The International Toy Fair in New York wrapped up last Wednesday, and the team from StarWars.com was there to ensure we brought you all the latest news on what you can expect from the industry over the upcoming months. There were lots of new products to see, including new items from Star Wars Rebels as well as products from the original and prequel trilogies.
In addition to the galleries already presented by Hasbro and LEGO, we present new images of some of the products on display. The first LEGO gallery didn’t include any of the summer product line, which includes a new Imperial Star Destroyer which opens up fully with some great new play features and comes with fix new minifigures (2 x Strormtrooper, Imperial Officer, Imperial Navy Trooper, Imperial Crew, and Darth Vader) as well as a stunning brand new holographic Emperor micro figure. For all fans of The Empire Strikes Back we look forward to new sets of the AT-AT featuring four new minifigures (General Veers, Snowtrooper Commander, AT-AT Driver, and 2 x Snowtroopers). In a new take on one of the first sets released 15 years ago, the snowspeeder which comes with three new minifigures (Sandtrooper, Luke Skywalker, and Dak Ralter) and a new firing harpoon mechanism.
A new set from The Yoda Chronicles, which will be returning to our screens later this year, is the Jedi Scout Fighter and features four new minifigures (JEK 14, Ithorian Jedi Master, RA-7 Protocol Droid and an un-named grey Astromech Droid).
The two previously revealed ships from Star Wars Rebels were also prominently on display and we also got to see how the Phantom and Ghost dock with one another. The final couple of sets are the B-wing which comes with three new minifigures (Ten Numb, General Arlen Cracken, and Gray Squadron Pilot) and the awesome looking Cantina which comes with a new landspeeder, Dewback, moisture vaporator, and Cantina section including 8 new minifigures (Modal Nodes x 3, Greedo, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, and Sandtrooper), which we’re sure will be a very popular set when released later this year.
Finally, there’s a new Advent Calendar for 2014 which features numerous minifigures (9 in total) including an astromech tree (!), Darth Vader as you’ve never seen him before and a number of mini ships too.
Staying with LEGO, storage company NeatOh! were showing off their previously released LEGO cases along with their new Yoda case which features the diminutive Jedi master in both action and meditative poses.
Kotobukiya had lots on display including their latest ArtFX+ statues featuring Sandtroopers, General Grievous, and an unfinished sculpt of Han Solo and Chewbacca that looks most impressive. Alongside this was their first Bishoujo Star Wars statue featuring Mara Jade as well as the first look at the long-awaited production sample of Mara Jade that will be available soon and will ship with both Rebel and Imperial bases as well as both colored lightsabers.
New light-up Star Wars chopsticks were also shown featuring blades by Luke and Vader and both should be available very soon along with an extensive selection of silicon based ice trays that feature all the favorite characters and vehicles.
New products from Comic Images include new plush vehicles of the Y-wing and Imperial Star Destroyer; new plush creatures (approx. 10” wide) include Jabba the Hutt and Dewback and five new plush characters from Star Wars Rebels including Zeb, Ezra, Chopper, Stormtrooper, and the Inquisitor. Their complete range of older products was also on display including slippers, bags and much more. Also on display was the first unmasked image of Sabine that we saw at the show.
Staying with plush items, Funko are set to release a brand new range of collectable plush Fabrikations starting in April with Yoda. The 6” high Fabrikations have weighted feet allowing them to stand with ease. They look fantastic and the styling reminds us of Detours. Coming later in the year we’ll see Boba Fett and Greedo added to the range as well. The current range of Pop Vinyl bobble heads and more were also on display.
Underground Toys had a wide range of products on display including their ever popular talking plush line which expands later this year with a Lightsaber Battle Yoda, Talking Wampa, and lots more too.
Their new kitchenware range expands to include a TIE fighter Nutcracker, R2-D2 Kitchen Timer, R2-D2 Egg Cup, a new range of Death Star Canteen Mugs (featuring Bounty Hunter and Strormtrooper designs), and R2-D2 and R2-Q5 Salt and Pepper Shakers. We were most impressed with the giant Death Star Worktop Saver and we can’t wait to get our hands on the X-wing Knife Block which is simply inspired! The final items on display included the premium Star Wars watches including Stormtrooper, X-wing Pilot, Boba Fett, Darth Maul, and R2-D2 — the perfect time piece!
The ever popular X-wing Miniatures game from Fantasy Flight Games was prominently displayed along with all the current and upcoming expansion packs including the Rebel Transport Expansion Pack and the four recently announced expansions including Z-95 Headhunter, TIE Defender, X-wing, and TIE-Defender.
Think Geek showed off their new R2-D2 USB Car Charger which has two USB charging ports both providing 2.1 Amps – that’s enough to charge 2 tablets simultaneously.
QMx (Quantum Mechanix Inc.) are a new Star Wars licensee and showcased three new metal key-rings of iconic Star Wars ships that will be available later this year (around San Diego Comic Con), highly detailed versions of the Imperial Star Destroyer, Slave I, and Millennium Falcon.
Tin based toys seem to be making a big come back in 2014 and there were lots of Star Wars tin lunch boxes on display from numerous licensees including The Tin Box Company, Vandor and others. The Tin Box Company also showed off their new mMoney Banks that come in three versions featuring Darth Vader, R2-D2, and Boba Fett.
Vandor also displayed their latest cups, mugs, cookie tins and figural shaped tin cases as well as tin lunchboxes from the original trilogy.
Schylling are another new Star Wars licensee and they too had tin based toys on display and these will be of particular interest to a certain collector who collected tin robots before moving to Star Wars — we’re talking about Steve Sansweet who runs Rancho Obi-Wan which houses the largest collection of Star Wars Memorabilia in the World. We’re sure he’ll be delighted to add these new tin Star Wars inspired robots, which includes Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, and C-3PO, to his collection. Also on display were retro Kaleidoscopes with designs based on Yoda, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, R2-D2, C-3PO, and Stormtrooper. All these items will be available later this year.
Staying with metal, the four newly released metal models from Metal Earth were also on display and look fantastic. You can build these models without glue or soldering and they look great fun — designs include R2-D2, Millennium Falcon, TIE fighter, and AT-AT Walker.
Without glue you can also build the latest Star Wars models from Revell which include Snap Tite technology. Models coming in 2014 include X-wing, Landspeeder, Millennium Falcon, and TIE fighter and they all look incredibly detailed.
Diamond Select had lots of products on display including their latest figural banks and bottle openers including Darth Maul and TIE Fighter respectively.
Uncle Milton continues its ever popular Star Wars Science line with three new products for 2014 including Mini Labs (test-tube like experiments), Jedi Telescope which features two-modes — one as a real telescope and another to see the planets from galaxies of Star Wars and the final new product which is a Force Lightning Energy Ball featuring Master Yoda. All previously released items will also be repackaged in the current Darth Vader packaging design.
Buffalo Images brings Star Wars to life with their brand new range of Photomosaics puzzles all of which feature 1,000 pieces and make up your favorite characters; Collection 1 will include Yoda, Darth Vader, R2-D2, and Luke Skywalker as X-wing Pilot. These puzzles are made up from thousands of actual still images from the films and are sure to provide hours of enjoyment to all.
If you’d rather get up and do something a bit more energetic than a puzzle then why not pick up one of the many new Star Wars yo-yos available from Yomega which also feature stands, turning your standard yo-yo into a Yo-man!
Bladez, a UK based Star Wars licensee, were showing off their original remote control inflatable R2-D2 droid as well as an upcoming lifesize-version of R2 and also a Yoda; if you’ve not seen these then you must they are incredibly good fun! They also confirmed that Chopper from Star Wars Rebels would be added to their line later in the year.
Peavey have been creating musical instruments for many years and recently acquired a Marvel license. They were delighted to announce their new Star Wars license which will feature acoustic and electric guitars in various sizes as well as guitar picks and straps. We can’t wait to see the final designs — these will be great for the seasoned guitar player, learners or even as and inspired wall decoration!
A new range of Star Wars inspired Potato Heads called PopTaters is coming later this year from PPW. These new PopTaters differ from those created previously for the pre-school market and are aimed directly as collectors. They are actually smaller than previous releases but feature more detailed parts. The first four PopTaters shipping this year will be Stormtrooper, Darth Vader, R2-D2, and Yoda.
MZB Imagination had a large display of Star Wars stationery items including new items from Rebels too; these included retractable pens in numerous designs, highlighters, sketchbooks, pencil toppers, watches and gift sets.
Klutz will release some new Star Wars books later in the year including a follow up to Draw Star Wars with Draw Star Wars Rebels which will come complete with pencils and everything needed to get started. Like the first release, art work will be done by Grand Gould.
Last, and by no means least, is Mimoco who people will know for USB Drives called Mimobots. Later this year, Mimoco will be releasing Battery Bots featuring R2-D2 and Darth Vader that will provide portable power for your favorite phones and tablets with a variety of the most common connectors.
As you can see, the Force was strong with Star Wars toys at Toy Fair 2014. Which are you most excited about? Let us know!