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Episode 425: Only Imperial Stormtroopers Are So Verbose

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Marjorie and Arnie review the Disney Store 13-inch talking Stormtrooper, discuss upcoming convention and marathon events, review new Black Series rumors, and more!

With Hasbro having difficulty getting new figures to store pegs in any scale, collectors are forced to find their excitement places other than Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys R Us. Most specifically The Disney Stores where a new 13-inch line of talking, articulated Star Wars figures have started to appear. The X-Wing Luke Skywalker and Stormtrooper are on store shelves now, and in this episode of Star Wars Action News you can see a hands-on review of the Stormtrooper to find out if you need to add this to your collection.

But while Hasbro is in a late spring lull, news leaked last week of new Black Series releases on the horizon. In this show you can find out about three possible new Toys R Us exclusive multi-packs that have strong Original Trilogy ties.

With news on how YOU can be in Star Wars Episode VII, a discussion of the upcoming Disney Star Wars marathon, reports from Disney Star Wars Weekends and the UK Collectormania 21, and more, it’s all in this week’s swactionnews.com!

Toyguide Update: Disney Store Exclusive Talking Luke Skywalker

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with our next entry for the Disney Store exclusive large scale talking figures. We continue with the fun, but flawed Luke Skywalker.

PROS:  The overall sculpt is great with a passable resemblance to a youthful Mark Hamill. The flight suit has a nice dirty wash that adds a bit of depth to the outfit. Features 22 high-quality sound effects that are pulled right from A New Hope’s climactic assault on the Death StarSurprisingly, Disney did their homework and gave him the proper pistol when they could have easily went with the design used for Han. Includes a removable helmet that fits snuggly, though maybe a tad oversized.

CONS: Luke with no lightsaber? Blasphemy I say, but I suppose it is technically accurate since he didn’t wield it while wearing his X-wing flight gear, but why include the blaster since he didn’t use that particular model either? The hair looks too dark for my liking — coupled with the glossy plastic makes it look as if he is sporting a chocolate hair helmet.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery (and SFX demo) and judge for yourself whether this piece is worth adding to your collection.

You can also weigh in with your impressions on the figures we add to our toyguide on facebook and in our forums.

JTA Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary of RDRs

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Our friends at Jedi Temple Archives have reached their 5 Year Anniversary of their in-depth Research Droid Reviews – which is no small effort considering the time, detail and effort that go into each daily release! To commemorate the milestone,  they have posted a great message along with special look at the Disney Star Tours Droid Factory parts/figures so head on over and check it out.

Congrats to Chuck and Paul!

Toyguide Update: Disney Store Exclusive Talking Han Solo

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with our next entry for the Disney Store exclusive large scale talking figures. We continue with the fun, but flawed Han Solo.

PROS:  The overall sculpt is great with a decent resemblance to a youthful Harrison Ford and captures the iconic look of his smuggler outfit. Articulation is similar to the stormtrooper with 13 POA, but Han has upgraded ball-jointed hips for a far better range of poses. Features 19 high-quality sound effects that are pulled right from A New Hope and are very clear, very loud. SFX activation buttons are well hidden and don’t distract from the overall design of the figure. Battery access is hidden behind his removable vest which also help hide the screw holes in his back.

CONS: Where the glossiness of the plastic benefitted the stormtrooper, it really detracts from Han, giving him a sweaty, oily look that honestly cheapens the look of the whole piece. I’d rate this as my least favorite of the four talking figures.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery (and SFX demo) and judge for yourself whether this piece is worth adding to your collection.

You can also weigh in with your impressions on the figures we add to our toyguide on facebook and in our forums.

Toyguide Update: Disney Store Exclusive Talking Stormtrooper

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with our first entry for the Disney Store exclusive large scale talking figures. We kick things off with the Stormtrooper.

PROS: Proving that a realistically styled and detailed figures will draw both young and old collectors alike, Disney really hands Hasbro their lunch in producing a desirable figure at a relatively modest price point. The overall sculpt is fantastic (with accurate human proportions) and stable for displaying in various poses thanks to multiple points of articulation. The 20+ high-quality sound effects are pulled right from A New Hope and are very clear with little to no distortion. Batteries (included) are removable to prevent corrosion.

CONS: Not really anything to speak of other than the included holster is functional for no apparent reason and is inaccurately sculpted.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery (and SFX demo) and judge for yourself whether this piece is worth adding to your collection.

You can also weigh in with your impressions on the figures we add to our toyguide on facebook and in our forums.

Boring Conversation Anyway: Episode 53

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It’s time for the monthly episode of Boring Conversation Anyway. In Episode 53, we join Flyguy and several other fan site members as we chat about the news from the past month including official Episode VII casting, the reorganization of Expanded Universe, toy reveals and much more.

Head on over to the YouTube page to check out the Hangout (and subscribe to the channel) or download the Mp3. (Caution: coarse language)

Past Shows:
Episode 52: Are We Collectors or Hoarders?
Episode 51: Toy Fair 2014 Review
Episode 50

Star Wars Vinylmation Series 4

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VinylmationWorld.com has posted image of the complete set (minus the chaser) of blind boxed Vinylmation Series 4 figures coming to DisneyWorld, Disneyland and DisneyStore.com later this month. The Empire Strikes Back-themed series includes: Luke Skywalker (Hoth), Han Solo (Hoth), R2-D2 (Dagobah), Princess Leia (Bespin Gown), Ugnaught, Bossk, 4-LOM, Zuckuss, Snowtrooper, Dengar and Tauntaun. Speculation is that IG-88 will be the rare “chaser” character.

Thanks to our friend Kevin Gawthrope for the heads up.

Episode 12: I’m Going to Disneyland

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Another week has passed and it’s time for our look back at the latest news in Star Wars collecting. On this special episode of The Realm Recap, we “recap” our trip to the Disney Star Wars Event held at Disney Studios & Disney Store Headquarters, the newest collectible news and the impact of the reclassification of POST-ROTJ EU material. 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.

Also, if you prefer not to look at our ugly mugs, a downloadable MP3 is available as well.

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