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.
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.
Square Enix has released new images for their upcoming Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Maul figure.
ANOVOS is now taking preorders for their Imperial Stormtrooper helmet. For a limited time, you can preorder yours for only $100.00*.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking to attend Hasbro’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con? They have just released their schedule so plan accordingly.
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″
The latest additions to the 3.75″ Black Series line have been found on the pegs in the U.S. Probably not at a place you’d expect, and even less likely at prices you will be thrilled about… head on over to the forums for more details.
The adventures of Rykrof Enloe return to the Yakface Forums today, as the former Clone Wars hero finds himself mixed up in his first major battle of the Galactic Civil War. Head on over to the forums for the full chapter; The 8th Trial: Catastrophe after the jump!
After listing some upcoming 3.75″ scale Black Series figures for $9.99 last week, Hasbrotoyshop.com has bumped up the price by three bucks. Special thanks to forum member darth_sidious for this information.
Personal Note: As for myself, I was on the fence with Chewbacca and Dutch at $9.99, but a $12.99 price tag turns me into not wanting those particular figures in the least. And definitely not the Vader. All of these are basically retreads or are using mostly existing parts, and for that much money, Hasbro needs to do better. Disagree? Share your thoughts after the jump!
New 2015 LEGO Star Wars sets have started to hit stores recently. I was able to find 4 new boxed sets as well as the Inquisitor’s TIE Advanced Polybag. Click on through for the images.
A lot has happened in collecting news since our last show. With long-thought cancelled product hitting stores again as well as new preorders going live, there hasn’t been a shortage of things to purchase this week so you definitely need a deep wallet. Star Wars Weekends is officially underway and there is A LOT of merchandise available from there as well, from clothes to Build-A-Droid parts and more. We cover all of this plus Disney Infinity 3.0 news, new images from The Force Awakens and, as always, our newest reviews and acquisitions — all on Episode 62 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.’
Entertainment Earth is now taking preorder for their exclusive Funko Hikari Sofubi “Dirty Penny” Clone Trooper vinyl figure. Limited to just 250 pieces, this item is expected to ship next month.
Following up on Rebelscum’s report about the previously cancelled Legacy Collection Droid Factory assortment from 2013, I hit up my local Go! Calendars | Games | Toys store and found a few of those figures as well. Looks like I just need the Clone Trooper Sergeant and Luminara Unduli to finish off the assortment that caps off the Amazon Exclusive set nicely.
Medicom has announced several “new” Be@rbricks for their upcoming Medicom Toy Exhibition / Parco Event this June. Click on through to check them out.
Check out this cool new First Order Stormtrooper shirt making its debut at Star Wars Weekends at the Galactic Gathering. This stormtrooper looks a bit more heavily armed than your standard trooper, too. Thanks to @MauiMickey702 on twitter for the heads up.
Slowly but surely, Hasbro’s Imperial Troop Transport is making its way into Toys”R”us stores. Has it shown up in your area yet? Share your reports after the jump!