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Sideshow ARC Trooper “Fives” Delayed

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Sideshow Collectibles has started sending out notifications to those that preordered the ARC Trooper “Fives” sixth scale figure. They state that the production delays have pushed the release date time frame from June to July-August.

New StarWars.com Article Reveals New Character

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StarWars.com has updated today with an expanded interview with Annie Leibovitz from the recent Vanity Fair feature. The new article reveals a new image of Andy Serkis in full mo-cap mode as well as the character he will be playing (name only). For spoiler-phobes steer clear, but for others click on over to the official site.

Star Wars Reads Day Returns This October

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USA Today has announced today the return of Star Wars Reads Day – Oct. 10, 2015. This marks the fourth anniversary of the event and to commemorate it, Disney/Lucasfilm has created a new logo featuring BB-8 from The Force Awakens. For more info check out the article and visit the Star Wars Reads Facebook page.

Star Wars #6 Preview

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Comic Book Resources has posted an exclusive preview of Star Wars #6 featuring Boba Fett tracking down Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. Look for this issue at your local comic shop and online on June 3.

UPDATE: The Force Awakens First Order Stormtrooper Hits eBay

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It was only a matter of time, but the Hasbro 6″ First Order Stormtrooper figure from The Force Awakens hit eBay recently courtesy of seller VipersKingdom. It is sold out now but that is likely to change based on past history. If you absolutely must have the figure now, bookmark the seller’s page and check back often.

Thanks to fellow Wolfpack Podcast team member Corey for the heads up.

UPDATE: It is back up now as an auction listing – current price $510.00

LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Set Leak

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A new LEGO Star Wars set from The Force Awakens has leaked and despite it being briefly seen in the newest trailer we won’t be posting it here as it is unofficial. Head over to MakingStarWars.net – spoiler warnings apply.

Santa Cruz Expands Scenes Line of Skateboards

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Santa Cruz Skateboards has expanded their line of Exclusive Special Edition Star Wars collection of Decks and Cruzers with 5 new “scene” designs. Click on through to check out the Trash Compactor, Sarlacc Pit, Millennium Falcon Asteroid Chase and the Darth Vader “Neptune” deck which draws inspiration from Jason Jessee’s classic “Neptune” deck from 1988 (a board of which I have fond memories).
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New Figures In Stock at HasbroToyShop

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HasbroToyShop now has the new Black Series Clone Commander Wolffe and Imperial Navy Commander in stock. You can use coupon code “Memorial15″ for 15% off your order plus free shipping.

2015 SDCC Star Wars Fan Breakfast

Our friends at Star Wars Action News have revealed the official details for the Star Wars Fan Breakfast held this year at San Diego Comic-Con. Check out the video above and be sure to subscribe to the Star Wars Action News YouTube channel as well.

 

New Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Images and Details

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Disney Interactive has issued a press release with new details and images for the upcoming Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic Play Set for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition this year. Click on through for more.

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Happy Memorial Day

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Although we are a little late in our published acknowledgement, we would like to take the time to honor the brave men and women who served, fought and died for our country. It often takes a solemn commemoration to put things like toy collecting (or other trivialities) into perspective and further proves that we have very little to complain about in the ultimate scheme of things.

New TBS 6″ Continue to Hit Retail

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On my way out of town prior to the Memorial Day holiday weekend, I managed to find the latest wave of 6″ Black Series figures which includes Emperor Palpatine, Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise) and Clone Trooper Captain as well as the repack of Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise). This assortment (now in multi-lingual packaging) continues trickle out through retailers like Target and Toys”R”Us so keep your eyes open.

New Play Arts Kai Darth Maul Images

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Square Enix has released new images for their upcoming Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Maul figure.

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Anovos Stormtrooper Helmet Preorder

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ANOVOS is now taking preorders for their Imperial Stormtrooper helmet. For a limited time, you can preorder yours for only $100.00*.

*Kit version

Episode 451: Hot Toys Stormtroopers – Shiny and New

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Hot Toys’ line of Movie Masterpiece 12-inch scale figures continues to grow. Luke and Leia have been teased, and recently they shipped their first non-exclusive figure: The Stormtrooper, sold individually and in a two-pack. Andrew has them in hand and is here with an in-depth review.

Also in this week’s show is a discussion of the “cancelled” wave of Droid Factory figures that inexplicably appeared for sale at Go! Calendar stores across the country. Johnathan has them in hand and gives his thoughts, as well as a report of what he’s finding in stores.

With Brock reviewing Paul S Kemp’s new novel Lords of the Sith, Steve the Gingerprince giving a report from Star Wars Fan Fun Days, and Arnie and Marjorie recording live at Wizard World St. Louis, it’s all in this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!

Loot Crate/Mad Magazine Yoda Poster Offer

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Are you a Loot Crate subscriber? A Mad Magazine fan? A Yoda enthusiast? Loot Crate has partnered with MAD Magazine to offer subscribers* a limited edition “Alfred as Yoda” 11 x 14 poster which reproduces the famous January issue from 1981. Each poster is hand numbered by artist Jack Rickard.

*Limited to US customers only. Two-year Mad subscription required.

Funko POP! Han Solo Vault Edition Found

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Yakreader Rick S. sends in a report on finding the re-release “Vault Edition” Han Solo POP! Bobble head figure from his local Hot Topic.

Earlier today I went to my local Hot Topic to find some pops and saw some of the new Star Wars pop re-releases.  They had the Jedi Luke and the Slave Leia.  What was surprising to me was to see Han Solo.  He’s in the ‘black’ reissue box like the other reissues.  I’m surprised because I never heard any announcements, preorders, or any other news at all on Han being released.  He was priced at $12.50, just like the other pops.  I live in Eastern Washington state and although the Funko Headquarters is a 5 hour drive from here I can’t believe I would be the first to find these.  Anyway, I hope this helps any collectors find these.
Thanks for the report Rick!

Upcoming Customizing Challenge

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Our current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge goes through June 30, but it’s time to start thinking about ideas for the next one, which kicks off in July!  After over 50 of these customizing events, we could always use some fresh ideas, so be sure to share your suggestions in our comments section or in the forums!

Hasbro Toy Talk by Jodo: Part 4

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Forum member Jodo has posted a new bit on his blog about the current state of Hasbro’s Star Wars lineup.  In particular, a focus on what so many of us encounter when we walk into a retail store, planning to spend some money on the brand, but just can’t find anything we want.  And of course, the price hike to $12.99 that many outlets now charge for The Black Series.

Check it out here, and share your thoughts in our comments section or in the forums!

Toyguide Update: 2013 Legacy Collection Droid Factory Assortment

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with a special update detailing the recently surfaced 2013 Legacy Collection Droid Factory Assortment.

PROS: Previously thought to be cancelled, this line look was eventually reconfigured to form many of the figures in the first waves of The Black Series as well as the 2013 Amazon Exclusive set. Many collectors preferred this line look so it is nice to get closure on that line that was very short lived. There is absolutely nothing new here so it is very skippable for the general opener/collector.

CONS: At this time, it is unknown how plentiful these cases of figures are so the price for each figure is pretty ridiculous. If you are a packaging/carded completist, this run of figures may ultimately be a hole in your collection.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether these figures are worth adding to your collection.

New Black Series Stormtrooper Change

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Our friends at Jedi Temple Archives are reporting that the new Black Series Stormtrooper (found at Toys”R”us) features some different parts than the most recent mold, including a new helmet.  Is this a leap forward, or a step back?

Head on over for the thoughts of our friend Paul Harrison, and feel free to discuss in our forums.

Legacy Collection Droid Factory Case Details

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I popped in to my local Go! Calendars store today per their notification that they received a shipment of the Legacy Collection Droid Factory figures. There are some new facts for those interested regarding this bizarre line. Click on through for the details.

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Black Series Wave 7 Hitting Target

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Looks like the Black Series 3.75″ wave 7 assortment is making its way across the middle of the US. A local collector friend here in Minnesota found Captain Rex, Dutch Vander and Commander Wolffe at three separate Target stores in the west metro, meaning, they are still splitting up cases to stock store shelves.

Hasbro Star Wars SDCC Panel Schedule

Looking to attend Hasbro’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con? They have just released their schedule so plan accordingly.

Cancelled Legacy Collection Assortment Available Online

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In case you absolutely need these for your carded collection, Calendars.com has posted the complete assortment of “cancelled” Legacy Collection figures for order online.

Thanks to DarthTerrible for the heads up.

Update from reader Bryan

I found a coupon code for 20% off and free shipping which got each piece to about $16 and change after taxes. Code is “OFFERS30″

 

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