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Yakfinities Customizing Challenges Continue

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One of the best things about customizing is recognizing the many different techniques and approaches to creating custom figures.  Case in point, recently we’ve seen two very different approaches to creating a Trandoshan – head to the forums for a closer look.

Also, our current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge continues through the end of March – and the theme is Bounty Hunters – so if you’re a customizer, what are you waiting for?  Create a custom and join in the fun… over 40 customs have already been created this round, and we hope to see many more!  And remember, we give away prizes at the end.

Episode #53: Fire Across The Toy Aisles

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Flyguy and Yakface are back once again to grind through the week’s Star Wars collecting news. On this show, we continue to report good things on the retail front as more and more Star Wars Rebels figures are making their way to collectors. The Star War Rebels trading card series hit retail this week and we’ve partnered with Topps to give away a full box. Did you win? You’ll have to listen to find out. We also dig into news this week from Revoltech, Gentle Giant, Funko and more. Finally, Star Wars Rebel wraps its first season on Monday. Who Will Fall? Who is Fulcrum? All this and more on Episode 53 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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6″ TBS Emperor Palpatine Release Imminent

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Packaged samples of the upcoming 6″ Emperor Palpatine have started to hit eBay. It should only be a matter of time before preorders start getting filled and for them to hit retail in the US.

Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

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While not Star Wars, Star Trek is as engrained in most of us. We are sad to pass on that Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in the franchise, has passed away at the age of 83.

Star Wars Saga Gets LEGO Retelling from Disney XD

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Hollywood Reporter has posted an exclusive article announcing that the Star Wars Saga (Episode I-VI) will be retold LEGO-style on DisneyXD as a lead up to The Force Awakens this December. LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales will entail five 22 minute episodes from R2-D2 and C-3PO’s point of view.

Topps Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards Giveaway

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Topps has reached out to us to offer our readers and fans of their trading cards a unique opportunity to win a box of their new Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards. Click on through for more info on the series and how you can win!

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Fire Across The Galaxy Image Gallery

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Lucasfilm has released image stills for the season finale of Star Wars Rebels. Click on through to check them out. Potential spoiler warnings apply.

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UPDATE: Exclusive Sneak Peek at the Star Wars Rebels Finale

Good Morning America has posted an exclusive look at the final episode of season 1 of Star Wars Rebels. Who will fall???

UPDATE: YouTube version embedded.

Wal-Mart Awakens

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Tonight I swung by Wal-Mart, and questioned why I even waste my time there anymore.  But to my surprise, I walked by the pallets and saw a fresh case of Wave 1 Rebels figures.  Perhaps this is an isolated chance of dumb luck, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing other similar reports soon – so it may be worth your while to add Wal-Mart back to your occasional toy runs… because this toy run dry spell can’t last forever.

Star Wars Vault Pop!: Slave Leia

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Funko has announced that the POP! Slave Leia will be reissued in special packaging to celebrate The Force Awakens. Watch for additional releases from their vault until the highly anticipated sequel is released.

Star Wars Art: A Poster Collection

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Yahoo has posted a preview of the upcoming Star Wars Art: A Poster Collection which features 20 removable, frameable prints. 16 of the prints have been curated from existing Star Wars Art series books and 4 are all-new commissioned pieces. Visit Yahoo.com for an exclusive first look then preorder your copy from Amazon.

6″ Black Series Wave 9 Figure Preorders at Entertainment Earth

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Entertainment Earth is now taking individual preorders for figures from wave 9 of the 6″ Black Series assortment. Order your IG-88, Leia as Boushh and Commander Cody today!

6″ TBS Wave 9 Preorder at DorksideToys

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DorksideToys is now taking preorders for Wave 9 of the 6″ Black Series. Preorder by the case or individual figure (IG-88, Commander Cody, Leia as Boushh) before they sell out.

6″ Black Series Wave 9 Preorder at BBTS

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Big Bad Toy Store is now taking preorders for wave 9 of the 6″ Black Series. This assortment includes 2x Commander Cody, 1x IG-88 and 1x Princess Leia in Boushh Disguise.

Expected arrival: May 2015

Darth Vader #2 Now Available

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The next installment in the Darth Vader series from Marvel is now available via your local comic book store. You can also purchase and download the digital version through Marvel’s Digital Comic Shop.

Customizer Spotlight: Peakob1

Tonight we take a look at one of the coolest customizing projects ever posted in our forums – The Box Project – by forum member Peakob1.  This Clone Wars themed project entails customs of 12 of the best bounty hunters in the galaxy.  Check it out after the jump!

Personal Note:  It’s a shame that Hasbro let the Clone Wars line die with such a whimper, starting in 2012 they had pretty much abandoned the line and their last efforts included completely unnecessary resculpts of characters like Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.  This project just goes to show how much potential that line had.

Star Wars Rebels: Fire Across The Galaxy — Trailer #2

Can’t get enough teaser footage from the season finale? Check out this expanded trailer from “Fire Across The Galaxy”.

Star Wars Rebels: Fire Across The Galaxy Finale

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The two-part season finale of Star Wars Rebels concludes next Monday, March 2. And as we posted this past weekend, Darth Vader will make his return to deal with the insurgents – personally. Click the image above for a closer look and be sure to check out the teaser for this episode after the jump.

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The Enloe Trials: Upcoming Previews

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Production work has begun on the next installment in The Enloe Trials Photonovel Series – for the latest updates and full size previews, head on over to the forums!

Custom “Realistic Style” Chopper Droid

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Hasbro’s take on Chopper from Star Wars Rebels is a fun little droid, but unfortunately it falls short a bit in the articulation department.  While it’s a figure that my son loves, I wanted something a little different that fit in better with my collection, so I took some creative liberties and made my own version for display with my stuff.  This one took a little more effort than recent customs of the AT-DP Driver and Agent Kallus – check it out and share your thoughts after the jump!

Signs of Life at Target

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Reports are coming in that Target stores across the United States are starting to receive singles here and there of the second wave of Rebels figures (already in the past week, I’ve seen more of these figures than all of Wave 1 combined since they were first released).

Be on the lookout as there’s a good chance your local Target store is receiving these too – even if it’s just 1-2 figures at a time.

Yakfinities: Create a Custom Bounty Hunter

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The current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has just over a month left – so if you like to customize, or have never created a custom but are looking for a reason to, we invite you to participate in Yakfinities #55 – Bounty Hunters.

The variety of entries thus far has been great, but there’s always room for more submissions, and remember, we’re going to have some random winners (regardless of skill level) after this wraps up at the end of March – so head on over to the forums and submit your custom, or just click through to see the cool creations made already.

Custom Agent Kallus w/ Super Articulation

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Today we share another simple way to make a super articulated Rebels figure, Agent Kallus!

Head on over to the forums for a closer look – while it’s not screen accurate, it’s a pretty easy way to make your Agent Kallus fit into your realistic collection a little better.

Episode 52: Blasé Toy Fair

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After a somewhat disappointing Toy Fair (from a certain point of view), Flyguy and Yakface are back this week to discuss the latest in collecting news. Topics covered this week include Hasbro’s showing at Toy Fair, Hot Toys’ impressive Obi-Wan Kenobi and Funko’s deluge of Hikari figures reveals. We also touch on the official reveal of the UCS TIE Fighter and expanded encyclopedia from LEGO, new customized projects and announcements from Marvel. We wrap things up with our latest review and toy acquisitions – all this and more on Episode 52 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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6″ Black Series Wave 8 Preorder

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DorksideToys is now taking preorders for wave 8 from the 6″ Black Series. This assortment includes Emperor Palatine, Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise), Clone Trooper Captain and Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise)

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