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Sideshow 1:6 C-3PO Preorder Is Live

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Sideshow Collectibles is now taking preorders for the Sixth Scale C-3PO figure.

Built with screen-accurate mechanical detailing and light up features, Threepio’s advanced articulation and poseability allow collectors to perfectly capture the nuances of his quirky personality.

The exclusive version includes a switch out “damaged” left arm.

One Day Sale at Toys”R”Us – Today Only!

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Toys”R”us is having a one-day sale that appears to have slipped under the radar – the Battle on Endor Battle Pack!  Most of us already have the pack-ins from this set and it seems many of our forum members see this set as a waste of time, but it’s still a good value for this price. Sale valid in-store and online

Have you bought this set yet or does this sale price push you toward finally making this purchase?  Head on over the forums and share your thoughts.

Personal Note:  I think Hasbro should have dumped the AT-ST and added in the new Speederbike mold and a slightly revised POTF2 Endor Bunker (with new doors and new paint scheme) instead.  I know I would have been more likely to purchase this set if that were the case, and I have a hunch many of you would have too.

Han Solo (Hero of Yavin) Mini Bust

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Gentle Giant updates today announcing preorders for the Han Solo (Hero of Yavin) Mini Bust.

Gentle Giant Ltd. is proud to bring you the Han Solo, Yavin Hero Mini Bust! Digitally sculpted by our master artisans, using actual archival footage and designs, each Han Solo, Hero of Yavin Mini Bust is rendered using the highest quality polystone, and hand painted. Each piece comes individually numbered and is paired with a matching certificate of authenticity. May the Force be with you.

Estimated release: Q3 2015

Jumbo Kenner Ugnaught Preorder

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Gentle Giant updates today announcing preorders for the Jumbo Kenner Ugnaught figure.

Digitally scanned from mint 3 ¾” Kenner originals and reproduced in 12” scale to the rest of the jumbo Kenner line, no detail has been overlooked. Roto and injection molded and made of durable plastics, this fully-articulated jumbo figure includes a faithfully re-produced tool kit, as well as it’s fabric apron.

To further capture the vintage feel, Gentle Giant has packaged this figure with a Empire Strikes Back-inspired backer card featuring original photos and artwork. Designed with the collector in mind, the figure comes in a re-sealable plastic outer clam shell to help protect and display this limited edition figure.

Estimated release: Q3 2015

Star Wars Rebels Stormtrooper Maquette

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Gentle Giant updates today announcing preorders for the Star Wars Rebels Stormtrooper Maquette

Gentle Giant Ltd. is proud to bring you the first new character from the highly anticipated new animated series, Star Wars Rebels – Imperial Stormtroopers Crafted by the master artsians at Gentle Giant Ltd. in the bold style of the exciting animated series, Star Wars Rebels, Imperial Stormtrooper Maquette is as screen accurate as you can get! From the well known Stormtrooper blaster, to the iconic visage of the Stormtrooper helmet, no detail has been overlooked. Each hand-painted piece has been cast in high-quality polystone and comes individually numbered with a matching certificate of authenticity.

Estimated release: Q3 2015

 

Toyguide Update: Clone Trooper (SL08)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the next entry in the Star Wars Rebel/Saga Legends 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the Clone Trooper (SL08).

PROS: If you liked the first release, hooray! Here is another shot at it.

CONS: Meh. Nothing particularly new or exciting with this release other than the packaging (and that’s a stretch).

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.

Star Wars Rebels: “Gathering Forces” Preview

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With the Inquisitor hot on the Ghost’s tail, Kanan and Ezra split off in the Phantom to draw him away from the Imperial deserter, Tseebo. Master and apprentice lure the Imperials to the abandoned asteroid base and its carnivorous creatures, only to be overwhelmed by the Inquisitor’s onslaught. When the Inquisitor appears unstoppable, Ezra comes precariously close to the dark side of the Force. Ezra confronts the Inquisitor when Star Wars Rebels airs at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT Monday, November 24th on Disney XD. Click on through for preview images and a video for this exciting episode!

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Target Exclusive Vehicles with Figures Hitting

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The new Rebels vehicles have been showing up at various retailers recently, and now Target stores are getting in on the fun with their exclusive versions, which come with bonus pack-in figures.  For $24.99 it’s hard to find anything complain about – even when Hasbro packs the figures upside down.

Sponsor News: DorksideToys

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Check out all that’s in stock this week, and available for pre-order at Dorksidetoys.com. PLUS A PREVIEW OF BLACK FRIDAY PROMOTIONS. Join us on our Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr & Facebook pages for regular toy news and new stock, sale and pre-order alerts, movie news, trailers and more.

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Sponsor News: K&C Collectibles

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K & C Collectibles is offering 15% off all in-stock merchandise for orders over $25.  The discount coupon is “Thanks2014” and must be keyed into the Redemption Code field during the checkout process.  Offer valid from November 16th, 2014 through November 21st, 2014.  Offer valid while supplies last.  Click the NEW PRODUCT link for a complete list of recently added items.

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Toyguide Update: Jango Fett (SL07)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the next entry in the Star Wars Rebel/Saga Legends 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at Jango Fett (SL07) from the Saga Legends line.

PROS: Despite its limited POA design, this sculpt for Jango gives any of the super articulated versions a run for their money. The overall body proportions seem to be more accurate, with a stockier build that captures Temuera Morrison’s body type nicely. This is the Geonosis Arena version so the proper jetpack has been included and it stays put when attached. Also included are his signature blasters which do their job well. This figure is a repaint of the 2013 Mission Series figure that had an unexplained black glove on one hand – this version features matching hand paint apps.

CONS: The neck has a slightly downward angle sculpt (clearly evident in profile images) which gives an odd tilt when posing the head in certain directions. Since this is a “Legends” figure, there are no working holsters to stow the blasters so be prepared crawl around looking for them if you (or a child) misplace one… or both.

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 40: Like A Bossk

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Our show returns this week as Flyguy and I discuss the latest in Star Wars news and collecting. A quiet week overall but it livened up a bit with the release of new images from Hasbro for the Black Series line and talks of a merger between them and DreamWorks. Sideshow announces the imminent preorder of our favorite protocol droid, while ANOVOS reveals new Imperial Officer duds for cosplay fans. All this and more on Episode 40 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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New 6″ Black Series Images

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Hasbro has released new deluxe and basic boxed and loose images for the 6″ Black Series line. Click on through to check out Han in Stormtrooper Disguise, Bossk, and the previously discussed Wampa with Luke and Tauntaun with Han Solo,

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Marvel Gives “Darth Vader” First Look

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Marvel.com has posted an exclusive first look preview of their upcoming “Darth Vader” title.

Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience’s dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of “Star Wars: A New Hope” (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca bring us a peek behind the mask of evil!

Look for it on shelves February 2015

September Release for Episode VII Product?

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MakingStarWars.net has posted an article recently describing several new books tied to the release of The Force Awakens. Within the text, it appear that it is planned have the books released in conjunction with the first wave of Disney Consumer Products “toys to bed spreads and everything in between” sometime in September 2015.

Thanks to C.C. Russell for the heads up.

6″ Deluxe Tauntaun and Wampa Boxed Images

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YodasNews spreads word that retailer Andrew’s Toyz has posted images of the upcoming 6″ Deluxe Tauntaun with Han Solo and Wampa with Luke Skywalker. Don’t these just scream to have a Hoth background inserted in them?

Celebration Anaheim Poster Revealed

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Hero Complex has posted an exclusive first look at the Celebration Anaheim poster for next year. Click the image above for a nice desktop quality version.

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim runs from April 16-19, 2015.

Sixth Scale C-3PO Preorder Next Week

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Sideshow has just announced that preorders for their C-3PO Sixth Scale figure will launch next Thursday, November 20. Until then check out this article and video.

Episode 436: Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys

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George Lucas’ 1977 space fantasy Star Wars changed the way American audiences consumed films. More, though, it also changed the landscape for movie merchandising, with more money being made on toys, games, and collectibles than on the movies themselves. Now the documentary Plastic Galaxy looks bac

George Lucas’ 1977 space fantasy Star Wars changed the way American audiences consumed films.  More, though, it also changed the landscape for movie merchandising, with more money being made on toys, games, and collectibles than on the movies themselves.  Now the documentary Plastic Galaxy looks back at the first generation of Star Wars toys, released between 1977 and 1985 from Kenner.  Does this film capture the childhood magic of Star Wars figures, and can the documentary appeal to anyone not already obsessed with little plastic Stormtroopers?  Find out in this special Now Playing/Star Wars Action News crossover podcast hosted by Marjorie, Arnie, and Jerry!

Geonosis Battle Droid Commander Processing Soon

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Check your inboxes as order processing notifications are being sent out by Sideshow Collectibles for their 1:6 Scale Geonosis Battle Droid Commander which includes a Count Dooku Hologram and illuminated communications podium. Orders are expected to start shipping on November 26.

DreamWorks Animation / Hasbro Merger In the Works?

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Our friends over at Popcritica.com alert us to this article at Deadspin with rumors of a possible merger between Hasbro and DreamWorks Animation. Since Disney distributes DreamWorks films, could this lead to a future Hasbro acquisition by “The Mouse” as well? Read on for the full story.

New Star Wars Rebels/Saga Legends on ToysRUs.com

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ToysRUs has listed on their site, most of the new Star Wars Rebels and Saga Legends figures with FREE SHIPPING on orders of $49 or more.

Thanks to Justin LaSalata on twitter for the heads up.

New Tamashii Nations Figures Announced

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Tamashii Nations has announced several more figures for their S.H. Figuarts line. Figures include Scout Trooper and Speeder Bike, Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight), Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn and more. Check out their (translated) announcement and thanks to JediDefender for the heads up.

Update: Walmart Black Friday Jakks 20″ Two Pack

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Overall, it looks the Black Friday deals are kind of light when it comes to Star Wars merchandise this year, there is one that has a least some decent savings. Walmart will be offering a 20″ Jakks Pacific 2 pack that includes Ezra and Stormtrooper. The promotion kicks off on Thursday at 6pm, while supplies last.

Update: Walmart now has this set on their website (currently not available).

The Enloe Trials: New Chapter Approaching

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A new installment in The Enloe Trials Photonovel Series is under production, and we’ve got an exclusive sneak peek to share.

Head on over to the forums for more previews, and for a refresher on the series, you can also catch up on Rykrof Enloe’s latest adventure by clicking here.

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