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Monthly Archives: September 2019

Photo Of Boxed Black Series Wedge Figure Has Leaked!

More good things are coming to the Black Series! Photos of four boxed Black Series have leaked. We know three of them: there is a photo of Jannah, the regular release of Yavin Luke and the regular non carbonized Jet Trooper. And then there is the brand new Wedge figure! Thanks to Cybereye for the alert! Sources for all photos is the Black Series Facebook group! Click through for the other photos!

Black Series Wedge

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Star Wars Toy Photography

In last week’s Triple Force Friday livestream a toy photographer was introduced, his handle on Instagram is Rebel Jawa, and he had the chance to take some photos with the brand new Black Series figures. Toy photography has become ever more important in recent years. To the point that companies like Hasbro are not only aware of it, but even promote it. So I think it’s time to talk a bit about toy photography. Click through for more!

Black Series Rey and Kylo

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What the heck happened to the Collector Series Greedo figure? What a mess. See more 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.

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Let’s check out the recently shipped Amazon exclusive Emperor Palpatine And Throne. Hasbro did an excellent job here. See the figure and its accessory in its entirety 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.

Emperor Palpatine And Throne

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Does Hasbro Use Google Translate?

A photo of the back of the box of Black Series Rey has appeared on the internet. And the short blurb about D-O contains some VERY badly translated German text. Which makes you wonder if a) no one at Hasbro can speak and write German or b) they use Google Translate instead because they are lazy. Let’s hope this error has been corrected for the regular edition boxes, because it’s kind of embarrassing to read something that almost sounds like your average auto-translated manual for some cheap Chinese electronics product.

This is the German text translated back into English, so you know what I am talking about:

Assembled from junk in the workshop of a droidsmith, little D-O is an impressive little roll which is fixed to BB-8.

Okayyyyy…… Click through for some more, including a proper German translation.

Black Series Rise of Skywalker Rey Box

We no speak German (click for full size)

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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 Wicket W. Warrick (#33) and Biker Scout (#34). Each Tuesday, two new cards will be released and be only available for one week.

 

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If you’re interested, Five Below has a large selection of Star Wars [Solo] Force Link 2.0 figures in stock for $3 each. Special thanks to JTA reader Ed. D. for the news!

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TVC Stormtrooper (Mimban) In-Stock At Walmart.com For $10.99

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Walmart.com has the Stormtrooper (Mimban) in-stock for $10.99 with free in-store pickup. Thanks to JTA reader David for the alert!

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Weekend Fun: Who Do You Want To See In Star Wars?

You all read the news, Kevin Feige will develop a Star Wars movie. And Kevin Feige already has an actor in mind that he would love to see in Star Wars. That opens up a lot of possibilities. Will it be an actor we have seen in the MCU? Will it be someone else? It will certainly take quite a while for details to emerge, that gives us the opportunity to play casting director. Who would you like to see in Kevin Feige’s Star Wars movie? Click through for a bit more!

Keanu Reeves

The Chosen One

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Review: C-3PO - POTF2 [R] - Collector Series

The C-3PO Collector Series figure is better than average, but not perfect. Learn more 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.

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Exclusive Empire Episode IX Cover Revealed

The subscriber exclusive Rise of Skywalker cover for the November issue of Empire has also been revealed! It’s also some nicely painted artwork and nothing photoshopped. How do you like Rey and Kylo on the cover here?

Empire Rise of Skywalker Cover

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New Mandalorian Promo Poster Has Been Released

Check out the all new promo poster for The Mandalorian! In the age of photoshopped promotional art it is refreshing to see some painted artwork again. Make sure to click on the picture below and then to expand it to see the full version of the new poster!

The Mandalorian Promo Poster

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More details for the upcoming Disney+ Kenobi series have been announced! Deborah Chow will direct the series and Hossein Amini will write the scripts. Executive producers will be Chow, Amini and Ewan McGregor, alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Tracey Seaward (she worked on The Queen, Philomena, Florence Foster Jenkins) and John Swartz (producer for Force Awakens, Rogue One and Solo).
Deborah Chow has directed episodes for quite a few illustrous tv/streaming shows, she worked on the Mandalorian, Better Call Saul, Fear The Walking Dead, American Gods, The Man in the High Castle, Mr. Robot and Vampire Diaries, to name a few. Hossein Amini is best known for writing the Ryan Gosling movie “Drive”, he also worked on “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “47 Ronin”.  See the full story at the Hollywood Reporter.

Deborah Chow and Hossein Amini

Deborah Chow and Hossein Amini

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If you’re interested, Amazon has the AT-DT in stock for around $30 and change, which is a great price. Special thanks to friend mechabug for the alert. They have other awesome “Solo” items in stock too, so check them out!

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Brand New Rise Of Skywalker SH Figuarts Figures Revealed!

S.H.Figuarts will also have a small selection of brand new Rise of Skywalker figures this year. However, SHF offers substantially less than for The Last Jedi this year. It seems this time collectors will merely get three figures and all three of them will directly compete with the Black Series. There will be an all new Kylo Ren, Rey and Sith Trooper figure! Click through for the details!

SH Figuarts Rise of Skywalker Rey

Maybe she loves sand?

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Your General Thoughts About Triple Force Friday

After yesterday’s barrage of reveals and promo photos of upcoming Star Wars toys, now is maybe the time to gather your thoughts. What is your opinion now? How do you feel about what’s coming next week? Are you happy? Are you disappointed? Would you have hoped for more? How much will you buy? Or will you play the waiting game and hope for discounts?

Will you try your luck in stores next Friday or will you simply wait for the usual etailers to make things available online? However, buying online means you will miss out on any white “First Edition” Black Series boxes. The Entertainment Earth YouTube channel confirmed in their latest video that the “First Edition” will be found at brick & mortar only, you will get the regular boxes when ordering online. So Hasbro is trying to give brick & mortar something special here.

And ultimately, do you believe the Triple Force Friday line-up is strong enough for toy sales to recover? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Naomie Ackie and Kelly Marie Tran With Star Wars Black Series Figure

Kelly Marie and Naomie seem to love the toys

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EA Star Wars has released the latest trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Click through to watch the full trailer and discuss!

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Review: Boba Fett - POTF2 [R] - Collector Series

Sigh. The Boba Fett Collector Series figure should be better. Find out why 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.

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It’s a big year for Star Wars with the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian, and the game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order being honored on 4 October with Triple Force Friday. The day will see the release of a swath of new merchandise and here for the first time is a look at the amazing gold and silver collectible coins that will be available from New Zealand Mint!

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And here are official Hasbro glamour shots of the Vintage Collection toys for Triple Force Friday! Click through for a closer look at things like Luke’s X-Wing!

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TVC AT-ST Raider

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No  word about availability (Triple Force Friday? Or a bit later?) yet, but the Black Series Elite Snowtrooper was also revealed earlier tonight. It begs the question why a Snowtrooper, wearing special cold weather outfit, needs a cape. Maybe because capes are just cool. Who knows… other than the cape, this seems to be the First Order Snowtrooper we got a few years ago! So the figure is mostly a repack.

Black Series Elite Snowtrooper

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Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys Sitewide Autumn Sale

Check out the latest Autumn Sale from Brian’s Toys, featuring 15% off sitewide. Use promo code FALL15. Good until October 3rd.

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Black Series Purge Stormtrooper Revealed!

And the reveals don’t stop, check out the all new Black Series Purge Stormtrooper! This photo was first posted on Intagram. No word yet if it’s an exclusive figure or not.

Black Series Purge Stormtrooper

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Luke’s X-Wing for the Vintage Collection was just revealed! Check out the high resolution photo below! No details yet on availability, I will update the article when more details are known! For now you can examine the box in great detail when you click the photo below!

Vintage Collection X-Wing

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While the Triple Force Friday livestream event didn’t mention the Vintage collection or showed a single Vintage Colleciton toy, Dark Side Toys posted a picture of the brand new upcoming AT-ST Raider from the Mandalorian series on their Facebook page!
Price is still unknown. Availability should be Force Friday, according to Dark Side Toys. The AT-ST comes with one figure.

Update: according to IGN, this set is a Best Buy exclusive!

Update 2: Click through for a few more official Hasbro glam shots, including a large photo of the figure!

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Vintage Collection AT-ST Raider, figure is included in the set

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Triple Force Friday Livestream Reveals

The Triple Force Friday toy livestream revealed an all new Black Series C-3PO with bowcaster, bandolier and a tiny, tiny character called Babu Frik, who is a droid builder.

Also shown was the Black Series Cara Dune figure and the Black Series Jannah figure (looking very nice).

Not a single TVC figure was shown or advertised. TVC was not even mentioned in passing. But a few Lego Sets (Millennium Falcon, Pasaana Speeder Chase), Galaxy of Adventure figures, Funko Pops and the new interactive D-O, which does look like a fun toy, were shown.

If you didn’t watch the livestream you didn’t miss all that much! It was 45 short minutes, with most segments pre-recorded. But it was cute seeing how much Daisy loved her Black Series figure!

Update: screencaps and a few general thoughts added to the article! Please click through for the new Black Series figures that were revealed!

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Daisy Ridley, adorable as ever, loves Her Black Series Figure

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Clone Commandos For TVC and TBS Please?

This week, EA games announced (finally) that they would be adding instant action to Battlefront II. That’s the best part of the old Battlefront games in my humble opinion, so I’m extremely excited for the addition to the new games. Now I just need an Xbox One or a gaming PC….. Anyway. The other new addition to the game are Clone Commandos. With Clone Wars on its way next year on Disney+, it got me thinking: Hasbro really needs to make an all-new clone commando in TVC and TBS and re-use the heck out of it with different color schemes. Click through for a review on the clone commando figures we’ve gotten thus far!

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BREAKING NEWS: Kevin Feige To Develop New Star Wars Movie!

The Hollywood Reporter broke the very surprising news a few hours ago: Kevin Feige will develop a new Star Wars movie with Kathleen Kennedy!

According to a top Disney source that spoke to the Hollywood Reporter Kathleen Kennedy “remains in charge with no plans for any changes”.

Click through for more!

Kevin Feige and Kathleen Kennedy, with Mark Ruffalo

Kevin Feige and Kathleen Kennedy, with Mark Ruffalo

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Do you know about the rolled-up flight map in the sleeve of the Collector Series Luke Skywalker (In X-wing Gear) figure? See that and more 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.

Luke Skywalker (In X-wing Gear)

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Triple Force Friday Comes Early

Hasbro’s great retail partner Walmart seems to live in a different time zone here and there. The following story is not explicable any other way, but let me quote an email by Adam U. who contacted us earlier today verbatim:

I was at the Niagara Falls Walmart and the Star Wars display was out and all vintage and black series were gone. The girl working in toys told me they are just printing stickers for them so they scan. She even did for me on the gold sets, but I left it. This is absurd. The fun is just being sucked out of the hobby.

One can only hope that Walmart will also have the Triple Force Friday toys in the regular toy aisle, or else the little stock they have will be gone in minutes come October 4th.
Apart from the question why this particular Walmart would put out the TFF endcap more than a week before Triple Force Friday… how can they leave the endcap like that, looking like a total mess?

Update: we have received another report from Mike O. that one of the Walmarts in the Rochester area also has the TFF endcap out in the open, and as expected all the good stuff is already gone. The only things left are lightsabers and Galaxy of Adventure toys. And Tim M. tells us that his Walmart already has a few LEGO Triple Force Friday sets on shelves, among them the new Millennium Falcon and the Pasaana Speeder Chase set. Click through for some photographic evidence!

Walmart Triple Force Friday Endcap

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Review: Princess Leia - POTF2 [R] - Collector Series

The Collector Series Princess Leia is very nice, although imperfect. See more 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.

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President Of Disney Parks West Leaves Company

The Hollywood Reporter broke the story yesterday: Catherine Powell, who oversaw Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney World and Disneyland, is leaving the company, her position will be eliminated altogether and her staff will now report directly to Bob Chapek, the chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences & Products. The Hollywood Reporter article implies that Howell’s departure may have something to do with the drop in theme park attendance, following the opening of Galaxy’s Edge. Click through for some more details!

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Walt Disney World – Source: Bryan Perri, Instagram

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The official Star Wars website posted the following news a short while ago:

Tune into YouTube.com/StarWars on Thursday, September 26, at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET for a special livestream event based at Pinewood Studios in London, the famed shooting location of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Via live and recorded vignettes, generations of Star Wars icons will reveal new products in advance of their roll out on Triple Force Friday, October 4, all inspired by a trio of the year’s biggest Star Wars releases.

Does that mean Daisy Ridley will get to unbox her own action figure? Most collectors will probably not be surprised by any of the announcements. But maybe there is still one or the other surprise left that hasn’t leaked on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube yet. Will you watch the livestream?

Head over to Starwars.com for the rest of the details!

Triple Force Friday

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Toy Run Tuesday #13 - Cheese and the Rise of Boba

Hello toy runners! Thanks for coming back to another Toy Run Tuesday. I have a figure and a ship to share with you this week, so please click through for some photos! Once you’ve taken a look at my finds, please share yours in the comments!

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Disney CEO Bob Iger released his autobiography “The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years As CEO Of The Walt Disney Company” yesterday and in it he also very candidly talks about how George Lucas reacted when he first saw The Force Awakens. And while it’s nothing we haven’t guessed before, it’s still a very interesting read! So click through for all the relevant passages from the book!

Update: one more passage from Iger’s book added about the fact that Lucas initially didn’t even want to attend the Force Awakens premiere! Scroll to the end of the article for the new quote from Iger’s book!

Bob Iger and George Lucas

That fateful moment

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Review: Stormtrooper - POTF2 [R] - Collector Series

The Collector Series Stormtrooper was a huge disappointment. See why this is true 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.

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Yet Another Toy That Is Coming Soon

JTA reader Tim found a mysterious box at his local Walmart in Folsom, CA earlier today:

Hasbro RC D-O

Mystery Box

So what exactly is a “SW E9 IP RC Limerick”? It’s most likely a remote controlled “D-O” droid. Let’s wait and see if either Instagram, Facebook or Hasbro will show the actual toy first!

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Weekly Update From Entertainment Earth

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Here’s the latest update from Entertainment Earth, with their latest announcements, newly added items, and Daily Deals. Click through for the full newsletter!

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We first reported that The Vintage Collection Jabba’s Palace would make an appearance at retail for Fall 2019. This is all still true. And now it looks as if it’s getting labeled as a Triple Force Friday product (Ian’s email partially confirms this), despite some remite stores putting it on the shelf earlier this summer (there were only a handful of store reports). ALso, don’t forget that Walmart is retsocking this item online as well. It will likely be avaialable on October 4th as well, but if we get better details we will let you know. In the meantime, reader JTA reade Ian M.’s store report by clicking through.

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JTA reader Michelalano discovered an official promo photo of the upcoming Black Series Medal Ceremony Luke on Facebook!
This Luke will (also) be available as a German con exclusive, apparently and he comes in a quite nice looking special box and a host of interesting accessories!
Hasbro Germany sent the official promo photos to various German Star Wars fansites and groups on Facebook. This con exclusive is not part of the Triple Force Friday event in the US. Click through for all the details! Special thanks to Michelalano for the alert!

Black Series Medal Ceremony Luke

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If you’re interested, the Photo Real update of Poe Dameron is on eBay!

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Another Day, Another Leak

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A daily routine search on eBay has yielded yet another leak. Look at this all new “Carbonized” First Order Jet Trooper Black Series Figure… the figure and the box have a pearlescent finish, which makes this the third variant figure so far we know of.
If you have too much money lying around: the figure can be yours for a mere $125! You can also find most Black Series First Edition figures on eBay for about $30. I bet Hasbro loves this guerilla marketing campaign by Disney!

The Jet Trooper is number “99” btw. Let’s see what figure will be “100”.
What do you think of the latest Black Series variant? Do you like it? Will you get it? Will you get it instead of the standard release? Check out more photos on ebay!

Hasbro Black Series Carbonized Jet Trooper

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Review: Tusken Raider - POTF2 [R] - Collector Series

Are you aware of the two versions of Tusken Raider Collector Series figures Kenner/Hasbro produced? They had to fill a spot for the postponed Chewbacca. See and learn more 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.

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Check Out This Rise Of Skywalker Walmart Endcap!

Jeff M. was with his son at a Walmart in Camden, Delaware and look what he has found! A Rise of Skywalker Endcap. You can also see the brand new “Scream Saber” on display which not only has prerecorded lightsaber sounds, but lets you record your own sounds. Walmart wouldn’t sell the toys, they won’t even let Jeff or his son hold them. Why break the street date then and display these toys? Another questions is if this Endcap will be all there is for the movie at Walmart. Absent here are some of the Galaxy of Adventure toys, so you will probably also find Star Wars toys in the toy aisle. Also, it seems as if the Black Series First Edition boxes may be all you will get when you buy a figure on Triple Force Friday. Someone who prefers the standard box may have to wait a bit until they are available. Thanks to Jeff for sending us the photo!

Walmart Rise of Skywalker Endcap

Walmart Rise of Skywalker Endcap – click for larger version

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The Luke Skywalker (In Bespin Fatigues) Collector Series figure isn’t perfect, but it is nice. Find out more about this 12 Inch Figure today 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.

Luke Skywalker (In Bespin Fatigues)

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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: 4-LOM - ESB - 1982

Has The Hasbro Star Wars Brand Jumped The Shark?

With all that’s slowly getting leaked and revealed for Triple Force Friday, I can’t help but be reminded of a Season 5 Happy Days television episode whose plot point became a universal line of demarcation for something that changes so drastically from its original intent it becomes unwelcomed.

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Carbonized Mandalorian Variant Figure Has Leaked

The comedy that is called “Disney Star Wars Merchandise Embargo” adds another act to the play. Facebook User Richard Nash posted photos of a yet unannounced brand new Mandalorian figure variant on the Action Figures Collectors UK Facebook group! So on top of the “graphite” Second Sister we now also get a “carbonized” Mandalorian! If you head over to the Facebook Group you will see more photos of the box, this variant still has the number “94”. Will you get these paint variants? It seems these paint variants are not meant to be screen accurate, but rather chase variants for completionists? Will you get this figure? The box certainly looks better than the standard Black Series box. Click the photo below for a larger version!

Mando a la Carbonara? Source: Action Figure Collectors UK / Facebook

Carbonized Mandalorian. Source: Action Figure Collectors UK / Facebook

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With Hasbro, 3.75″ collectors are good as gold to them! If this is the only things 3.75″ collectors are getting to celebration the Luke Skywalker saga. There needs to be a The Vintage Collection celebration of these character continuing. There is no other way to celebrate it for those collectors. JTA reader Paul V. found GOLD 5POA action figures at his local Walmart. (They didn’t ring up, obviously). But who is going to buy this line? Honestly. Please let us know. And don’t be afraid if you like these.

    

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Forbes posted a fascinating article running through the MULTIPLE Toys RUs experiences coming this fall to select parts of the USA. Firstly, there will be “play spaces ” stores that will function like a “museum” (for lack of a better word), and patrons will be charged $20 for kids and $28 for adult. (Imagine if FAO Schwarz charged and entry fee to play the giant keyboard featured in Big?) The Toys R Us Adventure spaces will include experiences sponsored by toy manufacturers, with giant versions of popular toys. The only merchandise to purchase in these stores will be available in a gift shop. Then Toys R Us is opening two physical stores, one in Paramus NJ and the other in Houston, Texas. The other venture, TRU Kids will have select merchandise, some interactivity, and very few collector-focused items. See the full article HERE.

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Review: Lando Calrissian - POTF2 [R] - Collector Series

One of the nicest-looking Collector Series figures of all time is Lando Calrissian. Sadly, he didn’t sell too well. Find out why you may still want this 12 Inch Figure today 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.

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Miss out on The Retro Collection? Entertainment Earth has them individually up for pre-order. Click here to secure them!

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Amazon currently has the TVC Imperial Combat Assault Tank for $24.40 + $5.59 shipping. Thanks to JTA reader Thomas for the alert!

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New Star Wars Insider Rise Of Skywalker Cover!

Check out this cover for Star Wars Insider! It shows the First Order side of things, with a good look at some ties, a treadspeeder in the background (and yes, it seems the GoA toy would scale quite nicely with TVC figures), the Knights of Ren and a Snowtrooper wearing a cape. Thanks to Matthew Cohen for the tip!

Star Wars Insider Cover

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While Disney has everything under embargo and Hasbro roll their eyes 360 degrees all day long, the rest of the world doesn’t care one bit about Disney’s confused Triple Force Friday strategy. Stores in North America ignore street dates (someone was able to buy the Mandalorian figure just very recently), things leak left and right on Instagram and Facebook… and now the first YouTube videos of the Triple Force Friday Black Series figures are released. YouTuber “Vern’s Hobbies” bought the figures from Hasbro’s great retail partner Walmart in Canada! “Vern’s Hobbies” has already unboxed and reviewed The Mandalorian, Cal Kestis and the Offworld Jawa, chances are the rest of the TFF figures will follow shortly, so maybe you follow his channel for updates, if you want to see videos of the figures.
Go to the channel, to see the videos! Thanks to Ondrej M for the alert!

Black Series Triple Force Friday Figures

These figures don’t exist. According to Disney.

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BREAKING NEWS: All New TBS Jedi Luke Figure Leaks

Instagram user crimsondawn_collectibles posted a photo of the yet unrevealed and unnannounced brand new Jedi Luke figure from Return of the Jedi on Instagram! It looks as though he has a non removable plastic tunic and a soft goods cloak. So you won’t be able to easily transform him into a better looking Death Star duel Luke. This Luke comes without a gloved hand. It remains to be seen if an extra gloved hand is hidden in the box, but knowing Hasbro this may not be the case. The figure may or may not be a retailer exclusive. Thanks to cybereye for the alert!

Black Series Jedi Luke

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Review: Poe Dameron (With BB-8) – Star Wars Toybox (11)

Let’s check out the latest Star Wars Toybox offering. Disney is getting bigger and bolder with this line. Poe Dameron (With BB-8) is a fantastic release. Learn more in 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.

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Retailers Starting To Prepare For Force Friday

JTA reader Jeremy spotted a new addition to the Star Wars section at his local Ohio Meijer, featuring a new Star Wars spash with an October 4 date posted. The display itself is fairly bland, but it’s good to see stores getting ready for Triple Force Friday. Thanks for the update, Jeremy!

Stopping at my local Meijer in Ohio I saw this display piece in the Star Wars section. It was a mat type display anchored to the shelf of the Star Wars you section. Retail will be participating on 10-4.

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The latest Gift-With-Purchase Trading Card Set is now available from Star Wars Authentics. Spend $79.99 on any Star Wars Authentics products and receive this exclusive 5-card set featuring characters from Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones. Each set is sequentially numbered, limited to 50 sets total. Available while supplies last and limit one per customer.

Shop autographs, official photos, and more here: www.starwarsauthentics.com and don’t forget to use code SKYWALKER at checkout to save 10% off.

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Check out our next The Vintage Collection Visual Guide update, this time featuring Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot) (VC158). Click below to check out our full Visual Guide, and also make sure to visit our full review.

Luke Skywalker (VC158) - The Vintage Collection

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The Black Series 6" First Issue Packaging Revealed In Full

We knew the rest were inevitable; now we can see them all. Posted on The Black Series Facebook group are the rest of the First Issue figures for Triple Force Friday. For those of who can’t see the Facebook page, you can also find them on Instagram HERE. Special thanks to JTA reader Michael V. for the alert.

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Review: Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot) - TVC - VC158

NEW THE VINTAGE COLLECTION FIGURES! Let’s move ahead with the repacked Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot) figure. It’s a fantastic release and the best figure in the wave. See more in 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 (X-Wing Pilot)

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Cardboard Galaxy has an all new modular Bespin Cloud City hallway panel set for 6 inch scale figures. Price in the US is $40 for the whole set, you can also get individual walls for $8 each. If you are interested in buying the walls for your diorama or toy photography, please head over to Cardboard Galaxy’s Facebook page where you can find lots of more photos and all the info you need to pre-order! Also, JTA regular Matthew Cohen shot all the promotional photos, which show you how great these walls can look. The image below is for illustrative purposes, to show you an overview of the set, to see some beauty shots head over to the Facebook page.

Cardboard Galaxy Bespin Cloud City Hallway

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Smith Lord Creations may have something on offer for vintage Kenner Star Wars fans. They will release 13 all new, never made before Kenner style 3.75 in Star Wars figures, among them such figures as Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. Click through for more details!

Smith Lord Creations Owen and Beru

Smith Lord Creations Owen and Beru, click for much larger version!

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Sideshow Collectibles has opened up pre-orders for the amazing Jawa & EG-6 Power Droid Sixth Scale Figure Set. Click here for the pre-order page!

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Up next for our The Vintage Collection updates is Zorii Bliss (VC157). Click below to check out the full Visual Guide page, and then head on over to read our full review.

Zorii Bliss (VC157) - The Vintage Collection

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Updated The Rise Of Skywalker Promo Image

You certainly remember that leaked poster/promo image from a while ago that some people considered fake and suspected to be fanmade? In the meantime, it was proven that it was not fake at all and now a slightly updated version of the poster has appeared in the wild. Someone took a photo of the updated image (source is unknown) and posted it on Reddit. Please click on the image below for the full version.

The one real difference I can see? Instead of that odd alien, the image now shows Rose next to Finn. Still conspicuously absent is R2-D2. Is it time to start a #wheresR2 campaign yet? JJ, don’t you dare kill him!

Rise of Skywalker Merchandise Material

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Hot Toys has officially revealed their sixth scale Jawa & EG-6 Power Droid Sixth Scale Collectible Set. You can check out the full gallery over on the Hot Toys Facebook page

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Review: Zorii Bliss [The Rise Of Skywalker] - TVC - VC157

NEW THE VINTAGE COLLECTION FIGURES! Let’s continue with the mysterious Zorii Bliss. She’s not perfect, but she’s got it where it counts!. Discover more in 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.

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BREAKING NEWS! An image of The Vintage Collection Poe Dameron’s X-wing Fighter has been revealed via Facebook! Still, this may not be the wisest choice for a new collector-focused vehicle. Is that a new C-3PO or Chewbacca in the image? Check it out! CTTO.

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We are adding more new The Vintage Collection figures to our Visual Guide database. Next up is the all-new Sith Jet Trooper (VC159). Click below to check out the full Visual Guide. Make sure to also check out our full review for this figure right here.

Sith Jet Trooper (VC159) - The Vintage Collection

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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 Aurra Sing (#31) and Tobias Beckett (#32). Each Tuesday, two new cards will be released and be only available for one week.

 

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Weekly Update From Entertainment Earth

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Check out the latest Weekly Update from Entertainment Earth, with their latest announcements, newly added items, and Daily Deals. Click through for the full newsletter!

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Toy Run Tuesday #12 - Toy Photography

Welcome back to another issue of Toy Run Tuesday. Today you’ll find several wonderful photos of my dioramas taken by a good friend of mine. In addition, there are a couple specific figures from this last week that I want to share. Click here for more!

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12 Inch Sith Trooper And Supreme Leader Kylo Ren Have Leaked

The “Heroes & Villains” Facebook page has posted photos of two upcoming 12 inch Rise of Skywalker figures. The Sith Strooper and Supreme Leader Kylo Ren. It seems these figures are bought by someone? Or is Hasbro just fulfilling contractual obligations here? Anyway, the duo was spotted at Walmart, who, like Meijer, don’t really seem to care about embargos and street dates, at least when we talk about putting top secret toys that no one must know about on shelves for us mere mortals to see.
Will you buy these figures? How long do you think it will take until you find them at Ollie’s / Ross / 5 Below?

12 inch Sith Trooper and Kylo Ren

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German Star Wars collecting site Starwarscollector.de posted a photo of the upcoming Galaxy of Adventures “First Order Driver & Treadspeeder” toy on their homepage earlier today! This set was spotted at Meijer in the US and is supposed to get released on Triple Force Friday.
The toy has an action feature, at the push of a putton the FO Driver is thrown off the speeder and some parts come off. Price will be $19.99 in the US and 29.99 euros in Germany. What do you think of this set? $19.99 for one 5 inch figure and a vehicle seem like a good deal when you consider that a single Black Series figure is also $19.99. Will you add the toy to your collection? Do you think kids will want this set?

Galaxy of Adventures Treadspeeder

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A New Star Wars Holiday Special?

Entertainment Tonight met Jon Favreau at the recent Saturn Awards and he talked at length about Gina Carano (who stood right next to him, looking quite delightful) and the Mandalorian series. And then the Holiday Special was brought up, since a few elements from the special, like the rifle, are in the new series, and Favreau remarked that he is actually a great fan of the Special. Admittedly, he likes some segments more than others, and then Favreau said that one day he would love to do a Holiday Special on Disney+. And if fans want that, they should let Disney+ know.
Ignoring the possibility that Favreau may have just made a fun remark… what would you like to see in an all new Holiday Special? Rey and Kylo singing “I just called to say I love you”? A Finn and Rose ballet number? Old man Lando watching some spicy droid movies? Luke entering a lightsaber tossing contest? Chewie presenting the best Porg recipies (without any subtitles, of course)? Leave your ideas in the comments!
You can watch the whole interview with Favreau and Gina Carano on YouTube!

Star Wars Holiday Special

A new version soon(ish) on Disney+?

 

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Review: Sith Jet Trooper - TVC - VC159

NEW THE VINTAGE COLLECTION FIGURES! Let’s start with the Sith Jet Trooper. It’s a new take on the Sith Trooper. Find out more in 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.

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Check out our latest Visual Guide update, featuring Luke Skywalker (Yavin) (VC151) from The Vintage Collection. Click below for our full guide page. Make sure to also check out our full review right here.

Luke Skywalker (Yavin) (VC151) - The Vintage Collection

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The prestigious Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films held their 45th annual Saturn Awards Ceremony last weekend. And Star Wars Resistance won the award for Best Animated Series on Television, other contenders were Archer, Duck Tales, Family Guy and Simpsons. Congratulations to Filoni and team! Click through for a bit more info and details!

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We couldn’t help but notice a few trends with regards to The Vintage Collection. We’ll just say, “What a coincidence!” (more….)


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Solo Spin Off Series In Development?

There are some rumors circulating the internet that Lucasfilm may develop a Disney+ spin-off series based on Solo. Website Star Wars Unity has a story about an alleged Solo spin off that would continue some of the story threads of the movie. The rumor report says that any series based on Solo would most likely revolve around Crimson Dawn and not so much Han Solo, Chewbacca and Lando. Click through to read more!

Han Solo and Qi'Ra Kiss

More love for Solo

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We have a lengthy review on The Black Series Hyper Real Darth Vader, which will hopefully tell you everything you need to know about the brand new figure. Oh, and we also have a large photo gallery too! Check it out 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.

Darth Vader

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With the excitement building for the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, we see that New Zealand Mint has released poster coins for all the previous Star Wars movies. While some are sold out you can still get your hands on those available already for the sequel trilogy including this stunning coin for Star Wars The Last Jedi.

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Review: Han Solo - POTF2 [R] - Collector Series

The first modern Han Solo Collector Series figure is GOOD. See how it could be improved 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.

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The first modern Obi-Wan Kenobi Collector Series figure is EXCELLENT. Why do all Obi-Wan Kenobi figures look so good? See more 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.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

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DENIED! More TROS TVC Register-Locked Figures Found

DENIED! JTA reader Eric C. found the newest The Vintage Collection figures at his local Walmart in Canada, but was denied purchase when he brought them to the register! Check out the great shots he got of the figures by clicking the images below.

          

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NYCC Website Updated With Hasbro Panel Details: Date And Time

The NYCC website updates the day and time of the Hasbro panel. It will be Sunday, October 6th at 1:15 PM at the Javits Center. We’ll likely learn a lot more about what will follow Triple Force Friday then. I am not sure how much new could be revealed after what shows up on eBay from now until then. Time will tell.

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Another Retailer Exclusive That Bit The Dust?

Just because I never heard or saw of this Star Wars [Solo] 12 Inch FIgure six-pack doesn’t mean you haven’t. But it looks like another retailer exclusive bit the dust. Presumably, an item for TARGET, JTA reader Scott B. found this set at his local Meijer in northern Michigan for only $19.99!

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Is History Just Repeating Itself?

YouTuber Hello Greedo released a video yesterday, which is an obvious parody of various “doom and gloom” reports about Star Wars being dead or dying. Hello Greedo focuses mostly on the toy business, he cites various “doom and gloom” articles from the prequel era about the toys to convey a clear message: it was apparently mostly hyperbole then (we still have Star Wars toys in 2019, after all) and it’s most certainly hyperbole now. So, is it then? Let’s take a closer look at things and see if the sequel trilogy era is just the prequel trilogy era reloaded. Click through to continue reading!

Star Wars Shelf at Walmart

Star Wars Shelf at Target in 2019

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Review: Darth Vader - POTF2 [R] - Action Collection

The first modern Darth Vader Action Collection figure is terrible by today’s standards, but it isn’t without merit. See more 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.

Darth Vader

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Here is something else the Hasbro Star Wars brand doesn’t need to rot at retail. Another line like this only hurts their bottom line and irritate shareholders. I have never heard of this line myself, but JTA reader mic windu found a super-sized 10″ line of Galactic Heroes called Mega Mighties. Look for it at your closest clearance aisle in a couple of weeks.

    

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TVC Luke Skywalker (Yavin) (VC151) Parts Clarification

I made a couple of mistakes on the Luke Skywalker (Yavin) figure’s recipe. So, I wanted to clear that up here. Firstly, the figure is indeed a retool of 2013’s TBS [P1] Luke Skywalker (#05) figure. But the head sculpt (and hairpiece), forearms AND hands are all new parts. I initially believed they were the same hands of the Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) figure from the Luke Skywalker Jedi Destiny set, but those hands are ball-jointed, and Luke Skywalker (Yavin)’s hands are swivel. I wanted to make that detail clear. They look to be based on each other, but they’re definitely different. If you haven’t seen our review on this figure, please check it out HERE.

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Another leak, this time VC155 Knight of Ren makes its way to eBay. The auction has ended, but you can check it out right here. Thanks to JTA reader Ruari for the alert! Click the thumbnail below for a larger view. Minor spoilers apply!

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Review: Luke Skywalker - POTF2 [R] - Action Collection

We’re going to begin looking at the earliest Action Collection figures, starting with Luke Skywalker. These will be shorter reviews as we’re going to try a different format for this line. Check them out 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.

Luke Skywalker

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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Zuckuss - ESB - 1982

Zuckuss • The Empire Strikes Back • 1982

Zuckuss

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Topps Star Wars Living Set (Week 15) - BB-8 & 4-LOM

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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 BB-8 (#29) and 4-LOM (#30). Each Tuesday, two new cards will be released and be only available for one week.

 

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Time Capsule: TVC Figure Questions For A Future Generation

Let’s enter fantasy land for a few moments. If given the opportunity, what would you ask the 2010-2013 Hasbro Star Wars Team about The Vintage Collection that you never got answered? What irritating features on figures never got updated that still bug you today? What TVC figures do you feel need to be re-released to meet collector demand? Do you still want VC66 and VC67 made available to those who missed out? Do you have any questions on why a specific figure was approached the way it was instead of another way? Whatever your inquiry or complaint, please leave it in the comments. Be sure also to reference the figure you’re talking about with its VC number, otherwise, we might not know.

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Review: Luke Skywalker (Yavin) - TVC - VC151

NEW FIGURE! It’s time to check out the brand new The Vintage Collection Luke Skywalker (Yavin) (VC151) figure. It’s beautiful! And it will probably be the last time we’ll ever see this figure made. See how well the updated parts mix with the older ones. It will be everywhere this October. But you can see comparison pictures and more now 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.

Luke Skywalker (Yavin)

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WOW! BREAKING NEWS! Thanks to The Heroes and Villains Facebook group, we have carded images of the newest The Rise Of The Skywalker The Vintage Collection figures! There are important things to note! Hasbro must have listened to us whining about the name pills. Heck, we posted enough articles on that disaster. Both the font and style have been updated! Amen! Glory! Hallelujah! Also! There is some strangeness here too. Why is Poe Dameron on a The Rise Of Skywalker card back? BIZARRE! Not everything is perfect, but there are obvious strides of improvement! Check them out by clicking the image below. And don’t forget to comment! Special thanks to friend Josh M. for the alert!

    

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Toy Run Tuesday #11 - Republic Gunships

A couple weeks back I posted that I got a grail piece in my collection: the Black Series Shock Trooper Helmet. This week I’m pleased to say that I was able to add another grail piece to my collection. The title is your answer, but there is more to the story. I also received an awesome photo from the client who I made those 2 ARC troopers for. Click through for my week in Star Wars, and let us know what you added to your collection this week in the comments!

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The Episode I Qui-Gon Jinn (Electronic Talking) Qui-Gon Jinn looks nice but has aesthetic issues thanks to its action features. See more 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.

Qui-Gon Jinn (Electronic Talking)

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Pre-Order The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is available for pre-order. You can pre-order either the regular edition or the limited edition which includes special cover art and a slipcover. Click below for each version. This is due for release on November 19.

 

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Hasbro Pulse SDCC Exclusives: The Best One Still Available!

The Black Series [Phase III] Sith Trooper and 6″ vintage Kenner Boba Fett sold out almost instantly. But you can still get the Luke Skywalker Jedi Destiny Special Action Figure Set at Hasbro Pulse. They don’t make enough of these things. Ever.

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The Power Of The Jedi Sith Lords (Darth Vader/Darth Maul) Action Collection set is very nice. See why this is so 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.

Sith Lords (Darth Vader/Darth Maul)

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TVC Luke Skywalker (Yavin) (VC151) Back In Stock Loose!

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The TVC Luke Skywalker (Yavin) (VC151) is available LOOSE on eBay once again!

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Images Of Upcoming TBS6 Force Friday Figures Show Up Online

As expected, figures are starting to show up early. Stop by Instagram user @kylocollector to check out 8 (90-97) of the upcoming TBS6 figures. Minor spoilers apply. These were pulled from the online shop Offer Up

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Review: Dash Rendar's Outrider - POTF2 [G/FF] - Vehicle

Hasbro repacked Dash Rendar’s Outrider for The Power Of The Force “2” [Green/Freeze Frame] line. Check it out 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.

Dash Rendar's Outrider

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TPM20 Review: Mace Windu - EI - 12 Inch Figure

Our 100th Episode I review is also our LAST Episode I Action Collection figure! Let’s check out the Mace Windu 12 Inch 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.

Mace Windu

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HURRY! TVC Luke Skywalker (Yavin) (VC151) Loose On eBay!

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Hurry! The TVC Luke Skywalker (Yavin) (VC151) is available LOOSE on eBay!

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"First Edition" Black Series Sith Trooper Leaked!

While browsing my local German Amazon shop today I stumbled upon a yet unannounced variant of the Sith Trooper figure: a so-called “First Edition” Sith Trooper that comes in an all white box and red background! I immediately tried to find the figure on Amazon US, but had no luck, so it seems that maybe Amazon Germany revealed something that they were not supposed to reveal yet.
But what is this? You can already pre-order the figure on Amazon.de, however availability is October 4th, which is Triple Force Friday! Is it possible that there will be more “First Editions” of other Triple Force Friday figures? Will Hasbro make box variants now? Are box variants or “First Editions” anything that interest you? As usual, we know nothing specific, I suppose Hasbro will eventually announce something. Until then we can speculate that the Black Series will see “Special Editions” or “First Editions” box variants. Actually, this “First Edition” box design with the circular callout was also something we saw in the leaked box photos of the Second Sister, which said “graphite”. Is it possible that “graphite” refers to the box here and is a special edition of sorts? Will you chase these box variants?

Black Series First Edition Sith Trooper

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TPM20 Review: Darth Maul - EI - 12 Inch Figure

Our 99th Episode I review is for the Darth Maul 12 Inch Figure! Check out this beauty 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.

Darth Maul

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Little House On The Prairie

Entertainment Weekly keeps covering the upcoming Mandalorian series on Disney+ with new photos and quotes by cast and crew. The latest photo shows the Mandalorian, a woman you saw in the trailer, when she held a child – her name is Omera – and Cara Dune, as they seem to enjoy a lovely and calm evening. Click through for some more info!

The Mandalorian, Omera and Cara Dune.

The Mandalorian, Omera and Cara Dune relax on the porch of their little house on the prairie. Source: EW. Click for much larger version!

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LEGO Reveals Massive UCS Imperial Star Destroyer!

LEGO just revealed a brand new UCS Imperial Star Destroyer on their homepage. VIP members will be able to buy the set beginning September 18th, public availability is October 1st.
The set has 4,784 pieces, the model on display stand measures over 17” (44cm) high, 43” (110cm) long and 26” (66cm) wide, and over 14” (37cm) high without stand. This Star Destroyer dwarves the TVC barge by quite a bit and is also more massive than the already massive Super Star Destroyer by LEGO!
Price is $699.99. So you need to have some extra cash lying around! Go to the LEGO homepage for a lot more photos and details! Thanks to Darth Rizzen for the alert!

LEGO UCS Imperial Star Destroyer

LEGO UCS Imperial Star Destroyer

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The Episode I TC-14 (Electronic) 12 Inch Figure is nice! See more 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.

TC-14 (Electronic)

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Some Mandalorian Photos And Tidbits!

Entertainment Weekly released two exclusive, all new photos from The Mandalorian, one of them showing how he battles two Trandoshans. Once more proof that several of the popular original trilogy alien species will make a welcome return. Then there is also a new promo photo showing the Mandalorian with Cara Dune. And with this visual evidence has turned up that the Mandalorian will upgrade or change his armor throughout the show. Click through for the photos!

The Mandalorian

“Hello there! I would like to First Order some drinks before I kill all of you!”

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This new 5g pure silver coin note from New Zealand Mint takes a unique look at the Star Wars World. It features the most recognizable and iconic planet, Tatooine, the home planet of Luke Skywalker on a stunning silver ‘postcard’.

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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 Shaak Ti (#27) and Quay Tolsite (#28). Each Tuesday, two new cards will be released and be only available for one week. 

 

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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: AT-AT Commander - ESB - 1982

The Mandalorian Show Will Explore The First Order Origins!

Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive story on their website with one all new detail about the upcoming Mandalorian show on Disney+.

The show will explore the origins of the First Order! Now if that is just a side plot or a major plot element is unknown. What we do know is that remnants of Imperial forces are still around. Perhaps we will see how these remnants reform to become the First Order. Not all of the former Stormtroopers, Moffs and Governors became good citizens of the New Republic. So it seems The Mandalorian might bridge the original and the sequel trilogy and provide some much needed background and add some worldbuilding to the sequels.

Check out the EW website for their exclusive story and some quotes by Dave Filoni and Jon Favrau, which add some perspective to the First Order angle!

Mandalorian D23 Teaser Poster

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… and Mark Hamill appends an 11th quote on Twitter…

Mark Hamill Tweet

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It seems Mark is still not all too happy about the extent of his role and number of lines in The Force Awakens, even after all those years. Chances are he will talk more in The Rise of Skywalker again, being dead is barely an inconvenience for a Jedi, after all. And who knows, maybe the movie will even add another timeless Luke Skywalker quote. What could it be? “Rey, you are my aunt?!?! That’s not true! That’s impossible!”? “Don’t call me Shirley!”? or “If only I had picked up those power converters at Tosche Station!” What do you think could be a great Luke quote for Episode IX? Leave your constructive thoughts and helpful suggestions (JJ is still editing the movie, maybe he needs some inspiration for last second pick up shoots!) in the comments! Let’s have some fun!

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The Episode I Qui-Gon Jinn (With Tatooine Poncho) 12 Inch Figure is a significant upgrade when compared to the version released a year earlier. It also holds up well today. Find out more 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.

Qui-Gon Jinn (With Tatooine Poncho)

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Pre-Order The Hot Toys Sith Trooper Sixth Scale Figure

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Sideshow Collectibles now has the Hot  Toys sixth scale Sith Trooper up for pre-order. Thanks to Colin for the heads-up!

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Cool! Bossk’s Bounty reveals the card back of the new TVC Luke Skywalker (Yavin) figure revealing images of new upcoming TVC figures! Check it out!

Source: Bossk’s Bounty YouTube Channel. Also check out Bossk’s Bounty Homepage!

Vintage Collection Cardback

Source: Bossk’s Bounty, click for much larger version!

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First Look At The Clone Wars Obi-Wan Black Series Figure!

Paul will certainly review the figure soon, but in what is a rare event, the upcoming exclusive Clone Wars Obi-Wan figure is already available in Germany! And while I will not review the figure, I will tell you a few things most likely not covered by Paul’s review. Including a comparison with other figures! So click through for a first look and some very general thoughts about the figure!

Hasbro Black Series Clone Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Toy Run Tuesday #10

Hello, fellow toy runners. A small update from me this week. We are getting ready to move so much of my collection is starting to get packed away! Any big additions to your collections this week? Let us know in the comments.

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The Rise Of Skywalker Initiates The Fall Of 3.75"!

Have you fully processed that the Hasbro The Rise Of Skywalker toy line will be the first without a range of 3.75″ figures outside of The Vintage Collection yet? It’s true. And you could say that this means that The Rise Of Skywalker is initiating the decline of 3.75″!

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The Episode I Darth Maul & Sith Speeder 12 Inch Figure set turned out remarkably well. See why this is true 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.

Darth Maul & Sith Speeder

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Walgreens Tries To Blow Out Remaining TBS6 Stock For Cheap!

If you’re looking for cheap Cassians, Jyns, Reys, and Finns, look no further than Walgreens who is running a sale on Hasbro’s TBS6 line. The promotion for the figures is $7.99 each. Something tells me these figures won’t even sell at these prices. Special thanks to JTA reader Tusken Raider and Craig F. for the reports!!

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The Rise Of Skywalker Spoiler Discussion

In the last few days a lot of new leaks and spoilers for the Rise of Skywalker were released on Reddit. Maybe not all of you know of the spoilers yet, and even if you know of them, we still haven’t really talked about them. So in this post I will summarize the most important spoilers, that should provide us with a basic idea what Episode IX will allegedly be about. The ultimate question is if Episode IX will be a satisfying conclusion not just to the sequel trilogy, but also to the Skywalker saga as a whole. So click through for the latest round of spoilers. And of course, if you want to know nothing then absolutely stay away from this post!

The Rise of Skywalker

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TPM20 Review: Qui-Gon Jinn - EI - 12 Inch Figure

The Episode I Qui-Gon Jinn 12 Inch Figure is another highlight in the 12 Inch Figures line. See why this is so 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.

Qui-Gon Jinn

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Last Chance To Get Disney+ for 33% Off The Normal Price

If you plan on signing up for Disney+ when it launches this November then you might want to take advantage of their Disney+ Founders Circle offer. Sign up for a 3-year plan and get 33% off. That works out to about $4 per month. Click here for details! I did this a few days ago and it worked great. Just give them a day or two to email you the offer. Supposedly, today is the last day to sign up to receive the offer. 

Update: Just to be clear, you only need to have at the very least, the free general D23 membership to get this offer. 

From the D23 Facebook page: D23 members are invited to be part of the Disney+ Founders Circle and save $23 per year on a 3-year Disney+ subscription (that’s 33% off the standard annual price).

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Instagram reveals another new Hasbro The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figure. This time the Jedi Fallen Order Second Sister Inquisitor is now revealed! Thanks to kylocollector on Instagram.

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If you’ve been looking to save a few bucks on a Sideshow purchase, take advantage of their $25-Off sale this weekend. Click here to check out the eligible product list

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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: ARTOO-DETOO (R2-D2) - ESB - 1982

Sith Jet Trooper Design Has Leaked

It’s leak season. While Disney insists on an embargo things leak left and right. We know of the regular First Order Jet Trooper. Not a leak for a change, the costume was on display at D23. And now the red Sith Trooper variant of the Jet Trooper has leaked. It’s safe to assume that we will get a figure of him eventually. The Sith Jet Trooper was revealed on a t-shirt, actually, but the print is pretty detailed and also provides a first glimpse at the actual jet pack itself! I appears the Sith Jet Trooper, while very similar in design to the regular Jet Trooper, shares some design elements with the regular Sith Trooper, which makes sense. It seems all Sith Trooper variants will feature the grooves on the armor.

Would you add the Sith Jet Trooper to your collection?

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Star Wars T Shirt

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TPM20 Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi - EI - 12 Inch Figure

The Episode I Obi-Wan Kenobi 12 Inch Figure is not bad. But its outfit is better than its likeness. See more 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.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

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