The internet’s favorite action figure customizer is back with a steampunk Return of the Jedi.
Photographers Andrea Robbins and Max Becher have a gallery show at the University of Maryland Baltimore County of photographs including their “Figures” series, which pairs a Kenner SW figure with a corresponding Hasbro figure. A Washington Post reviewer thinks that “recent figures boast six-packs, bulging biceps and narrower waists. Both their femininity and masculinity have ballooned.” I’m not sure that we can blame the 90′s for this; after all, the 70′s brought us the Brothers Hildebrandt.
So are action figures modern art? Decide for yourself at the artists’ site ; scroll down to the Figures link on the left.
Rebelscum has the Hasbro presentation. Comic pack details start at slide 16. There’s also some new figures of interest in the Evolutions line – X-Wing fans, you can finally have a Hobbie to hang out with your Wes and Fel.
- TOSblog has upcoming Mighty Muggs, along with a (slightly) closer look at Hasbro’s Clone Wars vehicles (including ‘the big one,’ a monster AT-TE,) comic packs and the Legacy Collection (nothing to do with either the comic or LOTF: they’re all OT figures. Genius.)
- Rebelscum goes a little nuts with Gentle Giant, with separate galleries of statues, Animated Maquettes, Classics busts, Mini-Busts, Kustomz and a video tour. Not to mention they’re teaming up with GG for an exclusive.
- A new licensee: Diamond Select Toys. They’ll make action figures, busts, and banks. How this makes them drastically different from Sideshow, Hasbro, Gentle Giant and the rest, I have no idea, but here are more details from the show.
- Yakface now has a LEGO gallery.
The Official Blog has pictures of new Clone Wars and Indiana Jones LEGO vehicles and sets, fresh from U.S. Toy Fair. Above, the V-19 Torrent. (You can see the Star Wars stuff a tad larger, plus descriptions, over at Gizmodo.) Warning to spoilerphobes: The Indy IV sets look like they contain some location spoilers.
Wizard has official photos of Hasbro’s Clone Wars line.
Yakface has an impressive gallery of pictures from the Hasbro booth, including some familiar faces from the Legacy comics and other EU faves.
Oh, and Deet? Gentle Giant is coming out with a Shirtless Darth Maul. I thought you should know.
EU Cantina spotted these images of upcoming action figures, including the three (two spoilery!) variations of TFU’s ‘Secret Apprentice’ unboxed. But the real treat here is a look at the ‘Evolution of the Jedi’ pack, including what I believe is an NJO-era Luke Skywalker and KOTOR figures.
In other EU toy-type news, CJ reader Scoke discovered this giant list of box scans from WOTC’s new Legacy of the Force miniature line, which includes quite a variety of EU figures, from the Old Republic to folks from the Legacy comics.
Topless Robot has a list of ten Star Wars toys that unintentionally look like other celebrities. Uncanny! The Zach Braff as Han Solo, above, struck a nerve. Perhaps ‘JediFantasty’s’ EU casting choices were less off-target than we thought? (via)
TFN discovered a Hasbro Evolutions 3-pack that reveals the ‘Secret Apprentice’ (if we don’t get a real name soon I’m just going to settle for Crashdown) in the guises of a Sith Lord and a Jedi. Rebelscum has more pics of what looks to be a large chunk of the TFU line.
Though really, seeing how many secret apprentices Anakin/Vader had, they could probably stand to diversify the field a bit. You know that someone somewhere is chomping at the bit for a Hethrir figure.