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Review: Darth Vader - POTF2 [R] - Action Collection

The first modern Darth Vader Action Collection figure is terrible by today’s standards, but it isn’t without merit. 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.

Darth Vader

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The Power Of The Jedi Sith Lords (Darth Vader/Darth Maul) Action Collection set is very nice. See why this is so 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.

Sith Lords (Darth Vader/Darth Maul)

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Hot Toys Announces New Endor Leia And Wicket Figures

Hot Toys continues to release original trilogy Star Wars characters. The company now revealed an all new Endor Leia and Wicket figure. While Leia is the standard Hot Toys figure, Wicket will have actual fur. You can get both of them together in a deluxe set, which will come with two exclusive imperial helmets as accessories (so Wicket can play the helmet-xylophone). But you can also get each figure separately. Check out more photos on the official Hot Toys website!

Hot Toys Endor Princess Leia & Wicket

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How do you describe a figure that has so many good points and so many bad points all at once? Well, that analysis perfectly describes Lando Calrissian (Skiff Disguise). See why this bittersweet release is a figure you’re going to hate to love. It’s the focus of 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 (Skiff Disguise)

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Our latest addition to the Visual Guides features the Skiff Guards 3-Pack from The Vintage Collection. Click below to check out full guides of Vedain (Skiff Pilot), Vizam, and Brock Starsher. You can also see our full review of this set over in our review database.

Skiff Guards 3-Pack - The Vintage Collection

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The Special 3 Action Figures [Vedain (Skiff Pilot)/Vizam/Brock Starsher] multipack is a great start. And more need to enter The Vintage Collection immediately. NEW IMAGES ADDED! See what makes this three-pack so incredible 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.

Special 3 Action Figures [Vedain (Skiff Pilot)/Vizam/Brock Starsher]

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I have A LOT to say about the Special Action Figure Set (Luke Skywalker Jedi Destiny Set). A LOT. This is a gift from Hasbro. You’re only shooting yourself in the foot if you don’t get it. Also, an updated gallery forthcoming. Learn why there is no other option than to get one 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.

Special Action Figure Set (Luke Skywalker Jedi Destiny Set)

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It’s quite astounding how much joy toys from the Original Trilogy bring longtime collectors. I have two-thirds of the figures from the Special 3 Action Figures set already, but what a joy it was to see them in The Vintage Collection packaging. You don’t get the same response from other Star Wars toys across the saga. Anyway, Vedain (Skiff Pilot) utilizes two other The Vintage Collection figures with new parts, and Hasbro was VERY CLEVER how they did it. I almost didn’t notice the reused parts at first. And the two repacks have been repainted. This set also gives us numbers VC152, VC153 and VC154 in the collection’s sequencing. Another incredible hit, I can’t wait for more packs like this in the future. This is another gem in The Vintage Collection. Check out the gallery early RIGHT NOW!

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Review: Tatooine Skiff - TVC - Vehicle

Run, don’t walk to today’s review on the Tatooine Skiff. If you don’t have a half a dozen of these on pre-order, then you shouldn’t be a Star Wars collector. It has wholly EXCEEDED our expectations and should be an immediate addition to your collection. It’s worth every penny the MSRP commands. See and read 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.

Tatooine Skiff

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Oh, my lord. You’re going to be ANGRY that Hasbro made the Special Action Figure Set (Luke Skywalker Jedi Destiny) three-pack an exclusive that will be, well, let’s say, nearly impossible to track down outside of the aftermarket. I don’t know how else to say it other than this is the most brilliant set of figures Hasbro has ever produced for collectors. It’s egregious that they’re all relegated to an exclusive three-pack and NOT on individual TVC card backs. (Hopefully, they’re all forthcoming separately in The Vintage Collection because it’s ungodly to keep them in this exclusive set and never see re-release as basic figures.)  They should have initially released as basic figures in new case assortments. Start praying to your Maker now that these become more readily available singly. Some figures have some”photorealistic” deco issues (especially noticeable in the eyes), but I believe this will vary case by case.

All three Luke Skywalker figures have the most exceptional head sculpts I have ever seen on action figures for these characters. They cannot be bettered. Also, the technique utilized to recreate hair is quite astounding. The realism is uncanny. Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise) uses most of the recently released Han Solo (Stormtrooper) (VC143) figure but now comes with a new head sculpt and belt which features a nonremovable commlink and grappling hook. The detail is beautiful. Luke Skywalker (X-wing Pilot) is the only all-new figure in the set, but it’s a phenomenal creation. His head sculpt is also remarkable. His helmet fits well, and ti’s nice to see ball-jointed wrists. But my most favorite figure is Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight). Piggybacking on the TVC Luke Skywalker (Lightsaber Construction) (VC87) figure from 2012, Hasbro tweaked the outfit with some revised wrinkles, draping, and textures and gave the figure a stunning portrait (with corrected hair part finally) and an all-new and appropriately sewn and styled cloak. Just look at the thing. It’s overwhelming how beautiful it is.

The review is coming soon, but a rough gallery is ready for you to peruse. This is one of the most significant additions, if not the 2nd or 3rd best additions, to The Vintage Collection. And collectors will be angry if Hasbro doesn’t make all three figures more readily available in the VERY near future. Check out the gallery HERE!

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Good gracious, Ignatius! Hasbro has just released another Bo Derek: The Vintage Collection’s Tatooine Skiff. It’s mind-numbing how beautifully perfect it is. Longer, more comprehensive, and roomier than the 1985 design, the 2019 model of the Tatooine Skiff still brings forth the nostalgia of the classic Kenner vehicle but has elevated it into 2019 with an unprecedented level of screen-accuracy and authenticity. We have an initial gallery completed but will be adding more images to the gallery in the next couple of days. And the review is tomorrow! But you can check all the good stuff out now! YOU MUST get this. If this vehicle doesn’t convert 6″ collectors to the 3.75″ scale, nothing will.

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OK, let’s play a game. This is fantasy, not a subliminal message of what’s coming. Many collectors were ecstatic over the possibility of a 6″ scaled Rancor when they saw it in Hasbro’s diorama during SDCC? People disagree with me, but I could have sworn the Rancor featured was a styrofoam maquette. Others claim it was an articulated “prototype.” I still think it was made out of styrofoam. Anyway, let’s say that Hasbro felt they wanted to make a 6″ Rancor, but they also felt it wouldn’t make sense as a general or exclusive retail released item. Let’s pretend that Hasbro decided to offer it through HasLab. To be fair, let’s use the same target of 8K backers (since Jabba’s Sail Barge reached that amount). What would you be willing to pay to back this thing via HasLab? Something tells me if it was HasLab item, it would be hundreds of dollars, not less. Regardless, if you’re a 6″ collector, what would deem the most to back this item via HasLab?

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What did Hasbro think when they produced the Speeder Bike (Power Racing) vehicle for The Power Of The Force “2” [Green/Freeze Frame] line? It has some charm, but is a relative disaster! 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.

Speeder Bike (Power Racing)

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Review: Scout Trooper - TBSA - Six Inch Figure

NEW FIGURES! Let’s continue with The Black Series Archive Scout Trooper figure. It’s a bit of an improvement, but still not perfect. Find out 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.

Scout Trooper

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There are two other super-articulated action figures that longtime Star Wars collectors want to see released by Hasbro, and preferably part of The Vintage Collection. The first was supposed to be part of the 2012 Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] Ewok Pack, but Lucasfilm didn’t approve it because they wanted a friendlier face on Teebo. But this version is 100% screen-accurate. We also need Teebo carded for The Vintage Collection. The second figure is the canceled running change of the Legacy Collection Utai (BD41) figure, without headgear and came with a fuel filling device. Would you like to see either finally released for your collection?

     

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Tim Rose, who was a puppeteer in Return of the Jedi and performed as Admiral Ackbar, Sy Snootles and Salacious Crumb, and who returned in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi as Admiral Ackbar once more, only this time actually inside a suit, was recently interviewed by Jamie Stangroom. Jamie’s YouTube Channel is still very unknown, he has very few subscribers and his videos don’t really have that many clicks, but over the time he interviewed quite a few Star Wars actors. Jamie also brought Ahmed Best to the forefront again, when he interviewed the Jar-Jar actor, this made quite a few waves back then when it was revealed just how devasted Ahmed felt at the time. And now Jamie interviewed Tim Rose. In the first half of the interview Tim shares a funny anecdote about filming Return of The Jedi, but then he talks about his experience on set of The Last Jedi and how he felt about being killed off unceremoniously. Spoiler: he was very disappointed. Watch the interview clip and then click through for a discussion!

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Now this is certainly somewhat odd. Reworked versions of a Return of the Jedi Darth Vader and A New Hope Stormtrooper will soon be put on pre-order by SH Figuarts. Magazine scans of the two figures have appeared in the wild. This takes SH Figuarts full circle, since these two were the first to be released in the SHF Star Wars line. However, both original figures had serious shortcomings. The original ROTJ Darth Vader was too short, had a very stylized sculpt and a tiny head. Even worse, the unmasked Vader head only came with the Return of the Jedi Luke. It seems the new Vader is based on the A New Hope Vader which corrected some of the mistakes of the previous Vader but still had some issues, like a somewhat inaccurate helmet sculpt and awkward cape. It remains to be seen if SHF reworked the helmet sculpt once more for this release. The feature to remove the helmet dome is certainly all new. The unmasked head certainly looks gorgeous and it might be something you’d want to get if you want to replace Sad Puppy Vader from the Black Series. The Stormtrooper seems to be based on the Rogue One sculpt which is still inaccurate, the crotch piece is much too large (or the belt sits too high). But you get superior articulation in return. And the helmet sculpt has been very much improved compared with the original Stormtrooper. Anyway, it’s still a weird choice to retool / revise previous figures instead of releasing any of the other all new prototypes. Like the Empire Strikes Back Pilot Luke or Crait Luke, however the latter may still be announced soon, see the previous article! Are you interested in an SHF ROTJ Vader and ANH Stormtrooper at all? Or are these figures an easy pass? Let us know in the comments!

UPDATE: Official promo photos added! Click through to see them!

SH Figuarts Magazine Scan

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Oh No! Can't Believe It! Bubblegate Returns?

The Walmart exclusive TVC Jabba’s Palace (Adventure Set) is the hybrid of many perfect things. It’s why it’s selling out the moment it goes back in stock. And it’s why we are still talking about it after so many posts. But today I noticed something that concerns me. (more….)

    

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TPM20 Review: Jabba Glob - EI - Miscellaneous

Who had the Jabba Glob? But the real question is what film is this Jabba The Hutt figure based? Let us know 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.

Jabba Glob

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Yak Face Reaches Out To Jedi Temple Archives!

Out of the blue, I received a lovely email from Sean Crawford, the man who played Saelt-Marae (Yak Face), commenting on our vintage Kenner The Power Of The Force Yak Face review. Click through to see what he had to say. We’re honored to hear from him.

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Tonight’s Visual Guide update features the Walmart exclusive Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) (VC144). Click below for our full Visual Guide, and click here to check out our full review. This figure is also still in stock and available to order right here.

Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) (VC144) - The Vintage Collection

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SH Figuarts Return Of The Jedi Boba Fett Coming

SH Figuarts will soon announce an all new Star Wars action figure. A magazine scan of the brand new Return of the Jedi Boba Fett figure (a prototype was seen before) is making the rounds. So expect pre-orders to open very soon! Hasbro has yet to make a ROTJ Black Series Boba Fett, but MAFEX released both an Empire Strikes Back and ROTJ version a few years ago and it will be difficult to compete with the MAFEX Boba Fett who just looks like a miniature human with very crisp details and perfect proportions. However, MAFEX figures are also very fragile and you have to be very gentle with them. SH Figuarts can certainly tolerate more abuse, also the SHF figure will probably be somewhat less expensive than the MAFEX version. ROTJ Boba Fett is scheduled for a September 2019 release, he will be a regular release. I will post an update as soon as pre-orders open.

Update: see official photos on the Tamashii website! The figure goes on pre-order on April 26th!

SH Figuarts Boba Fett

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Here’s the review of the Jabba’s Palace (Adventure Set). It’s big, it’s beautiful, and you’re going to love it. Find out why this is a must-have purchase in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even 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.

Jabba's Palace (Adventure Set)

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You saw our sneak peek just a couple of hours ago. Now here is the official RDR post for the Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) (VC144) figure. It’s excellent. See a ton of comparison pictures and a detailed review on this superb figure 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 (Skiff Guard Disguise) (VC144)

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Here we go! Our Research Droids Review on Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) (VC144) is completely finished and ready for you to check out. Despite the circus surrounding Walmart’s stock availability and alerts, shipping statuses, multiple authorizations, and changing arrival dates, I am so happy the figure is finally released for all of us to enjoy. One of my most favorite characters in the Original Trilogy, I am thrilled that Hasbro perfected this iteration of him for The Vintage Collection’s return. Aside from the missing skiff guard blaster, I am unable to find a single complaint with the figure itself. But the figure’s packaging is a whole other bowl of wax for criticism. This review’s official launch is tomorrow, but you can get an early look at right now! Don’t forget to leave your thoughts about this long-awaited updated figure in our comments! There are a ton of comparison shots with Jabba’s palace aliens, earlier versions of this character, and diorama scenes.

Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) (VC144)

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