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Plastic Galaxy iTunes Preorder

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Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys is now up for preorder on iTunes with a release date of Nov. 4.

When Star Wars landed in the theaters, it introduced audiences to a galaxy filled with heroes and villains, robots and space ships, and a dizzying variety of alien life. But when the lights came up, they all disappeared… Unless you had all the toys. In which case, the adventure never had to end. Like no toys before them, Star Wars toys were a phenomenon that swept the nation, permanently transforming both the toy and movie industries, and ultimately creating a hobby that, 30 years later, still holds sway over its fans. Plastic Galaxy is a documentary that explores the groundbreaking and breathtaking world of Star Wars toys. Through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts and authors like Stephen Sansweet and Gus Lopez, and of course collectors, it looks at the toys’ history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.

New Jakks Large Scale Figure Preorders at BBTS

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New large-scale Star Wars figures are on the way. The 31″ line sees a new Yoda figure, which is priced at $49.99. The Rebels 20″ line has a Set of Zeb and the Inquisitor at $49.99 or the Inquisitor singly at $29.99. The Classic 20″ line has the Series 02 Set of Greedo, Han and Luke at $84.99 (as well as singles of Luke at $29.99) and Series 03 Set of Bossk and Darth Maul at $54.99.

“Empire” Figurine Set Available at DisneyStore.com

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The final Star Wars themed Figurine set is now available through DisneyStore.com. The Empire Strikes Back set includes: Luke Skywalker (X-wing Pilot), Stormtrooper, R2-D2, Boba Fett, Han Solo in Carbonite and Yoda. This and the other two movie sets are available for $12.95 each

Mexico Black Series Launch Prototype Boba Fett Lithograph

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Hasbro kicked off a great Black Series launch at Walmart in Tepeyac, Mexico recently complete with 3-3/4″ and 6″ figures from the new black and blue line look. The festivities also included a very cool Limited Edition (1500) Prototype Boba Fett Lithograph*.

*Photo courtesy of Mitzy minerva

Walmart Mexico Gets Prototype Boba Fett

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For collectors in Mexico, it looks like the Walgreens Exclusive 6″ Black Series Prototype Boba Fett will be getting released as a Walmart Exclusive as seen in their holiday promotions.

Thanks to Mr Steel MEX for the tip.

Star Wars Rebels: “Fighter Flight” Airs Tonight

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Reminder, the next Star Wars Rebels episode “Fighter Flight” airs tonight on DisneyXD.

While on a simple errand, Ezra and Zeb steal an Imperial vehicle.

Shadow Squadron Re-Listed on Target.com

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Target.com has re-listed their exclusive 6″ Black Series Imperial Shadow Squadron pack. It is currently not available for order and their “Find In Store” feature is disabled, but you can bookmark the page if you want to go the online route.

Alex Ross Marvel Star Wars #1 Variant Cover

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EntertainmentWeekly has posted an exclusive first look at the Alex Ross  homage to Howard Chaykin’s iconic original cover variant for Star Wars #1 coming from Marvel this January.

Toyguide Update: 6″ TBS Imperial Shadow Squadron

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry in the The Black Series 6″ line. Today, we take a look at the Target Exclusive Imperial Shadow Squadron.

PROS: For essentially being a set of “repaints”, this set (for me) seems to be worth the $50 pricepoint. The overall presentation is great with Hasbro foregoing the standard (read “bland”) packaging insert for a nice hangar scene. The figures themselves are nice too as there is a blend of black and dark blue to help separate the armor from the body glove of each trooper. The sparse deco is well done with each application seeming to hit its intended mark.

CONS: The packaging is the egregious offender here as the tray that holds the figures/vehicle causes warping to the Shadow Scout visor and the speeder bike handle bars. Fortunately, these deflections can be easily remedied by submerging the effected parts in hot water for a few minutes. The reissued weapons for each figure leave something to be desired as they are cast in a simple gray plastic with no paint apps which ultimately feels cheap. Shadow repaints, already?

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.

Episode 36: Aisles of Dust and Shadow

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This week on The Realm Recap, Stephen (from Flyguy.net) and I look back on the week’s news covering new (and old) Black Series products hitting shelves, the continued lack of Star Wars Rebels products plus an amazing Vintage mother load that went up for auction recently. Gentle Giant sets a Vintage trap of their own with the Jumbo Kenner Admiral Ackbar, and we touch on the huge Episode VII spoiler image dump.

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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TBS Wave 6 Preorder at DorksideToys

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DorksideToys has officially launched their preorders for the Black Series Wave 6 which includes Yoda, TIE Pilot, Clone Trooper Sergeant, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Also available is a single 6″ Obi-Wan is a mental $7.99 each. That ain’t a typo. Please do spread the word as we think a very fair deal!

Customizer Spotlight: Peakob1

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This weekend we run a well overdue Customizer Spotlight on the amazing work of forum member Peakob1.  Just imagine how much  more exciting the Clone Wars line would have been in 2012 with attention to detail (and variety of characters) like this!

Check out his latest work in our forums by clicking here!

Custom Action Figure News Podcast

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Enjoy Episode 76 of Custom Action Figure News as our friends at Imperialshipyards interview the great custom artist know as Sjefke.

Listen to them stroll down through his custom work including Cane Addiss, Wam, and his great new Wookiee Gal. As always, they make time for Whats on the Pegs – check out the video link here.

Jumbo Kenner Admiral Ackbar Preorder

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Gentle Giant is now taking preorders for their Jumbo Kenner Admiral Ackbar figure.

Digitally scanned from mint 3 ¾” Kenner originals and reproduced in 12” scale to the rest of the jumbo Kenner line, no detail has been overlooked. Roto and injection molded and made of durable plastics, this fully-articulated jumbo figure includes a faithfully re-produced Admiral Staff.

Target Exclusive TIE Advanced Prototype with Inquisitor Landing Soon

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In case you missed it in our recent article, Target is “planning” on offering their exclusive Star Wars Rebels TIE Advanced Prototype with Inquisitor figure next month. No mention of the other two exclusives (The Phantom with Kanan, AT-DP with AT-DP Driver) in the ad, but one might assume that these are all case mates and will arrive at the same time.

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