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January 2012

Vintage Versus Modern Analysis Postponed Again (We Apologize)

Posted by Paul | January 31, 2012 at 08:33 PM EDT |

Due to unforseen delays, we need to postpone our 2012 Vintage Versus Modern Analysis until March 1st. We have always posted this on the first of January but we've been inordinately busy with other things on the site. Please be sure to check back then as we look at the final few figures that need a modern update - and we'll have the information from Toy Fair to make the report even more thorough. If you want to get a head start or refresh your memory on where we left off, you can find our previous analyses under our SPECIAL REPORTS icon on the right hand side under the site navigation menu.

Bomb Squad Battle Packs: How Does That Sound?

Posted by Paul | January 31, 2012 at 08:08 PM EDT |

Check out our Bomb Squad Trooper group photo on our Facebook page! Hasbro should have released a Battle Packs set of three of these figures and included their bombs! Bad misstep Hasbro! If you'd like to army build a group for your collection, get them from THIS AUCTION on eBay. They're very reasonable!

Q&A With JTA: Our Thirty-Third Column! (Pre-Toy Fair)

Posted by Paul | January 31, 2012 at 03:07 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: The Vintage Collection Battle Droid, Prototype Boba Fett follow-up and Pong Krell

Visual Guide Update - Commander Bly (327th Star Corps) - SSC

Posted by Chuck | January 31, 2012 at 02:37 PM EDT |

Today we are rolling out another Sideshow Collectibles Sixth Scale Enhanced Visual Guide: Commander Bly (327th Star Corps). The line has definitely blurred on which figure is the best Sideshow has produced, because it seems they hit it out of the park with each and every new figure they release! Commander Bly is no exception, and we rated it five stars without a doubt! You can click below for our detailed visual analysis, and then read our Research Droids Review for a full in depth review of this figure!

Commander Bly (327th Star Corps) - Sideshow Collectibles

How did you make out yesterday? Today we look at a nother all-new figure in The Clone Wars line. The Phase II Clone Trooper is the subject of Research Droids Reviews and we think it's a great figure Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

The Very Best Deal Of The Day?

Posted by Paul | January 30, 2012 at 11:04 PM EDT |

As Rod Stewart has sung, some guy have all the luck. JTA reader and comment writer extraordinaire Sjefke writes in with an incredible find. Whatever you do, don't start up the hate - he's really a very nice guy. Click through to see his sinful find.

R2-N3 Versus R2-A6: A Visual Analysis

Posted by Paul | January 30, 2012 at 08:46 PM EDT |

OK - no more emails! Here it is! We surrender! You've asked and we've answered. It seems that ALL of you want to know how much alike the new R2-N3 (from the Royal Starship Droids Battle Packs) is to 2006's TSC Astromech Droid Pack Series II R2-A6 figure. They are quite different. Click through for the visual analysis.

January 30, 2012: Summarily An Epic Fail

Posted by Paul | January 30, 2012 at 08:05 PM EDT |

Well, we had hoped for everyone to find what they needed with the new product launch today, but there are two words to sum up so many collectors' experiences: EPIC FAIL. TARGET has been the worst and they might as well stick their heads up their rear-ends. Out of six TARGET we visited over the course of the day, only one had half a case of The Clone Wars figures in stock and the rest had no idea what we were talking about. (Yes, Cody was all gone at that one store.) We do have to say that Toys R Us came through big time for us. We located no less than 11 cases of The Phantom Menace wave and counted 9 individual Darth Maul figures across all visits. And with buy 2 get one FREE, what more could you want? Walmart was a little better than TARGET, but they both need to get their acts together. JTA reader Andrew J. sends us a quick picture of his experience today. We feel for you Andrew, hopefully your stores will put the stuff out soon. Our friends and colleagues have been reporting the same experience all day too. Click through to see what awaited him.

Ode To Joy: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Royal Astromech Droids

Posted by Paul | January 30, 2012 at 05:14 PM EDT |

We rarely like to alert you to upcoming Research Droids Reviews early (although many of you have figured out how to do that on your own - daily). But in this case we have to make another exception. This has got to be the best exclusive for 2012 (and it's still only January). Check out the Royal Starship Droids - Discover The Force - Battle Packs set from Walmart. Four Build A Droid figures, four colorful astromechs and four incredible figures including the first ever BAD R2-D2, the first time available R2-N6 and the last two (R2-B1 and R2-R9) for the first time are screen accurate. Learn more!

        

It Has Arrived And It's The Best New 2012 Product Yet

Posted by Paul | January 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM EDT |

It's in the house! Stick like glue to our Facebook page for awesome updates!

Review: Anakin Skywalker - SW [TPM 3D] - The Clone Wars (CW1)

Posted by Paul | January 30, 2012 at 01:32 AM EDT |

Today is the official release day for the Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] line! Are buying new toys today? Opening day means Research Droids Reviews is going to look at the opening figure of The Clone Wars facet of this new line. Check out the new and improved Anakin Skywalker! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Most of you probably don't even need this courtesy reminder since so many stores disobeyed the street date, but we'd like to remind everyone that tomorrow (January 30, 2012) is the official day that the new 2012 Star Wars products get "released". We've also learned from a Walmart contact that the Naboo Royal Starship Droids and Mos Espa Arena Walmart exclusive Battle Packs as well as the 12 basic figures are not being shipped until the release date and may not show up at stores until around February 3rd. If you see them on eBay or at other second hand stores, they've come from the UK. A lot of people are looking for these, but we'd thought we'd let you know that they aren't out yet. Not even most of the online orders have been received yet from Walmart.com. (There have been a few exceptions with Site to Store orders.)

Make Your New TVC Darth Maul Look Even Better!

Posted by Paul | January 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM EDT |

Everyone knows how incredible the new The Vintage Collection Darth Maul figure is. But everyone also knows that the hood he comes with leaves a lot to be desired. JTA reader James B. has an awesome solution for this figure to make it look incredibly better. See what he has to say!

An Awesome Toys R Us Sale Just In Time For January 30th!

Posted by Paul | January 29, 2012 at 09:52 AM EDT |

Who would have thought that Toys R Us would become the "go to" store to help collectors the most? They're running an incredible sale this week and with the imminent reset, this should be your first stop on January 30th. They're running a buy 2 get one FREE special on ALL 3.75" Star Wars action figures which really helps bring that awful $9.99 price tag down to $6.66 each (including The Vintage Collection figures - that's a steal!).

Review: Clone Commander Cody - SW [TPM 3D] - The Clone Wars (CW7)

Posted by Paul | January 29, 2012 at 01:43 AM EDT |

Despite the conglomeration of the Star Wars branding this year, Hasbro is still managing to impress collectors with some great gems mixed in with a ton of repacks and repaints. Click through to see Research Droids Reviews has to say about the phase II version of Clone Commander Cody. (It's a killer figure folks!) Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Details On The TARGET Exclusive Two-Packs!

Posted by Paul | January 28, 2012 at 08:58 PM EDT |

Our friends at GalacticHunter.com have the info on the TARGET exclusive two-packs. Are you interested? Then click through!

Exclusive Facebook Sneak Peeks Happening Now!

Posted by Paul | January 28, 2012 at 08:46 PM EDT |

Don't forget about our Facebook exclusive sneak peeks happening right now and for the next few days for brand new Star Wars products that will soon be reviewed in our Research Droids Reviews! Enjoy!

Visual Guide Update - IG-88 (Assassin Droid) - Sideshow Collectibles

Posted by Chuck | January 28, 2012 at 05:31 PM EDT |

Following up our in depth Research Droids Review from earlier today is our next Enhanced Visual Guide: IG-88 (Assassin Droid) Finally, after more than five years since the release of the first Sideshow sixth scale figure we get the first of the 'big 6' bounty hunters (sorry Greedo, you are cool, but not The Empire Strikes Back cool)! Click below to check out this Sideshow Collectibles masterpiece in our fully Enhanced Visual Guide format! We can't wait until we get to start filling out that line of bounty hunters. Is this figure worth the five star rating we gave it? There is no doubt...

IG-88 (Assassin Droid) (Sideshow Collectibles)

Fun Cameos on The Clone Wars: Friends and Enemies

Posted by Chuck | January 28, 2012 at 12:24 PM EDT |

If you watched last night's The Clone Wars: Friends & Enemies episode, you were treated to some cool Easter eggs! Not only was this one of the most character-rich episodes in quite some time, two very cool 'cameos' showed up as well. Click through to see if you missed these!

 

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | January 28, 2012 at 12:20 PM EDT |

Stop by Brian's Toys for the latest preorders, including the new Sideshow Collectibles S.T.A.P and Battle Droid set. You can also find tons of Vintage Star Wars to choose from!

For complete details visit http://www.brianstoys.com/nl!

Brian's Toys

Review: IG-88 (Assassin Droid) - Scum & Villainy - 1:6 Scale Figures

Posted by Paul | January 28, 2012 at 01:41 AM EDT |

Sideshow released what will be considered the best collectible version of IG-88 (Assassin Droid). It's 1:6 Scale and it's so perfect you likely ponder why your wasting your hard-earned dollars on Hasbro's stuff. Check this droid out in our Research Droids Reviews today! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

The Discover The Force Dewback Is Actually Incomplete?

Posted by Paul | January 28, 2012 at 12:38 AM EDT |

If you decide to click through, you're going to discover a truth that will enrage you about the 2012 Dewback from Walmart's exclusive Discover The Force promotion. You read our review today, now prepare yourself for some aggravation. Are you curious yet? Let's just say that something's missing! Click through for more!

It's Effectively Hit Everywhere Folks....

Posted by Paul | January 27, 2012 at 11:55 PM EDT |

Our readers rock. Thank you for all of the 2012 product store reports today. Our inboxes have been pinging all day. Here are some of the highlights we received from our readers. See if your area has been hit. (And don't forget all of the recent Northeast store finds we posted this week in PA, NJ, MD and MA.) It's safe to say this stuff is EVERYWHERE now!

Mandalorian Assault Transport Delayed To February At EE!

Posted by Paul | January 27, 2012 at 11:46 PM EDT |

JTA reader The_Question sends us a new update to the Mandalorian Assault Transport vehicle from The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] line. It was prevalent in Canada, but didn't makes its way to the USA (at brick and mortar retail from what we can gauge.) But Entertainment Earth has updated the availibility of this piece now to February 2012 (and still have it available for pre-order which shouldn't last much longer). If you want one, pre-order it now HERE. This is one beautiful vehicle.

Both Episode I And Episode II Battle Droids In Movie Heroes?

Posted by Paul | January 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM EDT |

OK, we may be embarassing ourselves here, but it's news to us that there are two different colored Battle Droids in the Movie Heroes line. Were you aware? Not only were we surprised to find both in the wild, we even more shocked that Hasbro is back to doing running changes for inferiorly sculpted figures and haven't the ability to ship figures like Ugnaughts and Hoth Rebel Troopers with running changes. Anyway, click through to see the comparison shot!

Thank You Toys R Us - Sorry Princeton Collectors....

Posted by Paul | January 27, 2012 at 11:23 PM EDT |

With apologies to Princeton, NJ, I found everything I need for opening day (January 30th) today on the way to my grandmother's 80th birthday party. Gear up for another RDR marathon. For the record, I am exhausted and need an assistant....

Toys R Us Rolls Out Their New Star Wars Layout!

Posted by Chuck | January 27, 2012 at 04:49 PM EDT |

Toys R Us has set up shop for the big The Phantom Menace push! click through to check out their new layout!

January 30th Street Date Indignation Goes International!

Posted by Paul | January 27, 2012 at 02:13 PM EDT |

JTA reader PackoM from Spain lets us know that the Spaniards are also not abiding by the set January 30th street date! Click through for his report and information on a promotional deal happening there!

Review: Dewback - SW [TPM 3D] - Discover The Force (2 of 2)

Posted by Paul | January 27, 2012 at 01:10 AM EDT |

It's time for new 2012 product and to Discover The Force! Research Droids Reviews talks about the repacked Dewback Walmart exclusive. See why you'll be able to skip this one! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

New Stuff Hits New Jersey Too!

Posted by Paul | January 26, 2012 at 11:20 PM EDT |

JTA reader Big Kev from NJ reports in to let us know the Battle Packs have hit the Northeast as well! Click through for his quick report!

Facebook Exclusive Sneak Peek Of The Newly Retooled AAT!

Posted by Paul | January 26, 2012 at 11:06 PM EDT |

We have posted a sneak peek on our Facebook page of the near perfect Trade Federation AAT (Armored Assault Tank). With Hasbro's 2012 retool, we now have a definitive version of this vehicle. We will be posting MANY Facebook exclusive sneak peeks over the next few weeks of new product without notifying you on the front page here, so we would suggest following us closely on our Facebook page? Would you please take a moment and like us when you check out our AAT preview? Thank you!

      

2012 The Clone Wars And Movie Heroes Hits The Northeast!

Posted by Paul | January 26, 2012 at 07:23 PM EDT |

Found! We finally found the first wave of The Clone Wars and Movie Heroes figures at Toys R Us in Langhorne, PA!

Found! Class II Hits Walmart In Northeast!

Posted by Paul | January 26, 2012 at 07:05 PM EDT |

Found! We finally found the Class II assortment at Walmart in Philly!

Found! Class 1 Hits The Northeast!

Posted by Paul | January 26, 2012 at 07:01 PM EDT |

Found! We finally found the Class 1 assortment at Walmart in Philly!

Sideshow Collectibles S.T.A.P and Battle Droid Preorder is Live!

Posted by Chuck | January 26, 2012 at 06:13 PM EDT |

The S.T.A.P and Battle Droid set is up for preorder! Click through for a quick link to place your order!

Sideshow Collectibles STAP and Battle Droid Set

Sideshow Collectibles Premium Format Aayla Secura Announced

Posted by Chuck | January 26, 2012 at 06:10 PM EDT |

The latest announcement from Sideshow Collectibles is another Premium Format Figure to add to the collection: Aayla Secura! Click through to check out the preview page! You can preorder this awesome PF figure on February 2nd!

Sideshow Collectibles Premium Format Aayla Secura

Review: Vulture Droid - SW [TPM 3D] - Discover The Force (1 of 2)

Posted by Paul | January 26, 2012 at 10:05 AM EDT |

It's time for new 2012 product and to Discover The Force! Research Droids Reviews talks about the new Vulture Droid Walmart exclusive. See why you'll want one! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Star Wars Action News - Episode 330

Posted by Chuck | January 26, 2012 at 09:00 AM EDT |

On January 30th all the stores on your toy runs will have the new stock of Star Wars figures from Hasbro. From Vintage to Movie Heroes to Clone Wars, Hasbro has figures, battle packs, fleet vehicles, and more ready to be released. But across the country, mostly at Wal Mart, toys have been spotted early. And on this week's Star Wars Action News, your hosts Arnie and Marjorie have a bunch in hand to review.

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | January 25, 2012 at 10:53 PM EDT |

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

Big Bad Toy Store

JTA reader Jace V. did some research for us and came up with an interesting analysis proving that the Battle Droid in the packaging art of the MTT we revealed was only a mock-up! Click through for his report!

Weekly Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | January 25, 2012 at 04:32 PM 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.

Catch Up With A Dozen Incredible Episode I TVC Figures!

Posted by Paul | January 25, 2012 at 03:19 PM EDT |

We want to keep that Episode I momentum going! There have been a lot of great 2012 announcements made already and many more great ones will come! While you wait for more of them we wanted to remind you that the complete wave 10 of The Vintage Collection can be reviewed in our Research Droids Reviews database. January 30th is going to be a blast!

          
          

You Can't Handle The Truth - Proof Of New MSRP At TARGET For TVC

Posted by Paul | January 25, 2012 at 02:13 PM EDT |

And speaking of TARGET, our friends at BanthaSkull.com have actually taken a picture of the price scanner proving to us all that The Vintage Collection has hit a penny under $10 each there. Would you stop being such a Debbie Downer BanthaSkull!

NOTE: Jayson from Yakface.com has posted a picture on their Facebook wall showing that a TARGET near him has upped the price to $10.99!

New Dan Curto Sketch Card Gallery!

Posted by Paul | January 25, 2012 at 01:42 PM EDT |

Our pal Dan Curto has posted another gallery showcasing his awesome Star Wars Galaxy sketch cards. Click through for look-see.

Review: ARC-170 Fighter - TAC - TARGET Exclusive

Posted by Paul | January 25, 2012 at 12:21 PM EDT |

We jump back to the end of 2007 and analyze a simple vehicle that is made to look much better than it is thanks to a great paint job. And Research Droids Reviews is curious to the fact that Hasbro made so many toys that are EU takes on Tartakovsky's Clone Wars. This one started out life as a Star Wars Transformers toy. Learn more. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

MMT Supplement! Do You Want To Know The Price.... And The DPCI?

Posted by Paul | January 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM EDT |

The MMT intel isn't showing any signs of slowing! Our friends at Yakface.com have a supplement to our breaking news report and have the actual DPCI and price point for this awesome BIG vehicle. Awesome news guys! Click through for their report!

BREAKING NEWS: JTA Exclusive Report - MTT Packaging!

Posted by Paul | January 25, 2012 at 12:10 AM EDT |

Yeah, our Research Droids have kicked galactic butt again and have presented us with BOXED IMAGES of the newly announced MTT. By the way, it's officially called the Trade Federation MTT Droid Carrier and there are some rumors it may be a retailer exclusive and perhaps not a general release item... but we can't confirm that wholly. Click through to begin drooling. This is a JTA exclusive report.

Figrin D'an (Model Nodes) makes his way into our Visual Guides today. Complete with two instruments (so you can buy two and knock two members off that band list!), Figrin D'an is another five star figure from Sideshow Collectibles! Click below to check him out and read our in depth report in our Research Droids Review!

Figrin D'an (Model Nodes) (Sideshow Collectibles)

1984 Nikto Gets Updated For The Vintage Collection!

Posted by Paul | January 24, 2012 at 06:27 PM EDT |

The 1984 vintage Nikto is confirmed for 2012's The Vintage Collection thanks to our friends at JediNews.co.uk! Click through for more as two other EU figures have been announced as well!

The MTT Is Officially Revealed.... But You Saw It Here First!

Posted by Paul | January 24, 2012 at 02:44 PM EDT |

The MTT is OFFICIALLY revealed. The fine folks at theredshadows.com have the proof of our early RUMOR REPORT!

Review: Lucas Collector's Set - TSC - StarWarsShop.com Exclusive!

Posted by Paul | January 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM EDT |

We jump back to 2006 again and look at a set that is somewhere between mediocre and good. See what Research Droids Reviews has to say about the Lucas Collector's Set from The Saga Collection! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

A Little More Proof To Whet Your Appetite?

Posted by Paul | January 24, 2012 at 11:15 AM EDT |

You saw our rumor report, here is a little more proof. Are you getting excited? Apparently much of this will be officially revealed at UK Toy Fair today in addition to three new The Vintage Collection figures getting announced! Keep it here!

BREAKING NEWS: Rumor Report - Hasbro's Big Vehicle For 2012!

Posted by Paul | January 24, 2012 at 09:01 AM EDT |

Are you interested in finding out what the BIG Hasbro vehicle may be is for 2012? Then click through because we've got one killer of a rumor report!

Visual Guide Update - Commander Gree - Sideshow Collectibles

Posted by Chuck | January 23, 2012 at 05:37 PM EDT |

Today's Visual Guide update takes a look at the awesome Sideshow Collectibles Commander Gree Sixth Scale figure. Click below to check out just how awesome this figure is! No doubt we gave this figure five stars in our Research Droids Review, so stop by for a plethora of information from commentary to stats to reference photos and more!

Commander Gree (41st Elite Corps)

Review: Podracer Pilots - SW [TPM 3D] - Toys R Us Exclusive

Posted by Paul | January 23, 2012 at 01:05 AM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives is proud to introduce our very first Research Droids Reviews entry for the new Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] line look today. The Toys R Us exclusive Podracer Pilots set is beginning to hit retail, ahead of schedule, and we think it's a great time to see these figures again. Check it out in great detail by clicking through. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Visual Guide Update - The Vintage Collection Card Back Gallery

Posted by Chuck | January 22, 2012 at 11:17 PM EDT |

We officially wrap up our The Vintage Collection marathon featuring 67 guides in 29 days, all in our brand new Enhanced format! Our final update is a special guide featuring a wave-by-wave breakdown of the entire The Vintage Collection line-up through Wave 10. You can view all of our guides on our The Vintage Collection Visual Guide page, and read reviews on each and ever figure in our feature-rich Research Droids Review database! We have more guides on the way so keep checking back, but we'll be taking a short break from The Vintage Collection while we work on Wave 10 and get ready for Toy Fair in just a few short weeks!

The Vintage Collection Card Back Gallery

Found! Dewback Hits Walmart!

Posted by Paul | January 22, 2012 at 03:45 PM EDT |

Our friends at Yakface.com are also reporting that the Dewback Walmart exclusive (for the second time mind you) is arriving at badly behaving retail stores who are ignoring the street date. We are envious! Click through for their report!

You Want Your Own Podracer Flags Without Buying The TRU Exclusive?

Posted by Paul | January 22, 2012 at 03:41 PM EDT |

Jayson Krebsbach from Yakface.com has graciously recreated the podracer flags from the TRU exclusive Podracer Pilots multipack. Click through to print these off if all you care about is securing the new flags that come with the pilots! Thank you Jayson!

Found! Podracer Pilots TRU Exclusive Hits Shelves In Philly!

Posted by Paul | January 22, 2012 at 03:33 PM EDT |

Yes! Amen! Glory hallelujah! It's official. The Philly area received its first Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] line look item! The TRU exclusive Podracer Pilots multipack snuck its way to the shelf of a local Philadelphia Toys R Us. You know what's next. Click through to see our proud find!

The Vintage Collection Found For Three Dollars ($3) Each!!

Posted by Paul | January 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM EDT |

Another thing that shocked us today was that we found The Vintage Collection for $3 at two local Walmart stores. But other stores (in the same city) still had them for $8.96. We'd suggest seeing if your local stores has also hopped on the clearance train because the stores that did have these for $3 each told us that they were deleted product. (Which means TVC will be coming under a different SKU going forward.) Click through to check it out!

TARGET Restocks Shelves With Battle Packs!

Posted by Paul | January 22, 2012 at 03:18 PM EDT |

To our complete shock this morning at three our of four TARGETs we visited, the shelves were overstocked with The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Battle Packs for full price. We thought the stock was finally clearing out, but these are brand-spanking new and in mint condition with no shelf wear. It looks like collectors will have one last opportunity to secure the awesome Defend Kamino set for their collections. Click through for the proof!

Visual Guide Update - Mouse Droid (SDCC Death Star Set) (VC67) - TVC

Posted by Chuck | January 22, 2012 at 03:11 PM EDT |

The next collector's bane to be added to our Visual Guide is Mouse Droid (VC67), the second mini figure included with the San Diego Comic Con Death Star set. Only available in this set, Mouse Droid is a repacked figure from a long time ago... Numbered in line with the basic collection of figures, if collectors want to fill that hole in their numbering they will have to resort to purchasing this set on the secondary market. You can read our full review on this set in our Research Droids Review!

Mouse Droid (VC67)

See Mahownic Next To Other Podracer Pilots - Great Comparison Shot!

Posted by Paul | January 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM EDT |

You saw the report at Yakface.com, now check out a comparison shot of Mahownic next to other podracer pilots. JTA Facebook friend Matthew Pring posts a great picture on our Facebook wall so you can judge just how tiny Mawhonic is.... but judge him by his size not!

Review: General Grievous (Demise Of Grievous) - TSC - TARGET Exclusive

Posted by Paul | January 22, 2012 at 10:49 AM EDT |

Here's an old TARGET exclusive which at the time was very cool. Has it aged well? Find out in our Research Droids Reviews today. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Now that we have wrapped up our run of basic figure guides we are going to add a few 'odds and ends' to the The Vintage Collection Visual Guide, starting with one that is driving completists crazy: The San Diego Comic Con exclusive Salacious Crumb. Why is it driving collectors crazy? Because this figure (as well as the Mouse Droid) is numbered with the rest of the basic figures (VC66), yet it is not available any where else, or individually. Packaged on a first time ever mini-card, fans were very excited about this figure's prospects when announced at Toy Fair last year, until the numbering on the back was revealed. These mini figures will undoubtedly leave gaping holes in many collectors' collections unless Hasbro decides to re-release these figures at retail (or mailaway). We were lucky enough to get our hands on one of these sets, and broke this entire set down in our Research Droids Review, so stop by and read about the 2011 San Diego Comic Con Death Star set. Are you listening Hasbro? Re-release this as a retail exclusive two-pack under the Return of the Jedi logo please!

Salacious Crumb (VC66)

Mawhonic Is Comparable In Height To The Other Podracers!

Posted by Paul | January 22, 2012 at 03:45 AM EDT |

Mawhonic is a midget! Our friends at Yakface.com have the full story. Check it out!

Visual Guide Update - Ponda Baba (Walrus Man) (VC70) - TVC

Posted by Chuck | January 21, 2012 at 07:18 PM EDT |

Our mega-marathon is winding down as we close out Wave 9, and the last of the basic figures to be added during this run is definitely not the least! Ponda Baba (Walrus Man) gets a major upgrade in his The Vintage Collection debut. While we don't get an exact replica of the original Vintage card back, he is still featured on a beautiful Star Wars card back! Click our guide below for full details, and read why we gave this figure five stars in our Research Droids Review! When you are finished there, stop by our The Vintage Collection Visual Guide so you can see all 64 Enhanced Visual Guides offered during our marathon run! And, check back tomorrow as we close our the marathon with a few special additions to The Vintage Collection...

Ponda Baba (Walrus Man) (VC70)

Sideshow Collectibles Can Process Your Pre-orders Early!

Posted by Paul | January 21, 2012 at 06:54 PM EDT |

Sideshow has emailed those who pre-ordered the 442nd Clone Trooper and/or the Clone Trooper Captain that they can process your order early. If you're interested, check your inbox and email their customer service department.

Visual Guide Update - Bastila Shan (VC69) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM EDT |

Next up for Wave 9 is a first time ever offering for a Star Wars figure: Bastila Shan. This popular Knights of the Old Republic character is now the next up for the The Vintage Collection Expanded Universe figure. We rated this figure highly in our Research Droids Review. Read our review and see if you agree!

Bastila Shan (VC69)

Review: Han Solo (Hoth) [2010 Premier Guild Exclusive] - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | January 21, 2012 at 01:10 AM EDT |

Take a look at the PGM exclusive Han Solo (Hoth) [blue coat] Mini Bust in our Research Droids Reviews entry today. The debate of the actual color of Han's coar is borderline comical - and if you own the Star Wars Chronicles book, you already know that this topic is anything but debatable. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

New The Clone Wars Product Images Surface!

Posted by Paul | January 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM EDT |

Sandtroopers.com have great new images of upcoming The Clone Wars products! Check them out!

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | January 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM EDT |

Brian's Toys has the latest edition of their newsletter out, adding new items to their catalog such as the ultra-cool Sideshow Collectibles Battle Droids Sixth Scale set and some new GI Joe Battle Sets. They've also reduced prices on many of their Star Wars Code 3 Collectibles Items.

For complete details visit http://www.brianstoys.com/nl!

Brian's Toys

Wave 9 is a small wave with big results, featuring three all-new figures! First up is Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear). Click below to check this figure out in our Enhanced Visual Guide format, then pop on over and read our in depth report in our Research Droids Review!

Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) (VC68)

Sideshow Unofficially Announces The 1:6 Scale Bossk Figure!

Posted by Paul | January 20, 2012 at 07:04 PM EDT |

Sideshow Collectibles unofficially announces the 1:6 Scale Bossk! Check out their teaser video!

Wave 11 Of The Vintage Collection Up For Pre-order!

Posted by Paul | January 20, 2012 at 05:54 PM EDT |

Wave 2 of the 2012 The Vintage Collection (also wave 11 for those who are more linear in their thinking) is up for pre-order at Entertainment Earth. With a March 2012 release date, it is a nice mix of The Phantom Menace figures in addition to the new Deleted Scene figures. Click through for the case assortment and a link to pre-order yours!

Closing out Wave 8 from The Vintage Collection is the final repack from a wave of repacks: TIE Fighter Pilot. Check out the full guide below, and stop by our Research Droids Review for a detailed look at another classic Vintage figure added to the modern The Vintage Collection.

TIE Fighter Pilot (VC65)

The Phantom Menace Wave Starting To Invade The Northeast

Posted by Paul | January 20, 2012 at 01:58 PM EDT |

We've got a few store reports coming in today. I personally have found The Phantom Menace wave of TVC in three separate TARGET locations, although Vos, Maul and Anakin were all missing. And then Paul H. from Boston Massachusetts writes in with his store find as well. Click through for more.

Mos Espa Arena In Stock At Walmart.com!

Posted by Paul | January 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM EDT |

The Mos Espa Arena Walmart exclusive is in stock and ready to ship! Click the image below for a direct link! Ships FREE with Site to Store.

UPDATE: Out of stock already!

Naboo Royal Starship Droids In Stock At Walmart.com!

Posted by Paul | January 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM EDT |

The Naboo Royal Astromech Droids Walmart exclusive is in stock and ready to ship! Click the image below for a direct link! Ships FREE with Site to Store.

UPDATE: Out of stock already!

Walmart Resets And Provides Preliminary Pricing To Collectors

Posted by Paul | January 20, 2012 at 10:47 AM EDT |

We say "preliminary" because anything can change and once Walmart gets wind of the jacked up prices and TARGET and TRU, they likely will follow suit. JTA reader and friend bombadgungan send us a report of a newly set Walmart reset. While some of the tags are a bit confusing (i.e. Saga Legends is done), there is some new information on upcoming products. Click through for his report.

Review: Darth Nihilus - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | January 20, 2012 at 09:07 AM EDT |

Take a look at the PBM exclusive Darth Nihilus Mini Bust in our Research Droids Reviews entry today. Knights Of The Old Republic fans should count yoursleves very lucky! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Visual Guide Update - Princess Leia (Slave Outfit) (VC64) - TVC

Posted by Chuck | January 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM EDT |

We are now sixty (60!) guides into our The Vintage Collection mega-marathon, and this time we have another repacked figure. Princess Leia (Slave Outfit) is pretty much a straight repack, minus a few accessories from the previous version (but still a nice addition to the TVC line). As usual, click the guide below to open up our Enhanced Visual Guide, and read all the details in our Research Droids Review!

Princess Leia (Slave Outfit) (VC64)

Sideshow Collectibles has their preview page up for the S.T.A.P. and Battle Droid set! Click here to check out this cool upcoming 1:6 scale set! Look for this to go up for preorder January 26th!

Sideshow Collectibles S.T.A.P. and Battle Droid Set

There Is No Way There Is A Variation Of The Bald Rebel Commando Right?

Posted by Paul | January 19, 2012 at 08:23 PM EDT |

OK, this eBay auction has got us VERY curious. JTA Facebook friend Trevor S. alerted us to this auction to inquire about the validity of what appears to be a variation to the bald Endor Rebel Soldier. While we would always err on the side of caution for weird things like this, we honestly have no idea if this is a scam, altered picture or early principal photography for wave 3 of The Vintage Collection by Hasbro. But see it for yourself by clicking through to this auction that he appears to be wearing a skull cap and the Endor helmet is packaged separately off of the figure and to the top right inside the bubble. And of course the image cannot be enlarged. The image appears very clean and looks like something Hasbro would possibly send out. But is this a fake? Probably. Interestingly though, the seller isn't even advertising this as a "rare" variation or anything. Curious to say the least, isn't it?

UPDATE: Mystery solved. Check out our Facebook page for the explanation!

Visual Guide Update - B-wing Pilot (Keyan Farlander) (VC63) - TVC

Posted by Chuck | January 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT |

Next up for the Revenge wave is another repacked figure: B-wing Pilot (Keyan Farlander). Check him out below for our detailed guide, and stop by our Research Droids Review for the complete lowdown on this figure!

B-wing Pilot (Keyan Farlander) (VC63)

The 2012 "Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D]" Visual Guide Page

Posted by Chuck | January 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM EDT |

Earlier this week we officially added the new Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] line to our Research Droids Reviews, and today we officially open our Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] Visual Guide page, where you can find all of the currently announced product laid out in an easy-to-use format. When Hasbro produces so many lines at the same time it can be hectic not only for collectors but for us archivists too! Hopefully you will find our layout easy to use (and follow). Stop by and take a look! As usual, always in motion is the future, so this information is subject to change and we will do our best to keep it as up-to-date as possible!

Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] Visual Guide Page

Review: Astromech Droid Pack Series II - TSC - Exclusive

Posted by Paul | January 19, 2012 at 01:15 AM EDT |

In early 2006, Entertainment Earth released what we consider one of the greatest Star Wars exclusives of all time, the Astromech Droid Pack Series I and II. We just wished it continued, especially now since we have some incredible droid sculpts courtesy of the Build A Droid/Droid Factory figure. The second multipack is the focus of our Research Droids Reviews entry today. See why these are must-haves for your collection. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Awesome Hasbro Basic Figure Buy One Get One FREE Coupon!

Posted by Paul | January 18, 2012 at 09:12 PM EDT |

JTA reader Ryan H. has shared some incredible information with us on how to secure a great Hasbro basic figure coupon: Buy One Get One FREE. Click through and follow the steps to get this coupon into your hands. You have some time to use it as it doesn't expire until March 11, 2012. They've made the process very micro-managed to prevent abuse and it looks like it's only one per person, but how can you pass this up?

Jumbo Vintage Kenner R5-D4 Announced!

Posted by Paul | January 18, 2012 at 08:53 PM EDT |

Gentle Giant, Ltd. announces their next Jumbo Vintage Kenner figure, R5-D4!

Visual Guide Update - Han Solo (in Trench Coat) (VC62) - TVC

Posted by Chuck | January 18, 2012 at 06:40 PM EDT |

Wave 8 was a repack wave featuring Return of the Jedi (and Revenge of the Jedi) figures, including another of our beloved Vintge figures remade in The Vintage Collection packaging: Han Solo (in Trench Coat). You can view the full Enhanced Visual Guide below, and then stop by our Research Droids Review for this figure and more from The Vintage Collection!

Han Solo (in Trench Coat) (VC62)

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | January 18, 2012 at 05:36 PM EDT |

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

Big Bad Toy Store

Star Wars Action News - Episode 329

Posted by Chuck | January 18, 2012 at 05:32 PM EDT |

Last week on The High Cost of Collecting Marjorie and Arnie ran down Hasbro's plans for 2012, which includes new lines of toys, as well as higher prices. This week, the hosts of the Star Wars Action News podcast play some listener voicemails discussing their thoughts on collecting in 2012.

TRU Shows No TLC To TVC

Posted by Paul | January 18, 2012 at 02:25 PM EDT |

It was inevitable. JTA reader The_Question reports in to let us know that ToysRUs.com has shown no mercy or care when they packaged his The Phantom Menace The Vintage Collection figures. Both Darth Maul and Quinlan Vos came terribly damaged. Click through to check out photos sent in to us by The_Question and we hope you'll discuss this latest (and frankly expected) travesty in our Disqus comments module. What have you experienced?

TRU.com

Weekly Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | January 18, 2012 at 02:08 PM 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.

Visual Guide Update - Rebel Commando [ROTJ] (VC26) - TVC

Posted by Chuck | January 18, 2012 at 01:00 PM EDT |

In one of the biggest running changes yet to come out of Wave 8 we get the second version of the Rebel Commando. Making things even harder on us, this version is only available on the Revenge of the Jedi card back. Click below to check him out and get a complete figure breakdown, including Collector Notes, figure stats, reference photos and more, in our Research Droids Review!

Rebel Commando [Revenge of the Jedi] (VC26)

While you wait for these great figures to be added to the Research Droids Reviews, enjoy some quick pics and first impressions of the new The Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker [new and improved he is not]! So click through to read more!

While you wait for these great figures to be added to the Research Droids Reviews, enjoy some quick pics and first impressions of the new The Clone Wars phase II Clone Trooper! So click through to read more!

Review: Astromech Droid Pack Series I - TSC - EE Exclusive

Posted by Paul | January 18, 2012 at 01:05 AM EDT |

In early 2006, Entertainment Earth released what we consider one of the greatest Star Wars exclusives of all time, the Astromech Droid Pack Series I and II. We just wished it continued, especially now since we have some incredible droid sculpts courtesy of the Build A Droid/Droid Factory figure. These multipacks are the focus of our next two Research Droids Reviews entires. See why these are must-haves for your collection. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

New Valentine's Day Gifts Arriving At TARGET

Posted by Paul | January 17, 2012 at 11:16 PM EDT |

JTA reader Bailey alerts us to new Valentine's Day gifts at TARGET. Click through to check out the assortment!

Visual Guide Update - Boba Fett [ROTJ] (VC09) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 17, 2012 at 05:57 PM EDT |

It's time to kick off Wave 8 of The Vintage Collection! But, in order to move forward we have to first go backwards! All the way back to VC09, with Boba Fett. With Wave 8 we not only get him released on a Return of the Jedi Card, but a Revenge of the Jedi card as well, and with an entirely different figure packed in instead of what we saw with The Empire Strikes Back version from Wave 1. Click below to find out how different this figure is, and read the full details in our Research Droids Review!

Boba Fett [Return of the Jedi] (VC09)

Hasbro Just Cannot Rein In The Disobedience!

Posted by Paul | January 17, 2012 at 03:21 PM EDT |

It's the Galactic Empire versus the Rebellion at retail! Hasbro can't keep order in the galaxy We have yet another Ohio Walmart store report thanks to JTA reader "eyewreck". This store has completely reset shop and put everything out. Come on Philly! Let's go! Click through to see this store find!

Alejandro's Custom Jabba's Palace Dioramas!

Posted by Paul | January 17, 2012 at 02:12 PM EDT |

We continue to showcase some of JTA reader Alejandro's custom displays. Today is a real treat for Return Of The Jedi fans as he looks into the many nooks and crannies of Jabba's Palace. These dioramas are spectacular! We will continue to post multiple articles on his work over the next few weeks. Be sure to leave comments and give him feedback in our Disqus comments! It's fun AND easy! Click through to check this batch out!

New Lower Price Point Role-Play Items At Walmart

Posted by Paul | January 17, 2012 at 01:50 PM EDT |

JTA regular Paul B. snaps a quick photo for us of the new ten dollar price point Star Wars masks. This year's variety includes Darth Vader and Captain Rex. Click through to check them out!

Visual Guide Update - Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) (VC55) - TVC

Posted by Chuck | January 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT |

It's time to close out another wave from The Vintage Collection! VC55 features another classic figure from the Vintage line: Logray (Ewok Medicine Man). Click below to check this full guide out and then stop by our Research Droids Review for all the details on another nice addition to this collection! We're still going strong in our marathon, so stay tuned as we continue with Wave 8 later today! And, if you've missed any of our guides from the past three weeks just stop by our The Vintage Collection Visual Guide where you will find all our guides to-date!

Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) (VC55)

Review: Republic Gunship [Lucky Lekku] - TCW - Walmart Exclusive

Posted by Paul | January 17, 2012 at 01:00 AM EDT |

It may be called the Lucky Lekku, but luck ran out for most collectors trying to secure this awesome Republic Gunship for their collections at a fair price. While we reviewed our notes to see what The Clone Wars products we skipped over in our Research Droids Reviews database, we were shocked we didn't talk about this great vehicle yet.... until now. It commands upwards of $200 on eBay today. Will you spend that to secure this former Walmart exclusive for your collection? Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Visual Guide Update - ARC Trooper Commander [Captain Fordo] (VC54)

Posted by Paul | January 16, 2012 at 01:39 PM EDT |

JTA has campaigned for Captain Fordo forever and tired of waiting we made it known back in 2009. He finally became a reality in 2011's The Vintage Collection lineup and came out better than we ever expected. But Hasbro indirectly slapped Tartakovsky fans in the face by changing the figure's name from Captain Fordo to ARC Trooper Commander. We can't really fault them as this was a direct order from Lucasfilm, Ltd. (We'll never understand the demise of that Tartakovsky/Lucasfilm relationship. We digress.) See one of the greatest action figures of all time as we thoroughly examine wave 7's ARC Trooper Commander and then read the glowing review in our Research Droids Review. This is one figure every single Star Wars collector should own but we recommend at least two so you can display both phases side by side.

ARC Trooper Commander (VC54)

Alejandro's Custom Tatooine (Episode IV) Dioramas

Posted by Paul | January 16, 2012 at 01:36 PM EDT |

We continue to showcase some of JTA reader Alejandro's custom displays. We will be posting multiple articles on his work over the next few weeks. Today, click though to check out his interpretation of the events that transpired on Tatooine in Episode IV!! Be sure to leave comments and give him feedback in our Disqus comments! It's fun AND easy!

Visual Guide Update - Bom Vimdin (VC53) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 16, 2012 at 08:14 AM EDT |

Bom Vimdin (Cantina Patron) adds another Star Wars card back to The Vintage Collection! Click below to check out this figure, and read the full write-up in our Research Droids Review!

Bom Vimdin (Cantina Patron) (VC53)

Review: Kit Fisto - Maquette

Posted by Paul | January 16, 2012 at 01:25 AM EDT |

Our Research Droids Reviews database will be looking a little schizophrenic until January 30th, or until we can find some new products to add. Check out a great Maquette from Gentle Giant Ltd. today. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Podracer Pilots In Stock And Ready To Ship At TRU.com!

Posted by Paul | January 15, 2012 at 11:39 PM EDT |

The Toys R Us exclusive Podracer Pilots multipack is in stock and ready to ship at ToysRUs.com! Click through for details!

Alejandro's Custom Bespin Dioramas!

Posted by Paul | January 15, 2012 at 09:35 PM EDT |

We continue to showcase some of JTA reader Alejandro's custom displays. We will be posting multiple articles on his work over the next few weeks. Today, click though to check out his interpretation of the many events on Bespin!! Be sure to leave comments and give him feedback in our Disqus comments! It's fun AND easy!

Next up for The Vintage Collection is another edition of a troop-builder favorite: Rebel Fleet Trooper. Complete with the first ever Star Wars figure baseball hat, check him out by clicking below! And, see all the technical details on this figure in our Research Droids Review!

Rebel Fleet Trooper (VC52)

New Battle Packs Reach The Toy Aisle In Ohio Walmart

Posted by Paul | January 15, 2012 at 08:38 PM EDT |

JTA reader Paul B. alerts us to the fact that the new Battle Packs have hit in Ohio at Walmart. I think it's a good bet that Hasbro learned that no one cares about their street dates when it comes to Star Wars toys. Only one Battle Packs set is going to be worth your time and I am personally quite aggravated at the Rebel Heroes and Geonosis Arena Battle sets myself. Not even kids will have any interest in these.Click through for the report!

The Phantom Menace Wave Still Hitting Retail

Posted by Paul | January 15, 2012 at 06:41 PM EDT |

JTA reader Ordo writes in to us an reaffirms that The Phantom Menace wave is still hitting retail, this time in Michigan. Click through for the report!

Visual Guide Update - Barriss Offee (VC51) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM EDT |

It's time to pick back up with The Vintage Collection marathon. Picking up where we left off is Barriss Offee (Jedi Padawan). Click below to check out the latest figure from Attack of the Clones to make its way into The Vintage Collection lineup. When you are finished checking out the guide make sure to read our complete commentary in our detailed Research Droids Review!

Barriss Offee (Jedi Padawan) (VC51)

Review: Stormtrooper - Premium Format Figure

Posted by Paul | January 15, 2012 at 01:05 AM EDT |

Sideshow is already thoroughly impressing us this year. Their first few products are simpley stunning. The long-awaited Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure has just hit homes across the country and it's the topic of discussion in our Research Droids Reviews today. This is one gorgeous piece and the wait has been worth it. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

The 2012 "Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D]" Line Look

Posted by Paul | January 14, 2012 at 11:59 PM EDT |

OK readers, we've finally added our official Research Droids Reviews banner for the 2012 line. We are dubbing it the Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] line look and it will house all products released in the "Darth Maul" packaging including Movie Heroes, The Clone Wars and the "Discover The Force" Walmart exclusives. Because The Clone Wars line has basically been demoted to a sub-line (at the moment - this could change of course), we didn't think it warranted having its own category this year, especially since most TCW products don't even sport the logo (like the vehicles and Battle Packs). You can click through to check out our revised index, but let us tell you up front that we have no new products added so don't snoop. We kid with you of course. The product hasn't leaked out to our local stores yet. Here's looking forward to an exciting year (even if the beginning isn't doing it for us at the moment). May the Force be with you.... always.

Alejandro's Custom Mos Eisley Cantina Diorama!

Posted by Paul | January 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM EDT |

We continue to showcase some of JTA reader Alejandro's custom displays. We will be posting multiple articles on his work over the next few weeks. Today, click though to check out his interpretation of Chalmun's cantina!! Be sure to leave comments and give him feedback in our Disqus comments! It's fun AND easy!

Visual Guide Update - Battle Droids (Infantry) - Sideshow Collectibles

Posted by Chuck | January 14, 2012 at 03:26 PM EDT |

We interrupt our regularly scheduled The Vintage Collection marathon to bring you the latest Sideshow Collectibles offering: Battle Droids (Infantry). And what an offering this is! Click below to check out our latest Enhanced Visual Guide of this set, and be sure to read our Research Droids Review posted earlier today to find out why this set almost earned a five-star rating!

Battle Droids (Infantry) - Sideshow Collectibles

The Vintage Collection TARGET Exclusives Now 70% Off!

Posted by Paul | January 14, 2012 at 02:42 PM EDT |

JTA reader Glenn B. from IL sends us an image proving The Vintage Collection exclusives at TARGET have plummeted down to $7.48 which is 70% off. If you have any of these left in your local stores, you may want to see if they're this cheap too! Click through for the proof!

Visual Guide Update - Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) (VC50) - TVC

Posted by Chuck | January 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM EDT |

It's time to kick off another wave of The Vintage Collection Visual Guides! First up for Wave 7 is Han Solo (Bespin Outfit). Check out this awesome addition to The Vintage Collection lineup, and be sure to read our rave review in our Research Droids Review!

Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) (VC50)

Do you want to see how a Battle Droid collectible should be done? Then take some time to peruse Research Droids Reviews today and see how Sideshow has almost perfectly mastered the B1 Battle Droid 1:6 Scale Figure body type. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Visual Guide Update - Fi-Ek Sirch (VC49) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 13, 2012 at 07:51 PM EDT |

Tonight we wrap up Wave 6 with Fi-Ek Sirch, straight out of the Battle of Geonosis. Click below to check out the latest Enhanced Visual Guide in our ongoing marathon! We gave this figure a top rating of five stars in our Research Droids Review. Read the review to find out why!

Fi-Ek Sirch (Jedi Knight) (VC49)

JTA Introduces The Fine Custom Work Of A New Reader!

Posted by Paul | January 13, 2012 at 07:41 PM EDT |

New JTA reader Alejandro P. from Argentina couldn't wait to show off some of his custom displays and we're more than thrilled to help him show it all off. Welcome to the JTA family, Alejandro! We will be posting multiple articles on his work in the next week. But today click though to check out what he did for Yoda's hut!

Interesting The Vintage Collection Display

Posted by Paul | January 13, 2012 at 07:07 PM EDT |

JTA Facebook friend Matt S. posts a picture on our wall showcasing an interesting TVC display at Meijer stores. Click through for his report.

Visual Guide Update - Weequay (Skiff Master) (VC48) - TVC

Posted by Chuck | January 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM EDT |

Wave 6 is nearly complete as we launch our Enhanced Visual Guide of Weequay (Skiff Master). Click below to check him out and get all the detailed information, including Collector Notes and more and our Research Droids Review!

Weequay (Skiff Master) (VC48)

Review: Darth Maul [2011 PGM Exclusive] - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | January 13, 2012 at 01:05 AM EDT |

2012 is all about The Phantom Menace and Gentle Giant Ltd. has planned [well] and released Darth Maul as the 2011 PGM gift. It came a little late, but it's nonetheless arrived just in time to celebrate the 3D release of Episode I! See this gorgeous Mini Bust in today's Research Droids Reviews entry and see why you'll wish you were a PGM! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Visual Guide Update - General Lando Calrissian (VC47) - TVC

Posted by Chuck | January 12, 2012 at 07:03 PM EDT |

Someone must have told them about my little maneuver at the Battle of Taanab. General Lando Calrissian gets an all-new figure upgrade, and The Vintage Collection adds another original figure to the list! Too bad we didn't get him on a Power of the Force card back! But, we are pretty happy nonetheless! Check him out in our guide below, and read our full report in our Research Droids Review!

General Lando Calrissian (VC47)

HasbroToyShop.com Taking Pre-Orders On All 2012 Product

Posted by Paul | January 12, 2012 at 03:16 PM EDT |

All (most) of the 2012 The Phantom Menace 3D (including The Vintage Collection) stuff is up for pre-order right now at HasbroToyShop.com.

Visual Guide Update - AT-RT Driver (VC46) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 12, 2012 at 07:45 AM EDT |

Next up for The Vintage Collection is another all-new figure: AT-RT Driver. Check out the nice upgrade this figure received by clicking on the Enhanced Visual Guide below, and see what we have to say about him in our Research Droids Review!

AT-RT Driver (VC46)

Deleted Scenes Wave Carded Images Surface!

Posted by Paul | January 12, 2012 at 06:38 AM EDT |

Our friends at Sandtroopers.com have accessed images of the carded Deleted Scenes figures! Check them out. I think Hasbro could have done much better here by actually using screen-grabs from the Blu-ray. These composite images look terribly fake.

    

Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi - TVC - VC76

Posted by Paul | January 12, 2012 at 01:10 AM EDT |

We've reached the end of our The Phantom Menace wave marathon from The Vintage Collection!You're probably not going to want to buy another one of these Obi-Wan Kenobi figures. He's aged terribly in only three years. Still, check him out in our Research Droids Reviews and see if you'll be tempted to take another shot at him. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Found! TARGET Exclusive Two-Packs (That You Probably Won't Want)

Posted by Paul | January 11, 2012 at 10:40 PM EDT |

Eager JTA reader Ryan G. sends us a quick pic to let us know the TARGET exclusive two-packs have hit! Great find Ryan! It's complete anarchy with that stupid January 30th street date! Click through to see more!

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | January 11, 2012 at 09:55 PM EDT |

Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about some great new arrivals and many more cool new preorders.

Big Bad Toy Store

Gungan Warrior Hits eBay! Check It Out!

Posted by Paul | January 11, 2012 at 08:15 PM EDT |

The Phantom Menace Gungan Warrior figure hits eBay! Check him out loose and up close! He's less than $8 if you want to buy him too!

Mawhonic Hits eBay! Check Him Out!

Posted by Paul | January 11, 2012 at 08:13 PM EDT |

The Phantom Menace Mawhonic figure hits eBay! Check him out loose and up close! He's less than $8 if you want to buy him too!

AFX Announces Death Star Gunner Mini Bust!

Posted by Paul | January 11, 2012 at 07:50 PM EDT |

Action Figure Xpress announces their next Star Wars exclusive, the Gentle Giant Ltd Death Star Gunner Mini Bust and is taking pre-orders! Click through for more details and photos!

Found! Double-Bladed Darth Maul Lightsaber!

Posted by Paul | January 11, 2012 at 07:30 PM EDT |

JTA reader Jeremiah E. comes through for us again and provides us with the totally awesome double-bladed Darth Maul lightsaber role-play item. Click through to check it out!

Visual Guide Update - Clone Trooper (VC45) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 11, 2012 at 05:32 PM EDT |

Wave 6 continues with the release of another all new figure, this time we get a Clone Trooper sporting his Phase I armor. Click below to check it out, and as always please stop by our review database (quickly approaching 1000 reviews!) Research Droids Review and check out our full review!

Clone Trooper (VC45)

Weekly Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | January 11, 2012 at 11:06 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.

Visual Guide Update - Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Landing) (VC44) - TVC

Posted by Chuck | January 11, 2012 at 07:53 AM EDT |

Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Landing) kicks off Wave 6 of The Vintage Collection marathon! Click below to check out the full Enhanced Visual Guide and, as usual, you can read complete details about this figure in our Research Droids Review!

Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Landing)

Review: Qui-Gon Jinn - TVC - VC75

Posted by Paul | January 11, 2012 at 01:15 AM EDT |

And we close out wave 10 of The Vintage Collection with two boring figures. This one is the first of the two. Qui-Gon Jinn deserves to be part of The Vintage Collection, but not exactly like this. He needs some doctoring up first before getting released again in order be worthy. See how Research Droids Reviews assesses this figure in 2012. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Star Wars Action News - Episode 328

Posted by Chuck | January 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM EDT |

New toys have been found coast to coast. Despite Hasbro's intent that new Star Wars figures be held back until Jan 30, many stores are putting new figures and vehicles out early breaking street date. What is out there and where can you find it? On this week's Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie run down all the new Star Wars items hitting. In addition to new Hasbro toys, they run down the new Valentine's Day items showing up at Target, and post-holiday discounts as well.

Are You Excited For Toy Fair In February? It's A Month Away!

Posted by Paul | January 10, 2012 at 11:04 PM EDT |

We have just started a discussion on our Facebook page asking you, our readers, your feelings about NY Toy Fair this February. Are you excited for what will be shown? Are you prematurely burned out by the stuff already leaking into retail? Are you angry at Hasbro for forsaking The Clone Wars line? Is there still not enough attention devoted to the Original Trilogy (yes)? We want to hear your voice. Hop on over to our Facebook page right now, or click through to further "Disqus" this in our Disqus module. Thank you!

Visual Guide Update - Commander Gree (VC43) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 10, 2012 at 06:20 PM EDT |

Commander Gree gets an updated paint application in his The Vintage Collection debut. Click below to check him out! With this we wrap up Wave 5, and tomorrow we will kick off Wave 6 so stay tuned! You can also check out our detailed Research Droids Review for complete collectible information and commentary!

Commander Gree (VC43)

2012 Product Purchased At Clearance Prices!

Posted by Paul | January 10, 2012 at 03:01 PM EDT |

Our readers are coming across some unbelievable finds. Click through for more! The stuff isn't even officially out yet and people are getting them on clearance!

Visual Guide Update - Han Solo (Yavin Ceremony) (VC42) - TVC

Posted by Chuck | January 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM EDT |

Another Star Wars card back gets added to The Vintage Collection! This time it features Han Solo. Instead of just the basic Han Solo with the classic card back, we get an all-new card back featuring Han Solo from the Yavin Ceremony, even though the figure isn't accurate to that scene in the film. Click below to see how this figure compares to its Legacy Collection counterpart, and then read all about it in our Research Droids Review!

Han Solo (Yavin Ceremony) (VC42)

Review: Battle Droid - TVC - VC78

Posted by Paul | January 10, 2012 at 01:25 AM EDT |

Here is a very controversial figure. It should be one we like a lot more than we do. It's a gorgeous sculpt, but the smaller scale has impeded the ball-socket articulation and a few other issues are present. Learn about this and more in our Research Droids Reviews for today. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Battle Droid

TRU.com Taking Pre-Orders On New Stuff Right Now (With FREE Shipping!)

Posted by Paul | January 09, 2012 at 07:14 PM EDT |

ToysRUs.com has a plethora of new product pre-orders right now on their website. Check out the glut of product they have available for you! You can order up to 5 of each figure which isn't common on their site. Please note $75 minimum purchase required for FREE shipping. Special thanks to The_Question for making us aware of this!

Visual Guide Update - Stormtrooper (VC41) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 09, 2012 at 06:18 PM EDT |

Next up for our continuing marathon is the Stormtrooper, another great addition to The Vintage Collection. Although noticeably missing on a Star Wars card back, we do get him on several other card back styles, including the Revenge of the Jedi card back. Click below to see what else this figure was available on, as well as a running change to the paint job that gave this figure a needed improvement! And, you can read all the finer details in our Research Droids Review!

Stormtrooper (VC41)

Impressive Custom Obi-Wan Kenobi Dwelling

Posted by Paul | January 09, 2012 at 01:16 PM EDT |

JTA reader Carl B. sends us another stunning customer environment to share with out other readers. This time he has put together an amazing interpretation of Obi-Wan Kenobi's dwelling. Click through for some impressive pictures! (If you recall, this is the same customizer who shared his Yoda Hut pictures with us back in August 2011. If you missed those impressive shots, click HERE to check them out too!)

Visual Guide Update - R5-D4 (VC40) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 09, 2012 at 12:20 PM EDT |

Wave 5 continues with another classic figure brought back to a Vintage Star Wars card back: R5-D4. Click below to check R5-D4 out, and even though he doesn't rate five stars in our book it is still worth checking out our Research Droids Review for the full breakdown on this classic figure.

R5-D4 (VC40)

Review: Naboo Royal Guard - TVC - VC83

Posted by Paul | January 09, 2012 at 01:15 AM EDT |

Another phenomenal figure in The Phantom Menace wave, the Naboo Royal Guard is exactly what Episode I fans need. This figure is brilliant. Yes, he needs ball-jointed hips, you can't discount all of the other positives this figure possesses despite lacking that premium type of articulation. Today's Research Droids Reviews entry puts all the cards on the table for this figure. See why you'll have to army build him. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

PBM Darth Nihilus Mini Bust Available To PGMs

Posted by Paul | January 08, 2012 at 09:03 PM EDT |

Attention Gentle Giant Ltd. PGMs! Tomorrow the PBM exclusive Darth Nihilus goes up for pre-order. Very limited quantities exist. Click through for more information!

Movie Heroes Carded Gallery Preview!

Posted by Paul | January 08, 2012 at 08:56 PM EDT |

Our friends at GalacticHunter.com have a wonderful preview carded gallery complete with numbering sequence of the first wave of the Movie Heroes line. While nothing is new, you might want to check up close-ups to what won't be making its way to your collection!

Visual Guide Update - Luke Skywalker (VC39) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 08, 2012 at 08:37 PM EDT |

Wave 5 is a our first fully mixed wave of figures, which means we now venture into the classic Star Wars card back with Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape). Visit the guide by clicking below and visit our full review in our one-of-a-kind Research Droids Review database!

Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape) (VC39)

Check Out The Walmart Exclusive Discover The Force Qui-Gon Lightsaber!

Posted by Paul | January 08, 2012 at 05:24 PM EDT |

Special thanks to JTA reader Paul B. for sending us an exclusive photo of the Discover The Force Walmart exclusive Qui-Gon Jinn lightsaber. To date, we don't believe this has been seen anywhere, but if we're wrong about that, please let us know! Hasbro stated one of the Walmart exclusive Discover The Force items would be a role-play lightsaber and here it is!

Visual Guide Update - Clone Trooper (212th Battalion) (VC38) - TVC

Posted by Chuck | January 08, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT |

It's time to jump back up to VC38, featuring the Clone Trooper (212th Battalion) in our Enhanced Visual Guide format. Click below to check him out and see how he stacks up in the line by checking out our Research Droids Review!

Clone Trooper (212th Battalion) (VC38)

Review: Daultay Dofine - TVC - VC82

Posted by Paul | January 08, 2012 at 01:08 AM EDT |

We got his cousin in The Saga Collection, now we finally have the stunted slime for our collections in The Vintage Collection! Check out the latest Neimoidian in our Research Droids Reviews today and see why Hasbro has finally stepped up to the plate with this very Episode IV-ish looking alien! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

New Vehicles Hitting Walmart - Street Date Continues To Be Ignored

Posted by Paul | January 07, 2012 at 08:30 PM EDT |

JTA reader Andrew J. eagerly sends us an image of new The Phantom Menace 3D vehicles he found at his local Walmart. Someone isn't obeying the 01/31 street date, huh? Click through for the photo.

Visual Guide Update - Yoda (VC20) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM EDT |

For the start of Wave 5 we have to take a step back in our VC numbering system to pick up Yoda (VC20) from Revenge of the Sith. Even though Yoda was the 20th (numbered) figure in The Vintage Collection, he didn't ship until Wave 5, nearly a quarter of a year after his intended place in the third Return Of The Jedi wave.... Click below to check him out and read the finer details about this figure in our Research Droids Review!

Yoda (VC20)

More Cautionary Commentary - Hasbro, Are You Reading?

Posted by Paul | January 07, 2012 at 01:54 PM EDT |

The Phantom Menace 3D line from Hasbro is certainly a topic of great debate. Our friends at EchoBaseNews.com have also addressed the issue of what may soon be detrimental in finally hurting the Star Wars branding in their weekly The Wampa Pen column. You've seen our thoughts already, but check out their thoughtful commentary as well. This will certainly be an interesting year. We hope 2012 doesn't become one big hot mess.

It's time to close out another wave of figures, this time with the addition of the Super Battle Droid to The Vintage Collection. Stay tuned though, we WILL be kicking off Wave 5 very shortly! In the mean time click below to view our Enhanced Visual Guide, and get the full scoop on this figure in our detailed Research Droids Review!

Super Battle Droid (VC37)

Review: Ratts Tyerell & Pit Droid - TVC - VC77

Posted by Paul | January 07, 2012 at 01:02 AM EDT |

Here's the "other" podracer pilot from The Phantom Menace wave in The Vintage Collection. This figure was originally intended to be part of the 2009 Legacy Collection, but Hasbro switched things around and gave us Clegg Holdfast instead. Research Droids Reviews doesn't get too excited about this release, but there are no doubt collectors out there that have waited a quite a while for this character. Spend some time with us as we, along with the rest of the world, get ready to embrace the 3D release of Episode I! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Yay! Wave 5 Hits TARGET For The Umpteenth Time!

Posted by Paul | January 06, 2012 at 07:20 PM EDT |

There is apparently no end to the supply of wave 5. Just today our local TARGET restocked the pegs with it. (Interestingly, this is the same TARGET where I scored the complete The Phantom Menace wave.) Click through for the proof.

New 2012 In Stock And Ready To Ship At TRU.com!

Posted by Paul | January 06, 2012 at 06:54 PM EDT |

Special thanks to JTA reader The_Question for letting us know that four 2012 Deluxe figures are in stock and ready to ship at TRU.com. Choose from STAP Vehicle With Battle Droid, BARC Speeder With Clone Trooper, Naboo Royal Fighter With Obi-Wan Kenobi or Sith Speeder With Darth Maul. Here's another opportunity for you to break Hasbro's street date!

Visual Guide Update - Senate Guard (VC36) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 06, 2012 at 06:20 PM EDT |

We near the end of Wave 4 from our The Vintage Collection marathon, this time featuing a newly retooled and improved Senate Guard. This figure features a pretty hard to come by carded variation, so make sure to check him out in our Enhanced Visual Guide for all the details, and read all about the finer points of this figure in our Research Droids Review!

Senate Guard (VC36)

Sideshow Collectibles Pre-Order Processing Frenzy!

Posted by Paul | January 06, 2012 at 02:43 PM EDT |

Nooooooooo! From now through the next 14 days, Sideshow Collectibles is processing four of their next 1:6 Scale Figures for shipment. You better get your funds in order if you have pre-ordered IG-88, Battle Droids, Clone Captain or 442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper. This is madness!

         

Visual Guide Update - Mace Windu (VC35) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 06, 2012 at 01:35 PM EDT |

This party's over. Actually, this marathon continues! Mace Windu is back and featured in VC35 of The Vintage Collection! Sporting a new head sculpt, check out the latest incarnation of our favorite Bible-quoting hitman... er.. wrong movie. Anyways, click below to check him out! And, see why we ranked him as high as we did by checking out the full report in our Research Droids Review!

Mace Windu (VC35)

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

Posted by Paul | January 06, 2012 at 05:52 AM EDT |

Here's a figure thats getting an unfair harsh rap. We are plugging through all 12 figures in the incredible The Phantom Menace wave of The Vintage Collection in our Research Droids Reviews and now we've hit the podracer pilots. Our galleries are now a bit bigger so spend some time with us as we, along with the rest of the world, get ready to embrace the 3D release of Episode I! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Ben Quadinaros & Otoga-222

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | January 06, 2012 at 12:14 AM EDT |

Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a great new batch of arrivals and many more new preorders.

Big Bad Toy Store

The Hasbro Menace And The Phantom Lurking Over The New Line

Posted by Paul | January 05, 2012 at 10:20 PM EDT |

It's time to voice another rant. What JTA will be calling the Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] line look, it definitely has a few good moments, but it is starting off by metaphorically leaping off of a high-diving board with no water below. Are you interested in what we have to say? Then click through to read more!

Visual Guide Update - Jango Fett (VC34) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 05, 2012 at 06:43 PM EDT |

Jango Fett makes his debut in The Vintage Collection. Click below to check him out, and see what changes this retooled Boba Fett has by checking out our Research Droids Review!

Jango Fett (VC34)

Star Wars Valentine Tins At CVS

Posted by Paul | January 05, 2012 at 04:23 PM EDT |

JTA readers and friends Chris W. and Martin K. send us information of the newest Valentine's Day gift you can buy for your loved ones.... Star Wars heart tins. These have been found at CVS pharmacies. Thanks to Chris for the photo!

Visual Guide Update - Padmé Amidala (Peasant Disguise) (VC33) - TVC

Posted by Chuck | January 05, 2012 at 01:00 PM EDT |

Following up on Anakin and his peasant disguise we get much improved (by comparison to the 2009 LC Queen Amidala) Padmé Amidala (Peasant Disguise)! Click below for all the details, and check out what we have to say about this figure in our Research Droids Review!

Padmé Amidala (Peasant Disguise) (VC33)

The Vintage Collection Now 50% Off?

Posted by Paul | January 05, 2012 at 09:48 AM EDT |

It appears The Vintage Collection is indeed on clearance, at least at this Walmart in the Maryland area. Special thanks to JTA reader Sjefke for the photos. We didn't scan TVC at our Walmart this morning, but if you stop at your local store, we would suggest seeing what your local Walmart rings them up for... which could be half off! Unbelievable. If this is happening nationally, it makes us believe that The Vintage Collection may be shipping under a different SKU for 2012 to help with purging peg-warmers. Ah, these developments are something else.

Review: Quinlan [Yes I Am In Episode I] Vos - TVC - VC85

Posted by Paul | January 05, 2012 at 01:05 AM EDT |

Thank you for your patience waiting for Quinlan Vos. We know you wanted to see this figure right away, but we wanted to get through a couple of our favorites first. We are plugging through all 12 figures in the incredible The Phantom Menace wave of The Vintage Collection in our Research Droids Reviews and today it's about the one you guys are obsessed with the most.... and for good reason! Our galleries are now a bit bigger so spend some time with us as we, along with the rest of the world, get ready to embrace the 3D release of Episode I! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

New Value Star Wars Items Showing Up At TARGET!

Posted by Paul | January 05, 2012 at 12:05 AM EDT |

JTA reader Joshua M. directs our attention to the $1 bins in the front of the store at TARGET. He's come across some new and very cool items that most Star Wars fans will want to know about. Click through for more!

2012 Ushers In A New Price Hike!

Posted by Paul | January 04, 2012 at 11:03 PM EDT |

You've already heard about the Hasbro price increase. It's true. Movie Heroes will be priced at an insulting $8.99 each and Hasbro has The Vintage Collection priced at an obscene $9.99 each (this means Walmart will sell them for this price - kill us now). I can confirm that when I found The Phantom Menace wave at TARGET at the end of December, they rang up for $8.99. I suppose it's possible that some stores will keep The Vintage Collection at $8.99. We'll just have to see what happens. But I don't think it's good news. Expect a new rant and rave shortly and the Movie Heroes line and what an utter debacle it is.

Online Imperial AT-AT Disassembly Resource?

Posted by Paul | January 04, 2012 at 10:39 PM EDT |

We once saw on a fan site how to put the 2010 SW [SOTDS]/The Vintage Collection Imperial AT-AT back into the box. It was almost like an online manual. A reader of ours needs this tool so he can disassemble his and pack it away for moving. If you are aware of this online source, could you email us please with a link? Thank you!

JTA Facebook Exclusive: Gentle Giant Ltd Darth Maul 2011 PGM Gift

Posted by Paul | January 04, 2012 at 10:25 PM EDT |

Gentle Giant Ltd. has just mailed out their 2011 PGM exclusive gift to members. We're of course running through The Vintage Collection The Phantom Menace wave in our RDRs at the moment, but you can check out this awesome Mini Bust on our Facebook page right now. This is the nicest Mini Bust Gentle Giant Ltd has made in years. Definitely check it out! 2011/2012 are definitely Darth Maul's years!

        

Boba Fett (VC61) Drama Unfolding

Posted by Paul | January 04, 2012 at 07:38 PM EDT |

Thanks to our readers posting non-stop in our Disqus comments, we learned that Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) (VC61) is commanding a hefty premium on eBay. It made us wonder. Why in the world would people be bidding so high for this item while the promotion is still active? Then it dawned on us, thanks to pitiful distribution, collectors are having a devil of a time finding the REQUIRED mail-away forms that MUST accompany ANY 5 basic figures' UPCs. Do you have your Boba Fett? We noticed that some auctions just for the certificate are over $10. This is ridiculous. We hope Hasbro takes notice that something MUST change for the future. We wonder if Hasbro will outlet the remaining supply as we don't expect people to get their hands on these the indended way. Click HERE to see these crazy auctions.

  

Hasbro.com Shows Off TVC Vehicles Shown At NYCC

Posted by Paul | January 04, 2012 at 06:54 PM EDT |

Thanks to our friends at Yakface.com for pointing this out, but you can check out new The Vintage Collection vehicles on Hasbro's website! Click through for the links!

Visual Guide Update - Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise) (VC32) - TVC

Posted by Chuck | January 04, 2012 at 05:40 PM EDT |

Anakin Skywalker makes another appearance in The Vintage Collection, this time sporting his Attack of the Clones peasant disguise. Click below to check out this all-new figure! And, when you are finished there, our Research Droids Review is full of additional details every collector should know!

Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise) (VC32)

Weekly Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | January 04, 2012 at 02:06 PM 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.

Visual Guide Update - Obi-Wan Kenobi (VC31) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 04, 2012 at 01:30 PM EDT |

Next up for The Vintage Collection is Obi-Wan Kenobi. Although a repaint, this release still rates pretty high with us! See him up close in our Enhanced Visual Guide, and then stop by our Research Droids Review to see what we like about this version!

Obi-Wan Kenobi (VC31)

Review: [The Best] Queen Amidala [Of All Time] - TVC - VC84

Posted by Paul | January 04, 2012 at 01:10 AM EDT |

As we continue our 12 day marathon going over the extremely awesome figures from The Phantom Menace wave from The Vintage Collection in our Research Droids Reviews, today's entry is a step above the rest. And quite frankly, it could the best figure in the entire dozen. This is the absolute best likeness of Queen Amidala ever. Hasbro has nailed it. They need to keep reusing this face sculpt over and over until we're sick of it.... which will be never. Our galleries are now a bit bigger so spend some time with us as we, along with the rest of the world, get ready to embrace the 3D release of Episode I! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Visual Guide Update - Zam Wesell (VC30) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 03, 2012 at 06:35 PM EDT |

Wave 4 continues! Check out this all-new version of Zam Wesell! Click below to open our Enhanced Visual Guide, and stop by our Research Droids Review to see what we think of this figure!

Zam Wesell (VC30)

Battle Droid (VC78) Comparison Update

Posted by Paul | January 03, 2012 at 06:32 PM EDT |

You've requested and we're obliging. Some of you have written in asking for comparison pics of the new The Vintage Collection Battle Droid (VC78). Our review has been updated to include four comparison pictures as well as additional pictures of this figure by itself. Click any image below to be take to the revised review. We're not completely on board with this figure, but see why our hesitation is warranted in the review.

   

Star Wars Action News - Episode 327

Posted by Chuck | January 03, 2012 at 06:27 PM EDT |

In the last episode of our year-end retrospective, Jerry, Jay, Steve, Berent, Arnie, and Marjorie take one last look back at 2011 for Star Wars collector., They look at the generalization of Star Wars merchandise, from the housewares to so more T-Shirts than could be worn at a con. They also discuss the final Robot Chicken Star Wars special and their favorite Star Wars acquisition of 2011.

Visual Guide Update - Kit Fisto (VC29) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 03, 2012 at 05:36 PM EDT |

We are eight days into our The Vintage Collection Visual Guide marathon, and we are already kicking off Wave 4 with Kit Fisto! Click below to check out this fan favorite character and then stop by our Research Droids Review for a complete breakdown of this figure!

Kit Fisto (VC29)

A Multiple Choice Quiz For 2012! Clue: Rewind Your Mind One Decade!

Posted by Paul | January 03, 2012 at 01:53 PM EDT |

Which Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure doesn't belong?

Hasbro Provides More Information on January 30th Street Date

Posted by Chuck | January 03, 2012 at 10:56 AM EDT |

Hasbro contacted us to clear up the confusion on their January 30th street date. Click through to see what they have to say...

Review: Anakin Skywalker - TVC - VC80

Posted by Paul | January 03, 2012 at 01:10 AM EDT |

We continue our 12 day marathon checking out all of the figures from The Phantom Menace wave in The Vintage Collection in our Research Droids Reviews. It's time for a Padawan Anakin Skywalker through the eyes of Episode II! This excellent action figure comes with accessories that were only seen in Episode II, but only used by other Padawans that weren't Anakin Skywalker. Are you confused? Don't be. Just click through to learn more! Our galleries are now a bit bigger so spend some time with us as we, along with the rest of the world, get ready to embrace the 3D release of Episode I! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Where In The World Is The Mandalorian Assault Transport?

Posted by Paul | January 02, 2012 at 08:19 PM EDT |

Has anyone found the Mandalorian Assault Transport? We haven't come across it once but samples have appeared on eBay and are commanding quite a bit of money. Entertainment Earth claims their batch is coming in this month. Will this be a highly sought after vehicle soon?

Darth Vader Stunt Actor Bob Anderson Passed Away

Posted by Paul | January 02, 2012 at 07:37 PM EDT |

Stunt actor Bob Anderson who performed lightsaber battle scenes as Darth Vader in the Original Trilogy has passed away. Click through for more information. Special thanks to my sister for bringing it to my attention.

No Maul Belt Issues With Darth Maul

Posted by Paul | January 02, 2012 at 05:28 PM EDT |

Special thanks to new iPhone owner and good friend Jayson Krebsbach from Yakface.com for his keen eye. Jayson let us know that Darth Maul's belt has been assembled backwards on the new The Vintage Collection figure. We have reshot most of our gallery and now have an incredible 44 photos, most of which are all-new showing this figure in its correct form. We also noticed that our camera settings weren't right making Maul's skin a little pink-looking and the blacks a bit faded. That has been cleared up as well. Hey, we rushed this review so you could see this amazing figure ASAP. As they say, "haste makes waste," but things are finally all right in the world now. Enjoy the revised gallery by clicking HERE or any image below!

          

Visual Guide Update - Wedge Antilles (VC28) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 02, 2012 at 02:13 PM EDT |

Wedge Antilles came late to the Wave 3 party due to a delay, but did finally make it in a later Wave 3 assortment. Many collectors are still looking for this figure! Luckily we will see this again soon, but in the meantime you can check him out in our guide below, as well as read all about him in our Research Droids Review!

Wedge Antilles (VC28)

You Won't Believe This Price....

Posted by Paul | January 02, 2012 at 02:01 PM EDT |

Excuse our French, but holy cow! The former Walmart exclusive 2010 Star Wars "Shadow Of The Dark Side" Jabba's Throne "play-set" is $16.99 and in stock at Amazon.com! Special thanks to JTA reader Frank W. for the head's up! (See people, this is why Hasbro will NEVER make play-sets for us again. We don't support the product when it gets initially released. This was plentiful and you all should have bought one at Walmart when it was first released.) Now go and buy this up on Amazon.com so Hasbro doesn't see this clearance price.

Huge Star Wars Collection For Sale!

Posted by Paul | January 02, 2012 at 01:45 PM EDT |

Friend and former Sandtroopers.com staff member Boba Binks is selling his ENTIRE collection. He asked us to pass on the word. Check out what he is parting ways with....

Visual Guide Update - Wicket (VC27) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 02, 2012 at 01:21 PM EDT |

The Return of the Jedi wave just keeps getting better! Check out Wicket below, complete with his cartoon garb, and then see what we think of him (Hint: Five stars!!) in our Research Droids Review!

Wicket (VC27)

Review: Darth Sidious - TVC - VC79

Posted by Paul | January 02, 2012 at 01:03 AM EDT |

We continue our 12 day marathon checking out all of the figures from The Phantom Menace wave in The Vintage Collection in our Research Droids Reviews. It's time for a unique take on Darth Sidious! Our galleries are now a bit bigger so spend some time with us as we, along with the rest of the world, get ready to embrace the 3D release of Episode I! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

You'll Need To Army Build This One Folks!

Posted by Paul | January 01, 2012 at 11:31 PM EDT |

You know you'll want to army build this awesome Bomber Squad clone. He's only coming one per Battle Packs set, so get multiples for $6.99 each, a lot less than the cost of a Battle Packs multipack!

Visual Guide Update - Rebel Commando (VC26) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 01, 2012 at 11:01 PM EDT |

The Rebel Commando was the only figure to get the running-change treatment when re-released on a Revenge of the Jedi card back. Click below to check out the first version released, and then stop by our Research Droids Review for a complete breakdown of this figure!

Rebel Commando (VC26)

Most Of Wave 10 Added To Our RDR Database

Posted by Paul | January 01, 2012 at 10:41 PM EDT |

It seems as if many of you have already figured out how to access the upcoming reviews for The Phantom Menace figures (you sneaky JTA readers, you). If you don't want to wait daily for each review, you can check most of them out now. We're briskly adding them to our RDR database, so if you'd like an advance look at them, click HERE for a list of what's newly added!

     
     

Visual Guide Update - R2-D2 (VC25) - The Vintage Collection

Posted by Chuck | January 01, 2012 at 07:52 PM EDT |

Next up for The Vintage Collection is the redesigned R2-D2, complete with mobile bar! Does the redesign make collectors happy? It didn't warrent five stars in our Research Droids Review, so when you are finished checking out our Enhanced Visual Guide below, stop by and read why!

R2-D2 (VC25)

Happy New Year To All!

Posted by Paul | January 01, 2012 at 06:49 PM EDT |

We're a little late today, but we wanted to keep Darth Maul in the spotlight all day. But we wish all of our readers a very sincere Happy New Year from all of us here at Jedi Temple Archives!! From the rumors, it appears that 2012 might be the best year yet for Star Wars collectors. And we hope that Hasbro confirms that The Vintage Collection will run through 2013 too. Be safe and continue to stick close with us throughout this brand new year!

Review: [The Definitive] Darth Maul - TVC - VC86

Posted by Paul | January 01, 2012 at 04:10 AM EDT |

Happy New Year! A new year means all-new reviews! As promised, here he is (and thank you for your patience)! The long-awaited definitive Darth Maul has been released in The Vintage Collection and what a beauty he is. We begin a 12 day marathon of all the figures in The Phantom Menace wave in our Research Droids Reviews. We have made our galleries bigger and better than ever so spend some time with us as we, along with the rest of the world, get ready to embrace the 3D release of Episode I! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our Disqus 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 e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.


 
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