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Yakfinities #54 Continues…

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The current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge continues through December 31, which gives all customizers plenty of time to create their own Order 66 Survivor!  Head on over to the forums to submit your own custom, or just to enjoy the great work by other fans from around the world.

And as always, we’ll be giving out some random prizes for three entries, so there’s no reason for customizers to not to take part!

New BAPE VCDs From MedicomToy

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MedicomToy has updated today announcing 3 new Star Wars 8″ Bathing Ape (BAPE) Vinyl Collectible Dolls. Each figure features a removable helmet and costs about $80.00. Click on through to check out Boba Fett (in both Empire and Jedi flavors) and the Scout Trooper.

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Episode 41: It’s Not Wise To Upset A Mouse

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Yakface and Flyguy are back again this week as we discuss new Black Series 6” figures landing at Target, the release of new product images for Saga Legends and Mission Series for 2015 as well as Hasbro’s failed suicide attempt/merger with DreamWorks. Sideshow and Gentle Giant are thrown into the mix with new preorder announcements as well as details for upcoming model kits from Bandai, We round things out this week with Rebels, Episode VII and Celebration Anaheim announcements and updates. All this and more on Episode 41 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.

Also, if you prefer an audio-only version, a downloadable MP3 is available as well.

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New Product Hitting Toys”R”us

After a very tough run for Star Wars at retail, it seems like things are actually starting to improve – especially at Toys”R”us.  Today I ran into the best selection of action-figure related Star Wars merchandise that I’ve seen anywhere in a long, long time.  How goes it in your area?  Let us know after the jump!

The WolfPack Podcast #108: Fulcrum and the Battle of the Five Armies

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast. Curto, Corey, Marco and Jayson from Yakface.com talk about the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens news, Rebels news, and action figure news!

 

The New Yoda Chronicles: Clash of the Skywalkers

Get a first look at “Clash of the Skywalkers,” a new LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles special in this exclusive trailer, featuring Luke Skywalker battling Darth Vader and more.

LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles “Clash of the Skywalkers” premieres Sunday, November 23, on Disney XD! It is also available now to watch on WatchDisneyXD.com

Ultimate Die Cast Set Hitting Disney Stores

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The Ultimate Star Wars Die Cast Set that has shown up on DisneyStore.com recently is also being found in brick and mortar Disney Stores per this tweet from Tucson ToyHunter. This set includes the Millennium Falcon, Y-wing, Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced, 2 standard TIE Fighters, an Imperial Star Destroyer, Luke’s “Red Five” X-wing and an Exclusive Wedge Antilles “Red Two” X-wing.

This is available now, on special, for $79.95

Customizer Spotlight: 6″ Scale Snowspeeder (WIP)

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Once again, we feature a unique 6″ build from customizer Brandon Flores (aka HALCION). Like his AT-ST and AT-AT that have come before, the progress and detail of his new 6″ scale Snowspeeder is unparalleled. Click on through to check out his latest creation.

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6″ Black Series Wave 6 Hitting Retail

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Rebelscum has posted a report that wave 6 of the 6″ Black Series assortment (which includes Yoda, TIE Pilot and the Clone Trooper Sergeant) has started to hit retail. Head on over for the full details.

Update: These figures were found at Target

Special Vehicle Packs Now $9.99

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Our friend Jesse from JediDefender reports via Twitter that his local Kmart is still putting out the Hasbro Special Value Offer Vehicle packs but they are now only $9.99

Sideshow 1:6 C-3PO Preorder Is Live

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Sideshow Collectibles is now taking preorders for the Sixth Scale C-3PO figure.

Built with screen-accurate mechanical detailing and light up features, Threepio’s advanced articulation and poseability allow collectors to perfectly capture the nuances of his quirky personality.

The exclusive version includes a switch out “damaged” left arm.

One Day Sale at Toys”R”Us – Today Only!

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Toys”R”us is having a one-day sale that appears to have slipped under the radar – the Battle on Endor Battle Pack!  Most of us already have the pack-ins from this set and it seems many of our forum members see this set as a waste of time, but it’s still a good value for this price. Sale valid in-store and online

Have you bought this set yet or does this sale price push you toward finally making this purchase?  Head on over the forums and share your thoughts.

Personal Note:  I think Hasbro should have dumped the AT-ST and added in the new Speederbike mold and a slightly revised POTF2 Endor Bunker (with new doors and new paint scheme) instead.  I know I would have been more likely to purchase this set if that were the case, and I have a hunch many of you would have too.

Han Solo (Hero of Yavin) Mini Bust

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Gentle Giant updates today announcing preorders for the Han Solo (Hero of Yavin) Mini Bust.

Gentle Giant Ltd. is proud to bring you the Han Solo, Yavin Hero Mini Bust! Digitally sculpted by our master artisans, using actual archival footage and designs, each Han Solo, Hero of Yavin Mini Bust is rendered using the highest quality polystone, and hand painted. Each piece comes individually numbered and is paired with a matching certificate of authenticity. May the Force be with you.

Estimated release: Q3 2015

Jumbo Kenner Ugnaught Preorder

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Gentle Giant updates today announcing preorders for the Jumbo Kenner Ugnaught figure.

Digitally scanned from mint 3 ¾” Kenner originals and reproduced in 12” scale to the rest of the jumbo Kenner line, no detail has been overlooked. Roto and injection molded and made of durable plastics, this fully-articulated jumbo figure includes a faithfully re-produced tool kit, as well as it’s fabric apron.

To further capture the vintage feel, Gentle Giant has packaged this figure with a Empire Strikes Back-inspired backer card featuring original photos and artwork. Designed with the collector in mind, the figure comes in a re-sealable plastic outer clam shell to help protect and display this limited edition figure.

Estimated release: Q3 2015

Star Wars Rebels Stormtrooper Maquette

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Gentle Giant updates today announcing preorders for the Star Wars Rebels Stormtrooper Maquette

Gentle Giant Ltd. is proud to bring you the first new character from the highly anticipated new animated series, Star Wars Rebels – Imperial Stormtroopers Crafted by the master artsians at Gentle Giant Ltd. in the bold style of the exciting animated series, Star Wars Rebels, Imperial Stormtrooper Maquette is as screen accurate as you can get! From the well known Stormtrooper blaster, to the iconic visage of the Stormtrooper helmet, no detail has been overlooked. Each hand-painted piece has been cast in high-quality polystone and comes individually numbered with a matching certificate of authenticity.

Estimated release: Q3 2015

 

Toyguide Update: Clone Trooper (SL08)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the next entry in the Star Wars Rebel/Saga Legends 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at the Clone Trooper (SL08).

PROS: If you liked the first release, hooray! Here is another shot at it.

CONS: Meh. Nothing particularly new or exciting with this release other than the packaging (and that’s a stretch).

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.

Star Wars Rebels: “Gathering Forces” Preview

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With the Inquisitor hot on the Ghost’s tail, Kanan and Ezra split off in the Phantom to draw him away from the Imperial deserter, Tseebo. Master and apprentice lure the Imperials to the abandoned asteroid base and its carnivorous creatures, only to be overwhelmed by the Inquisitor’s onslaught. When the Inquisitor appears unstoppable, Ezra comes precariously close to the dark side of the Force. Ezra confronts the Inquisitor when Star Wars Rebels airs at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT Monday, November 24th on Disney XD. Click on through for preview images and a video for this exciting episode!

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Target Exclusive Vehicles with Figures Hitting

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The new Rebels vehicles have been showing up at various retailers recently, and now Target stores are getting in on the fun with their exclusive versions, which come with bonus pack-in figures.  For $24.99 it’s hard to find anything complain about – even when Hasbro packs the figures upside down.

Sponsor News: DorksideToys

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Check out all that’s in stock this week, and available for pre-order at Dorksidetoys.com. PLUS A PREVIEW OF BLACK FRIDAY PROMOTIONS. Join us on our Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr & Facebook pages for regular toy news and new stock, sale and pre-order alerts, movie news, trailers and more.

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Sponsor News: K&C Collectibles

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K & C Collectibles is offering 15% off all in-stock merchandise for orders over $25.  The discount coupon is “Thanks2014” and must be keyed into the Redemption Code field during the checkout process.  Offer valid from November 16th, 2014 through November 21st, 2014.  Offer valid while supplies last.  Click the NEW PRODUCT link for a complete list of recently added items.

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Toyguide Update: Jango Fett (SL07)

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the next entry in the Star Wars Rebel/Saga Legends 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at Jango Fett (SL07) from the Saga Legends line.

PROS: Despite its limited POA design, this sculpt for Jango gives any of the super articulated versions a run for their money. The overall body proportions seem to be more accurate, with a stockier build that captures Temuera Morrison’s body type nicely. This is the Geonosis Arena version so the proper jetpack has been included and it stays put when attached. Also included are his signature blasters which do their job well. This figure is a repaint of the 2013 Mission Series figure that had an unexplained black glove on one hand – this version features matching hand paint apps.

CONS: The neck has a slightly downward angle sculpt (clearly evident in profile images) which gives an odd tilt when posing the head in certain directions. Since this is a “Legends” figure, there are no working holsters to stow the blasters so be prepared crawl around looking for them if you (or a child) misplace one… or both.

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.

Episode 40: Like A Bossk

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Our show returns this week as Flyguy and I discuss the latest in Star Wars news and collecting. A quiet week overall but it livened up a bit with the release of new images from Hasbro for the Black Series line and talks of a merger between them and DreamWorks. Sideshow announces the imminent preorder of our favorite protocol droid, while ANOVOS reveals new Imperial Officer duds for cosplay fans. All this and more on Episode 40 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.

Also, if you prefer an audio-only version, a downloadable MP3 is available as well.

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New 6″ Black Series Images

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Hasbro has released new deluxe and basic boxed and loose images for the 6″ Black Series line. Click on through to check out Han in Stormtrooper Disguise, Bossk, and the previously discussed Wampa with Luke and Tauntaun with Han Solo,

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Marvel Gives “Darth Vader” First Look

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Marvel.com has posted an exclusive first look preview of their upcoming “Darth Vader” title.

Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience’s dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of “Star Wars: A New Hope” (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca bring us a peek behind the mask of evil!

Look for it on shelves February 2015

September Release for Episode VII Product?

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MakingStarWars.net has posted an article recently describing several new books tied to the release of The Force Awakens. Within the text, it appear that it is planned have the books released in conjunction with the first wave of Disney Consumer Products “toys to bed spreads and everything in between” sometime in September 2015.

Thanks to C.C. Russell for the heads up.

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