Falling in an odd slot between reboot and sequel, Star Wars: The Force Awakens certainly has plenty of legitimate issues to pick at, but that doesn't change the fact that the film was a landmark success and one of the biggest cinematic events in history. It currently holds the record for biggest U.S. box office of all time, and only trails the worldwide totals of James Cameron's Avatar and Titanic. Episode VII connected to audiences (and critics) in a way that George Lucas' own prequel trilogy only dreamed of, introducing new, but familiar characters and locations that pushed all the right nostalgia buttons while exciting audiences about what Disney had in store for the franchise next.
Naturally, along with a new Star Wars film, comes no shortage of collectible merchandise. A yearly marketing holiday called Force Friday has even been invented for the purpose of unveiling and releasing each new film's goods, and 2017 will be no exception. But in conjunction with all the excitement for Episode VIII - The Last Jedi we will still see some new collectibles from the last chaptered Star War coming down the pike.
Courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles comes the unveiling of Rey and BB-8 Premium Format figures. Sideshow's Premium series may more easily be likened to adaptable statues than action figures, usually featuring a fixed pose, with a few possible variants in available accessories. The Rey figure stands 20" tall and includes an X-Wing fighter pilot helmet accessory. BB-8 stands 8" tall and features LED lights and a welding tool for offering a "thumbs-up." Rey is priced at $479.99 and BB-8 at $284.99, though a $40 discount is available to fans who purchase both concurrently. Both figures are currently available for pre-order, with an expected shipping date of Sep-Nov 2017.
Rey and BB-8 follow a series of Sideshow's "premium scale" collectibles, which in the past have included entries from DC and Marvel comic and movie catalogs, previous Star Wars entries, and more. Sideshow also has its own series of sixth scale figures and is the official U.S. distributor of Hot Toys, which has previously offered their own Rey and BB-8 figures.
One thing is for sure - it's a golden age to be a collector for choosy fans who save their pennies. Are Rey and BB-8 the high-quality figures worthy of your hard-earned cash, or will you wait to see The Last Jedi's merchandise has to offer? Let us know in the comments section, and stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on all things Star Wars as they hit.
Source: Sideshow Collectibles
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