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Hasbro Pulse updates their blog with a history of the various snowspeeder and pilot toys they produced throughout the years. However, they made a big blunder when they reference 2009’s Legacy Collection Luke Skywalker (BD51) figure as the first “snowspeeder pilot” Luke Skywalker action figure. They write “It’s worth mentioning that until 2009, no Luke Skywalker Snowspeeder pilot figure had ever been released. We had Dak Ralter from 2002’s The Power of the Jedi, and Zev Senesca from 2006’s The Saga Collection, but no Luke. This changed with his addition to The Legacy Collection.” No, this is very incorrect. The first version came in 1995 as Luke Skywalker (In X-wing Fighter Pilot Gear). It had the wrong name, but the right outfit. Then they included an updated version of this figure in 2002’s POTJ Luke Skywalker’s Snowspeeder exclusive set. They even mention this release in the blog but neglected to acknowledge the Luke Skywalker figure included with it. Last but not least, Hasbro added a kit-bashed version of Luke Skywalker in the snowspeeder outfit in 2007’s TAC The Battle Of Hoth Ultimate Battle Packs set. (which coincidentally is the only version of Luke Skywalker with correct mismatched orange pants and jacket)! Come on, Hasbro, we’ll gladly proofread your historical accounts for you! See the write up HERE.

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How many people cancelled their preorder for the Galaxy’s Edge Millennium Falcon at Target? One JTA reader was able to preorder it during the second wave with a 10% coupon, but after weeks of contemplating, he decided to cancel his order. He’s gone from fear of missing out to buyer’s remorse. (more….)

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Upcoming TBS6 Kamino Clone Trooper Has A Bizarre Feature!

Instagram page mfct_news reveals that the upcoming Kamino Clone Trooper comes with a removable helmet with an unpainted clone trooper head underneath! Special thanks to JTA reader James for the alert!

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Hasbro released their numbers for Q2/2020 earlier this week. And while things are mostly as expected, revenue is down by almost 30%, Star Wars bucked the trend! Click through for more!

Happy Star Wars

Let’s be happy!

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Holy cow! Is this a major spoiler? On Instagram, Entertainment Earth posted a tease of the Kenner Death Star Space Station with a The Vintage Collection logo slapped on the box. What does this mean?! If you recall, we “teased” this idea over a week ago!

UPDATE: JTA just received word that Entertainment Earth IS NOT selling this playset.

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Why Does Hasbro Hate Star Wars Culture?

It’s evident that Hasbro hates the fine arts. Do you believe it has been more than 13 years since they released any of the musicians from the Original Trilogy in the 3.75″ basic figure line? And the last releases in 2007 were the same old sculpts from the 90s. What gives, Hasbro? Let’s get both bands updated in The Vintage Collection stat!

  

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Hasbro Pulse updated their convention exclusives page. The short story is that they’re available in September 2020. Each Star Wars item is listed separately now. Click through for more information! Special thanks to Scot G. for the alert!

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Target.com has put The Vintage Collection Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run vehicle back in stock. Special thanks to JTA reader Aldo for the alert!!

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Hasbro, you know that The Vintage Collection packaging is a HUGE part of the collecting experience. And it appears there is a STRONG possibility that the TVC Smuggler’s Run Millennium Falcon will ship WITHOUT an outer box to protect the original packaging. From the explanation on their website to confirmations made by Guest Relations at the 1-800 number, it seems collectors won’t be getting their investment protected. If the interpretation of this is incorrect, we’ll happily issue a correction, but please confirm either way. We understand they’re going to slap a shipping label right on the front of the actual TVC box. If required, can you please work with your great retail partner and advise them against this practice? Can you work with them so they can offer collectors something that will protect the packaging/box of this treasured item? Let’s prevent disaster and an angry collecting community. Thank you! Also, thank you for getting more units up for pre-order today. That was the right thing to do. But so is ensuring these large vehicles ship with protection too.

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And BAM! Just like that. See, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Hasbro announces that more quantities of the TARGET exclusive TVC Smuggler’s Run Millennium Falcon will go up for pre-order 7/24 (tomorrow) at 10 AM ET on TARGET’s website. Good luck to everyone!

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And it’s getting worse. As if the debacle of TARGET’s Galaxy’s Edge exclusives wasn’t enough, JTA reader blueharvestcollector tagged us on Instagram, showing what the few who secured the TVC Millennium Falcon are doing with their pre-orders. It’s salt in the wound. Now, the irritation doesn’t come from an anti-capitalist attitude. Scalpers can do what they want, but only after the demand is met. This item lasted a mere moments online. Hasbro, you have to meet the demand for these exclusives better. All we hear is how you can’t price anything out. Then you finally release what collectors have begged for years to have another opportunity to purchase, and you make it limited. Why do you make these exclusives IMPOSSIBLE to secure? You need to work with TARGET ASAP and get more units available for pre-order. You’ve essentially ticked off most of your customers who wanted this, the TVC community that still remains. This is not how a relationship works. If there are more coming, then please let us know immediately. Because right now, people are walking away angry.

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What would you do or what would be your response if Hasbro announced a modern update to the Creature Cantina for The Vintage Collection HasLab project? Imagine finally getting the bar complete with the distillery. Then think about carded pack-in figures like a Tonnika Sister, or a Blue Snaggletooth (among others). Oh, and imagine it filled with plenty of tables and chairs for various patrons. Let us know how you feel about this HasLab “idea.” (Please don’t comment on other suggestions just yet as we’ll be addressing multiple ideas this week.)

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Did you blink and miss the TARGET pre-orders this morning? You’re not alone. Complain about Walmart all you want, but at least new products last longer than 90 seconds to place a pre-order. Yes, they have room for improvement too. Whether the numbers for the three new Galaxy’s Edge items revealed today are lower in production or not, Hasbro needs to work with retailers more closely and put things into place to help meet the demand. JTA reader RYOGAM left a comment with a very reasonable and intelligible option for these pre-orders. Click through to see what he suggested. In the comments, let us know what you think about his idea, or if you have other suggestions too.

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New Galaxy's Edge Exclusives Added To Target's Web Site

Target.com has added their upcoming The Vintage Collection Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run exclusive, as well as The Black Series Captain Cardinal and DJ R-3X 6-inch figures. You can also read about these and some other Galaxy’s Edge exclusives over at StarWars.com. Thanks to JTA reader Michael B. for the alert!

   

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What would you do or what would be your response if Hasbro announced the Rebel Blockade Runner for The Vintage Collection HasLab project? Imagine finally getting the vehicle from Kenner and Hasbro that didn’t get past prototype form. Imagine a Captain Antilles and Rebel Fleet Trooper with a new portrait carded in classic TVC packaging as pack-in figures (Please don’t comment on other suggestions just yet as we’ll be addressing multiple ideas this week.)

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There is ANOTHER reveal! This time it’s from Return Of The Jedi! Yahoo News has the full story! The Heroes Of Endor set features Luke Skywalker (Endor), General Organa (Endor), Han Solo (I don’t see a trench coat), and Paploo, along with a speeder bike! Click HERE for more!

    

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What would you do or what would be your response if Hasbro announced the Death Star Space Station for The Vintage Collection HasLab project? Imagine a set of alternate card backs for all-new pack-in figures of Princess Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker included? And how much of it would you like to see follow in the footsteps of the original Kenner release? (Please don’t comment on other suggestions just yet as we’ll be addressing multiple ideas this week.)

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Screenrant has exclusively revealed The Black Series The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Wampa, featuring amazing Vintage packaging. Click through for complete details! Look for this exclusively on Hasbro Pulse in September.

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CNET just exclusively revealed a new Special Action Figure Set featuring ARC Troopers Echo, Fives, and Jesse! Click through for the full reveal of all three figuresThis set will be available on Hasbro Pulse in September and will retail for $50. 

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Eagle-eyed JTA reader Binary Son noticed something that could benefit international collectors for the upcoming The Vintage Collection HasLab project. Click through for more!

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HURRY! Ahsoka And Company Are BACK IN STOCK!

Pre-orders are now available for the newly revealed The Black Series figures:

Special thanks to JTA reader Michael W.for the alert about the restock!

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Pre-orders are now available for the newly revealed The Black Series figures:

     

UPDATE: These are all now listed as out-of-stock! Keep checking back to see if that changes. Crazy that their initial allotment was not bigger!

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The countdown timer for the Walmart Collector Con event has officially run out, but the new reveals won’t actually go on sale until 10 AM Eastern. They are advertising the new exclusives for not only Star Wars, but also Transformers, Marvel Legends, and GI Joe. Stay tuned for pre-order links as soon as they go live! You can visit their Collector Con event page right here

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Wow, these are incredible looking figures folks. Maybe one day we’ll get them in 3.75″ too, but for the favorite children of Hasbro, you get 4 all-new figures from The Clone Wars in 6″ form. Check out the photos of the individual figures and their packaging HERE. Thanks to Mike Z. in the Star Wars The Black Series Collectors Facebook group for the heads up!

The article states they will be available for preorder exclusively from Walmart tomorrow at 10 AM EST.

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While not really related to Star Wars, it may be of interest to some that the new Haslab Marvel Legends campaign has a promising start. The campaign was officially launched a few hours ago and 2,600 out of 6,000 required backers have already made their pledge. Click through for more info!

Update: now that was quick, the Sentinel has reached the required number of 6,000 backers already. Congratulations! Next up, the various stretch goals, which should all be reached. It’s greeat for Hasbro, HasLab and the Marvel collecting community that this campaign is a huge success.

Marvel Legends Haslab Sentinel

Say hello to the $349.99 Sentinel – batteries not included!

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