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Hasbro Pulse live-streamed another Star Wars Fan First Friday this morning. All reveals go on sale at 1 PM Eastern. Here are today’s reveals:

  • The Vintage Collection – Zutton
  • The Black Series – Asajj Ventress (TCW)
  • The Black Series – Hunter (TCW)
  • The Black Series – Crosshair (TCW)

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Hasbro has really been killing it with their Mando Mondays reveals, and today is no exception. This helmet looks gorgeous! IGN revealed this new product this morning, available for preorder at 4 pm EST today. Click here for more images.

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Both the Vintage Collection and the Black Series had several reveals on the very first Mando Monday! And while most of the things (if not all) will no longer come as a huge surprise if you follow the news, it is still nice to see the official announcement! So click through for all the TVC and TBS reveals from today!

UPDATE: Photos added!

TVC Mando Buildup Pack

TVC Mando Buildup Pack

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Toy Photography Is Changing The Business

Today I want to talk about something that, in my opinion, has changed action figure collecting quite substantially in the past few years: toy photography. For the longest time action figure and toy collecting meant that you probably had various figures and vehicles on display in your home – but that outside of family members and friends almost no one got to see your collection. But in recent years more and more collectors have taken on toy photography as yet another hobby and have begun to share their work online. And this ongoing trend has not gone unnoticed by the various toy companies. And I think it has even changed the product lineup to a certain degree, to a point where modern figures, vehicles and playsets maybe even have the toy photographer a lot more in mind than the traditional collector. And it’s not just the Black Series, the Vintage Collection as well, ever since the line was relaunched in 2018!  So let’s talk about toy photography and how it has changed the business!

 
Matthew Cohen Mandalorian and The Child photo

Not a scene from the series

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The Best Buy exclusive TBS Credit Collection Heavy Infantry Mandalorian pre-order didn’t go live with the rest of the collection, but the pre-order is now available for those that missed it. 

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Pre-Order The Black Series Credit Collection

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The pre-orders are live for The Black Series Credit Collection. Click below for the pre-order pages!

   

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Sunday Fun: The True Size Of Star Wars Toy Vehicles

Star Wars is, among many other things, known for its enormously sized space ships. Hasbro has made quite a few of the smaller vehicles for The Vintage Collection, and they even gave The Black Series a few vehicles. However, the toy versions are somewhat undersized. But what if Hasbro made scale accurate Star Wars vehicles? What would be the size? Ever wondered how big a Black Series AT-AT or a TVC Star Destroyer would be? Click through to find out!

Size matters

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Pre-Order Today's The Black Series Reveals

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Pre-order pages are now available for today’s TBS reveals! Links below:

              
 

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Wow, these are incredible looking figures folks. Maybe one day we’ll get them in 3.75″ too, but for the favorite children of Hasbro, you get 4 all-new figures from The Clone Wars in 6″ form. Check out the photos of the individual figures and their packaging HERE. Thanks to Mike Z. in the Star Wars The Black Series Collectors Facebook group for the heads up!

The article states they will be available for preorder exclusively from Walmart tomorrow at 10 AM EST.

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The Black Series On The Aftermarket

I talked about ebay prices for The Black Series and The Vintage Collection recently and today I stumbled upon a very informative website that will be extremely helpful to anyone who is chasing figures on the aftermarket or wants to sell their figures and gauge demand: Actionfigure411.

This website tracks aftermarket prices for various Hasbro toylines, GI Joe Classified, Marvel Legends, Transformers Masterpieces and, of particular interest to Star Wars fans, it has a complete list of all Black Series releases, both 6 inch and 3.75 inch, including the Walmart exclusives. The site doesn’t just track prices on ebay, Amazon and Walmart are also tracked, giving you a very comprehensive overview.

On the website you not only see a detailed price table with all figures ever released in the Black Series, you also can display charts that visualize how aftermarket prices developed over time. The site also tells you how many figures were sold in recent times and what the high and low price were. The data is updated daily. Unfortunately, for TVC collectors, there is only very incomplete data for TVC 2.0. But the data tells us a few interesting things about the popularity of various Black Series figures. So click through for a closer look at The Black Series on the aftermarket, I will also talk about 3.75 inch figures!

General Hux is a winner

General Hux is a winner

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In light of the recent rumors about a “Gaming Greats” Darth Nihilus Black Series figure I wonder if Hasbro has long term plans for a “Gaming Greats” Black Series sub line. That leads us to the question of today: what other potential “Gaming Greats” Star Wars figures would you like to see? Also, what figures do you think are realistic candidates for a release? Click through for a few suggestions and make sure to add your own in the comments!

Gaming Greats Revan

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How Sustainable Is The Black Series?

Yes, this is part of the #fightforTVC campaign, but I pose this as a legitimate question to 6″ Black Series collectors. For over 40 years, 3.75″ action figures have dominated the Star Wars collecting market. Only a few years ago, the 6″ Black Series line entered the scene, and has since grown into a line with many new figures per year and a large collecting group. But how long can it continue? Is collecting 6″ figures sustainable? Let’s explore a few reasons why it may not be…

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A New Hope - A Toy Story

On May 4th several Star Wars toy photographers released a rather impressive project: an action figure recreation of A New Hope. It’s a joint effort of nine people, sadly, the project is not quite finished, maybe 90% is done, but even so, there are more than 250 images, using the full range of action figures, TBS, TVC, SHF, Bandai model kits and even Kenner, plus some custom figures and dioramas. The entire portfolio makes for one very ambitious and excellent photo novel. Projects like these show what can be achieved with a clever combination of both 1/12 and 1/18 scale figures, custom dioramas, and off the shelf vehicles. Maybe the photography bug may bite you as well when you see the excellent photos that recreate iconic scenes from the movie. Click through for a couple of highlights!

A New Hope Action Figure Version

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Toy Run Tuesday #44 - Revenge of the Fifth Haul!

This week was great. I got some incredible new acquisitions that I am very excited to share with you! One item is BIG. I got some fodder in trade, and some not-so-shiny new troopers. There is even more, so please click here so I can share it with you!

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Toy Run Tuesday #41 - Family Business and the Clone Wars

Hello my fellow toy runners! It’s been quite a week! I have some exciting new things to share with you, including some custom Star Wars pieces my wife made! I also was able to make a great score via Facebook Marketplace, and picked up one of Hasbro’s best vehicles locally. Please click here to check out some photos of this past week in Star Wars!

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I want to make a plug for 2 of my favorite shops online for custom parts: Krazy D’s Customs, and Watto’s Scrapyard. Both companies offer 3D printed parts of their own skilled original design, but for very different aspects of the customizing world. For people like me who love to customize, they fill a valuable, if not crucial role, in collecting today. Click here to see what I mean.

Krazy D’s Kustoms

Watto’s Scrapyard

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Save Big On Luke's X-Wing Helmet At Shop Disney!

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Right now ShopDisney.com has a nice sale going on from now until Monday where you can save 25% off of $100, 20% off of $75, and 15% off of $50 with promo SAVEMORE. That means if you want that awesome Luke Skywalker Black Series Helmet at $99 (and you add something small and cheap or save on more Star Wars items), you can get it for around $75. PLUS you can also get free shipping on top with SHIPMAGIC Promo. 

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Toy Run Tuesday #2 - Pinball and Sabaac

After the success of last week’s TRT, I’m excited for this one! We had nearly 200 comments and photos of people’s collecting experiences from that week. I hope to see that kind of engagement going forward! I personally loved the custom work of some of our readers. For this week, I didn’t personally receive or buy very many new toys, but did have a chance to work on customs and have some other Star Wars fun. Check it out after the jump!

My grail – the Shuttle Tydirium – and Galaga. Two of the best creations ever!

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Popularity Of Star Wars Toylines

Ever since Hasbro introduced The Black Series in 2013 there has been much debate about the popularity of various Star Wars toylines. Is The Vintage Collection, despite its cancellation, still more popular? Is the revived Vintage Collection popular again? What about 5 POA figures? Or the Retro Collection? And then there is the question where we all are in the toyworld. How do the various Star Wars toylines compare to other things? Marvel Legends? Funko Pops? Or maybe even S.H.Figuarts? Now I have to say one thing here: this article is not about proving anything or to make anyone feel good or bad about what they collect. I merely try to find out how popular things are on Google. And of course there are some caveats. But I will get to that in more detail in the article. I think it might be interesting to see how various things are trending online. There certainly are some intriguing results. So click through for more info!

Vintage Star Wars Toys

The Empire Strikes Back vehicles and playsets from the golden days

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Toy Run Tuesdays Starts Next Week!

Okay, let’s get this going! I’ve been thinking about running this series for a little while now, but work and school have been kicking my butt lately, so my posts have been a little on the backburner. In any case, with all the saturation of news and leaks and new figure wishlists (and not getting the figures on that list), I wanted to create an opportunity to focus on the fun of collecting. So, to do that, let’s meet weekly to share what we have actually recently collected, or done with our collections. Click through for some general guidelines for Toy Run Tuesdays…

Recently acquired Corellian hound assisting in the capture of one of Moloch’s fugitives.

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How Many Figures Do You Buy?

It’s been said that twenty percent of a market buys eighty percent of the goods. That means that you and I here reading this article are probably buying a lot of action figures, but how many is that really? JTA friend Tyler F. and I were having a conversation about the market for TVC and TBS figures. We have 3.75″ collectors and 6″ collectors (and others) who follow our site, and I was wondering, when it comes down it, who buys more action figures? Click through for more.

Tyler’s amazing platoon of TVC Stormtroopers.

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Be Careful What You Wish For?

Some collectors have been very unhappy with modern day 5 POA 3.75 inch Star Wars figures. They say that what used to be good enough 40 years ago doesn’t cut it anymore in the modern day and that 3.75 in figures should all be super articulated. So some collectors vehemently called for the death of the modern 5 POA 3.75 inch line. And now it seems they may get their wish. But in the process everyone loses and no one really wins anything. Why? Click through for a discussion!

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Objects of dislike?

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Huge Instant 6" Collection On eBay!

JTA reader Victor has encountered unexpected bills and has to part with his 6″ collection. (He’s holding onto his 3.75″ collection.) If interested, check out what he’s selling on eBay!

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TBS Princess Leia #30 Hitting Ross Hard

About a week ago we posted that Captain Rex was showing up at Ross stores in the US. Well, I went to six Ross stores yesterday and was sorely disappointed. Not only did I not find a single Captain Rex, I found something much worse (at more than one store). If you need reminded why this particular Leia figure is essentially terrible, just check out our RDR here. Has anyone had luck finding Captain Rex or the Target 3-pack at Ross? Let us know in the comments!

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WOW! Black Series Captain Rex Showing Up at Ross!

More and more Star Wars collectibles are showing up at discount retailers, and it looks like the next one to hit Ross is Captain Rex. Surprising to me since it’s such a good figure, but this probably has more to do with distribution than collectors not buying it at retail. It looks like the search is on once again to find this figure on the cheap. Thanks to Mike Y. and Rand R. from Arizona for the images. Have you found this figure at Ross too? Let us know in the comments!

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