Star Wars Celebration 2022 was certainly something. We saw new series and games announced, and a couple of people put their foot in their mouths regarding the franchise’s history. As your resident collectibles expert, I only cared about one thing: toys! There was no shortage of them, but let’s look at the best things Celebration had to offer this year.
First up, let’s go old school with the Kenner-inspired Star Wars: A New Hope Collectible Multipack. This throwback pack is available for pre-order through Hasbro Pulse; this throwback pack resurrects the classic 1970s 3.75″ Kenner figures with seemingly no modifications. Luke, Leia, Chewy, Han, Darth Vader, and a Stormtrooper are all present, warts and all. Vader and Leia even come with their vinyl cloaks. Luke’s telescoping lightsaber blade is still yellow.
The six-pack of figures is priced at $68.99, which is surprising considering the rising costs of collectibles right now. Each figure will come on a Kenner-inspired “weathered” blister card. Han, Chewbacca, Leia, and the Stormtrooper come with appropriate blasters. Hasbro is expecting to ship these box sets out on the 1st of October.
While we’re still looking at retro figures, check out this “prototype” of Luke Skywalker in his Snowspeeder gear. We spotted this unique collectible over at Figures.com. Priced at $14.99, the prototype is the same scale as the classic 3.75″ Kenner action figures and is molded in various colors. Using different colored plastics is a typical practice used when crafting prototypes. So it looks like Luke will have multiple color combos.
Why we never saw a Snowspeeder Luke during the ’80s is a mystery. Odds are Kenner thought we’d reuse our X-Wing Luke figures, and the company didn’t want to make three Luke figures for The Empire Strikes Back. I hope this means we’ll get a painted version of this figure in the future.
OK, one more bit of Original Trilogy merchandise, and we’ll move on to something more modern.
Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia (Boushh) return to the Black Series. If you missed out on these figures initially, next Spring would be your chance to pick them up, but at an increased price. The Black Series figures have a retail price of $24.99 now. As he appeared in TFA, Han is also in this series, but who cares? Thanks to Figures.com for the pics.
As promised, we’ll look at Star Wars merchandise from the Disney era. With the launch of the Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi series, a new Force FX Elite Lightsaber came with it. Inquisitor Reva’s double-bladed lightsaber is being touted as the first of its kind by Hasbro. The catch? This is another crowdfunding campaign. The last Star Wars product to undergo this sort of exercise failed. Click here to check out our coverage of that fiasco.
When Hasbro says that this is lightsaber is a “first,” the company means that both blades/emitters are included in the box. The previous Darth Maul FX saber had to be purchased in two parts to recreate the Sith’s iconic weapon.
Reva’s lightsaber has a $499.99 buy-in price, and so far, only 748 backers of the required 5k have pledged their money. The campaign has until July 12th to meet its goal, or the project will be scrapped, just like the Rancor.
Visually, the saber is cool-looking. However, the silly helicopter feature we saw in Star Wars: Rebels is something I can’t shake from my head when I see these Inquisitor weapons. The most intriguing thing about this saber is the improvements made to the blade. Rather than having the typical flashes when struck, Reva’s blades do a lot more. These new features include a wall-cutting effect and a duel effect where only a section of the blade glows white when struck by another lightsaber.
Star Wars Celebration 2022 was streamed live on YouTube. Check out each day’s events below:
What did you think of the event? Let us know in the comments section below.
[Source: Hasbro Pulse]
[Source: Star Wars YouTube Channel]
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