Category Archives: Toyguide Updates

Toyguide Update: 6″ TBS C-3PO (Walgreens Exclusive)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with our next entry in the 6″ Black Series assortment with the Walgreens Exclusive C-3PO.

PROS:  Now this is a droid you recognize! We finally have 6″ version of C-3PO to pair with our favorite astromech, R2-D2. Like the C-3PO (Resistance Base) that came before, the sculpt on this version is fantastic and painted very well, even without the vac-metal finish. What is also surprising is that (despite what you may have read elsewhere) this figure is not just a repaint of the Resistance Base version. The Walgreens C-3PO features a distinctly painted AND SCULPTED wired abdomen section. Huge kudos to Hasbro for not just phoning it in and giving us something truly unique.

CONS: For as in-demand as an Original Trilogy version of C-3PO has been (and rumored), it is surprising that this version is a retailer exclusive. Again, no accessories are included with Threepio which seems like a bit of a slight considering the possibilities.

Head to the toyguide for our detailed image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

Episode #106: Return of the ‘Cap

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Once again, The Realm Recap return this week with the latest in Star Wars collecting. This week, we discuss various reveals and store reports for the Hasbro, as well as new product announcements from Hot Toys, S.H.Figuarts, Kotobukiya and more. Finally, Flyguy and I share our latest acquisitions and reviews since our last show. This and much more on Episode 106 of The Realm Recap.

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UPDATE: Toyguide Update: Entertainment Earth Astromech Droid Pack

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The Yakface Toyguide returns from semi-retirement today with the addition of the Exclusive 3.75″ Astromech Droid Pack from Entertainment Earth.

PROS:  If variety is the spice of life then this set is for you as Entertainment Earth has created a truly unique boxed set featuring several different astromechs pulling from live action and animated sources. My favorites of the set include Jabba’s unnamed bartender droid – a figure I for one never expected to receive; R2-C2 – Ziro the Hutt’s bartender/service droid mainly because of the wild deco; and  finally, QT-KT because of its reference to R2-KT and a great arc in The Clone Wars series. The sculpt used for the base of each droid is recycled from the Vintage Collection R2-D2 (VC25) which is a solid design with a decent amount of articulation for an astromech.

CONS: This biggest complaint I’ve run across for this set is the price, which is interesting considering the cost breakdown per figure is about what we pay at retail now for TVC/Black Series quality figures. Secondly, depending on your mileage, paint apps are a little loosey-goosey on some droids, and not quite accurate on others so it’s a mixed bag, but nothing that should stop you from acquiring this set. Thirdly, a couple of the astromechs have issues with the retractable leg remaining in its fully-extended position, resulting in the droid falling forward. And finally, the first runs of this set have a four digit date stamp pressed into each of the 6 domes* which is disappointing, but it is on the back of the dome so it’s not really a deal breaker either.

Head to the toyguide for our detailed image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this set is worth adding to your collection.

*According to Entertainment Earth, the date stamp should only be present on these early samples and production pieces will not have them.

Note: this advanced sample was provided to us by Entertainment Earth and I’d like to thank Bethany and Adam for including us in this early product reveal.

UPDATE: We have added six new images into the toyguide for this set to reflect the final production versions which eliminate the production stamps on the back of each dome.

Toyguide Update: Imperial Ground Crew

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The Yakface Toyguide updates continue for our next entry in the Rogue One 3.75″ basic figure assortment with the Imperial Ground Crew figure.

PROS:  I’m a sucker for figures that expand the ranks and background fodder for the Empire. This figure evokes a strong sense of nostalgia with this precursor the the Imperial Gunner figure from 1985. There are also hints of more modern figures like the 2006 TSC Death Star Gunner and 2008 TLC Imperial Engineer. The sculpt for the Imperial Ground Crew figure does stand out on its own with excellent details and the ability to stow the included control beacons on the figure’s back.

CONS: Can’t help but wish that this figure included an E-11 blaster or some other type of sidearm. The combat gear/flight pack seems something directly out of Batman, not Star Wars, but it should be a fine additional play feature for the kiddos.

Head to the toyguide for our detailed image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

Product provided by Entertainment Earth.

Toyguide Update: 6″ TBS Director Krennic

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The Yakface Toyguide updates continue for our next entry in the Rogue One 6″ Black Series assortment with the ruthless Director Krennic.

PROS:  A fabulous figure overall with a spot on likeness to Ben Mendelssohn. The silhouette and stature of Krennic is well captured, especially when flanked by a few Death Troopers. The articulation is more of the same for this scale allowing for some commanding and battle-ready poses and the paint apps, while minimal, are well applied. Now that there is an Imperial body to use as a base, hopefully we will see more ranking officers, perhaps a Tarkin or even a Grand Admiral Thrawn figure in the future.

CONS: I’m sort of on the fence about the cape as the cut and drape are nice but as with most plastic accessories, it inhibits the range of motion for the limbs. Cloth may have been a better choice but Hasbro’s execution in tailoring may have been just as problematic.

Head to the toyguide for our detailed image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

Product provided by Entertainment Earth.

Toyguide Update: 6″ TBS C-3PO (Resistance Base)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates continue for our next entry in the 6″ Black Series assortment with the droid you don’t recognize: C-3PO (Resistance Base).

PROS:  A fantastic sculpt overall, capturing the silhouette and posture of one of the most recognizable droids in all of cinema. The details are very well done for a figure in this price point. Articulation is about what one should expect for a protocol droid as they aren’t that dynamic or action-oriented in their function anyhow. Non-TFA C-3PO fans can look forward to seeing this figure repainted as a Walgreens exclusive sporting the more popular “Original Trilogy” coloration. Hopefully we will see future releases with this body to get some additional protocol droids into the market. (Maybe Entertainment Earth can release a 4 pack featuring R-3PO, K-3PO, TC-70 and C-3PO from Attack of the Clones?)

CONS: It has taken a very long time for C-3PO to finally come to fruition and I can’t help but feel that it’s a slight let down in execution. While the figure is painted in a vibrant gold hue, it’s the omission of vac-metal finish that is really the main point of contention. Secondly, this figure severely lacks in the accessory department. Other than a secondary gold arm or removable panels (like the 3.75″ Black Series version), there isn’t a lot of “stuff” you could add to this figure to make it more interesting. Maybe the map key pulled from BB-8? Finally, the red arm should have been given a dark wash (as seen in the film) to pop some of the details in its sculpt. It looks too flat and honestly cheap with out it. What Hasbro saved in articulation, accessories and finish, could have easily been used to accentuate that “phantom limb”.

Head to the toyguide for our detailed image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

Product provided by Entertainment Earth.

Toyguide Update: 6″ TBS Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader

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The Yakface Toyguide updates continue for our next entry in the Rogue One 6″ Black Series assortment with the Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader.

PROS:  The colorful Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader recycles the fantastic Imperial Hovertank Pilot sculpt only this time, we get a new helmet and belt. Obviously an easy update but the recast is another amazing trooper from Rogue One. The deco and weathering on the figure looks faithful to the shots of the trooper we’ve seen. Hasbro also elected to detail the new E-22 blaster rifle with various paint apps which goes a long way to finish off the overall presentation of the figure. Articulation is comparable to the Hovertank Pilot and despite this trooper having the kama/waistcoat, most poses are unencumbered resulting in some great battle stances.

CONS: This trooper has already proven to be in high demand based on third party sales, discussions in various forums and social media interactions, so expect the Scarif/Shoretrooper to be a tough character to spot at retail — at least initially.

Head to the toyguide for our detailed image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

Product provided by Entertainment Earth.

Toyguide Update: Kanan Jarrus (Stormtrooper Disguise)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates continue for our next entry in the Rogue One 3.75″ basic figure assortment with Kanan Jarrus (Stormtrooper Disguise).

PROS:  Instead of simply swapping heads with the previously existing stormtrooper body, Hasbro elected to create an all-new mold – one that is markedly improved over the original. The figure reflects Kanan’s taller stature as well as captures a better representation of the character’s animated likeness. Hasbro also created an all-new lightsaber for Kanan with this release – although not as detailed in sculpt as the previous version. The helmet is well proportioned and doesn’t appear overly bulky when worn. In total, there are a lot of useful accessories for extended and expanded playability.

CONS: The pauldron doesn’t fit the greatest when the helmet isn’t being used. Ugh, that disk-firing projectile. For some reason, I just don’t like it (in what ever flavor it comes in).

Head to the toyguide for our detailed image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

Product provided by Entertainment Earth.

Toyguide Update: 3.75″ Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates continue for our next entry in the Rogue One 3.75″ basic figure assortment with Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu) – the newest member of the “blue coat club”.

PROS:  Another solidly sculpted figure that features a lot of great detail in the entire outfit.  Includes a fun(ctional) zipline accessory and the working holster holds the unique blaster securely. For diorama builders and customizers, this figure may serve as a great base for bolstering rebel troops.

CONS: Despite its appearance in and out of the packaging, the hat/helmet for Cassian is not removable and sadly, the head from figure packed with the U-wing is not a direct swap due to different sized neck posts. A few minor paint flaws – your mileage may vary.

Head to the toyguide for our detailed image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

Product provided by Entertainment Earth.

Toyguide Update: 3.75″ Chirrut Îmwe

chirrut_imwe_previewThe Yakface Toyguide updates continue for our next entry in the Rogue One 3.75″ basic figure assortment with Chirrut Îmwe.

PROS:  Chirrut is another stand out figure in the 3.75″ basic figure assortment as he is extremely well sculpted and the likeness is pretty recognizable as actor Donnie Yen. Again, Hasbro captured many of the varied fabrics through subtle use of texture and color variation that really makes the outfit pop – even in this scale.

CONS: It looks like it would have be very easy to include a sixth point of articulation for Chirrut’s right wrist/forearm but instead, Hasbro elected to glue the hand in place. Freeing this joint would have made for a more versatile figure, able to hold his staff in additional battle stances. Sadly, Chirrut does not include a screen accurate version of his cool bow rifle. Not currently available at retail in the US, but expect soon.

Head to the toyguide for our detailed image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

Product provided by Entertainment Earth.

Toyguide Update: K-2SO

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The Yakface Toyguide updates continue for our next entry in the Rogue One 3.75″ basic figure assortment with the reprogrammed Imperial security droid, K-2SO.

PROS:  K-2SO may be the best of the Rogue One released thus far in the line up as Hasbro managed to capture the stature, details and scale for this figure almost perfectly. From its lanky frame, to its new, yet familiar Imperial design aesthetic, K-2SO looks pure “Star Wars” which is not only a testament to the character’s concept, but to Hasbro in translating that into plastic. Sure, it’s only 6 POA (all ball-joints), but I think you’d be hard-pressed in finding anything else to take issue.

CONS: Despite the figure’s fantastic sculpt and deco, it is lacking in accessories as you only receive a retractable zipline attachment where a piece of in-film weaponry or piece of tech may have better served this figure.

Head to the toyguide for our detailed image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

Product provided by Entertainment Earth.

Toyguide Update: 3.75″ Sgt. Jyn Erso (Jedha)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates continue for our next entry in the Rogue One 3.75″ basic figure assortment with Jyn Erso (Jedha).

PROS:  Aside from a few minor paint application issues, the second basic version of Jyn Erso is a very nicely done figure. Again, Hasbro has created an all-new figure which is surprising as they could have easily recycled the legs from the Eadu version. Even the blaster is new for this figure. The removable cowl is made of a pliable plastic that fits over the head easily and doesn’t look too bulky. The sculpted details of her uniform/outfit are well done, conveying a variety of textures and fabrics.

CONS: Unlike the first Jyn Erso we reviewed, this one takes a step backward in reverting to the 5 POA form-factor (although still a good figure). Not the best likeness of Felicity Jones but that can be said about most human characters in this scale.

Head to the toyguide for our detailed image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

Product provided by Entertainment Earth.

Toyguide Update: 3.75″ Sgt. Jyn Erso (Eadu)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with our first entry in the Rogue One 3.75″ basic figure assortment with Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu).

PROS:  First off, this isn’t your typical “5POA” figure as this version of Jyn has two additional points of articulation – swivel forearms -bringing the POA count up to 7 making for a slightly better figure. Sure, it’s not an elbow or knee joint, but it does allow for more variety in posing. Her overall aesthetic is good, with a lot of sculpting details in her outfit that is reminiscent of Princess Leia in Endor gear. Hasbro also sculpted a full outfit underneath the vinyl “poncho” – which is not really intended to be removable, but bonus points for their forward thinking. She includes a blaster pistol that can be stowed in her holster and a large rocket/projectile launcher for added play value.

CONS: The breathing mask/apparatus takes a bit of futzing to get situated on her face properly. Due to her small frame and higher center of gravity, it does take a bit of trial and error to get her to stand unassisted. It’s not impossible by any means but it could be a point of contention for kids with little patience or the heavy handed.

Head to the toyguide for our detailed image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

Product provided by Entertainment Earth.