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We’re finishing up our look at the small-scaled Action Collection figures released in 1998. Let’s complete them with R2-D2 [Detachable Utility Arms] which was a Walmart exclusive. It’s the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

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Instagram user toyhideout has posted the first wave of The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Vintage-style carded figures. Click below to check them out! Thanks to JTA reader Cybereye for the heads-up!

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Will Jar Jar Binks Appear In The Kenobi Disney+ Series?

A new Star Wars rumor is circling the interwebs. Apparently, a bearded Jar Jar Binks may appear in the upcoming Kenobi Disney+ series! Nothing else is known, so take this with the usual grains of salt!
It has to be pointed out that Ahmed Best will be the host of a Star Wars quiz show on Disney+, so maybe Ahmed would be fine with portraying Jar Jar one more time? He did voice the character in the Clone Wars cartoon, which already had a somewhat more nuanced approach to the character. Would you look forward to seeing Jar Jar appear again in live action? Or would you rather never see him again? Also: how would Jar Jar fit in? Does Obi-Wan go to Naboo? It could be quite exciting to see Theed again. Or will Jar Jar travel to Tatooine? Leave your opinion in the comments! Movieweb has the full story!

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Artist’s impression of a bearded Jar Jar Binks (I can’t draw, so excuse me!)

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Review: Wicket The Ewok - POTF2 [FF/TKC] - Walmart Exclusive

Have you ever seen a naked Ewok? You can today! We’re continuing to look at the small-scaled Action Collection figures released in 1998. Let’s check out Wicket The Ewok. It’s the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

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New Concept Art Photos from The Mandalorian are now at Star Wars Authentics. Check out the collection here.  

Also coming soon from Star Wars Authentics:

  • New WideVision photos from The Mandalorian
  • Naomi Ackie Autographs
  • Nick Nolte Autographs
  • Giancarlo Esposito Autographs

 

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Review: R5-D4 - POTF2 [FF/TKC] - Walmart Exclusive

We’re continuing to look at the small-scaled Action Collection figures released in 1998. Let’s check out R5-D4. It’s the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

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JTA reader Adam K. sends us a report that The Mandalorian Carbonized TARGET exclusive figure is hitting brick and mortar again. If you’ve seen it, let us know!

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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 Poe Dameron (#63) and Mother Talzin (#64). 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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Review: Jawa - POTF2 [FF/TKC] - Action Collection

Have you ever seen a naked Jawa before? You can today! We’re continuing to look at the small-scaled Action Collection figures released in 1998. Let’s check out the Jawa. It’s the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

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New Zealand Mint: Re-Live the Birth of Darth Vader

Re-live the birth of the silver screen’s most iconic villain, Darth VaderTM with this Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith 35gPremium Silver Foil. Released in May 2005, the foil is a replica of the film’s dramatic poster artwork dominated by Darth Vader. Clever use of color and engraving still allows the silver to shine!

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Apparently, there is new information in The Rise Of Skywalker Visual Guide that talks about the Star Wars timeline in terms of the “Starkiller Incident” during The Force Awakens. If you’ve been a legacy Star Wars fan, you’re probably more familiar with ABY/BBY (which either means “After the Battle of Yavin” or “Before the Battle of Yavin”). Going forward, the new timeline will put the Star Wars universe in terms of “Starkiller Incident” or “SI”. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, is no longer the foundation of the timeline. Do you find this an odd move? Or does it not faze you at all? Special thanks to Craig P. for the alert. Star Wars Direct is responsible for the graphics. You can click the thumbnail image below to see the new timeline.

UPDATE: The new timeline will only be used for the Rise of Skywalker visual guide! It will NOT replace the BBY/ABY timeline.

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Review: Yoda - POTF2 [FF/TKC] - Action Collection

We’re continuing to look at the small-scaled Action Collection figures released in 1998. Let’s move ahead with Yoda. It’s the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

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Still Looking For The Carbonized Mandalorian?

If you’re still looking to get your hands on that beautiful looking Target Exclusive Black Series 6″ Mandalorian Carbonized, you might just be in luck. The past two mornings, Target.com had them in stock (about 9 a.m. EST Monday morning and around 7 a.m. this morning) so it might be a good idea to keep an eye out tomorrow. But that’s not all. It’s been showing up in Target stores on the West Coast the past couple of days as well, so if you’re out that way you should check your store’s inventory and if you’re on the East Coast, expect them to hopefully start showing up at any time. So it’s a good time to keep your eyes peeled! Good luck!Black Series Carbonized Mandalorian

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While anything is possible, a relatively new job was posted at Hasbro’s employment website (within the last 30 days) for Manager, Global Brand Development & Marketing – Star Wars. If I was a betting man, I’d interpret this to mean that the brand isn’t going very far, meaning, there could very well be a license renewal. This is all conjecture on my part, but this turn of events does make things interesting for the Star Wars brand.

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We’re quite a few weeks out from the release of The Rise Of Skywalker in theaters. The film, while opinions are split, found favor with many legacy Star Wars fans, even those who lost hope with The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. And many longtime Star Wars fans who admit that the film was flawed, can, at the very least, admit that the film was enjoyable, and back to basics in many ways. If you’ve seen the film multiple times, has it grown on you, or have you lost interest. Do you hope that Hasbro produces a lot more toys based on this film in the 3.75" and 6" scales? While many other fans are obsessed with box office numbers, it’s a fact that a blockbuster film that makes a bazillion dollar doesn’t make a good film. So, even if The Rise Of Skywalker produces less revenue, it may rank as the best of the Sequel Trilogy overall for many, many Star Wars fans. Your thoughts in the comments, please.

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This week in Star Wars was pretty good! I took some photos of my toys, put up a shelf, and added a great piece to my collection! Click here to check out the photos, and be sure to leave your finds this week in the comments!

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Review: R2-D2 - POTF2 [FF/TKC] - Action Collection

We’re going to look at six of the small-scaled Action Collection figures released in 1998. Let’s start off with R2-D2. It’s the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

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Sideshow Collectibles launched a preview page for their new Royal Guard Premium Format Figure. Click here to check out the full image!

 

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Where Do We Go From Here?

The weekend box office numbers for The Rise of Skywalker are in and they have more or less decided things. We now know where the movie is headed at the box office. But I don’t just want to talk about box office today, I also want to talk about what Disney should or could do next and what all of that could mean for the future of Star Wars toys as well. So click through for the latest box office numbers and how the numbers might shape the future of Star Wars both on the silver screen and in the toy aisle!

Rey wants to become a hermit

Rey wants to become a hermit

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Let’s finish up the four Large Size Action Figures from The “Vintage” Original Trilogy Collection. Chewbacca was a KB Toys exclusive, and the biggest Large Size Action Figure of them all! Be sure to look at the vintage Kenner packaging too! It’s the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

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An interesting rumor broke at HISSTANK today that Jazwares and Hasbro will collaborate for the GI Joe line. Apparently this will be confirmed at NY International Toy Fair this year. Unrelated to this rumor and perhaps more important to ponder is the possibility of Hasbro partnering with Jazzwares for the Star Wars license. Is there a chance that the line will branch out in 2020? Check out the report at HISSTANK.

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Help The Star Wars Collector Podcast Go To Celebration

Good friends of mine and fellow Kentucky Star Wars Collector Club members have hosted The Star Wars Collector Podcast for four years now, but due to some small rule changes, they were denied a press pass to Celebration last year. Apparently, they need to have a certain amount of followers to be eligible. I’m hoping the JTA community can hop over to Facebook and give their page a like to boost their ‘membership’. Click here to stop by their page, and make sure to follow them on Facebook! And, of course, give their podcast a listen to!

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Review: Boba Fett - VOTC - Large Size Action Figure

Let’s continue to check out the four Large Size Action Figures from The “Vintage” Original Trilogy Collection. The Boba Fett figure is Hasbro’s best in this sub-line. And there are multiple versions to choose from here! Be sure to look at the vintage Kenner packaging too! It’s the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

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It appears we have an official release date for The Clone Wars Season 7. CBR.com is reporting that the series goes live Monday, February 17th! Check out the full story HERE.

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JTA reader Lewis C. found a brand new Hasbro toy based on The Mandalorian at his local TARGET store: on clearance. If you knew about this item, wonderful, but it’s probably news to most of us.

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