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This year’s Celebration Anaheim may have been canceled, but JTA is still celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back with our latest card back set: Series 4: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary.

This series was initially slated to be our Celebration Anaheim 2020 give-away, so we decided to continue with the set to celebrate 40 years of Empire. You can pick up this 14-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 48-card master set.

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It’s a miracle Hasbro made another vehicle in The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line, but the only reason this one exists is that it’s a Fan Channel exclusive. They’ll probably never again offer another vehicle at Big Box retail again. That aside, we know 6″ collectors will love the Snowspeeder/Dak Ralter set, but 3.75″ collectors will know immediately that Hasbro went cheap on its design. (more….)

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Our next The Black Series Visual Guide update features the latest in carbonized technology. Click below to check out the Stormtrooper (Carbonized). Make sure to also check out our full review of this figure over in our review database.

Stormtrooper (Carbonized) - The Black Series

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So Hasbro can make a box “vac-metalized” but can’t do the same for the figure inside of it? The Black Series [Phase III] Stormtrooper (Carbonized) figure has a box that’s more silvery and shinier than itself. What’s up with that?! (more….)

Stormtrooper (Carbonized)

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The Limited Edition The Empire Strikes Back 40th-anniversary screen prints by  Matt Ferguson are now on sale over at Bottleneck Gallery. You have until Sunday, June 21st at 11:59 pm eastern to order either of the timed-release versions, but if you want the variant version you’d better get that now. They are very limited. The edition size for the regular versions will be determined after the sale period ends.  

Each poster is 24×36

  • Regular  Version – Timed Release @ $65
  • Japanese Version  – Timed Release @ $65
    (Can purchase a matching numbered set for $125)
  • Variant Edition –  Edition of  475 @  $85
  • Japanese Variant – Edition of 475 @ $85

UPDATE: Both variant editions are sold out

     

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Bottleneck Gallery will have the Limited Edition The Empire Strikes Back 40th-anniversary  screen prints by  Matt Ferguson, with the sale period starting Wednesday, June 17th at 12 pm eastern and ending Sunday, June 21st at 11:59 pm eastern. The edition size will be determined after the sale period ends. There are 4 prints total, two timed edition prints, and 2 variant editions limited to just  475 each. Click below for a look at each print. 

Each poster is 24×36

  • Regular  Version – Timed Release @ $65
  • Japanese Version  – Timed Release @ $65
    (Can purchase a matching numbered set for $125)
  • Variant Edition –  Edition of  475 @  $85
  • Japanese Variant – Edition of 475 @ $85

 

     

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There’s a lack of products celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back for collectors of The Vintage Collection. Since Hasbro is very fond of repacks, how about they re-released 2010’s Star Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Bespin Cloud Car (which to date has never been offered in The Vintage Collection packaging), and then re-release 2010’s TVC Rebel Armored Snowspeeder (a former TARGET exclusive) or a variation of it again (based on the 2010 Star Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Luke Skywalker’s Snowspeeder vehicle). We need more vehicles in the line, and these both are worthy candidates to consider for the Fall/holiday season. Imagine a Cloud Car Pilot variant carded pack-in figure (with a different head) and the TBS [P1] Wedge Antilles (Snowspeeder Pilot) with Photo Real and carded pack-in figure and the selling point premiums!

   

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Let’s check out our Visual Guide for the Deluxe The Black Series [Phase III] Imperial Probe Droid. Click below to check out the full guide page. You can also read our full review of this figure right here.

Imperial Probe Droid (D3) - The Black Series [Phase III]

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Visual Guide Update - Lando Calrissian - TBS6 [ESB40]

Our last Visual Guide update from wave 2 of The Black Series The Empire Strikes Back 40th anniversary line is the repacked Lando Calrissian. Click below to visit our full Visual Guide. We also have a full review of this figure right here.

Lando Calrissian - TBS [TESB40]

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We’re not sure if this is a single store markdown or not. And we have NO IDEA how widespread this is. But we have evidence that the Retro Collection is on clearance at this Walmart location for 50% off. Many (most?) of us haven’t even seen this collection of figures enter their brick and mortar locations, let alone on sale. It’s not even the end of May, and this latest find makes us believe that Walmart is over the 40th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back already. Thanks to JTA reader Thomas H. for the report and image.

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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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Out of all the 6″ The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary figures, Hasbro got Lando Calrissian close to perfect. There is almost nothing negative to write about this figure. Or is there? (more….)

Lando Calrissian

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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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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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Sideshow Collectibles has listed both the Hot Toys Darth Vader and Hot Toys Boba Fett (Vintage Color Version) The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Collection Sixth Scale figures. Click the banners below for each pre-order page!

   

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Hot Toys is re-releasing their The Empire Strikes Back Darth Vader figure in all-new gorgeous 40th Anniversary Collection packaging as part of their The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Collection. Click through for the full specs and gallery…

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Visual Guide Update - Leia (Hoth) - Retro Collection

It’s time to wrap up the Retro Collection The Empire Strikes Back wave of Visual Guide updates with Leia (Hoth). Click below to check out our full Visual Guide page. You can find the full review over in our review database. If you missed any of our updates, stop by our Visual Guides channel to check out all of the latest guides.

Leia (Hoth) - Retro Collection

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TARGET Reset Next Week! Here Are Some Details!

Review: Leia (Hoth) - Retro Collection - Walmart Exclusive

NEW FIGURES! We’re finishing up looking at the Retro Collection THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK action figures which are Walmart exclusives! Let’s end it with the Leia (Hoth) reissue which originally came out in 1981. 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 - Yoda - Retro Collection

Yoda is our next Visual Guide update from The Empire Strikes Back Retro Collection. Click below for the full Visual Guide page. Make sure to also read our full review right here.

Yoda - Retro Collection

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Review: Yoda - Retro Collection - Walmart Exclusive

NEW FIGURES! We’re looking at the Retro Collection THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK action figures which are currently Walmart exclusives! Let’s continue with one of Kenner’s best figures from 1980, Yoda. 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.

Yoda

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