Toy Fair 2019: Jabba’s Palace & Throwbacks Dominate Hasbro’s New Star Wars Products

by Gary Catig

Hasbro had a large presentation at this year’s Toy Fair New York. It’s understandable because they make products for so many brands. Of course, some of the most anticipated announcements are all the Star Wars reveals and this year fans were not disappointed. There is a good mix of action figures, vehicles and playsets along with some nods for the longest of collectors.

For their six-inch Black Series line, they will release two exclusives for Star Wars Celebration later this year. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, those attending the show in Chicago can purchase Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Apprentice and Darth Maul. Both figures will be packaged on a 1999 throwback card. There will also be a fan vote for The Empire Strikes Back 40th anniversary to determine the line.

There are some exciting items for their Vintage Collection. They confirmed the Lando Skiff Guard figure along with a three-pack of Jabba’s Skiff Guards. These figures will need some place to protect so there will be a new Jabba’s Palace playset that comes with Han Solo, Ree-Yees, and carbonite block. Finally, all those guards need a ride so Jabba’s Skiff will be coming as well.  

The original figures from Kenner can cost a fortune to purchase today, but Hasbro has a new line for those who are looking for a cost-effective alternative. Coming in May is the new Retro Collection. These 3.75-inch-scale toys are reproductions of the classic figures and even come on slightly scuffed packaging to provide a little more authenticity. Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Stromtrooper and Chewbacca will be available. You can also receive Grand Moff Tarkin if you purchase the Escape From Death Star board game. The Retro Collection can be found at Target.

The last new product is an eight-inch Darth Vader from the Black Series Hyperreal line. This figure has an internal metal skeleton and comes with multiple hands and a base from the Carbonite Freezing Chamber in The Empire Strikes Back.

There are a lot of Star Wars toys to look forward to. People are always looking for cool vehicles like Jabba’s Skiff and all the throwback figures can evoke nostalgia for collectors.

Gary Catig

Gary Catig is west coast raised, east coast educated, and has a touch of southern charm. He has spent most of his adult life making science fiction a reality as an engineer conducting research in the military, microprocessor, and biotechnology fields. While currently living in San Diego, he enjoys all facets of pop culture including but not limited to comics, TV, movies, and music.

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