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Tonight we are finishing up our Visual Guide updates for The Vintage Collection wave 24 with the Shadow Trooper (VC163). Click below to check out the full Visual Guide. Make sure to also stop by and check out our review of this figure if you haven’t already.

Shadow Trooper (VC163) - The Vintage Collection

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Hasbro, we have to chat. Thank you for providing us definitive updates of the Luke Skywalker (Yavin) and Princess Leia Organa (Yavin) figures. You did a fantastic job on them, and the enhancements you made to the figures are appreciated. But did you realize you produced these characters as they appeared at the very end of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope? You forgot to update these characters in their outfits at the BEGINNING of the film. We made it easy for you. We provided images of the figures you neglected to update. Click through for more!

  

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Review: Shadow Trooper - TVC - VC163

It’s beautiful! We’re continuing to look at the new The Vintage Collection figures! Next up is the Shadow Trooper! It utilizes a fantastic figure sculpt, and comes with unique accessories! We have comparison images of previous iterations in our gallery! 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.

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Visual Guide Update - Jawa (VC161) - The Vintage Collection

Our next The Vintage Collection Visual Guide update kicks off a look at wave 24, featuring the Jawa (VC161). Click below for a full look at our Visual Guide, and click here to read our full review.

Jawa (VC161) - The Vintage Collection

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Review: Jawa - TVC - VC161

Here we go again! New The Vintage Collection figures! Let’s begin with the Jawa! It’s probably the only definitive modern replacement we’ll ever get from Hasbro, sadly. 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.

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You can check out rough Photo Galleries for The Vintage Collection wave 24 RIGHT NOW in our Research Droids Reviews. The RDRs, begin tomorrow, but you can check out most of them now. Princess Leia Organa (Yavin) (VC150) got delayed but will be here tomorrow. I’ll add her as soon as she arrives. In a nutshell, wave 24 is a great “repack and repaint” wave. (Remember those?)
Interestingly, the Sith Trooper is an all-new figure. I thought for sure he used parts from the SIth Jet Trooper, but not a single part is reused. For me, the Jawa is bittersweet. I desperately wanted a Jawa on a Star Wars card, and Hasbro delivered. But I would be lying if I said I am content with the straight repack of The Black Series [Phase II] figure. A Jawa deserves all-new tooling and premium soft-goods. At the moment, the Shadow Trooper is my favorite of the bunch so far. It’s a fantastic sculpt, and the extra gear is appreciated and welcomed. Anyway, be sure to check them all out!



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Visual Guide Update - Luke Skywalker's X-Wing Fighter - TVC

We have our full Visual Guide of the newly released The Vintage Collection Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter available. Click below to check out the guide page, and make sure to stop by and read our full review. You can still pre-order this amazing vehicle over at our sponsor Entertainment Earth.

Luke Skywalker's X-Wing Fighter - The Vintage Collection

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WOW! It’s our 200th review for The Vintage Collection line! Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter hasn’t looked better! Hasbro upgraded the deco making this the definitive version of our favorite hero’s vehicle. See this iconic vehicle in all of its glory and learn EVERYTHING you NEED TO KNOW about this just-released vehicle. It’s all 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's X-Wing Fighter

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That’s a wrap! We hope you enjoyed our pre-Triple Force Friday exclusive look at The Vintage Collection wave 23 figures. Good luck acquiring them all beginning 12 AM tonight! Stay tuned for links! If you missed any of our reviews, click any image below so you can catch up!

    
    

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Stop Being A Man-Baby! It's For Kids!

Walmart polled kids this year to get an idea of what some of their favorite toys and brands are and what Wlamart should have IN STOCK for America’s Best Toy Shop. As you know, Walmart has grand plans to take over the world as the #1 toy shop. See if you can find what intellectual property and Hasbro brand DID NOT make the list. It’s no wonder so many locations have no Star Wars section left. Click the image below for the winners of the poll (a pdf document), but you can also read more HERE.

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Hasbro To Phase Out Plastic From New Toy And Game Packaging

Hasbro has announced today that, beginning in 2020, it plans to start phasing out plastic from new product packaging, including plastic elements like polybags, elastic bands, shrink wrap, window sheets, and blister packs. The company’s ambition is to eliminate virtually all plastic in packaging for new products by the end of 2022. There is not ONE mention of the Star Wars line in the article. Perhaps they know this would never be an option for the collectors of this line. See the full story at Business Wire.

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We have another SDCC exclusive to add to our Visual Guides tonight. This time, let’s check out the Darth Vader (Prototype Edition) figure. If you are into variation collecting, then this figure is for you! Click below to check out our full Visual Guide. You can also check out additional details in our full review.

Darth Vader (Prototype Edition) - Retro Collection - Exclusives

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How many permutations exist for the San Diego Comic-Con Retro Collection Darth Vader (Prototype Edition) figure? We’re pretty sure we have figured it out. Can you prove otherwise? Find out about the background of this figure, and its math, 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 (Prototype Edition)

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Tonight’s Visual Guide Update features the amazing The Black Series SDCC 2019 Boba Fett exclusive, featuring Vintage deco. Click below to check out our full Visual Guide, and make sure to stop by and also check out our full review!

Boba Fett - The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40]

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Review: Boba Fett - TBS6 [TESB40] - SDCC Exclusive

Here is another 2019 SDCC exclusive. Let’s check out the vintage Kenner inspired The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40] Boba Fett 6″ figure. He’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.

Boba Fett

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Like it or not, we’re deeming all three Luke Skywalker figures in the Special Action Figure Set (Luke Skywalker Jedi Destiny) exclusive as definitive modern updates to the classic vintage Kenner figures. We updated all three status on the vintage Kenner pages, and you can click any of the images below to be taken to that respective vintage Kenner review to see the updates. If you haven’t checked out the the full review of the Special Action Figure Set (Luke Skywalker Jedi Destiny), be sure to CLICK HERE so you don’t miss out on a must-have release from Hasbro!

Luke Skywalker (Imperial Stormtrooper Outfit)  Luke Skywalker: X-Wing Pilot  Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight Outfit)

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This is an impressive SDCC exclusive. Colorful, realistically styled and mimicking every square millimeter of the original vintage Kenner Boba Fett, the SDCC exclusive Boba Fett figure from The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40] line starts off the celebration of everyone’s favorite film and its four-decade birthday. The review is coming soon, but you can check out the full Photo Gallery here.

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Up next for our The Vintage Collection wave 22 Visual Guide updates is Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (VC149). Click below to have a look at the full Visual Guide, and click here to check out our full review.

Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (VC149) - The Vintage Collection

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Review: Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) - TVC - VC149

Here is another figure we should have fallen in love with but didn’t. Why is Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) this filthy on a Star Wars card? Can anyone answer this? Please don’t deactivate Hasbro! The Vintage Collection has overworked their circuits. Someone needs to take Hasbro down to maintenance! See why you may be disappointed with this figure too 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.

Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2)

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The Vintage Collection Wave 22: Lower Your Expectations

We’re almost done with the reviews, but you can check everything else out right now including a ton of comparison images, diorama shots and the new figures interacting with other figures and vehicles. I have to admit that The Vintage Collection wave 22 isn’t doing it for me. My favorite figure in the wave is the Imperial Assault Tank Commander, and that should NOT be the case. I am thrilled about finally getting a carded “12-Back” Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) figure, but this character and card back were worthy of a completely all-new sculpt. Oh well. Luke Skywalker (Crait) is a decent release, but he is limited in movement thanks to constricting robes. His articulation system is almost voided out by it. And the Death Star Gunner should have been the crowning joy of the wave, but it has disappointed me hugely. Anyhow, check out the new images of the latest figures. Hopefully, the next wave will be a little bit better.

         

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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Boba Fett - SW - 1979

Quick Pics: TVC R2-D2 (VC149)

We have some quick pics to share of the new The Vintage Collection R2-D2 figure. The figure on the left is the new TVC release, and the figure on the right is the one from the Star Wars [Solo] line. Special thanks to JTA reader and good friend Josh M. for the images!

      

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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Power Droid - SW - 1979

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Death Star Droid - SW - 1979

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: R5-D4 - SW - 1979

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