Episode 3 Web Documentary Part 5
March 31, 2004 | 9:57 PM EST | Bill
The Official Site has updated their Hyperspace section with the 5th installment of their web documentary on the making of Episode 3. This feature focuses on weaponry, and from the teaser image on looks very interesting.
Chapter 14 Is Online Now
March 31, 2004 | 9:01 PM EST | Mark
Are you a hyperspace member yet? Click on over to Starwars.com and watch Episode 14.
On the icy planet of Ilum, chameleon droids are planting explosives in the sacred Jedi caverns, the source of the crystals that power every Jedi’s lightsaber. Jedi Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee engage in a ferocious battle to protect this most important site.
Once you’ve seen the broadcast version with regular audio, be sure to view the Hyperspace-exclusive audio commentary with creator Genndy Tartakovsky providing insights for Star Wars fans on the behind-the-scenes adventures in making this episode.
Star Wars: Silver Clone Trooper Figure
March 31, 2004 | 8:00 PM EST | Mark
Now you can get it…
Star Wars: Clone Trooper Figure $5.99 Free shipping, in stock and ready to ship!
March 31, 2004 | 5:21 PM EST | Keri
This week’s Falcon Favorite is simple and special, bringing a smile and warm feelings to your heart. YakReader Mark D. shares this photo and memories with us:
“These items are as modest as can be, but they hold a lot of happy
memories. These are proofs-of-purchase from the vintage figure
cardbacks, cut out by me and/or my brother when we were very young. I remember us frequently mailing these to Kenner’s mail-in promotions (for Ackbar, Emperor, Anakin, etc.) so I was very surprised a few years ago when my mother told me she found these POPs sitting around forgotten in a cabinet. A nice little reminder of simpler times and safety scissors.”
Just a nice reminder that the best items in a collection do not have to be the rarest, nor the most expensive to be Falcon Favorites.
12″ Luke Jedi
March 31, 2004 | 3:51 PM EST | Mark
The figures just keep on coming….
Over at Walmart.com you can now get (in stock) the 12″ Luke with Jedi Attire.
Gamorrean Guard Sale
March 31, 2004 | 9:36 AM EST | Mark
Over at KBKids.com they have the Star Wars “Return of the Jedi”: Gamorrean Guard 12″ Deluxe Action Figure on sale for $14.99 if you still are looking for one.
More New Stuff…
March 31, 2004 | 9:30 AM EST | Mark
Jabba the Hutt wave is in stock at Amazon….
Jabba’s Sail Barge – Lando Calrissian
Return of the Jedi Figure: Jabba the Hutt
Jabba’s Palace – Rappertunie
Jabba’s Sail Barge – Tanus Spijek
Jabba’s Palace – Holographic Luke Skywalker
Musing With John
March 30, 2004 | 7:44 PM EST | Mark
The latest QNA with John is now online, grab your favorite drink, click over and take a seat. Once you are done reading, please drop John your own question(s) and he will get you the answers….
XBox Console Price Drop
March 30, 2004 | 6:04 PM EST | Keri
If you were holding out to get a brand new Xbox console at a lower price, look no further than all major retailers reflecting Microsoft’s price drop to $149.99. There are some great Star Wars titles available for Xbox including Knights of the Old Republic, (and its forthcoming sequel now in production) as well as Clone Wars with the Xbox Live capability to play others from around the world.
You may find the console online at Toys R Us here.
If you would like to purchase the special bundle with Project Gotham Racing 2 (one of the best racing games next to Gran Turismo 3) for only $179.99 visit a local TRU near you, as this is not available online.
Bounty Hunting Today: Target Glass Error
March 30, 2004 | 4:41 PM EST | Keri
Errors in packaging or slip-ups in quality control have been with Kenner since the original line of figures introduced in 1978. Either the wrong figure is put with another characters card, a weapon is missing or even the wrong weapon is included. While these are overlooked mistakes, with the consumer recieving an incomplete item, some collectors crave these sometimes goofy errors.
Today’s featured auction is for a Target exclusive Darth Maul figure packaged with an Obi-Wan Kenobi glass. As the seller describes and shows well with photos, the package was not tampered with to create an error, it was done at the factory.
As with all packaging errors, prices can be all over the place. Some items are more popular than others and some errors fetch less than the retail value. I myself am not an error collector, though I do have an 00M-9 which I bought off the shelves with the head unattached. I felt it was a nice touch being “all brokey” in the bubble. As to the worth of an error item, I have found that like so many other things it is worth whatever price someone is willing to pay. The main point is do not buy an error with the sole idea that it is worth a fortune and that you will be able to sell it in 10 years and send your kids to college. Prices and markets for collectible items are always in constant flux, with the bottom line being buy what you like for a price you are comfortable in paying.
Click on the link below to see an unusual error item to add to your collection today!
Star Wars Shop Packs
March 30, 2004 | 3:51 PM EST | Mark B
For those of you, like me, who had their orders cancelled on the opening day of the StarWarsShop.com, be watching your mailbox for the promised pack that was an apology for having to have all of our orders cancelled. Mine showed up today. Inside was a gift certificate for $50, 3 Topps Clone Wars Cards, and 2 Revenge of the Jedi Patches. While I appreciate the Star Wars Shop giving these out for our inconvenience, I’m not sure if I’m more annoyed with having my order cancelled, or having to pay the $3.70 POSTAGE DUE on this package!!!!
Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
March 30, 2004 | 8:29 AM EST | Bill
This just in from Entertainment Earth:
Jabba Cold Cast Statue
From the Attakus Collection. This Jabba the Hutt stands approximately 18-inches tall and 26-inches long. Made of cold cast porcelain. Limited edition of 750 pieces! This Jabba the Hutt statue is in scale to the Attakus Leia as Jabba’s Prisoner statue, so that she can be placed in front of him to recreate the opening scene from Return of the Jedi. In Stock!
Item Number: AC122
See Star Wars Statues
New Figs Back In Stock
March 30, 2004 | 7:19 AM EST | Mark
The Yavin wave is back in stock, and all have free shipping….
Battle of Yavin – Tie Fighter Pilot
Battle of Yavin – Dutch Vander Gold Leader
Tantive IV – Captain Antilles
Battle of Yavin – General Jan Dodonna
Star Wars Miniatures Pre-Order
March 29, 2004 | 10:03 PM EST | Mark
You can now Pre-Order two of the Star Wars Miniatures from Amazon.com and they are 30% off.
That’s No Moon, It’s a Space Station!
March 29, 2004 | 10:01 PM EST | Keri
Would You like to own a piece of the Death Star? Well, you can, for a price of course through a Profiles in History Hollywood Memorabilia Live Auction on where else but Ebay!
The small surface piece of the Death Star measuring 21″ x 19″ shows all of the tiny details that made the ultimate weapon in the universe look so intimidating. The bidding starts at $400 and can be viewed here.
Another one of a kind item that may be purchased is an original Ralph McQuarrie artwork featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Mother Ship from Close Encounters, Hal and the Obelisk from 2001 made for the John Williams “Sounds of Space” benefit concert in 1978. This is an actual painting done by this talented and well-known artist up for auction at the opening price of $4000.00. You may view this beautiful item here.
The auctions all end on March 31st and you must be specially registered and verified by Ebay Live to bid on them.
Australian Toy Fair 2004
March 29, 2004 | 9:52 PM EST | Mark
The best coverage on the net. Check out Mousedroid.com for some awesome coverage.
Hasbro: Playskool 2-packs (Luke, R2)(Han, Leia)(vader, ben)(Chewy, 3po)(Padme, Anakin)(Yoda, clone trooper)(obi-wan, clone trooper – blue)
Sample OTC cards, sample retro cards, new Unleashed Repacks, plus more.
Bounty Hunting Today: Sleeping Bags
March 29, 2004 | 9:48 PM EST | Keri
If you were watching Clone Wars Chapters 1 – 10 on Friday night, and in between the chapters closely perusing the collection of Steven Sansweet, you probably remember seeing his large rack of vintage sleeping bags looking oh so very cool.
Today’s featured auction is of course for a vintage sleeping bag. The pattern is from Empire Strikes Back (my personal favorite) and has great designs of Luke, Leia, Han and the Droids all set in a Hoth motif. Although this particular sleeping bag is not sealed in its original package like the ones found in Mr. Sansweet’s collection, it is nonetheless a nice addition at a very affordable price. Sleeping bags, as with just about all bedding items and curtains are extremely difficult to find sealed in original packaging, and when found, the prices can be on the high end of the spectrum.
If you are looking for a nice sleeping bag to decorate your collection room with, then click on through to the auction below!
March 29, 2004 | 9:43 PM EST | Mark
The latest issue of the Star Wars Insider is hitting the mailboxes across the USA.
Here are some of the highlights:
Target will get the Sandcrawler and Slave 1 with ESB redeco. The Sandcrawler will come with three figs: Two Jawas and a Gold Finish RA Droid. These will come in the OTC packaging.
TRU will get the Vader’s Tie Fighter and Y-Wing in Quarter 3 of this year, these will also be in the OTC package. They will also get another 4-pack (Endor Ambush).
In the issue there are pics of the Slave 1 and Sandcrawler.
Chapter 12 Online Now
March 29, 2004 | 9:33 PM EST | Mark
If you are a Hyperspace member, hop on over to StarWars.com and check out the latest episode, and you can also view the episode with commentary.
Jedi Mace Windu leads his troops in an intense battle on the plains of Dantooine. The Separatist forces counter the offensive with an enormous seismic tank, devastating the clone troops. Mace Windu finds himself alone and surrounded by the massive Droid Army — without his lightsaber.
E3 Preview Figures
March 28, 2004 | 9:58 PM EST | Bill
Pete over at The Private Universe is reporting that we will see 5 preview figures for E3. The first will ship to Target as part of Target’s line of figures with a glass. Then when the DVDs of the Original Trilogy hits stores, there will be 4 more previews figures. Read the full story here.
Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
March 28, 2004 | 9:51 PM EST | Bill
This Just in From Big Bad Toy Store:
STAR WARS: The Deluxe wave including Jabba the Hut, Jabba’s Court
Denizens, Kamino Confrontation Jango & Obi-Wan has arrived. Also in stock in limited quantities is a new Saga wave with Dutch Vander, Captain Antilles, Tanus Spijek, Holographic Luke, Rappertunie and more! Clone ware multipacks are also in stock – Clone Army, Jedi Army, Droid Army and more!
MUPPETS: Two great exclusive items are available for $28.99 – Adventure Kermit – dressed just like Indian Jones complete with hat and whip and The Ghost of Samuel Arrow Wizard World Exclusive. Series 7 Muppets figures have also arrived, we offer 3 different sets of 4 that each include a different variant version of Johnny – Gray, Pinstripe, and Purple Jackets.
VINTAGE STAR WARS: The vintage department has just listed a variety of carded vintage SW items and has listed the first 200 items from a large loose vintage SW collection. Tons of figures, many with weapons are currently listed and many vehicles and other items will be listed Monday.
Prizes Seek You?
March 28, 2004 | 8:32 PM EST | Bill
The Unified Site Contest has returned and all of us at Yakface are proud to be a part of it. A tradition continues! The third installment of the Unified Site Contest begins now and it’s the biggest ever! Join us in a two-week competition that will test your investigative skills. Within the pages of the unified sites you will find clues to solving the greatest mystery of the Star Wars Universe: the death of Jabba the Hutt. It’s a Star Wars “Infinities” murder mystery where you assist Ephant Mon (Jabba’s trusted confidant) in determining the guilty party among a long list of underworld cutthroats, criminals and hooligans. Find the gamepieces that will lead you to the suspects, then make your determination and incriminate the culprit!
And what Unified Site Contest would be complete without a large cache
of bounty to be won! Our newest contest has THREE prizes levels
culminated from the generous sites and sponsors of AllTroops.com, The
Bothan Spy, Snowtroopers.ca, Jedi Temple Archives, Yakface, The
Custom Alliance, FFURG and Rebelscum.com!
For more information on rules, gameplay, prizes and more, visit the
Unified Site Contest III gamesite
March 28, 2004 | 10:18 AM EST | Mark
Here are some new things….
LEGO UCS Naboo Fighter $24.97 38% off
LEGO Star Wars: Darth Maul
Battle of Yavin – Tie Fighter Pilot
Jabba the Hutt Free shipping
Jabba’s Palace – Rappertunie
Battle of Yavin – General Jan Dodonna
Bounty Hunting Today: Loose Figures for $1
March 27, 2004 | 1:05 PM EST | Keri
If you are a collector of loose figures, or are simply searching for some army builders, something to customize, or something to finish out a diorama then $1 loose figure auctions are for you!
Ebay is an interesting place, a virtual cornucopia of items from all across the world. Some items trash, some treasure, some the rarest of the rare, some as common as dirt. No matter what the item, there is almost always a buyer, especially if the price is right!
While today’s auctions are not necessarily rare, they represent a nice grouping of well cared for loose complete action figures from the recent POTJ and Saga lines. Another nice perk is the low US shipping cost of $1 per loose figure, with combined shipping for multiple purchases.
Click on through to view over 90 loose figures auctioned off individually below and complete your loose collection today!
“I Have You Now!”
March 27, 2004 | 12:50 PM EST | Keri
If you for some reason missed last night’s brand new episode of the Clone Wars on Cartoon Network, it is now available in a small streaming format for you to watch here.
Also for all you Hyperspace Members, from the Official Site, there are brand new Clone Wars Avatars for you to use on the Message Boards. Those may be found here. Aayla Secura and Shaak Ti are among the very cool new Avatar images available, as well as some new Spoiler characters – beware spoiler sensitive!
Canadian Toys R Us News
March 27, 2004 | 12:38 PM EST | Keri
A Canadian Toys R Us Insider alerts all of our readers North of the border to some upcoming toys and prices:
SW Trilogy Vehicle w/ figure
Skn 103039 $29.99
Estimated arrival August
SW 12” Vintage Figure
Skn 103217 $39.99
Falcon w/ figure
Remember all prices are in Canadian funds, and the month given is simply an estimated time of arrival and also this gives everyone an idea on pricing points for new items arriving this summer. Looks to be an exciting summer and fall already!
Insider #75 Arriving in a Mailbox Near You…
March 27, 2004 | 12:30 PM EST | Keri
YakReader Dewayne writes in to let us know of this latest Insider arrival:
“I received issue no. 75 of the Star Wars Insider today with General
Grievous on the cover. There is a cool feature with a look behind the
scenes at Gentle Giant.”
With all the great new items coming in the near future from Gentle Giant, I would imagine this would be a very nice article.
Clone Wars Episode 11
March 26, 2004 | 11:17 PM EST | Mark
Head over to Star Wars.com if you are a hyperspace member and want to check out the episode and the quicktime with commentary.
Anakin continues his pursuit of Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress, disobeying Obi-Wan’s strenuous orders not to do so. During an intense dogfight, he tracks her through hyperspace to Yavin 4. Obi-Wan Kenobi, who is acting as a General of the Army of the Republic, dispatches a platoon of ARC troopers to support his Padawan.
Once you’ve seen the broadcast version with regular audio, be sure to view the Hyperspace-exclusive audio commentary with creator Genndy Tartakovsky providing insights for Star Wars fans on the behind-the-scenes adventures in making this episode.
Dodonna And Antilles Poll…..
March 26, 2004 | 6:53 PM EST | Mark
Please take a moment to answer the question about the news below on the Dodonna And Antilles figures with the removable arms feature. Thanks
Looking For The OTHER Dodonna And Antilles?
March 26, 2004 | 2:13 PM EST | Bill
It seems Hasbro has a surprise in store for fans– the Yavin wave contains a major easter egg– Dodonna and Antilles have interchangable arms and coats! Yak Reader Scott sent in a great how-to guide for customizing them. Check it out here.
Cartoon Network Tonight @ 9:30 EST
March 26, 2004 | 7:09 AM EST | Mark
Just a reminder.. Tonight is the night, at 9:30EST, The second season of the Clone Wars will begin….
Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
March 25, 2004 | 9:55 PM EST | Bill
This just in from Entertainment Earth:
Star Wars Original Trilogy Monopoly (Item# HG42352, $39.99)
All-new VERY limited edition Star Wars – The Original Trilogy
Collection Monopoly. Includes all-new “never before seen” tokens.
Each game is individually numbered! Reserve yours today!
Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 9 Set (Item# HS85002DD, $37.99)
1x Princess Leia (New Packaging), 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi (New Packaging)
(subject to change).
Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 9 Case (Item# HS85002D, $110.99)
3x Princess Leia (New Packaging), 3x Obi-Wan Kenobi (New Packaging)
(subject to change).
Star Wars FX Jacket Now Available!
March 25, 2004 | 9:30 AM EST | Mark B
Master Replicas has the new Star Wars FX Jacket for sale on their website (Only Collectors Society Members can order on March 25 – Everyone else can order Friday March 26th). This is a really nice looking jacket – and if it is as cool as it is described, it will be a MUST HAVE for the serious Star Wars collector. Head on over to Master Replicas to have a look!
Action HQ Newsfeed
March 25, 2004 | 8:35 AM EST | Bill
Action HQ just wrote to let us know that they have new Star Wars Preorders up now:
STAR WARS Ultra Ewok & More 2004 Figures!
PreOrder NOW the newest release including Han AT-ST Driver, General Madine-Imperial Shuttle Capture, General Calrissian-Death Star Attack & Ultra Ewok! Available next week in limited quantities!
LEGO Maul @ Amazon.com
March 25, 2004 | 8:30 AM EST | Mark
While this guy has been around for quite sometime. He has never been cheaper than this….
LEGO Star Wars: Darth Maul List $149.99, now $74.97 (50%) off.
Also back in stock is the Unleashed Figure: Clone Trooper for $14.99 with free shipping.
Federation Toys Newsfeed
March 25, 2004 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill
This just in from Federation Toys:
“I just wanted to say hi and let you know that we have a few new items in stock. Anakin Skywalkers Master Replica limited edition saber from AOTC. we are also clearing out some other Master Replicas items check site for details. we have a limited number of the Star Wars Celebration II souvenir program collector’s books. This is going to be a busy year, we have a lot of new figures on the way and some older ones, also Master Replicas has a lot of new very cool items coming out make sure to stay tuned for details. We are still working on the infamous 12 inch PLO koon, we will email as soon as we get more details on this bad boy. we hope you have a great day and any questions or requests please let us know. May the force be with you!”
KBToys has AOTC 3-Packs for $7.99 each
March 25, 2004 | 12:18 AM EST | Jason
KBToys in the Chicago Western Suburbs received a large shipment of
the Attack of the Clones Jedi Council and Geonosis War Room 3-packs. The case had all 4 in them and for the low price of $7.99. I wish my Jedi powers could have foreseen the future as I remember shelling out $19.99 a pop and I bought 2 of each long ago.
March 24, 2004 | 9:45 PM EST | Bill
Yep you read the subject line correctly! It seems that there is another rumor out there — no this one is not “Rise of the Empire” that we’ve seen on the web for a while now. The latest report comes from Ain’t It Cool News (which managed to see some E2 footage very early….). Ok you know we stay spoiler free, so we’ll link you to the title here.
Great Tatooine Padme Photo
March 24, 2004 | 9:36 PM EST | Bill
The Official Site’s Hyperspace section has updated with a very nice photo of Padme in her traveling Robe on Tatooine. It’s a very nice still in and of itself, however if you are a customizer who likes to improve on Hasbro’s product reference material doesn’t get any better than this.
Want An X-Wing Jacket?
March 24, 2004 | 6:43 PM EST | Mark
Over at The Sharper Image.com, they have this awesome jacket for the low low price of $49.95, hurry while they last.
Red Leader X-Wing Has New Date
March 24, 2004 | 6:22 PM EST | Mark
Though Amazon has sent out information on the Red Leader X-Wing stating that they will not be getting them… low and behold, it has shown up on the site again, with a different release date.
As I said before, what typically happens, is that they sit in the system and after X many days, the system will send out that generic email stating that they will not be getting them. Then they relist the item.
Also, the Jabba’s Palace 4-Pack Figures has also resurfaced as a pre-order.
Both are available right now for a pre-order and both have FREE shipping.
March 24, 2004 | 5:14 PM EST | Keri
This newest addition to the Falcon Favorite feature is not only interesting but also a tough find. Jeremy shared his story of how he obtained these items. Yakface.com has taken the liberty to edit it as we do not want to offend any readers, however, the image of the items is definately worth seeing.
“I have so many Star Wars items that it’s hard to pick out my one
favorite. Toys make up a huge part of my collection but due to my working in advertising, I think my favorite pieces are store promotional items, such as the cardboard DVD displays, Pepsi character standees, vinyl banners hanging on fast food restaurants, Lego shelf-talkers, etc. I love the fact that most of these are unusual in its content and are discarded after it serves its purpose, so to get a hold of these particular items is almost a great accomplishment in itself.
With the hype of the new episodes of Clone Wars, I thought I’d share with you my latest additions to my collection. We know that there’s almost no CW collectibles other than the action figures, but I’ve managed to acquire an amazing advertising campaign for the first 10 episodes. With a few well-placed phone calls and other means, an unused self-adhesive vinyl taxi topper (my extra one of these was a Bounty Hunter feature a few months back), an unused self-adhesive vinyl bus panel (which comes in two parts and still has registration marks on it), and my favorite of the bunch: a backlit-ready mall kiosk.
I’ve included photos of myself with my prizes so that you can see how
big they really are…in fact, the only way I could photograph them
together was to hang them on a freight elevator at work. Now I just need to find some really big frames and a tremendous house to hang them in!”
Space is always an issue when collecting Star Wars displays, as so many of them are large and impressive in size. Thanks Jeremy for the great story and even nicer picture of your Clone Wars display colleciton! If you would like to see your favorite item from your collection featured here next, all you have to do is email me here.
Slightly Off Topic Master Replicas News…
March 24, 2004 | 12:26 PM EST | Keri
Going on sale April 9th will be some very nice Aliens, Predator and Alien vs. Predator Prop Replicas from Master Replicas. The list of items is not only very cool sounding but also super exciting, since the last liscened prop replica of the Aliens Marine Pulse Rifle came out many years ago from Icons. It seems MR has ended the Alien prop replica drought in a big way with some items I am really looking forward to in this list below:
Predator Spear: $349
Predator Helmet: $299
Alien Motion Tracker: $399
Alien vs. Predator:
Ceremonial Dagger: $199
Alien Grid Head, 1/5 scale replica: $59
Predator Scar Head, 1/5 scale replica: $59
Alien Grid Head Full-Size Replica (TBA)
Predator Scar Head Full-Size Replica (TBA)
I have yet to see any pictures, so if you have any images of these upcoming props email me here
On Hypersapce The Clone Wars Will Be
March 23, 2004 | 9:51 PM EST | Bill
The second season of the Animated Clone Wars will be available to Hyperspace members as soon as each Episode has debuted on the Cartoon Network. You can read all about it at Starwars.com.
Also don’t forget that the epsidoes will be starting up again, this Friday.
Bounty Hunting Today: ILM Invitation
March 23, 2004 | 5:54 PM EST | Keri
Not available to the general public at large, internal items from Lucas’ own special effects company Industrial Light & Magic can be most interesting as well as unusual.
Today’s featured auction is for an ILM 2003 Halloween Party Invitation with Vader and Yoda on the front with Trick or Treat pumpkins in hand. The back is printed in a Planet of the Apes font and encourages those invited to dress in costumes.
This is a really neat item and one that I would think would not be very easy to come across, especially at such an inexpensive price. This is why I always encourage searching Ebay high and low for great bargains that come up on a regular basis. Click on through below to add to your ILM items today!
Another Contest to Enter You Have…
March 23, 2004 | 5:39 PM EST | Keri
Over at yodasnews.com there is a new contest in their forums starting today.
Once every week or two (it will be done at random), they will look at all the topics that have been started (starting today) and the author of the one that our administrator (Yoda027) thinks is the most unique will be the winner and get to pick from “Yoda027’s prize bucket”. It’s that easy and all threads are open to this!
This week in the bucket there are some Target Clone Wars figures, Obi-
Wan Target Collector Glass and Figure, Mini-Lego Sets, and even some
Muppets and Simpsons figures for those that collect other lines. New
stuff is added each day (All brand new in package/box!). The winner will get a list of what is in the bucket that week and get to pick the prize they want!
Sound like fun? It can’t be any easier. So jump in the forums and have fun. If you are not registered yet, then it’s easy and free to sign up and get instant access!
Win an Artist Proof Yoda Statue
March 23, 2004 | 4:53 PM EST | Mark B
Gentle Giant is releasing their new line of Clone Wars Statues over the next few months, and to celebrate, they have teamed up with Diamond Comics to sponsor a contest to win an Artist Proof of the first of these statues – Yoda. And it gets better! The Grand Prize winner will actually get a set of ALL FIVE ARTIST PROOFS of the Clone Wars Maquettes that are being released during 2004! All you have to do to enter is fill out the form located in the front of Diamond Comics “Previews” magazine (in comic book stores tomorrow), or you can get the entry form From Diamond’s Website (note, this is an Adobe PDF file, you’ll need Acrobat installed to view it).
***Note, if you are entering from this form, and don’t have a comic shop you normally get Previews from – Please, email me for information to put in here. I still have a Diamond Comics account and if you use my store information and we win, we’ll do some kind of contest here to give away the Yoda Artist Proof here on Yakface!***
High Tech Star Wars Jacket
March 23, 2004 | 4:41 PM EST | Mark B
Well, if you have always wanted the ultimate in Star Wars Clothing, Master Replicas is going to be your source later this week. On Thursday, March 25 they will be launching (for Collectors Society Members – and then for everyone on Friday), their brand new limited edition letterman style Star Wars Jacket that incorporates some REALLY COOL features. You’re wearing a conventional black letterman’s jacket and then imagine pushing a button and having 2100 fiber optics points recreate a 25 second animated dogfight scene from “A New Hope” across your back. Its pretty pricy at $349, but they will only be making 750 of these babies. They’ll start taking orders at Master Replicas on Thursday morning – so make sure you get your order in early!
Big Bad Toy Store News Feed
March 22, 2004 | 10:04 PM EST | Bill
This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:
NEW MICROMAN PRE-ORDERS: We have listed 3 different sets of 4 Microman items. The first 2 sets are Diamond Comic exclusives – Master Force Set of 4 and Acroyear Force Set of 4. Both sets are $27.99 each and arrive in May / June. Also available is the ‘Lady’ Microman set of 4 – which we will import from Japan. This set is $54.99 – nice pictures of all on the site.
NEW HALO PRE-ORDERS: Series 4, 5, and 6 have been announced and we are now accepting pre-orders for each set. Some figures will be from HALO, and some will likely be from HALO 2. Some of the figures mentioned will be further versions of Master Chief and Elite, and also Warthog, Grunt, Brute, Flood Carrier. No Pictures available on these yet.
20% OFF ALL VINTAGE MENU ITEMS: Sale Ends Wednesday at 8:00 PM Central Time. A great opportunity to receive 20% off all items on the Vintage Menu – http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/vintage/ (please read details of sale on that page) The vintage department has recently listed mint complete GI Joe 3 3/4″ Figures, Beast Wars, and MOTU items.
FREDDY VS. JASON: The new boxed set from NECA has arrived and is
available for $25.99. Figures stand roughly 6+” tall and comes with a
flaming plastic base. Freddy comes with 2 other nicely detached heads.
STAR WARS: We have received 2 recent Clone Wars Deluxe case assortments. Figures included in these cases are: Spider Droid, Droid Army, Jedi Knight Army, Clone Trooper Army (Blue & Yellow), Durge with Swoop Bike, and Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike. The Unleashed 7 figures are now available individually for $15.99 each, or as a set of 3 for $44.99 each.
CLEARANCE & SALE PRICES: We have over 200 items with reduced or clearance prices on the clearance menu:- Transformers, Gundam, GI Joe, Saint Seiya, McFarlane and much much more – check out the full list here:http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/clearance.asp
FINAL FANTASY X-2: ArtFX continues to release very nice FF figures. The 2 latest releases are Heretic Yojimbo and Bahamut. The Bahamut figure is very large – the box is nearly 2 feet across!
BEAST WARS: We’ve unearthed a stash of BW items from our storage
building. Transmetal 2 Cybershark, Scourge, Jawbreaker, and Iguanus are all back in stock on the RID/BM/BW Menu.
LORD OF THE RINGS: More Return of the King Wave 4 Sets of 4 have arrived – this set include Legolas, Haradhrim Archer, Aragorn – King of Gondor and Pippin in Armor. More RotK Sting Swords are back in stock as well and we have a variety of LotR items in stock – some of them with reduced pricing.
ANIME-X: On the ‘Other’ Menu – Anime-X Statue is available for $34.99
Star Destroyer and Yavin Wave News
March 22, 2004 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill
This just in from Yak Reader Bruce:
I’ve noted people panicing over not being able to find these…just wanted to pass along that I found HUGE quantities of this wave at TWO Target stores in Bel Air and Abingdon in Maryland this morning.
And Yak Reader Baghutch reports that:
Wal-marts in northern IL had the Star Destroyer Wave today. No scan, but there were a metric ton where I shop.
Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Pajamas
March 22, 2004 | 4:55 PM EST | Keri
Today’s featured auction is not only something very cool, but something that is quite hard to find and acquire: a set of unopened vintage pajamas!
Produced by Wilker Bros. for the Original Trilogy, sets of pajamas had many different themes, with nice bold artwork that had such a great 70s flair. Not only were the designs pleasing to children, but the pajamas were safety concious as well, being flame retardant.
Today’s auction is for a set of Darth Vader pajamas mint in the sealed bag. Pajamas are very hard to come by as they were often worn out, possibly used for rags or just plain thrown away after the child was too big to wear them. Pajamas often sell for a premium price in mint sealed conditions and are far and few between. Start your pajama collection today with these primo Vader sleeping duds by clicking on the link below!
New Ultra Jango Fett Found!
March 22, 2004 | 3:29 PM EST | Keri
YakReader Lester reports in with his latest find:
“I reside in North Charleston, SC and just wanted to pass on that I was able to pick-up the Ultra Series Jango Fett Kamino Confrontation figure this morning at my local Wal-mart.
Didn’t find the Obi-Wan Kenobi one. Apparently someone beat me to the peg aisle. But at least I was able to pick up something that’s new.”
I have yet to see the Ultra Jabba at any of my local stores, but I may have simply missed out. Looks like its time for another figure run everybody, Good Luck Hunting!
$6000 12-inch Figure
March 21, 2004 | 8:51 PM EST | Jason
I kid you not, I just wanted to give you an example of people who
live in Fantasy Land when it comes to figuring out the value of figures in todays market. A person has listed a 12-inch variation of a Han Solo, packaged in a Lando Calrissian box… Buy it now at the cheap price of $6,000… Here is the link:
I don’t know if this is a joke or not, but if it is a legitamate auction, I’m speechless. People… Most of the figure errors out
there are worth jack-squat. I think this all started with the original Boba Fett craze that a dot missing from a hand increased the value of the figure 100 fold.
I think it is about time that seasoned collectors set the record straight… if you have an error figure, it is actually worth LESS money. You got screwed over by Hasbro as the figure is incomplete because it is missing paint, missing weapons, or carded on an incorrect card… Period.
Apparently, this person must be an avid reader of yakface.com, or he received many e-mails from our readers… since his counter jumped from 10 to 160… I’m betting on our smart readers. He has removed the buy it now of the ludicrous price of $6,000 and is now just a $9.99 auction with no bids. Shipping is now the cheap price of $16 for domestic shipping… Huh?
Animated Clone Wars Wave 3 and 4?
March 20, 2004 | 8:50 PM EST | Bill
One of our Yakface Alumni just dropped the word that he’s heard we may see two more waves in Target’s line of exclusive animated Clone Wars figures. At this point there is no word on which figures are under consideration, or even when these might hit, and of course remember, rumors are just that until confirmed by Hasbro. It sure sounds interesting though.
Another Gentle Giant Sellout
March 20, 2004 | 8:48 PM EST | Mark
At the Wizard World Los Angeles there was an exclusive Clone Pilot Bust that had sold out by 10:30am this morning. This was limited to 2500 pieces and sold for $50.00, so if you are a collector of these, it looks like the only way to get one now is on the secondary market.
New DVD Packages
March 19, 2004 | 11:24 PM EST | Mark
If you are a Hyperspace member, you can now login and check out some very nice images and information about the DVD Packages.
Items Back In Stock
March 19, 2004 | 6:08 PM EST | Mark
New Footage On Original Trilogy DVD?
March 19, 2004 | 8:38 AM EST | Bill
Yep you read it right, despite the repeated statements we’ve all seen from Lucasfilm that the DVD will contain the Special Editiion version of the Original Trilogy films, it looks like the DVD may become by collectors as the Extra Special Edition after all. The Digital Bits is reporting that they have confirmed from 3 reliable sources that new footage is being added to the movies on the Original Trilogy DVD release, as well as deleted scenes silimar to the E1 and E2 DVD releases. Check out their full report here.
Want Your Opinion To Be Heard?
March 19, 2004 | 7:34 AM EST | Mark
That is what LEGO is asking.
Hop on over to their site and post your opinion on what the next Star Wars set should be.
Here is the list
Sand Crawler with Jawas and droids
Trade Federation Droid Control Ship
Ulitmate Collector Series Super Star destroyer
Stormtrooper/clonetrooper 5 packs
Clone trooper mini figures set
Naboo Royal Starship
Imperial Troopers Army (ten or more)
The Jango Fett Sculpture (35cm height) as seen in German department stores
March 19, 2004 | 7:27 AM EST | Mark
The StarWarsShop.com updated their site yesterday. Here is the update posted.
Updated: March 18, 2004
Ensuring the security of our customers is our top priority, and the StarWarsShop.com team is hard at work making sure everything will be ready for the re-opening. At this time, we do not have a set date for the launch, but stay tuned to this space and starwars.com. We will announce our plans in advance, and provide you as much notice as possible.
The StarWarsShop.com team is trying to put plans in place to allow customers placing orders during our initial launch to be first in line for limited-quantity exclusives like the Green Clone Trooper Bust, Darth Vader Cinemacast, Adventure Kermit and others. Details will follow here and on starwars.com.
Thank you to all of our fans for their patience, encouragement, support and enthusiasm.
Galactic Rewards Chrome Fett
March 19, 2004 | 7:16 AM EST | Mark
In 2003, Gentle Giant Ltd. teamed up with MBNA’s Galactic Rewards program to bring you an exclusive chrome version of the Darth Vader mini bust. Response was so tremendous that we’ve teamed up again to create this exclusive chrome version of another Star Wars icon – Jango Fett.
Click on the image for more information.
Bounty Hunting Today: Pepsi Bottle Caps from Japan
March 18, 2004 | 6:38 PM EST | Keri
From the Land of the Rising Sun, also known as Japan, collectors have been treated to many wonderful and unusual Star Wars items of which there is really no counterpart found in the US, which leads me to today’s auction for Episode II Pepsi Bottle Caps.
The Japanese bottle caps were first produced for Episode I with a large set for collectors to attempt to complete, including full figured characters, heads, as well as special mail-away prizes where the character had moveable arms. The set included many cool characters and even Original Trilogy favorites. The follow-up of Episode II Bottle Caps does not disappoint at all in its offerings of characters from the most recent film released.
Today’s featured auction is for a near complete set of Episode II Bottle Caps with some extras to get your Japanese Bottle Cap collection underway today!
Upcoming Master Replicas Rebel Blaster
March 18, 2004 | 6:04 PM EST | Mark B
Well, this new item from Master Replicas won’t be available to order for just over another month, but we wanted to bring you a photo (found by Bothan Spies!), of the new Master Replicas Rebel Blaster – used to hold off Stormtroopers at the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope. It is going to be a limited edition of 2500 pieces and will retail for $449. This was an interesting find because Master Replicas announced they would be offering a Stormtrooper Blaster and Princess Leia blaster at Toy Fair, but they made no mention of this item. More details as they emerge!
Name for New Yoda Novel You Seek…
March 18, 2004 | 5:13 PM EST | Keri
As reorted by the official site and due for a scheduled release in December 2004, the newest paperback novel featuring our favorite green Jedi Master Yoda will be entitled Dark Rendezvous. This EU novel of Yoda’s mission to discover the truth behind a surprising peace offer from the Separatists is written by author Sean Stewart and looks to be another great novel to look forward to as we wait for Episode 3 to grace the silver screen.
Admiral Ozzel Coming to Memphis, TN
March 18, 2004 | 5:03 PM EST | Keri
For all our Tennesee readers, YakReader Tim writes in with this reminder:
“Michael Sheard who played Admiral Ozzel will be at MidsouthCon againt this year. March 26-28 in Memphis, TN. This is his 3rd straight year at this convention, he loves coming here and he is an incredible man to meet and very personable and easy to talk to.”
Check out the website www.midsouthcon.org for all the info about the show.
Tanus Spijek Findings
March 18, 2004 | 4:57 PM EST | Keri
A YakReader from Chicago writes in with this report regarding the elusive Elom:
“I ran across 4 of these today (all at Walmarts in the suburbs of Chicago), so people shouldn’t have too much trouble finding them at retail in the next few days/weeks.
Yes, I left 3 of them on the pegs for others to find.”
I myself was lucky enough to find one Tanus at my local scalper-infested Wal-Mart yesterday as well. Patience and perserverance will always pay off when hunting the latest and greatest figure.
Free Shipping @ Amazon.com
March 18, 2004 | 9:34 AM EST | Mark
Here are some items with FREE shipping, that are on sale. There are more deals there as well.
Multi Pack: Spider Droid $7.95
Unleashed Figure: Chewbacca $14.99
LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader (8010) $19.99
Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike $7.95
Multi Pack: Droid 3-Pack $7.95
12″ Taun Taun with Luke $39.98
Durge with Swoop Bike $7.95
Geonosian Star Fighter $21.99
Plus many many more items with free shipping.
Droids Fans, A Lost Grail Has Been Found
March 17, 2004 | 9:52 PM EST | Bill
The Official Site’s Hyperspace section has found something many dedicated droids fans never knew existed, and those who did have long wanted to read– the Script to the White Witch Droids episode. Check it out here.
Attention Boston Area Collectors
March 17, 2004 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill
We’ve just gotten word of a show in your area:
Sunday, March 21st, Harry’s Collectable Show will be held in South Attleboro, Mass.
Star Wars collectors would be thrilled with the large selection of both vintage and modern available. If you need it, you just might find it here. This show also features comic books, action figures (of all kinds), vintage toys, videos, promos, posters, die cast, model kits, and plenty of other “goodies” that you just might not find any place else.
Admission is only $3, or $2 with a flyer. Kids under 16 are free with paid adult admission. Show hours are from 10 am to 3 pm Sun. March 21st at the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus Hall. 304 Highland Ave. (Rt. 123 ) South Attleboro, MA.
March 17, 2004 | 5:47 PM EST | Keri
With all the excitement of the release of the Original Trilogy version 1.3 to DVD, (finally!) today’s Falcon Favorite recalls the same excitement fans all over the world felt when the Special Editions of the Trilogy were released into theaters once again. YakReader Mark D. shares his large display and the journey he took to make it whole once again.
“As a collector of SW displays I was very excited to finally aquire a special edition floor standee. When it arrived all the way from the other side of the U.S. I found that it was missing the “ARS” block letters and the guy I bought it from didn’t have them. He refunded my money and let me keep the display but what good was an incomplete display? For 3 years it sat in the box, unassembled, and I exhausted all my resourses to find the letters. Then one day, out of the blue, a buddy e-mailed me from another state and told me that his basement had flooded and that all of his displays were ruined. I asked him if he had this display, which he did, and asked him if he would sell me the missing letters. He shipped them to me free of charge and I now have a complete display. It is, by far, my favorite piece in my Star Wars collection.”
Friends are such an integral part of life, and even more so when in the most unexpected times we are rewarded with gifts of all kinds! Remember to send in your Falcon Favorite from your collection here and have it featured for collectors around the world to enjoy!
Are You A Completist That Collects MIB or MOC?
March 17, 2004 | 5:15 PM EST | Mark
If you would, I am looking for some specific things. If your collection is MIB and or MOC, please email me and I will let you know what is going on. Thank you.
March 17, 2004 | 5:14 PM EST | Mark
Too all readers. I apologize for any troubles this may cause you. If you would, please reset your favorites and links to our site to www.yakface.com instead of collectibles.echostation.com. While the site still works with that URL, there are features of the site such as the poll that will not work, and as we move forward with our site and bring new features on board for you, we will need you to be at the correct URL.
Thank you and again we are sorry for the troubles.
Deluxe Ewok Glider
March 17, 2004 | 10:23 AM EST | Mark
Here we are with another awesome image for you. This one is provided by littleinthedoor, thank you for the image. He mentions that we should be seeing this in late April. We hope you like. To all, littleinthedoor, has asked that this image not be used elsewhere. Click on link to see full size.
Star Wars Miniatures….
March 17, 2004 | 8:23 AM EST | Mark
Over at Gamingreport.com, they have posted images of the new RPG Star Wars miniatures game from Wizards Of The Coast. Hop on over and check them out.
The games are:
Rebel Storm: Release Sep 2004, 60 figure set, From the Original trilogy.
Clone Strike: Nov 2004, 60 figure set, From the new movies.
There will also be a Starter Set, $19.99, 10 figs and Booster packs, $12.99, 7 figs.
Interesting bit: Putting miniatures in the hands of Star Wars fans:
Promo minis in Hasbro Action Figures, Lucas Arts releases, Official Star Wars Fan Club mailings… hmmm….
March 16, 2004 | 10:46 PM EST | Bill
This just in from D & S Sci-fi Toy World:
Clearance Price List UPDATED!
Star Trek Classic Set Wave 2
Star Trek Classic Enterprise 1701-A – Back in Stock
Unleashed Luke X-Wing, Chewbacca & Clone Trooper
Action Fleet Republic Gunship, Slave I & Troop Transport
Sandtrooper Army 4-Pack- Back in Stock
Christmas Yoda – Back in Stock
Desert Skiff – Back in Stock
20th Anniversary Prime
Transformers Alternators Subaru & Many Energon Toys
Space 1999 Die-Cast Eagle One
Dr. Who 8″ 4th Doctor & K-9
Dr. Who 8″ Cyberman
G.I. Joe 3-Pack with Video
Micronauts Series 1- Back in.
Many older POTJ/POTF figures back in, Ishi Tibb, Pote, Ree-Yees, Mas
Ameda, Zuckess, etc
Pre-Orders for Star Destroyer Wave & Other SW Figures….
Clone Wars Coming to FCBD!
March 16, 2004 | 8:04 PM EST | Mark B
Over the past couple of years Diamond Comics has sponsored a day each year that is called “Free Comic Book Day” (FCBD). On this day, all participating Comic Book stores offer an assortment of comic books that are (you guessed it) FREE! Since Dark Horse comics is one of the sponsors, this year we will be seeing a Clone Wars comic on FCBD. More details are to come, but be on the lookout for your local stores advertising this over the next couple of months. This year FCBD is on Saturday, July 3. (Make nice to one of your local comic book guys and they might just save you one of these!).
Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage TI Watch
March 16, 2004 | 4:34 PM EST | Keri
You may find yourself asking what is a vintage TI watch? Well, TI is the abbreviation of Texas Instruments, and the watches they made for the original trilogy are some of my personal favorites.
Today’s auction is for a complete mint watch produced in 1977 shortly after the film’s release. It includes not only a super cool LED digital watch, but a sheet of stickers that could be used to change the look of the face, which are usually missing from most watches.
Click on through to the link below to start your watch collection today with this nice minty example and tell time 70s style!
Tanus Spijek Missing at Amazon
March 16, 2004 | 12:17 PM EST | Keri
EDITORS NOTE**: I have noticed before that when you select the option to be notified by email as to when the item will be in-stock, they will send these emails out after your email has been in the database for a while and they have not received. I have received these emails before only to have them show up in stock within two weeks.
YakReader JediCougar writes in with this latest report from Amazon:
“Greetings from Amazon.com.
We’ve recently learned from our supplier that the item you requested to be notified about,
Star Wars 3.75″ Basic Figure: Jabba’s Sail Barge –
Tanus Spijek, will not be available in the foreseeable future.
It’s possible that someone may be selling this item through Amazon.com Auctions or zShops. We encourage you to search for it there if you’re still interested in purchasing this item.”
At only 1 per case, looks like Tanus may be a tough find at stores, hopefully there will be other options at online stores, rather than having to deal with slimy scalpers elsewhere. Good Luck Hunting everyone!
Red Leader X-Wing In The Hanger
March 15, 2004 | 10:13 PM EST | Bill
Yak Reader Scott just wrote in to let us know that:
“Just noticed Amazon has listed the Red Leader X-Wing as “usually ships in two to three days”. I find that their exclusives typically become available at retail the same week as they become available online.” Good Hunting!
Martha Stewart, Bankruptcy.. It Doesn’t Matter…
March 15, 2004 | 7:04 PM EST | Mark
Amid all the problems that the K-Mart Corporation has having, our sources inside Hasbro have confirmed that the Cantina 3-pack featured in our QNA will be a K-Mart Exclusive this summer with another to follow in Fall or Winter.
Shuttle On Sale Today Only
March 15, 2004 | 8:48 AM EST | Mark
Thanks to Val Da Car for this tip. Over at KBToys.com the sale of the day is the Imperial Shuttle marked down to $59.99.
New Poll, Please Take Note
March 14, 2004 | 12:30 PM EST | Mark
Please take a moment to use the new poll in the right hand column. We want to know what you think of the new Cantina 3-pack w/ Kitik that is pictured in ourQNA. You will need Flash 5.0 installed to use it. Please let me know if you have any problems. Thank you for your time.
The Archives Are Open
March 14, 2004 | 11:40 AM EST | Bill
Fan’s of Artoosnews visual guides will be thrilled to learn that they were not lost when the droids went off-line. There’s a new visual guides site named The Jedi Temple Archives which has transported over all of Artoos guides. Check them out here.
Shop Star Wars.Com Update
March 14, 2004 | 11:36 AM EST | Bill
It looks like the new official Star Wars Shop is working hard to keep customers happy. Yak Reader PCS send us this:
“I was one of the people who got an early order in on Wednesday morning to StarWarsShop.com. I ordered the Exclusive Clone Trooper bust and was quite disappointed to hear from the folks that my order was cancelled… considering I got up at 5:00 a.m. to begin checking to see if the site was live. I e-mailed their customer service department about the situation, asking them if people who had ordered exclusives would get any priority when it came time to re-order. Here is what I received back via e-mail:
We understand your concern regarding priority on orders of limited
quantity items such as the green trooper bust, vader cinemacast, etc. We
are attempting to come up with a solution that will allow those who
purchased such items on March 10 to retain their priority. We will update
you on our progress shortly.”
I hope everyone who got up very early in the morning like I did to get an order in will be persistent in demanding priority in the re-order process.”
There’s Silver In Them There TRU Stores
March 14, 2004 | 11:35 AM EST | Bill
Yak Reader Steve sent in this report:
“Just a quick note, I stop’d by my local TRU and found not 1 but 4 silver clone troopers on the pegs, they rang up $4.99 each. Found em at Joliet TRU.”
Judging from how many Ebay sellers claim to have the Silver Clones in hand, it looks like a number of stores may have gotten them in. Have patience if they aren’t at your store yet, they will be.
QNA Time And Boy Do We Have Something For YOU!
March 14, 2004 | 12:53 AM EST | Mark
Well John has stopped in and dropped off another QNA for your reading pleasure. Even if you have never stopped in to read the QNA, you will WANT TO this time. I will give you a hint. The Visual QNA is back… hint… Kitik…. hmmm…..
Off Topic: Pre-Order Return Of The King!
March 12, 2004 | 9:52 PM EST | Mark
You can now Pre-Order the Return of the King DVD for $17.97, this is 40% off and is eligible for FREE shipping. This is due out May 25th.
Sale @ Amazon
March 12, 2004 | 8:41 PM EST | Mark
Q&A in progress – Q’s needed
March 11, 2004 | 11:57 PM EST | Muse
I am currently working on the next Q&A and hope to have it up over the weekend. If you have a question, please send it in here .
It’s shaping up to be a good read so please contribute!
Star Wars Shop.com Update
March 11, 2004 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill
Everyone who placed orders with Star Wars Shop.com is receiving a call to confirm the information we posted from their webpage this morning. In addition we were able to get a little more information from the caller. They expect the site to be back up in as short a time as two days, or as long as a week, depending on how long it takes to resovle the issue. Also they are aware of the confusion surrounding the initial opening date/time with the lack of an announced time for the virtual doors to open. When we get emails about the reopening, a time should be included.
Possible Episode 3 Title?
March 11, 2004 | 4:22 PM EST | Keri
No Not Really! This is just some fun with Photoshop sent in by YakReader Abel for a quick smile and chuckle! Enjoy!
Star Wars Shop.Com Update
March 11, 2004 | 8:38 AM EST | Bill
Most fans now know that the Star Wars Shop was open for a few hours before closing because of technical issues. The following was posted on their page this morning. In short, the good news is if you ordered before they went down, you’ll get the Jedi patches and a free $50.00 gift certificate, the bad news it anything you ordered was canceled and you will have to reorder when they reopen:
Message to Star Wars Fans and StarWarsShop.Com Customers
Shortly after our new StarWarsShop.com opened Wednesday morning March 10, we received emails from several customers indicating that some transactional information on individuals’ orders had been transmitted to others. We immediately shut down the shop, because security of information on orders sent by our fans is our top priority.
Our eCommerce partner, Analysts International, has assured us that no one’s personal credit card information was compromised.
We are very sorry–and surprised–that this problem occurred. We are working closely with Analysts International, which is responsible for handling the transactions on the site, to find out how this could have happened. We won’t reopen StarWarsShop.com until we are certain that this issue has been resolved.
As a result of the situation, we will not be processing any of the transactions placed Wednesday morning. You will need to place your order again when the shop reopens. All customers who placed an order before the site was taken down will be mailed a free set of Jedi movie patches and a $50 gift certificate to use for Star Wars merchandise on the site. We will give the entire Star Wars community sufficient notice before we relaunch the site.
Again, we apologize for the current situation and promise to keep you updated. We know that Star Wars fans want–and deserve–the very best, and we will continue to strive to ensure that our high standards are met
March 10, 2004 | 6:38 PM EST | Joseph
Ebay seller mimidog4428 has posted some carded shots of the Endor Wave up on Ebay. General Han Solo in AT-ST disguise, General Crix Madine and General Lando Calrissian make up this wave of 3 figures. These figures should hit the pegs in the next several weeks.
March 10, 2004 | 5:12 PM EST | Keri
This week’s Falcon Favorite from YakReader Steve is not only a great item, but has a wonderfully written story to go along with it, making it a very special submission.
“Most would consider the story to go with my favorite item as “EU,” but I’m hopeful that Mr. Lucas will soon be adding it to the official canon…
As we all know, Luke & the rebels blew up the first Death Star and sent Vader spinning off into space. What most people haven’t heard is that the Emperor was extremely ticked off at the loss of DS-1 and vented his anger by making an example out of everyone’s favorite Sith Lord.
The Empire had a huge deficit (Palpatine being a “tax and spend” liberal), so Darth Vader was forced to go out and raise funds for the second Death Star by traveling around the universe to shakedown the local populations. Adding insult to injury, Vader was stuck with a couple of smelly jawas (accountants, apparently) for company.
One of their stops was Bonanza Motors in Burley, Idaho! The upcoming visit was frequently advertised on the radio, so with a little begging and whining, my parents consented to take me. I would’ve been about four years old, and seeing Darth Vader “live and in person” made a lasting impression. I left the car dealership the proud owner of the picture that has been a treasured possession ever since.”
Thanks for sharing the great picture and story with us Steve, evoking all of those good warm and fuzzy childhood memories we all have.
Remember to send in your favorite item from your collection here to share with fans around the world!
Bossk Bust Coming
March 10, 2004 | 4:54 PM EST | Mark B
While this new bust from Gentle Giant was shown at Toy Fair in NY earlier, it has now been “officially” announced on the Star Wars website. Bossk is set to come out July 28 and will be a limited edition of 5000 pieces.
StarWarsShop.Com Opens Today
March 10, 2004 | 8:30 AM EST | Bill
Although we don’t know what time, we do know that the new “Official” on-line Star Wars Store will open its virtual doors sometime today. Check it out here.
UPDATE** – The Shop has closed down temporarily until some technical issues have been worked out. They hope to be back up soon.
Bounty Hunting Today: Custom 12″ Ephant Mon
March 9, 2004 | 5:39 PM EST | Keri
I know I have been featuring a lot of custom items for auction on Ebay, but I am continually blown away by the workmanship on these great fan-made creations!
Today’s auction is truly exceptional if you are looking to put together a 12″ Jabba’s Palace diorama, or are a big fan of the background alien creatures in general. This Ephant Mon is a direct counterpart to the 3 3/4″ Hasbro fan-choice figure. I cannot begin to describe the exacting details and the incredible amount of time and effort that were obviously put in on this 12″ scale custom. I will let the pictures in the auction describe what my words fail to capture.
There Is Another Silver Figure
March 9, 2004 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill
Even before most fans get their Silver Clone Troopers, it looks like we have another Silver Figure to look forward to this summer, with convention season. This time, a silver Sandtrooper. Mint In Box.net has posted an image of a photomontage creating a Silver Sandtrooper card. Check it out here.
Looking To Add Some Prints Or Lithograph To Your Collection?
March 9, 2004 | 8:33 AM EST | Bill
One of The Official Site’s latest updates centers on more of the product we can look for at the new on-line store. Ralph McQuarrie Lithos, Theater Promotion packs from Empire,and even original Jedi posters are among the goodies we can look forward to at The Star Wars Shop.com.
Attention San Jose CA Readers
March 8, 2004 | 10:09 PM EST | Bill
Yak Reader Mikk sent in this report from the South Bay Star Wars Fan Club:
“I thought that your San Jose area readers might be interested in knowing that after a long absence the San Jose Super Toy Show is returning to the South Bay. Totally revamped with a new location & new vendors it should be better than ever.
The San Jose Super Toy Show will be held in Gateway Hall at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds this Saturday, March 13th from 11am – 4pm for general admission & 9am – 11am for early birds. Admission will be $5 for adults, $2.50 for kids under 12, & $15 for early birds. For more information on the show people should check out here.”
X-Wing Red Leader Photos
March 8, 2004 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill
Pre-Order Wave 8
March 8, 2004 | 9:32 PM EST | Mark
You can now pre-order the Original Trilogy Basic Figures Wave 8 from Entertainment Earth for $64.99 for the case.
Are You A Fan? Are You A Member?? Changes Coming
March 8, 2004 | 9:18 PM EST | Mark
Over at the Official Star Wars Fan Club! there is a posting up about changes…
Dear Star Wars Fan Club Member:
There are some exciting changes in the works for the Official Star Wars Fan Club! We’re not quite ready to reveal all of the details just yet, but keep an eye on www.starwars.com in the coming weeks for the full details.
In the meantime, we’ve put a temporary hold on accepting new memberships or subscriptions. All renewals and new subscriptions received before March 8, 2004 will be processed as usual. Orders received by mail after March 8 will be held until the changes are announced.
Star Wars Insider will continue to be published – we recently shipped Insider 75 (May) to the printer, and we’re hard at work on Insider 76 (June/July). Current Fan Club members will continue to receive their subscriptions. Also, we’re pleased to announce that the new 2004 membership kit will be shipped to all current members in March.
We think that you will be excited about the new direction for the Official Star Wars Fan Club. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to answer any queries about this until announcements are made on starwars.com.
Thank you for your continued support!
President, The Official Star Wars Fan Club
March 8, 2004 | 7:26 PM EST | Mark
Now back in stock…
Jabba’s Palace – Rappertunie
Bounty Hunting Today: Parts and Pieces
March 8, 2004 | 4:59 PM EST | Keri
I really enjoy viewing custom works that other fans have created and I myself have dabbled in very small custom projects. If you have read about customizing and are full of ideas, a little low on cash and short on spare parts then today’s auction on Ebay is made for you!
Today’s featured auction has a large variety of many different figure parts as well as supplies to get your own custom projects well under way. The auction includes heads, arms and legs already popped off the figures, sculpey clay to mold your own accents, and even paint to finish off your creations to perfection! Click on through below to pick up this great deal and get to work making all the figures not yet produced!
Target Glasses Update
March 8, 2004 | 9:04 AM EST | Bill
We’ve been getting lots of questions about the Target Exclusive Star Wars Glasses, and I’ve witnessed the confusion from Target staffers regarding this exclusive first hand. Since the most common questions will help many of our readers, we’re posting the answers here.
First, according to Target, the glass/figure sets are supposed to be on the toy aisle (not in housewares as some employees believe before they look up the DPCI)
Second, the DPCI number is 087-06-0937, with a price of $9.99.
The current wave which is out in stores has two different items, the Obi Wan/A New Hope figure and glass, and the Darth Maul/Episode 1 set. We have 3 more (Luke Snow Speeder/Empire; Slave Leia/Jedi; and Hanger Anakin/Clones) which have been confirmed as “wave 1” which certainly makes it sound like more may be on the way.
Bespin Figure Wave Surprises
March 8, 2004 | 8:58 AM EST | Bill
It looks like the 3 new figures for the Bespin wave— Leia in Bespin Gown, Lobot (thankfully non-buff), and Cloud Car Pilot are even better sculpted than they initially appeared. The team over at Galactic Hunter has posted detailed images of the wave, and here’s the surprise— the Cloud Car pilot appears to be coming with a removable helmet. Check them out here.
Sorry For The Delay In News
March 8, 2004 | 7:25 AM EST | Mark
We Have been going through some upgrades on the servers. Everything should be back to normal. Please send in your questions for the next QNA…
New Items At Amazon.com
March 5, 2004 | 10:53 PM EST | Mark
Bounty Hunting Today: Lifesize C-3PO Prop
March 5, 2004 | 10:22 PM EST | Keri
Continuing the theme of life-size props, I bring to you an auction today for a fully liscened C-3PO Prop made by Don Post.
This Replica is amazing in person and has such wonderful details that really make you feel as if old Goldenrod is standing right next to you, with his eyes lit.
Again, if you have the money and space in your collection for this item, I would highly recommend it!
Vote Now, Time Is Short
March 5, 2004 | 8:34 AM EST | Bill
Hasbro’s current figure re-release poll ends at noon today. If you haven’t cast your vote go to Hasbro’s webpage and vote now. Currently it looks like the buff Scanning Trooper is in the lead.
New Photos of Clone Wars Yoda
March 4, 2004 | 8:29 PM EST | Mark B
I found this “official” photo today of the upcoming Clone Wars Yoda Maquette that is coming from Gentle Giant. Larger versions are available from Marz Distribution (a wholesaler to retailers – consumers cannot order from their site). This item is due to be released in the August timeframe (look for comic book shops to start taking preorders for these in the next couple of months).
Target Star Wars Glass Exclusive Update
March 4, 2004 | 8:10 PM EST | Bill
Yak Reader Chris sent in this report:
“I found them today at a Super Target in TN. I’d like to add:
1. 4 per case; 2 Obis, 2 Mauls. 2. No space on the shelves for them yet, not even a sticker. I had the stocker scan the stock # for it, and he said they had a location for them in the stockroom. So they brought them on out to me.”
Bounty Hunting Today: Life Size Speeder Bike Prop
March 4, 2004 | 12:02 PM EST | Keri
If you ever wanted your own life-sized Speeder Bike, here is your chance to get one today! The auction featured is for a very well-built and highly detailed Speeder Bike Prop Replica that will seat one adult ( hopefully one dressed as a Biker Scout!)
This is a truly amazing item constructed out of fiberglass by fans, with a great weathered paint job. The bike is huge and I’m sure needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. If you have the room in your collection, this is definetly a one of a kind prop that will make heads turn.
Click on the link below to take a look at this masterpiece!
Desperate For A Taste Of E3
March 3, 2004 | 8:48 PM EST | Bill
The new Boba Fett young reader book published by Scholastic, titled A New Threat, might help to fill your Star Wars needs, at least for a short while. The new Boba Fett book introduces the new villan (sorry no spoilers) from Episode 3, which we’ve been reading about on the The Official Site for quite some time.Check out the full story here.
Back In Stock
March 3, 2004 | 5:55 PM EST | Mark
These are back in stock if you need them.
Jabba’s Sail Barge – Lando Calrissian
Jabba’s Palace – Rappertunie
Return of the Jedi Figure: Jabba’s Palace Court Denizens
Jabba’s Palace – Holographic Luke Skywalker
March 3, 2004 | 4:58 PM EST | Keri
This week’s Falcon Favorite sent in by YakReader Charlie is a nice prop from Episode I which holds special meaning and looks great framed on the wall too!
“Q-Tip: this isn’t just any ordinary Q-tip, this is an actual prop from a Star Wars movie! More precisely, from the pod race scene in The Phantom Menace. When the pod racers are zipping around the stadium, all of those little specks that make up the spectators are actually different colored Q-tips. Why they didn’t use computer animation, I couldn’t tell you. Maybe some interns needed something to do. Lorne Peterson (ILM Special Effects) was giving a talk at the Field Museum in Chicago back when the Magic of Myth exhibit was touring the country. I got to go with my Dad as part of a special invite only night. I was fascinated to hear Lorne talk about the various special effects he has worked on, and afterwards, I went to ask him a question and get his autograph. As I was talking to him, an assistant came up and handed him a little baggie with these Q-tips in it. He said, “oh yeah, here’s an actual prop from The Phantom Menace.” He told me I could have one if I wanted one. Of course I did! It also had that white label on it. On the other side of the label is Lorne’s autograph. While it may not be the coolest prop out there, and I know others have some pretty incredible props, it’s the only Star Wars prop I’ll ever own so I think it’s pretty cool.”
I want to thank everyone for all their unique submissions and for the success of this weekly feature. I have many wonderful items to showcase in the upcoming weeks and will post every picture and story that I receive in email here.
Clearance at TRU
March 3, 2004 | 4:02 PM EST | Mark B
There are some pretty good deals on other 12″ Star Wars as well as Harry Potter and Hulk action figures as well.
Mini Lightsabers Starting to Arrive
March 3, 2004 | 3:53 PM EST | Mark B
I’ve heard from a few friends that are starting to receive their Luke Skywalker Return of the Jedi Mini Lightsabers from Master Replicas. Turns out these are about the length of an adult hand and seem tiny compared to the full size sabers, but still an INCREDIBLE piece for only $35! Head on over to Master Replicas and pick up one of these (or the set of 3 – Luke, Obi, and Mace) today, you won’t be sorry you added these to your collection.
Cheers…The Glasses Are Out
March 2, 2004 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill
For the first time in nearly 20 years, Star Wars glasses are available again in the style of those at Burger King when the Original Trilogy was released. This time they are at Target, the price is around $10.00. Thanks to all the Yak Readers who’ve written in. Good Hunting.
Closer to Geonosis or Kamino?
March 2, 2004 | 6:45 PM EST | Mark B
Slightly off topic here, but definitely newsworthy. NASA announced today that the Opportunity Mars Rover has found VERY strong evidence of the Martian surface having been covered with water at some time in the past. Using the same methods geologists would have used on Earth, the scientists has concluded that Mars once had flowing water, which would be the first indication that Mars could have supported life at some time in the past. A very exciting day for those of us interested in space! Findings like this bring us one step closer to the worlds envisioned by George Lucas in the Star Wars movies.
Bounty Hunting Today: Taco Bell Store Display
March 2, 2004 | 6:11 PM EST | Keri
After seeing the different DVD packaging designs for the upcoming release of versions 1.3 of the Trilogy, I found this nice Special Edition display item on Ebay from good old Taco Bell!
Back in 1997, the Special Editions of the Trilogy were “Back on the Big Screen” allowing some for the first time to see the films on a format other than VHS on TV at home. Although for purists, the films were not we had hoped for, it was still nice to see them in theaters again. Along with the films came a marketing blitz, including fast food resteraunts, one of which was Taco Bell. The stores were adorned with large vinyl signs as well as nice hanging displays for contests and of course for the Kid’s Meals with great decorative boxes and an awesome toy inside.
At one time, these store display items were fetching prices that were to say the least not cheap. However, these colorful displays can be found on Ebay with regularity for very reasonable prices, like the auction featured today. Click on through below to start decorating your house with this great store display!
Star Wars Items from New Zealand
March 1, 2004 | 4:58 PM EST | Keri
As many of the LOTR Oscar Winners last night hailed from New Zealand, there is a wonderful website www.Star-Wars.co.nz featuring news as well as great photos and descriptions of Star Wars items only offered in New Zealand. There are some interesting ROTJ Corn Flakes stickers and trading cards from Episodes I & II, and some great obscure miscellanious items which you can check out here.
Congrats Peter Jackson!
March 1, 2004 | 9:53 AM EST | Mark B
While our focus here is on the Star Wars series, I cannot help but send out congratulations to Peter Jackson and everyone that was involved in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Last night they won a very well deserved 11 Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture. The Best Picture award was the first time a fantasy film has ever won in that category. The 11 awards tied both Ben Hur and Titanic for the most wins. LOTR won in all 11 categories it was nominated. My hat’s off to Peter Jackson and crew for taking a huge chance in bringing one of the most beloved series of books to life and doing so in a way that won these well deserved Oscars. For more on their wins and the “official-unofficial” party, be sure to check out The One Ring.net