Episode 288: C2E2 2011 Coverage

Reed Pop, the convention company that brought us Star Wars Celebration 5, is holding the second C2E2 Comic Convention in Chicago, and Marjorie and Arnie from Star Wars Action News are there to report on the costumes, the collectibles, and more including a new Star Wars collectible from Diamond, and all the latest Star Wars book and story collecting news from Del Rey’s panel with Knight Errant author John Jackson Miler and Crosscurrent author Paul S. Kemp! Was C2E2 a wretched hive of scum and villainy, or should you plan to start your 2012 Convention Season in the Windy City? Listen to this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast to find out!

Also this week, some great in-store bargains, and Nathan P Butler looks back at the Hasbro comic pack line in the first of a multi-part series!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links: Audio Only or Enhanced

Vintage Wave 6 In-Stock at EntertainmentEarth

UPDATE 3/22/2011 Back In Stock

EntertainmentEarth now has the Vintage Wave 6 in-stock which includes these new figures:

1x VC44 AT-RT Driver (ROTS
1x VC45 Clone Trooper (AOTC)
1x VC46 General Lando (ROTJ)
1x VC47 Fi-Ek Sirch (AOTC)
1x VC48 Luke Skywalker – Dagobah Arrival (TESB)
1x VC49 Weequay Skiff Master (ROTJ)

and these carry-forward figures:
1x VC25 R2-D2 with lightsaber and drink tray
1x VC26 Rebel Commando
1x VC31 Obi-Wan Kenobi (AOTC)
1x VC36 Senate Guard
1x VC38 Clone Trooper (212th Battalion)
1x VC41 Stormtrooper

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived Now Available

Today marks the release of Deceived, the second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars®: The Old Republic™ ramps up the action and brings readers face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords—Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers.

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived is available as a hardcover book, ebook, and audio book.

Vintage Distribution Nightmare Continues

For many collectors, it’s becoming more and more frustrating to find the new figures in The Vintage Collection at retail.

Instead, what we find are an increased dedication to Clone Wars and Legends, and stores even adding promotional space for those lines, like the image above provided by forumite Tsophika.

So, why is it that stores keep getting in more of those figures while ignoring Vintage? Why does TRU seem to have a sale every month promoting those lines, and ignoring Vintage? Why are we having to rely on online retailers now to get the new Vintage figures, but are being forced to purchase carry forward figures in those case assortments?

We invite all of our readers to sound off on your thoughts on these issues and how this is affecting your interest in the hobby in the forums.

VC37 Super Battle Droid

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of the Super Battle Droid from the Vintage Collection’s Attack of the Clones wave (Wave 4).
PROS: Decent sculpt with Geonosis specific deco (at least on the legs). “Swirled” plastic helps convey the look of metal. Looks great on the Vintage cardback and the superfluous blaster pistol is great for customs or the parts bin.

CONS: Lacks the ankle joints present on the recent Geonosis Arena sculpt. Shoulder joints are still impossibly tight when trying to position them laterally.

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 facebookand in our forums.

VC36 Senate Guard (Update)

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of the Senate Guard from the Vintage Collection’s Attack of the Clones wave (Wave 4).
PROS: Best. Soft Goods. Ever. Hasbro’s design team managed to select a fabric to use for the guard’s inner and outer robe that looks like it was sampled right from the costume itself. Even though the underlying figures is 6 years old, the improvements to the articulation, sculpt and deco give it new life.

CONS: Robes are slightly longer than necessary, but nothing a little creative posing can’t remedy

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 facebookand in our forums.

Update: Alternate cardback images added.

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