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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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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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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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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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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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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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The latest release from Igloo celebrates 40 years of The Empire Strikes Back with a special-edition Playmate Pal arriving in 7QT fashion (9-can cooler) with the iconic tent-top design. This is now available to pre-order for $39.99 while supplies last.

 

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It’s almost unfathomable, but Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back officially turned 40 years old today. We can all celebrate the film’s 40th Anniversary and the impact it’s had on popular culture. Recollect your memories of this prestigious film in our comment.s And don’t forget to include your Kenner memories if you grew up with the toy line at this time too!

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In 1983, Mexico’s Lily Ledy toy company released a line of Return Of The Jedi action figures under the La Guerra De Las Galaxias: El Regreso Del Jedi line look. This range of Lily Ledy Star Wars figures is exciting for two specific reasons. Firstly, the original 1978 versions of R2-D2 and C-3PO were released in this lineup. Secondly, for each figure, Lily Ledy chose a never-before-utilized Lucasfilm reference image of the characters, and these images were used nowhere else in the Star Wars toy line (for any other company including Kenner and Palitoy). Featured on 30-Back, the reverse of the card back features hand-drawn images of the line of 30 action figures in addition to a few other related toys, including the Millennium Falcon and Jabba the Hutt.

Today we revisit See-Threepio (C-3PO). The 1978 version See-Threepio (C-3PO) was packaged for this line, and the packaging features an exclusive image of the character. Its name is See-threepio (C-3 PO) (Ci-tri-pi-o). The reference image used features a behind-the-scenes picture from The Empire Strikes Back. Lily Ledy covered up the studio equipment with airbrushed graphics, including the fakest control panel imaginable. This Lily Ledy release is the only way to obtain this unique character image on the card art. The review’s Collector Notes are updated with this information. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1978’s STAR WARS See-Threepio (C-3PO) figure HERE.

See-threepio (C-3 PO) (Ci-tri-pi-o)

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Review: Hoth Battle - POTF2 [R/G] - Playset

The Power Of The Force “2” Hoth Battle playset is not bad at all. But why didn’t we have more basic figures based on the Battle of Hoth available at the time of its release? 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.

Hoth Battle

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Review: Millennium Falcon - ROTS - Toys R Us Exclusive

Most collectors don’t even know the Revenge Of The Sith Millennium Falcon exists. Do you? Learn 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.

Millennium Falcon

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Review: Darth Vader Carry Case - OTC - Walmart Exclusive

Let’s finish up The Original Trilogy Collection! We’ll begin with the Walmart exclusive Darth Vader Carry Case (with two exclusive action figures). See more again 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.

Darth Vader Carry Case

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Visual Guide Update - Leia (Hoth) - Retro Collection

It’s time to wrap up the Retro Collection The Empire Strikes Back wave of Visual Guide updates with Leia (Hoth). Click below to check out our full Visual Guide page. You can find the full review over in our review database. If you missed any of our updates, stop by our Visual Guides channel to check out all of the latest guides.

Leia (Hoth) - Retro Collection

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Review: Leia (Hoth) - Retro Collection - Walmart Exclusive

NEW FIGURES! We’re finishing up looking at the Retro Collection THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK action figures which are Walmart exclusives! Let’s end it with the Leia (Hoth) reissue which originally came out in 1981. 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.

Leia (Hoth)

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Visual Guide Update - Yoda - Retro Collection

Yoda is our next Visual Guide update from The Empire Strikes Back Retro Collection. Click below for the full Visual Guide page. Make sure to also read our full review right here.

Yoda - Retro Collection

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Review: Yoda - Retro Collection - Walmart Exclusive

NEW FIGURES! We’re looking at the Retro Collection THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK action figures which are currently Walmart exclusives! Let’s continue with one of Kenner’s best figures from 1980, Yoda. 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.

Yoda

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Visual Guide Update - Lando Calrissian - Retro Collection

The Empire Strikes Back Retro Collection updates continue with the addition of our Lando Calrissian Visual Guide. Click below to visit the main guide page, and click here to check out the review.

Lando Calrissian - Retro Collection

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NEW FIGURES! It’s time to look at the Retro Collection THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK action figures which are currently Walmart exclusives! Let’s continue with another one of the most popular figures from 1980, Lando Calrissian. 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.

Lando Calrissian

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Visual Guide Update - Han Solo (Hoth) - Retro Collection

Han Solo (Hoth) is our next featured Visual Guide update from The Empire Strikes Back Retro Collection. Check out the full Visual Guide below, and click here to check out our full review.

Han Solo (Hoth) - Retro Collection

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NEW FIGURES! It’s time to look at the Retro Collection THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK action figures which are currently Walmart exclusives! Let’s continue with another one of the most popular figures from 1980, Han Solo (Hoth). 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.

Han Solo (Hoth)

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Up next for our The Empire Strikes Back Retro Collection Visual Guide updates is Luke Skywalker (Bespin). Click below for our complete Visual Guide page. Make sure to also check out our full review of this figure right here.

Luke Skywalker (Bespin) - Retro Collection

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NEW FIGURES! It’s time to look at the Retro Collection THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK action figures which are currently Walmart exclusives! Let’s continue with one of the most popular figures from 1980, Luke Skywalker (Bespin). 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.

Luke Skywalker (Bespin)

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