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Research Droids Reviews News and Updates

If you follow our site with any regularity, you know that I’ve been adding Kenner/Hasbro’s long line of Collector Series, Action Collection, and general 12 Inch Figures into our Research Droids Reviews database. As the volume of figures added grew large, Readers began to ponder how many of the original Kenner “mini-figures” were released in the one-sixth scale in the modern Hasbro Star Wars line. Well, wonder no more. I took the time to prepare a vintage versus modern 12″ counterpart to answer the questions. But before you check it out, let’s look at some interesting facts.

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In case you’re interested, I just added comparison shots of The Black Series [Phase III] Darth Revan (34) figure with the new Jedi Knight Revan figure. About eight new images have been added.

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We’re thrilled to present you with a sneak peek of the latest wave of The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures. Wow. What a wave! In addition to three fabulous The Rise Of Skywalker characters, we get a long-awaited Count Dooku and Clone Commander Bly, both of which are fantastic as well. Clone Commander Bly utilizes old tooling, but Hasbro did a good job as disguising that. Count Dooku will enrage longtime 3.75″ collectors. Why in the world do we not have a quality Count Dooku figure like this in our collections yet, Hasbro? Count Dooku comes with an all-new widened lightsaber blade attachment. Zorii Bliss is another incredible addition. The figure’s mask is removable and displays a beautiful visage of Kerri Russell. The Knight Of Ren is excellent. But these characters lost their luster a bit after Episode IX. Still, Hasbro should be commended. Will we ever get them all. Sith Jet Trooper may only be a repaint, but its sculpt is underrated. And the figure works beautifully in this color too. The reviews are coming shortly, but you can enjoy rough galleries now. More images coming soon!


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Sneak Peek! Imperial Probe Droid - TBS [P3] - D3

Check out our sneak peek of The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Imperial Probe Droid. I’ve heard from some readers that this is already appearing on store shelves, but not any retail locations near me. You may have seen this yourself already. If you haven’t, check out the figure. It’s nice, but I am not sure if it’s worth $30.00. Full review and gallery coming soon!

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Check out our sneak peek of The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Stormtrooper Commander which is a GameStop exclusive. Always a favorite character of ours, the Stormtrooper Commander action figure was a focus of highly publicized controversy if you were a collector of the 30 (77-07) line in 2008. One of the worst-handled exclusives between Hasbro and GameStop, the complaints from the collecting community and the inability to acquire the 3.75″ version of this figure caused Hasbro to re-release it. However, instead of using the fan-favorite packaging of the original release, they used the new and boring “Legacy Collection” packaging. This action upset collectors further. Why do we bring this up? Well, right now, this is the best Stormtrooper Commander that money can buy. This figure might forgive the sins of the past. Of course, we hope Hasbro gives us a super-articulated 3.75″ version using the VC140 tooling. But until they do, this is not a figure to miss. The review coming soon, but enjoy a rough gallery now! Oh, and how wonderful that “Legends” is finally getting its day in the sun.

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We have a special “sneak peek” for you of The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary] Luke Skywalker (Bespin) figure. You’re going to love this figure. Taking the base of 2014’s The Black Series [Phase I] Luke Skywalker (#11) figure, Hasbro tooled an all-new head sculpt for this release and completely repainted the figure. More importantly, Luke Skywalker lost the rubbery texture of the 2014 plastic. This release feels solid, rigid, and unbendable by comparison. The new portrait is stunning, and the use of Photo Real makes this likeness favor Mark Hamill very much. Unfortunately, Hasbro DESTROYED the card back art. I don’t think I’ve seen a worse interpretation of the Kenner card back. The ORIGINAL images exist on Google. It’s unknown why Hasbro would attempt to recreate the original reference image this making the character look “fake.” Or perhaps Hasbro can start using the “alternate” image of Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues), that they’re absolutely unwilling to use for reasons unknown. The review is coming soon, but please enjoy packaged, loose and comparison images in our RDRs now.

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In case you’re not aware, be sure to check out our updated Imperial Troop Transport RDR. We’ve added eight new comparison images against the Rebels version and the vintage Kenner version. Click HERE to check the new images out! Enjoy!

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We have a sneak peek for you on the next wave of The Vintage Collection. Check out Cara Dune (VC164), The Mandalorian (VC166) and the Remnant Stormtrooper (VC165). This is one solid wave, and one of Hasbro’s finest in a VERY long time. Cara Dune is excellent. She looks a little bit too much like Mandy Moore, but you probably won’t care. She comes with the dagger, but it’s permanently attached to her boot unfortunately. The Mandalorian is another excellent release. The paint operations look off in a few spots, but again, you need to have a discriminating eye to see the issues. The Remnant Stormtrooper is what it is, and that’s an excellent new version of the Rogue One Imperial Stormtrooper. Hasbro went cheap on the deco on the figure’s posterior. They should have pulled out all the stops and made the figure as filthy as possible. All figures come with 30 points of articulation. Anyway, reviews are coming very shortly, so check out the complete galleries and dioramic shots RIGHT NOW!

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We have an early COMPLETE REVIEW and PHOTO GALLERY for you on the surprise announcement Imperial Troop Transport. Simply put, it’s a beauty. But it has ONE MAJOR PROBLEM. Find out what it is by reading our review. There are so many features here that I believe collectors will be overwhelmed by this vehicle. Let’s hope more all-new vehicles are on the way. The success of this is dependent on that! Anyhow, check out our 52-image gallery, complete with the Imperial Troop Transport populated with a ton of Imperial Stormtroopers, as well as every angle imaginable inside and outside. Click HERE to see it all! As always, please leave your comments and feedback on the review page!

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There is a leap year every four years. In a leap year, February gets 29 days. There are 29 The Power Of The Force “2” Freeze Frame repacked figures from 1998. 2020 also marks the 25th Anniversary of The Power Of The Force “2” Star Wars modern toy line launch. Do you see where we’re going with this? For each day in February, we will cover a repacked Freeze Frame figure to begin our celebration of 25 years of “POTF2”. Come Back February 1st! (Thanks, Rich!)

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Eagle-eyed RDRs readers may have noticed some of our banners changing for a couple of The Power Of The Force “2” lines. Previously, we organized everything by (1) “Red” packaging, (2) “Green/Freeze Frame” packaging and then by (3) “CommTech/FlashBack” packaging. However, recently adding the Collector Series and Action Collection 12″ figures posed some organizing complications for us, and it’s necessitated a reorganization in the categories. Going forward, the lines will be organized by (1) The Power Of The Force “2” [Red/Green] (which includes all POTF2 products prior to the 1998 Freeze Frame launch and all Collector Series 12″ figures). (2) The Power Of The Force “2” [Freeze Frame/The Kenner Collection] (which includes all POTF2 Freeze Frame figures, anything with a “The Kenner Collection” logo on it, and all “green” Action Collection 12″ figures. And finally (3) The Power Of The Force “2” [FlashBack/CommTech] (which remains unchanged). The latter line also houses Action Collection 12″ figures in the “starburst” packaging (used for FlashBack and CommTech 3.75″ figures). Shadows Of The Empire and Expanded Universe continue to maintain their own categories and also remain unchanged. Thank you for reading!

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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Yak Face - POTF - 1985

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Imperial Dignitary - POTF - 1985

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: A-Wing Pilot - POTF - 1985

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Warok - POTF - 1985

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: EV-9D9 - POTF - 1985

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Anakin Skywalker - POTF - 1985

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Imperial Gunner - POTF - 1985

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Barada - POTF - 1985

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Amanaman - POTF - 1985

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Romba - POTF - 1985

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