Report from Nuremberg Toy Fair
JediNews posted a spy report about what was revealed at the Nuremberg Toy Fair. Undoubtedly there will be much more info coming at the New York show next week, but it has some interesting details on Hasbro's plans for the rest of the year:
I can't say I'm surprised at a new budget line, given the continually rising prices and the fact that this has been happening in other action figure lines lately. I assume they will be in the style of the limited articulation Battle Packs from this year, which wouldn't be the end of the world if the sculpts are still good - Vader is a pretty good display figure, and Boba would be too if he weren't so strangely large. Hopefully they'll limit the awful-looking leg articulation, but we'll see. The fact that this is meant to appeal to kids or budget-conscious fans will probably excuse some of that stuff. I still anticipate a lot of moaning and groaning on this move, though.
Despite last week's announcement that the 3D movie releases are postponed, Hasbro is still planning to go forward with the green "Yoda series". The change to The Black Series will take place over the summer. Only the 6" Luke Skywalker figure was shown for The Black Series, and it looks superb! Most imperssive.
A new line called "Mission Series" was shown. This is a 2-figure open-boxed set with a window flap. Packs on display include:
- Vader and Interrogation Droid
- Battle Droid and another character
Over in the Movie Heroes line, there is a new Vader card much smaller than normal with low-budget 3-3/4" figures that includes a tiny insert showcasing the character. Much like the Batman £6 line we saw last year. A new Ep3 Anakin figure was shown. This line is targeted towards kids on a budget. This line mirrors the budget Iron Man 3 and Ultimate Spider-Man lines that have already been seen but aren't out yet.
Class I Vehicles were shown loose (these are already out now).
Class II vehicles. Jango's Slave I was shown, but in a new triangular-shaped packaging with the Vader design.
The Black Series 3 3/4". The new Vader art black card style...not vintage...but same size. It is squared off with no die cut fancy shapes. The bubble takes up nearly all the card and wraps around the edges and taped, similar to the ROTS line back in 2005. Figures on display were Anakin, Padmé and a Clone. These appear to be the same Ep2 figures that were originally going to be in the Build-A-Droid line.
12" figures shown were the Vader-Anakin figure, and a budget Anakin & Clone Trooper. This line style is crossing all brands: Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, etc.
Lightsabers & role play include colour change FX sabers.
Star Wars Angry Birds: a new Star Destroyer, Darth Vader head, and others. This line has been a runaway success and plenty more product is coming.
But thankfully the high-quality collector figures will still be continuing, even if it's in the Vader packaging. Something along the lines of TSC's look would have been nice to wean collectors off of vintage and tie into The Black Series a little better, but oh well.
An Interrogation Droid doesn't sound like that great of a choice to round out a two-pack, but I'm interested in seeing the Mission Series line.