Toyguide Update: VC84 Queen Amidala

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Queen Amidala (VC84) from The Vintage Collection.

PROS: This particular figures scratches one of the often-requested costumes  off the “must have” list for Padmé. There is an amazing amount of detail in the sculpt itself and the likeness is spot on with Natalie Portman. Hasbro even went the extra mile to sculpt her some real (non-articulated) legs that are far more detailed than necessary but nice none the less.

CONS: The articulation, while generous, is completely unnecessary for a figure of this type. Posing of the arms in any position other than straight down looks “funny” due to the plastic sculpt of sleeves.

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

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Episode 340: The Collectors’ Podcast

As Star Wars toys continue to trickle in across the country, new product has starting showing up in stores. Wal-Mart’s cancelled wave of Clone Wars DVD 2-packs are now appearing at discount stores, and the Wal-Mart “Discover the Force” exclusive Qui-Gon Jinn Ultimate FX Lightsaber, LEGO mini-sets, Easter Vaders, and more. On this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast we run down the latest finds, including where you can get unpunched Vintage Collection figures by the wheel barrel for $5 per figure!
For a special Star Wars Action News report, Steve Sansweet joins us to discuss his latest purchases at Rancho Obi-Wan, including an item that can truly unlock your collection’s potential, and a discussion of those odd bootleg stormtroopers that have been spotted in China.
Despite a long hiatus, Hasbro is back for a new Q&A session, plus, we take another look at the Blu-ray deleted scene wave of figures, and listen to your voicemails. It’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!

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Walmart Exclusive R2-B1 Variant Discovered

Our friends at Jedi Temple Archives are reporting the discovery of a new astromech variant/running change for the R2-B1 from the Walmart Exclusive Royal Starship Droids multipack. As you can see, the internal “guts” of the body are now cast in silver/gray plastic whereas the initial releases were cast in solid blue. It also appears there may be a slight color shift in the yellow accents on the variant as well. Which one(s) do you have? Post your findings in our comment section, on facebook or in our forums.

New Bespin & Naboo Battle Pack Images

New intel gathered by Sandtroopers.com has revealed new images of those controverial battle pack revealed at Toy Fair 2012. Head on over to check out the new packaged and loose shots of the Bespin and Naboo Battle Packs!

I may be in the minority here, but even though these are a step backward in terms of articulation, I still really like these figures. If only the drop in POA would equal a drop in price too. : (

Weigh in with your opinions in the comment section below or in our forums.

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