The Press Release:
Celebrate the legacy of STAR WARS with premium, highly-detailed 3.75-inch scale figures and vehicles from THE VINTAGE COLLECTION! Imagine the adventures of the STAR WARS comic universe with these 3.75-inch-scale DOCTOR APHRA, 0-0-0 (TRIPLE ZERO), and BT-1 (BEETEE) figures that feature premium deco across multiple points of articulation and design inspired by the DOCTOR APHRA comics. Includes 3 figures and 3 accessories. Each set sold separately. The STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION DOCTOR APHRA COMIC SET will be for sale at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. Limited quantities of this item will be available at select conventions and select online retailers after the convention in the relevant market (including HasbroToyShop.com where available). Good while supplies last.
STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION DOCTOR APHRA COMIC SET:
(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available at Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though I am going to keep my side notations minimal for all of these SDCC reveals, I will admit that the “Star Wars: The Vintage Series” is probably my most recent favorite of their line. We’re not going
to this convention but hope that all of our readers who are planning on attending have fun and manage to get all the exclusives that they want. That’s all for now, see you again soon.
Here at the PiercingMetal Media Command HQ we just love the “Star Wars” action figures the the folks at Hasbro keep dishing out and while we didn’t get to see this next bit of coolness at the Toy Fair with our own eyes, we’ve received the update on where it stands and how you diehards can get your hands on one of them. Let’s take a look at the brief press copy along with a video about HasLab.
The Press Copy: Last month at Toy Fair, Hasbro launched a new campaign called HASLAB (linked below) that hopes to put dream products into the hands of fans, starting with the biggest Star Wars vehicle Hasbro and Kenner have ever produced – Jabba’s Sail Barge. We are just 5 days away from reaching our goal, and you’re our only hope to make Jabba’s Sail Barge a reality!
Sounds awesome right? Crowdfunding efforts such as this are nothing new to me as a media scribe since so many different entities are using them to be able to put unique and limited released items into your hands. This next photo shows the scale of this Sail Barge against the Millennium Falcon. As you heard in the video, this barge is about four feet in length. In the press note I received, there was an animation that showed how this barge would fit as many as “182” Klaatus. It was a cool animation but I couldn’t load a 45MB file onto the server – my apologies.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: So what do you think? Are you “That Collector” who has the extra scratch of $500 to get in on the Crowd Funding for it? If you’ve answered “yes” to that inquiry then you better click the link below and act fast because at the time of this writing there are only four days left to participate. According to what I have gleaned on the link myself, once the campaign ends there will no longer be a chance to get yourself a Jabba’s Sail Barge. If you love this and must have it in your collection, you best do it now before it will cost you a whole lot more on eBay or some other sort of auction site. Closing up I do wonder what you toy mavens think about this particular piece and the angle that Hasbro has introduced with their own crowd funding efforts. What would you like to see them build? Perhaps a larger scale section of The Death Star? A proper Darth Vader private chambers? The Mos Eisley Cantina? Truly, the possibilities are endless. See you next time.
An Update 4/3/2018: The following commentary comes from the fine folks handling affairs of this here Hasbro initiative so please check it out. “We’re beyond excited to officially announce the biggest Star Wars Vehicle Hasbro and Kenner have ever produced – Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) – will go into production!! This premium, 4-foot long collector’s item is available through Hasbro’s new platform, HASLAB, and has exceeded its preorder threshold by almost 3,000 additional backers. Today’s the last day for Star Wars’ biggest fans to be a part of this campaign and preorder their very own Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna)… Even Mark Hamill is on board 😉 If you have followed our HASLAB journey and shared the news along the way these past 45 days – We thank you SO much for your ongoing support”.
I’m going to start my overall presentations with the Hasbro Showroom stuff that we saw for this years Toy Fair. Unlike most of the vendors that we encounter at the event, the Hasbro showroom is offsite from the Javits and it is by invitation only to your outlet. I don’t mind an offsite visit at all but you might remember my saying in the introductory Toy Fair post that it was about 6 degrees today with a wind-chill factor that made the wind feel like razor blades. Thankfully the new “7” line train station called “Hudson Yards” would bring us right back up to Times Square where we needed to be so there was very little outside time. While we waited the PR staff working the Hasbro brand would treat us to chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate. Since it was pretty close to “0” degrees outside this was most welcome.
The media sits in an assembly hall where a big screen is in front and we get an energetic presentation from the company reps. There is no photography or video allowed during this presentation so you get a glimpse of the screen and nothing more.
Once the presentation is over you are sent down to the lower floor to see the products in full view. They break you all up into groups and sadly for some reason my colleague Pete was placed in another group. Without being too critical perhaps its best to leave outlets under the same banner do their thing together. Food for thought. Let’s start the product line visuals with stuff that will be coming out for the Transformers license.
In celebration of the Star Wars saga being released in a Hi-Definition digital format for the very first time, Hasbro Toys have issued six collectible action figure packages with each of them focusing on the various films across the franchise. Each set includes four distinct action figures related to that particular film and below you can see the six individual boxes as they stand on the shelves. I’ve been meaning to post these photos for a couple of weeks but got sidelined and felt that with it being “Star Wars Day” today that there was no better time to get this into your visual.