Word from Hasbro is that spring’s planned Droid Factory line has, in fact, been canceled. According to big H “…the Droid Factory has been Globally dropped. Some of the figures however will be used in other assortments this fall.”
What does this mean for the acton figure line? A rumoured new line, cryptically titled “Back in Black”, could be the replacement for Droid Factory. Both 4″ figures and some sort of deluxe line may be on the way. Hasbro were successful in 2012 at using the name Blue Harvest instead of Angry Birds to keep the line under wraps, so perhaps Back in Black will be Star Wars: Detours action figures… or something else entirely.
In these uncertain times for the action figure line, the rumoured line titles do little to clarify what we can expect – an additional new 4″ range, expected to be the same size as a basic figure, is titled “Mission Series Action Figures”. These are all listed alongside Movie Legends, Clone Wars and Vintage (extended with ‘Greatest Hits’ figures).
Hopefully Toy Fair will provide some clarity as to which figure lines will actually make it to store shelves in 2013…