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Review: Scout Trooper - TBSA - Six Inch Figure

NEW FIGURES! Let’s continue with The Black Series Archive Scout Trooper figure. It’s a bit of an improvement, but still not perfect. Find out more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or 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 come across a bit of exciting information. It looks as if some type of Episode IX “army builder” or “droid builder” pack is coming in the line. After the success of the Star Wars [Solo] TARGET exclusive troop builder pack, it makes sense if these things continue with super-articulated figures, but this may not be figures at all. It is described as an E9 Vin Bruges Build Up Pack and is also described as “multicolored” and has an assortment number of E8441. The MSRP isn’t expensive for these, so are these accessory sets of some type? We’ll likely find out more about it at SDCC this year, or perhaps later. There is also an EU designation on the information we received, but we doubt it has any relation to the “Expanded Universe.”

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We hope everyone’s week is off to a great start. There are less than 20 days left in the campaign, and we’re closing in on the $150,000 stretch goal, which unlocks Kim Simmons’ reverse-side re-creation of the Star Wars is Forever poster!

This week Derryl has more interviews scheduled with team members who worked on the TVC line and D. Martin has been working on finalizing the design of the book’s dust cover. As you’ll see below, the design is inspired by the original Star Wars poster illustrated by Howard Chaykin. We felt it was a fitting image to represent our first book. While we still need to complete the color correction, add in the rest of the effects, and finish tweaking the layout, we wanted to give you an in-progress look. We’re also giving you the opportunity to decide which version of Luke Skywalker appears on the cover.

Below are two options and the details on why we’re considering the two different Luke figures. Please leave a comment and let us know which version you prefer. (more information HERE).

Dust Cover Option 1
A less accurate representation of Luke Skywalker (as seen in the poster) due to the Stormtrooper belt, but a more dynamic pose that better matches the poster art. The figure is from The Vintage Collection.

Dust Cover Option 2
A more accurate representation of Luke Skywalker in his farm boy attire (as seen in the poster), but the figure is from the Episode IV Commemorative Blu-ray set, which came out in non-TVC packaging during the TVC-era in 2011.

   

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Review: Ezra Bridger - TBS6 [P3] - 86

NEW FIGURES! Let’s continue with The Black Series [Phase III] Ezra Bridger (86) figure. It is a fantastic figure! And does it have a new articulation point? (We’re not sure!) Find out more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or 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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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Power Droid - SW - 1979

TVC Boba Fett (VC09) From The Empire Strikes Back In Stock!

This figure has been out of stock for a while, but it’s back! The Vintage Collection Boba Fett (VC09) (TESB) figure can be yours IF the price is right!

UPDATE: Boba Fett is back!

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Hasbro Claims Chinese Tariffs Couldn't Come At A Worse Time

Via an article at Yahoo! Finance, Hasbro claims that the Chinese tariffs couldn’t come at a worse time. They also claim it would put American kids at risk, which seems like an overstatement.

“This could not come at a worse time for our industry. We, and the U.S. toy industry overall, are facing serious headwinds from the recent bankruptcies of two major toy retailers, K-Mart and Toys ‘R’ Us, which have already put an estimated 30,000 U.S. jobs at risk,” said Kathrin Belliveau a senior vice president at Hasbro, in comments submitted to USTR ahead of the hearing.”

But they said something quite differently a couple of months ago. (more….)

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Review: Chopper (C1-10P) - TBS6 [P3] - 84

NEW FIGURES! Let’s continue with The Black Series [Phase III] Chopper (C1-10P (84) figure. Did Hasbro forget to make him in a realistic style for the 6″ line, or is there little to no difference between this and the animated version of the character? Find out more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or 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 latest wave of The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures gives us two essential additions to the Ghost crew. We begin looking at them tomorrow in our Research Droids Reviews!

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If you care and in case you missed it, Entertainment Earth will be offering the Retro Darth Vader figure at SDCC. It will also be available at TARGET online. Full details are HERE! Special thanks to JTA Facebook reader Jeff C. for the reminder.

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Are Star Wars Toys Holding Their Value?

The BBC asked an intriguing question a couple of days ago. Are Star Wars toys holding their value? The article initially focuses on vintage toys, but then attempts to apply similar logic with the modern toys. And in all honesty, they’re two separate entities as we all know. But more interesting, is that it focuses on toys from The Force Awakens through now to argue some points (skipping right over the greatest stuff Hasbro ever produced that is feverishly sought after, even today, by collectors everywhere). If you’re a longtime collector, you know that most toys from the “Golden Age of Collecting” (circa 2006-2013) offers some of the GREATEST products Hasbro’s ever produced for collectors. And if you spot check these items on eBay, you’ll find that MANY go for incredible amounts of money (and prices keep riding up, especially those products from the original run of The Vintage Collection). (more….)

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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Death Star Droid - SW - 1979

Hurry! The TVC Imperial Stormtrooper can be pre-ordered for $12.99 Prime. Special thanks to JTA reader Justin C. for the alert!

UPDATE: Gone!

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Review: Doctor Aphra - TBS6 [P3] - 87

NEW FIGURES! Let’s continue with The Black Series [Phase III] Doctor Aphra (87). She’s a remarkable release. Discover why in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or 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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If you still need them, The Vintage Collection Saelt-Marae and Princess Leia Organa (Boushh) figures are available for “decent” prices on Amazon. Special thanks to JTA reader Mark for the alert!

    

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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: R5-D4 - SW - 1979

Review: Yoda - TBSA - Six Inch Figure

NEW FIGURES! Let’s continue with The Black Series Archive Yoda. Oh boy! And how! You’re going to love this version! Find out why in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or 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’ve received some slightly “unconfirmed” information that today TARGET gathered up the remaining The Vintage Collection and The Black Series [Phase III] exclusives to be sent to charity and/or discount chains. Many reported asking TARGET associated to go back to the stockroom to get the sale merchandise. There was a reason they were in the back as this was the plan. This is supposedly universal, so count yourselves fortunate if you found them on sale. Apparently, their stock status in-store has been changed to “Item Not Found.” TARGET, known for the decent handling of Hasbro Star Wars exclusive, totally let the ball drop on these items. Many explained that their stores NEVER had the Father’s Day displays while others never saw any products arrive at all. And now it’s like they never existed in TARGET now. Although, I am sure we can expect these exclusive to visit ROSS one day.

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Toys R Us To Reopen Stores In The USA Later This Year!

Holy cow! Toys R Us is set to reopen this year per FOX Business. See the full story HERE. Special thanks to JTA reader Rogue1138 for the alert!

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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Four-Day Passes SOLD OUT!

Four-day adult passes sold out within an hour, so if you want to go to Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, you might want to get 1 day passes to cover the days you want to go!

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Loose TVC Imperial Stormtroopers On eBay NOW!

HURRY!  eBay seller tunghori has the TVC Imperial Stormtrooper (VC140) figure in stock and a host of new additions! Special thanks to Mark for the alert!

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Review: Anakin Skywalker - TBSA - Six Inch Figure

NEW FIGURES! Let’s continue with The Black Series Archive Anakin Skywalker. He’s never looked better! See more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or 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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If you’re interested, eBay seller tunghori has added the TVC HanSolo (Stormtrooper) figure that TARGET is giving away like candy. He also has in and out of stock the Imperial Stormtrooper (VC140) too. Also Yak Face. Special thanks to Mark for the alert!

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The Vintage Collection News Archives Revisited: Day VC02

We’re continuing to scan through our old archives so we can rediscover the mind-blowingly incredible “old” The Vintage Collection news and topics we covered back in the day. To look at the breaking news at the time through eyes that are ten years older now is something that should be a fun and entertaining travel through time, a historical point of view if you will. We feel that these old news stories are worth re-sharing. We’re calling this focus The Vintage Collection Archive Revisited. Today’s topic: Our hopes and dreams for the 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back in The Vintage Collection.

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