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Episode 399 Part I: Preview Night and The Black Series

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Today kicks of San Diego Comic-Con International 2013!  On the first part of Star Wars Action News’ coverage join Marjorie and Arnie as they report on Preview Night, with a first-hand look at The Black Series figures in Hasbro’s display, including the new Black Series 6-inch Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite!

Fans have been divided on the new 6-inch series, but Arnie has been excited for the detail and articulation.  Now that the production figures are out, does the excitement last?  Listen and find out!

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Life Size Kenner Figures from Gentle Giant

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Gentle Giant is holding true to their namesake and are working on articulated, life size versions of the original Kenner action figures. On display at SDCC is the first the Stormtrooper (teased yesterday by YodasNews) and word from Rebelscum is that they are working on Darth Vader featuring its signature vinyl cape and telescoping lightsaber.

Update: Droid Factory Multipack

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Our friends at Galactic Hunter have snapped a pic from Hasbro’s booth showing a placard for an exclusive Droid Factory set coming this November for $59.99. It looks to include many of the canceled Build-A-Droids and other from the defunct Droid Factory line. Jedi Temple Archives received word at Toy Fair from Hasbro that they were trying to get these figures to the public, so it’s nice to see it’s coming to fruition.

Update: According to Galactic Hunter, the retail partner for this set is Amazon.com

Toyguide Update: SDCC Exclusive 6″ Boba Fett w/Han Solo in Carbonite

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with our first entry for the 6″ Black Series – the SDCC Exclusive 6″ Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite

PROS: In a word. Wow! Hasbro’s inaugural foray into a new scale for Star Wars figures is very impressive. From the sculpt, deco and articulation, the 6″ Boba Fett hits the mark and photography doesn’t do it justice. The paint ops are close to being screen accurate (for the most part) and the added dirty wash to the legs help sell the piece markedly. Proportions of the body are excellent as to where you’d almost think there is an actual human body under the iconic armor. As for the Han in Carbonite accesssory, it too is well sculpted – almost a perfect miniature of the screen prop but the highlight of it is its display options. Hasbro included a two-piece base that allows it to display the block vertically or in a simulated hover position. It’s very cool.

CONS: As amazing as this figure is, it does have 3 strikes against it. First, the large pockets that are molded to the belt are so rigid, that they prevent the ball-jointed hips from being positioned in exaggerated poses. The second is that for such a popular character, it is curious as to why Boba Fett was selected as a convention exclusive. Granted, Boba Fett will make it to the main line at mass retail but the decision by Hasbro raised the hackles of many collectors right out of the gate. Finally, the price – $45 for one figure and a block of hollow plastic seems to be pushing the tolerance scale for some.

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

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We’d like to thank Hasbro and Hunter Public Relations for sending the piece to us in advance of San Diego Comic-Con. Keep your eyes peeled here for an announcement when this is available through HasbroToyShop.com