Hasbro has released new images teasing the “Star Wars” toys that the company will be bringing to this year’s New York City Toy Fair. The showstopper is a black and red replica of X-wing fighter pilot Poe Dameron’s helmet from “The Force Awakens.” The photos also include a Nerf Glowstrike Stormtrooper Deluxe Blaster and Rey Bladebuilders Path of the Force Lightsaber.
The Black Series Poe Dameron Electronic Helmet isn’t just a replica of the helmet worn by the pilot played by Oscar Isaac in the 2015 “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”; it also makes sounds. When it releases, the helmet will play X-wing and TIE fighter sound effects, as well as a few of BB-8’s chirps and chitters.
The Nerf Glowstrike Stormtrooper Deluxe Blaster is a practical upgrade for the intergalactic policing force that seems to favor quantity over accuracy. The replica weapon will include Nerf darts.
Finally, Hasbro will bring the Rey Bladebuilders Path of the Force Lightsaber to Toy Fair this year. The inclusion is a curious one, as Rey — the central force-sensitive character played by Daisy Ridley in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — has only ever used Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber. The toy could be a hint that Rey will be getting her own lightsaber, or that she will be continue using Skywalker’s lightsaber.
The blade has certainly traveled quite the distance since the original “Star Wars.” It was, after all, Anakin’s to begin with.
New York City Toy Fair runs February 18 – 21. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, “The Last Jedi” — the next installment of the “Star Wars” franchise — stars returning actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis, and is set to open on December 15.