UPDATE: It’s NOT official. Sorry folks.
After some fantastic The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ reveals at San Diego Comic Con this year, fans of the line are dying to know what’s next from Hasbro. JTA has “accidentally” come across some invaluable information that collectors should probably prepare themselves for with regards to the 6″ line. Rose (from The Last Jedi), 4-LOM and Dengar (bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back) and Han Solo (in his famous Bespin outfit) are likely candidates for the line. As you heard in our SDCC interview with Hasbro, they already have a list in mind of what characters would be part of a 40th anniversary lineup of Episode V if they “were” to do that. Three more Episode V figures only makes that dream more likely, right? As with any rumor that is unofficial, take this scoop with a grain of salt until confirmed by Hasbro. Stay tuned for more “rumors” coming soon!
Is it our destiny that Hasbro will branch out beyond female characters in the Forces Of Destiny line? With characters like Chewbacca making an unforgettable and entertaining appearance in the series, it seems probable that Hasbro would add these types of characters into the line as well wouldn’t you say?
We know and feel the frustration of not being able to post all of The Last Jedi leaks. We’d like to hear your opinions on how Disney could handle this whole mess better. Perhaps they could sell the exclusive reveals to companies like Entertainment Weekly and io9 sometime around August 1st and then ship the products after the exclusive stories are published. Stuff is going to get out. Disney must conceded this. After all, this is the third time we’re experiencing this. It’s like wash, rinse, repeat. Anyway, do you have a better suggestion? Remember, don’t blame Hasbro. This is all on Disney. (Sure, Hasbro could lighten up on the free press they get from Star Wars fan sites once the stuff is leaked, but if you have any constructive ideas, please leave them in our comments.)
A little birdie just told us that The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures due for Force Friday II (whatever characters they may be) have FINALLY shipped and are en route to retail. As you know, there has been much speculation on why these case assortments have not leaked yet (on eBay and even brick and mortar). Here is your answer. It looks as if everyone might have an equal chance now since Hasbro intentionally delayed their shipment to prevent…. you know…. as much abuse as possible.
We have learned from our readers that Hasbro had multiple commercials of upcoming The Last Jedi products on their YouTube channel and they were all pulled shortly after posting (well, about 24 hours after the fact). We missed them completely. For a company adamant on keeping secrecy in effect, you’d think something like this wouldn’t slip through the cracks until Force Friday II.
We thank you profusely for all of the store reports, images, Facebook and Twitter alerts for all new The Last Jedi merchandise. Because other media outlets are posting so many of these images and specific details on products, case assortments, official press imagery/assets and store exclusives information, we reached out to Litzky PR to ask once again if any of this information is “fair game” and if these things could be posted on our site. After all, we have been sadly sitting on all of these “breaking reveals” for months now. It’s been killing us. We were told unequivocally “no” that Litzky’s/Hasbro’s original rules are still in effect. They also let us know that they are hyper-aware of those who are breaching this understanding and are working internally to address these issues. This means our hands are tied at the moment. We tried to act on your behalf and get permission, but were denied. Hasbro has a scheduled/intended protocol for The Last Jedi product line. And while it doesn’t make sense when stuff is already in stores and on eBay, we have to abide for the time being. We know how frustrating this is (we’re dying inside), but there will be consequences for those sharing assets and details not intended for release just yet. We apologize in advance, but we’re doing our best to meet our audience’s needs while respecting Hasbro’s wishes at the same time. Please stay tuned as we learn more. You should always remember that JTA typically knows of what’s coming nine (9) months in advance. We will always remain groundbreaking in that regard. And we’ll point out when those “rumors” become facts (whether we’re credited or not). Please know that we don’t just wait for access to retailers products order lists to break news like what’s exactly happening now. We are actually investigating what’s coming our way deep into the future. We do our best to tease what’s coming. We will continue to do this, but blatant reveals, well, not until Hasbro gives the green light.
Here’s a blast from the past. If this was reported seven years ago, then I totally missed it. Remember when Star Wars toys came with awesome product catalogs? During The Vintage Collection/The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] line Hasbro made a beautiful one. It was inserted into vehicles and Battle Packs and stuff like that. Click the image below and look carefully at the figures shown. Do you notice an oddity? Was that one figure intended for The Vintage Collection at one point? Was it just a mistake and accidentally printed in the catalog? Either way, we still need it updated on a modern Kenner inspired vintage card back, so Hasbro please take note!
Hasbro, please consider Bob Hudsol for The Vintage Collection so you can make CJ a happier person. I believe it’s one of a half dozen figures he’ll buy from you. This way he’ll also become less likely to troll JTA (but that’s clearly for our own selfish reasons). Thank you. Now onto bigger and better things.
As you know, longtime collectors of the modern line are in desperate need for a modern update to the puppet version of Sy Snootles from Return Of The Jedi. But now that The Vintage Collection’s back, why not give us updates to the whole band in glorious Kenner inspired packaging now? Perhaps redo Max Rebo so that he better resembles how the creature really is thanks to Pablo Hildalgo, (stubby lower body). We think that since Hasbro is thinking more outside of the box that this might make for a great 2018 store exclusive somewhere, so can you please make it happen?
We heard a rumor! You know there is a Finn in The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line for Force Friday II (or shortly thereafter) right? You should probably expect a version of Finn in some First Order disguise and not in the common/standard outfit with open jacket. We’ve also learned that Poe Dameron should be in some captain’s gear too. But we should all wait to be sure when Force Friday II arrives!
We’re continuing to keep the conversation going! If you listened to the Hasbro Q&A (which was a team effort between JTA and Victoria’s Cantina – check it out HERE), you clearly remember Hasbro saying something that was as loud as clashing cymbals. It was also very heartwarming to fans of The Vintage Collection. When asked about working aliens/patrons from A New Hope (Chalmun’s Cantina) and Return Of The Jedi (Jabba’s Palace/skiff guards) into the planning of TVC they said “Absolutely, that’s kind of one of the main reasons we brought [The Vintage Collection] back. It is.”. (more….)
So, what’s the deal with The Black Series [Star Wars 40] wave 2? You heard Hasbro say wave 1 is basically done, but wave 2 is on the way now (from our SDCC Q&A). Much of this is 100% accurate, then again, we said the same thing as well also. What you may want to be reminded about is that for wave 1 solid case packs for Han Solo and Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) are still coming, so this first set of figures is not truly “done” from that perspective. But most collectors are much more concerned with wave 2, and rightfully so. (more….)
Remember this rumor report? (Click HERE to see it.) We didn’t know what the Praetorian Guards looked like back in January, but now we do.) Yakface.com confirms this rumor report and others that JTA broke with an update to what expect for The Black Series 3.75″ line.They also confirm another very old rumor report of ours where we told you there would be one final TBS [P3] 3.75″ wave of figures THAT WOULD BE general release items and not exclusive to Walmart. Also, there have been lineup changes as alluded to recently. It appears the Rogue One female pilot might be saved for The Vintage Collection, and it appears most Snoke products have been pulled for secrecy reasons and won’t be available on Force Friday (a total guess/assumption). You should remain confident that Snoke is still in development for all scales.
Today we bring you a first look at some brand new The Black Series 6″ figures thanks to a friend who was able to find them in the Target system. Come take a look at some other never before seen figures after the jump! Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Brandon!
With the sea of leaks of products from The Last Jedi line, it’s pretty interesting that NO The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures have leaked out yet, isn’t it? Expect those leaks to hit closer to Force Friday II (which we imagine could be quite imminent). #themoreyouknow
You can now grab most of the Forces Of Destiny dolls on Hasbro Toy Shops eBay Store! They currently have Sabine Wren, Rey of Jakku, Resistance Base Rey, and Endor Leia in Stock as well as Rey’s staff and the Forces of Destiny Jedi Power Lightsaber. Thanks to JTA reader Agustín for the heads up!
It’s your unavoidable destiny that you will eventually see a female heroine of great Force(s) potential enter the line supporting a current multimedia event. Can you guess who it might be? You’ll soon learn!
Wouldn’t it “be” interesting to see into the future of The Vintage Collection? We are going to use our heads and come up with some things we “expect” to see. Click through for more.
More The Last Jedi items have leaked, this time most of the basic figures. You’ll have to search Instagram to see them though.
Star Wars: The Black Series 6-Inch Clone Captain REX Figure ($24.99 USD): Featuring customized armor decos with distinctive blue markings inspired by the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, this collector grade figure includes 28 points of articulation, four blasters, premium packaging, and a removable helmet revealing this fan-favorite character’s incredibly sculpted face. This item will be an early release with exclusive packaging and accessories!
io9 reveals that Captain Rex will make its debut at HASCON this September, before the general public gets to purchase him. Check out this interesting development. Will this be an “exclusive” with different packaging? Is there more to disappoint those that cannot make HASCON?
JTA reader Russ T. graciously shares some “out of the box” images of the SDCC exclusive X-34 Landspeeder with Luke Skywalker. Of particular note, the packaging has been designed in a way where the top can be lifted off without any real damage being made to the packaging. (You have to slice some tape is all). Special thanks to him for sharing these images. Leave your thoughts in our comments!
Our friends at Yakface.com has dug around the web and have found information that reveals a playset for The Last Jedi line. Check out their report. If their site doesn’t load, just click refresh. It can’t handle more than one user at a time. 🙂 (Just kidding guys!)
There are a lot of mixed emotions when it comes to The Vintage Collection’s return. It’s been five years of H-E-double hockey sticks for longtime and hardcore 3.75” super-articulated collectors. Hasbro has listened to feedback from whiners like me and it is paying off hugely. The paradigm has shifted and we will once again see super-articulated action figures in glorious vintage Kenner inspired packaging. It feels like a dream, doesn’t it? Between being bombarded with adult collector complaints about TVC’s absence and Hasbro’s good stock market performance, the “stars have aligned” to make this all happen once again for us. If we’re patient, 2018 can be the greatest year since The Vintage Collection’s original run. However, many collectors are distressed by what was revealed thus far. Many are questioning why the line is beginning so many repacks. Believe it or not, it’s all for our benefit (my interpretation but I will explain). (more….)
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