It wouldn't be a day of the week without another Star Wars leak of some kind. In the lead up to Force Friday, the Sept. 4 launch day for all Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise, more and more action figures and collectibles are finding their way into the wild. That's one of the disadvantages to releasing said merchandise to the retailers early so they can properly prepare their action plans for the big day in a few weeks.
While the silence from Hasbro with regards to what to expect from Force Friday had been deafening, these past few days have proved very fruitful for Star Wars collectors salivating for a glimpse at what was coming down the pipe. Several eBay listings popped up today (captured by YakFace) offering potential buyers the very first opportunities to buy new Star Wars: The Force Awakens figures before they actually hit retail shelves on Sept. 4. More importantly, they also gave us our first look at the planned 3.75" figures coming from Hasbro in just a few weeks.
There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? Across toy and bookstore shelves, Disney is gearing up for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Marvel's doing their part to make sure there's a good amount of Star Wars comics in preparation for the blockbuster. Part of their initiative involves the release of "remastered" hardcover versions of Marvel's original comics adaptations with updated coloring by SotoColor.
The first volume, an updating of the 1977 Roy Thomas/Howard Chaykin adaptation of A New Hope, came out in April, and this week sees the debut of the adaptation of 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, written by Archie Goodwin and penciled by Al Williamson and Carlos Garzón.
Contemporary art inspired by film and television has become so popular that it’s attracted cult followings and given way to entire galleries devoted to pop culture artwork. If you’re an artist — and Star Wars fan — who feels as though your artwork would be right at home in a similar professional exhibition, Lucasfilm and HP are giving you the chance to use the (creative) Force and prove your worth.
Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm and Marvel, theme-park fans have wondered when the company would start to take advantage of their shiny new properties in their theme parks. And for a good long time, there was nothing. Marvel presented a tangled web of rights issues. Star Wars proved a creative challenge. But now, the floodgates look like they’re about to open. New rumors concerning the presence of both franchises at California’s Disneyland have emerged and it sounds like Disney isn’t kidding around.
This September is home to arguably the most anticipated shopping day of the year for many longtime Star Wars fans. Hasbro, Disney and Lucasfilm have appointed that day as "Force Friday," which will be the very first day merchandise from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available for purchase. If you've visited a Toys 'R Us in the past month, you may have spotted the countdown clock, ticking down to 12:01AM on Sept. 4, 2015, which will be when hundreds of stores nationwide open their doors for thousands of fans eager to get their hands on Force Awakens merchandise.
To this point, much of the upcoming slate of releases for the Force Awakens have been shrouded in secrecy. There have been hints and teases as to what to expect, but until very recently, no one outside of the major merchandisers and manufacturers really knew what was in store. That all changed about a week ago when the very first leaks started springing from the good ship Star Wars. While we've only seen a few Hasbro products in blurry pictures to this point, today Amazon (which is always good for a few leaks) accidentally pushed the pre-order pages for all of Funko's planned Force Awakens Pop figures.
Though almost all of Star Wars expanded history has been wiped from the holocrons, there are still a great many stories that exist as part of the new canon. Stories taking place around the New Jedi Order or the Legacy of the Force have been left to memory, but the Clone Wars shows managed to maintain their legacies in the Star Wars pantheon. That era has given us some of the best new stories in the universe, as well as fan-favorite characters like Ahsoka Tano, Asajj Ventress and a number of Clone Troopers that otherwise had been generic soldiers in the Republic's war against the Separatists.
Where but a few of the Clone Troopers got some screen time in the prequel trilogy, the animated Clone Wars offered many more of the Jango-lites a chance to step into the spotlight. A few have even made the leap from the screen to action figure form. Such is the case with Echo, the second member of Domino squad to get a sixth-scale figure from Sideshow Collectibles. Though he borrows parts from other Clone soldiers Sideshow's previously released, Echo's slight variations make him a standout piece in an already solid series.
Last year, Hot Toys obtained the Star Wars license to create 1/6 and 1/4 scale figures and collectibles. After working its way through Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker, Hot Toys finally found some time in the schedule for arguably one of the most important female icons in fandom, Princess Leia. Even though we've seen Leia represented in her New Hope outfit about a thousand different times, it's been rare to see her in sixth-scale form.
Leia's inclusion in the line is more than welcome, as for the past few years we've been under a deluge of Clone Troopers, Stormtroopers, Lukes and Hans, with the occasional Vader or droid thrown in for good measure. It's also worth noting that the current crop of Star Wars toys at retail is seriously lacking in the female department, and Slave Leias have been warming pegs coming up on two years now. While I'm sure that incarnation of the character will certainly be part of Hot Toys' plans, the time is now for A New Hope.
Odds are you enjoy, or are at least familiar with, the Star Wars series of films. And there's a good chance you read Little Golden Books (or had them read to you) when you were a youngster. You know the ones: The colorfully illustrated books with a signature golden spin, that retell classic stories.
Since you almost definitely know both of those things, someone put them together, and the final presentation is pretty cool. That's right: The classic (and also the newer) Star Wars films are being adapted into Little Golden Books so even the smallest of kids can get up to speed with Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, Darth Vader and the Death Star.
Nostalgia is a powerful drug. Now that almost all the kids that were collecting the likes of Kenner's Super Powers and Mattel's Secret Wars toys are closer to 40 then they are their pre-teen years, there's a built-in audience for revisiting these memorable action figure lines. What's more, these eternally young-at-heart fans now have disposable income, and can afford re-issues that are solely for collecting and not playing.
While you may initially scoff at the idea of paying around $100 for a jumbo-sized Secret Wars Wolverine or Super Powers Superman, it's hard to quiet the child inside when you see Gentle Giant's modern replicas in person. Not only are the figures captured from the original plans, but the packaging too is rendered almost exactly as it was all those years ago. The value of how cool it will look on your shelf immediately begins to tip the scales from how much just one of these figures will impact your wallet. These figures, as well as Gentle Giant's Star Wars and Batman: The Animated Series lines, toe the line at the intersection of comic art and nostalgia.
Welcome back to All For the Wookiee, where we take a look at the recent Star Wars universe offerings from Marvel and pick the most Star Wars-ish moments. This time around, we've got Lobots, revenging Sith, crime pixies and Jedi Batmans. It's a real good time.
In this installment, we take a look at Lando #1 by Charles Soule and Alex Maleev, Darth Vader #7 by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca, the final issue of Mark Waid and Terry Dodson‘s Princess Leia miniseries, and the third issue of Kanan: the Last Padawan, from Greg Weisman and Pepe Larraz.
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