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2010 - A Year In Review

published on December 31, 2010 A look back at Star Wars in 2010

Just like the previous year, 2010 had a lot in store for Star Wars collectors and fans of all ages. From events like Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Disney's Star Wars Weekends and the Clone Wars TV show, plus toys, high-end collectibles, video games and books, there was something for everyone.

The most exciting news for Star Wars Fans was probably the announcement of all the Star Wars movies coming to theaters in 3-D in 2012. As long as Lucasfilm is keeping the franchise alive, Hasbro will be making the figures we all love! Add to that the release of the movies on blu-ray in 2011, a new Star Tours Ride at Disney Parks, plus another season of the Clone Wars TV show, it looks as if Star Wars AND collecting Star Wars is far from over!

Some of the items which stood out to us were:

Hoth Rebel Trooper
  • Newly re-designed AT-AT
  • Newly re-designed Slave I (Clone Wars deco)
  • Newly re-designed Snowspeeder
  • Newly re-designed Cloud Car (hey, we all asked for this one for several years!)
  • Newly re-designed Jabba The Hutt with new Oola and new throne!

These vehicles/figures stood out and were on collector's wish lists for years, and it truly is amazing that Hasbro released all of these within several months. Before we dive into our favorite Star Wars figures for 2010, let's take a look at how the entire year played out.

2010 from the beginning

The Force Unleashed Action Figures Hoth Packaging

Then, the wait began. And, it was a long wait. There was nothing new to be found on shelves for months. We've seen years like this before where Hasbro just didn't release anything new, but every time this happens, it frustrates. Collecting Star Wars figures is an active hobby, with toy runs, browsing online stores ready to click the "order now" button. But, there was nothing new to order or buy in stores. This is a problem which we complain about every year, but 2010 seemed to have one of the worst dry-spells we have seen yet.

Then in August we saw the first new, Shadow Of The Dark Side packaging on store shelves. However, the real crazyness started in October, when Target put out their exclusives. They literally put out everything they had to offer in one day (except for the exclusive 9-pack), and if you picked up everything, you were looking north of $300 for Star Wars figures in a single trip.

One of the hottest items in Fall of 2010 was the Walmart exclusive Jabba The Hutt, which at first was very hard to find and collectors were very eager to get their hands on it.

The Return Of Vintage-style Packaging

Star Wars Vintage Collection | The Phantom Menace Star Wars in Concert in Seattle 2009 Star Wars in Concert in Seattle 2009 Star Wars in Concert in Seattle 2009 Star Wars in Concert in Seattle 2009 Star Wars in Concert in Seattle 2009 Star Wars in Concert in Seattle 2009

Celebrating The Empire Strikes Back

For the 30th anniversary of "Empire", Hasbro pulled out the vintage-style packaging, and released several items with vintage ESB logo on it. In addition to that, they released the Rocket Firing Boba Fett as a mail-away exclusive!

Hasbro | The Empire Strikes Back Toys

Some of our favorite, realistic-style figures from 2010

Here are some of our favorite figures from 2010!

The Vintage Collection | Gamorrean Guard Luke Skywalker Jedi TFU | Proxy Figure Hoth Rebel Trooper The Vintage Collection | Admiral Ackbar
Star Tours | TEEK Return Of The Jedi | BG-J38 Pre-Armor Darth Vader The Vintage Collection | Wicket The Force Unleashed | Shaak Ti

Here are some of our favorite Clone Wars figures from 2010!

Clone Wars Bossk Clone Wars Robonino Clone Wars Pre Vizsla Clone Wars Embo Clone Wars Shaak Ti
Clone Wars Darth Sidious Clone Wars Thi Sen Clone Wars Kul Teska Clone Wars Mandalorian With Speeder Clone Wars Hondo Ohnaka

Artwork

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Hasbro Star Wars Team - Interview, Conventions, Q&A's

Hasbro Interview in the Insider magazine!

So, overall, how was 2010?

Last, but not least

Clone Wars Vehicles

May The Force Be With You!

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