Thursday January 29th 2015

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New Hot Wheels Character Cars Hit Target

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Collector Tim Paul send in this photo of new Darth Maul and Stormtrooper (clean version) Hot Wheels character cars hitting his local (Bowling Green, KY) Target.

1:6 Scale Captain Rex Preorders Processing Soon

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Sideshow has started to send out notifications that they will begin processing preorders for their 1:6 scale Captain Rex figure in the next 15 days. Make sure you allocate your funds accordingly.

Customizer Spotlight: Hemble

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This evening we have a special treat for all you customizing fans out there – a huge photo dump of spectacular 6″ scale customs by customizing master, Hemble!

Head on over to the forums to check out these amazing figures, and share your thoughts for him in his customizing thread, or in our front page comments section.

Toyguide Update: R5-G19 (TBS #01)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the addition of the R5-G19, our first entry for the 3-3/4″ Black Series (Blue) line look.

PROS: New (i.e. never before offered) figures from the Original Trilogy come few and far between these days so it’s nice to add another to the collection and scratch another off the list (Despite the less-than-accurate deco). R5-G19 recycles the Build-A-Droid/Droid Factory mold so it’s cross compatible with prior B.A.D. figures. Yay! Hasbro retired that bland black and orange card for a nicer TIE Pilot design in a more traditional 6×9 format.

CONS: The inaccuracy of the deco has ruffled a few feathers of diehard astromech collectors, as well as the use of the B.A.D. mold. Although purely anecdotal, R5-G19 has achieved Peg Warmer Status: Level 10 at most of the Toys”R”Us stores I visit.

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

New Kylo Ren Helmet Concept Art

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Indie Revolver has posted a new image revealing in greater detail the helmet for Kylo Ren. Head on over for the details.

ANOVOS Snowtrooper Ensemble Preorder Coming Soon

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ANOVOS has teased via Facebook their upcoming preorder for their new Snowtrooper Ensemble. Preorders go live for newsletter subscribers on Christmas day.

The Force Awakens 6″ Figure(s) Image

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Rebelscum has posted a link and image to a leaked photograph of five 6″ figures from The Force Awakens. The image gives us our first “real” full look at characters from the teaser and one shot of a familiar walking carpet. Spoiler warnings apply.

UPDATE: Image has been removed from Rebelscum per the request of HunterPR. Image is still available at the original link.

Episode 45: But It’s A Whole ‘Nother Year

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As we close out 2014, Flyguy and I discuss the latest collecting bits with news from Hasbro, Hot Toys, LEGO, Gentle Giant and more. Customizing and artwork gets another big focus this week as we feature some great builds and illustrations that again must be seen be believed. Finally, we run down the latest news regarding The Force Awakens, more Marvel cover variants and our latest toy acquisitions. All this and much more on Episode 45 of The Realm Recap.

We would like to thank everyone that has listened, watched, commented and shared our shows over the past year. You are all the reason why we keep doing it and we hope to continue into 2015 and beyond. MTFBWY.

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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New 3-3/4″ Black Series UPC Details

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The Realm Recap co-host Flyguy has shared with us additional info/UPCs regarding the next assortment (wave 7?) of Black Series 3-3/4″ figures. Click on through for the details.

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30% Off Disney Store Sale

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DisneyStore.com is offering 30% off select Star Wars merchandise that includes, plush, die cast, talking figures, clothing and more. Click on through to check out some last minute holiday gift ideas.

New Prototype Herocross R2-D2 and C-3PO Images

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Herocross continues to expand its Hybrid Metal Figuration figures as R2-D2 and C-3P0 were on display at Toy Soul 2014. These super articulated/super deformed figures join Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Shadow Stormtrooper, Boba Fett and the Sandtrooper. R2-D2 and C-3PO should retail in the US, through importers, for $80-90 each. Click the image above for closer look, then check out the Star Wars Hong Kong Facebook page.

Walgreens Prototype Fett Preorder Update

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I received an interesting/unexpected email this morning from Walgreens regarding a Prototype Boba Fett which I had on preorder, but first a little background. This preorder was placed on 7/23 using a credit card which I had to have replaced due to a security breach at a national retail chain. I (and many collectors) was/were originally told that there was no way to update credit card information that was used to place the order(s). Fast forward 5 months and read the email I was sent…

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Toys”R”us Raising Price on Legends/Rebels

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Even though most stores can’t seem to get the new single carded Rebels figures in stock, Toys”R”us is raising prices for the 5POA figure line.  Head on over to the forums to see how much you can expect to pay for these there moving forward.

Personal Note:  If they could just get the figures in stock, they’d have no problem moving figures like Chopper, Inquisitor, Kallus for a little more… there’s no doubt that the 5POA Rebels figures are an upgrade over the other Legends stuff from the past year or so…  it’s just a shame that this stuff didn’t hit like it should have in time for Christmas gifts…!

New Hot Toys 1:6 Vader and Obi-Wan Images

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Toy-People.com has posted some great new images of Hot Toys 1:6 Scale Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi figures on display at Toy Soul 2014. It’s safe to say these look to be the best offerings yet from Hot Toys. Click on through for the images.

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Previews Exclusive Star Wars Rebels Poster T-Shirt

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Previews order form for January 2015 revealed that comic shops will be offering an exclusive Star Wars Rebels “Force Poster” T-Shirt. Sizes range from S-XXL and cost $18.99-$20.99

Entertainment Earth Daily Deal: Jumbo Kenner Figures

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For today only, Entertainment Earth is offering 20% their Jumbo Kenner figures from Gentle Giant. Most are gone, but you can still pick up Hoth Han and Hoth Leia for less than $60 each.

AT-AT Mini Bookends

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Gentle Giant/The 3D Studio has launched their all-new website and they are offering their first preorder – a set of AT-AT mini bookends for $225.00. Interestingly, the sculpt for these was teased a few days ago via their YouTube video, which should support the thoughts that other unannounced items in that video will probably see the light of day.

Digitally sculpted by the master artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd., the AT AT Mini Bookends features the mechanical monstrosities as they were seen traversing the terrain on the planet Hoth in pursuit of the Rebel Alliance. Crafted using only the highest quality polystone, each limited-edition hand-painted bookend set comes individually numbered and is packed with a matching certificate of authenticity.

Hot Toys 1/4 Scale Boba Fett Preorder

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Preorders are now live via Sideshow Collectibles for the 1/4 Scale Boba Fett Figure. Price is set at $469.99 and the expected arrival date is November 2015.

Episode 438: Tarkin ‘Bout Toys

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Brock reviews James Lucino’s new novel TARKIN, Jerry looks back at Vintage-era Star Wars books, and Marjorie and Arnie look at figures hitting stores and the sold-out Hot Toys exclusive Shadow Stormtrooper!

It’s been a long time since Star Wars action figure collectors could shop exclusively at their local brick-and-mortar stores to get the figures they wanted.  Since the release of Hasbro’s The Vintage Collection in 2010 store supplies have been scarce.  Now, however, that seems ready to change!  Across the country collectors are finding new Black Series figures in both 3.75-inch and 6-inch lines, plus new Rebels and Mission Series figures too!  On this episode of Star Wars Action News you can listen to find out which stores to hit to score full waves of new figures.
Also on this week’s show, Arnie and Marjorie discuss Hot Toys’ first exclusive release in their Star Wars Movie Masterpiece Series–the Shadow Stormtrooper.  A repaint of their basic Stormtrooper figure, this release sold out in just a few hours at Sideshow Collectibles.  What’s the fuss all about?  Listen to find out!
With a review of James Lucino’s new Star Wars novel Tarkin and Jerry looking back on books of yesteryear, and ThinkGeek plushes too, you’ll find all this and more in this Episode of Star Wars Action News!

Custom Star Wars Creature Maquettes

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Customizer plisnithus7 has sent in a very cool series of creature maquettes he has done based off of pre-production illustrations from the Original Trilogy.
I thought you guys might be interested in some of the custom Star Wars maquettes I have been making recently based off of characters either not used in the movies or only seen in pre-production sketches/paintings.
- Jim (plisnithus7)
Click on through for the full gallery.

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New The Force Awakens Character Name Revealed?

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StitchKingdom has posted the discovery of a recently registered trademark thought to give clue to a new character for The Force Awakens. We won’t post the name here as to be sensitive to those wishing to stay spoiler free, but check it out if you’d like and then let us know what you think in the comments or forum.

This is an unconfirmed rumor at this point, so be wary off attaching too much to it.

Custom Jakks 31″ 501st Legion Clone Trooper

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Javier created a very cool battle damaged Darth Vader a couple months back. His follow up? A custom 31″ 501st Legion Clone Trooper with battle damage, removable helmet and display base. Check it out after the jump.

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Frank Oz To Reprise Yoda Role for Star Wars Rebels

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Yahoo TV has an exclusive report revealing that Frank Oz will be reprising his role as the voice of Yoda for the Star Wars Rebels series. We won’t actually see the Jedi Master though, he will only be heard as a voice over.

Head to Yahoo.com for an interview with Dave Filoni explaining Yoda’s “emergence” from self-exile.

Dealers Galore at ToyMan

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While attending the ToyMan Collector Show in St. Louis yesterday, my son and I snapped quite a few pics of the various items we saw at the show.  Check them out here, and if you are located in the region, keep an eye on their site as soon they will be posting their 2015 schedule.

Hot Toys Officially Announces 1/4 Scale Boba Fett (ROTJ)

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The ink was barely dry from our previous report when Hot Toys released official imagery and details for their 1/4 Scale Boba Fett Figure via Facebook.

The name “Boba Fett” is no stranger to all Star Wars fans. With his customized Mandalorian armor, deadly weaponry, and silent demeanor, Boba Fett was one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy. Following the introduction of Hot Toys’ Star Wars 1/6th scale collectible figures, today we are very excited to officially reveal Boba Fett as the first collectible figure of Hot Toys’ Star Wars 1/4th scale collectible series!

The highly-accurate quarter-scale collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi featuring finely sculpted Boba Fett helmet and armor, his signature jetpack, highly detailed weapons, accessories, and a specially designed sail barge figure stand all with skillfully-applied distressed effects. A special edition will be available for selected markets and include a blaster sidearm with holster which Boba Fett has in Star Wars: Episode V Empire Strikes Back.

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