Everyone is discussing the Toy Fair reveals in the news stories, but I thought it would be convenient to have a thread where we can just post our overall impressions of Toy Fair this year.
I've been disappointed by TFs in the past, so I think I seriously dialed back my expectations for this year. All I wanted to see was the Kithaba prototype, even if it was just a tiny image in the slideshow. So here are my overall thoughts from what we've seen so far:
1. Kithaba! - the figure itself looks great, maybe not 100% screen accurate, but I can live with the changes made since they serve the purpose of making him a better toy and that's the most important thing. The prototype also sets my mind at ease a bit because he doesn't have a pinhead (like the Weequay Skiff Master), he doesn't have 3-fingered hands (like Fi-Ek Sirch), he has articulated ankles and he does NOT have ball joint hips (which have been pretty hit or miss recently). Also, he's all sculpted plastic and Hasbro didn't risk ruining the figure by getting ambitious with soft goods.
2. Castas! - this totally took me by surprise! I thought that the window of opportunity for this figure had closed and Hasbro was moving on to the Savage Oppress storyline. Probably the only Clone Wars figure I plan to get this year (unless we get Bossk on a single card).
3. Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba - both look amazing! Ponda's head is a little small, but I can live with it. Evazan is just perfect.
4. Logray - another great example of why all Ewoks should be single carded from now on. This figure looks amazing.
5. Rebel Fleet Trooper - looks really good, I'll most likely buy 2 or 3 of him. The hat is a really nice touch.
6. "Revenge of the Jedi" set - probably the first SDCC exclusive that I actually want to buy. I might have someone who is going to the show pick one up for me, or just wait until they show up on HTS, which they normally do right?
7. Han Bespin - looks good so far, but we've had a version of Han Bespin in circulation for the last several years. So I can't really get super excited about him yet.
8. Bom Vimdim, Weequay Skiff Master, Nikto Jedi, Dagobah Landing Luke - We'd seen all these guys before and they look great.
1. No sign of a new Cantina Band Member.
2. No mention of a new ROTJ Speeder Bike.
3. No word on when/if we'd see CW Bossk individually carded.
4. No word on the homeless Ewok Multipack with Chukha-Trok
5. That "vintage" EU logo looks terrible.
6. Nom Anor - didn't he get his start in the He-Man cartoon? I'd had only heard his name and had no clue who he was before Toy Fair, but he looks horrible. Although I'm sure the figure is a faithful representation of the character, he's just a terrible character design.
Overall, the good far outweighed the bad this year.
The indifferent (stuff I just don't care about):
1. Republic Attack Shuttle transforming into a playset - I really hope this doesn't become a trend. Hasbro's vehicles have enough trouble staying together when they are not supposed to fall apart as it is (the AT-TE's legs and the BMF landing gear).
2. Blu-Ray Figure Sets - might buy the ROTJ set although I didn't even bother to see which figures were included. I'll most likely just ignore them all.
3. Jedi Force line - I lost interest in Galactic Heroes when they started focusing primarily on Clone Wars. So I'm not that sorry to see it go. I don't see myself having any interest at all in the replacement.
4. EU figures - Unless the character comes from a pre-1987 television program, then I have no interest.
5. Mail-Away Prototype Armor Boba Fett - yay, another mail-away figure for me not to bother mailing away for.
6. The Clone Wars line - aside from Castas there was really nothing that interested me; but I haven't bothered to watch a single Season 3 episode yet, so that might change if I ever get around to watching this series again.
I think I had tunnel vision this year. I honestly couldn't tell you much about anything else presented at the show. I just focused on what I liked more than anything else. But I'm sure I'll remember some more first impressions later.