Solo Battle Rollers

While out of town recently, I stopped into Toys R Us and found a new Battle Rollers playset from the upcoming Solo movie. The back of the box showed other upcoming Battle Rollers including many figures that weren’t previewed at this year’s New York Toy Fair.  I also noticed another figure in the photo of the set itself (see bottom of the photo below).  It looks like it may be a new trooper (possibly a Range Trooper?).

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The new set includes:

  • Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon
  • Rio Durant in an Imperial AT-Hauler
  • Kylo Ren in a Tie Silencer
  • Poe Dameron in his signature X-Wing (a must have for me)
  • The Emperor in an Imperial Shuttle (re-release from the first set)
  • Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon

I’m looking forward to this new set, and hope the the K-2SO previewed at Toy Fair is coming soon as well.

Stay tuned later this week as the new Micro Force reviews continue!

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Star Wars Micro Force BB-8

Here’s another entry in a series highlighting the new Micro Force (formerly Fighter Pods) figures.  Today’s entry is the perfect combination of cute and cool, the droid BB-8!

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I like how the designers added a sand cloud to help stabilize the spherical character. He’s definitely one of my top wants from the new series.

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Here’s the new Micro Force version with the custom version I made from clay.

 

NEW FIGHTER PODS…I mean NEW MICRO FORCE!

I don’t care what they are called, but I am so excited that Series 2 of the Micro Force figures have shown up.  Originally, this line came out years ago under the name Fighter Pods. After about a 5 year absence, Hasbro brought it back under the new name Micro Force.  As excited as I was about Micro Force Series 1, they were all reissues of previous figures.

Series 2, however, features new figures of characters from The Force Awakens and Rogue One. Words cannot express how happy I am.  I will be featuring these new figures in separate posts to give them the attention they deserve.

We’ll start the series with the hero of the new trilogy, Rey!

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Rey is seen here as she appeared in The Force Awakens after finding Luke’s lightsaber.  It’s a very strong pose; Rey is ready for action!

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Here is the new Rey with the custom version I made.

Stay tuned for more Micro Force!

Great Songs, Bad Advice

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I’ve mentioned more than a few times on this blog how much I like the Monkees.  While they have some classic love songs (I’m A Believer and Daydream Believer), some of them offer really bad relationship advice.  Here are five Monkees songs that are great to listen to but not so great to live by.

 

The Girl I Knew Somewhere

Written by Mike Nesmith, this song tells the story of a man who breaks up with a girl because she sort of reminds him of another girl that he can’t quite place but who may have hurt him.  With reasoning like that, she may be better off without him.

 

A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You

This Neil Diamond song has some good conflict resolution advice until it gets to the line: “Cause I’m a little bit wrong, and you’re a little bit right”.  I don’t see that going over well in an argument.

 

Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)

One guy falls in love with two girls at the same time.  Enough said.

 

Goin’ Down

Boy asks girl out. Girl says no. Boy gets drunk and jumps in the river. Fortunately, Boy has an epiphany in the river and everything works out okay.  Boy learns he needs to work on his unhealthy reactions to rejection.

 

I Wanna Be Free

This song talks about a guy who wants all the benefits of a relationship but with none of the responsibilities, because he wants to be “free”.  This is one of the most selfish “love” songs I’ve heard.

The original version is a slow song, but this faster version was featured on the TV show.

So enjoy the music, but remember, a catchy song does not sound relationship advice make.

Hot Wheels Star Wars Battle Rollers

I usually see what new toys are coming out thanks to the power of the internet, but I completely missed the new Hot Wheels Battle Rollers until they caught my eye in the Hot Wheels section of the toy aisle.

 

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The figure is roughly the same size as the new Micro Force figures (or the old Fighter Pods figures, however you want to look at it).  I love how it looks like Luke is sitting in a version of the X-Wing that you could ride for a quarter in front of a grocery store.

 

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The ship is mostly die-cast and has a ball bearing in the bottom (hence the “Roller” part of the name).

The line also has Rey in the Millennium Falcon, Boba Fett in Slave-1, The Emperor in an Imperial Shuttle, and Darth Vader in his Tie Fighter.  A version of Vader with his light saber comes with a Darth Vader head carrying case (similar to the carrying case from the 80’s).

There are also two two-packs.  One has another version of the same Luke ship (but with a lightsaber) with the saber-less version of Darth Vader. The other pack comes with Rey and the Falcon along with a First Order Tie Fighter and Pilot.

Just follow the link here to see them all.

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Battle Rollers Luke seen here with Fighter Pod Luke for scale

UPCOMING SHIPS

I also heard from Yakface (the website, not the alien) that series 2 will feature the following:

Kylo Ren /TIE Silencer
Darth Maul/Sith Infiltrator
TIE Fighter Pilot/TIE Fighter
Poe Dameron/X-Wing Fighter
Yoda/Jedi Starfighter
C-3PO/Landspeeder
R2-D2/X-wing
BB-8/”Zulu”
“Rio Monkey Quad Hauler”

I’m not sure what a Rio Monkey Quad Hauler is (maybe the “space monkey” Bistan from Rogue One?) but I am looking forward to find out. And it looks like we will get a Battle Roller version of Poe Dameron before we get a Micro Force version!

WANT LIST

I’m so excited about this line that I already have a want list (this is for you Hasbro!)
Wedge Antilles in either an X-Wing or a snowspeeder
K-2SO in a U-Wing
Kit Fisto in a Jedi starfighter
Greedo in a…okay, I have no idea what he’d be driving/flying, but I trust your creativity Hasbro!

I will definitely be collecting more from this line.  Thanks Hasbro!

 

Star Wars Micro Force

A few years back, Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced that there would be new Star Wars movies.  A little while later, on their 50th anniversary, the Monkees released a new (and really good) album, Good Times.  Now, Hasbro has brought back Fighter Pods, my favorite toy line ever, under the new name Micro Force.  Life is good.

The first series (available now) is made of previously released figures.  I was happy to see that they included C-3PO, since I hadn’t picked one up the first time around.

There are paint differences between the Fighter Pod and Micro Force versions of the figures (especially in the case of Ahsoka).  While I am excited about these figures, I’m practically ecstatic about the completely new figures coming in wave 2, which feature Rey, Jyn Erso, Finn, BB-8, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and a Death Trooper.  I look forward to seeing if these figures (and future waves) are previewed at next month’s Toy Fair. Thanks again Hasbro!!

For those who keep track of such things, Threepio and Han came in one pack, and Ahsoka and the Stormtrooper came in another.

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Custom Force Awakens Threepio, Custom A New Hope Threepio, the new Micro Force Threepio, and multiple repaints of Threepio from the previous lines

 

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Fighter Pods Han Solo and Micro Force Han Solo

 

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Fighter Pods Ahsoka and Micro Force Ahsoka

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Fighter Pods Stormtrooper and Micro Force Stormtrooper