Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Toy Fair 2011 : Hasbro : The Star Wars Report

Now that the Flickr is jam packed with Toy Fair 2011 goodness, it's time to grind out all the little bits of info for the lines you'll be obsessing over this year. What better way to kick this off than with STAR WARS!! (<~click here for 268 images!)

Clone Wars Wave 2 hits this March with Ahsoka and Anakin (Season 3) grown up, El Les the bounty hunter, Clone Commander Wolffe and an Aqua Battle Droid.

Wave 3 stars Jedi Eeth Koth and Bariss Offee (from the brain invaders episode), Clone with Riot Gear and Red Leader Arc Trooper.

Figure and Vehicles – (June) Clone & Scout Speeder, Seperatist Droid & Speeder and Castas & Speeder

This Fall – Republic Fighter Tank Remote Control Vehicle rolls out with 6 projectiles and a Clone Trooper. A light comes on at start up and when you fire a missile, it simulates the recoil action of a real tank.

The Republic Attack Ship is the big mother trucker this year with fully positionable wings, pop up blaster cannons with spots for Clone Troopers to man them. The ship can be converted into a battle platform playset with blast shields, scout tower and a cockpit that turns into a recon vehicle with fold out wings. Electronics included boast an “interactive mode” with the Commanders voice telling you to fire on the enemy…and he’ll know if you’ve done it!

Vintage figures were a success so they are continuing the line into 2012 with 35 figures minimum coming out in 2011. Most will have some new tooling while others will have all new tooling (meaning they are new figures; the tool being the mold from which the plastic is punched when they make the figure.) The line will extend beyond episodes 1-6 this year into the Expanded Universe. This fall the line will introduce deleted scenes figures as well. On tap are..

Clone Trooper in 212th deco, New Hope Luke with grappling hook and light saber, R5D4 Droid, Storm Trooper, New Han Solo Celebration (with medal), Commander Gree, Luke in Degobah arrival outfit (ungloved, Clone Trooper, ATRT Driver, Weequay, Fi-Ek Skirch (Nikto Jedi from Episode 2 battle), General Lando Calrisian, Baris Offee (final cloak will be vinyl, not cloth), Rebel Blockade Trooper, Trooper Commander (Captain Fordo with his fo-hawk hairstyle and 2 helmets), Logray ( Ewok w/articulated ankles!), 501st Trooper (Episode 3), Aayla Secura, Dr. Cornelius Evazan, Kithaba, Nom Anor (resculpted and in scale for 6 feet tall, removable armor and removable back spikes to complete alternate looks), Bom Vimdin, Fan Pick Bastila Shan, Echo Base Trooper (Hoth!) and Ponda Boba (removable arm and two sets of hands for a hoofed look and hands that can hold a cantina shot glass, should he be doing shots before decapitation)

This fall, Revenge of the Jedi cards return for the vintage line. 12 figures will be released on these cards late this summer/ early fall including Slave Leia, B-Wing Pilot (Keyan Farlander), Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture), R2-D2 (with Jaba’s skiff serving tray), Han Solo (Endor trench coat), Stormtrooper, Darth Vader, Admiral Ackbar, Wicket, Boba Fett, TIE Fighter Pilot and Rebel Commando (Endor).

Hasbro assures us these figures will be easier to find than the Galactic Hunt releases, but to assure you get your set, they’ll be releasing the lot in a Death Star package at San Diego Comic Con this summer. Included are two bonus mini figures of Salacious Crumb and a mouse droid, both on small vintage cards.

This year’s mail away is Boba Fett in his prototype armor. We were told there is even a hint of the beach towel deco on the cape to mock the original painted beach towel sprayed and hooked onto the now legendary white costume.

Figure 4 packs will see release around the same time the films get their Blu-ray push, including some of the greatest characters from those films and packed with mini posters of the films. When you put all 6 sets together you’ll form a complete piece of art from the sides. The Phantom Menace set includes Qui Gon Jin, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul and a Battle Droid. The Episode 2 set includes Anakin Skywalker, Jango Fett, Count Dooku and a Clone Trooper. The Episode 3 set comes with Mace Windu, Yoda, General Grievous and Commander Bly. The Episode 4 set comes with Luke Skywalker, Sandtrooper, R2-D2 and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Episode 5 set includes Luke Skywalker in Snowspeeder gear, Princess Leia (Hoth), Snowtrooper and Boba Fett. Finally, the Episode 6 set comes with Luke Skywalker (Jedi), Han Solo (Endor Trench Coat), Darth Vader and a Biker Scout.

Galactic Heroes is coming to an end. Aww. Luckily, they got out an adorable AT-AT and an oh so cute Rancor Monster in their run. Now the line will be retooled (like the other lines) for a more pre-school appeal (meaning they ain’t for you and your grubby man hands anymore). Jedi Force 2 packs include figures with new articulation so they’ll fit properly in any vehicle in the line. Coming this August are Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper, R2-D2 and C-3PO, Anakin Skywalker and Jar jar, Yoda and Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Commander Cody and Han Solo and Chewbacca. Pull back and Go vehicles include a Landspeeder with Luke, BARC Speeder with Anakin and a Freeco Bike with Obi-Wan, coming this August. Other vehicles include a Snow Speeder with Hoth Han Solo and Pilot Luke, Anakin Skywalker’s Starfighter with Anakin and R2-D2 and the Millennium Falcon (with a total redesign to be not as fat and chuncky with a smuggler’s compartment, detachable radar dish and cannons that can be re-pegged inside, full range of tools and the holo chess game.)

ROLE PLAY!! ..and we don't mean Slave Leia outfits. Hasbro returns to the drawing board with their Lightsaber design and returns with a kid friendly but still screen accurate model called the Ultimate FX Lightsaber. This is said to be the most realistic lightsaber ever produced for kids. The UFXL retails for 35 dollars with a blade that strobes to life from hilt to tip (as it should!) with activation noise, power down and clashing sounds. Each is packed with a CD to show Jedi moves so you can train properly and not behead your neighbors.

With the return of Disney Star Tours come NEW exclusive figures! Get ready for Darth Vader on his hover pod, 2 Sky Troopers and Boba Fett in the Star Tours Ambush Pack and the Baggage Handler, a new version of Ace, C-3PO and droids as well as some luggage that actually opens in the Travel Agency Pack. New Walmart 2 packs are on the way packed with single episodes of Clone Wars targeted to kids. The packs include Landing at Point Rain with Obi-Wan in Clone Armor and a Battle Droid and Weapons Factory with Anakin and a Super Battle Droid. Target Clone Wars 2 packs (sans DVD) include a Special Ops Clone Trooper and Geonosian Soldier (not a zombie this time) and ARF Trooper Waxer and a Battle Droid. Target also gets some additional Vintage 3 figure packs this Spring with a Stormtrooper, Vader (w/ soft goods) and an Imperial trooper and a second pack with Luke Skywalker in X-Wing gear, Obi-Wan (soft goods) and Han Solo. Toys R Us will score some Vehicle and Figure packs with a Rebel Transport Speeder and a Flitknot Speeder with Geonosian this Spring. Kmart gets a single figure exclusive this Spring with Clone Captain Lock.

Hasbro's Toy Fair 2011 Star Wars Highlights
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