Posted by Curto on June 11, 2007 at 03:15 PM CST
Believe it or not, we're STILL going through our notes and photos from Celebration IV last month. Here's our report from the Disney Parks/Star Wars Toy Exclusives panel from Rebelscum reader Aaron Warmerdam. Take it away, Aaron...

Friday, May 25th, 4:00pm...the room was PACKED. Standing room only. Most of the other collecting panels had a decent-sized crowd, and people were made to sit in the seats provided. But not this one! Crowds sotod along the walls, sat on the was a BIG crowd.

The speakers were Brad Schoeneberg and Cody Reynolds from Disney's merchandising department. They talked a bit about the past Star Wars/Disney merchandise, such as the Star Tours droid figures, the Jedi Mickey and Darth Goofy plush dolls, etc. But the real exciting news was a sneak peek at items that are in the works for 2007 and 2008. I tried to get photos of every slide shown, but they went through some of them really fast! Here are the highlights:

-Mickey's lightsaber...a role play toy that will include a hidden button to activate it.

-Due out at the end of the year: Luke Frywalker,Darth Mash, Princess Tater, Spuda Fett and Yam Solo

-Following successful Disney Princess Collection comes the Princess Leia and Queen Amidala doll collections with many accessories

-New Disney Racers: Grievous, Stormtrooper, R2-D2, C-3PO, and Darth Vader

-Due out in 2008 toddler squeeze toy collection featuring: Yoda, Chewbacca, C-3PO, Darth Vader, R2-D2, Clone Trooper and Boba Fett

-Two consecutive lines of Disney characters with Star Wars likenesses following popularity of Yoda/Mickey 2-Pack Series 1: Mickey Mouse as Luke Skywalker, Minnie Mouse as Princess Leia, Donald Duck as Han Solo, Goofy as Darth Vader, and Stitch as Emperor
Series 2: Donald Duck as Darth Maul, Goofy as Jar Jar, Minnie as Queen Amidala, Chip and Dale as well.

-Best for Last, based on Mark Hamill's appearance on The Muppet Show back in '80s, a line of Muppet figures with Star Wars Likenesses: Beaker as C-3PO, Fozzi as Chewbacca,Miss Piggy as Princess Leia, Kermit as Luke Skywalker,Gonzo as Darth Vader and Rizzo as Yoda. (Sorry I missed the photo of this was an illustration, not a photo)

-No further plans for Star Tour Droids characters or Rereleases, no mention of future Star Wars plush toys.

-The Cantina Band Members only to be available at the Star Weekends.

-On-site redemption of UGH 2007 coin offer (similar to last year's George Lucas Stormtrooper redemption). You can buy all 6 figures and the 7 coins for one mail-in needed.

Thanks, Aaron! For more information from the panel, check out and Muppet Central for more news!

Back before the world wide web and social media ruled our shopping habits there was a long-established practice of driving around all the nearby toy stores to hunt down the latest releases. Obviously times have changed and online retail is far more important than it was twenty-five years ago - but has it killed the toy run? What was your shopping experience over the Triple Force Friday product launch weekend?
I managed to find everything I wanted in stores!
I found some but had to resort to big box websites to complete my haul.
I didn't bother stepping outside and ordered everything online.
I haven't bought any of the TFF product yet. Roll on clearance sales.
I'm waiting for the TV series/movie release before I commit.
I've so over it, no more Star Wars collecting for me.
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