Live Updates From Hasbro’s Star Wars Panel at SDCC 2012
July 13, 2012

Hasbro Star Wars panel

2013
-All New 3.75″ segment
-Exclusives you thought you’d never see

Vintage Collection – will continue in some way, just not in its own line
-They didn’t want to wear out their welcome, but are dedicated to the original Kenner line
-Goal was to make it run 2 years with over 100 figures and they met that

Droid Factory is back in Spring 2013
-Expect about 30 figures in 2013
-Each wave builds 2 or 3 droids
-Many have never been done before
-New card is shaped like R2D2
-Padme Amalalia, R2, Biker Scout, Tye Pilot, Anakin (Epi 2), Clone Trooper Sergent, re-releasing Sand Trooper, Luminara, Red Battle Droid, Genosian Warrior, Pablo-Jill, 212 Clone Trooper Redeco
-DROIDS: TC-70 (designerated by Jabba), FA-4 (driver in epi 2)
-Wave 2: Mace Windu, Capt. Rex, Luke (Yavin Ceremony), Mara Jade Skywalker, Darth Vader (Bespin), A-wing Pilot, Biggs Darklighter, Epi 2 Clone Pilot
-Build a Droids: R8-B7 (Mace’s droild), R5-X2 (Jabba’s astromech from epi 1)

New 12″ Figures (Spring 2013)
-5 points articulation
-$12-14/each
-Darth Vader, Epi 3 Anakin Skywalker, Clone Trooper, Epi 3 Obi-Wan
-weapons are stuck in their hands, lightsabers are removable 

Fighter Pods
-(Series 3) Over 125 figures in 2012
-fighterpods.com (online battle game now available, mulitiplayer available this fall)
-2013 Fighter Pods: Rampage (New Rapid Fire and Rapid Reload Launchers)

2012 Exclusives
-Darth Maul Returns Battle Pack (on shelves Dec)
-Night Sister, Darth Maul, Savage Opress @ Target
-Droid 3 pack @ Target: Death Star Droid, Power Droid, R5-D4
-Villian Set @ Target: Boba Fett, Sand People, Snaggletooth
-Darth Maul Fighter Pods Tin @ Target
-AT-ST Scout Walker @ K-mart (on shelf Aug) in vintage packaging from ROTJ Endor known as Tempest 2
-AT-ST Endor Crew 2 pack @ K-mart (on shelf Aug), new heads from ROTJ
-Ewok Scouts 2 pack

-Ewok Pack @ TRU: Knessa, Filchee, Nata, Teebo, Tippet
-Yavin Pilot Pack @ TRU: Tiree, Davis Drall, R5-D8, Porkins, Mauler Mithel
-Speeder Bike w/Scout Trooper @ TRU (on shelf Oct): included stand, new sculpt
-Millennium Faclon @ TRU: Big millennium falcon, newest sculpt in vintage packaging
-Vintage Endor AT-AT (on shelf Oct): slight deco variant on driver that comes with it, muddy feet @ TRU
-Jocasta Mu (avail Dec): Jedi Archivest (Brian’s Toys Exclusive), comes with Duku bust on a stand, vintage Attack of the Clones card

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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