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Toyguide Update: SDCC Exclusive 6″ TBS First Order Stormtrooper

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with a special look at the SDCC exclusive 6″ First Order Stormtrooper from the Black Series line of figures.

PROS: Here, we get our first real exposure to a toy from The Force Awakens and if other product in this line is as good (or better), I suspect there will be many happy collectors. Paint apps are pretty spot with little to no egregious slop (at least on this sample) and the articulation is pretty standard at this point, allowing for a lot of realistic and dynamic posing options. Overall proportions of the figure are good and the sculpt is highly detailed. I would expect to see a least a few trooper variants out of this mold so it is a great base for those future releases. The weapons are handled nicely with white and silver accents laid over familiar, yet all-new, blaster design(s) for the new films. They are able to be clipped into the right thigh via a dedicated tab – both of which are held securely when stowed.

CONS: Surprisingly, Hasbro elected to revert to insert-molded joints for the elbows whereas most prior 6″ Black Series figures were double-jointed. This limits their range of motion somewhat and prevents them from being bent less than 110º. Still no display stand for a line of figures that really could benefit from them. This will surely be a popular item to track down before and after SDCC, but thankfully, it will be released at retail, making the packaging/presentation the real collectible here.

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

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Thanks to Hasbro for providing us this early sample.

Toyguide Update: 2013 Legacy Collection Droid Factory Assortment

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with a special update detailing the recently surfaced 2013 Legacy Collection Droid Factory Assortment.

PROS: Previously thought to be cancelled, this line look was eventually reconfigured to form many of the figures in the first waves of The Black Series as well as the 2013 Amazon Exclusive set. Many collectors preferred this line look so it is nice to get closure on that line that was very short lived. There is absolutely nothing new here so it is very skippable for the general opener/collector.

CONS: At this time, it is unknown how plentiful these cases of figures are so the price for each figure is pretty ridiculous. If you are a packaging/carded completist, this run of figures may ultimately be a hole in your collection.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether these figures are worth adding to your collection.

More Cancelled Legacy Collection Figures Found

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Following up on Rebelscum’s report about the previously cancelled Legacy Collection Droid Factory assortment from 2013, I hit up my local Go! Calendars | Games | Toys store and found a few of those figures as well. Looks like I just need the Clone Trooper Sergeant and Luminara Unduli to finish off the assortment that caps off the Amazon Exclusive set nicely.

Toyguide Update: Luke Skywalker and Han Solo (MS15)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the latest entry in the Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the Luke Skywalker and Han Solo Mission Series set (MS15).

PROS: The Mission Series sets (and Saga Legends figures in general) have come a long way since their inception. Sure, you’ll still run into some jacked paint apps here and there, but Hasbro has made these two relatively simplistic figures in to some of the best incarnations in this outfit ever. Seriously, grab a copy of The Ultimate Action Figure Collection and compare the sculpts of these figure to previous versions. Taking articulation out of the equation, it’s hard to find fault with either Luke or Han.

CONS: Due to their limited articulation, these figure won’t be riding a Tauntaun anytime soon, unless you have some Vintage Kenner ones laying around –admittedly we didn’t see if they’d even fit.

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

UPDATE 2: Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection Coming to Vudu?

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We’ve been wondering for a while what the deal is with Hasbro’s Digital Release Commemorative sets, well wonder no more as we can now confirm that the Star Wars saga is coming via digital release through Vudu.com. The url (vudu.com/starwars) is currently inactive, but Walmart is now displaying marketing with the announcement stating an April 10 availability. Click the image above for a closer look.

Thanks to swshadow07 for the image.

Update: No fooling, it is real (thanks to Aric R. for the link)

Update 2: Links have been removed from Vudu.com

Episode #56: See Ya’ Leia

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Flyguy and Yakface are back to break down the week’s collecting news and more. This week we discuss the most recent developments in regards to the Ceremonial Princess Leia (straight from Hasbro no less) as well as new images of Black Series products. Gentle Giant is back in a big way on this show as they made several product announcements for their Jumbo Kenner line as well as a new statue that is both cool and confusing. Fans of Boba Fett were treated to new images and preorders for the upcoming Revoltech Boba Fett – now does it stack up to other figures in the line? In our TV/ Movie/Book/Game News segment we breakdown the news regarding the new post-ROTJ novel “Aftermath” as well as give our thoughts on the latest installment of “Princess Leia” from Marvel – they aren’t good. Celebration news abounds as we are less than a month away from the biggest event of the – aside from The Force Awakens. All this and A LOT more on Episode 56 of The Realm Recap!

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Toyguide Update: Ezra Bridger (Cadet) and Kanan Jarrus (MS18)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the latest entry in the Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the Ezra Bridger (Cadet) and Kanan Jarrus Mission Series set (MS18).

PROS: Kanan is old hat at this point so we’ll focus on Ezra, or “Dev Morgan” as he’s known in this attire. The sculpt is pretty decent (if we don’t get a Zare Leonis recycled from this body I’d be shocked). The face sculpt has much crisper details than prior Ezra portraits – those were softer in sculpt especially around the nose and mouth. The hair is the same, just at darker color. The paint is okay for the most part except for that one odd mistake (see below). The cadet helmet is the same sculpt as before but has the character specific markings from the episode “Breaking Ranks”. Two figures for $10, hard to complain about that especially for kids these days.

CONS: Aside from getting our fourth taste of Kanan in action figure form, there are a few Ezra related issues. First off, Ezra’s head is a little wobbly at the neck joint – at least on my sample – your experience may vary. The most odd issue though is the fact that he has the wrong symbol painted on his left shoulder. It should be the Imperial crest/cog, but it is the Galactic Republic emblem. Kids won’t give a second (or first) thought about it though. It is unknown at this time if it will be addressed in future production runs. Finally, the Ezra cadet figure is about 1/4″ shorter that the standard “Rebels attire” Ezra due to the fact that the legs are a bit shorter.

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

HTF Wave 1 Star Wars Rebels Coming Back in New Case Assortment

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Thanks to a comment posted by one of our readers on our Hera/Stormtrooper Commander Toyguide Update that we posted yesterday, it looks like some of the original, hard-to-find figures are making there way back to production via a new case assortment posted by VolkerC at starwars-figuren.

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Toyguide Update: Hera Syndulla and Stormtrooper Commander (MS19)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the latest entry in the Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the Hera Syndulla and Stormtrooper Commander Mission Series set (MS19).

PROS: Hera fans rejoice! We finally have received the figure we’ve been waiting for and it doesn’t disappoint. Original solicitation images caused a bit of worry initially because Hera’s green skin tone was very washed out. Thankfully, the production release is a far more vibrant hue. As standard fare for the Saga Legends/Star Wars Rebels line, she has only 5 POA, but it is a well executed figure from paint, proportions and sculpt. Despite having the lekku (aka head-tails), the head is unencumbered by them allowing for a full range of swivel movement. The Stormtrooper Commander is a simple re-accessorized version of the SL01 figure with a non-removable command pauldron, although it does move freely so I’d expect maybe a white or black version in the line’s future.

CONS: The biggest con of this set is that it took so long (six months) after the debut of the series to get the main cast/crew of The Ghost. Hera’s blaster is very tiny and she has nowhere to stow it due to a non-functional boot holster so be sure to keep a close eye on it. This set is surely to be a desired one on the secondary market (i.e. eBay or unscrupulous merchants at cons) – but don’t overpay as this set is 2 per case in this assortment and 3x in a revision case.

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

Toyguide Update: Digital Release Commemorative Collection Sets

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the latest entry in the Saga Legends/Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the Digital Release Commemorative Collection sets.

PROS: In a round about way, these sort of confirm an as-of-yet-to-be-announced release of the 6 films in a digital format. The artwork used for the packaging and the presentation overall is well done and like the previous blu-ray release commemorative sets, the side panels form an overall artpiece when displayed in the proper order. The outer slipcase has a nice embossed treatment on the figure art which give the sets more of a high-quality feel and with the slipcase removed, you are treated to more art by way of the movie posters that are on the back side of each box. As for the figures there is nothing technically new here, so you can save money if you either have all of the figures or you don’t like the Saga Legends style figures in principle. The price is decent at $19.99 each (US) so if you passed on any of the figures before, there is a nice way to get a good representation of core characters in one shot.

CONS: These sets feel weird without having anything official to tie them with in terms of media. The way the figures are presented in the inner box is a bit on the bland side, conveying an almost unfinished or mock up packaging vibe. No Leia? Really???

Head to the toyguide for the image gallery to judge for yourself whether any/all of these sets are worth adding to your collection.

Note: loose figure photos for these sets will not be taken.

Toyguide Update: AT-DP Driver

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the latest entry in the Saga Legends/Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the AT-DP Driver (SL14).

PROS: The sculpt for the figure overall is well done and is pretty faithful to the animation. I love the fact that the helmet is a blend of the McQuarrie Concept Snowtrooper and an AT-ST Driver. I have a general soft spot most McQuarrie art and the AT-ST Driver as it was one of my favorite figures as a kid. He fits inside the AT-DP’s cockpit well enough and can pull double duty in the Imperial Troop Transport so the versatility is nice. He’s packed 2 per case so populating your Imperial ranks and vehicles should be relatively easy.

CONS: As far and knocks against this figure, it does have some paint/coloring issues. First off, to me, the overall tone of the figure seems too blue with even a hint of yellow. The character models in the series look more light and dark gray. Secondly, in most of the samples I’ve seen and have, the paint application on the “crotch area” seems thin allowing the darker blue to show through. Finally, the molding of this figure is sloppy in areas, especially the back of each leg where you can see round circles from the casting process.

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

Toyguide Update: Luke Skywalker (SL22)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the latest entry in the Saga Legends/Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the Luke Skywalker (X-wing Pilot) (SL22).

PROS: Hmmm…. not sure where I sit with this figure. The sculpt is very solid and the proportions are nicely executed. The removable helmet is well fitting and doesn’t look too big when worn. As a thin figure, he fits into most vehicles with little effort so there is plenty of playability for the youngsters – who these figures are targeted. For diorama builders, he may serve well as great background filler (as he doesn’t look much like Luke anyways).

CONS: Despite it being a core character, there really isn’t anything to really get excited about here as we have received what seems like dozens of X-wing pilot Lukes over the years. The paint isn’t that great, at least on this sample, and the butterscotch hair is once again perplexing. Collectors can definitely pass on it, but for kids, it might scoot by as acceptable. He has no weapons which may be a first for a Luke figure, at least as a basic figure release. (Edit: Thanks to JabbaJ for the reminder that the POTJ Luke didn’t include a weapon either.)

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

Sabine Helmet Variant Discovered

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Tonight while opening a case of Mission Series figures that I just received from Entertainment Earth, I noticed that Sabine’s helmet had a markedly different appearance than the one(s) I have found at retail. Click on through for the details of this interesting variant.

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Toyguide Update: TIE Pilot (SL13)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the latest entry in the Saga Legends/Star Wars Rebels 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the TIE Pilot (SL13).

PROS: Again, like most of the Rebels figures, Hasbro has translated the series’ animated style to plastic very well. The figure’s proportions seem spot on and the deco, while minimal, is precise – especially the buttons on the life support chest piece. Accessories are spartan as he includes a standard issue E-11 blaster rifle.

CONS: Like others in this line, finding these decent quantity may be an issue. Some/many/most dislike the limited articulation, so they’ll be perpetually disappointed in its execution. Due to the design of the helmet and flight gear box, the head for the figure has a very limited range of movement. Oddly, we get this figure but without an accompanying vehicle on shelves. Sure, we have a dozen TIE fighters from previous lines and The Inquisitors’s personal craft we could use, but not a standard support  fighter from the series. Seems like an opportunity squandered.

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