With the Razor Crest HasLab on its way to funding (ca. 1,100 backers are still needed as I write this) I thought it’s a good idea to visualize just how big the ship will be. How much of a footprint does the TVC Razor Crest have? How will it look on your shelf? And how scale accurate is the TVC Razor Crest? Click through to find out all about you need to know about the size of the HasLab TVC Razor Crest!
There is a new Kickstarter project for the Star Wars Toy Catalogue of Kenner Action Figures. It is one of the most comprehensive books produced for the classic Kenner line which ran from 1978 to 1985. It includes every known card back variation, offer, and anything else you’d want to know about the Kenner Star Wars line. Check it out!!
Star Wars is, among many other things, known for its enormously sized space ships. Hasbro has made quite a few of the smaller vehicles for The Vintage Collection, and they even gave The Black Series a few vehicles. However, the toy versions are somewhat undersized. But what if Hasbro made scale accurate Star Wars vehicles? What would be the size? Ever wondered how big a Black Series AT-AT or a TVC Star Destroyer would be? Click through to find out!
We are saddened to report the recent death of Casval Tinoco. Casval was an integral part of the Bandai Namco Collectibles (Bluefin) team, makers of the amazing Bandai Star Wars model kits, and Meisho Feudal-Japanese styled action figures. He was also a passionate Star Wars fan. Casval never missed a midnight showing of a Star Wars movie, proudly displayed parts of his Star Wars, Gundam and Back to the Future collection around his desk at work, and took pride in building and customizing the De Agostini Millennium Falcon (among other Star Wars model kits). Please consider making a donation to Casval’s Memorial Fund to help support his family during this difficult time.
A while ago we talked about Star Wars toy prices and whether or not collecting is becoming increasingly expensive. Today I look at vintage toy prices from back in the day and then compare them to modern toy prices. How much of your money did you need to spend back in 1978 or 1980 to buy a Star Wars toy compared to 2020? Has the available income kept pace with or even outpaced Star Wars toy prices? Click through to find out!
UPDATE: chart of the consumer price sub index for toys has been added to show you how prices for toys have developed in past decades.
Last week we talked about the possibility of making Star Wars movies with CGI versions of original trilogy characters. Earlier this week a fanmade clip from Solo: A Star Wars Story with a CGI Harrison Ford was released on YouTube, illustrating how far we have come. A fan edit of Solo with Harrison Ford’s likeness instead of Alden Ehrenreich would not be impossible. Click through to see the clip!
A rumor is making the rounds that Disney is looking into the possibility of making CGI Star Wars movies and that Mark Hamill has already signed away his digital likeness rights, so that Disney could make an all new Star Wars movie with a CGI Luke Skywalker. I don’t really want to talk about the rumor itself, it does not matter whether that particular rumor is true or not. Because the idea itself, movies with digital actors, will certainly gain traction in Hollywood in coming years. So today I want to talk about your thoughts and feelings about potential future Star Wars movies with digital recreations of original trilogy characters as main characters. In my opinion it’s only a matter of time before we get there. So click through for a discussion!
It is with deep sadness that I relay to you that a longtime JTA reader has passed away unexpectedly. You may recognize him as “PaulB” in the comments. Paul Benvie was a JTA moderator for years, and his quirky personality was a source of entertainment for many readers. He was well-versed in the 3.75″ action figure line, and he loved to customize new creations as often as possible. He loved showing everyone his collection and posted a ton of pictures in our RDRs. Paul will be missed. If you’re able to help, there is a Go Fund Me campaign to help his family pay for funeral expenses. If you can do anything, please do. Thank you, Paul, for the input you added into Jedi Temple Archives.
Today I would like to talk about the cost of Star Wars collecting. Is it getting too expensive? Are collectors like the proverbial frog in the hot water that gradually gets hotter and hotter that they don’t even bat an eyelash anymore when a Star Wars toy goes for $400 these days? Click through for a discussion!
J.W. Rinzler is an author of various “The Making of…” Star Wars books and former Executive Editor for Lucasfilm. He was with the company for 15 years and had begun work on his “The Making of The Force Awakens” book when things fell apart. Perhaps you remember Rinzler’s blog and the story revolving around his canceled “The Making of The Force Awakens” book. Eventually Rinzler’s blog, where he wanted to go into more detail, was deleted and Rinzler had to sign an NDA with Disney that basically forbids him from talking about many things Star Wars fans are really interested in.
But yesterday the ForceCast podcast, the official podcast of Theforce.net, had J.W. Rinzler as a guest and while he still cannot really divulge concrete details, he did talk a bit about the transition when Disney took over Lucasfilm. And what may be of interest to toy collectors, he also talks about what changed for licensees, like Hasbro. Click through for more details!
Jedi Temple Archives wishes all of our reader a Happy Fourth of July, or Force of July. We hope you enjoy the day with family and friends! Let freedom ring!
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.”
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