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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.

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!