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Fan Expo Canada Exclusive LEGO Ghost Microfighter

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The Brick Fan sends word that LEGO will be offering a unique version of the Star Wars Rebels “The Ghost” Microfighter at Fan Expo Canada (Aug. 28-31). Aside from the exclusive packaging, this set differs from the SDCC version as it includes a Kanan Jarrus minifigure (SDCC version included “Chopper”). This set is only available at Booth #748 for a limited time at a first come, first served basis.

Sponsor News: Big Bad Toy Store

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Big Bad Toy Store has issued the latest new arrivals and preorders. Click on through to see what’s new!

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Boba Fett Life-Size Monument Preorder

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Gentle Giant is now taking preorders for the Life Size Vintage Boba Fett Monument. Standing at 6 feet tall, this fully articulated monument also includes an authentic re-scaled replica blaster accessory! A stunning centerpiece for any true collector’s display, this limited edition hand-painted monument comes with a certificate of authenticity. Price: $2750.00 with free shipping to the contiguous United States.

DorksideToys Warehouse Clearance Sale

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DorksideToys has launched their Warehouse Clearance Sale. Head on over to check out deep discounts on Star Wars, Marvel, G.I. Joe and more!

Star Wars Rebels Premier Dates/Show Schedule Announced

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Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, an exciting animated one-hour movie “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” will be available first to verified users on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app beginning MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29. WATCH Disney XD allows consumers to watch on tablet, phones, computer and set top boxes.

The global television debut of “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” is set for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT in the U.S.) on Disney Channels around the world, ushering in the series “Star Wars Rebels” beginning MONDAY, OCTOBER 13 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD. The series will air in 34 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households.

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Talking Boba Fett Now Available at DisneyStore.com

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DisneyStore.com now has available for sale the Talking Boba Fett figure available for purchase. Featuring a fully articulated body, lights and sound effects*, this collectible is sure to be a Fett fan favorite.

*Interestingly, some of the blaster and rocket sound effects are from Jango Fett.

Episode 431: Exclusive Showdown

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Marjorie and Arnie give a hands-on review of Hasbro’s San Diego Comic-Con International exclusives, Johnathan runs down the Toys R Us AT-ST set, and Steve the Gingerprince reports in from the London Film & Comic Con!

The irony of San Diego Comic-Con is that while everyone rushes to buy the exclusives, there’s no time at the con to really look at them! Now Marjorie and Arnie are back home and have unpacked their SDCC shipment, and are ready to tell you if Hasbro’s 6-Inch Jabba the Hut exclusive, or the SDCC/Toys R Us exclusive Cantina Showdown set, was worth the trouble.

Also on this week’s show Steve the Gingerprince reports in from the London Film and Comic Con. With a not-too-surprising number of Star Wars guests (given where Episode VII is filming) and tons of toys, listen in to find out about that European event.

With Johnathan telling us what’s hitting stores, a look at the Star Wars Celebration pin set, and more, it’s all in this episode of Star Wars Action News!

More Bad News: Price Hikes Hitting Target

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We’ve been receiving (and witnessing first hand) reports that Target is instituting a new series of price hikes for the Saga Legends and Black Series 3-3/4″ lines – approaching $8 and $12 respectively (depending on market) to coincide with their new aisle resets. Personally, I think the price hike on the Saga Legends is a much harder pill to swallow than the increase on the TBS figures. Granted, haters of the SL figures weren’t going to be swayed with a price drop on this line either, but it sure hurts the enthusiasm I have had for the line.

What do you think? Discuss the matter in our forums.

Target Stores Receiving Black Series Singles

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There have been reports that Target stores are getting in “single figures” from The Black Series for a little while now rather than full cases.  Understandably, some collectors have thought this information was incorrect.  But this is certainly happening, as illustrated by the above evidence provided by Darth Chuck.

I have seen evidence of this on one occasion so far.  Who else is seeing this?  Is this an eye-opener for Hasbro?  Head on over to the forums and let us know what you’re seeing at your local Target and share your thoughts on this interesting development after the jump!

Fantasy Flight Games Announces Imperial Assault

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Following up their recent announcement of Star Wars: Armada, Fantasy Flight Games has revealed Star Wars: Imperial Assault a tactical combat miniatures game following the events of A New Hope.

Victory! By destroying the Death Star, the Rebellion has given hope to a galaxy living in fear. The Empire races to recover from their crushing defeat and the loss of their ultimate weapon as the Rebel Alliance works to solidify their advantage. When an Imperial distress beacon begins to broadcast from an remote outpost on Yavin 4, a small team of elite Rebel operatives is dispatched. Their mission: to silence the signal at all costs…

Look for Imperial Assault in store in early 2015.

Star Wars Rebels Short: Art Attack

The Star Wars YouTube page has updated today with the newest short from Star Wars Rebels focusing on the artistic flair and tactics of Sabine.

Photonovel Spotlight: CloneCrazy

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Tonight we welcome back photonovel guru CloneCrazy to the front page spotlight, as he’s just released the first installment in his latest photonovel series, Will of the Force.

Check out this spectacular beginning to his new series, and be sure to leave him some feedback for his creative efforts after the jump!

Is Anything Actually Selling at Retail?

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Pretty much anywhere you go these days that has put out Hasbro’s latest Star Wars merchandise, you see the same thing.  Pegs of Command Series not selling, Hero Series X-Wings begging to be purchased, etc.  Very little of anything targeted at the kids is actually moving; which most collectors predicted as soon as we saw what Hasbro had planned for this Fall.  The only thing really moving out of the “new” stuff is the 6″ scale Jabba and Biker Scout.

I spoke with a Toys”R”us employee today who echoed the exact same sentiments that we are all saying here – the items Hasbro is making simply are not what the Star Wars market wants to spend money on and he sees it first-hand every day.  The customers are looking, but are walking away empty-handed.  Head on over to the forums to see what he had to say.

Episode 27: HTS Hassles, Helmets and Han!

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This week, Flyguy and I discuss the questionable shipping practices of HasbroToyShop.com regarding their exclusive sales from SDCC. We also cover the product and pre-orders hitting in-store and online. Finally, we wrap our heads around the latest spoilerific news regarding Episode VII and Star Wars Rebels. It’s another jam-packed episode of The Realm RecapClick 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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Unedited/Altered Original Trilogy Blu-ray Release?

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It seems that this rumor/claim comes around a few times a year but we’ll pass it on again. Comicbook.com is reporting “exclusively” that plans are in motion to release the Original Trilogy, unaltered, in its pre-Special Edition form on Blu-ray. Obviously, no official statement has been made so treat it as a big rumor for now.

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