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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.”
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!
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!
Entertainment Earth has unleashed a slew of pre-orders over the last few weeks, including some revitalized exclusives. Here’s a recap of what’s available, some of which will be shipping next month.
Individual The Black Series 6-Inch Figures:
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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!
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!
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).
The TBS6 [P3] Captain Rex is IN STOCK at Amazon for $19.99! Be sure to choose OTHER options.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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 pages, concept art, storyboards, on-set photography, and more.
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.
Grab them while you can….