Here’s All the New Avengers: Endgame Toys That Tell You Absolutely Nothing About Avengers: Endgame

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Avengers: Endgame is on the way, and with it, more merchandise than you can shake an Infinity Gauntlet-clad finger at. But as people rush to find meaning out of them, let’s remember that in a world where even the trailers are lying to us, some shiny new toys aren’t going to reveal anything we don’t know already about…

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Star Wars Celebration Chicago Exclusives Preview

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, an exclusive set of action figures will pay homage to the iconic red cardbacks from the original toy line that hit shelves two decades ago in support of Episode I.

These are just some of the exclusive toys and bobbleheads that you can get your hands on at Star Wars Celebration next month.

Today, The Star Wars Show and StarWars.com have your first look at what three of the top toymakers are bringing to the Windy City — and everything you need to know about entering the online lottery for the chance to take them home.

Hasbro The Black Series Darth Maul in packaging

Hasbro The Black Series Padawan Obi-Wan in Pack

A special Hasbro Black Series figure available at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.
A special Hasbro Black Series figure available at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

Hasbro will celebrate the duel between Darth Maul and a young Obi-Wan Kenobi with a pair of 6-inch Black Series figures on special Episode I cardbacks; both releases utilize the innovative Photo Real paint application technique.

A LEGO bust available only at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

A LEGO bust available only at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

LEGO has crafted a special brick bust in the visage of the mask of Darth Vader, with limited availability at Target.

A Funko Pop! available only at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

A Funko Pop! available only at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

A Funko Pop! available only at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.
A Funko Pop! available only at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.
A Funko Pop! available only at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.
A Funko Pop! available only at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

And Funko has given a special chrome blue treatment to six of its character sculpts in the POP! line.

A Funko Pop! available only at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. A Funko Pop! available only at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

The bobblehead range is also releasing new Funko POP! figures of Watto and Darth Maul.

Check out this week’s episode of The Star Wars Show for even more Star Wars Celebration news!

And stay tuned to StarWars.com for more Star Wars Celebration Chicago updates!

Star Wars Celebration Chicago will take place April 11-15 at McCormick Place. Visit StarWarsCelebration.com for tickets and more info!

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Star Wars Celebration Chicago Exclusives Preview

The First Captain Marvel Funko Pops Tease an Intriguing Alternate Name for Carol Danvers

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To paraphrase liberally from Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a Hollywood blockbuster in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a Funko Pop line. Captain Marvel is no such exception—and its Pop vinyl toys are giving an intriguing little hint about the movie.

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23 Pop Culture Things We’re Thankful for This Year

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Even in a year as bad as 2018, there are things to be thankful for. Things that keep us going every day, and bring us joy and hope and prove that no matter how rough things get, there are still weird, wonderful pockets of pop culture that we can be appreciative of.

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Optimus Prime Replaces the Matrix of Leadership With a Watch, and More of the Wildest Toys of the Week

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Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of all the wonderfully weird and wallet-draining toys we’ve seen floating around the internet. This week: Fantastic Beasts comes to Hot Toys, Monopoly’s got something to say about kids these days, and the fluffiest answer to Super Smash Bros. possible.

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Pop! Goes Star Wars: The Clone Wars: A Q&A with Funko’s Reis O’Brien

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There’s no better time to be a fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. With the animated series reaching its 10th anniversary, new episodes on the way, and a StarWars.com re-watch in progress, Funko couldn’t have picked a more perfect time to release a new line of Pop! collectible figures based on the show.

The new Pop! figures include General Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, Master Yoda, and Padawan Ahsoka Tano in costumes and appearances based on the animated series. There’s also a second Ahsoka Tano figure sporting her original appearance in The Clone Wars exclusively sold at Hot Topic for the diehard Snips collectors out there. (You can never have too much Ahsoka in your life.)

If you’ve ever wondered how a Star Wars Pop! goes from concept to store shelves, Funko Design Manager Reis O’Brien recently gave StarWars.com a peek behind the collectible curtain.

Anakin Skywalker Star Wars: The Clone Wars Funko Pop!

StarWars.com: Are you a longtime fan of The Clone Wars, or did you have the chance to get acquainted with the series for this collection?

Reis O’Brien: I’m embarrassed to admit that even though I am a lifelong Star Wars fan, I never watched Clone Wars until very recently. It was something that people always told me I should watch, and I always intended to get around to it, so when I heard that this project was coming up, I started watching it. But I still haven’t seen the whole series. Luckily, our concept designer on this project, Mike Martin, knew enough to fill in the gaps. He was a massive help on this project.

StarWars.com: Do you have a favorite moment or episode from the series?

Reis O’Brien: I think I would have to go with the “Ghosts of Mortis” episode. It was simply dripping with Jedi lore and Anakin being shown his future, and his reaction to what he will one day become was a seriously heavy moment.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars: The Clone Wars Funko Pop!

StarWars.com: How are the specific costumes and appearances chosen for a Pop! collection like The Clone Wars?

Reis O’Brien: We picked our own characters and tried to find the most iconic looks for those characters. Once we do that, we run the list by Lucasfilm. Sometimes they may make suggestions for a different costume or maybe a character we hadn’t thought of, so it can be a truly collaborative process.

In this case, we knew exactly who we wanted to do first and the Lucasfilm team agreed 100 percent. There’s a lot of facets to keep in mind when choosing who to produce in toy form; who are the stars of the show, who are fan favorites, what scenes should we think about representing. Lucasfilm can be a big help in those moments as well.

StarWars.com: What is the typical amount of time it takes to get a new Pop! on the shelves, from design to production?

Reis O’Brien: That can vary greatly. Ideally, we like to work about six to nine months out. But because Funko is known for their speed, we are usually working around the six-month mark. We’ve done Pop!s faster than that in the past, because sometimes you got to strike fast when an opportunity arises, but we try to keep those moments to a minimum.

Ahsoka Tano Star Wars: The Clone Wars Funko Pop!

StarWars.com: Are the small details like the pattern on Ahsoka’s belt particularly challenging?

Reis O’Brien: They can be! When you’re designing a stylized, small collectible, there’s always this fine line you have to walk when it comes to details. On one hand, we want to make the figures as detailed as possible to properly represent the characters, but on the other hand, the diminutive nature of the Pop! format can shrink details down to a point that they aren’t practical, because they can be lost to the naked eye.

Also, we have to keep in mind that on a manufacturing level, there’s only so much our factory can accomplish at that size while trying to keep them at a $9.99 price point. So we try to simplify things if possible. And on some occasions, tinier details may need to be omitted. But we put a lot of thought into decisions like that.

Yoda Star Wars: The Clone Wars Funko Pop!

StarWars.com: Do you have a favorite little detail from the new Clone Wars Pop! figures?

Reis O’Brien: I don’t know about a little detail on any one particular Pop!, but the poses on these are absolutely sublime. And all credit for that goes to our concept designer, Mike Martin, and our sculptor, Amanda Brock. There’s a lot of life and character in the poses they gave the figures.

Kelly Knox is a freelance writer in Seattle, WA. She shares her love of Star Wars and all things geeky with her daughter by creating kid-friendly DIY projects. You can find her on Twitter at @kelly_knox.

Pop! Goes Star Wars: The Clone Wars: A Q&A with Funko’s Reis O’Brien