Tonight we are updating our Visual Guides from Wave 5 of the red-carded The Power of the Force line. Click each thumbnail below to check out our updated Visual Guides for these figures. This wave gave us some interesting figures, including a Tusken Raider who couldn’t hold his gaderfii stick, and one of the most interesting versions of R5-D4 ever made. Enjoy our look back at The Power of the Force [Red] wave 5! Don’t forget to also check out our full reviews for each of these figures right here!
Over 13,000 of you saw our BREAKING NEWS report where we revealed the Disney Droid Factory Sandcrawler Playset. Now we have the full review for you. Be sure to check out this beautiful release and see if it’s worthy of inclusion in your Star Wars collection. 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.
Here are some awesome new loose images of the pack-in Jawa to the Disney Droid Factory Sandcrawler Playset. The figure comes with ball-jointed shoulders, but the rest of the figure is pretty static. Still, it has a pretty decent sculpt.
BREAKING NEWS! We now have a closer look at the pack-in figures to the Sandcrawler Playset. Both figures look minimally articulated, but I wonder if that GONK Droid is the first Build A Droid figure of this particular droid type. Imagine a future Droid Factory Lars’ Homestead GONK Droid because you know Hasbro is never going to give it to us.
BREAKING NEWS! We’re thrilled to present you with the very first image of the Disney Droid Factory Sandcrawler Playset (3.75″ scaled), complete with “GONK” Droid and Jawa figures. This vehicle/playset was announced at Star Wars Celebration Orlando in April 2017 – but it was only teased. Thit item will retail for only $99.99 and comes with lights and sounds. Also, it is about 75%-125% larger than the old Hasbro models. And look at that deco. It’s amazing. We are trying to secure additional images as we speak, so be sure to stay tuned. This is one of the most exciting releases in a VERY long time! Let us know about your anticipation of this wonderful item in the comments!
We have just completed our intense look at the first series of vintage Kenner Star Wars figures: the 12-Backs. Because May is typically a Star Wars month and 2018 is the 40th anniversary that vintage Kenner Star Wars figures arrived at retail, we felt it was the perfect time to start vintage Kenner reviews. (Oh, and let us not forget The Vintage Collection’s return is another huge motivator of this run too.) Each new month, we will focus on a new series of figures where we’ll finish the complete vintage Kenner run in December with the 1985 The Power Of The Force line. Already, they are receiving wonderful feedback and tons of you are checking them out. But we want more of your stories, so please leave them in our comments. Thanks for your participation thus far, and we hope more of you leave your vintage Kenner experiences with us in the comments going forward! Thank you for making this a success for us. We put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into them and we were hoping that they’d go over well with our readers. They seem to have. And for that we’re grateful.
What a coincidence! This store report is in perfect timing with today’s RDR! JTA moderator Sjefke found a bunch of The Black Series 40th Anniversary 6″ Jawas at his closing Toys R Us store. This should show Hasbro once again how even a beautiful assortment of figures like the vintage Kenner inspired 40th anniversary line can suffer when figures aren’t spread evenly over the case ratios. One new figure per case. No repeat. No carry-forwards. Figures that sell out before others should then be converted to a solid case assortment to kill scalping. it’s not rocket science. And it will work.
Hasbro really hasn’t captured the magic of the vintage Kenner Jawa in the modern line. Come with us back in time and rediscover what made this action figure so special for us as kids and what still sets it apart today. Talk about it in our Research Droids Reviews and be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!
We are wrapping up our Visual Guide updates from wave 16 of The Black Series [Phase III] 6-inch line. Let’s take a look at the only straight repack from this wave, the Jawa (61). Click below to check out our full Visual Guide, and click here to check out our full review.
The Black Series [Phase III] Jawa 6″ figure is just a repack of the previous version, but Hasbro came through on their word that it would be repacked in this line too. Check it out 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.
If you followed all our posts awhile back where we dug around and found all the upcoming The Black Series 6″ Figures including Han (Solo), Lando (Solo), Range Trooper, Tarkin, Jawa, and Death Squad Commander, we told you to add them to your amazon list. If you did, you can now place a pre-order through your list on those figures for an April 12th arrival. All are $19.99 except for Han who is $17.99. The links to these pages do not work, so only having them on your list will allow for pre-orders. Also, be aware that although they show the 40th Anniversary Jawa and DSC, they ARE the boxed versions.
UPDATE: I was able to put together a shopping list so that I could share the links with everyone to purchase them (if they don’t show up, be sure to change the filter options to purchased & unpurchased). Enjoy!
After doing some further detective work, our research droids have pulled through once again and were able to find some UPC’s and Amazon pages for some upcoming The Black Series 6″ Figures! Click through to see the latest and to add them to your lists!
3 Chewbaccas, 16 Jawas, and 44 Death Squad Commanders! This isn’t a third grade math problem or the start of a joke, this is what JTA reader Agustín came across while on business in Monterrey, Mexico in a store called Julio Cepeda. We share in Agustín’s concern of how Monterrey has this many in stock, meanwhile tons of Walmarts and TRU’s have only received 1, 2, or even ZERO cases. ¡Ay Caramba! Thanks again to Agustín for this report!
UPDATE: DSC still in stock as of July 8th 11:20 AM
This is not something we as collectors are unfamiliar with. Walmart has done this before, but just look at the egregious prices Walmart is selling Wave 2 at. These have been coming in and out of stock at this price since the announcement came of the discontinuation. What’s worse, they sell out within minutes. This is who we had to rely on for our 3.75″ SA figures for awhile…thankfully that is ending. Click through to see more images.
ToysRUs.ca has wave 2 in stock now, be quick and grab your 40th Anniversary figures while you can. Special thanks to JTA reader Chris B. for the news!
These have been going so very fast, so it doesn’t help for me to post in stock alerts. However, for the past few hours ALL of them have been coming in and out of stock frequently for $19.99. I got a Stormtrooper 2 hours ago and just now got Chewbacca. So I recommend keeping an eye out because these will get harder and harder to find.
Steve Evans, Design Director for Hasbro Star Wars, has revealed on Star Wars Black Series 6″ Collectors Facebook page that the 6″ Jawa’s eyes glow! (Too bad they glow green, Steve! Just kidding!) Cool Easter egg!
UPDATE: JTA reader Zach L. actually pointed out this detail in our Jawa RDR 21 days ago!
For our Canadian readers, Walmart.ca has the all of wave 2 of the 40th Anniversary except for C-3PO in stock now. Thanks to JTA reader Elie for the alert!
Not only did I personally run to my local Walmart in East Brunswick, NJ at 10:43 PM to dig out a Wave 2 box from the stacks of toys, but we also got a report only 30 minutes later from JTA reader Aric who apparently did the exact same thing as me, but in Chicago. Keep an eye out folks! They seem to be coming around. I know many people haven’t even seen them yet, so don’t give up.
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