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Review: Darth Vader - SW - Vintage Kenner

Here he is! He’s the whole purpose for the stories told in the Prequel Trilogy and Original Trilogy. And no villain-turned-hero will ever come close. In toy form, he started out as the vintage Kenner Darth Vader figure. And this figure in incapable of losing its charm. Check out this figure in our Research Droids Reviews and be sure to add to the conversation. Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner experiences with us!

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Hurry! The Black Series [Phase III] Qi’ra is IN STOCK at Hasbro Toy Shop! Thanks to Agustin for the email!!

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Happy 38th Anniversary To The Empire Strikes Back!

It’s unbelievable we have reached the 38th anniversary of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back! It’s revered as the greatest Star Wars film of all time, but then there are many fans who feel differently about that too. Hoth, Bespin, Dagobah – three new worlds that introduced us to a bevy of new characters. It will truly stand the test of time.

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Pop-Chips: The New Snack You're Looking For!

I received a surprise personalized box in the mail over the weekend from Pop-Chips, a new popped potato snack which is available and will be featured at theaters for the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. They’re pretty good! They’re like a Cheetos with a more mild flavor and thicker crunch. Click the images below to see what I received! Learn more at popchips.com! We thank Pop-Chips for sending us this delicious sample and two Black Ticket coupons for AMC theaters!

    

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Review: See-Threepio (C-3PO) - SW - Vintage Kenner

The vintage Kenner See-Threepio (C-3PO) figure is another universal favorite. And most fans love him because of his vac-metalized finish. Check out this figure in our Research Droids Reviews and be sure to add to the conversation. Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner experiences with us!

See-Threepio (C-3PO)

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Here’s another early look at an upcoming The Black Series [Phase III] exclusive! This time, we are adding the shared exclusive Clone Commander Wolffe 6-Inch figure to our Visual Guides. Click below for the full Visual Guide page, and click here to have a look at our detailed review.

Clone Commander Wolffe - The Black Series [Phase III] - Six Inch Exclusives

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As per HasLab’s Exclusive Update #1, Hasbro added additional areas to the rails on Jabba’s Sail Barge to accept the existing cannon that came with both 2009’s LC Nikto Gunner [Nysad] (BD23) and 2013’s TBS [P1] Vizam (#17) figures, something JTA specifcially asked about at Toy Fair this year. As expected, the figures are selling out on the aftermarket so collectors can secure these accessories now. There are still a few on eBay (and Amazon), so you might want to see if you can secure one too. Some of the eBay aucions are completely untouchable, but you can find some loose sample for a great deal. It’s always possible that Hasbro can reissue either figure in The Vintage Collection, but why take the risk??

    

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who plays L3-37 in the Solo movie, was on the Graham Norton show and talked a bit about her audition for the role. It turns out that a) she had never seen a Star Wars movie before (which David Tennant who’s also a guest finds incredible) and b) didn’t even know what a droid is until she found out in the audition that a droid is some kind of “robot”. But still, she won the audition. Check out the clip! It’s really fun the way she tells it. Oh, and please don’t get too distracted by Phoebe’s dress!

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Happy 13th Anniversary To Revenge Of The Sith!

Happy 13th anniversary to Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith! It ended a Star Wars era, and we were told it was the last Star Wars film ever. Little did any of us know the saga would return a decade later in an entirely different light. Imperfect, but fun and emotional, it showed us step by step how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader.

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The SH Figuarts Singapore Fan Club Facebook page has posted an album with photos of the brand new SH Figuarts The Last Jedi Luke in his island hermit outfit. Most people overseas will still have to wait a while before the figure arrives in the mailbox. Click through for a sneak peek at the figure.

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Happy 19th Anniversary To The Phantom Menace!

Happy 19th anniversary of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace! For many, the film has aged like fine wine. Others beg to differ. This particular May 19th it celebrates 19 years in Star Wars fandom!

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Let’s check out the Clone Commander Wolffe 6″ figure which is a shared exclusive at three retailers! See it 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.

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First Plot Synopsis For Obi-Wan Stand Alone Movie

Now take this with a grain of salt (or maybe two) but website TMZ says they have obtained a copy of a production bulletin for the Obi-Wan stand alone movie. Click through for some details!

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We have an early look at the amazing The Black Series [Phase III] 6-Inch Target exclusive Gamorrean Guard, tonight’s Visual Guide Update. Click below to check out our fully detailed Visual Guide, and be sure to check out extensive details and discussion on this figure in our full review.

Gamorrean Guard - The Black Series [Phase III] - Six Inch Exclusives

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Every weekday (no weekends), Topps will release a new card featuring imagery from the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story. Each card will only be on sale for just 24 hours, so Star Wars fans won’t want to miss out on this unique offering. 

Mining Droids in the Control Room – Countdown to Solo: A Star Wars Story – Card 20 of 25

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You probably didn’t get this email, because Hasbro Toy Shop isn’t even aware of it at the moment, but there is an exclusive update to the HasLab Jabba’s Sail Barge. Special thanks to our friends at BanthaSkull for forwarding their email to us!

      

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And here is the full review of The Black Series [Phase III] Gamorrean Guard 6″ figure. Learn everything you want to know about it 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.

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TBS [P3] 3.75" Princess Leia Ceremonial Figure On eBay

eBay seller tunghori has a limited amount of Princess Leia Organa [Ceremonial] figures in stock. Special thansk to JTA reader Scott M. for the alert!

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The Vintage Collection - A Comprehensive Overview

JTA presented a detailed breakdown of the 6 in Black Series a few days ago. Now it’s time to look at The Vintage Collection. The line was only resurrected a few weeks ago, time to look at the line as a whole. How many figures are there? How many exclusives? How does TVC compare with the Black Series? Click through to find out everything you want to know about TVC!

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Do you want an instant The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ collection including some exclusives?! Here is one that starts at $1849! Special thanks to JTA reader Cybereye for the alert!

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Our final Visual Guide update for Star Wars [Solo] wave 2 basic figures is Kylo Ren. Click below to have a look at our full Visual Guide, and click here to check out our detailed review.

Kylo Ren - Star Wars [Solo] - Basic Figures

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Every weekday (no weekends), Topps will release a new card featuring imagery from the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story. Each card will only be on sale for just 24 hours, so Star Wars fans won’t want to miss out on this unique offering. 

Qi’ra and the Capes – Countdown to Solo: A Star Wars Story – Card 19 of 25

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After their greatest Toy Fair Presentations in five years, I’m holding Hasbro to a higher standard to what each convention event should reveal. I jogged my memory and remembered 2011’s San Diego Comic Con was one of their many highlights from the past. (Check out the slide presentation gallery by click thing image below.) I hope that this year’s 2018 SDCC event will take the necessary strides forward to mimic the best presentations of years’ past. Great things are in store, but we want to see the signs of that proof now. So Hasbro, please make this year’s SDCC event the greatest in five years too!

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Have You Ever Wanted to Be an Action Figure?

I certainly have! Dark Side Toys announces Dark Side Creations: 3D printed custom heads for 3.75″ action figures. Click through for their announcement!

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We've Had Chewbacca Mom. Is Yoda Mom Next?

Uh-oh. Can we expect a viral Yoda Mom video next? JTA reader Driftgear alerts us to a previously unannounced role-play item: an electronic Yoda Mask with moving mouth on eBay! Orders yours today!

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Are you looking for some great deals on single The Vintage Collection figures? JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys has select figures for $8.99 each!

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Review: Kylo Ren - SW [S] - Force Link 2.0

Did you know that the Kylo Ren figure from the Star Wars [Solo] line is all-new? Check it out 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.

Kylo Ren

Update: I Goofed. Kylo Ren is NOT an all-new figure. Please see updated review for details.

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JTA sponsor Big Boy Collectibles writes in with their latest news…

Hello Jedi Temple Archives, just wanted to let everyone know that wave 17 of the Star Wars The Vintage Collection 3.75 inch figures are now in-stock. 

We also have the Star Wars Salacious Crumb Vintage Kenner Action Figure & Star Wars Hookah Pipe and Slave Collar Kenner Accessory Set.

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We also have a sneak peek look for you at the Barnes & Noble/Disney Store/GameStop shared exclusive Clone Commander Wolffe figure from The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line. Fans of The Clone Wars are inevitably going to fall in love with this figure, but I think it misses a few small marks. The approach of this figure feels like Hasbro was going for a hybrid appearance of his phase I and phase II armor (although clearly intended to be phase II) as reusing parts can sometimes muddy these defining waters. The all-new portrait is fantastic. His gross milky eye is perfection, as is the scar above and below it. The Wolfpack deco is beautiful and cleanly applied on his armor, and the articulation system is nothing out of the ordinary. The review is coming soon, but you can check out the full gallery and other things now!

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Hot Wheels Concept Starships Series Photos

A while back it was discovered that Hot Wheels would be releasing a series of Starships recreating the original concept vehicles that were drawn up for the original Star Wars. Just a couple days ago I found more images in a Facebook group and felt it was time to share. Click through to see more photos.

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Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

JTA sponsor Big Bad Toy Store checks in with their latest pre-orders and new arrivals. Click through for the full newsletter

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The May Solo: A Star Wars Story themed Smuggler’s Bounty box has arrived. Spoiler’s apply. Click through at your own risk!

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Supreme Leader Snoke makes his way to the basic figure line in wave 2 from the Star Wars [Solo] line. Click below to check out our Visual Guide addition. Make sure to also read our full review.

Supreme Leader Snoke - Star Wars [Solo] - Basic Figures

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Well, here it is folks. The glamorous Gamorrean Guard from The Black Series [Phase III] line is here, and we have a sneak first look peek at him for you. The figure is eerily similar to The Vintage Collection Gamorrean Guard (VC21) figure in that it’s not 100% perfection, but you’re not going to care. The Gamorrean Guard hits all of the sweet spots you’d expect from a premium Star Wars collectible. The paint operations are generally excellent, although he has a weird brown stripe going up his snout. Hasbro did an excellent job on the fine paint details on the figure face because they cannot utilize “photorealistic” technology on aliens as explained. The helmet is NOT removable. But this is a good thing. It stays in place as required and helps when displaying him in your collection. The soft-goods skirt is silky and luxurious. It’s an incredible fabric they’ve utilized, and you’re going to love it too. The Gamorrean Guard comes with a hinge-jointed lower jaw which is nice, but unnecessary. Just like the Admiral Ackbar figure before him, the combination of a ball-socket head with a hinge-jointed jaw severely inhibits the head movement. His “groin area” is a bit hollow. I know that sounds strange, but you’ll have to see it for yourself to understand what I mean. It feels a tad cheap, honestly. The rest of the figure and its articulation are divine. Check out our sneak peek now and be sure to come back soon for the full review!

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Star Wars Celebration Is Heading To Chicago In 2019

It was announced on The Star Wars Show that Star Wars Celebration is heading to Chicago for its twentieth anniversary in 2019. The event will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago on April 11-15, 2019. Tickets will go on sale June 5 at noon CST at starwarscelebration.com. Head over to StarWars.com for all of the details!

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