It was May 3, 1999 and Hasbro released the first collection of action figures and toys from the first Star Wars movie in almost 20 years, Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Fans across the country rushed to the "event" dubbed Midnight Madness. Toys "R" Us and other retailers opened their doors at 12 am to begin selling what was perhaps the most highly anticipated toy line ever. Hasbro was able to debut nearly 30 characters in the span of two months. They introduced a new technology called the "Commtech" chip, which enabled the figures to speak certain lines from the movie when placed on a special reader device. With improved sculpting, paint, and articulation, the new Episode I figures are worlds apart from the original line. But Hasbro decided to stick with the same 3" formula that made Kenner's product a revolutionary success.


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The new 75159 UCS Death Star has been announced and it's 99.5% re-release of a set, at an additional $100, that was only retired less than 12 months ago. How do you feel about this addition to the LEGO Star Wars line?
Ecstatic: it's LEGO Star Wars after all!
Great: I didn't get a chance to buy 10188.
Fair to middling: I like to build and it has some nice new additions.
meh: the UCS range is meant to be special.
Harrumph: 10188 is cheaper on eBay.
Fuming: abject failure in market research and imagination.
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