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Review: Dengar - TBSA

The Black Series Archive Dengar figure has some enhanced paint operations when compared to the original. See it for yourself today in our review. (more….)

Dengar

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The Star Wars “Saga” line is officially two decades old. We’re revisiting all of the figures that made up this unprecedented lineup. Today, we’re going to start off the revisiting with 2002’s Star Wars “Saga” [Phase I] Imperial Officer [Version 2] (’02 #55) figure. Check out the new review template, the all-new Photo Gallery, the rewritten review, and the other content we updated as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the line that supported Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones.

Imperial Officer [Version 2] ('02 #55)

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The Star Wars “Saga” line is officially two decades old. We’re revisiting all of the figures that made up this unprecedented lineup. Today, we continue with 2002’s Star Wars “Saga” [Phase I] Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel) (’02 #29) figure. Check out the new review template, the all-new Photo Gallery, the rewritten review, and the other content we updated as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the line that supported Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones.

Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel) ('02 #29)

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The Star Wars “Saga” line is officially two decades old. We’re revisiting all of the figures that made up this unprecedented lineup. Today, we continue with 2002’s Star Wars “Saga” [Phase I] Darth Vader (Bespin Duel) (’02 #30) figure. Check out the new review template, the all-new Photo Gallery, the rewritten review, and the other content we updated as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the line that supported Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones.

Darth Vader (Bespin Duel) ('02 #30)

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Review: Yoda - TVC - VC218

Hasbro fails TVC collectors again with The Vintage Collection Yoda (VC218) figure. Refusing to update the swivel elbows collectors have begged for since 2011, they plopped the “Cave Of Evil” figure on a card sporting The Empire Strikes Back entertainment logo, added a few different paint operations, and called it a day. They should be ashamed. (more….)

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We have a new series of Visual Guide updates starting today, featuring The Vintage Collection wave 32. First up, let’s take a look at Lobot (VC223). Click below for the full Visual Guide page, and click here if you want to check out our full review.

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Lobot (VC223) - The Vintage Collection

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Pre-orders are now open at Sideshow Collectibles for both versions of the Hot Toys Luke Skywalker (Bespin) DX-series figures. Click below for each pre-order page.

       

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Hot Toys has also released a Deluxe Version of The Empire Strikes Back Luke Skywalker (DX25), featuring a Dagobah-themed base and the battle-damaged Darth Vader helmet with Luke Skywalker’s face revealed. Click through for the full image gallery and details.

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It looks like Hot Toys has finally gotten around to re-releasing and updating the Bespin Luke Skywalker sixth scale figure originally released in 2012. Click through for full details and gallery images of The Empire Strikes Back Luke Skywalker (DX24) Sixth Scale Figure.

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This figure topped JTA’s Fans’ Choice Poll, and once we published the results, it wasn’t long until Hasbro announced its imminent re-release. The Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) figure hasn’t looked better. They updated it with Photo Real deco, fixed the mismatched ankle joints, changed a few colors, and gave the boots a shiny finish instead of a matte finish. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 56-image gallery complete with comparison shots, dioramas, and a breakdown of what separates the 2011 version from the 2021 new release in the Collector Notes. This figure is shipping in the Bib Fortuna wave, and Hasbro is selling solid case packs of the figure too. See this excellent figure updated in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear)

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Review: Lobot - TVC - VC223

Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently committed to collectors that they will be “focusing” on characters in The Vintage Collection that fall under “The Ninety Six” banner. If you’re new to this, it means that there needs a modern counterpart for every classic Kenner figure. Between 2020 and 2021, Hasbro’s made an admirable effort by focusing on these characters. But there is more work to be done, and we’ll figure out where we are step by step. Today we assess Han Solo (In Carbonite Chamber).

Han Solo (In Carbonite Chamber)

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For our next The Vintage Collection Visual Guide update we get an all-new Lando Calrissian (VC205). Click below to check out the full Visual Guide page. Make sure to also check out our full review of this figure over in our review database.

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Lando Calrissian (VC205) - The Vintage Collection

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We are closing out our The Vintage Collection Visual Guide Updates from wave 29 with Princess Leia (Bespin Escape) (VC187). Click below to check out our full Visual Guide. You can also hop on over to our full review for additional images and details.

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Princess Leia (Bespin Escape) (VC187) - The Vintage Collection

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JTA continues to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back with our latest card back set: Series 5: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary.

Celebrating 1981’s The Empire Strikes Back Kenner releases, this series offers the next 9 figures, plus 4 releases from alternate card backs. You can pick up this 13-card set over in our store. And, if you are new to our large format trading cards you can catch up on the entire run (including this series) in our 61-card master set.

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Review: Lando Calrissian - TVC - VC205

Wow. The Vintage Collection Lando Calrissian is a nearly-perfect action figure. Sure, it has some imperfections, but you probably won’t care. You won’t want to miss this one for any reason! (more….)

Lando Calrissian

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Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently committed to collectors that they will be “focusing” on characters in The Vintage Collection that fall under “The Ninety Six” banner. If you’re new to this, it means that there needs a modern counterpart for every classic Kenner figure. Between 2020 and 2021, Hasbro’s made an admirable effort by focusing on these characters. But there is more work to be done, and we’ll figure out where we are step by step. Today we assess 4-LOM.

4-LOM

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Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently committed to collectors that they will be “focusing” on characters in The Vintage Collection that fall under “The Ninety Six” banner. If you’re new to this, it means that there needs a modern counterpart for every classic Kenner figure. Between 2020 and 2021, Hasbro’s made an admirable effort by focusing on these characters. But there is more work to be done, and we’ll figure out where we are step by step. Today we assess Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot.

Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot

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Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently committed to collectors that they will be “focusing” on characters in The Vintage Collection that fall under “The Ninety Six” banner. If you’re new to this, it means that there needs a modern counterpart for every classic Kenner figure. Between 2020 and 2021, Hasbro’s made an admirable effort by focusing on these characters. But there is more work to be done, and we’ll figure out where we are step by step. Today we assess Bespin Security Guard [B].

Bespin Security Guard [B]

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Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently committed to collectors that they will be “focusing” on characters in The Vintage Collection that fall under “The Ninety Six” banner. If you’re new to this, it means that there needs a modern counterpart for every classic Kenner figure. Between 2020 and 2021, Hasbro’s made an admirable effort by focusing on these characters. But there is more work to be done, and we’ll figure out where we are step by step. Today we assess (Twin Pod) Cloud Car Pilot.

(Twin Pod) Cloud Car Pilot

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Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently committed to collectors that they will be “focusing” on characters in The Vintage Collection that fall under “The Ninety Six” banner. If you’re new to this, it means that there needs a modern counterpart for every classic Kenner figure. Between 2020 and 2021, Hasbro’s made an admirable effort by focusing on these characters. But there is more work to be done, and we’ll figure out where we are step by step. Today we assess AT-AT Commander.

AT-AT Commander

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Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently committed to collectors that they will be “focusing” on characters in The Vintage Collection that fall under “The Ninety Six” banner. If you’re new to this, it means that there needs a modern counterpart for every classic Kenner figure. Between 2020 and 2021, Hasbro’s made an admirable effort by focusing on these characters. But there is more work to be done, and we’ll figure out where we are step by step. Today we assess ARTOO-DETOO (R2-D2).

ARTOO-DETOO (R2-D2)

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Tonight’s Visual Guide update features the Target exclusive Boba Fett (Prototype Edition) from the Retro Collection. Click below to check out the full Visual Guide. You can also check out our full review right here.

Boba Fett (Prototype Edition) - Retro Collection

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Review: Boba Fett (Prototype Edition) - RC - Target Exclusive

Stop the press! There is a new RDR in town! Let’s take a look at the six variants of the brand-spanking-new Target exclusive Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) 3.75-inch action figure that you probably cannot find yet. It’s more of the same, but at least it’s Boba Fett! However, is this figure really a prototype? (more….)

Boba Fett (Prototype Armor)

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Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently committed to collectors that they will be “focusing” on characters in The Vintage Collection that fall under “The Ninety Six” banner. If you’re new to this, it means that there needs a modern counterpart for every classic Kenner figure. Between 2020 and 2021, Hasbro’s made an admirable effort by focusing on these characters. But there is more work to be done, and we’ll figure out where we are step by step. Today we assess Lobot.

Lobot

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