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Sponsor News: K&C Collectibles

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K & C Collectibles has added the next wave of Saga Legends action figures and Rebels Vehicles.   More Micro Machines and Star Wars Rebels Twin Bedding set have been added.  Click the NEW PRODUCT link for a complete list of recently added items.

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Episode #56: See Ya’ Leia

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Flyguy and Yakface are back to break down the week’s collecting news and more. This week we discuss the most recent developments in regards to the Ceremonial Princess Leia (straight from Hasbro no less) as well as new images of Black Series products. Gentle Giant is back in a big way on this show as they made several product announcements for their Jumbo Kenner line as well as a new statue that is both cool and confusing. Fans of Boba Fett were treated to new images and preorders for the upcoming Revoltech Boba Fett – now does it stack up to other figures in the line? In our TV/ Movie/Book/Game News segment we breakdown the news regarding the new post-ROTJ novel “Aftermath” as well as give our thoughts on the latest installment of “Princess Leia” from Marvel – they aren’t good. Celebration news abounds as we are less than a month away from the biggest event of the – aside from The Force Awakens. All this and A LOT more on Episode 56 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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UPDATE: Hera/Stormtrooper Commander Preorder

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HasbroToyShop has updated with preorders* for the latest wave of Mission Series sets that include Hera/Stormtrooper Commander, Hoth Han & Luke, Leia and Luke, and R2-D2 and Yoda.

*Expected arrival at the end of April.

UPDATE: Preorders Sold Out (keep checking though)

Final Production Revoltech Boba Fett Images

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TAG Hobby has posted some great looking final production images for the upcoming Revoltech Boba Fett from Kaiyodo. Click on through to check them out.

You can preorder yours now at BigBadToysStore for $54.99. Available May 2015

Star Wars Battlefront to Debut at Celebration

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EA has announced that the eagerly anticipated Star Wars Battlefront will be debuting at Star Wars Celebration.

We’re thrilled to share that Star Wars Battlefront will be taking part in Star Wars™ Celebration next month in Anaheim, CA from April 16-19. We could not think of a better or more appropriate place to debut the game officially for the first time than the premier event that celebrates the Star Wars universe and the legions of fans who have fallen in love with it.

6″ IG-88 and Wampa/Luke Loose Images

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Stephen Hayford has posted some new images of the 6″ IG-88 as well as the Deluxe Wampa with Luke Skywalker set on Facebook. Check them out.

New Limited Edition Sublime Hikari Greedo

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Our friends at VinylmationWorld bring to our attention a new “Sublime” colorway of the Limited Edition Hikari Greedo figure. It is currently for sale in Australia via popcultcha.com and is limited to 750 pieces worldwide. No word yet on US availability.

Limited Edition Star Tours Troopers T-Shirt

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As part of their Magic March festivities, DisneyStore.com has up for sale a Limited Release Star Tours Troopers T-shirt created especially for Walt Disney World. Click on through to check our their other limited releases (non-Star Wars) tees.

Confirmed: New Princess Leia (Yavin Ceremonial) Not Canceled

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We gladly pass this information on to all of our readers (and Leia fans), directly from Hasbro & HunterPR:

The STAR WARS Black Series 3.75-inch Princess Leia (Yavin Ceremony) has been delayed due to a production issue with Princess Leia’s robe. However, we are currently working through this issue and you will be able to find her on shelves later this year. Also, we can confirm that the STAR WARS Black Series Princess Leia (Boushh Disguise) 3.75-inch and 6-inch items will be available later this summer.

In addition, you can find a STAR WARS Saga Legends Princess Leia (Endor) 3.75-inch as well as a STAR WARS Mission Series Princess Leia (A New Hope) 3.75-inch on shelves later this spring.

Zam Wesell Statue Preorder

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Gentle Giant is also taking preorders for their Zam Wesell statue.

Digitally sculpted by the master artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd., the Zam Wessel Statue features the changling assassin in her highly detailed costume holding her sniper rifle and container of Kouhun Worms. Zam also includes 2 interchangeable portraits, one humanoid portrait, and one Clawdite. Crafted using only the highest quality polystone, each limited-edition hand-painted statue comes individually numbered and is packed with a matching certificate of authenticity.

Jumbo Kenner Logray Preorder

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Gentle Giant is also taking preorders for the Jumbo Kenner Logray figure.

From Star Wars: Return of the Jedi comes the shaman of the Ewok tribe of Endor, Logray! Logray was one of the many Ewoks that helped the Rebels destroy the Shield Generator, exposing the new Death Star. Recreated here with his ornate churi bird headdress, medicine bag and walking staff, no details have been missed on this amazing figure.

New Jumbo Kenner Villain 3-pack

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Gentle Giant has just released preordering info and images for a new Jumbo Kenner Villains 3-pack that includes Darth Vader, Death Squad Commander and Stormtrooper

Princess Leia #2 Now Available

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Marvel’s Princess Leia #2 is now available via your local comic shop or online distributor.

When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire as a Rebel spy, she never betrayed her convictions, even in the face of the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, she grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance and helping strike the biggest blow against the Empire, the destruction of the Death Star. But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains: what is a princess without a world? Writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, S.H.I.E.L.D.) and artist Terry Dodson (Avengers & X-Men: Axis, Uncanny X-Men) bring us a story of Leia’s quest to help her people and find her place in the galaxy.

You can also purchase a digital version from Marvel’s Comic Shop.

Toyguide Update: Ezra Bridger (Cadet) and Kanan Jarrus (MS18)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the latest entry in the Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the Ezra Bridger (Cadet) and Kanan Jarrus Mission Series set (MS18).

PROS: Kanan is old hat at this point so we’ll focus on Ezra, or “Dev Morgan” as he’s known in this attire. The sculpt is pretty decent (if we don’t get a Zare Leonis recycled from this body I’d be shocked). The face sculpt has much crisper details than prior Ezra portraits – those were softer in sculpt especially around the nose and mouth. The hair is the same, just at darker color. The paint is okay for the most part except for that one odd mistake (see below). The cadet helmet is the same sculpt as before but has the character specific markings from the episode “Breaking Ranks”. Two figures for $10, hard to complain about that especially for kids these days.

CONS: Aside from getting our fourth taste of Kanan in action figure form, there are a few Ezra related issues. First off, Ezra’s head is a little wobbly at the neck joint – at least on my sample – your experience may vary. The most odd issue though is the fact that he has the wrong symbol painted on his left shoulder. It should be the Imperial crest/cog, but it is the Galactic Republic emblem. Kids won’t give a second (or first) thought about it though. It is unknown at this time if it will be addressed in future production runs. Finally, the Ezra cadet figure is about 1/4″ shorter that the standard “Rebels attire” Ezra due to the fact that the legs are a bit shorter.

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

Win Passes To Star Wars Celebration from Gemr

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Still need passes to this year’s Star Wars Celebration?  Itching to pickup a Battle of Hoth LEGO set?  The guys over at Gemr have a free giveaway ending this Friday the 20th where you can win a three-pack of 4-day adult passes to the Celebration and / or an AT-AT and Snowspeeder LEGO bundle.  There are more details on how to win over on the Gemr blog.

Gemr is a social platform for collectors to share their collections with other folks over the inter-webs.  Have Star Wars action figures or Funko Pop?  Upload them to Gemr and check out all the other stuff people have put on the site!

 

SWAN Episode 445: Maximize Your Fun at Celebration With a Bottle of Water and a Plan

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In less than one month the world’s largest Star Wars party takes place in Anaheim — Star Wars Celebration! There will be celebrities, exclusives, panels, vendors and more! There will also be lines, standing and waiting, rooms filled before you get in, and bottles of soda for almost $5 each.

On this week’s Star Wars Action News Marjorie and Arnie help you prepare to get the most out of Celebration! At Celebration 5 and 6 they presented their panel A Bottle of Water and a Plan and now they bring it to the podcast so everyone can have the best time at Celebration!

And for this special show they are joined by other convention veterans, Jerry, Daryl, and Chris! All the panelists have been at multiple Star Wars Celebrations, as well as a combined hundreds of other conventions including San Diego Comic-Con! They even recorded this at Indiana Comic-Con this weekend! Save your feet with their tips!

Plus find out about the Star Wars Celebration Collectors’ Swap Meet, special exclusive Celebration patches and pins, and more! It’s all in this pre-Celebration episode of Star Wars Action News!

Star Wars Aftermath Cover Revealed

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StarWars.com has posted an article regarding the upcoming novel Star Wars: Aftermath which immediately proceeds the events of Return of the Jedi. 

The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? Has everyone even heard the life-altering news? What rushes in to fill the vacuum the Empire has left? And who will try to stop them? Those are some of the themes we’ll be exploring in Aftermath, and as a lifelong Star Wars fan, just writing those words gives me chills. I can’t wait for our first canon glimpse into the state of the galaxy after the Battle of Endor.

Aftermath will be the first book in a trilogy that begins to bridge the Star Wars timeline between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens

TBS Vader (Dagobah Test) and Stormtrooper Carded Images

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Andrew’s Toyz has posted via their Facebook page, carded images of the upcoming 3.75″ Black Series Darth Vader (Dagobah Test) and Stormtrooper figures. Head on over for a closer look.

HTF Wave 1 Star Wars Rebels Coming Back in New Case Assortment

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Thanks to a comment posted by one of our readers on our Hera/Stormtrooper Commander Toyguide Update that we posted yesterday, it looks like some of the original, hard-to-find figures are making there way back to production via a new case assortment posted by VolkerC at starwars-figuren.

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Toyguide Update: Hera Syndulla and Stormtrooper Commander (MS19)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the latest entry in the Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the Hera Syndulla and Stormtrooper Commander Mission Series set (MS19).

PROS: Hera fans rejoice! We finally have received the figure we’ve been waiting for and it doesn’t disappoint. Original solicitation images caused a bit of worry initially because Hera’s green skin tone was very washed out. Thankfully, the production release is a far more vibrant hue. As standard fare for the Saga Legends/Star Wars Rebels line, she has only 5 POA, but it is a well executed figure from paint, proportions and sculpt. Despite having the lekku (aka head-tails), the head is unencumbered by them allowing for a full range of swivel movement. The Stormtrooper Commander is a simple re-accessorized version of the SL01 figure with a non-removable command pauldron, although it does move freely so I’d expect maybe a white or black version in the line’s future.

CONS: The biggest con of this set is that it took so long (six months) after the debut of the series to get the main cast/crew of The Ghost. Hera’s blaster is very tiny and she has nowhere to stow it due to a non-functional boot holster so be sure to keep a close eye on it. This set is surely to be a desired one on the secondary market (i.e. eBay or unscrupulous merchants at cons) – but don’t overpay as this set is 2 per case in this assortment and 3x in a revision case.

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

So Long, Princess

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Looks like Chewbacca is getting the shaft on receiving a medal again as Jedi Temple Archives has posted a new update regarding the status of the Princess Leia (Ceremonial) figure from Wave 7 and 8 of the Black Series. She has been removed from both assortments and has been replaced by an extra stormtrooper (wave 7) and an extra clone (wave 8).

No word as to why or future availability.

#whereisleia #wewantleia

Sponsor News: K&C Collectibles

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K & C Collectibles has added the new Digital Release Commemorative Collection action figures, Wave 2 – Saga Legends action figuresMission Series action figures and Rebels Vehicle – Imperial Troop Transport.  The latest Jumbo Action Figures from Gentle Giant and the current issue of Star Wars Insider #156 Exclusive Previews cover edition.  Click the NEW PRODUCT link for a complete list of recently added items.

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Episode #55: The Journey Continues…

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Flyguy and Yakface are back to break down the week’s collecting news and more. This week, product is coming in at record pace with wave after wave of Saga Legends, Mission Series and 6″ Black Series products hit retail. Plus, there are even great sales to be had as well. There are a few very cool customs to discuss this week, the main one grabbing headlines around the world is the drone speeder bike which is too cool not to hit production. Finally, big news broke from Disney involving the first of the standalone films as well as the official release date for Episode VIII. There is a lot to wrap our addled brains around but you can watch/hear it all on Episode 55 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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Toyguide Update: Digital Release Commemorative Collection Sets

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the latest entry in the Saga Legends/Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the Digital Release Commemorative Collection sets.

PROS: In a round about way, these sort of confirm an as-of-yet-to-be-announced release of the 6 films in a digital format. The artwork used for the packaging and the presentation overall is well done and like the previous blu-ray release commemorative sets, the side panels form an overall artpiece when displayed in the proper order. The outer slipcase has a nice embossed treatment on the figure art which give the sets more of a high-quality feel and with the slipcase removed, you are treated to more art by way of the movie posters that are on the back side of each box. As for the figures there is nothing technically new here, so you can save money if you either have all of the figures or you don’t like the Saga Legends style figures in principle. The price is decent at $19.99 each (US) so if you passed on any of the figures before, there is a nice way to get a good representation of core characters in one shot.

CONS: These sets feel weird without having anything official to tie them with in terms of media. The way the figures are presented in the inner box is a bit on the bland side, conveying an almost unfinished or mock up packaging vibe. No Leia? Really???

Head to the toyguide for the image gallery to judge for yourself whether any/all of these sets are worth adding to your collection.

Note: loose figure photos for these sets will not be taken.

Hikari Sofubi 442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper Preorder

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Entertainment Earth is now taking preorders for the next Hikari Sofubi figure – the 442nd Siege Battalion Cone Trooper. It is available in standard (1500 pieces) and glitter which is limited to just 100 pieces.

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