There's more Toy Fair
action coming to you tonight with the official Hasbro Star Wars Press Photos
in glorious hi-rez detailed glory. Check out the basic figures, vehicles, and the fun-filled Boba Fett redemption figure...plus a few extra surprises! The Vintage Collection
As previously-reported (where have you been?), the basic action figure line will be going back to the classic 6x9 Kenner cardback designs with the same style as we've seen with the VOTC, VTSC, and VTAC series. THe numbering will begin with VC001, which is an updated Dengar.
The first wave that was shown, was based on, appropriately enough....THE Empire Strikes Back, which of course is celebrating its' 30th anniversary this year.
The figures in this wave are as follows: Dengar
Leia (Hoth Gear)
Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit)
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues)
AT-AT Commander (General Veers)
C-3PO (Removable Coverings)
Dak Ralter (Snowspeeder Pilot)
Darth Vader (3-piece Removable Helmet)
Boba Fett (updated deco)
Twin Pod Cloud Car Pilot
As you can see, there is a mix of new figures with "Greatest Hits" repacks. This will continue throughout the line, which is planned for at least 2 years.
A few notes on the figures....Luke Skywalker does in fact have ankle articulation, but Leia does not.
The Twin Pod Cloud Car Pilots shown today included one with a moustache, and one without. I'm told that the figure will include it, especially since it is sculpted.
The Darth Vader figure will include the 3-piece removable helmet that was planned for 2008.
C-3PO with removable coverings...an abandoned concept from AOTC? Yes, and no... the sculpting looks a bit cartoony as well.
After this wave, the focus will shift to Revenge of the Sith, followed by Return of the Jedi, and then Attack of the Clones. Look for about 6 new figures in each wave, with additional "Greatest Hits" selections included, although I don't know if this means the GH figures will be from the featured movie as well.
I also asked about what Hasbro would do if they brought out characters from The Phantom Menace, since the logo for TPM does not really fit into the Vintage card design. For this logo (which they haven't had to face....yet), they are likely to come up with something that fits into the TESB design.
On a related note, in the event they will eventually feature characters that were made only on Power of the Force cardbacks, would reproduce that cardback design, including the coin pack-ins? They don't have plans for POTF yet, but IF they were to do that, Hasbro would look at ways to include a coin. But this line is not planned for pack-ins, which is great.
The TVC look will be brought over into the vehicles line as well...with 3 ships that re-create the classic Kenner packaging style. The other 2 ships will be revealed later, but the first one is the AT-AT. Look for these to be Toys "R" Us exclusives.
Ah, the BAT-AT....this mighty cool stomping machine is very nice, and it does indeed live up to the hype. The Blizzard Force speeder bike that's included inside the rear of the body shoots out backwards, which is a little odd, but it's all part of the play factor. Interestingly, the included AT-AT Driver is the 2006 TLC figure. There will also be a Battle Pack that includes more members of the Blizzard Force acting as a support set to the AT-AT.
The Snowspeeder is an all-new tooled ship...and is more screen accurate. Which means it is smaller than previous versions.
The Twin Pod Cloud Car is one of those vehicles that Hasbro has said they would never do....it's not an aggressive vehicle, and anyone that wants one....you can find them pretty cheap. However, the vehicle designers at Hasbro took this as a challenge, and they came up with a great new vehicle, with loads of play value....hidden rocket lanchers, split-apart feature, and storage compartments.
Rocket-Firing Boba Fett!
Finally! 'Nuff said.
Okay, a little more....
This classic Kenner-inspired figure will be based on the 1979 mail-in figure that was supposed to have the firing rocket, but was removed due to child safety laws. This is an all-new figure mold that is very close to reproducing the original figure...the "L-slot" kit-bash, actually...but the firing rocket is similar to the one from the 300th Boba Fett figure. This will be carded on the classic card, and also shipped in a white mailer box...so it's all kinds of cool.
While it would have been interesting to see the ORIGINAL original Boba Fett figure released, this is the figure that many of us got in the mail, only to be a little disappointed that the rocket was fused into the backpack.
More to come...!