I talked about ebay prices for The Black Series and The Vintage Collection recently and today I stumbled upon a very informative website that will be extremely helpful to anyone who is chasing figures on the aftermarket or wants to sell their figures and gauge demand: Actionfigure411.
This website tracks aftermarket prices for various Hasbro toylines, GI Joe Classified, Marvel Legends, Transformers Masterpieces and, of particular interest to Star Wars fans, it has a complete list of all Black Series releases, both 6 inch and 3.75 inch, including the Walmart exclusives. The site doesn’t just track prices on ebay, Amazon and Walmart are also tracked, giving you a very comprehensive overview.
On the website you not only see a detailed price table with all figures ever released in the Black Series, you also can display charts that visualize how aftermarket prices developed over time. The site also tells you how many figures were sold in recent times and what the high and low price were. The data is updated daily. Unfortunately, for TVC collectors, there is only very incomplete data for TVC 2.0. But the data tells us a few interesting things about the popularity of various Black Series figures. So click through for a closer look at The Black Series on the aftermarket, I will also talk about 3.75 inch figures!
Today I want to debate a purely hypothetical matter. What if Playmobil had a Star Wars license? Now in the US Playmobil is not as prominent as in Europe, but Playmobil is hugely popular in the old world. While I think that Playmobil will most likely never get (or never want to have) the Star Wars license, I still think it is fun to speculate what things might be like. And I believe a Playmobil Star Wars license could even solve one of Disney’s issues, to engage kids. Why? How? Click through for a discussion!
Chuck Paskovics, Paul Harrison, and the rest of Jedi Temple Archives are elated to offer celebration and well wishes to Steve Sansweet on his 75th birthday today! The original uber-collector, his accomplishments in Star Wars collecting are unmatched. Steve has been a great friend, confidant, and adviser, and someone whom I will always treasure working alongside. Happy Birthday, Mr. Sansweet!. Your accomplishments are astounding! To learn more about Steve and his non-profit, Rancho Obi-Wan, click HERE.
In light of the recent rumors about a “Gaming Greats” Darth Nihilus Black Series figure I wonder if Hasbro has long term plans for a “Gaming Greats” Black Series sub line. That leads us to the question of today: what other potential “Gaming Greats” Star Wars figures would you like to see? Also, what figures do you think are realistic candidates for a release? Click through for a few suggestions and make sure to add your own in the comments!
Happy Memorial Day! Please take a moment to remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
We all want more toys. Who wouldn’t want more toys, right? And our particular group wants more Star Wars action figures. The current campaign for more TVC exists for this sole reason: to get more toys. A goal everyone can get behind.
But, and you certainly knew there would be a “but”, what collectors on fansites want and what is economically viable does not always align. The purpose of the following article is to examine if Hasbro, Walmart and all the others will actually listen to what (TVC) collectors vehemently ask for. I mean, it’s simple right? Make more of something and you make more money? Cater to the hardcore demographic! Correct? So just make more of what they want and you will make lots of money! But in actuality it is not that simple, not at all. So click through to learn more about the impact hardcore collectors can make and how retailers see things like toys.
My question today is very simple: what do you do with your Black Series boxes, TVC vehicle boxes and vintage cardbacks? Do you keep everything? Do you dispose of them? Click through for a short discussion!
The latest release from Igloo celebrates 40 years of The Empire Strikes Back with a special-edition Playmate Pal arriving in 7QT fashion (9-can cooler) with the iconic tent-top design. This is now available to pre-order for $39.99 while supplies last.
On May 4th several Star Wars toy photographers released a rather impressive project: an action figure recreation of A New Hope. It’s a joint effort of nine people, sadly, the project is not quite finished, maybe 90% is done, but even so, there are more than 250 images, using the full range of action figures, TBS, TVC, SHF, Bandai model kits and even Kenner, plus some custom figures and dioramas. The entire portfolio makes for one very ambitious and excellent photo novel. Projects like these show what can be achieved with a clever combination of both 1/12 and 1/18 scale figures, custom dioramas, and off the shelf vehicles. Maybe the photography bug may bite you as well when you see the excellent photos that recreate iconic scenes from the movie. Click through for a couple of highlights!
Yikes! We almost missed it! Happy birthday to the Creator of Star Wars. Thanks for the years of joy and all of the memories!
Jedi Temple Archives wishes all of our readers a very happy Star Wars Day! Special thanks to JTA reader Alientek for the artwork below!
It’s now been confirmed that the upcoming Mafex Beskar armor Mandalorian action figure will not come with a jetpack. However, the figure comes with Baby Yoda aka “The Child” instead. Check out the photo of the figure below (make sure to view the larger version). You can see here where the Mafex figure excels, extremely lifelike and fluid posing is possible, helped by the fact that the proportions are perfect. This is the figure you need if you want a true to life 1/12 scale Mandalorian! Click through for one more photo!
My parents are gearing up to head south to their new home in the coming week. And they cleared out the stuff they held onto for almost four decades. I had to share one of the gems I found in my newly delivered “care” package from Mom and Dad.
Book reports were a monthly thing in my elementary school district. I imagine it was the same for you too. Teachers discouraged us from doing book reports on films for obvious reasons. But I begged my 4th-grade teacher Ms. Rucki to allow me to do one on “Return Of The Jedi,” She relented.
Because of her grace, I decided to do everything I could to make the best book report cover and the content inside. I remember analyzing every nook and cranny of the cover of the paperback to make as faithful a recreation as possible. In retrospect, I must say I am still proud of the grade I got! I thought this book report ended up in a dumpster somewhere. It was a huge surprise to receive it today in the mail.
If you have anything “artsy” from your childhood, feel free to post it in the comments for a nostalgic discussion of “growing up Star Wars.”
Now that’s a surprise. Mafex haven’t released or announced a Star Wars action figure in ages. But now their version of The Mandalorian action figure has leaked. The reveal is a quick photo of some magazine page, and in true leaker fashion a potato camera was used, oblique angle as well, I tried my best to make the photo somewhat better. Based on the leaked magazine it could very well be that Mafex knocked it out of the park once again. Their Boba Fett action figures (both TESB and ROTJ) are the best you can get, and it seems the Mandalorian may continue that tradition. Not much else is known at the moment. It’s also unknown if Baby Yoda aka The Child will come with the figure. Baby Yoda is shown, he’s appropriately tiny as well, but in the photo with the accessories Baby Yoda is missing. Price for the Mandalorian could be 8900 Yen (based on what is barely legible in the photo of the magazine page) – which is ca $83 / 77 Euros – which is in line with previous figures. We’ll keep you posted! Click through for a few more photos of the figure, inckuding a shot with Baby Yoda and a comparison with the SHF version!
Rebelscum conducted an interview with the president of Diamond Select Toys, Chuck Terceira, last week which flew under the radar somewhat. But that interview has a few statements regarding Star Wars collectible sales that should be of interest to all Star Wars collectors. So click through for highlights from the interview!
Ever since the release of the Sequel Trilogy, there has been online debate to whom the Chosen One title belongs to in the Star Wars saga, and if it has changed throughout the years. By way of a “happy Birthday!” tweet to Hayden Christensen, StarWars.com appears to confirm it’s still Anakin Skywalker.
Now that even San Diego Comic Con had to accept reality and canceled the event, the question is what will happen with all the various con exclusives. These have most certainly already been made. But with no con the question remains what to do with these exclusives. Click through for a short discussion!
The ongoing pandemic impacts all our lives. Some may lose their job, many may get less money than before in the next few weeks or even months. Furthermore, in times of crises other things may become more important. Or maybe your partner will frown even more now than before when you spend lots of money on little plastic people. So the big question today is: will the ongoing events have an impact on your Star Wars collecting habits? Click through for a discussion!
It’s weekend! Time to relax. Time to have some fun! And even though times are not the best and many of us feel the impact of the ongoing pandemic, it’s always good to have at least some fun and a few lighthearted moments. Earlier this week the Screen Junkies YouTube channel released their long awaited honest trailer for The Rise of Skywalker. It’s more than 7 minutes of hilarity! No matter if you liked or disliked the film, you will certainly find something in the trailer that will make you smile or even laugh. So click on the image below to watch the honest trailer! Or watch it on YouTube! Either way, have a great 7+ minutes! And then discuss the trailer in the comments! Are the Screen Junkies on or off the mark? Is The Rise of Skywalker really just Episode 7.5, as the honest trailer says?
Adam Savage’s “Tested” YouTube Channel recently posted a video of him assembling a commercially available Thermal Detonator kit (currently sold out, you can be put on a waiting list). While we here on JTA focus on toys and action figures there are also many fans who collect prop replicas, from lightsaber handles and blasters to things like thermal detonators.
Adam Savage usually builds things from scratch, but this time he uses a thermal detonator kit designed by KR Sabers and One Replicas. It comes with electronics and looks pretty much like the “real” thing used in the movie. Click the image below to watch the video! It’s somewhat long, 20 minutes or so, but what better way is there to pass the time, when many of us need to stay at home anyway. And if you watch the video all the way through to the end Adam will share a funny anecdote about the time he was tasked with designing a thermal detonator for Master Replicas and he was allowed to actually handle the original prop used in the movie at the Ranch.
Do you collect prop replicas? And if so… which ones? Lightsabers? Blasters? Other things?
Since Hasbro refuses to tell us about upcoming new toys and Disney won’t tell us what’s the deal with Kenobi and the Cassian Andor show (at least we know that Mandalorian season 2 filming wrapped a short while ago and that everything is fine with the series), I thought it’s maybe a good idea to have some fun to pass the time. And what’s more entertaining than a quiz (please don’t reply to that question)? Namely… can you guess the character? You can see a preview of the character in question below. Please click through to see the full artwork and for a few hints!
io9, your go to source for Star Wars news, has an exlusive new preview clip of a The Rise Of Skywalker bonus feature. The clip is about the massive fleet assembled by Lando Calrissian and what went into creating the scene. It turns out there are several well known ships in the fleet, a Naboo Starfighter, a U-Wing, the Ghost from Rebels, several slightly updated versions of B- and A-Wings, but since JJ Abrams wanted a massive fleet, Lucasfilm had to create 55 all new ship models from scratch for that scene. Click through for a closer look at several design sketches for the ships.
The global coronavirus outbreak is already impacting stock markets all over the world. The tourism industry is suffering greatly. Today it was announced that the new James Bond movie will be delayed because of the virus and will now open in November to avoid potential losses at the box office. And if the pandemic is not over soon it could have a real impact on toy production as well. Actually, Hasbro already adressed the coronavirus issue a few weeks ago in their earnings call. So what can we expect? Click through for more!
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