But what qualifies it as a valid report?
The report was first posted in the forums at toynewsi
(which is what Ook pointed out in his post).
That post is where JediInsider
(part of the toynewsi group) got the info for their news story (which is what Artoo copied earlier in this thread).
What makes the story legit enough for JediInsider to post was the fact that Whitewolf is a frequent contributor over there. It's kind of like when JediMAC posts his "hey everyone, I found this in SoCal" news posts on our front page. He never has pictures or reciepts, but we all believe him because he's JediMAC, a regular contributor over here. We tend to believe him because we know him and trust his word.
It seems like the same thing for Whitewolf over there. He is one of their toy reviewers, so they trust him. I don't think they would have posted it if they didn't think it was true... but whether it is true everywhere or not remains to be seen. We all know how regional this stuff is and how strange things can happen (like when the VTSC figures hit a Kansas store months before they hit anywhere else).
They (JediInsider) claim he's going to review the figures in the next few days, so if it's true there will be pics soon enough...