If you're a regular Rebelscum reader (and you know you are!), then the majority of what was on display at Toy Fair is nothing new to you. We've had the details on this line for months now, but now at least we have official confirmation on what 2006 will bring. Since last year was the last "movie year", we won't be getting all-new toys again. Instead, what we'll see is a mixture of new, repackaged, repainted, and delayed from previous lines. In 2006, new twists and innovations, combined with a soon-to-be announced fall initiative from Lucasfilm that will thrill fans of all ages, prove that Star Wars toys are a ”Force” to be reckoned with.
The Saga Collection - Basic Figures
We've already seen the first few waves of this line, which are released in themed waves based on a battle from the films, with a few Expanded Universe characters thrown in for good measure. The Battle of Carkoon, Battle of Hoth, and Battle of Geonosis are already out at retail, so not many of those figures were on display. What was shown were the Battle of Coruscant, Battle of Tatooine, and Battle of Endor waves, and here's a rundown of what they consist of.
Battle of Geonosis - Yoda and Jango Fett, both repacks from previous releases.
Battle of Coruscant - Firespeeder Pilot (new), Lushros Dofine (new), Commander Cody (new, but not as articulated as many have hoped), Anakin Skywalker (repack with new cloak), Utapau Clone Trooper (repaint, and will be shipping in multiple assortments), Holographic Ki-Adi-Mundi (made from existing mold), Obi-Wan Kenobi (repack with new cloak), Foul Modama (figure is a repack, but with new Jedi robes), and General Grievous (repaint). Much of this wave has already been shown.
Battle of Tatooine (also dubbed "Escape from Mos Eisley") - Dem Hazon (new), Garindan (new), Hammerhead (new), Han Solo (repack, but with a new head), Luke Skywalker (repack, but with a new head), R5-D4 (repack, but with a new head), and Sandtrooper (looks to be partially new). Again, much of this wave has been shown, but we can see now that R5-D4 is based on the VOTC R2-D2, and that Luke Skywalker is loaded with accessories, the best of which is a storage trunk that includes Obi-Wan's accesssories, including both his and Anakin's lightsabers, a Jedi Training Remote, and Pilot headgear.
Battle of Endor - C-3PO (new BENDABLE KNEES!), Chief Chirpa (new), Death Star Gunner (new), Emperor Palpatine (repack), and Moff Jerjerrod (new). THIS is the wave that was postponed from the Saga line back in 2004, and it is worth the wait. Chief Chirpa is very reminiscent of the Vintage figure, but with extra detailing. and articulation. The Death Star Gunner includes a removable chestplate so he can eithe be from A New Hope or Return of the Jedi. And C-3PO with bendable knees and an EWok throne? About time!
As cool as that last wave of figures was, this wave is the exact opposite. 12 figures from last year's Revenge of the Sith line will be rereleased on the new packaging in a "Greatest Hits" assortment, which is expected to be separate from the themed waves listed above. These figures will be Anakin Skywalker, Chewbacca, ARC-170 Clone Pilot, Clone Trooper, Commander Bacara, Darth Vader, Destroyer Droid, General Grievous, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, R2-D2, and Yoda. All are from Collection 1 and for the most part include action features. Now before you start thinking that "Greatest Hits" actually refers to a loss in profits, keep in mind these are most likely targeted directly at younger collectors who might have missed them last year. It's interesting to note that Anakin (curiously, shown with the wrong lightsaber) and Yoda are already being repacked in the basic line. And well, Clone Troopers are always a welcome addition to any assortment.
Vintage Edition Figures
The successor to the wildly-popular VOTC line of 2004, there are five 100% new, super-articulated, soft good-wearing, and multiple-accessorized figures coming in 2006 that are sure to fly off the shelves. Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot), Biker Scout, Sand People, Greedo, and Han Solo (Trench Coat) will all come on Vintage cardback reproductions, and a protective clamshell case.
Ultimate Galactic Hunt
This will be a two-part program. First, each of the 5 Vintage Edition figures will include an "Ultimate Galactic Hunt" mailaway coupon for a George Lucas in Stormtrooper Disguise figure. The George Lucas figure seems to utilize the Commtech Stormtrooper body, and will include a removable POTF2-style helmet. Offer expires in November.
The second part of this promotion is in the basic figure line. There will be chase packaging variants on several figures that will consist of silver foil logos and silver hologram minifigures. Only Anakin Skywalker was shown, but the rest of these chase figures are reported to be AT-AT Driver, Boba Fett, Commander Cody, Darth Vader, General Grievous, Han Solo (Carbonite), Obi-Wan Kenobi, Scorch, and SNowtrooper. There are no known differences to the actual figures themselves, and it's assumed that all 12 holograms will be available in the silver color.
The only real surprise of the display, Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter from the Clone Wars animated series is coming. The purple-hued starship is just a repaint, but it's one that fans of the cartoon will need to have. No details yet on when this ship will be available. The only other vehicle on display was the POTF2 Darth Vader's TIE Fighter, but why it was on display is a mystery.
The only Battle pack on display was the Demise of Boba Fett set which will include 5 figures, all repacks: TSC Han Solo, TSC Boba Fett, SAGA Luke Skywalker, SAGA Lando Calrissian, and POTF2 Weequay. Weequay has been repainted so he's not as dirty, and has a new style force pike.
Role Play Weapons
Every year, the same weapons get repackaged and yet they still sell like crazy! This year is no different. There will be 5 electronic lightsabers, an assortment of basic lightsabers, the Ultimate Lightsaber kit, blasters, the Darth Vader Voice Changer, and one interesting new item. Force Action Lightsabers provide the most authentic lightsaber-playing experience ever. The first-ever spring-activated light-up lightsaber springs to life at the touch of a button, just like in the movies!
See our complete gallery here.
Unleashed Battle Packs
The new line of Unleashed Battle Packs now has playsets and vehicles. Based on the planet Hoth, these sets include new figures as well. There will be 14 different sets in 2006, each sculpted with a style that “unleashes” the character within. Damn, those wookiees are cool!
See our complete UNLEASHED gallery here.
While only a few were shown, there will be 22 diferent two-packs available throughout 2006. The initial sets will be repacks or repaints from previous lines, and are already out. New sets will include Sandtrooper & Ben Kenobi.
Mr. Potato Head
Last year's big crossover hit, Darth Tater, has already been joined by a Spudtrooper. A new addition to this line is Artoo-Potatoo which comes with a mini-hologram of Princess Leia Potato.
See our complete CUTE gallery here.
What about ___?
If you're like me, you may have noticed a few omissions from this year's display. For example, where's the Clone Wars Gunship? Or that cool Skirmish in the Senate battle pack? Since Toy Fair is meant to promote the main line to potential buyers (and yes, for the press to help promote the line), store exclusives are usually not shown. These are usually saved (but not always) for Comic-Con.
Of course, we have many other questions to ask, but again, this is not really the place to do so. Hasbro sends in all media teams with a tour guide who typically is not very familiar with the line other than what they've been told. Our tour guide may have been able to answer any questions about My Little Pony, but he didn't know much regarding Star Wars. Of course, we pretty much knew all the answers already anyway...