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Amazing Space Walls

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Something wonderful has happened – after years on end, high quality modular diorama walls are now available for purchase from 3rd party seller, Galactic Trading Post.

I placed my first order last week, and already received them today.    And I have to say, these might be the most exciting thing to happen to the hobby for me… since… heck, I don’t even know that I have EVER seen something this fantastic for displaying a collection.

My son (age 9) and his friend (age 8) went bonkers as well wanting to set them up.   Pretty damn cool… hopefully we see a lot more out of these guys as for many of us, this could be a game changer in collecting.

You can check out a few pics that I snapped here, and be sure to visit their site – and place an order as they have some currently in stock as of this post.

GTP-TOYS: Space Walls!

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After years on end of Star Wars fans being left out in the cold when it comes to dioramas and playsets, it looks like we may be seeing a 3rd party that could really help fill the void…  GTP-Toys.

Right now they are offering some fantastic walls that are in line with 6″ scale figures, and have 3.75″ ones on the way (which is what I’ve personally REALLY been waiting for).   Demand appears to already be high enough to put the 6″ scale ones (9-pack starter set) on back order.  However, they do have a 2-pack starter set available here.

But just imagine – SOMETHING other than a plain shelf or a cardboard backer for people to display their action figures with!  Each wall panel is separate, which allows you to create or recreate your favorite scenes… something I still can’t believe has been neglected by the official toy brand for over two decades now.

Masterpiece Dioramas for Sale

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If you’re a diorama lover, and have the funds, forum member kevin1126 has made the tough decision to part with some amazing custom diorama/playsets by Carl Boumansour (aka Boutros77).

If you are interested in contacting Kevin, you may contact him through our forums, or email me at rykrofenloe@yahoo.com and I will be sure he gets your contact information.

You can also take a closer look at these dioramas by clicking on the image above.

3.75″ Diorama Goodies

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If you’re feeling like there’s just not a whole lot to get excited about for the 3.75″ market these days, I would suggest checking out the great range of custom diorama products available at Holeinthegroundpro.

There you will find a very nice selection of various items to not only help fill the gaps in your displays, but also help quench the thirst to add some more cool 3.75″ items to your collection.  Check out what they have to offer after the jump!

Yakfinities #61 has Begun

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One thing Hasbro has grossly neglected time and time again over the years is playsets/dioramas/environments for their action figure lines.

So in that light, our latest Yakfinities Customizing  Challenge theme is custom playsets/dioramas/environments!  This Yakfinities runs through the end of September, so there’s plenty of time to create and submit an entry.

For all the details, click here!

TFA Clearances Getting Almost Ridiculous

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While Hasbro may consider their TFA lineup a success, it’s hard to believe that most retailers are quite as pleased given the mass quantities of product collecting dust and getting marked down by ridiculous margins… many of Hasbro’s lines have been marked down significantly at places like Walmart.  The same can be said for the goofy Spin Masters gimmick toys.

Personal Note:  As for basic 3.75″ figures, we all know what most of us are experiencing.  Empty pegs or the obvious pegwarmers hanging around.  Wasted toy runs over and over.  Will Hasbro get their act together for the upcoming films and actually produce better offerings in the basic figure lines instead of focusing on all the destined to be doomed gimmick lines?  How much patience can retailers have with such weak product lines?  What happened to the company that once took pride in the Star Wars brand?  Why can’t they get product the product they make that IS in demand onto the shelves?  Share your thoughts in the forums.

Above Walmart clearance photo credit goes to darthapathy via our forums.  Expect to see many more reports of immense markdowns this summer, folks!

Awesome Diorama sets

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If you’re a 3.75″ collector and have felt like you’ve been left out in the cold, it might be time for you to head on over to Holeinthegroundpro and check out what they have to offer.

For myself, the items I have purchased have helped ease the “dark times” of collecting for a while now as I know that I can always head on over there and find something awesome for my dioramas.

Check them out here and share your thoughts in the forums (and for a sneak peek at a new item coming).

Yakfinities #60 Kicks Off

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A new Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has begun!  Whether you’re a first time customizer or a crafty veteran, we invite you to take part and customize a creature in our latest customizing challenge.

Repaint an existing toy or make your own fan-fiction creation – it’s up to you!  Entries will be accepted through June 30.  Head on over to the forums for all the details!

New Diorama Items Available

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For those collectors that would love for more diorama pieces to be available for our 3.75″ display needs – Holeinthegroundpro.com has you covered.

Head on over to check out what new items are now available by clicking on the above image, or share your thoughts / post any requests in our forums!

Personal note:  I’ve purchased quite a few of these items, and can personally say they are among the finest quality items I’ve ever purchased for diorama needs.  Buy with confidence… and enjoy!

The Better Side of 5POA

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For those of you active in our forums, you are probably aware that I am not a fan of 5POA figures.  I could be, if Hasbro tweaked the assembly of them a bit… (customizers, you probably know what I’m referring to).

However, Hasbro’s latest TFA offerings are starting to show some improvement over much of what they’ve been pushing the past few years in this style – head on over to the forums for a quick look (and mini-review) at Sidon Ithano, First Mate Quiggold, Unkar Plutt, and Admiral Ackbar!

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.