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The Black Series [Phase III] Wave 11 Recap

Posted by Paul | May 30, 2017 at 12:42 PM ET |

In case you might have been away during the holiday weekend and missed some of the additions made to our Research Droids Reviews, we have completely reviewed and archived The Black Series [Phase III] wave 11 figures. Check them out if you need to play catch up.

      

The Black Series [Phase III] 6" K-2SO Variation Update

Posted by Paul | May 28, 2017 at 07:12 AM ET |

As we first reported, we can confirm that the running change of K-2SO can be found in the latest wave 11 case assortment with the Imperial Royal Guard and Qui-Gon Jinn. You can check out or updated gallery in our Research Droid Reviews right now.

Sneak Peek! Check Out Some Figures From TBS6 [SW40] Wave 2!

Posted by Paul | May 20, 2017 at 09:22 PM ET |

RDRs begin tomorrow, but check out our sneak peek at some of the figures that make up wave 2 of The Black Series [Star Wars 40] lineup!

   

Check out our exclusive sneak peek of the Walmart exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] 3.75" wave 8! There should be only ONE MORE wave after this for The Last Jedi Force Friday launch (unles things change) before The Vintage Collection returns Spring 2018 baby! See how Boba Fett (Prototype Armor), Ponda Baba, Sandtrooper and Tusken Raider differ from their original releases (all are different in one way or another). Reviews coming soon, but check out the other stuff now! It's all in our Research Droids Reviews!

         

Sneak Peek! The Clone Wars Droid Factory Four-Pack (SWCO)

Posted by Paul | April 20, 2017 at 07:01 PM ET |

Check out our sneak peek look at the R5-013/R2-C2/R5-S9/R5-P8 Droid Factory four-pack. All of these characters are based on The Clone Wars Season 1 and The Clone Wars film. This was another Star Wars Celebration Orlando exclusive.

Check out sneak peek rough galleries for the new Disney Droid Factory exclusives from Celebration Orlando. It's going to be a great year for Build A Droid! Check out Episode VII's R-3DO, Rebels' C1-10P "CHOPPER" and Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2)/See-Threepio (C-3PO) in our RDRs by clicking the images below.

      

With all that Hasbro has done wrong this year so far, they sure did something right by Darth Vader. This new and incredibly improved TBS6 Darth Vader based on his appearance from A New Hope is beyond what we ever expected. It may be responsible for dragging more people into the line. It's a perfect 10. Too bad you have to pay double the price for it right now as it's currently only available in the Legacy Pack. The Legacy Pack display stand and packaging likely won't be understood by most current 6" collectors, so it was kind of pointless to include Vader. Anyway, the review is coming soon, but check out the photos and notes now! Special thanks to new local collector friend Cameron for hooking me up with this set last minute!

Sneak Peek! TARGET Exclusive TBS6 Imperial AT-ACT Driver

Posted by Paul | March 24, 2017 at 05:11 PM ET |

We have a sneak peek of the just released TARGET exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] Imperial AT-ACT Driver. It's a decent figure, but in our opinion it just too difficult to tell if it's screen accurate. There are many source materials out there and some look like this while others do not. Our jury is still out. Although nicely painted, the tooling is apparently getting too worn as our sample has extremely loose joints.... to the point of being annoying. Look for this to appear at your local TARGET stores soon. The RDR is coming soon but you can check out our rough gallery and Collector Notes. Extra special thanks to JTA reader and friend Jaken Wraith for obtaining this sample for us. We appreciate it IMMENSELY!

Sneak Peek! Rogue One Jedha Revolt Four-Pack!

Posted by Paul | March 03, 2017 at 07:31 PM ET |

Check out a sneak peek of the pretty cool Jedha Revolt multipack! RDR and VG coming soon! In the meantime check out Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) (slight repaint), Edrio Two Tubes (all-new), Imperial Hovertank Pilot (retool and repaint) and Saw Gerrera (all-new).

      
      

Sneak Peek! Rogue One Wave 4 Figures

Posted by Paul | February 25, 2017 at 08:00 PM ET |

Reviews are coming very shortly, but we've added the fourth wave of Rogue One figures to our Research Droids Reviews database. You can see Collector Notes and Photo Galleries now. The fate of these figures is still up in the air depending upon who you ask. But based on the current state of retail, we don't foresee widespread availability at brick and mortar. (Our opinion – for now.) It will be interesting to see what transpires.

        
        

Sneak Peek! The Black Series [Star Wars 40] Princess Leia Organa

Posted by Paul | February 21, 2017 at 09:29 PM ET |

It's time to start The Black Series [Star Wars 40] line! The new Princess Leia Organa review goes live tomorrow, but you can check it out RIGHT NOW! See what Hasbro did to make her incredibly better now.

JTA Welcomes SW40 Into Our Archives!

Posted by Paul | February 21, 2017 at 02:25 PM ET |

JTA welcomes the 40th Anniversary Star Wars line into our Research Droids Reviews and Visual Guides. We'll be referring to it in abbreviation form as SW40. Be on the lookout for new product added to this category soon!

Sneak Peek! The Black Series [Phase III] 6" Chirrut Imwe (36)

Posted by Paul | January 17, 2017 at 07:46 PM ET |

Check out our sneak peek of The Black Series [Phase III] Chirrut Imwe 6" figure. It's another beauty!

Every Item From TBS [P1] And TBS [P2] Archived In RDRs/VGs

Posted by Paul | January 15, 2017 at 09:07 AM ET |

It took some time to reach the end, but we have officially completed archiving every last product from the The Black Series [Phase I] and The Black Series [Phase II] in our RDRs, VGs, and/or both. And to "celebrate" we've updated the archival pages and many of the reviews. The Black Series [Phase I] released a total of 44 individually released items (45 if that AT-RT Driver (#30) figure ever gets released) and The Black Series [Phase II] released a total of 46 packaged items. Both phases were released from 2013 through 2015 (save for that 2016 release of the Republic Trooper) and featured the last few 3.75" basic figures that weren't retailer exclusives. Visual Guides can be found at these links: TBS [P1] and TBS [P2]. Banners below will take you to the Research Droids Reviews.

Sneak Peek! The Black Series [Phase III] 6" Baze Malbus (37)

Posted by Paul | January 14, 2017 at 06:21 PM ET |

We have an awesome sneak peek for you of The Black Series [Phase III] 6" Baze Malbus (37) figure. This may be one of Hasbro's finest human likenesses and efforts to date in this scale. Needless to say, we're impressed. We have a fully completed review and photo gallery for you to check out right now in our Research Droids Reviews.

The review is coming Wednesday, but you can check out the "Walmart exclusive" Imperial AT-ST Walker And Imperial AT-ST Driver Photo Gallery and Collector Notes right now in our Research Droids Reviews! It's not for sale online yet, but thanks to JTA reader Mark for locating the listing page on Walmart.com so you can keep an eye on it.

            

We have a cool sneak peek of the third wave of Rogue One figures for you! New Research Droids Reviews and Visual Guides begin tomorrow, but you can check out full photo galleries and collector notes right now! Don't forget to leave your own two cents in the comments in each review. This is a pretty fine wave of figures. Yes, some have the typical issues that Hasbro just can seem to remedy, but this group of figures was a clever arrangement of characters.

        
        
  

SNEAK PEEK! TBS 3.75" Captain Cassian Andor And Scarif Stormtrooper

Posted by Paul | November 30, 2016 at 05:57 PM ET |

These two BRAND NEW figures supposedly will be available tomorrow at your local Walmart (let us know if you have luck), but you can check them out in their entirety RIGHT NOW in our RDRs! Reviews begin tomorrow, but check out everything else out in the meantime! In short, Captain Cassian Andor has the potential to be perfect. His facial paint operations sadly make that an impossibility, although they're not TERRIBLE. The Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader is flawless. You're going to want an army of them.

      
      

It's A Wrap! And It's Also A Recap!

Posted by Paul | November 22, 2016 at 10:59 PM ET |

Wow! Our readers are the absolute BEST! We have already tabulated 15,000 visits so far from readers checking out The Black Series [Phase III] wave 9 that we just added to our database! This is a stunning collection of figures for sure! We wanted to also thank you for making JTA a daily stop in your Star Wars fan site travels! You're the ones making these stats exist and you all rock for it! If you missed any, click any image below to be taken to the complete wave of figures (which also includes Obi-Wan Kenobi added today)! Both our Visual Guides and Research Droids Reviews on these figures await you!

    

How about a cool preview of wave 9 of The Black Series [Phase III] 6" figures? Yup! JTA's got you covered! Already hailed the dream wave of 2016, this collection of figures includes the long-awaited Darth Revan (Fans' Choice Winner), Sabine Wren (the "we better choose a female 'winner' before all hell breaks loose 'runner up'"), Princess Leia Organa as well as AT-AT Driver and Snowtrooper. It also includes the repacked Obi-Wan Kenobi which was a San Diego Comic Con exclusive. Reviews are coming soon, but rough galleries are available to check out RIGHT NOW!

    

Walgreens' C-3PO Is More Than A Repaint

Posted by Paul | November 07, 2016 at 12:56 PM ET |

Our friends at Yakface.com have alerted us to an oversight we made while determining the status of the Walgreens exclusive C-3PO figure. The point of the matter is that C-3PO actually has a revised abdomen. We thank them profusely for their superior observations and knowledge.

R2-H16 Droid Factory Sneak Peek!

Posted by Paul | November 05, 2016 at 11:31 PM ET |

Just like R2-BOO, we're saving the RDR for R2-H16 for the actual holiday. In the meantime, check out our sneak peek at this cool holiday-inspired Droid Factory figure from Disney Parks. Click through for more!

Walmart Exclusive TBS Wave 6 Sneak Peek! (Death Trooper/Jyn Erso)

Posted by Paul | November 05, 2016 at 08:53 PM ET |

The next wave of The Black Series [Phase III] 3.75" Walmart exclusives are hitting the United States as we speak, but you can get an early sneak peek at them right now in our RDRs! Reviews coming soon! These two figures are some of Hasbro's best work in the super-articulated 3.75" range. The Imperial Death Trooper is flawless, and this smaller Sergeant Jyn Erso looks worlds better than her 6" counterpart.

    

    

UPDATE: Newly Arriving Rogue One Product Sneak Peeks!

Posted by Paul | October 09, 2016 at 12:09 AM ET |

We're prepping our reviews for new product just hitting store shelves now, but you can get sneak peeks RIGHT NOW! Check out the Baze Malbus/Imperial Stormtrooper and Seventh Sister Inquisitor/Darth Maul Two-Packs in addition to the Princess Leia Organa (Rebels) and Darth Vader (Rogue One) basic figures! Click HERE to check them all out!

     
     

UPDATE: Director Krennic added.

Jedi Temple Archives is THRILLED to present the Star Wars collecting community with the complete FIRST LOOK of the Entertainment Earth exclusive The Black Series 6" 442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper/212th Attack Battalion Utapau Trooper/Coruscant Guard (Phase II)/501st Legion Clone Trooper four-pack. There is no other way to describe this set other than it is a must-have for anyone who collects The Black Series 6" line. (Be sure to order your own set HERE – it ships for FREE too.) The deco on these figures is absolutely incredible.... some of the best applications we have seen on any figure in the line to date can be found right in this set. Find out why this is an essential purchase now!

442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper/212th Attack Battalion Utapau Trooper/Coruscant Guard (Phase II)/501st Legion Clone Trooper

Rogue One Droid Factory 4-Pack Sneak Peek!

Posted by Paul | October 03, 2016 at 09:07 PM ET |

The review is coming VERY SOON, but check out the Photo Gallery and Collector Notes early right now! The Disney Parks Rogue One Droid Factory 4-pack is pretty darn cool!

It's a wrap! We are officially done with the Star Wars [Shadow of The Dark Side] Saga Legends run. We hope you enjoyed the look back as well as join in on the discussions. It's all about Rogue One beginning tomorrow, so hop back over to check out all of the Rogue One merchandise in our RDRs and VGs! In the meantime, if you need to catch up on any of the SOTDS stuff, links for each review are posted below. Or you can look at them collectively in our Research Droids Reviews index or Visual Guides index.

501st Legion Trooper  Battle Droid 2-Pack  Battle Droid 2-Pack  Boba Fett  Bossk  C-3PO
Chewbacca  Clone Trooper (Revenge Of The Sith)  Clone Trooper  Darth Maul  Darth Vader (Sith Apprentice)  Darth Vader [Version 1]
Darth Vader [Version 2]  Death Star Trooper  Destroyer Droid  General Grievous  Greedo  Han Solo
IG-88  Jango Fett [Version 1]  Jango Fett [Version 2]  Luke Skywalker  Mace Windu  Obi-Wan Kenobi [Version 1]
Obi-Wan Kenobi [Version 2]  Princess Leia (In Boushh Disguise)  R2-D2  Shock Trooper  Snowtrooper  Spacetrooper
Stormtrooper  Super Battle Droid  Yoda  Zuckuss

FIRST LOOK! Entertainment Earth Exclusive 3.75" Astromech Droid Pack

Posted by Paul | September 23, 2016 at 09:00 PM ET |

Jedi Temple Archives is THRILLED to present the Star Wars collecting community with the very first look at the Entertainment Earth exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] Astromech Droid Pack. Click through to see our 100 image photo gallery and full review and show yourself why you need this set too.

    
    

Note from Entertainment Earth: These are early samples part of pre-release sets. We do not anticipate the engraved numbers on the domes to be on the final samples. We will inform JTA on the final word of this early next week.

Sneak Peek At R2-BOO!

Posted by Paul | September 07, 2016 at 06:56 PM ET |

We're saving the RDR for R2-BOO for October 31st (it's not often we get Halloween-themed action figures), but you can check out some sneak peek images right now by clicking the thumbnails below!

        

Get Ready For Star Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]!

Posted by Paul | August 31, 2016 at 01:11 PM ET |

Beginning tomorrow, Jedi Temple Archives is about to embark on an intense run of Research Droids Reviews, FlashBack Reviews and Visual Guides focusing on the Star Wars [Shadow of The Dark Side] Saga Legends figures and it will take us right up to Rogue Friday. This collection of action figures was meant to be the “kid focused” sub-line while collectors basked in the splendor of The Vintage Collection running concurrently alongside it. This Saga Legends line initially focused on bounty hunters, as that was a big story arc in The Clone Wars’ third season on television, but slowly the line brought in some of the most popular heroes and villains of the Star Wars saga. Because this line was overshadowed by The Vintage Collection, many Star Wars fan sites, including us, allowed this wonderful collection of figures to fall by the wayside. It’s only now that we’re giving it the attention it deserves. Many feel that the 2007 30 (77-07) Saga Legends line was the best, and from many perspectives it was (thanks to the Fans’ Choice votes), but when everything gets distilled, it’s our own belief that it was the Star Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Saga Legends line that ends up being the superior collection. Not only did it bring some of Hasbro's finest sculpts back to retail, the character selection, save for a few examples, nicely complemented the figures that were part of The Vintage Collection. We truly received some of the greatest action figures between 2010 and 2011, and the Star Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Saga Legends figures certainly helped in making that a reality.

To give the appropriate attention this sub-line deserves, we are doing a massive run of all of the figures in this collection. This will be accomplished through either all-new RDRs, FlashBack Reviews, Visual Guides, or a combination of all of these things. Also, to help commemorate this line and the long, rich history of the original Saga Legends lines, we have put together a pretty neat and complete Saga Legends Matrix which shows which characters were unique to each line look, which ones were carried forward and the historical sculpts from which these figures were based (from 2007-2011). Be sure to check it out! Once we’re done with the run, you shouldn’t be able to find a more complete and thorough analysis of this fantastic line of “greatest hits” action figures anywhere on the web! Throughout the Saga Legends' entire five year run, Hasbro released 84 unique action figures across 134 different packaging variations. And we bought them all!

Rogue One Category Established In RDRs And VGs!

Posted by Paul | August 24, 2016 at 05:40 PM ET |

We're all prepped for Hasbro's Rogue One toy line in our Research Droids Reviews and Visual Guides? Are you prepped? The madness begins September 30th!

As you know from our report a couple of days ago, the Toys R Us exclusive R2-A3/R5-K6/R2-F2 Astromech 3-Pack is beginning to arrive on doorsteps. We received ours and we have a very rough template of the photo gallery and collector notes for you to check out now. But be sure to come back for the completed review on August 2nd.

All Three (3) Convention Exclusives Now Added To RDRs

Posted by Paul | July 26, 2016 at 11:22 AM ET |

We now have early/rough drafts of all three The Black Series [Phase III] 6" convention exclusives in our Research Droids Reviews database. The review portions are coming soon. In the meantime, check out photo galleries and collector notes on Sergeant Jyn Erso, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Kylo Ren [Unmasked].

Sergeant Jyn Erso Obi-Wan Kenobi Kylo Ren [Unmasked]

The reviews are coming soon, but you can check out Photo Galleries and Collector Notes in our RDRs for both Sergeant Jyn Erso and Obi-Wan Kenobi that were this year's Hasbro San Diego Comic Con exclusives. Kylo Ren (Unmasked) is coming soon!

Sergeant Jyn Erso

Obi-Wan Kenobi

The review is coming tomorrow, but you can check out a complete gallery and Collector Notes in our review right now! Check out this rather impressive R5-M4 May The 4th Be With You Disney Parks exclusive!

Sneak Peek! Rey (Starkiller Base) - TBS6 [P3] - Kmart Exclusive

Posted by Paul | April 27, 2016 at 08:56 PM ET |

The review is coming tomorrow morning, but you can check out the full gallery and the Collector Notes now. Check out the Kmart exclusive Rey (Starkiller Base) The Black Series [Phase III] 6" figure HERE.

Sneak Peek: Takodana Encounter Multipack - The Force Awakens

Posted by Paul | April 05, 2016 at 07:53 PM ET |

Right now check out a sneak peek look at the Takodana Encounter multipack. The full review is coming tomorrow, but you can check out the full photo gallery now! We wish to thank Litzy Public Relations and Hasbro for their generous assistance getting us this advanced copy to share with our readers. Check it out HERE!

       
          

We Reach 2500 RDRs Tomorrow! And We Want To Thank You!

Posted by Paul | March 26, 2016 at 11:31 AM ET |

I honestly don't know where the last (nearly) seven (7) years has gone. But as of tomorrow, JTA will reach 2500 reviews in our database: a review every single day since May 24, 2009. Since its inception, we've amassed just shy of 11 million views in the database. That's astounding to us and I am very thankful. With all landmarks, we like to celebrate them by either introducing new categories or showcasing a truly special item. So for tomorrow, we're going to open up a brand new category of Star Wars figures that our readers have been asking us to review for a while now. Be sure to stop by tomorrow to check out the new category of reviews that we will be adding, and be sure to always comment and reminisce with us on the previous items already reviewed. I want to personally thank all of our readers who have made the column what it is today. From the emails received to the comments posted, it's nice to get the encouraging feedback from you. I am thankful for the breadth of readership we have, from fans all over the globe including non-English speaking countries, from Star Wars actors to product licensees, from doctors to neurosurgeons, from lawyers to arbitrators, from professionals to homemakers, from scholars and professors to editors from chefs to custodians, from unemployed to employed. You're all an equally special part of the JTA family and we're honored you share your time with us. Thank you!

We have had actors from the Star Wars films comment in our Research Droids Reviews comments before in the past. They've usually wanted to chime in about the toys Hasbro and other licensees made based on the characters they brought to life in the films. Now actor Mike Quinn, the man who played fan favorite Nien Nunb in both Return Of The Jedi and The Force Awakens adds his own two cents about The Force Awakens Build A Weapon Hasbro Nien Nunb figure, the correct height of the character, as well as his experiences working with George Lucas and JJ Abrams. Definitely check what he had to say!. And leave your own comments too!

Unkar Plutt: More Than Meets The Eye!

Posted by Paul | February 26, 2016 at 08:44 PM ET |

If you read our review and participated in the discussion in the comments for Unkar Plutt, you may have noticed a comment from a very important person revealed a special feature that was worked into the figure as an Easter egg to give a nod to a scene in the novel. Well, this is the deal. Unkar Plutt's swivel right forearm is removable and in its place you can attach the Build A Weapon part which helps put this novel storyline together. Pretty cool! It's always great to know the backstories to these action figures! Keep 'em coming! Check out the revised gallery and review HERE!

UPDATE: We have also learned from one of our Facebook readers that a supposed deleted scene exists where Chewbacca rips off Unkar's arm!


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