Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Customizer Spotlight- Darth Optimus

Today we have a great custom by Darth Optimus to show off! Here we have RA-22g Darth's third entry for Mike's tribute contest! Click here to see the rest of his entries!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Battle Packs revealed....yikes

Pictures of a couple interesting new Battle Packs that have been the subject of much anticipation since Toy Fair have finally been revealed. The included figures in both sets are all-new, but their limited articulation and pre-posed sculpts have already made them pretty unpopular among most collectors. Click here to head over to the POTF2.com forums where the pictures first showed up today and see for yourself!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Customs for a Cause Grand Prize Winner announced!

Forum member freedom410 is the grand prize winner in our Customs for a Cause charity customizing contest. He was selected by our forum members last weekend. So if you haven't already, head into the forums and tell him congrats! He also very selflessly is donating his prize to the Customs for a Cause auctions. So keep a look out for a Stass Allie 8x10 photo signed by Lily Nyamwasa when we start up the auctions in March!

Sponsor Announcement - Man of Action Figures

Click here for the latest exciting update from Echo Base News sponsor ManofActionFigures.com!

Monday, February 20, 2012

"Who's Left?" 2012 - Revenge of the Sith

Our special report "Who's Left? 2012" continues this week with Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The final installment in the Prequel Trilogy, it was released in 2005. Seven years later, over seventy-five characters still remain to be made into action figures, including several Jedi, a few Wookiees, over a dozen Galaxies Opera House patrons, and ten versions of Senator Amidala in various outfits from her extensive wardrobe. Here's our list of "Who's Left" from Revenge of the Sith. Click on the links to go to each character's Wookieepedia article and learn a little more about them. Some of them are pretty obscure! This list is unchanged since last year's report.

Rebel Reviews - Class I Republic Assault Submarine with Scuba Clone Trooper

Even with the limits Hasbro has forced upon The Clone Wars line, there are still four mini-rigs coming out in 2012. The first of which, based on the season four premiere on Mon Calamari. Is this pack really worth all the hype it was given from the leaked pictures? Read on to find out!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Rebel Reviews - Discover the Force 6/12: Mawhonic

It's not often, but Wal-Mart tends to get entire waves as exclusive releases. This week, we'll be taking a look at a few of the figures, and today we will look at Mawhonic, one of the Podracers!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

1,000 Research Droids Reviews!

Congratulations to our friends at Jedi Temple Archives for reaching their 1,000th Research Droids Review! This hugely successful column has been a daily destination for fans looking for thorough descriptions of all the latest Star Wars product releases and their pros and cons. I've had the honor of contributing to Research Droids myself a few times over the past year, and it's always a lot of fun working with them. Head on over and check out their 1,000th review, Aurra Sing, and browse through their extensive database.

Follow us on Facebook you must!

Echo Base News is also Keeping Star Wars Cool on Facebook! Be sure to like us if you haven't already (click here)! There's all kinds of exciting content posted daily, including some of the news that doesn't make it to the front page as well as occasional exclusive giveaways. We're almost to 700 followers! Can we get there by the end of the day and possibly even reach 1,000 by our 4th anniversary on April 6?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rebel Reviews - Discover the Force 12/12: Yoda

It's not often, but Wal-Mart tends to get entire waves as exclusive releases. This week, we'll be taking a look at a few of the figures, and today we will look at Yoda. Is it possible that you don't own this mold? Should you rush out to go get it and his chair? Read on!

2013 line look revealed

A report from our friends at Yakface has confirmed the green and black Yoda-themed line look for 2013. This confirms their rumor report from back in December. Click here to check out their unofficial reveal. Congrats to Yakface for uncovering this exciting intel!

New York Toy Fair - Image gallery at official site

While we may not be getting the official presentation, a great gallery of images of MOST items revealed at Toy Fair has been posted at the official Star Wars site. Click here to check it out (and prepare to drool if you haven't yet seen the upcoming Vintage offerings)!

Still absent from all reports so far are images of two new Battle Packs supposedly revealed at the show. One is Bespin themed and the other is Naboo themed. We'll let you know when we learn more! 

Also absent from the gallery at the official site is the San Diego Comic Con exclusive Carbon Freezing Chamber action figure six-pack. For a closer look at that, check out the coverage from our friends at Jedi Temple Archives.

Rebel Reviews - Discover the Force 5/12: Gungan Warrior

It's not often, but Wal-Mart tends to get entire waves as exclusive releases. This week, we'll be taking a look at a few of the figures, and today we will look at the
Gungan Warrior. A newly-tooled variation of Jar-Jar's species, but is it worth it to get another Gungan? Read on to find out!

No Toy Fair presentation slides this year

This week fan sites have been trying to obtain the Hasbro Star Wars slideshow from the brand presentation at New York Toy Fair, which has been distributed in past years. But this year, we're not having much luck. Echo Base News contacted Hunter PR, and they confirmed that the brand presentations will not be made available this year. It's a disappointing development, since the reports we have heard suggest that they went through the live Star Wars brand presentation very quickly and some information might have been missed. We hope to learn more about what exactly has been revealed at New York Toy Fair and will definitely update soon with complete details!

In the mean time, click here to check out some great event coverage from our friends at Jedi Temple Archives!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Wampa Pen - Prices

Prices. Who doesn’t want to complain about them? Nobody. But, this week, I’m going to let the reality speak almost more than I do. (But we know that’s not true, I love to talk.) Read on!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Rebel Reviews - Discover the Force 11/12: Tusken Raider

It's not often, but Wal-Mart tends to get entire waves as exclusive releases. This week, we'll be taking a look at a few of the figures, starting today with the Tusken Raider! Does this repack require rebuying? (Alliteration always excites.) Keep reading!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

New York Toy Fair - Fans' Choice Poll winner announced!

And the winner is....Mara Jade Skywalker! The top three have been announced at New York Toy Fair. Jocasta Nu placed second and the green bunny Jaxxon placed third. We're looking forward to finally receiving the ultimate Mara Jade action figure!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

New York Toy Fair - Basic Figures gallery at JTA

Our friends at Jedi Temple Archives have posted a great gallery of the new reveals at New York Toy Fair. Click through to see the gallery!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Customs for a Cause - Grand prize voting!

Hey guys, it's time to vote for who you feel deserves to win the grand prize! Click here to place your vote! Voting will be live until the 17th!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Customs for a Cause - Random winners selected!

Hey guys! The two randomized winners have been announced. Were you one of the two randomly selected winners? Click here to find out!! If you weren't selected, have no fear, you still have a chance to win our GRAND PRIZE!!! Voting will begin tomorrow to select our grand prize winner. Good Luck!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Wampa Pen - Useless Deluxe Packs

Is there truly such a thing as a "useless toy"? I mean, in general, all toys are. But I will argue: yes, yes, there are useless Deluxe Packs. Namely, Anakin Skywalker and the Republic Attack Shuttle. Why? Well, you'll have to read on to find out.

Rebel Reviews - CW9: Chewbacca

Sometimes you gotta ask yourself: "Does it seem worth it, punk?" This is such a case: Is a mildly repainted Chewbacca worth another $9, considering no change to the sculpt? Well, read on and find out!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Rebel Reviews - CW3: Savage Opress

Another Savage Oppress? Does this repack satisfy the "Savage" craving for yet another Sith hopeful?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Rebel Reviews - CW2: Clone Trooper

I love Clone Troopers. But, as per
Rebelscum’s last report, it looks like we’re gonna suffer through Clone overload this year. So, should you bother with the Phase II white Clone Trooper?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Rebel Reviews - CW7: Commander Cody

The "new" The Clone Wars line is here! Unfortunately, there aren't very many figures that are actually new, and that sucks since it seems collectors of all ages were really starting to enjoy the quality stuff this line was bringing. Thankfully the new figures we are getting this year are very good for the most part. Commander Cody (now with Phase II armor!) is no exception. Read on and see if you need to add yet another version of Cody to your collection. 

New Vintage Collection Figures Revealed!

Rebelscum has a list that is revealing a TON of new Vintage Collection toys - not to mention a few realistic Clone Wars figures ;) Click through to read the report!

New Clone Wars Figures Revealed!

Rebelscum has posted a report of the remaining figures for the Clone Wars collection! Click through to see who is finishing out the year.