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Visual Guide Update - R2-D60 - Droid Factory

Posted by Chuck | May 27, 2016 at 05:39 PM EST |

The next addition to the Disney Parks Droid Factory Visual Guide features the 60th anniversary exclusive R2-D60. Click below for the full guide details. You can also read our full review on this figure right here in our Research Droids Reviews.

R2-D60 - Disney Parks - Droid Factory

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | May 27, 2016 at 05:18 PM EST |

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Brian's Toys

Toy Run Episode 12: Thoughts On The Hobby With Paul Harrison

Posted by Paul | May 27, 2016 at 02:24 PM EST |

Check out Toy Run: The Star Wars Action Figure Cast Episode 12 featuring yours truly. The show starts off humorously as they replay the infectious hearty laugh of Chewbacca Mom, but then we all get to business as we start talking about the future of Star Wars action figure collecting. Join Criz Bee from JediBusiness.com and Jake Stevens from 4LOMKuss.com and myself for a fun interview. Thanks for inviting me guys! It was a blast!

FlashBack Review: Crab Droid - TCW [S2] - Deluxe

Posted by Paul | May 27, 2016 at 01:32 PM EST |

Crab Droid

  • Collectible: Crab Droid
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Deluxe Figures
  • Review Sequence: #687
  • Original Publication Date: April 10, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 971st most visited review
  • Score: 2.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2009

Walmart will be axing its ad-matching tool in a few hundred stores in favor of long-term Roll Backs instead. Business Insider has the full story! Of course, none of this matters to Star Wars collectors unless products arrive to stores.

Review: Darth Vader (The Empire Strikes Back) - Classic Bust

Posted by Paul | May 27, 2016 at 08:06 AM EST |

Maybe ALL licensees should stop looking for the latest novelty items to produce and just focus on improving what they do best instead. Get back to basics already! That's how we feel about the Darth Vader (The Empire Strikes Back) Classic Bust. Learn more about it in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Darth Vader (The Empire Strikes Back)

Can-cell With Anakin Skywalker

  • Collectible: Can-cell With Anakin Skywalker
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Deluxe Figures
  • Review Sequence: #686
  • Original Publication Date: April 9, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 1,455th most visited review
  • Score: 3.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2009

Star Wars Celebration Orlando Tickets On Sale Now

Posted by Mike_Taber | May 26, 2016 at 03:27 PM EST |

 Celebration Europe isn't even here yet, but tickets for Star Wars Celebration Orlando are already available for purchase. The event will take place from April 13-16, 2017 in Orlando, FL. Four day tickets are $150 for adults and $70 for kids (6-12). Click through to purchase your tickets now!

JTA reader Andrea G. also alerts us to the fact that more and more Italian websites are advertising their exclusive The Black Series subscription collection and their pre-order screens have once again confirmed a listing for an Episode VII Luke Skywalker in 3.75" scale. In other exciting news, that General Grievous 6" figure that JTA broke news on a year ago looks like it is FINALLY coming to the 6" line as evidenced by its addition here in the Italian line! See the screencaps below for the proof!

        

Celebration Europe Key Art Revealed

Posted by Mike_Taber | May 26, 2016 at 02:21 PM EST |

 StarWars.com has revealed the stunning key art for Celebration Europe. The image features characters from both The Force Awakens and Rogue One, including the all new shoretrooper. 

Remember that Italian collection of The Black Series 3.75" and 6" figures? Well, Italian JTA reader Andrea G. has received his Princess Leia Organa figure from the subscription (after buying one off of eBay because of the lack of communication that these would not be coming to Italy) and discovered differences exist between the packaging. Check them out!!

      

Let's now check out another Disney Parks exclusives. It's time for the STAR TOURS Sector 2 Security multipack. It is the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

STAR TOURS Sector 2 Security

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Maybe there is some precedent set for a Star Wars film getting released in December. Maybe The Force Awakens isn't alone. The Academy Film Archive has revealed a supposedly never-before-seen "Revenge Of The Jedi" teaser yesterday which shows that Episode VI was planned to have a December 1983 release date. Check it out!

Visual Guide Update - Holographic R2-D2 - Droid Factory

Posted by Chuck | May 25, 2016 at 08:04 PM EST |

We continue our Visual Guides focus on Disney Parks' Droid Factory line of figures. Up next is Holographic R2-D2. Click below to check out the guide for this figure, and read our full review in detail right here.

Holographic R2-D2 - Disney Parks - Droid Factory

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | May 25, 2016 at 06:57 PM EST |

Big Bad Toy Store drops their latest newsletter. Stop by and check it out...

Big Bad Toy Store

Battle Droid And Armored Scout Tank

  • Collectible: Armored Scout Tank With Battle Droid
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Deluxe Figures
  • Review Sequence: #685
  • Original Publication Date: April 8, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 944th most visited review
  • Score: 3.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2009

Sometimes canned responses from Hasbro Customer Service just won't do, as JTA reader James Saylor found out all too quickly. His perseverance paid off ultimately, but he wasn't looking for a freebie. He just wanted to find these figures in stores or online to buy at normal MSRP. What will it take for Hasbro to rectify its years long uphill battle with proper distribution? Click through for the drama.....

Happy Birthday To A New Hope And Return Of The Jedi!

Posted by Paul | May 25, 2016 at 10:54 AM EST |

Happy 39th Birthday to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (you're over the hill next year)! And also Happy 33rd Birthday to my most favorite Star Wars film of all: Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi!


We're going to continue looking at more Disney Parks exclusives. Let's check out the STAR TOURS Search For The Rebel Spy multipack. It is the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

STAR TOURS Search For The Rebel Spy

Our 7th anniversary Research Droids Review celebration continues as we take a look at the Visual Guide counterpart to this huge Droid Factory collection! Click below to check out our humongous Visual Guide of the Disney Parks 2015 Collection – Droid Factory set, featuring all the parts and information you need to build your own set! And if you haven't yet stopped by our massive review, read it right here!

Disney Parks 2015 Collection – Droid Factory

FlashBack Review: Clone Trooper - TCW [F/S1] - No. 5

Posted by Chuck | May 24, 2016 at 05:25 PM EST |

Clone Trooper

  • Collectible: Clone Trooper (No. 5)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Film/Season 1]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #264
  • Original Publication Date: February 11, 2010
  • Current Ranking: 1,095th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2008

Today marks SEVEN (7) years of our Research Droids Reviews column and we're celebrating it big by featuring the totally awesome and totally fun Disney Parks 2015 Collection – Droid Factory complete with 240 image photo gallery! Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Disney Parks 2015 Collection

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FlashBack Review: Battle Droid - TCW [F/S1] - No. 7

Posted by Paul | May 23, 2016 at 03:36 PM EST |

Battle Droid

  • Collectible: Batle Droid (No. 7)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Film/Season 1]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #279
  • Original Publication Date: February 26, 2010
  • Current Ranking: 1,169th most visited review
  • Score: 3 holocrons
  • Released: 2008

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | May 23, 2016 at 02:19 PM EST |

Click through for the latest from JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys!

Beautiful TBS6-Scaled Custom Luke Skywalker (TFA) Figure

Posted by Paul | May 23, 2016 at 01:56 PM EST |

JTA reader Sean eagerly shares an image of a custom TBS6 Luke Skywalker figures based on his appearance from The Force Awakens. Click through for more!

Three New Rogue One LEGO Buildable Figures Revealed

Posted by Paul | May 23, 2016 at 01:49 PM EST |

A Mexican site by the name of MarchaImperial.com has posted an image of three LEGO Buildable figures showcasing characters from Rogue One. Special thanks to JTA reader German O. for alerting us to this news!! The translation reads loosely "This is the image in question where we see Jyn Erso a Deathtrooper and the droid K - 250."

UPDATE: LEGO has asked us to remove the images.

We have a special celebratory review tomorrow, and today's review of 2013's ST Jedi Mickey's Starfighter provides a clue of what that review will be! Learn about this fun set in our Research Droids Reviews today and be sure to come back tomorrow for a landmark review! Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Jedi Mickey's Starfighter

Remote Control R5-D4

  • Collectible: Remote Control R5-D4
  • Collection: The Legacy Collection
  • Category: TARGET Exclusive
  • Review Sequence: #1023
  • Original Publication Date: March 11, 2012
  • Current Ranking: 1,157th most visited review
  • Score: 3.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2009

We missed the birthday of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back yesterday (May 21st), so we have to celebrate it today! Reminisce on this fan favorite Star Wars film!

Review: Clone Trooper (Super Poseable) - CW - '03 #50

Posted by Paul | May 22, 2016 at 07:57 AM EST |

The 2003 Clone Wars Clone Trooper ('03 #50) figure changed everything about articulation for Star Wars collectors. Little did Hasbro or collectors know the dam it would break for the action figure line. Check out this iconic figure in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Clone Trooper

JTA reader Michael G. shares with us enhancements he made to the Walmart exclusive 3.75" The Black Series [Phase III] figures. Click through for more!

    
    

TBS6 Ahsoka Wave Hitting Canada Harder!

Posted by Paul | May 22, 2016 at 07:31 AM EST |

Wow! Look at this find from Halifax Canada! While we're not sure of the location, JTA reader Daniel L. couldn't be more thrilled with seeing this after seeing nothing for months!!

File this under "you just never know what you might find at retail." JTA reader Mark has located a rare find: The 2012 SW [TPM 3D] MTT vehicle for a mere $55! What a deal for this fun vehicle!

    

The Action Figure Quality You Get For Expensive Retail Prices

Posted by Paul | May 22, 2016 at 07:19 AM EST |

Does an example like this show us how the return of super-articulated action figures as a main line may be a complete impossibility? Does it at least make you shake your head? Sometimes seeing images like the two below help clearly illustrate just how badly things are for Star Wars collectors. Sure, that sounds dramatic, but how can action figures with only five points of articulation be set with these prices, even if the retailer is already notorious for having higher prices than normal big box retail? Sheesh! Special thanks to JTA reader PB Davis for the reality check.

    

Star Wars Merchandise On Sale At Disney Store

Posted by Paul | May 22, 2016 at 07:08 AM EST |

DisneyStore.com is running a sale on Star Wars merchandise and many things some of you collect are on sale. Check it out!

Dollar General Receives Unannounced Line Of Six-Inch Figures

Posted by Paul | May 22, 2016 at 07:01 AM EST |

One store exclusive that we get frequent email store reports on are 6" shampoo bottles from Dollar General (watch out TBS6 lovers – your line might get the axe next – that's sarcasm). So, after so many reports, we thought we better post an article about them! Are these more things we don't need or are they just simply novelty items? At $3 a piece they certainly are affordable! Special thanks to readers Ryan C. and Bob T. and the others who have sent us these store reports.

S.H. Figuarts Obi-Wan Kenobi (Episode II) Revealed!

Posted by Paul | May 21, 2016 at 04:51 PM EST |

Tamashi Nations has also revealed a Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones Obi-Wan Kenobi figure at Tamashi Features 2016! Special thanks to site amiami.jp for the alert!

Tamashi Nations teases some "green screen" technology for a "stage act studio" on their Instagram page to be used in conjunction with their S.H. Figuarts figures. Check it out!

Remote Control R2-Q5

  • Collectible: Remote Control R2-Q5
  • Collection: The Legacy Collection
  • Category: TARGET Exclusive
  • Review Sequence: #614
  • Original Publication Date: January 27, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 1,157th most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2009


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