Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a few months away, but there’s less than a month until its Toys hit shelves across the world—and that means until then, toys will inevitably leak their way onto the internet before release. Here’s your guide to every leak so far, with rolling updates as and when they happen.
We’ve already had Micro Machines accidentally making their way to toy shelves—but as we get closer and closer to next month’s release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, more and more pictures of what’s going to be causing some serious damage to your wallets come September 4th are hitting the web.
Disney and its merchandise licensees have been roaming the internet with an iron fist, trying to desperately ensure that nothing makes its way out into the public before its September 4th “Force Friday” shenanigans unleash a toy barrage so powerful no wallet can withstand firepower of its magnitude—but Disney and friends forget that this is the internet. Everything leaks, whether they like it or not. Although The Force Awakens has done a pretty incredible job keeping itself wrapped up, it’s not impenetrable. There’s always that exhaust port running along the middle to catch you off guard in your moment of triumph.
So what do we have so far? Unsurprisingly, not much—like I said, Disney are trying to keep anything they can from making it out. But there’s been a few noticeable snippets over the last few days already, and there’s bound to be even more the closer we get to September 4th. First off are two entries in the 6” Star Wars Black Series line: A full on look at Finn (via Jedi Temple Archives), and a teasing glimpse of the Kylo Ren figure, complete with his ridiculous-yet-awesome crossguard Lightsaber (via Toyark):
While there’s a chance that these are custom figures—it would not be the first time people have tried to trick fans ahead of The Force Awakens—this close to the official release of the merchandise, it’s highly likely that these are the real deal. For Star Wars fans, this is basically like that moment where you took a sneak peek in your parent’s closet to see your Christmas presents before they got wrapped up. But now you’re looking at them, then looking at your bank account, and softly weeping to yourself.
But wait, there’s more! Earlier today Amazon US accidentally put up a bevy of promotional image for The Force Awakens Funko Pops. There’s no surprises that Funko, who’ve managed to chibi-fy practically every pop culture franchise under the sun at this point, are getting on the Star Wars bandwagon next month, but still, it’s a pretty good look at the likes of Kylo, Rey, Finn and others.
Funko are currently making the rounds requesting that images of the figures—8 in total, including Rey, Finn, Kylo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, BB-8, Poe Dameron, Captain Phasma and two First Order Stormtroopers—are taken down. But as I said earlier, this is the internet. You can find them out there in the digital wilds.
UPDATE 8/18: It’s not just Walmart that’s accidentally putting toys out on display! Target have gotten in on the action with another 3.75” scale vehicle: This time of Rey’s speeder. The preview picture is very small (and the site it originates from is currently down), but it also comes with a new version of Rey featuring her scarf-covered helmet from the trailers. [via Sir Steve’s Guide]
Meanwhile, we also have our first look at Hot Wheel’s line of diecast ships for the film—a twin pack of a First Order TIE Fighter and the new Millennium Falcon. According to the back of the box, other ships in the series will include the new X-Wing, Anakin Skywalker’s Jedi Starfighter, and a two-pack featuring a TIE and the Ghost from Star Wars Rebels. [via Rebel Scum]
UPDATE 8/15: We’ve already had glimpses of Kylo Ren and Finn, but here’s a first proper good look at 5 of the 6”, super-articulated Star Wars Black Series figures. Aside from Kylo Ren and Finn, there is a Stormtrooper—a newly packaged version of the figure sold at Comic-Con this year—Chewbacca, and a pack featuring both Rey and the little droid BB-8. [via The Ultimate Toy Collector]:
Our friends over at Leg Godt have also found what appear to be the official high-res pictures of the 7 Lego sets that will be available September 4th as well:
The sets include Rey’s Speeder, A First Order Snowspeeder, A First Order TIE Fighter, Poe Dameron’s X-Wing Starfighter, Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle, a First Order Transporter and a new version of the Millenium Falcon. Head to the link above to see more pictures.
Another vehicle has made an appearance, this time on a Star Wars toy fan page (via Yakface): A First Order Snowspeeder. The vehicle comes with a 3.75” First Order Snowtrooper officer, who has an orange pauldron.
The vehicles come with exclusive figures as well: A Stormtrooper Sergeant and an “Elite” black Stormtrooper. We don’t know if either of these vehicles will appear in the film, but the Elite trooper’s red markings match a similar design shown by Hasbro’s Black Series Elite TIE Fighter at Comic-Con.
At least these two aren’t going for the ridiculous prices the figures were—as of writing, they’re available for $17 apiece, less than retail, according to the seller.
Not content with just drips and drabs, an image of the entire first wave of 3.75” figures has made it online (via Rebel Scum). These figures were allegedly accidentally sold by several Walmarts when they were put on shelves early, but now we’ve got a good look at the entire wave:
Main characters Rey, Finn, Poe get representation, as do villains Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma. The First Order gets three different trooper figures to boot: A TIE Pilot, a flametrooper, and a normal Stormtrooper. Meanwhile, the Rebels, now dubbed the Resistance, get just the one, and our first look at the state of the Rebel army in The Force Awakens: A Resistance Trooper. The Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker figures are repackaged versions of already available toys, and not an indication of their appearance or presence in the film—note the lack of “The Force Awakens” under the Star Wars name.
Interesting to note is that the figures do reveal one new character: Constable Zuvio, in the bottom left of the image. The helmeted alien bears a fleeting resemblance to Clone Wars character Embo, and judging by the sandy background, appears on Jakku during the film.
UPDATE 8/13: It’s not a new character, but here’s our first look at the 3.75”, 5 point of articulation Kylo Ren figure, via eBay:
This figure will be available for less than $10 in three weeks time. It just sold on eBay for $100. Star Wars does some crazy stuff to people. Jedi Temple Archives has a look at the back of the box, revealing two extra figures: Captain Phasma, and strangely enough, Luke Skywalker from The Empire Strikes Back:
Each figure will come with part of a large weapon accessory that can be combined.
Meanwhile, the Captain Phasma figure from the same line has also leaked:
3.75” figures of Finn and a First Order Flametrooper have also began appearing on twitter, via Chuck Dukas:
With little more than 3 weeks until all this Force Awakens loveliness makes its way to shelves, leaks like this—or heck, even official unveiling—will become more and more frequent. Stay tuned to io9 to keep yourself up to date with all the Star Wars madness threatening to tear a hole in your wallet.
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