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We are receiving a significant amount of reports that those who pre-ordered wave 11 singles at GameStop are receiving notifications that the figures are now ready for pickup. Did you pre-order your figures here? Could this be a new reliable way to pre-order single figures going forward? Now if they could just figure out how to work this into an online pre-order it would be sublime. This may be the future folks because retail is screwing over the Star Wars action figure line and it should be at its prime. Special thanks to Alex G. and Colin for details on this report!

Imagine Waiting Six Months For A Crushed Darth Revan Figure!

Posted by Paul | May 30, 2017 at 01:55 PM ET |

We really don't mean to laugh at something as deflating as this, but the whole Star Wars collecting thing is just a complete disaster right now. Please Hasbro. Let The Vintage Collection save what's left of it. (i.e. follow the 2010-2012 way of thinking about the basic figure line and get those figures out there en masse). Let's recap things, shall we? Darth Revan becomes the most sought after TBS6 figure. Hasbro chooses other characters from the wave to release in solid case packs BEFORE Darth Revan. Darth Revan supply eventually becomes more plentiful after a grueling six month wait after its intended release date. Excited collectors wait for Darth Revan figures to arrive from Amazon. These figures arrive like they've been through a car crusher compactor right before arriving at doorsteps. Something has got to give. Special thanks to JTA reader Tpodielsky for sending these images to us as well as providing unintended comic relief. (We are however sorry that these figures came destroyed.)

    

What About That Hasbro Announcement For May 25th?

Posted by Paul | May 29, 2017 at 05:28 PM ET |

Hasbro – you said you were waiting for the actual 40th anniversary of Star Wars to make an announcement. That never happened. What was it?

Walmart Lists Product Pages For TBS6 [SW40] Wave 2

Posted by Paul | May 27, 2017 at 07:31 AM ET |

Walmart has updated their product pages for wave 2. With all the recent store reports, it's likely they'll be in stock soon. Click any of the images below to be taken to that page. Special thanks to JTA reader Michael M. for the news!

    
    

What In The World? It's Time To Do Something About This!

Posted by Paul | May 27, 2017 at 07:18 AM ET |

Are you still seeing this at your local stores, in particular Toys R Us? JTA reader Agustin sends us a disconcerting image. Why hasn't Hasbro pulled these, given store credit and/or encouraged stores to blow these out? #hasbropleasehelpus

JTA reader and friend Steve U. has written in with a tip. If you still need the Imperial AT-ACT you can get it for $75, but you have to buy 2. GameStop is running a 50% clearance sale (Buy One Get One 50% off). Add two to your cart and watch the magic happen! That's 75% off the ridiculous $299.99 MSRP (if you get two). Click HERE if you're interested!

StarWars.com also has a fantastic article on how the new The Black Series [Star Wars 40] Darth Vader figure was made. Check it out! It's another worthy read.

Darth Revan Packaging Variation Discovered

Posted by Paul | May 24, 2017 at 09:05 PM ET |

As openers, we find packaging variations about as interesting as watching grass grow, but for those that are interested, here is a new one. Darth Revan is now arriving with his skirt tucked behind him. JTA reader Sam C. sends us the proof.

   

Hasbro Sends Out 40th Anniversary Gift To Media Accounts

Posted by Paul | May 24, 2017 at 08:20 PM ET |

Hasbro via Litzky PR has sent out a gift to their media accounts commemorating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. We thank them for the generosity. Click the thumbnails below for larger images.

   

Remember that leaked list from GameStop (of which you saw ALL of them hinted almost a half year ago right here at JTA)? Well, we're hearing that the list has been "killed" for the moment and that no one is able to pre-order them anymore. If you find this to not be true, please provide proof of your new pre-orders. Thank you!

Hurry! Amazon has Revan IN STOCK right now for $19.99! Thanks Colin for the alert!

UPDATE #1: GONE!

UPDATE #2: He's back!

UPDATE #3: Looks like they're GONE FOR GOOD!

Hurry! Protoype Boba Fett is IN STOCK! The links are Tusken Raider, Ponda Baba, Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) and Sandtrooper. As a reminder, you can see all of these figures now currently archived in our Research Droids Reviews.

UPDATE: Gone for the second time!

He Has A Face Only A Mother Could Love

Posted by Paul | May 23, 2017 at 09:34 AM ET |

I don't know what else to say other than click on the picture below. Special thanks to JTA reader Wayne D. for the image.

This article is part of a special StarWars.com series in honor of Star Wars‘ 40th anniversary on May 25. With Star Wars celebrating its 40th anniversary this week, fans all over the world have been reflecting on how this incredible space saga has impacted their lives. And for many fans, one of the biggest impacts came from the toys. The original toy line from Kenner, which hit in 1978, was massively influential, changing the way figures from any fiction would be produced. Today, Hasbro continues the tradition with an ever-expanding line from that galaxy far, far away. (more....)

Something Of Interest Perhaps? Pre-orders Are Fun!

Posted by Paul | May 23, 2017 at 08:12 AM ET |

June 1st seems just as good of a day for a next wave of The Black Series [Phase III] figures to go on sale as any other day, doesn't it? Why not? It sounds just fine to us!

HASBRO OPENS TICKET SALES FOR FIRST-EVER HASCON FANMILY™ EVENT
Three Day Convention Will Include Panels, Larger-than-Life Brand Experiences, Games Events, Auditions for Hasbro TV Commercials and Shows, Meet & Greets and Appearances from Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Stan Lee, Dude Perfect and top MY LITTLE PONY and TRANSFORMERS Talent. (more....)

UPDATE: Hurry! Prototype Boba Fett IN STOCK At Walmart.com!

Posted by Paul | May 22, 2017 at 05:05 PM ET |

Hurry! Protoype Boba Fett is IN STOCK! The links are Tusken Raider, Ponda Baba, Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) and Sandtrooper. As a reminder, you can see all of these figures now currently archived in our Research Droids Reviews.

UPDATE: Gone!

JTA reader Frank R. sends us proof of a super-rare variation of the TARGET exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] 6" Imperial AT-ACT Driver. Click the image below to see it!

UPDATE: TBS6 SW40] Wave 2 IN STOCK For $19.99 Each!

Posted by Paul | May 22, 2017 at 01:55 PM ET |

Hurry! The Black Series [Star Wars 40] wave 2 are all in stock for $19.99 each!!

UPDATE: Gone in three minutes!

Could the first wave of The Vintage Collection figures not exactly be what collectors are expecting it to be? That's what we're sort of hearing. While we are unable to reveal specifics, it is believed that the very first offerings may focus a little 'too much' on the recent Star Wars Entertainment at the time of its release than the established saga. Please remember to keep all rumors in check until officially confirmed by Hasbro and we'll be sure to keep you posted as we learn more.

Look who is hiring! Hasbro, as someone who works in HR, please, you need to pick someone who meets minimum requirements AS WELL AS ensure that person KNOWS about the Star Wars universe inside and out. It's a must! Good luck to all who apply (but only to those who make me Yak Face, Sim Aloo, Emperor Palpatine (ROTJ) and the Lars' Homestead Power Droid). Thank you!

We have received word that The Black Series [Phase III] wave 11 case assortment (the one with Lando, Emperor's Royal Guard, Qui-Gon etc.) was previously solicited in the UK but is no longer being offered (at the moment). We don't know what impact this will have on the USA stock. Rumors abound that this wave will once again be solicited closer to Force Friday this year. It will be interesting what transpires with this eagerly anticipated wave of figures.

Walmart Exclusive TBS6 Scarif Stormtrooper IN STOCK!

Posted by Paul | May 18, 2017 at 06:51 PM ET |

The Black Series [Phase III] Walmart exclusive Scarif Stormtrooper is IN STOCK at Walmart.com! Special thanks to JTA reader Sam C. for the alert!

Walmart Trolls Collectors For A Second Time With Scary Emails

Posted by Paul | May 18, 2017 at 11:26 AM ET |

Oh ye of little faith! Despite a second round email blast warning that collectors’ orders might be cancelled for lack of inventory by a certain date, collectors across the land are finally getting their The Black Series [Star Wars 40] Han Solo and R2-D2 figures Walmart orders – but not without those annoying stickers! So far we have not heard of any order cancellations at all. If yours was cancelled, please be sure to let us know! Special thanks to JTA reader Christian C. for the confirmation and image.

Online etailer Star Action Toys has put together a well-written op-ed focusing on bad case assortments and how it affect distribution. We highly suggest checking it out. Click through for more.

TBS6 Darth Revan IS BACK IN STOCK!

Posted by Paul | May 17, 2017 at 06:49 AM ET |

HURRY! Darth Revan is BACK IN STOCK at Hasbro Toy Shop! Click the image below. Special thanks to JTA readers Andrew C., Michele M., Joey A. and Matthew Z. for the email alerts!

And gone!

HTS Darth Revan Orders From This Morning Already Shipping!

Posted by Paul | May 16, 2017 at 02:37 PM ET |

We have received a couple of emails from readers concerned if their Darth Revan orders would go through since it was such a bizarre way of ordering him this morning. Well, JTA reader Mark has already received his shipping notice from the order he placed today. They should all be on their way to you folks!

Admiral Raddus Now Listed At $7.99 On Amazon!

Posted by Paul | May 16, 2017 at 08:12 AM ET |

Still need Admiral Raddus? Amazon has now listed him for $7.99 with a May 18th availability date. If you see it back up to inflated prices, then you missed it. It probably won't last long. As of this posting, the other figures in this wave are still at ridiculous prices.

HURRY! Darth Revan is IN STOCK at Hasbro Toy Shop! FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS. Click the image below. It will take you to a search page. FROM THAT SEARCH PAGE add Darth Revan to your cart. It's the only way to order him. Limit three per household!

Darth Revan finally appears to be SOLD OUT now. Thank you for all of the alerts!

They're IN STOCK! Hurry! Order Tusken Raider, Ponda Baba, Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) and Sandtrooper. As a reminder, you can see all of these figures now currently archived in our Research Droids Reviews.

   

UPDATE: They're history!

What You're Seeing Now Isn't From Solid Case Packs

Posted by Paul | May 15, 2017 at 10:02 PM ET |

THERE ARE NO PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA SOLID CASE PACKS. Not yet at least. JTA broke the news that there WILL BE solid case packs of Han Solo and Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) later in the year. Leia's solid case pack doesn't ship until the end of this month. But just because you might be finding a ton of Leias (or Lukes or Obi-Wans) at your local stores doesn't mean that they're coming from solid case packs. Whether there weren't enough cases to go around, or the bad case assortments created a backlog of the two-per-case figures, what you're seeing has nothing to do with cases full of eight Princess Leia Organas – heaven help us if this does come to pass.

Admiral Raddus On Amazon For $11.90

Posted by Chuck | May 15, 2017 at 07:14 PM ET |

Still need Admiral Raddus? Amazon currently has it listed for $11.90 with 15 left in stock. Not retail pricing, but not bad for this hard to find figure. Thanks to JTA reader Mike for the alert! If you see it back up to inflated prices, then you missed it. It probably won't last long.

You can now pre-order the GameStop exclusive Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 - Star Wars Mandalorian Edition Blaster and Face Mask. Is it really called this?

Hasbro has just announced a new product coming later in the year: the GameStop exclusive NERF Rival Star Wars: Battlefront Apollo XV-700 "Boba Fett" (Mandalorian) blaster and face mask. Click through for the complete PRESS RELEASE.

    
  

I have been holding a few "small" items of interest close to the vest with regards to The Vintage Collection. There is a LONG TIME to wait until Spring 2018, so it's best to leak out a few details here and there so we can continue having these great discussions a little at a time, right? Click through if you're interested.

Site comingsoon.net has posted an intriguing article. While it's sad that they had no idea what The Vintage Collection was/is and didn't know lightsaber wasn't two words, they did "reveal" that Hasbro has something planned for May 25th. Interested? Check out the article then be sure to speculate with us here.

What's The Deal With All Of The Black Series 6" Confusion?

Posted by Paul | May 13, 2017 at 02:59 PM ET |

We're honestly surprised to see how much confusion still exists with The Black Series 6" line. (Maybe we shouldn't be surprised since communication from Hasbro isn't the greatest.) However, that being said we hope that this brief article will clear up some details that collectors of the line are still speculating over and for which they don't yet to seem have answers. (more....)

If you haven't stopped by the Hasbro Toy Shop eBay Store lately, make sure to browse through their Star Wars section for some great deals. Most of the The Force Awakens figures can be found for under $2.50. If you held off buying these, or need some customizing fodder, then check it out. The Armor Up series are also marked own quite heavily.

We have just intercepted a new rumor. As with anything we share, take with a grain of salt until confirmed by Hasbro. But it looks like fans of The Black Series 6" line can expect to see solid case packs of R2-D2 and Han Solo later this year in the Fall.

TBS6 [SW40] Darth Vader Variant Confirmed Via Date Stamp

Posted by Paul | May 12, 2017 at 02:57 AM ET |

JTA's friend and yours, Victoria from Victoria's Cantina, sends us proof of which Darth Vader variant came first thanks to date stamps. The redder eyes version is the variation and the less-red eyes is the running/updated change.

    


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