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Han and Chewbacca ARTFX+ Figures from Kotobukiya

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Kotobukiya has taken the full wraps off of their upcoming Han Solo and Chewbacca ARTFX+ figures via their Facebook page. Head on over to check them out and watch for them to be made available for purchase this October.

Life-Size Han in Carbonite Full Preview

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Seven-thousand, no less (and probably a heck of a lot more with shipping) – that’s how many credits Sideshow’s Life-Size Han in Carbonite will set you back according to their latest blog update.  Boasting stunning realism and film accurate lighting effects, this piece will surely be the prized bounty in anyone’s collection. Pre-orders start this Thursday.

Yakfinities #51 – Roundup Report

The most recent Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has come to a close, and with 50 entries, there are plenty of great custom figures in our forum gallery for your viewing pleasure!  Check our the Roundup Report in the forums, and see who is walking away with prizes!

Toyguide Update: TBS #16 Clone Commander Neyo

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry in the The Black Series 3-3/4″ line. Today, we take a look at the 91st Reconnaissance Corps leader, Clone Commander Neyo (#16).

PROS: Well done overall, no real stand-out issues that could jeopardize its playability. The sculpting of the specialized armor is, again, quite good but it can be improved.

CONS: Helmet may be slightly oversized, giving it a top-heavy stance. The weathering is slightly odd in its execution as the forearms, torso, belt and helmet don’t really match the other components. Visible/mismatched color pegs for the ankles.

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

Episode 9: The Winter Collector

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Another week has passed and it’s time for our look back at the latest news in Star Wars collecting. On this episode of The Realm Recap we chat about the possible delay of Chewbacca from the 6″ Black Series line, new images from LEGO,  another great round of custom figures, pre-order announcements from Sideshow and much more. 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 (more or less) on the show.

Also, if you prefer not to look at our ugly mugs, a downloadable MP3 is available as well.

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RebelCon IV is Coming!

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The annual German Action-Figures and Star Wars Event will held for the fourth time on May 17, 2014. Again at the highly recommended Schacht 3 in Gelsenkirchen, finds the team of Rebellenstützpunkt e.V. a great place to welcome fans, families and collectors for a fun enthusiasm day. Click through for more info.

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Sponsor News: DorksideToys

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Check out all that’s in stock this week, and available for pre-order at Dorksidetoys.com. Choose from NEW Game of Thrones, Magic The Gathering, Funko, Robocop, Walking Dead, Marvel, Star Wars, GI JOE, Pulp Fiction, & more…

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Premium Format Savage Opress Pre-Order Next Week

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Sideshow has announced that the Savage Opress Premium Format figure (announced back in October 2013) will go up for pre-order next Thursday (April 10).

Life-Size Han in Carbonite Coming Soon

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Sideshow Collectibles has updated with a nice teaser for their upcoming Han Solo in Carbonite Life Size Figure.

Concept of the Week #17

Our very own localgotal strikes back with another stellar Concept Series update this week, and it’s one that a lot of fans have been hoping would see action figure form for decades now.  While a bit of a controversial character, it’s hard to imagine it wouldn’t fit right in with the old Comic Packs format that Hasbro used to excel at.  Chomping at the bit to see what this is?  Then head on over to the forums and feast your eyes on this latest concept!

Space Trees Campaign Update

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The guys at TwelfthParsec, who are bringing out some great looking Space Trees playsets, have asked us to help spread the word that their goal has been met, but if they can reach a Bonus Goal, everyone who contributes to their campaign will receive a special Torch Railing with their set.  However, time is running out to get in on this deal!  Click on the above image for more details, or head on over to the forums to share your thoughts.

I’m getting very excited about finally having a modern Ewok Village – are you?

Rumor: TBS 6″ Chewbacca Delayed?

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Our friends at Star Wars Action News have posted a rumor that the The Black Series 6″ scale Chewbacca may be held back due to packaging issues in the current black and orange line look. Head on over to their Venganza Media Gazette page for the full story.

TBS Wave 4 (3-3/4″) Figures Up for Pre-Order

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Pre-orders for the long anticipated wave 4 of the Black Series 3-3/4″ figures have started going live on various etailers. Most sites have full cases available or as a six figure wave. Get yours today from BBTSDorksidetoys or Entertainment Earth

Toyguide Update: Figma 6″ Indiana Jones

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with a special entry today (in lieu of a lame April Fool’s Day joke). Here we take a detailed look at the Figma 6″ Indiana Jones figure from Max Factory.

PROS: The Max Factory Figma line is well known for their craftsmanship and attention to detail and that carries through with this figure. Overall, Indy has a great look about him serving as a representation of the character from Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade. (Mercifully, you’ll find no Crystal Skull reference in this figure.) Dr. Jones comes with a nice assortment of accessories, namely all the extra hands, his signature whip, pistol, and a couple film specific treasures like the Golden Idol, Sankara stone, and Holy Grail. What is also great is that you can easily incorporate a few of the mystery relics and accessories that were packed with Hasbro 3-3/4″ Indy line to expand the display options. That brings us to the eyes: Max Factory has incorporated a separate “eye piece” that is accessed behind the face. This allows for a far more accurate paint application of the eye details. For good measure, they include an extra – just in case.

CONS: At $60 (US), this figure doesn’t come cheap when compared to Hasbro’s line, but it makes up for it in quality in articulation, deco and likeness.  Lack of a working holster to stow the pistol was a let down, but a minor quibble. Wrist sockets that receive the pegs for the interchangeable hands seems as though they will “loosen” over time – the result being that the hands may fall off.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether you’ll find the time to love Dr. Jones and add him 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.

Episode 421: Is 6-Inches Short for a Stormtrooper?

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Reviews of all 4 figures shipping with Hasbro’s Black Series Wave 3, plus new online sales and Episode VII news!

From coast to coast the third wave of Hasbro’s 6-inch Star Wars Black Series has started to appear in stores.  This wave has three new figures, a Stormtrooper, Bespin Luke Skywalker, and Episode III Obi-Wan, plus a carry-forward Han Solo.  With this wave we finally have more than 10 Star Wars icons in this new scale.  Is now the perfect time to jump into the line?  Listen to this episode of Star Wars Action News for Marjorie and Arnie’s reviews of all four of these figures!
With more Rancho Obi-Wan extra auctions, a Millennium Falcon model that may not look like much until you assemble all 100 pieces, and a look at the latest Episode VII news, it’s all in this issue of the Star Wars Action News podcast!
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