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While marketing for Skeleton Crew has not yet started what seems to be an official promo poster / artwork has now been found in a thrift store (of all places), according to someone who posted the photo on X. This is a color version of a metal ingot revealed previously, maybe this will be the official poster for the series.

The theory is that maybe someone who worked on the show sold some of the swag crewmembers usually get when production wraps. Skeleton Crew was ready for release in 2023 already and thus production ended quite a while ago, but Iger decided to delay the release as part of his new Disney+ content strategy, which is why we’ll get the show in November this year.

One noteworthy thing is that Jude Law is absent, unless you count his silhouette walking in the background with the four kids in tow. This may imply the kids truly are the main focus here with Law only being a support character. One would think they would feature the only known actor in this show a bit more prominently.

What do you think? After so many either at best average (Mando S3, Ahsoka, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Book of Boba Fett) or outright disastrous (The Acolyte) shows I have doubts Lucasfilm under Kennedy will get a series right that is meant to have kids as main characters, especially when we look at the child characters in previous Disney+ projects. But of course no one will know for sure until release and I will certainly watch the pilot episode.

Found in a thrift store…

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UPDATE: Luminate have already released their numbers for week 7 of The Acolyte, i.e. for the series finale. And episode 8 also failed to enter the top 10 Luminate original series like the previous two episodes. The #10 entry on the Luminate charts has 228.5 million minutes viewed (Sausage Party: Foodtopia, which is a sequel series to the movie) which is just embarrassing. The Acolyte must have had less then 228 million minutes watched, maybe even less than 200 million. According to Luminate the finale was watched by maybe as few as 4.4 million people (or even fewer)! In the update I also discuss some statements made by Headland in a Collider interview that reveal she literally considers Qimir aka Smilo Ren as somewhat of a self insert. You find the Luminate update and the interview quotes at the end of the original article!

Well, that escalated rather quickly… while The Acolyte remained in the top 10 Luminate Original Series charts until week 4 and episode 5 and only dropped out when episode 6 was released in week 5, The Acolyte has already dropped out of the top 10 Nielsen original series charts in week 3 with episode 4! The #10 show has 298 million minutes on the Nielsen charts. The Acolyte must have less than that. According to Luminate The Acolyte had 262 million minutes in week 3 (episode 4). Click through for a short commentary.

The Acolyte is as dead as this wookiee

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Hot Toys has also started a new collection called the Accessory Collection Series. This series’s first Star Wars release features Darth Maul Hologram (ACS015) and is limited to just 1500 units in select markets. Details and gallery images after the jump!

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Hot Toys reveals Clone Commando Scorch (TMS130), their latest The Bad Batch release. This is a Hot Toys exclusive limited to only 3000. Click through for full details and gallery images.

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Review: The Acolyte Series Finale (S01E08)

It’s finally over… the last ever episode of The Acolyte was released Tuesday night… but Headland’s show ends with a massive middle finger to almost all Star Wars fans. All in all things develop as you’d think they develop, there are no surprises really here. The plot is more than just predictable.

But Headland creates one of the most toxic romances in history (only rivalled by Rey and Kylo Ren) and has the gall to even include a cameo of a certain Jedi we all know… and I do not care about spoilers. The Phantom Menace is more like “The Super Duper Obvious Menace, We’ve Known About For 100 Years” now because at least two members of the high council should know about it all, and knew about it for about a century… which is just laughable. And that other cameo may make some fans even more angry…

There are quite a few things to talk about, none of them pleasant, but Lucasfilm should hear it loud and clear from the normal majority of fans that this is nothing most fans want (in case the lousy ratings do not tell Lucasfilm how a majority of fans reject this). While the two dozen Reylos who now have Oshamir scream on Twitter about how they want a season 2. Anyway, click here or on the banner to read my spoiler review for The Acolyte series finale.

 

 

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Pre-orders are officially open for the Amazon exclusive The Black Series Inquisitor & Duros Bounty Hunter (Halloween Edition) set. Click here for the product page.

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This week you’ll get yet another pretty short article. Because The Acolyte failed to make the top ten original series Luminate streaming charts for a second week in a row, this time with episode 7, that other flashback episode. Last time the series was on the Luminate charts it had around 220 million viewing minutes, by far the lowest figure for any Star Wars live action series ever – if the numbers will be reflected on the Nielsen charts in a few weeks from now we will know for sure. But week 2 figures agreed very well between the two charts. So it is not unreasonable to assume that we may see very similar trends in upcoming Nielsen streaming charts. Click through for a few comments about this embarrassing performance on the Luminate charts.

No wonder hardly anyone is watching this

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DisneyStore.com now has The Vintage Collection Captain Enoch and Thrawn’s Night Troopers builder pack available. Click here for the product page.

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The Nielsen Streaming Charts For The Acolyte - Week 2

Nielsen have a somewhat erratic release schedule currently, they released their early June numbers earlier this week… and on Friday they already followed up with the numbers for the next week. Whatever… Nielsen have therefore now added The Acolyte episode 3 (the flashback episode about the power of maaaaannyyyyyyyyyy) to their charts. And we can finally compare one full week of The Acolyte on the Luminate Streaming charts to one full week on the Nielsen charts. How do the numbers compare? It’s very interesting! Click through for all the details!

The power of… none…

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Hasbro's HasLab Is A Scam

This is an opinion piece. It’s my opinion. I will try to explain why I think that Hasbro’s HasLab is a scam. I am not saying people who support HasLabs are dumb or idiots, there are very good reasons why collectors would want to have the HasLab offerings, most of which have been good products. What I want to achieve is that we all discuss and debate the very idea of crowdfunding by multibillion dollar toy giants and how Hasbro is pulling the wool over collector’s eyes. So please click through for my opinion piece and let’s all discuss Hasbro’s crowdfunding platform.

You want the dog? Buy 10 of these cars and you’ll get the dog for free!

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Walmart has dropped the pre-order price for The Black Series Mandalorian Nite Owl to $17.48. Click here for the product page. Thanks JTA reader Jon for the alert!

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Review: The Acolyte - Choice (S01E07)

I thought the worst was behind us. Then episode 7 of The Acolyte was released. “Choice” is a travesty. A twisted mirror universe version of Star Wars that now features current era R&B pop songs and I wish I was just joking, but I am NOT.

This is the nadir. It can’t get any worse… Nothing makes sense. This episode, once more all flashback, is just the amended version of episode 3. All the same things happen again… just with a few more Jedi scenes now. And you know why all of this happened? I will spoil it for you right here and now because you won’t believe me anyway. All of this happens because Torbin is really, really, really, REALLY homesick and wants to go back to Coruscant.

I have no words for this. Okay, I have a few words for this. If you want to know what I have to say about this nuclear catastrophe click here or on the banner and read my spoiler review of “Choice”, the single worst piece of Star Wars ever, and I include The Holiday Special here.

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Walmart stores are setting up new “Dark Side” shippers to display The Vintage Collection figures. JTA reader Jason has the report:

Wanted to send word that more “Dark Side” point-of-purchase shippers arrived last week at some Walmart stores, this time for The Vintage Collection product! Back in April I was able to obtain the large Dark Side capper featuring Vader and Maul (that display included Epic Heroes Series and other merchandise). This time a mix of new and old The Vintage Collection product is featured: Rex, Luke, Vader, and Stormtrooper from the latest wave assortment, plus new old stock of last year’s Klatooinian Raider and 2022’s deluxe Dark Trooper (Dark Trooper only $14.97). Figures are stacked three-deep similar to past displays (2021 LFL50 and 2022 Clone Wars). Bought enough that I decided to take the entire unit to check out. Also nabbed three different versions of the special edition Star Wars Oreo displays from Walmart, Target, and Jewel-Osco (Albertson’s). Fun niche items for your displays if you can manage to snag them from your local stores. Also, if you’ve ordered figures online and they have the issue where the adjacent case-packed bubble has smeared and rubbed printed art off, it’s an opportunity to find some card backs without this annoying blemish, Thanks all and happy hunting.

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Nielsen have finally released their numbers for early June, which means we now have numbers for The Acolyte. Luminate have their own streaming charts so it will be interesting to see how the two compare. What does Nielsen say about The Acolyte? Click through to find out!

This show is wearing no clothes!

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In the Destined for Discounts category, The Black Series Holocomm Collection Ahsoka Tano is now marked down to $14.97 on Walmart.com. Click here for the product page.

 

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Hasbro is releasing a Halloween-themed 2-pack from The Black Series featuring the Inquisitor and a Duros Bounty Hunter. This will be an Amazon exclusive. Look for this to go up for pre-order soon.

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The latest HasLab campaign has concluded successfully, though it fell just short of reaching the final tier. With a shorter run than past HasLabs, would it have been met with a little more time? The final tally came in at 14,737. 

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Here is another figure we had to wait a long time for, although we still don’t have an accurate replacement. That aside, Clone Commander Rex (Bracca Mission) is another fantastic action figure for The Vintage Collection. Check it out in our Research Droids Reviews today (more….)

Clone Commander Rex (Bracca Mission)

Thank you for reading Research Droids Reviews: Season 16!

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The Cantina HasLab - It's The Final Countdown!

With only 23 1/2 more hours to go it’s all or, well, much less now. The Cantina currently has 10,337 backers. Greedo will soon be unlocked, probably in the morning hours or even at night, when people on the west coast pull the trigger. But the big question is: will the usual mad dash on the final day be enough to propel the Cantina all the way to 17,000? To achieve this the Cantina needs to almost match the performance of the Ghost, which added 6,827 backers on its last day and successfully unlocked all tiers, but the Cantina had unlocked tier #2 on its penultimate day and easily blast its way past 17k with time to spare on the last day – and the Cantina has not even quite reached tier #1 yet. The Cantina needs 6,663 backers now or not all tiers will be unlocked. And the penultimate day was quite a bit slower than what the Ghost had, roughly 75%. So this could be a close call.

Bite your nails and post your predictions and other thoughts in the comments! This will be the goto HasLab article and thread for the day! Have fun! And remember, it’s just toys.

Will the Cantina fly to Venus or only to the Moon?

 

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This week it will be a very short article. Because The Acolyte has, as expected, dropped out of the Luminate Streaming Charts, it was already a very close call last week. It is no longer among the top 10 most watched original streaming shows.

Other websites may try to run interference for Lucasfilm and claim what a raging success it is and how the fans are the issue, not the show, but the cold hard fact is that The Acolyte is a ratings failure on Disney+. And while we still have to wait for Nielsen chances are that they will also confirm that this is the least watched Star Wars live action series yet. Now, in all fairness, Andor also dropped out of the top 10 Nielsen charts for original shows exactly once. So maybe The Acolyte will manage a comeback like Andor did. But Andor dropped out of the charts during the middle of the season, not close to the season finale. It seems naked Manny Jacinto did nothing for the ratings.

And no, it is not istophobes who refuse to watch it. The show is just not good, it’s horribly written, in parts horribly acted and outright nonsensical when it comes to the character arc and motivations of its main characters Mae and Osha. In addition to that it aims to deconstruct the Jedi and portray them as shady people with terrible secrets who feel so guilty they commit suicide and who act as overbearing space cops in the High Republic. Maybe most just do not like this version of Star Wars. Almost certainly so. And to think Lucasfilm spent $180 million on this…

The Luminate Streaming Charts on Variety, without The Acolyte.

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Pre-orders are now open for the Target exclusive The Black Series Shin Hati (Arcana) & Mandalorian Shriek-Hawk figures. Thanks to JTA reader Jon for the reminder!

                 

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The Cantina HasLab Has Been Successfully Funded!

Earlier today the Vintage Collection collectors successfully funded the Tonnika sisters with a cantina on the side. Which means with a little more than 86 hours still to go TVC collectors can now try to get Hasbro to feed them a few more fis… I mean give them more action figures by reaching more tiers! Only a little less than 8,900 backers to go before everything is unlocked!

Go go go! 😉

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ARC Trooper Echo (TMS133) joins Captain Rex, Fives, and the rest of the 501st in Hot Toys The Clone Wars sixth scale collection. Click through to check out the full details and gallery images. 

Pre-orders for Echo are now live over at Sideshow.com.

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