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Walgreens Prototype Fett Preorder Update

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I received an interesting/unexpected email this morning from Walgreens regarding a Prototype Boba Fett which I had on preorder, but first a little background. This preorder was placed on 7/23 using a credit card which I had to have replaced due to a security breach at a national retail chain. I (and many collectors) was/were originally told that there was no way to update credit card information that was used to place the order(s). Fast forward 5 months and read the email I was sent…

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Toys”R”us Raising Price on Legends/Rebels

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Even though most stores can’t seem to get the new single carded Rebels figures in stock, Toys”R”us is raising prices for the 5POA figure line.  Head on over to the forums to see how much you can expect to pay for these there moving forward.

Personal Note:  If they could just get the figures in stock, they’d have no problem moving figures like Chopper, Inquisitor, Kallus for a little more… there’s no doubt that the 5POA Rebels figures are an upgrade over the other Legends stuff from the past year or so…  it’s just a shame that this stuff didn’t hit like it should have in time for Christmas gifts…!

New Hot Toys 1:6 Vader and Obi-Wan Images

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Toy-People.com has posted some great new images of Hot Toys 1:6 Scale Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi figures on display at Toy Soul 2014. It’s safe to say these look to be the best offerings yet from Hot Toys. Click on through for the images.

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Previews Exclusive Star Wars Rebels Poster T-Shirt

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Previews order form for January 2015 revealed that comic shops will be offering an exclusive Star Wars Rebels “Force Poster” T-Shirt. Sizes range from S-XXL and cost $18.99-$20.99

Entertainment Earth Daily Deal: Jumbo Kenner Figures

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For today only, Entertainment Earth is offering 20% their Jumbo Kenner figures from Gentle Giant. Most are gone, but you can still pick up Hoth Han and Hoth Leia for less than $60 each.

AT-AT Mini Bookends

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Gentle Giant/The 3D Studio has launched their all-new website and they are offering their first preorder – a set of AT-AT mini bookends for $225.00. Interestingly, the sculpt for these was teased a few days ago via their YouTube video, which should support the thoughts that other unannounced items in that video will probably see the light of day.

Digitally sculpted by the master artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd., the AT AT Mini Bookends features the mechanical monstrosities as they were seen traversing the terrain on the planet Hoth in pursuit of the Rebel Alliance. Crafted using only the highest quality polystone, each limited-edition hand-painted bookend set comes individually numbered and is packed with a matching certificate of authenticity.

Hot Toys 1/4 Scale Boba Fett Preorder

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Preorders are now live via Sideshow Collectibles for the 1/4 Scale Boba Fett Figure. Price is set at $469.99 and the expected arrival date is November 2015.

Episode 438: Tarkin ‘Bout Toys

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Brock reviews James Lucino’s new novel TARKIN, Jerry looks back at Vintage-era Star Wars books, and Marjorie and Arnie look at figures hitting stores and the sold-out Hot Toys exclusive Shadow Stormtrooper!

It’s been a long time since Star Wars action figure collectors could shop exclusively at their local brick-and-mortar stores to get the figures they wanted.  Since the release of Hasbro’s The Vintage Collection in 2010 store supplies have been scarce.  Now, however, that seems ready to change!  Across the country collectors are finding new Black Series figures in both 3.75-inch and 6-inch lines, plus new Rebels and Mission Series figures too!  On this episode of Star Wars Action News you can listen to find out which stores to hit to score full waves of new figures.
Also on this week’s show, Arnie and Marjorie discuss Hot Toys’ first exclusive release in their Star Wars Movie Masterpiece Series–the Shadow Stormtrooper.  A repaint of their basic Stormtrooper figure, this release sold out in just a few hours at Sideshow Collectibles.  What’s the fuss all about?  Listen to find out!
With a review of James Lucino’s new Star Wars novel Tarkin and Jerry looking back on books of yesteryear, and ThinkGeek plushes too, you’ll find all this and more in this Episode of Star Wars Action News!

Custom Star Wars Creature Maquettes

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Customizer plisnithus7 has sent in a very cool series of creature maquettes he has done based off of pre-production illustrations from the Original Trilogy.
I thought you guys might be interested in some of the custom Star Wars maquettes I have been making recently based off of characters either not used in the movies or only seen in pre-production sketches/paintings.
- Jim (plisnithus7)
Click on through for the full gallery.

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New The Force Awakens Character Name Revealed?

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StitchKingdom has posted the discovery of a recently registered trademark thought to give clue to a new character for The Force Awakens. We won’t post the name here as to be sensitive to those wishing to stay spoiler free, but check it out if you’d like and then let us know what you think in the comments or forum.

This is an unconfirmed rumor at this point, so be wary off attaching too much to it.

Custom Jakks 31″ 501st Legion Clone Trooper

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Javier created a very cool battle damaged Darth Vader a couple months back. His follow up? A custom 31″ 501st Legion Clone Trooper with battle damage, removable helmet and display base. Check it out after the jump.

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Frank Oz To Reprise Yoda Role for Star Wars Rebels

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Yahoo TV has an exclusive report revealing that Frank Oz will be reprising his role as the voice of Yoda for the Star Wars Rebels series. We won’t actually see the Jedi Master though, he will only be heard as a voice over.

Head to Yahoo.com for an interview with Dave Filoni explaining Yoda’s “emergence” from self-exile.

Dealers Galore at ToyMan

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While attending the ToyMan Collector Show in St. Louis yesterday, my son and I snapped quite a few pics of the various items we saw at the show.  Check them out here, and if you are located in the region, keep an eye on their site as soon they will be posting their 2015 schedule.

Hot Toys Officially Announces 1/4 Scale Boba Fett (ROTJ)

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The ink was barely dry from our previous report when Hot Toys released official imagery and details for their 1/4 Scale Boba Fett Figure via Facebook.

The name “Boba Fett” is no stranger to all Star Wars fans. With his customized Mandalorian armor, deadly weaponry, and silent demeanor, Boba Fett was one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy. Following the introduction of Hot Toys’ Star Wars 1/6th scale collectible figures, today we are very excited to officially reveal Boba Fett as the first collectible figure of Hot Toys’ Star Wars 1/4th scale collectible series!

The highly-accurate quarter-scale collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi featuring finely sculpted Boba Fett helmet and armor, his signature jetpack, highly detailed weapons, accessories, and a specially designed sail barge figure stand all with skillfully-applied distressed effects. A special edition will be available for selected markets and include a blaster sidearm with holster which Boba Fett has in Star Wars: Episode V Empire Strikes Back.

New Hot Toys 1:4 Scale Boba Fett Images

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Looks like those leaked images from a week back were accurate as Hot Toys has released official images of their upcoming 1:4 Scale Boba Fett figure.

Thanks to Flyguy for the tip.

Episode 44: Guardians of the Galaxy Far, Far Away

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Even as the holidays quickly approach, the deluge of collecting news and speculation is flowing as fast as ever. On this week’s show, Flyguy and I break down the latest info from Hasbro, Sideshow, Bandai, S.H.Figuarts, Hot Wheels, and more. Gentle Giant looks to be teasing some great product for 2015, what it is exactly is anyone’s guess but we are giddy in its potential. The biggest news of the week though was the (partial) character names released for The Force Awakens. What do they mean and will we have to “unlearn what we have learned” based on prior speculation and leaks? Finally, Flyguy and I run down a few reviews and new acquisitions — all this and much more on Episode 44 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.

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New Gentle Giant Video Features New Product(s) Sneak Peek?

Our friends at YodasNews caught this video posted over on YouTube from Gentle Giant and within the footage, there appears to be several unreleased/unannounced products. Give it a watch and look for the 6″ TBS* Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan from The Phantom Menace; Rebel Soldier, Count Dooku and Ahsoka mini busts and possibly a 6″ scale Vintage Kenner Boba Fett and much more.

*Gentle Giant partnered with Hasbro to produce the Black Series 6″ figures.

Sponsor News: DorksideToys Daily Deal

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DorksideToys has updated today with a daily deal for the Black Series 6″ Chewbacca for only $12.99

Target Exclusive Heroes and Villains Hero Series Variant

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I happened to notice this variation today whilst roaming the aisles at Target. The Exclusive Hero Series Heroes and Villains 6 pack of figures now features a sticker on the front indicating the source material for the three non-Star Wars Rebels figures. Click the image above for a closer look – if you care about such triviality.

Kotobukiya R2-C4 ARTFX+ Statue Now Available

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R2-C4, much like another little R2 unit who went on to gain further fame, was an astromech droid under the service of the Royal Naboo Security Forces during the events of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. R2-C4 served with the pilots of the Naboo Royal Space Fighter Corps stationed at the city of Theed on Naboo, and was one of many to bravely partake in the Naboo Space Battle, fighting valiantly against the Trade Federation’s droid starfighters.

Offered exclusively thru Barnes & Noble, this limited production statue stands nearly 4 inches tall in 1/10 scale. R2-C4 can be displayed either upright or inclined on its magnetic display base and also includes a collectable, commemorative coin.

The R2-C4 ARTFX+ statue is available now at Barnes & Noble stores or online

2015 Star Wars Toy Line Speculations

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We were invited by the team at JediBusiness to participate in a roundtable discussion with a few of the other collecting sites and friends on the web today. We were asked a few brief questions regarding our thoughts on what collectors can expect for 2015 and The Force Awakens. Click on over to JediBusiness for the article and thanks to Chris Bortz for including us.

BB-8 Is “Live Prop” Not CGI

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According to Mark Hamill in an interview with Yahoo, BB-8 aka ” the Ball Droid”, the small droid is not CGI (computer generated imagery)* but “a live prop”. All the more reason to like the little guy/girl. Head on over to read more including his reaction to the teaser and is thought on the sequel in general.

There’s no doubt that there will be a CGI version at some point in the film(s) but having a physical model will surely help “ground” the actors in the scenes.

Toyguide Update: Jabba the Hutt (TBS 6″)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the addition of the 6″ Deluxe Jabba the Hutt from The Black Series.

PROS: Hasbro surprised the collecting community when they announced that they’d be tackling “beasts” in the 6″ scale and they got things very much right with Jabba. The sculpt is the best likeness yet with exacting details in the skin – right down to the obligatory tattoo. Hasbro also added a fun bit of interactivity as you can recreate Jabba signature belly laugh by way of rotating the arms up and down to open and close the mouth. Unfortunately, you’ll have to supply the sound effects yourself.

CONS: For an original retail price of $40 (US), this seems really overpriced and overwhelmingly bland when in its retail packaging. Many collectors found themselves frustrated in that the support accessories were only available through the SDCC exclusive. Tough to argue with those sentiments.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure 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.

New Star Wars Items from Funko

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Our friends at DorksideToys alert us to a few new product announcements (via ToyArk) from Funko. In the works for next year are Star Wars themed Wacky Wobblers for The Force Awakens and also a series of Hikari Star Wars figures that include Greedo, Clone Trooper, Wampa, Boba Fett, Bossk and more. Head over to DorksideToys blog to check out the news.

Hero Series X-Wings on Clearance

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The Hero Series X-Wing that Hasbro thought would inspire kids is now on clearance at Target, just two weeks before Christmas.  If you want this item, chance are it will be able to be had for less than one Andrew Jackson bill soon.

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