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Monthly Archives: February 2019

Pre-order The TVC Skiff Guard 3-Pack At Hasbro Pulse

You can order The Vintage Collection three-pack at Hasbro Pulse right now. Thanks to JTA reader Joe G. for the alert!

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You can also pre-order the TVC Jabba’s Skiff on Amazon right now as well! Special thanks to Sjefke for the alert!

UPDATE: Also available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth

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TVC Jabba's Skiff Pre-order Back Up And Open At Hasbro Pulse!

Pre-order the all-new The Vintage Collection Jabba’s Skiff right now at Hasbro Pulse! (It has a new link this time.) Special thanks to JTA reader JVB for the alert!

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UPDATE: Hyper Real Darth Vader Only $49.99 On Amazon!

Yeah, even Amazon thinks $79.99 is ridiculous for a Hasbro figure. They’ve listed the Hyper Real Darth Vader for $49.99 with Prime. Hurry! Thanks to Cybereye for the alert!

UPDATE: Hyper Real Darth Vader is now $79.99! They must have been alerted to their mistake!

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What's The Deal With TVC Han Solo (Stormtrooper)'s Packaging?

Hey Hasbro! Can we be frank with you about the card back art for The Vintage Collection Han Solo (Stormtrooper) figure, please?

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Is A New Hasbro In Town, Or Is This All Just Good Timing?

No new The Vintage Collection reveals. No new The Black Series 6″ reveals. No HasLab. Does all of this mean something?

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New TVC Jabba's Skiff To Have Widespread Availability

As expected, Jabba’s Sail Skiff will have widespread retail availability as confirmed by Steve Evans on Instagram. Of course, that’s what was said about the Imperial Assault Tank which I have never personally seen at retail yet. Special thanks to friend Josh M. for the alert!

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Visual Guide Rewind - Snowtrooper - POTF2 [Green/Freeze Frame]

We are updating another Visual Guide from the [Green/Freeze Frame] Deluxe line. Click below to check out our updated Snowtrooper set. This was also today’s featured review. Check it out right here.

Snowtrooper - The Power of the Force [Green/Freeze Frame] - Deluxe Figures

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Topps has week 8 of their limited Star Wars Galactic Moments: Countdown To Episode 9 cards now available. This week, the featured cards are Lando Calrissian, Meeting the Master, and Space Slug.

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The Power Of The Force “2” [Green/Freeze Frame] Deluxe sets were awesome! Let’s now look at the Snowtrooper (With E-Web Heavy Repeating Blaster). 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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Hasbro Toy Fair Pre-Orders Round-Up

There were a lot of new pre-orders that went live today. Some are currently sold out, but we’ve distilled them out for you all in one place so you can keep checking back: 

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Let’s update our Visual Guide for the POTF2 [Green/Freeze Frame] Deluxe Hoth Rebel Soldier set. Click below to check out our newly created Visual Guide page, and make sure to also check out our recent review of this set right here.

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Hasbro and Litzky PR have released official PRESS IMAGES of the new reveals today at Toy Fair. Here is The Vintage Collection gallery!

   

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Hasbro and Litzky PR have released official PRESS IMAGES of the new reveals today at Toy Fair. Here is The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ gallery!

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Toy Fair 2019: Hasbro Retro Collection Official Press Images

Hasbro and Litzky PR have released official PRESS IMAGES of the new reveals today at Toy Fair. Here is the Retro Collection gallery!

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Toy Fair 2019: Hasbro Hyper Real Official Press Images

Hasbro and Litzky PR have released official PRESS IMAGES of the new reveals today at Toy Fair. Here is the Hyper Real gallery!

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First Look At Tarkin Retro Figure!

Courtesy of Justin from Jedi News here is a first look at the Retro Tarkin figure that will come exclusively with the Escape From Death Star board game! Click through for one more photo!

Update: the board game with the figure (and all the other Retro figures) will be a Target exclusive and be available this May!

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Black Series Darth Maul And Obi-Wan Promo Photos

Check out the official promo photos of the upcoming The Phantom Menace Black Series figures Darth Maul and Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi! 

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First Look Images From Hasbro Showroom Floor!

Our friends at Bantha Skull also posted a quick gallery of the showroom floor when you can get a first look at all of the new stuff shown there! Check it out! That diorama is awesome beyond words!!

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Our friends at Bantha Skull are reporting that the exclusive POTF Yak Face will also come with a drinking glass. And the glass will plug into the R2-D2 (VC25) drink tray!

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Pre-order TVC Gamorrean Guard (VC21) At Entertainment Earth!

Pre-order the TVC Gamorrean Guard from Entertainment Earth! It’s arriving in May!

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Pre-order The Skiff Guard 3-Pack From EE! Coming This July!

Pre-order the Skiff Guard 3-Pack!

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Hasbro announced just minutes ago that the Khetanna will be made available in Europe and Australia in March 2019! For some reason, the Barge will be sold on Ebay. Nothing else is known at the moment. So we cannot say what the price will be for the Khetanna. We will have to wait for more info to explore this in more detail. Ebay sure seems like an odd choice for a retail partner for the barge.

Soon available in Europe and Australia on Ebay

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Pre-order The Jabba's Skiff At Hasbro Pulse!

Pre-order the all-new The Vintage Collection Jabba’s Skiff right now at Hasbro Pulse!

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Toy Fair 2019: Hasbro Announces 8" TBS Hyper Real Line

Click through for all of the announcement for the new 8″ Hyper Real Collection. Special thanks to The Fwoosh and Justin from Jedi News for the live updates.

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Toy Fair 2019: Hasbro Announces 3.75" Retro Collection

Click through for all of the announcement for the new 3.75″ Retro Collection. Special thanks to The Fwoosh and Justin from Jedi News for the live updates.

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Toy Fair 2019: Hasbro The Black Series Announcements

Toy Fair 2019: Hasbro The Vintage Collection Announcements

Click through for all of the announcement for The Vintage Collection. Special thanks to our friends at Jedi News and The Fwoosh for the live updates. Information will be continuously updated until the presentation is over, so keep refreshing.

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Hasbro Toy Shop And HasLab Get Absorbed Into Hasbro Pulse

Hasbro just made an official announcement that Hasbro Toy Shop is no more. It will become part of Hasbro Pulse. And so will HasLab.There will also be a loyalty program as well as international shipping! International shipping is expected to be implemented in 2020!  Special thanks to our friends at Jedi News for the update!

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Oops! The TARGET exclusive TBS6 [P3] Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape) also went up for pre-order but we totally missed it. Keep this link handy in case it returns to stock.

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Toy Fair 2019: LEGO Reveals Press Images

LEGO has announced quite a bit in their Star Wars line. There is some excellent Original Trilogy stuff coming, but they’re also celebrating 20 years of The Phantom Menace. See the full Press Gallery on our Facebook page!

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Star Wars Figures BACK IN STOCK At Hasbro Pulse!

You can now pre-order the latest The Vintage Collection and The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures on Hasbro Pulse. As of this post, they’re back in stock (to pre-order). Click the image below for more information!

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If you pre-ordered The Vintage Collection 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper, Entertainment Earth is beginning to charge credit cards for it! It’s shipping soon!

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Review: Hoth Rebel Soldier - POTF2 [G/FF] - Deluxe

The Power Of The Force “2” [Green/Freeze Frame] Deluxe sets were awesome! Let’s finish looking at them Let’s begin with the Hoth Rebel Soldier (With Anti-Vehicle Laser Cannon). 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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Is The Kenner Retro Collection Something We Need?

So. What do you think about this newly revealed vintage Kenner RETRO COLLECTION line? We’ll undoubtedly get clarity on it this weekend from Hasbro. But let’s speculate. Will Hasbro make all 92+? Is this just a short term gimmick to bring the straying collectors back into the fold? Are they “dumbing down” The Vintage Collection? What’s really going on here? When the 1995 POTF2 [R] Classic Edition 4-Pack was released so that we had action figures that actually fit inside of the re-released vehicles, the collecting community went ballistic and became unhinged. An entire line of retro figures might create more of that silly panic. Let us know in the comments how you feel about this line!

    
    

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You can also pre-order The Vintage Collection Han Solo (Stormtrooper) figure for $12.99. Limit two per person.

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Vintage Kenner RETRO Line Revealed - TARGET Taking Pre-orders!

Well, this is perplexing. TARGET has put up a multiple “Retro” figures up for pre-order. Worn card back included and everything. You can pre-order Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, Stormtrooper, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca. It’s likely another future wave will complete the 12-Backs.

Hey Hasbro, this IS NOT how you do The Vintage Collection! Not a good sign folks! How will consumers and retail tell these figures apart?

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The Black Series Subscription Service Coming?

Hasbro held a Toy Fair preview event for investors and the powerpoint presentation for the event includes a very interesting slide about Hasbro Pulse. Please check out the screenshot below:

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As you can see there’s a screenshot of a “1 year membership” to collect them all. And it’s $19.99. That could prove to be a hassle free way of getting all the figures. Now, the important question is if “collect them all” also includes the retailer exclusives or not. If that were so the membership might be quite attractive, since nobody would have to deal with Walmart etc. anymore. It is not known if something similar will be available for TVC. We’ll keep you posted!

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New Toy Fair Hasbro Images (Including TVC) Leaking Out Already!

Images are starting to pour out of Toy Fair. If you come across others, feel free to post them in our comments, and we’ll put them on the front page if warranted. That Han Solo is looking beautiful!

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Hasbro Hints At New Approach To Help Distribution For Retail!

Wow! Could this all be for the better? Site Seibertron has posted a fascinating article that Hasbro may be changing the approach to how they allow retail to order action figures. Maybe it will be possible for us to order solid cases of that Rogue One Imperial Stormtrooper, huh? Special thanks to JTA reader Forcehunter for the alert!

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Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Sponsor Brian’s Toys sends in their latest newsletter:

Last chance to get select Star Wars items at 60% off!  We have also received in 2 new wave sets from the Resistance Hasbro line, be sure to secure your order now as we have limited quantities. Watch OUT!  A horde of Blue Snaggletooths are trampling through our newsletter and are looking for a new home.

Don’t forget to also take advantage of a special JTA exclusive coupon code for 10% off your order site-wide! Details after the jump!

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Check out the very cool Yari Ashigaru Stormtrooper from the Tamashii Nations Meisho Movie Realization line, tonight’s Visual Guide Update. Click below for the full guide page, and stop by our review for extended galleries, commentary, and discussion.

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Pre-Order The Hot Toys Sixth Scale Commander Cody

Sideshow Collectibles have put up the newly announced sixth scale Commander Cody. Click here for the pre-order page!

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Filming for Episode IX Completed Today!

Wow, lots of news today, and even more to come tomorrow with Hasbro’s NY Toy Fair panel. JJ Abrams tweeted today that the filming for Episode IX has come to a close. Hopefully that means we’ll get a trailer and a title soon!

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The Force is strong with this one! Introducing a brand-new Star Wars Premium Silver Foil Collection of replica comic book covers from New Zealand Mint!

This first striking foil features the Star Wars #1 cover from April 1977, commemorating the first issue of the Star Wars series of comic books. The replica design is based on Howard Chaykin’s original Star Wars convention poster, which became one of the most valuable posters in the Star Wars collecting world.

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TVC Skiff And 3-Pack Skiff Guard Multipack Coming?!

Our friends at the We Backed The Barge Facebook page have received confirmation that a NEW TVC Skiff and ana skiff guard 3-pack are forthcoming in The Vintage Collection. This might make all of Hasbro’s past grievances erased. I didn’t hear about an “all-new” skiff, but anything is possible at this rate! Incredible news! That 3-pack MUST contain newness, or it’s going to be a major disappointment!

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Found! Holy smokes! JTA reader Sam has found the TBS6 [P3] Battle Droid/Padme Amidala wave at his local TARGET in Seattle Washington. You best start checking!

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UPDATE: Litzky PR/Hasbro has contacted us and asked us to remove all information from this post.

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Order New Star Wars Figures At Hasbro Pulse!

You can now order the latest The Vintage Collection and The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures on Hasbro Pulse. Click the image below for more information!

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What Are Your Hopes For Toy Fair?

Hasbro will have their Toy Fair event on Saturday. There are rumors (Skiff-sized rumors) of what we might see, but maybe there are also a few surprises in store. So… what are your hopes for tomorrow? What would you like to see? And what is it you expect to see? What we will most certainly not see is any product for Episode IX, unless Disney has changed their tune and eased up on their secrecy, which is very unlikely.

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Hot Toys Announces Commander Cody!

Hot Toys announced a brand new Commander Cody figure earlier today! His tentative release date is Q1 or Q2 2020, so plan ahead! This Cody comes with an unmasked head, an alternative helmeted sculpt plus various accessories. You will get the usual hands, various blasters, a jet pack which can be magnetically attached, plus the obligatory stand. You will also get light up holograms of Palpatine, Obi-Wan, Yoda and an Airborne Trooper, which Cody can hold in his hand.
Check out many more photos on the official Hot Toys website!

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Commander Cody approves of his figure

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Review: Ponda Baba - POTF2 [FB/CT] - 12 Inch Figure

Let’s do a random review today! Let’s check out the Ponda Baba 12 Inch 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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Coming This Fall! Triple Force Friday!

As if we didn’t know already, StarWars.com officially confirms Triple Force Friday. It will include Episode IX, The Mandalorian and a video game this year.

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Visual Guide Rewind - Expanded Universe - Vehicles

We are starting a new category of updates for our Visual Guides featuring modern updates to our older, outdated Visual Guides into our newer, cleaner, hi-resolution format. Our standard updates will focus on items that don’t previously exist in any Visual Guide format, while these new updates will rebuild our old guides. Our first Visual Guide Rewind features the last two Expanded Universe Vehicles from 1998. Click below to check out updates for both the Airspeeder and Cloud Card. Make sure to check out the Research Droids Reviews for these as well.

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Photo-Real

Insider posted this video yesterday on the face-printing tech Hasbro uses. It’s quite fascinating. They show examples from Marvel Legends and The Black Series 6″. No mention that TVC has started using this tech, though. Take a look!

 

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JTA Presents: Evolutions - Rose Tico (Resistance Tech)

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″ Rose Tico (Resistance Tech) 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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What Is Your (Current) Favorite Star Wars Action Figure?

Today is Valentine’s Day. But maybe instead of just subsidzing the flower industry to show you care for your loved one, why not also talk about our love for Star Wars action figures? Between Hasbro’s Q4 financial reports and somewhat thoughtful articles only a short while ago, I think it’s the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves why we are into this hobby in the first place: action figures we love! So what is your current or alltime favorite Star Wars action figure? Scale does not matter, Hot Toys or Funko Pop, anything goes! Click through for my pick and then let’s see what your favorite figures are!

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Review: Airspeeder [Ralph McQuarrie Concept] - EU - Vehicle

We’re finishing up the wonderful 1998 Expanded Universe line. Let’s end with the Ralph McQuarrie-inspired Airspeeder (with exclusive Airspeeder Pilot). This fantastic line STILL looks great today. 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.

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Rumor: Rian Johnson Steps Away From Star Wars?

A major Star Wars rumor is circulating on Twitter right now: Rian Johnson may have left Star Wars after all the negative reaction to The Last Jedi.

Website Superbromovies has a short article about Rian Johnson’s alleged departure from Star Wars. With no official announcement at all we can only speculate and wait for confirmation. Until then consider it a rumor. It may not be true after all. All we can say is that late last year, when Bob Iger talked about upcoming Star Wars movie projects, Iger only mentioned Benioff & Weiss and no word was said about Rian Johnson.

We’ll wait to see how this pans out before we’ll accept comments from our readers. Thanks for your patience on this.

UPDATE: Rian Johnson just posted on Twitter that the rumor is false and that he is still working on his Star Wars trilogy.

Rian Johnson on the set of The Last Jedi

 

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Tonight we are adding another 12-inch figure Visual Guide to the Star Wars [Solo] line of figures. Click below to check out Enfys Nest. You can also revisit our full review of this figure right here.

Enfys Nest - Star Wars [Solo] - 12-Inch Figures

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Pre-order TBS6 [P3] Padme Amidala, Battle Droid, Mace Windu Wave!

Pre-order the next wave of The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures from site sponsor Entertainment Earth! Click through or case assortment!

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Review: Cloud Car [Ralph McQuarrie Concept] - EU - Vehicle

We’re looking at the incredible 1998 Expanded Universe line. All of the basic figures are completed, but we never got to the “concept art” vehicles. Let’s continue with the Ralph McQuarrie-partially-inspired Cloud Car (with exclusive Cloud Car Pilot). This fantastic line STILL looks excellent today. 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.

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Pre-Orders are now live for the TBS6 Han Solo/Princess Leia Organa International exclusive. Click here to pre-order!

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Visual Guide Update - Speeder Bike - Expanded Universe

Our Visual Guide update for tonight takes a look back at the Expanded Universe Speeder Bike. Click below to check out the Visual Guide for this cool set, then head on over and also check out our full review.

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JTA Presents: Evolutions - AT-RT Driver

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″ AT-RT Driver 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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Diamond Select Toys To Buy Several Key Gentle Giant Assets

Diamond Select Toys is about to finalize the purchase of several Gentle Giant assets. DST will take on all the existing licensed toylines, they will also take over manufacturing and distribution for most of Gentle Giant’s lines. Gentle Giant’s collector club will continue operations. You can read more details about the deal on the official Gentle Giant Ltd. website!

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You Can't Take It With You!

Did you ever wonder what will happen to your collection when you become one with the Force? I often wonder if people deep down inside feel that they’ll have their collections with them “on the other side.” And I also wonder if the generation that needed to have them all is but a remnant of who they once were. ABBA, whining, super-articulated Star Wars action figure collecting, and dying – it’s all ahead. (more….)

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Review: Speeder Bike [Joe Johnston Concept Art] - EU - Vehicle

We’re switching gears once again! It’s now time to complete the 1998 Expanded Universe line. All of the basic figures are completed, but we never got to the “concept art” vehicles. Let’s begin with the Joe Johnston-inspired Speeder Bike (with exclusive Rebel Speeder Bike Pilot). This fantastic line STILL looks great today. 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.

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Toys R Us Rebranded As TRU Kids Internationally

The new owners of Toys “R” Us want to bring the brand back to the United States. But they can’t say when it will happen. The troubled toy company found another life last month as Tru Kids Brands, roughly half a year after Toys “R” Us closed the last of its stores in the United States. It is now owned by the company’s former creditors. More than 700 American Toys “R” US stores closed last spring. But the company kept 900 stores open in Europe, Asia and India. The new owners have plans to open another 70 stores overseas — mostly in Asia — by the end of the year. They’re also considering plans for the US market, including brick-and-mortar stores and online sales, though it’s not clear when a relaunch would happen. FOX6 has the full story.

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We’re adding the latest Topps release to our Topps Index tonight, along with our box break gallery. Check out the full checklist for Star Wars Black & White: The Empire Strikes Back. You can find this hobby box on Amazon, or order directly from Topps.com.

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Tonight’s Visual Guide update takes a look at the repacked Walmart exclusive BB-8 12-Inch figure from the Star Wars [Solo] line. Click below to check out the full Visual Guide. Make sure to also revisit the review for this figure right here.

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Kessel Run Millennium Falcon 50% Off At HTS' eBay Store!

If you’re interested, Hasbro Toy Shop’s eBay store has the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon for 50% of! Special thanks to JTA reader Sean C. for the alert!

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Galaxy Of Adventures Rewrites Star Wars History

Today I would like to talk about the latest Galaxy Of Adventures short that features Leia. So far, the shorts used audio snippets from the original trilogy movies and more or less faithfully recreated the scenes from the movie using animation. For the latest Leia episode Lucasfilm did something different though, and I feel we should discuss it and what it means for both official canon and the overall franchise going forward. Click through for more details!

Star Wars: Truth vs Fiction

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The Vintage Collection Gamorrean Guard (VC21) figure will be available next month in a more widespread fashion. But the figure has already hit Asian markets. We have a full look at what you can expect when you receive yours. We’ve also updated out 2010 review by adding 24 new images, including comparisons, to the original review, in addition to updating new Collector Notes. Be sure to check out the updated review, but also click through for a distilled list of how this release differs from previous versions.

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Do you remember this figure? It began as a mail-away figure (but only with a coupon) and then converted to an online exclusive. The B’omarr Monk is a great figure. 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.

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Solo Toy Line Featured In The Simpsons Last Night

Last night, Hasbro’s Solo: A Star Wars Story line was featured on the Simpsons very briefly. While competing in a “toy store shopping spree” contest, Bart and Mulhouse crash and lose while trying to avoid the Solo toys (and Ralph wins). You have to wonder there if there is some intentional subliminal statement somewhere in this very brief scene about the state of Star Wars and collecting. I wouldn’t put it past Matt Groening. He’s a brilliant man. Special thanks to JTA reader Aldo for the alert and image.

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Visual Guide Update - Endor With Ewok - POTF2 Complete Galaxy

We’re adding the final Complete Galaxy Visual Guide update tonight. Click below to check out Endor With Ewok. You can also check out this set in our review database right here.

Endor With Ewok - POTF2 [Green/Freeze Frame] - Complete Galaxy

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Review: Endor With Ewok – POTF2 [G/FF] – Complete Galaxy

We’re finishing up Complete Galaxy line! Let’s end with the Endor With Ewok set. 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.

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Our next Complete Galaxy Visual Guide update features Tatooine With Luke Skywalker. Click below to check out the full guide page. Make sure to also stop by and check out our full review on this set.

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Massive Episode IX Photo Leak!

A few hours ago British tabloid Express ran a story on their website, leaking the very first look at some of the upcoming character, alien and droid designs for Episode IX. Including a first look at Rey, Lando, Kylo and various other actors in costumes. So, if you want to know more, click through. If you want to remain ignorant, well, then please move along and enjoy your Saturday afternoon!

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We’re continuing to look at products from The Power Of The Force “2” [Green/Freeze Frame] line and we’re looking at the Complete Galaxy line! Next up is Tatooine With Luke Skywalker. 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.

Tatooine With Luke Skywalker

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We continue our Complete Galaxy Visual Guide updates with the addition of the Dagobah With Yoda set. Click below to check out this updated POTF2 [Green/Freeze Frame] Visual Guide. We also added this to our review database today, and you can check it out right here.

Dagobah With Yoda - POTF2 [Green/Freeze Frame] - Complete Galaxy

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Kiri Hart Is Now Working For A Brand New TV Incubator

JTA reported on Kiri Hart’s sudden absence from the Lucasfilm website a short while ago. Now it’s been confirmed that Kiri Hart is no longer with Lucasfilm and will merely be a consultant to them going forward, whereas her main job will be to work for a brand new company, Rideback TV Incubator, that aims at helping experienced TV drama writers with diverse backgrounds to come up with successful TV show pitches. Kiri Hart will act as the creative advisor, helping the writers polish their potential series. Read the full story on the Variety website!

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Kiri Hart

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The 12-dozen Roses 6″ figures sold out in moments. Now Entertainment Earth is offering the same deal for 3.75″ super-articulated collectors. Get them before they disappear too!

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New Wave Of Galaxy Of Adventures Figures Revealed!

The official Star Wars website revealed a brand new wave of Galaxy of Adventures figures!
The wave includes Rey, Kylo Ren, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ep III), Darth Maul, General Grievous and Boba Fett. Each figure comes with a comic book. Also, each figure is a repack. It should be noted that the tube art and comic for Rey are for Jakku Rey in The Force Awakens, but for some strange reason Hasbro decided to put a The Last Jedi Rey in the tube.

Galaxy of Adventures Rey

Find the mistake in this photo!

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Hasbro's Full Year And Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Earlier today Hasbro released their numbers for Q4/2018 and the full year 2018. The results are not great. Hasbro faced some serious headwind in the past year. Click through for all the relevant numbers and results!

Rose Tico crying

Rose has just read Hasbro’s 2018 financial report

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Review: Dagobah With Yoda - POTF2 [G/FF] - Complete Galaxy

We’re continuing to look at products from The Power Of The Force “2” [Green/Freeze Frame] line. It’s time for Complete Galaxy! Next up is Dagobah With Yoda. 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.

Dagobah With Yoda

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We continue our Visual Guide updates with another visit to one of the neo-classic sub-lines from the POTF2 [Green/Freeze Frame] line: Complete Galaxy. Click below to check out Death Star With Darth Vader. Make sure to also check out our full review of this creative set right here.

Death Star With Darth Vader - POTF2 [Green/Freeze Frame] - Complete Galaxy

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JTA Presents: Evolutions - Barriss Offee

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″ Barriss Offee 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!

Barriss Offee

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Yeager & Bucket Back In Stock On Amazon!

You can order Jarek Yeager and Bucket on Amazon once again. Special thanks to JTA reader JAGUIDI1313 for the alert!

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J.J. Abrams Sure Loves His Secrets

Keeping Star Wars movie titles secret has a long tradition. But the master of keeping things close to his vest is maybe J.J. Abrams, who doesn’t want to spoil anything before the release of a movie. He sometimes resorts to outright lying even when asked about potential spoilers. He did deny until the last minute that Khan would make an appearance in Star Trek Into Darkness, for example. Though he regretted that misdirection later and said it was wrong. Anyway, Star Wars fans ask themselves when we’ll get the Episode IX title reveal. And if there already is a title one thing is sure: not even some of the more important – or at least visible – members at Lucasfilm know about it, as this tweet by Pablo Hidalgo proves:

Pablo Hidalgo Episode IX title tweet

Expect no early title leaks for Episode IX, not in the source code of the Star Wars website or from some actor or member of Lucasfilm accidentally spilling the beans. We’ll know the title in time. Until then… patience!

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We’re returning to The Power Of The Force “2” [Green/Freeze Frame] line. It’s time for Complete Galaxy! First up with Death Star With Darth Vader. 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.

Death Star With Darth Vader

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Shadows Of The Empire: That's A Wrap!

We finished up Kenner’s Shadows Of The Empire in our RDRs yesterday. Thank you for going back to the recent past with us to relive some of the happiest collecting memories we experienced of all time. If you missed anything, check out the full archive HERE.

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Tonight’s Visual Guide update takes a look at one of the all-new vehicles featured in the Shadows of the Empire line: Dash Rendar’s Outrider. Click below to access our full Visual Guide. Stop by and also check out our full review.

Dash Rendar's Outrider - Shadows of the Empire - Vehicles

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Clearance TVC Rey (Island Journey) Invades Mexico

JTA reader ExarKun777 is from Mexico. And his local store is getting invaded by the TVC Rey (Island Journey) figure. They’re also on clearance. Click through for his report. (It’s unbelievable how this figure never made it to Walmart.)

    

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Review: Dash Rendar's Outrider - SOTE - Vehicle

It’s pretty interesting that the very first all-new vehicle in the modern Star Wars line was Dash Rendar’s Outrider. The vehicle is as nice as it is terrible too. 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.

Dash Rendar's Outrider

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Disney Q1 2019 Earnings

Earlier today Disney released their Q1 2019 numbers. Disney’s fiscal year begins at the end of September, so their Q1 2019 numbers are actually for the 2018 holiday season. I will just make this quick, no detailed charts etc since Hasbro is due to release their numbers this Friday and I will go more in depth here. Star Wars was brought up in the Disney earnings report and please click through for the details. And yes, it’s always the darkest just before dawn.

Rey in The Last Jedi

Rey’s tears have not run dry yet

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Our next Visual Guide addition to the Shadows of the Empire line is Boba Fett’s Slave I. Click below to check out the full guide page, and make sure to jump over and check out the full review too.

Boba Fett's Slave I - Shadows of the Empire - Vehicles

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The Vintage Collection Smokescreen

If you would have asked me whether the return of The Vintage Collection would be the most exciting event of our lifetimes as collectors after Hasbro’s “Is Paul Harrison still conscious” Star Wars Celebration Orlando presentation announcing it was coming back, I would have told you that it was. And almost two full years of getting one repack announcement after another, I could honestly say to you that although I was disappointed, I still kept the faith. (more….)

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HURRY! TVC Mimban Stormtrooper is BACK IN STOCK!

The Vintage Collection Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure is back in stock! Thanks to all who wrote in to let us know!

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Taika Waititi Speaks About The Mandalorian

Director Taika Waititi (Thor 3, What We Do In The Shadows) talked about working on The Mandalorian during a panel for the upcoming tv show What We Do In The Shadows, based on his movie from a few years ago. Not that much was revealed but he gave some insight into how it’s like to work for Star Wars. He also hinted at a potentially big scene in the upcoming series. Click through for more details!

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JTA Presents: Evolutions - Plo Koon

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″ Plo Koon 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!

Plo Koon

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Review: Boba Fett's Slave I - SOTE - Vehicle

It’s time for Shadows Of The Empire! Let’s continue this fun multimedia event with Boba Fett’s Slave I vehicle. 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.

Boba Fett's Slave I

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We have a few updates to our Shadows of the Empire Visual Guide to take care of, starting with the Prince Xizor Vs. Darth Vader Comic Packs set. Click below to check out the full Visual Guide of this set, and make sure to also check out our full review right here.

Prince Xizor Vs. Darth Vader - Shadows of the Empire - Comic Packs

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Mudtrooper TVC Cardback by Karbonite Kustoms

I am in the process of building a Mimban Lieutenant costume, and am therefore in a dedicated mudtrooper builders group on Facebook. One of the members recently finished their costume and was approved by the 501st. As a final touch for his build, he commissioned a custom cardback through Karbonite Kustoms using himself as the image. Not only would it be awesome to have a Kenner card of myself, it’s basically the coolest trooper around. When I saw this I was stunned. Hasbro, please. Give us this figure ASAP! Special thanks to Ricky R. and Karbonite Kustoms for sharing the images!

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Au Revoir, Toy Run Podcast!

We were devastated to learn that the greatest Star Wars collecting podcast ever has decided to close its doors. Our friends Criz B. from Jedi Business and Jake from From 4-LOM To Zuckuss are moving onto other projects. But their popular Toy Run Action Figure Podcast ending is a huge loss. See their announcement on Facebook. We wish you guys the best of luck and look forward to your future endeavors. Please always know your high-quality show was unparalleled.

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EE's 1 Dozen Roses Slashed 92% Off! Get Them Before They Wilt!

Entertainment Earth was trolling us all! They’ve marked the 12 dozen Roses case assortment down to $19.99. Now we can confirm THEY ARE making a statement. Enjoy! Special thanks to friend Steve U. for the alert!

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Review: Boba Fett Vs. IG-88 - SOTE - Comic Packs

It’s time for Shadows Of The Empire! Let’s continue this fun multimedia event with the Boba Fett Vs. IG-88 Comic Packs set. 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.

Boba Fett Vs. IG-88

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Brian's Toys: Free Shipping AND 10% Off Your Order!

Brian’s Toys’ free shipping deal ends today, and if you act fast you can get free shipping AND 10% off your order with a JTA exclusive coupon code! Click through for details and get your order in before midnight!

Big Bad Toy Store

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HasLab Exclusive Yak Face Auction Ends Right Below $400!

We’ve been keeping a close watch on the HasLab Jabba’s Sail Barge Yak Face figure. This auction ended at $381.88. This means he only paid $118.12 for The Khetanna. I am pretty confident that we’ll see auction topping off anywhere between $500-$750 in the future, once word continues around the community that this figure exists. They should be shipping for us all soon. I hope you’ll enjoy yours without any worries over aftermarket value.

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Check Out Our Updated Shadows Of The Empire Reviews

If you’re a daily reader of our RDRs column, you know that we’re finishing up the fan-favorite Shadows Of The Empire collection from 1996. We also decided to update and expand the galleries for some of the figures we reviewed in the past. Some examples include Chewbacca (In Bounty Hunter Disguise), Leia (In Boushh Disguise) and Luke Skywalker (In Imperial Guard Disguise). We’ve added complete figure images in addition to dioramic group shots. You should check them out because it took us a long time to redo them. Thank you for your current interest in this line. We are getting great interactions from so many of you, and it appears you’ve enjoyed the Shadows Of The Empire line as much as we have. New reviews for other products in this line continue tomorrow.



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It’s time to wrap up our updates to the Galaxy of Adventures Visual Guide! Click below to check out R2-D2 (The Astromech). You can also check this figure out over in our full review as well.

R2-D2 (The Astromech) - Galaxy of Adventures

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Get ready for publication tie-ins for Disney’s new Star Wars theme-park Galaxy’s Edge. Comics, Novels, and more are coming this year to add depth to the new Outer Rim world of Batuu. Get full details on the first 4 releases right here, including an excerpt from Star Wars: Myths & Fables

     

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Topps has week 7 of their limited Star Wars Galactic Moments: Countdown To Episode 9 cards now available. This week, the featured cards move into The Empire Strikes Back. Check out  Han SoloIn the Wampa Lair, and Battle on Hoth.

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New/Re-released TVC Gamorrean Guard Comparison Shot!

JTA reader and friend Josh M. took some time to compile the three “vintage Kenner” Gamorran Guard figures side by side for a comparison shot, including the brand new re-released Gamorrean Guard from “TVC2.” Thank goodness I have the original! Foreign language sullies the re-released figure’s name pill. But of note, there are some critical card back changes made to the coloring and style of the packaging. Check it out!

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Review: Prince Xizor Vs. Darth Vader - SOTE - Comic Packs

It’s time for Shadows Of The Empire! Let’s continue this fun multimedia event with the Prince Xizor Vs. Darth Vader Comic Packs set. 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.

Prince Xizor Vs. Darth Vader

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Check out the next Visual Guide addition to the Galaxy of Adventures wave 1 line: Luke Skywalker (The Jedi). Click below for a full look at the Visual Guide. Click here to check out our full review.

Luke Skywalker (The Jedi) - Galaxy of Adventures

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When Do You Think TVC Wave 20 Will Hit Brick & Mortar?

So, when do you think you’ll find The Vintage Collection wave 20 (the Saelt-Marae wave) at your local brick and mortar store? We’re taking bets. 🙂

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With the perplexing case assortments and character selection of Hasbro Star Wars toys, fans have surmised that perhaps Lucasfilm is more involved in the process than expected. How many of us wondered why a case assortment contains the characters it does, or why other characters get released in every scale and format possible. But now a three-year-old video of Kathleen Kennedy speaking at the “The Most Powerful Women” event for Fortune has resurfaced and interestingly reveals what many have speculated. It is an interesting and illuminating video. And from where we stand it seems to have had an impact on merchandising of the new Disney Star Wars films. Let’s take a closer look at what Ms. Kennedy said.

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Customs For the Kid Award Nomination

The kid from Customs for the Kid, Elias, has been nominated as action figure customizer of the year at Toy News International. We’ve collaborated in the past with Customs for the Kid and Peak-OB1, who focus on The Clone Wars figures that Hasbro has yet to give us (but should). If you wish to cast your vote in favor of Elias, click here and register to vote. Voting ends 2/3, though, so register and vote today! You may even win their giveaway…

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European Exclusive TVC Repacks up for Pre-Order

Darkside Toys has listed the European Exclusive wave of Vintage Collection repacks for pre-order. I’ve been including these in my overall list of TVC figures being released this year, but perhaps that skewed the results a little since they are European exclusives. No images of carded samples of these figures (or the 41st Clone Trooper) have been spotted as far as I know, so hopefully we’ll see them at NY Toy Fair. If you live in a European country and missed out on these figures, here is your opportunity to get them!

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Review: Prince Xizor - SOTE - Basic

It’s time for Shadows Of The Empire! Let’s continue this fun multimedia event with Prince Xizor, Han Solo’s temporary replacement. 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.

Prince Xizor

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Our next Galaxy of Adventures wave 1 Visual Guide update features Darth Vader (The Villain). Click below to check out the full Visual Guide. Make sure to also swing by our review for a detailed analysis of this figure.

Darth Vader (The Villain) - Galaxy of Adventures

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Top 5 RDRs: February 2019

Here are our TOP 5 ranking Research Droids Reviews for February 2019. We rank reviews based on the total number of unique visits.

#1 Saelt-Marae (VC132) – The Vintage Collection
#2 Boba Fett – The Black Series Archive
#3 Klaatu (Skiff Guard) (VC135) – The Vintage Collection
#4 Princess Leia Organa (Boushh) (VC134) – The Vintage Collection
#5 Luke Skywalker – The Black Series Archive

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If this isn’t a retailer statement, I don’t know WHAT is. Entertainment Earth has put up a “special” Valentine’s Day-themed package: a dozen Roses. Yes, those Roses. The 6″ Roses. Come on 6″ collectors, buy this up! Get ready for social media to react!! Special thanks to JTA reader Matthew C. for the alert!

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Imagine waiting for months for the Walmart exclusive The Vintage Collection Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure to arrive in stores. And then it never does. Imagine it finally arriving on Walmart’s online store but missing it because it sold out each time you got the alert it was in stock? Imagine finally placing an order which feels miraculous in and of itself, but also ships and arrives at your house without the order getting canceled. Then imagine opening the box and finding this. How much longer are we going to deny that everything is “situation normal” with the Hasbro Star Wars brand? Special thanks to friend Josh M. for this report and image. He didn’t care about the condition of these figures because he wanted openers, but if you’re a carded collector, this would be enough to kill the joy of the hobby for them.

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Review: Dash Rendar - SOTE - Basic

It’s time for Shadows Of The Empire! Let’s begin this fun multimedia event with Dash Rendar, Han Solo’s temporary replacement. 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.

Dash Rendar

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