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The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line is flourishing, but that doesn’t mean that Hasbro isn’t still actively playing catch up as we speak. However, we can’t help but notice at least 15 characters that were released in the classic vintage Kenner line that Hasbro has yet to produce for the modern 6″ line. Click through and see if you agree with our list, and be sure to leave your thoughts about this in the comments!

              

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While it wasn’t a Best Buy exclusive, the AT-ST Raider was initially exclusively available at Best Buy. Apparently there is a distinct difference. Whatever the case, you can now pick up the AT-ST Raider on Amazon.com. Thanks to JTA reader Shawn for the alert!

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Pre-order TVC Clone Trooper (VC45) Photo Real Update On Amazon!

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You can pre-order The Vintage Collection Clone Trooper (VC45) on Amazon. Special thanks to JTA reader Mark for the alert!

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Shill Reviews? Or Just Part Of The Way New Toys Are Influenced?

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After discovering all of the Walmart discounts today, I checked out a few products to check out the reviews. I couldn’t help but notice that there is a disclaimer on most reviews that notes that the reviews were written when the customer was visiting Hasbro and that the “review was collected as part of a promotion.” Also of note, the reviews are very general and not too specific. Does anyone else find this odd? Is this a new technique of which I am not aware? Read through them all. Many have a weird voice/tone to them.

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If you care about variations and you ordered The Vintage Collection Princess Leia Organa (Yavin) figure from Hasbro Pulse, it’s a good bet you were shipped VC164. Also, VC150 is showing up at Walmart now (just found it yesterday).

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Our friends at StarWarsFiguren.com have posted images from the convention in Germany. So far, it looks like just 6″ and 5″ figures were revealed. Be sure to check out the Boba Fett, Darth Maul, Sith Jet Trooper and Yoda Galaxy Of Adventures figures (if they ever make it to retail).

         

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TBS6 [P3] Sith Jet Trooper And Clone Commander Bly Revealed!

Both The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Sith Jet Trooper and Clone Commander Bly have been officially revealed!

   

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The Mandalorian Canceled! A TARGET Story

Ugh! After waiting almost TWO MONTHS for it, TARGET sends JTA reader Chris G. a notice that they’re canceling his long-awaited The Mandalorian (Carbonized) figures!

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Details on the date and time of Hasbro’s panel at German Comic Con have been revealed. The panel is on Saturday, December 7th and starts at 1:25 pm local time. (more….)

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Tip: How To POSSIBLY Get A TBS6 [P3] Purge Stormtrooper NOW

I’ve been informed by a GameStop store manager that the time has expired for those who pre-ordered the bundle for the Jedi Purge video game to be guaranteed it (they’ll receive pre-order credit). Now, while I can’t confirm the validity of his claim, but I can tell you that he graciously sold me a Purge Stormtrooper with that explanation. So, it might be worth your while to visit your local chain and see if they have any extras lying around. And if your store doesn’t, have no fear. They’ll be available soon for everyone online.

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Initially, I was quite critical of the “Carbonized” variations released as store exclusives for The Black Series [Phase III] line. Over time, I’ve developed an affinity for them. In many instances, I think some of the armored parts and metal parts on the characters look significantly better than the standard painted-plastic treatments. (more….)

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I wasn’t entirely sure if I was going to post another article like this, because honestly, what else should we expect at this point? But the reports are pouring in that collectors are receiving DESTROYED samples of the Amazon exclusive “Armory” Sith Trooper. Here is an example from JTA reader Garo K. Hopefully, you’ve had a more pleasant experience with this exclusive. As someone who ordered five, I can assure you they arrived without any issue at all. (They also arrived in a box)

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If you haven’t found it at brick and mortar yet, this is a friendly reminder that the Walmart exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) will go up for order on Walmart’s website on November 20th which is one week from today. Stay tuned for more details soon!

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If you haven’t found it at brick and mortar yet, this is a friendly reminder that the Walmart exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Yoda (Force Spirit) will go up for order on Walmart’s website on November 20th which is one week from today. Stay tuned for more details soon!

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The Vintage Collection "Cave Of Evil" Set Also IN STOCK!

The Vintage Collection Cave Of Evil Special Action FIgure Set is ALSO in stock at TARGET.com.

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An image of The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Heavy Mandalorian has shown up on Reddit. Check it out! Special thanks to JTA readers Mark W. and Shane F for the alerts!

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JTA has learned that the Walmart exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Yoda (Force Spirit) will go up for order on Walmart’s website the same day and time as their exclusive TBS6 [P3] Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) figure, which is November 20th. We will have the time for you in the near future.

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EW.com posted a FANTASTIC article explaining what longtime collectors already know: how pivotal Return Of The Jedi is to the toy line. They describe Return Of The Jedi as “a toy chest in search of a film.” Is there a better description than that? Those of us who backed Jabba’s Sail Barge know the joy of collecting the merchandise from Episode VI. We thought Hasbro realized this, too, but they let it fizzle out to nothing. And there are SO MANY more characters to get to and update. So, Hasbro, instead of using EW to reveal your breaking new toy reveals (that no Star Wars collectors go to visit unless directed there by a fan site), perhaps you should use them as research so you can better the Star Wars toy line. Just a thought.

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It’s since been changed, but Entertainment Earth listed a The Black Series [Phase III] 6"
Clone Commander Bly in this case assortment.

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Hasbro, there is an AWFUL rumor circulating (NOT FROM JTA) that all of the straight repacks you announced this past weekend WILL NOT come with Photo Real deco. We don’t see how that’s possible. You said that all figures released going forward would have Photo Real on them. On the contrary, we’ve also heard they WILL COME with Photo Real deco. At this point, we’re not sure what’s happening with them. But if you don’t include Photo Real deco, it will be one of your most egregious mistakes to date. (more….)

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What The Heck Is Up With The Vintage Collection?

After we all saw the dreadful The Vintage Collection reveals only to discover they’re all repacks, I took a few minutes to distill what we all just experienced. When the items went up for pre-order today, I couldn’t help but notice that these new figures are coming in waves releasing in June 2020 and September 2020 (at least that’s what the availability dates showed). SEPTEMBER 2020! This leads me to believe that Hasbro will reveal new figure announcements after The Rise Of Skywalker hits theaters and sandwich them in between the repacks. They have to do this. The line will suffer if they don’t. There are likely quite a few figures of characters that they cannot reveal yet due to the Disney embargo, and I imagine that Hasbro’s desperation to reveal something exclusively to our collector friends in Europe and the like too precedence. If there ARE NOT any new figures other than what was revealed over the weekend through September 2020, you’d have to wonder if the license situation is not in a good state. But, it’s too soon to panic about that. Are you happy with any of the TVC repacks? Do you think it is going to help or hurt the line? Do you think more figures are going to be released in between these?

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Entertainment Earth also has the pre-order page up for the newly revealed The Mandalorian Remnant Stormtrooper. Click through for the pre-order page

The Remnant Stormtrooper and all of the TVC repacks can also be pre-ordered on Amazon.com

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Entertainment Earth has the new The Black Series figures that were announced at this weekend’s European conventions. Click through for the pre-order pages for Count Dooku, Kit Fisto, and Plo Koon.

Update: You can also find all of the new pre-orders on Amazon

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You can now pre-order The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Yavin) convention exclusive at Entertainment Earth. Click here for the pre-order page.

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New The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figure have shown up on Brickseek. Thanks to JTA reader Chad R. for the alert and for distilling the listings.

SW BL CL JAR JAR BINKSKU: 539365892
SW BL E5 HOTH REBEL TROOPERSKU: 701644725
SW BL E8 LUKE SKYWALKER CRAITSKU: 791955736
SW BL CL COUNT DOOKUSKU: 335399027
SW E8 BL BLACK SERIES FORCE GHOST YODASKU: 372597868

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