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Disney Q1 2019 Earnings

Earlier today Disney released their Q1 2019 numbers. Disney’s fiscal year begins at the end of September, so their Q1 2019 numbers are actually for the 2018 holiday season. I will just make this quick, no detailed charts etc since Hasbro is due to release their numbers this Friday and I will go more in depth here. Star Wars was brought up in the Disney earnings report and please click through for the details. And yes, it’s always the darkest just before dawn.

Rey in The Last Jedi

Rey’s tears have not run dry yet

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Taika Waititi Speaks About The Mandalorian

Director Taika Waititi (Thor 3, What We Do In The Shadows) talked about working on The Mandalorian during a panel for the upcoming tv show What We Do In The Shadows, based on his movie from a few years ago. Not that much was revealed but he gave some insight into how it’s like to work for Star Wars. He also hinted at a potentially big scene in the upcoming series. Click through for more details!

Taika Waititi

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With the perplexing case assortments and character selection of Hasbro Star Wars toys, fans have surmised that perhaps Lucasfilm is more involved in the process than expected. How many of us wondered why a case assortment contains the characters it does, or why other characters get released in every scale and format possible. But now a three-year-old video of Kathleen Kennedy speaking at the “The Most Powerful Women” event for Fortune has resurfaced and interestingly reveals what many have speculated. It is an interesting and illuminating video. And from where we stand it seems to have had an impact on merchandising of the new Disney Star Wars films. Let’s take a closer look at what Ms. Kennedy said.

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The faces of the Disney Star Wars franchise

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Our next Galaxy of Adventures wave 1 Visual Guide update features Darth Vader (The Villain). Click below to check out the full Visual Guide. Make sure to also swing by our review for a detailed analysis of this figure.

Darth Vader (The Villain) - Galaxy of Adventures

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We are going back and filling in wave 1 in our Visual Guides from the Galaxy of Adventures line. First up is Chewbacca (The Copilot). Click below to check out the full guide page for this figure. Make sure to also go back and revisit this review and discussion right here in our review database.

Chewbacca (The Copilot) - Galaxy of Adventures

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R5-D4 Is In The Mandalorian?

Jon Favreau loves to tease… and this time he posted a photo of an R5 unit from The Mandalorian on his Instagram!
I wonder if this could be R5-D4? Only with a functioning motivator this time? I compared the photo with my Bandai model kit of R5 and even with how R5 appeared in the movie and the color scheme seems to be identical, however this R5 unit appears to show some more wear and tear than the R5 we meet in A New Hope. But it’s many years later, so who knows what he went through. Maybe some droid experts out there can shed some more light on it. Anyway, it’s photos like these that build up anticipation for the show!

R5-D4

Skippy?

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Will An Episode IX Teaser Be Shown During Super Bowl?

Website adage.com lists companies that are known to have booked airtime for the upcoming Super Bowl in February. And one entry is quite interesting. Filed unter “entertainment” the website says: “Walt Disney will air an undisclosed number of spots in the game.” With no further details, while all the other entries have detailed info on who made the spot and even some basic details about the spot.
What is it that Walt Disney could possibly air? Ok, there are upcoming Marvel movies, but we’ve had trailers for them already. Maybe there will be some last minute marketing for the Captain Marvel movie, which is released in March? But why keep that a secret? Or maybe, just maybe, we will get to see a first teaser for Episode IX, arguably the most important Disney movie in 2019? I believe the Super Bowl would be the perfect time to release the Episode IX teaser. We’ll know very soon!

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Disney's 2018 Annual Report Sees Star Wars In Decline

The Walt Disney Company released its proxy statement for the full year 2018 last Friday, January 11th. And it may surprise no one to learn that Star Wars earned less money for Disney in 2018. I took this opportunity to not only look at the current report, but also at past reports, to see what has been going on. So click through for a more detailed look and some insight into the reasons for decreasing revenue. Straight from the Mouse’s mouth!

Rey in The Last Jedi

Rey has just read Disney’s annual report for 2018

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The Long-term Future Of Star Wars And Collecting

Lately I’ve been thinking about the future of Star Wars, both as a whole and more particular as something that makes people buy action figures. The ultimate question is: will Star Wars either fade away, become less significant once the people who grew up with the original and prequel trilogy move on, or will Star Wars find new love and enthusiasm in a new generation, despite a much more competitive environment than we had 20 or 40 years ago? Click through for some musings and for which I hope will launch a fruitful discussion about the future of Star Wars!

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Mythological kids playing with mythological Star Wars toys

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Visual Guide Update - Major Vonreg - Star Wars [Resistance]

Up next for the Star Wars [Resistance] Visual Guide updates is Major Vonreg. Click below to check out our Visual Guide of this figure, and click here to check out our full review.

Major Vonreg - Star Wars [Resistance] - Basic Figures

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Review: Major Vonreg - SW [R] - Basic

It’s our final year of Research Droids Reviews! A new year means new figures! Let’s continue with Major Vonreg which is another beautiful action figure from the Star Wars [Resistance] line. 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.

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Visual Guide Update - Synara San - Star Wars [Resistance]

We continue our Star Wars [Resistance] Visual Guide updates tonight with a look at Synara San. Click below to have a look at our full guide page. Click here to check out our detailed review.

Synara San - Star Wars [Resistance] - Basic Figures

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HURRY! The Disney Droid Factory Sandcrawler is BACK IN STOCK! Special thanks to friend Steve U. for the alert! If you don’t know about this fabulous vehicle yet, please see our exclusive RDR on it RIGHT HERE!

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Review: Synara San - SW [R] - Basic

It’s our final year of Research Droids Reviews! A new year means new figures! Let’s continue with Synara San, another lovely and new action figure from the Star Wars [Resistance] line. 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.

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Disney Acquisition Of Fox Finalized?

Entertainment Earth is reporting that the Disney/Fox merger is likely finalized. Click through to read their report!

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Visual Guide Update - Torra Doza - Star Wars [Resistance]

Next up for the Star Wars [Resistance] Visual Guide updates is Torra Doza. Click below to check her out in our full Visual Guide, and make sure to also read all about this figure in our full review.

Torra Doza - Star Wars [Resistance] - Basic Figures

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Review: Torra Doza - SW [R] - Basic

It’s our final year of Research Droids Reviews! A new year means new figures! Let’s continue with Torra Doza, a brilliant new action figure from the Star Wars [Resistance] line. 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.

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We have a sneak peek for you tonight of the first wave of Star Wars: Resistance figures. As I opened up, inspected, played with and photographed these figures, I couldn’t help but wonder if The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were made of up of realistic versions of these animated characters if it the films wouldn’t be so heavily panned by the longtime facet of collectors and collectors would be more engaged with Hasbro. The Star Wars [Resistance] Hasbro line has the potential to feel like the first couple of waves of the original vintage Kenner line. From the bright colors to the excellent sculpts, Hasbro has employed their fair share of creativity skills to design a line that SHOULD appeal to collectors of all ages. There is a HEALTHY balance of male, female and trooper characters, and droids and creatures soon will follow.

Sadly, I don’t think this line will take off or be successful which I sincerely feel is a shame. I have yet to watch any episodes myself, but I don’t believe the collecting audience Hasbro has for Disney-era Star Wars Entertainment will support this line the way it needs. The show looks good to me, but like so may other longtime Star Wars fans, it’s hard to stay engaged with so much turmoil in the community and hobby. Hopefully, I am wrong about this. Anyway, check out the first wave of figures. Reviews for this line begin in the New Year. Special thanks to friend Russ T. for securing these figures for me so that I can feature them here for you.

      
      

 

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Disney/Verizon Dispute Puts Channels At Risk For Fios Subscribers

New Year’s Eve could be a bit less celebratory for Verizon Fios TV subscribers if the pay-TV provider doesn’t come to an agreement with Disney. The two media companies are negotiating a new contract to keep Disney’s channels including ESPN, Disney Channel and ABC stations in New York and Philadelphia among subscribers’ channel choices. But the current contract expires Dec. 31 and both sides are currently playing hard to please. USA Today has the details.

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The Possible Future Of The Star Wars License

US toy company Mattel suffered quite a loss earlier this week. Warner Brothers decided not to extend the DC Comics boys’ action toys license with Mattel and instead gave the license to Canadian toy manufacturer Spin Master, beginning in 2020. Spin Master is a much smaller company compared to Mattel, their revenue in 2017 was 1.55 billion USD compared to Mattel’s 4.88 billion USD (Hasbro made 5.21 billion USD). You may know Spin Master from toys such as Air Hogs (there were a few Star Wars Air Hogs) and the more recent Hatchimals. Now, why exactly is Mattel losing most of its DC Comics license news on a Star Wars website? Let’s click through for a discussion and also for some speculation!

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Batman on a Star Wars website. Because he’s Batman.

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Visual Guide Update - R4-H18 - Droid Factory

Merry Christmas from the team at JTA! We’re celebrating with a Visual Guide update featuring Disney’s latest holiday edition Droid Factory figure: R4-H18. Click below to check out our full Visual Guide. Make sure to also take your festive spirit over to our Research Droids Review of this figure right here!

R4-H18 - Disney - Droid Factory

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Jon Favreau Also Wishes You A Merry Christmas!

… and Jon Favreau even has a small present for you!

IG-88

The world’s most favorite Rolls Royce jet engine part

He posted this photo on his Instagram earlier today, wishing everyone a merry Christmas! Thanks, Jon!

Oh, and in other news, it was rumored before, but now it seems to be all but confirmed that The Mandalorian will feature some very well known bounty hunters! Thanks to JTA regular Darth Rizzen for the alert!

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Review: R4-H18 - Droid Factory (MERRY CHRISTMAS 2018!)

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Disney Parks released another holiday-themed astromech droid. So let’s check out R4-H18. It’s a nice-looking figure. It’s the focus of 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.

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Review: Darth Vader (The Villain) - GOA - Basic

Sigh. Let’s continue our look at the first wave of Galaxy Of Adventures. It’s another line full of repacks. Aren’t you excited? Let’s move ahead with Darth Vader (The Villain). He’s the focus of 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.

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Review: Chewbacca (The Copilot) - GOA - Basic

Sigh. Let’s look at the first wave of Galaxy Of Adventures. It’s another line full of repacks. Aren’t you excited? Let’s begin with Chewbacca. He’s the focus of 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.

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Composer For The Mandalorian Announced

The official Star Wars website announced the composer for the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian earlier today. And his name is Ludwig Göransson. The Swede is known for composing the Black Panther soundtrack (The Mandalorian sure has a few people from Marvel on the team now), he also composed the soundtracks to the Rocky spin-offs Creed I+II, and most recently you could hear his work in the movie Venom. His TV resume includes Community, New Girl and Happy Endings. Göransson is also a producer for Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) for which he received three Grammy nominations. Thanks to Martin M. for the alert!

Ludwig Göransson

Ludwig Göransson

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The Mandalorian Cast Officially Revealed

Lucasfilm took their time to officially reveal what was known for quite a while now. But the official Star Wars website finally reveals some of the cast members for The Mandalorian and it is confirmed that Pedro Pascal will be the titular character in the upcoming Disney+ Star Wars series. Also confirmed was that Carl Weathers, Gina Carano and Nick Nolte have roles in the series. However, there were also some new (some of them rumored before) cast members announced! Click through for more!

Werner Herzog

Hollywood’s favorite German: Werner Herzog

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Chinese factory workers producing toys for Hasbro, Disney, Lego and Mattel and are being subjected to “nightmare” working conditions in the run-up to Christmas, an investigation has alleged.

The report, titled “A Nightmare for Workers,” shows findings from campaign groups China Labor Watch, ActionAid, CiR, and Solidar Suisse, who sent undercover investigators to four factories that produced toys sold at Walmart, Costco, Target and other international retailers. (more….)


It must be exhausting making all of that 5POA crap!

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Showrunner For Upcoming Diego Luna Star Wars Series Found!

Stephen Schiff will be the showrunner for the upcoming and as of yet untitled Disney+ Star Wars show about Cassian Andor (Diego Luna will reprise the role, as you remember). Schiff was, among other things, a writer/producer for the excellent show “The Americans”. He also wrote a few movie scripts, among them the 1997 adaption of “Lolita”, the Clint Eastwood movie “True Crime” and the Oliver Stone drama “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”. So even if that means that Schiff has no experience with genre work, he has experience writing both Hollywood movies and tv shows. Maybe he’s a Star Wars fan, and if not, he has plenty of time to get acquainted with the franchise.
Nothing else is known about the Cassian Andor series yet. I suppose we’ll learn more about Stephen Schiff’s plans for the show next year. We’ll keep you posted!

Stephen Schiff

Stephen Schiff

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Review: TIE Fighter And Pilot Set - Star Wars Toybox

Now let’s check out the TIE Fighter And Pilot Set from the Star Wars Toybox line. It’s a whole lot of fun, but will you care? 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.

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Review: Chirrut Îmwe - Elite Series

Now let’s check out Chirrut Îmwe from the Elite Series line. It’s not that great. 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.

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Review: Baze Malbus - Elite Series

Let’s check out Baze Malbus from the Elite Series line. It’s one of the best human likenesses in the Elite Series line and is nicely executed. 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.

Baze Malbus

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Review: Imperial Death Trooper - Elite Series

Let’s check out the Imperial Death Trooper from the Elite Series line. It’s nicely executed. 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.

Imperial Death Trooper

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Review: R2-D2 [ROTJ] - Elite Series

Let’s check out another new figure in the Elite Series line. Disney did another great job with R2-D2 [ROTJ]. 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.

R2-D2 [ROTJ]

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Review: R5-D4 - Elite Series

Let’s check out another new figure in the Elite Series line. Disney did a great job with R5-D4. 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.

R5-D4

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