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10:30 AM on 09.18.2014

Check out the Light Side of SE's Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader

Both Tomopop reader Kirin Lemon and Square-Enix's Hidemi Matsuzuka have tweeted photos showing the front side of Square-Enix's newly unveiled (unpainted) Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader (Star Wars) which is on display right...

Scarecroodle


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Check out the Dark Side of Square Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader photo
Check out the Dark Side of Square Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader
by Scarecroodle

Hidemi Matsuzuka has tweeted an image of an unpainted Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader (Star Wars) along with a notice that it will be on display at Tokyo Game Show this weekend.

Square Enix will be just the latest in a long list of Japanese companies suddenly producing Star Wars merchandise, including Medicom (Mafex line), Kaiyodo (Revoltech line), and Bandai. While I guess it's neat that we're seeing so much different (especially in terms of creative revamps) Star Wars merchandise lately, unfortunately it's beginning to make these announcements feel a little underwhelming. Oh well, expect to see Vader turn out for TGS this weekend.

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SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition photo
SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition
by Scarecroodle

SDCC and WonFes may have been almost a month ago at this point, but many of its collectibles are still on our minds. Tian recently posted the top ten things he was looking forward to from these cons and, because I'm far more excitably (and exceedingly less orderly), my own highlights list is nowhere near that short.

See many of my favorites after the jump.

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Loot Crate's September crate is Galactic, packed with exclusives photo
Loot Crate's September crate is Galactic, packed with exclusives
by Natalie Kipper

We officially have one foot firmly in September and Loot Crate has announced the theme for this month's box. Drawing from the Sci-fi realms of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Firefly, the next round is called "Galactic." As always, the specifics of the Crate's contents is a mystery but we received word that it will contain three exclusive items, one of which will be a Funko Mystery Mini figure. One lucky subscriber will also receive the Mega Crate, stuffed with US$1,000 worth of goodies. You can get an idea of what the Galactic Mega Crate will contain from the image in the gallery.

If you aren't already a subscriber, you can sign up for Loot Crate here. There is a 1-month plan (US$19.37) as well as 3-month (US$55.11) and 6-month (US$105.99) ones.

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6:00 PM on 09.02.2014

Samurai Darth Vader is ready to put a Force Grip on your wallet

Think back to Tokyo Toy Show in June and you might remember Bandai's surprise Star Wars announcement along with the reveal of Movie Realization Samurai Darth Vader. It's not exactly a well guarded secret that George Lucas got...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kaiyodo - Revoltech Star Wars photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kaiyodo - Revoltech Star Wars
by Scarecroodle

Not wanting to be left off the Lucas gravy train, Kaiyodo has apparently added Star Wars characters to its Revoltech line. Unpainted prototypes for Darth Vader, a Storm Trooper, C-3PO, R2-D2 and a Mouse Droid were on display at WonFes alongside placards which displayed the silhouettes of Boba Fett, the Millennium Falcon, and an X-Wing.

The news that Kaiyodo is handling the license is somewhat diminished by the glut of Star Wars merchandise these days. For years, Star Wars collectibles were primarily being produced in the 3.75-inch scale by Hasbro (and Kenner before that). However, that's changed almost overnight with Hasbro moving into the 6-inch scale, Medicom's decision to add Star Wars to its MEDICOM line, Bandai of Japan apparently planning to produce samurai Star Wars figures, and Star Wars even appearing in the Nendoroid line. That's not counting the 1/6-scale figures (which have been around for a while) and Kotobukiya's Star Wars offerings.

That's not to say that these figures don't look cool. The sculpting looks to be pretty decent and Vader will apparently feature an articulated cape (unlike Hasbro's and MEDICOM's decision to use a fabric cape). The Storm Trooper (who was on display next to a Clone Trooper helmet for some reason) will provide fans with an opportunity to army build although, given that Revoltechs have been running ¥3,000+ lately, it would make for an expensive army.

I'm also surprised that one of the items Kaiyodo will be leading with is a Mouse Droid. Sure, he's just going to be an accessory (for C-3PO?), but it's still such a seemingly random choice. I'm also curious as to whether Kaiyodo will offer a ton of R2 variants, something that Hasbro has yet to do in its 6-inch Star Wars Black Series (despite having done heavily in its smaller scale line). Will we see a R2-Q2? Only time will tell.

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SDCC 2014: ThinkGeek photo
SDCC 2014: ThinkGeek
by Natalie Kipper

The majority of ThinkGeek's San Diego Comic-Con booth was dedicated to upcoming goodies with a smaller vending section to the side. The company's con-exclusive goods included a Bee and Puppycat inflatable sword, Star Wars R2-D9 car charger, and light-up D20s. A brand-spanking-new version of their Bag of Holding was also sold at the con. The aptly-named Con-Survival Edition is now available for purchase on ThinkGeek's website. I had mine since day zero of SDCC and can't say enough good things about it. It has just the right amount of good-sized pockets to fit pens, chargers, and business cards. And I dig all the extra touches like capacitive touch pocket for my iPad. I hear add-on kits are being planned for the bag, with portable chargers, additional organizers, and who knows what else.

Going back to the previewed items, the biggest buzz was centered around the Star Trek Phaser Remote Replica (US$149.99). This gesture-based television remote was made using 3D scans of the last known screen-used prop and has all sorts of functions to make any Trekkie giggle with delight. Beyond controlling your entertainment system, it has tons of different sound and light effects taken from the original show, including the Phaser Overload sequence. The Mega Man Buster Gun Replica (US$79.99) that Pedro mentioned from Capcom's SDCC booth was also on display here. The replica will have a trigger inside with lights on the side and in the front. The Back to the Future Flux Capacitor USB Car Charger (US$24.99), which began its life as an April Fool's joke, has evolved into a real product and will soon be available for purchase. My personal favorite amongst the upcoming products was the Star Wars Lawn Ornament (US$39.99), featuring one of the downed AT-ATs from the battle on Hoth. The remainder of the future merchandise had Game of Thrones fans in mind with their Map Marker Salt and Pepper Shakers (US$19.99) and Dragonclaw Glass Replica (US$29.99).

Additional new items exclusive to ThinkGeek were the Funko Pop! Khal and Khaleesi set (US$19.99) and Funko Guardians of the Galaxy Mystery Minis blind boxed figures (US$6.99 each).

You can check out ThinkGeek's previewed offerings here.

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2:30 PM on 07.31.2014

SDCC 2014: DKE Toys

DKE Toys returned to SDCC with plenty of exclusive figures, and yes, we've already done a rundown of most of them, but two in particular stood out during my visit: One of those was the largest of the bunch, the AD-AT 3/4...

Brian Szabelski

7:00 PM on 07.27.2014

SDCC 2014: Sideshow Collectibles - statues and maquettes part 2

Continuing with Sideshow coverage, here's the rest of their licensed statues and maquettes. Star Wars characters featured heavily, as did Marvel. The booth also had a smattering of horror and other movie characters. Most of the experience is about simply gaping in awe at the larger scale figures (especially the legendary scale ones). Click through for the gallery!

Tianxiao Ma



Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya - Star Wars photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya - Star Wars
by Scarecroodle

At a convention not so long ago in a country far, far away (unless you live in Japan)...

STAR WARS: COVERAGE XXI

The Kotobukiya Alliance has taken refuge at Summer WonFes to escape the storm trooper army at SDCC. Thus does a lonely group of mostly unpainted Rebels slowly bide its time on display at WonFes, waiting for a chance to strike back at the evil Empire...

Now that the non-scrolling recap is out of the way, Kobotukiya had a few of its pre-painted, snap-together Star Wars model kids on display at WonFes. The roster notably included an unpainted Luke Skywalker (Tantooine), Leia, Chewbacca, and Han Solo. While the painted versions of Han and Chewbacca were on display at SDCC, Luke and Leia were completely absent from San Diego.

Be sure to check out the gallery.

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4:00 PM on 07.26.2014

SDCC 2014: Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant had great figures to show from popular TV shows and movies. From Alien, there was a giant vintage figure, and exclusive glow in the dark version of Big Chap. Taken from 300: Rise of An Empire, there were highly ...

Vanessa Cubillo





SDCC 2014: Hasbro - Star Wars photo
SDCC 2014: Hasbro - Star Wars
by Scarecroodle

Hasbro's Star Wars booth featured new Star Wars: Rebels collectibles including figures for the female Mandalorian weapons expert Sabine Wren and the Twi'lek pilot Hera Syndulla (albeit both are for the relatively basic 3.75-inch Mission Series line).

The 6-inch Black Series items were (as of Thursday) all previously revealed items, including Jabba and the Imperial Scout with Speeder Bike pack (both due out in September; both feature a US$40 MSRP). The Walgreens-exclusive white (prototype) Boba Fett was on display in package.

The panel (which happened after we got the booth shots) apparently included the first images of some of the 6-inch Star Wars Black Series figures that were leaked a while ago via a retailer listing including Bossk, a Luke & Wampa set, and Han Solo in his Storm Trooper disguise. No word yet as to whether those figures also made it to the booth, but we have the press images in the gallery. Hopefully we'll see more bounty hunters as the line continues.

The booth featured a lot of the Star Wars Command items, a good deal of Saga Legends and Mission Series figures, as well as some 3.75-inch Star Wars Black Series figures (3.75-inch SW Black replaced Legacy as the high-end 3.75-inch offering) including a Darth Malgus who I can't recall seeing before. Some retailers will apparently be carrying special offerings, such as Toys "R" Us picking up a Endor Battle pack featuring a AT-ST and five Saga Legends figures.

Check out all the images in the gallery.

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