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Research Droids Reviews News and Updates

Hasbro has produced one of the greatest 3.75″ three-packs the line has ever seen with this release. Love them or hate them, the 5POA figures included in this set represent some of the best/finest likenesses of three core Original Trilogy characters. Most of the figures in this set come with more than 5POA. The figures are NOT perfect, but the approaches made with them show that Hasbro is committed to creating products that are as faithful as possible to their onscreen counterparts. Emperor Palpatine is the best Episode VI version of the character ever. Luke Skywalker could not be more reminiscent of the 1983 figure. And, while as simple as it could be done, the Emperor’s Royal Guard is exactly what we need for  an “at attention” iteration of them. Start praying now that Hasbro takes the digital files, at the very least, of the Emperor Palpatine figure and develop a glorious The Vintage Collection version. We all have waited WAY too long for that figure. Also, be sure to come back and check out the review on Black Friday where I have a couple of cool snippets of trivia that you may or may not know about these figures. Click any image below to be taken to the early draft of the RDR.



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Sneak Peek! Star Wars [The Last Jedi] Two-Packs Wave 2

We have a sneak peek for you tonight of the latest wave of Two-Packs sets. Interestingly, one of them this time is a three-pack. The Rose (First Order Disguise)/BB-8/BB-9E set is about as average as they come. The new sculpt of Rose is nice, but the deco is not great. The BB units are all-new sculpts as well, and they look about average. But their Force Link sound effects are divine. You can tell them apart too. BB-8 is more high-pitched, and BB-9E is mostly lower tones. It’s like they communicate by farting. It’s great. (The Disney Parks versions are infinitely better. We’ve added comparison pictures for you to see for yourselves.) The Chirrut Imwe/Baze Malbus is a pure joy if you’re a fan of the film. Chirrut finally gets his bowcaster rifle and says one-half of his immortal line from the film. Hasbro goofed by not completing it with Force Link. (We’re quite disappointed by this.) Baze Malbus is more of the same, but it’s cool to have him talk this time. Anyway, click the thumbnails below to check out the Photo Gallery and Collector Notes for each review now. Full reviews start tomorrow!

        
        

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Well, Rey (Jedi Training) (Crait) is a bit of a conundrum. The figure looks about as perfect as it can without the “photo realistic” technology and is certainly a step up from the basic release. But we’re thinking that the soft-goods might be working against this figure somewhat. The environmental pieces are awesome, but they don’t connect that well and don’t lay flatly against a flat surface when assembled. The metal accessories are a nice touch, but are collectors going to care? Also, we’re not sure if Rey’s “zombie” colored skin is intentional, or if she sustains some bruising in this film. Of particular note, she has a cut on her right arm. Does she get violent with Luke Skywalker in Episode VIII? Hmm. Check out our Photo Gallery and Collector Notes now. The review is hitting tomorrow!

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First Look! Disney Star Wars Toybox Figures

Check out early Photo Galleries and Collector Notes for the first wave of Disney Store’s Star Wars Toybox Figures. These are pretty nice and loaded with The Vintage Collection quality articulation. If Disney started making realistically styled action figures with this high level of quality, we think Hasbro would be in big trouble. They’re in between the 3.75″ scale and the 6″ scale which creates another whole problem for collectors on the fence about starting a new line. Click through to check out these three figures. We think you’re going to love them too.

     

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Sneak Peek! Shoretrooper Captain Vs. Bistan - RO - Two-Packs

We have a sneak peek of the Rogue One Shoretrooper Captain Vs. Bistan Two-Packs set for you tonight. An overall nice release, it still has the typical paint operation issues and articulation issues that simply articulated figures typically have. In all honesty, it’s just great that this set didn’t get cancelled. We not only thank Entertainment Earth for getting this set out to the public, but for also providing us with this review sample. And be sure to pay attention on our front page because Entertainment Earth has provided another set for a give-away that will be held here at Jedi Temple Archives. Stay tuned for more! Click the images below to check out this great set!


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The review is forthcoming, but you can check out the Photo Gallery and Collector Notes on the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] General Leia Organa Force Link figure.

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And Then There Were Three

An Advanced Look At The New Wave Of Force Link Basic Figures

We have a sneak peek for you of the newest wave of Force Link basic figure before we begin the reviews tomorrow! Check out galleries and collector notes for these figures now. DJ (Canto Bight) is a nice figure, but it doesn’t look much like Benicio Del Toro at all. He comes with an all-new and very cool blaster that looks like something from the Old West. R2-D2 is the star of the wave for us. Hasbro resurrected the Build A Droid sculpt for this figure and we couldn’t be more elated about it. Luke Skywalker (Jedi Exile) looks much better without his hood but comes with two extra points of articulation: swivel wrists. And Rey (Island Journey) is really just a reason for Hasbro to double dip on a version of this character we already have, but this all-new sculpt does come with swivel elbows this time around. Click any of the images below to be taken to our Research Droids Reviews on this wave of figures. General Leia Organa and Jyn Erso (Jedha) will be forthcoming.

        
        

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Are you interested to know if Supreme Leader Snoke’s Throne Room attaches to Kylo Ren’s Throne Room? Of course you are! We have taken a few quick pictures to show you if they are able to connect together, and even added a few extra figures to recreate a scene that we don’t even know if it exists! Click each thumbnail below for the reveals! If you’re interested in learning more about these figures separately, be sure to check them all in our in our Research Droids Reviews RIGHT NOW!

Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room)Kylo Ren (Throne Room)Elite Praetorian Guard (50)Senate Guard/Imperial Royal Guard/Emperor’s Shadow Guard (Legends)/Elite Praetorian Guard (With Double Blade)

    

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Finally, we have an advanced look for you on the Walgreens exclusive Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit) figure. If you recall, JTA broke the news of this upcoming figure back in January. The figure is alright we suppose, but it’s nothing incredibly noteworthy. New collectors are already clamoring how amazing this figure looks, but longtime collectors have long been aware of this approach Hasbro utilized to recreate the “Force spirit” effect. It was first done with the very popular 2007 TAC Anakin Skywalker’s Spirit (30 45) figure. Obi-Wan Kenobi is based on the San Diego Comic Con exclusive Obi-Wan Kenobi figure’s sculpt but this time has been cast in translucent plastic and has been given a new sheer soft-goods purple robe. It looks good, but it’s also familiar. Check out the photo gallery now in our Research Droids Reviews.

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit)

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We also have a sneak peek of the GameStop exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room) figure. We’re unable to see any of the interest this figure has created in so many fans, but whatever. This new villain in The Last Jedi looks like a recycled Emperor Papatine more than anything to us, but the 6″ figure is well made regardless. With premium soft-goods and some awkward features (Is that his ring or is he just happy to see us? AND Is that cod piece a leftover prop from Cameo’s “Word Up” music video?) We’re not sure, but the figure does have some major Hugh Hefner like qualities. Let’s just hope this one doesn’t subjugate women too. Check out the photo gallery now in our Research Droids Reviews.

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We have an early look for you with the Walmart exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Kylo Ren (Throne Room) figure. We know, another Kylo Ren, right? The figure has merit however. A new/revised human portrait accents his scar and bruised eyes. The inclusion of a metal Kylo Ren helmet (portrait) and lightsaber hilt are strange additions, but noteworthy because of their authenticity. The figure also boasts a soft-goods cloak which fits better than we thought it would. And the inclusion of a three-part Throne Room floor is the icing on the cake. We’re not sure how this figure will perform at Walmart this season, but we hope it does well so we can get some other more interesting environmental display stands in the future. Check out the photo gallery now in our Research Droids Reviews. With special thanks to Yakface.com, you can search for this figure using the Walmart SKU of 287877571. The UPC is in the Collector Notes in our review.

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We have a sneak peek for you of The Black Series [Phase III] Jaina Solo (Legends) (56) figure! Save for her facial paint operations, she’s about the most perfect 6″ figure we have ever seen Hasbro produce thus far. They’ve even added a new hinge-jointed waist to this figure for optimal movement. From the interchangeable outfits (you really get two for the price of one here) to the wealth of her many accessories, 6″ fans are going to have to search their souls if they decide to pass on this beauty. Equally Han Solo as she is General Leia, Jaina Solo (Legends) is everything you have expected from the TBS6 line. Hasbro has delivered big here. And it make us feel like she is the Rey that never was. We’ll go cry in a corner now. Check her out!

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One Month Of Force Friday II Product Reviews Done, More To Go!

Wow! We have gotten through an entire month of Force Friday II product RDRs and VGs already and there is no end in sight and we head into October! If you’ve missed any, be sure to go back and check out what we covered. Tomorrow is October 1st, and we’ll continue to look at the many Hasbro products from the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] and The Black Series [Phase III] action figure lines! We’d also like to say thank you for your interactions and comments too. Keep ’em coming! Be sure to also follow our VG updates for the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] HERE and the The Black Series [Phase III] HERE as well.

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Well that took forever. Check out an early sneak peek of the awesome “Guardians Of Evil” The Black Series [Phase III] GameStop and Barnes & Noble exclusive four-pack. In short, the Senate Guard and the Emperor’s Shadow Guard (from The Force Unleashed) are the highlights of the set. But it’s also still fun to army build the Imperial Royal Guard and get a different Elite Praetorian Guard to round out your ranks as well. The RDR is coming soon, but check out the 84 image gallery now! We hope that THIS ‘RUMOR REPORT’ makes a whole lot more sense to everyone now. 🙂




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We just received our sample of the Toys R Us exclusive Admiral Ackbar/First Order Officer two-pack which is part of The Black Series [Phase III] 6" line. The review is coming soon, but you can check out the gallery now!


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Check Out New Droids From TLJ In Disney Parks Droid Factory Line

If you’re interested, you can also check out full galleries of the latest Droid Factory figures from Disney Parks including the inner workings of the new BB droids from the cool new four-pack. There is also a gallery showing Resistance astromech droids R4-X2 and Y5-X2. Check it all out in our Research Droids Reviews.


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New Force Friday II Products Constantly Being Added

We’re consistently adding new photo galleries of the new Force Friday II products in our Research Droids Reviews. If you know how to access the backdoor, good for you, if you don’t, check out the rest of wave 13 which includes jaw-dropping versions of Poe Dameron and Finn (First Order Disguise) by clicking the link below.

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Sneak Peek! TBS6 Clone Captain Rex - HASCON Exclusive!

We just got back from New England so of course the first thing we do is generate a sneak peek gallery of the HASCON exclusive Clone Captain Rex The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figure. Simply stated, it’s a great release. Hasbro did a fine job on replicating this character in realistic style and including functional parts while providing collectors with a fantastic likeness. Older parts have been reused for Clone Captain Rex, but he has also been given plenty of new parts too. The paint job is fantastic and the deco is evenly placed and nicely applied. The accessories are generous and sized appropriately. The review is coming soon, but you can check out our 40-image gallery and basic Collector Notes now. Enjoy!

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Check Out Disney Parks' R3-BOO17 Glow-In-The-Dark Feature

The review is coming to our RDRs database on Halloween, but check out R3-BOO17’s cool 80s glow-in-the-dark feature with an image we just shot in our photo studio!

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Back in January we “teased” an exclusive rumor that focused around a wave of Walmart exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] 3.75″ figures. The lineup ended up changing a bit, although we’re now inclined to believe the female X-wing pilot from Episode VII was confused for Rose. Snoke was bumped out of many initial assortments for reasons still unknown, but we imagine he is still planned for The Vintage Collection. And of course we didn’t know what the “new” Royal Guards were going to look like until the new production images leaked. Now thanks to another source of ours we’re able to provide you with a first look at this final wave of The Black Series [Phase III] 3.75″ figures (which are technically Walmart exclusives at this very moment) but should be available everywhere online soon! Slated with a November street date, you can check out these four super-articulated 3.75″ action figure RIGHT NOW!

      

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As soon as the news broke that Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi were part of the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] line, most collectors wanted to know how they differed from past versions. We just found the new Star Wars [The Last Jedi] Obi-Wan Kenobi at Walmart this morning, much to our shock and surprise. The figure has a beautiful sculpt and its deco is interesting. Hasbro utilized the “dot matrix” application to add streaks and highlights to his hair. The robe shell is removable and his arms are attached via ball-socket articulation, certainly a strange approach for an action figure in the Star Wars line. He comes with his signature lightsaber as well. There are rumors that he is to make some sort of an appearance in Episode VIII, so this action figure seems to help add more fuel to that fire. Check out our rough early RDR page by clicking the image below.

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Well, we just discovered that Hasbro has tooled the best 3.75″ Boba Fett action figure of all time. It’s one half of the new Han Solo/Boba Fett Two-Packs set. Sadly, it only comes with five points of articulation. Regardless, it has the greatest head sculpt we have ever seen for this character and possesses a silhouette that perfectly matches the onscreen character. Hasbro, if you’re reading, please convert this figures to super-articulated status so that we can finally have our definitive 3.75″ Boba Fett action figure (and without a removable helmet). It would be the perfect candidate for The Vintage Collection’s return.

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As soon as the news broke that Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi were part of the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] line, most collectors wanted to know how they differed from past versions. With thanks to Hasbro and Litzky PR for providing us this sample, we’re able to give you some details. The review will be coming in the near future, but here are the nuts and bolts: Yoda comes with eight points of articulation. The shoulders are ball-jointed, the head is a reverse ball-socket joint and his ankles come with standard ball-socket articulation. He also comes with a swivel waist. What he doesn’t come with are two separately moving legs. There are no hip joints and his lower body is one chunk of plastic. His likeness is excellent. His coloring is OK. And his accessories are based on his appearance from Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. There are rumors that he is to make an appearance in Episode VIII, so this action figure seems to help add more fuel to that fire. Check out our rough early RDR page by clicking the image below.

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Sneak Peek! Rathtar/Bala-Tik & Imperial Probe Droid/Darth Vader

We are also adding more products in our Research Droids Reviews from the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] line like the Rathtar/Bala-Tik and Imperial Probe Droid/Darth Vader two-packs.

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We are constantly adding new products to our Research Droids Reviews with all the new releases from Force Friday II! Now available for you to peruse are a couple of figures from wave 22 of The Black Series 6″ line (the 13th wave in The Black Series [Phase III] line).



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Some Force Friday II Early Research Droids Review Pages Added

We have very rough review pages for a couple of new Force Friday II figures from The Black Series [Phase III] and Star Wars [The Last Jedi] lines. Check them out! And have fun tonight! Whatever you do to celebrate Force Friday II, be sure to stay close to JTA as we post the latest news on when things go up for order!


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Coming Soon To Jedi Temple Archives!

We hope you got to check out our complete and close look at all of the San Diego Comic Con Hasbro exclusives that were available this year. With this recap, you can click any image below and be taken to that release’s Research Droids Review and Visual Guide. On an interesting and related note, we have noticed that availability of these exclusives on eBay seem better than ever and the prices are coming down a bit too. Check it out on eBay!

Clone Commander Gree
Rey (Jedi Training)/Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)
X-34 Landspeeder/Luke Skywalker
Grand Admiral Thrawn

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Sneak Peek! Clone Commander Gree - Toys R Us Exclusive

The review is coming tomorrow, but you can check out the full photo gallery and Collector Notes to the Toys R Us exclusive Clone Commander Gree figure from The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line now.

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We have a sneak peek look for you today at the Disney D23 exclusive R5-D23 Droid Factory figure. The review is coming soon, but the photo gallery is all done! Check out this cool figure now!

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The official publication date is a few days out yet, but we’re happy to provide you with an early look at the photo gallery and review to Disney Parks’ BB-8 Droid Factory figure. We’re underwhelmed (and it has nothing to do with being a character from The Force Awakens). Find out why.

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