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New Hasbro Toy Shop PROMO CODE

There’s a new Hasbro Toy Shop promo code in town for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Get 15% off AND FREE shippinh by using HANSOLO at checkout!

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Yakety Yak, I'm Talking Back, Hasbro!

I just noticed a small issue with the HasLab exclusive Yak Face figure that is arriving in 2019. As a vintage purist, I want my modern counterparts to be as accurate as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly appreciated the updated image on the card back for Ponda Baba (Walrus Man), but I still want that “sketch-enhanced” version too. Look carefully at the HasLab mock-up figure of Yak Face, and then look at the original Kenner figure? Do you notice something different? (It’s NOT the figure.)

    

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You probably didn’t get this email, because Hasbro Toy Shop isn’t even aware of it at the moment, but there is an exclusive update to the HasLab Jabba’s Sail Barge. Special thanks to our friends at BanthaSkull for forwarding their email to us!

      

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After their greatest Toy Fair Presentations in five years, I’m holding Hasbro to a higher standard to what each convention event should reveal. I jogged my memory and remembered 2011’s San Diego Comic Con was one of their many highlights from the past. (Check out the slide presentation gallery by click thing image below.) I hope that this year’s 2018 SDCC event will take the necessary strides forward to mimic the best presentations of years’ past. Great things are in store, but we want to see the signs of that proof now. So Hasbro, please make this year’s SDCC event the greatest in five years too!

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The Wampa/LukeSkywalker (Hoth) set is ALSO in stock at Hasbro Toy Shop. You know you want it! Special thanks to Mark for the alert!

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Hurry! You can pre-order the second wave of Force Link 2.0 5POA figures including Princess Leia (Hoth Outfit) for a June 14th arrival at Hasbro Toy Shop! Special thanks to JTA readers Avery M. and Scott M. for the alerts. You can order Moloch, Princess Leia (Hoth), Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke. Or click HERE to place your order.

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Hasbro: please help a community out once again. This is the ONLY version of Shasa Tielon the market today. It’s a Micro Machines figure for Pete’s sake! (I thought I saw a LEGO mini figure yesterday, but it seems to have disappeared). This character is prominent both in Jabba’s palace as well as The Khetanna. So please make this figure a reality for The Vintage Collection? She would make a great release and we need more female aliens in our collections! They’re not complete without her!

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JTA reader and friend Matthew Sebastian W. from Hong Kong China also sends us great close-up images of the China TRU exclusive multipack with holographic Maz Kanata. We have images of the front and back of the packaging. MSW also lets us know that this pack converts to $55 USD. Yikes! Check it out

    

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JTA reader and friend Matthew Sebastian W. from Hong Kong China sends us better images of the “yet unannounced” Stormtrooper *with blaster effect) TRU exclusive (not in the USA). MSW also lets us know that this pack converts to $34 USD. Reasonable.

    

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Hasbro: please help a community out. This is the ONLY version of a Tonnika Sister on the market today. It’s a Micro Machines figure for Pete’s sake! We know you can make ONE of the characters now, so please do it for The Vintage Collection? She would make a great Hasbro Toy Shop exclusive (or something) too! She is an iconic addition to our cantina dioramas. It’s not complete without her!

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Instagram user Toyshiz reveals an unannounced Toy R Us exclusive multipack. Thanks to those that tagged us on the post. The kicker of this set? Hasbro finally gives us a holographic Maz Kanata! Check it out on Instagram. (Does anyone know what Instagram is?)

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Holy cow. The Gamorrean Guard has finally gotten out in China. Look at this thing. It’s amazing. It will be one of the most sought-after exclusives ever made. I hope Hasbro has a ton in production! Check it out on eBay! Special thanks to Paul B. for the alert!

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TBS6 [P3] Dewback Running Change/Variation?

Longtime friend and NB Morgan K. alerts us to a possible variation of The Black Series [Phase III] Dewback 6″ figure. He writes “Early release date stamps 73491 & 80121 have very heavy dark brown paint sprays on the Dewback’s back. Later release date stamp 80251 has much less paint and also seems to be a lighter brown to back.”

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Website Dark Side Toys has just put up a pre-order for a The Black Series [Phase III] Stormtrooper (With Blast Accessories) figure. Strange. Check it out.

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Hurry! Princess Leia (Hoth) Force Link 2.0 figure is BACK IN STOCK at Hasbro Toy Shop! Also, if you still need him, the Rebel Soldier (Hoth) figure from The Vintage Collection is still in stock too!

UPDATE: Gone again! (Leia)

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The Black Series Mimban Stormtrooper Sneak Peek!

A full review with all details by Paul will follow, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek at the Mimban Stormtrooper who is, in my opinion, a fantastic figure! Click through for a first look!

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UPDATE: This figure is now officially in our RDRs database! Check it out HERE.

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BUT WHO WILL IT BE? It’s always fun to speculate what’s coming next from Hasbro, and this is especially true when it comes to San Diego Comic Con exclusives. Hasbro has already let it “slip” that there will indeed be a The Vintage Collection SDCC exclusive this year. So, based on past experience, we’re going to surmise what it might be. Click through for more.

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We’d like to thank Litzy PR and Hasbro for the gracious Solo: A Star Wars Story Media Kit. Inside of this box includes a nice helping of new toys to support the film, including the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon.

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How Fans Helped Hasbro Build The Biggest Ship Ever!

There is a fantastic article on Wired.com recounting the many tense moments of Hasbro’s first HasLab campaign. They also interview our friend Steve Sansweet and get his feedback on it. Check it out!

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Hurry! You can pre-order the second wave of Force Link 2.0 5POA figures including Princess Leia (Hoth Outfit) for a May 21st arrival! Special thanks to JTA reader Gino A. for the alert. You can order Moloch, Princess Leia (Hoth), Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke. Or click HERE to place your order.

      

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Hasbro Toy Shop: May The 4th Promo Code!

Hasbro Toy Shop is celebrating May The 4th! Use promo code MAY4TH for 20% off and FREE shipping!

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Throughout modern Star Wars collecting, there have been multiple types of collectors. These include the crazy zealots like myself who buy at least one of everything. Then there is the casual collector that only picks up his or her favorite characters. Lastly, there are people like CJ who claim to be collectors, troll collecting fan sites, buy nothing Star Wars toy-related and offer unsolicited opinions about the hobby and what Hasbro should do next. Don’t worry; I’m not singling anyone out, I am merely just expressing that all types of fans exist and are welcome in our community. While we’re all on equal playing fields as collectors, Hasbro does sometimes listen to what the loudest noisemakers are saying. And that all came to pass hugely in 2010 after getting small teases in 2004, 2006 and 2007. A reawakening also transpired in 2017. (more….)

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Wookiee Weekend: There Were Big TRU Plans

We’ve known for quite some time about this, but Toys R Us had big plans for Wookiee Weekend. It is believed that Zuckuss was to be released this weekend in the USA/Canada. It appears that TRU in Australia is still participating. It all begins May 5th. Check it out!

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My gut told me that this was inevitable and I was right. Collectors who backed Jabba’s Sail Barge and used PayPal as their form of payment might be in a pickle (if you don’t have a backup method of payment that is). We have received confirmation that Hasbro is calling these affected backers of the barge and alerting them that they have until 5 PM on Thursday to provide them with a credit card number (not another attempt at the PayPal transaction – they will NOT attempt another PayPal transaction), or their Barge orders will be canceled. They will also NOT allow you to place a new order for the Barge so you can utilize PayPal again. It’s credit card or bust. You may have received your Behind The Workbench book. It doesn’t matter. PayPal is declining a few orders for reasons that aren’t yet totally clear.  I don’t know if it’s because of a certain cutoff date or not, so if your PayPal transaction went through and the monies were debited, your order should be fine. Call Hasbro Customer Service at 1-800-408-0052 for more information on this.

UPDATE: SO far it looks like very few people were affected. Good news!

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2018 MSRP: "This Is The Hand We've Been Dealt!"

When the pre-order went live for the gorgeous The Vintage Collection Imperial Combat Assault Tank, the grumbling about its MSRP started immediately. We understand that it is a high price for this vehicle. But we’d like to remind you of a couple of things. (more….)

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The point of this article is two-fold. Firstly, after multiple conversations with collecting friends (thank you Josh and Chris), we all think that a new super-articulated Stormtrooper could be in the works. Hasbro would need to tweak a couple of things on the Walmart exclusive Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure, but they could easily give us our definitive Imperial Stormtrooper finally. (WITH NO REMOVABLE HELMET!) Secondly, how do you feel about Hasbro’s new approach to articulation in the super-articulated 3.75″ scale? I personally am thrilled to see the inclusion of ball-jointed wrists and swivel thighs now. But what I sorely miss are “rocker” ankles. Would you prefer that Hasbro eliminate something in order to bring the “rocker” ankles back? Or are you fine with the way things are? Let us (and Hasbro) know in the comments!

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It's Like The Worst Nightmare I've Ever Experienced

While the Force Link 2.0 updates are working for some, I have to be honest and say for me it has been a nightmare from hell. This is how far I got after I installed the update. Out of three devices I used, not one of them can find the Force Link 2.0 device and pair it. Click HERE to see the madness.

UPDATE #1: (9 AM to 12:45 PM) The only way I could get any of my devices to see the Force Link 2.0 was to remove the batteries and replace them (to reboot the Force Link 2.0). Thanks, Chris!

UPDATE #2: (12:45 PM to 2:30 PM) Now I am trying to get the update going by tapping twice. It’s not working.

UPDATE #3: (2:30 PM to 3:45) The update is actually happening. The device is timing out, so you have to go through the tapping to get it going again. Madness! Also, this process uses so much power that I had to replace the batteries in the Force Link 2.0.

UPDATE #4: (3:45) After having to reboot both my devices and my Force Link 2.0 MULTIPLE times, I finally got the last update downloaded. I am going to bed now. What a complete waste of a Saturday!

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Our friends at Bantha Skull have just reported that the Force Link 2.0 app is functioning. They also managed to figure out how to update Force Link 2.0. Whether it was an accident for them to update the device or this is what it is, if these are the steps required to update the device, it’s one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen done by Hasbro. Click through for more, but be warned that you’re probably not going to believe what you’re reading. I am still unable to figure out mine. How are children supposed to do this? There’s got to be a better way!

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It’s always good to be proactive, isn’t it? Is there ever a time when planning for things ever turned out negatively in the end? Well, maybe, but stick with me that’s its a good thing for this post. JTA is getting inundated with store reports that show evidence that The Vintage Collection is on clearance at so many stores (both Walmart AND TARGET). Some of the prices are as low as $5 each. We even have a report from barely-alive Kmart that they have them on sale (clearance) too. I had an epiphany that retail is dead when it comes to Star Wars. I am completely serious about this. It’s not about what stores get and don’t get any more. It’s about the changing times. Because of these clearance trends, I have a suggestion. (more….)

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ARRIVING! Jabba's Sail Barge Booklet Hitting Mailboxes!

And just like that the Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) Behind The Workbench booklet is arriving on doorsteps. Special thanks to JTA reader Oscar S. for sending us the images and news!

    

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Hasbro's First-Quarter Earnings Report Revealed

Hasbro’s first-quarter earnings have been posted. It’s a mixed bag of interpretation, but one of the blames is placed on the Toys R Us liquidation. Click through to read the full story and CNBC. You can also click through here for a couple of bullet points made as well.

Update: more details and link to official Hasbro presentation added!

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Cool! Check it out. We have a first look image of the previously rveealed by Hasbro Walmart exclusive The Vintage Collection Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure card back art to share with you. It is for a promotion in Japan that features the Mimban Stormtrooper. Apprarently per Google Translate the promo is about a prize draw for people who send in barcodes of various Star Wars toys. Special thanks to JTA reader Bence B. for letting us know!

   

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HasLab Behind The Workbench Booklet Shipping!

JTA readers Orlando R., Danny and Henry just received email confirmations that their Behind The Workbench booklet from Hasbro has shipped! You better check your inbox. You probably have one too! It’s getting REAL, folks!

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The Entertainment Earth exclusive (that will be available to anyone who has an Entertainment Earth account) Finn (First Order Disguise)/Captain Phasma Two-Packs set is NOW SHIPPING! If you pre-ordered it, look for a shipping notice in your inbox! If you haven’t, order yours HERE.

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Where Are All the Droids?

3.75″ Figures are making a comeback, but where are the droids? Just from the recent Solo trailers, there are a ton of droids that are completely worthy of a figure. Click through for more images.

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