By Jim Kiernan
New York City was a bit under the weather yesterday digging itself out from Superstorm Nemo, making Tauntauns the preferred mode of travel. It also happens to be the start of the 2013 Toy Fair, and a mere mountain of snow was not going to stop the fine folks at Hasbro from unleashing the hounds early for their Fan Media Day and letting get a sneak peek at what’s in store in the coming months. From the heart of their lavish Times Square showroom, Hasbro unveiled the new additions to their extensive line of "Star Wars" toys, accessories, Angry Birds and an impressive assortment of action figure additions.
For Fall of 2013, the amazing Star Wars Black Series will be heading our way. Described as figures from scene specific shots from the films, these highly detailed toys will be a must for fans and collectors alike. The first will be Luke Skywalker in his iconic X-Wing uniform. Hasbro meticulously studied stills from the film to make this figure as accurate a possible.
Eight-inch figures are also on the horizon for fall, bringing us highly detailed depictions of Darth Maul, R2-D2 and the Sand Trooper. Maul has a removable cloak and double sided lightsaber that splits in two. R2 comes complete with his jet pack and hidden arms.
Plus in 3.75" Black Series figures, we can look forward to Anakin Skywalker (with removable hand), Clone Trooper Sargent, Biker Scout, Darth Vader, Clone Pilot, Luke Skywalker in his A New Hope ceremonial outfit (complete with his newly discovered proper blaster from the Star Wars archives), Princess Amidala from Attack of the Clones, and Biggs Darklighter.
12" figures include Anakin Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, a Clone Trooper, .
There is also the special Anakin To Darth Vader figure. The detailed Anakin Skywalker figure has sound effects and wields a blue lightsaber, but the fallen Jedi Knight can be rebuilt into the Dark Lord of the Sith by placing the iconic helmet and other familiar pieces of the evil costume onto him. With the switch of a button, the lightsaber then glows red and the masked figure talks in the unmistakable voice of Vader.