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Rumor: Matt Smith To Portray Palpatine In Episode IX?

Now, keep your salt shakers ready! But according to a rumor which was first reported by the Weekly Planet Podcast on YouTube (and subsequently picked up by several websites) an inside source told them that Matt Smith will play none other than a young Sheev Palpatine in Episode IX. Now what could that be? Flashback? A Clone? Or maybe just yet another baseless rumor? At least the source is not Mike Zeroh 😉
What do you think? Would you like to see Palpatine in Episode IX? Should he teach Kylo Ren a thing or two about being the Evil Lord of the galaxy?

Matt Smith

Matt Smith in The Adventures of Young Palpatine?

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Now, this just came in. The international Han/Leia exclusive set will NOT be sold on HTS. Instead, you can order the set on Entertainment Earth, starting tomorrow! No product page exists at the moment so keep refreshing that browser come November 6th! You can find the announcement on the HTS website!

Update: here is the link to the product page on Entertainment Earth!

 

Han and Leia Hoth Black Series Exclusive

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Well, I was informed today by my etailer of choice in Germany that they will most likely not get the US Disney Store exclusives Phasma (Quicksilver Baton) and Zuckuss. But they wished me good luck finding the figures elsewhere. Ok, ebay usually has everything and not getting the figures at all was never the problem, but ebay has ebay prices and of course you can get Zuckuss and Phasma both on ebay. And I pulled the trigger, but not without much grumbling. However, the whole bounty hunter collection would be pretty much useless without Zuckuss. The question now is, fellow collectors outside North America: were you able to find, pre-order or buy either of the figures in your country (other than on ebay, that is)? And dear Hasbro, why on earth is it so difficult sometimes to get figures to distributors or etailers outside of North America? And why can’t or won’t the various Disney Stores in Europe and elsewhere sell the figures? You had all the time in the world since TRU’s demise to figure out something? You do realize that Zuckuss is needed to complete the 6 inch bounty hunters and that collectors will be quite annoyed if they can’t get him?

Star Wars Black Series Phasma and Zuckuss

Not For Sale Outside North America?

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Pre-order The TVC Imperial Assault Tank Driver For $12.97!

Pre-order the Imperial Tank Driver at Amazon for $12.97!

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HURRY! The entire next wave of 6″ figures are IN STOCK as of this post at Hasbro Toy Shop! NOTE: Direct links aren’t working for some reason. Search “star wars black series” and then sort by NEW at HTS and you’ll see all of the new figures!

Dengar
Princess Leia (Hoth Outfit)
Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise)
Val (Vandor-1)
Rio Durant
Imperial Patrol Trooper
L3-37

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JTA Presents: Evolutions - Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Training)

Welcome to another one our JTA Presents: Evolutions features! Let’s check out how close or far we are from having an ideal Hasbro 3.75″ Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Training) action figure. Have we arrived at definitive status yet? Weigh in and let us know what conclusion you’ll come to by clicking through and adding your two cents in the comments!

Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Training)

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If you saw the arresting and spectacular final “Rick Grimes” episode of The Walking Dead last night, you were officially introduced to actress Cailey Fleming (although she did appear in a couple of “flashback” episodes earlier in the series). Interestingly, Cailey played “young Rey” in The Force Awakens flashback scene and is now promoted to series regular in The Walking Dead as Judith Grimes as the series time jumps six years ahead. The Walking Dead has resurrected itself to its glory years, and last night’s episode proved that. Too bad stupid Chris won’t care.

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Review: Dengar - TBS6 [P3] - 74

NEW FIGURES! Let’s begin with Dengar from The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line! This figure is fantastic. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

Dengar

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Comicbook.com recently released an article in which Clone Wars Boba Fett voice actor Daniel Logan is quoted as saying that Disney canceled The Clone Wars back in 2013 because the show would have become too graphic for them.
Logan said this at London Comic Con: “Disney, they cancelled it, I think it was getting a little too graphic — actually, it was getting really graphic. Boba was doing some really, really cool stuff. He started actually becoming a bounty hunter.”
According to Logan he recorded dialogue for several episodes which would have pitted Boba Fett against Cad Bane and would have seen him become the bounty hunter we know.
But instead of finishing The Clone Wars Disney created Rebels, a more family friendly show. We can only hope that we will get all the missing episodes one day, graphic or not, I think Disney should not insist that all of Star Wars must be family friendly, Resistance is good family entertainment, The Clone Wars can be more mature. Let’s all hope the show will be a huge success on the streaming service and convince Disney to finish all the episodes that have recorded dialogue!

The Clone Wars Bounty Hunters

Some less than savoury types

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Review: Wicket W. Warrick - ROTJ - Vintage Kenner

We continue our “Turning Ewokese” marathon with Wicket W. Warrick. This action figure is freaking adorable. Relive your memories of this classic 1984 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Wicket W. Warrick

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The Rest Of TBS6 [P3] Wave 19 Added To Our RDRs

If you’re interested, we’ve added the rest of The Black Series [Phase III] wave 19 to our RDR database. Reviews are around the corner, but you can check out the Photo Galleries now.

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Shop Disney Parks App Has Sandcrawler Playset Again!

If you’re interested, the Sandcrawler Playset is IN STOCK at the Shop Disney (app) only as of this post. You also get free shipping with orders $75 or more. Special thanks to rivesjunctionite for the alert!

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Images and news reports are floating around on social media that Hasbro’s inaugural wave of the reintroduced The Vintage Collection figures are now found at discount outlets like Bargain Hunt (and others). Hasbro, it’s time to move away from the Sequel Trilogy repacks. When we said “slap it on a vintage card back” we meant great figures from your The Legacy Collection, Legacy Collection, and The Black Series [Phase I and Phase II] lines, updated with photoreal technology. You know; the characters from before Disney Star Wars. Disney Star Wars characters are essential, but you should treat them in The Vintage Collection like how you’re handling the Original and Prequel Trilogy characters. You have it backward!

UPDATE: Per one of our readers, Bargain Hunt is supposedly getting their stock from TARGET stores. Man, that’s a powerful statement if it’s true.

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Will Disney Strike An Exclusive Deal With JJ Abrams?

Variety has a new exclusive story: apparently JJ Abrams is seeking to strike a huge deal with an entertainment company, in an effort to consolidate his business. As of now, Abrams has a contract with Paramount (for movies) and Warner Bros. (for TV related work). Abrams wants to change all that and is seeking a deal that would encompass not just movies and TV shows, but also digital content, music, games, consumer products and even theme park opportunities. Click through for some more details!

JJ Abrams

“You want to make a deal with me!”

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We continue our “Turning Ewokese” marathon with Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho). She was one of Kenner’s most progressive figures ever produced. And she holds up very well today. Relive your memories of this classic 1983 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho)

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Pre-Order The Hot Toys Deluxe R2-D2 Sixth Scale Figure

Sideshow Collectibles quietly opened up the pre-order for the all-new sixth scale Hot Toys Deluxe R2-D2 figure. Click here for the pre-order page!

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Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Check out the latest from our long-time sponsor Brian’s Toys…

Does Brian’s Toys have the widest variety of Star Wars figures? YUP!  Does Brian’s Toys also supply other vintage lines like MOTU and GI Joe? YUP!  Check our our newly listed loose vintage AFA MOTU & GI Joe figures!  We have also received in the Premium Format Sideshow Stormtrooper that would be a phenomenal addition to any collection.

Brian's Toys

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Walmart Believes They Are America's Best Toy Shop

Walmart had dropped hints months earlier that they would try to fill the retail toy footprint abandoned by Toys R Us’ demise. But now Walmart appears to be a little too cocky for their own good. Billing themselves as “America’s Best Toy Shop,” it looks like they have bigger plans they can handle in mind. Or maybe it’s all a facade. Only time will tell. Click the image below to see their latest ad. Special thanks to JTA reader RB for sending it our way.

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On display at SDCC, check out the official unveiling of the  Hot Toys R2-D2 Deluxe figure, full of every tool imaginable, and with Death Star plans to-boot! This IS the droid you are looking for! Click through for a full preview gallery of R2-D2 (Deluxe Version) (MMS511).

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Star Wars Fan Awards 2018 Voting Open

StarWars.com has opened up audience choice voting in categories of long video, short video, photography, and visual art. One of our frequent readers/commenters Matthew C. has a photo in the final voting stages, which must be quite exciting! I’ve had that specific photo on my work desktop background for some time, so I appreciate that it is getting some official recognition. Be sure to check out some of the remarkable entries here, and cast your vote today! Click through for more action figure photo submissions in the finals. Full Story

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How Retail Works (Probably Not As You Think)

Among Star Wars collectors a very common misconception seems to be widespread: that of the vendor or manufacturer that dumps some pegwarmers on unsuspecting retailers who then have to see how on earth they can get rid of all that junk they just bought. The vendor or manufacturer meanwhile leans back in their seat, counts the dollar bills, lights a Cuban cigar with a $100 bill and cackles maniacally while lightning and thunder fill the sky in the background. Ok, I may exaggerate a tiny little bit here, since the vendor is of course on a tropical island without any thunder and lightning. But one idea that is often found in comments is that of Hasbro simply dumping product on the doorstep of retailers who then scratch their heads and wonder how to sell the stuff and who then have to resort to deep discounts to clear shelf space to finally get rid of unwanted junk. Losing money in the process. The actual truth is very, very different. So click through to find out more about the complicated world of the retailer – vendor relationship.

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A well stocked Star Wars toy section

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Review: 8D8 - ROTJ - Vintage Kenner

We continue our “Turning Ewokese” marathon with 8D8. The droid is pretty neat, but doesn’t do much and doesn’t come with anything. Relive your memories of this classic 1983 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

8D8

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JTA Presents: Evolutions - Luminara Unduli

Welcome to another one our JTA Presents: Evolutions features! Let’s check out how close or far we are from having an ideal Hasbro 3.75″ Luminara Unduli action figure. Have we arrived at definitive status yet? Weigh in and let us know what conclusion you’ll come to by clicking through and adding your two cents in the comments!

Luminara Unduli

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Sideshow Collectibles Darth Maul Life-Size Bust Pre-Order

The pre-order is live for the amazing Darth Maul life-size bust. Click here for the pre-order page and additional details.

 

 

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She Looks Like Something From The Twilight Zone

Do you want to see one of the freakiest things ever? JTA reader Andrew C. found a Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton) figure at his local Disney Store today with the helmet loose and off of the figure’s head revealing what Captain Phasma looks like underneath. It’s freaky! Check it out!

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Sideshow Collectibles has a great looking hardcover book up for pre-order: Star Wars Icons: Han Solo. Click here to check out a few inside details. This is set to ship by December 2018. 

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Has Star Wars Lost It's Magic? [Spoiler: No]

YouTube Channel HelloGreedo released a short but informative video earlier today. He talks about that Star Wars magic we felt as kids and if it’s all gone now. In my opinion he makes some great points here. I believe it’s time to step back a bit and to take in the whole picture. We can get lost in debates about the handling of Luke in The Last Jedi, the distribution of toys, whether or not Kathleen Kennedy is the worst studio president ever, when in fact none of that matters that much or not at all even to the new generation. Which doesn’t mean we shouldn’t debate these things, we definitely should, but we shouldn’t think that this is something of utmost importance to everyone. So check out that short 4 minute video and maybe it will make you feel better about Star Wars again. Thanks to JTA regular Matthew C. for the tip! As always, leave your own thoughts in the comments!

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New Elite Series Diecast Droids Coming To Shop Disney

New Elite Series droids are coming to Shop Disney shortly. They’re currently available on the French version of the site. Special thanks to JTA reader Darth Rizzen for the alert!

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TBS6 [P3] 4-LOM IN STOCK At Amazon!

If you need it, The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ 4-LOM is IN STOCK with Prime! Thanks to all who wrote in to let us know!

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Shop Disney Hasbro 6" Exclusives Live!

All of the Shop Disney exclusives are live and available to order! Use THIS LINK to order them. Grab Zuckuss, Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton) and Stormtrooper (With Blast Accessories). Use PROMO CODE SHIPMAGIC for free shipping for orders over $75. We reviewed all three months ago. Check out our reviews and images HERE.

Zuckuss $24.95
Captain Phasma $19.95
Stormtrooper $24.95

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Review: Nikto - ROTJ - Vintage Kenner

We begin our “Turning Ewokese” marathon with Nikto. He didn’t stand out all that much, but he’s still a great figure. Relive your memories of this classic 1983 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Nikto

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Spread the Sithmas cheer these holidays with a Star Wars Season’s Greetings collectible coin note from New Zealand Mint. You can gift this 5g silver coin note to the Star Wars fan in your life. Though, with such a quirky precious metal gift, you’ll probably want to keep one for yourself too. Full details after the jump!

Full Story

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Don’t forget, Shop Disney will put three highly sought-after Hasbro The Black Series [Phase III] exclusives up for order tomorrow, but the links may go live early in the morning (as they often do). Keep checking THIS LINK to see when they go up for sale. You’ll be able to order Zuckuss, Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton) and Stormtrooper (With Blast Accessories). We reviewed all three months ago. Check out our reviews and images HERE.

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Visual Guide Update - R4-BOO18 - Droid Factory

Trick or Treat! It’s time for another Halloween Visual Guide update! Of course, we will be featuring Disney Parks’ annual Halloween-themed Droid Factory droid. This year we get R4-BOO18. Click below to check out this candy-corn giving Visual Guide, and make sure to also read our spooktacular review right here!

R4-BOO18 - Disney Parks - Droid Factory

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“Jabba Don't Preach” Complete! Kenner Series 7 Next!

It’s hard to believe, but our “Jabba Don’t Preach” marathon of the Star Wars Series 6 Vintage Kenner Mini Action Figures has concluded. If you need to catch up on any of them, all you need to do is click any thumbnail below, and it will take you to the archive. We’d once again like to thank you for your participation. Recounting all of your childhood memories with these unequaled action figures and sharing the wonderful experiences you’ve all had with them is priceless. Please keep adding to the discussions! Also, please begin to prepare yourselves for more as we dive into November’s “Turning Ewokese” marathon where we look at the Return Of The Jedi Series 7 figures. These reviews will focus on 14 Kenner action figures from the second and third waves of the Return Of The Jedi line, and we’re very excited to tackle them.

      
      
      
      

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