Easter is not too far away and a lot of retailers have put out their seasonal Star Wars products, and you can bet Boba Fett is featured prominently on many of these new items.
As usual, Target is the forerunner in stocking officially licensed Star Wars items. One of the most fun for the family is probably a Easter egg decorating kit, featuring 46 stickers and two stencils. The set includes imagery from the Original Trilogy, specifically Return of the Jedi.
Also found at Target is a variety of Star Wars Easter baskets. You’ll find these in their seasonal aisle, not the bargain bins. The basket featuring Boba Fett is constructed of high-quality and sturdy paper. Boba Fett is shown on one of the four sides, with the other sides showcasing Greedo, Han Solo and a Storm Trooper.
The images are the same as used in this year’s oversized calendar. It’s priced at $6, which is great price since it could easily be re-purposed for other storage needs.
Some new Valentine’s Day items are hitting stores, featuring our favorite bounty hunter. The coolest of these items is a heart-shaped collector’s tin.
While it holds eight lollipops for your sweetheart, the real treasure is the amazing comic art featured on the top of the tin – fully colored pop-art from Marvel-era Star Wars comics has been the trend this year for officially licensed seasonal products.
This tin could easily be repurposed for your needs, I’ve been using it to store my smaller collectibles like dog tags, minifigures and Fighter Pods.
If your Valentine is a LEGO fan, then they’d also love the LEGO Star Wars Valentine cards, brought to us by Hallmark. The set includes four designs, with eight cards of each design in the box. The Boba Fett card includes images of the Boba Fett minifigure and LEGO Slave I soaring in the background.
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Target is always reliable for stocking officially licensed Star Wars merchandise, and one of the coolest items have been popping up in my area – well sculpted refrigerator magnets, featuring the busts of popular characters.
There’s a lot more characters included in the line than teased on the packaging – like the Jawa (my wife’s personal favorite) which now holds a reminder of an upcoming dentist appointment.
The magnets are really beautiful pieces. As I just said, the molds are spot-on and rich in detail, the paint is cleanly applied and the fabric of the character’s clothing has texture and feel to it. There not the strongest magnets, but have enough strength to hold notes, photos or reminders.
I have a major problem with this product though – their blind packaged. This is fine with trading cards or even low-priced toys, but not fine for something like magnets. Boba Fett is previewed on the packaging and I really wanted to acquire him to put next to our Jawa. But there’s no account to how many of these magnets you may have to buy to find him.
Blind boxed or packaged products can be fun, until you acquire a number of them then start getting repeats. Even if you are fine with having a vast collection of Star Wars magnets on your fridge – nobody needs 10 Chewbacca’s on their fridge.
Earlier this year Hasbro gave a first look at the characters being introduced in Series 2 of Angry Birds Star Wars mystery bags. Each mystery bag includes two miniatures, including characters like Han Solo, Princess Leia and Boba Fett.
Reports came in a few months ago that Series 2 had popped up overseas. These items have finally made their way to the U.S. I’ve been checking the toy aisle at retail stores and finally saw the new mystery bags appear at my local Target.
We’re still waiting for reports on the larger Boba Fett Power Battler, including a Han Solo target, to be spotted at local retail outlets.
The last few months have been disappointing for Star Wars fans. We’ve seen the cancellation of The Clone Wars and the release of prequel films in 3D, a postponement for Star Wars Detours and a few video games put on hold.
Some retail stores have also been consolidating their Star Wars merchandise. This past New York Toy Fair was universally reported as being underwhelming in terms of new lines of action figures.
I walked into Wal-Mart a couple weeks ago to see it tore down the aisle display for its Star Wars merchandise. Besides Hasbro’s upcoming Black Series, there are really no new waves of action figures being released this year in North America.
Therefore, the pegs are being filled with beaten, damaged figures on cards that were lying around warehouses or storage rooms.
During a grocery shopping trip earlier today at Target, I was not expecting to find the first wave of Fighter Pods Rampage Series 4 was on the shelves. One of the new vehicle sets included in this new wave is the Slave I.
I failed to find images of Fighter Pods Rampage Series 4 emerge from of the New York Toy Fair. Also, the Fighter Pod’s website is not updated with images from its new waves, so I successfully embarrassed my wife, as I performed a little dance of surprise and excitement in the middle of the toy aisle.
The Slave I is beautifully sculpted and painted in the blue and silver color scheme of Jango Fett. Since this toy line is known for releasing variants, I imagine we’ll see another Slave I, painted in Boba Fett’s color scheme, in an upcoming wave.
The set comes with three pods, which fit one pod at a time snugly at the rear of the Slave I – where the Cargo Bay is usually positioned. By pressing the cockpit window, the pod is launched or dropped from the vehicle. In my personal (biased) opinion, this is one of the most well designed vehicles in the Fighter Pods line.
This set also comes with eight characters, including new versions of Obi Wan Kenobi, Jango Fett, Saesee Tiin, Asajj Ventress, Luke Skywalker, Sandtrooper Hologram, Chewbacca Hologram and R-3PO.
Most of the characters and vehicles from Series 4 come from the prequel era and The Clone Wars. This is likely to many toy companies planning their toy lines to be released around the time of the prequel movies were going to be released in 3D.
This first wave introduces a fourth version of Boba Fett to the series – a Boba Fett Hologram figurine. The hologram is sculpted in red plastic, identifying him as part of the Dark Side characters. Boba Fett Hologram stands at a relaxed position, with his blaster resting at his side.
As far as I’ve seen, the Boba Fett Hologram can only be found in the product lines’ blind packages. However, I’ve not seen the full line of new vehicles or combo packs, so it might very well be found in those later this season.
I’ve only seen the Slave I set at my local Target, but nothing on the packaging hints at it being an exclusive to this retail location. If you’ve spotted this set at other stores, please comment on this post and to let us know.
While it’s not quite February, retail stores are stocking shelves with chocolate boxes, stuffed animals and other Valentine’s Day products. Amongst the aisles of peanut butter eggs and heart shaped lollipops are a number of Star Wars items.
My local Target had an abundance of Star Wars Valentine’s Day products released through Mars’ M&M line. Many of these items we’ve seen in the past, from candy dispensers, to coin banks and candy bowls. I found three Boba Fett related items on the shelves.
Mars continues to portray Boba Fett with the Blue M&M. The figure’s yellow shoulder pads, green helmet and gray limbs provide a fitting contrast to the candy company’s look, but I’m not a fan of the character’s stance. With his hands on his lips, the pose is more super hero than bounty hunter in my opinion.
The three items paying homage to Boba Fett are a candy dispenser, coin bank and personal fan. All three of these items carry pros and cons.
The candy dispenser has the Star Wars logo splashing across item’s front and is easy to load M&M candy into it. When turning the dial, the candy comes out two or three pieces at a time. This product makes a nice addition to your office desk, displaying your love for Star Wars and providing a nice way to keep candy at your desk.
The second item is a personal fan, which is hollow in the center where you can hold a mini bag of candy or loose, whichever you prefer. The fan is cool looking, but cumbersome to carry, doesn’t have much pick-up speed to be practical on hot days and you must apply constant pressure on the button to keep the blades spinning.
The final item I found was the candy bank. Like the previous two items, Boba Fett keeps the identical “superhero” stance. The bank is small and I imagine is aimed more toward young children to keep pennies in. It’s much too small to hold an adult’s “rainy day” fund.
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