“Reveal Your Shield” Transformers Celebration Kicks Off Next Week

Today Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), announced “REVEAL YOUR SHIELD,” a TRANSFORMERS celebration that will offer fans five days of TRANSFORMERS content and product reveals, beginning on April 24th with the release of Hasbro’s first wave of toys and consumer products inspired by the TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT film. Throughout the week fans will be encouraged to “reveal theirshield,” using social media, TRANSFORMERS.COM or the official TRANSFORMERS mobile app to declare their allegiance to the Autobots or Decepticons.

The REVEAL YOUR SHIELD program kicks off with new content inspired by TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT on TRANSFORMERS digital and social channels, a video featuring a new BARRICADE action figure, and the release of on-sale dates for some of the exciting products from Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT line. And the action won’t stop there – fans should stay tuned throughout the week for celebrations and a few surprises that will appear on TRANSFORMERS social channels, as well as new games and activities coming to Transformers.com and in the TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT App.

“The TRANSFORMERS brand is one of the most recognizable franchises in the world, and 2017 is a massive year for the Autobots and Decepticons,” said Tom Warner, Senior Vice President of the TRANSFORMERS franchise at Hasbro. “Our REVEAL YOUR SHIELD fan celebration will deliver a week’s worth of TRANSFORMERS content, including new material inspired by the upcoming film, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT. The movie is the biggest TRANSFORMERS adventure yet, and REVEAL YOUR SHIELD is the perfect way for fans to get in on the action before it arrives in theaters on June 23rd.”

To “REVEAL YOUR SHIELD” and see all of the exclusive TRANSFORMERS news and content, please visit TRANSFORMERS.COM, Instagram/TRANSFORMERSOFFICIAL or the official TRANSFORMERS Facebook page, Facebook.com/Transformers each day next week.

Dark Horse and HBO Announced Game of Thrones: Jon Snow Limited Edition Bust

Dark Horse and HBO are proud to announce the Game of Thrones: Jon Snow – Battle of the Bastards Limited Edition Bust

The pulse-pounding climax of the most recent HBO season of Game of Thrones, was the “Battle of the Bastards”, where Jon Snow faces off in a life-or-death struggle with evil Ramsay Bolton.  This ambitious and elaborately choreographed battle served as a key moment where Jon draws his sword Longclaw and face the Bolton army.
 
This pre-painted bust measures 6” from base to the top of his head, plus sword extension. Edition size TBD at press time. Full-color deluxe packaging with Certificate of Authenticity. Game of Thrones: Jon Snow – Battle of the Bastards Limited Edition Bust retails at $89.99 and goes on sale August 23, 2017.

Season 3 of Transformers: Robots In Disguise Kicks of April 29th

On April 29th 2017, Hasbro’s hit animated series, TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE will return to Cartoon Network for a third season. This series, from Hasbro Studios focused on Bumblebee as the leader of the Autobots protecting the Earth from the Decepticons.

Season 3’s theme is “Combiner Force”  – yes, Combiner teams are coming to ROBOTS IN DISGUISE.  Bumblebee and the Autobot team must learn how to fight the Decepticons when combined with one another and truly work as one. Look for all the fun on Cartoon Network and check out the trailer below.

 

Bandai Tamashii Nations Movie Realization Ronin Boba Fett ‘Prototype’ Version for SDCC

Another tidbit of SDCC news coming out of Star Wars Celebration. Tamashii Nation’s Movie Realization line is continuing and a ‘Prototype’ version of the Ronin Boba Fett will be an SDCC exclusive and will also be available online via a Bandai website. More details as they become available.  Thanks to and photo from @bobafettfanclub (www.bobafettfanclub.com).

Hasbro’s Star Wars Reveals at Star Wars Celebration: Jaina Solo, Tarkin, SDCC Exclusives and More

We’ve already shared the SDCC exclusives news (premium versions of Luke with speeder and Grand Admiral Thrawn) in other posts but Hasbro has shared details and images of everything revealed at their Star Wars Celebration panel today. 

Outside of the exclusives the big reveals were 6″ figures of Grand Moff Tarkin and Jaina Solo and the annoucement of the return of the Vintage Collection complete with a Fan’s Choice vote. If you’re looking to participate in the vote, get details here

Check out the official images and full details of these new figures below!

Update: Tarkin will be available in Spring 2018. 

  • STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES X-34 LANDSPEEDER & 6-INCH LUKE SKYWALKER (SDCC Exclusive) – Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $89.99/Available at Comic-Con International in San Diego
  • STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH GRAND ADMIRAL THRAWN (SDCC Exclusive) – Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available at Comic-Con International in San Diego
  • STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH JAINA SOLO Figure (Fan Figure Vote 2016 Winner) – Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2017
  • STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH TARKIN Figure – Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2019
    STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES CLONE COMMANDER GREE – Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Summer 2017, Available exclusively at Toys “R” Us.
  • STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH INFERNO SQUADRON PILOT Figure (Battlefront) – Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2017, Available exclusively at Game Stop.

Hasbro Announces Second Star Wars SDCC Exclusive at Star Wars Celebration – Thrawn

Seconds after I published the announcement of the SDCC exclusive version of Luke’s Speeder, news from the panel came of a second SDCC exclusive announcement. An SDCC version of Grand Admiral Thrawn will be at the show. Packaged in a fold out box, this figure will feature a number of extra accessories including a Gree helmet, ysalamiri and more.

New 6″ Star Wars Black Series Gamestop Exclusive Available For Pre-Order Now

As Star Wars Celebration continues, the first trailer and details of the Battlefront II game made their debut in a panel for the game. In addtion, a Gamestop exclusive 6″ Black Series figure based on the game was announced and is now available for pre-order. The Inferno Squadron Pilot can be pre-ordered today, but will not be available until Fall.  See the description and image below and pre-order here.

In the wake of the Death Star’s destruction, the Empire created the Inferno Squad to ensure that Imperial secrets would remain safe. Pretend to fend off the REBELLION with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH INFERNO SQUADRON PILOT Figure from the all-new Star Wars: Battlefront II video game. Figure will be available exclusively at GameStop later this Fall.

Quantum Mechanix Star Trek: The Next Generation Jean-Luc Picard Available for Pre-Order Noon PT Today

Today at noon PDT, Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx) will release for pre-ordering the much-anticipated Captain Jean-Luc Picard Master Series 1:6-scale articulated figure.

The figure is expected to ship in May. Our Captain Picard figure has more than 30 points of articulation, allowing him to be displayed in a number of dynamic poses. He features an authentically styled Star Trek: The Next Generation uniform with simulated leather boots and detailed 24th century accessories, including a phaser, communicator badge, tricorder, Personal Access Display Device (PADD) and the Captain’s Earl Grey tea cup. He also comes with multiple hands for a variety of poses and gestures.

Picard will be priced at $179.95. An exclusive version of the figure will only be available directly from qmxonline.com and select international distributors. This version will feature an additional phaser rifle and an extra set of hands for holding it. The exclusive edition Picard figure will be priced at $199.95.

The Captain Jean-Luc Picard Master Series 1:6-scale articulated figure is one of many Star Trek products QMx will be releasing in 2017 that celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek®: The Next Generation.

Disney and Lucasfilm Celebrate Iconic Heroes from a Galaxy Far, Far Away…with Star Wars Forces of Destiny

More Star Wars Celebration news as Disney and Lucasfilm have just announced Star Wars Forces of Destiny, a new initiative celebrating the inspiring stories of iconic heroes from across the Star Wars universe. An original series of animated shorts (each 2-3 minutes in length) will explore exciting, all new adventures of key characters including Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano and others, ahead of books and a TV special later in the year. The stories will also be supported by a line of toys from Hasbro, including new ‘Adventure Figures’ – a fusion between traditional dolls and action figures, creating a whole new way to play Star Wars.

“Star Wars Forces of Destiny is for anyone who has been inspired by Leia’s heroism, Rey’s courage, or Ahsoka’s tenacity,” said Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm. “We’re thrilled that so many of the original actors are reprising their roles in these shorts which capture the small moments and everyday decisions that shape who these characters are. It is a fun new way for people to experience Star Wars.” 

Developed by Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars Forces of Destiny will remain true to the Star Wars canon, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters. Launching in July, the animated micro-series will be available on Disney YouTube ahead of a two-part TV special featuring eight additional shorts on Disney Channel in Fall 2017. Fans will be delighted to hear familiar voices in the series, including: Daisy Ridley (Rey), Felicity Jones (Jyn), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) and Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata as narrator).

Star Wars Forces of Destiny will also be supported by global product extensions, including books, apparel, bedding, and toys – including the new line of ‘Adventure Figures’ created by Hasbro, which bridges the gap between traditional action figures and dolls. Each individually designed figure features dynamic action, like Rey swinging her lightsaber, along with multiple points of articulation to help recreate the characters’ adventures and heroic moments with different poses.

“From Princess Leia to Sabine Wren, Star Wars heroines are unique, and we wanted to represent that in the product line for Star Wars Forces of Destiny,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “The result is the creation of our new ‘Adventure Figures’ that celebrate the power and stories of these incredible characters and allow kids to recreate their most heroic moments at home.”

The 11-inch figures will depict characters including Rey, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, plus loveable sidekicks and epic villains like BB-8, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and many more. Hasbro is also rolling out Star Wars Forces of Destiny role play and accessories—from Rey’s Extendable Staff, to a new, electronic Jedi Power Lightsaber, which are part of their Star Wars Bladebuilders system.

Adds John Frascotti, President of Hasbro: “As the Star Wars fan base has broadened over the last 40 years, we have continued to add new and exciting play experiences to the Star Wars brand, to engage fans across generations. We’ve worked closely with Disney to bring the storytelling from Star Wars Forces of Destiny to life through this innovative toy line to help connect with new audiences as well as appeal to existing fans.”

Fans attending Star Wars Celebration in Orlando will see a sneak peak of Star Wars Forces of Destiny during the “Heroines of Star Wars” panel on Friday, April 14. The panel, moderated by Amy Ratcliffe – host of “Lattes with Leia” podcast, will feature Carrie Beck – vice president of animation at Lucasfilm and Dave Filoni – executive producer of Star Wars Rebels, as well as Ashley Eckstein, Tiya Sircar and other surprise guests. For a first look at the new Star Wars Forces of Destiny Adventure Figures, stop by Hasbro booth #2744 or check below in the gallery.

Stay tuned to StarWars.com for more details. And watch the preview video below!

 

Funko Announces Lord of the Rings Pop!s and Pocket Pop!s

Funko has shared new pictures of their upcoming Lord of the Rings Pop!s and Pocket Pop! Keychains. These products should be available in stores in June.

Pop!s included in the series are Gandalf, Frodo (look out for a 1:6 chase variant with spooky blue eyes), Samwise Gamgee, a Nazgul, Saruman and a Super Sized Pop! Balrog.

Pocket Pop! Keychainse of Frodo and Gandalf are also coming soon.

Bluefin Announces New Star Wars Products Ahead of Star Wars Celebration

Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, announces its participation in Star Wars Celebration 2017, the largest dedicated Star Wars convention in the United States.

Star Wars Celebration 2017 takes place April 13-16, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The annual event presents a vibrant, interactive show featuring costumes, exhibits, screenings, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, panel discussions, and autograph sessions celebrating all things Star Wars related. Details on Star Wars Celebration 2017 are available at http://www.starwarscelebration.com.

Bluefin will exhibit an impressive array of Star Wars products from leading collectibles brands such as Bandai Hobby,Tamashii Nations, and Beast Kingdom. Previews of several exclusive upcoming releases will be shown to attendees throughout the convention and a unique collection of products will be available for purchase. Bluefin will be located in Booth 3110.

Bandai Hobby

Star Wars Celebration attendees will be treated to a pair of realistic displays by Bandai Hobby in the Bluefin booth that recreate the iconic Death Star Trench scene from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in an impressive 5-foot long diorama, as well as a nearly 5-foot long model of an Imperial Star Destroyer.

Attendees are invited to participate in a Bandai Hobby raffle daily in the booth for a chance to win a free Star Wars model kit as well as surveys that will help shape future releases.

Catch a special display of Bandai Hobby’s latest Star Wars model kit – Jango Fett’s Slave 1. A comprehensive collection of Bandai Hobby kits from the Star Wars line also will be available for purchase.

Manufactured in Japan by Bandai Hobby, the Star Wars Plastic Model line are available in 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scale and feature notable vehicles from the classic Star Wars films as well as from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Bandai’s Star Wars Plastic Model kits feature trademark color injection molding techniques resulting in intricately detailed vehicles consistent to their on-screen counterparts. Select kits include themed display bases that can be combined with display stands from other Bandai Hobby Star Wars vehicles to create expansive battlefield dioramas. A nipper or sprue cutter (sold separately) is highly recommended for assembly, but the following kits do not require glue.

Tamashii Nations

Bluefin will showcase the impressive upcoming release of Tamashii Nations’s Chogokin x 12”PM R2-D2. Depicted as it appeared in Star Wars: Episode VI: A New Hope this screen accurate diecast figure of the famed astromech droid is the second Star Wars character to join the Chogokin product line alongside the earlier C-3PO release.

A dream collaboration between Star Wars and Chogokin, the hatches open to reveal manipulator arms, it can transform between bi-pedal and tri-pedal modes, and eight LEDs illuminate to capture R2-D2’s trademark expressions. The plastic and diecast figure also includes a cover for use when in bipedal mode, a stand, and a droid control bolt. R2-D2 stands approximately 7 inches tall and weighs over 2 lbs.

The Chogokin x 12”PM R2-D2 will be released in August 2017; Pre-orders will be available during the convention. News on additional Tamashii Nations Chogokin Star Wars releases will be announced during Star Wars Celebration 2017.

Be among the first to catch an exclusive reveal of the newest figures to join Tamashii Nation’s Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line – Darth Maul, Jango Fett and the Imperial Shadow Trooper! These figures are scheduled for release in North America later this year.

Tamashii Nation’s Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line pays homage to the Samurai aesthetic in a fun new way and artfully reimagines key Empire characters from the iconic films with feudal-style Japanese armor and weaponry. Each figure is exquisitely constructed with hybrid materials and features up to 15 points of articulation to create endless posing possibilities.

A variety of currently released Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars figures will be available for purchase during Star Wars Celebration 2017.

In addition, on Friday, April 14th Lucasfilm’s Brian Merten joins Bandai Hobby and Tamashii Nations will tease and reveal new announcements on upcoming products not on display in the booth as part of the Star Wars Collectibles Update. An art gallery featuring both Bandai Hobby and Tamashii Nations Star Wars product in eye-catching dynamic scenes will be on display also within the booth.

Beast Kingdom

Browse a comprehensive stock of Egg Attack Star Wars releases, including statues and poseable action figures, available for purchase throughout the convention including:

Egg Attack Stormtrooper “Star Wars”

  • Egg Attack Action First Order Storm Trooper “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
  • Egg Attack Action Kylo Ren “Star Wars”
  • Egg Attack C-3PO “Star Wars”
  • Egg Attack R2-D2 “Star Wars”
  • Egg Attack Action Darth Vader “Star Wars”

Also catch the innovative Beast Kingdom Egg Attack Star Wars Episode V: Millennium Falcon Floating Version in a special chrome edition; the world’s first floating Millennium Falcon! The product uses electromagnetic attraction and repulsion to make this meticulously detailed Millennium Falcon float on air! Catch this Limited Edition chrome variant exclusively at Star Wars Celebration.

Bluefin also will offer Beast Kingdom’s newest light-up umbrellas featuring Star Wars-themed designs for Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and Anakin Skywalker.

Another New Black Series Vehicle Revealed: Luke’s Speeder

Another day closer to Star Wars Celebration resulted in another new reveal from Hasbro of Star Wars toys to come. Today Yahoo revealed another $60 Black Series vehicle – Luke with his X-34 landspeeder. The landspeeder includes a stand giving it the appearance of hovering and includes a Tatooine Luke figure. 

The new 6″ Tatooine Luke figure includes his macrobinoculars, lightsaber hilt, and slugthrower rifle, and his hat and goggles. The speeder includes a place for the rifle to be stored. 

Look for this new vehicle in the fall and look for more Star Wars reveals later this weekend from Star Wars Celebration.

Update: New images direct from our friends at Hasbro! 

New Star Wars Black Series Vehicle Revealed: Rey’s Speeder with New Rey Figure

With Star Wars Celebration right around the corner this weekend, fans are eagerly looking forward to what new reveals from the Hasbro team. Today io9 broke the news of the first reveal – a new 6″ scale Black Series vehilcle, Rey’s Speeder from The Force Awakens. 

This $60 vehicle features opening panels, moveable parts and a display stand that allows for dynamic positioning of her Jakku transportation. Included with the vehicle is an all new ‘scavenger’ version of Rey – the figure features 28 points of articulation, new soft goods, a bag (for storing what she finds in that Star Destroyer), a face mask and her staff (which can be stored on vehicle). 

Look for Rey’s Speeder to be available everywhere this fall and look for more news out of the Star Wars Celebration this weekend.

Funko Releasing Planet of the Apes Dorbz, New WWE Pop!s and More

A quick rundown of some recent Funko news as I missed yesterday’s update.

Fans of the classic sci-fi property Planet of the Apes are in for a treat as Funko is releasing a line of Dorbz vinyl figures based on the original movie. Due out in May, look for George Taylor (two versions, the space suit version is a 1:6 chase), Corenelius and a limited edition Zira. Zira has an edition size of just 5000.

in June, you’ll be able to keep your keys on Pocket Pop!s based on the Netflix hit Stranger Things. Eleven, Demogorgon, Dustin and Barb are on the way.

Funko’s WWE product lines continue with a blind bag Pint Size Heroes assortment coming in June. Kevin Owens, Undertaker,  Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Randy Savage, Nikki Bella and the members of The New Day are among the wrestlers included in the series. Toys R Us will offer special exclusive characters including Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ric Flair and Finn Balor.

Finally a new wave of WWE Pop!s are hitting shelves as soon as this month. Characters included are: Finn Balor, Mick Foley, Goldberg and AJ Styles. A masked version of Finn Balor is available as a 1:6 chase and FYE will have an exclusive “The Demon” version.

 

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