The Hunt is On - Rogue One Hasbro Products

Tomorrow marks this year's 'Force Friday' - the day on which merchandise for Rogue One begins to hit stores. Excitement has been somewhat subdued this time around, with no New Zealand retailers holding a midnight opening like they did for last year's release of Force Awakens products. Nevertheless, I'll still be out first thing in the morning to get my hands on some of these newest items.

As usual, my main focus will be on Hasbro's 3 3/4" action figure and Micro Machines lines. A short while ago posted scans of Hasbro's official Rogue One product guide, and after some careful consideration I've whittled my wishlist down to the following items:

  • 3 3/4" Rogue One Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
  • 3 3/4" Rogue One K2-SO
  • 3 3/4" Rogue One 2-Pack: Imperial Death Trooper and Rebel Commando Pao
  • 3 3/4" Rogue One 2-Pack: Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader and Moroff
  • Micro Machines Deluxe Pack: Assault on Scarif
  • Micro Machines Deluxe Pack: Fight the Imperial Might
  • Micro Machines Deluxe Pack: Mandalorian Melee
  • Micro Machines 3-Pack: Rebel Pursuit
  • Micro Machines 3-Pack: High Speed Rebel Raid

While it seems we'll be getting the full first wave of 3 3/4" figures on Force Friday, it's unclear whether or not the new Micro Machines will be appearing at the same time. I guess we'll find out tomorrow!

September 2016 Empire Magazine

The September 2016 issue of Empire magazine is now in stores, and this month it's all about building anticipation for the impending release of Rogue One. The magazine's coverage features some stunning new on-set photographs, as well as an illuminating interview with Gareth Edwards. If there were any lingering doubts about whether Edwards knows what he's doing, this feature will undoubtedly put them to rest.

Of course, the real coup with this issue of Empire is the inclusion of four giant Rogue One posters (spread over two double-sided sheets). The first poster features the enigmatic new 'Death Troopers', the second shows Baze Malbus huddled next to a downed X-Wing, the third is a spread of the core cast of the film, while the fourth features the gorgeous official poster for the film. Not bad for $10.95!

US Star Wars T-Shirt Haul

To this day, the US still far outdoes New Zealand in its range and availability of Star Wars-themed t-shirts (at least, for males). For this reason, I took the chance to bolster my wardrobe a little while over in the US, adding three new Star Wars designs to my collection.

The first of these came from Target's standard $12.00US ($17.71NZ) range and features a stressed print of the Rebel Alliance symbol (perfect for a Rogue One premiere, maybe?) The second - simply featuring the Star Wars logo on a starscape - came from Walmart for $7.99US ($10.86NZ), while the third - adorned by four adorable Star Wars pixel characters - was a surprise find at a dollar store for only $3.99US ($5.73NZ).

Thermos R2-D2 Drink Bottle

While I'm first-and-foremost a toy collector, I'm always after ways to inject a little more 'Wars into my day, That's why I couldn't say 'no' to this Thermos R2-D2 drink bottle I found on clearance at Toys'R'Us!

The bottle features a miniature handle and a spring-loaded lid that seals the bottle air-tight when closed. Since this is a Thermos, the insulation is also particularly impressive - keeping the contents cool for a ridiculously long time!

First Order Stormtrooper and Kylo Ren Pez Dispensers

For many years, Star Wars-themed pez dispensers were rather hard to come by here in New Zealand. It's probably this scarcity that made them so attractive once they were more readily available in stores. Over the past few years I've been slowly building up my collection, and recently, I came cross two new Force Awakens additions to the line - Kylo Ren and a First Order Stormtrooper.

I found these two at Toys'R'Us for $2.29US ($3.13NZ) each. So far, they appear to be the only two characters from the new film to make it into Pez form. Hopefully they won't be the last, however. I mean, who wouldn't want a BB-8 that dispenses candy?