Wow! A store report of the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] Emperor Palpatine basic figure has been made in Rebelscum’s forums. There are also other NJ Walmart sightings of this figure too. This confirms our rumor report that this figure would likely make its way out to retail in some capacity. Interesting, huh? Special thanks to JTA reader Rich K. for the news and alert! You can see Emperor Palpatine and the rest of his wave in our exclusive look in our RDRs right now!. If C’ai Threnalli and First Order Flametrooper start showing up I think Entertainment Earth has some reason to be upset!
We are adding the basic figure version of Emperor Palpatine from the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] line to our Visual Guides, rounding out wave 3. Click the image below for the full Visual Guide, and click here to have a look at our full review.
The Force Link Emperor Palpatine looks great, but not perfect. See why Hasbro felt he would be a great basic figure release 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.
We have a sneak peek for you of the last wave of Star Wars [The Last Jedi] Force Link figures. Although most of these cancelled figures have been saved by Entertainment Earth, this line has shown everyone that new Star Wars Entertainment is arriving at a pace that doesn’t benefit merchandising and can’t be sustained by retail. Anyway, be sure to check out C’ai Threnalli, First Order Flametrooper and the single-packed Emperor Palpatine right now in our RDRs. Reviews start Sunday!
Continuing with their latest pattern of deluxe version sixth scale figures, check out the Emperor Palpatine (Deluxe Version) sixth scale figure, which includes an amazing light-up throne! Get the full gallery after the jump!
Hot Toys has officially announced their Emperor Palpatine sixth scale figure. Click here for the full gallery!
Remember how Entertainment Earth didn’t offer the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] Emperor Palpatine Force Link figure (something to do with it being widely available in the TARGET exclusive) when the other figures were? Well, we have learned that this figure WILL be available in limited quantities through another vendor/distributor in the USA for online purchase. You should expect to hear about this shortly providing the information we secured doesn’t change. As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt until fully confirmed. To be clear, we’re talking about the figure pictured below; not a potential repack in the Solo: A Star Wars Story toy line (if this figure is even a candidate for that line).
JTA reader Paco LAG has found the latest wave of Star Wars [The Last Jedi] figures (the Threnalli wave) at his local MAXI store in Canada. Remember, the only way USA residents can get this wave is directly from Entertainment Earth, or one of their wholesale clients.
Now that we know that Entertainment Earth jumped in to save the day with last wave syndrome once again, the remaining unreleased figures are greatly diminishing. (We’re talking USA perspective here only as samples have leaked out internationally.) The only other figure missing from the planned Star Wars [The Last Jedi] assortment is the single-carded Emperor Palpatine figure. Will he be part of the Solo: A Star Wars Story line or is he canceled. In fact, will the other figures originally part of his assortment be carried -forward into the Solo: A Star Wars Story lineup? Only time will tell.
In case you didn’t know, pre-orders for new products are imminent. Amazon has prepared for this event as they’ve listed three new figures in the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] Force Link collection. Check out Emperor Palpatine, C’ai Threnalli and First Order Flametrooper. (Wouldn’t a First Order Snowtrooper have made the most sense ?)
All of our individual retail store reports are anecdotal at best. From these experiences comes discussions so we can compare and contrast what others are seeing as well. But when it comes to the TARGET exclusive “Return Of The Jedi” three-pack, I have seen some interesting trends. In three of my local stores, this set has completely sold out. I haven’t witnessed an exclusive selling through this quickly since before The Force Awakens (and these are only 5POA figures). I can’t help but think that longtime collectors who grew up with the Original Trilogy are still a strong buying market when it comes to Hasbro toys. I constantly hear from those that think they know all about Hasbro’s stats that collectors are not a significant portion of the buying public for Star Wars toys, yet I am constantly reminded that the opposite of this is true with experiences like this. Again, in my local TARGET stores are seas of Rey (Jedi Training), Kylo Ren, Jyn Erso, Imperial AT-ACT Driver, Rogue One three-packs and a ton of Forces Of Destiny products. But the only Original Trilogy-focused set has sold through in three of my local stores. How can anything against this be argued? I think Hasbro needs to reevaluate their market. Hasbro, get more Original Trilogy stuff into stores and you’ll see sell through again like we did during the Golden Age of Collecting (2006-2012).
We’re continuing to look at several figures from The Episode III Greatest Battles Collection. Let’s now check out the repacked Emperor Palpatine figure. He is 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.
I meant to post this on Tuesday evening, but I ran out of time because of holiday travels. My local TARGET, much to shock and surprise, had the “Return Of The Jedi” three-pack out of the shelf. As you know, we’re crazy in love with this set and are hoping Hasbro will translate all of the figures inside of it to super-articulated glory. You can check out our review of this set HERE if you haven’t checked it out yet also.
It’s beautiful! The Emperor Palpatine/Luke Skywalker/Emperor’s Royal Guard TARGET exclusive three-pack may not contain super-articulated action figures, but that doesn’t prevent it from being a fantastic multipack. Find out why we’re partial to this exclusive 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.
Hasbro has produced one of the greatest 3.75″ three-packs the line has ever seen with this release. Love them or hate them, the 5POA figures included in this set represent some of the best/finest likenesses of three core Original Trilogy characters. Most of the figures in this set come with more than 5POA. The figures are NOT perfect, but the approaches made with them show that Hasbro is committed to creating products that are as faithful as possible to their onscreen counterparts. Emperor Palpatine is the best Episode VI version of the character ever. Luke Skywalker could not be more reminiscent of the 1983 figure. And, while as simple as it could be done, the Emperor’s Royal Guard is exactly what we need for an “at attention” iteration of them. Start praying now that Hasbro takes the digital files, at the very least, of the Emperor Palpatine figure and develop a glorious The Vintage Collection version. We all have waited WAY too long for that figure. Also, be sure to come back and check out the review on Black Friday where I have a couple of cool snippets of trivia that you may or may not know about these figures. Click any image below to be taken to the early draft of the RDR.
Wow. This is an unexpected surprise! It looks like Emperor Palpatine will be coming carded separately in the Force Link basic figure line as evidenced by this eBay auction. Check out on eBay! This figure will probably be in the same case assortment with the X-wing Pilot Asty lookalike character that was revealed at NYCC. Special thanks to JTA reader Josh C. for the alert!
TARGET has added a preview page of the Star Wars Force Link Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Battle three-pack. It has a release date of November 1st. It’s cool to know we’re finally getting that Emperor’s Royal Guard that was planned for the Rebels line a few years ago, although, it will be retooled to accompany the Force Link feature. Special thasnks to JTA reader Ginji A. for the alert!
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