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FYI: Movie Heroes Light-Up Figures

I was able to score the entire “wave 2” assortment of Movie Heroes today from my local Walmart and have been posted a few loose shots of them on Facebook. In doing so, I’ve received a few emails regarding the quality and functionality of the Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan with light-up lightsabers in particular. Click on through for some additional details regarding these controversial figures.

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Toyguide Update: Royal Starship Droids (Walmart Exc.)

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the next addition for the 2012 “Darth Maul” product line. We continue with the Royal Starship Droids Battle Pack (2 of 2) from Walmart’s exclusive “Discover the Force in 3-D” collection.

PROS: Walmart picks up a great exclusive here. Anything astromech related has a huge following in the collecting community as demonstrated by their steady sell through at retail. The deco on all of the droids is great making these the most accurate versions to date. As a bonus, these figures use the B.A.D. sculpt which promotes a ton of customizing options and additional play value. R2-N3 (the green one) gets a debut here and each droid includes their power harness/docking stations – all of which act as a huge accessory set to the Naboo Royal Starship/Playset from 1999.

CONS: Some may not like the Build-A-Droid/Droid Factory play system. Initially difficult to find but the set is now shipping in greater quantity. Since there is only one new figure (by name) in this set collectors might feel obligated to pick this up by that reason alone.

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

Walmart Exclusive R2-B1 Variant Discovered

Our friends at Jedi Temple Archives are reporting the discovery of a new astromech variant/running change for the R2-B1 from the Walmart Exclusive Royal Starship Droids multipack. As you can see, the internal “guts” of the body are now cast in silver/gray plastic whereas the initial releases were cast in solid blue. It also appears there may be a slight color shift in the yellow accents on the variant as well. Which one(s) do you have? Post your findings in our comment section, on facebook or in our forums.

Toyguide Update: Tusken Raider (11 of 12)

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the next addition for the 2012 “Darth Maul” product line. We continue with the Tusken Raider (11 of 12) from Walmart’s exclusive “Discover the Force in 3-D” collection.

PROS: The Tusken Raider from 2006 gets back to the market for those that might have missed him previously. Soft goods are superior in texture, weight and overall esthetic to many other modern figures that feature fabric accents. The deco update addes variety to the Tusken ranks as they all should look different from one another in that respect.

CONS: Swivel elbows are a reminder of how spoiled we are with most of today’s super-articulated figures. Forearms have a tendency to pop off when posing the figure dynamically.

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

Toyguide Update: Destroyer Droid (3 of 12)

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the next addition for the 2012 “Darth Maul” product line. We continue with the Destroyer Droid (3 of 12) from Walmart’s exclusive “Discover the Force in 3-D” collection.

PROS: Hasbro revisits the upgraded Destroyer Droid from the TAC line with a slightly different paint job and a recast of the deflector shield remedying its transparency issue to some degree.

CONS: You still can’t “transform” the droideka into is rolling mode and you only get half of the deflector shield. The figure’s interaction with the shield is a bit clunky but overall it serves it’s purpose. Despite Hasbro efforts to recast the shield in a more translucent plastic, it might have been better to carry the previous shield color forward to avoid having mismatched complete shields.

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

Discover the Force G8-R3 Harness Variant

While photographing and reviewing the Walmart Exclusive G8-R3 a couple weeks ago, I noted that the power harness for the figure did not match the other harnesses included with the Royal Astromech Droids in terms of paint details/color.

After looking on ebay and reviewing similar image galleries at both Jedi Temple Archives and Rebelscum, I thought I might have inadvertently photographed the wrong harness for the toyguide since I gathered all of the related Naboo astromechs for a group shot.

I solicited my friend Paul at JTA for assistance as he happened to have a few G8’s on card to see if he spotted a variant amongst them and sure enough there was!

As you can see in the side-by-side image, the details on the harness “arms” have different details on the hub section and there is also a different red/green light configuration on the front of the harness arms (not visible in the carded photograph).

You can count on us adding this variant to our G8-R3 entry as soon as I can track one down for myself as all of the versions in my area have had the missing paint details (shown on the left).

Which one do you have? Leave a comment or a post in our forums. We welcome responses on facebook as well.

If you can’t sell it, mark it down…

Barely a month after new product hit the shelves, some Wal-Marts are already putting some of Hasbro’s new line on clearance.  It seems like some retailers are realizing that vastly inferior repacks from a decade ago aren’t in demand; especially at inflated prices  – how long before Hasbro realizes this too?

For more details on what was found marked down in the St. Louis area today, click on the image above.