I apologize profusely for the lack of updates during Star Wars Celebration Orlando–it turns out to be a lot more difficult providing coverage of this convention while experiencing it than I expected! I’ll be posting all my photos and impressions throughout the coming week, but for now, let’s talk about two of the biggest reveals from the show: the SDCC 2017 Exclusive Star Wars Black Series Thrawn figure and Luke’s Landspeeder set!
Although the classic Thrawn fans have loved for over two decades was stricken from the record as part of “Legends” EU continuity when Disney purchased Star Wars, the character was brought back into the fold as part of Dave Filoni’s “Rebels” animated series last year. And now that Grand Admiral Thrawn is officially canon again, what better time than now to cash in with some merch, right?
And so, as one of the two known Hasbro SDCC 2017 exclusives (it’s almost certain a third Episode VIII The Last Jedi exclusive will be added) this year, Hasbro has smartly chosen a deluxe version of Grand Admiral Thrawn!
Now, if you’re not going to San Diego Comic-Con 2017 and you’re not fast enough to snag one on Hasbro Toy Shop after the show, don’t worry too too much. A regular release of Thrawn will be coming in the future as well, so the primary antagonist of the Rebels series won’t be available just to those going to SDCC.
But if you are going to Comic Con, this is definitely the version that you want! Not only will the SDCC Thrawn include an awesome pop-out throne room diorama made from his box, but he also includes a Jedi Temple Guard mask, Commander Gree’s helmet and even a Ysalamari creature figure!
They weren’t obvious anywhere in the packaged sample of the San Diego Comic Con Landspeeder, but presumably the SDCC edition of Luke’s X-34 Landspeeder should also come packaged with Luke’s beloved floppy hat, goggles and poncho.
The SDCC 2017 Hasbro exclusive Star Wars toys will be available online at Hasbro Toy Shop following the event in July 2017. I’ll send out alerts via the Star Wars Toy News Facebook and Twitter Pages once the items go up for order, but you’ll have to be fast: the SDCC Star Wars exclusives tend to sell out in under an hour once they appear!
Thought on this year’s Hasbro Star Wars Black Series SDCC exclusive items, collectors? Are you willing to fight the hordes and/or pay the big bucks for the better versions of Thrawn and Luke Skywalker with Landspeeder, or are you content to wait for the easy(-ish) to find mass retail versions?