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Space Walls Update

The folks at Galactic Trading Post have updated with news for everyone salivating over getting their hands on their highly anticipated Classic 3.75″ walls:

The last samples we received, we found a problem with the LED panel.  It was shrinking in the mold and so the gap lines were not lining up with other walls.  This had further delayed the walls, but we felt it had to be fixed despite additional delays.  These samples we are receiving now with have this and clip tolerance changes.  We again apologize for the delays, we hope that with these final samples all the kinks will be worked out.  We will update you once we receive the samples and have a better timeline from the factory of when we will have these in.

Personal Note:  I’ve been waiting over 20 years now for something like this to be made, so a bit of a delay here isn’t going to be the end of the world.   It’s great that it really sounds like the 3.75″ scale product will be worth the wait; and those that have the 6″ scale wall sets can already attest to just how amazing these things are.   This is factory quality stuff and you can order on their website.

Beware of Defective AT-ACT NERF Blasters

Today, my son and I eagerly opened the giant package on our front door… I just couldn’t make us wait for Christmas.  We had just seen Rogue One togeher over the weekend and this was just icing on the cake (though rather expensive icing).

While my son frantically set up a group of Rogue One rebel figures, I assembled Hasbro’s latest “big thing.”  I plopped in the batteries, and turned it on.  Watching it walk across the kitchen floor was cooler than I expected.   My son’s eyes gazed in wonder… my daughter clapped her hands… “Make it shoot!” she screamed with joy!

So I pressed the “fire” button… the hatch opened… and a sound was made… but that was all.  So I opened the hatch, expecting a simple NERF dart jam.  But alas, this AT-ACT is dysfunctional.  It will not shoot, and the hatch will not close.

For those that are against Hasbro adding NERF features to the Star Wars line, this risk is another reason to be against this sort of feature.  Who knows how many of these vehicles will begin to have this problem over time… or even when kids get it for Christmas and can’t even enjoy it for a full minute and end up crying like mine did this evening.

Hopefully this is an isolated incident, but I would be surprised if the one family that has this issue happens with is my family.  Please share your thoughts or experiences with this new toy in our forums.

Masterpiece Quality 3.75″ Diorama Walls

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For over two decades now, many collectors have found themselves frustrated by a lack of playsets, dioramas, and basic environments to display their 3.75″ figures with.

But those days are coming to a close thanks to Galactic Trading Post, who is now offering some fantastic high quality plastic walls to satiate this need.  To order these directly, click here.

If you’re on the fence about these, I can say based on the 6″ scale walls, their product is amazing.  You can see a few pics of those in our forums.

GTP Toys Update

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After being completely amazed by the quality of their diorama Space Walls, I was fortunate enough to be able to see first hand how great a few of the other diorama pieces are shaping up through GTP Toys.

The boxes and barrel I received are rubber prototypes – the final product will be plastic and in line with the quality of the walls.  I snapped a few pics, which can be seen here.

Everyone – I completely am sincere when I say these are some of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in the hobby.  I’ve been an avid adult collecting enthusiast for over two decades now, and have always felt there was a gaping hole in my collection – environments to display my figures.  Having these items in person, and setting them up is on par with the excitement of putting together the stellar BMF (Falcon) from several years ago because the quality is just that great.   This is professional quality – not 3D printed with print lines.  It’s top line product for an affordable price.

The only way the guys at GTP Toys are going to be able to continue to make products like this (including 3.75″ scale) is from support from the collecting community.   So if you’re looking for a better way to display your collectibles, check them out!

Tested Review: Kylo Ren Helmet from Propshop

Adam Savage (Mythbusters/Tested) adds a new prop replica to his collection: Kylo Ren’s helmet from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! This is actually Adam’s second Kylo Ren helmet–he has a modified Black Series Voice Changer helmet and now this high-end model by Prop Shop. We examine the prop to admire its fabrication and detail.

Episode #92: That New Figure Smell

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On this week’s episode Flyguy and I talk about the surprise reveal (via auctions) 4 new super articulated figures for The Force Awakens, figures hitting retail and the imminent release of the Takodana Encounter set. Funko had a big reveal of 9 new POP! figures last week featuring characters from the Original Trilogy and the Prequels including more Walgreens exclusives. Lastly Episode VIII filming is well underway and we discuss new characters, vehicles, and beasts on set. All of this and much more on  Episode #92 of The Realm Recap.

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Episode #82: Thankful For Star Wars

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We are only a few days away from Thanksgiving and there isn’t a better time to be a Star Wars collector. On this episode of The Realm Recap, Flyguy and I discuss the latest in Star Wars collecting – everything from Hasbro, LEGO, Gentle Giant, Hot Toys, Funko and more! It’s all in the jammed-packed episode 82 of The Realm Recap

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More Diorama Goodies Available

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It may seem like there’s fewer items worth buying in the 3.75″ market these days – and if you feel this way, head on over to Holeinthegroundpro.com for a refreshing focus on items in this scale for scene and diorama building (collector language for playsets).

All kinds of fantastic items are available… the prices are fair, the quality is the best I’ve seen, and orders are received in a timely fashion.  For more details, check them out here and share your thoughts in our forums.

Episode #79: NYCC Review & More

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NYCC has come and gone. Next stop, The Force Awakens! On this episode of The Realm Recap, Flyguy and I distill the extensive reveals from last week’s New York Comic-Con as well as new store finds by collectors. Disney revealed their latest set of Disney Infinity 3.0 figures featuring characters from The Force Awakens which are sure to be a hit with collectors and players alike. Finally, we cover a few of our reviews from the past week as well as our new additions to our collections. This and much more on Episode #79 of The Realm Recap!

Don’t forget to submit your answer to the Gentle Giant trivia question in the comments for this post. The first one to comment correctly, wins a Jumbo Kenner Power of the Force Yak Face courtesy of Gentle Giant!

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