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February 2013

Tim Curry Joins The Clone Wars!

Posted by Paul | February 28, 2013 at 09:11 PM EDT |

Tim Curry joins The Clone Wars as Senator Palpatine/Darth Sidious! The Huffington Post has the story. Special thanks to JTA reader Mike T. for alerting us to this latest development! Click through for more!

DaGeDar Star Wars: An Exclusive Look For You!

Posted by Paul | February 28, 2013 at 07:18 PM EDT |

Forget Fighter Pods. Forget Jedi Force. DaGeDar Star Wars have reached out to Jedi Temple Archives and asked to present our readers with what is sure to be the latest game craze for younglings! Check out the new DaGeDar Star Wars Game! This game is being test-marketed in the Phoenix area at TARGET and TRU. Check out four AWESOME commercials of the games after the jump. The national launch of this game is Fall 2013, so be one of the first to see it now! We have to admit that we're impressed! DaGeDar Star Wars will also be sending us advanced samples of some of the product and once we receive it we will be showcasing it here as well! Click through to see all of the coolness that is DaGeDar Star Wars!

  

The Deleted Scenes Wave + Darth Maul For A Song And A Dance

Posted by Paul | February 28, 2013 at 05:52 PM EDT |

If you listen to only one thing I say this year, listen to this. I just scored the Deleted Scenes wave plus Darth Maul for $24.24 (which in my case includes local PA state tax). This means that I paid a pitiful $4.04 for each figure (tax included). Call you local TRU. Find out when the trucks are arriving. And call first thing that morning and ask them if anything has arrived that suits your liking. That's what I did. Click through to see my beautiful score. Remember, this Buy One for $4.99, get a second for $2.50 only lasts through March 16.

Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi - OTC - OTC #15

Posted by Paul | February 28, 2013 at 09:36 AM EDT |

A good figure tends to remain a good figure, no? 2000's POTJ Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi gets a slight paint job revisiting as well as a name change and was released as Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Original Trilogy Collection. See him 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | February 27, 2013 at 07:39 PM EDT |

Here is a quick update about a bunch of cool new preorders and the latest arrivals from Big Bad Toy Store.

Big Bad Toy Store

Hasbro Finally Makes The Official Statement We Never Wanted To Hear

Posted by Paul | February 27, 2013 at 05:40 PM EDT |

Our friends at JediDefender.com have received official word from Hasbro regarding the fate of 2013 "Yoda" The Clone Wars and Movie Heroes line. We'll let them tell you! Click the image below to be taken over there.

Begun, The End Of The Clone Wars Has?

Posted by Paul | February 27, 2013 at 05:35 PM EDT |

JTA reader Anthony D. directed our attention to a very interesting petition site to save The Clone Wars. We weren't aware of many of the details posted here. It seems as if the fate of the show is grimmer than what even we expected. Hopefully it's all not a lot of hype, but we think many of the facts are well-founded. They certainly have done their homework. Click through for some details about what this petition is about and see if you want to help make a difference!

Kmart Clearance Update: LEGO Details

Posted by Paul | February 27, 2013 at 05:26 PM EDT |

JTA reader James S. from North Dakota sends in a nice update regarding the Kmart clearance first reported here. Click through for details!

The Force Within Us Movie And Red Carpet Premiere!

Posted by Paul | February 27, 2013 at 05:15 PM EDT |

The time has finally come! The long awaited highly anticipated follow up to THE FORCE AMONG US will be released in March! Click through for details!

Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | February 27, 2013 at 02:38 PM EDT |

Click through for our Research Droids Reviews recap and see what recent reviews you may have missed,

Gentle Giant 2013 Premier Guild Membership Gift Options Announced

Posted by Chuck | February 27, 2013 at 08:48 AM EDT |

Gentle Giant sends out their yearly Premier Guild Membership solicitation with, as usual, a health dose of Star Wars as their free gift options. Click through for a look at what you can choose from this year, including another nod to Vintage with a unique Jumbo Figure offering!

    

Review: Darth Vader - OTC - OTC #29

Posted by Paul | February 27, 2013 at 06:27 AM EDT |

Does anyone find it humorous that a Darth Vader figure is deemed a "Hoth" version because of the snow accumulation on his boots? We do. See this Episode V specific version of him 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

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Sponsor Announcement: Lynx Collection Original Poster Art

Posted by Chuck | February 26, 2013 at 07:36 PM EDT |

If you are looking for some great pop culture art make sure to stop by The Lynx Collection. We've showcased many of their Star Wars art sets over the past few months, but if you want to see what other art they have to offer make sure to click through for a preview, and stop by their site for a full lineup. While you are there you can use the coupon code THEFORCE to get 20% off of your order. Walking Dead fans will want to check out their cool TWD series...

Add The Final Wave Of The Clone Wars Figures To Your Collection!

Posted by Paul | February 26, 2013 at 07:34 PM EDT |

Now that there are frequent reports of 2013 The Clone Wars figures hitting eBay (thanks to recent store finds in Canada), these figures should become rather common soon. Bookmark THIS LINK for a daily eBay search so you can watch the prices of figures in an effort to score them for your own collection.

Canadians Dodge A Bullet! 2013 The Clone Wars Hits Parts Of N. America!

Posted by Paul | February 26, 2013 at 06:04 PM EDT |

Our friends at both GalacticHunter.com and Yakface.com have both received reports from Canadian readers that the 2013 The Clone Wars wave of figures are hitting. You are making your American neighbors quite envious. But congratulations! (If you can believe that's not facetious.)

Star Wars In The Real World: This Time Hockey!

Posted by Paul | February 26, 2013 at 01:04 PM EDT |

With special thanks to next door neighbor work buddy Matthew S. for letting me know, check out what Philadelphia Flyer's goalie Ilya Bryzgalov had professionally silkscreened onto his helmet! Click through to check it out!

   

The Clone Wars Animated Line: Adiós Mi Amigo

Posted by Paul | February 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM EDT |

I had intended to hold off a while writing about the disconcerting news that the animated The Clone Wars line is dead. But I accidentally broke my favorite irreplaceable coffee mug last night and it has set me into a very melancholy mood for which I must redirect my anguish elsewhere. Click through for more.

Review: Snowtrooper - OTC - OTC #25

Posted by Paul | February 26, 2013 at 06:06 AM EDT |

When you look back at figures like the Snowtrooper, you wonder how Hasbro was ever able to cost things out. Figures like this will never see the light of day again. See what we mean 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Snowtrooper

Another Spy Report: More Kmart Clearance - The Stuff You Asked About!

Posted by Paul | February 25, 2013 at 08:15 PM EDT |

We have received some additional intel regarding Kmart clearances. Thanks to our spies, we just helped you score great deals on the Scout Walker (AT-ST) vehicle. This spy report is a little more gray than the Scout Walker report, but we're hopeful that it will pan out in all of our favor. Now check out what else we have learned. (Two-packs anyone?) Click through if you're interested!

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | February 25, 2013 at 07:59 PM EDT |

There are some great deals at DorksideToys this week! Click through for the latest news!

Up Close And Personal With The Vintage Kenner Rancor Prototype

Posted by Paul | February 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM EDT |

Are you curious to learn about the inner workings of the Kenner Rancor? Our friends at ToyzMag.com have a great article (a translation by friend Julien M. follows if you click on this article title above) that shows all this and more! Take a look at this rare appearance of a prototype rancor!

The 2013 TCW Lot Has Sold - Individual Figures Still Available

Posted by Paul | February 25, 2013 at 09:46 AM EDT |

Wow, that auction we posted yesterday has sold! The seller still has individual figures listed. Click the image below to see what he has left!

Review: R2-D2 (Commemorating 60 Years Of Excellence) - ARTFX+

Posted by Paul | February 25, 2013 at 09:15 AM EDT |

In December of 2012, Kotobukiya sent out a gift to its retail partners and select media outlets to celebrate their brilliant 60 years of service. Even though Star Wars hasn't been around for 60 years (yet), they chose R2-D2 to be the icon of their excellence. Click the banner below to see our thoughts on R2-D2 (Commemorating 60 Years Of Excellence) anniversary piece in our Research Droids Reviews and be sure to check out our earlier Visual Guide entry on this piece 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

R2-D2 (Commemorating 60 Years Of Excellence)

Exactly A Year To The Day They Finally Arrive!

Posted by Paul | February 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM EDT |

We would think you're crazy should you still feel this way, but if you still have any doubts of how screwed up 2012 distribution was, just look at what JTA reader Brian R. found in Arkansas yesterday. Clue: Their original intended street date was February 2012! Click through for his report.

The Final (and USA Canceled) Animated 2013 The Clone Wars Line Hits eBay

Posted by Paul | February 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM EDT |

Are you looking for the cancelled 2013 The Clone Wars figures? This final wave of the animated The Clone Wars line) has hit eBay, but the price may offend you. Click through to check it out! Special thanks to friend Salim for bringing this auction to our attention.

$3.75 The Vintage Collection Figures?!

Posted by Paul | February 24, 2013 at 09:57 PM EDT |

With thanks to JTA reader Frank C., if you go to ToysRUs.com, you'll notice that The Vintage Collection figures are on sale for Buy One Get One at 50% (but they are still on sale for $5.00 each!) which makes them an unbelievable $3.75 each! You may want to check to see if the same thing is happening at the brick and mortar level. (If we have any readers who work there, please give us an update). We will be checking this out tomorrow as well. The greates hits figures from The Vintage Collection are imminently arriving, so this is a deal all of us should take advantage of – there will not be a better price for TVC ever!

Scout Walker Reports Galore!

Posted by Paul | February 24, 2013 at 09:42 PM EDT |

We have received a ton of successful store reports of our wonderful readers finding the TVC Scout Walker (AT-ST) for as low as $10.50. ($15.50 was the average price.) We're hapy so many of you have found these deals. Stuff like this doesn't happen all too often any more. Thanks to all those who gave us store find feedback!

Review: Stormtrooper - OTC - OTC #16

Posted by Paul | February 24, 2013 at 12:07 AM EDT |

The 1999 POTF2 Comm Tech Stormtrooper was the start of collector-focused Stormtrooper action figures. It was revised and released a couple of times after the POFT2 release. But it wasn't until 2004's OTC #16 release that the Stormtrooper looked its best, and that was all thanks to its packaging. Read our commentary 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

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Spy Report: Kmart 50% Off Of Clearance Begins Tomorrow!

Posted by Paul | February 23, 2013 at 09:30 PM EDT |

We have just received an advanced spy report that beginning tomorrow (Sunday), Kmart is placing all remaining Star Wars clearance items 50% off their current price. This includes the AT-ST, Class I ships and the Class II TVC vehicles! There might be more too depending upon your area.

UPDATE: Wow! So glad so many of you are still reading! (That's a joke.) I have received texts, emails and even phone calls thanking me today for so many people able to find a TVC for under $16. You're welcome. But say thanks by keep checking our daily news here at JTA! :) You never know what tidbits of information we'll receive!

Cool Easter Stuff Arriving At TARGET!

Posted by Paul | February 23, 2013 at 06:39 PM EDT |

JTA per diem field reporter Dan Curto sends us some great images of new Easter product arriving at TARGET. Admittedly, the stuff is pretty cool. Click through for his report.

The Ten Newly Shown TESB Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures Up Close!

Posted by Paul | February 23, 2013 at 06:25 PM EDT |

Some of you wanted to see up close shots of the new Gentle Giant Ltd. Jumbo Vintage Kenner figures. So we have taken close-ups for you and have blown them up for you as big as we could before they became too distorted. If this isn't a reason for renewed interest in this line, we're not sure what is. All ten new releases are from The Empire Strikes Back. This gives us great expectations to see Return Of The Jedi figures next. Imagine 12 inch Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight Outfit), Princess Leia (Boushh Disguise) and Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise). And this may be a fantasy, but could you imagine a Jumbo Vintage Jabba's Playset? We will freak if that is in their plans! These figures are awesome! Click through for the close-ups.

        
        

Review: Gamorrean Guard - Jumbo Vintage Kenner (2012 PGM Exclusive)

Posted by Paul | February 23, 2013 at 12:03 AM EDT |

After a collector-forsaken Hasbro presentation at Toy Fair (OK, that's a bit harsh), it's nice to know that Gentle Giant Ltd. still knows how cater to and is adamant about engaging collectors. See the astounding Jumbo Vintage Kenner Gamorrean Guard with a Special Collector's Coin that is heavy enough to kill somebody should you be so inclined (please don't be inclined). It's also the first Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure to be released in the classic The Power Of The Force packaging from 1985, something else that Hasbro has chosen to completely ignore. (OK, enough with the Hasbro digs. This is all about Gentle Giant right now.) It's the focus of 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Gamorrean Guard (Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure)

The Vintage Collection: More Work To Be Done There Is....

Posted by Paul | February 22, 2013 at 09:34 PM EDT |

Proving he can always trounce me on any topic, my friend Chris Swanski at BanthaSkull.com has written another brilliant essay; this time on our collective inability to let The Vintage Collection go. As I deal with my own vanquishment, please head over and see what you think about his "alternative suggestion" for The Vintage Collection figures.

Visual Guide Update - Darth Vader - Kotobukiya ARTFX+

Posted by Chuck | February 22, 2013 at 09:00 PM EDT |

Darth Vader (Return of Anakin Skywalker) joins our recent Kotobukiya Visual Guide updates. Click below for a look at a striking 1/10th scale statue, featuring more than a few combinations of poses! You can also read our full review of this collectible in our Research Droids Review!

Darth Vader (Return of Anakin Skywalker) - Kotobukiya

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | February 22, 2013 at 08:54 PM EDT |

A great selection of products have arrived at Brian's Toys! Available now are two new mini busts, Anakin & Sebulba and Han Solo Bespin, new "Protocol Droid" artwork, and two rare loose AFA, a Vinyl Cape Jawa and Lili Ledy Jawa!  The Gentle Giant Jumbo 12" Death Star Droid and the eFX Stormtrooper PCR Helmet are also back in stock.

Check back next week as the Gentle Giant Jumbo Cantina Playset will be arriving, or simply visit the site now to pick up the new Masters of the Universe Jitsu and Ram Man.

To see the complete newsletter, go to Brian's Toys.

Brian's Toys

Gentle Giant Ltd. Reveals New Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures!

Posted by Paul | February 22, 2013 at 08:39 PM EDT |

Gentle Giant Ltd. reveals a ton of new Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures on the "card back" of their awesome The Power Of The Force Gamorrean Guard with Collectors Coin figure. Click through to see the figures up close and check back tomorrow for our RDR on the Gamorrean Guard. (Fans of The Empire Strikes Back should be thrilled with the newly revealed figures!)

UPDATE: Our photo in this article has been circulated without permission. Please remember our photo image use policy folks. Remember to credit whenever you "borrow" images. And if you're curious about what happened, please click through as I have updated the issue in our comments.

Max Rebo: Less Than Meets The Eye?

Posted by Paul | February 22, 2013 at 01:38 PM EDT |

With special thanks to our friends at JediDefender.com for leading us to this article, StarWars.com has a fascinating article on Max Rebo and explains that Kenner/Hasbro got the design of this character totally wrong. This one is a worthy read - trust us! If this isn't reason for Hasbro to address the Max Rebo Band with all-new sculpts (and finally give us the first modern update to the puppet version of Sy Snootles), we don't know what is. Click HERE to read the article at StarWars.com.

Mark Hamill To Reprise Role Of Luke Skywalker?

Posted by Paul | February 22, 2013 at 01:27 PM EDT |

You've probably already heard about Harrison Ford, but it appears that rumors are flying that Mark Hamill has been approached about reprising his role in Episode VII. While you should believe nothing until it's released at StarWars.com, it is certainly nice to dream that this might one day be a reality. The Guardian.co.uk has the latest on this rumor.

Customizing Challenge Update!

Posted by Paul | February 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM EDT |

Awesome prizes continue to be added to the Yakface.com/ImperialShipyards.net customizing contest! If you're a customizer, get on over to see how you can win! These sites are two close friends of ours and the competitions are always a blast. We highly recommend you participating in it. Remember, this unique competition is two create characters based on what they may look like in Episode VII! See if you can win!

Review: Darth Vader (Return Of Anakin Skywalker) - ARTFX+

Posted by Paul | February 22, 2013 at 08:09 AM EDT |

If you thought the ARTFX+ Boba Fett (Return Of The Jedi Ver.) figure was good, then check out Darth Vader (Return Of Anakin Skywalker) in the same line. It's brilliant! See 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Darth Vader (Return Of Anakin Skywalker) (ARFTX+)

Up next for our Kotobukiya ARTFX+ updates is Boba Fett (Return of the Jedi Ver.). Capable of two striking poses taken straight from Return of the Jedi, this 1/10 scale statue is very well done... and at an affordable price. Click below to check out our detailed Visual Guide, and make sure to read our full review from earlier today right here!

Boba Fett (Return of the Jedi Ver.) - Kotobukiya

Sideshow Collectibles Darth Vader - Mythos Pre-order is Live

Posted by Chuck | February 21, 2013 at 03:53 PM EDT |

The incredibly detailed Darth Vader Mythos statue is now available for pre-order at Sideshow Collectibles. Click through to order!

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Review: Boba Fet (Return Of The Jedi Ver.) - ARTFX+

Posted by Paul | February 21, 2013 at 08:03 AM EDT |

Here is a fairly priced high-end collectible for you! The Boba Fett (Return Of The Jedi Ver.) ARTFX+ vinyl statue is excellent. See the item 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Boba Fett (Return Of The Jedi Ver.) (ARFTX+)

Visual Guide Update - R2-D2 60th Anniversary Gift - Kotobukiya ARTFX+

Posted by Chuck | February 20, 2013 at 05:06 PM EDT |

Our Kotobukiya guide received an organizational overhaul this past week, and with that we will be adding a few guides as well. First up is the gold version R2-D2 60th Anniversary Gift, sent out last December by Kotobukiya. Not for sale, this will certainly be highly sought after by collectors! Click below to check out this amazing 1/10 scale golden R2-D2 from their ARTFX+ line!

R2-D2 (Kotobukiya 60th Anniversary Gift) - Kotobukiya

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | February 20, 2013 at 04:38 PM EDT |

Big Bad Toy Store sends in their latest preorder and arrival list. Stop by and see what's new!

Big Bad Toy Store

Review: Snowtrooper - Militaries Of Star Wars - 1:6 Scale Figure

Posted by Paul | February 20, 2013 at 05:59 AM EDT |

Well, Sideshow Collectibles has done it again. Their most authentic (and frankly best) 1:6 Scale Figure has just been released to very happy collectors. The Snowtrooper is definitely a sight to behold. See him in full glory 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Snowtrooper (1:6 Scale Figure)

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | February 19, 2013 at 09:43 PM EDT |

STAR WARS @dorksidetoys.com: We have lots of new stock of the Vintage collection topped up, head on over to the store to see what goodies you may need for that (soon to be gone for some time) Vintage collection! Click through for more!

LEGO introduces the latest from their Ultimate Collectors Series: Red Five X-wing Starfighter. Click through for full details and images of this upcoming set...

BREAKING NEWS: New Hasbro Disney STAR TOURS Packs!

Posted by Paul | February 19, 2013 at 05:05 PM EDT |

Hasbro introduces THE NEW 2013 STAR WARS® Star Tours™ Action Figure Packs from Hasbro! Click through for more!

Review: Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter - SW - Class II Vehicle

Posted by Paul | February 19, 2013 at 05:28 AM EDT |

Sigh. What in the world is Hasbro thinking when it comes to the newly revised approach to Class II vehicles? They might as well just add two simply articulated figures and charge $4 more for it! Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter is next and it isn't any more exciting than the rest in the assortment. Check it out 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter

Star Wars Action News - Episode 382: Toy Fair 2013 Part 3

Posted by Chuck | February 18, 2013 at 08:57 PM EDT |

While Hasbro has held the biggest focus coming out of Toy Fair 2013, there were plenty of other companies presenting and revealing new Star Wars items for 2013. On this episode of Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie report on all the rest, from Kotobukiya with their lines of statues and Bishoujos to Uncle Milton's science-based Star Wars items, from Fantasy Flight Games with their Star Wars card, mini, and role-playing games to Diamond Select with their bust banks. Plus LEGO with a slew of new sets for all price ranges! Hear it all in this week's Star Wars Action News podcast!

Theft Is Such Not A Pretty Color! Do What You Can To Deter It!

Posted by Paul | February 18, 2013 at 08:48 PM EDT |

Oh boy! Here are a couple for the record books! We have two (2) instances of theft reported by two separate readers, both interestingly from the Empire State of New York. Click through for a breakdown of what people are getting away with because it's egregious at best.

   

Review: Jango Fett's Slave I - SW - The New Class II Look! (Sigh....)

Posted by Paul | February 18, 2013 at 08:08 AM EDT |

Sigh. What in the world is Hasbro thinking when it comes to the newly revised approach to Class II vehicles? They might as well just add two simply articulated figures and charge $4 more for it! Geeze. See the micro collection....errr.... Class II Jango Fett's Slave I vehicle complete with a comparison shot with 2010's TCW The Rise Of Boba Fett Slave I 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Jango Fett's Slave I

John Williams Wishes To Score The Sequel Trilogy

Posted by Paul | February 17, 2013 at 11:08 PM EDT |

John Williams has expressed interest in scoring the new Star Wars films. (Can you really imagine anyone else composing scores for a Star Wars film, though?) Click through for the story and thank you to JTA reader Mike_5555 for directing us to this article!

Make Your TVC Figures Look Perfect! Repro Soft-Goods Save The Day!

Posted by Paul | February 17, 2013 at 08:52 PM EDT |

We all are perplexed why Hasbro was unsuccessful with soft-goods during The Vintage Collection. They just couldn't seem to get a more tailored look on the soft-goods that they chose for their action figures, yet they seemingly had no difficulty in the original vintage Kenner lineup. Big, bulky and often obtrusive is how the modern soft-goods on figures like Luke Skywalker (Lightsaber Construction) and Emperor's Royal Guard turned out and quite honestly left a lot to be desired. Thankfully there are expert customizers that do provide tailored soft-goods for these excellently sculpted action figures to remedy this situation. With great thanks to JTA reader Josh M., we have been given two samples of custom soft-goods that do wonders for Hasbro's otherwise excellent action figures. Click through to see new and improved versions of two figures from The Vintage Collection thanks to these more fitted soft-goods. There are also links to eBay where you can get these for yourself.

    

UPDATE: This auction has ended and the links won't work right now. We will update eBay links once they get re-listed. Sorry for the interruption.

Black Friday 8-Packs - If Still Found - Are On Clearance

Posted by Paul | February 17, 2013 at 08:41 PM EDT |

JTA reader icatch9 writes in to let us know that if your local Walmart still has the Black Friday 8-packs in stock that they're ringing up for $17.00 each. Click through to see.

Why We Need To Follow International Example....

Posted by Paul | February 17, 2013 at 07:59 PM EDT |

JTA close friend Mats from Sweden has a mind-blowing report for you. While this obviously won't apply to most of our American readers, click through to see where in the world rare Hasbro product is actually successfully arriving. And see how this shows how simple the success of the Star Wars line should indeed be if product could just makes its way to brick and mortar retail!!! America should follow Sweden's example, and no, this isn't another ABBA promo post....

Many TARGETs Hit Rock Bottom For Clearance Prices On 2012 Product!

Posted by Paul | February 17, 2013 at 07:44 PM EDT |

JTA reader Eric T. writes in with proof that TARGET's clearances have hit rock bottom! Click through to check it out!

eBay Flashback - A Plethora of Books and Novels to Choose From

Posted by Chuck | February 17, 2013 at 04:15 PM EDT |

JTA reader Don wanted us to share with fellow readers that he has posted his remaining aution lots, with plenty of books and novels (some quite unique) to choose from. If you are looking to fill some holes in your Expanded Universe collection of books you might want to see what he has left. Click through for all of his listings...

Review: Senate Guard - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | February 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM EDT |

The Senate Guard Mini Bust is a beautiful piece and it's the "chase" variant to the awesome Royal Guard Mini Bust! Check it out 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Senate Guard (Mini Bust)

All 2012 Star Wars Basic Figures On Sale 50% At Toys R Us

Posted by Paul | February 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM EDT |

Lastly, JTA moderator Sjefke also provides confirmation that it's not only The Vintage Collection on sale at Toys R Us for 50% off. Both Movie Heroes and The Clone Wars lines are on sale as well. Click through for the proof!

2012 The Phantom Menace 3D Class I and Class II Products Hit Marshalls!

Posted by Paul | February 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM EDT |

We told you it was inevitable folks! The Phantom Menace 3D product is really starting to hit Marshalls. The Trade Federation AAT vehicle (which is awesome by the way) and hard to find Class I sets like the SCUBA Clone Trooper have hit Marshalls at great prices. Special thanks to JTA moderator Sjefke for the report!

Five Below Continues To Discover The Force!

Posted by Paul | February 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM EDT |

Five Below is STILL getting in the Discover The Force Walmart exclusive basic figures. Look at what JTA moderator Sjefke found today!

Review: Royal Guard - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | February 16, 2013 at 12:04 AM EDT |

The Royal Guard Mini Bust is a beautiful piece! Check it out 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Royal Guard (Mini Bust)

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | February 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM EDT |

The new Hasbro 12" Anakin and Clone Trooper figures are now in stock along with the new Class II Fleet vehicles.  Also new this week is the Marvel Universe Wave 17 which includes 5 new character figures.

New 12-back Vintage figures have been listed as well, which includes a unpunched Darth Vader AFA 80 figure.  A few Sideshow Collectibles items have been reduced in price as well.

To see the complete Brian's Toys newsletter, visit Brian's Toys.

Brian's Toys

Spy Report: TARGET "Cancels" Star Wars

Posted by Paul | February 15, 2013 at 07:49 PM EDT |

We are just getting early reports on this, and although they're making a great deal of sense, it still saddens us nonetheless. Click through for more.

UPDATE: Additional information added....

Cool LEGO Video Teasing LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Manchester

Posted by Chuck | February 15, 2013 at 07:37 PM EDT |

JTA reader Carlo wanted to share with us (and his fellow viewers) a very cool LEGO video showcasing something he is involved in working on at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Manchester. Click through to check this out!

Sponsor Announcement: DASH’s One of a Kind Features

Posted by Chuck | February 15, 2013 at 07:30 PM EDT |

[Before I woo you towards a membership, be sure to like DASH on Facebook for your chance to win a Masters of the Universe Classics Ram Man]

Corey, your friendly neighborhood DASH guy here! I’ve survived Toy Fair and now that I’ve got a minute to spare, I wanted to swing by and talk about some of DASH’s best features in a little more detail. You probably think you’ve heard it all before, but I want you to hear it straight from my point of view as a collector first and DASH guy second. I still think a DASH Collector’s Club membership might just be the best $25 you can spend on your collection.

Collector DASH Action Figures

The Vintage Collection Is $5 Per Figure At Brick And Mortar Too!

Posted by Paul | February 15, 2013 at 06:32 PM EDT |

You may have seen our earlier report that action figures from The Vintage Collection are on sale for $5.00 each online. But we just found out thanks to JTA reader Ian R. that the figures are $5.00 each at the brick and mortar level as well. His local store didn't even have any shelf tags advertising this price. You best get out there! Gamorrean Guards are showing up everywhere!

Star Wars Episode 7 Customizing Challenge

Posted by Paul | February 15, 2013 at 01:33 PM EDT |

Our good friends at Yakface.com and ImperialShipyards.net have teamed up to do a rather clever customizing challenge. If you have this gift, click through to see how you can participate in this cool event.

The Vintage Collection Figures For $5 At TRU.com!

Posted by Paul | February 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM EDT |

All The Vintage Collection figures are on sale for $5 each at ToysRUs.com! Special thanks to JTA reader Jeff Tisak for the news!

Review: Holographic Princess Leia - OTC - 2005 SDCC Exclusive

Posted by Paul | February 15, 2013 at 09:16 AM EDT |

What a piece of translucent purple plastic! And what an outrageous MSRP! The Holographic Princess Leia figure (which ended up being a 2005 SDCC exclusive no less) was one collectors wanted for a while, but just not like this. The biggest head scratcher? Why didn't they use the 2000 POTF2 [Comm Tech] Princess Leia (with sporting blaster) figure instead. At least that one had her hood up! See the perplexion 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Holographic Princess Leia

Toy Fair 2013 - Complete Audio From the Hasbro Presentation

Posted by Chuck | February 14, 2013 at 04:53 PM EDT |

If you are interested in exactly what Hasbro had to say during their 20 minute Star Wars segment at this year's Toy Fair, click through for the full audio...

J.J. Abrams

Review: Sandtrooper - OTC - '05 #12 [One Of The Rarest Figures Ever]

Posted by Paul | February 14, 2013 at 05:47 AM EDT |

The rarest figure of 2005 was the POTC Sandtrooper (and it remains one of the rarest figures of all time). What a shame this is because the packagaing is gorgeous, even if you weren't crazy about getting another old sculpt. If you're a "one of everything" collector however, you need to know that this figure has a unique paint job when compared to the original 2001 POTJ release, even if it is the same exact mold. See all of these facts and more clearly itemized for 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Sandtrooper

30 (77-07) Redux - Wave 11 (2008 Wave 2)

Posted by Chuck | February 13, 2013 at 09:57 PM EDT |

We have always felt that the 30 (77-07) is one of the greatest collections of figures Hasbro has done to date. While not all of them were made in the expected super-articulated fashion that’s become standard today, many of the figures brought into the line are nonetheless done so well from the start that they will likely never see an update again. We will be releasing updates to this very cherished line wave by wave. We have updated our Visual Guides and we’ve processed all-new expanded galleries and a new “stats box” that mimics the card backs of the figures in the line in our Research Droids Reviews. We've reached the final wave from one of the best lines Hasbro has produced: The delayed The Force Unleased wave. Fans of the game will enjoy these 7 figures, almost all completely new sculpts! Click through as we break this wave down...

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | February 13, 2013 at 08:51 PM EDT |

Here is a quick update about a bunch of cool new preorders and the latest arrivals from our sponsor Big Bad Toy Store!

Big Bad Toy Store

Toy Fair 2013: LEGO Star Wars Hand Crank Barrel Organ Display

Posted by Chuck | February 13, 2013 at 06:57 PM EDT |

LEGO had one of the most intriguing and awesome displays in the lobby of the Javits Center: a huge hand-crank barrel organ completely covered in LEGO Star Wars dioramas! Click through to check out a video of this ingenious display!

J.J. Abrams

Sponsor Announcement: Lynx Collection Prints

Posted by Chuck | February 13, 2013 at 06:49 PM EDT |

The Lynx Collection is currently having a 25% off sale. Just use the code GALACTICEMPIRE when you check out. This is valid for only 1 week, so take advantage now!

Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | February 13, 2013 at 05:48 PM EDT |

Click through for our Research Droids Reviews recap and see what recent reviews you may have missed,

Jakks Pacific Darth Vader Update From Toy Fair!

Posted by Paul | February 13, 2013 at 03:28 PM EDT |

JTA reader Neo242 writes in to let us know that Toy Ark has posted a great picture of the Jakks Pacific Darth Vader (that was first announced with our original BREAKING NEWS report) from the Toy Fair 2013 floor.

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | February 13, 2013 at 01:20 PM EDT |

STAR WARS @dorksidetoys.com: Well Toy Fair was rather awesome and lots of figures we saw we just cannot wait to get in store! In the meantime, looking at what's in stock for Star Wars, we have plenty of Vintage collection classics and lost line figures, both carded and and loose. Our picks for this week are the excellent Death Star Droid, and Empire Strikes Back Bespin Leia on her gorgeous Vintage card. Plenty of other cool figures in store. Click through for more!

Review: Imperial Trooper - OTC - OTC #38

Posted by Paul | February 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM EDT |

You voted for him! (We didn't!) So we hope you bought plenty of him back in the day! Beating out great figures like Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise and Ree-Yees, the Imperial Trooper got the coveted final 38th spot in The Original Trilogy Collection. It has a great paint job, but that's about it! See it in detail with comparison shots 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Imperial Trooper

2013 Toy Fair Hasbro Questions And Answers Recap

Posted by Paul | February 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM EDT |

We have received a great response from our three-part Hasbro Q&A and the discussions stemming from the sessions range from humorous to provocative. See what you're missing! If you overlooked any part of this 3 PART Q&A, click through for a rundown of links where you can find them. And be sure to join in on the discussion. We hope we can get your questions answered again at the next event (with more positive answers) as well.

Review: A Very Special Guest Research Droids Review Today!

Posted by Paul | February 12, 2013 at 09:58 PM EDT |

Today's Research Droids Reviews entry is very special for one reason and one reason only. Please click through for a very special guest review today!

Become Part Of Rancho Obi-Wan! An Overview Of Last Year!

Posted by Paul | February 12, 2013 at 05:41 PM EDT |

Fellow Star Wars fans and members of Rancho Obi-Wan know what an incredibly busy year 2012 was both for us and for Star Wars itself. With the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm, the announcement of a new trilogy and spinoff movies, and a few details and lots of speculation, Star Wars has again become top-of-mind for the worldwide geek community. So 2013 is going to be another amazing year! Click through for more!

Toy Fair 2013 - Comic Images, Commonwealth and Diamond Select Toys

Posted by Chuck | February 12, 2013 at 05:26 PM EDT |

We wrap up our Toy Fair galleries with a look at a few more companies offering Star Wars collectibles. Click through to check out Comic Images, Commonwealth and Diamond Select Toys (via Diamond Distributors). A big thanks to all of our viewers for supporting us and stopping by our Toy Fair galleries. Stay tuned though, we have a few more things to post over the next day or two.

   

Toy Fair 2013 - Underground Toys Gallery

Posted by Chuck | February 12, 2013 at 05:01 PM EDT |

Underground Toys had their usual assortment of plush toys on display, including both their 2012 Darth Maul packaging and their 2013 Yoda packaging. Click through to see what they had to offer!

   

Toy Fair 2013 - Hasbro Angry Birds and Role Play Galleries

Posted by Chuck | February 12, 2013 at 04:49 PM EDT |

Our last Hasbro gallery features the latest offerings from Star Wars Angry Birds and some toys from their Role Play line. Click through for the full gallery!

   

More Information Surfaces About Jakks Pacific Darth Vader!

Posted by Paul | February 12, 2013 at 01:35 PM EDT |

We brought you the BREAKING NEWS first weeks ago, and now our friends at MintInBox.net have a bit more information on the upcoming 31" tall Jumbo Darth Vader figure. It looks like it will come with a generous 7 points of articulation, more than the new Hasbro basic figures! You'll need a translator, but click through to check out their report!

UPDATE: USAToday.com has the article and information in English for you! Special thanks to JTA Facebook friend and reader Dan C. for the link!

I found one other bit of interesting news in my Toy Fair notes that I managed to keep away from prying ears and eyes while talking with Hasbro. It isn't a "huge" deal, but it may be of interest to fans of The Vintage Collection. Click through for hopefully the last straggling piece of data from Toy Fair that's Hasbro related. Did I say it was a rough weekend? Yikes!

The Vintage Collection Wave 13 Remix Case Hitting Walmart Very Hard!

Posted by Paul | February 12, 2013 at 09:30 AM EDT |

We are getting in quite a few reports that the 2012 TVC Gamorrean Guard/Wedge Antilles/Wave 7 case assortments are hitting Walmart stores rather heavily from Arkansas to Pennsylvania. These have also been hitting consistently at TRU stores. Special thanks to JTA moderator PaulB, JTA reader Brian R. and JTA reader Jesse A. for all of the reports! (Picture and full report provided by Brian R.) Click through to see the report.

UPDATE: JTA moderator Sjefke (in MD) also reports finding the same thing at his Walmart just moments ago (11:15 AM). Wouldn't it be amazing if this figure finally peg-warms?

Toy Fair 2013 - Uncle Milton Booth

Posted by Chuck | February 12, 2013 at 07:03 AM EDT |

Uncle Milton always brings some interesting Star Wars related science to Toy Fair. Click through to check out what they showed off this year, including a very cool "Force Lightning Energy Ball".

   

2013 Yoda Product Arrives! But It Is NOTHING You Want!

Posted by Paul | February 11, 2013 at 09:29 PM EDT |

Well, stores have begun to reset and new product is arriving. TARGET has joined in on the 2013 fun, just minus any basic figures. Ugh. Is it just me, or should basic figures be the only thing that SHOULDN'T be cancelled by Hasbro for the 2013 product? These three vehicles and 12" figures should have been cancelled instead. Oh well. Click through to see JTA reader Corey's find at his local TARGET.

Hasbro: Your Questions Answered!!! - PART 3

Posted by Paul | February 11, 2013 at 09:11 PM EDT |

We went straight to Hasbro for answers to all your burning questions. This is the FINAL PART 3! Thank you for your patience! You may not like all the answers, but this is what they told us! Click through to see what they told us!

The Clone Wars Season 5 Four-Part Finale Trailer!

Posted by Paul | February 11, 2013 at 08:13 PM EDT |

We're late posting this, but be sure to check out the trailer to the four part Season 5 finale for The Clone Wars! It's looking very ominous for Ahsoka! Could this be her end?!

Toy Fair 2013 - Tamashii Booth

Posted by Paul | February 11, 2013 at 08:02 PM EDT |

The Tamashii company has released what may be the best C-3PO figure on the market to date. Before you scoff at the $400 price tag, let us tell you that we held this piece in our hands and were astounded with the scale, likeness and quality of the piece. Not only is C-3PO cast from real metal and heavy in weight, he also comes with light-up eyes, real abdomen wiring and functioning arm pistons and other gears. It's probably the most amazing C-3PO 12" scaled high-end figure to date. It's equivalent to the quality of the life-size figure from Sideshow Collectibles, but smaller and a fraction of the price. Do yourself a favor and check C-3PO out from head to toe!

   

Toy Fair 2013 - Kotobukiya Booth

Posted by Chuck | February 11, 2013 at 05:23 PM EDT |

Kotobukiya revealed General Greivous as the next release in their ever-growing ArtFX+ line of collecible statues. Stop by our gallery to check out the unpainted sample of the General, as well as some of the other offerings from Kotobukiya.

   

Toy Fair 2013 - LEGO Collectors' Preview

Posted by Chuck | February 11, 2013 at 02:50 PM EDT |

Click Through for a look at what LEGO had on display at this years LEGO Collectors' Preview...

   

BanthaSkull.com Redesigns Site!

Posted by Paul | February 11, 2013 at 02:37 PM EDT |

Our good friends at BanthaSkull.com have updated their front page and it's looking rather fantastic. It's still a work in progress so expect future updates in the near future. If you're not familiar with their site yet, I have to tell you that it would be worth your while to spend some time and read their quirky (and rather hysterical posts). The staff there are quite brilliant and witty and it comes through loud and clear in their posts. You'll definitely find humor in places you never expected. They'll be the first to tell you that their forums aren't for everyone (and they aren't so be forewarned), but they keep the front page in tight check for general audiences which provides excellent content for everyone.

Review: Darth Vader - OTC - OTC #34 (This Figure Still Looks Great!)

Posted by Paul | February 11, 2013 at 08:58 AM EDT |

Here is a fantastic looking Episode IV specific Darth Vader figure! Even though it's a sculpt originating from the year 2000, it has more articulation that all of the all-new Saga Legends shown at Toy Fair this past weekend. What will you think of this rereleased The Original Trilogy Collection Darth Vader (OTC #34)? Let us know how you feel about this figure 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Darth Vader

Hasbro: Your Questions Answered!!! - PART 2

Posted by Paul | February 10, 2013 at 07:58 PM EDT |

We went straight to Hasbro for answers to all your burning questions. This is the belated PART 2! PART 3 coming tomorrow with some BIG QUESTIONS! Make sure you come back! You may not like all the answers, but this is what they told us! Click through to see what they told us!

Great Deals Still Found At TJ Maxx!

Posted by Paul | February 10, 2013 at 06:08 PM EDT |

It may be Toy Fair, but it's always time for bargains, right?! JTA reader "unknown" (sorry, only his/her cell phone number showed on the email and I am not about to post that on the front page) sends us an image of the latest deals found at TJ Maxx. Saga Legends were $5 and the Titanium Series were $12. Happy hunting!

Curto Burns Collectors Cast - Episode 9 (Toy Fair Edition)

Posted by Paul | February 10, 2013 at 06:02 PM EDT |

It’s time for the 110th American International Toy Fair in New York but unfortunately 'Nemo' has stopped many people from attending including Dan and James who are stuck in Rochester, NY and London, UK respectively. That doesn’t mean that their coverage stops and they’re here with the first show from the 2013 US Toy Fair featuring all the reveals and news from the Hasbro Fan Media Day event that took place at the Times Centre on 9th February 2013. Click through for more!

Star Wars Action News - Episode 380 (Part I)

Posted by Paul | February 10, 2013 at 05:58 PM EDT |

Toy Fair 2013 is here and Star Wars Action News is your podcast source for Star Wars collecting news coverage! On this podcast, Marjorie and Arnie recap and review the Hasbro Fan Media presentation. From the Black Series 6-inch and 3.75-inch collector oriented figures to the new 5 points of articulation sporting Saga Legends figures, Angry Birds, Fighter Pods, and more! Click through for more! (Lots of great Toy Fair questions answered!)

 

Review: Luke Skywalker - OTC - OTC #05

Posted by Paul | February 10, 2013 at 12:26 AM EDT |

Are you aware that The Original Trilogy Collection Luke Skywalker (OTC #05) figure is a repaint of the 2001 Power Of The Jedi figure? It is, in multiple ways too. See the comparisons 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Luke Skywalker

Toy Fair 2013 - Hasbro 12 Inch Figures

Posted by Chuck | February 10, 2013 at 12:14 AM EDT |

Our last gallery for the night features the latest in Hasbro 12" figures. These larger scale, 5-point articulation figures won't be for everyone, but you can see what the next offerings will be by clicking through! We also have a look at the Anakin to Darth Vader in this gallery.

   

Hasbro: Your Questions Answered!!! - PART 1

Posted by Paul | February 09, 2013 at 09:22 PM EDT |

We went straight to Hasbro for answers to all your burning questions. This is PART 1 and we plan to post PART 2 as soon as possible. (So stay tuned). You may not like all the answers, but this is what they told us! Click through to see what they told us!

Toy Fair 2013 - Hasbro Saga Legends and Mission Series

Posted by Chuck | February 09, 2013 at 08:59 PM EDT |

Hasbro's new Saga Legends line, with 5 points of articulation (a-la Vintage figures) is not quite as bad as you would think, and does offer a quality nostalgia factor. Click through for this full gallery!

   

Toy Fair 2013 - Official Hasbro Press Gallery

Posted by Chuck | February 09, 2013 at 08:05 PM EDT |

Not everything made it to the showroom floor, so make sure you browse through the official Hasbro press gallery! Click through for the full Gallery!

Some Important Additional Information For You

Posted by Paul | February 09, 2013 at 07:49 PM EDT |

I forgot to mention two other important bits of information to you. One is just proof that persistance pays off and the other is the fate of the cancelled Build A Droid figures. Click through to read this little update.

Hasbro Official Product Descriptions (MSRPs Listed)

Posted by Paul | February 09, 2013 at 07:15 PM EDT |

Hasbro provided us with official product descriptions. Click through to read them all.

Hasbro PRESS IMAGES On Our Facebook Page - Gallery Coming Soon!

Posted by Paul | February 09, 2013 at 07:02 PM EDT |

Hasbro PRESS IMAGES are getting loaded to our Facebook page now (and with NO THANKS to our awful hotel's wi-fi.) So unfair! Anyway, here you go!

Toy Fair 2013 - Hasbro Black Series Gallery

Posted by Chuck | February 09, 2013 at 07:01 PM EDT |

We have a lot to bring you this evening, and we are still processing everything! While we continue to digest all of the information that came out of today's presentation, here's the Black Series gallery, featuring both the 6 inch and 3 3/4 inch collection! Click through for the full gallery!

   

Hasbro Toy Fair Media Presentation Gift Bag

Posted by Paul | February 09, 2013 at 06:20 PM EDT |

The contents were random for most, but see what Hasbro gave us in their awesome gift bag this year! Click through to see!

Quick Pics Posting On Facebook - Click Through For Important News!

Posted by Paul | February 09, 2013 at 05:31 PM EDT |

We are working hard on bringing you the latest coverage on the Hasbro Toy Fair presentation. We are putting plenty of "quick pics" on our Facebook page. Please hover over there until we can start bringing you the latest front page new. There is some breaking news that we want to let you know about right away. So click through for some important announcements....

Review: Darth Vader (McQuarrie Concept) - Mini Bust - SDCC Exclusive

Posted by Paul | February 09, 2013 at 12:01 AM EDT |

The Darth Vader (McQuarrie Concept) Mini Bust is pretty good, but the pose annoys us a bit. Thank goodness Gentle Giant Ltd. made this Mini Bust better thanks to the inclusion of three unique head scupts. See this cool offering 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Darth Vader (McQuarrie Concept) (Mini Bust)

2013 New York Toy Fair Begins Tomorrow! Hasbro Is Up First!

Posted by Paul | February 08, 2013 at 10:23 PM EDT |

Are you ready for Toy Fair? If you have been following us on Facebook, you know that the staff of JTA has made it safely into NYC and are braving the harsh Hoth-like elements (without boots no less)! Keep it here for the latest updates from Hasbro and LEGO and any other awesome Star Wars licenses we come across in the Javits Center. If you haven't yet, follow us on Facebook for up to the second updates because we're putting the latest news there first. We check in with Hasbro at 12:30 PM and our presentation begins at 1:00 PM. We will do everything possible to give you instant updates as we are able. Thank you in advance is there are some delays because of uncontrollable issues like no wi-fi, etc.

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Paul | February 08, 2013 at 10:10 PM EDT |

Brian's Toys has tons of great products this week! The Gentle Giant Vintage 12" Luke X-Wing jumbo figure is available now along with the 2013 Class I Deluxe Vehicles. The new deluxe figures come packaged with a vehicle and two action figures. Also, get prepared for the movie G.I. Joe: Retaliation with brand new figures. It's been nearly a year since Wave 1 arrived, but Wave 2 is now available along with new multi-packs and vehicles. For more new products such as the R2-D2 (Clone Wars) animated maquettes and the MOTU Classics Procrustus, visit the Brian's Toys newsletter at http://www.brianstoys.com/nl/2013-02-08.htm

Did you know the PGM Luke Skywalker (Tatooine) Mini Bust (with the T-16 model) is a completely different sculpt than the general release version? We were shocked to find out this truth as well. In fact, they each have their own Item Nos. and UPCs as well as unique box art! So why did Gentle Giant Ltd. make it seem that thye were the same except for the accessory? See this amazingly gorgeous piece in full detail with plenty of side by side comparisons 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Luke Skywalker (Tatooine) (Mini Bust)

Hasbro 2013 Toy Fair PRESS RELEASE

Posted by Paul | February 07, 2013 at 08:36 PM EDT |

Hasbro has posted their official PRESS RELEASE for NY Toy Fair. Click through to read it!

JTA affiliate SWActionNews.com is auctioning off the PGM exclusive Republic Commando Mini Bust for the American Lung Association. Click through to find out how you can help to make a difference. If you need some prodding on why you NEED this piece, let our RDR on this piece do the work for you! (There are only 950 of these. This might be your only chance to secure one.) Special thanks to our friends at SWAN for the philanthropy.

      

JTA reader Bob S. sends us report that now 2012 TPM 3D product is now arrving at ROSS stores. Click through for his report! You just won't believe the price a lucky few collectors will pay despite many more never seeing this once arrive at stores throughout the 2012 calendar year. The Naboo Starfighter is inevitable folks!

Review: Gamorrean Guard - OTC - OTC #30

Posted by Paul | February 07, 2013 at 05:26 AM EDT |

The OTC Gamorrean Guard is a gorgeous figure. If you could ignore its lack of articulation for five seconds, you'd probably have a hard time believing that this is a sculpt from 1997. Side by side comparisons await 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Gamorrean Guard

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | February 06, 2013 at 10:01 PM EDT |

Here is a quick update about a bunch of cool new preorders and the latest arrivals from Big Bad Toy Store!

Big Bad Toy Store

Stuart Freeborn Passes Away

Posted by Paul | February 06, 2013 at 06:18 PM EDT |

The man who created masks for Chewbacca, Yoda, Jabba the Hutt, Snaggletooth, Greedo and Walrusman has passed away at 98 years old. StarWars.com has the story.

30 (77-07) Redux - Wave 10 (2008 Wave 1)

Posted by Paul | February 06, 2013 at 03:31 PM EDT |

We have always felt that the 30 (77-07) is one of the greatest collections of figures Hasbro has done to date. While not all of them were made in the expected super-articulated fashion that’s become standard today, many of the figures brought into the line are nonetheless done so well from the start that they will likely never see an update again. We will be releasing updates to this very cherished line wave by wave. We have updated our Visual Guides and we’ve processed all-new expanded galleries and a new “stats box” that mimics the card backs of the figures in the line in our Research Droids Reviews. Click through as we spotlight Wave 10 - an excellent wave with some cool surprises, including the stupendous Commander Gree, the all-new Kashyyyk Trooper and the amazing Tri-Droid, just to name a few. Oh, and let's not forget about the tremendous upgrade to Obi-Wan Kenobi which in our opinion is the best Episode III likeness of the character to date. See these and more with all-new RDR photo galleries and updated VGs!

30 (77-07)

Latest TCW Case Ratio Does Not Show Change In Hasbro's Approach

Posted by Paul | February 06, 2013 at 12:22 PM EDT |

JTA reader Scott P-W. alerts us to a new entry at German Toy Site Toy Palace: wave 1 of The Clone Wars line. (The last TCW wave ever??!!) Click through to see the alarming case assortment ratios. You're probably going to flip your lid. Let's hope that both Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are "new enough" to make it worthwhile to pack them as they did. Should Savage and the 501st get heavier ratios? What do I know.

Review: Bib Fortuna - OTC - OTC #31

Posted by Paul | February 06, 2013 at 05:21 AM EDT |

It truly is amazing what an all-new paint job will do, especially in the case of one of the earliest figures in the basic figure line like Bib Fortuna. It makes the figure look almost all-new. See it for yourself 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Bib Fortuna

Disney To Make Spinoff Movies On Certain Star Wars Characters!

Posted by Paul | February 05, 2013 at 08:08 PM EDT |

Could that so-called Boba Fett film be imminent now? There is big news for "Star Wars" fans: Disney, which announced it would buy Lucasfilm last year, plans to make spinoff movies based on characters in addition to the three sequels it had previously announced, CEO Bob Iger told CNBC in an interview after the earnings report. Click through for more. Special thanks to JTA reader Mike_5555 for alerting us to this new information!

Star Wars Action News - Episode 379: Back in Black

Posted by Chuck | February 05, 2013 at 07:03 PM EDT |

Marjorie and Arnie are back, in black with the new Black Series of Star Wars figures coming from Hasbro! On this week's podcast, the hosts of Star Wars Action News discuss Hasbro's reveal of new, collector-oriented, highly articulated 6-inch Star Wars figures. Is this a lightspeed jump for figure collectors, or a desperate retread? Listen to find out their opinions!

Sponsor Announcement: K&C Collectibles

Posted by Paul | February 05, 2013 at 05:10 PM EDT |

K & C Collectibles has received the all NEW Star Wars Toys including the final exclusive online wave of The Vintage Collection! Not too many online stores have these left! New 12” Action Figures, New Deluxe (2) Action figures with Vehicle, and New Vehicles. We have also acquired all of The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection. Click through for more!

K&C Collectibles

Review: R2-D2 - OTC - OTC #04

Posted by Paul | February 05, 2013 at 08:46 AM EDT |

Here is the final fourth figure in the opening wave of The Original Trilogy Collection, R2-D2, who is filthier than you'd ever imagine. But he looks awesome. He is the focus of 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

R2-D2

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Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | February 04, 2013 at 06:19 PM EDT |

STAR WARS @dorksidetoys.com: Black Series! How cool is that!? Yep, we are as excited as you, and we'll have more on that line soon. In the meantime looking at what's in stock for Star Wars, we have as usual, a wide range of classics to chose from. How about the R5-D4 lookalike that is R5-D8, or  the back in stock, Vintage collection classics such as Grand Moff Tarkin on a minty fresh Vintage card with Mousedroid! All this plus plenty of older, cool figures. Click through for a whole bunch of deals!

The Product Of A Shameless Collector

Posted by Paul | February 04, 2013 at 03:22 PM EDT |

JTA reader Peter G. writes in with photographic evidence of the marks of an unscrupulous collector in action in Ocean NJ. Click through for his experience.

2013 NY Toy Fair: What Questions Do You Want Answered By Hasbro?

Posted by Paul | February 04, 2013 at 03:08 PM EDT |

It's that time again! Here is your chance to ask your questions to Hasbro. Click through to find out how you can get your burning questions answered this year at Toy Fair. JTA will act as your liaison in the process.

The Clone Wars Line: Stick A Fork In It After 2013 Wave 1?!

Posted by Paul | February 04, 2013 at 01:21 PM EDT |

We have a very interesting yet "cobbled together" report to share with you regarding the fate of the 2013 The Clone Wars line courtesy of our friends at BanthaSkull.com (for the translation and notification) and VolkerC from starwars-figuren.com where the rumor originated out of the Nuremberg Toy Fair. Click through for more.

Review: Spirit Obi-Wan - OTC - OTC #03

Posted by Paul | February 04, 2013 at 06:16 AM EDT |

Hasbro changed the way they made "spirit" action figures with Spirit Obi-Wan from The Original Trilogy Collection (and took cues from a holographic Luke Skywalker figure earlier in the year for this new approach). Learn about the great likeness of this character 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Spirit Obi-Wan

More 2013 Movie Heroes Images Including Card Back Views

Posted by Paul | February 03, 2013 at 08:10 AM EDT |

JTA reader and friend Manny M. sends us new photos of carded 2013 Movie Heroes figures including some nice shots of the card backs, previously unseen until now. Click through for more!

Review: Yoda - OTC - OTC #02

Posted by Paul | February 03, 2013 at 07:56 AM EDT |

You saw Luke Skywalker yesterday, now check out the complementary Yoda figure next. Yoda splits apart at the wait and fits into an included back-pack which attaches to Luke Skywalker. It's action figure engineering at its best. It's all 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

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Luke Skywalker (OTC #01) Gallery Updated!

Posted by Paul | February 02, 2013 at 07:53 PM EDT |

Thanks for your patience with us regarding our "placeholder" gallery in the Luke Skywalker (OTC #01) RDR today. We have just updated the review and added an all-new gallery with 24 brand new pictures. We hope you enjoy the update. Sjefke, you better be happy! Special thanks to Chuck for coming to the rescue and taking half of the pictures in this new gallery.

        

Review: Luke Skywalker - OTC - OTC #01

Posted by Paul | February 02, 2013 at 01:49 PM EDT |

Hasbro got a little clever with Luke Skywalker from The Original Trilogy Collection. This all-new figure offered something that hasn't really been offered since. (Sorry for the rough photo gallery today. We couldn't find the figure to shoot an all-new gallery. It will be replaced shortly.) It's all 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

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Visual Guide Update - Battle Droid [TPM] (MH04) - Movie Heroes

Posted by Chuck | February 02, 2013 at 09:47 AM EDT |

We're following up our recent Research Droids Review of Battle Droid (MH04) with the Visual Guide for the tan version of this figure featured in The Phantom Menace. Click below to check out our detailed Visual Guide.

Battle Droid (MH04) [TPM] - Star Wars [TPM 3D]

Kotobukiya Announces AOTC Jango Fett ArtFX+ Statue

Posted by Chuck | February 01, 2013 at 07:14 PM EDT |

Kotobukiya announces an all new Jango Fett Attack of the Clones ArtFX+ Statue. Click through for the full gallery and details on this beautifully crafted collectible!

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | February 01, 2013 at 07:10 PM EDT |

This week boasts new products from Gentle Giant and Sideshow!  Pick up the new 12" Bossk action figure from Sideshow Collectibles or the General Veers and Republic Commando mini bust.  Also, for those still looking for a new Emperor bust, the Return of the Jedi Palpatine will make a worthy edition to anyone's collection.

A huge collection of ungraded Star Wars Vintage Carded figures have also landed in stock along with several great vehicles and playsets. 

For more from this week's newsletter visit Brian's Toys.

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Follow JTA On Instagram For Supplemental Toy Fair Coverage

Posted by Chuck | February 01, 2013 at 04:59 PM EDT |

This year Jedi Temple Archives will be having a dedicated team doing supplemental coverage of Toy Fair through our Instagram Account. If you are on Instagram be sure to follow us for updates during next weeks International Toy Fair! We will also be holding our usual coverage right here, so stay tuned! Be sure to check us out right here next week, and also to follow us on all of our social media platforms to get up-to-the-minute updates all weekend long! You can find links to our different social media accounts in our right navigation menu. Find out more about our Instagram Toy Fair coverage in our Forums!

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Yoda Line Look The Clone Wars Figures Hit The Philippines

Posted by Paul | February 01, 2013 at 04:57 PM EDT |

JTA reader Jamie P. from the Philippines has written in to let us know that The Clone Wars wave has made its way to the pegs there. Americans should expect this imminently in the USA, but here is some proof that they're somewhere out there. You may however want to click through to see what they are painfully paying for these figures. This is scary folks.

TARGET Takes Further Discounts!

Posted by Paul | February 01, 2013 at 04:37 PM EDT |

TARGET has marked down the remaining The Vintage Collection stuff. Eric G. has the story. Click through for his report.

RebelForce Radio - Episode 3

Posted by Chuck | February 01, 2013 at 02:00 PM EDT |

Actor Sam Witwer joins us to discuss his role as Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Also, we talk to Sam about The Force Unleashed, Being Human, Episode VII and J.J. Abrams. Plus, all the latest Star Wars news, more Filoni voice acting, Billy Dee and we have James Arnold Taylor and Jaime King autographs to give away to lucky listeners. Click here for this week's episode!

Sponsor Announcement: Have a Cool Collection? Prove it With DASH!

Posted by Chuck | February 01, 2013 at 01:26 PM EDT |

DASH is giving away $200 of figures, and a chance for the world to see your action figure collection. Check out the details here: Community Contest #10 Announcement.

Over on Collector-ActionFigures.com, each and every collector has a collection to call their own. We want you to share your special and unique collection with DASH, and then with the world. That’s why we’ve given you access to your own Collection Showcase, where you can add photos, videos, a story, and more to let the world know who you really are when it comes to action figure collecting. You can check out my showcase for a perfect example of someone who has taken the time to show off a little!

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More BREAKING NEWS At Jedi News!

Posted by Paul | February 01, 2013 at 09:47 AM EDT |

Our friends from JediNews.co.uk: have an exciting spy report from the Nuremberg Toy Fair. Definitely check it out!!!

Return Of The Jedi Review In 1983 - This Is A Must Watch!

Posted by Paul | February 01, 2013 at 09:19 AM EDT |

Hindsight is always 20/20, but even in back in 1983, Star Wars fans would be abhorred to hear comments like "ghastly dialogue, terrible plotting, miserable characterization” and “all those special effects begin to look totally unreal" to describe a Star Wars film, let alone the groundbreaking Return Of The Jedi film. We normally don't clutter our front page with YouTube videos or the like, but we're making an exception here because this is worthwhile. You must listen to this seven minute interview with John Simon versus Siskel & Ebert in a banter that is jaw-droppingly unbelievable as much as it is humourous. We actually feel sorry for Mr. Simon as he's missed the enjoyment of these truly special films. Special thanks to JTA reader John McCartney for sending us the link!

The Force Within Us Update!

Posted by Paul | February 01, 2013 at 08:49 AM EDT |

The Force Within Us (the highly anticipated sequel to The Force Among Us) is finally finished and is in the “Authoring Process” and then it will be sent out for manufacturing! Film maker Chris Macht writes in with an update! Click through for more!

Review: Wedge Antilles - OTC - Internet Exclusive

Posted by Paul | February 01, 2013 at 08:40 AM EDT |

Wedge Antilles just didn't get any love from Hasbro until 10 years into the license. See a fine attempt at this character. Better versions now exist, but most colectors in 2005 were excited for this one. It's all 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Wedge Antilles


 
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