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Although Hasbro is going through a learning curve with “photorealistic” technology for The Vintage Collection figures, most collectors agree what an incredible enhancement it is to the line. But now that Hasbro updated four action figure 2010 with this glorious new deco approach, it makes us want other figures updated with this beautiful enhancement too. As long as Hasbro keeps the “repacked” case assortments out of the main line and separate as they did for the first four figures, I think this could work out well for everyone.

As you know, we recently reviewed all four updated figures HERE. But are there other action figures from the first phase of The Vintage Collection that you’d like to see updated as well? Are some characters more important than others? Keep in mind that we’re only talking about human likenesses here, as they’re the only figures that Hasbro can implement this technology right now. So that should help to narrow down the candidates.

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Army-building changed forever with the release of Entertainment Earth’s exclusive 2005 OTC Clone Trooper Troop Builder 4-Pack sets. Let’s continue with the Clone Trooper Troop Builder 4-Pack [Colored Without Battle Damage] next. 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.

Clone Trooper Troop Builder 4-Pack [Colored Without Battle Damage]

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Celebration Chicago 2019: Road Squadron

Check out some of the amazing custom cars, dubbed Road Squadron, on display just at the edge of the main convention center exhibit hall. 

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It seems the prop builders from around the world outdo themselves every Celebration! This year was no exception as we were treated to a full-scale X-wing Fighter and a walk-through of the Millenium Falcon, just to name a few. Here’s a look at many of the props and photo ops from around the main hall. 

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Celebration Chicago 2019: Diorama Builders Workshop

This year’s theme at the Diorama Builders Workshop was the Battle of Scarif. Click through to check out some of the Day 5 build gallery images of this amazing and fun feature at Celebration!

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Fandango interviewed JJ Abrams at SWCC and he talked a bit about The Force Awakens, and adresses the criticism that the movie was too similar to A New Hope. According to Abrams they didn’t set out to copy any one Star Wars movie on purpose. Then he goes on and talks about what it meant to write the script for The Rise of Skywalker and how they (meaning JJ Abrams and Chris Terio) very much wanted to make sure that they are not inadvertently influenced by one thing for Episode IX. According to Abrams it was not about “let’s choose that one and make a riff on that”, which is a concern that was voiced by many fans. But still, according to Abrams The Rise of Skywalker is the culmination of Episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and it was their job to figure out how exactly it accomplishes that. You can watch the entire (quite short) interview on Fandango’s Twitter page or by clicking on the image below!

JJ Abrams

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LEGO Darth Vader Bust Available To Redcard Members!

The Celebration exclusive LEGO Darth Vader Bust is up at Target. Cost is $39.99 and is one per Redcard holder. Order at TARGET.com. Special thanks to JTA reader John L. for the alert!

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Star Wars Celebration Chicago: Droid Builders

Star Wars Celebration Chicago may have ended, but we have a few more galleries to post for our coverage. Check out our trip to the Droid Builders room, always an amazing experience! Get the full gallery right here!

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Army-building changed forever with the release of Entertainment Earth’s exclusive 2005 OTC Clone Trooper Troop Builder 4-Pack sets. Let’s continue with the Clone Trooper Troop Builder 4-Pack [White With Battle Damage] next. 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.

Clone Trooper Troop Builder 4-Pack [White With Battle Damage]

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Kathleen Kennedy Speaks About The Future Of Star Wars

MTV News interviewed Kathleen Kennedy and she briefly talks about the things they are looking at, now that the Skywalker saga is coming to an end with Episode IX. Kathleen Kennedy mentions in the interview that some of the new characters from the last three movies (it’s not clear if she merely refers to the sequel trilogy here or the actual last three movies which include Solo and Rogue One)  may return in future projects.
She also talks about a 10-year plan for Star Wars which she is discussing with Benioff & Weiss and Rian Johnson.
Knights of the Old Republic is also touched upon briefly and Kathleen Kennedy confirms that they are talking about that all the time and that they are “developing something to look at”, without going into specifics. And lastly, Kathleen Kennedy also says that they have to be careful, that there needs to be a cadence with Star Wars, that it must not start to feel like too much. Kennedy then admits that they tried with Solo, to see if two movies a year might work, and she admits that it didn’t. But check out the full interview for yourself, you can see the clip on the MTV News Twitter feed (or click the image to go there directly). So, what do you think? Do you like the prospect of a KOTOR project and the idea of seeing some Disney era characters return in future movies (or series)? And of course there’s the prospect of a Rian Johnson trilogy. Latest news here is that whatever Johnson and Benioff & Weiss are doing will be closely coordinated.

MTV News Interview Kathleen Kennedy

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All of the videos shown during the Mandalorian Panel at Star Wars Celebration have finally made it to YouTube in somewhat good quality. This is your chance to watch the two behind the scenes reels shown during the panel, the exclusive Mandalorian trailer and also the exclusive 5 minute preview of the pilot episode directed by Dave Filoni! Effects work  for some of the footage has not been finished yet apparently, but this will give you a good idea of what to expect. In my opinion The Mandalorian is absolutely on the right track, the look and feel of this show should make almost all fans very happy.

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The Walmart exclusive TVC Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) figure has been found at a brick and mortar store in Virginia. I suppose it’s possible these could be returns from online, but it’s aesthetically pleasing to see them hanging from the shelves to cover up so much junk behind it. Special thanks to JTA reader Thomas N. for the image and news!

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Walmart online has also added new figures to its pages, including the two featured below.

   

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File under: Why Walmart should not have Hasbro Star Wars exclusives. Ouch! What’s the deal with the Walmart exclusive Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) figure for $32.50 at Walmart.com? I can’t wait for the Jabba’s Palace (Adventure Set) to list for $124.99!

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Without a doubt, the best The Vintage Collection reveal for me is the convention exclusive Luke Skywalker three-pack. This set is the treatment the greatest hero of the Star Wars saga deserves. But I can’t help but think one way this set could have been improved. (more….)

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Army-building changed forever with the release of Entertainment Earth’s exclusive 2005 OTC Clone Trooper Troop Builder 4-Pack sets. Let’s begin with the Clone Trooper Troop Builder 4-Pack [White Without Battle Damage] first. 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.

Clone Trooper Troop Builder 4-Pack [White Without Battle Damage]

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We are wrapping up things on the convention floor with our final costuming And convention gallery! Click through for a look at cosplay and events from the final day of Celebration Chicago.

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Celebration Chicago 2019: ANOVOS

We stopped by the ANOVOS booth and checked out what they had to show off this year. Click through for our full gallery!

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Celebration Chicago 2019: Bandai

Check out what Bandai was showing off at their booth. Get the full gallery after the jump!

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Star Wars Celebration 2020 Will Be In Anaheim

Now, that may surprise some, but the next Star Wars Celebration will be held in Anaheim next year already. So what things could Lucasfilm show off in 2020? Season 2 of The Mandalorian? The Cassian Andor show? The Obi-Wan series? Something new and unexpected? Will you attend? I suppose this is the perfect excuse to visit Galaxy’s Edge and to spend some time with your fellow Star Wars fans!

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The MPAA Report 2018 And The Last Jedi

The MPAA released its annual report a short while ago. Unfortunately, since Solo failed to make the top five highest grossing movies of 2018, the MPAA report doesn’t offer a more detailed breakdown of the movie’s demographics, something we still had for The Last Jedi. However, the MPAA report has also a segment on home media performance. And here we can see how well The Last Jedi and Solo did. So click through for more info!

The Last Jedi Blu-Ray

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Poster For Star Wars Resistance Season 2 Revealed

The Star Wars Resistance panel was also held today at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. And while the livestream suddenly cut away from the panel, just as the the first episode of season 2 was about to be screened, we do have at least the poster to show you.

Star Wars Resistance Season 2

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Apparently Tam will be a First Order cadet named DT-533 in season 2, which is supposed to pick up right after season 1 ended, with the Colossus in space and Tam with the First Order. Not much else is known at the moment, but more news will certainly leak. Will you follow season 2 of Resistance which will air later in 2019? I think season 1 was more or less entertaining, but had too many filler episodes in which nothing of consequence happened. Maybe things will pick up speed in season 2, now that the First Order is invading the galaxy and with the Colossus in space.

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The Phantom Menace Panel was held at Star Wars Celebration just a short while ago and during the panel a video message by George Lucas for the fans was played. You can watch it here:

So The Phantom Menace is still one of George’s favorite movies and Jar-Jar is his favorite character. While some fans may disagree with him, he, as the creator, sees things from a different perspective and while The Phantom Menace has its faults, it still gave us many iconic scenes and even a few iconic characters. It was the Star Wars of a new generation. Not too much unlike the current sequel trilogy. Time will tell how we look back at the sequels in 20 years from now. What are your thoughts about The Phantom Menace? Were you there on release day? What do you remember? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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Many of you are curious to learn more about the “clean variation” of the TVC Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure that showed up on tunghori’s eBay store recently. We received our sample and added images of it to our gallery in the RDR including comparison shots. Simply put, this clean version of the Mimban Stormtrooper should give us a pretty good idea of what to expect from the upcoming TVC Rogue One Stormtrooper. It’s without any battle-damage markings at all and possesses a bone-white color which makes it unique to the other Imperial Stormtrooper action figures received to date, and we’re glad to have the figure in our collections now. The figure, to date, has not returned to this eBay seller’s store. Check out the update gallery HERE. You can still order this figure HERE at Walmart.com too.

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Celebration Chicago 2019: Hallmark

Want to see what Hallmark has on hand at SWCC? Get the full gallery after the jump!

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Amazon Once Again Restocks TVC "Photorealistic" Repacks!

The Vintage Collection repacks with new “photorealistic” deco are BACK IN STOCK at Amazon!

Click HERE for Darth Vader
Click HERE for Han Solo (Echo Base)
Click HERE for Luke Skywalker (Endor)
Click HERE for Princess Leia (Hoth)

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Nothing So See Here Move On, Move On...

I originally reported that the short interview with Tom Kane had been cut from the official recording of the livestream on the Star Wars YouTube channel. Several people commented that the clip is missing, I checked the recording by scrubbing through it two or three times and didn’t find it. But apparently it’s still there. Maybe I was just blind and didn’t see it. Anyway, you can find the clip around the 6 hour 36 minute mark. Nothing was deleted. Apologies for the confusion! 🙂

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The Rise Of Skywalker T-Shirts On Amazon!

Are you excited for The Rise Of Skywalker? Then be sure to get the official t-shirt. Amazon has multiple colors listed for $22.99 each!

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Here’s the review of the Jabba’s Palace (Adventure Set). It’s big, it’s beautiful, and you’re going to love it. Find out why this is a must-have purchase 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.

Jabba's Palace (Adventure Set)

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JTA reader Terminal Voracity sends a cool store report for the Walmart Exclusive TVC Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure. It’s now on Rollback at some retail locations. See images below for proof. By the way, you can still order the figure online HERE

    

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Well, I am not sure if Tom Kane is going to have a job after this. During an interview at Star Wars Celebration, he stated that for the last six years he’s voiced Admiral Ackbar. And he immediately explained his disdain for his character’s death in The Last Jedi. He said (paraphrased) “And I was not really thrilled how they blew him up outside of the ship. And I’m like who’s this Holdo woman? And nobody knows this. No one invested in this. Who is she? Why is she saving the fleet?” before the host interrupted him to change topics and looked nervously doing so. The host’s expression is classic. See the clip yourself before it gets edited out at the 3 hours 49-minutes mark of the live feed on YouTube.

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Holy mackerel. I am dumbfounded by The Vintage Collection Jabba’s Palace (Adventure Set). This is what I had wished for TVC since its inception back in 2010. And although it took almost a decade to happen, Hasbro finally gets it. When it comes to scenery and playsets and other things required to make the 3.75″ super-articulated masterpieces look more beautiful, this is one of the ways to do it. Jabba’s Palace (Adventure Set) comes with a solid plastic diorama of a cut of Jabba’s Palace. It then interacts wonderfully with the two figures exclusively included here, but also with so many other beautiful action figures produced years ago.

Exclusively included are TVC-carded versions of Han Solo (Carbonite) (VC136) and Ree-Yees (VC137). Han Solo disappointingly doesn’t come with “photorealistic” technology, but his paint operations are slightly improved from the 2015 release. His carbonite block is magnetized this time and hangs properly within the walls of Jabba’s Palace. Still, he’s based on The Empire Strikes Back, so we need a ROTJ-specific version of him. Seeing him carded this time in TVC-packaging is nice. Ree-Yees is markedly improved. The eyes look better than ever, and his coloring is brighter and more profound like it should be. And in all honesty, were it not for an exclusive retail set like this, we may have never gotten Ree-Yees packaged in The Vintage Collection. Both figures are a tremendous enhancement to this retailer exclusive, and make the $49.99 MSRP completely worth it for us.

The review is coming tomorrow, but feel free to check out the full gallery and other parts of the review right now. We worked up some cool scenes for you to enjoy and spent some time putting everything together for some screen-accurate presentations. Please leave your thoughts in the comments and be sure to come back for the full review tomorrow. By the way, our sample has a defect. The tauntaun’s right horn isn’t attached correctly, so we got stuck with an odd-looking trophy. Don’t let the error affect your appreciation of this set. Click HERE to check it out!

Jabba's Palace (Adventure Set)

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The Clone Wars Season 7 Discussion!

Discuss The Clone Wars Season 7 RIGHT HERE! Man oh man is this going to be a great “reboot” (I know it’s NOT a reboot) of the series!

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A First Look At The Mandalorian!

The Mandalorian panel just closed a few minutes ago. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni talked about the show and revealed a few details. Also on the panel were the three main characters Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano and Carl Weathers. And while not very much was revealed, almost nothing about the actual story, we did learn a few things! A sizzle reel was also shown, however, the YouTube stream faded to back when the footage was shown. But several Bothan spies were able to smuggle out the footage and we will show you some screenshots of the revealed footage! So click through for a look at The Mandalorian!

Mandalorian Crew

The 501st was asked to portray Stormtroopers on set – click for the much larger version

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