I’ve been reading Dark Horse’s Star Wars stories for over 20 years, so I’m interested to see where Marvel will take the saga, especially since they were the ones who got me reading Star Wars a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away…
So what could add to my fangirl joy at more Star Wars stories? Oh, just the news that Diamond Comic Distributors and Hasbro have gotten together to release a variant cover for Toy Fair this year.
Guys, it’s a beauty. There are action figures. Vader. Boba Fett. COME ON. Look at the detail on Palpatine’s robe! This is one of those covers that’s worth the space on your wall, because you know you’re not just sticking this in a long box.
Here’s more about the issue, straight from Diamond:
To celebrate the return of Star Wars comic books to Marvel Comics, Hasbro Toys and Diamond Comic Distributors have created a unique Star Wars #1 PREVIEWS Exclusive Toy Fair Edition, a special variant that will be limited to 10,000 copies. Created completely from Hasbro Star Wars Black action figures, the variant photo cover depicts Darth Vader during an audience with Emperor Palpatine, flanked by Imperial Stormtroopers with three fan-favorite bounty hunters – IG-88, Boba Fett and Bossk – in the background.
The impressive tableau was staged on a physical, scaled throne room set with actual lighting, and with no computer-generated enhancements under the direction of Hasbro’s Star Wars product team. (In other words, there really are nearly 50 individual Stormtrooper Black figures on this cover!) This should make the variant a must-have for any action figure fan who wants to mark the start of a new era for Star Wars comics. Star Wars, comic book and toy fans can pre-order their own copy of the Star Wars #1 PREVIEWS Exclusive Variant from their local comic book specialty shop now to ensure their copy when it releases January 13, 2015. The final cut-off date to pre-order is December 15th, making it critical for fans who want the limited edition to get it before time runs out.
“We wanted to commemorate this event in a very special way,” said Executive Director of Sales, Mike Schimmel. “We had a great concept for the cover, and when we brought it to Hasbro’s Star Wars team, they enthusiastically jumped at the chance to recreate the cover with real action figures.
“We thank Hasbro for working with us to create this amazing variant cover, which is Diamond’s first-ever Toy Fair-exclusive comic, and one that we’re sure will be treasured by every Star Wars fan who is fortunate enough to obtain this limited edition.”
Additionally, Diamond and prospective retailers may obtain a free copy of the variant by contacting Diamond to make an appointment with their Sales Representative at Toy Fair 2015 (February 14-17) or Spielwarenmesse 2015, the International Toy Fair in Nürnburg, Germany (January 28-February 2). Appointments for Toy Fair 2015 must be made by January 30th and appointments for Spielwarenmesse must be made by January 15th. To schedule an appointment please call Diamond Comic Distributor’s Sales Department at 443-318-8001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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