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6″ TBS Yoda Lacks Knee Articulation

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According to this image courtesy of Hot Toys, it appears that the upcoming Black Series Yoda (#06) doesn’t feature articulation in the knees. Hot Toys lists the figures as having 22 points of articulation (and you thought we were crazy for breaking down the joints like that) while a figure like the 6″ Clone Trooper has 29 POA.

Click the image above for a closer look at that the pose in the bottom left corner. Disappointing this is.

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Toyguide Update: TBS #27 Jabba’s Skiff Guard

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry in the The Black Series 3-3/4″ line. Today, we take a look at Jabba’s Skiff Guard (#27).

PROS: Sgt. Doallyn. Brock Starsher. Jabba’s Skiff Guard #3 on the left. Whatever you call him, this figure is pretty much what we’ve been waiting for since he started popping up on fan wishlists. It features all the articulation collectors require and as decent, if not passable, amount of detailing in the outfit. He’s great for scene filler in any diorama where you’d need a bounty hunter, thug, palace or cantina patron.

CONS: For a figure with sparse paint apps, you’d think they could tighten up the tolerances a little bit as the copper stripes that run on the chest are a tad careless. The head is a smudge under scaled and I’m not sure that shade of yellow was the best choice for the neck post, but who knows what his skin looks like underneath that ensemble he’s wearing – neither nitpicks are a deal breaker. Hasbro (again) cheaped out on the paint apps for the weapons which just feel flat and rubbery especially the blaster. Finally, the black paint on the boots was applied too thin in spots, so the white plastic shows through in areas. Your individual experience may vary of course.

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Toyguide Update: TBS #28 Ree-Yees

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry in the The Black Series 3-3/4″ line. Today, we take a look at Ree-Yees (#28).

PROS: Clearly the last Ree-Yees you’ll ever need, Hasbro gives collectors their (what I would hope to be) final crack at this figure. The sculpt overall is solid with a great facial expression and a lot of detail given to the quilting of his jacket. The Gran features plenty of articulation (alas, minus ankle joints) allowing for a wide range of poses if desired. He also includes two blaster pistols which he can hold easily due to his large hands.

CONS: Some may consider the head to be too small, but I think that may be due to how large the head was on the original Kenner figure. To me, it seems to have just the right proportions. I’m not a big fan of the “Cheeto stains” they gave to his face, neck and hands – the figure would have been better served having a simpler, more muted color instead. Finally, It would have been a great bone to throw at Vintage fans if he included a weapon more like the 80s Kenner figure or even a drinking glass that he holds in many of his scenes.

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Episode 31: Feels Like 40

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This week picks up where we left off last show with more news regarding the Walgreens Prototype Boba Fett and its future distribution,  plus we touch on our latest toyguide additions and reviews. Also, we discuss the new preorders from Gentle Giant and Sideshow and a surprise exclusive heading to Barnes & Noble from Kotobukiya. We close things out with our thoughts on new spy photos from the Episode VII set as well as rumors of The Clone Wars getting new life soon. All of this and more on this birthday hangover edition of The Realm Recap! 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.

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Toyguide Update: 6″ TBS #04 Chewbacca

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Chewbacca from the Black Series line of 6″ figures.

PROS: Was it worth the wait? In a word, yes. After a delay due to a reworking of the packaging, Chewbacca is finally available in this 6″scale and it is impressive all around. The sculpting of the fur is very well done – using a technique we’ve seen implemented on the 3-3/4″ versions of the character. The color is pretty good as well with varying shades of brown to add visual interest and to break up the overall tone of the figure. Joints are well hidden and most have a nice range of motion despite the hair.

CONS: Like most Chewbacca/Wookiee figures, the head movement is limited by the sculpt of the hair – resulting in only a few degrees of rotation left to right. Hands are very stiff so getting the figure to hold his weapon can be a bit of a chore but nothing insurmountable. The bowcaster limbs fall off easily if bumped (I would have liked a strap for the bowcaster as well.) The facial expression, while nice, is a bit too specific and an alternate, non-growling head would have been a great inclusion.

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Toyguide Update: 6″ Boba Fett (Prototype Armor)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the Walgreens Exclusive Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) from the Black Series line of 6″ figures.

PROS: It was a foregone conclusion that this figure would see the light of day considering Fett’s overall popularity, but that didn’t stop customizers for creating their own version in advance of this release. The figure itself is well done and is not just a repaint, it is a total recast which was really the only way to go. The sculpt is crisp and what little paint apps there are, are well applied. The refreshed box design showcases the figure better than the previous look. Articulation is plentiful with standard and double hinged joints throughout allowing for a wide range of relaxed and aggressive stances.

CONS: Not the most accurate of representations of this armor as there are plenty of differences in the prototype costume and weapons. No weathering on either weapon seems a bit cheap considering the deco that was saved on the figure. This figure is the epitome of scalper bait and having them set on shelf and scooped up within minutes/hours of being placed is sadly the norm in most stores. I was hoping that Hasbro would have pulled a page from their TVC release (and Sideshow) and given him the vintage beach towel cape deco, but this design is very acceptable.

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