In many respects, I think I've been away from product coverage like this because I haven't had anything all that exciting I've come across in stores. Alas, there's an awful lot of 'been there done that' in the toy market for more than a few years now ... maybe since the ol' haunt Toys'R'Us went the way of the dodo. It just seems like there's very little that's come down worthy of any extra coverage ... but Jazwares, LLC is doing some exciting stuff with the Star Wars Micro Galaxy Squadron line, so I thought I'd share a few snaps.
Though I am a bit older than most who scribble about this stuff, I strongly believe in taking things out of the package. Trust me: there are some things, yes, that are worth collecting and keeping mint-in-package ... but there's stuff like these ships that deserve to be taken out, flown by hand, and fawned over. Yes, even if it costs you the loss of a few cool points with your neighbors watching over the wall as you play with them. They're just that damn incredible.
Star Wars fans of a certain age are very fond of the whole Micro Galaxy collection that kinda/sorta started and stopped with only a handful of inspired creations, and Jazwares -- if this is their intent to restart the line -- are honestly up and running fantastically. This first wave of vehicles includes the Millennium Falcon, the Razor Crest, Boba Fett's ship (formerly called Slave 1 for purists like myself), and an Imperial Troop Transport. (These are the premium toys available thus far.) There are also new issues of the X-Wing Fighter, Darth Vader's TIE Advanced Fighter, Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Starfighter, and Asaj Ventress's Ginivex Starfighter. These are all the ones I've seen on shelves in both WalMart and Target; but a quick look at Ebay.com suggests there are others either set to hit stores soon or are available in very limited supply presently. Lastly, there are these 'Mystery Packs' as well that feature an assortment of speeders and their riders; I have two of those from a purchase. Honestly, I'm not that all impressed with the speeders as both I have are a bit misshapen from poor packaging. (Figures are great ... speeders? Not so much.)
At this point, I'm hoping and praying this line is commercially successful and continues. So long as Jazwares sticks to some of the more popular choices -- along with the more popular films -- I think this could be a real addition to the collection of any Star Wars' fan. The detail is incredible -- serious enough to bring tears to this ol' guy's eyes -- and the fact that they're designed to be played with in what I find most endearing. Too many lines just drop a continuous stream of action figures, but this one gives you ships and admittedly super small figures ... but they look damn incredible.
Pictures are below. You know what to do.