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.
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.)
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.
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.
Well, this can’t be good. Major retailer Toys R Us is possibly considering filing for bankruptcy protection. Business Insider has the full story.
Here are the latest exclusives revealed from Force Friday II! We will continue to add to this list as new deals, products, exclusives, etc are announced (Please note that this is not an all-inclusive list for product, just quick links for some of the more popular items)!
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!
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?
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….)
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….)
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.
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.
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*
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.
“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?
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.
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.
Drugs, including heroin and cocaine, were found in Carrie’s body during her autopsy. USA Today has the full (and very upsetting) story.
Like many of you, I remember scouring garage sales for Star Wars figures that parents were selling for .25 cents or 5 for a buck. It seems like with all the technology at your finger tips, the days of finding that gem cheap is over (or at least more difficult). Well, I had this app on my phone for quite awhile and I mostly used it to sell some old clothes and things, but recently I find out it can be a treasure trove for Star Wars collectors. Click through to find out more.
Award winning ethical footwear label and pioneer, Po-Zu launch AW17 Mainline & Star Wars™ | Po-Zu AW17, is Offering a fresh look and feel to the signature Po-Zu range. The AW17 collection blends comfort and style with sustainable materials and the classic ethos of the brand. Click through for the full press release.
Need we say more? Be sure to go and check it out at ABC News.
JTA regular Martin M. is about as big a Volkswagen Bug fan as he is a Star Wars fan so he went out of his gourd when he went to a VW car show locally in Texas and discovered a Boba Fett themed VW. He asked to share the splendor with the rest of our readers. Click through for the full gallery! Thanks Martin!
It’s been difficult for Star Wars fans to accept the loss of Carrie Fisher, but now her home and over 1,500 personal items that belonged to Carrie and her mother Debbie are being auctioned off. This may be a once in a lifetime chance to get some one-of-a-kind items that would be the envy of many collectors across the globe including a life-size C-3PO and bronze Yoda statue. You can read more about the auction in USA Today..
Have you been feeling that the 40th anniversary of Star Wars has been celebrated in a rather lackluster way by all those who hold the official keys to it so far? Don’t get me wrong, there have been some great memories relived and some cool commemorations, but probably nothing done so far holds a candle for what this trip down memory lane will bring you. It’s long, it’s groovy and it might make you tear up and laugh at the same time. Relive where it all begin and where it has gone in this incredible 40 year tribute to the Star Wars film franchise. It’s 95 MINUTES OF STAR WARS INSANITY!
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