JTA Facebook reader Chris C. posted a couple of look images on our Facebook page showing how nice the head sculpt of Luke Skywalker (Jedi Exile) from the Force Link line looks. Check it out by clicking the thumbnail below.
Uh-oh, some The Black Series 6″ collectors are going to be upset! Click through for more.
We’re continuing our discussion about what figures Hasbro should probably focus on for The Vintage Collection. Our next topic up for discussion is The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. We’ve enlisted the help of famed customizer Peakob1 and his readership add their voices to come up with a great cast of options. So now, we want our readers to check out their suggestions and continue to add to the list of character ideas for this great and rich period of Star Wars. Remember, this great cast of characters would be figures done in realistic style for The Vintage Collection. Click through for more!
According to a new product listing on Amazon, it appears that the next wave of Star Wars [The Last Jedi] figures could have a release date as late as February 2018. This is strange because we heard that this wave should be right around the corner from arriving at retail. But who knows what’s really going on with distribution such a mess.Thanks to JTA reader Bryan L. for directing us to this listing.
Some of you have asked to see what the revised neck peg of the Kylo Ren (Throne Room) figure looks like. Click the thumbnail image below to check it out.
Our good friends at BanthaSkull.com attended a different session of the Hasbro roundtable, so different topics on The Vintage Collection were discussed. Please check out their overview of the conversation and be sure to look for a slam at someone too.
You may or may not have noticed, but Anakin Skywalker has been conspicuously left out of our last Collect All 92! article for a very specific reason. There has been controversy surrounding what version of Anakin Skywalker the 1985 figure intended to represent. Was that figure supposed to be the Force Spirit as he appeared at the end of Return Of The Jedi, or was it an Expanded Universe “off screen” take of the character “in the flesh” that we never saw onscreen? Judging by the reference image on the POTF card back, it very clear to us that the figure is intended to be the Force Spirit. Either way, 1999’s POTF2 [FB/CT] Anakin Skywalker figure doesn’t represent a good modern update to the 1985 release. That being said, IF Hasbro ever updated this figure, would you prefer the Force Spirit approach taken with 2017’s TBS [P3] Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit) figure, or would you prefer a redo of the 1999 approach instead?
The Hasbro roundtable discussion, in my opinion, was a fruitful event. It got me inspired once again to figure out where we are with The Vintage Collection and where we need to go from an “old school/Original Trilogy” point of view. Please be patient, we will definitely be looking at the various sections of the Star Wars timeline individually so that a clearer and more focused discussion can be had. In the meantime, we have distilled where we stand with Hasbro updating the “Collect All 92!” original vintage Kenner figures in the modern line. This isn’t meant to be interpreted that Hasbro should “only do this” but instead a “when you focus on this, this is what should be considered.” We’re not alienating any group of collectors who want other types of figures. Those articles are forthcoming. To be clear, we will be doing similar articles for Prequel Trilogy, Sequel Trilogy and Expanded Universe characters in addition to other new canon including standalone films, Rebels and The Clone Wars. (more….)
In a surprising and exciting move, Hasbro decided to interview select media outlets to get their specific thoughts on The Vintage Collection as they plan the line for 2019. (more….)
Be sure to check out JTA’s Facebook Gallery for a TON of new photos from NYCC! LOTS of new products to check out. Plus, TBS 6″ reveals will be coming soon!
That’s right, Mighty Muggs are making a return! IGN broke the news a little bit ago that Mighty Muggs will be coming back. You can see them below courtesy of IGN
A while ago, we suggested that there needed to be a “greatest hits” line for The Black Series 6″ line. Figures like Anakin Skywalker and others command hefty premiums on the aftermarket. In recent Hasbro Q&As Hasbro has also admitted that it’s something they’d like to do to get those older figures out again. Because we’re seeing them tomorrow, we thought we’d compile a list based on your own wants and desires. So, in the comments, let Hasbro know what 6″ figures should be part of a “greatest hits” assortment. Remember, only previously released action figures count in this tally.
Hasbro is not hosting a “The Night Before NYCC Preview Party” this year. However, Jedi Temple Archives has been invited to attend a different type of media opportunity which will be an exclusive roundtable event with notable Hasbro Star Wars brand and design team representatives. (more….)
Now that we have Princess Leia Organa and R2-D2 based on their A New Hope appearances in the bag for the Forces Of Destiny line, it would make sense for Hasbro to also include a Stormtrooper in this line too, wouldn’t it?
We have a nice image of the empty box of the recently revealed Princess Leia Organa/R2-D2 set from the Forces Of Destiny line so you can see it’s diorama potential. Check it out by clicking the image below.
Well this is interesting! Toys R Us has updated their Forces Of Destiny section to include the Princess Leia Organa/R2-D2 two-pack as their latest exclusive. If you recall, this set was a recently revealed in Brazil at the Disney Expo there, and our own sources hinted this would be coming to Toys R Us this holiday season. It looks like that rumor has panned out. It cannot be pre-ordered yet, but they do have a December 6th availability date listed. Thanks to JTA readers Mike M. and Brian K. for the alerts!
UPDATE: It looks like other online shops have this for pre-order too. Perhaps TRU is confused about having this as their exclusive, but our sources have confirmed this too at one point. Maybe it has since changed.
Jedi Temple Archives has a source who knows one of the salespeople at TRU, (a fellow collector by the way), who met with Hasbro France’s sales representatives in September. (It sounds like a game of “Operator” already, doesn’t it? It has to be untrue, right?) In this session, there was a Q&A session. Our source was able to submit his own question that this TRU salesperson would be able to ask Hasbro. His question was about case assortments for The Black Series 6″ line. The answer made us feel sad. (more….)
If you have The Black Series [Phase III] Baze Malbus and Chirrut Imwe solid case figures on pre-order, there is a pretty sure chance you’re not going to get them from where you’ve pre-ordered them. Hasbro has cancelled production on these figures and orders will not be filled. Then again, if there are efforts to get these back into production by retailers, the possibility exists that we could see them again, albeit very unlikely at this point. But if you see them now, you should probably grab them if you need ’em!
They know what you did last week. And apparently they know a whole lot more. JTA reader “Sneaky Snake” tried to circumvent the system and order FOUR (4) Clone Captain Rex figures and Hasbro Toy Shop did their order analysis and thwarted his efforts. Click through for the exchange.
It looks like GameStop has begun to cancel orders for the Inferno Squad TIE Fighter Pilot. JTA reader Ray M. has received an email from GameStop explaining that his order has been cancelled. The figure also now shows as “Unavailable” on the site.
UPDATE: Our readers are letting us know that their orders are being processed for this figure, so it appears this cancellation example must have something to do with an outdated credit card on file for Ray. Thanks to all who wrote in and in the comments!
At first I thought my bizarrely packaged Clone Captain Rex was just a victim of getting crop-dusted by my good friend Chris Swanski of BanthaSkull.com fame during HASCON, but I am now seeing more occurrences of this strange phenomenon and I don’t think Chris has that much far reaching power. Have any of our readers experienced this strange, strange thing with their Clone Captain Rex figures from HASCON?
Was the Force Link something that was conceived by Kenner decades ago? We’re thinking this is quite possible. JTA reader Vincent M. directs our attention to a conceptual Kenner item that never made it into production: the Electronic Sound Generator. This entry can be found at the fabulous TheSWCA.com site. Although this cool toy never made it off the ground, it appears that the technology was utilized by Galoob in some form. Click through to read more about it!
If you’re a Star Wars collector, you know how this goes. You feel like you’re a yo-yo with how information is relayed and what the true status of the figures you actually want is. As you know, and some people feel we have harped on this for way too long already, is that 40th Anniversary wave 2 is and has been completely sold out since about the summertime. (In fact, it’s believed that this was the case even prior to 2017 SDCC – however, we can not wholly conclude that.) But there is great news ahead. Some of you saw our post last night before we were asked to pull it, but now we can share the details. (more….)
Update: More 40th Anniversary Collection is on the way… Stay tuned for more information!
While JTA reader and friend CS E. was searching for The Black Series [Phase III] Elite Praetorain Guard on Brickseek, the search result brought down the toy show below with a description “Star Wars-lucas Sw E8 Elite Praetorian Guard”. Uh-oh, this could get ugly. Ms. Kennedy’s panties are going to get all bunched over this for certain! How dare a licensee reference Lucas! Click the image below for more. A case and point example of Disney’s infiltration into the Star Wars universe? Or just a hilarious error. You decide. May the Mouse be with you!
With all of the focus on Force Friday II stuff that was released, we wanted to remind you that Entertainment Earth salvaged two items that could have gone the way of the dinosaurs. You can order essentially limitless amounts of Fenn Rau and the Bistan/Shoretrooper Captain Two-Packs set, both from the Rogue One line! Both items still show a December delivery!
Entertainment Earth has updated their product page with a couple of images of Jaina Solo. What a fine figure she is indeed!
The second annual Play Fair event is taking place on 11/4 and 11/5 at the Javits Center in NYC. This year’s event will be more than double in size with new activities, bigger features, and greater ways for children, parents, teenagers, and fans to play! Play Fair gathers more than 40 exhibitors, including LEGO, Cartoon Network, Hasbro, Nickelodeon, Alex Brands, Midtown Comics, and presenting sponsors Spin Master and Toys “R” Us for a celebration of play and entertainment for all ages. Unlike Toy Fair, the public is invited to join in on the fun & games at Play Fair, which includes larger hands-on exhibits and demonstrations, awe-inspiring displays, talent appearances, dozens of toy and entertainment brands, and never-before-seen exclusives. Attendees can feel, touch, and take home their favorite toys and games — and be the first to glimpse the toys of tomorrow! Play Fair is located at 655 West 34th Street in Hall 1A and 1B.
You saw our report on the next case assortment for The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ lineup. But there seems to be another list floating around as JTA sponsor BBTS has a different assortment listed than what Entertainment Earth and our other sponsors and sources have. Instead of Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master), Rey (Jedi Training) and Kylo Ren the other lists substitutes these figures for Captain Poe Dameron, Finn (First Order Disguise) and General Leia Organa. We think this “differing” case assortment is worlds better. What you do you think?
UPDATE: Big Bad Toy Store has updated their case assortment to the same as what we had initially reported to you.
Clone Captain Rex is SHIPPING! You should probably check your inbox for tracking information as Hasbro Toy Shop has begun shipping out the HASCON exclusive Clone Captain Rex figure! Special thanks to all who wrote in to let us know!
Whether this is new news for you or old news for you, we’ve compiled a list of the eight figures that will make up the third post-Force Friday II case assortment for The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ lineup. Can you say “case assortment suicide”? Click through for more.
It’s raining cancellations! In what is sure to be a devastating blow to collectors waiting in anticipation for The Black Series [Star Wars 40] Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2), some of our readers are receiving the dreaded email from Amazon that their long-delayed figures are ultimately being cancelled. Hasbro also stated in the Star Wars Action News article that Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) and Han Solo were two figures still coming, so this is definitely upsetting news. Click through to read the email going out to some collectors. Special thanks to JTA reader Matthew N. for sharing his experience with us.
Entertainment Earth has asked us to relay a little more information to our readers about The Black Series 6′ 40th Anniversary line. Please click through for more.
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