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Review: Jar Jar Binks (Naboo Swamp) - EI - Basic

Posted by Paul | August 02, 2015 at 12:40 AM EDT |

There are multiple ways to describe the Jar Jar Binks (Naboo Swamp) action figure: the best Jar Jar of the Episode I line. Unexpected. Novel. There are more ways to describe it too. This is a figure that you probably need for your collection even today. Let's check it out together in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Jar Jar Binks (Naboo Swamp)

Sponsor Announcement: NJ Toys And Collectibles - TVC Restock

Posted by Paul | August 01, 2015 at 09:13 PM EDT |

JTA sponsor NJ Toys And Collectibles has just restocked with a few The Vintage Collection figures. Check them out. Don't forget! They will be at the NJ Collectors Con in Cherry Hill, NJ tomorrow. JTA will be there tomorrow too giving out our SWCA exclusive Kenner Vintage Carded Figures poster!

New Aisle Displays Arriving At Walmart

Posted by Paul | August 01, 2015 at 07:52 PM EDT |

New store displays are arriving at Walmart. And some new products like these die cast figures are arriving as well. It seems retail has started first steps preparing for Force Friday. Click the thumbnail below to see the image up close. Special thanks to good friend Chris S. for the image.

Jabba's Rancor Pit Back In Stock At ToysRUs.com!

Posted by Paul | August 01, 2015 at 06:05 PM EDT |

Hopefully our review has cajoled you into buying the Toys R Us exclusive Jabba's Rancor Pit multipack, but if you still need this awesome exclusive it is currently in stock at ToysR Us.com. Thanks to all who wrote in alerting us to this news.

Congratulations And Thank You, Adam Pawlus!

Posted by Paul | August 01, 2015 at 04:06 PM EDT |

Although we often share different opinions from one another, I wanted to take a moment and honor the massive body of work by colleague Adam Pawlus. He has added more to the Star Wars collecting community than perhaps you realize. Not only is this the 20 year anniversary of The Power Of The Force "2" line, this month also celebrates 20 years of Adam's contributions to Star Wars fans... while he was a youngster. Without him, many people on the fan sites you currently read wouldn't be here, me included. Thank you Adam for the tremendous and selfless additions you have made to the hobby. Read about his rich history (as well as getting death threats) by clicking through.

Review: Queen Amidala (Coruscant) - EI - Basic

Posted by Paul | August 01, 2015 at 09:34 AM EDT |

As we prepare for the Force Friday event in about a month, let's begin this month with revisiting the line that celebrated an all-new Star Wars film in the modern era of collecting. The year was 1999. Let's begin our look at the hugely successful Episode I line. We start with the beautiful Queen Amidala (Coruscant) figure. She looks great even today. See more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Queen Amidala (Coruscant)

Visual Guide Update - IG-88 (#15) - The Black Series

Posted by Chuck | July 31, 2015 at 08:35 PM EDT |

IG-88 (#15) arrives in The Black Series [Phase II] line, and makes a perfect compliment to Boba Fett! Check out our full Visual Guide for all of the details! Make sure to check out our full review as well.

IG-88 (#15) - Six Inch - The Black Series [Phase II]

I will be at NJ Collectors Con in Cherry Hill, NJ this Sunday visiting our sponsor NJ Toys and Collectibles who will have a booth at the show. I will be bringing some of our exclusive SWCA Vintage Kenner Tribute Posters with me to give away. If you're going, be sure to stop at NJ Toys and Collectibles booth to find out how you can get one! It's this Sunday only and I should be there sometime between 12:30 and 1:00 PM. For more show information, please visit http://www.newjerseycollectorscon.com/.

If you collect Jakks Pacific products, TARGET has put their exclusive 31" Shock Trooper on eBay for a mere $17.99 with FREE SHIPPING. That's like almost getting this large item for FREE! Special thanks to JTA reader Derek for the news!

Well, this is interesting. As of July 16, 2015 (right after SDCC this year and right before the Force Friday launch), Hasbro has posted an open position for Senior Brand Marketing Manager. A new position? A replacement position? Click through to read the job description. Special thanks to JTA reader Dan. D. for the alert to this.

Look what JTA Facebook fan Jonathan O. found at his local TARGET 10 hours ago! I have to admit that this is probably the most exciting thing I have seen hit TARGET shelves in years (price and all). Hey Jonathan! Get that Obi-Wan Kenobi/Super Battle Droid two-pack. It's the only place you'll find a Super Battle Droid with ball-jointed ankles! Not even the TVC version came with them!

Review: Kabe And Muftak - POTF2 [G/FF] - Internet Exclusive

Posted by Paul | July 31, 2015 at 12:05 AM EDT |

One of the greatest exclusives of 1998 was the Kabe And Muftak internet exclusive. Check out why this is even a must-have today. It's all in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Kabe And Muftak

The Phase II Clone Troopers are making their rounds through The Black Series. This time we look at the Clone Trooper Captain (#13) from The Black Series [Phase II]. Click below for our full Visual Guide. You can also check out our review right here.

Clone Trooper Captain (#13) - Six Inch - The Black Series [Phase II]

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | July 30, 2015 at 08:21 PM EDT |

Big Bad Toy Store sends in their latest newsletter featuring all of their latest pre-orders and new arrivals.

You can also get daily product news and updates by subscribing to BBTS's Facebook page and Twitter feed!

Big Bad Toy Store

The Black Series 3.75" Sees Wider Distribution In Spain

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2015 at 05:34 PM EDT |

JTA reader Pr. Moriarty sends us a report that wave 7 of The Black Series 3.75" line is hitting Spain. Click through for his report!

Rebels Product Still Arriving At Marshalls And TJ Maxx

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2015 at 05:30 PM EDT |

JTA moderator Sjefke writes in to let us know that Marshalls stores are still getting Rebels product. Sadly, this is the first time many Star Wars collectors have found rebels products in stores. Hard to believe, isn't it?

Star Wars Action News 10 Year Anniversary Podcast Party

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2015 at 04:43 PM EDT |

On Saturday, Aug. 22, Star Wars fans are invited to the Star Wars Action News 10th anniversary bash during Wizard World Chicago. The party, also celebrating Marvelicious Toys’ 5th anniversary, will be hosted by the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. The event begins at 7:30 p.m., and will feature door prizes, appetizers, cake, and a cash bar. Adult tickets include bonus exclusive collectibles ranging from T-shirts to the exclusive Star Wars Action News badge and lanyard, plus a collectible coin previously only available to those who work on the show.
In addition, all adult tickets enter you in the drawing for a huge selection of door prizes. Items have been provided by DorksideToys.com, Big Bad Toy Store, Kotobukiya, Hallmark, Venganza Media, and many more. Attendees can win items ranging from statues to entire waves of Star Wars figures, and more!

Gentle Giant just announced their 2015 Premier Guild Holiday Exclusive: Salacious Crumb Jumbo Figure. Click through for all of the details!

Sandtroopers.com Turns 15 This Month!

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2015 at 10:24 AM EDT |

Happy 15th birthday/anniversary to our friends at colleagues at Sandtroopers.com! Click through for more!

Getting modern updates of the final fifteen 1985 POTF figures was always fun. Sadly, Lando Calrissian (In General's Gear) wasn't really perfect. He wasn't terrible either. See why in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Lando Calrissian (In General's Gear)

Clone Commander Cody (#14) is our next update to The Black Series [Phase II] Visual Guide. Click below for our detailed guide page. You can also read our full review of this figure right here.

Clone Commander Cody (#14) - Six Inch - The Black Series [Phase II]

JTA reader Logan P. sends us what appears to be the first sign of The Force Awakens merchandise on retail. We knew this was inevitable. Products will likely be leaking onto shelves the closer we get. While likely still a breach of contract, this piece of merchandise is relatively harmless. Keep your eyes peeled out there folks!

    

Review: Malakili (Rancor Keeper) - POTF2 [G/FF] - Basic

Posted by Paul | July 29, 2015 at 01:35 AM EDT |

Thank you for the tremendous response to our celebration of 20 years of The Power Of The Force "2"! It exceeded our expectations! We will be returning to the other figures in the "Red" carded line look soon, but let''s finish up the "Green/Freeze Frame" phase first. Malakili (Rancor Keeper) is an excellent modern update to the 1984 vintage Kenner figure. But is it perfect? (No; judging by its peg-warming status in 1997 and 1998.) See it in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Malakili (Rancor Keeper)

The Speeder Bike with Biker Scout is a nice addition to The Black Series six inch line. We have our full Visual Guide below, and we have this set fully reviewed in our Research Droids Review.

Speeder Bike with Biker Scout - Six Inch - The Black Series [Phase II]

First Order Stormtrooper: The Aftermarket

Posted by Paul | July 28, 2015 at 07:46 PM EDT |

Do you want to know what the First Order Stormtroopers are going for on eBay now that the scalpers got them from Hasbro Toy Shop today? Take a look!

Timely TARGET Coupon For Force Friday Arriving In Mailboxes!

Posted by Paul | July 28, 2015 at 04:45 PM EDT |

I have just received in the mail a decent TARGET coupon. Between July 29th and September 5th the coupon will give you a $5 gift card for a purchase of $50 or more. This will certainly come in handy for Force Friday. Click the thumbnail image below to see the full coupon. Be sure to check those mailboxes! Special thanks to JTA reader Derek fro the reminder about this coupon!

Hot Toys 1/6 Scale Episode IV Princess Leia Pre-order

Posted by Chuck | July 28, 2015 at 02:25 PM EDT |

The Hot Toys Princess Leia sixth scale figure is now up for pre-order...

First Order Aggravation?

Posted by Paul | July 28, 2015 at 02:21 PM EDT |

The First Order Stormtrooper went up for sale at 11:23 AM and completely SOLD OUT at 11:30 AM. The buzz around the internet in a few short hours of its sell out is massive. There are angry collectors. There are indifferent collectors. And there are collectors who are just surprised that Hasbro Toy Shop could accommodate that many people in seven (7) short minutes. Where do you stand on the issue of exclusives and their availability? There are many differing opinions. But it's evident that most people are sick of this. Granted, a general marketplace version of this figure will be made available. But if you're a collector, wouldn't you want the collectors' version?

UPDATE: JTA reader The Force Collector forwards an email from Hasbro Toy Shop customer service.

Look at the deco on Luke Skywalker (In X-wing Fighter Pilot Gear) and then try to tell us you're not impressed. It was a testament to what Hasbro was capable of in the modern era. Check him out in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Luke Skywalker (In X-wing Fighter Pilot Gear)

Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) has been a popular figure to make in all formats, and Hasbro didn't waste much time producing a six inch version of this popular version of the Fett bounty hunter. Check out the full Visual Guide of this Walgreens exclusive figure by clicking the image below, and visit our review page for our analysis!

Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) - Six Inch - The Black Series [Phase II]

Sponsor Announcement: NJ Toys And Collectibles - 3.75" TBS Sale!

Posted by Paul | July 27, 2015 at 06:54 PM EDT |

JTA sponsor NJ Toys and Collectibles has a FANTASTIC sale running right now. Get EVERY SINGLE The Black Series 3.75" figure from waves 7 and 8 for $10.19 each. EVERY figure is in stock (as of this post)!

He looks like He-Man a little bit, but Lando Calrissian has some nice points. Find out more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Lando Calrissian

Even More The Force Awakens Products Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 26, 2015 at 06:33 PM EDT |

We have learned of a few more details regarding upcoming Hasbro assortments. Some is "old" news, but more importantly some is also "new" news, some with detail. We also have some clarification on other items from our Meijers report. Click through for more! Please note: take this and anything else we post with a grain of salt. It is only until Hasbro confirms it that you should believe it. We also don't know what retailer this information has come from or if some of the items may be exclusive to that store or not as this list compiles info from multiple places. Bold means it's the first time we're hearing about it.

We have been hearing insanely laughable whispers of what you might to expect to see at TARGET for Force Friday. Are you curious to see what the latest rumored developments are? Take it with a grain of salt until you see it on Force Friday (and maybe some things beforehand.... or not at all!) Click through for more!

Force Friday Toys R Us Exclusive 6" Figure?

Posted by Paul | July 26, 2015 at 05:40 PM EDT |

Take this with a grain of salt until Force Friday of course, but we have just heard a "rumor" that Toys R Us will have an exclusive 6" The Black Series Episode 7 figure: Blue Trooper.

Today is the 7th anniversary of 2008's The Legacy Collection/The Clone Wars product launch. (My goodness where does the time go?) Some of the greatest products of all time were part of this era. I was reminded of this checklist by seeing a post on Yakface.com's Facebook page. But look what kind of awesome notice we received from Hasbro about what to expect when the product went live for sale! Man, hopefully Disney can take good notes about what doesn't work with a "Mystery Box" launch, although stuff is leaking out exponentially by the moment. Disney needs to know the zealousness and passion Star Wars fans possess. It's not like we're waiting for the next princess to be revealed. In my opinion, Star Wars shouldn't be handled the same way. Click the image below to refresh your memories of these good times!

UPDATE!: JTA reader George T. graciously shares his photography from a Midnight Madness event from that night! He also included a pdf of the booklet that Hasbro gave out at the time as well! Check it out by clicking through!!

No Force Friday Event At Walmart In Canada

Posted by Paul | July 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT |

JTA reader Mike M. sends us information that Walmart in Canada WILL NOT be participating in Force Friday events. He then reached out to other retailers. Click through to read the details in his blog. He writes "Good Morning!I sent an email to WalMart Canada earlier this week and was told that they will not be taking part in “Force Friday.” I’ve posted the information on my blog. Thanks and #MTFBWY!"

He wasn't perfect, but Boba Fett changed the way collectors viewed action figures (in a good way). More importantly, he was essentially impossible to find in time for Christmas of 1995. Many collectors needed most of 1996 to locate this action figure. Leanr more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Boba Fett

The Black Series 3.75" Stuff Is Still Trickling Into Stores

Posted by Paul | July 25, 2015 at 11:08 PM EDT |

Longtime JTA reader earthclanbootstrap eagerly sends us in a report because it's been months since he's found stuff. But he finally has! Click through for his multiple store reports!

Hasbro Pulse: Check Those Vital Signs!

Posted by Paul | July 25, 2015 at 10:59 PM EDT |

If you signed up for the Hasbro Pulse thing, you've probably received your first correspondence from Hasbro in the mail. The feedback we're getting is not very positive. This very, very commercial program (which is open to everyone) doesn't seem to have the edge it needs to be useful for collectors. Maybe it needs time to get going, but I had a bad feeling about this from its official announcement. We understood it to be a medium for Hasbro to connect with collecting sites to be the voice for the collecting community (before it went public). It's shaping up to be anything but that. Again, it's too early to fret. But I personally received a Transformers comic (I have ZERO interest in Transformers and specifically selected Star Wars as my only interest.) See what JTA reader Ryan G. received as well by clicking through.


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