One of the most difficult things to get acquainted with in the world of Star Wars collecting is what is considered to be Hasbro's poor distribution. While some areas of the country have new product on a monthly basis, other areas never seem to see anything new. We're not sure who exactly this issue falls on (the retail stores selling the product, or Hasbro) suffice to say that it's incredibly frustrating for a lot of collectors, and in some cases has caused many folks to throw the towel in on all things Star Wars figure related. Sadly with each new line, it seems to only get worse and worse.
We're also not personally fans of The Clone Wars series. While some episodes are mildly entertaining, we can't get past the rehashed lines from the various films that the characters keep spewing. For as much as we love Star Wars Saga, the animated Clone Wars series just rubs us all sorts of wrong ways.
As we said in our prior post of Star Wars toys, at this point there is little we can say about each Star Wars line with the exception of, "Hey, here's the next line." That's the unfortunate side affect of covering as many toy lines as we do. Eventually, we'll run out of things to say for certain lines which only leaves the photos. Not that we think this is a bad thing. Sometimes all you need (or want) are the photos.
With that said, and if we may borrow a line from C-3PO in Return of the Jedi, "Here we go again."
There were eleven waves of basic figures, making this 2011/2012 series one of the larger ones we've seen come from Hasbro in a while. Wave one alone comprised of nineteen figures.
Kul Teska was an interesting figure. He is almost one and a half times the size of the basic figures, and comes in a very different package than the average Star Wars figure.
MAIL AWAY FIGURES
The Hasbro mail away redemption figure, Sergeant Bric and Galactic Battle Mat was interesting for the mat itself. The mat was designed to be a play area for all the cards and dice which were now being incorporated with each toy as a full blown customizable card game.
EXCLUSIVE DELUXE FIGURES
ULTIMATE BATLLE PACKS
The Ultimate Battle Pack which included Slave I was a nice touch to the standard production line of Battle Packs which had usually just contained a set of figures.
EXCLUSIVE DVD TWO PACKS
Walmart released two sets of DVD two packs exclusively at their stores. Each set had its own unique packaging, and included a DVD which contained an episode from the animated Clone Wars series. The name of the figure pack was based off of the name of the actual episode included on the DVD.
EXCLUSIVE DVD SETS
Target also had their own exclusive DVD sets however these were much larger than the two pack Walmart variations.
EXCLUSIVE TWO PACK FIGURES
Target also released a set of two pack figures which were exclusive to their stores.
Twenty vehicles were produced to support the line with only two being repacked older releases.
Star Wars is a freight train that doesn't look to be stopping anytime soon. If there's one thing Lucas gets credit for, its for finding a way to suck in a whole new generation of fans to keep his franchise running stronger than ever. Fans young and old can't seem to get enough.
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