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.

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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!

BCA #52: Are We Collecting or Hoarding?

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Another video/audio Boring Conversation Anyway™ as we go deep in to why we collect Star Wars and ask if we really are just hoarders? As usual some of the best expertise in toy collecting and sites join us to share their thoughts:  Yakface.comImperialShipyards.netJedi Temple ArchivesDan Curto Dorksidetoys.com 

Thanks as always to these guys for their time and what was a great meaty and insightful discussion. Watch the video below or download the MP3 and check out the links we discuss on the show over at Flyguy.net

Episode 8: LEGO My Revan

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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 custom figures and purchases, new reveals from LEGO,  Medicom and Hallmark, plus we cover our recent acquisitions since our last show. 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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Toyguide Update: TBS #15 Merumeru

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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 Wookiee warrior, Merumeru (#15).

PROS: Merumeru is a very well done figure despite a few flaws in articulation. The sculpt captures the essence of the character and is enhanced by a quality deco which gives high- and lowlights to the fur. This figure also has some heft to it, but surprisingly, it’s not one of the largest Wookiee figures we’ve been offered over the years. Merumeru boasts a fair amount of accessories – all of which are new – including a great blaster and a two-piece battle staff with a headpiece that has some great detail/decoration which augments its phallic shape.

CONS: Hasbro (in what was surely a cost-saving measure) eliminated the waist joint – the result is a figure that leaves you wanting. The sculpted dreadlocks prohibit any real range of motion for the head.

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

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