New Stuff in New Zealand

Discussion in 'Collecting' started by Buzz Bumble, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    I recently found out that America didn't have some items which we had in New Zealand (the Star Wars Slingers toys), so I thought I'd better start posting new "finds" down here. :)


    Today's visit to the shops found quite a few new items ...
    • Clone Trooper and General Grievous Electronic Helmets - these are more facemasks than actual helmets (unlike the older Boba Fett and Darth Vader helmets, these new ones have no back and use straps).
    • Special Action Figure Packs:
      • Star Wars Android Set: C-3PO, R2-D2, and Chewbacca
      • Empire Strikes Back Imperial Set: Imperial Commander, Dengar, and AT-AT Driver
      • Empire Stirkes Back Imperial Forces: Bossk, IG-88, and Snowtrooper.
    • Clone Wars Battle packs:
      • Defend Kamino: Clone Trooper Fives, Clone Trooper Echo, and ARC Commander Blitz
      • Assault on Geonosis: Obi-Wan Kenobi, ARF Trooper, and Geonosian Warrior
      • Cad Bane's Escape: Ahsoka, Anakin Skywalker, and Cad Bane (in Clone Trooper Disguise)
      • The Hunt for Grievous: Clone Trooper Kix, Captain Rex, and General Grievous
    • Clone Wars Figure 3-packs:
      • Captain Rex, Anakin Skywalker, and Cad Bane
      • Lieutenant Thire, Yoda, and Destroyer Droid
      • Clone Commander Cody, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and General Grievous
    • Large-scale Transformers:
      • Captain Rex / Freeco Speeder
      • Anakin Skywalker / Jedi Starfighter
      • Battle Droid Commander / AAT
      • Clone Captain Keeli / AT-TE
    • Small-scale Transformers:
      • Anakin Skywalker / Jedi Starfighter
      • Obi-Wan Kenobi / Jedi Starfighter
      • General Grievous / Grievous Starfighter
    • Lego Star Wars Hoth Echo Base (#7879)

    Phew! Try writing that lot down on a scrap of paper and nothing to lean on. :)
     
  2. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    The latest items to arrive in stores down here in New Zealand are the Robot Chicken Star Wars III DVD and Blu-ray, 3 3/4" scale Y-wing, and the (as usual over-priced) Lego Star Wars Darth Vader Mini Fig keyring LED light.

    Next week of course is the arrival of the Star Wars Blu-ray sets. :)
     
  3. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    The new Playskool Star Wars Jedi Force Vehicles (Glactic Heroes replacement series) have reached some stores here in New Zealand. The smaller Barc Speeder Bike with Anakin Skywalker, Freeco Bike with Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Landspeeder with Luke Skywalker are priced at about US$20.50 each. The bigger Millennium Falcon playset is about US$65.55.

    I'm not sure I like these figures as much as the Galactic Heroes.
     
  4. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    The first few Playskool Jedi Force figure 2-packs have now reached stores down here, along with more of the Speeders and Falcon playsets from above.

    No sign of new Star Wars Beanz or the Star Wars Gomu Erasers though. :(
     
  5. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    Today I saw some bigger Playskool Jedi Force: Anakin Skywalker's Jedi Starfighter (with Anakin and R2-D2) and Snowspeeder (with Luke Skywalker and Han Solo).

    I think this series, as usual, is going to be too expensive to collect and I don't think they'll sell that well ... there's still quite a few Galactic Heros 2-packs sitting around on pegs.
     
  6. darthskellington

    darthskellington Dark Lord of the Typos

    I can see how these toys are more "play-able" for kids....but now they blend in with all the batman, dinosaur, sky aces, transformers, rescue heroes toys. I don't predict this line to last long. I do have my eye on the Lanspeeder though..it's kinda nifty.
     
  7. darthskellington

    darthskellington Dark Lord of the Typos

  8. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    No Star Wars themed food promotions down here yet - maybe when it gets closer to the Episode I 3D release, but I wouldn't hold your breath. I haven't seen anything advertised for Tintin either.

    Still no sign of any new Star Wars Beanz nor Gomu erasers yet either. :(

    Yesterday's quick visit to a couple of local stores did find a few of the new figures, vehicles and other items with the new Darth Maul packaging, but only in very low numbers (only one or two of each):
    • Vintage Figures: Ratts Tyerell, Darth Sidious, Ben Quadrinaros, Doultay Dofine, and Queen Amidala (black outfit)
    • Movie Heroes Figures: Anakin Skywalker, Battle Droid, Darth Maul, General Grievous, R2-D2, Queen Amidala (zip line), Obi-Wan Kenobi (light up lightsaber), Qui-Gon Jinn (light-up lightsaber), and Shock Trooper
    • Speeder Bike with Castas
    • Separatist Droid Speeder with Battle Droid
    • Republic Scout Speeder with ARF Trooper
    • Attack Cycle with General Grievous
    • Electronic Helmets: Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Clone Trooper
    • Basic Lightsabers: Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker
    • Darth Maul Double-bladed Lightsaber
    One chain of stores also has lots of the Vintage Tauntaun and Luke's Landspeeder at half price and lots of the Star Wars Beanz Collectors' Tins (Darth Vader and Millennium Falcon) at 30% off.
     
  9. darthskellington

    darthskellington Dark Lord of the Typos

    Nice. I haven't seen some of those here yet....although many of the retailers are sticking to the street date of 1/30....whether it is still in effect or not.
     
  10. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    Rats! I didn't realise they had that official release date ... I should have bought them all last week and sold them on eBay at twice the price as "rare" / "unreleased". ;)
     
  11. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    Someone on the Star Wars New Zealand Forum has reported finding the Wal-mart exclusive "Discover The Force" figures (tri-lingual packaging with 3D glasses) at one chain of stores here in New Zealand: Aurra Sing, Darth Maul, Destroyer Droid, G8-R3, Gungan Warrior, Mawhonic, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Ric OliƩ, Naboo Pilot, Tusken Raider, Yoda.

    Normally we get English-only packaging here, so these are obiously imports from America - either directly by the chain or more likely by Hasbro New Zealand.
     
  12. darthskellington

    darthskellington Dark Lord of the Typos

    Interesting. I wonder where their intended target market is. With the exception of Mighty Beanz, US Star Wars products almost never have tri-lingual packaging. Perhaps Canada? I know there stuff is bi-lingual. Maybe Hasbro decided to make theirs tri-lingual to save on mulitple packaging.
     
  13. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    Here's the photo the Star Wars New Zealand member posted of their purchases, but it's not good enough to see what the languages are.

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  14. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    More new vehicles have been reported in New Zealand stores:
    • Anakin Pod Racer
    • Sebulba Pod Racer
    • Darth Maul's Sith Infiltrator
    • Armoured Assult Tank
    • Darth Maul and Speeder
    • Battle Droid and Stap
    It looks like Hasbro NZ are piling on the toy releases for the Episode I cinema release in just over a week's time - maybe other distributors will get the new Mighty Beanz, Gomu Erases and new Squeeze Meez into stores too.
     
  15. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    I discovered three new Star Wars Transformers (small, die-cast) and about eight new, and over-priced, Lego Star Wars sets in today's visit to the shops, plus the new "expanded" Episode I Visual Dictionary from Dorling Kindersley.

    I also had a look at the new 3D figures. They don't have "tri-lingual packaging" at all ... there's actually 18(!!) different languages on printed the packaging in total. The front of the packs has 13 languages, but some of the wording on the back also has another five languages. The languages are marked with the small international letter combinations in an oval. I'm not sure what some of the languages are though.

    The front has:
    • GB = English
    • F = French
    • D = German
    • E = Spanish
    • I = Italian
    • NL = Dutch
    • P = Portugese (?)
    • S = Swedish (?)
    • DK = ??
    • GR = ?? (Greek?)
    • PL = ?? (Polish?)
    • TR = ??
    • RU = Russian
    Some of the wording on the back also has these:
    • F = Finnish (?)
    • H = ??
    • CZ = Czech
    • SK = ??
    • RO = ?? (Romanian?)
    These figures come with a pair of cardboard 3D glasses and the character picture on the back is printed in 3D.
     
  16. darthskellington

    darthskellington Dark Lord of the Typos

    Very cool Buzz. I don't think I've ever seen any packaging in previous years with that many languages.
     
  17. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    The Star Wars Fighter Pods have arrived down here in New Zealand. There's four different packs:
    • 12-pack with large vehicle (Millennium Falcon or Jedi Starfighter) - US$29.18 each
    • 8-pack with small vehicle (Millennium Falcon or Sith Infiltrator) - US$19.17 each
    • 4-pack - US$10.83 each
    • 2-pack bag - US$5.83 each
    The "pods" (the small rubber figures) are small, but quite well sculpted. Unfortunately the pods are definitely randomly packed, plus the 12 and 8 packs both have "hidden" pods, and the 2-pack bag is blind sealed. It would be an expensive exercise to collect them all and you'll end up with LOTS of double-ups. :(


    The Star Wars Slingers have hit the bargain bins with the Slingers device now priced at US$12.51 and the Slingers Medallions blister packs now priced at US$2.50. Also in the bargain bins are the Star Wars Beanz Darth Vader and Millennium Falcon Collector's Tins - not sure on the price of thses, but I think they're US$12.51 each.
     
  18. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    The new Deleted Scene 3 3/4" figures have started turning up in some New Zealand stores, but only in low numbers so far (one or two per store).
     
  19. Buzz Bumble

    Buzz Bumble Furry Ewok

    One chain of stores (Farmers) is offering sale prices on some of the new Fighter Pods packs:
    • Class II Fighter Pods - NZ$17.99 each (NZ$22.99 each after sale)
    • Fighter Pods Blind Bags - two for NZ$10 (normally NZ$6.99 each)
     
  20. darthskellington

    darthskellington Dark Lord of the Typos

    I've snagged the 16-pack with the Snowspeeder and AT-AT...waiting on some sales/spare cash to starting picking off the rest of my needs list. I'm debating using ebay to get some of the vehicles/exclusives loose....will have to see what is cheapest.
     

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