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By Adam Pawlus — Monday, January 11, 2016

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Q&A: Star Wars The Black Series - Again, Rogue One, and Clone Trooper Figures Redux

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, January 10, 2016

It's Monday, so come and get Q&A instead of working. We'll look at The Black Series 3 3/4-inch figures. And Rogue One toy expectations. And Clone Trooper figures! That's a lot of variety. Well, sort of.

 

Don't forget, send in your questions for next week. Read on!

Amazon's Star Wars Exclusive Action Figures Return for New Orders, Pre-Orders

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, January 5, 2016

They're back!   Prices went through the roof for the  Star Wars The Black Series 6-Inch Stormtrooper 4-Pack [Amazon Exclusive] over the holidays, but now it's back for $79.99.  It's a pretty good set, especially with the exclusive Clones and now we know the Officer is indeed in The Force AwakensClick here to order yours.

Also back up for pre-order (due ot ship within a month) is the  Star Wars The Force Awakens 3.75-Inch Figure Troop Builder 7-Pack [Amazon Exclusive].  This hasn't shipped yet, but it has the Riot Trooper that dueled Finn as well as a few other unique accessories - plus the hard-to-find Captain Phasma.   It has 7 figures for $47.99, and you can click here to order it.

Update: the 6-inch set is sold out again, but the 3 3/4-inch one is was still available.

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By Adam Pawlus — Monday, January 4, 2016

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Q&A: Spoiler Warnings Over - Star Wars Black Series, Deleted Scene Toys, and More

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, January 3, 2016

Welcome to 2016! We're back with Q&A and thanks to the secrecy of the film and the toys, we're really not a lot better off today than we were a month ago. We are, however, saying all spoilers are fair game for The Force Awakens from here on out. The Black Series at Walmart - can we expect more Cantina aliens? (Or any?) Deleted toys - what's the deal with those? And expensive figures - should you get excited, or just go with what's cheap?

 

Don't forget, send in your questions for next week. Read on!

Disney World Adds 4 New Star Wars Droid Factory Figure Domes

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Reader Frank chimed in to let us know/warn us that four more droids were added to the action figure part bins at Disney World in Florida.  No new bodies are available yet - but these four domes are.  Here's what he had to say:

"I am an avid fan and love my astromechs! I stopped out at WDW Hollywood Studios today and happened to browse by the Droid Factory counter at Tattooine Traders. Not expecting to see anything, just more of the mismatched 2015 domes series when I did see exactly that!! More mismatched domes and some that I had not seen before. I have not seen reports of these new additions. I found 4 new domes, but nothing new in the legs or bodies from before. Maybe they are on their way? Or maybe 4 domes is all there is?? Not sure when these hit the retail floor, but it looks like there are new parts coming for 2016. The 4 different domes are pretty evenly distributed out there, no shortage that I could tell. Just wish they had some matching parts to make coherent looking droids. Most interesting is the new black R4.5 [?] dome. If I learn more here I’ll send it in."

Q&A: Jakks Star Wars 2015 Finale - Full-Size Figures, Big Boba, and Other Characters Too

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, December 27, 2015

Ask Jakks! Let's finish out 2015 this week week in Q&A with more from Jakks Pacific. Jakks Pacific's Scott "ToyGuru" Neitlich offered to take on some of your questions on the giant figures of the present, past, and future - so let's go!

 

Life-sized figures - can we expect some? Also Bigger Boba Fett should happen, but will he? And what about other characters - can we expect Star Wars' cousins, too?

Don't forget, send in your questions for next month. The first Q&A (with me) for 2016 is written and will be up next week - but we've got a whole year to fill, and we can't do it without you. Read on!

Richard Pryor's Star Wars Bar Sketch Shows Real Cantina Aliens, Editing's Importance

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, December 27, 2015

With The Force Awakens it certainly feels like Star Wars is everywhere in the physical world, because it pretty much is.   It's difficult to leave your home to buy groceries, batteries, or a Guavian Enforcer figure without seeing that logo somewhere.  Back in the 1970s, Star Wars invaded television most frequently in comedy and variety shows, as you could plug in R2-D2 and C-3PO to pretty much any concept from Donny & Marie to Sesame Street.  They just fit.


Richard Pryor also had a show in this era, which does double-duty as a time capsule and as a reminder of how and why Star Wars felt so incredibly tight. Once you watch the video (and you should), rewatch it and take note of the various costumes - some are complete, some are wobbly, and some look incredibly fake in this different context. The editing on the original Star Wars film was said to have saved it from certain humiliation, because a few frames further would reveal the secrets to the magic. You can see Hammerhead's wobble in this sketch. You'll note that Labria's devilish features are completely frozen - it's not a make-up, the only thing that can really move are his eyes and the few frames in the Cantina were lit and framed in such a way to give him the spark of life. It's a goofy little clip, but it does wonders to show the importance of editing and helps to highlight something of interest about The Force Awakens, too.  (No spoilers follow, but recognition that the film exists and has been seen do.)

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Fun - Stuff You Should Know Tackles the Star Wars Holiday Special

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, December 24, 2015

Josh and Chuck of Stuff You Should Know are two of my favorite podcasters, and they tackled the legendary and baffling (and must-see) Star Wars Holiday Special this week.  It's one of two podcasts you should probably check out today.

Click here to hear more about The Star Wars Holiday Special of 1978.

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By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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Q&A: Jakks Pacific on Women, Star Wars Creatures, and More

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, December 20, 2015

Ask Jakks! Continuing this week week in Q&A as I attend to some personal matters: more from Jakks Pacific. Jakks Pacific's Scott "ToyGuru" Neitlich offered to take on some of your questions on the giant figures of the present, past, and future - so let's go!

 

Big monsters - how about it? Also Where are the big Sandtroopers? The answer might surprise you. Big women - can we expect more?

Also, I ramble a tiny bit (non-specifically and non-spoilery) about The Force Awakens and He Never Died, a new movie with Rollins in it!

Don't forget, send in your questions for next week. I'll most likely be back with the usual questions, if we have the answers. Read on!

Walmart Has 31-Inch Kylo Ren - $15

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, December 19, 2015

Less action figures than massive display pieces, Jakks Pacific's 31-inch action figures are - on occasion - also pretty cheap.  Walmart.com has Kylo Ren down to $15, a massive price cut for such a big figure.  Many of the other large figures are $5-$20 off, so you might want to take a look if there's anything you want and also if your local stores let you do that in-store pickup for online orders.  (I tried it earlier this year and, surprisingly, it was much smoother than similar things at Target and Kmart have been in the past.)

Q&A: More Jakks Star Wars Queries, 'tis the Night Before the Awakening

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ask Jakks! This week in Q&A: more from Jakks Pacific My fellow toy industry pal Jakks Pacific's Scott "ToyGuru" Neitlich offered to take on some of your questions on the giant figures of the present, past, and future - and I'm lazy, so let's do that instead.

 

Can we expect big giant droid figures? Also How did they pick those particular sizes? The answer might surprise you - but the reasoning won't. International distribution - it wouldn't be a Q&A without it!

Don't forget, send in your questions for next week. I'll most likely be back with the usual questions, if we have the answers. Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,255: Constable Zuvio (The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hey, it's Constable Zuvio!  He has a magnificent paint job on his armor, and we know absolutely nothing about him in the movie yet.  Well.  With that, I'm taking a FOTD break because I actually would like to see the movie before commenting any more on these - so read on, for what it's worth.

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By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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