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Group Shots of new Star Wars Forces of Destiny Dolls

Chewie and Luke/ Yoda

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Chewie, Luke, Hoth Leia, R2, Yoda

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We desperately need a Han and Threepio

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Siblings

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The molded body thing kind of sucks but the figures all really display well and look great. I really hope that the line goes beyond this year.

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Star Wars Forces of Destiny Luke and Yoda 12″ dolls

I’ve just grown used to boy dolls w/ molded hair, they are better than poorly executed, styled rooted hair that’s really hard to do w/ short doos. Mattel has finally mastered short hair but it’s taken them literally decades to master it, so plastic hair is ok.

Accessory wise – Luke gets everything – blaster, belt, jacket, lightsaber. Yoda has his robe. My biggest beef is why didn’t they give him a cane? That’s a 2 cents piece of plastic?

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I like the back artwork, unfortunately you have to rip the back off to open them up so mine got obliterated.

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Luke and Yoda

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I like Luke, they’ve got his chin dimple, nice face mold. Nice emo hair.
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Jacket vecro’s up. They did the push the tiny plastic piece into the holster thing to reclose the holster, so I didn’t bother trying to unhook it.

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Luke does stand by himself

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Yoda is little and cute

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Without his jacket Luke is training ready – and rather studly looking

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Forces of Destiny Chewbacca 12″ scale Doll

Ok so I got my Chewie and Luke/Yoda recently – I’m head over heels in love w/ Chewie! I like him so much that I need to figure out how many more Chewies I could use in my displays and I might pick up a couple more.

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I looked over the early pre-production photos and they shrunk the size of the plastic mask around his face. I think it’s an improvement, more fur makes him look better.

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Chewie is nice, he’s jointed, has plastic feet and hands, the rest is furry. He stands completely on his own

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His Bandalier is all plastic, the pouch doesn’t open which kind of sucks, but it looks good. It does slide off of his shoulder some though.

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Mine has a couple of glue spots on the top of his eyebrows that I need to trim away – otherwise I think he looks fantastic.

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Point of reference – last time we saw a cheap line furry Chewie – it was this crazy Kenner/Hasbro one from the 90’s where he was poseable w/ wire as a body frame.

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LOL – FOD Chewie is MUCH Better looking

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Hoth Princess Leia doll comparison photos

Here are a few comparison photos of the 4 Hoth Leia 12″ scale figures we have (3 of which amazingly all came out w/i the last 12 months.) I can’t believe I went from having 1 Hoth Leia doll to four!

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The 2 more realistic ones side by side.

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The Hasbro one is just so butch.

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Just because I don’t know that I ever shared photos of her closely – here’s the D23 Hoth Leia – still in box since I didn’t get a second one.
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Sideshow Hoth Han Solo & Hot Toys Hoth Princess Leia

Just for fun – my Sideshow Hoth Han Solo and Hot Toys Hoth Leia (every day I wish I’d gotten a Sideshow Hoth Luke to go with them…grrrr!)

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Hot Toys 1/6 Hoth Princess Leia Figure

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First I’m excited that that fun photoshop artwork is back. Jyn came w/ rather boring artwork for her figure, same as K-2SO.

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Figure comes fully loaded w/ lots of goodies.

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Leia comes w/ outfit, stand, 3 white gloved right hands, one pair w/o gloves, her drill from before the kissing scene on the Falcon, goggles, breathing mask, and blaster.

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Figure has white jumpsuit, cream colored vest, gray boots, and belt.

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Leia’s outfit is 100% sewn on, no way to get it off short of cutting it to pieces, so this will be a figure who can’t easily be parted out. Stand has “snow dusting” on it.

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Her hair is lovely, even if it is molded, like the HT Rey she’s got little “whisps” at each side and the hairdoo is screen accurate.

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Her profile is extraordinary w/ it’s likeness to Carrie.

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I really can’t say enough on how amazing Hot Toys is w/ their faces

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Just Stunningly lifelike.

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With her Falcon repairing gear…I forgot if she wore her vest or not so I photographed her without it but realized afterwards she didn’t look right without it on. Oh well – gives you a good first look at the jumpsuit.
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Goggles don’t quite fit perfectly around her head, they should’ve had stretchy elastic instead of the ribbon.

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Back and front of the jumpsuit

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Sides

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Leia with her blaster – my guess is we’re not going to get a version in the jumpsuit w/ the looping braids in the back so this is probably as close as we’ll get. Not Cloud City accurate.

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Finally Leia with the breathing mask on

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Why I always manage to get amazing photos of the girls w/ the masks on their faces, I don’t know.
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Forces Of Destiny Princess Leia & R2-D2 Premium Elite Series figures

I got my Princess Leia & R2-D2 Premium Elite series giftset today. I scored them on sale at shopdisney over President’s day weekend.

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Until I get a second one of these sets this is staying in box because I’m grooving on the packaging.

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I like the Tantive corridor artwork but I also love the play acting photos on the back that they created for the doll. Doll comes w/ outfit, R2-D2, a stand (yes!), Leia’s blaster and stormtrooper blaster.

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From what I can tell the skirt is lined, I don’t think the top is. Doll has a standard doll body, not molded plastic – yay! I think her boots come off, but I can’t tell. I’m still hoping they come out w/ the cheaper version of her so we can have one to unpack. Another winner Leia!

I love the photos on the back.

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Forces of Destiny Line Lives On


Seven years ago this blog put up a petition demanding that we get more female dolls for Star Wars and last year Hasbro finally gave us the start of our dream. The Forces of Destiny line might not be exactly what any of us were envisioning and it’s had a rather rocky start but the line will continue through this year w/ the release of 2 gift-packs and  three standard dolls.

I enjoy the fact that they look like toys and are far more affordable than the high end collector’s figures (Hot Toys and Sideshow.) They are also great for young girls.

If we want Hasbro to continue with it – we need to pony up and buy the dolls when they come out at full retail to support the line.

The line is a mixture of part action figure/ part doll. I don’t know that this perfectly works or not, time will only tell. Females don’t like the molded plastic, for most females the best doll out of the first batch was the Endor Leia set that came w/ the 2 outfits and Wicket. The rest all have molded clothing elements that don’t quite work.

Hoth Leia and Jyn were some of the lesser liked figures because their molded legs were distracting looking. Because they were designed so that you could squeeze the legs and make the doll twist to shoot a gun, when they weren’t squeezed together the dolls stand in a rather unlady-like position. They look like they just finished a week long trek on the back of  a Taun Taun.

Out of the 2 I found Hoth Leia to be less distracting, at least her full white outfit gave her lines such that you didn’t notice too badly how wide her legs were separated.

The female figures also don’t stand on their own very well so they require stands for displaying.

The dolls did have nice hair, face molds, and accessories. I just feel if they all had fabric pants they would’ve sold and looked better. The Rey dolls had longer tunics that helped to hide the thigh gaps. All of the new dolls  (Rey, Ahsoka, Padme) coming out have that area hidden which should greatly improve how they look.

Sabine in my opinion was one of the best dolls from the first batch – the mixture of plastic molded outfit and cloth worked well w/ her being a bounty hunter. The pants as you can tell, nicely covers the awkward thigh gap.

Some kudos to Hasbro, short hair isn’t easy to control on dolls and they did a great job w/ her bob hairstyle. (Psst you guys could’ve done that w/ both Luke and Kylo.)

Sabine’s helmet perfectly fits on her head. I like with this line that they didn’t shy away from the females having weapons. They’re true to their characters and they didn’t feel the need to Disney-fy them and not allow them to be warriors, scoundrels, and protectors.

Bespin Luke and Yoda and Chewbacca have just been released. Chewbacca came out amazing. I bought him out of obligation to the line and he’s now one of my favorites from the series so far. I love him so much that I want to pick up a couple more of him for my other displays.

I like the Luke/Yoda also.

I really, REALLY want Anakins now to go with the upcoming Padme.

The more dolls who get released, they look fantastic displayed together.

We have six figure/dolls that are coming out this year are starting to hit retail – be on the lookout for Bespin Luke/Yoda and Chewbacca. A New Hope Leia is also showing up in limited quantities.

Padme, Ahsoka, and Kylo/Rey are coming out in the next two months. Be on the look out for them as well. This line can survive but they need to sell before they all end up in the clearance bin.  Look out for sales if you need the dolls to be cheaper, but budget to pick them up at full price. Remember that in reality they’re not much more than the Black Series and the dolls are a bigger and are aimed at GIRLS!  Let’s remind Hasbro that the Force doesn’t only belong to the male fanbase and that we want more of these dolls made to keep the play alive for generations of young girls to come.

Check out my reviews and more photos for the Forces of Destiny dolls from this line on my Star Wars Shrine Facebook feed:

Hoth Leia and R2-D2

Endor Leia and Wicket

Rey – Resistance outfit & BB-8

Rey – Jakku Outfit

Jyn Erso – Rogue One

Sabine – Bounty Hunter

Bespin Luke and Yoda

Chewbacca

 

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Hot Toys Han Solo and Chewbacca 1/6 Scale Figures: Star Wars A New Hope

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Ok so I took Han and Chewie out of their box tonight! I really wish they’d figure out a better way to swap hands then the little flimsy wrist knob things. Of course I broke one of Han’s 🙄 Thankfully they had another set. One of Chewie’s came completely out when I went to swap his hands, thankfully it didn’t break though. (See full gallery of photos on my Facebook page.)

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Overall impressions, they’re both amazing. At some point (probably this weekend) I’ll take some comparison pics w/ my different figures. I don’t have a lot of different Han Solos because most were ugly.

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Figures came together in one box. Fun bonus there was a cool piece of photoshop art w/ the 2 figures on top of the box, that will definitely be displayed. I nearly didn’t get the bottom plastic piece off it was so freaking snug.

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I got both of the exclusive figures so Chewie had an extra giant blaster thing and Han had a Commlink and a stormtrooper belt as extra accessories. Han came w/ his blaster, 8 full sets of hands, an extra hair piece that fit’s his headset, and his belt. Chewie has his Wookie purse, 1 extra pair of furred hands, and a headset. Both of course have nice stands with their names on them.

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Chewbacca – he just looks great. He came all perfectly silky smooth, a little mussing around w/ him and he started looking more normal w/ his fur all fluffed out. I like his face a lot, they did a great job on his mouth. His eyes aren’t beady. His proportions are perfect. I love how massive Chewie is also compared to Han!

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Han Solo – he looks amazing, I have one photo that I think is so quintessential Han. Apparently Han had been ready for a while, he smelled like moth balls (bleck!) But at least he wasn’t chewed on. His face is perfect, his clothes are miniature perfect replica of his screen outfit. I just love him.

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Hot Toys and Sideshow Luke, X-Wing Pilot, Obi-Wan Kenobi & R2

Here’s a collection of photos showing how awesome all four of my new figures look displayed together and side by side.

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