Better late than never. Flyguy and Yakface are back to break down the latest collecting news from the past week. On this episode, we discuss the new Black Series products hitting eBay, new product listings hitting Target’s DPCI database, the confusion around the cancelation/discontinuation of some Saga Legends case assortments and Hasbro’s absence from presenting at Celebration Anaheim. Funko continues to churn out product this week including the return of a retired POP bobblehead as well as several exclusives planned for Celebration. Play Arts Kai figures made quite and impression on collectors this week with the reveal of not one, but two figures: the Stormtrooper and Boba Fett. Will these figures tempt you to the dark side? All of this plus Celebration news, reviews and our latest toy purchases, acquisitions and more on Episode 57 of The Realm Recap!
Arnie and Marjorie are joined by Andrew for an in-depth three-person review of the first Star Wars figure from Hot Toys–The Shadow Trooper!
Star Wars Celebration is just 2 weeks away–have you gotten in line yet? Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie will be there running the Collector’s Social Area, part of the official Celebration Collector’s Track of events! On this week’s podcast, they run down the exclusives announced so far for the convention, and tell you about the one event no Star Wars collector should miss–the Swap Meet Saturday night at 7pm.
Also on this week’s show Andrew joins the hosts to look at the first figure in a new line of Star Wars figures: Hot Toys’ Shadow Trooper. After many years of creating the single best figure line for Marvel movie fans Hot Toys has now come to the Galaxy Far, Far Away. They’ve put seven figures up for pre-order already, but the first to ship was the black-armored trooper. Watch this week’s show to see how this figure ranks, and if you have to add it to your collection!
YodasNews has posted images of Hasbro upcoming line of Star Wars Hero Mashers figures. These figures/parts are compatible with the existing Marvel and Transformer mashers for expanded playability. Head on over to check out Boba Fett, Zeb Orrelios and General Grievous.
Kotobukiya has announced a limited availability preorder for their Star Wars Celebration Exclusive R3-A2 & K-3PO ARTFX+ set for non-attendees. Preorders go live this Thursday, April 2.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 2nd beginning at 10AM PST for the upcoming non-attendee pre-order of the Star Wars Celebration Two-Pack ARTFX+ featuring R3-A2 & K-3PO. This extremely limited, one-time production will only be available for purchase at SW Celebration (April 16-19) and through kotous.com while supplies last.
Funko has announced 5 POP! Vinyl Bobblehead exclusives heading to Star Wars Celebration next month (with the promise of 2 more to be announced soon)! Head on over to check out E-3PO, Unmasked Darth Vader, R2-Q5, Shock Trooper and R2-R9.
K & C Collectibles has added the next wave of Mission Series action figures 2-packs and more Micro Machines. We have a few more Star Wars Hot Wheels set of 8 in-stock. Click the NEW PRODUCT link for a complete list of recently added items.
DisneyParksBlog has announced two new additions to their Star Wars D-Tech Me line of figures. Star Wars Weekends attendees can now choose from the Jedi Knight or TIE Fighter Pilot.
First introduced in May 2012, Star Wars – D-Tech Me is a 10-minute experience that uses the world’s highest-resolution, single-shot 3D face scanner created by Imagineering scientists with Disney Research labs. The captured image is later sent to a high resolution 3D printer to create the figurine. This year, the experience will be located inside Darth’s Mall, near Streets of America across from Studio Catering Company.
Star Wars Weekends 2015 kicks off May 15 – June 14.
Collectors of the Hikari line of Star Wars figures from Funko can head to Entertainment Earth to preorder the Limited Edition Sublime Greedo. This figure is limited to 750 piece and is scheduled for an April arrival.
Square Enix reveals full image galleries for their upcoming Variant Play Arts Kai Boba Fett and Stormtrooper figures. These two releases join Darth Vader revealed back in December. Click on through for the images and leave your thoughts on these new figures.
There’s rumblings among fans (though nothing is confirmed, so don’t freak out yet) that Hasbro may be abandoning the quality of figures so many of us have grown to know and love over the years in favor of a 5POA-only line for the upcoming Episode VII 3.75″ scale line.
If Hasbro did go this route, how would this affect your buying habits? Would you be pleased? Freaked out? Done altogether? Would you even care? Share your thoughts here or join in the debate in our forums!
Vinylmation World alerts us that in commemoration of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary, they will be issuing an exclusive R2-D60 Droid Factory figure.It will be limited to 6000 pieces and retail for $12.95.
If you’re a build-a-droid part completist, this is an essential purchase.
Update: Our friends at The Astromech Collection pass on info that the R2-D60 will be available in a much wider release and not limited to 6000 pcs.
In what will surely provide great joy and additional grist for the mill to a certain segment of collectors, there is word from Andrew’s Toyz via Facebook that Hasbro has discontinued current cases assortments for the Saga Legends/Rebels line.
Hasbro has discontinued the current Saga Legends figure assortments and will not be making additional shipments. We may receive some cases of Wave 7, but we are not sure at this time. While unconfirmed, this is likely to devote resources towards The Force Awakens product line.
We have reached out to Hasbro via Hunter PR for any comment.
UPDATE: We have clarification from our sponsor at DorksideToys, the current cases assortments are sold out (not canceled) and won’t see another production run.
Customizing legend sillof (Jamie Follis) will be hosting a customizing panel at Star Wars Celebration on Friday, April 17th from 12pm-1pm. Work from some of the Yakface forum members your are familiar with will be featured in this panel. This will be the second time that Jamie has lead up this event, and if your are going to be at C7 and enjoy customizing or are interested in getting started, you ought to make an effort to attend.
At this panel, Jamie Follis will give attendees a complete overview of the process of creating or modifying your own action figures. The panel will have something for newcomers as well as seasoned customizers including an introduction to the hobby, different types of customizing, instructions, suggestions, and tips on the hobby, and a showcase of some of the most creative fan made figures. Instructions will range from construction, to sculpting, painting, casting and 3-D printing your own pieces. A few lucky attendees will receive random prices. Jamie will also be hosting customizing classes daily at the Diorama Workshop area in the main showroom throughout the convention.
As you’ve seen the panel schedule for Celebration Anaheim has been released and conspicuously absent from the listing was a dedicated Hasbro panel. We can confirm that Hasbro will NOT be offering a panel/presentation as in years past – only a booth presence throughout the event.
What if there was an Empire-focussed short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that’s all but vanished from Japan nowadays?
Well, I tried my best. Apologies in advance for not living up to Venus Wars standards.
Drawn and animated by yours truly over 4 years’ worth of weekends, with music by the living guitar solo Zak Rahman and sound design by up and coming audio technician Joseph Leyva. Fans of Lucasarts’ seminal 1994 TIE Fighter game may notice a few familiar sights and sounds. That “incoming missile” noise gives me horrible flashbacks to this day…