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Review: Han Solo (The Scoundrel) - GOA - Basic

Let’s continue looking at Galaxy Of Adventures wave 2! Han Solo (The Scoundrel) is next! He’s the focus on 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.

Han Solo (The Scoundrel)

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JTA Presents: Evolutions - Lobot

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″ Lobot 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!

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Eternal Pegwarmers... Never Quite Finn-ished

Where do action figures go after they don’t sell at 5-below and Ross? They go to Liquidator’s Discount Center in AZ. I found these the other day and feel I can safely dub Finn as the least wanted action figure (dare I say more than Zuvio?). That title is being challenged by Force Link Rose, though. Jason D. posted a picture on Facebook of several pegs of Rose Tico for full price at Disney World. Have you ever seen anything peg-warm so hard? Do you have a challenger for the least wanted action figure of 2017-18? Let us know in the comments! Full Story

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Review: Princess Leia (The Rebel) - GOA - Basic

We’re switching gears and are opening up Galaxy Of Adventures wave 2! Let’s begin with Princess Leia (The Rebel). She’s the focus on 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.

Princess Leia (The Rebel)

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Let’s wrap up wave 20 of our The Vintage Collection Visual Guide updates with the addition of the Scarif Stormtrooper (VC133). Click below to have a look! Make sure you also check out our full review right here.

Scarif Stormtrooper (VC133) - The Vintage Collection

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Review: Scarif Stormtrooper - TVC - VC133

Now let’s check out the Scarif Stormtrooper figure! We’re looking at The Vintage Collection wave 20, the wave that should have begun the line’s relaunch! And don’t forget it’s our final year of Research Droids Reviews! 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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The Vintage Collection Wave 20 stays with the Jabba’s Palace theme with the repacked (but “photorealistic” repainted face) Princess Leia Organa (Boushh) (VC134). Make sure to check out our full Visual Guide by clicking below, and make sure to check out our full review by clicking here.

Princess Leia Organa (Boushh) (VC134) - The Vintage Collection

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Review: Princess Leia Organa (Boushh) - TVC - VC134

It’s improved thanks to “photorealistic” technology! We’re talking about Princess Leia Organa (Boushh)! We’re looking at The Vintage Collection wave 20, the wave that should have begun the line’s relaunch! And don’t forget it’s our final year of Research Droids Reviews! 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.

Princess Leia Organa (Boushh)

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Our next Visual Guide update from wave 20 of The Vintage Collection is Klaatu (Skiff Guard) (VC135). Click below to check out the complete Visual Guide, and click here to read through our full review.

Klaatu (Skiff Guard) (VC135) - The Vintage Collection

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A Short Story About Distribution

Last week COTY, a manufacturer of luxury perfumes, with Calvin Klein being one of their brands, sued German discounter ALDI. COTY didn’t want ALDI to sell several of their perfumes anymore and a court found that COTY is in the right. The presentation and retail environment at ALDI stores hurt the brand image and thus the court ruled that ALDI has to stop the sale of COTY perfumes.
Now, what does that have to do with Star Wars? Very simple, whatever is going on with Star Wars toys at the moment, figures for $2.99, figures for $0.03, toys found at Ollie’s or Five Below are nothing that Hasbro would have to accept, unless they are ok with it.
Click through for a very brief primer on distribution and my own thoughts about how Star Wars toys should or could be distributed in the future.

Star Wars Toys at Ollie's

Star Wars Toys at Ollie’s

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Review: Klaatu (Skiff Guard) - TVC - VC135

It’s another fantastic release! It’s time to look carefully at The Vintage Collection wave 20, the wave that should have begun the line’s relaunch! Let’s now check out Klaatu (Skiff Guard), a long-awaited modern update! (Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Binary_Sun for the composited image!) And don’t forget it’s our final year of Research Droids Reviews! 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.

Klaatu (Skiff Guard)

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It’s time to add the next wave of The Vintage Collection to our Visual Guides! First up, we look at the amazing Saelt-Marae figure. Click below to check out the full guide page. Make sure to also stop by and check out our full review, with a huge extended gallery of this figure.

Saelt-Marae (VC132) - The Vintage Collection

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If you saw our very popular post “What’s The Deal WIth The Vintage Collection’s Packaging?” you know that we addressed multiple concerns we have for the visual aesthetics of The Vintage Collection’s packaging. One of the things we discussed was the Princess Leia Organa (Boushh) figure and how Hasbro didn’t contain the figure within the orange backer area. Well, after receiving our carded samples, we discovered that Hasbro has indeed corrected it. This is one positive step forward to get the line where it needs to be. THANK YOU, Hasbro! Click the image below to see the excellent update!

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Review: Saelt-Marae [Yak Face] - TVC - VC132

Here we go! It’s time to look carefully at The Vintage Collection wave 20, the wave that should have begun the line’s relaunch! Let’s check out Saelt-Marae, who is also coming as “Yak Face” with a coin in Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna). And don’t forget it’s our final year of Research Droids Reviews! 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.

Saelt-Marae

UPDATE: I forgot to add an image that JTA reader and friend Binary_Sun put together. He took one of my images of Yak Face and Salacious Crumb and composited with a beautiful background. Check it out!

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Visual Guide Update - IG-88 - The Black Series Archive

Our next Visual Guide update features the re-released IG-88 from the new The Black Series Archive line. Click below for a full look at this figure, and click here for our detailed review.

IG-88 - The Black Series Archive - 6-Inch Figures

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Hasbro Toy Shop To Shutdown And Then Reopen With New Site

This is an interesting bit of news. Hasbro Toy Shop will be undergoing a major makeover and will close in February to produce a better e-commerce site. You can check out what you need to know on their site right now! (There are SO MANY changes at once at Hasbro lately, huh?)

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Wow! Entertainment Earth "Rescues" More Retailer Exclusives!

JTA Presents: Evolutions - Wooof

Welcome to another one of our JTA Presents: Evolutions features! Let’s check out how close or far we are from having an ideal Hasbro 3.75″ Wooof 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!

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Review: IG-88 - TBSA - Six Inch Figure

It’s our final year of Research Droids Reviews! A new year means new figures! Let’s finish up the first wave of The Black Series Archive line with IG-88. What’s up with that paint job? 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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You saw our sneak peeks at Saelt-Marae and Klaatu (Skiff Guard) figures, but tonight we have the rest of Wave 20 for you to check out! The Scarif Stormtrooper is more different than we first realized. His base armor is a little more yellow, and it appears that the dirt deco is differently placed. Princess Leia Organa (Boushh) is, of course, stellar and the best version we have of her now. Yes, that dang thermal detonator is permanently affixed to her left hand, but you’re just going to have to deal with it because the “photorealistic” technology is terrific. (Remember, these are high-resolution images, and you’re going to see every imperfection. Don’t let it taint your appreciation of her! By the way, this should have been the first wave of the relaunched The Vintage Collection. I think things would be very different right now had that been the case. Don’t forget t leave your thoughts about these figures in the comments!

            
            

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Visual Guide Update - Bossk - The Black Series Archive

Bossk is our next addition to our The Black Series Archive Visual Guide page. Click below for our full Visual Guide. We also have our full review of this figure right here.

Bossk - The Black Series Archive - 6-Inch Figures

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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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Review: Bossk - TBSA - Six Inch Figure

It’s our final year of Research Droids Reviews! A new year means new figures! Let’s continue with The Black Series Archive line and look at Bossk. He seems alright but has some issues. 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’re opening another new Visual Guide tonight. Check out our The Black Series Archive Visual Guide page, and then check out our first addition: Luke Skywalker. Click below for the full guide page. In case you missed out on our full review of this figure, you can check it out right here.

Luke Skywalker - The Black Series Archive - 6-Inch Figures

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Who’s that? Vickie Stratford was the Design Director for Star Wars from 2009-2011 (um, the golden years!). If you have any reserve about that time period for Star Wars action figures, just take a look at the Shadow of the Dark Side lines, and the early Vintage Collection Series.  With TVC in full force and The Clone Wars returning for it’s final season, she would be a magnificent fit to run the brand today.

She worked alongside Derryl DePriest and the two appeared together at the celebrated 2010 Toy Fair. From what we’ve seen, we’ve logically concluded that she might be returning to the Star Wars team to replace Steve Evans as the new Director Of Product Design “for one of the most wonderful brands in the galaxy!” Let us know what you think in the comments!

Ms. Stratford when she appeared at a 2007 BotCon during her tenure over the Transformers Brand. Picture from tfwiki.

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Review: Boba Fett - TBSA - Six Inch Figure

It’s our final year of Research Droids Reviews! A new year means new figures! Let’s continue with The Black Series Archive line and look at Boba Fett. He looks good, but he isn’t perfect. 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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Found! Galaxy Of Adventures Wave 2 Hits Walmart!

JTA reader and friend “Logan” found the Galaxy Of Adventures wave 2 at his local Walmart. Admittedly, these figures look pretty neat in the colorful packaging. Too bad they’re all repacked figures. Well, the Stormtrooper isn’t. It looks like the Solo Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure painted all white with the Rogue One helmet.

    

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3.75" Articulation: When is it Too Much?

This topic seems to come up fairly frequently in a Facebook Group that I’m in, and has been the topic of recent conversation on some other collecting sites too, so I wanted to share my thoughts about articulation. These thoughts come from the last conversation I had on Facebook about it about a week ago.

Personally, I am all for super articulation, but I understand that sometimes it can get in the way of a good sculpt. In this article you’ll find the reasoning behind my desire to have Hasbro give all their figures full articulation, as well as some possible advice for future production of The Vintage Collection figures. Click through for more!  Full Story

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It’s our final year of Research Droids Reviews! A new year means new figures! Let’s open up The Black Series Archive line and start off with Luke Skywalker. He looks good, but he isn’t perfect. 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.

Luke Skywalker

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It’s time to close out our Visual Guide updates from wave 1 of the new Star Wars [Resistance] line of figures with the First Order Stormtrooper. Click below to check out the complete Visual Guide, and then head on over to our full review for additional details and gallery images.

First Order Stormtrooper - Star Wars [Resistance] - Basic Figures

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Klaatu (Skiff Guard) is another phenomenal release from Hasbro. You’re going to love him just as much as Saelt-Marae. Hasbro went above and beyond working in an incredible and inordinate amount of detail in such a tiny area. He’s loaded with articulation and comes with a perfectly replicated accessory. Yes, the helmet isn’t removable, but this shouldn’t be a deal breaker for you. You’ll never have to worry about it falling off of his head. The review is coming very shortly, but the Photo Gallery and the Collector Notes are ready to browse. Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Binary_Sun for the composited image in the gallery. Enjoy!

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Review: First Order Stormtrooper - SW [R] - Basic

It’s our final year of Research Droids Reviews! A new year means new figures! Let’s finish up the first wave of Star Wars: Resistance figures with the First Order Stormtrooper. 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.

First Order Stormtrooper

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More The Black Series Archive Store Reports

We’re getting more store reports of The Black Series Archive first wave arriving at Walmart. JTA reader Jay V. sends us the latest report from South Carolina. You can check out our full galleries on these figures by clicking HERE.

    

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New Star Wars [Resistance] Two-Packs Found At TARGET!

JTA reader Geoffrey B. found the latest Star Wars [Resistance] figures at his local TARGET store. Sadly, they wouldn’t sell them to him because they have a street date of January 15th. These are two-packs, a pilot with a droid and they look very cool. Below is Jarek Yeager & Bucket (R3-B7) and Poe Dameron & BB-8.

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Commander Pyre is our next Star Wars [Resistance] Visual Guide update. Click below to check out our full Visual Guide, and also check out our latest review for this figure right here.

Commander Pyre - Star Wars [Resistance] - Basic Figures

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