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Why The Vintage Collection Needs To Return Stat....

Posted by Paul | May 25, 2015 at 08:04 AM EDT |

Our friends at BanthaSkull.com have posted a very well put together article showing the undeniable passion Star Wars collectors have for The Vintage Collection. The points to take away from this article are numerous, but you should definitely not assume that any of us think e-scalping is OK. This is what WE are paying for these neo classic action figures because we want them, not because we want to pay these prices. It's time to be done with The Black Series 3.75" nonsense and get back to what all of us love the most. Hasbro has confirmed that the 6" line is doing well (and that may be true from a certain point of view), but you can find 95% of them online somewhere for less than their normal MSRP. Yet, some of The Vintage Collection'c biggest peg-warmers (TIE Fighter Pilot repack anyone?) are commanding high values today on eBay. Check out their article.

Hasbro Toy Shop has a few new figures from wave 7 of The Black Series line. Not all are in stock. Use code MEMORIAL15 to get 15% off your order over $50. Special thanks to JTA reader Mike F. for the alert!

Hot Collectibles In Stock At Robotkingdom.com!

Posted by Paul | May 22, 2015 at 11:34 AM EDT |

JTA reader Jean C. alerts us to some cool finds on retailer Robotkingdom.com. They have the TVC Landspeeder in stock for $24.99 and also have the SDCC exclusive TBS6 Boba Fett (and Han Solo in Carbonite) as well. Click through for more. Note: This is a foreign retailer so shipping rates will vary greatly depending upon where you live.

While we continue to look at the Legacy Collection [2] figure by figure, our friends at Yakface.com have added a complete look of this ultra cool set of figures including comparison shots to the Amazon.com exclusive Droid Factory figures. See more by clicking through!

UPDATE: Legacy Collection [2] Set Is Back In Stock!

Posted by Paul | May 19, 2015 at 06:05 PM EDT |

Wow! Calendar Holdings has put up the ENTIRE wave of Legacy Collection [2] on their website. Use shopping code FREE15 OFFERS30 for free shipping (and 20% off) too! Special thanks to JTA reader Dan D. for the heads up! We have NO IDEA how long these will last!

UPDATE 1: This set is going in and out of stock. Use OFFERS30 to get 20% off and FREE shipping too. Special thanks to all of our readers who let us know this awesome tidbit!

UPDATE 2: Our friends at Yakface.com have new details surrounding the cases of Legacy Collection [2].

UPDATE 3: It's back IN STOCK! Hurry!

UPDATE 4: These are now gone. Bookmark this link. We don't have plans to post this anymore.

Legacy Collection [2] COMPLETE WAVE Available Online!

Posted by Paul | May 19, 2015 at 09:35 AM EDT |

Wow! Calendar Holdings has put up the ENTIRE wave of Legacy Collection [2] on their website. Use shopping code FREE15 for free shipping too! Special thanks to JTA reader Dan D. for the heads up! We have NO IDEA how long these will last!

UPDATE 1: This set is going in and out of stock. Use OFFERS30 to get 20% off and FREE shipping too. Special thanks to all of our readers who let us know this awesome tidbit!

UPDATE 2: Our friends at Yakface.com have new details surrounding the cases of Legacy Collection [2].

Legacy Collection [2] Crash Course: What You Need To Know

Posted by Paul | May 19, 2015 at 08:17 AM EDT |

Apparently there are questions with some collectors not in the “know” about what differences exist between the Amazon.com Droid Factory exclusive and the Legacy Collection [2] basic figures being found currently at Go! Games & Toys. We have outlined what you should know in an easy and quick article. Click through for more information and comparison pictures..

Legacy Collection [2]

Well. Perhaps the strangest Star Wars collecting anomaly has come to the surface. Our friends at Rebelscum.com have broken what we may consider the biggest collecting news of the year (well, maybe until The Force Awakens comes out). It took us a few days to digest it as well, but Legacy Collection [2] Droid Factory production figures have been found at retail in the USA. There is a corporation called Calendar Holdings which possess mall stores entitled Go! Games & Toys. They're quite rare across the country, but if you utilize their Store Locator, you might find one near you. Aside from a few rare sets of production samples, it was believed up to this point that none of these card backs and figures went into production. Keep in mind that these are NOT the Amazon.com exclusive figures. These are the real deal that were meant to be the basic figure line of 2013 before it was cancelled. (Click through for more details and images....)

Hasbro has been sending out a slick little desktop calendar to their PR contacts this week that counts down to the big September 4th The Force Awakens toy release (although the calendar actually started on May 4th). JTA received ours today. Check out the cover image below and stick to our social media outlets and we'll bring you daily updates as the countdown progresses!

After we broke news that Princess Leia (Ceremonial) would be removed from The Black Series wave 7 and wave 8 assortments and alluded to her POSSIBLE cancellation (and then everyone else ran to Hunter PR to confirm or deny it), Hasbro indeed confirmed that Princess Leia (Ceremonial), while not cancelled, would be coming in a future assortment in the fall during The Force Awakens launch (not in waves 7 or 8). But now there is a new development which changes this a bit more. Perhaps Entertainment Earth didn't get the memo, but they just put up wave 8 and the case assortment once again shows Princess Leia (Ceremonial). Did Hasbro get those soft-goods in order in time for this transitional case assortment? Is it a mistake? Only time will tell. We have our spies hot on the tails of this potentially good news. Stay tuned!

UPDATE: It looks like this is meant to be Leia Boushh.

We suppose only Hollywood has the right to complain about what Star Wars products you can find on the shelves. Check out what Colin Hanks, son of Tom Hanks, tweeted over the frustration of not finding any viable Star Wars female action figures on the shelves for his daughter who just became a new Star Wars fan. Huffington Post has the full story. Special thanks to JTA reader Jub Goobles for bringing our attention to this article.

Our friends at Rebelscum have received another leaked The Force Awakens product list, although many of the list's details create more questions than answers. Of particulare note, there is a listing for an Episode VII Millennium Falcon for 119.99 (English pounds) which isn't a good thing at all. There are also three vehicle class sizes returning and they all look expensive. But the biggest surprise is an Episode IV four-pack for 99.99 (English pounds). Check it out.

The Black Series 3.75" Line May Hang On A Little Longer?

Posted by Paul | May 11, 2015 at 12:56 PM EDT |

So we have heard another rumor. In fact every new rumor seems to equally support as well as contradict previously leaked rumors. How is that for a paradox? The most recent rumor is something like this. Wave 8 of The Black Series 3.75" line may not be the last. We have heard this from three independent sources now. If you recall, Hasbro clearly stated that Princess Leia (Ceremonial) would eventually be coming out even though she had been cancelled from wave 7 and then carried forward into wave 8 (also cancelled from that assortment). But now a possibility exists that we may indeed see more TBS 3.75" before the line is terminated (or transitioned rather) into the new line look. Also, remember the last Walmart plan-o-gram we posted that removed TBS 3.75" from the aisle? Well, JTA moderator Sjefke sends us an image of a new mod (effective 05/11/15) that has just been added to his local store. It shows four spots for 3.75" The Black Series figures. This may give that rumor some clout, that there may be enough figures on shelves to warrant this space. (It is strange however that there are spaces for Command and Saga Legends though. This rumor report really stands on its own without any visual proof however. But as with any rumor, keep it in check until Hasbro says so. But I bet we hear a lot more about this at SDCC this year.

       

Rebels Saga Legends Han Solo [Bespin] Error

Posted by Paul | May 09, 2015 at 07:33 AM EDT |

JTA Facebook reader Sargento P. sends us a pretty (likely one-off) funny error of the Han Solo [Bespin] figure with an unpainted shirt. Check it out!

Found! The Black Series 3.75" wave 7 has been found in the Philippines! This means that they are only around the corner from the USA! Special thanks to Facebook reader Jaeger Trooper for the image!

StarWars.com Interviews Hasbro

Posted by Paul | May 06, 2015 at 02:44 PM EDT |

Watch StarWars.com interview Hasbro where you can hear Hasbro say things like "The Black Series line is performing extremely well" and then show unmitigated praise for the upcoming Furbacca on You Tube!

What May the 4th holiday would be complete without a Hasbro rumor report? We have consulted the crystal ball once again and have learned some juicy tidbits for the future. The crystal ball has advised that not all that has been revealed here means that you will see it on September 4, 2015. To further confuse things, not all of this prognostication applies to The Force Awakens product either. The crystal warns that you will need to digest each bit of information individually and be careful not to lump it together with another thought or reveal. The crystal ball cannot see all details that clearly and warns us of misusing its power. No, what it should show you is that things, both good and bad, are possibly on the horizon from Hasbro. Let’s consult the crystal ball and see what we’ve managed to cull from its all-knowing power. Click through if you dare!

Eye-Opening Hasbro Interview Posted At The Joe Report

Posted by Paul | May 04, 2015 at 11:38 AM EDT |

With special thanks to GalacticHunter.com for bringing this article to our attention, we highly suggest that you check out an interview with Derryl DePriest, VP of Global Brand Management, hosted by The Joe Report. While the Star Wars brand is barely referenced at all, there is enough information here to help put things into better perspective about our beloved Star Wars line. This is just our conjecture, but it may be as simple as replacing "GI JOE 12-inch line" with "Star Wars 3.75" super-articulated line" while reading it. (We hope not.) There is no doubt the climate and culture has changed, but we still find it egregious how shareholders dictate and play such a pivotal role in the degradation of the toys we want to see produced. Before we prosthelytize any further, please click through for more.

May The 4th: Hasbro Toy Shop Coupon Code

Posted by Paul | May 04, 2015 at 08:27 AM EDT |

Hasbro Toy Shop is running a May the 4th sale. Use coupon code MAY4 to receive free shipping on your order.

At the moment we can't provide you with any proof, but we are hearing whispers of a Toys R Us Buy One Get One 40% off sale beginning tomorrow (for Star Wars merchandise). As we learn more information on it we will post updates. But we thought you may want to be alerted to this potential sale.

UPDATE: JTA readers Jeff S. and Candace S. have drawn our attention to the Toys R Us PRESS RELEASE (that we totally missed – don't know how) which reveals this sale. Thanks to those that wrote in to let us know!

Star Wars: Rebels - A Recapped Look At The Hasbro Toy Line

Posted by Paul | April 30, 2015 at 09:43 PM EDT |

The poor Star Wars: Rebels toy line! It all started with that outlandish claim that JTA posted as a rumor report. Rebels figures, aside from a few initial batches, were delayed until February 2015 the earliest. It was a post that panicked the collecting community for no reason. Oh wait. That actually DID transpire in the USA. Eventually the products got out, but some areas got a ton of product, some never received a single piece to this day. Then there was the pricing. One figure for $9.99, or two figures for $9.99: your pick! And we haven't even mentioned the controversial five points of articulation that has just about split the community in half (that's a gift, contrarians). No matter your position, there is no denying that collectors were curious about this line because it certainly wasn't the kids and gift-giving parents buying these toys. (Hopefully you can sense we're just being playfully sarcastic here.) In truth, the Rebels line brought forth some pretty cool figures. Yes, it was far from perfect and collectors are still waiting for super-articulated versions of these characters, but it's hard not to admit that there were some gems. Now that the line has been cancelled indefinitely postponed/sold out/never coming to retail again in the Rebels line look and that Hasbro is clearancing out their remaining stock on eBay, we thought it would be a great time to revisit what basic figures, two-packs and vehicles made up the line. Click through to reminisce with us. Hopefully it was a good experience for you and your family at least. We probably can expect to see most of these figures (and all new ones) in the Fall 2015/TFA line look coming this September!

Remember how HasbroToyShop.com purged their site of Star Wars figures? You wanna know what happened to all of the stuff at HasbroToyShop.com? They've thrown it all on their eBay store and everything is on sale! Hurry up and get as many great deals as you can before they're all gone! The Digital Collections are $15, TBS6 figures are $17 and there are a ton more bargains! The best part? EVERYTHING ships for FREE! Check it all out now!

Jon "Dutch" Vander (The Black Series #10) Listed On eBay

Posted by Chuck | April 27, 2015 at 01:39 PM EDT |

eBay seller Viperkingdom as a loose sample of Dutch Vander listed. Click through to check it out!

Out of the blue and quite suddenly, HasbroToyShop.com has put every last Rebels figure or figure set out of stock. Are they just rechecking all of their stock? Are they purging leftovers for discount chains? Why so soon? We have nothing until September coming for the Rebels show, so shouldn't some product remain active?

Is TARGET relying on The Vintage Collection eBay aftermarket values to price their peg-warmers? Special thanks to friend Chris S. for the image. It's as laughable as it is gut-wrenching. And you guys want TARGET to keep carrying the Star Wars collector line. Are y'all crazy?

New The Black Series Carded Images: Jawas, Mosep, Thorn, etc.

Posted by Paul | April 24, 2015 at 07:54 AM EDT |

Our friends at StarWarsFiguren.com have the first carded looks of Jawas and Mosep Bineed and new official images of other figures like Commander Thorn. Yikes, look at that ugly piece of white paper behind the figures! Anyway, be sure to check them out and let us know your thoughts in our comments!

   

UPDATE 1: Why is C-3PO "complete" in the package (except for his face plate) yet there is an "extra" chest plate and thigh plate in the packaging to the right of him. Do you think these pieces are glued in place and we have just been given extra parts for "play value"? Are we missing something simple here altogether?

UPDATE 2: The sample shown at SWCA doesn't have the extra parts, so maybe this is an early sample for photography for solicitations.

With special thanks to JTA moderator Sjefke, we have the new Walmart Spring 2015 aisle reset for you. Guess what? No spot for the 3.75" The Black Series line. Anyway, check it out.

MakingStarWars.net: Hasbro Interview

Posted by Paul | April 23, 2015 at 05:15 PM EDT |

Site MakingStarWars.net has their Hasbro Q&A posted. Again, not too much new revealed and a few of our old questions originally asked at past events have been reconfirmed, but check it out. Still murky is the future of the 3.75" line as Hasbro still doesn't clearly delineate the 3.75" line form the 6" line in their responses (which is debatable if you read the context of it in the question).

And by 3.75" line we mean collector line (super-articulated figures only). Let us preface this clearly: TAKE THIS AS A BIG OLD NASTY RUMOR until it is announced by Hasbro. (Hear that out there, word-twisters?) We really debated whether or not to post this because it seems outlandish and contrary to what Hasbro expressed to JTA at previous Toy Fair events. (more....)

With special thanks to Yakface.com as well as many of our readers, we have been tipped off to many store reports from our readers that Saga Legends figures have been found as low as $2.98. And Hasbro said the line wasn't cancelled indefinitely postponed/sold out/discontinued/never coming again in Rebels packaging now.... how cute! Too bad there are still people in denial about this, just like they are about Princess Leia (Yavin Ceremony) being cancelled from the The Black Series "blue" line look. Special thanks to Mike R. for the image (and others) he sent.

Imperial Shipyards Posts Their SWCA Hasbro Interview

Posted by Paul | April 22, 2015 at 08:16 PM EDT |

Our friends at ImperialShipyards.net have posted their own Hasbro Q&A/Interview from SWCA. I really have to wonder about how Hasbro can answer a couple of questions with completely different answers from one site to the next. Check our own audio to see what we mean. Anyway, be sure to check out this new Q&A. If you are a fan site who also hosted a Hasbro Q&A at SWCA, please let us know so we can link to your report as well.

SWCA: Frank D’iorio’s Diorama Workshop Time-Lapse Video

Posted by Chuck | April 22, 2015 at 07:17 PM EDT |

This past weekend at Star Wars Celebration, Frank D’iorio’s Diorama Workshop built a massive Cloud City diorama at the Hasbro booth! Constructed over the course of 4 days, the diorama was created through a combination of the Diorama Workshop's team of 12 builders and the help of approximately 1500 fans who customized pieces at Star Wars Celebration. The diorama is 640 square feet and consists of over 400 setpieces, including approximately 800 figures and toys by Hasbro and Kenner. 
 
Hasbro captured the entire process in a time-lapse video! Click through to check it out!

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.)


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