In case you didn’t realize, this year marks the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Regarded as one of the best sequels of all time, it’s largely considered to be the best film in the entire saga. And it wouldn’t be a proper celebration without a special line of toys being released by Hasbro to commemorate it.
Back at Toy Fair 2020 in February, Hasbro announced that there would be a wave of re-releases featuring previously retired figures from the Black Series line in retro packaging. Figures like Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in Bespin gear, Leia Organa in Hoth gear, Lando Calrissian, and more are returning. But the best part of the Empire Strikes Back 40th anniversary toys are the new Snowspeeder scaled to the 6-inch Black Series figures, and an Imperial Probe Droid too. Check them all out below. Read More »
Now that Hasbro has the toy license for the Ghostbusters franchise, including the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife, they’re making good use of it. We’ve already gotten a glimpse of the first wave of action figures inspired by the original Ghostbusters movie from 1984, but Hasbro is also reaching back to the time Ghostbusters spent animated on Saturday mornings.
First up, this spring will see Hasbro re-releasing the first wave of The Real Ghostbusters action figures that were originally released on shelves by Kenner in 1987. On top of that, some Ghostbusters role-playing gear will return to shelves, with some updates inspired by Ghostbusters: Afterlife, but a design style reminiscent of the Real Ghostbusters toy line. Read More »
Hasbro has taken over the Ghostbusters license for toys and collectibles. That means we’ll be getting Ghostbusters: Afterlife figures sometime this summer when the movie comes out. But before we see what the merchandise looks like for the anticipated sequel, Hasbro is reaching back to the original Ghostbusters movie to create a new line of figures with the classic characters. Who made it into the first wave of Hasbro Ghostbusters action figures, and what do you get if you collect them all? Find out below. Read More »
America demands more Baby Yoda merch, and that’s what they’re getting. Hasbro just unleashed details on a whole slew of Star Wars–related merch, including an robotic Baby Yoda toy which moves around, makes noise, and may or may not gain sentience one day and come after you, Chucky-style. There’s also a Baby Yoda-themed Operation game, a Mandalorian version of Trouble, and more.
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Prime yourself for another onslaught of robots. Paramount and Hasbro are looking to revamp the Transformers franchise with two dual movies being developed separately. The first script is being penned by Joby Harold, who co-wrote the upcoming Zack Snyder zombie movie Army of the Dead, while the second, written by Zodiac writer James Vanderbilt, will reportedly be a reboot of Transformers: Beast Wars.
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The toy company Hasbro has been comfortable turning some of their valuable properties like Transformers, G.I. Joe, Battleship, and Ouija into major motion pictures at Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures. But it seems like the toymaker is looking to start making its own movies and expanding its licensing agreements at the same time thanks to a merger deal that recently closed with the independent Canadian studio Entertainment One. Read More »
Dean DeBlois is making the move from lovable animated dragons to tiny superheroes. The How to Train Your Dragon filmmaker has been tapped to be the Micronauts movie director, helming and writing the live-action sci-fi movie based on the popular 1970s kids’ toys that spawned a Marvel comic.
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It wouldn’t be Star Wars Celebration if we didn’t find out about a bunch of new toys coming to us from a galaxy far, far away. The Hasbro panel unveiled the next line of the popular Star Wars Black Series figures that will be available in the new Archive line, as well as some figures you’ll only be able to get at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Plus, this year’s San Diego Comic-Con exclusives were revealed in the form of some unique, new Vintage Collection figures, not to mention a trio of Luke Skywalkers, and a colorful take on a bounty hunter favorite. All you X-wing pilot fans will get a new roleplay helmet too. But there’s also the exciting possibility of an innovative new lightsaber in the works. Check out all of the Star Wars Celebration 2019 Hasbro panel reveals below. Read More »
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Star Wars Celebration is right around the corner, which means we’ll be getting plenty of news about Star Wars Episode 9, The Mandalorian, and plenty more from a galaxy far, far away. But let’s not forget that this is also a Star Wars convention. And what’s a convention without some cool exclusives for fans to get their hands on? Some of the Star Wars Celebration 2019 exclusives from Hasbro, Funko and LEGO have been revealed, and you can check them out below. Read More »
Hasbro, the toy company that’s been making movies based on their toys in Hollywood for a decade now, has just acquired a group of mighty morphin’ teens that should give the company a big boost. A new report says that Hasbro has acquired the entire Power Rangers brand (along with a few lesser-known properties) for $522 million. That should translate into a whole bunch of new toy sales, but for our purposes, the biggest implication of this Power Rangers Hasbro deal is that the alien-fighting teen heroes will be almost certainly be joining the Hasbro Cinematic Universe.
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