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Toys R Us has revealed a lineup of Comic-Con International exclusives that includes a Batman classic TV series Batgirl action figure, a Batman vs. Harley Quinn set, and a first look at a new addition to Star Wars: The Black Series.
The retail chain has also announced a “Collector Vector,” a new shop dedicated to collectibles for “the mature collectible community,” featuring more than 100 items from the likes of Bandai, Diamond Select, Mezco Toys, McFarlane Toys and NECA. The new hub can be found at Toysrus.com and in stores nationwide.
Sometime in the not-so-distant future, we may be riding around on Star Wars-style hoverbikes. Or at least our military will.
Mashable reports that U.K.-based engineering startup Malloy Aeronautics, which last year raised more than $100,000 to kickstart sales of its one-third scale hoverbike drones, has signed a contract with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to develop a full-sized version for the Department of Defense.
Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them; think of it as the retailer version of Shelf Porn. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.
This week’s store is Big Pete’s Collectibles, located at 128 Lonsdale Ave. in North Vancouver, British Columbia. We spoke with Big Pete himself.
When we recall the Battle of Endor from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, we usually think of Han Solo, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Admiral Ackbar and those damnable Ewoks as its heroes. However, cartoonist Daniel Warren Johnson knows who really turned the tide for the Alliance, delivering an unlikely victory against the Empire: the pilot who flew his A-wing Fighter into the bridge of the Super Star Destroyer Executor.
Johnson pays tribute to that pilot, Arvel Crynyd, in a touching, wordless fan comic called “Green Leader.”
A master woodworker, Barry Shields is famed in geek circles for his beautiful Star Trek-themed coffee tables. However, he’s not one to favor one prominent space opera over another, so he’s also created a magnificent Star Wars table, featuring an X-Wing.
“OK, so I got a little burnt out building the Star Trek table, so thought I would try my hand at a Star Wars X-Wing fighter table,” he explains on his website. It took me nearly 6 months to carve this one. When I say 6 months, I mean that I work at AT&T, so nights and weekends is the only time I had to work on it.”
While Star Wars fans wait for the undeniably awesome remote-controlled R2-D2 refrigerator to hit the market (and surely deplete their bank accounts), they may want to consider this theme-appropriate, and surprisingly affordable, alternative: the Han Solo in Carbonite Fridge.
Available for $150 from from ThinkGeek — you probably won’t even be able to touch R2-D2 for that — this Empire Strikes Back-inspired mini-fridge can hold up to 18 cans of soda (or, y’know, whatever). What’s more, it can keep items cold or hot, and features LED lighting to create a nice exterior effect. Best of all, you probably won’t require an elaborate plan involving a Jedi, a disguised princess with thermal detonator, two droids and a captive Wookiee to liberate what’s inside.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. When 40-year-old Star Wars fan George Cross bought a Stormtrooper costume, he thought it would be fun to show it off around the neighborhood in Lynn, Massachusetts, and surprise students at an elementary school. What could possibly go wrong?
Cross quickly found out.
This little droid may not be able to play Dejarik or extinguish fires in your X-Wing, but it can deliver an ice-cold drink to you on command. Which, let’s face it, is better than those other things.
Earlier today at an event in Tokyo, Chinese appliance manufacturer Haier unveiled a whirling, beeping R2-D2 refrigerator that, yes, can be summoned by remote, allowing you to pretend you’re relaxing on Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge.
While many of us might stumble across a piece of driftwood on the beach and simply see something to further clutter up our shelves or mantles, French artist Ann Foucher envisions whimsical characters like an ogre, a farmer, Batman and Robin, and Darth Vader (yes, the Dark Lord of the Sith can be whimsical; maybe).
Even as fans gear up for the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (203 days and counting!), Hot Toys takes us back to the film that started it all with its Star Wars: A New Hope Luke Skywalker collectible figure.
Standing about 11 inches tall, the 1/6th-scale figure is, of course, based on Mark Hamill’s likeness in Episode IV. Featuring more than 30 points of articulation, the collectible comes with an interchangeable hair sculpt (for wearing the hat), eight interchangeable palms, Luke’s signature clothing from that first film, an LED-lighted blue lightsaber, a long rifle, a hat with goggles, a poncho, a pair of binoculars, a training helmet, a training remote, a droid caller and a display stand.
For die-hard fans, this may be the time to consider what’s more important: a car, a home and possibly food, or the Star Wars: Battle Pod arcade game. Take your time; Bandai Namco won’t begin taking orders until next month.
The price is indeed steep. According to Kotaku, the standard home version (below) of the first Star Wars arcade game ages (15 years, maybe?) will set you back about $35,000. For the premium version (above), however, you may have to consider a second mortgage: $100,000 gets you either the Rebel pilot helmet or Darth Vader helmet exteriors, leather seats that move and react to the game, carpeting and a specially bound owner’s manual.
For fans who still have room on their shelves — and many in their wallets — after ordering the Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Stormtrooper figures, Square Enix has revealed the next release in its Star Wars Variant Play Arts Kai line: the 10-inch Darth Maul.
Although the design isn’t quite the radical departure we saw with the earlier reimaginings, it’s a pretty striking figure — one that comes complete with three pairs of interchangeable hands, dual lightsaber, split lightsaber, blade attachments and display stand.
Expanding on its line of Underoos for adults, Hot Topic is now offering a retro-style Star Wars series featuring Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett and Darth Vader designs for men, and Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2 for women.
They’re definite throwbacks to the originals, although the Boba Fett design is significantly improved (even if the new Princess Leia set may not be quite as stylish as the old one).
There’s good news and bad news for fans of Star Wars and its most famous Wookiee. No, not Itchy.
First the good news: We Love Fine has an amazing Chewbacca zip-up hoodie with soft polyester fur and appliqué satin bandolier. Now the bad news, and it’s a doozy: It’s apparently only available in smaller women’s sizes, and — at the moment, at least — it’s sold out. But with a $60 price tag, you can understand how the hoodies would disappear at lightspeed.
When Instructables user mimaki cg60 sought to transform his family’s Volkswagen Bus, it only took a Star Wars marathon to nudge him in the right direction.
He spent more than 50 hours using CorelDraw and Photoshop to hash out the design, adapting R2-D2’s stubby, cylindrical features for the van’s frame. He then had the images printed on a vinyl wrap; he acknowledges “we lost count” how many hours were spent adhering it to the vehicle.