Toys R Us liquidation sales were scheduled to begin on Thursday. But JTA reader Josh sent us this photo of his TRU:
British etailer Dark Side Toys has suspended further sales of the Khetanna for now. Click through to read their statement!
Bloomberg reports that according to insiders Amazon is looking into acquiring some of the Toys R Us stores in the USA.
Before you get your hopes up: Amazon has no interest in keeping the Toys R Us brand name, nor will Amazon most likely sell toys at these locations, but will rather use it as a showroom for its own products and maybe as a staging ground for food deliveries.
One of the neatest-looking characters from the Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer was Enfys Nest. With cool figures like the Range Trooper and that filthy Stormtrooper, we would LOVE to see this character get produced in super-articulated glory too. It seems possible now that The Vintage Collection is back, doesn’t it?
If you have Toys R Us gift cards, you only have 30 days left to use them. Check out the latest update from Yahoo! News. Special thanks to Martin M. for the alert!
Mark Hamill took to social media to share the evolution of the Luke Skywalker action figure over the last 40 years and gave some humorous commentary on the four Star Wars toys that he chose. Hamill is an avid user of social media and is always interacting with fans who seem to hit him up all day, every day. The 66-year old actor doesn’t seem to mind and takes the time when he can to properly interact with the millions of Star Wars fans all over the world. Movieweb.com has the full story.
We have some sources who have gone into detail about the latest Toys R Us developments. It’s very possible that within 60 days Toys R Us will be nothing but a memory for us. Stay tuned for more. What a sad, sad time. We have also reached out to Hasbro for comment about the 6″ Zuckuss exclusive. As of this time, there is no information to share.
UPDATE: The Washington Post confirms the closure of all 800 stores. Click HERE to read the details.
Toys R Us is in the process of drafting the court motion for its liquidation plan, a source familiar with the situation told CNBC. See the full story there.
Fortune.com has written a fantastic article on why the Toy Industry would suffer if Toys R Us goes belly up. I have heard and seen many comments by readers ‘happy’ or ‘indifferent’ to see TRU’s demise because of various reasons, but there is a bigger picture. And Fortune goes into detail about it. Check out the article and then come back here to comment.
The brick and mortar retail Toy Store apocalypse continues, this time in France. French JTA reader Patrice P. send us word of France’s #2 toy retailer in financial woes. Click through for Patrice’s translation summary of the article’s main points.
Yikes. It’s doesn’t look great, folks. Toys R Us appears to be prepping itself for liquidation. Bloomberg explains what’s going on so be sure to check out their article. I hope this doesn’t spell certain doom for their exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] Zuckuss figure, not to mention all of the employment loss here.
I have always wondered if there was some link between General Veers and Princess Leia Organa, who looks absolutely divine in her Bespin Gown by the way. Although they never had contact with each other in The Empire Strikes Back, it seems something else elusive inextricably links them. I bet you six to one we’ll find out soon.
JTA reader and friend Russ T. has been featured on Toy R Us’ Fan Vault. They worked up a cool video on him and the video shows off his beautiful collection. Be sure to check it out!
“This deal is getting worse all the time!” After disappointing holiday sales, Toys R Us plans to close another 200 stores. What a shame. The Wall Street Journal has the full story.
Congratulations goes out to Mark Hamill for he will soon be receiving his Hollywood Star! Variety has the full story!
The Toy Industry numbers for the 2017 year have been released. We have a summation about how well Star Wars toys performed this past year in relation to recent years. Click through for more.
A Reddit user has created a fantastic version of Princess Leia Organa from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story using artificial intelligence. What do you think? Some are hailing it as superior. GrayScott.com has the full story. Special thanks to the divine Lady Ferry for the article alert!
It has just been announced that Toys R Us will be closing a staggering 180 of its stores in the USA. See if your local store is on the list. CNBC has the full story.
Robot Chicken has always done pretty well at taking on Star Wars parodies and this one is no different. There’s a lot more truth to it than many would like to admit, but it’s still hilarious. High ground!
The New York Times has released “In a Galaxy Far, Far Away” which chronicles various Star Wars news items throughout Star Wars’ rich history.
Bloomberg writes “Now toymakers’ big bets on movie tie-ins look downright bleak. Playthings based on the “Star Wars” saga — the franchise that kicked off the whole phenomenon four decades ago — were down in 2017 despite a new film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” in December during the all-important holiday-shopping season. (more….)”
Do you think that once Admiral Piett realized he wasted precious time worrying about not needing bounty hunter Zuckuss’ scum on his Star Destroyer bridge that those moments could have better spent better spent seeking Princess Leia (in her Hoth outfit of course from the Battle of Hoth) instead? Had he reprioritized things, he may have caught up to the Millennium Falcon in about 6 parsecs instead of 12 parsecs which is half the time.
If you haven’t seen this awesome vintage Kenner inspired ottoman at Walmart, here it is. How awesom e is this, folks?
There is a blizzard outside and with a lot of time to ponder I started thinking of things I’d love to see with The Black Series 6″ figures. Picture this: Luke, The Emperor, Vader, and an ERG. Four figures, each with their own environmental piece and when put together we get a great display! Click through to join the discussion.
Wow! I didn’t expect this one. According to SFGATE, analysts are predicting that Amazon will buy TARGET by the end of this year. Check out the article and then leave your thoughts in our comments!!
We posted this yesterday morning on our Facebook page, but in case you missed the news, actor Alfie Curtis, who played Cornelius Evazan in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, died at age 87. Fox News has the full story.
Toys R Us has staved off collapse after creditors backed a rescue plan for the UK retailer. It follows last-minute negotiations with the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) to secure a £9.8m injection into the company’s pension fund. (more….)
This brisk pace could affect DIS, MAT, HAS, JAKK. Finally! Kimberly Chin from Business Insider has written an article on how the frequency of the Disney Star Wars films (in addition to other factors) may not be ideal for the licensees trying to make money from the merchandise of these blockbuster films. Business Insider has put together a great article which develops excellent points including (1) Disney’s stock was flat even after its latest “Star Wars” flick reported a great box office weekend. (2) Movie sales may not translate into consumer product sales, according to Jefferies Analyst Stephanie Wissink. (3) The frequency of “Star Wars” movie releases may challenge merchandise sales for each movie. This article is worth checking out. It has been a topic we have discussed at length right here at Jedi Temple Archives. Now here it from the people who understand this professionally.
JTA Reader and Friend Charlie shared this image from his local Target of a Cassian figure stuffed in where the Praetorian Guard should be. This should’ve been an obvious move. There are 8 Praetorian Guards in the movie surrounding Snoke and we have yet to get all “versions” of the P-Guard. They should have definitely foreseen that this would be an army builder (or at least an army of 8) and a Praetorian single or two pack would’ve been a smart decision in my opinion. Would you buy a two pack of Praetorian Guards?
UPDATE: Another example, same set, different store (Walmart). Is this happening near you?
Check out this stunning Star Wars light show with a Star Wars theme. This is located in San Antonio Texas and we appreciate JTA reader and friend Martin M. for sharing it with us. Local website mySanAntonio.com has the full story!
Oh the things you can do with a simple sound clip! This just really cracked me up so I thought I would share it with all the Porg lovers in the galaxy. Thanks to JTA friend Charlie for making me laugh with this one. Come on in and take a Squeak!
The JTA Holiday Gift Guide (and Santa Hat Porg) is back with Part II and it’s filled with great gifts for Star Wars fans of all ages! So come inside (droids are welcome too!) and take a peek at what we have in store this time around!
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