Now it’s time to check out a sneak peek at our upcoming Chewbacca And Porgs Forces Of Destiny review, or should we say Chakabacca And Porgs instead? It’s cute, but this doesn’t favor Chewbacca too much. And yes, the porgs are so cute you’re going to want to eat them up. Check this set out in our Research Droids Reviews right now! Full review coming as soon as possible!
Let’s now check out San Diego Comic Con exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Han Solo (Exogorth Escape). It’s the same figure as the basic Han Solo (Bespin) figure but now comes with a breathing mask, a hydrospanner, and a scaled mynock creature! Check it out in our Research Droids Reviews right now! The full review is coming as soon as possible!
Hasbro has sent out San Diego Comic Con exclusives, and tonight we have a full gallery for you to enjoy of the Special Action Figure Set (Doctor Aphra Comic Set). The set is very, very nice. Here are some quick points about it. The set is overpriced by about 100%. At most, the set should cost no more than $34.99. Doctor Aphra is an all-new figure. BT-1 (Beetee) is based on the original astromech droid Build A Droid sculpt (it even has the 2008 date stamp on it) but comes with a new dome and some pretty incredible accessories. 0-0-0 (Triple Zero) looks fantastic and should have been sold as a basic figure before Doctor Aphra. It shows that Hasbro still isn’t focusing The Vintage Collection toys on the market who will buy it. The tooling on Triple Zero has worn over time, sadly. The parts don’t stay on as tightly as they should anymore. Hasbro could have easily glued them on instead, so we’re thankful that the figure still has playability. Anyway, check out our complete gallery. The review is about two-weeks out (we have a lot going on right now), but you can check out all of the important stuff now.
I have an exclusive sneak peek of wave 17 (wave 28) of The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line! Han Solo (Bespin) is about what we all expected. He looks great, but there is nothing extraordinary about him. Samples will vary from one another, so be sure to find one with good eyes. Our sample looks good, but we think he could look a tad better. He is loaded with articulation and favors Harrison Ford very much. The Rebel Trooper is awesome, but some things about him bug us. Firstly, I don’t like the name. This character is a Rebel Fleet Trooper. Also, this sculpt is unequivocally Lieutenant Pello Scrambas, so you can’t army build this guy. (Hasbro – please make alternate head sculpts for this body!) Collectors will be thrilled to know that Hasbro added “butterfly” joints to the shoulders which make it possible for him to cross his arms and reach his arms behind his back. Also, I plead ignorance. I don’t know if he comes with the “Death Star plans” or some type of “communicator.” I am especially partial to Tobias Beckett. It looks just like Woody Harrelson, and the detail is fantastic. His costume is perfection and it’s one of the greatest figures based on Solo: A Star Wars Story Hasbro has produced to date. Check out these three new figures in our Research Droids Reviews RIGHT NOW! Full reviews are coming soon!!
Check out our sneak peek of the still-officially-unannounced The Black Series [Phase III] Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton) Canadian Toys R Us exclusive figure. It remains to be seen how this figure will be offered in the USA. Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton) would have been a lot more exciting if she was released instead of the straight repack that was part of The Last Jedi product launch push. The figure has a fantastic new head sculpt and the accessories are simple but lovely. If this were just a couple years ago, we could have expected a tweaked version of her in the basic assortment, but for one reason or another, Hasbro decides these make for great store exclusives (that many of us can never acquire). Anyway, the full review is coming soon, but you can check out the gallery and notes now.
It’s the first all-new vehicle of the new TVC era! Check out our advanced sneak peek of the brand-spanking-new Imperial Combat Assault Tank from The Vintage Collection. Hasbro hit this vehicle out of the park. The amount of distinctive tooling Hasbro gave this vehicle is nothing short of impressive. The final paint operations are excellent, although we feel they could have been bettered in a few areas. The only negative is that we don’t have Turbo Tank pilots to outfit the vehicle yet. The Imperial Combat Assault Tank has real rubber tread that functions. The interior cockpit is astounding. And the extras here are so beautiful; you’re going to be overwhelmed. We’re especially taken with the Kyber crystal containers and cases. There is a ton of Aurebesh to translate on this vehicle, so have fun figuring it out! Yes, the price is steep, but this is a robust and weighty vehicle LOADED with detail. Our full photo gallery is complete, and the write up is coming in just a couple of days. In the meantime, please enjoy the gallery and other things like Collector Notes! Click HERE to check it out.
When you take multiple PTO days from work to dig out your The Empire Strikes Back collection to develop quality vintage Kenner Research Droids Reviews. I never knew I had two perfectly mint vintage Kenner Imperial AT-ATs (as well as other doubles).
July may be the official start to a hot summer, but JTA is cooling things down as we look at the first wave of figures produced by Kenner for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK line. As such, we’re excited to announce that July is “Some Like It Hoth” month in our vintage Kenner Research Droids Reviews. We will be focusing on Kenner’s Series 3 group of figures all month long. We hope you’ll bring your memories with you and add to the coversation in our comments.
Thank you for making our “Droids And Creatures + Two Main Features” look at the vintage Kenner Series 2 figures (the 20/21-Backs) another success. The stories you’re all sharing in addition to the priceless photos you’re adding to the comments are some of the greatest things we have experienced here to date. Keep them coming! If you need to catch up on any reviews, please click any thumbnail below to be taken to the STAR WARS archive.
We have a special sneak peek first look for you of the Star Wars [Solo] Two-Packs wave 2 sets. The Chewbacca (Mimban)/Han Solo (Mimban) set is more delightful than expected. Both Chewy and Han are filthy just like when they met each other for the first time in the prison pit. The detailing and sculpting have exceeded expectations, all the while covered in mud. The chains are removable, and Chewy comes with an impressive three-piece cannon. The Rebolt/Corellian Hound set is equally intriguing. Hasbro has crafted a beautiful cage for the Corellian Hound with functioning parts and delicate detailing. The Corellian Hound itself comes with excellent articulation including a hinge-jointed jaw. Rebolt is a bit puzzling, but a nice figure nonetheless. He looks part Lobot and Cloud Car Pilot with the regal look and feel of someone on Coruscant. Click any thumbnail below to be taken to that review. Full reviews and additional images coming soon!
We have an exclusive FIRST LOOK at The Black Series [Phase III] Walgreens exclusive General Veers 6″ figure. The figure is incredible. It heavily borrows parts from 2018’s TBS6 [P3] Grand Moff Tarkin (63) figure, but has plenty of newness as well to keep things interesting. This is a must-have figure as far as we’re concerned. And it’s probably one of worst choices to be a retailer exclusive after Zuckuss. This has “mainstream market” written all over it. We have a complete review and photo gallery for you to check out. We’d love you to leave your own thoughts about this figure in the comments at the bottom of the review! Click the images below to be taken to the full review.
May is over and we finished the 12-Back vintage Kenner collection. But June is Droids And Creatures Plus Two Main Features month at Jedi Temple Archives! You guessed it! We will be looking at the 20/21-Backs that augmented an already fantastic Series 1 collection of Kenner Star Wars figures. Come with us as we look at Cantina denizens and droid prisoners in addition to a main hero and cool villain. June is going to be a blast!
We have just completed our intense look at the first series of vintage Kenner Star Wars figures: the 12-Backs. Because May is typically a Star Wars month and 2018 is the 40th anniversary that vintage Kenner Star Wars figures arrived at retail, we felt it was the perfect time to start vintage Kenner reviews. (Oh, and let us not forget The Vintage Collection’s return is another huge motivator of this run too.) Each new month, we will focus on a new series of figures where we’ll finish the complete vintage Kenner run in December with the 1985 The Power Of The Force line. Already, they are receiving wonderful feedback and tons of you are checking them out. But we want more of your stories, so please leave them in our comments. Thanks for your participation thus far, and we hope more of you leave your vintage Kenner experiences with us in the comments going forward! Thank you for making this a success for us. We put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into them and we were hoping that they’d go over well with our readers. They seem to have. And for that we’re grateful.
We also have a sneak peek look for you at the Barnes & Noble/Disney Store/GameStop shared exclusive Clone Commander Wolffe figure from The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line. Fans of The Clone Wars are inevitably going to fall in love with this figure, but I think it misses a few small marks. The approach of this figure feels like Hasbro was going for a hybrid appearance of his phase I and phase II armor (although clearly intended to be phase II) as reusing parts can sometimes muddy these defining waters. The all-new portrait is fantastic. His gross milky eye is perfection, as is the scar above and below it. The Wolfpack deco is beautiful and cleanly applied on his armor, and the articulation system is nothing out of the ordinary. The review is coming soon, but you can check out the full gallery and other things now!
Well, here it is folks. The glamorous Gamorrean Guard from The Black Series [Phase III] line is here, and we have a sneak first look peek at him for you. The figure is eerily similar to The Vintage Collection Gamorrean Guard (VC21) figure in that it’s not 100% perfection, but you’re not going to care. The Gamorrean Guard hits all of the sweet spots you’d expect from a premium Star Wars collectible. The paint operations are generally excellent, although he has a weird brown stripe going up his snout. Hasbro did an excellent job on the fine paint details on the figure face because they cannot utilize “photorealistic” technology on aliens as explained. The helmet is NOT removable. But this is a good thing. It stays in place as required and helps when displaying him in your collection. The soft-goods skirt is silky and luxurious. It’s an incredible fabric they’ve utilized, and you’re going to love it too. The Gamorrean Guard comes with a hinge-jointed lower jaw which is nice, but unnecessary. Just like the Admiral Ackbar figure before him, the combination of a ball-socket head with a hinge-jointed jaw severely inhibits the head movement. His “groin area” is a bit hollow. I know that sounds strange, but you’ll have to see it for yourself to understand what I mean. It feels a tad cheap, honestly. The rest of the figure and its articulation are divine. Check out our sneak peek now and be sure to come back soon for the full review!
Well, it goes without saying that 5POA is generally NOT OK, but Hasbro is making it easier and easier to refute that argument. The lastest Force Link 2.0 wave 2 figures are showing once again that this format is getting better and better and the sculpts (and their seamlessness), likeness, features and articulation are getting infinitely better when compared to how they were when this format “restarted in 2013. Princess Leia Organa is the best modern version of the vintage Kenner Leia Organa (Hoth Outfit) we have now. Sorry, it pains me to say it too, but it’s true. The proportions and likeness are stunning. The new weapon is perfect, and the details are unprecedented for this version of Princess Leia Organa in action figure form. Aside from some sloppy paint operations, this figure is gorgeous. Somethin’s coming over the latest Solo figure. Moloch’s got a secret. The figure has a “hidden” removable mask and reveals a cool character that resembles a skesis from The Dark Crystal. This character also doesn’t have feet and has a wormlike body (details shown in our photo gallery). Check out these first look sneak peeks and come back when the reviews go live SOON!
Well, the Stormtrooper (Mimban) Walmart exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] figure is plain stunning. Hasbro utilized the 2013 TBS [P1] Stormtrooper (#09) figure of course and gave it an all-new head sculpt and artful and incredible new paint job. (Even the figure is cast is an off-white plastic.) They also added a soft-goods cape that Hasbro tied to the figure (a first for this line). The battle-damage and dirt is mind-blowingly good. Hasbro should be proud. Let’s hope The Vintage Collection version is just as good. Check out the gallery now, and the review is coming soon!
We have a sneak peek for you for The Vintage Collection’s Rey (Island Journey) (VC122) Walmart exclusive figure. On paper, this figure is a collectors dream come true. She’s loaded with 28 points of articulation including a premium reverse ball-socket neck and ball-socket head combination for optimal head movement. The soft-goods are tailored beautifully, and the sculpt of the figure is stunning. As you’d expect, the figure is ruined thanks to “TBS paint operations on a TVC figure.” Hasbro MUST figure out how to optimize the facial deco on these gorgeously sculpted 3.75″ super-articulated action figures. Rey (Island Journey) is a perfect 10 were it not for her disappointing and sloppily applied paint job. Check it out in our RDRs now. The review is coming tomorrow.
We have a sneak peek of the Entertainment Earth exclusive Finn (First Order Disguise)/Captain Phasma Two-Packs set from the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] line. As you may or may not know, this set was temporarily canceled until Entertainment Earth salvaged it and took it on as their exclusive. The set is more excellent than expected. The Finn (First Order Disguise) turned out nicely. He still comes with inadequate articulation of which is required to battle Captain Phasma. Captain Phasma is all-new as well but has been significantly retooled. And most importantly, she comes with the spear she used to attempt to defeat Finn. The figure uses Force Link technology. Interestingly, you can use the Force Link 2.0 wristband to make the figures talk. Between Captain Phasma’s rich English accent and Finn’s fast-talking, it’s challenging to make out their five phrases each. Anyway, check out our full gallery ion this set. We thank Entertainment Earth for providing us with this sample for review. The review is coming soon! Order yours today HERE.
We have a sneak peek look for you tonight of the R2-F1P/R5-232/R2-S8/R5-PHT Solo: A Star Wars Story Droid Factory four-pack. It appears that we might see new Droid Factory droid parts in the future as evidenced by the new parts included here, namely the restraining bolts. R2-S8 is the standout astromech droid of the set (who looks a lot like R2-MK by the way) and has some of the best paint operations we have seen in this line to date. Still, all droids are still missing foot wires which is an ongoing setback. Check out this great set early in our RDRs by clicking the image below.
We are consistently adding new photo galleries of the new Solo: A Star Wars Story products to our RDR database. Be sure to check them out!
We’ve added a bunch of brand new Star Wars figures to our RDR database (all early pages). But there are some fantastic figures in this mix, like the Kessel Guard and Lando Calrissian. There are other great figure to check out too like Qi’ra (Corellia) and the Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure. Check them out in our Star Wars [Solo] page by clicking HERE.
It’s officially Solo: A Star Wars Story product launch day! We have a couple of rough review pages for you to check out. Click the banner below to check out what we’ve added thus far. More will be added soon!
But be sure to check out our new gallery on the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] Wampa/Luke Skywalker (Hoth) set by click the banner below. My goodness what a great set it is.
We have completely reviewed The Vintage Collection wave 17 and The Black Series [Phase III] wave 16. (We also reviewed the awesome Dewback/Sandtrooper set as well.) Be sure to check back at midnight as we begin to add the Solo: A Star Wars Story products to our database.
The Vintage Collection is BACK baby, and we have a sneak peek of wave 17 for you. That’s right. We said wave 17. Hasbro left this poor collection in the dust with wave 16 in September 2012. After five and a half brutally grueling and long years, collectors can once again have something to call their own. Review pages and some images are rough, but check out Rebel Soldier (Hoth), Supreme Leader Snoke, Rey (Jakku), Kylo Ren and the First Order Stormtrooper. Jyn Erso is coming soon.
The Darth Vader Star Wars Toybox figure has arrived at Disney Store! Check out our sneak peek right now in our Research Droids Reviews. Review coming soon!!
We have a sneak peek for you of the last wave of Star Wars [The Last Jedi] Force Link figures. Although most of these cancelled figures have been saved by Entertainment Earth, this line has shown everyone that new Star Wars Entertainment is arriving at a pace that doesn’t benefit merchandising and can’t be sustained by retail. Anyway, be sure to check out C’ai Threnalli, First Order Flametrooper and the single-packed Emperor Palpatine right now in our RDRs. Reviews start Sunday!
Well. Hasbro has raised The Black Series 6″ line to a whole new bar. It’s 2018, so that means that all new 6″ figures will be graced with “photorealistic” technology which more simply put means these figures are off the charts when it comes to quality. Both Rey (Island Journey) and DJ (Canto Bight) are easily two of the best 6″ figures Hasbro has produced since 2013. THEY MUST GO BACK AND CORRECT THEIR TRAVESTIES OF YEARS PAST! We’re not even kidding. Rey (Island Journey) is so good it makes us forget what made us dislike her in The Force Awakens. Her facial paint operations are stunning. The rest of her paint operations and smart use of soft-goods (upgraded by Hasbro during production) are equally good too. DJ (Canto Bight), yeah, we’re not crazy about his character either. But the figure is gorgeous and looks JUST LIKE Benicio. Check out early galleries and collector notes for both figures by clicking each thumbnail below. Reviews are coming VERY soon! See why Hasbro should receive thunderous applause for these two efforts. (Clone Captain Rex coming soon too!)
Hasbro has banged out quite a few exclusives this year in The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line across MANY retailers. We have been fervently keeping up with all of them as of the beginning of December, JTA is the only fan site on the web where you can find them all archived. Click the banner below if you need to catch up on any you might have missed. And thank you for your continued support of our Research Droids Reviews and Visual Guides. We do this for all of you.
We’re only hours from seeing Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi in theaters. Be sure to catch up on all the latest Hasbro action figures, playsets and vehicles from Hasbro’s Star Wars [The Last Jedi] toy line in our Research Droids Reviews. We have all the latest products fully archived and reviewed for your perusal and feedback.
Over two months ago in early October, we gave you a complete look at the stunning Jaina Solo (Legends) figure. Now you can check out the rest of the figures in the wave. Reviews for the rest are coming soon!
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.
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!
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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