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CE2 Collecting Track Announces Swap Meet

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At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2 the most rare items won’t be on the show floor, they’ll only be available AFTER DARK.  The CE2 Collecting Track is excited to announce Collecting After Dark, a Star Wars Collector’s Swap Meet where fans from across the globe can come to trade their Star Wars goods.  Bring your items to sell or trade or add some new stuff to your collection.  From new to vintage, rare prototypes and more, you never know what you’ll find After Dark!  So join us Saturday, July 27, 11:00 PM at the Atlantic Congress Hotel, just half a mile from the convention center.

The Swap Meet at Star Wars Celebration VI was the spot for collectors to obtain new gems, so don’t miss out in Collecting After Dark at CE2!

Toyguide Update: TBS #01 Padmé Amidala

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with our first entry and the first figure in the The Black Series 3-3/4″  line – #01 Padmé Amidala

PROS: At first blush, you’d think this was a simple rehash of a prior figure with new parts, but when doing a side-by-side with the TLC/Evolutions figures, you’ll quickly see that this is a new figure from the ground up. A refreshing notion coming off of a nasty drought of quality products. The last version of this scene-specific figure was back in 2002 and it featured that wonky quickdraw (throw the gun across the room) action feature, so finally that one can be retired mercilessly. It is a solid figure all around with a nice sculpt and exacting details. Even the color of the outfit is better and isn’t so stark white as with previous iterations. The “nexu damage” applied to her back is well sculpted and is finished off with bloody scratches.

CONS: Was a total retool really necessary? For all the times that Hasbro sites tooling costs as a prohibitor for new figures, it seems that they could have retooled the torso and one arm to keeps costs in check. The likeness, while good, is a step backward from the previous (TLC) Geonosis outfit figure which looked more like Ms. Portman. One final issue is with the mismatch joint in her right arm . Yikes.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this piece is worth adding to your collection.

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Episode 399 Part I: Preview Night and The Black Series

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Today kicks of San Diego Comic-Con International 2013!  On the first part of Star Wars Action News’ coverage join Marjorie and Arnie as they report on Preview Night, with a first-hand look at The Black Series figures in Hasbro’s display, including the new Black Series 6-inch Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite!

Fans have been divided on the new 6-inch series, but Arnie has been excited for the detail and articulation.  Now that the production figures are out, does the excitement last?  Listen and find out!

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UPDATE: Slave I Price Drop on Amazon

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Jedi Temple Archives has altered collectors that Amazon’s Exclusive Slave I is on sale for only $69.99. There is no telling on how long this sale will last so get your orders in quickly.

UPDATE: It appears that this markdown is more of a price adjustment than sale as it no longer lists the original $99.99 pricepoint. For those that pre-ordered, you might want to check your order status to see if the adjustment was done there as well.

2014 Hallmark Ornaments Revealed

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StarWars.com has posted a feature tonight showcasing not only the 2013 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, but the 2014 Assortment as well! They include

  • An Imperial Scout Trooper from Return of the Jedi.
  • The Jawa Sandcrawler as seen in A New Hope.
  • The Cantina Band from A New Hope, accompanied by sound from the film.
  • Darth Vader’s transformation in Revenge of the Sith.
  • The LEGO Star Wars rendition of bounty hunter Boba Fett.
  • A Peekbuster motion-detecting ornament featuring Yoda. This will work similarly to the popular Darth Vader Peekbuster released last year.

Life Size Kenner Figures from Gentle Giant

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Gentle Giant is holding true to their namesake and are working on articulated, life size versions of the original Kenner action figures. On display at SDCC is the first the Stormtrooper (teased yesterday by YodasNews) and word from Rebelscum is that they are working on Darth Vader featuring its signature vinyl cape and telescoping lightsaber.