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Here’s the review of the Jabba’s Palace (Adventure Set). It’s big, it’s beautiful, and you’re going to love it. Find out why this is a must-have purchase 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.

Jabba's Palace (Adventure Set)

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JTA reader Terminal Voracity sends a cool store report for the Walmart Exclusive TVC Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure. It’s now on Rollback at some retail locations. See images below for proof. By the way, you can still order the figure online HERE

    

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Well, I am not sure if Tom Kane is going to have a job after this. During an interview at Star Wars Celebration, he stated that for the last six years he’s voiced Admiral Ackbar. And he immediately explained his disdain for his character’s death in The Last Jedi. He said (paraphrased) “And I was not really thrilled how they blew him up outside of the ship. And I’m like who’s this Holdo woman? And nobody knows this. No one invested in this. Who is she? Why is she saving the fleet?” before the host interrupted him to change topics and looked nervously doing so. The host’s expression is classic. See the clip yourself before it gets edited out at the 3 hours 49-minutes mark of the live feed on YouTube.

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Holy mackerel. I am dumbfounded by The Vintage Collection Jabba’s Palace (Adventure Set). This is what I had wished for TVC since its inception back in 2010. And although it took almost a decade to happen, Hasbro finally gets it. When it comes to scenery and playsets and other things required to make the 3.75″ super-articulated masterpieces look more beautiful, this is one of the ways to do it. Jabba’s Palace (Adventure Set) comes with a solid plastic diorama of a cut of Jabba’s Palace. It then interacts wonderfully with the two figures exclusively included here, but also with so many other beautiful action figures produced years ago.

Exclusively included are TVC-carded versions of Han Solo (Carbonite) (VC136) and Ree-Yees (VC137). Han Solo disappointingly doesn’t come with “photorealistic” technology, but his paint operations are slightly improved from the 2015 release. His carbonite block is magnetized this time and hangs properly within the walls of Jabba’s Palace. Still, he’s based on The Empire Strikes Back, so we need a ROTJ-specific version of him. Seeing him carded this time in TVC-packaging is nice. Ree-Yees is markedly improved. The eyes look better than ever, and his coloring is brighter and more profound like it should be. And in all honesty, were it not for an exclusive retail set like this, we may have never gotten Ree-Yees packaged in The Vintage Collection. Both figures are a tremendous enhancement to this retailer exclusive, and make the $49.99 MSRP completely worth it for us.

The review is coming tomorrow, but feel free to check out the full gallery and other parts of the review right now. We worked up some cool scenes for you to enjoy and spent some time putting everything together for some screen-accurate presentations. Please leave your thoughts in the comments and be sure to come back for the full review tomorrow. By the way, our sample has a defect. The tauntaun’s right horn isn’t attached correctly, so we got stuck with an odd-looking trophy. Don’t let the error affect your appreciation of this set. Click HERE to check it out!

Jabba's Palace (Adventure Set)

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The Clone Wars Season 7 Discussion!

Discuss The Clone Wars Season 7 RIGHT HERE! Man oh man is this going to be a great “reboot” (I know it’s NOT a reboot) of the series!

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A First Look At The Mandalorian!

The Mandalorian panel just closed a few minutes ago. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni talked about the show and revealed a few details. Also on the panel were the three main characters Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano and Carl Weathers. And while not very much was revealed, almost nothing about the actual story, we did learn a few things! A sizzle reel was also shown, however, the YouTube stream faded to back when the footage was shown. But several Bothan spies were able to smuggle out the footage and we will show you some screenshots of the revealed footage! So click through for a look at The Mandalorian!

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The 501st was asked to portray Stormtroopers on set – click for the much larger version

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BAD in an all-new scale revealed today at Galaxy’s Edge! Click below for a look at our full gallery of Galaxy’s Edge reveals from this morning! See our Instagram and Facebook pages for more!

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Head to our Facebook gallery for an exciting look at some great 3.75″ Droid Depot color changing droids coming to Galaxy’s Edge INCLUDING a blue Lars’ Power Droid! See our Instagram and Facebook pages for more!

UPDATE: Full Facebook Gallery HERE

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GameStop has the exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] Shock Trooper helmet for 50% off. Special thanks to JTA reader Vincent B. for the alert.

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The Original Trilogy Collection Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter was the first release of this vehicle since 1997’s The Power Of The Force “2” release (and also a Toys R Us exclusive). It comes with a Darth Vader pack-in figure too. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or 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.

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Here’s a look at some of the fun costumes and activities from day 3 of Celebration Chicago!

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There’s another unannounced The Black Seris 6′ figure coming from GameStop, and it’s part of a bundle with the Jedi Fallen Order video game. Click through for more.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Story Trailer Released

Respawn Entertainment (developer of Titanfall, owned by EA) finally revealed a trailer for the upcoming Star Wars Game Jedi: Fallen Order, in which you play an Order 66 survivor, a young male Padawan named Cal Kestis, who tries to blend in. Barriss Offee is supposed to be featured in the game as well. It was already revealed yesterday that the game will be single player only and that there won’t be any microtransactions.  So fans of story based games may finally get something from EA. The game has a release date of November 15th. There’s one thing however which raises eyebrows. Respawn merely released a story trailer, no actual gameplay footage was shown. Mere seven months before release you would think they have at least something to show. That they didn’t present any gameplay at all should make fans somewhat wary.
Maybe the game will once more be developed in typical EA fashion: big crunch time towards the end where the devs will code 24/7, six months straight, with the game still not really finished on release date and needing several patches post release. Let’s hope the game will actually be finished and more or less bug-free when it is released in November!

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Hasbro has released official PRESS IMAGES and we have them in a gallery on our Facebook page. Check them out!

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Did Coca-Cola Just Become Star Wars Canon?

The Galaxy’s Edge panel is currently taking place at Star Wars celebration, and only a few minutes ago CNN Business posted an exclusive article about bringing Coke products to a galaxy far, far away. More…

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Celebration Chicago 2019: Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya was set up in two booths this year. While there was not much new to offer, their displays were very well done! Get the full gallery after the jump!

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Celebration Chicago 2019: Diamond Select Toys

Since Diamond Select Toys is the new Gentle Giant, they featured all the latest mini busts and statues from Gentle Giant. Click through to check out our full gallery of the Diamond Select Toys booth!

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Pre-order New Star Wars Toys At Hasbro Pulse!

Lastly, most products revealed yesterday are available for pre-order on Hasbro Pulse.

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Pre-order The Black Series Archive Wave 2 On Amazon!

You can also pre-order the next wave of The Black Series Archive line on Amazon too!

  
  

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Pre-order the next wave of The Vintage Collection figures on Amazon!

  
  

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Pre-order the Amazon exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Emperor Palpatine with throne room chair!

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Review: MSE-1T - OTC - Star Tours

The Original Trilogy Collection STAR TOURS line featured the fourth and final wave of action figures from Disney’s STAR TOURS attraction. Let’s finish up with MSE-1T in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or 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.

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Day 2 is a wrap! Click through for our full gallery of costuming and festivities from around the convention!

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Celebration Chicago 2019: LEGO

LEGO is celebrating 20 years with Star Wars, and their booth was fully themed for the event, including a brilliant display with a LEGO luck Skywalker coming ‘off the page’. You can check out our full LEGO gallery right here!

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Affiliate and sponsor Entertainment Earth has placed the new merchandise up for order. Click through to see what’s available!

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Can It Get Any Better?

Also revealed earlier today on the Star Wars Show Live (around the 5 hour 4 minute mark) was the following: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will have NO microtransactions and NO multiplayer, it will strictly be a story focused single player game. The statement was made by Vince Zampalla, head of Respawn Entertainment, who develop the game. I suppose this news is something that should elate all gamers who have been asking for something like that for years now. Maybe EA have learned their lesson not just with Battlefront II, but also with missteps like Anthem. More details about Fallen Order will be revealed on Saturday, so stay tuned! But this news alone makes me a lot more excited for it.

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JJ Abrams Consulted With George Lucas For Episode IX

Now that’s a very interesting tidbit which was revealed following the Episode IX panel at SWCC earlier today. JJ Abrams actually consulted with George Lucas for Episode IX and the return of Emperor Palpatine! Does it mean that some of George’s ideas made it into Episode IX? Or was JJ merely asking for some insight into the character of Palpatine? Either way it’s good to see that George’s input is still valuable, no matter how minor (the wardrobe scene in Solo) or major (Palpatine’s return) it may be. JJ certainly knows that the franchise owes everything to George Lucas and for him to have some input on the very last Skywalker movie is only appropriate, I think.

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Well, this is interesting. JTA reader bnicks87 sent me an image PROVING that the re-released TVC Darth Vader (VC08) figure has a running change. Our sample featured a two-piece removable helmet (dome/faceplate and collar), but bnicks87’s sample came with the original three-piece helmet. It looks as if only the earliest examples have the “Evolutions” helmet. Dang, it. I shouldn’t have opened mine.

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Hasbro Claims To Know About TVC "Name Pill" Issue

During the Q&A at the Hasbro Presentation, the dreadful issue of the incorrectly designed “name pill” came up (and is something we’ve been complaining about since TVC’s return). While they were unable to answer definitely, Hasbro did concede that they’re looking into it. Hopefully, like other issues in the line, this also gets corrected as well. (Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Binary_Son for the graphic below and for helping to keep this a burning issue for super-articulated collectors.

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First Look At Rose Tico in Episode IX

A still image (or production photo) of Rose and Rey in Star Wars Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker was revealed earlier today. So without any further delay, here’s the photo:

Rose and Rey in Episode IXAnd while I think that Rose looks a lot better than in her TLJ outfit, very official and all business, I can still only hope we will not get an action figure of her in that outfit, since it follows the more or less boring design language of Resistance costumes. The shirt appears to have the exact same design as Poe’s. So that means she probably also wears pants with a similar design and color: brown. I really, really hope Star Wars will eventually move beyond the current tan, beige, brown, grey, white and black color scheme. My toy shelf needs some more color!

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Here is the gallery of the Hasbro showroom floor revealing all of the new stuff from the Presentation. Check it out on our Facebook page!

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The New Episode IX Toy Box Art!

Earlier today the box art design for Episode IX toys was also revealed.

Star Wars Episode IX boxExpect quite a few of these boxes come October! It’s interesting that Kylo is the focus here and not Rey, for TLJ we had several characters on the box.

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And here some news that will certainly go over well… apparently the announcement even received loud boos at the presentation: there will be three exclusive Black Series sets for Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge theme park. Click through for the pictures!

Black Series Smuggler's Run

Yes, Hondo will come to the Black Series, no, you will not be able to buy him anywhere

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As we revealed yesterday, the three figures that make up the Skiff Guards three-pack will come individually carded. Look at how beautiful these carded figures are. More, please, Hasbro.

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