Chapter 5 of The Mandalorian takes the hero and Baby Yoda to Tatooine (we knew that from the posters and various trailers already). I thought it would be fun to compare The Mandalorian’s Tatooine with what we saw in A New Hope. I also take a look at color grading and what has changed here since 1977. So click through for a few comparisons and to see how faitfhfully the show managed to recreate the planet. Very mild spoilers may apply, so people who don’t like even the mildest of spoilers (basically, just set pieces from the first 5 minutes or so from the show) should only click through once they have seen the episode! Everyone else, please go ahead to take a look at Tatooine 1977 vs 2019!
This week’s The Mandalorian episode takes us back to one of the most famous Star Wars locations of all time! After a space battle with a bounty hunter the Razor Crest needs repairs. So the Mandalorian flies to a nearby planet that we first saw all those years ago, back in 1977, when it all began… Click through to read my spoiler review of the episode and share your thoughts!
Mattel will release a “Baby Yoda” plush doll with vinyl head on June 1st 2020. Price will be $24.99. The toy looks just as adorable as the character. And in my opinion this Mattel “Baby Yoda” is superior to the very stylized Funko Pop version – and even cheaper.
However, all of that raises the question if the fact that Mattel is making “Baby Yoda” could be a sign of things to come.
A quick reminder: the Hasbro Star Wars license expires in late 2020. And we’ve had no news at all regarding a license renewal or extension, which is highly unusual, because previously these extensions were announced years in advance.
That being said, it’s not unusual that various other companies are making Star Wars plush dolls. Porgs were made by a number of companies, for example. So it may well be that Hasbro has an electronic “Baby Yoda” toy in the works that can move and make sounds, just like the electronic Porg made by them. It’s therefore not about the fact that Hasbro has no exclusive license to make Star Wars plush toys. But that Mattel is making “Baby Yoda” is certainly interesting, because they didn’t make any plush Porgs back in 2017. So maybe Mattel wants a bigger slice of the Star Wars merchandise pie. And perhaps they want even more.
This week in Star Wars I added a couple new customs to my collection. One is the first of four that I will have by the time I am done. Click here to get a taste of what could be in The Vintage Collection.
Check out The Black Series Best Buy exclusive Heavy Infantry Mandalorian (D2), today’s Visual Guide update. Click below to open the full Visual Guide. Make sure to also read our full review of this figure right here.
This was inevitable. Fans have been asking for Baby Yoda merchandise ever since the first episode of The Mandalorian was released. And as usual, Funko will be the first to release something, it seems. Funko themselves posted a teaser on their Twitter, but a photo of the actual toy also leaked on Instagram. A Reddit user posted a screenshot of several entries in Target’s database showing two different Baby Yodas: a 10 inch and most likely a regular 6 inch version which both look the same. Price is $29.99 and $8.99 respectively. Expect Baby Yoda early in 2020. Now we wonder when Hasbro and/or Disney will release something, either an action figure with a Baby Yoda accessory or a lifesize doll. Will you get the Funko Pop version?
Pax Vizla was introduced in The Mandalorian and Hasbro has introduced the Heavy Infantry Mandalorian in the toy line, as a Best Buy exclusive. Learn more about this extremely overpriced, yet fantastic, 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.
The latest episode of The Mandalorian, “Sanctuary”, was released earlier today. It’s another great one. Maybe not as action packed as the previous episodes, but instead we get more character development and some really cute and funny Baby Yoda moments. Chapter 4 is basically the Mandalorian version of “The Seven Samurai”, when a village asks the Mandalorian for help against bandits. You will certainly have lots of fun in the episode and Baby Yoda proves to be a scene stealer once again.
You can read my spoiler review and discuss the episode by clicking on the banner below. Don’t read the review if you want to avoid spoilers!
Ugh! After waiting almost TWO MONTHS for it, TARGET sends JTA reader Chris G. a notice that they’re canceling his long-awaited The Mandalorian (Carbonized) figures!
Forbes published an article the other day about the findings of Parrot Analytics, a leading data research company for TV and streaming. And they compared demand for The Mandalorian 7 days after its debut with other genre shows 7 days after they were launched. And the clear winner is The Mandalorian! Click through for some numbers!
The third Mandalorian episode “The Sin” is another great one! This is what fans have been waiting for! It has intense action, epic shootouts, Mandalorians galore, drama and of course a certain spoilery something that the world is madly in love with and you will love it even more after this episode. In short: go watch it! And then discuss the episode! The spoiler heavy review is waiting for you!
Many fans wondered why there is no merchandise for one of the breakout characters from the Mandalorian. Of course I am talking about the cutest infant ever seen in Star Wars. Now Variety has an article on their website saying that Jon Favreau is actually the one to “blame” here, he specifically asked Disney to withhold merchandise for Baby Yoda so that viewers would not be spoiled. Now while most of the world still cannot watch the show legally, the cat is out of the bag. Not only do mainstream newssites (even here in Germany where the show won’t be available before April 1st 2020!) report about Baby Yoda, the official Star Wars twitter posted a photo. So the character can hardly be considered a spoiler anymore. Which is why merchandise can finally hit stores. But I digress, fans of the show and the character can be happy that merchandise will hit stores before Christmas. Some t-shirts are already available but of course everyone is waiting for that plush Baby Yoda. What other merchandise do you want? Leave your suggestions in the comments! Read the Variety article here!
Tonight we start a run of Visual Guide updates featuring figures from The Black Series [Phase III]. First up, check out the Best Buy exclusive IG-11. Click below for our full Visual Guide, and click here to check out our full review.
There are 2 playsets that would be incredible additions to The Vintage Collection. One needs to be the Razorcrest, that much is clear, but the second might not be so obvious. I’ve taken some screenshots (not photos from my phone this time, yay!), and drew up a couple ideas for how these playsets could be brought to fruition. Click here to take a look!
The second Mandalorian episode was released earlier today! And it’s another winner. I cannot tell you anything really about this episode because a certain spoilery something is very much involved with the plot. The basic plot is simple, the Mandalorian found his target in Chapter 1 and wants to get back to his ship now. On his way back he is attacked by rival bounty hunters who want to kill his bounty, the Mandalorian expertly disposes of them, only to find that when he returns to his ship pesky Offworld Jawas have dismantled it… now he needs the parts back. But the Jawas want something in return… and the fun begins. This episode will be talked about for days and days and possibly even longer. I can tell you that!
Also, let me just tell you that whoever can subscribe to Disney+ and is remotely interested in Star Wars should subscribe now. $6.99, even if the only thing you’ll ever watch is The Mandalorian, is still just $0.88 per episode, and I bet you will rewatch the episodes a lot. It’s a bargain.
This show is a winner. It’s what the vast majority of Star Wars fans have hoped for, it’s what they want and what they need. It will make you happy. You will smile. You will be surprised. The show also expands the Star Wars mythos in a very fundamental way. So don’t wait, don’t hesitate, watch the episode now! Just one caveat, the second episode is just 31 minutes long. We need more. Now! But we will have to wait until next Friday!
Anyone else who has already seen the episode – or if you enjoy spoilers – can click on the banner below or click through to read my spoiler review of the second episode!
SPOILER WARNING: YOU WILL BE THOROUGHLY SPOILED IF YOU READ THE REVIEW!
Now that the Mandalorian has aired its first episode fans are already talking about what action figures they want. Action figures we will probably either never get or only get months and months later. But let’s not talk about action figures, let’s talk about something that took most fans by surprise and what most fans apparently find most adorable. And to protect those who had no chance to see the show yet, you have to click through to know what I am talking about!
YOU WILL BE SPOILED IF YOU CLICK THROUGH!
Okay, so The Mandalorian has been out for a day now, and I wanted to talk action figures – specifically for The Vintage Collection. What characters would you like to see immortalized in 3.75 inches of plastic? The Mandalorian is already coming, so we won’t use him as a pick here, but click through for some photos and let us know in the comments who you’d like to see in TVC! Mild spoilers may be ahead…
Today not only saw the debut of Disney+ in North America and a few selected other countries, today also saw the release of the highly anticipated first-ever Star Wars live-action series: The Mandalorian. I wrote a very spoilery review which you can read by clicking on the banner below. But maybe a few of you don’t want to read a spoiler review and for you, I have a few general thoughts: go watch the show! It’s the best thing in a long time, it’s like A New Hope, Rogue One and Solo, it’s your Boba Fett daydream come true, even if the character is not Boba Fett. This series is extremely well made, has a very, very, very interesting premise, and that final scene will be talked about for days and maybe even weeks. This show was made for longtime fans. Everyone can certainly enjoy it, but longtime fans will certainly love every second. So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t watched the episode yet, do it now. And if you have seen it and want to discuss it, then please read my review!
Holy cow! Cara Dune is a perfect 10. She’s a beautiful character, and this action figure is one of Hasbro’s best. We believe she will change the opinion of Disney Star Wars’ female characters (for the better). Cara Dune is more believable than all of the the most heavily-criticized Sequel Trilogy characters combined (and we know nothing about her). We’re so eager to see her in action. Learn everything about her 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.
We are continuing Visual Guide updates to our The Vintage Collection section, with tonight’s update featuring the AT-ST Raider Best Buy exclusive, which also includes an exclusive Klatooinian Raider figure. Click below to check out our detailed guide page for this vehicle. You can also check out our full review right here.
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The Remnant Stormtrooper and all of the TVC repacks can also be pre-ordered on Amazon.com.
Next up is the Best Buy exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] IG-11 6″ figure. It’s cool. Check it out 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.
Are you ready to check out The VIntage Collection AT-ST Raider which is a Best Buy exclusive? It’s very expensive, but comes with an incredible pack-in figure. You’ll never guess what base figure Hasbro used to make him too! Learn everything you need to know about this set 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.
Check out these new character posters for The Mandalorian that was shared on the Star Wars official facebook. We can see The Mandalorian, Cara Dune, Greef Carga, IG-11 and Kuiil. We’re getting so close and if you’re not quite sold, we’ll be doing reviews of each episode so you can check it out and those who watched can have a discussion. Disney+ begins streaming The Mandalorian on November 12th! Click each one to get a closer look.
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