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Blasphemy or Beauty? Customized Sail Barge

If you’re going to customize a $500 toy, you’d better do it right. Empire Toy Works posted photos of his sail barge, the Highfalutin. This custom hits it out of the park, in my opinion. Empire Toy Works is an inspiration to my own customizing, though, so I may be a bit biased. Rotgut Station is the dream world of collectors like me who love a really good diorama. Be sure to click the Instagram link to see more photos of this wonderful ship, and let us know in the comments if you think this is stunning, or sacrilege. 

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The Vintage Collection Darth Vader Photo-Real Confirmed!

This once European, and now US online, exclusive (?) is starting to show up overseas (Hong Kong). Our friends over at JediBusiness have posted some photos from Facebook detailing the wonderfully printed faces of these figures. One thing we weren’t sure about was whether Darth Vader received the photoreal treatment, but wonder no more! Find the answer here.

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Walmart Begins Markdowns for The Vintage Collection

While Brickseek isn’t always reliable when it comes to inventory quantities, it’s usually pretty good in letting you know the price of an item in store (if it’s there at all…). It looks like Walmart has begun marking down Vintage Collection figures. Most stores in my area are $9.87. Let us know if you find figures at a lower price point in the comments!

46 figures… and at least 10 are Snoke. Any bets on how long it will take to clear the pegs?

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A lucky fellow by the name of Josh B. shared via instagram last night that their local Target stocked the pegs with the new Han Stormtrooper. The figure is supposed to have a street date of May 12th, so what witchery was used to purchase this, we can only guess. The face printing for Han looks quite wonderful, and notice the silver painted end-cap on the E-11 blaster (that very well may be a new/retooled mold). This figure was found in Orange County, CA.

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Everything You Want to Know About Galaxy's Edge

A lot of news surrounding Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge attraction has surfaced in the last couple days. Earlier we posted about the upcoming merchandise you may find in the streets of Batuu, but there is so much more to the land than just what you can buy. TechCrunch was able to interview Disney Portfolio Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, Scott Trowbridge, and he provides us with some amazing insight into the world of Galaxy’s Edge. If you were wondering what their thought process was behind creating a new planet, you’ll want to read more.

“This place, Black Spire Outpost, is an opportunity.”

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The Future of Comic Packs

The Star Wars comic universe is getting quite expansive. I am a fan of the few series I’ve read, especially the Darth Vader comics with Doctor Aphra, and I am looking forward to the upcoming Galaxy’s Edge series. Even though there are so many comics, it seems unlikely that Hasbro will be pushing a new comic 2-pack line any time soon. That doesn’t mean that comic characters are out of the question, of course. What would be the best way to introduce these characters? Click through for more…

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Funny of the Day

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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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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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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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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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Star Wars Episode IX Theory

Season 4 of Rebels was available yesterday for free online, so my wife and I got to binge watching it. If you haven’t seen the Rebels cartoon… go watch it right now. The story is incredible, and along with the Clone Wars cartoon, we get some pretty incredible insights into the mystical lore of the Jedi religion. Something Rian Johnson knew George Lucas cared about since the inception of Star Wars. Click through for more…

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Dorkside Toys: Vintage Collection Wave 4 IN STOCK NOW

Dorkside Toys has the wonderful 4th wave of The Vintage Collection in-stock now, and with free shipping (US residents)! You can purchase them here.

 

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Walmart Backordering TVC Mimban Stormtrooper

Uh-oh… You may want to check your email if you ordered the Mimban Stormtrooper that was available yesterday. Thankfully mine already shipped, but some people aren’t getting so lucky. Thanks to Mike H. for sharing this image with us.

“We’ll do better next time.” No, you probably won’t!

 

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Eternal Pegwarmers... Never Quite Finn-ished

Where do action figures go after they don’t sell at 5-below and Ross? They go to Liquidator’s Discount Center in AZ. I found these the other day and feel I can safely dub Finn as the least wanted action figure (dare I say more than Zuvio?). That title is being challenged by Force Link Rose, though. Jason D. posted a picture on Facebook of several pegs of Rose Tico for full price at Disney World. Have you ever seen anything peg-warm so hard? Do you have a challenger for the least wanted action figure of 2017-18? Let us know in the comments! Full Story

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New Target Planogram Relegates TVC to Just One Peg

My local target has just finished their action figure reset, and it is rather sorry. They had the new archive figures in stock (I let some sixer friends know). Unfortunately, the 3 pegs of Vintage Collection figures that were present before the reset are now relegated to just 1. Fellow Council of Collectors members, what can be done? Full Story

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The Last Jedi Flametrooper Cheap on Amazon

If you’re still in need of this First Order Flametrooper to complete your TLJ line-up, it is only $7 on Amazon right now. Not too terrible for a trooper that can hold his weapon with both hands, although having joints would be much better!

 

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Who’s that? Vickie Stratford was the Design Director for Star Wars from 2009-2011 (um, the golden years!). If you have any reserve about that time period for Star Wars action figures, just take a look at the Shadow of the Dark Side lines, and the early Vintage Collection Series.  With TVC in full force and The Clone Wars returning for it’s final season, she would be a magnificent fit to run the brand today.

She worked alongside Derryl DePriest and the two appeared together at the celebrated 2010 Toy Fair. From what we’ve seen, we’ve logically concluded that she might be returning to the Star Wars team to replace Steve Evans as the new Director Of Product Design “for one of the most wonderful brands in the galaxy!” Let us know what you think in the comments!

Ms. Stratford when she appeared at a 2007 BotCon during her tenure over the Transformers Brand. Picture from tfwiki.

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3.75" Articulation: When is it Too Much?

This topic seems to come up fairly frequently in a Facebook Group that I’m in, and has been the topic of recent conversation on some other collecting sites too, so I wanted to share my thoughts about articulation. These thoughts come from the last conversation I had on Facebook about it about a week ago.

Personally, I am all for super articulation, but I understand that sometimes it can get in the way of a good sculpt. In this article you’ll find the reasoning behind my desire to have Hasbro give all their figures full articulation, as well as some possible advice for future production of The Vintage Collection figures. Click through for more!  Full Story

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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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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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Black Series Porgs 2-Pack for $4.60 on Walmart.com

If you love these little guys, here’s a nice sale for you to build up your flock!

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For starters, this article by the New York Times has some stunning shots of Galaxy’s Edge, but nearly just as incredible is the amount of money Disney is investing in their theme parks. Around the world, expansions to Disney Parks are being built, and Galaxy’s Edge (the coolest of them all) is only one of them. Click through for more… Full Story

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Mimban Stormtrooper (VC123) Sales

Crazy that back in July the Mimban Stormtrooper TVC figure hit eBay, and since then, there has been only one store report from Australia that this figure has even touched retail pegs (and they don’t even have Walmarts). Yet, on the eBays, there are plenty available if you want to pay the price. If you’re wondering where on earth this figure is… It’s still in China since that’s where 135 of them has been sold from! Again: Hasbro, you are already killing us with the repacks, at least distribute the few good figures you choose to make!

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Hoardar.com: A New Place to Display Your Collections

A new website just went live, called Hoardar. It’s intended as a social media platform specifically for collectors. Instead of having many sub-groups of collectors, Hoardar brings together the entirety of the collecting community. It’s a place to share photos of your collection, buy, sell, and trade with people in the “community of interesting things“. Right now it is fresh out of beta, so I’m sure many updates will be coming! What are your thoughts on having a new platform for your  ̶h̶o̶a̶r̶d̶i̶n̶g̶  collecting? Let us know in the comments.

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Star Wars Fan Awards 2018 Voting Open

StarWars.com has opened up audience choice voting in categories of long video, short video, photography, and visual art. One of our frequent readers/commenters Matthew C. has a photo in the final voting stages, which must be quite exciting! I’ve had that specific photo on my work desktop background for some time, so I appreciate that it is getting some official recognition. Be sure to check out some of the remarkable entries here, and cast your vote today! Click through for more action figure photo submissions in the finals. Full Story

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New Reveals in Lucca Comics and Games Convention

The Lucca Comics and Games Convention Hasbro panel JUST revealed 2 new figures coming next year for The Black Series and The Vintage Collection (thanks to Banthaskull for posting the live feed). If you’re a TBS collector, you will be pleased that our rumor is true that Mace Windu will be joining the 6″ world. If you are a TVC collector, the reveal may be worse than you could have possibly imagined! If you thought the figure wasn’t worth it for $3 at Walmart a year ago, you might be thrilled to pay $13 for a repacked Poe Dameron (pilot) figure on a vintage Kenner card back! What do you think?

Update: Official promo photos of Mace Windu and Poe Dameron added! More photos will most likely follow later today, so stay tuned! Also, it has to be pointed out that Poe Dameron is a repaint with photo real technology.

Update 2: Mace Windu will be available in Spring 2019! Poe Dameron is scheduled for a fall 2019 release!

Both Mace and Poe raise an eyebrow to this decision

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A thanks to Disqus commenter TopMonkey for this heads up. We initially reviewed Han, Lando, and Qi’ra from Solo back in April. So far these figures have not sold through everywhere, and their Amazon values attest to their diminished popularity. So, in an attempt to reignite some interest, Hasbro sent GeekTyrant some promo figures for review. The reviewer is a collector himself,  so he has some valuable thoughts regarding these figures… Full Story

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"Your Star Wars Dioramas Suck"

Here is an opportunity to make them better, but you only have 4 days left to do it! Available from Hole in the Ground Productions are some amazing diorama pieces that are perfect for your Death Star or Rebel base. Even if this isn’t fully backed, don’t think that nothing will come from it. Eric (owner) has been very involved with the community in being open about this campaign and his products are well thought out and versatile. With buy-in options at only $8-50 and for 3.75″ and 6″ it’s an easy thing for anyone to jump in on! Click through for some more persuasion from a fellow backer, and the originator of these photos, Sam. Full Story

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The Vintage Collection Wave THREE Found In The USA!

Dang! This a shocker! I was expecting to find wave 2, and a friendly, competent Walmart employee (no joke) went to the back and located the case. Much to my surprise I found something quite different!

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Diorama Parts! Support Hole in the Ground Productions!

Dioramas are cool. Supporting hobbyists is even cooler. Hole in the Ground Productions has been making resin cast diorama parts for years, and are trying to take things to the next level, but your help is needed! So many people supported the barge around these parts, and a much smaller investment could go a long way in backing a supplier of amazing diorama pieces and getting those pieces into our dioramas.

If you want to contribute but it’s not as convenient at the moment, don’t worry. There is a minimum option for only a donation of $8 and it still gets you some new diorama parts. If you collect 6″ figures, there is an option for you. Click the image below to view their main perk24 injection molded functional diorama pieces for only $50!!

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More Reports of The Vintage Collection Hitting Walmart

Sadly, it’s not as exciting as you think. Hoping to find wave 2, I searched the SKU on brickseek.com. Brickseek was right on the money with the number of figures that were in the store, but guess what? My local Walmart got a very nice, fresh, minty case of wave 1… 

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Some Clear Direction for Hasbro

Hi Hasbro, here are some figures that I want made. Just so there is no question as to what figures people want made, I thought posting these photos may be of assistance. Readers, do you agree? Let us know in the comments!

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The Vintage Collection Wave 3 Hitting Philippines

Yes, you read that right. Wave 2 is barely showing up in stores in America and Europe and wave 3 is already showing up overseas! I’m sure we can expect to see these on eBay fairly soon… This does negate a previous rumor that the Praetorian Guard would be taking the place of the Range Trooper in this wave (thankfully false). Shout out to John P. and his friends who sent him these images!!

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