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Toyguide Update: TBS #25 Dak Ralter

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry in the The Black Series 3-3/4″ line. Today, we take a look at Luke’s short-lived gunner, Dak Ralter (#25).

PROS: Well, if you like relatively generic army builder pilots for your Rebel dioramas and/or Imperial fodder this figure will perform that task adequately. Includes extra weapons – albeit the same as the TVC release – to accessorize other figures (can you tell I’m reaching?)

CONS: Did we really need/ask for another Dak? Paint on the head/balaclava is thin, exposing the underlying skin tone plastic and not the tightest of paint apps on the head/face with bleedover onto the checks  (at least on my sample – your experience may vary). This figure does have slight color differences compared the previous release TVC Dack/Dak. So if you’re a one of everything 3-3/4″ kind of collector you’ll need this one, too.

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

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TBS Yoda Leg Datestamp/Imprinting Update

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For my initial toyguide entry for the Black Series Yoda (#22), my loose sample (acquired off eBay) had the date/trademark stamp on the front of each leg. I’m happy to say after securing a carded sample and opening it, the offending info has moved to its rightful place on the back and side of the legs. Earth shattering I know, but it does correct a bit of an aesthetic eyesore that others, including myself, took note. Click the image above for a closer look (L=ebay/R=Production). The toyguide will be updated to reflect the correct production piece in the near future.

Toyguide Update: TBS #24 Snowtrooper Commander

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry in the The Black Series 3-3/4″ line. Today, we take a look at the Snowtrooper Commander (#24).

PROS: Hands down the best Snowtrooper Commander we’ve ever been offered, it also may be the best Snowtrooper ever. Everything about this figure works from the sculpt and articulation, to the deco, to the refreshing nonexistent human head under the helmet. At first I wasn’t sure about Hasbro’s choice in using plastic for the “skirt” of the figure, but once in-hand, I was surprised at how much I liked the design and the integrated holster is a nice touch as well.

CONS: If there was anything to take issue with is that the hands do pop off rather easily when trying to pose the figure holding the blaster with both hands – an issue that often accompanies figures with wrist/forearm joints. Also, the silver disks are missing on the flares of each side of the helmet.

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

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Toyguide Update: TBS #22 Yoda

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry in the The Black Series 3-3/4″ line. Today, we take a look at Jedi Master Yoda (#22)*.

PROS: Arguably, this may be one of the best looking Yoda figures on the surface, especially when used to enhance the OTC #01 Luke or the upcoming TBS #21 figure. The fabric for the robe is tailored fairly well and has enough fraying to look used without a lot of shedding. The backpack accessory is well done and is a nice improvement on prior iterations. Since this figure has limited articulation don’t expect a lot of posing options but given the reference material he is drawn from, he serves as an decent representation.

CONS: Articulation for this figure is very disappointing considering it is part of the Black Series line – a line touted as being “for collectors”. There was great potential for this figure judging by what was initially planned – it’s a shame that so many corners were cut in its production. With its limitations, Yoda is essentially an accessory (albeit a nice looking one) for the Black Series Luke – a figure with its own problems.

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

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*This is a loose sample – additional images will be added upon receipt of a packaged/carded sample.

Episode 18: We are a Part of the Vinylmation

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Another week has passed and on this episode of The Realm Recap we discuss some recent developments regarding The Black Series from Hasbro, speculation on new LEGO items, Hot Wheels reveals and my new found “addiction” – Vinylmation! Plus, we get into some various Episode VII ‘spoilers’. 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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Lost in Translation? Yoda Gets Severe Downgrade for TBS

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By now, you have seen the loose images of the Yoda (3-3/4″ scale) from the Black Series over at Jedi Temple Archives and to say that many are disappointed in the final product would be an understatement. How did things go so wrong? Click on through to be reminded of the original/proposed design for this figure.

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3-3/4″ TBS Yoda Backpack Design Change

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Our friends at Jedi Temple Archives have been posting some detailed, in-hand images of the new 3-3/4″ Black Series Dagobah Luke and Yoda figures. In the photography I noticed that the production version of the training backpack now features a side release buckle closure for the chest strap – original images showed a velcro/hook and loop style closure. Click the image above for a larger comparison.