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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New Star Wars Weekends big figs announced - LAST ones!

StarWars.com has pictures of the four new big figs that will be on sale during this year's Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

This year's four figs are:
- Mickey as Luke Skywalker (in Dagobah attire) with Yoda on his back
- Minnie as Princess Leia (in Jabaa's slave attire)
- Goofy as Chewbacca
-Donald as Han Solo (encased in carbonite)

Most importantly, these are the FINAL four big figs in the series. Presumably, after this series, there will be no more Star Wars-inspired big figs.

Here's what concerns me the most about this announcement. Could the fact that these are the last big figs be some indication of the future of Star Wars Weekends in general? I certainly hope not!

The big figs were wildly popular in the past, but have started to drop off in sales, especially last year. I recall many figs were still available for purchase well after SWW 2008. There were a few available at Tatooine Traders when I was at Mousefest 08 (and that was in December).

One other problem I see with Disney's plan is that the big figs themselves won't be released until the second week of June - that put the release date during either the very last SWW date or even after SWW has ended. I can only assume fans coming to SWW would be able to purchase big figs as a pre-order only. In my opinion, this process has contributed to making buyers a little hesitant to plop down $200 just to pre-order a big fig. Disney did this last year and I think it's one of the reasons sales have declined.

If you can attend Star Wars Weekends, I highly recommend it, though be prepared for some long lines, especially to see characters and actors.

The dates for the 2009 Star Wars Weekends are:
- May 22-24
- May 29-31
- June 5-7
- June 12-14

If you're going, have fun and may the Force be with you!

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