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It seems Hasbro will not revisit Boba Fett from the ground up to give collectors an all-new figure. So, they did the next best thing and clean up the 2008 TAC The Fett Legacy Evolutions sculpt with a screen-accurate paint job and a shortened cape. It’s probably safe to say that Hasbro finally perfected (as best they could) The Vintage Collection Boba Fett (VC09) figure. We’re catching up with some previously released updated carry-forward figures in The Vintage Collection. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 100-image gallery complete with comparison shots, dioramas, and a breakdown of what separates the 2010 version from the 2019 new release in the Collector Notes. Check out this excellently updated figure in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize. Until we get an all-new figure with a non-removable helmet, this is the next best thing!

Boba Fett (VC09)

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The next two cards from the weekly Topps Star Wars Living Set are now out. Featuring the iconic blue starfield and the impressive artwork of Kris Penix, check out Fennec Shand (#105) and Zorii Bliss (#106). Each Tuesday, two new cards will be released and be only available for one week. Click here to view the entire Star Wars Living archive, including individual print runs.

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A new GameStop exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] Gaming Greats figure has been rumored on Instagram: Darth Nihilus!

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The third time is the charm! Hasbro finally perfected The Vintage Collection General Lando Calrissian (VC47) figure. It might be the best-looking figure from this newest wave of repacks. Amazingly, they trimmed down the length of the cape, and it looks SO MUCH better. There are other updates too. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 80-image gallery complete with comparison shots, dioramas, and a breakdown of what separates the 2011 version from the 2020 new release in the Collector Notes. These figures are shipping through the “Fan Channel” as we speak, but you can see this excellent figure updated in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize. The Photo Real technology on this figure is astounding!

General Lando Calrissian (VC47)

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GameStop Exclusive Stormtrooper Commander Arriving!

The GameStop exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] Stormtrooper Commander is arriving at doorsteps! If you want to learn more about this classic Expanded Universe action figure, we reviewed it back in March HERE. It’s currently SOLD OUT at GameStop online.

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There are a number of changes made to the re-released The Vintage Collection Han Solo (Bespin) (VC50) figure. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 80-image gallery complete with comparison shots, dioramas, and a breakdown of what separates the 2011 version from the 2020 new release in the Collector Notes. The breakdown is that this is the best version of this action figure to date. You’ll need MANY of them! You can probably find Han Solo (Bespin) (VC50) at your local TARGET and WALMART stores now. If not, orders should begin shipping to the “Fan Channel” shortly. As with many other re-released figures, there’s more difference here than you may think. The Photo Real technology worked well here.!

Han Solo (Bespin) (VC50)

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Wo! The Vintage Collection Imperial Combat Assault Tank is only $30.25 on Amazon as of this post! Special thanks to JTA reader Jeff R. for the alert!

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There have been a significant number of changes made to the re-released The Vintage Collection See-Threepio (C-3PO) (VC06) figure. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 68-image gallery complete with comparison shots, dioramas, and a breakdown of what separates the 2010 version from the 2020 new release. (Hasbro has released this figure every five years since 2010!) You can probably find See-Threepio (C-3PO) (VC06) at your local TARGET and WALMART stores now. If not, orders should begin shipping from the “Fan Channel” shortly. As usual, there’s more difference here than you may believe, including a possible retooling that benefits the aesthetics of the head sculpt! Be sure to acclimate yourself to the many changes!

See-Threepio (C-3PO) (VC06)

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The Hasbro Pulse blog has written a great article on the history of The Black Series 6″ lines packaging. As you know, we’re up to the fourth phase of this long-running line. Check out the article HERE, and then come back to comment!

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As you can probably gather by the title of this week’s TRT, I got some clones this week! Captains, ARC troopers, Commanders, Purge troopers, oh my! Check out a few photos by clicking here, and then share some photos of your clone trooper collection in the comments below!

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There have been a significant number of changes made to the re-released The Vintage Collection Luke Skywalker (Bespin) (VC04) figure. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 80-image gallery. The new gallery includes comparison shots, dioramas, and a breakdown of what separates the 2010 version from the 2020 new release. (Do you believe a decade transpired in between their respective releases?) You can probably find Luke Skywalker (Bespin) (VC04) at your local TARGET and WALMART stores now. If not, orders should begin shipping from the “Fan Channel” shortly. There are more differences here than you may believe. Be sure to acclimate yourself to the many changes!

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Today’s Visual Guide update features the next exclusive figure/game combo from the Retro Collection. Click below to check out our full Visual Guide of the Hoth Ice Planet Adventure Game/Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) set. Make sure to also check out our full review right here.

Hoth Ice Planet Adventure Game - Retro Collection

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The Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. This latest 35g pure silver foil from New Zealand Mint for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is an officially licensed replica of the 2017 film’s striking poster.

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The Hoth Ice Planet Adventure Game [Exclusive Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) Figure] Board Game is loads of fun. But you’re probably going to buy it for the Retro Collection pack-in figure. Hey! The “banana” visor is back in full force! See our HUGE gallery in our review today. Will you buy one for yourself? (more….)

Hoth Ice Planet Adventure Game [Exclusive Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) Figure]

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The supposed “Fan Channel-only” exclusive wave of The Vintage Collection repacked and updated with Photo Real figures including Luke Skywalker (Bespin) and See-Threepio (C-3PO), which already showed up at TARGET and weren’t supposed to, are now showing up at Walmart. We assume they weren’t supposed to show up at Walmart either. Expect them to get marked down to $5.00 per figure in a couple of weeks. Special thanks to JTA reader Chad R. for the report and image.

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Review: Han Solo - TBS [P3] - Titanium Series (05)

It’s the last one from the first wave! Do you recall how Hasbro treated 3.75″ super-articulated collectors when it came to celebrating the 40th Anniversary of A New Hope? The Titanium Series Han Solo is another one of the ways to remember how we got to celebrate the four-decade landmark. (more….)

Han Solo

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Coming soon: Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy’s Edge, a new action-adventure virtual reality experience, announced by ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm is in development in collaboration with Oculus Studios. Click through for the full press release!

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Now, more than ever, it’s time to put complacency in your past and help keep The Vintage Collection a thriving and active Star Wars action figure line that will meet the needs of all who collect it. Please sign the petition at change.org to get Hasbro to make more NEW 3​.​75″ Star Wars The Vintage Collection figures per product year. Click HERE to sign. Also, let Hasbro know you’re not satisfied by contacting Hasbro Pulse Instagram HERE. Hasbro Pulse Facebook HERE. Hasbro Twitter HERE. Online Consumer Care HERE. Use #FightForTVC everywhere you reach out.

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Remember how Hasbro treated 3.75″ super-articulated collectors when it came to celebrating the 40th Anniversary of A New Hope? The Titanium Series Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the ways to remember that nightmare. It was a disappointment on MULTIPLE levels. (more….)

Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Pre-order the COMPLETE SET of Rebels repacks (with Photo Real updates) in The Black Series [Phase IV] line at GameStop for only $134.99! It’s a saving of over $35. You also get FREE shipping.

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Our last Visual Guide update from wave 2 of The Black Series The Empire Strikes Back 40th anniversary line is the repacked Lando Calrissian. Click below to visit our full Visual Guide. We also have a full review of this figure right here.

Lando Calrissian - TBS [TESB40]

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We’re not sure if this is a single store markdown or not. And we have NO IDEA how widespread this is. But we have evidence that the Retro Collection is on clearance at this Walmart location for 50% off. Many (most?) of us haven’t even seen this collection of figures enter their brick and mortar locations, let alone on sale. It’s not even the end of May, and this latest find makes us believe that Walmart is over the 40th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back already. Thanks to JTA reader Thomas H. for the report and image.

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