Discount Stores Clearancing Hasbro Product

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TJMaxx and Marshalls stores are marking down the smaller scale vehicles – down from $14.99 to $10.00 (and even $7.00 in some cases).

You know the market isn’t accepting Hasbro’s lineup when discount stores, who already have their prices lower than standard retail, are clearancing Hasbro’s product. 

Personal suggestion for Hasbro – Stop making smaller vehicles like these.  The lower pricepoint doesn’t matter if everyone already has better versions of these toys.  Instead, focus on making new items that haven’t been made before, or improving your product. 

And it’s a collective punch in the gut to a large portion of your loyal fanbase to refuse to make dioramas/playsets, yet continue down this failed path with this line of vehicles.  It’s bad business too.  Just ask the retailers who are unable to move this type of product for a profit.

Episode 407: NYCC 2013

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In just a few years New York Comic Con has grown to have attendance second only to the 40-year-old San Diego Comic-Con. This year had big name stars like Sylvester Stallone, Sigourney Weaver, and more signing autographs, perhaps the highest profile autograph stars at any convention. On this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast Marjorie and Arnie report on the Star Wars reveals from Kotobukiya, their exclusive Art-FX+ R2 unit, as well as the other Star Wars collectibles at the con.

But the biggest Star Wars reveals were not at the Javits Center. Hasbro had no presence at NYCC, but they held a private press event the Wednesday before the con and the Star Wars Action News hosts were there. Listen to find out what was revealed, and what wasn’t. Plus find out Hasbro’s answer to “what’s right with Mara Jade?” and news on the notorious Black Series bubble issue.

With an update on all the new toys hitting stores from Johnathan, as well as a Vintage Viewpoint looking back at the Kenner Ewok toys, it’s all on this episode of Star Wars Action News!

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A Wolf In Ghost’s Clothing…

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It appears that the Ghost from Star Wars Rebels is, to borrow a phrase, ‘more than meets the eye’. Tucked in the back of the Ghost is a smaller fighter called the Wolf which has a very vintage Kenner mini rig feel.

Hasbro, please tell us that you are working on a Ghost/Wolf vehicle release for 2014? My 10 year old inner child is screaming for one!

Thanks to LightsaberRattling for the heads-up.

Toyguide Update: TRU Battle of Geonosis: Jedi Knights (2 of 2)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry for 2013 Vader Collection. Today, we take a look at the second of two Toys”R”Us exclusive Battle of Geonosis: Jedi Knights sets.

PROS: Like the first set we reviewed, this pack is loaded with Jedi that have never been produced before, including the iconic Sarrissa Jeng which is the highest new part count figure from either set. Again, all the Jedi here are 14 POA and have great paint apps (at least for my pack).

CONS: The same holds true for this set as the other pack, the TVC Phase I Clone Trooper sculpt for Commander Ponds would have been great. Paint app quality and consistency vary from set to set, most notably Sarrissa’s hair line so if you’re particular on your deco, you might want to compare sets to find the best representation.

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

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Rebel Seal Bookends from Gentle Giant

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Gentle Giant has just revealed their next design in their continuing bookends series – The Rebel Seal.

Show your support for the Rebel Alliance with the incredible Rebel Seal Bookends!

Digitally sculpted by the master artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd., these unique bookends can be displayed together as a single, striking symbol of light and hope, or used to stylishly store your favorite media! The choice is yours!

These limited edition hand-painted bookends come individually numbered and include a matching certificate of authenticity. Perfect for yourself or that special Rebel Trooper in your life.

 

Toyguide Update: Death Star Scanning Crew (Kmart Exclusive)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry for the Vintage Collection. Today, next take a look at one of three Kmart exclusives – the Death Star Scanning Crew set.

PROS: Hasbro again develops a great set of Vintage exclusives for the holiday season. A great army building set and nice to get another commissioned officer for the Imperial ranks – in black to boot! Articulation and deco is solid between the two figures and the new head for the officer is a welcome bonus. (Could this be Pol Treidum? – It would make sense to complement TK-421 in the other set.)

CONS: Availability is spotty as of now. Hasbro could/should retire those leg molds for that Imperial Officer due to the wonky knee and ankle joints. Accessories aren’t as astounding as the other set but still necessary to complete the package if you missed out on the prior equipment.

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

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Toyguide Update: Imperial Scanning Crew (Kmart Exclusive)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry for the Vintage Collection. Today, we take a look at one of three Kmart exclusives – the Imperial Scanning Crew set.

PROS: Finally! Hasbro has made good on their intentions to get that missing scanner box into collector’s hands. The accessory is the real star of this set as it has a ton of detail and little greebies that just feel “Star Wars” in nature plus it sits atop the scanning “cart” completing the equipment set. The figures are no slouches either as the Imperial Technican is a repaint of the TLC version, but with a new head sculpt. The Stormtrooper (TK-421) takes the VOTC version and refreshes it with the new style E-11 blaster (the one with the collapsible stock) and a new belt with grappling hook details and a removable comlink, which I fully expect will be lost/misplaced by many collectors over time.

CONS: Availability is spotty as of now and this one will surely be the tougher of the two crew sets to track down. The holster for the stormtrooper doesn’t hold the larger E-11 blaster sculpt without some major futzing.

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

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Final Clone Wars Episodes Released in 2014

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Dave Filoni has posted the following information regarding the final, unreleased episodes of The Clone Wars:

Star Wars fans – I have some exciting news! We have wrapped production on all of the remaining Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes, and while that might be sad news in one way, it’s good news in another. It means you will finally get to see them. When, exactly, is a detail I cannot yet share. I can confirm that in early 2014 you will be watching the final episodes of The Clone Wars, including one of Master Yoda’s most challenging missions. So, get ready. We’ve got Clone Wars and Rebels coming at you in 2014. Animated Star Wars is alive and well. Trust in the Force my friends.

– Dave
Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars in 2014? It doesn’t get much better.

Toyguide Update: TRU Battle of Geonosis: Jedi Knights (1 of 2)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry for 2013 Vader Collection. Today, we take a look at one of two Toys”R”Us exclusive Battle of Geonosis: Jedi Knights sets.

PROS: These sets pretty much came out of the blue as I don’t think that Hasbro ever “officially” announced them. All the Jedi figures included are debut characters as they’ve never been released before making these sets truly an anomaly. The Jedi themselves are 14 POA figures using bodies that meet and exceed most colllector’s expectations – again a rarity considering these are released in the 2013 Vader packaging which, until now, has been reserved for the limited articulation figures.

CONS (Update): This set really would have been a knockout if Hasbro were to have utilized the TVC Phase I Clone Trooper sculpt for Captain Deviss. The original (03/50) figure is nice, but it pales in comparison to the newer figure. Some collectors seem to balk at the $40 price point but for a set of exclusive, first release figures, I feel the price is fair. It appears that there is a factory error with 2 of the figures in this set. Full details are provided in the Yak Facts section of the toyguide entry. (Thanks to the Guardian for the hands heads-up.)

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