Hasbro held its Collector Briefing yesterday, and this morning I’ll cover the update from the Star Wars team. (Yesterday evening I posted updates for the Marvel properties – Iron Man 2, Marvel Universe, Spider-Man, and Super Hero Squad – and G.I. Joe.)
For Star Wars, 2010 will be a more focused year – the comic book packs and Galactic Heroes Cinema Scenes will go on hiatus in the fall – but will still be a celebration of the brand. This year is the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, and to commemorate that, Hasbro is relaunching the Vintage Collection of modern figures with vintage-styled card backs.
These figures will have a suggested retail price of $7.99, and unlike the previous incarnation that produced 6 figures based on the original Star Wars trilogy, this line will not be limited – it will run for at least two years and will pull from characters across all six Star Wars movies. In 2010, Hasbro plans 37 figures in 4 waves, with a new wave every 6 weeks or so. Twenty-seven of those figures will have either completely new tooling or partially new tooling with new paint deco, and 10 will be greatest hits figures appearing on vintage cards for the first time.
The Vintage Collection will kick off in August, with an Empire Strikes Back wave.
Wave 1: Dengar, Hoth Leia, Hoth Hangar Han, Bespin Luke, AT-AT Commander, C-3P0, Dak, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Cloud Car Pilot, and 4-Lom
Hasbro will run a figure mail-in program featuring the “holy grail” of Star Wars figures – Boba Fett with firing rocket. This was a mail-in figure nearly 30 years ago, but for safety reasons, the firing rocket was withheld, and people who sent in for the figure got a regular Boba Fett instead. This time around you’ll need 5 proofs of purchase from packages with marked with Boba Fett stickers. He’ll come on a vintage card with white mailer box, and will feature a long rocket for safety reasons, and a short rocket for display.
The second wave of figures will be themed based on Episode 3, the Revenge of the Sith.
For vehicles, in August we’ll get the first wave, a Snow Speeder and a Cloud Car. The design team added lots of pop out weapons to the cloud car to make it more action oriented. It will also split into two separate pieces.
Hasbro waited until the end of their presentation to make its big reveal – an electronic AT-AT that completely dwarfs the previous release.
This monstrous vehicle features lights, sounds, and speech, and was engineered to come in at a suggested retail price of $99. The AT-AT will also have a packaging variant with vintage-styled packaging, so hardcore collectors, be on the lookout. Wow!
While the Vintage Collection was certainly a big part of the Star Wars update, the other lines in the brand also had new developments. Starting in August, Hasbro will introduce a new blue and black line look with a “Shadow of the Dark Side” theme.
They will also introduce the Galactic Battle Card Game – a new pack in across all figures and vehicles aside from Vintage. The game features a card that slides into the base for the toy. Players roll a die to determine what power to use. In play-testing, kids really liked that there was a clear winner and loser – no more arguments over who got who.
Clone Wars, which is the hottest line in the Star Wars brand, will get 31 new basic figures in 2010, most of them in the fall.
Wave 3 (April): Obi Wan in cold weather gear, Clone Trooper with heater pack, Magna Guard, Firefighter Droid
Wave 4 (August): General Grievous with cape, Pre Vizsla, Mandalorian Guard, Aurra Sing
Clone Wars will feature more vehicles and battle packs too.
Figure / Vehicle Packs
Wave 1: Plo Koon with speeder bike, Cad Bane with pirate bike, and Anakin with Naboo skiff
Wave 2 (August): Obi Wan with speeder bike and side car and Mandalorian with speeder
Wave 1 (March): Jedi Showdown, Holocron Heist
Wave 2 (August): Droids and Clones, Anti-Hailfire Squad
Wave 1 (August): Clone Interceptor Tank, Clone Swamp Speeder
And the biggie in Clone Wars – a remote-controlled Hailfire Droid, with 18 projectiles, tank steering, and a Clone Trooper!
But that’s not all! Here’s a summary of the rest of the Star Wars update:
- Galactic heroes continues, including a baby AT-AT to go with the big one – it also has electronics.
- Ten-inch Force Battlers will feature Anakin, General Grievous, and Captain Rex in August.
- In role playing, you’ll get a Boba Fett helmet and blaster, and a General Grievous spinning lightsaber.
- Star Wars Transformers Crossovers continue, with Yoda as the standout.
- Force FX lightsabers get a big upgrade in August – removable blades. The lightsabers make a shorting out sound when the blade has been removed. Will come in Darth Vader, Anakin, and Obi Wan versions.
Wait, there’s more! For exclusives, Hasbro announced:
- Toys R Us: Battle Droid Skiff, Speeder Bike
- Toys R Us: The Force Unleashed Collector 2-packs
- Disney: Star Tours Boarding Set (May 21)
- San Diego Comic-Con: Darth Maul Owen Lars comic 2-pack
- Star Wars Celebration: Cami and Fixer comic 2-pack
- Star Wars Celebration: 4-Lom and Zuckuss with reversed package
Whew. Only Transformers left to go – that will probably go up in a couple of days.