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Toyguide Update: MH15 Darth Maul

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the next addition for the 2012 “Darth Maul” product line. We continue with another “new” figure in the Movie Heroes assortment: Darth Maul

PROS: Nice head sculpt and facial deco. Action feature does work well making this a fine “toy”.

CONS: Sub-standard articulation at is what is now a “premium price”. You’ll spend about as much time playing with this figure as he had screen time in Episode I.

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.

Sideshow Reveals 12″ Airborne Trooper

In a sly move, Sideshow Collectibles has revealed their as-of-yet “unofficially” announced 12″ Airborne Trooper on their facebook page. Head on over for a sneak peek at this highly anticipated release!

Premium Format Captain Rex Now Available

Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for their Captain Rex Premium Format figure. Those who get in on the exclusive version (only available through Sideshow Collectibles) will receive an bonus grenade belt accessory.

Sponsor News: Entertainment Earth

Entertainment Earth has the newest cases of the Vintage Collection (Wave 3) and the Clone Wars (Wave 3) in stock. Get your orders in today!

Sponsor News: Past Generation Toys

This week @ PastGenerationToys.com

We just received the newest wave of the Star Wars Vintage Collection. We have Kithaba VC56, Dr. Evazan Cornelius VC57, Aayla Secura VC58, Nom Anor VC59, Anakin Skywalker VC92, Darth Vader VC93!

The newest Star Wars Clone Wars action figures also arrived and includes Training Super Battle Droid, Ahsoka Tano Scuba Gear, and Clone Commander Wolffe.

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Update: MTT Obi-Wan Pack-In

The crew at Yoda’s News has posted a few high-res images of the upcoming MTT and within the photos, we get a good look at the Obi-Wan Kenobi pack-in figure and it feels like 1999 all over again.

UPDATE: To clarify further, this figure looks to be a repack of the 2006 Obi-Wan Kenobi (047) from The Saga Collection.

2012 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments

Hallmark has officially revealed their Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments for 2012. This year’s batch includes: TIE Interceptor, General Grievous, Han Solo on Tauntaun, Darth Maul, (all available this July) and motion activated Darth Vader “Peekbuster” available this October. Also available are 2 additional LEGO themed ornaments: Imperial Stormtrooper and Darth Vader available in October and November respectively.

Head to Hallmark.com to view these exciting new releases and be sure to visit  your local Gold Crown store to add these to your collection!

Death Trooper Deluxe Statue

Gentle Giant also has the Death Trooper Deluxe Statue up for pre-order.

This remarkably horrifying 1/6th scale statue is crafted in heavy, high quality poly-stone. Each piece is individually numbered and comes with a matching certificate of authenticity. Accurately sculpted with detailed and distressed armor, then hand painted to Gentle Giant’s always exacting specifications, this unique limited edition piece is a must-have for Star Wars and horror fans alike!

Head over to Gentle Giant and pre-order yours today!

Red Snaggletooth Jumbo Kenner Figure

Gentle Giant has updated this week and is now taking pre-orders for the Red Snaggletooth – their next figure in their Jumbo Kenner Figure line.

With a commitment to keep in line with the vintage Kenner theme, Snaggletooth comes packaged on a 1979 Star Wars-inspired blister card featuring original photos and “20 back” art work, including a resealable plastic outer clam shell to help protect and display this limited edition collectible.

Head over to Gentle Giant and pre-order yours today!

Premium Format Captain Rex Update

Sideshow Collectibles has updated today with product images and pre-ordering info for their upcoming Captain Rex Premium Format figure. Head on over to take a look then watch for pre-order to start this Thursday.

Yakfinities #44 – Cloud City Denizens

Another new Customizing Challenge has just launched in the forums, and runs all the way through the end of June!

This gives customizers three months to create a custom for the latest theme, Cloud City Denizens… all you have to do is make a custom of a character that lives on Cloud City, or  simply a traveler passing through — established or completely fan-fiction — it’s up to you!

So, whether you’re a seasoned veteran customizer or new to this great part of the hobby, join in the fun after the jump!

Toyguide Update: MH14 Anakin Skywalker

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the next addition for the 2012 “Darth Maul” product line. We continue with another “new” figure in the Movie Heroes assortment: Anakin Skywalker

PROS: Hasbro tools up a brand new lil’ Annie here and despite the lack of articulation the sculpt is very good and has a great young Jake Lloyd likeness. The podracer-inspired backpack is a nice accessory and styled in a way that fits right into the Star Wars universe. It also works well with the figure’s limited range. We are also treated to a new removable helmet/cowl accessory that looks cool and doesn’t come across as oversized.(This same helmet is available in the Mos Espa Arena Battle Pack).

CONS: Articulation is pretty lacking at only 6 points making this a throwback to an era of sculpting we hoped we were beyond. He doesn’t fit very convincingly in his podracer to the point of saying he doesn’t work with it at all. Too bad Hasbro’s team isn’t forward thinking enough to realize this when planning their merchandise, but this is what we’ve come to expect in recent years.

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.

Episode 341: Love at First Click

Marjorie and Arnie are back behind the mic on Star Wars Action News, and they’ve brought with them new Star Wars collecting news and reviews. On this week’s podcast, they review two exclusive Gentle Giant mini-busts, the 2011 Collector’s Guild exclusive Commander Fox and the 2012 WonderCon exclusive Yoda with 3-D glasses. With limited production runs are these two busts worth featuring in your collection? Listen to find out!

Also on this week’s show, your Star Wars Action News hosts run down early shots of Hasbro’s next wave of vintage figures, wave 2 of Movie Heroes figures, and foreign Phantom Menace 3-D promotional items. With Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination touring news, new items from Acme Archives and Sideshow Collectibles, and a Star Wars dance, it’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

Download the Regular Version or Enhanced Version

Toyguide Update: MH13 Jar Jar Binks

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the next addition for the 2012 “Darth Maul” product line. We continue with the first truly “new” figure in the Movie Heroes assortment: Jar Jar Binks

PROS: It’s been quite a while since we’ve received an Episode I-sourced Jar Jar and this all-new version doesn’t disappoint as it features a great sculpt with ample articulation.

CONS: Nothing major, though Jar Jar could benefit from additional articulation, paint details or possibly an on-screen accessory.

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.

FYI: Movie Heroes Light-Up Figures

I was able to score the entire “wave 2″ assortment of Movie Heroes today from my local Walmart and have been posted a few loose shots of them on Facebook. In doing so, I’ve received a few emails regarding the quality and functionality of the Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan with light-up lightsabers in particular. Click on through for some additional details regarding these controversial figures.

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Upcoming Figures Hit eBay

Our friends at JediDefender.com and JediTempleArchives.com have shared information regarding an ebayer who has several auctions going on currently for upcoming figures of Nom Anor, Aayla Secura, Dr. Evazan, Kithaba, and the upcoming 501st Clone Trooper.

Other than Hasbro’s lazy effort with the ginormous helmet on the clone, this looks like some of Hasbro’s finest work.  Head on over to Jedi Defender or Jedi Temple Archives for the auction links and share your thoughts in the Yakface Forums!

 

Toyguide Update: Royal Starship Droids (Walmart Exc.)

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the next addition for the 2012 “Darth Maul” product line. We continue with the Royal Starship Droids Battle Pack (2 of 2) from Walmart’s exclusive “Discover the Force in 3-D” collection.

PROS: Walmart picks up a great exclusive here. Anything astromech related has a huge following in the collecting community as demonstrated by their steady sell through at retail. The deco on all of the droids is great making these the most accurate versions to date. As a bonus, these figures use the B.A.D. sculpt which promotes a ton of customizing options and additional play value. R2-N3 (the green one) gets a debut here and each droid includes their power harness/docking stations – all of which act as a huge accessory set to the Naboo Royal Starship/Playset from 1999.

CONS: Some may not like the Build-A-Droid/Droid Factory play system. Initially difficult to find but the set is now shipping in greater quantity. Since there is only one new figure (by name) in this set collectors might feel obligated to pick this up by that reason alone.

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.

Captain Rex Premium Format Revealed

Sideshow Collectibles has also officially revealed their upcoming Captain Rex Premium Format figure. Head on over to check out the preview and look a full production reveal next week along with pre-order information!

1:6 Scale Tusken Raider Pre-Order

Sideshow is now taking pre-orders for their 1:6 scale Tusken Raider. The exclusive edition includes a special gaffi weapon with gun stock accessory – perfect for clubbing the heck out of whiny farmboys!

Sponsor News: Big Bad Toy Store

Here is a quick update from bigbadtoystore.com about some cool new arrivals and a bunch of exciting new pre-orders.

CLEARANCE SALE – THIRD PARTY TRANSFORMING TOYS – SAVE 25%
Nearly every Third Party item currently in stock is now on sale at 25% off! Take a look through the product list and be sure to browse the full menus as well. There are some great deals here, including 25% off previous sale prices, so be sure to take a look.

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Cantina Denizens – Roundup Report

Where are you going this afternoon?  We think we’ll take off for a little bit.  You know, some place warm.   Some place where the beer flows like wine and the beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano….

I’m talking about the latest Yakfinities Roundup Report – Cantina Denizens.   Check it out by clicking here!

Steal This Art: It’s A Trap Print

Poster of the day site, Steal This Art is offering a Star Wars print (today only) featuring a Admiral Ackbar mashup with the popular game Mouse Trap. Head on over to check it out and thanks to its artist Dana Lechtenberg for the heads up.

Sideshow Tusken Raider Image Gallery

Sideshow has updated their production blog with several images showcasing the upcoming 1:6 Tusken Raider. Head on over for the images and watch for the pre-order this Thursday!

Toyguide Update: VC84 Queen Amidala

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Queen Amidala (VC84) from The Vintage Collection.

PROS: This particular figures scratches one of the often-requested costumes  off the “must have” list for Padmé. There is an amazing amount of detail in the sculpt itself and the likeness is spot on with Natalie Portman. Hasbro even went the extra mile to sculpt her some real (non-articulated) legs that are far more detailed than necessary but nice none the less.

CONS: The articulation, while generous, is completely unnecessary for a figure of this type. Posing of the arms in any position other than straight down looks “funny” due to the plastic sculpt of sleeves.

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.

The Essential Guide To Warfare

Tomorrow (April 3rd) marks the release of the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare. Filled with hundreds of original illustrations this book encompasses everything in the Star Wars universe. Be sure to check out the official site for the details as well as sample pages.

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