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Disney Wants Taika Waititi To Develop A Star Wars Movie

The Hollywood Reporter broke the exclusive news yesterday. According to their sources Disney is trying to get Taika Waititi to develop a Star Wars movie. Taika voiced IG-11 on The Mandalorian and also directed the season finale. So he’s no stranger to Star Wars. The question is if Taika would be a good fit for Star Wars though when he’s also tasked with writing the script. Taika Waititi is known for such movies like JoJo Rabbit (he’s nominated for two Academy Awards for that), Thor Ragnarok and What We Do In The Shadows. His movies are quirky, have lots of comedy and the question is if his particular style of filmmaking would be good for Star Wars. Would you like a Star Wars movie in the style of Thor Ragnarok? I enjoyed that movie, but I am not sure its idiosyncratic style would make for a Star Wars movie all fans accept. The next question is if Taika has the time, since he’s a very busy man these days. Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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As if the first release wasn’t enough, Hasbro released the worst Chewbacca figure twice, this version as Chewbacca (In Chains). It’s 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.

Chewbacca (In Chains)

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Eagle-eyed RDRs readers may have noticed some of our banners changing for a couple of The Power Of The Force “2” lines. Previously, we organized everything by (1) “Red” packaging, (2) “Green/Freeze Frame” packaging and then by (3) “CommTech/FlashBack” packaging. However, recently adding the Collector Series and Action Collection 12″ figures posed some organizing complications for us, and it’s necessitated a reorganization in the categories. Going forward, the lines will be organized by (1) The Power Of The Force “2” [Red/Green] (which includes all POTF2 products prior to the 1998 Freeze Frame launch and all Collector Series 12″ figures). (2) The Power Of The Force “2” [Freeze Frame/The Kenner Collection] (which includes all POTF2 Freeze Frame figures, anything with a “The Kenner Collection” logo on it, and all “green” Action Collection 12″ figures. And finally (3) The Power Of The Force “2” [FlashBack/CommTech] (which remains unchanged). The latter line also houses Action Collection 12″ figures in the “starburst” packaging (used for FlashBack and CommTech 3.75″ figures). Shadows Of The Empire and Expanded Universe continue to maintain their own categories and also remain unchanged. Thank you for reading!

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Target reported yesterday that toy sales for the 2019 holiday season disappointed and didn’t meet expectations. Toy sales were basically flat compared to 2018. Click through for more!

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Disqus Just "Pantsed" Users That Down-Vote Comments

Your acts of cowardice are now revealed! I kid. I kid. It’s quite entertaining in all honesty. Disqus shows who down-votes your comments now. Well, that was enlightening!

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The Concept Art Book For The Rise Of Skywalker Has Leaked

The concept art book for The Rise of Skywalker was apparently accidentally sold in South Korea, as photos of the book with South Korean writing have appeared on social media. The few things that have been posted so far show an alternative look for Dark Side Rey (which I greatly prefer to what we got in the movie, it basically pays homage to Luke’s look in Return of the Jedi), we also get a look at things that were cut from the script/movie, like the “Oracle” Kylo Ren was originally meant to encounter early in the movie. You can see some photos on Twitter! And below is a photo of what was probably an idea for a Force vision, Emperor Kylo and Empress Rey with yet another look for her. Would you be interested at all in a sequel trilogy action figure line that is based on concept art?

Kylo Ren and Rey concept art

Kylo Ren and Rey concept art (click to enlarge)

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It’s time to check out the single-release version of Grand Moff Tarkin in the Action Collection line. Have you ever seen the bone accessory that comes with this figure? It’s 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.

Grand Moff Tarkin

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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 Watto (#65) and Darth Sidious (#66). 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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Tuesday was a very special day for The Rise of Skywalker! The movie crossed two thresholds at the box office! One positive and one not so postive! Click through for the details!

The Rise of Skywalker Celebration

So happy you could cry

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Let’s look at the Luke Skywalker (In Jedi Gear) Action Collection figure. Have you ever seen the bone accessory that comes with this figure? It’s 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.

Luke Skywalker (In Jedi Gear)

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The Skywalker Saga Blu-Ray Box Set Release Date!

Walmart.com has listed the Skywalker Saga Blu-Ray Box set for $129.99 with 18-discs (which is one bonus disc per film) and the release date is set for April 17. I’m willing to bet that The Rise of Skywalker will likely release around that time (maybe a bit sooner to try and make people double-dip as Disney likes to do) as well as the Best Buy Skywalker Saga 4k Box Set. Now we’ll have to see if this new rumor of a second theatrical release with more footage a la Endgame comes at the end of January, but for now, we at least have a release date for the Box Set.

 

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TBS6 "Carbonized" Mandalorian Heavily Restocked At Target

If you’ve been patiently waiting for Target to restock The Mandalorian “Carbonized” Version, now is the time to start checking! We’ve had numerous reports from JTA readers with these being found in both New Jersey and Tennessee, and I found several in Lexington, KY. Let everyone know in the comments if and where you did (or did not) find one. You can use the image of the barcode below at the scanner to check stock in the store. 

   

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Toy Run Tuesday #28 - TV Show Customs

Welcome back to another Tuesday weekly report. This Toy Run Tuesday I’ve got a couple customs to share with you. These ones are specifically from Star Wars TV shows. Click here so you can find out which ones!

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Review: Supreme Leader Kylo Ren - TROS - 12-Inch Figure

Check out the Supreme Leader Kylo Ren 12-Inch Figure from The Rise Of Skywalker line. It’s 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.

Supreme Leader Kylo Ren

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The Rise Of Skywalker Nominated For Three Oscars!

Review: Padmé Amidala - SW [S - P2] - 12 Inch Figure

What’s that on her head? A wig? The Padmé Amidala 12 Inch Figure is a mess overall. But it does have a few redeeming qualities too. See this confusing figure in 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.

Padmé Amidala

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We’re finishing up our look at the small-scaled Action Collection figures released in 1998. Let’s complete them with R2-D2 [Detachable Utility Arms] which was a Walmart exclusive. It’s 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.

R2-D2

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Instagram user toyhideout has posted the first wave of The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Vintage-style carded figures. Click below to check them out! Thanks to JTA reader Cybereye for the heads-up!

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Will Jar Jar Binks Appear In The Kenobi Disney+ Series?

A new Star Wars rumor is circling the interwebs. Apparently, a bearded Jar Jar Binks may appear in the upcoming Kenobi Disney+ series! Nothing else is known, so take this with the usual grains of salt!
It has to be pointed out that Ahmed Best will be the host of a Star Wars quiz show on Disney+, so maybe Ahmed would be fine with portraying Jar Jar one more time? He did voice the character in the Clone Wars cartoon, which already had a somewhat more nuanced approach to the character. Would you look forward to seeing Jar Jar appear again in live action? Or would you rather never see him again? Also: how would Jar Jar fit in? Does Obi-Wan go to Naboo? It could be quite exciting to see Theed again. Or will Jar Jar travel to Tatooine? Leave your opinion in the comments! Movieweb has the full story!

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Artist’s impression of a bearded Jar Jar Binks (I can’t draw, so excuse me!)

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Review: Wicket The Ewok - POTF2 [FF/TKC] - Walmart Exclusive

Have you ever seen a naked Ewok? You can today! We’re continuing to look at the small-scaled Action Collection figures released in 1998. Let’s check out Wicket The Ewok. It’s 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.

Wicket The Ewok

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New Concept Art Photos from The Mandalorian are now at Star Wars Authentics. Check out the collection here.  

Also coming soon from Star Wars Authentics:

  • New WideVision photos from The Mandalorian
  • Naomi Ackie Autographs
  • Nick Nolte Autographs
  • Giancarlo Esposito Autographs

 

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Review: R5-D4 - POTF2 [FF/TKC] - Walmart Exclusive

We’re continuing to look at the small-scaled Action Collection figures released in 1998. Let’s check out R5-D4. It’s 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.

R5-D4

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JTA reader Adam K. sends us a report that The Mandalorian Carbonized TARGET exclusive figure is hitting brick and mortar again. If you’ve seen it, let us know!

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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 Poe Dameron (#63) and Mother Talzin (#64). 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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Review: Jawa - POTF2 [FF/TKC] - Action Collection

Have you ever seen a naked Jawa before? You can today! We’re continuing to look at the small-scaled Action Collection figures released in 1998. Let’s check out the Jawa. It’s 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.

Jawa

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