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Mexico Black Series Launch Prototype Boba Fett Lithograph

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Hasbro kicked off a great Black Series launch at Walmart in Tepeyac, Mexico recently complete with 3-3/4″ and 6″ figures from the new black and blue line look. The festivities also included a very cool Limited Edition (1500) Prototype Boba Fett Lithograph*.

*Photo courtesy of Mitzy minerva

Walmart Mexico Gets Prototype Boba Fett

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For collectors in Mexico, it looks like the Walgreens Exclusive 6″ Black Series Prototype Boba Fett will be getting released as a Walmart Exclusive as seen in their holiday promotions.

Thanks to Mr Steel MEX for the tip.

Star Wars Rebels: “Fighter Flight” Airs Tonight

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Reminder, the next Star Wars Rebels episode “Fighter Flight” airs tonight on DisneyXD.

While on a simple errand, Ezra and Zeb steal an Imperial vehicle.

Shadow Squadron Re-Listed on Target.com

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Target.com has re-listed their exclusive 6″ Black Series Imperial Shadow Squadron pack. It is currently not available for order and their “Find In Store” feature is disabled, but you can bookmark the page if you want to go the online route.

Alex Ross Marvel Star Wars #1 Variant Cover

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EntertainmentWeekly has posted an exclusive first look at the Alex Ross  homage to Howard Chaykin’s iconic original cover variant for Star Wars #1 coming from Marvel this January.

Toyguide Update: 6″ TBS Imperial Shadow Squadron

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry in the The Black Series 6″ line. Today, we take a look at the Target Exclusive Imperial Shadow Squadron.

PROS: For essentially being a set of “repaints”, this set (for me) seems to be worth the $50 pricepoint. The overall presentation is great with Hasbro foregoing the standard (read “bland”) packaging insert for a nice hangar scene. The figures themselves are nice too as there is a blend of black and dark blue to help separate the armor from the body glove of each trooper. The sparse deco is well done with each application seeming to hit its intended mark.

CONS: The packaging is the egregious offender here as the tray that holds the figures/vehicle causes warping to the Shadow Scout visor and the speeder bike handle bars. Fortunately, these deflections can be easily remedied by submerging the effected parts in hot water for a few minutes. The reissued weapons for each figure leave something to be desired as they are cast in a simple gray plastic with no paint apps which ultimately feels cheap. Shadow repaints, already?

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.

Episode 36: Aisles of Dust and Shadow

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This week on The Realm Recap, Stephen (from Flyguy.net) and I look back on the week’s news covering new (and old) Black Series products hitting shelves, the continued lack of Star Wars Rebels products plus an amazing Vintage mother load that went up for auction recently. Gentle Giant sets a Vintage trap of their own with the Jumbo Kenner Admiral Ackbar, and we touch on the huge Episode VII spoiler image dump.

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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TBS Wave 6 Preorder at DorksideToys

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DorksideToys has officially launched their preorders for the Black Series Wave 6 which includes Yoda, TIE Pilot, Clone Trooper Sergeant, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Also available is a single 6″ Obi-Wan is a mental $7.99 each. That ain’t a typo. Please do spread the word as we think a very fair deal!

Customizer Spotlight: Peakob1

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This weekend we run a well overdue Customizer Spotlight on the amazing work of forum member Peakob1.  Just imagine how much  more exciting the Clone Wars line would have been in 2012 with attention to detail (and variety of characters) like this!

Check out his latest work in our forums by clicking here!

Custom Action Figure News Podcast

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Enjoy Episode 76 of Custom Action Figure News as our friends at Imperialshipyards interview the great custom artist know as Sjefke.

Listen to them stroll down through his custom work including Cane Addiss, Wam, and his great new Wookiee Gal. As always, they make time for Whats on the Pegs – check out the video link here.

Jumbo Kenner Admiral Ackbar Preorder

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Gentle Giant is now taking preorders for their Jumbo Kenner Admiral Ackbar figure.

Digitally scanned from mint 3 ¾” Kenner originals and reproduced in 12” scale to the rest of the jumbo Kenner line, no detail has been overlooked. Roto and injection molded and made of durable plastics, this fully-articulated jumbo figure includes a faithfully re-produced Admiral Staff.

Target Exclusive TIE Advanced Prototype with Inquisitor Landing Soon

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In case you missed it in our recent article, Target is “planning” on offering their exclusive Star Wars Rebels TIE Advanced Prototype with Inquisitor figure next month. No mention of the other two exclusives (The Phantom with Kanan, AT-DP with AT-DP Driver) in the ad, but one might assume that these are all case mates and will arrive at the same time.

Target’s 2014 Toy Catalog

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Target’s 2014 Toy Catalog has been leaked out and there are a few Star Wars items featured. Click on through to check them out.

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Sponsor News: DorksideToys

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Check out all that’s in stock this week, and available for pre-order at Dorksidetoys.comJoin us on our Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr & Facebook pages for regular toy news and new stock, sale and pre-order alerts, movie news, trailers and more. Checkout our massive POP vinyl deal, but be quick, ends Sunday. Add ‘POP20′ at checkout to get 20% off all our POP! Vinyl both in stock and on pre-order!

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Yakfinities #54: Order 66 Survivors

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A new Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has just kicked off, and the theme is Order 66 Survivors.  So get those creative juices flowing for what is sure to be another fun customizing event in our forums.  Several entries have already been submitted too, which can be seen here.

Walmart Mexico Lists Black Series Exclusive Pack

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As we reported earlier this week, Walmart will be getting an exclusive 4 pack of Black Series 6″ figures soon, Walmart.com.mx now has this listed on their site for $889.00 pesos (about $65 US).

Thanks to Coleccion Star Wars in twitter for the heads up.

Vans Customs Releases Two Exclusive Vans x Star Wars™ Prints

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Following up two successful capsules, Vans and Star Wars team up once again to release limited edition Vans x Star Wars prints exclusively for the Vans Customs program. Starting October 15, Vans and Star Wars fans alike can customize select Vans silhouettes with Yoda and Darth Vader collage patterns on www.vans.com/customs until November 15. With 27 color options and 24 print swatches to choose from, one can design a shoe that this universe has never seen before.
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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified “Droids In Distress”

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Season one of Star Wars Rebels is officially underway with the first “proper” episode, “Droids In Distress”. Our crew of rebels cross paths with some very familiar characters from the rich history of the Saga. How did they get along and where did their adventures take them? We talk all about it on Declassified! Joining moderator Jason Swank & Jimmy Mac are our pals J.C. Reifenberg (Hughes The Force) and Star Wars Oxygen‘s David W. Collins.

Star Wars Celebration Media Registration Update

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Today was originally intended to be the first day media could register for Celebration Anaheim in April 2015, but it has in fact been pushed back to November 1.  Celebration Anaheim runs from April 16-19 2015

 

Huge Vintage Auction

I saw this huge Vintage Star Wars auction video tonight and posted via our Facebook page. I about passed out.

Sponsor News: Big Bad Toy Store

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Big Bad Toy Store has updated this week with its latest batch of new arrivals and preorders. Click on through to check out Star Wars items from Bandai, Sideshow, Herocross and Kaiyodo!

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Walgreens Prototype Boba Fett Shipping

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Walgreens.com has now, finally, started processing and shipping orders for those that “preordered” the Prototype Boba Fett back in July, so check your inboxes for shipping notifications. Question is, does anyone need it any more?

Episode 434: Star Wars Collectors and the Holy Grail

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Members of the Star Wars collecting community share which item they most desire, and Marjorie and Arnie bring news from New York ComicCon 2014!

The Holy Grail–the one item a collector pines for but has not yet grabbed.  It may be rare, it may be expensive, it may just be elusive, but the hunt continues.  Most collectors have that one item that beguiles them and they would love to own.  On this episode of Star Wars Action News Arnie celebrates capturing one of his Holy Grail collectibles after an eight year hunt!  Then members of the Star Wars Action News community share their holy grails.  Join these collectors as they reveal their hearts’ desires.
A common holy grail is an original vintage rocket-firing Boba Fett prototype.  Rare and expensive, this figure was promised on cardbacks but the rocket-firing version never shipped.  On this episode Star Wars artist Christian Slade tells Marjorie and Arnie about how he finally added this wonder to his collection, getting his own holy grail!
And from the old to the new, on this episode also hear coverage of this weekend’s New York Comic-Con.  Hasbro had an event with new Black Series, Rebels Series, and Mission Series figures revealed!  From IG-88 to the Emperor to Han in Carbonite, listen to find out about all the new figures that will be hitting store shelves in the coming months!

Star Wars Rebels Signage at Walmart

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Walmart is starting to prep for the arrival of Star Wars Rebels product with new signage in their toy aisle. Hopefully, actual Rebels action figures will arrive soon to fill it out.

UPDATE: 6″ Black Series Exclusive Pack

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We were sent this image this morning of an upcoming 6″ Black Series Exclusive Pack which includes repacks of 4 figures: Han, Slave Leia, Boba Fett and Greedo. Look for an update soon with more info on where (probably Costco or Sam’s Club) you can find this and when.

UPDATE: Juan Carlo sends us word that he found this at a Walmart in Monterrey Mexico for $999 Pesos ($77 US). No word yet on US distribution.

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