Monday January 26th 2015

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Imperial Troop Transport Preorder


DorksideToys is now taking preorders for the Star Wars Rebels Imperial Troop Transport and is expected to arrive next month.

6″ Han Solo with Tauntaun Preorders Now Available


Our various sponsors are now taking preorders for the next assortment of Deluxe 6″ Black Series figures. This case include 2 Han Solo and Tauntaun sets and repack of the Speeder Bike with Scout Trooper. Order yours today at Big Bad Toy Store, DorksideToys or Entertainment Earth.

Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend


More than 23,000 runners embarking on intergalactic adventure; Compelling local human-interest stories, runner interviews and visual live shot opportunities available

More than 23,000 runners from across the United States and 17 different countries are trekking to a galaxy far, far away for the debut of the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation at the Disneyland Resort this weekend. The new Star Wars-themed runDisney event will involve kids’ races, a 5K, a 10K and half marathon, plus several family-friendly events such as the Health & Fitness Expo and the Star Wars Wookiee Welcome Party.


Update: New Walgreens Exclusive 6″ Variant?

A new exclusive 6″ figure variant coming to Walgreens? Very probable as our friends at Star Wars Action Newsspeculate based on a tweet by Steven Anne from Walgreens. Who could it be? Vader? Luke? The Emperor?

UPDATE: We’ve included the original tweet and a “shocking” response from Steven Anne via our friend, Matt Guzy. Again, this isn’t confirmation, but a fun bit of speculation that may have some traction.


Celebration Variant Poster and Badges Revealed

star-wars-celebration-rebels-poster-1024x682 has posted a new article detailing the concept and design of the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim poster art as well as a reveal of the proposed badge art. Also, get an exclusive look at a special Star Wars Rebels variant of the poster available at Celebration!

UPDATE: 6″ Bossk and Han Stormtrooper Coming Soon


It looks like we can expect the Black Series 6″ Bossk and Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise* soon thanks to new loose images posted by ViperKingdom on eBay. Thanks to our partners at The Wolfpack Podcast for the heads-up.

UPDATE: I independently confirmed with the seller that Bossk no longer has the jaw articulation as previously indicated by Hasbro.

Hasbro Toy Talk by Jodo: Part 2


Forum member Jodo has posted another good read on his blog about the issues we as collectors are facing these days (a follow up to his previous article).

Check it out here, and share your own thoughts in our comments section or in the forums.

Personal Note:  Hopefully Hasbro gets things back on track with the Episode VII launch!  

A Tale of Two Heads


I’ve felt for a while that the Black Series Ree Yees has been sporting a head a tad too small, so I dusted off my dremel so I could see what the POTF2 version’s head looked like on there.

Does it look better?  Or worse?  Does it really matter?  I dunno – but I think I prefer the larger head.  If you’ve considered making this alteration, head to the forums for a closer look.

Episode 440: 2014 Year in Review Part 2 and 2015 in Preview


Arnie and Marjorie are joined by the Gingerprince, Johnathan, Curtis, Daryl, Brock, Jay, and Andrew to look back at the High End Star Wars Collectibles of 2014 and what they expect 2015 to bring.

The Star Wars Action News Year-End shows conclude with this second part of the team’s roundtable discussion!

Arnie and Marjorie are joined by Steve “The Gingerprince”, Johnathan, Curtis, Daryl, Brock, Jay and Andrew to look back at the high-end collectibles that Force-d them to open their wallets! From Gentle Giant mini-busts to Sideshow Premium Format Figures and the new, high end sixth scale figure line from Hot Toys, it’s all discussed in this show!

Then the team puts 2014 to bed and looks forward to what 2015 Awakens. With the first new live-action Star Wars film in a decade coming this December, Rebels on television, and a new continuity for novels and comics, join them to hear what is in store!

Sponsor News: K & C Collectibles


K & C Collectibles has in-stock the new Star Wars Hot Wheels Diecast Cars Complete Set of 8.  Click the NEW PRODUCT link for a complete list of recently added items.


Episode 47: Sticker Shock


The holidays are over but that hasn’t stopped the fireworks this week as a lot of news and confirmations surrounding Hasbro’s plans for 2015 have come to light. The big news this week was several lists of proposed product for The Force Awakens made their way online. Although nothing incredibly revelatory, there does seem to be no holding back in terms of merchandise. Target also gets a large spotlight this week as they’ve started implementing a new price for The Black Series that has caused quite a response from collectors. Is this an isolated event or will other retailers follow suit? Sideshow news this week is light but there is something they have in common with Hasbro – a delay of product. Celebration Anaheim announcements are starting to gear up with the reveal of an new set of pins and the debut of Smuggler’s Bounty audio drama from Kyle Newman. Plus, Flyguy and I run down our latest reviews and acquisitions from the past week! All this and much more on Episode 47 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.


Saga Legends/Rebels Wave 2 Hits Singapore


In less depressing news (depending on your point of view), Wave 2 of the Saga Legends/Rebels assortment has hit shelves in Singapore. Thanks to cknewsstand for tagging us on Instagram for the report.

This Has Got To Be The Top, Right?


Twitter follower @sierraKiloBravo sends us this TBS tag image from his Target in Northern California.

Star Wars Celebration Hoth Pin Set Now Available


Badge holders for Star Wars Celebration can now order the Hoth Pin Set featuring Luke Skywalker (Hoth Gear) and Snowtrooper and exclusive t-shirt. Price is set at $35.00

I’ll Just Leave This Right Here…


$14.29 is now the price of The Black Series 3-3/4″ figures at my Target and there they will stay. is also now charging $12.99 per figure as well, while is still (for the moment) charging $9.99.

Update: New TBS Price Hikes A Coming?

It goes without saying that most collectors want the best TBS figures money can buy. But new rumors are coming to light that will put that adage to the test as the $10-$11 price point is about to be a thing of the past.

1:6 TIE Fighter Pilot Figure Preorder Info


Sideshow has updated today announcing that preorders will begin next week (Thursday, Jan. 15) for their 1:6 TIE Fighter Pilot figure.

Toyguide Update: Samurai Taisho Darth Vader


The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today as we take a look at the Samurai Taisho Darth Vader figure from Bandai/Tamashii Nation.

PROS: The minute I saw this figure previewed back in June 2014, I knew I had to have it and now that it has arrived, it’s probably my favorite collector item of 2014. The samurai armor has been beautifully merged with the Star Wars aesthetic and the result is an amazing sculpt with ornate details and paint work. The articulation is nearly perfect, allowing collectors to set a wide range of realistic display possibilities and intimidating postures. Accessories are plentiful with 3 additional pairs of hands for gesturing or holding the included katana-like lightsaber and/or hilt.

CONS: Admittedly the style isn’t for everyone, nor is the premium price for essentially a 6″ scale figure.

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.

Update: New 2015 Black Series Wave Info


Jedi Temple Archives has posted new info for the next few waves of The Black Series 3-3/4″ & 6″ assortments. Some questions are still up in the air but it looks like things are looking clearer as to what to expect in stores and online for 2015. Click on through for the breakdown…

UPDATE: JTA has updated the article to include a more accurate breakout of the 6″ assortment.


Sideshow Shipping Delay Update

Many of you read our recent article about the shipping delay out of the Port of Long Beach we posted Monday, and now more product looks to be affected. Sideshow has sent out notifications that the 1:6 Bomb Squad Trooper and Deluxe R2-D2 figures may now be delayed in shipping for 5-7 weeks in the U.S.

The Force Awakens Merchandise Release Info


Our friends at JediNews have updated with additional info regarding Hasbro and LEGO product releases for The Force Awakens including estimated released dates as well as new series of Saga Legends action figure box sets supporting digital releases of the first two trilogies. Head on over to check out the latest developments.

Toyguide Update: Stormtrooper Gold Commemorative Mini Bust (PGM Exclusive)


The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today as we take a look at the PGM Exclusive Stormtrooper Gold Commemorative Mini Bust from Gentle Giant.

PROS: In commemoration of their 10 years producing Star Wars mini bust and collectibles, Gentle Giant created a special holiday mini bust for Premier Guild Members. They easily could have just repainted/chromed an existing bust, but if I’m not mistaken, this looks to be an all-new sculpt. The gold chrome treatment really glistens under the right lighting conditions and the inclusion of the Mouse Droid with satirical gift tag “To: TK-421, From: Darth Vader” is a nice bonus as well. Did you know there is another version of this bust too? Click on through for the details.

CONS: Price for this piece to PG Members was $100 and it has doubled in most cases in price on most eBay auctions.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this bust 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.

Stormtrooper Foot Soldier Preorder at BBTS


Big Bad Toy Store is now taking preorders for Bandai’s Movie Realization Stormtrooper Foot Soldier. If you’re on the fence about this figure, you might want to get on this early as the Darth Vader version sold out very quickly.

Watch for our full gallery for the Samurai Taisho Darth Vader coming soon.

Target Resets Saga Legends/Rebels Shelf Tags Return


My local Target completed their Star Wars aisle reset this morning and I noticed the return of the Saga Legends/Rebels shelf tags, which had been missing from many stores over the holidays. It looks like the new planogram calls for 6 pegs of 6″ Black Series, 6 pegs of 3-3/4″ Black Series, 3 pegs of Mission Series and 3 pegs of Saga Legends. While most of the pegs are currently empty, waiting for product to be replenished and the port issue in Long Beach to be resolved, hopefully we’ll see these aisles return to a more inviting status soon.

Prototype Boba Fett Available at


In some sort of galactic joke, is once again offering the Prototype Boba Fett. If you had your previous order canceled or weren’t able to find it in stores, here’s another shot at it – in stock and ready to ship.

Thanks to Donny E. for the report.

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