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      by Published on 02-25-2011 04:22 PM
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      A galaxy far far away is getting a lot closer as more LEGO models arrive for Star Wars Miniland at LEGOLAND California. Stormtroopers, a snowtrooper and a biker scout were all on deck today at LEGOLAND California helping unload more than one thousand LEGO models for the new Star Wars Miniland opening March 31 at the family theme park in Carlsbad. Master Model Builders unloaded crates containing several models including the Crystal Building, Clone Turbo ...
      by Published on 02-16-2011 04:04 PM
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      Led by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, an elite rescue team attempts to free a captive Jedi general from an impenetrable Separatist prison. Deep within enemy territory, The Citadel is surrounded by droids and run by a sadistic warden determined to prevent anyone from breaking out – or in. Our heroes stage an action-packed forced entry to “The Citadel,” the first chapter in an explosive three-part storyline – airing at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT Friday, February 18 on Cartoon Network.
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      by Published on 02-12-2011 03:14 PM
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      This just in from Hasbro's Star Wars Toy Fair presentation...

      - The Vintage Collection will run through 2012.

      - Big Republic Attack Ship confirmed, to be released in August. Shuttle converts to a playset, has an "interactive mode."

      - There will be 35 Vintage figures in 2011.

      - Vintage will include Expanded Universe, and Deleted Scenes from the upcoming Blu-Ray set.

      - Fi-Ek Sirch, the Nikto Jedi, is a confirmed Vintage figure.

      - Bom Vimdin, Captain Fordo, Logray, Kithaba the skiff guard.

      - Nom Anor, Bastilla Shan from the EU.

      - Ponda Baba will have ...
      by Published on 02-08-2011 04:37 PM
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      The Jedi remain stranded on Mortis, with Anakin Skywalker caught in an epic struggle between the light side and the dark side of the Force. As the Jedi prepare for a decisive confrontation, Anakin must face some shocking visions of his own future in “Ghosts of Mortis” – the climactic chapter in an epic, three-part Clone Wars storyline, airing at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT Friday, February 11 on Cartoon Network.
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      by Published on 02-01-2011 03:17 PM
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      Before the Jedi can leave Mortis, Ahsoka Tano is taken captive in an attempt to entice Anakin Skywalker to join the dark side. Meanwhile, the mysterious Father tries to prevent a disastrous showdown between his children which would upset the increasingly precarious balance of the Force. Two potential destinies become clear in “Altar of Mortis,” the second chapter of a three-part Clone Wars storyline – airing at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT Friday, February 4 on Cartoon Network.
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      by Published on 07-29-2010 07:43 PM
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      The second of SSG's 2 Comic-Con interviews with Hasbro Star Wars brand manager Derryl DePriest is a sit-down question & answer session.

      JediTricks: First off, you know that Toys R Us has been shelving your product and selling your product before the upcoming street date -
      Derryl DePriest: Yeah, I can't comment on that.
      JT: You can't comment on that, okay.
      DD: Ha ha!
      JT: Good to know!
      DD: We do know that some products are out there early.
      JT: Alright.

      JT: Last month on the 9th, the Hasbro Star Wars Q&A program hit its 4-year mark, June 9th, 2006 -
      DD: YEAH!
      JT: And congratulations are certainly in order!
      DD: YES! Thank you!
      JT: This program has been likely the most successful official toy brand Q&A of all time.
      DD: Wow!
      JT: And I really do believe that, by the way.
      DD: Thank you.
      JT: In my job of Q&A editor, I've had to archive all the questions Hasbro has answered in a file on my computer - one long page -
      DD: I think you missed some from the 2006, you should go back.
      JT: No no, I have every question from then. That's not fair, I have every question I found.
      DD: Ha! That's what I meant! So you're a collector yourself, right?
      JT: Oh yeah!
      DD: Are you a completist?
      JT: I used to be a collecting completist, I stopped around the Saga line and I decided to concentrate on stuff that I liked or that tickled my fancy, and it's really been a big advantage to the way I perceive the brand.
      DD: Interesting. ...
      by Published on 07-28-2010 06:07 PM
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      The first of SSG's 2 Comic-Con interviews with Hasbro Star Wars brand manager Derryl DePriest is a walk-through of the Star Wars section of Hasbro's booth.

      JediTricks: Let's start with the top. Wooof - some of our readers have been going crazy for Wooof-
      Derryl DePriest: Ok, in a good way, or not a good way?
      JT: Oh no, they've been pushing so hard for so many years-
      DD: Yes they have!
      JT: What made now the time for that figure?
      DD: Actually, the answer for Wooof is that he should have been in the line last year, because he was on the list until the very last moment, and I believe that when we actually... it *was* going to be Wooof and we went to make a figure selection, we actually picked a different guy than Wooof and we were told that actually it's not Wooof, it's a different guy but we were already down the path so what we did is we bumped Wooof out to this year, which is even better because he looks, he's going to be awesome on a Vintage card, so it's even better. But Wooof came to our attention because of the fan demand, that's really why Wooof is in the line. I mean, you could point to fan influence in many many many of the figures. You know, some of the figures were our own choice, like Gamorrean and Ackbar where we really wanted to update that, but when you look at characters like Wooof or the skiff commander, those are figures that the fans help ...
      by Published on 07-27-2010 08:05 PM
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      During Comic-Con, Hasbro had both of their new wave 1 Force FX removable-blade Lightsabers available at their booth, and I got to check them out hands-on.

      First off, let me say that I have been a huge fan of the Force FX Lightsaber line since its inception, and for years, I've watched the collecting community ask for removable blades, so to finally have them in my hand at Comic-Con was truly exciting. Hasbro had both of the new sabers from removable-blade wave 1, Anakin Episode III and Vader Episode IV.


      Initially, these look and feel the same as their non-removable-blade Force FX counterparts. The hilts ...

      by Published on 07-27-2010 04:18 PM
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      During the SDCC Hasbro Star Wars panel, we referred to the Hoth Battles assortment incorrectly and are issuing this correction.

      Last Friday during our live coverage of the Hasbro Star Wars panel, we referred to the exclusive "Attack on Hoth" and "Defense of Hoth" sets as a single Ultimate Battle Pack when we said "Attack on Hoth Target Ultimate Battle Pack, super articulated AT-ST driver finally, Hoth AT-ST, paint on turret is special quality, and the radar cannon is all new, can be manually ...
      by Published on 07-24-2010 04:31 PM
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      Seth MacFarlane says no chance to Family Guy SW prequel episodes.

      During the Family Guy panel at SDCC just a few moments ago, not only were 9 minutes of the Family Guy ROTJ special - now titled "It's A Trap" - shown, but show runner MacFarlane was asked about the possibility of Family Guy prequel specials. MacFarlane responded "virtually no chance", citing both the exhausting schedules writing the ESB and ROTJ episodes, as well as the likelihood ...
      by Published on 07-29-2009 10:03 PM
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      All the details, and I do mean ALL the details, that were said in Hasbro's SDCC panel, far beyond just what was shown in the slideshow images.

      Make sure to check out the panel's slideshow images first to accquaint yourself with the visual goodies, but don't for a moment think that's the end of what was said, not even close...

      San Diego Comic-Con 2009, room 7AB, July 24th, 9:51am. The line for the Hasbro Star Wars panel had been seated for over an hour, and was filled to capacity. Although the panel wasn't scheduled to start until 10am (and that usually means several minutes late at SDCC), Hasbro decides to start the program early, there's no way to fit anybody else in the room and they usually never have enough time anyway.

      On the panel is Derryl DePriest, head of Hasbro's Star Wars Global brand team; Chris Gollaher of Lucas Licensing Product Development; Brian Parrish, Hasbro Star Wars design; Mark Boudreaux, Hasbro Star Wars design; Vickie Strathford, Hasbro Star Wars design; Brian Merten, Hasbro Star Wars exclusives design; Chad Donvito, Hasbro marketing; and Sarah Brown, Hasbro exclusives marketing.

      Hasbro starts off the panel with many thanks to the fans for being there, rocking Hasbro's world, keeping them employed, and letting ...
      by Published on 07-24-2009 11:45 PM
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      New "Infinities" Storyline Downloadable Content Takes Star Wars Saga in Unimagined New Directions and New Special Retail Edition Coming this Fall!

      LucasArts today announced that their hit videogame Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will see further expansion this Fall through a new downloadable level for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system. In addition, the company also announced Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition, a special new version of the game for ...
      by Published on 07-30-2008 04:13 PM
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      Despite the madness of this year's SDCC and the continued popularity that Hasbro's Star Wars display garnered, Hasbro was gracious enough to give us a little Q&A time.

      At the busiest Comic-Con ever, there wasn't a whole lot of time for anybody. Team Hasbro Star Wars was always in demand in and around their booth, there wasn't a moment when the exhibit hall was open that one didn't catch a glimpse of the gang in their Star Wars 08 gray baseball jerseys (they brought up at their panel on Friday that the jersey is ironic, they don't actually have a softball team) or even the Indiana Jones shirts. Friday was their big panel, which we already covered here. Saturday, Tycho and I got together with Hasbro's Derryl DePriest (Star Wars brand manager), Brian Parrish and Mark Boudreaux (Star Wars designers), and Brian Wilk (Star Wars exclusives designer) - pretty much everybody making choices and doing design on the line - to discuss SSG's most recent figure poll results (extensively put together by fellow forumite Mad Slanted Powers).

      While most of the Hasbro team had to catch the red-eye back to Rhode Island on Saturday night, Derryl and Mark stayed behind to finish up the last day of Comic-Con. So on Sunday, after tons of scheduling conflicts and just missing each other issues, I finally caught up with Derryl and got to represent our readers with a little on-the-spot Q&A session. Derryl was kind enough to give up a little of his off-the-clock time for some Q&A so I made it as quick as I could. While he and I talked at one corner of the Hasbro booth, Star Wars fans kept coming up to Mark Boudreaux and getting his autograph on their big Millennium Falcons (Mark being the designer of this amazing ship) -- it was quite an exciting and almost surreal Star Wars collector experience....

      SSG: With the recently shown "Assault on the Shield Generator", why are there only 4 figures with this set instead of the slideshow image's 5? Will this be the first of many battle packs with less than 5 figures and no vehicle or large accessory to make up for less? If so, why is that? Do you think the line can handle the change?
      Hasbro: People should get used to 4 figures in Battle Packs, and that's not the case of us gouging, it's the case of... because we could have put the price up on Battle Packs, but $20 is an important strategic pricepoint. And because a lot of our Battle Packs aren't collector-targeted, they're generally kid-targeted, so doing neat things like the Shield Generator [Battle Pack] is kind of a new approach, and that's because we want to get some collector-focused ones in there, but the focus will still be on the kids' stuff. So, our choice was either put them up to $25 still with "5 figures worth", or start to take it out, and we made a decision that "keep it at $20", and that meant that we started to have to compromise. Even with what we showed you, that was a recent decision, the only way to afford that set.
      SSG: That's across the board, right, not just this wave?
      Hasbro: That's going to be the direction we're going across the board.
      SSG: Are you going to work a little harder for new figures in these packs then?
      Hasbro: In Battle Packs? In Battle Packs we're going to have the same kind of approach we've had, so you'll see, you know, the Arrest of Palpatine, you know, that may come down to a 4-figure set, but ideas like that are still critical, which is it has a high hero content, we'll still all those kid-targeted sets where nothing changes, they're all existing figures mixed in with, you know, new figures or new sets that meet the collectors' mentality. It's still gonna be a kid-first focus, but we want to get some cool collectors focus in there too. Do we think the line can handle the change? Obviously, you know what, unfortunately, that's kinda what we're faced with...
      SSG: So it's a reality either way.
      Hasbro: Yeah, it's a reality either way, and we chose this decision to keep it at $20 rather than [go to] $25.


      SSG: It's been ...

      by Published on 07-29-2008 08:34 PM
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      Beyond the slideshow images, the Hasbro panel had lots of information packed into a very short period.

      With the panel slideshow images already in our gallery, this article will just cover the material that didn't end up in the images. A panel with some great surprises and some fun humor, this one didn't get as much time as last year, Hasbro blasted through the slideshow in hopes of doing Q&A, but to no avail; still, plenty to cover here.

      The Hasbro Sketchbook on sale at HasbroToyShop's booth here at the show contains artwork from the desks of the designers, eleven bucks gets a peek into the best of the behind the scenes art.

      First up was the Clone Wars line. One thing not mentioned was that Rotta the Hutt, the accessory that comes with Ahsoka, is also articulated. This is just one sign that the line still has collector-focused articulation. Clone Wars wave ...

      by Published on 07-25-2008 08:00 PM
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      Straight from the Comic-Con floor, it's your look at Hasbro's Star Wars and Indiana Jones panel slideshow.

      The 45-minute panel moved along at a rapid pace, but you can spend all the time you want on each image of the slideshow. The Indy segments were part of the larger Star Wars panel because both lines are done by the same Hasbro team, you can see both lines' slideshow images here.

      More details to come soon. ...
      by Published on 07-24-2008 04:39 PM
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      From the San Diego Comic-Con floor, it's the lowdown from Thursday's Sidehsow Collectibles panel.

      The main focus of this year's Sideshow Collectibles panel was their new 12" G.I. Joe line. That line was brought in large part from their relationship with Hasbro on the Star Wars line.

      The subject of how they choose which Star Wars character to do next came up, and they mentioned that they heard from a lot of confused fans when they'd do a line of main characters and then follow that up with a 2nd or 3rd tier character. The thinking here ...
      by Published on 08-04-2007 06:03 PM
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      A rundown of Sideshow Collectibles' booth and panel at 2007 Comic-Con in San Diego.

      Sideshow's booth was nearly dead center of the main exhibit hall, and while not the most extravagant affair, the large cylindrical Sideshow curtain in the middle made it stand out from the booths around it. It didn't hurt that Sideshow nearly always had something cool going on, whether it be interviews with Stan Lee at the far end or the wandering photo ops with Darth Vader.


      Some of the material covered at their panel up in room 10 was similar to their panel at Star Wars Celebration IV, while other parts were not Star Wars related. One new aspect to the panel was the inclusion ...

      by Published on 07-25-2007 06:43 PM
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      LEGO will be giving away a unique, solid bronze C-3PO minifig during San Diego Comic-Con.

      Like the solid silver C-3PO giveaway at Celebration IV, LEGO will be giving away a totally one-of-a-kind cast bronze C-3PO minifigure at this weekend's Comic-Con. This will be LEGO's only exclusive at SDCC. Fans can enter the drawing for bronze 3PO at LEGO's booth during the convention. ...
      by Published on 07-19-2007 09:32 PM
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      The film studio also pulled previews for Aliens vs Predator and the latest Vin Diesel flick, citing the films weren't ready.

      Twentieth Century Fox on Wednesday suddenly pulled several highly touted films from next week's Comic-Con in San Diego, saying that "the material wasn't ready."

      The films included director Doug Liman's Jumper, starring Hayden Christensen; the sequel Aliens vs. Predator, directed by Colin and Greg Strause; Babylon A.D., starring Vin Diesel; ...
      by Published on 07-22-2006 07:39 PM
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      This just in from Comic Con, Ray "Darth Maul" Park will be offering a saber training video when you buy a Force FX Lightsaber on his site.

      Ray Park, the stuntman and martial artist who portrayed the acrobatic Sith Lord Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, will be offering a saber training video on his website, www.RayPark.com , which you can get free when you purchase a Master Replicas Force FX Lightsaber through his site. More details to ...
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