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Hasbro Pulse Extends Membership For 12 Months For FREE!

Hasbro Pulse is now extending memberships for free now valid for 12 months from the original month you signed up!

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Are You Interested In Some Canceled Comic Packs Figures?

One canceled item that genuinely devastated me was from Hasbro’s 2010 Legacy Collection line. The Star Wars #2 Comic Packs set which included a “white” Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder Pilot) and kit-bashed Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) never made it out. Not even Entertainment Earth saved them in their exclusive “save the Comic Packs” case assortment. It’s safe to assume that I don’t need the Han Solo figure, but I would be lying if I told you I still didn’t dream about that Luke Skywalker figure. But how about you? Would you like to see either figure released?

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Instead of the Ewok pictured below, we got a Logray-esque version in the Kmart exclusive The Vintage Collection Ewok Assault Catapult called Stemzee. Lovingly referred to as the speckled Dalmation Ewok, Hasbro has YET to give us this screen-accurate version of Brethupp. We think it’s time Hasbro gets this long-awaited Ewok out to The Vintage Collection fans. How about you? It doesn’t matter how this Ewok comes, just get it out!

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There are two other super-articulated action figures that longtime Star Wars collectors want to see released by Hasbro, and preferably part of The Vintage Collection. The first was supposed to be part of the 2012 Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] Ewok Pack, but Lucasfilm didn’t approve it because they wanted a friendlier face on Teebo. But this version is 100% screen-accurate. We also need Teebo carded for The Vintage Collection. The second figure is the canceled running change of the Legacy Collection Utai (BD41) figure, without headgear and came with a fuel filling device. Would you like to see either finally released for your collection?

     

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Back in 2013 in the Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith] line look, Hasbro produced two four-packs called Battle of Geonosis: Jedi Knights. One set included Clone Commander Ponds (yellow color flashes) and the other contained Clone Captain Deviss (red color flashes). Hasbro was supposed to release them utilizing 2011’s The Vintage Collection Clone Trooper (VC45) sculpt, but they reverted to the 2003 Clone Wars figure. To date, we’ve never received them. Wouldn’t it be great to finally get them into our collections so we can have all of the Clone Trooper Officers utilizing the same tooling once and for all? We already have the Clone Trooper Lieutenant (VC109) and the Clone Trooper Sergeant (#02). But we don’t have the two that are most prominently featured in Attack Of The Clones!

    

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Those who purchased the re-released and updated TVC figures know what an enhancement “photorealistic” paint operations do to the figures. So, we want to know what other figures would you like to see experience these upgrades. Please let us know what your TOP 5 choices are for “photorealistic” updates to previously released The Vintage Collection figures in our comments. If you’re not into seeing updated repacks, please skip this article you need help jogging your memory of the previously released figures, please click HERE to check them out.

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Do you remember THIS HUGE SURPRISE from a couple of years ago that shockingly showed up online (as well as a few random loose figures at store locations)? The full case assortment doesn’t even make an appearance on eBay anymore. How many of the couple hundred collectors who bought the complete set online still have their set? Hasbro denied that any were produced and released, yet a couple of hundred cases made its way to Calendars. It’s a terrible shame this collection got canceled. It was home to the yet-to-be-released Clone Captain Rex and A-wing Pilot in addition to the Build A Droid R5-X2 and R8-B7. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Hasbro finally got all four of those remaining figures released one day? You can see all of the officially released Legacy Collection [2] figures in detail HERE.

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JTA reader Gause emailed me earlier tonight with quite a tale. Wanting to secure the Retro Collection figures, when he gave the TARGET employee the DPCI to check status, he was told they are discontinued. Are any of our readers who are employees at TARGET able to confirm or deny this? It seems way too soon for TARGET to discontinue this line. I’ve never seen the line once. Please remember. TARGET only has initial exclusivity for the Retro Collection and this line will be available through fan outlets this fall, so don’t panic. But we’d like to find out if this TARGET claim is true or not. It doesn’t feel plausible this soon.

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We are hearing more than just a few complaints that not everyone has received his or her Walmart exclusive TVC Jabba’s Palace (Adventure Set) yet. To date, their orders are showing as still pending or have been canceled altogether because of a lack of stock. If this is you, please let us know your status in the comments, or if you’d prefer more privacy, send me an email. The information you provide will be used to help find out more about the situation. Thanks. Keep in mind that more units will arrive in stores this Fall, so you shouldn’t need to resort to aftermarket prices on eBay.

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This is a tad unusual. Walmart has set the price for wave 21 of The Vintage Collection at $13.73. Is this just another instance of algorithmic pricing, or are TVC figures going up to a $13.99 MSRP with this wave?

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There are lots of different types of Star Wars collectors out there. But there is a reason why the energy, engagement, and excitement is at an all-time high now, no matter if you’re a loose or carded collector. (more….)

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If you have the opportunity to root through more than just a couple of TARGET exclusive TVC Han Solo (Stormtrooper) (VC143) figures, you may want to heed this advice. Han’s hair is essentially a “toupee” on this action figure, and depending upon where it’s placed, it can make the figure looks fantastic, or wonky. It’s very similar to how the hair on The Black Series [Phase I] Mara Jade (#14) was done. Below are two examples we encountered over the weekend in the exclusive Father’s Day display. While the two examples below are relatively nice-looking figures, you might unknowingly pick up one where the hairpiece is crooked, so make sure you inspect it before leaving the store!

    

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They’re here! Heather O’Rourke couldn’t have said it better. JTA reader and friend Danny R. was so eager to send in his report to let everyone know he picked up his Jabba’s Palace (Adventure Set) and he’s thrilled with it (so far)!. Let us know about your arrivals and what you think about this incredible retailer exclusive too!

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In case you’re not aware from reading this detail in our review yet, the carded figures in Jabba’s Palace Adventure Playset don’t arrive in perfect condition. Ree-Yees is in better shape than Han Solo (Carbonite) because it lays against the side of the box. But Han Solo (Carbonite) has less support. This is an issue because of the way Hasbro packaged the, essentially floating around inside of the box without much support. This isn’t a Walmart issue. You can see how they’re packaged by clicking HERE. I am sure that time outside of the box laying flatly will help return the cared figures to their original shape, but please note that they may not arrive in ideal form.

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Many of you have noticed your cards have been authorized for the Walmart exclusive The Vintage Collection Jabba’s Palace (Adventure Playset). We’ve got great news! We’ve learned that stock has finally arrived in the warehouse (which is why there was a little splurge of available units this morning) and that the “ship to customer” date is TOMORROW! So, these should begin shipping TOMORROW! Aren’t you excited? We also can confirm that, while you may see periodic online availability, that our original report is 100% accurate. This item is sold out online and will be available next in quantity at the retail level in the Fall.

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TVC Jabba's Palace Adventure Set Is Back In Stock!

Hurry! Pre-order The Vintage Collection Jabba’s Palace Adventure Set with exclusive carded Han Solo (In Carbonite) and Ree-Yees! It probably won’t last long! Thanks to JTA reader Frank for the tip!

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Hey Canada! Do you want the Retro Collection now and don’t have a TARGET near you? Well, we’ve learned that the Retro Collection will be available in Canada from Kaiaboutique.com at the end of May. Special thanks to JTA reader Jean C. for the information!

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It's Going To Be Another Remarkable Year For 3.75"

Holy cow. It’s going to be a great year of announcements as the community gears up to celebrate 40 years of The Empire Strikes Back. Are you ready to have your socks knocked off?

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How Did You Fare Searching For Today's Target Releases?

Today Target ‘officially’ released several highly anticipated Star Wars items. In case you have been living in a hole, May 12 is the drop date for The Vintage Collection Han Solo (Stormtrooper), The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape), The Retro Collection Escape From Death Star game (with Grand Moff Tarkin), and the complete wave 1 from the Retro Collection

So, how did you fare on your hunt? Did your store have plenty, or were the shelves cleared out quickly? Let us know in the comments!

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Did you successfully secure the Walmart exclusive The Vintage Collection Jabba’s Palace (Adventure Set)? Well, if you didn’t, you might be in for some disappointment. Aside from pre-order cancellations and declined credit cards, the stock available online is now depleted, that is unless an order for more is placed (which may or may not happen depending upon what Walmart sees fit for this item). Later this Fall, select stores will receive an allotment as well. Should any of this information change, we’ll be sure to post an update for you. P.S. The blockbuster success of this item is really, really good news.

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You're A Mean One, Hasbro Pulse

To further add insult to injury or salt in the wound or whatever other metaphor you’d like to use, I received an email hours after the SWCC exclusives debacle from Hasbro Pulse. It alerted me that I left two items in my cart and it provided a link where I could click and be taken to my cart and finish the checkout. See what happened when I clicked the link to check out my purchase by clicking through.

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Hasbro SWCC exclusives go up for pre-order at 1 PM EDT on Hasbro Pulse!

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We’ve only started our celebration of The Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary, today, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t leave a place for you to recall your memories of Midnight Madness at Toys R Us on May 3rd before the day was over. Please share your memories, experiences, what you bought, and any images you may have. We look forward to reading everything!

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Hey Hasbro! It's Time To Redo The Max Rebo Band!

Hey! Have any of you see the latest Galaxy Of Adventures episode? It’s based on Return Of The Jedi and features a puppet version of Sy Snootles and the beloved Lapti Nek soundtrack. Hey, Hasbro here is your opportunity to redo the Max Rebel Band. It’s been featured in new Star Wars Entertainment. And don’t forget to make Sy Snootles based on the puppet and not that CGI abomination! You can even take the opportunity to update Max Rebo’s lower body appropriately! Oh, and of course, reproduce the original vintage Kenner packaging of this set too! Thanks to JTA reader Binary_Son for the alert to this!

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Question. Actually, two questions. Question #1: Should The Vintage Collection Ree-Yees (VC137) and Han Solo (Carbonite) (VC136) from Jabba’s Palace (Adventure Set) receive VC numbers part of the regular lineup, or should they instead receive a number more similar to the one given to Yak Face from Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) (VC000)? Do you find it bothersome in any way that figures part of the basic figure numbering system are exclusive to playset? I suppose the same would apply to retailer exclusives like Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) (VC144) and Han Solo (Stormtrooper) (VC143) as well.

Question #2: Should Han Solo (Carbonite) (VC136) have been part of this set? Shouldn’t Hasbro have added the redone magnetic carbonite block as an accessory here and instead included another Jabba’s palace alien? The reason I bring this up is that Han Solo is based on his appearance from The Empire Strikes Back and not Return Of The Jedi. Oh, and if you think neither of these questions is important, please skip over this post. Thanks.

    

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