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New store displays are arriving at Walmart. And some new products like these die cast figures are arriving as well. It seems retail has started first steps preparing for Force Friday. Click the thumbnail below to see the image up close. Special thanks to good friend Chris S. for the image.
Hopefully our review has cajoled you into buying the Toys R Us exclusive Jabba's Rancor Pit multipack, but if you still need this awesome exclusive it is currently in stock at ToysR Us.com. Thanks to all who wrote in alerting us to this news.
Posted by Paul | July 31, 2015 at 08:47 AM EDT |
Well, this is interesting. As of July 16, 2015 (right after SDCC this year and right before the Force Friday launch), Hasbro has posted an open position for Senior Brand Marketing Manager. A new position? A replacement position? Click through to read the job description. Special thanks to JTA reader Dan. D. for the alert to this.
The First Order Stormtrooper went up for sale at 11:23 AM and completely SOLD OUT at 11:30 AM. The buzz around the internet in a few short hours of its sell out is massive. There are angry collectors. There are indifferent collectors. And there are collectors who are just surprised that Hasbro Toy Shop could accommodate that many people in seven (7) short minutes. Where do you stand on the issue of exclusives and their availability? There are many differing opinions. But it's evident that most people are sick of this. Granted, a general marketplace version of this figure will be made available. But if you're a collector, wouldn't you want the collectors' version?
UPDATE: JTA reader The Force Collector forwards an email from Hasbro Toy Shop customer service.
We have learned of a few more details regarding upcoming Hasbro assortments. Some is "old" news, but more importantly some is also "new" news, some with detail. We also have some clarification on other items from our Meijers report. Click through for more! Please note: take this and anything else we post with a grain of salt. It is only until Hasbro confirms it that you should believe it. We also don't know what retailer this information has come from or if some of the items may be exclusive to that store or not as this list compiles info from multiple places. Bold means it's the first time we're hearing about it.
Posted by Paul | July 26, 2015 at 05:50 PM EDT |
We have been hearing insanely laughable whispers of what you might to expect to see at TARGET for Force Friday. Are you curious to see what the latest rumored developments are? Take it with a grain of salt until you see it on Force Friday (and maybe some things beforehand.... or not at all!) Click through for more!
Posted by Paul | July 26, 2015 at 01:19 PM EDT |
Today is the 7th anniversary of 2008's The Legacy Collection/The Clone Wars product launch. (My goodness where does the time go?) Some of the greatest products of all time were part of this era. I was reminded of this checklist by seeing a post on Yakface.com's Facebook page. But look what kind of awesome notice we received from Hasbro about what to expect when the product went live for sale! Man, hopefully Disney can take good notes about what doesn't work with a "Mystery Box" launch, although stuff is leaking out exponentially by the moment. Disney needs to know the zealousness and passion Star Wars fans possess. It's not like we're waiting for the next princess to be revealed. In my opinion, Star Wars shouldn't be handled the same way. Click the image below to refresh your memories of these good times!
UPDATE!: JTA reader George T. graciously shares his photography from a Midnight Madness event from that night! He also included a pdf of the booklet that Hasbro gave out at the time as well! Check it out by clicking through!!
JTA reader Mike M. sends us information that Walmart in Canada WILL NOT be participating in Force Friday events. He then reached out to other retailers. Click through to read the details in his blog. He writes "Good Morning!I sent an email to WalMart Canada earlier this week and was told that they will not be taking part in “Force Friday.” I’ve posted the information on my blog. Thanks and #MTFBWY!"
If you signed up for the Hasbro Pulse thing, you've probably received your first correspondence from Hasbro in the mail. The feedback we're getting is not very positive. This very, very commercial program (which is open to everyone) doesn't seem to have the edge it needs to be useful for collectors. Maybe it needs time to get going, but I had a bad feeling about this from its official announcement. We understood it to be a medium for Hasbro to connect with collecting sites to be the voice for the collecting community (before it went public). It's shaping up to be anything but that. Again, it's too early to fret. But I personally received a Transformers comic (I have ZERO interest in Transformers and specifically selected Star Wars as my only interest.) See what JTA reader Ryan G. received as well by clicking through.
JTA reader K. Andrews has found the new Galactic Heroes figures we brought to your attention recently. They are beginning to hit brick and mortar! He writes "I was in a local Target (Gardena, CA) when I passed by the Star Wars section. I found a Black Series 6" Emperor, but also a few Galactic Heroes. Luke and Darth Vader so far. These came up for $4.99. K. Andrews."
Posted by Paul | July 24, 2015 at 05:52 PM EDT |
Uh-oh! It looks like someone at Meijers goofed! WARNING: SPOILERS APPLY!! We have a mod complete with toy descriptions of Episode 7 product due for Force Friday. The crazy thing? This Meijers store is claiming they will be putting the toys out July 27th (this is likely NOT happening)! Anyway, enjoy if you want to know some specifics on what's coming by clicking through!
UPDATE: NEW DETAILS REVEALED (3.75" Desert and Snow assortments!)
Posted by Paul | July 22, 2015 at 11:27 AM EDT |
Here is some interesting news for you collectors who shop at TARGET. A new reset is imminent and will transpire around August 3rd/4th. The only Star Wars figures slotted for the new reduced space are the 18" Jakks Pacific figures and Hot Wheels. This will also move to the "remote control" aisle. There will also be a four foot section of clearance as well. But there will literally be no action figures (what collectors consider action figures at least). Of special note, new Galactic Heroes/Jedi Force figures like the ones showing up on eBay from seller bluesduff2008 are also part of this new plan-o-gram. (Could this also be an indication of the new TFA packaging?) These include Luke & Wampa, Echo Base Encounter, Ewok Village Endor, Wicket W. Warrick and Han Solo & Tauntaun. (Some were revealed at 2015's Toy Fairs. Others weren't.) The DPCI numbers for these items should be forthcoming soon. It looks like we could see a huge purge across the land in other places too to gear up for September 4th!
HasbroToyShop.com has restocked all of wave 7 and eave 8 of The Black Series 3.75" line and they jacked up the price for all of them to $12.99 each. Also of note: the Luke Skywalker and Wampa Deluxe 6" set is STILL IN STOCK for a mere $34.99. Use code JULYSAVE for $10 off your order $50 and higher and all orders of $50 ship free. ("Shocking!") Special thank to friend Chris S. for the alert!
Posted by Paul | July 22, 2015 at 08:04 AM EDT |
Following up on the latest developments regarding the Mission Series side of The Force Awakens line, JTA reader Mike R. alerts us to an ad which seemingly shows a few items that will be coming September 4, 2015. Nothing really new is shown (save for the Chewbacca mask), but it does confirm a Build A Weapon pack-in premium. This information originated at starwars7news.com. Check it out and let the repackaging begin!
Posted by Paul | July 21, 2015 at 10:10 PM EDT |
Rebelscum.com has discovered a new rumor with the Mission Series line: buildable weapons. We've gone from Build A Droid to Build A Weapon, folks. Check out the full report. We suppose this makes up for the $5 price hike (although Hasbro will be the first to concede they don't set the prices....)
UPDATE: We have been asked to remove the content and images posted in our article.
Posted by Paul | July 15, 2015 at 12:13 AM EDT |
Read this article from our friends at Yakface.com! It's a must! I can't believe Jayson has become this vocal. I am impressed.
Posted by Paul | July 14, 2015 at 07:48 AM EDT |
Will this never end? The Black Series 6" Princess Leia (Slave Outfit) makes the evening news on Fox 29 Philadelphia for all the wrong reasons again. Not that she looks like Jon Favreau. Not that this figure has some of the worst paint operations ever encountered in the TBS6 line (dripping eyes anyone?). Not that her premium soft-goods have been cut from the same material as elementary school Field Day ribbons. Not that it was the absolute wrong first choice for Princess Leia in this scale. No. A figure that has been warming the pegs since Fall 2013 makes the news almost two years after its release because it's "inappropriate" for small children. An overprotective single father of two started up the drama this time. See the FULL REPORT here. It's time to remove her from the shelves altogether. We're all sick and tired of looking at her, Hasbro. Even Yarna moved out more quickly than this.
A few sites have begun posting their Q&As from San Diego Comic Con this year. Click through for a list of who has published their results. I don't know guys and gals. It seems the answer to the question "What can collectors expect for 3.75?" gets the following response: "Everything is perfectly alright now. We're fine. We're all fine here now. Thank you. How are you?" We're not kidding. Listen/look for yourselves. Sounds more like they're sweating bullets to avoid the question to me. The same applies to other questions for which we want answers. (Sigh....)
Posted by Paul | July 13, 2015 at 08:30 PM EDT |
Our friends at Yakface.com have put together a great little article suggesting collectors to consider what Hasbro says "no" to versus the 'HUGE" stuff they are making that we DIDN'T ask for. Weigh in your own two cents on the article.
Rebelscum also has close up pictures from the Hasbro booth. Check it out where you can see the 6" Jango Fett wiithout his helmet on his head.
Posted by Paul | July 10, 2015 at 03:14 PM EDT |
The Hasbro panel is happening right now, and you can follow LIVE over on StarWars.com. Make sure to come back and discuss everything right here in this thread! We'll update this post after with all of the new information.
You can also join us on our Facebook page for the latest updates.
UPDATE: The live blog has ended but the discussion continues right here!
UPDATE: Hasbro Presentation PRESS IMAGES uploaded to our Facebook page. A figure that wasn't mentioned during the presentation is revealed: Captain Rex (old) from Rebels!
Hurry! The Black Series 3.75" Jabba's Rancor Pit is now available in stock and ready to ship (FOR FREE!) at ToysRUs.com!
UPDATE: This item is toggling in an out of stock. As of this update it is still in stock. Don't wait if you "may" want this item.
Posted by Paul | July 09, 2015 at 07:55 AM EDT |
This is why I don't attend these insane conventions. Probably 70% of these purchasers aren't even fans/collectors. According to bleedingcool.com, Hasbro was ill-prepared for the First Order Stormtrooper madness. Like people getting knocked down and security unable to control the hoards madness. Be thankful most of us are keyboard jockeys for this event. By the way, I LOVE the reader who commented and coined the term "hygienically challenged". I couldn't have worded that better.
UPDATE: Our friends at Yakface.com have confirmed that this will go for sale at Hasbro Toy Shop on July 28. They advise to plan accordingly.
Posted by Paul | July 08, 2015 at 07:20 PM EDT |
UPDATE: We have learned that there will be NO NEW FIGURES REVEALED until FRIDAY, unless it just refers to a special figure reveal, at 1:30 PM convention time.
The Prototype Boba Fett has made its way to Mexico and can be found at a multitude of locations. JTA reader Mijail has the scoop by clicking through.
Posted by Paul | July 02, 2015 at 12:43 PM EDT |
The Black Series 6" Fans' Choice Poll is now live at StarWars.com and there are some great choices. Leave your thoughts in our comments! (Hey, just so you know, General Grievous is already coming, don't waste your votes on him!)
We should be hearing from Hasbro shortly about how to vote in the final stage of The Black Series 6" Fans' Choice Poll. If you're interested in seeing who the clear leader in this poll is (and how it will influence or not influence you to vote in the final round at StarWars.com), then click through to see who that candidate is at the moment. The only issue we see with it so far is that Rebelscum.com (and maybe one other site) has not reported their results yet. Data will certainly change a bit when that becomes public knowledge. JediDefender.com has put together their own little scientific results of the top ranking candidates.
Posted by Paul | July 01, 2015 at 04:43 PM EDT |
For those of you who missed our Facebook post on this, HasbroToyShop.com has The Black Series 6" wave 9 in stock and on sale for $71.99. Special thanks to JTA reader TheForceCollector and others for the alert!
Posted by Paul | June 30, 2015 at 11:50 PM EDT |
[sarcasm] For those of you who have been in denial since it was revealed, like my good friend Rum Sleg believed, that the Jabba's Rancor Pit Jabba The Hutt is NOT an all-new figure, well, we can direct you to unequivocal proof that this is true now. GalacticHunter.com has comparison shots of the 2010 Jabba versus the ALL-NEW 2015 Jabba The Hutt. You're welcome. [/sarcasm] (We say this all with a smile.)
UPDATE: This post is sarcasm and humorously in good fun directed to longtime JTA friend Rum Sleg with whom I had an entertaining back and forth with whether or not this Jabba was new. Some have taken offense to it, so apologies if that applies. I honestly don't jibe anyone that I don't genuinely like and respect. Please don't take our posts so seriously. Instead, rejoice that we have an all-new Jabba!
Posted by Paul | June 30, 2015 at 09:01 PM EDT |
Wow! Thank you for the huge response you gave us for Hasbro's very first The Black Series 6" Fans' Choice Poll. In the final round alone, we have over 4,000 votes choosing between the 50 Top Ranking finalists, but that doesn't include all of the participation in the first round as well as the nearly 800 comments we received picking characters and commenting about this poll in general terms. Check out the evidence to prove it yourself! You have made this a complete and total success for us. We are truly humbled by your participation. Thank you! Here are your Top 6 choices that we are forwarding on to Hasbro for you. We hope your favorites made the cut! (Click through for some quick stats about our poll as well as the official winner's list!)
Posted by Paul | June 30, 2015 at 09:13 AM EDT |
Amazon.com now has The Black Series Six Inch Wave 8 listed in stock. Click below for direct links!
Posted by Paul | June 29, 2015 at 06:09 PM EDT |
Hasbro and Hunter PR has asked us to remind all of our readers again to make your final selections for The Black Series 6" Fans' Choice Poll. We also need to clarify that we will be cutting off the voting tomorrow, June 30, 2015 at 9:00 PM (EDT) since Hunter PR will need our results by midnight that same day. Vote for your selection at JTA HERE and be sure to vote at the other Star Wars fan sites with a great resource page put together by StarWars.com by clicking HERE or the banner below.
Posted by Paul | June 29, 2015 at 09:17 AM EDT |
UPDATE 1: Use code CJE4MQV to get 15% off your order (one time per account) and if you add $50 worth of merchandise to your order it ships for FREE!
UPDATE 2: Mosep Binneed, Jawas, Han Carbonite and Leia Boushh are all available to order as well for a low $9.99 each! They ship approximately July 20th. Special thanks to friend Steve U. for this update.
UPDATE 3: C-3PO has been added!
Posted by Paul | June 28, 2015 at 12:08 PM EDT |
We told you the proof of our BREAKING NEWS report was forthcoming almost a week ago.... and here it is. We feel this newly confirmed information should definitely affect how you vote for The Black Series 6" Fans' Choice poll. Of course nothing is 100% until confirmed by Hasbro, but this is the next best thing. As you can see, "CW Captain" does NOT have the same product number as Clone Commander Cody and we can't imagine ANYTHING else being called "Episode III Gene" other than General Grievous. C-3PO and Jango Fett are obviously self-explanatory. Lastly, while we were hoping for a Clone Commander or Clone Lieutenant, the Episode II Clone Trooper in this list has the same product number as the Clone Trooper Captain. Click the image for all of the juicy tidbits. Out of respect to our source, we blacked out information that could possibly spill too much information. By the way, we have no idea what Black Series 6 Inch Figure with product code A4301 could be since A4301 is the assortment number for this entire line.
Posted by Paul | June 27, 2015 at 12:09 PM EDT |
We've been in overdrive organizing this poll that we haven't even opened up a discussion about your thoughts on it. While some of you have directly voted your disdain for this Fans' Choice Poll (midichlorians was a choice,so was "why isn't there a 3.75" poll?"), we thought we'd publish a second article for you to address, complain or just generally talk about this history changing Fan's Choice poll. On your mark, get set, GO!
Want an insider's look at exclusive content and the latest news on brands like Transformers, My Little Pony, G.I. Joe and Star Wars, straight from the heart of Hasbro? Then welcome to the Hasbro Pulse! (more....)
Posted by Paul | June 25, 2015 at 06:31 PM EDT |
THIS IS IT! We have received an overwhelming response with over 150 candidates for The Black Series 6" Fans' Choice Poll. We also had over 400 comments (some we had to delete). THANK YOU! The first part of the voting is now complete. But we're jumping right into the FINAL VOTING ROUND. This is the part that really counts! From a list of 50 TOP RANKING candidates, please now show your support by up-voting as many of the top contenders you'd like to see make it into The Black Series 6" line. IMPORTANT: If you don't like a candidate, ignore it. Down votes will be counted as up votes. Fair warning. At 11:59 PM on June 30th, this portion of the poll will conclude and we will send Hasbro the Top 6 candidates with the most up votes on July 1st. (For your information, the comment thread will be closed for this final round, but up votes still function.) To see the final listing and up vote your own choices, please click through to see the 50 TOP RANKING candidates.