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May 2013

Visual Guide Update - General Veers - Mini Busts

Posted by Chuck | May 31, 2013 at 10:09 PM EDT |

The General Veers Mini Bust from Gentle Giant was released in two versions: a regular release and a PGM release. Those who bought the regular release hoping to get the more desired helmeted version were in for a big surprise. Click below to check out our Visual Guide of the regular (and very plain) release...

General Veers - Gentle Giant

Make A Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) You Can Call Definitive!

Posted by Paul | May 31, 2013 at 09:44 PM EDT |

Highly respected friend and SWActionNews/JTA reader Dale H. has alerted me to an ingenious Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) "custom" he's made with a post on my Facebook page. My jaw dropped to the ground when I saw it, so I absolutely had to share it with my JTA friends. What is so surprising is that there isn't any drastic cobbling of figures happening here. Dale just fitted the cloak appropriately and used a different head sculpt Hasbro should have used from the beginning (and maybe one or two other simple enhancements). See his simply ingenious work in JTA affiliate SWActionNews' forums for complete directions to have this astonishing Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) figure in your own collection! A worthy read indeed!

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | May 31, 2013 at 07:11 PM EDT |

Brian's Toys has the new Black Series 6" and 3.75" action figures available for pre-order along with the new Mission Series and Saga Legends figures. Also new this week is a beautiful vintage AFA 85 Death Star Space Station and an AFA 80 Action Figure Display Stand (with Mailer Box!)  You can see all this and more at this week's newsletter!

Are you or someone you know looking to sell or trade their Batman collection? Brian's Toys is now actively seeking to buy Batman action figure and vehicle collections. Visit their Batman Buying page for more information over at Brian's Toys.

Brian's Toys

Review: General Veers [Regular Edition] - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | May 31, 2013 at 05:41 AM EDT |

One of Gentle Giant's biggest mistakes surrounded the regular version of the General Veers Mini Bust. If you don't know what we're talking about, you should. It affected many collectors. The only way you were saved from the mess is if you were a PGM. Find out more 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.

General Veers

Visual Guide Update - Watto - Mini Busts

Posted by Chuck | May 30, 2013 at 05:18 PM EDT |

Everyone's favorite junk dealer Watto makes his way to our Gentle Giant Visual Guide today. Click below to check him out, and if you missed this morning's RDR update, stop by and check out our thoughts on this collectible.

Watto - Gentle Giant

The Sideshow Collectibles Exclusive Blackhole Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure is now available to pre-order. Click here to check it out and place your order.

Black Series Pre-Order At BBTS With A July 2013 Availability!

Posted by Paul | May 30, 2013 at 01:15 PM EDT |

Big Bad Toy Store has put up the Black Series figures for pre-order with a July 2013 availability date!

Update: Pre-orders are also available at Entertainment Earth for both the 3 3/4 inch and 6 inch series.

Review: Watto - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | May 30, 2013 at 06:18 AM EDT |

Wow! What a fine likeness of Watto the Mini Bust interpretation of him is. It's hard to believe someone this small could be a human trafficker, doesn't it? he is a perfect example of why the Mini Bust line can be so awesome. 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.

Watto

So, we have no reason for worry about the Black Series only seeing release in North Amercia, that much is true. That's good news. But what about the MSRP? I promised readers we would start a separate discussion on this, so here it is. Previews sets their MSRPs very high (above average), but it prompted a question: At what price will Hasbro price you out of buying figures? Collectors have surmised from Hasbro's recent answers that we could very well be paying more than $9.99 for the 3.75" Black Series line. And you can extrapolate that it's very possible that the 6" Black Series line could quickly make its way above $19.99. If this happens, are you out? Will you ride this bumpy road? Let us know! Click through to join the discussion. This "so-called" Star Wars fan site wants to know!

Previews Says Black Series Is Available Only In USA And Canada

Posted by Paul | May 29, 2013 at 08:24 PM EDT |

UPDATE: There is no need to worry. We have received multiple explanations despite what the Previews catalogue says. Dan from Plastic Empire sends us scans of the upcoming Black Series figures. Per Previews, the 6" and 3.75" lines are only available in the USA, Canada and American territories. At the moment, this is contradictory to what we already know because international vendor Toy-Palace has the 3.75" Black Series line on pre-order with an October availability date. (Or is that online shop using an American distributor to secure theirs?) Lots of questions have now been raised. But click through for the proof of the latest news we discovered, complete with information on the line, pricing and availability.

UPDATE: Our good friend James from JediNews.co.uk has confirmed that Black Series is definitely coming to the UK. We are still looking into why Previews has listed them with availability in North America only. Stay tuned.

Visual Guide Update - Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba - Mini Busts

Posted by Chuck | May 29, 2013 at 07:00 PM EDT |

We are continuing our Gentle Giant Visual Guide marathon by another follow-on update to the daily Research Droids Review. Click below to check out the Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba Mini Bust set.

Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba - Gentle Giant

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | May 29, 2013 at 06:56 PM EDT |

Here's the latest newsletter from Big Bad Toy Store. You can also get daily product news and updates by subscribing to BBTS's Facebook page and Twitter feed!

Big Bad Toy Store

Angry About Angry Birds.... This One Is Cutthroat!

Posted by Paul | May 29, 2013 at 02:56 PM EDT |

Really Hasbro?! So, are Angry Birds for kids or collectors? You can't have it both ways. How in the world could you not do this for The Vintage Collection, but Angry Birds gets this glory? Not fair. I cry "fowl". (Yes – misspelling and pun intended.) Special thanks to our friends at Yakface.com for alerting us to this travesty and ruining our day.

UPDATE: Dear Lord! Look at what people are charging on eBay for it?! Don't fall for this people!

Review: Anakin Skywalker And Sebulba - Mini Busts

Posted by Paul | May 29, 2013 at 06:21 AM EDT |

We aren't the biggest fans of Mini Bust two-packs because the cost of them never seems to average out right. A two-pack should imply some sort of savings (in our eyes), but in the case of Anakin Skywalker And Sebulba, it seems collectors are being taken for a ride. Because of their smaller size, releaseing them separately for around $50 each would have felt more appropriate in our eyes at least. Besides, only one of of the two in this set feels worthy of your money. Discover this and more 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.

Anakin Skywalker And Sebulba

Cool Sith Customs Including Darth Plagueis!

Posted by Paul | May 28, 2013 at 08:27 PM EDT |

Friend Trevor S. shares with us some of his latest custom work! Check out Young Palpatine, Darth Tenebrous and Darth Plagueis customs by clicking through.

Good friend and Facebook pal Trevor S. writes in to pour more salt in the wounds of American collectors. Hot on the heels of our report earlier (found HERE), Trevor alerts us that even more hot figures are being found in various TRU stores in the UK. We love to hate you our British compatriots! (With love and affection from your American friends.)

Thank You For Broadening Our Reach!

Posted by Paul | May 28, 2013 at 07:15 PM EDT |

There is no other way to say this than "thank you" so THANK YOU! We shared with readers our own tribute to the 30th anniversary of Return Of The Jedi, and we asked you to share our tribute with others. Between the wonderful assistance of our colleagues, friends, and cherished readers, the image managed to reach over 17,000 Star Wars fans on Facebook. Thanks again for sharing in our joy of what we consider one of the greatest fims of all time!! We don't rely on Facebook all that much, so this was a huge surprise for us. If you missed the image we shared, then click through to see it.

Get A Goodwill Gamorrean Guard While Giving Graciously....

Posted by Paul | May 28, 2013 at 07:00 PM EDT |

Yeah, that alliteration was even too much for me! There is an auction on ShopGoodwill.com that has a carded TVC Gamorrean Guard figure along with a whole bunch of loose miscellaneous Star Wars stuff. The auction bids are still low. If you're interested, you have until May 30th to place a bid. Special thanks to JTA moderator Paul B. for the head's up.

Visual Guide Update - Shae Vizla (The Old Republic) - Mini Busts

Posted by Chuck | May 28, 2013 at 06:55 PM EDT |

Star Wars (The Old Republic) produced some of the best Star Wars "mini-movies" since the OT graced the screen, and heavily featured is Shae Vizla, bounty hunter. We've seen her now in a few different mediums, and Gentle Giant's Mini Bust is not a bad way to start if you are looking to pick up a detailed collectible of this cool bounty hunter! Click below to check out our detailed reference photos in our Visual Guide, and make sure to read our full report on this collectible in our Research Droids Review!

Shae Vizla (The Old Republic) - Gentle Giant

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | May 28, 2013 at 06:54 PM EDT |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys writes in with their latest news, pre-orders and clearance merchandise! Click through for more!

Movie Heroes Still Being Found In Canada, But Do You Care?

Posted by Paul | May 28, 2013 at 06:43 PM EDT |

JTA reader Jamie D. writes in to remind fellow Canadians that Movie Heroes are still being found. These are the ones packaged in the "Yoda" line look. Click through for more.

Fact Or Fiction? Fabulous Nordic Finds!

Posted by Paul | May 28, 2013 at 06:29 PM EDT |

Mats J. is back with another fantastic story of his local finds in Sweden's TRU stores. Click through, but be forewarned, you may wish bad things for him.

This week in New York City LEGO revealed the largest Star Wars LEGO set ever--a life-sized X-Wing! Accompanied by a much more modestly sized Toys R Us Times Square exclusive set, and Yoda mini-figure, this spectacle was all to promote Wednesday's premiere of The Yoda Chronicles on Cartoon Network. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie review some of the exclusive LEGO sets commemorating the premiere. Click through for more!

Review: Shae Vizla (The Old Republic) - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | May 28, 2013 at 06:24 AM EDT |

Right now she's a highly sought after Hasbro action figure, but if you want to see better detail (albeit not entirely perfect), then Gentle Giant Ltd.'s Shae Vizla (The Old Republic) Mini Bust is for you. See this beautiful Mini Bust 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.

Shae Vizla (The Old Republic)

Visual Guide Update - Imperial Gunner - Mini Busts

Posted by Chuck | May 27, 2013 at 09:34 PM EDT |

The Imperial Gunner might not be in a very exciting pose, but this intimidating character looks perfect in this stoic pose! OT fans will want to have this displayed in their collection, one of the more unique Imperials from A New Hope to NOT get any action figure love by Kenner. Now you can check out this detailed bust by clicking below, and visit our Research Droids Review for an in-depth look at this high-end collectible.

Imperial Gunner - Gentle Giant

Happy Memorial Day!

Posted by Paul | May 27, 2013 at 10:16 AM EDT |

Happy Memorial Day! Please set some time away to remember those who have protected our freedom, who are now gone but never forgotten.

Review: Imperial Gunner - Mini Bust (AFX Exclusive)

Posted by Paul | May 27, 2013 at 07:39 AM EDT |

It surprises us again that Gentle Giant Ltd. would relegate a popular character like the Imperial Gunner as an exclusive Mini Bust. See this gorgeous collectible 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 Gunner

Visual Guide Update - Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) - Gentle Giant

Posted by Chuck | May 26, 2013 at 05:46 PM EDT |

Following todays Research Droids Review, we are adding Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) to our Visual Guides. One of only two ewok Mini Busts to be made by Gentle Giant (so far), this highly detailed bust will please any Return of the Jedi collector! Click below to check him out!

Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) - Gentle Giant

Review: Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | May 26, 2013 at 07:21 AM EDT |

Did you know Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) had a dead pigeon's head (or the galaxy far, far way equivalent of it) hanging from his medicine bag? This is just one of the details you would miss out on if all you care about are Hasbro's figures. See more of these Easter eggs in our 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Logray (Ewok Medicine Man)

Visual Guide Update - Commander Bly (TCW) - Gentle Giant

Posted by Chuck | May 25, 2013 at 08:09 PM EDT |

With The Clone Wars come and (almost) gone, it's a shame we didn't see more Mini Busts from Gentle Giant featuring characters from the series. The ones they did release were quite well done and could use more to compliment them. Commander Bly was one of the lucky ones to be made, featured in his Phase I armor! Click below to check out our complete Visual Guide of this collectible bust, and make sure you stop by our Research Droids Review to catch up on all of the details, and featuring an all-new photo gallery to go along with the review!

Commander Bly (The Clone Wars) - Gentle Giant

30 Years of Return of the Jedi! Happy Anniversary!

Posted by Chuck | May 25, 2013 at 06:39 AM EDT |

It's hard to believe it has been 30 years since the close of the Original Trilogy! In 1983 we eagerly anticipated the release of the "final" Star Wars film. I recall vividly sitting there in the theater during the opening crawl hardly believing the moment had arrived, and that bittersweet feeling when it ended wondering if I would ever see another Star Wars film. Now, 30 years later, we eagerly anticipate the release of the film that will follow Return of the Jedi. Strange how things work out! click on the banner below to celebrate 30 years of Jedi, from the team at Jedi Temple Archives!

Return of the Jedi 30th Anniversary Tribute

Review: AT-AT - TVC - TRU Exclusive (Happy 30th Birthday ROTJ!)

Posted by Paul | May 25, 2013 at 12:02 AM EDT |

Today is the 30th birthday of Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi!!! That's hard to believe, isn't it?! A fantastic film, Star Wars collectors get to appreciate it a little bit more through the collectibles Hasbro makes for us. To commemorate this event, we are celebrating 30 years of ROTJ with the recently released AT-AT (Imperial All Terrain Armored Transport) vehicle, a Toys R Us exclusive. Is this behemoth for you? It's much more different from previous versions than we even expected. See why we love it in our 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

AT-AT (Imperial All Terrain Armored Transport)

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | May 24, 2013 at 07:54 PM EDT |

Brian's Toys this week has the holy grail of Star Wars collecting... a double-telescoping Darth Vader on 12-A cardback graded an overall 70 from AFA!  This item is currently put up for auction and the bidding is going wild.  The reserve has been currently met and one collector will have a chance to own this extremely limited piece.  Follow through the link to bid on this Vader on eBay.

If you want more Darth Vader, the newsletter also contains a new Sideshow 12" Darth Vader Deluxe pre-order, a Noble Studio Full Bronze Vader Statue, and a 12 Back-C Darth Vader AFA (non-telescopingly priced!).  New Masters of the Universe figures have been stocked, including a new Wind Raider vehicle.

For more from this week's newsletter, visitBrian's Toys.

Brian's Toys

Visual Guide Update - Scout Trooper (Ewok Attack) - Maquettes

Posted by Chuck | May 24, 2013 at 06:14 PM EDT |

Today we kick off a new marathon, this time featuring the high-end collectibles of Gentle Giant. To start things off we take a look at the Visual Guide for today's featured Research Droids Review: Scout Trooper (Ewok Attack). Click below to check out our detailed reference guide for this creative collectible! And, if you missed the review from earlier today, stop by and check it out! Keep checking back over the next few weeks as we run this marathon, featuring more than 20 Gentle Giant Collectibles!

Scout Trooper (Ewok Attack) - Gentle Giant

Click through for a full gallery of yesterday's LEGO event in Times Square, featuring the unveiling of a life-sized LEGO X-wing!

We are celebrating an anniversary today!!! Today marks FOUR YEARS of Research Droids Reviews! If you have been with us since May 24, 2009, you have seen a new review here every single day. We owe it all to our readers for making this feature as successful as it is, so thanks goes all out to you. We are only a few thousand shy of 4.5 MILLION total hits now. That continues to blow our minds! We are commemorating our four year anniversary with the Scout Trooper (Ewok Attack) Maquette, a piece that has already become one of our favorites. 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.

Scout Trooper (Ewok Attack) (Maquette)

Visual Guide Update - TIE Fighter (9492) - LEGO

Posted by Chuck | May 23, 2013 at 11:20 PM EDT |

We have another LEGO guide to add to the Visual Guides tonight, this time 2012's TIE Fighter. Click below to view our full guide.

TIE Fighter (9492) - LEGO

Gentle Giant Ltd. 2013 PGM Deadline Coming Up!

Posted by Paul | May 23, 2013 at 07:32 PM EDT |

Gentle Giant Ltd. has sent out a memo to remind collectors that you have until June 30, 2013 to enroll in the PGM program to ensure you will have the opportunity to purchase all of their exclusive products! Be sure to enroll today. There are some great benefits and nice products this year!

The pre-order is now open for the Sideshow Collectibles Darth Vader Deluxe Sixth Scale figure! Click through to place your order!

The Official LEGO Star Wars X-wing Press Release

Posted by Chuck | May 23, 2013 at 03:12 PM EDT |

Read all about today's big LEGO news in the official press release, along with some official images provided by LEGO of both the X-wing Fighter in the hanger and the unveiling.

LEGO Reveals Something BIG At Their Times Square Event Today

Posted by Chuck | May 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM EDT |

LEGO is holding their special event in Times Square right now, and JTA reporter Paul Harrison is on site with the news. Click through for a peek at what's going on!

And the big reveal is....

Review: Princess Leia [Slave Outfit] - OTC - OTC #33

Posted by Paul | May 23, 2013 at 06:27 AM EDT |

The Original Trilogy Collection Princess Leia (in her slave outfit) is proof that super-articulation isn't isn't needed for every action figure. A mixed media figure, she sport soft-goods, metal and corn silk details. While she is only a repack (or slight repaint depending upon your point of view), she looks fantastic in the OTC packaging. Do you own this good-looking figure? You should. Learn more 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.

Princess Leia

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | May 22, 2013 at 09:21 PM EDT |

Here is a quick update about a bunch of cool new preorders and the latest arrivals from Big Bad Toy Store. Want daily product news and updates? Check out our Facebook page and Twitter!

Big Bad Toy Store

Visual Guide Update - SDCC 2009 Brickmaster Exclusive - LEGO

Posted by Chuck | May 22, 2013 at 05:43 PM EDT |

Today's Visual Guide update features another exclusive set from LEGO, this time the 2009 SDCC Brickmaster set, which includes the mini versions of the Republic Dropshop and AT-TE Walker. This set was limited to just 500 and only available to attendees who won the "lottery", making them eligible to purchase this at the show. Click below to check out the full guide, and make sure to stop by our newly renovated LEGO Visual Guide which features a complete up-to-date listing of LEGO Star Wars sets!

Brickmaster Exclusive (2009 SDCC) - LEGO

Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | May 22, 2013 at 02:01 PM EDT |

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

Frank over at Frank Diorio's Diorama Workshop wanted us to share with our readers that the voting is now ready for his 1st Anniversary Diorama Contest.

The fans choices were sent in and I selected my TOP 5 Dioramas that I think I would have fun building and so, the Contest Voting can now BEGIN. You could win my Star Wars Tantive IV, Detention Block, Emperor's Tower, Indiana Jones Golden Idol room or Star Trek the original series Enterprise Bridge Diorama. YOU DECIDE THE PRIZE !!!

Click through to start voting! Voting continues through the end of May...

Review: Luke Skywalker [Jedi Knight] - OTC - OTC #06

Posted by Paul | May 22, 2013 at 06:11 AM EDT |

How can a figure with 14 points of articulation be so bad? We actually say that somewhat affectionately about The Original Trilogy Collection's Luke Skywalker [as Jedi Knight] figure. The packaging is great, and the likeness isn't terrible, but the articulation is seemingly pointless. 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.

Luke Skywalker

Visual Guide Update - The Yoda Chronicles Promotional Set - LEGO

Posted by Chuck | May 21, 2013 at 10:36 PM EDT |

LEGO is gearing up for a big event in Times Square on Thursday to celebrate the upcoming The Yoda Chronicles, and they kicked things off early by sending out a special Exclusive Souvenir press kit featuring the Holocron Chamber. Click below to check this completed set out as LEGO makes its debut in our new Visual Guide format!

The Yoda Chronicles Exclusive Souvenir Set - LEGO

Star Wars Action News - Episode 393: The Need for Theed

Posted by Chuck | May 21, 2013 at 10:29 PM EDT |

Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie have reported many times on the Toy Man Toy Show in St. Louis, MO. Sunday, May 19th, was the most recent show and had Star Wars represented from all era, from 12-Back carded vintage figures to the most modern of Hasbro toys. Listen to find out if you should visit St. Louis for the next Toy Man show on July 14th!

One Boba Fett in any given format is just never enough, so Gentle Giant Ltd. quickly developed the second Jumbo Vintage Kenner Boba Fett [Rocket Firing] figure already. Check out this mythic action figure in super-sized glory in our Research Droids Reviews today as we complete our analysis of recently released figures in this line as well as finish up our "21 Days Of The OT" marathon. 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 [Rocket Firing]

Why You Need To Study The Sky Guy Paradox

Posted by Paul | May 20, 2013 at 07:13 PM EDT |

I just found out that my pal Chris Swanski at BanthaSkull.com has the same disdain for Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones as I do. But perhaps more importantly, what I also didn't realize is that he's written another clever wiki entry on the topic of something he's deemed the Sky Guy Paradox which attempts to explain the phenomena of how characters from Episode II look inexplicably 10 years older (and what I think it significantly more than that) than they should in Episode IV. Before you accidentally interpret this post as some sort of one-sided bromance, click through to learn about the Sky Guy Paradox. Brilliant! (And VERY entertaining!)

Listen up all our friends across the pond in the UK! Hard to find TVC figures are arriving at Toys R Us and on sale too! JTA reader Stuart has the full story for you! Click through to read his awesome report!

A New Animated TV Series Means A New Toy Line, Right?!

Posted by Paul | May 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM EDT |

OK. So we now know a new Star Wars animated series is coming!!! This has our brains going into overdrive about how Hasbro will approach this toy line. Since they left us miserably hanging in the dark with The Clone Wars line, we hope that this new toy line based on the TV show is handled much differently. We have some ideas to throw Hasbro's way and we want YOUR INPUT too! Comment away please! Click through for more!

STAR WARS: REBELS

Coming in the Fall of 2014, a new animated adventure that takes place in between Episode III and Episode IV! Click through for more information!

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 20: R5-D4 - Jumbo Kenner

Posted by Paul | May 20, 2013 at 05:53 AM EDT |

How frustrating is it that the R5-D4 action figure from 1979 is technically more accurate than the modern ones? (Well, that depends upon your own point of view.) Find out why this is so as we we continue to visit some recently released collectibles in this line in our 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

R5-D4

A Look Back At Season Four Of The Clone Wars

Posted by Paul | May 19, 2013 at 09:41 PM EDT |

Our resident The Clone Wars expert Mike_5555 is back with a recap of Season 4 of The Clone Wars. He analyzes the various episodes and story arcs that were part of the season and adds commentary and even scores them based on their impact to the overall series. Click through to read this in-depth analysis.

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | May 19, 2013 at 08:29 PM EDT |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys sends us their latest newsletter with new deals, pre-orders and incredible bargains! Click through for more!

Wow! Gentle Giant knows how to vac-metalize better than Hasbro! The sterling Death Star Droid looks incredible, and now you'll be able to see some cool details you would normally miss in the 3.75" line. Stay closely engaged with us as we continue to visit some recently released collectibles in this line in our 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Death Star Droid

Jumbo Cantina Adventure Set More Than 50% Off!

Posted by Paul | May 19, 2013 at 07:26 AM EDT |

You saw our recent review of this awesome Jumbo Cantina Andventure Set HERE, but now ActionFigureXpress.com has put it on clearance for more that 50% off at $39.99! If you have been on the fence with this nostalgic collectible, now is your chance to act because they just won't last long at this price! (Just remember that the Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures are all sold separately.) Sale ends May 18th, unless the product sells out first.

The Endor AT-AT Has Hit Every Corner Of The USA Now!

Posted by Paul | May 18, 2013 at 08:59 PM EDT |

Well, it's official! The Endor AT-AT has FINALLY hit the East Coast. I just recently found it in the Philly area, but we are also getting reports from NY, NJ and CT too. We're actually a few days late posting this, but it's a safe bet that this behemoth is everywhere now. Sadly, it didn't "do it" for me. I may just be so burned out at this point. I will see how I feel next pay day. Click through for some other reports too!

ToyHypeUSA.com Celebrates A Year On The Web

Posted by Paul | May 18, 2013 at 08:50 PM EDT |

Our friends at ToyHypeUSA.com are celebrating their first birthday on the web. They are running a contest too where you can win some cool stuff. Click through for more information!

The Vintage Collection Takes A Dive At Meijers!

Posted by Paul | May 18, 2013 at 08:41 PM EDT |

JTA reader earthclanbootstrap let's our readers in on a cool find at Meijers (for those of you lucky enough to have them near you). Click through for his report!

The Clone Wars Season 6 Content Revealed At Star Wars Weekends!

Posted by Paul | May 18, 2013 at 08:34 PM EDT |

Star Wars weekends has already revealed some secrest from the cancelled Season 6 of The Clone Wars (do you still believe there are fans out there that are still holding out hope that TCW will indeed return)?! Anyway, check out this little teaser video about the bonus content that will eventually make it out to us one way or the other!

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | May 18, 2013 at 01:57 PM EDT |

Gentle Giant takes over this week's Brian's Toys Newsletter. Not only is the 12" Jumbo Yoda (Orange Snake) in stock, but new pre-orders are available for the recently-announced 12" Jumbo Zuckuss and the long-awaited Star Wars chess set. For 6-inch collectors, the Marvel Legends Rocket Raccoon Series is ready for pre-order.

Check out this week's newsletter for a selection of Star Wars graded vintage, from carded to loose. Go to Brian's Toys!

Brian's Toys

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 18: Snaggletooth - Jumbo Kenner

Posted by Paul | May 18, 2013 at 07:51 AM EDT |

There is no universal agreement as to whom the Snaggletooth action figure is meant to represent. Is this Takeel? Is this Zutton? Is this Rachalt Hyst? Some even believe Snaggletooth is an amalgamation of all three! Kenner used a picture of Rachalt Hyst on the packaging, but it goes without saying that the intent of all vintage Kenner figures was to mirror them from the films and not The Star Wars Holiday Special. So it's very likely that Snaggletooth just suffered the same costume, accuracy and aesthetics issues as Hammerhead and Walrus Man did, etc. Still, some collectors feel otherwise. What do you think? Stay closely engaged with us as we continue to visit some recently released collectibles in this line in our 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Snaggletooth

The results are in! Christopher Lee has made his preferences known! In fact, they were so good that he had to choose an extra winner! There are now THREE of you who will receive an exclusively signed Compendium Poster! Click through to see if you won! And thanks to all who participated.

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 17: Cantina Adventure Set - Jumbo

Posted by Paul | May 17, 2013 at 06:16 AM EDT |

Gentle Giant Ltd. surprised us all when they announced they had plans to reproduce a replica of the Cantina Adventure Set for the Jumbo Vintage Figures line. It's not an exact replica, but it's pretty darn close. See it from every angle and with all four Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures for which it was designed. (For the record, this playset came without any figures.) Stay closely engaged with us as we continue to visit some recently released collectibles in this line in our 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Cantina Adventure Set

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | May 16, 2013 at 10:44 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

Jazz Up Those Cantina Bar Sections Instead Of The Band!

Posted by Paul | May 16, 2013 at 01:18 PM EDT |

JTA reader (and periodic RDR writer) Arnold Corso proudly purchased the Cantina bar distillery and painted it to add to his cantina diorama. Be sure to let him know what you think in our comments!! A full gallery awaits you, complete with patrons!

Custom Episode VII Han Solo (Interpretation)

Posted by Paul | May 16, 2013 at 01:08 PM EDT |

JTA moderator PaulB shares his custom creation: his take on what an Episode VII Han Solo might look like! Click through to see his kit-bashed creation!

Custom Realistically-Styled Pong Krell

Posted by Paul | May 16, 2013 at 01:02 PM EDT |

JTA moderator Sjefke has worked up a rather impressive realistically-styled custom Pong Krell action figure. It's his submission for the cool Figures that Never Were contest at ImperialShipyards.net? Click through to check out his hard work! Now if we could just get Hasbro to work hard for us!

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 16: Walrus Man - Jumbo Kenner

Posted by Paul | May 16, 2013 at 07:51 AM EDT |

He has been called everything from "Butt Face" to "Ponda Baba" but you probably know him best as Walrus Man. No matter what you deem his name to be, he may be the most inaccurate Kenner action figure from the entire 1978-1985 run (save for the characters with the obvious name change errors). Gentle Giant Ltd. was sure to bring all of his inaccuracies forward to the Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures line and he looks fantastic. Stay closely engaged with us as we continue to visit some recently released Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures in our 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Walrus Man

6 Inch Black Series: New Life For Star Wars Collecting Or Not?

Posted by Paul | May 15, 2013 at 06:31 PM EDT |

Hopefully you were able to partake (or at the very least read the discussions) in our very "heated" debates about the 3.75" Black Series and Saga Legends lines coming out this Fall. The topic at this point has been rather exhausted, so now it's time to talk about the 6" Black Series line, perhaps the most controversial line of all. Introducing an all-new scale is a very dicey thing. With it comes more risks than anything else. To be fair, it brings collectors more details and articulation, but will it engage the amount of collectors it needs to sustain itself? Will four new figures at a time be enough to maintain interest? Will they expect to sell the same four figures for months on end? (Because that AIN'T gonna work.) Let's look at what's definitely coming and then for fun speculate on what might be coming. (more....)

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 15: Hammerhead - Jumbo Kenner

Posted by Paul | May 15, 2013 at 05:43 AM EDT |

It's our opinion that one of the biggest omissions to The Vintage Collection was Momaw Nadon. But have no fear because Gentle Giant Ltd. has released a one-sixth scaled version of Hammerhead and placed him in "vintage styled" packaging. Stay closely engaged with us as we continue to visit some recently released Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures in our 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

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Happy 69th Birthday To The Maker!

Posted by Paul | May 14, 2013 at 01:53 PM EDT |

Happy birthday George Lucas!

HERE IS YOUR FINAL REMINDER AND CHANCE TO WIN! You have less than 12 hours to get your entry posted!Jedi Temple Archives is thrilled to partner up with brilliant artist Christopher Lee to give away two of his unbelievably popular "Collect All 92!" animated posters. We have received our own poster in the mail already and let us tell you: it's breathtaking. Now you have a chance to win your own, signed by Christopher Lee himself! Click through for details!

UPDATE: We added a huge version of the poster for much easier viewing and idea generating! Get those entries in now!

Discounted Star Wars Hasbro Stuff At Gabriel Brothers

Posted by Paul | May 14, 2013 at 12:33 PM EDT |

If you have a Gabriel Brothers near you, you may want to stop by and see what kind of Star Wars deals you can grab. JTA reader jeremyohio has the scoop to share! Click through for his report.

Star Wars Action News - Episode 392: Exclusively Inclusive

Posted by Chuck | May 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM EDT |

For many, the joys and pains of collecting can be summed up in one word--exclusive. A hard-to-obtain, limited piece can be the prize of a collection both as a rarity and as a memory of a trip. But obtaining these exclusives often is difficult for many either involving expensive trips or high premiums on the secondary market. But as the 2013 convention season commences new exclusives are being announced every week. Last week came news of Hasbro's San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Han in Carbonite and Boba Fett Black Series 6-inch figures. Now on this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie look at exclusives announced for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2. From T-Shirts to posters to pins, the first round of exclusive merchandise offers some collectibles with a vintage style and others with a more modern and German flare. Join their discussion and start your shopping list now!

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 14: Greedo - Jumbo Kenner

Posted by Paul | May 14, 2013 at 05:56 AM EDT |

It's not easy being Greedo, a character we love to hate and one of the first bounty hunters we ever saw. The vintage Kenner action figure of him wasn't 100% accurate, but we didn't care in 1979 and we don't care today. Thankfully Gentle Giant Ltd. doesn't care either and happily added him to the Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures line! Stay closely engaged with us as we visit some recently released Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures in our 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

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Imperial Navy Commander Makes A Reasonable Return To Amazon!

Posted by Paul | May 13, 2013 at 09:09 PM EDT |

The Imperial Navy Commander is in stock again at Amazon for a reasonable 13.48, with free shipping on orders over $25. As of this post there's only 2 left... so hurry, this won't last long! Special thanks to JTA reader Austin J. for the head's up!

A Concerned Look At The Upcoming Black Series 3.75 Scaled Line

Posted by Paul | May 13, 2013 at 10:52 AM EDT |

Is the Black Series line already doomed to fail? There are still no American pre-orders to be had yet and collectors are becoming increasingly anxious about the first couple of case assortments, especially the inaugural wave. In the meantime, let's take a quick look at what is coming to the newly hailed Black Series 3.75" line, the extremely disappointing replacement to The Vintage Collection. Click through for more....

A Sarcastic Look At The Rebirth Of Saga Legends

Posted by Paul | May 13, 2013 at 10:20 AM EDT |

There are still no American pre-orders to be had yet, but let's take a quick look at what is coming to the newly revitalized (and dumbed-down) Saga Legends line. Click through for more....

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 13: Yoda, The Jedi Master - Jumbo

Posted by Paul | May 13, 2013 at 07:51 AM EDT |

It appears that Gentle Giant Ltd. tried very hard to give collectors the most accurate version of Yoda, The Jedi Master in one-sixth scale. For those of you who don't know, this was the new name Yoda got when he was placed on a Return Of The Jedi card back. But his figure also went through a drastic metamorphosis, not just the card back. Sadly Gentle Giant missed a couple of important details. Stay closely with us as we visit some recently released Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures in our 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 email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Yoda, The Jedi Master

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | May 13, 2013 at 07:45 AM EDT |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys updates readers with new pre-orders, new arrivals and new clearance! Click through for the latest updates!

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 12: Boba Fett - VOTC

Posted by Paul | May 12, 2013 at 08:19 AM EDT |

The VOTC Boba Fett is another fine figure that has aged very little in almost a decade from its original release. We complete our analysis on the first 12 of nearly two dozen action figures that served as forefathers to the incredible The Vintage Collection with this figure. 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.

Boba Fett

You Just Never Know Where Hasbro Star Wars Figures Will Show Up!

Posted by Paul | May 12, 2013 at 08:16 AM EDT |

Hasbro Star Wars figures have shown up at Military PX shops! Click through for more! Special thanks to JTA reader lord_varion for the report!

Episode VII To Begin Filming In The UK!

Posted by Paul | May 12, 2013 at 08:11 AM EDT |

Episode VII will begin principal photography in the UK! Click through for more!

Become A Stormtrooper At Disney!

Posted by Paul | May 12, 2013 at 08:08 AM EDT |

Disney's Hollywood Studios is giving you the opportunity to put your face on a 3D-printed Stormtrooper figurine as part of its Star Wars Weekends annual event. For $99.95 and 10 minutes of your time (more....)

VTSC (Vintage The Saga Collection) Completely Revisited!

Posted by Paul | May 11, 2013 at 11:56 AM EDT |

We may be featuring the first 12 The "Vintage" Original Trilogy Collection figures in our Research Droids Reviews at the moment, but with one more to go tomorrow (Boba Fett), we thought you'd also like to know that we have been updating the "Vintage" The Saga Collection action figures as well. Click any thumbnail below to see all-new expanded galleries with up to two and/or three times more images, updated Collector Notes, comparison shots to the original Kenner figures from 1978-1985 and brand new reference stills on most of these figures. See how the early "vintage styled" lineups progressed to the point that brought us up to the outstanding The Vintage Collection, a line that ended all too soon. Enjoy! (You can see the complete list of the VTSC reviews HERE.)

    
     

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 11: Stormtrooper - VOTC

Posted by Paul | May 11, 2013 at 07:22 AM EDT |

The views expressed here about the VOTC Stormtrooper are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Jedi Temple Archives. The VOTC Stormtrooper is one of the most overrated figures of all time. Why so many collectors fell for it escapes us. Utterly useless below the waist, a Stormtrooper action figure MUST have ball-jointed hips to be useful. We continue our analysis on this annoying figure as we revisit the first 12 of nearly two dozen action figures that served as forefathers to the incredible The Vintage Collection. 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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Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | May 10, 2013 at 09:23 PM EDT |

Brian's Toys' newsletter this week is jam-packaged full of new stuff from Master Replicas to Vintage Tri-Logo!  Get your hands on some rare Revenge of the Jedi mini-rig proof sheets from Kenner.  Or be one of the few to own Signature Editions of the eFX Luke "Red Five" X-Wing Fighter, Master Replicas Boba Fett Helmet, or the Luke Skywalker ROTJ Version 2 Lightsaber.

New Star Wars Artwork from ACME Archives has also been added, including art of Han Solo, Boba Fett, Jabba the Hutt, and the Battle of Endor.  Right now, Brian's Toys has a couple of exclusive Gentle Giant 12' Jumbo Yoda Brown Snakes (PGM Exclusives) available.  Be sure to grab one before they are gone!

To see the above or to check out the new Tri-Logo AFA Figures, visit Brian's Toys.

Brian's Toys

Sponsor Announcement: AP Collectibles

Posted by Paul | May 10, 2013 at 06:19 PM EDT |

JTA sponsor AP Collectibles writes in with some important updates. Click through for details on what you need to know!!

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 10: Chewbacca - VOTC

Posted by Paul | May 10, 2013 at 05:32 AM EDT |

The VOTC Chewbacca is pretty much amazing. Allthough based on his appearance from Episode VI, it was the first time Hasbro nailed his likeness and scale, and collectors finally realized just how big he actually is. Join us in revisiting the first 12 of nearly two dozen action figures that served as forefathers to the incredible The Vintage Collection. 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.

Chewbacca

The Endor AT-AT Is Slowly But Surely Headed East

Posted by Paul | May 10, 2013 at 05:28 AM EDT |

JTA moderator PaulB writes in to let everyone know that the TVC Endor AT-AT has hit the Ohio area. It's only a matter of time now before it hits the East coast!

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 9: Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) - VOTC

Posted by Paul | May 09, 2013 at 06:09 AM EDT |

Here is the R2 figure that was the changing factor for all others in the basic figure line. Artoo Detoo (R2-D2) (With Extension Arm) truly revised the way Hasbro approached the plucky astromech droid. Join us in revisiting the first 12 of nearly two dozen action figures that served as forefathers to the incredible The Vintage Collection. 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.

Artoo Detoo (R2-D2) (With Extension Arm)

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | May 08, 2013 at 09:44 PM EDT |

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

Spring Overstock Clearance Sale - We are having a spring sale with reduced prices on some of our overstocked products, including Transformers, Batman, Marvel Universe, Marvel Legends, Star Wars and more.  Check out the reduced pricing on the list and start saving!  The list includes 80 featured sal items, plus over 3000 additional items, so there is something for everyone.

Big Bad Toy Store

Win Christopher Lee's Amazing Collect All 92 Animated Poster!

Posted by Paul | May 08, 2013 at 08:50 PM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives is thrilled to partner up with brilliant artist Christopher Lee to give away two of his unbelievably popular "Collect All 92!" animated posters. We have received our own poster in the mail today and let us tell you: it's breathtaking. Now you have a chance to win your own, signed by Christopher Lee himself! Click through for details!

UPDATE: We added a huge version of the poster for much easier viewing and idea generating! Get those entries in now!

Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | May 08, 2013 at 01:27 PM EDT |

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

Enloe Trials Production Update

Posted by Paul | May 08, 2013 at 01:25 PM EDT |

Our pals at Yakface.com have an awesome production update to the upcoming latest chapter in the Enloe Trials, an excellent Photo Novel by our good friend Justin over there. Check it out!!

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 8: Yoda - VOTC

Posted by Paul | May 08, 2013 at 05:38 AM EDT |

The "Vintage" Original Trilogy Collection Yoda action figure was an admirable attempt to mirror it after the figure from the eighties, but not all went right with it. Another figure that collectors like more for its packaging than the actual figure, see our assessment of Yoda. Join us in revisiting the first 12 of nearly two dozen action figures that served as forefathers to the incredible The Vintage Collection. 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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What A Black Series Jabba The Hutt Might Look Like....

Posted by Paul | May 07, 2013 at 01:00 PM EDT |

JTA friend John Mc. alerts us to a custom Black Series scaled Jabba The Hutt and play-set at Amaro Customs. How awesome would it be if Hasbro delved into something of this magnitude for the heightened scale this line brings? While there are some definite likeness and scaling issues, check it out to see a "what if" that Hasbro should indeed set out to manufacture in the newly developed line. Pay special note to the articulated Salacious Crumb. There has got to be some surprising companion pieces (like this) made or this line doesn't have a prayer.

Endor AT-AT In Stock At ToysRUs.com!

Posted by Paul | May 07, 2013 at 09:27 AM EDT |

With special thanks to JTA reader LesDudis, we are happy to report that the Endor AT-AT is in stock at and available at TRU.com!

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 7: Lando Calrissian - VOTC

Posted by Paul | May 07, 2013 at 07:41 AM EDT |

The Lando Calrissian The "Vintage" Original Trilogy Collection figure is underappreciated. OK, so it has swivel elbows, but the figure's lower body movement is incredible and can attain more impressive poses that many other super-articulated figures, even those with ball-jointed hips. See why you need to overlook the swivel articulation and appreciate this figure for what it brings to the table. Join us in revisiting the first 12 of nearly two dozen action figures that served as forefathers to the incredible The Vintage Collection. 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.

Lando Calrissian

Tomorrow a new era in Star Wars Expanded Universe novels beings with the release of Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void. Written by Tim Lebbon and based on the Dark Horse comic series Dawn of the Jedi this book tells of Force users twenty-five thousand years before the battle of Yavin. It's the first Star Wars novel set so early in the timeline, and also the first Star Wars novel by Lebbon. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Arnie talks to Tim about the process of writing this novel and the themes throughout.

How Much Longer Will Star Wars Collecting Be This Abysmal?

Posted by Paul | May 06, 2013 at 11:18 PM EDT |

I have been quiet for a while now, so I feel it's time to sigh audibly enough for you to hear me again. I don't condone swearing, but my very good friend John McCartney just recently spouted "How many [expletive] The Phantom Menace figures did Hasbro make?" It wasn't meant to be humorous. And he said it expecting me to give him a straight answer, yet I found it difficult not to chuckle because his succinct assessment is really the nuts and bolts of this whole mess. I have to wonder the same exact thing.... (read more)

Facebook Sneak Peek: Jumbo PGM Exclusive Yoda [Brown Snake]

Posted by Paul | May 06, 2013 at 07:39 PM EDT |

Check out a special Facebook Sneak Peek of the "just arrived" Yoda, The Jedi Master [Brown Snake] PGM exclusive Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure. It's pretty cool in general. It comes packaged on a Return Of The Jedi card back (which is only for the exclusive version) and brown snake, as well as intentionally mismatched hands and feet. Gentle Giant Ltd. may have missed the boat here however. While this error version did exist (the mismatching), Kenner eventually released a corrected verison of the brown snake Yoda where his head color does match his hands and feet. So we're slightly disappointed that they didn't go with the corrected version instead. Also, there were two different types of brown snakes. One was plastic like the orange version, but then they changed the material and the second verison was rubbery. Guess which one PGMs get with this release?! The last error that actually bugs us a bit is that they used the wrong color cane. The "brown snake" Yoda came with a dark brown cane. This one comes with the lighter "orange snake" version. Too many mistakes for an expensive item like this!

     

EA Announces Star Wars Video Game Deal With Disney!

Posted by Paul | May 06, 2013 at 05:08 PM EDT |

EA has announced a deal with Disney to publish future Star Wars games. As announced today, the two companies have established "a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines." Click through for more!

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 6: Darth Vader - VOTC

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

The "Vintage" Original Trilogy Collection Darth Vader figure is one we should hold in high regards. The reason we should is because it changed the way Hasbro approached Darth Vader ever since. With each successive release, updates and changes have always been for the better. Join us in revisiting the first 12 of nearly two dozen action figures that served as forefathers to the incredible The Vintage Collection. 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.

Darth Vader

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | May 05, 2013 at 08:56 PM EDT |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys is back with new announcements, an awesome list of pre-orders and some great items on clearance! Get them before they're gone! Click through for the latest NOW!

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | May 05, 2013 at 07:44 PM EDT |

Brian's Toys would also like to say May the 4th Be With You! To celebrate, Brian's Toys is offering Free Shipping for the next few days for orders over $40 that ship via UPS Ground.  To take advantage of the Free Shipping Promotion, add $40 worth of items to you shopping cart, select UPS Ground as your shipping method, and enter the promo code MAY4TH at checkout. (Note: This promotion is only available to contiguous United States customers.)

New on this week's newsletter is a great selection of ESB and POTF Vintage AFA items.  A rare ESB Six Pack is also a neat featured item.  From the Loyal Subjects comes a new vinyl figure wave for G.I. Joe.  You can pick up a set of Series 1 for $99.99 or pick from some of the more common vinyl figures which are available individually.

For the complete newsletter checkout Brian's Toys.

Brian's Toys

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 5: See-Threepio (C-3PO) - VOTC

Posted by Paul | May 05, 2013 at 04:15 AM EDT |

OK, so maybe See-Threepio (C-3PO) isn't the greatest action figure ever made. That doesn't mean we understand why he gets a ton of unnecessary flack. An admirable effort, this version of the protocol droid looks incredible as far as deco is concerned, but so many collectors are unwilling to accept that because he doesn't come with 14 points of articulation. Join us in revisiting the first 12 of nearly two dozen action figures that served as forefathers to the incredible The Vintage Collection. 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.

See-Threepio (C-3PO)

JediNews.co.uk Celebrates Six Years On The Web!

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

We would like to wish our good friends across the pond, JediNews.co.uk, a fantastic 6 years on the web! Happy birthday guys!

Sideshow teases the Deluxe Darth Vader one-sixth scale figure and reveals that it goes on pre-order May 23rd. This one looks remarkable folks!

Limited Edition R2-A6 Mimobot

Posted by Paul | May 04, 2013 at 11:11 AM EDT |

Mimibot reached out to Jedi Temple Archves to alert our readers of the limited edition R2-A6 Mimobot. Click through for more information.

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 4: Luke Skywalker - VOTC

Posted by Paul | May 04, 2013 at 07:31 AM EDT |

May the fourth be with you! Is there a more perfect figure to celebrate Star Wars Day than Luke Skywalker as he appeared in the very first Star Wars film? The most super-articulated version of Luke Skywalker up to that point, Hasbro indeed attempted to make this the consummate Luke Skywalker action figure, but it has one or two issues that need tweaking. Join us in revisiting the first 12 of nearly two dozen action figures that served as forefathers to the incredible The Vintage Collection. 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.

Luke Skywalker

Happy Star Wars Day!!!

Posted by Paul | May 04, 2013 at 07:25 AM EDT |

Happy Star Wars Day to all of our readers! May the fourth be with you!

Christopher Lee has updated the order page for his impressive animated take on the classic POTF vintage card back. Click here for complete details. The item goes on sale tomorrow for May the Fourth! In the meantime, right now you can download a FREE desktop wallpaper (in various sizes) by clicking RIGHT HERE!

Endor AT-AT Is Beginning To Make Rounds In The Midwest!

Posted by Paul | May 03, 2013 at 05:18 PM EDT |

JTA reader and close pal Morgan Knapp writes in to let us all know that the Endor AT-AT has hit Michigan. Click through for his report!

eBay Suggests Great Gifts For May The Fourth Be With You!

Posted by Paul | May 03, 2013 at 01:43 PM EDT |

How will you celebrate May The Fourth Be With You tomorrow? eBay suggests some wonderful items to help make this a momentous event for your and your fellow Star Wars fan. Click through to see what they suggest, from action figures to some extremely unique gifts!

SDCC Exclusive Boba Fett With Han Carbonite Fully Revealed!

Posted by Paul | May 03, 2013 at 10:41 AM EDT |

USA Today fully reveals this year's Hasbro San Diego Comic Con exclusive: 6" Black Series Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite Block!! Click through for the full details!.

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 3: Princess Leia Organa - VOTC

Posted by Paul | May 03, 2013 at 08:11 AM EDT |

So close, but no cigar! Princess Leia Organa is an incredible update from what we were offered up to that point, but more is needed in order to consider her definitive. Join us in revisiting the first 12 of nearly two dozen action figures that served as forefathers to the incredible The Vintage Collection. 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.

Princess Leia Organa

Sideshow Collectibles Celebrates May The Fourth!

Posted by Paul | May 02, 2013 at 07:33 PM EDT |

Sideshow Collectibles gets ready to celebrate May The Fourth Be With you with a fantastic Return of The Jedi give-away and a tease of the Episode VI Darth Vader one-sixth scale figure! Check it out!

Imperial Navy Commander at Amazon... It Won't Last Long!

Posted by Chuck | May 02, 2013 at 07:08 PM EDT |

The Imperial Navy Commander is in stock at Amazon for $14.98 $12.37, with free shipping on orders over $25. As of this post there's only 3 left... so hurry, this won't last long!

UPDATE: It's down to $12.37 now!!!

Tales From The Light Side....

Posted by Paul | May 02, 2013 at 06:30 PM EDT |

JTA reader Chris C. was so haunted by our tale yesterday that he felt compelled to write in with some good news to change the pace of things a bit. Click through for his recent store find!

Standard Seasonal Sale Pricing Or Another Epic Fail?

Posted by Paul | May 02, 2013 at 06:24 PM EDT |

JTA reader Jeff T. writes in to let us know about a sale price for Class II vehicles at TARGET. Is this a sign that the cheapened format isn't working? (Yes.) Will Hasbro change it back? (No.) Click through to see what you can get for $5 lighter on your wallet now through May 18th.

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | May 02, 2013 at 06:17 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

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 2: Han Solo - VOTC

Posted by Paul | May 02, 2013 at 06:07 AM EDT |

Hopefully you were part of the fun discussion with the Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi figure yesterday, but if not then be sure not to miss the banter today. Join us in revisiting the first 12 of nearly two dozen action figures that served as forefathers to the incredible The Vintage Collection. We continue with Han Solo which is easily the best VOTC figure of the bunch. It's so good that it hasn't aged in almost 10 years! Still definitive even today, it was only made better by its gorgeous packaging! See this all and more 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.

Han Solo

Tales From The Dark Side....

Posted by Paul | May 01, 2013 at 10:00 PM EDT |

This story is about as grim as the pegs have been looking at retail lately. Just when you think you've heard it all, something like this comes along to once again destroy the faith you've thought you'd built up in other people. JTA longtime reader Darth Eddie has a true tale of terror to share with you. But brace yourself, because it will anger you and you know what Yoda says about anger.... click through for more please.

New Sponsor: AP Collectibles

Posted by Paul | May 01, 2013 at 06:30 PM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives warmly welcomes new sponsor AP Collectibles! AP Collectibles has a wonderful selection of Star Wars, Marvel/DC, G.I. Joe and other merchandise for collectors, with a very impressive emphasis on products from Gentle Giant Ltd. and Sideshow Collectibles, amongst many, many other licensees! Their prices for high-end collectibles in particular are some of the most competitive on the market! Be sure to check out what they have to offer. With a visually stunning site and nice navigation, AP Collectibles should become one of your premier sources for awesome Star Wars collectibles! Welcome AP Collectibles!

Complete C2E2 Event Coverage At Sandtroopers.com

Posted by Paul | May 01, 2013 at 02:30 PM EDT |

In case you haven't checked out all of the fun you missed at C2E2, be sure to check out the full coverage from our friends at Sandtroopers.com where they were also in the good company of JTA affiliates Yakface.com and SWActionNews.com. It was a fun event for all and we wish we could have joined them!

Beyond Awesome Animated Vintage Kenner Card Back Print!

Posted by Paul | May 01, 2013 at 10:18 AM EDT |

We'll probably be seeing a plethora of awesome things like this for May The Fourth Be With You, but we think this one already takes the cake! With special thanks to our friends at Yakface.com for advertising this, please, please, please check out this awesome animated version of the classic vintage Kenner card back! Be sure to look for little "artistic license" nuances like the TIE Fighter Pilot's, well, um, "tie" for example! There are others too!

Review: 21 Days Of The OT: Day 1: Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi - VOTC

Posted by Paul | May 01, 2013 at 05:33 AM EDT |

Join us in revisiting the first 12 of nearly two dozen action figures that served as forefathers to the incredible The Vintage Collection. First up is Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, perhaps the weakest of the dozen. An admirable effort and fair update, it wasn't however anywhere near definitive status. Its selling point? The wonderful packaging! Here is hoping Hasbro will give us the 2009 TLC version in "vintage styled" packaging one day! See this 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.

Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi


 
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