Tag Archives: collecting

Beware of Fused Joints on 3.75″ Black Series Finn

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While it was a nice surprise finding Wal-Marts latest wave of 3.75″ Black Series today, the excitement quickly turned to aggravation once opening Finn… I picked up two of this figure, and both had fused right elbow joints.

The first one snapped immediately – the second one I was able to save only through my experience with customizing.  Hopefully this doesn’t turn out to be a widespread issue… but please share your experiences after the jump!

A Star Wars Christmas…?

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It’s just a few days before Christmas, and we’re seeing a lot of reports not only of stores not having much Star Wars Hasbro product in stock, but not even stocking much for the past several weeks.  Of course there are instances were shoppers are having great, luck, but this isn’t exactly how distribution was with the last few Star Wars films.

How is this impacting your buying habits?  Or more importantly, how is it impacting what toys kids will be getting under their Christmas tree this year? Share your thoughts in the forums.

Personal Note: I’ve recently heard on several occasions, parents in the Star Wars section at various stores, mentioning how they can’t find certain figures (or figures in general).  There’s really not any good reason why figures like Kylo Ren, Rey, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Finn and Stormtroopers galore are not on the pegs right now.  Hasbro should have ensured there was enough product to go around before Christmas – because right now, there’s clearly not.

A Week Before Christmas…

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Tomorrow night, many of us will be seeing the highly anticipated new film, but what’s the retail situation looking like with only about  a week before Christmas?

Our focus on this post is really around what’s on the pegs at Wal-Mart, due to their exclusive rights to the 3.75″ Black Series line that most collectors (and yes, even many KIDS) want to get their hands on… we’re seeing reports come in across the continental U.S. that even Wave 3 is showing up in some areas, but sadly, it appears that some Wal-Mart stores have declined to carry this line past the initial wave… even removing space for the figures.

What’s the scoop in your area?  Share your experiences (good and bad) after the jump!

More Diorama Goodies Available

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It may seem like there’s fewer items worth buying in the 3.75″ market these days – and if you feel this way, head on over to Holeinthegroundpro.com for a refreshing focus on items in this scale for scene and diorama building (collector language for playsets).

All kinds of fantastic items are available… the prices are fair, the quality is the best I’ve seen, and orders are received in a timely fashion.  For more details, check them out here and share your thoughts in our forums.

Spotlight Review: darthcrassus

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Yakface Forum member darthcrassus has shared a great review of a couple of The Force Awakens vehicle models by Revell.  Check them out by clicking here!

Got some Star Wars items you’ve reviewed and want to share?  Do so in our forums, and you might see it show up on our front page!

Personal Note:  These Revell items look a lot better than I had expected, and it appears that a lot more attention to detail went into these than what we’ve been seeing from Hasbro in quite some time, sadly.

Amazing Diorama Setup

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Forum member kevin1126 has shared some amazing photos of his collection in our forums for your viewing pleasure.  Some of you will probably recognize the works of diorama builder Boutross77 here and diorama accessories that Raylen has provided.

On any note, feast your eyes on the amazing gallery he’s shared in our forums after the jump!

Can the 3.75″ SA line sustain itself?

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Most of us want to see the 3.75″ SA figure line continue, right?  But does it really have to cost this much?  Especially when nearly everything else of comparable size/articulation costs consumers way less?

Is this really Hasbro’s only option to keep a decent articulated line going?  Or instead of full SA figures, why can’t they have the baseline articulation be around 10 points, and have a unified line with a MSRP around $8.99 (such as similar quality to THIS)?

Is a beyond 5POA line that’s more affordable too much to ask for?  Share your thoughts in the forums.

New Diorama Walls Available

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Hasbro may not care so much about collector support these days, but that doesn’t mean you have to be left out in the cold… as once again, Holeinthegroundpro comes to the rescue with another great new way to display your 3.75″ scale figures!

Check out some more details in our forums, and be sure to head on over to their site to secure your own diorama wall kit by clicking here.

“Desert Den” Playsets Arriving

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If you pre-ordered a “Desert Den” playset from Twelfth Parsec, start keeping an eye on your email for a shipping notice as these have begun to arrive on the doorsteps of collectors.

Personal Note:  Independent groups who are actually fans themselves are starting to take advantage of Hasbro’s negligence on the playset front, and hopefully we will see bigger and better things like this in the future.

On any note, head to the forums for a closer look.

Target Clearances

target clearance deluxeAs you are likely aware, Target stores are marking down basically everything in their older Star Wars inventory prior to the Force Friday launch September 4.

Some stuff is down 50% now, including the 6″ scale deluxes at some stores for just $12.48 per forum member TVC15’s report (recall Target lowered the everyday price on these a while back once it became apparent that there wasn’t enough demand to move them at full retail of $39.99).

Personal Note:  If you’ve been holding out on these, the 6″ deluxes are pretty good, so passing on this price could lead to regret down the road...

 

Yakfinities #56: Roundup Report

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Our latest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has just concluded, and with 60 different “Rebel Militia” custom entries, there’s a ton of customizing fun for your viewing pleasure in our Roundup Report.

So kick back, relax, and check out all the entries – and also see which of the participants are walking away with some cool prizes after the jump!

Update: SDCC 2015: Hasbro Star Wars Q&A sessions

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Several sites at SDCC were been able to secure Q&A sessions with Hasbro’s global marketing team for the Star Wars brand.  Check them out below and be sure to share your thoughts back here or at the respective sites.

Jedi Defender
Sir Steve’s Guide
Star Wars Collector
Yoda’s News

Update:
Star Wars Action News