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The Force Awakens Was Just Surpassed By Avatar 2

You may wonder why the 2015 Star Wars movie hardly anyone talks about anymore gets a headline today. Well, Hollywood box office still has to reach pre-pandemic levels, in fact total domestic US box office in 2022 is on the same level as it was in 1999, with about $7.3 billion in 2022 (unadjusted for inflation!), which is $4 billion less than in 2019, the last year before Covid disrupted the movie business. It’s better than in 2021 and 2020 (much better), but still a far cry from what Hollywood used to make.
Much of the underperformance of the Hollywood movie business is attributed to the pandemic and changed viewing habits, with people allegedly preferring to watch movies on streaming platforms instead of going to the local cinema. So it’s of note when in times like these a new movie is released that just beat the #4 movie of all time at the worldwide box office (The Force Awakens): Avatar – The Way Of Water. I will talk more about that later, but another reason I bring up Avatar is that it once more points the finger at one of the core weaknesses of Star Wars. And what is that weakness? Click through for more!

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The Amazon exclusive TVC The Bad Batch set is currently marked down to $45.20. Click here for the product page. 

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Review: Cassian Andor - TVC - VC261

It’s 2023 and the 40th Anniversary of Return Of The Jedi, but we get a Disney Star Wars Cassian Andor figure instead. At least it’s a good figure, but do you care? (more….)

Cassian Andor

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We are continuing with our Visual Guide updates as we work through 100 Days of Visual Guides. Up next is Princess Leia (Ewok Village) (ROTJ09). Click below to check out our full Visual Guide. You can also read a full review of this figure right here.

Princess Leia (Ewok Village) - The Black Series [Phase IV]

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The Bad Batch Character Poster: Phee Genoa

The next The Bad Batch character poster features the pirate Phee Genoa. Click below to check out the full poster.

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Iron Studios Darth Vader On Throne 1/4 Scale Statue

Iron Studios is bringing Darth Vader to 1/4 scale. Click through to check out all of the details on the Darth Vader on Throne 1/4 scale statue, as he appeared in Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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It’s time for another Visual Guide update from The Black Series [Phase IV]. Click below to check out Bib Fortuna (ROTJ08). Make sure to also check out our full review of this figure in our review database.

Bib Fortuna - The Black Series [Phase IV]

 

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JTA reader Chad found the latest prototype edition figure Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) at his local Target in Decatur, AL. Let us know in the comments if you find this in your area.

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Entertainment Earth has the Fan Channel exclusive The Black Series Protocol Droid (Holiday Edition) IN STOCK. Use our link here at JTA and get 10% off your entire order (in-stock items) AND free shipping on orders over $39. 

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Regal Robot presents the Ree-Yees concept maquette. This new edition is an authentic re-creation of the Ree-Yees concept maquette, scanned from the original artifact and with a plaque signed by Oscar-winning FX artist and original character designer, Chris Walas.

Limited to 100 pieces, these will be available on Wednesday at 12 noon EST. Click here for the product page for full details and additional images.

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It’s time for the hip-hop specialist Figrin D’an (ANH04) to be added to our The Black Series [Phase IV] Visual Guide. Click below to check him out! You can also check out our full review of this figure right here.

Figrin D’an - The Black Series [Phase IV]

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A little later than usual here comes the weekly The Bad Batch review. This week we get a little bit of Indiana Jones in space when the Bad Batch go on a treasure hunt that could have been great, if only…

But still, there are some things to talk about, so if you want to, please read my spoiler review and let’s discuss the latest Bad Batch adventure.

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TVC Nevarro Cantina Marked Down to $30 (ish)

Kids Warehouse via Walmart.com has the TVC Nevarro Cantina marked down to $29.89. You will have to pay shipping, but still a decent markdown price if you’ve been waiting for this overpriced set to drop. Thanks to Mark for the head’s up!

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Hasbro will release their Q4/2022 and full year 2022 results on February 16th, but preliminary results were released by the toy company earlier today. And the results are not pretty. As a reaction to the bad numbers Hasbro also announced that they will lay off roughly 15% of their global workforce in 2023, about 1,000 people. So how bad are things? Really bad! Click through for more!

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LEGO has two new helmets up for pre-order.  Captain Rex (75349) and Commander Cody (75350) are both available to pre-order on Amazon.

Update: Princess Leia (Boussh) Helmet has also been announced, but the pre-order page on LEGO’s web site is not currently live.

         

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Hasbro Fan First Livestream February 1 At 11 AM Eastern

Hasbro has announced their next Fan First Livestream, set for February 1st at 11 AM Eastern. We’ll break down all the news and information next week directly after the livestream. 

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It’s another expensive repaint, but the Clone Trooper (187th Battalion) figure is not half bad. It’s just been impossible to find. Check out this new addition to The Black Series [Phase IV] line. (more….)

Clone Trooper (187th Battalion)

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Our next The Black Series [Phase IV] Visual Guide update features Ponda Baba (ANH02). Click below to check out the full Visual Guide! You can also read a full review of this figure in our review database.

Ponda Baba - The Black Series [Phase IV]

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New At Regal Robot - Embossed Metal Art

Reminiscent of classic school lunchboxes, Regal Robot now has Embossed Metal Plaques featuring iconic, vintage Star Wars poster art. Click here to check them all out!

 

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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 Cassian Andor (#381) and Luthen Rael (#382). 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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We are continuing our Visual Guide updates from The Black Series [Phase IV]. Up next is The Client (TM20). Click below to check out the full Visual Guide. Click here to read our full review.

The Client - The Black Series [Phase IV]

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Gentle Giant’s latest Jumbo release features Triple Zero, now available to pre-order at Entertainment Earth. Click here for the pre-order page (with free shipping).

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Up next for The Black Series Visual Guides is Boba Fett (Tython) (TM16). Get the full Visual Guide by clicking below! Make sure to also check out our full review right here.

Boba Fett (Tython) - The Black Series [Phase IV]

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