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Review: Grand Admiral Thrawn - TBSA - Six Inch Figure

And here is The Black Series Archive Grand Admiral Thrawn to finish out February. What a surprise addition to The Black Series Archive line! (more….)

Grand Admiral Thrawn

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Well, here is something a little shocking. Did you know that The Vintage Collection TIE Fighter Pilot (VC65) REISSUE is really a new character in the lineup, and shouldn’t be counted as a reissue of the original VC65 figure from 2011? For unknown reasons, Hasbro repacked Lieutenant Oxixo as the 2021 TVC TIE Fighter Pilot reissue instead of the figure with the solid black helmet. Will there be a running change? Because this is incorrect. Lieutenant Oxixo needs a new VC number and new card art – it’s a new character for the line. If Rebel Fleet Trooper gets both a VC52 and a VC183 number and it’s the same figure, then a generic TIE Fighter Pilot and Lieutenant Oxixio need two unique numbers between them! The figure received a couple of other enhancements aside from the obvious. The Photo Real on this figure is not bad. But there are other things. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 76-image gallery complete with both versions (2011 and 2021) featured, comparison shots, and a breakdown of what separates the two releases in the Collector Notes. Check out this confusing re-release in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

TIE Fighter Pilot (VC65)

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Review: Incinerator Trooper - TVC - VC177 [Walmart Exclusive]

Meh. Some will really like the Incinerator Trooper from The Vintage Collection. But we had higher hopes for it. Maybe it’s because we can’t find this figure anywhere that we cannot fully appreciate or enjoy it? (more….)

Incinerator Trooper

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Up next for our The Vintage Collection Visual Guide updates is Moff Gideon (VC180). Click below to check out the full Visual Guide, and click here to read our full review.

Moff Gideon (VC180) - The Vintage Collection

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2020 has come and gone, and that’s good for many reasons, of course. But it’s bad for others. One reason in particular that it’s not good is because of how Hasbro treated The Vintage Collection for The Empire Strikes Back’s 40th Anniversary. (more….)

Full Story

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The TARGET exclusive The Black Series [Phase IV] Remnant Stormtrooper suffers from the same problems as the TVC version. Will you army-build this character from The Mandalorian? (more….)

Remnant Stormtrooper

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The Amazon exclusive The Black Series [Phase IV] Speeder Bike/Scout Trooper & The Child is pretty nice in some regards, but a disappointment in others. Is it worth $49.99? (No.) Did we need this set to complete an important scene from The Mandalorian? (Yes.) (more….)

Speeder Bike/Scout Trooper & The Child

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Happy Holidays! Our The Black Series Holiday Edition Visual Guide updates continue. Today we are adding the Snowtrooper (Holiday Edition) to the guides. Click below for our full Visual Guide page. Click here to check out our full review of this figure.

Snowtrooper (Holiday Edition) - The Black Series

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We’re moving forward with our six-day run of holiday-themed Star Wars collectibles. Today we’re going to look at The Black Series [Phase IV] Snowtrooper (Holiday Edition) figure. We identify where all the parts come from for you. The detailed review is the same for all five figures that are part of this assortment, but each character has a unique Photo Gallery. Oh, and be sure to check out the reference image in each review featuring the digital manipulation prowess of JTA reader and friend Alientek You’re going to love them! (more….)

Snowtrooper (Holiday Edition)

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1985 THE POWER OF THE FORCE Imperial Dignitary: Trilogo Update

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.

We are finishing the Trilogo line up with the final 15 The Power Of The Force Kenner figures, and there weren’t any coins provided with them. Today we revisit Imperial Dignitary. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1985’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE Imperial Dignitary figure HERE.

Imperial Dignitary

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We’re moving forward with our six-day run of holiday-themed Star Wars collectibles. Today we’re going to look at The Black Series [Phase IV] Imperial Stormtrooper (Holiday Edition) figure. We identify where all the parts come from for you. The detailed review is the same for all five figures that are part of this assortment, but each character has a unique Photo Gallery. Oh, and be sure to check out the reference image in each review featuring the digital manipulation prowess of JTA reader and friend Alientek You’re going to love them! (more….)

Imperial Stormtrooper (Holiday Edition)

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1985 THE POWER OF THE FORCE Imperial Gunner: Trilogo Update

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.

We are finishing the Trilogo line up with the final 15 The Power Of The Force Kenner figures, and there weren’t any coins provided with them. Today we revisit Imperial Gunner. The card art features darker color tones with a pink wash over the entire graphic. Kenner “airbrushed” an image of a new helmet over existing image. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1985’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE Imperial Gunner figure HERE.

Imperial Gunner

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Review: Moff Gideon - TVC - VC180

Holy cow! The Vintage Collection Moff Gideon might be the best-looking human 3.75″ Star Wars action figure of 2020. One thing is for certain. You’re going to need lots of Imperial Death Troopers to go alongside this one. Hasbro should get ceaseless praise for this release. You’re going to love it! It looks exactly like Giancarlo Esposito. (more….)

Moff Gideon

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1984 RETURN OF THE JEDI AT-ST Driver: Trilogo Update

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 AT-ST Driver. The Trilogo card art is one of the few figures from the Return Of The Jedi line with a completely different reference image. It features a scene from the Battle of Endor with an incomplete composite from second and different film-out. The “incomplete scene” was obscured by the figure’s placement in the bubble. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1984’s RETURN OF THE JEDI AT-ST Driver figure HERE.

AT-ST Driver

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We have another entry to our Visual Guides from the unique concept art-inspired The Black Series Credit Collection. Click below to check out the Amazon exclusive Imperial Death Trooper. You can also read our full review of this figure right here.

Imperial Death Trooper (Credit Collection) - The Black Series

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Review: Imperial Death Trooper - TBS6 [CC] - Amazon Exclusive

1984 RETURN OF THE JEDI The Emperor: Trilogo Update

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 The Emperor. The Trilogo card art doesn’t differ from the Kenner version. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1984’s RETURN OF THE JEDI The Emperor figure HERE.

The Emperor

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Review: Incinerator Trooper - TBS6 [P4] - TM03

The Black Series [Phase IV] Incinerator Trooper 6″ figure is a character that dates back to The Force Unleashed. Now it’s a character in The Mandalorian. (more….)

Incinerator Trooper

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Visual Guide Update - Darth Vader (TESB01) - TBS

We have another repacked figure from The Black Series [Phase IV] for tonight’s Visual Guide update. Click below to check out the full Visual Guide for Darth Vader (TESB01). You can also check out our full review of this figure right here.

Darth Vader (TESB01) - The Black Series

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1983 RETURN OF THE JEDI Biker Scout: Trilogo Update

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 Biker Scout. The Trilogo card art is much darker than the Kenner version. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1983’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Biker Scout figure HERE.

Biker Scout

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Tonight we finish up the The Vintage Collection Carbonized figures with the addition of the Imperial Death Trooper (Carbonized) to our Visual Guides. Click below for full access to the Visual Guide page, and click here to read about this figure in our detailed review.

Imperial Death Trooper (Carbonized) - The Vintage Collection

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1983 RETURN OF THE JEDI Emperor's Royal Guard: Trilogo Update

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 Emperor’s Royal Guard. For the Trilogo art, not much differs when compared to the original Kenner version. The image of the character and frame is repositioned a little. The name of the figure changed to Emperor’s Royal Guard (Garde Royal de L’Empereur). See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1983’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Emperor’s Royal Guard figure HERE.

Emperor's Royal Guard

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5POA is never OK, but at least Hasbro did something good with the Celebrate The Saga multipacks, a parting gift for collectors as they close the tooling archives on these figures forever. The Galactic Empire set includes a new take on R2-Q5, a figure we haven’t seen Hasbro release is 19 years. And the included TIE Fighter Pilot and Snowtrooper sculpts are better than their current super-articulated counterparts. The rest of the set is “meh.” Are you buying these sets for your collection? (more….)

Galactic Empire

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Best Buy Exclusive Celebrate The Saga 5POA Set Arriving!

If you ordered the various “Celebrate The Saga” 5POA multipacks, the one from Best Buy has shipped their exclusive “Galactic Empire” set and is beginning to arrive at collectors’ doorsteps. JTA reader ff sends us the report and image. If you’d like to order them, they all contain exclusive figures (mostly droids), and links for all of the CAN BE FOUND HERE.

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