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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!

Check Out The Latest Two-Packs!

Posted by Paul | February 17, 2016 at 11:06 PM ET |

Reviews are coming soon, but you can check out full galleries and Collector Notes on the new First Order Snowtrooper Officer/Snap Wexley and Sidon Ithano/First Mate Quiggold Two-Pack sets!

        

An Early Look At Rey (Resistance Outfit) Build A Weapon Figure!

Posted by Paul | January 16, 2016 at 04:38 PM ET |

You want to see and know everything about the hugely controversial Rey (Resistance Outfit) Build A Weapon figure and see how it stacks up in The Force Awakens line? Of course you do! She is tomorrow's review, but check out the full photo gallery, review and Visual Guide right now!!

The FO Stormtrooper Gear Is Interchangeable!

Posted by Paul | January 10, 2016 at 06:32 PM ET |

We have some good news to report. As expected, the extra gear from the First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper and the First Order Heavy Artillery Stormtrooper fits perfectly on the super-articulated First Order Stormtrooper figure from The Black Series [Phase III] Walmart exclusive line. Be sure to check back tomorrow as we review the Amazon exclusive set in its entirety and provide over 80 images for your perusal.

    

Droid Factory Four-Pack Astromech Droids Have Different Names

Posted by Paul | January 05, 2016 at 06:24 AM ET |

In November, Disney released a pretty swift astromech droid four-pack. On the back of the packaging, it gave collectors indication that all four characters would make an appearance in The Force Awakens. As with anything we're told, many of us were skeptical about this. After all, save for one R0-4LO, the rest either looked like or had names to droids we saw throughout the Star Wars saga. But the packaging was right. All four can be seen in Episode VII (mostly in Resistance scenes). After receiving, The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary a couple days ago, I discovered that so far half of these droids actually have different names. Perhaps their memory systems were wiped out somewhere within the Star Wars timeline and ultimately given new identifies. Click through to see a breakdown of what we just learned.

The Black Series 6" Wave 3 Sneak Peek!

Posted by Paul | December 11, 2015 at 10:22 PM ET |

And here is a sneak peek at The Black Series [Phase III] wave 3! These are coming very soon to our daily RDRs!

    

WARNING! We have reviews and image galleries ready for the First Order Flametrooper and Finn (FN-2187) TBS6 figures, but there are HUGE spoilers in the text for Finn (FN-2187) so we're warning you now – it's a big one! You have been warned! Anyway, for those brave enough, enjoy the very first sneak peek look at these wonderful new figures!

    

Walmart Exclusive The Black Series 3.75" Wave 3 Sneak Peek!

Posted by Paul | December 09, 2015 at 09:33 PM ET |

We have been sitting on these figures for two days because we received the TBS6 Han Solo and Jango Fett wave unexpectedly sooner. Straight from China, check out the Walmart exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] wave 3 figures in our RDRs right now. Reviews are coming very, very soon. Oh, and so is Han Solo.

        

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We're working on the reviews now, but in the meantime enjoy full galleries and Collector Notes on 2016's The Black Series [Phase III] Han Solo (Episode VII) and Jango Fett (Battle of Geonosis) 6" figures. We sincerely thank our wonderful source for getting us these samples early!



How You Can Win Entertainment Earth's Imperial Forces TBS6 4-Pack!

Posted by Paul | November 30, 2015 at 05:57 PM ET |

The Entertainment Earth exclusive "Imperial Forces" four-pack is arriving on doorsteps. Thanks to all of our eager readers for writing in letting us know theirs have arrived too! With special thanks to Entertainment Earth, we have also received our sample today! Our photo gallery and review are moments from being completed. More importantly, we are also teaming up with Entertainment Earth to give one of our special readers (from the USA and/or Canada only) one of these awesome sets for FREE. Find out how tomorrow!

      

TBS 3.75 Walmart Exclusive Wave 2 Full Photo Galleries And Reviews!

Posted by Paul | November 23, 2015 at 08:58 PM ET |

Check out complete reviews and photo galleries of The Black Series [Phase III] Walmart exclusive wave 2 figures right now in our Research Droids Reviews!! Some of the content needs some tweaking, but we wanted to get these out to you as soon as possible. Enjoy! Thanks to all who were involved to get us these samples as soon as possible.

    

Walgreens Exclusive Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath) Sneak Peek!

Posted by Paul | November 17, 2015 at 09:11 PM ET |

The review is coming tomorrow, but you can get a sneak peek at the gallery and Collector Notes right now HERE. Check out Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath) Walgreens exclusive from The Black Series [P3] 6" line!

Get a sneak peek of the Amazon exclusive "unnamed" The Black Series [Phase III] Phase I Clone Trooper Commander/Phase II Clone Trooper/Imperial Stormtrooper/First Order Stormtrooper Officer multipack right now. It's tomorrow's review, but you can check it out now. For the record, it's nicer than we ever expected. CLICK HERE to check it out!

     

Today we are opening up a new Research Droids Reviews database, featuring miscellaneous reviews that don't quite fit into our main collectible-based database. We've worked hard to make this new database different enough from our Core database (this time with a bronze theme), yet similar enough so you can still follow along with the format that you are used to. This will act as a companion database, featuring (at first) reviews from both The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels television shows. We've gone in and back-filled all of Mike Taber's reviews from the final The Clone Wars season (The Lost Mission episodes) and the first Season of Star Wars Rebels. This should give you plenty to peruse as we get ready to start adding new episodes of Star Wars Rebels this week!

Also, starting very soon, Mike is going to go back and review the first 5 seasons of The Clone Wars, in chronological order (as defined by StarWars.com). This should be a fun way for everyone to revisit that awesome series! We will add these reviews during 'down time' when Star Wars Rebels is not airing.

What are you waiting for? Click through and start checking out the newest addition to Jedi Temple Archives ...and start adding your discussion on each episode!

First Order Snowtrooper Officer RDR Gallery Ready

Posted by Paul | October 09, 2015 at 10:39 PM ET |

We finished our gallery for the Toys R Us exclusive First Order Snowtrooper Officer. You can check out the images and Collector Notes right now if you wish. Click HERE to be taken there.

      

New TFA Photo Galleries Added: Sarco Plank, Asty And Droids Two-Pack!

Posted by Paul | September 17, 2015 at 10:16 PM ET |

We have added complete galleries and Collector Notes for X-wing Pilot Asty, Sarco Plank and the R2-D2/C-3PO Two-Pack: all from The Force Awakens line. Check them out!

       

New The Black Series [P3] 6-inch (Wave 2) Figures Added

Posted by Paul | September 13, 2015 at 05:05 PM ET |

We just added photo galleries and collector notes for the following The Black Series [Phase III] 6" figures. Check out new images for the Guavian Enforcer, Captain Phasma and Poe Dameron.

       

More And More Stuff Is Getting Added To Our RDRs....

Posted by Paul | September 12, 2015 at 05:56 PM ET |

This is just another reminder to keep checking out The Force Awakens RDR databse because stuff is continually being added. We just added the Darth Vader/Ahsoka Tano two-pack and the BB-8/Unkar's Thug/Jakku Scavenger three-pack.

New Hasbro Star Wars Stuff - See Them As We Add Them!

Posted by Paul | September 08, 2015 at 12:36 PM ET |

Many of you have figured this out already by going through the back door, but new Photo Galleries and Collector Notes are available to peruse in our Research Droids Reviews database of the latest Hasbro products. Because we only post one new item per day in this column, it will literally be the end of the month (and perhaps significantly after) before we get through everything. Feel free to check out the new products as they're added from The Force Awakens line and The Black Series [Phase III] lines. Thank you!

It all began this month 20 years ago!

First Order Stormtrooper Review And Images Coming Soon!

Posted by Paul | June 29, 2015 at 09:45 PM ET |

Our First Order Stormtrooper has arrived on our doorstep! RDR and VG coming soon!

The Black Series 3.75" Wave 8 Recap (RDRs and VGs)

Posted by Paul | June 13, 2015 at 02:32 PM ET |

It's a wrap! We have concluded our exclusive look at wave 8 of The Black Series 3.75" line. In case you missed any RDR or VG entry, click through for the complete summary!

What Have We Here?

Posted by Paul | June 06, 2015 at 02:17 PM ET |

Come back tomorrow to find out!

TBS [P2] Wave 7 Stormtrooper (#08) IS NOT A Straight Repack!

Posted by Paul | May 19, 2015 at 07:48 PM ET |

Well blow me down! To my shock, I just learned that 2015's The Black Series [Phase II] Stormtrooper is NOT a straight repack of 2013's The Black Series [Phase I] Stormtrooper (#13) figure. Besides a much better and cleaner paint job, Hasbro has also added some missing paint operations on the abdomen area (and one or two other spots as well). But the biggest change? Hasbro took the 2004 VOTC Stormtrooper portrait, slightly tooled the way it attaches to the ball-socket joint and has given this figure an all-new head sculpt. It looks SO MUCH better than the Sandtrooper head sculpt, so this was a major plus. The only remaining disappointment now is the slot in the back for a survival backpack. Why must Hasbro do these upgrades so incrementally? We think that this is now the best Stormtrooper money can buy. We will be placing orders for many more! The review to this figure will be coming shortly to our RDRs, but I thought you would like to know about this potential quantity-ordering altering news. Oh, and they changed his number from #15 to #08 to make the sequence (right now) gap free thanks to the cancelled indefinitely postponed Princess Leia Organa (Yavin Ceremony) figure.

We have added a few if the figures to our RDRs index from the Legacy Collection [2] non-Amazon exclusives wave. Check out the cool cardbacks and revisit our thoughts about these figures.

     
     

We have a sneak peek for you today of The Black Series wave 8 Commander Thorn and Jawas. We're not adding them to the RDRs right now because we don't have the whole wave and the Jawas are incomplete. Again, these are samples from eBay seller viperskingdom. In short, Commander Thorn is very nice. The deco is great and the articulation is all there. However, we are more impressed with the Jawas. We have new definitive Jawas (take your pick on which one). The sculpts are excellent and the details are pure perfection. (They just need a dirty final wash.) Both are missing the smaller silver guns, but both have the ionization blasters. Although separately sculpted parts, the bandoliers are glued to both Jawas and are not removable. Both Jawas have no articulation below the swivel waists.

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Commander Jorg Sacul (Rebel Pilot) RDR Gallery Ready

Posted by Paul | May 05, 2015 at 09:27 PM ET |

We finally have our Commander Jorg Sacul (Rebel Pilot) gallery ready. Click through to see the MIA gallery or check out the review HERE in its entirety.

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