So, Hasbro has a “‘Twas the Night Before” party the night before New York Comic Con, and this year featured some fairly big reveals.
Here’s Optimus Prime as he’s going to look in the next movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction. I’ll confess I don’t really see much difference from the previous movie versions except the blue-to-red ratio seems to have been inverted.
Hasbro is also adding Dungeons and Dragons sets to their Kre-O line. How do people like Kre-O, anyway? Is it going over well? Is it derided by Lego fans? I’ll admit the added poseability seems like an improvement over Lego. I admire Lego’s commitment to their long-successful figure design, but it seems to me Kreons may offer a bit more play value.
More importantly, I love seeing Hasbro make use of the D&D brand for more than just games (tabletop, video, and otherwise). It’s really cool we’re getting Kreons of Drizzt Do’Urden and Wulfgar, but c’mon, Hasbro – where’s Warduke?
I guess what I’m really saying is, I will buy the hell out of any and all Kre-O Ravenloft products.
There were several new reveals for the 3¾” Star Wars Black line. I keep hoping Hasbro will change the name of either the 3¾” or the 6″ line, but so far no dice on that one. Anyway, the figures look pretty good.
Hasbro also showed a preview of the packaging for the toy line based on the new upcoming animated series Star Wars: Rebels, which I’m actually pretty excited about because the premise sounds great:
STAR WARS REBELS continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. But there are a select few who are brave enough to stand up against the endless Stormtroopers and TIE fighters of the Empire: the clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost. Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, have thrilling adventures, and become heroes.
I never got on board Clone Wars because of my powerful anti-prequel sentiments,* but I’m excited about this one. It’s like they took Firefly, set it in the (original trilogy) Star Wars universe and made it into a Saturday morning cartoon. As Calvin’s mom said of hamburger casserole, there’s not a thing in there I don’t like.
According to a report by Rebelscum.com, the figures will feature “the same highly detailed sculpts we’ve seen in the Saga Legends collection.” I’m interpreting that to mean they won’t be in an animated style, which, if true, is good. The only bad news is the figures are going to have only five points of articulation in the style of Hasbro’s recent Saga Legends figures. That’s a bummer, and I’m sure it’s being done primarily to keep the figures in a kid-friendly price range.
If the show is enough of a hit with older fans, it’s always possible we could get more highly-articulated versions of the characters in SWB3¾”.
Finally, there was the big reveal of the fourth figure in SWB6″‘s third wave. And it’s:
Anakin from Revenge of the Sith. Yeaaaah, should have seen that coming, what with Kenobi being in the wave and the way each wave has at least one matched hero/villain split (if we match Luke with the Sandtrooper, which I admit is a bit thin).
I can’t say I’m a fan of this figure, for a few reasons. First, it’s from the prequels. Second, it has fabric parts. Third, the head sculpt could definitely use some more work. And finally, it’s from the prequels.
But I’ll probably get it anyway, because I’ve already become a completist on this line, for better or for worse. It’s also pretty much the only line I’ll be collecting for a while, aside from the random Predator or Universal Monster.
Here’s hoping wave four finally brings us Darth Vader. I have this nagging worry he’s going to become the DCUC Martian Manhunter/MOTUC Ram Man of this line.
* That said, I acknowledge it totally sucks that Clone Wars fans are evidently not getting their promised sixth season.