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Hasbro Toy Shop Restocks Again!

There are lots of new figures back in stock at Hasbro Toy Shop! Hurry before they’re gone! Special thanks to JTA reader Craig F. for the alert!

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In Case You Don't Know, 6" Zuckuss Coming To UK

There is good news for the UK and beyond regarding The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Zuckuss figure. Hasbro is officially getting it out to collectors in the UK! It’s coming soon! Star Action Figures is taking pre-orders right now!

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Jabba's Sail Barge Not Coming To The UK (And Europe)?

JTA reader Ashley has forwarded us an email conversation with Hasbro UK that could potentially be bad news for collectors in the UK and possibly all of Europe. Ashley wanted an update on the availability of the Khetanna in the UK and received a potentially troubling reply. Click through for more info!

UPDATE: Ashley received yet another email from Hasbro UK which should give reason to be somewhat more optimistic again. Read the article for the update!

Khetanna Sail Barge

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Hasbro Toy Shop Will Still Sell Star Wars And OTHER Products

If you’ve seen this message….

“At Hasbro, we strive to provide our customers with the best possible experience with our portfolio brands. As a valued customer, we wanted to let you know that our brand websites have changed and will no longer sell products directly. That said, you can still access your account and check existing orders using your login at Hasbro Toy Shop. Please contact us at customerservice@hasbrotoyshop.com or 1-800-408-0052 with any questions.”

…. there is no need for concern. It only applies to their “in-house’ brands and those that have their own websites with a shop (like My Little Pony’s website for example). It doesn’t have any effect on Star Wars or other product already sold on Hasbro Toy Shop. Or, that’s what I was directly told by my source at Hasbro Toy Shop. Should anything develop with Star Wars, I will be sure to relay the message.

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TVC Rey (Island Journey) Hits Mexican Walmarts

About a week ago, JTA reader Fernando S. from Mexico sent us a store report without visual proof that Rey (Island Journey) had arrived at his local Walmart. We now have a second report WITH visual proof. JTA reader and friend Danny R. sends us news that his cousin in Mexico picked him up two Rey (Island Journey) figures.  This figure has been a complete disaster from day one. And now Entertainment Earth has pushed back the availability of it to January 2019 (it will probably be later).

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Well, here is something I completely lost track of until today. I was sure we’d see Jocasta Nu in stock at Brian’s Toys until the end of the world. But they’re completely sold out of it. SO I checked the aftermarket. Would you believe she averages $100 on both eBay and Amazon? I never expected this figure to go for this much money ever. Never say never!

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Hasbro Announces Galaxy Of Adventure Basic Figure Line

Hasbro announces the Galaxy Of Adventure basic figure line via official press images, which look to be 99% straight repacks. Check out the full gallery on our Facebook page.

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New Promo Code For Hasbro Toy Shop: ALLNEW

Hasbro Toy Shop has an all-new promo code which will give you 20% off in-stock items. You’ll also get FREE shipping with order $14.99 and above. Use code ALLNEW for the discount.

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Steve Evans Leaves The Hasbro Star Wars Team

Steve Evans will no longer be on Hasbro’s Star Wars team. He has taken on a new position at Hasbro as Creative Director, Consumer Products. Steve posted this on his Instagram:

To say I have loved every single minute working on Star Wars for the past 5 years would be a massive Death Star-sized understatement. But I have recently decided to take on a new role at Hasbro as Creative Director, Consumer Products. Which means I will now be spending my days with Optimus Prime, Applejack and other new friends. I feel it important to take a moment here to say THANK YOU to all of you. It truly has been an honor to be part of this incredible community, and I will forever look back at this chapter of my career with the utmost pride and fondness. It truly has been a childhood dream come true for me to be part of Star Wars toys, but I am excited for this new opportunity ahead! So… Until we meet again. MTFBWY

Good luck, Steve, and have fun with Optimus Prime and all the other new friends! It’s not known yet who will replace him on the Star Wars team.

Steve Evans

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More clearance fodder everyone! Star Wars [The Last Jedi] Force Link vehicles are coming to Five Below officially December 1st. It’s unbelievable what a failure this toy line has been. In case you need a refresher, the normal MSRP for these vehicles is $29.99.

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Hasbro Toy Shop Restocks For Cyber Monday!

Hasbro Toy Shop has added a lot of newer products back in stock. Use promo code CYBERMONDAY18 to get the discount. Special thanks to JTA reader Charlie for the alert!

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Hey Hasbro! An actor from Return Of The Jedi emailed us and let us know you’re not making enough aliens from Jabba’s palace. The neglect stems from the lack of merchandise and you can be a big part in fixing that. Can you change that for them (and of course us?) (more….)

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It has just been confirmed, and this is excellent news for collectors in Europe. Both Zuckuss and Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton) are both coming soon there! Per our friends at StarWarsFiguren.com, they will be available through any store who orders from the wholesaler, that is specialty stores, websites, others

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Now, this just came in. The international Han/Leia exclusive set will NOT be sold on HTS. Instead, you can order the set on Entertainment Earth, starting tomorrow! No product page exists at the moment so keep refreshing that browser come November 6th! You can find the announcement on the HTS website!

Update: here is the link to the product page on Entertainment Earth!

 

Han and Leia Hoth Black Series Exclusive

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HURRY! The entire next wave of 6″ figures are IN STOCK as of this post at Hasbro Toy Shop! NOTE: Direct links aren’t working for some reason. Search “star wars black series” and then sort by NEW at HTS and you’ll see all of the new figures!

Dengar
Princess Leia (Hoth Outfit)
Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise)
Val (Vandor-1)
Rio Durant
Imperial Patrol Trooper
L3-37

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Images and news reports are floating around on social media that Hasbro’s inaugural wave of the reintroduced The Vintage Collection figures are now found at discount outlets like Bargain Hunt (and others). Hasbro, it’s time to move away from the Sequel Trilogy repacks. When we said “slap it on a vintage card back” we meant great figures from your The Legacy Collection, Legacy Collection, and The Black Series [Phase I and Phase II] lines, updated with photoreal technology. You know; the characters from before Disney Star Wars. Disney Star Wars characters are essential, but you should treat them in The Vintage Collection like how you’re handling the Original and Prequel Trilogy characters. You have it backward!

UPDATE: Per one of our readers, Bargain Hunt is supposedly getting their stock from TARGET stores. Man, that’s a powerful statement if it’s true.

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She Looks Like Something From The Twilight Zone

Do you want to see one of the freakiest things ever? JTA reader Andrew C. found a Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton) figure at his local Disney Store today with the helmet loose and off of the figure’s head revealing what Captain Phasma looks like underneath. It’s freaky! Check it out!

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New Reveals in Lucca Comics and Games Convention

The Lucca Comics and Games Convention Hasbro panel JUST revealed 2 new figures coming next year for The Black Series and The Vintage Collection (thanks to Banthaskull for posting the live feed). If you’re a TBS collector, you will be pleased that our rumor is true that Mace Windu will be joining the 6″ world. If you are a TVC collector, the reveal may be worse than you could have possibly imagined! If you thought the figure wasn’t worth it for $3 at Walmart a year ago, you might be thrilled to pay $13 for a repacked Poe Dameron (pilot) figure on a vintage Kenner card back! What do you think?

Update: Official promo photos of Mace Windu and Poe Dameron added! More photos will most likely follow later today, so stay tuned! Also, it has to be pointed out that Poe Dameron is a repaint with photo real technology.

Update 2: Mace Windu will be available in Spring 2019! Poe Dameron is scheduled for a fall 2019 release!

Both Mace and Poe raise an eyebrow to this decision

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Walgreens Exclusive TBS6 [P3] General Veers IN STOCK!

The highly sought-after The Black Series [Phase III] General Veers which is a Walgreens exclusive is IN STOCK! You also get FREE SHIPPING if you buy two! Special thanks to JTA readers Matthew R. and Craig P. for the alert!

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Let's Talk About Collecting Star Wars Action Figures

On paper things should look very bright for Star Wars. We have new movies. Quite a few of them too, with even more in the pipeline. And in the very near future we will get Star Wars shows on Disney’s streaming channel with one all new series, “The Mandalorian”, and the return of the fan favorite “The Clone Wars”. On the toy front we have a lot to choose from, there are 5 POA toys, there is The Vintage Collection, we have the Black Series, and on top of that there are Asian companies that also make 6 inch figures or model kits, not to mention larger scale figures such as Hot Toys / Sideshow, Jakks Pacific “Big Figs” or Hasbro’s very own 5 POA 12 inch figures. In terms of sheer choice things have hardly been any better. But nevertheless some collectors are unhappy, disillusioned and sometimes even angry at Disney, Lucasfilm and Hasbro. In this editorial I would like to talk about that feeling of frustration. Click through for some thoughts about the topic.

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Freshly baked bread with butter, delicious!

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Is Something "Big" In The The Black Series 6" Line Coming?

Is Hasbro’s Steve Evans teasing something in his recent Instagram post? Like a 6″ X-wing starfighter, or more Rebel pilots besides Luke? Time will tell!

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Our The Black Series 6" PT Rumors Are Coming True One By One

Back in August 2017, we broke the news that rumors existed for upcoming Padme Amidala and Mace Windu 6″ figures were imminent. At the time we didn’t know what version of Padme Amidala was coming, but new information has come our way that we can expect to see her in her Episode I main outfit shortly too. It looks like we just need an official announcement from Hasbro that Mace Windu is on the way next. Could he be the next reveal at the next convention Hasbro attends? We believe it’s possible!

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BREAKING NEWS! 6" Battle Droid And 3.75" R2-D2 Revealed!

Hasbro has just revealed two new figures: a 6″ Battle Droid and The Vintage Collection R2-D2! Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Steve U. for sending the images!

    

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Long-Running Exclusive JTA Rumor Confirmed! Padme 6"

One of our longer-running rumors has been confirmed just moments ago. Hasbro unveiled the Black Series 6” Padmé Amidala at the Paris Comic Con. Padmé features her Episode II – Attack Of The Clones outfit prior to the arena fight, so she has a clean outfit without bare midriff and a plastic cape! Tentative release date for the figure is spring 2019. Special thanks to JTA reader Matthew C. for the alert!
Update: Official Hasbro promo photo added!
Update 2:  photos of the figure on display added, the figure on display looks different from the one in the promo photo! Click through for a better look at the figure.

Black Series Padme Amidala

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Star Wars Resistance Line-Look Revealed At MCM Comic Con London

MCM Comic Con in London gives us our first look at the new Star Wars Resistance packaging with a look at the carded Kaz Xiono figure. Credit to Fantha Tracks for this first look! Click through for a look…

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Detailed Look At The Black Series Archive Packaging

Our friends at Fantha Tracks are on-site at MCM Comic Con in London and have posted some detailed galleries on their Facebook page of the new The Black Series Archive packaging, as well as some close-ups of the figures. Click below for a look at each figure.

   

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Official Hasbro Images: The Black Series 6" Archive Series

Hasbro has released official images of their The Black Series 6″ Archive Series of 6″ figures. These updated figures look fantastic! See the full gallery on our Facebook page!

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In case you have been waiting, Hasbro Toy Shop has updated their site to include product pages for the Dengar/Lando Skiff wave. They’re not in stock, but you may want to stalk this link. Search “star wars black series” and then sort by newest if the link doesn’t work for you.

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Hasbro To Layoff Up To 10% Of Its Workforce

Hasbro will layoff up to 10% of its workforce in the wake of Toys R Us’ demise. Fortune has the full story. The article choice of image is ironic.

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Hasbro's QIII/2018 Financial Results Are In

Early this morning Hasbro released their financial results for the 3rd Quarter of 2018. As expected Hasbro is still struggling with the demise of Toys R Us. But what’s especially troubling is the steep decline in the Partner Brands segment. Click through for all the details!

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Hasbro is probably not so happy

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Hasbro Toy Shop: Now Buy Their Stuff Through Walmart Online!

Well, this is interesting. We’re not sure how long this has been going on, but Hasbro Toy Shop is now selling through Walmart.com. (Maybe Hasbro Toy Shop should also sell Walmart’s exclusives through them too!) Check out what they have available. Many items ship with FREE 2-day shipping. Special thanks to JTA reader Mark for the alert. Click here to see the result (you’ll have to filter by Hasbro Toy Shop at the bottom left).

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — While not explicitly confirming that layoffs were taking place Wednesday, Hasbro Inc. said that “difficult” changes are underway that affect “a single-digit percentage” of the toy company’s global workforce of 5,000 employees.

The company refused several requests for further specifics on the number of layoffs that are apparently taking place, except to say that the company was not required to file a federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification — or WARN — notice. Such a notice would normally be required 60 days in advance of laying off 50 to 499 employees at a “single site of employment,” but only if those laid off account for a third or more of the employees. (more….)

Special thanks to JTA reader JACKOFTRADZE for alerting us to this news.

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HasLab Update #4: Jabba's Sail Barge

HasLab’s Instagram page has posted the fourth update to Jabba’s Sail Barge vehicle. Check it out! You can also watch a new video HERE going over the update in detail.

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Hasbro Toy Shop has listed a product page the international exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Han Solo (Hoth)/Princess Leia (Hoth) two-packs set. The set goes up November 6, 2018. Special thanks to JTA reader Cybereye for the alert.

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NYCC Saturday: New Hasbro Reveals - Official PRESS IMAGES

Run, run, as fast as you can. Hasbro released official PRESS IMAGES of their new reveals today and we have them on our Facebook page for your persual!

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