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June 2013

Review: Darth Vader - Life Size Bust (Our 1500th Review!!!)

Posted by Paul | July 01, 2013 at 12:02 AM EDT |

I teased you all a few weeks ago, and again yesterday about this. But now is the time to reveal it. I have been saving up for Sideshow Collectibles' Darth Vader Life Size Bust for a while now. It's worked out that I could pay it off in time for our 1500th Research Droids Reviews entry – which makes my knees buckle a bit in and of itself. I can tell you however that this high-end collectible makes my knees buckle a bit more. If you only read one review on the web this year, please read this one too. It is absolutely the GREATEST high-end collectible I have ever purchased and I am at a loss for words how awesome it is indeed. Over 70 images of it follow by clicking the banner below.

In perfect timing, JTA would also like to wish David Prowse, the man who IS Darth Vader, a very happy 78th birthday today (78 is also a very important "Hasbro" number too as far as Darth Vader is concerned). It must have been the will of the Force that we have reached our 1500th review on his July 1st birthday, especially with a collectible based on the character he portrayed. Serendipitous? No, it's the Force.

To our readers, thank you for the 4+ years support of this column. It's been tough providing a new review for everyone each and every day, but it's taught me discipline in a completely different light, which is always a great life skill set to develop I suppose. I hope you'll join us faithfully when The Black Series collection starts hitting. You can rest assured we will be making them a priority.

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 (Life Size Bust)

Thank you JK at YF.com for the awesome banner concept for this very special piece.

Previously Unannounced Mission Series Revealed!

Posted by Paul | June 30, 2013 at 07:08 PM EDT |

flyguy.net reveals previously unannounced Mission Series sets! Click through for more information!

The Black Series 3¾ Inch Debuts at Retail!

Posted by Chuck | June 30, 2013 at 06:49 PM EDT |

Earlier this week we were excited to report the first 'in the wild' spotting of the upcoming Darth Vader/ROTS line. Now, our friends over at Jedi News have the first store report for The Black Series. Stop by and check out the first confirmed siting of The Black Series 3¾ Inch figures...

All Will Be Revealed Tomorrow

Posted by Paul | June 30, 2013 at 05:45 PM EDT |

Come back tomorrow to see what this is and celebrate a milestone with us.

SOTDS Saga Legends Stormtrooper And Other Things At Marshalls!

Posted by Paul | June 30, 2013 at 04:23 PM EDT |

JTA reader Eli H. lets us know that 2011's SW [SOTDS] Stormtrooper Saga Legends figures are still hitting there in drives (I can confirm this as well). There are inexplicable numbers of this particular figure hitting Marshalls. Click through for his report of this and other finds.

Star Wars Banks Showing Up At Toys R Us Stores

Posted by Paul | June 30, 2013 at 04:15 PM EDT |

JTA reader Ian G. writes in to report that pretty cool banks are showing up at Toys R Us stores. Click through to check them out.

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | June 30, 2013 at 04:06 PM EDT |

Dorkside Toys releases they're latest newsletter of new pre-orders, new arrivals and sale items. Click through for all of the details!

New Saga Legends Hit eBay!

Posted by Paul | June 30, 2013 at 03:58 PM EDT |

The newly revisited Saga Legends figures have hit eBay in the UK! Click through to check them out and see if they're for you or not.

Photonovel: Alliance Intelligence

Posted by Paul | June 30, 2013 at 03:01 PM EDT |

JTA and Yakface.com reader Tsui_Choi asked us to share his intensely detailed photonovel with our readers. Please click through to read Alliance Intelligence: Season 1. You can also read Chapter 10: Alliance Intelligence: The Glory Of Fangorn HERE.

Review: Darth Vader - Premium Format Figure

Posted by Paul | June 30, 2013 at 08:22 AM EDT |

The best word to describe the Darth Vader Premium Format Figure would most likely be "refined". This high-end collectible is a gorgeous "museum quality" piece with jaw-dropping artistry and brilliant attention to details (especially that beautiful cape). See this mixed media collectible from many angles 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 (Premium Format Figure)

A Sobering (And Shocking) Analysis Of The Black Series 6-inch Line

Posted by Paul | June 29, 2013 at 08:59 PM EDT |

I have been in the business of collecting toys for a while now. I know that prototype images will often (and sometimes dramatically) differ from production figures, but I really have to take exception with The Black Series 6" line. I feel I have been falsely advertised a product that I had high hopes for and have been let down with the recent "final" in-package images that have leaked on eBay and other sources. And call me a conspiracy theorist, is it just me, or have you noticed that Hasbro has used all of the prototype images to promote this line? Our friends at The Astromech Collection have put together an incredible side by side image on our Facebook page that we're going to show you here. See all the shortcuts that were taken on R2-D2 from this so-called "high-end collector-focused" line. Look at all of the important paint details that were cut. It's very sad. Hasbro needs to step up this line if it is to have a future that will engage and keep adult collectors. Click through for the let down.

Shaking Things Up A Bit - Approaching The Star Wars "Saga" Line

Posted by Paul | June 29, 2013 at 07:02 PM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives is first and foremost eagerly gearing up for The Black Series lines as well as some of the Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith] line too for our reviews. But for "in-between" filler, we will be looking at the 2002-2004 Star Wars "Saga" line to keep the RDRs running. (more....)

Mission Series Reverse Side Card Backs Revealed!

Posted by Paul | June 29, 2013 at 06:27 PM EDT |

Our friends at Yakface.com have secured an image of the Mission Series card backs of two different products. Click through to check them out.

50% Off On Recycled Vintage Star Wars Notebooks

Posted by Paul | June 29, 2013 at 06:05 PM EDT |

Kevin G. posted on our Facebook page that he is running an incredible sale on the Recycled Vintage Star Wars Notebooks he sells. Use code HOT50 to receive a 50% discount! Please click through for more information.

Pointing Darth Vader Products Hit The Philippines

Posted by Paul | June 29, 2013 at 11:10 AM EDT |

JTA reader Jaime from the Philippines writes in to let us know that 2013 Product is arriving. Click through for the complete report!

Review: Darth Vader - OTC - OTC #10

Posted by Paul | June 29, 2013 at 07:41 AM EDT |

We finish up adding The Original Trilogy Collection basic figures to our Research Droids Reviews today with the addition of Darth Vader. This wasn't the best choice for Hasbro to add into the line. 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

Jedi Temple Archives Welcomes New Staff Member!

Posted by Paul | June 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives is very excited to welcome new staff member Jeremy Moran to our site. Jeremy will be one of our lead moderators and social media specialists as well as helping us out with other duties. He hails from the great state of Texas and if you post regularly in our comments you probably have already come across his many witty and insightful comments under the handle flamingtoilet. Please give a warm welcome to Jeremy and always remember you can just call him FT. Welcome Jeremy!

 

Pretty Good Kmart Clearance Sale!

Posted by Paul | June 28, 2013 at 07:17 PM EDT |

JTA reader Steve sends us information a great clearance sale at Kmart. Click through for more!

New Sections Now Open For the Upcoming 2013 Products

Posted by Chuck | June 28, 2013 at 03:05 PM EDT |

The time for new figures to hit the shelves is fast approaching! We just finished laying the groundwork for these to be added to the archives by opening up two new sections in both our Visual Guides and Research Droids Reviews! Make sure to stop by our new Visual Guide for The Black Series to keep up-to-date on the latest figure listings, and keep an eye on our Research Droids Reviews as we add these to the database as soon as they are available. You can also find all our listings for the new Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge of the Sith] series on its Visual Guide page, and its corresponding Research Droids Review index is ready to go as well!

The Vintage Collection Ewok Assault Catapult Loose Image Surfaces!

Posted by Paul | June 28, 2013 at 09:03 AM EDT |

With special thanks to our friends at BanthaSkull.com for tipping us off, StarWarsFiguren.com has an out of the box picture of the Ewok Assault Catapult set. It looks great, but what's up with the paint jobs on the Ewoks?!

Review: Darth Vader (Star Wars Animated) (Black & White Edition)

Posted by Paul | June 28, 2013 at 05:24 AM EDT |

This isn't Groundhog Day, so don't think you're looking at yesterday's RDR. The third focus on Darth Vader is the Darth Vader (Star Wars Animated) (Black & White Edition) Maquette. With a tiny edition size of 500 pieces, it's highly sought after and very hard to find on the aftermarket. 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 (Star Wars Animated) (Maquette) (Black & White Edition)

HasbroToyShop.com Offers A FREE Star Wars Figure

Posted by Paul | June 27, 2013 at 11:49 PM EDT |

HasbroToyShop.com is running a FREE Star Wars figure promotion. Click through for details.

Celebration Europe: Showcase Your Unique Star Wars Collectibles

Posted by Paul | June 27, 2013 at 11:05 PM EDT |

Have an awesome vintage item? Maybe a really cool limited edition Star Wars collectible? We want to see it! Bring your treasure to the Collecting Track room (Halle Ruhr) and show it off before hundreds of other collectors during the three days of the show. Your collectible must be small enough to fit into a standard counter-height display case and it will be locked up while on display. While you’re at Celebration Europe, make sure to stop by and view what promises to be some truly amazing treasures. If you're interested in showcasing your Star Wars collectibles at Celebration Europe, please contact Marjorie Carvalho at marjorie@swactionnews.com. Please note that Celebration Europe will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.

The Rise Of Darth Vader Cancelled In European Markets

Posted by Paul | June 27, 2013 at 09:43 PM EDT |

Could this spell certain doom for the USA markets too? Now, before all the crotchety forum trolls misread this post and erroneously accuse us of bad reporting (like a recent event), we feel the need to spell this one out clearly. TOY PALACE has posted on their product page that The Rise Of Darth Vader multipack has been cancelled for European markets. Just like the last time, we are alerting you to what SOMEONE ELSE has posted and published, not JTA. Click through to read the rest yourself.

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | June 27, 2013 at 07:08 PM EDT |

Big Bad Toy Store sends in their latest offerings. You can also get daily product news and updates by subscribing to BBTS's Facebook page and Twitter feed!

BOTCON SALE!

BBTS is going to be at Botcon this weekend, but we have also left happy surprises for those that can't attend.  Our Botcon sale lists 32 Transformers items that have been discounted especially for this weekend, like Encore #20A Devastator Anime Color Gift Set at $99.99 ($35 off MSRP), the Shattered Glass Soundwave Vs. Blaster Set at $199.99 ($50 off MSRP), the Perseus Six Figure Boxed Set with Bonus Parts at $449.99 ($200 off MSRP), the BBTS Exclusive Dark Energon Deluxe Set of 4 at $39.99 ($20 off MSRP) and Voyager Set of 2 at $34.99 ($15 off MSRP) and much more.  Check out all of the great deals on the list and grab what you like before they're gone - remember, this sale only lasts as long as Botcon does!

Big Bad Toy Store

TRU.com Puts Up Remaining MIA The Black Series Figures!

Posted by Paul | June 27, 2013 at 03:42 PM EDT |

The rest of the wave 1 The Black Series figures are now available for pre-order at ToysRUs.com. Click the image below for direct access to order the figures!

UPDATE: Sold out!

Sideshow Collectibles 1:6 Scale Deluxe Clone Trooper Pre-orders

Posted by Chuck | June 27, 2013 at 03:20 PM EDT |

Sideshow collectibles has given us dozens of clones to-date, but today they release their first official army builders for your clone army! Whether you are focused on Phase I or Phase II (or both), these deluxe clones will do the trick! Click through if you are in the market for a Grand Army of the Republic!

Sideshow Collectibles just released a first look at an amazing new Sixth Scale figure: Boba Fett Prototype Armor! Click through for a look at this upcoming offering!

Obi-Wan Kenobi (CW40) - The Clone Wars

JTA reader Jamie D. from the UK has a phenomenal report from retailer TK Maxx, which must be the European equivalent to TJ Maxx as well as one from TRU. Click through because this report is amazing! Hopefully these will arrive in the USA!

Review: Darth Vader (Star Wars Animated) - Maquette

Posted by Paul | June 27, 2013 at 07:47 AM EDT |

The second focus on Darth Vader is the Darth Vader (Star Wars Animated) Maquette. Despite an edition size of 7000 pieces, it's still highly sought after and usually commands its original MSRP. 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 (Star Wars Animated) (Maquette)

More Proof Of Never Knowing What You Might Find

Posted by Paul | June 27, 2013 at 06:14 AM EDT |

JTA reader Jonathan S. writes in with a Ripley's Believe It Or Not find. I haven't been on a good toy run for months either (aside from my Tuesday Morning Naboo Starfighter find) but this makes me rethink the process. Click through for more.

The Black Series: What We Can Expect For The Rest Of 2013

Posted by Paul | June 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM EDT |

JTA reader Peter K. asked us to distill all of the confirmed and rumored figures for The Black Series 3.75" line and we thought that was a brilliant idea. We gathered all of the information for you and put together a list of four waves. The last two waves in the list will absolutely change and the second wave while still unconfirmed by Hasbro is a pretty safe bet. Just to be fair and clear the air, until Hasbro announces anything beyond wave 1 officially at San Diego Comic Con, none of us should be counting those chickens until the eggs hatch. Please click through and view what we should expect to see before the end of 2013.

Review: Darth Vader [Episode III] - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | June 26, 2013 at 06:08 AM EDT |

We begin a one week focus on Darth Vader collectibles starting now. The Darth Vader [Episode III] Mini Bust is excellent, although it's technically based on Revenge Of The Sith promotional images and not the character that appears in the film. 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.

Darth Vader [Episode III]

SDCC Exclusive Yak Face Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure Revealed!

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

Just as our friends at Yakface.com predicted, Gentle Giant Ltd. announces the next SDCC exclusive: the Jumbo Vintage Kenner Yak Face figure with collectible coin! PGMs can order theirs now!

The Black Series Greedo "Reveal" Week Two Update

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

Yawn.... the grass in my yard grows faster than Entertainment Earth's molasses-like reveal of The Black Series Greedo 6-inch figure. Click through for the next update.

Sorry Hasbro, It Is Still All About The Vintage Collection!

Posted by Paul | June 25, 2013 at 05:41 PM EDT |

It's literally crazy. When we should be getting excited about San Diego Comic Con exclusives and new products from Hasbro later this summer, it seems that all of us are just really preoccupied with filling the holes and/or stocking up on the wonderful figures from The Vintage Collection. JTA reader Stuart S. writes in with a marvelous find in the UK and I personally have to admit that Stuart's experience brought me more joy and elation than the announcement of the first two waves of TBS. His local Williams & Griffin has loaded up on some of the hardest American Hasbro TVC figures out there. Click through for this incredible story! Sorry Hasbro, it's still ALL ABOUT The Vintage Collection and The Black Series pales in comparison. It will likely be this way for a very long time. In fact, it may never cease.

Not Difficult To Foresee The Future It Is For Yakface.com!

Posted by Paul | June 25, 2013 at 07:42 AM EDT |

We are often amazed by our friends at Yakface.com and the fine tuning they have with the Force. But now we're inclined to believe they are one with the Force as they've possessed the precognition to know that Gentle Giant Ltd. would be releasing the Yak Face Jumbo Vintage Kenner figure as a SDCC exclusive! Be sure to check back at their site for the most complete overview of this awesome collectible and their de facto mascot after the convention is over! Click through to see how they've foreseen the future.

Review: Clone Trooper [Utapau Trooper] - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | June 25, 2013 at 07:33 AM EDT |

As fate would have it, the best phase II Clone Trooper Mini Bust was the one with the smallest edition size: the Utapau Trooper. Gentle Giant Ltd. tackled the phase II clones by releasing three uniquely decorated troopers under the same edition size. See this 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.

Clone Trooper (Utapau Trooper)

Wow! This came out of left field! Gentle Giant Ltd. announces the McQuarrie Concept C-3PO as their next SDCC exclusive. PGMs can pre-order it right now. It's limited to 1008 pieces!

The Black Series 6-Inch Back Of Packaging Revealed!

Posted by Paul | June 24, 2013 at 03:36 PM EDT |

ToyArk.com also has a stunning preview of the 6-inch The Black Series line including the BACK of the packaging as well! See this breaking news for yourself by clicking through.

See The Remaining The Black Series Figures In High Resolution!

Posted by Paul | June 24, 2013 at 03:33 PM EDT |

ToyArk.com has all-new images of the remaining wave 1 The Black Series figures, unwatermarked and for your complete enjoyment in high resolution. Click through to check them all out. They even have new images of Saga Legends as well.

Review: Clone Trooper (501st Special Ops Trooper) - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | June 24, 2013 at 06:03 AM EDT |

Gentle Giant Ltd. tackled the phase II clones by releasing three uniquely decorated troopers under the same edition size. While an admirable effort, some tweaking was needed before the production products got finalized. This definitely applies to the Clone Trooper (501st Special Ops Trooper). See this 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.

Clone Trooper (501st Special Ops Trooper)

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | June 23, 2013 at 09:45 PM EDT |

Dorkside Toys alerts us to the latest arrivals, pre-orders and other information including The Black Series Star Wars figure lines! Click through for more!

Cool Star Wars Vehicles Hanging In Foreign Malls!

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

JTA reader Eugene L. from Malaysia eagerly sends us a few photos of some Star Wars related props hanging in his local mall. Man, too bad the USA doesn't have something this cool hanging from the rafters of our funplexes! Click through for more!

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | June 23, 2013 at 06:34 PM EDT |

Brian's Toys has restocked some great collectibles this week.  One of each Master Replicas 501st Legion Trooper and Commander Gree LE helmets are in stock, along with a Sideshow Exclusive Obi-Wan vs Darth Vader diorama. Vintage-style vehicles of AT-AP, Obi-Wan's Starfighter, and V-19 Torrent Starfighter have been heavily stocked.

Finally, we continue our listings of batches of Loose AFA.  This week includes a new Blue Snaggletooth, a Han Carbonite, and Star wars R2-D2.  For more from this week's newsletter, visit Brian's Toys.

Brian's Toys

Review: Clone Trooper [Episode III] - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | June 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM EDT |

Gentle Giant Ltd. tackled the phase II clones by releasing three uniquely decorated troopers under the same edition size. While an admirable effort, some tweaking was needed before the production products got finalized. Learn more about the Clone Trooper [Episode III] 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.

Clone Trooper [Episode III]

SDCC Exclusive Princess Leia (Boushh Disguise) Character Key

Posted by Paul | June 22, 2013 at 09:29 PM EDT |

ACME Archives revealed their 2013 SDCC exclusive: Princess Leia Organa (Boushh Disguise) character key. It's limited to only 250 pieces. Click through to see how you can secure one!

HasbroToyShop.com Offers The Black Series For Pre-order

Posted by Paul | June 22, 2013 at 09:18 PM EDT |

Pre-order both The Black Series lines at HasbroToyShop.com!!

A Big Fish Tale Of Naval Proportions!

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

You know about the buy one get one 50% off sale at Toys R Us, but you don't know about this story. Click through for more!

Some Things Are Not What They Seem

Posted by Paul | June 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM EDT |

Look what I found today....

It Never Ceases To Amaze

Posted by Paul | June 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM EDT |

I haven't been on a toy run in so long that I almost forgot how to do one effectively. But I did manage to GPS a foreign Walmart into my route and to my shock found a complete set of figures from the worst case ratio of all time: the Darth Malgus wave. Click through to see this unbelievable find as well as one of the reasons (perhaps the single most important reason) why the Star Wars line has come to a screeching halt to the left of them!

To The Ends Of The Earth....

Posted by Paul | June 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM EDT |

I got 'em! I got 'em! After incessantly calling over a baker's dozen Tuesday Morning locations, I finally found the coveted Naboo Starfighter. Don't give up the fight if you want this puppy!

Review: Commander Neyo - Mini Bust (Tokyo Blister Event)

Posted by Paul | June 22, 2013 at 07:48 AM EDT |

The rarest clone commander Mini Bust of 2007 is the Tokyo Blister Event Commander Neyo. With a scene specific pose and an excellent design, it's quickly become collectors' most favorite. What will you think? Let us know 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.

Commander Neyo (Mini Bust)

2013 "Darth Vader/ROTS" Packaging Hits Retail!

Posted by Paul | June 21, 2013 at 11:35 PM EDT |

JTA reader Corey writes in to let us know that 2013 product is hitting retail! Click through for his report!

The 2007 Commander Bacara Mini Bust is spectacular. Let our photo gallery tell you the complete story 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.

Commander Bacara (Mini Bust)

TARGET Gives Up On Hasbro's Re-envisioned Class II Line

Posted by Paul | June 20, 2013 at 05:59 PM EDT |

Well, it has officially begun. TARGET's short attention span on the products they sell has activated the inevitable. While it would be easy to claim this was Hasbro's fault by changing the scale and quality of the Class II line, it's likely just TARGET getting ready for the Fall. Click through for the proof. (Special thanks to JTA reader Steve J. for alerting us to this story.)

UPDATE: More reports coming in already! Brian R. from Arkansas also let us know that basic figures are on clearance too. Photo evidence added.

Review: Commander Bly - Mini Bust (Forbidden Planet Exclusive)

Posted by Paul | June 20, 2013 at 05:51 AM EDT |

The 2007 Commander Bly Mini Bust is another excellent release, although we believe the yellow color flashes are a bit too light. What do you think? See this Forbidden Planet exclusive 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.

Commander Bly (Mini Bust)

Sideshow Collectibles Declines Offering SDCC Exclusives This Year

Posted by Paul | June 19, 2013 at 11:28 PM EDT |

In March we broke the news that Sideshow Collectibles had quietly cancelled the release of the "all clean" C-3PO Life Size Bust. It was odd for multiple reasons. Up to that point, Sideshow Collectibles would never reveal a product and place it on pre-order only to cancel it. It's too far along in the process at that point. What made it more odd was that their reason for cancelling it was because they couldn't replicate the paint operations from the prototype. Sideshow Collectible "can't" replicate the paint operations of the prototype? We don't think so. There has to be something more here. Now, CoolToyReview.com is reporting that Sideshow Collectibles has bowed out of offering a San Diego Comic Con exclusive this year. WHAT?! This is unprecedented and VERY disappointing. And quite frankly it makes no sense. While there is nothing more we can do than speculate at what's going on, it does make us wonder if we have room to worry about what their future plans are for products under the Star Wars branding. What are your thoughts?

UPDATE: Sideshow has confirmed via their Twitter feed that there will indeed be no SDCC exclusives this year. They have also stated that in lieu of any SDCC exclusives they will be offering other exclusives throughout the year from both themselves and Hot Toys. But that is a silly statement to make. This of course means that the only difference is that there will be no 2013 SDCC exclusives as originally stated because they release exclusive products throughout the year regardless. Um, Mythos anyone? It still makes us wonder what is going on over there.

Multiple Additional Tuesday Morning Naboo Starfighter Finds!

Posted by Paul | June 19, 2013 at 11:05 PM EDT |

We are still receiving reports from JTA readers that they're successfully finding the 2012 Class II Naboo Starfighter wave. I for one have been completely unsuccessful. It must be the will of the Force not allowing me to find a sealed one for my colleciton. I personally called 12 locations "near" me and not one had any of them in stock or even received them (or so they say). But it may be worth your while to call your local store and see what they have. Remember, these are only $14.99 at the register. What a crime that these never made it out to regular retail. (Special thanks to JTA reader Eric T. for the image of his find.)

The Vintage Collection Wave 14 Hitting Books A Million

Posted by Paul | June 19, 2013 at 10:57 PM EDT |

JTA reader Mike T. writes in to let us know that wave 14 of The Vintage Collection is arriving again at Books A Million chains as evidenced by the Nikto figure, at least in his area of Florida. If you're still looking for Starkiller or Shae Vizla, you may want to stop at this retailer and see if youc an score them! Click through for the proof!

Review: Commander Gree - Mini Bust (Celebration IV Exclusive)

Posted by Paul | June 19, 2013 at 06:02 AM EDT |

2007 was a banner year for collectors of Gentle Giant Ltd. products. Commander Gree is more proof of that. See this Celebration IV exclusive 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.

Commander Gree (Mini Bust)

San Diego Comic Con Exclusive Deluxe Boba Fett Mini Bust!

Posted by Paul | June 18, 2013 at 07:55 PM EDT |

StarWars.com has an exclusive sneak peek at the newly revealed Deluxe Boba Fett Mini Bust based on his appearance from Return Of The Jedi! Sadly, it will be a SDCC exclusive this year! (Dumb move Gentle Giant! Dumb move!) Check this beauty out now!

      

UPDATE: It's now available to pre-order for PGMs by clicking THIS LINK!

Slave I And TIE Interceptor Shown At Tokyo International Toy Fair!

Posted by Paul | June 18, 2013 at 06:51 PM EDT |

JTA Facebook fans saw this exclusively on our Facebook page earlier today, but now it's time to share with the rest of the class. JTA reader Ting So alerted us to coverage by JapanStarWars.com of the International Tokyo Toy Fair which included reveals of The Vintage Collection Slave I (out of the box). Also shown in the images is The Vintage Collection TIE Interceptor. Check out their coverage! It's awesome!

Is There NOW Room For Concern? Production Luke Hits eBay :(

Posted by Paul | June 18, 2013 at 06:15 PM EDT |

Uh-oh. I am getting concerned now with the 6" The Black Series line. eBay seller viperskingdom has a production figure available of Luke Skywalker (X-wing Pilot) in his eBay store, but look closely at the figure. It's likeness is quite disappointing. And why did they paint his flesh tones instead of cast it in that color. Color me sad. It still may be too soon to be concerned, but this figure needs more work, especially for $20.

UPDATE: Darth Maul and R2-D2 are also listed. I don't know folks. I am really disappointed with the production figures.

Oh Yeah! The Black Series Six-Inch Sandtrooper Hits eBay

Posted by Paul | June 18, 2013 at 06:03 PM EDT |

eBay seller viperskingdom has some new Star Wars merchandise in stock! Click through to check out the The Black Series 6" Sandtrooper up closely! Special thanks to JTA reader Les Dudis for the head's up!

Wo! Mission Series Darth Vader Hits eBay! Check It Out!

Posted by Paul | June 18, 2013 at 06:00 PM EDT |

eBay seller viperskingdom has some new Star Wars merchandise in stock! Click through to check out the Mission Series Darth Vader up closely!

Review: Commander Cody - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | June 18, 2013 at 06:17 AM EDT |

Gentle Giant Ltd. should be extremely proud of their Commander Cody Mini Bust. It possesses authenticity, accuracy and one of the greatest hand painted decos we have ever seen. 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.

Commander Cody (Mini Bust)

Star Wars Action News - Episode 396

Posted by Paul | June 18, 2013 at 06:14 AM EDT |

The 3.75-inch Black Series is looming and new packaged shots are being released of the first wave of figures with Padme, Biggs, Luke, Vader, and more. But despite the eagerness of Star Wars collectors for new figures, fans are having a mixed reaction to the new packaging for these figures. On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast hosts Marjorie and Arnie are joined by their Marvelicious Toys co-host Justin, a graphic designer and packaging expert, to examine Hasbro's latest Star Wars designs. Click through for more!

"Exclusive" The Black Series 6 Inch Wave 2 Greedo Reveal

Posted by Paul | June 17, 2013 at 03:18 PM EDT |

In typical Entertainment Earth fashion, they are milking their "exclusive" reveal of Greedo from wave 2 of the 6" The Black Series wave by showing a portion of its development over the next few weeks. Can they drag it out more? Unless you're completely asleep at the wheel, flyguy.net has already discovered these upcoming figures. So far, EE has shown the initial stages of Greedo's development. Click through if you're interested. To be fair, they do have a great image showing the analysis of Greedo that licensees use to bring the collectibles to life, a blue print of sorts.

The Black Series At ToysRUs.com Buy One Get One 50%!

Posted by Paul | June 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM EDT |

Toys R Us has select The Black Series figures available for pre-order and they are on sale for Buy One Get One 50%! Special thanks to JTA reader Corey for the heads up! Links to product found by clicking through!

UPDATE 1: The links we provided no longer work. They either sold out of the pre-order allotment, or this was a mistake from the beginning!. Let us know if you get cancellation notices!!!

UPDATE 2: The links are working again!

The Clone Wars: Emmy Winning!

Posted by Paul | June 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM EDT |

Congratulations Star Wars: The Clone Wars! After five wonderful years it is officially an award winning program. The Clone Wars received seven nominations at the Daytime Emmys and garnered two wins. David Tennant won the award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for his role as Huyang. The Clone Wars also won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program. George Lucas himself accepted the prestigious award and was joined on stage by supervising director Dave Filoni, producer Cary Silver, and line producer Athena Portillo. Click through for more!

Review: Han Solo (Rebel Captain: Bespin) - 1:6 Scale Figure

Posted by Paul | June 17, 2013 at 09:01 AM EDT |

Something went very wrong with the Han Solo (Rebel Captain: Bespin) 1:6 Scale Figure. The irony here? It has the highest edition sizes of any 1:6 Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles! 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.

Han Solo (Rebel Captain: Bespin) (1:6 Scale Figure)

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | June 17, 2013 at 08:54 AM EDT |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys alerts readers to the latest pre-orders, clearance merchandise and upcoming arrivals! Click through for more!

Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi (The Clone Wars) - Maquette

Posted by Paul | June 16, 2013 at 07:58 AM EDT |

Here is another gorgeous Maquette. Obi-Wan Kenobi (The Clone Wars) gives collectors a near-exact replica of the character. See it at every angle 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 (The Clone Wars)

CAUTION: May Cause Eyes To Tear

Posted by Paul | June 15, 2013 at 03:49 PM EDT |

While this story makes me want to go into further denial, there may be a place for the shampoo bottles Hasbro now are calling 12" figures after all. Click through at your own risk! Thanks to JTA moderator Paul B. for the story.

One of the greatest things about having down time with Hasbro is catching up on older figures and finding them for fantastic prices. This about sums up JTA reader John B.'s experience. He got some great stuff for $30! Click through for more!

Review: Clone Trooper (The Clone Wars) - Maquette

Posted by Paul | June 15, 2013 at 08:23 AM EDT |

If you want to see a most perfect replica of the phase I clone from The Clone Wars film and television series, then look no further than the Clone Trooper (The Clone Wars) Maquette. It's gorgeous and completely accurate unlike the 2008 Hasbro figure. Continue through to see this perfect Maquette 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.

Clone Trooper (The Clone Wars)

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Paul | June 15, 2013 at 08:17 AM EDT |

Place your pre-orders now at Brian's Toys for the recently announced Han Solo (Hoth) Jumbo Figure from Gentle Giant.  The Cobra Commander: The Dictator sixth scale figure from Sideshow is also available for pre-order! Click through for more!

The Latest Disney Rumor Is....

Posted by Paul | June 14, 2013 at 04:52 PM EDT |

Here is a new Disney rumor. Check out what blastr.com is reporting!!

If You Liked It Then You Should Have Put A Ring On It....

Posted by Paul | June 14, 2013 at 02:56 PM EDT |

Here is something fun to look at that falls between stupid to very humorous. There is a flickr album that could easily be titled "Star Wars Karaoke", although the author of these antics also includes GI Joe and Lord Of The Rings figures too. Definitely worth checking out. TIP: Make sure you look at the song title at the bottom of the image post, otherwise, you won't have the melody in your head when you read the parodied lyrics!

We're not the only ones who have felt the wrath of the distribution Sith. Our French friends at ToyzMag.com are reporting that just now, for the very first time, they are getting the Starkiller/Shae Vizla wave (as well as a few others). Click through for their report!

Review: Holographic Qui-Gon Jinn - Mini Bust (Celebration Japan)

Posted by Paul | June 14, 2013 at 08:54 AM EDT |

If you only buy one holographic Mini Bust, buy this one. The Holographic Qui-Gon Jinn is actually not that bad. Too bad however he never appeared on film this way. 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.

Holographic Qui-Gon Jinn

Tonight we make the final entry in our Gentle Giant Visual Guide marathon. After 21 Days our final update (for now) is the Republic Commando (Limited Edition Collector's Set). This set, limited to just 200, was raffled off through the Gentle Giant PGM (winners didn't win this set, only the first-chance opportunity to purchase the set). Click below to check out each member of Delta Squad, and also make sure to check out the ultra-cool Acme Archives Republic Commando Lithograph that came exclusively with this set. The pieces included sport the silver PGM base, unlike the individually released Delta Squad members. If you missed any entries from our 3-week marathon, be sure to click here to see them all day-by-day!

Republic Commando (Limited Edition Collector's Set) - Gentle Giant

Jedi Temple Archives Seeks Two Staff Members! Are You A Fit?

Posted by Paul | June 13, 2013 at 05:59 PM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives is honored to have the amazingly active community in our comments that we do. This part of JTA has taken off beyond our expectations and to the point that current staff can barely keep up with it! As a result, we're in search of two eager staff members that can help us with specific things in our comments module, which hopefully will become a lead type of role. If this is something that interests you, please click through for more!

Sponsor Announcement: AP Collectibles

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

JTA sponsor AP Collectibles writes in the let readers know about the latest pre-orders. If you don't know, AP Collectibles has some of the most competitive pricing on the market, For those of you that collect Gentle Giant and Sideshow Collectibles products, this is the online store you want to visit! Click through for the latest announcements!

Tamashi has just released what appears to be a teaser image of a S.H. Figuarts Yoda silhouette! If this is true, it is believed that if they do a line for Star Wars figures of their renowned quality that there will be little to no reason to ever purchase a Hasbro figure again. Click through to see the teaser!

UPDATE: Rebelscum.com is reporting that this series of figures is NOT in development. See their report here. (Tamashi updated their post to explain that it was a picture of someone's avatar and not a teaser image.)

Hologram Mini Busts are sort of a waste in our opinion. The Holographic Darth Maul, which was a Star Wars: The Exhibition (Brussels) exclusive, it neat, but not really necessary. See our thoughts on this 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 Darth Maul

The Hoth Collection Begins! Han Solo (Hoth Outfit) Is Up First!

Posted by Paul | June 12, 2013 at 10:32 PM EDT |

Gentle Giant Ltd. is eager to start what they're hailing as their "Hoth Collection" beginning with Han Solo (Hoth Outfit) in the Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure line. Click through to place your pre-order!

Poor Peter Mayhew. He gets stopped because of his lightsaber cane. Have these TSA workers ever seen Star Wars? Click through for more!

The Enloe Trials Photo Novel Series - Chapter III: Revelation

Posted by Paul | June 12, 2013 at 10:21 PM EDT |

Justin at Yakface.com send us a link to his impressive photo novel series. It's time for Chapter III - Revelations. Click through to be visually stimulated with some amazing custom work and a fantastic storyline!

Awesome ROTS FrankenVader Custom Work!

Posted by Paul | June 12, 2013 at 10:13 PM EDT |

JTA reader Eli Hyder, who has his own fantastic customs site, writes in to share his amazing take on Darth Vader's surgery scene from Revenge Of The Sith. Click through to check it out!

Visual Guide Update - Stormtrooper Commander (TFU) - Mini Busts

Posted by Chuck | June 12, 2013 at 09:05 PM EDT |

Stormtrooper Commander (The Force Unleashed) was another Mini Bust released in 2010 tied to The Force Unleashed. Click below to check out Gentle Giant's version of this character, and don't forget to check out our review and see how we rated this Mini Bust.

Stormtrooper Commander (The Force Unleashed) - Gentle Giant

What's In The Box(es)? What's In The Box(es)!!

Posted by Paul | June 12, 2013 at 06:07 PM EDT |

What have we here? Clue: It's one item in two boxes and it's coming soon to RDRs!

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | June 12, 2013 at 03:57 PM EDT |

Big Bad Toy Store sends in their latest offerings. You can also get daily product news and updates by subscribing to BBTS's Facebook page and Twitter feed!

TransFans - Big Bad Toy Store will be attending Botcon later this month in San Diego, so be sure to stop by and say Hello!

Big Bad Toy Store

Review: Clone Commander Cody - TCW [SOTDS] - CW03 (Variation!)

Posted by Paul | June 12, 2013 at 06:18 AM EDT |

This is a very different RDR today. I look at a pretty much unknown variation (however not rare) of The Clone Wars Clone Commander Cody action figure that I actually didn't know existed until I was brought in to co-author The Utimate Action Figure Collection by Steve Sansweet. Interestingly, I couldn't find one sample anywhere until recently, as I searched aimlessly for the Naboo Starfighter at Tuesday Morning (no luck on that one). I speak from personal experience and give you a few inside details about making the book, as I talk smack about GalacticHunter.com and Yakface.com (and maybe a few other sites as well.... maybe). Please join me for a very differently oriented Research Droids Reviews entry 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.

Clone Commander Cody

We are coming to a close on our Gentle Giant Visual Guide marathon, with only a few days left. It's not over yet though, and today you get a two-for-one Visual Guide: Starkiller: Ultimate Good And Ultimate Evil Apprentice (The Force Unleashed). This Action XPress exclusive offered both sides of The main character from The Force Unleashed. Click below to check out both of these Mini Busts, and read our full review outlining all the details (and more) you need to know about this set!

Starkiller: Ultimate Good And Ultimate Evil Apprentice (The Force Unleashed) - Gentle Giant

Hasbro Promo Images Added To Our Facebook Page

Posted by Paul | June 11, 2013 at 03:30 PM EDT |

We added the very "controversial" Hasbro-copyrighted promotional images to our Facebook page for your enjoyment. Please feel free to enjoy them and share them as you see fit.

eBay seller viperskingdom has a fantastic lot of five (5) Ewoks for $20.99 with FREE shipping. For both customizers and teddy bear lovers alike, get this family of fur balls for a very reasonable price! More than 10 sets are available for purchase as this goes to print! While they're not complete, there are some harder to find Ewoks in this lot including Romba and Leektar. Click through for more!

Send In The Clones! More The Black Series Revealed With A Focus!

Posted by Paul | June 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM EDT |

Flyguy.net reveals even more The Black Series 3.75" basic figures. There is an interesting concentration of characters this time however. Click through for more!

UPDATE: Everything but the first item listed is a Droid Factory UPC which should eventually translate to a The Black Series SKU. The first item in the list is from the Star Wars Amp'd line. Special thanks to Darth_Chuck for the confirmation!

Review: Greedo - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | June 11, 2013 at 07:53 AM EDT |

The Greedo Mini Bust misses the mark in the head sculpt, although the rest of the Mini Bust is pretty darn good. See 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.

Greedo

We have our final McQuarrie Mini Bust update: Darth Vader (McQuarrie Concept). Click below to check out this awesome Mini Bust, complete with three different concept portraits! You can also see our full review right here, featuring an all new expanded gallery too.

Darth Vader (McQuarrie Concept) - Gentle Giant

A TARGET Investigation That Will Illuminate And Devastate!

Posted by Paul | June 10, 2013 at 07:05 PM EDT |

JTA reader Eric S. has really done his homework for us! After seeing our report on The Black Series 3.75" figures and then flyguy.net's 6" report today, he was able to take the UPC numbers and plug them into TARGET's system and get clear answers to what these figures are and where the came from as a follow up to our original TARGET report (found here)! Click through for this VERY INFORMATIVE report! For example, we know the status of the Luke Skywalker (ROTJ) figure and sadly it's not what you think it is! You may also want to blow a coronary when you find out which of these figures were planned for The Vintage Collection. (It's heartbreaking!)

Joe Corroney Slave Leia Celebration Europe Exclusive Print!

Posted by Paul | June 10, 2013 at 06:11 PM EDT |

Comic Book artist Joe Corroney has created a stunning print of Slave Leia being held via chain by Boba Fett which is a gorgeous Celebration Europe exclusive. You can see the "almost final" updated version for the very first time on his Facebook page by clicking THIS LINK. You can also order the print HERE.

Star Wars Action News - Episode 395

Posted by Chuck | June 10, 2013 at 05:39 PM EDT |

San Diego Comic-Con is just a month away and Star Wars collectible companies like Hasbro, Gentle Giant, Hallmark, and Diamond Select Toys have been revealing their 2013 convention exclusives! Listen to this week's Star Wars Action News podcast to find out what people at the con will be fighting over, and those at home will be left to drool over. The hosts also discuss CE2 exclusives, including the announced CE2 art prints, and how international collectors may be able to get some of their money back on these great pieces.

Review: Han Solo - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | June 10, 2013 at 08:26 AM EDT |

What in the world is up with the Han Solo Mini Bust? How could you possibly take him seriously? Discover our chagrin for this 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.

Han Solo

Breaking News! Flyguy.Net Reveals New 6 Inch The Black Series!

Posted by Paul | June 10, 2013 at 08:17 AM EDT |

Flyguy.Net breaks the news of new 6" The Black Series figures. They also confirm our report of the 3.75" The Black Series figures plus add one figure announced back when it was part of the Legacy Collection "2" lineup: the A-wing Pilot. Click through for the full report!

Our friends at MintInBox.net are proud to reveal their Celebration II exclusive. They will be offering six Bounty Hunter sketch cards with images clearly inspired by Gentle Giant Ltd.'s Mini Busts! Check out this beautiful array of scum and villainy!

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | June 10, 2013 at 08:04 AM EDT |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys writes with the latest pre-order, clearance and in stock news of their fabulous online store! Click through for all of the details!!

We'll continue with our McQuarrie Mini Busts for tonights update. This time we look at last years SDCC exclusive Imperial Stormtrooper (McQuarrie Concept). Another fine example of a collectible that captures the artwork that captivated us all! Click below to check out the full Visual Guide, featuring the different poses available with this Mini Bust, including the iconic shield that didn't make the movie cut! You can also read our full review, where we handed out another five stars for this McQuarrie Mini Bust!

Imperial Stormtrooper (McQuarrie Concept) - Gentle Giant

Review: Yoda [Episode V] - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | June 09, 2013 at 12:53 PM EDT |

The Yoda [Episode V] Mini Bust is so well done that we'll let the pictures tell you all about it. See images and commentary 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.

Yoda [Episode V]

One of the coolest series Gentle Giant has produced has been the McQuarrie Concept Mini Busts. This small subset of Mini Busts are some of the best display pieces, especially when displayed side-by-side, and especially if you are a McQuarrie fan! With multiple head attachments showing the different designs you can't go wrong with adding these to your collection! Click below to check out the Imperial Snowtrooper (McQuarrie Concept) Visual Guide. Without a doubt we gave this piece five stars in our Research Droids Review.

Imperial Snowtrooper (McQuarrie Concept) - Gentle Giant

Will The Black Series Have An Unfair Disadvantage At Launch?

Posted by Paul | June 08, 2013 at 10:45 PM EDT |

JTA reader and good friend Darth_Chuck, eagerly passed on some very interesting information to me that reveals some really informative behind-the-scenes data. After he saw our report of our announcement of upcoming The Black Series figures we published from Walmart's inventory system, he performed some research of his own. While it's no cause for immediate alarm, we should still listen to what he has to say because it's interesting to say the least. He took one of the UPCs pictured in our photos and plugged it into TARGET's system and discovered a "horrible" truth. He called me by phone with the alarming news. We talked and distilled the talking points you should know. (more....)

Naboo Fighter Makes Another Rare Appearance At Clearance!

Posted by Paul | June 08, 2013 at 10:05 PM EDT |

This news will pale in comparison to our current BREAKING NEWS, but this store report is really a form of "Breaking News" too! Guess what Class II vehicle has just landed at Tuesday Morning stores for $14.99? Special thanks to JTA reader Thunderknight for the report and photos! Keep it here. We still have more news coming! Click through for this report!

A Rumor Report Not And Here Is The Proof - NEW BLACK SERIES!

Posted by Paul | June 08, 2013 at 01:52 PM EDT |

The proof of the truth shall set us free!! (Or something like that, right?!) Here you go, folks! Here is the proof you've been waiting for!!! Thank you so much for your patience. We didn't intend to distress any of you with the delay. Anyway, enjoy!! Click through for more, including an all-new figure revealed!!

A Little Additional Tease To Hold You Over....

Posted by Paul | June 08, 2013 at 12:41 PM EDT |

Here is one little additional tease more for you to hold you over until we reach our 4000 Facebook likes goal. We have additional information on the listed Snowtrooper from yesterday's report. Click through for more.

Review: Boba Fett - OTC - OTC #14

Posted by Paul | June 08, 2013 at 07:31 AM EDT |

It's very hard for us to dislike this Boba Fett figure. It's far from perfect, yet endearing in many other ways. This is the third unique repaint of it. (Did you know there were three unique paint jobs over the years?) See 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.

Boba Fett

Visual Guide Update - Luke Skywalker (Hoth) - Mini Busts

Posted by Chuck | June 07, 2013 at 11:20 PM EDT |

Luke Skywalker (Hoth) was another 2010 Mini Bust, and you can check him out in our Visual Guide below! You can also read all about him in our Research Droids Review! Enjoy!

Luke Skywalker (Hoth) - Gentle Giant

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | June 07, 2013 at 11:20 PM EDT |

Brian's Toys has an incredible selection of 12 Back AFA 90's up for auction on eBay at the moment! You can view all the listings on this week's newsletter.

Also new this weeks' newsletter is the next wave of G.I. Joe: Retaliation figures which feature 12 all-new action figures. Christian Waggoner has also released his next iteration of Boba Fett artwork. You can pick up this wonderful piece in a variety of sizes. Swing on over to Brian's Toys to find out more.

Brian's Toys

We Will Post The News Tonight If You Help Us Reach Our Goal!

Posted by Paul | June 07, 2013 at 10:34 PM EDT |

We are going to try something new. We have the second phase of our BREAKING NEWS to show you (as well as other tidbits of information) but we're going to hold it close to the vest until we reach 4000 Facebook likes. Tell your Star Wars friends about our news and tell them to check us out and like us on Facebook. There are plenty of Star Wars related sites you can help spread this news. When we hit 4000 likes, the news will be yours to view.

BREAKING NEWS!!! More 3.75

Posted by Paul | June 07, 2013 at 02:43 PM EDT |

Do you want to know some more Black Series 3.75" basic figures coming? Our Research Droids have been hard at work and have discovered a few gems coming our way! Click through for more!

UPDATE! MORE FIGURES ADDED to the list!! You're going to FREAK OUT folks!

Review: Scout Trooper (Star Wars Battlefront) - OTC - Exclusive

Posted by Paul | June 07, 2013 at 05:39 AM EDT |

Do you believe Hasbro had the audacity to permanently adhere TWO weapons to the Scout Trooper (Star Wars Battlefront) figure? Since a big part of the gaming experience is switching out weapons, it makes completely no sense that they did this. Recap this craziness with us 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.

Scout Trooper (Star Wars Battlefront)

Visual Guide Update - Han Solo (Hoth) - Mini Busts

Posted by Chuck | June 06, 2013 at 09:42 PM EDT |

2010 (the 30th Anniversary of TESB) was a banner year for The Empire Stikes Back Mini Busts! Han Solo (Hoth) was another great collectible that debuted that year from Gentle Giant. Click below to check out our fully detailed Visual Guide, and make sure to read our full report on this collectible in our Research Droids Review!

Han Solo (Hoth) - Gentle Giant

Sponsor Announcement: The Lynx Collection

Posted by Chuck | June 06, 2013 at 05:36 PM EDT |

JTA sponsor Lynx Collection is now offering their biggest discount ever: 30% off anything in the shop. They have also launched a new web site featuring their ever-growing collection of Star Wars prints. Click here to check it out!

Magnitude - An Admiral Ackbar Mini Bust - 2013 SDCC Exclusive

Posted by Paul | June 06, 2013 at 10:05 AM EDT |

Gentle Giant Ltd. is releasing a truly unique collectible for their 2013 San Diego Comic Con exclusive. The art-inspired "Magnitude - An Admiral Ackbar Mini Bust" comes in a glorious deluxe gift box and is limited to only 500 pieces! You can order it now at Gentle Giant Ltd.!

Review: Chewbacca - OTC - OTC #08

Posted by Paul | June 06, 2013 at 07:51 AM EDT |

They don't like you. And we don't like you either. Sorry to be so harsh, but this has got to be the worst Chewbacca action figure made. We even find the POTF2 more charming than this one. See why it just doesn't cut it for us 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

Visual Guide Update - Han Solo (Bespin) - Mini Busts

Posted by Chuck | June 05, 2013 at 10:00 PM EDT |

Gentle Giant has made it a tradition of making two versions of all of the The Empire Stikes Back characters that were involved in the infamous mynock hunt. The final piece will be the upcoming Han Solo (Mynock Hunt), but first released is the standard version Han Solo (Bespin). Click below to check out our Visual Guide!

Han Solo (Bespin) - Gentle Giant

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | June 05, 2013 at 10:00 PM EDT |

Big Bad Toy Store sends in their latest offerings. You can also get daily product news and updates by subscribing to BBTS's Facebook page and Twitter feed!

Big Bad Toy Store

Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett

Posted by Paul | June 05, 2013 at 09:11 PM EDT |

Deep in the darkest corners of BookExpo America...far from the steely gaze of your average geek on the hunt, there sat a little black book.... plain.... unassuming.... thin. Read more at IdelHands.com! This is a book you won't want to miss! Click through for more....

Toy-Palace is also taking pre-orders for The Rise Of Darth Vader Battle Packs set. Dear Lord, can the packaging be any worse? Click through for more details!

TVC [Biggs Darklighter's] X-wing Fighter Goes Up For Pre-order!

Posted by Paul | June 05, 2013 at 05:46 PM EDT |

Toy-Palace is NOW taking pre-orders for the complementary The Vintage Collection Biggs Darkighter X-wing Fighter. Pre-order now and it ships on September 30, 2013. Click through for more details!

TVC TIE Interceptor Goes On Pre-order!

Posted by Paul | June 05, 2013 at 05:45 PM EDT |

Toy-Palace is NOW taking pre-orders for the awesome The Vintage Collection TIE Interceptor. Pre-order now and it ships on my birthday July 31, 2013. Click through for more details!

Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | June 05, 2013 at 03:11 PM EDT |

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

Research Droids Reviews

More Star Wars Stock Arriving At Tuesday Morning Stores

Posted by Paul | June 05, 2013 at 03:06 PM EDT |

Tuesday Morning stores are getting Star Wars stock again! JTA moderator Sjefke sends us a report that The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] figures as well as the Walmart exclusive DVD packs are showing up there as we speak. While nothing noteworthy has arrived at Sjefke's location, you never know what your local store may get in stock next! So go and check! (Sorry for the poor images.) Click through to see more.

One More Step Closer To Perfection

Posted by Paul | June 05, 2013 at 03:01 PM EDT |

Check out JTA moderator Paul B.'s take on Luke Ceremonial. See what a decent head sculpt will do for an action figure? Let's hope that the Black Series version comes out better than this! Click through to see more.

Review: Han Solo - OTC - OTC #07

Posted by Paul | June 05, 2013 at 08:49 AM EDT |

OK, so he is way overused. But we can't help not hating this figure. That doesn't mean however that we don't want to see Hasbro retire it once and for all. Check out the OTC iteration of Han Solo, a figure that didn't have a chance competing next to the VOTC 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.

Han Solo

Visual Guide Update - Commander Fox (The Clone Wars) - Mini Busts

Posted by Chuck | June 04, 2013 at 09:27 PM EDT |

Commander Fox, one of the few TCW animated characters to make it to the Mini Bust line, gets his debut in our Visual Guides tonight! Click below for our detailed guide of this collectible. You can also visit our Visual Guides News page to catch up on all our most recent Gentle Giant guides during this marathon.

Commander Fox (The Clone Wars) - Gentle Giant

Black Series Carded Images Revealed!

Posted by Paul | June 04, 2013 at 07:23 PM EDT |

Our friends at Rebelscum.com are the very first to post the largest high resolution images of some of the figures in the first wave of Black Series. Go check them out and then come back here to discuss in our comments!

Flipping The Hasbro Conversations

Posted by Paul | June 04, 2013 at 03:18 PM EDT |

JTA reader Matt writes in with a lengthy email full of good points and some unconventional ideas for Hasbro and the Star Wars brand. While I personally don't see eye to eye with every opinion made, I understand his reasonings and why they might be good ideas, even though I am not completely sold on the ideas. I do want to hear what our other readers have to say about the topic. In a nutshell, I don't feel that 3D printing is a viable solution for Hasbro. But what do you think? Not all of us are artists and can paint them well. Plus, I am not sure Hasbro would even consider such a notion. Matt also brings up additional points of what our attitudes should be towards Hasbro, which I also agree to some extent. But not every extent. Where will you fall? Click through for more....

"Sithorize" Or "Jedify" Your Loved Ones....

Posted by Paul | June 04, 2013 at 02:45 PM EDT |

Well, we should have known something like this was coming. You now have the opportunity to put that loved one on a "vintage styled" Kenne card back! Make that toddler a Sith Lord, or that younging a Jedi Knight. It's all up to you. Click through to check out this eBay auction that makes this all possible. Special thanks to JTA reader Dominic N. for the head's up!

R8-B7 From The Rise Of Boba Fett Ultimate Battle Packs On eBay!

Posted by Paul | June 04, 2013 at 02:25 PM EDT |

It's the hardest figure to isolate from The Rise Of Boba Fett Utimate Battle Packs set from The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] line and purchased separately, but thanks to eBay seller viperskingdom, he is offering about a half dozen RIGHT NOW. The Buy It Now is high, but make an offer because you just never know what this seller might accept. Plus, viperskingdom is offering FREE shipping too. Get this highly sought after astromech as soon as possible, because this supply won't last forever.

Review: Princess Leia - OTC - OTC #09

Posted by Paul | June 04, 2013 at 08:03 AM EDT |

She is one of the most overused figures in the entire Hasbro line, but not as bad as another (which just so happens to be tomorrow's review). Princess Leia has been around the block. See why 2004 was the time to finally say goodbye to her once and for 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

Visual Guide Update - 4-LOM - Mini Busts

Posted by Chuck | June 03, 2013 at 09:17 PM EDT |

Our next Visual Guide features 4-LOM, bounty hunter. This extremely well done Mini Bust fits right in with the rest of the bounty hunters in your Gentle Giant collection. Click below to check out our full-featured Visual Guide, and read the finer points in our review, where we ranked this collectible at a solid five stars! We reviewed this figure back in 2010, but if you haven't seen it lately be sure to check it out again as we've added all-new and updated photo galleries.

4-LOM - Gentle Giant

A Super Rare Must-Have TVC Gamorrean Guard Error/Variation!

Posted by Paul | June 03, 2013 at 07:08 PM EDT |

I totally stole this news from my Facebook friend Trevor S. (sorry Trevor), but check out this uber rare worth a bajillion cajillion dollars error Gamorrean Guard from The Vintage Collection! (That is a joke friends. We have to be clear so people don't think we're a so-called Star Wars "fan site".) Anyway, this piece of pork is looking a little lean, unlike someone else I know. What is it missing pry tell? Again, enjoy checking out the error, but don't be misled. This isn't worth more than a POTF2 figure.

Black Series Wave 2 Case Assortment!

Posted by Paul | June 03, 2013 at 09:40 AM EDT |

I don't recall this being posted anywhere to date, but that could be a false memory. If I forgotten to give credit elsewhere, I apologize. The folks at StarWars-Figuren.com have posted the case ratio to the second wave of Black Series 3.75" figures. Click through to see more.

UPDATE: Our good friends at BanthaSkull.com alerted the American collecting community first about this post at StarWars-Figuren.com. With the sincerest apologies, sorry guys! PLEEASE don't deactivate me!

Awesome Cantina Diorama!

Posted by Paul | June 03, 2013 at 09:22 AM EDT |

Awesomely talented customizer and JTA reader Carl B. is back to show off his latest Cantina environment. Check out this breathtaking work of art!

Sponsor Announcement: K&C Collectibles

Posted by Paul | June 03, 2013 at 09:09 AM EDT |

JTA sponsor K&C Collectibles writes in to apprise readers of their latest pre-orders, including some cool rarities from years past! Check it out by clicking through!

Review: Scout Trooper - OTC - OTC #11

Posted by Paul | June 03, 2013 at 09:06 AM EDT |

Great sculpts stand the test of time. This is evident with the Scout Trooper figure that was rereleased from the Power Of The Jedi line for The Original Trilogy Collection. Far from super-articulated it is still a fantastic figure nonetheless. Add your own thoughts 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.

Scout Trooper

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys - Black Series Pre-orders!!!

Posted by Paul | June 03, 2013 at 08:59 AM EDT |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys alerts us to their recent and very exciting news. The Black Series is now up for pre-order! Also, new The Walking Dead and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is in stock to ready to be pre-ordered! See it all by clicking through!

The Gentle Giant TIE Fighter Mini Bust came in two flavors, but under one edition run. The harder to find TIE Fighter [Black Three] Mini Bust was limited to 700 out of the total run, and sported the ace stripes on the helmet, as well as a silver base normally seen in PGM editions. Click below to see this subtle (but effective) chase edition, and if you missed our review of this figure last fall click here to read our thoughts on this collectible.

TIE Fighter Pilot [Black Three] - Gentle Giant

Review: Luke Skywalker - OTC - OTC #26

Posted by Paul | June 02, 2013 at 08:26 AM EDT |

The Luke Skywalker [Bespin Fatigues] figure from The Original Trilogy Collection looks quite differently from its 2002 release. He was one of the action figures in this line that received a facelift. 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.

Luke Skywalker

Visual Guide Update - TIE Fighter Pilot - Mini Busts

Posted by Chuck | June 01, 2013 at 08:56 PM EDT |

Our Gentle Giant Visual Guide marathon continues with another well-done Mini Bust, this time featuring the TIE Fighter Pilot! You saw the review from earlier today, now check out our detailed reference guide by clicking below!

TIE Fighter Pilot - Gentle Giant

Review: TIE Fighter Pilot - Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | June 01, 2013 at 08:03 AM EDT |

Gentle Giant Ltd. knows how to nail Imperial pilots, especially the TIE Fighter Pilot. Thankfully, we had the option of getting two unique TIE Fighter Pilot Mini Busts at the same time. This is the easier one to find. 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.

TIE Fighter Pilot

LEGO Officially Announces Ewok Village Set

Posted by Chuck | June 01, 2013 at 07:56 AM EDT |

LEGO makes it official today with the announcement of the Ewok Village, a massive set featuring plenty to make ROTJ fans happy! Click through for the official press release and extensive gallery...


 
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