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CW11 Republic Commando Boss Variant

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For variant collectors out there, we thought we’d pass on news and visual confirmation of a rumored running change/variant to the 2012 Clone Wars Republic Commando Boss (CW11) figure. Initial versions of this figure included an all white backpack (as seen in our Toyguide), but orange accented backpack variant has shown up on pegs in the UK and Australia and on eBay. Click the image above for a closer look.

Thanks to McMetal over on the JediDefender forums for the alert.

$4.99 Sale Ends Soon

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Toys”R”us has been running a great sale over the past month – but as a reminder, this sale ends on Saturday.

Stores around the U.S. have been consistently restocking TVC figures for this, most notably the Deleted Scenes wave.  So if you’re in the hunt for these figures, or just want some extra army builders / custom fodder for a good price, you’ve only got a few days left to take advantage of this price.

Toyguide Update: Mandalorian Warrior (CW29)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today starting a look back at some of the older Clone Wars figures that we have yet to add to the archives. We kick things off with the Mandalorian Warrior (CW29).

PROS: Collectors that had trouble tracking down this figure via the “Death Watch” Battle Pack, thankfully, got another opportunity to bolster their Mandalorian Warrior ranks. Like most Clone Wars figures of this era, articulation was abundant allowing for varied “actiony” poses and the sculpting and deco is top notch.

CONS: At the time of release, this figure wasn’t available in any great quantity, which is a shame considering their reemergence in The Clone Wars Season 5. It’s also disappointing that Hasbro didn’t see fit to reissue this figure in 2013 with a revised “Maul armor” deco or perhaps a sweet Obi-Wan-in-Mando disguise version.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth tracking down for 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: Captain Rex (CW04) (Yakface & JTA Collaboration)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with a special series covering the 2013 “foreign exclusive” assortment of Clone Wars figures. At first blush, you may think that we were only missing out on some simple repacks and repaints, but that is not the case – there is a fair amount of “new” to be had. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Jedi Temple Archives to run down the details and minutia of this final wave of animated series-style figures.

We continue on with the addition of Captain Rex (CW04) – who gets an articulation update, a revised deco as well as a brand new gun.

PROS: Hasbro has addressed one of the major complaint that collectors had about the previous version of this figure. The legs now feature ball-jointed knees making dynamic poses possible. Hasbro also introduced a new Z-6 rotary cannon accessory that is not only more to scale with the figure, but also features a (manually) rotating barrel and articulated handle and grip.

CONS: Despite it’s gain in articulation, the deco (for me) is a step backward as I like the battle-worn treatment the previous version had and the omission of some of the “kill marks” seems like a very unnecessary revision.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection and be sure to check out JTA’s full Research Droids Review for this figure as well.

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

Toyguide Update: Anakin Skywalker (CW03) (Yakface & JTA Collaboration)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with a special series covering the 2013 “foreign exclusive” assortment of Clone Wars figures. At first blush, you may think that we were only missing out on some simple repacks and repaints, but that is not the case – there is a fair amount of “new” to be had. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Jedi Temple Archives to run down the details and minutia of this final wave of animated series-style figures.

We continue on with the addition of Anakin Skywalker (CW03) – who gets a new coat of paint and new parts as well.

PROS: Hasbro tweaks the previous release of Anakin (again), upgrading the head sculpt to a more series-accurate profile  and, in a strange move, retooled both forearms as well. This retooling along with a significant redeco of the outfit result in the best animated Anakin Skywalker (so far).

CONS: Obviously, availability is an issue with this figure, but also my sample has a awful paint job with several instances of overspray/paint bleeding. Hopefully this is a fluke and not a wide spread problem throughout the production run.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection and be sure to check out JTA’s full Research Droids Review for this figure as well.

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

Toyguide Update: R2-D2 (CW05) (Yakface & JTA Collaboration)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with a special series covering the 2013 “foreign exclusive” assortment of Clone Wars figures. At first blush, you may think that we were only missing out on some simple repacks and repaints, but that is not the case – there is a fair amount of “new” to be had. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Jedi Temple Archives to run down the details and minutia of this final wave of animated series-style figures.

We continue on with the addition of R2-D2 (CW05) – not a simple repaint here…. this is an all-new mold (for him).

PROS: For this latest iteration of R2 from the Clone Wars, Hasbro has repurposed the Build-A-Droid/Droid Factory sculpt first used on the 2011 R7-D4 figure. The result is a far better representation of Artoo from the series and a far better sculpt overall. Since it utilizes the build-a-droid platform there are plenty of customizing opportunities thanks to its parts cross-compatibility with other B.A.Ds.

CONS: For R2-D2 collectors or fans of astromechs in general, not having this figure as part of your collection may hurt a bit. Thankfully, his availability on the secondary market shouldn’t be as scarce as with some of the other figures in the assortment.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection and be sure to check out JTA’s full Research Droids Review for this figure as well.

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

TVC’s status at Target

We’ve all been frustrated with the Star Wars retail situation over the past 12+ months – and Target has been one of the worst culprits places of all.  What used to be a haven for new figures has become the land of the pegwarmers due to the tidal wave of Episode One product that Hasbro pushed last year. 

Recently, Target clearanced out their TVC figures… but then today while on a toy run, I came across an interesting find at my local Target… for more details, click here.

Toyguide Update: Obi-Wan Kenobi (CW01) (Yakface & JTA Collaboration)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with a special series covering the 2013 “foreign exclusive” assortment of Clone Wars figures. At first blush, you may think that we were only missing out on some simple repacks and repaints, but that is not the case – there is a fair amount of “new” to be had. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Jedi Temple Archives to run down the details and minutia of this final wave of animated series-style figures.

We continue on with the addition of Obi-Wan Kenobi (CW01) which gets a much-welcomed articulation upgrade for 2013.

PROS: Hasbro has taken the 2012 figure and improved on it greatly by way of a revised deco from top to bottom and, most importantly, the addition of swivel wrists – a must for most Jedi figures. They went so far as to retool the forearms and hands making this figure markedly better than the previous version.

CONS:  It appears that the addition of the POA (points of articulation) and revised paint apps has eaten into the accessory allotment for this release as Obi-Wan only includes his ignited lightsaber. I, for one, would have loved the inclusion of his Rako Hardeen helmet or how cool would an Obi-Wan in Mandalorian Super Commando armor figure have been. Missed opportunities all around. Due to the figure’s exclusivity (i.e. not available in the US) tracking one down may required a bit more effort and be prepared to pay twice the MSRP when all is said and done.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection and be sure to check out JTA’s full Research Droids Review for this figure as well.

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

Toyguide Update: 501st Legion Clone Trooper (Yakface & JTA Collaboration)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today kicking off a special series covering the 2013 “foreign exclusive” assortment of Clone Wars figures. At first blush, you may think that we were only missing out on some simple repacks and repaints, but that is not the case – there is a fair amount of “new” to be had. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Jedi Temple Archives to run down the details and minutia of the final wave of animated series-style figures.

We start things off with the addition of the 501st Legion Clone Trooper (CW06) – a character design that debuted during the final arc in Season 5 of The Clone Wars.

PROS: Hasbro has taken the opportunity to give us one new character offering for the sub-line’s swan song. The deco for the 501st “Jet Pack” Trooper (as I call him) is very distinctive with its vibrant blue unit flashes as well as red accents that truly set this figure apart from prior 501st Legion clones. Don’t be surprised if you see of few of these costumes make their way into the 501st Legion.

CONS: Availability. Availability. Availability. You’ll have to call in a favor to a friend from The Great White North (Canada) or across the pond (Europe) to obtain this figure unless you want to pay double (or triple in some cases) on eBay.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection and be sure to check out JTA’s full Research Droids Review for this figure as well.

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