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Sponsor News: Big Bad Toy Store

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Big Bad Toy Store updates this week with new arrivals and preorders from The Walking Dead, LotR, Star Wars, Serenity, Transformers, Bandai Jp & More. Click on through for the latest!

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Sponsor News: DorksideToys

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Check out all that’s in stock this week, and available for pre-order at Dorksidetoys.comJoin us on our Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr & Facebook pages for regular toy news and new stock, sale and pre-order alerts, movie news, trailers and more.

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Kotobukiya R2-M5 ARTFX+ Statue Now Available

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R2-M5 was an R2-series astromech droid produced by Industrial Automaton that served the Royal Naboo Security Forces. It was one of the astromech droids aboard the Queen’s starship as of 32 BBY. When a Trade Federation battleship opened fire on the Naboo Royal Starship, R2-M5 went out, along with R2-N3 and other astromech droids, to fix an imbalance in the starboard engines. Both droids were blasted off the hull.

Offered exclusively through Barnes & Noble, this limited production statue stands nearly 4 inches tall in 1/10 scale. R2-M5 can be displayed either upright or inclined on its magnetic display base and also includes a collectable, commemorative coin.

The R2-M5 ARTFX+ statue is available now at Barnes & Noble stores or online.

Toyguide Update: 6″ Boba Fett (Prototype Armor)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the Walgreens Exclusive Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) from the Black Series line of 6″ figures.

PROS: It was a foregone conclusion that this figure would see the light of day considering Fett’s overall popularity, but that didn’t stop customizers for creating their own version in advance of this release. The figure itself is well done and is not just a repaint, it is a total recast which was really the only way to go. The sculpt is crisp and what little paint apps there are, are well applied. The refreshed box design showcases the figure better than the previous look. Articulation is plentiful with standard and double hinged joints throughout allowing for a wide range of relaxed and aggressive stances.

CONS: Not the most accurate of representations of this armor as there are plenty of differences in the prototype costume and weapons. No weathering on either weapon seems a bit cheap considering the deco that was saved on the figure. This figure is the epitome of scalper bait and having them set on shelf and scooped up within minutes/hours of being placed is sadly the norm in most stores. I was hoping that Hasbro would have pulled a page from their TVC release (and Sideshow) and given him the vintage beach towel cape deco, but this design is very acceptable.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this set is worth adding to your collection.

You can also weigh in with your impressions on the figures we add to our toyguide on facebook and in our forums.

New Black Series Figures Hit Hong Kong

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Our friends at Jedi News share via Facebook that the wave of Black Series figures (in new black and blue TIE Pilot packaging) have started to hit in Hong Kong.

Play Arts Kai Darth Vader Coming Soon

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Jeff from JediDefender alerts us to news that Play Art Kai (Square Enix) is developing a Darth Vader figure set to debut this weekend at the Tokyo Game Show.

 

Jumbo Kenner Princess Leia (Boushh Disguise) Preorder

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Gentle Giant is now taking preorders for their Jumbo Kenner Princess Leia (Boushh Disguise) figure.

Digitally scanned from mint 3 ¾” Kenner originals and reproduced at a Jumbo size, no detail has been overlooked. Made of durable plastics, this jumbo figure includes a faithfully reproduced Boushh helmet and rifle and comes fully articulated!

More Vehicle Value Pack Finds at Kmart

Jesse from JediDefender was able to find several sets of the Special Value Offer vehicle packs at his local Kmart including the more rare Jedi Speeder set. Here is a link to another image of his haul.

The Enloe Trials Update

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It’s been a while since the last chapter was released in The Enloe Trials photonovel series, but that’s the way it goes when trying to make new customs and dioramas for each chapter (and trying to shuffle priorities of work and being a parent).  So what’s a guy to do when he doesn’t have time to make all the sets on his own?  Create a few concepts, and find someone who is able to build some of the sets for you!

So, thanks to the efforts of Yakface forum member EMPIRE, another installment in the series will be happening faster than I anticipated.  You’ve probably by now seen some of his amazing work here in our forums.  I’m sure he’ll be posting more updates of his fantastic custom playsets before too long, but for the time being head on over and take a quick look at what he’s working on for me behind the scenes by clicking here.

Toyguide Update: Reveal the Rebels: Jedi Reveal

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today, with the first entry in the Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Today, we take a look at the Toys”R”Us Exclusive Reveal the Rebels: Jedi Reveal Set.

PROS: Faithful representations in terms of sculpt and deco to their animated likenesses. Paint operations are good/better than most Saga Legends/Mission Series figures. The Holographic Obi-Wan is obviously the real draw of the set as Kanan and Ezra will be available as single carded releases.

CONS: Cost is about $5.00 too high for two 5 POA* figures (which are/will be repacks) and an accessory. Ezra includes the same cadet helmet from the basic carded release – it would have been nice to receive his customized deco version here and/or his special lightsaber.

*Note: Kanan’s hands are separate parts that are glued into the forearms to prevent separation by young collectors. Samples that I have seen vary in how they are attached. Be mindful of the wrists as if you get a bit overzealous in the twisting, the wrist peg may sheer off resulting in damage.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this set is worth adding to your collection.

You can also weigh in with your impressions on the figures we add to our toyguide on facebook and in our forums.

Walgreens Prototype Boba Fett Giveaway

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Here are the details for our Walgreens Exclusive Prototype Boba Fett Giveaway!

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Sponsor News: K&C Collectibles

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K & C Collectibles has in-stock the New Black Series 3 3/4 inch Wave 4 & Wave 5.  The New 6″ Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) figure and Wave 5 of the 6″ series.  Also added items from Sideshow Collectibles, Quantum Mechanix (keychains), Tech Deck (figure skateboards) and LEGO’s.  Click the NEW PRODUCT link for a complete list of recently added items.
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Episode 30: Bounty Hunted – Be Well!

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This week’s episode is loaded once again with the latest Hasbro news involving the 6” line but that’s not all as new Star Wars Rebels product has hit stores as well! Plus, we discuss the reveal of some old Clone Wars and Original Trilogy vehicle Value Packs shipping back to stores. LEGO, Sideshow and Gentle Giant make a return this week with new products, preorders and more. Spoilery Episode VII spy images hit the web this week – is black the new black? All this and more in Episode 30 of The Realm Recap! Click on through to check out the latest episode and feel free to subscribe to our channel and leave suggestions on what you’d like to see covered on the show.

Also, if you prefer an audio-only version, a downloadable MP3 is available as well.

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Disney Store Exclusive Figurine Sets Hitting Retail

Twitter follower @cybertronprime / Dan from SWCollector.com tagged us in this tweet with his find at Disney Stores today. Still no sign of the “Empire” set.

Kmart Receives Special Value Vehicle Sets

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As as follow up to our previous article, Facebook follower Lando Griffin writes in with photographic confirmation that the vehicle value packs are hitting Kmart stores as well. Click the image above for a closer look.

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