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Monthly Archives: December 2018

We conclude our look at the figures in the New Millennium Minted Coin Collection with Luke Skywalker (In Endor Gear). He is the focus of 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.

Luke Skywalker (In Endor Gear)

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Vintage Kenner RDR Recap, Thank You, And Announcement!

We’ve completed our vintage Kenner Research Droids Reviews. Please click through for a thank you, an overview and an important announcement.

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Walmart: Hasbro's "GREAT" Retail Partner!

Pop Quiz! The image below represents what approximate date? A. October 2018. B. November 2018. C. December 2018. D. It doesn’t matter. This is how the section always looks and I can’t remember the last time I could purchase something from it that remotely interested me. SPOILER: The answer is D. In all honesty, save for some unwanted TVC products like the Imperial TIE Fighter and the repacks, I don’t think this section has changed since the Solo: A Star Wars Story product launch.

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We’ve received plenty of email reports that the Resistance line is being found in the clearance section and at some stores ringing up at $5.00 per figure. Now we have evidence. So, if you’re looking for these figures, be sure to check the clearance aisle too! Special thanks to JTA reader MDS RR for the report! Walmart is the BEST!

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It’s time to finish up the figures in the New Millennium Minted Coin Collection. Let’s continue with Emperor Palpatine. He is the focus of 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 for you tonight of the first wave of Star Wars: Resistance figures. As I opened up, inspected, played with and photographed these figures, I couldn’t help but wonder if The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were made of up of realistic versions of these animated characters if it the films wouldn’t be so heavily panned by the longtime facet of collectors and collectors would be more engaged with Hasbro. The Star Wars [Resistance] Hasbro line has the potential to feel like the first couple of waves of the original vintage Kenner line. From the bright colors to the excellent sculpts, Hasbro has employed their fair share of creativity skills to design a line that SHOULD appeal to collectors of all ages. There is a HEALTHY balance of male, female and trooper characters, and droids and creatures soon will follow.

Sadly, I don’t think this line will take off or be successful which I sincerely feel is a shame. I have yet to watch any episodes myself, but I don’t believe the collecting audience Hasbro has for Disney-era Star Wars Entertainment will support this line the way it needs. The show looks good to me, but like so may other longtime Star Wars fans, it’s hard to stay engaged with so much turmoil in the community and hobby. Hopefully, I am wrong about this. Anyway, check out the first wave of figures. Reviews for this line begin in the New Year. Special thanks to friend Russ T. for securing these figures for me so that I can feature them here for you.

      
      

 

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A Look Back At 2018

The new year is fast approaching, only two more days and 2018 will forever be history. No one knows yet what 2019 will bring us, but we do know what 2018 gave us. So I thought it’s the appropriate time to look back at a year 2018 that was less than great for Star Wars, but still brought us some great Star Wars toys. Click through for the things you love most, bar charts and lots of text, you will not regret it!

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Found! Star Wars: Resistance Figures Arrive At Walmart!

JTA reader and friend, Russ T. headed to Walmart this morning to pick up his TVC Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure. While checking the toy aisle, he came upon a full case of Star Wars: Resistance figures. See you later today, Russ!

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It’s time to finish up the figures in the New Millennium Minted Coin Collection. Let’s continue with Bespin Han Solo. He is the focus of 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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Sears/Kmart On The Brink Of Liquidation

Sears, America’s iconic but bankrupt department store chain, passed a critical milestone Friday when a deadline for potential buyers to submit bids on its assets passed. Before the 4 p.m. ET deadline its former CEO, Eddie Lampert, had proposed buying the struggling retailer in full for $4.6 billion through his hedge fund ESL Investments – including 500 Sears and Kmart stores, store inventory, the Kenmare and DieHard tool brands and other assets. As part of the deal, ESL would also forgive $1.8 billion of debt that the retailer owes the hedge fund. But the deadline passed without word of an official bid. Fox Business has the full story.

The Amazon of yesteryear has been killed by the Amazon of today. The retail apocalypse continues. As you know, Sears was a founding Kenner partner and offered the world some of the most significant Star Wars exclusives we ever saw for our collections. We’re sure many of you who grew up with the original Kenner line feel a bit melancholy to see this retail chain finally bite the dust. There is a chance a confidential bid is out there, but right now it’s looking very grim.

UPDATE: There seems to be a reprieve from the liquidation. See the latest news at CNBC.

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Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

JTA sponsor Brian’s Toys checks in with their latest newsletter

Christmas has come and gone, now bring on the new year! To kick off the new year we have just received Force FX Lightsabers from Hasbro from everyone’s favorite sith Darth Maul!  Buy 2 and you can connect to become the ultimate sith in the galaxy. We have also received some Black Series 6 inch figures and added 60+ loose Star Wars AFA vintage 4″ figures. Be sure to check the bottom of the newsletter for our auctions, we have a bunch of Sideshow items that you may be able to get for a great deal!

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Today Only: 15% Off eBay Coupon

eBay has posted another coupon, good for today only. Use code POPUPSAVINGS during checkout to take advantage of this deal. 

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The Vintage Collection Wave 20 (Wave 4) Shipping In UK!

Wow! If you live in the UK and pre-ordered The Vintage Collection wave 4 from certain retailers like In Demand Toys, for example, your Yak Face and Klaatu figures are on their way to you! Special thanks to JTA reader Michael for the alert!

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First Look At X-Wing Luke From The Archive Line

JTA regular Matthew Cohen provided us with a photo of the brand new X-Wing Luke in the Archive line. As it turns out, the production figure looks different and better than some of the promo photos in which Luke had quite red lips. The actual figure looks a lot more lifelike. But see for yourself!
Will you get X-Wing Luke? I do think the original release is still pretty good and X-Wing Luke is the one figure that needed an update the least. Now Bespin or Jedi Luke on the other hand…

X-Wing Luke Skywalker Archive Line

The photo was originally posted on Reddit. Click for much larger version!

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Disney/Verizon Dispute Puts Channels At Risk For Fios Subscribers

New Year’s Eve could be a bit less celebratory for Verizon Fios TV subscribers if the pay-TV provider doesn’t come to an agreement with Disney. The two media companies are negotiating a new contract to keep Disney’s channels including ESPN, Disney Channel and ABC stations in New York and Philadelphia among subscribers’ channel choices. But the current contract expires Dec. 31 and both sides are currently playing hard to please. USA Today has the details.

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It’s time to finish up the figures in the New Millennium Minted Coin Collection. Let’s begin with Chewbacca. He is the focus of 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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A Quick Look At S.H. Figuarts Princess Leia

Japanese Santa Claus came to me today and brought me a present from Japan. How nice of him! In the package was the brand new S.H. Figuarts Princess Leia, as seen in A New Hope. Click through for a few photos and some general thoughts about the figure!

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Behind The Scenes Look At Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

The YouTube Disney Parks channel released a behind the scenes video for the upcoming Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge attraction on Christmas. The video gives a good overview about some of the things you can expect. Click through for more details!

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Hey! All you naysayers out there thinking you were either going to get a roll of yarn or a 6″ Mimban Stormtrooper can finally rest easy! JTA reader Scott M. provides PROOF that Walmart is indeed shipping out The Vintage Collection Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure to homes as we speak! If you’ve been too anxious to order it, hop on it now! It’s incredible this figure actually made it to Walmart! (Also, we should say it IS The Vintage Collection Mimban Stormtrooper because the figure is still available online, albeit at a terribly high price.)

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Entertainment Earth Post-Christmas Sale

Entertainment Earth is having a Post-Christmas sale through December 30th. Click through to check out their deals!

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Review: R2-D2 (The Astromech) - GOA - Basic

OK, here’s a great figure. But did it need to be repackaged so soon and be more expensive than it was previously. Let’s check out the R2-D2 (The Astromech) figure from the Galaxy Of Adventures 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.

R2-D2 (The Astromech)

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Hasbro Is Struggling?

While we are still a few weeks away before Hasbro will release their numbers for the 4th quarter and full year there are already some early numbers and estimates that paint a rather grim picture for Hasbro, especially when it comes to action figures and here especially Star Wars. Click through for some very interesting numbers that may be reason for concern.

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The Possible Future Of The Star Wars License

US toy company Mattel suffered quite a loss earlier this week. Warner Brothers decided not to extend the DC Comics boys’ action toys license with Mattel and instead gave the license to Canadian toy manufacturer Spin Master, beginning in 2020. Spin Master is a much smaller company compared to Mattel, their revenue in 2017 was 1.55 billion USD compared to Mattel’s 4.88 billion USD (Hasbro made 5.21 billion USD). You may know Spin Master from toys such as Air Hogs (there were a few Star Wars Air Hogs) and the more recent Hatchimals. Now, why exactly is Mattel losing most of its DC Comics license news on a Star Wars website? Let’s click through for a discussion and also for some speculation!

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Batman on a Star Wars website. Because he’s Batman.

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Yak Face And Klaatu (Skiff Guard) On eBay!

The Vintage Collection Yak Face and Klaatu (Skiff Guard) loose samples are in stock on eBay as of this posting! Special thanks to all who wrote in to let us know!

   

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"The Final Countdown" Is Completed! Vintage Kenner Wrap-Up Next!

We’re done! It’s hard to believe, but our “The Final Countdown” marathon of the Star Wars Series 8 Vintage Kenner Mini Action Figures has concluded. If you need to catch up on any of them, all you need to do is click any thumbnail below, and it will take you to the archive. We’d once again like to thank you for your participation.

Be sure to come back in a couple of days for the complete vintage Kenner recap, a thank you, and an important announcement.

The Final Countdown (Vintage Kenner The Power Of The Force Series 8)

      
      
      
    

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Review: Luke Skywalker (The Jedi) - GOA - Basic

Yawn. Here’s Luke Skywalker (The Jedi) for the third time! 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.

Luke Skywalker (The Jedi)

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Visual Guide Update - R4-H18 - Droid Factory

Merry Christmas from the team at JTA! We’re celebrating with a Visual Guide update featuring Disney’s latest holiday edition Droid Factory figure: R4-H18. Click below to check out our full Visual Guide. Make sure to also take your festive spirit over to our Research Droids Review of this figure right here!

R4-H18 - Disney - Droid Factory

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Jon Favreau Also Wishes You A Merry Christmas!

… and Jon Favreau even has a small present for you!

IG-88

The world’s most favorite Rolls Royce jet engine part

He posted this photo on his Instagram earlier today, wishing everyone a merry Christmas! Thanks, Jon!

Oh, and in other news, it was rumored before, but now it seems to be all but confirmed that The Mandalorian will feature some very well known bounty hunters! Thanks to JTA regular Darth Rizzen for the alert!

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Jedi Temple Archives Wishes Everyone A Very Merry Christmas!

Jedi Temple Archives wishes our readers a very Merry Christmas. It was our most successful year yet, and we’re so incredibly thankful for everyone who visits our site. Take time as often as you can this upcoming year to show compassion and love for one another, always reflect what is most important when it comes to the true meaning of Christmas. We hope everyone who reads here finds much-needed peace this holiday season because we all need that in our lives. Merry Christmas!

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Review: R4-H18 - Droid Factory (MERRY CHRISTMAS 2018!)

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Disney Parks released another holiday-themed astromech droid. So let’s check out R4-H18. It’s a nice-looking figure. It’s the focus of 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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Walmart Exclusive TVC Mimban Stormtrooper IN STOCK!

The price is high, but the 3.75″ TVC Mimban Stormtrooper is IN STOCK at Walmart.com as of this posting! Special thanks to JTA reader Scott M. for the alert!

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Review: Darth Vader (The Villain) - GOA - Basic

Sigh. Let’s continue our look at the first wave of Galaxy Of Adventures. It’s another line full of repacks. Aren’t you excited? Let’s move ahead with Darth Vader (The Villain). He’s the focus of 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 Black Series Archive Figures Hitting Walmart

The new The Black Series Archive figures are starting to hit retail. JTA reader Walter found them at his local North Carolina Walmart…

I really enjoy your website. Tonight I was wrapping up some last minute shopping hoping to find the new Resistance figures or maybe even the latest Solo wave and came across this. The whole new archive black series wave was at my local Walmart in Greenville NC. Luke, Boba, IG-88, and this guy, who had to come home with me. They are out there!

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The Last Jedi Resistance Ski Speeder Vehicle $13 On Amazon

Amazon has the Resistance Ski Speeder Vehicle listed for $12.96 if anyone still has interest in picking this up at a discount price. Thanks to JTA reader Ian for the alert!

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TBS 6" Stormtrooper (Mimban) Restocked At Walmart

JTA reader Eric wrote in to let everyone know that his Burbank, California Walmart did a massive restock of the Stormtrooper (Mimban) 6-Inch figure. He counted at least 60 in-stock. Be on the look-out if you are still in the hunt for this figure at retail. Thanks for the update, Eric!

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Review: Chewbacca (The Copilot) - GOA - Basic

Sigh. Let’s look at the first wave of Galaxy Of Adventures. It’s another line full of repacks. Aren’t you excited? Let’s begin with Chewbacca. He’s the focus of 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.

Chewbacca

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Timeline Of Episode IX Revealed

An article in Empire magazine reveals the timeline for Episode IX. Now, if you want to know more, just click through. If you want to know nothing, well, then don’t click through. It’s as simple as that!

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Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Check out the latest newsletter release from our sponsor Brian’s Toys..

This week we have received in Leia Organa & Kylo Ren Hot Toys Sixth Scale figures. We have also added a fair amount of carded non-graded vintage Star Wars 4″ figures. These non-graded figures go fast as they are fantastic, but do not break the bank!  Merry Christmas to everyone and thanks for your support over the years!

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3500th Review: Yak Face - POTF - Vintage Kenner

It’s OUR 3500th RDR TODAY! Also, DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE COIN! Come with us to check out the FINAL vintage Kenner figure. Yak Face defines what collectibility is, and is the ONLY Kenner figure to feature “hot pink” graphics to accent the card back art. Learn everything else you need to know about this elusive yet classic action figure. “The Final Countdown” is OVER! Find out more in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

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Star Wars Endor Rebel Loot Crate Now On Sale

If you are into Loot Crates, they have another Star Wars themed one due out in March. You can order it starting now

Channel your inner rebel with the new, limited edition Star War Endor Rebel Crate, featuring premium apparel and accessories inspired by the Battle of Endor.

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Review: Imperial Dignitary - POTF - Vintage Kenner

DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE COIN! Only TWO DAYS remain for our exclusive look at the vintage Kenner figures! Let’s finish up the uninterrupted run that we’re calling “The Final Countdown.” These 15 action figures make up Kenner’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE series 8 figures. Imperial Dignitary might be the strangest action figure Kenner ever made. Find out more in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Imperial Dignitary

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Pre-order The Black Series 6" Archive Line Wave 1 NOW!

BREAKING! Pre-order the Archive The Black Series 6″ line at JTA sponsor Entertainment Earth RIGHT NOW!

You can also order these individually. Click below for direct links:

 

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Each week in the lead up to Episode IX, Topps will release three exclusive cards highlighting the greatest moments of the saga starting today – on the one-year countdown mark of the culmination of the Skywalker Saga. The Topps Star Wars Galactic Moments trading cards will be available exclusively on Topps.com. Click through for more details and a look at the first 3 cards.

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Deal Of The Day. The AWESOME Force Link 2.0 Solo TIE Fighter!

Love them or hate them, the simple toys from the Star Wars [Solo] Force Link 2.0 line can be a ton of fun. The break-apart TIE Fighter from this line is one of these examples. And it’s the Deal Of The Day on Amazon today. Secure this $40 for less than $19 with FREE one-day shipping. It’s an outrageous deal! If you need some persuading, check out our review of this joy RIGHT HERE!

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Step Right Up And Get Your $21 Kessel Run Millennium Falcon

Yet another price drop for the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon. Now featured as Amazon’s Deal of the Day at $20.99. This might not be the best collectible or display piece, but it’s hard to deny that price if you are looking for a ‘big’ present to stuff under the tree for your wee padawan. Or, maybe you just want a $20 Han Solo that comes with a free Millennium Falcon. Or, maybe you just like to blow things up and now this fits in your price range for cannon fodder. Click through to take advantage of this deal!

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Review: A-Wing Pilot - POTF - Vintage Kenner

DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE COIN! Only a few days remain for our exclusive look at the vintage Kenner figures! Let’s move right along with the uninterrupted run we’re calling “The Final Countdown.” These 15 action figures make up Kenner’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE series 8 figures. A-Wing Pilot is next in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

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What Is Your Star Wars Action Figure Of The Year?

The year is coming to a close. 2018 was not an easy year for Star Wars. Solo flopped. Merchandise sales are declining all across the board and we have to sit by the wayside and watch as Marvel takes the action figure crown. Also, instead of a new Star Wars movie around Christmas we get Mary Poppins. But despite all that some really great Star Wars action figures were released in 2018. So let’s finish the year on a high note! And let’s talk about what your favorite Star Wars action figure of the year is. You may even name several figures if you’re into top 5 or top 10 lists! Let’s all have some fun! Click through for some more words and my pick(s).

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Some of the contenders for figure of the year. Jyn was mandated to be in the picture by Disney. They threatened to kill and eat my pet rabbit! (Note: I have no pet rabbit, Disney did no such thing, also, they told me to tell you that or else they would also kill my cat!)

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Entertainment Earth Processing TVC Rey (Island Journey) Orders!

If you gave up on finding the TVC Rey (Island Journey) Walmart exclusive figure at Walmart when Hasbro said it was “shipped” in May, we have good news. Entertainment Earth is beginning to process orders online. Could you possibly receive her before Christmas now? Special thanks to Rum Sleg and Craig F. for the order updates!

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Jabba's Sail Barge HasLab Update #5: The FINAL Update!

HasLab has sent out their final #backthebareg update. Check out the pdf by clicking the image below!

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Topps just added another 100 new official photos from the final two seasons of Star Wars Rebels to the Star Wars Authentics site. Check out new images of Ezra, Kanan, Hera, Thrawn, Sabine, Zeb, Governor Pryce, Mon Mothma, and many more. Shop the entire Star Wars Rebels official photo collection hereAll official photos are 30% off as part of their holiday sale.

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George Lucas Is The Wealthiest US Celebrity 2018

George Lucas is the number one! Number one wealthiest US celebrity, that is. Forbes released their annual list of wealthiest US celebrities (not considering people like Bill Gates or Marc Zuckerberg who made their money in tech and not entertainment/sports) and the wealthiest celebrity by far is George Lucas with a fortune of about $5.4 billion! Most of that money comes from Disney who bought Lucasfilm from him in 2012. You could say that Star Wars fans made George very rich. And he deserves it. He gave us something wonderful in return. The number two on the list with a fortune of $3.7 billion is Lucas’ buddy Steven Spielberg.
Go to the Forbes website for the full list!

George Lucas and Darth Vader

The deal is getting better all the time!

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Composer For The Mandalorian Announced

The official Star Wars website announced the composer for the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian earlier today. And his name is Ludwig Göransson. The Swede is known for composing the Black Panther soundtrack (The Mandalorian sure has a few people from Marvel on the team now), he also composed the soundtracks to the Rocky spin-offs Creed I+II, and most recently you could hear his work in the movie Venom. His TV resume includes Community, New Girl and Happy Endings. Göransson is also a producer for Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) for which he received three Grammy nominations. Thanks to Martin M. for the alert!

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Even More $3.99 TBS6 [P3] Figures Arrive At ROSS

JTA reader eagerly sends us an email that he found a ton of The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Snowtroopers at his local ROSS stores for $3.99 each. Where are all of these old figures hiding? It’s astounding how much stuff is ending up at clearance outlets. Again, I haven’t seen ANYTHING remotely similar to this devastation in my lifetime of collecting. I don’t even think The Phantom Menace [3D] debacle was this bad. Special thanks to JTA reader Christian C. for the alert!

  

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Hasbro's Steve Evans Replacement Announced At StarWars.com

StarWars.com reveals that Hasbro’s Sarah Carroll is the next Senior Brand Marketing Manager of Star Wars at Hasbro. Whether or not Ms. Carroll is a direct replacement for Steve Evans is just speculation to be clear.

Update: Photo of Ms. Carroll added

Update 2: Steve Evans remarked in a Vintage Collection Facebook group that Sarah Carroll will NOT be involved with design, she will be responsible for marketing only! So she’s not a replacement for Steve!

Sarah Carroll at the 2015 SDCC “Women of Transformers” panel

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TBS6 Archive Wave Hits California TARGET!

With special thanks to the Black Series Facebook Group, we now have a confirmed store report of the Archive wave hitting TARGET. Use DPCI 087-16-3972 to find them at TARGET!

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DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE COIN! Only a few days remain for our exclusive look at the vintage Kenner figures! Let’s move right along with the uninterrupted run we’re calling “The Final Countdown.” These 15 action figures make up Kenner’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE series 8 figures. Lando Calrissian (General Pilot) is next in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Lando Calrissian (General Pilot)

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Sphero Will Not Renew Its Disney License

As tech magazine The Verge reports Sphero will not renew it’s Disney license when it expires in 2019. This means Sphero BB-8, R2-D2 and other licensed toys/gadgets will cease production. Sphero will sell off remaining stock and app support is guaranteed for the next two years.
According to Sphero demand for the toys simply dried up. It was very high when BB-8 and his comrades were released, but, at least according to Sphero, every fan who wants a BB-8 already has one. In other words, no one bought the toys anymore.
What I would like to add: while Sphero is certainly telling the truth, they may not reveal the full reason for not renewing the Disney license: the fees. Now, we don’t know how much Sphero had to pay for its three year license deal, but it’s very likely that the fees were quite high that renewing the license and waiting for Episode IX may have been simply unprofitable for them. So no more Star Wars droids or Lightning McQueens from Sphero.

Sphero BB-8

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6" Darth Revans Dangling Dozens Deep (At Best Buy)

JTA reader Ignacio F. sends us an image that’s difficult to process. At his local Best Buy, they had over a dozen Darth Revan figures from The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line just hanging from the pegs. Hey, at least TVC collectors can look forward to the same thing when that awful 2007 figure gets repacked for us!

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Tonight we are adding the international exclusive Han Solo/Princess Leia Organa The Black Series [Phase III] 6-Inch set to our Visual Guides. Click below to have a full look at the full guide, and make sure to read additional details over in our full review.

Han Solo/Princess Leia Organa - The Black Series (Exclusives)

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It's The 3rd Anniversary Of The Force Awakens!

Today marks the 3-year anniversary of the release of The Force Awakens. That’s all I got. Recount your experiences of this blockbuster hit in our comments below.

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Review: Warok - POTF - Vintage Kenner

DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE COIN! We have less than ONE WEEK left of vintage Kenner figures! Let’s move right along with our uninterrupted run of the final wave of vintage Kenner figures which we’re calling “The Final Countdown.” These 15 action figures make up Kenner’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE series 8 figures. The Warok “Ewok warrior” figure is next in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Warok

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Kessel Product Prices Dropping By The Parsec!

It looks like the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon isn’t the only thing with a major price drop this week. The Walmart exclusive Kessel Mine Escape Playset has dropped to 50% off, now at $19.99 on Walmart.com. Thanks to JTA reader Steve for the alert!

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Review: EV-9D9 - POTF - Vintage Kenner

DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE COIN! We have less than ONE WEEK left of vintage Kenner figures! Let’s move right along with our uninterrupted run of the final wave of vintage Kenner figures which we’re calling “The Final Countdown.” These 15 action figures make up Kenner’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE series 8 figures. The EV-9D9 “torture droid” figure is next in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

EV-9D9

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Is this a new low? Check out the Target.com listing for the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon, coming in at just $29.99. 

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TARGET Online Has The 6" Range Trooper For $7.14!

If you’re interested, TARGET.com has the 6″ Range Trooper for a mere $7 and change. Special thanks to JTA reader Ray K. for the alert!

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Review: Anakin Skywalker - POTF - Vintage Kenner

DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE COIN! We have less than ONE WEEK left of vintage Kenner figures! Let’s move right along with our uninterrupted run of the final wave of vintage Kenner figures which we’re calling “The Final Countdown.” These 15 action figures make up Kenner’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE series 8 figures. The Anakin Skywalker figure is next in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Anakin Skywalker

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The Last Jedi Is 365 Days Old Today!

It’s hard to believe, but today marks the first anniversary since The Last Jedi was released in theaters. It’s a film that divided the community (much to my surprise), and while many fans loved it, many others believe it has “broken” Star Wars permanently. One thing is for sure, very few have been able to stop talking about it the last 365 days! Rumors abound that Episode IX completely ignores what was established in Episode VIII, but no one knows what is right until Episode IX is released in theaters next year. The Last Jedi has many entertaining parts, but let us know how the film has influenced your anticipation and expectations for Episode IX. Keep the comments fun and friendly, and agree to disagree before it turns unfriendly. Thank you!

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Get 15% Off On eBay With Today's Coupon Deal

eBay continues to roll out daily coupon deals, with today’s coupon getting you 15% off. Just use code PICKUPSALE by 12 am PT. Make sure to hit up popular eBay Star Wars stores like Hasbro Toy Shop to take advantage!

 

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DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE COIN! We have ONE WEEK left of vintage Kenner figures! Let’s move right along with our uninterrupted run of the final wave of vintage Kenner figures which we’re calling “The Final Countdown.” These 15 action figures make up Kenner’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE series 8 figures. The Luke Skywalker (Imperial Stormtrooper Outfit) figure is next in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Luke Skywalker (Imperial Stormtrooper Outfit)

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Diorama parts maker Hole in the Ground Productions just released two new items today. I’m very impressed by the turnaround time on these as the prototype was just posted a few days ago on Facebook. The conference table is a whopping 10 inches in diameter!! According to the announcement, “the decals are not done yet for the conference table so if you order before they are, the decals will be mailed out later.” Hopefully with the ‘garbage masher’ door we’ll eventually see some trash compactor walls to go along with it! Click here to check out their shop!

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The Black Series Pet Peeves

Make no mistake, we have come quite a long way in the 6 inch Black Series action figure line. The line is undoubtebly at its best now in 2018, finally. Photoreal was a game changer. However, after 5 1/2 years some things have not changed, and some things could be addressed by Hasbro and improved upon. What things? Click through for my list of Black Series pet peeves.

Hasbro Star Wars Black Series Princess Leia

Cousins, twice removed, Princess Derpina and Princess Leia

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Review: Han Solo (In Carbonite Chamber) - POTF - Vintage Kenner

DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE COIN! We continue with our uninterrupted run of the final wave of vintage Kenner figures which we’re calling “The Final Countdown.” These 15 action figures make up Kenner’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE series 8 figures. It’s time to check out the clever Han Solo (In Carbonite Chamber) figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Han Solo (In Carbonite Chamber)

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Walmart Exclusive 6" Mimban Stormtrooper Hitting Again!

In what will go down as one of retail’s worst-handled exclusives of all time, more and more Walmarts are getting dumped with loads of the 6″ Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure. I have yet to see this figure in the wild, but we’re getting more reports that this is hitting once again just this week. Special thanks to JTA reader Ben H. for the image and story.

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Last released in 1996, Topps recently released their latest Topps Finest collection. Click through for our full checklist guide and box break gallery. You can shop for this series on Amazon, or head over to Topps to buy direct.

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TBS6 [P3] International Exclusive Now On Amazon For $60 Prime

Do you still want the International Exclusive Han Solo/Princess Leia Organa two-pack in ice? Amazon has it for $60 Prime. Special thanks to friend Steve U. for the alert!

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New eBay PROMO CODE Today Only!

eBay is offering another promo code today. Hurry, it expires soon. Get 15% off toys and video games today. Use promo code PLAYTIME15. You might as well start at Hasbro Toy Shop! If you’re interested, they have the new Galaxy Of Adventure Figures and Mini Comics if you’re interested!

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Walmart Attempts To Match The Clearance Competition

It looks like Walmart.com is trying to compete with the Imperial Combat Assault Tank. They’ve reduced the price to $37.97. Special thank to Shane G. for the alert!

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The Mandalorian Cast Officially Revealed

Lucasfilm took their time to officially reveal what was known for quite a while now. But the official Star Wars website finally reveals some of the cast members for The Mandalorian and it is confirmed that Pedro Pascal will be the titular character in the upcoming Disney+ Star Wars series. Also confirmed was that Carl Weathers, Gina Carano and Nick Nolte have roles in the series. However, there were also some new (some of them rumored before) cast members announced! Click through for more!

Werner Herzog

Hollywood’s favorite German: Werner Herzog

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Review: Imperial Gunner - POTF - Vintage Kenner

DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE COIN! We continue with our uninterrupted run of the final wave of vintage Kenner figures which we’re calling “The Final Countdown.” These 15 action figures make up Kenner’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE series 8 figures. Here’s another beauty of a figure that still looks great today! But there is still debate on the Imperial Gunner. Find out why in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Imperial Gunner

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And Now The TVC Combat Assault Tank Is At $29 On Amazon

Amazon lowered its price for the TVC Combat Assault Tank once more. Now you can get it for $29. If you still haven’t bought the vehicle yet, now may be the right time to add it to your collection. Or you may always wait for the inevitable $10 price tag that virtually any Star Wars vehicle will have sooner or later. So much for thinking that $37.99 was the end of price cuts for this set. Thanks to JTA friend Steven for the alert!

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Hasbro Toy Shop Restocks Again!

There are lots of new figures back in stock at Hasbro Toy Shop! Hurry before they’re gone! Special thanks to JTA reader Craig F. for the alert!

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Good News For Star Wars Collectors In The EU

Earlier today the EU parliament signed the trade agreement between EU and Japan, JEFTA. In short, almost all trade tariffs between the EU and Japan will be abolished. The agreement will come into effect on February 1st. This means that collectors in the EU who import Star Wars figures from Japan won’t have to fear customs anymore. Which in return means that total prices (selling price with added shipping and fees) for Japanese Star Wars figures will drop. Until now Japanese etailers often marked down prices on customs forms, so that the collector won’t have to pay fees. This only worked if you ordered maybe one or two figures at once, otherwise customs would open and inspect the package and demand their fees. This will no longer be the case soon and collectors won’t have to put up with customs anymore when importing from Japan.

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Review: Barada - POTF - Vintage Kenner

DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE COIN! We continue with our uninterrupted run of the final wave of vintage Kenner figures which we’re calling “The Final Countdown.” These 15 action figures make up Kenner’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE series 8 figures. Let’s keep things going with Barada. Relive your memories of this classic 1985 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Barada

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Target Having A Toy Deals Sale

If you have some toy shopping to do at Target, you might be able to take advantage of their latest holiday specials. Save $25 when you spend $100, or $10 when you spend $50. Click through for complete details

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In Case You Don't Know, 6" Zuckuss Coming To UK

There is good news for the UK and beyond regarding The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Zuckuss figure. Hasbro is officially getting it out to collectors in the UK! It’s coming soon! Star Action Figures is taking pre-orders right now!

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Brand New TBS6 [P3] Figures Ringing Up For $.03 Again!

Brand new The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figure are ringing up for $.03 again at Walmart. JTA reader and friend Rogue Leader provides the evidence. Please note that not all figures ring up for this price, and this doesn’t occur at every Walmart location.

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Jabba's Sail Barge Not Coming To The UK (And Europe)?

JTA reader Ashley has forwarded us an email conversation with Hasbro UK that could potentially be bad news for collectors in the UK and possibly all of Europe. Ashley wanted an update on the availability of the Khetanna in the UK and received a potentially troubling reply. Click through for more info!

UPDATE: Ashley received yet another email from Hasbro UK which should give reason to be somewhat more optimistic again. Read the article for the update!

Khetanna Sail Barge

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Wow. You can’t make this stuff up if you tried. JTA reader Mister Jackpot sends us proof that The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures are arriving at CLEARANCE OUTLET ROSS for a mere $2.99. But they’re still not as cheap as the $.03 6″ figures at Walmart. That’s a world record so far. Click through for his report.

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Review: Amanaman - POTF - Vintage Kenner

DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE COIN! We continue with our uninterrupted run of the final wave of vintage Kenner figures which we’re calling “The Final Countdown.” These 15 action figures make up Kenner’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE series 8 figures. Let’s keep things going with Amanaman. Relive your memories of this classic 1985 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Amanaman

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Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys Holiday Special

From JTA sponsor Brian’s Toys

Brian’s Toys is running a sale on the website until the 20th that will receive big discounts on your order.  Simply use one of our 3 promo-codes to receive a discount on your subtotal.  Save $15, $25 or even $50 off of your order at checkout by using our promo codes DEC15OFF75, DEC25OFF125, or DEC50OFF250  Perfect time to get a gift for someone special or maybe even for yourself.

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Chinese factory workers producing toys for Hasbro, Disney, Lego and Mattel and are being subjected to “nightmare” working conditions in the run-up to Christmas, an investigation has alleged.

The report, titled “A Nightmare for Workers,” shows findings from campaign groups China Labor Watch, ActionAid, CiR, and Solidar Suisse, who sent undercover investigators to four factories that produced toys sold at Walmart, Costco, Target and other international retailers. (more….)


It must be exhausting making all of that 5POA crap!

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Hefty Shipments Of 6" Jyn Erso And Cassian Andor Hitting TARGET

If things couldn’t get much worse at retail, we have an astounding new report of retail poison hitting the shelves. Click through for more.

    

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Score For Solo: A Star Wars Story Disqualified From Oscars

Variety reports in an exclusive article on their website that the score for Solo: A Star Wars Story composed by John Powell with some new themes by John Williams has been disqualified from the upcoming Academy Awards.
The reason? The score was entered too late. Deadline was November 15th and apparently Lucasfilm/Disney missed it. You wonder how that can happen. I don’t think Solo’s score would have had any realistic chances at winning the award, but it’s still quite embarrassing to miss the deadline.

Composer John Powell

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A TON Of Cheap The Black Series 6" Product On Amazon RIGHT NOW!

HURRY! There are a TON of Star Wars The Black Series 6″ products on sale for cheap on Amazon RIGHT NOW! Special thanks to all who wrote in to let us know!

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Amazon Deal Of The Day: LEGO Darth Vader's Castle For $89.99

The Amazon Exclusive LEGO Darth Vader’s Castle is listed as the Deal of the Day on Amazon. It’s on sale for $89.99. Thanks to JTA reader Greg for the alert!

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Walmart's Stock Of TVC Figures Not All Gloom And Doom

JTA reader Andrew writes in to share his good fortune with his local Ohio Walmart and The Vintage Collection

Despite the gloom of boxes worth of wave 1 hitting Walmart in droves this month, All is not lost, guys! I just dropped into the Wadsworth, Oh Walmart Supercenter and found, to my amazement, a treasure trove of Waves 2 and 3. I counted 3 Dr. Aphras and 2 Hovertank pilots, and plenty of Young Han and Range Troopers! Granted, the stock workers got lazy and hid the bulk of the new figures on the shelf above the pegs, but I did my duty and pulled them all down, then squeezed them onto the pegs to be found better. I’m personally set with TVC so far, so I didn’t grab any (tho I did pick up a Black Series Bespin Han that’s been there for a week), but hopefully this means others will be able to plug holes for a decent retail price.

Happy holiday hunting, guys! There hope yet for Star Wars collector’s this Christmas!

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Review: Romba - POTF - Vintage Kenner

DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE COIN to see what happens! We are thrilled to continue with our uninterrupted run of the final wave of vintage Kenner figures which we’re calling “The Final Countdown.” These 15 action figures make up Kenner’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE series 8 figures. Let’s keep things going with Romba. Relive your memories of this classic 1985 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Romba

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Grab The Princess Leia (Sandstorm Outfit) For Your Sail Barge

Don’t have a Princess Leia for your Sail Barge yet? Here’s the TVC sandstorm outfit version for a decent price on eBay

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Star Wars Authentics is having a Holiday sale featuring up to 50% off Autographs and up to 30% official photos

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DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE COIN to see what happens! We are ecstatic to continue with our uninterrupted run of the final wave of vintage Kenner figures which we’re calling “The Final Countdown.” These 15 action figures make up Kenner’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE series 8 figures. Let’s keep things going with Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (with pop-up Lightsaber). Relive your memories of this classic 1985 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (with pop-up Lightsaber)

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Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

JTA sponsor Brian’s Toys shares their latest newsletter update

One of the best looking Sideshow Sixth Scale figures we have seen in a long time, the Mythos Kenobi has just arrived. Be sure to place your order today as we have a limited quantity in stock! We have also done a massive restock of some fantastic loose AFA Indiana Jones figures on our website. We are also in the process of adding some loose AFA GI Joe so be sure to keep updating the Brian’s Toys page!  Keep your eyes peeled for our Holiday special coming next week! 

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Pre-orders For TVC Wave 20 Begin In The UK

Star Action Figures in the UK is taking pre-orders for The Vintage Collection wave 20 (yes, the Yak Face wave). Thanks to JTA reader Ruari W. for the alert!

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DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE COIN to see what happens! We are ecstatic to present to you an uninterrupted run of the final wave of vintage Kenner figures which we’re calling “The Final Countdown.” These 15 action figures make up Kenner THE POWER OF THE FORCE series 8 figures. We have some incredible memories to share with you as this was the line where some of us here were engaged the most as young collectors. Let’s begin the marathon with Luke Skywalker (In Battle Poncho). Finally! It took long enough to get our main hero in this unforgettable outfit! Relive your memories of this classic 1985 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Luke Skywalker (In Combat Poncho)

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If you need it, Walmart.com has the Star Wars [Solo] TIE Fighter Force LInk 2.0 vehicle in stock for $23.99. Special thanks to JTA reader Craig F. for the alert!

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Sideshow Collectibles has the pre-order pages live for both the Deluxe Edition and Standard Edition Luke Skywalker (Endor) Sixth Scale figure by Hot Toys. 

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Star Wars Icons: Han Solo - This Book Is Pretty Much Amazing!

If you like adding books to your Star Wars library collection, specifically books that include art and history about Star Wars, do yourself a favor and order Star Wars Icons: Han Solo RIGHT NOW! I received my copy in the mail today and was blown away at the quality and size of what you get in a book for just $40. There are other books for well over $100 that don’t match the quality, volume, and uniqueness of this one.  Don’t wait, because this is currently on sale! Let’s hope they follow this book with other characters from Star Wars Saga!

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eBay 10% Off Coupon Code Good Today Only

If you have some eBay shopping to do, take advantage of today’s 10% Off coupon code. You can start right here in the Hasbro Toy Shop eBay store! Coupon expires December 8 at 3 am PT. Use coupon code PHLDAYTEN

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JTA Presents: Evolutions - Senate Guard [Episode I/Episode II]

Welcome to another one of our JTA Presents: Evolutions features! Let’s check out how close or far we are from having an ideal Hasbro 3.75″ Senate Guard [Episode I/Episode II] action figure. Have we arrived at definitive status yet? Weigh in and let us know what conclusion you’ll come to by clicking through and adding your two cents in the comments!

Senate Guard [Episode I/Episode II]

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Hey. If you think you got a raw deal when Kmart sent you wave 1 figures instead of wave 2, you could have been one of our multiple Facebook friends who received shampoo bottles instead. Imagine ordering the TVC Enfys Nest figure and getting the Han Solo shampoo bottle instead! Why does so much drama afflict the Star Wars line? It’s comical at this point.

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Hot Toys Announces Endor Luke Skywalker

Hot Toys announced an all new Luke Skywalker (Endor) figure today. You can either get the standard or the deluxe version. The deluxe version will exclusively include an additional head sculpt with an interchangeable all-new hair sculpture, an extra piece of interchangeable battle damaged right hand, dark grey tunic with belt, and the Tatooine sandstorm goggles and cloak as seen in the deleted scenes. Click either of the links to see lots of photos.

The standard version comes with the headsculpt to the left, the deluxe variant adds the somewhat less frowny Luke face and windswept hairpiece

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Here’s the review of the Han Solo/Princess Leia Organa two-pack set which was an international exclusive for The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line. 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.

Han Solo/Princess Leia Organa

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10% OFF Star Wars Silver Coins from New Zealand Mint

From Friday 7 December, for 3 days only, New Zealand Mint has will be sharing some Christmas Cheer with a 10% discount* on a range of Star Wars pure silver coins. To take advantage of this unique offer go to the New Zealand Mint website today!

And while you’re on their website remember to sign up to their newsletter to make sure you are the first to hear about their amazing, limited-edition, Star Wars precious metal collectibles!

*10% off applies to selected silver Star Wars collectible coins only, excludes new releases. Offer ends 12 pm Monday 12th November (NZDT). Excludes bullion products. Not valid in conjunction with other offers. While stocks last.

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If you are on board for the next Columbia Star Wars themed jacked, they go on sale in just over an hour, so be ready because the last jackets sold out in minutes. Good luck! Click here and head to the countdown page!

Update: It’s (of course) sold out online

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TBS 6" Commander Wolffe Now Available At Entertainment Earth

Entertainment Earth added the shared exclusive 6 Inch Clone Commander Wolffe to their site, now available to pre-order for $21.99.

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Thrawn: Treason Novel Announced

Check out the first look for the newly announced Timothy Zahn novel Thrawn: Treason over at StarWars.com

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The Future Of Interactive Star Wars Entertainment

I am really busy playing Red Dead Redemption 2 these days. Which is why I have little time for other things at the moment.
But while playing RDR2 or other, similar open world, story based single player games such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Witcher 3 or Tomb Raider (the reboot) one thought always crosses my mind: why are there no single player, open world, story focused Star Wars games? Click through for some thoughts!

Starkiller

Arguably the last great Star Wars game character

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Review: Jedi Spirits - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Cinema Scenes

Here is a very simple Cinema Scenes set but love it all the same. Check out the Jedi Spirits three-pack which sports a Force spirit Sebastian Shaw Anakin Skywalker figure! See 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.

Jedi Spirits

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TVC Combat Assault Tank Gets Another Price Drop Down To $38!

Amazon drops the price again for the Imperial Combat Assault Tank. Grab it for $37.97! And, if you prefer to do your shopping on Walmart.com, you can also get it there for the same price. Thanks to Ray for the alert! 

UPDATE: Amazon has SOLD OUT of the tank at the $37 pricing. It is no longer available from Amazon and is only being sold by 3rd parties at the $79  MSRP.

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If you pre-ordered the international exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] Han Solo/Princess Leia Organa set, they’re beginning to arrive from Entertainment Earth. We have a sneak peek gallery for you to check out now. Han Solo is a dramatic improvement from the one offered in the Deluxe set with Tauntau years ago. We’re not crazy about the furry collar. It looks fantastic, but it’s woven bizarrely and doesn’t stay in place. Also, it functions beautifully as a hood, but it is shaped like a ring, so there is no covering for the back of his head. So it renders it useless. The head sculpt is reused from the Han Solo (Bespin) figure, and he looks great in brown. Princess Leia Organa is a slight repaint of the Princess Leia (Hoth) basic figure. It’s a shame Hasbro didn’t include any other newness with her to make this set unique. Oh, and Han Solo wasn’t wearing this outfit in the scene they’re attempting to recreate here. Also, it’s inconsequential, but the bio on Han Solo reads very awkwardly. Like, it made us uncomfortable in spots. But whatever. Hasbro did an excellent job on this set, and it only has a few issues that won’t detract from its greatness too much. The review is coming soon, and after it, we jump into the final vintage Kenner reviews!

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JTA reader and friend CJ sends us an online experience he had at Kmart. Check out the two images below because there is a LOT going on here. Firstly, these images provide evidence that CJ actually bought something Star Wars action figure related. Secondly, he was too lazy to post this at Bantha Skull, so he sent me the report instead. And thirdly, Kmart just plain sucks. Click through for his encounter.

    

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JTA Presents: Evolutions - Emperor's Royal Guard

Welcome to another one our JTA Presents: Evolutions features! Let’s check out how close or far we are from having an ideal Hasbro 3.75″ Emperor’s Royal Guard action figure. Have we arrived at definitive status yet? Weigh in and let us know what conclusion you’ll come to by clicking through and adding your two cents in the comments!

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Review: Mynock Hunt - POTF2 [G/FF] - Cinema Scenes

Let’s look at another fantastic Cinema Scenes set. You could probably pinpoint Hasbro’s start of bad case assortments to the Mynock Hunt. 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.

Mynock Hunt

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TBS6 [P3] Dewback And Sandtrooper Cheap On Amazon!

The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Dewback/Imperial Sandtrooper set is cheap on Amazon RIGHT NOW! Get it for $29.97. Special thanks to JTA reader Ray for the alert!

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Review: Purchase Of The Droids - POTF2 [G/FF] - Cinema Scenes

Let’s look at some Cinema Scenes sets. We begin with Purchase Of The Droids set. It’s not that great. 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.

Purchase Of The Droids

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Site sponsor Entertainment Earth has a limited supply of Han Solo (Bespin) figures in stock from The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line for a mere $9.99 each. This is a great time to secure a couple of them!

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For a limited time and while supplies last, all Star Wars The Black Series figures are now $18.99. Click here to check out their inventory

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JTA Presents: Evolutions - Gamorrean Guard

Welcome to another one of our JTA Presents: Evolutions features! Let’s check out how close or far we are from having an ideal Hasbro 3.75″ Gamorrean Guard action figure. Have we arrived at definitive status yet? Weigh in and let us know what conclusion you’ll come to by clicking through and adding your two cents in the comments!

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Hasbro Toy Shop Will Still Sell Star Wars And OTHER Products

If you’ve seen this message….

“At Hasbro, we strive to provide our customers with the best possible experience with our portfolio brands. As a valued customer, we wanted to let you know that our brand websites have changed and will no longer sell products directly. That said, you can still access your account and check existing orders using your login at Hasbro Toy Shop. Please contact us at customerservice@hasbrotoyshop.com or 1-800-408-0052 with any questions.”

…. there is no need for concern. It only applies to their “in-house’ brands and those that have their own websites with a shop (like My Little Pony’s website for example). It doesn’t have any effect on Star Wars or other product already sold on Hasbro Toy Shop. Or, that’s what I was directly told by my source at Hasbro Toy Shop. Should anything develop with Star Wars, I will be sure to relay the message.

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Columbia Unveils New Star Wars Parka!

Vintage design meets modern technology in the limited edition Star Wars Empire™ Crew Parka, an officially-licensed jacket inspired by the coat worn by The Empire Strikes Back cast and crew while filming in sub-zero weather in Norway. Worthy of the ice planet Hoth, the waterproof-breathable shell with Omni-Heat™ thermal-reflective lining and 200g insulation will keep you as warm as a Wookiee. Authentic details include a bold blue design with security stripes, Star Wars patches, geographical filming coordinates in the lining, and a customizable nameplate on the chest pocket. Available online and in stores on December 7th. Click here for more details!

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Review: Padmé Amidala - Forces Of Destiny

Let’s look at another Forces Of Destiny release: Padmé Amidala. It’s pretty fun. 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.

Padmé Amidala

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Wow! These are pretty fantastic. Shop Disney is selling a miniature Sandcrawler? It comes with small Droid Factory figures. JTA reader Patrice P. from France just purchased two and inside were R2-B1 and R4-M9 respectively. You can order yours HERE for only $4.95 each! Click through for more!.

    
    

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If you are still trying to pick the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon up at a discount, you can get it at Walmart.com for $59.49 with free shipping. Thanks to JTA reader Ian for the alert!

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Review: Luke Skywalker & Yoda - Forces Of Destiny

We are going to catch up on a couple of Forces Of Destiny figures. Let’s start with Luke Skywalker & Yoda. It’s better than you think it is. 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.

Luke Skywalker & Yoda

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Entertainment Earth has pushed back the availability of the exclusive 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper once again. This time it’s March. With all of the production/availability delays, does anyone else have any concerns about the HasLab project arriving on time? Special thanks to friend Steve U. for the news.

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TVC Rey (Island Journey) Hits Mexican Walmarts

About a week ago, JTA reader Fernando S. from Mexico sent us a store report without visual proof that Rey (Island Journey) had arrived at his local Walmart. We now have a second report WITH visual proof. JTA reader and friend Danny R. sends us news that his cousin in Mexico picked him up two Rey (Island Journey) figures.  This figure has been a complete disaster from day one. And now Entertainment Earth has pushed back the availability of it to January 2019 (it will probably be later).

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Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

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

Black Friday & Cyber Monday hangover?  No way!  Check out our massive Gentle Giant restock!!  We have received brand spanking new GG figures and a restock of some old favorites.  Not only do we have some sweet Gentle Giant mini busts, statues, sixth scale, and pins to ship but we just received Wave 4 Solo Force Link 3.75 figures.  As always check out our newly added vintage, modern, and lots – we update stock EVERY DAY!  

Brian's Toys

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Well, here is something I completely lost track of until today. I was sure we’d see Jocasta Nu in stock at Brian’s Toys until the end of the world. But they’re completely sold out of it. SO I checked the aftermarket. Would you believe she averages $100 on both eBay and Amazon? I never expected this figure to go for this much money ever. Never say never!

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Found! TBS [P3] Dengar/Lando Skiff Wave Found At Walmart!

JTA reader Chris R. found the latest Dengar wave of The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures at his local Walmart,

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Every Time It Seems Things Can't Get Any Worse, They Do

Everybody hates Chris, but no one more than me today. My good friend relayed to me in a conversation yesterday that wave 1 is hitting en masse all over Walmarts and it’s taking over the country. I had no clue because I am indifferent to Star Wars collecting at the moment. Also, I can’t remember the last time I entered a Walmart store, So my insatiable curiosity got the best of me and would only be quenched with a (gasp!) toy run. Well, to my utter disgust, wave 1 was indeed falling off of the pegs. There are so many figures hanging now that it looks like how the Solo line look launch should have looked in April. AND IT’S DECEMBER! (more….)

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Walmart Restocks TVC, Force Link 2.0, Galaxy of Adventures

I went to Walmart late at night for some groceries, and of course meandered (first thing) over to the toy section. Christmastime is always fun because there are a good 5-10 pallets of new inventory waiting to be stocked. After searching through the pallets to see what there was, I found several boxes of goodies… and baddies! Click through to find out more.

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Showrunner For Upcoming Diego Luna Star Wars Series Found!

Stephen Schiff will be the showrunner for the upcoming and as of yet untitled Disney+ Star Wars show about Cassian Andor (Diego Luna will reprise the role, as you remember). Schiff was, among other things, a writer/producer for the excellent show “The Americans”. He also wrote a few movie scripts, among them the 1997 adaption of “Lolita”, the Clint Eastwood movie “True Crime” and the Oliver Stone drama “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”. So even if that means that Schiff has no experience with genre work, he has experience writing both Hollywood movies and tv shows. Maybe he’s a Star Wars fan, and if not, he has plenty of time to get acquainted with the franchise.
Nothing else is known about the Cassian Andor series yet. I suppose we’ll learn more about Stephen Schiff’s plans for the show next year. We’ll keep you posted!

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"Turning Ewokese" Complete! Kenner Series 8 Next!

Once again, it’s hard to believe, but our “Turning Ewokese” marathon of the Star Wars Series 7 Vintage Kenner Mini Action Figures has concluded. If you need to catch up on any of them, all you need to do is click any thumbnail below, and it will take you to the archive. We’d once again like to thank you for your participation. Recounting all of your childhood memories with these unequaled action figures and sharing the wonderful experiences you’ve all had with them is priceless. Please keep adding to the discussions! Also, please begin to prepare yourselves for more as we dive into December’s “The Final Countdown” marathon where we look at The Power Of The Force Series 8 figures which were the last wave of Kenner Star Wars figures of the vintage era. These reviews will focus on the final 15 Kenner action figures and represent some of my fondest memories of collecting as a young person. I am ecstatic to present them to you!

      
            
  

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Pre-order Galaxy Of Adventure Figures At Walmart Online!

You can pre-order the Galaxy of Adventure figures just announced by Hasbro yesterday at Walmart online right now! The MSRP for each is $9.99. Special thanks to JTA reader Craig F. for the alert!

   

UPDATE: Walmart.com also has the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon for around $50.

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Well, the Kessel Mine Escape Walmart exclusive playset finally got released, but it’s another disappointment. 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.

Kessel Mine Escape

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NZ Mint: The Empire’s Stormtroopers Stun in Gold and Silver

Our thrilling Star Wars Classic coin collection concludes with the release of the first StormtrooperTM gold and silver coins in the series. The fourteenth release in the Star Wars Classic collection, each coin features an engraving of the loyal troops in Star Wars: A New Hope, equipped with their blaster rifles. All the coins come presented in a high-quality inner coin case and Star Wars themed outer packaging. A Certificate of Authenticity is supplied inside the coin case.

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