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The Vintage Collection Battle Droid (VC78), part of the “worst reissue wave ever,” was a curious release back in 2012. It’s more curious today because it’s not the best 3.75″ super-articulated Episode I Battle Droid action figure from Hasbro. The best is still from the 2011 Star Wars [Shadow of The Dark Side] Episode I Blue-ray Commemorative Edition four-pack. The figure is well-made and designed but falls short of definitive status thanks to its inhibited movement, and inability to stow the E5 blaster rifle on the backpack. Hasbro did make improvements, however, including a uniform weathered paint job. But Hasbro also employed a less rigid plastic this time, so the parts feel rubbery in places. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 76-image gallery complete with both versions (2012 and 2021) featured, comparison shots, and a breakdown of what separates the two releases in the Collector Notes. Check out this excellently updated figure in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

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This initiative is in place of giving collectors value for their purchases. Bobby Vala, a former seven-year employee at Hasbro was interviewed on a podcast recently. The video of it can be found HERE. He offers opinions and insights to the Hasbro Star Wars and Marvel brands explaining why we get so little with those action figures. It’s something called PERCEIVED VALUE. The Disney licensing fees are so high, that they cut out any potential opportunity of multiple portraits or interchangeable hands. And Hasbro’s GI Joe line suffers the brunt of this because of the cut back on accessories as to not make the Star Wars and Marvel lines look bad. (more….)

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Review: Darth Maul - Galaxy Of Adventures

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The TVC Imperial Death Trooper is available from a third-party seller for $16.00 with FREE two-day shipping. There is limited stock. Once they’re gone, they’ll be available from Walmart for $17.68. Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Mark for the alert!

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Found! The Worst TVC Repack Wave Of All-Time Hits Walmart!

The worst wave of The Vintage Collection repacks of all time is now hitting your local Walmart store. JTA reader and friend Russ T. found the wave at his local Walmart in NJ. Let us know of your store finds too in the comments!

      

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We’ve updated our The Vintage Collection Tantive IV Corridor playset Photo Gallery with a bunch of new diorama images. Can you tell which ones are screen-accurate?



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I wish Chris Swanski from Bantha Skull would refrain from ordering his personal products during peak The Vintage Collection exclusive ordering times because Walmart can only deal with so much at a time. One of our readers, Aaron P., accidentally received Chris’ shipment of “personal items” instead of The Vintage Collection’s Din Djarin, and Aaron lost out on Din Djarin because of this mixed up shipment. Chris, text me and we’ll figure out how to get these to you. But please don’t order this stuff during another TVC ordering frenzy. Click through for JTA reader Aaron P.’s experience.

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There is going to be a lot of barking and clapping for The Vintage Collection Tantive IV Corridor playset. It could have been a whole lot better. And the pack-in figure enrages us. Hasbro is still playing the scam game of making you buy “one half for the price of one whole.” It should be two for the price of one instead. (A more expanded gallery is coming soon!) (more….)

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Hasbro may have released their first perfect The Vintage Collection action figure of 2021. The Din Djarin (The Mandalorian) figure set is worth every penny. Do you know why? (more….)

Din Djarin (The Mandalorian)

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Be sure to look at the “Other Sellers on Amazon,” That’s the place you’ll find it available for $24.99 from Amazon. The Death Trooper is also available for $24.99 as well.

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Should We Concede Defeat With Walmart Pre-orders?

Something’s gotta give. This is a mere sampling of the many items from my many orders with Walmart that have been canceled without warning. The Black Series 6″ figures, The Vintage Collection figures, and Walmart exclusives have all gotten canceled. I must have over 30 cancellation emails from Walmart now. The question is whose fault is this? It’s a question we’ve never received an honest answer to from anyone.

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The price is listed wrong, but here’s The Vintage Collection Incinerator Trooper Walmart exclusive figure.

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Review: Han Solo (Hoth) - TBSA - Six Inch Figure

The Black Series Archive Han Solo (Hoth) figure is a significant upgrade to the original release. But does it meet definitive status? We’re not so sure. (more….)

Han Solo (Hoth)

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Review: Incinerator Trooper - TVC - VC177 [Walmart Exclusive]

Meh. Some will really like the Incinerator Trooper from The Vintage Collection. But we had higher hopes for it. Maybe it’s because we can’t find this figure anywhere that we cannot fully appreciate or enjoy it? (more….)

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Review: Rey (Dark Side Vision) - TBS6 [P4] - TROS01

Review: Luke Skywalker (Hoth) - TBSA - Six Inch Figure

2020 has come and gone, and that’s good for many reasons, of course. But it’s bad for others. One reason in particular that it’s not good is because of how Hasbro treated The Vintage Collection for The Empire Strikes Back’s 40th Anniversary. (more….)

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New Additions Coming To Jedi Temple Archives In 2021

Coming to Jedi Temple Archives in 2021!

    

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It's Time To Produce The Vintage Collection Bib Fortuna

Hasbro has claimed that 2021 will be a renewed focus for the Kenner 96. And there is one character is desperate need of an update that is once again relevant in Disney Star Wars, something that makes an action figure for the character extra special. Appearing in a cameo in the Season 2 finale of The Mandalorian, it appears Bib Fortuna is now in control of Jabba’s Palace. I just found out thanks to YouTube! (more….)

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Happy New Year!

Jedi Temple Archives wishes all of our readers and colleagues a very happy and healthy New Year’s Day and a fantastic brand new year. May the year 2021 feel like a reprieve for us instead of round two.

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Yoda Voice Actor Tom Kane Suffers Serious Stroke

Lucasfilm actor Tom Kane has suffered a serious stroke which left him without the capacity to speak. We wish Tom Kane well and a speedy recovery. Comicbook has the full story.

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The TARGET exclusive The Black Series [Phase IV] Remnant Stormtrooper suffers from the same problems as the TVC version. Will you army-build this character from The Mandalorian? (more….)

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TBS6 [P4] Remnant Stormtrooper Found On Clearance For $13.99

JTA reader Mark G. found the TARGET exclusive The Black Series [Phase IV] Remnant Stormtrooper figure on clearance for $13.99! I haven’t even seen this once yet!

    

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The Amazon exclusive The Black Series [Phase IV] Speeder Bike/Scout Trooper & The Child is pretty nice in some regards, but a disappointment in others. Is it worth $49.99? (No.) Did we need this set to complete an important scene from The Mandalorian? (Yes.) (more….)

Speeder Bike/Scout Trooper & The Child

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Are you tired of proving your worth to Hasbro, 3.75″ collectors? How is it that we literally “kill” it for The Khetanna and then only get two all-new action figures to populate it? And then we all step up to the plate HUGELY once again for the Razor Crest, only to see Hasbro asleep at the wheel. Why aren’t they banging out 3.75″ action figures for us after that major campaign success? They owe it to us to make us new characters from The Mandalorian for The Vintage Collection. And after two years, how is it that we don’t have some core and behind the scenes characters from The Mandalorian yet? (Would you announce Kuiil already?) While Hasbro is obsessively reusing parts from their older 6″ figures, they’re doing next to nothing to utilize older 3.75″ super-articulated figures that could be revitalized to bring us new characters from The Mandalorian. Oh, and yes, we deserve some all-new tooling as well. (more….)

      

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