Here is a quick update about a bunch of cool new pre-orders and the latest arrivals from Big Bad Toy Store as well as a ton of items for their Spring Overstock Sale.
Lucasfilm announced today that production of Star Wars: Episode VII will take place in the United Kingdom. All of the six previous live-action Star Wars movies have included UK production in such famed studios as Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing and Pinewood Studios.
Head to StarWars.com for more details.
This week we are featuring new pre-orders like Star Wars plush, Final Fantasy Kai figures & Harley Quinn 1/6 scale RAH.
The team at Eurobricks.com have posted several high-res images of a new Jedi Defender-class cruiser due out later this year. The set is based on the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO game and includes 4 mini-figures, 3 of which are new.
Coincidentally, thanks to our friends at JediDefender.com for the tip.
There was a time when this hobby was simple – walk into a retail store, and you had a fair chance of finding a Star Wars item you wanted to buy. But for a lot of collectors and kids, those days seem to be a thing of the past.
Is all of this Hasbro’s fault? Probably not. But a lot of collectors, like myself, feel that most of the issues with the hobby today rest squarely on the shoulders of Hasbro.
This rant is my own opinion, but feel free to chime in with your thoughts in our forums – even if you think I’m crazy. Because sometimes the truth hurts. Maybe not as much as jumping on a bicycle with the seat missing, but it hurts.
Production on the next installment in The Enloe Trials photonovel series is underway, which means there are some new previews that can be seen by clicking here.
One of the sexiest Jedi of all time lives on in forum member Lance Quazar’s photonovel series, Aayla Secura: Resurrection.
Check out the latest installment of this fan-fiction action packed series as the sultry Twi’lek finds herself in a hostile new reality after surviving Order 66!
Disappointed with how The Clone Wars line has been handled? Well now is your chance to show your support for the animated series with the current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge.
We have had a surge of recent entries – check out all the latest customs created by fans of The Clone Wars series, or add your own by clicking here!
Disney Parks Blog has updated today announcing the return of the popular D-Tech Me Experience on May 17. They also reveal that there is now a Stormtrooper option now available where instead of getting your likeness rendering on a replica carbonite block, you can get your head sculpted to a body of an Imperial Stormtrooper. Head on over to Disney Parks’ Blog for the detail.
PROS: When this piece was first revealed, many collectors – including myself, knew that this was one item not to be passed over. It serves as an undeniable bridge between the Prequel and Original Trilogies while giving a deserved nod to The Clone Wars as well. The details in the his survival gear (especially the inclusion of the lightsaber hilts of his former master and Padawan) and overall deco of the statue are amazing in their own rights but where this piece shines is in the uncanny interchangeable portraits of Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness as Kenobi.
CONS: This statue originally solicited the inclusion of a removable Obi-Wan’s lightsaber hilt that attached to his belt – which can be seen on the packaging. This accessory was ultimately dropped and the product photography was revised. Collectors of this line have also complained that the lit lightsaber blade either arrives snapped off the switchout hilt/hand accessory or that it breaks easily during unpacking and/or assembly of the statue (of which I can personally attest).
Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this piece is worth adding to your collection.
Yakface Reader Chickaphant writes in with an interesting find at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Read on for the story…
For the May 4th festivities, Sideshow Collectibles has posted another preview image of their 1:6 scale Return of the Jedi Deluxe Darth Vader. They also reveal that the Dark Lord will be available for pre-order on May 23rd!