If you think that the updated “photorealistic” technology is the only thing that sets apart the 2019 version of Luke Skywalker (Endor) (VC23) from the original 2010 release, you’re in for some surprises. Almost a full decade sets the figures apart from each other, and there is more you need to know.
Luke Skywalker (Endor) (VC23) is another one of our favorite reviews in our RDRs. We’ve also spent hours updating the Photo Gallery (which now sports 76 images and a wealth of comparison shots), updating text and new Editor’s and Collector Notes all to educate you on all the newness this figure brings to the table. Click the image below for the full experience! Make sure you’re aware of all THREE versions of this figure!
If you think that the updated “photorealistic” technology is the only thing that sets apart the 2019 version of Darth Vader (VC08) from the original 2010 release, you’re in for a rude awakening. Almost a full decade sets the figures apart from each other, and there is so much more you need to know. We’re going to let you know what you need to know.
Darth Vader (VC08) is our #1 most-visited review in our RDRs. It evidently resonates with collectors. So we spent hours updating the Photo Gallery (which now sports 72 images and comparison shots), updating text and new Editor’s and Collector Notes all to educate you on all the newness this figure brings to the table. Click the image below for the full experience!
Last year, while working our butts off to help get the Sail Barge fully backed, we posted an article on how international collectors could order it via MyUs.com. Those who pre-ordered the Sail Barge internationally through this service were able to place it under US address. (It’s one of their many services.) Well, JTA reader Packo M. took advantage of this service, and his Sail Barge arrived in excellent condition. Check out his full story by clicking through.
A few Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) figures remain from a seller from Taiwan if you feel like you need it now.
It’s time to start stalking The Vintage Collection Imperial TIE Fighter Walmart exclusive vehicle. It’s beginning to get marked down at brick and mortar, and Brickseek is showing lower prices too. Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Mark for the alert!
The dust has mostly settled with Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna). Those who received damaged product are set to receive a replacement. Orders are placed for missing parts. And Hasbro is organizing all the damage to Yak Face to see what can be done with those issues. But one thing I cannot understand is some people criticizing those who are selling their “extras” for profit. The criticism is beginning to boil over now. (more….)
If you’re going to customize a $500 toy, you’d better do it right. Empire Toy Works posted photos of his sail barge, the Highfalutin. This custom hits it out of the park, in my opinion. Empire Toy Works is an inspiration to my own customizing, though, so I may be a bit biased. Rotgut Station is the dream world of collectors like me who love a really good diorama. Be sure to click the Instagram link to see more photos of this wonderful ship, and let us know in the comments if you think this is stunning, or sacrilege.
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Set sail on the grand Highfalutin and tour Rotgut Station spaceport in style! This glorious cruise ship is the personal party yacht to one of Rotgut’s most esteemed ganglords, Mistress Magluta. Come celebrate in decadence and debauchery. Book your Birthday Party, Wedding, Bar Mitzva or Quinceañera now! . #empiretoyworks #diorama #custom #toys #customtoys #actionfigures #starwars #starwarstoys #hasbro #returnofthejedi #jabbassailbarge #scifi #bladerunner #spaceship #toyphotography #toystagram #actionfigurephotography #toyphoto #toycollection #miniature
The Walmart exclusive TVC Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure is back in stock!
Five Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) figures are available early from Taiwan if you feel like taking the chance.
JTA reader Ed D. found a listing on his eBay application for Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) under eBay seller Hasbro-pulse. They don’t have any listings when you search by seller, but it looks like this going for sale online is imminent.
If you’re quick, the Walmart exclusive TVC Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure is back in stock! Special thanks to JTA reader Justin V. for the alert!
This once European, and now US online, exclusive (?) is starting to show up overseas (Hong Kong). Our friends over at JediBusiness have posted some photos from Facebook detailing the wonderfully printed faces of these figures. One thing we weren’t sure about was whether Darth Vader received the photoreal treatment, but wonder no more! Find the answer here.
Strictly speaking from an “oversight” perspective, it appears the only important detail Hasbro missed on Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) is the rope swing Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia used to swing from the sail barge to the get-away skiff. How could they miss this crucial detail? That’s like leave out the bubble wand from the vintage Kenner Death Star playset!
It’s the ides of March, but we’ve got nothing but good news to share. Hasbro released the most-perfect item for all Star Wars collectors. It’s finally in our possessions now. And as if in almost perfect serendipity: today is our 3,583rd review. The “83” represents 1983, the year of Return Of The Jedi. And the “35” represents the number of years it took Hasbro to announce that they would make Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) in The Vintage Collection from the release of the film (2018).
Over 6,000 of you have already checked out our review, and between the New Acquisitions (currently comments) page and the RDR page, we have accumulated nearly 800 comments. If you haven’t left your two cents, be sure to do so! Also, the revised gallery now exceeds 170 images! We added new images including the Sarlacc Pit among others for you to enjoy. Please be sure to check out the updated review!
Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) is the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or 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.
While Brickseek isn’t always reliable when it comes to inventory quantities, it’s usually pretty good in letting you know the price of an item in store (if it’s there at all…). It looks like Walmart has begun marking down Vintage Collection figures. Most stores in my area are $9.87. Let us know if you find figures at a lower price point in the comments!
The headline of this article pretty much sums up what I think The Vintage Collection would say right now if it could speak. As someone who doesn’t swear, nor condones swearing, I apologize for the “crude” expression, but I can’t think of any other metaphorical saying that suits The Vintage Collection better. (more…)
JTA reader coreworld got his paws on the new TARGET exclusive TVC Han Solo (Stormtrooper) figure. It is sublime. The head sculpt is fantastic, and he even tried it on the Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) figure. “Hi Paul. I have just received the new Han Solo Stormtrooper figure and I’m blown away by the face sculpt/printing! He looks awesome. I have tried the head on vintage Bespin Han which does sit a little higher than it should, however it will not fit on the VOTC ANH Han body without serious modding as that figures ball socket is too large. Keep up the good work!”
Walmart is sending out email updates to their exclusive The Vintage Collection Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard)Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) figure. It has a new availability date of April 1st and is expected to arriving at doorsteps around April 16th.
Site sponsor Entertainment Earth has put The Vintage Collection wave 20 back up for pre-order. Secure yours before it is gone forever!
There’s probably no other way to describe Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) than to use words like overwhelming and exhilarated. This long-awaited HasLab product is finally here, and it’s probably the most significant thing Hasbro has ever created in the Star Wars line. I spent today writing a long review putting my heart on my sleeve and describing every last detail of this vehicle. We have more images coming in our already-completed 140+ photo gallery (more images will follow), but everything else is done, so we’re sharing it early with you. In the meantime, enjoy both vintage Kenner and modern Hasbro figures set up in this behemoth.
We also included full images and comparison shots of Jabba The Hutt in addition to the exclusive Yak Face.
If you didn’t back this item, and you’re a 3.75″ collector, you’re going to feel the pain of missing out. Hopefully, our review and gallery will allow you to enjoy it vicariously. I spent over 19 hours between assembling, the photo shoot, the gallery preparation and the review template and write-up. So, please leave your thoughts and opinions of this vehicle in the comments. It would help make up for the lost time I can’t get back 🙂 Thanks!
The Khetanna is making its way into homes daily! We thought this was a good time to revive and revamp our listing of figures you can use to populate your barge. We did some homework and compiled a list of characters you’ll need (that have been produced by Hasbro as an action figure already) with your Sail Barge. Click through to see a comprehensive list of existing Hasbro 3.75″ action figures required to effectively populate Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna)!
Wow! Between the frequent shipping nightmare reports and broken content complaints we’re receiving, here is something we bet you haven’t heard yet. JTA reader Grand Admiral Tom posts his horror in our Barge Acquisitions page. He didn’t get the coin to the Yak Face figure! Click the image below to check it out!
UPDATE: The coin was at the bottom of the box! It fell out during transit. Still, it’s a shame his Yak Face figure packaging was damaged. New image provided and added by Grand Admiral Tom in the comments.
Check this out! eBay seller tunghori has listed a Mimban Stormtrooper “variant.” It’s missing all of its deco which leaves you with a slightly revised super-articulated Original Trilogy Stormtrooper. Is it a factory reject? Or is it part of a new exclusive release? They’re expensive, but it might be cool to have in your collection! Special thanks to JTA reader M. Nguyen for the alert!
A lucky fellow by the name of Josh B. shared via instagram last night that their local Target stocked the pegs with the new Han Stormtrooper. The figure is supposed to have a street date of May 12th, so what witchery was used to purchase this, we can only guess. The face printing for Han looks quite wonderful, and notice the silver painted end-cap on the E-11 blaster (that very well may be a new/retooled mold). This figure was found in Orange County, CA.
With special thanks to JTA reader Craig P. for the alert, the product page for the Walmart exclusive Jabba’s Palace Adventure Playset is back up again, and this time with images. The only question left is when this item goes up for pre-order! Special thanks to JTA reader Craig P. for the alert!
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″ 2-1B 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!
What an amazing gift we’re getting with the Skiff Guard three-pack coming later this year in The Vintage Collection! It went over extremely well with the 3.75″ super-articulated crowd. So wouldn’t a second one be just as exciting? Imagine a set based on some additional villainous retinue from Jabba’s palace, Jabba’s sail barge, or the other skiff. It would be AMAZING!
The new The Vintage Collection “repacks” are on TARGET’s website too. Remember, all of the human-faced figures are updated with “photorealistic” technology. Currently, all figures are sold out. Eagle-eyed collectors will notice that the names on 75% of these changed from their original release in 2010. Click any image below to be taken to that figure’s product page. Special thanks to JTA reader Mark for the alert!
The madness ensues. Those who missed out on the HasLab campaign and are desperate to own it are bidding VERY HIGH for it on eBay. Check out this auction. Thanks to friend Russ T. for the alert!
All of us went wild after the announcement Hasbro made at Toy Fair with regards to the Jabba’s Palace Adventure Playset. What a gift! Many of us also hoped the trend would continue. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Hasbro decided to make another set that adds onto the existing Jabba’s Palace Adventure Playset and also comes with two exclusive figures and perhaps a dais or barbecue spit? Or something?
Everyone knows how magnificently Hasbro’s The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Dewback turned out. While we have received acceptable releases in the past, a modern version utilizing the approach and perhaps the digital files of the 6″ version would work wonderfully in The Vintage Collection. Don’t you think? We need this beast updated, and it would be a perfect time to do so in The Vintage Collection. Let us know your thoughts about this in the comments!
StarWars.com posted a great article on the anticipation of Jabba’s Sail Barge and discuss a few new details. They’re the first to receive a finished sample for review! Check it out!
UPDATE: It’s a policy change for Target which allows them to keep the Pre-Authorization active after falling off while waiting for the items to become in-stock and prepare for shipping.
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