REVIEW: Enfys Nest’s Swoop Bike (3.75-Inch Scale)

January 19, 2019 – Hasbro has released over a dozen different swoop bikes over the years. The repulsor-lift vehicle, designed for high speed, is a mainstay in Star Wars movies and animated series.

Regrettably, Enfys Nest’s Swoop Bike – at least in its 3.75-inch format – is one of the worst of the lot. First released in April 2018, the vehicle retails for $19.99 USD and comes with a 3.75-inch Enfys Nest figure.

The lightweight box and, as the photo shows, excessive packaging and air space, are clues that the swoop bike might fall short of expectations.

While the vehicle appears at first glance to be beautifully designed, it suffers from several flaws on closer inspection. For a supposed kid’s toy, the swoop bike is static and lacks the playabililty features we have come to expect in similar vehicles.

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What We Don’t Like


● No Moving Parts: There is no landing gear (retractable or otherwise), no spring-loaded firing missiles, and no hidden compartments to explore. Furthermore, neither the handlebars nor the foot-rest pedals swivel or move – an easy design feature that Hasbro ignored.

● Not Movie Accurate: In both the movie and the box cover art, you can clearly see three cables attached to the three fins at the front of the bike. Maybe it’s just us, but the toy in our hands feels incomplete, lightweight and cheap.

● Front of Bike is Very Crooked: The photos below show you how severely off-center and crooked the front of the bike is. Five thin, long, plastic “rods” are supposed to protrude parallel with each other from the center of the bike toward the front. The problem is that the five rods are made of thin plastic, which warps the alignment toward the right in our model.

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It could also be a design flaw as the five rods are not made of similar length, and once attached to the front three fins, the tension makes them warp. Either way, the swoop bike is crooked and looks like it should be flying to the right in circles. Such a shame.

What We Like


● The swoop bike makes Force Link 2.0 sounds, including humming engine noises, laser fire, and an acceleration effect when you slide the bike forward.

● The vehicle comfortably holds Enfys Nest in flight. There is also a small plastic stub on the right side, just below and in front of the right foot rest, perfect for holding and storing Enfys Nest’s staff when in flight.

● Enfys Nest is the main reason to acquire the Swoop Bike, assuming you can find it at a discounted price (MSRP is $19.99). Beautifully imagined and designed, the 3.75-inch Mad Max-like figure has seven (7) points of articulation: swivel head (left and right); swivel shoulders; forearms which rotate 360° (so that she can grip the handlebars); and legs that swivel fore and aft at the pelvis.

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Enfys Nest is equipped with a staff, which she can easily hold or which fits securely to the right side of the swoop bike. She wears a black cloth cape. Over her shoulders and around her neck is draped a plastic dark-gray shawl, which is etched to mimic fur.


The helmet has an intimidating Doomsday look and is not removable. The chest-plate is surrounded by a string of painted “bones” or “teeth”. Paint applications are sharp and clean, and the overall design of the character make this a must-have for most collectors.

While the swoop bike is forgettable, grab Enfys Nest either loose or discounted, if you can find her.

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Rumor Details: “Rise of the Resistance” Ride at Disney’s Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

January 18, 2019 – The latest rumors offer some intriguing details for the Rise of the Resistance ride coming to Disney’s Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge (AKA “Star Wars Land”) in Anaheim and Orlando.

YouTuber Jack at DSNY Newscast has posted a helpful video synthesizing all the rumored reports to date:

AttractionsMagazine.com gets full credit for being the first to report details as to the new ride, whose official name is “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance”. Note that the events at Batuu, the outer-rim planet which hosts Disney’s newest themed land, take place immediately after the Resistance have fled Crait in The Last Jedi.

Summary of “Rise of the Resistance” Attraction (Ride)

(All credit to AttractionsMagazine.com)

● At some unknown point in the queue, guests will board a large blue-and-white ship. Large display screens, sound and music simulate the ship taking off.

The blue ship model (above) is on display at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We are only now beginning to understand its significance.

● While in flight, the ship is captured by the First Order and is escorted to a First Order Star Destroyer hangar.

● Guests do not realize the entire “ship” (actually a room) has rotated 180°, and they exit into a cavernous warehouse-sized room, perhaps the largest room in the massive building.

● In the hangar, guests will see TIE fighters, glimpses of space beyond, and animatronic stormtroopers. Ordered to “move along”, guests will be led to one of four individual load rooms designed to look like First Order prison cells.

● Now grouped into smaller pre-show rooms, guests will be instructed on safety issues by a droid.

● Guests are loaded onto one of two different trackless First Order transport vehicles. The two open-air vehicles, piloted by an R2-like droid, accompany each other during the entire ride experience.

Each ride vehicle consists of 2 rows of 4 seats each, or a total of 8 seats. A Disney cast member/employee, dressed in appropriate First Order uniform, will ensure everyone is safely buckled into their seats.

● The two vehicles proceed through four different rooms. A rogue droid (assumedly part of the Resistance) moves across a bridge overhead. The renegade droid hacks into the First Order mainframe, gaining control of both vehicles, which lurch forward during your escape mission.

● You are now inside a First Order Star Destroyer, coming face-to-face with an animatronic and pissed off Kylo Ren. The vehicles back up, spin around, and turn down another hall.

● The vehicles run beneath two towering AT-ATs, which fire on them.

● The two ride vehicles separate, each one ascending its own elevator shaft on either side of the room.

● The vehicles, now about 40 feet up or on the second floor, twist and turn during the escape before meeting up again and jointly moving down a small corridor.

● Guests will see and hear two animatronics, Kylo Ren and possibly General Hux, on an overhead platform. They discuss the appearance of Resistance fighters attacking the First Order Star Destroyer.

● The ride vehicles sneak away and enter a massive cannon room, a row of which are blasting away at Resistance fighters. Guests can see and hear the powerful cannon firing and reloading. Meanwhile, a large screen projection shows the Resistance fleet being fired upon in space.

The majority of the ride will be peopled by animatronics.

● Kylo Ren slashes at the ride vehicles with his light saber, barely missing. The Star Destroyer is hit and rocked by a huge blast, which pushes Kylo Ren between fallen debris and the guests.

● An incoming transmission from the Resistance tells guests where to meet at an escape pod. Just before escaping, Kylo Ren appears again and, using his Force powers, seizes the ride vehicles.

● The room begins to collapse, and Kylo Ren uses his Force powers to stop a wall from collapsing upon him.

● The two ride vehicles back up into their own escape pods, which plunge into space with the same computer-assisted power as Disney’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

● Windows in the escape pod show guests that they are twisting and falling back to the planet Batuu, where their journey began.

● The ride vehicles roll out of the escape pods into the battered warehouse, and guests disembark. Here they can probably pick up a photo from PhotoPass memorializing their terrifying journey.

Likely exit area for the Rise of the Resistance attraction.

No word yet on whether there will be another Disney gift shop at or near the exit. But this is Disney after all….

REVIEW: Mission on Vandor-1 Four-Pack

January 18, 2019 – “Mission on Vandor-1” is a personal favorite of the four recent 4-pack figure sets we have reviewed. Yes, better than “Battle on Crait” (yawn); better than “Jedha Revolt” (a fun set); and better than “Takodana Encounter” (just OK).

First released in August, 2018, “Mission on Vandor-1” offers an appealing array of four 3.75-inch figures from Solo: A Star Wars Story. While the film may have been a commercial failure, many a fan enjoyed watching the movie on its own merits.

Similarly, despite its somewhat high retail price at $29.99 USD, the Vandor-1 set ought to be enjoyed on its own merits.

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Collectors will be thrilled to get their hands on three new figures (Han, Qi’ra and the diminutive Weasel) while noting that Range Trooper has been released before.

Yellow is the signature color of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” – and it makes the figures in their bubbles “pop” in this display

A young Han Solo (Vandor-1) leads the 4-pack collection in his well-textured brown coat which mimics the look of fur. Surprisingly, however, Solo feels light and hollow despite the hefty appearance of his plastic coat.

Don’t bother attempting to remove Solo’s goggles as they are permanently affixed and, regretfully, a bit sloppily painted. While the figure is 5POA, there is additional play value in Solo’s blaster pistol and a small holster to seat the pistol. We also like how his permanently extended trigger finger rests easily on the trigger once you insert the pistol into his hand.

Young Solo’s Force Link 2.0 utterances include “Uhhh, I’ve got a bad feeling about this”, “Hands up, I’m coming through”, “Admit it: You’re impressed”, “I’m feeling pretty lucky”, (blaster fire) “We’ve got a problem here!”

Qi’ra (Vandor-1) could well be the star of the set. She is stylishly dressed and coifed, and her face is expertly detailed and cleanly painted. The figure is stunningly life-like. Stare long enough and you might think she’s about to say something.

In fact, Qi’ra does throw out some quips: “Always stay in the game as long as you can”, “Everybody says somebody”, “Trust me, I actually have a plan”, “Let’s agree to disagree” and “I could use some back-up here”.

Qi’ra is equipped with a small, skinny blaster – reminiscent of a similar-looking skinny “L”-shaped blaster that came with the Princess Leia figure four decades ago. Her firearm fits easily and snugly into her holster.

Weasel (played in the movie by actor Warwick Davis) has a strong other-worldly appeal. If you love weird Star Wars creatures, this one’s for you.

The stout but short figure, including the length of his Boba-Fett-style range finder which does not swivel, stands about 2.75 inches tall. You cannot miss the humor in Weasel carrying a 2.5-inch long silver rocket launcher, almost as tall as him. Moreover, the red-tipped rocket launcher easily surpasses the length of all other figures’ weapons in the set.

Weasel carries two permanently attached extra rockets on his vest side and, as a bonus, he also comes with a blaster pistol. The painted “bones” on his chest-plate and the superbly detailed helmet firmly place Weasel in the Enfys Nest camp of kick-ass fighters. His Force Link says: “You’re not allowed to walk away from this”, “Well, well, come to pay us a visit?”, “I’m going to blast you!”, “Admit it, you’ve met your match” along with laser blasts.

On second thought, Weasel might be the star of this combo pack. Or Qi’ra. Or Weasel. Or both. They are that good.

Range Trooper is a logical addition to the set. But, ho hum, we have seen this iteration before – and we will see a super-articulated version of him shortly as The Vintage Collection Wave 4 releases yet another Range Trooper. And, yes, he is equipped with a blaster.

Force Link triggers these statements: “Vandor Escort, standing by”, “There they are! Take them out!”, “Hit them with everything you’ve got!”, “Keep an eye out (blaster fire). We’re picking up intruders”, “Aaaagh!”

MSRP of $29.99 USD seems a tad high. But the secondary market is currently listing prices between the mid-30’s and mid-40’s with shipping.

We paid $21.00 last November when Amazon had a sale. If you are patient, we predict the market will calm down until you are finally tempted to click the “Buy Now” button.

REVIEW: Battle on Crait Four-Pack

January 17, 2019 – Multi-figure sets, such as the “Battle on Crait” 4-pack, offer some real value and are kind to your wallet if you are willing to wait awhile.

First released in February 2018, “Battle on Crait” originally retailed for $27.99 USD. A year later, you can now snag it for about $12-15 on the secondary market. The much lower price reflects the tepid response of collectors to the curious mix of characters in the lot and to fan-controversy surrounding The Last Jedi.

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All of the figures are 5POA, including Rey (Crait Defense) – essentially a repaint of the Rey (Jedi Training) figure released in Sept. 2017. One key difference is the white sand effect painted on her boots.

She comes with a staff, lightsaber and blaster pistol. Despite awfully thin fingertips, which we sometimes fear bending and breaking, Rey can easily hold her accessories.

Equipped with a Force Link 1.0 chip, Rey utters several grunts, light saber and blaster noises, and she says, “I think I can handle myself”, “Well come on. We’ve got to stop them”, “Hit the Resistance Base as soon as possible”, “Follow me”, and “I’m not leaving without you.”

Rose (Crait Defense) is essentially an all-new figure, which will appeal to collectors and completists. Accessories include a removable plastic poncho and her Resistance blaster rifle. If you remove or lift Rose’s poncho, beneath it you will see her wearing her sister Paige Tico’s gold necklace.

Rose’s Force Link utterances include “I’m ready for my mission”, “You can’t give up on the Resistance”, “Blast ’em”, “Take cover”, “Quickly! Stormtroopers are coming”, and blaster fire.

First Order Walker Driver is new, aesthetically cool-looking and a welcome addition. Curiously, though, we never see this character on film in The Last Jedi. At most, we know that he drives an AT-M6 walker (the lumbering knuckle-dragging vehicles in the Battle of Crait) and is not to be confused with the First Order Snowtroopers seen on Crait.

First Order Walker Driver is a retool and repaint from 2015, whose First Order Snowtrooper (from The Force Awakens, a Build A Weapon figure) is now painted with gray accents.

The made-up dialogue, none of which was heard on film, includes: “Orders received”, “Call in the airstrike”, “We need more troops”, “Don’t move”, “Fight for the First Order” as well as standard laser fire and explosions.

First Order Gunner has some of the best Force Link sayings: “Reporting for duty”, “Scramble all squads. Repeat: Scramble all squads”, “Resistance scum!”, “They’re getting away”, “Take cover!”

All glossy black with a unique helmet and pointy face-plate, he might easily remind you of the Death Star Gunner from decades ago. While First Order Gunner suffers from the same limited articulation as all other 5POA figures, he holds his blaster pistol well and is a great addition to your First Order empire.

Bland colors in this odd mix of characters do nothing to help sell this 4-pack lot.

“Battle on Crait” is a missed opportunity and will never be an overall fan favorite. In The Last Jedi, the obvious focus of the battle was Force Projection Luke . Yet Hasbro failed to include him in the set. Why omit Luke and include a minor character, such as Rose, or the Walker Driver we never ever see on the screen?

Hasbro, or the powers that be, continue to make some confounding decisions. But if you can find the “Battle on Crait” set for $15 or less, the curious assortment of figures may be worth your time.

FREE Itinerary Checklist for Star Wars Celebration Chicago

January 14, 2019 – In less than three months, Chicago will be hosting Star Wars Celebration (11-15 April 2019).

While it’s fun to fantasize about all the great panels, celebrities and events you will see, your planning should be a little more sophisticated than a barebones calendar:

Is your Planning Calendar more fantasy than facts-and-figures filled? (Image Credit: Dave Macias / Laura Goulden @ Facebook)

Jenn Depaola, a digital artist residing in Virginia, is graciously offering a series of blank planning sheets, itineraries and packing lists. They are FREE and downloadable as a single PDF file.

Her website, www.jenndepaola.com, states that the PDF includes:

“● Packing Checklist – To make sure you pack everything before Celebration, and double check when returning home

“● Travel Itinerary (flying or driving) – Depending on where you’re traveling from there’s the option to write in your flights, driving directions, hotel info, car rental info, and any other things you might need to remember!

“● Costume Checklist – Whether you’re 501st, Rebel Legion, Mando Mercs, or just someone dressing up to have fun this is to make sure you have everything you need for your costumes before and after Celebration!

“● Budget Sheet – I know that some of us like to keep track of our spending while at Celebration, so this is a sheet to help you account for all those expenditures, big or small.

“● Wishlist Checklist – See an item, or two, or five on the vendor floor that you want to come back and purchase later? Write it down on this nifty wishlist sheet so you won’t forget what it is and where they are.

“● Panels & Events Sheet – There’s the Celebration app on our phones, but just in case, once the schedule is released, we can write down the panels or events that we absolutely don’t want to miss out on.”

The blank planning lists can be printed and filled out later – or type your details on your computer and print when ready.

Click HERE or the image above to access and download the free PDF.

Kudos to Jenn Depaola for these helpful lists. Now let’s get organizing and packing!

Mid-Season Trailer for “Star Wars Resistance” Season 1

January 10, 2019 – Disney’s efforts to groom a new, younger generation of Star Wars fans continues with its latest trailer for Star Wars Resistance.



Synopsis from Disney/Lucasfilm: “The First Order has arrived, and it’s up to Kaz to rally his friends to defend the Colossus. Get your first look at what’s next for Star Wars Resistance this season in a harrowing mid-season trailer, and tune in when Star Wars Resistance returns on Sunday, January 13 on Disney Channel”

2019 Aims for the Stars: A Banner “Star Wars” Year

January 1, 2019 – The Star Wars franchise stumbled in 2018 – some might even say badly – as Solo: A Star Wars Story became the first-ever box office bomb in George Lucas’s former empire. A growing chorus of unhappy fans finding fault in The Last Jedi (released Dec. 2017) and uneven merchandise distribution have led many to question the future of the franchise.

Yet there’s still hope for the long-running space saga.

2019 may well be a banner year for the Star Wars universe for a surprisingly varied number of reasons. In loose chronological order, we can look forward to:

FEBRUARY/MARCH: ARRIVAL OF THE KHETANNA


In late February through March, 2019, the nearly four-foot long Jabba’s Sail Barge will begin to arrive on the doorsteps of some very lucky fans.

The Khetanna almost never saw the light of day as observers fretted whether enough hardcore collectors would pony up the $500 USD (plus tax) required to secure an order one year in advance. But on April 3, 2018, Hasbro’s 45-day crowdfunding campaign exceeded its minimum-backing goal of 5,000 units when 8,810 Khetannas were ordered and paid for in advance.

Since its first appearance on-screen in Return of the Jedi (1983), fans have been patiently waiting for Kenner/Hasbro to issue a scaled version of Jabba’s Sail Barge. Collectors even began an online petition begging the toy company to produce the iconic vehicle/playset.

After 36 years of waiting, 2019 will finally grant collectors their wish with the arrival of the four-foot long Khetanna.

APRIL 2019: STAR WARS CELEBRATION CHICAGO


Star Wars Celebration expands to five days as it heads to Chicago, Illinois, April 11-15, 2019.

The official website touts the event as “Lucasfilm’s love letter to fans – days of major announcements, immersive exhibits, an interactive show floor, screenings, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, panels, autograph sessions, fan-inspired activities, costumes and other surprises celebrating all things Star Wars

In less than 48 hours, both the five-day Adult tickets ($215) and five-day Kid tickets ($100) to Celebration Chicago were sold out. The record-breaking sales in early June, 2018, were a harbinger of things to come as nearly all of the one-day tickets (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) have been snapped up as well.

Only Monday tickets remain available for purchase.

If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, there’s still hope. As was true with prior Celebrations, one-day and multi-day tickets will become available again as some fans find they have to cancel their plans and sell their tickets. Similarly, organizer ReedPop has in past years released for sale additional tickets in the weeks or days before doors open.

Summer and Fall 2019: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge


Disney announced its plans to build a Star Wars-themed land back in August, 2015. The 14-acre themed environments, one each in Disneyland (Anaheim, California) and Walt Disney World (Orlando, Florida), will open sometime in the summer and late fall, respectively.

Aerial overview of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando on 22 Dec 2018 (Credit: Bioreconstruct@twitter)

Black Spire Outpost section of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando on 22 Dec 2018 (Credit: Bioreconstruct@twitter)

Lots of detailed work at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Orlando (Credit: Bioreconstruct@twitter 22 Dec 2018)

Late 2019: Disney+ Streaming Service


Disney’s new streaming service, called Disney+, will go live sometime in late 2019. Disney owns a vast array of intellectual properties – Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm, 21st Century Fox, the Muppets and more – enough content to make rival Netflix take notice.

Disney+ will be hosting a new live-action Star Wars series in late 2019. The series will focus on the adventures of Rebel spy Cassian Andor (played by Diego Luna) during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Another live-action series, The Mandalorian, will be written and produced by actor Jon Favreau. The series is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order.

Disney CEO Bob Iger has said that thousands of hours of “library” product, including movies, TV shows and other content aimed at hardcore Disney fans, will be streamed on Disney+. Subscription prices have yet to be announced.

DECEMBER 19-20, 2019: STAR WARS EPISODE IX



The Star Wars sequel trilogy will wrap up on Dec. 19th (U.K., Europe) and Dec. 20, 2019 (USA), when the yet-to-be-named Episode IX is released.

Director J.J. Abrams, who also directed Episode VII (The Force Awakens, released Dec. 2015), is incorporating previously unseen filmed footage of Carrie Fisher into the final episode.

Several days ago, Todd Fisher – younger brother of the late Carrie Fisher – reported that he was “thrilled” with the seamless use of raw footage of his sister in Episode IX. The footage was shot for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, but never previously used or shown.

Said Todd Fisher: “There’s a lot of minutes of footage. I don’t mean just outtakes. This is unused, new content that could be woven into the storyline. That’s what’s going to give everybody such a great kick. It’s going to look like it was meant to be. Like it was shot yesterday. We’re not allowed to talk about the details of anything. But we’re thrilled at what’s been done.”

The Last Jedi concluded with only Leia and a very small handful of Resistance members escaping the First Order. An off-screen death of Leia would feel hollow and inappropriate. Fortunately, it appears that J.J. Abrams and his crew have somehow managed to keep Leia alive, even if only onscreen and in our imaginations.