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Deluxe 6″ Luke & Wampa Preorders Now Open

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Various preorders have opened up today for The Black Series Deluxe 6″ Luke Skywalker and Wampa sets. Don’t over pay through shoddy eBay/gray market sellers. You can get yours now through sellers that support your favorite sites:

DorksideToys
Entertainment Earth
Big Bad Toy Store

Toyguide Update: #ForceFridayCountdown Promotional Calendar

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with a special addition focusing on the #ForceFridayCountdown Promotional Calendar sent out by Hasbro and Hunter PR to various collector/news sites. This calendar counts down the days until Force Friday, September 4, 2015, when official merchandise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits store shelves. Each page features a factoid relating to the date or product shown. Click on through to check out the calendar in its entirety and reflect on almost 40 years of Star Wars merchandise from Kenner and Hasbro.

Again, we’d like to thank Hasbro/Hunter PR for this great piece.

Customizer Mega Spotlight

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Once again we stop to take look at more great custom figures being made by various members of our forum community!

First up, I-am-Boba-Fett has created a fantastic female Mandalorian that you won’t want to miss – check out several images of this awesome figure here.

Next, forum member Customjedi shares a fan-fic custom of Major Kem Monnon, who was the chief of the Rebel Alliance Corps of Engineers as part of his ESB prequel story.

We also welcome RTripp to the forums, who shares a Darth Sidious repaint, as well as several more custom figures.

Last but not least, we are treated to another masterpiece by Evilivo, as he shows off images of his fantastic take on Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper disguise.

Hot Toys 1:6 Scale MMS Sandtrooper Details

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Hot Toys has released final details for their upcoming 1:6 Scale Movie Masterpiece Series Sandtrooper figure. Click on through for the features and images and watch for the preorder announcement right here from Sideshow Collectibles.

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Sponsor News: K&C Collectibles

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K & C Collectibles has added new Hot Wheels Die Cast ShipsHot Wheel Character Cars, Star Wars Celebration Anaheim exclusive Pins, and Lightsaber Chopsticks.  In-stock Mission Series action figures 2-packs.  Click the NEW PRODUCT link for a complete list of recently added items.

 

Star Wars #6 R2-D2 Action Figure Variant Cover

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The ever expanding list of action figure cover variants for Marvel’s Star Wars series continues with R2-D2 for issue #006. Like the others, this variant features the work of John Tyler Christopher giving the cover a Vintage Kenner inspired design with a realistic twist. Look for it at your local comic shop on June 3.

Thanks to Jedi-Bibliothek for the heads up.

Hikari Sofubi “Prism” Boba Fett

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Entertainment Earth is now taking preorder for Funko’s Hikari Sofubi “Prism” Boba Fett vinyl figure. Limited to just 750 pieces, this items is expected to ship in August.

Hasbro #ForceFridayCountdown Calendar

Hasbro is sending out these cool desktop calendars to countdown the days before their The Force Awakens products are released in September. The inside features a Hasbro Star Wars product with a brief product/character bio and is color-coded to indicate which era the product is from. We are watching our mailbox with great interest.

New The Force Awakens Blanket for Preorder

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ToysRUs has a listing for a new blanket featuring Kylo Ren, stormtrooper and TIE Fighters from The Force Awakens. It is available for preorder now and (like most other Episode VII merchandise) it will be available on September 4.

Thanks to David P. for the heads up.

Kanan: The Last Padawan #2 Now Available

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Marvel’s Kanan: The Last Padawan #2 is now available via your local comic shop, online distributor or via digital download through the Digital Comic Shop.

His master betrayed and killed, young Caleb Dume is alone. When being a Jedi makes him a target, what can a Padawan do? Continuing the story of the birth of Star Wars Rebels’ Kanan Jarrus!

StarWars.com Officially Announces Disney Infinity 3.0

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The power of the Force is officially coming to an entirely new galaxy: Jedi, Sith, and more heroes and villains from Star Wars will join the characters of Disney, Disney•Pixar, and Marvel in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition. Head to starwars.com for more details.

Update: Press release included from Disney Interactive

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Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Trailer Coverage

Game Informer has posted a YouTube feature for the upcoming Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars. Within the footage you can see several of the planned characters and figures that will be available for the game. You can also check out the cover for the June issue here.

Pending Site/System Maintenance

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Over the next few days we will be upgrading our site to a larger, more stable server so there may be brief periods of downtime. Our hope is that the transition is seamless and content should flow uninterrupted. As always, we will continue to provide content and interaction via our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

Hasbro and Peter Mayhew Reveal Electronic TFA Chewbacca Mask

Peter Mayhew has posted a special video on Facebook & Twitter revealing Hasbro’s upcoming Electronic Chewbacca Mask from The Force Awakens.

Episode 450: SWCA 2015 Coverage Part 3 – Floor Tour & Wrap Up

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Marjorie, Arnie, and many guests walk the floor and discuss the collectibles on display–and The Force Awakens!

Note: This podcast discusses details of The Force Awakens obtained from the second trailer and the props shown at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

It’s May 4th, the day fans designated “Star Wars day” and has been quickly co-opted by every Star Wars licensee to discount the items that don’t sell! But here is welcome relief from a deluge of 10% off codes — a new episode of Star Wars Action News!

In this, our final episode from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015, Marjorie and Arnie record right from the show floor. Join them for booth tours of Sideshow, eFX Collectibles, the Celebration official store, and more!

Plus join Arnie as he talks action figures with the Hasbro Star Wars brand team. You submitted your questions and Arnie asks them!

With a group of fans giving their reactions to the new Force Awakens trailer moments after it was shown, and a recap on the convention as a whole, it’s all in this episode of Star Wars Action News!

Today Only: Chewbacca Build-A-Bear Preorder

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The Chewbacca Build-A-Bear is a fiercely loyal Wookiee that would make the perfect companion for any Star Wars fan. This iconic character is completed with a Bowcaster and 5-in-1 Chewbacca Sounds. Price includes: 18 in. Chewbacca, Chewbacca Bowcaster, and Chewbacca Sounds.

Preorder: today only. Limit 4 per customer.

Sideshow 1:6 R5-D4 Preorder

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Sideshow is now taking preorders for their 1:6 Scale R5-D4 figure.

He may be worn and faulty, but who could resist this loveable little astro droid? Slightly larger than his more famous successor R2-D2, Sideshow’s R5-D4 Sixth Scale Figure measures roughly 8.6 inches tall from antenna to treads. Appearing just as Uncle Owen purchased him from the Jawas on Tatooine, every detail of the R5 unit is faithfully replicated, from his desert-worn deco to advanced articulation. Nicknamed for his bright crimson accents, Red’s distinctive trapezoid-shaped head features authentic holographic details, and can swivel nearly 360 degrees, while a magnetic restraining bolt grants access to a variety of compartments and hinged panels. Notoriously plagued with malfunctions, he also suffers a pop-up “bad motivator,” a feature Star Wars fans are sure to enjoy. Destined to play a key role in a moment that sets the events of the original Star Wars trilogy in motion, R5-D4 is a must-have addition for any Star Wars collection!

New Captain Phasma Image from Vanity Fair

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StarWars-Universe has posted the scoop revealing a nice full body shot of the chrome stormtrooper / Captain Phasma as played by Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie. Head on over for a closer look.

Toyguide Update: 2015 Convention Exclusive General McQuarrie Mini Bust

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today as we take a look at the 2015 Convention Exclusive General McQuarrie Mini Bust from Gentle Giant.

PROS: Anything that results in more tributes to the iconic Ralph McQuarrie is okay by me, but it does come at at price. The overall sculpt and paint are good with crisp details especially on the jacket and (non-removable) cap. For fans of Ralph McQuarrie and the Original Trilogy, this should be a welcome addition to your mini bust display.

CONS: The prices for Gentle Giant bust have steadily crept up over the last few years and this one falls victim to that trend as well. It is an exclusive, and it is McQuarrie, but $120.00 is pretty steep for this non-deluxe bust.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this bust is worth adding to your collection.

New Images from The Force Awakens

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Vanity Fair has updated this morning with new images from The Force Awakens. Head on over to check out the gallery of Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren with Snowtrooper, a great sampling of smuggler, pirates and aliens and learn the name of Lupita Nyong’o’s character. Mild spoiler warnings apply.

Force for Change Online Charity Auction

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA, MAY 4, 2015 — Star Wars: Force For Change, a charitable initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm, today announced its latest campaign, teaming with eBay Giving Works to auction off a selection of plaster stormtrooper helmet replicas uniquely decorated by artists around the world. Click on through for the details.

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Sponsor News: K&C Collectibles

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K & C Collectibles has added a few Star Wars Celebration Anaheim exclusives.  In-stock Mission Series action figures 2-packs and Saga Legends.  We have joined Twitter – Please follow us for updates and specials.  Click the NEW PRODUCT link for a complete list of recently added items.

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Vanity Fair Photoshoot Video

Snowtroopers on the battlefield? Kylo Ren sans helmet? These things and more in Vanity Fair’s video for their feature on The Force Awakens. View the link above and stay tuned for more exclusive info as it’s released.

Episode #61: May The Fourth Weekend Be With You

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The Realm Recap returns with the week’s news from Hasbro, LEGO, Funko and several of the festivities tied to the May the Fourth Weekend.

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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Vanity Fair Reveals Special TFA Issue

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This June, Vanity Fair is doing a special feature for The Force Awakens with exclusive photography from renowned artist Annie Leibovitz.

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