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Hasbro held a Toy Fair preview event for investors and the powerpoint presentation for the event includes a very interesting slide about Hasbro Pulse. Please check out the screenshot below:
As you can see there’s a screenshot of a “1 year membership” to collect them all. And it’s $19.99. That could prove to be a hassle free way of getting all the figures. Now, the important question is if “collect them all” also includes the retailer exclusives or not. If that were so the membership might be quite attractive, since nobody would have to deal with Walmart etc. anymore. It is not known if something similar will be available for TVC. We’ll keep you posted!
Wow! Could this all be for the better? Site Seibertron has posted a fascinating article that Hasbro may be changing the approach to how they allow retail to order action figures. Maybe it will be possible for us to order solid cases of that Rogue One Imperial Stormtrooper, huh? Special thanks to JTA reader Forcehunter for the alert!
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Check out the very cool Yari Ashigaru Stormtrooper from the Tamashii Nations Meisho Movie Realization line, tonight’s Visual Guide Update. Click below for the full guide page, and stop by our review for extended galleries, commentary, and discussion.
Wow, lots of news today, and even more to come tomorrow with Hasbro’s NY Toy Fair panel. JJ Abrams tweeted today that the filming for Episode IX has come to a close. Hopefully that means we’ll get a trailer and a title soon!
It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all. pic.twitter.com/138AprtFuZ
— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) February 15, 2019
The Force is strong with this one! Introducing a brand-new Star Wars Premium Silver Foil Collection of replica comic book covers from New Zealand Mint!
This first striking foil features the Star Wars #1 cover from April 1977, commemorating the first issue of the Star Wars series of comic books. The replica design is based on Howard Chaykin’s original Star Wars convention poster, which became one of the most valuable posters in the Star Wars collecting world.
Our friends at the We Backed The Barge Facebook page have received confirmation that a NEW TVC Skiff and ana skiff guard 3-pack are forthcoming in The Vintage Collection. This might make all of Hasbro’s past grievances erased. I didn’t hear about an “all-new” skiff, but anything is possible at this rate! Incredible news! That 3-pack MUST contain newness, or it’s going to be a major disappointment!
UPDATE: Litzky PR/Hasbro has contacted us and asked us to remove all information from this post.
You can now order the latest The Vintage Collection and The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures on Hasbro Pulse. Click the image below for more information!
Hasbro will have their Toy Fair event on Saturday. There are rumors (Skiff-sized rumors) of what we might see, but maybe there are also a few surprises in store. So… what are your hopes for tomorrow? What would you like to see? And what is it you expect to see? What we will most certainly not see is any product for Episode IX, unless Disney has changed their tune and eased up on their secrecy, which is very unlikely.
Hot Toys announced a brand new Commander Cody figure earlier today! His tentative release date is Q1 or Q2 2020, so plan ahead! This Cody comes with an unmasked head, an alternative helmeted sculpt plus various accessories. You will get the usual hands, various blasters, a jet pack which can be magnetically attached, plus the obligatory stand. You will also get light up holograms of Palpatine, Obi-Wan, Yoda and an Airborne Trooper, which Cody can hold in his hand.
Check out many more photos on the official Hot Toys website!
Let’s do a random review today! Let’s check out the Ponda Baba 12 Inch Figure. It’s the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.
We are starting a new category of updates for our Visual Guides featuring modern updates to our older, outdated Visual Guides into our newer, cleaner, hi-resolution format. Our standard updates will focus on items that don’t previously exist in any Visual Guide format, while these new updates will rebuild our old guides. Our first Visual Guide Rewind features the last two Expanded Universe Vehicles from 1998. Click below to check out updates for both the Airspeeder and Cloud Card. Make sure to check out the Research Droids Reviews for these as well.
Insider posted this video yesterday on the face-printing tech Hasbro uses. It’s quite fascinating. They show examples from Marvel Legends and The Black Series 6″. No mention that TVC has started using this tech, though. Take a look!
Today is Valentine’s Day. But maybe instead of just subsidzing the flower industry to show you care for your loved one, why not also talk about our love for Star Wars action figures? Between Hasbro’s Q4 financial reports and somewhat thoughtful articles only a short while ago, I think it’s the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves why we are into this hobby in the first place: action figures we love! So what is your current or alltime favorite Star Wars action figure? Scale does not matter, Hot Toys or Funko Pop, anything goes! Click through for my pick and then let’s see what your favorite figures are!
We’re finishing up the wonderful 1998 Expanded Universe line. Let’s end with the Ralph McQuarrie-inspired Airspeeder (with exclusive Airspeeder Pilot). This fantastic line STILL looks great today. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.
A major Star Wars rumor is circulating on Twitter right now: Rian Johnson may have left Star Wars after all the negative reaction to The Last Jedi.
Website Superbromovies has a short article about Rian Johnson’s alleged departure from Star Wars. With no official announcement at all we can only speculate and wait for confirmation. Until then consider it a rumor. It may not be true after all. All we can say is that late last year, when Bob Iger talked about upcoming Star Wars movie projects, Iger only mentioned Benioff & Weiss and no word was said about Rian Johnson.
We’ll wait to see how this pans out before we’ll accept comments from our readers. Thanks for your patience on this.
UPDATE: Rian Johnson just posted on Twitter that the rumor is false and that he is still working on his Star Wars trilogy.
We’re looking at the incredible 1998 Expanded Universe line. All of the basic figures are completed, but we never got to the “concept art” vehicles. Let’s continue with the Ralph McQuarrie-partially-inspired Cloud Car (with exclusive Cloud Car Pilot). This fantastic line STILL looks excellent today. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.
Our Visual Guide update for tonight takes a look back at the Expanded Universe Speeder Bike. Click below to check out the Visual Guide for this cool set, then head on over and also check out our full review.
Welcome to another one of our JTA Presents: Evolutions features! Let’s check out how close or far we are from having an ideal Hasbro 3.75″ AT-RT Driver action figure. Have we arrived at definitive status yet? Weigh in and let us know what conclusion you’ll come to by clicking through and adding your two cents in the comments!
Diamond Select Toys is about to finalize the purchase of several Gentle Giant assets. DST will take on all the existing licensed toylines, they will also take over manufacturing and distribution for most of Gentle Giant’s lines. Gentle Giant’s collector club will continue operations. You can read more details about the deal on the official Gentle Giant Ltd. website!
Did you ever wonder what will happen to your collection when you become one with the Force? I often wonder if people deep down inside feel that they’ll have their collections with them “on the other side.” And I also wonder if the generation that needed to have them all is but a remnant of who they once were. ABBA, whining, super-articulated Star Wars action figure collecting, and dying – it’s all ahead. (more….)
We’re switching gears once again! It’s now time to complete the 1998 Expanded Universe line. All of the basic figures are completed, but we never got to the “concept art” vehicles. Let’s begin with the Joe Johnston-inspired Speeder Bike (with exclusive Rebel Speeder Bike Pilot). This fantastic line STILL looks great today. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.
The new owners of Toys “R” Us want to bring the brand back to the United States. But they can’t say when it will happen. The troubled toy company found another life last month as Tru Kids Brands, roughly half a year after Toys “R” Us closed the last of its stores in the United States. It is now owned by the company’s former creditors. More than 700 American Toys “R” US stores closed last spring. But the company kept 900 stores open in Europe, Asia and India. The new owners have plans to open another 70 stores overseas — mostly in Asia — by the end of the year. They’re also considering plans for the US market, including brick-and-mortar stores and online sales, though it’s not clear when a relaunch would happen. FOX6 has the full story.
We’re adding the latest Topps release to our Topps Index tonight, along with our box break gallery. Check out the full checklist for Star Wars Black & White: The Empire Strikes Back. You can find this hobby box on Amazon, or order directly from Topps.com.
Tonight’s Visual Guide update takes a look at the repacked Walmart exclusive BB-8 12-Inch figure from the Star Wars [Solo] line. Click below to check out the full Visual Guide. Make sure to also revisit the review for this figure right here.