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Review: Val (Vandor-1) - TBS6 [P3] - Six Inch Figures (71)

NEW FIGURES! Could Val (Vandor-1) be the most fabulous figure of 2018? We’re inclined to believe it. You should feel the same too. Find out more about her 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.

Val (Vandor-1)

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The Disney Droid Factory Sandcrawler Playset is front and center at Disney’s Mickeys of Hollywood store. JTA reader Kevin K. sends us the report: “Hadn’t seen anyone visually confirm it, so here you go.  It’s out in full force.  Got mine and the R4-H18 but the Droid was up front at the Mickey’s of Hollywood Store. Remember, Disney will send it to the front for you to pick up when you leave.  So you don’t have to lug it around.”

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I Have A Good Feeling About This

Jon Favreau updated his Instagram account with some new photos a few hours ago and  look who came to visit for his birthday! It’s good to see that George is still around, at least visiting. Who knows, maybe he even gave Jon the one or the other piece of advice about Star Wars. No matter what he did, it’s nice to see the two of them together. Another photo shows the two with Dave Filoni who will, as you all know, direct the first episode of The Mandalorian. The show can’t come soon enough!

George Lucas and Jon Favreau

George Lucas and Jon Favreau smiling just for you

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Rare 2013 TRU Exclusive Sephjet Josall On eBay Loose!

Holy cow! The super-rare Sephjet Josall is available at tunghori’s eBay store. Special thanks to JTA reader Manh-Thai N. for the alert!

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We have our final Visual Guide update from Star Wars [Solo] wave 4. Click below to check out the Imperial Royal Guard repack. You can also check him out in our full review right here. Catch up on the whole wave of Visual Guide updates right here.

Imperial Royal Guard - Star Wars [Solo] - Basic Figures

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A Closer Look At Star Wars User Ratings

Star Wars user ratings have been debated for quite a while now, especially following the release of The Last Jedi in December 2017. Now that Solo came and went I think it’s a good time to look at how Star Wars fares on IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, the three most popular sites for movie user ratings. I will also look at the user demographics – how does each age group rate the movies? Some interesting observations can be made. So click through for some lovely bar charts, I know you love them!

Porg

This Porg needs love

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Review: Imperial Royal Guard - SW [S] - Force Link 2.0

NEW FIGURES! We conclude looking at the fourth wave of Star Wars [Solo] figures. Let’s finish up with a wise repack. It makes sense to get out the Imperial Royal Guard again. 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.

Imperial Royal Guard

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Entertainment Earth Pre-Orders Roundup

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Check out the latest newsletter update from our sponsor Brian’s Toys…

No Halloween costume idea yet? Well, time is running out, but it’s not too late to place your order and get one of our prop replicas to be the standout at the Halloween party this year!  Also, check out our special this week where we are dropping the price of select MOTU and GI Joe vintage items — Up to 50% off!

Brian's Toys

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Now it’s time to take a look at the first of two repacks from the Star Wars [Solo] wave 4 assortment. First up is our Visual Guide of Han Solo (Mimban). Click below to check out the full guide page. You can also Stop by and check out our full review for additional details.

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Popularity Of Star Wars Toys Among Kids In Europe

Each quarter the iconkids & youth GmbH publishes its “Kid’s License Monitor” in Europe, which monitors the popularity of various toy licenses in three of the European key toy markets: the UK, France and Germany. Kids ages 4-12 are the target of this survey. So, how much do they like Star Wars toys? Click through to find out!

Kids play with Star Wars toys

Boys and Star Wars toys

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Well, this is interesting. We’re not sure how long this has been going on, but Hasbro Toy Shop is now selling through Walmart.com. (Maybe Hasbro Toy Shop should also sell Walmart’s exclusives through them too!) Check out what they have available. Many items ship with FREE 2-day shipping. Special thanks to JTA reader Mark for the alert. Click here to see the result (you’ll have to filter by Hasbro Toy Shop at the bottom left).

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Review: Han Solo (Mimban) - SW [S] - Force Link 2.0

NEW FIGURES! We’re looking at the fourth wave of Star Wars [Solo] figures. Let’s continue with a figure that looks great but cannot do much at all. Han Solo (Mimban) gets a basic figure release now. 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.

Han Solo (Mimban)

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Visual Guide Update - Tobias Beckett - Star Wars [Solo]

Star Wars [Solo] wave 4 Visual Guide updates continue! Check out the Force Link 2.0 Tobias Beckett by clicking below. We also take a deeper look at this figure in our full review right here.

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TBS6 [P3] Captain Rex IN STOCK For $19.99

The TBS6 [P3] Captain Rex is IN STOCK at Amazon for $19.99! Be sure to choose OTHER options.

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Can Episode IX Heal The Fandom?

Star Wars Episode IX will hit theaters in 14 months from now. Filming is underway, some set photos have been leaked, but other than more or less unsubstantiated rumors we know next to nothing about the actual plot of the movie. And in true JJ Abrams fashion this will probably not change until the release date.

The question is, what are your expectations about Episode IX? Do you believe it may heal the rift in the fandom that opened up after The Last Jedi? Do you believe it may be a satisfying conclusion to the sequel trilogy? Or do you simply don’t care anymore and want the sequels to be over, so we can finally move on? Click through for a discussion about Episode IX and the inherent issues the movie has to overcome.

The Last HJedi duel between Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker

The New vs The Old

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We’ve added them to our database and they’re already hitting brick and mortar, but you can also pre-order the fourth wave of Star Wars [Solo] figures at Entertainment Earth!

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Review: Tobias Beckett - SW [S] - Force Link 2.0

NEW FIGURES! It’s time to look at the fourth wave of Star Wars [Solo] figures. Let’s continue with a figure that should look better than it does. Tobias Beckett has all the right moving parts but isn’t perfect by a long shot. 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.

Tobias Beckett

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — While not explicitly confirming that layoffs were taking place Wednesday, Hasbro Inc. said that “difficult” changes are underway that affect “a single-digit percentage” of the toy company’s global workforce of 5,000 employees.

The company refused several requests for further specifics on the number of layoffs that are apparently taking place, except to say that the company was not required to file a federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification — or WARN — notice. Such a notice would normally be required 60 days in advance of laying off 50 to 499 employees at a “single site of employment,” but only if those laid off account for a third or more of the employees. (more….)

Special thanks to JTA reader JACKOFTRADZE for alerting us to this news.

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You can pre-order The Black Series [Phase III] “Wave 19” from JTA sponsor Entertainment Earth. This is one of the best looking waves in a very long time!

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Visual Guide Update - Val (Mimban) - Star Wars [Solo]

Our next Force Link 2.0 Star Wars [Solo] Visual Guide update features Val (Mimban). Click below to check out the full Visual Guide, and click here to check out our full review.

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Star Wars Authentics: New Rogue One Official Photos Added

Star Wars Authentics added another 50 new official photos from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to the Star Wars Authentics site. Check out official photos of new characters, vehicles, and locations including awesome shots from the Battle of Scarif. Click through for details and samples

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Review: Val (Mimban) - SW [S] - Force Link 2.0

NEW FIGURES! It’s time to look at the fourth wave of Star Wars [Solo] figures. Let’s continue with a figure that was awesome onscreen and doesn’t look too bad in the 5POA range. Val (Mimban) is named incorrectly, but she still is cool. 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.

Val (Mimban)

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Entertainment Earth has a great Daily Deal on Wave 17 from The Black Series 6″ figures. Get the full case, featuring 8 unique figures, for $99.99! That’s $12.50 per figure. Click here to pick this up!

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JTA reported on so-called “Deep Fake” videos before. Basically you train a special piece of software with lots and lots and really lots of photos and then this special software can automatically replace someone in a photo or video. Sounds like magic, but it’s actually a deep learning AI algorithm that makes all of that possible. Maybe you remember the enhanced Leia in Rogue One clip, where the “deep fake” Leia looked even somewhat better than what ILM did. Well, now you can check out how Solo could have been if ILM had decided to put CGI Harrison Ford into the movie. It’s not always perfect, but some scenes look eerily real. And remember, this is something one person did at home with his PC with no budget at all. ILM could certainly do an even better job, given the time, money and inclination. So, what do you think? Should this guy do all of Solo now and find some voice actor to redub all the lines?

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BRAND NEW The Vintage Collection Figures For $2 Each

Take one step forward and two steps back, Walmart. JTA reader Scot M. found all of the latest The Vintage Collection basic figures at his local Walmart for $2 a piece. You couldn’t make this up if you tried.

   

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Visual Guide Update - L3-37 - Star Wars [Solo]

Check out our latest Force Link 2.0 Star Wars [Solo] addition to the Visual Guides, L3-37. Click below for a detailed look at this figure. Make sure to also stop by and check out our review right here in our review database.

L3-37 - Star Wars [Solo] - Basic Figures

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New Holiday Disney Droid Factory Figure Revealed: R4-H18

Our friends at Jedi Business have shared an image on social media which shows the latest Disney Droid Factory astromech Droid: R4-H18. This translucent droid will make a nice addition to this annual release schedule.

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HasLab Update #4: Jabba's Sail Barge

HasLab’s Instagram page has posted the fourth update to Jabba’s Sail Barge vehicle. Check it out! You can also watch a new video HERE going over the update in detail.

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You have to wonder if The Last Jedi was such a “masterpiece” as some claim it is why the merchandising of it is in the toilet. (That’s not a dig at the film. I didn’t hate it as YouTube does.) While I think both extreme unbridled praise as well as volatile criticism of the film are a tad ridiculous, I can’t deny how poorly the merchandising performed (and in all honesty, this is where the real money comes into play). How many of us actually found the final wave of 3.75″ The Black Series [Phase III] exclusives? I have seen more reports of no one finding them than finding them. And if we did see retailer exclusives, how many of them clogged up shelf space until discounted and eventually removed? JTA reader Scot G. found some key “The Last Jedi” exclusives at his local Tuesday Morning store along with other unsellable stuff. Hopefully, the next film will be a marketing juggernaut.

    

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Review: L3-37 - SW [S] - Force Link 2.0

NEW FIGURES! It’s time to look at the fourth wave of Star Wars [Solo] figures. Let’s continue with a figure that may make 3.75″ collectors wince. L3-37 is a droid with a mission and an ideology! 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.

L3-37

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Pre-Order The Star Wars Archives Hardback Book

Pre-orders are now open for the upcoming The Star Wars Archives: 1977-1983. Due out in December and written by Paul Duncan. 

In this XXL-sized tome, George Lucas guides us through the original trilogy like never before, recounting the inspirations, experiences, and stories that created a modern monomyth. Complete with script pagesconcept artstoryboardson-set photography, and more.

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Visual Guide Update - Rio Durant - Star Wars [Solo]

Up next for our Star Wars [Solo] basic figure Visual Guide updates is Rio Durant. Click below to have a look at our guide page, and click here to check out our review.

Rio Durant - Star Wars [Solo] - Basic Figures

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More Droid Factory Sandcrawler Playsets Arriving!

The reports are starting to come in that the Disney Droid Factory Sandcrawler Playset is making a more frequent appearance at Disney theme parks as of this posting. Jedi Temple Archives provided the world with the BREAKING NEWS first look report at its packaging as well as the vehicle and figures inside. Learn everything you want to know about this incredible item in our RDR of it RIGHT HERE. We have it all: pictures, video, quick facts details, and comparison shots.

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Force Link 2.0 Rio Durant And L3-37 IN STOCK At Amazon

The Force Link 2.0 Rio Durant and L3-37 are IN STOCK at Amazon. Special thanks to JTA reader Jeff M. for the alert!

   

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