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Episode #60: SWCA from the Cheap Seats


Chewie, we’re home (still) after one of the biggest Star Wars events in recent memory so we’re back this week to discuss the highlights of Celebration Anaheim! There was a lot of news to come out of those four short days, including film, TV series, and game trailers plus new product reveals from the top license holders. But enough description, watch/listen to Episode 60 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.


Hasbro vs. Other 3.75″ Product


For a while now, it has felt to me that Hasbro’s pricing is out of control.  I feel that way even more now after going shopping with my son over the weekend when he decided he wanted “more bang for his buck.”

For the whole story and to share your thoughts, head to the forums.

New Hot Wheels Vehicles Hitting Stores

Darth Geekula sends in this report via Twitter that the new line of Hot Wheels vehicles are starting to hit Toys”R”Us stores in Canada.

UPDATE: These have also been found in the US (Ohio) at Target for $4.99 each

Are These Worth $12.99 Each?


Volkerc has posted another batch of Hasbro goodies at, which really show that the last SA figures before the new launch this Fall have gotten back to the awesome TVC quality of figures that Hasbro is capable of.

If the quality is this good, perhaps the new asking price of $12.99 at most places may be worth it.  Check them out by clicking on the image above, and share your thoughts in our forums.

New S.H.Figuarts Darth Maul Images from Tamashii Nations


Tamashii Nations has updated their site with new images for their upcoming S.H.Figuarts Darth Maul – Sith Apprentice figure. This figure is scheduled for a September 2015 released and should retail for about $50 US.


Celebration Hasbro QnA:


Our friends at have posted their transcription of their QnA rundown with Hasbro from Celebration Anaheim. We’ve included a nice little excerpt regarding the Black Series line below

Q:  The Black Series line, as it is, is it continuing on to 2016 and beyond?

A: Yeah we have no plans to stop Black Series.  It’s doing really well for us.  We revealed the new Fall 2015 line look.  It’s moving forward.  We’ve had a lot of fans ask about Vintage and Droid Factory, both things we definitely want to get back to in the future but Black Series in terms of our pinnacle figure expression, that’s what it is and that’s how it’s continuing.

Sponsor News: DorksideToys


DorksideToys is now taking preorders of the newest assortment of Funko POP! Vinyl figures. For a limited time, buy 5, get 1 FREE. Take advantage of this sale to get the New Boushh, Bib Fortuna, Luke Skywalker, TIE Fighter Pilot, Nalan Cheel, and Unmasked Darth Vader. Offer valid on in-stock and preorder merchandises.

Hot Toys Reveals 1:6 Scale MMS Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia (A New Hope)


Images have been recently published via Sideshow Freaks showing the imminent announcement of 1:6 scale Movie Masterpiece Series  Luke Skywalker (A New Hope) and Princess Leia Organa figures. My guess is that they will be available individually or as a two-pack with an exclusive accessory of some sort. Click on through for the image and watch for official announcements and preorders soon.


Saga Legends Clearance at Target


It appears that the often maligned Saga Legends assortment of figures has been placed on clearance at Target. Reader Rich S. writes in with a report from Spokane, WA on his find.


Sponsor News: Big Bad Toy Store


Big Bad Toy Store has released their latest newsletter and they are now taking preorders for Kotobukiya’s latest ARTFX+ release: the Snowtrooper 2-pk., Hot Wheels new Han Solo and Chewbacca and R2-D2 and C-3PO two packs. For these items and more, visit

American Tourister Star Wars Collection


American Tourister has passed on to us the availability of the Star Wars Collection of luggage. The collection is available in 21″ and 28″ sizes in R2-D2, Darth Vader and Stormtrooper styles with prices ranging from $139.99-$199.99 each.

Use Promo Code “SPRING20” for 20% off all orders $100+ Plus Free Shipping over $99 Online only. Ends 4/27.

Star Wars #4 Now Available


The next installment in the Star Wars 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.

The greatest space adventure of all time continues! Luke Skywalker is not a Jedi, not yet, at least. He’s only ever met one Jedi in his life…and he died. So, Luke’s quest leads him back to Obi-Wan’s hut on Tatooine.

Be on the look out for special action figure cover variants for this issue as well including Chewbacca and Boba Fett.

GameStop Exclusive POP! Vinyl Figures


Our friends at VinylmationWorld alert us to news that GameStop will be offering 4 exclusive Funko POP! Vinyl Bobbleheads for their May the 4th event. POP! characters include: Han Solo (Hoth), Chewbacca (Hoth), Figrin D’an and R2-B1. Each retail for $9.99 and can be purchased in-store or online. Be sure to check out their other POP! Vinyl merchandise or preorder your copy of Star Wars: Battlefront.

How Many Troopers Do You See?


Because I am hopelessly addicted to this trailer, I felt compelled to scour this scene from the new The Force Awakens trailer to see how many different “First Order” troopers can be picked out. Click on through for an image labeling each type. Mild spoiler warnings apply.


Celebration London: July 15-17, 2016


As suspected, the closing ceremonies has concluded with the official announcement for Celebration London July 15-17, 2016. Tickets go on sale TOMORROW

Star Wars Rogue One Details Revealed


In case you weren’t at Celebration Anaheim, or weren’t plugged into social media, you may have missed that a teaser for Star Wars: Rogue One as shown at the Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank panel. Click on through for a quick plot synopsis and details from the panel.


Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Poster


For your review, check out this sweet poster for Star Wars Rebels season 2. If you weren’t watching this series before, now is the time to get caught up before it returns.

Star Wars Rebels Season Two Trailer

The trailer for Star Wars Rebels Season 2 is now available and it is safe to stay that the series looks to take a darker turn as well as see the return of some great characters from The Clone Wars.

New Hikari Figures at Entertainment Earth


Entertainment Earth has announced the availability of 2 new Hikari Sofubi vinyl figures from Funko. The Shadow Trooper (LE 1000) and the exclusive “Grey Skull” Wampa (LE 250).

Star Wars Battlefront: Battle of Jakku


Yesterday, we were all witness to the amazing visuals of The Force Awakens in the new trailer. Now, some of the backstory is getting fleshed out through the new Battlefront game via a DLC (downloadable content). Star Wars Battlefront: Battle of Jakku takes place just after the victory at the Battle of Endor and leads to the crashing of that Star Destroyer on Jakku’s surface. Click on over to for the full story.

The Force Awakens: Factions Revealed


Details are coming in hard and fast surrounding the plot and details of The Force Awakens. Click on through to check out images and descriptions.


Sideshow Reveals 1:6 Scale R5-D4


Sideshow updates again now revealing their 1:6 scale R5-D4. It is on display now at Celebration Anaheim, watch for a preorder in the near future.

New Trooper Image Reveals McQuarrie Nod


Kyle Newman (Fanboys, Smuggler’s Gambit) posted a great image via Instagram of some new troopers from The Force Awakens. On closer inspection, I noticed a nice little nod to the concept art for snow trooper, namely the graphics on the McQuarrie helmet and the TFA “snowtrooper” chest armor.

Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber

Crossguard. Broadsword. Kylo Ren’s unique/controversial lightsaber goes by a couple names but we haven’t received a good look at it until now. Leland Chee posts this image from Celebration Anaheim. No wonder that thing doesnt look entirely stable.

The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer 2

No words…

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