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Posted by Paul | May 19, 2015 at 07:48 PM EDT |
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.
Posted by Paul | May 16, 2015 at 09:22 PM EDT |
Posted by Paul | May 11, 2015 at 06:43 PM EDT |
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.
Posted by Paul | May 05, 2015 at 09:27 PM EDT |
Posted by Paul | April 10, 2015 at 11:43 PM EDT |
We have an advanced look for you at wave 7 of The Black Series 3.75" line. Full disclosure: these samples have all been procured from eBay seller viperskingdom. This is the first time we have ever added these types of figures into our RDRs. But with literally nothing new to review and the Star Wars line in the state it is in it felt right to add them in this manner. Hopefully it will remain an exception. If final production samples vary greatly, we will add updates later and apprise you of all the changes. Reviews are coming shortly, but in a nutshell Chewbacca is the BEST A New Hope version of the character we have received. Darth Vader (Dagobah Test) came out incredibly better than we had anticipated. Commander Wolffe is a dream come true sculpt wise, but a horrid nightmare when it comes to his scale. Commander Doom and Captain Rex are also decent action figures that share many similar parts. They do however each have issues of their own. We'll get to all the details soon when the reviews go live starting tomorrow! Enjoy the advanced look in the meantime!
Here is an exclusive early look at Rebels Saga Legends wave 4. Click any of the thumbnails below to check out the Endor gang and the awful dreadful Bly.
Thank you! We have been amazed by the interaction our readers have been giving our recent RDRs on the new Rebels products we have added recently. Would you believe we have over 4700 unique visits with many of you coming back to banter back and forth with others again and again in our comments just this past week? There has been a great deal interest in Saga Legends waves 2 and 3 and especially today's Imperial Troop Transport vehicle. We are thrilled that we are able to provide this environment for our readers to have these discussions. No matter your position on simply articulated figures and vehicles, you have to admit that they're conversation starters! We say all this to let you know that WE HAVE MORE SURPRISES COMING! You may get a sneak peek tonight, but if not, be sure to come back tomorrow to let the discussions continue!
Posted by Paul | February 10, 2015 at 11:50 PM EDT |
Our Rebels Mission Series wave 2 figures have arrived and we're adding them to our RDRs as we speak. More are on the way, but keep checking back as we still have a few more sets to add. Reviews will be forthcoming, but what you should know right off the bat is that Hasbro has significantly improved their quality control issues. These figures look great despite their minimal articulation. This is a huge step forward, whether you're pro or con 5POA (and less).
UPDATE: Original Trilogy sets now added!
Posted by Paul | November 22, 2014 at 09:50 PM EDT |
We're still in the middle of our Hasbro tribute in our RDRs, but we will indeed be getting to the Rebels figures on or around Thanksgiving after we finish it up. You can however check out some of our reviews on these items right now by checking the Rebels category page in our index. Click the image below for more.
As wonderful as it is to reflect back on the modern Hasbro Star Wars line since its inception in 1995, there was one period of time that had changed our collecting minds forever. It's now time to "FlashBack" to an era we wish we all could return to because it was the greatest collection of figures Hasbro had ever put together for us. Because of this collection, the collecting community had never been happier, nor more invested in what Hasbro was doing at the time. It had its bumps and bruises, but overall was a success. And it brought back people who stopped collecting years earlier. Hasbro says they'd love to return to it one day, but very few of us are patient enough to wait to see if this comes to pass. So we will show our love and support for the greatest Star Wars basic figure line ever created by revisiting it one by one in our FlashBack Reviews. We knew you were waiting for this and now is the time. And we've made you wait long enough. The first FlashBack Review in this collection starts today!
Posted by Paul | November 03, 2014 at 08:52 PM EDT |
Entertainment Earth is beginning to finally ship out wave wave 6 of The Black Series 3.75" line. If you still are on the fence about them, don't forget we have them already reviewed and photographed for you from our early advanced look at them back in September. Check them out! While not the most exciting wave, it does give us a never before released character and a controversial update to a popular version of Luke. Be sure to check out all of the Visual Guides on these figures as well.
Posted by Paul | November 02, 2014 at 05:27 PM EDT |
I received a shocking surprise when I got home today (Sunday). A new package from Amazon was at my doorstep. I have heard of Saturday delivery, but Sunday? Inside of it was two of the new Mission Series sets. Reviews are coming soon, but check out our galleries now by heading to our Star Wars: Rebels section of our RDRs to see over 50 new images of these sets right now between the two of them!
Posted by Paul | October 28, 2014 at 11:16 AM EDT |
Wow! Our Research Droids Review on The Black Series 6" Darth Vader is really creating a buzz on our Facebook page and in our comments. Our readers are almost split down the middle on this figure. Some say it's terrible and others love it. We're actually in the middle. But one comment made us snort from Facebook follower Shane P. He wrote "[he] looks like a ken doll on Halloween." Obviously Darth Vader needs some fine tuning. I think it's a decent jumping off point, but things need to be corrected before I fall for it hook, line and sinker! Feel free to continue the discussion here.
Posted by Paul | October 23, 2014 at 08:02 AM EDT |
Here is something hopefully newsworthy to you! If this has been mentioned already, please forgive this post, but as someone who doesn't go off of the reservation that much anymore, I could have missed this point being brought up elsewhere. Click through for more....
Posted by Paul | October 15, 2014 at 05:45 PM EDT |
We have an early look for you of the Imperial Shadow Squadron (Speeder Bike With Shadow Scout And Shadow Stormtrooper Commander) TARGET exclusive now arriving on doorsteps as this goes to press. The official day for this review is Saturday, but we wanted you all to check it out as soon as possible. Enjoy!
Posted by Paul | September 29, 2014 at 08:59 PM EDT |
It's a wrap! We hope you enjoyed JTA's exclusive early look at The Black Series wave 6. While not the most exciting wave, it does give us a never before released character and a controversial update to a popular version of Luke. Stay tuned and be sure to keep it here for future early looks at new Star Wars figures! Be sure to check out all of the Visual Guides on these figures as well.
Posted by Paul | August 31, 2014 at 10:57 PM EDT |
It's official. In less than a month The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) Research Droids Review is now our most successfully performing review to date. We estimate an astounding 6600+ unique visitors checked it out.... and it has already skyrocketed into the Top 150 RDRs in our database of almost 2000 other reviews.... with many reviews that had years to gain reads. We just wanted to take a second to thank all of you who checked it out. If we thought that there would be one figure that would have remained completely controversial free, it would have unequivocally been this one. Sadly, that didn't happen. But hopefully we were successful in steering you to an action figure that will bring you more happiness than many of the figures Hasbro has released in recent memory.
We teased you with this about a week ago, so here is the official reveal! Welcome to Jedi Temple Archives' latest feature: FlashBack Reviews! This new feature launches tomorrow, but get a sneak peek at what you can expect on September 1st by simply clicking through to read the details!
Posted by Paul | August 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM EDT |
After my review of the stunning The Black Series Darth Vader (#26) figure, it appears that not all reviews on other sites are equally glowing. I am not sure at this point if it’s a conscious effort to devalue what merits the figure does possess, to be contrary (again), or to be cranky, but I just can’t write one jeremiad after another defending its worth and value in the collector line. So this will be the last. It would be a disservice to you for me to badmouth this figure. It is the most exciting Hasbro action figure we have seen since the TVC Gamorrean Guard. That’s my final answer. If the head pops off a little too easily, it's by no means a deal-breaker. At all. To rave about embarrassing Saga Legends and Mission Series figures to then demean/tear apart and flunk/fail what is Hasbro’s greatest Darth Vader figure ever because on some/many samples have a loose head joint is completely laughable in my eyes. As far as I am concerned, talking trash about this figure is very misleading to our cherished readers. I don't even believe that the critics believe the negative things they're saying about Darth Vader. And sadly my explanation of how to resolve the issue is seemingly falling on deaf ears. (more....)
Posted by Paul | August 06, 2014 at 07:41 AM EDT |
It's a wrap! Thank you for making our exclusive look at The Black Series wave 5 a roaring success. And we're thrilled that most of you see eye to eye with us regarding the stunning Darth Vader figure from this wave as well. We also thank those of you who spread the word via various forums and what not. We got quite a bit of traffic from places we didn't even know existed! We do hope we can provide you with another sneak peek of upcoming figures again soon! Thank you again! If you did miss any of the four-day marathon, please click any thumbnail below to be taken to this wave of figures.
Posted by Paul | August 04, 2014 at 06:45 PM EDT |
We have a very, very exciting review tomorrow (we're finishing up The Black Series wave 5 with a killer figure), but with the excitement of The Black Series 6" Jabba The Hutt's Throne Room going up for pre-order today at Hasbro Toy Shop, we're eager to showcase our own review on this piece now. See if this is what you're expecting after your pre-order today!
Posted by Paul | August 03, 2014 at 03:35 PM EDT |
We have posted an exclusive look at the SDCC exclusive The Black Series 6" Jabba The Hutt's Throne Room on our Facebook page for your perusal. After we finish up The Black Series wave 5, this gorgeous set is next! Click through for more.
Just because we finished up showcasing The Black Series wave 4 doesn’t mean that we’re done adding brand new Star Wars figures into our Research Droids Reviews and Visual Guides. So be here right after midnight (EDT) for more! And you will likely want to be here to see what's up next....
Posted by Paul | May 30, 2014 at 10:34 AM EDT |
You can tell from today's review that we will be returning to look at some of the great products released in the Vinyl Collectible Dolls (VCD) line. We will be checking out a few here and there. But some of you may not know about three of the realistically styled VCD figures, each of which bring a uniqueness and specialty to any one-sixth scale figures line. When I reviewed these figures years ago, I feel I didn't give them the attention that they needed or deserved. So I retook their respective photo galleries which doubled and quadrupled the amount of images in the reviews to help show you why these are essential figures for your collection if you collect Sideshow Collectibles current 1:6 Scale Figures line. Save for Yoda, these characters are not attempted that often in collectible format. But Medicom Toy produced some amazing minimally articulated figures of these characters and I believe they're worth it to check out again.... in much better detail this time around.
In case you missed any, we have reviewed all four (4) Talking Star Wars Figures from the Disney Stores chains, complete with detailed commentary and a large photo gallery for each figure. See why you should not let these pass you by without a second glance.
Posted by Paul | May 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM EDT |
And there is another.... early look at an upcoming RDR. I just received the Security Battle Droids two-pack today and I generated the gallery and finished up the Collector Notes. Review is coming soon. But check out everything else now!
Posted by Paul | May 13, 2014 at 09:08 AM EDT |
Jedi Temple Archives provided you with the very first unboxing and full review of the Disney Stores Talking Stormtrooper. Now we're also providing you with the first unboxing and full review of the Disney Stores Talking Han Solo figure! See why you'll want this figure too! It's an early look at an upcoming RDR!
Posted by Paul | May 05, 2014 at 07:34 PM EDT |
We are gearing up our Visual Guides and RDRs for the new product coming this Summer/Fall. We have created two new categories: "Rebels" and "The Black Series [Phase II]". Keep in mind that ANY product that gets released under these respective line looks will go into these categories. (For example, Mission Series and Saga Legends will be packaged in the Star Wars: Rebels line look). Who do you hope to see from these lines? And what do you think about the line looks?Are they up to snuff? Let us know!
Posted by Paul | April 02, 2014 at 02:07 PM EDT |
Holy cow! Sideshow Collectibles takes a quote from our Research Droids Review of their awesome General Grievous 1:6 Scale Figure and posts it in their General Grievous give-away promotion video (and even calls us their friends)! It's incredibly awesome that they're reading what we have to say about their gorgeous products! Check it out!
Posted by Paul | March 21, 2014 at 10:50 PM EDT |
It's almost unbelievable, but Hasbro did indeed update the very boring 41st Elite Clone Trooper figure in The Black Series line. As you probably already know, we gave that figure one of the worst scores possible. (Many of our readers followed suit.) While not perfect, the revised figure is definitely a tremendous update. Sadly, at the moment there are no plans for this figure to arrive in the USA which will likely enrage many collectors. So we secured a sample for you to review (and another sample to be given away for a future promotion – details to follow) so that you can get a better idea of what this running change is all about. Most importantly, we ALSO cleared out the results of our voting poll. We'd ask that all of you who voted the first time to please revote on this figure based on how the variation looks now, not the debacle that was released earlier. Check out our revised photo gallery (36 total pictures now) and PLEASE cast your new vote in our poll!
The response to the Power Of The Jedi Research Droids Reviews has been incredible so far, and we just delved into this line. I have already received multiple requests to pose the original Kenner figures next to their POTJ updates (if it applies). I should obviously have known better that this would be desired. Anyway, I updated the reviews we have already posted, and future updates will include these comparison pics. We will also be providing comparison pictures for older POTF2 versions as well if they apply. Thank you for your feedback.
Posted by Chuck | March 12, 2014 at 03:31 PM EDT |
We've been hard at work behind the scenes adding tons of enhancements and improvements to our Research Droids Reviews database! One of our big additions is an all-new Quick Search page where you can jump straight to grouped results from the RDR database. With over 1,750 highly detailed reviews this helps narrow down exactly what you are looking for, and all the related products surrounding that collectible! So what are you waiting for, go play with our new feature!
Posted by Paul | March 11, 2014 at 03:25 PM EDT |
I thought I would "never" get through the Star Wars "Saga" figures but thankfully that goal was reached today (well, except for maybe a few repacked figures). A very good but large line, it was filled with awesome figures, but many left something to be desired. Thankfully, beginning tomorrow I will be delving into one of my personal favorite all-time basic figures line, the Power Of The Jedi line. The packaging was certainly mediocre at best, but it was the very first collection that housed everything under one banner: the Original Trilogy, the Expanded Universe and The Phantom Menace and what's especially nice is that Hasbro gave us a fair representation of all the various sources. Plus, we all got some amazing figures as well. I also know for a fact it is a favorite collection amongst many of my colleagues. We will be mixing up the daily reviews to stretch out POTJ as long as possible, so be sure to join us as we dive in head first with some of POTJ's best. It all begins tomorrow!
Posted by Paul | February 28, 2014 at 10:56 PM EDT |
Coming soon to Research Droids Reviews!
A new month begins tomorrow and we thought it would be a fantastic time to introduce our readers to a freshened up look to our Research Droids Reviews. So here is an advanced tease. Check out our new banner and be sure to visit our Research Droids Reviews index page where you'll see this new banner, an updated search menu and lastly the category banner added to every review page. (You can click on that category/collection banner to be take to the full database of collectibles under that category.) Thank you for your continued support and making this column a success and bringing us over 5.5 million hits collectively. You guys and gals rock!
Posted by Paul | February 17, 2014 at 08:38 PM EDT |
We were quite surprised to hear some comments from our readers about The Black Series 6" Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) and Stormtrooper from the perspective that they didn't know much about them until they showed up in our Toy Fair galleries. We thought we would jog your memory a bit about that. We have provided full galleries and reviews on these great figures in January. To catch up, click any thumbnail above to be taken to that review.