Yakfinities #50: Roundup Report

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Yakfinities #50:  The Original Trilogy has wrapped up, and we had well over 100 entries, making this one of the best customizing challenges yet!  Plus, not only did we have the standard random winners receiving prizes, but we also had two Grand Prize winners walking away with the Amazon Exclusive Droid Factory Wave!

Head on over to the forums for the full report!

Gentle Giant Jeffrey Brown Vader Maquettes

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Gentle Giant Ltd. and Chronicle Books are proud to bring this hilarious and sweet comic to life! The artisans at Gentle Giant Studios have captured this hilarious and sweet comic as re-imagining, Darth Vader as a dad like any other-except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith.

Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess Deluxe Maquettes are available individually or as a special bundle offer yielding additional savings.

Toyguide Update: Mission Series – Mandalore

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry in the Mission Series line as we take a look at the Mandalore set featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul.

PROS:  If you like toys, retro-styled toys specifically, that may be all the justification you need purchase this set. Both Obi-Wan and Maul are designed with 5 POA, which for some warrants an obligatory “junk” or “these are crap” comment. But for me, they serve their purpose well as being a kid targeted, budget conscientious alternative to higher priced figures that require a lot of “futzing”. The sculpts for each figure are decent with Maul taking the spotlight being another all new figure and for representing his “final” look in the Clone Wars series. Obi-Wan is pretty much a retread of the Saga Legends figure but with new arms and a totally different deco overall. Each figure includes only a lightsaber – perfect for dueling one another –  just like we did with our figures as kids back in the day, remember?

CONS: Fans of the Clone Wars figures were disappointed that they didn’t receive a super-articulated Maul in the line and have to settle (at least for now) in having this be the representation for that particular character design.  The paint apps for Maul’s face is shoddy at best with not a lot of care being given to keeping lines tight and the “horns” on his head resemble a crown of misshapen marshmallows. Yeah, yeah. 5 POA sucks. Hasbro’s ruining Star Wars toys.

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

Gentle Giant Wedge Antillies Mini Bust

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Gentle Giant has announced today their Wedge Antilles PGM Exclusive Deluxe Mini Bust which includes an interchangeable head.

Digitally sculpted by the master artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd., the Wedge Antilles Mini Bust features the renowned pilot in his signature flight suit and helmet, wielding a Blaster. The Deluxe Premier Guild Exclusive Edition features an interchangeable head, sans helmet! Crafted using only the highest quality polystone, each limited-edition hand-painted mini bust comes individually numbered and is packed with a matching certificate of authenticity. May the Force be with you.

Non-PGM members can order the regular edition as well.

Concept of the Week #10

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We’ve got another great Concept Series mockup by localgotal, which entails another great group of figures that Hasbro should release in a multi-pack.  I can only wonder how much better the Star Wars brand might be doing at retail these days if ideas such as these were actually available at retail by the folks at Hasbro rather than many of the decisions they’ve made the past couple years.  Head on over to the forums and share your thoughts!

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