releases on display, including the Clone Turbo Tank, Hoth Wampa Set, Plo Koon’s Starfighter and more. Many current releases were also showcased, all of which you can see in our StarWarsShop announcement here. We’ve got a couple press photos and a few snapshots from the LEGO booth, which promises some great additions to the LEGO Star Wars series this year! Look for most of these new sets this August.
Check our full set of LEGO images after the jump (and also see our StarWars.com coverage with new imagery here)!