UPDATE! “There’s Been a Merchandise Awakening. Have You Felt It?”


Force Friday is only less than a month away, and many stores have already started preparing for the highly anticipated event, when the new Star Wars merchandise will be unleashed on the fans. This has resulted in multiple leaks with some rather curious items. Read on to check them out…



First let’s start with an interesting document that Cantina member WallyWorld shared with us. It’s the merchandising schedule that Wal Mart stores will be required to follow over the next four months leading up to TFA’s release in December:



Wal Mart TFA Merchandising Schedule



Also,  here are some confidential Wal-Mart plan-o-gram sheets, uncovered by our friends at Yakface:


There are some interesting confirmations revealed on the pages, especially the pegs allotted for 3.75″ Black Series figures for The Force Awakens. Click on through for a closer look at space dedicated to figures, vehicles, Hot Wheels, role play, Micro Machines and more.





And now for something really cool. Here’s an unexpected update from Rebelscum.com. Apparently, a fellow Star Wars fan up in British Columbia found and purchased a TFA Micromachines set from Toys R Us. Why it was already put out for sale, the Force only knows, but… well, take a look!



TFA Micromachine set 1


TFA Micromachine set 2


A lightsaber with a secret note compartment:



TFA Micromachine set 3


Here is a clear photo of the reverse side of the Millennium Falcon Micromachine package. Note that, while the set itself includes only the micro-Falcon and the First Order Flametrooper, the photo also shows additional figures.



TFA Micromachine set 5


That looks like Finn to the right of the Flametrooper, and the dark colored figure with the blaster at left appears to be a TIE pilot or maybe other First Order soldier. Then at the far right, is that Poe Dameron, perhaps?


One of the photos in the Rebelscum.com report shows two additional Micromachine sets. First, we have a Stormtrooper set:



TFA Micromachine set (Stormtrooper)


Note that the Stormtrooper set comes with what appears to be a First Order landing craft, and that the figure appears to be the same one seen on the far right side of the photo of the Millennium Falcon set shown above.

Then there’s this great-looking First Order Star Destroyer set:



TFA Micromachine set (Star Destroyer)


This shows us a different angle of the Star Destroyer seen in the second TFA trailer. Also note that this set comes with two micro-ships (a TIE fighter and the black X-wing that we saw in the aerial photos of the Greenham Common set last year) as well as two figures (one which looks very similar to the Finn figure seen above, and another which looks like Kylo Ren wielding his lightsaber.)


Next stop is a pair of displays from Meijer, preparing shoppers for September 4th (via JediTemplarArchives):






There’s also a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens Monopoly set coming on September 4th. We can expect lots of new locations to be revealed by this set (via JediNews):





Our forum member @venamis got some photos with really cool looking TFA watches:





And finally, here are some video games merch listings (via reddit):



Sheet 2





I am sure there will be more leaks in the coming days and weeks. Force Friday can’t come quickly enough!







Color N Sticker Activities:


Color N Sticker



Playing cards with Kylo Ren “the commander of the First Order, whose temper is as fiery as his unconventional lightsaber”. Keep in mind that these were not purchased from a store, so they could be fake, but they look cool:






Some really interesting bits posted a few days ago by JediTemplarArchives:


  • Micro Machines are making a huge comeback in The Force Awakens line. There will be LOTS. Like more than 50 individual pieces in this collection.
  • Hero Mashers will be a huge part of The Force Awakens line. There will be LOTS as well.
  • The rumored Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert/Jungle assortments you have heard rumored for a while now will each have two waves per theme. These will definitely be all 5POA figures. Of particular note, there is an EPISODE VII Darth Vader 3.75” 5POA figure.
  • The Black Series 6” – the big news for TBS6 is that Hasbro is moving from 4 figure case assortments to 6 figure case assortments and all figures, right now, they fall under one product/assortment number. This means that The Force Awakens line will eventually be mixed with Original and Prequel Trilogy figures



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83 thoughts on “UPDATE! “There’s Been a Merchandise Awakening. Have You Felt It?”

  • August 7, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I already have all the TFA toys.
    Yes, I stole them.
    Sue me!

    Spoiler: Snoke is from EARTH!!!

    • August 7, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      and Snoke is Lobot(another Skywalker)

      • August 8, 2015 at 6:04 am

        There is something strange in these names, letters, sounds, etc. Help me!

        SKY-WAL-KE(R) –> WAL–>LAW–>LO


        Or another bizarre possibility:
        KYLO REN and REY SNOKE (if Rey is Snoke’s daughter)—> The letters of the two names give SKYWALKER+N
        (walk:a=o/wal=lo again)


        Maybe N means NEW or something similar.

        Luke’s two children? Luke is Snoke?
        (If they follow the pattern…yes.)

        • August 8, 2015 at 7:24 pm

          that’s an… interesting.. “theory”

          I’ll have what he’s having^^

          • August 8, 2015 at 8:19 pm

            I did not claim that I found the solution but I think there is something hidden in these names of the main characters. The letters are too similar.
            KYLO REN

          • August 9, 2015 at 12:07 am

            The last letters of the names:
            KYLO REN:
            s-KY – walk-ER
            so-LO – ha-N

            and REY:
            sk-Y walk-ER
            or KYRA:
            s-KY walke-R lei-A

          • August 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm

            ha ha ha HA HA ha HA HA ha ha ha. oh man, thank you, i knew there was people like this about. just had to see it for my own eyes. thank you again. good luck in the future.

          • August 9, 2015 at 3:27 am

            Me too, this must be some first order gear…

  • August 7, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    What happened to the really cool watches picture? I didn’t get to see it

  • August 7, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Strange, no mention of Jakku… Also the new Destroyer looks cool.

    • August 8, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      I wonder if the lower part that stands out is a kind of ram.

  • August 7, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I said it before and I’ll say it again… So happy my birthday is Sept. 4. Best birthday present ever. Even though i haven’t played with toys for close to 13 years i may need to pick some up.

  • August 7, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    I’m impressed that the buyer gave the toys to their kids instead of sticking it on Ebay for a quick buck.

    • August 8, 2015 at 4:15 am

      Maybe he bought doubles.

  • August 7, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    lightsaber with secret note compartment? I guess thats a pretty strong proof of the whole lightsaber macguffin plot rumor. Not a great rumor if you ask me. I hope they come up something really great to explain how this old lightsaber suddenly have a note.

    • August 8, 2015 at 4:32 am

      Yeah. The lightsaber plot sounds kind of like a childs small world fantasy were a normal rock becomes like a priceless treasure everyone is excited about.

      There were thousands of lightsabers in the galaxy and Skywalker’s was just one of them. And he lost it like so many others. That was it for the lightsaber.

      As a kid I often dreamt of finding that dropped lightsaber, believing somehow Cloud City was located on Earth. But then I grew up.

      So I hope the plot isn’t that childish.

      • August 8, 2015 at 5:27 am

        Bet on it

      • August 8, 2015 at 5:42 pm

        It is “The CHosen ONE’s” lightsaber…it is not just like any others lightsaber…the most prized possession in the galaxy. A lightsaber created by someone who was created BY THE FORCE…….derp, derp, derp.

        what your saying is , well I don’t want to say “stupid”..but I guess I just did. lol

        If someone discovered the Cross that Christ was crucified on..would you say…eh…so what? a lot of people were crucified,why is finding the Crucifix of Christ so different and special? lol. to weild the blue and Red sabers of the Chosen one would make you the most powerful Force user in the Universe.

        • August 8, 2015 at 9:53 pm

          I can understand why people would be excited. But it’s hardly worth searching for. It has no information or value. I guess that’s why they decided to put a note inside of it. To make it more important.

          And that’s what makes it so childish.
          Anakin could have left a hologram in the Jedi Temple or something. Not a treasure map in his damn lightsaber. His lightsaber was dropped. It should’ve stayed dropped.

          Darth Vader probably had a whole set of extra helmets and cloaks on Coruscant. Are they gonna run after those “relics” too?
          Maybe they’ll contain his first love letter to to the Queen of Naboo?

          • August 9, 2015 at 1:21 pm

            What if it’s more to do with latent force energy residing in the weapon? That lightsaber was used to kill a lot of Jedi afterall.

          • August 9, 2015 at 10:33 pm

            So what did Anakin write on the note he hid in his lightsaber?
            “If you read this, please return to Anakin Skywalker C/O Cardboard Alley, 393939-B-40842 Coruscant. thnx”

            Or if Luke hid a note in the compartment, what would we he write?
            “I love Leia 4ever. Hope Han rots in hell.”

    • August 8, 2015 at 12:29 am

      Its actually only $30 a watch…

  • August 7, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    I want Star Wars condoms.

    • August 8, 2015 at 1:01 am

      Large scale lightsaber battles!

    • August 8, 2015 at 4:44 am

      Who’s gonna know you’re using them? Oh wait. You’ll never use them.

      • August 8, 2015 at 8:27 am

        That’s because they’re worth more in an unopened package.

        • August 9, 2015 at 12:24 pm

          I’d have thought the opened ones would be the valuable ones – what with being so rare

  • August 7, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    I’m as giddy as a school boy!!

    • August 7, 2015 at 11:48 pm

      “Ah, Venice.”

  • August 7, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    New trailer september 4, is that possible?

    • August 8, 2015 at 12:14 am

      There is probably going to be a trailer at d23 or whatever it is called.

      • August 8, 2015 at 2:51 am

        While I wish you were right, JJ himself said that the trailer wouldn’t be coming out until the fall. Again, I hope you’re right.

  • August 8, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Great news for Australian fans! We may no get a bluray of rebels but we will get The Force Awakens before anybody else
    Posters are up here for a release date of December 17

    • August 8, 2015 at 1:04 am

      italy has release on 16th. hah.

      • August 8, 2015 at 1:16 am

        Anaheim DEC16th for Imax 3d

    • August 8, 2015 at 11:58 am

      That’s because movies here in Australia typically/always release on Thursdays. Never really understood why… but that just seems to be the case.

  • August 8, 2015 at 12:30 am

    But it was announced that you’ll get Rebels on bluray.

    December 17?
    Midnight of 17 and 18? It can be 17 everywhere – from a certain point of view.

    There are more countries in Europe where it will be released at midnight.

    • August 8, 2015 at 12:57 am

      Czech Republic and Slovakia December 16 midnight. (6 PM New York time)

      • August 8, 2015 at 1:04 am

        Italy too….

    • August 8, 2015 at 1:42 am

      Yes but Australia is also one day ahead

      • August 8, 2015 at 6:14 am

        That is impossible mate, if you take time as a unit of distance and use it to travel around the globe, you would end up where you started on your 24th hour. It is impossible to be ‘a day ahead’. On the East-coast of Aus we cross over to the next day 10 hours ahead of the UK (9 at the moment because of daylight savings). Italy runs on GMT+2.

        If you do the math, 12:01am on the 16th of December in Italy will be 9:01am on the 16th of December in Australia.

        • August 8, 2015 at 2:13 pm

          I think they meant “a day ahead” from the perspective of, when it’s Friday early morning on east coast Australia, it’s Thursday morning/afternoon in west coast USA.

          Given the Australian release of the 17th of December, we’ll actually get TFA more than 24 hours ahead of the USA.

    • August 8, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      December 17 as in 12:01 am Thursday the 17th of December.
      It’s pretty common for films with international release dates to actually start a day sooner.

  • August 8, 2015 at 12:33 am

    No six inch black series figures?

    • August 8, 2015 at 1:03 am


  • August 8, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Wow! Some actual merchandise. I’m glad that they brought back the transforming heads/vehicles but only 1-2 vehicle/figures per set? Hasbro really has fallen pretty far in the past 5 years.

  • August 8, 2015 at 2:33 am

    I Speak

    • August 8, 2015 at 3:25 am

      The ability to speak doesn’t make you intelligent.

      (Actually, that would really depend on one’s definition of intelligence. I think Lucas should’ve used the word ‘smart’. But I digress.)

  • August 8, 2015 at 3:04 am

    FO Star Destroyer looks like Deep Dish pizza.

    • August 8, 2015 at 3:12 am

      Keeping the grand ‘ol tradition of the hamburger with an olive to the side and the double chili tie.

  • August 8, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Cool! Force Friday is gonna be epic. I’m getting a kylo ren shirt and figure

  • August 8, 2015 at 3:51 am

    xbox one controller yes!

  • August 8, 2015 at 4:12 am

    The packaging and the models look a bit 80ish or 70ish. I like it. But it’s strange.

  • August 8, 2015 at 5:29 am

    As expected, nothing here for the girls.

    • August 8, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Depends on the girl

    • August 8, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Girls can’t play with these toys? How come?

      • August 8, 2015 at 7:44 pm

        I mean no toys aimed specifically for girls. As always, it’s just boys, boys, boys.

        • August 9, 2015 at 1:23 pm

          Sure it’s marketed towards boys… but honestly, how do you make action figures for girls?

          • August 9, 2015 at 11:30 pm


  • August 8, 2015 at 6:19 am

    Probably only going for the 1st wave figs….Rey’s speeder,maybe Kylo’s saber,the odd X-wing,Solo’s blaster……everything else.

  • August 8, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Hey did anyone notice that at rhe bottom of one if the first Walmart info pics it says they will have a page on their site featuring “trailers”? Is this confirmation of a new trail inbound?

    • August 8, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Yea. It says something that if the customers can’t find what they’re looking for, direct them to walmart.com for movie info, TRAILER, etc. could this mean a new trailer for us coming soon? D23? Force Friday? A new trailer would link all the toys together.

      • August 8, 2015 at 6:03 pm

        A new trailer on FF (or shortly before) would definitely put everyone (generally speaking) in a buying mood. It would be a good call on Disney’s part.

  • August 8, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Wait until you find out all of JJ’s “practical effects” are him playing battle with these stupid toys going “vroosshhh” “Pew pew”

  • August 8, 2015 at 9:32 am

    The Micromachines sets are so vintage. The Falcon reminds me of the huge Death Star set from 1997.

  • August 8, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I’m excited for the merch, but I’m saving up my money for repeat TFA viewings – a dozen or more. I’ve waited too long for this film.

  • August 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    This is all so damned cool. I really do feel like I’m 10 or 15 again. I remember the Stormtrooper microset… that I still own somewhere.

    Nothing else to say really other than this makes me feel all warm and fuzzy =D

    • August 8, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      Star Wars + Christmas = childhood revisited

  • August 8, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    There was some Kylo playing cards doing the rounds on Twitter this morn…..edit,just had a quick look for them and they seem to be fakes,look cool though

  • August 8, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Oh mooey mooey. I love you

  • August 8, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Kylo is hot-tempered? Interesting contrast to Darth Vader I see.

    • August 8, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      That’s right because as I recall…Darth Vader is…Well, he’s hot blooded, check it and see. He’s got a fever of a hundred and three.

  • August 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Kylo Ren is not very visually interesting to me. I realize this, now that I’m seeing his image in so much promotional material. As much as I’m looking forward to this movie, I can’t help but think they better give him some really interesting character development to compensate for the drab look.

    • August 8, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      Yea it’s kinda lame he’s so boring to look at. Vader and Maul had the perfect villain look. Kylo ren has a lame name unless he’s going to be called Darth ren sometime in the movie and his mask drives me crazy with those stupid lines!! Also his cloak is brown when he should be all black.

    • August 9, 2015 at 5:46 am

      I think he’s hot.

      But that’s just me. 😉

  • August 8, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Star Destroyer looks cool

  • August 8, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Anyone else find the placement of the watches on the lower center of the stormtrooper art a little… unfortunate?

  • August 8, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Kylo ren comes up in the Google search bar before Kylie Jenner. More people love Star Wars than that dumbass thank god lol

  • August 8, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Needs more GONK!

  • August 10, 2015 at 9:10 pm


    After killing Han Solo, Kylo Ren gets his ass kicked and ends up cosplaying Darth Vader…

    THAT, is TFA’s 3rd act in a nutshell.

  • September 4, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    New Star Wars Movies Announced as Disney Enters Agreement to Acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. The long conjectured third Star Wars trilogy has kept fans guessing for decades, and may even have a few numerologists working on their mysteries.

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