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Visual Guide Update - Vintage Card Backs, Part 1: The 12-back

Posted by Chuck | November 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM EDT |

We are beginning the process of updating our Vintage Visual Guides with carded images in our quest to put together the most comprehensive online guide to the varying card backs. We won't just be trolling the web to find images to fill this out (like some other guides and reports have done), but will be providing genuine verified samples for our archives! We put out the call and our readers answered! New JTA contributor George Telesco is working with us to kick-start this campaign in a big way! We will have MANY updates in the coming months and we start with the most iconic card backs in the history of Star Wars collecting: The 12-backs! Click through for a look at our updated guides featuring the first twelve carded figures to grace store shelves a long time ago...

We've added 8 more entries in our Vintage Visual Guide Instructions, Inserts, and Catalogs section. Click through to see what's new, and stop by our Archive to check out our ever-growing repository of Vintage pack-in material.

Visual Guide Update - Vintage Instructions & Inserts Section Now Open

Posted by Chuck | November 08, 2014 at 04:30 PM EDT |

Our Vintage Visual Guide gets a nice addition today! This time we have added a brand new section featuring high-quality, full page, uncut scans of Instructions, inserts, labels, and more! We've added 20 items so far, with many more to add. Stop by and see what's new!

    

Visual Guide Update - Bossk (Bounty Hunter) - SSC Sixth Scale

Posted by Chuck | October 22, 2014 at 09:00 PM EDT |

The Sideshow Collectibles Sixth Scale Bossk (Bounty Hunter) is a great addition to the Bounty Hunter line-up, and a fan favorite! Click below to check out our newly added Visual Guide of this amazing figure, and relive our Research Droids Review right here!

Bossk (Bounty Hunter) - Sideshow Collectibles Sixth Scale Figure

Our exclusive first look at The Black Series [Phase II] Six Inch Yoda (#06) continues with our official launch of the Visual Guide! Click below to check out all of the details, including packaging. Combined with our extensive Research Droids Review, you can have the most complete look at this figure!

Yoda (#06) - The Black Series [Phase II] Six Inch

Visual Guide Update - Wave 1 Repacks - The Black Series [Phase II]

Posted by Chuck | September 25, 2014 at 12:06 PM EDT |

We are rounding out our The Black Series [Phase II] Wave 1 figures with the two straight repacks initially offered in the final waves of The Black Series [Phase I]. Click below to check out the updated card backs from Darth Vader (#03) [the greatest Darth Vader action figure ever] and Yoda (#06), as well as size comparisons between the Phase I and Phase II card back styles. Thanks for sticking with JTA for this exclusive in-hand FIRST LOOK at Hasbro's newest line of figures! Be sure to stop by both our Visual Guide page and Research Droids Reviews index for a look at the complete wave!

Darth Vader (#03) - The Black Series [Phase II]    Yoda (#06) - The Black Series [Phase II]

Visual Guide Update - Darth Malgus (#04) - The Black Series [P2]

Posted by Chuck | September 24, 2014 at 03:36 PM EDT |

The re-issued Darth Malgus (#04) is our next featured Visual Guide update. Click below to check out the full details, and see what is different (but not necessarily better) about this version in our Research Droids Review!

Darth Malgus (#04) - The Black Series [Phase II]

Visual Guide Update - Starkiller (Galen Marek) (#05) - TBS [P2]

Posted by Chuck | September 23, 2014 at 03:03 PM EDT |

Next up for our The Black Series [Phase II] FIRST LOOK takes aim at another The Vintage Collection carry-forward figure. Click below to check out (newly named) Starkiller (Galen Marek) (#05) and see how this version differs from his The Vintage Collection counterpart. You can also read our complete assessment on this re-issue right here in our Research Droids Review!

Starkiller (Galen Marek) (#05) - The Black Series [Phase II]

Visual Guide Update - R5-G19 (#01) - The Black Series [P2]

Posted by Chuck | September 22, 2014 at 03:31 PM EDT |

JTA continues our exclusive FIRST LOOK at the all-new The Black Series [Phase II] inaugural wave with a detailed look at R5-G19 (#01). Click below for our full Visual Guide, and get our complete thoughts on the latest droid to come to the basic line in our Research Droids Review!

R5-G19 (#01) - The Black Series [Phase II]

Visual Guide Update - Luke Skywalker (#02) - The Black Series [P2]

Posted by Chuck | September 21, 2014 at 01:03 PM EDT |

JTA's exclusive FIRST LOOK at the all-new The Black Series [Phase II] inaugural wave continues with our Visual Guide of Luke Skywalker (#02). Click below for a detailed look at this figure, including detailed carded images. If you missed our review from earlier today then make sure to check it out as well! Keep checking back daily for the complete look at this wave!

Luke Skywalker (#02) - The Black Series [Phase II]

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!

Darth Maul (SL15) - DV/ROTS

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!

Luke Skywalker (SL14) - DV/ROTS

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!

Snowtrooper (SL16) - DV/ROTS

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.

Jabba the Hutt's Throne Room (The Black Series Exclusive)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Visual Guide Update - Dak Ralter (#25) - The Black Series

Posted by Chuck | July 31, 2014 at 09:33 PM EDT |

Dak Ralter gets a reboot in today's Visual Guide Update! Click below to check out one of the first carry-forwards from The Vintage Collection, complete with the proper name spelling! You can also read our full Research Droids Review to see just how different this figure is from his TVC counterpart.

Dak Ralter (The Black Series #25)

Tonight's Visual Guide update features another gem from Wave 4 of The Black Series: Snowtrooper Commander. Click below to check out the guide, and catch up on our full review to find out why we are raving about this figure!

Snowtrooper Commander (The Black Series #24)

Visual Guide Update - Toryn Farr (#23) - The Black Series

Posted by Chuck | July 29, 2014 at 09:40 PM EDT |

The Black Series Wave 4 comes with its ups and downs. Toryn Farr is definitely one of the ups! Click below to check out the complete Visual Guide, and see what we like about her in our Research Droids Review!

Toryn Farr (The Black Series #23)

Visual Guide Update - Yoda (#22) - The Black Series

Posted by Chuck | July 28, 2014 at 09:23 PM EDT |

The Black Series highly anticipated TESB Yoda was a huge disappointment. Check out the full Visual Guide to see what this figure is made of! And, read our complete breakdown on why this figure didn't meet expectations in our Research Droids Review!

Yoda (The Black Series #22)

Visual Guide Update - Luke Skywalker (#21) - The Black Series

Posted by Chuck | July 27, 2014 at 09:58 PM EDT |

We kick off another run of Visual Guides with the next wave from The Black Series. First up we take a look at Luke Skywalker (TBS #21). Click below to check out our detailed guide, and don't forget to read our full review on this figure right here!

Luke Skywalker (The Black Series #21)

Stormtroopers are the elite soldiers of the Galactic Empire. Armed with blasters, they enforce the harsh rule of the evil Emperor Palpatine.Check out the next Visual Guide update, the Hasbro 12-Inch Stormtrooper. Click below for our detailed guide, and check out our thoughts on this latest 'budget' 12-Inch figure in our Research Droids Review!

Stormtrooper - 12-Inch Figures

Now a powerful Jedi, Luke Skywalker battles Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, wielding his lightsaber with supreme skill. These new Hasbro 12 Inch figures may not be the most exciting, but for the price they are what they are. We have the latest Luke Skywalker in our Visual Guides tonight. Click the image below for the full Visual Guide, get our full opinion on him in our Research Droids Review!

Luke Skywalker - 12-Inch Figures

Jedi Master Yoda discovers that Senator Palpatine is really the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, leading to an explosive duel in the Senate Chamber on Coruscant. Their intense battle tears apart the chamber in the final hours of the once-great Republic. Check out the full Visual Guide below, and if you missed our review of it this morning, stop by our Research Droids Review for a full run-down of this set!

Darth Sidious and Yoda (Senate Duel) - Mission Series (MS10)

We're celebrating five solid years of Research Droids Reviews without missing a day! To celebrate this momentous occasion we not only released a mega-review today (our largest and most complex yet!), but we have the Visual Guide to go along with it. Click below to take a look at the most comprehensive and complete look at the Disney Star Tours Droid Factory (2012 Collection).

Disney Star Tours Droid Factory (2012 Collection)

Visual Guide Update - Yoda (Jedi Master) - SSC Sixth Scale

Posted by Chuck | January 31, 2014 at 09:57 PM EDT |

Tonight we take a look at one of the Sideshow Collectibles Sixth Scale offerings: Yoda (Jedi Master). Click below to take a look at our detailed Visual Guide of this figure and its many poses and accessories! For even more information, we break this figure down from top to bottom in our Research Droids Review!

Yoda (Jedi Master) - Sideshow Collectibles Sixth Scale

Visual Guide Update - Clone Commander Cody (SL12) - SW [DV/ROTS]

Posted by Chuck | January 29, 2014 at 10:25 PM EDT |

Clone Commander Cody is the last Saga Legends Wave 2 entry into our Visual Guides. Click below to check out the latest version of Cody, and read our review to find out why he didn't score very high in our eyes!

Clone Commander Cody (SL12) - Saga Legends

Visual Guide Update - Stormtrooper (SL11) - SW [DV/ROTS]

Posted by Chuck | January 28, 2014 at 10:10 PM EDT |

The Saga Legends Stormtrooper is not perfect, but it does give you somewhat of a Vintage warm-and-fuzzy feeling. Click below to check out our Visual Guide for yourself, and find out its flaws by reading up on the finer points in our Research Droids Review!

Stormtrooper (SL11) - Saga Legends

Visual Guide Update - Captain Rex (SL10) - SW [DV/ROTS]

Posted by Chuck | January 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM EDT |

We continue with the Saga Legends wave 2 updates. Next up is Captain Rex. Check out our Visual Guide by clicking below. Don't forget to read our review right here and decide for yourself if these Saga Legends figures are for you!

Captain Rex (SL10) - Saga Legends

Visual Guide Update - Boba Fett (SL09) - SW [DV/ROTS]

Posted by Chuck | January 26, 2014 at 10:15 PM EDT |

The all-new Saga Legends line has been controversial for sure! Nevertheless, we're here to bring you a detailed look at both the good (and the bad) from this line! Judge for yourself by checking out the latest from Wave 2, with our first look being Boba Fett. Click below to check out our full guide. We ran through the reviews last week for this wave, so stop by and revisit the review for Boba Fett!

Boba Fett (SL09) - Saga Legends

Visual Guide Update - Bossk (Bounty Hunter) - Jumbo Vintage

Posted by Chuck | January 25, 2014 at 09:30 PM EDT |

Our next Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure to make its way to our Visual Guides is Bossk (Bounty Hunter). Click below to explore the Visual Guide, and click here to read about Bossk in our review!

Bossk (Bounty Hunter) - Gentle Giant Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure

Visual Guide Update - Snaggletooth [Blue] - Jumbo Vintage

Posted by Chuck | January 24, 2014 at 10:48 PM EDT |

The Gentle Giant Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure line brought us another jumbo reproduction of one of the top targets of Vintage collectors: Blue Snaggletooth. Click below for our featured look at this awesome tribute to this figure in our detailed Visual Guide. Need to find out even more on this figure? Read our full review found right here in our Research Droids Reviews database!

Snaggletooth [Blue] - Gentle Giant Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure

Our next entry into the The Black Series Visual Guide is the 6" scale Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues). Click below for the full details on one of the newest figures from this line—and find out all of the good, the bad, and the ugly details in our Research Droids Review!

Luke Skywalker (#11) - The Black Series Six Inch Scale

We're taking a small break from our Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure updates to bring you the latest from Wave 3 of The Black Series 6" line. First up is the incredible Stormtrooper. Click below to check out the Visual Guide for this (must-have) figure, and in case you missed our Research Droids Review launched earlier today, visit it right here!

Stormtrooper (#09) - The Black Series Six Inch Scale

Visual Guide Update - Yak Face - Jumbo Vintage

Posted by Chuck | January 21, 2014 at 07:55 PM EDT |

One of the most sought after basic figures from the Vintage era, Yak Face is usually takes center stage on the shelf with the rest of your Vintage collection. Gentle Giant did a masterful job on this San Diego Comic Con exclusive Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure—complete with a jumbo coin! Click below to check out our Visual Guide for this figure. You can also read our full review right here! Naturally, we gave this figure five stars!

Yak Face - Gentle Giant Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure

Visual Guide Update - Boba Fett [Rocket Firing] - Jumbo Vintage

Posted by Chuck | January 20, 2014 at 10:13 PM EDT |

Tonight we introduce our first Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure to the Gentle Giant Visual Guide. Click below to check out the Boba Fett [Rocket Firing] Jumbo Figure. An awesome reproduction to the original, almost unattainable, Vintage Rocket Firing Boba Fett prototype figure. When you are finished checking out our Visual Guide, be sure to catch up on our fully-featured review right here!

Boba Fett [Rocket Firing] - Gentle Giant Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure

Visual Guide Update - C-3PO (McQuarrie Concept) - Mini Busts

Posted by Chuck | January 19, 2014 at 10:03 PM EDT |

The McQuarrie Concept series of mini busts have been the exclusive hightlight of the past 5 years years from Gentle Giant. Tonight we feature 2013's exclusive: C-3PO (McQuarrie Concept). Click below to check out another incredible addition to this line. We also have our full review for this mini bust available right here. Any guesses what 2014's will be?

C-3PO (McQuarrie Concept) - Gentle Giant Mini Bust


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