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Yakfinities: Create a Custom Bounty Hunter

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The current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has just over a month left – so if you like to customize, or have never created a custom but are looking for a reason to, we invite you to participate in Yakfinities #55 – Bounty Hunters.

The variety of entries thus far has been great, but there’s always room for more submissions, and remember, we’re going to have some random winners (regardless of skill level) after this wraps up at the end of March – so head on over to the forums and submit your custom, or just click through to see the cool creations made already.

Custom Agent Kallus w/ Super Articulation

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Today we share another simple way to make a super articulated Rebels figure, Agent Kallus!

Head on over to the forums for a closer look – while it’s not screen accurate, it’s a pretty easy way to make your Agent Kallus fit into your realistic collection a little better.

Episode 52: Blasé Toy Fair

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After a somewhat disappointing Toy Fair (from a certain point of view), Flyguy and Yakface are back this week to discuss the latest in collecting news. Topics covered this week include Hasbro’s showing at Toy Fair, Hot Toys’ impressive Obi-Wan Kenobi and Funko’s deluge of Hikari figures reveals. We also touch on the official reveal of the UCS TIE Fighter and expanded encyclopedia from LEGO, new customized projects and announcements from Marvel. We wrap things up with our latest review and toy acquisitions – all this and more on Episode 52 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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6″ Black Series Wave 8 Preorder

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DorksideToys is now taking preorders for wave 8 from the 6″ Black Series. This assortment includes Emperor Palatine, Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise), Clone Trooper Captain and Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise)

Custom AT-DP Driver w/ Super Articulation

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A lot of our readers find the Rebels figure line intriguing (when they can actually find them in stores), but frustrating because so many of us would like for the figures to have more articulation, or even have more of a hybrid/realistic appearance.

There’s a few figures I’ve toyed around with a bit that I’ll be sharing that are pretty easy modifications (little customizing experience necessary) that I’ll be sharing pics of… first off, the AT-DP driver.  Check it out in the forums and let me know what you think (I know it’s not 100% screen accurate, btw).

Customizer Mega Spotlight

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Tonight we give thanks to a few of the many customizers who grace our forums by showcasing some of their work in our latest customizer spotlight.

First up, forumite Grimace shares a ton of custom mini-rigs he has completed, along with an impressive gallery of customs he’s purchased from other collectors as well.  Check them out here.

Our next highlight is courtesy of forum member JawaKing, who shows off a very cool one-footed “choco-droid” and also some other very interesting droid designs in his thread.

Monsterhjerne also joins in the fun, with a group of Biker Scout custom that he’s upgraded – you’ll want to check out his repainted speeder bikes as well.

Last but certainly not least, Darth Daddy (active as usual with great new customs) has created an upgraded Chopper droid from Rebels that is hopefully on Hasbro’s radar for an upgrade.

As always, the customizers appreciate feedback from their fellow collectors, so please feel free to share your thoughts in the forums or here in our comments section.

Chewbacca Reveals Carded TBS Chewbacca

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Peter Mayhew by way of his Facebook page, has given collectors carded look at the upcoming 3.75″ Black Series Chewbacca (TBS #11). Click the image above for a closer look.

Thanks to Corey from The Wolfpack Podcast for the heads-up.

Wolfpack Roundtables: “Rebel Resolve”

On this episode of WolfPack Roundtables, we review Star Wars Rebels Season One, Episode 12, “Rebel Resolve”! We talk about who we think Fulcrum is and what we think will happen in the season one finale.

Toy Fair Q&A Sessions w/ Hasbro

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Toy Fair didn’t provide much of anything worthwhile from Hasbro this year on the Star Wars front, but we ‘d be remiss to not mention a couple of Q&A sessions that Hasbro held with our friends at Imperialshipyards and Jeditemplearchives during the event.

Check them out by clicking on their respective links and see what Hasbro had to say!

UPDATE – We’re happy to share the Q&A session that our friends at Sirstevesguide was able to partake in as well – including a very interesting comment by the Hasbro team that we hope is an encouraging sign…

Mimoco Star Wars MimoPowerTubes Series 2

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Mimoco has updated with the release of  Star Wars MimoPowerTubes series 2 featuring Yoda, Boba Fett, R2-D2 and Darth Vader’s Lightsaber. Each retails for $29.99 and provides backup battery support for iOS and Android devices.

Episode 442: Toy Fair 2015 Part 1 – Hasbro, Jakks Pacific, and LEGO

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From New York Toy Fair International 2015 Marjorie & Arnie reveal the new Star Wars toy news from Jakks Pacific, LEGO, and Hasbro!

Star Wars Celebration, San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic-Con…when it comes to toy news they all pale compared to New York Toy Fair International.  The show is where toy manufacturers reveal most of the toys that will ship throughout the year.  The show is for the toy makers to sell to wholesalers and retailers, but press is let in and for collectors it becomes a preview of the year’s new Star Wars toys!
On the first part of the Star Wars Action News report from Toy Fair, find out about all the announcements from some of the biggest Star Wars toy manufacturers–LEGO, Hasbro, and Jakks Pacific!  With an exclusive interview with Hasbro’s Star Wars brand team and more, it’s all in this episode!
And check back next week for more interviews and news from Toy Fair!

Toyguide Update: TIE Pilot (SL13)

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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 TIE Pilot (SL13).

PROS: Again, like most of the Rebels figures, Hasbro has translated the series’ animated style to plastic very well. The figure’s proportions seem spot on and the deco, while minimal, is precise – especially the buttons on the life support chest piece. Accessories are spartan as he includes a standard issue E-11 blaster rifle.

CONS: Like others in this line, finding these decent quantity may be an issue. Some/many/most dislike the limited articulation, so they’ll be perpetually disappointed in its execution. Due to the design of the helmet and flight gear box, the head for the figure has a very limited range of movement. Oddly, we get this figure but without an accompanying vehicle on shelves. Sure, we have a dozen TIE fighters from previous lines and The Inquisitors’s personal craft we could use, but not a standard support  fighter from the series. Seems like an opportunity squandered.

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

Hot Toys 1:6 Scale Obi-Wan Kenobi Preorder

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Sideshow Collectibles is now taking preorders for the Hot Toys Obi-Wan Kenboi 1:6 Scale Figure.

Movie Realization Figures Line Coming To The US

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Tamashii Nations has officially announced that their line of Star Wars Samurai-inspired figures are coming to the US.

Star Wars Movie Realization line coming to the U.S. officially Late Spring 2015! And even more to come!

Thanks to JediDefender for the tip.

You can check out our review and toyguide gallery of the Samurai Taisho Darth Vader

Desert Alcove Sets Available for Preorder

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After a boring Toy Fair, and really a down time for 3.75″ collecting in general, there’s finally something to get excited about!  Thanks to Twelfth Parsec, who is now offering preorders for some spectacular looking Desert Alcove playsets, collectors can FINALLY have something to proudly display their various action figures in.

Collectors who got in on their amazing “Space Trees” playsets last year were able to finally have a place for their furball warriors to call home, and can attest to the quality and value of the items made available by the folks at Twelfth Parsec.  Check out the conversations by those who have received previous products from them here in our forums.

So, if you are a collector and want to spice up your action figure scenes, these Desert Alcove sets may be just what you’ve been waiting for.  Support this team as they listen to what fans are asking for as they are themselves collectors too, and we can hope that with success on this latest playset items that we’ll see more great products in the future.

On any note, isn’t it frustrating that the big companies with all the resources in the world overlook amazing products like these mini playsets and instead focus resources on stuff like this?  It’s all the reason why so many collectors and fans of the hobby in general have been voicing strong opinions in the forums about the state of the hobby for quite some time.

Remaining Wish Lists – The Phantom Menace

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Hasbro’s focus is going to be on the upcoming films moving forward, so it’s doubtful we are going to see them dip into the existing films for reference material for a while, but there’s still quite a few characters that have yet to be realized in plastic form, or could be released again in some manner.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be exploring some of these options in our forums, and invite you to join in the discussions here.

The Enloe Trials – New Previews Coming

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Toy Fair was quite depressing for me personally on almost all 3.75″ action figure fronts, so to cheer myself up, production on the next chapter in The Enloe Trials photonovel series has begun.

Head on over to the forums to get caught up on the most recent chapter before previews begin leaking next week!

Toyguide Update: Jedi Temple Guard (SL17)

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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 Jedi Temple Guard (SL17).

PROS: Fans of The Clone Wars series have been clamoring for this figure ever since the character made its debut in season 5. Sadly, we never got one in that era of figures, but Hasbro did manage to get the figure out in some form. The result is a very, very nice representation and one that collectors of the Saga Legends/Rebels line are sure to want multiples. The sculpt overall is highly detailed with different textures applied to the simulated Jedi garb. The paint apps are pretty tight as well. One could see the potential for a lot of “slop” in areas, especially on those little “keys” that hang around the Guard’s belt, but the samples I’ve see seem to be pretty clean in those areas. Articulation is mininal, but for a Saga Legends it may be one of the best Legends figures yet.

CONS: The biggest issue this figure will have will be its availability. Collectors are sure to snatch this figure up and I imagine secondary market prices will reflect the demand. I would suggest preordering the wave or individual figure when available to ensure you’re able to secure one. Due to the design of the hood, the head for the figure has a very limited range of movement.

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

Kotobukiya Reveals Snowtrooper ARTFX+ Statues

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Kotobukiya has released their 2015 Toy Fair Catalog and they reveal their Snowtrooper 2 Pack ARTFX+ statues.

Following up on the STAR WARS Celebration exclusive 2 pack set R3-A2 and K-3PO, the Imperial forces on Hoth make their presence known with the Snowtrooper 2 pack! These elite troopers with special gear and training to survive harsh, frozen environments come to you now in Kotobukiya’s popular 1/10 scale ARTFX+ line! Display alongside R3-A2 and K-3PO to create a Hoth inspired theme!

 

3.75″ TBS Wave 7 Preorder Now Available at DorksideToys

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DorksideToys is now taking preorders for 3.75″ Black Series wave 7. This assortment includes:

1x Stormtrooper
1x Luke Skywalker (Wampa Attack)
2x Captain Rex
1x Darth Vader (Dagobah Test)
1x Princess Leia (Yavin Ceremony)
1x Jon “Dutch” Vander
1x Chewbacca
1x Imperial Navy Commander
2x Clone Commander Wolffe
1x Clone Commander Doom

Preorder yours today and get FREE SHIPPING. Expected arrival date March 2015.

Saga Legends/Rebels Wave 4 Preorder Now Available at DorksideToys

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DorksideToys is now taking preorders for Saga Legends/Star Wars Rebels Wave 4. This assortment (set of 6) includes:

1x Luke Skywalker (Endor)
1x Han Solo (Endor)
1x Princess Leia (Endor)
1x Commander Bly
1x The Inquisitor
1x Kanan

Expected arrival March 2015

Toy Fair 2015 Hasbro Presentation Images

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For your review, here are Hasbro’s presentation images from Toy Fair 2015. Items include Bladesbuilders, Furbacca and Star Wars Hero Masher Figures. Yep, that’s it.

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Saga Legends Wave 2 Hitting Target

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Our friends at From 4-LOM to Zuckuss report via their Facebook page that Saga Legends Wave 2 has started to hit Target. The hunt continues…

Toy Fair 2015: Hasbro Star Wars “Reveals”

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The Star Wars portion of Hasbro’s presentation is about to kick off. We will be aggregating the news we pull from different source right here.

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Toy Fair 2015: Kotobukiya

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Rebelscum has posted a great gallery of images for current and upcoming product from Kotobukiya – including the Celebration Anaheim Exclusive R3-A2 & K-3PO ARTFX+ Statues.

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