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Concept of the Week #11

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Forum moderator localgotal has done it again with yet another amazing mockup in his popular Concept Series lineup.

This week we are treated to a double feature, which entails two great deluxe ideas that we really wish Hasbro would make.  One of these is so amazing that it almost brings a tear to my eye.  Check it out, and make your voice heard if you support such ideas by sounding off in the forums!

Episode 414: At Last We Have the Mighty Chewbacca

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Sideshow Collectibles has gone deep in Star Wars lore with their premium format figures.  After starting with big characters like Luke, Han, and Vader, they have gone EU with Darth Malgus and Shaak Ti from The Force Unleashed.  They’ve done Clone Wars with Captain Rex.  But they never made a Chewbacca…until now, and Star Wars Action News hosts Marjorie and Arnie have the exclusive version in their podcasting studio.  Is it worth getting?  Listen to the full review in this episode!

Also in this show Marjorie and Arnie review Hasbro’s Star Wars Black Series Wave 3.  With a mix of characters from the original trilogy, the prequels, the Clone Wars cartoon, and the EU, listen to find out which figures stand out–and which won’t stand at all!
With a final look at the 2013 Sithmas Gift Exchange and a sticky, dripping tongue, it’s all in this brand new video podcast of Star Wars Action News!

Yakfinities #50: Roundup Report

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Yakfinities #50:  The Original Trilogy has wrapped up, and we had well over 100 entries, making this one of the best customizing challenges yet!  Plus, not only did we have the standard random winners receiving prizes, but we also had two Grand Prize winners walking away with the Amazon Exclusive Droid Factory Wave!

Head on over to the forums for the full report!

Toyguide Update: Mission Series – Mandalore

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry in the Mission Series line as we take a look at the Mandalore set featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul.

PROS:  If you like toys, retro-styled toys specifically, that may be all the justification you need purchase this set. Both Obi-Wan and Maul are designed with 5 POA, which for some warrants an obligatory “junk” or “these are crap” comment. But for me, they serve their purpose well as being a kid targeted, budget conscientious alternative to higher priced figures that require a lot of “futzing”. The sculpts for each figure are decent with Maul taking the spotlight being another all new figure and for representing his “final” look in the Clone Wars series. Obi-Wan is pretty much a retread of the Saga Legends figure but with new arms and a totally different deco overall. Each figure includes only a lightsaber – perfect for dueling one another –  just like we did with our figures as kids back in the day, remember?

CONS: Fans of the Clone Wars figures were disappointed that they didn’t receive a super-articulated Maul in the line and have to settle (at least for now) in having this be the representation for that particular character design.  The paint apps for Maul’s face is shoddy at best with not a lot of care being given to keeping lines tight and the “horns” on his head resemble a crown of misshapen marshmallows. Yeah, yeah. 5 POA sucks. Hasbro’s ruining Star Wars toys.

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

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Concept of the Week #10

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We’ve got another great Concept Series mockup by localgotal, which entails another great group of figures that Hasbro should release in a multi-pack.  I can only wonder how much better the Star Wars brand might be doing at retail these days if ideas such as these were actually available at retail by the folks at Hasbro rather than many of the decisions they’ve made the past couple years.  Head on over to the forums and share your thoughts!

Toyguide Update: Mission Series – Tantive IV

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry in the Mission Series line as we take a look at the Tantive IV set featuring R2-D2 and C-3PO.

PROS: Getting both R2 and 3PO in one package, surprisingly, doesn’t come around all that often so it’s good to get them in one shot in this set. The proportions and sculpts for each figure are great and have a wonderful sense of nostalgia (while having a modern aesthetic) which allows them to look great displayed with any era of figures. No accessories = no parts to loose = great gift for kids!

CONS: Again, these figure aren’t for everyone due to their limited articulation and less than optimal paint apps. Depending on your figure, C-3PO may suffer from a poor paint job for the eyes – more than likely the black centers will be offset invoking a strange “Gumby” look. R2’s deco is pretty sparse, omitting several blue and silver colored panels on the dome, body and legs. That being said, the figure might lend itself well to customizing (which is good).

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this set 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.