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January 2015

FlashBack Review: Commander TX-20 - TCW [S2] - CW46

Posted by Paul | January 31, 2015 at 06:51 PM ET |

Commander TX-20

  • Collectible: Commander TX-20 (CW46)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #391
  • Original Publication Date: June 18, 2010
  • Current Ranking: 681st most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2010

Visual Guide Update - Vintage Card Backs, Part 15: ROTJ Updates

Posted by Chuck | January 31, 2015 at 02:08 PM ET |

Our final Return of the Jedi card back update showcases 7 figures that received a late facelift for their card back design. Click through to check out the all-new card back pictures updated in 1984 for these popular characters, and catch up on all our updates on our Visual Guides channel. Stay tuned for more updates next week as we've saved the best for last!

Review: Darth Vader (Ver. 2.0) - Real Action Heroes

Posted by Paul | January 31, 2015 at 01:15 AM ET |

Medicom Toy wasn't completely happy with their first take on the Darth Vader Real Action Heroes figure based on the character's appearance from Return Of The Jedi. So they started again and produced the stunning Darth Vader (Ver. 2.0) Real Action Heroes figure a few years later. It comes with a light-up lightsaber and other electronics. You're going to love it. Check out this incredible work of art 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 Vader (Ver. 2.0)

FlashBack Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi - TCW [S2] - CW48

Posted by Paul | January 30, 2015 at 07:31 PM ET |

Obi-Wan Kenobi

  • Collectible: Obi-Wan Kenobi (CW48)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #307
  • Original Publication Date: March 26, 2010
  • Current Ranking: 1,060th most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2010

It's time to take a look at the final three waves from The Empire Strikes Back, on their updated Return of the Jedi card backs. Click through for a closer look at the last nine figures, only one of which moved on to the upcoming Power of the Force card back. For eight of these figures this was the last time they graced the shelves.

Review: 4-LOM - Real Action Heroes [Stunning One-Sixth Scale Figure!]

Posted by Paul | January 30, 2015 at 12:10 AM ET |

We are thrilled to have stumbled across Medicom Toy's 4-LOM Real Action Heroes one-sixth scale figure, for it is the GREATEST articulated interpretation of this fan-favorite bounty hunter money can buy. See why this figure has wowed and impressed us so greatly 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.

4-LOM

FlashBack Review: Commander Bly - TCW [S2] - CW39

Posted by Paul | January 29, 2015 at 04:51 PM ET |

Commander Bly

  • Collectible: Commander Bly (CW39)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #274
  • Original Publication Date: February 21, 2010
  • Current Ranking: 190th most visited review
  • Score: 5 holocrons
  • Released: 2010

The next two waves of The Empire Strikes Back figures featured on their Return of the Jedi card backs are our next update. Only a select few of these figures made it to the next card back style (POTF), with the rest of them showing up for the very last time on a Vintage card back right here on the Return of the Jedi card back. Click through for the full look at the next 10 figures!

You Only Want The New Figures? Dorkside Toys Has You Covered!

Posted by Paul | January 29, 2015 at 12:25 PM ET |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys is now offering Han Solo Stormtrooper and Bossk The Black Series 6" figure as a set for only $41.99!

Hasbro Star Wars Rebels Poster Revealed

Posted by Chuck | January 29, 2015 at 10:34 AM ET |

As if to taunt us with figures we can't find anywhere en masse, Hasbro has offered a downloadable two-sided Star Wars Rebels poster with their latest newsletter. Click here for the full download! Click through for smaller preview thumbnails...

Takara Metal Star Wars Figures Up For Pre-order!

Posted by Paul | January 29, 2015 at 07:34 AM ET |

While not really "news" for those of us that follow stunning Japanese Star Wars collectibles, JTA sponsor Big Bad Toy Store has just put up for pre-order four 3" Star Wars metal figures which include Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, R2-D2 and C-3PO. While mostly metal, they do contain some plastic parts and are articulated. Click through for more details!

Review: Ishi Tib - POTF2 [G/FF] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 29, 2015 at 01:35 AM ET |

In 1998 we definitely all wanted an Ishi Tib action figure, but not this particular Ishi Tib. But this is still a great Ishi Tib until we get the Ishi Tib we originally wanted. Are you confused yet? Don't worry. We explain it 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.

Ishi Tib

It look like the second wave of the Rebels Mission Series line is making its way to more and more TARGET locations. JTA reader Alex S. provides proof of his find. Guess what he didn't find? Rebels Saga Legends figures!

FlashBack Review: Hondo Ohnaka - TCW [S2] - CW41

Posted by Paul | January 28, 2015 at 07:37 PM ET |

Hondo Ohnaka

  • Collectible: Hondo Ohnaka (CW41)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #266
  • Original Publication Date: February 13, 2010
  • Current Ranking: 391st most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2010

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store - Winter Sale!

Posted by Chuck | January 28, 2015 at 06:03 PM ET |

Big Bad Toy Store is having two great sales... click below to check each one out, and click here to view their full newsletter!

WINTER SALE! - Over 3500 products have had their prices reduced!
HOT TOYS & SIDESHOW SALE! - 100 Items have been discounted from 1/6 scale figures to premium format figures.

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

Big Bad Toy Store

TBS6 Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise) Full Gallery

Posted by Paul | January 28, 2015 at 11:25 AM ET |

We have a full gallery to share with you of the new Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise) figure from JTA friend and reader Robert N. Please click through to see the gallery on our Facebook page.

Our next round of card back updates feature a look at the figures from The Empire Strikes Back as they appeared on their Return of the Jedi card backs. Click through for a look at wave 1's ten figures, and stop by our Vintage Visual Guide for a complete look at our Vintage archive!

Hot Toys sends along some detailed photos of the 1/6th scale Interrogator Droid accessory for the upcoming Darth Vader figure. Click through for a closer look!

It's sad that the second collector-friendly attempt of Princess Leia Organa (In Ewok Celebration Outfit) would just not deliver. A key outfit for her in Episode VI, collectors wanted the best out of this figure but likeness, scale issues and the inability to stand unaided were just the beginnings of her problems. Rumors abound that a new one is coming in The Black Series this year, but until it's officially announced we have to assume that this is one of three options we have for this figure today. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Princess Leia Organa (In Ewok Celebration Outfit)

We also received an image via Colin H. from Facebook user BillyB. showing a production Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise). While it's not the best photo (size wise) it does show pretty clearly that the helmet looks pretty remarkable (as in no skewed appearance). We aksed for more photos and will post them if they come to us.

Uncle Milton Introduces Star Wars 20Q

Posted by Paul | January 27, 2015 at 08:21 PM ET |

Uncle Milton, creator of the innovative Star Wars™ Science brand of toys, is getting ready to challenge aspiring Jedi in a different way. This time, Uncle Milton will be bringing the popular artificial intelligence game of knowledge, 20Q, into the world of Star Wars with the Jedi Holocron. Holocrons are artifacts that hold an indeterminable amount of knowledge, so what better way to bring the Holocron into our world, than with 20Q. Even better, Star Wars™ fans can be part of the creation of this new Star Wars™ Science Jedi Holocron! Just visit 20q.net, click on the Star Wars logo and follow the instructions. Think of any person, place, or thing based on all 6 Star Wars movies and TV series and 20Q will try and guess what you’re thinking. See if you can outsmart the Jedi Holocron! The more times you play, the smarter the artificial intelligence of the Jedi Holocron will become. Look for the Star Wars Science Jedi Holocron on store shelves beginning in Fall, 2015. Try it now!

FlashBack Review: Yoda - TCW [S2] - CW14

Posted by Paul | January 27, 2015 at 07:26 PM ET |

Yoda

  • Collectible: Yoda (CW14)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #66
  • Original Publication Date: July 28, 2009
  • Current Ranking: 981st most visited review
  • Score: 5 holocrons
  • Released: 2009

We feel that there is a still a big ball of confusion out there surrounding The Black Series 3.75" price hike. Weeks ago, Yakface.com broke the exclusive news (although it appears some people think this "old" news just broke a few days ago) that this was happening and then lengthy discussions with readers at both JTA and Yakface.com added their own opinions to the matter (300+ comments in our article alone). It seems however that there are things not being relayed by [important people] that you should know. Click through for an article sure to create controversy.

TBS6 Bossk DOES Have Jaw Articulation!

Posted by Paul | January 27, 2015 at 07:47 AM ET |

We have just received proof from JTA reader Josh M. that The Black Series 6" Bossk does come with an articulated jaw. JTA reader Colin H. via Facebook received a production sample (from eBay seller viperskingdom) and confirmed the articulation point is all intact. Pictures are attached. Click through for more images.

Review: Bespin Luke Skywalker - POTF2 [G/FF] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 27, 2015 at 01:10 AM ET |

Would you believe it took Hasbro three (3) years to produce a modern Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) figure? They called him Bespin Luke Skywalker and released him in the Freeze Frame phase of The Power Of The Force "2" line. See this 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.

Bespin Luke Skywalker

Site JediBusiness.com is reporting that one of their readers found the Amazon.com exclusive Slave I (originally priced at $99.99 then $69.99) at Toys R Us Express mall stores for a ridiculous $34.49. Let us know if you find these locally. Could this be the future home of all those TVC greatest hits waves? (We kid....)

Disney Store Puts Rebels Vehicles On Clearance

Posted by Paul | January 26, 2015 at 07:37 PM ET |

JTA reader and friend Ben C. send us an image that filled us with a little bit of dread. His local Disney store had the Rebels vehicles on clearance for $12.99 each. Keep in mind that this is a Disney Store (the people behind this Star Wars property). It is true that retail discounts items based on their sell through, but come on now. Maybe Rebels just doesn't have the mojo it needs to support itself? If that's true, then it's a shame, because the show gets increasingly better with each new episode. But how does this bode for future vehicle assortments? (We gave up on the Rebels Saga Legends. We'll never see those again....) We haven't even been through ONE complete season of the show and now the Disney Store puts toys from this show on clearance? Click the thumbnail below for the proof.

FlashBack Review: AAT Driver Battle Droid - TCW [S2] - CW33

Posted by Paul | January 26, 2015 at 05:39 PM ET |

AAT Driver Battle Droid

  • Collectible: AAT Driver Battle Droid (CW33)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #133
  • Original Publication Date: October 3, 2009
  • Current Ranking: 935th most visited review
  • Score: 3 holocrons
  • Released: 2009

As soon as we posted this on our Facebook page, we began receiving emails on how our readers could acquire the full size. With special thanks to and help from our good friend Chris at BanthaSkull.com, we have managed to secure it for you. Courtesy of vintagestarwarscollectables.co.uk.

Review: Pote Snitkin - POTF2 [G/FF] - Internet Exclusive

Posted by Paul | January 26, 2015 at 02:20 AM ET |

Here is a figure from 1999 that looks almost as good today as it did when it was first released. Check out the gorgeous Pote Snitkin figure. Hopefully you already have him because Hasbro will NEVER revisit this character again in 3.75" action figure form. But they really don't need to do that. Find out why in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Pote Snitkin

FlashBack Review: Mace Windu - TCW [S2] - CW06

Posted by Paul | January 25, 2015 at 08:47 PM ET |

Mace Windu

  • Collectible: Mace Windu (CW06)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #64
  • Original Publication Date: July 26, 2009
  • Current Ranking: 1,064th most visited review
  • Score: 3 holocrons
  • Released: 2009

We round out the remaining Star Wars figures as they appeared on the Return of the Jedi card backs. Click through to check out the 9 remaining figures presented on Return of the Jedi card backs.

Vectis Auctions just released information on some rare Vintage Star Wars items going up for auction this week, and they are expected to fetch record amounts! Click through for the full press release and story.

Pre-order The Black Series Wave 07 And Get FREE Shipping!

Posted by Paul | January 25, 2015 at 08:19 AM ET |

Pre-order The Black Series 6" wave 7 at JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys RIGHT NOW and get FREE shipping.

Review: Boss Nass - EI - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 25, 2015 at 04:55 AM ET |

Too bad most of us didn't know that the Episode I Boss Nass figure was a little short for an Ankura Gungan when he was first released! Thankfully Hasbro made an apology figure update of him for us in the Power Of The Jedi line! See this 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.

Boss Nass

Looking For The Black Series 3.75-inch Figures? Try Wegmans!

Posted by Paul | January 24, 2015 at 08:51 PM ET |

JTA good friend Dan Curto sends us an image to share. If you're looking for a nice selection of 3.75" The Black Series figures, you may want to visit your local Wegmans stores. This incredible find is from Brockport NY. Click through to find out what figures he found and then click the thumbnail below for the proof!

FlashBack Review: Anakin Skywalker - TCW [S2] - CW42

Posted by Paul | January 24, 2015 at 07:49 PM ET |

Anakin Skywalker

  • Collectible: Anakin Skywalker (CW42)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #308
  • Original Publication Date: March 27, 2010
  • Current Ranking: 1,055th most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2010

Before there were even any Return of the Jedi action figures on the shelves there were Return of the Jedi card backs on the shelves featuring figures from the first two movies. Today's card back update takes a look at the very first Star Wars figures released on Jedi card backs. And, for the first time since the line started, there are two figures that were NOT carried forward from previous lines... Click through to see which figures are missing from the original twelve, and stop by our full Vintage Visual Guide for a complete look at the Vintage collection!

We have some BREAKING NEWS to share! It looks like the Rebels: Saga Legends line, if it ever makes its way to retail fully, will be releasing some pretty cool Original Trilogy characters. And we have images of them to share with you! Han Solo (In Trench Coat)? Yes. Luke Skywalker (Combat Poncho)? Yes. Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho)? Yes. Commander Bly? Yes.Click through for more! These are Hasbro's exclusive images, so we aren't watermarking them. Please feel free to distribute as needed. We are glad we could share this breaking news with you first.

   
   
  

UPDATE: We just added high resolution images. Click on any of the smaller images in this article to see them in a bigger size!

Review: Star Wars: Rebels - Episode 9: Idiot's Array

Posted by Chuck | January 24, 2015 at 10:15 AM ET |

Click through to check out our review of Star Wars Rebels: Idiot's Array, featuring everyones favorite smooth talking scoundrel Lando Calrissian...

Review: Wookiee Flyer With Wookiee Warrior - ROTS - Vehicles

Posted by Paul | January 24, 2015 at 04:25 AM ET |

We are going to go through a week of pot luck before delving into an exciting new category of Hasbro products beginning February 1st. Let's start off with the Wookiee Flyer With Wookiee Warrior. It's actually quite nice. And 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.

Wookiee Flyer With Wookiee Warrior

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | January 23, 2015 at 09:43 PM ET |

Check in with the latest Brian's Toys Newsletter, featuring The Black Series, Rebels, and more...

Brian's Toys

FlashBack Review: Commander Gree - TCW [S2] - CW09

Posted by Paul | January 23, 2015 at 05:36 PM ET |

Commander Gree

  • Collectible: Commander Gree (CW09)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #65
  • Original Publication Date: July 27, 2009
  • Current Ranking: 330th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2009

Visual Guide Update - Vintage Card Backs, Part 9: ROTJ Waves 2-3

Posted by Chuck | January 23, 2015 at 10:39 AM ET |

The next round of Return of the Jedi card back updates feature the remaining two waves of figures, totalling 14 more ROTJ figures. This includes the final two figures, which were the only two figures in the entire Vintage run not released on a U.S. offerless card back. Click through to check out the full run! Make sure to check out our ever-growing Vintage Visual Guide for our complete look at the Vintage figures!

The phase II version of Captain Rex in 1:6 scale is here! It's a great figure, not totally perfect, but pretty fine nonetheless. See how we assess this latest 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.

Captain Rex

Hasbro Star Wars Poster

Posted by Paul | January 22, 2015 at 09:34 PM ET |

We added this poster to our Facebook page. Many of our readers didn't know about it. They asked where they could get it, so we decided to post it here for you to download. (Simply click on the thumb below, expand the image and then right click to save it.) We didn't know this existed when we first saw it too and was a bit of a surprise for some. If you're interested, please feel free to check it out (and watermark free).

FlashBack Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi - TCW [S2] - CW12

Posted by Paul | January 22, 2015 at 06:46 PM ET |

Obi-Wan Kenobi

  • Collectible: Obi-Wan Kenobi (CW12)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #57
  • Original Publication Date: July 19, 2009
  • Current Ranking: 495th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2009

Visual Guide Update - Vintage Card Backs, Part 8: ROTJ Wave 1

Posted by Chuck | January 22, 2015 at 10:27 AM ET |

We have our next card back update ready, this time featuring the massive first wave from Return of the Jedi featuring 17 new figures! Click through for a look at the full line of wave 1 card backs, and check out our other recent card back updates on our Visual Guides channel. You can also visit our full Vintage Visual Guide at anytime to see our full line-up! Another big thanks to JTA contributor George Telesco for helping us in our goal to create the largest Vintage card back visual reference guide online!

More Rebelsgate Developments?

Posted by Paul | January 22, 2015 at 08:47 AM ET |

More Rebelsgate drama? Well, don't get your knickers in a twist just yet, but our friends at BanthaSkull.com have more ominous news to report. Keep in mind, this is one incident, but it's definitely noteworthy and will make you think twice before thinking that you have your "future" Rebels figures purchases "in the bag" already. With still next to ZERO online stores and brick and mortar having in stock Rebels Saga Legends figures, we wonder whow long it is going to be until they're everywhere.... if that even happens at this point.

Review: Darth Vader (double cape) - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 22, 2015 at 07:33 AM ET |

Thank you for your support of our assessments of The Power Of The Force "2" FlashBack and CommTech figures. I didn't believe my friend when he said "talk about POTF2 and they will come". He was right. You have all exceeded our expectations. We will however be moving away from POTF2 and onto other exciting items, but we didn't want to change gears suddenly without letting you know we're thankful for your interest and support in these reviews of old products like these. In the meantime, check out the final basic figure in this category, Darth Vader, and see why he just didn't meet expectations for 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.

Darth Vader

FlashBack Review: 4A-7 - TCW [S2] - CW13

Posted by Paul | January 21, 2015 at 05:38 PM ET |

4A-7

  • Collectible: 4A-7 (CW13)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #60
  • Original Publication Date: July 22, 2009
  • Current Ranking: 1,057th most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2009

Review: Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 21, 2015 at 01:25 AM ET |

His hood is up, but is he a good action figure? You will have to decide. See Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi 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.

Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi

Ahh! Make It All Go Away!

Posted by Paul | January 20, 2015 at 10:07 PM ET |

We don't know whether to shout for joy and shriek in terror, because this is a whole lot like Night Of The Living Dead.... Star Wars style. Or maybe Sometimes They Come Back. (Or maybe they never left. Yeah, that's it. They never left.) Click the image below to see what JTA reader Mike H. found after his local Walmart decided to reset the Star Wars aisle.

That Last Minute Trek May Yield Positive Results!

Posted by Paul | January 20, 2015 at 06:57 PM ET |

JTA reader Martin M. decided to take a trip and discovered it was a very wise decision for him. Click through for his story and then click each thumbnail to see the goods he found!

   

FlashBack Review: Darth Sidious - TCW [S2] - CW45

Posted by Paul | January 20, 2015 at 03:02 PM ET |

Darth Sidious

  • Collectible: Darth Sidious (CW45)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #389
  • Original Publication Date: June 16, 2010
  • Current Ranking: 420th most visited review
  • Score: 3.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2010

Review: Luke Skywalker (floppy hat) - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 20, 2015 at 01:15 AM ET |

Here is a pretty nice version of Luke Skywalker, mostly based on a deleted scene as well as his encounter with a Tusken Raider (or two). See this 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.

Luke Skywalker

Worst Star Wars Store Reset Ever?

Posted by Paul | January 19, 2015 at 07:57 PM ET |

This isn't a game of "Where's Waldo?" You don't even have to find the hidden toaster in a tree. We challenge you to find the Star Wars products in this North Carolina's Walmart reset that just happened two days ago! We're serious. We dare you to find the Star Wars products! Special thanks to JTA reader Mike R. for the image and laugh. No matter who is to actually be blamed for the abysmal state at Star Wars at brick and mortar now, there is no denying how the fun is just completely sucked out of the hobby, especially for those who love to hunt for their items.

FlashBack Review: Heavy Assault Super Battle Droid - TCW [S2] - CW11

Posted by Paul | January 19, 2015 at 06:32 PM ET |

Heavy Assault Super Battle Droid

  • Collectible: Heavy Assault Super Battle Droid (CW11)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #123
  • Original Publication Date: September 23, 2009
  • Current Ranking: 1,098th most visited review
  • Score: 3 holocrons
  • Released: 2009

Star Wars Mashers Are Official

Posted by Chuck | January 19, 2015 at 02:04 PM ET |

We hate to say we told you so... Star Wars Mashers are officially announced via Forbes.com. Click through for the full article! Way back in October we first posted this rumor on our Facebook page, then Mashers showed up on a recent product list, and now Forbes has the offical reveal via an interview with Adam Biehl, Vice President of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing for Hasbro. What are your thoughts on this next venture into Star Wars kiddie toys?

Review: Aunt Beru (With Service Droid) - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 19, 2015 at 12:25 AM ET |

While she could definitely use an update at this point, one figure that still looks pretty darn good in any era of collecting is Aunt Beru (With Service Droid). This basic figure release is loaded with things that make you go "ahh". Find out why you need this figure (and its accessories) 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.

Aunt Beru (With Service Droid)

The WolfPack Podcast #117: Marvel’s Star Wars

Posted by Paul | January 18, 2015 at 09:30 PM ET |

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Corey, Curto, Jayson, Steve, and Marco are joined by Paul Harrison of Jedi Temple Archives. We discuss the highly anticipated Marvel Star Wars #1 and all of its various variant covers, Star Wars Celebration updates, Rebels, and more! Click through to watch the show.

FlashBack Review: Clone Trooper Denal - TCW [S2] - CW20

Posted by Paul | January 18, 2015 at 04:02 PM ET |

Clone Trooper Denal

  • Collectible: Clone Trooper Denal (CW20)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #122
  • Original Publication Date: September 22, 2009
  • Current Ranking: 737th most visited review
  • Score: 3.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2009

Early Exclusive Look At Sideshow's 1:6 Scale R2-D2

Posted by Paul | January 18, 2015 at 12:06 PM ET |

Our friends at Rebelscum.com have an exclusive first look at Sideshow Collectibles' R2-D2 1:6 scale figure. It's looking to be a really solid figure. Not sure if it is as good as the Medicom Toy figure yet, but once we have ours we will let you know!

TBS6 Next Case Assortment Details Fully Confirmed

Posted by Paul | January 18, 2015 at 09:03 AM ET |

Our friends at Yakface.com confirm our case assortment news with a little bit of extra fine tuning. Based on their report, we now know for certain that C-3PO will be coming in a future assortment with Bossk and Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise). (C-3PO is 100% confirmed to ship with those figures.) But our second case assortment (which they have designated as 2015 wave 1) was right on the money. Click through for complete details.

Review: Anakin Skywalker - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 18, 2015 at 12:40 AM ET |

This isn't the modern replacement for the 1985 vintage Kenner Anakin Skywalker figure. But because Hasbro refuses to update him correctly, it seems as if we're willing to accept it as such. See the Anakin Skywalker FlashBack 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.

Anakin Skywalker

FlashBack Review: Whorm Loathsom - TCW [S2] - CW15

Posted by Paul | January 17, 2015 at 05:01 PM ET |

Whorm Loathsom

  • Collectible: Whorm Loathsom (CW15)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #67
  • Original Publication Date: July 29, 2009
  • Current Ranking: 954th most visited review
  • Score: 3.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2009

A Closer Look At TBS6 Bossk And How It Has Or Has Not Changed

Posted by Paul | January 17, 2015 at 03:52 PM ET |

JTA reader Mike R. takes some time to compare the prototype Bossk to the production image that has recently surfaced on eBay. It goes without saying it is much too early to begin to worry about this figure. And it even looks like a few things has been bettered on him, but click through to read Mike's points.In fact, believe it or not, the eBay sample has better paint operations than the prototype. (For the record, the prototype never grabbed me. I think there are improvements to the figure in all honesty.) Click through for more.

Heck No! Not Even At 70% Off!

Posted by Paul | January 17, 2015 at 01:49 PM ET |

The contrarians were wrong. Go figure! I guess the gift-giving budget conscious buyers totally missed the huge Hero Series X-wing fighters falling off of the shelves of my local TARGET stores. Surely they entered TARGET for the sole reason of looking for GIGANTIC budget Star Wars items that their children don't want or friends of their children don't want for birthday gifts. So I wonder why these didn't sell. Hmm. Anyway, these hideous things have been marked down 70% for three days now and two of my locals stores are STILL swimming in them. It looks like 90% will be required for some to bite. I still don't know who would want this thing though. The decals are falling off and the vehicle has one mode: sucky.

Wow! A TARGET Reset Surely Means New Product, Doesn't It?

Posted by Paul | January 17, 2015 at 01:30 PM ET |

If you wonder why we say here at JTA that we would like to see it made illegal for Big Box to sell Star Wars, you really don't have to look that much further than reset season. Retail depends upon product and if product doesn't make it to the store for any reason (Hasbro's fault or not), the shelves look like this ridiculousness for sometimes months on end. Retail is about presentation and anal-retentive space designation. You think that they would just want to "sell" what comes into their stores. But if the layout isn't right, management falls to pieces and they've even been known to hold stuff "in the back" until the layout is just right. (We know no product is currently being held in the back at the moment.) It's sad that this particular TARGET has no clue that they will be waiting a long time for basic figures as well as anything collectors want in general. And let's not forget about that ridiculous price increase. I myself saw Yoda and Darth Vader for $12.99 today. These two figures will probably block the next three cases from arriving. Oh wait, TARGET doesn't get cases anymore. What a complete disaster! So why do people want storeslike TARGET to carry Star Wars collector stuff? Go online! Go!

JTA Welcomes Marvel's Digital Comic Shop!

Posted by Chuck | January 17, 2015 at 11:04 AM ET |

JTA welcomes Marvel's Digital Comic Shop to our family of advertisers! If you haven't had a chance to check out the record breaking Star Wars #1 then stop by and check out their inside look for a sneak preview!

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | January 17, 2015 at 10:45 AM ET |

Get the latest from Sideshow Collectibles and Hasbro's The Black Series in this weeks Brian's Toys Newsletter...

Brian's Toys

Review: C-3PO - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 17, 2015 at 01:11 AM ET |

Check out the gorgeous C-3PO FlashBack figure. It still looks good today. It's thr 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.

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The Black Series 3.75-inch First Wave Of 2015 Includes....

Posted by Paul | January 16, 2015 at 06:19 PM ET |

While we just provided you BREAKING NEWS about what is coming in The Black Series 3.75" line, we were nonetheless still unsure about a few details. We can NOW confirm with you we have the exact arrangement of the very next wave of figures you will see first in 2015 in stores and/or online. Those of you who were worried about Princess Leia (Ceremonial Gown) will be happy to know we just received additional clarification from our "source" that she is on tap for this very first wave assortment. We also have the breakdown of the figures in this case assortment as well. And let us tell you, it makes pretty good sense! You should be happy about this case! Are you interested? Of course you are! Then click through for more!

Next TFA Trailer To Include Luke, Han And Leia?

Posted by Paul | January 16, 2015 at 05:42 PM ET |

The next trailer will feature Luke, Han and Leia? That's what telegraph.co.uk is saying. If you want to stay spoiler free, then don't click on any of these articles we post.... just to be safe.

FlashBack Review: Seripas - TCW [SOTDS] - CW61

Posted by Paul | January 16, 2015 at 04:41 PM ET |

Seripas

  • Collectible: Seripas (CW61)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #842
  • Original Publication Date: September 12, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 523rd most visited review
  • Score: 5 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

Review: Hoth Chewbacca - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 16, 2015 at 07:37 AM ET |

We suppose Hasbro called this figure Hoth Chewbacca because "Chewbacca (Hoth Terrain Investigation)" was too long and "Chewbacca (Hoth Outfit)" makes absolutely no sense. Think about the latter for a minute. See this first offering of snowy Chewy 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.

Hoth Chewbacca

The Sideshow Collectibles Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot Sixth Scale figure pre-order is live! Click here for the full preview and pre-order page!

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | January 15, 2015 at 04:48 PM ET |

Big Bad Toy Store sends out their latest newsletter. Click through for all 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 Commander Stone - TCW [S2] - CW44

Posted by Paul | January 15, 2015 at 02:33 PM ET |

Clone Commander Stone

  • Collectible: Clone Commander Stone (CW44)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #309
  • Original Publication Date: March 28, 2010
  • Current Ranking: 183rd most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2010

HasbroToyShop.com Removes Out Of Stock Rebels Saga Legends From Site

Posted by Paul | January 15, 2015 at 01:09 PM ET |

Does this mean we're not getting any more? We suppose Hasbro got tired of waiting for themselves to ship Rebels figures to their online store. Figures that were once listed as "out of stock" at HasbroToyShop.com are now completely removed from the site. Special thanks to all who wrote in and to our friends at BanthaSkull.com for additional detailing.

TARGET Pulls Out Of Canada.... Completely!

Posted by Paul | January 15, 2015 at 11:55 AM ET |

In shocking news, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that TARGET will be closing ALL of its Canadian locations citing losses in the billions. Click through for the full story.

TARGET.com Lists Exclusive AT-DP With AT-DP Driver Action Figure

Posted by Paul | January 15, 2015 at 09:19 AM ET |

JTA reader Daniel D. alerts us to the new TARGET.com listed with AT-DP Driver action figure. Check it out! The DPCI is 087-06-1382 if you're trying to locate it in stores. The TARGET.com listing states it is out of stock.

Review: Yoda (with cane and boiling pot) - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 15, 2015 at 01:40 AM ET |

Yoda has always been done well, but never perfectly in the Hasbro line. This is true of the POTF2 FlashBack Yoda as well. See why this figure is bittersweet 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.

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UPDATE: TBS6 Bossk And Han Stormtrooper Samples Hit eBay!

Posted by Paul | January 14, 2015 at 09:21 PM ET |

eBay seller viperskingdom has samples of The Black Series 6" Bossk and Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise) figures. Oh man, let the controversy begin! Han's helmet is laughable. Let's just hope this is a major factory reject. But check them out and let us know what you think. Thank you to our friends at Yakface.com and the Wolfpack Podcast for the heads up on this! I personally don't think that this means we will see them right away, but there are certainly varying opinions. We have just received proof that C-3PO has been added to these figures' case assortment, so we don't know what to make of this just yet. Anything is possible for certain!

    

UPDATE: With special thanks to Jayson Krebsbach for confirming, Bossk now comes WITHOUT jaw articulation

When we posted our latest The Black Series upcoming figure assortments, readers began immediately asking about the TBS Deluxe line. Well, JTA sponsor BBTS has just sent out an email which explains that Han Solo and Tauntaun will be packed with the Scout Trooper & Speeder Bike carry-forward set. It looks like Luke & Wampa may either (A) be relegated to a different assortment or (B) postponed. More to come as we follow this story.

FlashBack Review: Savage Opress - TCW [SOTDS] - CW55

Posted by Paul | January 14, 2015 at 05:26 PM ET |

Savage Opress

  • Collectible: Savage Opress (CW55)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #820
  • Original Publication Date: August 21, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 337th most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

Is This What "Not Delayed" Looks Like? Where Are The Rebels Figures?

Posted by Paul | January 14, 2015 at 01:11 PM ET |

How are ya'all making out finding all of those confirmed released Rebels figures? It's still drier than a desert in my area and from what we're hearing from our readers it's about the same for them. (We are strictly talking USA here because internationally these figures have been relatively easy to secure....) One thing is for sure. It couldn't be any worse for a toy line to have concurrent media support and not have any figures in stores to buy. Will these figures finally arrive way too late after the fact? With more and more online shops pushing out their availability dates from April/May 2015 to "temporarily out of stock" for wave 1 and new waves showing a laughable January 2015 estimated release date, we wonder if the whole world has gone mad. Anyway, let us know what you're seeing in your areas.

Marvel Star Wars #1 On Sale Today!

Posted by Chuck | January 14, 2015 at 08:31 AM ET |

Marvel Comics officially rejoins the Star Wars Universe today, and as part of the official canon! Marvel Star Wars #1 is on sale today, set to pick up where A New Hope left off. Featuring nearly 100 variant covers for this new launch, there's sure to be something for everyone (including nightmares for anyone trying to collect them all)! Our friends at Jedi News have a nice gallery showcasing nearly all of the variant covers. You can also get an inside look at the first issue at Marvel.com. Stop by your local comic book shop and pick up this already record-breaking 1st issue!

Review: Talking Yoda - Talking Star Wars Figures

Posted by Paul | January 14, 2015 at 12:20 AM ET |

Well, Disney hit a wall. The Talking Yoda figure has its good points, but it just doesn't fit in with the rest of the Talking Star Wars Figures, something that disappoints us terribly. See why this is a nice "one-off" toy but maybe not the Talking Yoda you were hoping for 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 Yoda

The Official Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Poster Unveiled

Posted by Chuck | January 13, 2015 at 09:58 PM ET |

The Official Site unveiled the official Star Wars Celebration poster today, and what a beauty! As a huge fan of posters and poster art I will assuredly be picking this one up! Click through for the full article, as well as some concept designs and a Star Wars Rebels variant.

Star Wars Action News 2014 Year In Review Part 2

Posted by Chuck | January 13, 2015 at 06:51 PM ET |

The Star Wars Action News Year-End shows conclude with this second part of the team's roundtable discussion!

Arnie and Marjorie are joined by Steve "The Gingerprince", Johnathan, Curtis, Daryl, Brock, Jay and Andrew to look back at the high-end collectibles that Force-d them to open their wallets! From Gentle Giant mini-busts to Sideshow Premium Format Figures and the new, high end sixth scale figure line from Hot Toys, it's all discussed in this show!

FlashBack Review: Clone Commander Jet - TCW [SOTDS] - CW38

Posted by Paul | January 13, 2015 at 05:18 PM ET |

Clone Commander Jet

  • Collectible: Clone Commander Jet (CW38)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #827
  • Original Publication Date: August 28, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 439th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

Review: Emperor Palpatine - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 13, 2015 at 08:06 AM ET |

Kenner/Hasbro made a few strides forward with 1998's The Power Of The Force "2" FlashBack Emperor Palpatine figure. But it still has a long way to go. However, see why this may still be one of your "go to" figures 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.

Emperor Palpatine

FlashBack Review: Savage Opress - TCW [SOTDS] - CW59

Posted by Paul | January 12, 2015 at 04:51 PM ET |

Savage Opress

  • Collectible: Savage Opress (CW59)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #821
  • Original Publication Date: August 22, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 75th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

Price Hikes Have You Down? Patience and Amazon Might Be The Answer

Posted by Chuck | January 12, 2015 at 11:39 AM ET |

With the price hike in many areas on The Black Series figures, keep an eye on Amazon.com where quite the opposite seems to be happening. Many of The Black Series figures are dropping so low in price they are marked as add on items! Most figures are less than the original retail price of $9.99, and many much lower including Yoda ($4.44), Toryn Farr ($2.54), and Biggs Darklighter ($2.56) to name a few. So, if you don't mind waiting and are budget conscious this may be your only hope!

Coming Very Shortly To RDRs

Posted by Paul | January 12, 2015 at 10:39 AM ET |

They're not your mother's or father's action figures....

Review: R2-D2 (with launching lightsaber) - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 12, 2015 at 07:59 AM ET |

The R2-D2 with the launching lightsaber from The Power Of The Force "2" line is the worst basic figure Hasbro ever produced. And that includes "attack" R5-D4. See why we loathe this 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.

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Q and A of the Day: Day 77

Posted by Paul | January 11, 2015 at 06:58 PM ET |

Welcome to our next Q and A of the Day post! This column will be published daily, weekly, monthly, or just based on how many questions I get emailed – but no more than one a day. Feel free to send in your questions and I will put them in the queue. Click through for Q and A of the Day: Day 77. Topic: What Obi-Wan Kenobi figure is this?

   

FlashBack Review: Captain Rex - TCW [SOTDS] - CW62

Posted by Paul | January 11, 2015 at 04:31 PM ET |

Captain Rex

  • Collectible: Captain Rex (CW62)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #824
  • Original Publication Date: August 25, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 192nd most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

Review: Princess Leia (In Ceremonial Dress) - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 11, 2015 at 12:25 AM ET |

We are getting an all-new update to her in The Black Series line in 2015 (or at least we were). So let's look at the very first basic figure version of Princess Leia (In Ceremonial Dress) from The Power Of The Force "2" line. 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.

Princess Leia (In Ceremonial Dress)

Review: Star Wars: Rebels - Episode 8: Path of the Jedi

Posted by Chuck | January 10, 2015 at 06:08 PM ET |

Our first Star Wars Rebels review of the new year is now live. Click here for our look at Star Wars Rebels: Path of the Jedi.

FlashBack Review: Saesee Tiin - TCW [SOTDS] - CW54

Posted by Paul | January 10, 2015 at 05:17 PM ET |

Saesee Tiin

  • Collectible: Saesee Tiin (CW54)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #844
  • Original Publication Date: September 14, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 689th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

Rebels Saga Legends Wave 2 Hits Singapore

Posted by Paul | January 10, 2015 at 01:14 PM ET |

We recently reported last month that Mission Series wave 2 has shown up in the Philippines. Now our friends at Yakface.com have confirmation that wave 2 of Rebels Saga Legends has hit Singapore. We guess this means the USA will see them in September. (We only kid. Relax.) But seriously, we have no idea what this means for the USA. All of these figures should have been out months ago in the USA.

If Your Local TRU Has These They Are About Half Price Now....

Posted by Paul | January 10, 2015 at 12:56 PM ET |

I was very surprised when I turned the corner to the Star Wars aisle at my local TRU. Don't worry, not a drop of Rebels basic figures (Lord knows when we will see them again....), but what I found was more interesting anyway. I thought these were long gone. They seemingly arrived, warmed the shelves and then instantly disappeared with very little fanfare. I thought for sure I would never see them again, let alone at almost half their normal retail price. Click the thumbnail below for a larger image of what was found. If your store still has these, please know they rang up for $23.98 at my local store.

Some Are Seeing Walgreens Proto Fett For The First Time In Person

Posted by Paul | January 10, 2015 at 12:48 PM ET |

This may not be news for most of you, but JTA readers are just seeing the Prototype Boba Fett at their locsl Walgreens for the first time this week. I have said it once, I have said it many times. These 40K units are making their way finally to be complete peg-warmers. Special thanks to Jub Goobles for the report.

Review: Wuher - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Fan Club Exclusive

Posted by Paul | January 10, 2015 at 08:39 AM ET |

We look at the final CommTech figure today, and although this one was an exclusive release, it ended up being found at Toys R Us discounted shortly after its original release. (If we all only waited.) Check out Wuher 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.

Wuher

FlashBack Review: Even Piell - TCW [SOTDS] - CW58

Posted by Paul | January 09, 2015 at 07:12 PM ET |

Even Piell

  • Collectible: Even Piell (CW58)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #823
  • Original Publication Date: August 24, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 732nd most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

Review: Greedo - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 09, 2015 at 10:58 AM ET |

We didn't get why Greedo was resculpted for the line only three short years after his initial release, but he was a pleasant surprise and included an cool Easter egg. Check out the updated 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.

Greedo

But What If They Were In The Vintage Collection?

Posted by Paul | January 09, 2015 at 07:47 AM ET |

Within moments of posting the Price Hike article, readers at both JTA and Yakface.com began providing confirmations (as well as photos) that the price hike of The Black Series is indeed true and already in progress. Hasbro will tell you that retail sets the prices, but let's be honest. It is THEIR wholesale price that dictates the suggested retail price that gets passed down to us. Anyway, this topic has brewed debate in both camps. Some have posted they're willing to pay up to $15 for a well-painted and well-accessorized action figure (that is an all-new sculpt). Others say they have already been priced out of the market and can only get figures when they become cheap on Amazon.com (and other sites). I have to concede to one thing. Right now, the paint operations on 99% of the TBS and TBS6 figures released to date are NOT worth $12.99/19.99 respectively. Hopefully paint operations will completely turn around by the time Spring 2015 rolls around when these figures get released. But that remains to be seen. What we want to ask you is would the price hike be "less" of a big deal if all of these figure were released in The Vintage Collection packaging? As a loose collector, it's about the only thing that would make me swallow $12.99 for a 3.75" basic figure more easily. How about you?

The Black Series 3.75-inch Price Hike?

Posted by Paul | January 08, 2015 at 09:13 PM ET |

To top off The Black Series news of the day, our friends at Yakface.com are reporting a rumor that all of these wonderful TBS figures we confirmed for you today will be $2.00 more than you're used to paying for them! Check out their report!

FlashBack Review: Riot Control Clone Trooper - TCW [SOTDS] - CW49

Posted by Paul | January 08, 2015 at 08:49 PM ET |

Riot Control Clone Trooper

  • Collectible: Riot Control Clone Trooper (CW49)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #714
  • Original Publication Date: May 7, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 394th most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | January 08, 2015 at 08:28 PM ET |

Get the latest information on all of your favorite collectibles in this week's Big Bad Toy Store Newsletter!

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

Big Bad Toy Store

Sideshow adds another amazing sixth scale figure from the Original Trilogy: Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot. Click here for the full-sized preview!

And it appears how they're coming to us is changing too. All we know is Spring 2015 for EVERYTHING. We have NEW confirmed information on the next couple waves of The Black Series 3.75" and 6" lines including MORE wave announcements! C-3PO 6" slotted in the mix now? Yup! The return of Imperial Navy Commander? Yup! Anakin in space suit? Yup! Another Stormtrooper? Yup! Sadly, this is all we will be able to provide to you until Toy Fair in February and this list will undoubtedly raise a few new questions. (Hopefully not too many.) Please enjoy what we have procured for you. This is not speculation, it is 100% confirmed information. We are just a little unsure of EXACT release dates and wave orders. So click through to see the latest news.

Review: Han Solo - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 08, 2015 at 09:17 AM ET |

Oh man. If we knew how many times this figure was going to be released, perhaps we all would have waited until 2012 to buy him (when he made his last appearance in the basic figure line). But check out the "awesome at the time" Han Solo action figure from the CommTech series. It's the subject 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.

Han Solo

FlashBack Review: Eeth Koth - TCW [SOTDS] - CW51

Posted by Paul | January 07, 2015 at 09:31 PM ET |

Eeth Koth

  • Collectible: Eeth Koth (CW51)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #713
  • Original Publication Date: May 6, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 788th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

We have confirmed information on the next couple waves of The Black Series 3.75" and 6" lines. Based on this information, we have a series of questions for follow-up, so more information should be forthcoming shortly. We'll explain, just click through to see what is coming and when.

UPDATE: We were correct in our assessment. Bossk and Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise) are considered the final wave of 2014. So Bossk and Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise) will be released before the 2015 wave assortments we listed in this article. This means that Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise) is actually a "carry-forward" figure. We have updated the list. We still would feel better if we had confirmation from Hasbro on this, but all the signs point to this quite clearly.

New Hasbro/The Force Awakens Information Revealed!

Posted by Paul | January 07, 2015 at 05:08 PM ET |

Our friends at JediNews.co.uk break awesome additional news about what's coming from Hasbro for The Force Awakens, including revealing a September 4th release date! Click through for more!

Review: Luke Skywalker - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 07, 2015 at 08:11 AM ET |

As someone wise (who we highly respected before he reveled in the demise of super-articulation) once said, "the sum of an action figure's parts" can be a huge factor when deciding to purchase a Star Wars action figure. This certainly applies to Luke Skywalker. The T-16 model and the carbon scoring scraper are accessories we will NEVER get again and you need them. See more in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Luke Skywalker

FlashBack Review: Barriss Offee - TCW [SOTDS] - CW50

Posted by Paul | January 06, 2015 at 06:07 PM ET |

Barriss Offee

  • Collectible: Barriss Offee (CW50)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #712
  • Original Publication Date: May 5, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 229th most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

Huh? Walgreens.com Has Proto Fett Back In Stock

Posted by Paul | January 06, 2015 at 12:10 PM ET |

With special thanks to our friends at Yakface.com for the alert, the Walgreens Proto Fett is back in stock at Walgreens.com! Insanity!

Review: Jawa And "Gonk" Droid - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 06, 2015 at 09:04 AM ET |

One of the greatest figures sets in all The Power Of The Force "2" era was the Jawa And "Gonk" Droid two-pack. And it set a precedent for future Jawa and droid combinations that wouldn't surface until nearly a decade later. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Jawa And "Gonk" Droid

FlashBack Review: Ahsoka - TCW [SOTDS] - CW44

Posted by Paul | January 05, 2015 at 09:46 PM ET |

Ahsoka

  • Collectible: Ahsoka (CW44)
  • Collection: The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #655
  • Original Publication Date: March 9, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 27th most visited review
  • Score: 5 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

Review: Stormtrooper - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 05, 2015 at 05:56 PM ET |

We are SO LATE today, but if you have time, check out the Stormtrooper figure from The Power Of The Force "2" [FlashBack/CommTech] basic figure line. 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.

Stormtrooper

Star Wars Rebels Continues Tonight With The Mid-season Premiere!

Posted by Chuck | January 05, 2015 at 05:41 PM ET |

The second half of season 1 of Star Wars Rebels premieres tonight! Click through for a clip featuring Frank Oz as the voice of Yoda!

Disney Store Talking Yoda Revealed!

Posted by Paul | January 05, 2015 at 04:59 PM ET |

With special thanks to JTA reader Jason S. for the alert, DisneyStores.com has listed (what appears to be in-stock at the time of this post) a Yoda Talking Star Wars figure based on his Episode II/Episode III appearance. It wasn't known what other figures would be part of this line, but apparently it's Yoda. It's a shame that Disney went with a PT take on Yoda because they were doing so well focusing on the Original Trilogy, but this figure still looks great.

Star Wars Mashers

Posted by Paul | January 05, 2015 at 09:51 AM ET |

Holy cow. Back on October 8th during the NYCC Preview Party, we bumped into a "source", a fan of JTA from a HUGE company, who dropped us a hint that "Star Wars Mashups" would be announced during the event. We posted the news right away on our Facebook page. The announcement didn't transpire and since Hasbro didn't talk about that at all, we let the rumor go. But now Star Wars Mashers appear on Rebelscum.com's list. Perhaps we should seek out that source once again for more information....

Star Wars Episode 7 Hasbro Product List Revealed

Posted by Paul | January 05, 2015 at 09:04 AM ET |

Our friends at Rebelscum have posted a list of what Episode 7 products will be coming our way. So far, it looks like we're safe from 2.5" figures.... so far that is.

BREAKING NEWS: No The Force Awakens Product To Be Shown At Toy Fair

Posted by Paul | January 05, 2015 at 08:31 AM ET |

We just received word from Hasbro via Hunter PR that Hasbro WILL NOT be presenting any new toys based on The Force Awakens at Toy Fair this year. Click through to see what they had to say about it.

FlashBack Review: Quinlan Vos - TVC - VC85

Posted by Paul | January 04, 2015 at 03:27 PM ET |

Quinlan Vos

  • Collectible: Quinlan Vos (VC85)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #957
  • Original Publication Date: January 5, 2012
  • Current Ranking: 125th most visited review
  • Score: 5 holocrons
  • Released: 2012

A decent update to past POTF2 Darth Vader figures was 1999's POTF2 [FB/CT] Darth Vader (With Imperial Interrogation Droid). It's the subject 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.

Darth Vader (With Imperial Interrogation Droid)

FlashBack Review: Ratts Tyerell & Pit Droid - TVC - VC77

Posted by Paul | January 03, 2015 at 07:21 PM ET |

Ratts Tyerell & Pit Droid

  • Collectible: Ratts Tyerell & Pit Droid (VC77)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #959
  • Original Publication Date: January 7, 2012
  • Current Ranking: 628th most visited review
  • Score: 3.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2012

Well here is a story that you're just not going to believe. We have asked some follow-up questions and reached out to others for more information, but in the meantime you MUST reader what JTA reader Seth from NJ has come across at the Meadowlands fleamarket in New Jersey. This one random guy with "lots of junk" to sell may make your blood boil. Or it may explain where all the Rebels Saga Legends figures went. Click through for more....

Walgreens has just employed a new way of preventing theft of The Black Series 6" line, although we don't see how this is ultimately beneficial for saving shelf space since they only devote a skinny row for them at the moment as it is now. Then again, it is likely that only one of these will be on the shelf. Confused? Then click through for JTA reader Jim's report on this. It's pretty sad that poor people (morally and ethically or those who choose to not work – NOT those who work hard and have limited means and resources, Lord know I have limited resources too – I had to clarify this to some folks out there – but apologies to those that misunderstood and have been upset by those word choices) are once again trying to collect by any means possible that it is has forced Walgreens to act in this manner. If you can't afford them, don't collect them people. You're just part of the problem that this hobby is dying. It's not rocket science. We really wonder how long this new anti-theft method will be utilized, because it LOOKS ridiculous! We also wonder how soon it will be before Walgreens tired of protecting Star Wars figures especially since a lot of stores barely carry stock of them. Click the thumbnail below to see a better picture of what we mean.

(SOME) Retail Locations Pull Saga Legends From Star Wars Section

Posted by Paul | January 03, 2015 at 03:19 PM ET |

It's fact. It's not a rumor. But let us be clear: WE WON'T dare to presume what it means or how long it will plague the stores we are talking about here. We DON'T KNOW how widespread it is or if it affects all stores. You will have to be the ones to give us more of an idea about what is out there. However, JTA has witnessed multiple retail locations like TARGET and Walmart (in both Kentucky and Pennsylvania). We even have received multiple emails from readers asking us about this from other states as well (as evidenced in our Q and A of the Day today). These stores that we're talking about have removed the Saga Legends SKU from their mods/plan-o-grams completely. There isn't an ounce of space for Saga Legends figures (at the moment). But Hasbro said they shipped so we shouldn't pay attention to this, right? After all, our friends at Rebelscum.com said Hasbro said they shipped! But what do you make out of this news?

Q and A of the Day: Day 76

Posted by Paul | January 03, 2015 at 03:08 PM ET |

Welcome to our next Q and A of the Day post! This column will be published daily, weekly, monthly, or just based on how many questions I get emailed – but no more than one a day. Feel free to send in your questions and I will put them in the queue. Click through for Q and A of the Day: Day 76. Topic: What in the world in going on with the Rebels Saga Legends line? Stores are removing them from their mods!

   

Review: Admiral Motti - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 03, 2015 at 01:31 PM ET |

A new year means a new category. Let's continue with The Power Of The Force "2" [FlashBack/CommTech] line. We will now look at Admiral Motti. It's the subject 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.

Admiral Motti

FlashBack Review: Ben Quadinaros & Otoga-222 - TVC - VC81

Posted by Paul | January 02, 2015 at 05:33 PM ET |

Ben Quadinaros & Otoga-222

  • Collectible: Ben Quadinaros & Otoga-222 (VC81)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #958
  • Original Publication Date: January 6, 2012
  • Current Ranking: 382nd most visited review
  • Score: 4.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2012

Sideshow Announces Ralph McQuarrie Artist Series Stormtrooper Statue

Posted by Chuck | January 02, 2015 at 10:01 AM ET |

Well it took long enough for Sideshow to start producing Ralph McQuarrie merchandise, and it looks like we are getting (more) statues for their turn at the McQuarrie line. We were hoping for sixth scale figures, but you can check out their full preview right here for the Stormtrooper from their Ralph McQuarrie Artist Series as they continue their 12 Days of Sideshow...

A new year means a new category. Let's continue with The Power Of The Force "2" [FlashBack/CommTech] line. We will now look at R2-D2 (With "Holographic" Princess Leia) which may be one of the best R2-D2 figures of the time. It's the subject 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.

R2-D2 (With

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

Posted by Paul | January 01, 2015 at 10:04 PM ET |

B-wing Pilot (Keyan Farlander)

  • Collectible: B-wing Pilot (Keyan Farlander)
  • Collection: The Vintage Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #875
  • Original Publication Date: October 15, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 432nd most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2011

Review: Princess Leia - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Posted by Paul | January 01, 2015 at 03:10 AM ET |

A new year means a new category. Let's open up The Power Of The Force "2" [FlashBack/CommTech] line (and all of the products that fall under that starburst packaging). We will start off with Princess Leia which was one of two closing numbers for the line in 2000. It's the subject 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.

Princess Leia

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