Weekend Toy Run: The Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart Exclusively at LEGO Shop

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LEGO VIP members will have exclusive access to the new LEGO Kwik-E-Mart set until the end of April. While I don’t think it’s quite as inspired as the inaugural set, the LEGO Simpsons House, it’s still a highly visited location on the show. And of course, there’s the mini-figures – you’ll get Homer, Bart, and Marge again (if you have the Simpsons House), but then there’s Chief Wiggum, Snake, and Apu. Apu!

Now, if I were the LEGO brand manager for Simpsons, I’d make Springfield Elementary next. Who wouldn’t want minifigures of Groundskeeper Willie, Principal Skinner, Edna Krabappel, and Otto the bus driver – not to mention the students. Nelson Muntz? Haa haa!

If you’re not a LEGO VIP, it’s easy and free to sign up. As a VIP member, you’ll get loyalty points for every purchase at shop.lego.com and in LEGO retail stores, and access to special promotions like this one.

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Star Wars Celebration 2015: High End Collectibles Panel

Bandai, Gentle Giant, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles show off their Star Wars lines

Star Wars Celebration High-end Collectibles - Bandai, Gentle Giant, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow

The official Star Wars YouTube channel is livestreaming from the Star Wars Celebration. So while we weren’t able to make it down to Anaheim, we still got a pretty good look at the high end collectibles being offered by four of the top Star Wars licensees. Attached herein are the presentations from Bandai, Gentle Giant, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles.

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Hasbro Reveals Ahsoka Tano for Black Series at Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Rebels hero is first non-film character to join the 6-inch line

Hasbro Reveals Ahsoka Tano at Star Wars Celebration

Hasbro was on site at Star Wars Celebration with an exclusive first-time reveal: the prototype for Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars Rebels in the Star Wars Black Series 6-inch line. We’d previously seen her join the 3.75-inch animated line for the show, but this will be the first time a character from outside the original trilogy and the prequels will be featured in the 6-inch line.

After a relatively scarce showing for the Black Series at Toy Fair, we were expecting some confirmation of Black Series figures for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Not just yet, but perhaps we’ll see something in this regard from Hasbro before Celebration is through. If not, then definitely at San Diego Comic-Con.

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New Hot Toys and LEGO for Star Wars Celebration [Updated]

New Hot Toys and LEGO for Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration starts today, and while we can’t be there, we’ll do our best to follow the announcements. After all, with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens coming this year, this promises to be one of the biggest Celebrations yet. All the collectibles companies will be there in force (awful pun intended).

Hot Toys even has a new Stormtrooper created exclusively for Star Wars Celebration. The Spacetrooper was featured in Episode IV – you’ll see them, with their special zero-gravity and rebreather gear, when the Millenium Falcon is dragged into the hangar of the Death Star (“That’s no moon…”) You can pre-order the Spacetrooper Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys at Sideshow Collectibles.

LEGO revealed large scale buildable figures at Toy Fair this year, and they’ll have four new figures joining the first two, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, at Star Wars Celebration. They’ve sent us pictures of Obi-Wan Kenobi and General Grievous, and we’ll try to hunt down pics of Jango Fett and Commander Coby. These will be available at shop.lego.com and brick and mortar stores in September. [Update: LEGO has sent us pics of a new Tatooine mini-build set.]

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It’s No Laughing Matter – Win the Arkham Asylum Joker from Sideshow

The Clown Prince of Crime kicks off a new Premium Format Figure line from Sideshow Collectibles

Sideshow Collectibles Arkham Asylum Joker Premium Format Figure Giveaway

If you’re a fan of the Batman: Arkham Asylum series of video games, Sideshow is holding a giveaway you’d be crazy to pass up. They are launching a new line of Premium Format Figures for the game, and the Joker is the first of them to be revealed. Standing at over 2 feet tall, his appearance is styled after the designs of the game – before he self-medicated with the Titan drug, of course.

It looks like Batman will be the next figure in the line, and if it’s a hit, then I hope we’ll see Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. And I think it’d be overkill to see Premium Format Figures of Bane, Killer Croc, and a Titan Joker – they’d be ginormous!

You can enter the Arkham Asylum Joker giveaway at Sideshow – it will be $449.99 when it goes up for pre-order tomorrow. If you’ve got the toy budget for it, I’d suggest getting in on it early – the Sideshow exclusive version will also have a swappable laughing portrait (shown above). Good luck!

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