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Customizer Spotlight: Jrnyfan

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This weekend we highlight the jaw dropping custom playset work by forum member jrnyfan.  He has made numerous custom playsets and shows a teaser of his work in his customizing thread where you can leave him your feedback here.

He’s also got a lot more to show at his site, plasticplaysets.com – and the best thing is, you can even order some diorama pieces for your own collections too, by clicking here.

Personal Note:  Get it together, Hasbro.  You’ve had this license forever and have totally missed the boat with dioramas and playsets and focused on doomed gimmicks instead.  Innovative collectors from all over the world are finding ways to make their collections feel more complete, and are willing to spend good money for nice sets to display their figures in… 

Hole in the Ground Productions at Rhode Island Comic Con

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On November 2/3, Rhode Island Comic Con will be held, and in attendance for the first time as a vendor will be Hole in the Ground Productions.  If you’re in that area and make the show, be sure to swing by their booth as they will have a full stock of their custom movie props and custom diorama items available.

Medicom Toy Announces Sofubi Chewbacca

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Continuing their line of Star Wars themed Vintage Sofubi vinyl figures, Medicom Toy announces Chewbacca. Standing 250mm tall (9.8″), the Sofubi Chewbacca will be available for preorder in Japan on November 30 with an expected February 2015 release date. Price is set at 9000¥ (approx, $84 US)

Sponsor News: DorksideToys

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Check out all that’s in stock this week, and available for pre-order at Dorksidetoys.com. Join 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. Checkout our massive POP vinyl deal, but be quick, ends Sunday.

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New 1:6 Luke Skywalker X-wing Pilot Preview

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Sideshow has updated with a new preview for their upcoming 1:6 Luke Skywalker (Red Five X-wing Pilot) figure. Watch for the preorder soon!

Star Wars Rebels Figures Hit Disney Store UK

 

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Our friends at JediNews passed word to us via Instagram that the long awaited Star Wars Rebels figures are starting to hit Disney Stores in the UK. The image above was from the Milton Keynes location. Stock included basic figures and Mission Series sets.

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.

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