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Amazon.com has now made The Black Series Wave 8 available for pre-order. Click each image below for direct links.
Posted by Chuck | February 22, 2015 at 09:37 PM EDT |
Star Wars Rebels Wave 2 has been showing up more and more. Let's hope this is the start of a new trend... figures on shelves! Click through for JTA reader Michael's report from North Carolina!
Posted by Paul | February 19, 2015 at 02:14 PM EDT |
Hasbro sends the one and only Peter Mayhew a copy of The Black Series 3.75" Chewbacca figure. Peter posted this on his Facebook page today. Thank you to our friends at the Wolfpack Podcast for the alert!
Posted by Chuck | February 18, 2015 at 09:46 AM EDT |
The Star Wars Rebels vehicles are in stock on Amazon.com if you are still looking for them. These have been a bit "easier" to come by on the shelves than the figures, but if you haven't seen them or have been holding out you can find them all right here.
Posted by Paul | February 17, 2015 at 12:17 PM EDT |
Posted by Paul | February 16, 2015 at 11:39 AM EDT |
This year’s Hasbro Entertainment Brand Preview Event was like no other I have ever attended in the past. It was utterly deflating and frustrating for Star Wars collectors, but for me especially since I was hoping that what I heard rumored would be officialy revealed. It was fantastic if you weren’t a Star Wars collector obviously. I certainly don't want to rain on anyone else's parade who is into other things besides Star Wars. There were many great products announced in the Marvel and Transformers lines. And those into My Little Pony and Jurassic World have many great things to anticipate. The kicker however for me was that the big Star Wars reveal news (which even had its own kiosk in the showroom) was a farting Furbacca. Not a single Star Wars basic figure in any scale or format was announced or even discussed. Because we are a “Star Wars” fan site, let’s talk about what is and ISN’T happening even if it isn't much. (more....)
Posted by Paul | February 15, 2015 at 12:47 PM EDT |
Lackluster doesn't even come remotely close to describe the Hasbro Star Wars presentation. In fact, after the presentation, we felt exactly like THIS. We do not deny for a moment that they were upfront about not announcing anything related to The Force Awaken, but we didn't expect to see nothing new from Rebels, or both scales of The Black Series. I just wanted to let you know that we did cull some new information (not new products but new explanations on things) out of Hasbro that will be revealed via my Q&A. I am working on that now and will post ASAP.
Please do this in the meantime: Watch THIS VIDEO from our friends at ToyHypeUSA.com. Listen to and watch the energy from the Jakks Pacific Collectors Event presentation featuring Scott "ToyGuru" Neitlich from 2015's NY Toy Fair. This is a man who has pure passion for the license for which he develops toys and the respect the company has for collectors (NOT KIDS – necessarily). This presentation will be relevant for when we get to our Hasbro Q&A. The Star Wars talk starts around 13:50 on the video. Special thanks to FT for the link.
UPDATE: Our very own flamingtoilet found the link to the video for us.
Hasbro has released their official press images. You can view them directly on our Facebook Page.
Hasbro didn't offer much up new for collectors this year, but you can still take a look at what they had on display in our Hasbro Showroom gallery.
Hasbro's presentation and showroom were a disappointment this year. You can still see our preview pictures in a dedicated gallery on Facebook.
It's that time again and we are on site at the Hasbro event! We've set up a LIVE BLOG for full real-time coverage. You can Join us right here for our live blog of Hasbro Star Wars news as it happens. Feel free to comment and chat amongst yourselves while Paul feeds us all of the details coming out of the presentation. The presentation is due to start at approximately 1PM EDT.
Posted by Paul | February 13, 2015 at 12:30 PM EDT |
You know we do this every chance we can for you. And now it's time for you to provide us with material from which to work. JTA will have a chance to ask Hasbro your burning questions at the Hasbro Media Event during 2015's NY International Toy Fair (tomorrow). Please feel free to post ONE QUESTION per reader. If you decide to change your question, please just edit your original comment – although we can't guarantee we will catch your edits. So make your first and only question a good one! JTA will be asking all of the standard questions that surround articulation, paint operation issues and plans for the lines, so save those questions for other options. Also, anything related to The Force Awakens (general or specific) will be instantly deleted. We're not touching that topic with a ten-foot pole. Please do not respond to others' questions with a comment. Show your support for the question only by up-voting them. Down-votes will have no negative impact and will count as up-votes. The questions with the most support will get priority. (Please spend some time up-voting others' questions.) Also, those of you without Disqus accounts, please feel free to post as a Guest. Thank you for your support and making this as easy as possible for us.
UPDATE: Please submit your questions by 9 PM (EDT) today if possible. We will continually check after that, but we'd like to have the bulk of them ready by then.
Hasbro provided their investors with a presentation this morning and while nothing of "great" importance was announced as far as collectors are concerned, you can view the slides of the presentation at Yakface.com who did all the hardwork procuring them on their site.
Posted by Paul | February 12, 2015 at 08:33 PM EDT |
We are still getting reports of The Black Series 3.75" line getting clearanced out at Walmart for $7.00 each. Click through for JTA reader Michael W.'s report!
Posted by Paul | February 12, 2015 at 10:47 AM EDT |
This is NOT necessarily JTA's opinion and it CERTAINLY doesn't mean it's fact (at this very moment). But Rebelscum forum poster "Stan" who has been known to predict very accurate things (and to be fair has also been wrong about others – like any of us) has posted the following: "Hate to the [sic] bearer of not so good news, their [sic] are few waves coming, the ones announce [sic] at New York and one addition wave, the Black Series 3 3/4 RIP!" Take that as you'd like for the moment. It could simply mean it's the actual end of The Black Series line look. Don't panic yet. We will certainly find out more at Toy Fair this weekend. We wonder with all of the past rumors supporting this that this might actually be right on the money. Your thoughts please....
eBay seller viperskingdom has just added new The Black Series 6" figures to his eBay store. These include Han Solo (Hoth) with Tauntaun, Clone Trooper Captain, Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise) and Emperor Palpatine. Many are shaping up nicely, but we couldn't get past Han Solo (Hoth Outfit) without his parka hood on his head. What is THAT all about? Check them all out HERE. Special thanks to Yakface.com for the alert.
E-tailer Andrews Toys has posted a gallery of the upcoming treacherously terrible and dreadful Digital Release Commemorative action figure sets. I don't think I could think of a worse collection of figures than this. Because these will be supporting an obvious collector focused group of buyers, we find it ridiculous that 5POA figures would be included. There is also the addition of Movie Heroes Padmé Amidala which didn't need to see re-release either for about another 100 years. She is still available at Five Below for $5. I would have rather paid the $35-$40 per set with all collector-focused figures instead. This isn't about hating 5POA. It's about providing nothing to collectors, the ones with money to support the line (and want to support the line). Why must EVERYTHING be kid-focused and dumbed down? What do you think? Click through to see their gallery.
Posted by Chuck | February 07, 2015 at 11:37 AM EDT |
Mission Series Wave 2 figures are listed in stock on Amazon.com right now! Click below for direct links if you have trouble finding them! A big thanks to JTA reader TC for alerting us!
Posted by Paul | February 05, 2015 at 12:32 PM EDT |
Do they really think these figures are going to sell for more than $9.99? HasbroToyShop, after completely removing/pulling any sign of Rebels Saga Legends figures from their site have now selectively marked down some The Black Series 3.75" and 6 figures too. Click to see what you might find on sale.
Posted by Paul | February 05, 2015 at 09:39 AM EDT |
Our good friends at BanthaSkull.com has joined into the boys' club of revealing the latest case assortments. What's nice about their list is it gives actual case breakdown of how many of each figure is in each case (across many formats like TBS, TBS6, MS, SL). Eagle-eyed collectors will note a surprise or two as well. "Episode V" Han Solo gets added back into the mix. If you recall, our friends at Jedi News broke news of a Han Solo (Hoth Outfit) figure during 2014's UK Toy Fair. The figure disappeared after that and JTA was told by Hasbro at the NYCC Preview Party that the figure was cancelled. While we have NO PROOF that this is indeed Han Solo (Hoth Outfit), it gives us a glimmer of hope that he is back in the mix again, and potentially the definitive version of this action figure (complete with ball-jointed hips). It could also be a typo and Hasbro meant VI instead (which would mean Han Carbonite). But we will know soon enough! Click through for more!
Posted by Paul | February 04, 2015 at 12:44 PM EDT |
You know, no matter how often we see this happen, it always has the same ominous effect on us. Some blow it off as something that just occurs at retail. Others use it at proof to show that retail has no idea which end is up. We think it's a mixture of that and more. But all we know is that we hope Hasbro takes note and creates a brand-spanking-new assortment number for this year's The Black Series 3.75" line. It needs a fresh new start.... literally. And it shouldn't be encumbered by any disadvantages currently at retail. Special thanks to JTA reader Aarren A. for the image.
Posted by Paul | February 02, 2015 at 04:54 PM EDT |
We love these store reports! Click through to see what JTA reader tsunamijohnny found at his local TARGET store. Click the thumbnail for a larger image of what he found too! Sadly, this is a victim of the TARGET price hike too.
Posted by Paul | February 01, 2015 at 03:41 PM EDT |
While hanging out with a friend in Philly who is moving to Florida, I met JTA moderator Sjefke in person for a drink (who just so happened to be in Philly the same day). He brought his stunning customs collection and I got to hold in my hands the absolutely gorgeous Cane Adiss and Yuzzum custom Star Wars action figures he created (among many, many others). On the way home, I stopped at a Walgreens on the corner and found the latest TBS6 Star Wars figures for a reasonable $19.99 each. So I ask you. Is Walgreens the new salvation for collectors? Walmart, TARGET and to a lesser extent Toys R Us are essentially worthless any more. Obviously Walgreens cannot stock the levels Big Box can, but at least stuff is arriving, selling and being restocked. It was a slow start in my area, but the restocking appears to be more consistent. It's given us new hope. How about you?
Posted by Paul | February 01, 2015 at 03:26 PM EDT |
JTA reader Darth Janus writes in to let us know that his local Walgreens stores are getting in a decent supply of The Black Series 3.75" line, all of which are cheaper than the "nothing" is at TARGET for $12.99. Click through for his quick report.
We have received MULTIPLE reports from various JTA readers that TARGET has repriced The Black Series 6" Deluxe line all the way down to $24.99. This is outrageous, especially since the basic 6" line costs $19.99 and basic 3.75" figures are up to $15.99 at some locations. (12.99 on average in most). Special thanks to to legofan1227, Paul B., Michael G.W. and others for all the news surrounding this. We don't know how widespread this is, nor how long this will be in effect. Maybe they're just trying to reduce stock on the Jabbas and Biker Scouts since more are coming soon.
As if to taunt us with figures we can't find anywhere en masse, Hasbro has offered a downloadable two-sided Star Wars Rebels poster with their latest newsletter. Click here for the full download! Click through for smaller preview thumbnails...
Posted by Paul | January 28, 2015 at 11:25 AM EDT |
Posted by Paul | January 27, 2015 at 08:35 PM EDT |
We also received an image via Colin H. from Facebook user BillyB. showing a production Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise). While it's not the best photo (size wise) it does show pretty clearly that the helmet looks pretty remarkable (as in no skewed appearance). We aksed for more photos and will post them if they come to us.
Posted by Paul | January 27, 2015 at 05:39 PM EDT |
We feel that there is a still a big ball of confusion out there surrounding The Black Series 3.75" price hike. Weeks ago, Yakface.com broke the exclusive news (although it appears some people think this "old" news just broke a few days ago) that this was happening and then lengthy discussions with readers at both JTA and Yakface.com added their own opinions to the matter (300+ comments in our article alone). It seems however that there are things not being relayed by [important people] that you should know. Click through for an article sure to create controversy.
We have just received proof from JTA reader Josh M. that The Black Series 6" Bossk does come with an articulated jaw. JTA reader Colin H. via Facebook received a production sample (from eBay seller viperskingdom) and confirmed the articulation point is all intact. Pictures are attached. Click through for more images.
Posted by Paul | January 24, 2015 at 12:52 PM EDT |
We have some BREAKING NEWS to share! It looks like the Rebels: Saga Legends line, if it ever makes its way to retail fully, will be releasing some pretty cool Original Trilogy characters. And we have images of them to share with you! Han Solo (In Trench Coat)? Yes. Luke Skywalker (Combat Poncho)? Yes. Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho)? Yes. Commander Bly? Yes.Click through for more! These are Hasbro's exclusive images, so we aren't watermarking them. Please feel free to distribute as needed. We are glad we could share this breaking news with you first.
UPDATE: We just added high resolution images. Click on any of the smaller images in this article to see them in a bigger size!
We added this poster to our Facebook page. Many of our readers didn't know about it. They asked where they could get it, so we decided to post it here for you to download. (Simply click on the thumb below, expand the image and then right click to save it.) We didn't know this existed when we first saw it too and was a bit of a surprise for some. If you're interested, please feel free to check it out (and watermark free).
More Rebelsgate drama? Well, don't get your knickers in a twist just yet, but our friends at BanthaSkull.com have more ominous news to report. Keep in mind, this is one incident, but it's definitely noteworthy and will make you think twice before thinking that you have your "future" Rebels figures purchases "in the bag" already. With still next to ZERO online stores and brick and mortar having in stock Rebels Saga Legends figures, we wonder whow long it is going to be until they're everywhere.... if that even happens at this point.
We hate to say we told you so... Star Wars Mashers are officially announced via Forbes.com. Click through for the full article! Way back in October we first posted this rumor on our Facebook page, then Mashers showed up on a recent product list, and now Forbes has the offical reveal via an interview with Adam Biehl, Vice President of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing for Hasbro. What are your thoughts on this next venture into Star Wars kiddie toys?
Posted by Paul | January 18, 2015 at 09:03 AM EDT |
Our friends at Yakface.com confirm our case assortment news with a little bit of extra fine tuning. Based on their report, we now know for certain that C-3PO will be coming in a future assortment with Bossk and Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise). (C-3PO is 100% confirmed to ship with those figures.) But our second case assortment (which they have designated as 2015 wave 1) was right on the money. Click through for complete details.
Posted by Paul | January 17, 2015 at 03:52 PM EDT |
JTA reader Mike R. takes some time to compare the prototype Bossk to the production image that has recently surfaced on eBay. It goes without saying it is much too early to begin to worry about this figure. And it even looks like a few things has been bettered on him, but click through to read Mike's points.In fact, believe it or not, the eBay sample has better paint operations than the prototype. (For the record, the prototype never grabbed me. I think there are improvements to the figure in all honesty.) Click through for more.
Posted by Paul | January 16, 2015 at 06:19 PM EDT |
While we just provided you BREAKING NEWS about what is coming in The Black Series 3.75" line, we were nonetheless still unsure about a few details. We can NOW confirm with you we have the exact arrangement of the very next wave of figures you will see first in 2015 in stores and/or online. Those of you who were worried about Princess Leia (Ceremonial Gown) will be happy to know we just received additional clarification from our "source" that she is on tap for this very first wave assortment. We also have the breakdown of the figures in this case assortment as well. And let us tell you, it makes pretty good sense! You should be happy about this case! Are you interested? Of course you are! Then click through for more!
Posted by Paul | January 15, 2015 at 01:09 PM EDT |
Does this mean we're not getting any more? We suppose Hasbro got tired of waiting for themselves to ship Rebels figures to their online store. Figures that were once listed as "out of stock" at HasbroToyShop.com are now completely removed from the site. Special thanks to all who wrote in and to our friends at BanthaSkull.com for additional detailing.
Posted by Paul | January 15, 2015 at 09:19 AM EDT |
JTA reader Daniel D. alerts us to the new TARGET.com listed with AT-DP Driver action figure. Check it out! The DPCI is 087-06-1382 if you're trying to locate it in stores. The TARGET.com listing states it is out of stock.
Posted by Paul | January 14, 2015 at 09:21 PM EDT |
eBay seller viperskingdom has samples of The Black Series 6" Bossk and Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise) figures. Oh man, let the controversy begin! Han's helmet is laughable. Let's just hope this is a major factory reject. But check them out and let us know what you think. Thank you to our friends at Yakface.com and the Wolfpack Podcast for the heads up on this! I personally don't think that this means we will see them right away, but there are certainly varying opinions. We have just received proof that C-3PO has been added to these figures' case assortment, so we don't know what to make of this just yet. Anything is possible for certain!