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Episode 431: Exclusive Showdown

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Marjorie and Arnie give a hands-on review of Hasbro’s San Diego Comic-Con International exclusives, Johnathan runs down the Toys R Us AT-ST set, and Steve the Gingerprince reports in from the London Film & Comic Con!

The irony of San Diego Comic-Con is that while everyone rushes to buy the exclusives, there’s no time at the con to really look at them! Now Marjorie and Arnie are back home and have unpacked their SDCC shipment, and are ready to tell you if Hasbro’s 6-Inch Jabba the Hut exclusive, or the SDCC/Toys R Us exclusive Cantina Showdown set, was worth the trouble.

Also on this week’s show Steve the Gingerprince reports in from the London Film and Comic Con. With a not-too-surprising number of Star Wars guests (given where Episode VII is filming) and tons of toys, listen in to find out about that European event.

With Johnathan telling us what’s hitting stores, a look at the Star Wars Celebration pin set, and more, it’s all in this episode of Star Wars Action News!

More Bad News: Price Hikes Hitting Target

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We’ve been receiving (and witnessing first hand) reports that Target is instituting a new series of price hikes for the Saga Legends and Black Series 3-3/4″ lines – approaching $8 and $12 respectively (depending on market) to coincide with their new aisle resets. Personally, I think the price hike on the Saga Legends is a much harder pill to swallow than the increase on the TBS figures. Granted, haters of the SL figures weren’t going to be swayed with a price drop on this line either, but it sure hurts the enthusiasm I have had for the line.

What do you think? Discuss the matter in our forums.

Target Stores Receiving Black Series Singles

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There have been reports that Target stores are getting in “single figures” from The Black Series for a little while now rather than full cases.  Understandably, some collectors have thought this information was incorrect.  But this is certainly happening, as illustrated by the above evidence provided by Darth Chuck.

I have seen evidence of this on one occasion so far.  Who else is seeing this?  Is this an eye-opener for Hasbro?  Head on over to the forums and let us know what you’re seeing at your local Target and share your thoughts on this interesting development after the jump!

Fantasy Flight Games Announces Imperial Assault

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Following up their recent announcement of Star Wars: Armada, Fantasy Flight Games has revealed Star Wars: Imperial Assault a tactical combat miniatures game following the events of A New Hope.

Victory! By destroying the Death Star, the Rebellion has given hope to a galaxy living in fear. The Empire races to recover from their crushing defeat and the loss of their ultimate weapon as the Rebel Alliance works to solidify their advantage. When an Imperial distress beacon begins to broadcast from an remote outpost on Yavin 4, a small team of elite Rebel operatives is dispatched. Their mission: to silence the signal at all costs…

Look for Imperial Assault in store in early 2015.

Star Wars Rebels Short: Art Attack

The Star Wars YouTube page has updated today with the newest short from Star Wars Rebels focusing on the artistic flair and tactics of Sabine.

Photonovel Spotlight: CloneCrazy

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Tonight we welcome back photonovel guru CloneCrazy to the front page spotlight, as he’s just released the first installment in his latest photonovel series, Will of the Force.

Check out this spectacular beginning to his new series, and be sure to leave him some feedback for his creative efforts after the jump!

Is Anything Actually Selling at Retail?

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Pretty much anywhere you go these days that has put out Hasbro’s latest Star Wars merchandise, you see the same thing.  Pegs of Command Series not selling, Hero Series X-Wings begging to be purchased, etc.  Very little of anything targeted at the kids is actually moving; which most collectors predicted as soon as we saw what Hasbro had planned for this Fall.  The only thing really moving out of the “new” stuff is the 6″ scale Jabba and Biker Scout.

I spoke with a Toys”R”us employee today who echoed the exact same sentiments that we are all saying here – the items Hasbro is making simply are not what the Star Wars market wants to spend money on and he sees it first-hand every day.  The customers are looking, but are walking away empty-handed.  Head on over to the forums to see what he had to say.

Episode 27: HTS Hassles, Helmets and Han!

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This week, Flyguy and I discuss the questionable shipping practices of HasbroToyShop.com regarding their exclusive sales from SDCC. We also cover the product and pre-orders hitting in-store and online. Finally, we wrap our heads around the latest spoilerific news regarding Episode VII and Star Wars Rebels. It’s another jam-packed episode of The Realm RecapClick 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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Unedited/Altered Original Trilogy Blu-ray Release?

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It seems that this rumor/claim comes around a few times a year but we’ll pass it on again. Comicbook.com is reporting “exclusively” that plans are in motion to release the Original Trilogy, unaltered, in its pre-Special Edition form on Blu-ray. Obviously, no official statement has been made so treat it as a big rumor for now.

New Black Series Preorders at DorksideToys

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Our sponsor DorksideToys has posted new Black Series preorders for 2015 Wave 1 which includes:

  • #01 R5-G19
  • #02 Luke Skywalker (Wampa Attack)
  • #03 Darth Vader (Episode III)
  • #04 Darth Malgus
  • #05 Starkiller
  • #06 Yoda (Dagobah Training)

These figures can be currently ordered by set of 6 or case of 12 (2x of each)

Episode VII Stormtrooper Helmet Revealed?

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You’ve undoubtedly seen various reports over the past few days regarding a proposed helmet design for the stormtroopers of Episode VII. We won’t be posting the image here but if you’re not afraid of some spoilery material and images, head on over to MakingStarWars.net for more details. After that, head back to our forums to discuss your thoughts in the spoiler thread.

Toyguide Update: SDCC Exclusive Luke Skywalker (McQuarrie Concept) Mini Bust

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today as we take a look at the SDCC Exclusive Luke Skywalker (McQuarrie Concept) Mini Bust from Gentle Giant.

PROS:  It’s hard to believe that it has been four years since the release of the Darth Vader (McQuarrie Concept) Mini Bust, but alas, this year’s offering is the perfect complement to it. The interpretive design, much like the Kotobukiya and Hasbro releases before it, captures Ralph McQuarrie’s original style and vision for the hero. The sculpt and paint apps are impressive leaving little room for improvement. Essentially, this is a must-have for any McQuarrie aficionado or mini bust collector.

CONS: None. It’s pretty fantastic.

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.

Get To The Plush Choppa!

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I also managed to score this cool large Chopper plush today from Toys”R”Us for about $21 – regularly $25.

TRU Exclusive Tech Deck 10 Pack

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Toys”R”Us is offering this cool exclusive 10 board set of Santa Cruz Star Wars Tech Decks. It feature several re-issued boards as well an exclusive glow-in-the-dark Stormtrooper long board. Retail is $29.99

New Star Wars Rebels Images

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I picked up a new Star Wars Rebels book today from Toys”R”Us titled Star Wars Rebels: Head-to-Head which matches up characters and vehicles from the new series. It contains a lot of new characters and vehicle details as well as plot points for the series. I posted a sampling of them on our Facebook page, but to remain sensitive to spoilers, I cropped out the plot info from the images.

The softcover book is available now for pre-order on Amazon with a release date of Aug. 26, but you might be able to find yours in-store early as well.

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