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Star Wars Shrine Photos Update

It’s been a while since I updated the photos of my shrine. With “The Force Awakens” coming around the corner a trip to IKEA will be in order. I need to do some cleaning and reorganizing in my office to get about 5 more bookcases in here and maybe a new Detolf. Until then everything is pretty packed in the shelves that I have. You can peruse my entire gallery over on my Facebook page, since my site here is almost out of image storage!

A few examples!

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Hasbro Toy Previews

Star Wars HQ has this awesome video that they made showcasing some of the upcoming 3 3/4″ scale figures, vehicles, and 6″ figures coming for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that will be on sale on Sept 4th! I’m looking forward to the Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and BB-8 figures, how about you?

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Funko Pop! Sandtrooper and Dewback coming to Walmart

This adorable Funko Pop! set is supposed to be coming to Walmart for Force Friday on Sept 4th and will resell for $20!  image001

 

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Hot Toys Han Solo & Chewbacca Figures – shipping soon?

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I pre-ordered these two back in winter and am awaiting to see if I actually get charged this week for my final payment on them. If you’ve been holding off on buying either the Hot Toys Han Solo or Chewbacca because you wanted to wait to see what production versions look like – there’s a good chance you won’t have to wait long! Come back here, when I get mine I’ll be reviewing them for you! Until then you can pre-order them both (or separately) at Sideshow.

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Hot Toys 1/6″ scale Princess Leia Figure – Pre-order now at Sideshow

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About This Sixth Scale Figure

“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” – Princess Leia

The brave and strong-willed Princess Leia is one of the most beloved characters in the original Star Wars trilogy. Her important role in leading the rebellion against the Galactic Empire is unforgettable to any Star Wars fan!

Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys are excited to officially present Luke Skywalker’s twin sister from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope as the Princess Leia sixth scale Collectible Figure!

The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Carrier Fisher as Princess Leia in the film, and features a newly developed head sculpt, detailed hair sculpture in Princess Leia’s iconic bun hair style, specially tailored costume, two types of blasters, and a figure stand.

This special edition includes a specially designed backdrop as a bonus accessory.

Star Wars fans, don’t miss the chance to add this wonderful collectible figure to your Star Wars collection!  Click HERE to pre-order!

Expected to Ship
Nov 2015 – Jan 2016
License
Star Wars
Scale
Sixth Scale Figure
Manufacturer
Hot Toys
Product Size
10.20″ H (259.08mm)*
Dimensional Weight
TBD
Int’l Dim. Weight
TBD

<pSize and weight are approximate values. Learn more »

Product Sku
9024901
UPC
4897011177960

Artists:

  • So Young, Lee (Head Sculpt)
  • JC. Hong (Head Paint)
  • Kojun (Head Art Direction)

© & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd. © 2015 Hot Toys Limited. All Rights Reserved.

What’s in the Box?

The Princess Leia Sixth Scale Collectible Figure specially features:

  • Authentic and detailed likeness of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  • A newly developed head sculpt with movie-accurate facial expression and make-up
  • Detailed hair sculpture of Princess Leia’s iconic hair style
  • Body with over 28 points of articulation
  • Approximately 26 cm tall
  • Five (5) pieces of interchangeable palms including:
    – One (1) pair of relaxed palms
    – One (1) pair of weapon holding palms
    – One (1) left palm for supporting weapon
  • Each head sculpt is specially hand-painted

Costume:

  • One (1) white colored dress
  • One (1) white colored top
  • One (1) white colored belt
  • One (1) pair of white colored boots

Weapons:

  • One (1) blaster pistol
  • One (1) blaster rifle

Accessory:

  • Rectangular-shaped figure stand with Princess Leia nameplate and Star Wars logo
  • One (1) specially designed backdrop as a bonus accessory

Item shown is a prototype. When shipped, the final production piece may differ in appearance.

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Could the D23 Disney Store Exclusive 11.5″ Princess Leia Doll be the first of many to come?

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D23 Limited edition Disney Store Princess Leia 11.5″ Doll exclusive.

Last weekend at Disney’s D23 convention they unveiled an exclusive Disney Store exclusive D23 11.5″ Princess Leia doll. There were a total of 450 in the limited run.

I didn’t attend but snatched one up online when since THIS is what I’ve been crowing about for years on this blog – 12″ scale Star Wars dolls aimed at GIRLS!

Fanboy cry, “But she has HAIR and she looks like Barbie!”

My reply, “Yes, EXACTLY, she’s not for YOU, go away!”

Leia finally arrived yesterday and I wanted to share this beauty in all of her glory. The doll comes in a crystal box that has background imagery that’s reminiscent of the Death Star. Since I sell loose Disney Dolls, I know that she’s on one of their fully jointed Jakks Pacific bodies that have jointed wrists, elbows, shoulders, waists, hips, knees, and ankles. The dolls have flat feet that you can adjust to wear in boots or heels. In the case of Leia she’s wearing lovely perfectly fitted white, flat footed boots.

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11.5″ A New Hope Leia’s available to date: Hasbro 1996, D23 Disney Store Exclusive 2015, Sideshow 1/6 Scale Leia 2007, Vintage Kenner 12″ Princess Leia 1978.

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Hot Toys 1/6 Scale Princess Leia Figure coming in 2016.

The D23 Exclusive Leia is officially the 4th Leia 11.5-12″ scale Star Wars A New Hope traditional costume doll that has ever been produced.

But wait isn’t there talk about another Leia coming from Hot Toys? Yes, she’s debuted at San Diego Comic Con 2015 this year and is available for pre-order now over at Sideshow Toys (of course I have her on pre-order.) So yes, a 5th Leia is on her way. I have tons of pics of her on my Star Wars Shrine Facebook feed.)

A part of me is beyond thrilled about this, I nearly jumped out of my seat and I literally screamed when I first saw the D23 doll. I then got sad after reading around and I realized that she was a show exclusive and not set to be in stores. Hopefully, this is just a test to see how popular the doll might be and hopefully the Mom’s who blasted Disney for not adding more Leia dolls to Disney Stores will get another earful if they don’t product mass market Leia dolls to sell alongside their other Princess dolls.

IMG_1218The price tag on her back was $49.95 which was roughly the same cost of the amazing Portrait Series of Queen Amidala and Leia dolls that came out back in 1999. The Disney doll is GORGEOUS. Not only does she have rooted hair, a custom sculpted face that resembles Carrie Fisher (the head is larger because that’s how all of the Disney Princess dolls are designed,) but she’s got boots, her gown, a belt (that you can barely see in box,) and a blaster.

The Hasbro Leia was the last time we got a playline doll. To Hasbro’s credit they gave her actual hair, but her huge scary butchy body and enormous feet make her very out of proportion. It always makes me sad that they never got around to being able to do a second version of the ANH doll using their the last generation female bodies and custom Carrie face that they used for the last Leia dolls, she would’ve been lovely.

IMG_1228Out of all four of the Leias, the D23 Leia is the only doll w/a fully lined gown. Vintage Leia had a never wrinkle, a bomb could go off by it and it will stay wrinkle, and hole free thick ’70’s polyester gown, Hasbro’s I think might’ve also been poly or a poly blend it does still lay nicely, Sideshow’s is rayon, flimsy, and not lined – considering out of all of the 4 Leia’s she retailed for the most money, that lack of quality is disappointing. Result out of all of them D23’s gown is divine and flowy looking.

Maybe yes the doll’s hands and arms aren’t strong enough to hold the giant blaster, but who cares? That’s not what girls look for in dolls. They want pretty clothes that last and real rooted hair that if it gets mussed up they can style themselves.

The doll overall is gorgeous and easily goes alongside Hasbro’s Portrait dolls for quality. For the price tag, I’d be happy to shell out $50 a doll if they’d make more Star Wars dolls aimed at girls in this quality.

IMG_1237I’m hoping that as “The Force Awakens” approaches that we learn that Disney and the Disney Store will be offering a line of dolls aimed at girls. I would love to be able to take one of these Leia’s out of box to examine her more closely for display. There’s no reason that they can’t offer character dolls from all of the films for girls so that they can play “Star Wars” along w/ their brothers who will be picking up the larger articulated non-fabric/hair figures. I really want a Rey doll just like this Leia.

This Leia was totally unexpected, here’s hoping that Disney has more promising surprises in store for marketing to girls!

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Will “Star Wars The Force Awakens” Market to girls?

StarWarsCelebrationBTS11Right now the whole world awaits the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the two trailers that have been released are exciting and seem to heavily focus on a growing new threat to the Republic and a central female protagonist played by Daisy Riley known only as “Rey.”

5543ca93db753b82389cbd74_vanity-fair-star-warsToday Vanity Fair magazine released a pic of an up and coming issue devoted to “The Force Awakens” with the new cast by Annie Lebowitz that harkens back to when “The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones” both came out. (Don’t get me started on the cover tag line “The Empire Reboots!” – hello it’s a story continuation, not a reboot you idiots!) What we can tell immediately from the photo is that Rey is certainly the central figure.

So if “The Force Awakens” has it’s story surrounding a female protagonist, what are the chances that Disney and Lucas Film Limited will create merchandise aimed specifically for girls for the film?

If you think the chances are good, think again. Hasbro’s attempts with the prequels to market to girls fell flat and as a result, they’ve never attempted to merchandise Star Wars to girls again. (Read my article “Where are the Padme dolls and collectibles” article for more.)

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Monster High doll – Clawdeen

Currently Avengers 2 has hit the theaters and Black Widow, who is the most popular female comic book character in film today is blatantly missing from all merchandise. Irate cries from fans were met w/ shoulder shrugs from Disney execs who truly only see boys as a viable market for superhero movies and refuse to try to expand the market to girls.

This is asinine.

The entertainment world is a different landscape than it was back in 1999 when “The Phantom Menace” came out. Nerd girls have always been out there and now they’re reading, writing, drawing, and creating their own comic books that depict strong female characters. In the world of toys, Mattel’s “Monster High” toy line that’s filled w/ dolls who are not glamorous and can be viewed as scary are outselling Barbie by a huge gap. They’re a girls toy line that men also collect, proving that if done right sci-fi/fantasy/ horror collectibles can easily cross gender lines.

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“Supernatural” is about to enter season 11 on The CW (which will make it the longest running sci-fi/horror series in TV history) – the series has predominantly been watched by female viewers, it’s taken having the series go into syndication for it to finally attract male viewers.

Today sci-fi television’s numbers are skewing towards equality: 60% male, 40% female are the viewing stats for the various sci-fi related genres. Men tend to lean towards more hard, technical sci-fi, women love supernatural, paranormal sci-fi. “Star Wars” has always been a unique franchise because it’s “sci-fi” meets western meets mythology. There’s something in the universe to appeal to anyone, regardless of your sex, geographic location, or age.

So if this is the growing trend that boys/girls interests are now blurred (need further proof of that, goto a convention where Chandler Riggs from “The Walking Dead” has a panel – you’ll be shocked – and horrified – by the vast numbers of little girls who come up and want to ask him questions) why is Disney so disinterested in trying to make more money by selling merchandise for everyone? Ever since the ’90’s with “The Little Mermaid” being a smash hit, Disney cashed in on the princess success wagon and rebuilt their financially crumbling empire by making a fortune off of their princess films. They tried unsuccessfully to find films on their own that were as lucrative as the princess films for the boy market.

They finally found that happy place with Pixar – but even Pixar films don’t bring in as much boy merchandising money as the princess films. Enter their unions with Marvel and Star Wars. Both of these franchises are huge for merchandise rights. They already had built in MALE fanbases and Disney wanted to exploit that by bringing in dollars that can be on the same scale as the Princess lines but now from the boy market that they never had a hold on.

indexIf Disney were to have candid talks with Hasbro about how merchandising sales have worked for them in the past, Hasbro will tell them that their attempt to make girls doll lines fell flat in 1999 and their pregnant Padme figures for “Revenge of the Sith” did not sell. This must mean girl figures don’t sell, right and girls don’t like these toys?

Well no, I explained in my other article why the Padme/Queen Amidala dolls didn’t sell – and the pregnant Padme figures were aimed at BOYS, not girls. It’s not shocking that boys would find no play value in a pregnant girl figure, whereas a series of pregnant Padme figures/dolls aimed at girls would have sold well.

There were leaked sketches a while back that there will be a 6″ Black Series Rey figure and there will likely be other Rey or old Leia toys in the Hasbro toy line. There are also two other female characters who were added later who will likely get figures. This is good news, but they’re still toys aimed at boys and not girls.

Her Universe is out there for girls to get their geek t-shirts and apparel on – but will there be Star Wars shirts for girls at mass market places like Walmart and Target? Will Disney ask Mattel or Jakks Pacific to make dolls of the main characters for girls like they did with “Cinderella” or “Maleficent?” I’d like to think that these things will happen but I’m doubtful. If none of this happens, if the toys are only made for boy and girls are ignored, will Disney even care or pay attention to angry cries from fans and mothers, or will they just say, “Pffft – here’s a new Elsa doll, shut up.”

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The Force Awakens Products Hit Stores for “Force Friday” Sept. 5th

The next generation of Star Wars toys, collectibles, books, and apparel is in range.

StarWars.com is thrilled to announce that Star Wars: The Force Awakens products will land in our galaxy on September 4, 2015, at 12:01 a.m. — “Force Friday” — with stores around the world opening their doors at midnight for a special celebration of all things Star Wars. It will be a day long remembered.

“Every lightsaber, every action figure, every LEGO set tells a story for generations of Star Wars fans, and this global event is a celebration of those stories. We’re excited to be part of the countdown to this enormous movie moment,” said Josh Silverman, executive vice president, global licensing, Disney Consumer Products.

Fans wanting to be the first to get their hands on Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise can set their hyperspace and social media coordinates now: They will be able to visit their local retailer starting at midnight on September 4, and are encouraged to document their experience using the hashtags #ForceFriday and #MidnightMadness. A wide-range of products — from toys and collectibles, to books and comics, ebooks and apps, to apparel and lifestyle accessories — will be available at mass retailers and Disney Store locations worldwide, as well as on DisneyStore.com.

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Disneyland 2015 Trip

10952295_656437557800027_5393939884642249217_nLast month my company treated my department to a trip to Disneyland! I was over the moon at the thought of getting my mitts on some cool Disney-Star Wars exclusives. Here is my report from the trip:

Alright so the big Star Wars store ( Star Trader) there didn’t have quite as much exclusive stuff as I was expecting – I was looking for vinylmation guys – little Disney Character toys figures dressed up like SW characters – nope, none :(

They did have a Donald Duck/Darth Maul mug – several Disney themed t-shirts (my favorite being Darth Vader on the Dumbo ride – I didn’t see that until I was leaving.) Lots of shirts and stuff for kiddos. They had a big “build your own lightsaber” station – kids went nuts over that.

There were 2 really high end girly things that I drooled over but considering I’m buying a new computer this weekend I couldn’t justify getting them. They had a cute vinyl bowling ball style purse that looked like R2-D2 w/ matching wallet and they had some exclusive fabric purses by Dooney and Burke (I didn’t bother even asking the prices on those – I knew those would be expensive.)

10933817_656438011133315_8811805872812407674_nThey did have 2 little stuffed Mickey’s who were X-Wing pilots and Jedis – I picked up the X-Wing Pilot. They had lots of funny hats and the Yoda and Chewie backpacks.They had big vinyl Yodas who just look weird to me because he’s too tall hence why I passed on him. They had cute little stuffed ewoks for the kids, there was a Hasbro vehicle of some sort that was a Disneyland exclusive that I didn’t look too closely at.

I picked up a Vader Helmet (the back side of it) that has mouse ears on top of it. They also had a large stuffed laytex Jabba the Hutt that I picked up (much to the confusion of the people at the desk “wait someone is actually buying Jabba?”) He was only $30 and even though he’s facing the wrong way – he’ll work great for being displayed w/ my 12″ figures and is hella cheaper than trying to find the Sideshow version.

I really wanted that R2 bag. I totally spaced on taking photos in the store.

10947295_656437747800008_3759716631329352541_nThey had all of the Disney 12″ figures – they’re big and look great! They’re definitely on my list of items to pick up, I wasn’t about to get them there and have to haul them around the park all day though. Not necessary since you can get them at the D stores or online.

They could’ve used having some cool posters for Star Tours. There were a few shirts aimed at women but not much else other than the purses – but there was enough stuff that I was satisfied w/ my purchases. I want to go again now when I’m armed w/ more cash :p

The upgrade of Star Tours by the way is AMAZING.

Also photographing my new 12″ Hasbro Luke who although he’s cheap I think his sculpt is great.

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