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Review: Bossk (Bounty Hunter) - ESB - Vintage Kenner

Our “Some Like It Hoth” run of vintage Kenner reviews continues with another bounty hunter mail-away figure: Bossk (Bounty Hunter) from The Empire Strikes Back line. Let’s check him out a little more closely. Relive your memories of this classic 1980 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!

Bossk (Bounty Hunter)

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The Star Wars And The Power Of Costume tour is currently residing in Detroit, and JTA reader Aldo S. visited the attraction. He sent us some images to share with you. I have visited this exhibit in NYC, and it was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. I highly suggest checking it out if it comes close to your area too. Check out the gallery on Facebook.

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New loose images of The Vintage Collection Imperial TIE Fighter have surfaced on social media and we’re disappointed to report that the Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot is the same old 2008 The Legacy Collection Evolutions sculpt. Specifically, it looks like the Lieutenant Oxixio figure from 2011’s SW [SOTDS] Battle Over Endor (1 of 2) set. Check out the gallery of new images on our Facebook page! Special thanks to JTA reader Matthew C. for the news!

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The community saw a spike in sales when Hasbro announced that they decided to include an exclusive carded version of Yak Face in the Barge earlier this year. But when they revealed the price of the Imperial Combat Assault Tank, many members of the Star Wars collecting community cried out in horror over the steep price. However, they quickly followed up asking “does that price include a figure?” (more….)

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The store reports and delivery reports are pouring in that the GameStop exclusive Clone Commander Wolffe 6″ figure is arriving! If you haven’t seen this figure up close yet, check our our RDR on it HERE! Clone Commander Wolffe is currently IN STOCK at GameStop.com too if you’re interested! Special thanks to JTA reader cress for this report!

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It's Gorgeous, But Not $119.99 Gorgeous....

You think we have it bad in the USA when it comes to The Vintage Collection’s Imperial Combat Assault Tank? Friend and JTA reader Jamie D. sends us a report that this gorgeous vehicle has hit his local Canadian Toys R Us store and the MSRP is $119.99. Yikes. The line will not thrive with these ridiculous prices. By the way, see our full review on this amazing vehicle in our RDRs HERE.

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Friends & Family 25% Discount Now At Shop Disney!

It’s Friends & Family time at Shop Disney. Use promo code DISNEYPAL at checkout for 25% off your order! Check out all of their cool Star Wars stuff HERE!

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Should Hasbro Do Or Not Do Shadows Of The Empire Now?

If you were collecting the modern Star Wars toy line “back in the day,” you’ll remember the exciting storyline of Shadows Of The Empire, a series of events that took place in between The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. During the multimedia event, Kenner produced a line of toys in support of the story, and it went over hugely with collectors. So we ask today. Is there any interest to see these characters update in The Vintage Collection and The Black Series 6″ lines? Let us know in the comments.

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Sponsor Announcement: Big Boy Collectibles

JTA sponsor Big Boy Collectibles has The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Enfy Nest’s Swoop Bike in stock. They are also taking pre-orders for Han Solo (Bespin), Rebel Trooper and Tobias Beckett! Order yours today!

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A social media user asked Bluefin Brands’ if we’d see “good guys” soon in the Movie Realization line. See what they teased in response. Special thanks to JTA reader Matthew C. for the tip.

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Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled a new Darth Maul Life-Size Bust. Click here to check out the full-size preview page. 

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Our “Some Like It Hoth” run of vintage Kenner reviews continues with a little bit of a perplexing figure; the Rebel Soldier (Hoth Battle Gear) character. Who is this character exactly? Let’s check him out a little more closely. Relive your memories of this classic 1980 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!

Rebel Soldier (Hoth Battle Gear)

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Well, here we go again. Many of the latest The Vintage Collection figures are no Add-on Items at Amazon.com, listed for about half their MSRP. See the list for yourself. This is a tip to Hasbro that straight repacks should be the minority, not the majority, especially Sequel Trilogy repacks. No one wants them. NOT relegated to Add-on Item status: OT Hoth Trooper. Special thanks to JTA reader Agustin for the alert!

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Dee Bradley Baker, who voiced the all of the clones on The Clone Wars, has posted something on his Twitter feed about the upcoming SDCC TCW panel:

#StarWars :the Clone Wars fans: I’m just gonna say, you don’t want to miss this. #Comicon2018

Now, why would he say that? Is it possible, against all odds, that we might get more animated The Clone Wars? Dialogue was recorded for several more seasons, just saying… What do you think? I believe fans would be over the moon if the unfinished episodes see the light of day, maybe on the streaming service… Is it too much to hope for?

The Clone Wars

The Clone Wars

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Recently I looked at some of the Disney era characters that need a Black Series figure. Today I want to do the same for the Original Trilogy. It’s not easy making a list of just ten characters, so I cheated a bit here and there. Anyway, click through for my top 10 picks of Original Trilogy characters that need a Black Series figure!

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And they lived happily ever after

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Robot Kingdom Announces NEW TVC Imperial TIE Fighter

Robot Kingdom has just listed an exclusive The Vintage Collection Imperial TIE Fighter vehicle with Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot for pre-order. Special thanks to JTA readers Michael G., Matthew C. and elfcreative for the alerts! Pre-order it HERE.

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Our “Some Like It Hoth” run of vintage Kenner reviews continues with a personal favorite: the Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) figure. Relive your memories of this classic 1980 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!

Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear)

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Hasbro has sent out San Diego Comic Con exclusives, and tonight we have a full gallery for you to enjoy of the Special Action Figure Set (Doctor Aphra Comic Set). The set is very, very nice. Here are some quick points about it. The set is overpriced by about 100%. At most, the set should cost no more than $34.99. Doctor Aphra is an all-new figure. BT-1 (Beetee) is based on the original astromech droid Build A Droid sculpt (it even has the 2008 date stamp on it) but comes with a new dome and some pretty incredible accessories. 0-0-0 (Triple Zero) looks fantastic and should have been sold as a basic figure before Doctor Aphra. It shows that Hasbro still isn’t focusing The Vintage Collection toys on the market who will buy it. The tooling on Triple Zero has worn over time, sadly. The parts don’t stay on as tightly as they should anymore. Hasbro could have easily glued them on instead, so we’re thankful that the figure still has playability. Anyway, check out our complete gallery. The review is about two-weeks out (we have a lot going on right now), but you can check out all of the important stuff now.

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Nominations for the 70th Emmy Awards were announced today and Star Wars Rebels was among the nominees. In total, the final season of Star Wars Rebels received three nominations. The series was once again nominated in the Outstanding Children’s Program category. In addition, underappreciated composer Kevin Kiner was nominated in the Outstanding Music Composition For A Series category for his work on the Rebels’ series finale. Kiner and Star Wars Rebels will face off against Emmy juggernauts Game of Thrones and Westworld in that category. Finally, Star Wars Rebels was nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation. Congratulations to the cast and crew of Star Wars Rebels  for their latest Emmy nominations and an impressive four seasons of Star Wars television! Click here to see the full list of nominees.

 

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It’s hard to believe, but San Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner. Before it begins, we wanted you to weigh in on your speculation of what licensees, specifically Hasbro, will reveal this year at the show. We’ve been hinted since Toy Fair that 2019 will be a year like no other in a very long time, post the Golden Age of Collecting. But will those rumors be revealed to be true? Anyway, let us know what expectations you have for The Vintage Collection, The Black Series 6″ line, vehicles, multipacks, and stuff from other licensees in our comments.

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Review: FX-7 (Medical Droid) - ESB - Vintage Kenner

Our “Some Like It Hoth” run of vintage Kenner reviews continues with the incredible FX-7 (Medical Droid) figure. In 2001, Hasbro released a definitive version of this figure on their very first try, but see this action figure’s historical start 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!

FX-7 (Medical Droid)

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I have an exclusive sneak peek of wave 17 (wave 28) of The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line! Han Solo (Bespin) is about what we all expected. He looks great, but there is nothing extraordinary about him. Samples will vary from one another, so be sure to find one with good eyes. Our sample looks good, but we think he could look a tad better. He is loaded with articulation and favors Harrison Ford very much. The Rebel Trooper is awesome, but some things about him bug us. Firstly, I don’t like the name. This character is a Rebel Fleet Trooper. Also, this sculpt is unequivocally Lieutenant Pello Scrambas, so you can’t army build this guy. (Hasbro – please make alternate head sculpts for this body!) Collectors will be thrilled to know that Hasbro added “butterfly” joints to the shoulders which make it possible for him to cross his arms and reach his arms behind his back. Also, I plead ignorance. I don’t know if he comes with the “Death Star plans” or some type of “communicator.” I am especially partial to Tobias Beckett. It looks just like Woody Harrelson, and the detail is fantastic. His costume is perfection and it’s one of the greatest figures based on Solo: A Star Wars Story Hasbro has produced to date. Check out these three new figures in our Research Droids Reviews RIGHT NOW! Full reviews are coming soon!!



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Entertainment Earth just got in wave 18 of The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line which includes Han Solo (Bespin), Rebel Trooper and Tobia Beckett! Order yours right now!

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HasLab Update #2: Jabba's Sail Barge Deco Testing

There is a new HasLab update on Jabba’s Sail Barge This time they are testing color on a miniature model. Check out the deco development HERE. Here is the image of the Deco Development process.

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We begin Series 3 of the vintage Kenner line with The Empire Strikes Back Leia Organa (Bespin Gown). Check out this beautiful 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!

Leia Organa (Bespin Gown)

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Mark Hamill Shaved His Beard!

Yes, it’s true. The beard is no more. Mark Hamill posted a photo of a new gift he received from Sideshow Collectibles (a Joker cane) on Twitter and in the photo you can see a clean shaven Mark (makes him look 20 years younger). Now, what could that mean? Flashback scene in IX with a digitally de-aged Mark Hamill (think Michael Douglas in Ant-Man)? Maybe all of IX will be a flashback? Maybe Force ghosts have no beards (shut up, Obi-Wan!) or maybe Mark just learned his services are no longer needed, now that Lando will steal the show? Let the speculations begin! 😉

Mark Hamill, sans beard, sans shirt

Mark Hamill, beardless and shirtless

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A Quick Look At The SH Figuarts Ben Kenobi Figure!

I received my SH Figuarts Ben Kenobi figure today. With him only Leia is missing from the SHF hero line-up of A New Hope. So how does the figure compare to the Black Series version? Click through for a handful of photos and a quick overview!

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Obi-Wan Kenobi (sort of)

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For those of you interested, the Kohl’s exclusive Force Link 4-pack that retailed for $49.99 is now only $19.99, the price it should have been at launch. Special thanks to friend Rum Sleg for the alert!

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TBS6 [P3] Clone Commander Wolffe IN STOCK!

Order the GameStop exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] Clone Commander Wolffe 6″ figure which ships RIGHT NOW! You can also check out our review on this figure HERE! Thankt o all who wrote in to let us know about this pre-order!

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Check out our sneak peek of the still-officially-unannounced The Black Series [Phase III] Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton) Canadian Toys R Us exclusive figure. It remains to be seen how this figure will be offered in the USA. Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton) would have been a lot more exciting if she was released instead of the straight repack that was part of The Last Jedi product launch push. The figure has a fantastic new head sculpt and the accessories are simple but lovely. If this were just a couple years ago, we could have expected a tweaked version of her in the basic assortment, but for one reason or another, Hasbro decides these make for great store exclusives (that many of us can never acquire). Anyway, the full review is coming soon, but you can check out the gallery and notes now.

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We’re finishing up the Revenge Of The Sith Commemorative DVD Collection sets. It’s now time for the Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader And Count Dooku (Sith Lords) set which was also a Walmart exclusive. 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.

Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader And Count Dooku (Sith Lords)

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Amazon has listed the product page for their exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] Astromech Droid 3-pack. Special thanks to friend Steve U. for the alert!

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Hasbro Keeps Innovating The Black Series Line!

Now that is interesting, JTA regular Matthew Cohen sent us two photos he found in a Black Series Facebook group which show a brand new feature of a Black Series figure. The Rebel Fleet Trooper actually has SHF style butterfly joints under his vest! Click through for the other photo!

Rebel Fleet Trooper

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Hollywood Reporter (as well as several other entertainment websites) has just released an article which officially confirms that Billy Dee Williams will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian in Episode IX. Rumors were spreading a few days ago already, when Billy Dee had to cancel a convention appearence due to a scheduling conflict. Now that it is official, what do you want Lando to do in IX? Do you think he will have a somewhat larger role? Are you happy and excited a beloved Original Trilogy character finally gets an appearance in the Sequel Trilogy? This is something fans have been asking for since The Force Awakens.

Lando Calrissian

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Previewed this past January, Sideshow Collectibles has officially announced their upcoming Sixth Scale Boba Fett Mythos figure. Look for this to go up for pre-order on Monday, July 16th.

 

 

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