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Hasbro Cutting Back on Quality?

There have been forgivable instances in the past where Hasbro’s white armored military (clones and stormies) end up yellowing over time.

But over the past year you may have found that more and more figures that are brand new and still hanging on the pegs are suffering from this (look closely next time you are at a store – there is a good chance you’ll notice this on the new Legends Clone Troopers and perhaps even some Clone Wars figures).

Is Hasbro trying to save a buck by using cheaper plastic that turns parts of these figures yellow and sometimes even green right after they are produced?

Sound off with your thoughts in the Yakface Forums.

UPDATE – Our friends at both Banthaskull and Jeditemplearchives have addressed this as well. Hasbro should be fully aware of this problem. Time will tell how they respond.

Saga Legends Battle Droid Eyes on the Mend

Looks like Hasbro has again taken heed regarding our complaints toward the oversized and misplaced eyes of the new Battle Droids in the Saga Legends line and have modified their paint operations to produce a more accurate figure. So if you’re looking for a better representation of the Geonosis Battle Droid (or are a variation hunter), you might want to take a little extra time in those aisles to track this version down.

Thanks to forum member Grimace for the photo.

VC14 Sandtrooper

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of the Sandtrooper from the Vintage Collection.

PROS: About as close as we’ll get to an “ultimate” sandtrooper/stormtrooper for a while. Excellent sculpt and you don’t have to buy a Dewback to get one. Loaded with articulation and accessories.

CONS: Far too clean to be a Sandtrooper. Should have included electrobinoculars for more playability.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

VC12 Darth Sidious

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Darth Sidious from the Vintage Collection.

PROS: After five long years of begging, Hasbro finally releases a Senate Duel version of this infamous Sith Lord. Wicked scary head sculpt. Highly posable.

CONS: The soft goods cowl looks more “grandma” than intended due to the fabric selection. The lower “skirt” is not accurate to the costume. (See example.)

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

New Battle Pack Images Surface

Our friends over at Sandtroopers.com have gotten there imperial mitts on a couple new Battle Pack images. Previously a rumor floated by Mr. Curto at Rebelscum, these new sets consist of the Battle of Orto Plutonia from the Clone Wars featuring Cold Weather Anakin, Obi-Wan, Rex and Chieftan Thi-Sen. The second is the Invasion of Utapau from Episode III featuring Commander Cody, Airborne Trooper, General Grievous and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Although the figures in these packs are repacks, they do include the Galactic Battle Card and Mat for added play value – if you are into that kind of thing that is. Head on over to Sandtroopers.com for a closer look.

CW09 Mandalorian Police Officer

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of the Mandalorian Police Officerfrom the Clone Wars Collection.

PROS: A nice looking figure for the most part, a little “TRON”-like, but cool. Well armed in the accessory department and the flip-up face shield is nice touch as well.

CONS: Lacks knee and ankle articulation.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

VC07 Dack Ralter

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Dack Ralter from the Vintage Collection.

PROS: Rogue leader’s gunner gets a nice upgrade from the 2002 version and a must have for Luke’s new snowspeeder. Pack-in rifle is a nice extra as well.

CONS: Nothing really new here, being a TLC repaint and all. A basic (non-exclusive) carded version of Dack before Wedge? Blasphemy!

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

VC06 See-Threepio (C-3PO)

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of See-Threepio (C-3PO) from the Vintage Collection

PROS: A far cooler figure once removed from the card. Loaded with sculpted details that are hidden under the removable coverings. Even the removable parts have intricacies on their reverse side. A far better interpretation than the 2004 VOTC figure.

CONS: Seems a little underscaled. The carded presentation neglects to showcase that he has the removable panel feature. Lack of the metalized finish hurts the overall look slightly.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

VC04 Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues)

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) from the Vintage Collection

PROS: Despite having received a new, super-articulated Bespin Luke a couple years ago, Hasbro managed to fine a way to make it obsolete. This is by far the best interpretation of this figure to date. The deco, likeness, sculpt and articulation are in a word perfect. This figure should easily serve as a base for a future “Dagobah Training” version with a simple torso and arm upgrade.

CONS: A minor quibble – the hole that received the post on the lightsaber hilt is a tad too small and brittle as after a few repeated interactions with the hilt, the tiny loop split. : (

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.