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June 2012

eBay Flashback: Master Jedi Army-Builder Collection!

Posted by Chuck | June 30, 2012 at 10:07 PM EDT |

OK, the price tag on this auction is laughable, but the collection of pictures this seller has assembled is worth at least checking out the auction! The time it must have taken to assemble this set of 2600+ items!

Our good friend Manny M. comes through big time for us! His friend James found the new USA TARGET exclusive new Special Action Figure sets in their Toys R Us in the Philippines! Yes, we have an actual photo of the all-new Snaggletooth figure and not just a drawing! :) (Special thanks to our friends at Sandtroopers.com for breaking the original story.) Click through to check out this exclusive report from Jedi Temple Archives!

UPDATE: Manny is texting us details on the figures! Click through to see the updates! We need to clarify some of them with him so stand by for more.

FYE: For Your Every Star Wars Need (An Unbelievable Store Report)

Posted by Paul | June 30, 2012 at 03:28 PM EDT |

I have quite a tall tale to tell. Thankfully I have also provided proof for my outlandish claims. Click through if you're interested!

Clone Wars Season 4 To Be Released On October 23!

Posted by Morgan | June 30, 2012 at 03:03 PM EDT |

Get ready! The Clone Wars "The Complete Season 4" is slated for an October 23rd release on both DVD and Blu-ray! Click through for the report.

Set For Stunning! Jaina Solo Bishoujo Statue!

Posted by Morgan | June 30, 2012 at 01:49 PM EDT |

Kotobukiya has introduced their first ever Star Wars Bishoujo statue! Jaina Solo! Click through for the info and high resolution photos!

Kmart Is Consistently Getting The Vintage Collection Wave 13

Posted by Paul | June 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM EDT |

TARGET and Walmart may get a case or two of new figures, but we get the most reports from Kmart. If you're still fortunate enough to have this retail chain near you, they seem to be the most consistent with store finds. Click through for JTA reader Andrew L.'s report!

Review: Star Wars: Battlefront II Clone Pack - TAC - Exclusive

Posted by Paul | June 30, 2012 at 12:08 AM EDT |

Previews came up with a clever way to ensure that two multipack exclusives would sell at the same rate. In order to get one, you had to get the other one too. Here is the much better set of the two, otherwise known as the Star Wars: Battlefront II Clone Pack in our Research Droids Reviews today! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Star Wars: Battlefront II Clone Pack

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | June 29, 2012 at 09:53 PM EDT |

The Brian’s Toys newsletter this week features a great selection of new Sideshow pre-orders. The C-3PO and R2-D2 droid duo are together again in the long waited premium format and the sixth scale Bossk figure is a brand new announcement today! Also new is the Medicom VCD Jawa, which looks more realistic to the movie version than the regular caricatured VCD versions.

A new Darth Vader (Reveal to Anakin Skywalker) bust from Illusive Concepts was recently delivered to us. This is one of the few busts we’ve seen in such great condition, but it still has paint wear to Anakin’s head and does not include the original COA. Overall, nothing is broken and displays nicely (albeit kind of scary, as evident to some Brian’s Toys employees being startled as they turned the corner).

Finally, new Masters of the Universe Classics figures (Horde Prime, Snake Man-At-Arms, and Griffin) have arrived along with the Sideshow 12" Tedn & Nalan.  Check it all out over at Brians Toys.

Brian's Toys

Besides July 4, 2012 marking a very important national holiday in the USA, it also just happens to be the day of our 1,138th Research Droids Review. What a coincidence that Sideshow Collectibles has just shipped out their CC-1138, Commander Bacara 1:6 scale figure just in time so we can celebrate this landmark in style! You can check out a cool sneak peek of this simply brilliant figure on our Facebook page right now, but be sure to come back on July 4th to see this awesome figure in its full glory!

        

Sideshow Collectibles 1:6 Scale Bossk Pre-order is Live!

Posted by Chuck | June 29, 2012 at 01:12 PM EDT |

The Sideshow Collectibles 1:6 Scale Bossk is now available for pre-order... and he is amazing! Click here to place your order!

Five, Five Dollar, Five Dollar Class II Vehicles (And Exclusives)!

Posted by Paul | June 29, 2012 at 06:35 AM EDT |

It seems that the current Star Wars toy line has officially become an epic failure, at least in one local Walmart of JTA reader Paul H. from MA. We reported a while ago to you that many products in The Phantom Menace 3D line have been deleted, and whether or not you reaped any benefits of that depended upon how willing your local Walmart was to use their markdown dollars. But Paul provides proof that a few other things are happening as well. If you are seeing any clearance like this at all, it's a good bet you'll never see the second wave of vehicles inlcuding the Naboo Fighter at your local store. Sad. So very sad. Click through for Paul's report.

Review: Star Wars: Battlefront ll Droid Pack - TAC - Exclusive

Posted by Paul | June 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM EDT |

Previews came up with a clever way to ensure that two multipack exclusives would sell at the same rate. In order to get one, you had to get the other one too. Here is the "not so great" set, otherwise known as the Star Wars: Battlefront II Droid Pack, and in our Research Droids Reviews tomorrow we'll look at the second cooler set. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Star Wars: Battlefront II Droid Pack

Episode 32: Tonight we try to stay positive as we discuss the dismal state of collecting right now and the distribution issues that seem to be the root of it all. Is collecting a dying hobby? Find out as we delve into it with former guests LE and Wraithnine as well as newcomer, and admin of Jedi Temple Archives, Paul Harrison. We want to say thanks to them all for coming on and offering their opinions, theories and conspiracies.

NOTE: We unfortunately had some technical difficulties with echoing in the beginning of the podcast, but it quickly clears up.

A Few Good Sightings - New Stuff Hits Ohio

Posted by Paul | June 28, 2012 at 08:43 PM EDT |

A few more store reports have come in for Ohio. The figures are very sporadic, but we like you to know when there are sightings in this horrific state of distribution.

Here Is Some Drivel To Chew On!

Posted by Paul | June 28, 2012 at 08:35 PM EDT |

JTA pal tsunamijohnny in his typical humorous fashion alerts us to an insane store report. No new product has arrived in his area, but something else did (we'd bet our collection via a return without a receipt – but stranger things have happened).You know you're interested so just click through, (if you don't mind drivel of course).

FYE Once Again The Place To Be!

Posted by Morgan | June 28, 2012 at 06:52 PM EDT |

Having no luck for weeks now at Walmart, Target & TRU in my area, I decided to hit up FYE today. They came through again! Click through for the report!

Sideshow Collectibles Teases One-Sixth Scale Bossk Pre-order!

Posted by Paul | June 28, 2012 at 06:04 PM EDT |

Sideshow teases their next pre-order tomorrow! Bossk one-sixth scale!

Review: Nikto (Skiff Guard) - TVC - VC99

Posted by Paul | June 28, 2012 at 12:05 AM EDT |

What a rewarding figure Nikto (Skiff Guard) is to own! We have been waiting 28 years for his modern counterpart, but he's finally here and an in-depth review awaits you in our Research Droids Reviews today! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Nikto (Skiff Guard)

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | June 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM EDT |

Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about an exciting batch of new preorders, a large batch of new arrivals, and info on a $5,000 store credit giveaway contest!

$5,000 STORE CREDIT GIVEAWAY

'Like' us on Facebook and fill out the quick entry form and you'll be registered to win one of 40+ prizes!  First prize is $1500 in store credit, 2nd prize is $500 in store credit (2 winners) - and there are several other denominations. Check out the details here!

Big Bad Toy Store

Now that we're getting close to the availability of Sideshow's very proud one-sixth scale Boba Fett, they have updated their photo gallery with photos of the actual Boba Fett figure (not the prototype). You should be able to see just how awesome the final product looks, even better than the prototype. Below the image on the left is the updated (production) figure and the smaller right image is the prototype. Look at the shape of the chest armor and how far it extends across the chest now. Look at the paint job differences. And there are many other updates! Click HERE to see Sideshow's updated gallery. Special thanks to JTA reader Jacob K. for giving us the head's up to this cool update!

    

Weekly Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | June 27, 2012 at 12:45 PM EDT |

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

Found! Movie Heroes Wave 3 Arrives At TARGET!

Posted by Paul | June 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM EDT |

JTA reader RC-1998 writes in with a hopeful store report that wave 3 of Movie Heroes has hit TARGET in TN! Click through to check it out! And this isn't another one of our "hack" reports either!

Our friends at Sandtroopers.com reveal another TARGET exclusive Special Action Figure set and this time.... wait for it.... it comes with an all-new Snaggletooth figure (which is actually Takeel and not Zutton which puts another interesting spin on what truly constitutes a "Snaggletooth" action figure).

Review: Mandalorian Assault Transport - TCW [SOTDS] - Vehicles

Posted by Paul | June 27, 2012 at 12:12 AM EDT |

Well here it is, the elusive Mandalorian Assault Transport. Aren't you exhausted by all the distribution woes we're experiencing as collectors? See if this is the vehicle your collection needs in our Research Droids Reviews today! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Mandalorian Assault Transport

Never Say Never: And Not The Awesome Song By Romeo Void!

Posted by Paul | June 26, 2012 at 09:51 PM EDT |

Well, I guess we should never say it can't get worse than it is, because it can. JTA moderator Paul B. writes in with a disturbing report. Click through to see what we uncovered.

Jedi Temple Archives Will Be The Place To Be On July 1st!

Posted by Paul | June 26, 2012 at 09:01 PM EDT |

We've mercilessly teased you for months now and we're happy to report that this is the last one. Come back right here on July 1, 2012 (not that you won't be back before that) for the official release of the Jedi Temple Archives/Hasbro collaborated Special Report. We're really proud to give you this first hand look at some cool behind the scenes stuff amongst many other things. It's been an incredible opportunity so far and we hope you thoroughly enjoy it. Mark your calendars for July 1st! You won't want to miss it!

         
         

For Star Wars fans the countdown to Star Wars Celebration VI (and the Star Wars Action News/Yakface party the evening of the 23rd) is in the final stages, as less than two months from now the largest gathering of Star Wars fans will happen once again in Orlando. But for the presenters and collectible manufacturers, before they can focus on Celebration there is San Diego Comic-Con, the world's largest Sci-Fi and Comics convention. This past week has been rife with exclusive announcements and preorders from companies like Kotobukiya, Gentle Giant, Sideshow, and Hallmark, and on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie run down all that news as well as the first bit of Celebration VI exclusive news.

Carded Clone Commander Fox [Phase II] Samples Hit eBay!

Posted by Paul | June 26, 2012 at 03:54 PM EDT |

Carded Clone Commander Fox (phase II) samples have hit eBay for $29.99 each. Click through and order yours if you're the least bit worried you might miss this one-per-case new figure in the new assortment yet to hit USA stores!

Steve Sansweet: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection Book Update

Posted by Paul | June 26, 2012 at 03:27 PM EDT |

Here is a tiny sneak peek at a page that will be available in tomorrow's Previews book. It contains a little blurb of the new Steve Sansweet book coming out this October that my buddy Dan Curto and I have been involved with. Be sure to keep it here for all the latest updates to this very exciting Star Wars action figure book!

Sideshow Collectibles Premium format C-3PO and R2-D2 Preorder

Posted by Chuck | June 26, 2012 at 01:42 PM EDT |

The Premium Format C-3PO and R2-D2 are available for preorder! Click here to place your order!

Carbon Freeze Me Pieces Arriving!

Posted by Paul | June 26, 2012 at 09:21 AM EDT |

The "Carbon Freeze Me" personalized collectibles are beginning to arrive at collectors' homes. JTA reader Frank shares with our readers his unique piece. Click through for his story!

Mimobot Series 8 Announced!

Posted by Paul | June 26, 2012 at 09:16 AM EDT |

Mimobot announces their Star Wars Series 8 USB Flash Drives! Click through for the announcement!

The Neverending Drama Of The Mandalorian Assault Transport

Posted by Paul | June 26, 2012 at 07:57 AM EDT |

You're probably too disheartened about the Mandalorian Assault Transport at this point to care, but an interesting development has surfaced regarding it. Thought to be released only in Tri-Logo packaging, "American" (Non-Tri-Logo) samples have turned up in Mexico. Is it possible that this "lost" vehicle will indeed see the light of day at discount chains like ROSS and TJMAXX. It's certainly unknown at this stage, but click through and check out the proof yourself. Also, stop by tomorrow as we look at this vehicle in our Research Droids Reviews.

Bounty hunters in any format are usually eaten up by collectors, so how you feel about the Hunt For The Millennium Falcon: Bounty Hunter Pack from The Saga Collection? It was already dated in early 2006 and it's even more dated now, but check it out in our Research Droids Reviews and voice your own assessment! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Hunt For The Millennium Falcon: Bounty Hunter Pack

Awesome Final Jedi Duel Diorama!

Posted by Paul | June 25, 2012 at 01:52 PM EDT |

One of our most favorite diorama makers, Alejandro, sends in his latest work showing off his interpretation of the final Jedi duel at the climax of Return Of The Jedi. Click through to check it out!

Latest TVC Waves Infiltrate Maryland Area

Posted by Paul | June 25, 2012 at 01:07 PM EDT |

New The Vintage Collection figures keep arriving into Walmart. JTA moderator Sjefke came across a wonderful find. I am personally beginning to dislike this man. Just kidding Sjefke.

Do you like AT-ATs? We love them and one we're particularly fond of is the ROTJ-specific version that was released in The Saga Collection as a Toys R Us exclusive. The Endor AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport) is so cool. If you don't have one get it! See it in full resolution in our Research Droids Reviews right now! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Endor AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport)

Odd Ball And Nikto On eBay For Less Than $8 Loose

Posted by Paul | June 24, 2012 at 11:50 PM EDT |

If you're looking for the new Odd Ball (Clone Pilot) or Nikto (Skiff Guard) figures, they're on eBay for less than $8 each loose. Click either thumbnail below for a direct link to those auctions!

   

SWAN Hosts 2nd Annual Star Wars Fan Breakfast!

Posted by Paul | June 24, 2012 at 09:50 PM EDT |

When Lucasfilm ended the Star Wars Fan Club, the long tradition of starting "Star Wars Day" at San Diego Comic Con with the Star Wars Fan Club breakfast went with it. But last year Marjorie and Arnie of Star Wars Action News started a new tradition, the Star Wars Fan Breakfast, and details were just announced for this year's event! There is no cost to go, just pay for what you order, and there will be prizes donated by Star Wars Action News, Sideshow Collectibles, and others! Click through for this year's details!

Mandalorian Assault Transport - Don't Wait For This Thing!

Posted by Paul | June 24, 2012 at 06:41 PM EDT |

You already know the bad news that Entertainment Earth has cancelled pre-orders for the Mandalorian Assault Transport. But more keep showing up on eBay and right now as of this posting there are over a dozen. Not all are "reasonably priced" but bookmark this link and be sure to watch it on eBay. Click HERE to see if you can score one!

Review: Grand Moff Tarkin - TVC - VC98

Posted by Paul | June 24, 2012 at 12:27 AM EDT |

We already know you don't like his soft-goods skirt! But see why Grand Moff Tarkin is still an unbelievable action figure and a necessary purchase for your collection! It's all in our Research Droids Reviews so click through and check it out. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Grand Moff Tarkin

Have The Dreadful Floodgates Opened? TVC Finally Arriving?

Posted by Paul | June 23, 2012 at 08:32 PM EDT |

Well, we have another happy story to share with you. JTA reader Anakin20 has scored a very nice collection of figures. Click through to read his story!

Found! The Naboo Fighter and the newly repainted Republic Fighter Tank have been found as far East as NYC! Click through to find out where JTA reader Ivan C. found them!

Get Savage Opress (Armored) For Less Than $8!

Posted by Paul | June 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM EDT |

Wow! We don't know how we missed this one, but thanks to JTA moderator Sjefke, we have been apprised that the frustratingly difficult to obtain Savage Opress (Armored) is on eBay too for less than $8!

UPDATE: This particular Savage Opress is from the upcoming TARGET exclusive Battle Packs set and comes without the lightsaber. Sorry folks!

It's a JTA Battle Packs set: the Kmart exclusive Jedi Temple Assault (JTA) Battle Packs !! It shocked us all when Hasbro at 2005's SDCC announced that Kmart was getting the best Battle Packs of the year. It was initially tough to track down, but back in 2005, distribution actually "worked" and enough pieces were eventually made to meet demand. Learn about this classic set in our Research Droids Reviews today. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Jedi Temple Assault (Battle Packs)

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | June 22, 2012 at 09:34 PM EDT |

This week's Brian's Toys newsletter features a variety of rare Star Wars collectibles. The highlight of the week is three LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series sets that include the Imperial Star Destroyer #10030, X-Wing Fighter #7191, and the TIE Interceptor #7181. The ultimate series are larger and more detailed than the traditional LEGO sets, which makes them a highly sought-after collector item.

A complete Hamilton Star Wars plate collection has also arrived, which features the complete set of plates released by Hamilton from 1977 to 2004. For the Family Guy and Star Wars collectors, there is a set of 3 production drawings from the Blue Harvest special. The pencil drawings are accompanied with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Last week's featured item was the Vintage Vinyl Cape Jawa graded 85 overall, but it is the highlight to Brian's Toys NEW YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/BriansToys/videos). In the video, hosted by Brian, the Vinyl Cape Jawa is seen in High Definition and is given a breakdown of the beauty of the figure as well as some of it's flaws which justify the grade. Click here to view the video (http://youtu.be/1f6-5PCNNdY).

Get it all over at http://www.brianstoys.com/nl.

Brian's Toys

Sideshow Collectibles SDCC 2012 Bith Band Exclusive Announced

Posted by Chuck | June 22, 2012 at 06:34 PM EDT |

Sideshow collectibles has announced their remaining exclusives for SDCC 2012: Tech Mo'r & Doikk Na'ts Bith Band members. Click through to check them out!

We like a little more visual stimulation before posting rumors, but we're feeling good vibrations about JediDefender.com's latest rumor report about a potential running change AT-ST Driver (currently unknown how it will come) probably because we want to see this more than anything. Click through to continue....

      

More Recently Released Product Straggling To Shelves

Posted by Paul | June 22, 2012 at 05:32 PM EDT |

JTA reader Mike from FL writes in with an encouraging store report. We haven't one of these positive posts in a while folks. Bask in its glory!

Gentle Giant, Ltd. announces the SDCC exclusive Blue Snaggletooth Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure. It's limited to only 2000 pieces, but right now PGMs can pre-order it! Get this classic nostalgic item now! It's awesome at least one licensee has gotten this right. Shame on you Hasbro for not releasing a TVC Blue Snaggletooth before The Vintage Collection's demise.... or maybe it will be announces at SDCC this year. We can only hope!

No New Figures In Stores? Catch Up And Get Them Cheap On eBay!

Posted by Paul | June 22, 2012 at 09:39 AM EDT |

We found some incredibly rare figures as well as some great deals on eBay. Click any link below to be taken to each figure's respective auction. Want that hard to obtain TCW Bossk, but don't want the Slave I and the other pack-in figures? You want Boba Fett in his Kamino fatigues? How about that hard to find Eeth Koth? Or what about the beautifully repainted C-3PO in the Discover The Force Battle Packs? They even have the pee-stained Snowtroopers from 2007's TAC Ultimate Battle Packs set! You can even get the new Movie Heroes Luke Skywalker and Light Up Darth Vader for a fraction of the price - besides, you know you'll never find them in stores! Check them all out!

Bossk  Boba Fett  Eeth Koth  C-3PO (Mos Espa Arena)  Snowtroopers LOT (The Battle Of Hoth) Ultimate Battle Packs
Luke Skywalker (Movie Heroes)  Darth Vader (Light Up)

JTA Facebook Contest Winner Announced!

Posted by Paul | June 22, 2012 at 08:52 AM EDT |

Congratulations to JTA Facebook friend _____ ______ for his winning entry in our 501st Legion Clone Trooper contest! Click through to see who will be receiving 2012's TVC Clone Trooper (501st Legion) (VC60) figure!

Review: Imperial Throne Room - ROTS - Battle Packs

Posted by Paul | June 22, 2012 at 12:05 AM EDT |

The Kmart exclusive Imperial Throne Room Battle Packs set wasn't as nearly as exciting as its case mate (come back tomorrow for that one), so see if you agree with our assessment of it in our Research Droids Reviews today. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Imperial Throne Room (Battle Packs)

We have the skinny on the San Diego Comic Con Bespin Chamber exclusive. Check it out!

Sandtroopers Reveals The Next Two TRU Exclusive Multipacks!

Posted by Paul | June 21, 2012 at 05:03 PM EDT |

Our friends at Sandtroopers.com have packaged images of the upcoming Toys R Us exclusives, the Ewok Pack and Yavin Pilot Pack. I don't know about you, but these are dreams come true for me, especially the Ewok Pack. They're very long overdue if you ask me! Click through for details!

Sideshow Collectibles 1:6 Scale Utapau Airborne Trooper Preorder

Posted by Chuck | June 21, 2012 at 04:46 PM EDT |

It's time to order the awesome Sideshow Collectibles Utapau Airborne Trooper! Click here to secure this!

The Tables Are Turning: Red Is The New Brown

Posted by Paul | June 21, 2012 at 12:36 PM EDT |

Kithaba figures with the red bandana are making more frequent appearances on eBay. We really hope that you listen to us at least sometimes, especially when it involves lining scalper pockets with your hard earned money. We say that with a smile, but bookmark THIS LINK and follow this figure on eBay. You will be able to find one of these variants at a reasonable price someday soon. Trust us! :) Who knows, we'll probably see it in stores and the brown one will become the rare one.

You Wanna See Phase II Commander Fox? We Have An Image For You!

Posted by Paul | June 21, 2012 at 09:57 AM EDT |

We are proud to provide you with the first image of the 2012 TCW Clone Commander Fox in his phase II armor! We assumed this would be the outfit of choice by Hasbro, but now we have the cool proof! Special thanks to our good friend Manny for getting this image to us! Enjoy!

Review: Assault On Hoth - ROTS - Battle Packs

Posted by Paul | June 21, 2012 at 05:57 AM EDT |

Way before The Vintage Collection was even a thought, Hasbro used the vintage AT-AT Commander on the packaging art of the Assault On Hoth TRU exclusive Battle Packs set. Anything Episode V related is cool right? Well how do you feel about this one? Let us know in our Research Droids Reviews today by posting your voice in the discussion. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Assault On Hoth (Battle Packs)

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | June 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM EDT |

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

Big Bad Toy Store

SDCC Exclusive Ralph McQuarrie Stormtrooper Mini Bust!

Posted by Paul | June 20, 2012 at 05:01 PM EDT |

Gentle Giant, Ltd. has just put up for pre-order for all PGMs the SDCC Ralph McQuarrie Stormtrooper Mini Bust. You must be logged into your PGM account to see the images.

Weekly Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | June 20, 2012 at 03:44 PM EDT |

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

Review: Rebel Vs. Empire - ROTS - Battle Packs

Posted by Paul | June 20, 2012 at 12:05 AM EDT |

The Rebel Vs.Empire Battle Packs is another one of those "rough start" multipacks. We think we can prove why you don't need it, unless you're a one-of-everything collector (Darth Vader is unique here). Check it all out in Research Droids Reviews today. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Rebel Vs. Empire (Battle Packs)

See The Evolution Of The Power Droid!

Posted by Paul | June 19, 2012 at 11:00 PM EDT |

Our good friend Jayson at Yakface.com has worked up a gorgeous comparison to show the differences of the various GONK droids already released in the line compared to the new TVC [Special Action Figure Set] Power Droid that is at the moment unofficially confirmed. Click through to check it out!

Nick May Responds To Your 200+ Comments Regarding His Essay!!!

Posted by Paul | June 19, 2012 at 09:02 PM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives posted probably what will go down in history as one of our most controversial essays to date "Why The Phantom Menace Wave Ruined TVC". But now it's time for author Nick May, owner of SongofSalmon.com to reply to your 200+ comments. Click through to see how he responded....

Star Wars Action News Episode 350: Scourge Of The Collector

Posted by Morgan | June 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM EDT |

It's been an interesting week to be a Star Wars collector. Some report new figure finds at Wal Mart and Target, others can't find anything but The Phantom Menace wave. Preorders of the Mandalorian Assault Transport were cancelled, but new San Diego Comic Con and Celebration VI exclusives were teased. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie look at these developments and what it means to be a Star Wars toy collector in 2012.

You're Gonna Choke At How Cool This SDCC Mini Bust Is!

Posted by Morgan | June 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM EDT |

The awesome onslaught of San Diego Comic Con Exclusives is underway! Gentle Giant has just announced the first of their Star Wars exclusives, an amazing mini bust of Admiral Motti! Click through for the report!

Droid Set: Special Action Figure Set Revealed!

Posted by Paul | June 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM EDT |

Sandtroopers.com reveals the next Special Action Figure Set from TARGET. Check it out! It looks like they're using the 2006 TSC R5-D4! Let's hope they make him Episode IV specific with the red panels on the back and not Episode II specific "without" the red panels on the back!!!

Review: Jedi Vs. Separatists - ROTS - Battle Packs

Posted by Paul | June 19, 2012 at 12:10 AM EDT |

The Jedi Vs. Separatists Battle Packs name doesn't make any sense. We challenge you to find a Separatist within it. But that challenge many never come to pass after you read this entry in our Research Droids Reviews because we do our best to explain to you why you don't need this. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Jedi Vs. Separatists (Battle Packs)

Attack Dropship Vs Assault Sub Mystery Revealed!

Posted by Morgan | June 18, 2012 at 07:04 PM EDT |

Remember a few weeks ago when there was some confusion regarding the orders that were placed directly with Hasbro for the Republic Attack Dropship with Clone Pilot vs Republic Assault Sub with SCUBA Clone? Our order has arrived! Click through to find out what we actually got!

JTA Special Report: Why The Phantom Menace Wave Ruined TVC

Posted by Paul | June 18, 2012 at 08:47 AM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives is proud to host the guest commentary of Nick May, owner of SongofSalmon.com. He's a zealous writer who is passionate about Star Wars collecting as any of us. Nick offers his opinion on why The Phantom Menace wave has doomed The Vintage Collection and why it may be the sole reason why all of the other waves are suffering. Will you agree? Will you think he's off base? We think it's brilliant from many perspectives, but be sure to give your two cents in our comments! Click through to read his thoughts....

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

Posted by Paul | June 18, 2012 at 12:05 AM EDT |

It's time for Odd Ball (Clone Pilot), a figure that's the topic in Research Droids Reviews today and a figure you MUST buy. You probably won't find him for the next 6 months, but maybe you can enjoy it vicariously through us for the time being. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Odd Ball (Clone Pilot)

Thanks to one of our avid readers, we presented to you the first visual of the newly documented Luke Skywalker (Lightsaber Construction) variation. You asked for more and we're giving it to you! Click through to see five close-up shots showing off the differences between the first version and the verison now showing up in the Grand Moff Tarkin wave.

Tarkin Wave And Luke Variant Found At Philly FYE!

Posted by Morgan | June 17, 2012 at 04:16 PM EDT |

The Tarkin wave including the Luke Deleted Scenes variant was just found today at the Philadelphia area FYE! Click through for the proof! Happy Father's Day to all of our readers!

JTA Facebook Contest Coming To A Close Shortly!

Posted by Paul | June 17, 2012 at 01:11 PM EDT |

We're down to the last 12 hours! We have gotten some pretty clever captions on our Facebook photo, but can you be more clever? JTA staff member Matthew Frey has donated the “soon to be rare” 2012 TVC Clone Trooper (501st Legion) figure for a contest that is ending soon here at Jedi Temple Archives! Click through to find out how to win this cool Hasbro action figure for your collection. You only have a little bit of time left! Contest ends midnight today!!

501st Legion Clone Trooper Available on Amazon.com

Posted by Chuck | June 17, 2012 at 08:51 AM EDT |

Without knowing future case assortments it's hard to gauge just how hard it will be to track down a figure. The 501st Legion Clone Trooper is one of those tricky figures! For whatever reason Amazon.com seems to be the place to go for TVC lately, even if it is slightly higher than retail (it is at least better than eBay). Get him while you can...

Here is the other 50%! Did you know that Hasbro blamed the performance of The Max Rebo Band (Jabba's Palace Musicians) set as 50% of the reason why they won't update the characters in this musical group? Maddening, isn't it?! Learn about the details of this set in our Research Droids Reviews today. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

The Max Rebo Band (Jabba's Palace Musicians)

More Is Revealed Of Commander Fox!

Posted by Paul | June 16, 2012 at 06:08 PM EDT |

Sideshow reveals a little bit more of their SDCC exclusive one-sixth Commaner Fox figure!

Is It Possible That It Could Get Worse Than This?

Posted by Paul | June 16, 2012 at 01:14 PM EDT |

We have been a little bit down in the dumps lately about the state of collecting, but can you blame us? This is representative of nearly all 7 Walmarts, 5 TARGETs, 6 Kmarts and 5 TRUs in the Philly area. Just a few are overloaded on Movie Heroes wave 1. If there is all of this space available for TVC, why isn't it falling off of the pegs? Even stores that have an overabundance of The Phantom Menace wave have room for more TVC. I am going to go cry in a fetal position now. Be back in a bit.

Admiral Motti Mini Bust Revealed!

Posted by Paul | June 16, 2012 at 01:05 PM EDT |

Our friends at Sandtroopers.com have revealed an Admiral Motti Mini Bust. Click through to see a bigger picture!

Republic Clone Troopers Variant Battle Packs Set Hitting Retail

Posted by Paul | June 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM EDT |

Just as our friends at Yakface.com have reported, the newly named Republic Clone Troopers Battle Packs set is showing up at brick and mortar. Unbelievable that they (whoever "they" are) can get this into stores, but not the last 4 waves of The Vintage Collection (and everything else MIA).

Did you know that Hasbro blamed the performance of The Max Rebo Band (Jabba's Palace Entertainers) set as 50% of the reason why they won't update the characters in this musical group? Tomorrow you'll see the other 50% of the reason. Maddening, isn't it?! Learn about the details of this set in our Research Droids Reviews today. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

The Max Rebo Band (Jabba's Palace Entertainers)

The overall tone today is extremely dreary, but more bad news is coming right now. Entertainment Earth has just cancelled pre-orders for the Mandalorian Assault Transport. But there are still a few "reasonably priced" ones left on eBay. Click HERE to see if you can score one!

UPDATE: Well, news has spread fast. The only ones left on eBay now are very expensive. Best of luck to you all as new auctions make their way to eBay for this product.

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | June 15, 2012 at 09:17 PM EDT |

Vintage-Style Wave 13 (the set has Starkiller, Shae Vizla, Oddball, General Tarkin, and Nikto) has landed at Brian's Toys. The case came packed with Darth Malgus, so there may be a few of him in stock as well.

A Darth Vader Legend Edition Helmet from eFX has also been acquired.  This Helmet is limited to 250, and differs from it's Limited Edition counterpart because it retains the dings and scrapes from the original movie helmet prop.  The Limited Edition has those defects removed.  This piece was made to be rare and is currently home to about 249 collectors.

Brian's Toys has also been receiving large shipments of older discontinued Star Wars toys from action figures to vehicles to even Master Replicas!  Visit the site and check out as many sections as you can, because it seems like every action figure imaginable has been restocked! Click through to http://www.brianstoys.com or go to http://www.brianstoys.com/nl for the newsletter.

Brian's Toys

VW Young Darth Vader Actor Has Major Surgey

Posted by Paul | June 15, 2012 at 08:10 PM EDT |

The young man who stole our hearts in the VW commercial as "tiny toons" Darth Vader had open heart surgey. Click through for his story at People Magazine!

We're Doomed: No Figures, No Distribution, Hasbro Cares Less

Posted by Paul | June 15, 2012 at 05:25 PM EDT |

All of us have been increasingly deflated over the horrible attention given to The Vintage Collection this year by retail and Hasbro. We're at a loss at who we should be pointing our fingers at anymore to be honest. The greatest packaging and collection of all time is being so incredibly mistreated, it's become egregious at this point. We have called you to action, our readers who post comments have echoed our sentiments exactly, and now JTA reader William W. has taken it upon himself to reach out to contact Hasbro directly. The answers he receives are baffling. We don't claim to know what the answers are anymore, but we do know that squeaky wheels get the grease. (That's how the Gamorrean Guard and Wedge Antilles figures got reshipped.) But I personally find it completely backwards and infuriating that I have purchased the last 15 or so latest TVC figures from the UK with free shipping. Um, Hasbro, do you NOT see a problem with this? Click through to read all about William's experience. He even received a letter from Hasbro on their letterhead. Check it out.

Hasbro just wasn't entirely prepared for The Clone Wars toy line, so they "padded" the line with a few pieces of "related" Clone Wars merchandise, like Anakin Skywalker's Modified Jedi Starfighter, originally from Tartakovsky's Clone Wars micro-series. See the Azure Angel in full detail in our Research Droids Reviews and let us know how well you think the vehicle fits into the line. And has it aged well? Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Anakin Skywalker's Modified Jedi Starfighter

Sideshow Collectibles Teases Chewbacca!

Posted by Paul | June 14, 2012 at 07:57 PM EDT |

Sideshow Collectibles teases CHEWBACCA, of unknown scale! Click through to check it out on their Facebook page, a long overdue character in their lineup! Click through to check out the tease!

Sideshow Collectibles basically lets the cat out of the bag by revealing the left leg of Commander Fox on their Facebook page, a great choice for a SDCC exclusive. Click through to check out the tease!

Two Toys-R-Us Tales Today!

Posted by Morgan | June 14, 2012 at 06:42 PM EDT |

Toys-R-Us may be the place to hit right now as we found 2 exciting things going on there! Click through for the report!

JTA Sideshow Collectibles Commander Cody Winner Announced!

Posted by Chuck | June 14, 2012 at 06:29 PM EDT |

We have a winner for our Sideshow Collectibles Commander Cody giveaway contest! Click through to find out if you won!

JTA wants our readers to support Frank Diorio and his incredible Return to Tatooine diorama, the biggest yet, coming to Celebration VI! Find out how you can help out!

ACME Archives Announces SDCC Exclusive Biker Scout Character Key!

Posted by Paul | June 14, 2012 at 06:17 PM EDT |

ACME Archives comes out of the woodwork to announce a few San Diego Comic Con exclusives coming collectors' way including the brilliant Biker Scout character key! Click through to see what's happening at our favorite artwork company!

Premium Format Captain Rex Is Up For Pre-order!

Posted by Paul | June 14, 2012 at 06:12 PM EDT |

Sideshow Collectibles' Premium Format Captain Rex is [still] up for pre-order!

Sideshow Collectibles Officially Reveals 1:6 Airborne Trooper!

Posted by Paul | June 14, 2012 at 06:09 PM EDT |

We drew your attention to this figure on Sideshow's Facebook page back in April, but now they've officially revealed it! Click through for a sneak peek of the Utapau Airborne Trooper! (It's awesome!)

Walmart Continues To Clearance!

Posted by Morgan | June 14, 2012 at 06:09 PM EDT |

Walmart continues clearancing their Star Wars section and the latest to get marked down are the Titanium Series 3-packs! Click through for the report!

This Is Jedi Temple Archives' 10,000th News Post!

Posted by Paul | June 14, 2012 at 01:57 PM EDT |

This is Jedi Temple Archives' 10,000th news post! We just wanted to take a moment to bring your attention to this landmark we've reached and to thank you for being part of this fun and exciting journey. We so very thankful to you for checking in with us daily and we want you to know how integral you are to our site. And to those of you who have been rocking it out in our comments module we give extra special thanks to you! Keep the fire burning!

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Luke Skywalker (Lightsaber Construction) Variation!!!

Posted by Paul | June 14, 2012 at 01:52 PM EDT |

Eagle-eyed collectors should be able to see the running change in the thumbnail below immediately. But if you can't, click through to see the latest in Hasbro's ling list of neverending variations in The Vintage Collection! Special thanks to JTA reader Matthew from KY for brining this to our attention!

Kithaba with the red bandana hits eBay. Are you ready to laugh?! People, this will be available in future case assortments with the red bandana. Why are you freaking out?

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | June 14, 2012 at 06:56 AM EDT |

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

Big Bad Toy Store

How many Trade Federation Armored Assault Tank (AAT) vehicles do you think we'll get from Hasbro before the line ends? Maybe we shouldn't ask that question. See The Clone Wars version, which is very similar to the one released in the The Battle Of Christophsis Battle Packs set. Check it out in today's Research Droids Reviews and see why you may need it! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Trade Federation Armored Assault Tank (AAT)

Darth Malgus In Stock at Amazon.com... This time He's $12.99!

Posted by Chuck | June 13, 2012 at 06:39 PM EDT |

Darth Malgus is back on Amazon.com and this time for $12.99! If you missed out the first time then don't wait! A big thanks to JTA reader Chad Esquivel for the info!

UPDATE: SOLD OUT at the $12.99 price already!

Weekly Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | June 13, 2012 at 05:48 PM EDT |

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

JTA Facebook Contest! Win A 501st!

Posted by Matthew_Frey | June 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM EDT |

JTA staff member Matthew Frey has donated the “soon to be rare” 2012 TVC Clone Trooper (501st Legion) figure for a contest starting NOW right here at Jedi Temple Archives! Click through to find out how to win this cool Hasbro action figure for your collection.

      

The "big" Battle Packs of 2008 weren't nearly as cool as the 2007 30 (77-07) sets, but The Battle Of Christophsis has some good points to it. If you're curious what they are, then hop on over into our Research Droids Reviews and find out! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

The Battle Of Christophsis (Battle Packs)

Star Wars Action News Episode 349: $600 Of Meh

Posted by Morgan | June 12, 2012 at 05:25 PM EDT |

Star Wars collectibles may be coming in a trickle, but the news is fast and furious, and on this week's Star Wars Action News Marjorie and Arnie have a round-up of the hottest Star Wars toys and tchotkes. From iPhone cases to ice cube trays to SDCC exclusives, it's all on this week's podcast along with another UK report from Steve the Gingerprice from Collectormania 18!

$16.53 UK Darth Malgus Figures Arrive In USA!

Posted by Paul | June 12, 2012 at 11:28 AM EDT |

Those $16.53 Darth Malgus figures from the UK are starting to arrive in US mailboxes. Click through for JTA reader StudlyDudly's report....

Review: STAP Attack - TAC - Battle Packs (Exclusive)

Posted by Paul | June 12, 2012 at 07:54 AM EDT |

Here is a not so wonderful Battle Packs set from the 30 (77-07) line. The STAP Attack was a desperate attemot to reuse 1998 parts and make them "new: again, but screen inaccurate. We challenge you to find the characters in this Battle Packs set in Episode II. You'll find some, but not others. Check it out in today's Research Droids Reviews. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

STAP Attack (Battle Packs)

It's been officially released as an exclusive at EntertainmentWeekly.com! The Season 5 The Clone Wars trailer is available to view! Check it out!

eBay Flashback - DT (Double Telescoping) Craziness

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

Vintage collectors know all about the infamous double telescoping, or DT, versions of Luke Skywalker, Ben Kenobi and Darth Vader. While Luke is the most common of the three, Darth Vader and Ben Kenobi can be found on eBay from time to time as well. We've found a few interesting auctions if you are curious about these super-rare variations. Currently, there is a nice loose Darth Vader available, as well as quite a few Luke Skywalkers (both AFA and non-AFA). You can also marvel at the crazy price-tag a carded DT Luke Skywalker commands. And, if you are interested in filling these holes in your collection you can find some very nice reproduction sabers too. We don't normally condone reproduction accessories, but in the case of the highly expensive DT sabers, we make an exception. Check out all the auctions below, and click here for a search of all things DT! As usual, buyer beware if there is not a COA with high-priced items like these!

      

An In-Depth Look At The MTT Out Of The Box!

Posted by Paul | June 11, 2012 at 08:28 AM EDT |

OK, here we go! The teases are over! We have got a great "opened box" look for you of the MTT as well as great commentary on the details of this vehicle! JTA reader Manny M. comes through big time for us so we can share the contents of the box with you! Click through for a complete report!

Review: Treachery On Saleucami - TAC - Battle Packs

Posted by Paul | June 11, 2012 at 12:02 AM EDT |

The 2006-2008 spanning 30 (77-07) line makes us feel homesick, if that's possible. You see, it was an era we loved living in and Hasbro really showed us the stuff they were made of with brilliant multipacks, an exciting (and available) basic figure line, and many other special "Star Wars" things. In today's Research Droids Reviews we look at one fine example of Hasbro's clever ingenuity as we talk about the Walmart exclusive Treachery On Saleucami Battle Packs set. See why it has remained relatively ageless even today. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Treachery On Saleucami (Battle Packs)

It's All About The DS .. And We Don't Mean Death Star!

Posted by Morgan | June 10, 2012 at 03:38 PM EDT |

We got a case of figures direct from the big H and it included a nice mixture of Waves 12 & 13. (We won't mention the Qui-Gon that was part of the assortment yet). Some very interesting things were going on in this case. Especially with the date stamps! Click through for the report!

We have a small update for you! Our friends in the Philippines, Manny and Earl have shot some rough preliminary photos of the MTT out of the box to whet your whistle. Better photos are coming, but click through to get a cool sneak peek! They also clue us in on an interesting assembly of parts!

UPDATE: A new video has been added to this report showing off the MTT and its features!

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | June 10, 2012 at 09:09 AM EDT |

This week sees a nice selection of vintage R2-D2 figures from Popy to Habert to Takara! Also, check out some of the price reductions on select vintage figures.

A PROTOTYPE Micro Collection Millennium Falcon is also for sale. This item will be a must-have for collectors looking for the rarest Star Wars collectibles.

For more Star Wars including recent restocks and a new Sideshow "Hunt for the Jedi" Diorama visit Brian's Toys.

Brian's Toys

If you have been reading our Research Droids Reviews for a while now, you probably remember us taking a look at The Legacy Collection's Jedi Training On Dagobah Battle Packs set and noting how different it was from its original release. Well, today we're looking at that first "phase I" version of it from the 30 (77-07) line, which is quite different. Heck, it even contains a completely different figure! Click through to update yourself on the TAC Jedi Training On Dagobah Battle Packs set this time, and look for links where you can see a side by side comparison that highlights the differences between the 2007 TAC and 2008 TLC versions! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Jedi Training On Dagobah (Battle Packs)

Breaking News! MTT Hits Retail! Check Out This First Report!

Posted by Paul | June 09, 2012 at 02:17 PM EDT |

We have the first MTT store report to share with you! But unfortunately it's not in the USA. Our friends in Manila, Philippines have alerted us that the Trade Federation MTT (Multi Troop Transport) has arrived and they have sent us a few images, including a comparison shot so you can see the box size differences to other larger vehicles, for your vieweing pleasure. Click through to check it out! Special thanks to JTA readers Earl and Manny for sharing this report with us!

Review: Jedi Vs. Sith - ROTS - Battle Packs

Posted by Paul | June 09, 2012 at 12:22 AM EDT |

Here is one of our most favorite Battle Packs Hasbro ever created, the Jedi Vs. Sith set. We won't be able to explain why we are able to look the other way when it comes to figures that come without super articulation and also have action features incorporated int them, but Research Droids Reviews does its best to explain it. Besides, this is the only way to get the awesome Tartakovsky "Yavin IV" interpretation of Anakin Skywalker. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Jedi Vs. Sith (Battle Packs)

A Bigger And Better View Of The TVC Scout Walker (AT-ST) Vehicle

Posted by Paul | June 08, 2012 at 06:56 PM EDT |

The Toy Palace has listed new merchandise on their website and they have a larger picture of the Scout Walker (AT-ST) to view. Click through to see it or click on the thumb to be taken to their website.

See A Truly Behind The Scenes Look At Return Of The Jedi!

Posted by Matthew_Frey | June 08, 2012 at 11:13 AM EDT |

A friend of ours passed along this YouTube.com video. We suggest you stop what you're doing and check it out if you haven't yet. It's a bootleg documentary of the actual filming of multiple scenes from Return Of The Jedi complete with cuts and retakes. It's amazing. (Yes, that's Boba Fett on a string in the thumbnail below.)

Review: Clone Attack On Coruscant - ROTS - Battle Packs

Posted by Paul | June 08, 2012 at 12:02 AM EDT |

Did you know that there is an unspoken variation to the 2005 Revenge Of The Sith Clone Attack On Coruscant Battle Packs set? Did you know it involved a completely different fifth figure. If you don't know about this, check out our Research Droids Reviews to find out! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Clone Attack On Coruscant (Battle Packs)

Sideshow Collectibles have sent out notices for both their one-sixth Clone Commander Bacara (about 2 weeks) and their highly anticipated one-sixth Boba Fett (about 4 weeks). Better get your finances in order so there are no delays in your deliveries.

    

Sideshow Collectibles Hunt for the Jedi Diorama up for Pre-order

Posted by Chuck | June 07, 2012 at 08:57 PM EDT |

The Sideshow Collectibles Hunt for the Jedi diorama is up for pre-order. Click here to check it out!

An Exclusive Post For Bombadgungan

Posted by Paul | June 07, 2012 at 03:46 PM EDT |

This is an exclusive post for JTA moderator Bombadgungan. If you're not Bombadgungan, this post isn't for you. Please do not click through if you are not Bombadgungan!

Kmart's B-wing Fighter Vehicle Soars To New Heights....

Posted by Paul | June 07, 2012 at 03:37 PM EDT |

Here's another "what the heck" moment for you! Every Kmart in our area (we don't know about yours) has put The Vintage Collection B-wing Fighter Vehicle back up to $29.99. Whatever their reason was for marking it as low as $14.99 was short-lived. Let us know if you see something differently at your stores (if there are any left that is)! The shelf tags in our area were never changed to $29.99, but after we scanned this sample, it rang up for $29.99. Click through for more!

Return Of The Imperial AT-AT

Posted by Paul | June 07, 2012 at 03:30 PM EDT |

There's a lot of buzz about a "new" TVC AT-AT, but we've just noticed something in our local TRU stores that you may find a bit interesting! Click through for more!

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | June 07, 2012 at 06:54 AM EDT |

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

Prices Reduced - 4700 items!

We've reduced prices 15% to 20% on over 4700 older items!   We have 40 featured items and the 4700 other items are sorted by discount on our sale menu. You can also just browse your favorite menus and sales prices will be displayed there as well.

Big Bad Toy Store

Review: Duel On Naboo - SW [TPM 3D] - Battle Packs

Posted by Paul | June 07, 2012 at 06:16 AM EDT |

Well, we have another NEW product for you to read about in our Research Droids Reviews today! Another multipack sure to remain controversial for years to come, see if the Duel On Naboo is a Battle Packs set for you. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Duel On Naboo (Battle Packs)

2008's TLC Training On The Falcon Battle Packs: OMG!

Posted by Paul | June 06, 2012 at 02:23 PM EDT |

If you can rewind your mind back to 2008 for a minute, do you remember the Training On The Falcon Battle Packs set? It was created to help "pad" the stunningly gorgeous "Big" Millennium Falcon vehicle that year. While this set was fun from a certain point of view, it really didn't contain the best Hasbro action figures of all time. However, click through for an interesting tidbit we recently discovered with this set.

        

Cool Stuff Continues To Surface At ROSS

Posted by Paul | June 06, 2012 at 01:52 PM EDT |

Cool Star Wars stuff (both Hasbro and non-Hasbro) continues to be found at discount chain ROSS. Clone_Fanatic writes in with an update! Click through to read his report!

Weekly Research Droids Review Recap: "A Week Of Wookiees!"

Posted by Paul | June 06, 2012 at 01:30 PM EDT |

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

Darth Malgus In Stock At Amazon.com For $16.50 With FREE Shipping!

Posted by Paul | June 06, 2012 at 01:02 PM EDT |

Hurry! This is going to disappear quicker than 0.5 past lightspeed! Darth Malgus is in stock at Amazon.com with FREE shipping for $16.50! Special thanks to Scott from Tulsa for the urgent tip!

  

UPDATE: Well, it could only be good for a little while, right? This Amazon.com seller has just DOUBLED the price of Darth Malgus. Oh well. Congratulations if you got your order in before this happened!

Review: Bespin Battle - SW [TPM 3D] - Battle Packs

Posted by Paul | June 06, 2012 at 06:36 AM EDT |

Well, we FINALLY have something NEW for you to read about in our Research Droids Reviews today! Sure to remain controversial for years to come, see how the Bespin Battle makes us smile. Hopefully it will make you smile too. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Bespin Battle (Battle Packs)

Q&A With JTA: Our Thirty-Seventh Column!

Posted by Paul | June 05, 2012 at 08:58 PM EDT |

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

Hot Topics: The sad state of affairs that is The Vintage Collection, Stormtrooper (VC41) and Sideshow Collectibles 1:6 Scale Figure line....

The Clone Wars [blue] Visual Guide Gets Some Updates

Posted by Chuck | June 05, 2012 at 06:53 PM EDT |

We've still been working hard behind the scenes to update our current guides. We want to get all of our Enhanced guides out of the Flash format and into the new layout. We just completed work on the The Clone Wars guide. Stop by and check it out. They have also been added to our Visual Guide Search Engine database for easy seach-and-find functionality! Just search for TCW to find all of our updated The Clone Wars guides!

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | June 05, 2012 at 06:22 PM EDT |

Looking to sell part (or all) of your collection? Want to save time and money? Save yourself the hassle and contact Brian's Toys. They will pay top dollar for your toys and collectibles. They have been buying back toys for over 15 years and have recently made big changes to their program to ensure you get more value for your collection than ever before.

Noted highlights: Over 1,500 buylist prices increased, 25% extra trade-in credit, consignment opportunities, and free shipping on the first package shipped (certain restrictions apply).

For more details, check out the new buylist section at http://www.brianstoys.com/buying.

Brian's Toys

Sideshow Collectibles Teases One-Sixth Scale Snowtrooper!

Posted by Paul | June 05, 2012 at 01:24 PM EDT |

Yes! This is an answer to prayer! Sideshow Collectibles "teases" a one-sixth scale Snowtrooper. Click through to check out more!

    

The Vintage Collection Wave 5 Making More Appearances....

Posted by Paul | June 05, 2012 at 11:09 AM EDT |

Wave 5 of The Vintage Collection is beginning to make its way to specialty shops now besides just eBay. Could online shops be next? JTA friend Darth Eddie shares some quick pics of his local find. Click through to check it out!

Review: "A Week Of Wookiees!": Wookiee Heavy Gunner - III 68

Posted by Paul | June 05, 2012 at 12:10 AM EDT |

JTA has reached the last entry in the Research Droids Reviews "A Week Of Wookiees" marathon! And we sort of saved the best for last. Let's look at one of the better Wookiees from the Revenge Of The Sith line, the Wookiee Heavy Gunner figure! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Wookiee Heavy Gunner

Star Wars Action News Episode 348

Posted by Morgan | June 04, 2012 at 07:29 PM EDT |

Figures are starting to trickle back into stores, with new figures being reported found at Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys R Us. But as reported on last week's podcast, the quickest, most reliable way to get some new figures at close to retail were to order them from Amazon.com. Arnie and Marjorie ordered a handful of new Star Wars Vintage figures from Amazon including Dr. Evazan, the 501st clone, and Arc Trooper Commander to have some openers.

Review: "A Week Of Wookiees!": Wookiee Commando - III 58

Posted by Paul | June 04, 2012 at 08:26 AM EDT |

JTA proudly continues in our Research Droids Reviews "A Week Of Wookiees"! We are looking at seven Wookiees from the Revenge Of The Sith line. Let's see how well they've held up. Next up is one of the better Wookiees from the Revenge Of The Sith line even if he is a Hasbro concept: the Wookiee Commando figure! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Wookiee Commando

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | June 04, 2012 at 06:38 AM EDT |

Collectors should be scrambling for the new 12-Back vintage AFA figures over at Brian's Toys.  Be one of the lucky few to get the extremely hard-to-find Han Solo 12-Back Large Head graded AFA 90!  Other characters include Princess Leia, Death Squad Commander, Darth Vader, and more.

Submit a pre-order for the next Vintage-Style Wave 14 figures, which come in regular vintage-style and a new retro-style packaging. Or order the new Licensed Artwork from artists Steve Thomas and Christian Waggoner. 

For more of the latest Star Wars collectibles, visit http://www.brianstoys.com/nl.

Brian's Toys

Curto Burns Podcast! Their Very First Show!

Posted by Paul | June 03, 2012 at 01:27 PM EDT |

We’ve heard you missed them, so they're back! Dan Curto and James Burns are back in the saddle again with an all-new podcast, picking up right where they left off. Listen in to the first show at their new home, complete with the latest news and reviews. They check in with show regular guest Steve Sansweet from Rancho Obi-Wan to get the inside scoop on his latest action figure book, Justin LaSalata gets collectors excited for the Celebration VI exclusive collectibles, and Fanboys director Kyle Newman stops by for his feedback on The Vintage Collection Ben Quadinaros action figure he made possible; plus, find out how to get a signed figure in their first-ever contest! It's all part of the first official Curto Burns Collectors Cast!

JTA proudly continues in our Research Droids Reviews "A Week Of Wookiees"! We are looking at seven Wookiees from the Revenge Of The Sith line. Let's see how well they've held up. Next up is the Wookiee Warrior [Brown] figure! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Wookiee Warrior [Brown]

We all have tons of gorgeous figures we want to display but the cost of glass cases is typically expensive. Ikea of Sweden has an affordable option! Click through for the report! You may find both the price and prevalence of their use in our community quite shocking!

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! A Variant Gammy!

Posted by Paul | June 02, 2012 at 11:39 PM EDT |

OK, before your blood pressure goes through the roof, please just relax and breathe. This isn't a huge breaking news story. It's not even really a big deal. But the "reissued" Gamorrean Guard from the 2012 assortments is technically "different" from the 2010 version. The ONLY difference we see is on its head sculpt. On the 2012 version, the portrait has an obvious sheen (almost a gloss) to it. The 2010 version does not and instead appears flat or matte. We think this tiny revision makes the pig guard look better. Their skin did appear a little slimy on screen, especially with all of that slobber! Our cameras can't really pick up the differences that well, but you can still see them a little bit nonetheless. It's more obvious looking at them with your own eyes in person. So, that being said, if you're still interested, please click through to see the comparison!

It seems that there will be a lifelong dramatic relationship between collectors and Wedge Antilles. Right now, the reissue appears to be harder to find than the original figure. And if you can find it, there is no guarantee how it is going to arrive. Scott from Tulsa gives us a story you'll want to hear. (It's unreal the lack of respect this figure has received. Going forward Hasbro, just release figures as they are planned originally instead of pulling them out of the line last minute to tweak. The Wedge pack-in figure from the TARGET exclusive X-wing was fine. And we all would have had him in our collections 2 years ago. Click through for this story!

El Salvador Turns Back Time For Star Wars Collectors There!

Posted by Paul | June 02, 2012 at 10:55 PM EDT |

JTA reader Gemini from El Salvador gives us an update on the crazy clearance prices and the return of "old" hard to find product hitting his country. You may remember his earlier report, so now check out the latest scoop. Click through for this new report!

Good And Bad News, But Mostly Good

Posted by Paul | June 02, 2012 at 10:42 PM EDT |

JTA reader Joe M. writes in with mostly good news (and one bit of bad news), but It seems like the new figures are really starting to reach various parts of the country in much heavier numbers. Click through for his report!

There Is Another.... Galactic Battle Game Action Figure Stand

Posted by Paul | June 02, 2012 at 10:28 PM EDT |

Has anyone else noticed the Galactic Battle Game beige stands coming in the new Star Wars stuff like the latest wave of The Clone Wars figures, or the new Battle Packs are now a different color? They've gone from a flat beige solid to a shiny, glimmery and marbled metallic look. The attached picture isn't the greatest, but we just wanted you to be aware that the stand are now looking differently all of a sudden. Special thanks to JTA reader Bailey for providing us with this quick snapshot.

Sideshow Collectibles 1:6 Scale Commander Cody Give Away Details

Posted by Chuck | June 02, 2012 at 08:20 AM EDT |

Ready to win a free Commander Cody 1:6 scale figure? Click through for all the rules!

Review: "A Week Of Wookies": Wookiee Warrior [Tan] - III 43

Posted by Paul | June 02, 2012 at 12:14 AM EDT |

JTA proudly continues in our Research Droids Reviews "A Week Of Wookiees"! We are looking at seven Wookiees from the Revenge Of The Sith line. Let's see how well they've held up. Next up is the Wookiee Warrior [Tan] figure! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Wookiee Warrior [Tan]

Kathleen Kennedy To Succeed George Lucas At Lucasfilm

Posted by Paul | June 01, 2012 at 06:51 PM EDT |

Kathleen Kennedy will succeed George Lucas at Lucasfilm, Ltd. Click through for the details of the announcement.

Vintage Figure Reports Keep Pouring In!

Posted by Morgan | June 01, 2012 at 05:32 PM EDT |

On the heels of Mark's amazing report below .. I had been following up on the tip about FYE from our earlier story here and swung by FYE during a huge toy run in southeast Michigan today. Lucky I did! Click through for the second report of new vintage figures hitting the midwest!

1:6 Scale Darth Vader With Removable Helmet Revealed!

Posted by Paul | June 01, 2012 at 04:50 PM EDT |

Sideshow Collectibles reveals their one-sixth scale Darth Vader with removable helmet figure with Sebastian Shaw likeness! Click through to check it out up close!

New The Vintage Collection Continues To Infiltrate Midwest

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

JTA reader Mark writes in with an incredible find in Iowa. Man, I am really starting to envy you mid-western people! Click through for his store report!

It's official folks! The fifth 2012 wave of The Vintage Collection has hit eBay!

1313: All Is Revealed

Posted by Paul | June 01, 2012 at 09:21 AM EDT |

LucasArts reveals 1313! Click through to check it out Could this mean more action figures based on a video game? Probably!

Review: "A Week Of Wookiees": Wookiee Warrior - Sneak Preview

Posted by Paul | June 01, 2012 at 09:05 AM EDT |

JTA proudly continues in our Research Droids Reviews "A Week Of Wookiees"! We are looking at seven Wookiees from the Revenge Of The Sith line. Let's see how well they've held up. Next up is the Sneak Preview Wookiee Warrior! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via e-mail if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Wookiee Warrior (Sneak Preview)

New Star Wars Cases In Stock At HasbroToyShop.com!

Posted by Paul | June 01, 2012 at 07:54 AM EDT |

New The Vintage Collection and The Clone Wars cases are in stock at HasbroToyShop.com as of this posting. Act fast if you want to secure them! TVC assortments with Nom Anor and the Gamorrean Guard and TCW assortments with SCUBA Ahsoka are available. Special thanks to JTA moderator The_Question for the head's up!

GONK!

Posted by Morgan | June 01, 2012 at 06:21 AM EDT |

Our friends at Galactic Hunter just reported Gentle Giant will be releasing a Jumbo Vintage Kenner Power "Gonk" Droid in 4th Quarter of 2012, as mentioned in the July issue of Star Wars Insider! This one is definitely a fan favorite and we're wondering if the legs will make that cool clicking sound!


 
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