These aren’t the figurines Lucasfilm is looking for.Star Wars Action News
For the last decade, Marjorie Carvalho and her husband have produced Star Wars Action News, a podcast dedicated to Star Wars collectibles of all sorts. Predictably, they’ve had a lot to talk about, as waves of action figures and other collectibles have been launched in the run-up to the much-anticipated release of Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens next week.
Waves of action figures have been released, but on Tuesday, a Star Wars Action News staffer saw something he shouldn’t have—and bought it. A 3 3/4″ action figure of “Rey,” a female character from The Force Awakens, was on display in a Walmart in Iowa, apparently earlier than it should have been. The staff member bought it for $6.94 plus tax, no questions asked. The following day, he posted pictures of the Rey figure on Star Wars Action News’ Facebook page.
“Have we known this figure was coming?” the staffer, named Justin, asked in the post. “I just found her at Walmart—no new other figures.”
A short time later, Carvalho got a surprising message.
“A friend texted my husband saying, hey, are you getting sued?” said Carvalho in an interview with Ars. The image from the Facebook post…