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August 2014

FlashBack Review: Luke Skywalker - LC - SDCC Exclusive

Posted by Paul | September 01, 2014 at 12:32 AM EDT |

  • Collectible: Luke Skywalker
  • Collection: Legacy Collection
  • Category: SDCC Exclusive
  • Review Sequence: #101
  • Original Publication Date: September 1, 2009
  • Current Ranking: 941st most visited review
  • Score: 3.5 holocrons
  • Released: 2009

Review: Boss Nass (Gungan Sacred Place) - POTJ - Basic

Posted by Paul | September 01, 2014 at 12:12 AM EDT |

A figure from 2000 that is so good that it still doesn't need a redo is Boss Nass (Gungan Sacred Place). See why we love this figure so much 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.

Boss Nass (Gungan Sacred Place)

TBS Darth Vader (#26) Is Our Most Successful Review To Date

Posted by Paul | August 31, 2014 at 10:57 PM EDT |

It's official. In less than a month The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) Research Droids Review is now our most successfully performing review to date. We estimate an astounding 6600+ unique visitors checked it out.... and it has already skyrocketed into the Top 150 RDRs in our database of almost 2000 other reviews.... with many reviews that had years to gain reads. We just wanted to take a second to thank all of you who checked it out. If we thought that there would be one figure that would have remained completely controversial free, it would have unequivocally been this one. Sadly, that didn't happen. But hopefully we were successful in steering you to an action figure that will bring you more happiness than many of the figures Hasbro has released in recent memory.

        

Walgreens Proto Fett Found In North Carolina!

Posted by Paul | August 31, 2014 at 01:03 PM EDT |

Longtime JTA reader Cindy confirms that the latest The Black Series figures have hit her area in North Carolina! Click through for her report!

Jedi Temple Archives' Latest Feature Revealed

Posted by Paul | August 31, 2014 at 12:26 AM EDT |

We teased you with this about a week ago, so here is the official reveal! Welcome to Jedi Temple Archives' latest feature: FlashBack Reviews! This new feature launches tomorrow, but get a sneak peek at what you can expect on September 1st by simply clicking through to read the details!

Review: Clone Trooper - TBS [P1] - Six Inch Figure (#14)

Posted by Paul | August 31, 2014 at 12:09 AM EDT |

We are finishing up The Black Series [Phase I] line with the last 6" figure in the lineup. It's rubbery too. See the Clone Trooper 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

She Peg-Warms Like She Has Two Right Thumbs... Oh Wait. She Does!

Posted by Paul | August 30, 2014 at 10:39 PM EDT |

I am not sure which report is funnier now: The Black Series Princess Leia (Slave Outfit) with the drooping eye, or this report. Click through for more wonderful quality control from JTA reader Brian from Michigan!

New Sponsor: Urban Collector

Posted by Paul | August 30, 2014 at 10:29 PM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives is thrilled to add Urban Collector as our newest sponsor. They are your ultimate source for premium pop culture collectibles. Urban Collector has the latest in awesome T-shirts, DC and Marvel focused items and of course Star Wars merchandise including awesome apparel and stunning collectibles. Be sure to check out their vast array of cool and fun collectibles ranging from movie and television to video games and comics! Urban Collector – your source for everything "pop" related!

And Another Fantastic Walgreens Store Report!

Posted by Paul | August 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM EDT |

JTA reader Cody T. also shares his Walgreens store report with us too! Click through for more!

Another Walgreens Success Story!

Posted by Paul | August 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM EDT |

JTA reader Paul G. was determined to locate the Walgreens The Black Series figures! Click through for his successful report!

And The Successful Walgreens Store Reports Start Pouring In!

Posted by Paul | August 30, 2014 at 12:11 AM EDT |

And here is the visual proof! JTA reader mintoncard rushed out to his local Walgreens the moment he saw our BREAKING NEWS report and scored big time! Click through for his exciting store report!

Review: Anakin Skywalker - TBS [P1] - Six Inch Figure (#12)

Posted by Paul | August 30, 2014 at 12:04 AM EDT |

We are finishing up The Black Series [Phase I] line with two remaining 6" figures just in time before the end of August. First up is Anakin Skywalker, based on his appearance in Episode III. It's not jaw-dropping, but it isn't terrible. See more of this figure 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 Skywalker

BREAKING NEWS! Walgreens TBS6 Prototype Boba Fett Found + Wave 5!

Posted by Paul | August 29, 2014 at 08:55 PM EDT |

BREAKING NEWS! Walgreens brick and mortar location are receiving The Black Series Prototype Boba Fett figure AS WELL AS wave 5 which includes Luke Jedi, Chewbacca and others! Special thanks to Darth Bones for the alert! Let us know what you find!

Thinking of Using Hasbro Returns? Think Again...

Posted by Chuck | August 29, 2014 at 10:39 AM EDT |

If you are thinking about returning something directly through Hasbro returns, JTA reader Tony has a cautionary tale that will make you reconsider... Click through for his experience with Hasbro's Consumer Affairs!

Review: Fode And Beed (Podrace Announcers) - POTJ - Basic

Posted by Paul | August 29, 2014 at 12:35 AM EDT |

A good figure, but a terribly annoying character, or do we saying annoying "characters"? The Fode And Beed (Podrace Announcers) figure is a tremendous update to the 2-Headed Announcer pack-in figure from the Episode I line, but will you still want it for your own collection? See our opinion 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.

Fode And Beed (Podrace Announcers)

Running Change TBS 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper Coming To USA?

Posted by Paul | August 28, 2014 at 10:29 PM EDT |

Our friends at Rebelscum.com are reporting that USA collectors may very well see the running change of the 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper in the future. Click through for their report on this.

New/Upcoming The Black Series (And Others) Case Assortments Revealed!

Posted by Paul | August 28, 2014 at 10:05 PM EDT |

Our friends at StarWarsFiguren.com reveal future case breakdowns of upcoming assortments of The Black Series 3.75", 6" and Saga Legends line.... and other stuff. Click through to see what's coming!!

Star Wars: Rebels Is Right Around The Corner!

Posted by Paul | August 28, 2014 at 09:55 PM EDT |

Star Wars: Rebels is so close it's almost palpable! Click through for complete details on what you can expect this fall and click HERE if you missed any of the shorts released so far.

Episode 7 Resumes Production After Harrison Ford Injury!

Posted by Paul | August 28, 2014 at 09:48 PM EDT |

Great news! The HollywoodReporter.com has published that Episode VII has resumed production. Click through for the full story!

UPDATE: Deluxe-Sized Mission Series Set Listing Removed!

Posted by Paul | August 28, 2014 at 09:43 PM EDT |

Toys R Us Canada online has listed something called Jedi Reveal Mission Series Pack. While it could be something we have already seen before, we're inclined to say "no" because it retails for $19.99 which makes us believe it's a format outside of the standard Mission Series line. Time will obviously reveal all, but take a look at more of the details of what might be coming. (Product pictures not shown.) Special thanks to JTA reader Ken for the alert.

UPDATE: Interesting! This listing has been removed from Canada's TRU.com website!

More Suitable Princess Leia Merchandise Makes Its Way To Disney

Posted by Paul | August 28, 2014 at 09:37 PM EDT |

Much to the relief of that "lovely" site Jezebel.com we assume, DisneyStore.com have added a nice selection of cool Princess Leia Organa merchandise to their roster. Many sites pledged for this, including our friends at Yakface.com and we thank them for the alert to this news as well.

Quality Control Issues Abound!

Posted by Paul | August 28, 2014 at 09:28 PM EDT |

Niko from Staten Isalnd NY encourages fellow collectors to carefully check over all the Star Wars products you consider buying. Check out what he had to say....

What's Wrong In This Picture?

Posted by Paul | August 28, 2014 at 09:19 PM EDT |

Here is a fun post. It's a game. Can you see what's wrong with this picture by clicking through? If you're a smartypants and see it right away, try not to ruin it for the rest of the class. Special thanks to legofan1227 for the image.

Exclusive 1/5 Scale Helmets From Spain

Posted by Paul | August 28, 2014 at 09:12 PM EDT |

PackoM from Spain send us a report that his country will soon expect 1/5 scale Star Wars helmets! Click through for his report as well as links to YouTube and others that go into more detail!

The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Star Wars....

Posted by Paul | August 28, 2014 at 09:04 PM EDT |

We have readers in Austria too? (We're honored!) JTA reader holyQ sends us a very eager report from his homeland of Austria because apparently very little Hasbro Star Wars stuff makes its way there. Click through for his report! Doe, a deer, a female deer....

Found! Star Wars: Rebels Vehicles And Other Things Hit Retail!

Posted by Paul | August 28, 2014 at 08:55 PM EDT |

Found! The first products (that we care about at least) from the Star Wars: Rebels line have hit retail. Corey from the Wolfpack Podcast Facebook page worked up a quick YouTube.com video to show you what he's found. The priducts hails from Nevada, CA. (Is that even a real place?) :) Click though for more!

The Black Series 6-inch Boba Fett Pre-order At HTS!

Posted by Paul | August 28, 2014 at 08:51 PM EDT |

In case you still need it, The Black Series 6" Boba Fett can be pre-ordered at HasbroToyShop.com for $19.99. Special thanks to JTA reader Michael W. for the alert!

Your what?! JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys has the brand new The Black Series 6" Anakin Skywalker for a n amazing $14.99 and the 6" Clone Trooper for $19.99 in stock right this second! Place your order now!! Click through for a ton more news too!

Review: Mon Calamari (Officer) - POTJ - Basic

Posted by Paul | August 28, 2014 at 08:09 AM EDT |

A figure from 1997 was used to make a figure for 2000 and it still looks good in 2014. Learn about the Mon Calamari (Officer) figure from the Power Of The Jedi 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.

Mon Calamari (Officer)

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | August 27, 2014 at 09:03 PM EDT |

Check out the latest newsletter from Big Bad Toy Store, including a big sale with 150 Featured items from Transformers, Marvel, DC, Video Games, Third Party, Japanese Figures & More!

You can also get daily product news and updates by subscribing to BBTS's Facebook page and Twitter feed!

Big Bad Toy Store

Entertainment Earth Summer Clearance Sale: Up To 90% Off

Posted by Chuck | August 27, 2014 at 07:11 PM EDT |

Entertainment Earth is having a huge summer clearance sale! Click through to see if you can find any hot Star Wars deals!

Review: Geonosian Starfighter - CW - Vehicles

Posted by Paul | August 27, 2014 at 08:56 AM EDT |

It's time for another 2003 Clone Wars release. This time we look at the Geonosian Starfighter complete with Geonosian Pilot pack-in figure. It's a relatively flawless vehicle save for one major flaw. Learn 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.

Geonosian Starfighter

Sponsor Announcement: Beyond Mortality Toys - TBS Wave 5 In Stock!

Posted by Paul | August 26, 2014 at 09:39 AM EDT |

JTA sponsor Beyond Mortality Toys writes in with a fantastic update. The Black Series wave 4 and wave 5 are in stock ans ready to ship. Plus, pre-order new 3.75" figures, many that have yet to be officially confirmed by Hasbro yet! Click through for more.

    
    

More Figures From That 18 Figure Case Assortment Up For Pre-order!

Posted by Paul | August 26, 2014 at 08:06 AM EDT |

For those of you concerned with the rest of the figures from that former 18 figure case assortment, JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys has just put two more of those figure up for pre-order including Commander Thorn and Mosep! Click through to place your pre-orders! Also, don't forget that they're already taking pre-orders for other figures in that wave still for Princess Leia (Boushh) as well.

Review: Luke Skywalker's X-wing - TSC - Toys R Us Exclusive

Posted by Paul | August 26, 2014 at 12:35 AM EDT |

Although an admirable effort, the 2002 Star Wars "Saga" Luke Skywalker's X-wing Fighter just wasn't up to snuff. Thankfully, Hasbro made all of their ills right with the stunning 2006 The Saga Collection Luke Skywalker's X-wing, which not only included an incredible update to the vehicle complete with removable swamp moss, the set also contained a nearly all-new Luke Skywalker figure in addition to a Ralph McQuarrie inspired Dragonsnake. And the kicker? It only set you back $45 back in the day. We HOPE you have this stunning set already, but if you don't, learn about it now with a cool 60+ image gallery and 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.

Luke Skywalker's X-wing

Crazy The Black Series Store Arrivals Continue

Posted by Paul | August 25, 2014 at 10:06 PM EDT |

We're still getting multiple reports of wave for of The Black Series arriving at TAGET in dribs and drabs. JTA reader Commander Joe276 lets us know that he found two Bastila Shans (images can be seen by clicking through) and then we also received photographic evidence from Darth Chuck that more figures are arriving piecemeal at his TARGET ins Florida as well. What a weird retail state.

The Black Series 6-inch Stormtrooper IN STOCK For $19.99 At HTS.com!

Posted by Paul | August 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM EDT |

With special thanks to JTA reader Commander Joe276 for alerting us, The Black Series 6-inch Stormtrooper is in stock at HasbroToyShop.com as of this post. I wonder if the one per lifetime limit is still in effect?

Review: Geonosian Warrior - SW [S - P2] - 12 Inch Figure

Posted by Paul | August 25, 2014 at 12:55 AM EDT |

The Geonosian Warrior 12 Inch Figure is extremely well done. See why we love it 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.

Geonosian Warrior

Cool! JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys reveals some cool new stuff! Click through for more!

New "Deluxe" Sized Mission Series Set Uncovered?

Posted by Paul | August 24, 2014 at 01:18 PM EDT |

Toys R Us Canada online has listed something called Jedi Reveal Mission Series Pack. While it could be something we have already seen before, we're inclined to say "no" because it retails for $19.99 which makes us believe it's a format outside of the standard Mission Series line. Time will obviously reveal all, but take a look at more of the details of what might be coming. (Product pictures not shown.) Special thanks to JTA reader Ken for the alert.

Review: Spider Droid (Separatist Forces) - CW - Deluxe

Posted by Paul | August 24, 2014 at 12:01 AM EDT |

The original Clone Wars line had some very cool figures and then some very boring ones. Here is a boring one. See the Spider Droid (Separatist Forces) Deluxe figure 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.

Spider Droid (Separatist Forces)

Coming Soon To Jedi Temple Archives

Posted by Paul | August 23, 2014 at 03:52 PM EDT |

We're bringing a new feature to Jedi Temple Archives beginning September 1st, something that has been in the works a few months now behind the scenes. Stay tuned for more.

Cool Customization To Make Darth Vader (#26) OT-Based

Posted by Paul | August 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM EDT |

If you are somewhat melancholy that the brilliant TBS Darth Vader (#26) is based on the Prequel Trilogy, we have a cool solution for you. JTA reader Sergio has posted how to quickly transform it into an OT-based version of him. Click through to find out how!

Review: Darth Vader - ROTS - Special Edition 500th Figure!

Posted by Paul | August 23, 2014 at 12:50 AM EDT |

There's been a lot of crazy talk about Darth Vaders figures lately, so let's look at another. This one is based on The Empires Strikes Back, but was released in the Revenge Of The Sith line and it celebrated Hasbro's 500th figure in a very prolific and long-running line. Check out Darth Vader (Special Edition 500th Figure) 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 (Special Edition 500th Figure)

The Black Series 6-inch Clone Trooper $22.99 Pre-order

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 06:44 PM EDT |

Pre-order The Black Series 6" Clone Trooper on Amazon.com for $22.99 right now!

Now We Are Talking! These Are The Store Reports We Need To Hear!

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 05:31 PM EDT |

We had a ton of store reports today as you can see, but this one is perhaps the most exciting. JTA reader Dean has a very exciting store report to share. Click through to see what this lucky stiff secured for his collection (at brick and mortar no less)! I hope I am lucky enough this weekend to find a portion of this find!

The New Jakks Pacific Figures Look Pretty Sharp!

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 05:25 PM EDT |

JTA reader Lester M. from Louisiana writes in to share his store find with us. He has located the new 20" Jakks Pacific figures. Click through for his brief report!

More Quality Control Issues With The Black Series 6-inch Line

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 05:21 PM EDT |

Likely a one-off issue, look what JTA reader Paul (yes another Paul) found at his local Kmart. It seems that quality control, generally speaking, is still a major issue of Hasbro's. Click through for more!

New The Black Series 6-inch Figures Arriving In UK Comic Shops!

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 05:14 PM EDT |

Comic shops in the UK are beginning to receive The Black Series 6" Cloone Trooper wave which also includes the Stormtrooper and Boba Fett carry-forward figures. Special thanks to JTA reader Kam for the report!

More First Time TBS Sightings!

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 05:10 PM EDT |

JTA reader Hank M. was so excited to see something new hit his shelves that he sent in a report to JTA for the first time. Click through to read his report!

New Jakks Pacific 20-inch Line Arrives AT Walmart + More!

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 05:04 PM EDT |

JTA moderator Paul B. writes in to let us know that new new stuff is being found at Walmart including the 20" Jakks Pacific figures as well as more store reports of The Black Series 6" line being found. Click through for more!! (This report is from Ohio.)

More Great Kmart Store Reports!

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 04:57 PM EDT |

Even Kmart is jumping on the bandwagon and getting new/newer stuff! I never thought I would still be seeing Darth Plagueis arriving at retail, but nothing ceases to amaze me in the day and age of collecting! Special thanks to Anakin20 for the report! Click through for a central Illinois Kmart report!

Hysterical Store Reset!

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2014 at 04:52 PM EDT |

Although it's probably safe to say that most stores have reset their shelves, JTA moderator Sjefke can't catch a break. (We can't post his store report because it was nithing but potty words. But look at his local store's reset! Click through for more!

JTA moderator Sjefke was so proud to report that he has seen his first The Black Series figure at Walmart since the line's debut, but it's not what you think! Click through to see his find!!

Win a Signed Convention Exclusive Promo Copy of A New Dawn

Posted by Chuck | August 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM EDT |

The first Star Wars novel created in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, Star Wars: A New Dawn is set during the legendary "Dark Times" between Episodes III and IV and tells the story of how two of the lead characters from the animated series Star Wars Rebels first came to cross paths. A New Dawn will be available wherever books are sold on 9/2/2014. Enter here for your chance to win one of 20 copies signed by author John Jackson Miller and cover artist Doug Wheatley! You can pre-order Star Wars: A New Dawn right here!

It's big, it's beautiful and you're gonna love it. But you won't love its illusory qualities because it weighs about a tenth of how it appears. The insubstantial Imperial Probe Droid is bittersweet. It looks amazing, but it feels cheap. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews database. 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.

Imperial Probe Droid

After my review of the stunning The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure, it appears that not all reviews on other sites are equally glowing. I am not sure at this point if it’s a conscious effort to devalue what merits the figure does possess, to be contrary (again), or to be cranky, but I just can’t write one jeremiad after another defending its worth and value in the collector line. So this will be the last. It would be a disservice to you for me to badmouth this figure. It is the most exciting Hasbro action figure we have seen since the TVC Gamorrean Guard. That’s my final answer. If the head pops off a little too easily, it's by no means a deal-breaker. At all. To rave about embarrassing Saga Legends and Mission Series figures to then demean/tear apart and flunk/fail what is Hasbro’s greatest Darth Vader figure ever because on some/many samples have a loose head joint is completely laughable in my eyes. As far as I am concerned, talking trash about this figure is very misleading to our cherished readers. I don't even believe that the critics believe the negative things they're saying about Darth Vader. And sadly my explanation of how to resolve the issue is seemingly falling on deaf ears. (more....)

        

Amazon.com has both Boba Fett and Stormtrooper Six Inch figures for a reasonable price (for now). If you are still needing these and haven't had luck at retail this might be a good time to secure them! Click the images below for direct links.

Review: Asajj Ventress - Premium Format Figure (Sideshow Exclusive)

Posted by Paul | August 21, 2014 at 12:10 AM EDT |

We just noticed that, for reasons unknown, we have overlooked the Asajj Ventress Premium Format Figure in our Research Droids Reviews database. So here she is in all of her Sith glory. This is one fine collectible folks! And she was one of the final Tartakovsky Clone Wars collectibles made by Sideshow. 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.

Asajj Ventress

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | August 20, 2014 at 04:26 PM EDT |

Big Bad Toy Store's latest newsletter is out. Click through to check out what's new!

You can also get daily product news and updates by subscribing to BBTS's Facebook page and Twitter feed!

Big Bad Toy Store

Happy 20 Year Anniversary To The Star Wars Collectors Archive!

Posted by Paul | August 20, 2014 at 12:56 PM EDT |

Extra special congratulations goes out to Guz Lopez's The Star Wars Collectors Archive, the very first Star Wars fan site on the internet. This site has paved the way for all of us. We wish them many more anniversaries like this!

New Affiliate: Nerd Rage Toys

Posted by Paul | August 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives warmly welcomes affiliate Nerd Rage Toys to the JTA family. They have a great supply of toys ranging from GI Joe, TMNT, MOTU and of course Star Wars. And if you missed Ree-Yees and Jabba's Skiff Guard on Amazon.com, Nerd Rage Toys still has them up for pre-order for the same price. They also have a nice selection of new The Black Series 3.75" figures for $5 each as well! Check out what they have!

Even The Driest Places In The World Are Getting The Black Series!

Posted by Paul | August 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives' own Chuck Paskovics from Lexington KY found The Black Series 6" Stormtrooper at his local Walmart after nearly "years" of nothing gracing the shelves at all. Could retail be heading for a positive change? Click through for more!

The final Commemorative Tin Collection set we will be looking at for a while (and the final set based on one of the Star Wars films), is a strange bird. Look at the cast of characters Hasbro decided to place together for this obscure Kmart exclusive. What shakes things up even more is that the set includes two repainted figures. See the Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (Exclusive) Commemorative Tin Collection set 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.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (Exclusive)

The Black Series Deluxe On Clearance Already?!

Posted by Paul | August 19, 2014 at 09:23 PM EDT |

The Black Series Deluxe figures are on clearance already? Don't sweat it. The article title is a misnomer and meant to bring in clicks, but see what lucky JTA moderator flamingtoilet discovered from an online post at a local TRU! Click through for more!

JTA Sponsor Dorkside Toys Warehouse Clearance Sale!

Posted by Paul | August 19, 2014 at 05:04 PM EDT |

JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys has just opened up their Warehouse Clearance Sale! Click through to see what you can find on sale. After the link, click on Warehouse Clearance sale link on the top left.

Disney's Talking Boba Fett Available Online

Posted by Chuck | August 19, 2014 at 02:10 PM EDT |

JTA reader Joseph Skywalker writes in to let us know that DisneyStore.com has the talking Boba Fett available. Click here for detailed images and to place an order!

Star Wars Action News Episode 431: Exclusive Showdown

Posted by Chuck | August 19, 2014 at 02:06 PM EDT |

The irony of San Diego Comic-Con is that while everyone rushes to buy the exclusives, there's no time at the con to really look at them! Now Marjorie and Arnie are back home and have unpacked their SDCC shipment, and are ready to tell you if Hasbro's 6-Inch Jabba the Hut exclusive, or the SDCC/Toys R Us exclusive Cantina Showdown set, was worth the trouble.

Q and A of the Day: Day 74 (This One Is Sure To Cause Controversy!)

Posted by Paul | August 19, 2014 at 11:28 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 74. Topic: Darth Vader (#26): He says this, but you said that....

   

Review: Star Wars Episode II: AOTC - TAC - Commemorative Tin (2 of 6)

Posted by Paul | August 19, 2014 at 08:16 AM EDT |

We have a couple of more Commemorative Tin Collection sets to check out before we're done with them, so let's analyze the Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (2 of 6) Commemorative Tin Collection which is honestly one of the better ones. It's the focus on 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.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (2 of 6)

More New Hasbro Stuff Arriving - More Higher Prices!

Posted by Paul | August 18, 2014 at 01:02 PM EDT |

Even more "new" stuff is being found in TARGET. JTA reader Jub Goobles provides us with his store report as well as confirmation of even HIGHER price increases! Dang nabbit! Those contrarian-loving 5POA people are gonna have lots of 'splaining to do! Now that the budget line is creeping up dangerously close in price to the "collector line" what ever will parents/gift givers do now?! Click through for more!

Based on what Hasbro revealed/let slip at New York Toy Fair this past February, the anticipation was very high and cautious optimism was felt by the collecting community for what Hasbro would reveal at San Diego Comic Con. But after the presentation ended, most of us felt that we didn’t need new underwear. I will be the first to admit that. Despite not losing bodily control, I still however was pleasantly surprised by what Hasbro offered. A ton of rumors that had been floating through the air were finally confirmed. And as I began to think why I didn’t do happy dances like I did in the past (most notably SDCC 2009), I realized that all of the rumors JTA has posted may have made us all (that’s us included just to clarify) have unrealistically high expectations. So, I decided to mill through the news archives at JTA to see just where we’re at with the rumor lists and break down where we are with Hasbro: the rumored versus the confirmed, to see how many are still outstanding. Click through for more.

JTA reader and friend Darth Chuck sends us more images on this strange TARGET caper: miscellaneous Star Wars figures arriving piecemeal right off of the truck. Look what arrived today. It's no wonder no one can find stuff. Why aren't full cases arriving? Click through for more!

Review: TC-14 - Real Action Heroes

Posted by Paul | August 18, 2014 at 01:25 AM EDT |

We have one more Real Action Heroes figure to look at before we switch gears again on you. See the beautiful TC-14 one-sixth scale figure. She is absolutely gorgeous, but sadly she is missing some very important accessories. Learn 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.

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TARGET Marks Up Star Wars Figures

Posted by Paul | August 17, 2014 at 09:36 PM EDT |

Well, it's official. The moment TARGET starts getting new Star Wars stuff they mark it up. Likely just part off the new module reset, click through to see how much your Star Wars figures may be costing you in the very near future.

Your truly has been "stalking" a local Walmart since about November 2012. It was one of the biggest victims of what collectors "un-affectionately" hail as "The Debacle of 2012". In the summer of 2013, it did receive the inaugural wave of The Black Series, which many figures from that wave sat and rotted for years, along with the Saga Legends wave 1. Just yesterday, for the first time ever, this particular location received a "new" case of wave 3. And would believe they rang up for $7.00 each (on clearance). If anyone thinks that "big box" retail should still have the right to sell these figures, well, I frankly don't know what to say to you. This is an extreme example, but it's not like other locations are rolling in a fantastic selection of the figures I want anyway. Click through for more.

SDCC Exclusive Jabba The Hutt's Throne Room Sets Arriving Non-Mint

Posted by Paul | August 17, 2014 at 07:22 PM EDT |

We have been receiving unhappy reports from readers that Hasbro Toy Shop is haphazardly shipping out the SDCC Jabba The Hutt's Throne Room in boxes that are much too big and contain very little supporting packaging materials. JTA reader Mike C. sends us proof that these aren't arriving in mint condition. But I am not sure if any of us expected that they would. Click through for a closer look.

Review: Darth Vader (Revenge Of The Sith) - Real Action Heroes

Posted by Paul | August 17, 2014 at 01:05 AM EDT |

Yesterday you saw what a junky Episode III Darth Vader 12-Inch Figure looks like, so today tune into our Research Droids Reviews to study what an incredibly fine interpretation of a one-sixth scale Darth Vader figure based on his appearance from Revenge Of The Sith should be like. It makes us almost as happy as The Black Series Episode III Darth Vader (#26) figure.... almost. The glorious Darth Vader (Revenge Of The Sith) Real Action Heroes even includes a pretty neat "crispy" Anakin Skywalker portrait, albeit not 100% screen accurate. Check out this figure right now! 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.

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Star Wars Rebels Mission Series Hits Amazon

Posted by Chuck | August 16, 2014 at 09:24 AM EDT |

The latest Mission Series sets have hit Amazon for pre-order. These are available to ship October 23. Click the images below to have a detailed look at each set. Thanks again to JTA reader Michael for alerting us!

    

Review: Anakin to Darth Vader - SW [DV/ROTS] - 12-Inch Figures

Posted by Chuck | August 16, 2014 at 09:11 AM EDT |

Today's Research Droids Review takes a look at Anakin to Darth Vader. We're not to keen on this figure, and you can find out why right here! 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.

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Visual Guide Update - Darth Maul (SL15) - SW [DV/ROTS]

Posted by Chuck | August 15, 2014 at 10:13 PM EDT |

Sith Lord Darth Maul emerges from the shadows to reveal the ominous presence of the Sith, who use the dark side of the Force and are enemies of the Jedi. Maul duels Qui-Gon Jinn on Tatooine and finishes that lightsaber duel, with deadly results, on Naboo. Check out the Saga Legends version of Darth Maul in our Visual Guide below, and make sure to see how he fared in our Research Droids Review!

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The Black Series and More Found In Ireland

Posted by Chuck | August 15, 2014 at 09:11 PM EDT |

JTA reader Toryn has a great store report from Ireland! Click through to read about his all-day toy run where he found a little bit of old and new!

Review: Darth Maul - SW [DV/ROTS] - SL15

Posted by Chuck | August 15, 2014 at 06:40 AM EDT |

We have our final Research Droids Review from the Darth Vader/Revenge of the Sith Saga Legends line. Darth Maul, while not perfect, is better than average when it comes to this line of Saga Legends. Find out the good, the bad, and the ugly right here! 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.

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Special Report: Action Figures In Action - Issue #5

Posted by Chuck | August 14, 2014 at 02:21 PM EDT |

This month's Action Figures In Action edition is a little late, but this one is for sure better late than never! There are some real gems this month that we are sure you will love (including two JTA exclusives)! So, jump on in to issue #5 of Action Figures In Action!

Join us each month as JTA has teamed up with Calum Jones to bring you a monthly look at some of the best in action action figure photography on the internet! Enjoy a hand-picked selection from Calum's body of work to show off, in high resolution, what happens when you combine creative photography skill with digital artistry. The results will blow you away! We will be spotlighting some of the many samples featured on Calum's highly popular Instagram page, along with several monthly exclusive photos that will only be available right here on JTA!

The Black Series Wave 4 Found In France

Posted by Chuck | August 14, 2014 at 02:00 PM EDT |

The Black Series wave 4 lands in France! JTA reader Khalen from across the pond sends in his report...

SDCC Jabba Back In Stock at Hasbro Toy Shop!

Posted by Paul | August 14, 2014 at 01:04 PM EDT |

HasbroToyShop.com has the SDCC exclusive Jabba the Hutt's Throne Room Set up! Get it while you can! A big thanks to everyone who wrote in with this alert for the SECOND time!

Sponsor Announcement: DorkSide Toys

Posted by Chuck | August 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM EDT |

New Star Wars Rebels are up for Pre-order, new Mission Series and the latest The Black Series 3.75" Wave 4. Lots of great Star Wars toys are in stock and are up for pre-order. Biker Scout and Jabba deluxe are due to arrive shortly so make sure you pre-order and update any credit card info so your order doesn't get delayed. We also have new Black Series 6" pre-orders & 3.75" as well, plus Saga legends, Mission Series, Mafex Vader, Jumbo Kenner & cool POP! Star Wars vinyl. Check out their full newsletter for Star Wars and more!

More News From The Front: The Black Series Hitting Hard at TRU

Posted by Chuck | August 14, 2014 at 10:28 AM EDT |

The Black Series is hitting pretty hard at TRU. JTA reader Steve has a full report from PA on what's hitting in his area! Click through for the report.

Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi - SW [DV/ROTS] - SL13

Posted by Chuck | August 14, 2014 at 09:17 AM EDT |

Obi-Wan Kenobi was the exception for wave 3 of the Saga Legends figures, and not in a good way. Check out our Research Droids Review to find out if this figure is worth adding to your collection! 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.

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Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | August 13, 2014 at 08:42 PM EDT |

The latest Big Bad Toy Store's newsletter is out featuring all of their newest pre-orders and arrivals. Click through to see what's new!

You can also get daily product news and updates by subscribing to BBTS's Facebook page and Twitter feed!

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Visual Guide Update - Luke Skywalker (SL14) - SW [DV/ROTS]

Posted by Chuck | August 13, 2014 at 08:38 PM EDT |

Next up for the Saga Legends Visual Guides is Luke Skywalker. Take a look at a decent 5POA figure in our guide below, and find out what we liked about this figure in our full Research Droids Review!

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2015 LEGO Sets Revealed

Posted by Chuck | August 13, 2014 at 01:56 PM EDT |

Our friends at Jedi News have the latest 2015 LEGO sets listed. Click through to see what's in store from our favorite brick maker!

The Black Series Deluxe Found At Kmart in California

Posted by Chuck | August 13, 2014 at 01:51 PM EDT |

More The Black Series Deluxe figures found. This time JTA reader Jason found them at Kmart in West Covina, CA. Click through to see what what was found...

Review: Luke Skywalker - SW [DV/ROTS] - SL14

Posted by Chuck | August 13, 2014 at 07:58 AM EDT |

Today's review takes a look at another Saga Legends figure that's not so bad! Read all about Luke Skywalker today and find out why we think this Research Droids Review is worthy! 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.

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Visual Guide Update - Snowtrooper (SL16) - SW [DV/ROTS]

Posted by Chuck | August 12, 2014 at 10:20 PM EDT |

We have a new run of Visual Guides featuring the final wave from the Saga Legends (Darth Vader/Revenge of the Sith Line). First up is the Snowtrooper. Click below to check out our latest update, and make sure to see what we think of this figure in our Research Droids Review!

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The Black Series Six Inch Deluxe Figures Hitting Orlando

Posted by Chuck | August 12, 2014 at 02:14 PM EDT |

More The Black Series store reports! This time, JTA reader Jordan checks in from Orlando with proof that The Black Series deluxe figures are hitting the shelves. Click through for his report!

The Black Series Battle On Endor Set On Toysrus.com

Posted by Chuck | August 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM EDT |

If you want this set and haven't found it at brick-and-mortar (and don't want to resort to eBay), Toysrus.com has it up for order. Same price as retail and free standard shipping. Thanks Tray for the heads up!

eBay Auction The Black Series Set Deal!

Posted by Chuck | August 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM EDT |

This is a pretty good deal, especially if you are looking for these sets still. Check out what you can get in thie eBay auction set deal... Thank you JTA reader Cody for alerting us to this deal!

SDCC Exclusives, Hot Wheels, and More At Entertainment Earth

Posted by Chuck | August 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM EDT |

Entertainment Earth has listed the Gentle Giant SDCC exclusives, as well as the Hot Wheels lineup! Click through to check them out...

Basic Figures Found At Walmart For Clearance Prices

Posted by Chuck | August 12, 2014 at 09:23 AM EDT |

JTA moderator Sjefke has a Walmart clearance report ... good news or bad? Click through for the report!

Review: Snowtrooper - SW [DV/ROTS] - SL16

Posted by Chuck | August 12, 2014 at 05:30 AM EDT |

We have MORE new figures to discuss! This time we look at the non-USA wave 3 Saga Legends figures. They have been graciously donated to Jedi Temple Archives by one of our wonderful Canadian readers. (Thank you "you-know-who"!) Let's look at the Snowtrooper, which surprised the heck out of us. It is actually pretty good. It's the focus of 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.

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Sponsor Announcement: Beyond Mortality Toys

Posted by Chuck | August 11, 2014 at 10:12 PM EDT |

From now until September 1st, 2014 take 10% off any of our in stock and pre-order Star Wars items!  It's all ready for you to buy! We've added even MORE images of upcoming items!  And we'll be adding even MORE items to the store throughout the month to expand our inhouse stock lines! Click through for all of the details!

Star Wars Rebels Animated Shorts Debut On Disney XD

Posted by Chuck | August 11, 2014 at 09:00 PM EDT |

The first of four Star Wars: Rebels shorts debuts tonight! A new Star Wars Rebels short will debut on Disney XD each Monday night over the next four weeks. Click through for a look at tonights episode!

Star Wars: Force For Change Grand Prize Winner Announced

Posted by Chuck | August 11, 2014 at 08:49 PM EDT |

Star Wars: Force For Change announced their grand prize winner... D.C. Barns from Denver, Colorado! Click through for the full announcement! For all of you other fans who had high hopes... it was millions of voices crying out in terror and suddenly silenced.

More TBS Six Inch Figures Found At Walmart

Posted by Chuck | August 11, 2014 at 04:52 PM EDT |

More reports of The Black Series six inch showing up at Walmart. This time JTA friend and reader Dart reports in from Lexington, KY with his findings. Click through for the proof!

The Black Series Wave 5 IN STOCK At Entertainment Earth!

Posted by Paul | August 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM EDT |

Wow! The Black Series wave 5 is IN STOCK at Entertainment Earth! This particular case isn't that great (because of the case ratio), but at least you get all four new figures from it including the stunning and stellaer Darth vader #26 figure. If you need a close look at these figures, don't forget JTA provided the web with the first complete look at them, so check them out HERE for more information!

Review: R5-D4 - Real Action Heroes

Posted by Paul | August 11, 2014 at 12:40 AM EDT |

Medicom Toy quickly utilized the Real Action Heroes R2-D2 to make a stunning version of R5-D4, and it's one of the few collectible versions of this character that is decorated correctly (period). Find out more by checking out 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.

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UPDATE: The Black Series 6-inch Line Found At USA Walmart!

Posted by Paul | August 10, 2014 at 08:53 PM EDT |

We have received a report of The Black Series 6" being found at a North Carolina Walmart! Click through for JTA reader Michael H.'s store report! What's interesting is that the story starts off with "these might be returns" but keep reading for the twist/comforting confirmation! Click through for more!

UPDATE: Photographic proof added!

If you thought that the Real Action Heroes C-3PO was good, wait until you see R2-D2, complete with electronics as well. After one inaccurate R2-D2 after the next in the Hasbro line, can we tell you how brilliant it is to see the panel outlines and details you never knew existed finally visible on this popular astromech droid? (It's the greatest thing ever.) Again, Sideshow Collectibles is going to have to work very hard to beat this version. See this one-sixth scale in its full glory 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.

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New The Black Series 6-inch Figures (Anakin/Clone) Found At TARGET!

Posted by Paul | August 10, 2014 at 12:11 AM EDT |

JTA reader and friend AJ writes in with quite a surprise. He found the latest The Black Series 6" figures at his local TARGET. Sadly, for many of us, too many Princess Leia (Slave Outfit) is taking up all of the space. Click through for his report!

Walmart Plan-O-Gram Revealed

Posted by Paul | August 09, 2014 at 09:57 PM EDT |

JTA reader and friend Jamie D. from Canada snaps pictures of Walmart's upcoming reset. See way up close what their plans are! Click through for more!

There are often times when licensees should not solicit their items until the production figures are available. This directly applies to Medicom Toys' Real Action Heroes C-3PO. He didn't sell well initially, but that's because the prototype was shown in the solicitation images and not the finished figure. And it was horrible. (We show that original image in our review today.) What collectors need to know however is that C-3PO is one of the greatest one-sixth scale interpretations of this character we have ever seen. And Sideshow is really going to have to work hard to make their upcoming 1:6 Scale Figure interpretation better because the RAH Medicom figure sets the bar so high It's all in our Research Droids Reviews today with light-up features and all! 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.

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Gentle Giant Ltd. Announces 10 Year Anniversary Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | August 08, 2014 at 10:55 PM EDT |

Gentle Giant Ltd. announces a special 10th Anniversary Mini Bust. What started as a token gift in 2004 has become a holiday tradition for Gentle Giant. They are pleased to have shared the past ten years of these fun to create seasonal selections and look forward to 10 more years with each and every one of you, their collectors and their friends. The piece that started it all, the Chrome and Gold Sandtrooper of 2004 has influenced them again in 2014. As they come full circle, they are proud to present the new Golden Stormtrooper in brilliant chrome finish. This rare and limited edition piece will be accompanied by an exclusive mouse droid with holiday wrap especially for their PG members only.Click through for more information!

What An Almost Complete TARGET Reset Should Look Like

Posted by Paul | August 08, 2014 at 10:12 PM EDT |

JTA reader Jub Goobles sends us in a great picture of a pretty much finished TARGET reset. I haven't been able to find any completed resets in my area. While it's nice to see some new product, it just doesn't come close to the days of TSC, TAC, TLC/LC or TVC. The best thing in this photo for me? The dangling/peg-warming TVC Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit) figure! Why is that even peg-warming!?

Good luck on your hunts!

TRU Exclusive TVC X-wing Starts Down Path To Clearance

Posted by Paul | August 08, 2014 at 10:03 PM EDT |

JTA rmoderator Paul B. and JTA reader Aaren A. write in to let us know that The Vintage Collection X-wing Fighter has started getting marked down at some TRU stores. In their area, it has dropped to $39.98.

Documented Proof Of Great Star Wars Clearance At Kmart

Posted by Paul | August 08, 2014 at 09:58 PM EDT |

JTA reader Ben H. writes in to let us know that his local Kmart has begun putting Star Wars stuff on clearance. There is apparently a 20% off on top of the clearance sticker price, so he paid very little for a hot Saga Legends figure. We do not know if this is happening on a national level, but please let us know if you see this in your neck of the woods too. Click through for more.

Retail Resets Left And Right

Posted by Paul | August 08, 2014 at 09:52 PM EDT |

We are getting reports from multiple readers letting us know that new stuff is consistently being found. JTA reader Emmett G. from Texas lets us know that his TARGET just put out some new stuff. If you haven't seen anything yet, it's likely your area is just moments away from seeing new stuff.

Hasbro Toy Shop Processing SDCC Exclusive Jabba's Throne Room Sets

Posted by Paul | August 08, 2014 at 07:29 PM EDT |

For those of you who were successful in securing The Black Series Jabba The Hutt's Throne Room SDCC exclusive from HasbroToyShop.com, keep an eye on your credit cards. We have received reports that orders are charging and are awaiting shipping notices, likely to arrive on the 11th.

Review: Han Solo - Real Action Heroes (Ultimate Unison)

Posted by Paul | August 08, 2014 at 01:20 AM EDT |

We switch gears today and analyze the gorgeous Han Solo (Ultimate Unison) figure, which is part of the premium sub-line of Real Action Heroes by Medicom Toys and Enterbay. You pay a large chunk of money for an incredibly sculpted and ultimately realistic head sculpt, but is the value here? We're inclined to say "yes". Check out this gorgeous release and we want to give extra special thanks to Sideshow Collectibles for providing our review sample. 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.

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Pre-order The ARC Trooper Versions Of Echo And Fives

Posted by Paul | August 07, 2014 at 07:53 PM EDT |

Pre-order the ARC Trooper versions of Echo and Fives. Each retails for $149.99.

 

Entertainment Earth Daily Deal: Republic Attack Shuttle Over 50% Off

Posted by Chuck | August 07, 2014 at 02:04 PM EDT |

Check out today's Entertainment Earth Daily Deal: Star Wars Clone Republic Attack Shuttle Vehicle for 56% off. That's $35 if you are still looking to pick this up. Click here to check it out!

We're not too sure if we are as excited for the Speeder Bike With Biker Scout as everyone else is. See our thoughts on this piece 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.

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Hopefully everyone who was in the hunt for today's Visual Guide had better success getting it online this year, compared to last year! We have a detailed look at what you will be getting in the Jabba the Hutt's Throne Room SDCC exclusive. Click below to check out the full guide, and check out our extensive write-up in our Research Droids Review.

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Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | August 06, 2014 at 06:24 PM EDT |

Get the latest updates on this weeks new releases in Big Bad Toy Store's latest newsletter!

You can also get daily product news and updates by subscribing to BBTS's Facebook page and Twitter feed!

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Rethinking How To Count Articulation Points

Posted by Paul | August 06, 2014 at 08:22 AM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives has recently adopted a new method of calculating articulation based on conversations we have had with peers. We don’t discount that it’s “thinking” outside of the box, but we try to strive for the most accurate of details, even if it's not "popular" or if it breaks "tradition". But one thing is for sure: it has created controversy. (more....)

It's a wrap! Thank you for making our exclusive look at The Black Series wave 5 a roaring success. And we're thrilled that most of you see eye to eye with us regarding the stunning Darth Vader figure from this wave as well. We also thank those of you who spread the word via various forums and what not. We got quite a bit of traffic from places we didn't even know existed! We do hope we can provide you with another sneak peek of upcoming figures again soon! Thank you again! If you did miss any of the four-day marathon, please click any thumbnail below to be taken to this wave of figures.

       

       

Review: Jabba The Hutt's Throne Room - TBS6 - SDCC Exclusive

Posted by Paul | August 06, 2014 at 01:10 AM EDT |

It's time to officially publish the Jabba The Hutt's Throne Room Research Droids Reviews entry for today. If you missed the advance look, check it out now. It's better than we expected and gives us even more hope for The Black Series 6" line. 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.

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New The Black Series 3.75" Figures Part Of TARGET Reset!

Posted by Paul | August 05, 2014 at 10:25 PM EDT |

Most of us know that a reset is happening, but we have just learned from an insider that new 3.75" The Black Series figures are due and part of the reset as well. If anyone comes across these new figures, please let us know ASAP. Thank you!

New LEGO Displays And LEGO Product Arrivals At TARGET

Posted by Paul | August 05, 2014 at 10:18 PM EDT |

Check out the beautiful new LEGO display at TARGET courtesy of JTA readr Michael W. He also sends us some new store report arrivals too! Click through for more!

Our own flamingtoilet has a store report to share with the JTA family. Click through for his always entertaining rundown!

JTA reader Ian G. has located te new "large" Hero Series X-wing Fighter without opening cockpit and without any real color or details. Enjoy whoever wants this. Click through for more!

An Update From Sweden

Posted by Paul | August 05, 2014 at 09:50 PM EDT |

Mats from Sweden gives us another exciting store report. See how the climates are so different in foreign countires when compared to North America!

Star Wars Action News: Episode 430

Posted by Paul | August 05, 2014 at 09:45 PM EDT |

Star Wars Action News’ full coverage of San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 is here! Recorded live at the convention, join Arnie and Marjorie as they detail the exclusives and reveals from Star Wars collectible companies like Hasbro, Mattel, Jakks Pacific, Sideshow Collectibles, eFX, and more! In this episode you can watch exclusive interviews with representatives from your favorite Star Wars toy makers! Join Arnie for interviews with Hasbro, Kotobukiya, Gentle Giant, plus Star Wars authors Jeffrey Brown and Daniel Wallace! With coverage from the Star Wars fan breakfast and more, it’s all in Star Wars Action News’ 2014 Comic-Con coverage!

The Realm Recap Podcast: Episodes 24-25

Posted by Paul | August 05, 2014 at 09:43 PM EDT |

Now that the freshness and con-stink of SDCC has worn off, The Realm Recap returns this week to a state of normalcy but one thing remains…. Jabba! Is Monday the day that HasbroToyShop mercifully puts their SDCC Exclusive(s) up for pre-order or will they drag this cruel game out for another week? We also discuss the latest store reports as new product is officially starting to hit retailer shelves now. Click on through to check out the latest episode and feel free to subscribe to our channel and leave suggestions on what you’d like to see covered on the show. Also, if you prefer an audio-only version, a downloadable MP3 is available as well. (more…)

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We are finishing Wave 5 from The Black Series with the all-new Darth Vader ... and we have saved the best for last. Click below to check out our continuing exclusive first-look coverage of this incredible figure, and if you somehow missed our glowing review of this figure find out what all the hype is about in our Research Droids Review!

Interestingly enough, one year ago to the day we opended up our coverage of The Black Series [Phase I] basic figure line in both our Visual Guides and Research Droids Reviews. Today we complete the Phase I basic figure line. We hope you enjoyed our advanced look at this awesome final TBS [Phase I] wave!

Darth Vader (The Black Series #26)

We finish up the web's very first and extremely intense look at The Black Series wave 5, with the greatest version of Darth Vader Hasbro has ever produced. And because we absolutely love Kubrick's The Shining, we'll make it very easy for your to understand: The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced. If you don't believe us, then click through to visit our Research Droids Reviews today and let us prove that The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure is the greatest Darth Vader action figure Hasbro has ever produced! It's also our 1900th review! 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

Check Out The SDCC Jabba The Hutt's Throne Room Review Early

Posted by Paul | August 04, 2014 at 06:45 PM EDT |

We have a very, very exciting review tomorrow (we're finishing up The Black Series wave 5 with a killer figure), but with the excitement of The Black Series 6" Jabba The Hutt's Throne Room going up for pre-order today at Hasbro Toy Shop, we're eager to showcase our own review on this piece now. See if this is what you're expecting after your pre-order today!

Seven (7) Minute Star Wars: Rebels Preview On Disney XD Tonight!

Posted by Paul | August 04, 2014 at 05:37 PM EDT |

Lucasfilm Ltd. has contacted all affiliates to let readers know of an incredible Star Wars: Rebels 7 minute preview on Disney XD tonight. Click through for details!

Visual Guide Update - Wedge Antilles (#29) - The Black Series

Posted by Chuck | August 04, 2014 at 05:15 PM EDT |

Next up for The Black Series Wave 5 is Wedge Antilles. Click below to continue our sneak peek at this upcoming final wave from the first phase of The Black Series. As usual you can find our complimentary Research Droids Review for the complete analysis of this figure released earlier today.

Wedge Antilles (The Black Series #29)

TBS6 Jabba And Speeder Bike With Biker Scout Listed With Lower MSRP

Posted by Paul | August 04, 2014 at 03:24 PM EDT |

JTA reader Michael W. alerts us that HasbroToyShop.com has updated many Star Wars items on their site. But what's interesting is that The Black Series 6" Jabba The Hutt and Speeder Bike With Biker Scout are both listed a scoming soon with an MSRP of $34.99!

Jabba the Hutt's Throne Room (finally) Up on HasbroToyShop.com!

Posted by Chuck | August 04, 2014 at 10:20 AM EDT |

HasbroToyShop.com has the SDCC exclusive Jabba the Hutt's Throne Room Set up! Get it while you can! A big thanks to everyone who wrote in with this alert! Ordering went live 10:05 EDT/9:05 CDT.

UPDATE: And it's out of stock!

Review: Wedge Antilles [Snowspeeder Pilot] - TBS [P1] - Basic (#29)

Posted by Paul | August 04, 2014 at 12:05 AM EDT |

We are continuing to plug through the web's very first and extremely intense look at The Black Series wave 5, the final wave in the first phase of The Black Series line! Next up is Wedge Antilles as he appeared during the Battle of Hoth in his snowspeeder outfit. He turned out pretty great as well. He is also the last figure to show you before we reveal the greatest figure from this wave... and the greatest interpretation of "that" charcater in 3.75" scale ever. (You should know we're not hyping that up at all.) See the incredible Wedge Antilles 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.

Wedge Antilles

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SDCC Exclusive TBS Jabba The Hutt's Throne Room Facebook Sneak Peek!

Posted by Paul | August 03, 2014 at 03:35 PM EDT |

We have posted an exclusive look at the SDCC exclusive The Black Series 6" Jabba The Hutt's Throne Room on our Facebook page for your perusal. After we finish up The Black Series wave 5, this gorgeous set is next! Click through for more.

        
        

Visual Guide Update - Jabba's Skiff Guard (#27) - The Black Series

Posted by Chuck | August 03, 2014 at 02:59 PM EDT |

Our exclusive Wave 5 coverage continues with a look and another awesome addition to the 3 3/4" line of figures: Jabba's Skiff Guard [Brock Starsher]. Click below for an extensive look at this figures debut in plastic, and read our full review right here in case you missed it earlier!

Jabba's Skiff Guard [Brock Starsher] (The Black Series #27)

Sponsor Announcement: K&C Collectibles

Posted by Chuck | August 03, 2014 at 02:21 PM EDT |

K & C Collectibles has in-stock the New Black Series 6" Speeder Bike with Biker Scout and 6" Jabba the Hutt.  New this week the Battle on Endor Battle Pack 3 3/4" with AT-ST vehicle.  Bust Up's Series 1 through Series 6 from Gentle Giant, M-Pire M & M Plush Buddies, Unleashed Battle Packs, Jumbo Action Figures and Mini Bust from Gentle Giant and LEGO's.  Click the NEW PRODUCT link for a complete list of recently added items.

K&C Collectibles

Review: Jabba's Skiff Guard [Brock Starsher] - TBS [P1] - Basic (#27)

Posted by Paul | August 03, 2014 at 12:01 AM EDT |

As you know, Jedi Temple Archives is going to be your supplier of choice and with each daily Research Droids Reviews/Visual Guides reveal we publish you will be guaranteed to receive a geeky rush. This is because we are providing the collecting community with the web's very first and extremely intense look at The Black Series wave 5, the final wave in the first phase of The Black Series line way before they're due to hit the USA! While all of the figures are exceptional, please know that we have saved the greatest figure for last. (And we're not hyping that up at all. It's the hard truth....) We hope you have enjoyed what you have seen so far, but more cool stuff will continue to be revealed as we now showcase the only figure from the wave that's a first time offering: Sergeant Doallyn Brock Starsher Jabba's Skiff Guard. See this wonderful action figure, a character from the second skiff in Return Of The Jedi, 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.

Jabba's Skiff Guard [Brock Starsher]

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Rebels Millennium "Failcon" Up For Pre-order At Walmart.com

Posted by Paul | August 02, 2014 at 11:09 PM EDT |

JTA reader NB writes in to let us know that the Rebels Walmart exclusive Millennium Falcon is available for pre-order at Walmart.com. Thanks NB!

Strange Retail Experience At TARGET

Posted by Paul | August 02, 2014 at 09:46 PM EDT |

JTA reader mintoncard has an interesting store report experience to share with us. Click through for more.

Angry [That They Are] Birds And Not 3.75-inch Action Figures

Posted by Paul | August 02, 2014 at 09:40 PM EDT |

Because new stuff is hitting retail now, I stopped in my local TARGET. I found nothing, but one of the worst things Hasbro has ever made caught my eye. And I began shaking my head thinking to myself why these couldn't be 3.75" action figures. Imagine what it would be like to walk into a store and see these characters in 3.75" scale. (more....)

Visual Guide Update - Ree-Yees (#28) - The Black Series

Posted by Chuck | August 02, 2014 at 02:43 PM EDT |

We kick off the next round of Visual Guide updates with an early first look at the final The Black Series wave with the long-awaited remake of Ree-Yees! Click below to check out our fully-featured Visual Guide (complete with both carded and full wave images), and if you missed our review with 20 images and full written analysis from earlier today be sure to stop by and check it out!

Ree-Yees (The Black Series #28)

Review: Ree-Yees - The Black Series [P1] - Basic (#28)

Posted by Paul | August 02, 2014 at 12:01 AM EDT |

Forgive this metaphor as we don't condone drug use of any kind, but Star Wars collecting can be viewed by many as a type of drug addiction, with each new action figure release serving as the latest dose of plastic crack. Starting today, for the next four days Jedi Temple Archives is going to be your dealer and each daily Research Droids Reviews/Visual Guides reveal will be your hit for the day because what we are presenting is one incredible wave of figures: The Black Series wave 5. We're not posting them all at once and all links to the other figures will be dead, so snooping/back-door entry will be moot. We're making you come back each day until we're done, where we have saved the greatest figure for last. (We're not exaggerating about that in the least either....) Are you curious? Are you excited? Please enjoy the web's very first and extremely intense look at The Black Series wave 5, the final wave in the first phase of The Black Series line! Lets start with Ree-Yees who has had about a decade and a half in between each of its action figure releases throughout the history of the basic figure line. This drunk Gran is the focus of 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.

Ree-Yees

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New Figures Including Upcoming The Black Series Hit eBay!

Posted by Paul | August 01, 2014 at 08:45 PM EDT |

Legendary eBay seller tunghori has JUST placed a ton of cool figures up for sale on eBay including the upcoming The Black Series Darth Vader (ROTS) and Wedge Antilles (Snowspeeder Pilot). Due for a September/October release, secure them now if you don't care about packaging or possible imperfections.

    

TBS Exclusives Arrive In Dallas/Forth Worth Toys R Us Stores

Posted by Paul | August 01, 2014 at 06:17 PM EDT |

JTA reader Emmett G. lets us know that new The Black Series stuff is arriving in Dallas/Forth Worth Texas. Click through to see his report.

The Black Series Wave 5 Wedge Antilles Pre-order On Amazon

Posted by Chuck | August 01, 2014 at 04:52 PM EDT |

The Black Series Wedge Antilles is available for pre-order on Amazon. Click here if you want to secure this figure! It's currently listed with a September 13 ship date. Thanks to JTA reader Michael for the heads up!

You Just Never Know What Might Show Up Next....

Posted by Paul | August 01, 2014 at 03:37 PM EDT |

Just because we finished up showcasing The Black Series wave 4 doesn’t mean that we’re done adding brand new Star Wars figures into our Research Droids Reviews and Visual Guides. So be here right after midnight (EDT) for more! And you will likely want to be here to see what's up next....

The rumor of the 18 figure case assortment getting cancelled is true from only a certain point of view. As we had alluded to in previous posts, Hasbro is moving towards a "solid" case assortment approach. In order to make this as successful as possible, Hasbro has indeed cancelled all orders for vendors who chose the 18 individual figure case assortment (1 per each figure) option. That being said, vendors who ordered the 18 different solid figure case assortments did not have them cancelled (i.e. all 18 figures are STILL coming). It looks more and more like Hasbro is going to stretch out this originally-intended 18 figure wave into three (3) six figure wave assortments instead. And by wave assortments we really mean wave groupings since they will be solid case packs. That is the latest as of this moment. But the way changes are coming in left and right, expect a few more revisions along the way.

Visual Guide Update - Bastila Shan (#20) - The Black Series

Posted by Chuck | August 01, 2014 at 02:11 PM EDT |

Today's Visual Guide update closes out Wave 4 from The Black Series with another The Vintage Collection carry-forward figure. Bastila Shan receives and upgraded paint job making this version different enough to care about. Click below to check out the full guide, and make sure to hear our thoughts on this figure and chime in in our comments in our Research Droids Reivew! If you've missed any of our Visual Guide updates from this wave be sure to check out our main Visual Guide Channel to see the latest releases and catch up on all of the new figures!

Bastila Shan (The Black Series #20)

Help A Fellow Collector Out While Filling Holes In Your Collection

Posted by Paul | August 01, 2014 at 01:00 PM EDT |

We have a fellow JTA community member in need. Leland Newhauser, as known as Daddy Timelord in our comments, has to unload a large portion of his collection. To avoid unnecessary fees, he is trying to seek out fellow members in the community so he can ensure he can raise the most amount of money possible. I personally know Leland and can assure you your transaction will run flawlessly smooth and I have already secured some pieces from his collection for myself. He has plenty of Sideshow Collectibles, Gentle Giant Ltd. and Hasbro (including an awesome collection of The Vintage Collection figure which based on our comments many of you need). Choose from all this and more including many exclusives. If you need some pieces, would you do your best to help him out?

More UK Store Reports For TBS Wave 4

Posted by Paul | August 01, 2014 at 07:59 AM EDT |

JTA UK reader Matt H. provides us with proof that The Black Series wave 4 is hitting there! Click through for his brief store report!!

Q and A of the Day: Day 73

Posted by Paul | August 01, 2014 at 07:29 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 73. Topic: Why isn't the SDCC Jabba up for order yet?

   

The Black Series Line Just Can't Handle The Pressure!

Posted by Paul | August 01, 2014 at 07:11 AM EDT |

You may want to inspect the new The Black Series Deluxe figures hitting retail as we speak. JTA reader Michael W. gives us photographic evidence that the 6" figures (in some instances) are suffering a similar fate to the 3.75" version where the visor is collapsing under the pressure of the bubble. Hasbro, ya gotta give your figures more breathing room in the bubble! Check it out by clicking through for more!

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | August 01, 2014 at 06:57 AM EDT |

New stuff arrives at Dorkside Toys! Click through for more!

The Black Series Wave 4 In Stock At HasbroToyShop.com!

Posted by Paul | August 01, 2014 at 06:19 AM EDT |

With special thanks to JTA readers Jason M. and Tom S., Hasbro Toy Shop has The Black Series wave 4 in stock! Click through for links!


 
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