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WATCH: Divine Star Wars Inspired Home Christmas Light Show

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!

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Some Fun For The Porg Fans

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!

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JTA Holiday Gift Guide Continues With Part II

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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Disney And Fox Are Closing In On A Deal....

It looks like a deal is closer than further away at this point. CNBC has the full story.

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JTA Holiday Gift Guide 2017 (Part I)

It’s that time of year again! That magical time of year where our hearts get fuller while our wallets gets emptier. It’s also the time where you look to find the perfect gift for that special Star Wars fan in your Galaxy not so far away. Well, JTA is here to make it a bit easier with our Holiday Gift Guide! In it, you’ll find some great Star Wars gifts for all the Star Wars fans in your life from younglings to the 900-year-old Jedi Masters. Click through to see what we have in store for Part 1 of our guide!

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Radio Flyer's Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder For $254.99!

This year’s Outdoor Toy of the Year, the Radio Flyer Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder is on sale at ToysRUs.com for $200 OFF! Pick it up at your local store and an additional $45 comes off reducing the price to $254.99. This item normally retails for $499.99. If you have kids, this purchase will certainly entitle you to win Parent of the Year.

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Happy Thanksgiving From Jedi Temple Archives To You!

JTA wishes all of our fans, reader, colleagues, sponsors, and critics a very special Happy Thanksgiving this year. We want you to be reminded of how thankful JTA is for you. Without you, we wouldn’t exist. We hope that you have much to be thankful for also and can focus on the true meaning of the holiday. Love one another regardless if you agree with others or not. Life on THIS planet is much too short to waste away with hatred. God bless you all.

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Bankruptcy And Bonuses: Happy Together

Hi. We’re Toys R Us. We’re in Chapter 11 and we want 16 million dollars in bonuses to pay Top Executives. Truth is stranger than fiction, folks. The Wall Street Journal has the full story.

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Happy Veterans Day!

Jedi Temple Archives wishes everyone a Happy Veterans Day. Be sure to thank a vet for his or her service. We know some of our readers have served and we want you to know how thankful we are to you and so many others that protect us and keep us safe.

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TARGET To Close A Dozen Of Its Under-Performing Stores

This is a little bit surprising. TARGET is closing a dozen of its under-performing stores. USA Today has the full story. Click through to see who is closing up shop.

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21st Century Fox To Sell Most Of Company To Disney?

Well, this is…. interesting. What could this mean for our neck of the woods? Your thoughts in our comments please.

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Porg PEZ

And because I am now being harassed across different sites now for not posting this yet, Martin M. also sends us an image of the new PEZ dispensers he just found. It looks like that porg is in pain. But will it make Elaine laugh?

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Kmart And Sears Closes More Stores

It’s amazing any of these stores are left. Business Insider reveals that Kmart and Sears are closing even more stores. Special thanks to JTA reader Martin M. for the alert.

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Ackmena: In The New Canon, Out Of The Closet

If only my good friend Adam May were still here with us to see this news. Bea Arthur’s character from The Star Wars Holiday Special has not only been made canon, but her character is also same-sex oriented (and married). ComicBook.com has the full story.

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Today Marks Five Years Since Disney's Lucasfilm Acquisition

It’s hard to believe, but today is the FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY that Disney acquired Lucasfilm and announced Star Wars Episode VII would happen. There is a whole new breed of fan out there now, and there are those that wish they could go back to October 29, 2012. How do you think it’s been since this acquisition? Let us know in the comments! Is Star Wars the best it has ever been?

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A Message From Dave Brandon, Chairman & CEO, Toys R Us

Toys R Us’ Chairman and CEO, Dave Brandon, makes an official statement about the company’s bankruptcy filing. Click through for more.

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Now THAT Is What I Call A Halloween Decoration!

A family in Ohio really went…ENORMOUS with their Halloween decoration. Who really cares if it’s not really festive in the sense of typical Halloween decorations? I know I wouldn’t mind having this thing in my front yard! Check out the video and report by JTA reader and ScreenRant writer Tim Lammers. We thank Tim for sharing this with us.

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Toys R Us: Price Match Promise This Year

Toys R Us is going above and beyond with its price-matching policy this year. The holidays are all about giving, and that means a lot to us. That’s why we’re introducing our Price Match Promise: Not only will we match competitors’ prices, we’ll donate $1 to Toys for Tots every time you price match in store, up to $1 million. Click the image below for their complete FAQ. Special thank to JTA reader Alexander G. for alerting us to this.

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Adam May, Star Wars Collector Extraordinaire, Has Died

It is with the utmost sorrow and sadness that I relay to you that my very good friend, JTA regular, former colleague, and wise counsel ADAM MAY has passed away. A Star Wars collector extraordinaire, Adam has passed on and become one with the Force. Adam was greatly responsible for bringing Star Wars fan site GalacticHunter.com to its peak in the mid to late 2000s and provided the Star Wars collecting community with some of the biggest and breaking rumor reports we had ever seen, up to and including breaking The Legacy Collection “Big” Millennium Falcon story in 2008. He has the distinction of being the only Star Wars collector in the world to have an official Hasbro 3.75″ super-articulated action figure made of himself when he won a TARGET sponsored contest organized by Hasbro. This contest win entitled him to a trip at Lucasfilm to get his likeness scanned for the unique Stormy Sevenspire action figure. Adam May was an incredible journalist and writer and his contributions to the Star Wars collecting community will never be forgotten. He was an inspiration to so many, and definitely to me. I developed a passion to do what I do here at JTA because of Adam and my efforts pale in comparison. Adam, I miss you already my friend. You have been an asset in my own life and a faithful friend to me. I am heartbroken. Adam is survived by his husband Todd Vierling who lives in Atlanta Georgia.

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Toys R Us Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Retailer Toys R Us has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This action will allow them to work with creditors to hopefully turnaround their current financial status. Toys R Us will operate in a “business as usual” fashion for the foreseeable future. The NY Times has the full story. (This is the “big announcement” we let you know was coming last night.)

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UPDATE: A Major Announcement Arriving Tomorrow Morning?

PLEASE SEE UPDATE! Jedi Temple Archives has just learned that things are in motion right now as we speak that will materialize as a “major” Star Wars related announcement Tuesday morning. We don’t know what it’s about or in what capacity it relates to Star Wars, but it is supposedly HUGE news. Apologies in advance if whatever this is doesn’t materialize, but we were encouraged to take note that something big is coming. We will be sure to link to it if/when it goes live.

UPDATE: We have learned that the announcement has nothing to do with being directly related to Star Wars. But it does have to do with being indirectly related to Star Wars collecting. Stay tuned for the announcement tomorrow.

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Toys R Us Enters Death Spiral Before 2017 Holiday Season

Ugh. You saw our earlier report on Toys R Us on the front page recently, and how they were considering filing for bankruptcy, but creditors already see them in a death spiral as their debt load seems almost incurable from their viewpoint). According to some sources, Toys ‘R’ Us could file for bankruptcy as soon as next week, and they note that “nervous suppliers have scaled back shipments and tightened terms to the retailer ahead of the crucial holiday selling season, on worries they may not got repaid and their payables would be lumped alongside other unsecured pre-petition claims.” While it’s always sad to anyone lose their job, it also makes us wonder if this will impact the availability of their exclusives that were announced for Force Friday II. We wish them the best. Check out the new update at ZeroHedge.com.

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Toys R Us Considering Bankruptcy Filing

Well, this can’t be good. Major retailer Toys R Us is possibly considering filing for bankruptcy protection. Business Insider has the full story.

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JTA Reader Wins TARGET Giant Porg At Force Friday II!

JTA reader and good friend Mario M. took his family to Force Friday II at TARGET which was his daughters’ first experience. They won the giant pog that TARGET raffled off that nigh!. I don’t know about you, but I see three adorable things in this photo. Congrats Mario!

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Toys R Us Force Friday II Blues?

It’s 1am here on the East Coast, and ToysRUs.com has none of the new product in that I can see. We just received a report from JTA reader Evan who found that his Local TRU had NONE of the new 6″ figures in after being first in line. Luckily, he booked it to Walmart where he scored it all (seen below), but has anyone else suffered the same fate at TRU? 

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PRESS RELEASE: littleBits Droid Builder Kit

New York, NY – September 1, 2017 – littleBits, the award-winning company that empowers kids to be inventors, today announced the launch of its Droid Inventor Kit, which enables kids to create their own Droid. An integral part of the global launch of Disney and Lucasfilm’s Force Friday II, the Droid Inventor Kit brings Droids to life, inspiring imagination and invention for kids around the world. Kids can easily create and power up their own mechanical companion using littleBits electronic Bits–along with the free Droid Inventor app–to send their creation on more than 17 special Star Wars missions, complete with authentic droid sounds from the Star Wars films. As they unlock new capabilities and level up their Droid Inventor skills, kids can also learn how to create their own custom R2 Units and experiences, combining play with real hands-on learning. (more….)

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NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK (August 29, 2017) – Dubsmash today announced “Force Friday II Community Moments,” a collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm allowing fans around the world to create and share dubs of their favorite Star Wars scenes as part of the countdown to Force Friday II. The global three-day fan celebration spanning across thousands of retailers from Sept. 1 – 3, when fans can experience the new product line from Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the first time. (more….)

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Mark Hamill Gets Political

Mark Hamill has decided to use his celebrity to make a political statement. Sad! Real Clear Life has the story. We pay to watch you act, not to glean your political perspectives. This goes for both ends (as well as all the shades of gray within) the political spectrum. Although his comments surely imply a sarcastic nature, it’s never good to mix the two in my opinion.

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Toys R Us Returns To Times Square, Albeit Briefly

Toys R Us is coming back to New York City, but just for the holidays at 42nd Street and 6th Avenue in Times Square. Bloomberg has the full story! JTA has exclusively learned that the location should open on August 26th (just in time for Force Friday II) and be open through the New Year.

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Some Interesting Items Being Sold On eBay As Of Late

Check out some of these latest eBay auctions making the rounds. Definitely some interesting things to find on eBay these days. Hopefully, you don’t find my lack of details disturbing *wink, wink*

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Is Star Wars "Toy Fatigue".... A Thing?

New York Post posted an article, of which part of it reads: “There is fatigue with ‘Star Wars’ and all the hype surrounding the movies,” said BMO Capital Markets toy analyst, Gerrick Johnson. Disney decided to unspool “Star Wars” films in consecutive Decembers. The first movie, 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” sparked much interest in its toy line. The reaction at retail was much more muted for 2016’s “Rogue One.” Too much of a good thing, it appears, is bad for the toy business. Check out the article and then come back and give your own thoughts on the matter.

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“There are no black people on Game of Thrones,” Boyega says. “You don’t see one black person in Lord of the Rings. And though Star Wars had featured a few black characters — Billy Dee Williams as a smuggler, Samuel L. Jackson as a peripheral Jedi — they were less represented in the galaxy than Ewoks. I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen,” says Boyega. “Because you see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day. Even if you’re a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers.” Wow, John. I don’t see how that makes Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings unwatchable. I mean, we had to sit through The Force Awakens watching your nonstop panting. See how crippling identity politics is, folks? See the full interview at GQ.

UPDATE: NEW DEBATE – Did Boyega really mean “He won’t pay to see predominantly white casts? Or did he really mean “I don’t pay all of this money to see movies just to see a predominantly all-white cast. There are other people in this world…. it’s disappointing.” There is a fine line of difference here, but both are still in poor taste in my opinion. Either way, GQ should have elaborated on these quotes in a way to make them less incendiary. What do you think?

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Theft At Rancho Obi-Wan Updates

On Monday morning, Carl Edward Cunningham plead guilty in Sonoma County Superior Court to one count of Felony Grand Theft. He is facing up to four years behind bars when he is sentenced on September 7th, 2017. If you haven’t been following along, many items disappeared from Rancho Obi-Wan including the prototype rocket-firing Boba Fett. You can read more about this here.

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More Closings From Sears Holdings Are In The Works

Sears Holdings Corporation recently announced in their Blog that 8 Sears and 35 Kmart stores deemed unprofitable are set to close. This is part of their “strategy” to  address loses as well as reduced the square footage of some of their other stores because they are “simply too big for our current needs.” What kind of effect will this have on future TBS6 Exclusives? Hopefully, this will mean finding somewhere else to distribute future exclusives. I personally liked the environmental pieces with K-Mart exclusives, although they could have been handled a bit better.  Click Here for a list of the stores set for closing.

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