At the 115th North American International Toy Fair in New York City, I was in the room for the February unveiling of Hasbro's first-ever HasLab project - a crowdfunding effort meant to bring to life one of the most-requested Star Wars toys of all-time: Jabba's Sail Barge (The Khetanna). While I support the idea of this project and the methods behind it, I have questioned whether this particular toy is being produced 30 years too late, as the $500 price tag put it firmly in the collector realm. Additionally, it needs a minimum of 5,000 backers by April 3 to become a reality, and as of this writing they're still 2,000 away from that mark with 13 days to go. I've been saying that this is something special that needs to get in front of a different audience - not necessarily those who collect Star Wars toys regularly, but those who might be looking for one high-end piece to display, possibly for an office or theater room. With a photo debut on EW this morning, that may have finally happened, but my friends at Hasbro just sweetened the deal. They just provided me with a timelapse video showing the prototype being painted, along with a full gallery of photos (see them on The Rock Father™ Facebook page). Check out the video below, and if you want this to become a reality, hit up the HasLab website and #BackTheBarge!
Are you ready to meet the "diverse range of interesting dudes" that Entertainment Earth and Hasbro teased last night? If you guessed that the strange statement was code for DROIDS, you were correct! Coming this November, the STAR WARS: The Black Series Astromech Droids 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures – Entertainment Earth Exclusive is up for pre-order now, a celebration of the entire STAR WARS Saga, and the 10th Anniversary of Entertainment Earth's super-popular, sold-out 2006 Astromech Droid Sets. This sextet of Astromech Droids comes to you in a specially designed R2-D2-shaped box with 3 3/4-inch scale action figures. Each droid sports multiple points of articulation, similar to the collector-favorite figures of The Vintage Collection, with featured Droids being sourced from 1977's STAR WARS, 1983's RETURN OF THE JEDI and the recent animated series, THE CLONE WARS. Each figure includes rolling wheels on their feet, plus jointed domes, ankles, shoulders, and maybe even a few other surprises. Check out the details below, and pre-order now (while supplies last)!
There was a time in the 1990s when STAR WARS wasn't really a big deal, and in a lot of ways it felt off-the-radar. As Kenner began releasing new, buffed-up STAR WARS figures in 1995, renewed attention was put on the vintage line - in a time where the internet wasn't quite there yet when it came to hunting things down. Certain figures were legendary - some based on characters that many didn't even realize were in the films at all - and one of those was Yak Face. This Joe Camel-looking fellow was seen briefly in 1983's RETURN OF THE JEDI, most notably on the ill-fated Sail Barge belonging to Jabba the Hutt. Two years later, this character was released as one of the last figures in THE POWER OF THE FORCE line. The 1985 Kenner STAR WARS Power of the Force Yak Face figure is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere!
Oh, man... growing up, the "in disguise" action figures were always such a treat! Princess Leia in Boushh Disguise! Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise! Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise! Today it's Luke and Lando (in Disguise!) that are featured as an entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. While we don't have the specific versions that are featured (Saga Legends Lando and Black Series Luke - both from 2015), we have some of the late 1990s Power of the Force figures that are still having plenty of adventures.
I've owned more than a few Speeder Bikes in my day - from the Kenner version that was released in 1983, to the big 12" POWER OF THE FORCE edition that was sold as a Target Exclusive about 15 years ago. Right now, The Rock Daughters and I have at least three Speeder Bikes from the 3¾" STAR WARS Power of The Force series, and they get into some solid adventures straight from the story of RETURN OF THE JEDI. While we don't have it here, the 2014 "Black Series" Speeder Bike with Biker Scout is featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS!
Fact: I cannot read anything that is supposedly said by Admiral Ackbar without hearing it in his voice... specifically, the LEGO STAR WARS version. That happened yesterday when EW posted an excerpt of the forthcoming book, STAR WARS: AFTERMATH. The Mon Calamari trap-spotting Admiral is legendary, and today is the celebration of the birth of the actor inside the squid - Tim Rose, who was born on this day back in 1956. While it's the 2010 Vintage Collection version of Admiral Ackbar featured in today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar - we don't have it at Rock Father HQ, so my calendar is flanked by some others. Let's get things rockin' with the vintage Kenner mail-away commercial for the "Revenge of the Jedi" version...