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Celebration Exclusive: PPW Toys Star Wars Nesting Dolls

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Our friends at Vinylmation World turn us to this announcement by PPW Toys for their first-to-market set of Star Wars Nesting (Matryoska) Dolls debuting at Celebration Anaheim. This set is limited to just 500 pieces. and is available at Booth #1245

Another Black Series Packaging Change?

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Our friends at JediNews are on the floor at Star Wars Celebration and have been snapping photo of the set up progress. One image caught my eye in particular as it appears that The Black Series is getting a color change again from blue to red and possibly a switch to Chewbacca from the current TIE Pilot. Note the “2015 New Series” text on the side of the display cabinet. You can check out the full image via Instagram or Twitter.

Celebration Exclusives: Build-A-Bear

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Judging by this ad I noticed on the StarWarsCelebration site, Build-A-Bear looks to be offering Celebration exclusives as well as an opportunity to pre-order the next collection of Star Wars-themed Build-A-Bears. Check them out at Booth 1314.

Hot Wheels Reveals Wicket Character Car

Hot Wheels has revealed an all-new Star Wars Character Car via twitter today — Wicket!

LEGO Buildable Grievous and Obi-Wan Kenobi Revealed

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The Wall Street Journal has posted the first look and LEGO Group’s upcoming line of buildable Star Wars figures.

At the Star Wars Celebration festival beginning Thursday, four new Lego Star Wars large scale, buildable figures will be unveiled — Obi-Wan Kenobi, General Grievous, Jango Fett and Clone Commander Cody. Speakeasy has an exclusive first look at Obi-Wan Kenobi and General Grievous. The General Grievous set includes 186 pieces, and Obi-Wan Kenobi includes 83 pieces.

Two additional sets, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, were unveiled in February at the New York Toy Fair. All six sets will be available in September, with prices ranging from $19.99 to $34.99.

Click on through for a closer look.

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Yakfinities #56: Rebel Militia

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It’s time to crack open some custom fodder, as a new Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has just kicked off in our forums – Rebel Militia!  For all the details, click here!

TRU Midnight Madness Confirmed

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Ever since it was revealed that Toys R Us was sponsoring the Thursday JJ Abrams / Kathleen Kennedy panel at Star Wars Celebration, folks have speculated about the return of Midnight Madness. Thanks to our friend Chris at The Wolfpack Podcast it looks like that is indeed the plan. Click the image above for a closer look.

Celebration Exclusives: The Force United Patch and Trading Cards

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The Force United (TheForceUnited.com) returns to Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. The sites included are Jedi Business, Jedi News, Jedi Temple Archives, Star Wars Forum UK, Star Wars Report and Yakface. The sites will take turns to cover the booth (1074) and help each other to ensure as many panels and talks are covered as possible. Click on through for the details.

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New Bandai C-3PO Model Kit Images

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Bandai has released new final product images for their upcoming C-3PO 1/12th scale model kit and WOW does it look fine with that gold and silver plating. It might give that Revoltech version a run for its money. Head over to TAGHobby and check them out.

Con Exclusives 2015: Hallmark Ornaments and Itty Bittys

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We haven’t even started the first day of Celebration yet and we already have announcements for upcoming exclusives for SDCC. Hallmark has announced that they will be having a U-3PO and R5-D4 Keepsake Ornament set as well as a set of Itty Bittys featuring Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite. Click through for the details.

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Watch Star Wars Celebration LIVE on StarWars.com

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Can’t make it to Anaheim? Don’t worry — StarWars.com is here to rescue you as they will be streaming Celebration Anaheim LIVE! Visit the official site for details.

UPDATE: Celebration Exclusive: Hot Toys Spacetrooper

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Today we are happy to let fans know that Hot Toys will be making an appearance at Star Wars Celebration 2015 in a few days! To welcome this event, Hot Toys is excited to present the new 1/6th scale Spacetrooper Collectible Figure as a Star Wars Celebration Exclusive item. Watch for preorder information from Sideshow soon.

UPDATE: Sideshow will open preorders for the Hot Toys 1:6 Scale Spacetrooper tomorrow.

The Enloe Trials: WIP Previews

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Slowly but surely, progress toward the next installment in The Enloe Trials Photonovel Series continues.  Head on over to the forums for some new previews, or catch up on the previous chapter by clicking here!

2015 Premier Guild Membership Mini Busts

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Gentle Giant has sent out solicitations for their 2015 Premier Guild Memberships and gifts. This year’s mini busts include Commander Faie (with swappable head), Emperor Palpatine from The Empire Strikes Back, and finally a Scout Trooper. Check them out at the3DStudio.com

Celebration Exclusives: Funko Super Shogun Shadow Trooper & Boba Fett

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Funko has just announced two more exclusives for Star Wars Celebration with their Super Shogun Shadowtrooper and Super Shogun Boba Fett. The Shadowtrooper features as a launching fist and rolling wheels and the Boba Fett features launching fist, jetpack missile and rolling wheels. No prices are given at this time.

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.

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