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They misspelled another name! The 6″ The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Imperial Tie Fighter Pilot is an expected release, although we wonder if it was needed. Do you need another one? (more….)

Imperial Tie Fighter Pilot

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It’s time to start the next 100 cards! The next two cards from the weekly Topps Star Wars Living Set are now out. Featuring the iconic blue starfield and the impressive artwork of Kris Penix, check out Babu Frik (#103) and Captain Rex (#104). Each Tuesday, two new cards will be released and be only available for one week. Click here to view the entire Star Wars Living archive, including individual print runs.


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Out of all the 6″ The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary figures, Hasbro got Lando Calrissian close to perfect. There is almost nothing negative to write about this figure. Or is there? (more….)

Lando Calrissian

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Save 30% at right now on the new TVC Slave I Vehicle. That will save you $50 off the list price. Thanks to JTA reader Lisa for the alert! See our complete Photo Gallery of this reissued beauty HERE.

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Do you want to know what sets the reissue of 2020’s TVC Boba Fett’s Slave I apart from the 2013 TVC Slave I (Boba Fett’s Spaceship) Amazon exclusive? A lot. We have completed a full 76-image gallery for you to peruse, updated the review and Collector Notes which outline all of the difference for you. We also kept the old gallery too. Hasbro did collectors a solid here. Check it out! By the way, we’re treating the re-release of this vehicle no differently than the TVC basic figures than also get reissued, so we’ve updated the original review from 2013 and added details separating the two releases. Leave your thoughts in the review’s comments!

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Next up from wave 2 of The Black Series 40th anniversary line is our Visual Guide of Artoo-detoo (R2-D2) (Dagobah). Click below for our full Visual Guide page. You can also get the full breakdown of this figure right here in our complete review.

Artoo-detoo (R2-D2) (Dagobah) - TBS [TESB40]

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Toy Run Tuesday #47 - Custom Cardback

Welcome back to another fine Tuesday everyone! I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. I worked on my yard, did a bbq, and made some progress on some custom figures. This week I want to share a custom cardback Wade K from the TVC group on Facebook did for my purge trooper. Check it out here

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Hasbro misspelled the name. They designed a new card back and developed a character name that didn’t need to be created. Oh, and the paint operations are terrible. And lastly, the figure is still too small. Find out why The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40] Artoo-detoo (R2-D2) (Dagobah) figure SHOULD have been released as 1982’s ESB ARTOO-DETOO (R2-D2) [Sensorscope] instead if they had to re-release it at all. (more….)

Artoo-detoo (R2-D2) (Dagobah)

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Let’s continue to look at The Black Series 40th anniversary with a Visual Guide update of the Rebel Soldier (Hoth) figure. Click below for our full Visual Guide page. Also check out our full review of this figure right here.

Rebel Soldier (Hoth) - TBS [TESB40]

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If you’re interested, the Walmart exclusive Retro Collection The Empire Strikes Back Leia (Hoth) figure is IN STOCK at Walmart online! UPDATE: Lando Calrissian is also IN STOCK.

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Happy 43rd Anniversary to the film that started it all: Star Wars. It debuted in 32 theaters across America 43 years ago today! We’d also like to say Happy 37th Anniversary to Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi!

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It has the wrong name. It has the wrong card art. And it might even have the wrong gun. Despite all of these potential negatives, The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40] Rebel Soldier (Hoth) figure is probably Hasbro’s best 6″ figure to date. (more….)

Rebel Soldier (Hoth)

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Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! Please take a moment to remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

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Itching to get ahold of the TBS 6-Inch The Child figure? tunghori now has him listed in his eBay store. Thanks to JTA reader Sjefke for the alert!

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We launch Research Droids Reviews: Season 12 with The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40] Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) figure. Hasbro screwed up the figure’s deco and named it incorrectly, but the figure still has a lot going for it, like new knee joints without pins for example. (more….)

Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder)

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JTA reader Dan D. waited on pins and needles for his Retro Collection Luke Skywalker (Bespin) figure to arrive unharmed from Walmart. With all of the terrible shipping reports, he had good reason to worry. Click the image below to see what he received. (more….)

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In case you’re not aware, it looks like TARGET marked down The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Moloch finally. JTA reader and friend Russ T. found it this morning for 50% off.

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As you know, Jedi Temple Archives ended the daily Research Droids Reviews column yesterday. (Thank you for all of the kind words by the way. You all made my day.) That said, we’re not retiring them “completely.” We’d like to introduce what we’re calling Research Droids Reviews: Season 12. It’s like a Research Droids Reviews 2.0 for all. After 11 years of 4,018 daily nonstop reviews, the volume will come to a noticeable slowdown. The column will no longer be daily, but we will still review new products as they get released. The format and delivery won’t change much at all. Additionally, we will also post a review of older things no more than once per week during the lulls without new releases. Thank you for reading, and I hope this announcement is good news for our readership! Join us for RDRs: Season 12! Come back later for the first review of this new season! Let’s shoot for another 25 million visits, OK?

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JTA is in the #FightForTVC. Ignore the noise here and elsewhere. It’s important more than ever to now sign the petition, contact Hasbro, Walmart, TARGET, and other online retail and let them know you want to see more TVC. Let the campaign CONTINUE! #FightForTVC. JTA led the campaign for the relaunch of TVC, and it was successful as it came to fruition in 2017. We also organized a successful campaign for Jabba’s Sail Barge (“Bring On The Barge”) years ago. If we all successfully worked together to do that, we certainly can do it again to get the figures we want! Hasbro Pulse Instagram: HERE. Hasbro Pulse Facebook HERE. Hasbro Twitter: HERE. Online Consumer Care HERE. Use #FightForTVC everywhere you reach out. Sign the petition HERE.

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Star Wars Collecting - A Reality Check

We all want more toys. Who wouldn’t want more toys, right? And our particular group wants more Star Wars action figures. The current campaign for more TVC exists for this sole reason: to get more toys. A goal everyone can get behind.

But, and you certainly knew there would be a “but”, what collectors on fansites want and what is economically viable does not always align. The purpose of the following article is to examine if Hasbro, Walmart and all the others will actually listen to what (TVC) collectors vehemently ask for. I mean, it’s simple right? Make more of something and you make more money? Cater to the hardcore demographic! Correct? So just make more of what they want and you will make lots of money! But in actuality it is not that simple, not at all. So click through to learn more about the impact hardcore collectors can make and how retailers see things like toys.

Once upon a time in a store, far far away…

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This is the funniest thing you’ll see on the internet today. Guaranteed. Thank you From 4-LOM To Zuckuss for the laugh, but we’re not laughing at your pain.

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In 1984, new packaging for Star Wars figures was introduced for the European market. A cost containment initiative, the new packaging sported three languages of the Return Of The Jedi logo for a “one size fits all” approach. Although a “three-logo” design was created for The Power Of The Force line (as evidenced on some ‘boxed’ toys), it wasn’t carried over to the basic figure line’s card design. They continued to use the three Return Of The Jedi logos instead. Although the word “Trilogo” is found nowhere on the packaging, the term is universally adopted by all Star Wars collectors to describe this line of figures.

Today we revisit Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi. Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi’s Trilogo card art features an alternate “portrait style” image of the character with a background of the Millennium Falcon inside of the Death Star. The artists at Kenner “airbrushed” the bottom third of the character and added a lit lightsaber that didn’t exist in the original publicity shot. Most of the background is “fake” and also part of the “airbrushing” technique of the early eighties. It was also used for the running change American Kenner Return Of The Jedi figure. The review’s Collector Notes are updated with this information. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1978’s STAR WARS Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi figure HERE.

Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi

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Let’s finish up the last daily Research Droids Reviews entry with the Jabba’s Palace (With Han Solo In Carbonite) 3-D Display Diorama. It’s essentially perfect! See a host of images in our review today! Also, thank you for 11 incredible years. And if you missed it, please see my daily RDR wrap-up post HERE.

Jabba's Palace (With Han Solo In Carbonite)

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