The Sphero R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid: Extremely Well Put Together
Jan01

The Sphero R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid: Extremely Well Put Together

The Sphero R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid stands out among the ever-expanding universe of licensed Star Wars toys and collectibles as one of the most authentically fashioned and feature-packed pieces released in 2017. From R2-D2’s first appearance in Episode IV – A New Hope, to its presence in Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, the fan-favorite robot has remained an indelible Star Wars icon for over forty years. Now, courtesy of the...

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Kotobukiya Obi-Wan Kenobi ARTFX+ Statue: Stellar from Any Point of View
Dec07

Kotobukiya Obi-Wan Kenobi ARTFX+ Statue: Stellar from Any Point of View

The Kotobukiya Obi-Wan Kenobi ARTFX+ Statue is a must-have for fans of the original Star Wars trilogy. As devotees worldwide brace for the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Kotobukiya has proven once again that the first band of iconic defenders from that ever-familiar “galaxy far, far away” hasn’t lost their appeal. Joining the company’s burgeoning collection of tenth-scale pieces inspired by Episode IV: A New Hope (which...

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Hands-on with Hot Toys’ Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise) Sixth Scale Figure
Oct09

Hands-on with Hot Toys’ Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise) Sixth Scale Figure

Hot Toys’ Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise Version) Sixth Scale Figure is a movie-accurate depiction of the moisture farmer turned galactic hero that is certain to appeal to the universe of dedicated Star Wars fans and collectors. A must-have complement to Hot Toys’ sixth scale Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope lineup (which includes Luke in Tatooine farm garb, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Han...

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Hands-on with Sideshow’s Luke Skywalker Rogue Group Snowspeeder Pilot Sixth Scale Figure
Jun02

Hands-on with Sideshow’s Luke Skywalker Rogue Group Snowspeeder Pilot Sixth Scale Figure

Sideshow Collectibles’ Luke Skywalker Rogue Group Snowspeeder Pilot Sixth Scale Figure is an admirable take on the Rebel Alliance’s AT-AT-felling squadron commander that’s apt to earn it valuable shelf space in the collections of fans of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. On the heels of other sixth scale Sideshow pieces inspired by the original Star Wars trilogy’s second act (including the and...

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Inside Kotobukiya Akihabarakan Part I: Focus on Star Wars
May07

Inside Kotobukiya Akihabarakan Part I: Focus on Star Wars

For science fiction and pop culture collectors in the Tokyo metro area, Kotobukiya Akihabarakan is on the short list of places to visit. Aptly nestled within the Akihabara district, the store’s five floors are flush with a wild variety of licensed toys, action figures, statues, and licensed memorabilia. We’ve provided our readers with a look inside Kotobukiya Akihabarakan in the past (first and then ), but since the displays...

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Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts Obi-Wan Kenobi Action Figure: Padawan Unboxed
Apr10

Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts Obi-Wan Kenobi Action Figure: Padawan Unboxed

While the range of Star Wars collectibles has expanded considerably with the release of “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One”, Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure is aimed squarely at those fans with a fondness for series’ second trilogy. A stellar addition to the company’s growing Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts   (which includes an equally grand depiction of fellow Jedi, ), Obi-Wan...

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Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty Strikes Back
Feb08

Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty Strikes Back

The latest swag-filled pack from Funko’s Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty subscription service is dedicated to the film that many consider to be the pinnacle of the original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. A fitting follow-up to past Smuggler’s Bounty boxes that have celebrated more recent additions to Star Wars’ cinematic universe (including  and ), the Empire Strike Back box comes packed with exclusive...

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Toy Sapiens: Figures and More in Hot Toys’ Flagship Tokyo Store
Jan13

Toy Sapiens: Figures and More in Hot Toys’ Flagship Tokyo Store

Hot Toys’ flagship Tokyo retail shop, Toy Sapiens, is certain to render visiting fans of pop culture action figures and collectibles giddy with excitement. We’ve given our readers a look inside in prior posts (first and then ), but given the ever-changing assortment items on display it’s easy to justify another look behind the doors. Nestled in Tokyo’s modish Harajuku district, Toy Sapiens is a brief stroll from...

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Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty: Inside the Rogue One Box
Dec06

Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty: Inside the Rogue One Box

Funko’s latest Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty bi-monthly subscription box is dedicated to the highly anticipated addition to the cinematic “galaxy far, far, away”, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Inside the familiar cardboard Smuggler’s Bounty carton, subscribers will find a truly delectable assortment of exclusive wearable and displayable swag inspired by the all-new Star Wars film. As with last year’s...

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Sideshow’s Luke Skywalker: Red Five X-Wing Pilot Sixth Scale Figure – A Precise Hit
Nov18

Sideshow’s Luke Skywalker: Red Five X-Wing Pilot Sixth Scale Figure – A Precise Hit

Sideshow Collectibles’ Luke Skywalker: Red Five X-Wing Pilot Sixth Scale Figure is a stellar depiction of the Rebel Alliance’s Force-empowered ace flyer that’s certain to resonate with fans of the original Star Wars trilogy. As legions of fans get set to head to theaters to learn the story behind the construction of the original Death Star in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Sideshow’s Luke Skywalker: Red...

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Return to Hoth with Sideshow’s Imperial AT-AT Driver Sixth Scale Figure
Oct03

Return to Hoth with Sideshow’s Imperial AT-AT Driver Sixth Scale Figure

For Star Wars buffs looking to expand their collection of evil galactic minions, Sideshow Collectibles’ recently released Imperial AT-AT Driver Sixth Scale Figure is a worthy indulgence. It stands as a masterful recreation of the wintery-clad operators of the Empire’s hulking All Terrain Armored Transports and gives fans the chance to own a screen-accurate depiction of one of the troopers at the center of Episode V’s...

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Kaiyodo Hobby Lobby Tokyo: Inside the Akihabara Toy Store
Sep26

Kaiyodo Hobby Lobby Tokyo: Inside the Akihabara Toy Store

For anime, science fiction, and pop culture fans with a penchant for collecting, Kaiyodo Hobby Lobby Tokyo is a must-visit destination. Nestled in the Akihabara district on the fifth floor of the iconic “Radio Kaikan” building, visitors will find Kaiyodo’s small but captivating retail space richly populated with a vast array of toys and, of course, the company’s signature collectibles. As the creator of popular...

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A Look at the Bandai S.H. Figuarts Mace Windu Action Figure
Sep19

A Look at the Bandai S.H. Figuarts Mace Windu Action Figure

For Star Wars aficionados with a penchant for madly authentic and highly poseable action figures, the Bandai S.H. Figuarts depiction of Mace Windu is worth a look. Another craveable entry in Bandai’s of Star Wars-inspired model kits, replicas, and assorted toys; the 6-inch tall Mace Windu features a screen-faithful painted PVC/ABS sculpt that that captures the look of the moribund master Jedi with remarkable fidelity. Typical of...

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Bandai’s Summer Showcase of Star Wars Collectibles Revisited
Aug14

Bandai’s Summer Showcase of Star Wars Collectibles Revisited

In recent years, one of the persistent highlights of the early summer International Tokyo Toy Show has been the sprawling showcase of Bandai Star Wars collectibles on display. As in and , the renowned Japanese toy firm brought enough action figures, models kits, and tie-in Star Wars merchandise to Tokyo Toy Show 2016 (held 9-12 June at the Tokyo “Big Sight” Exhibition Center) to fill a space cruiser. While Bandai’s...

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Tokyo Toy Show 2016: The Takara Tomy Star Wars Showcase
Jul06

Tokyo Toy Show 2016: The Takara Tomy Star Wars Showcase

For fans of that iconic galaxy “far, far, away”, the spread of Takara Tomy Star Wars collectibles on display at last month’s International Tokyo Toy Show 2016 (June 9th through June 12th) was a wonderfully enthralling showcase. Nestled among areas dedicated to licensed properties like Beyblade, Thunderbirds, Transformers, and Marvel superheroes, a section of Takara Tomy’s booth in the west hall of the Big Sight...

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Tokyo Toy Show 2016: Hot Toys Returns with a Hero-filled Showcase
Jun12

Tokyo Toy Show 2016: Hot Toys Returns with a Hero-filled Showcase

For attendees with even a passing affinity for pop culture collectibles, the Hot Toys Japan booth at this year’s International Tokyo Toy Show (running from Thursday, June 9th to Sunday, June 12th) was a must-see destination. Over the course of the convention’s four days, toy industry professionals and the general public were treated to the company’s sprawling, masterfully staged display of products inspired by the...

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The Funko Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty: Inside the May Bounty Hunter Box
May22

The Funko Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty: Inside the May Bounty Hunter Box

Befitting of its name, the latest bimonthly (six per year) offering in the Funko Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty box service is once again packing a covetable assortment of galactic goodies that is certain to appeal to new and prospective subscribers, particularly those with a penchant for bounty hunters. The third delivery of the year (following January’s  and March’s  boxes), the newly shipping May box is dedicated to the...

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Sideshow’s Boba Fett Life-Size Figure: A Star Wars Fan’s Ultimate Bounty
May01

Sideshow’s Boba Fett Life-Size Figure: A Star Wars Fan’s Ultimate Bounty

For avid Star Wars buffs looking for the ultimate showpiece, the Sideshow Collectibles Boba Fett Life-Size Figure should more than suffice. In addition to being able to feast their eyes on the equally colossal 1:1-scale  that guards the premises, visitors to the Hot Toys’ flagship Tokyo retail shop in Harajuku, , have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the iconic bounty hunter as relatively few have before....

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The Life-size Gentle Giant Star Wars Stormtrooper: An Action Figure to Look Up to
Apr10

The Life-size Gentle Giant Star Wars Stormtrooper: An Action Figure to Look Up to

For ardent action figure buffs looking to add a truly colossal centerpiece to their collections, the Gentle Giant Star Wars Stormtrooper Life-size Vintage Monument should fit the bill. Visitors to , Toy Sapiens, (nestled the bustling Harajuku district) can take advantage of the unique opportunity to get a first-hand and up close look at the jaw-dropping level of authenticity that this massive collectible delivers. Inspired by the...

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Inside the Funko Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty Cantina Box
Mar27

Inside the Funko Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty Cantina Box

The Funko Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty is back with a box full of exclusive loot that’s certain to appeal to the bi-monthly service’s expanding galaxy of current and prospective subscribers. Dubbed the “Cantina” box (based on the saloon at the center of Tatooine’s “wretched hive of scum and villainy”, Mos Eisley spaceport), the third Funko Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty follows a duo of past...

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The Hot Toys Kylo Ren Sixth Scale Figure: Collectible Destiny Fulfilled
Mar06

The Hot Toys Kylo Ren Sixth Scale Figure: Collectible Destiny Fulfilled

The Hot Toys Kylo Ren Sixth Scale Figure is a masterfully rendered depiction of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ troubled, force-wielding baddie that’s likely to exert an irresistible force over Star Wars collectors. Joining Hot Toys’ sixth scale line-up of Force Awakens figures that includes Rey, Finn, Captain Phasma, and a variety of First Order Stormtroopers, the Kylo Ren figure stands as a clear must-have while...

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A Look at Funko’s Smuggler’s Bounty Exclusive Chewbacca Bobble-Head
Jan24

A Look at Funko’s Smuggler’s Bounty Exclusive Chewbacca Bobble-Head

For the legion of collectors eagerly awaiting the loot-filled second entry in Funko’s recently launched Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box, a familiar “fuzzball” awaits. Tucked inside the carton with the other Episode VII-themed swag is the wonderfully shaggy, Funko Pop! Chewbacca Bobble-Head Figure. A fitting follow-up to the special Pop! TIE Fighter Pilot and Chrome Captain Phasma figures that shipped...

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