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It may seem like there’s fewer items worth buying in the 3.75″ market these days – and if you feel this way, head on over to for a refreshing focus on items in this scale for scene and diorama building (collector language for playsets).

All kinds of fantastic items are available… the prices are fair, the quality is the best I’ve seen, and orders are received in a timely fashion.  For more details, check them out here and share your thoughts in our forums.

Mark Boudreaux Wins Toy Designer of the Year


Long-time Hasbro designer, Mark Boudreaux as won the coveted TAGIE Toy Designer of the Year award for his work on the Battle Action Millennium Falcon for The Force Awakens!

Mark graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in Industrial Design. In 1977, as a co-op, he started working at Kenner Toys and has developed Star Wars product at Hasbro for 38 years. Mark is a Senior Principal Product Designer in Boy’s Toys, and has worked on the six original Star Wars films, EPVII and the Clone Wars and Rebels animated TV series. Mark has designed all five of the 3-3/4” Millennium Falcons, including the new Force Awakens ‘Battle Action” version, and has action figures produced of his likeness.

Hot Toys Teases 1:6 Rey, BB-8 and Finn


Instagram follower Jaycepticon brings our attention to a couple of sneak peeks of new 1:6 scale Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece figures from The Force Awakens. Finally, we are getting some human figures from the film with the release of Rey (Jakku) with BB-8 and Finn.

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Update: Smuggler’s Bounty Exclusive POP! Special Forces TIE Fighter Pilot


Instagram user @toy.fiction shares an image of one of the Smuggler’s Bounty exclusive POP! figures shipping now. Check out the Special Forces TIE Fighter Pilot (#90)!

UPDATE: There is also a regular First Order TIE Fighter Pilot variant shipping in boxes. So completist will need to track down this one as well.

TRU Exclusive “Armor Up” Phasma and Poe Hitting UK

Looks like those Toys”R”Us exclusive Epic Battles/Armor Up figures including Captain Phasma and Poe Dameron are starting to hit stores in the UK.

Thanks to @bizrronick for the tweet

First Order Stormtrooper Mini Bust Preorder


Gentle Giant / The 3D Studio is now taking preorders for the First Order Stormtrooper mini bust – their first piece from The Force Awakens!

Designed, modeled and prototyped using top of the line 3D technology, this mini bust represents the first of our new collection from the ongoing Star Wars saga. Each mini bust is hand cast, hand painted and hand numbered with a limited edition certificate of authenticity. May the Force be with you!

McQuarrie Boba Fett Statue Pre-Order


Sideshow is now taking preorders for the Ralph McQuarrie Boba Fett statue.

One of the first new characters to be designed for The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett originally began as a super trooper, with a striking aesthetic inspired primarily by Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers. As McQuarrie worked closely alongside Star Wars Art Director Joe Johnston, the character evolved into the ruthless Mandalorian bounty hunter we know today. Capturing the spirit of these early explorations, Fett appears in his original all-white armor, leaping into action over a base inspired by the Slave I. Reviewing a broad spectrum of McQuarrie’s imaginative designs for Boba Fett, Sideshow’s artists have translated his iconic artwork in a brilliant homage to a Star Wars that is both familiar, yet never was.

The Vader Project Auction Catalog


Sideshow is now taking preorders for the Vader Project Auction Catalog Book by DKE Toys. $29.95 – available Dec. 2015/Jan. 2016

From Sideshow:

The Vader Project is a reimagining of the iconic Darth Vader helmet curated by Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks of DKE Toys. For this unique project, 100 of the hottest underground and pop surrealist painters, artists and designers customized a 1:1 scale authentic prop replica of the actual Darth Vader helmet featured in the Star Wars™ films. The Vader Project Full Color Auction Catalog (over two hundred pages) features artist bios and includes a 2-page spread for each artist helmet.

6″ Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base) Exclusive to Walmart in Mexico

In the US, this item is exclusive to Kmart, but in Mexico, collectors will be able to score the 6″ Black Series Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base) figure at Walmart.

Thanks to @Rodzam71 on Twitter for the info.

Toyguide Update Preview: Darth Vader (Emperor’s Wrath)


You might have missed this on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram  and Periscope social media channels last night, but I was putting the finishing touches on the toyguide update for the Walgreens Exclusive 6″ Darth Vader (Emperor’s Wrath) and snapped the above photograph. This is not a Photoshop trick or filter, this is the actual figure “lighting up”. Find out how it was achieved by watching the video on our YouTube channel.

SWAN Episode 462: Phasma-tastic

As The Force Awakens draws closer we get new information, new trailers, and…new toys!  With the Guavian Enforcer, Captain Phasma, Constable Zuvio and Poe Dameron the second wave of 6-inch Black Series figures is hitting stores now. On this episode of Star Wars Action News Marjorie and Arnie review this new wave of figures–and try to guess how they fit into the new movie.  And they also review the new KMart exclusive Kylo Ren – Starkiller Base Black Series figure.
Also on this week’s show, with tomorrow’s release of Battlefront the game, Brock joins us to look at the Star Wars: Battlefront novel Twilight Company. He also reviews the new audiobook adaptations for the young readers’ adaptations of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.
With Berent’s report from Gentle Giant Days in Burbank, a rundown of new Star Wars merchandise hitting stores, and more, it’s all in this episode of Star Wars Action News!

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