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The Vintage Collection / 2024 TVC AHSOKA E-Wing Fighter with KE4-N4
« on: February 7, 2024, 10:16 AM »
This news dropped this morning on Gizmodo.

Ahsoka's E-Wing Is Flying Into Hasbro's Star Wars Toy Line

Hasbro is playing on FOMO with these details on the availability:
The Vintage Collection E-Wing will cost $100, and is set to release sometime in fall 2024. Preorders begin later today, February 7, at 1 p.m. ET on Hasbro Pulse, for a limited-time window closing at 11:59 p.m. ET on March 5. However, if you miss out, the E-Wing will also be available at Disney Stores and Disney Parks this fall. Click through to see plenty more pictures of the fighter and KE4-N4!

The Vintage Collection / 2024 March Madness Poll
« on: January 4, 2024, 10:15 AM »
The guys from the @SWTVC Instagram account are back with the 2024 edition of TVC March Madness.  And the window to submit your own Top 25 most wanted TVC figures has opened.  It will run through the end of January, at which point the results will be tabulated.  And in March they will launch the bracket tournament of the Top 64 most wanted figures from those submissions.

The general theme that the @SWTVC crew are pushing for is this - your Top 25 most wanted figures that would feature ALL NEW TOOLING.  So characters like variations of previously released troopers, repaints of Mandalorian armor, or Imperial officers might not be the best candidates for this poll - but that didn't stop people from submitting characters like Pre Vizsla, whose figure used a number of parts from other Mandalorian figures.

This year you do not need to have a social media account in order to submit your own Top 25 list.  You can do it via this Google doc:
SWTVC March Madness Top 25 List Submissions

In the event that a character gets announced during the January submission window they will be disqualified from the tournament.  And the Google doc will permit people to revise their Top 25 lists until submissions end at the end of January.

More details to follow about how to vote for the head to head matchups in the bracket tournament in March.  IIRC you can do that in Instagram in the polls posted by the SWTVC account.  There might also be an option to do that via Google docs, but that info is yet to be confirmed.

Without a doubt, one of the most recognizable creators from the Original Trilogy was ILM model maker Lorne Peterson.  Check out this fantastic interview that Adam Savage, himself an ILM veteran, has with Lorne about the nuts and bolts of creating some of the iconic miniatures from the Original Trilogy.

Adam Savage's Tested - An Interview With Former Star Wars Modeler Lorne Peterson

It was interesting to hear Adam mention that he replicated some of the OT miniature work for Galoob.

The Vintage Collection / 2023 Last Figure Standing Poll
« on: November 10, 2023, 11:29 AM »
The folks over at are running a new Vintage Collection figure poll.  It's called Last Figure Standing.  The format is similar to the vote-off format of TV reality shows.  The goal is to try to find genuine consensus within the TVC collecting community over what may be the most wanted new figure in The Vintage Collection.

Collectors are being invited to submit their own Top Ten lists for consideration in the poll.  The Top Ten characters from those submissions will be offered up to the community in the vote-off format until it works its way down to the Last Figure Standing.

Check it out here:

Listed today on Shop Disney!  A collection of 6 rainbow colored droids in celebration of Pride

2023 Disney Droid Factory Figure Set – Star Wars Pride Collection - $74.99

Check out this Mando Mania reveal!  It's a Deluxe TVC version of the Tusken Warrior including a newly tooled Massiff.  There's no need to dig through your 2002 figures to find one now.

Bossk's Bounty:

Stills at Bantha Skull:

YES!  Tusken Raiders of the Dune Sea troop builder 4-pack.  And complete with the Tusken Chieftain!!!!

The Vintage Collection / 2023 TVC Deluxe TM Krrsantan
« on: September 7, 2022, 10:10 AM »
There were some updates on the TVC release list over at Yakface.  And listed in the TVC Deluxe mainline releases is a Krrsantan figure!  Nice to see Hasbro coming through with that at last.

Watto's Junk Yard / Online Stores - Preferences, Feedback
« on: September 4, 2022, 09:12 AM »
I thought it would be generally interesting to get people's feedback about the online stores that they prefer.  What are some of the positives and/or negatives associated with some of them, etc.  Are there ones you swear by?  Concerns with another?  Does one have great service except for their shipping policies?  Etc...

My first bit of feedback?

Big Bad Toy Store

I was going through my keychain on my iPhone and noticed that there was a security risk associated with Big Bad Toy Store.  Evidently BBTS has been the subject of a security breach.  I also got a notification this morning of an unauthorized charge on a card that I have not used in a while.  When I checked my spreadsheet of TVC orders I saw that the last time I had used that card was with BBTS on their exclusive Gaming Greats ARC Trooper.  You might want to check your cards as well.

Personally, I am really disappointed that I didn't receive a notification from BBTS about the data breach.

Now available on Shop Disney - B2EMO from ANDOR.

NOTE:  If you make a purchase totaling over $75 use the promo code SHIPMAGIC for free shipping.

B2EMO Droid Factory Figure – Star Wars: Andor - $12.99

Images have surfaced on social media of the Disney Parks Obi-Wan Kenobi Droid Factory 4-pack.   Here are the droids included in the set:

Viper Probe Droid

In light of this news, and the fact that this line is a partnership with Hasbro, I don't think we can expect TVC versions of NED-B or 1-JAC any time soon.

The Vintage Collection / SDCC 2022 Hasbro Panel/Reveals
« on: July 22, 2022, 12:42 PM »
The Hasbro Star Wars panel is scheduled to 5 ET / 2 PT today.  Expect it to stream on social media, but where is still TBD.

Other Collectibles / Disney Parks Camtono
« on: June 8, 2022, 09:43 PM »
If anyone from the MN contingent is going to the Disney Parks anytime soon, I think you’ve got to pick up one of these for Scott


The first of today's Fan Celebration reveals is up.  It's a Black Series Gaming Greats figure - a 13th Battalion Clone Trooper from Jedi Fallen Order
GameStop Exclusive - Available for preorder on 3/17/22 at 1 pm ET.

More here:

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