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December 2013

Jedi Temple Archives Presents: 2013 - The Year In Review

Posted by Paul | December 31, 2013 at 08:05 AM EDT |

What a year 2013 was indeed. We have taken some time out to distill some of the highlights of 2013 for you. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll become outraged, and then you'll smile. Journey with us as we look at the 2013 calendar year through our own eyes and revisit some of the key events that occurred during the year, and show yourself why you should stick to Jedi Temple Archives like glue for the latest in Star Wars collecting news! For more details of the highlights listed, simply click on the month and year of that post and it will take you to our news archives for that month where you'll find links to the stories and full details. Click through for more!

Review: Darth Vader - SW [DV/ROTS] - 12-Inch Figure

Posted by Paul | December 31, 2013 at 07:45 AM EDT |

As if the reduced articulation and reduced quality of the 3.75" line wasn't enough, Hasbro also revisited the 12-Inch Figure line with the same level of detail. We end the year with Darth Vader, a figure that just should have never been made. Find out why this is so in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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 (12-Inch Figure)

Star Wars: Rebels Action Figure Revealed

Posted by Paul | December 30, 2013 at 03:09 PM EDT |

StarWars.com reveals the very first action figure from the Star Wars: Rebels line. Check it out!

Q and A of the Day: Day 36

Posted by Paul | December 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM EDT |

Welcome to our next Q and A of the Day post! This column will be published daily, weekly, monthly, or just based on how many questions I get emailed – but no more than one a day. Feel free to send in your questions and I will put them in the queue. Click through for Q and A of the Day: Day 36.

Review: Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter - SW [DV/ROTS] - Vehicles

Posted by Paul | December 30, 2013 at 08:27 AM EDT |

And here is the repaint! The reduced scale Class II line is really a disappointment. Hasbro seems intent on continuing it, but as you can see this means then that collectors get vehicles like Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter, which for us is an utter failure. Find out why this is so in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter

The title of this article is sarcastic, but it's also very sad that the Star Wars brand gets the mistreatment it always does. JTA moderator Paul B. sends us evidence that TARGET has also put The Black Series on clearance due to the DPCI debacle of having this line coded exactly the same as The Vintage Collection. Click through for the proof, and leave your thoughts on this in our comments.

Q and A of the Day: Day 35

Posted by Paul | December 29, 2013 at 07:43 PM EDT |

Welcome to our next Q and A of the Day post! This column will be published daily, weekly, monthly, or just based on how many questions I get emailed – but no more than one a day. Feel free to send in your questions and I will put them in the queue. Click through for Q and A of the Day: Day 35.

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | December 29, 2013 at 07:19 PM EDT |

Brian's Toys is welcoming in the new year with FREE SHIPPING on domestic orders over $50 via UPS Ground.  Simply order over $50 worth stuff, select UPS Ground, and use code NEWYEAR14. 

Also, new this week Brian's Toys has restocked with Master Replica Signature Edition lightsaber hilts.  Also, take notice of the incredibly rare ROTJ Luke Brown Hair AFA they have available.

For the rest of this week's newsletter, visit Brian's Toys!

Brian's Toys

Review: Anakin's Jedi Starfighter - SW [DV/ROTS] - Vehicle

Posted by Paul | December 29, 2013 at 01:01 PM EDT |

The reduced scale Class II line is really a disappointment. Hasbro seems intent on continuing it, but as you can see this means then that collectors get vehicles like Anakin's Jedi Starfighter, which for us is an utter failure. Find out why this is so in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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's Jedi Starfighter

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | December 29, 2013 at 12:54 PM EDT |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys writes in with the latest pre-orders, new arrivals and clearance items. Click through for more.

Review: Chewbacca - Premium Format Figure (You Are Going To Love This!)

Posted by Paul | December 28, 2013 at 04:02 PM EDT |

The long-awaited Chewbacca Premium Format Figure came a tad too late for Christmas, but made it just in time to beat Baby New Year. We have to say we're impressed. This came out better than expected. Find out why this is so in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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 (Premium Format Figure)

Entertainment Earth Has Some Cool Star Wars Stuff Cheap!

Posted by Paul | December 28, 2013 at 02:41 PM EDT |

Entertainment Earth is running some incredible deals. JTA moderator Bombadgungan spent some time gathering links for our readers. Click through for details.

TARGET Begins To Blow-Out 2013 Star Wars Products

Posted by Paul | December 28, 2013 at 02:38 PM EDT |

This may be old news since I have been out of it for a few days, but TARGET has discounted many of the 2013 Star Wars merchandise. I picked up the Class II vehicles for $13 and change today. Even their exclusive Rise Of Darth Vader multipack is about $20 and change.

Review: Chewbacca (Cloud City Capture) - SW [S - P1] - '02 #38

Posted by Paul | December 27, 2013 at 11:04 PM EDT |

We are back up! It's time to check out Chewbacca (Cloud City Capture) with an awesome electronic C-3PO accessory. It's all in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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 (Cloud City Capture)

Sideshow Collectibles Announces McQuarrie Concept Collectibles

Posted by Chuck | December 27, 2013 at 06:04 PM EDT |

With the success that the McQuarrie concept has had in other lines it was only a matter of time before Sideshow Collectibles picked it up! Not that that is a bad thing! Click through for a full-sized look at their sneak peak at this upcoming line! It's not clear what type of collectibles they will be offering, but here's hoping sixth scale is in the mix!

Q and A of the Day: Day 34

Posted by Paul | December 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM EDT |

Welcome to our next Q and A of the Day post! This column will be published daily, weekly, monthly, or just based on how many questions I get emailed – but no more than one a day. Feel free to send in your questions and I will put them in the queue. Click through for Q and A of the Day: Day 34.

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | December 26, 2013 at 05:48 PM EDT |

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

Big Bad Toy Store

Review: Lott Dod (Neimoidian Senator) - SW [S - P1] - ’02 #51

Posted by Chuck | December 26, 2013 at 05:44 PM EDT |

Down, but not out... yet! Paul had one more review from our Research Droids Reviews database in the queue before his laptop bit the dust, so I'm helping him out by bringing you his latest: Lott Dod (Neimoidian Senator). RDR fans hang tight while we work to remedy this situation! Be sure 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.

Lott Dod (Neimoidian Senator)

Star Wars Action News - Episode 412: 2013 Year In Review Part 1

Posted by Chuck | December 26, 2013 at 05:03 PM EDT |

Since Kenner resumed making Star Wars figures in 1995 collectors have had a steady stream of items to buy, but in 2013 Hasbro changed up the game and collecting may never be the same. First there is a line of 3.75-inch figures with articulation levels reminiscent of the 1970s. Then Star Wars figure collectors had to think big--6-inches big--as collector-focused figures got a new scale for the first time in 35 years. How did fans react to these changes, and what is in store for 2014? These are the topics in the first part of the Star Wars Action News 2013 in review podcasts, so take a listen and hear what the Star Wars Action News team had to say!

A Message From Paul Harrison....

Posted by Paul | December 25, 2013 at 06:08 PM EDT |

Dearest readers. I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas today. I know I have had a wonderful holiday myself and it's been nice having a white Christmas in the sticks of upstate NY catching up with family. Sadly, I experienced a small tragedy last night. While walking through my parents cabin, I accidentally dropped my laptop and it's now history. I don't want to burden you with my personal issue, but because of this, I have no way of continuing RDRs or more complicated news articles until further notice. I haven't been able to access any JTA email for almost 48 hours, and I had quite a few important emails that I haven't handled or responded to yet. In particular, I had about a dozen Q&A questions that I no longer have. Because I will most likely be able to continue the Q&A without a computer, if you have not had your questions answered, would you mind sending them to me again if you're one of these readers? It looks like the Q&A will be the only thing I can do until further notice. But hopefully I will be back up sooner than that. Any recent messages from colleagues should also be resent too. Thank you.

Star Wars Themed Myth Busters Coming January 4th!

Posted by Paul | December 25, 2013 at 01:22 PM EDT |

There will be a Star Wars themed Myth Busters episode on January 4th on the Discovery Channel. Check your local cable schedule for times! It looks fantastic.

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Paul | December 25, 2013 at 10:32 AM EDT |

The staff at Jedi Temple Archives would like to wish our readers a very Merry Christmas! We are especially thankful for the wonderful online interaction that has been established thanks to the community and you. Thank you again for making JTA one of your many online stops. It an honor for us.

Review: Holiday Edition [Yoda] (2nd Edition) - 2003 Fan Club Exclusive

Posted by Paul | December 25, 2013 at 07:15 AM EDT |

Merry Christmas! It's time for our Christmas themed Research Droids Reviews now. Check out the 2003 Fan Club Exclusive Holiday Edition [Yoda] (2nd Edition) set. Be sure 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.

Holiday Edition [Yoda] (2nd Edition)

The Vintage Collection Slave I SOLD OUT!

Posted by Paul | December 24, 2013 at 02:43 PM EDT |

The Amazon.com exclusive Slave I is no longer on sale. In fact, currently it's more than it's original MSRP. If you snoozed you "loozed". Hopefully you secured one for less than $35 when it was available at this price.

Review: Holiday Edition [R2-D2 And C-3PO] - Walmart Exclusive

Posted by Paul | December 24, 2013 at 05:34 AM EDT |

'Twas the night before Christmas, and we have a Christmas-flavored Research Droids Reviews for you today. Check out the 2002 Holiday Edition [R2-D2 & C-3PO] set. Be sure 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.

Holiday Edition [R2-D2 & C-3PO]

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

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

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys writes in with some fantastic news. Click through to check it all out!

Just Call Him Darth Malgi.... Because He Is Almost A Peg-Warmer Now!

Posted by Paul | December 23, 2013 at 01:38 PM EDT |

See that thumbnail below? It's an American store report! Repeat. This is an American store report. Who would have thought that almost 2 full years later one of the "rarest" figures would become one of the most common. (Actually.... We did!) Look at this display of Darth Malgi.... and enjoy or get enraged, or however you respond to the horrid distribution and senseless case assortments of the Star Wars collector line. Special thanks to Corey at The WolfPack Podcast for the incredible report. Click through for more!

It's Like Groundhog Day, Or An Incessant Nightmare! Make It Go Away!

Posted by Paul | December 23, 2013 at 01:31 PM EDT |

Admittedly, I am a little bit anti-TARGET today, but look at this ludicrousness I just found They weren't even discounted at all. Still $14.99 each. Talke about holding onto stock desperately! Sheesh!!

TARGET Goes Scrooge Right Before Christmas

Posted by Paul | December 23, 2013 at 01:02 PM EDT |

OK, so the 10% off this weekend was a nice gesture to help make up from potential identity theft, but did they really have to do this? From their corporate office, TARGET is not price matching from now until after the holidays. I don't have exact details, but I feel this is a picture perfect example of penny wise, pound foolish! If you do successfully price match today or tomorrow (at the very least), it's because the store didn't convey the memo to their staff.

Review: Darth Vader (Bespin Duel) - SW [S - P1] - '02 #30

Posted by Paul | December 23, 2013 at 12:04 AM EDT |

The Darth Vader (Bespin Duel) is aesthetically incorrect, but the accessories that come with him are the true reason you'll want to buy this action figure. See why in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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 (Bespin Duel)

A Somewhat Recent Rare Running Change That You May Not Know About

Posted by Paul | December 22, 2013 at 08:40 PM EDT |

Back in April 2010, before we had the audience that we have now (meaning the report we made didn't spread that far throughout the community), we exclusively reported about a super-rare variation of the Darth Krayt/Sigel Dare Comic Packs set. A running change to this set was made in wave 2 of the red Legacy Collection Comic Packs line, as the set was carried forward, that almost immediately evaporated from store shelves. The reason this running change is rare is because wave 2 (Tholme/Ulic Qel-Droma/Exar Kun) barely arrived at retail. You can read the original report HERE, but simply put, Hasbro COMPLETELY reinvented the paint operations on Sigel Dare's face (and even changed the color of her armor a bit) which allowed her to look pretty darn attractive and making the Comic Packs set ultimately worth it. We say all that to let you know that we have finally updated the gallery from 2009 in our review of the piece. It now sports a 32 image gallery with plenty of notes why you need this set if you're a fan of the Star Wars: Legacy comic series. The set goes for RIDICULOUS money on eBay, but if you bookmark the link, you may be able to grab it for a deal. But getting the rare variation with improved paint operations? Well, good luck on that! Check out our updated RDR HERE.

      

Special Action Figure Droid Set On Amazon For Great Price!

Posted by Chuck | December 22, 2013 at 06:40 PM EDT |

Amazon.com has an amazing deal for the Star Wars Special Action Figure Exclusive Droid Set (R5-D4, Death Star Droid, Power Droid). Three figures for just $5.98! Click here to check it out, and a big thanks for the heads up from JTA reader Ricardo!

The Black Series 3.75 Inch Wave 3 Hits Walmart

Posted by Paul | December 22, 2013 at 06:27 PM EDT |

Our friends at Yakface.com are reporting via JediDefender.com that wave 3 of The Black Series is hitting Walmart! (This is almost an unbelievable store report.)

Review: Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel) - SW [S - P1] - '02 #29

Posted by Paul | December 22, 2013 at 12:02 AM EDT |

The Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel) was a fresh take on the Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) classic action figure. See why this release was so impressive in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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 (Bespin Duel)

Q and A of the Day: Day 33

Posted by Paul | December 21, 2013 at 11:27 PM EDT |

Welcome to our next Q and A of the Day post! This column will be published daily, weekly, monthly, or just based on how many questions I get emailed – but no more than one a day. Feel free to send in your questions and I will put them in the queue. Click through for Q and A of the Day: Day 33.

Curto Burns Collectors Cast: Their Final Show!

Posted by Paul | December 21, 2013 at 11:24 PM EDT |

Our good friends at CurtoBurns Collectors Cast has posted their VERY LAST show! Click through to find out more!

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | December 21, 2013 at 11:50 AM EDT |

The Bounty Hunters are assembling once again, and the Gentle Giant 12" Jumbo Dengar is the next to announce his arrival! This figure will be hitting the Brian's Toys inventory next week along with a restock of the Yoda Orange Snake.  But wait, there is also a Leia (Hoth Outfit) due to arrive this time next year, which you can pre-order now along with a Han Solo (Stormtrooper Outfit) Deluxe statue.

Also new this week at Brian's Toys are three new Attakus 1:10 scale statues of C-3PO, R2-D2, and a little runt just sitting on a log... the one and only Yoda! New Artwork has also been added which should bring some nice nostalgia back to any Star Wars fan. 

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

Brian's Toys

BREAKING NEWS! The Vintage Collection On Sale At TARGET: SARCASM!

Posted by Paul | December 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM EDT |

Hey everyone! Did you know The Vintage Collection is on sale at TARGET? Click through for more.

Review: Count Dooku (Dark Lord) - SW [S - P1] - '02 #27

Posted by Paul | December 21, 2013 at 08:15 AM EDT |

The very first offering of Darth Tyranus was Count Dooku (Dark Lord) from the Star Wars "Saga" line. Better versions have arrived since, but see how this character started out in the basic figure line in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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 (Dark Lord)

Q and A of the Day: Day 32

Posted by Paul | December 20, 2013 at 10:30 AM EDT |

Welcome to our next Q and A of the Day post! This column will be published daily, weekly, monthly, or just based on how many questions I get emailed – but no more than one a day. Feel free to send in your questions and I will put them in the queue. Click through for Q and A of the Day: Day 32.

Review: Teemto Pagalies (Pod Racer) - SW [S - P1] - '02 #46

Posted by Paul | December 20, 2013 at 07:24 AM EDT |

Another example of where the stuff with the action figure might be more important than the action figure itself, Teemto Pagalies (Pod Racer) still isn't half that bad. Discover more in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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.

Teemto Pagalies (Pod Racer)

Visual Guide Update - R2-D2 and C-3PO (MS05) - Mission Series

Posted by Chuck | December 19, 2013 at 10:21 PM EDT |

We wrap up our coverage on the latest wave of Mission Series sets with R2-D2 and C-3PO (Tantive IV). Click below to check out our fully detailed Visual Guide, and if you missed any of this series in our Research Droids Reviews then stop by and check them out! You can read the R2-D2 and C-3PO set right here!

R2-D2 and C-3PO (Tantive IV)  (MS05) - Mission Series

Amazon.com Also Dropping Prices On The Vintage Collection Figures

Posted by Chuck | December 19, 2013 at 06:59 AM EDT |

Many prices on The Vintage Collection figures are also getting big price cuts on Amazon.com. If you are still looking for any of these or wanting extras make sure to browse through a TVC search and see if anything worthy shows up!

You saw this yesterday, but now it's time for the official Research Droids Reviews post. If you missed this yesterday, now here is your chance to check out the Yoda (Holiday Edition) Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure. Be sure 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 (Holiday Edition)

Boba Fett Star Wars Hasbro La Serie Negra

Posted by Paul | December 19, 2013 at 06:38 AM EDT |

Mexican readers: Check out what longtime JTA reader Carlos C. has discovered in the Walmart website. Click through for more.

Another Reason To Include Five Below Into Your Toy Runs

Posted by Paul | December 19, 2013 at 06:31 AM EDT |

Guess what's hitting Five Below again? Click through to find out. Again, how many did they make?

TARGET Is Running A Buy One Get One 50% Off Sale

Posted by Paul | December 19, 2013 at 06:25 AM EDT |

JTA moderator Sjefke writes in to alert us all that TARGET is running a sale: Buy One Get One 50% off on Star Wars figures..

Jumbo Yoda (Holiday Edition) + AMAZING SURPRISE GIFT Sneak Peek!

Posted by Paul | December 18, 2013 at 06:57 PM EDT |

We had every intention in the world to reserve the Yoda (Holiday Edition) Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure for our Christmas Day RDR, but once we realized the GIFT that Gentle Giant Ltd. gave us inside of it, we had to share it immediately with our readers. Gentle Giant Ltd.: you have really impressed us. We can't imagine anything more we would rather receive for the holidays this year. See why you'll do anything to get this collectible this year by clicking through to our advanced RDR look at this stunning holiday item.

          

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | December 18, 2013 at 05:12 PM EDT |

Looking for some last minute Christmas gifts? Check out the latest Big Bad Toy Store newsletter for the latest arrivals... You can also get daily product news and updates by subscribing to BBTS's Facebook page and Twitter feed!

Big Bad Toy Store


4800+ Items On Sale! 1500 Items at 40% Off or More!

Visual Guide Update - Han Solo & Chewbacca (MS06)

Posted by Chuck | December 18, 2013 at 03:37 PM EDT |

Our next Visual Guide update features Han Solo and Chewbacca (Death Star) from Wave 2 of the Mission Series. You can check out the full guide by clicking below, and make sure you catch up on all of the details of this set in our full review right here!

Han Solo and Chewbacca (MS07) - Mission Series

Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | December 18, 2013 at 01:24 PM EDT |

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

The Action Figure Formerly Known As Padmé Amidala Legacy Collection [2]

Posted by Paul | December 18, 2013 at 08:03 AM EDT |

Look what could've been! Ugh, seeing images like this makes me pine for the return of Droid Factory/Build A Droid. It would have been so much more exciting to collect Padmé Amidala in the Legacy Collection [2] line instead. We certainly didn't support this thought however, as the Droid Factory exclusive at Amazon.com bombed, but had these army builders (shown on the revise side of her card back) been released as "un-forced" basic figures, I am sure they would have been more successful in general and for everyone involved. Enjoy the pics of this "cancelled" figure from our confidential source. And Hasbro, if you're watching, please either get this line back or just make everyone happy and bring The Vintage Collection back. Thank you!

Boba Fett Six Inch Back Down to $22.99 On Amazon

Posted by Chuck | December 18, 2013 at 06:47 AM EDT |

Boba Fett is once again down to $22.99 on Amazon.com. Thanks to JTA reader Michael for the heads up!

UPDATE: SOLD OUT!

Review: 4-LOM - Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure

Posted by Paul | December 18, 2013 at 06:47 AM EDT |

Another excellent release in the Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures line, 4-LOM, formerly known as Zuckuss, gets a corrected card back. See how awesomely the figure turned out in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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.

4-LOM

Visual Guide Update - Obi-Wan Kenobi & Darth Maul (MS06)

Posted by Chuck | December 17, 2013 at 09:33 PM EDT |

The next wave of Mission Series Visual Guides kicks off tonight. Click below to check out the Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul (Mandalore) set. We've also reviewed all three sets from Wave 2 and you can check this set out right here in our Research Droids Reviews!

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul (Mandalore) (MS06) - Mission Series

Q and A of the Day: Day 31

Posted by Paul | December 17, 2013 at 07:21 PM EDT |

Welcome to our next Q and A of the Day post! This column will be published daily, weekly, monthly, or just based on how many questions I get emailed – but no more than one a day. Feel free to send in your questions and I will put them in the queue. Click through for Q and A of the Day: Day 31.

Not The Response For Him....

Posted by Paul | December 17, 2013 at 07:15 PM EDT |

It's unreal that "Bubblegate" has returned full throttle again to the collecting community. If you open your figures you won't care, but look at the response JTA reader Brad E. received from customer service about his latest order from HasbroToyShop.com. Click through for more.

Hurry! TRU.com Has 6-inch Boba Fett For $17.99!

Posted by Paul | December 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM EDT |

With special thanks to JTA reader Leland N. for alerting us, ToysRUs.com has The Black Series Boba Fett in stock for $17.99 + Buy One Get One 40% off, but you'll have to purchase a second different 6" figure because they are limiting one per order.

    

Mission Series Wave 2 Reviews Completed, But More Is Coming Soon!

Posted by Paul | December 17, 2013 at 09:42 AM EDT |

We have already finished our look at wave two of the Mission Series line in our RDRs, but we have more coming! Complete Visual Guides with carded shots are also in the works, so stay tuned for that update; COMING SOON!

          

Review: IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) - Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure

Posted by Paul | December 17, 2013 at 06:23 AM EDT |

We couldn't be more pleased with the way the IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure turned out. There is a mistake on the packaging, but it won't matter once you see how awesomely the figure turned out. It's all in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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.

IG-88 (Bounty Hunter)

Amazon.com Slave I Drops To $34.99!

Posted by Paul | December 17, 2013 at 05:56 AM EDT |

The Amazon.com exclusive Slave I has now dropped to $34.99. If you missed out on this deal initially now you can take advantage of it! Thank you to all that wrote in about this!

UPDATE: The TIE Interceptor has also dropped to $24.99!

The Black Series Mara Jade Variation?

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2013 at 07:21 PM EDT |

Well, here is a puzzle that I just can't resolve myself. I don't know if this is a variation, or just two starkly different painted Mara Jade figures. Please weigh your thoughts in our comments and if you have any other proof otherise to credit or discredit this, please send it in to us. I know the placement of her hair drastically affects the appearance of this character, but this one has thrown me for a loop. Special thanks to JTA reader Mike C. for sending us links to photos of his samples, and hopefully we will have an answer soon. Click through for more.

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The Vintage Collection Mid Size Vehicles On Sale In The UK

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2013 at 06:52 PM EDT |

JTA reader Matt H. from the UK was excited to find The Vintage Collection mid-size vehicles for 20% off. Apparently these weren't that common in the UK? Someone will have to clarify that for me. Matt writes"Hi guys - another cool find for UK collectors.... picked this up in the Entertainer (nationwide chain of toystores)
V-19 Torrent Starfighter in vintage packaging for £20. They also had Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter for the same price."
Hope that helps out some of our UK readers.

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The Black Series 3.75-inch Wave 3 Hits New Zealand

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2013 at 06:41 PM EDT |

Big time JTA commenter madezra writes in to let us know that The Black Series wave 3 has hot New Zealand. It's great to know this wave is hitting so hard across the globe. Click through for more.

The Black Series 3.75 Inch Wave 3 Hits Germany

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2013 at 06:35 PM EDT |

JTA reader Maik from Lost Boys World writes in to let us know that the third wave of The Black Series line has hit Germany. It wasn't due until February 2014, so it was a nice early surprise.

Another Clearance Item That Retail Gives Up On

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2013 at 06:29 PM EDT |

Look what's $1.99 at Marc's! JTA moderator Paul B. lets us know.

Make Your Dollars Stretch At Kmart With All Of These Deals!

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2013 at 06:24 PM EDT |

JTA reader and finance expert Brandon Y. offers suggestions on how to make the most of your money at Kmart! These deals won't last forever, so click through soon to see if you can benefit from all of these deals!

Q and A of the Day: Day 30

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2013 at 06:19 PM EDT |

Welcome to our next Q and A of the Day post! This column will be published daily, weekly, monthly, or just based on how many questions I get emailed – but no more than one a day. Feel free to send in your questions and I will put them in the queue. Click through for Q and A of the Day: Day 30.

Another Instance Of Theft With Old Product. It Just Doesn't Make Sense.

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2013 at 06:07 PM EDT |

I don't think this guy pulled the wool over any ones eyes with this switchout, but see this act of theft that JTA moderator Bombadgungan came across at his local Fred Meyer. Click through for more.

HasbroToyShop.com Stocks New Saga Legends

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2013 at 06:02 PM EDT |

HasbroToyShop.com has just added the new Saga Legends figures to their site. As you might imagine, the Stormtrooper is LONG GONE.

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2013 at 05:59 PM EDT |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys writes in with the latest pre-orders and arrivals. They also have plenty of great army-builder The Black Series figures for less than $4! Click through to check out all of the goodness!

If You Can Find The Clone Wars Nikto Guard, He Is Less Than $1

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM EDT |

Look what's listed as $.50 at ToysRUs.com! It's not available online, but we imagine some stores still have this figure in stock at the brick and mortar level. Special thanks to JTA moderator Bombadgungan for the news. Click through for the link.

Bubblegate Returns?

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM EDT |

Has Bubblegate reared it's awful head again? Hasbro, we're gonna give you to the count of 10, to get your ugly, yella, no-good bubbles off the basic figure line. JTA staffer Jeremy sends us the news. Click through for more.

Hasbro Tightens Up Awful Paint Ops On TBS Stormtrooper (#13)

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM EDT |

I was going to post something about this observation this weekend, but I forgot. Thankfully, JTA reader Walter F. not only confirms what I have come across, but also provides photographic evidence. It appears that Hasbro is taking strides to make The Black Series Stormtrooper (#13) a little more palatable for collectors. Click through to see what we mean. Thanks for the reminder Walt!

Hallmark Keepsake Yoda Ornament: Visual Guide and Overview

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2013 at 08:15 AM EDT |

With special thanks to Hallmark for the review sample, Jedi Temple Archives is able to present to you a detailed look at the new and quite awesome Yoda Lego Christmas ornament. Click the thumb to be taken directly to the Visual Guide or click through for a few quick thoughts on this collectible.

Yoda (Hallmark Keepsake Ornament)

Review: Bossk (Bounty Hunter) - Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2013 at 06:35 AM EDT |

So, we're now a bit concerned with how Gentle Giant Ltd. is approaching the Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures line now. Let us analyze Bossk (Bounty Hunter) for you and see why it isn't accurate to the 1980 3.75" figure. It's making us a bit sad. Artistic license is cool, but it should probably stay out of this line. It's all in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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.

Kmart Saga Legends Sale Through Christmas Eve

Posted by Paul | December 16, 2013 at 06:32 AM EDT |

JTA moderator Paul B. lets us know that Kmart is running a sale on the Saga Legends figures through Christmas Eve. We aren't sure if anything else is on sale, but it's a bit odd that they would only have one collection on sale.

Review: The Evolution Of Darth Vader - SW [DV/ROTS] - Exclusive

Posted by Paul | December 15, 2013 at 11:29 AM EDT |

We didn't need The Evolution Of Darth Vader multipack and you don't need it either. Find out why in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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.

The Evolution Of Darth Vader

Boring Conversation Anyway YouTube Video

Posted by Paul | December 14, 2013 at 08:26 PM EDT |

Watch the live video of the Boring Conversation Anyway podcats with flyguy. Featuring Jedi Temple Archives, Yakface, and Imperial Shipyards as special guests. Editor's Note: There are a few brief moments of harsh language. Please censor as needed.

It Is Incredible When Retail Shows Grace

Posted by Paul | December 14, 2013 at 01:20 PM EDT |

Although we posted the Thursday alert that the Toys R Us exclusive TVC X-wing Fighter was $40 only one day/only in-store, I couldn't take advantage of the deal because (a) my local TRU was sold out of it and (b) I didn't have time to stop at a further store. However, this morning I had time to drive to the further store and graciously asked if they could match the deal advertised on Thursday only and explained my reasons why I couldn't pick it up on Thursday. (I actually showed her the JTA article as the proof!) Well, she obliged and I was able to take advantage of this great price. She even noticed a crush on one of the corners and ensured that is was OK. After all was said and done with a $10 coupon, I ended up paying $35 each for them Click through for the proof. (I will be filling out the customer service survey for sure!

It Almost Feels Like Pulling The Wool Over Their Eyes....

Posted by Paul | December 14, 2013 at 01:11 PM EDT |

To my shock, I found the very first signs of The Black Series 3.75" line in my local TARGET today. Hey, it's December, but better late than ever though, huh? (I found a complete set of wave 2.) Well, I was at the register as the clerk was ringing them up for $9.99 each until I had a mid-transaction epiphany. I asked her to stop and that I needed these price-matched to Amazon.com. The Guest Service clerk did a cursory search on her iPad and saw a whole bunch listed for $3.30 each. Guess what? I got all of them for that price, including Mara Jade. I didn't even ask. She just didn't want to be bothered. She said Amazon.com was killing them this year. I am telling you. Online will be the death of brick and mortar soon. Click through for the proof.

A Disturbing Package Arrival....

Posted by Paul | December 14, 2013 at 01:05 PM EDT |

Probably everyone at this point knows my position on Angry Birds toy-related garbage. I have to say I was mortally freaked out when I arrived home from work yesterday only to see a box at my front step from AngryBirds.com. When I opened the box, my fears were realized when I found a super-huge Angry Birds Luke Skywalker (X-wing) Bird pillow. I have know idea how this made its way to me. It was addressed to JTA, and then my own personal home address. No individual name, no nothing. Needless to say, I am getting rid of it ASAP. It's scaring me! Maybe it's an early April Fools' joke. I don't know.

Amazon.com Droid Factory Reaches #1 Best Seller Status - Oh The Irony

Posted by Paul | December 14, 2013 at 12:38 PM EDT |

Poor Amazon.com. They didn't have a chance with the Droid Factory exclusive. It's now their #1 Best Seller, but not because it's a hot item, but because they clearanced it our for pennies on the dollar.

flyguy's Boring Conversation Anyway Podcast With Special Guests Tonight!

Posted by Paul | December 14, 2013 at 08:11 AM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives has been invited to tonight's live Boring Conversation Anyway podcast along with our friends at Yakface.com and ImperialShipyards.net to discuss all of the fun things surrounding our fun hobby. A portion of the show will focus around our "A Digested Look At The Vintage Collection" Special Report and how that came to fruition, but we will be talking about a ton of other things too! Be sure to click through and read the details of this live podcast like when and where you need to be tonight to see it!

Review: Han Solo And Chewbacca (Death Star) - Mission Series (MS07)

Posted by Paul | December 14, 2013 at 07:54 AM EDT |

Here is another bittersweet two-pack in the Mission Series line. Han Solo And Chewbacca (Death Star) have many fine points, but why is Chewy so lanky? And why can't paint operations be tightened up? Find out more in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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 And Chewbacca (MS07)

Hey Retail! Do Something Like This To Diminish Peg-Rot!

Posted by Paul | December 14, 2013 at 07:49 AM EDT |

We always say to you all that you will never know what you may find on the pegs. JTA reader Howie has a good story on how these figures will move, but only when retail cooperates and "lets them go"! Click through for more.

An Update To The Germany TVC Story....

Posted by Paul | December 14, 2013 at 07:44 AM EDT |

You saw our interesting Germany store report of The Vintage Collection figures. JTA reader Damian now shares more proof of this spectacular news. Click through for his update.

The Clone Wars Season 5 Blu-ray Discs Issue: Answer Received!

Posted by Paul | December 14, 2013 at 07:38 AM EDT |

Back in mid October, we shared a story with you that some people were receiving defective The Clone Wars season 5 blu-ray discs. JTA reader Josh M. did some further researched and discovered a fascinating fact, directly from the manufacturer. Click through for more.

Ridiculous Prices For The Black Series Line On Amazon!

Posted by Paul | December 14, 2013 at 07:27 AM EDT |

The prices for so many of The Black Series line are insane! We're getting a lot of reports of this from our readers. Plus, I have just noticed that Amazon.com has begun selling wave 3 of the 3.75" line too! (Darth Plagueis is long gone.) Last but not least, the Slave I and the TIE Interceptor have had their prices "permanently" changedto $41.99 and $29.99 respectively (but of course anything can change at the drop of a hat.) Click through to see what kind of deals you can find!! Special thanks to Brandon Y. for many of the alerts!

The Black Series 6-inch Wave 2 Hitting Hard In NJ

Posted by Paul | December 14, 2013 at 07:22 AM EDT |

JTA regular Led Dudis sends us proof of how hard wave 2 of The Black Series 6" line is hitting in NJ! Check it out!

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | December 13, 2013 at 09:26 PM EDT |

The Hasbro Signature Series Kit Fisto FX Lightsaber is back in stock at Brian's Toys! This removable-blade saber was discontinued nearly two years ago, and has made a triumphant return.  Who knows how long these will be in production this time around?

Pre-orders for the upcoming Sideshow 12" Commander Luke and 12" Tauntaun Deluxe figures are now up.  Fresh off the truck this week are the Wave 2 Mission Series 2-Pack figures and a MOTU Classics Castle Grayskull.

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

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Q and A of the Day: Day 29

Posted by Paul | December 13, 2013 at 05:18 PM EDT |

Welcome to our next Q and A of the Day post! This column will be published daily, weekly, monthly, or just based on how many questions I get emailed – but no more than one a day. Feel free to send in your questions and I will put them in the queue. Click through for Q and A of the Day: Day 29.

Review: R2-D2 And C-3PO (Tantive IV) - Mission Series (MS05)

Posted by Paul | December 13, 2013 at 08:23 AM EDT |

There is something very, very incredible about the R2-D2 And C-3PO (Tantive IV) Mission Series set. And it's something that we have never received before; do you know what it is? It may make this purchase worthwhile to you. Find out more in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

R2-D2 And C-3PO (Tantive IV)

Sideshow Collectibles Luke Skywalker (Hoth) and Tauntaun Pre-order

Posted by Chuck | December 12, 2013 at 10:02 PM EDT |

The amazing Sideshow Collectibles Commander Skywalker and Tauntaun 1:6 Scale Figures are now up for pre-order!

We know where the "greatest hits" waves of The Vintage Collection went. See some interesting "proof" that has been uncovered. Whether you decide to believe this or not, it is interesting nonetheless, Click through for more. Special thanks to JTA reader Damian for directing us to this information.

More Gabriel Brothers Finds

Posted by Paul | December 12, 2013 at 06:19 PM EDT |

You may remember our Gabriel Brothers report a few weeks ago. JTA moderator Sjefke has found some good figures, this time The Clone Wars figures at his local store. Click through for the proof.

Clearance Droid Factory Sets Arriving In Excellent Condition

Posted by Paul | December 12, 2013 at 06:13 PM EDT |

JTA reader Frank C. writes in to assure everyone who ordered the Amazon.com Droid Factory exclusive for pennies on the dollar should be receiving a nicely packaged product. This set was fun while it lasted. Sadly, we imagine that Hasbro may not ever attempt something like this again (sad face). Hopefully R5-X2 and R8-B7 don't get lost in the vacuum of Hasbro space. Click through for Frank's report.

Toys R Us Exclusive X-wing Fighter Hits $40! (Today Only!)

Posted by Paul | December 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM EDT |

Nice! The Toys R Us exclusive X-wing Fighter has hit a low $40, which is TOTALLY worth it for this gorgeous vehicle! The special is today only and is only offered in-store. Special thanks to JTA moderator Sjefke for the alert.

Hurry! TBS Six-Inch Boba Fett $22.99 Again!

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

Amazon.com has Boba Fett in stock right now for $22.99... order while you can! This won't last long!

UPDATE (12:41 EST): SOLD OUT!

Amazon.com Exclusive Slave I Price Drops Back Down

Posted by Chuck | December 12, 2013 at 08:17 AM EDT |

It looks like the Amazon.com exclusive Slave I is back down to its lightning deal price of $41.99. If you missed out on this deal initially now you can take advantage of it! Thank you JTA reader Michael for the heads up!

The prime example of bittersweetness, the Obi-Wan Kenobi And Darth Maul (Mandalore) Mission Series set is about as equally exciting as it is disappointing. It includes two never before released characters (from a realistic point of view only) and has some great points, but also has quite of few misses. Get the whole spiel in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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 And Darth Maul (Mandalore)

MTT Arrives At TJ Maxx For $79.99

Posted by Paul | December 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM EDT |

JTA moderator Sjefke alerts readers that the MTT is hitting TJ-Maxx for a low $79.99 if you're interested!!

Review: Taun We (Kamino Cloner) - SW [S - P1] - '02 #25

Posted by Paul | December 11, 2013 at 08:38 AM EDT |

The character is someone we love, but the action figure needs work. Taun We (Kamino Cloner) is a far cry from definitive status, but see in our Research Droids Reviews why you might want to consider her. Be sure 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.

Taun We (Kamino Cloner)

An Unbelievable Score! - You Just Never Know What Will Be Hanging!

Posted by Paul | December 10, 2013 at 04:49 PM EDT |

While out looking for The Black Series wave 3, look what JTA reader Xotica also found at his local Toys R Us in the UK. You're NOT going to believe this one!!

Did You Know About This Little Nugget Of Detail On The Slave I?

Posted by Paul | December 10, 2013 at 04:24 PM EDT |

We just learned something new moments ago. With special thanks to JTA reader/Yakface.com contributor LocalGotal for revealing this nugget, please click through to see what the seats from The Vintage Collection Slave I look like when removed from the vehicle!

Review: Yoda (Jedi High Council) - SW [S - P1] - '02 #53

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

This isn't a character from Episode II, but Hasbro tried to "force" the issue (pun intended). See Yoda (Jedi High Council) in our Research Droids Reviews and discover why this action figure is Episode I all the way! Be sure 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 (Jedi High Council)

The Black Series Wave 3 Hits Toys R Us In The UK!

Posted by Paul | December 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM EDT |

Breaking news! Wave 3 of The Black Series has been found at Toys R Us in the UK! Click through for JTA reader SarlaccSurvivor's exciting report!!

The Latest Price Drops On Amazon.com!

Posted by Chuck | December 10, 2013 at 07:51 AM EDT |

More price drops on Amazon.com. If you were lucky enough to catch it during its small window of opportunity, the Droid Factory set was an amazing $14.99 (UPDATE: now back down $14.99). Slave I is currently $48.99. The TIE Interceptor is at $34.99. Some of the Mission Series sets are sitting at $3.49. Many 3.75" figures are as low as $3.49. Click here to browse through the list and see what is currently on sale! A big thanks to all of the JTA readers that alerted us to the latest sales!

UPDATE: Droid Factory Set Hit $14.99 During Dreamland Last Night!

Posted by Paul | December 10, 2013 at 07:49 AM EDT |

UPDATE: It's back down to $14.99! While we were sleeping, the Amazon.com exclusive Droid Factory set hit an all-time low of $14.99. It's no longer available at that price, but thank you to Chad C., Jeremy K., Lisa B. and Michael W. for gracioulsy alerting us to this. Hey, we really need a West coast contributor to post these things for us while we're hibernating, encased in carbonite, well preserved. (Special thanks to GalacticHunter.com for the thumbnail image, don't know how I had that....)

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | December 09, 2013 at 08:21 PM EDT |

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

Big Bad Toy Store


4800+ Items On Sale! 1500 Items at 40% Off or More!

Quick Pics! Luke Skywalker (Death Star II) - Saga Legends

Posted by Paul | December 09, 2013 at 07:42 PM EDT |

With extra special thanks to JTA reader Patric R., we are able to present to you a look at the new Luke Skywalker (Death Star II) Saga Legends figure. It's actually pretty cool. Click through to check it out!

Look At All Of Those Six-Inch TBS Figures!

Posted by Paul | December 09, 2013 at 07:33 PM EDT |

We have another report from Mexico for you. JTA reader Darth Maha sends us an incredible report of what's arriving in Mexico. Click through for his report.

Happiness Is A White-Boxed Slave I For Around $40!

Posted by Paul | December 09, 2013 at 07:24 PM EDT |

Wow. What a great week so far and it's only Monday. I got a great deal on the Slave I from The Vintage Collection, and it arrived in a gorgeous protective white box (inside of a brown mailer box). What more could any Star Wars collector want?

Best Price Match Ever! (Or At Least From Leland's Point Of View!)

Posted by Paul | December 09, 2013 at 07:18 PM EDT |

JTA regular Leland N. sends us a fantastic report of an incredible price match. Check it out!!

Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Starfighter Pilot) - SW [S - P1] - '02 #36

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

Sometimes a figure's accessories are better than the action figure itself. This definitely applies to Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Starfighter Pilot). See why in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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 (Jedi Starfighter Pilot)

Sponsor Announcement: K&C Collectibles

Posted by Chuck | December 08, 2013 at 07:54 PM EDT |

K & C Collectibles has added Black Series Wave 2 Action Figures, Gentle Giant Limited Edition statues, Attakus statues and much more.

Click here to view all the NEW Product

K&C Collectibles

Additional New Proof That The All-White Phase II Clone Is In Episode III

Posted by Paul | December 08, 2013 at 02:54 PM EDT |

Despite what efforts have been made to alert the public that the all-white phase II clone troopers are indeed in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, many fans still seem to believe that they weren't in the film. (They are. They're standing behind Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi inside of a Republic Gunship. See any of our all-white clone trooper reviews for this proof.) Anyway, I have personally just come across a scene from Episode III, (for the very first time) where we can see two all-white clone troopers working on top of a Republic Gunship in the hangar where Obi-Wan Kenobi has his first conversation with Clone Commander Cody after returning from rescuing Senator Palpatine. This is the first time where we can see the entire character from head to toe, and not just a portion of him. Click through for the film still to see this yourself!

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | December 08, 2013 at 01:03 PM EDT |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys writes in with the latest arrivals, specials, discounts, clearance, and pre-order items! Click through for all the details!

Cad Bane TV Show Netflix Exclusive?

Posted by Paul | December 08, 2013 at 12:56 PM EDT |

A Cad Bane Netflix exclusive TV show? Yahoo.com has some information to share. Check it out! Special thanksto JTA reader Mike_5555 for the head's up!

TBS Luke Skywalker (Ceremonial) Variation

Posted by Paul | December 08, 2013 at 12:53 PM EDT |

JTA affiliate StarWarsFigruen alerts us to a new Luke Skywalker (Ceremonial Outfit) variation. Check it out!

Review: Tusken Raider (Female With Tusken Child) - SW [S - P1] - '02 #08

Posted by Paul | December 08, 2013 at 07:53 AM EDT |

A great design, but barely an "action figure" since it comes with so few points of articulation, Tusken Raider (Female With Tusken Child) showed Star Wars fans for the first time that Tusken raiders were actually a familial unit. Yeah, it surprises us too a little. See it all in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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.

Tusken Raider (Female With Tusken Child)

Meijer.com Has The Anakin Skywalker To Darth Vader Evolutions Cheap!

Posted by Paul | December 07, 2013 at 11:49 AM EDT |

Holy moly! I have just been forced to buy something I didn't really want, but at this price I had to cave. With special thanks to JTA moderator Bombadgungan, Meijer.com has the Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader Evolutions set for $19.99 with NO TAX and FREE SHIPPING. Click through to place your order for this incredible deal!

New Saga Legends Stormtrooper And Boba Fett Quick Pics!

Posted by Paul | December 07, 2013 at 11:21 AM EDT |

JTA regular Madezra picked up Boba Fett and Stormtrooper from the Saga Legends line in his homeworld of New Zealand. Click through to see these figure loose and up close! (Card back pictures are also included!)

Some Guys Have All The Luck

Posted by Paul | December 07, 2013 at 11:08 AM EDT |

You know, I am really getting sick of JTA reader Brandon Y. and all of his amazing deals and bragains (misspelling intentional this time) and accompanying flawless shipments. I am only kidding Brandon, but click through to see his recent acquisitions which he didn't pay much money for at all. Congratulations!!

TPM 3D Product Found At Ollie's

Posted by Paul | December 07, 2013 at 11:01 AM EDT |

JTA reader Chris lets us know that he has found som pretty good The Phantom Menace 3D product at Ollie's Click through for his report!

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | December 07, 2013 at 09:33 AM EDT |

Brian's Toys this week has four extremely rare Star Wars figures produced by PBP.  These action figures are in mint condition and have been AFA graded.  For collectors looking to fill their Indiana Jones collections, several Vintage Kenner AFA figures have also been added.

The Gentle Giant 12" Jumbo 4-LOM has also landed at Brian's Toys, including restocks of the Gamorrean Guard and Walrus Man 12" figures.  For more from this week's newsletter, visit newsletter.

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Review: Jango Fett (Final Battle) - SW [S - P1] - '02 #31

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

Jango Fett (Final Battle) is the textbook definition of bittersweet. Hasbro took this figure far, but it ultimately came up short from being an excellent action figure. It still is a fun figure nonetheless. Find out more in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Jango Fett (Final Battle)

Q and A of the Day: Day 28

Posted by Paul | December 06, 2013 at 09:22 PM EDT |

Welcome to our next Q and A of the Day post! This column will be published daily, weekly, monthly, or just based on how many questions I get emailed – but no more than one a day. Feel free to send in your questions and I will put them in the queue. Click through for Q and A of the Day: Day 28.

The Black Series 6-inch Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) On eBay

Posted by Paul | December 06, 2013 at 07:50 PM EDT |

JTA staffer Chris M. alerts us to the fact that eBay seller viperskingdom has the new The Black Series 6" Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) up for auction. He has also pointed out the paint job on his face, which of course should cause some alarm in any normal human being. Hopefully this is a rough inital factory pressing before the machines were calibrated. Mamma mia!

TARGET Is Matching Insane Amazon.com Prices....

Posted by Paul | December 06, 2013 at 07:41 PM EDT |

JTA reader Jason C. sends us proof that TARGET is price-matching the insane Amazon.com deals. Click through for the proof!!

Amazon.com Price Drops Continue!

Posted by Chuck | December 06, 2013 at 01:07 PM EDT |

Amazon.com reports are coming in non-stop! It seems prices are dropping on many items every day. Make sure you stay on top of the listings every day and keep checking back because we will try to post the best deals as news comes in! A big thanks to all JTA readers sending in the reports including Jesse A., Michael W., Frank C. and Rafael! Some of the latest drops include:

There are a ton more price drops, so click the banner below for a general The Black Series search to see what you can find! And, if you see anything off-the-charts, email us and let us know!

Amazon.com Droid Factory Down to $23.99!

Posted by Chuck | December 06, 2013 at 07:46 AM EDT |

Prices just keep dropping on Amazon.com Star Wars products! The Amazon.com Droid Factory exclusive is now down to $23.99, its lowest price yet! A big thanks to Jedi Defender for the heads up on this one!

Review: Royal Guard (Coruscant Security) - SW [S - P1] - '02 #19

Posted by Paul | December 06, 2013 at 06:41 AM EDT |

Do you know that Hasbro incorrectly called this figure Royal Guard (Coruscant Security)? Yes, he is a Red Guard, not a Royal Guard. Do you know why? Find out in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Royal Guard (Coruscant Security)

Commander Skywalker (Hoth) And Tauntaun 1:6 Scale Officially Announced

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

Sideshow Collectibles officially announces the Commander Skywalker and Tauntaun 1:6 Scale Figures! Check these beauties out!

Amazon.com Exclusive Slave I Is One of the Amazon Lightning Deals Today

Posted by Chuck | December 05, 2013 at 09:31 AM EDT |

If you are still in the market for the Amazon.com Slave I Vehicle, make sure to check the site at 1PM (Eastern) today. The Slave I is one of the 1 o'clock Lightning Deals. It's unknown what kind of deal it will be until it goes live, but worth checking out! A big thanks to JTA reader Frank for the heads up!

Lightning Deal now live with a price of $41.99 - Update: All claimed!

Update: JTA reader Marc alerted us that the TIE Interceptor is also listed for a 4PM (Eastern) Lightning Deal!

TIE Interceptor Lightning Deal now live with a price of $29.99

Review: Clone Trooper (Republic Gunship Pilot) - SW [S - P1] - '02 #49

Posted by Paul | December 05, 2013 at 08:42 AM EDT |

You just saw him again recently in The Vintage Collection Republic Gunship, but see the original Clone Trooper (Republic Gunship Pilot) in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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 (Republic Gunship Pilot)

Get Two Incredible Episode II Interpretations Of The Droids For A Song

Posted by Paul | December 04, 2013 at 11:00 PM EDT |

The 2010 Legacy Collection R2-D2/C-3PO Geonosis Arena Showdown set rarely shows up on eBay, and if it does, it goes for a premium. Because of this, we thought we'd let you know that you can purchase both figures individually for under $5 loose. Links for each figure are found by clicking the images below. If you need to know why you NEED this duo of droids, then click HERE for more!

   

Curto Burns Collectors Cast

Posted by Paul | December 04, 2013 at 10:00 PM EDT |

It’s been a long time coming (James' trip to San Francisco for 10 days as well as his crazy 15-16 hour working days has got in the way in getting this out) but it’s here now...

Recorded in late October/early November Dan Curto and James Burns talk about all the news from New York Comic Con, all the latest products available to buy or pre-order as well as catching up and talking to Steve Sansweet about the upcoming (although it’s already happened) party to celebrate the induction of Rancho Obi-Wan into the 2104 Guinness World Records. There’s lots more news besides and it’s time to tune in and catch up!

Fear not, we’ll have another show out before Christmas along with a special announcement too!

Direct download link here.

Battle Of Geonosis Packs Reach All-Time Low!

Posted by Paul | December 04, 2013 at 09:27 PM EDT |

Holy moly! The Toys R Us exclusive Battle Of Geonosis multipacks are on sale for $22.49 each and qualify for Buy One Get One 50%! Free shipping goes into effect with any order $49.99 or more too.

Q and A of the Day: Day 27

Posted by Paul | December 04, 2013 at 08:52 PM EDT |

Welcome to our next Q and A of the Day post! This column will be published daily, weekly, monthly, or just based on how many questions I get emailed – but no more than one a day. Feel free to send in your questions and I will put them in the queue. Click through for Q and A of the Day: Day 27.

Research Droids Reviews Recap

Posted by Paul | December 04, 2013 at 07:02 PM EDT |

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

Darth Plagueis IN STOCK At HasbroToyShop.com!

Posted by Paul | December 04, 2013 at 05:05 PM EDT |

HURRY! Darth Plagueis and 6" Boba Fett are IN STOCK as of the time of this post at HasbroToyShop.com!! Use SAVE25 to get 25% off your order too! Special thanks to JTA reader Brandon for the alert!

Amazon.com Daily Deal - $5 off $35 or more!

Posted by Chuck | December 04, 2013 at 02:20 PM EDT |

Take advantage of today's Daily Deal at Amazon.com and get $5 off your order of $35 or more! Thanks to JTA reader LesDudis for the heads up!

Review: C-3PO (Protocol Droid) - SW [S - P1] - '02 #04

Posted by Paul | December 04, 2013 at 07:51 AM EDT |

Much to the relief of many, we return to more 3.75" scaled figures. We look at C-3PO (Protocol Droid) from the Star Wars "Saga" line in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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.

C-3PO (Protocol Droid)

The Black Series Mara Jade Packaging Variation

Posted by Paul | December 03, 2013 at 06:58 PM EDT |

JTA reader Jacob S. received his Mara Jade figures in the mail and noticed an interesting packaging variation. Click through for more!

New Jakks Pacific Figures Revealed!

Posted by Paul | December 03, 2013 at 06:45 PM EDT |

Our good friends at JediNews.co.uk send word that new figures have been revealed for the Jakks Pacific 31" line! Check out their report!

CoinStar Offers Neat TRU Promotion

Posted by Paul | December 03, 2013 at 12:28 PM EDT |

A Toys R Us offer through.... CoinStar? Yup. Click through for more!!

Toys R Us New Coupon Deal!

Posted by Paul | December 03, 2013 at 10:52 AM EDT |

JTA conscious shopper Buried Egg has alerted us to a new TRU deal. Click through for details!

Amazon.com Still Listing Many Current Figures at Near Half Off

Posted by Chuck | December 03, 2013 at 10:42 AM EDT |

Keep an eye on Amazon.com this month as many of The Black Series 3 3/4" and 6" figures are still listed almost at half price. The Sandtrooper is currently listed at $11.24! Also of note, the Mission Series are half off as well. If you were holding out on these because of their limited articulation, now they are less than $3 per figure! With free shipping it's hard to beat this over running around to the stores. Keep in mind Amazon's track record on shipping though if you are a carded collector. Might be worth sending these as 'gifts' so they potentially package them better.

Review: Darth Vader (Sith Apprentice) - 1:6 Scale Figures

Posted by Paul | December 03, 2013 at 07:59 AM EDT |

We conclude our 1:6 Scale Figure "catch-up" marathon with some evil. Darth Vader (Sith Apprentice) was an easy release for Sideshow Collectibles, but he does look pretty cool. But he isn't completely perfect, so learn why this is so in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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 (Sith Apprentice)

Great Thanksgiving Holiday Shopping Experiences!

Posted by Paul | December 02, 2013 at 10:56 PM EDT |

Avid JTA reader Walter F. reports some successful Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping. Click through for his eager report!!

Hasbro Corrects The Black Series Han Solo 6-inch Yellowed Wrists Issue

Posted by Paul | December 02, 2013 at 11:29 AM EDT |

It is amazing to me how Hasbro sneaks in corrections to their products without kicking much dust up in the air. I has just come across a fix to The Black Series 6" Han Solo figure. When I shot the sample I received for our RDRs, I was immediately put off by the incorrectly colored "yellow" wrist sections especially next to the flesh colored hand attachments. I just came across a sample in stores today where that issue has been remedied. Comparison pictures are available for you to see by clicking through.

  

A New Source For Straggling The Vintage Collection Figures?

Posted by Paul | December 02, 2013 at 09:04 AM EDT |

I don't get on Facebook that much to read the great posts from other Star Wars fan sites that often (I just don't have the time), but I came across an interesting post from an Alice, one of their own Facebook fans, from our friends GalacticHunter.com. Click through to see this slightly "old" post, but you never know if this information will lead you to reap great rewards when it comes to TVC figures!

Cyber Monday Deal At HasbroToyShop.com!

Posted by Paul | December 02, 2013 at 08:50 AM EDT |

Use coupon code SAVE25 to get FREE shipping plus 25% off your order. They still have some great figures in stock! Special thanks to our friends at Yakface.com for the alert!

Entertainment Earth Cyber Monday Sale... All Week!

Posted by Chuck | December 02, 2013 at 08:19 AM EDT |

Make sure you stop by Entertainment Earth's week-long Cyber Monday sale! Today's deals are 50% off select Gentle Giant busts. Might be a good time to pick up a few still on your list!

Review: Rebel Commando (Sergeant: Endor) - 1:6 Scale Figure

Posted by Paul | December 02, 2013 at 08:17 AM EDT |

They didn't sell well and we're quite surprised by the overall lack of interest 1:6 Scale Figure collectors had for them. It's time to check out Rebel Commando (Sergeant: Endor). With this release, Sideshow gave us all three Endor Rebel soldier looks. It's all in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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.

Rebel Commando (Sergeant: Endor)

Sponsor Announcement: K&C Collectibles

Posted by Chuck | December 01, 2013 at 10:57 PM EDT |

Starting today through midnight Cyber Monday, December 2nd, 2013, K & C Collectibles is offering 10% off all in-stock merchandise for those orders over $25.00. In addition we are offing FREE Shipping for those orders over $100.  Your shipping address must be within the continental USA (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico). The discount coupon is "Cyber2013" and must be keyed into the Redemption Code field during the checkout process. Offer valid while supplies last.

Click here to view all the NEW Product.

K&C Collectibles

Toys R Us Sale: Buy One Get One 50% Off - Now Thru December 7th

Posted by Paul | December 01, 2013 at 08:59 PM EDT |

Wo! It looks like we missed an important sale at Toys R Us! From now until December 7th, all Star Wars stuff is on sale Buy One Get One 50%! Click through for more information! Special thanks to JTA moderator Sjefke for the alert!! OK, I gotta get ready for The Walking Dead mid-season finale now. Bye!

A Curious Thing The Operation Of The Mind Of A Swapper Is

Posted by Paul | December 01, 2013 at 08:54 PM EDT |

Oh brother! They're at it again. JTA reader and friend James B. sends in another annoying store report. Click through for more!!

We Are Over The 5 Million Mark Now!

Posted by Paul | December 01, 2013 at 06:00 PM EDT |

The point of this post is twofold. Firstly, we just compiled our stats for November and as of December 1st we're thrilled to announce that we have hit 5.1 million hits in our RDR database. That means very much to us, so thank you. Secondly, while on vacation, I updated some of our older galleries including figures from Star Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side], The Vintage Collection, and The Legacy Collection. Some of you may have seen some of these sneak peek updates on our Facebook page, but click through to see what I've updated. Once again, thank you and I hope you enjoy some of the new galleries.

Review: Rebel Commando (Infantryman: Endor) - 1:6 Scale Figure

Posted by Paul | December 01, 2013 at 07:56 AM EDT |

They didn't sell well and we're surprised by the overall lack of interest 1:6 Scale Figure collectors had for them. But Rebel Commando (Infantryman: Endor) is about one of the nicest figures from the entire line. See why we love it and why you should make him a permanent fixture in your own collection. It's all in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure 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.

Rebel Commando (Infantryman: Endor)

The Other Way!

Posted by Paul | December 01, 2013 at 07:51 AM EDT |

I can't believe we haven't seen more reports like this, but look what JTA reader found at a TARGET in Canada!


 
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