Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Super 7 x Lucas Film x Kotobukiya = Stormtrooper Machinder!!

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HUGE NEWS!! Somehow Super7 has managed to keep it's faithful in the dark regarding this amazing collaboration betweeen Lucas Films and Kotobukya, makers of Jumbo Machinder toys. These are the same toys you remember as a kid called "Shogun Warriors". Pictures from Datadub

As covered by the Star Wars hardcore over atRebelscum.com

Super7 and Lucasfilm Announce Jumbo Stormtrooper
International Toy Pirates Obtain Exclusive License From Lucasfilm, Ltd. to release Jumbo Stormtrooper.

July 23, 2008 (San Francisco, CA) – Super7, designer vinyl toy innovator, has obtained a license from Lucasfilm, Ltd. to manufacture the first ever jumbo-style Stormtrooper. The Jumbo Stormtrooper is a knee high, missile-firing collectible figure made of blown polyethylene. It even has tiny hidden wheels! The Super7 Jumbo Stormtrooper captures the original jumbo style of the 1970’s and introduces a new lexicon to the Star Wars universe.

“By making deluxe versions of classic Star Wars characters, we can introduce figures like the Stormtrooper to a new generation of enthusiast and provide seasoned collectors with new types of toys that deliver an unprecedented scale and complexity.” - Brian Flynn, Founder of Super7.

Super7 has set itself apart from other designer toy companies by delivering Japanese made products to the North American and European markets that achieve manufacturing standards unmatched by toys made elsewhere. The Jumbo Stormtrooper will be no different; to ensure its authenticity the Stormtrooper is being sculpted by Kotobukiya, and will be manufactured at one of the original Jumbo Machinder factories in Japan. Super7 believes this attention to detail will help capture the excitement Star Wars and Jumbo Machinder fans felt back in the 70’s when the toys found their way into stores for the first time.

An unpainted prototype of the Jumbo Stormtrooper will be unveiled in Tokyo on July 19th at Star Wars Celebration. Then on July 23rd the Jumbo Stormtrooper will make its North American debut at the San Diego Comic-Con ( Super7: booth 4729). Finished product samples of the Jumbo Stormtrooper will be made available to the public as early as September.

The Jumbo Stormtrooper will be a very limited production for a Star Wars project. The estimated retail price of the Jumbo Stormtrooper is $350. Only 1,000 units will be sold in the United States, and based on previous launches, the Stormtrooper is estimated to sell out with people still waiting in line. The Jumbo Stormtrooper will be available this fall at Super7’s store in San Francisco. For more information, please visit www.super7store.com.

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