Hollywood Expo Hasbro Displays
Special Edition 300th Figure - Boba Fett
The figure is sculpted based on his appearance in ESB. That is, gray gloves with differently painted fingers... the detail is incredible. Extra articulation was added to allow the arms to swivel to hold the rifle in a sniper position, and allowed Fett to look down his sights similar to the Metal Gear Solid figure Sniper Wolf. In an even bigger surprise, the rangefinder was articulated, just like the original 12" toy. The cape is made of tattered cloth, and it looks spiffy. The backpack has a removable rocket that looks just like the one in the movie. It also has a second firing rocket that has a rounded tip, and is significantly longer due to safety reasons... it hangs out a small hole in the bottom of the rocket pack. A second removable gun is included in his holster. All in all, this is the best offering Hasbro seems to have had, ever. Even the packaging has a window to view the back of the figure, and a backdrop of Cloud City-and if that weren't enough, the side of the box has a large image of Boba on Cloud City.
He's due to show up in late October, and is said to be the 300th carded figure since the 1970s and not the 300th overall figure since 1995. The claim is Ewoks and Droids figures were developed before Han Solo in Carbonite. Mara Jade was listed at #200, and of course, at #1 is the ever popular Luke Skywalker.
Jeremy, Meet The 300th Figure
A variety of Star Wars VIPs attended the Expo, as evidenced by the autograph lines and, of course, these pictures. On the left, Jeremy Bulloch stands alongside his alter-ego (Eric Rothlisberger of San Antonio) while taking time out to pose for us with the 300th Star Wars figure-and this was his first time hearing of the good news. Moving along, Jeremy stood alongside Mark, Principal Toy Designer at Hasbro since the early days at Kenner when he designed the first Millennium Falcon toy.
There were two display cases. On the left was an illustrated Royal Starship development process. On the right was the new figures.
Carded Figure Development Process
Conceptual charts, development info sheets and a figure development timeline were shown for the new Power of the Jedi packaging as well as the Chewbacca Dejarik Player figure.
New 12" Bounty Hunters
On the 12" line, the new 4-LOM, Bossk, and IG-88 were on display. All were totally new sculpts, however parts of C-3PO were obviously reused on 4-LOM. IG-88 looks fantastic, with added articulation (or a new pose) and just seems like the sure-fire favorite from the assortment. But yeah, Bossk still looks awesome too.
And Then There Was One
|A little 8-page booklet is the latest in a long line of figure pack-ins, and is easily one of the best to date. Informative, packed with photos, and according to Hasbro, painstakingly researched, these represent hours of work and design work. Based on the mock-up for Chewbacca, it looks as if these will be worth looking at and infinitely more useful than Flashback Photos. How they'll get eight pages on Mas Amedda or Porkins is beyond me.
Blue Senate Guard
Nifty. Articulation has been added to the arms and a wrist to allow for more than one way to hold a rifle. The figure is nicely sculpted, stands well on its own, and well, you're gonna want to buy a few of these. No complaints.
More General Line News
The new line of the Star Wars range is going to be the Power of the Jedi. After POTF2 and E1, I guess we needed a new abbreviation. So now we've got POTJ, packaged on very vibrant, very attention-grabbing green and yellow packaging. Each figure includes a fold-out Force File which features a bio, trivia on the character, lots of images, and a TransFormers-esque Tech Spec. Now you too can discover the strength and endurance of a Battle Droid. Each File is 8 pages, and the back of the package features a hole so you can read the bio of the figure without opening the packaging. Interesting trivia note: the advance samples of these guys came on trilogo Pokemon card stock with all-white paper Force Files.
Now, what's next. These ten new carded figures are due in September (formerly August) and the price drop will be effective as of their release. Prices should decrease by a dollar, and cases will ship with 12 figures in each. Upcoming figures for 2000 include Jek Porkins, Fode & Beed, and all the guys on the back of the packages, but K-3PO and the Mon Calamari just might show up before the holidays, along with the Biker Scout, if you're really lucky. Classic figures should make up about 65% of the 2001 line, and figures like Plo Koon, IG-88, Bespin Capture Han Solo, yet another Battle Droid and the Duro are still on the fast track to plastic for next year. Or so says Boba Fett.
Boss Nass (Gungan Sacred Place) [yes, that is the official name] was picked for production for many reasons, namely the fact that the first one was too small. The new one was made to be taller. The Dagobah Darth Vader is being done in translucent plastic, giving the figure an ethereal shimmer to make the good figure great. It was still unconfirmed if the head would be removable, but other sources point to yes - but don't quote us on that. New figures will be shipped in two collections, much like in late 1996 to mid 1997 because there is little if any correlation between assortments as to who goes where. Collection One features an orange logo in the upper right hand corner of the package while Collection Two sports a yellow tag.