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Monthly Archives: April 2018

It seems Star Wars is the only thing Gentle Giant collectors are interested in anymore. So far, all 5 reveals have been from our beloved license. Click below to check out the 5th gift option for the 2018 Premier Guild Membership: Darth Maul 1:8 Scale Collector’s Gallery Statue. 

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Topps Countdown To Solo: A Star Wars Story - Card 6 of 25

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. 

Beckett and Solo on the Battlefield – Countdown to Solo: A Star Wars Story – Card 6 of 25

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New Teaser for Solo: A Star Wars Story

A plethora of new trailers have been aired in the last few days. Here is another one with some neat new shots. I’m really liking the aesthetic of this movie. Click through for the trailer.

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TVC Rey (Island Journey) Relisted!

The Vintage Collection Walmart exclusive Rey (Island Journey) figure is BACK IN STOCK on eBay! It’s more money before but still comes with FREE shipping! Check it out! They also have The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Stormtrooper (Mimban) and Chewbacca exclusive figures IN STOCK as well! Special thanks to Danny for the alert!

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And speaking of the Gamorrean Guard, have any of you checked out the asking prices for recent live eBay auctions for The Vintage Collection figure? They’re quite accurate. You can confirm this yourself by checking out the SOLD LISTINGS in the advanced search function. It’s hard to believe that this beautiful 3.75″ super-articulated figure is going for more than The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ version! The figure was available in over a dozen case assortments throughout The Vintage Collection’s original run. The TVC Gamorrean Guard (VC21) figure has been a source of frustration for TVC collectors for years, and it appears the frustration is only going to get worse. No other figure from this line is as desired as this one is. It makes people green with envy, especially when they see collectors with more than one of them!

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If you have zero patience like the average, normal Star Wars collector, foreign sellers have both The Black Series [Phase III] Gamorrean Guard and Clone Commander Wolffe in-hand as well.

    

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Wow! The Vintage Collection Walmart exclusive Rey (Island Journey) figure has hit eBay! It’s $29.99 with FREE shipping! Check it out!

They also have The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Stormtrooper (Mimban) and Chewbacca exclusive figures IN STOCK as well!

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Found! TARGET Exclusive TBS6 Chewbacca Arrives At NJ TARGET

JTA reader and friend Russ T. has found the TARGET exclusive Chewbacca figure at his local TARGET in NJ. He also asked about the new 4-LOM figure. This was his experience with that: “My local Target had 6 of the new Solo Chewie figure, but no 4-Lom. When I asked the worker to look up the figure after I gave her the DCPI she said it comes up on clearance for $12.99 and they won’t be getting anymore. WHAAAAAT??? They never even had it yet”

UPDATE: JTA reader Colin A. sends us info that the DPCI is 087-06-9531

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Review: Imperial Patrol Trooper - SW [S] - 12-Inch Figure

The Imperial Patrol Trooper is an awesome design. It’s a perfect bend of a Scout Trooper and a Stormtrooper. Find out why we can’t wait for the Force Link 2.0 version 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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The First Star Wars Celebration Turns 19 Years Old Today!

TheForce.net has worked up a beautiful article reflecting on the first Star Wars Celebration event, 19 years ago today! It’s worth your time Check it out!

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It’s remarkable how everyone who backed Jabba’s Sail Barge is preparing for its release next February by clearing out eBay. JTA reader Mike R. brought to our attention two figures in particular that have us in awe. 2004’s Star Wars “Saga” [Phase III] J’Quille and Tanus Spijek have been selling like mad on eBay recently. AT any given time you could about two dozen of them for less than $10-$15 each, maybe less. However, they’ve recently sold so strongly that it’s nearly impossible to find any active auctions for them on eBay. If you can locate them, they’re going for a pretty penny. If you recall, we created an itemized list of ROTJ characters while suggesting which one were Sail Barge-worthy, much like how Elaine determines which of her men are sponge-worthy. Well, some readers have taken notice. (You should check out those links again. The increase in prices is astounding.) Don’t wait too long to grab the figures you need to populate this first HasLab offering!

   

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Becoming Solo Featurette

The following video appeared on the official You Tube Star Wars channel today. It’s a short behind the scenes featurette on the upcoming movie Solo: A Star Wars Story.
It has many new scenes that were not included in any of the trailers before and gives away some new details. Check it out and then click through for some screenshots!

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The Black Series [Phase II] Galen Marek Loose On eBay!

Hurry if you need The Black Series [Phase II] Galen Marek! tunghori has it! Special thanks to Gregory G. for the alert!

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So, after SIX hours of futzing with Force Link 2.0 and trying to get it installed, sixty-six and two-thirds percent of the Rose (First Order Disguise)/BB-8/BB-9E Two-Packs set still have “FIRMWARE UPDATE REQUIRED!” errors. We’re shaking our heads. Oh, and the figure’s say the wrong things if you use the first Force Link. See why we’re so over this gimmick now as we look at this re-release 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.

Rose (First Order Disguise)/BB-8/BB-9E

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With the release of Darth Vader, you can give yourself to the Dark Side and purchase every note in the Star Wars: A New Hope Silver Coin Note series which includes Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, R2-D2 & C-3PO, Han Solo & Chewbacca, Princess Leia. Click through for full details!

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It's Like The Worst Nightmare I've Ever Experienced

While the Force Link 2.0 updates are working for some, I have to be honest and say for me it has been a nightmare from hell. This is how far I got after I installed the update. Out of three devices I used, not one of them can find the Force Link 2.0 device and pair it. Click HERE to see the madness.

UPDATE #1: (9 AM to 12:45 PM) The only way I could get any of my devices to see the Force Link 2.0 was to remove the batteries and replace them (to reboot the Force Link 2.0). Thanks, Chris!

UPDATE #2: (12:45 PM to 2:30 PM) Now I am trying to get the update going by tapping twice. It’s not working.

UPDATE #3: (2:30 PM to 3:45) The update is actually happening. The device is timing out, so you have to go through the tapping to get it going again. Madness! Also, this process uses so much power that I had to replace the batteries in the Force Link 2.0.

UPDATE #4: (3:45) After having to reboot both my devices and my Force Link 2.0 MULTIPLE times, I finally got the last update downloaded. I am going to bed now. What a complete waste of a Saturday!

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Our friends at Bantha Skull have just reported that the Force Link 2.0 app is functioning. They also managed to figure out how to update Force Link 2.0. Whether it was an accident for them to update the device or this is what it is, if these are the steps required to update the device, it’s one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen done by Hasbro. Click through for more, but be warned that you’re probably not going to believe what you’re reading. I am still unable to figure out mine. How are children supposed to do this? There’s got to be a better way!

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Entertainment Earth has provided our review sample of the Finn (First Order Disguise)/Captain Phasma Two-Packs set. It’s a decent set and has relevant accessories and lots of all-new tooling. Learn more 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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Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Check out the lastest update from JTA sponsor Brian’s Toys

We are, of course, excited about everything featured in our newsletter, but we are most excited about the eFX Scout Trooper Limited Edition Helmets. There has been a long delay with these helmets, so finally having them and being able to offer them to our customers is very exciting. We are also excited about all the AFA Graded Modern Figures we just listed. We do not usually have many of them on our website, but now we can offer our customers something different and fun!

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Gentle Giant dropped another Premier Guild gift this evening, their 4th option so far. Check out a very cool (currently unfinished) Amanaman Mini Bust. 

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Behind The Workbench Getting Worked On The Aftermarket!

Wow! Have you seen the eBay auctions for the Behind The Workbench booklet? If this is any indication of what the Yak Face figure will go for, people may be able to turn a pretty penny. Special thanks to Steve U. for the alert!

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We are finishing up the wave 1 basic figure Visual Guides from Star Wars [Solo]. Click below to check out Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master). Make sure to also check out our full review of this repacked figure right here.

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Gentle Giant announces their 3rd Premier Guild gift offering: Bib Fortuna Jumbo Figure. Click below for a full look…

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Topps Countdown To Solo: A Star Wars Story - Card 5 of 25

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. 

Dryden Vos Makes a Point – Countdown to Solo: A Star Wars Story – Card 5 of 25

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Check Out These Really Awesome Gadgets From Plox!

Our friends over at Plox have sent us a few samples of their newest Star Wars Bluetooth Trackers which feature classic characters and new characters as well as the AMAZING floating Death Star Bluetooth Speaker. While you’re waiting for the reviews, you can make use of this 20% off promo code exclusive to our readers here at JTA JEDI20. These trackers have found my keys..and even my silent phone..more times than I can count!

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Rian Johnson Speaks Once More About Fan Reactions

Before the Solo movie takes over and will dominate the headlines there is one more article about The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson was interviewed by Flickering Myth for the European disc release of The Last Jedi. And Rian Johnson made a remark about the fan reaction. If you want to know what he said, click through!

Rian Johnson on the set of The Last Jedi

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Pre-order Anakin Skywalker (E3) S.H. Figuarts At BBTS!

Pre-order The Anakin Skywalker (Episode III) S.H. Figuarts figure at JTA sponsor Big Bad Toy Store! Special thanks to all who wrote in with the alert!

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It’s Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) again! Yeah, we don’t get it either. Find out why we’re surprised to see this figure again 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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Gentle Giant announced today their second gift option for the 2018 Premier Guild: Princess Leia (Cloud City) Mini Bust. Click below for the full concept design for this Mini Bust. 

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What an incredible piece of memorabilia. Amongst others, an original prop used by Harrison Ford himself will be auctioned by Julien’s Auctions. Click through to find out more.
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Maz Kanata joins the Star Wars [Solo] basic figure line. Check out our Visual Guide addition below! Make sure to also check out our full review!

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Topps Countdown To Solo: A Star Wars Story - Card 4 of 25

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. 

Beckett & Val in the Trenches – Countdown to Solo: A Star Wars Story – Card 4 of 25

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New Animated Series "Star Wars: Resistance" Announced!

The new animated Star Wars series by Dave Filoni has just been announced. The show will be titled “Star Wars: Resistance”. Click through for more details!

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It’s always good to be proactive, isn’t it? Is there ever a time when planning for things ever turned out negatively in the end? Well, maybe, but stick with me that’s its a good thing for this post. JTA is getting inundated with store reports that show evidence that The Vintage Collection is on clearance at so many stores (both Walmart AND TARGET). Some of the prices are as low as $5 each. We even have a report from barely-alive Kmart that they have them on sale (clearance) too. I had an epiphany that retail is dead when it comes to Star Wars. I am completely serious about this. It’s not about what stores get and don’t get any more. It’s about the changing times. Because of these clearance trends, I have a suggestion. (more….)

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Gentle Giant Collectors get to add a Spacetrooper Mini Bust to their collections as part of the 2018 Premiere Guild Memminibership. Click through for details on the 2018 membership levels. Click below for a full preview of the Spacetrooper Mini Bust. 

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Review: Maz Kanata - SW [S] - Force Link 2.0

You may think this version of Maz Kanata is from The Last Jedi, but you’d be wrong, technically, This figure is a Hasbro Concept based scenes from The Last Jedi. Find out 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.

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We have a sneak peek of the Entertainment Earth exclusive Finn (First Order Disguise)/Captain Phasma Two-Packs set from the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] line. As you may or may not know, this set was temporarily canceled until Entertainment Earth salvaged it and took it on as their exclusive. The set is more excellent than expected. The Finn (First Order Disguise) turned out nicely. He still comes with inadequate articulation of which is required to battle Captain Phasma. Captain Phasma is all-new as well but has been significantly retooled. And most importantly, she comes with the spear she used to attempt to defeat Finn. The figure uses Force Link technology. Interestingly, you can use the Force Link 2.0 wristband to make the figures talk. Between Captain Phasma’s rich English accent and Finn’s fast-talking, it’s challenging to make out their five phrases each. Anyway, check out our full gallery ion this set. We thank Entertainment Earth for providing us with this sample for review. The review is coming soon! Order yours today HERE.

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We are back to wave 1 from the Star Wars [Solo] line for our Visual Guide updates. Click below to check out the newly revamped K-2SO figure. You can also read the full details on the changes to this figure in our review.

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Topps Countdown To Solo: A Star Wars Story - Card 3 of 25

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. 

Moloch & Stormtroopers – Countdown to Solo: A Star Wars Story – Card 3 of 25

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Star Wars Deutschland (Germany) posted a new trailer on their official YouTube channel which is not available in English (yet). Now, this is in German of course, all movies get dubbed here. So most of you probably won’t understanbd a word that is said. However, several brand new lines spoken by Dryden Vos are revealed in the trailer. Click through for screencaps and translations of Dryden Vos’ lines!

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Advice For Hasbro To Make The Most Of New Case Assortments

We have an anonymous writer (i.e., NOT me) who gives his thoughts on Hasbro’s case assortments: what’s wrong, what’s right and what needs to change. This guy has years of experience in the selling industry and knows his stuff. (more….)

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Have others noticed the standard The Last Jedi poster now prominently features Rey at the top instead of a Sith-ified Luke Skywalker? (Perhaps this was intentional to make the audience think something more ominous about Luke before the film’s release.) This change is now included on the poster that comes packaged with some Blu-ray releases. Special thanks to volkerc for the alert. This completely blew by us. We wonder if the same is true for you. The revised poster is not featured in the StarWars.com gallery either.

    

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SH Figuarts have finally officially revealed Episode III Anakin Skywalker after rumors about an impending release had made the rounds already. Click through for all the details and some more photos!

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Alden Ehrenreich Talks In Depth About The Solo Movie

It was already reported that Alden Ehrenreich let it slip that he has a three movie deal with Lucasfilm. But the source article, a very long cover story by Esquire, actually has many more interesting bits and clarifications about Alden Ehrenreich and the Solo movie production. And they contradict previous reports from anonymous sources. Click through to read more!

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Review: K-2SO - SW [S] - Force Link 2.0

Impressive. Did you know that the Star Wars [Solo] K-2SO release is an all-new figure? This protocol droid is evidently based on the same digital files as the first version, but from head to toe many differences exist! Find out 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.

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Sponsor Announcement: Big Boy Collectibles

JTA sponsor Big Boy Collectibles sends along this message…

Just wanted to update everyone that the Star Wars the last Jedi Finn Vs. Captain Phasma 3 3/4 inch figure exclusive figures are now in stock.

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Alden Ehrenreich Will Return As Han Solo After Solo?

Is Solo: A Star Wars Story not actually a standalone film? In an interview for Esquire’s latest cover story, the actor let slip that he’s actually signed up for three movies.Well, this is interesting. Check out the full story!

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Visual Guide Update - Porgs - The Black Series [Phase III]

We’ve got some Porgs for our next Visual Guide addition. Check out the 6″ scale The Black Series [Phase III] Porgs in today’s update by clicking below. You can also see what we had to say about this set in our main review.

Porgs - The Black Series [Phase III] - Six Inch Figures

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Topps Countdown To Solo: A Star Wars Story - Card 2 of 25

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. 

Lando Calrissian Plays The Game – Countdown to Solo: A Star Wars Story – Card 2 of 25

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Review: Porgs - TBS6 [P3] - Six Inch Figures

Tiny figures get a small review. See why we think the Porgs from The Black Series [Phase III] line are adorable but should have never been sold separately. Also, see how their scale compares to Chewbacca 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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Next up for our Star Wars [Solo] basic figure Visual Guide updates is the Range Trooper. Click below to check out the full guide page. Make sure to also check out our full review.

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Another Solo Cameo from Rogue One

A few days ago, I posted about how Tam Posla would be making a cameo appearance in Solo. Apparently there is another character that is in Rogue One making a background appearance. Or at least it looks the same… Click through to check it out for yourself.

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Fairfax Financial New Owner Of Toys R Us Canada

Website Retail Dive reports that the auction for the Canadian branch of Toys R Us was canceled on Monday, since there were no other qualified bids for the Canadian Toys R Us stores other than the $235 million “stalking horse” offer by Fairfax Financial. Once the deal is approved Fairfax Financial will own the 83 Canadian TRU stores.

Toys R Us Canada and Terence and Philip

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Topps Countdown To Solo: A Star Wars Story - Card 1 of 25

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. 

Card No. 1 features young Han Solo himself in front of his beloved Millennium Falcon. Don’t miss out on these cards, exclusively available from Topps.com

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New Character Posters For Solo: A Star Wars Story!

Nine brand new character posters for Solo: A Star Wars Story were released today. Click through to see more!

Rio Durant

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ILM Is Looking For Female VFX Experts

General Manager of Lucasfilm and President of ILM, Lynwen Brennan, recently gave an interview to Wales Online. And she had a few things to say about ILM, specifically that they want more girls! Click through for more details!

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Lynwen Brennan, President of ILM

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ARRIVING! Jabba's Sail Barge Booklet Hitting Mailboxes!

And just like that the Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) Behind The Workbench booklet is arriving on doorsteps. Special thanks to JTA reader Oscar S. for sending us the images and news!

    

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Review: Range Trooper - SW [S] - Force Link 2.0

The Star Wars [Solo] Range Trooper is a fun figure, but far from perfection. Find out 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.

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Hasbro's First-Quarter Earnings Report Revealed

Hasbro’s first-quarter earnings have been posted. It’s a mixed bag of interpretation, but one of the blames is placed on the Toys R Us liquidation. Click through to read the full story and CNBC. You can also click through here for a couple of bullet points made as well.

Update: more details and link to official Hasbro presentation added!

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Cool! Check it out. We have a first look image of the previously rveealed by Hasbro Walmart exclusive The Vintage Collection Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure card back art to share with you. It is for a promotion in Japan that features the Mimban Stormtrooper. Apprarently per Google Translate the promo is about a prize draw for people who send in barcodes of various Star Wars toys. Special thanks to JTA reader Bence B. for letting us know!

   

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Irish Toy Retailer Smyths will acquire the Toys R Us Stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This deal includes 93 TRU stores and 4 online shops. There are also some new developments for TRU in the USA, Canada, Asia and Australia! Click through for more details!

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We are adding another Star Wars [Solo] basic figure to our Visual Guides. Check out the Force Link 2.0 Chewbacca figure by clicking below. We also have a full review of this figure in our review database right here.

Today’s Visual Guide update marks our 1500th Visual Guide added since we launched our new format in December 2011. Thanks to everyone for tuning in to JTA for each and every update!

Chewbacca - Star Wars [Solo] - Basic Figures

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Director Ron Howard posted this photo on his Twitter feed the other day. It gives a behind the scenes glimpse at the sound mixing done for Solo: A Star Wars Story and also reveals what Clint Howard’s character will look like. Click through to see the full image!

Solo Sound Mix

 

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Review: Chewbacca - SW [S] - Force Link 2.0

The Star Wars [Solo] Chewbacca is as good as it is bad. Also, there is a running change of it already. Did you know? Find out 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.

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SH Figuarts Ep III Anakin Skywalker

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The next two-pack from Star Wars [Solo] features the Kessel Guard and Lando Calrissian. Click below to check out our full Visual Guide of this set. We also have a full review of this set, make sure to check that out right here.

Kessel Guard/Lando Calrissian - Star Wars [Solo] - Two-Packs

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Even though Solo: A Star Wars Story is on the horizon and The Last Jedi a hazy memory of the past already, there’s still some promo work for the latest trilogy movie. For the European disc release of The Last Jedi Mark Hamill did some promotion work in Ireland and gave interviews. French magazine Le Point published their interview with Mark Hamill yesterday. And Mark Hamill had a few things to say about The Last Jedi and Star Wars in general. Click through to read about it.

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JTA reader Matthew C. sends us an image (from a Pixel Dan YouTube video) of what “photorealistic” technology might look like on a The Vintage Collection figure. Now, keep in mind that this is a Mattel figure, so Hasbro’s might look very different than this. And they’d have to improve the technology before making it final. Anyway, let us know what you think about this in our comments.

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Review: Kessel Guard/Lando Calrissian - SW [S] - Two-Packs

The Kessel Guard is one of the nicest 5POA figures we have ever seen from Hasbro. Lando isn’t too shabby either. Find out why you will probably want to secure the Kessel Guard/Lando Calrissian Two-Packs set from the Star Wars [Solo] line 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.

Kessel Guard/Lando Calrissian

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Yet Another New TV Spot For Solo!

Lucasfilm keeps them coming, here’s yet another TV spot for Solo: A Star Wars Story! This trailer is even shorther than the other ones but reveals two or three new things! Watch the trailer and then click through for some screencaps from the trailer which reveal some new details!

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Will Mara Jade Be In Episode IX?

Website That Hashtag Show reports that the casting process for Episode IX is underway. And apparently, JJ Abrams and casting director Nina Gold are looking for the following:

a female lead, 40-50 years old, to play the role of “MARA.”

It has to be said that it’s common practice to use code names instead of the real character names in casting, so it doesn’t necessarily mean that Mara Jade will be in Episode IX. Episode IX is still scheduled to begin filming in July, so we should know more very soon. Who could this 40-50 year old woman be? Someone who takes over from Leia? Rey’s mother? Holdo’s sister? Or Mara Jade after all? Speculate away!

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Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

This week’s Brian’s Toys Newsletter includes:

  • Gentle Giant and Anovos pre-order items
  • Black Series 3.75″ action figures
  • Newly added Vintage carded figures

Click through for the full Newsletter!

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We are jumping back to the new Star Wars [Solo] line for our next few Visual Guide updates. Click below to check out the Darth Maul/Qui-Gon Jinn Two-Pack. You can also visit our full review of this set right here.

Darth Maul/Qui-Gon Jinn - Star Wars [Solo] - Two-Packs

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For Star Wars and Marvel fans who still prefer DVDs and Blu-Rays over digital, you might not be able to shop at Amazon for your physical media needs. Unless, of course, you’re a Prime member. That’s because the online giant has made some recent Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe DVD and Blu-Ray titles to be Prime exclusives. (You’ll still be able to get them from other retailers.) Engadget has the full story. Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Mike R. for the alert!

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Hurry! Loose TVC Weequay Back In Stock On eBay!

Hurry! The awesome TVC Weequay figure is in stock on eBay from seller tunghori. Special thanks to Craig P. for the alert!

UPDATE: Weequay is history, but check out tunghori’s other auctions HERE!

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HasLab Behind The Workbench Booklet Shipping!

JTA readers Orlando R., Danny and Henry just received email confirmations that their Behind The Workbench booklet from Hasbro has shipped! You better check your inbox. You probably have one too! It’s getting REAL, folks!

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Wow! Hasbro Toy Shop’s eBay store is STOCKED with a ton of new products including the latest Forces Of Destiny dolls, the latest Solo: A Star Wars Story merchandise in addition to some surprising The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures like the Imperial Royal Guard and Rey (Island Journey) figures! And let’s not forget about a TON OF THINGS ON CLEARANCE, as low as $1.99 EACH!) You absolutely SHOULD check out what’s in stock! You may find stuff you cannot find anywhere else!

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Are You Stocking Up Where You Can For Sail Barge Patrons?

eBay seller tunghori still have quite a few The Vintage Collection (or TVC-quality) figures IN STOCK. Don’t forget to pick up Vizam for your new Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna). Remember, Hasbro is retooling the railings on the Barge so that his AWESOME gun can be attached. There are other figures as well including the rare red-bandana Kithaba figure and Princess Leia (Slave Outfit). These are reasonably priced and as the aftermarket values for skiff guards and related figures skyrockets, get a few while you can for acceptable prices!

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Brand New TBS6 Figures For $5, $7 And $9 Hanging From Pegs!

All of these store reports we’re receiving are disconcerting. JTA reader cress has purchased all of the latest The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures he wanted for $5.00 each. We also have seen reports of $7 and $9 figures too. After the buyers realize that they made NO MONEY on these figures, Walmart will be the next retailer not to want to take a chance on the Hasbro Star Wars brand. These assortment numbers need to change more frequently so they can discontinue old stock in a more organized fashion. This insanity happens all of the time now.

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Amazon Also Has UCS Millennium Falcon IN STOCK With Prime!

And not to neglect Amercian collectors, the UCS LEGO Millennium Falcon is IN STOCK at Amazon for $799.99 Prime!!

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LEGO UCS Millennium Falcon IN STOCK At Walmart.ca

The UCS LEGO Millennium Falcon is IN STOCK at Canada’s Walmart.com! Special thanks to Jean C. for the alert!

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Review: Darth Maul/Qui-Gon Jinn - SW [S] - Two-Packs

Well, this didn’t go the way we thought it would. The Darth Maul/Qui-Gon Jinn Two-Packs set has positives, but many negatives. And the problems are all deco-related. 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.

Darth Maul/Qui-Gon Jinn

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Tamashi Nations Reveals Movie Realization Snowtrooper

Check out the latest in Tamashi Nations Movie Realization: the Kanreichi Ashigaru Snow Trooper. Click here for the order page. 

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Disney comes through with droids from Solo: A Star Wars Story. Click below to check out our Visual Guide update featuring R2-F1P, R5-232, R2-S8, and R5-PHT. You can also read our full review of this set right here in our Research Droids Reviews database.

R2-F1P/R5-232/R2-S8/R5-PHT - Droid Factory

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TBS6 Clone Captain Rex IN STOCK At Amazon For $29.95

If you’re interested, Clone Captain Rex in IN STOCK at Amazon with prime, but for $29.95. (You could do worse at the moment.) Special thanks to all who wrote in to let us know! Also, The Black Series 6″ Dewback in IN STOCK with FREE one day shipping too!

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New UK Movie Poster for Solo: A Star Wars Story

A new movie poster for Solo: A Star Wars Story was released for the UK. Click through to see the full poster!

Solo UK movie poster

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IT IS TRUE! ALL OF IT! Here is ANOTHER unbelievable find (that I am UNABLE to confirm)! In all my life collecting, I have NEVER seen action figures on clearance go this low. I have seen $.100, but never $.03. Commenters are claiming that Brickseek has older The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures listed for this price, but I am unable to confirm anything similar myself. There are also comments that it affects the new Death Star Commander too. Special thanks to friend Derek T. for alerting me to this image from The Black Series 6″ Collectors Facebook page!

UPDATE! We have a photo of JTA reader Brett P. scanning the 6″ figures at his local local Walmart. $0.03 EACH! INSANITY! Click through for the proof!

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BB-8 Mega Playset Found For As Low As $30 At Walmart Stores

Unbelievable! Reports are pouring in from toy runners that the BB-8 Mega Playset has been marked down as low as $30 at some Walmart stores. We are getting plenty of reports that it is also found for $45. Special thansk to JTA readers Allen P. and vikingrobot and others for the reports and images. This item is still over $100 on Walmart.com. What ashame. This is a fantastic playset. It should have performed better. Perhaps get rid of the droid-shaped gimmick next time.

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Review: R2-F1P/R5-232/R2-S8/R5-PHT - Droid Factory

The R2-F1P/R5-232/R2-S8/R5-PHT Droid Factory set is incredible. And the droids inside of this set have all received updates making them more accurate to screen than ever before. See why you don’t want to miss out on this set 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.

R2-F1P/R5-232/R2-S8/R5-PHT

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Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Check out the latest new arrivals and new pre-orders from JTA sponsor Big Bad Toy Store…

Big Bad Toy Store

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The Entertainment Earth exclusive (that will be available to anyone who has an Entertainment Earth account) Finn (First Order Disguise)/Captain Phasma Two-Packs set is NOW SHIPPING! If you pre-ordered it, look for a shipping notice in your inbox! If you haven’t, order yours HERE.

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Visual Guide Update - Qi'ra (Corellia) - Star Wars [Solo]

We have another basic figure addition to the Star Wars [Solo] Visual Guide. Click below to check out Qi’ra (Corellia). Make sure to also check out our full review of this figure right here.

Qi'ra (Corellia) - Star Wars [Solo] - Basic Figures

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Dear Hasbro, Why?

The Black Series line is rich with exclusives in 2018. We have Chewbacca, the Mimban Stormtrooper, the Gamorrean Guard, Commander Wolffe, hopefully Zuckuss will be sold somewhere too.
There may be some need for exclusives, from a business standpoint, however, for anyone not living in the USA exclusives are what sucks the joy out of collecting. Some exclusives never make it to other territories, and when they do, they come at a price… Read more after the jump!

Chewbecca Exclsuive Figure

That’s 48.15 USD

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Director Ava DuVernay posted this on her Twitter yesterday:

Happy to share this historic news. A black woman directing stories in a galaxy far, far away. First unit director #JJAbrams Second unit director @VictoriaMahoney. #StarWarsE9 #StarWars

Victoria Mahoney and JJ Abrams

Victoria Mahoney and JJ Abrams

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Review: Qi'ra (Corellia) - SW [S] - Force Link 2.0

Most know her as the Mother of Dragons. Now she is Han Solo’s sidekick (we think). Learn about the late 80s/early 90s inspired Qi’ra (Corellia) Force Link 2.0 figure 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.

Qi'ra (Corellia)

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This is unbelievable. The 40th Anniversary Princess Leia Organa 6″ figure is only $5.87 on Walmart.com! Hurry! Free 2-Day Shipping with $35 minimum order! Thanks to Mark for the alert!

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Wow! Walmart Exclusive TBS [P3] AT-ST Less Than $18 Online!

The Walmart exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] AT-ST is only $17.99! Special thanks to JTA readers Mark and Steve D. for the alerts! If you’ve been waiting for this thing to drop further, this may be your last chance! You also get FREE 2-Day shipping if you buy two!

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Because that’s where you’ll probably find them! Here is another reason why Walmart should lose the right to sell Star Wars action figures. Per JTA reader Ryan C., this particular Walmart still has boxed 3.75″ The Black Series [Phase III] figures in the aisle, but brand new The Vintage Collection figures in the clearance aisle. Maybe this Walmart employee looked at the first wave of TVC and exclaimed: “Not again!”

    

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Tonight’s Visual Guide update features the Stormtrooper (Mimban) basic figure from the new Star Wars [Solo] line. Click below to check out our full guide page. Click here to check out our full review.

Stormtrooper (Mimban) - Star Wars [Solo] - Basic Figures

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Check Out This Brand New Second TV Spot For Solo!

The Solo marketing engine is running at full speed! Lucasfilm has released the second new TV trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story in mere days! Check it out and see what’s new in the trailer!

Update: Screenshots from the trailer added! Click through for more!

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Where Are All the Droids?

3.75″ Figures are making a comeback, but where are the droids? Just from the recent Solo trailers, there are a ton of droids that are completely worthy of a figure. Click through for more images.

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It Seems Like 3.75" Is Gaining A Stronghold Over 6"

My abusive friend Chris from Bantha Skull twisted my arm and forced me to post this article (similar to the one he just posted). So it’s HIS fault, not mine. OK? (more…)

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What's In The Box?!

OK, well, it doesn’t seem as if the #Hasbroblackseriesunboxingcontest is getting the reception and participation it should. As someone who doesn’t even know what an Instagram is, the best I can do is click the videos that get posted there. We thought it would be more fun to speculate about the “Top Secret” item in that black box instead. Could it be the long-awaited 6″ General Grievous finally? What about an Episode I themed set? Could it be the next beast in the line? Or is it a vehicle? What about a whole new format altogether? Let us know what you think Hasbro will soon reveal underneath that “Top Secret” box, and if you can participate in the contest, be sure to add your entry! Oh, and Hasbro, be sure to do something like this for TVC collectors next. Don’t forget our need for constant stimulation. 🙂

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The Greatest Meme Ever For "Photorealistic" Technology!

I saw this image on The Black Series 6″ Collectors Facebook page (courtesy of Matthew Leotaud) and had to share it here. (Thanks CSE!) It’s one of the best meme variations I have seen of this popular image. It certainly makes a point about “photorealistic” technology, doesn’t it?

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

Check out the Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure from the Star Wars [Solo] line. JTA’s Caleb takes the reins on today’s review. See what he has to say 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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Why Alden Ehrenreich Was Cast As Han Solo

The Solo: A Star Wars Story article in Empire Magazine sheds some light on the casting process of the movie and what the producers wanted from any prospective Han Solo actor. Click through for more details.

Aldren Ehrenreich as Han Solo

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Holy! We are getting a ton of emails from readers notifying us that the charges are going through for Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna). So much for April 25th!

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Sneak Peek! R2-F1P/R5-232/R2-S8/R5-PHT - Droid Factory

We have a sneak peek look for you tonight of the R2-F1P/R5-232/R2-S8/R5-PHT Solo: A Star Wars Story Droid Factory four-pack. It appears that we might see new Droid Factory droid parts in the future as evidenced by the new parts included here, namely the restraining bolts. R2-S8 is the standout astromech droid of the set (who looks a lot like R2-MK by the way) and has some of the best paint operations we have seen in this line to date. Still, all droids are still missing foot wires which is an ongoing setback. Check out this great set early in our RDRs by clicking the image below.

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Tonight we are adding the Enfys Nest’s Swoop Bike/Enfys Nest set to our Visual Guides. Click below to check out this set, and make sure to also read our full review. A big thanks to Entertainment Earth for providing this sample.

Enfys Nest's Swoop Bike/Enfys Nest - Star Wars [Solo] - Vehicles

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The Vintage Collection Rebel Trooper (Hoth) is IN STOCK at Hasbro Toy Shop. Use promo code SPRING2018 to save money! Thanks to all who wrote in to let us know!

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TARGET To Offer Same Day Delivery In Five Major Cities

In what seems to be an effort to directly compete with Amazon, TARGET has announced that it will offer same day shipping to customers in five major cities. Boston, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Washington DC are all on tap to receive this ehancement. Engadget.com has the full story. Special thanks to friend Martin M. for the alert.

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MGA Entertainment CEO Put $900M Bid On Toys R Us

This news is the equivalent of day-old bread now. But in case you missed the story, the CEO of MGA Entertainment in Van Nuys, CA (make of Bratz dolls), put in a nearly $900 million bid on Toys R Us Friday in hopes of revitalizing the chains in the USA and Canada. Will it save the TRU brand? NBC Los Angeles has the full story.

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Mandalorians Confirmed For Solo: A Star Wars Story?!

The latest issue of Empire Magazine includes some never before seen photos from Solo: A Star Wars Story. Among them is a nice shot of Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos. But something else can also be spotted in the photo. Thanks to JTA reader Michael G. for sending us the scan! Click through to see the full photo.

Dryden Vos

Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos

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The Enfys Nest’s Swoop Bike/Enfys Nest release is not bad. We thank Entertainment Earth for providing us with this sample. 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.

Enfys Nest's Swoop Bike/Enfys Nest

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With the upcoming release of Solo: A Star Was Story in May the epic story continues to grow and expand, exploring characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga to enrich the entire mythology. New Zealand Mint is a part of this launch with a new, officially licensed 1oz fine silver coin. Full details after the jump!

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What’s sadder than sad? I am glad you asked because I have an answer. Sadder than sad is finding more Solo: A Star Wars Story stuff at my closing Toys R Us store (on clearance) than any other TARGET or Walmart in my area. That’s what’s sadder than sad. I hope all of the new product hits all at once so everyone can get the stuff they want. Maybe everyone else will catch up on April 20th. By the way, the article title is really sarcastic. I don’t know if anyone will find new figures at Toys R Us or not. It would be pretty “funny” if Zuckuss ends up arriving there, but I highly doubt it.

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Rumored Chewbacca And Han Solo "Confirmed"!

Diskingdom confirms the long-rumored Han Solo and Chewbacca Star Wars Toybox figures. Look for an official announcement from Disney soon.

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Hasbro apps page have posted an update to the Force Link 2.0 functionality. It states: Congratulations on your purchase!

Sound FX for Force Link 1.0 toys and Force Link 2.0 Han Solo figure (included with your Force Link 2.0 Starter Set) are available now through the existing app.

The app update that will give you all other Force Link 2.0 Sound FX will be available on or before May 1.

We’re working hard to fix this so that you have the best experience possible. Thanks for your patience.

Unlock the full power of your FORCE LINK™ 2.0 wearable technology with the FORCE LINK™ app! Use the app to keep your FORCE LINK™ 2.0 (sold separately) wearable technology updated with the latest phrases and sound effects from the Star Wars galaxy and bring the action to life!

I don’t know how you feel about this, but I think it’s bad form to release something that doesn’t have full functionality.

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Let’s add the new Force Link 2.0 Starter Set to our Visual Guides. Click below to check out the latest version of Force Link technology, along with the included Han Solo. Make sure to also check out our full review of this set.

Force Link 2.0 Starter Set - Star Wars [Solo]

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Disney released a brand new TV trailer for the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story movie. It’s only 45 seconds long but includes a few new scenes and new dialogue. We get to see how Han learns about Chewie’s name! Also, Chewie is proving to be a scene stealer! But watch for yourself and tell us what you think!

Update: Screenshots posted. Also: Slave 1 sighting in the trailer? Click through and tell me if I’m seeing things!

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New Spaceship For Solo: A Star Wars Movie Revealed

A brand new Star Wars spaceship has been revealed in the Star Wars Hot Wheels line. It’s from the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story. Click through to see the toy.

Hot Wheels AT Hauler

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It’s unbelievable that the Force Link 2.0 Starter Set/Han Solo release doesn’t work with any of the new Force Link 2.0 figures (outside of the Han Solo from this set). You get an error message. Hasbro hasn’t provided an update. For $30, this doesn’t seem right. Find out 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.

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Funko Pop! Fighting Droids Gamestop Exclusive In Stock!

Gamestop.com has the new Funko Pop! Fighting Droids 2-pack Exclusive in stock and ready to ship! They also have all the other Solo Pop! figures available as well as a pre-order for the Finn/Phasma Rematch on the Supremacy Movie Moments.

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Today’s Visual Guide update features the Wampa/Luke Skywalker (Hoth) Deluxe set. Part of a transitional wave of figures for the deluxe line, this set comes in The Last Jedi packaging, but sports the Force Link 2.0 logo and comes with the Solo Wave 1 assortment. Click below for a full look at this nice set. You can also check out our full review of this set right here.

Wampa/Luke Skywalker (Hoth) - Star Wars [The Last Jedi] - Deluxe Figures

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TBS6 4-LOM and Qi'ra (Corellia) Found At Target

Qi-ra (Corellia) is available at Hasbro Toy Shop with a release date of June 1, but this wave is already showing up at Target. JTA reader Craig picked up both Qi-ra (Corellia) and 4-LOM at his local Shawnee, Missouri Target. 

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Two Excerpts From Last Shot Available At Starwars.com

Starwars.com has a new look at Last Shot, featuring two excerpts from the upcoming novel. This book releases on Tuesday, April 17. Pre-order this on Amazon right here

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Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Click here for the latest Brian’s Toys Newsletter, featuring:

  • A bunch of new Han Solo: A Star Wars Story items are now for sale
  • An very rare han solo figure
  • Newly added ungraded 20/21 back figures

Click through for the full Newsletter!

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A Good Look At Some Solo Movie Characters

A few of the upcoming Topps Trading Cards for Solo: A Star Wars Movie have been revealed. You can get a good look at Moloch, L3-37, Val and Enfys Nest. Click through to see the cards!

Moloch

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Star Wars [Solo] Hasbro Products Are Being Added To RDRs

We are consistently adding new photo galleries of the new Solo: A Star Wars Story products to our RDR database. Be sure to check them out!

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I am only of average intelligence, but the Force Link 2.0 is something I just cannot figure out to save my life. I have talked to other like-minded intelligent people, and other super-smart friends, and they cannot figure out the app update either. I think Hasbro dropped the ball on this Force Link 2.0 Starter Set. But I would like to be proven wrong. If this is a manufacturing error, then a statement should have been released. I find it sad that consumers are plopping down $30 for this set and so far it only works with the figure included and some older Star Wars [The Last Jedi] basic figures. Hasbro, please advise us on how to get this thing working. Thank you! (If any readers have figured this out, please give us directions!)

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Solo Toys Dated Later At TARGET Than Anticipated

If you’ve been having trouble locating the newest Solo toys at your closest TARGET brick and mortar, you may not be surprised to learn that when given the DPCI a TARGET employee informed me that the Solo product launch was dated for a 4/15 reset, which is after the 4/13 street date. Patience is the way of the Jedi, friends, and we may have to wait a couple days yet…

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Review: Wampa/Luke Skywalker (Hoth) - SW [TLJ] - Deluxe

Wow! The Wampa/Luke Skywalker (Hoth) set is stunning. It’s hard to believe it’s part of the 5POA format. See why this is a must-have release from Hasbro. It’s better than you think it is and will complement The Vintage Collection line perfectly. 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.

Wampa/Luke Skywalker (Hoth)

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We’ve added a bunch of brand new Star Wars figures to our RDR database (all early pages). But there are some fantastic figures in this mix, like the Kessel Guard and Lando Calrissian. There are other great figure to check out too like Qi’ra (Corellia) and the Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure. Check them out in our Star Wars [Solo] page by clicking HERE.

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It’s time to add new Solo product to our Visual Guides, starting with Han Solo’s Landspeeder. Click below to check out our full guide for this set, and make sure to stop by and check out our review as well. We also have our Visual Guide index listing live, where you can find a listing and Visual Guide links (as we add them) for all of the current and upcoming product.

Han Solo's Landspeeder - Star Wars [Solo]

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Hasbro Announces Unboxing Contest Via Hasbro Pulse

Hasbro is constantly looking for ways to strengthen fan relationships and connect with the passionate Star Wars community. They’re thrilled to share that Hasbro Pulse is celebrating the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story by launching its first-ever fan unboxing contest.

The winner chosen will not only be adding this piece to their collection, but Hasbro is also inviting them to come to Hasbro HQ to unbox a new product from The Black Series line for the first time. Official rules to enter the #HasbroBlackSeriesUnboxingContest can be found here and the submission deadline ends at 11:59pm ET on 4/18. Be sure to check the @HasbroPulse Instagram on 5/25 when the new The Black Series product will be revealed!

Also, if fans are interested in adding to their Hasbro collection, Solo: A Star Wars Story product is now rolling out at retail until the movie’s theatrical release on 5/25.

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Is A TBS6 Therm Scissorpunch Figure In Development?

Did StarWars.com just let it slip that a TBS6 Therm Scissorpunch figure is in development? Special thanks to Nathan M. for sending us this screencap!

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SH Figuarts ROTJ Luke Will Be Rereleased!

SH Figuarts Jedi Luke was originally released in 2015. Anyone who began collecting SHF later had a hard time getting him or had to pay high aftermarket prices. Ordering the figure from ebay was risky, because Chinese knock-offs are quite common. But SH Figuarts is rereleasing the figure and pre-orders went live today. Click through for pre-order links!

SH Figuarts Luke Skywalker

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Check Out This Empire Magazine Solo Cover!

British magazine Empire will release its June issue with a subscriber exclusive Solo: A Star Wars Story cover. It was created by artist Dan Mumford. Click through to see the full poster!

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A new Star Wars Toybox figure has been revealed online! And it’s a beauty! Princess Leia Organa is up next!

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Hasbro Toy Shop Has TBS6 Qi'ra IN STOCK (Pre-order)!

Hurry! The Black Series [Phase III] Qi’ra is available to pre-order at Hasbro Toy Shop with a ship date of 6/1! Thanks to all who notified us!

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Keep Us Apprised Of Your Store Report Successes

Between apparent lack of communication (EVERYWHERE) and anal-retentive reset dates (TARGET), the Solo: A Star Wars Story product launch did not go as planned for many collectors. Instead of Wookiee Weekend, it’s turning into Whoop-De-Do Weekend. (Actually, maybe something special will happen on the 20th for “Wookiee Weekend.” Who knows at this point?) Hopefully, things will change for the better by the end of the weekend for everyone. Anyway, post your success, hits, and misses in this thread. I think we’ve all ripped Walmart a new one enough for the time being.

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An image is floating around social media revealing the contents of the Solo: A Star Wars Story Droid Factory figures! Cool! Thanks to all who sent us the photo!

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Toys R Us Canada Stocks New Solo Merchandise

Hey Canada! ToysRUs.ca has the new Solo products in stock. Special thanks to JTA reader Eric C. for the alert!

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TARGET.com Has Stocked New Star Wars Toys

TARGET.com has most of The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Solo: A Star Wars Story wave in stock! Special thanks to all who wrote in about this!

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Woo Hoo! Walmart, You Always Come Through!

I should have known better. I can’t wait until I have to track down their The Vintage Collection exclusives. They’re absolutely the worst. I asked the toy manager where the Solo toys were. She said “What’s Solo?” Let us know in the comments if you had better luck.

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Review: Han Solo's Landspeeder - SW [S] - Vehicle

Here we go! The Solo: A Star Wars Story line look launch is on! We’re beginning with Han Solo’s Landspeeder. See what we think 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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Check Out Some New Solo Launch Products!

It’s officially Solo: A Star Wars Story product launch day! We have a couple of rough review pages for you to check out. Click the banner below to check out what we’ve added thus far. More will be added soon!

But be sure to check out our new gallery on the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] Wampa/Luke Skywalker (Hoth) set by click the banner below. My goodness what a great set it is.

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Run Time For Solo: A Star Wars Story Revealed

The official Cannes Festival website reveals the run time of Solo: A Star Wars Story: it’s 2h15min. Which is the same length as The Force Awakens and two minutes longer than Rogue One. It is pretty much on par for Star Wars movies. Plan your toilet breaks well in advance!

Solo: A Star Wars Story Official Movie Poster

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HOLD EVERYTHING. Articulation on The Range Trooper 5POA?

An interesting post popped up in my news feed with a photo of a new figure coming out tomorrow… The force link 2.0 Range trooper. Is that elbow and knee articulation I see?? Do mine eyes deceive me??!!

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Line Look Launch Begins Midnight

We have completely reviewed The Vintage Collection wave 17 and The Black Series [Phase III] wave 16. (We also reviewed the awesome Dewback/Sandtrooper set as well.) Be sure to check back at midnight as we begin to add the Solo: A Star Wars Story products to our database.

          

           

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JTA sponsor Big Boy Collectibles has the “photorealistic” Clone Captain Rex 6″ figure IN STOCK!

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Rogue One Cameo in Solo - Tam Posla

Amidst the toy reveal commotion, here is a bit of movie news. I was looking at images from the most recent Solo trailer and spotted a white and grey helmet in the background… Click through to find out more!

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The Vintage Collection Wave 17 Available On Amazon!

It looks like the pages finally opened up for TVC wave 17 on Amazon. Click below for each product page! We’ve also gathered all the links on our Amazon store page for easy access. 

Update: Please keep in mind that if you see the higher prices you are probably seeing a 3rd party seller. But, these will be the same links when Amazon gets them in stock for the regular price. 

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The Black Series [Phase III] 6" Dewback/Sandtrooper Set!

Don’t forget to order The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Dewback/Sandtrooper set!

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Site sponsor Dorkside Toys is taking pre0orders for The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Enfys Nest and Swoop Bike set! Cool!

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Princess Leia in her slave outfit/sandstorm outfit for your newly backed Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) is BACK IN STOCK! tunghori has just re-listed The Vintage Collection’s Princess Leia (Sandstorm Outfit) which also includes the extra gear from the infamous deleted scene. Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Martin M. for the alert. If you need to #populatethebarge, check this link on eBay for the rest!

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Enfys Nest Swoop Bike IN STOCK NOW!

The brand new Solo: A Star Wars Story Force Link 2.0 Enfys Nest swoop bike is in stock now! Hurry you can get it a whole day early!

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Let’s jump back to the Star Wars [Saga – Phase III] for tonight’s Visual Guide update, featuring the Ewok with Attack Glider (Assault on Endor) Ultra Figure. Click below to revisit this figure in our updated Visual Guide, and click here to check out our full review.

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Hurry! You can also pre-order The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ stuff too on Amazon! Click below for direct links to the product pages.

We’ve also collected all of the latest stuff on our Amazon page for quick reference and future ordering. You can visit that page right here.

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Hurry! You can order a TON of Solo: A Star Wars Story Hasbro toys RIGHT NOW on Amazon!

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HURRY! TBS6 Grand Moff Tarkin Is IN STOCK!

Hurry! Grand Moff Tarkin is IN STOCK!

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BREAKING NEWS! io9 reveals that all of the Solo: A Star Wars Story toys will be available at midnight tonight. Check out the full story HERE!

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Does Forces Of Destiny Have A Future?

Forces of Destiny premiered in March 2017 on YouTube on the official Disney Channel. It was a first for Star Wars, since the animated show was primarily targeted at girls. A toyline was launched as well. In this article I want to take a closer look at the YouTube views for each episode and what this might tell us about the popularity and potential future of the show. Also, we will see which characters are fan favorites and which ones not so much. Click through to learn more!

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Review: Naboo Final Combat - OTC - Toys R Us Exclusive

Toys R Us released two exclusive multipacks for The Original Trilogy Collection. The Naboo Final Combat set should be purchased for one reason only: the Kaadu. It received a tremendous update and still holds up well today. Find out why you need this set 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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Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

JTA Sponsor Big Bad Toy Store sends in their latest newsletter. Click through for details

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Topps Releases Plans For Solo: A Star Wars Story

Want to know what to expect from Topps for Solo: A Star Wars Story? Click through for details!

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The Aftermarket Sellers Have High Hopes Already?

Someone has high hopes. Check out this eBay auction.

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We are adding the last of the Revenge of the Sith Collectible Figure & Cup sets to our Visual Guides tonight. Click below to check out Boba Fett. Be sure to also visit our full review of this set right here.

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If there’s something The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood knows about, it’s life imitating art. And now, in a wide-ranging interview with Variety, which recognized the celebrated author as one of its Power of Women honorees, Atwood has made a surprising claim about the way she thinks pop culture influenced another event: She said the 9/11 terrorists attacks were borne out of a plot point from Star Wars. EW.com has the full story.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Poster Now Available At DMR

If you have the points, you can pick up the Solo teaser poster at Disney Movie Rewards. If you’ve been saving, it will cost you 800 points. If not, you can get points on eBay for fairly cheap (about $10 per 500).

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Review: Endor Ambush - OTC - Toys R Us Exclusive

Toys R Us released two exclusive multipacks for The Original Trilogy Collection. We’re checking out both of them. First up is Endor Ambush. It’s not a great set at all. Find out why 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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Mark Hamill's Enjoyment Of Star Wars Is Tarnished

In a recent interview with ABC News Mark Hamill was asked about his prospective return to the Star Wars franchise in Episode IX. He still feels the loss of Carrie Fisher and what he said gives food for thought. Click through to find out what he said.

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Hasbro, you should read this post. Seriously. You should. So click through for more.

      
   

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Check out our next Revenge of the Sith Collectible Figure & Cup set addition to the Visual Guides: the Stormtrooper. Click below to open up our full Visual Guide, and make sure to stop by our review for a full report on this set.

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Hasbro Europe Has A New President Of Sales And Marketing

Toynews reports that Hasbo has named Foye Pascoe president of European sales and marketing. Pascoe follows Mark Hoijtink who has left the company after 11 years.
Foye Pascoe began her career at Hasbro as a brand manager in the UK in 1990 and before taking on her new position as president of sales and marketing she lead sales and distribution for several European markets.

It remains to be seen if availability of Star Wars merchandise and especially the Black Series will improve in Europe. At least in Germany prices have come down considerably in recent months from 35 euros for a figure to 28 euros. What is your experience in your country?

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Foye Pascoe, new president of sales and marketing in Europe

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Legacy Collection Dewback Only $19.79 Loose + FREE Shipping!

Cool! The Legacy Collection Dewback is only $19.79 with FREE SHIPPING on eBay! The item is loose and doesn’t come with the Sandtrooper. Special thanks to JTA reader Shane G. for the alert!

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We’re finishing up our look at the Revenge Of The Sith Collectible Figure And Cup sets. Let’s complete this run with the Stormtrooper set which is based on Return Of The Jedi. See how great the cup looks 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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"Guardians Of Evil" 4-Pack On Sale At GameStop

The “Guardians Of Evil” four-pack (a Barnes & Noble and GameStop exclusive) is IN STOCK on sale for $55 and change. Special thanks to JTA reader Craig F. for the alert.

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The Black Series 40th Anniversary Legacy Pack Clearance

If you need another to open, or just another to save, it’s hard to beat $9.99. Best Buy has the 40th Anniversary Legacy Pack on clearance for $9.99 on their website. Thanks to JTA reader Craig for the alert!

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It's More Believable That This Is Photoshopped Than Real

This image is entirely disconcerting. If I didn’t know the person who sent me the picture of this store report, I would have assumed this was Photoshopped. The idiot who stole all of these figures should start paying attention to sites like this one because he would have learned that the character he took will be available in droves when it gets repacked as a Force Link 2.0 figure. (Whoops!) This thief is scum, but it would be helpful if Hasbro could release essential details like this as soon as possible to deter this behavior (perhaps).

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Princess Leia is our next Visual Guide update from the Revenge of the Sith Collectible Figure & Cup sets. Click below to have a look at the full Visual Guide. Make sure to also check out our review of this set right here.

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Thanks Mom!

Look Ma! You were one of the first people to #backthebarge! Thank you for being the best Mom ever! I love you! Sorry this “thank you” is so late!

        

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Hasbro Toy Shop Adds New Solo: A Star Wars Story Products

Hasbro Toy Shop has added a bunch of new Solo: A Star Wars Story products. Check them out!

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SH Figuarts Chewbacca And Mimban Stormtrooper Revealed!

SH Figuarts has revealed its first two new figures for the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story: Chewbacca and the Mimban Stormtrooper! Click through for more photos and details!

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Hasbro Official Statement On Today's Reveals

Hasbro has released a small but official PRESS RELEASE on Solo: A Star Wars Story products revealed today. Click through for more.

UPDATE #1: New gallery added to our Facebook page.

UPDATE #2: See the detailed one sheet from Hasbro HERE.

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Walmart.com Also Taking Pre-orders For New TBS6 Stuff

Walmart.com is also taking pre-orders for new The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures. Thanks to DarthDad for the link.

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UPDATE: The Black Series [Phase III] 6" Chewbacca Revealed!

StarWars.com reveals an unannounced 6″ Chewbacca figure from The Black Series [Phase III] line.

UPDATE: Litzky PR reveals that Chewbacca is a TARGET exclusive.

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HUNDREDS of toys are 50% OFF at TARGET.com and many of them are Hasbro Star Wars items. Great deals include Luke SKywalker (Ahch-To Island) and Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer. Many ore details can be found as well. FREE 2-DAY SHIPPING is also included for MOST items. Special thanks to JTA reader Jon M. for the alert!

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New The Black Series 6" [Phase III] Solo Figures IN STOCK!

Hurry! New Star Wars toys are IN STOCK at Amazon!

    

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We’re continuing our look at the Revenge Of The Sith Collectible Figure And Cup sets. Let’s move forward with the Princess Leia set which is based on A New Hope. See how nice the cup looks 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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Solo: A Star Wars Story: The Merchandising

Disney has officially revealed a ton of products from Hasbro, Funko, LEGO and a bevy of other licensees. New Hasbro figures are also officially revealed. Check out the gallery on our Facebook page! Click HERE for the official PRESS RELEASE.

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Sneak Peek: Han Solo's Landspeeder - SW [S] - Vehicle

In almost perfect timing with the film’s official trailer release, we received special permission to feature a new Solo: A Star Wars Story product to share with you early. Click through for an advanced look at Han Solo’s Landspeeder with exclusive Han Solo (Corellia) figure. The review is coming soon. In a nutshell, Hasbro brings back old “battle-damage” technology that was first introduced in the Star Wars “Saga” line. The front end of the speeder is made from a pliable, albeit tacky, rubbery plastic that caves in if you press on it. It also triggers an action feature that pops Han Solo’s seat up and sends him flying. This vehicle is a sweet release and sure to be a big part of Solo: A Star Wars Story. (more….)

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Theatrical Poster

Along with the latest trailer, Lucasfilm also revealed the official theatrical poster for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Click below for a full look!

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Watch The New Solo: A Star Wars Trailer Now!

The latest trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story just dropped. Click through to watch and discuss!

Update: Screenshots from the trailer added!

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We’re finishing off the Revenge of the Sith Collectible Figure & Cup sets, starting with Darth Vader. Click below to check out our Visual Guide, and click here to check out our review.

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The Official Star Wars social media feeds teased a new Solo trailer last night. Can we expect tickets to also go on sale?

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We’re going to finish up the Revenge Of The Sith Collectible Figure And Cup sets. Let’s start with the fun Darth Vader set which is based on The Empire Strikes Back. See how great the cup looks 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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Do You Need A Great Slave Leia Figure For Your Barge?

If you’re in desperate need of a Princess Leia in her slave outfit for your newly backed Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna), tunghori has just listed The Vintage Collection’s Princess Leia (Sandstorm Outfit) which also includes the extra gear from the infamous deleted scene. Special thanks to JTA reader Justin V. for the alert. If you need to #populatethebarge, check this link on eBay for the rest!

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Visual Guide Update - Jawa (61) - The Black Series

We are wrapping up our Visual Guide updates from wave 16 of The Black Series [Phase III] 6-inch line. Let’s take a look at the only straight repack from this wave, the Jawa (61). Click below to check out our full Visual Guide, and click here to check out our full review.

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I’m not sure what’s going on, but I have encountered an error with my Force Link 2 wristband while I try to interact it with the many Solo: A Star Wars Story Force Link 2 figures and vehicles from Hasbro. When attempting to make many of the figures talk with the Force Link 2 wristband, I experience a “Firmware Update Required” error. None of the lines from the figures activate. Just a computerized voice spouting over and over again “Firmware Update Required” is all that is heard. I hope this is an isolated error for my wristband, but the pack-in Han Solo figure with it works fine. Everything else “NEW” I have generates that same error. Interestingly, my Star Wars [The Last Jedi] single-carded Emperor Palpatine spouts his lines with the Force Link 2 wristband. I haven’t tried any others.

Click HERE to see the video of the error.

UPDATE: Mystery solved. An app is required to activate the new sound effects. (It’s still strange that some figures work while most do not.)

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After yesterday’s E.Leclerc reveal, today Pyramid International, a company that produces licensed merchandise, such as posters, prints, pens or mugs, revealed several brand new promo images for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Click through to see some of the revealed artwork.

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Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

This week’s newsletter from Brian’s Toys includes:

  • Preorder items from Anovos and Sideshow
  • Recently listed ungraded vintage items
  • Recently listed AFA graded loose figures
  • eBay Auctions

Click through for the full Newsletter!

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Revell Model Kits Coming

If you’re interested, Revell has revealed three of the new Solo: A Star Wars Story Build and Play vehicle model kits on their website, Special thanks to friend Lady Ferry for the alert!

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Review: Jawa - TBS6 [P3] - 61

The Black Series [Phase III] Jawa 6″ figure is just a repack of the previous version, but Hasbro came through on their word that it would be repacked in this line too. 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.

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New Promo Images For Solo: A Star Wars Movie

French supermarket chain E.Leclerc shows a new Solo: A Star Wars Movie promo image on their website. They will also offer trading cards and one new photo of Han Solo has been revealed on the Apple app store and on Google play where you can download an E.Leclerc trading card app. Click through to see the two new images!

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Let’s add the repacks from wave 16 of The Black Series [Phase III] 6-inch line to our Visual Guides, starting with the Death Star Trooper (60), featuring the all-new photorealistic face deco. Click below for a full look at this figure, and make sure to stop by and have a look at our review as well.

Death Star Trooper (60) - The Black Series [Phase III] - 6-Inch Figures

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This story is incredible. Two rare vintage Kenner Star Wars figures including Darth Vader (telescoping lightsaber) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (telescoping lightsaber) have sold for over $100,000 combined. The Daily Mail has the full story.

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Solo Products Continue To Leak Out

New Solo: A Star Wars Story product is hitting retail, and Walmart stores left and right. We’re only about a week out from the official launch. It’s getting exciting. I am still surprised that the Wampa And Luke Skywalker set in still in Star Wars [The Last Jedi] packaging. And that the Rathar is repacked. Special thanks to Brian P. for the report! (Solo products have been blackened out as a courtesy to Hasbro.)

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We all know the story: Lucasfilm hired Tony Gilroy to work on reshoots for Rogue One. Gilroy never talked about his involvment with the movie and what the problems were. Until now. Tony Gilroy has finally revealed a few things about the Rogue One reshoots and the state the movie was in before he was hired by Lucasfilm. Click through to read more.

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Review: Death Star Trooper - TBS6 [P3] - 60

The Black Series [Phase III] Death Star Trooper 6″ figure with enhanced “photorealistic” deco is eerily lifelike. See why this is a must-have figure 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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Deadline reports that the Solo movie will have a surprise premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France. Apparently, the movie will be screened on May 15th! So maybe we get some reactions by fans then, unless Disney has the audience sign NDAs. Maybe some of our French friends here on JTA can sneak in and give us a full report? Read the article on Deadline!

Solo A Star Wars Story Movie Poster

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As we reported yesterday, Hasbro has sent out confirmation that orders for Jabba’s Sail Barge will be processed on April 25th. Did you receive your confirmation too?

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Disney Star Wars Movie Statistics

The MPAA report for 2017 was released yesterday. And like each year the report lists some informative statistics about the age of moviegoers, their ethnicity and overall gender share. Disney Star Wars is, among other things, about inclusivity, gender equality and Kathleen Kennedy’s own goal is to bring more girls and women on board the franchise. The MPAA reports since 2015 (when The Force Awakens was released) shed some light on how Lucasfilm’s strategy to win new fan groups has worked. Click through to learn more!

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The last of the new figures from wave 16 of The Black Series [Phase III] 6-inch line is Grand Moff Tarkin (63). Check out our full Visual Guide addition by clicking below, and in case you missed it, check out our full review right here.

Grand Moff Tarkin - The Black Series [Phase III] - 6-Inch Figures

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What Are You Doing To #populatethebarge?

You saw our popular post of what figures would make beautiful additions to your newly guaranteed Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) and how you can secure them on eBay. (If you missed out this fun post, check it out HERE.) So now we want to know if anyone you have taken any steps to acquire figures you’ve missed on the eBay aftermarket ever since the #backthebarge campaign had been hailed a success. Let us know of your new acquisitions and post them in the comments! We want to see how you’re going to #populatethebarge now! It looks like we’re going to need about 128 figures to fill it! As a side note, can anyone else feel the excitement in the air again with collecting? It’s like a rebirth, and it is a fantastic feeling!

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Review: Grand Moff Tarkin - TBS6 [P3] - 63

The Black Series [Phase III] Grand Moff Tarkin 6″ figure is very nice. He isn’t perfect, but pretty darn close. Find out more about this awesome Original Trilogy figure 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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Hasbro Officially Thanks All Of The Barge Backers!

Litzky PR contacted us and asked to pass on to our reader and fellow Barge Backers a great big THANK YOU from the Hasbro team for making their first HasLab campaign a roaring success. Check it out on their Instagram page.

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JTA reader Aldo S. sends us word that he contacted Hasbro’s customer service department and was informed that Hasbro would not be charging credit cards/debiting PayPal accounts until April 25th when the Barge booklet is available and ready to ship. It seems as if we all have a little more time to situate our finances if needed. The rep also informed him that Hasbro was not prepared for the influx of orders that came in the last couple of days and needed to print more booklets.

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Tonight’s Visual Guide Update continues to look at the The Black Series [Phase III] 6-inch line. Let’s check out the Dewback/Sandtrooper (04) set. Click below for complete details on our Visual Guide page, and make sure to check out our full write-up over on our review page.

Dewback/Sandtrooper (04) - The Black Series [Phase III] - 6-Inch Vehicles

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Were Rey's Parents Supposed To Be Special After All?

When The Last Jedi was released one of the questions left unanswered by The Force Awakens was who exactly Rey’s parents were. And Rian Johnson’s movie gave an answer: they were filthy junk traders who sold Rey off for drinking money and they’re buried in a pauper’s grave on Jakku.

Ever since then fans have speculated if that was what JJ Abrams really had in mind when he set up the mystery, or if he had any solution to the mystery at all. Now, actor Simon Pegg was interviewed for a podcast and he shed some light on what JJ Abrams’ plan was. Click through to find out more.

Rey in The Last Jedi

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The Best Star Wars Character Name Ever?

The recent Denny’s Solo: A Star Wars Story commercial revealed a few new creatures. Among them a lobster alien pictured here:

Therm Scissorhands

Promotional Topps trading cards reveal the name of that alien creature. And it may be the best Star Wars name ever. Or the worst. You decide! Click through to find out the name!

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The Dewback/Sandtrooper from the “vehicle” is going to be something that 6″ collectors will eat up. But is the Dewback included in the set screen-accurate enough for picky collectors? We’re not so sure. Learn all you need to know about this long-awaited set 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.

Dewback/Sandtrooper

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Instagram page in_demand_toys has gotten their hands on The Black Series [Phase III] Red Squadron multipack. It will be interesting to see which retailer will be getting this as an exclusive. Thanks to our friends at Fantha Tracks for the alert!

UPDATE: We found the Amazon link. It looks like it’s going to be an Amazon exclusive. Click HERE to see it.

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ALL ABOARD! You did it! Whether it was FOMO, last minute desperation, a strategic plan to order at the last minute or a spare for a rainy day, the first HasLab campaign is now over. Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) is coming to your collection February 2019 (approximately), but only if you backed one. A low edition size of 8,810 units of Jabba’s Sail Barge is all that will be produced for USA and Canada residents. If you passed on this expecting to find it at Walmart or TARGET or Amazon on clearance, (and you wanted one) you’re going to be a very, very disappointed collector.The aftermarket will be your only choice, and we know how things on eBay go. Congratulations to everyone and we know we all cannot wait for Hasbro’s continuous updates on this project’s progress.

UPDATE: It looks like Hasbro is auditing their orders and the final number of backed Sail Barges keeps changing (minimal/negligible differences). It seems like 8,810 is the final number.

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Check out the Range Trooper (64), the latest 6-inch Visual Guide addition to our The Black Series [Phase III] index listing. Click below for the full guide page, and make sure to check out the full review as well.

Range Trooper (64) - The Black Series [Phase III] - 6-Inch Figures

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The New TBS6" Figures For Pre-Order On Amazon!

If you followed all our posts awhile back where we dug around and found all the upcoming The Black Series 6″ Figures including Han (Solo), Lando (Solo), Range Trooper, Tarkin, Jawa, and Death Squad Commander, we told you to add them to your amazon list. If you did, you can now place a pre-order through your list on those figures for an April 12th arrival. All are $19.99 except for Han who is $17.99. The links to these pages do not work, so only having them on your list will allow for pre-orders. Also, be aware that although they show the 40th Anniversary Jawa and DSC, they ARE the boxed versions.

UPDATE: I was able to put together a shopping list so that I could share the links with everyone to purchase them (if they don’t show up, be sure to change the filter options to purchased & unpurchased). Enjoy!

 

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The Last Jedi, despite being a commercial success, is considered by many as the most divisive Star Wars movie ever. You might think Disney and Lucasfilm and all the people involved with the movie would try their best to win back the hearts of the fans who were disappointed with the latest installment of the franchise, especially in light of the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story movie which needs to be a success. And now London based free daily newspaper Evening Standard published an interview with Rian Johnson. And he had a few things to say. Click through to find out what he said.

Rian Johnson on the set of The Last Jedi

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Review: Range Trooper - TBS [P3] - 64

The Range Trooper is an incredible figure visually. BUT HE CAN’T DO ANYTHING! Find out why this release is bittersweet 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.

Range Trooper

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Pack The Barge!

That was not a spelling error! Now that we have backed the barge and we have all put out a substantial amount of money, it’s time we worry about packing the barge! As many of you know, sometimes our SDCC orders don’t show up in the best shape, so it is essential that such a limited item comes to us as safe and packaged as well as possible. We won’t get any replacements I’m sure so PLEASE! Ensure that we will get our Barges and Yak Face safely! Share your thoughts with us here.

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The next The Black Series [Phase III] 6-Inch figure we are adding to our Visual Guides is the all-new Lando Calrissian (65). Click below to check out the full guide, and click here for our full review.

Lando Calrissian (65) - The Black Series [Phase III] - 6-Inch Figures

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Get Served... Star Wars Themed Food at Denny's

A fun commercial has aired advertising a new series of trading cards available at Denny’s along with their new Solo themed menu. Click through to watch.

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After years of indirectly being told how small and insignificant we were to your bottom line, Hasbro, I hope that the performance that #backthebarge that the 3.75” super-articulated Star Wars collecting community has proven our worth to you. (more….)

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Hasbro April Fools' Joke: Jabba's Sushi Barge

Hasbro did their own neat little April Fools’ prank. Check out their Sushi Barge on our Facebook page!

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Hasbro sends out one final email alerting everyone in the USA and Canada that it’s NOW or NEVER to secure your Jabba’s Sail Barge. This means you have until April 3rd at 11:59 PM ET to order one. Despite the disbelief seen on social media that this long-awaited item will be released in stores and made available again at some other point, Hasbro’s email could not be more explicit and more transparent that Jabba’s Sail Barge will NEVER AGAIN be offered in the USA and Canada. Secure yours today!

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OK, so you have to buy quite a few other figures you probably DON’T want, but this is the cheapest way right now to score the Scarif Stormtrooper from the Walmart exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] 3.75″ action figure line. In this eBay lot, you get 48 total figures, 3 of which are Scarif Stormtroopers, and 45 are figures you probably already have, but each one comes to only $5.21 ($249.95 divided by 48). Very few lots remain. Let’s hope this figure gets carried forward into The Vintage Collection!

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We continue to look at wave 16 of The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line. It’s not time for Lando Calrissian from Solo: A Star Wars Story. See him 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.

Lando Calrissian

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Hasbro, is it possible to give any insight or a statement on what options international collectors will have for Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) now that it has been fully backed (before the deadline). These collectors would liek to know if they have any other better options before paying a ton in shipping costs. Thank you!

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The Walmart exclusive Kylo Ren (Throne Room) 6″ figure is IN STOCK at Walmart.com. Thanks to all who wrote in to let us know!

UPDATE: 5POA Bodhi Rook is IN STOCK too!

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Visual Guide Update - Han Solo (62) - The Black Series

We have all new The Black Series [Phase III] 6-Inch figures to add to the Visual Guides starting today! First up, let’s take a look at the young Han Solo (62). Click below for our full Visual Guide page, and make sure to read our full review of this figure right here!

Han Solo (62) - The Black Series [Phase III] - 6-Inch Figures

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Happy Easter And Happy Passover To Our Readers!

The egg-head staff at Jedi Temple Archives would like to wish all of our readers a Happy Easter and a Happy Passover. While the commercialization of holidays can be fun, we hope you’ll take a few moments to reflect on what their true meanings are. Thank you for reading!

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It's NOW Or NEVER, Folks! #backthebarge This HAS To HAPPEN!

OK, this is IT folks! If you don’t back Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) now, it is going to slip through our fingers forever. It will be all your fault if I don’t get this item for MY collection. Thanks for NOTHING! #backthebarge NOW! Special thanks to Binary_Sun for the artwork again, but I am not sure how much good it’s done!

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Review: Han Solo [Solo: A Star Wars Story] - TBS6 [P3] - 62

It is time to start looking at wave 16 of The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line! Let’s start with the main character from Solo: A Star Wars Story. Check out the young version of Han Solo 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

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