Longtime JTA reader and friend Robert F. visited his local Ollie’s only to find a slew of new discounted Hasbro Star Wars products. Two are Walmart exclusives, and the other didn’t make it further than online. It’s amazing to see how much product never arrived in stores by visiting your local Ollie’s. Many never saw the “Force Spirit” Yoda at their local Walmarts. No one wanted a 5POA cardboard playset. And even fewer collectors anted a new scale of rubbery hyper-articulated action figures known as Hyper Real. if Hasbro is smart, they’ll stick to what sells: TBS6, TVC, and stay away from the ST like it’s the toxic wasteland it is. You have to wonder what the heck is going on at the distribution centers.
Merry Christmas! For today’s Visual Guide Update we continue looking at The Black Series Holiday Edition figures. Click below to check out the Range Trooper (Holiday Edition). Make sure to stop by and also check out our full review of this figure right here.
We’re concluding our six-day run of holiday-themed Star Wars collectibles today with The Black Series [Phase IV] Range Trooper (Holiday Edition) figure complete with a version of Ru-D-O-lph. This figure comes with new tooling. 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….)
Last week we talked about the possibility of making Star Wars movies with CGI versions of original trilogy characters. Earlier this week a fanmade clip from Solo: A Star Wars Story with a CGI Harrison Ford was released on YouTube, illustrating how far we have come. A fan edit of Solo with Harrison Ford’s likeness instead of Alden Ehrenreich would not be impossible. Click through to see the clip!
Esquire is running a story about Alden Ehrenreich andf talked to him about a lot of things, among them of course his stint as Han Solo in Star Wars and whether or not there may be a future for Han Solo. While it’s not really likely, Ehrenreich still gives fans of “Solo” some sliver of hope that there will be a future for the characters. Click through for more info!
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Holy cow! The Walmart exclusive Kessel Mine Escape playset is less than $10 at Walmart online. Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Mark for the alert! If you want to know why you need this fun set, see our review of it HERE!
There are some rumors circulating the internet that Lucasfilm may develop a Disney+ spin-off series based on Solo. Website Star Wars Unity has a story about an alleged Solo spin off that would continue some of the story threads of the movie. The rumor report says that any series based on Solo would most likely revolve around Crimson Dawn and not so much Han Solo, Chewbacca and Lando. Click through to read more!
If you ever wanted to own a version of Darth Maul with robotic legs, now is your chance. Hot Toys just announced an all new Darth Maul figure as he appeared in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Darth Maul is an all new figure, has posable eyes, his accessories include an LED lightsaber, a lightsaber blade with motion blur effect, his seat from the movie, the usual hands and there will also be (small) hologram versions of both Darth Maul and Qi’Ra. Maul has a tentative release date of Q4 2019 / Q1 2020. He should go on pre-order very soon. If you want to know more details and see many more photos, showing off the figure in various action poses, please go to the official Hot Toys website!
In case you missed any of it, here is the recap of The Vintage Collection wave 21. This great group of figures received updated galleries and a ton of discussion from our community. Be sure to add your two cents HERE if you missed any of it!
NEW IMAGES ADDED INCLUDING COMPARISON SHOTS AND DIORAMA SHOTS! Let’s check out the “almost perfect” Lando Calrissian figure from Solo: A Star Wars Story. Hasbro, keep up the great work! See more in 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.
Here we go! We are thrilled to present you with a sneak peek of The Vintage Collection wave 21, and now all of the rough galleries and notes are completed. Check out the Imperial Stormtrooper (from Rogue One), Lando Calrissian (from Solo), Chewbacca (from A New Hope), Captain Phasma (from The Force Awakens) and the Elite Praetorian Guard (from The Last Jedi). Full reviews and updated galleries coming VERY SOON! In the meantime, check out their current statuses HERE.
The MPAA released its annual report a short while ago. Unfortunately, since Solo failed to make the top five highest grossing movies of 2018, the MPAA report doesn’t offer a more detailed breakdown of the movie’s demographics, something we still had for The Last Jedi. However, the MPAA report has also a segment on home media performance. And here we can see how well The Last Jedi and Solo did. So click through for more info!
JTA reader Terminal Voracity sends a cool store report for the Walmart Exclusive TVC Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure. It’s now on Rollback at some retail locations. See images below for proof. By the way, you can still order the figure online HERE
The Dryden Vos figure from The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line is not perfect. Find out why in 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.
Tonight’s Visual Guide update features the amazing Han Solo (Mimban) (78) 6″ figure from The Black Series [Phase III]. Click below to check out our full Visual Guide page, and make sure to also stop by and comment in our review.
The Han Solo (Mimban) figure from The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line is stunning. Find out why in 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.
Are you aware of the pretty cool special feature on The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Dryden Vos figure? If you place him in the cold, the markings of his species which are on his face turns bright red. We have full images of this in our RDRs gallery on this figure RIGHT HERE! Check it out! Leave any and all comments about this figure on the review page! Thank you!
Last night the 91st Academy Awards were held in Los Angeles. Solo – A Star Wars Story did not win its only category it was nominated for, the best FX Oscar went to First Man instead. I would have given it to either Ready Player One or Avengers Infinity War, but I am not a member of the MPAA. Adam Driver also didn’t get his golden statue, he lost to Mahershala Ali. Ben Burtt’s son, whose name is also Ben Burtt (which caused much confusion here on JTA before), also didn’t win for his sound mixing job for Black Panther. However, the composer for The Mandalorian series, Ludwig Göransson, did get an Oscar for his Black Panther score. Congratulations to him! And if you wonder where Kathleen Kennedy was: she and her husband Frank Marshall received their Irving Thalberg awards (“honorary Oscar” but the award is a golden bust of Irving Thalberg) last November already.
The Star Wars [Solo] line has ended, but we have a few more things to add to the Visual Guide. Tonight we are adding the Walmart exclusive Kessel Mine Escape playset. Click below to check out our detailed Visual Guide, and make sure to revisit our full review of this set right here.
Last night, Hasbro’s Solo: A Star Wars Story line was featured on the Simpsons very briefly. While competing in a “toy store shopping spree” contest, Bart and Mulhouse crash and lose while trying to avoid the Solo toys (and Ralph wins). You have to wonder there if there is some intentional subliminal statement somewhere in this very brief scene about the state of Star Wars and collecting. I wouldn’t put it past Matt Groening. He’s a brilliant man. Special thanks to JTA reader Aldo for the alert and image.
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