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July 2013

Steve Sansweet To Guest Star On My Family Recipe!

Posted by Paul | July 31, 2013 at 07:54 PM EDT |

We are thrilled to announce that the special episode of "My Family Recipe Rocks" at Rancho Obi-Wan with host Joey Fatone will finally be airing tomorrow night on Disney XD! Click through for more from Racho Obi-Wan!

The Sideshow Collectibles Sixth Scale General Grievous has been revealed since SDCC 2011 and is finally on pre-order! Click through to check it out, and if you've been waiting for this one then it's time to order!

Review: Figrin D'an - Life Size Bust

Posted by Paul | July 31, 2013 at 09:58 AM EDT |

It's not this particular Bith's birthday today, but the Figrin D'an Life Size Bust is still cause to celebrate. This Chalmun's cantina entertainer has never looked better as a collectible. And this huge scale shows things that you never knew existed beforehand. Blue encircled eyes anyone? Join the celebration by checking in with 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.

Figrin D'an (Life Size Bust)

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2013 at 10:01 PM EDT |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys writes in with their latest pre-orders, new arrivals and clearance items! Click through for all of the details!

New 12-inch Figures Arrive At Retail (If You Care)

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2013 at 09:53 PM EDT |

The second series of Star Wars Shampoo is arriving at retail. Check out Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader in their packaging. Special thanks to JTA moderator Paul B. for the photo. Please tell me that they didn't re-release Anakin Skywalker. Just confirm with me that it's a mirage? Please? Thank you.

New Stuff Reaches Far East, Like The Jersey Shore

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2013 at 09:46 PM EDT |

It's a shame that trash like Snookie and The Situation adulterated what was once the beautiful association to what the Jersey Shore actually is, a place where I grew up during the summers in my youth. But the good news is that new Star Wars product is hopefully bringing back the shore in a more positive light. Yeah, I don't know where I am going with this either. Bottom line: Jub Goobles writes in to let us know that the Mission Series is now hitting the East Coat, all the way East to the Jersey Shore. Click through for his report.

Star Wars Action News: 400th Episode! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2013 at 09:35 PM EDT |

It was the biggest Star Wars party of the year--STAR WARS CELEBRATION EUROPE 2! Six years after CE1 Celebration returned to Europe with a slew of celebrities, exclusives, and guests. With Episode VII announced anticipation couldn't have been higher, and Star Wars Action News was there. Hosts Marjorie and Arnie made their first Celebration Eurotrip to take part in the Collecting Track and report on the events. Listen now to hear them, as well as Jerry, Steve, Daryl, and more as they bring Europe home to you on this milestone episode of Star Wars Action News!

Hear it now at http://swactionnews.com

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FRIENDS Arnie & Marjorie Carvalho at SWAN for 400 incredible episodes! We are so proud of you. Keep up the wonderful work you do for the community!

Marshalls Is Your Source For Newer Discounted Star Wars Stuff!

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2013 at 09:32 PM EDT |

Look what good friends of JTA, Dan Curto, found at his local Marshalls. Stuff is really hitting hard there now. If you have a local store, you should check it out! Click through for more!

Quick Pics: New 12" Darth Vader With Comparison For Scale

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2013 at 09:25 PM EDT |

JTA moderator Paul B. sends in some loose images of the new 12" Darth Vader and shoots it next to the Revenge Of The Sith 12" Darth Vader figure. Click through to see how off the 12" scale is (on one of them at least....)

The Clone Wars Complete Series Blu-ray Pre-order Up!

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2013 at 09:19 PM EDT |

The Clone Wars complete series Blu-ray box-set is avalable for pre-order at Amazon.com! Check it out! Special thanks to Mike_5555 and Arnold Corso for the head's up!

Review: Anakin Skywalker - CW - ’03 #42

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2013 at 05:38 AM EDT |

The Anakin Skywalker figure from the Clone Wars line is a unique take on the Padawan. He comes with some pilot gear as well as some battling gear, but the articulation isn't the best. See this figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Anakin Skywalker

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | July 29, 2013 at 05:04 PM EDT |

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

Big Bad Toy Store

Review: Mace Windu (General Of The Republic Army) - CW - ’03 #48

Posted by Paul | July 29, 2013 at 05:55 AM EDT |

The Mace Windu (General Of The Republic Army) action figure is suprisingly very good for a 2003 release. Find out why you should consider him for your own collection 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.

Mace Windu (General Of The Republic Army)

BanthaSkull.com Resurrects Unproduced Figure Feature!

Posted by Paul | July 28, 2013 at 09:42 PM EDT |

Our good friends at BanthaSkull.com have begun a front page feature entitled Missing In Action Figure. Cute, right? But the importance of this feature is to elicit your illicit feedback about what action figures you desperately want to see Hasbro make for you. (Your feedback isn't illicit; I just have been wanting to use the homonym pair for a while now....) Please take a moment and add your own two cents because every voice counts by leaving your thoughts in their comments. Plus it's fun! Right now they're focusing on the awesome skiff guards! How cool is that?! Click through for more details!

Celebration Europe Hasbro Presentation Slides

Posted by Paul | July 28, 2013 at 04:49 PM EDT |

Do you want to see the slides from the Hasbro presentation at Celebration Europe today? StarWarsFiguren.com has them posted in their forums! Click through to check them out!

Closeup Images To Recently Revealed TBS Figures!

Posted by Paul | July 28, 2013 at 03:24 PM EDT |

JTA affiliate StarWarsFiguren.com has alerted us to new close-up images of the recently revealed The Black Series figures from Celebration Europe. Click through to check them out!

      

Comic Packs Cyborg Darth Maul Loose on eBay!

Posted by Paul | July 28, 2013 at 02:57 PM EDT |

Wo! The Shadow Of The Dark Side Cyborg Darth Maul from the Comic Packs line has hit eBay loose with FREE shipping from Hong Kong. Read the auction carefully, but this may be a great chance to secure this super-rare figure for your collection!

A Very Cool Sandtrooper Custom

Posted by Paul | July 28, 2013 at 01:30 PM EDT |

JTA reader Austin J. asked to share his very cool Sandtrooper custom with the rest of the class. Click through to see this very impressive figure

Articulate That Darth Revan!

Posted by Paul | July 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM EDT |

JTA contributor Arnold Corso gives a great tip on how to articulate your Darth Revan action figure below the hips! Click through for his helpful hint!

A Recent Store Report From Sweden (Total Craziness!)

Posted by Paul | July 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM EDT |

Mats from Sweden checks in with us to show why it is a pure joy to be a Star Wars collector there. Click through for his report!

Even More The Black Series 3.75" Reports!

Posted by Paul | July 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM EDT |

While nothing has remotely come close to arriving in my area, we are STILL getting a ton of reports that The Black Series is still hitting stores like Toys R Us and TARGET. Keep sending thes reports into us! The latest report coms from Brian R. from Arkansas!!

Star Wars Celebration VII Officially Announced for 2015!

Posted by Chuck | July 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM EDT |

Celebration VII was officially announced at Closing Ceremonies of CEII. Looks like we get CVII as a prep for EVII! Anahein, CA is the place in 2015, April 16-19 are the dates! Tickets go on sale next month! Click through for the preview site!

The Obi-Wan Kenobi (General Of The Republic Army) action figure is far from perfect, but it was the best Episode II version of the character at the time. 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.

Obi-Wan Kenobi (General Of The Republic Army)

A huge thank you goes out to our colleagues and readers for the support you gave our "A Digested Look at The Vintage Collection" Special Report. It has been a monumental success and in less than a week has been read by almost 11,000 people. We have now archived the Special Report HERE should you want to return to it at a later date.

Special Report: A Digested Look at The Vintage Collection

The Black Series Wave 3 Case Assortment Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 27, 2013 at 04:00 PM EDT |

StarWarsFiguren.com also reveals the wave 3 case assortment for The Black Series 3.75" line. Click through to see why we still have great concerns with the case ratios. It seems as if Hasbro has not learned a thing from the 2012 bottle-necking debacle. Perhaps they're relying on the fact that these are diverse case assortments, but I personally don't feel that Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Clone Pilot need to hog up case space at wave 3. We're sliding down a slippery slope. Hasbro, maybe hold off until you have 12 all-new figures to put in a case. Or double up on new figures exclusive to that case assortment. You really have to think opposite of 2012 at this point, Hasbro. Also, even though he wasn't visually revealed at CE yet, our BREAKING NEWS report that revealed Merumeru is also in this particular case assortment too! Click through for case assortment specifics.

Battle Of Geonosis: Jedi Knights Multipacks Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 27, 2013 at 03:30 PM EDT |

Our friends at StarWarsFiguren.com reveal two unannounced gorgeous multipacks entitled Battle Of Geonosis: Jedi Knights. These sets truly look fantastic and solidify a fact we revealed in our Toy Fair Q&A with Hasbro when Derryl DePriest told JTA that something similar to the TARGET exclusive Geonosis Arena Showdown sets would be coming to collectors once again. What's most surprising however is that these aren't packaged in The Black Series line look. Coming with SIX (6) never-before-released Jedi Knights from the Battle of Geonosis, there is no way these multipacks were developed for younger collectors. Click through to see larger images of these awesome new general release items! Also, CLICK HERE to see our original reveal of these sets from our Toy Fair 2013 coverage.

  

The Clone Wars Season 5 Details Announced

Posted by Paul | July 27, 2013 at 11:01 AM EDT |

The Clone Wars Season 5 details have been released.

Star Wars Rebels Animated Series Update

Posted by Chuck | July 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM EDT |

The official logo for the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels was unveiled at CE2 today. Click over to the official site for the announcement!

Review: Kit Fisto - CW - ’03 #49

Posted by Paul | July 27, 2013 at 08:06 AM EDT |

Hasbro gave us realistic versions of characters from Tartakovsky's Clone Wars micro-series before the animated versions. Kit Fisto is one such example. Plus, it gave us a version of the Nautolan Jedi Master we probably never expected to see. 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.

Kit Fisto

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | July 26, 2013 at 05:53 PM EDT |

The next wave of Black Series is now available for pre-order over at Brian's Toys.  You can pick up both waves for $79.99.  The 6" set includes Greedo, Han Solo, Slave Leia, and everyone's favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett! Another big pre-order announcement that will turn some heads is the reproduction of the Kit Fisto FX Removable Blade Lightsaber!

Restocks this week include the Gentle Giant Life-Size R2-D2 monument statue and the Mos Eisley Cantina bookends.  New this week, we also have two new Masters of the Universe Classics figures of He-Man and Clamp Champ. Finally, check out our huge selection of Vintage Tri-Logo AFA figures! You will surely find some extremely rare finds.

To check out all of the above on this week's newsletter, visit Brian's Toys.

Brian's Toys

Quick Change Shampoo Bottles Located!

Posted by Paul | July 26, 2013 at 02:58 PM EDT |

JTA moderator Paul B. writes in to let us know he found the Anakin To Darth Vader 12" figure. I can also report finding this versatile shampoo bottle myself in Lawrenceville, NJ just today as well. Click through for the proof!

More The Black Series Reports! (Canada)

Posted by Paul | July 26, 2013 at 02:53 PM EDT |

We have tons of The Black Series store reports coming in. This one is Jamie D. from Canada! Click through for his report!

The Black Series Hits North Texas!

Posted by Paul | July 26, 2013 at 02:48 PM EDT |

We have tons of The Black Series store reports coming in. This one is from Emmett G. at Toys R Us in North Texas. Click through for his report!

Sideshow Announces Premium Format Stormtrooper Commander

Posted by Paul | July 26, 2013 at 09:01 AM EDT |

This announcement basically went unnoticed but Sideshow Collectibles has revelaed a Premium Format Stormtrooper Commander retail exclusive in their newsletter. Not much more has been revealed other than that, so stay tuned as it becomes official.

Review: Durge (Commander Of The Separatist Forces) - CW - '03 #46

Posted by Paul | July 26, 2013 at 06:16 AM EDT |

The original Clone Wars line introduced us to Durge (Commander Of The Separatist Forces) who is a very interesting bounty hunter on a mission to destroy all clones. The action figure looks cool, but it's far from perfect. See him in our Research Droids Reviews today. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Durge (Commander Of The Separatist Forces)

We released the BREAKING NEWS that these figures were coming almost two months ago, now our friends at JediNews.co.uk have the visual proof. See figures like the all-new Commander Neyo, Darth Plageuis, Vizam and the confirmed release of Mace Windu (The Clone Wars) and a whole lot more! This is exciting news folks! (The forum troll(s) who doubted our original report can sit on it by the way....)

Review: Yoda - CW - '03 #44

Posted by Paul | July 25, 2013 at 06:02 AM EDT |

Yoda from the original Clone Wars line is an admirable effort. There is very little articulation here, but his accessory and sculpt are the highlights. See this figure in great detail 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

Star Wars Action News: Episode 399 Part II: SDCC 2013

Posted by Paul | July 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM EDT |

The world’s largest convention, San Diego Comic-Con International, is winding down but with all the news and reveals at the convention Star Wars fans have much to look forward to!  Join the Star Wars Action News crew as they report on all the new collectible news from Hasbro, Gentle Giant, Kotobukiya, Diamond Select, Sideshow Collectibles, and so much more! MP3 / MP4 (Enhanced)

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | July 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM EDT |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys writes in with their latest arrivals, pre-orders and sale items! Click through for more!

Toys R Us Promotion For Use With The Black Series

Posted by Paul | July 24, 2013 at 10:01 PM EDT |

JTA moderator Bombadgungan gives us information on a current Toys R Us promotion and how it could potentially save you money on The Black Series lines. Click through for more!

More TARGET The Black Series Reports!

Posted by Paul | July 24, 2013 at 09:55 PM EDT |

There are more and more reports coming in from readers that The Black Series is being found in TARGET. Click through for Steve J.'s report!

Jazz Up An Older Starkiller Sculpt!

Posted by Paul | July 24, 2013 at 09:50 PM EDT |

JTA reader and frequent contributor Arnold Corso shows how to jazz up the 2007 TAC Starkiller sculpt which really wasn't so bad, save for his portrait. See more by clicking through.

You Didn't Have A Snowball's Chance In....

Posted by Paul | July 24, 2013 at 09:40 PM EDT |

It disappeared within six (6) minutes after it went up but the SDCC exclusive The Black Series Boba Fett And Han Solo In Carbonite SOLD OUT within moments at HasbroToyShop.com today. It came and went so fast we are just getting to posting it. It's unknown whether it will make a return appearance, but our friends at Rebelscum.com has overheard that the Han Solo In Carbonite piece may not be as eclusive as everyone thinks it is. Weigh in on your thoughts in our comments. It was a very disappointing afternoon to say the least.

The Black Series Hits Canada!

Posted by Paul | July 24, 2013 at 09:35 PM EDT |

JTA reader Bruno from Canada let's us know that The Black Series has hit Canada! Click through for his full report!!

New Details Just Revealed For C-3PO/R2-D2 Premium Format Figures

Posted by Paul | July 24, 2013 at 02:46 PM EDT |

Want to know some inside information on the soon-to-ship Premium Format C-3PO and R2-D2 figures from Sideshow Collectibles? We have some scoop to share with you! Click through for the details!

   

Review: Saesee Tiin - CW - '03 #51

Posted by Paul | July 24, 2013 at 05:44 AM EDT |

Another great sculpt in the original Clone Wars line was Saesee Tiin. He has never shown more attitude until this sculpt. See why this figure should be considered for your collection in our Research Droids Reviews today. This is an excellently done action figure. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Saesee Tiin

Visual Guide Update - Shock Trooper (SL08) - SW [DV/ROTS]

Posted by Chuck | July 23, 2013 at 06:36 PM EDT |

We're posting our final Visual Guide update to the new SW [DV/ROTS] line of figures. Click below to check out the Saga Legends Shock Trooper, and check back in with our review we posted last week in case you missed any of the finer details of this figure!

Shock Trooper (SL08) - Saga Legends

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | July 23, 2013 at 06:28 PM EDT |

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

Big Bad Toy Store

Review: Asajj Ventress (Sith Apprentice) - CW - '03 #47

Posted by Paul | July 23, 2013 at 05:56 AM EDT |

We open up the original Clone Wars multimedia event category in our Research Droids Reviews today and look at Asajj Ventress (Sith Apprentice) first. This is an excellently done action figure. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Asajj Ventress (Sith Apprentice)

Found! The Black Series 3.75" At TARGET!

Posted by Paul | July 22, 2013 at 09:13 PM EDT |

JTA reader Ryan G. writes in with a fantastic store report! He has found The Black Series 3.75" line at TARGET in CA. Click through for his complete report! Congratulations Ryan!

The Black Series Arrival En Masse is Imminent

Posted by Chuck | July 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM EDT |

Just about all of the upcoming The Black Series figures are hitting eBay in droves, which means they are arriving in stores! They are fetching crazy prices so don't give in keep your eyes open—we are not suggesting you buy these, but eBay tends to be a good litmus test on availablity! Send us those store reports as you see them and let's hope we will all be seeing these en masse soon enough...

Review: Power Droid - Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure

Posted by Paul | July 22, 2013 at 08:23 AM EDT |

Gentle Giant Ltd. finishes up the 21-backs with the Power Droid which is a stunning up-sized replica of the class vintage Kenner figure. See this figure 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.

Power Droid

Jedi Temple Archives is thrilled to present our latest Special Report entitled A Digested Look at The Vintage Collection. It not only brings together your favorite fan sites in an intense discussion on this fan-favorite collection of awesome action figures, but also includes members of the Hasbro Star Wars team as our honored special guests. This year's report is truly unique and we even have a special gift or two for you as well. The Vintage Collection will undoubtedly go down in history as Hasbro's finest effort and until it returns, there are going to remain disappointed collectors. But let's put the disappointment and our criticism of its hiatus aside for the moment. Instead, let's take in a wonderful retrospective of an action figure line that was as nostalgic as it was exciting. We hope you enjoy what you find here.

Well, they're completely SOLD OUT at Comic Con so for right now the only way you can get the Boba Fett And Han Solo In Carbonite The Black Series 6" set is on the aftermarket. See if you'll need 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.

Boba Fett And Han Solo In Carbonite

SDCC 2103: Hasbro Gallery

Posted by Chuck | July 20, 2013 at 09:54 PM EDT |

JTA friend and reader John McCartney sends in a small gallery he took while at SDCC. A big thanks to John for sharing these with our readers! Click through for the full gallery...

        

The Black Series Six Inch Price Drop on Amazon.com

Posted by Chuck | July 20, 2013 at 09:00 PM EDT |

In case you are keeping track, The Black Series 6" figures have dropped in price on Amazon.com down to $19.99. They are still calling for an August 1st release date. Thanks to JTA reader Frank for the heads up!

The Black Series 6 Inch Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode III Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 20, 2013 at 08:49 PM EDT |

We have shared StarWarsCollector.com's image on our Facebook page which shows a newly revealed Episode III version of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Special thanks goes out to Dan for alerting us to this. Check it out!

Visual Guide Update - Anakin Skywalker and 501st Legion Trooper

Posted by Chuck | July 20, 2013 at 06:15 PM EDT |

We interrupted our run of SW [DV/ROTS] updates to bring you several SDCC updates, so we are finishing up with those now. Click below to check out the final Mission Series set: Anakin Skywalker And 501st Legion Trooper (Coruscant). You can also catch up on our full review of this set right here!

Anakin Skywalker and 501st Legion Trooper (Coruscant) (MS02)

SDCC Exclusive Boba Fett And Han Solo In Carbonite SOLD OUT!

Posted by Paul | July 20, 2013 at 04:03 PM EDT |

Our friends at SWActionNews.com have reported on their Facebook page that the SDCC exclusive Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite The Black Series 6" figure set is completely SOLD OUT for the rest of Comic Con. This doesn't bode well for non-attendees! JTA field reporter John McCartney just texted me the same things as well.

    

Are You Ready? All Will Soon Be Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 20, 2013 at 01:30 PM EDT |

We are only moments away from the reveal....


Epic

StarWars.com Reveals Hasbro SDCC Presentation Press Images

Posted by Paul | July 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM EDT |

StarWars.com has posted press images of Hasbro's SDCC reveal. Click through to check them all out!

An Ewok We May Never Receive Now

Posted by Paul | July 20, 2013 at 11:02 AM EDT |

JTA reader Jonathan P. directs our attention to an image of the original resented Ewok in the catapult two-pack. The image came from Rebelscum's forums. Click through to see what magnificent action figure we seemingly won't be getting anymore. It appears as if a deco change isn't the only difference either!

Review: Boba Fett [Episode VI] - Mini Bust (SDCC Exclusive)

Posted by Paul | July 20, 2013 at 07:03 AM EDT |

They're separated by a decade and a huge difference in MSRP, but Gentle Giant Ltd. finally released Boba Fett [Episode VI] in Mini Bust format to complement the original 2003 Mini Bust based on Episode V. It's gorgeous but too expensive. Please read our Research Droids Reviews today to find out more. 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 [Episode VI] (Mini Bust)

Hasbro Press Images At Yakface.com!

Posted by Paul | July 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM EDT |

Our pals at Yakface.com cleverly intercepted Press Images from Hasbro of their very pitiful 2013 SDCC presentation. Click through to see the images.

Amazon.com Exclusive Legacy Collection Droid Factory Pre-order

Posted by Chuck | July 19, 2013 at 08:47 PM EDT |

Announced during today's SDCC Hasbro Panel, the Amazon.com exclusive Legacy Collection Droid Factory is now available for pre-order!

Visual Guide Update - Super Battle Droid (SL05) - SW [DV/ROTS]

Posted by Chuck | July 19, 2013 at 08:35 PM EDT |

We are getting close to wrapping up the first wave of Saga Legends in our Visual Guides. Tonight's entry is the Super Battle Droid. Click below to check it out, and don't forget to read our thoughts on this figure (and this line) in our Research Droids Review!

Super Battle Droid (SL05) - Saga Legends

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | July 19, 2013 at 08:31 PM EDT |

This week's newsletter has over FIFTY different Loose AFA U90 Vintage Star Wars figurines.  You have to visit the newsletter to see this giant selection.  Now's that chance to finally fill the holes in your collection with some of the best figures available.

Also new this week are new Mini Busts from Gentle Giant of Sy Snootles and Droopy McCool. A Star Wars Chess set is also available for $600, but act quick as quantities are limited. 

On the selling sides of things, Brian's Toys is looking to purchase Star Trek collections.  Visit the newsletter for more details at  Brian's Toys.

Brian's Toys

Hasbro Panel Starting at San Diego Comic Con

Posted by Chuck | July 19, 2013 at 03:57 PM EDT |

The JTA team is not on site this year for SDCC so make sure to check out our friends at Galactic Hunter for live updates from the Hasbro Panel!

Coming Soon...

Review: Super Battle Droid - SW [DV/ROTS] - Saga Legends (SL05)

Posted by Paul | July 19, 2013 at 05:47 AM EDT |

We have saved the best for last, just like the Vanessa Williams hit single. The new Saga Legends Super Battle Droid is not that bad at all and in some ways is better than its super-articulated counterparts. But you'll have to read our Research Droids Reviews today to find out why. 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.

Super Battle Droid

Visual Guide Update - Clone Trooper (SL02) - SW [DV/ROTS]

Posted by Chuck | July 18, 2013 at 11:07 PM EDT |

Next up for our Saga Legends updates is the Attack of the Clones Clone Trooper. Click below to check out the all white version (and praying we don't get the other 4), and click here if you missed our review from earlier today!

Clone Trooper (Saga Legends)

Caravan Of The Force

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

Our friends at JediNews.co.uk are involved in a very noble cause and working alongside Jeremy Bulloch and his wife. Please click through to read about this, like them on Facebook and spread the word if at all possible!

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | July 18, 2013 at 06:56 PM EDT |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys writes in with the latest updates on pre-orders, new arrvals and clearance merchandise! Check it all out!

Star Wars Action News Episode 399 Part I: SDCC 2013 Preview Night

Posted by Paul | July 18, 2013 at 06:28 PM EDT |

Today kicks of San Diego Comic-Con International 2013! On the first part of Star Wars Action News' coverage join Marjorie and Arnie as they report on Preview Night, with a first-hand look at The Black Series figures in Hasbro's display, including the new Black Series 6-inch Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite! Fans have been divided on the new 6-inch series, but Arnie has been excited for the detail and articulation. Now that the production figures are out, does the excitement last? Listen and find out!

Curto Burns Collectors Cast

Posted by Paul | July 18, 2013 at 06:17 PM EDT |

It’s time for July’s edition of the Curto Burns Collectors Cast recorded a few days ago!  Join Dan and James as they talk about the Caravan of the Force, in association with Toys ‘R’ Us, the exclusives available at San Diego Comic Con and Star Wars Celebration Europe along with a quick round up of the latest news from your favorite Star Wars licensees.  They also drop in on Steve Sansweet at Rancho Obi-Wan to determine where in the Galaxy the Rancho Obi-Wan Experience currently is and if it’s reached Germany yet as well as discussing the three exclusives currently available for pre-order and pickup at Celebration Europe too. It’s another action-packed show not to be missed!

Links… Rancho Obi-Wan - http://www.ranchoobiwan.org, Caravan of the Force - https://www.facebook.com/CaravanOfTheForce and Curto Burns - http://www.curtoburns.com

Six Inch Boba Fett Card Back Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM EDT |

Our friends at JediNews.co.uk have the first look reveal of the 6" Boba Fett card back. Check it out!

Review: Clone Trooper - SW [DV/ROTS] - Saga Legends (SL02)

Posted by Paul | July 18, 2013 at 06:26 AM EDT |

Here is a change of pace. We look at a 2013 Saga Legends figure based on Episode II instead of Episode III today. See the phase I Clone Trooper in our Research Droids Reviews today. It's actually not all that bad. 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

SDCC Sideshow Collectibles Gallery

Posted by Paul | July 18, 2013 at 06:20 AM EDT |

Our friends at Rebelscum have posted a wonderful Sideshow Collectibles gallery from SDCC. It's evident that Sideshow has stepped up the way they've approached their 12" figures, especially those based on the Original Trilogy. Check it out!!

BREAKING NEWS! Amazon.com has lowered the price of the Slave I by almost $30! Cancel those $100 pre-orders and get your "new" pre-orders in now! (This can change at a moment's notice so don't delay!) Hurry! Extra special thanks to Logan B. for alerting us!

Visual Guide Update - Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite (TBS)

Posted by Chuck | July 17, 2013 at 09:26 PM EDT |

There's tons of news rolling out tonight so try to keep up! But, in the mean time here's a nice diversion for you: the SDCC Exclusive Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite! Click below for our full Visual Guide to see all the details of the inaugural six inch figure from the new The Black Series line of figures!

And, as a sneak peek for our Research Droids Review fans you can slip in the back door and check out the full review of this set right now!

Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite (The Black Series)

Droid Factory Build A Droid Multipack Confirmed!

Posted by Paul | July 17, 2013 at 08:00 PM EDT |

During our own 2013 NY Toy Fair coverage Q&A with Hasbro, we revealed to readers what the fate would be for the cancelled Legacy Collection "2" line Build A Droid figures: a box set of them – Hasbro just couldn't lock down a retailer to pick it up. The great news is that our friends at GalacticHunter.com have revealed (with a snapshot of the title card) that a Droid Factory exclusive box set with MSRP $59.99 is indeed coming. It will be interesting to see who picks this exclusive up!! Click through for more of their exclusive coverage!

Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | July 17, 2013 at 07:36 PM EDT |

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

Research Droids Reviews

SDCC Hasbro Booth Gallery

Posted by Paul | July 17, 2013 at 06:11 PM EDT |

Our friends at Rebelscum.com have a nice gallery of preliminary Hasbro booth items. Nothing new is shown, but there are som great reminders pictured of what is coming!

More The Black Series Figures Revealed Visually!

Posted by Paul | July 17, 2013 at 06:05 PM EDT |

StarWarsFiguren.com has additional images of wave 2 The Black Series figures including Pablo-Jill, Luminara Unduli, and Mara Jade Skywalker. Check them out!

It Is The Equivalent Of A Retail Curse!

Posted by Paul | July 17, 2013 at 05:47 PM EDT |

It has to be a curse at this point. In fact, it's almost is unbelievable. Heed our words that we will be seeing the same thing with The Vintage Collection TPM figures in about a decade in a half as well too. Look what JTA reader Dan T. found at his local Kmart. Click through for this insane store report.

2013 "Yoda" Class II Sets Hitting TJ Maxx

Posted by Paul | July 17, 2013 at 05:40 PM EDT |

Special thanks to Thomas H. and Jeff T. for alerting us that TJ Maxx is getting the 2013 Yoda line look Class II sets in stock. Click through for more details.

Collecting After Dark!

Posted by Paul | July 17, 2013 at 05:34 PM EDT |

At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2 the most rare items won't be on the show floor, they'll only be available AFTER DARK. The CE2 Collecting Track is excited to announce Collecting After Dark, a Star Wars Collector's Swap Meet where fans from across the globe can come to trade their Star Wars goods. Bring your items to sell or trade or add some new stuff to your collection. From new to vintage, rare prototypes and more, you never know what you'll find After Dark! So join us Saturday, July 27, 11:00 PM at the Atlantic Congress Hotel, just half a mile from the convention center.

You Never Know What You Will Find At Retail - Part II

Posted by Paul | July 17, 2013 at 05:28 PM EDT |

JTA reader John B. writes in with a cool find at his local Walmart. Considering how much plastic is in this packaging, I think he got a deal. Click through for his story!

Jumbo Hoth Wampa Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 17, 2013 at 05:22 PM EDT |

Our friends at Rebelscum.com have revealed via Twitter than a Jumbo Vintage Kenner Hoth Wampa is coming!

SDCC 2013: The Vintage Collection X-wing Fighter

Posted by Chuck | July 17, 2013 at 05:11 PM EDT |

We have our first look at one of the new products coming our way from Hasbro's The Vintage Collection. Click below for a look at the vintage-boxed X-wing Fighter. A big thanks to JTA field corespondent Tim Steff for getting us an early look at this. Check back all this week for our SDCC coverage. Please note, we are scaling back a bit this year to only cover the major licensees to give our field reporters more time to enjoy themselves this year!

You probably never expected a two-pack based on Order 66 to be this static, but the Anakin Skywalker And 501st Legion Trooper (Coruscant) Mission Series sets brings just that. Oh, and this is Darth Vader and not Anakin Skywalker, but please don't ask Hasbro to change it! 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.

Anakin Skywalker And 501st Legion Trooper (Coruscant)

TARGET Exclusive Rise Of Darth Vader Set Hitting!

Posted by Paul | July 16, 2013 at 09:40 PM EDT |

Our friends at Yakface.com are reporting that the TARGET exclusive The Rise Of Darth Vader multipack is beginning to arrive at brick and mortar. Click through for pricing and other details!

Awesome Development Article On Jumbo Kenner Power Droid Figure

Posted by Paul | July 16, 2013 at 09:22 PM EDT |

We completely missed this, but Gentle Giant Ltd. has a fantastic article on how they approached development on their awesome Jumbo Vintage Kenner Power Droid figure. Look for this item to be added to our RDRs very soon, but in the meantime, check out their informative article. It is definitely very cool.

Walmart Addition List

Posted by Paul | July 16, 2013 at 06:32 PM EDT |

Our Walmart source has also provided us with a Walmart addition list. Click through for more information. Not too much new is listed here just so you know.

Walmart Deletion List

Posted by Paul | July 16, 2013 at 06:23 PM EDT |

Our Walmart source has provided us with a Walmart deletion list. Click through for more information. (Mark downs will vary by store.)

You Never Know What You Will Find At Retail!

Posted by Paul | July 16, 2013 at 06:12 PM EDT |

JTA reader Steve J. reports in that he found a very old TVC figure, proof that you never know what you're going to find swinging from the pegs!! Click through for his story.

We have been forwarded an image that has clearly come from StarWarsFiguren.com (sadly I have been unable to find where it exactly is in their forums mostly due to my inability to understand German). But click through and inspect what Hasbro has done (or more appropriately NOT done) with the 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper – a figure you first saw announced here at JTA as an unannounced future The Black Series figure!

Visual Guide Update - FIRST LOOK - Boba Fett [ROTJ] - Mini Busts

Posted by Chuck | July 16, 2013 at 05:04 PM EDT |

Convention season is upon us, and what better way to kick it off than by releasing a First Look at one of the upcoming 2013 convention exclusives: Gentle Giant's Boba Fett Deluxe Mini Bust! We have a full Visual Guide featuring all of the awesomeness from this Return of the Jedi collectible!

And, as a special treat, we also have a great sneak peek at the upcoming Research Droids Review for those thinking about buying this Mini Bust! Follow us on Facebook this week as we bring you updates from SDCC and enjoy an early look at this new Mini Bust from Gentle Giant!

Boba Fett (Gentle Giant Mini Bust)

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | July 16, 2013 at 04:56 PM EDT |

Big Bad Toy Store checks in with their weekly update. You can also get daily product news and updates by subscribing to BBTS's Facebook page and Twitter feed!

Big Bad Toy Store

Review: Shock Trooper - SW [DV/ROTS] - Saga Legends (SL08)

Posted by Paul | July 16, 2013 at 08:46 AM EDT |

You gotta love Shock Troopers, baby. That's where it's at. Even if they only comes with five points of articulation. See more of the new Saga Legends Shock Trooper 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.

Shock Trooper

Visual Guide Update - Anakin Skywalker (SL03) - SW [DV/ROTS]

Posted by Chuck | July 15, 2013 at 11:31 PM EDT |

The Saga Legends updates continue tonight with Anakin Skywalker (SL03). Click below for the full Visual Guide, and if you missed our review make sure to visit it right here!

Anakin Skywalker (SL03) - Saga Legends

Keep your eyes open over the next few days as we add two very related exclusives to both our Visual Guides and Research Droids Reviews!

Coming Soon... Also Coming Soon...

Review: Anakin Skywalker - SW [DV/ROTS] - Saga Legends (SL03)

Posted by Paul | July 15, 2013 at 06:08 AM EDT |

We continue to look at the new 2013 offerings in our Research Droids Reviews. We now look at Anakin Skywalker. Learn more by clicking through. 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

It's really nothing that new that 2010-2011 Shadow Of The Dark Side has been showing up at discount chains for a while now, but JTA reader RoronCorobbIsAlive writes in that "new" shipments are hitting a regional pharmacy chain. Click through to find out where!!

    

Next up for our Mission Series updates is the Battle Droid and 212th Battalion Clone Trooper (Utapau). Click below for all the details from our Visual Guide, and read all the details in our full review!

Battle Droid and 212th Battalion Clone Trooper (MS04)

The Vintage Collection Republic Gunship Boxed Image Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 14, 2013 at 08:17 AM EDT |

StarWarsFiguren.com has posted an image of the gorgeous TVC Republic Gunship! Click through to check it out!

Review: Battle Droid And 212th Battalion Clone Trooper (Utapau)

Posted by Paul | July 14, 2013 at 08:09 AM EDT |

So, have you warmed up to any of the new 2013 offerings as we look at them closely in our Research Droids Reviews? We look at the Battle Droid And 212th Battalion Clone Trooper (Utapau) Mission Series set. Learn more by clicking through. 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

Visual Guide Update - Obi-Wan Kenobi (SL04) - SW [DV/ROTS]

Posted by Chuck | July 13, 2013 at 10:03 PM EDT |

Our Saga Legends updates continue with the addition of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Click below to check out our full Visual Guide, and find out our full impressions of this new line by checking out our Research Droids Review!

Obi-Wan Kenobi (SL04) - Saga Legends

The Black Series SDCC Exclusive Boba Fett Loose Shots

Posted by Paul | July 13, 2013 at 09:59 PM EDT |

Ours is in transit as we speak, but in the meantime, our friends at Sandtroopers.com have loose images of the SDCC exclusive The Black Series 6" Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite figure! Check it out!

The Black Series Padmé Amidala Photo Tease

Posted by Chuck | July 13, 2013 at 09:28 AM EDT |

JTA reader and professional photographer Jesse Ross sends in a nice tease to share with our readers of the upcoming The Black Series Padmé Amidala. Click through for some nice shots of his recently aquired figure!

D'oh! We Already Gave You That Information!

Posted by Paul | July 13, 2013 at 07:21 AM EDT |

JTA reader Eric reminded us on our front page that we had inadvertently provided you with all of the 2013 Star Wars product DPCIs back on June 10th (with all thanks to him for sending the info to us). Sometimes there are just too many things going on around here to recall all the news we reported. Click HERE to see the original report

Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi - SW [DV/ROTS] - Saga Legends (SL04)

Posted by Paul | July 13, 2013 at 07:12 AM EDT |

So, have you warmed up to any of the new 2013 offerings as we look at them closely in our Research Droids Reviews? Well, here is a great likeness to Obi-Wan Kenobi, but will you accept him despite his limited articulation? Maybe not, since the newly revamped Saga Legends line as well as the all-new Mission Series line is geared for kids. Learn more by clicking through. 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

Visual Guide Update - R4-P17 (SL06) - SW [DV/ROTS]

Posted by Chuck | July 12, 2013 at 11:40 PM EDT |

Well, we are trudging [Verb: Walk slowly and with heavy steps, typically because of exhaustion or harsh conditions] through the 'new' Saga Legends line, like it or not! It's our job to show the readers the details on the products, good or bad! So, check out the latest Visual Guide R4-P17 by clicking below, and read our breakdown of this figure in our full review!

R4-P17 (SL06) - Saga Legends

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | July 12, 2013 at 11:21 PM EDT |

The Star Wars Mission Series sets have arrived at Brian's Toys! Also new this week are new pre-orders for the Sideshow 12" Clone Troopers Echo & Fives and Gentle Giant Padme Amidala (Ilum) statue.

Order 66 figures, Sideshow Premium Format Darth Vader & Obi-Wan figures, and tons of Vintage AFA figures have been restocked. To see this week's newsletter, visit Brian's Toys.

Brian's Toys

Hey, Can You Give Us A Hand Down Here Please?

Posted by Paul | July 12, 2013 at 01:59 PM EDT |

Hey! Real quickly, we only need (for now) nine (9) of you to get one Star Wars collector friend to like us on Facebook. Can you oblige? As you can see, we don't do well with "almost" reaching a milestone with facebook likes and need instant gratification. Whatever you can do..... (besides – they'll REALLY, REALLY want to see what we have been teasing here when we release it next week....)

UPDATE: Wow! That was fast! Thank you everyone! It means so much to us!

Review: R4-P17 - SW [DV/ROTS] - Saga Legends (SL06)

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

So, have you warmed up to any of the new 2013 offerings as we look at them closely in our Research Droids Reviews? The newly revamped Saga Legends line as well as the all-new Mission Series line is geared for kids. But will they even like them? Today, let's look at R4-P17, an odd astromech release for an inaugural wave. Learn more by clicking through. 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.

R4-P17

The Black Series 6-Inch Wave 2 Case Assortment Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 11, 2013 at 09:51 PM EDT |

StarWarsFiguren.com has a breakdown of the second wave of The Black Series. Click through for more!!

Sponsor Announcement: K&C Collectibles

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

K&C Collectibles has received new 2013 Star Wars products and they're ready to ship! Click through to see the awesome selection and competitive prices. Be sure to like them on Facebook so you up to date on their latest announcements and new arrivals too!Click through for their full report!!

2013 Saga Legends And Mission Series Hit TARGET!

Posted by Paul | July 11, 2013 at 07:43 PM EDT |

The 2013 Saga Legends line has finally hit TARGET. Does this mean that The Black Series is next? Click through for JTA reader Corey's report!!

Here are the DPCIs: Mission Series: 087-06-1942 and SL DPCI: 087-06-1940

Visual Guide Update - Battle Droid and Jango Fett (MS03)

Posted by Chuck | July 11, 2013 at 06:57 PM EDT |

Up next for our Marathon is another set from the Mission Series: Battle Droid and Jango Fett (Geonosis). Click below to check out our detailed Visual Guide! Click here to check out our complete review!

Battle Droid and Jango Fett (Geonosis) (MS03)

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | July 11, 2013 at 06:51 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

The Wait Is Over For Greedo

Posted by Paul | July 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM EDT |

Entertainment Earth finally "reveals" The Black Series 6" Greedo. I have to say I am a bit underwhelmed. Does anyone else think his eyes are the wrong shape? I own the Life Size Bust and Greedo looks nothing like a Roswell alien. The coloring looks off too. The jumpsuit is too light and the vest is too bright. Sigh. Click through to see more!

How are you dealing with this controversial series of Research Droids Reviews as we go through the just released and newly revamped Saga Legends line as well as the all-new Mission Series line? We look at the Battle Droid And Jango Fett (Geonosis) Mission Series two-pack. It's hard to completely dislike this set. How will you feel? Learn more by clicking through. 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.

Battle Droid And Jango Fett (Geonosis)

Visual Guide Update - Mace Windu (SL01) - SW [DV/ROTS]

Posted by Chuck | July 10, 2013 at 10:03 PM EDT |

The new Visual Guides continue as we roll out the brand new Saga Legends figures, tonight featuring Mace Windu. Click below for another first-look at this figure, and read our full report in our comprehensive Research Droids Review!

Mace Windu (Saga Legends) (SL01)

2013 Saga Legends And Mission Series Compared To TVC Level Figures

Posted by Paul | July 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM EDT |

Friends on our Facebook page have been getting early glimpses of comparison shots which show the 2013 Saga Legends and Mission Series figures next to TVC (or TVC quality) figures. If you have been missing these updates, be sure to like us on Facebook for future early looks. Click HERE to see the gallery on our Facebook page!

Sponsor Announcement: AP Collectibles

Posted by Paul | July 10, 2013 at 08:55 AM EDT |

JTA sponsor AP Collectibles writes in with the latest pre-order information for some incredible Gentle Giant Ltd. and Sideshow Collectibles products. See their amazingly competitive prices by selecting the links after clicking through!

Review: Mace Windu - SW [DV/ROTS] - Saga Legends (SL01)

Posted by Paul | July 10, 2013 at 05:43 AM EDT |

How are you dealing with this controversial series of Research Droids Reviews as we go through the just released and newly revamped Saga Legends line as well as the all-new Mission Series line? It's time for Mace Windu from the newly approached Saga Legends line today. Again, the silhouette isn't half bad, but Hasbro rushed the paint operations, especially in the eyes. Learn more by clicking through. 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.

Mace Windu

Visual Guide Update - Yoda (SL07) - SW [DV/ROTS]

Posted by Chuck | July 09, 2013 at 11:24 PM EDT |

We are continuing our updates of the latest product, tonight kicking off the all new "simplified" Saga Legends line. Click below to see what you think of Yoda, and make sure you read our thoughts on this new direction Hasbro is going in with these figures right here!

Yoda (Saga Legends) (SL07)

Gentle Giant 1:6 Scale Snowbunny Padmé Statue

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

Gentle Giant just opened the pre-order for a stunning Snowbunny Padmé 1:6 scale statue! Click through for the full gallery!

Gentle Giant - Snowbunny Padmé

Star Wars Action News - Episode 398: Troy Denning's Crucible

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

Released in stores today is Crucible, the new Star Wars novel from prolific author Troy Denning.  Taking place after the events in the last two major story arcs Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi, this book focuses on Han, Luke, and Leia in what could be their final adventure (in this version of the expanded universe, anyway).  On this week's Star Wars Action News podcast Arnie sits down with Troy to discuss the impact of Episode VII on the existing Expanded Universe, his intents behind Crucible, and the Mortis trilogy's impact on Apocalypse.

A Close Look Inside The Imperial Scanning Crew's Scanner!

Posted by Paul | July 09, 2013 at 02:55 PM EDT |

JediDefender.com has a great exclusive inside look at the second Imperial Scanning Crew accessory. This long-awaited variant figure as been on collectors' wishlists for years now and it will be released finally in these Kmart exclusive Special Action Figure Sets! Click through for more information!

Star Wars: Crucible Available in Hardback Today

Posted by Chuck | July 09, 2013 at 11:03 AM EDT |

EU update! Star Wars: Crucible is available today. Click below to check out the details on the latest from Troy Denning...

Review: Yoda - SW [DV/ROTS] - Saga Legends (SL07)

Posted by Paul | July 09, 2013 at 12:03 AM EDT |

Get ready for a controversial series of Research Droids Reviews as we go through the just released and newly revamped Saga Legends line as well as the all-new Mission Series line. We look at Yoda from the newly approached Saga Legends line today. It isn't great, but it isn't half bad either.... except for the coloring. Learn more by clicking through. 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

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | July 09, 2013 at 12:00 AM EDT |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys writes in with the latest announcements, pre-orders, new arrivals and clearance items! Click through for the complete rundown!!

UK Readers! We Have A New Update On TVC Slave I

Posted by Paul | July 08, 2013 at 11:00 PM EDT |

Hey UK readers! We have an update for you regarding The Vintage Collection Slave I courtesy of JTA foreign correspondent SarlaccSurvivor. Click through for his update!

Commander Cody Premium Format Figure Teased!

Posted by Paul | July 08, 2013 at 10:52 PM EDT |

Our friends at Yakface.com have alerted us to a surprise announcement by Sideshow Collectibles on their Instagram account. They have announced (teased) a Commander Cody Premium Format figure.

Kmart Imperial Scanning Crew Images! (There Is Another!)

Posted by Paul | July 08, 2013 at 10:47 PM EDT |

StarWarsFiguren.com has a great look at the Kmart exclusive Imperial Scanning Crew set. There will be two! These exclusives are very important because they finally give collectors the long lost variant from the Legacy Collection as well as the "top" portion of the scanners.

Gorgeous Obi-Wan Kenobi (Mythos: Desert Nomad) Custom!

Posted by Paul | July 08, 2013 at 10:41 PM EDT |

You saw our friends at Yakface.com review the gorgeous Mythos Obi-Wan kenobi figure, now see JTA reader (and frequent contributor) Arnold Corso customize his take of this version of Obi-Wan in the 3.75" line! Click through to see more!

Cool Luke Skywalker (Yavin Ceremony) Custom!

Posted by Paul | July 08, 2013 at 10:37 PM EDT |

JTA moderator PaulB shares his custom Luke Skywalker (Yavin Ceremony) figure and it loks pretty darn good. Click through to see more!

You Have Accessed Unauthorized Records!

Posted by Paul | July 08, 2013 at 09:17 PM EDT |

Oh brother! What a bunch of sneaky-snake readers we have in our RDRs! If you couldn't figure it out by now, we have been adding these as quickly as possible into our Research Droids Reviews database. As evidenced by the stats, many of you have already been spending time browsing the halls of the RDR database. Stop being so nosy! We will sick Jocasta Nu on you! (Of course we are only kidding around with you.) For the rest of you who can't figure this out, see if you can discover how you to can see these "early" by discussing it in our comments. Another reader may be willing to help you out!

Visual Guide Update - Darth Vader and Seeker Droid (MS01)

Posted by Chuck | July 08, 2013 at 08:31 PM EDT |

Today we are kicking off full coverage of the brand new "Darth Vader" line of figures. Sit back and enjoy as we release the first full look at these new figures. We are going to start things off with the brand new Mission Series. Click below to check out Darth Vader and Seeker Droid, and read our full report on this new line right here in our Research Droids Review!

Darth Vader (Mission Series: Star Destroyer) (MS01)

Sideshow Collectibles Sixth Scale Clone Troopers Echo and Fives just jumped to pre-order status! Hop on over if you want to add this surprise announcement to your collection!

Star Wars: Mission Series In Stock at Amazon.com

Posted by Chuck | July 08, 2013 at 08:37 AM EDT |

Can't wait for retail? Star Wars: Mission Series sets are now available and ready to ship at Amazon.com!

Get ready for a controversial series of Research Droids Reviews as we go through the just released and newly revamped Saga Legends line as well as the all-new Mission Series line. We start off with the only release that features a never-before released character, but will it be enough to interest you? Find out if you'll want the Darth Vader And Seeker Droid (Star Destroyer) set. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Darth Vader And Seeker Droid (Star Destroyer)

We have learned two important details about one of The Black Series figures as well as an interesting tidbit about the Class II Jedi Starfighters (rumor status at the moment) coming out in the new Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith] line look. Click through for more.

JTA reader Hercules from Hong Kong China comes through for us big time with loose IN HAND images of The Black Series 6" line. Click through to check out Luke Skywalker and R2-D2. (Ugh, R2-D2 is too small!)

  

The Black Series Six-Inch Sandtrooper IN HAND LOOSE Images

Posted by Paul | July 07, 2013 at 01:16 PM EDT |

JTA reader Hercules from Hong Kong China comes through for us big time with loose IN HAND images of The Black Series 6" line. Click through to check out the Sandtrooper!

The Black Series Six-Inch Darth Maul IN HAND LOOSE Images

Posted by Paul | July 07, 2013 at 01:12 PM EDT |

JTA reader Hercules from Hong Kong China comes through for us big time with loose IN HAND images of The Black Series 6" line. Click through to check out Darth Maul!

Another beautifully done action figure in the Star Wars "Saga" line is Padmé Amidala (Droid Factory Chase). She may not have the greatest articulation, but between her tremendous sculpt and scene-specific features, it's one of the best likenesses of her to date in the Hasbro line. 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.

Padmé Amidala (Droid Factory Chase)

A New Hope For UK Collectors With Regards To The TVC Slave I

Posted by Paul | July 06, 2013 at 05:36 PM EDT |

This is an absolutely awesome report. JTA reader SarlaccSurvivor did some incredible research and came across something VERY perplexing, but hopeful with regards to the Slave I for UK readers! Click through for his report!

Guess What I Found?

Posted by Paul | July 06, 2013 at 05:31 PM EDT |

Oh yeah! Guess what I just found after being prompted from Nicholas' store report? Click through for my report!

More Breaking News! New 2013 Class II Vehicles Hit Toys R Us!

Posted by Paul | July 06, 2013 at 05:24 PM EDT |

The reports keep coming in! Now, Ben H. from California let's us know that his local TRU has put out the new vehicles! Click through for his report!

Breaking News! 2013 Saga Legends Found In USA!!!

Posted by Paul | July 06, 2013 at 04:18 PM EDT |

Holy moly! JTA reader Nicholas S. has found the new 2013 Saga Legends figures in the USA! Click through for his report!

Reminder: The Black Series on Amazon.com with Free Shipping

Posted by Chuck | July 06, 2013 at 11:45 AM EDT |

Just a reminder that The Black Series figures are showing up for pre-order on Amazon.com, many of them setting an August 1 release date. Hopefully these will be easy enough to pick up at retail when they first hit, but if you want some security and backup make sure you check them out, many with free shipping over $25.

J.J. Abrams

He was originally the rarest Star Wars "Saga" figure to find at retail. He caused an initial panic, but then showed up in droves for $2.99 at Kay-Bee Toys. Then Ephant Mon (Jabba's Head Of Security) disappeared once again and even today goes for more than his original MSRP. (Spoiler: he is worth it.) Hasbro has uttered these exact words "we lost our shirt on this figure" and it makes sense why this is true. All of these details and more await you in our Research Droids Reviews today. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Ephant Mon (Jabba's Head Of Security)

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | July 05, 2013 at 10:07 PM EDT |

Pre-order the Sideshow Prototype Boba Fett Sixth Scale figure over at Brian's Toys. Also, recently put up for pre-order is the Transformers Metroplex. This is the biggest autobot made yet and stands over 2-feet tall!

New arrivals this week inclue the Gentle Giant 12" Jumbo Power Droid and Savage Oppress statue. Also, the R2-D2 Interactive has been restocked with the 2010 Legacy packaging. 

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

Brian's Toys

A Concern For The Black Series: Tome Edition

Posted by Paul | July 05, 2013 at 08:20 PM EDT |

JTA is thrilled to welcome Chris Swanski from BanthaSkull.com in the capacity of a guest essayist. He asked if he could share his concerns he has about The Black Series with our readers with a completely analytical overview of why it has an unfair disadvantage at retail among other things. Agree or disagree, be sure to let him know in our comments. We honestly couldn't wait to take him up on his offer. Please read his brilliantly written exposition by clicking through.

Sideshow Collectibles Snowtrooper Premium Format Figure Pre-order

Posted by Chuck | July 05, 2013 at 01:41 PM EDT |

Sideshow collectibles launched their pre-order for the Snowtrooper Premium Format Figure. Click through to check it out and place that order!

It Will Be Epic....

Posted by Paul | July 05, 2013 at 11:29 AM EDT |

Epic

something you'll definitely NOT want to miss....

Review: R1-G4 (Tatooine Transaction) - SW [S - P3] - ’04 #06

Posted by Paul | July 05, 2013 at 12:06 AM EDT |

Did you know R1-G4 (Tatooine Transaction) has five points of articulation? It's not just a solid hunk of plastic like the urban legend claims! This figure is so good that it was one of the few figures with definitive status at its inception. And for lovers of Kenner vintage stuff, discover why this figure is powerfully important for you as well! All of these details and more can be found 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.

R1-G4 (Tatooine Transaction) ('04 #06)

Visual Guide Update - Count Dooku - Maquettes

Posted by Chuck | July 04, 2013 at 10:01 PM EDT |

Next up for the Visual Guides is another maquette from Gentle Giant: Count Dooku (The Clone Wars). Click below for all the details, and if you missed our review of this collectible from earlier today, click here to read it!

Count Dooku (The Clone Wars) - Gentle Giant

The Black Series Wave 1 IN HAND LOOSE IMAGES!

Posted by Paul | July 04, 2013 at 06:46 AM EDT |

Our good friend Hercules from Hong Kong graciously sends us very nice loose images of The Black Series wave 1! Click through to check them out!

Review: Count Dooku (The Clone Wars) - Maquette

Posted by Paul | July 04, 2013 at 06:32 AM EDT |

The Count Dooku (The Clone Wars) Maquette may be the nicest Maquette Gentle Giant Ltd. has ever attempted. See why we feel this way in our 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.

Count Dooku (Maquette)

May July 4th Be With You!

Posted by Paul | July 04, 2013 at 06:29 AM EDT |

Happy Independence Day to our American readers!

Let the rockets blaze across the sky
Raise the flag of faith up high
Let the doubters call it what they may
It's independence day

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | July 03, 2013 at 10:07 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

Visual Guide Update - Clone Captain Rex - Maquettes

Posted by Chuck | July 03, 2013 at 05:49 PM EDT |

Today's Visual Guide update is a follow-on complimentary guide for today's Research Droids Review: Gentle Giant's Clone Captain Rex (The Clone Wars) Maquette. Click below to check it out!

Clone Captain Rex (The Clone Wars) - Gentle Giant

Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | July 03, 2013 at 01:22 PM EDT |

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

Research Droids Reviews

Review: Clone Captain Rex (The Clone Wars) - Maquette

Posted by Paul | July 03, 2013 at 05:31 AM EDT |

Another fantastic release in the Maquettes line, Clone Captain Rex (The Clone Wars) is a collectible that captures an amazing about of authenticity in one place. This particular release also comes with an interchangeable portrait. How cool is that? See this glorious piece of art 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 Captain Rex (Maquette)

You Will Never Guess What Has Hit Clearance At Toys R Us!

Posted by Paul | July 02, 2013 at 10:08 PM EDT |

JTA reader jeremyohio gives us an interesting report on the Toys R Us exclusive Millennium Falcon. Click through for the full report!

The Black Series Available For Pre-order On Amazon.com

Posted by Paul | July 02, 2013 at 03:08 PM EDT |

Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders for The Black Series. Click through to see pricing and availability!! Special thanks to JTA reader Chris for the notification!

The Black Series Card Back Reverse Side Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 02, 2013 at 11:18 AM EDT |

Interesting news! Rebelscum's forums reveal an image of The Black Series card backs. Click through to check them out!

Entertainment Earth Greedo Reveal Part 3

Posted by Paul | July 02, 2013 at 09:47 AM EDT |

Entertainment Earth reveals....... Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........ oh excuse me. Entertainment Earth reveals the third phase of their grueling exclusive Greedo reveal today.

Saga Legends Card Back Reverse Side Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 02, 2013 at 09:40 AM EDT |

Our friends at Yakface.com received an image of the Saga Legends card backs now. Come on guys, time to show us The Black Series reverse side now. Click through for their report!

Chewbacca With C-3PO Mimibot Announced!

Posted by Paul | July 02, 2013 at 09:37 AM EDT |

Mimico has just announced their 2013 SDCC exclusive: Chewbacca with C-3PO (battle-damaged in cargo net) Mimibot. How awesome is this?!

Review: Darth Vader [Chrome] - Mini Bust (MBNA Exclusive)

Posted by Paul | July 02, 2013 at 06:16 AM EDT |

One of the biggest "flops" in the Mini Bust line was Darth Vader [Chrome] which was an MBNA exclusive of all things. It is our final entry in our Darth Vader focus this week and we talk about it in detail 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 [Chrome] (Mini Bust)

This Is Not Happening!

Posted by Paul | July 01, 2013 at 06:34 PM EDT |

Yeah, it's time for another one. I have been waiting weeks to do cartwheels in the hallway at work when the Slave I and TIE Interceptor from The Vintage Collection would go up for pre-order. The will of the Force deemed that to be today. But instead of cartwheels I had to say a prayer to maintain composure and not take my chagrin out on co-workers when I saw the MSRPs. In fact, I almost pulled a Dana Scully at the end of the season 8 episode 14 of The X-Files. (more....)

Curto Burns Collectors Cast

Posted by Paul | July 01, 2013 at 06:25 PM EDT |

We’re back and in the groove with our regular monthly show after what seems like ages. This HUGE show features two visits to Rancho Obi-Wan to catch up with Steve Sansweet (at ~4mins and ~1hr 9mins), all the latest news and reveals ahead of San Diego Comic Con from Gentle Giant, Hasbro, Sideshow, TOPPS and others along with details of what Dan and James have been up to over the last few months. It’s a bumper show that’s not to be missed, bringing us bang-up-to-date on all the collecting news from a galaxy, far, far way! Direct download link here.

Hasbro, JediNews.co.uk And Toys R Us Present....

Posted by Paul | July 01, 2013 at 05:57 PM EDT |

Our good friends at JediNews.co.uk are working very hard to organize a special The Black Series event with Toys R Us for Celebration Europe. Click through for the details and if you're going, definitely consider attending this awesome event!

TIE Interceptor Also Up For Pre-order On Amazon.com!

Posted by Paul | July 01, 2013 at 02:43 PM EDT |

It's listed oddly on Amazon.com, but the TIE Interceptor is also up for pre-order as well, for a whopping $49.99. Yikes, Hasbro! (Thanks to JTA reader Arnold Corso for the head's up!)

The Vintage Collection Slave I is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com! Thanks to Star Wars Action News for the tip!

The Vintage Collection Slave I

Sideshow Collectibles snuck in the pre-order on us for the Boba Fett (Prototype Armor)! If this one is on your list click here to place your order!

Boba Fett (Prototype Armor)


 
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