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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!

One of the Special Reports readers look forward to the most is our annual Vintage Versus Modern Analysis. Jedi Temple Archives brings this to you annually during the first quarter of every calendar year to see where we are at with Hasbro updating the original 92 Kenner figures (plus a few other candidates that make it an even 100). We once again are "looking into the future" with this year's report just as we did with last year's. A nice handful of upcoming The Black Series figures have been included for 2014 even though they're not even released yet. Plus, we plead with Hasbro like whiny little kids about the four candidates that yet to have a modern counterpart. Join us as we present to you 2014: Hasbro – Don't Be Mean And Get This List Clean! As always, we welcome your thoughts on this in our comments. Let your voice be heard!

2014: Hasbro – Don't Be Mean And Get This List Clean!

Coming Soon!

Posted by Paul | January 29, 2014 at 03:02 PM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives Presents: 2013 - The Year In Review

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

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

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

Special Report: A Digested Look at The Vintage Collection

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

Are You Ready? All Will Soon Be Revealed!

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

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


Epic

It Will Be Epic....

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

Epic

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

2013 Almost Done, So Give Us Some! Special Report Is Now Archived

Posted by Paul | January 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM EDT |

Thank you for making our 2013 Almost Done, Now Give Us Some Vintage Versus Modern Analysis a success. And thank you to our good friends across the web that linked the feature from their sites – we appreciate that gesture very much. The Special Report is now archived and can be found HERE. While you're there, be sure to check out some of our other reports we have done throughout the years as well. Also of note, our friends at ToyzMag.com have translated this report in Francais. If you speak this beautiful language, please be sure to check out their translation there too!

2013: Almost Done, So Give Us Some!

Special Report: 2013: Almost Done, So Give Us Some!

Posted by Paul | January 01, 2013 at 09:02 AM EDT |

It's January 1st, so you know what that means. It's our annual assessment of how many definitive modern counterparts we now have available to us when compared to the precious Kenner vintage lineup from 1978-1985. 2013 is the year Hasbro is recycling a bunch of figures from The Vintage Collection, and in a similar manner we have recycled much of last year's report because we really are so far along. But we have updated many details, photos and even changed the ranking on some of the figures. Please click through to enjoy 2013: Almost Done, So Give Us Some!

2013: Almost Done, So Give Us Some!

Revisiting The Geonosis Arena Showdown TARGET Exclusives

Posted by Paul | September 11, 2012 at 09:54 AM EDT |

One of the best exclusive lines ever produced by Hasbro was overlooked by many collectors. Even though most collectors were aware of them, they didn't sell nearly as fast as they should have. For the most part, TARGET was clever and unwilling to clearance them out (aside from a few different promotional prices) at their brick and mortar stores. It ended up becoming a wise decision because they eventually sold through in stores at regular price. We feel obligated to express again... years after the fact.... why the Geonosis Arena Showdown series is a must for those who collect characters based on all films. We went the extra mile for you and provided quick hit tips on each set. But the bigger bonus is that we've added all-new photo galleries for each set making the gallery size double and even quadruple in some instances. Please click through to view our commentary and links to the individual reviews on each set. See why you need these stellar two-packs.

     



     

Special Report Refresh: A Guide to Collecting Star Wars Novels

Posted by Chuck | July 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM EDT |

We've given a major overhaul to our popular Star Wars Novels Guide! Stop by and check out your complete source of Star Wars novels featured in Hardback format, in our newly designed format, helping you on your way to filling that empty bookshelf...

JTA affiliate ToyzMag.com is a French site with whom we've forged a great relationship. They have taken our popular Jay Kushwara: From Concept To Digital Model Special Report and translated it in their native tongue for all of their French-speaking readers. Click through to check it out (and can read French)!

You have been wonderfully patient with us and the time is now!! Jedi Temple Archives is very proud to present our latest Special Report: From Concept to Digital Model featuring 3D Modeler Jay Kushwara! Special thanks goes out to Jay who was amazing to work together with on this project. And we'd also like to thank Hasbro for their involvement in giving us the green light and helping us get through the approval process. Click through to read about how some of your favorite Star Wars figures came to be! Please leave comments on the Special Report page at the bottom!

Jay Kushwara: From Concept to Digital Model

Jedi Temple Archives Will Be The Place To Be On July 1st!

Posted by Paul | June 26, 2012 at 09:01 PM EDT |

We've mercilessly teased you for months now and we're happy to report that this is the last one. Come back right here on July 1, 2012 (not that you won't be back before that) for the official release of the Jedi Temple Archives/Hasbro collaborated Special Report. We're really proud to give you this first hand look at some cool behind the scenes stuff amongst many other things. It's been an incredible opportunity so far and we hope you thoroughly enjoy it. Mark your calendars for July 1st! You won't want to miss it!

         
         

Nick May Responds To Your 200+ Comments Regarding His Essay!!!

Posted by Paul | June 19, 2012 at 09:02 PM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives posted probably what will go down in history as one of our most controversial essays to date "Why The Phantom Menace Wave Ruined TVC". But now it's time for author Nick May, owner of SongofSalmon.com to reply to your 200+ comments. Click through to see how he responded....

JTA Special Report: Why The Phantom Menace Wave Ruined TVC

Posted by Paul | June 18, 2012 at 08:47 AM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives is proud to host the guest commentary of Nick May, owner of SongofSalmon.com. He's a zealous writer who is passionate about Star Wars collecting as any of us. Nick offers his opinion on why The Phantom Menace wave has doomed The Vintage Collection and why it may be the sole reason why all of the other waves are suffering. Will you agree? Will you think he's off base? We think it's brilliant from many perspectives, but be sure to give your two cents in our comments! Click through to read his thoughts....

Disney Build A Droid Unified Site Special Report

Posted by Paul | May 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM EDT |

Our good friend Dan Curto has acquired most of the Disney Droid Factory parts. In a unified effort, Dan has reached out to some of the best sites on the web to help spread the word about this great new feature at Disney. JediTempleArchives.com along with our friends at SWActionNews.com, Yakface.com, GalacticHunter.com, Sandtroopers.com, JediNews.co.uk and YodasNews.com exclusive galleries of these new droids you're looking for with each Star Wars fan site giving an exclusive look by droid color scheme. This fun event is sure to only grow in popularity over time. Click through to start your Droid Factory experience!

Views from the Toy Box: Exclusives Exclude

Posted by Matthew_Frey | May 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM EDT |

Have you ever driven clear across the Country to get that one exclusive figure being sold at a convention? Ever been out three times the amount of money you would have spent on said figure because you had to go to secondary markets just to get that complete set? I’m sure most of us have.

Coming soon to Jedi Temple Archives! It's a special feature like no other. Hasbro and Jedi Temple Archives team up to bring something truly exciting to Star Wars collectors. Stay tuned!

        

Just how long do you think your Star Wars toys will retain their value? Is it really worth it to continue spending top dollar to get that mint in box 1977 Death Star Playset? Join me here for what I hope will be an insightful personal view of a future that may come for your favorite plastic treasures.

JTA Special Report: The Power Of The Force Too

Posted by Paul | April 15, 2012 at 07:15 PM EDT |

In 2012, it's easy to scoff at the line that reintroduced the collecting community to Star Wars figures. Buff versions of Luke, Han, Boba and Stormtroopers were all the rage. We noticed and criticized their disproportionate frames, but didn't care enough to boycott them and bought them up like there was no tomorrow. We're now approaching almost nearly 20 years since the line was reintroduced in 1995 and believe it or not, there are some products in The Power Of The Force line that are still noteworthy for your collection. We've distilled a list of ten (10) products from The Power Of The Force that you'll want to secure for your collection one way or another because it's likely there will never be an opportunity to get them the same way again. Are you interested? You better be! So please click through to see why you definitely need The Power Of The Force "too" for your awesome Star Wars collection!

Our 2012 Vintage Versus Modern Special Report Goes French!

Posted by Paul | March 14, 2012 at 08:54 AM EDT |

JTA friend and affiliate ToyzMag.com have translated our special report 2012: There's Only Four, Now Get Them Out The Door into French for their readers. And we wanted to pass this along to our French readers as well. Thank you for all of this impressive work to help spread the word, ToyzMag!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping to make our 2012: There's Only Four, Now Get Them Out The Door "Vintage Versus Modern" special report another incredible success. If you'd like to refer to it in the future, please note we're keeping a link at the top right side of our site for the time being and a banner will be available under our Special Reports section found HERE. Or you can simply bookmark THIS LINK into your favorites. Thank you once again!

         

JTA's Vintage Versus Modern Special Report Goes YouTube Viral

Posted by Paul | March 03, 2012 at 09:44 AM EDT |

We're only kidding about the "viral" part - it's not.... yet. But faithful JTA reader Micah creates a brief YouTube video about our 2012 Vintage Versus Modern special report! Check it out. And thank you Micah for doing this. We are so impressed with your overview of our report.

Thank you for your patience. We now proudly present to you our 2012 "Vintage Versus Modern Analysis" entitled: 2012: There's Only Four, Now Get Them Out The Door! We hope you thoroughly enjoy it!

2012: There's Only Four, Now Get Them Out The Door!

Stay Closely Tuned With Us....

Posted by Paul | February 29, 2012 at 08:53 PM EDT |

Be here tomorrow. You're not going to want to miss it. That's all we're saying.

Vintage Versus Modern Analysis Postponed Again (We Apologize)

Posted by Paul | January 31, 2012 at 08:33 PM EDT |

Due to unforseen delays, we need to postpone our 2012 Vintage Versus Modern Analysis until March 1st. We have always posted this on the first of January but we've been inordinately busy with other things on the site. Please be sure to check back then as we look at the final few figures that need a modern update - and we'll have the information from Toy Fair to make the report even more thorough. If you want to get a head start or refresh your memory on where we left off, you can find our previous analyses under our SPECIAL REPORTS icon on the right hand side under the site navigation menu.

We wanted to give our beloved readers a head's up that our annual "Vintage to Modern" analysis will be delayed until February 1st. We have always posted this on the first of January but we've been inordinately busy with other things on the site. Please be sure to check back then as we look at the final few figures that need a modern update. And thank you for your patience! If you want to get a head start or refresh your memory on where we left off, you can find our previous analyses under our SPECIAL REPORTS icon on the right hand side under the site navigation menu.

The State Of The Vintage Collection Address

Posted by Paul | July 16, 2011 at 07:36 PM EDT |

The bad boys at BanthaSkull.com have beaten me to the punch with my own 2011 Hasbro "rant/heed our warnings with what's wrong with The Vintage Collection" recitative. But because they echo my sentiments so perfectly well, I would like to direct you to their excellent commentary so I can work on the next Q&A With JTA segment because I am honestly running out of time. The stuff is reaching retail a little bit better for my area, but doesn't have the prevalence it should. Click through because this is good stuff folks. The overall health of The Vintage Collection is in danger. And Hasbro needs to know what we're seeing and how to remedy the problem. And BanthaSkull.com, please get a copy of this to Hasbro at SDCC this year. Much obliged!

Echo Base News Interviews Grand Moff Tarkin....Sort Of!

Posted by Paul | April 17, 2011 at 07:35 AM EDT |

Our friends at Echo Base Forums interviewed Stephen Stanton, the man who voices Captain Tarkin in The Clone Wars television show! Click through to read this very informative interview.

You are all familiar with our 2011: It’s Down To Seven Special Report. As promised, we have developed a supplement to this popular piece. We are looking at each vintage figure one by one complete with commentary and facts about which modern figure best serves as the replacement to the beloved vintage figure. As we look at each figure one by one, our friends from across the web will all be contributing to this supplement to bring a broader scope determining what makes an action figure worthy of definitive status. To start things off, our very own Paul Harrison looks at Bossk (Bounty Hunter), one of his absolute favorite vintage figures. Click through for our first 2011: It’s Down To Seven: Vintage Supplement! And, we realize that everyone has different opinions, so let your voice be heard! Vote on which figure you think is the definative modern update in our poll found on the article page!

Vintage Vs Modern Analysis: Bossk (Bounty Hunter)

Our good friends at EchoBaseForums.com have worked up the sixth and final Special Report entitled Who's Left? to gauge how many figures from the various Star Wars films have not been made yet. This next report focuses on characters from Episode VI. EchoBaseForums.com has invited us to participate and the report is ready to view. Click the banner below to see the commentary on this important topic where Chuck Paskovics and I are joined by highly respected colleagues Dan Curto from Rebelscum.com, Jayson Krebsbach from Yakface.com, Pat Newell from Imperial Shipyards.net and Jim Cole from Droids & Ewoks and of course David Delgado from EchoBaseForums.com! We sincerely thank David for the invitation to participate again!

Our good friends at EchoBaseForums.com have worked up the fifth in a series of Special Reports entitled Who's Left? to gauge how many figures from the various Star Wars films have not been made yet. This next report focuses on characters from the most popular Star Wars film of all, Episode V. EchoBaseForums.com have invited us to participate and the report is ready to view. Click the banner below to see the commentary on this important topic where Chuck Paskovics and I are joined by highly respected colleagues Dan Curto from Rebelscum.com, Jayson Krebsbach from Yakface.com, Shawn Groves from Imperial Shipyards.net and Jim Cole from Droids & Ewoks and of course David Delgado from EchoBaseForums.com! We sincerely thank David for the invitation to participate again!

Special Report: Who's Left? Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Posted by Paul | February 19, 2011 at 04:16 PM EDT |

Our good friends at EchoBaseForums.com have worked up the fourth in a series of Special Reports entitled Who's Left? to gauge how many figures from the various Star Wars films have not been made yet. This next report focuses on characters from Episode IV, the very first Star Wars film! EchoBaseForums.com have invited us to participate and the report is ready to view. Click the banner below to see the commentary on this important topic where I am joined by highly respected colleagues Dan Curto from Rebelscum.com, Pat Newell from Imperial Shipyards.net and Jim Cole from Droids & Ewoks and of course David Delgado from EchoBaseForums.com! We sincerely thank David for the invitation to participate again!

Special Report: Who's Left? Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith

Posted by Paul | February 11, 2011 at 11:03 PM EDT |

Our good friends at EchoBaseForums.com have created the third in a series of Special Reports entitled Who's Left? to gauge how many figures from the various Star Wars films have not been made yet. This next report focuses on characters from Episode III! EchoBaseForums.com have invited us to participate and the report is ready to view. Click the banner below to see the commentary on this important topic where I am joined by highly respected colleagues Dan Curto from Rebelscum.com, Pat Newell from Imperial Shipyards.net and Jim Cole from Droids & Ewoks and of course David Delgado from EchoBaseForums.com! We sincerely thank David for the invitation to participate again!

Echo Base Forums - Who's Left? - Episode II

Posted by Paul | February 05, 2011 at 01:22 PM EDT |

Our good friends at EchoBaseForums.com have created the second Special Report in a series of many entitled Who's Left? to gauge how many figures from the various Star Wars films have not been made yet. The next report focuses on characters from Episode II! EchoBaseForums.com have invited us to participate and the report is ready to view. Click the banner below to see the commentary on this important topic where I am joined by highly respected colleagues Dan Curto from Rebelscum.com, Jayson Krebsbach from Yakface.com, Pat Newell from Imperial Shipyards.net and Jim Cole from Droids & Ewoks and of course David Delgado from EchoBaseForums.com! We sincerely thank David for the invitation to participate again!

Jedi Temple Archives Joins Echo Base Forums In A Special Report

Posted by Paul | January 28, 2011 at 10:24 PM EDT |

Our good friends at EchoBaseForums.com have created a Special Report entitled Who's Left? to gauge how many figures from the various Star Wars films have not been made yet. The first report focuses on characters from Episode I! EchoBaseForums.com have invited us to participate and the report is ready to view. Click the banner below to see the commentary on this important topic where I am joined by highly respected colleagues Dan Curto from Rebelscum.com, Jayson Krebsbach from Yakface.com, Pat Newell from Imperial Shipyards.net and Jim Cole from Droids & Ewoks and of course David Delgado from EchoBaseForums.com! We sincerely thank David for the invitation to participate!

Jedi Temple Archives is gearing up the planning for the supplement to our 2011 - It's Down to Seven Special Report. We have sent invitations out to everyone we could think of (a list of those invited so far follows by clicking through) but if you're from a Star Wars-focused fan site and didn't get our invitation and would like to participate, please e-mail me and I will send out the invitation to you. While this will be done over the course of the year, we recommend getting your choices in to us early so you can "grab" your favorite vintage figure choice! Click through to see our invitation list. Again, let us know if we missed you! We want to include everyone! More information to follow!

     

A Big Thank You To Our Readers and Colleagues!

Posted by Paul | January 02, 2011 at 04:41 PM EDT |

Jedi Temple Archives just wanted to give all of our readers a wholehearted "thank you" for making our Special Report: 2011 - It's Down to Seven successful beyond what we ever expected. And we would like to give extra special thanks to our great friends and colleagues Dan from Rebelscum.com, Jayson from Yakface.com, Adam from JediNews.co.uk, Chris from Sandtroopers.com, Mike from GalacticHunter.com and Tamer from ImperialShipyards.net for linking our report and significantly helping to spread the word about it. We hope 2011 brings us some of these remaining figures as well as updates to the many figures that need it of the original 100 Kenner figures. Thank you again! (And check it out if you haven't already!)

2011 - It's Down to Seven


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