During Hasbro Pulse’s Fan First Friday livestream, Emily Cantelupe (Hasbro Senior Product Designer) and Patrick Schneider (Sr. Global Brand Development Manager) gave us some cool new Star Wars toy reveals.
While it wasn’t the Haslab Project announcement most of us wanted, we did get a brand new Vintage Collection playset along with some other cool figures. Let’s dive into the reveals along with a few of the interesting news/teases that were shared this morning.
The Vintage Collection
Tantive IV Hallway Playset
The iconic Tantive IV from the opening of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope might be a bit large to fully recreate, but its hallways make for some excellent diorama/display material.
The new playset is only one corridor, but it can be connected onto others while doubling as the hallway where Princess Leia gave her message to R2D2 to deliver to Obi-Wan Kenobi. It also features opening/closing doors, which is definitely cool if you want to reenact some scenes…something I totally 100% never do with my toys…ever.
It can also be used to recreate Vader’s incredible hallway massacre scene from Rogue One, although Emily was quick to point out that the event actually took place on Admiral Raddus‘ ship. That didn’t stop her from making an awesome diorama of it anyway, though.
The playset also comes with a single carded Rebel Fleet Trooper on a Rogue One cardback. The figure features PhotoReal deco (which looks even better than I was expecting) and comes with some nice accessories.
Each hallway set retails for $49.99, which still seems a bit steep even with the figure that’s included. Still, this one will be hard to resist for Original Trilogy and diorama fans. It is available now for preorder at your preferred online toy retailers with an expected arrival this fall.
Rogue One Darth Vader
I’ve got more than enough Darth Vaders in my collection, but if you still need one (or are just starting out) this is a gorgeous iteration of the character. It comes on a Rogue One cardback, features improved articulation, and has an updated helmet, saber and rogue.
Ugh…I might not be strong enough to keep from buying this. If you feel like joining me in losing the battle to keep from overcrowding my Darth Vader shelf, the figure retails for $12.99 and goes up for preorder later this afternoon at your preferred online toy retailers with an expected arrival this fall.
We’ve already known a single carded version of this figure was coming since last month, but it’s still nice to finally see it. As a huge fan of Clone Wars and Rebels, this one is a must buy for me.
The figure will retail for $12.99 is available now for preorder at Hasbro Pulse and Walmart with an expected arrival this fall.
Phase 1 Clone Trooper Lieutenant
I know it’s borderline blasphemy to say this, but I much prefer Phase II clone trooper armor over this version. Also, the figure is exclusive to Walgreens, which has broken my trust by repeatedly showing their exclusive Marvel Legends Moon Knight in stock at locations near me when it’s actually not.
If you want this one, though, it retails for $19.99 and will (allegedly) be available for preorder on September 15.
Electrostaff Purge Trooper
Although I didn’t play Jedi: Fallen Order (where this character appears), this is one cool looking figure. It’s staff also comes with removable purple lighting effects.
It will retail for $24.99 exclusively through Gamestop and will go up for preorder later this afternoon.
Celebrate the Saga
Perhaps the most interesting “news” to come out of the livestream was when Emily revealed how their research showed that kids wanted toys with more articulation. This likely caused many longtime collectors (including myself) to scream “I TOLD YOU SO!” seconds before having aneurysm.
Thankfully, Emily also said that they are adjusting their production plans and focusing on highly articulated figures across all lines going forward. As far as the 5-POA ones are concerned, those will go into the vault for now–but not before making one last appearance, this time as various boxed sets representing different Star Wars factions/eras. Many of the figures will also feature PhotoReal updates.
Look, I’m happy these are available for the people who want them, especially those trying to army build with some standstill troop battalions. But I also can’t be the only one who wistfully imagined how incredible these sets would be if they were super articulated/Vintage Collection figures.
That said, the PhotoReal updates and astromechs make them a little more tempting. Also, their arrival signals an end to the 5 POA line and (hopefully) more focus/resources put toward the Vintage Collection, which is definitely worth celebrating.
The sets will retail for $29.99 is available now for preorder at multiple online retailers. A few will also be store exclusives:
- First Order and Galactic Empire: Best Buy
- Rebel Alliance and The Resistance: Amazon
Emperor Palpatine Force FX Lightsaber
In addition to the usual Force FX lightsaber coolness, this one comes with a stand, chrome hilt, and force lightning effects. It retails for $224.99 is available now for preorder at your preferred online retailers.
News and Teases
- Vintage Collection Haslab project will launch in September
- 2021 Vintage Collection figures will likely feature characters from The Mandalorian and Clone Wars animated series.
- The Hasbro team will continue trying to complete the original Kenner 96 in the Vintage Collection line.