Episode VIII Rescheduled for December 2017 Release

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Today, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release in summer 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017.

The move follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere outside the traditional summer blockbuster window and smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861.3 million and the third biggest global release ever with $1,886.7 billion.

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in preproduction and will begin principal photography in London next month. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman will produce and J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski will executive produce. Stay tuned for exciting updates in the coming weeks.

Custom Kylo Ren/”Matt” Radar Technician Figures

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It was only a matter of time. Since the hilarious Undercover Boss: Starkiller Base skit aired on SNL last weekend, customizers have taken the initiative in creating action figure versions of Kylo Ren as “Matt” the Radar Technician. SlashGear.com has posted an article that features an image we shared via social media last night and have posted another giving “Matt” the Black Series treatment.

If this doesn’t scream convention exclusive or at least cosplay material, we’ve failed as a fandom.

Episode #87: POP! Goes the Wallet

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Our heads are on a bobble as new POP! bobble heads from Funko are making their way to retail and quickly into collector’s hands. On this week’s show, we discuss our latest obsession with this POP! line as well as cover the latest announcements from Hasbro as well as new product hitting stores. Also, we glaze longingly upon new product images that have been revealed from Hot Toys including their stunning sixth scale Rey figure. And, as always, we wrap things up with our latest reviews and acquisitions. All this and more on Episode 87 of The Realm Recap.

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Smuggler’s Bounty Boxes Arriving

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Just days after the official close of “The Resistance” Smuggler’s Bounty Box, they’ve started arriving on doorsteps. We won’t spoil the contents for those that wish to be surprised with the reveal.

Once again, thanks to Funko for this great promotion and our courtesy Smuggler’s Bounty box! The next box goes old school with a return to the Original Trilogy with a Cantina theme exclusive. Order yours today for as low as $25.

 

Walmart Exclusive POP! Kylo Ren (Unmasked)

This figure was leaked a couple days ago during Funko’s live Periscope video but now official “glam” shots of the Walmart Exclusive POP! Kylo Ren (Unmasked) has made its way online.

Thanks to @acrossthestars on Twitter for the heads-up.

Toyguide Update: Mei Sho Movie Realization Ronin Boba Fett

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today as we take a look at the Mei Sho Movie Realization Ronin Boba Fett figure* from Bandai/Tamashii Nations.

PROS: If you are looking for an ornately sculpted and painted piece in the 1:12/6″ scale line, you’d be hard pressed to find anything better than Bandai’s Mei Sho Movie Realization figures. The intricacy of the sculpts and precision in the articulation result in a truly museum-quality collectible that you can actually handle repeatedly without fear of breaking the figure (or wallet) as you might with Sideshow and/or Hot Toys products. The Ronin Boba Fett is a unique and “real world” interpretation of the iconic bounty hunter with a feudal Japanese/Samurai aesthetic. It is loaded not only with attitude, but accessories as well like throwing knives, a sword, and a re-imagined EE-3 rifle and jet pack. In total, this figure is a must-own for fans of the style, scale and Boba Fett alike.

CONS: These figures aren’t for your everyday collector due to the price and niche style. The various hands for the figure can be difficult to switch out, let alone be “massaged” enough to hold the weapons. As Obi-Wan said,  “patience” is the key here – don’t try to force anything.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

*Review sample provided by DorksideToys.

Final Day for “The Resistance” from Smuggler’s Bounty

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Just a quick reminder that today is the final day to order “The Resistance” box from Smuggler’s Bounty. This exclusive subscription box includes various Funko items including exclusive POP! Vinyl bobbleheads, one of 4 exclusive t-shirts and more. If you missed the debut “First Order” offer, you can purchase that as well if you preorder “The Resistance” box.

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