It looks like we are getting a weekly product launch similar to Mando Mondays with the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series. The first launch kicks off on May 25th. Click here for complete details on the official site, and check the official Obi-Wan Wednesdays site each week starting on the 25th for new product announcements.
Each Wednesday, fans can head to ObiWanWednesdays.com at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT for the latest drop of new products, with select offerings available for pre-order on Thursdays at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT.
Happy Star Wars Day from your friends at Jedi Temple Archives! There’s going to be plenty of news and product deals today, including a Hasbro live stream and lots of Attack of the Clones reveals from Hot Toys. Stay with us and scroll down to catch all the fun!
Adam Savage’s (former Mythbuster) Tested YouTube channel received their Razor Crest a while ago. A thorough unboxing video was released the day they got their hands on it, now you can see how Adam Savage and his co-host Norm custom paint the Razor Crest and give it a much needed weathering and more metallic luster. It’s a 40 minute video, so maybe take your time to watch it, but for customizers it may be interesting to see how a pro approaches custom painting the Razor Crest. And this is most likely not the last Razor Crest video on Tested since co-host Norm already said that he will definitely add LEDs to the ship, so stay tuned for more to come! But for now you can see how Adam and Norm paint the Razor Crest to make it look even better! Click on the screenshot below to watch the video! Will you customize your Razor Crest or will you keep it like it is?
It looks like visiting Toy Fair during blizzards might be a thing of the past. The Toy Book is reporting that starting next year, we will get “a reimagined Toy Fair New York at the Javits Center in fall 2023”. Click through for the full report.
Toy Fair was set to kick off on February 19th, with more than 700 vendors still set to attend. As of yesterday, the event is officially cancelled.
The Toy Association, producer of Toy Fair New York, the largest toy, play, and youth entertainment marketplace in the Western Hemisphere, has announced the cancellation of Toy Fair New York, originally set to take place, February 19 to 22, 2022 at the Javits Center in New York City.
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Let’s all have some fun! Yes, maybe the HasLab livestream today did not get the reaction Hasbro would have hoped for. Yes, maybe quite a few collectors are either angry, sad or disappointed now. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some good old fun! So let’s all watch the HasLab Rancor backer counter fall below 5,000 tonight and let’s make bets if it will fall below 5,000 to begin with and when it may do so! At the pace the counter is falling it could be mere minutes! So place your bets! The winner gets 10 plush porgs, 200 Rose Tico 5 POA action figures and 50 banana visor X-Wing pilots from The Force Awakens 5 POA toyline!
Join in the fun in the comments section and let’s have a party!
UPDATE: Friday’s livestream may go down in history as one of the most disastrous Hasbro events ever. The Rancor HasLab has lost almost 320 backers since then and there is no end in sight.
Hasbro completely ignores Star Wars Visions, the anthology series showcasing different takes on the Star Wars universe by Japanese anime studios. Whether you liked the shorts or not, you certainly won’t deny the fact that various character designs or even smaller things like the different lightsabers that more resemble traditional katana are visually striking and would make for excellent (action) figures. But this is a world where Marvel’s “What If” animated series can get a dedicated figure line in Marvel Legends (by the very same company that also has the Star Wars license), but Star Wars Visions gets nothing and things like The Bad Batch and even The Mandalorian get the bare minimum. Japanese toy company Banpresto is now the first to offer at least something for fans of the Visions aesthetics. You can buy three vinyl statues, the main characters from the short “The Twins” and Ronin from the episode of the same title. Why is the support of new Star Wars entertainment by Hasbro so lackluster and seriously lacking in almost any respect? Check out the Visions statues after the jump and let’s also discuss the appaling lack of support for new Star Wars series and movies by Hasbro.
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Holy smokes! Check out the AWESOME VINTAGE KENNER 2022 CALENDAR on Amazon. It looks like someone who designed this got inspiration from our Vintage Kenner Research Droids Reviews! Aside from an awful Disney logo, the calendar set is gorgeous. Check it out. I just ordered mine. Special thanks to friend Alientek for the alert!
Head over to check out this week’s Bring Home The Bounty products, featuring a bunch of Hasbro stuff that you can’t actually order anymore. You just can’t make this stuff up!
Many of you will know GTP Toys, the maker of Space Walls, which is one of the most popular modular diorama sets used by toy photographers. When GTP Toys acquired the official Star Wars license many thought that GTP Toys had finally hit it big. With an official license GTP Toys could finally make official Star Wars diorama sets. And GTP toys did reveal the Tantive IV hallway with LEDs lighting up the wall panels. But then Covid caused several factory closures resulting in serious delays and on top of that extremely disappointing sales for the Tantive IV set put an end to all of it. GTP Toys no longer has the Star Wars license (the contract with Disney ended on September 30th). The owner has posted a long newsletter that explains the situation. And it reveals a few interesting facts about how it is to work for Disney as a Star Wars licensor. One might call it a cautionary tale. Click through for the full story!
Funko and Macy’s unveil a new Grogu-themed Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade float. Yahoo! has the full story!
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JTA reader Jon M. found some impressive-looking Star Wars masks at his local Walmart. As we approach Halloween season again, it’s interesting to see the focus once again on George Lucas-era characters. Star Wars masks are often second-rate, especially at a Walmart price point ($31.88), but look at the details here, especially the Tusken Raider. These are pretty impressive. Click each thumbnail image below for a closer look!
It’s extremely rare when we post non-Star Wars news, but a momentous announcement like this forces me to break format. I remember in 2008 how excited I was for the new The B-52s album that came 16 years after their last studio record. But how about waiting four decades for an announcement like this one? The “Supergroup of the 70s,” ABBA, have just released two brand new songs today (I Still Have Faith In You and Don’t Shut Me Down), announced a new full studio album entitled Voyage for a November 5th release, a new Christmas song release, and an avatar “tour” which features the band live in a modern way thanks to ILM! Let me say, every previous music industry announcement pales in comparison to this news. ABBA is being praised for “saving” 2021, and I can’t agree more that this is the joy many of us need about now. Listen to the songs. Go ahead, “lower” your standards. They’ve barely changed at all. NPR has the full story.
If you couldn’t roll your eyes more vigorously about the ridiculousness of Disney Star Wars, this might give you convulsions. Slave I is no more. It is now called the Firespray (which is really the MODEL of the vehicle and not its real name.) While this isn’t a universal transition, it’s expected to become commonplace in the Star Wars universe. Who else can’t wait to see what’s next on the erasing of Star Wars’ history?! Screenrant has the full story.
Yup! You read that headline correctly. But this time the new partner appears to be Macy’s. “This time, the iconic brand is teaming with Macy’s to open toy shops in more than 400 department stores nationwide starting in 2022, the two companies announced Thursday.” USA Today has the full story!
Ever since Disney bought the Star Wars franchise back in 2012 a major focus were women. Not only did Lucasfilm try very hard to engage more female fans, the movies as well as books & comics emphasize the role of women in the Star Wars galaxy much more than ever before. So the question is: did Disney actually succeed? Are there interesting and engaging female characters in Disney Star Wars which were not originally conceived in the Lucas era? Click through for a ranking of Disney era female Star Wars characters and let’s find out who the best one is. The results may be somewhat surprising (or not)!
In the past 43 years a myriad of Star Wars figures have been released, so to pick your favorite one will always be a next to impossible task. But still, I wonder what would be your 10 desert island Star Wars action figures? Do you pick figures because of their emotional value or do you select figures because of their play value, aesthetics and number of accessories (accessories will be included in your desert island trip)? Click through for my 10 picks and then post your desert island Star Wars figures in the comments!
One of the finest Star Wars authors of the original Star Wars guard when Star Wars was at its best, JW Rinzler died of pancreatic cancer. Deadline has the full story.
The Black Series was launched in 2013 and was originally meant to be the definitive action figure version of beloved Star Wars characters. A lot has happened since then, so where is the line now, in 2021? The general feeling among many collectors is that exclusives are taking over and that repaints or kitbashes dominate the line now. But is any of that true? So I looked at the numbers to see how they really add up. Click through for an overview of the Black Series in 2021 and let’s have a discussion about whether or not Hasbro has taken a wrong turn.
Since collectors seem to like carbonized figures Hasbro is making more of them. The official Star Wars site revealed earlier today that the Black Series will get three new carbonized figures from The Mandalorian. Available in spring 2022 will be Paz Vizla (formerly known as Heavy Mandalorian), a Shoretrooper and a Scout Trooper! All three figures will be TARGET exclusives. Happy hunting next year!
Will you add the carbonized Mandalorian figures to your collection or will you skip them?
While not really Star Wars news it may still be of interest to most Star Wars collectors to see what Hasbro is coming up with for Marvel fans with the latest Marvel HasLab. And in a livestream today Hasbro revealed the latest Marvel HasLab item: a gigantic Galactus action figure. Click through for a few more details!
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