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Yakface/Hasbro QnA: Final for 2011

The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the last set of answers for 2011. In this session we learn the details of the Vintage Jar Jar and the status of Grand Moff Tarkin.

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Toyguide Update: AT-RT Walker with ARF Trooper

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of the Walmart Exclusive AT-RT Walker with ARF Trooper from The Clone Wars Collection.

PROS: After a delayed release, this set finally makes it way to retailers just in time for Christmas. A decent, if not odd, deco on the ARF trooper – kind of the Star Wars version of digital camo I guess. AT-RT Walker is a great, episode specific, repaint of the ’09 mold.

CONS: Availability is hit or miss right now. The lack of a Captain Keeli or Master Di on the pegs (or in the foreseeable future for that matter) makes for a lonely ARF Trooper and/or poor retail planning.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure 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.

Yakfinities #43 Voting

Voting has just begun for the first Yakfinities Customizing Challenge of 2012 – cast your vote in the forums after the jump!

Toyguide Update: BARC Speeder Bike with Clone Trooper Buzz

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of the Walmart Exclusive BARC Speeder Bike with Clone Trooper Buzz from The Clone Wars Collection.

PROS: After a delayed release, the set finally makes it way to retailers just in time for Christmas. Decent deco on the trooper (which recycles the “Jesse” sculpt). Fits well on the speeder nicely due to the ball jointed hips. Look great with the other 41st Elite clones released thus far.

CONS: Availability is hit or miss right now. Some might not like the sculpt selection for the figure and the fact that the figure and speeder included does not match the sculpts shown on the back of the packaging.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure 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.

Sponsor News: K & C Collectibles

K & C Collectibles has received new Vintage Collection figures, Clone Wars Figure with Vehicles and Gift Packs this week.

New: Clone Wars Multi-Pack:
Ultimate Gift Set (set of 5)

New: Clone Wars Figure with Vehicle:
AT-RT Walker with ARF Trooper (Exclusive Figure)
BARC Speeder Bike with Clone Trooper Buzz (Exclusive Figure)

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Toyguide Update: Sideshow 12″ Figrin D’an

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of the 1:6 Scale Figrin D’an from Sideshow Collectibles.

PROS: Excellent sculpt and paint treatment for the portrait and hands. Instruments are well done. Tailoring of the fabric is on par with most Sideshow releases.

CONS: Although well sculpted where applicable, the $100 price tag seems a bit excessive considering what you get for $20 more in Sideshow’s clone trooper offerings. That being said, I think it will be tough to justify “getting the band back together” if you catch my meaning.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure 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.

Clone Trooper Buzz Reporting for Duty

Our friends at Jedi Temple Archives and GalacticHunter are reporting that some new exclusives that have had very little Hasbro publicity have shown up at Wal-Mart – check out their report by clicking on the above image!

New Starspeeder 1000 Images

The Disney Parks Blog has updated today with a new article detailing the features of the all-new Star Tours Starspeeder 1000 scheduled for release later this month. Head on over for a closer look!

FREE Figure Promo from Hasbro Toy Shop

Today’s Deal of the Day at HasbroToyShop is a FREE Darth Vader figure with any $20 Star Wars purchase. Now before you dismiss this deal outright, why not buy something from HTS and then donate the FREE Vader to Toys for Tots? See, now don’t you feel better. Use promo code “DEAL2” at checkout.

12″ Commander Gree on the Way

When it rains, it pours. Sideshow has sent out notifications that they will be processing orders for their 12″ Commander Gree within the next two weeks. With all of the orders filling from Sideshow lately, make sure you have those methods of payment squared away.

12″ UU Han Solo Available for Pre-Order

Sideshow Collectibles has also placed the 12″ Ultimate Unison Han Solo up for pre-order. This high-end piece features a highly articulated body, detailed outfit based on his appearance in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and includes his signature Endor Trench Coat and breathing mask. Look for it to ship in late 2012.

Republic Clone Captain Now Available

The newest 12″ Clone Trooper is now available for pre-order at Sideshow Collectibles. Complete your clone officer collection with the addition of the Republic Clone Captain today!

Customizer Spotlight – Digit

Forum member Digit has shared some amazing custom dioramas in the forums – including an official display that was shown off at Hasbro Toyfair 2010 in Manila, a breathtaking custom Sail Barge and more. 

Enjoy the images after the jump!

Final Day for the Fans’ Choice Poll

Today marks the final day for the Hasbro/Star Wars Insider Fans’ Choice Poll. You have until midnight tonight to cast your vote  for one of 20 figures that will be released in the action figure line in 2013. The winner will be revealed at Hasbro’s 2012 Collector-Fan Media Day event at Toy Fair 2012!

Sponsor News: Big Bad Toy Store

Here is a quick update from bigbadtoystore.com about another batch of cool new pre-orders and more new arrivals.

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Sideshow’s 12″ Sandtrooper Deploying

Sideshow Collectibles has started processing pre-orders for the 12″ Sandtrooper – Desert Sand Detachment and will start shipping this week. They are still taking pre-orders so you still have time to get yours in time for Christmas!

TVC Darth Maul In-Hand and Reviewed

Yakface Forum Member Eopie Herder has posted some detailed images as well as a breakdown of the upcoming Vintage Collection Darth Maul. By the looks of it, Hasbro got this one right! Head on into the forums to see for yourself.

New Artwork at Acme Archives

Acme Archives has updated today with addition of five Star Wars giclees, any of which would be an amazing addition to any collector’s gallery. Head to AcmeArchivesDirect for the details on each piece.

Swamps of Dagobah” by Steve Thomas
Copilot” by Greg Peltz
Biker Scout” by Christian Waggoner
Vader’s Dream” by Kirk Reinert
One with the Light” by Raymond Swanland

CW Ultimate Gift Sets Hit Walmart

The Walmart Exclusive Clone Wars Ultimate Gift Sets have started showing up at store across the countr, and while there is nothing new in this set, it might make for a great gift for some collector this holiday season. Thanks to our friend Dan at SWCollector.com for the report.

Republic Clone Captain Pre-Order Info

Sideshow Collectibles updates their production blog today with an image gallery and pre-order info for the Republic Clone Captain. Look for him to go up for pre-order on Thursday (Dec. 1st) afternoon.

Sideshow’s 12″ Figrin D’an Orders Processing

Sideshow Collectibles has started processing pre-orders for the 12″ Figrin D’an figure and will start shipping this week. There is still a low quantity of pre-orders available so you still have time to get yours in time for Christmas!

Yakfinities #42 Continues

The current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge runs through December 31, and this unique theme allows for a variety of different takes on characters from the Star Wars galaxy. 

Join in the fun and create your own submissions for a chance to win some new Hasbro action figures by clicking on the image above!

Phase 2 Clones Like They Oughta Be

Ever since Hasbro released photos of the VC #15 Clone, I was afraid it would bomb at retail because of the ginormous helmet, and bulky body sculpt.   A bad situation was made worse when most of the figures ended up with lemon-yellow helmets before they even made it to the pegs. 

Being very frustrated with this for over a year now, I finally rolled up my sleeves and found a very simple way to make a much better Phase II Clone Trooper.  Not only is it one of the easiest custom modifications I’ve ever seen, it’s also one of the most effective.

This change literally only takes a few minutes.  So check out how to do this for yourself and finally have the Phase II Clone Trooper that Hasbro should have made after the jump!

Sponsor News: Past Generation Toys

It’s Cyber Monday and we’re putting our best deals right here. Some Cyber Monday specials are in limited supply, and all will go quickly–but don’t worry if you miss one, as we will be adding new specials all week long!  Plus free shipping to the lower 48 states! Click here to start shopping!

Princess Leah Charity Auction

Available now on eBay are 2 special helmets signed by 50 Star Wars affiliated celebrities at Star Wars Fan Days 2011. 100% of the proceeds will be going to benefit Baby Leah Esquenazi.

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