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SWCA: JTA Interviews Hasbro Star Wars Brand Marketing Team

Posted by Paul | April 17, 2015 at 07:36 PM EDT |

We did more of an "interview" type of Q&A with Hasbro this time around. As we cleverly surmised almost a week ago, the Jabba's Rancor Pit contains an all-new Jabba the Hutt 3.75" figure. And it's YOUR fault that the TBS6 Leia Boushh is so big. Oh, and if you see orange carded The Black Series 3.75" and 6" figures don't freak out. The stuff is finally making its way out. All this and more awaits you in our SWCA Hasbro Q&A. Click through for more! Be sure to leave your thoughts about this Q&A in our comments! Special thanks to Brian's Toys for sponsoring us this year!

Ahsoka Tano - 6" Figure Revealed!

Posted by Paul | April 16, 2015 at 12:28 PM EDT |

Our onsite correspondent Chuck is too occupied/busy waiting in line for JJ Abrams to run back to the Hasbro booth, so let us direct you to our friends at Rebelscum.com who have snapped a wonderful gallery of the JUST ANNOUNCED Ahsoka 6" figure! It's coming in 2016!

ToysRUs.com Launches VIP Midnight Madness Shopping Spree Page

Posted by Paul | April 16, 2015 at 12:03 PM EDT |

Toys R Us launches their VIP Midnight Madness Shopping Spree page. Check it out!

SWCA: The Black Series 3.75" Carded Figures

Posted by Paul | April 15, 2015 at 07:19 PM EDT |

We have more early images from the convention floor! Check out carded samples of new The Black Series figure soon to hit retail everywhere!

    
    
  

From a texting discussion with pal Jayson from Yakface.com, it looks like The Black Series will be continuing with a new accenting color and new logo (Chewbacca) perhaps? Our friends at Jedi News have posted the first image of this potentially "new" lineup.

Our friends at the Wolfpack Podcast have PROOF that Toys R Us will indeed be holding a Midnight Madness event for The Force Awakens product launch. Check out their exclusive news!

TBS6 Princess Leia (Boush Disguise) Is An Amazon Woman

Posted by Paul | April 10, 2015 at 01:23 PM EDT |

Not to rain on the parade of the exciting Jabba's Rancor Pit news, but The Fwoosh has just posted a review on the Princess Leia (Boushh Disguise) figure and we cannot be silent about the height/size issues on that figure either. Look at this madness. It's a shame because the figure looks fantastic.

The Black Series Jabba's Rancor Pit Toys R Us Exclusive Revealed!

Posted by Paul | April 10, 2015 at 10:16 AM EDT |

And it actually looks amazing. It's hard to believe TRU is taking another chance on a large exclusive like this after the Battle of Endor debacle. We just received this image anonymously and are unable to credit the source. But remember that Rancor exclusive that kept popping up on rumor lists? It looks like it's actually coming and it looks like it's an awesome set. but how much could this be in 2015 Hasbro currency? $200+? Check it out and leave your thoughts! P.S. We have NO PROOF, but could that be an all-new Jabba in 3.75" scale? it doesn't look "squished" like the SOTDS version did and in fact a whole lot better than that 2010 release!

UPDATE: This image has come from the Facebook fan page entitled Star Wars Saga Legends & Mission Series Facebook page. The photograph was apparently taken or posted by Chris A. We watermarked the image before we knew where it originated. (It was sent to us anonymously.)

Aren't You A Little Short For A Clone Trooper? (And Other Issues)

Posted by Paul | April 09, 2015 at 01:48 PM EDT |

Oh for goodness gracious sake. We're beginning to believe that these final waves of The Black Series figures are just way too rushed, or completely new Hasbro staff are making these things. We have received images from JTA reader Matthew V. which came via cell phone. They show just how off all three clones are from each other: Doom, Wolffe and Rex. RIP men.

      

You Ain't Never Gonna Get 'Em: MIA Saga Legends Bite The Dust

Posted by Paul | April 07, 2015 at 01:24 PM EDT |

So, you wanted to know what happened to Darth Maul, the 501st and Mace Windu in the Saga Legends line? They've been cancelled. JediBusiness.com has the official word from Hunter PR. This is "very" bad news to those American collectors trying to get their paws on Darth Maul, which so far to date has been only an international exclusive. The only remaining option for these figures is if they're carried forward into the Fall line look. That potential has NOT been axed yet. Thanks to Martin F. who directed us to this news.

The Figure Definitely Won't Fall Off Now!

Posted by Paul | April 04, 2015 at 04:11 PM EDT |

You saw our obliterated Han Solo (Endor) card back from HasbroToyShop, now look at what JTA reader Ryan G. received. Would you like a Star Wars figure with your packing tape? Yikes! Click through for more.

Images From Midnight Madness April 2, 2005! Check Them Out!

Posted by Paul | April 03, 2015 at 02:58 PM EDT |

Thanks to all who participated in the discussion with us reflecting on the Revenge Of The Sith product launch, which is now 10 years and a day old. Would you believe that JTA contributor George T. has a nice gallery of images to share with everyone from the Toys R Us Midnight Madness? Click through to check them all out!

Rebels Mission Series Wave 3 In Stock On Amazon

Posted by Chuck | April 02, 2015 at 08:50 PM EDT |

Star Wars Rebels Mission Series wave 3 is on Amazon for $10.99 if you missed these from HTS. Click the images below for direct links.

  

Happy 10th Anniversary To The Revenge Of The Sith Product Launch!

Posted by Paul | April 02, 2015 at 12:15 AM EDT |

Today marks the TENTH anniversary of the official release date that launched all Revenge Of The Sith products to retail which supported Episode III. What we thought (back then) was to be the final Star Wars film ever ended up being one of the heaviest supported films at the retail level from various chains. Stores like Walmart, Toys R Us and TARGET had highly sought-after exclusives and there were also fun Midnight Madness events for those that needed new Star Wars toys the moment they were available. We thought it would be fun to reminisce about this special day. Did you partake in the craziness? What did you buy on day one? Did you capture all of those exclusives without resorting to the secondary market? What did you think about the toys after you bought them. Were you impressed? Did any spoil the plot of the film for you? Share these memories and more with us in our comments. Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Darth Eddie for the article idea!

Boxed Images Of The Black Series 6-inch Leia Boushh Wave

Posted by Paul | April 01, 2015 at 09:39 PM EDT |

Our friends at starwarsfiguren.com have nice boxed images of the Princess Leia (Boushh Disguise) wave of The Black Series 6" line. Check them out!

    

The Vintage Collection Returns Fall 2015?

Posted by Paul | April 01, 2015 at 12:49 PM EDT |

We have just intercepted mock-ups of the next wave of Saga Legends for Fall 2015. It appears that all who surmised about the return of The Vintage Collection were right. But it's probably safer to say that no one expected (or wanted) this however. Simple 5POA figures will debut in the fall in our glorious TVC packaging. It's unknown yet if the new The Force Awakens figures will follow the same format yet. Keep close to JTA as we follow this story. More info is forthcoming we have been told.

            

Time Capsule, Or Just Another Loser Thief?

Posted by Paul | March 30, 2015 at 10:13 PM EDT |

I came across the latest instance of theft at my local TARGET. See if you can spot the item that doesn't belong. The thief actually taped a new UPC code to the bottom of this 2005 release and returned it to this store. I asked for a manager who removed it from the shelves and explained that this items was a decade old. I have yet to see it returned to the floor to date. I guess sometimes it pays off to report these things.

    

Damaged Item Received From Hasbro Toy Shop

Posted by Paul | March 30, 2015 at 10:05 PM EDT |

I have never received a damaged item from Hasbro Toy Shop once, but look what I received from the recent in stock merchandise that began shipping recently.

Toys R Us Mission Series Sale: 2 For $15!

Posted by Paul | March 30, 2015 at 09:47 PM EDT |

JTA reader and friedn Darth Eddie alerts us to a great Toys R Us sale. The great news is that Darth Eddie found Mission Series wave three at his local Roanoke VA Toys R Us. Click through for his report!

A Close-up Look At The Black Series Wave 9 On eBay!

Posted by Chuck | March 30, 2015 at 03:42 PM EDT |

It looks like once again eBay seller VipersKingdom has new figures up! Click through to look at The Black Series six-inch wave 9! A couple of quick observations... Leia's likeness looks terrible and what's with the hole in IG-88's head (could that be screen accurate)?! Thanks for the guys over at YakFace for the head's up!

Hasbro Toy Shop Shipping Most Of Those "Pre-orders" Now!

Posted by Paul | March 27, 2015 at 06:11 PM EDT |

Despite HasbroToyShop clearly marking MANY of the new Rebels Saga Legends and Mission Series figures that just went up for "pre-order recently with an approximate April availability date, we are getting multiple reports from readers that shipping notices have been received. Check those inboxes!

Sabine Wren/Stormtrooper Mission Series Sets + Others At Kohl's!

Posted by Paul | March 27, 2015 at 12:34 PM EDT |

JTA reader Matthew V. as well as our friends at Yakface.com have provided proof that the Sabine Wren/Stormtrooper Mission Series set (along with the others) is (are) being found at Kohl's. You might have another option out there folks!

    

Our friends at Imperial Shipyards have received, what we consider, the best answer surrounding the rumor that blew up the internet yesterday about the discontinuation of Rebels Saga Legends and Mission Series figures. Hunter PR's answer goes into a little more detail and we interpret it as that yes, the Rebels line look is finished, but 5POA will continue for The Force Awakens. Click through to read their exact quote!

She's A Beauty! Quick Pic Of Leia Boushh 6-inch Figure!

Posted by Paul | March 26, 2015 at 11:41 AM EDT |

Oh man! She is GORGEOUS! Check out an early look at Princess Leia Organa (Boushh Disguise) from The Black Series 6" line from Stephen Hayford on Facebook!

The Black Series 6 Inch Bossk On Amazon For $22.99

Posted by Chuck | March 25, 2015 at 09:48 PM EDT |

The Black Series Bossk (#10) is IN STOCK on Amazon.com right now. Han Solo (#09) was also in stock but has switched to a May 30 release. Keep checking back to see if it pops up...

UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS: Rebels Saga Legends Line Discontinued!?

Posted by Paul | March 25, 2015 at 01:42 PM EDT |

Online retailer Andrews Toys is reporting that the latest case assortments of Star Wars: Rebels Saga Legends figures have been CANCELLED/DISCONTINUED and also will not be making future shipments of these either. You still sure nothing bleak will happen with The Black Series 3.75" line now? Huh?

UPDATE 1: We reached out to our own sources and have confirmed that this is (at the moment) ONLY true from Entertainment Earth's perspective. While that info doesn't mean anything at the moment, we're not sure how this affects other accounts. We will have more information shortly.

UPDATE 2: Mission Series could be affected in some way also.

UPDATE 3: It's looking more and more as if something similar is happening with the Mission Series and Saga Legends lines that happened with the cancelled TBS 3.75" Princess Leia (Ceremonial) assortments. Certain assortments have been cancelled. That doesn't mean however that new case configurations will not be coming. They may not be coming, but there is no conclusive proof that these figures won't return in the same Rebels line look! Is 5POA over and done with? ABSOLUTELY NOT!

The Celebration Anaheim schedule has been released and our friends at Yakface.com are reporting that there will be NO HASBRO PRESENTATION this year as in years' past. Click through for more information.

See! Star Wars Command DOES Have Some Use!

Posted by Paul | March 23, 2015 at 08:38 AM EDT |

We were taken aback when we visited our local Walmart and quite pleased to see Walmart making the best of the Star Wars Command garbage Hasbro sent them. They emptied the contents of the box and dumped them immediately into the clearance section and then utilized the shipping carton to do some much-needed re-shopping. To think of all the money, energy, advertising, tooling and any other wasted resource that went into this mess and we still don't have a repack of The Vintage Collection's Emperor's Royal Guard (VC105) or Ponda Baba (Walrus Man) (VC70) yet is just maddening.

Hera Syndulla/Stormtrooper Commander + Others IN STOCK at HTS!

Posted by Paul | March 20, 2015 at 11:54 AM EDT |

Hurry! Hera Syndulla/Stormtrooper Commander and the rest of the wave are IN STOCK at HasbroToyShop! You only have a few more moments to utilize FAMILY2015 for 20% off and FREE shipping so don't delay!

UPDATE: Hera Syndulla/Stormtrooper Commander set is OUT OF STOCK

Hurry! The Sabine/Stormtrooper Mission Series set is IN STOCK at HasbroToyShop! It's also the last day to use FAMILY2015! Special thanks to valkyrie for the news! The other sets are in stock too, but you know how fast this one is going to last!

AND IN LESS THAN 10 MINUTES SHE IS OUT OF STOCK! There are still other good items in stock like Saga Legends wave 4 and the Imperial Troop Transport.

Our friends at Yakface.com confirm what we reported to you days ago via Hunter PR that Princess Leia (Ceremonial) won't be coming in any of the Spring assortments in The Black Series line. The *new* news however in Hasbro's "female action figure-focused answer" is that they got Hasbro to confirm that Princess Leia (Ceremonial) is NOT cancelled (something we were quite worried about, honestly) and that she will indeed appear in a later assortment in the Fall (or later this year to be precise per the report). This has opened a new can of worms for us. It makes us surmise that we may not be done with The Black Series line just yet. OR. Princess Leia (Ceremonial) has been pushed out to the whatever new line look accompanies The Force Awakens line (maybe a hybrid line?). Let us know your thoughts!

HasbroToyShop.com has the entire Digital Commemorative collection in stock. Are you tready for this? They are $17.99 each and with FAMILY2015 can be yours for an additional 20% off with FREE shipping through March 20th. Special thanks to JTA reader Les Dudis and Mike M. for the alerts!

Star Wars Saga Legends Wave 4 In Stock On Amazon

Posted by Chuck | March 18, 2015 at 09:10 AM EDT |

If you missed out on wave 4 from Hasbro Toy Shop, Amazon.com now has these listed as in stock on March 20th at $8.99.

      

Hera Syndulla Mission Series Set *WILL* Ship In High Numbers

Posted by Paul | March 17, 2015 at 11:22 AM EDT |

Today we have started reviewing the next wave of the Rebel Mission Series line, so you probably want to know how the case assortments will look like in the future, now that they have gone up for pre-order, don't you? Those desperate to secure Hera Syndulla are in good hands (for the time being). Then again, Hasbro has been known for cancelling assortments without warning, haven't they? Well, let's not be Debbie Downers yet. Anyway, click through to see your options.

Like sand through an hourglass, so are the days of The Black Series 3.75" line. We know from Hasbro that what we have seen is all we're getting before The Force Awakens line is launched. But the panic is palpable about the fate of wave 8 (and a yet-to-be-determined home for one figure in particular). Our confidential informants have discovered NEW details surrounding wave 8. You may have heard rumors elsewhere (i.e. NOT JTA) that this wave was cancelled. It's not entirely inaccurate. The original case assortment, just like the original case assortment for wave 7, has been REPLACED with a different arrangement of figures. The bad news? Things have and could continue to change, but as of this time, it does NOT look like Princess Leia (Ceremonial) is coming in the spring assortments. Will The Black Series 3.75" line continue beyond these spring assortments into the Fall when TFA goes live? Perhaps, but nothing is known at this point. Click through to see what the new case assortments look like for wave 7 and wave 8 of The Black Series 3.75" line.

HURRY! HasbroToyShop.com has Rebels Saga Legends wave 4 in stock! This is the Endor wave, which also includes Commander Bly. For whatever reason the price is back down to $5.99 for these 4 figures. Use FAMILY2015 for 20% off and FREE shipping too! Oh, and The Inquisitor is back IN STOCK if you missed him the first time! A big thanks to all who wrote in to notify us. These are looking to ship at the beginning of April.

Hurry! eBay store HasbroToyShop.com has the TBS6 Stormtrooper in stock AGAIN and still with FREE shipping for $10! There is also a handful of 3.75" figures for 50% off as well!

Saga Legends are hitting Amazon.com in full force, including wave 3. Most can be had for just a few dollars over retail with free shipping. If your area is still as barron as mine then this is a great option to save you some time and running around! Click here for the full Saga Legends search results!

HasbroToyShop.com Has TBS6 Stormtrooper For $10 + FREE Shipping!

Posted by Paul | March 13, 2015 at 04:52 PM EDT |

Hurry! eBay store HasbroToyShop.com has the TBS6 Stormtrooper in stock and FREE shipping for $10!

Hasbro Toy Shop Has Rebels Saga Legends Wave 2 IN STOCK!

Posted by Paul | March 13, 2015 at 10:40 AM EDT |

HURRY! HasbroToyShop.com has Rebels Saga Legends wave 2 in stock: Jedi Temple Guard, AT-AT Driver, etc! Of special note, they raised the price $1.00 on these new arrivals. Special thanks to Darth Janus for the alert! Use FAMILY2015 for 20% off and FREE shipping too.

UPDATE 1: They also have The Black Series 6" Bossk/Han Stormtrooper/TIE Pilot/Chewbacca wave in stock too.

UPDATE 2: As expected, the Jedi Temple Guard is the first to go. He is now out of stock.

UPDATE 3: The Black Series 6" 4-pack is also sold out!


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