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December 2014

Happy New Year! 2015 Is Here!

Posted by Paul | January 01, 2015 at 12:00 AM ET |

Jedi Temple Archives wishes everyone a very Happy New Year. We hope that 2015 brings you the very best life has to offer (and of course some extra goodness from Hasbro). May the Force be with you all.... always!

FlashBack Review: Jawa - Vinyl Collectible Doll [Realistic Style]

Posted by Paul | December 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM ET |

Jawa

  • Collectible: Jawa
  • Collection: Medicom Toy
  • Category: Vinyl Collectible Dolls
  • Review Sequence: #220
  • Original Publication Date: December 29, 2009
  • Current Ranking: 1,237th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2009

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | December 31, 2014 at 10:47 AM ET |

Got some Christmas cash? Check out Big Bad Toy Store's first post-Christmas newsletter right here, with all of the 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

Rancho Obi-Wan: Last Chance for 2014 Thank You Gift

Posted by Paul | December 31, 2014 at 09:54 AM ET |

Our friend Anne Neumann from Rancho Obi-Wan has asked us to reach our to our readership to see if you will consider becoming a 2014 member before the year is out. (You only have until today.) Please see how you can support this not for profit organization and help others while reaping some of your own benefits at the same time.

Review: Shadow Stormtrooper - TAC - Saga Legends (Fans' Choice)

Posted by Paul | December 31, 2014 at 01:25 AM ET |

Here is another repack specially chosen by Star Wars fans. The Shadow Stormtrooper was once an exclusive figure in The Saga Collection, but got a second chance in the 30 (77-07) Saga Legends line. It's the focus of 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.

Shadow Stormtrooper

Hot Toys 1/6 Scale Episode IV Darth Vader Pre-order Is Live

Posted by Chuck | December 30, 2014 at 08:22 PM ET |

Fresh off today's announcement is the pre-order for the Hot Toys Darth Vader Sixth Scale figure. Click here for the pre-order page!

Flashback Review: Boba Fett (Prototype Ver.) - Vinyl Collectible Doll

Posted by Paul | December 30, 2014 at 03:02 PM ET |

Boba Fett (Prototype Ver.)

  • Collectible: Boba Fett (Prototype Ver.)
  • Collection: Medicom Toy
  • Category: Vinyl Collectible Dolls
  • Review Sequence: #465
  • Original Publication Date: August 31, 2010
  • Current Ranking: 984th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2010

Hot Toys 1/6 Scale Episode IV Darth Vader Fully Revealed

Posted by Chuck | December 30, 2014 at 09:46 AM ET |

Hot Toys sends in the full details on the recently revealed Darth Vader 1/6th scale figure. Click through for a full gallery and specifications!

Sabine Mission Series Wave Hits Philippines - Should Hit USA By Summer?

Posted by Paul | December 30, 2014 at 09:28 AM ET |

Before any forum trolls misquote me again, the word 'summer' in the title is SARCASM. JTA Facebook friend Jaeger Trooper Eityeiteity‎ posts on our wall that the Sabine Mission Series pack has hit the Philippines. We don't know what that means for the USA right now, but keep in mind that this was was due for early December in the USA. It may be February before we see anything because the rest of the first wave hasn't even gotten out yet (Mission Series and Saga Legends). Click the thumbnail below for a full view of this eagerly anticipated set.

Review: Covert Ops Clone Trooper - TAC - Saga Legends (Fans' Choice)

Posted by Paul | December 30, 2014 at 12:50 AM ET |

A nice surprise figure re-release was 2005's ROTS Covert Ops Clone Trooper in the 2008 TAC Saga Legends line. We feel the figure has great distribution, but collectors chose him to be a Fans' Choice winner that year. See the repacked Covert Ops Clone Trooper and his exclusive black coin 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.

Covert Ops Clone Trooper

It's Like A Kick In The Privates

Posted by Paul | December 29, 2014 at 05:46 PM ET |

Our good friends at Yakface.com have posted what I like to call a "reality check" article. It's a simple idea, but it speaks volumes. They've posted an image of what store shelves look like just five (5) years ago almost to the day. Keep in mind, this is pre-The Vintage Collection, when the collector body was what Hasbro referred to as their smallest. I don't know went wrong at this point (wise scribes say it was the dreadful packaging – others say it was pricing), but this golden era gave us some of the GREATEST Star Wars toys of all time (during 2008-2010). Sad to believe that we will NEVER see anything remotely close to this ever again. Be sure to check out their article and feel feel to leave comments wherever about your memories of this VERY fun time of collecting.

FlashBack Review: Wicket - Vinyl Collectible Doll [Realistic Style]

Posted by Paul | December 29, 2014 at 05:17 PM ET |

Wicket

  • Collectible: Wicket
  • Collection: Medicom Toy
  • Category: Vinyl Collectible Dolls
  • Review Sequence: #592
  • Original Publication Date: January 5, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 1,304th most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2008

Fortune Magazine Gets A First Look At the Updated Millennium Falcon

Posted by Chuck | December 29, 2014 at 04:48 PM ET |

Fortune Magazine has a nice look at the The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon. Click through for a look at their profile of Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger, with our favorite hunk-of-junk hanging out in the background! This is not really spoiler material, but we've blurred the picture for those that really want to see NOTHING from The Force Awakens!

Visual Guide Update - Vintage Card Backs, Part 7: ESB Waves 4-6

Posted by Chuck | December 29, 2014 at 03:30 PM ET |

The final three waves from The Empire Strikes Back introduced some of the coolest figures from the movie, including rounding out the rest of the bounty hunters! Take a look at the last 9 figures from this series in our latest Vintage card back update! To-date we've added over 75 carded samples to our Vintage Visual Guide, and we are not even half way finished yet! You can revisit all of our updates on our Visual Guides channel, and you can visit our full Vintage Visual Guide at anytime to see our full line-up!

Sponsor Announcement: Happy Holidays From Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | December 29, 2014 at 03:13 PM ET |

Happy Holidays from Brian's Toys! Plus, Black Series Wave 6 Six Inch & Protech Star Case 5 restocked. Click through for the full newsletter...

Brian's Toys

For Kids Or Collectors? Hasbro Must Take Note!

Posted by Paul | December 29, 2014 at 01:48 PM ET |

As someone who possesses not a single strand of interest in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I have to tell you that I have been severely tempted to buy a few of this line's products just for the sheer awesomeness of them. As if the TMNT playset wasn't enough with its multiple levels and oh-so-cool dumpster, I can't deny how unbelievably well-made the figures are too. Then I came to THIS ITEM. I held it in my hands for about 3 minutes until my Star Wars focus took control and said "Paul, put it back." Who is this toy being made for? Kids or adults? Do you think any kid even CARES about the years 1984 or 1988? So I dare anyone to say kids. Of course kids WILL WANT it, but this has been designed with the collector in mind first. The makers of TMNT (Playmates) did this so they can continue to HOLD ONTO the collecting audience they already have. Sure, it's great if the TMNT line picks up new collectors (which it is at a feverish pace), but at least this line knows who has the money and interest first and foremost. And what quality figures these are. Hasbro needs to take note.

Sideshow Collectibles Announces Premium Format Jango Fett

Posted by Chuck | December 29, 2014 at 09:23 AM ET |

Sideshow Collectibles continues their 12 Days of Sideshow with the Jango Fett Premium Format Figure announcement. Click through for the full preview page!

Review: Destroyer Droid - POTJ - Mega Action

Posted by Paul | December 29, 2014 at 07:57 AM ET |

A figure from 2000 that is probably good enough to reuse for 2014 (in The Black Series line) is the Power Of The Jedi Mega Action Destroyer Droid. Of course, a few tweaks would make it perfect, but Hasbro really had something right going on with this figure. And we hope that it will see a tweaked re-release one day. See this gorgeous figure 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.

Destroyer Droid

Collectors Cast Episode 7: Happy Holidays

Posted by Chuck | December 28, 2014 at 10:19 PM ET |

It’s time for another dose of the monthly Star Wars Collectors Cast, the last for 2014. 

This month James Burns is joined by one half of the dynamic duo that is RebelForce Radio – Jimmy Mac – to talk through his collecting habits and what’s new in the world of Star Wars collecting, including the recently leaked Star Wars: The Force Awakens action figure prototype images. As always, James heads to northern California to check in at Rancho Obi-Wan and catch up with Steve Sansweet and find out what’s been going on at the world largest collection, and all about the brand new Rancho Recruiter initiative. 

It’s the gift that keeps on giving, tune into this month’s Star Wars Collectors Cast now!

Boba Fett (Return Of The Jedi Ver.)

  • Collectible: Boba Fett (Return Of The Jedi Ver.)
  • Collection: Medicom Toy
  • Category: Real Action Heroes
  • Review Sequence: #667
  • Original Publication Date: March 21, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 324th most visited review
  • Score: 5 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

Five Below Restocks With Collector-Focused Star Wars Figures!

Posted by Paul | December 28, 2014 at 06:25 PM ET |

Looking for something to spend your hard-earned Christmas cash on? Then head straight to Five Below. They've restocked with a nice selection of collector-based Star Wars action figures. As someone once said, how many of these "bleeping" figures did they make? JTA moderator Sjefke reports in....

Review: WEG-1618 - POTJ - Star Tours

Posted by Paul | December 28, 2014 at 01:37 PM ET |

Imagine a STAR TOURS droid if you will that is equal parts EV-9D9, 8D8 and No. 5 from Short Circuit. You'd pretty much have WEG-1618 from the Power Of The Jedi. 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.

WEG-1618

FlashBack Review: Yoda - Vinyl Collectible Doll [Realistic Style]

Posted by Paul | December 27, 2014 at 06:01 PM ET |

Yoda

  • Collectible: Yoda
  • Collection: Medicom Toy
  • Category: Vinyl Collectible Dolls
  • Review Sequence: #499
  • Original Publication Date: October 4, 2010
  • Current Ranking: 1.045th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2006

Visual Guide Update - Vintage Card Backs, Part 6: ESB Waves 2-3

Posted by Chuck | December 27, 2014 at 11:28 AM ET |

Our next Vintage card back update takes a look at wave's 2 and 3 from The Empire Strikes Back, introducing one of the most popular figures from the Vintage line: Yoda. Click through for the full look at these 10 figures on their The Empire Strikes Back cards, and jump over to our Vintage Visual Guide for the rest of our Vintage collection!

Review: ARC Trooper [Captain] - CW - Basic ('03 #43)

Posted by Paul | December 27, 2014 at 01:20 AM ET |

The ARC Trooper [Captain] figure from the Clone Wars line was a true and rare treat. Many people never even saw it and still don't have it to this day. Check it 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.

ARC Trooper [Captain]

FlashBack Review: Anakin Skywalker (Revenge Of The Sith Ver.) - RAH

Posted by Paul | December 26, 2014 at 07:01 PM ET |

Anakin Skywalker (Revenge Of The Sith Ver.)

  • Collectible: Anakin Skywalker (Revenge Of The Sith Ver.)
  • Collection: Medicom Toy
  • Category: Real Action Heroes
  • Review Sequence: #588
  • Original Publication Date: January 1, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 579th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2009

Imperial Shadow Squadron On Clearance At Some TARGET Stores

Posted by Paul | December 26, 2014 at 06:45 PM ET |

For those of you that may have some remaining Imperial Shadow Squadron TBS6 exclusives at your local TARGET stores, we are getting reports that they have been marked down to $35. Special thanks to studlydudly and others for their reports.

Sideshow Collectibles Announces New Premium Format Darth Vader

Posted by Chuck | December 26, 2014 at 12:39 PM ET |

Sideshow Collectibles kicked off their 12 Days of Sideshow with the announcement of a brand new Darth Vader Premium Format Figure. Click through for the full size preview! The pre-order date for this is TBD.

Review: Rorworr (Wookiee Scout) - POTJ - Exclusive

Posted by Paul | December 26, 2014 at 01:10 AM ET |

Here is a one-off RDR that focuses on a pack-in figure and not the actual main game with which it came. Check out the cool Rorworr (Wookiee Scout) figure 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.

Rorworr (Wookiee Scout)

FlashBack Review: Emperor's Royal Guard - Real Action Heroes

Posted by Paul | December 25, 2014 at 06:55 PM ET |

Emperor's Royal Guard

  • Collectible: Emperor's Royal Guard
  • Collection: Medicom Toy
  • Category: Real Action Heroes
  • Review Sequence: #589
  • Original Publication Date: January 2, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 810th most visited review
  • Score: 5 holocrons
  • Released: 2008

Visual Guide Update - Vintage Card Backs, Part 5: ESB Wave 1

Posted by Chuck | December 25, 2014 at 12:02 PM ET |

It's time to kick off another round of Vintage card back updates, this time focusing on The Empire Strikes Back! Let's take a look at the first wave of 10 figures released in 1980. Get the full look at our new additions after the jump, and (as always) visit our Vintage Visual Guide for a complete look at our Vintage archive! We've also updated the loose guides for all of the figures from The Empire Strikes Back!

Ten years ago to almost the day, Entertainment Earth released the exclusive Holiday 2004 Edition [Jawas] set for collectors to add to their collections. Overpriced but nonetheless cool, this Ralph McQuarrie inspired set was a nice way to celebrate Christmas and the holidays no matter what the year. 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.

Holiday 2004 Edition [Jawas]

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Paul | December 25, 2014 at 09:21 AM ET |

Jedi Temple Archives wishes ALL of our readers, friends, colleagues and staff a very Merry Christmas. Thank you for being part of the JTA family!

FlashBack Review: Jango Fett - Real Action Heroes

Posted by Paul | December 24, 2014 at 02:35 PM ET |

Jango Fett

  • Collectible: Jango Fett
  • Collection: Medicom Toy
  • Category: Real Action Heroes
  • Review Sequence: #590
  • Original Publication Date: January 3, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 1,027th most visited review
  • Score: 5 holocrons
  • Released: 2007

Amazon Deal of the Day: The Clone Wars Seasons 1-5 Set

Posted by Chuck | December 24, 2014 at 08:04 AM ET |

The Clone Wars Seasons 1-5 DVD and Blu-ray are both Amazon's Deal of the Day today. If you get some Christmas cash and these are on your list it might be a good time to pick them up! Both are listed at half off!

Also of note, you can get the non-collector's edition Blu-ray box set for only $56.99!

    

Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi - SW [DV/ROTS] - 12-Inch Figure

Posted by Paul | December 24, 2014 at 01:20 AM ET |

We have one more "shampoo bottle" to look at before we move on to something else. Let's look at Obi-Wan Kenobi from the 12-Inch Figures line 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.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Announcing PSWCS.org Non-profit Charity

Posted by Paul | December 23, 2014 at 07:51 PM ET |

Our friend Eric Franks from Imperial Holocron has sent out an important PRESS RELEASE to us to share for immediate release. Click through for more information.

Mexico: The Black Market Series?

Posted by Paul | December 23, 2014 at 07:46 PM ET |

JTA Mexican reader _mosh writes in to let us know about how a pretty cool exclusive is getting abused. Check out his report by clicking through.

Canadian Store Report: Winners Has Discounted Star Wars Stuff

Posted by Paul | December 23, 2014 at 07:41 PM ET |

JTA reader and friend Jamie D. writes in to let Canadian readers know that a retail chain Winners may be a good bet for your Star Wars needs. Click through for his report. (Click image for a larger view.)

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | December 23, 2014 at 06:17 PM ET |

Check out this week's Big Bad Toy Store newsletter right here, with all of the 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

FlashBack Review: Clone Trooper Commander - Real Action Heroes

Posted by Paul | December 23, 2014 at 04:31 PM ET |

Clone Trooper Commander (Attack Of The Clones Ver.)

  • Collectible: Clone Trooper Commander (Attack Of The Clones Ver.)
  • Collection: Medicom Toy
  • Category: Real Action Heroes
  • Review Sequence: #591
  • Original Publication Date: January 4, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 840th most visited review
  • Score: 3.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2008

Review: Anakin Skywalker - SW [Y/AOTC] - 12-Inch Figure

Posted by Paul | December 23, 2014 at 12:40 AM ET |

This may be the worst figure Hasbro has ever produced. See what makes the Anakin Skywalker 12-Inch Figure is another complete debacle. See if you agree with us 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.

Anakin Skywalker

Hot Toys Wishes You A Merry Christmas!

Posted by Paul | December 22, 2014 at 10:17 PM ET |

Hot Toys reaches out to wish all of their customers a Merry Christmas. They write "Dear all - Hot Toys wishes you Merry Christmas! - May your holidays be filled with joy and happiness. All the best for 2015!" Click the image below to see their greetings.

Is There Room Yet To Start Growing Concerned?

Posted by Paul | December 22, 2014 at 05:09 PM ET |

Our friends at SWActionNews have posted a story on their blog called the Venganza Media Gazette that Hasbro is producing a 2.5" scaled line for the Avengers film. Also, when Marvelicious Toys, their sister site, pressed Hasbro for any new details on 3.75" line, they essentially got "no comment". With this newly leaked information that shows that this new smaller scale is what this line will be and with no signs (YET) that 3.75" will be produced for the Avengers film (at this moment), how does this make you feel about how the Star Wars line may be approached with The Force Awakens? While we're all eager to jump the gun and panic, let us know in the comments how you feel about this. It is interesting that NO 3.75" TFA leaks showed up. You have to feel for Avengers collectors. We think simple 5POA is bad. Imagine getting 2.5" next. Yikes! Please don't cross-pollinate that scale to Star Wars, Hasbro! Please!

FlashBack Review: Darth Maul - Real Action Heroes

Posted by Paul | December 22, 2014 at 04:21 PM ET |

Darth Maul

  • Collectible: Darth Maul
  • Collection: Medicom Toy
  • Category: Real Action Heroes
  • Review Sequence: #730
  • Original Publication Date: May 23, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 1,281st most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2008

The Force Awakens New TBS6 Revealed?

Posted by Paul | December 22, 2014 at 08:54 AM ET |

Site chinese-starwars.com has posted an image in their forums which looks to reveal new The Force Awakens 6" figures. DO NOT click through if you do not want to see these figures. Special thanks to JTA reader Jesse C. for the alert.

Review: Clone Trooper - SW [Y/AOTC] - 12-Inch Figure

Posted by Paul | December 22, 2014 at 01:10 AM ET |

Cue Debbie Downer music. The Clone Trooper 12-Inch Figure is a debacle. See if you agree with us 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.

Clone Trooper

The Black Series 3.75-inch Wave 7 Revealed?

Posted by Paul | December 21, 2014 at 11:13 PM ET |

Our friend flyguy from flyguy.net has posted information which looks like to wave 7 of The Black Series 3.75" line. It looks like once again case assortments have been reshuffled. This stuff changes on a dime doesn't it? Click through for more information.

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | December 21, 2014 at 08:58 PM ET |

Check out this week's newsletter from Brian's Toys, featuring new pre-orders and hundreds of loose Vintage figures added. You can also still take advantage of the free shipping special: orders over $35 get free shipping. Check out the full promotional deals here. Use the code CHRISTMAS, good through December 31st!

Brian's Toys

Is Walgreens Very Territorial About Its Exclusives?

Posted by Paul | December 21, 2014 at 06:00 PM ET |

Out of the 250+ eBay auctions for the "Walgreens exclusive" TBS6 Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) figure, I couldn't find this sticker once on any of the listings. Have any of you out there seen this? Interesting. It seems like you could have some real fun with that phone number....

FlashBack Review: Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape) - TVC - VC39

Posted by Paul | December 21, 2014 at 05:01 PM ET |

Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape)

  • Collectible: Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape) (VC39)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #629
  • Original Publication Date: February 11, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 89th most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

Battle Of Endor Permanently Price-Changed To $79.99?

Posted by Paul | December 21, 2014 at 04:54 PM ET |

We are pretty sure that the Battle Of Endor Toys R us exclusive multipack has been permanently price-changed to $79.99 (which is still way too much money to plop down on this thing if you already have all of the contents inside of it already). But if you have been eyeing this thing, then this may be more palatable for you. On a side note, as you can see from the image, not much has changed on this shelf since the summer time!

Rebels Figures: Where Are You?

Posted by Paul | December 21, 2014 at 04:50 PM ET |

We're literally a few days away from Christmas and quite a few collectors have yet to see a single Rebels figure in their local stores. This is the sad state of affairs at Toys R Us in Northeast Philly. It's been abysmal here pretty much forever, although they did somehow manage to get the TBS6 Yoda wave in – explain that!

Our latest Vintage update features 6 more instruction sheets, a catalog... and a very (in)famous insert. Click through to see what's new, and stop by our Vintage Visual Guide to check out our full inventory of Instructions, Inserts, and catalogs!

Review: Talking Boba Fett - Talking Star Wars Figures (Disney Store)

Posted by Paul | December 21, 2014 at 08:32 AM ET |

The unbelievable Talking Boba Fett is one of our most favorite purchases of the year. For less than $30 you get a spot-on sculpt, awesome articulation, a stunning paint job and a weightiness that just doesn't exist in 99% of the current modern offerings from Jakks Pacific and Hasbro. 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.

Talking Boba Fett

FlashBack Review: Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) - TVC - VC03

Posted by Paul | December 20, 2014 at 09:09 PM ET |

Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit)

  • Collectible: Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) (VC03)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #406
  • Original Publication Date: July 3, 2010
  • Current Ranking: 85th most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2010

Review: Talking Chewbacca - Talking Star Wars Figures (Disney Store)

Posted by Paul | December 20, 2014 at 04:31 PM ET |

We have to play a little bit of catch-up before the end of the year. Let's start off with the Talking Chewbacca figure from Disney Stores. This line is great, but maybe Chewbacca wasn't as perfect as the others? You decide 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.

Talking Chewbacca

New Jakks Pacific Figures Coming Soon!

Posted by Paul | December 19, 2014 at 05:02 PM ET |

New 18" Jakks Pacific figure images have surfaced. Click through to see full images of Greedo, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight). Thanks to JTA reader rollajedi for the information.

    

FlashBack Review: R5-D4 - TVC - VC40

Posted by Paul | December 19, 2014 at 01:07 PM ET |

R5-D4

  • Collectible: R5-D4 (VC40)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #631
  • Original Publication Date: February 13, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 329th most visited review
  • Score: 3.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

UPDATE: Walgreens.com Cancels Remaining Unfilled Proto Fett Orders?

Posted by Paul | December 19, 2014 at 09:07 AM ET |

That's what Facebook page STAR WARS: Anything and Everything is stating. It appears that Walgreens is unable to fill all pre-orders on this toy. What doesn't make sense to us is that if the buyer, who claimed to re-order 40,000 more units, ordered what he said he would, this thing should be more common than Episode I product. So something just isn't right here.

UPDATE: It looks like two separate things are happening here. Click through for more.

Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi - POTJ - Mega Action

Posted by Paul | December 19, 2014 at 12:55 AM ET |

Did you know that The Black Series wasn't the first 6" line from Hasbro? It actually was planned as early as the Episode I line. But plans were shelved and it eventually was released under the Power Of The Jedi line as Mega Action figures. Now we look at the Obi-Wan Kenobi figure next. See the 6" roots to our current 6" line 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.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

FlashBack Review: AT-RT Driver - TVC - VC46

Posted by Paul | December 18, 2014 at 02:53 PM ET |

AT-RT Driver

  • Collectible: AT-RT Driver (VC46)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #661
  • Original Publication Date: March 15, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 206th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

Review: Darth Maul - POTJ - Mega Action

Posted by Paul | December 18, 2014 at 08:21 AM ET |

Did you know that The Black Series wasn't the first 6" line from Hasbro? It actually was planned as early as the Episode I line. But those plans were shelved and it eventually was released under the Power Of The Jedi line as Mega Action figures. We look at the Darth Maul figure first. See the 6" roots to our current 6" line 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.

Darth Maul

Just when you think this villain couldn't sink any lower... in price! On Amazon right now get the Jabba the Hutt six-inch figure for $15.64!

The Black Series Speeder Bike With Biker Scout Under $22 On Amazon!

Posted by Chuck | December 17, 2014 at 07:43 PM ET |

The Speeder Bike with Biker Scout is back on Amazon for a super-low price! Get it now while you can for $21.43! It's not as sweet as the recent Gold Box deal, but only a few bucks more!

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | December 17, 2014 at 07:41 PM ET |

Big Bad Toy Store is still having their Holiday Sales, so be sure to check them out! Time is running out!

Holiday Sales!

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

Big Bad Toy Store

FlashBack Review: General Lando Calrissian - TVC - VC47

Posted by Paul | December 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM ET |

General Lando Calrissian

  • Collectible: General Lando Calrissian (VC47)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #657
  • Original Publication Date: March 11, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 167th most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

Gentle Giant Launches Newly Designed Web Site Today

Posted by Chuck | December 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM ET |

Gentle Giant's newly designed web site went live today. Stop by and check it out!

Review: Yoda - Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure

Posted by Paul | December 17, 2014 at 12:40 AM ET |

Let's switch gears and check out the Yoda Jumbo Vintage Kenner figure. It's the topic of 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.

Yoda

FlashBack Review: MagnaGuard - TVC - VC18

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2014 at 05:07 PM ET |

MagnaGuard

  • Collectible: MagnaGuard (VC18)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #471
  • Original Publication Date: September 6, 2010
  • Current Ranking: 36th most visited review
  • Score: 5 holocrons
  • Released: 2010

Hot Toys Quarter Scale Boba Fett Pre-order Is Live!

Posted by Chuck | December 16, 2014 at 04:44 PM ET |

Hot off the recent announcement, the Hot Toys Quarter Scale Boba Fett is now up for pre-order. Click here for all the details!

Past And Present: The Joy Of A Millennium Falcon At Christmas!

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2014 at 03:23 PM ET |

Check out this very touching and nostalgia-inducing video of JTA Facebook friend Buried Egg. He compiled a side by side video of him opening up his vintage Kenner Millennium Falcon from 1981 next to a modern video of him opening up his The Vintage Collection Millennium Falcon from 2012. Definitely check it out! It's guaranteed to put a smile on your face. We are such dorks! (Too bad the Rebels version would put a frown on your face.)

Review: Boba Fett/Stormtrooper - R - Mission Series (MS05)

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2014 at 09:21 AM ET |

If Hasbro had to repack two figures from the previous Saga Legends line, then this is the way to do it. Check out the Boba Fett/Stormtrooper Mission Series set from the Rebels line. It's the focus of 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/Stormtrooper

Volvo, ABBA and Hasbro Star Wars Figures

Posted by Paul | December 15, 2014 at 09:56 PM ET |

This post will make you feel pangs in your heart. Look at what fortunate Swedes get to choose from when THEY go Star Wars shopping. Click through for JTA reader Matt H.'s unbelievable report!

The Vintage Collection Prototype Boba Fett Once Again At $19.99

Posted by Chuck | December 15, 2014 at 09:44 PM ET |

It looks like once again the The Vintage Collection Prototype Boba Fett is down to $19.99 if you are still looking for this at that price. This doesn't look to be any special promotion that expires, but you may want to get it while you can! Thanks to those that wrote in to inform us of this price drop.

Abysmal Is A Severe Understatement

Posted by Paul | December 15, 2014 at 09:43 PM ET |

I can't believe these have been my options since the end of September at my local TARGET. Oh, and not shown but next to the Slave Leia and Greedo 6" figures are four TBS 3.75" Yodas. Click the thumbnail below for a larger image. Thank goodness for online.

Green Leader's A-wing Fighter

  • Collectible: Green Leader's A-wing Fighter
  • Collection: The Legacy Collection
  • Category: Walmart Exclusive
  • Review Sequence: #20
  • Original Publication Date: June 12, 2009
  • Current Ranking: 154th most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2008

Yoda To Make Return In Star Wars: Rebels!

Posted by Paul | December 15, 2014 at 01:19 PM ET |

It looks like Yoda will make a return appearance in the Star Wars saga in Rebels! Yahoo.com has the exclusive story!

Hot Toys Announces 1/4th Scale Episode VI Boba Fett!

Posted by Chuck | December 15, 2014 at 01:15 PM ET |

Hot Toys released their official announcement of the Boba Fett 1/4" Scale Return of the Jedi Figure. Click through for the full gallery of this amazing work of art!

TARGET Gives Up On Hero Series X-wing Fighter Before Christmas

Posted by Paul | December 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM ET |

JTA reader Jeff T. gleefully sends us proof that TARGET has given up on the Hero Series X-wing Fighter, which although Hasbro states is a standalone item, looks like the perfect vehicle for the "shampoo bottles". Come on gift-giving parents and children not interested in Star Wars yet. Why aren't you supporting this items? It's cheap, affordable and will fit your budgetary needs! All ye enlightened ones who claim to "understand" why Hasbro has gone the cheap route, why have you not supported this thing either? For your information, my TARGET locations are SWIMMING in these things. They're stacked up like freight in a warehouse. If this keeps up, retail won't even take a chance on the new Episode 7 Star Wars stuff. Why should they when they've been given all of these bridges to sell? Click the thumbnails below for larger images.

   

JTA Sponsor Dorkside Toys: Daily Deal 3 Saga Legends Figures For $9.99!

Posted by Paul | December 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM ET |

Here is Dorkside Toys' Daily Deal for today! Get three Rebels line look Saga Legends figures for $9.97 while supplies last!

Review: Geonosis Battle Droid Commander & Count Dooku Hologram

Posted by Paul | December 15, 2014 at 10:08 AM ET |

Let's check out the Geonosis Battle Droid Commander & Count Dooku Hologram. While we love this release, we're going to formally ask Sideshow to start producing some all-new Original Trilogy characters going forward and leave droids and clones alone for a while. Thank you. It's the topic of 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.

Geonosis Battle Droid Commander & Count Dooku Hologram

FlashBack Review: Bastila Shan - TVC - VC69

Posted by Paul | December 14, 2014 at 01:06 PM ET |

Bastila Shan

  • Collectible: Bastila Shan (VC69)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #874
  • Original Publication Date: October 14, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 179th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

JTA Sponsor Dorkside Toys: Daily Deal Luke Skywalker [Jedi] $12.99

Posted by Paul | December 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM ET |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys is now running the TBS6 Luke Jedi for $12.99 as their Daily Deal today! Grab him while he lasts!

Free Shipping At Brian's Toys For Orders Over $35

Posted by Chuck | December 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM ET |

Brian's Toys is currently offering free shipping on orders over $35. Check out the full promotional deals here. Use the code CHRISTMAS, good through December 31st!

Brian's Toys

Review: Jango Fett - R - Saga Legends (SL07)

Posted by Paul | December 14, 2014 at 01:20 AM ET |

We're still fond of this Jango Fett figure even though we have seen it once before already. Now he is available in the Rebels line. 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.

Jango Fett

Walmart Exclusive Rebels Millennium Falcon Rollback Down To $29.97!

Posted by Paul | December 13, 2014 at 10:33 PM ET |

JTA reader Mike C. eagerly writes in to let other JTA readers know that Walmart has the simplified BMF (the Rebels Millennium Falcon) for a low $29.97 down from $77 (a savings of $47.03). You can pick it up at a store and not pay shipping charges either. At this price, it's honestly a bit hard to not consider it. It also makes us wonder just how well this new "cheap route" is working out for retailers too.

A Not-So-Bad-Looking Way To Dress Up TBS Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight)

Posted by Paul | December 13, 2014 at 06:20 PM ET |

JTA reader thirdfloor sends us pictures he took of The Black Series 6" Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) figure with the cloak from The Black Series 3.75" Darth Malgus figure. While there is no denying that the cloak is not to scale (and evidently too short), we have to admit that it adds some amazing depth to the lightly accessorized 6" figure. Click each thumbnail below to see larger images.

    

FlashBack Review: Imperial TIE Fighter - TVC - TARGET Exclusive

Posted by Paul | December 13, 2014 at 04:11 PM ET |

Imperial TIE Fighter

  • Collectible: Imperial TIE Fighter
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: TARGET Exclusive
  • Review Sequence: #515
  • Original Publication Date: October 20, 2010
  • Current Ranking: 49th most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2010

Gentle Giant Ltd. Briefly Shows Unannounced Items In YouTube Video

Posted by Paul | December 13, 2014 at 04:00 PM ET |

Gentle Giant Ltd. posted a video on YouTube back on December 4th that sadly went unnoticed. But if you check it out and look carefully, you'll see new things that have yet to be officially announced. We also couldn't help but notice what looks to be a (GASP!) 6" vintage Kenner Boba Fett "mid-size" figure. Hopefully that's just a scaled version for better referencing or something else, but that looks oddly finished in our minds. Could it be that Gentle Giant Ltd. will be starting an all-new vintage Kenner scaled line? Anyway, even if that's not the case, definitely check out the video!

The Official Site Takes A Look Back At Vintage Variations

Posted by Chuck | December 13, 2014 at 02:44 PM ET |

StarWars.com recently posted an article featuring Vintage variations. We thought this was good timing with all of our Vintage updates over the past few weeks! Click through to take a look at many of the major variations found in the Vintage line of figures!

Kotobukiya and Barnes and Noble Team Up To Bring You R2-C4

Posted by Chuck | December 13, 2014 at 02:25 PM ET |

Kotobukiya has announced their latest ArtFX+ R2 unit: R2-C4. This Barnes & Noble exclusive can be ordered right here!

JTA Sponsor Dorkside Toys: Daily Deal Chewbacca $12.99

Posted by Paul | December 13, 2014 at 12:15 PM ET |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys is running The Black Series 6" Chewbacca as their daily deal for today only! Grab him for $12.99!

Review: Clone Trooper - R - Saga Legends (SL08)

Posted by Paul | December 13, 2014 at 12:23 AM ET |

Another clone! See the repacked Clone Trooper 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.

Clone Trooper

2015 Star Wars Toy Line Speculations: A Multi-Site Special Report

Posted by Paul | December 12, 2014 at 08:00 PM ET |

Jedi Temple Archives was asked to be part of a panel at JediBusiness.com speculating on what the 2015 Star Wars line will be like supporting The Force Awakens. We are joined by our friends at Yakface.com, SWActionNews.com, JediNews.co.uk, The WolfpackPodcast.com, TheSWCA.com, as well as new friends From4-LOMtoZuckuss.com and GOT Podcast to participate in this great discussion. Definitely check it out where you can see our thoughts on topics like the future of the the collector line, when we'll start seeing Episode 7 toys, and what we can expect to see at Toy Fair and SDCC next year!

FlashBack Review: Odd Ball (Clone Pilot) - TVC - VC97

Posted by Paul | December 12, 2014 at 01:27 PM ET |

Odd Ball (Clone Pilot)

  • Collectible: Odd Ball (Clone Pilot) (VC97)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #1,122
  • Original Publication Date: June 18, 2012
  • Current Ranking: 541st most visited review
  • Score: 5 holocrons
  • Released: 2012

Dorkside Toys Daily Deal: TBS6 Clone Trooper $12.99!!

Posted by Paul | December 12, 2014 at 12:06 PM ET |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys is running a daily special today for The Black Series Clone Trooper 6" figure for only 12.99! Hurry while supplies last!

New Website Coming Soon From Gentle Giant Ltd.

Posted by Paul | December 12, 2014 at 09:40 AM ET |

Gentle Giant Ltd. has announced that a brand new website is coming next week through an email blast. It should be interesting.

Review: Darth Vader - R - Saga Legends (SL09)

Posted by Paul | December 12, 2014 at 07:53 AM ET |

Let's check out the Darth Vader figure, now in the Rebels line look. It's the topic of 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.

Darth Vader

Character Names Revealed From Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer!

Posted by Chuck | December 11, 2014 at 05:56 PM ET |

What a cool way to reveal the names of the characters from The Force Awakens trailer! Jump on over the Entertainment Weekly for a look at the Vintage-style reveal! Depending on your level of spoiler-free, of course! Click through to discuss, and keep the discussion limited to the trailer reveals please for the sake of us spoiler-free folk!

Amazon Gold Box Deal: Speeder Bike With Biker Scout For $19.99!

Posted by Chuck | December 11, 2014 at 04:01 PM ET |

The Speeder Bike with Biker Scout is an Amazon Gold Box deal starting right now for Prime members and 30 minutes later for the rest! Get it for $19.99!

Update: All claimed in under 3 minutes!

FlashBack Review: Naboo Royal Guard - TVC - VC83

Posted by Paul | December 11, 2014 at 02:31 PM ET |

Naboo Royal Guard

  • Collectible: Naboo Royal Guard (VC83)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #961
  • Original Publication Date: January 9, 2012
  • Current Ranking: 468th most visited review
  • Score: 5 holocrons
  • Released: 2012

Some Collectors Are Seeing Rebels Figures For The First Time

Posted by Paul | December 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM ET |

And it's almost Christmas! This may or may not be hard for you to believe, but there are STILL plenty of collectors out there who HAVE YET to see a single Rebels figure hit at their local retail establishments. JTA reader Matthew V. was so excited to see these arrive yesterday that he just had to send in the news. Click through for his report.

Hasbro Changes Shape Of J Hook On Rebels Figures

Posted by Paul | December 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM ET |

We honestly can't be bothered with packaging variation nonsense (as well as date stamps) generally speaking, but here is one of perhaps a little more interest. JTA reader Matthew sends us an image that Hasbro has changed the J hook of the Rebels figures. We don't care at all, but some of you who keep figures in the package may care. Click the image below for a closer look.

Walmart.com: TBS6 Speeder Biker/Scout Trooper Set For $25/Free Shipping

Posted by Paul | December 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM ET |

Walmart has the Speeder Bike With Scout Troooper TBS6 figure set on sale for $25. The better bargain? They're also running a FREE shipping promo as well. Special thanks to JTA reader Frank W. for the news!

Note: This will also be an Amazon.com Gold Box deal starting today at 4:30 (4:00 for Prime members). You may want to see if that offers a better deal.

Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi - R - Saga Legends (SL11)

Posted by Paul | December 11, 2014 at 08:01 AM ET |

He is both SL13 and SL11 in different lines in the same year of 2014. Oh, and he is the same figure too. Are you confused yet, because we are! The unnecessarily re-released Obi-Wan Kenobi figure, now in the Rebels line look, looks just as bad at the end of 2014 as he did in the beginning of 2014. Check out why we don't understand the release of this figure at 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.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

JTA Sponsor Dorkside Toys Has TBS6 Darth Vader In Stock $22.99!

Posted by Paul | December 10, 2014 at 07:19 PM ET |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys has The Black Series 6" Darth Vader IN STOCK and for only $22.99! If you want a collector-focused retailer perfectly packaging your order instead of taking a huge risk with Amazon.com and chancing it to arrive smushed, DEFINITELY place your order with them! They WILL take care of you!

Remaining Outstanding Prototype Boba Fett Orders Arriving!

Posted by Paul | December 10, 2014 at 06:17 PM ET |

As we reported last week, Walgreens have begun processing the remaining Prototype Boba Fett figures on or about December 11th. Mine just arrived today. This is the first time I have ever "seen" them from a Walgreens source.... period.

The Black Series 6-inch Darth Vader Back In Stock On Amazon

Posted by Chuck | December 10, 2014 at 03:05 PM ET |

This went fast the last time, so if you missed it the Darth Vader six-inch figure is back in stock at Amazon for $22.99.

Amazon Lightning Deal: TVC Mail-away Prototype Boba Fett For $19.99

Posted by Chuck | December 10, 2014 at 03:01 PM ET |

It's the Amazon lightning Deal and the deal starts now (for Prime members - Regular shoppers will have to wait another 30 minutes). Get the The Vintage Collection Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) mail-away figure for $19.99 while the deal lasts!

FlashBack Review: Rebel Pilot (Mon Calamari) - TVC - VC91

Posted by Paul | December 10, 2014 at 02:36 PM ET |

Rebel Pilot (Mon Calamari)

  • Collectible: Rebel Pilot (Mon Calamari) (VC91)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #1,017
  • Original Publication Date: March 5, 2012
  • Current Ranking: 337th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2012

Review: Snowtrooper - R - Saga Legends (SL12)

Posted by Paul | December 10, 2014 at 08:01 AM ET |

Here is another Rebels repack that America needed. Let's now check out the Snowtrooper in the Star Wars: Rebels Saga Legends line. It's the focus of 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.

Snowtrooper

The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures, 1977-1985

Posted by Chuck | December 09, 2014 at 08:04 PM ET |

With all of our recent Vintage updates going on, it would be very remiss of us not to remind our readers of the upcoming release of The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures, 1977-1985! This arrives December 17th and you can check it out right here (including a sample look inside the book).

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store - Holiday Sale!

Posted by Chuck | December 09, 2014 at 07:57 PM ET |

Big Bad Toy Store has their Holiday shipping schedule posted, along with their latest newsletter. Don't forget to check out their Holiday Sales below!

Holiday Sales!

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

Big Bad Toy Store

Star Wars: Dark Disciple Cover Art Revealed!

Posted by Chuck | December 09, 2014 at 04:40 PM ET |

The cover are for the upcoming The Clone Wars follow-up novel has been revealed at StarWars.com. Click over for the full story and high-resolution reveal!

FlashBack Review: Lando Calrissian (Sandstorm Outfit) - TVC - VC89

Posted by Paul | December 09, 2014 at 01:36 PM ET |

Lando Calrissian (Sandstorm Outfit)

  • Collectible: Lando Calrissian (Sandstorm Outfit) (VC89)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #1,014
  • Original Publication Date: March 2, 2012
  • Current Ranking: 157th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2012

Toys R Us Cantina Showdown Now $10 Off!

Posted by Paul | December 09, 2014 at 10:49 AM ET |

With special thanks to JTA reader Martin M. for alerting us, you can now get the terrible Cantina Showdown exclusive for $10 off.

Review: Luke Skywalker - R - Saga Legends (SL10)

Posted by Paul | December 09, 2014 at 08:33 AM ET |

And here are the repacks.... at least these are repacks America needed. Let's check out Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars: Rebels Saga Legends line. It's the focus of 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

The Black Series 6 Inch Darth Vader On Amazon For $22.99

Posted by Chuck | December 08, 2014 at 09:45 PM ET |

Another The Black Series figure drops down to normal pricing on Amazon. Get the Darth Vader (#02) for $22.99 if this one is still on your hunt list!

Marvel Star Wars #1 Hasbro Action Figure Variant Cover Announced

Posted by Chuck | December 08, 2014 at 05:04 PM ET |

Marvel announced today another variant cover for their upcoming Star Wars #1 debut, this time a scene featuring 55 action figures from the The Black Series Six-inch line. Get all the details right here!

FlashBack Review: Bom Vimdin (Cantina Patron) - TVC - VC53

Posted by Paul | December 08, 2014 at 01:51 PM ET |

Bom Vimdin (Cantina Patron)

  • Collectible: Bom Vimdin (Cantina Patron) (VC53)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #778
  • Original Publication Date: July 10, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 221st most visited review
  • Score: 5 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

One Person Who Didn't See The Episode 7 Teaser Trailer: George Lucas

Posted by Paul | December 08, 2014 at 01:23 PM ET |

George Lucas is claiming that he didn't watch the Episode VII teaser trailer. BusinessInsider.com has the story.

The Black Series 6 Inch Clone Trooper For $11.49 On Amazon!

Posted by Chuck | December 08, 2014 at 10:55 AM ET |

Hurry! $11.49 for this baby! Get it while you can! This is an Amazon Deal of the Day so don't wait until tomorrow. The Black Series 6" Clone Trooper on Amazon...

Review: Grand Admiral Thrawn - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | December 08, 2014 at 12:55 AM ET |

The Grand Admiral Thrawn Mini Bust is gorgeous. Check it 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.

Grand Admiral Thrawn

FlashBack Review: TIE Fighter Pilot - TVC - VC65

Posted by Paul | December 07, 2014 at 04:48 PM ET |

TIE Fighter Pilot

  • Collectible: TIE Fighter Pilot (VC65)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #878
  • Original Publication Date: October 18, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 283rd most visited review
  • Score: 3 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

In case you haven't noticed we are hitting the updates for our Vintage Visual Guide pretty hard, and today we have another entry in our Instructions, Inserts, and Catalogs section. We have added a nice mix of Vintage catalogs and instructions from across the lines, so click through and enjoy another nostalgia fix from our latest 8 entries to our archives!

Review: TIE Pilot - TBS [P2] - Six Inch Figures (#05)

Posted by Paul | December 07, 2014 at 01:05 AM ET |

Well, the TIE Pilot is another pleasant surprise in The Black Series 6" line. It's a very generic interpretation of the character, but we found very little fault with it. See why you need one too 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.

TIE Pilot

FlashBack Review: Weequay - TVC - VC107

Posted by Paul | December 06, 2014 at 09:23 PM ET |

Weequay

  • Collectible: Weequay (VC107)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #1,224
  • Original Publication Date: September 28, 2012
  • Current Ranking: 377th most visited review
  • Score: 5 holocrons
  • Released: 2012

Awesome Retro-Styled Episode VII Teaser Trailer!

Posted by Paul | December 06, 2014 at 06:37 PM ET |

Everyone! STOP what you're doing and check out the new RETRO Episode VII teaser trailer, complete with classic styled voice over track and "poor" quality resolution. This is AWESOME. If you're old like I am, you WILL get goose pimples. Guaranteed!

Review: Clone Trooper Sergeant - TBS [P2] - Six Inch Figures (#07)

Posted by Paul | December 06, 2014 at 05:13 PM ET |

We expected to blow off the Clone Trooper Sergeant as another annoying repaint, but it has impressed us very much. Not only has Hasbro taken obvious strides to clean up the placement of color flashes, they've also cast the figure in an off-white plastic which has done wonders to how realistic this figure appears. Now we want all of the officers. See why we're surprisingly giddy about this release 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.

Clone Trooper Sergeant

Photonovel Update: The Enloe Trials

Posted by Paul | December 06, 2014 at 04:53 PM ET |

Our good friend Justin from Yakface.com has completed another stunning chapter in his The Enloe Trials photonovel. Be sure to check it out!

Beautiful Bastila Shan Custom Action Figure (Hyper Articulated!)

Posted by Paul | December 06, 2014 at 02:05 PM ET |

Our very own Sjefke has produced a custom super-super-super-articulated Bastila Shan. Check it out by clicking through! This was part of ImperialShipyards.net Ultimate Action Figure Contest.

But They're For The Gift Giving Adults And The Kids!

Posted by Paul | December 06, 2014 at 12:00 PM ET |

We're almost into the second week of December and my local TARGET has received 1 new Star Wars: Rebels figure (Jango Fett), 4 TBS [P2] Yoda (3.75") figures and is STILL swimming in TBS 6" Princess Leia (Slave Outfit) and Greedo figures. They're also trying to still sell these puppies from January 2013 (see thumbnail below). Why is Hasbro still making these? Oh, I know! They're for kids. And kids are going to save the line. As a close friend (and wise scribe) once said "Hasbro keeps chasing the customer they don't have instead of focusing on keeping the ones they do." I wish I could take credit for that line myself, because I honestly couldn't agree more with that sentiment. Maybe by Episode VII stores will get recalibrated and we can't start the madness all over again. (Click the thumbnail to see all I have seen since 2013 at my local TARGET, plus or minus a few exceptions.)

Classic Kenner Card Back Gets Nod In Marvel Star Wars #1 Variant Cover

Posted by Chuck | December 06, 2014 at 09:15 AM ET |

Check out the unique Vintage variant cover for the upcoming Marvel Star Wars #1! What a cool way to pay homage to Kenner's Vintage carded figures! Thanks Dan Curto for the head's up!

Hot Toys Exclusive Shadow Trooper Pre-order at Sideshow Collectibles

Posted by Chuck | December 05, 2014 at 06:35 PM ET |

Sideshow Collectibles has the Hot Toys Exclusive Shadow Trooper up for pre-order. Get all the details on their product page!

FlashBack Review: Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) - TVC - VC68

Posted by Paul | December 05, 2014 at 04:16 PM ET |

Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear)

  • Collectible: Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) (VC68)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #873
  • Original Publication Date: October 13, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 233rd most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

HasbroToyShop.com Is Stocked And Running Great PROMO Code

Posted by Paul | December 05, 2014 at 01:47 PM ET |

With special thanks to our friends at BanthaSkull.com for the alert, HasbroToyShop.com has some great figures in stock. Use PROMO code HOLIDAYFF14 for 25% off AS WELL AS FREE SHIPPING!

Visual Guide Update - Vintage Card Backs, Part 4: SW on ESB Cards II

Posted by Chuck | December 05, 2014 at 01:46 PM ET |

Following our ESB update for the original 12 figures, we now have added the next 9 figures from the Star Wars line as they appear on The Empire Strikes Back card backs! Check out which ESB card backs are represented for each figure after the jump! And, don't forget to stop by our Vintage Visual Guide for our full (ever-growing) Vintage archive!

Review: Jabba The Hutt - TBS [P2] - Six Inch Figure (Deluxe)

Posted by Paul | December 05, 2014 at 09:52 AM ET |

Let's check out the single release of Jabba The Hutt. Bad move, Hasbro. Baaaddddd move. It's the topic of 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.

Jabba The Hutt

BOGO 50% At Toys R Us: In Store Only!

Posted by Paul | December 05, 2014 at 09:13 AM ET |

Toys R Us is running a new 2-Day Super Sale Buy One Get One 50% off and it's in stores only (today and tomorrow). Special thanks to JTA reader Les Dudis for the heads up.

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | December 04, 2014 at 09:43 PM ET |

Big Bad Toy Store is ready for the Holidays! Click below for the latest gift ideas, and visit their full newsletter right here!

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

Big Bad Toy Store

FlashBack Review: Daultay Dofine - TVC - VC82

Posted by Paul | December 04, 2014 at 05:16 PM ET |

Daultay Dofine

  • Collectible: Daultay Dofine (VC82)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #960
  • Original Publication Date: January 8, 2012
  • Current Ranking: 524th most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2012

Walgreens.com Will Be Receiving Their Allotment On/Around December 11th

Posted by Paul | December 04, 2014 at 03:04 PM ET |

For those of you STILL WAITING for the Walgreens exclusive Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) to ship from online, we have received word from JTA reader ouzo13 that they will be receiving them from Hasbro on December 11th and will begin filling orders from that point. What a long wait. These things went up for pre-order at SDCC this year!

Mimico Star Wars Power Tubes

Posted by Paul | December 04, 2014 at 01:02 PM ET |

Our friends at Mimico are releasing Star Wars Power Tubes! Click through for more information.

UPDATE: Hasbro Fixes The Black Series Starkiller Deco

Posted by Paul | December 04, 2014 at 12:17 PM ET |

At the Hasbro Preview Party in October, JTA showed Hasbro THIS IMAGE (in addition to the Malgus comparison too) in our RDRs as heavy duty proof that paint operations are NOT where they should be in a collectors' line. Looking concerned, Hasbro expressed to us that they agreed and duly noted to look into this. And it looks like they have. JTA reader Shavdran I. sends us proof that The Black Series Starkiller reissue is looking better than ever. his Vulcan "angry eyes" are now gone and he looks VERY MUCH like The Vintage Collection version. Click the thumbnail for a larger image and click through for his story. We would like to think we had something to do with this enhancement, but you never know.... :)

UPDATE: FULL SIZE IMAGES NOW ADDED! Both figures sport a 42161 date stamp which should prove to us all once again that date stamps don't mean a hill of beans anymore like they used to.... This sample came from Malaysia so it may take time before we see them hit the USA.

Review: Stormtrooper - R - Hero Series (12-Inch Figure)

Posted by Paul | December 04, 2014 at 08:52 AM ET |

It's time to look at the Hero Series Stormtrooper. It's a potentially good kids' toy, but what about those missing paint operations? Sheesh! it's 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.

Stormtrooper

Jedi Force Imperial Forces Set Available On Amazon

Posted by Chuck | December 03, 2014 at 11:00 PM ET |

In case you missed this release this week, the Amazon exclusive Jedi Force Imperial Forces Pack is available for $19.99. Visit Amazon.com for the full details!

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | December 03, 2014 at 10:16 PM ET |

Check out the latest from Dorkside Toys! Click through for details!

FlashBack Review: Clone Trooper (501st Legion) - TVC - VC60

Posted by Paul | December 03, 2014 at 04:57 PM ET |

Clone Trooper (501st Legion)

  • Collectible: Clone Trooper (501st Legion) (VC60)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #1,076
  • Original Publication Date: May 3, 2012
  • Current Ranking: 196th most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2012

Visual Guide Update - Vintage Card Backs, Part 3: SW on ESB Cards I

Posted by Chuck | December 03, 2014 at 02:00 PM ET |

We have another 12 Vintage card backs to add to the Vintage Visual Guide today! This time we get our first look at the first ever repacks, featuring the original 12 figures now released on The Empire Stikes Back card backs. Click through to check out these beautiful works of art from the collection of new JTA content contributor George Telesco!

Review: Kanan Jarrus - R - Saga Legends (SL04)

Posted by Paul | December 03, 2014 at 09:22 AM ET |

It's time to look at Kanan Jarrus from the Rebels line 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.

Kanan Jarrus

Hot Toys Announces 1/6th Scale Shadow Trooper

Posted by Chuck | December 03, 2014 at 09:08 AM ET |

Hot Toys announced today the 1/6 scale Shadow Trooper (when hasn't the Shadow Trooper followed an announcement of a Stormtrooper?). Click through to check out their latest release!

FlashBack Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi - TVC - VC103

Posted by Paul | December 02, 2014 at 05:44 PM ET |

Obi-Wan Kenobi

  • Collectible: Obi-Wan Kenobi (VC103)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #1,228
  • Original Publication Date: October 2, 2012
  • Current Ranking: 247th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2012

Review: Star Wars: Rebels - Episode 7: Gathering Forces

Posted by Chuck | December 02, 2014 at 04:00 PM ET |

Our review for the midseason finale of Star Wars Rebels: Gathering Forces is now live! Get the full review after the jump!

Review: Ezra Bridger - R - Saga Legends (SL02)

Posted by Paul | December 02, 2014 at 11:09 AM ET |

It's time to look at Ezra Bridger from the Rebels line 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.

Ezra Bridger

Amazon has once again lowered the price on the The Vintage Collection Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) mail-away figure. This time it's $24.99. Not as sweet as the Daily Deal they had back in October ($19.99), but if you missed out it's still not too bad.

TBS Princess Leia (Ewok Gown) Figure Is Supposed To Be Revealed Soon!

Posted by Paul | December 01, 2014 at 10:06 PM ET |

Don't forget that December 4th, 5th and 6th, Brazil Comic Con takes place in Sao Paulo. If you recall, Hasbro exclusively let it slip to Jedi Temple Archives that a new Princess Leia figure is going to be shown at this pop culture event. (It was by process of elimination as well as an indirect confirmation that JTA determined it would be this version of our favorite princess.) We will be scouring the internet for coverage on this event this weekend, but if you see a picture of this new figure before we do, please send us the news! Who is excited for a new Princess Leia (Ewok Gown) figure in The Black Series 3.75" line? We are!

Get NEW R5-G19 And Luke Skywalker (Wampa Attack) For $5.50 Each!

Posted by Paul | December 01, 2014 at 09:00 PM ET |

We missed this earlier, but JTA affiliate Nerd Rage Toys is offering R5-G19 and Luke Skywalker (Wampa Attack) for a mere $5.50 each! Be sure to page down to page 3. They're the last two figures on the 50% list. There are other awesome specials too! Check out what this store has right now!

FlashBack Review: Wooof - TVC - VC24

Posted by Paul | December 01, 2014 at 05:59 PM ET |

Wooof

  • Collectible: Wooof (VC24)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #547
  • Original Publication Date: November 21, 2010
  • Current Ranking: 235th most visited review
  • Score: 5 holocrons
  • Released: 2010

The Black Series 6 Inch Yoda & Clone Sergeant On Amazon For $22.99

Posted by Chuck | December 01, 2014 at 04:49 PM ET |

Several figures from The Black Series [Phase II] Wave 2 6-inch series are available right now on Amazon for $22.99. Check out both Yoda and the Clone Trooper Sergeant and pick them up if you still need them!

Update: Yoda is sold out at that price!

Nerd Rage Toys Cyber Monday Sale!

Posted by Paul | December 01, 2014 at 11:43 AM ET |

JTA affiliate Nerd Rage Toys is running an awesome 50% off Cyber Monday Special. Check out what this store has right now!

Six Inch Jabba the Hutt On Amazon for $22.98

Posted by Chuck | December 01, 2014 at 09:17 AM ET |

The Black Series Jabba the Hutt six-inch figure is on sale on Amazon.com right now for $22.98. Thanks JTA reader Tony for the head's up!

Update: The Speeder Bike with Biker Scout has also dropped (but not as much) to $31.99.

Review: Stormtrooper - R - Saga Legends (SL01)

Posted by Paul | December 01, 2014 at 08:16 AM ET |

How hard is it really to produce an all-white Stormtrooper? Apparently it's very difficult. See us express our chagrin about this very topic surrounding the Rebels Stormtrooper 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.

Stormtrooper

He Can't See You Very Much....

Posted by Paul | December 01, 2014 at 08:11 AM ET |

Look what we just found on eBay.

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