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Wave 19 of The Vintage Collection concludes with Doctor Aphra (VC129). Check her out in our full Visual Guide below. Click here to also read up on this figure in our full review.

Doctor Aphra (VC129) - The Vintage Collection

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Review: Doctor Aphra - TVC - VC129

This is the second release of the Doctor Aphra figure. Find out why, although a great figure, her packaging doesn’t make sense and decide if we needed to see her again so soon in the basic figure line. It’s all 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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Our wave 19 The Vintage Collection Visual Guide updates continue with a look at another repacked figure, this time from Rogue One. Check out Captain Cassian Andor (VC130) in our Visual Guide below. You can also read about this figure in our in-depth review right here.

Captain Cassian Andor (VC130) - The Vintage Collection

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Review: Captain Cassian Andor - TVC - VC130

While nice on a The Vintage Collection card back, Captain Cassian Andor needs more than repackaging to be an acceptable action 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.

Captain Cassian Andor

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Next up for wave 19 of The Vintage Collection Visual Guide updates is the repacked and slightly repainted Luke Skywalker (VC131). Click below to check out our full guide page. You can also see what we had to say about this figure in our full review right here.

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Review: Luke Skywalker - TVC - VC131

Oh no! Not this character again! See why you may or may not want The Vintage Collection Luke Skywalker (VC131) 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.

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To my shock and surprise, I found my very first two Wampa/Luke Skywalker sets at my local Walmart in Northeast Philly. I have heard of others seeing older products arrive in their local stores too. It appears as if more stock is making its way to Walmart. Now, where are those Mimban Stormtroopers?

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It’s time to showcase the latest wave of The Vintage Collection figures in our Visual Guides. Click below to check out the Range Trooper (VC128). We’re also adding these to our review database. Make sure to check out our full review right here.

Range Trooper (VC128) - The Vintage Collection

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Review: Range Trooper - TVC - VC128

NEW IMAGES ADDED! You saw our sneak peak days ago, but now we have the full review ready for The Vintage Collection’s Range Trooper (VC128) figue. It’s a rather excellent release. 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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By popular request, we’re adding The Original Trilogy Collection Jedi High Council Scene Packs which were all Toys R Us exclusives from 2004. Hasbro saved the best set for last and it’s only because of one figure. Shaak Ti turned heads and was a significant ugrade from the one released in the basic figure line a couple of years earlier. It still holds up well today. Let’s finish up with Jedi High Council (Featuring Shaak Ti, Agen Kolar & Stass Allie) (Scene 4). 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.

Jedi High Council (Featuring Shaak Ti, Agen Kolar & Stass Allie) (Scene 4)

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TBS6 [P3] Dewback/Sandtrooper Now $45 At Walmart.com

The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Dewback is now $45 with FREE 2-day shipping on Walmart.com. Special thanks to JTA reader Tommy W. for the alert!

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eBay seller tunghori has listed some new The Vintage Collection figures including TVC Imperial Hovertank Pilot and TVC Rey (Island Journey). Check out his latest listings HERE! Special thanks to JTA reader Craig P. for the alert!

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By popular request, we’re adding The Original Trilogy Collection Jedi High Council Scene Packs which were all Toys R Us exclusives from 2004. Let’s continue with Jedi High Council (Featuring Anakin Skywalker, Saesee Tiin & Adi Gallia) (Scene 3). 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.

Jedi High Council (Featuring Anakin Skywalker, Saesee Tiin & Adi Gallia) (Scene 3)

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How Would Trade Tariffs Affect Star Wars Toys?

The USA and China are currently engaged in a trade war, it’s not the taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems that is in question, the US administration is of the opinion that China is taking unfair advantage of free trade, so more and more imported goods from China are subject to trade tariffs. What would happen should the US administration impose a 25% tariff on virtually anything produced in China? Including toys? How would and could Hasbro react? What effects would consumers feel and what scenarios are there? Click through for details!

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President Trump meeting Xi Jinping in China in 2017

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TVC Luke Skywalker [TLJ] IN STOCK At Walmart.com Too!

Hurry! Order The Vintage Collection Luke Skywalker [The Last Jedi] at Walmart.com!

UPDATE: And he’s history! Out of stock!

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By popular request, we’re adding The Original Trilogy Collection Jedi High Council Scene Packs which were all Toys R Us exclusives from 2004. Let’s continue with Jedi High Council (Featuring Plo Koon, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Eeth Koth) (Scene 2). 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.

Jedi High Council (Featuring Plo Koon, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Eeth Koth) (Scene 2)

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How about finding The Vintage Collection wave 19 at your local Walmart and then bringing them to the register where they ring up for $1.00 each! It’s true! JTA reader Brian A. from Massachusetts sends us the proof! Check it out!

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Sneak Peek! The Vintage Collection Range Trooper (VC128)

We have a sneak peek of The Vintage Collection Range Trooper (VC128) for you. The figure is the best iteration of the character in any scale. In my opinion, it blows away the color scheme of The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figure. And it goes without saying that it is a world away from the satisfactory 5POA Force Link 2.0 version. Hasbro nailed the likeness of the figure perfectly, and the deco is a pure pleasure. The lines are super clean and free from any sloppily applied details. The articulation is better than I expected, but the inherent nature of the figure’s design prevents it from being the most “mobile” action figure Hasbro has ever produced. The most interesting detail here is the white gun. Both the 6″ figure and the 5POA figure come with black blasters, but Hasbro corrected the error with the TVC version. We should count ourselves fortunate. The figure is hitting in the USA as we speak, and collectors can barely process this since the case assortment hasn’t even gone up for pre-order yet. But Walmart (of all places) is the retailer receiving them. Truth is stranger than fiction!

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By popular request, we’re adding The Original Trilogy Collection Jedi High Council Scene Packs which were all Toys R Us exclusives from 2004. Let’s start off with Jedi High Council (Featuring Qui-Gon Jinn, Ki-Adi-Mundi & Yoda) (Scene 1). 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.

Jedi High Council (Featuring Qui-Gon Jinn, Ki-Adi-Mundi & Yoda) (Scene 1)

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The Cost Of Hasbro’s Star Wars License

Whenever you want to make a Star Wars toy, you need to have a license. This should be pretty common knowledge. Lucasfilm and Disney protect their intellectual property and whoever wants to make anything based on Star Wars needs a licensing agreement. Now, these agreements are usually secret, other than some very basic facts, no specific details are released, so it’s usually very difficult to know how much money is involved.
While digging through the internet I was able to find a (somewhat redacted) licensing agreement between Hasbro and Lucasfilm from October 1997, an agreement that was extended several times in the meantime until 2020. And while redacted, it is still very informative, so informative that I think anyone should click through now to read all the details and to finally find out how much Hasbro is paying for that Star Wars license! You may be very surprised. Also, a very interesting question will be answered: who actually owns anything Hasbro makes? So, click through for everything you need to know about Hasbro’s Star Wars license!

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Review: Anakin Skywalker - SW [S - P1] - 12 Inch Figures

Let’s go back in time to 2002 and check out another one of Hasbro’s 12 Inch Figures. Anakin Skywalker is afir, but far from perfect. Find out 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.

Anakin Skywalker

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Review: Count Dooku - SW [S - P1] - 12 Inch Figures

Let’s go back in time to 2002 and check out one of Hasbro’s greatest 12 Inch Figures: Count Dooku. He still looks great today. 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.

Count Dooku

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The Vintage Collection Wave THREE Found In The USA!

Dang! This a shocker! I was expecting to find wave 2, and a friendly, competent Walmart employee (no joke) went to the back and located the case. Much to my surprise I found something quite different!

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Some Clear Direction for Hasbro

Hi Hasbro, here are some figures that I want made. Just so there is no question as to what figures people want made, I thought posting these photos may be of assistance. Readers, do you agree? Let us know in the comments!

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How Can We Get TVC Far Away From Becoming TBS In TVC Packaging?

It feels like The Vintage Collection is getting sucked into The Black Series 3.75″ vacuum. In what we thought would undoubtedly be a triumphant return, The Vintage Collection is plagued by what some might describe as significant problems. (And those problems have few solutions at this point.). Before we itemize all of its problems, it’s important to note that the rebirth of the illustrious The Vintage Collection line is something no collector should take for granted. It was in and of itself a miracle. After Hasbro gave up on the 3.75” super-articulated line and threw it out like a baby in bathwater by giving to Walmart, it felt like some divine intervention was at play that inspired Hasbro to take another chance at this fan-favorite line. (more….)

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tunghori's Mimban Stormtroopers Arriving, But When Will Walmart's?

The Vintage Collection Stormtrooper (Mimban) from tunghori is arriving in mailboxes! JTA reader Gregory G. snaps us a quick image of his score. It still remains to be seen if this figure will indeed make it to Walmart or not yet. Only time will tell! You can keep up to date with eBay seller tunghori latest additions RIGHT HERE.

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Pre-order TBS6 [P3] Han Solo [Mudtrooper] Figure On Amazon!

Right now you can pre-order the Han Solo (Mudtrooper) figure from The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line on Amazon. Special thansk to JTA reader Craig P. fro the alert!

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More Unsaleable Hasbro 5POA TFA/RO Stuff Arrives At Ollie's

Here we go again. Pallets and pallets of unsold The Force Awakens 5POA are still arriving at Ollie’s for $2.99 per figure. Additionally, the Jedha Revoly four-pack is arriving in droves too. You have to wonder if there is any interest for them by collectors to shell out $3 per figure. Your mileage may vary. Special thanks to JTA reader Ed D. for the image and report.

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Here is a cool kids’ toy! Let’s check out the Electronic Duel Darth Vader (Star Wars: Rebels) 12-Inch Figure. It also didn’t sell well, sadly. Find out 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.

Electronic Duel Darth Vader (Star Wars: Rebels)

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While there have been recent glimmers of hope with The Vintage Collection, collectors on average generally feel that the return of The Vintage Collection hasn’t met expectations. The overwhelming number of Sequel Trilogy straight repacks have sullied the line to the point of affecting distribution already. And the only strong seller is an Original Trilogy character from 2010 that consistently sells out long before any newer figures from the Sequel Trilogy. We thought about the whole situation more and put together a pecking order of the types of characters Hasbro should focus on (ranking them #1 through #10) to make a solid line of action figures that would mimic the Golden Age of Collecting approach. Click through and see if you agree. Let’s do our part to help Hasbro make The Vintage Collection the most excellent line it should be.

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Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs. Battle Droid - TCW [B] - Two-Packs

Let’s finish up The Clone Wars [Blue] archive. We conclude with the Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs. Battle Droid Two-Packs set. We didn’t need this Two-Packs set at all. 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.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs. Battle Droid

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Mission On Vandor-1 IN STOCK At Hasbro Toy Shop

If you’re interested, Hasbro Toy Shop has the Mission On Vandor-1 four-pack in stock. Special thanks to friend Josh M. for the alert! You can also read about this set in our Research Droids Reviews too!

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Is The Relationship Between Collectible Toys And Retail Over?

You’d have to have your head buried in the sand not to be aware of the discontent brought to fans of the Hasbro Star Wars Brand, most notably The Black Series 6″ line and The Vintage Collection line and its availability at retail (all types). To ask how we got here is something that requires time, debate and discussions that encompass a whole gamut of factors. And if we utilized all of these angles to form a proper understanding, we probably would continue to debate it. There are too many “bad” things going on these days. (more….)

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Click here to order the Amazon exclusive TBS6 [P3] Red Squadron Astromech Droid 3-Pack. As of this post, it is IN STOCK! In case you missed our review of this fresh set, check it out HERE. Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Ben I. for the alert!

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In case you’re interested, the Star Wars [Solo] Force Link 2.0 First Order Stormtrooper Officer is IN STOCK at Hasbro Toy Shop. Special thanks to JTA reader Craig F. for the alert!

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