July is always a busy month with news flying out of San Diego Comic-Con. There was plenty of news from the largest Star Wars license holders, including Hasbro, Lego, Sideshow and Gentle Giant, but we also had some cool news from eFX, Hallmark and, finally, Museum Replicas.
The Clone Wars, Legacy Collection, Sideshow and Gentle Giant checklists should be up to date with all the new info from Comic-Con but if we've missed anything we'll look to add it when possible. Today we'll wrap up our Comic-Con coverage with a few things that were debuted last weekend.
While there was more product and info at SDCC that we didn't get to, look for ongoing updates as release dates for products and events get closer.
The Empire Muggs Back
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is one of the favorite charities of Lucasfilm and Hasbro, with donations being made by both companies over the last several years. This year, to continue that tradition, an online charity auction is being held to raise money.
The Empire Muggs Back auction begins today, July 31st, and runs until August 14, 2009. Up for sale are several Mighty Muggs characters created by noted artists, comic book creators, toy designers and celebrities.
Each Mugg is unique and was created using a blank Mighty Mugg figure donated by Hasbro. Some of the artists involved include Suckadelic, Star Wars Super-fan Jane Wiedlin, noted Star Wars artists Cat Staggs and Chris Trevas, Clone Wars director Dave Filoni, Director Kyle Newman and actress Jaime King, and several artists from Robot Chicken.
Starwars.com is showing off several new collectibles that will be available at both Disney parks in the US.
If you've passed on the Star Wars Racers cars that have come out over the last couple of years, don't worry, you can now buy them all in a Darth Vader Race Case. The case, which looks like the vintage action figure case, will include 15 cars, with four exclusives that won't be available anywhere else. The four exclusives are TC-14, Shadow Trooper, Shadow Guard and Wedge Antilles. The case will be available in October and runs $49.95.
Collector Pack Miniature Series
Next up are Disney's Star Wars Collector Packs. Each three pack contains random characters and sells for $5.99. There are 18 total toys including:
Star Wars Hot Buttons are a set of five character buttons that each have three recorded quotes. Press the button and they'll talk. The characters are Darth Vader, Yoda, C-3PO, Princess Leia and Chewbacca. The buttons retail for $4.95.
Finally we have the R2-D2 Light Chaser. The $15 Light Chaser includes spinning lights and sounds.
For a full report and more photos, head over to StarWars.com.
Best Sci-fi Villain
Titan Magazines and Total Sci-Fi Online have teamed up to pick the best Sci-fi villains from our favorite franchises. Included in the votes will be Star Wars and Star Trek along with several popular television shows including "Heroes," "Lost," "Smallville," and "Supernatural."
The winners in each category will be highlighted in a future edition of their respective magazines from Titan Magazine. The winner of the Star Wars vote will appear on the cover of the October release of Star Wars Insider. Stop by Total Sci-Fi Online's website for more information on how to cast your vote.
San Diego Comic-Con is one of the biggest venues for debuting movie, television and game trailers and both Lucasfilm and LucasArts took advantage this year, debuting video for two hot properties; Star Wars The Clone Wars and The Force Unleashed.
The Clone Wars
The Clone Wars series on Cartoon Network is a serious hit and season 2 is highly anticipated. If you can't wait for this Fall for more Clone Wars goodness then head over to StarWars.com to check out the most recent trailer for season 2.
The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition
The Force Unleashed was a big hit in 2008 when it came out and LucasArts is building on that popularity with the release this Fall of The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition.
The Ultimate Sith Edition will be released for the X-Box 360 and Playstation 3 consoles. The game will include all of the levels from The Force Unleashed, all previously released downloadable content and an exclusive bonus level which is all new.
If you can't wait till The Ultimate Sith Edition is released then you will also have the opportunity to download a new "Infinites" story for TFU. Click the link above for a trailer of The Ultimate Sith Edition and then head to StarWars.com for the press release with all the details of both the downloadable and USE editions.
A quick reminder for all the Premier Guild members, today at 2:00PM EST all of Gentle Giant's San Diego Comic-Con exclusives will go up for sale for those that weren't able to attend the convention.
You need to be logged in to your account in order to see the items.
Well, the pre-order for the new Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker was supposed to go up at 3:00PM EST today but sometime last night the regular edition was posted live. The exclusive, which includes Rotta the Hutt, will now be up for pre-order today at 3:00PM.
Anakin comes with two sets of hands, ignited lightsaber and hilt. He's due to ship the first quarter of 2010. No edition size yet and he'll set you back $89.99 directly from Sideshow.
He should make a good companion piece to the General Obi-Wan Kenobi figure that's already out, but I wouldn't be surprised if Sideshow does a new Obi-Wan figure that more closely represents the current Clone Wars animation.
Acme showed off several pieces of art in their booth at Comic-Con but we here at the Holocron have to admit that we don't keep track of most of the high end stuff.
However, for the budget conscious, they did unveil a new Sketchplate, an Imperial TIE Fighter. It's limited to 1,000 pieces and runs about $35. It's not up for sale to the public yet but we've seen no reports that it's a show exclusive and was most likely debuted at the show. Keep an eye on CharacterKey.com to see if this goes up for sale.
Hasbro has posted their Comic-Con exclusives for sale on HasbroToyShop.com. Some of them are showing sold out right now, including the Stormtrooper Commander, but the Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot is in stock and ready to ship.
If you head over to their Exclusives section you'll see not only this year's San Diego Comic-Con exclusives, you'll also find exclusives from previous shows as well as general store exclusives such as the display stands and protective cases for both Star Wars and G.I. Joe figures.
San Diego Comic-Con
Comic-Con wound down yesterday but there were only a handful of new product announcements after the flurry from Wednesday through Friday. We were away for two days so you've probably seen most of the photos on the other sites that had reporters on the floor. But we'll run a few quick re-caps of other license holders (besides Hasbro) to take a look at some of the major items they debuted over the weekend.
As we catch up during the week look for updated info including anything we missed from the main license holders, some recaps of the smaller guys and updated checklist information.
First up is Sideshow because, if you haven't been to their site since Friday, you may want to jump over and check out the pre-orders that went up Saturday and Sunday. All of the licenses are on that page including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, G.I. Joe and many others.
New stuff that was announced at the show, but not up for sale yet, includes some awesome 1:6 scale product as well as a bunch of new Legendary Scale busts.
Gentle Giant has a video posted on StarWars.com that gives a behind the scenes look at some of the new busts and statues that were debuted over the weekend in San Diego. There is also a 2D preview section of concept art for other 2010 product. Not all of this is confirmed and the scale on some items may not be known yet. Still it's an interesting look into what we could be seeing next year.
Hasbro Update - Presentation
Just a few more pieces of info from the slideshow that Hasbro presented today.
Walmart will have another exclusive wave of comic packs this fall that will include the following figures:
The Clone Wars figures previewed for 2010 include:
Nahdar Vebb will be the 2010 mail-in figure for the Clone wars line. Stickers should start appearing on Clone Wars action figures in the first wave of next year, but may start showing up as early as December.
We mentioned the TLC figures earlier but to confirm, and announce the Build-a-Droid from the wave, here's another look:
New comic packs for 2010 include:
Hasbro Update - Live info from the presentation
Sideshow Update - More Pre-Orders
Two new items are now up for pre-order from Sideshow.
The new Darth Vader 1:1 Life-Size bust with removable helmet is now available in two versions, exclusive and regular. It's scheduled for a 1st quarter 2010 release with no edition sizes set. Both editions require a non-refundable deposit and both have the FlexPay option attached.
The Darth Vader bust stands 28" tall and weights a whopping 33lbs.
The exclusive edition includes a stand that allows you display Vader's helmet next to the bust. The price is $1,249.99 and the deposit is $250.
The regular edition is $1,199.99 with a deposit of $240.
Sideshow's new 1:2 Legendary Scale Bust line kicks off with Commander Cody. Like Vader, he's scheduled for a 1st quarter 2010 release but will only set you back $299.99. FlexPay is available and no deposit required.
Cody is 18" tall and features an LED light in his hand to illuminate the holo of Palpatine. Edition size is still to be set and it doesn't appear that Sideshow is offering an exclusive version of this bust.
Star Wars: In Concert
On October 1, 2009 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, Star Wars: In Concert will kick off it's worldwide arena tour. This will be an expansion of the show that premiered at the O2 Arena in London on April 10, 2009.
A few new Star Wars items are now up for pre-order from Sideshow.
The newly debuted Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker is scheduled for 1st quarter 2010 and runs $89.99. While Sideshow's website shows both a regular and exclusive version, only the regular version appears to be on sale now.
Anakin comes with two sets of hands and both an ignited lightsaber and a hilt.
AOTC Clone Trooper
This is the first Clone Trooper to feature the phase 1 armor seen in Attack of the Clones. The Clone Trooper is $89.99 and is scheduled to ship the 1st quarter of 2010.
He comes with both the long rifle and carbine blaster. No edition size has been set yet and it doesn't appear that there is an exclusive version available.
Grand Admiral Thrawn
The regular edition of Thrawn comes with his Yasalamir, blaster pistol and two sets of hands for $79.99.
The really impressive edition is the exclusive. While it will set you back $224.99 it includes a polystone Command Chair. This release is similar to the Indiana Jones figures that have also come with set pieces as exclusives.
Hasbro Update - Titanium
Earlier in the year Hasbro promised us about nine new ships for the Titanium line before pulling the plug. No Titanium ships were shown at Toy Fair in NY so, other than some Q&A answers, Comic-Con was our first shot at seeing if they would follow through on their list.
Prior to SDCC a couple of the promised ships had hit retail. Namely the Clone Wars Y-Wing, Hound's Tooth, and Hyena Bomber.
Of the remaining ships, the following are being shown off at Hasbro's booth this weekend:
Hasbro had also announced a newly tooled Republic Gunship but it's not being shown yet. We have our fingers crossed that this will still make it into the line.
I'm not sure if it's out yet or if it will be a repaint coming later this year, but Mace Windu's ROTS Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace ring was also being shown off as is a Clone Wars Y-Wing in Anakin's paint scheme.
The exclusive Clone Trooper ornaments aren't the only attraction at the Hallmark booth, they're offering up a sneak preview of their 2010 Star Wars ornaments. The first is a Boba Fett figure with Han Solo in carbonite.
Next up is Luke Skywalker in his Snowspeeder flight outfit. That will go nicely with the Snowspeeder which appears to be the 2010 vehicle.
Also in figure format will be Lando Calrissian in his classic blue cloak from Bespin.
Rounding out the film characters is a diorama of Darth Vader kneeling in front of the Emperor from the scene in The Empire Strikes Back. Looks like Hallmark is pulling out all the stops for the 30th anniversary of Empire.
The final peek is of what we're assuming will be the smaller set of figures and, like this year's Anakin and Ahsoka, they'll be from the Clone Wars next year as well. While Hallmark isn't displaying actual figures, the concept art shows a kneeling Captain Rex and Yoda.
If ornaments aren't your thing you may still be interested in the Star Wars themed greeting cards and gift bags that you can find at your local Hallmark store.
I still haven't read a report on the eFX offerings being shown in San Diego, but we do have photo confirmation of the TIE Fighters that we mentioned the other day. eFX are showing off a TIE Interceptor and a classic TIE which should be available in two formats, one from ANH and one from ESB.
They are also showing a Millennium Falcon model along with their upcoming Obi-Wan lightsaber hilt, AOTC Clone helmet, the McQuarrie concept Darth Vader helmet and their already-released Stormtrooper helmet.
An X-Wing Pilot helmet is also in the works but eFX is only showing a rough prototype at SDCC this weekend.
Although it's not official, part of Hasbro's contest (see below for link) mentions the winner having his or her winning diorama submission displayed at the 2010 Star Wars Celebration. No details yet but we do know that there is supposed to be a special announcement during Lucasfilm's Friday schedule of events. Some of those events will be broadcast via G4, live from the San Diego Comic-Con.
Assuming this is confirmation, we now just need a date and location.
Hasbro Update - Diorama Contest
Hasbro is running a Bring Star Wars: The Clone Wars to Life contest with the winning package being over $1,000 worth of Star Wars toys.
To submit an entry, set up a diorama of your Star Wars toys and take a picture. Winners will be announced on November 20th and all submissions are due by September 25, 2009. Follow the link above for additional information and submission rules.
Hasbro Update - McQuarrie Box Sets
We reported last night that Toys-R-Us will have two exclusive boxed sets of McQuarrie concept figures from the 2007 30th Anniversary Collection line. That's still the case, but we now have better info on how the sets are split up. All 13 of the McQuarrie figures are included, which is all the general release figures and the convention exclusives.
Hasbro Update - The Legacy Collection
We've sorted out the information from last night's preview
and have confirmed most of the last five waves of Legacy
Collection figures for 2009, including the Build-a-Droid
figures. The new red and white packaging brings along new
Wave numbering for 2009. We'll update the checklists later
to conform to the new numbering (note - the Clone Wars checklist
should already have the new wave numbering for the rest of the
Wave 2 - Return of the Jedi. This wave should be in stores in early September and while we had a good listing of the figures for this wave from an Insider article earlier this year, we now have a mostly confirmed lineup. The "mostly" refers to the B-Wing Pilot figure. Hasbro had previously confirmed in their Q&A sessions that the figure would be of Ten Numb. Now, however, the card in the display case at SDCC shows this figure will be Nien Nunb as the B-Wing Pilot. Not sure on this and we hope to have clearer information as the weekend progresses. The Build-A-Droids for this wave are R3-M3 and R5-C7.
Wave 3 - A New Hope. The second wave of A New Hope figures for the year includes several awesome surprises plus some filler, most likely to keep the wave costs down. This wave of figures will also have the second of the four Concept Art figures for the year with Ki-Adi-Mundi based on art by Derek Thompson. The Build-A-Droid figures for the wave are R4-P44 and R3-A2. Look for this wave in stores in late September.
Wave 4 - Revenge of the Sith. Wave four is scheduled for an October release and includes upgrades to several characters we probably already have in our collections. The good news is that the upgrades appear to be well done, especially on Commander Cody who, by most accounts, got shorted on his first release. Ralph McQuarrie makes his return in this wave with an IG-88 figure based on his early concept art. The Build-A-Droid for this wave will be YVH-1, and is one of the coolest looking BaD figures yet!
Wave 5 - The Empire Strikes Back. Original Trilogy fans shouldn't have much to complain about this year as both ANH and ESB got two waves of figures each. Legacy Collection wave five, due in late October, has a lot of win! Hasbro is showing two Bespin Guards, billed as Cloud City Wing Guards, but details have yet to be released on how these figures will ship, whether there will be a running change or if they will both ship at the same time. Joe Johntson's take on the Snowtrooper is this wave's Concept figure and rounds out the four concepts for 2009. The Build-A-Droid is HK-50.
Pricing is in for several of the upcoming store exclusives from Hasbro and the news is not good.
Walmart will have the Octuptarra Droid and Dewback for $29.99 each while the Droid Factory Series 2 will set you back $15.99 each.
Target's Geonosis Arena 2-packs are only $12.99 but their Red 2 X-Wing w/ Wedge is $54.99. They will also have two Clone Wars Battle Packs for $24.99 each: Ambush on Abrego and Assault on Ryloth.
Toys-R-Us has the "Crumb Bomber" Republic Gunship priced at a whopping $69.99 while their Clone Wars Commemorative Tin Set is a more reasonable $24.99. Commander Ponds will be the standard $7.99 while they will also have two McQuarrie Boxed Sets at $44.99 each.
Yes, that's the boxed set of McQuarrie figures that Hasbro had "no plans" for back in 2007 when everyone was hunting these figures during the 30th Anniversary line. Early photos seem to show that the SDCC exclusive Obi-Wan and Yoda will be in one set while the CIV Droids will be in the other. More details when we have more info.
Darth Vader Funeral Pyre
Hasbro is showing off a Luke Skywalker with Darth Vader's funeral pyre from the end of Return of the Jedi. This is a concept only at this point and Hasbro is taking input on whether this should be made into a retail item.
The set would have lights and sounds, if made, and I have to say, extremely cool!
Creative Imaginations, which sells scrapbooking and papercraft products has acquired a license to produce Star Wars based stickers and the like.
Look for them to offer paper, stickers and scrapbooks based on both the films and the animated Clone Wars series. These should be available on-line and possibly in stores such as Michaels and AC Moore.
Museum Replicas is showing off several costumes at Comic-Con again this year and it looks like they may finally be selling items, after having the license for over two years.
They've updated their website with information on several costumes as well as eFX items. Head over to their site for photos and pricing.
It wasn't that well kept of a secret, but now that Comic-Con is here, Lego has now officially announced their Anniversary Edition Tantive IV, set 10198.
The massive blockade runner includes 1408 pieces, measures 20.5" long by 7.5" wide and 5.5" tall. It comes with five minfigures, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, a Rebel Trooper and an exclusive Captain Antilles. Scheduled for a September release, it will set you back $149.99
We announced the other day that Lego would be selling some exclusives at San Diego Comic-Con but had our info a little mixed up. There is a set by Brickmaster (see blow) and six sets of three minifigs being sold by Lego.
Each set is a Cinema Scene style pack with a different set being available each day of the convention with one pack available through the entire weekend. Word is that the sets are $50 each, which is really steep for three minifigs.
Reports are that each set is limited to 300 pieces with the Obi-Wan and Anakin set at 1250. Updates as the info comes in.
The Brickmaster exclusive is an AT-TE which is similar to, or exactly the same as, the one just sent out with the magazine. The bonus to the set is that it comes with a Dropship. The set contains 202 pieces and is limited to 500 sets.
All exclusives are being sold via raffle.
Update 2 - Hasbro
Photos have shown up confirming figures in the upcoming Revenge of the Sith, New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi TLC waves. Some of these we knew about, some have been rumored and a few are surprises. Check below for a quick rundown on them, the checklists will be updated later (** unconfirmed Build-a-Droid).
A few other names have popped up but since there are existing versions of the figures available and there are no photos yet, I'm leaving them off. There are also a few questions such as how the Bespin Guards will be distributed (running change, both at the same time) and which Build-a-Droids will come with which waves. More should be revealed tonight and tomorrow and then in the Hasbro presentation on Friday when we should also see some 2010 figures.
On the Slave I front, we forgot to mention that there is a Galactic Heroes Slave I confirmed, and spotted in some early photos, and that could have led to some confusion in the earlier report. Still, if nothing is shown before Friday, we should have more info in the Hasbro presentation.
Update - Hasbro
Confirmation has come in that Hasbro will be showing off a new Slave I that has received the "BMF" treatment like last year's Millennium Falcon. Hasbro has said that they will only release the Turbo Tank at the high end price tag so this may be a 2010 release.
Scratch that, it looks like we don't have confirmation on a Slave I yet. We may have to wait till later in the day for more info.
Update - Sideshow
Sideshow has also added a teaser, with video, for their new Life-Sized Darth Vader bust. This will have a 3-part removable helmet with a likeness of Sebastian Shaw underneath!
Sideshow teased us with a video last week with the release of their weekly newsletter and speculation has been high since then. More info should be available at Comic-Con this weekend.
Last night pictures leaked from the setup at San Diego Comic-Con and many of GG's previews at this year's show were snapped. Pictures can be found SuperHeroHype.com but for a quick list of sever new busts and statues, read on!
There were some other items seen in the cases but I think most of them have been announced such as the Clone Wars Dooku, Obi-Wan, Anakin and Clone Trooper maquettes, Bespin Luke statue and ESB busts such as Snowtrooper, Hoth Han, Luke and Leia and a few others.
The busts were probably the biggest surprise with Yak and Slave Leia but the rest are slightly more mainstream. With such awesome early leaks it makes us wonder what else they're holding back for later in the weekend!
Not to be outdone by Gentle Giant, Sideshow dumped a bunch of previews on us last night, including a pre-order set for next Thursday. Picks an links below but for a quick rundown:
No official news out of Comic-Con yet from eFX but I've heard rumors of new ships coming, including three versions of TIE Fighters (ANH, ESB and ROTJ TIE Interceptor). I've also heard some rumors of a ESB Millennium Falcon.
Not sure on scale yet or if the Falcon is a go since one was already done by Master Replicas and I thought that was also from ESB. Still, some interesting rumors if they're for real.
We're just one day away from preview night at San Diego Comic-Con but Acme has let us know about one new item that will be shown and sold at their booth this year, the Star Destroy Spec Plate.
This was shown off last year at SDCC but we hadn't had much word on it till now. On Friday Acme posted that this will be available in two formats at Comic-Con. First, Acme will have a 16.5"x36" plate framed, for a total size of 24"x40" for $895. That piece is limited to just 25 pieces.
The second format will be smaller, 12"x24", and retail for $395. That piece will be mounted but Acme hasn't released details on that feature yet.
Stop by Acme's booth #5429 at Comic-Con to check out the Spec Plate and all the other cool art they're sure to have on hand.
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II
Today is release day for Robot Chicken's second Star Wars-themed episode, Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II. The 60 minute DVD has an MSRP of $19.99 but Target and other stores are offering sale prices in the $14 range this week.
Lego will have a booth in the Star Wars Pavilion at Comic-Con and will have an exclusive set available. I don't think I've seen any details on what's in the set, just some rumors, but it is limited to just 500 sets and will be sold via their standard raffle method. No price on this yet, either.
New boxed photos of the upcoming Clone Wars Y-Wing have shown up as well as a boxed photo of the Corporate Alliance Tank Droid. We had some proto shots of the Tank Droid earlier in the year but now that a boxed photo has shown up I think we can mark that confirmed.
GalacticHunter.com also posted a blurb on their Facebook page implying that there is a new Slave I ship coming and may be shown at Comic-Con, possibly in their slideshow presentation. A Slave I was confirmed in a recent Q&A as coming for the Galactic Heroes line but rumors have been about of a new action figure scaled ship since last year.
JediDefender.com has great photos posted today of the upcoming Geonosis Arena 2-pack figures from Target. While the Jedi are nice enough, including the two new characters of Joclad Danva and Roth-Del Masona, the Battle Droids are the stars of the sets.
Both Battle Droids get the super articulation with this update, including the ability to fold up for deployment like we saw in The Phantom Menace.
In other exclusive news, Toys-R-Us will be getting an exclusive Commemorative Tin pack later this year. The tin will include four Clone Wars figures; Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Captain Rex. The figures look to be straight re-packs and come in the tin format that we've seen for the last couple of years. Jedi News scored photos of the new set along with a preview of Captain Rex in the new red and while packaging.
GalacticHunter.com posted photos and information about two exclusive Galactic Heroes sets at Toys-R-Us. Previously unannounced, the packs were found in Los Angeles and apparently didn't ring up as they weren't in the TRU computers.
The sets are Yavin 4 Medal Ceremony and Jabba's Sail Barge. Both include packaging that folds out to make a small diorama. Head over to Galactic Hunter to check out the list of figures in each set and see some great photos of the Jabba set.
San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives
StarWars.com updated last night with a listing of some Star Wars collectibles that you should be looking for at San Diego Comic-Con this year.
Highlights include Gentle Giant which is bringing three exclusives, Blackhole Stormtrooper Statue ($150), McQuarrie Concept Boba Fett Bust ($65), and a Darth Vader Breast Cancer Research scaled helmet ($60).
There will be two Hasbro exclusives this year. HasbroToyShop.com will have Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing Pilot outfit while HTS.com and ShopStarWars.com will share The Force Unleashed Stormtrooper Commander. I've read conflicting pricing info on these, one should be $9.99 and the other $12.99 but I'm not 100% which is which. ShopStarWars.com is currently taking pre-orders for the Stormtrooper Commander at $12.99 but HTS.com should have these available on Monday after the con.
Head over to StarWars.com to see the full list of exclusives and make your plan for Comic-Con which starts next Thursday, July 22nd.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Yesterday Lucasfilm announced the release date for the Season 1 DVD of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and it's set for November 3rd. You can check out the full press release for details on the bonus material. The MSRP is $44.98 for DVD and $59.99 for Blu-Ray.
Now, I'm not sure if we have an exact date for season 2 of the Clone Wars show to start back up but I'm assuming sometime in September like most other shows. If so, I'm baffled by this November release date and why they don't have season 1 out on DVD before season 2 starts.
They had time to put out two 4 show DVDs which now look more like a money grab than anything.
Daniel Gorman Studios
I forgot to mention this when I did my Wizard World Philly wrap-up back in June so I thought I'd put it out there today. I usually try to pick up some art from Artist's Alley every year and this year Daniel Gorman's FanToons caught my eye.
The stylized art of his FanToons is unique in the fact that the some drawings include small scenes from movies or comics that flesh out the main character art. Daniel's art includes favorite characters from comics, movies, music and television including superheroes, Star Wars characters, GI Joe and Star Trek.
I picked up six of his cards including four Star Wars characters and two Joes. Check out Daniel's website and if you see him at a comic show, look through his portfolio, you may find something that catches your eye.
As happens almost every year, Hasbro tries to hold back a bunch of info and photos for SDCC, and every year about two weeks before the show the pictures start to leak. Over the weekend it was Agen Kolar and Ki-Adi-Mundi, yesterday it's a new Imperial deco V-Wing and another Walmart exclusive, a Dewback with Sandtrooper.
JediDefender.com scored a new loose photo of the upcoming Darth Krayt as well as Captain Argyus from the Clone Wars line. This adds to their photos over the weekend of the Evolutions V-Wing Pilot and comic pack Yuzaahn Vong.
I'm thinking that by this time next week we should know about everything Hasbro is going to show in San Diego, but maybe they'll get a few surprises in anyway.
YakFace.com broke some news yesterday including a listing for the rest of the Geonosis Arena 2-packs coming to Target, the next concept action figure and where the Octuptarra Droid will be going.
First up, the Geonosis Arena figures. Back in February, at Toy Fair, Hasbro announced these as the replacement to the Order 66 2-packs by showing off Kit Fisto and Coleman Trebor with a Geonosian Warrior and Jango Fett respectively. Now we know the other four packs and more details on them;
The two Battle Droids will be new sculpts and should have super articulation. No word yet on the Super or Destroyer Droids as to whether they will be new or standard repacks.
The two new Jedi, Masona and Danva, are both human characters and while we don't have pictures yet, I'm wondering if they'll use the new Jedi body that showed up in the Disney Jedi Training Academy set.
Speaking of that figure, Yak Face also showed off two prototypes of upcoming figures, one of which is Agen Kolar who is scheduled for the Revenge of the Sith wave later this year. The figure appears to be based on the Jedi Master figure from the Training set, with a new head.
The second proto that YF.com showed off is of a concept Ki-Adi-Mundi figure based on Derek Thompson artwork.
The final piece of info is on the Octuptarra Droid. A packaged photo has show up and this will be a Walmart exclusive.
More details on these and other recent information leaks (new AT-ST and two TIE releases) are sure to be had at San Diego Comic-Con which kicks off in just over a week with preview night on Wednesday, July 22nd.
Acme Archives showed off another piece of art that they will be debuting at San Diego Comic-Con.
The print is Ralph McQuarrie's Boba Fett concept, which kind of goes with Gentle Giant's bust, and is limited to 100 pieces. The print will set you back $250 but it's 17"x22" and is signed by Ralph.
This piece is only debuting at SDCC, if you're at home you'll have the chance to order it on-line. Acme hasn't put a date or time on the home ordering, but it's going up for sale on Wednesday night in Comic-Con.
Last year Crayola debuted several new Star Wars products including Giant Coloring Pages and ReColoritz sets to go with the new Clone Wars movie and television series.
Now Crayola is expanding their offerings with at least three new products including a new set of 20 Giant Coloring Pages. There's also a new ReColoritz Black set and Color Surge.
The ReColoritz Black set is already out, I've spotted it at Target within the last week, but I haven't seen the Color Surge sets yet. No picture right now of the Giant Coloring Pages, but that's also been spotted at Target. Look for Obi-Wan and Asajj on the cover rather than Anakin, Yoda and Ahsoka.
2009 Qui-Gon Offer
Hasbro posted a news item yesterday with details on the upcoming Qui-Gon and Eopie offer. The good news is that it's a really affordable offer. The set will take 5 UPC codes from TLC, SL and CW figures and $6.99 shipping in the US.
The offer will start showing up with the Phantom Menace wave of figures later this year. The offer runs till March 2010. I'm really psyched for this and feel that the offer is very reasonable. I'll be sending in for several of these.
YodasNews.com asked Hasbro, for the most recent Q&A session, if they could provide a new photo of the upcoming Ewok 2-pack and Hasbro sent one. Head over and check out the photo of Paploo and NoApaak.
San Diego Comic-Con
If you're going to be attending SDCC later this month, there will be plenty of Star Wars entertainment to keep you busy. StarWars.com updated Monday with a schedule of various presentations and ongoing programming you can attend.
Hasbro took Friday off for the holiday but they came back strong yesterday with the latest installment of Q&A. This is the last session before we get into San Diego Comic-Con so it's expected that some specific questions would be put off in favor of showing them at SDCC. Still, there were a few cool pieces of info. Read on for a wrap-up of the announcements that were made.
Rumors have popped up in the last few days that a Dewback could be on the way and whether that ties into GalacticHunter.com's question or not, I'm not sure. However, GH asked about a beast assortment in the future, mentioning the Dewback specifically, and Hasbro replied that while they aren't looking to do a beast assortment we should stay tuned to SDCC for an big announcement.
ImperialShipyards.net got an odd answer when asking about Hasbro revisiting older figures to upgrade their sculpt and possibly articulation. IS.net asked about Owen, Beru, Wuher and Naboo Security among others, yet Hasbro only picked out Wuher by saying they think he's "most in need of an upgrade." I think they're mixed up as the Original Trilogy version of Uncle Ben, released in 1997, is pretty poor and definitely doesn't hold up. Just because they dusted him off for the TRU exclusive Lars Homestead set doesn't make him any less in need of a redo. Wuher, on the other hand, not a bad figure.
Jedi News UK gets some good scoop for all you Clone Wars fans. The final episode of season 1 introduced several new bounty hunters, including Cad Bane (which is coming soon to pegs near you), and JN asked if we'd see others from that episode. Look to Fall 2010! We won't get any more details at SDCC, Hasbro says to look for Toy Fair 2010 for more info.
If you liked the Ultimate Battle Packs that Target has had the last two years, you're not going to like the info that Hasbro gave to JediTempleArchives.com. Due to costs, Hasbro has no plans to do any more UBPs for he foreseeable future.
Also from JTA comes confirmation on another Clone Wars character, a Mandalorian seen in season 2 clips shown at Star Wars Weekends at Disney World. No additional info is available yet on the Mano character but I'm sure we'll see more soon, those Mandalorian characters are all the rage.
If you've been wondering where the other three concept figures are that were promised for the 2009 TLC line you're going to have to wait a little longer. While Anakin came out with the currently shipping AOTC wave, RebelScum.com reports that the next three will come later this year with the ANH, ROTS and ESB waves, skipping the TPM and ROTJ waves. No word yet on what the characters will be, but we should see at least one at SDCC.
RS.com also asked about the possibility of a Dark Times comic pack. Per Hasbro, if the costing works out we could see a 2-pack in 2010 based on Dark Times #6. There's a big question mark on the pack right now, however, as Hasbro looks at overruns on their tooling budget.
SirStevesGuild.com is famous for asking long, rambling questions full of accusation and innuendo and this week was no different. However, in one of their questions to Hasbro, the takeaway is that if you want to make sure you get your hands on the Attack of the Clones wave of TLC figures (the wave shipping now with that Concept Anakin), you may want to order it on-line. Since it's the last of the blue and white packaging, it's going to be shipping in smaller numbers than the first two waves of 2009 (ANH & ESB) and retail may not order as much of it.
While they probably should have known better, YakFace.com asked if Hasbro would confirm information about the leaked photos of the Tank Droid and Octuparra Droid that we're assuming will hit the Starfighter line sometime in the near future. Hasbro gave their standard wait for SDCC answer. In other words, they're coming. And they're probably great. And it's just more to the pile of late-year product shipping all at once (again!) this Fall/Winter.
Happy 4th of July everyone! Hope everyone has a beer, some good food and gets a chance to relax and enjoy a day off.
On Sunday, July 5th members of the Pennsylvania Star Wars Collectors Society (PSWCS) will be meeting with members of Operation Ward 57 at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC). This visit will include meeting with soldiers currently being treated in Ward 57 and handing out the new Obi-Wan Kenobi medallions.
Not all of the medallions are sold out yet so there's still time for you to get your order in. The goal of selling the Obi-Wan medallion is to raise funds for Operation Ward 57 to purchase comfort items for the troops while they're at Walter Reed. With the help of the collecting community, PSWCS hopes to raise at least $5,600 with this fundraiser. Head over to the PSWCS website for more details on the medallions, Operation Ward 57, and to make a purchase.
Mark July 11 - 12th on your calendars, that's when the 2009 keepsake ornament premier kicks off. It'll be your first chance to buy over 170 new ornaments. And don't forget, this year's Star Wars limited edition ornament, debuting that weekend, is Greedo.
Not all of the 2009 Star Wars ornaments will be available that weekend but there should be several. Make sure to stop by your local Hallmark store.
Finally tracked down some new items tonight. The local Target stocked a case of the new 2009 red packaged Starfighter vehicles. I picked up the new Republic Fighter Tank but the V-19, Anakin's Clone Wars Starfighter and the Vulture Droid were also available. The Tank is full of win!
Also be on the lookout for some Target clearance pricing. Reports are in that some stores have put Evolutions, Mighty Muggs, Titanium, and Ultimate Lightsabers on clearance for 30% (or more). One report also has the JAKKS Pacific Marbs line marked down as well. With Muggs going exclusive to Toys-R-Us and the Evo sets going to Walmart, this isn't a big surprise. There should also be some type of aisle reset this weekend for the new G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra action figures and this may be a way to help make room. Hopefully this won't spell the end of the Titanium line at Target, Hasbro still owes us a few new ships before that line ends.