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Cool Customization To Make Darth Vader (#26) OT-Based

Posted by Paul | August 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM EDT |

If you are somewhat melancholy that the brilliant TBS Darth Vader (#26) is based on the Prequel Trilogy, we have a cool solution for you. JTA reader Sergio has posted how to quickly transform it into an OT-based version of him. Click through to find out how!

Review: Darth Vader - ROTS - Special Edition 500th Figure!

Posted by Paul | August 23, 2014 at 12:50 AM EDT |

There's been a lot of crazy talk about Darth Vaders figures lately, so let's look at another. This one is based on The Empires Strikes Back, but was released in the Revenge Of The Sith line and it celebrated Hasbro's 500th figure in a very prolific and long-running line. Check out Darth Vader (Special Edition 500th 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.

Darth Vader (Special Edition 500th Figure)

The Black Series 6-inch Clone Trooper $22.99 Pre-order

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 06:44 PM EDT |

Pre-order The Black Series 6" Clone Trooper on Amazon.com for $22.99 right now!

Now We Are Talking! These Are The Store Reports We Need To Hear!

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 05:31 PM EDT |

We had a ton of store reports today as you can see, but this one is perhaps the most exciting. JTA reader Dean has a very exciting store report to share. Click through to see what this lucky stiff secured for his collection (at brick and mortar no less)! I hope I am lucky enough this weekend to find a portion of this find!

The New Jakks Pacific Figures Look Pretty Sharp!

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 05:25 PM EDT |

JTA reader Lester M. from Louisiana writes in to share his store find with us. He has located the new 20" Jakks Pacific figures. Click through for his brief report!

More Quality Control Issues With The Black Series 6-inch Line

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 05:21 PM EDT |

Likely a one-off issue, look what JTA reader Paul (yes another Paul) found at his local Kmart. It seems that quality control, generally speaking, is still a major issue of Hasbro's. Click through for more!

New The Black Series 6-inch Figures Arriving In UK Comic Shops!

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 05:14 PM EDT |

Comic shops in the UK are beginning to receive The Black Series 6" Cloone Trooper wave which also includes the Stormtrooper and Boba Fett carry-forward figures. Special thanks to JTA reader Kam for the report!

More First Time TBS Sightings!

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 05:10 PM EDT |

JTA reader Hank M. was so excited to see something new hit his shelves that he sent in a report to JTA for the first time. Click through to read his report!

New Jakks Pacific 20-inch Line Arrives AT Walmart + More!

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 05:04 PM EDT |

JTA moderator Paul B. writes in to let us know that new new stuff is being found at Walmart including the 20" Jakks Pacific figures as well as more store reports of The Black Series 6" line being found. Click through for more!! (This report is from Ohio.)

More Great Kmart Store Reports!

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 04:57 PM EDT |

Even Kmart is jumping on the bandwagon and getting new/newer stuff! I never thought I would still be seeing Darth Plagueis arriving at retail, but nothing ceases to amaze me in the day and age of collecting! Special thanks to Anakin20 for the report! Click through for a central Illinois Kmart report!

Hysterical Store Reset!

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 04:52 PM EDT |

Although it's probably safe to say that most stores have reset their shelves, JTA moderator Sjefke can't catch a break. (We can't post his store report because it was nithing but potty words. But look at his local store's reset! Click through for more!

JTA moderator Sjefke was so proud to report that he has seen his first The Black Series figure at Walmart since the line's debut, but it's not what you think! Click through to see his find!!

Win a Signed Convention Exclusive Promo Copy of A New Dawn

Posted by Chuck | August 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM EDT |

The first Star Wars novel created in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, Star Wars: A New Dawn is set during the legendary "Dark Times" between Episodes III and IV and tells the story of how two of the lead characters from the animated series Star Wars Rebels first came to cross paths. A New Dawn will be available wherever books are sold on 9/2/2014. Enter here for your chance to win one of 20 copies signed by author John Jackson Miller and cover artist Doug Wheatley! You can pre-order Star Wars: A New Dawn right here!

It's big, it's beautiful and you're gonna love it. But you won't love its illusory qualities because it weighs about a tenth of how it appears. The insubstantial Imperial Probe Droid is bittersweet. It looks amazing, but it feels cheap. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews database. 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.

Imperial Probe Droid

After my review of the stunning The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure, it appears that not all reviews on other sites are equally glowing. I am not sure at this point if it’s a conscious effort to devalue what merits the figure does possess, to be contrary (again), or to be cranky, but I just can’t write one jeremiad after another defending its worth and value in the collector line. So this will be the last. It would be a disservice to you for me to badmouth this figure. It is the most exciting Hasbro action figure we have seen since the TVC Gamorrean Guard. That’s my final answer. If the head pops off a little too easily, it's by no means a deal-breaker. At all. To rave about embarrassing Saga Legends and Mission Series figures to then demean/tear apart and flunk/fail what is Hasbro’s greatest Darth Vader figure ever because on some/many samples have a loose head joint is completely laughable in my eyes. As far as I am concerned, talking trash about this figure is very misleading to our cherished readers. I don't even believe that the critics believe the negative things they're saying about Darth Vader. And sadly my explanation of how to resolve the issue is seemingly falling on deaf ears. (more....)

        

Amazon.com has both Boba Fett and Stormtrooper Six Inch figures for a reasonable price (for now). If you are still needing these and haven't had luck at retail this might be a good time to secure them! Click the images below for direct links.

Review: Asajj Ventress - Premium Format Figure (Sideshow Exclusive)

Posted by Paul | August 21, 2014 at 12:10 AM EDT |

We just noticed that, for reasons unknown, we have overlooked the Asajj Ventress Premium Format Figure in our Research Droids Reviews database. So here she is in all of her Sith glory. This is one fine collectible folks! And she was one of the final Tartakovsky Clone Wars collectibles made by Sideshow. 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.

Asajj Ventress

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | August 20, 2014 at 04:26 PM EDT |

Big Bad Toy Store's latest newsletter is out. Click through to check out what's new!

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Big Bad Toy Store

Happy 20 Year Anniversary To The Star Wars Collectors Archive!

Posted by Paul | August 20, 2014 at 12:56 PM EDT |

Extra special congratulations goes out to Guz Lopez's The Star Wars Collectors Archive, the very first Star Wars fan site on the internet. This site has paved the way for all of us. We wish them many more anniversaries like this!

New Affiliate: Nerd Rage Toys

Posted by Paul | August 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives warmly welcomes affiliate Nerd Rage Toys to the JTA family. They have a great supply of toys ranging from GI Joe, TMNT, MOTU and of course Star Wars. And if you missed Ree-Yees and Jabba's Skiff Guard on Amazon.com, Nerd Rage Toys still has them up for pre-order for the same price. They also have a nice selection of new The Black Series 3.75" figures for $5 each as well! Check out what they have!

Even The Driest Places In The World Are Getting The Black Series!

Posted by Paul | August 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives' own Chuck Paskovics from Lexington KY found The Black Series 6" Stormtrooper at his local Walmart after nearly "years" of nothing gracing the shelves at all. Could retail be heading for a positive change? Click through for more!

The final Commemorative Tin Collection set we will be looking at for a while (and the final set based on one of the Star Wars films), is a strange bird. Look at the cast of characters Hasbro decided to place together for this obscure Kmart exclusive. What shakes things up even more is that the set includes two repainted figures. See the Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (Exclusive) Commemorative Tin Collection set 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.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (Exclusive)

The Black Series Deluxe On Clearance Already?!

Posted by Paul | August 19, 2014 at 09:23 PM EDT |

The Black Series Deluxe figures are on clearance already? Don't sweat it. The article title is a misnomer and meant to bring in clicks, but see what lucky JTA moderator flamingtoilet discovered from an online post at a local TRU! Click through for more!

JTA Sponsor Dorkside Toys Warehouse Clearance Sale!

Posted by Paul | August 19, 2014 at 05:04 PM EDT |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys has just opened up their Warehouse Clearance Sale! Click through to see what you can find on sale. After the link, click on Warehouse Clearance sale link on the top left.

Disney's Talking Boba Fett Available Online

Posted by Chuck | August 19, 2014 at 02:10 PM EDT |

JTA reader Joseph Skywalker writes in to let us know that DisneyStore.com has the talking Boba Fett available. Click here for detailed images and to place an order!

Star Wars Action News Episode 431: Exclusive Showdown

Posted by Chuck | August 19, 2014 at 02:06 PM EDT |

The irony of San Diego Comic-Con is that while everyone rushes to buy the exclusives, there's no time at the con to really look at them! Now Marjorie and Arnie are back home and have unpacked their SDCC shipment, and are ready to tell you if Hasbro's 6-Inch Jabba the Hut exclusive, or the SDCC/Toys R Us exclusive Cantina Showdown set, was worth the trouble.

Q and A of the Day: Day 74 (This One Is Sure To Cause Controversy!)

Posted by Paul | August 19, 2014 at 11:28 AM EDT |

Welcome to our next Q and A of the Day post! This column will be published daily, weekly, monthly, or just based on how many questions I get emailed – but no more than one a day. Feel free to send in your questions and I will put them in the queue. Click through for Q and A of the Day: Day 74. Topic: Darth Vader (#26): He says this, but you said that....

   

We have a couple of more Commemorative Tin Collection sets to check out before we're done with them, so let's analyze the Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (2 of 6) Commemorative Tin Collection which is honestly one of the better ones. It's the focus on 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 Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (2 of 6)

More New Hasbro Stuff Arriving - More Higher Prices!

Posted by Paul | August 18, 2014 at 01:02 PM EDT |

Even more "new" stuff is being found in TARGET. JTA reader Jub Goobles provides us with his store report as well as confirmation of even HIGHER price increases! Dang nabbit! Those contrarian-loving 5POA people are gonna have lots of 'splaining to do! Now that the budget line is creeping up dangerously close in price to the "collector line" what ever will parents/gift givers do now?! Click through for more!

Based on what Hasbro revealed/let slip at New York Toy Fair this past February, the anticipation was very high and cautious optimism was felt by the collecting community for what Hasbro would reveal at San Diego Comic Con. But after the presentation ended, most of us felt that we didn’t need new underwear. I will be the first to admit that. Despite not losing bodily control, I still however was pleasantly surprised by what Hasbro offered. A ton of rumors that had been floating through the air were finally confirmed. And as I began to think why I didn’t do happy dances like I did in the past (most notably SDCC 2009), I realized that all of the rumors JTA has posted may have made us all (that’s us included just to clarify) have unrealistically high expectations. So, I decided to mill through the news archives at JTA to see just where we’re at with the rumor lists and break down where we are with Hasbro: the rumored versus the confirmed, to see how many are still outstanding. Click through for more.

JTA reader and friend Darth Chuck sends us more images on this strange TARGET caper: miscellaneous Star Wars figures arriving piecemeal right off of the truck. Look what arrived today. It's no wonder no one can find stuff. Why aren't full cases arriving? Click through for more!

Review: TC-14 - Real Action Heroes

Posted by Paul | August 18, 2014 at 01:25 AM EDT |

We have one more Real Action Heroes figure to look at before we switch gears again on you. See the beautiful TC-14 one-sixth scale figure. She is absolutely gorgeous, but sadly she is missing some very important accessories. Learn more 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.

TC-14

TARGET Marks Up Star Wars Figures

Posted by Paul | August 17, 2014 at 09:36 PM EDT |

Well, it's official. The moment TARGET starts getting new Star Wars stuff they mark it up. Likely just part off the new module reset, click through to see how much your Star Wars figures may be costing you in the very near future.

Your truly has been "stalking" a local Walmart since about November 2012. It was one of the biggest victims of what collectors "un-affectionately" hail as "The Debacle of 2012". In the summer of 2013, it did receive the inaugural wave of The Black Series, which many figures from that wave sat and rotted for years, along with the Saga Legends wave 1. Just yesterday, for the first time ever, this particular location received a "new" case of wave 3. And would believe they rang up for $7.00 each (on clearance). If anyone thinks that "big box" retail should still have the right to sell these figures, well, I frankly don't know what to say to you. This is an extreme example, but it's not like other locations are rolling in a fantastic selection of the figures I want anyway. Click through for more.

SDCC Exclusive Jabba The Hutt's Throne Room Sets Arriving Non-Mint

Posted by Paul | August 17, 2014 at 07:22 PM EDT |

We have been receiving unhappy reports from readers that Hasbro Toy Shop is haphazardly shipping out the SDCC Jabba The Hutt's Throne Room in boxes that are much too big and contain very little supporting packaging materials. JTA reader Mike C. sends us proof that these aren't arriving in mint condition. But I am not sure if any of us expected that they would. Click through for a closer look.

Review: Darth Vader (Revenge Of The Sith) - Real Action Heroes

Posted by Paul | August 17, 2014 at 01:05 AM EDT |

Yesterday you saw what a junky Episode III Darth Vader 12-Inch Figure looks like, so today tune into our Research Droids Reviews to study what an incredibly fine interpretation of a one-sixth scale Darth Vader figure based on his appearance from Revenge Of The Sith should be like. It makes us almost as happy as The Black Series Episode III Darth Vader (#26) figure.... almost. The glorious Darth Vader (Revenge Of The Sith) Real Action Heroes even includes a pretty neat "crispy" Anakin Skywalker portrait, albeit not 100% screen accurate. Check out this figure right now! 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 (Revenge Of The Sith)

Star Wars Rebels Mission Series Hits Amazon

Posted by Chuck | August 16, 2014 at 09:24 AM EDT |

The latest Mission Series sets have hit Amazon for pre-order. These are available to ship October 23. Click the images below to have a detailed look at each set. Thanks again to JTA reader Michael for alerting us!

    

Review: Anakin to Darth Vader - SW [DV/ROTS] - 12-Inch Figures

Posted by Chuck | August 16, 2014 at 09:11 AM EDT |

Today's Research Droids Review takes a look at Anakin to Darth Vader. We're not to keen on this figure, and you can find out why right here! 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.

Anakin To Darth Vader

Visual Guide Update - Darth Maul (SL15) - SW [DV/ROTS]

Posted by Chuck | August 15, 2014 at 10:13 PM EDT |

Sith Lord Darth Maul emerges from the shadows to reveal the ominous presence of the Sith, who use the dark side of the Force and are enemies of the Jedi. Maul duels Qui-Gon Jinn on Tatooine and finishes that lightsaber duel, with deadly results, on Naboo. Check out the Saga Legends version of Darth Maul in our Visual Guide below, and make sure to see how he fared in our Research Droids Review!

Darth Maul (SL15) - DV/ROTS

The Black Series and More Found In Ireland

Posted by Chuck | August 15, 2014 at 09:11 PM EDT |

JTA reader Toryn has a great store report from Ireland! Click through to read about his all-day toy run where he found a little bit of old and new!


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