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More The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures have arrived at Five Below locations across the country. New figures include C-3PO (Resistance Base) and Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader. We have “heard” that more of these case assortments will be arriving this week, so be sure to check out your local store. On a related note, we just joked about Star Wars [The Last Jedi] unsold product landing at Five Below in about two years. But they’ve arrived now. You can get $29.99 vehicles for $5 if you’re so inclined.

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This Isn't A Bargain - It's Brand Devastation

This isn’t necessarily anecdotal. And it’s undoubtedly not hyperbolic. I’ve never seen the Star Wars brand perform this poorly in my 20+ years collecting. Out of curiosity, I wanted to check my local Ollie’s store to see what kind of Star Wars merchandise they acquired from the Toys R Us buyout. And while I found a crapload of stuff, I also found product TARGET gave up on too. Not even the Five Below TVC purge was this voluminous in unwanted Star Wars products. (Half of us never saw those TVC figures until they hot Five Below because it was a terrible distribution issue.) This sale product may sell at Ollie’s at reduced prices, but if it didn’t move at Toys R Us as they were liquidating everything, why would it sell for higher prices at Ollie’s? What a mess.

    

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Review: Captain Phasma - TBS [P3] - Titanium Series (06)

Let’s look at the Captain Phasma Titanium Series figure. It’s not great. See 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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We are rounding out our wave 19 Visual Guide updates from The Black Series [Phase III] with the addition of Dengar (74), the final bounty hunter from the infamous The Empire Strikes Back scene to be added to the 6 Inch line. Click below to check out our full Visual Guide. Click here to also revisit our full review on this figure.

Dengar (74) - The Black Series

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JTA Presents: Evolutions - Ree-Yees

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″ Ree-Yees 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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Up next from wave 19 of The Black Series [Phase III] is Rio Durant (77). Check out our Visual Guide addition by clicking below. We also featured him in our review earlier today, which you can check out right here.

Rio Durant (77) - The Black Series

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Review: Rio Durant - TBS6 [P3] - 77

NEW FIGURES! Here’s another fantastic figure! Rio Durant (77) is small in stature but big in “beautiful.” Check out this other INCREDIBLE figure 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.

Rio Durant

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Wow. The International exclusive Han Solo/Princesa Leia Organa two-pack set pre-order is now sold out at Entertainment Earth. Admittedly, this is a bit surprising to me. Hopefully, you reserved yours!

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Review: Princess Leia Organa (Hoth) - TBS6 [P3] - 75

NEW FIGURES! She’s a beauty! Princess Leia Organa (Hoth) (75) is another INCREDIBLE figure. 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.

Princess Leia Organa (Hoth)

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It’s time for another round of The Black Series [Phase III] Visual Guide updates. Let’s start off with Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) (76). Click below to check out our full guide page. Make sure to also check out our full review of this figure right here!

Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) (76) - The Black Series

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In Australia that is! Complete with Walmart stickers! Australia doesn’t even have Walmarts (yet)! How sad is it that the exclusive The Vintage Collection Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure for American Walmarts (that should have arrived months ago) is hitting in considerable numbers in Australia first? I mean, we’re happy for our fellow collectors in the land of “down under” but this is ridiculous. Special thanks to JTA reader General Solo for the image and report.

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Amazon’s deal of the day features the TVC Imperial Combat Assault Tank for $48.50 with FREE same day shipping if you have Prime! Click here to take advantage of this deal!

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Review: Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) - TBS6 [P3] - 76

NEW FIGURES! Wow! Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) (76) is INCREDIBLE. But does he have an issue? 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.

Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard)

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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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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!

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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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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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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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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!

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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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JTA Presents: Evolutions - Pablo-Jill

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″ Pablo-Jill 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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We are finishing up the Star Wars [Solo] Two-Packs section in our Visual Guides with the repacked and Force Link 2.0 upgraded Rose (First Order Disguise)/BB-8/BB-9E set. Click below to check out the full guide page. Make sure to also revisit this review from earlier this year right here.

Rose (First Order Disguise)/BB-8/BB-9E - Star Wars [Solo] - Two-Packs

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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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Visual Guide Update - Mission on Vandor-1 - Star Wars [Solo]

We have another Visual Guide update from the Star Wars [Solo] line, this time featuring the Mission on Vandor-1 multipack. Click below to check out the full set. We also have this set featured in our review database right here.

Mission on Vandor-1 - Star Wars [Solo] - Multipacks

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JTA Presents: Evolutions - Clone Pilot

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″ Clone Pilot 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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Our The Black Series 6" PT Rumors Are Coming True One By One

Back in August 2017, we broke the news that rumors existed for upcoming Padme Amidala and Mace Windu 6″ figures were imminent. At the time we didn’t know what version of Padme Amidala was coming, but new information has come our way that we can expect to see her in her Episode I main outfit shortly too. It looks like we just need an official announcement from Hasbro that Mace Windu is on the way next. Could he be the next reveal at the next convention Hasbro attends? We believe it’s possible!

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Multiple TARGET Stores Restock Gamorrean Guards And Molochs

JTA reader and friend Russ T. sends us a report that his local TARGET restocked both Moloch and Gamorrean Guard The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures. I can confirm that my local stores were restocked today too. It looks like there are finally enough of those pigs out there now.

    

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Let's Move Away From 5POA Because This Is Not OK!

A discount store by the name of Roses is getting in hordes of unsold Rogue One products. Most notably, the basic figures are $1.99 each. You can click THIS LINK and see if there is a store near you. JTA reader and friend Josh M. sends us an image of the proof. What’s disconcerting about this is that Rogue One and The Last Jedi products are arriving at so many discount retailers. It’s almost if there isn’t a big enough audience to support 5POA Star Wars action figures. Please Hasbro, move away from 5POA and focus on getting all of the characters in super-articulated status. Thank you.

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Tonight’s Visual Guide update takes a look at the Star Wars [Solo] Rebolt/Correllian Hound two-pack. Click below to check out the full guide page. Make sure to also revisit our full review of this set right here.

Rebolt/Corellian Hound - Star Wars [Solo] - Two-Packs

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The Vintage Collection’s Imperial Combat Assault Tank is an amazing vehicle, and tonight we are adding it to our TVC Visual Guide. Click below to check out the full guide page. Make sure to go back and revisit our full review of this vehicle right here.

Imperial Combat Assault Tank - The Vintage Collection - Vehicles

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Wo! Here you go, folks! Pre-order the Star Wars [Solo] Imperial AT-DT Walker at Amazon right now. It’s currently out of stock, but you can still pre-order it. If you need to know more about this fun toy, see our review of it RIGHT HERE! Special thanks to JTA reader Alientek for the alert!

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JTA Presents: Evolutions - Han Solo (Bespin Outfit)

Welcome to our JTA Presents: Evolutions feature! Let’s check out how close or far we are from having a definitive Hasbro 3.75″ Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) 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!.

Han Solo (Bespin Outfit)

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We are adding the cool Imperial AT-DT Walker to our Visual Guides tonight, which also includes a new version of the Mimban Stormtrooper. Click below to check out this Star Wars [Solo] vehicle. Make sure to also check out our full review right here.

Imperial AT-DT Walker - Star Wars [Solo] - Vehicles

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For tonight’s Visual Guide update we are taking a look at the 6-Inch Val (Vandor-1) (71) from The Black Series [Phase III] line. Click below for a full look at our guide page, and make sure to stop by our review for additional details and discussion.

Val (Vandor-1) (71) - The Black Series - 6-Inch Figures

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