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Wo! The third wave of The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary] has hit retail. JTA reader Mike R. found Boba Fett and Darth Vader. (UPDATE: It appears that these are being found at TARGET stores on the West coast.)

    

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Hasbro Pulse updated their convention exclusives page. The short story is that they’re available in September 2020. Each Star Wars item is listed separately now. Click through for more information! Special thanks to Scot G. for the alert!

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Wow! If you’re fortunate, Amazon is shipping out the Han Solo (Carbonite) figure from The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40] 6″ line. JTA friend and reader Russ T. just got this notice!

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We have our next The Black Series The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Visual Guide update tonight, featuring the Amazon exclusive Han Solo (Carbonite) “figure”. Click below to check out our full Visual Guide page. You can also read our full review in our review database.

Han Solo (Carbonite) - The Black Series (The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary)

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The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40] Han Solo (Carbonite) is artificially getting passed off as a figure. Don’t be fooled. It’s an accessory. That’s all it is! Did you get one before they sold out? (more….)

Han Solo (Carbonite)

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The Black Series 6″ collectors are likely very happy about now. Hasbro finally re-released an accessory from seven years ago to help them complete their collections. Part of The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary lineup, Han Solo (Carbonite) is repainted and comes with nothing else but a three-part display stand. You can see our full gallery and review early RIGHT HERE.

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Tonight we are adding the newly released Amazon exclusive Bounty Hunters (40th Anniversary Edition) (4-LOM/Zuckuss) to our Visual Guides. Click below to check out this The Black Series exclusive. Make sure to also stop by and check out our full review of this set right here.

Bounty Hunters (40th Anniversary Edition) (4-LOM/Zuckuss) - The Black Series - Amazon Exclusive

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Hey Hasbro! Stop stealing ideas from The Vintage Collection and using them in The Black Series 6″ line! The Bounty Hunters (40th Anniversary Edition) (4-LOM/Zuckuss) is a 6″ version of a The Vintage Collection product. It’s still cool, though. We have it all for you to see in our 52-image gallery; comparison pictures and all! Check it out! (more….)

Bounty Hunters (40th Anniversary Edition) (4-LOM/Zuckuss)

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There appears to be some production issue on the 40th Anniversary The Empire Strikes Back Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (Dagobah) action figure in the ASSORTMENT CASE. While the figure has no issues, we’ve learned that the packaging for units in the case assortments getting filled now all sustained some sort of damage. And they’re all like that and shipping as we speak. And we also understand that Hasbro doesn’t have replacements for them either. So, if you’re expecting a mint-on-card specimen, it may take some time to secure one, or until solid case packs are released in substantial numbers to serve as replacements. We DO NOT KNOW if the solid case pack units are affected by this damage as well. (But that seems to be the easiest remedy if Hasbro chooses this route to fix things.) We’re learning more about this in real-time, so stay tuned for any updates or clarifications to this story. We do know wholesalers are receiving credits for the damaged packaging. You can look all over the web, and this figure is out of stock almost everywhere.

UPDATE: Now Entertainment Earth is sending out emails about this situation!

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It sold out instantly on Hasbro Pulse, but you can also pre-order the 40th Anniversary Boba Fett at Walmart online right now! Special thanks to JTA reader Craig F. for the alert!

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Pre-orders for all of the new products revealed on Fan First Monday are now live! Pre-order now from Entertainment Earth!

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What 40th Anniversary Of The Empire Strikes Back?

Have you noticed a lack of product at your local retailers like TARGET and WALMART? Aside from leftovers of the TBS6 [P3] Wedge Antilles wave, a couple of 40th Anniversary Lando Calrissian figures at TARGET, and mostly nothing at WALMART, aisles are bare of Star Wars products. Many factors can be blamed, from Coronavirus to online sales, but you have to wonder why retail cannot even keep SOMETHING on their shelves to represent this landmark event! The below image is from my local TARGET, and it has looked like this for over seven weeks now (aside from the Imperial Probe Droid which one arrived damaged and hasn’t sold since). And don’t get me started on The Vintage Collection which I haven’t seen at this location since 2019. Thank goodness for online, huh? It makes you wonder why Hasbro needs brick and mortar and at all.

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Hasbro Pulse TBS And TVC Checklist Update

In case you missed it, Hasbro Pulse updated the product checklist for The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary on May 28th! Special thanks to JTA reader Justin C. for the alert!

NOTE: There are two links on their website, one takes you to the old checklist. THIS LINK takes you to the update.

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Let’s continue our Visual Guide updates from wave 2 of The Black Series The Empire Strikes Back 40th anniversary line. Next up is the Imperial Tie Fighter Pilot. Click below for our full Visual Guide page. Make sure you also stop by and read our full review of this figure right here.

Imperial Tie Fighter Pilot - TBS [TESB40]

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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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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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Hurry! TBS6 [TESB40] 4-LOM/Zuckuss Set Pre-order Live!

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The link for The Black Series 6″ The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary 4-LOM/Zuckuss figure set is live!

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You can pre-order the three AMAZON exclusives at Hasbro Pulse RIGHT NOW! The limit is ONE OF EACH ITEM per order.

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And here is one more reveal from today. Luke Skywalker in his Dagobah training outfit with Yoda! Luke looks appropriately grimy. He also comes with a backpack. But Yoda is still the same old Yoda from before, i.e. he’s much too tall and it may look a bit funny when Luke carries him around on his back. This post will be updated once details about availability are known! Thanks to Oliver H. for sending the picture!

Update: after more scrutiny it appears Yoda was scaled down somewhat from the previous version and is a little shorter now!

The Black Series Luke Skywalker and Yoda

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Here is the link for The Black Series 6″ The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary 4-LOM/Zuckuss figure set! We’ll post an update when the links go live!

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