Our friends at JediDefender posted news today that Star Wars Tech Decks (from Spin Master) have started showing up at Target hot off the announcement from Santa Cruz. For the uninitiated, Tech Decks are mini skateboards (about 3.5″-4″ depending on board style) that reproduce current or vintage skateboard designs. Seeing as that I grew up a “skater”, these will definitely be on my radar to acquire. The question is, can I still land a pop shove-it to 5-0 grind? Click on through for the image gallery courtesy of Flyguy.
Few first time Star Wars novelists get the promotional push that Joe Schreiber received in 2009 for Deathtroopers. The first unabashed horror story set in the Star Wars universe the combination of zombies and the galaxy far, far away inspired cosplay even before the book hit shelves. While somewhat controversial for its more R rated gore and violence, the book became a fan favorite and just one year later the sequel Red Harvest was released.
Now after a four year absence from Star Wars fiction Schreiber is back in bookstores with the new novel Darth Maul: Lockdown. This prequel era tale follows the Sith apprentice on a mission for his master before the events of The Phantom Menace. Lockdown is a departure from the author’s previous horror stories but the hard action and flare for visuals remain–as does the promotion. From the graphics flaunting Darth Maul fighting a Yuuzhan Vong to the news that this new story ties in closely with James Luceno’s 2012 book Darth Plagueis fan expectations couldn’t be higher.
In this bonus episode of Star Wars Action News Arnie talks with the author about what he’s been working on since 2010, what stories influenced this prison story, and what continuity landmines he had to avoid when setting a story in this era. Listen to get all the behind-the-scenes details of this new book.
With Johnathan back hitting the bricks for a special LEGO focused “On the Pegs” segment, this is one podcast you won’t want to miss!
New Retro Kenner Style Figures, Game Of Thrones, Magic The Gathering, Aliens, Predator, Simpsons & More, In Our @Dorksidetoys Newsletter
Andrew’s Toyz has uploaded a fresh batch of TBS series images to their facebook page. Head on over to check out carded and loose shots of wave 4 from the 3-3/4” and 6″ lines. What do you think? Oy, those elbows on Luke ruin a potentially supendous figure. But hey it’s super articulated so it must be good, right?
After a bit of a much deserved break, localgotal returns with another stunning addition to his Concept Series… Cinema Scenes! This format of action figure 3-pks was very enjoyable back in the 1990s, and if done in the fashion that are shown in the forums, it seems that these would be very popular again, if not more successful. Check out the latest additions to the Concept Series, and share your thoughts after the jump!
Not much in the way of Hasbro news this week but Flyguy and I hash out the bevy of LEGO news that has been assembled, chat a bit about the Clone Wars on Netflix (no spoilers) and discuss our recent acquisitions. Click on over to YouTube to check out the latest show. Feel free to subscribe to our channel and leave suggests on what you’d like to see covered (more or less) on the show.
If you’re looking to fill another glaring hole in your collection, now’s your chance thanks to yet another killer item from Yakface forum member Raylen! Head on over to the forums for a closer look, and place your orders here!
The LEGO Group has officially taken the tarp off of their UCS Sandcrawler (75059) available through shop.LEGO.com this May. Click the image above to check out their intro video and click on through to the full details and image gallery for this great set!
This week we are featuring new PreOrders like the Starfire Bishoujo, Rocket Raccoon ArtFX+ statue & Ultraman Ginga action figure! Plus new arrivals included Luke and Darth Vader Light Up Chopstick and Black Series 6″ wave 3 figures. Click on through for the full list!
While many of us are losing more and more passion for the hobby due to Hasbro’s distribution problems, there is a glimmer of hope when you see a report like this, where forum member Jedighost009 just scored the latest wave of Black Series figures at Kmart. Reports are also coming in more of these figures making appearances at Target the past week, so don’t give up and keep sharing those finds in the forums.
Personal Note: Can you imagine if Hasbro had a better plan in place and had launched the first wave with what’s packed in Wave 3? Geeze… it’s hard to not accuse of them being completely responsible for their own problems sometimes.
By now you’ve probably heard reports of Marshalls and TJ Maxx stores marking down the MTT to ridiculously low prices – if you’ve been waiting for your local store to mark one down, better head out quick… the Marshalls in my area had four of these marked at $59.00 as recently as Monday, then last night I swung by and they only had one left, for $39.00. So don’t delay, be on your way!
Reminder: Your mileage may vary. Just because many stores have marked these down doesn’t mean your local store has yet.
Hasbro is attempting to get some feedback from their consumer base in terms of buying habits for their product lines. They are mostly looking for more insights as to where consumers are buying Hasbro products, and why they are choosing online stores vs. retail. If your email is on file at Hasbrotoyshop, chances are you are on the survey list.
So check those email boxes and share your thoughts in this study… and be aware there isn’t much chance here to share “open end” comments so if you want to explain the Star Wars hobby situation, take advantage of every open comment you see because we don’t get many chances like this to voice our concerns through “official research.”
Personal Note: I think the survey is pretty dry, personally… I work in the research industry and don’t feel this gets to the heart of the matter… but that’s probably me being an unhappy collector and showing bias against the questions that are actually asked.
Yahoo Movies has posted an interesting article regarding a short 25-minute fantasy epic that was shown for a brief time back in 1980 in some overseas theaters before fans viewed The Empire Strikes Back. According to the article, George Lucas had instructed 20th Century Fox to create something that would complement the dark nature of this Star Wars film.
This is a pretty fun read, and the short film sounds interesting. You will even see some trees that look a bit like the ones on Dagobah here – check it all out after the jump!
Note: It also sounds like there may be a chance that this short film could be included as a bonus feature on an upcoming re-release of The Empire Strike Back on DVD/Blu-ray.
Intrigued? Click on through for what may be old news to some but was new to me.
Andrew’s Toyz has posted via their Google+ page a couple great images of the upcoming Mission Series: Senate Duel 2-pack featuring Darth Sidious (new) and Yoda (repack). Despite its limited articulation, that Sidious looks AWESOME! Click the image above to check them out.