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October 2011

Review: Death Star Trench Run - SW [SOTDS] - TRU Exclusive

Posted by Paul | November 01, 2011 at 12:00 AM EDT |

Most of you aren't even going to give the Death Star Trench Run exclusive a second glance because of the price. You're right, it's very expensive. But Research Droids Reviews had a reckoning after holding the new X-wing Fighter in our hands that this is a set that you're not going to want to miss. (Besides, you can get it for $79.99 through November 23rd.) The retooled vehicle is stunning. Click through to see what makes it so special! Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Entertainment Earth Coupon Codes for the Holidays

Posted by Chuck | October 31, 2011 at 03:31 PM EDT |

Entertainment Earth sends along a few coupon codes for your Holiday shopping. Just in time to preorder that next wave of The Vintage Collection! $5 Off Your Order of $50 or More (Code: 2011EE5) and $10 Off Your Order of $90 or More (Code: 2011EE10).

eBay Flashback: Gamorrean Guard (Vintage Versus Modern Compare)

Posted by Paul | October 31, 2011 at 01:51 PM EDT |

We move on from our look at vintage carded collecting, and move toward a look at today's The Vintage Collection compared to yesteryears Kenner vintage figures. How do they compare? What figures hold a better value? For the most part, the vintage figures from yesteryear are going to outshine their modern day counterparts, but by how much? Our first look will take a look at the Gamorrean Guard. We'll continue this series on and off throughout the month! Which version will hurt your wallet more...? Will it be the Vintage version or the Modern version?

Gamorrean Guard (Vintage)   Gamorrean Guard (Modern)

12 Inch Episode I Obi-Wan Kenobi Teased!

Posted by Paul | October 31, 2011 at 10:59 AM EDT |

Sideshow Collectibles just released a new teaser video showing off a production peek of the upcoming Episode I Obi-Wan Kenobi 12" figure! Check it out!

Darth Malgus Life Size Figure Announced!

Posted by Paul | October 31, 2011 at 10:55 AM EDT |

In an unbelievable move, Sideshow Collecitbles announces the Darth Malgus Life Size figure. Check it out!

Review: Death Trooper [Gentle Giant, Ltd. Web Exclusive] - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | October 31, 2011 at 12:05 AM EDT |

Here is a ghoulishly spooktacular Research Droids Reviews entry for you today just in time for Halloween! The Death Troopers novel didn't really resonate with hardcore Star Wars fans, but there is no denying that Gentle Giant, Ltd.'s artistic interpretation of the character in Mini Bust form is simply astonishing. Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

The Clone Wars "Shadow Of The Dark Side" Collection In Summation

Posted by Paul | October 30, 2011 at 12:59 PM EDT |

The "Shadow Of The Dark Side" phase of The Clone Wars line was definitely Hasbro's best effort yet. While some of the super-articulation was reduced by just a few points in later sculpts, the proportions and interpretations of the characters brought forth into plastic realization were beyond incredibly impressive. Let's take a look at what the line brought us and we even hint at where it may be going. Click through for our summation on the "Shadow Of The Dark Side" line look phase of The Clone Wars line!

eBay Flashback: The Clone Wars Ambush On The Vulture's Claw

Posted by Paul | October 30, 2011 at 11:50 AM EDT |

OK, so this isn't a "major" flashback, but you definitely won't be able to find it at retail ever again, especially since Battle Packs only sport three figures now. There are sometimes products released in the Star Wars or The Clone Wars toy lines that just cause too much angst and frustration and don't come close to meeting demand. One such set was the Ambush On The Vulture's Claw which includes the exclusive Gha Nacht figure (a chubby version of Bossk). The Battle Packs set is not cheap by any means and can fetch upwards of $200. But you can secure the most important figure in the set for less than $20 on eBay as famed eBay seller tunghori has "plenty" in stock for $17.99. If you don't believe that the set is going for this much, just click the image below for proof.

    

The Great Big Toys R Us Book Is Now Here! Decent Star Wars Specials!

Posted by Paul | October 30, 2011 at 08:55 AM EDT |

Toys R Us just emailed out their Great Big Toys R Us Book! Of particuar note, the Death Star Trench Run is now $20 off for $79.99! Click through to see the Star Wars sales page!

Review: Yoda & Clone Trooper Jek - TCW - 2 of 2

Posted by Paul | October 30, 2011 at 12:05 AM EDT |

If you happened to witness Walmart employees opening cases of what is the focus of today's Research Droids Reviews, you probably know that this very short-lived line was called Screen Scenes. Unfortunately, the line didn't progress beyond the first episode of Season 1 entitled Ambush. But if you didn't, then you just think it's a cool two-pack. And that's exactly what these are. They didn't sell well, but we think they are two of the best exclusives in The Clone Wars line (red phase). Here is set 2 of 2. Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Sideshow Collectibles Premium Format Grand Moff Tarkin Preorder

Posted by Chuck | October 29, 2011 at 09:12 PM EDT |

The Sideshow Collectibles Premium Format Grand Moff Tarkin is now available for pre-order! Click here to order!

Mos Eisley - Chalmun's Cantina

From Theft To Happy Collector! All In Less Than 15 Minutes!

Posted by Paul | October 29, 2011 at 11:33 AM EDT |

It seems that little is sacred anymore. Theft is at an all-time high, there is no respect for others and Star Wars collectors should not have to witness what we do at the retail level. Some people are obviously out for themselves and will stomp on someone else's chances at attaining figures from The Vintage Collection. I came across a shocking discovery this morning at my local Toys R Us. I brought the travesty to the manager's attention and ended up reaping my own benefits in return. Click through to see what happened!

Theft Again!

eBay Flashback: Collecting the Original Vintage Carded Figures, Part 3

Posted by Chuck | October 29, 2011 at 11:05 AM EDT |

In Part 3 of our look back at Vintage Carded collecting we take a look at the Droids line of figures. This series had twice as many figures as the Ewoks line, and almost had a series 2! While the A-Wing Pilot and Boba Fett were pretty much straight repacks, we received some pretty cool variations to our favorite two droids, as well as eight all new figures! Click each figure below to have a look... and be warned, several of these figures can get pricey! But, that's what you get with Vintage carded collecting!

Droids: A-Wing Pilot - No Current Auctions Available  Droids: Boba Fett  Droids: C-3PO  Droids: R2-D2  Droids: Jann Tosh  Droids: Jord Dusat

Droids: Kea Moll  Droids: Kez Iban  Droids: Sise Fromm  Droids: Thall Joben  Droids: Tig Fromm  Droids: Uncle Gundy

Review: Lieutenant Thire & Clone Trooper Rys - TCW - 1 of 2

Posted by Paul | October 29, 2011 at 12:03 AM EDT |

If you happened to witness Walmart employees opening cases of what is the focus of today's Research Droids Reviews, you probably know that this very short-lived line was called Screen Scenes. Unfortunately, the line didn't progress beyond the first episode of Season 1 entitled Ambush. But if you didn't, then you just think it's a cool two-pack. And that's exactly what these are. They didn't sell well, but we think they are two of the best exclusives in The Clone Wars line (red phase). Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Sponsor Annoucement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | October 28, 2011 at 08:58 PM EDT |

Place your pre-orders now for the new 2011 GI Joe Wave 3 (Set of 6), the next Renegades installment! Star Wars fans should check out the Life-Size Asajj Ventress bust and 12" Yoda.  

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Brian's Toys

Add Toys R Us To Your Toy Runs This Weekend!

Posted by Paul | October 28, 2011 at 05:18 PM EDT |

JTA reader Scott wrote into us to let everyone know that he bought two The Vintage Collection figures for $12.99 (a very good price). If you've read the circulars or are on TRU's mailing list, you know they have big plans strating today (their infamous Door Busters sales). And two of my local TRU stores are getting trucks tonight to put out new product tomorrow. It may be worth your while to trek out to your local TRU store and see what's up. Scott has also confirmed with us that he found Princess Leia (Slave Outfit) figure too, so wave 8 has hit TX too! Hold out hope everyone!

The Great Allentown Comic Con!

Posted by Paul | October 28, 2011 at 02:48 PM EDT |

Northeastern PA and Lehigh Valley residents always look forward to The Great Allentown Comic Con show. This year's event is extremely Star Wars heavy and special guests including Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tom Kane (Yoda from The Clone Wars) will be making special appearances! Click through to find out more. And be sure to look for Jedi Temple Archives staff as we'll be attending the show as well!

eBay Flashback: Collecting the Original Vintage Carded Figures, Part 2

Posted by Chuck | October 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM EDT |

When we Vintage collectors think about Vintage Star Wars figures, we usually think about the figures offered on our beloved OT cardbacks. Beyond 1985's POTF series there's still some great Vintage cardback collecting to be had! In Part 2 of our Vintage Carded Flashback we look at what Hasbro has yet to delve into: The Animated Ewoks line! While not as extensive as the movie cardbacks, this is a nice subset of Vintage collecting that can still be found in full force on eBay, and is a very 'completeable' collection. Take a look at what is available for our furry, animated friends...

Ewoks: Wicket  Ewoks: Logray  Ewoks: Urgah Lady Gorneesh  Ewoks: King Gorneesh  Ewoks: Dulok Shaman  Ewoks: Dulok Scout

Halloween Discount Code At HasbroToyShop.com

Posted by Paul | October 28, 2011 at 08:47 AM EDT |

Use code MASK10 at HasbroToyShop.com for 10% off a Star Wars mask! Click through for their selection. Special thanks to JTA reader The_Question for the tip!

Special Bonus Buy At Walmart With The F/X Lightsabers

Posted by Paul | October 28, 2011 at 07:43 AM EDT |

My local Walmart had an interesting product on the shelves today and it was even on sale for $29.88. It's the F/X lightsaber and as a special bonus it includes Captain Rex's roleplay blaster pistol. This isn't a bad deal at all. It's unknown if this special deal is available at TARGET and Toys R Us, maybe you out there could let us know. Click through to see it up close.

Review: Master Sev/ARC Trooper - TAC - Order 66 (Series 2)

Posted by Paul | October 28, 2011 at 12:05 AM EDT |

Execute Order 66! Here is the last and final Order 66 (Series 2) set from TARGET and it's actually one of our most favorite. That is actually saying quite a bit because the figures are far from perfect. But Research Droids Reviews notices how carefully Hasbro paid attention to the fine nuances of the costuming of Master Sev and his back-stabbing ARC Trooper. See what you think! Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | October 27, 2011 at 06:01 PM EDT |

Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a variety of new arrivals and more cool new preorders!

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Sideshow Collectibles 12 inch Holiday Yoda Preorder is Live!

Posted by Chuck | October 27, 2011 at 05:49 PM EDT |

Just in time for the Holidays... it's Holiday Yoda! Click here to place your order! It's estimated to ship "4th quarter 2011" so we will see if we get it in time to set it up for Christmas!

Gentle Giant Sales Update

Posted by Chuck | October 27, 2011 at 03:02 PM EDT |

Gentle Giant has updated their catalogue with the latest offerings. Click through to see if you can find any cool exclusives or on sale items to add to your collection... such as the Animated Shirtless Darth Maul for $59.99!

eBay Flashback: Collecting the Original Vintage Carded Figures, Part 1

Posted by Chuck | October 27, 2011 at 02:20 PM EDT |

Hasbro's The Vintage Collection may have distribution woes, but it is still the coolest collection to hit the pegs since the original vintage figures! What better way to display these gems than along-side their counterparts! In Part 1 of our Vintage Carded Flashback we take a look back at what eBay has to offer for the Vintage collector, from 100's of individual sales to the occassional carded lot to kick-start your collection!

Vintage MOC Figures  ROTJ Carded Lot!

Sideshow Collectibles Utapau Shadow Trooper Available NOW

Posted by Chuck | October 27, 2011 at 01:26 PM EDT |

The Sideshow Collectibles Utapau Shadow Trooper is now availble to order! It's important to note that this is NOT a preorder, and it is ready to ship right now! So, you will be charged right away! Click through to place your order! With only one edition available and limited to only 1500, it might not last as long as you think...

Review: Luminara Unduli/AT-RT Driver - TAC - Order 66 (Series 2)

Posted by Paul | October 27, 2011 at 12:35 AM EDT |

Execute Order 66! Sometimes Hasbro throws in their own two cents in their exclusive products. While the Luminara Unduli/AT-RT Driver set is loosely based on the Star Wars: Republic comics, this looks to be more of a Hasbro influenced two-pack instead. But see why Research Droids Reviews believes that you'll find the best version of Luminara (realistic style) in this two-pack. Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Wave 9 Hitting In Ridiculous Numbers....

Posted by Paul | October 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM EDT |

We hope you read our letter of encouragement to you, but if you need additional visual motivation, our friends at Yakface.com have one for you. Jayson found 6 cases of wave 9 at his local Walmart. You need to get out as often as you can. We bet all of these will disappear in about 24 hours or less, and this is 6 cases! Check out their report for more information!

Weekly Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | October 26, 2011 at 09:11 AM EDT |

Click through to see what Research Droids Reviews you may have missed with our brand new weekly recap complete with direct links and brief review synopses.

Asajj Ventress Life Size Bust Up For Pre-Order!

Posted by Paul | October 26, 2011 at 08:24 AM EDT |

Sideshow Collectibles' Asajj Ventress Life Size Bust is up for pre-order!

Review: Emperor Palpatine/Commander Vill - TAC - Order 66 (Series 2)

Posted by Paul | October 26, 2011 at 02:55 AM EDT |

Execute Order 66! Here is another set from the Series 2 group that is actually based on an actual events during Order 66 (in the Expanded Universe of course). Hasbro finds another way to introduce another member of the 501st Legion and Research Droids Reviews also makes the point that this may be the best modern replacement for an Episode VI Emperor Palpatine (until Hasbro gives us the works). Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

The Vintage Collection (2010-2011) In Summation

Posted by Paul | October 25, 2011 at 02:42 PM EDT |

No matter how frustrating it has been to find figures that make up The Vintage Collection, there is no denying how great of a collection it is. 2010 and 2011 have brought us some of the greatest figures yet out of Hasbro. 2012 seems a bit murky at the moment and hopefully that will change with the 2012 Toy Fair presentation. But let's take a few steps back and see just what goodness came our way in this splendid line. You won't want to miss this, so click through!

Star Wars Action News - Episode 318

Posted by Paul | October 25, 2011 at 12:09 PM EDT |

Dan and Jerry are back and they kick things off with a lunch-time store run. Jerry finds and reviews the Target exclusive Tauntaun set, "The Search for Luke Skywalker." But, the big news this week was the announcement of the 20 characters eligible to be the 2013 Fan's Choice figure. Did your favorite figure make the list? Listen and find out. Click through for more!

SW Action News

Don't Forget About The Revenge Of The Jedi Wave 8 Running Changes!

Posted by Paul | October 25, 2011 at 11:10 AM EDT |

Wave 8 of The Vintage Collection is really starting to hit. Keep in mind that while there are only 4 newly numbered figures in this wave (Princess Leia, Han Solo, TIE Fighter Pilot and B-wing Pilot), there are also two running changes you'll want to hunt after as well: the black Rebel Commando and the VOTC Boba Fett. Click either below to check their status on eBay.

   

Review: Tsui Choi/BARC Trooper - TAC - Order 66 (Series 2)

Posted by Paul | October 25, 2011 at 12:10 AM EDT |

Execute Order 66! Here is a set from the Series 2 group that is actually based on an actual sequence of time during Order 66 (in the Expanded Universe of course). What makes this set extra special however is it contains an all-new figure, something that isn't too common with store exclusives. (Usually at best they're retools or kit-bashed figures.) Check out this cool set of figures in today's Research Droids Reviews and see why it's a necessary purchase if you collect movie-only figures! Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Sideshow Collectibles 12 Inch Holiday Yoda Is Coming To Town!

Posted by Paul | October 24, 2011 at 08:29 PM EDT |

Sideshow Collectibles announced through their Production Blog that a Holiday Yoda 12 inch figure is coming to town for collectors. Check out the teaser video!

Wedge Antilles Wave In Stock At Entertainment Earth!

Posted by Paul | October 24, 2011 at 06:33 PM EDT |

Quick! Entertainment Earth has the Wedge Antilles wave 3 case revision in stock as of this posting! Also, wave 8 is "hot off the truck" too!

Delta Squad In Stock, On Sale And Ships FREE At ToysRUs.com!

Posted by Paul | October 24, 2011 at 06:17 PM EDT |

For those of you who live too far away from a local Toys R Us, we're happy to report that their awesome Star Wars: Republic Commando (Delta Squad) multipack exclusive is back in stock and currently on sale for $33.99 as of this posting date and time. What's more, you can select a FREE shipping option as well!

    

State Of Collecting Address: May You Be Encouraged To Act Aggressively

Posted by Paul | October 24, 2011 at 01:22 PM EDT |

I'd like to post a small update to state of collecting right now. I've ranted a lot (don't worry - this isn't a rant) and I have seen some improvements which sort of softened my stressed negative attitude into cautious positivity. Obviously, improvements in product arriving at retail doesn't mean need is completely being fulfilled. And it certainly doesn't give us license to become a lazy collector. Click through for a few words of advice and always keep the collecting fire burning!

Medicom Toy Ultimate Unison Han Solo (In Trench Coat)

Posted by Paul | October 24, 2011 at 01:04 PM EDT |

Medicom Toy has announced their next Ultimate Unison 12" figure: Han Solo (In Trench Coat). While this figure will cost you an arm and a leg, there is no denying how amazing the likeness is. Click through to check it out more closely.

Gentle Giant, Ltd. Releases When New Sales Product Will Be Available

Posted by Paul | October 24, 2011 at 12:58 PM EDT |

Gentle Giant, Ltd. has posted when new product will be added to their October Terrorific Sales Event clearance page for this week! Click through to mark your calendars. They have been adding some great products for sale and you don't want to miss out on them.... trust us!

Review: Anakin Skywalker/ARC Trooper - TAC - Order 66 (Series 2)

Posted by Paul | October 24, 2011 at 12:05 AM EDT |

Execute Order 66! (Or in the case of Hasbro's second set of TARGET exclusives, enact Pre-Order 66!) Hasbro took a different path when it came time for a second edition of the Order 66 series and they looked deeply into the various Clone Wars multimedia events as a source of inspiration. Next up is set 2 of 6 which takes another realistic look at two more characters from Tartakovsky's Clone Wars series. Research Droids Reviews explains just how well these two figure are made. In fact, the ARC Trooper was carried forward as a basic figure in The Legacy Collection. Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Miniature LEGO Armored Assault Tank (AAT) At TARGET

Posted by Paul | October 23, 2011 at 10:01 PM EDT |

JTA reader bombadgungan let us know that TARGET has a $3.99 miniature Armored Assault Tank (AAT) you can find back in the seasonal aisles with the Halloween candy and decorations near the back of the store. Don't overlook these on your search for new TVC and TCW action figures!

The Rise Of Boba Fett On Sale Through October 29th

Posted by Paul | October 23, 2011 at 02:17 PM EDT |

Why they act like they have an assortment of them when they're is just one is beyond our comprehension, but TRU has The Rise Of Boba Fett Ultimate Battle Packs on sale through October 29th. Interestingly, we found that our local TRU had this signage under the Death Star Trench Run set instead, but it was still too expensive for us to pick up that set. That is going to unfortunately have to be a clearance purchase only!

Star Wars LEGO Sets On Sale At Toys R Us This Week!

Posted by Paul | October 23, 2011 at 01:24 PM EDT |

Star Wars LEGO sets are also on sale this week at TRU for 25% off!

The Clone Wars Battle Packs On Sale At TARGET!

Posted by Paul | October 23, 2011 at 01:20 PM EDT |

JTA reader The_Question has reported in to let us know that the TARGET Battle Pacvks sets are on sale for $16.99. This of course is a wonderful deal and bring seach figure down to $5.66 each. There are some great new figures in these sets, be sure not to overlook some of them!

Battle Over Endor Sets $10 Off This Week At Toys R Us

Posted by Paul | October 23, 2011 at 10:13 AM EDT |

Toys R Us has the Battle Over Endor sets on sale for $10.00 off each starting today. This brings them down to a much fairer price!

Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi/ARC Trooper Commander - Order 66 (Series 2)

Posted by Paul | October 23, 2011 at 12:03 AM EDT |

Execute Order 66! (Or in the case of Hasbro's second set of TARGET exclusives, enact Pre-Order 66!) Hasbro took a different path when it came time for a second edition of the Order 66 series and they looked deeply into the various Clone Wars multimedia events as a source of inspiration. First up is set 1 of 6 which is a realistic look at two charcaters from Tartakovsky's Clone Wars series. See why Research Droids Reviews thinks this set has one bomb of a figure and one excellent one. (Oh, and it's one of the better updates to Captain Fordo before The Vintage Collection version of course.) Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Gearshift Still Can Be Found On eBay Loose!

Posted by Paul | October 22, 2011 at 05:04 PM EDT |

And here is Gearshift if you're interested in getting this figure, also from the elusive Walmart DVD sets exclusives. You never know, these sets could get cancelled out of the blue. But hopefully not, for our sake.

Unknown Fate Of The Walmart Exclusives Sets - But One Has Hit eBay!

Posted by Paul | October 22, 2011 at 05:00 PM EDT |

The unknown fate of the Walmart exclusive Legacy of Terror sets remains elusive, but a packaged sample of the Ahsoka & Clone Trooper Scythe set has hit. Keep in mind that these DVD sets each contain one exclusive figure (2 if you consider the brain worm infested previously released characters). Check this cool set out and hope and pray they make it to the USA!

Sponsor Annoucement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | October 22, 2011 at 08:38 AM EDT |

Brand new Sideshow pre-orders, introducing the Legendary Scale series highlights this week's newsletter from Brian's Toys.  Get the Darth Maul 1:2 scale figure along with the 12" Modal Nodes: Tedn and Nalan!\

GI Joe fans will be happy to know that 2011 GI Joe Wave 1 is finally available.  Pick up Sergeant Stalker and Hazard-Viper today!  Don't forget to pre-order the new 7-Pack exclusive, Slaughter's Marauder's & Dreadnoks.  

For more of the best, check out the Brian's Toys newsletter!

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The Search For Luke Skywalker - SW [SOTDS] - TARGET Exclusive

Posted by Paul | October 22, 2011 at 12:05 AM EDT |

Hasbro comes through big time for collectors with another excellent Hoth-themed multipack that is quite a bit smaller than the 2010 TARGET exclusives, but an excellent deal nonetheless and still packed with quality. A super-articulated ball-jointed hips Han Solo is joined with the tauntaun that saved Luke's life, so what more could you want? We'll tell you. Perhaps one of the finest points of this set is that we get another stab at the previously elusive Hoth Rebel Trooper variant, but for the first time with his artillery remote, previously unavailable until now. See why Research Droids Reviews recommends why everyone should be buying this set this Fall. Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | October 21, 2011 at 05:17 PM EDT |

Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about some new arrivals and a big batch of exciting new preorders!

Big Bad Toy Store

Star Wars Stuff Is Hitting Everywhere! Get Out There And Look!

Posted by Paul | October 21, 2011 at 04:04 PM EDT |

I left work early today and did a ridiculous toy run. To my complete satisfaction, I saw new figures at every store I stopped (Toys R Us was the weakest). But wave 9 of The Vintage Collection was just swimming on store pegs. And I saw more Seripas and Captain Rex (CW62) figures than I could count. If you still are claiming you can't find anything out there now, I would have to wonder how hard you're really trying. I say that in an encouraging way. Get out there and look because now is the time. I was unable to locate wave 8, but I bet they're around the corner as well.

A New Low For Hasbro and the Q&A

Posted by Chuck | October 21, 2011 at 02:38 PM EDT |

It's hard not to get annoyed when Hasbro wastes our time and energy, as well as the fan's time and energy. Click through to find out how Hasbro is handling the September 16th edition of Hasbro Q&A... and let me preface this with the fact that HunterPR is extremely strict with their deadlines for submitting questions. Heaven forbid if we miss the deadline! But, when the shoe is on the other foot...

2011 Hasbro Fans' Choice Poll LIVE!

Posted by Paul | October 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM EDT |

The 2011 Hasbro Fans' Choice poll is live! Click through for more information and links!

Review: Landspeeder Vehicle - TVC - TARGET Exclusive

Posted by Paul | October 21, 2011 at 07:41 AM EDT |

Hasbro gets the Landspeeder absolutely perfectly after more than 30 years and it comes in the form of a slightly overpriced TARGET exclusive. The Landspeeder Vehicle is sure to excite some collectors and Research Droids Reviews couldn't be more impressed with the 2011 paint job. Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Q&A With JTA: Our Thirtieth Column!

Posted by Paul | October 20, 2011 at 09:27 PM EDT |

Q&A With JTA continues! Click through to access the Q&A database with our latest batch of questions!

Q&A with JTA

Hot Topics: Cancelled running change (Twin Pod) Cloud Car Pilot figure?, your questions answered by Hasbro (and me) at NYCC and what the heck is that next big vehicle, darn it?

Theft (And Incompetence) Revisited!

Posted by Paul | October 20, 2011 at 09:24 PM EDT |

I just can't believe that after I handed the Kmart manager the two TVC figures with the mail-away certificates stolen out of them and UPCs ripped off that she didn't deal with the issue. They were back on the shelf for sale today. I asked for a manager again and got the same lady. As I preseneted the theft again to her she stuttered and tried to tell me that they were different figurers because they come in an assortment and they needed to find out who as doing this. Whatever. Click through to see my horror revisited.

Happy Birthday To Carrie Fisher!

Posted by Paul | October 20, 2011 at 06:55 PM EDT |

Happy 55th birthday to the lady that played our favorite princess! Carrie Fisher is looking good!.

Sideshow Announces Bith Band Members Tedn D'hai and Nalan Cheel

Posted by Chuck | October 20, 2011 at 06:13 PM EDT |

Sideshow Collectibles announces their next Sideshow Store Exclusive: The Model Nodes members Tedn D'hai and Nalan Cheel from the iconic Bith Band! Click through for a full gallery!

Sideshow Collectibles Legendary Scale Darth Maul Pre-order is Live

Posted by Chuck | October 20, 2011 at 05:36 PM EDT |

The sticker shock on this high-end collectible is sure to floor you, but it's definitely worth the look! Sideshow Collectibles kicks off their newest Legendary Scale line with the 1:2 Darth Maul, and boy is it awesome... and available to order right now!

Grand Moff Tarkin Premium Format Figure Announced!

Posted by Paul | October 20, 2011 at 03:36 PM EDT |

Sideshow Collecitbles announces through their Facebook page the next Premium Format figure, Grand Moff Tarkin!

Found! The Vintage Collection Wave 8 Hitting Brick And Mortar!

Posted by Paul | October 20, 2011 at 02:06 PM EDT |

JTA polled our Facebook friends and they're reporting left and right that wave 8 is hitting brick and mortar retail RIGHT NOW! Time to start up the hunt again! JTA reader Adam S. found the Return Of The Jedi Princess Leia (Slave Outfit) and the "newish" Revenge Of The Jedi Boba Fett on his rounds as well! (So, not just the "Revenge" figures are being found, the "Return" ones are as well!) Also, please remember that Hasbro has reissued the VOTC Boba Fett (ROTJ specific) for this particular wave.

      

NEW UPDATES: New Rebel Trooper Accessory Located In Episode V

Posted by Paul | October 20, 2011 at 06:12 AM EDT |

Good friend Jayson Krebsbach from Yakface.com (and now Jeff Smentek from JediDefender.com) illuminate us on the "brand new" artillery remote accessory that comes with the Rebel Trooper in The Search For Luke Skywalker TARGET exclusive. Click through to check out a nice big photo showing it.

UPDATE 1: We have additional information and this time it comes from JediDefender.com. Click through for more revealing information.

UPDATE 2: Our 2009 Toy Fair coverage also shows the Hoth Rebel Trooper with the accessory too!

UPDATE 3: And it's called an artillery remote! Click HERE to see Wookieepedia's entry on this item as well as the CCG card image of it!

Review: Luke Skywalker's Tauntaun - TVC - TARGET Exclusive

Posted by Paul | October 20, 2011 at 12:05 AM EDT |

Well, collectors should be thrilled that Hasbro has given us a definitive Tauntaun finally. This figure is incredible and while it's currently overpriced, it's the Tauntaun you've been looking for as well as the focus of today's Research Droids Reviews. Check out this cool toy and the awesome The Vintage Collection packaging! Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Check Out The Search For Luke Skywalker TARGET Exclusive Early!

Posted by Paul | October 19, 2011 at 07:47 PM EDT |

The Search For Luke Skywalker review is officially coming Saturday, but you can check out the full gallery and our thoughts right now! Click through to check it out!

        

Weekly Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | October 19, 2011 at 10:37 AM EDT |

Click through to see what Research Droids Reviews you may have missed with our brand new weekly recap complete with direct links and brief review synopses.

Star Wars Action News - Episode 317

Posted by Paul | October 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM EDT |

New York Comic Con is one of the fastest growing sci-fi and comic conventions in the country. Run by ReedPop, the convention organizers behind Chicago's C2E2 and Star Wars Celebrations 5 and 6, this year they attracted a major Star Wars presence, with Hasbro making their first official New York Comic Con appearance, as well as Hallmark who brought along another Keepsake Ornament exclusive! Click through for more!

Review: Capture Of The Droids - TCW - Battle Packs

Posted by Paul | October 19, 2011 at 12:10 AM EDT |

Here is a good Battle Packs set if you need C-3PO. If you don't need C-3PO then this Battle Packs set should anger you. Research Droids Reviews wants to know why Hasbro couldn't introduce at least one new character in this set as there were plenty from the episode they could have chosen. Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Check Out Early Reviews On Ric Olié And Naboo Pilot!

Posted by Paul | October 18, 2011 at 11:35 PM EDT |

JediDefender.com received two early samples of Ric Olie and the generic Naboo Pilot from the upcoming 2012 Discover The Force line from a distributor. Click through to check out their thoughts on these wonderful updates.

Check Out The Sarlacc Pit's First Vidcast!

Posted by Paul | October 18, 2011 at 11:17 PM EDT |

Chris from Galactic Binder's official Podacast The Sarlacc Pit proudly announces the first video podcast! Click through for more!

Gentle Giant, Ltd. Sale Starts Right Now!

Posted by Paul | October 18, 2011 at 02:56 PM EDT |

Gentle Giant, Ltd. is bringing stuff back from the dead on sale for collectors. The sales starts now and everyday through November 1st!

The Clone Wars Season 3 On Sale Today!

Posted by Paul | October 18, 2011 at 02:51 PM EDT |

Don't forget Season 3 of The Clone Wars is available on DVD and Blu-ray today! Go to www.dvdpricesearch.com to find the best deal!

Gary Kurtz Speaks Openly About His Feelings Regarding The PT

Posted by Paul | October 18, 2011 at 02:46 PM EDT |

Gary Kurtz, producer of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back speaks candidly about his thoughts on the prequels. This is sure to cause some controversy amongst fans. Special thanks to JTA reader Tray for directing our attention towards NYMag.com and this short interview!

The Search For Luke Skywalker Details! Same Price As Single Tauntaun!

Posted by Paul | October 18, 2011 at 02:03 PM EDT |

JTA reader Paul L. comes through again for us with the DPCI number and price to The Search For Luke Skywalker TARGET exclusive. The set unbelievably retails for $24.99 and the DPCI is 087-06-1749. It's unreal that a tauntaun by itself and a tauntaun with two super-articulated figures costs the same price. What went awry here? Click through for the proof!

2011 NYCC: Our Friends And Colleagues Coverage Recap

Posted by Paul | October 18, 2011 at 11:48 AM EDT |

Here is our New York Comic Con recap of the coverage our friends and colleagues from around the web did for the event. Click through for a complete list!

Found! The Search For Luke Skywalker Hits TARGET!!

Posted by Paul | October 18, 2011 at 02:47 AM EDT |

JTA reader Paul L. from Portland, Oregon found The Search For Luke Skywalker TARGET exclusive today! (Interestingly he didn't find Luke Skywalker's Tauntaun or the Landspeeder vehicle.) So keep your eyes peeled for this too! Click through to see some proof!!

Review: TIE Fighter Pilot - TVC - VC65

Posted by Paul | October 18, 2011 at 12:15 AM EDT |

TIE Fighter Pilot is a figure that should not have been released in The Vintage Collection. The sculpt needs to be retired and started from scratch again. But there is no denying how cool this figure looks on a "vintage styled" card back. See what Research Droids Reviews has to say about this aged figure. Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

TARGET Exclusive Sneak Peeks On Our Facebook Page Right Now!

Posted by Paul | October 17, 2011 at 11:35 PM EDT |

We just posted some sneak peeks of the new TARGET exclusives on our Facebook page. Check them out and get ready for more new RDRs!

   

Hasbro Stole My Aayla Secura Image To Use In Their NYCC Presentation

Posted by Paul | October 17, 2011 at 09:31 PM EDT |

So it seems not even Hasbro is exempt from stealing images from fan sites without proper crediting. We've caught people stealing our hard earned images before in the past, but we didn't think Hasbro would sink to the same level. I thought something looked oddly familiar about "their" Aayla Secura image in their Power Point presentation at NYCC. But my friend Chris at BanthaSkull.com helped me to realize that, well, it's indeed my image! Click through to see the proof! Shame on you Hasbro!

2011 NYCC: Hasbro Presentation

Posted by Chuck | October 17, 2011 at 08:55 PM EDT |

Just in case you didn't get to see the slides from the NYCC Hasbro Panel, click through for a full gallery of the entire presenation!

Gungan Warrior Walmart Exclusive/VC74 Review

Posted by Paul | October 17, 2011 at 01:47 PM EDT |

Our friends at Sandtroopers.com have reviewed the upcoming Walmart exclusive Gungan Warrior (and later VC74) action figure and compare it to the Legacy Collection Gungan Warrior. Check it out!

TARGET Exclusive Luke Skywalker's Tauntaun And Landspeeder Found!

Posted by Paul | October 17, 2011 at 11:21 AM EDT |

Our friends at Yakface.com have published that there are store reports of both Luke Skywalker's Tauntaun and the Landspeeder vehicle hitting TARGET for $24.99 each! Use DPCI 087-06-1732. Click through for their report!

Review: Princess Leia (Slave Outfit) - TVC - VC64

Posted by Paul | October 17, 2011 at 12:10 AM EDT |

You don't get the cool alternate display "base" with this version, but you do get Princess Leia in her slave outfit on a "vintage" card back, so that should make everything alright, right? Research Droids Reviews looks at one of the "chase" Revenge Of The Jedi figures that is sure to be a hot item at retail. Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

The Clone Wars Figures Sale At TARGET

Posted by Paul | October 16, 2011 at 12:51 PM EDT |

The Clone Wars basic figures are on sale for $6.99 through October 22nd. With the new waves really hitting hard, it's a great time for a promotional price! Click through for the proof.

Review: Han Solo (In Trench Coat) - TVC - VC62

Posted by Paul | October 16, 2011 at 12:25 AM EDT |

Hasbro put a new twist on what collectors knew to be the definitive Han Solo (In Trench Coat) action figure. Believe it or not, Research Droids Reviews is of the opinion that this one is better. Where will you rank this version though? Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

2011 NYCC: Hasbro Movie Heroes Floor Report

Posted by Paul | October 15, 2011 at 08:35 PM EDT |

Here is JTA's floor report of Hasbro's 2011 NYCC Hasbro presentation, this time focusing on the Movie Heroes line look. And we managed to squeeze in some analysis that sort of developed into a rant. You'll just have to click through to see what we compiled!

It's So Ridiculous That It's Laughable!

Posted by Paul | October 15, 2011 at 06:37 PM EDT |

Toys R Us lies. OK, that's too harsh. They made a mistake. But with their ambiguous week by week sale ads that never explain well what is actually on sale, this kind of error is just really expected. I found this at a Toys R Us store I visit everyday. They just today put up signage for The Rise Of Boba Fett Ultimate Battle Packs set for $25.00 off. The sale expired September 5, 2011. Click through to see what I found!

2011 NYCC: NEW-GEN And Mark Hamill Panel Highlights

Posted by Paul | October 15, 2011 at 06:21 PM EDT |

This week saw the New York Comic Con announcement of Mark Hamill joining A.P.N.G Enterprises, Inc as their new Creative Consultant for the epic comic superhero franchise, NEW-GEN. NEW-GEN is printed and distributed by Marvel Comics. Click through for more information and pictures!

Prototype Boba Fett Hits Toys R Us In France!

Posted by Paul | October 15, 2011 at 06:11 PM EDT |

JTA friend Julien M. from ToyzMag.com has eagerly asked us to pass on news to our French readers that a whole bunch of new Star Wars product has hit French TRU stores. Of particular note, Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) has also graced the shelves and is part of a special, similar to what we see in the states at TRU! Click through to check out their incredible store report. (The article is in French, you can use GoogleTranslate to change it to English. But you can also click through for a quick report of what Julien has found too!

Wave 23 Found Heavily At TARGET (Cold Weather Fisto, New Rex Wave)

Posted by Paul | October 15, 2011 at 01:23 PM EDT |

We are happy to report that we've found wave 23 of The Clone Wars heavily at TARGET today in the Philly area. Click through for the proof!

2011 NYCC: Hasbro The Clone Wars Floor Report

Posted by Paul | October 15, 2011 at 12:53 PM EDT |

Here is JTA's floor report of Hasbro's 2011 NYCC Hasbro presentation. We took lots of notes and clarified some questions we had with Hasbro. Click through to see what we compiled!

2011 NYCC: Hasbro Gallery

Posted by Chuck | October 15, 2011 at 10:49 AM EDT |

We've got our full gallery up from the Hasbro booth. Stop by to check out all the offerings!

      

Sponsor Annoucement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | October 15, 2011 at 10:17 AM EDT |

Catch up on the latest Marvel Universe with Wave 14, featuring Magneto, Astonishing Wolverine, Iceman, Absorbing Man, and Tony Stark!  Looking for awesome deals?  The 2010 Jabba Throne Room Scene Pack has been reduced to $29.99, and the Masters of the Universe Classic Mo-Larr & Skeletor is now $34.99.

A few missing holes in your G.I. Joe collection?  See what new GI Joe AFA-graded figures we got in this week.

For more great products, see this week's Brian's Toys newsletter!

Brian's Toys

Review: B-wing Pilot (Keyan Farlander) - TVC - VC63

Posted by Paul | October 15, 2011 at 12:05 AM EDT |

If you thought you were getting a straight repack here, guess again. Hasbro updates the Evolutions figure and Research Droids Reviews is thoroughly impressed with Hasbro that they got it exactly movie accurate this time! Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

2011 NYCC: Hasbro The Vintage Collection Floor Report

Posted by Paul | October 14, 2011 at 11:14 PM EDT |

Here is JTA's floor report of Hasbro's 2011 NYCC Hasbro presentation. We took lots of noted and clarified some questions we had with Hasbro. Click through to see what we compiled!

2011 NYCC: Pre-Gallery New Basic Figures

Posted by Paul | October 14, 2011 at 10:36 PM EDT |

Here is a very small gallery of all-new figures shown including Jar Jar Binks, Padme Amidala (Battle Gear) and the realistically styled Anakin Skywalker (The Clone Wars). Click through to check them out!

Helmet Size Matters Not? Judge His Helmet Size Do You?

Posted by Paul | October 14, 2011 at 10:27 PM EDT |

One figure raising a lot of eyebrows is the now-to-be-released-in-April 2012 Clone Trooper (501st Legion). Is the helmet too big or does it look OK? Hasbro really did a hit-it-out-of-the-park job on the paint job, but we don't know what to think of his helmet size. What do you think? Let us know by clicking through to check him out and leave comments!

2011 NYCC: Pre-Gallery New Packaged Items And Others

Posted by Paul | October 14, 2011 at 10:21 PM EDT |

We've got cool galleries of high resolution photography coming very soon, but temporarily enjoy some quick pics I took with my point and click camera until our galleries are ready. Next up are newly revelaed packaged items (and some from Preview Night). Check them out!

2011 NYCC: Pre-Gallery New Carded Figure Reveals

Posted by Paul | October 14, 2011 at 10:17 PM EDT |

We've got swesome galleries of high resolution photography coming very soon, but temporarily enjoy some quick pics I took with my point and click camera until our galleries are ready. Check them out!

More NYCC Preview Night Galleries - JTA Coverage Starts Today!

Posted by Paul | October 14, 2011 at 06:24 AM EDT |

Both JediDefender.com and BanthaSkull.com also have great Preview Night photographs from NYCC. Be sure to spend a few minutes and check out their coverage too. JTA leaves today for New York City, so check back frequently to see what we're able to uncover for you!

Review: Bastila Shan - TVC - VC69

Posted by Paul | October 14, 2011 at 12:15 AM EDT |

Get up close and personal with the 2009 Hasbro Fans' Choice winner as Research Droids Reviews looks deeply into just how good of an action figure Bastila Shan is. But should she have been part of The Vintage Collection? Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Do You Have A Question For Hasbro? We'll Try To Get An Answer!

Posted by Paul | October 13, 2011 at 09:11 PM EDT |

We are going to try something new for our readers at NYCC tomorrow. If you have a question for Hasbro (anything but "will x get made"), send me an email and we will do our best to get an answer for you right from the horse's mouth. Sorry for the short notice, but emails with question requests must be received by 6 AM tomorrow morning EDT. (It was an 11th hour thought.) We will do all we can to get your questions answered. Thanks!

Best Battle Packs set EVER! SirStevesGuide.com has even more photos from the showroom floor and are showing off Royal Starship Droids....hmm, is the Royal Starship definitely coming now? Also, R2-B1 has been corrected and all four droids come with their harnesses now! And what a deal if the Battle Packs remain at $19.99!

Episode I The Vintage Collection Logo Revealed!

Posted by Paul | October 13, 2011 at 05:40 PM EDT |

Our friends at GalacticHunter.com also have a photo to show off the not-yet-revealed-until-now Episode I TVC packaging!

First Look At NYCC Hasbro Booth!

Posted by Paul | October 13, 2011 at 05:35 PM EDT |

Our friends at GalacticHunter.com have some great first shots of NYCC Preview Night. If you can overlook the horrid new packaging, click through to see what Hasbro is teasing!

Sideshow Collectibles 12 Inch Commander Bacara Pre-order Is Live!

Posted by Chuck | October 13, 2011 at 05:09 PM EDT |

The Sideshow Collectibles 12 inch Commander Bacara is available for preorder! Click through to reserve yours!

Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit) Revealed!

Posted by Paul | October 13, 2011 at 06:14 AM EDT |

JediInsider.com has managed to score a photo of the upcoming TVC Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit) figure already as well as a few other surprises. Check it out!

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

Posted by Paul | October 13, 2011 at 12:05 AM EDT |

He made our 2011: It's Down To Seven special report and now we can check him off our list as one of the last few figures needed a modern update. As Research Droids Reviews looks at this figure carefully, begin to think about just how close we are to completing the original 93 (or more) Kenner action figures! Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

UPDATE: Things Are Looking Up! Even More Heavy TVC Wave 9 Store Finds!

Posted by Paul | October 12, 2011 at 06:21 PM EDT |

Our cherished and very eager readers are flooding our inboxes with even more store reports of wave 9 from The Vintage Collection hitting brick and mortar. In addition to Kmart now, both TARGET and Walmart are getting heavy amounts of new figures! Click through for proof to see what some of our readers are specifically finding!

UPDATE: Even MORE store finds!

Darth Maul Returns.... In The Clone Wars!

Posted by Paul | October 12, 2011 at 03:36 PM EDT |

We knew it was a strong possibility once we saw a likeness of him in Mother Talzin's crystal ball, but it has been confirmed that Darth Maul returns as paret of The Clone Wars! USA Today has the full scoop!

Sideshow Collectibles Utapau Shadow Trooper Revealed!

Posted by Chuck | October 12, 2011 at 12:57 PM EDT |

Sideshow Collectibles officially teases an upcoming 12" figure as part of their continuing Spooktacular coverage: Utapau Shadow Trooper. We first spotted the Utapau Shadow Trooper in this report, and now it's official! Check the Sideshow Facebook page for details!

Utapau Shadow Trooper

Weekly Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | October 12, 2011 at 11:07 AM EDT |

Click through to see what Research Droids Reviews you may have missed with our brand new weekly recap complete with direct links and brief review synopses.

Research Droids Reviews

Hasbro Cosumer Affairs Replies.... From Cue Cards

Posted by Paul | October 12, 2011 at 10:53 AM EDT |

JTA reader Daryl Beck contacts Hasbro and gets a canned response. Click through to read it!

Review: Ponda Baba (Walrus Man) - TVC - VC70

Posted by Paul | October 12, 2011 at 12:00 AM EDT |

Research Droids Reviews begins a week-long The Vintage Collection marathon with the figures from wave 9 and then wave 8! It starts off with the nearly perfect update to Ponda Baba (Walrus Man). It's one of the reasons why we still have the compuslion to collect action figures. He's amazing and you're going to want multiples of him! Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Found! The Vintage Collection Wave 9 Hits Walmart!

Posted by Paul | October 11, 2011 at 09:28 PM EDT |

JTA reader Allen D. writes in to let us know that wave 9 of The Vintage Collection has been found at Walmart! This is wonderful news! Click through to read his report! (I'm telling you, every time I rant, stuff shows up, so just let me keep going at it!)

Desperate Times, Despicable Measures

Posted by Paul | October 11, 2011 at 07:25 PM EDT |

Yeah, it’s another rant and I won't apologize for it. Click through if you dare.....

Star Wars Action News - Episode 316

Posted by Chuck | October 11, 2011 at 03:23 PM EDT |

Hasbro is becoming more proactive with something we all want -- new Star Wars figures hitting pegs. On this week's Star Wars Action News, Justin joins us to report on Hasbro's efforts to help collectors find new figures in stores and his results. Then Marjorie and Arnie play your voice mails to see if these actions are having an impact Which stores are getting Revenge of the Jedi figures and the new Bastilla Shan? Listen to find out!

Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) New Mail-Away Packaging Not Working?

Posted by Paul | October 11, 2011 at 02:49 PM EDT |

Scott from Tulsa writes in with a not-so-positive update to the mail-away Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) figure. Click through for more.

Hasbro NYCC Press Release

Posted by Paul | October 11, 2011 at 01:03 PM EDT |

Hasbro's Press Release for NYCC has been published. Click through to check it out. Don't forget that JTA will be covering NYCC and will have the presentation live on our front page Friday, October 14th 5-6 PM EDT providing WiFi is not an issue. If it is, we will post everything we can via our Facebook page. Make sure you're connected! You can also click the "Read More" button to the bottom right. We've cut and pasted the Press Release there.

Review: Darth Vader - TSC - SAGA 045

Posted by Paul | October 11, 2011 at 01:40 AM EDT |

Wow! Time has flown by! As we look at Darth Vader (SAGA 045) today, Research Droids Reviews finishes up the basic figures of The Saga Collection! This figure is far from perfect but very hard to hate. What is your assessment? Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Jedi Temple Archives New York Comic Con Coverage!

Posted by Paul | October 10, 2011 at 09:10 PM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives is attending New York Comic Con and will be posting live updates of the Hasbro presentation Friday (scheduled 5-6 PM EDT) to our Facebook page. Make sure you're connected so you don't miss a beat. We will also later be providing readers with galleries of the new product shown as well as the Hasbro presentation once it's been distributed to us.

New York Comic Con

An Advanced Look For You!

Posted by Paul | October 10, 2011 at 03:15 PM EDT |

We've entered a few new surprises into our Research Droids Reviews but you'll have to scan the list to see what's new! If you want an advanced look, click through! And there's more to come!

Review: Rebel Trooper [Gunner] - TSC - SAGA 046

Posted by Paul | October 10, 2011 at 01:35 AM EDT |

We're all excited about the upcoming The Vintage Collection General Cracken figure coming in 2012, but it's quite possible we already have him (and if not at the very least we have one of his troopers) in The Saga Collection. Research Droids Reviews points out that someone who looks a lot like this action figure is either Cracken or is another character seated behind Nien Nunb and Lando Calrissian in the Millenium Falcon cockpit during the Battle of Endor. Check out the running change variation of the Rebel Trooper (SAGA 046) figure and see what you think! Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Wave 9 Sneak Peeks Up On Facebook - Gear Up For RDRs!

Posted by Paul | October 09, 2011 at 07:00 PM EDT |

Because Facebook is so wonky, you've likely missed our updates. So click HERE to check out our "Sneak Peeks" of wave 9 of The Vintage Collection. We want to hear your comments too! Please leave them on our wall!

See Aayla Secura, Nom Anor And Clone Trooper (501st Legion) Closer

Posted by Paul | October 09, 2011 at 04:58 PM EDT |

We took a close-up picture of the back of Ponda Baba (Walrus Man) so you can see three upcoming TVC figures up close: Aayla Secura, Nom Anor and Clone Trooper (501st Legion). While they aren't shown in high resolution, it should give you a slightly better idea of what's coming in early 2012. No other figures from this wave are shown on the back of any of the other figures from the rest of wave 9.

Found! Capture Of The Droids Battle Packs Set!

Posted by Paul | October 09, 2011 at 01:51 PM EDT |

JTA reader The_Question writes in to let us know that he found the Capture Of The Droids Battle Packs set at his local TARGET. I believe I may have unconsciously seen this set today too as the Battle Packs were majorly restocked. It's the sole new Battle Packs set in the new wave. (And it's all repeat characters, so you may not see the need to purchase it.)

Found! The Vintage Collection Wave 9 Hits Philly Kmart!

Posted by Paul | October 09, 2011 at 01:45 PM EDT |

After nearly 48 hours of frantically searching for wave 9 of The Vintage Collection and traveling close to 100 miles in the last three days looking high and low, I decided to walk into my local Kmart (that NEVER has anything) 1.5 miles from my house and would you be a complete and undisturbed wave 9 case of The Vintage Collection was there to greet me? And the bonus is that they rang up for $9.19 instead of the marked $10.99. Am I really calling that a "bonus"?! Look for new RDRs on this wave starting Wednesday! (Oh, and our Facebook fans will be happy to know that we'll be posting updates early for you.) Click through to see what's coming in the next 48 hours for YOU!

Wave 9 Found!

See The Vintage Collection Princess Leia (Jabba's Slave) Carded

Posted by Paul | October 09, 2011 at 01:39 PM EDT |

JTA reader Manny Mendoza shares another one of his finds in the Philippines with us. Click through to see The Vintage Collection's wave 8 Princess Leia (Jabba's Slave) figure up close!

Review: Rebel Trooper [Black] - TSC - SAGA 046

Posted by Paul | October 09, 2011 at 12:20 AM EDT |

We really want to know why Hasbro didn't tweak the arms on The Saga Collection's Rebel Trooper figures. Had they done that we would probably have in our collections what can be considered definitive takes of Endor soldiers for our collections. Research Droids Reviews quickly points out what a fabulous job Hasbro did on the premium leg articulation, but it becomes moot since they fall flat from the waist up. Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Complete Star Wars Hard Cover And Paperback Auction! Amazing!

Posted by Paul | October 08, 2011 at 08:57 PM EDT |

A once in a lifetime auction! JTA reader Matt Frey has put his complete Star Wars books (hard AND soft cover) collection up for auction on eBay. You may remember us mentioning Matt previously as he was the gentleman who handled the TVC Wedge Antilles charity auction on behalf of Katie which we assited him with promoting. You must at the very least check out this amazing collection of amazing Star Wars reads! Click through to see it for yourself!

Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) At Yakface.com!

Posted by Paul | October 08, 2011 at 07:17 PM EDT |

Our friends at Yakface.com has posted a wonderful sneak peek of the mail-away exclusive Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) figure! Click through to see this figure from all angles!

The Clone Wars Figures Coming In Fast And Furious Now?

Posted by Paul | October 08, 2011 at 11:33 AM EDT |

The Clone Wars wave 22 which includes Savage Opress (CW55), Clone Commander Jet (CW38), Hondo Ohnaka (CW39), ARF Trooper (CW56) and Plo Koon (CW53) have been found in extremely high numbers in both TARGET and Walmart in the Philly area this morning. (And we have heard from one of our colleagues that the same is true in MN.) Savage Opress is the figure being picked clean off of the pegs obviously, but if you get out there now, you'll likely be able to fill some holes in your collection. If you find an El-Les or Clone Trooper Hevy swinging from the pegs, you've just been beaten to the punch by a previous collector. On an unrelated note, the Republic Mobile AV-7 Cannon is also showing up at Walmart and doesn't scan at the register. We were able to pick it up for $19.97! Click through to see what we found!

Review: Luke Skywalker [Combat Poncho] - TSC - Basic (SAGA 044)

Posted by Paul | October 08, 2011 at 12:05 AM EDT |

We have a more definitive version of Luke Skywalker in his combat poncho gear in the Battle For Endor Legacy Collection Battle Packs set now, but this version from The Saga Collection is still one of our most favorite figures from Hasbro (when completely assembled) and is still a quality figure by any standard. Research Droids Reviews will hopefully convince you of this. Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Sponsor Annoucement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | October 07, 2011 at 09:28 PM EDT |

Halloween is fast approaching, and nothing compliments a great Star Wars costume like a Hasbro FX Lightsaber!  Brian's Toys has dropped it's prices on select FX sabers, including Luke (ROTJ), Kit Fisto, Darth Maul, and much more!

If those are a bit too pricey for your liking, check out the Ultimate FXs, a new cheaper alternative to the Hasbro Signature Series sabers.

For more great selection, go to the Brian's Toys newsletter!

Brian's Toys

Loose Bastila Shan Returns To eBay!

Posted by Paul | October 07, 2011 at 08:04 PM EDT |

Bastila Shan didn't last on eBay long the first time around. She's back in stock but her price has soared. Click through if you are desperate to add her into your collection!

Review: Emperor Palpatine - TSC - SAGA 043

Posted by Paul | October 07, 2011 at 02:50 AM EDT |

Yeah, don't even bother wasting your time reading Research Droids Reviews today because Emperor Palpatine from The Saga Collection should have never been released (or rereleased - technically). Please feel free to leave your own comments in our Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

More Glimmers Of Hope At TARGET

Posted by Paul | October 06, 2011 at 09:54 PM EDT |

I told you that as soon as I published my rant I would find stuff. It's nothing great, but I wanted to let you know that wave 22 of The Clone Wars figures has made a few additional appearances in the Philly area at TARGET. Now if I can just find the other two waves. And for the record, I still feel my rant is still warranted. One or two additional store finds doesn't remedy the distribution issues.

12 Inch Commander Bacara Revealed!

Posted by Paul | October 06, 2011 at 07:13 PM EDT |

Sideshow Collectibles announces the 12" Commander Bacara! Yes! Full product reveal happens on October 11th and the pre-order goes live with the launch of the newsletter on October 13th.

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | October 06, 2011 at 03:31 PM EDT |

Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about another nice batch of new arrivals, more exciting new preorders, and an overstock clearance sale!

Clearance Sale

We've cut prices on 50 popular listings including a variety of BBTS Exclusives, Transformers, Marvel, Green Lantern, Thundercats, Hot Toys, Star Wars, DC & More. BBTS Seacons are at only $45,  GI Joe Resolute at
$49, Green Lantern Movie Masters wave 01 at $18, various 3.75" figures $3.50 to $4.50 and much more!

Big Bad Toy Store

Review: Moff Jerjerrod - TSC - SAGA 040

Posted by Paul | October 06, 2011 at 05:51 AM EDT |

Moff Jerjerrod is a figure we wanted to like a lot more than we did. And Research Droids Reviews wants to know if we'll ever get a definitive update of this stoic Imperial commander. Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Moff Jerjerrod

Broken Promises And Broken Spirits - Hasbro, We Need Action.... Now!

Posted by Paul | October 05, 2011 at 09:33 PM EDT |

It's déjà vu all over again for us and likely déjà entendu for you. And usually after we rant, the figures start showing up in droves, so consider this an Indian rain dance. Click through for our latest thoughts on the latest missteps of Hasbro.

Incredible Ask Sideshow Update! 12 Inch Scale Bespin Freezing Chamber?

Posted by Paul | October 05, 2011 at 06:37 PM EDT |

It's been quite a while since Sideshow Collectibles have updated their very popular Ask Sideshow segment, but they more than make up for it with their September 30th update! If you're a Sideshow fan, you must check out this update where they hint about a (GASP!) 12" Bespin carbonite freezing chamber amongst many other juicy things!! Click through for more!

Wednesday Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | October 05, 2011 at 08:47 AM EDT |

Here is our Wednesday recap of the past week's Research Droids Reviews in an effort to let you know which Star Wars products have been added to our database. In case you may have missed any, simply click on each thumbnail below to take you directly to that specific review! And don't forget to put in your own two cents by leaving your thoughts in our Disqus comments module and/or voting in the poll found at the bottom of each and every review now!

      

Big Dose Of Star Wars In The Big Bang Theory

Posted by Paul | October 05, 2011 at 07:55 AM EDT |

Thanks to the blessed curse of DVR, many viewers find that they watch their favorite shows much after the fact, sometimes even weeks later. But I had a few moments to catch up on a few episodes of The Big Bang Theory. While most episodes have some sort of Star Wars reference, last week's episode was a little heavier than others. Look for the Ralph McQuarrie Bounty Hunters lithograph, 12" Aayla Secura and Premium Format Princess Leia. Oh, and you can't miss that big illuminated green lightsaber of course! Click through for more.

Review: C-3PO With Ewok Throne - TSC - SAGA 042

Posted by Paul | October 05, 2011 at 12:10 AM EDT |

One of the greatest surprises announced for The Saga Collection was the C-3PO With Ewok Throne action figure. It's announcement would mean that we would be getting our first C-3PO action figure with articulated knees to collectors. Today's Research Droids Reviews points out things like three unique variations of this figure (you probably only know of two) and why this figure is so important to the evolution of all C-3PO action figures. Do you want to learn more? Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Star Wars Action News - Episode 315

Posted by Chuck | October 04, 2011 at 10:11 PM EDT |

Star Wars collectors know the feeling of completing a set. Be it a full set of Power of the Force 2 figures, a full set of Sci-Fi Book Club hardcover novels, a full set of West End Games Role Playing guides, or the full 92 vintage figures, these journeys can be long, or can be as quick as the right eBay auction. On this week's Star Wars Action News, Arnie tells how one of his collecting holy grail quests was accomplished as a birthday gift for Marjorie. Listen to find out what vintage collection it is!

HTS Taking Pre-orders For Wave 9 Of The Vintage Collection!

Posted by Paul | October 04, 2011 at 06:11 PM EDT |

Thanks to a tip from JTA reader The_Question, HasbroToyShop.com is currently taking pre-orders for wave 9 of The Vintage Collection. The best part is is you pre-order it now, you'll get FREE shipping (for orders over $25)!

Y-wing Fighter Vehicle 25% Off And Get A Free Commander Blackout Too!

Posted by Paul | October 04, 2011 at 01:06 PM EDT |

The Vintage Collection Y-wing Fighter Vehicle is on sale for $10 off until October 8th and is a total steal at $29.99! We purchased it and also received the TRU exclusive Stealth Operations Clone Trooper for FREE! Yay! Click through to see TRU's official shelf tag advertising the deal. Notice that they are calling this action figure Commander Blackout!

http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/content/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=8594/#details

Review: Death Star Gunner - TSC - SAGA 041

Posted by Paul | October 04, 2011 at 12:15 AM EDT |

In today's Research Droids Reviews see why the Death Star Gunner from The Saga Collection is a bittersweet figure. It's good, it's bad and it's from two differemt films. Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

TVC Gungan Warrior Hits eBay!

Posted by Paul | October 03, 2011 at 02:08 PM EDT |

The Gungan Warrior from The Vintage Collection has hit eBay!

TARGET And Their Yo-Yo Pricing

Posted by Paul | October 03, 2011 at 12:53 PM EDT |

This is an update to our previous story regarding the pricing of older TARGET exclusives. JTA reader The_Question sends us an email confirming that although the shelf tags still say $30.49 for the Animated DVD sets, they actually ring up again at $24.99. This is certainly an interesting turn of events!

TVC ROTJ TIE Fighter Pilot Retraction

Posted by Paul | October 03, 2011 at 12:46 PM EDT |

With all of the different breaking news this week and last week, we misinformed our readers on a report and have to print a retraction. We sincerely apologize, but click through for the details.

Review: Chief Chirpa - TSC - SAGA 039

Posted by Paul | October 03, 2011 at 12:05 AM EDT |

If you were a collector in 2006 during The Saga Collection, you know that Chief Chirpa revolutionized the way Ewok action figures were made in the basic figure line. He didn't come with ball-joints or anything like that, but Hasbro really watched the scale and paid attention to all of the details. And Research Droids Reviews points out why this figure is so important to the Ewok action figures we get today. Consider Chief Chirpa the catalyst for change as far as Ewoks are concerned. Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Chief Chirpa

TARGET: Inconsistent Instances Of Mark-Downs And Mark-Ups

Posted by Paul | October 02, 2011 at 01:26 PM EDT |

While some TARGET stores seemingly can't wait to rid there stock with their fall 2010 exclusive items, others have decided to raise the price. In an unbelievable move, Scott from Tulsa's local TARGET heads in the opposite direction and marks up these items. Click through for more.

The Clone Wars Waves 22, 23 And 24 Reviews Organized For You

Posted by Paul | October 02, 2011 at 12:08 AM EDT |

You're tired of the Star Wars basic action figure distribution woes and so are we. It took us quite some time to gather all of the recently released The Clone Wars action figures (all of our review samples are bought at retail) so we could photograph and write about them in our Research Droids Reviews. Thank the Maker we're finally all finished. Because we added them in a way that isn't by any means numerical or chronological, we have put together a quick reference post that arranges all of them by their wave order. Click through for more!

Review: Plo Koon [Cold Weather] - TCW - CW53

Posted by Paul | October 02, 2011 at 12:01 AM EDT |

Hasbro released two Expanded Universe takes of two different The Clone Wars characters this year. Kit Fisto and now the brave Plo Koon come to us donning a winter coat and snow shoes to protect them from the harsh weather. And they fit in the line wonderfully (and seamlessly). You'll see in today's Research Droids Reviews why you'll want to see Hasbro use this head sculpt for all future animated Plo Koon action figures. Please feel free to leave your own comments in our new Disqus comments section about this item and as always, please vote in our poll! Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! You can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Figure Distribution In Foreign Countries.... We Have It Made

Posted by Paul | October 01, 2011 at 11:37 PM EDT |

JTA is thrilled that we reach so many diverse readers from many continents. We have discovered that almost 30% of our audience/traffic comes from outside the USA. JTA reader Haris from Pakistan has let us know on more than one occasion how very few Star Wars items reach him there. Well, he very eagerly contacted us to let us know the Hasbro product like the ARC Trooper Commander figure, the new The Clone Wars Battle Packs and the Saga Legends Spacetrooper have just hit this week. This should be something gives us an empathetic perspective to our American readers, right? Click through to see his recent goodies!

First Look At TVC Return Of The Jedi Darth Vader

Posted by Paul | October 01, 2011 at 08:56 PM EDT |

JTA reader Trooper Manny also sends us a first look at the Return Of The Jedi Darth Vader and Revenge Of The Jedi R2-D2 figure (only new if you haven't seen this figure in the 2011 SDCC exclusive set. Click through for more!

BREAKING NEWS: Fate Of African American/Black Rebel Commando Revealed

Posted by Paul | October 01, 2011 at 08:35 PM EDT |

We have very awesome update to report via JTA reader Manny Mendoza. Until now, the fate of the black Rebel Commando has remained elusive for collectors and Hasbro has not been forthcoming about its fate. Is it exclusive to the 2011 SDCC Revenge Of The Jedi [Death Star II] set? We have the answer. Click through for more!


 
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