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Ezra Jacket Logo Variant

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Tonight while photographing the Saga Legends Ezra Bridger figure (SL02), I discovered a curious variant. Click on through for the details.

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Wolfpack Clone Trooper Processing Soon

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Check your inboxes as order processing notifications are being sent out by Sideshow Collectibles for their 1:6 Scale Wolfpack Clone Trooper. Orders are expected to start shipping on November 18.

Star Wars Rebels/Saga Legends Wave 5 (Carded)

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Hasbro has released new carded images for the Star Wars Rebels/Saga Legends and Mission Series (wave 5) assortments. Click on through to check them out.

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Toyguide Update: Stormtrooper (SL01)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the next entry in the Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the Stormtrooper (SL01) from the Saga Legends line.

PROS: Very reminiscent of the vintage Kenner figure from a sculpt standpoint – very clean and simple. There will be many opportunities to build stormtrooper ranks as the figure will be available individually and in various Mission Series sets. You’ll want plenty for your Rebels to fight.

CONS: Like the Mission Series figure, the stormtrooper does have a slight color shift in the limbs and head (which are slightly yellow) compared to the bright white body. Paint apps are still a bit of an issue from figure to figure as the paint masks (like stormtroopers) can miss their intended target most noticeably on the “frown” and eyes.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure 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.

The Clone Wars S1-S6 Original Soundtrack

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For fans of the various Star Wars soundtracks available, there is now a new one to add to your collection. Walt Disney Records is issuing a complication soundtrack for The Clone Wars with select tracks from Seasons 1 through 6. It is available now for preorder for $9.99 through various music services such as iTunes and Amazon Prime Music. Release date:  November 10.

Episode 38: Rebels Rebels, Distribution’s A Mess

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Our show returns this week as Flyguy and I discuss the latest in Star Wars collecting and just in time. It appears that the drought is lifting as new product is shipping to and being received by collectors. New Black Series, Star Wars Rebels, and Saga Legends/Mission Series are all starting to show up online and in stores. Sideshow comes through huge this past week with a few preorders that are sure to put a dent in the wallet and Bandai again tempts collectors with their expanding line of samurai-themed figures. Episode VII and Star Wars Rebels gets a few hits this week as principal filming has wrapped on the sequel and we now get a clearer understanding of the Inquisitor’s task by way of new Vader footage on a special telecast of Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion. This and much more on Episode 38 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 Preview: The Black Series Wave 6

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As we mentioned a few days ago, orders are starting to be processed and shipped for the Black Series Wave 6 of 3-3/4″ figures via Entertainment Earth. Click on through to check out carded front and back images for the complete assortment as we work diligently to bring you new toyguide updates soon.
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Toyguide Preview: Star Wars Rebels/Saga Legends

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As we mentioned a few days ago, orders are starting to be processed and shipped for the new Star Wars Rebels/Saga Legends figures via Entertainment Earth. Click on through to check out carded front and back images for the complete assortment as we work diligently to bring you new toyguide updates.

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Toyguide Update: The Phantom with Kanan Jarrus (Target Exclusive)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with our next entry in the Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Today, we take a look at the Target Exclusive release of The Phantom with Kanan Jarrus.

PROS: Despite being repacks of prior releases, the inherent value of purchasing this set is there. The Phantom seems true to its on screen appearance — one can only hope that there is a Ghost in development. A great value as collectors can get a figure and vehicle for the price of the vehicle alone.

CONS: Paint on Kanan Jarrus could be a bit tighter as there are places of bleed over on the arms.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this set 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.

Sponsor News: K&C Collectibles

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K & C Collectibles has in-stock the new Star Wars Imperial Shadow Squadron Black Series 6″ and the new Rebels Millennium Falcon Vehicle (over 2 feet long).  Gentle Giant Bust and bust-ups.  On Sale this week Black Series Wave 4 set of 6 for $59.99. Click the NEW PRODUCT link for a complete list of recently added items.
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Toyguide Update: R2-D2 and C-3PO (MS02)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the next entry in the Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the R2-D2 and C-3PO Mission Series set (MS02).

PROS: As a fan of the series and its aesthetic, these figures harken back to a simpler time of limited articulation and features – or lack there of. The sculpts for each droid are sharp and on par with the figures in the line thus far. There is room for improvement on the paint apps, but due to its limited application, there shouldn’t be too much of an effort required to track down good samples once they start hitting retail.

CONS: I would say the C-3PO is the lesser of the two sculpts here as the design, while reflective of the series, is very cartoony while R2 looks realistically styled. C-3PO also suffers from being a bit bland despite a minute metallic fleck in the plastic. The black deco applied to the mouth is in a word “weird” and is slightly distracting. It’s odd that Hasbro choose to tool up an all new R2 when the prior Saga Legends/Mission Series figure would have worked just as well.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this set 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.

Toyguide Update: Garazeb “Zeb” Orrelios and Stormtrooper (MS01)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the next entry in the Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Today, we take a look at the Garazeb “Zeb” Orrelios and Stormtrooper Mission Series set (MS01).

PROS: Faithful representations in terms of sculpt and deco to their animated likenesses. Zeb is a hulking figure, not too dissimilar from the POTF2 Chewbacca which, in and of itself, has an inherent charm. The Stormtrooper is almost a straight reinterpretation of the Vintage Kenner figure with the added benefit of neck articulation. The figures can both stand and hold their weapons well and fit in the new Star Wars Rebels vehicles*.

CONS: Paint is still a slight issue with Hasbro’s product. Depending on your sample, you might get varying degrees of quality on the line work and some bleed over in areas. For example, one of the stormtroopers that I have has the gray “frown” on the helmet completely off center. People are clearly divided on the simplistic articulation as well. For now, this is the only manner in which you can receive Zeb as he’s not slated for a separate carded release, which is too bad considering his main character status. Also of note, the stormtrooper does have a slight color shift in the limbs and head (which are slightly yellow) compared to the bright white body.

*Note Due to Zeb’s width, he can’t fit in the cockpit of the Phantom, but he can ride in comfort in the storage/cargo area.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this set 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.

Rebels/Legends Mission Series Orders Arriving

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Much to my delight, my order for the Star Wars Rebels/Saga Legends Mission Series assortment arrived today courtesy of Entertainment Earth. The cases includes: 3x Zeb/Stormtrooper, 3x R2-D2/C-3PO, 2x Luke Skywalker (Bespin)/Darth Vader, 2x Darth Sidious/Yoda and 2x Boba Fett/Stormtrooper. Click on through for carded images as we prep toyguide entries for each of these.

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6″ TBS Wave 5 Hitting ToysRUs

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Again, thanks to GrandMoffNick from JediDefender, ToysRUs can be added to the list of retailer (here in Minnesota) getting wave 5 of the 6″ Black Series.

Target Exclusive TIE Advanced Prototype with Inquisitor Found

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Our friends at The Wolfpack Podcast scored the Target Exclusive Star Wars Rebels TIE Advanced Prototype with Inquisitor figure from Target. It appears that the assortment breaks down as follows 2x Phantom with Kanan and 1 TIE Advanced Prototype with Inquisitor.

6″ TBS Wave 5 Hitting Target

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Again, thanks to a tip from a collector at JediDefender, we can report that Wave 5 of the 6″ Black Series has started to hit Target. The wave includes Darth Vader, Sandtrooper, Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight). Good luck and if you find any on your Halloween hunt today, drop us a line at news@yakface.com

Gentle Giant Halloween Slash-A-Thon

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Gentle Giant is prepping a huge Halloween “Slash-A-Thon” inventory sale loaded with previously sold out products that command quite a high price on the secondary market. Items included Jumbo Kenner figures, mini bust, statues, maquettes, PGM exclusives and more. Sale starts today at noon PT and runs until November 7. Items available are very limited some as little as 1 and as many as 15 so don’t delay.

Target Exclusive Phantom with Kanan Found

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Thanks to a tip from a local collecting friend at JediDefender, I managed to find the Target Exclusive Star Wars Rebels The Phantom Attack Shuttle with Kanan vehicles on shelf. Oddly enough, it shares the same DPCI with the non-exclusive vehicles (087-06-1382) so doing a search won’t necessarily yield success in finding them.

SHFigurarts Luke and Han (ANH)

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Also revealed at Tamashii Nations 2014, 2 new 1:12 scale SHFigurarts figures depicting Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in their classic A New Hope outfits.

New Bandai Movie Realization Figures

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Tamashii Nations 2014 is currently underway and at the event it has been revealed that several new Samurai-inspired figures are on the way including a Stormtrooper, Scout Trooper, Snowtrooper and Royal Guard. Head on over to ToyzMag for a closer look.

Sixth Scale Luke Skywalker X-wing Pilot Now Available

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Sideshow is now taking preorders for their Sixth Scale Luke Skywalker X-wing Pilot figure. Be sure to get the exclusive version that includes a switch out hands for pre-/post-flight display options. Be prepared though as serving in the struggle against The Empire will set you back 239.99 credits.

Sideshow Reveals 1:6 Scale Indiana Jones – Temple of Doom

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Cover your heart wallet! Sideshow updates today with a reveal of their upcoming Indiana Jones – Temple of Doom Sixth Scale figure. Fortune and glory will be yours soon.

Entertainment Earth Black Series, Rebels & Mission Series Orders Processing/Shipping

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Keep an eye on those email inboxes as preorders for The Black Series Wave 6, Saga Legends/Star Wars Rebels Wave 4, and Mission Series Wave 4 are starting to process and ship out from Entertainment Earth.

Sideshow Exclusive Hot Toys Stormtrooper Set Up For Preorder

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Sideshow is now taking preorders for the exclusive Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Stormtrooper set that includes the BONUS Weapon Rack. Scheduled for released in August 2015 this set of two stormtroopers is available now for preorder for $399.99

You can also preorder the regular edition Stormtrooper set ($399.99) or a single Stormtrooper for $199.99

Black Series Sale at Kmart.com

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Kmart.com is currently offering discount on several of their 6″ Black Series figures including Jabba and the Speeder Bike with Scout Trooper for $31.99 each with FREE Shipping on orders over $59.

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