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Yakfinities #55: Roundup Report

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Our latest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has wrapped up!  We ended up with over 40 unique custom Bounty Hunters!  Head on over to the forums for a fully gallery of the entries and see which random entries are walking away with and some Hasbro action figures as prizes.

Episode #59: Celebration Time, Come On!

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We’re counting down the hours now until Star Wars Celebration, but before we get to that, Flyguy and Yakface break down the week’s news and announcements in collecting. Begun the Scale Wars has as Hasbro seems to have a developing issue with figures keeping a consistent scale within their respective lines. Hot Wheels has several new character cars coming out in the next few weeks. Are you going to let them pass you by? Big news this week was the onslaught of exclusives announced for Star Wars Celebration – we breakdown our favorites and frustrations. We wrap things up with the release of the Digital Movie Collection as well as our weekly acquisitions segment. All this and much more on Episode #59 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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Star Wars Celebration White Bantha Gift Exchange

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We all have a Star Wars item that needs a new home.  It could be that Jar Jar cup that aren’t sure where or why or how you got it or that Darth Vader tea cozy that you wish you liked more.  Now you have the chance to trade in your unloved/underappreciated Star Wars items and take home something else in it’s place!

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Target Exclusive AT-DP with Driver Found

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Our friends at Jedi Temple Archives are reporting that the Target Exclusive AT-DP with Driver has started to hit Target on the West Coast. Head on over for a closer look and start checking those stores.

Sideshow Presents: R2-ME2

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Sideshow is proud to present R2-ME2, a unique re-imagining of everyone’s favorite sassy astromech: R2-D2

The Force is strong with this collective of creative minds from across the galaxy! Starting with a blank prototype of our Deluxe R2-D2 Sixth Scale Figure, Sideshow invited over 90 friends and fans to participate in customizing the iconic droid with a brand new look. Check out a sneak peek at the progress on these one-of-a-kind custom projects below, and follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #R2ME2.

Be sure to check out the full reveal of the project April 16 at Star Wars Celebration!

New Hot Wheels Character Cars Coming Soon

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Speaking of Hot Wheels, looks like we can expect several more character cars (singles and sets) in the near future. Click on through to check out the C-3PO (shiny), The Inquistor, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Darth Vader (Episode IV deco) and more.

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Celebration Anaheim Collecting Track Schedule and Events

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Our friends at the Star Wars Collectors Archives have posted a great breakdown of the entire schedule for the Collecting Track Panels and Events for Star Wars Celebration.

Celebration Exclusive: Hot Wheels R2-KT

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My new issue of Star Wars Insider landed today and inside, there is a reveal of a very cool Celebration exclusive for an even better cause. Hot Wheels is having a special R2-KT character car for sale ($10.00 each). Disney and Mattel will be donating the proceeds to Star Wars: Force for Change.

 

Celebration Exclusive: LEGO Star Wars Posters

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MTV.com has posted an article announcing that fans at Star Wars Celebration will get the chance to take home 6 awesome LEGO Star Wars style movie posters. Jedi News alerts us that the reverse of the poster features DisneyXD’s new Droid Tales series.

Scale Is In The Eye of the Beholder

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Some of you have seen posts recently regarding the weird shifting scale for some of the new clones in the 3.75″ Black Series line (Rex, Doom, Wolffe). The inconsistency doesn’t stop there as the new 6″ Leia Boushh towers over her previous 6″ body. What is going on here??? Thanks to Kool Kollectibles for the heads up on this image from The Fwoosh.

TRU Exclusive Jabba’s Rancor Pit Revealed

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Jedi Temple Archives has called our attention to an image of an as-of-yet unannounced (but rumored) TRU Exclusive Jabba’s Rancor Pit set posted on Facebook. The set looks to include several repacked figures, but that Jabba in there is drawing attention as it looks to be new. Stay tuned for more details as they arise.

Fox Fanfare Swan Song

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Thanks to FanoftheWars on Twitter, we can confirm that the digital versions of Episodes I-III, and V, VI do NOT have the 20th Century Fox fanfare intro played before them.

Below is a quick video I grabbed of the new opening fanfare:

Celebration Exclusives from ThinkGeek

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ThinkGeek has spent the last several months excitedly preparing the upcoming Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA.  The online retailer is proud to announce that they will be debuting a number of exclusive items that will only be available to attendees as well as early release items that will be for sale both at the show and on ThinkGeek.com. Click on through to check them out.

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Unreleased 4 Episode Clone Wars Arc Coming to SWCA

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StarWars.com has just announced that 4 unaired episodes from The Clone Wars will be making their debut at Star Wars Celebration and fans will get to learn the fate of “Echo”. These “Bad Batch” episodes will be presented in similar fashion to the unfinished Utapau arc that was released last year.

UPDATE Rumor Debunked: Han Shoots First, Again?

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There is a rumor circulating that there is a major change/correction in the release of Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection, and if true, will right a terrible wrong. Word is that A New Hope as been revised once again to show that Han shot first in the infamous confrontation with Greedo. There is no visual proof of this yet or word of any other tinkering going on with any other scenes in any of the other films. I guess we’ll know tomorrow.

Update: According to Dark Horizons, the rumor is false.

Celebration Customizing Panel Update

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As we previously reported, customizing master sillof (Jamie Follis) will be hosting a customizing panel at Star Wars Celebration on Friday, April 17th from 12pm-1pm.  Some more details about the panel have been posted at his site.

This will be the second time that Jamie has headed up this event, and if you are going to be at C7, you ought to make an effort to attend.  Work from some of the Yakface forum members you are familiar with will be featured in this panel, including some custom figure giveaways!

Star Wars #4 Boba Fett Action Figure Variant Cover

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Our friends at Jedi-bibliothek posted earlier today a look at the new Boba Fett Action Figure Variant Cover for Marvel’s Star Wars #4. This makes 2 action figure variant covers for this issue. – the first one being Chewbacca.

A New Proof: Kenner Star Wars Packaging Design 1977-1979

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Preorders are now open for A New Proof: Kenner Star Wars Packaging Design 1977-1979 by Mattias Rendahl. This must-have book for vintage fans is limited to only 500 copies and features full-color imagery as well as interviews with the design team responsible for developing the signature Kenner line look. You can check out sample pages of the book at dearpublications.com.

For Celebration Anaheim attendees, Mattias will be having a panel on this book Sat., April 18, 1:30–2:30PM on the Collectors Stage (210AB)

Darth Vader #4 Now Available

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The next installment in the Darth Vader series from Marvel is now available via your local comic book store. You can also purchase and download the digital version through Marvel’s Digital Comic Shop.

Revenge of the Battle Droids? Vader returns to Geonosis to build his army! The Dark Lord’s ascension continues!

 

Gus and Duncan’s Guide to Star Wars Micro Collection Toys

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Gus Lopez and Duncan Jenkins have announced their next book in there expanding catalog of titles: Gus and Duncan’s Guide To Star Wars Micro Collection Toys. It will be available for purchase at Celebration Anaheim and online order will launch tomorrow (4.8.2015).

Update: Now available for order

Star Wars Celebration Collecting Track Patch Set

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Star Wars fan sites unite for an exclusive patch only available at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

Star Wars Action News, Jedi Business, Jedi Temple Archives, Yakface and Jedi News have combined forces to create a unique piece of Star Wars memorabilia for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim! Together they have created the Star Wars Celebration Collecting Track Patch Set! Click on through for details.

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Win a $10 Credit from VUDU

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Wanting to pick up the Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection but looking for additional incentive? We are giving away five (5) $10 credits* toward a purchase through VUDU’s service between now and Friday, April 10th. Simply follow us on Twitter for your shot at a redeemable code**. Winners*** can redeem their code at vudu.com/moviecredits

*Limit one per person
**Codes expire 5/31/15, must redeem within one year.=
***VUDU account required.

SMS Audio Announces Star Wars Second Edition

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SMS Audio has announced their second edition of Star Wars wired headphones and they are available for pre-0rder now.

Choose from R2-D2™, Chewbacca™, Tie Fighter™ and Darth Vader.™ Or collect all four! These On-Ear Wired headphones are sleek, ultra-durable and comfortable. The professionally tuned 40mm drivers deliver amazing clarity and richness without distortion, for the same great sound as our other headphones. Shipping May 18th – 24th.

Celebration Merchandise Sneak Peek

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StarWars.com has updated today with another sneak peek of exclusive merchandise coming to the Star Wars Celebration Store. Head on over to check out an awesome Space Slug jack-in-the-box, wooden blocks, apparel, patches and more.

Blue or brown? New Feature Definitively Settles the Debate

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Blue or brown? A new feature available with the Digital Movie Collection definitively settles the fan debate on the color of Han’s parka in TESB. You can watch the clip now exclusively on Collider.com

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