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Posted by Paul | July 25, 2016 at 06:17 PM ET |
Our friends at Yakface.com are reporting that Hasbro Toy Shop will be announcing when their exclusives will go up for sale tomorrow. Stay tuned for more!
The Toys R Us Astromech 3-pack is now SHIPPING as we've received confirmation from many of our readers! Here is the ordering link, but it is currently out of stock at the moment. Keep checking this link!
Posted by Paul | July 23, 2016 at 08:24 PM ET |
You know about the enhancements made to The Black Series 6" Princess Leia Organa figure. But did you know that Hasbro Design Director appears to have teased a supposed and upcoming running change to Han Solo (TFA)? We don't know much more than that, but check out the enhancement made to this figure as well.
Posted by Paul | July 22, 2016 at 05:31 PM ET |
Posted by Paul | July 22, 2016 at 05:06 PM ET |
Posted by Paul | July 22, 2016 at 03:11 PM ET |
Posted by Paul | July 22, 2016 at 02:52 PM ET |
Rey (Resistance Base) in IN STOCK at HasbroToyShop.com! Special thanks to JTA reader Justin C. for the alert!
A mere few hours ago, Jaina Solo had only 17% of the vote. Dengar was even catching up to her (like only a couple of percentage points away from each other). Now that we're in the final hours of voting, she and Starkiller have been tripping over each other and their percentages have jettisoned to new and ludicrous heights. And once reigning champion Darth Talon has sunk to Jaina's last night low. Too bad this poll runs right up against the Hasbro presentation. There is no way possible for StarWars.com to sift through all of the "off by one number" IPs addresses that are abusing the results in time. (Edit: some say it is cookie based – thank you Incognito browsers!) But if they do, man, are they going to be peeved. There are 108K votes cast. That doesn't even make the least bit of sense. For those of you that think I don't want Jaina to win are wrong. I like the character. I loathe ballot stuffing.
Posted by Paul | July 21, 2016 at 10:07 PM ET |
Hasbro may not be showing any Rogue One until stuff tomorrow, but JTA reader and friend Josh M. forwarded us an image from GalacticHunter.com where a Rogue One Stormtrooper 5POA figure is revealed. Hey, we'll see better images tomorrow, but you can check it out now. (It was pulled from the case once they realized it was on display.)
Posted by Paul | July 21, 2016 at 09:49 PM ET |
Hasbro has just tweeted that the TBS6 Princess Leia Organa figure has arrived. And while it's a given that I am a conspiracy theorist, this in my opinion another hand-painted sample and the production figures will NEVER come close to looking like this. Some feel that this version isn't any better either. We'll see what arrives at retail. "We LOVE Princess Leia!" Can't you tell?
Look what official Star Wars writer Jason Fry posted on his Twitter page. Quick answer: It's' the response to every Hasbro Q&A SDCC this year! The madness has begun folks! (For those that don't get sarcasm, this is sarcasm.) We LOVE Princess Leia! (not Jason Fry's words....)
Posted by Chuck | July 21, 2016 at 10:36 AM ET |
Posted by Chuck | July 20, 2016 at 07:00 PM ET |
Entertainment Earth has officially unveiled their new exclusive, and as expected it is full of droids: Four from the cherished The Clone Wars television series and the other two from the Original Trilogy. What makes these figures so special is that Hasbro is using The Vintage Collection R2-D2 (VC25) sculpt which is great news for those that request screen accuracy. This is a SUPER-ARTICULATED figure which includes nine (9) points of articulation including a swivel dome, two swivel legs, two swivel ankles, a sliding third leg, a swivel third leg, a hinged door, and an articulated arm. Click through for the complete details and additional images, and if you haven't done so yet... click here to pre-order yours!
Posted by Paul | July 20, 2016 at 01:28 PM ET |
A JTA exclusive! Wo! A source of ours received this message from a "friend". We're just moments away from San Diego Comic Con and we can present to you an image of five upcoming The Black Series [Phase III] from the next Rogue One assortment. Sorry the picture quality isn't great, but this news is much more exciting. Expect better images out of SDCC soon!
UPDATE: Hasbro has asked us to remove this image.
Posted by Paul | July 20, 2016 at 12:55 PM ET |
Hasbro has passed along even more images of the SDCC exclusive Jyn Erso action figure. The gallery can be found on our Facebook page!
Posted by Paul | July 20, 2016 at 12:27 PM ET |
Posted by Paul | July 20, 2016 at 11:57 AM ET |
Posted by Paul | July 19, 2016 at 01:17 PM ET |
Let's hope the paint jobs are good folks! Here is our first true "gift" in a VERY long time! Entertainment Earth just placed a pre-order for a mystery 3.75" super-articulated Star Wars action figure set for $79.99. There are SIX figures in the set, but 5 are FIRST TIME OFFERINGS. How exciting is that? If you look carefully in the background you'll see a sandcrawler as a clue, although that doesn't mean all these characters will be from A New Hope. Let's hope MULTIPLES of these are in the works regardless of what characters are chosen (this is what we need, Hasbro, to engage us)! We believe this could this be the long-rumored astromech /protocol droid multipack that has been talked about for "years" now. We'll surely find out at SDCC this year! Pre-order your set now!
UPDATE: Diverse Range Of Interesting Dudes" = DROIDS. (Thank you Jayson Krebsbach for confirming what we've been speculating!)
Posted by Paul | July 19, 2016 at 08:39 AM ET |
JTA reader and friend Rum Sleg decided to pop and boil the arms off of the Han Solo and Princess Leia (TFA) figures from the Walmart exclusive The Black Series 3.75" line. He wanted to see what they looked like without their outerwear. Check them out, and click through for his summary on them.
Posted by Paul | July 18, 2016 at 11:07 PM ET |
If you're interested, a YouTube review (ugh) has been posted for the upcoming TBS6 Obi-Wan Kenobi SDCC exclusive. Check it out if you can't wait. We haven't had a chance to review it yet, so please watch with caution.
Posted by Paul | July 18, 2016 at 01:49 PM ET |
The 2016 The Black Series 6" Fans' Choice Poll is NOW LIVE. Your choices are Starkiller, Captain Rex, Jaina Solo, Dengar, Darth Talon and Mara Jade. Don't forget who will also be coming regardless of the winner because Hasbro has been working on Captain Rex for years now. Good luck to your favorite choices!
Posted by Paul | July 18, 2016 at 01:44 PM ET |
The perpetually on sale and supposedly successful 6" scale The Black Series First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter is just a little over $75 as of this posting at the link below with FREE shipping for Prime members.
Posted by Paul | July 18, 2016 at 01:40 PM ET |
CNN Money exclaims "Maybe Hasbro should call themselves Disney Toys." Ironic? Serendipitous? Interesting? "The toy maker's relationship with the House of Mouse has "transformed" the company into one of Wall Street's favorite playthings." Be sure to check out this article. Special thanks to Paul B. for the link.
Posted by Paul | July 18, 2016 at 11:49 AM ET |
This is why things aren't going to change for the better for the Star Wars super-articulated 3.75" line, folks. As a stock company, cutting costs for higher profits is the number one goal. And because these lower quality items sell at higher prices regardless (if they can be found), why would Hasbro even attempt to make higher quality items to endanger those higher profits? Despite what feels like the worst time to be a Star Wars collector, Hasbro is still turning a buck in their stocks. Realistically, Hasbro is doing everything right from a business standpoint. But are they good stewards of their license that they hold onto like grim death and won't sub-license out to another company? Should the SA 3.75" line perhaps be given to new energetic and eager company that will make most out it sub-licensing? Heck, give Funko the rights so they can make non-Bobblehead Pops! Funko certainly knows how to please the "small insignificant group of collectors" that buy their products. Hasbro probably will never again produce the quantity or selection we want to see – or want to purchase. We hope they will at least consider subletting their license to another company who does make incredible collector geared products. Market Watch has the full story. Special thank to JTA reader D N for the link.
Posted by Paul | July 17, 2016 at 07:31 AM ET |
Hasbro, rightfully so we are all concerned about The Black Series 6" Princess Leia Organa figure. We truly hope you have the time to correct this figure. JTA reader EmpireSB has taken it upon himself to Photoshop the image of "scary Leia" that has made its way across the web and update some of the applications to show how this figure should be approached with deco. Sure, you do have to look at "addressing the delicacies of lips, eyes and eyebrows" but you also need to revisit the hairline too. (Please stop it with the "angry eyebrows" in general.) We hope you can take this Photoshopped image as a start to make her even better. Thank you. This isn't a figure that has room or time for a learning curve. Thank you!
Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 09:01 PM ET |
Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 05:36 PM ET |
Revealed today in London during the “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” cast panel at Star Wars Celebration was Hasbro’s Star Wars The Black Series “Jyn Erso” action figure — the first of new “Rogue One” products to be seen publicly. The 6-inch figure was revealed by Jyn herself – played by Felicity Jones – with panel moderator, Gwendoline Christie who welcomed Felicity to the action figure club. “Jyn” will be represented across a variety of products – something fans will have to wait and see for themselves later this year, when all new “Rogue One” products launch globally at retail. Click the image below for a larger and complete view.
Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 05:08 PM ET |
Entertainment Earth is offering exclusive bundled deals on their exclusives. Check them out!
Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 03:27 PM ET |
An image of the new The Black Series 6" Princess Leia Organa has been revealed from Celebration Europe (courtesy of Jedi Insider). The figure is a disaster. JTA reader Josh M. composited this new image with 2004's VOTC Princess Leia Organa (courtesy of Rebelscum.com's Photo Archives) so you can see how much better a more-than-decade old sculpt looks. Leia probably has/may have a great sculpt, but unfortunately that has been destroyed with pretty rough paint operations! Stay tuned as we provide better and clearer images soon!
UPDATE 1: Toy Ark has posted some close-up images of the newly revealed TBS6 figures. Leia doesn't look any better, sadly.
UPDATE 2: Apparently the outcries from the web have prompted Hasbro to respond to this Princess Leia Organa figure. Hasbro claims that they're aware of the problems and are currently working on tweaking the paint operations for a better likeness. To quote Hasbro's Steve Evans “the Leia figure shown at SWCE is a pre-production ‘first shot’ and is not final deco. We are addressing the delicacies of lips, eyes and eyebrows. The hood is also not stitched as it will be in final product.”
Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 11:35 AM ET |
Chuck is at The Rogue One panel where they revealed the Jyn Erso (Jedha) The Black Series 6" action figure. He sent us a picture to share! It looks like the line is continuing in the red/black third phase folks! FYI, this is rumored to be the TBS6 figure that collectors will be able to pre-order for Force Friday this year. But anything can change.
Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 08:46 AM ET |
Well, this is interesting. Longtime collectors will probably remember that Titanium Metal Die Cast action figures from years ago. Probably in part due to the popularity of the Disney Elite Series figures, it appears that Hasbro is now following suit and producing their own Die Cast metal figures. We've learned about five Die Cast Metal figures coming. The scale is unknown, but presumably (we believe) they'll be in the 6" scale range since that is the trendy thing now, although that can't be confirmed at this point and 3.75" isn't ruled out. We do know that the packaging size is 2.5 x 5 x 7 inches if that gives you a better indication. We also don't know if they'll be painted in color (heaven help us if this is the case) or done in a more patina finish (which would give these figures vintage appeal). Interestingly, the characters are all based on Episode IV, which also gives good indication that these are to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. In other words, these may be released at the end of 2016/early 2017 to celebrate this monumental landmark event. We're also assuming that they will be under The Black Series banner since the helmets and miniature vehicles are. We could be wrong about that. Anyway, click through for the list. Once again, thank you to our Research Droids for leaking this information. And once we learn more, you'll learn more.
Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 08:36 AM ET |
It appears that Hero Mashers have done well enough to warrant another run. We have learned of seven (7) new sets coming. Special thanks to our Research Droids for the leak. Click through for more!
Posted by Paul | July 13, 2016 at 02:10 PM ET |
We’re thrilled to announce that Hasbro has chosen their top 24 final images from their Star Wars #HasbroToyPic fan activation program launched earlier this year. To refresh your memory, Hasbro and @sgtbananas teamed up to reach the fan community and have them show off their amazing collections and creativity by recreating scenes from the film using Hasbro’s Star Wars figures and vehicles.
Out of hundreds of stunning submissions, Hasbro has announced the final 24 winners chosen! You can take a look at all of the final images chosen to be displayed at the Hasbro booth at San-Diego Comic-Con in the document attached (listed in alphabetical order), and download the hi-res images here. We also included some bonus images @sgtbananas created as the ambassador of Hasbro’s successful #HasbroToyPic program!
Posted by Paul | July 12, 2016 at 07:56 AM ET |
Our brothers and sisters up in the North (Canada) are really feeling the pains of inflation as Walmart online adjusts their prices to $17.86 and $24.96 for 3.75" and 6" figures respectively. JTA Canadian reader bobcat alerts us to this latest collecting affliction. We wonder what is in store for the USA. But remember! Hasbro "doesn't" set the prices, retail does!
Posted by Paul | July 12, 2016 at 07:41 AM ET |
There is a beat in Hasbro's Pulse today as they reveal some behind the scenes figure making of the upcoming convention exclusive Kylo Ren (Unmasked) figure on their Instagram page! Thansk to JTA reader Colin who follows social media, as we never would have known about this otherwise.
Posted by Paul | July 11, 2016 at 09:15 AM ET |
Here they are! The winners of JTA's part in Hasbro's 2016 The Black Series 6" Fans' Choice Poll are now revealed. Click through to see the Top 10 winners as well as a complete ranking of all 186 candidates! We will be sending our results off to Hasbro before the 1:00 PM ET deadline today. Thank you for your participation, and we truly hope that our transparency with the voting and the results assures you that this truly reflects the fans' choice. The final round of voting takes place at StarWars.com from July 18 through July 22nd. We will inform you when the poll goes live!
UPDATE 1: We posted the full ranking result for all 186 candidates!
UPDATE 2: Results sent and successfully received by Hasbro.
An image has shown up on various social media sites showing that Gamestop is teasing convention exclusives, one of which is a spot for Hasbro. Special thanks to JTA reader Steve U. for sending us the image!