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Episode 31: Feels Like 40

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This week picks up where we left off last show with more news regarding the Walgreens Prototype Boba Fett and its future distribution,  plus we touch on our latest toyguide additions and reviews. Also, we discuss the new preorders from Gentle Giant and Sideshow and a surprise exclusive heading to Barnes & Noble from Kotobukiya. We close things out with our thoughts on new spy photos from the Episode VII set as well as rumors of The Clone Wars getting new life soon. All of this and more on this birthday hangover edition 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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40,000 More Fetts Headed to Walgreens

Our friend Adam Pawlus from Galactic Hunter turns us on to this tweet from Walgreens purchaser Steven Anne.

Customizer Spotlight: TCSloan

Forum member TCSloan has updated his customizing thread with some of the most mind blowing custom vehicles I’ve ever seen.

His scratch-made Tantive IV is just a teaser into this world of customizing perfection – head on over to the forums and prepare to be amazed…

Buy 1, Get 1 40% Off Sale at ToysRUs

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ToysRUs this week is offering their popular Buy 1, get 1 40% sale* valid on all Star Wars action figures, role play and kids furniture items. Might be the perfect opportunity to build a nice squad of 6″ Speeder Bikes and Biker Scouts.

*Excludes LEGO and Halloween costumes

The Enloe Trials: New Previews

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Diorama construction and new figure customizations are well underway for the next installment in The Enloe Trials Photonovel Series.  For a closer look head on over to the forums.

Scout Trooper and Speeder Bike Preorder is Live

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Sideshow Collectibles is now taking preorders for the Sixth Scale Scout Trooper and Speeder Bike. You can purchase each individually or as a bundle with a $25 discount.

Abrams/Snyder Duel Continues with Hunka Junk

New Revoltech Darth Vader Images

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Figma/Model Kits/Anime Facebook page also posted detailed images of the Revoltech Darth Vader which will clearly divide collectors into “Yes” or “No” camps.

Thanks to Sith_fire30 for the heads-up.

Toyguide Update: 6″ TBS #04 Chewbacca

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Chewbacca from the Black Series line of 6″ figures.

PROS: Was it worth the wait? In a word, yes. After a delay due to a reworking of the packaging, Chewbacca is finally available in this 6″scale and it is impressive all around. The sculpting of the fur is very well done – using a technique we’ve seen implemented on the 3-3/4″ versions of the character. The color is pretty good as well with varying shades of brown to add visual interest and to break up the overall tone of the figure. Joints are well hidden and most have a nice range of motion despite the hair.

CONS: Like most Chewbacca/Wookiee figures, the head movement is limited by the sculpt of the hair – resulting in only a few degrees of rotation left to right. Hands are very stiff so getting the figure to hold his weapon can be a bit of a chore but nothing insurmountable. The bowcaster limbs fall off easily if bumped (I would have liked a strap for the bowcaster as well.) The facial expression, while nice, is a bit too specific and an alternate, non-growling head would have been a great inclusion.

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.

Sponsor News: Big Bad Toy Store

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Big Bad Toy Store updates this week with new arrivals and preorders from The Walking Dead, LotR, Star Wars, Serenity, Transformers, Bandai Jp & More. Click on through for the latest!

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Sponsor News: DorksideToys

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Check out all that’s in stock this week, and available for pre-order at Dorksidetoys.comJoin us on our Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr & Facebook pages for regular toy news and new stock, sale and pre-order alerts, movie news, trailers and more.

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Kotobukiya R2-M5 ARTFX+ Statue Now Available

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R2-M5 was an R2-series astromech droid produced by Industrial Automaton that served the Royal Naboo Security Forces. It was one of the astromech droids aboard the Queen’s starship as of 32 BBY. When a Trade Federation battleship opened fire on the Naboo Royal Starship, R2-M5 went out, along with R2-N3 and other astromech droids, to fix an imbalance in the starboard engines. Both droids were blasted off the hull.

Offered exclusively through Barnes & Noble, this limited production statue stands nearly 4 inches tall in 1/10 scale. R2-M5 can be displayed either upright or inclined on its magnetic display base and also includes a collectable, commemorative coin.

The R2-M5 ARTFX+ statue is available now at Barnes & Noble stores or online.

Toyguide Update: 6″ Boba Fett (Prototype Armor)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the Walgreens Exclusive Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) from the Black Series line of 6″ figures.

PROS: It was a foregone conclusion that this figure would see the light of day considering Fett’s overall popularity, but that didn’t stop customizers for creating their own version in advance of this release. The figure itself is well done and is not just a repaint, it is a total recast which was really the only way to go. The sculpt is crisp and what little paint apps there are, are well applied. The refreshed box design showcases the figure better than the previous look. Articulation is plentiful with standard and double hinged joints throughout allowing for a wide range of relaxed and aggressive stances.

CONS: Not the most accurate of representations of this armor as there are plenty of differences in the prototype costume and weapons. No weathering on either weapon seems a bit cheap considering the deco that was saved on the figure. This figure is the epitome of scalper bait and having them set on shelf and scooped up within minutes/hours of being placed is sadly the norm in most stores. I was hoping that Hasbro would have pulled a page from their TVC release (and Sideshow) and given him the vintage beach towel cape deco, but this design is very acceptable.

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 Black Series Figures Hit Hong Kong

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Our friends at Jedi News share via Facebook that the wave of Black Series figures (in new black and blue TIE Pilot packaging) have started to hit in Hong Kong.

UPDATE: Play Arts Kai Darth Vader Coming Soon

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Jeff from JediDefender alerts us to news that Play Art Kai (Square Enix) is developing a Darth Vader figure set to debut this weekend at the Tokyo Game Show.

UPDATE: New image revealed via Figma/Model Kits/Anime Facebook page

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