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As we get the all new product sorted and photographed for our toyguide, I invite you to explore our Facebook page as we’ve been adding a ton of images of the new Vintage, Movie Heroes, Clone Wars figures, Battle Packs and Class I sets.

Thanks to all 2100 Facebook followers for your continued feedback and discussions.

New Product Continues to Trickle Out

Hasbro’s theoretical street date of Jan. 30 continues to be ignored. We’re receiving reports daily of collectors finding new products at their local Target and Walmart stores. In fact, today I managed to score myself the entire Vintage TPM wave and New Clone Wars assortment at Walmart. Remember, persistence pays off sometimes, but it also costs an arm and a leg too.

Episode 329: A Fistful of Figures

Last week on The High Cost of Collecting Marjorie and Arnie ran down Hasbro’s plans for 2012, which includes new lines of toys, as well as higher prices. This week, the hosts of the Star Wars Action News podcast play some listener voicemails discussing their thoughts on collecting in 2012.
And 2012 is here, and despite Hasbro’s street date of January 30th, new figures and vehicles are being found on a daily basis. Some stores are preparing for a major release, and even if your local stores don’t have the items on shelves many are available to ship now online! Listen to this week’s episode to find out where you can get new Vintage Collection, Movie Heroes, and exclusive figures now!
With a run down of store clearance sales and more, it’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News Podcast!

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TRU Exclusive Pod Racers Available

ToysRUs has updated tonight and now has their exclusive Podracer Pilots action figure pack in-stock and ready to ship. Recreate the Boonta Eve race with this set today!

Thanks to Facebook follower Ruben for the report!

Sponsor News: Big Bad Toy Store

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

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Yakfinities # 43 – Cantina Denizens

For all you fans of the Original Trilogy, this is the Yakfinities Customizing Challenge you’ve been waiting for – Cantina Denizens!  Entries don’t necessarily have to be “on-screen” characters seen in the classic cantina from Mos Eisley, but are certainly encouraged!

Whether you’re a crafty customizing veteran or are new to this realm of the hobby, we invite you to join in and take part by creating your own custom figure this round.  And as always, regardless of talent level, we’ll be giving away some free figures to three random winners!

TVC TPM Wave Packaging Variants

It seems that this wave, though barely unofficially out (let alone officially), already has variant packaging. Cases of the The Phantom Menace wave have hit Walmart without the Darth Maul Giveaway/Promo sticker nor do they include the mailaway entry forms packed in the bubble. You can check out a shot of this in our forums courtesy of member Jedighost009.

TVC Deleted Scene Images at Sandtroopers

It’s a month before Toy Fair so what better time to spoil some of Hasbro’s fun with a first look at carded shots of the Blu-Ray Deleted Scene wave of Vintage Collection figures. Head on over to Sandtroopers.com for images of Luke Skywalker (Lightsaber Construction), Princess Leia (Sandstorm Outfit), Lando Calrissian (Sandstorm Outfit), Colonial Cracken (Millennium Falcon Crew), Rebel Pilot (Mon Calamari) and more!

Yakfinities #42 Roundup Report

Another Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has just wrapped up!  And thanks to the continued participation by the customizing community, we once again we have full gallery of custom figures for your viewing pleasure!

The theme this round was Mirrored Reflections, which certainly got the creative juices flowing – so check out all the entries, and see which members of the Yakface community won some figures from The Vintage Collection after the jump!

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Toyguide Update: VC63 B-Wing Pilot (Keyan Farlander)

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of the B-Wing Pilot (Keyan Farlander) (VC63) from The Vintage Collection.

PROS: A solid sculpt from the TLC Evolution set makes for a great release on the Vintage card. The perfect accompaniment to the Kmart exclusive B-Wing Fighter. 

CONS: The relatively unexciting nature of the figure, coupled with it shipping on two different cardbacks pretty much guaranteed this figure “pegwarmer” status. Keyan Farlander again? Really?

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 328: The High Cost of Collecting

New toys have been found coast to coast. Despite Hasbro’s intent that new Star Wars figures be held back until Jan 30, many stores are putting new figures and vehicles out early breaking street date. What is out there and where can you find it? On this week’s Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie run down all the new Star Wars items hitting. In addition to new Hasbro toys, they run down the new Valentine’s Day items showing up at Target, and post-holiday discounts as well.

But almost as shocking as new figures found before street date is the new sticker price. Star Wars figures have gone up $1 in price in 2012, and deluxe figures with mini-rig vehicles and mid sized vehicles have gone up even more. What does this mean for collectors? Hear the hosts’ take, and then give your thoughts at 415-508-JEDI.

With a review of the new Star Wars novel Shadow Games and some Star Wars Christmas Gifts, it’s all this week on Star Wars Action News!

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2012 Vintage Wave One – IN STOCK!

Who knows how long this will last, but the first Vintage wave of 2012 is listed as “in-stock” over at Toysrus.com!

NEW 2012 Battle Packs Found

Street date? What street date? Forum member AaylaSecurasMan found the new 2012 assortment of battle packs today at his local Walmart. This set includes the Republic Troopers, Geonosis Arena and Rebel Heroes Battle Pack. Head into our forums for a closer look.

Toyguide Update: VC62 Han Solo (In Trench Coat)

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Han Solo (In Trench Coat) (VC62) from The Vintage Collection.

PROS: Great articulation, paint and the new coat fits well and looks good. Overall a nice improvement of the 2006 version.

CONS: Kind of seems like a wasted slot in the Vintage Collection considering he’s been released on a Vintage card before.

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: Big Bad Toy Store

Hi – Here is a quick update from Big Bad Toy Store about a great new batch of arrivals and many more new preorders…

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The Clone Wars Returns Tonight

After an extended holiday hiatus, The Clone Wars returns tonight with an all new episode titled, “Escape from Kadavo“.

Anakin tries to convince the Zygerrian Queen that she too is a slave and pawn in an evil Separatist plot. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan toils in the slave camps of Kadavo, a grim situation that grows increasingly bleak..

For more on this episode, including a preview and image slideshow, visit StarWars.com

2012 Deluxe Figures – $19.99?

Recently our friends at Jedidefender.com brought to our attention that it looks like Hasbro is planning on consumers paying more for their 2012 Star Wars line, and now Toyrus.com is listing the new 2012 Deluxe line for the staggering price of $19.99 – even more staggering when one considers the first wave is nothing but repacks and repaints.

How will even more price increases (especially on items that have been in circulation over and over throughout the years) affect the success of the line?  It seems each year more collectors throw in the towel – hopefully we’ll see some pleasant surprises at Toy Fair this February to make us all feel better about it.

NOTE – Forum member combatjedi found these at Wal-Mart already for $16.97, so hopefully that’s a positive sign.

The Vintage Collection Clearances

Following a report by JediTempleArchives.com regarding leftovers of the 2010-2011 pegwarmers from The Vintage Collection being marked down on clearance at Wal-Mart, I came across markdowns as well here in St. Louis.

Markdowns may vary by store (or at all) but it might be worth your while to still keep your eyes peeled for some good deals before the official release date of January 30.

FREE Poster with New LEGO Set Pre-Order

LEGO.com has updated with an offer for a exclusive double-sided poster FREE with any NEW LEGO Star Wars pre-order. Visit LEGO.com for more details!

New TVC Vehicle Images

Hasbro.com has updated their product listing pages with new packaging and loose shots of the Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter, AT-AP and the Republic V-19 Torrent Starfighter all sporting the Vintage Collection style packaging. Head on over to check them out.

Episode 327: Final 2011, Looking to 2012

In the last episode of our year-end retrospective, Jerry, Jay, Steve, Berent, Arnie, and Marjorie take one last look back at 2011 for Star Wars collector., They look at the generalization of Star Wars merchandise, from the housewares to so more T-Shirts than could be worn at a con. They also discuss the final Robot Chicken Star Wars special and their favorite Star Wars acquisition of 2011.

Then they turn their gaze forward. While “always in motion is future”, the hosts discuss the Hasbro toys revealed for 2012 some of which are appearing on pegs now! They also discuss their hopes for the Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3-D rerelease and Celebration 6.

All this and more in the first Star Wars Action News of 2012!

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UPDATE: Hasbro Nixes Jan 30 Street Date

Our friends at Rebelscum are reporting that Hasbro has lifted the embargo on selling new (2012) merchandise on the Jan. 30 street date so retailers may commence stocking their shelves with product at any time, which is good news considering most toy shelves were decimated over the holidays.

UPDATE: Hasbro has issued a clarification regarding the street date for the new 2012 merchandise. The original January 30 date is still in effect, the only place where it isn’t is in the UK.

New Deluxe Sets Found

Yakface Forum Member combatJedi found some of the new Deluxe/Class 1 sets at his local Walmart today. He picked up the BARC speeder with Phase II Clone Trooper. Head to the forums for a closer look.

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