Hey Hasbro! An actor from Return Of The Jedi emailed us and let us know you’re not making enough aliens from Jabba’s palace. The neglect stems from the lack of merchandise and you can be a big part in fixing that. Can you change that for them (and of course us?) (more….)
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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Images and news reports are floating around on social media that Hasbro’s inaugural wave of the reintroduced The Vintage Collection figures are now found at discount outlets like Bargain Hunt (and others). Hasbro, it’s time to move away from the Sequel Trilogy repacks. When we said “slap it on a vintage card back” we meant great figures from your The Legacy Collection, Legacy Collection, and The Black Series [Phase I and Phase II] lines, updated with photoreal technology. You know; the characters from before Disney Star Wars. Disney Star Wars characters are essential, but you should treat them in The Vintage Collection like how you’re handling the Original and Prequel Trilogy characters. You have it backward!
UPDATE: Per one of our readers, Bargain Hunt is supposedly getting their stock from TARGET stores. Man, that’s a powerful statement if it’s true.
The Lucca Comics and Games Convention Hasbro panel JUST revealed 2 new figures coming next year for The Black Series and The Vintage Collection (thanks to Banthaskull for posting the live feed). If you’re a TBS collector, you will be pleased that our rumor is true that Mace Windu will be joining the 6″ world. If you are a TVC collector, the reveal may be worse than you could have possibly imagined! If you thought the figure wasn’t worth it for $3 at Walmart a year ago, you might be thrilled to pay $13 for a repacked Poe Dameron (pilot) figure on a vintage Kenner card back! What do you think?
Update: Official promo photos of Mace Windu and Poe Dameron added! More photos will most likely follow later today, so stay tuned! Also, it has to be pointed out that Poe Dameron is a repaint with photo real technology.
Update 2: Mace Windu will be available in Spring 2019! Poe Dameron is scheduled for a fall 2019 release!
On paper things should look very bright for Star Wars. We have new movies. Quite a few of them too, with even more in the pipeline. And in the very near future we will get Star Wars shows on Disney’s streaming channel with one all new series, “The Mandalorian”, and the return of the fan favorite “The Clone Wars”. On the toy front we have a lot to choose from, there are 5 POA toys, there is The Vintage Collection, we have the Black Series, and on top of that there are Asian companies that also make 6 inch figures or model kits, not to mention larger scale figures such as Hot Toys / Sideshow, Jakks Pacific “Big Figs” or Hasbro’s very own 5 POA 12 inch figures. In terms of sheer choice things have hardly been any better. But nevertheless some collectors are unhappy, disillusioned and sometimes even angry at Disney, Lucasfilm and Hasbro. In this editorial I would like to talk about that feeling of frustration. Click through for some thoughts about the topic.
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.
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!.
Take one step forward and two steps back, Walmart. JTA reader Scot M. found all of the latest The Vintage Collection basic figures at his local Walmart for $2 a piece. You couldn’t make this up if you tried.
Grab them while you can….
JTA reader and friend Danny R. sends in an image to us reflecting the new life breathed into Walmart stores as of late. While I cannot say my store looks anywhere as stocked as his store does, I can say that I have witnessed signs of life that are both comforting and therapeutic. Philly was “Hasbrotopia” during the Golden Age of Collecting. For the last five years, it has become a barren wasteland. But I was one of the fortunate ones who found wave 3 of The Vintage Collection arrive (before I received my supply from my Asian sources) and General Veers has just begun to hit my local Walgreens. Before this, I didn’t find ONE Walgreens Star Wars exclusive, and there is a store on every corner out here. Plus, I expect to see the 6″ Mimban Stormtrooper hit shortly as well. Oh, and in typical fashion, TARGET has pretty much held it together well without issue, although their mainline stock is mostly dreadful. In short, I do see improvements. Do you?
Update: Grab the others from this wave too while they last…
JTA reader Kieran C. had the opportunity to talk to Steve Evans at NYCC. He wanted to know if Disney’s royalty fees might prevent Hasbro from doing more TVC figures. It has been speculated that production costs for TVC and the Black Series might basically be the same but that TVC has smaller margins, which results in fewer new figures for the line. Steve Evans’ answer however paints a somewhat different picture. Click through for what he said!
Here are some of my feelings regarding NYCC this year which includes some opinion on The Vintage Collection, The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line, rumors confirmed and distribution’s salvation thanks to one specific retailer. Click through for more!
Run, run, as fast as you can. Hasbro released official PRESS IMAGES of their new reveals today and we have them on our Facebook page for your persual!
If you missed the live streaming video, click through for some critical key points that were revealed at the Hasbro panel today. Special thanks to our friends at JediBusiness.com for streaming the presentation.
UPDATE #1: Some official images added to the comments.
UPDATE #2: I forgot to include a detail that will make some collectors very happy. TBS6 figures will come with a clear triangular stand going forward, but I don’t know which wave that begins.
A big thanks to James and JediNews for sending me this shot of the updated release and reveal chart that Hasbro has been using throughout their world tour. They mentioned in the end that the final 8 forthcoming reveals will be OT figures. Click below to check out the latest listing…
Boy, that Walmart exclusive The Vintage Collection Imperial TIE Fighter sure looks weird. It’s the image Walmart used for the item’s product page. It’s IN STOCK with FREE shipping if you’re interested.
Hasbro released PRESS IMAGES for the new The Vintage Collection reveals. That has to be an all-new head sculpt for Han Solo, right? See them on our Facebook page.
HASBRO – IF YOU’RE GOING TO REPAINT/REPACK CLONES, WHERE ARE OUR CLONE TROOPER CAPTAIN AND CLONE TROOPER COMMANDER FIGURES FROM ATTACK OF THE CLONES? WE’VE BEEN WAITING SINCE 2013 FOR THOSE TO COMPLETE THE QUINTET!
Hasbro has just revealed TWO MORE The Vintage Collection figures: the 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper (with corrected paint operations but with the same oversized bucket AGAIN) and Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise.
UPDATE: 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper is an Entertainment Earth exclusive.
Who thinks the final pre-order at Entertainment Earth today is for the Walmart exclusive The Vintage Collection Mimban Stormtrooper? Heck, at this point, it could be for both at this point (although our breaking news report contradicts that idea about the 6″ version). It could also be Solo Force Link 2.0 wave 4 too. Thank goodness Entertainment Earth is stepping up to the plate to help collectors grab all of these exclusives. They should be the Star Wars exclusive retailer from here on out.
As we exclusively reported last month, Rey (Island Journey) has been promoted to an Entertainment Earth exclusive. Get your pre-orders in for a November delivery. So much for them hitting stores months and months ago, huh?
Entertainment Earth has posted a tease that they will be revealing a Hasbro Star Wars item. Could it be about the Walmart exclusive Rey (Island Journey) getting converted to an EE exclusive? Ot is it something else entirely? There is so much to ponder! The announcemnt comes 8 AM PT tomorrow.
Wow. This Walmart thinks The Vintage Collection is on clearance. Do they know something we don’t know? That’s doubtful, because they have three exclusives from The Black Series [Phase III] and The Vintage Collection lines that for intents and purposes have yet to arrive. I suppose our string of goodf luck could only last so long with Walmart. We all got a lift in our step when we dound wave 2 and wave 3 pretty much across the country. And we got more excited when the Imperial TIE Fighter started showing up too. Now we’re getting reports of the latest TVC figures getting out on clearance for almst 50% off. Does the Star Wars line truly have a chance at Walmart? Special thanks to JTA reader Reuben G. for the report and images.
Back in March, we provided you with a guide on the best way to fill your Jabba’s Sail Barge when it arrives early next year. If you have done your part to #backthebarge, we thought we’d provide something to you that many requested to us. We did some homework and compiled a list of characters you’ll need (that have been produced by Hasbro as an action figure already) that you’ll need with your Sail Barge. So we now wnat to know. How is it going? Are you almost caught up? How many more do you need? Click through to see a comprehensive list of existing Hasbro 3.75″ action figures required to effectively populate Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) when it arrives. Some of these figures cost nearly as much as the #backthebarge does! (more….)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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