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!
Hasbro did something new today. They actually revealed some of the figures that are in the pipeline for 2021 or 2022 even. This is something many fans have asked for for a long time, to learn what Hasbro has lined-up. No actual figures, digital sculpts or anything really were shown, but Hasbro revealed which characters will come to The Black Series. And there are quite a few interesting choices! Click through for more!
The very first Fan First Friday of the new year just ended and a big focus for The Black Series was the Lucasfilm 50th anniversary event. The Black Series will get several figures in the 50th anniversary line, almost all of them repacks/repaints. One figure gets a retooled photoreal headsculpt however! Click through for all the details!
UPDATE: Photos added!
Toy restoration videos are quite popular on YouTube, some of them have more than a million views. YouTube channel Rescue & Restore posted a video about the complete restoration of a Kenner Millennium Falcon that had apparently sustained water damage and had yellowed with age earlier today. There is no narration or annoying music, the entire video just shows the process of restoring the toy. Click through to watch the 16 minute restoration of an iconic Star Wars toy!
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Starting today, Amazon has launched their exclusive Adventure Across the Galaxy storefront, featuring exclusive merchandise throughout the year. Click here for their storefront, and check out StarWars.com for the full announcement.
Earlier this week an “animated” short film about the High Repulic character Vernestra Rwoh was released on the official Star Wars YouTube channel. The clip currently has 68k views, but I don’t want to dwell on that too much. Instead I wonder what Lucasfilm was thinking when they made that clip and whether or not that says something about how much confidence they have in The High Republic book/comic series. Click through for more!
The Mandalorian season 2 finale aired about a month ago. Time to reflect upon an exciting season and to create a list of all the Mandalorian season 2 action figures collectors need and want. So click through for my list of Mandalorian season 2 figures we need!
Today I want to talk about posing your action figures. I will specifically talk about the Black Series, but I suppose what I want to talk about will apply to other lines as well. I moved last year, that also meant I had to put all of my Star Wars figures into boxes only to put them back in their display cabinets and on shelves again. But I put off that task for quite a while, several months actually. Because, quite frankly, posing action figures is no fun at all to me. Why? Click through for more!
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.
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.
While there isn’t widespread confirmation on this, we’ve learned from both Wikipedia and Rebelscum that actor Jeremy Bulloch who played the iconic character of Boba Fett died. 2020 cannot be over soon enough! We wish Jeremy’s family love and prayers. He was one of the nicest Star Wars actors we’ve ever known.
UPDATE: Apparently Daniel Logan broke the news on this earlier today on Instagram. TMZ has the full story. And major media outlets are now confirming and posting the story. Mr. Bulloch passed away from complications of Parkinson’s disease. “Jeremy also made a couple of cameos without his Boba Fett mask – playing Lieutenant Sheckil in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and Captain Jeremoch Colton in ‘Revenge of the Sith.”
Disney announced about 7,562 new Star Wars shows recently. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as more shows are soon to follow. The Babylon Bee have a Star Wars insider (they’re not saying it’s Gina Carano, but it might be Gina Carano). They asked her — or him, or them — what shows have yet to be announced, and they were able to tease these upcoming shows. They sound amazing! Click through for more!
Star Wars fandom comes in many shapes and forms, while JTA mostly focuses on action figure collecting there are some people who go beyond what companies like Hasbro are offering and create their very own Star Wars dioramas or figures, sometimes even from scratch. Caleb shows you some of that in his Toy Runs. But there are quite a few more people out there who have the talent and imagination to create their very own Star Wars displays. Today I want to talk about one customizer I came across on YouTube recently: Boylei Hobby Time. And his work is nothing short of amazing. Click through to learn more!
As if 2020 couldn’t get worse, we lost a man who played one of the greatest villains in a movie franchise ever. David Prowse died on November 28th following a short illness. His character of Darth Vader will be remembered forever. Please feel free to leave your thoughts on how this actor impacted your life playing the incomparable Darth Vader character. Fox News has the details on this sad news.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers, fans, and sponsors! We are thankful for each of you for taking the time to visit us daily and be a part of our community, and supporting us over the years! Everyone have a great Holiday, stay safe, and enjoy some time with family and friends.
A coalition of local churches will deliver hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to those in need through a new initiative called “Feed the Hope.” The event will take place at more than 20 locations starting at 10 AM Saturday (tomorrow) in Trenton NJ/Philly PA areas. Click through for more.
Our friends over at Igloo send along the latest press release for their latest line of Star Wars coolers. Click through for the full press release…
Hasbro’s Star Wars HasLab is all about offering huge vehicles. However, French company Microlight3D shows that you can also go in the opposite direction and make things tiny. REALLY tiny. Their 3D printing technology uses green laser light which allows for a higher resolution, i.e. you can print smaller objects. Microlight3D printed a Millennium Falcon that is just 100 µm long (1 µm = 1/1,000 mm = 1/1,000,000 meter. That’s 0.003937 inches, but just learn metric already). That’s about the width of a human hair. Which makes this Millennium Falcon probably the smallest version ever. The scale is roughly 1:345,000. The first Death Star using that scale would have a diameter of 4.63 cm / 1.82 in. The Millennium Falcon is so tiny Microlight3D actually had to use a scanning electron microscope to take a good photo of the ship. Would you be interested in actual Star Wars Micro Machines? You could easily store an entire fleet in a thimble! Saves you a lot of space! Of course toy photographers may face a few challenges here! Check out the Microlight3D website for some more technical background info! 3D printing will only become more important in the future!
We wish all of our veterans a Happy Veteran’s Day. Thank you for serving!
Now that the Razor Crest has turned out to be the most successful HasLab project yet, I think it’s time to think about the future. What I want to focus on is what kinds of projects Hasbro should do. Do you want more big vehicles and ships? Do you even have the space for more big vehicles and ships? So the real question is: would you eventually stop backing huge Star Wars HasLab vehicles, because you simply have no more space to put them anywhere or to display them properly? Just check out the photo below which shows a 1/18 scale AT-AT next to Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as Luke and Leia. So let’s talk about whether or not more big vehicles is what you want or if more big vehicles may eventually result in collectors no longer willing to back a Star Wars HasLab because they have run out of space. Click through for the short discussion.
Best Buy has mailed out their 2020 Toy Guide and they have a nice image of The Vintage Collection’s Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper) front and center in the Star Wars section. There’s also a little tiny 6″ Darth Vader in the corner of the ad too.
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