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Bespin Battle and Naboo Duel in High-Res

The acquisition of the Toy Fair Presentation has given us a better look at those controversial Battle Packs. Click on through to check out high-res versions of each sets and continue the discussion in our forums.

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Toy Fair 2012 Hasbro Presentation

Hasbro has finally released the Toy Fair 2012 Star Wars Presentation to all fan sites. Obviously you’ve seen everything by now but it’s still worth sharing. Click on over to our show coverage gallery for all the slides.

New Clone Wars Case Up for Pre-Order

Entertainment Earth is also taking pre-orders for Clone Wars Wave 2 case assortment which features the new Republic Commando Boss and Phase II Rex. The case breaks down as follows:

1x Republic Commando Boss
1x Anakin Skywalker
1x Clone Trooper (Phase II)
1x Captain Rex (Phase II)
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi
1x Commander Cody (Flight Pack)
1x Plo Koon
1x Aqua Battle Droid
1x Savage Opress
1x Cad Bane
1x Yoda
1x Aayla Secura

Vintage Wave 4 Rev. 1 Case Up for Pre-Order

Entertainment Earth has updated tonight and is now taking pre-orders for the delayed Vintage Collection (Evazan, Wedge, Nom Anor, etc.) case assortment which breaks down as follows:

1x VC75 Qui-Gon Jinn (Phantom Menace)
1x VC77 Ratts Tyerell and Pit Droid (Phantom Menace)
1x VC92 Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker
1x VC93 Darth Vader (Episode IV)
1x VC95 Luke Skywalker (Hoth)
1x VC87 Luke Skywalker (Lightsaber Construction)
1x VC58 Aayla Secura
1x VC59 Nom Anor
1x VC60 501st Clone Trooper
1x VC56 Kithaba (Barada)
1x VC57 Dr. Cornelius Evazan
1x VC28 Wedge Antilles

Toyguide Update: Ric Olié & Naboo Pilot (Walmart Exc.)

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with a “two-for-one” special since they are both so closely related. We continue on with the addition of Ric Olie (9 of 12) and the Naboo Pilot (10 of 12) from Walmart’s exclusive “Discover the Force in 3-D” collection.

PROS: Hasbro makes the most of its tooling budget here with two “all new” figures. While Ric “Captain Obvious” Olié was a great figure in 1999, this new version is simply great, especially the likeness of actor Ralph Brown. The generic Naboo Pilot is no slouch either. He features a completely nondescript portrait making him the perfect army builder for any Naboo display or hangar diorama so you’ll want a few to pilot those new N-1 starfighters due in a couple weeks, but they’ll work with the original 1999 vehicle just fine. Finally, the inclusion of the soft goods overcoat completes both of these figures nicely as does the removable helmet, both of which are unique sculpts to each figure.

CONS: Having two virtually identical figures as separate, concurrent exclusives seems like a odd move, but the line has to pay for all those other repaints and repacks some how, right? The color of the plastic coat seems a bit too brown when compared to the on-screen costume. In another strange move, the Naboo Pilot, not Ric Olié, will be making his way to the Vintage Collection – everybody say it with me – pegwarmer!

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether these figures are 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.

Wondercon Exclusive ARTFX Shock Troopers

Kotobukiya has updated their Facebook page today announcing a set of ARTFX+ Shock Troopers statues exclusive to Wondercon next month. Head on over for the full announcement.

Episode 335: Cereal Killer

When The Phantom Menace was released in 1999 the food tie-ins were omnipresent. From Kentucky Fried Chicken to Taco Bell to Pepsi to Doritos you could almost have an entire (albeit unhealthy) diet of Star Wars branded foods. While the 3-D rerelease is a bit more subdued, there are still a number of Star Wars food tie-in collectibles in your local grocery store. On this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie run down several Star Wars food items, including cereal pack-in pens and posters, gummy candies, Easter candy lightsabers, and many more! Also on this week’s show, Marjorie and Arnie play some of your reviews of the Star Wars 3-D rerelease. From across the US and even internationally, listen to hear if other Star Wars fans’ 3-D experiences mirrored your own, and then Arnie and Marjorie update you on the future of 3-D Star Wars both in theaters and in home video. With an update on store sales and new Vintage and exclusive Star Wars toys, and a Star Wars minis update from the hosts of the Star Wars Miniverse, it’s all this week on Star Wars Action News podcast!

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Star Wars Toy Fair Presentation Online

In an odd move, Hasbro has released the entire Star Wars New York Toy Fair Presentation to German site starwars-figuren.com for the world to view. Head on over for a look, then come back to the forums and discuss all that was revealed.

Toyguide Update: G8-R3 (Walmart Exc.)

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the next addition for the 2012 “Darth Maul” product line. We continue with G8-R3 (4 of 12) from Walmart’s exclusive “Discover the Force in 3-D” collection.

PROS: Hasbro knocks one of the final Naboo starship astromechs off the “to-be-made” list with G8-R3. Since this droid uses the build-a-droid sculpt, you can incorporate/interchange its components with other B.A.D.s to create custom astromechs. For added play value, G8-R3 includes the droid power station accessory that is compatible with other astromechs and the 1999 Naboo Royal Starship vehicle/playset.

CONS: It utilizes the build-a-droid mold so it has those superfluous holes in the body, which some find unsightly. This figure is exclusive to Walmart and, as of yet, there are no plans for its release elsewhere. Its limited availability may prove to be difficult for for some collectors to find.

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.

Toyguide Update: Aurra Sing (Walmart Exc.)

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the next addition for the 2012 “Darth Maul” product line. We continue with Aurra Sing (1 of 12) from Walmart’s exclusive “Discover the Force in 3-D” collection.

PROS: Aurra Sing gets an all-new sculpt for 2012 and it’s a great one. She features most of the necessary articulation collectors require (except ankle joints). The figure not only has a great design but is loaded with weapons and a cool trophy case to house the lightsaber hilts from her past kills. As a bonus, if you have trouble finding her at Walmart, she will be available later in the Vintage Collection.

CONS: Lacks ankle articulation.

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

Vintage Deleted Scene Action Figure set of 5 in-stock at K & C Collectibles. We also have all Discover the Force Action Figures, Dewback and Vulture Droid in-stock.

NEW: Vintage Collection Action Figures
VC87 – Luke Skywalker (Lightsaber Construction)
VC88 – Princess Leia (Sandstorm Outfit)
VC89 – Lando Calrissian (Sandstorm Outfit)
VC90 – Colonel Cracken (Millennium Falcon Crew)
VC91 – Rebel Pilot (Mon Calamari)

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Custom Cantina Diorama

Forum member Scarrviper has posted images of one of the most amazing dioramas I’ve ever seen in the forums.  Make sure you’re sitting down for this one, because it’s nothing short of spectacular – check it out after the jump!

Sponsor News: Big Bad Toy Store

Here is a quick update from bigbadtoystore.com about a ton of new pre-orders, more cool new arrivals, and our latest clearance sale!

Several days ago we reduced pricing by 15% to 25% on 4000+ items that are a year or more old.  There are a lot of great older items available, please be sure to check out the menus.

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Sponsor News: Past Generation Toys

This week at PastGenerationToys.com – FREE SHIPPING on ALL orders shipped within the lower 48 United States! Check out their new pre-orders and in-stock items.

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The Enloe Trials Photonovel Series Premier

The Original Trilogy era is finally here in the Rykrof Enloe saga, with the premier of the first installment in The Enloe Trials Photonovel Series.  Check out the beginning to an all new series of adventures after the jump!

Mechno-Maul Revealed!

USA Today has posted an exclusive trailer for this Friday’s all-new Clone Wars and within it’s frames you will finally see Darth Maul in his cyborg form. Click the link above for the trailer and tune in tomorrow night for what looks to be an amazing start to the season finale!

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Episode 334: A Certain Cincinnati Point of View

When Arnie and Marjorie decide to spend a little extra time in New York after tirelessly covering Toy Fair 2012, the B-Team from Cincinnati take the reigns! Jerry and Dan are back to discuss their thoughts on Phantom Menace 3D, Hasbro’s Toy Fair announcements, and some other news that surfaced this past week. Hear what they think of the new Ewok and X-Wing figure packs as well as the look of the Star Wars line 2013. Was Yoda a good choice or should Hasbro have started a tradition of using characters that are introduced and killed off in the same movie? But, that’s not all, Brock from the Star Wars Action New Book Club is back to review the Darth Maul short stories and we have Steve the Ginergerprince’s 2012 debut with his UK report.

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Episode I / General Mills Prize Pack Giveaway

In commemoration of Episode I reaching is billion dollar box office milestone, we are going to give away* an Episode I prize pack courtesy of General Mills. The prize includes an Episode I in 3-D t-shirt (black, size L) a box of cereal with collectible Star Wars pen inside (cereal flavor maybe different than the one shown) and 2 magnets (designs will vary). To enter, simply comment on our post on facebook with “Episode I Giveaway” and one winner will be selected at random. Winner will be chosen on Friday, Feb 24, 2012. *Giveaway open to US residents only.

More Wal-Mart TVC Clearances

Forum member StooperZero also ran across TVC figures marked at $4.00 each at his local Wal-Mart, and I saw the same thing at three different stores in the St. Louis area today as well, but of note, in my area at least the clearance only applies to the 2010-2011 line.

Click on the image above to share your own clearance finds.

NEW Target Vintage DPCI Clearanced?

While hunting for new/any Vintage figures tonight, I rescanned that new DPCI (087-06-2413) that turned up in the Target database last month. To my surprise, it now registered at an odd clearance? price of $6.28. Too bad this particular store didn’t have any new figures to take advantage of this bargain.

On a similar note, reader “Scott from Tulsa” sends in a report of finding TVC figures clearanced down to $4.00 at his local Walmart.

Gentle Giant WonderCon Exc. Yoda Mini Bust

To celebrate the return of 1999′s Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3-D, Gentle Giant presents the special commemorative exclusive Yoda With 3-D glasses Mini Bust. This highly-detailed, film-accurate collectible puts the Jedi Master in the theater seat, with a box of “Obi-Wan Cinemas” popcorn and a removable pair of “3-D” styled glasses which sport real red and blue cellophane gel lenses. This hand-numbered limited edition is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity. Available at WonderCon 2012 in Anaheim, CA!

Missing Battle Packs Slide Revealed

The crew at POTF2.com has posted, courtesy of VolkerC, a shot of the “missing” battle packs shown in the presentation at Toy Fair 2012. As you will see, the figures in the Bespin Battle set and Duel on Naboo set are all new sculpts, but there is a catch. They have limited articulation, harkening back to the 77-85/1995 POTF2 era. Head on over to POTF2.com for a closer look then voice your opinion on these in our forums.

Deleted Scene Wave In-Stock at Entertainment Earth

Entertainment Earth has received cases of the Deleted Scene wave (with TPM carry-forward figures) of Vintage Collection figures and they are in-stock and ready-to-ship. Save gas, avoid the retail hunt and order yours today.

Win a LEGO TPM Mural!

The Official Star Wars Blog has updated with word that LEGO fans have a chance to win a very cool Episode I 3D LEGO Mural on display in select theaters across the US. Head on over for all the details!

3-D Episode I Blu-ray This Spring?

Pocket-lint.com is reporting a rumor that Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace 3-D could be released on blu-ray as soon as this spring! Head on over for their rumor report. Thanks to Clubjade.net for the twitter tip.

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