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Sponsor News: DorksideToys Daily Deal

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DorksideToys has updated today with a daily deal for the Black Series 6″ Clone Trooper for only $12.99 – a perfect price for customizers and army builders.

Star Tours Receiving The Force Awakens Expansion

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StarWarsUnderworld.com has and exclusive report that Star Tours is currently working on expansion that will include elements from The Force Awakens. Head on over and listen to their podcast for the exclusives details!

Gentle Giant Site Upgrade Soon Plus Offering Custom 3D Services?

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Next week, Gentle Giant will be refreshing their website featuring an all new look, new features and new URL, but more interesting is that they plan to offer (in the future) an avenue for talented 3D model builders a place to sell their designs.

The new website will not only showcase our Gentle Giant collectibles, but it will also offer 3D digital downloads. We hope that you enjoy the new look and feel, and we also hope that over time we are able to support the 3D Designers in our community with creative content and a platform to offer your designs for sale to the public.

S.H. Figuarts Death Star II Throne Room Diorama

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A few weeks back we shared an article from JediDefender about new S.H. Figurarts figures on the way from Tamashii Nations including a Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker. It looks like they will also be offering a very cool Death Star II Throne Room Diorama as well. Click on through for the full screen shot. Thanks to Sith_Fire30 for the intel.

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New Bandai Samurai Stormtrooper Images

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New images for Bandai’s Movie Realization Samurai Stormtrooper have turn up online courtesy of S.I.C Lover on Facebook. Click on through to check out the gallery. Thanks to Brandon Flores for the heads up.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Character Names

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Entertainment Weekly has just posted info many of us have been waiting for – the official (partial) names of new characters from The Force Awakens! Head on over to check out cool introductory trading cards that give a little background for each character.

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 To Premiere at Celebration Anaheim

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This April, attendees of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim will witness the global  premiere of Star Wars Rebels season two, which continues the epic adventures of the crew of the Ghost and further reveals the early days of the rebellion against the Empire.  Fans will be the first to see the first episode of season two following an encore screening of the series’ two-part season one finale.

For more info, visit StarWarsCelebration.com

Toyguide Update: 1:6 Scale Geonosis Battle Droid Commander & Count Dooku Hologram

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with a quick tour of the new 1:6 Scale Geonosis Battle Droid Commander from Sideshow Collectibles.

PROS: A spot-on representation of the Battle Droid Commander from Attack of the Clones. Paint and sculpt are impeccable (as usual) as are the articulation and accessories. This release shines in the fact that it includes a very cool light-up communications console that features switch out “caps” for varied display options. The Holographic Count Dooku is surprisingly large – nearly 3-3/4″ scale – and looks fantastic when illuminated. Finally, this figure looks great when commanding his other Geonosian Infantry Droids released earlier this year.

CONS: Be careful in the handing of the droid right from the packaging as the elbow joints for most battle droids I have encountered have been frozen (i.e. stuck) and the arms can easily break if the joints are forced. There is only one more “movie” battle droid that needs to be released – the blue “pilot” version – after that, I hope Sideshow offers a Super Battle Droid or Droideka as the standard battle droid sculpt is starting to feel a little played out.

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.

Customizer Spotlight: fdeasis

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Tonight we spotlight the phenomenal work by forum member fdeasis.  Rarely do we see quality of this nature – check out his update in our forums, and at the official Asis Film Models site.

TBS Battle on Endor price reduction

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While at Toys”R”us yesterday, I noticed that the Toys”R”us exclusive Endor Battle pack was marked down to an everyday price of $79.99.  This may or may not be widespread, but if you are on the fence about this set – and especially if Toys”R”us runs any additional promotions, the price appears to be getting much better on this set.

Sponsor News: Big Bad Toy Store

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Big Bad Toy Store latest newsletter has drop this week with a new list of preorders and new arrivals. Click on through to check out items from Star Wars, Hot Toys, Transformers, Hot Wheels, Breaking Bad, Pacific Rim & More!

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Star Wars Inspired Guardians of Galaxy Blu-ray Cover

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Guardians of the Galaxy has been called “a Star Wars for today’s generation”. What better way to tie the franchises together than with a free downloadable cover to insert in your blu-ray case. Matt Ferguson has created an amazing homage to the original Star Wars Hildebrandt poster. Thanks to Poster Posse for the heads up.

Dark Disciple Cover Revealed

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StarWars.com today has posted an exclusive cover art reveal of the upcoming novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden featuring striking artwork by Matt Taylor. Click on over for the full look. Dark Disciple is scheduled for release July 7, 2015

New Hot Wheels 6″ Elite Collection

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Sponsor Big Bad Toy Store has posted a list of preorder for a new series of Hot Wheels called Hot Wheels 6″ Elite Collection one of which features a new Episode VII starship.

New collection of Elite replica Star Wars starships approximately 6″ (15cm) long. Opening features and attachable landing gear. Includes a display stand. Custom package themed to the entertainment. Secured in polyfoam in a closed black box.

Episode IV – A New HopeX-Wing Starfighter September 2015
Episode V – The Empire Strikes BackTIE Fighter October 2015
Episode VI – Return of the JediMillennium Falcon November 2015
Episode VII – The Force AwakensNew Starship March 2016

ToyMan Collector Show in St. Louis

The ToyMan Collector Show returns to St. Louis on Sunday, December 14.

With  over 180 dealer tables, you never know what vintage or new Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformers or He-Man items you might find, and often at great prices!  For more details, click on the image above.

New Yakfinities Polling

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A new Yakfinities Customizing Challenge is scheduled to kick off on January 1st, but before that can happen we need to decide on the theme.  Help us decide on the next category by heading on over to the forums and casting your vote by clicking here!

Previews/Hasbro Exclusive Star Wars #1 Variant

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Yet another cover variant has been announced for Marvel’s Star Wars #1 which will be exclusive to NY Toy Fair:

To celebrate the return of Star Wars comic books to Marvel Comics, Hasbro Toys and Diamond Comic Distributors have created a unique Star Wars #1 – Hasbro PREVIEWS Exclusive VariantToy Fair Edition, a special variant that will be limited to just 10,000 copies!

For the full details head to PREVIEWSworld.com

ANOVOS TIE Pilot Standalone Helmet

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ANOVOS’s TIE Fighter helmet is now available as a standalone item in gloss black or exclusive “Vader’s Wingman” paint scheme! Designed for comfort and wearability, our helmet comes with an adjustable helmet/suspension system as well as fully-padded interior of breathable mesh material. Early buyers get the best pricing, so pre-order now.

Even better for our North American customers, we offer FREE GROUND ECONOMY SHIPPING to both the United States and Canada on this pre-order — and others above $75 for U.S. and $150 USD for Canada — until January 1st 2015!

Toyguide Update: Snowtrooper (SL12)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the next entry in the Star Wars Rebels/Saga Legends 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the Snowtrooper (SL12).

PROS: Behind the Stormtrooper and Luke Skywalker figures, the Snowtrooper is one of the best Original Trilogy figures in the Saga Legends line up. The sculpt is the most detailed of the assortment with intricate folds and textures on the suit, waist coat and boots and the inclusion of the removable backpack is a nice touch as well. Despite the limited articulation, this figure is fantastic and thankfully Hasbro deemed it worthy for re-release.

CONS: Without a neck joint of any kind, this figure is limited more than most Saga Legends figures leaving you with the most rigid of posing options.

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 43: The Artists Awaken

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Pretty much everyone is still living in the afterglow of last week’s teaser for The Force Awakens as customizers and artist continue to crank out amazing works from only a few seconds of footage. Collecting has been relatively quiet from Hasbro, but high-end & import brands have picked up some of that slack as new preorders were announced from Sideshow, Revoltech and Herocross. Marvel continues in their variant bombardment as several new covers have been revealed for Star Wars #1.  Finally, Flyguy and I run down a few of our new acquisitions and reviews this week. All this and much more on Episode 43 of The Realm Recap.

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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Toyguide Update: Obi-Wan Kenobi (SL11)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the next entry in the Star Wars Rebels/Saga Legends 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at Obi-Wan Kenobi (SL11).

PROS: Again, this was one of the figures I missed in early 2014 due to the last wave of the previous line look not being released in the US. Here Hasbro offers another Obi-Wan, this time in his armor as seen from the early seasons of The Clone Wars. A solid looking figure overall with a crisp sculpt. Again, I’m glad Hasbro found a way to get this back out to collectors, but I think it’s high time we received an old Ben Kenobi in the 5POA line to round out the A New Hope character line up.

CONS: Where this figure falls short is the paint. This sample suffers from paint apps that are very sloppily applied, especially the legs. My guess is that this is the last “new” Obi-Wan figure, in this particular outfit, that we’ll ever receive and that’s a bit sad.

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.

Hot Toys 1:6 Shadow Trooper Preorder

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Sideshow Collectibles is now taking preorders for the Hot Toys Shadow Trooper Sixth Scale Figure.

Rykrof Enloe Returns…

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The Enloe Trials Photonovel Series returns today with an all-new installment in the series – Veils of Deceit!

Check out this new chapter in our forums, which is filled with all kinds of new custom figures and dioramas after the jump!

Mimoco Star Wars MimoPowerTubes

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Mimoco has updated with the release of 4 new Star WarsMimoPowerTubes featuring Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, C-3PO and Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber. Each retails for $29.99 and provides backup battery support for iOS and Android devices.

Thanks to Jedi Temple Archives for the heads-up.

Hybrid Metal Figuration Sandtrooper

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Big Bad Toy Store is now taking preorders for the Herocross Hybrid Metal Figuration (019) Sandtrooper. The articulated figure stands about 5.5″ tall and includes multiple weapons and accessories.

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