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Episode 31: Feels Like 40

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This week picks up where we left off last show with more news regarding the Walgreens Prototype Boba Fett and its future distribution,  plus we touch on our latest toyguide additions and reviews. Also, we discuss the new preorders from Gentle Giant and Sideshow and a surprise exclusive heading to Barnes & Noble from Kotobukiya. We close things out with our thoughts on new spy photos from the Episode VII set as well as rumors of The Clone Wars getting new life soon. All of this and more on this birthday hangover edition of The Realm Recap! 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.

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Toyguide Update: 6″ TBS #04 Chewbacca

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Chewbacca from the Black Series line of 6″ figures.

PROS: Was it worth the wait? In a word, yes. After a delay due to a reworking of the packaging, Chewbacca is finally available in this 6″scale and it is impressive all around. The sculpting of the fur is very well done – using a technique we’ve seen implemented on the 3-3/4″ versions of the character. The color is pretty good as well with varying shades of brown to add visual interest and to break up the overall tone of the figure. Joints are well hidden and most have a nice range of motion despite the hair.

CONS: Like most Chewbacca/Wookiee figures, the head movement is limited by the sculpt of the hair – resulting in only a few degrees of rotation left to right. Hands are very stiff so getting the figure to hold his weapon can be a bit of a chore but nothing insurmountable. The bowcaster limbs fall off easily if bumped (I would have liked a strap for the bowcaster as well.) The facial expression, while nice, is a bit too specific and an alternate, non-growling head would have been a great inclusion.

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: 6″ Boba Fett (Prototype Armor)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the Walgreens Exclusive Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) from the Black Series line of 6″ figures.

PROS: It was a foregone conclusion that this figure would see the light of day considering Fett’s overall popularity, but that didn’t stop customizers for creating their own version in advance of this release. The figure itself is well done and is not just a repaint, it is a total recast which was really the only way to go. The sculpt is crisp and what little paint apps there are, are well applied. The refreshed box design showcases the figure better than the previous look. Articulation is plentiful with standard and double hinged joints throughout allowing for a wide range of relaxed and aggressive stances.

CONS: Not the most accurate of representations of this armor as there are plenty of differences in the prototype costume and weapons. No weathering on either weapon seems a bit cheap considering the deco that was saved on the figure. This figure is the epitome of scalper bait and having them set on shelf and scooped up within minutes/hours of being placed is sadly the norm in most stores. I was hoping that Hasbro would have pulled a page from their TVC release (and Sideshow) and given him the vintage beach towel cape deco, but this design is very acceptable.

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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From Concept to Collectible: Speeder Bike

How did Hasbro create the Black Series Speeder Bike — the first Star Wars toy vehicle made in a 6-inch scale – and its accompanying Biker Scout? In the first installment of Star Wars: From Concept to Collectible, the designers behind the fan-favorite Black Series line of action figures discuss making the new collectible set, from early ideas to design to finished product.

More Bad News: Price Hikes Hitting Target

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We’ve been receiving (and witnessing first hand) reports that Target is instituting a new series of price hikes for the Saga Legends and Black Series 3-3/4″ lines – approaching $8 and $12 respectively (depending on market) to coincide with their new aisle resets. Personally, I think the price hike on the Saga Legends is a much harder pill to swallow than the increase on the TBS figures. Granted, haters of the SL figures weren’t going to be swayed with a price drop on this line either, but it sure hurts the enthusiasm I have had for the line.

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Toyguide Update: 6″ TBS #14 Clone Trooper

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today, continuing a series of entries in the The Black Series 6″ line. Today, we take a look at the Phase I Clone Trooper (#14).

PROS: And it begins… Hasbro has officially dipped its toe into the clone pool for the 6″ line so with that, expect a wide range of color-coded clones (like the upcoming Clone Trooper Sergeant) in the not-too-distant future. Articulation is good, much like the 6″ stormtrooper but there is better execution here thanks to joint pins matching the armor. This figure is hitting online and retail stores now so it can be had with minimal effort.

CONS: None really other than on my example, the deco for the visor doesn’t quite hit fully so there is a gap along the top edge that should be black. Hopefully on a later find, this issue isn’t as prevalent. 

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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