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Funko’s New Headquarters!

A huge thank you to Jake Stevens of the Toy Run Podcast and the website From4LomToZuckuss for sending us some unbelievable photos from the brand new Funko HQ located in Everett, Washington. This certainly looks like an unbelievable shopping and fan experience. It has quickly found its way onto our bucket lists! Thanks again Jake! 


Also cool to note that they sell convention and other store exclusives at Funko HQ! Perks for living in the area!

 

The Helmet of Tycho Celchu

No, this isn't the title of some obscure old Expanded Universe story this is a simple tribute to the amazing design of the Hasbro Star Wars Thirtieth Anniversary Tycho Celchu helmet.  I'm not even sure who this character is in the Star Wars universe but as someone who collects all things rebel pilot I quickly added him to my collection when I found him at a comic store for $3.00 CDN.   The design of the A-wing pilot helmet is very different from the X-wing and Y-wing versions so already it's a unique look with it's almost full faceplate that is tinted a very vibrant yellow.  What makes this Star Wars figure's helmet accessory so awesome is the paint scheme.  It has it all:  weathering, burn marks, multiple colours and a very unique Rebel Alliance symbol on the back with what appears to be flames springing from it.  There's even some form of writing on the one side of the helmet.  Seriously, I don't know who this guy is but clearly he has to be as colourful and cocky a character as his helmet implies.  

--Mike

 

Resistance A-Wing Fighter From The Last Jedi

I was weak.  I said I wasn't going to buy the Resistance A-Wing Fighter from The Las t Jedi but I just couldn't resist.  It's got a great paint scheme, especially down the front of the vehicle where it looks nearly hand painted.  There is great detail on the rear, behind the cockpit.  The cockpit itself, although only one colour, is very detailed.  Throw in an exclusive pilot figure, "Tallie" and I just couldn't say no! 

-Mike

Listen to the guys talk about this on The Sandcrawler #37-Jetpacks, Baby!

 
 

Funko POP! The Last Jedi

The Porg Pop! Are fantastic and Mac is lying when he says he doesn’t want any. I can’t believe I lucked out and found both Chase Pop in the stores. --Dan

Fine, I like the resistance BB unit. His head looks like a propane stove or something. --Mike

 

THE LAST JEDI BLACK SERIES 6-INCH FORCE FRIDAY II FINDS

Hera and Luke take the award for my favorites from the first 2 waves. I hope you all enjoy! -Dan

 

 
 

JOIN US AS WE SHARETHEFORCE WITH THE TARGET EXCLUSIVE FUNKO POP! CLASSIC RED STORMTROOPER GIVEAWAY!!

Big thanks to Target for sending us the exclusive Funko POP! Red Classic Stormtrooper! We are giving one away on our next show.  If you submitted a photo on Twitter and tagged us in it, you'll want to tune into our NEXT SHOW to see if you've won!  Tweets had to have been submitted by midnight EST, Wednesday, September 20, 2017.    

UPDATE: FRIDAY OCTOBER 13, 2016--The winner has not contacted us so we have picked a new winner this week!  Listen to SHOW #36 of The Sandcrawler beginning Saturday October 14, 2017 to see if it's you!!!  

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Hasbro's The Last Jedi 3.75 Basic Line-First Impressions

MIKE:  I picked up just a few of the figures available on Force Friday, but so far I love what I'm seeing.  Hasbro keeps improving the sculpts on the figures to the point where I'm (almost) over the fact that they only have five points of articulation.  Standouts so far for me are the new-look See-Threepio who's paint job, although not vac-mettalized is the best looking version we've seen in a long time.  The mouse droid added into the General Hux package is a welcome change from the weird weapons that we saw with The Force Awakens basic line.  The removable mask that comes with Paige is very difficult to attach to the face, it needs a sturdier plastic I think but it's great that her helmet is removable and has a see-through visor.  So far though, the Rathtar/Bala-Tik set is the stand out for me.  This thing is ridiculously fun!!  

 

ToysRUs Canada-Force Friday II

 

Black Series 6 Inch San Diego Comic Con Exclusives!

Hey everyone! Dan here with a little look at the recent SDCC Black Series exclusives. I have the Luke and Rey two-pack and the Thrawn figure. Gots to say, I really love the look of these and all the past exclusive packaging. I am kicking myself for not picking up the SDCC Landspeeder at the same time, I don't know what I was thinking. I wasn't thinking. Anyway, first up is the Luke and Rey two-pack. 

Cool to see a new mold and costume on Rey, and can't complain about finally having a Old Man Luke figure! Both look great. I love the packaging and dust cover. The soft goods for Luke's cape are a big plus, no saber is sad. He better use a lightsaber in the movie. Lots of weapons to choose from for Rey which is a nice touch.

Thrawn. For those of you who listen to The Sandcrawler Podcast, you know Mac and I aren't the world's biggest Thrawn fans. Welp. That might have changed for me. It has nothing to do with Thrawn. Solid figure, looks great. It has everything to do with the packaging and all the accessories that this figure came with. 

Highlights of the accessories:

  • Jedi Temple Guard Helmet that fits Kanan like a glove.
  • The Holy Grail from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I got tingly writing that.
  •  Clone Commander Gree Helmet

I am glad I got these when I did, and I certainly don't regret it! Great figures continuing the solid convention Black Series exclusives. All three of these figures will be released as single boxed numbered Black Series figures during the year! 

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imperial walker on patrol!

A follow up set of photos from the "Biker Scout On Patrol" album.  Also taken at Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend, Ontario.  The stretch of beach along Lake Huron features sand dunes and the dune that the AT-At is standing on came up to eye level on me, which meant giving the walker a larger scale.  -Mike