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Rebels Figures Arrive At Hasbro Toy Shop!

Posted by Paul | November 24, 2014 at 05:47 PM EDT |

HasbroToyShop.com has finally received Star Wars: Rebels figures! Use code FREESHIP25 to get FREE SHIPPING on orders $25 or more! Special thanks to JTA reader JediRebel71 for the alert!

UPDATE: Toys R Us Running 20% Off Star Wars Toys Through This Wed

Posted by Paul | November 24, 2014 at 12:09 PM EDT |

With special thanks to JTA reader Hunk of Junk for the alert, Toys R Us is running a 20% off sale through this Wednesday on all Star Wars toys. Toys are also on sale online, but all are not necessarily 20% off.

A Response To The Delayed Rebels Rumor Report....

Posted by Paul | November 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM EDT |

Back on November 3rd, we published a RUMOR report that Rebels figures could/might be delayed until the end of January. We received this info from reliable sources, including a major distributor. However, the feedback we got from those that (1) didn't read the word "rumor" as well as see the question mark in our post and (2) misrepresented what our report ACTUALLY said, was filled with vitriole. (more....)

42161 Is Not Your Guaranteed Salvation For TBS Darth Vader

Posted by Paul | November 22, 2014 at 08:30 PM EDT |

We know controversy exists with The Black Series , but we're not going to go into that again here. We have posted this article however to report a "buyer beware" warning to you. You know the recent developments of this figure. A new ball-socket head joint has been tooled to remedy the issue that some/many of these figures where the head just won't stay on the body. But we picked up TWO (2) the so-called confirmed 42161 date-stamped Darth Vader figure and they did not have the upgraded joint. The good news? The head (on this sample too) stays on fine with the shorter geodesic shape allowing for a wide-range of motion. Maybe it doesn't stay on as well as the larger ball-socket joint, but it STAYS on, save for any violent flicking of a finger. We shook it, we turned it and we posed the figure and the head stays on just fine. Our original (orange-carded) sample didn't have the falling-off-if-you-look at it wrong issue either. We have never discounted reports of this issue ever, but at this point it may be a crap-shoot whether or not you'll experience this issue for never or forever. Hopefully new date-stamped figures beyond 42161 will be more consistent with the fix. Click the image below for a larger view.

More New OT Mission Series And Rebels Images!

Posted by Paul | November 22, 2014 at 08:42 AM EDT |

Our friends at StarWarsFiguren also have awesome new images of the eagerly anticipated OT Mission Series sets! Check them out!

New Rebels And OT Saga Legends And Mission Series Carded Images!

Posted by Paul | November 21, 2014 at 07:34 PM EDT |

Our friends at StarWarsFiguren.com have posted NEW carded images of the newly announced OT focused Saga Legends figures (as well as some of the long-awaited Rebels Mission Series packs). I have to admit, the OT stuff looks pretty fantastic. Check them out!

Sometimes They Come Back....

Posted by Paul | November 21, 2014 at 04:17 PM EDT |

Wait, were we the only ones who missed this memo? JTA reader Aarren A. sends us horrifying images of stuff that we thought were no longer going to grace store shelves, especially since ALL of last years products are cluttering the clearance aisles as we speak. Click through to see the monstrosity. As Aarren writes, make it go away! The show hasn't even barely started yet, and Hasbro is already expecting these characters to be hits?... in another medium no less? Can someone explain this to us please?

Star Wars: Rebels Imperial Troop Transport Boxed Image!

Posted by Paul | November 21, 2014 at 11:37 AM EDT |

With thanks to our friends at BanthaSkull.com for tipping us off, our other friends at StarWarsFiguren.com have posted boxed images of the upcoming Imperial Trooper Transport vehicle.

Most The Black Series Figures In Stock at HasbroToyShop.com!

Posted by Paul | November 20, 2014 at 01:35 PM EDT |

Hasbro Toy Shop has the latest The Black Series figures in stock. Thanks to all of the JTA viewers for alerting us!

Hasbro Tapes Them, Hasbro Tapes Them Not....

Posted by Paul | November 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM EDT |

The reports of "taped" and "not taped' The Black Series [Phase II] store reports are all over the map. We received some of the earliest production figures out of China and none of ours had tape attached. Then I found some at TARGET that had tape. Now JTA reader Hunk of Junk found "without tape" figures at TRU. So it looks like this is hit or miss and who knows why we're even still having these troubles after Bubblegate.

FlashBack Review: AT-AT Driver - TSC - SAGA 009

Posted by Paul | November 17, 2014 at 10:03 PM EDT |

AT-AT Driver

  • Collectible: AT-AT Driver (SAGA 009)
  • Collection: The Saga Collection
  • Category: Basic Figures
  • Review Sequence: #653
  • Original Publication Date: March 7, 2011
  • Current Ranking: 596th most visited review
  • Score: 4 holocrons
  • Released: 2006

Hasbro Releases New Press Images Of Deluxe And Basic TBS6

Posted by Paul | November 14, 2014 at 02:50 PM EDT |

Hasbro has released press images of upcoming The Black Series 6" Deluxe and basic figures. Check them out on our Facebook page. Images for the Wampa/Luke, Tauntaun/Han Solo, Bossk, and Han Stormtrooper are shown.

   

Breaking News: Dreamworks-Hasbro Merger A Strong Possibility?

Posted by Paul | November 13, 2014 at 08:15 AM EDT |

Site deadline.com is reporting discussion of a possible merger with Hasbro and Dreamworks to form a powerhouse company called Dreamworks-Hasbro. The deal is about two months away and early talks cite that Jeffrey Katzenberg would chair the combined operation. How do you think this may or may not affect the Hasbro Star Wars line? Click through for more.

Darth Vader (#26) Receives Tooling Update Under New TBS Line Look

Posted by Paul | November 11, 2014 at 02:02 PM EDT |

Our friends at Yakface.com are reporting that a neck peg sculpt running change for Darth Vader (#26) has been found under the new The Black Series line look change with the Darth Vader (#03) figure. If your #26 figure had head/neck issues, you're in luck because the peg has been made larger to keep the head on better. It's good to know that there is finally complete resolution for all with the greatest Darth Vader figure Hasbro has ever produced.

Hasbro Toy Shop Has The Latest The Black Series In Stock

Posted by Chuck | November 09, 2014 at 11:12 AM EDT |

Hasbro Toy Shop has the latest The Black Series figures in stock. Thanks to all of the JTA viewers for alerting us! And don't forget to use the discount code 10HTSDISC for a 10% savings!

Amazon Lightning Deal: TVC Mail-away Prototype Boba Fett

Posted by Chuck | November 06, 2014 at 02:15 PM EDT |

Let the Lightning Deals begin! Frank C sends in an update on a TVC Lightning Deal!

Amazon has the Boba Fett Mail-Away Prototype TVC Figure up for a Pre-Black Friday Lightning Deal.  It is available to Prime Members exclusively for the next 20 mins.  It will then open up to the general public.  It is 20% claimed at $19.99 each.  Usually I wouldn’t pay that much for a figure, but considering he was a mail-away, I will make an exception today.

Hasbro Releases New Press Images Of Upcoming Figures

Posted by Paul | November 04, 2014 at 09:47 PM EDT |

Hasbro has just released new press images of upcoming Saga Legends and Mission Series figures. We have posted them on our Facebook page.

MOC Collectors Have New Worries: Scotch Tape

Posted by Paul | November 04, 2014 at 06:07 PM EDT |

JTA Facebook fan Stephane D. submitted an image to us which shows (right out of the factory case) a piece of Scotch tape running across EACH SIDE the bubble. I guess Hasbro gave up on heat sealing. Click the thumbnail below for a larger image.

New Figures Coming Soon To HasbroToyShop.com!

Posted by Paul | November 04, 2014 at 06:00 PM EDT |

HasbroToyShop.com is prepping their site for the arrival of new Star Wars figures including wave 6 of the 3.75" TBS line and wave 5 of the TBS6 line. Check it out! Special thanks to Commander Joe276 for the alert!

But they're for the children, right? Guess what isn't selling in my area at all, despite a $47 promotional price and plenty of shelf space being taken up? If you think exclusives like these are good for the hobby at that their eventual sell through can only mean greater exclusives in the future, well, you're wrong. These won't sell at this price and we're not sure how they will sell at 75% off quite honestly. When we never get a collector-focused exclusive again, be sure to track back exclusive history to this piece. It may be the end all reason TARGET just hangs up their Star Wars exclusive program. They have single=packed shampoo bottles that they can't give away for $4.99. Why in the world would the buyer of TARGET take on a five pack of them? Good luck TARGET!

Brock Starsher Solid Case Pack Cancelled, Figure Remains 1 Per Case

Posted by Paul | November 04, 2014 at 01:01 PM EDT |

With special thanks to our friends at BanthaSkull.com and JTA reader viceroygunray for the alerts, it looks like the Brock Starsher solid case pack has been cancelled. I really don't think this is that bad of an idea in all honesty.

Amazon Has The Black Series Six Inch Sandtrooper Corporal In Stock

Posted by Chuck | November 03, 2014 at 05:04 PM EDT |

The Black Series six inch Sandtrooper corporal is the latest figure from this wave to drop to normal, non-third party pricing on Amazon ($22.99). Darth Vader was also there earlier today, but quickly sold out and went back to higher priced third party sellers. Keep checking as these continue to fluctuate in price. And, these are showing up with more and more frequency at local brick-and-mortar stores, so if you are searching on foot then keep looking!

BREAKING NEWS: Hasbro Postpones Rebels Figures Until 01/30/15?

Posted by Paul | November 03, 2014 at 02:40 PM EDT |

We have just learned from JTA sponsor Big Bad Toy Store (indirectly) that Hasbro has delayed Star Wars: Rebels figures to them until first quarter 2015. Click through to see what we know. Keep this rumor in check as we don't know who this affects exactly (whether just online shops or brick and mortar) and as with any news like this, it can change on a dime (it likely will....) Also, keep in mind this rumor applies to USA markets as these figures have gotten out almost everywhere else to date.

Obi-Wan: Use The Paint On Your Nose To Replace Your Eyebrows....

Posted by Paul | November 01, 2014 at 06:44 PM EDT |

Obi-Wan Kenobi really needs to stop brown-nosing, or Hasbro needs to still find more ways to tighten up paint operations. I mean, look at what happened here. Did Obi-Wan use his nose to scrape off his eyebrows or should he use that paint to replace them? Click the thumbnail below for a larger image.

Star Wars Rebels Mission Series Available and Shipping On Amazon

Posted by Chuck | October 31, 2014 at 11:34 AM EDT |

Two of the Star Wars Rebels Mission Series sets that were previously listed as not shipping until late November are now listed as IN STOCK on Amazon. This moves up their ship-date by 3 weeks. Hopefully this means we will see the basic figures landing soon too! Both the R2-D2/C-3PO and Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios/Stormtrooper are now available for $10.99 each (and qualify for free shipping). Many of the basic figures are finally showing up in searches too, but from 3rd party vendors at inflated prices.

  

The Black Series 6 Inch Luke Skywalker Price Drop on Amazon

Posted by Chuck | October 31, 2014 at 11:22 AM EDT |

The Black Series six inch Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) is now down to $22.99 on Amazon.com to go along with the six inch Chewbacca. Both are listed in-stock and free (eligible) shipping. Also, the Stormtrooper has become a regular at $17.99 if you are looking for this one at a below-retail price!

  

It Was The Best Of Times, Is It Now The Worst Of Times?

Posted by Paul | October 29, 2014 at 07:23 PM EDT |

I received my Toys R Us The Great Big Christmas Book in the mail yesterday. As I thumbed through it, I couldn't help but notice that Star Wars was represented by one piddly page that showcases nothing but Star Wars Command and some role play items. Not even their exclusives are represented. Sad, sad, sad.....

The Black Series 6 Inch Chewbacca On Amazon

Posted by Chuck | October 23, 2014 at 09:22 AM EDT |

The Black Series Chewbacca is currently available on Amazon.com for $22.99 with Amazon Prime free shipping. The Sandtrooper from that wave is also available for $20.99, with $3.99 shipping through a 3rd party seller. The rest from that wave have not reached retail prices yet. Keep checking though! Click the images below to go directly to the product pages. Happy hunting! You can check out both of these figures in our Research Droids Reviews this week!

  

Update: Both of these have sold out of stock at those prices, and the prices have gone up. Keep checking back as the prices continue to fluctuate.

The Black Series 6 Inch Wave 6 Pre-order At Entertainment Earth

Posted by Chuck | October 22, 2014 at 02:39 PM EDT |

Entertainment Earth has The Black Series wave 6 Six Inch figures up for pre-order for $79.99 for the set of 4. Click here to check them out! Also, if you weren't lucky enough to find these last month at Walgreens, you can pre-order wave 5, also for $79.99.

Our friends ar Yakface.com have alerted us to a few of new and "officially unannounced" TARGET Star Wars exclusives focusing around the Star Wars: Rebels line. Check them out! (There are a couple of articles to check out.)

Conspiracy? Freaky Coincidence? Or Just Bad Luck?

Posted by Paul | October 17, 2014 at 08:01 PM EDT |

You know what Obi-Wan says about "luck" so it can't be that. It's often said that truth is stranger than fiction. And we believe this definitely applies to the recent Star Wars "Shadow Of The Dark Side" vehicle two-packs showing up at both Kmart and Ollie's, especially when it comes to faithful JTA reader Mike R.'s own purchases. He sends us a nearly unbelievable tale of what was "wrong" with almost every single vehicle he bought in these Special Value multipacks. Were they all (in one form or another) reject vehicles? Or did they just coincidentally have one problem or another? You better check out the contents of your boxes, because you probably won't believe what Mike has discovered with his own. You know that we are generally conspiracy theorists, but will this tale also bring you to the dark side of faith as well? Click through for more....

More Information On Missing Star Wars Rebels Figures

Posted by Chuck | October 16, 2014 at 10:16 AM EDT |

Star Wars Rebels is now past its second aired episode, but still no basic figures or mission series sets to be found! Well, according to Amazon.com they are officially delayed. JTA reader Mike R. has information directly from Amazon, so click through for his full report!

Darth Vader (#03) - The Black Series [Phase II]

I found one question and answer that didn't make it to our NYCC Hasbro Q&A. Click through if you're interested in one last tidbit of information from Hasbro....

Oh Where Oh Where Could The Rebels Figures Be?

Posted by Paul | October 13, 2014 at 01:41 PM EDT |

With our NYCC Hasbro Q&A, we asked Hasbro where in the world the Star Wars: Rebels figures are. They confirmed that they had been shipped to retail. Yet, they're nowhere to be found. We brought up the possibility that what if Star Wars: Rebels figures shared the same assortment number as current Saga Legends and Mission Series figures and our friends at Yakface.com helped us discover that this is indeed the case. (What is it that they say about history again?) Our friends at Yakface have also confirmed visually that some stores (other than TRU and like Walmart in the thumb below) have also begun setting up shop for the line. Hopefully some new figures are impending, but how do you feel that the show has been reviewed, teased and officially shown, yet now product has made its any anywhere yet? Your comments requested, please. It it more than just instant bottle-necking, or did something else happen here? Hopefully product will arrive by the time this gets posted, but if it doesn't, let us know your thoughts!

Sweet irony. The perfectly beautiful long-awaited Bastila Shan figure JTA reader Bombadgungan has wanted for "years" couldn't have arrived in better condition except for one major issue. Or maybe two major issues. Or maybe this beautiful mess is more disastrous than first believed. We forget. This seemingly perfect story crashes and burns rather quickly. Just click through and read his experience!

A Great Story Involving Hasbro Toy Shop

Posted by Paul | October 10, 2014 at 07:57 PM EDT |

JTA reader Austin was shipped the wrong items from HTS.com. But look at how Customer Service resolved his issue. This is a positive story! Click through for more!!

NYCC Hasbro Preview Party: JTA's Q and A With Hasbro

Posted by Paul | October 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM EDT |

Our Q&A session was with Hasbro rep, Joe Ninivaggi, Senior Brand Manager, Star Wars. He was a complete pleasure to interview and I hope he knows he is my new best friend. The banter back and forth was enjoyable, humorous and poignant. And he was completely upfront about where Hasbro stands with collectors and the Star Wars brand itself. You shouldn't expect to hear your first desired answers to these questions, but we think you'll like to hear what he had to say. So, without further adieu….

The Fabled AT-RT Driver And Republic Trooper Finally Revealed!

Posted by Paul | October 10, 2014 at 08:01 AM EDT |

But sadly they're still not coming (as as right now at least). Just so we can gloat a little bit (we're kidding, honestly), to date, no images of the fabled AT-RT Driver and Republic Trooper TVC repacks (for The Black Series line) from JTA's exclusive rumor report have surfaced to date, but flyguy.net has them. Check them out.... before Hasbro does something about it. (Just kidding again!) It's cool to see that these were definitely coming! How do we know these aren't TVC images? Because the Republic Trooper was on a colored background in a different pose.

    

The Black Series TIE FIghter Pilot and repacked Obi-Wan Kenobi (Episode III) boxed images have surfaced courtesy of flyguy.net. Check them out!

NYCC Hasbro Preview Party: Hot Key Points And New Info Revealed

Posted by Paul | October 09, 2014 at 09:38 AM EDT |

Our Q&A will be coming to you as soon as humanly possible. We have over 25 questions answered and we have to say that for the first time in a long while we were pleased with the answers, even if they weren't answers we wanted to hear. Straightforward, upfront and humorous at times all describe our interaction with my new best friend and Hasbro rep Joe N. Until we get that Q&A posted, I wanted to share some important details about what was revealed with some details that you likely won't read anywhere else (or at least we hope this is true). The Hasbro Preview Party was honestly a breath of fresh air. Even I went in hanging my head that it would just be a refresh of SDCC reveals. To my unexpected surprise they were all-new reveals (save for a key bunch of main characters. Some of these points will be regurgitated in our Q&A, but time is of the essence and we want you to see it here. (more….)


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