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Black Series Archive Line Is Coming In 2018!

Hasbro revealed at their SDCC panel that they will introduce a new 6 inch figure line. A greatest hits line called “The Black Series Archive”. Hasbro will release 4-8 figures each year, they will select highly sought after figures for this line. All figures will come on blister cards and all human figures will be updated with the photo real technology. The first four figures, coming later in 2018, are Boba Fett, Bossk, IG-88 and X-Wing Luke with photo real paint apps!

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Black Series Archive. Source: Star Wars The Black Series Instagram Page

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Greg Grunberg Strongly Hints He's Back For Episode IX

Greg Grunberg more or less confirmed in an interview with Yahoo that he’s back for Episode IX. His character Snap Wexley was absent in The Last Jedi, but as it seems there can’t be a JJ Abrams movie without his buddy Greg. Also: after The Last Jedi the Resistance can use any help it can get. You can watch the very short (less than 30 seconds) interview snippet with Greg on Yahoo.

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Comcast No Longer Bids For 21st Century Fox

Bloomberg reports that Comcast has dropped out of the bidding war for 21st Century Fox to focus on the acquisition of European pay tv channel Sky instead. This means that Disney can go ahead and the acquisition of 21st Century Fox has no real hurdles to overcome anymore. The deal already has US antitrust approval, Disney merely needs to sell off some of the local Fox sports networks, which Disney has already agreed to do. It’s most likely only a matter of time now until most of the Marvel characters and all the distribution rights for Star Wars are under one roof, pending shareholder approval. The separate Disney and Fox shareholder meetings are supposed to be held on July 27th.

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After taking a look at both the Sequel and the Original Trilogy, today is the time to take a look at the Prequel Trilogy and what 10(ish) figures are most needed for the 6 inch Black Series! Click through for my top 10 picks!

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When everyone was happy

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Dee Bradley Baker, who voiced the all of the clones on The Clone Wars, has posted something on his Twitter feed about the upcoming SDCC TCW panel:

#StarWars :the Clone Wars fans: I’m just gonna say, you don’t want to miss this. #Comicon2018

Now, why would he say that? Is it possible, against all odds, that we might get more animated The Clone Wars? Dialogue was recorded for several more seasons, just saying… What do you think? I believe fans would be over the moon if the unfinished episodes see the light of day, maybe on the streaming service… Is it too much to hope for?

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The Clone Wars

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Recently I looked at some of the Disney era characters that need a Black Series figure. Today I want to do the same for the Original Trilogy. It’s not easy making a list of just ten characters, so I cheated a bit here and there. Anyway, click through for my top 10 picks of Original Trilogy characters that need a Black Series figure!

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And they lived happily ever after

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Mark Hamill Shaved His Beard!

Yes, it’s true. The beard is no more. Mark Hamill posted a photo of a new gift he received from Sideshow Collectibles (a Joker cane) on Twitter and in the photo you can see a clean shaven Mark (makes him look 20 years younger). Now, what could that mean? Flashback scene in IX with a digitally de-aged Mark Hamill (think Michael Douglas in Ant-Man)? Maybe all of IX will be a flashback? Maybe Force ghosts have no beards (shut up, Obi-Wan!) or maybe Mark just learned his services are no longer needed, now that Lando will steal the show? Let the speculations begin! 😉

Mark Hamill, sans beard, sans shirt

Mark Hamill, beardless and shirtless

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A Quick Look At The SH Figuarts Ben Kenobi Figure!

I received my SH Figuarts Ben Kenobi figure today. With him only Leia is missing from the SHF hero line-up of A New Hope. So how does the figure compare to the Black Series version? Click through for a handful of photos and a quick overview!

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Obi-Wan Kenobi (sort of)

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Hasbro Keeps Innovating The Black Series Line!

Now that is interesting, JTA regular Matthew Cohen sent us two photos he found in a Black Series Facebook group which show a brand new feature of a Black Series figure. The Rebel Fleet Trooper actually has SHF style butterfly joints under his vest! Click through for the other photo!

Rebel Fleet Trooper

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Hollywood Reporter (as well as several other entertainment websites) has just released an article which officially confirms that Billy Dee Williams will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian in Episode IX. Rumors were spreading a few days ago already, when Billy Dee had to cancel a convention appearence due to a scheduling conflict. Now that it is official, what do you want Lando to do in IX? Do you think he will have a somewhat larger role? Are you happy and excited a beloved Original Trilogy character finally gets an appearance in the Sequel Trilogy? This is something fans have been asking for since The Force Awakens.

Lando Calrissian

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Your Most Favorite Star Wars Battle!

The results of the poll are in and we have a winner! Jedi Temple Archives readers have voted for their most favorite Star Wars Battle. Click through to find out which battle won!

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Stormtrooper vs Door – an often overlooked battle

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Photo Of Star Wars: Resistance Characters Leaks!

A very blurry and very low quality photo of the Star Wars: Resistance characters has leaked. Actually, the version you can see below has already been enhanced. The photo was shown during a presentation and someone was able to take a picture. Anyway, even though it’s blurry you can still see the cast of the show. It seems Phasma will be the main villain? And perhaps the Stormtrooper in all red could be Captain Cardinal from the Phasma novel? What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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Pick Your Favorite Star Wars Battle!

After voting for your favorite lightsaber duel it is now time to pick your favorite Star Wars battles! Click through for the candidates you can vote for and some basic instructions!

Star Wars Battle

Kapow! Biff! Bang!

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Hello, What Have We Here?

The Saskatchewan Entertainment Expo made the most curious announcement on their Facebook page. Billy Dee Williams was supposed to be a guest this year. But his appearance has been canceled due to a “film schedule conflict”. Hmmmm. What can that possibly mean?

Check out the Facebook page with the announcement.

And then discuss whether or not you’re excited for Lando in Episode IX! Will he kamikaze the Falcon with Nien Nunb and Chewbacca as his co-pilots and 3PO and R2 in the back into Starkiller Base 2.0 or will he do what any sensible person would do, and put Kylo Ren across his knee for being a very naughty boy and killing Han for the entire duration of the movie?

Lando Calrissian

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Yahoo Finance Asks If Star Wars Is Imploding

Until now most media outlets put a more or less positive spin on the recent developments in the Star Wars Universe and at Lucasfilm. It was mostly the alternative media, and here especially several YouTube channels, that heavily criticized Lucasfilm for Solo’s failure at the box office and for making a – according to them – divisive movie with The Last Jedi. But now Yahoo Finance posted an article that asks the ultimate question: whether or not the Star Wars Universe is imploding. Click through for more details!

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Captain Canady sees his world exploding

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I’ve been thinking lately if people really have no interest in Disney Star Wars or Sequel Trilogy Star Wars action figures. But I think that, no matter what you think of the movies, there are most certainly some action figures that many or even most collectors would like to have. So I came up with a list of top 10 Disney Star Wars figures I would like to see in the Black Series. Click through for the list!

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The Last Jedi Wins Three Saturn Awards!

Congratulations are in order for The Last Jedi, which won three Saturn Awards, an award that honors science fiction, fantasy and horror movies. Click through for the winners and further details!

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Extreme Sets Reveals Death Star Pop Up Diorama!

Now this is really nice! Extreme Sets who are known for their sturdy pop up dioramas made of  cardboard just revealed their Death Star hangar set on Instagram! The set is 1/12 scale, which means it’s for 6 inch figures. This looks like a very affordable alternative (the other extreme sets are something between $45 and $55) to Space Walls. The set includes the hangar bay doors, the bay where C-3PO and R2-D2 try to open the trash compactor doors and a hallway. Are you interested in this set? I think we’ll see this a lot in upcoming YouTube reviews and on Instagram. Thanks to Matthew C. for the tip!

Check out a video tour of the set on Instagram!

Extreme Sets Death Star Hangar

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Your Most Favorite Lightsaber Duel - The Results!

The JTA readers have voted for their most favorite Star Wars lightsaber duel. The results are in and for a good while it was a close call. But in the end one duel won. Click through for the results and learn what the most popular lightsaber duel is!

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Luke vs training remote, probably Luke’s favorite duel

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Things are looking better and better for the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney. Today the Department of Justice has approved the deal under the condition that Disney sells off 22 of the regional FOX sports networks, which Disney promptly agreed to do (Disney also owns ESPN). Rival Comcast will have an even harder time now, since the 21st Century Fox board believes that a deal with Comcast might be blocked, which is why they are fully committed to the Disney offer.

Read more at Variety.

Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox

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What Is Your Favorite Lightsaber Duel?

I think it’s high time to have some fun 🙂 Today I would like to know what your favorite live action lightsaber duel is. Click through for the candidates you can choose from!

Update: it’s a very close call at the moment. Actually, one vote could change the results. So I encourage everyone who hasn’t voted yet to vote! I will announce the winner tomorrow!

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This is probably not Emperor Palpatine’s favorite lightsaber duel

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Star Wars Fans And Their Relationship To Lucasfilm

Ever since last December something is amiss in the Star Wars Galaxy. And I don’t talk about the movie(s) here, I talk about how Lucasfilm or people who work for them communicate with their fans. Or, as many have noted, with their customers actually. Or are we? There seems to be some dispute about what exactly the relationship is between Lucasfilm and the people who buy tickets for one of their movies. On the weekend a writer for the official Star Wars website offered her point of view on Twitter. And according to her Star Wars fans are not customers of Lucasfilm after all? Click through to read more!

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You’re not my customers!

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Target Exclusive Solo 4K Blu-Ray Revealed

Cover art for the Target exclusive Solo 4k Blu-Ray has been revealed. With the exclusive edition you will also get a 40 page art booklet. Apparently the release comes with three discs and some exclusive bonus features. Not much more is known at the moment. Click through for the full cover and a photo of what’s inside case!

Solo 4K Blu-Ray Teaser

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BREAKING NEWS: Star Wars Stand Alone Movies On Hold!

Collider reports that Lucasfilm has put all future stand alone Star Wars movies on hold (which basically means they have been canceled for now). An Obi-Wan movie was in active development, but the people who worked on the movie are no longer involved.
According to Collider Lucasfilm will put all their efforts into Episode IX and after that we’ll get the new trilogy, but apparently no more Star Wars stand alone movies for now.

What do you think about all that? Solo is a huge flop, unfortunately, but was it wise to put all the other stand alone movies on hold?  Is this the beginning of the end? Thanks to all the people who reported this development!

UPDATE: Now ABC News has an article on their website. Lucasfilm reached out to ABC News and told them that the Collider information is inaccurate, that there are still multiple Star Wars movies in development which haven’t been announced yet. So is there hope for an Obi-Wan movie after all? Why can’t Lucasfilm just make an official announcement on the official Star Wars channel or website and tell fans what to expect.

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The Pillars Of The Star Wars Franchise

Star Wars has been a global phenomenon since 1977. Millions of fans enjoy the movies and play with the toys. But how does Star Wars actually make money? Movies? Toys? And it’s also time to take a closer look at the fandom, as there are several distinct groups of fans, and each group has different needs and wishes. How does all that align with what Lucasfilm, Hasbro and EA have on offer? The ultimate puprose of this article is to start a discussion about just that: what do we all want? Click through for details!

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A New Hope

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The JTA Movie Poll 2018 - Results!

Rank The Star Wars Movies, Now With Solo!

Solo has been in theaters for some weeks now, time for a fun JTA survey where you can rank all the live action Star Wars movies! Click through to post your list!

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New Details About The Sequel Trilogy That Never Was!

Some new details have been revealed about the sequel trilogy that George Lucas would have made, had he not sold the company to Disney. The picture below gives you a hint. Click through for more!

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The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox stockholders will both vote on the merger of the two companies on July 10th, as reported by Forbes. Some major shifts in the US entertainment industry are happening at the moment. And whoever doesn’t find someone to buy or merge with may well be left behind in the long run. The AT&T and Time Warner merger was just approved the other day. That leaves Comcast, they don’t have much time left to snatch Fox away from Disney. The boards of both Disney and Fox have already agreed on the merger. That leaves the stockholders. Their votes will decide. Would you like the Disney & Fox merger to go through? Disney would finally have the distribution rights for all of the Star Wars movies.Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox

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Star Wars Heroes: A Closer Look

Ever since the new wave of Star Wars movies were released fans have been debating about the new characters, the heroes and the villains – but it is especially Rey who is scrutinized and sometimes unfairly criticized as being a Mary Sue. However, there’s still this feeling by quite a few fans that Rey lacks something. Or does she? And if she does, what is it? Click through for a closer look at Star Wars heroes!

The Heroes of Star Wars

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The Verge reports that a new Star Wars game was announced earlier today at E3. The game is titled “Jedi: Fallen Order” and is developed by Respawn (they also made the Titanfall games). Respawn was acquired by EA in December 2017. This will be their first Star Wars game. Click through for a few more details!E3

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Early Look At The Last Jedi Blu-Ray Sales

First numbers for The Last Jedi Blu-Ray sales have been released. How do sales for the movie compare to both The Force Awakens and Rogue One? Click through for a closer look!

The Last Jedi Blu-Ray

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Cover For The Best Buy Solo Steelbook Blu-Ray Revealed!

The cover for the Best Buy exclusive Blu-Ray Steelbook for Solo has been revealed. Click through for the full cover!

Solo Steelbbok Blu-Ray

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Joke Of The Day

We all need a good hearty laugh sometimes, right?

General VeersThis is what Black Series exclusives mean to people not living in the USA. It’s a laugh.

*that is $59

 

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Actress Kelly Marie Tran, who portrayed Rose in The Last Jedi, has left social media. She completely deleted her Instagram account, which had almost 200 thousand followers, and only left a short bio: “Afraid, but doing it anyway”. Click through for more!

Kelly Marie Tran

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