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UPDATE: As of right now, pre-orders are currently available for the 3 deluxe sets!

Pre-orders are set to go live at 1 PM Eastern for all four The Mandalorian Walmart exclusive The Vintage Collection sets. Click below for links to the product pages. While they are set to go live at 1 PM, they sometimes go up early… and sometimes it takes a while to go live (pages are placeholders and will go live when the product is added)! 

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Star Wars TBS & TVC Deals On Amazon Right Now

Amazon.com has several “Limited Time Deals” right now, including The Vintage Collection’s IG-11 (VC206) for $9.49, and The Black Series’ Credit Collection The Mandalorian (wave 2) ($20.99) and Imperial Death Trooper ($19.99). Thanks to JTA reader Mike for the tip!

         

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Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently committed to collectors that they will be “focusing” on characters in The Vintage Collection that fall under “The Ninety Six” banner. If you’re new to this, it means that there needs a modern counterpart for every classic Kenner figure. Between 2020 and 2021, Hasbro’s made an admirable effort by focusing on these characters. But there is more work to be done, and we’ll figure out where we are step by step. Today we assess Luke Skywalker (In Battle Poncho).

Luke Skywalker (In Combat Poncho)

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Meet The Captain Of The Galactic Starcruiser Hotel!

Entertainment Weekly posted an ad article about Disney’s upcoming Star Wars Hotel on their website yesterday and for the first time you get to see the captain of the Galactic Starcruiser! Meet Captain Keevan, the one who will command the imaginary space ship in the Star Wars galaxy and keep you safe from the First Order! Click through for more.

Captain Keevan. She has a hat. Source: Entertainment Weekly

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It’s time to move on to our next wave of The Vintage Collection Visual Guide updates. Check out ARC Trooper Echo (VC176), our first update from wave 30. Click below for the full Visual Guide. Click here for the full review.

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ARC Trooper Echo (VC176) - The Vintage Collection

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The G.I. Joe Skystriker HasLab Is Fully Funded!

Hasbro’s G.I. Joe team and fans have reason to celebrate. The Skystriker Haslab is fully funded! With more than 8 hours to go the Skystriker will certainly unlock one or even more tiers. Maybe Hasbro’s Star Wars team can visit their colleagues in the G.I. Joe offices and get a primer on how to engage fans. The G.I. Joe team had a livestream on Instagram today, they also post regular updates, whereas the Star Wars team kept radio silence yesterday, leaving former Star Wars team member Steve Evans to post something on his Instagram. Anyway, this means two out of three HasLabs are a success, only Star Wars failed. But now is the time for G.I. Joe collectors to pop the champagne!

UPDATE: Tier 2 was unlocked, final backer count is 16,803. The Skystriker added almost 9,000 backers on the final day and more than doubled its numbers. Backers will now get the jet with a total of seven 3.75 in figures.

Success!

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Now this is very unexpected. Target in the US just revealed two brand new SH Figuarts Star Wars action figures based on Star Wars Visions. The twins Am and Karre! This is potentially big news because Bandai only has a license for Japan, this is the first time an SHF Star Wars action figure is officially (not as an import) distributed in the US! Maybe Hasbro’s license does not cover anime figures?
You can preorder Am and Karre at Target! Price per figure is $84.99. No word yet when Japanese etailers may offer them of it they will also be sold officially in Europe now! It’s certainly very welcome that SH Figuarts offers Visions merchandise! There is so much more they could do! What other Visions figures would you love to see?

Karre and Am

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An official statement by Hasbro about the failed Rancor HasLab was posted on the Hasbro Pulse Instagram page. Click through to read the statement in full!

Hasbro’s statement is somewhat less emotional

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The previously announced The Vintage Collection Walmart exclusive The Mandalorian & Grogu (Maldo Kreis) is officially scheduled to go up for pre-order tomorrow (December 8) at 1 PM Eastern. Click here for the pre-0rder page (it will go live once it is officially listed). 

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This week we also get another new Deluxe figure added to The Black Series line: Boba Fett (Throne Room). Look for this to go up for pre-order tomorrow (December 8) at 1 PM Eastern.

UPDATE: high resolution photo of the figure in the box added!

And here is a high resolution photo of the figure in a box:

Book of Boba Fett

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This week’s edition of Bring Home The Bounty is full of new reveals. First up are three deluxe Walmart exclusive The Vintage Collection sets:

These are scheduled to go up for pre-order tomorrow (December 8) at 1 PM Eastern on Walmart.com.

   

 

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BREAKING NEWS: The HasLab Rancor Fails Spectacularly!

Now that was one hell of a night. We had lots of fun here on JTA in the comments section and watched with awe as the Rancor backer count on HasLab literally exploded in the last few hours. For the longest time it seemed as if the final number would be something like 7,800, far short of the funding goal, but when midnight came it was 8,534!

But then the most mysterious thing happened… once the deadline ended the backer number collapsed. Literally. It went from 8,534 to a little more than 7,500 and then just barely over 7,000 and as of now, 17 minutes after the deadline it’s not even 5,000 backers anymore. One reason could be that HasLab is cancelling orders now, since the funding goal was not met before the deadline ended. Whatever the reason for this gigantic collapse is after the deadline ended one thing is clear, the Rancor won’t reach the required 9,000 backers anymore!

And the only people to blame for this are working at Hasbro and Lucasfilm. They miscalculated, they hoped a Haslab with nonsensical tiers consisting of repacks, cheap bones, cardboard and a Rancor centerpiece that is not remotely as impressive as the barge or the Razor Crest would make collectors pay $350 for it. But it didn’t! The only hope is that Hasbro (and their partner Lucasfilm who has total control over everything) learn from their mistakes. Maybe collectors are finally fed up with a toyline that mostly consists of repaints, repacks, kitbashes and exclusives these days. The mainline is still strong, but far too few figures are released in it, most figures these days are exclusives, repaints and repacks to the point that even the HasLab Rancor had several of them as tiers. Click through for more!

“He’s dead Jim!” (quote from Hasbro’s favorite franchise)

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We have the final Visual Guide update from The Vintage Collection Walmart exclusive 50th anniversary wave 2. Click below to check out the Tusken Raider (VC199), and be sure to also check out our full review.

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Luke Skywalker (Endor) (VC198) - The Vintage Collection

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UNDONE Launches Limited Edition Watch Collection

Starting today, UNDONE is launching their custom Star Wars watch collection, featuring three limited edition watches: Darth Vader, The Mandalorian, and The Child. Click through for details on each watch.

Shop the UNDONE Star Wars Collection right here.

 

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We are entering the finishing straight for the HasLab Rancor! In roughly 24 hours the campaign will end – unless Hasbro announce an extension of the deadline today. The Rancor currently has 5,605 backers, about 62% of the required funding. At this point in time all the other successful HasLabs had already been funded and had experienced a massive boost. The Rancor has only added 120-200 backers each day ever since Malakili was added to the offering, not even 900 backers in total.
So what will it be? Yay or nay? What do you think? Place your bet and feel free to share any other musings you have in the comments! This will be the go to HasLab Rancor discussion thread for the final day of the campaign!

He needs love

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Our The Vintage Collection Visual Guide updates continue with a look at Luke Skywalker (Endor). Click below for all of the details! You can also catch up on our review of this figure right here.

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Luke Skywalker (Endor) (VC198) - The Vintage Collection

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As of this posting, The Walmart Exclusive Captain Rex is CURRENTLY in stock for $29.99!  

Update: Out of stock

 

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One could say the Star Wars ship is not exactly sailing in smooth waters at the moment. While many fans are certainly eagerly anticipating the Book of Boba Fett show by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, other things either seriously annoy fans or get ridiculed. The current Star Wars HasLab is not exactly going as planned, it may or may not limp over the finish line, maybe barely getting funded. This project seriously angered collectors and Hasbro / Lucasfilm were basically forced to make a late addition to the campaign to somehow salvage it. The Star Wars Haslab got some really negative PR. And then there’s the fact that Star Wars lost yet another director – and basically canceled yet another movie – not too long ago. But that is nothing compared to what is concurrently happening elsewhere in the Disney Star Wars galaxy. As you may remember the brand new Star Wars Hotel, the “Galactic Starcruiser” will open in March 2022. For a mere $6,000 (for a family of four) you can spend 2 nights and 2 days (only count to 2, not 1, not 3) at the hotel. Since the world we live in is what it is, it’s already booked out in advance for a few months (there are more than 20 million millionaires in the US after all, Disney’s new target demographic apparently). So what is going wrong here? Well, Disney released a “first look” video for the Star Wars Hotel on YouTube earlier this week and the reaction was less than favorable. Actually, the reaction was savage. Apart from the usual access media (think IGN & co) virtually ALL major and even minor Star Wars YouTube channels roasted Disney for the video which was the textbook definition of “cringe”. So what did Disney do as a reaction? Well, what do you think? Click through for more!

Still image from the Starcruiser first look video

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Up next for our The Vintage Collection Visual Guide updates is the second wave of the Walmart exclusive Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary figures. First up is the Death Star Droid. (VC197). Click below to check out the full Visual Guide. You can also read our full review on this figure right here.

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Death Star Droid (VC197) - The Vintage Collection

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Many collectors wonder how exactly Hasbro and Lucasfilm work together. It should be common knowledge that Lucasfilm / Disney control every aspect of the Star Wars brand and that also applies to the toy sector of course. But how exactly is the working relationship? Eric Franer, the designer of the HasLab Rancor, was featured in a CNET article about the Rancor a short while ago (you could call it an advertorial, since it’s basically just an ad for HasLab) and while his replies to CNET’s carefully chosen questions are the usual things you always hear from Hasbro, he did hint at how Hasbro works with Lucasfilm. Click through to find out more!

Darth Mickey

“Together we can rule the toy aisle!”

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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 Major Bren Derlin (#261) and Ric Olie (#262). 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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Scout Trooper (VC196) rounds out The Vintage Collection’s Gaming Greats line. Check out our full Visual Guide below. Be sure to also stop by and read our full review.

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Scout Trooper (VC196) - The Vintage Collection

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How Does The HasLab Rancor Compare To Other Options?

The HasLab Rancor is not the first (approximately) 6 inch scale Rancor on the market. Back in 2006 Gentle Giant released a Rancor + Malakili statue, Regal Robot made a Rancor replica as an extremely limited edition (only 83 Rancors were made) not too long ago and Sideshow Collectibles is offering their Rancor actually right now, estimated shipping date is December 2021. All of these Rancors are roughly the same size, something between 16-18 inches tall (without stand). For this article I want to compare the $350 HasLab Rancor to the $605 Sideshow Colletibles Rancor and the $2,999 Regal Robot replica of the original maquette from the movie. How does the HasLab Rancor fare? Click through for more!

Phil Tippett working on the Rancor maquette

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Pop! Collectors can now pick up an exclusive The Bad Batch Cad Bane Funko Pop! at Pop In A Box. Click here for the full press release and information on how to order.

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