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X-Plus Reveals Star Wars Dejarik Statues!

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Officially announced today at their booth at Super Festival in Japan, toymaker X-Plus has revealed that they will be producing all eight Dejarik pieces seen in Star Wars: A New Hope and of course Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The pieces in Dejarik are Ghhhk, Grimtaash the Molator, the Houjix, the Kintan strider, the K’lor’slug, the Mantellian Savrip, the Monnok, and the Ng’ok.

No word on pricing or specific release date just yet though. You can check out the first image thanks to the fine folks at Kaiju Addicts below.

Star Wars Holochess Statues by X-Plus

Star Wars Holochess Statues by X-Plus

About X-Plus:

Located in Henderson, Nevada, X-Plus USA, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of X-Plus of Osaka, Japan. The company strives to provide high-quality statues and figures at affordable prices, and holds the worldwide exclusive license for Ray Harryhausen characters.

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Star Wars Toy Sales Fall in 2017

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Since Disney released Star Wars The Force Awakens, Star Wars toys have been the biggest kids on the block. They have reigned supreme at Walmarts and Toys R’ Us’ around the world. Now a new report from the website Bloomberg, is giving us a look at what might be the norm for toy aisles for the next few years.

Toymakers betting big on movie tie-ins are losing out. For the first time in a few years Star Wars was not number one on the top toy list for the year. Even with a new Star Wars film, Star Wars toys finished in second place in 2017. It did however win out the nine week Christmas holiday time frame, but just couldn’t win the whole year.

Call it “Star Wars” burnout, or better yet “movie fatigue,” said Gerrick Johnson, an analyst for BMO Capital Markets. Hollywood and toymakers have fixated on toy-friendly films at a time when kids are increasingly turning to YouTube, Netflix and social media for entertainment.

The site points out that adult collectors are still buying Star Wars items, but kids are losing interest. Lucasfilm released Star Wars: The Last Jedi this year, but some in the industry think that the film didn’t feature enough new characters to justify the sales. “U.S. sales of the brand’s toys slowed in late 2017, Drew Crum, an analyst for Stifel Nicolaus & Co., wrote in a note to clients last week. This was despite “Last Jedi” being the top-grossing film released in the U.S. last year at $596 million.”

Another issue that has hurt sales was Toys R’ Us’ plan to file for bankruptcy. Toys R’ Us represents about 15% of the market, so this news may caused some consumer heartburn.

Ultimately the answer for increased sales may come down to simple marketing. Toymakers should look to 2017 as a lesson of the importance of marketing. Just because a movie has a toy tie-in, doesn’t mean it is as good as sold as it hits the shelf, especially if no one knows about the toys.

“There is a new paradigm,” Johnson said. “Just because there is a movie with a toy tie-in doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to work. It used to mean it would work.”

What are your thoughts? Do you collect Star Wars toys? Do you buy them for your kids? Leave your thoughts in the appropriate places…

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Gentle Giant Vintage Royal Guard Jumbo Figure up for Pre-Order

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Gentle Giant Ltd expands our hugely collectible line of vintage Star Wars action figure 12” reproductions with the The Return of the Jedi Emperor’s Royal Guard Jumbo! These silent sentinels have fascinated Star Wars fans for over 3 decades and now you can protect your Emperor figure in his throne room or in your collection.

Digitally scanned from mint 3 3/4” vintage originals and reproduced in scale to the rest of the jumbo figure line. No detail has been overlooked. The Emperor’s Royal Guard is roto and injection molded and made of durable plastics, this fully-articulated jumbo figure includes a faithfully reproduced including his fabric soft-goods cloak and his force pike, just like you remember. That’s not all, this classic creation comes packaged on a re-sealable 1983 Return of the Jedi inspired blister card, with original photography and artwork!

The Royal Guard will set you back $80.00 and will be available Q2 of this year. You can pre-order directly from Gentle Giant’s website. Check out the gallery of official photos below!

About Gentle Giant:

Gentle Giant Ltd. designs, develops, and manufactures 3-D representations of beloved characters from a variety of franchise properties with worldwide name recognition. The company produces a wide range of products that includes busts, statues, bust-ups, action figures, and more… all crafted using the highest-quality polyresin, resin, plastic, PVC, and ABS. Utilizing the most advanced laser-scanning techniques and a team of incredibly talented artisans, Gentle Giant digitally captures the likenesses of actors, props, and scenery to accurately recreate these images in 3 dimensions for fans and collectors everywhere. You can’t go wrong when you purchase Gentle Giant!

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Gentle Giant’s Zuckuss Collector’s Gallery Statue is up for Pre-Order

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Zuckuss is the Gand bounty hunter that teamed up with 4-LOM to hunt Han Solo and collect the bounty for the Empire and as well as Jabba the Hutt. Zuckuss is sometimes known as “The Uncanny One” in the underground world of bounty hunters because of his tracking skills. He has an innate Force-sensitivity and has developed his skills after years of being a findsman. One way or another he always gets his mark.

The artists a Gentle Giant take you on a journey to see the moments just following the events of the death of Jabba, we find Zuckuss on Tattoine, at his feet, a chain left by Jabba’s escaped prize. Zuckuss is still on the hunt, reading the clues, catching the trail with his GRS-1 Snare Rifle in hand. Where Zuckuss goes, can 4-LOM be far behind?

Zuckuss is the fourth statue in our new 1:8th Collector’s Gallery line (and 3rd in our Bounty Hunters line), celebrating 40 years of the Star Wars universe. Each limited edition, hand-painted piece is cast in high quality polyresin with crisp details. This statue also comes individually numbered with a matching certificate of authenticity.

Zuckuss will set you back $159.00 and will be available Q2 of this year. You can pre-order directly from Gentle Giant’s website. Check out the gallery of official photos below!

About Gentle Giant:

Gentle Giant Ltd. designs, develops, and manufactures 3-D representations of beloved characters from a variety of franchise properties with worldwide name recognition. The company produces a wide range of products that includes busts, statues, bust-ups, action figures, and more… all crafted using the highest-quality polyresin, resin, plastic, PVC, and ABS. Utilizing the most advanced laser-scanning techniques and a team of incredibly talented artisans, Gentle Giant digitally captures the likenesses of actors, props, and scenery to accurately recreate these images in 3 dimensions for fans and collectors everywhere. You can’t go wrong when you purchase Gentle Giant!

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