The Beast Kingdom booth had a few surprises. The first was a new exclusive that you can order through the Diamond Previews catalog at your local comic store. It is a two-pack of chrome R2-D2 and gold C-3PO from The Force Awakens. The R2-D2 comes with a Princess Leia hologram (not pictured) and both characters feature the same amazing light function that the regular set has.
The second item we noticed was the Executioner Stormtrooper from The Last Jedi. Beast Kingdom employees told us the figure comes with a shotgun but they did not have it at the show.
We also got to see a prototype floating X-Wing fighter. This will feature the same base as the floating Millennium Falcon but contain enhanced functionality. The s-foils will open and close as the X-Wing floats.
The last surprises we found at the Diamond Previews booth across the way, giant versions of the Darth Vader and Stormtrooper statues. These light up and are made of hard plastic vice the ceramic of the smaller versions. The folks from Diamond were not certain but thought the R2-D2 and C-3PO statues were also made in the large format. No indication on the pricing at this point.
Also at the Diamond Previews booth we saw a prototype floating BB-8. No further details but we expect it will at least feature light up elements.
We also got a look at some new released and upcoming items. The floating U-Wing fighter was a delight. The wings open and close as the fighter floats and features lights both in front and in the rear powered by electromagnets.
We also saw the new Darth Vader sporting his Rogue One/ A New Hope attire as well as the Rogue One Stormtrooper. Darth Vader mostly defers from the previous model with a different colored chest box (the cape is mistakenly under the armor, probably due to early production materials Beast Kingdom received). The character still features a light up chest sequenced to match the movie. The only difference with the Stormtrooper is a new pistol and a sand paint scheme from Jedha.
We also got some nice looks at the Scarif Stormtrooper and the Death Trooper both due out later this year. The Death Trooper is supposed to feature a light up helmet.
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We spoke with some Beast Kingdom reps about the Star Wars license and where they plan to go from here. When we asked about characters showcased at New York Toy Fair or previous Comic Cons, they told us that sometimes they put out prototype characters to gauge interest. For example, they showcased a Boba Fett, Jango Fett, Captain Rex, and different ranks of the Phase I Clonetrooper at New York Toy Fair last year. No word on how they are gauging consumer interest because they do not regularly track the fan sites and have no way of communicating with customers other than Facebook.
Regarding communication, Beast Kingdom reps said that they are working on a website that should launch in October and allow customers to buy directly from them. They were not clear on if this site would be in english and aimed at the American market but to the best of their knowledge they made it seem like they are trying to target a North American market.