As promised, the life-size Darth Malgus statue is now up fore pre-order. At $5999.99, he's not cheap, but Sideshow is offering a payment plan for as little as $750 a month. And don't forget about the $1200 non-refundable deposit that's required.
Malgus stands over 7' tall and weighs in at about 160 pounds, so you're going to need some space to display him. He has an estimated ship date of July 2012. Head over to Sideshow's website and put in your pre-order if you're interested.
The excitement of the Malgus pre-order wasn't the only thing Sideshow had for us today, they also released a teaser image for a new 1:6 scale Tusken Raider!
No more details yet, but they will have a sneak peek next Tuesday, April 3rd, in the Production Blog. Although the pre-order date isn't given, the Sideshow pattern is usually an announcement followed by a Production Blog reveal the following Tuesday and then orders on Thursday. We'll see.
Any early guesses on the exclusive? We'll go with a rifle since he's already shown with a gaffi stick. Although, could a kickass Bantha environment piece be in the works?
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
It's official, yesterday Cartoon Network issued a press release about upcoming new and returning shows for the 2012-2013 season and Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be back for it's fifth season.
As promised, Sideshow released a photo gallery of their upcoming life-size statue of Darth Malgus. The impressive statue stands about 7' tall according to Sideshow's announcement.
He'll set you back $5,9999.99, with a non-refundable deposit of $1,200 due at the time of order.
Payment plans will be available. Malgus will go on sale Thursday, March 29th, with the release of the weekly newsletter.
Star Wars Celebration VI
Celebration VI Art Show
StarWarsCelebration.com updated with the full list of artists that will be selling prints at this year's Celebration. There are 40 artists on the list and many of them are familiar names. Some, such as Adam Hughes and Allison Sohn are returning to Celebration after not being at a CV in 2010.
There are a couple of new names, including Stephen Hayford and David Michael Beck, so it should make for an interesting collection this year. Previews, and hopefully pricing, will be posted at a later date. Check out the StarWarsCelebration.com website and also keep an eye on our Celebration VI Events Pagee for all your Star Wars Celebration news.
Prototype Boba Fett
Just a reminder that the mail-away Prototype Boba Fett offer is about to expire. This Saturday, March 31st, is the last day to have your submission postmarked and all orders must be received by the processing department by April 8th.
We'd advise you to get your order in ASAP and not wait until the very last moment, as if March 27th isn't pretty last minute anyway. Boba Fett is only $6.99 and 5 UPC codes from any Star Wars action figure. A you'll need a form that can be found in Vintage Collection action figures or by printing the original online form.
The Prototype Boba Fett may not be the most exciting release from Hasbro, but it is a cool figure.
Way back in October, after New York Comic-Con, it was announced that Sideshow would be releasing a life-sized figure of Darth Malgus from the new Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic. Last night they dropped a teaser image on us and he'll be up for pre-order next Thursday, March 29th, with the release of the newsletter.
Sideshow will release photos of the statue on Tuesday, March 27th, in the Production Blog. We don't believe a price has been revealed for Malgus yet, but it may show up with the preview photos. Check out the teaser photo, stop back Tuesday for the full review and make sure you're signed up for Sideshow's newsletter where you can receive all the latest info on this and other releases.
Attack of the Authors West Coast Tour
In 2011, DK Publishing held an Attack of the Authors East Coast Tour to promote their line of Star Wars books. This year, they're doing it again only with the West Coast Tour. Beginning on April 13th, the Attack of the Authors tour will hit 10 cities with authors Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham and Jason Fry along with members of the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion and R2 Builders Club.
Daniel will appear in Albuquerque, Tempe and Las Vegas with the other two authors will appear at the other seven events. Each stop will have giveaways, sweepstakes and photo opportunities. The list of tour dates and hours can be found on the DK Publishing Events/Conventions page.
Celebration VI Autographs
Official Pix has been announced as the producer of this year's autograph program at Celebration VI. This will be the fifth Celebration for Official Pix and each time they bring new guests and sought after collectibles. Read the full press release on the official Star Wars Celebration website and check back for guest announcements as we get closer to the convention.
Celebration VI Costume Pageant
I you like to create costumes of your favorite characters, Celebration VI is offering a great way to show off your hard work with their Costume Pageant. Registration is now open for Celebration VI.
There are actually two pageants, one on Friday, August 24th and again Sunday, August 26th. Both will be held on the Celebration Stage with host James Arnold Taylor. Head over to the Celebration VI website to check out the rules and register.
Celebration VI Art Show
Cat Staggs has announced that she will be attending Celebration VI after her artwork was approved. So far we have about 21 artists for Celebration! Artist Alley should be fun again this year.
Celebration VI Art Show
Several artists have confirmed that their Celebration VI artwork was approved and they will be attending this August. The list isn't complete yet, but we were able to confirm the following for Celebration.
Stephen Hayford is new to the Celebrations but you've probably seen his excellent diorama photos posted around the web. Two more artists that are rumored, but that we couldn't independantly confirm, are Matt Busch and Lin Zy. Keep an eye on our new Art Show page where we'll have additional information as it's announced.
This weekend Gentle Giant is attending WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center where they are showing off new busts and statues from their various lines.
We don't know of any release information yet, but imagine it'll be sometime in the next couple of months. Also shown were the R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca and Death Star Trooper, all of which have already been released or offered for pre-order.
If you scroll through the Flickr photostream you'll also find a red security Battle Droid bust and new pictures of Nien Nunb and the Death Star Gunner.
It's also been mentioned by Gentle Giant that this year's San Diego Comic-Con exclusive will be another Ralph McQuarrie mini bust and that they'll have a Retro Kenner figure for Star Wars Celebration VI.
Ultimate Collector Series R2-D2
On the heels of Wednesday's announcement of the new UCS R2-D2 (10225) we have some new details, and a photo. The R2-D2 set will have 2,127 pieces and will be priced at $179.99 in the US. That's a much better price than our estimated $300 tag!
The set is due in May 2012 and is exclusive to Lego stores or their online shop. However, if you are attending tonight's Bricks by the Bay convention in Santa Clara, CA then you can be among the first to see R2-D2 in person when he makes an appearance.
We stopped by Walmart yesterday afternoon and found a display box in the Lego aisle with four bagged Mini Star Wars sets. Each set is $3.97 with two of them being new and two that we've seen before.
The Star Destroyer and STAP are new sets. The STAP set comes with a Battle Droid minifigure and is similar to the 2009 UK exclusive STAP set (30004) in part count and design. A few parts have been upgraded from set 30004, and the new set uses brown and grey pieces to fit in with its Phantom Menace appearance whereas the UK release was blue for more of a Clone Wars connection.
The TIE Fighter and Republic Attack Cruiser are the same as previous releases only with updated Darth Maul Movie Heroes packaging. We're actually still seeing the Republic Attack Cruiser at Target stores in the checkout lanes.
As we reported yesterday, Sideshow announced that they would be carrying Lego sets on their website. Last night they posted the first sets of this new partnership and while, so far, they're only offering existing sets, we don't know yet what they'll have in the future.
Today, if you head over to Sideshow's website, you can pick up the Millennium Falcon (7965), X-Wing Starfighter (9493) and TIE Fighter (9492) from the Star Wars line along with Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean sets. Prices are running the same as MSRP that you'll find at retail, but you have the bonus of earning reward points and, on the more expensive sets, you have access to Sideshow's new payment plan.
It's been rumored since late last year and now Lego has finally announced their new R2-D2 Ultimate Collector Series set #10225.
Coming in May, the UCS R2-D2 stands 12-inches tall and has a retractable third leg and opening panels. He'll be exclusive to Shop.Lego.com and Lego stores. From the YouTube description:
No price has been set but R2 is rumored to have around 2100 pieces which would probably put him in the $300 price range. Check out the video below which features the designers, Kurt and Mike, describing the build and showing off the features.
Sideshow and Lego
Sideshow posted a surprise teaser last night to announce a new partnership with Lego. Soon, you will be able to buy Lego sets through Sideshow's website and take advantage of their Sideshow Rewards program (5% cash back), payment plan and their top-notch customer service which includes a return policy.
More details are on their way and if you visit Sideshow's website, you can register your email address to receive updates.
Gentle Giant has been on a roll with their Retro Kenner, or Jumbo, line of 12" action figures. Now, their latest pre-order is up, and it's the Death Star Droid.
The Death Star Droid will come in the standard clam shell with a Star Wars insert that sports a 20 back style design. Gentle Giant is offering the Death Star Droid for $75 and he's scheduled for a 3rd quarter release. The edition size has not been announced yet.
Celebration VI - Stage Hosts Announced
StarWars.com announced yesterday afternoon that James Arnold Taylor, the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will be the host for the Main Stage at Celebration VI.
Joining him will be information guru, Pablo Hidalgo, holding court on the Behind-the-Scenes Stage again this year. Finally, David Collins will host the Digital Stage.
We're really looking forward to see what guests will appear on the Behind-the-Scenes Stage with Pablo. One of our favorite panels at Celebration V was held on Sunday with Lorne Peterson and Jon Berg. While they went over various models and their thoughts about working on the Original Trilogy, Pablo kept pace with photos pulled from an endless list of folders on his laptop. He must have had every piece of photo reference from the archives and it was an incredible experience to see them while Jon and Lorne spoke.
Just a reminder to Lego fans, their double VIP Points promo ends tomorrow. If you are a VIP member you can order online at Shop.Lego.com or stop in your local Lego store to take advantage of the promotion. If you order online there's another bonus; you can receive free shipping on orders over $75.
Prophets of Science Fiction
We received a press release announcing George Lucas' appearance on the Science channels show, "Prophets of Science Fiction." The show debuts tomorrow, March 7th, at 10:00 ET on Science. Here's the full press release.
GEORGE LUCAS BRINGS THE FORCE TO THE SEASON FINALE OF PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION ON SCIENCE
--A New Episode of PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION Premieres on
Ridley Scott, the creative genius behind several Hollywood blockbuster films such as “Alien,” “Blade Runner” and “Gladiator,” returns to SCIENCE this February with the remaining four episodes of the critically acclaimed PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION. Through the series, Scott explores the connections between science fiction and science fact. He takes us into the world of the creative minds that have inspired researchers seeking mankind’s next transformative discovery. From Isaac Asimov, to Jules Verne, to Robert Heinlein, to George Lucas, Scott explores how science fiction can become a reality. This week, peek into the mind of George Lucas, the man behind Star Wars.
Season Finale: George Lucas
Ralph McQuarrie: June 13, 1929 - March 3, 2012
Very sad news was posted tonight that Ralph McQuarrie, the conceptual artist that helped George Lucas design the look and feel of Star Wars in the 70's and 80's, has passed away at 82.
Mr. McQuarrie won the Academy Award for Visual Effects in 1985 for Cocoon and worked on other films such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But his experience stretched far beyond the science fiction world where he used his incredible eye for detail as an illustrator for companies such as Boeing and even CBS News.
We've always been a fan of Mr. McQuarrie's art and own several prints and books of his work. His imagination and attention to detail stands out from a lot of other artists who have worked on Star Wars over the years. Unfortunately, we never had an opportunity to meet him. He will be sorely missed.
If you've been looking for a good deal on Lego sets, now might be the time to look in your local Lego store or the online store, Shop.Lego.com. VIP members can earn double VIP Points until March 15th. With double points, you can earn larger discounts on future purchases. So, if there's an exclusive or set you can't find at retail, take advantage of the promo today.
Just to update yesterday's posting about clearance items at Walmart. The plush Vader is from Underground Toys and the line also includes Chewbacca, Yoda and R2-D2. We spotted a Chewbacca at the local store and, after making sure he rang up for $13, brought him home.
The Battle Packs on clearance also includes the Rebel Heroes set which has Han Solo, Chewbacca and C-3PO in it. We're still not sure why these would go to clearance so quickly, other than to make shelf space available.
Strange Clearance Offerings
Walmart is usually behind the curve on clearance prices for toys, especially Star Wars, but this year things are getting a little strange. Toys with the new Darth Maul packaging only began showing up at retail in late January and already we're finding clearance prices on them. We spotted all the newly packaged Transformers Crossovers for $11.00 while the new Battle Packs (both Geonosis Arena Battle, pictured, and Clone Wars Republic Clone Troopers) were $15.
On the shelf with them was the new talking Darth Vader plush for $13.00. We also saw the plush figures, the other being Yoda, marked down 50% at Target this week and Target has also clearance tagged their exclusive 2-packs; Rise of Darth Vader and Emergence of the Sith.
Walmart is notorious for not offering the same lineup of toys from one store to the next as well as being selective on what products for any given line they carry. For example, one store may carry G.I. Joe action figures and vehicles while the next only carries the figures...and the next, none of the above. It's possible that our local Walmart is simply recouping shelf space to make room for the summer movie lines for The Avengers, Spider-Man and G.I. Joe.
It's also possible, at least on the Transformers Crossovers line, that Walmart is getting ready for the AMP'D line which will be debuting later this year. After speaking with Hasbro at Toy Fair, it sounded like the Transformers Crossovers were going to have a lower profile this year anyway. The current line seems to be all repacks and since nothing new was shown at Toy Fair, this line may have run its course.
No matter what the future plans are, clearance prices are definitely better on the wallet so it wouldn't be a bad idea to take a stroll through the clearance section of your local stores.
Vintage Collection Deleted Scenes Wave
The Deleted Scenes wave (wave 2) of Vintage Collection has been hitting Walmart stores hard this week. We found two cases worth at our local store last night. There have been reports of them ringing up for $4.00 on clearance but don't expect that at all stores.
The figures we found had a Walmart price tag stuck over the Hasbro UPC barcode and listed the price as $8.96. We peeled it back and scanned the Hasbro UPC using a store scanner and it came up with a message "see assistant for help," or something close to that. In other words, the Hasbro UPC was not in the system.
The 2010-2011 Vintage Collection carried an Assortment Number of 97568 while the new releases are 37499. It's our guess that the Assortment change is what's causing the mix up at Walmart and it will probably get straightened out before we get much further into the 2012 VC releases.
Lego 2011 Profits Up
Excellent news out of the Lego Group this morning, they're reporting a 17% sales growth for 2011. Mentioned in the article as performing well last year are licensed toys such as Star Wars and Harry Potter along with original themes, City, Technic and Creator. While they do mention some softer sales in Western Europe, they added over 1,000 jobs and had increases in operating profit and group equity.
This news comes on the heels of the Lego Group's announcement back on February 13th that they have extended the Star Wars for another 10 years.
We are definitely looking forward to seeing what Lego will accomplish in the future.