The Bad Batch aired its first episode yesterday and in the first few minutes of the show Star Wars canon is once more rewritten, despite Disney’s claim that everything – movies, shows, books, comics, even games – is canon. This is not the first time canon has been rewritten by a movie or show of course. So the question is, why does Disney still insist on calling certain things “canon”, when in fact they can easily be rewritten by a movie or tv show? Click through for a discussion! And spoilers for The Bad Batch apply, so don’t click if you haven’t seen the show yet and would like to avoid spoilers.
Happy Star Wars Day from your friends at Jedi Temple Archives! There’s going to be tons of news today, so be sure to scroll down to catch it all as it moves fast down the page!
The official Star Wars Twitter is gearing up for May 4th. And to set the mood a nice piece of Star Wars artwork was posted, announcing some good deals for Star Wars video games to celebrate the occasion.
And this gives us the perfect opportunity to play a game. What is missing from this artwork? What could it be? Try your luck in the comments section! The winner gets 100 Rose Tico 5 POA action figures! Whether you like it or not! 😛
6 inch collectors get yet another option for an IG-11 action figure. Medicom Toys aka MAFEX have revealed their version of IG-11. This will be the third option for collectors. There already is a really bad Black Series figure that no one should buy and a very excellent S.H. Figuarts version that is not only screen accurate (unlike the TBS version) but comes with a few sensible accessories. MAFEX is late to the game here, but their IG-11 maybe has a few little extras that may convince collectors to pull the trigger even if they may already own the SHF version. MAFEX IG-11 comes with a tray (you see this in a scene with Kuiil) and just like the SHF version IG-11 also comes with an optional detonator part and the carry bag for Baby Yoda. But where SHF would give their IG-11 only the empty bag (you can put SHF Grogu inside the bag), MAFEX adds Grogu, but it appears he’s part of the bag sculpt and non removable.
Head to the Medicom website for more photos! There is no info on availability or price yet, we will keep you posted! Are you interested in the MAFEX IG-11?
Today I want to talk about a very simple thing: fun. On fansites you can find lots of comments by people who sound rather disappointed, sometimes even outright angry, especially after one of Hasbro’s live events. So I wondered: how much fun is Star Wars collecting in this day and age to you? If it’s not much fun or maybe even no fun at all… what makes it no longer fun and why do you still collect? And if it’s fun to you, what exactly makes collecting enjoyable to you? So click through for a discussion about the fun (or lack thereof) of collecting!
We have looked at 6-inch scale Rey figures before, so it’s only logical to look at the other sequel trilogy main character: Kylo Ren aka Ben Solo. What is the best Kylo Ren 6-inch scale action figure? Is there an ultimate 6-inch scale action figure of him even? Click through for a retrospective of all available Kylo Ren action figures!
While Rian Johnson still insists his Star Wars trilogy is happening he meanwhile in the real world just signed a deal with Netflix for two Knives Out sequels, worth a whopping $450 million. The first Knives Out movie had a very modest $40 million budget and became a surprise hit and extremely profitable as well when it grossed more than $300 million at the global box office.
While this is not directly related to Star Wars fans of The Last Jedi and Johnson’s potential Star Wars trilogy will certainly be disappointed that despite reassurances by Johnson his actual future plans seem to include a lot of things, just not Star Wars. So good luck to Rian Johnson and his future Knives Out movies! Filming for the first sequel begins in June in Greece. Daniel Craig will reprise his role from the first movie.
One final note: I hope the $450 million deal includes the production budget for the movies and marketing. Or else Rian Johnson can buy his own island now. I hear Skellig Michael is a nice place to live where you can enjoy the local fauna and flora undisturbed.
Actor Sebastian Stan, whom most of you probably know from his Marvel movies in which he portrays “Bucky Barnes” aka “The Winter Soldier”, has been a fan favorite to play a young Luke Skywalker for years. Quite a few fans think Stan looks a lot like a young Mark Hamill and would be a perfect fit to play a young(er) Luke. While on his PR tour for the new Disney+ series “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” Stan appeared on Good Morning America where he was directly confronted with the question if he would play Luke Skywalker. And Sebastian Stan would be up for it, but only if Mark Hamill gave his blessing.
If Mark Hamill called me, personally, to tell me he feels inclined to share this role with me, then I will believe it. Until then, I won’t believe it.
Hamill would certainly give his blessing though, so this no real hurdle. The real question is if Lucasfilm would want a Luke Skywalker project. And what could that project be? Click through for some speculation!
Do you want some behind-the-scenes insight on the upcoming The Vintage Collection Archive book? Check out the Georgia Star Wars Collector Club interview with our friends Rich Alot and Derryl DePriest for the latest updates!
It’s time to continue the 1/12 scale Star Wars action figure retrospective! Today I want to focus on four prequel characters and their figures. Darth Maul, General Grievous, the Battle Droid and Padmé Amidala. Are any of their figures an ultimate version? Which of the available versions is the best? Click through for today’s battle of the 6-inch action figures!
The Mandalorian is a worldwide phenomenon. Even in Russia the show has passionate fans. A group of fans in Yakutsk (Siberia) was so shocked after the destruction of the ship in the series, that they decided to build their very own Razor Crest. The model is 14 meters (46 ft) long, which means the Russian Razor Crest is roughly in 1:2 scale, almost like the TVC HasLab Razor Crest relative to a TVC figure. The actual ship would be about 26 meters (85 ft) long. The Razor Crest has lights of course, a cockpit and a ramp, so you can access the interior. The model weighs about 1000 kg (2200 lbs) and cost about 8,500 Euro (10,115 USD) to make.
Would you like to have an (almost) lifesize Razor Crest in your backyard? You’d certainly be the most popular person in your entire neighborhood!
You can check out many more photos and a few videos of the Razor Crest replica on Instagram!
There is a huge update about Toys R Us. They may make a comeback in North America (outside of Canada where stores currently exist). IGN has the full story. Special thanks to Dwayne for the alert to this news story.
Toys R Us is looking to mount another comeback. The retail chain is planning to open stores in North America again under the new ownership of WHP Global, a New York-based brand management company.WHP announced Monday in a press release that it has acquired a controlling interest in Tru Kids, the parent company of Toys R Us, Babies R Us and Geoffrey the Giraffe brands.
“We’re in the brand business, and Toys R Us is the single most credible, trusted and beloved toy brand in the world,” WHP chairman and CEO Yehuda Shmidman said. “We’re coming off a year where toys are just on fire… and for Toys R Us, the U.S. is really a blank canvas.” (more….)
Let’s continue the retrospective of 1/12 scale Star Wars action figures! Just like last time I will take a look at various figures today. What is the best action figure of Anakin Skywalker, IG-11 and Yoda? Click through for an overview of all their available 6-inch scale action figures!
Most people here are probably familiar with Adam Pawlus from Entertainment Earth. Adam also has his own blog on which he features Star Wars figures of the day and another feature of the blog is a regular Q&A segment in which Adam answers collector questions. And in Adam’s most recent Q&A from March 14th he does make a very interesting statement about The Black Series and The Vintage Collection sales. Please click through for more!
Today I want to continue the 1/12 scale Star Wars action figure retrospective. Previously I focused on single characters. For this article I focus on characters and figures that don’t warrant an article of their own, but which have still various options available and where it makes sense to talk about what is the “best” or “ultimate” version. In this article I cover the characters Count Dooku, Mace Windu, C-3PO and R2-D2! So click through for the battle of their 6-inch action figures!
Whether you like the sequels or not, whether you like the character of Rey or not, Rey is an important character in Star Wars. There are quite a few 1/12 scale action figures of her. So in today’s retrospective of 6-inch scale Star Wars figures we will look at all the Rey action figures. Which of the many versions is the best figure? And is there an ultimate Rey figure? Click through for an overview of all the 1/12 scale Rey action figures!
Today we continue our retrospective of 1/12 scale Star Wars action figures with a look at the various Obi-Wan Kenobi action figures. Obi-Wan is one of the most important Star Wars characters and the movies follow his career from being a Padawan to becoming an old hermit on Tatooine and his eventual death. Do 6-inch scale action figures of him do the character justice? Click through for an overview of all the 6-inch scale Obi-Wan Kenobi action figures and let’s find out which one may be the best or ultimate one!
After looking at action figures of Luke, Han and Darth Vader it is high time we look at 1/12 scale action figure representations of the most popular Star Wars heroine: Princess Leia. Do we have an ultimate 6-inch scale Leia action figure? What versions of her are still missing? Click through for a retrospective of all the 6-inch scale Leia action figures you can get!
You would think that making an action figure of the most iconic Star Wars villain would be a pretty easy task. Darth Vader wears a helmet, you don’t really have to sculpt a human likeness, all you need is access to helmet replicas (or access to the Lucasfilm archives) or reference photos of all the various Vader helmets used throughout the movies. But as it turns out sculpting a great Darth Vader figure is not all that easy. So is there an ultimate 6-inch scale Darth Vader action figure? You may think there is an easy answer. But maybe there’s not… So click through for a retrospective of all the various 1/12 scale Darth Vader figures you can get and let’s find out if there really is THE ultimate Darth Vader action figure!
Our friends over at JediBusiness.com utilized the power of photo animation from MyHeritage.com to bring to life Vintage Kenner figures, and the results are quite stunning! Click through to check out the results! A big thanks to Criz Bee for finding and saving these results!
Let’s continue our retrospective of 1/12 scale Star Wars action figures! I covered Luke Skywalker earlier this week. So I think it’s more than appropriate to talk about the various action figures of Luke’s best (human) friend: Han Solo. Do we have an ultimate 6-inch scale Han Solo action figure? Click through for an overlook of all the Han Solos you can get in the 1/12 scale!
There have been a number of Luke Skywalker action figures in the 1/12 scale since the Black Series, later followed by S.H.Figuarts, entered the market in 2013. In fact, the vast majority of versions of Luke that appear on screen have been realized by now, with only a few notable versions missing. This is perhaps the perfect time to look back and reflect upon the many Luke Skywalkers we have gotten over the years in the 6-inch scale. Do we have an ultimate 6-inch Luke Skywalker? And what is your favorite 6-inch Luke Skywalker? So click through for an overview and discussion of 1/12 scale Luke Skywalker action figures, both Hasbro and SHF.
The first of many 6-inch scale Luke Skywalker figures
A breathtaking new video has popped up on YouTube, from May 21, 1980 — the day of The Empire Strikes Back’s release — of a Toys R Us featuring industry people as well as customers and employees talking about the Star Wars Kenner toy line. It is one of the most expansive and detailed videos I’ve seen from this time period in Star Wars collecting. I highly suggest checking it out. Special thanks to JTA reader Paul V. for the alert to this beautiful video. Seatbelt yourself in for some precious 1980 special effects! (more….)
My wife was busy with her sister yesterday doing some Star Wars photography of her own and put together a fun little photo session combining one of my favorite things with one of hers. Enjoy some Star Wars Valentines from her and JTA!
Chuck and I had a great time decorating at Christmas with his Star Wars collection. Since we both love Star Wars, it seemed fitting that we continued it with a Valentine’s holiday that celebrates LOVE. Thanks to a fantastic Etsy seller, JurneyShop, I was able to find adorable Star Wars themed wooden beads and candles! Nothing says love like droids, Han and Leia, stormtroopers, clone troopers, and battle droids!
Jedi Temple Archives has literally been a part of my entire married life. From concept to fruition, I could not be prouder of my talented husband. I may not know all the characters or what movies they are from, but I know that they are amazing…and we both love them all!
Click through for some more fun photos, and if you are trying to talk your significant other into some Star Wars decor, maybe some of the subtle Star Wars stylings of JurneyShop will convince her.
Gina Carano is no longer employed by Lucasfilm. Late Wednesday night the news broke that following a controversial post by Carano on her Instagram Lucasfilm decided to cut all ties with the actress. I will show a screenshot of Gina Carano’s (deleted) controversial Instagram post after the jump and provide some commentary. Before you click through to read the full story I want to remind everyone to be polite and civil in the comments!
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