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Toyguide Update: VC113 Republic Trooper

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of the Republic Trooper (VC113) from the Vintage Collection.

PROS: With the Republic Trooper, Hasbro has created a fantastic figure in virtually all aspects. This figure is loaded with articulation, accessories and paint apps and for the most part, is very faithful to the Old Republic source material. One cool feature is that you can swap around the ammo and knife/sheath accessories for custom configurations or to recreate Commander Jace Malcom, a main character in the SWTOR MMO.

CONS: A few minor quibbles. First, this figure is part of the online exclusive wave, so you won’t find him in stores. Second, the deco is a bit clean for a battle hardened Republic Trooper . Finally, the “Havoc Squad” unit logos are missing from the shoulder armor.

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.

Update: TRU Black Friday Promotion

Toys”R”Us Black Friday promos have been revealed and show that those Special Value Offer vehicle 2 packs are going to be on sale for 50% off! The promo starts Thanksgiving Day at 8pm and lasts until Friday at close. If you’ve held off on getting some of these vehicles or, like many, NEED that Mandalorian Assault Transport this may be your last shot at it.

UPDATE: For fans of plush figures and Star Wars Transformers, those large deluxe talking plush figures of Yoda, Vader, Chewbacca and R2-D2 and all Star Wars Transformers figures will also be 50% off.

Confirmed: Michael Arndt to Write EVII Screenplay

StarWars.com has updated today confirming the rumor that Michael Arndt is writing the screenplay for Episode VII.

The Real Reason Behind the Election Results

If you would like to know the real reason behind Tuesday’s election results, look no further than last night’s episode of South Park. No matter your political affiliation, this episode is hilarious especially when the secret is revealed.

Warning, there some pretty crass language in this episode so get out the earmuffs for the little ones.

Darth Maul Legendary Bust Now Available

Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for their Darth Maul Legendary Scale Bust. Click the image above to order yours today.

The Enloe Trials: Chapter 2 Approaching

Although it may appear that I’ve been just sitting around like Freelo pictured above, I’ve actually been working on a lot of behind the scenes prep work for the next installment in The Enloe Trials photonovel series. 

Click on the image above for a recap of Chapter 1, and stay tuned for some previews to the next installment as the adventures continue into the OT era!

Angry Birds Star Wars Now Available

Angry Birds Star Wars is now available for download via the App Store for iOS devices ($.99 / $2.99 in HD) and Macs ($4.99) running 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later.

Walmart Black Friday 8-Pack

Walmart’s Black Friday Ad has dropped and it looks like they are going to have an exclusive 8-pack of Saga Legends* figures for $25.00. This promo is available in-store only and after 8pm on Thanksgiving Day.

*As of yet there is no word if the 8 figures are this same in each set or just a cobbled together assortment of overstock. But it’s a sure bet there is nothing worth getting here unless you are looking for troop builders.

Last TVC Wave in all its Glory

Forum member Scarrviper has shared some spectacular photos of some of the last figures from the TVC line in the forums.

Many of us have gotten these figures already from some of our online sponsors, but for those who have not yet been able to enjoy these amazing figures yet, head on over to the forums and see just how great these figures are when situated in dioramas (such amazing photography by Scarrviper doesn’t hurt either!).

Darth Maul Legendary Scale Bust

Sideshow updates today with a preview of the upcoming Darth Maul Legendary Scale Bust. Pre-orders start this Thursday between 2 and 3pm Pacific and it is priced at $249.99. FlexPay plans will be available as well. Head on over to Sideshow Collectibles to check out the latest addition to the series.

Toyguide Update: VC114 Orrimaarko

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Orrimaarko (Prune Face) (VC114) from the Vintage Collection.

PROS: Hasbro has done the inevitable and repurposed the 2009 Major Panno in to one of my personal favorites from the Kenner line. The deco and new head sculpt are very well done and the new soft goods cloak really gives it that nostalgic “Kenner” feel. Like Panno, he is loaded with articulation and includes his own signature rifle, blaster and tiny commlink.

CONS: The only drawback with this figure, and its casemates, it that it is an online exclusive – i.e. not sold in stores. : (

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.

Harrison Ford open to Episode VII?

Ever since the announcement that Star Wars:  Episode VII will be in theaters in 2015, fans everywhere have wondered that this means in regards to the classic characters we all know and love. 

Today some news has broke that Harrison Ford is open to returning as Han Solo – this could be true, but until anything is made official, just keep your fingers crossed!

Click on the image above for more details, and share your thoughts here in the forums!

Episode 369: A Mouse in the House

It’s been exactly one week since the news broke: Disney buys Lucasfilm, Episode VII in 2015. It’s a major change of course for a franchise that had long been declared dormant, and one that will have far-reaching impact on Star Wars collectors. On this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast, Marjorie and Arnie take your voicemails, giving podcast listeners the stage to share their excitement and their trepidation about this news. Plus updates on new Star Wars collectibles for sale online. All this and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!

Download the Regular Version or Enhanced Version

Episode VII Rumor Report

Collider is running with a unconfirmed rumor that Matthew Vaughn, director of X-Men: First Class, is in talks to direct Episode VII. What do you think? Leave your comment below and/or on our Facebook page.

Basic Figures Sale at Target This Week

Target is having a sale on basic action figures (Star Wars, Marvel, TMNT etc.) each for $7.99. While this sale might not help clear out the peg warmers at your local store, bring the ad into Toys”R”Us and they should price match the sale for you.

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