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If you decided to secure your TVC Stormtrooper (Mimban) from eBay when we posted this a while back they are starting to arrive. JTA reader Nathaniel wrote in to let us know he received his, and in perfect condition. If you want to pay a little more to secure this instead of relying on Walmart to actually make their stock available, there are plenty of auctions to choose from now… at a premium.
JTA reader Matthew alerted us to this video featuring some fantastic 6″ scale custom vehicles in scale with The Black Series line. These were on display recently at the Mexico City Unboxing Toy Convention. If Hasbro made something like these, especially the Snow Speeder, what would you pay for them? Sound off in the comments!
As you all know, The Vintage Collection Resistance Rey has already hit shelves about a month ago. Walmart is just the best retailer and I’m so glad that whenever I go I find just the Star Wars toys I’m looking for. Our friends at Banthaskull agree in their latest article. Is your experience the same? Snap a photo and let Hasbro know how well Walmart does at selling their products in our comments below…
You can stuff your sorries in a sack, TARGET! We suppose it was inevitable, but TARGET is once again sending out “sorry for the delay” emails for The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Gamorrean Guard 6″ figure, now stating that the earliest they may be able to fill the order is mid-September. What’s more, the email advises that you may need to “approve” this new delivery date. So pay attention to your inbox! It’s always good to double your production on the most popular army-building OT characters. Just sayin’.
Our “You Bespin Me Round (Like A Record)” continues with Lobot who was Lando’s aide. It’s a great figure, but perhaps he is too short. Relive your memories of this classic 1981 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!
JTA reader CadeSky reports in from New Hampshire that he found the latest TBS 6″ wave at his local GameStop for $19.99. Thanks for the alert Chris! Let us know in the comments if your local GameStop has anything worthy.
Hi JTA crew, just wanted to let you know that I found the Bespin Han at two different GameStops in NH today. I was really surprised to find this figure. Curiously, there was no sign of the Rebel Trooper at either location, and an employee couldn’t find it in the system. Now the thing I was really happy about was that they were selling Han for MSRP (usually GameStop’s price on TBS figures is $22.99). Just wanted to get the word out so that people can check their local GameStops too.
If you missed out on the Doctor Aphra Comic Set at Hasbro Toy Shop today, you still have a chance to pay a “reasonable” price for it on eBay. There are sellers that have it for just a little over MSRP and some have a FREE shipping option. If you consider you didn’t need to buy a plane ticket or convention admission to get it, then this is a steal! 3.75″ for the win forever!
Hasbro Toy Shop added all three SDCC exclusive products pages to their site on June 18th revealing an August 13th availability date. Let’s see if that pans out today! Good luck to all!
Orders are LIVE!
UPDATE: Aphra set is OUT OF STOCK!
Our “You Bespin Me Round (Like A Record)” marathon continues with the favorite Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) figure. It’s one of Kenner’s best. Relive your memories of this classic 1981 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!
JTA reader and #backthebarge backer Frank H. eagerly produced patches celebrating this momentous accomplishment by The Vintage Collection 3.75″ super-articulated collecting community. You can buy the patch for $8.00 shipped on eBay. Show your support for his initiative creating this memento and #backthepatch next!
This weekend for giggles I went on my first toy run probably since the “Solo” product launch. (For the record, I found nothing of importance on Wookiee Weekend either.) What I found on shelves this weekend disappointingly didn’t surprise me. I am so used to a letdown in the toy aisles of my local TARGET and Walmart stores that if I did find something of interest I might need a defibrillator. I couldn’t even muster up enough energy to take the cell phone from my pocket to snap a picture of the shelves so I could post an article about how badly the state of Star Wars retail is in this current era of collecting. Maybe I don’t have to do that anyway. I get plenty of reports from our readers. But if you post too much truth, you get a reputation for always posting “the sky is falling” and that your site doesn’t post “positive” stories. (more….)
Guess who else followed suit to mark down The Black Series [Phase III] Rey’s Speeder (Jakku) 6″ vehicle? Right now you can secure one on Amazon for $14.99 with Prime. Thanks to all who wrote in to alert us!
Hole In The Ground Productions is preparing to launch a crowdfunding campaign to convert some of their existing resin diorama parts into injection molded parts with extra features. This will also pave the way for new items. But it can only be done with your assistance. Click below to learn more about the campaign. YOu can also contact them at email@example.com.
Our “You Bespin Me Round (Like A Record)” continues with the scarred Dengar bounty hunter figure. He looks great, but perhaps a little too friendly. Relive your memories of this classic 1981 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!
We are getting notified left and right by collectors eagerly anticipating the arrival of the The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Gamorrean Guard figures, and the updates they’re getting from TARGET are some of the most bizarre things we have ever seen. Some orders are getting canceled. Some orders are entirely shipping. And some orders with multiple units are in more than one shipment. (We’ve seen as many as three separate packages for one order.) It’s almost as if TARGET is scrambling to fulfill these orders and didn’t anticipate how many of the pig guards they’d need to fill orders. But we did. We wish you all the best of luck and hope that your orders get completed with the happiest results possible. I hope that Hasbro and TARGET are ALREADY working on a reorder for this hot exclusive. It’s the only way this figure will meet demand. Let us know of your updates in our comments.
We’re saving the full gallery and review for Halloween, October 31st this yer, but you can check out a first look sneak peek at R4-BOO18, the latest figure in Disney’s Droid Factory line.
Our latest Visual Guide addition takes a look at the International Toys R Us exclusive Stormtrooper (With Blast Accessories) 6-Inch figure. Click below to have a look at our guide page. Make sure to also stop by our review as we take a complete look at this figure.
Holy cow! The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Luke’s Landspeeder and Rey’s Speeder are BOTH only $14.99 each at BestBuy.com. FREE shipping is available for rewards members! Special thanks to friend Steve U. for the alert!
My very good friend Chris Swanski (who derived WAY too much pleasure from my swear-word typo on Facebook messenger yesterday) suggested that I should let our audience know that the Doctor Aphra Comic Set is going for ALARMINGLY low aftermarket prices on eBay. Many are just a couple of dollars about standard MSRP, and even more, have FREE shipping. Sure, this item has yet to hit Hasbro Toy Shop yet (we’re about two days away from that by the way), but if you’re interested or worried that you might miss this or the other exclusives, it feels that the right time to bite is now.
Our “You Bespin Me Round (Like A Record)” marathon of The Empire Strikes Back Series 4 figures begins today with the lovely Ugnaught figure. It is a great small-statured action figure. Relive your memories of this classic 1981 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!
We’re finishing adding the latest The Vintage Collection wave to our Visual Guides with the addition of Enfys Nest (VC125). Click below to check out the full guide, and make sure to also check out our full review of this figure right here.
JTA sponsor Brian’s Toys has posted their latest newsletter. Click here for all of the details…
NEW FIGURES! The Black Series [Phase III] Stormtrooper (With Blast Accessories) provides a strong example of the disconnect between Hasbro and the adult collecting community and how distribution is wholly in the gutter. It truly is. With retail dying a grim death, is there any hope in sight for American collectors with this figure? We don’t know. But maybe you won’t care. See this mediocre figure 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.
Tonight’s Visual Guide update takes a look at the online exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] 6-Inch Admiral Piett. Click below for a complete look at this figure, and click here for a complete review.
Star Wars Authentics is offering a special Gift with Purchase… Make a $49.99 or higher autograph order and you will receive an exclusive 5-card Topps Star Wars trading card set. Each set contains five cards featuring scenes from the original classic Star Wars: A New Hope and is sequentially numbered to 50.
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NEW FIGURES! The Black Series [Phase III] Admiral Piett isn’t as good as General Veers, but he still turned out well. Find out 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.
I hope this is only PART of Walmart’s new plan-o-gram for Star Wars because The Vintage Collection is nowhere to be found on it. How does Hasbro expect them to put out the Rey (Island Journey) figure if there is no spot on the shleves for her. I guess it would be too dramatic to say “Star Wars collecting is dead,” right? Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Walter P. for the report.
The Imperial Death Trooper (VC127) gets repacked in The Vintage Collection. Check out our full Visual Guide below! You can also check out our thoughts on this addition to TVC wave 18 right here in our full review.
Digital photo site Shutterfly asked more than 1,000 people for a representative survey what defining movie of the 2010s they would put in a time capsule to conserve for posterity. And the winner with the most votes: The Force Awakens. But when you look at the details of the results an interesting trend can be seen that should be cause for alarm for Disney. Click through for details.
UPDATE: The Vintage Collection Wave 3 added!
JTA reader Edward C.D. sends us a great store report. He managed to score the GameStop exclusive Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room) for $10 (which is 50% off of the clearance price). Why aren’t fans of The Last Jedi buying these in spades? He writes “Got this at GameStop in New Paltz, NY. 50% off all clearance… Snoke is worth $10, surely! Still some great surprise finds out there.” Proof is below!