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As if to taunt us with figures we can't find anywhere en masse, Hasbro has offered a downloadable two-sided Star Wars Rebels poster with their latest newsletter. Click here for the full download! Click through for smaller preview thumbnails...
Posted by Paul | January 28, 2015 at 11:25 AM EDT |
Posted by Paul | January 27, 2015 at 08:35 PM EDT |
We also received an image via Colin H. from Facebook user BillyB. showing a production Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise). While it's not the best photo (size wise) it does show pretty clearly that the helmet looks pretty remarkable (as in no skewed appearance). We aksed for more photos and will post them if they come to us.
Posted by Paul | January 27, 2015 at 05:39 PM EDT |
We feel that there is a still a big ball of confusion out there surrounding The Black Series 3.75" price hike. Weeks ago, Yakface.com broke the exclusive news (although it appears some people think this "old" news just broke a few days ago) that this was happening and then lengthy discussions with readers at both JTA and Yakface.com added their own opinions to the matter (300+ comments in our article alone). It seems however that there are things not being relayed by [important people] that you should know. Click through for an article sure to create controversy.
We have just received proof from JTA reader Josh M. that The Black Series 6" Bossk does come with an articulated jaw. JTA reader Colin H. via Facebook received a production sample (from eBay seller viperskingdom) and confirmed the articulation point is all intact. Pictures are attached. Click through for more images.
Posted by Paul | January 24, 2015 at 12:52 PM EDT |
We have some BREAKING NEWS to share! It looks like the Rebels: Saga Legends line, if it ever makes its way to retail fully, will be releasing some pretty cool Original Trilogy characters. And we have images of them to share with you! Han Solo (In Trench Coat)? Yes. Luke Skywalker (Combat Poncho)? Yes. Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho)? Yes. Commander Bly? Yes.Click through for more! These are Hasbro's exclusive images, so we aren't watermarking them. Please feel free to distribute as needed. We are glad we could share this breaking news with you first.
UPDATE: We just added high resolution images. Click on any of the smaller images in this article to see them in a bigger size!
We added this poster to our Facebook page. Many of our readers didn't know about it. They asked where they could get it, so we decided to post it here for you to download. (Simply click on the thumb below, expand the image and then right click to save it.) We didn't know this existed when we first saw it too and was a bit of a surprise for some. If you're interested, please feel free to check it out (and watermark free).
More Rebelsgate drama? Well, don't get your knickers in a twist just yet, but our friends at BanthaSkull.com have more ominous news to report. Keep in mind, this is one incident, but it's definitely noteworthy and will make you think twice before thinking that you have your "future" Rebels figures purchases "in the bag" already. With still next to ZERO online stores and brick and mortar having in stock Rebels Saga Legends figures, we wonder whow long it is going to be until they're everywhere.... if that even happens at this point.
We hate to say we told you so... Star Wars Mashers are officially announced via Forbes.com. Click through for the full article! Way back in October we first posted this rumor on our Facebook page, then Mashers showed up on a recent product list, and now Forbes has the offical reveal via an interview with Adam Biehl, Vice President of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing for Hasbro. What are your thoughts on this next venture into Star Wars kiddie toys?
Posted by Paul | January 18, 2015 at 09:03 AM EDT |
Our friends at Yakface.com confirm our case assortment news with a little bit of extra fine tuning. Based on their report, we now know for certain that C-3PO will be coming in a future assortment with Bossk and Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise). (C-3PO is 100% confirmed to ship with those figures.) But our second case assortment (which they have designated as 2015 wave 1) was right on the money. Click through for complete details.
Posted by Paul | January 17, 2015 at 03:52 PM EDT |
JTA reader Mike R. takes some time to compare the prototype Bossk to the production image that has recently surfaced on eBay. It goes without saying it is much too early to begin to worry about this figure. And it even looks like a few things has been bettered on him, but click through to read Mike's points.In fact, believe it or not, the eBay sample has better paint operations than the prototype. (For the record, the prototype never grabbed me. I think there are improvements to the figure in all honesty.) Click through for more.
Posted by Paul | January 16, 2015 at 06:19 PM EDT |
While we just provided you BREAKING NEWS about what is coming in The Black Series 3.75" line, we were nonetheless still unsure about a few details. We can NOW confirm with you we have the exact arrangement of the very next wave of figures you will see first in 2015 in stores and/or online. Those of you who were worried about Princess Leia (Ceremonial Gown) will be happy to know we just received additional clarification from our "source" that she is on tap for this very first wave assortment. We also have the breakdown of the figures in this case assortment as well. And let us tell you, it makes pretty good sense! You should be happy about this case! Are you interested? Of course you are! Then click through for more!
Posted by Paul | January 15, 2015 at 01:09 PM EDT |
Does this mean we're not getting any more? We suppose Hasbro got tired of waiting for themselves to ship Rebels figures to their online store. Figures that were once listed as "out of stock" at HasbroToyShop.com are now completely removed from the site. Special thanks to all who wrote in and to our friends at BanthaSkull.com for additional detailing.
Posted by Paul | January 15, 2015 at 09:19 AM EDT |
JTA reader Daniel D. alerts us to the new TARGET.com listed with AT-DP Driver action figure. Check it out! The DPCI is 087-06-1382 if you're trying to locate it in stores. The TARGET.com listing states it is out of stock.
Posted by Paul | January 14, 2015 at 09:21 PM EDT |
eBay seller viperskingdom has samples of The Black Series 6" Bossk and Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise) figures. Oh man, let the controversy begin! Han's helmet is laughable. Let's just hope this is a major factory reject. But check them out and let us know what you think. Thank you to our friends at Yakface.com and the Wolfpack Podcast for the heads up on this! I personally don't think that this means we will see them right away, but there are certainly varying opinions. We have just received proof that C-3PO has been added to these figures' case assortment, so we don't know what to make of this just yet. Anything is possible for certain!
Posted by Paul | January 14, 2015 at 08:25 PM EDT |
When we posted our latest The Black Series upcoming figure assortments, readers began immediately asking about the TBS Deluxe line. Well, JTA sponsor BBTS has just sent out an email which explains that Han Solo and Tauntaun will be packed with the Scout Trooper & Speeder Bike carry-forward set. It looks like Luke & Wampa may either (A) be relegated to a different assortment or (B) postponed. More to come as we follow this story.
Posted by Chuck | January 12, 2015 at 11:39 AM EDT |
With the price hike in many areas on The Black Series figures, keep an eye on Amazon.com where quite the opposite seems to be happening. Many of The Black Series figures are dropping so low in price they are marked as add on items! Most figures are less than the original retail price of $9.99, and many much lower including Yoda ($4.44), Toryn Farr ($2.54), and Biggs Darklighter ($2.56) to name a few. So, if you don't mind waiting and are budget conscious this may be your only hope!
We recently reported last month that Mission Series wave 2 has shown up in the Philippines. Now our friends at Yakface.com have confirmation that wave 2 of Rebels Saga Legends has hit Singapore. We guess this means the USA will see them in September. (We only kid. Relax.) But seriously, we have no idea what this means for the USA. All of these figures should have been out months ago in the USA.
Posted by Paul | January 10, 2015 at 12:56 PM EDT |
I was very surprised when I turned the corner to the Star Wars aisle at my local TRU. Don't worry, not a drop of Rebels basic figures (Lord knows when we will see them again....), but what I found was more interesting anyway. I thought these were long gone. They seemingly arrived, warmed the shelves and then instantly disappeared with very little fanfare. I thought for sure I would never see them again, let alone at almost half their normal retail price. Click the thumbnail below for a larger image of what was found. If your store still has these, please know they rang up for $23.98 at my local store.
Posted by Paul | January 10, 2015 at 12:48 PM EDT |
This may not be news for most of you, but JTA readers are just seeing the Prototype Boba Fett at their locsl Walgreens for the first time this week. I have said it once, I have said it many times. These 40K units are making their way finally to be complete peg-warmers. Special thanks to Jub Goobles for the report.
Posted by Paul | January 09, 2015 at 07:47 AM EDT |
Within moments of posting the Price Hike article, readers at both JTA and Yakface.com began providing confirmations (as well as photos) that the price hike of The Black Series is indeed true and already in progress. Hasbro will tell you that retail sets the prices, but let's be honest. It is THEIR wholesale price that dictates the suggested retail price that gets passed down to us. Anyway, this topic has brewed debate in both camps. Some have posted they're willing to pay up to $15 for a well-painted and well-accessorized action figure (that is an all-new sculpt). Others say they have already been priced out of the market and can only get figures when they become cheap on Amazon.com (and other sites). I have to concede to one thing. Right now, the paint operations on 99% of the TBS and TBS6 figures released to date are NOT worth $12.99/19.99 respectively. Hopefully paint operations will completely turn around by the time Spring 2015 rolls around when these figures get released. But that remains to be seen. What we want to ask you is would the price hike be "less" of a big deal if all of these figure were released in The Vintage Collection packaging? As a loose collector, it's about the only thing that would make me swallow $12.99 for a 3.75" basic figure more easily. How about you?
To top off The Black Series news of the day, our friends at Yakface.com are reporting a rumor that all of these wonderful TBS figures we confirmed for you today will be $2.00 more than you're used to paying for them! Check out their report!
Posted by Paul | January 08, 2015 at 11:48 AM EDT |
And it appears how they're coming to us is changing too. All we know is Spring 2015 for EVERYTHING. We have NEW confirmed information on the next couple waves of The Black Series 3.75" and 6" lines including MORE wave announcements! C-3PO 6" slotted in the mix now? Yup! The return of Imperial Navy Commander? Yup! Anakin in space suit? Yup! Another Stormtrooper? Yup! Sadly, this is all we will be able to provide to you until Toy Fair in February and this list will undoubtedly raise a few new questions. (Hopefully not too many.) Please enjoy what we have procured for you. This is not speculation, it is 100% confirmed information. We are just a little unsure of EXACT release dates and wave orders. So click through to see the latest news.
Posted by Paul | January 07, 2015 at 05:44 PM EDT |
We have confirmed information on the next couple waves of The Black Series 3.75" and 6" lines. Based on this information, we have a series of questions for follow-up, so more information should be forthcoming shortly. We'll explain, just click through to see what is coming and when.
UPDATE: We were correct in our assessment. Bossk and Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise) are considered the final wave of 2014. So Bossk and Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise) will be released before the 2015 wave assortments we listed in this article. This means that Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise) is actually a "carry-forward" figure. We have updated the list. We still would feel better if we had confirmation from Hasbro on this, but all the signs point to this quite clearly.
Posted by Paul | January 07, 2015 at 05:08 PM EDT |
Our friends at JediNews.co.uk break awesome additional news about what's coming from Hasbro for The Force Awakens, including revealing a September 4th release date! Click through for more!
Holy cow. Back on October 8th during the NYCC Preview Party, we bumped into a "source", a fan of JTA from a HUGE company, who dropped us a hint that "Star Wars Mashups" would be announced during the event. We posted the news right away on our Facebook page. The announcement didn't transpire and since Hasbro didn't talk about that at all, we let the rumor go. But now Star Wars Mashers appear on Rebelscum.com's list. Perhaps we should seek out that source once again for more information....
Posted by Paul | January 05, 2015 at 09:04 AM EDT |
Our friends at Rebelscum have posted a list of what Episode 7 products will be coming our way. So far, it looks like we're safe from 2.5" figures.... so far that is.
Posted by Paul | January 05, 2015 at 08:31 AM EDT |
We just received word from Hasbro via Hunter PR that Hasbro WILL NOT be presenting any new toys based on The Force Awakens at Toy Fair this year. Click through to see what they had to say about it.
Posted by Paul | December 30, 2014 at 09:28 AM EDT |
Before any forum trolls misquote me again, the word 'summer' in the title is SARCASM. JTA Facebook friend Jaeger Trooper Eityeiteity posts on our wall that the Sabine Mission Series pack has hit the Philippines. We don't know what that means for the USA right now, but keep in mind that this was was due for early December in the USA. It may be February before we see anything because the rest of the first wave hasn't even gotten out yet (Mission Series and Saga Legends). Click the thumbnail below for a full view of this eagerly anticipated set.
Our good friends at Yakface.com have posted what I like to call a "reality check" article. It's a simple idea, but it speaks volumes. They've posted an image of what store shelves look like just five (5) years ago almost to the day. Keep in mind, this is pre-The Vintage Collection, when the collector body was what Hasbro referred to as their smallest. I don't know went wrong at this point (wise scribes say it was the dreadful packaging – others say it was pricing), but this golden era gave us some of the GREATEST Star Wars toys of all time (during 2008-2010). Sad to believe that we will NEVER see anything remotely close to this ever again. Be sure to check out their article and feel feel to leave comments wherever about your memories of this VERY fun time of collecting.
As someone who possesses not a single strand of interest in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I have to tell you that I have been severely tempted to buy a few of this line's products just for the sheer awesomeness of them. As if the TMNT playset wasn't enough with its multiple levels and oh-so-cool dumpster, I can't deny how unbelievably well-made the figures are too. Then I came to THIS ITEM. I held it in my hands for about 3 minutes until my Star Wars focus took control and said "Paul, put it back." Who is this toy being made for? Kids or adults? Do you think any kid even CARES about the years 1984 or 1988? So I dare anyone to say kids. Of course kids WILL WANT it, but this has been designed with the collector in mind first. The makers of TMNT (Playmates) did this so they can continue to HOLD ONTO the collecting audience they already have. Sure, it's great if the TMNT line picks up new collectors (which it is at a feverish pace), but at least this line knows who has the money and interest first and foremost. And what quality figures these are. Hasbro needs to take note.
Posted by Paul | December 26, 2014 at 06:45 PM EDT |
For those of you that may have some remaining Imperial Shadow Squadron TBS6 exclusives at your local TARGET stores, we are getting reports that they have been marked down to $35. Special thanks to studlydudly and others for their reports.
JTA Mexican reader _mosh writes in to let us know about how a pretty cool exclusive is getting abused. Check out his report by clicking through.
Posted by Paul | December 23, 2014 at 07:41 PM EDT |
JTA reader and friend Jamie D. writes in to let Canadian readers know that a retail chain Winners may be a good bet for your Star Wars needs. Click through for his report. (Click image for a larger view.)
Our friends at SWActionNews have posted a story on their blog called the Venganza Media Gazette that Hasbro is producing a 2.5" scaled line for the Avengers film. Also, when Marvelicious Toys, their sister site, pressed Hasbro for any new details on 3.75" line, they essentially got "no comment". With this newly leaked information that shows that this new smaller scale is what this line will be and with no signs (YET) that 3.75" will be produced for the Avengers film (at this moment), how does this make you feel about how the Star Wars line may be approached with The Force Awakens? While we're all eager to jump the gun and panic, let us know in the comments how you feel about this. It is interesting that NO 3.75" TFA leaks showed up. You have to feel for Avengers collectors. We think simple 5POA is bad. Imagine getting 2.5" next. Yikes! Please don't cross-pollinate that scale to Star Wars, Hasbro! Please!
Site chinese-starwars.com has posted an image in their forums which looks to reveal new The Force Awakens 6" figures. DO NOT click through if you do not want to see these figures. Special thanks to JTA reader Jesse C. for the alert.
Our friend flyguy from flyguy.net has posted information which looks like to wave 7 of The Black Series 3.75" line. It looks like once again case assortments have been reshuffled. This stuff changes on a dime doesn't it? Click through for more information.
Posted by Paul | December 21, 2014 at 06:00 PM EDT |
Out of the 250+ eBay auctions for the "Walgreens exclusive" TBS6 Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) figure, I couldn't find this sticker once on any of the listings. Have any of you out there seen this? Interesting. It seems like you could have some real fun with that phone number....
Posted by Paul | December 21, 2014 at 04:54 PM EDT |
We are pretty sure that the Battle Of Endor Toys R us exclusive multipack has been permanently price-changed to $79.99 (which is still way too much money to plop down on this thing if you already have all of the contents inside of it already). But if you have been eyeing this thing, then this may be more palatable for you. On a side note, as you can see from the image, not much has changed on this shelf since the summer time!