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JTA reader and friend Steve U. sends us an image from Instagram page (I think) starwarstheblackseries showing proof that the figures have arrived in Singapore. It's perplexing how these haven't gone up for pre-order yet.

UPDATE: JTA reader Colin alerts us to some international sellers who have these figures listed with a May 22nd RELEASE date.

Is This Supposed To Be Han Solo? Because It Looks Like Sloth

Posted by Paul | April 29, 2017 at 05:57 PM ET |

Is this supposed to be Han Solo? Because it looks like Sloth from Goonies. Hasbro MUST get paint operations in order PRIOR to Spring 2018. Special thanks to JTA "lurker" David O. for the image!

The Vintage Collection Fans' Choice Poll is live and you're going to be thrilled. Hasbro and StarWars.com caught wind of the ballot-stuffing and did the right thing! They both came through big time for longtime collectors! Your choices are Doctor Aphra, Sim Aloo, Saelt-Marae (Yak Face), Ahsoka Tano (Rebels), ARC Trooper Fives, and Emperor Palptaine. NO BEN SKYWALKER! Good luck to your own personal pick! VOTE NOW!

The Black Series Titanium Figures IN STOCK At ToysRUs.com!

Posted by Paul | April 28, 2017 at 12:04 PM ET |

In other news, the crappy the 40th anniversary Titanium The Black Series 3.75" figures are IN STOCK at ToysRUs.com. These commemorative figures are sure to become a focal point in Star Wars collectors' collection. (Folks, The Vintage Collection is back – I have little to be angry about any more....) Special thanks to UltraSevenTexas for the alert!

HURRY! The TBS6 [SW40] Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) is back in stock at Walmart.com!

UPDATE: And gone in less than 10 MINUTES!

It Could Get Expensive This Summer!

Posted by Paul | April 28, 2017 at 07:49 AM ET |

I know that Mark Hamill who plays Luke Skywalker charges an awful lot for his photo/autograph, but so does Daisy Ridley who plays Rey. It would be cool to meet them in cosplay: his Jedi robes and her Resistance base outfit in person respectively. If they appeared together at San Diego Comic Con that would cost you a hefty amount of money all at once. I mean, don't think I am trying to start any rumor about them appearing together at a convention. Thank goodness there are likely to be opportunities to see them separately down the road for different events. So in essence the option exists to see them paired together or individually at some point around the same time. It's six of one, half dozen to the other.

Robot Kingdom Updates Walmart Exclusive Ponda Baba Wave Images

Posted by Paul | April 28, 2017 at 06:35 AM ET |

The Ponda Baba wave is ready to ship for May 1st from Robot Kingdom. You can check out updated images on their site as well. Check it out. Special thanks to JTA reader Jason S. for the alert! (Thank goodness Ponda Baba comes with all of his accessories!)

No Need To Worry About Legacy Pack Packaging Damage From Amazon?

Posted by Paul | April 26, 2017 at 05:18 PM ET |

It looks like there is little to worry about when it comes to ordering the Legacy Pack from Amazon. JTA reader Christian C. sends us an image of what he received: it came in an outer shipper carton. Nice! Click HERE to order it if you haven't yet.

Wow! The SWCO exclusive TBS6 Luke Skywalker (X-wing Pilot) figure is already shipping from Hasbro Toy Shop with some readers claiming a delivery date of tomorrow! Congratulations to all that were able to secure one.... or two.

So far we have: revived ourselves from fainting over The Vintage Collection's return, thanked Hasbro, and then offered suggestions to them about what repacks we want to see next Spring. (I am working on tabulating all that soon.) So now we want to do something else. Please suggest great figure ideas (that would fall under Adam Pawlus' "different enough to make you mad" category) – or perhaps better described as a "Repack and Repaint" wave (hold the repacks here/add more repaints). What do we mean specifically? Glad you asked. IF YOU'RE A CUSTOMIZER, WE REALLY NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE. (more....)

UPDATE: HURRY! SWCO Luke Skywalker (X-wing Pilot) IN STOCK!

Posted by Paul | April 25, 2017 at 02:37 PM ET |

HURRY! Luke Skywalker (X-wing Pilot) SWCO exclusive is IN STOCK at Hasbro Toy Shop!

UPDATE: GONE!

Amazon Cancelling MANY TBS6 [SW40] Orders: Oversold Pre-orders

Posted by Paul | April 24, 2017 at 07:21 PM ET |

We are receiving MANY reports from JTA readers that Amazon.com is cancelling orders for The Black Series [Star Wars 40] 6" figures citing that they've oversold available stock. It will be interesting if they will be able to order more stock in the future. Customer service is even providing readers with links in their notification emails to third party sellers who are charging more than double retail. We thought everyone might be interested in this! Thanks to all that wrote in with these disappointing updates.

TBS6 [SW40] Legacy Pack IN STOCK At Amazon!

Posted by Paul | April 24, 2017 at 12:30 PM ET |

Hurry! It's IN STOCK on Amazon!

Hasbro: here is our collective thank you for doing one of the greatest things for us since 2010. Officially announcing the return of The Vintage Collection at Star Wars Celebration Orlando was the highlight of most collectors. You deserved that standing ovation by the way. We pledge our devotion to TVC's return and promise to make it a success for you so that we never have to live through another period of time like 2013-2017 again. Thanks for dealing with the years of disappointment and criticisms. We apologize if the passion went too far. Please be sure to listen to the feedback you get. You're a relatively new team that must engage us and you're dealing with a population of people that are territorial and zealous longtime collectors. We can really assist you in making the most of this second run. Thank you again.

Rogue One Wave 4 Availability Listed As May 1 On Amazon

Posted by Chuck | April 21, 2017 at 08:46 PM ET |

Rogue One wave 4 is showing an availability date of May 1st on Amazon. We're not sure what price point they will be at, but it's at least worth keeping an eye on if you are still looking for this wave. Click the images below for direct links. Thanks to JTA reader Pete for the alert!

 

Legacy Pack IN STOCK At BestBuy.com

Posted by Paul | April 21, 2017 at 08:10 PM ET |

The Legacy Pack is in stock at BestBuy.com if you're interested. Thanks to JTA reader Lance M. for the alert!

The Black Series [Star Wars 40] Legacy Pack is IN STOCK at HasbroToyShop.com. Special thanks to JTA reader Colin for the laert. They also have the Titanium figures in stock too if you're interested.

This deal is getting worse all the time. Pray they don't alter it any further. JTA broke the news on this next Wave 11 case assortment. Sadly, it looks like Director Krennic will unfortunately remain part of this case assortment. But more disconcerting is that because of Hera Syndulla's delay, they've added another repack to the case: K-2SO is now part of the mix (which in our area is currently hanging on pegs for under $10). Why didn't they make the ERG x2? Robot Kingdom has posted the official case assortment (which we guess is still subject to change).

We have our Top 6 candidates that we will be forwarding to Hasbro on time so they can be included in the final voting process at StarWars.com next week. (Stay tuned for details.) Hasbro might as well get a head start on Ben Skywalker however because that's who is going to "win." Click through for JTA readers' well-balanced and extremely accurate Top 6 winners. Of particular note, four (4) of our winners are from Return Of The Jedi, one is from A New Hope and the last is from The Clone Wars. Thank you to all who participated. Hopefully the most accurate Fans' Choice winner will make it in the end.

The Fans' Choice Polls Need To Be Handled Differently Next Time

Posted by Paul | April 19, 2017 at 06:44 PM ET |

Folks, this is the crux of the problem with opening up the poll generally to just Star Wars "fans" and not strictly to "hardcore collectors". All of these votes for Ben Skywalker are from people who never visit these Star Wars fan sites on any regular basis. It's not representative of the collecting community. You should be an intense member of some collecting community or a frequent visitor in order to cast a vote. This is a The Vintage Collection 3.75" super-articulated Fans' Choice Poll. If the EU is SO important to them, then they should campaigning for Hasbro to bring back things like Comic Packs and EU specific figure waves, not overtake the poll and remove the vote from the longtime and hardcore collectors who have been waiting for the half decade return of The Vintage Collection.

Ugh. There is another cheating campaign running for The Vintage Collection 3.75" poll, just like there was for The Black Series 6" Jaina Solo figure. There is a social media/forum initiative to get people, who don't even buy Star Wars figures mind you, to vote for Ben Skywalker (an Expanded Universe character). We are reporting this activity to Litzky PR and Hasbro so that they are aware. Hopefully something can be done to thwart this. This should be a poll JUST for collectors who will actually buy these figures, not casual Star Wars fans who don't buy figures and those who are just trying to support an agenda. We will let you know of any developments should they arise. We also hope our many colleagues participating in this poll are aware of this and that you prevent these cheaters from adding their input into your results as well.

Jedi Temple Archives wants to know what action figures released from 2010-2017 that you'd like to see repacked for The Vintage Collection's return in Spring 2018. We'd like to include all figures from the original TVC run in addition to those from The Black Series lines (all three phases) as well. There were some hard to get characters from these lines and if Hasbro must include repacks and repaints for the TVC Spring 2018 run, let's help give them some ideas so that these repeated figures will sell through. I have my own ideas, but let's her your suggestions too. See these action figures listed as follows:
The Vintage Collection (2010-2013)
The Black Series [Phase I] (2013-2014)
The Black Series [Phase II] (2014-2015)
The Black Series [Phase III] (Walmart Exclusives)

TBS6 [SW40] IN STOCK At ToysRUs.com

Posted by Paul | April 19, 2017 at 08:19 AM ET |

ToysRUs.com has most of the 40th anniversary The Black Series figures in stock.

Legacy Pack IN STOCK At TARGET.com

Posted by Paul | April 18, 2017 at 09:10 PM ET |

It's IN STOCK at TARGET.com. Special thanks to JTA reader Andrew D. for the alert!

Talk About The 2017 TVC Fans' Choice Poll Voting HERE

Posted by Paul | April 18, 2017 at 08:16 PM ET |

Not too many people are following directions. Please use THIS ARTICLE to talk about the results of the Top 25 nominees and everything to do with them including questions you may have. Please don't post comments in the article devoted to voting. Thank you!

We have been getting feedback from "lurkers" (who we adore by the way) asking if they can submit their choice for the 2017 The Vintage Collection Fans' Choice Poll via email. Because the return of TVC is the greatest news in a half decade from Hasbro, we have decided to make an exception and allow these email ballots. But this is only for those that do not have Disqus accounts (we will be checking FYI). If this is you, we will accept ONE character nominee in the subject of the email. If you don't submit the email in exactly this way it will not be counted. Remember to choose one character from the 25 nominees found here only. No other candidates will be accepted. And as a reminder, this is only for readers who do not have a Disqus account. Emails MUST be received by 9 PM ET tomorrow, April 19th. Please email your vote to paul@jeditemplearchives.com.

You can pre-order The Black Series 6" Inferno Squadron figure right now at GameStop.com with a release date of November 2017.

JTA's Top 25 Nominations Revealed: VOTE NOW For The Top 6!

Posted by Paul | April 18, 2017 at 12:38 PM ET |

Get your votes in for the 2017 The Vintage Collection Fans' Choice Poll! Here's where the real voting fun begins! We have compiled the Top 25 nominated figures from our last thread and eliminated just a couple for reasons explained by clicking through. BEFORE YOU VOTE, please read the directions. Thank you to all who have nominated characters. We had over 200 selections/suggestions including a Paul Harrison action figure. Are you people nuts? :) That's something even I don't ever want to see! Voting ends 9PM ET tomorrow, April 19th. (more....)

And then the real voting begins! We will be closing the nomination portion of JTA's The Vintage Collection Fans' Choice Poll at 12 PM ET today. After that we will post the results of the Top 25 choices where you will need to vote again so we can send Hasbro our Top 6. Cast your votes here.

The Vintage Collection is back and it's becoming the center of Hasbro's focus once again. JTA has learned two two details that Hasbro is currently in discussion about that we think might be of interest to our readers. Click through for more!

We have received clarification on the Fans' Choice poll this year from Hasbro. It will only be for a The Vintage Collection 3.75" figure. THERE WILL BE NO The Black Series 6" vote this time. Click through for the official response. We have decided to make things easier and keep the choices listed in the Fans' Choice Poll picks. If you want a different action figure for 3.75" than you did for 6", please simply change it in THIS LINK only.

SWCO 2017: Hasbro Exclusive Luke Skywalker X-wing SOLD OUT

Posted by Paul | April 16, 2017 at 09:28 AM ET |

They're gone! Reserve units have been saved for Hasbro Toy Shop's website after the show.

SWCO 2017: Jedi Temple Archives' Hasbro Q And A

Posted by Paul | April 16, 2017 at 07:03 AM ET |

Our Hasbro Q&A for Celebration Orlando is now available. After the earth-shattering announcement of The Vintage Collection's return it seems any other answers from Hasbro will pale in comparison. But hopefully we have some good stuff for you. Yes, I asked mostly questions for our 6" fans. You're welcome. Click through to listen and be sure to leave comments. Anyone who asks for a transcript instead will be banned from the site :-) .

Fans' Choice Poll Confusion: More To Come

Posted by Paul | April 16, 2017 at 06:52 AM ET |

We concede there is MAJOR confusion with the Fans' Choice Poll this year. Litzky PR sent two different emails that we took as an addendum and not as a replacement. Click through to see the correspondence. Not only do we have the two emails from Litzky PR, but we have also spoken with Hasbro directly about the Fans' Choice Poll and in our opinion made it clear that there is a 6" and 3.75" selection to be made.

SWCO 2017: Hasbro Press Gallery Featuring New 6 Inch Reveals

Posted by Chuck | April 16, 2017 at 06:52 AM ET |

Hasbro sent out their press photos following their presentation showing off the latest 6 Inch reveals. Get the full gallery after the jump!

You'll hear more about this in our Q&A, but we thought we'd share some important information with you first. The Admiral Raddus wave has been shipped per Hasbro, but it will indeed suffer from what longtime collectors know as "last wave syndrome". The production numbers for these figure are significantly reduced. If you see them, buy them. You have been warned.

UPDATE: The Vintage Collection Returns Spring 2018!

Posted by Paul | April 15, 2017 at 06:35 PM ET |

"Is Paul Harrison still conscious?" Those words were uttered by Hasbro after they announced the return of The Vintage Collection for Spring 2018. After thunderous applause I started the standing ovation. I am glad my whining paid off. Suck it 6" collectors. (Just kidding!) The Hasbro Fans' Choice Poll 3.75" winner will NOW BE IN The Vintage Collection packaging! Oh, and The Vintage Collection will now be available everywhere and NO LONGER a store exclusive! Suck it Walmart!

UPDATE: Hasbro JUST confirmed with me that all figures will be super-articulated. Get 5POA out of your heads!

UPDATE: 2017 The Vintage Collection 3.75" Fans' Choice Poll!

Posted by Paul | April 15, 2017 at 06:30 PM ET |

OK, so here is the big announcement. It's HUGE folks! Click through and READ EVERYTHING!

JTA reader and friend STeve U. sends us news that his local GameStop store is taking pre-orders for a The Black Series 6" Battlefront PIlot. Sounds intriguing.

UPDATE: TBS6 Grand Admiral Thrawn Revealed

Posted by Paul | April 14, 2017 at 08:01 PM ET |

In case you missed our Facebook post hours ago, Hasbro revealed TBS6 Grand Admiral Thrawn. Check it out on our Facebook page.


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