More New Goodies at Target


After one of the largest droughts in modern Star Wars collecting history, new Star Wars items are being found (mostly at Target so far), including the very cool new Mos Eisley Cantina by Lego.  While not all Target stores have officially put these items on the shelves yet, some have (and the most others have them in their stockrooms by now for imminent aisle resets).  So keep your eyes peeled, and hopefully many of you have been saving your collecting dollars for the influx of new product that is about to bombard the toy aisles!

Toyguide Update: 6″ TBS #12 Anakin Skywalker


The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today, kickstarting a series of entries in the The Black Series 6″ line. Today, we take a look at Anakin Skywalker (#12).

PROS: Despite being another Anakin Skywalker from Revenge of the Sith, Hasbro manages to knock out a great figure with all the articulation you expect for the 6″ scale. A little refining in the paint details is required in the face but the overall sculpt is solid – especially the “Anakin” head sculpt which at its core looks a heck of a lot like Hayden Christensen. There are some nice mixes of paint finishes as well, using gloss and matte where applicable.

CONS: Even now, 12 figures into the line, Hasbro’s factories are still having paint apps issues. The irises on both head sculpts could use a lot more care in their application and one eye on each head sculpt (on my sample) has problems. The head sculpt skin tones don’t really match the neck paint apps causing a weird contrast in color under in certain sources of light. The plastic tabards that comprise his torso, inhibit the poseability of the arms slightly where you can’t establish a strong two-handed grip on the lightsaber hilt. Although the articulation is executed well overall, I’d prefer ball-joint/insert-molded hips to allow for a greater range of poses. Finally, I think the gloved forearm and hand should be darker in color as it currently matches his tunic.

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

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Jedi-Con 2014 Receives Exclusive Jabba’s Throne Room Set


Jedi-Con announced yesterday their Hasbro exclusive for their 2014 convention and it looks like collectors in Germany will get their chance at the SDCC “exclusive” 6″ Black Series Jabba the Hutt’s Throne Room set as well. It is limited to 1200 pieces – pre-orders are available now for a discount and sets will be available  at the event as well.

Episode 429: SDCC Part 1 — Hasbro and High End Collector Presentations


2014’s San Diego Comic-Con International is in the books, but there was so much at the convention it is impossible to absorb it all in 5 days–both for those at the convention as well as fans watching from home.

But now that the chaos is over take time to absorb all the news about new and upcoming releases from Hasbro, Sideshow Collectibles, eFX Collectibles, Gentle Giant, and Kotobukiya! If you missed their panels on Friday you can relive them on Star Wars Action News’ first part of their SDCC coverage. Watch these presentations and find out about all the upcoming new items.

Then join us later for the second part of San Diego Comic-Con coverage with exclusive interviews, product reviews, and news about all the exclusives at the convention!

Episode 55: Boring Conversation Anyway – SDCC Overview


We’re back! Another long ‘Boring Conversation Anyway’ gives an in-depth SDCC overview. Regulars +Dan ofthe Shipyards & Jedi Temple Archives chew the fat over Hasbro, +Sideshow Collectibles & more. Click on through to view!

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Rebels Items Hitting Target


Some Target stores are beginning to put out new Rebels product in advance of official store resets.   Today I came across some new Lego sets and some of the new Star Wars Command line.  If you have a Target store in your area it may be worth your while to swing by and see what you come across, but remember your success rate will likely vary as today I was turned down by a store to get me a new Black Series Deluxe Jabba, even though the store had them in the back (which I think many of us have had similar experiences in the past with that).

Episode 24: A SDCC To See


SDCC has hit in full force for this week’s show so we attempt to cover all of the announcements and surprises from your favorite manufacturers including Hasbro, Sideshow, Gentle Giant and more! In addition, we also discuss new Star Wars Rebels footage and trailers that are sure to make believers out of those still on the fence for this series. Click on through to check out the latest episode and feel free to subscribe to our channel and leave suggestions on what you’d like to see covered on the show.

Also, if you prefer an audio-only version, a downloadable MP3 is available as well.

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