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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.

ANOVOS Announces Imperial Officer Uniforms

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The Empire needs loyal officers to maintain peace and order through the galaxy! A pre-requisite for this task is the proper uniform — and for that, you may look no further than our Premier Line Imperial Officer Offerings!

Available in Officer Olive or Staff Black, the Premier Line Imperial Officer Uniform Package comes with the distinctive officer cap, jacket, and Jodphur-style pant, all being made from specially-dyed military-grade cavalry twill wool, replicated from the same fabrics used for the original uniforms.

Star Wars Rebels: “Empire Day” Preview

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In the first of a two-part story arc, someone from Ezra’s past needs help to escape Imperial forces on Lothal in “Empire Day,” an all new episode of Star Wars Rebels!

After the crew of the Ghost wreaks havoc on the Imperials’ Empire Day celebration – an annual event commemorating the founding of the Empire – they discover an old friend of Ezra’s parents who has escaped with secrets vital to the Empire. Pursued by Agent Kallus and the Inquisitor, the rebels attempt to smuggle the refugee off-world – but not before learning he has information regarding the fate of Ezra’s parents.

Click on through to check out preview images and videos from the episode, which is now available to watch on WatchDisneyXD.

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Lucasfilm Announces “Strange Magic”

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“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.  “Strange Magic” is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango,” bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

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Episode 39: The Stores Awaken

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Our show returns this week as Flyguy and I discuss the latest in Star Wars news and collecting. Finally, Star Wars Rebels figures are starting to hit stores from coast to coast. Plus, Black Series 3-3/4” Wave 6 is being found quite regularly at Target and Toys”R”Us. New images for the SH Figuarts line of 6” figures have hit the web and they do look impressive… most impressive. The biggest news this past week was the reveal of the title of Star Wars Episode VII. If anything, it further “awakened” our curiosity as to what we can expect next year. All this and much more on Episode 39 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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Black Series Vader Neck Issue Fixed

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Despite opinions to the contrary, the Black Series Darth Vader (#26) suffered from a horrible neck design the essentially rendered the figure to “look, don’t touch” status. We are very happy to share that Hasbro has indeed addressed the known issue (by their admission) and the Black Series #03 Vader now features an updated sculpt with longer neck peg.

Thanks to Dan from StarWarsCollector.com for bringing this to our attention.

Toyguide Update: C1-10P “Chopper” (SL06)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the next entry in the Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at C1-10P aka “Chopper” (SL06) from the Saga Legends line.

PROS: Great Ralph McQuarrie-esque design, solid sculpt and decent deco – looks fantastic with the other Star Wars Rebels figures.  Fits in the Phantom’s cargo area which looks to have been sculpted with him in mind. Surprisingly, he even fits in the Phantom’s cockpit with minimal effort.

CONS: Sure to be a popular figure, Chopper may prove to be a difficult find at first at one per case. Doesn’t have the arm attachments for the head (which I think is part of his signature look), nor the middle leg or rocket booster — probably to double-dip for a future retool. A few minor paint issues but nothing too detrimental overall.

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.

New Black Series Figures In Stock at HTS

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HasbroToyShop (currently) has new Black Series figures in stock including, Darth Malgus, Starkiller, and R5-G19

UPDATE: Malgus and Starkiller out of stock

Update: Hole in the Ground Productions

We have pulled down the recent story sent to us by Hole in the Ground Productions per request of the author, Eric Berry. We offer Eric best wishes and luck going forward in his service to collectors.

Toyguide Update: Agent Kallus (SL05)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the next entry in the Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at Agent Kallus (SL05) from the Saga Legends line.

PROS: As cool a figure as his character is on the show, Agent Kallus looks best displayed with a nice squad of stormtroopers, commanding them to wipe out the Rebels. For a figure essentially dressed in black, there is a lot going on in terms of color and finishes. Different shades of black, gray and blue-gray break up the outfit as well as the use of matte and gloss paint to make the gloves and boot pop. He includes his cool bo-rifle which he can wield with extreme prejudice.

CONS: Agent Kallus is currently only available in the first Rebels/Saga Legends case assortment (1 per case). It is unknown if he’s slated as a carry forward in later waves. Would have loved a removable helmet (to show off those killer 70’s mutton chops) or to be able to attach the bo-rifle to his back like in the series.

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.

Entertainment Earth Exclusive Landspeeder Bottle Opener

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Entertainment Earth is now taking preorders for their exclusive Landspeeder Bottle Opener.

  • An Entertainment Earth Exclusive – have a drink with a sci-fi classic, only at Entertainment Earth!
  • Don’t drink and drive – but do open your drink with this amazing intergalactic ride!
  • Shiny, heavy metal finish is beautiful – it will look amazing in your kitchen, bar, or hidden desk drawer!

Toyguide Update: Kanan Jarrus (SL04)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the next entry in the Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at Kanan Jarrus (SL04) from the Saga Legends line.

PROS: Yep, another Kanan but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Hasbro (and Lucasfilm/Disney) wants to make sure kids are bombarded with the new characters in the Star Wars universe so it only makes sense to get “the leader” out there en mass. Again, this is a repack but it does have a tighter deco/and assembly than my Jedi Reveal pack figure had (your experience may vary of course).

CONS: While it’s understandable that Kanan is getting an individual carded release, we aren’t getting separate figures of Zeb, Hera or Sabine (main characters of the series and crew of the Ghost) on basic cards. Again, distribution of the figures is still lagging behind the debut of the show but they are starting to hit in the US finally (Target, Walmart, Toys”R”US) so keep checking those 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.

Toys”R”Us Super 2-Day Sale

IMG_5532.PNGToys”R”Us today is kicking off a Super 2-Day Buy 1, Get One 40% Off Sale on all Star Wars action figures, Playsets and role play items. (Valid in-store only – excludes LEGO)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Looks like we’ve got an official title: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

What do you think?

Update: The words “Episode VII will not be part of the proper title

Toyguide Update: The Inquisitor (SL03)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the next entry in the Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at The Inquisitor (SL03) from the Saga Legends line.

PROS: One of, if not, the best Star Wars Rebels figure thus far. Great vintage-esque design, crisp sculpt and the paint application is pretty much spot on.

CONS: Some don’t like the simplistic design of the series and the limited articulation. Distribution of the figures is still lagging behind the debut of the show but they are starting to hit in the US finally so keep checking those 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.

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