Did you know The Black Series [Lucasfilm 50] Qui-Gon Jinn has a newly retooled head sculpt? They eliminated the “floating eyeballs” feature and completely repainted the figure. It’s gorgeous. It’s almost sad it’s a Best Buy exclusive.. (more….)
Sigh. I shouldn’t have walked away from Hasbro Pulse’s Fan Fest online event saying “Why does Hasbro hate The Vintage Collection collecting community so much? Why are they completely disengaged from its needs?” But I did. And between the sorry repacks confirmed, to the desperately needed repacks they’re dangling over our heads, I understand why people are fleeing from this scale left and right. The straw that broke the camel’s back for me was the announcement of the re-released Han Solo (Endor) figure. Does Hasbro store any record-keeping of their releases? Do they go to discount outlets? Do they have any indication of what fans want? (more….)
Hasbro, I am too tired to finish writing my standard “complaint” article after one of your online product reveals events, so you’ll have to come back tomorrow for that. However, I’d like to put in your ear that you need to fix the nameplate and figure backer color of Admiral Ackbar. It’s NOT green. The original 2010 figure messed this detail up, and you’re copying over the same error. The correct color is aqua. Not green or light green. Thanks.
Hasbro takes four steps forward and one step back with the Elite Squad Trooper. It’s another member of The Bad Batch and also part of the latest wave The Black Series [Phase IV] figures now hitting everywhere.. (more….)
There’s got to be a way that The Vintage Collection collecting community can get into Hasbro’s good graces that it inspires them to produce the best action figure line possible. As you all know well, it’s been a torturous uphill battle, and it often feels like they bother with us because they “have” to, not because they “want” to. I recently came across a clip of the season 1 finale of 2000’s Malcolm in the Middle television show (some of the greatest TV ever produced by the way), and I thought it was the perfect metaphor of the relationship between The Vintage Collection, The Vintage Collection collecting community, and Hasbro. And what metaphor would be complete without injecting Bea Arthur, ABBA, and buttons? Click through if you dare.
The latest wave of The Black Series [Phase IV] figures are hitting, and they’re all mostly incredible. Asajj Ventress is another magnificent beauty. You’ll never notice she is a kit-bashed figure. (more….)
You saw our BREAKING NEWS report of the TVC Boba Fett running change variation now shipping with revised chest plate grooves. Now secure yours at JTA sponsor Entertainment Earth. JTA reader Dustin said he got his from EE’s single-figure product listing. If you order $79 worth of Boba Fett figures (six units), they’ll ship for free too.
We have our next Visual Guide Update from The Black Series, featuring the Jawa in original Kenner deco. Click below for the full guide page. Make sure to also check out our full review of this figure right here.
And if you’re one of the chosen few, you may find a kicker full of the latest The Black Series 6″ figures including Bo Katan and Asajj Ventress. Special thanks to JTA reader Jeremy S. for the image and report!
Big Box retail and The Black Series 6″ collecting community are apparently waking up to the egregiously and laughably priced 6″ “deluxe” figures line that are $30 each. Jar Jar Binks, Boba Fett, and Din Djarin should all be $19.99, not a penny more. Likewise, Teebo (Ewok), Yoda, and Jawa shouldn’t be a penny less than $19.99. Is everyone done being fooled? Hasbro needs to figure out how to amortize costs for large and small characters by budgeting the line better My local Target marked down the unforgivably priced Jar Jar Binks “deluxe” figure down to $20.99 just a couple of weeks after it hit their stores.
Unicorns do exist! I found the latest wave of The Vintage Collection at my local Target. To my amazement, Boba Fett was still hanging on the pegs and I didn’t get to the store until 11:30 AM on Saturday. Perhaps most have already given up on brick-and-mortar for Star Wars collecting and don’t bother anymore. There is little competition it seems.
Brick and mortar is generally in diastrous shape. But Walmart is looking pretty scary these days. There are no signs of life in either The Vintage Collection or The Black Series 6″ lines in any of my local stores (and most other areas too).
Tonight we are adding the awesome original Kenner deco The Black Series Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi to the Visual Guides. Click below for the full Visual Guide page. You can also check out our full review of this figure right here.
Hasbro just produced a small group of 6″ figures based on the deco of their vintage Kenner counterparts. The Black Series 6″ collectors didn’t ask for them (they probably don’t want them). But The Vintage Collection collectors have asked for action figures like this since 1995. Hasbro said they would NEVER do this. Fibbers. That said, Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi is one of the best 6″ figures ever produced. We hope the 6″ collecting community appreciates a gift like this! (more….)
There have been quite a few recent articles trying to pin down the blame on why The Vintage Collection is in the state that it’s in, and the editorials have been anywhere from ridiculous to conspiracy theory. After a recent audit of my The Vintage Collection stock, to my horror, I discovered I only have 38 Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) figures in stock, 34 short of my six dozen minimum. (more….)
In case you haven’t noticed, the most recent wave of The Vintage Collection is strewn with horrid card art. What’s the deal, Hasbro? You need to fire your graphics team. These are mostly terrible. And if it wasn’t for JTA leading the campaign to fix the Return Of The Jedi Boba Fett card art, it would have been a total debacle! Princess Leia (Bespin Escape) is an embarrassment, Zutton is horrible. What the heck happened to Greef Karga’s packaging image? And with all the attention Baby Yoda is getting, you couldn’t find a less blurry image of Grogu? What’s with all of the hand-drawn-looking reference stills? They look worse than the vintage Kenner drawings! Please use high-resolution character film-outs, or hire someone else to do your packaging graphics. This collection deserves your best. Thank you!
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Pre-orders are live for The Black Series Expanded Universe Comics 6″ action figures. Click through for direct links from Entertainment Earth!
StarWars.com reveals four new The Black Series 6″ figures based on the old Expanded Universe. Guaranteed to kill the hearts of 3.75″ collectors, Hasbro finally produces Jaxxon. See the full story HERE.
UPDATE: Photos and additional info added! Please click through!
That’s a wrap! We concluded our Research Droids Reviews on The Vintage Collection Wave 29, including the long-awaited Return Of The Jedi Boba Fett. If you missed any, be sure to catch up. The carded images are finally updated.
Please click the thumbnail below to see an astounding collage of the nothingness that most of us believe represents how brick and mortar looks across the USA. And because this is an anecdotal example, we’d love to have our readers comment (with evidence if possible) to show how your stores look in our comments. For me, this is how every Target and Walmart looks in my area which includes a minimum of five of each store. What’s the point of these stores carrying Star Wars action figures? Yet they seem to possess the power to dictate what Hasbro produces for The Vintage Collection. Yes, Hasbro isn’t responsible for what retail orders, but perhaps Hasbro should impose an order minimum to stock stores. Empty pegs make no sense for retail and support the narrative that no one buys Star Wars. Why would they order more? Special thanks to Jon Morgan for the collage of hell. If you’re on Twitter or any other horrific social media platform, perhaps you can tag Hasbro, Walmart, and Target and ask them what the heck is up. (more….)
We’re right around the corner from reaching the 200th The Vintage Collection figure. Do you think Hasbro should reserve it for a “Kenner 96” figure? Or does it not matter to you? The last time we reached a landmark like this was in 2012 when Hasbro released Starkiller (Vader’s Secret Apprentice) (VC100) figure, and quite a few collectors felt that Hasbro should have taken the landmark more seriously for a classic Kenner character. Anyway, let us know in the comments if VC200 means anything special to you, and who you’d like to see numbered that way.
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