Do you have your Playstation2? If so and you want to be one of the first to get Bombad Racing you can now pre-order it at the Lucas Arts Online Store.
Available in stores April 27th, Super Bombad Racing is a fun-filled, action-packed racer featuring 8 of your favorite Star Wars: Episode I characters racing on 9 tracks or four arenas. 25 different power-ups and gadgets, plus some secret unlockable characters keep the action fast and fun.
Is this the coolest thing ever or what?!?! David Hannebon made this awesome custom. Here is the link to see how he made it.
Check out this very funny article in which “Everything is Collectible” at The Onion.
“Just as Kenner/Hasbro has a habit of recycling playsets into another, I wasn’t able to resist doing it with the Jabba’s Droid Dungeon and turning it into this version of the Jawas Droid Factory. Another multi-scene diorama that even though I used most of the elements from the other one, it still has its own unique touches. You never know what the Jawas will do when they take over the dungeon!”
Check it out here.
American Dream Comics have posted a poll asking you who you’d prefer to get the TIE Bomber as a store exclusive, since it will surely be one. Head over and cast your vote!
FBTB has tonight launched a Q&A section – have a LEGO question? Send it in!
The new Darth Maul Sith Apprentice has been showing up at K-marts in the US. So if you still need it you might want to check your local K-Mart.
Hey there fellow Yak-ers! It’s been a great honor to be chosen to be the new store reporter. My name is Brandon and I have been collecting Star Wars figures since well, the day I was born. I have my very own website which has been down for awhile for remodeling but will be back up shortly. Take a look at http://corps2k.cjb.net.
As of today I am caught up and have been adding the reports almost as I recieve them! If you have any reports don’t forget to send them in! Thanks for your continued support.
Plo-Koon wave is back in stock at http://www.bowman-enterprises.com. The break down is as follows: 1x Tusken Raider, 1x Mas Ammeda, 1x Cor. Guard 1x Jek Porkins, 2x Plo
Koon, 2x IG-88 Bounty Hunter, 2x Queen Amidala Red Thrown, 2x Sae See Tin (Subject to change). This case is in stock (Limited Numbers) and is shipping. They also have limited numbers of classic SW cases in stock.
There is a 12″ scale sand skiff on ebay that might be worth a look. The auction number is 572959278. Fan creativity never ceases to amaze me!
There is a massive new EU figure poll starting up at Rogue’s Gallery. The poll is trying to determine what EU figures collectors would like to see most. Go vote today.
The Store Reports section is back up and working. If you have any store reports go ahead and send them in. We would also like to welcome Brandon to the team, he will be working on the section full time. To welcome Brandon and lets make the store section one that everyone can use.
This picture of the remote control Luke and Taun Taun seems to be from the Tokyo toy fair. This item was on show by Hasbro to potential buyers. The idea was that someone would pick this up to be a store exclusive. No word to date on whether or not that happened though, which means that if nobody went for it, this item may not see production. So at the moment, this is still a potential product. But hey, take a look.
You can head over to http://www.fao.com and order it now. It is in stock for $37.50.
UPDATE: ON BACKORDER
Are you still searching for a figure you missed out on? Or how about a vintage figure or ship? If you are, check out Hidden Rebel Base. They have a great selection and top quality merchandise. Check them out today.
Lots more reports of that new card, and for those who’ve not seen it, Rebelscum have had a scan of it up on their site for a few days which a lot of people seem to have missed (me included). It’s the .0400 card back and is shipping all over the place right now. Still no new figures though…
To see the new dioramas click here
Geoff in West Sacramento sent in this interesting report:
“I saw something interesting at a Wal-Mart in Vacaville, CA. They had a Mas Amedda w/ new figs on the back: Lando, Tessek, R2-Q5, new Obi-Wan, new Qui-Gon, new Jar Jar, AND the new Sandtrooper w/ binoculars (looks amazing!!!) It was the ONLY figure that had this new back, which was kind of odd. There was no sign of any of these new figs being out yet.”
Seems the new cardbacks are out there now and I wouldn’t be surprised if the new figures weren’t far behind. Watch out for all the new wave (Jar Jar, Tessek, Lando and R2-Q5) very soon. For photos of the figures, see the post from earlier on today.
Update: Ryan in Utah reports a similar finding, so these are obviously hitting widespread. But we could really use some new figures and not just new cards!! In case anyone is getting confused, the new Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon figures are the expanded universe concept art figures shown at Toy Fair.
Action-Figures.net have some pretty good deals on Star Wars stuff right now, including these:
Aurra Sing, Chewbacca Mechanic and Leia Bespin for only $29.00. All three are case fresh packed in Protector cases. To purchase these figures click the link below.
They have extended their Winter Super Sale. Just a few highlights of this sale are the R2-D2 with holographic Leia, the formerly exclusive fan club four freeze frame action figures for only $8.00 each and many more. To view the sale click the link below.
There’s plenty more stuff too so head over and take a look!
TheForce.net is reporting the B-Wing will be released in June and the TIE Int in August. Also, they are reporting that the SW Celebration II will be in Indianapolis.
Philip Ayres reports again with news of more new items at TheToyShop.com. They now have Aurra Sing, Princess Leia (Bespin Escape), Chewbacca (Mechanic), Saesee Tiin and Queen Amidala (Theed Invasion) for £7. They also have the Target exclusive Y-Wing Fighter with pilot figure for £32. Wow, it’s amazing to see a UK retailer like this with right up to date figures. Head over if you’re interested.
Official word from Hasbro is that the list of ships that have been posted on many sites is UNCONFIRMED. Yes they were shown at the show in Japan, however they are test shots to present to retailers as exclusives. Until any retailers sign off on them, then they are just test shots. Hasbro has also said “There is a good chance that a few of these will become account exclusives in the next year or so in some form or another, and there is also a good chance that a few of these will be traded out for something else.” So that is it in a nutshell.
In case you missed it Greg posted this list of rumored upcoming POTJ items on Wednesday:
TIE bomber with imperial officer
AT-ST with Chewey & Ewok
Snowspeeder with Luke & Dack
12″ Speederbike & Luke Endor
12″ Luke Dagobah & Yoda
Here are some large scans of the Jar Jar POTJ figs and other figs in the Lando wave carded.
Jar Jar Front
Jar Jar Back
Ana for the pics.
Darthmaulclone from the OZ land, sent us some more info of things on shelves there. No not the one that the yellow brick road leads to, I mean the kangaroo land, Australia.
Maul gave us word on all this…
“Just thought I would let you know that the Carbon Freezing chambers are starting to hit the TRU stores in Australia in quanitity. They are coming in at about $60 AUS each. Also the Y Wings have started to appear at about the same price. I also saw the 300th Boba Fett figure.”
I am ready for a trip down below guys, anyone else getting in the van?
Is your Death Star missing it’s resident droid or Hoth just not the same without Leia? Well then head over to Figuresandtoys.com and get yourself the set of four former FC exclusive figs. Here’s what they had to say….
“FedEx just left the warehouse and delivered the FAN CLUB 4.
Hasbro has sold out of these cases and they will not long be produced. You can get the set of 4 for only $33.00. You get the following Freeze Frame figures with this set. They Include: Pote Snitkin, At-At Driver, Leia Hoth and Death Star Droid.”
UPDATE: The link I put above won’t work, not sure why. Just visit them at www.figuresandtoys.com. Sorry guys…
Yup seems that TRU is getting more POTJ stock in. I made my daily TRU stop on my way home from work and saw at least 5 sets of 12″ Bounty Hunters there. A few of the other sites have also reported on this. Good news for those that missed out when Target had them. This is a great set and definetly worth getting. Of course I recommend two sets, one boxed, one open… No I don’t own Hasbro stock… Head into TRU and spend some of that tax refund.
Oh but just a quick mention more on these… Target is now clearancing out any remaining stock on these also. George over at Sandtroopers has a story on this. Check it out…
I have updated many of the Tatooine dioramas, including the search for the droids, purchase of the droids, Judland Wastes, and vintage Jabba’s palace. There is also a new R2’s capture diorama. Click here to check them out.
Check back tomorrow for photos of Episode 1 Tatooine dioramas.
On ebay there is a pic of the upcoming POTJ Jar-Jar. It is item number 572473688. The pic is not very clear but it gives you a good idea of what it looks like.
Collectstarwars.com has posted some news on the upcoming 25th Anniversary 2 packs and POTJ Sandtrooper which will have different colored shoulder pads.
“I’ve just updated my site with the first diorama created by my three sons using LEGOs. It depicts the march of the battle droids during the invasion of Theed. I’ve also added a custom comic cover using one of the pics from my special display of the Boba Fett 300th special edition figure.”
That seems to be haunting a lot of people out there. Well the answer is (drumroll please)…. YES…
Considering this has only been the first we have heard these being clearanced since they came out. Target’s final markdowns always end in a “4”. So for instance a final price might look like “20.94” (this is just an example folks). So if you are still hesitant then wait a little more, BUT remember he could disappear before then. Good luck guys. Mesa so tired, mesa tinkin’ it a loooong day eh… Mesa tinks it’sa bed time… Whew now you know I am tired….
I, myself have yet to see many POTJ figs at TRU in my area, but more reports of them showing up there are coming in. I did see some Chewie Mechanic and Leia Bespin Escape figs at a local store here in south east Ma yesterday. Well a friend said he saw more there today including Mr Maul. So maybe that stop into TRU can land ya those figs ya just can’t seem to nab anywhere else. Also still looking for anyone that has found any of the new Lando wave on pegs anywhere in the US. If you are a lucky one gimmie a shout.
No I am not from Men without Hats… Nor am I 6′ 4″ and full of muscles… But I do have some news from our friends in the land of OZ. Figaalfa wrote in with some cool info on somethings in TRU in Melbourne. Now guys these are some cool deals for our Aussie friends, considering they don’t get 1/2 of what us lucky US folk do…
12″ Bounty Hunters $60.63 ($31US) (Frankston Store)
12″ Maul Speeder $103 OR $129 ($53 or $67US) (All Stores)
12″ Sith Lords $129 ($67US) (Frankston Store)
12″ Tarpals & Kaadu $248 ($129US) (City Store)
12″ 100th Luke $129 ($67U) (City Store)
POTJ Vader Dagobah wave $14.99 ($8US) (Knox Store)
Skiff & Jedi Luke $76.99 ($40US) (All Stores)
Figaalfa also found himself some cool POTJ errors, some I hadn’t heard of yet. Congrats to our friends below, hopefully the good luck will continue to fall a little further downward.
UPDATE: Of course most can imagine how many corrected me on the Men without Hats reference. I do know that it was the great Men at Work that did “DOWN UNDER”. I guess my Big 80’s mind was off…
TOOO many Men groups back then I guess… Ahhh yes the days when MTV actually played videos… You can dance if ya want to… S-A-F-E-T-Y Safety Dance… Ok enough of my babbling…
I have just updated the tatooine diorama pages. Check out the new photos of the streets of Mos Eisley and the Cantina.
Click here to see the new photos. Check back tomorrow for more new scenes for the place that “if there is a bright spot in the universe [its] the planet that’s farthest from.”
Is it gonna be just another boring Sun in front of the boob tube watching reruns of Dukes of Hazard on TV Land? Well get up and get over to Harry’s Collectable Show. This is the largest continuous show of it’s kind in New England. Check out 50 or so tables of non sport cards, comics and toys. You can also hook up with the Sidster and chat just a little. The show is this Sun, Mar 25th at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 304 Highland Ave, South Attleboro, Ma. You can check out details at MyMummy.com. If anyone would like to hook up and talk toys gimmie a holler here.
The awesome Trade Federation collecting group has some possible news or rumors concerning our favorite toy company’s site. Definetly worth a look so… What are ya waiting for??? GO… GO I said…
UPDATE:For our young readers the site linked off the Trade Federation is for a much more mature crowd so please head over only if you are in that crowd.
Well we all read Greg’s post earlier on some “possible” POTJ products… Oh and if ya didn’t read scroll down…
Now I also just heard about a few of these today as well as a
12″ Endor Leia on Speederbike, this one as well as Luke have been talked about before. It kinda makes sense considering the bikes and dolls are already made (just some new shiny clothes). Also “rumored” down the pike is a 12″ scale Landspeeder. This would be a huge piece, but definetly not impossible considering the 12″ scale tanks we have seen for the military lines out. I have inquired more about the Cloud Car that we all heard about and my answer was “we’ll see”… Could that be a good “we’ll see” or a bad one? Who knows… Regardless we have some cool pieces that are coming and with all the rest talked about lately, those can be the icing on the cake.
Well the OFFICIAL Star Wars Fan Club Site is NOW OPEN!!! Stop in and check it out.
Hot Toys are selling this item for $55, pretty cheap, and offer free shipping with a special Rebelscum.com offer which you can read about on the item page (or, of course, on Rebelscum!). Thanks to Edward for the news!
I expect this will be of use mainly to UK readers, but it’s worth a read if you’re in America too:
Over at www.ultimart.com the latest range Power Of The Jedi figures are available at incredible prices. The following dealers on the site are offering some of the lowest prices available for Power Of The Jedi figures anywhere on the web.
Red Pumpkin are offering all the latest Power Of The Jedi figures for £6.00 / $8.75 each currently EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH www.ultimart.com.
Starshow Collectibles are offering POTJ figures for £6.42 / $8.99 each.
The Entertainer offering POTJ figures between £6 – 7.00 / $8.75 – $10.22.
Prices may vary lightly due to exchange rates.
DarkJediFett is taking pre-orders on the upcoming Marmit 12″ Sandtroopers with black or white shoulder paldron (there are two new versions of the figure coming out). $105 plus shipping each is the pre-order price. E-mail if you’re interested.
A couple of points…
Firstly, the newsfeeds section is well worth checking out fairly often because we don’t usually post the content from there on the main page. Just today I posted some info from D & S Toys – they have the Skiff, Y-Wing and Carbon Freeze Chamber in stock (and more stuff too). Worth watching for stuff like that.
Other point – our main page only displays the most recent posts. Once it’s gone from the main page it’s not away forever. If you click the “More News HERE” link at the bottom of the page you can see the archives which span from Jan 2000 to yesterday. I get a number of e-mails asking about old posts so there you go, they’re still there.
A friend of mine made this plush Lumat from scratch, and I though I’d post it here because it really is excellent! You might remember a few months ago I posted a picture of one of his custom Ewoks along with a note asking if anyone knew what it was – he sent me the image and I thought it looked so professional that I didn’t even consider it might be custom. Anyway, check it out!!
Here’s an interesting list of rumored upcoming POTJ items:
TIE bomber with imperial officer
AT-ST with Chwey & Ewok
Snowspeeder with Luke & Dack
12″ Speederbike & Luke Endor
12″ Luke Dagobah & Yoda
I can’t confirm that this is 100% true but it came from a very reliable source which has been correct before, and one item on there (the 12″ Speeder with Luke) has been rumored for a while now.
It is possible that the TIE Bomber is really the TIE Interceptor and things got mixed up. But perhaps not? Guess we’ll have to wait ‘n see!
Oops, my bad – seems the E1 palm talkers WERE available as English-speaking toys too. Thanks to everyone who wrote in with that info, I didn’t know that. Still I’m pretty stoked with my Japanese Battle Droid 🙂
For anyone who wants to know how to tell if your sealed toy speaks English….the small speech bubbles, located at the base of the box at the figure’s feet – will have English words in them if the toy is English-speaking. Thanks go to Stacy S for that info!
The Endor diorama has been totally revised with many more photos and scenes. Ewok village, Leia and Wicket, speeder bikes, imperial bunker, AT-STs.
Click here to check it out. Check back tomorrow night to see the all new Mos Eisley Cantina.
The Aurra Sing wave is here. I have recieved many mails on it and tonight I picked up the huntress at a local Target. I was able to locate Aura, new maul, theed amidala and battle droid w/ boomer damage. Happy Hunting!
Looking for something new and interesting? Check out FBTB‘s Customs section – we now have more than 60 galleries on display showcasing some very cool Star Wars LEGO items built by fans just like yourself.
Neva Kee’s podracer is up for auction on E-bay. This is one of the axed vehicles that never hit the shelves. It is a completely painted vehicle with Mini-fig in a plain white Action fleet box. Look for auction #570737615. Thanks to Marshall for the news.
Oh you didn’t know? Ya better ask somebody…
Darth Sinister over at Sandtroopers.com has got a cool new section up there. It’s called Sub-Culture. Darth wrote in letting us all know what exactly is Sub-Culture…
“Sub-Culture takes a look into the lives of other Star Wars fans who are influenced in their arts by Star Wars.The first installment featured Erik Barclay.He is the creator of the Fate of the Jedi online comic which can be found at the Force.net
The latest edition features ACPin,diorama maker.I also have a few more in the works which should be ready in the near future.”
Definetly worth a look, so head over and check it out. They got some cool things going on over there, so stay a while.
Also just take a minute to send Darth a get well wish on a recent accident he was involved in. Get better Darth man….
Could it be true??? Well as most read a few days ago, I have got a few reports of people saying that the new Lando wave has hit shelves in our great western part of the country. I haven’t got any solid proof just yet, BUT with the news I posted on these just a few days back and the info that was given to me, I can believe it. If you get lucky soon please gimme a holler here.
The new classic trilogy Palm Talkers are due to be released in Japan in April. If you’re the kind of person who occasionally buys stuff early via Japan on eBay or through specialist dealers, be wary with these because they WILL speak Japanese. I got a couple of the E1 Japanese ones and I did open one and while it’d very cool to have a Japanese speaking Battle Droid, I have no idea what he’s saying. These are going to be released in America, and they’ll speak your language, so be patient if you want to understand what Fett has to say.
Although in the cases of Chewbacca and the droids, the language is fairly irrelevant….
Startoys & Collectables have just had their delivery of the custom 1/6 (12″) GEORGE LUCAS dolls by HOT TOYS (Japan)! Very limited stocks so get them while you can!
email Dave: STARTOY1@aol.com
and tell ’em Yak sent ya!
From Scott O’Hair:
“Star Wars Survivor week 8 is heating up. The 2 tribes combined last week to form the new Sarlacc Tribe. Who will be voted off next?
Darth Dav writes:
“The Muppet Show is now available on TimeLIFE video and the one of the tapes includes the episode with Mark Hamill as the guest star! It also has R2-D2, 3PO and Chewbacca. Interesting note; I believe this aired RIGHT before ESB came out and in much of the episode, Hamill is wearing his “Bespin Fatigues”. It is also fun knowing that Frank Oz is there with Hamill through much of the episode as Fozzie, Ms Piggy and Animal.
Go to timelife.com to join the one-tape-a month-club, or – as i did – get all 7 tapes at once!”
Pete S writes:
“If anybody is still looking for them, the original Star Wars Monopoly games have started showing up again at Value City and a discount store called Odd-Job. These are the original versions that were numbered and date stamped, not the trilogy versions. Value City is selling them for $19.99 and Odd-Job has them for $17.99.”
Decadent Dave reports finding this figure in Suncoast/Media Play stores in AL – this is the first I’ve heard of these figures turning up there, so if you’re looking for it and haven’t had any luck elsewhere, you might want to give a local store a try.
Zorac wrote in to let us know that in Hamilton, Ontaria, he found Porkins wave figures on American cards, but with French Warning stickers on them. Interesting for variation hunters, but I do believe it’s no big change because I’m sure I’ve heard about later figures being released on the standard tri-logo figures.
A couple of people have pointed out this unnamed Star Wars deluxe figure at ebworld.com. Brian Roberts suggested that it could be the upcoming Bacta Luke figure. This is certainly possible. It gives a shipping date of 8th April though – given that we’ve not even seen a prototype of the figure yet – this date seems very unlikely. But, if anyone has/does order the item, or get any more info from ebworld.com, let us know what you get/find out.
Some more possible information on the Episode One DVD. Bear in mind that until you see an official (i.e. posted on Starwars.com, mentioned in the Insider – something like that) annoucement, everything you read is rumored information. Very interesting though – you can read it here. Hope it’s true because it sounds excellent! Thanks to Decadent Dave for the news.
Matt from The Private Universe has uploaded some pictures and videos of Anthony Daniels’ recent appearance on UK TV show The Big Breakfast. Worth checking out if you’re interested in hearing what Daniels had to say about E2, and also the Sky premiere of E1. Check it out @ http://karnorjax1138.tripod.com/AnthonyDaniels/.
HobbyLink Japan have posted some info about some upcoming 1/72 scale Star Wars models – head over there if you’re interested in kit building. Thanks to Matt for the news.
The new issue of “Star Wars Gamer” is on store shelves now. It comes pacted with new rulings and updates to the Star Wars RPG. Also in this months issue
* Quick play adventure w/ maps
* Map layout for Lambda shuttle
* Inside information on the new on-line game “Star Wars Galaxys”
check it out today at
It appears that the clearout has begun. Local Target stores here in MI have begun clearencing the Tarpals 12″ w/ Kaadu for a mere $41.90, so let the markdowns begin. Thanks to Rick for the news.
*Update* Thanks to Gene for the news, it would seem the deals are spreading. He has confirmed this price in FL. as well.
Just an FYI, the Store Reports section will be updated within the week with the 300 emails we have here. I apologize for letting this sit so long. We have plenty of submissions and I am working on getting someone that can do this daily to make sure that we help out all the collectors out there. Again I apologize, so if you have any news about new finds, please head over to your state and send in the news.
I have just updated the dioramas for Jabba’s Palace, including adding the Rancor Pit. Check back for more updates this week, including a totally redone and expanded Endor display, new Mos Eisley Cantina, and much more.
Yakface has posted a new poll please take a moment to vote and let us know your thoughts.
Well, I just spoke with someone at the Fan Club and the projected date for the Bespin Freeze Chamber is at the end of April. The new website will be open soon and you will be able to go to the site and sign up so that they will email you when they are ready for taking pre-orders. We will post more as we get it.
I received a mailshot today from Hasbro UK; a catalogue containing some info on upcoming figures in the UK. It has stuff we’ve already seen and got – the first wve of POTJ, and the Mega Action figures. It also shows the POTJ Sebulba, K-3PO, Saesee Tiin, R2-Q5, Lando Bespin, Tessek, IG-88, Amidala (Theed), and the 300th Fett. It says that some of the items are not available yet, but call at the end of March and you should be able to order. Personally I think that by then they still won’t have it all, Tessek I don’t expect to be seeing on a tri-logo card for a little while….but it’s not impossible. In any case, the number to call is 00800 22427276 (UK number in case anyone else has read this far). No prices are given.
Yakface would like to welcome Kurt on board as a new reporter, look for his posts to start soon with news. As for everyone else that sent in an email, I am not done making selections, so please be patient and I will get back to you. Thanks to all that have written in.
Well as we have all seen, the new Lando wave is already hit eBay, it’s just a matter of time we’ll see these hanging on the pegs of Walmart, Kmart, TRU and Target. A good friend in Seattle that is-we’ll say “on the inside”, let me know that they are ready to hit us here. I have heard a story or two of them floating around the Seattle area but no definite confirmation where they came from. So for those drooling at the pics we have all seen in the past few days, get your alarm clocks set…. Ummm is that the manager opening those Walmart doors now…
Yup, yup Yak-ers my life finally seems to be settling back to normal (minus a few things). I never have caught my friendly crook, but I’m ready for ya now… I do have a new Sidi on the way, and then my half of the Brady Bunch is done. I hope to be able to get back to doing the Store Report section updates, but right now that will be on the back burner for just a little longer. So here we go once again guys…
TheJawa.com have posted some interesting info about the new Amidala figure that could point towards some kind of packaging change. Stop by for more info!
Might be a variation might be an error, but in any case, Laser sent in a scan of two different IG-88 figures. One has solid “eyes” with black paint, the other has hollow, tube-like eyes. Take a look at the scan in our ToyGuide.
M & M are offering 25% off any order today and tomorrow – ANY item, nothing is withheld. For more info check out their latest newsfeed in our newsfeeds section (press the newsfeeds button on the left).
Collazoimaging.com and Real Stands.com teamed up to giveaway at Sandtroopers.com a New Saesee Tiin and Queen Amidala mint in star cases and 25 Real Stands. If you want a chance to win, head over to Sandtroopers.com now!
There is a Han Solo in Carbonite Prop – Artist’s Proof on ebay and there are only three in the world. It is item number 1417215085.
From Pete @ The Private Universe:
“If you live in the UK and want to get hold of the 300th Boba Fett or an Alpha Series Naboo Fighter, then look no further. Hasbro UK have kindly provided us at The Private Universe one of each to give away in our latest competition. Closing date is the 20th of March, so check out the site for entry details.”
Well, for sometime we have posted about a very special diorama maker, one of the best on the net. Markus from Germany runs the site http://www.starconstrux.de and has some of the most incredible dioramas for your action figures that you have ever seen. Well we here at Yakface.com are VERY pleased to inform you that Markus is now a part of Yakface.com. You can see his mind blowing work right here on our very own pages. Follow the picture link below to his section. You will also be able to get there from the dioramas link on the main menu to the right. We hope you enjoy and look forward to your feedback on his work.
Have you been thinking that you want to run a website, but do not know how? Have you been looking for a chance to work on a great site? DO you think you have the ability to track down news and post it for everyone? If so, email me, as we are looking for some top news guys to help run Yakface.com, so let me know if you are interested.
There is a new case assorment of Collection 2 that is now hittng stores. The assortment is being reported byCollectStarWars as
2 x Theed Gown Amidala
2 x Saesee Tiin
2 x IG-88
2 x Plo Koon
1 x Tusken Raider
1 x Coruscant Guard
1 x Mas Amedda
1 x Jek Porkins
Also, the figures in this case come on a new cardback which is pictured at Rebelscum
George Collazo has set up a new website where you can view new figures loose from many angles. Should prove very interesting, especially for collectors who keep their figures carded. You can see it @collazoimaging.com/sandtroopersimages.htm. Currently featured are the new Darth Maul (Sith Apprentice), Saesee Tiin, and Amidala Theed Invasion figures.
Here are some nice images of Tessek, R2 Q5 and Lando carded. These are available from a Hong Kong person onEbay.com Item # 570508489, so Head over if you are interested in getting them before they hit the streets.
There is a new select image up at http://www.starwars.com so step in and take a look. They have also posted up info on the new #3 Star Wars Gamer.
SW Fig. Asst. (Wave 28) (Item# 84185B, $114.99)
is back in stock again. Assortment includes 3x Darth Vader with Interrogation Droid, 3x Stormtrooper with battle damage and blaster rifle rack, 1x R2 with Holo Leia, 2x Han Solo from Cantina, 1x Luke Skywalker with T-16, 1x Jawa with Gonk Droid, 1x
Greedo. Limited availability at Entertainment Earth.
From ACPin: “I’ve just completed a diorama of Jabba’s Droid Dungeon. This is another multi-scene diorama of my version of the vintage playset mixing up elements from the vintage with the current SW figures.”
See it @ ACPin’s website.
Visit http://www.starwars.com for the latest article about the process involved and what it will mean for the future of toy designers. You can also check out a full body scan for Anakin Skywalker to give you a good idea of what the figures may look like.
CollectStarWars has been able to confirm that the Rebel Fleet Trooper and Imperial officer will be released this year. Also, these figures will have variations like the Battle Droid did. Also, a dirty version of the Biker Scout will be released this year.
TheToyShop in the UK have put up a bunch of new tri-logo POTJ figures which is great news for UK readers. As far as I can tell, it look like they have pretty much everything up to and including the Plo Koon wave there now, so if you’re missing figures this is a good place to look. Thanks go to both Philip Ayres and Pete of The Private Universe who both wrote in with the news. Pete also mentions that TheToyShop will be getting the other figures up to and including the Aurra Sing wave shortly so keep your eyes open. These are also available in TheToyShop.com’s real stores which go are called “The Entertainer” and to my knowledge, they are only located in England.
KEBco Toys is offering several Star Wars promotions for the remainder of March and April 2001:
1. All existing Pre-Order customers on file as of April 30th, 2001 will be entered into a drawing for a $250 shopping spree to be used in the KEBco Online Store at www.kebcotoys.com
2. The lucky customer that places the 5,000th Star Wars Pre-Order will receive free, a complete set of Collection 1 and Collection 2 figures from the 2001 line and a complete set of Episode 2 figures as they are released.
3. We are still offering our newest promotion, the “One of Everything” club. You never have to remember to order new figures. Your order will be automatically entered for you, and as a member of the club you will receive News Letter Updates, access to extra special deals starting in April of 2001 and best of all receive one free figure for every twenty five purchased. That means you pay only $7.00 per figure.
4. Enter a drawing to win a complete factory case of the Deluxe Figures (6 in a case). This prize will be awarded once all orders for this figure are filled. One entry per email allowed.
Other New features on our website for 2001 include checking your Pre-Order Status online, Star Wars Specials as low as $4.29 per figure, the New Items page and many additional items added to our Online Store and our Pre-Order prices are still $7.29 per figure and $79.80 per factory case. All waves available on the cases.
Also as a reminder – we ship all over the world. We welcome all international orders and guarantee that your purchase will be packaged to insure that all merchandise will arrive in mint condition.
Slabbing is a term from the coin collecting world where a coin is graded and sealed in acrylic to prevent alteration of that condition. A company very close to my home seems to be in the business of doing this for Star Wars action figures. Their site is http://www.toygrader.com
This is an amazing concept (amazing one way or the other) and we want to know your opinion! Do you think it’s the greatest thing to happen to the hobby or proof that things have gone too far. Check out an article on the subject hereand the follow up article here.
Rebelscum has posted some news on what the 12″ exclusives could turn out to be. Sounds like some good stuff.
On Ebay there is a Tessek and Darth Maul Sith Apprentice prototype for sale. The auction numbers are
569128076 for Tessek and 569124232 for Maul.
SW POTJ Wave 10 4-Pack (Item# 84455FF, $39.99)
Includes 1x Tessek (Squid Face), 1x Lando Calrissian Bespin, 1x Jar Jar Tatooine, 1x R2-Q5 Imperial Astromech Droid (Subject to change).
SW POTJ Collection 2 (Wave 10) (Item# 84455F, $89.99)
Includes 3x Tessek (Squid Face), 3x Lando Calrissian Bespin, 3x Jar Jar Tatooine, 3x R2-Q5 Imperial Astromech Droid (Subject to change).
SW POTJ Collection 1 (Wave 11) (Item# 84445G, $89.99)
Includes 2x Sandtrooper, 2x Expanded Universe Obi-Wan Kenobi – Cold Weather Adventure, 2x Qui-Gon Jinn Jedi Training, 2x Leia Bespin Escape, 2x Aurra Sing Bounty Hunter, 2x Chewbacca Millennium Falcon Mechanic (Subject to change).
SW POTJ Wave 12 4-Pack (Item# 84455GG, $39.99)
Includes 1x Sabe – Queen Decoy, 1x Ketwal, 1x Bespin Guard, 1x Duro – Fan’s Choice Figure #1 (Subject to change).
SW POTJ Collection 2 (Wave 12) (Item# 84455G, $89.99)
Includes 3x Sabe – Queen Decoy, 3x Ketwal, 3x Bespin Guard, 3x Duro – Fan’s Choice Figure #1 (Subject to change).
We ship on a first-come, first served bases. Order early!
Thanks to Jay for the following news.
“You mentioned on the webpage that the 12″ bounty hunters had been found at TRU recently as well as Target. The 12″ figs are also available at most Meijer store I have been to here in central OH. These same Meijer stores have also had the 12″ Vade/Maul and the 100 Luke.”
Meijers are located in the midwest around Ohio and Michigan if you are wondering where these stores are.
John recently got his hands on some of the tougher items as of late and hopefully can help those in need. John got his hands on some Y Wings, Motti, and some Chancellor and Senate Guard 12″ 2 packs. These are a little higher than some might agree with, but they came from an over seas source I believe. That accounts for the higher price. Still an option for some out there. Check them out at link above or call them at 1-800-505-TOYS.
Thanks to Russ Roenick for the following news:
“The FAO Schwartz Fambaa w/ Gungan Warrior has been marked down 50% from its original price. It can now be purchased in FAO stores for $37.50. I think they are still charging full price at FAOSchwartz.com.”
Reports are coming in from all over that the new SW:Insider is showing up in people’s mailboxes. Thanks to everyone who wrote in. If you are interested in what is happening with the Carbon Freezing Playset scroll down some and check out the news posted by Bill on the subject.
Yakface reader Jason Gaitanis is in a rather unfortunate situation. he recently became a father, to two girls who were born 3 months premature. After a long time in hospital and a lot of surgery, the girls are ready to go home, but Jason needs to raise some money to pay for medical bills etc. As such, he’s been forced to sell his collection of MIMP and MOMC vintage Star Wars figures. Some facts about the collection:
1. All figures include Lynn Terry acrylic cases which cost $12 each to produce.
2. With only 2 exceptions (4-Lom and Paploo), none of the cards feature any offers or promos on the front of the card which detract from the artwork/image of the character. This was an extraordinarily difficult task for many of these figures.
3. All characters except Boba Fett appear on their “debut” cards. That is, the card with the film logo from which the character first appeared in the Kenner collection. No Empire figures on Jedi cards.
You can read a list of all the items on offer right here (.doc format).
Markus has updated his great dioramas website, StarconstruX, with Jabba’s Dungeon, Land of the Jawas and some new custom figures. Stop by and take a look, these are, as usual, superb customs!
Casting Calls at the FFURG
Our friends over at the FFURG —
(Forgotten Force Ultimate Resource Guide) — have presented their latest
Casting Call featuring customs of the NEW JEDI ORDER baddies–the Yuuzhan
The current Casting Call is for customized Droids, and any customizer can
submit their creations by March 31, 2001.
According to the message on the Fan Club phone number, there has been yet another change. I spoke with several operators who confirmed that the current plan is for NO preorders. Instead in late March or early April, when the new Fan Club webpage is launched, you will be able to sign up for a notice when the Carbon Freezing Chamber is available. After it becomes available (is in stock) you can place your order.
Paul sent in a nice photo of the Naboo Royal Guard, carded, with bonus Pit Droid. I’ve not seen one of these before. You can check it out in our Toyguide.
You can check out some new photos of the Marmit Sandtrooper – the new ones with black or white shoulder pads – athttp://www.marmit.co.jp/marmit_news.htm. Thanks to Jeff for the news!
TheToyShop.com now have a few new items which may be of interest, mainly for UK readers:
MM Jar Jar Binks head playset
MM Gungan Sub transforming playset
MM Darth Maul head playset
Thanks to Philip Ayres for the news!
If you’re in the UK and are looking for these figures, you might want to try Watto’s Junkyard Online who have ’em for £10 each.
ACPin has completed a display with the 300th Boba Fett figure – check it out at acpin.homestead.com.
Get ready to test your collector knowledge for a chance to win either a Star Wars POTF2 Tatooine Skiff, Vintage carded MOTU Clamp Champ, Vintage carded G.I.Joe Zarana, Vintage carded G1 Transformers Powerglide, Vintage carded Secret Wars Captain America, or a 12″ DC Comics Batman & Robin 2-Pack in the ADC Collector Trivia Contest. Stop by www.AmericanDreamComics.com for details on who you can register to play.
Rebelscum has posted a list of exclusive SW items for 2001. A few examples are listed below the rest can be seen at Rebelscum.
B-Wing with Pilot, Target Exclusive, 6/01/01, 26481090
Tie Interceptor, Toys “R” Us Exclusive, 7/27/01, 32457090
12″ Figure??, Wal-mart Exclusive, no date, 32466090
12″ Hoth IMP, KayBee Exclusive, 10/26/01, 32468090
12″ Luke w/ Backpack, Wal-mart Exclusive, 10/19/01, 32486090
At TheJawa.com they have two free giveaways going on:
#1 Ultarama Display System (ends 3-21-01)
#2 POTJ Darth Vader Dagobah (ends 3-12-01)
If you live in the US and think the prices for POTJ are too high be glad you don’t live in Canada. Mark writes in with this news:
“I found POTJ in Toys R Us in Belleville Ontario Canada. They
were $11.99 CDN. They had they same as Wal Mart in Canada and they are 3 dollars cheaper there.
If you weren’t able to find the 12″ bounty hunters when they were at Target, they have begun showing up at TRU. Reports of them showing up on both coasts have been coming in. Thanks to everyone who wrote in for the news.
Guys just a quick post from the Sidster to help some of our loyal readers. Yestertoys has some Y Wings in stock now. This Target exc. was a really tough piece to obtain but the guys at Yester got their hands on some. Some may think the price is steep but I figure that it will only go higher soon and some out there may think otherwise on the price. They have some mint boxed for $50 and some dinged boxes for $45. These I believe were obtained thru an overseas source and that also reflects the higher price. Head over now and check it out if you need it. Now back to my crazy life……
Still looking for Star Wars Trivial Pursuit? Well Amazon.com has it for the low low price of $9.97. Stop in and pick it up.
Well as with many things in life, another decent place has gone by the way side. Yesterday was the final day at Etoys.com as they have now closed their doors. It is a shame as I have have excellent luck with some new items there. We are down to two remaining online retailers in KBkids and Amazon. There are plenty of other places, however none of them can compare pricewise with the retailers. Alas, we say goodbye.
Guys I just want all my great Yak-er friends out there to know that I will be on a short break from the site. I have had a ton of personal issues lately that are taking some of my time up. I have had many write in wondering where are my posts? Well for all that is going on now, posting time is slim… I started a new job and so much more, just today someone tried to break into my house… Yes I said break in… So I will still be a part of Yak without a doubt but need to handle some things, til I can be full swing again. Just look out for a come back post which will be in a week or two at the most. Oh I will get my friendly little crook and boy OH BOY…..
Andy from Hasbro has this to say on the EP II figure list circulating around the net.
The bottom line is this: There is no approved line list for Episode II yet. The movie is still over a year away, and the film is still being worked on. Nothing in the line is confirmed at this point, and Hasbro simply does not know yet what the final line will be. An approved line of toys is several months away at best, and even then will continue to evolve and change right up to release dates as the situation develops.
Richard the Vintageman has updated once again with playsets. He has some of the more rare vintage playsets from Sears as well. Check it out.
TheForce.net have a scan of a sheet which lists a lot of the E2 figures, in addition to the list they posted this week. Once again, if you are avoiding spoilers, I don’t advise you look.
Thanks to John for the info.
Rodney sent this in:
“I bought a Theed Queen From Brian’s Toys & I found one at Target today 3/06/01. The one from Target is on a .0100 card the one from Brain’s Toys is .0400 & they have two diffrent leg lengths. The .0400 is not as long as the dress. The .0100 stick out past the dress.”
Possible variation there, let me know if you can confirm this, preferably with a scan.
As for the card backs, it seems that as usual, some figures are shipping on the old cardback, some on the new one. Check out the card back pics of the Sith Apprentice Maul (see the post about that below this post) to see the new cardback.
The new Darth Maul Sith Apprentice figure has now been spotted at both Wal-mart and Target. Thanks to Rob and everyone else who wrote in with the news.
Update! Check out carded scans of the figure both front and back in our Toyguide!
The Sae See Tinn and Aurra Sing waves are starting to show up at K-marts around the US. If you still need them you might want to start checking K-mart as well.
TheForce.net has posted a huge list of the Ep II figures that will be first released in 2002. MASSIVE SPOILERS if you read it but if you want to go over there now.
I’ve posted the list of 12 sets that LEGO is no longer producing for the Star Wars line. You can find the list at FBTB – so if you’ve been waiting, you might want to reconsider . . .
Click here to see a scan that compares a Holo Sidious w/ Pit Droid to a Darth Maul w/ Pit Droid – you can see the pose differences and toolbox differences between the two waves.
Had some more feedback from people about this co. – Andy, who lives very close to the company’s HQ, has visited them several times and bought from them and has nothing but praise for them. Dave Young ordered a Wuher figure from them a while ago and got it in great condition. They seem fine to deal with.
The variation on the 300th Fett, the completely green box, has now been found in the US at Wal-Mart. So if you are a variation hunter you might want to keep an eye out for it. Thanks to Aaron for the news.
I’ve had a little feedback on Red Pumpkin from a few people and from what I’ve heard, they sound reputable. In the meantime though, Rebelscum have some useful information about these two-packs and ordering them from this store which you should definitely check out – stop by asap!
In addition to the 3 figures showing up just now in these two-packs (Maul, Anakin and Obi-Wan) I know of two more that were made. Darth Sidious (Holograph) and Naboo Royal Guard also showed up. What’s more interesting to note though is that these two figures came with a Pit Droid which had a different figure sculpt, as well as a different toolbox sculpt. I only know of those 5 different figures to come with a Pit Droid, and while I have heard rumors of more existing I’ve never seen anything or even heard any names.
Strange but the new Darth Maul Sith Apprentice has first shown up here in the U.S. before showing up anywhere in Asia, which usually gets the new figures first. Nice to be first for a change.
I’m afraid it has taken me a day or so to post this because I’ve been busy but a UK-based website called Red Pumpkinhas some Maul/Obi-Wan/Anakin with bonus Pit Droid packs in stock for £9.99 each – that’s approx $15 each. Not a bad price. Thanks go to Bret and Jeff for that info. I have never ordered from this site before, nor do I know anyone who has – in fact I had never heard of it – so I’m afraid I can’t vouch for them on packaging, shipping time or even if they’re good traders or not, so it’s pretty much up to your judgement. I’d appreciate it if someone would let us know what their trading experience with the company was like once they receive their item(s) so we know in future, thanks.
I just want to add in my personal opinion on these Pit Droid packs that have been showing up. As was demonstrated with the Eopie, Hasbro don’t make a couple of hundred of these modern items, if there’s one around, there’s a reasonable number of them somewhere. I’d guess that these Pit Droid packs are just right now being dumped like stuff has been in the past. Don’t buy these as investments, I’ve a funny feeling any recent value they’ve had on eBay will dwindle. Don’t worry if you miss out right away on your chances to buy ’em either, I expect more will show up. Of course, as with the Eopie again, supply does run out since everyone wants these (they’re damn cool really) and there aren’t that many of them, but there are plenty out there and it shouldn’t be too difficult or costly to locate at least one of ’em. Don’t pay too much.
Rebelscum is reporting the new Darth Maul Sith Apprentice figure is now out and was found at a TRU in Philly. They also have a carded pic of the figure. Please remain calm and try not to hurt yourself running right out to buy this highly anticipated Darth Maul figure.
The 300th Boba Fett figure is now in stock at Amazon.com for only $9.99. Thanks to everyone who wrote in about it.
UPDATE: OUT OF STOCK
Guys it’s been some time now that most have heard from the Sidster. I have been swamped at the new job and last night lost my puter…. I had to reformat my entie hard drive and lost A LOT of stuff from it. So I have to start totally fresh…. Ah the joy. Hopefully I’ll be back and set very soon. For now though I have to put the Store Report section on hold. Sid’s will be back in it again soon….
Here is the new Hasbro pic of the upcoming Imperial Astromech Droid.
Big Bad Toy Store has the Plo Koon wave in stock for $8 a figure. Not bad if you still can’t find them in stores.
The crew over at www.ultimart.com are offering collectors a chance to win a set of Asian Exclusive Figures with Bonus Pit Droids.
These figures are extremely rare and unlike the bonus Battle Droid packs these actually contain unique figures. Each figure is available with the option of one of three different Pit Droids complete with toolbox. The Pit Droids were intended to be released as a cinema scene complete with the toolbox, however, this was subsequently scrapped and a few of the Droids seem to have ended up on cards. The Pit Droid is a unique sculpt and is not available in any other format, it comes in orange, red and grey.
The figures up for grabs in the competiton are:
Anakin Skywalker Pilot with Bonus Pit Droid, Obi Wan Kenobi Jedi Knight with Bonus Pit Droid, Darth Maul Sith Lord with Bonus Pit Droid.
Images of these figures can be found on the home page of www.ultimart.com
All you have to do to get your grubby mitts on these rare figures is vote for your favorite dealer that currently appears on www.ultimart.com. You can base your decision on range of stock and prices for example.
Simple. Closing date for all entries is 12 noon Wednesday 15th March 2001.
Send your contact details and the name of the chosen dealer (or code, such as RED for Red Pumpkin) firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be entered into this fabulous draw!
For the full rules and regulations of the competition, please refer to www.ultimart.com/competition-frames.html.
“To help celebrate the opening of the new and improved ADC forums we are having a make your own posticon contest. The winner of the contest will have their choice of the following prizes. A Star Wars Eopie w/Qui-Gon Jinn, Transformers 2000 Brave Maximus, G.I.Joe 2001 A.W.E Striker, DC Super Hero’s Figures Superman and Shazam, a set of Classic Spider-Man wave 1 figures, Star Trek Amok Time Cinema Scene, or a set of MOTU Re-Release figures that includes HE-MAN & Skeletor. For all the details on how you can enter to win check us out atwww.AmericanDreamComics.com.”
Ben sent in this interesting scan of a creature from the line of Highlander toys. The magazine scan is from Tomart’s AFD #29, p58 – from 1996. As Ben points out, this creature bears a stunning resemblance to the Kaadu which Lucasfilm used in Episode One in 1999. Coincidence? Is this where Lucas’ inspiration came from? Or maybe it’s something else. In any case, it’s an interesting comparison.
TheForce.net is reporting the SW Fan Club at WOTC was damaged in the earthquake yesterday and the phone lines are currently down. No word on when things will be back to normal.
“We have a few of the 12” Sith Lords discounted at $39.95 plus FREE toy with every purchase.http://www.actionfigurexpress.com/actionfigurexpress/starwar12ind.htm.”
ACPin has posted a new diorama, featuring an Opee hunting for its prey – check it out!
From The Force.net
This is an update on Dave Prowse’s condition after being hospitalized.
His spokesman, Phil Day, said: “The paralysis he had has now spread to his back so it Is not looking good at the moment.”
“They don’t think it is a stroke, and it might be something to do with the blood. He said to me ‘I’ve no idea what is wrong with me – people haven’t been able to tell me’.”
Prowse, whose family runs a gym, had been walking with a stick after an operation two years ago left him with one leg shorter than the other.
“He can still move his legs but he has not been able to walk because he can’t apply any pressure on the walking stick,” said Mr Day. “He is still a very sick man.”