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July 2016

We were quite shocked to learn something just yesterday that transpired during SDCC this year with Hasbro that didn't make it to the front page of any fan sites that attended (the pages we visit at least). Hasbro actually surveyed random people and asked them SPECIFICALLY about The Vintage Collection 3.75" super-articulated line and how those people asked about it would rank it against Hasbro's other lines. How this went unnoticed or overlooked is beyond me. Thankfully, the beautiful Victoria from Victoria's Cantina (a regular here at JTA) was one of the lucky ones to be surveyed. We have her experience for you to read through (by clicking through), but we also want something from our 6", 3.75" SA and 5POA collectors too. If Hasbro is looking for a focus group, they have a pretty substantial one here at JTA. Click through for more.

Another repacked figure in the Star Wars"Saga" line was Luke Skywalker (Tatooine Encounter). Check it out in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Luke Skywalker (Tatooine Encounter)

The Celebration Europe exclusive Kylo Ren [Unmasked] figure is our next Visual Guide update! Click below to a fully detailed look at this 6 Inch figure with all of its extras. Don't forget to also check out our comprehensive review of this figure right here!

Kylo Ren [Unmasked] - The Black Series Exclusive

Forbes online has just posted an article where the author of the article, Luke Thompson, interviews Hasbro. There is a very interesting tidbit of information posted in it. He writes "Before signing off, he also dropped a few more tidbits for fans: the Comic-Con exclusives this year that were deluxe versions of Obi-Wan Kenobi and unmasked Kylo Ren will be hitting retail in stripped-down versions with less accessories, Force Awakens merchandise will continue strongly even as Rogue One rolls out, and they plan to make a big announcement in the near future regarding the super-articulated 4-inch figures that are currently exclusive to Walmart." Click through to read the full article. Could this possibly be the "thing" we're all waiting for finally?

Found! TRU Exclusive Astromech 3-Pack Arrives In Louisiana!

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2016 at 11:13 AM ET |

A Spaniard walks into a Baton Rouge Toys R Us.... sounds like a bad joke, doesn't it? But it's true! JTA reader Javier F. D. was on a business trip to Louisiana from Spain and found the Toys R Us exclusive Astromech Droid 3-Pack for sale on the shelf.... $54.99. They've officially hit the USA!

Do You Know About These Cool Upcoming SH Figuarts Figures?

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2016 at 07:55 AM ET |

JTA Facebook friend Andy K. was recently in Tokyo and snapped an image of more upcoming SH Figuarts figures from Bandai. In case you weren't aware of or have seen any of them yet, collectors can expect a Darth Maul with his speeder bike, a Super Battle Droid, R4-P17 and C-3PO (Episode II). Tamashi Nations are hitting this line out of the park, never forsaking any of the film franchises with this beautiful line.

    

Review: Kylo Ren [Unmasked] - TBS6 - Celebration Europe Exclusive

Posted by Paul | July 30, 2016 at 12:15 AM ET |

The Kylo Ren [Unmasked] Celebration Europe exclusive has exceeded our expectations. Find out why many collectors are going to be ticked if they cannot secure THIS version of him by the time all is said and done. It's the focus of our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Kylo Ren [Unmasked]

The San Diego Comic Con exclusive Obi-Wan Kenobi is our next Visual Guide update! Click below to a fully detailed look at this 6 Inch figure. Don't forget to also check out our comprehensive review of this figure right here!

Ob-Wan Kenobi - The Black Series Exclusive

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

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Brian's Toys

Tamashi Nations has just revealed two more figures for the S.H. Figuarts line: an Episode II Battle Droid (with interchangeable C-3PO head) and a Phase II Clone Trooper. I don't know, something looks off on that Clone Trooper. Special thanks to JTA reader Handsome C. for the alert!

   

Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi - TBS6 [P3] - SDCC Exclusive

Posted by Paul | July 29, 2016 at 12:05 AM ET |

Let's continue looking at Hasbro's The Black Series 6" convention exclusives! You saw JTA break the news of his imminent release before Toy Fair this year, and now he is finally available for the taking as a San Diego Comic Con exclusive. Check out the divine Obi-Wan Kenobi figure. Unlike Sergeant Jyn Erso, Obi-Wan Kenobi is actually almost perfect. (We still think the basic release should come with all of these accessories and cost the same price.) See why this is a must-have figure in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Sponsor Announcement: NJ Toys And Collectibles

Posted by Paul | July 28, 2016 at 09:54 PM ET |

Check out the latest from JTA sponsor NJ Toys And Collectibles. Pre-order the newly revealed Astromech 6-pack from Entertainment Earth!!

As you know from our report a couple of days ago, the Toys R Us exclusive R2-A3/R5-K6/R2-F2 Astromech 3-Pack is beginning to arrive on doorsteps. We received ours and we have a very rough template of the photo gallery and collector notes for you to check out now. But be sure to come back for the completed review on August 2nd.

The first figure from Rogue One is here for a hands-on look! Click below to check out our Visual Guide of the San Diego Comic Con exclusive Sergeant Jyn Erso. We've also provide a fully detailed review of this figure right here.

Sergeant Jyn Erso - The Black Series Exclusive

Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store

Posted by Chuck | July 28, 2016 at 06:34 PM ET |

Click through for a look at the latest new arrivals from JTA sponsor Big Bad Toy Store...

Big Bad Toy Store

Review: Sergeant Jyn Erso - TBS6 [P3] - SDCC Exclusive

Posted by Paul | July 28, 2016 at 12:10 AM ET |

Here we go! The reviews are here for the TBS6 convention exclusives! Sergeant Jyn Erso is a figure we had extremely high hopes for, but devastatingly, the action figure disappoints. Hasbro has a major factory issue on their hands that's truly plaguing the line. And Sergeant Jyn Erso is the next victim in line. The TBS6 figures are typically without exception phenomenally tooled sculpts. But they're "ruined" thanks to horrid and inaccurate facial paint operations. What's more, for $20+ per figure, we're going to have to demand a higher level of quality for them. Sorry Hasbro. See more in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Sergeant Jyn Erso

Huge Star Wars Sale At JTA Sponsor Dorkside Toys!

Posted by Paul | July 27, 2016 at 05:26 PM ET |

There's a HUGE sale at JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys happening RIGHT NOW! The Force Awakens 3.75" action figures are starting at $1.79 each and almost all the The Black Series 6" figures are on sale too (like $11 and $12 each on sale). What's more, FO Snowtrooper and FO Flametrooper 4-packs are $29.99 too! There are some really amazing deals! Hurry before they're all gone!

Legendary Yoda Hits All Time Low?

Posted by Paul | July 27, 2016 at 08:44 AM ET |

JTA reader Erik T. sends us a report that the Legendary Yoda electronic figure which had an MSRP of $149.99 can now be found at select Walmarts for a mere $15. proof attached. This store is in Northern California.

    

Hasbro Convention Exclusives At Hasbro Toy Shop: A History

Posted by Paul | July 27, 2016 at 07:30 AM ET |

Our friends at Yakface.com have put together a fantastic article on the history of various Hasbro convention at Hasbro Toy Shop. The article goes over what the exclusives were, what time they went up for sale and a couple other of painful tidbits (if you can handle the flashbacks. Definitely check it out!

Review: Han Solo (Flight To Alderaan) - SW [S - P3] - '03 #27

Posted by Paul | July 27, 2016 at 12:35 AM ET |

Another figure that beat us into repack submission was Han Solo (Flight To Alderaan). A good figure, it just didn't need to be released a bazillion times in the early to mid 2000s. See more in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Han Solo (Flight To Alderaan)

Toys R Us Exclusive TBS6 Astromech 3-Packs Arriving.... Damaged

Posted by Paul | July 26, 2016 at 09:44 PM ET |

JTA reader and Marc M. received his Astromehch 3-Pack from ToysRUs.com, but sadly they arrived damaged. Click through for his report.

    

Takodana Encounter Found On Clearance At Walmart In More Areas

Posted by Paul | July 26, 2016 at 09:35 PM ET |

JTA reader and friend Martin M. has found the Takodana Encounter set on clearance. Click through for his report.

Hot Toys 1/6 Scale Death Star Gunner Preview

Posted by Chuck | July 26, 2016 at 04:56 PM ET |

Sideshow is previeiwing the new Hot Toys Death Star Gunner Sixth Scale figure. Click below for a bigger look!

Hurry! TRU Exclusive TBS6 Astromech BACK IN STOCK!

Posted by Paul | July 26, 2016 at 04:36 PM ET |

The Toys R Us Astromech 3-pack is BACK IN STOCK and SHIPPING! We unfortunately had to get this news from bmales01 whom I will not graciously thank. Here is the ordering link Hurry before they're gone!

UPDATE: Gone!

All Three (3) Convention Exclusives Now Added To RDRs

Posted by Paul | July 26, 2016 at 11:22 AM ET |

We now have early/rough drafts of all three The Black Series [Phase III] 6" convention exclusives in our Research Droids Reviews database. The review portions are coming soon. In the meantime, check out photo galleries and collector notes on Sergeant Jyn Erso, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Kylo Ren [Unmasked].

Sergeant Jyn Erso Obi-Wan Kenobi Kylo Ren [Unmasked]

One Little Two Little Three Little Zuvios....

Posted by Paul | July 26, 2016 at 09:18 AM ET |

You think you have it bad when it come to Zuvio? In Hamleys in London, there are 55 Constable Zuvio 3.75" figures and they are £15 each (that's $19.69 American dollars).

Hasbro Exclusives To Go On Sale August 9th

Posted by Chuck | July 26, 2016 at 07:36 AM ET |

Hasbro Toy Shop has posted that the CE3 and SDCC exclusives will be available for sale on Tuesday, August 9th. No time was listed, so it looks like it will be a refresh-a-thon. Thanks to all our readers who wrote in to let us know it was posted! Hasbro posted this FAQ:

When will the Comic Con exclusives be available on the site? Although subject to change, we are planning on having the Convention Exclusives available to order on Tuesday, August 9th.The product will be located in the EXCLUSIVES category. No phone orders will be accepted. All Convention Exclusives are excluded from any promotions and discounts.

What will the limits be for the figures? The limits will be the same at the show and on the site once they go live. These limits are per person and per household.

Can I get on a waiting list for Comic Con items? No, HasbroToyShop.com does not have a waiting list for any items including Comic Con items.

Can I preorder Comic Con items? No. We will not be preselling the Comic Con items.

UPDATE: After playing with some URL combinations I found the EXCLUSIVES category, which is currently NOT listed on the site.

Probably the last figure any of us wanted to see repacked in 2003 was Princess Leia Organa (Imperial Captive). These confusing repacked figures were mixed with with some great new figures. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Princess Leia Organa (Imperial Captive)

The reviews are coming soon, but you can check out Photo Galleries and Collector Notes in our RDRs for both Sergeant Jyn Erso and Obi-Wan Kenobi that were this year's Hasbro San Diego Comic Con exclusives. Kylo Ren (Unmasked) is coming soon!

Sergeant Jyn Erso

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Hasbro Toy Shop To Post When TBS6 Exclusives Go On Sale

Posted by Paul | July 25, 2016 at 06:17 PM ET |

Our friends at Yakface.com are reporting that Hasbro Toy Shop will be announcing when their exclusives will go up for sale tomorrow. Stay tuned for more!

Is Constable Zuvio The "TPM 3D" Of 2015?

Posted by Paul | July 25, 2016 at 05:21 PM ET |

So, we know from conversations at SDCC that Hasbro is well aware of distribution issues. But we want to know what they are going to do about it. The image below accurately illustrates the state of what so many stores look like right now, and now that we know the line look isn't changing, it's unlikely the assortment numbers will change either. If assortment numbers don't change, then this means that new products will be instantly blocked until this old product moves out. Do you see the awful vicious cycle folks? Anyone? Anyone?

Galactic Heroes Ghost Found At Toys R Us!

Posted by Paul | July 25, 2016 at 05:14 PM ET |

JTA reader Matthew Z. found the Ghost Galactic Heroes vehicle at his local Toys R Us today in Louisville, KY.

TRU Exclusive TBS6 Astromech 3-Pack Now Shipping!

Posted by Paul | July 25, 2016 at 01:59 PM ET |

The Toys R Us Astromech 3-pack is now SHIPPING as we've received confirmation from many of our readers! Here is the ordering link, but it is currently out of stock at the moment. Keep checking this link!

Review: Darth Maul (Theed Hangar Duel) - SW [S - P3] - '03 #25

Posted by Paul | July 25, 2016 at 12:15 AM ET |

Hasbro added some of their older action figures seamlessly into the Star Wars "Saga" line. Darth Maul (Theed Hangar Duel) was one of them. Check it out in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Darth Maul (Theed Hangar Duel)

Sponsor Announcement: NJ Toys And Collectibles

Posted by Paul | July 24, 2016 at 09:24 PM ET |

Check out the latest from JTA sponsor NJ Toys And Collectibles. Pre-order the newly revealed Astromech 6-pack from Entertainment Earth!!

Review: Darth Vader [Anakin Skywalker] - TAC - Saga Legends

Posted by Paul | July 24, 2016 at 12:40 AM ET |

The very first Saga Legends line in 2007 was for the most part a collector's dream come true. Hasbro packed some good choices into the line. Darth Vader [Anakin Skywalker] wasn't really one of them. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Darth Vader [Anakin Skywalker]

Sponsor Announcement: Dorkside Toys

Posted by Paul | July 23, 2016 at 10:28 PM ET |

Click through for the latest from JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys!

TBS6 Han Solo (TFA) Running Change Improvement Coming?

Posted by Paul | July 23, 2016 at 08:24 PM ET |

You know about the enhancements made to The Black Series 6" Princess Leia Organa figure. But did you know that Hasbro Design Director appears to have teased a supposed and upcoming running change to Han Solo (TFA)? We don't know much more than that, but check out the enhancement made to this figure as well.

Review: Chewbacca - TAC - Saga Legends

Posted by Paul | July 23, 2016 at 12:25 AM ET |

The very first Saga Legends line in 2007 was for the most part a collector's dream come true. Hasbro packed some good choices into the line. Chewbacca was an OK choice. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Chewbacca

Even MORE Rogue One Figures Revealed On Convention Floor!

Posted by Paul | July 22, 2016 at 05:31 PM ET |

Site ToyArk.com has a full gallery of showroom photos including unannounced Rogue One figures. Check them out!

And The "Winner" Is.... Jaina Solo!

Posted by Paul | July 22, 2016 at 05:25 PM ET |

In case you haven't heard, there were over 40,000 cheating votes that ultimately pushed Jaina Solo through to the top spot

Gentle Giant Ltd. Reveals Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath) Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | July 22, 2016 at 05:22 PM ET |

There is a Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath) Mini Bust coming from Gentle Giant Ltd.

Here are the official PRESS IMAGES for the newly revealed The Black Series 6" figures. It's not a bad reveal. The only glaring omission is the Gamorrean Guard. Hopefully it will be revealed at NYCC.!

    
    

Head To Our Facebook Page Now For All Of The Reveals!

Posted by Paul | July 22, 2016 at 03:11 PM ET |

Head to our Facebook page now for the latest Hasbro revealed images!

Rey (Resistance Base) IN STOCK AT HasbroToyShop.com!

Posted by Paul | July 22, 2016 at 02:52 PM ET |

Rey (Resistance Base) in IN STOCK at HasbroToyShop.com! Special thanks to JTA reader Justin C. for the alert!

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | July 22, 2016 at 02:24 PM ET |

Back in stock now - First Order Stormtrooper Helmets from Anovos! Shop new licensed artwork from Acme Archives & new AFA graded Star Wars listings. Visit Brian's Toys newsletter to bid on  NO RESERVE eBay auctions.

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Brian's Toys

The Black Series 2016 Cheaters' Choice Poll

Posted by Paul | July 22, 2016 at 11:38 AM ET |

A mere few hours ago, Jaina Solo had only 17% of the vote. Dengar was even catching up to her (like only a couple of percentage points away from each other). Now that we're in the final hours of voting, she and Starkiller have been tripping over each other and their percentages have jettisoned to new and ludicrous heights. And once reigning champion Darth Talon has sunk to Jaina's last night low. Too bad this poll runs right up against the Hasbro presentation. There is no way possible for StarWars.com to sift through all of the "off by one number" IPs addresses that are abusing the results in time. (Edit: some say it is cookie based – thank you Incognito browsers!) But if they do, man, are they going to be peeved. There are 108K votes cast. That doesn't even make the least bit of sense. For those of you that think I don't want Jaina to win are wrong. I like the character. I loathe ballot stuffing.

The 2016 Convention Exclusive R2-D2 (Unpainted Prototype) 1:6 Scale Figure is.... interesting. We'll leave it at that here. But you can learn more in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

R2-D2 (Unpainted Prototype)

5POA Rogue One Stormtrooper Removed From Display Case

Posted by Paul | July 21, 2016 at 10:07 PM ET |

Hasbro may not be showing any Rogue One until stuff tomorrow, but JTA reader and friend Josh M. forwarded us an image from GalacticHunter.com where a Rogue One Stormtrooper 5POA figure is revealed. Hey, we'll see better images tomorrow, but you can check it out now. (It was pulled from the case once they realized it was on display.)

Gentle Giant Ltd. Announces PGM Holiday BB-8 Mini Bust

Posted by Paul | July 21, 2016 at 09:58 PM ET |

Gentle Giant Ltd. announces their PGM Exclusive Holiday gift. Click the image for more information.

Hasbro has just tweeted that the TBS6 Princess Leia Organa figure has arrived. And while it's a given that I am a conspiracy theorist, this in my opinion another hand-painted sample and the production figures will NEVER come close to looking like this. Some feel that this version isn't any better either. We'll see what arrives at retail. "We LOVE Princess Leia!" Can't you tell?

Brand New Media Event Year.... Same Old Responses

Posted by Paul | July 21, 2016 at 04:20 PM ET |

Look what official Star Wars writer Jason Fry posted on his Twitter page. Quick answer: It's' the response to every Hasbro Q&A SDCC this year! The madness has begun folks! (For those that don't get sarcasm, this is sarcasm.) We LOVE Princess Leia! (not Jason Fry's words....)

Nothing Really Changes: SDCC Exclusives Fetch Ridiculous Premiums

Posted by Paul | July 21, 2016 at 03:24 PM ET |

Look at what the Hasbro SDCC exclusives are fetching on eBay!

Sideshow Collectibles Life-Size R2-D2 Giveaway

Posted by Chuck | July 21, 2016 at 02:47 PM ET |

Sideshow Collectibles is giving away a life-size R2-D2. Click here to enter!

Celebration Catch Up: Rebels Season 3 Trailer Breakdown

Posted by Mike_Taber | July 21, 2016 at 02:03 PM ET |

The trailer for season three of Star Wars Rebels certainly got a lot of people talking. From the introduction of Grand Admiral Thrawn(!) to the continued threat of Darth Maul, it appears we’re in store for a very eventful third season. It’s time to delve deep into this jam-packed trailer. Click through for the full breakdown

Celebration didn't feature a big Episode VIII announcement, but director Rian Johnson was on hand to talk about the process of bringing the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga to life. Although we've heard a lot of what he said before, Johnson offered up some interesting information when he listed six films that influenced the direction of Episode VIII. The six films he mentioned were Bridge on the River Kwai, Gunga Din, Sahara (1943), Letter Never SentTwelve O'Clock High, and Three Outlaw Samurai. It's definitely an intriguing group of classic movies and they almost exclusively take place during the middle of war. It will be interesting to see how directly these films influenced Episode VIII. 

Celebration Catch Up: Ahsoka's Untold Stories Panel

Posted by Mike_Taber | July 21, 2016 at 11:47 AM ET |

One of the most anticipated panels at Celebration Europe was the Ahsoka's Untold Stories Panel. Thankfully, StarWars.com has made the entire panel available for anyone to watch on their YouTube page. Click through for our full report!

The Black Series Astromech Droid 3-Pack Now Available Online!

Posted by Chuck | July 21, 2016 at 10:36 AM ET |

The Toys R Us Astromech 3-pack is now available for pre-order! Click here to order! A Big thanks to all those who alerted us!

Review: Princess Leia (In Boushh Disguise) - TAC - Saga Legends

Posted by Paul | July 21, 2016 at 12:35 AM ET |

The very first Saga Legends line in 2007 was for the most part a collector's dream come true. Hasbro packed some good choices into the line. Princess Leia (In Boushh Disguise) was one of these. See it in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Princess Leia (In Boushh Disguise)

Star Wars Astromech Droids 3 3/4-Inch Figures – EE Exclusive

Posted by Chuck | July 20, 2016 at 07:00 PM ET |

Entertainment Earth has officially unveiled their new exclusive, and as expected it is full of droids: Four from the cherished The Clone Wars television series and the other two from the Original Trilogy. What makes these figures so special is that Hasbro is using The Vintage Collection R2-D2 (VC25) sculpt which is great news for those that request screen accuracy. This is a SUPER-ARTICULATED figure which includes nine (9) points of articulation including a swivel dome, two swivel legs, two swivel ankles, a sliding third leg, a swivel third leg, a hinged door, and an articulated arm. Click through for the complete details and additional images, and if you haven't done so yet... click here to pre-order yours!

BREAKING NEWS! New Images Of Upcoming Rogue One Figures!

Posted by Paul | July 20, 2016 at 01:28 PM ET |

A JTA exclusive! Wo! A source of ours received this message from a "friend". We're just moments away from San Diego Comic Con and we can present to you an image of five upcoming The Black Series [Phase III] from the next Rogue One assortment. Sorry the picture quality isn't great, but this news is much more exciting. Expect better images out of SDCC soon!

UPDATE: Hasbro has asked us to remove this image.

Even More Images Of SDCC Exclusive Jyn Erso Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 20, 2016 at 12:55 PM ET |

Hasbro has passed along even more images of the SDCC exclusive Jyn Erso action figure. The gallery can be found on our Facebook page!

SDCC Exclusive Jyn Erso TBS6 Figure High Resolution Image

Posted by Paul | July 20, 2016 at 12:27 PM ET |

Here is the SDCC exclusive Jyn Erso figure mentioned in the PRESS RELEASE.

PRESS RELEASE: Hasbro Heads to 2016 Comic-Con International

Posted by Paul | July 20, 2016 at 11:57 AM ET |

We have Hasbro's 2016 SDCC PRESS RELEASE. Check it out by clicking through!

Andi Gutierrez Interviews Steve Evans On The Star Wars Show At CE

Posted by Paul | July 20, 2016 at 09:21 AM ET |

I posted this video on our Facebook page during Celebration Europe, but here it is for those of you that don't "do" social media. Andi interviews Steve Evans, Hasbro Design Director from Hasbro on the Star Wars Show. Special thanks to rebelsfangirl for the reminder!

Hot Toys Star Wars Cosbaby Bobble-Head Series

Posted by Chuck | July 20, 2016 at 08:15 AM ET |

Hot Toys reveals their next wave of stylized bobble-heads. Click through for details on this wave, and click the image below for a closer look at these highly-detailed bobble-heads.

Review: Jango Fett (Kamino Escape) - SW [S - P3] - '03 #20

Posted by Paul | July 20, 2016 at 12:10 AM ET |

Hasbro repacked the Jango Fett (Kamino Escape) figure into the third phase of the Star Wars "Saga" line with a different number. But the figure was also repainted. See it in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Jango Fett (Kamino Escape)

Let's hope the paint jobs are good folks! Here is our first true "gift" in a VERY long time! Entertainment Earth just placed a pre-order for a mystery 3.75" super-articulated Star Wars action figure set for $79.99. There are SIX figures in the set, but 5 are FIRST TIME OFFERINGS. How exciting is that? If you look carefully in the background you'll see a sandcrawler as a clue, although that doesn't mean all these characters will be from A New Hope. Let's hope MULTIPLES of these are in the works regardless of what characters are chosen (this is what we need, Hasbro, to engage us)! We believe this could this be the long-rumored astromech /protocol droid multipack that has been talked about for "years" now. We'll surely find out at SDCC this year! Pre-order your set now!

UPDATE: Diverse Range Of Interesting Dudes" = DROIDS. (Thank you Jayson Krebsbach for confirming what we've been speculating!)

Elite Series FN-2187 Figure IN STOCK At DisneyStore.com

Posted by Paul | July 19, 2016 at 09:09 AM ET |

The FN-2187 Elite Series figure is in stock at Disney. There is also a Captain Phasma statue that is new if you're interested as well.

JTA reader and friend Rum Sleg decided to pop and boil the arms off of the Han Solo and Princess Leia (TFA) figures from the Walmart exclusive The Black Series 3.75" line. He wanted to see what they looked like without their outerwear. Check them out, and click through for his summary on them.

      

The Sinister Six Bounty Hunters Collective meeting was a blast. I met a fantastic group of guys last night and we're excited for the future of the group. Once again if you're in the Bucks County/Northeast Philly area, please come out. I will be announcing future meetings on our front page, but you can also follow this group on Facebook HERE! I brought JTA's Celebration Exclusive Series 1 trading card set and the Vintage Kenner poster as giveaways for this get together. As always, bmales01: you're not invited.

Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi - TAC - Saga Legends

Posted by Paul | July 19, 2016 at 12:40 AM ET |

The very first Saga Legends line in 2007 was for the most part a collector's dream come true. Hasbro packed some good choices into the line. Obi-Wan Kenobi was one of these. See more in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

TBS6 SDCC Exclusive Obi-Wan Kenobi Review On YouTube

Posted by Paul | July 18, 2016 at 11:07 PM ET |

If you're interested, a YouTube review (ugh) has been posted for the upcoming TBS6 Obi-Wan Kenobi SDCC exclusive. Check it out if you can't wait. We haven't had a chance to review it yet, so please watch with caution.

The 2016 The Black Series 6" Fans' Choice Poll is NOW LIVE. Your choices are Starkiller, Captain Rex, Jaina Solo, Dengar, Darth Talon and Mara Jade. Don't forget who will also be coming regardless of the winner because Hasbro has been working on Captain Rex for years now. Good luck to your favorite choices!

TBS6 Special Forces TIE Fighter Down To $75 And Change

Posted by Paul | July 18, 2016 at 01:44 PM ET |

The perpetually on sale and supposedly successful 6" scale The Black Series First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter is just a little over $75 as of this posting at the link below with FREE shipping for Prime members.

CNN Money Says Hasbro Should Just Call Itself Disney Toys

Posted by Paul | July 18, 2016 at 01:40 PM ET |

CNN Money exclaims "Maybe Hasbro should call themselves Disney Toys." Ironic? Serendipitous? Interesting? "The toy maker's relationship with the House of Mouse has "transformed" the company into one of Wall Street's favorite playthings." Be sure to check out this article. Special thanks to Paul B. for the link.

Why We Will Wait Forever To No Avail For Things To Change

Posted by Paul | July 18, 2016 at 11:49 AM ET |

This is why things aren't going to change for the better for the Star Wars super-articulated 3.75" line, folks. As a stock company, cutting costs for higher profits is the number one goal. And because these lower quality items sell at higher prices regardless (if they can be found), why would Hasbro even attempt to make higher quality items to endanger those higher profits? Despite what feels like the worst time to be a Star Wars collector, Hasbro is still turning a buck in their stocks. Realistically, Hasbro is doing everything right from a business standpoint. But are they good stewards of their license that they hold onto like grim death and won't sub-license out to another company? Should the SA 3.75" line perhaps be given to new energetic and eager company that will make most out it sub-licensing? Heck, give Funko the rights so they can make non-Bobblehead Pops! Funko certainly knows how to please the "small insignificant group of collectors" that buy their products. Hasbro probably will never again produce the quantity or selection we want to see – or want to purchase. We hope they will at least consider subletting their license to another company who does make incredible collector geared products. Market Watch has the full story. Special thank to JTA reader D N for the link.

A new Facebook group has been formed called Sinister Six Bounty Hunters Collective and they are based in Philadelphia. More than just a social media page, this group also meets in person. Their desire is to have open discussions on anything Star Wars related with a special focus on toys and collectibles. They want to establish regular get-togethers. Star Wars talk.... trade.... and sales are welcomed at these meetings, but of course scalping is not allowed. The group will be meeting tonight at 8:00 PM ET at Millers Ale House at Grant and The Boulevard in Philadelphia. I will be in attendance tonight as well. I will have some freebies, so if you're in the area, please come and join us. Help us grow this group!

Review: General Grievous - TAC - Saga Legends

Posted by Paul | July 18, 2016 at 12:25 AM ET |

The very first Saga Legends line in 2007 was for the most part a collector's dream come true. Still, Hasbro packed some confusing figures into the line. General Grievous was one of these. See more in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

General Grievous

Jedi Temple Archives Celebration Europe Gallery Summary

Posted by Paul | July 17, 2016 at 09:52 PM ET |

Live coverage is over. Click any of the links below to catch up on our galleries....

Be sure to check out Episode 19 of the Toy Run (The Star Wars Action Figure Cast) where in this week’s episode, Jayson Krebsbach from Yakface.com and Paul Harrison from JediTempleArchives.com return to the show to discuss in roundtable format the results of Hasbro’s Fans' Choice Poll (in addition to analyzing the somewhat quirky yet nonetheless interesting results across Star Wars fan site community)! Hosts Criz Bee and Jake Stevens also provide a detailed look at the fairly new S.H. Figuarts action figure line by Bandai! Throw in action figure news from the week, a great new logo by Jorge Baeza and a collector calendar breakdown in Episode 19 of TOY RUN!

How Scary TBS6 Princess Leia Can Be Updated Tremendously

Posted by Paul | July 17, 2016 at 07:31 AM ET |

Hasbro, rightfully so we are all concerned about The Black Series 6" Princess Leia Organa figure. We truly hope you have the time to correct this figure. JTA reader EmpireSB has taken it upon himself to Photoshop the image of "scary Leia" that has made its way across the web and update some of the applications to show how this figure should be approached with deco. Sure, you do have to look at "addressing the delicacies of lips, eyes and eyebrows" but you also need to revisit the hairline too. (Please stop it with the "angry eyebrows" in general.) We hope you can take this Photoshopped image as a start to make her even better. Thank you. This isn't a figure that has room or time for a learning curve. Thank you!

Review: Princess Leia (With Sail Barge Cannon) - POTJ - Deluxe

Posted by Paul | July 17, 2016 at 12:10 AM ET |

The Power Of The Jedi line reintroduced the Deluxe format to collectors. One of the standout releases in this lineup was Princess Leia (With Sail Barge Cannon) set. Learn more about it in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Princess Leia (With Sail Barge Cannon)

It has been one year today since I lost my friend Mark Grimshaw to cancer. Although a friend, he also was an avid Star Wars collector as well as a fixture here at Jedi Temple Archives (as studlydudly) in the comments. He also spent a significant amount of time at our colleagues' sites Yakface.com and BanthaSkull.com. He thoroughly enjoyed the hobby. Mark's caregiver John T. reached out to me to see if I would share what he had made with some of Mark's remaining t-shirts that he found. He had them made into two quilts and then gifted them to Mark's parents. You can look at them by clicking the thumbnails below.

   

SPOILER WARNING: July's Smuggler's Bounty Exclusive Pop! Revealed

Posted by Paul | July 16, 2016 at 03:13 PM ET |

The exclusive Funko Pop! Vinyl figure for July's Smuggler's Bounty has been revealed via an eBay auction (or it certainly looks that way). But because I got reamed out once by someone who doesn't want to be spoiled by the Smuggler's Bounty boxes, you're going to have to CLICK THROUGH and see the eBay auction yourself. Please don't spoil it for anyone else in the comments. Thank you!! Special thanks to JTA reader Barry M.J. for the alert!

In case you didn't hear yet, a new Grand Admiral Thrawn book is coming in 2017 and Timothy Zahn is involved! And they thought they could kill the "Legends" stories. This is exciting news indeed!

We've also uploaded our Hasbro gallery of images. Of particular note, Hasbro yanked the Princess Leia Organa figure out of the case. The pressure must have become too much for them. Darth Revan is also looking a bit "gimp-ish" too. What's up with that latex looking hood? I really hope the final figures look a whole lot better.

Star Wars Celebration Europe: Prop Shop Studio Editions

Posted by Paul | July 16, 2016 at 08:09 AM ET |

Be sure to check out the Prop Shop Studio Editions exhibit gallery from Celebration Europe.

Star Wars Celebration Europe: R2 Builders Gallery

Posted by Paul | July 16, 2016 at 08:05 AM ET |

We have a gallery of the R2 Builders exhibit from Celebration Europe. Check it out!

The Ashla & Jempa (Jedi Temple Training) figures were originally released in the second phase of the Star Wars "Saga" line, but they received some small paint operation updates when they were carried forward into the next phase. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Ashla & Jempa (Jedi Temple Training)

Upcoming Galactic Heroes Poe's X-wing Fighter Revealed

Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 09:01 PM ET |

We have just learned about a new Galactic Heroes product coming soon: Poe's X-wing Fighter. Apparently Galactic Heroes are still not exempt from banana visors.

   

Today is the VERY LAST DAY you can order the Jabba's Palace Smuggler's Bounty Box which features exclusive collectibles based on the creatures from Return Of The Jedi. It closes 12 AM today PT.

Felicity Jones Reveals Her Own Action Figure At SWCE Panel

Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 05:36 PM ET |

Revealed today in London during the “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” cast panel at Star Wars Celebration was Hasbro’s Star Wars The Black Series “Jyn Erso” action figure — the first of new “Rogue One” products to be seen publicly. The 6-inch figure was revealed by Jyn herself – played by Felicity Jones – with panel moderator, Gwendoline Christie who welcomed Felicity to the action figure club. “Jyn” will be represented across a variety of products – something fans will have to wait and see for themselves later this year, when all new “Rogue One” products launch globally at retail. Click the image below for a larger and complete view.

Don't Forget: Secrets Of The Force Awakens 8PM ET On ABC Tonight!

Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 05:22 PM ET |

Don't forget that coming to ABC tonight at 8 PM is "Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey" which will also include a Rogue One trailer. Set your DVR if you can't watch it live! TV Guide has more information HERE.

High Resolution Images Of TBS6 Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)

Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 05:08 PM ET |

Here are high resolution images of today's reveal of Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha).

    

Entertainment Earth Exclusives - Bundled Deals!

Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 04:03 PM ET |

Entertainment Earth is offering exclusive bundled deals on their exclusives. Check them out!

An image of the new The Black Series 6" Princess Leia Organa has been revealed from Celebration Europe (courtesy of Jedi Insider). The figure is a disaster. JTA reader Josh M. composited this new image with 2004's VOTC Princess Leia Organa (courtesy of Rebelscum.com's Photo Archives) so you can see how much better a more-than-decade old sculpt looks. Leia probably has/may have a great sculpt, but unfortunately that has been destroyed with pretty rough paint operations! Stay tuned as we provide better and clearer images soon!

UPDATE 1: Toy Ark has posted some close-up images of the newly revealed TBS6 figures. Leia doesn't look any better, sadly.

UPDATE 2: Apparently the outcries from the web have prompted Hasbro to respond to this Princess Leia Organa figure. Hasbro claims that they're aware of the problems and are currently working on tweaking the paint operations for a better likeness. To quote Hasbro's Steve Evans “the Leia figure shown at SWCE is a pre-production ‘first shot’ and is not final deco. We are addressing the delicacies of lips, eyes and eyebrows. The hood is also not stitched as it will be in final product.”

Official Rogue One Poster Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 01:05 PM ET |

Check out the official The Rogue One poster!

Jyn Erso (Jedha) The Black Series 6" Figure Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 11:35 AM ET |

Chuck is at The Rogue One panel where they revealed the Jyn Erso (Jedha) The Black Series 6" action figure. He sent us a picture to share! It looks like the line is continuing in the red/black third phase folks! FYI, this is rumored to be the TBS6 figure that collectors will be able to pre-order for Force Friday this year. But anything can change.

Hot Topic Exclusive Ahsoka Tano Funko Pop! Coming Soon!

Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 11:03 AM ET |

Speaking of Hot Topic, StarWars.com informs us that a Hot Topic exclusive Ahsoka Tano (based on her Rebels appearance) Funko Pop will be coming to the retail chain soon! Funko REALLY knows how to keep their fans and collectors engaged like glue to them. Sigh. StarWars.com has the full story!

JTA reader Zack Attack lets us know that the 2016 Convention Exclusive Luke Skywalker [Bespin Encounter] Pop! by Funko is IN STOCK at Hot Topic.

UK Store Report: Smyths Marking Down TFA 3.75" Figures!

Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 09:51 AM ET |

JTA UK reader James W. sends us news that Smyth's stores have marked down their TFA 3.75" figures down to £2.99. There are also some great deals on The Black Series figures too! We thought our UK readers would like to know.

BREAKING NEWS! Hasbro To Produce Their Own Die Cast Metal Figures

Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 08:46 AM ET |

Well, this is interesting. Longtime collectors will probably remember that Titanium Metal Die Cast action figures from years ago. Probably in part due to the popularity of the Disney Elite Series figures, it appears that Hasbro is now following suit and producing their own Die Cast metal figures. We've learned about five Die Cast Metal figures coming. The scale is unknown, but presumably (we believe) they'll be in the 6" scale range since that is the trendy thing now, although that can't be confirmed at this point and 3.75" isn't ruled out. We do know that the packaging size is 2.5 x 5 x 7 inches if that gives you a better indication. We also don't know if they'll be painted in color (heaven help us if this is the case) or done in a more patina finish (which would give these figures vintage appeal). Interestingly, the characters are all based on Episode IV, which also gives good indication that these are to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. In other words, these may be released at the end of 2016/early 2017 to celebrate this monumental landmark event. We're also assuming that they will be under The Black Series banner since the helmets and miniature vehicles are. We could be wrong about that. Anyway, click through for the list. Once again, thank you to our Research Droids for leaking this information. And once we learn more, you'll learn more.

Hero Mashers Aren't Going Away - New Sets Revealed

Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 08:36 AM ET |

It appears that Hero Mashers have done well enough to warrant another run. We have learned of seven (7) new sets coming. Special thanks to our Research Droids for the leak. Click through for more!

The Yoda & Chian (Jedi Temple Training) figures were originally released in the second phase of the Star Wars "Saga" line, but they received some paint operation updates when they were carried forward into the next phase. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Yoda & Chian (Jedi Temple Training)

Mark Hamill Urges Collectors To Rip Open Their Action Figures!

Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 08:16 AM ET |

(But is he frustrated Hasbro hasn't produced an action figure yet based on his appearance in Episode VII?) Mark Hamill urges collectors to play with their toys at Star Wars Celebration Europe. Check out the article at Entertainment Weekly!

We also have a high resolution photo of the SDCC exclusive TBS6 Obi-Wan Kenobi figure! Check it out on our Facebook page!

Close Up Photos Of CE Exclusive Kylo Ren Unmasked TBS6 Figure

Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 08:08 AM ET |

We have high resolution photos to share with you of the CE exclusive Kylo Ren (Unmasked) figure! Check it out on our Facebook page!

Sponsor Announcement: NJ Toys And Collectibles - TBS6 Sale!

Posted by Paul | July 15, 2016 at 08:03 AM ET |

JTA sponsor NJ Toys And Collectibles is running a Star Wars sale! Buy two or more 6" Black Series action figures and get $2 off of each one. Use coupon code Save2!

Great Deals On Older Star Wars Figures With This Seller!

Posted by Paul | July 14, 2016 at 09:12 PM ET |

If you're looking to fill some holes for older Star Wars figures (of which there are many great ones), may I suggest checking out THIS SELLER on eBay? He has a great selection of Star Wars "Saga", Clone Wars, The Original Trilogy Collection and The Saga Collection figures and the prices are quite amazing for the most part. I just bought a dozen of his myself for RDR update reasons. The seller not only ships quickly, he also refunds the difference in shipping back to the buyer! I highly suggest checking these auctions out.

The Rey (Resistance Outfit) Hot Toys figure is up for pre-order!!

JTA's Star Wars Celebration Europe Preview Gallery!

Posted by Paul | July 14, 2016 at 03:43 PM ET |

Jedi Temple Archives is ON SITE at Celebration Europe. Check out our exclusive Celebration Europe Preview gallery on our Facebook page!

Sideshow Collectibles Announces Dengar 1:6 Scale Figure!

Posted by Paul | July 14, 2016 at 12:50 PM ET |

Thank the Maker! Sideshow Collectibles has also just revealed a long-awaited bounty hunter release: Dengar. Limited to only 2000 pieces, Dengar will only be available at Sideshow Collectibles.

Sideshow Collectibles has just revealed a new version of their previously released 1:6 Scale Han Solo In Carbonite 1:6 Scale Figure.

Disney Elite Series FN-2187 Imminent

Posted by Paul | July 14, 2016 at 12:44 PM ET |

JTA reader Gabe sends us an image of an upcoming FN-2187 Disney Elite Series figure coming to stores around 7/18 supposedly.

Review: Clone Pilot - TSC - Heroes And Villains (6 of 12)

Posted by Paul | July 14, 2016 at 12:40 AM ET |

Before Saga Legends, Hasbro created a greatest hits line for The Saga Collection entitled The Episode III Heroes & Villains Collection. They were all repacked figures with little to no changes made when compared to their original releases. Let's now check out Clone Pilot (6 of 12) in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Clone Pilot

Want the full details on how you can pick up our free Palitoy poster and Vintage Card Back trading cards? Click through for the full information packet!

Celebration Europe attendees looking to grab Jedi Temple Archives' exclusive poster: please click through for directions!

Hasbro's Star Wars #HasbroToyPic Finalists Announced

Posted by Paul | July 13, 2016 at 02:10 PM ET |

We’re thrilled to announce that Hasbro has chosen their top 24 final images from their Star Wars #HasbroToyPic fan activation program launched earlier this year. To refresh your memory, Hasbro and @sgtbananas teamed up to reach the fan community and have them show off their amazing collections and creativity by recreating scenes from the film using Hasbro’s Star Wars figures and vehicles.

Out of hundreds of stunning submissions,  Hasbro has announced the final 24 winners chosen! You can take a look at all of the final images chosen to be displayed at the Hasbro booth at San-Diego Comic-Con in the document attached (listed in alphabetical order), and download the hi-res images here. We also included some bonus images @sgtbananas created as the ambassador of Hasbro’s successful #HasbroToyPic program!

 

Review: Clone Trooper - TSC - Heroes And Villains (5 of 12)

Posted by Paul | July 13, 2016 at 12:45 AM ET |

Before Saga Legends, Hasbro created a greatest hits line for The Saga Collection entitled The Episode III Heroes & Villains Collection. They were all repacked figures with little to no changes made when compared to their original releases. Let's now check out Clone Trooper (5 of 12) in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Clone Trooper

Today Is Prime Day At Amazon!

Posted by Paul | July 12, 2016 at 05:49 PM ET |

Today is Prime Day at Amazon! See what you can take advantage of by clicking through!

TBS6 Ahsoka Tano IN STOCK At Amazon For $21.95

Posted by Paul | July 12, 2016 at 05:45 PM ET |

The Black Series Ahsoka Tano 6 Inch figure is $21.95 and IN STOCK on Amazon right now as of this post. Get her while you can!

Out Today - Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt

Posted by Chuck | July 12, 2016 at 05:39 PM ET |

The second book in the Aftermath trilogy is now available. Click here to pick up Aftermath: Life Debt.

Our friends at Yakface.com are reporting that the SDCC TRU exclusive TBS6 Astromech 3-Pack has been found in Canada. This may or may not mean that they'll hit the USA shortly. Check out their report!!

Our brothers and sisters up in the North (Canada) are really feeling the pains of inflation as Walmart online adjusts their prices to $17.86 and $24.96 for 3.75" and 6" figures respectively. JTA Canadian reader bobcat alerts us to this latest collecting affliction. We wonder what is in store for the USA. But remember! Hasbro "doesn't" set the prices, retail does!

There is a beat in Hasbro's Pulse today as they reveal some behind the scenes figure making of the upcoming convention exclusive Kylo Ren (Unmasked) figure on their Instagram page! Thansk to JTA reader Colin who follows social media, as we never would have known about this otherwise.

Review: Commander Bacara - TSC - Heroes And Villains (4 of 12)

Posted by Paul | July 12, 2016 at 12:20 AM ET |

Before Saga Legends, Hasbro created a greatest hits line for The Saga Collection entitled The Episode III Heroes & Villains Collection. They were all repacked figures with little to no changes made from their original releases. Let's now check out Commander Bacara (4 of 12) in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Commander Bacara

Sideshow Collectibles Reveals Jango Fett Premium Format Figure

Posted by Paul | July 11, 2016 at 02:22 PM ET |

Sideshow Collectibles reveals a Jango Fett Premium Format Figure! Check out the preview!

Here they are! The winners of JTA's part in Hasbro's 2016 The Black Series 6" Fans' Choice Poll are now revealed. Click through to see the Top 10 winners as well as a complete ranking of all 186 candidates! We will be sending our results off to Hasbro before the 1:00 PM ET deadline today. Thank you for your participation, and we truly hope that our transparency with the voting and the results assures you that this truly reflects the fans' choice. The final round of voting takes place at StarWars.com from July 18 through July 22nd. We will inform you when the poll goes live!

    
    

UPDATE 1: We posted the full ranking result for all 186 candidates!

UPDATE 2: Results sent and successfully received by Hasbro.

Gamestop Teases Hasbro Convention Exclusive

Posted by Paul | July 11, 2016 at 07:46 AM ET |

An image has shown up on various social media sites showing that Gamestop is teasing convention exclusives, one of which is a spot for Hasbro. Special thanks to JTA reader Steve U. for sending us the image!

Review: Yoda - TSC - Heroes And Villains (3 of 12)

Posted by Paul | July 11, 2016 at 12:55 AM ET |

Before Saga Legends, Hasbro created a greatest hits line for The Saga Collection entitled The Episode III Heroes & Villains Collection. They were all repacked figures with little to no changes made from their original releases. Let's now check out Yoda (3 of 12) in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Yoda

You only have 12 HOURS remaining to up-vote your favorite candidates for the 2016 The Black Series 6" Fans' Choice Poll before we send our final tally of the six top winners to Hasbro. This final part of the poll officially ends 9 AM ET tomorrow! So make your voice heard! Follow the link below to vote!

Review: Anakin Skywalker - TSC - Heroes And Villains (2 of 12)

Posted by Paul | July 10, 2016 at 12:10 AM ET |

Before Saga Legends, Hasbro created a greatest hits line for The Saga Collection entitled The Episode III Heroes & Villains Collection. They were all repeats. Let's now check out Anakin Skywalker (2 of 12) in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Anakin Skywalker

TRU Exclusive First Order Snowtrooper Commander Hitting Hard

Posted by Paul | July 09, 2016 at 04:08 PM ET |

But do you care at this point? File this under TOO MANY TOO LATE too! Toys R Us stores across the country are getting inundated with their exclusive First Order Snowtrooper Commander. Expect these to hit clearance soon! Special thanks to friend Chris S and JTA reader Colin for the images!

    

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | July 09, 2016 at 02:30 PM ET |

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Check out the best selection of Star Wars collectibles at brianstoys.com now!

Brian's Toys

Review: Darth Vader - TSC - Heroes And Villains (1 of 12)

Posted by Paul | July 09, 2016 at 12:55 AM ET |

Before Saga Legends, Hasbro created a couple of greatest hits lines for The Saga Collection, one of which was entitled The Episode III Heroes & Villains Collection. All of the figures in this line were repacks. Let's check out Darth Vader (1 of 12) in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Darth Vader

PLEASE READ! Firstly, remember that not all GUEST VOTES will NOT count in the final tally. For example, some of the guest votes for Darth Talon will be subtracted from the final count. There will be no cheating this time. We can see it all behind the scenes, so just be an honest voter. Register for Disgus or don't bother voting, please. It's moot to do so. OK folks, it's a little bit early, but we're going to close the nomination process now. We have more than enough choices thanks to all of you wonderful people out there and most won't even have a snowball's chance in heck of making it. There is THAT many (like over 200 options)! It's all good though, because it shows the depth of interest and diversity amongst fans. And Hasbro is paying close attention. We've closed the thread (you can't add any more nominees), but YOU CAN STILL UP-VOTE selections! Now it is more important than ever to go through all of the candidates and UP-VOTE your picks you want to see make it. This FINAL process will run until 9 AM ET on Monday, July 11th. There are SO MANY CANDIDATES, so please remember to click "Show More Comments" about 5 or 6 times as you scroll though all of the options. Good luck to all of your choices, and thanks for making this such a monumental success for us. Our readers at JTA are the best and have shown Hasbro they mean business by their participation! You guys and gals rock! CLICK HERE to up-vote your choices. We have also left this thread open if you still want to complain about this year's Fans' Choice Poll too.

Legacy Collection K'Kruhk Proof Card On eBay

Posted by Paul | July 08, 2016 at 03:06 PM ET |

Check out this cool eBay auction where a seller from China has an awesome Legacy Collection K'Kruhk proof card up for sale!

UPDATE: This seller also has a ton of prototypes, hard copies and mock-ups of some cool Star Wars figures including Willrow Hood, K'Kruhk, Elite Corps Clone Trooper, AT-AT Driver and SO MANY MORE. Check out these auctions HERE.

Hera Syndulla's A-wing Fighter Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 08, 2016 at 11:39 AM ET |

Site Nerdist has also revealed Hera Syndulla's A-wing Fighter with pack-in Hera Syndulla figure!

New 3.75" 5POA Rey (Jakku) Revealed!

Posted by Paul | July 08, 2016 at 11:36 AM ET |

Site Nerdist has revealed a new Rey (Jakku) figure. Details can be found on their site!

TBS6 Ahsoka Tano IN STOCK At Amazon Again!

Posted by Paul | July 08, 2016 at 10:46 AM ET |

The Black Series Ahsoka Tano 6 Inch figure is $21.99 and IN STOCK on Amazon right now. Get her while you can! Special thanks to JTA reader Craig G. for the alert!

The final set from the Creature Assortment we look at is Jabba The Hutt And Han Solo. It's not that bad. Check it out today in our Research Droids Reviews. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Jabbba The Hutt And Han Solo

JTA Sponsor NJ Toys And Collectibles At Garden State Comic Fest!

Posted by Paul | July 07, 2016 at 09:37 PM ET |

JTA sponsor NJ Toys And Collectibles will be at the Garden State Comic Fest from July 9th through July 10th. At the show only they will have available Darth Revan, Darth Malak and Ahsoka Tano figures among many more hot items. If you're in the northern NJ area, you might want to check out the show. Learn more at NJ Toys And Collectibles!

Ahsoka's Untold Stories Coming To Celebration Europe

Posted by Paul | July 07, 2016 at 02:44 PM ET |

Lucasfilm's sale to Disney ushered in a lot of changes for Star Wars fans. The most painful of these changes was the cancelation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The Clone Wars came to an end during its creative peak with several seasons of story left to tell. These unproduced episodes would have featured Ahsoka Tano, who walked away from the Jedi Order at the end of season five. Ahsoka later resurfaced in Star Wars Rebels, but we are still missing an important chapter in her life. Ahsoka is one of the most important and popular prequel-era characters and Celebration Europe will offer fans a look at the missing chapters in her life. The panel, titled Ahsoka's Untold Stories, will take place at the Galaxy Stage on July 15th from 11:00 to 12:00. Click through for all the details on this exciting panel! 

BanthaSkull.com Hosts Their "Own" TBS6 Fans' Choice Poll

Posted by Paul | July 07, 2016 at 09:45 AM ET |

Our friends at counterculture Star Wars fan site BanthaSkull.com have decided to march to the beat of their own drum and host their own mockery laden TBS6 poll. It's like their first post in 20 years too! Be sure to check it out and please go over there without any hypersensitivity please. This site isn't for the easily offended.

Toys R Us Officially Confirms TBS6 Astromech Droid 3-Pack

Posted by Paul | July 07, 2016 at 09:19 AM ET |

Toys R Us officially confirms The Black Series Astromech Droid 3-pack. Check it out!

There were a few reissues in the Star Wars "Saga" [Phase III] lineup. Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony) was one of them. Check him out in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony)

Jakks Pacific Announces 20" Captain Phasma BIG FIGURE For SDCC!

Posted by Paul | July 06, 2016 at 08:40 PM ET |

Jakks Pacific announces a Captain Phasma 20" BIG FIGURE exclusive for San Diego Comic Con this year. Click through for more!

We had more "complaints" than entries when we posted the poll news (and quite frankly we get it), so please use this article for gripes, mourning, depression and any other valid concerns regarding the lack of focus on 3.75" super-articulated figures or whatever else is bothering you. Please be respectful. PLEASE READ THE RULES TO THE FANS' CHOICE POLL folks! And use THIS ARTICLE/THREAD to vote.

Hasbro Announces The Black Series 6" 2016 Fans' Choice Poll!

Posted by Paul | July 06, 2016 at 08:00 AM ET |

Hasbro is thrilled to announce that they’ll be launching the Star Wars The Black Series 6" Fan’s Choice Poll again this year and they would love for you to be a part of it. Last year, fans from all over were able to cast their vote on the Star Wars character they wanted to be transformed into a Hasbro Black Series 6-inch figure – and it was a huge success, creating TWO new additions to the line (Sabine Wren and Darth Revan). They need the fans’ help again this year, and they’re hoping you’ll join us in hosting the poll! Click through for details and rules!

UPDATE #1: Deadlines of the various stages of this poll have been added to the RULES.

UPDATE #2: Other site participation list compiled by Paul Harrison (JTA) and Jayson Krebsbach at Yakface.com.

Review: Ronto And Jawa - POTF2 [G/FF] - Creature Assortment

Posted by Paul | July 06, 2016 at 12:10 AM ET |

The first Creature Assortment releases were all based on A New Hope Special Edition. Let's now check out the Ronto And Jawa Creature set in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Ronto And Jawa

Hasbro Announcement Only Hours Away!

Posted by Paul | July 05, 2016 at 10:02 PM ET |

Don't forget to be here at 8AM EDT tomorrow for the big Hasbro announcement!

The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey Coming To ABC July 15th

Posted by Paul | July 05, 2016 at 09:36 PM ET |

Coming to ABC July 15th at 8 PM is "Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey" which will also include a Rogue One trailer. Set your DVR folks! TV Guide has more information HERE.

Gentle Giant Ltd. has just put up their exclusive Chewbacca (McQuarrie Concept) Mini Bust up for pre-order. The bust is limited to only 400 pieces and is an astounding $120.

Collect All 3 Fan Group Table Patches at Celebration Europe 2016

Posted by Chuck | July 05, 2016 at 02:20 PM ET |

The members of The Dark Empire, Norwich Star Wars Club UK, and the Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society have created an exclusive patch set to be distributed at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016. You can collect all three pieces to assemble a patch that depicts Rey's first confrontation with Kylo Ren in the forests of Takodana. Each piece was produced in a limited run of 500, and will be given away free of charge. Look for these patches at the following booths:

  • The Dark Empire:  S438
  • Norwich Star Wars Club UK:  S243
  • Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society:  S356

Hasbro: you have a REAL problem on your hands. The opportunity to buy knock off Star Wars figures on eBay certainly is one thing. They're usually adult collectors looking to get a unique or obscure item. But when these knock-offs make their way to retailer Toys R Us thanks to an unscrupulous collector who returned it, you have to admit that you need to do more about this. Who knows what chemicals make these figures and who knows what quality control and safety standards and measures are taken (none) before these bootleg figures enter homes. China is taking complete advantage of your license, and it's all because you haven't produced enough to flood the market yourselves. JTA reader CommanderJoe276 bought one of these bootleg Darth Maul TBS6 figures at his local Toys R Us, yes I said Toys R Us, where the store manager swore up and down that it was the real deal. Perhaps PR should put out a memo that bootlegs are entering legitimate retail outlets now. It would be a travesty if one of these figures makes a kid sick or something even worse.

    

Come see the Force at Play.... now through September 5, 2016 at the Museum of Play in Rochester NY (Dan Curto land)! All summer long, visit the museum each weekend to see special guests and enjoy themed activities during Sci-Fi Summer. Learn about the revolutionary impact of the Star Wars franchise on play and playthings at the exclusive The Force at Play exhibit at The Strong® museum. View dozens of artifacts from The Strong’s collections, including the first 12 Kenner Star Wars action figures, an original movie poster, and early advertising for Star Wars toys. Check out an intricate diorama of Star Wars characters and vehicles depicting a battle between the Rebel Alliance and Empire. It even includes Hasbro's modern toys too! (more....) (Special thanks to JTA reader Michael O. for this news!)

The first Creature Assortment releases were all based on A New Hope Special Edition. Let's check out Dewback And Sandtrooper Creature set in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Dewback And Sandtrooper

New Hasbro Toy Shop Promo Code

Posted by Paul | July 05, 2016 at 08:11 AM ET |

Hurry to HasbroToyShop.com where you can use PROMO code SUMMER10 to get $10 off your order of $50 or higher of products like the piled high (just like at retail) TBS6 First Order Flametrooper or Takodana Encounter as featured in Hasbro Toy Shop's email ad!

    

"E7 Black Warrior" Hits eBay

Posted by Paul | July 05, 2016 at 07:48 AM ET |

A pretty funny yet well done "E7 Black Warrior" bootleg has hit eBay. It's worth looking at for a chuckle or two. Special thanks to JTA reader Bill for pointing it out to us.

High-End Star Wars Leather Wallets Found In Japan

Posted by Paul | July 04, 2016 at 09:33 PM ET |

JTA reader John W. has sent us an image straight from Japan of new high-end leather wallets themed with Star Wars images by Naughtiam. Check them out. They're pretty neat. The online store for them can be found HERE.

TBS6 Ahsoka Tano IN STOCK At Amazon!!

Posted by Paul | July 04, 2016 at 04:07 PM ET |

The Black Series Ahsoka Tano 6 Inch figure is $21.99 and IN STOCK on Amazon right now. Get her while you can!

It's pretty interesting to see how the value of The Black Series 3.75" figures has significantly increased recently on eBay. As you know, collectors began seeing a decline in the quality, selection and general offerings The Black Series 3.75" line brought us, especially when compared to the magnificent The Vintage Collection. Some of the more common peg-warmers don't even command their original values of course, but almost all of the "new" or first-time offered figures are double, tripe and quadruple their originals MSRPs. Of particular note, some sellers have put up individual parts of Jabba's Rancor Pit. You can find the all-new Jabba The hutt for $19.99 or the Rancor beast for under $40, which is a steal for both of them! It seems that there is still a market for 3.75" super-articulated action figures, despite what Hasbro has been burying their heads in the sand over for the last couple of years or so....

Amazon Quietly Eliminating List Pricing

Posted by Paul | July 04, 2016 at 01:25 PM ET |

Say goodbye to the old-fashioned MSRP folks! We've already begun seeing signs of this. The New York Times has just released an article exposing Amazon and the new direction they're taking with pricing merchandise. Simply put "There is just one price. Take it or leave it." The article goes on to explain that they're quietly eliminating "list" pricing and that you can expect top pay for whatever the average market is willing to pay for an item. It's nice to see how much power the "impatient and need to be instantly gratified" have on the rest of us. Or perhaps this is just the definition of corporate greed. Whatever. Check it out and decide for yourself. Special thanks to Ayem Mayem for the link.

TBS6 Special Forces TIE Fighter For $80 And A Penny On Amazon!

Posted by Paul | July 04, 2016 at 01:00 PM ET |

The perpetually on sale and supposedly successful 6" scale The Black Series First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter is just one penny over $80 as of this posting at the link below with FREE shipping for Prime members.

Sideshow Collectibles Reveals Zuckuss 1:6 Scale Figure!

Posted by Paul | July 04, 2016 at 12:37 PM ET |

Sideshow Collectibles officially reveals the Zuckuss 1:6 Scale Figure! Check it out!!

It's time to check out the Tauntaun And Luke Skywalker set from the Creature Assortment. It's the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Tauntaun And Luke Skywalker

Sponsor Announcement: NJ Toys And Collectibles

Posted by Paul | July 04, 2016 at 08:37 AM ET |

Check out the latest from JTA sponsor NJ Toys ANd Collectibles.

Happy Independence Day To You!

Posted by Paul | July 04, 2016 at 07:58 AM ET |

Happy Independence Day to all of our American readers out there! We have something incredible to celebrate here in America: our freedom! Thanks for being a continuing part of JTA!

The reason to buy the Wampa And Luke Skywalker set is for the Luke Skywalker figure. It's a pretty awesome figure. See more in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Wampa And Luke Skywalker

Hasbro Confirms BOTH Obi-Wan Kenobi and Kylo Ren Will Be At HTS

Posted by Paul | July 02, 2016 at 08:19 PM ET |

JTA reader JediRebel71 is member of multiple Facebook groups that focus on Hasbro products. On one of the pages he relays to us that Steve Evans (Director of Design and Development of Star Wars Toys at Hasbro) confirmed that both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Kylo Ren will BOTH be made available at Hasbro Toy Shop after the conventions that they've been reserved for this year (not that we'll all get one unless Hasbro produces enough of them). Stay tuned for more!

Sponsor Announcement: Brian's Toys

Posted by Chuck | July 02, 2016 at 06:37 PM ET |

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Brian's Toys

The modern POTF2 Rancor And Luke Skywalker Creature set piqued our interests, but was it really that good? We don't think so. See why in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Rancor And Luke Skywalker

Hasbro releases official details on the recently revealed, albeit long-rumored right here at JTA, The Black Series [Phase IV] Kylo Ren and Obi-Wan Kenobi figures. Click through for more

As expected, Hasbro made their big convention exclusives reveal via Entertainment Weekly. Two The Black Series 6 Inch figures were revealed: Kylo Ren (with banner and melted Vader helmet) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (with table and holographic Leia). Kylo Ren will be sold at Celebration Europe via the Forbidden Planet booth and Obi-Wan Kenobi will be available at San Diego Comic Con. Both figures were first revealed to be coming right here at Jedi Temple Archives in our many rumor reports. Hasbro must loathe us by now. Get the full details at Entertainment Weekly.

Before you panic about these key characters as exclusives, we will likely see these again in the basic line, just without the accessories and special packaging.

   

UPDATE: While it's definitely cool that Hasbro is making exclusive versions of these for conventions, rest assured that BOTH will be part of the mainstream TBS Phase IV line look too, probably without the exclusive accessories is all.

One of the greatest 12 Inch Figures released by Hasbro was Yoda (Ultimate Jedi Master). See why it still holds up well today in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to leave your own thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even leave comments about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your own personal review requests via email if you'd like to see something that we didn't cover yet.

Yoda (Ultimate Jedi Master)

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