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BB-8 Playset Found For Less Than Half Price

JTA reader Mark sends us proof that his friend found him a BB-8 Playset for less than half. Click the image below to see how much.

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Some Walmarts Drop Prices On TBS6 Speeders AGAIN!

Only a couple weeks after their release, Walmart dropped the prices of The Black Series 6″ Centerpieces from $49.99 to $34.99 and The Black Series 6″ Rey and Luke Speeders from $59.99 down to $44.99. Now, it seems that Walmart are lowering the prices of the Speeders once again. JTA Reader DLane5871 shares a find at a local Walmart in Durham, NC. Both Rey and Luke Speeders were dropped to a mere $30! At this price, I would happily grab a couple more (I must admit, they make excellent display pieces). Have you see these prices near you or in another store? Let us know!

     

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Now This Is How Online Ordering Should Be!

About a month ago, I was doing some late night googling and searching for some deals on TVC and Black Series figures. Paul might remember some of the sketchy looking sites I emailed him in the past to get his opinion on lol. But, after tons of sketchy and straight fraudulent looking sites, I had discovered a couple of gems and there is one that I feel particularly deserves some praise. So, click through to find out a little more about this toy shop and my experience. 

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A Bit Too Soon For The Headless Horseman

I know it’s October and we’re all getting into the spirit of the Halloween season, as was this Target shopper, but this is ridiculous! We’ve posted many theft articles as of late and I think the theft issue is bound to come to a head (I know, I’m not funny!). Something needs to be done, but what?  JTA Reader MaxOfRen was pretty excited to find this new Headless Ren variant, but was disappointed that it wasn’t in mint condition due to the cutting on the bubble. Such a shame! I guess this is how you get your SA 3.75″ Episode VIII Kylo Ren if you “forgot” your wallet but remembered your box cutter. 

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MEGA Store Reports Of Walgreens Exclusive Obi-Wan Kenobi

We are getting a ton of successful store reports with our readers finding the Walgreens exclusive Obi-Wan Kenobi figure. Keep the reports coming! Special thanks to JTA reader Braden H. for this report and image!

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UPDATE: New SW [TLJ] Set Found In Hong Kong

I personally found the original Force Link Starter Set a bit lackluster and overpriced at launch (although I enjoy the technology itself), but the lower price point of anywhere from $21-24 made it more tolerable (especially with that $10 off coupon). The TRU Exclusive Force Link Starter Set was a bit more ‘exciting’ with the Executioner and Praetorian Guard, but JTA reader Matt sent in this new Force Link Starter Set he found in Hong Kong with Luke, Rey, Rose, and FO Stromtrooper Officer and I think this is the right direction. Of course, not EVERYONE wants a larger set of figures or wants to spend the extra cash, but I like the different tiers of Starter Sets (even more so if the coupon works for them all!). Will we see this in the US? Maybe. Have you encountered this set yet? Let us know!

UPDATE: Matt made a mistake, this does NOT include a Force Link. So it is not a Force Link Starter Set, but more of a Force Link Figure Set. Sorry for the confusion! This will be exclusive to Kohl’s in October here in the USA.

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TBS [P3] 3.75" Scarif Stormtrooper Hitting Walmart (Again?)

It appears as if the Scarif Stormtrooper is finally making a more frequent appearance at brick and mortar Walmart stores. We received two reports last week but thought they were just freaky occurrences. But now more solid reports are coming into our newsroom. JTA reader Agustin found this in Florida!

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Walmart 40th Anniversary Funko Pop Sets Found!

I had nearly forgotten about these Walmart Exclusive 40th Anniversary Funko Pop sets that we reported on previously in June, but JTA reader Justin sends us his find at his local walmart. After doing some digging, I found that these have just hit a few stores near me in NJ as well. Might be time to hit your Walmart if you’re a Pop fan! (or Ewok fan!). They are out of stock online, but here is the Ewok Set and Bespin Set in case you want to keep track!


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I Won't Pay You Tomorrow For A Rey Today

The thieves are getting really clever with the stealing. This one took me a second before I figured out what was going on. Check it out for yourself. Special thanks to JTA reader Michael M. for the image!

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TBS6 [P3] Centerpiece Figures And Deluxe Vehicles On Clearance?

The Black Series [Phase III] Centerpiece Collection figures as well as the 6″ vehicles were marked down at area Walmarts close to JTA reader Rum Sleg’s hometown. He has the complete store report and you can read it by clicking through. (In my opinion, the sale prices are fair MSRPs for these items!)

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Bright orange tags with descriptors like “reduced” mean something is on clearance right? Well, the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] 3.75″ line is doomed then because we have an example of JTA reader Hazzbro Jonez finding the new figures for quite a good deal.

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We have seen reports of the new Walgreens Exclusive The Black Series Obi-Wan Kenobi [Force Spirit] 6″ showing up in stores in North Carolina and now in California. It might be time to start making those Walgreen stops. I know, I know…They’re difficult trips to make. I share the same experience many of you do with stores that get them 3 months late or never at all, but let the hunt begin! Have you found it in your area? Let us know!

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Are Star Wars Figure Thefts At An All-Time High?

This is really starting to grate on me. As someone who has been collecting the modern Star Wars line since 1995 (and the vintage line for years before that), I have to admit that I have never seen more instances of figure thefts and figure swapping than I have from 2015 onward. It’s ALWAYS been an issue, but the frequency is very depressing now. Clearly, the new Star Wars films have brought a ton of new collectors, but it seems to have also brought a facet of the unscrupulous which are really cramping the style of this hobby and ruining for other peer collectors AND THE KIDS. But it doesn’t just end here. The attitude I see is just as disconcerting. I belong to quite a few TBS Facebook groups and the frequent entitlement I see (by multiple collectors – certainly not all) that this is funny to “stick it to the man” and “Hasbro can afford this” just flabbergasts me. I guess it’s just a sign of the times. Anyway, please take this article as “don’t do this because it’s morally wrong” and please encourage others to not do this either. The image on the left is mine and the image on the right is courtesy of JTA reader Jeremy W.

     

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New Hot Wheels "The Last Jedi" Sets Found At ROSS

Well, here is one for the books. Discount chain retailer ROSS has just received brand new Hot Wheels sets (in The Last Jedi packaging). We’re unable to explain why this is. Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Alexander G. for the report.

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JTA reader Richard P. sends us a cool store report from Fred Meyer in Lacey Washington. Unbelievably they’re getting in kicker displays full of The Black Series [Phase III] Emperor’s Royal Guard wave which also includes Lando Calrissian, Tusken Raider and the revised K-2SO (among others). To date this case assortment has barely made an appearance at retail, so maybe they’re finally beginning to hit now.

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Star Wars [The Last Jedi] Yoda & Obi-Wan Kenobi Also Hit TARGET

You saw our Walmart store report in the beginning of the month that both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda from the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] line were hitting there. But now JTA reader General Hux has sent in a report letting us know that they’re now hitting TARGET. Let us know if you’ve found them there too!

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The Black Series 6" Jaina Solo Pre-Order At Gamestop

Gamestop is offering Pre-Orders on The Black Series 6″ Jaina Solo IN STORE.  Not sure what the date for release is because it shows as 12/31/1979 in my Gamestop app. While I was there, I was informed that on October 11th they will be releasing a new Elite Pro Membership that will be geared towards collectibles. You will get discounts for collectibles throughout the year. I know the Pro membership is worth the $15 because of the multiple Pro Day’s they have throughout the year. Found some GREAT savings today with the BOGO 50% off on ALL collectibles. Also, they can order you items in store if they don’t have it in stock.

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Resist The Urge To Figure Swap Please

I guess we should have all seen this coming. If you can’t afford Star Wars figures or you get off from kleptomania, go play BINGO…. or something. This is egregious. Special thanks to friend Victoria from Victoria’s Cantina for the image.

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The ToysRUs Exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Admiral Ackbar and First Order Officer 2-pack has been found at the temporary ToysRUs setup in Times Square, New York City. It might be a good time to start checking your local TRU’s if you want to get your hands on this. Have you found this at your local TRU? Let us know! Special thanks to JTA reader Jason M. for the heads up and the image.

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When the MSRP was revealed for the Force Link Starter Kit, collectors gasped. Well, how about saving $10 to help that MSRP go down a bit? There is a promotion going on right now through December 31, 2017 where you can get a $10 off coupon when you buy specially marked General Mills products. This display was found at Walmart by JTA reader Craig F.

    

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It's Going To Be a Major Porgblem For Collectors

So far there are three things that are sticking in my craw when it comes to porgs. 1. The pun of porg with “porn” (yuck). 2. The mispronunciation of “porg” with “prog” (duh),  3. And last but not least theft of these little porg accessories with the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] Chewbacca figure (this makes me so mad). We all knew this was inevitable. Hasbro, get ahead of this mess and produce “porg packs” or something. Thank you. Special thanks to friend Rum Sleg for the report and image.

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Found! Latest Wave Of TBS [P3] 3.75" Super-Articulated Figures!

Wow! JTA reader Danny R. has found the BRAND NEW wave of The Black Series [Phase III] 3.75″ figures at his local Walmart in southern California. Although currently showing up at Walmart, please remember that these will be available to online retail soon.

   

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Exclusive Titanium Series Helmet Two-Packs Found At Best Buy!

JTA reader Scott has found the Best Buy exclusive Titanium Series helmet two-packs. Check them out by clicking the thumbnails below.

   

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Force Friday II: A Report From Down Under

JTA reader Andy sends in his report from New Zealand on his FFII experience. Click through to see how his experience went. Thanks for the report Andy!

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Where Does Kmart Get Those Wonderful Toys?

Look what JTA reader Joe Y. found under a pile of “crap” at a south Jersey Kmart. You never know what you might find out there folks, especially Kmart!

    

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Isn't It Ironic?

You honestly cannot make this stuff up anymore folks.

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We're Aware Of That TARGET Exclusive - Thank You!

Thank you for the store reports and images of the TARGET exclusive 6″ figure that a few of our readers are finding at their locals stores. We’re aware, but are sadly unable to post.

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Next Up Getting Unsold TFA Overstock: Ollie's Bargain Outlet

In case you’re interested, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet chains are receiving The Force Awakens basic figures. JTA reader Ed D. sends us word that he found Rey, Han, Finn (with bloody helmet), Rex, Unkar Plutt, Hassk Thug, various First Order Stormtroopers, and of course Constable Zuvio.

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New Walmart Plan-O-Gram Provides New Layout Coming Soon

A local Walmart in JTA reader Jamie D.’s area has posted what the pegs could look like soon thanks to a new plan-o-gram taped to the action figures aisle. Check it out.

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The Last Jedi Lego Sets Showing Up At Canadian Walmarts

It looks like The Last Jedi Lego sets have started showing up at Walmart in Canada. We can see a Resistance Bomber, BB-8, and the TIE Silencer in these images taken at a Montreal Walmart. Thanks to JTA reader Elie for the scoop!

    

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Found! TBS6 TRU Exclusive Clone Commander Gree!

We’re not sure if we just missed this news or if it’s actually breaking with this post, but JTA reader Russ T. has found the Toys R Us exclusive Clone Commander Gree at his store in Wayne NJ! There out there folks. We knew about the Canadian store reports for a while now, but we haven’t heard of any USA reports. Let us know if you’ve found him too!

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We posted something similar a couple of days ago, but this is now getting ridiculous. File under: Truth is stranger than fiction. Also file under: You can’t make this stuff up. JTA reader and friend Damian V. sends us images from his local Walmart that they’ve not only placed new TLJ merchandise in the clearance aisle, but have also reduced them to clearance prices. Let the madness continue. Disney: are you keeping tally yet?

    

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JTA reader German O. is visiting his friend in NJ and they found this at his friend’s local Walmart store. Because of a toxic mix including the inability to understand what a street date is in today’s day and age, Disney’s obnoxiously obscene territorial control over their licensees, and utter confusion about what is actually new in Star Wars, this particular Walmart has placed new The Last Jedi vehicles in the clearance aisle and marked them down to $19 (their normal MSRP is $39.99). It is unclear however if German was able to purchase it and walk out of the store with it, even at a clearance price. Doubtful. They probably told them they were recalled because of lead paint… by the store manager no less. I don’t know, I am just assuming that’s what happened.

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More TFA Five Below Finds

JTA reader and friend Michael O. alerts us to another Five Below find. I haven’t heard these particular figures hitting this retail collection, but I may have just forgotten. Regardless, this was the first time Michael has ever seen this figures at retail! Sad!

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Clone Commander Gree Available For Store Pickup!

Gree is now showing up in many stores across the United States. I was able to find at least 12 Toys R Us in my area that had them in stock and I was able to go pick one up from my local store an hour ago. It was nice to not have to pay that shipping or have to fiddle with sticking random things into my cart for the free shipping. Take a peek and see if he is available near you for in store pick up.

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