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June 2002 Archive

AOTC Reaches 15th On All Time Box Office Chart
June 30, 2002 | 5:02 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo’s projections for Attack of the Clones weekend box office, put it at over $286 million to date. This puts Clones above Home Alone and just behind The Empire Strikes Back for 15th place.

 


 

Image Attack: Missing Massiffs & Official Updates
June 29, 2002 | 4:31 AM EST | Adam

First up, today’s Image Attack explains just why we got a Geonosian with Massiff toy set last month. And then there’s…

Let The Executions Begin
Today’s databank updates focus on the rocky world of Geonosis. Learn about the Reek, Orray, Poggle the Lesser, and several other aspects of the mud-and-bug planet.

Jedi Quest #4
Information on the upcoming Jedi Quest book, in which Anakin and Obi-Wan duel with some villain of no consequence.

Episode II in Cinefex
Bowing on July 8, issue #90 of Cinefex contains 58 pages of pictures and stories surrounding the production of Yoda, Clone Troopers, and the other countless denizens of the Star Wars Universe.

 


 

12″ Ki-Adi, Fan Club Updates
June 28, 2002 | 8:34 PM EST | Adam

From a reader that didn’t include his name…

“Hi guys, I just wanted to tell you that I called to inquire about the Fan Club exclusive 12″. They told me that the initial announcement that Ki-Adi-Mundi would be up for presale next week has been changed. The procedure will be as follows. They will not be available for order until they actually have them in stock in August. Also those who bought a Fan Club membership at or around the time of the Celebration 2 will not receive the last issue of the Insider as the publishing company has a cut-off date. New subscribers will be receiving the next issue which I believe is #61.”

 


 

Official Updates
June 28, 2002 | 4:40 AM EST | Adam

Fall Books for Young Readers
New storybooks, trivia guides, and more await youngsters this Fall, and one of them even includes a fabric patch! Cool stuff, for sure.

Clones Attack Spreads
This weekend, residents of Egypt, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic will be treated to the prequel sequel. For these dates, and the full list of international releases, be sure to read this feature.

For the curious, the final territory to receive the film appears to be St. Lucia on August 2.

 


 

Unleashed/ Gen Y Trivia
June 28, 2002 | 4:35 AM EST | Adam

Some fun trivia for fans of the Unleashed range of figures, now being spotted at speciality stores and Wal-Mart, amongst others.

At Wal-Mart tonight, the shelf tags for these particularly statuesque figures reads “Gen Y.” For those who didn’t know, the working name for these figures was “Generation Y,” and thankfully someone, somewhere in the Hasbro organization found a different (and dare I say superior) monniker for the dynamic plastic people.

And knowing is half the battle.

 


 

Spielberg on Directing Star Wars
June 27, 2002 | 6:02 AM EST | Adam

While some of you may have seen it, those who haven’t may find this article atShowBIZ Data particularly interesting. In it, Steven Spielberg is quoted on why he won’t be directing Star Wars any time soon.

 


 

Official Updates: Cartoons on DVD?!?
June 27, 2002 | 5:26 AM EST | Adam

Lo and behold, the greatest answer ever given in “Ask the Jedi Council”…

Jedi Council: Ewoks on DVD?
Ewok movies and cartoons and Droids cartoons coming to DVD? After Episode III? Well, better late than never. Sure, they’re cheesy, but must-see materials for all fans… after all, the Max Rebo Band and Boba Fett appear in the Droids toons!

Young Fett in the Crossfire
Wondering what tale the second Young Boba Fett book, due this November, will tell? Find out in this update.

 


 

eBay: 25th Anniversary R2-D2
June 27, 2002 | 5:21 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum reported Toys “R” Us was to receive a chrome R2-D2 as part of a promotion later this year, and lo and behold, there’s one on eBay now, right here.

It comes on a cardback very similar to the Toy Fair Darth Vader from February, but there are differences. The paragraph indicating that Vader was a Toy Fair exclusive has been replaced with a big, bold “May the Force be with you!” and other small details have been moved around, which makes this look like a very real upcoming exclusive. Be sure to take a look, and we’ll have more on this piece as it develops.

 


 

Q&A Thursday Update
June 27, 2002 | 5:07 AM EST | Adam

Good morning, and welcome to Yakface.com! Today’s With Every Question for Justice Q&A update is up and a-ready to be read, and looks at questions of a 400th figure, Celebration II product, and Hem Dazon, plus others. Kindly check it out, and prepare for the next update, next Monday!

 


 

Star Tours Figures– Continued, Redux
June 27, 2002 | 5:02 AM EST | Adam

Several readers have sent in reports today of finding the new figures. Apparently Disney/MGM has sold through a few cases, and a few others, although the reports we’ve received thus far rarely have photos or information on which park they were found. So it seems they are starting to show up, but for some reason, the mail order division has opted not to sell them. (Leaving those of us who are hardly within a stone’s throw of one of their parks hoping for another solution soon.)

…in addition to this, Rebelscum has a reader report stating the figures have been pulled. It’s also possible they sold out… we’ll keep you posted.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Gets Deluxe Pre-Orders
June 26, 2002 | 1:49 PM EST | Mark

You can now pre-order the new deluxe figures at Entertainment Earth.
Yoda and C-3PO Deluxe sets
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84859DD
and the Nexu and Anakin Deluxe Sets as well,
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84859B

Head on over and pre-order yours today!

 


 

In-Stock at Amazon.com, plus Pre-Orders
June 26, 2002 | 9:27 AM EST | Mark

**UPDATE**Here are some newer figures at Amazon that are in stock. Prices have been dropped to $4.99 and there is free shipping on many toys in the department. Free shipping does not apply to pre-orders.
3.75″ Endor Vehicles Set (AT-ST w/ Ewok)
Massiff
Orn Free Taa
Qui-Gon Jiin (Jedi Master)
Endor Rebel Soldier

And here are some SWEET pre-Orders….
12″ Count Dooku
12″ Bounty Hunter: Dengar
12″ Super Battle Droid
12″ Taun Taun with Luke
12″ Zam Wesell
12″ Imperial Officer Figure
12″ Bounty Hunter: Zuckuss
12″ Bounty Hunter: Princess Leia
3 3/4″ Landspeeder with Luke
X-Wing with R2D2

 


 

Star Tours Figures– Continued
June 26, 2002 | 3:38 AM EST | Adam

After phone calls, emails, and more, it seems that Disney World didn’t have the two new exclusive droids just yet. While they are telling people they will be available exclusively at the theme parks, this has yet to be confirmed from Hasbro and/or the Fan Club. The expected release date to the theme parks is coming up, though, as they’re supposed to launch in the new Hasbro store at Walt Disney World in Florida.

 


 

Official Updates
June 26, 2002 | 3:33 AM EST | Adam

At Star Wars.com
Pepsi Celebrates Episode II
Once again, the Japanese are treated to some pretty great figural bottlecaps, color soda cans, and other nifty display materials. There’s even new original trilogy caps, including Jabba the Hutt, so be sure to read up on one of the greatest promotions to which America will never be treated. While many of the caps are based on previously released toys, it’s still a very nicely done set.

Return to the Race in Jedi Quest #3
A brand new book for younger readers in which Anakin returns to race against Sebulba’s son. All this and more can be yours for the reading in Jedi Quest #3!

At Hasbro UK
Live Web Chat Tomorrow (26th June 2002)
A chat with a brand manager AND a chance to get yourself made into an action figure! What could be better… other than having it open to residents outside the UK, of course?

 


 

Mace Windu Mini Bust @ Entertainment Earth!
June 25, 2002 | 1:54 PM EST | John

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Star Wars.com Updates
June 25, 2002 | 3:34 AM EST | Adam

Lucas on Indy IV
News on Frank Darabont’s involvement with the next Indiana Jones picture… and not much else.

First Look: Tatooine Ghost
A new novel is coming out, post-ROTJ but pre-Heir to the Empire. Find out more in this first look.

Gunship Design Influences
Doug Chiang talks up his inspirations for some of the newest Republic weaponry in today’s Jedi Council update.

 


 

Ice Cream Maker Guy: He Has A Name
June 25, 2002 | 3:29 AM EST | Adam

Willrow Hood is identified on a Decipher Customizable Card Game Card, and of course there’s a nice image of him running with his ice cream maker. Currently, the petition to make this character is nearing its 500th signature, and now he even has a name.

Thanks to those who wrote in pointing out the card.

 


 

Episode II DVD
June 25, 2002 | 2:45 AM EST | Adam

While this is more or less a repeat of how Episode I started its DVD rumor/news campaign, people have written in to us, TheForce.net, The Digital Bits, and other web sites all reporting that the Media Play family of stores (including Suncoast and Sam Goody) has started to take preorders for the disc, taking anywhere from $3-$5 down for a November delivery. Although we should note, our own personal research shows not all stores are doing this, which may mean rogue managers are getting a head start on the preorder campaign for this roughly six-week-old film.

“Reported” (read: rumored) extras include multiple commentaries which may include actor participation, the typical THX certification, web documentaries, a new 60-minute feature on the making of the film, and of course deleted scenes.

Since Clones is still doing well in the theaters, pulling in millions every week, an official announcement could only hurt box office sales… then again, comments from LucasFilm have all but confirmed a 2002 delivery on this package.

In case you skipped the previous three paragraphs, nothing is official yet, but hopes are still high that LucasFilm will not let the 2002 holiday season pass without VHS and/or DVD editions of Clones being made available.

 


 

Clones Weekend Gross
June 24, 2002 | 5:28 AM EST | Adam

Box Office Mojo is reporting that the latest Star Wars film came in at number nine this weekend, with Minority Report and Lilo & Stitch opening at #1 and #2, respectively. For those keeping track, Attack of the Clones now has a domestic gross estimated at $279 million, meaning that while it will most likely hit $300 million, it may to take a little while to get there.

 


 

Q&A Monday Morning Update
June 24, 2002 | 2:45 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has been updated with its typical question and answer regiment, in the usual 10-entry dosage. Questions on exclusives, petitions, Clones, and more abound in today’s edition.

 


 

Star Tours Figure Availability
June 23, 2002 | 8:45 PM EST | Adam

Rebelscum posted information of how to obtain these figures this afternoon– surf on over for the details.

Since the Star Tours line was originally rumored last year, rumblings of them being a shared Disney/Fan Club exclusive have abounded. While we have no details about what the Fan Club plans to do with these, if anything, we will post the news as it comes in.

 


 

Free Ultarama Drawing Winner
June 23, 2002 | 6:54 PM EST | Bill

Congratulation to Daniel A. Peck the winner of our latest Ultarama Drawing. Be sure to send in your entry for our next drawing here. Remember to be eligible to win your entry must include your name AND address.

 


 

Starfighter for PS2: Price Drop
June 23, 2002 | 8:39 AM EST | Adam

In this morning’s Best Buy ad, the PlayStation 2 title Starfighter has been added to the “Greatest Hits” series, which means that this game can be had for $19.99 at most stores now. Best Buy also has Rogue Leader for GameCube at $39.99, which is typical for most stores as of late.

 


 

eBay: 12″ Zam Wesell, Carded Star Tours
June 23, 2002 | 7:41 AM EST | Adam

Some notable auctions this morning…

12″ Zam Wesell, Boxed
First images of the figure, complete with removable helmet and Clawdite mask. Spiffy.

12″ Super Battle Droid, Boxed
First boxed images of the Super Battle Droid in this size, the figure looks pretty good from the images.

Star Tours Capt. Rex Figure, Carded
One of a few auctions for a packaged sample of this figure, this may well mean they’re available or due very soon. They’re expected to be available in the all-new Hasbro store at Walt Disney World this summer, and then elsewhere.

Star Tours G2-4T Figure, Carded
Most likely a first look at the carded figure, which is available on Power of the Jedi-style packaging minus the POTJ logo.

 


 

12″ Ki-Adi at Disney Parks
June 23, 2002 | 7:33 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum posted a report of the 12″ Ki-Adi Mundi showing up at a Disney park for $28. This is noteworthy since the figure was originally believed to be a Fan Club exclusive.

 


 

Detailed Photos of Wal-Mart Cantina Exclusives
June 22, 2002 | 5:43 PM EST | Bill

American Dream Comics has come through again with detailed pictures of the upcoming Wal-Mart Cantina Exclusive sets with Greedo and Ponda Baba. Click here for more.

 


 

Official News/ Things Freezing Over
June 22, 2002 | 3:13 AM EST | Adam

From Hasbro US
Q3 and Q4 Release List
While there’s nothing on here that hasn’t been mentioned in our Celebration II Hasbro feature or the official site’s Cargo area, it does officially confirm a few new characters… but not too many. The new Destroyer Droid, Clone Trooper Pilot, Jango Fett Pilot, Watto, Lott Dod, and Tusken Raider are finally confirmed. Going by this list, there are only 12 figures left for release on 2002… so that doesn’t necessarily mean that this is a final list.

From Star Wars.com
Celebrate 20 Years of LucasArts
A special website on the history of what was once LucasFilm Games, a division of LucasFilm, has gone live. Nifty. (For the lay person, LucasArts is often the name used, incorrectly, for its parent company LucasFilm Ltd.)

Inside the Jedi Temple
A databank update with the names of many previously unknown Jedi– plus Yoda, Mace Windu, and the Bear Clan. Of particular note is alien Jedi Pablo-Jill, which I don’t believe has ever really been seen anywhere in detail before… but it seems this may be the Jedi frequently mistaken for the “Howard the Duck Jedi.”

And at Dark Horse Comics
Star Wars: Empire #1: September 4
Star Wars Tales #13: September 4
Star Wars: Infinities – The Empire Strikes Back #3: September 11
Star Wars: Republic #46: September 18

 


 

New Saga Product at Kay-Bee Toys
June 22, 2002 | 2:49 AM EST | Adam

Kay-Bee stores around the country are starting to receive the Chewbacca (Bespin), Han (Endor Raid), and Obi-Wan (Starfighter Pilot) figures for a paltry $4.99 each. If you’re still looking for this trio, be sure to stop by your local Kay-Bee toy store next time you visit the mall.

 


 

Wal-Mart Clearances on POTJ, More
June 22, 2002 | 2:47 AM EST | Adam

Some, but not all, Wal-Mart stores have started putting a significant portion of their toy aisles on clearance. While each region and location does things differently, here in Phoenix, we spotted individually carded figures at $1.50 (Bespin Guard, Ketwol) and Deluxe figures for just under $5 (Bacta Luke). While your mileage will vary, it’s something to keep an eye open for.

Other notable toys on clearance were Robots in Disguise two-pack Sideways and Axer for $6, sundry deluxe RID toys at $2-$3, and the lackluster Jimmy Neutron product line at rock-bottom prices.

 


 

Acklay Showing Up Around the States
June 21, 2002 | 1:03 PM EST | John

Well, we’ve been getting reports that this puppy has been rearing its ugly head, (in a good way) around the USA! Yak-Reader “LsTCs3Boyz” writes to let us know, and to give us a small critique.

Hey! I just got the new Acklay arena battle beast earlier on from my local Wal-Mart in Cheyenne, Wyoming and let me tell you it is awesome!, except that his face is white instead of dark blue like it is on the box and in some of the pictures I’ve seen also one of his back legs is a bit loose but it’s nothing a little breaking in won’t fix.

Thanks “LsTCs3Boyz”! Keep the Jedi Force-Senses focused for this one!

 


 

Jawa Sandcrawler Petition
June 21, 2002 | 12:59 PM EST | John

Well, this one definitely ranks better than the “Ice Cream Maker” guy petition. (Even though I’d personally like to see more background characters… maybe not that one…). This one is for the more esteemed Jawa Sandcrawler, something of which Hasbro has ignored since POTF2 began. Check out the petition, and sign it if you’re so inclined. The text that will be going to Hasbro with all the signatures reads as such:

To: Hasbro Toys
We the undersigned, request that Hasbro Toys, make the Jawa Sandcrawler vehicle for their 3 3/4″ Star Wars Saga action figure line. We would like the toy to include two (2) exclusive action figures that have not been previously released. Some suggestions are CZ-3, R1-G4, M-Hyd Binary Droid, or LIN-V8K mining droid. We would also like the price point to remain under $30-40 price range. We aren’t asking for any electronics, just a great sculpt, paint job, and new action figures that probably wouldn’t get produced otherwise.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

Shoot, I’d just kill for the figures…

 


 

Saga Landspeeder, Cantina Pack Images
June 21, 2002 | 6:59 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum has posted the first images of both the upcoming Toys “R” Us Landspeeder and the Wal-Mart Cantina packs. The Landspeeder appears to be either all-new or heavily modified from its 1995 incarnation, and includes a slightly redecoed Floppy Hat Luke– sans Floppy Hat. In short, it looks pretty amazing.

The Cantina sections from Wal-Mart look pretty slick, as do the figures. Glasses are included, and Momaw Nadon looks like he’s been given a slight retooling so as not to be just another repackaged figure, while Greedo looks likea nice repaint and Ponda Baba finally has his slice-off arm. The fourth set– which is one of the three sections with an all-new alien– was not shown and it isn’t know for certain when– or if– it’ll be coming out. The sections themselves appear nearly identical.

 


 

Star Wars to be Lampooned in new Tiny Toons Game
June 21, 2002 | 2:40 AM EST | Adam

GameSpot is reporting here that both the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises will be lampooned in the upcoming Treasure-developed game,Defenders of the Universe. While seeing such popular cultural mainstays parodied isn’t much of a surprise, we’re left wondering just why the heck a dead kid’s franchise like Tiny Toons is seeing a new game in 2002 when its last hurrah was over in 1995.

But we digress. Back to the news.

 


 

More Official Updates
June 21, 2002 | 2:01 AM EST | Adam

On Star Wars.com
Lego Special Edition Naboo Starfighter
More official images of the upcoming Lego set. Orders begin this Friday and are expected to ship in August.

On Hasbro UK
Star Wars collectors From Outside Of The UK
Why can’t non-UK residents register for this site? Well, it’s complicated. Maybe Hasbro US has something similar planned for those of us in the country from which these toys originate.

 


 

Saga Luke Bespin Variations
June 20, 2002 | 8:29 PM EST | Adam

Wondering what Hasbro was thinking with the different peg and magnet combinations with the new Luke Skywalker figure? Rebelscum posted what they discovered from Hasbro, so if you haven’t snagged your version-of-choice yet, now you can find out which one’s due to go away next.

 


 

Q&A Thursday Update
June 20, 2002 | 2:51 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has been updated with question and answers, on schedule, as per usual. (And if you have any idea how to pronounce Djas Puhr, do make sure you read today’s update as I’ve never heard that one out loud…)

 


 

Official Updates
June 20, 2002 | 2:47 AM EST | Adam

On Star Wars.com
More Clones Openings
Bolivia, Samoa, and the Cook Islands get some Jedi lovin’ on June 20, with Panama, South Africa, Guatemala, and Honduras getting their first look at the Grand Army of the Republic on Friday.

Difference in Digital Version
Rick McCallum talks up the fact that there were, in fact, differences between the filmed and digital versions of Episode II. Find out what some of them are in this “Ask the Jedi Council” update!

On Hasbro US
As mentioned earlier, the deluxe Yoda with Super Battle Droid was unveiled for the first time. While not new, the Playskool set of Arena Adventures (previously known as the Rampaging Reek) may be of interest to many of you, especially since it includes a little Mace Windu.

 


 

New Lego Naboo Fighter Set: First Pictures
June 20, 2002 | 2:39 AM EST | Adam

Tim over at From Bricks To Bothans posted the first official images of the upcoming scaled-down Ultimate Collector’s kit. With its chrome bricks and display stand, it’s very striking– surf on over for a look-see.

 


 

Petition: Bespin Ice Cream Maker Guy
June 20, 2002 | 2:04 AM EST | Adam

NOTE: Many of your emails seem to show that you believe we created this petition– we didn’t. Reader Scott set up the whole deal, the post below is just our announcing what he’s created. Back to your regularly scheduled news.

When it comes to petitions, it’s our policy to give a shout-out to those who manage to get at least 100 signatures. As we’re true to our word, here’s what reader Scott Pearson put together:

“Ice Cream Maker Guy

Bespin’s frozen novelty specialist in all his glory…

Here is my Website giving some background on ICMG

http://www.geocities.com/ocb75/

And here is the petition which I started yesterday…

http://www.petitiononline.com/icmg/petition.html

Thanks!!! And lets all hope someday soon Ice Cream
Maker Guy will be hanging on the pegs!”

Yakface.com is now working on revising its petition policy.

 


 

Deluxe Yoda Image
June 19, 2002 | 7:58 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has just posted a photo of the upcoming Deluxe Yoda in their Toy Showcase section. Click here for more.
For those who missed it earlier, Hasbro has also posted a photo of the upcoming Deluxe C-3PO which was shown at Celebration II last May.

 


 

Official Updates from Star Wars.com
June 19, 2002 | 5:09 AM EST | Adam

From EU to Episode II: AAYLA SECURA
Learn all about the blue skinned Twi’lek Jedi who started life as a Dark Horse Comics character. She’s also coming out as an action figure in 2003, and should turn out great.

Star Wars Magazine #39
A look at the UK’s own Fan Club publication.

 


 

Deluxe Anakin, Nexu showing at Target — and on Sale!
June 19, 2002 | 1:37 AM EST | Adam

Just a friendly reminder, Target Stores have their deluxe figures on sale for $7.44 this week, and yes, the Nexu is showing up at many locations alongside Anakin Skywalker.

With its snapping shut jaw, bendable tail, and nifty sound effects, the Nexu is a surprisingly fun figure to play with. Be sure to snag one if you see one on your toy travels!

 


 

Lego: SE Naboo Starfighter
June 18, 2002 | 8:24 PM EST | Adam

Tim over at From Bricks to Bothans got an official confirmation of a surprise new Lego set due to be sold from Lego Direct in the coming days. This new Naboo Starfighter is relatively cheap, and includes chrome bricks. Visit From Bricks to Bothans for the details.

 


 

Win Jorg Sacul at The Bounty Hunters Domain
June 18, 2002 | 6:17 AM EST | Adam

Austin at The Bounty Hunters Domain sent us this update:

“My web site, Bounty Hunters Domain, is having its one year anniversary today. To celebrate, I’m having a givaway for a Celebration II Jorg Sacul action figure! For all of the details, simply go to my site and click the Givaway button. Good Luck!”

 


 

Updates at StarWars.com
June 18, 2002 | 6:05 AM EST | Adam

Episode II Mexican Magazines
With the release date of Attack of the Clones mere days away in Mexico, the Official Site has posted covers and information from some magazines, including Sputnik, a technology mag, and an official magazine.

Creating Seismic Charges
Wondering how the movie artists painted the Slave I’s seismic charge sound? Ben Burtt explains… sort of.

 


 

Yak Visits Death Star Plans
June 17, 2002 | 10:59 PM EST | Bill

Want to know how the Jabba’s Palace diorama was built? Well here’s your chance. Yakface guest stars on Death Star Plans newest talkshow. Click here for more!

 


 

New TRU 12″ Exclusive
June 17, 2002 | 10:56 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum is reporting that Toys “R” Us is negotiating with Hasbro for a 4th Quarter 12″ exclusive which will include Leia as Boussh and Han in a Carbonite Block. Click here for more.

 


 

Hasbro UK Chat
June 17, 2002 | 9:50 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe sent this in:

“Hasbro UK have contacted me regarding a live chat with them, more details on TPU, and even more to come soon.”

Sounds promising. More details as soon as Pete sends them over.

 


 

Amazon Sends Updates on Upcoming Saga Figures
June 17, 2002 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

If you have been watching Amazon.com for the new Saga figures, you may have noticed that the pages for the figures used to have an option to enter your email address an receive an update when the figure became available. Several days ago this option was removed. Today Amazon sent out the following for all of the upcoming Saga figures (including the recently released Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Djas Puhr, Obi-Wan Jedi Star Fighter Pilot, Han Endor Raid, and Chewbacca Cloud City Capture):

“Greetings from Amazon.com.

We’ve recently learned from our supplier that the item you requested to be notified about, Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones Figure: __________(fill in name of the figure), 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…”

Since a few of these figures have already been released, with the others on the way, there’s obviously a bug in the system somewhere. These emails could be created via an altered SKU number, delays, or Amazon’s allocation of figures having been spoken for from pre-orders already. Rest assured, the figures have not been cancelled.

 


 

Clones Weekend Estimates
June 17, 2002 | 2:55 AM EST | Adam

According to Box Office MojoAttack of the Clones took in roughly $9.2 million, bringing the film to an estimated domestic total of around $270,512,000. For information on the other films, including this weekend’s top grosser Scooby-Doowhich pulled in a surprising $56 million, visit Box Office Mojo.

 


 

Q&A Monday Update
June 17, 2002 | 2:35 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice, our Q&A column here at Yakface.com, has been updated with more rants, tirades, answers, and questions. Enjoy!

 


 

Basic Figure Price Reports
June 17, 2002 | 2:28 AM EST | Adam

After yesterday’s Target advert prices, we received a few reports from readers on what they found… first, here’s Dave:

“I went by Target this morning and the sales price tag by Star Wars figures stated a lower sale price of $4.79 each….”

Not to be outdone, here’s what reader Jake saw:

“i was at wal-mart in whitelake, MICH today and all the basic action figures have been marked to $4.77. i asked an associate if this was a sale price and he said it was the normal price now. they had also started recieving numerous shipments of the bespin vader and luke boxes of figures. happy hunting.”

So while the prices keep dropping, the gaps are shrinking. Toys “R” Us still has their stock at– usually– $4.99. Your mileage may vary.

 


 

Target Weekly Sales
June 16, 2002 | 8:29 AM EST | Adam

This week, Target Stores have a few special– and a few not so special– deals for Star Wars fans this week.

Jango Fett’s Slave I, $19.44
Deluxe Action Figures, $7.44
Jango Fett’s Target Game, $12.44
Booster Cards, $1
Basic Action Figures, $5.44

The Basic figures entry was notable, as most Targets around the country have supposedly dropped the price to $4.99 a week or two ago.

 


 

Toy Lightsaber Brings Cops
June 16, 2002 | 6:36 AM EST | Adam

JediNet posted a link to this story from the UK about a trio of women with a toy lightsaber that had ten police officers called on them. Read all about it, right here. Funny stuff.

 


 

BoShek Shipments Continue
June 15, 2002 | 2:55 AM EST | Adam

Reader Dave says…

Just found the hard-to-find Boshek wave at Mediaplay. They had 3 each of Boshek, R4-M9 and Teebo at a steep $7.99 each but it beats inflated dealer prices. They just got these in store recently so it is possible they are still shipping from Hasbro.

Here in Phoenix, I’ve spotted the BoShek wave at Suncoast, which has the same parent company as Media Play. Some other stores seem to be getting them, so cast those toy run nets wide– you might just find them yet!

 


 

Entertainment Earth: Newsfeed
June 14, 2002 | 1:35 PM EST | Mark

From sponsors Entertainment Earth:

EII Collection 2 (Wave 6) (Item# HS84861F, $74.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84861F has arrived!
Includes 12 action figures: 1x Captain Typho – Padme’s Head of Security, 2x Boba Fett – Kamino Escape, 1x Tusken Raider – Female with Tusken Child, 2x Plo Koon – Arena Battle, 2x Shaak Ti – Jedi Master, 2x Endor Rebel Soldier, 1x Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and 1x Djas Puhr – Alien Bounty Hunter.

 


 

Entertainment Earth: Newsfeed
June 14, 2002 | 6:05 AM EST | Adam

From sponsors Entertainment Earth:

EII Collection 1 (Wave 4)(Item# HS84851E, $74.99) has arrived! Includes 12 action figures: 2x Jango Fett – Final Battle, 2x Mace Windu – Geonosian Rescue, 2x Darth Vader – Bespin Duel, 2x Obi-Wan Kenobi – Jedi Starfighter Pilot, 1x Han Solo – Endor Raid, 2x Luke Skywalker – Bespin Duel and 1x Chewbacca – Cloud City Capture.”

 


 

Official Site Updates
June 14, 2002 | 5:23 AM EST | Adam

El Ataque de los Clones Opens in Colombia
The prequel sequel hits Columbia today, and this feature has a quick graphic for the Columbian release along with the international release date list.

Image Attack
Today’s installment: building a Jedi master. An image from Shaak Ti’s conceptualization is the prize for today’s visitors of Image Attack.

 


 

Q&A: Thursday Update
June 13, 2002 | 3:36 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated today with ten new answers and questions for your perusal. The next update’s on Monday, so stay tuned for the next update next week!

 


 

YakFeature: Stormtrooper Troop Builder Set
June 13, 2002 | 3:33 AM EST | Adam

Out Stormtrooper Figure Set arrived from the Fan Club yesterday, so this morning we have a brand-new YakFeature up! If you’re looking for a look at the figures and the box, look no further, as it’s right here!

 


 

New Feature at The Official Site
June 13, 2002 | 2:43 AM EST | Adam

StarWars.com has started an all-new feature entitled Image Attack. Today’s image is George Lucas and Rick McCallum looking at a digital camera… truly, this is exciting, dynamic stuff.

 


 

Toys “R” Us Exclusive Comic #2
June 12, 2002 | 10:38 PM EST | Bill

Joseph over at The Gonk Droid is reporting that TRU stores are receiving the second of their four part exclusive Star Wars comic.

 


 

Amazon: Bespin Vader and More Back In Stock
June 12, 2002 | 7:59 PM EST | Mark

Back in stock at Amazon…
Obi-Wan Kenobi Starfighter Pilot
Luke Skywalker Bespin Duel
Jango Fett (Final Battle)
Mace Windu (Geonosis Rescue)
Darth Vader Bespin Duel

 


 

Official Site Updates
June 12, 2002 | 3:23 AM EST | Adam

From The Official Site
VES 2002: Magicians Speak
Wondering where you can hear ILMers talk up the animation made famous inClones? The schedule for the Visual Effects Society is up, so if you’re headed there this weekend, you might find the lits of guests and times useful!

From Hasbro UK
Imminent Arrivals
Information on Unleashed, and other figures as of yet unavailable in the United Kingdom. UK collectors, be sure to check this.

 


 

Orn Free Taa at Amazon
June 11, 2002 | 11:47 PM EST | Mark

Amazon has these figures and others in stock now. If you need them, head on over…
Orn Free Taa
Endor Rebel Soldier

If you order $25 or more use coupon codes 905652 for $5 off and 905650 for another $5 off. Thanks to William for the tip

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 11, 2002 | 2:32 PM EST | Mark

***Attakus Star Wars Statues In Stock***

They’re back! The Attackus Collection
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/hitlist.asp?company=ATTAKUS of Limited Edition statues are all made of the highest quality cold cast porcelain and feature some of the greatest sculpts ever done for Star Wars Classic.

 


 

Official Updaterinos
June 11, 2002 | 4:11 AM EST | Adam

The Next Generation of Digital
Wondering what the latest status of the newest digital cameras may be? Well, Rick McCallum talks it up in today’s headlining feature!

September 2002 Comics
Read up on Empire Strikes Back Infinities #3Star Wars: Empire, and Star Wars: Republic.

Something Wrong with Databank Symbols?
Wondering why there’s an Imperial logo by Admiral Ackbar? Well, wonder no longer, as Jocasta Nu has the answer in today’s Jedi Council update!

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 10, 2002 | 8:27 PM EST | Adam

“Luke Skywalker Lightsaber in Stock!

The awesome new Luke Skywalker Lightsaber with Case (Item# MRSW102A, $347.98) from Master Replicas is now in stock! Backorders will be filled first. This item is also available without (Item# MRSW102, $298.99) a case. Very limited quantities will be available. Order yours today!

If you have any questions, please contact us via e-mail (cs@entertainmentearth.com), FAX (1-818-255-0091) or phone (1-818-255-0090).”

 


 

12″ KB Clone Troopers In Stock
June 10, 2002 | 8:16 AM EST | Mark

KBToys.com now has the exclusive yellow and red 12″ Clone Troopers back in stock. So if you are looking for them, head on over.

 


 

Q&A Monday Morning Update
June 10, 2002 | 4:05 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice, the Q&A Column of Yakface.com, has been updated with all sorts of inquiries on toys, movies, and the best time to plant your tulips. Read on, and discover the magic!

 


 

Detail Photos of Star Tours Figures
June 10, 2002 | 4:03 AM EST | Adam

A few readers have turned us on to American Dream Comics, a site that put upthis page with some nice shots from the front, back, and sides of two of the upcoming droids. Well worth a look if you’re among those waiting on pins and needles for these guys.

 


 

AOTC Continues Is Box Office Run
June 9, 2002 | 5:49 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo’s projections put Episode 2 at $254,974.00– third place for the weekend (behind The Sum of All Fears and Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood). Spidey fell to sixth. AOTC’s weekend boxoffice should place it in 19th place on the list of the highest-grossing films of all time.

 


 

Lego Yoda, Stormtrooper Keychains
June 9, 2002 | 5:51 AM EST | Adam

Reader Rob had this to share…

“This may be old news to you guys, but while looking for those blasted lego pens, I found that a Yoda keychain and a stormtrooper keychain are available.”

And this is the link! The Stormtrooper and Yoda are each US$3.99.

 


 

Diorama Section Update
June 8, 2002 | 6:52 PM EST | Bill

We are kicking off a series of updates to our diorama section with a new contributor. Sam’s dioramas include the Tantive, Yoda’s Hut, and several Death Star scenes. Click here for more and keep checking back throughout the week for more updates!

 


 

Are Your Stormtrooper Troop Builders Missing In Action?
June 8, 2002 | 1:40 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Barry sends in this heads up:

“Just wanted to pass along some info in regards to the Stormtrooper sets. I received an email from the Fan Club saying that mine had been shipped on May 31. After waiting patiently for a week (even though it was 3 day shipping), I received nothing. I called the Fan Club last night and found out that FedEx had lost a shipment of the sets and mine was included. Supposedly, they picked up the replacements yesterday. So, if anyone out there is expecting their Stormtrooper sets and haven’t received them, this could be the reason why.”

Yak Reader Dallas888 reports having a similar experience.

 


 

Customs, You Seek Customs
June 8, 2002 | 1:29 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Dan at The Custom Alliance

“A brand-new Star Wars custom each and every day? That’s what I’m delivering throughout the month of June. After a bit of a delay, I’m off and running with the 4th annual “Daily Custom Updates!” The DCU 2002 will run from now until July, with customs inspired from all over the Star Wars universe. Characters from the films, the comics, the video games, and even a few fan-fiction ones thrown in…the more obscure, the better!

In July, the spotlight will shift to other customizers who have “Joined the Alliance” as they debut their latest creations throughout that month. So if you’ve got a new custom that you want to show off, be sure to send it in!
There will be other new additions throughout the summer, so be sure to check back often to see the latest features at “The Largest Online Gallery of Star Wars Customs!”

 


 

Djas Puhr And Palpatine at KBToys
June 8, 2002 | 1:09 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com now has the Djas Puhr and Palpatine figures in stock. So if you need them they are $5.99, thanks to Steve for the tip.

 


 

Official Site Update
June 8, 2002 | 8:00 AM EST | Adam

Return To Naboo
Several databank entries having to with Naboo are highlighted today, including Captain Typho, the Naboo Yacht, Queen Jamilla, and several other character, vehicles, and locations. Be sure to give it a once-over for names of things you might have missed.

 


 

Entertainment Earth: Han Solo Blaster Replica
June 8, 2002 | 2:38 AM EST | Adam

From our sponsors, Entertainment Earth:

“Han Solo Blaster from Master Replicas In Stock!

Finally! We have an extremely limited quantity of the all-new Han Solo Blaster (Item# MRSW101, $448.99) http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=MRSW101 from Master Replicas In stock now! All backorders will be filled first. Please note that once our limited quantity sells out, no more units will be available! Order now!”

 


 

Amazon: New Waves In Stock
June 7, 2002 | 11:13 PM EST | Mark

New in stock at Amazon…
Obi-Wan Kenobi Starfighter Pilot
Luke Skywalker Bespin Duel
Jango Fett (Final Battle)
Mace Windu (Geonosis Rescue)
Darth Vader Bespin Duel

If you order $25 or more use coupon codes 905652 for $5 off and 905650 for another $5 off. Thanks to William for the tip.

 


 

KB Drops Prices On Saga Figures
June 7, 2002 | 8:50 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Danny:

“As of Friday all K*B Toy Stores will have the new lower price of $4.99 on Star Wars Action Figures. Also don’t forget to use that $3.00 off coupon for totals over $15.00, Buy 3 figures at $4.99 = $14.97 ( That’s $0.03 short of the $15.00 But most will give you the $3.00 off) -$3.00 coupon = $11.97 That’s only $3.99 each figure after $3.00 off coupon. If you go to a store and the old price is still on the package, Don’t worry it will ring for the new price of $4.99.”

Time to work on those armies!

 


 

KB Clones Shipping, But…
June 7, 2002 | 8:48 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jim V. sends in this warning to boxed collectors:

“I recently received the PRE-ORDERED 12″ KB exclusive red and yellow 12″ clone troopers to find them packaged in a box too small with no bubble wrap causing the plastic to be completely scuffed and scratched, huge shipping labels placed on the clear plastic (the only protection from getting scuffed), and the corners of the package so smashed it looked as if they were kicked into the box. Will someone please explain to the mindless drones who work in the KB Toy Distribution Center in Blairs, VA what a collectable item is. I didn’t expect to get them mint but neither did I like they sat 2 years on a clearance shelf two stores removed. The Mace Windu I ordered from Amazon.com came in a box twice the size with bubble wrap all the way around. Now that was a disappointing figure but sent by people who care.”

 


 

Happy Birthday, Liam Neeson!
June 7, 2002 | 7:56 AM EST | Adam

On June 7, 1952 actor Liam Neeson was born. Aside from playing Master Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn, you might remember him from roles in such films as Schindler’s List, Darkman, and The Haunting. He turns 50 today, and we give him our best wishes!

 


 

Board Gamers, Here Is A New One
June 7, 2002 | 7:36 AM EST | Mark

**Update**
If you order $25 or more use coupon codes 905652 for $5 off and 905650 for another $5 off. Thanks to William for the tip.

It seems, Hasbro is going to be releasing a new Star Wars Advanced Mission Battleship game in October. While there are no pictures yet, here is a link to some information on Amazon.
Also going to be available is the Collectible Star Wars Boxed Cardgame which consists of what looks to be single packs of many of the different, previously released Star Wars Decipher games.

Also here are a few oldies for the new collectors….
Naboo Royal Security $5.29
Electronic Naboo Fighter $9.97 reg. price was $29.99

 


 

Official Updates
June 7, 2002 | 3:17 AM EST | Adam

From Hasbro US
Download the New Star Wars Action Figure Poster
Download an image of the poster given away at Celebration II and other venues! It has all of the figures available on the market as of today, so it doesn’t show any upcoming product.

Download the Palm OS Checklist
For the digitally connected, you can get a checklist for your Palm OS digital… pad… thingy. It’s also available in a printable form for your convinience. (But it’s only figures 0201 through 0230. And it’s a JPEG. Go figure.)

From Hasbro UK
Arena Playset
Hasbro UK confirms the Arena playset will be coming to the UK. Good news, eh?

Who Are You?
Hasbro UK surveyed the readership of its site… and apparently only 5% of them are women! Oh, the immense surprise! Find out this and other staggering facts in this fine article.

From Star Wars.com
AOTC Opens in India and Jamaica
The International rollout continues.

Is It Master Kenobi?
And does he ever become one? Find out in this Jedi Council update!

From Master Replicas
Han Solo’s Blaster and Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber have both sold out. Some are still available at other retaillers, though, so best keep an eye open for these if you were looking to add them to your collection.

 


 

Han Solo Blaster from Master Replicas In Stock!
June 6, 2002 | 9:55 PM EST | Mark

From Entertainment Earth:

Finally! We have an extremely limited quantity of the all-new Han Solo Blaster (Item# MRSW101, $448.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=MRSW101 from Master Replicas In stock now! All backorders will be filled first. Please note that once our limited quantity sells out, no more units will be available! Order now!

 


 

Toys “R” Us Drops Saga Prices
June 6, 2002 | 8:52 PM EST | Adam

Well, at least two Toys “R” Us stores, according to reader Darth Dav and Jim, respectively:

“The price of the new Star Wars figures have been dropped to $4.99 at my local Toys R Us in San Francisco.”

“My local TRU (Dedham MA) has lowered episode 2 figs down to 4.99 the had alot of figures ranging from anakin outland disguise all the way up to vader bespin duel.”

So now we’ve heard Wal-Marts, Targets, and Toys “R” Us stores dropping figures to $4.99, and most (if not all) Kay-Bee stores are at $5.99. Will K-Mart be next?

 


 

Return Of The Warehouse Multipacks
June 6, 2002 | 8:37 PM EST | Bill

POTF2.com has posted the information on this year’s warehouse Saga 2 packs. So far they have been surfacing at BJ’s wholesale (BJ’s is mainly in the Northeast.) Click here for more .

 


 

Endor Soldier in Stock
June 6, 2002 | 7:46 AM EST | Mark

KBToys.com has the Endor Rebel Soldier, Qui-Gon Jedi Master for $5.99, so if you are still looking for them, head on over.
Also over at Amazon, these are in stock…
Endor Rebel Soldier
Orn Free Taa
Massiff

 


 

Q&A Thursday Update
June 6, 2002 | 2:23 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has been updated yet again today, with more of the questions that the readership has sent in– if you don’t see your questions answered in one of our recent updates, kindly send ’em in!

 


 

Official Updates from Around the Web
June 6, 2002 | 2:20 AM EST | Adam

From Star Wars.com
Jar Jar Binks Take 2
A brief story on Ahmed Best and his experiences behind everybody’s favorite rastafarian salamander. Originally presented in the Star Wars Insider #56.

From Hasbro UK
Deluxe Figures Range for 2002
While no previously announced figures have been mentioned, it does confirm that the Nexu, Anakin, and the bulk of the US range is on the way to the UK.

Jorg Sacul Still Coming to UK
A reminder that Hasbro UK will be giving away some of these fine figures for free.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed: Save $10
June 6, 2002 | 2:07 AM EST | Adam

From our sponsors at Entertainment Earth:

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Place an order online of $75 or more, and enter the source code printed on the back cover to save $10.”

 


 

Target Price Drop?
June 5, 2002 | 1:29 PM EST | John

Robert of Edgewater ,NJ writes to us to let us know that his local Target has lowered the prices on Episode II figures to a more reasonable $4.99. He states that there were a lot of collection 1 figures, but mainly Regular and Super Battle Droids for army building. Good luck folks!

 


 

Republic Gunship Preorder @ Walmart.com
June 5, 2002 | 12:47 PM EST | John

Wal-Mart.com has officially listed the Republic Gunship for preorder, and it’s looking pretty darn sweet! The price is $38.86, and is due for a mid-August release. To pre-order this pup, or just to get a gander, click here. The most impressive feature on this thing? It states on the ad that “Gunship can hold 2 pilots and 10 troopers”. Does that mean that there are more different Clonetrooper figures on the way? I’d like to think so!

 


 

Yoda’s History Finally Revealed!
June 5, 2002 | 12:41 PM EST | John

Entertainment Weekly has a beautiful article posted with an interview with none other than Yoda himself, Mister Frank Oz. Frank tells in this article how he wrote a whole backstory for Yoda around the time of Empire before creating the puppet. Great reading, and probably as close to cannon as we’re going to get as to where the 900-year-old Jedi Master originally came from. Hop on over and check it out!

 


 

Happy Halloween!
June 5, 2002 | 7:53 AM EST | Mark

Ok, so it is June…. but what better time than now to start planning. With Ep2 out, there are sure to be many new ideas for costumes. **UPDATE** Here is a code for $5 off a $35 order.
CHNKBKAMZNLT

Here is some help from Rubies:
Jango Fett $19.99
Mace Windu $17.99
Obi Wan Kenobi $17.99
Amidala $17.99

Darth Maul Unleashed is also available now online at Amazon for $15.99

 


 

Official Web Updates
June 5, 2002 | 3:59 AM EST | Adam

At Star Wars.com
Teen Choice Awards: Padme and Anakin
Wondering who got nominated by seventeen magazine as the idols of tomorrow? Or whom (whom, I say) will be appearing at the upcoming MTV Movie Awards? Find out on this feature!

From Topps
There’s a small feature on their recent cards from the newest Star Wars flick.

 


 

The Onion: Star Wars Cereal
June 5, 2002 | 3:43 AM EST | Adam

Satirical newspaper The Onion has posted an editorial on Star Wars Cereal that just says what we’ve really all been thinking all along. Make this your lunchtime web destination of the day!

 


 

12″ Luke with Tauntaun Images
June 5, 2002 | 3:42 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum posted images of the upcoming Toys “R” Us exclusive Hoth Luke Skywalker with a Tauntaun. The beast has a cracked horn, just like in the movie, and Luke is also fairly beaten– although the bloody stuff looks a little low-budget. Be sure to check it out!

 


 

Mexico Star Wars Convention
June 5, 2002 | 3:39 AM EST | Adam

Someone named Thrawn sent us this info…

“Mexico’s Third Star Wars Convention is to be held at Mexico City on June 28-30, confirmed guests are Dave Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Veronica Segura (the actress who played Cordé), Steve Sansweet and Rick McCallum. This year the con is actually going to be held on a convention center (at last!, Centro de Convenciones Hipódromo de las Américas ) so it’s supposed not to be a disappointment for fans who visited the two previous events which had a lot of drawbacks. Tickets are aprox. 12 USD for the three day pass or 5 USD for each day, autographs are supposed to cost 10 USD.

You can discuss this and other Star Wars info at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/starwarsmx

 


 

Wal-Mart Saga Price Drop
June 4, 2002 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

Wal-Mart has dropped their prices on Saga 3 3/4 figures to $4.77 at some California stores, as to whether it will become nationwide is still unknown, but it is a great deal for people who find it.

UPDATE: Yak Reader Roland wrote to let us know that his local Wal-Mart in Alexandria, Louisiana has also dropped the price on Saga figs to $4.77!

UPDATE 2: Yak Reader Shawn confirms that the price drop is national at Wal-Mart, and Yak Reader Marleyeds tells us that Target has dropped their price to $4.99.

 


 

Droids Cartoon Feature at X-Entertainment
June 4, 2002 | 4:53 AM EST | Adam

Warning/Guarantee: X-Entertainment may use language deemed unsuitable for younger audiences. If you are sensitive to harsh language, you should skip this feature.

Retro/Nostolgia site X-Entertainment has posted up a backhanded tribute ofDroids, the 1985 ABC animated series, on its main page. If you saw it as a kid, or never had the chance to catch it, this article gives a pretty accurate review of what it’s like to see the show nearly 17 years later. If you only visit one page during your lunchbreak at work today, make it this one.

 


 

Autograph Wars: $35 for Anthony Daniels
June 4, 2002 | 3:33 AM EST | Adam

This posting at entertainment news site Showbizdata.com discusses a recent article from the U.K. on The Gold One’s autograph… for the full story, visitShowbizdata.com.

 


 

Official Updates at StarWars.com
June 4, 2002 | 3:09 AM EST | Adam

25 Years of Star Wars in Spain
A brief look at Spain’s Star Wars Magazine shows what the fine folks of that nation have to look forward to from their Star Wars Fan Club.

Is Obi-Wan Too Old?
Wondering if Owen Lars was too old in Episode II? Well, now you can find out if there was a foul-up!

 


 

Acklay Hits United States
June 4, 2002 | 3:02 AM EST | Adam

Reader Chris sent in his findings today:

“Juat a tip, The Acklay beast is hitting the U.S. I just got one out of Washington and I have it up on ebay now.”

It’s true, he does.

 


 

Rebelscum Down
June 3, 2002 | 8:21 PM EST | Adam

Mike from Rebelscum sent along this piece of news…

“Rebelscum will be down this afternoon until tomorrow Tuesday around noon while we transfer our servers to a new host. Rebelscum email, NiubNiub’s, and Custom Alliance will also be unavailable.”

 


 

Fan Club Stormtroopers Arrive
June 3, 2002 | 8:20 PM EST | Adam

We’ve received reports from redtwo3, Anakin4325, trvann, and Tyler that their Fan Club Stormtroopers arrived early– since some of these readers opted for FedEx shipping, that means the rest of us can probably expect ours to show up shortly.

 


 

Box Office Dirt
June 3, 2002 | 5:35 AM EST | Adam

Sum of All Fears topped the Clones‘ attack this past weekend, coming in at nearly $11 million more than Star Wars’ $20.7 million.

See additional information with this update at CNN or perhaps the charts, stories, and graphs over at Box Office Mojo.

 


 

Deluxe Anakin, Nexu Discovered
June 3, 2002 | 5:12 AM EST | Adam

DeathStarPlans.com has reported a… report from a reader that has discovered these figures at a Target. To find out where, when, and for how much, visit DSPtoday!

 


 

Hasbro Star Tours: Re-Confirmed
June 3, 2002 | 5:10 AM EST | Adam

If the recent press release about Hasbro’s new store at Walt Disney World wasn’t enough, Rebelscum discovered this page at Disney UK that shows a kid playing with Captain Rex and, if our eyes don’t deceive us, there’s a carded one in the background. Considering these have supposedly been in development for some time, it’s not unthinkable that they would be released in Power of the Jedi style packaging… but, of course, very little in the way of official information exists on these items.

 


 

Q&A Monday Update
June 3, 2002 | 5:01 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice, Yakface’s own Q&A column, has been updated with ten questions and answers for your informationizin’. And yes, we’ll be updating again later this week, so kindly stay tuned true believers!

 


 

Want The Newest Deluxe Wave Free?
June 2, 2002 | 11:33 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews is giving away a carded Nexu and Anakin with sliced and diced Geonosian. Click here for more.

 


 

New Saga Figures Announced
June 1, 2002 | 2:40 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum just posted that The Official Site’s Cargo Bay has just announced a number of new figures: Clone Trooper, Republic Gunship Pilot, Destroyer Droid – Arena Battle, Jango Fett – Slave I Pilot, Lott Dodd, Neimoidian Senator, Watto – Mos Espa Junk Dealer and Tusken Raider with Massiff all of these list a relese date of August 19, 2002– with this many figures on the same date– sounds like case assortments in August with all new figures. Army builders get ready for another onslaught.

It also looks like they have updated release dates, and if these are correct we have some new figures to look for IMMEDIATELY! Han Solo Endor Raid and Obi-Wan Kenobi – Jedi Starfighter Pilot both show June 1, 2002 (TODAY) as their release dates. The Fan Club Stormtrooper Troop Builder Set shows June 7, Teemto Pagalies Pod Racer shows June 17, Chewbacca Cloud City Capture and Darth Maul Sith Training July 1, and Padme Amidala – Coruscant Attack (pilot) on July 15. Also we finally have a release date for Ephant Mon, Jabba’s Head of Security– August 19, 2002.

The Geonosian Arena playset is listed as September 1. Acklay Attack Beast shows TODAY, and the Republic Gunship shows December 1.

UPDATE: In the Deluxe area, entries without photos are up for a Clone Trooper, a Force Flipping Anakin Skywalker, a Flying Geonosian, and Yoda with Force Powers.

UPDATE2: Ki-Adi Mundi, Jedi Master shows a June 17 release.

 


 

R3-T7: Coruscant Droid
June 1, 2002 | 6:30 AM EST | Adam

Thanks to reader Larry for sending in this image which shows R3-T7 in front of some bluescreen. Larry writes:

“Here’s a screen shot from Making Of Part 5 ‘Twinkle Beyond Pluto’. It looks like this scene is on Coruscant somewhere.”

Others have written in saying this scene is when Anakin, Zam, and Zam’s speeder crash near the Outlander Club on Coruscant. Thanks to everybody who wrote in with the image!

Unfortunately, this doesn’t really explain the blue energy, but at least the droid has been spotted on screen.

 


 

Official Sites Updates
June 1, 2002 | 4:34 AM EST | Adam

The Official Site has highlighted 9 entries surrounding Kamino today, including Lama Su, the Fetts, and more! Be sure to check it out, it’s full of new and notable tidbits of information.

Hasbro UK posted a list of the current Saga range for 2002– which doesn’t go beyond what was known earlier, but it’s good to know if you don’t already. Only three figures on this list remains unreleased, and, of course, more figures should be announced soon for the rest of 2002– and an additional three figures don’t appear on Hasbro UK’s list. (These are Pilot Padme, Teemto Pagalies, and another new Anakin Skywalker figure.)

Hasbro USA hasn’t updated their Star Wars pages in a while.

May 2002 Archive

Detailed Target Accessory Pack Photos
May 31, 2002 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

American Dream Comics has come through with some really detailed photos of both the front and back of the upcoming Target Accessory packs. Although no one has announced when this year these will become available, judging from the cardback photos I would guess it will be much sooner, rather than later– they show the Han/Chewie/Obi-Wan wave figures! Click here for the photos!

 


 

Amazon: Looking For Older Figures?
May 31, 2002 | 8:09 AM EST | Mark

If you are new to the hobby and or just need some catch up figures, or hey, even army builders. Check out the latest from Amazon.com. They have for some unknown reason received a lot of older figures. Here is a list of what I have been able to find.

12″ POTF Chewbacca (Plastic dude) $17.99
Leia Organa (2000) $7.99
Chewbacca-Millennium Falcon Mechanic $7.99
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi – Jedi Knight POTJ $7.99
Qui-Gon Jinn-Mos Espa Disguise $7.99
Dagobah Darth Vader (POTF) $7.99
Jedi Force File: Han Solo $7.99
Jedi Force File: Luke Skywalker $7.99
Jedi Force File: Scout Trooper $7.99
Battle Droid Boomer Damage $7.99

 


 

Clones: Now Pocket-sized for GameBoy Advance
May 31, 2002 | 5:50 AM EST | Adam

GameSpot is reporting THQ, licensed publisher extraordinarre, has shipped a new Star Wars title for GameBoy Advance. Click here to read the full story at GameSpot.

 


 

Official Site Updates
May 31, 2002 | 4:02 AM EST | Adam

Silas Carson: Hero with a Thousand Faces
Having played a Jedi, a representative of the Trade Federation, and a Republic pilot, isn’t it time this actor had his own special feature? Well, he got one in Star Wars Insider #55, and now it’s available online for you! Check it out.

What Are Parsecs?
Madame Jocasta Nu tackles a new one– just how long is a parsec?

 


 

Yakface.com Mail Woes
May 30, 2002 | 9:36 PM EST | Adam

We’ve been told that many emails sent to Yakface.com addresses over the past few days have bounced back, and as a result, we never got them. If you experienced this in your attempts to communicate with us, please send us your email again– we would greatly appreciate it.

 


 

R3-T7: The Mystery Continues…
May 30, 2002 | 9:30 PM EST | Adam

This morning in Q&A, we posted what several people wrote in regarding the appearance of R3-T7 in Episode II. We are now receiving reports that the droid did not, in fact, appear at the top of the movie in Captain Typho’s fighter, but rather, this was R2-A6 or another silver-domed Astromech.

We have received several other sightings– some plausable, some not– of the Droid in the film, but will refrain posting them until we can attempt to confirm it. So, as the headline says, the mystery continues…

 


 

Bombers & Speeders: D&S Sci-Fi Newsfeed
May 30, 2002 | 9:08 PM EST | Adam

From D&S Sci-Fi Toy World:

We have the Tie Bomber and Snowspeeder Exclusives in stock!

The prices are currently $41.99 and $39.99, respectively.

 


 

Hasbro UK Updates Continue
May 30, 2002 | 8:58 PM EST | Adam

HasbroJedi.co.uk continues an unprecedented flurry of updates for an official Star Wars toy site with news on the UK availability of the TIE Bomber as well as a blurb on the basic Lightsabers.

 


 

Portman Claims “No Idea” To Extra ROTJ Footage
May 30, 2002 | 1:12 PM EST | John

The Force.net has an article posted involving an interview with Natalie Portman on the alleged extra footage being filmed for Return of the Jedi that is supposed to take place in conjunction with Episode III filming. Her response? “That’s news to me.” To check out the entire article, click here. Either she just doesn’t know yet, or she’s really good at keeping this under wraps. More on this as it develops… in the next 3 or 4 years.

 


 

12″ Jango Fett In Stock At Entertainment Earth
May 30, 2002 | 1:05 PM EST | John

The 12 inch Jango Fett (Item# HS32509, $49.99) is IN STOCK NOW! Jango Fett comes with an authentically styled outfit and accessories, including removable armor! This figure is fully poseable and comes with helmet, 2 backpacks, jumpsuit, boots, belt with holsters, 2 blasters, twin Westar 34 blasters, Mitrinomon Z-5 jet pack, chest armor, 2 shin guards, 2 knee armor pieces, 2 sets of gauntlets, Kamino Saberdart, claw and fibercord whip. Jango also has a missile launcher that really fires and a position range-finder up or down for enemy targeting! Hop on over to Entertainment Earth to get this great figure, and tell them Yakface sent you!

 


 

Trooper Accessory Sets, new Saga Images
May 30, 2002 | 7:06 AM EST | Adam

The fine folks of Rebelscum have posted shots of the first four Target exclusive figure/weapon packs. The figures are essentially reissues of older molds, but for those that had problems finding the POTF2 Death Star Trooper and the POTJ Scout Trooper, this should be great news.

The Hoth set includes a Hoth Rebel Soldier– made of the POTF2 Hoth Rebel Soldier head and Luke Hoth’s body; the Arena Conflict set comes with a spiffy red Battle Droid.

Some highlights from the sets include: the Ewok “drum” set made out of Imperial helmets with drum sticks, what may be a cloth coat for Endor Han, an AT-ST Driver helmet, mouse and interrogation droids, a Stormtrooper helmet, a removable Stormtrooper belt, and gobs of other goodies. These are a gift from above for those who open their figures, and seem to be exactly what many fans have been asking for all these years.

Also posted were Saga figures Obi-Wan Kenobi (Starfighter Pilot), Han Solo (Endor Raid), and Chewbacca (Bespin Caputre.)

 


 

Official News at Hasbro UK & The Official Site
May 30, 2002 | 6:46 AM EST | Adam

HasbroJedi.co.uk has updated yet again with two new features! First is another contest, this time for an Attack of the Clones teaser poster. Second, they posted on the availability on the as-of-yet unavailable Acklay and the issues surrounding Zam’s Speeder… UK fans, be sure to scope this out.

Star Wars.com has posted an update on the ongoing Star Wars monthly comic book being split in two– Star Wars: Empire and Star Wars: Republic. The split, obviously, has been made so there can be two series each focusing on each era of the Star Wars films. As an added bonus, there’s a brief preview of what to expect from the upcoming Betrayal of the Empire story arc.

 


 

Q&A Thursday Update
May 30, 2002 | 6:38 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice, our Q&A column a go-go, has been updated with questions and answers for you, the reader. Topics include the pesky ol’ backgrounds with some Saga figures, deleted Clones footage, and yes, even the mystical whereabouts of R3-T7.

 


 

eBay Fun: Epic Force Vader prototype, More
May 29, 2002 | 7:51 AM EST | Adam

Star Wars Epic Force Prototype
This item includes a packaged mock-up of a Darth Vader VSP from the Epic Force line. What makes this packaging mock-up particularly unique is that it comes on Casper the Friendly Ghost cardstock!

Star Wars Don Post Life Size R2-D2 Replica
Short of building one of your own, this is the best way to get R2-D2 into your living room. His head lights up, and he’s numbered, but the seller is in Hong Kong.

Vintage Canadian Vacuformed General Veers
A fairly rare and unusual Star Wars item from the vintage era, this Canadian item is the only instance of the character General Veers named as such on his packaging– so far. Be sure to check this one out.

 


 

Amazon.com gets Unleashed!
May 29, 2002 | 7:24 AM EST | Mark

Amazon has the Unleashed Jango Fett in-stock and Unleashed Anakin on backorder for $15.99.

Also new in their computers for you to add your name to their mailing list are….
12″ Count Dooku $19.99
12″ Super Battle Droid $19.99
12″ Zam Wesell $19.99

 


 

Hasbro UK: Shaak Ti, Jedi Points, Toy Fair Vader in the UK
May 29, 2002 | 6:40 AM EST | Adam

HasbroJedi.co.uk, Hasbro’s official Internet home for England, posted an apology regarding the current limited availability of everybody’s favorite Togruta Jedi Master, but go on to say more are coming… and they “thank you for your patients [sic].” Go figure (pardon the pun), as she’s not exactly in short supply here in the United States.

HasbroJedi.co.uk has also posted continued information on their Toy Fair Darth Vader contest and a thank you message for feedback thus far. Also, in case you missed it, they posted a note last week about there being no plans to make any offers for Jedi Points in the U.K.

Looks like the team at Hasbro UK’s web house is off to a great start, and we wish many continued updates in the future!

 


 

YakFeature: Episode II Cereal
May 29, 2002 | 6:28 AM EST | Adam

Today’s YakFeature delves into the sugary confection that is Star Wars Episode II Cereal from General Mills. Does it make the grade, or just make your milk purple? Find out in today’s feature!

 


 

Official Updates
May 29, 2002 | 2:34 AM EST | Adam

Does clone coloring indicate Rank?
Everybody’s favorite uppity Jedi Librarian tackles the question of the Clone Trooper coloration scheme– just what do the yellow, red, blue, and green mean?

French Lucasfilm Magazine #35
Now you can read about a magazine that 99.9% of you will not have the opportunity to purchase in your region. The new ish boasts 50 new photos from the newest film and some articles similar to those we’ve had in recent months here in the United States. The magazine sounds like a winner for the French-speaking Star Wars fans out there.

 


 

Star Wars Unleashed In Stock!
May 28, 2002 | 5:17 PM EST | Mark

From Entertainment Earth:

***Star Wars Unleashed!***

We have a limited quantity of the all-new Star Wars Unleashed Asst 1 Set (Item# HS84894AA, $37.99) http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84894AA in stock now! Includes 1x Darth Maul and 1x Jango & Boba Fett. Order your set today!

 


 

Photos: Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter
May 28, 2002 | 7:11 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum posted a batch of photos of the upcoming exclusive X-Wing Fighter vehicle. The item includes survival gear, R2-D2, and comes in a nifty window box. Be sure to check these images out, especially the front page of the instructions which lists the vehicle as being from Attack of the Clones!

 


 

Natalie Portman in ROTJ DVD?
May 27, 2002 | 6:50 PM EST | John

Dark Horizons is reporting that Natalie Portman has been one of the actors/actresses that has been signed on to play a part in the still-tenatively-scheduled DVD release of Return Of The Jedi. Apparently reprising her role as Padme, (or replacing Mon Mothma as this weird reporter still thinks…), these scenes are allegedly to be shot during the Episode III filming stint. These scenes will then be reinserted into the actual film as part of the continuity. Three years, folks…

 


 

AOTC Projected To Break $200 Million Today
May 27, 2002 | 2:14 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is projecting Attack of the Clones will break $200 million today— the second fastest ever! Click here for more.

 


 

eBay: Concept Art for Han Solo’s Belt Toy
May 27, 2002 | 7:17 AM EST | Adam

In the world of the unusual, here’s an item that’s sure to be new to a great deal of the collector base– concept art for a Han Solo belt Role-Play toy. It would have acted as a holster for a Han Solo blaster as well as a new way to carry figures, much like the infamous Chewbacca Bandolier Strap (ROTJ, 1983.) It’s a neat piece of concept art, and definitely worthy of a few seconds of your eyes’ time!

 


 

Q&A Returns/Update
May 27, 2002 | 7:07 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice, the Q&A column that updates for no readily apparent reason, has been updated with a deca-dose of answers and questions. And yes, some have to do with why some of those pesky Attack of the Clones toys don’t look exactly like they did in the movie.

(Which means, for those paying attention, there are no spoiler-guards on the column anymore.)

Additional updates will be controlled by you, the reader. Got a question? Kindly send it on in!

 


 

Oops! Hasbro Missed A Few!!
May 26, 2002 | 8:52 PM EST | Robert

During Celebration II, many collectors of modern prototypes viewed an incredible load of unpainted first shots for sale. One sale in particular stood out from the rest. A sale of a reported 387 first shots were up for grabs all at once during one room sale. Several requests have been made for any pictures showing this modern day motherload, and none have surfaced until now. Hit theprototype section, and head into the First Shots section of the website to view two incredible pictures taken during the sale. If you will notice in one of the pictures there’s a spot where quite a few Boba Fett first shots once were. Whoops! I guess Hasbro missed a few that should have gone to the shredder! 8>)Sweet dreams for modern day first shot collectors indeed! Thanks to a fellow partner in crime for the pictures. You know who you are! ;>)

 


 

The World’s Largest Custom Made Star Wars Toy
May 26, 2002 | 3:56 AM EST | Adam

Reader Michael Fright sent in an image of what may well be the largest custom project to date…

If you click the above image, you can see him standing by his monsterish creation, which is currently residing in a large Darth Maul deco truck. If you only click on one image this year, make it this one.

 


 

Yet More Official Site Updates
May 25, 2002 | 3:24 AM EST | Adam

Splitting the Galaxy
A feature in the databank all about the Separatists– meet San Hill, Po Nudo, and the ultra-cool looking Wat Tambor. When you pen those “wish lists” for upcoming AOTC figures, this feature should come in handy.

Attack of the Clones Pin Collection
In addition to the set they released earlier, Pin USA has released a set on the current #1 movie in the world– well, for this week, anyway. There’s also some nifty individual pins, so check it out.

 


 

The Winner Is…
May 24, 2002 | 10:52 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to our latest Ultarama Winner Jose M. Argibay! Be sure to enter our next drawing. Remember to send us your name, address, and email to be eligigble to win. Send in your entry here.

 


 

Official Site: Adi & Magazines
May 24, 2002 | 3:40 AM EST | Adam

Even More International Magazines
Would you belive… this one has Even More International Magazines? See the latest from the fourth estate in Belguim, Italy, Austria, Portugal, and Germany!

Was Adi Gallia in Clones
Wanting to know the difference between Adi Gallia and Stass Allie, the identical Jedi cousins portrayed by Patty Duke? Just ask Jedi Librarian Jocasta Nu!

 


 

Official Site: Adi & Magazines
May 24, 2002 | 3:38 AM EST | Adam

Even More International Magazines
Would you belive… this one has Even More International Magazines? See the latest from the fourth estate in Belguim, Italy, Austria, Portugal, and Germany!

 


 

HoloNet News: Taken Over by the Military
May 24, 2002 | 3:29 AM EST | Adam

HoloNet News, the weekly in-the-Star-Wars-Universe cybernewspaper, has been taken over by the military by order of the Supreme Chancellor. In other words, show’s over, folks.

 


 

Looking for E3 Spoilers???
May 23, 2002 | 11:14 PM EST | Bill

That’s right E3, and I don’t mean the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The Jundland Wastes has just pointed out that CNN has posted an interview with the Flanneled One, and just how dark E3 will be. Click here for more.

 


 

Attack Of The Posters
May 23, 2002 | 10:35 PM EST | Bill

Barnes and Noble as well as Waldenbooks in the US and Toys “R” Us in Canada are giving way a two-sided poster with the Fetts (Jango and Boba) on one side, and images of Anakin from his portrayal by Jake Lloyd to Haden Christensen on the other.

 


 

KB Exclusive Clone Troopers Out!
May 23, 2002 | 8:59 AM EST | Bill

Those robed scavengers over at The Jawa are reporting that KB Toys Exclusive Red and Yellow Clone Troopes have been spotted. Looks like the hunt is on again.

 


 

E3: Star Wars Game Impressions
May 23, 2002 | 6:44 AM EST | Adam

GameSpot has posted a series of new hands-on (or eyes-on) impressions of various titles from the E3 floor today. Here are some LucasArts titles that may be of interest.

Star Wars Bounty Hunter
Knights of the Old Republic
Gladius
Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb

 


 

Jedi Starfighter Model Images
May 23, 2002 | 5:56 AM EST | Adam

Following a couple of excellent trilogy-based kits is Fine Molds’ Jedi Starfighter Kit, and images are now up at HobbyLink Japan. Thanks to Robert for the tip!

This kit is particularly notable as it includes the first physical merchandise we know of that includes the– for lack of a better word– “Warp Ring.” The cost is around US$20.

 


 

Official Site News
May 23, 2002 | 5:53 AM EST | Adam

Making Episode II: Reel 6
Geonosian wackiness.

Yoda Yogurt
There is now a Yoda Go-Gurt package, so keep your peepers peeled after checking out this preview image of the new package.

“Become A Jedi” Contest Winners
There was a Gentle Giant/Dark Horse Comics booth at Celebration II in which lucky fans could be scanned, and maybe made into an ultra-limited bust. Did you win? You probably already know, but if you don’t, you can check this out and see who won.

 


 

Toy Fair Vader At TRU In Spain
May 22, 2002 | 9:28 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader PackoM sent in this newsflash:

“Yes it’s true!!! My nick is PackoM and I’m a Spanish collector. I must say that I have found in my local Toys’r’us in Seville (Spain) (where it was filmed the escene of the arriving to Naboo in Episode II) the exclusive Darth Vader Silver NYTF 25th Aniversary exclusive fig. It’s a few expensive (44,99 Euros = $40.90). They only have 12 unids and they have sold them by a reserve for the buyers. I have bought two of them wich you can see at the first lines of the purchase ticket I send to you as proof. It’s great!!!”

 


 

Star Wars Auctions For Charity
May 22, 2002 | 9:25 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has listed a number of Star Wars collectibles for sale on Ebay to benefit charity. All proceeds of these auction items will benefit Boundless Playgrounds – a non-profit organization that Hasbro supports through the Hasbro Children’s Foundation. Their mission is to increase public awareness of the tremendous need for playgrounds where children of all abilities can laugh, play and grow together — with the goal of ultimately having fully integrated, universally accessible playgrounds in reach of every child in America. The Boundless Playgrounds team also provides direct services to people, groups and companies who want to design and develop these special, and much needed playgrounds. In the summer of 2001, Hasbro, Inc. was the first corporation to sponsor a Boundless Playground in our home state of Rhode Island.

Star Wars: Celebration Leather Jacket
Episode I Naboo Starfighter Helmet
Star Wars Destroyer Droid Room Alarm 
Star Wars Autographed Lithograph Set

 


 

YakFeature: Djas Puhr
May 22, 2002 | 6:18 AM EST | Adam

Shipping alongside Senator Palpatine is Alien Bounty Hunter, Djas Puhr. Sporting eight points of articulation, two blaster, two holsters, and a face that’s gone virtually unseen by most Star Wars fans before the release of this action figure. Does it make the grade? Does he really look cool out of the package? Click and find out!

 


 

DVD: Lucas on Original Versions
May 22, 2002 | 5:52 AM EST | Adam

Fans wondering if the original versions of the films will be coming to the eventual DVD releases of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi finally have their answer, sort of. The following is a quote from the newly released Star Wars Insider #60, page 61:

“Asked if there’s a possibility of including the original versions as alternate tracks, to show the evolution of films, showcase the state-of-the-art of the era, and preserve film history, Lucas said simply, ‘I don’t think so. I think of the film as The Special Edition. I don’t think of it as the early version, any more than I would put early rough cuts on.'”

So much for fans hoping Lucas would follow in Steven Spielberg’s footsteps with E.T., where the director will be including both versions of the film on the DVD this Fall. Of course, things change, but for now it looks like the only DVDs of the original versions of the Trilogy will end up being poorly made unlicensed bootlegs.

 


 

Star Wars Insider #60 Bundled with Free Cards
May 22, 2002 | 5:22 AM EST | Adam

Star Wars Insider subscribers are being treated to a bunch of goodies with the 130-page issue #60– and only seven pages are for the Fan Club store, the Jawa Trader. Some of the highlights this month…
– Promo Cards
Topps’ P4 promo for Attack of the Clones features Jango Fett and an army of Clone Troopers. A Trading Card Game promo pack includes an Anakin Skywalker card and a card-shaped coupon for a free booster pack by mail, with the purchase of the two-player game.
– Interviews
George Lucas, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, and Hayden Christensen are featured in brand new interviews courtesy of Star Wars journalist Scott Chernoff.
– Reference
Articles breaking down various shots of the movie into labeled elements will introduce many to the new and often oddly named citizenry of the Star Wars worlds, plus there are articles on the new droids, a “Who’s Who in Jabba’s Palace” feature, a great little feature on trading cards, and much more.
– Other
A peek at the Clones novelization, a look at some board games, and other features on recent merchandise are sure to delight fans and befuddle the rest of America. Be sure to pick this issue up, as there’s a whole mess to read this time around.

 


 

E3: The Star Wars News Round-Up
May 22, 2002 | 4:34 AM EST | Adam

There’s dozens of reports of all sorts of new stuff going on in the world of Star Wars gaming, so here’s a quick rundown of what you can find at some of the finer video game sites out there.

Gameforms
Knights of the Old Republic: 5 Hi-res screen shots
LucasArts to port Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided to PS2, Xbox

GameSpot
Jedi Outcast Coming to GameCube, Xbox
Knights of the Old Republic Preshow Report
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter Preshow Report

LucasArts E3 2002
LucasArts, of course, provides a virtual feast of content on their E3 page. A sequel to Full Throttle, trailers for seven new games, a new Indiana Jones adventure, and scores of press releases await you here.

In addition to Star Wars, there are dozens of announcements and impressions available surrounding classic franchises such as Contra, Metroid, and even Zelda. (Oh, and an expansion to the wildly popular PlayStation2 title, Grand Theft Auto 3… but you knew about that.)

 


 

Star Wars.com Updates
May 22, 2002 | 3:51 AM EST | Adam

New to The Official Site:

Samuel L. Jackson: The Jedi Returns
An expanded biography as well as an interview for your perusal.

E3 2002: Star Wars Games Coming to the Consoles
Star Wars Galaxies is coming to Xbox and PlayStation 2, and Jedi Knight II is coming to GameCube and PlayStation 2.

Were you mistaken about Podracing?
A Q&A supplement to an earlier question regarding the appearance of Podracing in Episode II.

 


 

Console Gamers: Price Drops
May 21, 2002 | 2:55 PM EST | Mark

Been waiting for that big sale to get a new game console? You can now get the Playstation 2 or the Xbox for $199.99, or the GameCube for $149.99. They are all in stock at both Amazon.comand KBToys.com. So if you have been waiting, hop over and pick one up. There are quite a few Star Wars games out there for each of the systems.

 


 

Pre-Order Episode 2 Mini Busts Today!
May 21, 2002 | 1:21 PM EST | Mark

This in from our Sponsor EE:
“***Episode 2 Mini Busts***

We finally have images for the second wave of Star Wars Episode 2 Mini Busts and they look incredible. The second wave will include: Jango Fett Mini Bust (Item# DH11939, $44.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=DH11939
Zam Wessell Mini Bust (Item# DH11940, $44.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=DH11940
Count Dooku Mini Bust (Item# DH11948, $44.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=DH11948. Expect these great items to arrive in August!”

 


 

YakFeature: Supreme Chancellor Palpatine Figure
May 21, 2002 | 6:26 AM EST | Adam

Our newest YakFeature focuses on the mastermind of all within the Star Wars Universe, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. Images, impressions, and more await you in today’s feature!

 


 

Official Site Launches TPM DVD Internet Commentary
May 21, 2002 | 5:46 AM EST | Adam

This article at Star Wars.com outlines a new commentary visible on your PC (not Mac) DVD ROM drive that highlights bits and pieces of the film. Check out the link for futher details.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed: Djas Puhr, Palpatine In Stock
May 21, 2002 | 5:00 AM EST | Adam

From the fine folks at Entertainment Earth:

EII Collection 2 (Wave 5) (Item# HS84861E, $95.99)

Includes 12 action figures: 2x Geonosian Warrior, 2x Dexter Jettster – Coruscant Informant, 2x Qui-Gon Jinn – Jedi Master, 2x Endor Rebel Soldier (possible goatee variation), 2x Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and 2x Djas Puhr – Alien Bounty Hunter (subject to change).

This item is also available in a set:

EII Coll 2 (Wave 5), Set (Item# HS84861EE, $59.99)

 


 

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Djas Puhr Found in US
May 20, 2002 | 8:40 PM EST | Adam

Reader Rob had a good find this morning:

“This morning at Walmart there was a large stock of new figures, including Senator Palpatine and the Alien Bounty Hunter. There was also the Qui-Gon Jinn, Endor Soldier, and Massif, but strangely no Orn Free Taa, which I had found a week earlier with the Qui-Gon,Endor, Massif wave. I don’t know where the Han and Chewbacca are showing up or if they’re out yet, but figure numbers 39 and 40 are out there.”

ADDENDUM:
Rob had a little more to add later…
“In my haste of grabbing figures amongst a hoard of other collectors when the doors first opened and running late for work, I failed to pay attention to what I picked up. I did NOT find the Massif… grabbed the Geonasion Warrior and just got confused in all the chaos. I don’t think the Massif was there. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Endor Rebel Soldier, and Djas Puhr I did manage to grab though and they are definitely out there. Sorry for the confusion.

We also spotted the figures here in Phoenix later at night, and had a similar selection of figures on shelves/in bins.

 


 

Hasbro UK Launches Site
May 20, 2002 | 8:38 PM EST | Adam

In a surprise move, HasbroJedi.co.uk has been launched with collector news for England. Right now, content is a little thin, but there are contests to win Toy Fair Darth Vaders, your likeness as an action figure, and news that Jorg Sacul will be released to the UK market– sort of. It has a nice layout to it, and is definitely worth a look.

 


 

Action Figure Film at Hasbro’s Site
May 20, 2002 | 8:35 PM EST | Adam

Damon of Probot Productions sent us this press release on a short film: Star Wars, retold in action figures, in under three minutes:

“Probot Productions is proud to announce the release of our latest action figure film online now exclusively at www.starwars.hasbro.com!!!

This 3 minute homage to STAR WARS – A New Hope recreates several scenes from the original Classic and features lots of new and vintage Star Wars toys and digital special effects!

Produced by Probot Productions exclusively for Hasbro. Filmed and edited by Damon Wellner. Digital Special Effects by Kellfire Bray.

Check it out now at:

http://starwars.hasbro.com/bountyhunter/afiguretheater.cfm

 


 

Comic Review: Full of Surprises #1
May 20, 2002 | 5:32 AM EST | Adam

Full of Surprises #1, the promotional comic book given away at Toys “R” Us with any Hasbro purchase, has been reviewed. Is it worth the cost? Find out!

 


 

Clones Attack Box Office
May 20, 2002 | 2:40 AM EST | Adam

According to various reports, the Force is with Lucas’ newest epic, which grossed $116.3 million (USA) in four days. Internationally, the film made an estimated $183 million.

Spider-Man continues to do quite well, making another $46 million this weekend. Those looking for more data would be best served by any of the following stories…

Yahoo! Movies: Weekend Box Office Report
Box Office Mojo: ‘Attack of the Clones’ Conquers…
Zap2it.com Movies: Box Office
CNN: ‘Clones’ knocks ‘Spider-Man’ from Perch

Needless to say, the 2002 Summer Box Office is doing very well.

 


 

Packaged Unleashed Figures on eBay
May 19, 2002 | 8:52 AM EST | Adam

An eBay seller has posted a pair of auctions for the new Unleashed Jango Fett and Unleashed Darth Maul in their packages. Those looking for an advanced glimpse of these toys in their unique packaging should surf on over.

 


 

Sunday Newspaper Specials
May 19, 2002 | 8:45 AM EST | Adam

From the US Sunday papers, here’s a few specials you might find useful… including a couple so low, they could be typos.

Toys “R” Us
PlayStation 2 Starfighter Combo Pack, $49.99
Starfighter and Jedi Starfighter in one package, only $49.99. A Toys “R” Us Exclusive. Offer not available online… and it’s a fairly good deal.
UPDATE: Despite the ad saying it’s not available online, it is. Click here to see it.

Free Comic Book
The first in a series of four free comic books is being offered with any Hasbro purchase.

Target
Star Wars: Rogue Leader (GameCube), $39.99
Hasbro Jedi Starfighter, $17.88
Hasbro Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber, $17.88
Hasbro Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber, $17.88
Lego Jango Fett’s Slave I, $24.88
Lego Bounty Hunter Pursuit, $24.88
Star Wars: Special Edition Trilogy VHS, $24.99
Episode I DVD, $17.99

Once again, it pays to check those local stores for sales!

 


 

Carded Saga Chewbaca and Han Endor Photos
May 18, 2002 | 5:31 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum has posted carded photos of the upcoming Saga Chewbaca and Han Endor. Here’s a surprise– the disassembled C-3PO has light up eyes!

 


 

AOTC Official Cast & Crew Lists
May 18, 2002 | 7:03 AM EST | Adam

In addition to the regular updates, The Official Site posted lists for the cast and for the crew of the new flick.

Astute fans will notice a few absences: Aurra Sing isn’t listed (she isn’t for Episode I either), nor has anyone spotted her in the film yet. But as we’re a collecting site, we’ll leave these up to the cats at JediNet and TheForce.Net, and some great articles about easter eggs, deleted footage, and the many changes made from the script to the film are showing up on both. So fans of the obscure, you’re in for a series of treats in the coming weeks!

 


 

Star Wars.com Updates
May 18, 2002 | 6:43 AM EST | Adam

Pillars of the Old Republic
Wondering which Senator is which? Can’t remember if Ask Aak is from Malastare or Ryloth? Just looking for some nice pictures of minor characters? Then this is the update for you.

It’s a Hit: Celebration II
An estimated 27,000 fans attended the Jorg Sacul buying party a few weeks ago, and the Official Site continues to bring coverage of this (hopefully) regular event.

 


 

Hasbro: Visit the Cartoon Network and you could ‘Become a Jedi Knight’
May 18, 2002 | 6:35 AM EST | Adam

Hasbro is offering all the young Jedi out there– aged 14 or younger– the chance to be made as a custom-designed Jedi Knight action figure. Visit the site for details!

 


 

New Hasbro Figures at the Fan Club
May 18, 2002 | 6:26 AM EST | Adam

In addition to the Stormtrooper Troop Builder Set available at the Fan Club, here are some Saga offerings now available:
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel)
Darth Vader (Bespin Duel)
Count Dooku
Yoda
Mace Windu (Geonosian Rescue)
Jango Fett (Final Battle)
Massiff
Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master)
There are several others available, and each individual figure is $5.99.

 


 

TRU Exclusive Comic
May 17, 2002 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

If you haven’t been to your local Toys R Us to get the first of their exclusive Episode 2 comics, go now! These comics are NOT outtakes from the Episode 2 comic adaptation. They are another back story for E2 and appear to have been written as an ad campaign for the Episode 2 toy line– just one example– it shows the Jedi Starfighter in Hasbro’s “fight mode”.

 


 

Fan Choice Figure 4 Poll
May 17, 2002 | 8:42 PM EST | Bill

The results are in:

General Rieekan(TM) – The Empire Strikes Back(TM) : 25%
Nym(TM) – Expanded Universe (TM) : 11 %
Rebel Soldier(TM) in Scout Trooper(TM) Disguise – Return of the Jedi(TM) : 6 %
Imperial Dignitary(TM) – Return of the Jedi(TM) : 24 %

And the WINNER:
Stormtrooper(TM) – McQuarrie Concept Design : 34 %

Thanks to everyone who wrote in to call out attention to the final talley.

 


 

Official Site Updates
May 17, 2002 | 5:44 AM EST | Adam

AOTC in Theaters Now
…but, again, you knew that.

E3 2002: Begun The Clone Wars Have
News on the new PlayStation 2/GameCube title, including screenshots and a story synopsis. Those wanting a little more may want to check out this story at GameSpot.

And don’t forget…
Hasbro‘s fourth Fan’s Choice poll ends a mere few hours after this post was made. Check in to see the winner this afternoon, and if you still have time to cast your vote, then best ye go to vote post-haste.

 


 

HoloNet News: Volume 531, No. 56
May 17, 2002 | 4:39 AM EST | Adam

HoloNet News has been updated with stories on Sen. Amidala (Naboo) and the assassination attempts surrounding the Military Creation Act, as well as coverage of a speeder thief and other happenings around the Coco District.

 


 

SALE: EE Newsfeed
May 17, 2002 | 4:26 AM EST | Adam

Discounts abound at Entertainment Earth:

***Attack of the Clones Sale!***

Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones finally opened Wednesday night at midnight! To celebrate, Entertainment Earth is offering special prices on these six Episode 2 items!

EII Collection 2 (Wave 2) (Item# HS84861B, $74.99)EII Collection 2 (Wave 3) (Item# HS84861C, $74.99)EII Collection 1 (Wave 1) (Item# HS84851A, $74.99)EII Collection 1 (Wave 2) (Item# HS84851C, $74.99)EII Deluxe Figures (Wave 1) (Item# HS84859A, $59.99), and the Reek Arena Battle Beast (Item# HS84883, $16.99).

 


 

12″ Ultimate Jango Shipping??
May 16, 2002 | 5:21 PM EST | Mark

Doug writes in that he received his Ultimate Jango Fett today from Amazon.com, even though they said it was not shipping until the 14th of June. Thanks for the tip Doug.

 


 

New Items at TRU.UK
May 16, 2002 | 5:18 PM EST | Mark

Over at Toys R Us UK they have all sorts of new items. Just search on Star Wars.
Here are a few of the new items.
EpII Monopoly
Jango Fett Costume
EpII 3-D Board Game
EpII Chess Set
Among other things, so check it out.

 


 

AP Talks DVD
May 16, 2002 | 7:23 AM EST | Adam

The Associated Press published a story on the impending release of the Clones on DVD. Apparently Lucas is confirming the rumors of a 2002 release, so give the story a once-over for the full scoop.

 


 

Official Site Happenings
May 16, 2002 | 6:41 AM EST | Adam

Over at Star Wars.com
E3 2002: Bounty Hunter
A glimpse at the upcoming game starring Jango Fett. The title will be further previewed at E3 in Los Angeles next week, and is in production for Playstation2 and GameCube gaming platforms.

An Introduction to Episode II
Looking for a basic intro to the new film? Well, this is it. Perfect for newbies or those who haven’t been paying attention to the merchandise.

And at Hasbro…
Fan’s Choice Poll #4
Closing Friday, and one figure has surprisingly taken a very sudden lead this week. Don’t forget to cast your vote before it’s too late!

Also, the new Watto is in the rotation on the main page… so you may be randomly selected to see him.

 


 

Clone Day
May 16, 2002 | 6:31 AM EST | Adam

As Clones has finally reached cinemas today, all of us at Yakface.com would like to wish you the very best moviegoing experiences today. If you’re one of the many fans playing hooky from work, or from school, rest assured that you’re in for a treat today. (And the new Matrix trailer, most likely.)

 


 

Pirate Clones Videos On Sale In Asia
May 15, 2002 | 9:03 PM EST | Adam

Showbizdata is reporting that authorities in Malaysia have already seized VCDs and DVDs made by film pirates and selling for less than the price of a US theatrical ticket. Read the full story for details.

While LucasFilm has yet to announce any official release date for VHS and/or DVD in the United States, rumblings on DVD web pages hint that both have been in development and may be out before Thanksgiving.

 


 

Free Hasbro Figure Poster at Toys “R” Us
May 15, 2002 | 8:54 PM EST | Adam

The Raving Toy Maniac is reporting in this story that Toys “R” Us will be giving away a free poster to fans on Sunday. For quantities and more, see the story.

The poster is identical to the one given away at Celebration II and shows the figures through Djas Puhr.

 


 

Forbes on Digital Projection of Clones
May 15, 2002 | 8:40 PM EST | Adam

Reader Dan sent in a nifty article from Forbes on the cost of digital projection, fan response, and more. If you’re interested in the proliferation of all things digital, check it out!

 


 

Ultimate 12″ Jango Fett Found
May 15, 2002 | 8:33 PM EST | Adam

We’ve received a few reports from readers, first is reader Matt Rardon, an all around groovy dude who used to run one of the best POTF2 pages around:

“I found the Ultimate Jango at a K-Mart in Redwood City CA today. It rang up at the $32.99 sale price. I will not get a chance to open it until after work 😉 Can’t wait to play with this puppy!!!!”

And another from Steve…

“I went to Kmart in Paramus, NJ this morning and looked for the ‘Ultimate Jango Fett’, to ano avail. Anyway, then i went to my local TRU and they had 4 of them, but for $47.99, while Kmart was selling them for, on sale $32.99, so i priced matched it..and they gave it to me….”

 


 

Wal-Mart Promotion with Free Lego Clone Troopers
May 15, 2002 | 8:30 PM EST | Adam

Reader Matt had some interesting stuff to share:

“Found this booklet last week at the walmart in Roanoke VA. Guessing its a give-away for Walmart’s Jedi Challenge Promotion on the 17th (I think). I’ve scanned in the pics and uploaded them. Links to the scans are below if you’re interested. Also in the cart with the booklets were bags of lego clonetrooper parts. Feel free to post this if you want.

http://filebox.vt.edu/users/mguzy/jedi_cover.JPG
http://filebox.vt.edu/users/mguzy/jedi_2-3.JPG
http://filebox.vt.edu/users/mguzy/jedi_4-5.JPG
http://filebox.vt.edu/users/mguzy/jedi_6-7.JPG
http://filebox.vt.edu/users/mguzy/jedi_8-9.JPG
http://filebox.vt.edu/users/mguzy/jedi_10-11.JPG
http://filebox.vt.edu/users/mguzy/jedi_backcover.JPG

 


 

Review: Jedi Starfighter for Xbox
May 15, 2002 | 4:48 AM EST | Adam

GameSpot has posted a review of the Xbox port of the PlayStation 2 game Jedi Starfighter. Find out which is the better in their well-written review.

Also, the Xbox and PlayStation 2 have been dropped to $199.99 in the United States (although not all stores have updated their prices accordingly.) The PSOne is now $49.99.

 


 

Star Wars.com Announces August Comics, More
May 15, 2002 | 4:33 AM EST | Adam

Clones Worldwide and Digital Debuts
The new flick opens in 74 countries on May 16, 2002. But you knew that. Find out which ones in this story.

E3 2002: Knights of the Old Republic 
Set 4000 years before the original trilogy, this game is stuffed with Sith and Jedi goodness. And odds are it’ll be shown at E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

More Episode II Mini Busts
See some particularly gorgeous busts: Count Dooku, Zam Wesell, and Jango Fett have all turned out quite well. See for yourself at this link.

August 2002 Comics
Find out what’s changed in the Empire Strikes Back Infinities book, find out more about Aayla Secura, and more! New cover art is up for your perusal. Release dates from Dark Horse:
August 7
Star Wars: Darkness Trade Paperback
August 14
Star Wars: Infinities – The Empire Strikes Back #2 of 4
August 21
Star Wars #45: Rites of Passage 4 of 4

 


 

R2-D2/C-3PO Sesame Street to re-air May 16
May 15, 2002 | 4:16 AM EST | Adam

Reader Danny Hill informs us of a few special Sesame Street episodes airing on May 16 on Noggin. Check your listings for these special episodes featuring R2-D2 and C-3PO!

 


 

Knights of the Old Republic: Preview, Screenshots
May 15, 2002 | 4:01 AM EST | Adam

Gameforms, the recently launched video game news site, has a lot of information, imagery, and more on the upcoming Xbox/PC Bioware/LucasArts Baldur Clone. The game is due for release in the United States in Fall, 2002.

 


 

Djas Puhr Review, with Images
May 15, 2002 | 3:59 AM EST | Adam

Action-Figure.com has posted a review with pictures of the apparently newly released Djas Puhr action figure. It looks like another winner, somehow Hasbro really has a knack for taking a third-rate character and making a nice toy… check it out!

 


 

New at The Official Site
May 14, 2002 | 4:50 AM EST | Adam

Episode II Premieres for Charity
On Sunday, eleven premieres for Attack of the Clones were held for children’s charities around the United States. The Official Site updated with pictures and information on these events, but most interesting was a report from a reader on a “special collectible” he found… see below for news on that.

 


 

Jorg Sacul at Charity Screening
May 14, 2002 | 4:44 AM EST | Adam

At Celebration II, Hasbro made a vague reference that Jorg Sacul wouldn’t be sold again, but a few of him would be made available again elsewhere. Dyslogia Twang has an interesting report on this matter…

“Just to let you know, attendees of the childhaven.org charity screening of AOTC in Seattle, WA received Jorg Sacul figures in their goodie bags. A ‘special collectible’ was advertised, but as far as I know, details were not made public until the screening. As near as I can tell, there is nothing new in this figure (packaging or otherwise).”

Intriguing! It’s assumed that Jorg will show up at other similar events in the future, but it’s fairly up-in-the-air.

 


 

Toys “R” Us Coupon
May 14, 2002 | 1:19 AM EST | Adam

Reader scoobyonekenobi sent us this:

“Got an email from fandango.com for the starwars movie and below was a coupon .This will help alot only 1 coupon per perchase happy hunting expires 05/25/02

http://www201.toysrus.com/CORPORATE_INFO/tru/promotions/dsp_info_sw_fandango_email.cfm

 


 

Round Jango Blaster Follow-Up
May 14, 2002 | 1:16 AM EST | Adam

Reader Jeff has this to share:

“since i worked in plastic injection molding for almost five years, i would say that blaster should have never made it into the final product. it looks like what is commonly referred to as a short. a short is when there isnt enough injection pressure or enough molten plastic to completely fill a cavity. this should have been thrown into the scrap bin and tossed but 100 percent quality assurance on something this small isnt feasible. yes they should have caught this but i can tell you that several hours into a shift doing the same thing over and over and over again tends to destroy your eyesight and lower your iq by twenty points.”

So it was, apparently, just an error.

 


 

Happy Birthday George Lucas!
May 14, 2002 | 12:52 AM EST | Adam

Born on May 14, 1944, filmmaker George Lucas has brought us much in the way of entertainment over the years. From Young Indiana Jones to Radioland Murders to Howard the Duck, Lucas has always been there to bring us the finest in filmed entertainment. On his 58th Birthday, we wish him the best and many more returns.

 


 

Jorg Sacul Overview
May 14, 2002 | 12:49 AM EST | Adam

The complete lowdown on the Celebration II exclusive action figure Jorg Sacul has been postedright here, with pictures, comments, and more. Check it out.

 


 

Djas Puhr Found at Retail Stores 
May 13, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe is reporting that several Star Wars collectors have found Djas Puhr at retail in the United Kingdom. Hopefully the US won’t be too far behind.

 


 

Super Battle Droid Variation Update
May 13, 2002 | 9:05 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader BrerDan sent this in:

“I think the flat-chested Super Battle Droid Variation may be linked to another Super Battle Droid variation: shiny-smooth finish versus a more textured/duller looking finish. This sounds minor, but it really makes for a very different looking figure. The vast majority are the duller looking finish, but I found a few of the shiny-smooth finish at a local Kmart. I have found both with the background card, but only have opened the dull finish one and it indeed had the circuitry even though it had a card. My guess is that the earlier ones are shiny AND don’t have the circuitry….if you look at the photograph already on your site, I believe you can see what I am referring to.”

 


 

Early AOTC Review
May 13, 2002 | 9:02 PM EST | Bill

One of Artoos News’ reps was lucky enough to be able to attend the premeire in NYC at Tribeca of AOTC on Sunday. They’ve got full coverage, so click here for the details.

 


 

Stormtrooper Multi-Packs Available @ Fan Club
May 13, 2002 | 3:03 PM EST | John

Thanks to all that have written! This neat set is currently available at the Fan Club for preorder. The cost is $19.99 ($17.99 for members) per pack of 4, or 5 packs for a total of 20 Stormtroopers for $79.95.

 


 

Kenner Founder Passes Away
May 13, 2002 | 7:13 AM EST | Adam

Reader Art tipped us off to this story from the Associated Press. Jospeph Lowenbach Steiner, the Co-founder of Kenner Products Co., died of a heart attack.this past weekend at the age of 95. For the full and quite brief story just follow the link.

For the uninitiated, Kenner produced Star Wars action figures since their introduction in 1977 as an Early Bird set, and then brought the line back from a 10-year absence in 1995 under the Hasbro umbrella. Despite the new ownership, they kept the Kenner logo on the package until the end of 1998, when the Kenner name and logo were permanently dropped in favor of Hasbro’s iconography.

Kenner Toys was also responsible for toys like Play-Doh, Spirograph, Strawberry Shortcake, countless lines of licensed action figures, and the proliferation of the ever-popular Batman toy franchise.

 


 

Actual Variation?: Jango Fett Blasters
May 13, 2002 | 5:18 AM EST | Adam

While we’ve received countless reports of errors and mispackaged figures touted as “variants,” it seems we may have found an actual new change to Jango Fett (Kamino Escape), courtesy of long time reader Crouching Tayger.

In this image, you can see that one gun is the typical Jango gun found with Kamino Escape, Deluxe, and Final Battle versions of the character. The other, though, has a rounded tip– very different than other versions of the gun made available to date.

Is this a new thing? An accident? Or just another error? If you have any information (we’ve got plenty of speculation,) please do write in.

 


 

eBay: Drew Struzan Original Artwork
May 13, 2002 | 4:13 AM EST | Adam

Matt tipped us off to his auction featuring 77 pieces of artwork by Drew Struzan, a poster artist responsible for the three Special Edition posters, the two regular prequel posters, Harry Potter, and countless others. Included are sketches, final paintings, and more– although it would appear there are no Star Wars pieces in the lot. Still, it’s nifty to see a collection of this nature, so if you have a few minutes, it might be worth a look.

 


 

More Cereal Premiums
May 12, 2002 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Prod9:

“Hey check out your grociery stores. Kellogg’s is giving away free rubik’s cube heads. They are about 2-3″ and each one has two 3-D images of star wars characters for you to play with; Anakin/Darth Vader, Shmi/Leia, R2-D2/C-3P0, Count Doku/Emperor palpatine, Obi-wan young/Obi-wan old, and the best of all Jango-fett/Clone Trooper.

Also there is an offer for an adult sized clone trooper mask $19.00 Canadian (about $10.00 U.S.) Some stores have these masks in stock so if you’re lucky you won’t have to mail away.”

 


 

Wal-Mart Taking Preorders for Republic Gunship And Arena Playset
May 12, 2002 | 12:11 AM EST | Bill

Wal-Mart.com is now taking preorders for the Republic Gunship at a price of $38.86 and with a release date of August 15, 2002, and for the Arena Playset also for $38.86 and with a September 15, 2002 delivery date.

 


 

KMart Sale This Week
May 11, 2002 | 4:59 PM EST | Mark

Thanks to GarGarBnks for the following.
“There is a big Star Wars section in the Sunday K-Mart ad.. This ad is for the San Francisco, Fresno, Reno, and Las Vegas markets. They advertise a villain figure for $32.99 and Jango Fett is pictured. They also have 15% off Star Wars legos, deluxe figures for $9,99, speeder vehicles for $10.99, villain vehicle for $24.99, attack beast for $13.99, and basic figures -buy one at $6.99, get the 2nd for $3,49. They also have on sale the ATOC soundtrack for $11.88 and assorted other Episode II items.”

 


 

KBToys Has Yoda And More
May 11, 2002 | 4:39 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com has Yoda, Count Dooku in stock, also they have the Deluxe Luke with Bacta and Deluxe Maul for $6.99 on sale. Thanks to Andrew for the news.

 


 

Hasbro Hacked Again????
May 11, 2002 | 4:33 PM EST | Mark

This sent in from Ziggy….
“I just noticed that the ralph mcquarrie stormtrooper has suddenly umped up in the poll to take a 7% lead over general riekkan and the dignitary. I think some sick weirdo has hacked the contest again, just like what happened with ephont mon and the twilek dancer.”
Makes one wonder…

 


 

Super Battle Droid Variation Update
May 10, 2002 | 11:23 PM EST | Bill

Thank you to all of the Yak Readers who have wrtten with their efforts to find the flat version of the Super Battle Droid. It appears that the flat interior chest variation is not in all of the Super Battle Droids with background inserts and correction stickers on the back. The ones I found them in had date stamps of 20021 and 20141. I have had reports that they are NOT in cards with a date stamp of 20211. If you have any more information, send it in.

 


 

New Figure Images
May 10, 2002 | 6:34 PM EST | Mark

SSG.com has posted some images of new deluxe figures carded and loose, new Micro Machines Battle Packs and more from the Tokyo Toy Show 2002. Very nice.

 


 

Episode II Available Online?
May 10, 2002 | 1:37 PM EST | Adam

CNN reports a zealous fan/vindictive movie-goer has created a bootleg copy of Attack of the Clones with a tripod-mounted digital camcorder that is currently making its way around IRC. ReadCNN’s full story for… the full story.

 


 

New HoloNet News Online
May 10, 2002 | 12:40 AM EST | Adam

It’s Thursday, so it must be time for an all-new issue of HoloNet News! The new edition has stories about the Senate Guard, news of Battle Droids and Loyalist Committees, and, of course, Jedi Taskforces. Check it out, it’s a good one!

 


 

POTJ Clearances, Shipments Continue
May 9, 2002 | 11:58 PM EST | Adam

If you’re still looking for some POTJ figures, don’t count out the regular action figure section of your local Toys “R” Us. Some stores are getting additional new shipments of the BoShek wave, others are receiving more Preview figures as well as $4.97 Amanamans and Slave Leias. And still others are receiving the Bespin Luke/Vader/etc. Saga wave… so if you have a Toys “R” Us in your area, don’t skip it on your next toy run.

 


 

Celebration II Passes Arrive
May 9, 2002 | 4:02 PM EST | Adam

We’ve received a couple of reports of the Celebration II passes showing up to those who ordered them in Indianapolis last week. Each set comes with eight passes, a lanyard, and a C2 camera.

We’ve also received a few emails asking how they can order these. Unfortunately, Celebration II merchandise sales were limited to Celebration II and according to those at the convention, the merchandise will not be available on the primary market again. So for your Jorg Saculs, C2 Passes, Shirts, and so forth, you’ll need to check eBay and elsewhere.

 


 

More New Items Listed
May 9, 2002 | 8:50 AM EST | Mark

After doing a little more digging (one can find a lot), I was able to find these interesting things listed at Amazon.com.
12″ Electronic Jango Fett $34.99
12″ Electronic Obi-Wan Kenobi $34.99
Acklay $19.99
Also in stock again but still not listed is Master Jedi Yoda

 


 

Ultimate R2-D2 Details
May 8, 2002 | 11:04 PM EST | Bill

Adam over at the Trade Federation has posted the scoop on the really LARGE SIZE R2-D2 coming from Hasbro this fall, including a number of photos. I saw this thing at Toy Fair and C2 and all I can say, is it is unbelieveable! Click here for more

 


 

Major Super Battle Droid Variation
May 8, 2002 | 10:38 PM EST | Bill

We’ve all heard about enough variations to go insane on Episode II figures, but Yak Reader Brinn 71 has found one that, like R2-D2’s legs is a variation in the molds used to produce the figure itself. This time it’s on the Super Battle Droid. Before I start to describe the two variations, note that the difference is on the chest plate INSIDE the Super Battle Droid which is only visible when the droid is in the disassembled “battle damage” mode.

The first version has a chest plate which is totally flat. The second version has molded circuits and gears which are raised slightly. The difference is very noticible as you can see from pictures below the difference is very noticible.

Now, the good news. It does not appear that this is a “hidden” variation which requires opening the figure to see which version you have. (Although I strongly encourage freeing figures from their plastic prisons as soon as possible.) The flat chest figures are in the earliest releases of the Super Battle Droids. They appear, based on my unscientific study of opening a lot of carded SBDs, to be only in those figures which have background scenes and the “corrected” sticker on the back showing the battle damage.

 


 

eBay: Prototypes
May 8, 2002 | 4:18 PM EST | Adam

Jorg Sacul First Shot
A multicolored sample figure of Jorg Sacul, complete with helmet.

Millennium Falcon Flight Controller
This item would have been the sequel to the X-Wing Flight controller, but instead was doomed to the realm of unreleased toys. Check it out, this is a neat piece that would’ve been offered in the Pre-Episode I days.

Jango Fett (Final Battle) First Shot
May contain potential spoilers. This auction is for a multicolored Jango Fett sample… it’s very spiffy.

Ewoks Cartoon Prototype Chief Chirpa figure with proof card
One of the many cancelled cartoon figures, and in fairly good condition. Surely, one of the finest prototypes to add to your collection, and the bidding is currently fairly low.

 


 

Attack of the Critics: Clones Reviewed
May 8, 2002 | 3:37 PM EST | Adam

We’ve been tipped off to a variety of online reviews for the prequel sequel, some with spoilers, some without. For your amusement, here are some of them:
Fox News
TheDigitalBits.com
Movies.com

Ebert & Roeper, for those interested, will review the film on this weekend’s installment of their television program (check your local listings for time and channel.)

The reviews, as per usual, are very mixed. Some people simply adored the flick, while others merely adore pointing out its faults. If you can’t wait a week to see it yourself, don’t hesitate to check out a review or two.

 


 

HoloNet News: Volume 531, Number 54
May 7, 2002 | 8:53 PM EST | Adam

HoloNet News has been updated recently with yet another addition, including mention of a sighting of Count Dooku– something many a collector has been hoping to do lately. Don’t miss the latest update in the Star Wars universe!

 


 

Celebration II Hasbro News
May 7, 2002 | 8:02 PM EST | Adam

Looking for news you may not have read elsewhere just yet? Wondering how many other Clone Trooper figures are coming this year? Is it true there’s another R2-D2 on the way? And just what is the fate of the Red Battle Droid (Arena Battle)?

All this, and much, much more can be read right here in the first installment of our Celebration II coverage.

 


 

Dooku In Stock
May 7, 2002 | 5:38 PM EST | Mark

While not listed on the site Count Dooku is available at Amazon.com, so if you are looking for him, click on over and pick one up.

 


 

Clone Competition
May 7, 2002 | 3:52 PM EST | Adam

Spider-Man, Sam Raimi’s tale of Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, has made over $114 million in a three-day span. Will the army of Clones be able to topple this phenomenal, fantastically large opening figure? Stay tuned to sites like ShowBizData.com, who post features like this oneanalyzing the weekend box office take.

 


 

Attack of the Clones TV Guides
May 7, 2002 | 3:26 PM EST | Adam

Several readers have let us know that the new issues of TV Guide with Star Wars covers are now available. Check your local check-out lanes at a grocery store or other fine newsstands for more.

 


 

Countdown to Clones On CNN
May 7, 2002 | 9:55 AM EST | Mark

Thanks to Peter for this news bit.
“Just to remind folks that tonight on CNN at 8:00pm is Connie Chung’s special, ‘Countdown to the Clones,’ a one-on-one interview with George Lucas. The CNN website says, ‘Live From Skywalker Ranch — Connie Chung: Countdown to the Clones: We look at the latest in the ‘Star Wars’ saga including a live interview with creator George Lucas.'”

 


 

Arena Battle Playset Listed On WalMart.com
May 7, 2002 | 7:37 AM EST | Mark

The new Hasbro Arena Battle Playset is listed on Walmart.com with a price of $38.86. While it is out of stock there is a nice image of it, also listed is the Star Wars Republic Gunship also listed for $38.86. Check them out.

 


 

Fan’s Choice #4 Card, Voting
May 7, 2002 | 5:55 AM EST | Adam

One of the many neat things given away at Celebration II was in Hasbro’s booth: a little business card sized pamphlet with the candidates in the new Fan’s Choice poll– and all of them are great choices:
– Nym (Expanded Universe: Comics, Starfighter games)
– Ralph McQuarrie’s Stormtrooper
– Rebel Scout Trooper
– General Rieekan
– Imperial Dignitary

If you’d like to see the card, click here!

Don’t forget to vote, and voting ends May 17! Currently, Rieekan, the Stormtrooper, and the Imperial Dignitary are neck-and-neck-and-neck with 26%-29% each.

 


 

Celebration II Coverage Forthcoming
May 7, 2002 | 5:34 AM EST | Adam

After drudging through the Carrie Fisher autograph line, the Celebration II store, and everything else, The Yak is gearing up to give you the finest Celebration II coverage. Well, if it isn’t the finest, at least we have several previously unreported tidbits from Hasbro. Check back regularly over the next few days for continued stories, pictures, and lists of all the great stuff you missed, even if you went there!

 


 

FAO Shuttle Fun from FAO, Hasbro
May 7, 2002 | 5:24 AM EST | Adam

Chris wrote in with this tidbit…

“I got a call from FAO today from the 5th Ave store. They had begun taking pre-orders for the Shuttle today. I gave them my info and they told me to expect this for December delivery. I asked that this item would arrive for Christmas or will it be after and I was told that there are no gaurantees but she was told that the latest would be 12/15/02. If you have not ordered one of these items yet please order them now. “

Also, I got to talk with Hasbro over the weekend. One of the many interesting things (most of which will be posted later this evening) I found out was that the quantity of the Shuttle was still up in the air, and that FAO still does not have this vehicle officially signed on as an exclusive just yet. The wheels are moving, and it’s very likely, but it is still not 100%– something could still happen that would result in it not happening.

However, assuming it does come out, the release timeframe of December and the price of $125 are both very, very likely.

 


 

Star Wars Frito-Lay Tins
May 7, 2002 | 5:06 AM EST | Adam

Junior has a new find to share with all of you…

“I’m not sure anyone has reported this yet but Sam’s Club is selling three special collectors tins fill with Frito-Lay Chips. The SW Tins feature Characters from all five movies including AOTC. Each Tin has a special quote from the upcoming movie and full color graphics.

I’m sorry I can’t include a photo but I don’t have a digital camera. These Tins are WELL worth the trip to Sam’s. But you better hurry because it looks like they are going fast.

Here are the details on the tins:

Tin #1 – Big Photos of Darth Vader, Anakin (Ep I), Anakin (Ep II), as well as several small pics of other characters.

Tin #2- Yoda, Obi-wan (Ep II), Luke (ROTJ), as well as several small pics of other characters.

Tin #3- Big Photos of Clone Trooper, C-3PO, R2-D2, as well as several small pics of other characters: including Jango and Boba Fett.

Price: $7.99 each
Contains: Three 9-10 oz. Bags of Chips in Each tin. (Doritos, 3-D Ruffles, and Cheetos)”

 


 

Clones Tickets On Sale
May 7, 2002 | 5:04 AM EST | Adam

Advance tickets for what early reviews are hailing as a fantastic flick have gone on sale over the weekend, and are continuing to go on sale in various parts of the world. Check your local movie listings for further details.

While early reports said there would be no midnight screenings, this is not the case– several chains are holding screenings at 12:01 AM opening day.

 


 

Kay-Bee Price Drop
May 7, 2002 | 4:59 AM EST | Adam

Kay-Bee Toys has marked down the price of figures at its brick & mortar stores to %5.99. Which figures, though, seems to vary. Some people claim to have found Saga figures at that price, yet local reports reveal only Power of the Jedi and the Preview figures marked down. Regardless of the results, the store is worth checking out, as they seem to be getting a fairly steady flow of figures like Taun We and Count Dooku in several regions.

 


 

Most Beautiful Jedi
May 7, 2002 | 4:55 AM EST | Adam

Keith sent us a link to People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People, which now features twoClones stars: Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman.

 


 

Saga Orn Free Taa, Others Arrive
May 7, 2002 | 4:51 AM EST | Adam

We’ve received dozens of reports from readers all over the United States that many more new figures have arrived, such as the Massif, Orn Free Taa, Endor Rebel Soldier, and Qui-Gon Jinn. Another new assortment has arrived with Mace Windu, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and Jango Fett (Arena Battle.)

For those keeping track, this means that all figures numbered up through and including #0235, Orn Free Taa, are now available.

So far, these have been spotted at various Wal-Marts as well as at our sponsor Entertainment Earth.

 


 

Saga Qui-Gon Found In UK
May 6, 2002 | 7:02 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe is reporting that the Saga carded Qui-Gon Jinn has been found at Toys R Us in the UK!

 


 

Massive Ames Starts On May 19th!
May 5, 2002 | 3:41 PM EST | John

This one is gonna be good! If you have an Ames in your area, you gotta check this out. Thanks goes to everyone who wrote us about this sale, and especially to “Steve W.” for the scan of the ad you see above. It seems that a couple days after the film is released, (on a Sunday, no less…), they are blowing out all their Star Wars merchandise at a whopping 1/5 off, (or 20% for the fractionally challenged.) This would be a good time to grab that Reek you let sit because there was no pack-in figure, the speeders, the Slave I, etc… Not to mention some of the figures. Check your local stores folks!

 


 

ANH: Special Edition On TBS Tonight!
May 5, 2002 | 3:32 PM EST | John

Thanks to everyone who wrote in about it! Everyone is saying it’s on at 8PM, but check your local listings for specifics… that is if you aren’t just coming home from the C2.

 


 

Slightly delayed, but LIVE from C2 In Indy…
May 3, 2002 | 7:23 PM EST | Bill

Here’s the first report from Yak in Indy. I arrived at 4:30 a.m. to find a minimal (less than 50 person) line. I have to give Wizards and their security staff kudos for preventing line breaking by the few fans who attempted to do so. The fans were, almost without exception, extremely well behaved.

At 9:00 a.m. the doors opened, and we were allowed to enter the convention center building. Wizards organized this very well. Fan Club members had a separate line. Those members who had passes at will call, or who needed to purchase passes had no trouble picking them up. Almost all the Fan Club members who had their passes went straight to the Celebration Store.

About several hundred yards from the store, we saw the only glitch in the con. The exhibitors, vendors, associates, and licensees were permitted to enter the store at 8:30 a.m. for a first run. When we were admitted and went to the store line, there were still several hundred of these “insiders” in line to make purchases. About 9:30— half an hour early, the fans were let into the store to get Sacul, and other items. No figures except Sacul were available.

Now for the bad news. Sidi’s Sith perceptions called my attention to at least 3 distinct VARIATIONS in the George, err Jorge’s, appearance.
That’s right, there are 3 versions of the Sacul figure.

Version 1:
This is the white bearded version of Sacul. His beard is VERY white, and looks like the white looks like it was an overpaint over the gray beard. He may also have white hair on his head, but I have no confirmation, as I have not seen a white Sacul opened, and he has his helment on in the package. This version has only been seen on Saculs with a date stamp of 20771.

Version 2:
This is the gray bearded version, unlike Ponda Baba (for our freeze frame veterans), this is the most common verion— if any Sacul figure can be said to be common. It has a deep gray colored beard with deep gray hair and light gray to white highlights.

Version 3:
This one has yellow-gray hair and beard. This version has only been seen on a painted sample, so far. Stay tuned to see if carded versions exist.

More to come tomorrow. Scans of the Sacul will be up early next week at the latest.

 


 

Clone Trooper Exclusive Pre-Orders
May 2, 2002 | 11:55 PM EST | Bill

If you are one of the legions of us gathered in Indy, for C2, there is one exclusive that you can’t get at the E2 store, but you can preorder it tonight from KB Toys — the KB exclusive 12″ red and yellow Clone Troopers! Just go to KB’s website and search for clone trooper. They are scheduled for delivery on June 10.

 


 

New Endor Soldier and MORE!!!!
May 2, 2002 | 10:29 PM EST | Mark

Entertainment Earth has the Endor Soldier Wave in stock right now. Check it out!

 


 

Looking For Anakin?
May 2, 2002 | 12:25 PM EST | Mark

Amazon.com has the Anakin Hangar Duel in stock for $5.99.

Don’t forget if you spend over $50 and use this coupon “905514” you get $10 off.

 


 

Ralph McQuarrie DVD
May 1, 2002 | 3:54 PM EST | Adam

We were sent a press release on an upcoming DVD with Star Wars artist extraordinarre, Ralph McQuarrie. Because he’s cool, here’s the skinny:

“ralphmcquarrie.com is proud to announce the DVD release of Ralph McQuarrie: Illustrator, a never before seen 80 minute interview with Star Wars conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie at the Star Wars Celebration 2 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In this exclusive interview, Ralph discusses his life and work, from his early days at Boeing and creating animations for the television coverage of the Apollo space missions to his first meetings with George Lucas and his work on the Star Wars trilogy. Ralph also talks about his work on other films (including Battlestar Galactica, Close Encounters, ET, and Raiders of the Lost Ark), his working method, and his advice for aspiring artists. As a bonus, the DVD features a gallery of McQuarrie’s book cover concept artwork and selected personal etchings.

The regular edition of the DVD will be available for $15. In addition, we are offering a limited edition of 100 copies in an etched, numbered tin that also includes 9 exclusive postcards of McQuarrie artwork and a signed metal trading card for $40. We expect these will sell out quickly, and as we recognize that not all fans will be able to make it to Celebration 2, we are holding back 20 copies of the limited edition to be put on sale on ralphmcquarrie.com shortly after our return from the show. The regular edition will also be available on the website after the 6th.

Available exclusively from www.ralphmcquarrie.com.”

 


 

Wal-Mart Star Wars Event
May 1, 2002 | 3:49 PM EST | Adam

Reader Ak-rev sends this link to info on an upcoming in-store event for May 18. Apparently “Young Jedi cadets can test their skills with a lightsaber in an actual Jedi training academy.” Whatever that means.

 


 

Star Wars Playskool at K-Mart
May 1, 2002 | 3:41 PM EST | Adam

Darth Dav has an interesting find…

“The K-mart in San Leandro CA (bay area) has tons of Playskool all in one adventure sets. They have them all- Wampa, through the forest, the one with Maul and the one with Vader. They have had them for a few days now, and no one appears to be buying them!”

 


 

New at The Official Site
May 1, 2002 | 3:41 AM EST | Adam

In addition to a spiffy new main page, the following features await you.

Episode II Commercials
Over a dozen very snappy, action-oriented ads made for television have been posted at The Official Site. Don’t miss the bucket of coolness that is their Clone Trooper spot!

Don’t Miss The Fan Film Award Ceremony!
Star Wars through a fan’s eyes can be a great thing, and award ceremonies… don’t get me started! Check out this feature on the best of Star Wars-themed short films made over the years.

Insider’s Guide to Celebration II, Part II
From an exhibit straight from the archives to a booth where your little Jedi can make his or her own costume, there’s a lot to do at Celebration II. Read this feature to find out what other goodies are on tap for you, unless you aren’t going, in which case you can read about things which you’ll be reading about over the next few days.

 


 

Q&A Final Update
May 1, 2002 | 3:34 AM EST | Adam

The Final Update of With Every Question For Justice has been posted. And by “final,” I mean “final for about a month or two.” The column will be taking a break until the movie opens over most of the world because, well, it’s easier than prefacing 75% of the answers with spoiler warnings.

So enjoy the Final Update of With Every Question For Justice!

 


 

More Playskool Spotted… at Kay-Bee
May 1, 2002 | 3:27 AM EST | Adam

Those still searching for the Stompin’ Wampa and Fast Through The Forest Sets– which, I might add, are wonderful– might want to check out their local Kay-Bee Toys. Several of each were found tonight for $7.99 a pop.

Currently, these items are not available on KBToys.com. However, our sponsor Entertainment Earth has some of the All-In-One-Adventures sets for sale, as does D&S Sci-Fi Toy World.

 


 

Final Markdowns at Target
May 1, 2002 | 3:21 AM EST | Adam

Those waiting to get the Amanaman and Sail Barge Cannon Leia are in luck– these and other green packaged Star Wars toys have reached final markdown at many Target stores. While prices differ by location, I spotted the Deluxe figures at $3.94 each and the basic figures (POTJ, preview) down to $1.64. It’s assumed the 25th Anniversary Two-Packs are also down to $3.94. Happy hunting!

April 2002 Archive

AOTC Figures for $4.94
April 30, 2002 | 7:40 PM EST | Adam

Reader James sent in this scoop he found in Chicagoland…

“Prices drop at Wal Mart in Chicago, IL to $4.74 for AOTC Figures! They have a policy where they will credit your money back overpaid as long as the purchases were made within 2 weeks of each other. Not bad considering KB charges $7.99 in the stores. Kmart will NOT price match with a receipt.
Target is still clueless.”

Not all Wal-Marts have changed their prices, but it’s worth a look to see if yours may have– so go get yourself a couple of bucks back for more Clone Troopers.

 


 

Amazon.com Coupons and Certificates
April 30, 2002 | 7:18 PM EST | Mark

Steve sends in this helpful news….

“Get $25 off of any purchase over $50 at Amazon.com. Had to see it to believe it so I figured I’d get the exclusive 12″ AOTC Mace Windu and the POTJ AT-ST that’s been begging for me. Here’s the skinny… just place your order for any item or items over the total amount of $50. Type in your credit card info and proceed to he “totals” screen. Then, in the certificates block, type 905513 and click update for the first $5 off. Then type 905517 and update for another $5 off. Then type 905514 and update for another $10 off.

 


 

AOTC Digital Projection Feature
April 30, 2002 | 6:34 PM EST | Adam

Wired Magazine posted this feature on which United States theaters will be showing the new flick with digital projection. Only 19 moviehouses are on the list, and six of them are in California. With this in mind, make your plans accordingly.

A shout-out to Laurence for the tip-off.

 


 

Dooku, Yoda In Stock for $5.99 at KBtoys.com
April 30, 2002 | 6:27 PM EST | Adam

In a real surprise, KBKids has Count Dooku, Yoda, Clone Trooper, Zam Wesell, and more in stock at $5.99 each– not bad if you’re one of the many collectors having problems finding certain figures.

UPDATE: Some of these, namely Dooku, are selling out.

 


 

Q&A Tuesday Update
April 30, 2002 | 6:45 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated yet again with 10 more questions and answers for your amusement… come back tomorrow for another update!

 


 

New at The Official Site: April 29
April 29, 2002 | 10:32 PM EST | Adam

Celebration II Collectibles Auction
A variety of unique items will be up for grabs at an auction on Saturday, May 4… find out more at the above link.

Official Magazines in France and Spain
See some nifty covers from abroad, even though they may look mighty similar to some you’ve already seen.

The Insider’s Guide to Celebration II- Part I
Not so much an Insider’s guide as a repackaging of previous updates concerning the content of the Convention this week, this should be a good read if you want to know what to expect.

 


 

Toys “R” Us New York Pictures
April 29, 2002 | 8:39 PM EST | Adam

Reader James sent in a trio of shots his brother snapped at the Star Wars section of the big honking huge Toys “R” Us in New York City… enjoy!

Store Shot
Lightsaber Prop

The Clone Trooper is notable because it’s just the Don Post Stormtrooper statue with a new helmet, and Jango looks like it’s a reworked Boba Fett statue. Nifty.

 


 

Attack of the Clones Hasbro Ads Online
April 29, 2002 | 7:49 PM EST | Adam

Hasbro posted two short ads (with big file sizes) for their new Clones figures. While we were unable to get them to download, perhaps you’ll have better luck.

 


 

Clone Toy Comics
April 29, 2002 | 6:54 PM EST | Adam

Internet Comic PVP has a storyline running on the new Star Wars figures for your amusement. It’s a good comic, so surf on over and enjoy!

 


 

Amazon/TRU Exclusive 12″ Mace Arrives
April 29, 2002 | 6:43 PM EST | Adam

Reader and all around cool dude Keith sent in a picture and his comments on how he was shipped the figure:

“I received my 2 Mace Windus from Amazon today and I thought I’d send along a picture of the box they came in. The box is 25″ x 20″ x 15″! It was almost entirely filled with their air packets. I guess they really wanted to make sure these arrived in mint condition.”

 


 

C2 Autograph Service
April 29, 2002 | 6:35 PM EST | Adam

Gary from Autograph Central fills us in this…

“If you want to get any autographs from the guests at Celebration 2, you have until midnight (Mountain Standard Time) on Tuesday, April 30th to place your order. Wattographs is pleased to be coordinating our efforts with C2 Ventures to obtain autographs for those people who care unable to attend Celebration 2. Our single-image prices are $18.00 each ($15.00 each for ten or more photos) — this is only $3.00 over the cost of getting the autograph at the event! Convention-issued Certificates of Authenticity are also available for $3.25 — only .25 over the cost of getting one at the show!

The autographs purchased will ONLY be on the photos offered at the convention. It will be in character and will have the special holographic Celebration 2 foil stamp on the picture. Don’t forget there are also four special images for multi-signatures at the show. Items with multiple signatures are very popular among autograph collectors.

Multi-signature images include:
– Jabba, Salacious Crumb and Bib Fortuna (Mike Edmonds [Jabba’s Tail], Tim Rose and Michael Carter)
– Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee <—–going to be a hot autograph! (Mary Oyaya and Nalani Krishan)
– Nien Nunb and Lando Calrissian (Michael Quinn and Billy Dee Williams)
– Darth Vader, Lando Calrissian and Boba Fett (David Prowse, Billy Dee Williams and Jeremy Bulloch)

Check out the multi-sig items here:
http://www.autographcentral.com/wattographs/special-offer-multisigs.html

The regular, single autograph images can be seen here:
http://www.autographcentral.com/wattographs/special-offer.html

 


 

Sy Snootles & Joh Yowza Instruments Still Available
April 29, 2002 | 6:23 PM EST | Adam

In Q&A last time, a reader wondered about the availability of some custom instruments sold for Sy Snootles and Joh Yowza of the Max Rebo Band packs. Today, reader Vallis turned us on to the fact that they were, in fact, still available at ToyManiacs for $3.99 a pair, plus shipping. Not a bad deal if you’re looking to flesh out these figures.

 


 

EE Newsfeed
April 29, 2002 | 6:15 PM EST | Adam

Entertainment Earth sent in some news of new product pricing and new product…


http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84851C“>HS84851C, EII Collection 1 (Wave 2), $95.99
Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 1 Figure Assortment. Includes 12 individually packaged action figures: 2x Zam Wesell – Bounty Hunter, 1x Anakin Skywalker – Outland Peasant Disguise, 2x Anakin Skywalker – Hanger Duel, 2x Count Dooku – Dark Lord, 3x Clone Trooper, and 2x Yoda – Jedi Master (Subject to Change).

****Star Wars Clearance****

Several Star Wars Classic items have recently been added to our clearance section, including Luke’s Landspeeder (Item# 697703, $7.99)SW Fig. Asst. Coll. 1 Wave 8 (Item# 69570H, $29.99)SW Fig. Asst. Coll. 1 Wave 16 (Item# 69570K, $29.99), and the SW Beast Case (Item# 69645B, $29.99). Check out our Clearance Tab!

****Episode 2 Sneak Preview Figures****

For a limited time we have the Episode 2 Sneak Preview Figures 4-Pack (Item# HS84455LL, $39.99) in stock! Contains 4 Star Wars Attack of the Clones Preview action figures. 4-Pack includes: Jango Fett, R3-T7, Clone Trooper, and Zam Wessell. Order now!

 


 

Free Comic Book Day: May 4
April 29, 2002 | 5:12 AM EST | Adam

Fans of Star Wars and comics in general are in for a treat this weekend with Free Comic Book Day. Like the name of the event may imply, it’s a day where free comics are being distributed. A special issue of Star Wars Tales will be coming from Dark Horse, Marvel has a special Ultimate Spider-Man, DC has a Justice League Adventures book, and Image has a Tomb Raider special.

Well, they can’t all be great.

Other comic publishers will be having specials as well, but the distribution varies by location. Check out FreeComicBookDay.com for the full scoop.

 


 

Q&A Update
April 29, 2002 | 12:31 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with 10 questions and 10 answers, and this will be the last week of Q&A updates for the forseeable future. So if you’ve got a question, send it in for this week’s updates.

 


 

Saga Price Drops
April 28, 2002 | 7:17 PM EST | Adam

We’ve gotten several reports and seen first-hand that various chains– and not all locations– are dropping their Saga figures down to $5.99 or thereabouts. It appears after the mad rush, they put them down to the normal price… so check your local stores if you’ve been waiting for that $1 price drop.

K-Mart’s drop is an advertised special for this week only.

 


 

K-Mart Drops E2 Figure Prices
April 28, 2002 | 2:48 PM EST | Bill

If you haven’t seen your Sunday paper yet, check this out from Yak Reader Bruce:

“I went into KMart this morning and found they have dropped their prices on AOTC products. Action figures are $5.99 and the Deluxe Figures were $8.99. If you bought something, you also got a nifty scratch off ticket for a special offer. One person will also win a life-size replica of C-3PO and R2-D2. Offer is good 4/28 through 6/1.”

SOunds like K-Mart is the place for your deluxe figures for a while.

UPDATE:

Yak Reader MW points out:

“Just wanted to let you know that in northeast TN, the local Wal-Marts have dropped their price on deluxe figures to $8.54 in response to the K-Mart ad. They had signs up on the displays saying the price would be good through 5-5-02.”

REMEMBER WAL-MART and TARGET match prices in competitors ads! Good hunting.

 


 

12″ AOTC Mace Windu Found in Toys “R” Us Store
April 28, 2002 | 8:09 AM EST | Adam

After being available at Amazon for nearly a week, reader Addresses1 has confirmed finding a 12″, Toys “R” Us exclusive Attack of the Clones Mace Windu figure for $22.99 in Thousand Oaks, CA.

This is the second version of this character in this scale, the first was offered as part the tail end of Hasbro’s “Episode I” line and as a result isn’t too easy to find these days.

 


 

Additional Attack Advertising
April 27, 2002 | 6:48 PM EST | Adam

Several posters parodying typical University flyers have popped up to promote the new Star Wars flick in recent weeks, and two more have just been found.

Used Speeder
Ride To Naboo

This brings the total to at least eight… each has a series of nifty desktop images, the flyer posted around campuses, and other stuff. Quirky fun for all.

 


 

Phantom Menace Portfolio Online, $10
April 27, 2002 | 5:17 PM EST | Adam

Reader Duncan pointed us over to Barnes & Noble, where you can order the once-$50 Doug Chiang Portfolio for $10. It’s a few dollars more than Waldenbooks/Borders is selling it for (assuming you can find it), but it’s a fairly good deal at $10.

 


 

Official Site Re-Re-Redux
April 27, 2002 | 7:28 AM EST | Adam

Exclusive Star Wars Pins at Disney Parks
Disney parks are offering 29 exclusive Star Wars pins, and yes, they will be made available via phone order.

Episode II Books from Random House
If you haven’t seen them at your local bookstore already, check out some covers and blurbs on some of the print goods aimed at the younger set.

Retailers Celebrate Episode II
Exclusive offers from the Marts, Barnes & Noble, and so forth. And much if it is free with a purchase of some description.

Celebration II Sunday Event Schedule
Much like the previously posted Friday and Saturday event schedules, except this one is for Sunday.

Archive Display at Celebration II
A boatload of props will be at the Con, including a full-size replica of the Jedi Starfighter, some of Amidala’s dresses, alien masks, Tusken costumes, and lightsabers.

Charity Premiere Details
11 cities will be having special advance charity showings of Attack of the Clones, find out where, when, and for whom in this feature.

 


 

Art of Episode I Cheap
April 26, 2002 | 9:02 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Neo2501:

“Hello I visited my local waldenbooks here in Brownsville, Texas, yesterday, and I found a metal tin portfolio with 20 lithographs inside from Episode 1. It is all artwork from Dough Chiang. The price for this is 7.99 which needless to say is a bargain.”

 


 

The Force is with Walgreens
April 26, 2002 | 6:55 PM EST | Adam

Erik the Viking had a good run the other day…

“I haven’t seen anyone report this yet, but I found the Count Dooku, Yoda, Anakin Hanger Duel at the Walgreens on 4/23 in my area in San Jose, CA. I asked the stock person there if they had any and he said they got a few cases on 4/22 and he brought me 3 cases out. He said they had not put them out, because there was no floor space for them on the shelves( which I could see is true because the toy aisle is extremely congested with other toys). I just want people to know these figures are not hard to find, you just have to know where to look and who to ask. They were $6.99 each and I didn’t mind the cost. Also in the assortment I looked and there were 2 of each in the case- NOT 1 per case as many people think.”

 


 

New HoloNet News Available
April 26, 2002 | 6:46 PM EST | Adam

Yet another installment of HoloNet News, Coruscant’s finest news source, is online for your perusal. Highlights include Yoda & Mace stopping a saboteur, a Gotal hijacker standoff, and Death Sticks being found in a school. Neat!

 


 

AOTC Costumes
April 26, 2002 | 5:19 PM EST | Adam

A few of you have sent in a link to Hollywood Costumes, a site selling costumes for movies like Austin Powers, Star Wars, and so forth. They now have various suits and masks for Anakin Skywalker, Jango Fett, Padme Amidala, and Count Dooku up for preorder, with images.

 


 

501st April 23 Pics
April 26, 2002 | 5:10 PM EST | Adam

The Stormtrooper 501st– a bunch of groovy dudes who make their own SW costumes and whatnot– appeared at a Toys “R” Us opening and we were senttheir page with a quintet of photos of them in front of the store. Neat.

 


 

Dooku Dookie
April 26, 2002 | 1:28 PM EST | John

Okay folks, I just want to show everyone how sad a falsified situation can be. Count Dooku is, we repeat here at Yak, NOT shortpacked. One man, (and I use this term hesitantly), was saying that these were one to every 12 to 20 cases. This is Bantha Poodoo, and is simply not the case. Please folks, do not pay these inflated prices. If the scalpers know they are going to command this type of cashflow, yes, they’re going to keep grabbing these things and tossing them on we-pay… uh, e-Bay. But, ask yourself this; If these things are so “shortpacked”, why are there 11 pages of auction listings. Geez, with all the collectors and kids that did find them, (myself included with relative ease), it’s amazing how many are on e-Bay… if it were as “rare” as is being claimed by these price-gougers.

 


 

New Images At Amazon.com
April 26, 2002 | 9:12 AM EST | Mark

Here are some cool images that Tom sent in as he did some poking around. While you are there, add them to your wish list or bookmark them and check back to see when they arive.
Also, if you are there looking around and want to buy something, madjedi sent in this $10 off coupon code. “905514”
Teemto
Ephant Man
Djas Puhr
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Darth Maul Sith Training
Anakin Skywalker
Padme
Count Dooku
Yoda
Anakin Skywalker Hanger Duel
Jango Fett Final Battle
Mace Windu Geonosis Rescue
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Images Coming Soon include these:
Han Solo Endor Raid
Luke Skywalker Bespin Duel
Darth Vader Bespin Duel

 


 

Sacul Shots at Rebelscum
April 26, 2002 | 7:25 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum added shots of Jorg Sacul, the Celebration II exclusive, to their toy archives. So for those of you who were wanting to see the guy sans helmet– which is probably a lot of you– head on over.

 


 

More Official Site Goodness
April 26, 2002 | 7:19 AM EST | Adam

Celebartion II Souvenir Program
A 100-page magazine with a nifty poster will be made available next week in Indianapolis. Cool.

International Magazine Round-Up
Yet more magazines from around the world.

Star Wars: Connections– The Fetts
Info on a segment airing with Empire that you may have missed.

Celebration II Saturday Schedule
The Celebration II Saturday Schedule.

Celebration II Fan Film Festival (And More!)
News & info on fan film special events during the shindig in Indiana. And, for some reason, the director and producer of Blair Witch will be present. I’m not making this up. You can’t make this up.

 


 

Q&A Friday
April 26, 2002 | 7:11 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice, our goofily named Q&A column, has been updated yet again with questions and answers. Hooray!

 


 

K-Mart Scratch Off Promotion Delayed Until April 28th
April 25, 2002 | 9:27 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Pam just sent us this update on K-Mart’s E2 promotion:

“Hey guys I went to Kmart today and asked them for my scratch and win game card and the manager said it wasn’t supposed to be made available until Sunday, April 28th. He even showed me the store guidelines sent by Hasbro. I guess that I will be back on Sunday!”

UPDATE: Artoos’ News has posted scans of these. Click here to see them.

 


 

Figure Errors– A Definition
April 25, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Adam

We’ve received many reports curious about “rare variations” like finding a Shaak Ti on a Captain Typho cardback, a Clone Trooper missing some paint, or a Count Dooku that’s still sealed but missing an accessory. “Are they worth more?” some ask, “How hard to find are they?”

Basically, what these are, are errors. Fairly common in the toy world, an error is a figure that’s somehow a mistake, be it missing a paint operation, in the wrong package, and so forth. In a mass-produced line it’s very easy for a mistake to get through quality control and to the stores, where you might find them.

As to their value, well, that’s up to the free market to dictate. In most toy lines, an error is worth about what it cost at the store– sometimes collectors are willing to pay a premium for an unusual item in the wrong box, others, they just view an item as damaged goods.

An error is always a fun addition to any collection, but don’t expect to pay the bills by finding one. Happy hunting!

 


 

Toy Manager Sets Record On Alleged “Shortpacks”
April 25, 2002 | 5:30 PM EST | John

Just to further set the record straight on these supposed “shortpacks” of new figures, a toy manager who wishes to remain anonymous writes to let us know the skinny of the situation;

“Just to confirm what you’ve already written. I’m a toy manager at one of the national retailers and worked the night of the toy release and have stocked product ever since. In my area everyone is complaining about no Dooku and no Yodas . There’s PLENTY to go around, trust me. this is a case of scalpers and people wanting to make themselves feel big or important that are buying certain figures and creating this artificial demand. It isn’t Hasbro, TRU, Big K, WalMArt or KB conspiring to pee everyone off. There will be more of
the initial assortments shoved into these stores until at least the move comes out, so for God’s sake ….CALM DOWN!!!!!! As a footnote no one is seems to begging for HD anakin and there are plenty on the shelf in my area.”

There you have it. This is one of many confirmations I’ve received here at Yak, so believe it folks, it’s true. There will be enough to go around! Sing along to Obi-John’s song here, you know the words by now…

Patience pays! Don’t feed the scalpers!!!

 


 

Empire Strikes Back Special Edition on Fox Tonight
April 25, 2002 | 5:20 PM EST | Adam

The very first US broadcast airing of ESB will be airing on FOX tonight– consult your local listings for time and channel. New footage of R2-D2 and C-3PO will appear throughout, explaining how it fits in with the upcoming Attack of the Clones.

 


 

Another Star Wars Frito-Lay Find!
April 25, 2002 | 4:04 PM EST | John

Yak Reader “Chris E.” alerts us to this excellent discovery from Target.

“I’m not sure if this has been discussed yet but yesterday at Target I found a gallon size black bucket of Big Grab Bag Doritos & Cheetos. There are 3 different buckets with various pictures from all the movies. Bucket 1 mainly features Anakin & Darth Vader, bucket 2 has the Jedi, and bucket 3 has the droids . I bought bucket 2 for my son to put his figures in. The price was $3.99 per bucket and they come with 2 Big Grab Bag Doritos, 2 Big Grab Bag Cheetos, and 1 sample bag of 3-D’s. I think these are excellent collectors pieces!”

Thanks “Chris E.”! Keep on the lookout folks! Cool things abound at the present moment!

 


 

Master Replicas moving fast @ Entertainment Earth!
April 25, 2002 | 3:18 PM EST | John

Over at Entertainment Earth the Master Replicas are moving fast!

“Episode II: Attack of Clones hits theaters in less than a month and Entertainment Earth may be in danger of selling out of their Master Replicas shipment before it even arrives! If you’re thinking about getting these high quality prop-replicas from Star Wars and Episode 2, act quickly or miss out.”

 


 

Amazon Lowers Prices!!
April 25, 2002 | 7:56 AM EST | Mark

Amazon finally wised up and lowed the prices of their figures, and they added some new ones like this Royal Guard Coruscant Security for $5.99.
Also added are:
Taun We Kamino Cloner
Luminara Unduli Jedi Master
And a few others, they also lowered their prices on the deluxe figures to $9.99. Hope this helps out.

 


 

Jedi Dex For Star Wars Gurus….
April 25, 2002 | 7:48 AM EST | Mark

This is the low down on a pretty cool new item. Attack Of The Clones: Jedi Dex$32.99, The Jedi Dex is a detailed encyclopedia of information from all Star Wars episodes, including the classic trilogy. Included are character bios and information about aliens, weapons, and vehicles. Highlight a character name, alien, weapon, or vehicle to retrieve detailed information and history, along with a detailed graphic image, on an item within the Star Wars universe. The Jedi Dex features a smooth, pushbutton-release opener, an organizer, dot matrix graphics, and movie sound effects. Basic functions include a calendar, a calculator, an address book, an alarm clock/scheduler, a to-do list, and password protection. Test your Star Wars savvy and challenge your knowledge in the Star Wars trivia game.

 


 

Convention Products, More at Official Site
April 25, 2002 | 6:42 AM EST | Adam

Exclusive Celebration II Merchandise
Figures, badges, chairs, jackets, shirts, pins, and more– there’s going to be a lot of stuff here. Follow the link for a sneak preview of what may be available for sale at the Fan Club following the convention.

Get Scanned at Celebration II
Gentle Giant Studios will be on-hand to give a demo of their scanning technologies at the Dark Horse booth. And there’s a contest involved… neat!

Attack of the Clones Excerpt
Looking for a free preview of the just-released novelization? Here’s the opening scenes of the film, in text form!

Celebration II Friday Event Schedule
The Friday schedule for the Con is now online.

Build a Jedi Master at Celebration II
Fans will be given the chance to build a giant Lego Yoda at the Celebration. Neat.

Kevin Smith to Host Sci-Fi Channel Fan Film Award Special
That pretty much says it all.

 


 

EE Newsfeed: Preorder Bespin Luke, Vader and More!
April 25, 2002 | 6:33 AM EST | Adam

From Entertainment Earth:


“Coming very soon: Preorder HS84851D – EII Collection 1 (Wave 3)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84851D

This assortment will contain Jango Fett (Arena Battle), Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel), and Darth Vader (Bespin Duel.)”

 


 

Order Early….
April 24, 2002 | 11:28 PM EST | Mark

Here are some nice Pre-Orders if you like to order ahead of time and save time driving around looking for toys….
12″ Ultimate Villain Jango Fett $39.99 Available June 10th.
R2D2 15″ Droid $99.99 Available August 15th.
Attack Of The Clones Action Figure Full Case Pack $89.99 Available May 10th.
Movie Replica: Master Yoda’s Lightsaber $199.99 Available May 25th.

 


 

Want Detailed Images Of the Bespin Wave
April 24, 2002 | 10:22 PM EST | Bill

The Droids over at Artoosnews have just updated their databanks with detailed scans of the Star Wars Saga Bespin Wave (Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Jango Fett Final Battle, and Mace Windu Geonosian Rescue). Click here to see them.

 


 

Hasbro Promotions
April 24, 2002 | 4:47 PM EST | Adam

Hasbro has announced some new promotions on its website. Don’t get too excited, none of them involve Jedi Points.

Check out Hasbro’s latest Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones promotional offers.

Please Note: These offers are available only at participating retail stores. These promotional offers are not available online. Check with your local store to ensure participation, and check back here for information on other programs.

Kmart
April 23 

Visit your local Kmart store for your chance to win a R2-D2 and C-3PO life-size replica. Receive a scratch and win card with any Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones purchase in the store. Additional prizes include special offers on Hasbro and other licensee product.

KB Toys
May 1

Check out your local KayBee Toy store beginning May 1st to catch a Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast gift-with-purchase offer. With a $9.99 purchase or more of Hasbro’s Star Wars toys and games, you will receive a FREE Wizards of the Coast trading card game promo card (while supplies last).

Toys ‘R Us
May

Check out your local Toys ‘R Us store in May for a special gift-with-purchase offer. With the purchase of Hasbro’s Star Wars toys and games, you will receive a FREE special edition comic from Dark Horse Comics. This is the first in a series of four comics, with the other titles available in subsequent months. Check with your local store for details and timing.

Wal*Mart
May 18 

“A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack…” Kids 12 and under are invited to their local Wal*Mart location on May 18th from 10am to noon to test their Jedi skills. See if the Force is strong with you in the Hasbro Force Flipping contest. Enter the Jedi Chamber to test your lightsaber skills. The challenge will take place in the Toy Aisle of participating Wal*Mart stores. Good luck and may the Force be with you!

So there ya have it. Keep checking back to see what other goodies they add for future offers!

 


 

Toys “R” Us/ Amazon 12″ Mace Windu 
April 24, 2002 | 3:27 PM EST | Mark

Here is a link to Hasbro’s Exclusive Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones 12″ Mace Windu Figure $22.99.

As of yet, we haven’t heard anybody find him in stores, and he’s only shown up online. If you’ve found one at your local store, please drop us a note.

 


 

Q&A Midweek Update
April 24, 2002 | 2:00 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with 9 questions and answers, and a tenth answer to a question– now you too can find Djas Puhr in Star Wars!

 


 

More Stuff at The Official Site
April 24, 2002 | 1:54 AM EST | Adam

Young Anakin and Boba Adventures
Two new ongoing series from Scholastic on these two characters, and there are a few excerpts as well. Worth a look if you like original Star Wars fiction.

Celebration II Ongoing Event Schedule
A tentative schedule, and some word on what that Fan Club lanyard gets you, has been posted so you can figure out which events to see first.

Ben Burtt at Celebration II
Ben Burtt will be at Celebration II.

Midnight Madness: Episode II
See some pics of groovy dude Steve Sansweet and others at Midnight Madness.

Star Wars: Connections — Obi-Wan Kenobi
Info on a short piece being shown with the syndicated broadcast of ANH:SE.

Bounty Hunter Trailer
More info on the trailer posted over the weekend. The game, in case you missed the memo, will be coming out for GameCube and PlayStation 2 later this year.

 


 

Numbers: What Do They Mean?
April 23, 2002 | 9:28 PM EST | Adam

A lot of numbers get thrown around in this hobby, and sometimes it’s hard to keep track of everything. For instance, the other day we posted about how, most likely, all figures available at this point would be numbered 0227 or smaller– but what does 0227 mean?

Basically, Hasbro has now started numbering all Star Wars figures in the basic assortments. So Anakin (Outlander) is 0201, Padme (Arena) is 0202, and so on and so forth. Since each figure has a unique number, it should be easier to spot gaps in your collection.

The first “02” means the figure was released in 2002. The second two digits indicate the figure’s ID number, basically– so that’s that.

For those wanting a breakdown by the numbers of all figures numbered 0201 through 0246, we offer this work-in-progress checklist that lists everything through– most likely– this summer, through Teemto Pagalies.

In the past, figures have been referred to as “.0200”, “.00”, etc.– but this has nothing to do with the numbering system for the Saga series.

 


 

Across The Stars Video Debuts
April 23, 2002 | 5:29 PM EST | Adam

The Official Site has posted the music video for the AOTC single, Across The Stars. But beware, you have to log into the site to see it, so you’ll need to sign up if you haven’t already done so.

 


 

USA Today: Star Wars Countdown Begins
April 23, 2002 | 4:57 PM EST | Adam

USA Today published a story entitled Star Wars Countdown Begins. Don’t expect too much new here, but it’s an entertaining enough read.

 


 

Collectibles Database, More at Official Site
April 23, 2002 | 4:53 PM EST | Adam

Cargo Bay: Collector’s Database Open for Inspection
Over six months in the making, and now it’s finally here. It’s not complete by any means, but it’s a downright great start and we hope to see it continue to flourish. Notable items include…
Arena Battle Droid in a red color (which may not be released), an Endor Rebel Soldier as a troop builder set (no images and not the standard figure, apparently), and several more previously unconfirmed Deluxe figures.

Frito-Lay Presents: Find The Hero Inside
If you don’t already know about Star Pics, this primer can fill you in on the little plastic promotional puzzle pieces.

Episode II in TIME
Time Magazine gave Yoda the cover this week… but you knew that.

Catch The Star Wars Movies at Celebration II
If you need a reminder of why you were going to the Celebration in the first place, the existing four flicks will all be shown in Indianapolis.

Episode II Artists at Celebration II
Five of the men behind the Clones will be at the con… read the feature for more!

Celebration II: Sunday Collector’s Schedule
See customizers like Dan Curto and all around groovy dude Peter Crone, attend panels on the future of collecting, and hear all about props and prop replicas on the final day of the Con!

 


 

Master Relicas Unveils Clones Product
April 23, 2002 | 4:32 PM EST | Adam

Master Replicas announced their new prop replicas– lightsabers from Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi, as they appear in Episode II.

Other available products include Anakin Skywalker’s Lightsaber with effects, Han’s blaster, and Luke’s blade from Return of the Jedi.

 


 

Unique Finds From You, The Readers
April 23, 2002 | 4:16 PM EST | Adam

Reader Mike scored this figure early…

“I don’t know how this happened, but figure #32 Qui Gonn Jinn, showed up at the South Philadelphia Wal-Mart. This was found on the rack and I am holding it in my hand. I discovered this after I came home with the stash. I will be returning to see if there are any more to be had.”

Kenny experienced a little frustration…

“After my midnight run at TOYS R US and early morning WALMART round up for straggling figures i needed, we rushed down to the nearest TARGET. We quickly ran to the back aisle and saw NO STAR WARS whatsoever. we then inquired where the new toys were and the employee told us that they wouldn’t be out UNTIL THE WEEK OF THE MOVIE!! HELLO????? After we gave him an upset look, he then changed his mind and offered to bring out what he had. It wasn’t much. I thought it may have been an isolated incident but I quickly called another friend that was at another TARGET store and he got the same story. Can I be safe to say that TARGET screwed up, once again?”

I myself had some weirdness… one store, upon my entry, told me they had no Yodas. I didn’t ask, but eh, whatever.

And while we usually don’t report on errors, Ross found a neat one:

“I don’t know if you guys are compiling a variation list, but I came up with one that I haven’t seen reported elsewere. At Target in Bryan, TX (poor selection of EII stuff comparatively speaking) I came across an R2D2 with the “try me” part of the bubble filled in making the button on R2’s chest inaccessible. Don’t know if this is a variation or just a fluke, but I thought you might like to know.”

Also, a Wal-Mart in Tucson on Ina had employees telling people that Count Dookus that were put out were an accident and wouldn’t be released officially until May– which is ridiculous, Dooku’s just newer than the other figures. Lots of unusual comments were traded between employees and customers around town, so if you heard something that sounds like a load to you, don’t be afraid to ask around… it might be a fabrication.

 


 

K-Mart Exclusive AOTC SET
April 23, 2002 | 4:08 PM EST | Adam

Some K-Marts last night had out brown cardboard cases with one of each of fourteen figures for $89.99… and it’s online too, right here. It’s the first eight figures from Collection 1 combined with the first four from Collection 2 in one handy box, with a list on the top listing the contents. Truly, one-stop shopping.

Except for the 13 other figures that are also out.

Gift set collectors take note, as it’s a fairly unusual release in this day and age.

 


 

D&S Toys: Bespin Wave Preorder, More
April 23, 2002 | 4:03 PM EST | Adam

From D&S Sci-Fi Toy World:

“We have limited amounts of Episode II toys left in stock, but going fast. New waves for pre-order also, coming in May. Come by and see what we have…”

Amongst the new waves is a set of four figures: Bespin Luke, Bespin Vader, Final Battle Jango, and Geonosian Mace. All four due to ship the week of May 6, and $31.99.

Another nifty item is a cardboard figure display for carded figures, $25.00, and I’ve never seen it elsewhere.

There is much up for preorder, so take a look-see.

 


 

Dooku & Anakin Hangar?
April 23, 2002 | 2:04 PM EST | John

We at Yak keep receiving mail on the two figures Count Dooku, (the single basic, NOT the deluxe), and Anakin Hangar figures. Apparently these are not showing up like some would like, but I would like to say here and now that NO, neither one were “cancelled”. I personally got these figures last night, so they are out there. To dispell any rumors before they start, these figures are NOTshortpacked. Keep in mind folks, these figures haven’t even been out for 24 hours yet, and they will show up. These are main characters, and Hasbro is definitely not going to upset the fans by making some of the same mistakes as Episode I, (IE the Maul shortage in the beginning). Patience pays! Don’t resort to e-Bay, just keep checking the stores! Don’t feed the scalpers! Capiche?

 


 

The Rush Is On!
April 23, 2002 | 2:43 AM EST | John

Well, after just returning from my second toy-blitz, I must say that Wal-Mart did not leave me disappointed! So people, if you’re awake and reading, Wal-Mart stores across the country stuck, (for the most part), to the 12:01AM thing. Me? I, (John), hit the Easton, PA Wal-Mart at about 11:30 and yes, they made us wait. When it finally hit the time we were allowed to “scavenge”, there were a couple of card-bending freaks, but for the most part it was a nice atmosphere. The Stroudsburg, PA Wal-Mart was a lot calmer, and I found everything I needed. This is one happy reporter!

Also, I would like to say a special hello to 2 new friends/fellow Star Wars collectors that I met tonight and stood with. A special thanks to Mark for getting me the Snowspeeder, and especially to Vinnie for trying to get me another Yoda figure! When you guys read this, drop me and e-mail to keep in touch!

Good luck to all the fans out there who hit the midnight thing, and to those who are waiting until tomorrow morning. These figures were well worth the wait!

 


 

Amazon gets Attacked!
April 23, 2002 | 2:28 AM EST | Mark

Here is the Hasbro Exclusive Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones 12″ Mace Windu Figure $22.99, Reek Arena Battle Beast $19.99, Slave I $29.99,Zam Wesell Speeder $13.99, Anakin Skywalker Speeder $13.99,
Deluxe Figures $11.99: Mace WinduDarth Tyranus with Force Flipping Attack,Obi-Wan Kenobi with Force Flipping AttackJango Fett with Electronic Back Pack
Basic FIgures: Dexter JettsterZam WesellGeonosian WarriorSaesee Tiin.
Plus many many more… And here is one last thing that you can Pre-Order with a release date of August 15th. The ULTIMATE R2-D2!!!! This is the toy of the year! They also have all the lightsabers, including the prop replicas for pre-order (Including Yoda’s Saber with excellent pictures of it). Stop in today.

 


 

Clones at KBToys.com…
April 23, 2002 | 1:03 AM EST | Mark

Are you too tired to hit the stores? Do you want to get into the frenzy via point and click?
Well stop into KBtoys.com, as they have many of the first wave of figures and all the LEGOS… UPDATE: They have added the Yoda and Anakin Hanger Duel figures.

 


 

New Model Kits
April 22, 2002 | 11:25 PM EST | Adam

While America seems to be getting snubbed on models, Japan is doing quite well, as seen over at HobbyLink Japan. The fantastic Fine Molds TIE Fighter kitis available now, and it looks great. A Jedi Starfighter is listed as coming soon, and this seems to be the only announced AOTC model kit so far.

 


 

EE Midnight Madness Product List
April 22, 2002 | 11:05 PM EST | Adam

Yak Sponsor Entertainment Earth sent in their product list, which will be available shortly:

“Midnight Madness has arrived at Entertainment Earth!

We are very excited about today’s event (finally!). Order or pre-order over 80 different Star Wars Episode 2 items on our website or by calling 1-800-370-2320 beginning at 12:01am Eastern Time. The selection of items includes products from Hasbro, Lego, Master Replicas, Wizards of the Coast, Rawcliffe, Rubies and more! Telephone operators and our shipping department will be open late to process your orders!

The following is a list of items Entertainment Earth has in stock that will be ready to ship or pick up. Quantities vary. Items are subject to change and will sell out quickly. First come-first served at 12:01am Eastern Time!

HS32493A, EII 12inch (Wave 1) 3-Pack
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi with Lightsaber, 1x Anakin Skywalker with Lightsaber, and 1x Clone Trooper with Blaster Rifle.

HS84851A, EII Collection 1 (Wave 1) Case
12 figures: 1x Padm/ Amidala – Arena Escape, 2x Anakin Skywalker – Outland Peasant Disguise, 2x Obi-Wan Kenobi – Coruscant Chase, 2x Super Battle Droid with exploding battle damage, 1x C-3PO – Protocol Droid with removable panels, 2x Jango Fett – Kamino Escape with missile-firing jetpack, 1x Kit Fisto – Jedi Master, and 1x R2-D2 – Coruscant Sentry with Kouhuns Assassin Centipedes.

HS84851C, EII Collection 1 (Wave 2) Case
12 figures: 2x Zam Wesell – Bounty Hunter, 1x Anakin Skywalker – Outland Peasant Disguise, 2x Anakin Skywalker – Hanger Duel, 2x Count Dooku – Dark Lord, 3x Clone Trooper, and 2x Yoda – Jedi Master. (VERY LIMITED # IN STOCK)

HS84859A, EII Deluxe Figures (Wave 1) Case
6 figures: 2x Jango Fett comes with electronic jetpack and snap-on armor, 2x Obi-Wan Kenobi with force-flipping attack, 1x Mace Windu with blast-apart battle droid, and 1x Darth Tyranus with force-flipping attack.

HS84861BB, EII Collection 2 (Wave 2) Set of 6 Figures
6 figures: 1x Battle Droid – Arena Battle, 1x Jar Jar Binks – Gungan Senator, 1x Nikto – Jedi Knight, 1x Dexter Jettster – Coruscant Informant, 1x Geonosian Warrior, and 1x Saesee Tiin – Jedi Master.

HS84861CC, EII Collection 2 (Wave 3) Set of 6 Figures
6 figures: 1x Luminara Unduli – Jedi Master, 1x Jar Jar Binks – Gungan Senator, 1x Nikto – Jedi Knight, 1x Royal Guard – Coruscant Security, 1x Saesee Tin – Jedi Master, and 1x Taun We – Kamino Cloner.

HS84873, Jango Fett’s Slave 1 Vehicle

HS84883, Reek Arena Battle Beast

HS84886AA, Electronic Lightsaber 3-Pack
1x Count Dooku Lightsaber, 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi Electronic Lightsaber, and 1x Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber.

HS84887A, Speeder Vehicle Assortment
6 vehicles: 3x Anakin Skywalker Speeder with Blast-Off Panels and 3x Zam Wesell Speeder with Blast-Off Panels.

HS84887AA, Anakin & Zam Wesell Speeders
Anakin Skywalker Speeder with Blast-Off Panels and Zam Wesell Speeder with Blast-Off Panels.”

For additional information, cases of figures, and more, be sure to visit theEntertainment Earth website.

 


 

FAO Schwarz April 23 Plans
April 22, 2002 | 6:32 PM EST | Adam

Anyone living near an FAO store that has a few extra bucks and some time to kill may be interested in FAO’s list of stores opening early for AOTC merchanidse. Times, locations, phone numbers, and the rest are listed on their site for your convinience.

As for the items for sale on their website itself, it’s still only one item: a $10,000Life Size Darth Vader Lego model, which, not surprisingly, is out of stock.

 


 

Hasbro Reports First Quarter Results
April 22, 2002 | 4:58 PM EST | Adam

Hasbro posted this press release on their Quarter 1 revenues. The net loss for this term was $17.1 million.

For the full PR-, number-, and gobbledeygook-filled press release, just kindly follow this link.

 


 

Sacul Sanity (Or Lack Thereof)
April 22, 2002 | 4:22 PM EST | Adam

After being announced last Friday evening, the Celebration II figure Jorg Sacul has been the topic of much debate. For those who watch eBay, the as of yet unreleased $10 action figure is already closing for over $100. Right now, there are four completed auctions for the figure at $150. Which is not really indicative of the actual worth of the still-unreleased figure.

The figure, while it will be “limited,” still might show up for sale at The Fan Club, and “limited” is a relative term. There might be plenty available for sale, we still don’t know. But if you’re so inclined, there are plenty of pre-sells for the figure on eBay as you read this news posting… check back for the latest on availability outside the convention, if it is to happen.

 


 

Almost There
April 22, 2002 | 6:46 AM EST | Adam

Now we’re in the home stretch– before you go to bed, odds are many of you will have at least one Clones figure, or are just a few hours away from getting one. As such, we’d like to ask that you please not send in your April 23 Attack of the Clones store reports in to us, unless you find something truly unique or a figure numbered beyond #0227, Count Dooku, since all of them are fair game for release tomorrow.

Even if there’s no midnight event in your area, remember many Kay-Bee stores will open at 8 AM on April 23 and there are several other stores that will be loaded with product by week’s end. Anyway, happy hunting!

 


 

Bounty Hunter Trailer Online
April 22, 2002 | 2:21 AM EST | Adam

LucasArts just put a trailer online for the new Nintendo GameCube and Sony PlayStation 2 game.

Having just viewed it, we cannot reccomend it to those with slow connections– it shows no in-game footage, and the video of Jango Fett is not likely to be the in-game model (but if it is, cool.) If you have a fast connection, it’s probably worth a gander, but overall spend your download time elsewhere.

 


 

Q&A Update
April 22, 2002 | 2:13 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has been updated with all the questiony and answery goodness you’ve come to expect, plus a nice little tirade at the end. Read, and enjoy!

 


 

Deluxe AOTC C-3PO (SPOILER) at Rebelscum
April 22, 2002 | 2:10 AM EST | Adam

A new image and a significant spoiler awaits those who visit Rebelscum, where a picture of a new figure– which is a DEFINITE spoiler. Did I mention it has a spoiler?

 


 

The Winner Is…
April 21, 2002 | 9:41 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to our newest Ultarama winner Dennis J. Slater. Send in your entry for our next drawing. Remember, entries must inclue your name, email, and address. Enter here.

 


 

Saesee Tiin: Double Your Names, Double Your Pleasure
April 21, 2002 | 8:17 PM EST | Adam

For the fun seekers in our midst…

The Star Wars Saga figure of Saesee Tiin, apparently, has two surnames. On the front of his card, in the tray card, he’s called a “Jedi Master.” On the cardback, he’s “Arena Battle.” Interesting. Has anyone else noticed such name changes yet? If so, please write in and let us know!

MORE NEWS: Reader Randy had this observation:
“I didn’t notice the name change, but I did notice that on the back of Dexter Jettster, the fig is pictured with some sort of pipe or hooka, but it’s not packaged. Just a little FYI.”

 


 

Super Deals At Toyzz.com
April 21, 2002 | 4:49 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader William just sent this in:

“Here is a list of deals that I got at Toyzz.com

Admiral Ackbar freeze frame 1.99
8D8 freeze frame 1.99
Luke Gunner station 1.99
Han Gunner station 1.99
Anakin Naboo 0.25
Captain Tarpals 0.49
Darth Maul Sith Lord 1.99
Jabba and Han beast pack 2.99

There are other good deals as well.

Limit 1 on most everything and use SUPERTOYS
in coupon field for 5% off.”

If you’re looking for some custom fodder now is your chance.

 


 

The Phantom Backlash & Acclaim for the Clones
April 21, 2002 | 4:48 PM EST | Adam

It looks like it’s fashionable to hate Episode I in the mainstream press once again, alongside what can best be deemed back-handed “praise” for the new flick, as pointed out by the ever-popular Drudge Report

Time’s Dark Victory
MSNBC’s The Empire Bounces Back

The features tend to explain the recent sextet of college posters, the more action-oriented scope of the toys and film itself, and even why we don’t see fast food tie-ins this time. All in all, good reads.

Also, TIME this week features the aforementioned article (or so I’m inclined to believe) along with Lucas interviews and a Yoda cover. Sounds pretty slick.

 


 

2002 3 3/4 Figure Poster
April 21, 2002 | 1:23 PM EST | Bill

If you want to see pictures of all the standard carded figures for thi year the Dutch Star Wars Fan Club has come through for you. This thing is AWSOME, only one small problem– it appears only Australian Toys R Us stores are getting this poster. Click here to see it all. Spoiler warning definitely applies.

The poster includes five previously unseen figures– including a new Darth Maul and pod racer Teemto Pagalies!

 


 

Star Wars Playskool Tidbits
April 21, 2002 | 6:26 AM EST | Adam

Here’s some interesting notes from Reader Richard:

“I found all four Star Wars Playskool sets at the local Fred Meyers today ($7.99 each for The Stompin’ Wampa and Fast Through the Forest – $14.99 each for X-Wing Adventure and Duel with Darth Maul). I picked up Fast Through the Forest and noticed that there was a sticker on the back amending Luke’s “Force” powers. After peeling it back, Luke was originally able to drop the Scout Trooper’s gun instead of knocking him over. He’s also able to grab onto the back of either Speeder Bike, a fact left out by the sticker.”

 


 

Celebration II Figure Identity?
April 20, 2002 | 1:01 PM EST | John

Ok, I have to address this to clear up a few e-mails we’ve been getting here at Yak. The Celebration figure, which can be seen here, is named “Jorg Sacul”. Now, if you take a VERY close look at the image, notice the greying beard and moustache. Now, take a VERY close look at the first name of this charachter… “Jorg”. Now the last name… Sacul… Hmmm, ironic that if you turn that around it spells L-U-C-A-S, isn’t it? (Don’t you just love eventual comprehension? It took me a bit to figure this one out too. VERY clever on Hasbro’s part!) Enjoy folks and grab those figures at the convention. Like posted earlier, they allow 2 per visitor, so if anyone wants to grab an extra for anyone here at Yak, let me know!

 


 

Official Celebration II Figure News, More at SW.com
April 20, 2002 | 12:03 AM EST | Adam

And The Celebration II Action Figure Is…
The moment you’ve been waiting for, unless you saw the unofficial news minutes earlier, is finally here. Find out why you’re wasting tons of cash to go to the other side of the country for a toy and a good time. The figure is only going to be $10 and two pieces per purchase– not a bad deal, really. It features the scanning technology of Gentle Giant Studios, so the likeness of the individual in question should be spot-on.

First Look: Traitor
News on the New Jedi Order series of book, such as the chronology, and some tidbits on the latest installment.

More International Magazines
More international magazines. Not a toughy, this one.

“Across The Stars” Music Video to Debut
Word of the airing of the video and the release of the soundtrack on April 23.

First Look: Mythmaking
Interviews, images, and more will arrive in this book, which will be due in November 2002. From the description, it sounds very promising.

Free Books at Celebration II
More than 10,000 books and comics– in Japanese, English, and other languages– will be given away absolutely free. Basically, you pick up a sack, fill it, and voila– free swag. Good times for all at Celebration II, kids!

 


 

Celebration II Exclusive Unveiled
April 19, 2002 | 11:18 PM EST | Adam

Sandtroopers.com tipped us off that R2DToys.com is now posting this image of the Convention Exclusive. It is a Rebel Pilot, and there is an X-Wing included in the Saga style packaging, but the character is new to the Star Wars toy universe– if you want to know how it is, just click here. If you’re one of those boring people who wants to wait until the convention to find out, well, don’t click there.

Needless to say, it’s pretty neat to see it early, and we’re glad to say it’s not another Luke pilot or something dull, but something that will be a genuinely nice souvenir for the shindig.

 


 

Target Clearances II
April 19, 2002 | 11:11 PM EST | Adam

Target stores are starting to mark their POTJ-era product down to the second round of clearance prices, meaning you can get AOTC Preview figures for around $3.20 and Deluxe and 25th Anniversary Figures for just under $8, assuming your local store has gone through with the markdowns. Despite the “embargo” on the new product, there’s still plenty of deals to be found at your local stores!

 


 

Software Etc. Card & Toy Leaks
April 19, 2002 | 11:03 PM EST | Adam

Here in Tucson, cases of the Dexter Jettster wave were spotted at just under $9 each at the Park Mall Software Etc., and reader Stef had some unique finds as well:

“Tonight I went to the mall in Middletown, NY. At the Software Ect store they had released the WoTC Attack of the Clones card game, so I finally got to pick up the Dark Side starter and a bunch of packs. The only thing I haven’t found yet are the four card boosters.

“But the best part was the also had out some of the new figures. They had 2 of each of the following. Shaak Ti, Plo koon, Boba Fett, Tusken Raider, Capt. Typho, Battle Droid. Priced at $8.99 a piece.”

So check those malls, kids!

 


 

New HoloNet News Available
April 19, 2002 | 5:34 PM EST | Adam

HoloNet News, the official newspaper of the Star Wars Universe, has a new issue up today. New newsbits involve a “today in history” column, more stories on the Military Creation Act, and a blurb about Circus Horrificus, which fans of the Expanded Universe will recognize as the original employer of Malakili.

To the rest of us, Malakili is the Rancor Keeper, or Peg Warming Poison. Check out HoloNet News today!

 


 

Target.com Backorders Some E2 Product
April 19, 2002 | 4:26 PM EST | Bill

Yesterday, we reported Target.com having a number of E2 products available on their webpage. I’ve gotten a report that Target.com backordered one reader’s order for the Episode 2 Slave I, until at least early May. So this may not be an early order opportunity after all. If you have any information on this, send it in.

 


 

Fan Club Pricing re: Yesterday
April 19, 2002 | 3:31 PM EST | Adam

Yesterday, we published a report on various clearance priced items at the Fan Club, some of which were cheaper than what was seen by some readers.

Due to an oversight on our part, I was logged in as a member when I looked it over– Fan Club members, apparently, automatically get lower prices on items, which is why the Carbon Freeze Chamber was a few dollars cheaper.

So now ya know. Back to real news.

 


 

Toys “R” Us Ad Preview
April 19, 2002 | 3:28 PM EST | Adam

Reader Mr. Fett chimes in with news of an upcoming Toys “R” Us advert, complete with prices:

“I just got my hands on the TRU 4-28/5-4 flyer. The cover is all E2 stuff:Slave-1, Jedi Starfighter for $29.99 & $24.99; Basic figs $5.99 (shows Jango, 3PO, Typho, and someone else; Lego Bounty Hunter Pursuit $29.99;Deluxe figs $9.99 (shows Mace and B Droid).
Inside page has 3 lego sets, Jango’s wrist-shooter, Dooku’s sabre, Trading card packs; and if you buy any SW Lego stuff you get a free SW Lego poster.
The back page has all Spidey stuff.”

 


 

More College Clone Craziness
April 19, 2002 | 2:44 PM EST | Adam

Last night on the University of Arizona campus, I saw several of the “U Seek Yoda” and “Purple Lightsaber” leaflets for Clones, and then a few hours later the maintainance people threw them out– so whoever’s putting them up, best not to leave stacks of them near garbage cans. If there’s a college in your area, it might be fun to see what’s being thrown up– I know I found it amusing.

In addition to that, TheForce.net is reporting three more new sites:
Outlander Club
Acklay Come Home
Droid Tutor

Neat stuff!

 


 

FAO Indeed Taking Shuttle Preorders
April 19, 2002 | 2:36 PM EST | Adam

Fans the nation over are using this handy FAO store directory to contact their closest FAO Schwarz stores to get their mitts on an upcoming Imperial Shuttle. If you don’t live close to one, don’t panic– I live in Arizona and I called the Las Vegas store, and they do ship these things. (It’ll probably cost as much as the toy itself to ship, but such is life.)

So if you want to get your foot in the door, hurry the heck up. I was #56 or so at the Las Vegas store, and if there’s truly only 5,000 of these to go around all 25 or so stores, then best ye pick up the phone and make with the ring-ring.

Once again, the toy is expected to be $125.00 and there’s a December delivery. The $125.00 price point makes this reporter think that a sell-out isn’t as imminent as some might think… that’s a lot of cash to sink all at once.

 


 

2002 Product List at Rebelscum
April 19, 2002 | 2:19 PM EST | Adam

Rebelscum posted a list of Action Fleet, exclusives, and other items due out later this year. There’s quite a few new items listed, so be sure to check it out!

 


 

FAO’s Shuttle Plight
April 19, 2002 | 1:09 PM EST | John

More on this monstrous menace comes in from Yak-reader “Vallis” who sends us this information;

“I just wanted to let everyone know that I called the FAO in Minnesota yesterday, and they told me the shuttle had not been confirmed. When I told them about yesterday’s confirmation, and the memos being sent out, they told me that if it is true, they probably did not get their memo yet, and that I should try back tomorrow (now today).
Well, I just called them and they said that they did get the memo. They confirmed the shuttle, confirmed the price point of $125, and confirmed that only 5,000 are to be produced! And they are taking names!
The moral of the story is, if you tried yesterday, and they didn’t know what you were talking about, CALL THEM AGAIN!
To get on the list, you need to give them your name, address, phone number and a credit card number.”

It seems that the 5000 production number is official. But before everyone gets in a panic, remember that these are NOT numbered limited editions, and Hasbro has been very good as of late listening to the requests of fans. My guess is that, if the initial release goes good, they’ll probably do another wave of these things, no bigee. I could be wrong, but if demand is there for a $125 item, remember folks, Hasbro is in business to make money first and foremost.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Midnight Mirth
April 19, 2002 | 4:58 AM EST | Adam

From our sponsors Entertainment Earth:

“Midnight Madness is coming to Entertainment Earth, 12:01am Tuesday, April 23rd, 2002!

“Order over 80 different Star Wars Episode 2 items on our website or by calling 1-800-370-2320 at 12:01am Eastern Time. The selection of items will include products from Hasbro, Lego, Master Replicas, Wizards of the Coast, Rawcliffe, Rubies and more! Telephone operators and our shipping department will be open late to process your orders!

IF YOU LIVE IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA you can pick up your “in stock” merchandise at 12:01am (Please arrive early – line up begins at 10:00pm)! Here’s how you can do this:

1) ORDER ONLINE at 12:01am Eastern Time. WHEN YOU ARE ON THE CHECKOUT PAGE write “WILL PICK UP TONIGHT” in the ‘comments’ field at the bottom of the page, (the page where you enter your name and address) then on the next page choose the “Will Call / Customer Pick-Up (WC)” shipping method so we can prepare your order. There will be NO walk in purchases. You must place your order either by phone or on our website prior to pick up so we can verify availability and prepare your order.

2) YOU CAN ALSO CALL 1-800-370-2320 to order and tell our customer service representatives that you want to pick up your in stock merchandise at our warehouse here at Entertainment Earth – 12730 Raymer Street, Suite 1 in North Hollywood, California 91605.

3) Line up for will call begins at 10:00pm. Products can be picked up from 12:01am through 12:30am. Please dress warmly!

IMPORTANT POLICES:
“There will be NO walk in purchases. Orders must be placed either by phone or on our website prior to pick up so we can verify availability and prepare your order. No returns or exchanges will be available during the Midnight Madness event at our location. Returns and exchanges are available during the following business days. All other standard return policies apply.

“May The Force Be With You!”

 


 

New at The Official Site
April 19, 2002 | 4:54 AM EST | Adam

Star Wars Connections with R2-D2 and C-3PO
All-new footage of the dynamic droid duo will air alongside The Phantom MenaceThe Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi on FOX-TV in the coming weeks. See everybody’s favorite cybernetic pairing talk up the new flick, alongside comments on the originals. This promises to be interesting.

The New Boba at Celebration II
Daniel Logan, otherwise knowns as Li’l Boba Fett, will be at the shindig in Indiana in two weeks. Also, today (April 19) is allegedly the last last day to order your tickets online, so now’s a good a time to place an order for yours as any. See you there!

 


 

Q&A Friday
April 19, 2002 | 4:45 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated yet again– with no spoilers this time. So it should be fun. Enjoy!

 


 

Episode I Mechano-Chair Mock-Up
April 18, 2002 | 9:55 PM EST | Adam

Our Prototypes Section has been updated with a previously unseens conceptual mock-up of Nute Gunray’s Walking Mechano-Chair. Check it out, even though it’s in pieces, it’s pretty slick!

 


 

Detailed Deluxe Figure Photos
April 18, 2002 | 9:00 PM EST | Bill

Ishi Tib has posted extreme detailed pictures and a review of the upcoming Star Wars Saga, Attack of the Clones Deluxe figures. Check it out, over at The Bothan Spy’s Forums!

 


 

FAO Shuttle Tyderium News at Rebelscum
April 18, 2002 | 4:14 PM EST | Adam

Rebelscum is reporting that FAO Schwarz will be getting the Shuttle after all. It’ll be $125, avaiable this December, and according to the report, limited to only 5,000 pieces– something this reporter assumes has to have been a typo.

UPDATE: Reader Kenny T had this to share:
“I just called the NYC FAO and they said that were not taking pre-orders whatsoever for the shuttle. The woman told me they are still in talks with LEGO (I stopped her immediately and told her it was HASBRO, NOT LEGO) but she said it did not matter, the toy isnt made yet and there are no pre-orders for a toy that hasnt even been made yet.”

YET ANOTHER UPDATE: We’ve received several reports both supporting and refuting the story as seen at Rebelscum. So what’s the whole story? In short, we don’t know yet– but here’s hoping that quantity they posted was a crock.

 


 

Cheap Stuff at The Fan Club
April 18, 2002 | 3:34 PM EST | Adam

If you’re in need of some clearance-flavored goodness, take a look at some of these recent reductions at the Fan Club:

Hasbro
Carbon Freezing Chamber Action Playset, $10.99
Ketwol, $3.99
Sabe, $3.99
Mon Calamari Officer, $3.99
Flashback C-3PO, $1.49
Nute Gunray with CommTech Chip, $1.49
Watto with CommTech Chip, $1.99

Other
Qui-Gon Jinn Mega-Collectible, $6.99

So if you don’t have them already, there’s a few good deals to be found.

 


 

AOTC at Target.com
April 18, 2002 | 3:23 PM EST | Adam

Reader Alan from Tampa wrote us today to share this fairly nice piece of news…

“Just went to www.target.com and searched Star Wars, here is what came up:

Jango Slave I $29.99

Anakin, Dooku, and Obi-wan’s sabre $19.99

Jedi Starfigher $19.99

Lego Yoda $99.99”

Upon closer observation, they also still have the 12″ Luke with Speederbike set at $39.99.

 


 

TFN Reveals More AOTC Books
April 18, 2002 | 2:50 PM EST | Adam

TheForce.Net’s Episode II News Page (which, we should add, contains spoilers) has scans of three new AOTC books: the sticker book, a trivia book, and a Padme Amidala paper doll book. As always, some spoilers will be there, but it’s pretty neat stuff to get a look at.

 


 

Frito-Lay Star Wars Cardboard Standees
April 18, 2002 | 2:16 PM EST | Adam

We were tipped off to this auction which is for two in store promos for Frito-Lay’s Star Wars promotion. Jango Fett and Anakin Skywalker can be seen in a slightly fuzzy photo, but there’s no mistaken the Star Wars and Frito-Lay logos near their feet. Neat stuff, something to watch for at your local grocer’s.

 


 

Playskool, More Spotted at Fred Meyers
April 18, 2002 | 2:14 PM EST | Adam

Reader Richard has a tale of fun to share, with one of very few sightings we’ve heard thus far of the Playskool Star Wars junior-ized sets:

“I went to the Fred Meyers on 19th Street in Tacoma, WA and found the two speeders. A very nice and helpful employee brought out three cases of AOTC figures for me (even though I only had enough to buy six).

“She also put out the X-Wing and Naboo fighter Playskool sets. Those looked great. As for the AOTC figures, they had Jango Fett (Kamino), Boba Fett, Anakin Peasant, Obi-Wan, Kit Fisto, Plo Koon, Shaak Ti, Battle Droid, Super Battle Droid, Tusken Momma and Child, and I’m sure a couple others I’m forgetting. I got the last R2, 3PO, and Padme. It looked as though employees already went through the boxes.

“When she read the box, she said, “On shelf no later than… Oh! No sooner than April 23rd.” I asked her if she wanted the ones I was going to have back since I didn’t want to get her in trouble. She replied, “No, that’s okay. We’ll just say that today is April 23rd.” Whattagal! If I wasn’t already married… :-)”

 


 

Jawa Force #5
April 18, 2002 | 2:11 PM EST | Adam

From the fine folks of Jawa Force…

“Jawa Force 5 is coming out on May 1st and to make sure everyone knows, we’ve just posted a new preview and a short flash presentation.

Flash
HTML Preview

 


 

No TRU Midnight Madness In PA
April 18, 2002 | 11:46 AM EST | John

This one baffles me a bit. I called the TRU hotline to see if any of my local TRU’s were opening at midnight, and I was told that NONE of the Toys R’US stores in Pennsylvania would be opening at 12:01 AM for the Episode II toy release. Being that this is the state I live in, and considering that they did open for Episode I, please, before anyone is disappointed, call the TRU hotline ahead of time to confirm that your local TRU is participating! It could save you a trip, and you still have time, even if you would have to travel a bit, to reschedule to reach a TRU that is participating. The hotline number, for your pestering convienience, is 1-800-869-7787. With that said, now back to our regular news.

 


 

Need A Kubrick?
April 18, 2002 | 11:38 AM EST | John

Who doesn’t? For all of us who would like to enter for one of these, you’re in luck. JediAries sends me this information about their latest drawing over at the Alien Cantina…

“New Alien Cantina GIVEAWAY! Kubrick 300th Fett in Tin!
The Aliens at Jedi Aries’ Tattoine Alien Cantina are pleased to announce their latest free drawing for a Kubrick 300th Boba Fett in a special Fett-labeled Aluminum Tin. To enter the drawing, visit the site now at The Monthly Post

Good luck to all those who enter!

 


 

New at The Official Site
April 18, 2002 | 1:56 AM EST | Adam

Yet another attendee, costume maven Trisha Biggar, has been announced for the second Celebration.

More charity screening updates: now find out how you can see the flick a few days early in California, Pennsylvania, and Washington!

And of course, there’s the Fan Film Voting section, so be sure to check that out.

 


 

Yoda, Anakin Hanger, and Red Clone Trooper Pics
April 17, 2002 | 11:45 PM EST | Bill

Adam over at The Trade Federation has just posted some great photos of three of the newest “yet to be officially released” Star Wars figures. Click here to see them. Spoiler warning applies.

 


 

Got Your E2 Party Goods?
April 17, 2002 | 11:03 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader DCLDesigns sent in this report:

“I was just at a local “party store” and was suprised to see a full section devoted to AOTC. What I saw was a complete world of party favors. All the merchandise had the AOTC images shrunk and fit to package size with gold colored “starwars” logo with ROTJ lightsaber holding hands except for the four sided gift bag. The stuff available included:
-A gift bag with four differant illustrated sides including a a cool side panel photo of Count Dooku with lightsaber
-A four pack of Chinese yo yo lightsabers. Each a different color and
individual handles.
-A four pack of plastic mazes… as in rolling the BB into a hole across photo of Padme,Anakin, etc.
-A pack of AOTC party invitations saying…”be mindful of the force.”
-AOTC party favor gift bags filled with candy and what not’s.
– AOTC themed tablecloths, paper plates, napkins”

 


 

Detailed Photos Of Zam Wesell And Anakin’s Speeder And New 12″
April 17, 2002 | 10:58 PM EST | Bill

For your viewing pleasure, we’ve just added boxed and loose photos of Anakinand Zam Wesell‘s Speeders, and the 3 initial 12″ figures– Obi-Wan Kenobi ,Anakin Skywalker , and the Clone Trooper. Just click on the names of each item to see all the photos. Spoiler warning applies.

 


 

Happy Birthday, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine!
April 17, 2002 | 8:32 PM EST | Adam

Ian McDiarmid, the actor behind the various forms of Palpatine, was born on this date in 1947. At 55, he’s probably off somewhere wondering when the Supreme Chancellor Palpatine figure will be released just like the rest of us. Or getting cake or something. Either way, we wish him the best and hope for many more happy returns!

 


 

Tons of Pics at Rebelscum
April 17, 2002 | 7:30 PM EST | Adam

Rebelscum posted images, front, back, and close-up, of the following packaged figures:
Luke (Bespin)
Vader (Bespin)
Mace Windu (Geonosian Rescue)
Jango Fett (Final Battle)

Check ’em out, they look like they could be some of the finest figures of 2002… and if you’ve seen the AOTC figures so far, that’s really saying something.

 


 

Vader Kit
April 17, 2002 | 6:20 PM EST | Adam

An anonymous tipster forwarded us off to this page at Toys “R” Us’ Japanese website that has a previously unseen 1/7 scale Darth Vader model kit. Check it out, it’s nifty!

 


 

Clone College Advertising
April 17, 2002 | 6:08 PM EST | Adam

Several readers and a blurb on TFN have directed our attention to a trio of websites connected to flyers being posted at colleges to promote the onslaught of Clones this May. Promotional splendor and esoteric weirdness abound at these three sites, which, if you have the right plug-ins, are vastly entertaining. They are:

KaminoRentals.com
PurpleLightsaber.com
USeekYoda.com

Downloads– good ones, not the usual junk we’re treated to– and lots of other awesome extras are here, so spend some time at them. You won’t be sorry. Fans of the work of Art Chantry will get a big kick out of much of Kamino Rentals– the downloads are some of the neatest things I’ve seen in a while.

This is easily one of the most innovative ad campaigns I’ve seen for a movie, and I think most if not all of you will get a big kick out of them.

 


 

Celebration II Collector Schedule
April 17, 2002 | 5:48 PM EST | Adam

A boatload of goodies, great panels, and more await you at this linke as it’s chock full of the collector programming at Celebration II. From panels on unproduced toys to a Q&A with LucasFilm to an auction, there’s a lot to like here.

 


 

Deluxe Anakin at Rebelscum
April 17, 2002 | 5:44 PM EST | Adam

Rebelscum has a shot of the deluxe Anakin figure… and his companion. Don’t miss the picture, it’s pretty nifty!

 


 

Clones at Kohls
April 17, 2002 | 5:38 PM EST | Adam

A report from the field, courtesy of Reader Pete:

“My local Kohl’s department store has their entire Star Wars Episode II line out. The only new thing I saw that I hadn’t before was the yellow Jedi Speeder and Zam Wessels speeder. Pretty cool stuff, thay had most of the regular figures and all of the Deluxe figures out on the pegs. However $9 each for the regular figures is a little steep with only 5 days to go. This is probably the case at all Kohl’s stores since my friend in New York called me this morning to tell me his Kohl’s had put out all of their Episode II stuff.”

 


 

Pewter at Entertainment Earth
April 17, 2002 | 5:36 PM EST | Adam

A newsfeed from Entertainment Earth:

Entertainment Earth now has Star Wars Collectible Pewter Figurines in stock. All of the most popular characters and vehicles are availabe in hand crafted, highly collectible pewter. Made in the USA of the highest quality pewter.”

 


 

Event: Philly Fans Take Note
April 17, 2002 | 5:34 PM EST | Adam

John Paul of the infamous 501st Stormtrooper Legion sends in this news:

“501st Members Gear Up For Toys in Philladelphia Region Just wanted to put the word out to everyone in the Philadelphia, PA area.
FAO Schwartz in the King of Prussia Mall will apparently be the only store in the Philly region to have a Midnight Madness sale on 4/23 for the EP II Toy Release, and the 501st / Garrison Carida will be there!!!
Fans & collectors will have the opportunity to have their photograph taken & interact with the troopers.
FAO Schwartz is located in the King of Prussia Mall Plaza
160 Gulf Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Also, our sister Garrison, the Empire City Garrison, will be attending the huge FAO Schwartz store in NYC.”

 


 

AOTC Card Game Boosters Found
April 17, 2002 | 5:32 PM EST | Adam

Reader Stef Strikes Again…

“I sent you a e-mail Saturday night telling you how I found the two player set at the local mall. We’ll guess what. I went back to the same store today and picked up a 12 card booster pack and a light side starter deck. This time I stopped to talk to the guy behind the counter (after he already sold me the cards). He said that is all they got in and they are coming in here and there. They are coming in as early promos of the game and they are just putting them out for sale early. Once again the name of the store is BC Sports Collectibles (they are owned by EB). Hopefully others will have luck at their local BC Collectibles and find some early cards. Once again I live near Poughkeepsie, NY”

 


 

Looking To Get Mauled?
April 17, 2002 | 7:42 AM EST | Mark

Amazon now has the LEGO EXCLUSIVE (supposed to be a LEGO Exclusive) Darth Maul for sale. Same price $149.99

And in case you missed these deals…. Amazon.com is offering the following books from ATOC on sale. They will ship out on April 23, so if you want to get them and can stand waiting a couple of more days, then save some money and order them here…..
Episode II: Attack of the Clones Novel $18.20 (30% Off)
The Art of Star Wars : Attack of the Clones $24.50 (30% Off)
Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Graphic Novel) $12.57 (30% Off)
Episode II: Attack of the Clones Movie Storybook $7.99
Attack of the Clones (Mighty Chronicles) $9.95
The Hasbro Jedi Starfighter is now in stock at amazon.com for $24.99, They also have the AT-ST w/ Speederbike and Ewok in stock for $29.99
Also available again is the 12″ Dewback & Sandtrooper for $29.98, normally $79.99

 


 

Reek Boxed And Loose Photos
April 16, 2002 | 6:52 PM EST | Bill

For your viewing pleasure, we have added a page with boxed and loose photos of the Reek. Usual minor spoiler warning applies. Click here for the images.

 


 

Entertainment Earth welcomes Episode 2….
April 16, 2002 | 3:44 PM EST | Mark

***News Feed***
***One Week…***
The countdown begins! In one week we will begin accepting orders for Star Wars Episode 2 (Item# HS84869, $31.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84869merchandise from Hasbro, Lego, Master Replicas and more! In the mean time, we have the Jedi Starfighter (Item# HS84869, $31.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84869 and Sneak Preview 4-Pack, Not Mint (Item# NMHS84455LL, $31.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=NMHS84455LLavailable today! See our spotlight section for more details.

 


 

Jedi Starfighter at Suncoast
April 16, 2002 | 2:48 PM EST | Adam

Suncoast Motion Picture Co., a popular mall movie store, has also received shipments of the Jedi Starfighter from Hasbro and is selling them at $22.99 a pop. If you want one and you want it today, it might not be a bad idea to peruse the toy section of Suncoast or its family of stores (Media Play, Sam Goody, etc.)

 


 

eBay Prototype Watch
April 16, 2002 | 1:51 PM EST | Adam

Some nifty items on eBay today…

STAR TOURS
While these have been posted before, they’re still up for your viewing/buying pleasure. Two different droids have been posted by the same seller, and they’re pretty neat to see.
#1723071556
#1723072759

DROIDS
Also, a seller is selling custom figures based on the originals of the unmade second series of Droids figures from the old cartoon show. Pricey, but neat. (Again, these are not prototypes, but look like them.)
Gaff
Vlix
Kleb Zellock

 


 

Frito Lay Lowdown (update)
April 16, 2002 | 1:40 PM EST | Adam

As a result of last week’s worth of postings, we’ve been sent a virtual cornicopia of chip-related news and information. We’ve now chewed it up and spit it up in an easy-to-digest form for your amusement. Enjoy!

STAR PICS
3D “Star Pics” are being given away in specially marked sacks of Frito-Lay snacks like Doritos, Lays, Wavy Lays, and Cheetos. There’s 10 different ones, 9 of which come in multiple colors. Early reports say that one, the Clone Trooper, appears exclusively in yellow. The items combine to form a small puzzle with several images that appear when you assemble (and collect) them all, with the “secret” characters being classic favorites like young Anakin and Luke Skywalker.

As far as the packaging goes, different character photos appear on different bags. So if you want to collect these, there’s a lot of stuff you’re going to have to buy.

Reports indicate that the Clone Trooper will be difficult to find for some reason or another. If you shine light through the back, apparently they go from looking lame to looking like a 3D image of the character in question.

Click the image links below to see them. We’ve gotten questions on a trading ring for these things… well, if anyone sets up a trading site, we’ll give ya a link. Early reports indicate that these things look great, so it might be worth snagging a bag of chips to see them in person. Since, supposedly, they look really cool in person.

Clip Cover (Front)
Clip Cover (Back)
Mace Windu Star Pic (Blue)
Clone Trooper Star Pic (Yellow)
Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Pic (Green)
Padme Amidala Star Pic (Blue)
Padme Amidala Star Pic (Red)
R2-D2 & C-3PO Star Pic (purple)
Yoda Star Pic (Green)

A shout-out to Jarrod Lundberg, Kraig McLaughlin, Todd Clayton, William Dilts, Jeffrey Buholtz, and Todd Bowersox for their contributions.

UPDATE: Reader Ian noted “Yet another thing to add to the collecting here. There appears to be a number of different inserts with the pic. I have found three so for, and I am guessing that there are five altogether to cover the rest of the characters on the 3D pics. The inside of the inserts are all the same.”

 


 

Stickers at Trade Federation
April 16, 2002 | 12:59 PM EST | Adam

Shots of the nifty Attack of the Clones stickers have been posted over at theTrade Federation. Four sheets can be seen, including shots of vehicles, bounty hunters, and more.

 


 

More Books, Chip Bags, Ads at TFN
April 16, 2002 | 12:56 PM EST | Adam

Scans of BBQ Lays, Wavy Lays, and Regular Lays bags with Star Wars iconography have been posted to TheForce.net’s Collecting Page. Pretty neat stuff.

Some fairly hokey, but nevertheless amusing, comic book-style advertisments were also posted to TheForce.net’s Collecting Page which focus on Anakin and the Reek as well as the Slave I vs. the Jedi Starfighter. These were printed in some of the upcoming children’s books.

Lastly, TFN’s Episode II Page posted some images of the AOTC Cross-Sections book. Since the E2 page has E2 news, consider this fair warning for those wary of all things spoilerish.

 


 

Maxim has Star Wars
April 16, 2002 | 12:50 PM EST | Adam

Reader Sergio sent in this news:

“I just recieved the may issue of Maxim magazine (with Kelly Hu on the cover) in the mailbox today and there was a pretty good interview with George Lucas, Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christiansen, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jimmy Smits.

“There are pictures of Obi-Wan, Anakin, Anakin with Padme, C-3PO, and R2-D2, Senators Tikkes and Orn Free Taa, Luminaria Unduli, Wat Tambor, Sly Moore, Mace Windu, and Bail Organa.”

Those brave enough to peruse the spoilery seas should check outTheForce.Net’s Episode II Area for excerpts from a George Lucas interview regarding the fate of N’Sync and another awkward holiday special moment.

 


 

Toys and Tattoos
April 15, 2002 | 11:52 PM EST | Adam

In the “Think You’ve Seen It All” File, we have a new entry: Shane’s Archive of Tattoos and Toys. Featuring toy prototypes, tattoos of Star Wars, GI Joe, and TransFormers, and some other notable things, this is definitely not a the kind of site you see every day– but it is worth a few glances.

 


 

New Book Scans Online
April 15, 2002 | 10:14 PM EST | Adam

TheForce.net’s Episode II News posted shots of two new books: the AOTC Movie Scrapbook and the AOTC Movie Storybook.

The scrapbook is full of neat shots of minor characters in their scans, with a few but not too many spoilers. Basically, if you want a look at background characters in the flick, this is something you’ll want to see.

The storybook, as expected, tells the story. Lots of neat images, but of course there’s going to be a few spoilers due to the nature of the book. If you’re into this stuff, don’t miss it!

 


 

New at The Official Site
April 15, 2002 | 9:38 PM EST | Adam

From new merchandise to new Celebration II guests, there’s a nice chunk of news at StarWars.com today.

The Story Crafter at Celebration II
Co-writer of AOTC Jonathan Hales will be making an appearance at the Star Wars shindig of 2002. Check out the site for a nice bio.

The Classic Trilogy in 30 Minutes!
The University of Southern California School of Theater put on a production of the original three flicks on stage in 31 minutes… find out more and see some pictures on the official site. They will also be playing 11 performances of their show at Celebration II, which should be interesting to say the least.

Replicating the Details
Another featurette on the new Master Replicas line of prop reproductions, highlighting the company and its first two offerings. If you haven’t read it before and elsewhere, it’s new.

 


 

Need A Little Proof?
April 15, 2002 | 9:38 PM EST | Robert

A hard to find proof sheet for the Power of the Force II Theater Edition Luke Skywalker has been added to the prototypes section of Yakface.com in theProof Cards area. In addition, if you have yet to see the carded sample of the the unproduced Qui-Gon Jinn vs. Battle Droid two pack be sure to check that out as well in the Sample Mock-Ups section.

 


 

2002 Exclusives Redux
April 15, 2002 | 9:29 PM EST | Adam

Apparently some of us missed this post at Rebelscum from last March outlining the bulk of exclusives up for grabs this year. While it isn’t final, it does list some interesting items, like the Celebration II figure as a Rebel Pilot with Micromachine X-Wing, the oft-mentioned Stormtrooper four-pack, and the figure and accessory sets. Nifty!

(If you missed it, it’s news to you. And it’s news to us!)

 


 

AOTC Displays on… Display
April 15, 2002 | 9:21 PM EST | Adam

Borders Book Stores are already starting to put up AOTC signage for the prequel sequel. Apparently, they and other stores will all be sharing a similar design: a bright blue background with large images of key characters from the film.

Also, the stores I visited today had pushed a lot of their Star Wars product to the front of the store, meaning more Action Figure Archive books as well as a few more Aurra Sing masterpiece editions books may be at your local store. So if you’re still in need of some papery Star Wars goodness, try those bookstores again.

 


 

Ultimate 12″ Jango Fett Photos Posted
April 15, 2002 | 9:18 PM EST | Bill

Death Star Plans has just posted a detailed photo of the soon to be released Ultimate 12″ Jango Fett with all the skinny on the newest Fett. Click here for more.

 


 

More April 23 Figures With Detailed Photos
April 15, 2002 | 8:17 PM EST | Bill

Adam over at The Trade Federation has posted shots of the Geonosian Warrior, Jar Jar Senator, Saesee Tinn, Dexter Jettster– gotta check out his tattoos and Nitko Jedi. These figures look awesome. Click here for the images.

 


 

AOTC Yoda to Show on April 23!
April 15, 2002 | 5:19 PM EST | Adam

Many readers have asked of the Yoda wave– which includes Yoda, the new Zam Wesell, and the red Clone Trooper– will be out next week with Kit Fisto, Outlander Peasant Anakin, Jango Fett, the Professor and Mary Ann.

We’ve gotten one unconfirmed report and one confirmed report of a reader finding one Yoda in a Wal-Mart, and he said it was the only blue carded Saga figure there. Today, another longtime reader and contributor DarthSlapshot sent in the following case assortment info from boxes he saw first-hand at his local Kay-Bee store:

Box # 84851001G (Collection 1) (Wave 3) (Ratio 3)

Zam Wesell x 2
Clone Trooper (red accents) x 3
Yoda x 2
Anakin: Hangar Duel x 2
C-3PO x 1
Padme Amidala: Arena Escape x 1
Anakin Skywalker: Outland Peasant Disguise x 1 

…along with news that this is expected to be out on April 23. As there was one report of Yoda, along with confirmation that some stores already have the Taun We, Royal Guard, and Luminara Unduli wave, it looks like April 23 is going to be one very, very expensive day for us all. If you find any Yodas or whatnot lying around your local stores early, don’t hesitate to drop us a line, we’d love to hear about it!

 


 

Spoiler Apology, re: With Every Question For Justice
April 15, 2002 | 4:52 PM EST | Adam

While we take great pride at Yakface.com to insure unnecessary spoilers don’t make their way into our features, sometimes the worst happens. As we’re constantly bombarded with information of all sorts, we sometimes forget to double-check our words and, in our haste, things get out that shouldn’t.

Of course, I refer to today’s With Every Question for Justice. I took a question that contained a spoiler regarding a character that may not have been appropriate regarding the timeframe with the upcoming movie, and some of you were highly upset. For this, I am sorry and I hope this accident does not hurt your opinion of this site, high or low as it may be.

The offending spoiler has since been removed from the column so it should be OK for you to read at this point. While we exercise caution in these situations, sometimes they’re unavoidable, especially when there’s a lot of excitement brewing over what promises to be one of the most entertaining films of 2002. Those truly interested in avoiding all spoilers should be wary in the upcoming weeks, as there will be a lot of them coming in from all sides, from a slip in a celebrity interview to a picture of an upcoming toy. Unfortunately, this is the way the hobby works sometimes, and as a result those wanting to be surprised may have their otherwise good time ruined.

Once again, I deeply apologize for the error made in today’s column. But enough of my blabbing, on to the news!

 


 

2002 Wal-Mart Alien Pack Confusion
April 15, 2002 | 4:24 PM EST | Adam

Over the past few months, there’s been much in the way of tidbits and speculation concerning the 2002 Wal-Mart exclusive figures that will be coming from the Cantina sequence in Star Wars and the Nightclub from Clones. While nothing official has surfaced, we’ve been ferreted a bit of info from more than a few sources, and we now present to you what we’ve been hearing in the off sense you’d like to try and make some sense of it.

As always, please note that this posting is full of information that isunconfirmed.

CANTINA PACKS
Late last year, there were rumored to be four packs, each with one of three sections of the cantina, and one would be a duplicate section. Hunter from 4-Inches sent in this list today:

32539 Cantina Alien Scene Assortment
32541 Kitik Keed’kak with Section A
32542 Greedo with Section B
32543 Ponda Baba with Section C
32544 Momaw Nadon with Section C

So our oldest and newest blurbs say that’s what these are. However, earlier this year the buzz was that these were actually going to be two-packs of figures. So what’s the final deal? We just don’t know. We just like to stir the pot sometimes.

As far as the nightclub aliens go, everything we’ve heard so far would indicate they were to be two-packs. But, as always, we’ve seen no pictures or press releases so this may change.

If you have any info on this matter you’d like to share, please write in!

 


 

Hasbro’s Star Wars Site gets Makeover, Toy Checklist
April 15, 2002 | 4:08 PM EST | Adam

Hasbro’s Star Wars Page has been given an AOTC facelift and as such now looks significantly fresher.

New content includes the Toy Showcase that reveals many Attack of the Clones toys, including tons of vintage figures, lots of games and puzzles, and even Hangar Duel Anakin Skywalker and Trilogy Playskool toys. (Don’t miss the first official shots of the Millennium Falcon Adventure, as well as Arena Adventures [formerly known as Rampaging Reek.])

 


 

Frito-Lay, General Mills Trading Site
April 15, 2002 | 4:04 PM EST | Adam

Reader Matt Borchers offered up this nice bit of info for all the food freebie fans out there:

“I’ve set up a trading site for the SW promo items. Tell people to visithttp://jeol.com/~borchers/swpens.cgi and email me if they are interested in joining us.

Disclaimer: Yakface.com must take the time to point out that we are not affiliated with this page in any way, but it’s a great idea and we hope it goes well.

 


 

Celebration 2 Autograph Pictures Revealed
April 15, 2002 | 3:58 PM EST | Adam

Reader Gary Price offered up this link:

“Celebration autograph photo offerings are online! Here is a link to the photos offered by Celebration 2:

http://www.seetwo.com/ezpull.html

Don’t forget, those people who can’t make it can have their signatures picked up by Wattographs & Johnson’s Collectibles for $3 over cost of the photo at the convention. Details at http://www.autographcentral.com/wattographs/special-offer.html (The convention will not be offering mail order)”

 


 

San Mateo, San Francisco Toy Release Party
April 15, 2002 | 3:56 PM EST | Adam

Reader DarthDav tipped us off to a little shindig he’s coordinating for Midnight Madness at a Toys “R” Us in San Mateo and San Francisco , CA. If you’re in the neighborhood and would be interested in attending, kindly click over tohttp://homepage.mac.com/starwarsparty/ for the full scoop on how you can insure you get your Star Wars Go-Gurt while waiting on line!

 


 

Deluxe Clearances Continue
April 15, 2002 | 3:51 PM EST | Adam

In the “how low can you go” file, here’s a note from Reader Roy:

“If you are still looking for the Deluxe Amanaman and Leia, I found them at my local Ames (they had dozens of each) for the amazing price of $3.94. This was in Silver Spring, MD.”

 


 

Attack Of The Clones New York Premier Details
April 15, 2002 | 9:04 AM EST | Bill

Artoosnews found an article on CNN with the details about the New York Premier of Attack of the Clones. The premier will be May 12, 2002. It will benefit 9/11 Victims and underpriviledged children in New York. Click here for the full story.

 


 

Q&A Update
April 15, 2002 | 6:59 AM EST | Adam

WARNING: A spoilery question slipped under the old radar today, so if you’re worried about the fate of one non-major character in the film, please do not read today’s update. Anyway, back to the post.

With Every Question For Justice, our Q&A column, looks at the belt buckle of Snaggletooth (aka Zutton,) rumors on the Celebration 2 figure, and the chances of a 12″ Shmi figure. If you want to know, or at least get some discussion brewing, be sure to check it out.

Also, the final update of Q&A before the release of AOTC will be posted on April 30. So if you have a question, please send it on in!

If the volume of questions kicks up, there will be a Q&A Megathon– that’s 10 questions every work day– until the deadline. So get those question mark-covered suits on and send in a question today!

 


 

New AOTC, Trilogy Masks?
April 15, 2002 | 6:14 AM EST | Adam

TheForce.net Collecting posted a report on new, upcoming masks from the new and old films. Highlights include Jango Fett’s weapons and helmet, a Scout Trooper mask with a flip-up visor, a Clone Trooper helmet, and a life-size replica of the AOTC Yoda, replete with… uh… the accessory that most people are ooh-ing and aah-ing over. If you want to read the whole report, click on over toTheForce.net Collecting and, as always, those not wanting to know anything about the film would be best served by not clicking the link.

 


 

Frito-Lay Lowdown
April 15, 2002 | 2:41 AM EST | Adam

As a result of last week’s worth of postings, we’ve been sent a virtual cornicopia of chip-related news and information. We’ve now chewed it up and spit it up in an easy-to-digest form for your amusement. Enjoy!

STAR PICS
3D “Star Pics” are being given away in specially marked sacks of Frito-Lay snacks like Doritos, Lays, Wavy Lays, and Cheetos. There’s 10 different ones, 9 of which come in multiple colors. Early reports say that one, the Clone Trooper, appears exclusively in yellow. The items combine to form a small puzzle with several images that appear when you assemble (and collect) them all, with the “secret” characters being classic favorites like young Anakin and Luke Skywalker.

As far as the packaging goes, different character photos appear on different bags. So if you want to collect these, there’s a lot of stuff you’re going to have to buy.

Reports indicate that the Clone Trooper will be difficult to find for some reason or another. If you shine light through the back, apparently they go from looking lame to looking like a 3D image of the character in question.

Click the image links below to see them. We’ve gotten questions on a trading ring for these things… well, if anyone sets up a trading site, we’ll give ya a link. Early reports indicate that these things look great, so it might be worth snagging a bag of chips to see them in person. Since, supposedly, they look really cool in person.

Clip Cover (Front)
Clip Cover (Back)
Mace Windu Star Pic (Blue)
Clone Trooper Star Pic (Yellow)
Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Pic (Green)
Padme Amidala Star Pic (Blue)
Padme Amidala Star Pic (Red)
R2-D2 & C-3PO Star Pic (purple)
Yoda Star Pic (Green)

A shout-out to Jarrod Lundberg, Kraig McLaughlin, Todd Clayton, William Dilts, Jeffrey Buholtz, and Todd Bowersox for their contributions.

 


 

AOTC Plo Koon Give-away
April 15, 2002 | 12:55 AM EST | Bill

The Dark Side Collector is giving away a AOTC Plo Koon. The contest starts April 15th and ends April 22. All you have to do to enter, is send in an e-mail with you name and address. (One entry per person/per day) Click here for more.

 


 

12″ Ki-Adi Mundi Spotted… on eBay
April 15, 2002 | 12:51 AM EST | Adam

Readers are reporting that Jedi Master Ki-Adi Mundi has appeared on eBay, right here. While the item is listed as on-hand and ready-to-ship, no official word has arisen on who will be getting this figure, which is presumably an exclusive.

 


 

Order Your Books From Amazon.com
April 14, 2002 | 9:49 PM EST | Mark

Amazon.com is offering the following books from ATOC on sale. They will ship out on April 23, so if you want to get them and can stand waiting a couple of more days, then save some money and order them here…..
Episode II: Attack of the Clones Novel $18.20 (30% Off)
The Art of Star Wars : Attack of the Clones $24.50 (30% Off)
Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Graphic Novel) $12.57 (30% Off)
Episode II: Attack of the Clones Movie Storybook $7.99
Attack of the Clones (Mighty Chronicles) $9.95
The Hasbro Jedi Starfighter is now in stock at amazon.com for $24.99, They also have the AT-ST w/ Speederbike and Ewok in stock for $29.99
Also available again is the Episode I Sith Probe Droid Game for $9.97, normally $39.99

 


 

Want 14 Free Episode 2 Figures?
April 14, 2002 | 9:18 PM EST | Bill

JediChris.net is having a huge Attack Of The Clones giveaway! We are giving away 14 Episode II figures. These include Wave 1 Collection 1 and Wave 1 Collection 2. The only catch is that you must be a registered forum member! Good Luck!

 


 

New Action Figure Talk Show Entry
April 14, 2002 | 9:17 PM EST | Bill

Death Star Plans has launched their first action figure “Talk Show”. The Talk Show will feature DSP staff members and readers along with special guests represented in action figure form. With the use of the figures they will play out many shows interviewing anyone that wants to participate. This first show will include Jim from Federationtoys along with DSP’s webmaster and artoo-seventynine as the hosts. If anyone is interested in appearing as a guest or just a cameo in future shows, click here.

 


 

AOTC Speeders and Board Games Found
April 14, 2002 | 9:14 PM EST | Bill

Credit for the latest find goes to Yak Reader Bearytrek:

“I found the Anakin speeder, Zam speeder and the Reek at the Colma, CA Kmart today…at first the speeder didn’t ring up on the registers but the clerk looked up the price and allowed me to purchase…there were also the Star Wars themed games of Life, Stratego and Epic Duels (with some cool painted figures from all 5 films, allowing a battle between many different characters from the old and new trilogies) and four puzzles also featuring a cross-trilogy image…”

 


 

Toy Fair Vader may be a Freebie in the UK
April 14, 2002 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill

It has been reported on TPU that the Toy Fair Vader will be a freebie in the UK… For more details and how this story evolves check out The Private Universe!

 


 

Wizards Of The Coast Card Game Found
April 14, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Stef picked up the new Attack of the Clones 2 player set at a Sports Collectable store in Poughkeepsie, NY.

 


 

Carded Unproduced Two Pack Added to the Prototypes Section
April 14, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Robert

Unleashed to the collecting community are pictures of a rarely seen unproduced mock up carded sample of the cancelled Qui – Gon Jinn vs. Battle Droid two pack. Just hit Yak’s toyguide link located to the right. From there hit the prototypes link and enter the Sample-Mock Ups section. Since I’ve upgraded to this carded sample I’m parting with my unpainted first shot example. If you are interested in obtaining a first shot example feel free to drop me an email.

 


 

Attack Of The Clones Slave I At TRU
April 14, 2002 | 9:03 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader DarthScooby just sent this in:

“Here in Brooklyn my only hopes came in nicely. (NO Targets or Walmart’s but great Pizza.) Jango Slave 1 at Toys R Us (29.99), and all 4 Deluxe at K-Mart (12.09).”

 


 

Free Toy Fair Vader
April 14, 2002 | 9:01 PM EST | Bill

The Jawa crew over at the Sandcrawler Workshop invite you over to sign up to be notified on the site re-launch and a chance to win a Toy Fair Vader. the Sandcrawler Workshop has been online for several years but has mainly been a restoration service working out of the Chicago area. They are now putting years of expertise online so if you need help with any vintage Star Wars vehicles, stop by the Workshop.

 


 

Free Jedi Star Fighter, AT-ST And More
April 14, 2002 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

Peg Warmer.com is giving away a Jedi Starfighter and in a seperate contest called Primary Targets an AT-ST, Deluxe POTF2 Luke, Cold Weather Obi-Wan and Zam Wesell! Click here for more.

 


 

Looking for the latest on TRU’s Midnight Sale?
April 14, 2002 | 3:55 PM EST | Bill

Death Star Plans has just posted a printout from TRU’s computer listing their April 23rd product. Click here to see the list.

 


 

AOTC: Frito-Lay
April 13, 2002 | 1:27 PM EST | Adam

We’ve gotten a few inquiries (and submissions) lately regarding the AOTC food tie-ins. We’ve been sent a scan of a chips bag with AOTC C-3PO and Obi-Wan Kenobi on it, although so far no tangible goodies like cards, figures, or stickers have been announced (or seen) as premiums.

If anything shows up, we’ll keep you posted.

 


 

POTJ Clearances Continue
April 13, 2002 | 2:26 AM EST | Adam

Lately, we’ve received several reports of the familliar green box being covered by the not-so-familliar red tag of the toy discounter… here’s a list of recent finds and some others in case you missed them.

Electronics Boutique
POTJ figures down to $2.99. Figures spotted include Mon Calamari Officer, Luke X-Wing, Chewbacca Mechanic.

Target
Deluxe figures “down” to $11.10. 25th Anniversary 2-packs down to $11.10. POTJ and AOTC preview figures reduced, in some stores, to $4 and mixed change.

Toys “R” Us
Deluxe figures down to $4.97. So far, Bacta Luke seems to be the only one left in most locations, but it’s still a great deal. Some stores are still getting the BoShek wave ($5.99 per, no discount.)

 


 

Episode 2 Cross-Sections is Out
April 12, 2002 | 8:24 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Ryan just snagged a copy of the Episode 2 Cross-Sections book at his local Books-A-Million store in Brunswick, GA. Price: $19.95 It has spoilers-a-plenty!

 


 

AOTC Comics Adaptation Discovered
April 12, 2002 | 5:18 PM EST | Adam

From Jedi Jake…

“I went to my local Barnes and Noble (Albany, NY) today to get a book and stopped at the star wars section. My jaw dropped when I saw the Attack of the Clones trade paper back! I obviosly brought it. I don’t want to give anything away, all I’m going to say is that it’s really good, very sad, and is nothing like the other movies.”

 


 

TRU Deluxe Clearances
April 12, 2002 | 5:14 PM EST | Adam

Reader Richard sends in this note:

“I was at two TRUs today and noticed that the deluxe POTJ figures were marked down to $4.97 a piece. The first store I was at only had Bacta Luke, but I lucked out at the second one I visited and got me a deluxe Leia. Here’s a receipt scan for you as well.”

(We opted not to repost the receipt. It is dated 04/12/02 and from Federal Way, WA.)

 


 

eBay Fun
April 12, 2002 | 7:47 AM EST | Adam

Star Wars Naboo Fighter Lifesized Prop
While the description doesn’t say anything about what it is or where it’s from, it’s a big Naboo Fighter with a buy-it-now at just under $28,000. If it’s real, it sure is nifty.

Star Wars Giant Darth Vader Prototype
This item appears to be an unusual conceptual piece… well worth a look for those who like the oddball stuff.

FX-7 MicroCollection Figure Prototype
One of the many unproduced figures from the unmade vintage Bacta Chamber playset, it’s pretty slick.

New AOTC Figures
Please note some may contain images consider spoilers. So get off the Web.
Yoda
Anakin Skywalker, Hangar Duel
Zam Wesell, Bounty Hunter
Clone Trooper, Red

 


 

Q&A Update
April 12, 2002 | 7:29 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with answers to questions like “Are the magnets in the AOTC figures weak?”, “Can you get Chewie into the POTF2 Falcon cockpit?”, and “Did they make BoShek just to spite you?” Find out the answers to these and more, in today’s With Every Question For Justice!

 


 

3-D E2 Photos From Cheetos
April 11, 2002 | 9:00 PM EST | Bill

The snack food premiums are here. Yak Reader Ian just sent in this review: “I just got a Mace Windu out of a bag a Cheetos. These are so cool. At first they do not look like much, but when you hold them up to light the image really does look like Sammy in all his a glory. These are going to be fun to collect, especially since it looks like there are at least five colors that each one can come in, although it looks like the rare Clone Troopers one may one come in Yellow.”

 


 

Jedi Starfighters Cheap
April 11, 2002 | 8:58 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Powered Convoy wrote in to give us a heads up on Ames pricing. Thye had the new Episode 2 Jedi Starfighter for $12.99! They also had the Deluxe Leia for $3.94.

 


 

Star Wars A New Hope 25th Anniversary Casting Call
April 11, 2002 | 7:52 AM EST | Bill

This just in from the Forgotten Force Ultimate Resource Guide:

“I’d like to take a moment of your time to let you know
of an exciting feature coming to FFURG in May to
celebrate Star Wars’ 25th Anniversary.

The 25th Anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope is in
May and to celebrate this momentous occassion, FFURG’s
May Casting Call will honor the vintage era of Star
Wars figures. For the May Casting Call, customizers
are asked to submit their renditions of characters
from A New Hope created in the vintage medium. What
this means is that submissions of ANH characters
should be made of primarily vintage Kenner parts or
vintage-like parts. Customs using few modern parts
will be accepted, but we ask that you not submit
customs that are made primarily from figures from the
modern line.

So to submit your vintage ANH customs to FFURG’s “Star
Wars: ANH 25th Anniversary Casting Call”, send your
images to dan@ffurg.com. Then check back with FFURG on
May 25th to see the premiere of this auspicious
Casting Call and celebrate the adventure that is Star
Wars.”

 


 

Tax Refund Burning a Whole In Your Pocket???
April 11, 2002 | 7:45 AM EST | Mark

So we all know the news that Kmart is in serious financial trouble. However one would have to wonder why on earth they would be carrying these in stock on the website in the Toy Department? The Star Wars Phantom Menace Refurbished Pinball Machine is in stock for the low price of $4999.99. But hey, if they continue to do poorly, this may go on clearance.

 


 

Luke-ing For Speed?
April 11, 2002 | 7:40 AM EST | Mark

In case you missed out on this one, the Target.com store has the 12″ Speeder Bike with Luke Skywalker in stock still, but for the not so cheap price of $39.99, of course if anyone knows any coupon codes for them, send it in so we can post it.

 


 

Can’t Find Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter?
April 11, 2002 | 7:20 AM EST | Mark

The Hasbro Jedi Starfighter is now in stock at amazon.com for $24.99, They also have the AT-ST w/ Speederbike and Ewok in stock for $29.99

 


 

AOTC: Toys “R” Us Midnight Opening Flyer
April 11, 2002 | 6:43 AM EST | Adam

Reader Donald had this to share:

“Just got my Preview Figures at my local Toys ‘r’ Us, and was handed this flyerby a very happy and helpful employee. Thought I’d pass it along and let other readers know to be on the lookout! Thanks!

Just click here to see it!

 


 

AOTC: Go-Gurt Impressions
April 11, 2002 | 6:41 AM EST | Adam

Because we all love Star Wars, and because of America’s love affair with yogurt one can eat on the go, we present this report from DD:

“I found the Star Wars Go-Gurt at my local gocery store today. The box has Anakin on the front and pictures of Anakin, Vader, Kit Fisto and Shaak Ti on the back. The tubes of yogurt inside have picturs of Luke or Vader on them and have glow in the dark lightsabers on the tubes!

 


 

Celebration II Updates
April 10, 2002 | 10:57 PM EST | Adam

The Official Site is reporting a few new things about the biggest Convention for Star Wars this year…

First, April 19 is the last day to order your Celebration II badge online. So keep that in mind.

Next, Leeanna Walsman (Zam Wesell) has been confirmed as a guest, as has Bonnie Piesse (Beru Whitesun).

Lastly, they’ve announced an art exhibit– familliar names like Chris Trevas, Dave Dorman, and many others will be showing their fantastic art off to the Star Wars public, so be sure to check it out if you’re there.

 


 

SPOILERS: Visual Dictionary Unveiled
April 10, 2002 | 10:53 PM EST | Adam

Apparently a lot of scans from the visiaul dictionary have shown up here… as it does go into details regarding the film, its plot, and its characters, you’ve been warned that this is spoiler-filled territorry.

 


 

Star Wars Playskool At Wal-Mart, But…
April 10, 2002 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Casimir. The Wal-Mart in Dallas, Texas had two of the Playskool Star Wars sets (X-wing and Naboo Fighter). Unfortunatly, these were coded “do not sell” along with the Episode 2 merchandise.

UPDATE: We later received this:

“Fellow Yak reader Loosetoon from just phoned to tell me he picked up a set of the Playskool series 1 sets for me at a Wal-Mart in Atlanta. (He already found his set in a New Jersey Bosco a few weeks ago.)

“These also rang up as “do not sell” but a knowledgable clerk in the toy section was able to confirm that it was OK to sell these before April 23. So keep trying!”

 


 

Midnight Madness At Fan Club
April 10, 2002 | 9:06 AM EST | Bill

The Fan Club site has announced that the Fan Club will be participating in Midnight Madness. You can order through their servers at midnight plus 1 minute on the 23rd of April.

 


 

Michael Fright Strikes Again
April 10, 2002 | 9:04 AM EST | Bill

Michael Fright has created a 1:1 scale Jabba’s Sail Barge. This thing looks awsome. Go over to Pegwarmer.com and check it out!

 


 

BoShek, Teebo, R4-M9 Continue Shipping
April 10, 2002 | 8:06 AM EST | Adam

We’ve received lots of email on the fear of the final wave of POTJ figures becoming hard to find, and well, we’re glad to say that these figures are continuing to ship to retail. Tonight at the Tucson Toys “R” Us on Oracle, no less than a dozen sets of these three figures were spotted on the pegs. So if you’re one of the many still scouring shelves for them, keep your eyes open and don’t stop visiting the stores– the goods are still showing up.

Also, additional quantities of the Prequel Preview figures seem to be shipping as well, so if you missed those keep looking.

 


 

Viual Dictionary provides AOTC Tidbits
April 10, 2002 | 5:22 AM EST | Adam

TheForce.Net’s Prequel area posted a lot of tidbits from the Episode II Visual Dictionary, from the significance of Concord Dawn to what the little emblem on the arms of the clones is. Lots of spoilerishness, though, but one thing’s for sure: this book is something that all fans of the movie will probably want to read.

 


 

Celebration: Yet More Guests Announced
April 10, 2002 | 5:07 AM EST | Adam

The Official Site posted This Article on guests coming to Celebration: actors from Episode I. Find out who, right here!

 


 

AOTC Puzzle Found
April 10, 2002 | 4:23 AM EST | Adam

Reader Jason submitted this image of a new Star Wars puzzle he found at K-Mart. It features a collage of Leia and Amidala images, and it’s pretty neat. Check it out!

 


 

Racer Revenge On Sale
April 9, 2002 | 8:08 PM EST | Bill

K-B Toys has Star Wars Racer Revenge on sale for $20.00. Click here for more.

UPDATE:

Yak Reader Lumpy’s Agenda wrote in with this tip:

“No minimum purchase, must use code “DENNYVGMS ” at checkout. This pretty much covers the Standard Shipping costs, so you get the game delivered for $19.79!”

 


 

Clones Figures Appearing In England
April 9, 2002 | 8:03 PM EST | Bill

It has been a busy day in the UK, with AOTC figures turning up at a national retail chain store, news on the AOTC Slave 1 and more… and it’s all reported atThe Private Universe !

 


 

EE Newsfeed: Stompin’ Wampa & Fast Through the Forest Now Shipping!
April 9, 2002 | 5:06 PM EST | Mark

From Entertainment Earth:

“We have an extremely limited quantity of the newest assortment of Hasbro’s Playskool line of Star Wars toys for “kids”. The All In One Adventures Asst. 2 (Item# HS2645A, $38.99) http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS2645A contains 2x The Stompin’ Wampa, and 2x Fast Through the Forest sets. All backorders place before April 8th will be filled first. Order today!

Don’t forget the awesome Mini Busts available soon as well.”

 


 

Dark Horse Comics: July
April 9, 2002 | 6:54 AM EST | Adam

Wondering what’s on tap in July from Dark Horse?

July 3
Star Wars: The Hunt for Aurra Sing TPB

July 10
Star Wars: Infinities – The Empire Strikes Back #1
Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… Volume 2 TPB

July 17
Star Wars #44 – Rite of Passage #3

July 31
Star Wars: Jango Fett — Open Seasons #3

 


 

New Hasbro Ads, Courtesy of… Kevin Smith?
April 9, 2002 | 6:21 AM EST | Adam

Having forgotten to post this earlier, well, I figured it’d interest a few of you since the word hasn’t really gotten out.

Kevin Smith (of Mallrats and Clerks fame) posted to one of his sites in March that the fine folks of Hasbro let him direct two TV spots for the Clones. So for Kevin Smith fans and those of you who lament the lack of advertising for your favorite space toy line, here’s a piece of good news.

Just click here and go down to the March 27 update. But fair warning, some of this site’s content may not be suitable for some readers. (It’s good for us though.)

 


 

Q&A Update
April 9, 2002 | 6:13 AM EST | Adam

Because YakFeatures just aren’t enough, and because I can sleep when I’m dead, here’s another installment of With Every Question for Justice!

Should you be worried about BoShek? Does Kit Fisto look familliar? And are you a Jedi yet? Find out today!

 


 

Spotted: Lightsaber Assortment
April 9, 2002 | 5:17 AM EST | Adam

Spotted on the floors of Wal-Mart tonight (but unfortunately not for sale) was a case of the upcoming Lightsaber assortment.

Several non-electronic versions of these blades were in the case, with different handles and blades in four colors: purple, red, blue, and green. The blades were fully retractable into the handle, and “locked” into place when closed. To extend them, you need to push a button and gravity does the rest. Plus for those who might be of the younger set, there’s a belt clip on them for your Junior Jedi training needs. All in all, they were quite nifty, and will be at fine stores everywhere on April 23.

SRP is expected to be $7.99. They rang up as “see associate for assistance,” which translates to “nice try, fanboy.”

 


 

AOTC: Final Effects Shot Completed
April 9, 2002 | 12:01 AM EST | Adam

In another Official Site Report, we’ve been informed that George Lucas has approved the final effects shot for the upcoming film Attack of the ClonesRead the featured story for the lowdown on what the shot was.

 


 

More Guests for Celebration II Announced
April 8, 2002 | 11:51 PM EST | Adam

The Official Site has announced yet more Star Wars alumni to be attending the Convention in this article. New entries include…

Bruce Boa (General Rieekan)
Michael Carter (Bib Fortuna, ROJ)
Mike Edmonds (Logray)
John Hollis (Lobot)
Mike Quinn (Nien Nunb)
Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar)
Femi Taylor (Oola)

Those looking for the complete list of attendees would be best to follow this linkfor a very nice list of over 35 people coming just to sign goodies at the show. Very cool stuff, eh?

 


 

AOTC ILM Crew Gear Revealed
April 8, 2002 | 11:45 PM EST | Adam

DarthDav sent us a catalog shot (or so it seems) of several new AOTC crew t-shirts from ILM, many of which are quite cool. Click here to see the image.

Highlights include:
– Dexter’s Diner t-shirt
Looks similar to a 1950’s/1960’s diner t-shirt. (I must have one.)
– Rumble in Rain hooded boxing sweatshirt
Jango Fett vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi. White shirt, red imagery.
– Gunship Bomber Jacket
Has an Attack Gunship patch, looks pretty great.
– Classic Crew T-Shirt
Has a nice Episode II logo on the front, and on the back is an Imperial logo with the words “Old Republic” and some colored boxes which correspond with the coloring on the Clone Troopers.
– Droid Work Jacket
“Serving the Dark Side” on the sleeve. Otherwise hard to see.
– Bad Kitty
Available in ladies and adult. It’s difficult to see, but it’s quite colorful.
– Retro T-Shirt
Looks like the old ringers sold in the time of the original Star Wars. The design is really something, available in ladies and ringer.

Right now, I would like to point out that these are crew items and are not made available to the public at large. It is unknown (and unlikely) that they will be sold through the Fan Club or similar venue, but I know I’m really hoping they will, as these are all pretty cool as far as Star Wars shirts go. These are much neater than what they usually sell in stores, especially when compared to Episode I’s offerings.

Don’t miss the catalog scan!

 


 

AOTC Hasbro Toy Catalog Unveiled
April 8, 2002 | 11:30 PM EST | Adam

Rebelscum has managed to obtain, scan, and post the catalog that comes with some Clones toys. Some of the more notable entries include Ultimate 12″ Jango Fett fully assembled, Mace Windu (Genosian Rescue), the 18″ R2-D2 Astromech Droid electronic toy, the board games, the Unleashed figures, and more!

It is by no means a complete rundown of what will be offered in 2002, but it offers a preview of things to come on April 23 and beyond. (Or earlier if you’re lucky.)

 


 

Cloned Cereal Press Release
April 8, 2002 | 10:47 PM EST | Bill

General Mills released a press release today discussing their marketing strategies for Attack of the Clones related products.Read the press release here. Thanks to Yak Reader Ian for the tip.

 


 

Slave I, Deluxe Figures, Sabers At K-Mart
April 8, 2002 | 10:42 PM EST | Bill

Death Star Plans staff hit the newest batch of early E2 toys at K-Mart– Slave I, deluxe figures, and role playing lightsabers . For the whole story and photosclick here.

 


 

Celebration 2 Diorama Workshop Details
April 8, 2002 | 9:03 PM EST | Bill

Here’s the details on the Diorama Workshop at Celebration II. Straight from Frank at Niubniubs Universe. There will be a 60 feet X 60 feet room to build a giant 16 feet X 8 feet Mos Eisley Diorama. All of the details, including blueprints of the Room, Diorama Layout and informatio on how Workshop Builders can bring home a piece of the Diorama as a souvenir 🙂 FOR FREE is available atFrank’s site.

 


 

eBay: ILM AOTC Crew Shirt
April 8, 2002 | 9:34 AM EST | Adam

This auction gives what may be the first glimpse of an Episode II crew shirt. This nifty shirt features a Clonetrooper design, and it’s an unusual design that we hope finds its way to the racks. (I’d buy it.)

Word has it other shirts are on the way for crew members, including one for Dexter’s Diner. We hope to keep you posted as these items come along, and if you see anything cool, please be sure to let us know!

 


 

Entertainment Weekly to give Coverage, Cover to Clones
April 8, 2002 | 9:21 AM EST | Adam

The April 12 edition of Entertainment Weekly Magazine will devote a chunk of its pages to the prequel sequel, and a preview of the feature can be found atEW.com. The Clones will undoubtedly grace the covers of many magazines in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes open at your local newsstand for the latest.

 


 

AOTC Footage Shown on Australian TV
April 8, 2002 | 8:37 AM EST | Adam

TheForce.Net’s Episode II News page posted a short video clip with some previously unseen footage that aired on Australian TV with Episode I recently. If you’d like to see it, surf on over, just be wary that there are some spoilers here.

 


 

Jedi Unleashed Board Game Surfaces
April 8, 2002 | 8:27 AM EST | Adam

Following the reports of puzzles, Star Wars Life, and Star Wars Stratego, Darth Pen sent us word of this other new game hitting stores:

“I wanted to let you know the Jedi Unleashed board game has surfaced. A friend of mine who works at a local 24 hour superstore hooked me up with a few of them. I was worried about it not ringing in the register, but it did no problem. I haven’t had the chance to play it yet, but it looks pretty cool. It surrounds the final arena battle from the film.

Unfortunately he did not mention which superstore, but we’ve since received reports from reader David that Meijer stores had the game for a paltry $9.99.

 


 

Curto’s Customs Returns
April 8, 2002 | 8:22 AM EST | Adam

Dan Curto, after shutting down his old custom site, sent us this message about his new one…

“Last week, I shut down my old site, in order to make way for the new one!

With hundreds of customs by over 100 members, The Custom Alliance is truly ‘The largest online gallery of Star Wars customs.'”

The Custom Alliance

 


 

YakFeatures: Jango Fett’s Slave I
April 8, 2002 | 3:51 AM EST | Adam

Today’s YakFeature is the Attack of the Clones vehicle, Jango Fett’s Slave I. Choose one of the following three pages to start with:

Overview
Full Review
Packaging

The review page has clickable, enlargable images. So be sure to check that out.

 


 

AOTC Slave I Box Easter Egg
April 8, 2002 | 2:25 AM EST | Adam

While doing some scanning for a soon-to-be-posted feature on the upcoming AOTC Slave I, I noticed that on the top and bottom of the box were a bunch of small X-Wing fighters…

I didn’t see these on the Jedi Starfighter box, so this was a neat little hidden thing that you might not have noticed. (Or might have noticed and are now wondering why I just wasted about 40 seconds of your busy day. Either way, there ya go.)

It may be on other packages, but all we’ve seen here at the Yak so far are some figures and two vehicles, so it’s news to us.

 


 

Hallmark Ornament News
April 7, 2002 | 10:22 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Unreal220 sent in some insight into Hallmark’s Star Wars Ornaments:

“When my wife pre-ordered this years batch of Star Wars ornaments she noticed that there were no miniature ornaments(her favorite). When she asked about it they said due to poor response they were not going to make them this year or next(they said they had the 2003 Star Wars ornaments made as well).If their is no consumer feedback the mini ornaments are done for good.

“If anyone wants to promote the mini’s we were told to call the 800 number(1-800-HALLMARK). We were told it takes alot of response.”

For those of you who missed the list ofornaments that are coming out, here’s a list:

– ROTJ – Final Duel Luke Skywalker
– ROTJ – Final Duel Darth Vader
– ROTJ – Death Star II
– AOTC – Slave 1 Starship
– AOTC – Jango Fett
– AOTC – Obi-Wan Kenobi

If you want to see some images, Hallmark’s site has had all but the AOTC ornaments online. Those are shown in the Dream Books sent to Hallmark Club members, or in catalogs at better Hallmark stores.

 


 

Free TIE Bomber
April 7, 2002 | 2:18 PM EST | Bill

If you haven’t been able to get a TIE Bomber yet, we may have some good news for you. Artoosnews.com is giving one away. Click here for more.

 


 

Around the Web: Sunday Morning
April 7, 2002 | 10:23 AM EST | Adam

Looking for some new pictures or other fun? Here’s some goodies…

HoloNet News
The Coruscant-based newspaper has a (relatively) new issue up, regarding Senator Moe from Malastare, Senators Implicated in a Slave Ring, a Garbage Launcher Misfire, and much much more.

Rebelscum
Rebelscum posted new shots of several figures, including the spectacular new Bespin Luke, which is nothing short of an amazing figure. It was well worth the wait. Also, there’s a packaged image of the new Qui-Gon Jinn shown at Toy Fair, and as expected he has his correct green Lightsaber.

Also shown are several images (packaged and unpackaged) of the Geonosian Massiff set, Han Solo (Endor Raid), Jango Fett (Final Battle), Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master), Count Dooku, Taun We, Royal Guard, Luminara Unduli, and the new Chewbacca. And more. Rebelscum’s got some nice images today.

The Official Site
StarWars.com has posted a neat blurb on some upcoming Lego pen sets. Also, a new making-of movie is up online as well as information on Episode II and IV Owen actors as guests for the upcoming Celebration. Lastly, they report there are more rooms available for the upcoming shindig, but only through tonight, so it might be good to get up there and make your reservation.

The Fan Club
The Fan Club still has Carbon Freeze Chambers in non-mint packaging for a paltry $12.99. Also, some members who ordered the Darth Vader (25th Anniversary Toy Fair edition) are being informed that the remaining stock is not mint, giving them the option if they still want them or not. This may means some not-mint figures will show up on the site next week, so check back regularly.

Dark Horse Comics
The feature linked above gives hints about new AOTC comics. It turns out the upcoming Open Season series with Jango Fett tells of his past, and the article specifically names Concord Dawn– a name that I’m sure will ring a bell for many of you.

TheForce.Net Collecting
TFN posted shots of some upcoming (and fairly cool) cake decorations based AOTC as well as previous films, and more importantly, a list of the Toys “R” Us stores participating in the AOTC midnight sale. If this is correct, many states (my own humble Arizona included) will not be treated to any such sale– that’s bad. (Although the source does mention this may not be the final list– that’s good.)

And if you come back here tomorrow morning, we’ve got another YakFeature for y’all. So we hope to see you then!

 


 

For Our New York Readers
April 7, 2002 | 12:05 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Darth Scooby gave us a heads up on The Magic of Myth’s newest stop: the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The show started April 5th. Click here for more information.

 


 

Episode 2 Cereal In Stores
April 7, 2002 | 12:01 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader SWFREAKJPB found some of the General Mills Attack of the Clones Cereal boxes at his local grocery store. Here’s his report”

“Wow, I am really excited now. Its out sooner then I thought it would be. Go to your Local grocery store and in the Cereal isle you will find the new Star Wars Episode Two cereal. The first 2 collector boxes are out know. Unfortunately it does not look like they contain any premiums, but the boxes alone are pretty sharp. Also there are Children’s Movie tickets being given out in Boxes of other Big G Cereals such as the first 2 out, Trix and Lucky Charms. These will all have ads on the front and a Larger ad. on the back. Also There is a mail in offer on the side for Light Side and Dark Side cereal bowl and cup sets. The sets are $6.99 a set with the mail in form and feature Images form the Classic and Prequel Trilogies. There will be a total of 10 Collector Boxes I have been told for the Episode 2 Cereal. Know I have to keep my eyes peeled for the Foreign Kellogg’s boxes and Premiums, as well as the Big G Star Wars Racing team boxes and cars. Wow 2 cereal companies doing promotions at the same time. Great stuff. My Kind of Collecting.”

 


 

Prehistoric Fan Club
April 6, 2002 | 11:59 PM EST | Bill

Well maybe not prehistoric, but defnitely pre-Wizards, and Pre-Fantastic Media.Artoosnews has posted a new feature about Bantha Tracks. If you weren’t a kid, or at least not a Star Wars Fan when the trilogy originally came out in the 70’s, then you are probably wondering what I’m taking about. Bantha Tracks was the newsletter for the first incarnation of the Star Wars Fan Club. Click on over to read the story.

 


 

Amazon Deals….
April 5, 2002 | 9:31 AM EST | Mark

The 12″ Dewback & Sandtrooper is back in stock for $29.99
Along with the….
ATST w/ SpeederBike and Ewok $29.99
Other sale items include some cool things…
Deluxe Star Wars Figure: Amanaman $6.98
Deluxe Star Wars Figure: Leia with Cannon $6.98
Naboo and Droid Fighter Lazer Air Battle Game $19.98 nornally $44.88
Destroyer Droid Animated Room Alarm $14.97 normally $29.99

 


 

Diorama Workshop At Celebration 2
April 5, 2002 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill

The Official site has just announced that Celebration 2 will have a diorama workshop led by Frank from Niubniub’s Universe, who will be coordinating the event. I will be there during part of Celebration 2 as one of the diorama resource staff. Everyone attending the workshop will be working on a 3 3/4 diorama of Mos Eisley. On Sunday, the diorama’s parts will be raffled off. See you there.

 


 

eBay: Star Tours (Again)
April 5, 2002 | 5:53 AM EST | Adam

While you’ve probably seen these by now, I think they’re neat enough to continue plugging, especially since this time there’s new images!

This Auction shows a pair of [supposedly] upcoming Hasbro Star Tours figures, due out this year. Don’t miss the picture, it’s pretty cool stuff!

 


 

YakFeature: Wal-Mart’s Luke Skywalker’s Snowspeeder
April 5, 2002 | 5:23 AM EST | Adam

Today’s YakFeature is the Wal-Mart Exclusive Snowspeeder that includes Dack and Luke. (Which, if you hadn’t guessed, means these have shown up.) Choose one of the following three pages to start with:

Overview
Full Review
Packaging

The review page has clickable, enlargable images. So be sure to check that out.

More next week… including more Attack of the Clones goodies, hopefully stuff you haven’t seen (in detail) yet!

 


 

Saga Rereleases: APRIL FOOLS!
April 5, 2002 | 3:30 AM EST | Adam

While we ordinarily wouldn’t address this here, the inquiries we’ve gotten at the Q&A column make it necessary.

For April Fool’s Day, Rebelscum made two great, hillarious jokes. One of which was that all POTF2+ figures were to be released on the new blue cardbacks. The real kicker is that, apparently, other sites are starting to re-report this as fact. Kudos to Rebelscum on a great prank– Hasbro, a few years ago, said they would not release “old” figures once a new assortment came out. (For instance: POTF2 orange through green, then there was the flashback figures, and then Commtech followed by POTF2. No repeats after the divisions.)

(April Fool’s Day, for the unfamilliar, is a holiday in which pranks are done in the spirit of mirth and joy. It’s every April 1.)

 


 

Wal-Mart Figure Leaks Plugged
April 4, 2002 | 10:10 PM EST | Bill

It looks like Wal-Mart Corporate has taken action to end any more early sales of E2 merchandise (even if it makes it to the floor). Yak Reader MasterJedi wrote in that:

“I went to my local Walmart today and stumbled across a goldmine of Episode 2 merchandise that had been put out early. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t run through the register (which said SALE NOT ALLOWED). This had included 12″ figures, vehicles and some of the role-playing guns.”

Looks like we’ll be waiting until the 23rd for anything else. But on the bright side, the stores should have E2 merchandise in stock for the 23rd.

 


 

Toy Fair Vader Give Away
April 4, 2002 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill

Those little guys in brown robes over at The Jawa have scavenged up a Toy Fair Darth Vader to give away. If you need one click here for details.

 


 

AOTC Games & Puzzles Leak
April 4, 2002 | 5:08 PM EST | Adam

Reader Robert sent in this new tidbit…

“I saw 3 different StarWars games at my local Big K today. Life,Stratego,and one called jedi masters I think.But what I reall want to telll you about are thes 100 pc puzzles I picked up. They blend classic characters withEpisode 1 & 2 images.Not big news but I think it’s the first time I’ve seen images”

Thanks, Robert!

 


 

YakFeatures: Boba Fett (Kamino Escape)
April 4, 2002 | 5:05 AM EST | Adam

Boba Fett: Kamino Escape from Attack of the Clones is the latest subject of our YakFeatures section! Be sure to check it out, unless you have this figure, in which case just go to your shelf and enjoy!

We’ll be posting more YakFeatures on the latest toys, so keep checking back with us for in-depth coverage of the toys that matter! (Well, they matter to me…)

 


 

Q&A: Thursday Update
April 4, 2002 | 5:04 AM EST | Adam

Our Q&A Column, With Every Question for Justice, has been updated with yet more questions and answers. And there will be more next week, if you cats send in your inquiries!

 


 

Dark Horse’s April Line-Up
April 4, 2002 | 4:07 AM EST | Adam

Wondering what to expect this month? Here’s the lowdown.

April 24
Star Wars #41
Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones #1 (photo or art cover)
Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones #2 (photo or art cover)
Star Wars: Episode II — Trade Paperback
Star Wars: Jango Fett — Open Seasons #1 (of 4)
Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith — Trade Paperback
Star Wars: Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan: The Aurorient Express #2 (of 4)

So if the dates on Dark Horse‘s site is correct, there will be one expensive day this month for comic book fans.

 


 

Clones Special on Sci-Fi to be hosted by Kevin Smith
April 4, 2002 | 3:52 AM EST | Adam

NewsAskew, a Kevin Smith news site, has posted information on the Sci-Fi Channel’s airing of a new collection of Star Wars themed shorts, spoofs, and so forth to be hosted by fan fave director Kevin Smith (Mallrats.)

The show will air at 8 p.m. Eastern on May 12. Visit NewsAskew for additional information.

 


 

Master Replicas Site Online
April 4, 2002 | 3:49 AM EST | Adam

If you’re interested in high-end prop replicas (like what ICONS used to do), surf on over to the Master Replicas site. Currently, they show Luke’s Lightsaber from Return of the Jedi, Han Solo’s blaster, and two “mystery” items touted as coming soon.

Taking a missed cue from other collectible companies, they actually had the foresight to start a collector’s society– surely, this is something many of us would like to see elsewhere.

Click on over today!

 


 

E2 Figure Scans Updated
April 3, 2002 | 10:47 PM EST | Bill

WompRat94 and MRJANGOFETT sent up a couple of updates:
Anakin Outland Peasant
Disguise With Poncho 

Anakin Back Scan 
Anakin Outland
Peasant Disguise Without Poncho

Obi-Wan Kenobi
Coruscant Chase

Obi-Wan Kenobi Coruscant Chase Saber
C-3PO
C-3PO Panels Removed
Jango Fett Kamino Escape
Kit Fisto
Padme Amidala Arena
Escape

R2-D2 Coruscant Sentry
Super Battle Droid

If that isn’t enough, how about hearing the sound effects on the new R2-D2??Here is the .wav file– beware it’s about 5 megs!!!

They’ve promised to send even more scans soon, so check back for more!!!!

 


 

Why Should You Go To Celebration 2?
April 3, 2002 | 10:11 PM EST | Bill

You have to ask? You call yourself a Star Wars Fan???? Well, Star Wars.comhas just posted a whole lot of reasons, a few thousand of them, all plastic. Click here for more.

 


 

Free Attack Of The Clones Figure!!!
April 3, 2002 | 10:04 PM EST | Bill

Jundland Wastes has a new giveaway. This time it is nothing less than a technically unreleased Collection 1 Jango Fett (Kamino Escape).

 


 

The Wal-Mart E2 Report
April 3, 2002 | 9:24 PM EST | Bill

It looks like things are starting to dry up at Wal-Marts. While we have had a few more reports of good luck with E2 figure leaks, we have also had growing reports of Wal-Mart employees stating they have been told not to put on E2 product before April 23rd under any circumstances.

Yak Reader Phil’s story represents many readers experiences:

“I just came back from my local Wal Mart. They had just put out about 4 cases of Ep II Collection 2 figures and I was a little disappointed. Got them last night. Well I looked around and found 8 cases of unopened boxes. I grabbed one and sliced it open to find they were the figures from Collection 1. Well I loaded up the figures in my basket and made my way to the counter to checkout. Just when i was about to put them onthe counter, this lady coming off break came up to me and said, “You cannot have those. They are not for sale until the 23rd.” I played dumb and said, “I can’t?” and she told me I had to take them back. Boy was I pissed off. Why was it alright to have 4 cases of Collection 2 figures on the shelf and it not alright for me to get those figures. Well they know my face now so I will have to try out my other Wal Mart again tomorrow night! I guess word has gotten out to the employees. So tell everyone to be quick and sneaky about getting them if they see them on the floor. I was just too slow!”

 


 

R3-T7 Spotted… In Episode I
April 3, 2002 | 9:18 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Kinki Jedi wrote in with some insights on R3-T7 which may shed some light on where we see the little droid in E2. Out of deference to Spoilerphobes, I won’t disclose his theory on R3-T7 in E2, but I will tell you where he found the little astromech in E1. He spotted R3 in the scene where Jar-Jar, Qui-Gonn and Watto are walking into the Podpits and talking. You can clearly see R3-T7 working on a pod!

UPDATE: You can also see what appears to be R3-T7 in ANH and ESB, in Mos Eisley and on Hoth’s Rebel Base, respectively.

 


 

Creature Cantina Turns 1
April 3, 2002 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill

Creature Cantina was created on April 1st, 2001, to mock the galaxy we hold so dear to our hearts. Today they commemorate their 1-year anniversary. Be sure to check out the celebration with this massive update… multiple pages of humorous original content, a new comic strip, headlines, and biting satire. To thank their faithful leaders, CreatureCantina.com is holding a give-away with over $125 in prizes! So go and see what everybody’s laughing about!!

 


 

AOTC Jr. Novelization Leaks
April 3, 2002 | 6:37 PM EST | Adam

Several prequel news sites have posted reviews of this new book, which has scenes, having read many spoiler-filled sites, were news to me. Like big-time spoilers.

If you want to know everything you can about the flick before it opens, read these. They’re fairly informative and had some scenes I don’t believe I’ve seen discussed previously.

If you are wary of spoilers, do not read them. I don’t know how many suprises can be in the film for those who haven’t read the adaptations early, but if you’re looking to not know a few things, give the book summaries a miss.

 


 

Price Drops on Target, Previews
April 3, 2002 | 6:17 PM EST | Adam

Reader Joe spotted the following at his Target:

“Howdy! Went to Target this afternoon & picked up multiples of the Preview figures for $4.55 each. The deluxe figures were “marked down” to $11 and the 2-packs were also at $11.”

For the record, Target has been selling the deluxe figures at the highest price out there at $15.99 each, and the Anniversary two-packs at the same price.

We’ve also received many reports of the Preview figures– and in some cases, other POTJ figures– dropping at or below the $6 mark at Wal-Mart and some Toys “R” Us Stores. Our local Kay-Bees are still charging $7.99 for their preview waves.

As a result, most stores are supposedly charging less for their AOTC figure. The Toy Run I took last weekend in Phoenix yielded dozens of AOTC figures at Wal-Marts (spotted, not bought) at $5.88 each. So if anybody’s going to be good at Midnight on the big 23 for prices, it looks like Wally-World.

 


 

Rebelscum Posts Assortments
April 3, 2002 | 5:49 AM EST | Adam

If you’re curious as to the breakdowns of 2002’s Star Wars assortments, click on over to Rebelscum for the numbers you desire. Good stuff all around.

 


 

Lego Pod Race Bucket at Amazon
April 3, 2002 | 4:21 AM EST | Adam

Did you miss out on this somewhat tough-to-find set back in 2000? If so, Amazon’s got Pod Buckets for $24.99 each.

For those who don’t have this set, it includes Anakin, Jar Jar, and a figure which presumably is Gasgano. Parts for a race archway and a few smaller pods.

 


 

New at Hasbro’s Star Wars Site
April 3, 2002 | 12:50 AM EST | Adam

Hasbro posted two features yesterday: a quick blurb on the official shelf date for AOTC toys, and a voting booth for favorite AOTC basic figure– you can vote for Amidala, Super Battle Droid, Anakin, or Obi-Wan. Currently, Amidala is in the lead with over 40% of the vote.

 


 

Taun We Appears on eBay… Sort Of
April 3, 2002 | 12:23 AM EST | Adam

Attack of the Clones character Taun We is now on eBay. This is the first chance for fans to see this character carded, although the picture is a little tough to see.

The same seller,midpd238, also has the Slave I, Nikto Jedi, Royal Guard, and several other notable new figures. It’s neat stuff to get a gander at, for sure!

Thanks to all the readers who pointed this one out to us!

 


 

Carrie Fisher at Celebration II
April 3, 2002 | 12:18 AM EST | Adam

The Official Site is reporting that one of the hardest-to-find autographs in Star Wars is coming to the Indianapolis convention. Hayden Christensen and many other actors are being announced every week, so keep checking the official site for details!

 


 

Insider #59: 25th Anniversary
April 2, 2002 | 11:59 PM EST | Adam

The latest issue of the Star Wars Insider is now hitting newsstands at fine malls everywhere, and features new interviews with actors from the original trilogy, new prequel pictures including a Barada/Klatooinian Jedi, and a catalog section that’s only a few pages instead of half of the magazine. Highlights include quotes about Mark Hamill from 1970s teen magazines, some of which were pre-Star Wars. Well worth a look.

 


 

Amazon Dewback Back
April 2, 2002 | 11:15 PM EST | Mark

The 12″ Dewback & Sandtrooper is back in stock for $29.99

 


 

Technic Sale
April 2, 2002 | 11:11 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com has the LEGO Technic Star Wars Episode I: Pit Droid for $6.99 on sale from $22.99

They also have the new LEGO Yoda for $99.99 in stock.

 


 

The Winner Is…
April 2, 2002 | 11:10 PM EST | Bill

The winner of our most recent Ultarama drawing is Brandon Knight. Congratulations Brandon!!!

Send in your name, address, and E-mail for our next drawing.

 


 

Wal-Mart Episode 2 Figure Update
April 2, 2002 | 10:23 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris sent in some news on Wal-Mart:

“This morning I went to a Wal-Mart in Jacksonville, FL and discovered
about 10 different AOTC figures on the shelves. I was shoving them into a box and was about to head to the register when a manager stopped me and said they couldn’t sell them to me. He said Wal-Mart could get fined $10,000 for every figure sold before the street date. I told that they were then out $40,000, because I had bought some the night before. He appear stunned at this revelation. He said they could lose licensing rights, and that somebody will lose their job over this.”

If all the Wal-Marts are taking this view, it looks like we may be seeing less product between now and April 23, 2002, but who knows.

 


 

ATOC Image Scans Posted
April 2, 2002 | 10:20 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has just posted scans of AOTC images from the latest issue of SFX mag on The Private Universe. Click here for more.

 


 

Detailed Episode 2 Figure Scans
April 2, 2002 | 9:32 PM EST | Bill

Need I say more?? Yak Readers WompRat94 and MRJANGOFETT have come through with some awsome scans of the new Episode 2 figures. Here they are:
Anakin Outland Peasant
Disguise With Poncho 

Anakin Back Scan 
Anakin Outland
Peasant Disguise Without Poncho

Obi-Wan Kenobi
Coruscant Chase

Obi-Wan Kenobi Coruscant Chase Saber
C-3PO
Jango Fett Kamino Escape
Kit Fisto
Padme Amidala Arena
Escape

R2-D2 Coruscant Sentry
Super Battle Droid

If that isn’t enough, how about hearing the sound effects on the new R2-D2??Here is the .wav file– beware it’s about 5 megs!!!

They’ve promised to send even more scans soon, so check back for more!!!!

 


 

Star Wars: Music Video II
April 2, 2002 | 2:16 PM EST | Mark

OK, so it is not the wonderful nightclub act by Bill Murray singing “Our Star Wars”, however on April 16th you will be able to see the next big injection of new STAR WARS EPISODE 2: ATTACK OF THE CLONES footage on MTV’s TRL. According to Cinescape’s Article, we will see the first music video, “Across the Stars”, for AOTC, ala Duel of the Fates.

 


 

TIE Bomber Overview
April 2, 2002 | 7:57 AM EST | Adam

Curious as if the Wal-Mart Exclusive TIE Bomber is worth picking up? Well, YakLabs may help you make your answer today when you check out this brand new overview of the toy, complete with a review and lots of shots of the packaging.

(In short, I love this thing to death. But don’t take my word for it… take my pictures and all the other words I wrote as well.)

 


 

Q&A Today is A-OK
April 2, 2002 | 7:55 AM EST | Adam

This vowel repetition is brought to you by With Every Question for Justice, the Q&A column with twice the lovin’, from me to you! Enjoy!

 


 

Hasbro Jedi Starfighter At Kay-Bee, K-Mart
April 2, 2002 | 3:18 AM EST | Adam

Obi-Wan’s very own transport has shown up at both Kay-Bee and K-Mart stores here in Tucson (and presumably elsewhere.) Interestingly enough, the toy sells for $21.99 and both of the stores. As this is a preview vehicle, you can most likely expect to see it at several other stores in the coming weeks. The Jedi Starfighter started selling in North America in early March.

And because we love to toot our own horns, don’t miss out Special Feature on the toy, soon to be updated– we’ve discovered that you can, in fact, cram Obi-Wan Kenobi (Coruscant Chase) in the cockpit.

 


 

Wal-Mart Good News, Bad News
April 1, 2002 | 11:34 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Boba 29 wrote in with this from his local Wal-Mart. It looks like although some Attacok of th Clones Figures are making it to the sales floor, the staff may be starting to take them BACK to the stock room:

“I thought i might drop you this line that at the Scottsbluff , Nebraska WAl-Mart, I was able to snag some Episode 2 figures. I arrived at around ten that morning and discovered 18 , yes you read right, 18 boxes of Episode 2 figures. Unfortunately, I was only able to open one box and grab Jango Fett, R2-D2, Padme’ Amidala, C-3P0, Obi-Wan, Anikin, Super Battle Droid, and that weird green guy. But I guess that is rather a find. I grabbed them and right after I did , all the boxes were hauled away to the back till April 23.”

 


 

Looking For The Ultimate Star Wars Toy Wish List??
April 1, 2002 | 8:31 PM EST | Bill

Since 1998, the folks at Beedo Sookcool’s Cool Sci-Fi Page have been collecting ideas for Star Wars toys that the collecting community want to see made. The list has been compiled over several years by poring over books, videos, comics, games, and collectible cards, and asking fellow collectors what they want to see made. The result is staggering. Click here to see it.

 


 

New Custom Figure Site
April 1, 2002 | 6:15 PM EST | Bill

Jeremy just wrote to call our attention to his custom site, Jedime’s Po Boy Star Wars Customs. He’s just finished putting up his 500th custom figure (as well as many others). Check it out here.

 


 

First Figure Variation On AOTC R2-D2 Two Different Leg Molds
April 1, 2002 | 3:03 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Dan strikes again! Here’s his latest:

“I was looking at the AOTC Collection 1 figures I picked up this morning and noticed a true figure variation on the R2-D2 figure. There are 2 different legs molds as the picture shows . I have 3 R2-D2 figures.

2 of the figures are the figures on the left.
1 of the figures is the figure on the right.

All the figures have the same date stamp. I am not sure which is harder to get since I only seen 3 AOTC R2 figures, but as time grows closer to the real Release date it should be easier to tell.”

 


 

Wonder whats under the Super battle droid sticker on the back of the card?
April 1, 2002 | 2:54 PM EST | Bill

Well Yak Reader Dan sent us the scoop!

“I peeled the sticker off the back of a AOTC super battle droid since I was going to open it anyways. Here is whats under it.

 


 

Cheap POTJ Figures
April 1, 2002 | 2:46 PM EST | Bill

Figures and Toys has a great deal on some POTJ figures and more– $3.99 each!!!! This just in:

“OUR HUGEST SALE YET!

Looking for the last few figures to complete your collection. We may just have them and at some GREAT Prices.

We are selling the Episode 1 and POTJ lines for figures for $3.99. Some of the figures include:

Qui Gon Soft Good
Obi Wan Jefi
Darth Vader Btl Damage
Han Solo Death Star
Luke X Wing
Duro
and many more!

Stop by and check them out!”

Click here for more.

 


 

Wal-Mart Shopping Update
April 1, 2002 | 2:36 PM EST | Bill

Well, the avalanche of new Star Wars product at Wal-Mart continues!!

Yak Reader Garr wrote in to say that he found the Wal-Mart exclusive Tie Bomber and Hoth Peril at the St. Joseph MO, Wal-Mart, as well as the sneak preview waves and Attack of the Clones figures.

Yak Reader Dan wrote in with yet another major score at Wal-Mart on Attack of the Clones figures. Here’s the latest run down:

“I found 2 cases of the Collection 1 figures hanging on the pegs at walmart. I guess my walmart does not care about street dates because I already found collection 2 also at the same store earlier this week. The files attached are the pictures of the figures. here are the figures with info (I already email collection 2 list earlier this week and you guys posted it already.)

R2-D2 Coruscant Sentry .2100 card no background picture in bubble

Obi-Wan Coruscant chase .0200 card no background picture in bubble

Jango Fett Kamino Escape .0500 card no background picture in bubble

Super battle droid .0100 card no background picture in bubble (with huge sticker on back of card)

Kit Fisto Jedi Master .0600 card no background picture in bubble

Anakin Skywalker Outland Peasant Disguise 0000 card no background picture in bubble

Padme amidala arena escape .0300 card no background picture in bubble

C-3po protocol Droid 0400 card no background picture in bubble”

And this report is from Yak Reader Melanie:

“Saturday evening, Wal-Mart in Columbus, Georgia made an entire end cap of the blue carded (not supposed to be put out yet) Star Wars Attack of the Clones figures.. They closed at midnight Saturday and were closed all day Sunday for Easter… I was there when the doors opened this morning and aquired quite a few of them…
Here’s what I’ve got:
Captain Typho – 2
Plo Koon – 5
Battle Droid – 1
Kit Fisto – 3
Super Battle Droid – 11
Padme Amadala – 2
Tuskan Raider w/ child – 3
Jango Fett – 2
C3PO – 4
Anakin Skywalker Outland Peaseant Disguise – 3
Shaak Ti – 9
Obi Wan Kenobi (corascant chase) – 4”

Good hunting to all!!!!

UPDATE:

This just in from Yak Reader Gilbert:

“The figs have landed!!!!!!!!! Wal-Mart in Dartmouth,mass has put out coll.2 assortment one, only about 2 cases, hurry this figures
are amazing!!!!don’t hesitate new englanders! Also they had a few jedi star fighters laying around.”

 


 

Curto’s Custom Alliance Calls It A Day
April 1, 2002 | 2:30 PM EST | Bill

All things come to an end…and today marks an end of an era for Curto’s Custom Alliance. As of today, their third anniversary, Curto’s Custom Alliance is closing its doors. We wish Dan well in his future endeavors in and out of the Star Wars Universe.

 


 

Attack of The Clones Poster Give Away
April 1, 2002 | 2:27 PM EST | Bill

The Jawa
is giving away an Attack Of The Clones Movie Poster this week
click here for more.

 


 

Free AT-ST
April 1, 2002 | 2:25 PM EST | Bill

Pegwarmer.com is holding a contest called Primary Targets. The prize is a POTJ AT-ST! And if no one wins something gets added to the jackpot. This is a contest where everyone has a fair chance. here are 5 trivia question per week which appear and dis-appear at anytime. First person to get all 5 correct wins!

March 2002 Archive

EE Newsfeed: Attakus Luke
March 31, 2002 | 6:30 PM EST | Adam

From Entertainment Earth

Attakus Luke Statue In Stock

We have a very limited quantity of the new Luke Skywalker Cold Cast Statue (Item# AC118, $379.99) from Attakus in stock now. This Luke Skywalker statue stands approximately 15 inches tall and is made of cold cast porcelain. Limited edition of 1500 pieces! Order today. “

 


 

TRU News
March 30, 2002 | 9:41 PM EST | Mark

This was sent in from Viking.

Thanks for the headsup.
“I asked some corporate people about the “Midnight Madness” deal and supposedly some stores will be doing it(opening at 12:01am on April 23) but it doesn’t look like all the stores will be doing it. Most likely it will be only a few stores per district. Another thing I wanted to show was the E2 Buttons we got in to wear to promote the release of the toys. I attached a picture. One more thing, I was browsing through the computer and I found an item listed that I hadn’t seen listed before. The description is: 12″ TAUN TAUN W/LUKE and the number is SKN #549943 . Anyway I thought people might want to know.”

 


 

Looking for LEGO’s?
March 30, 2002 | 9:10 AM EST | Mark

Kbtoys.com now has all LEGO’s at 20% off. Here are some of the better deals.
LEGO Star Wars: Slave 1 $11.99 45% off
Star Wars Episode I: Battle Droid $15.99 52% off
plus many other deals, so if you are looking for LEGO’s, check them out.

 


 

Amazon Stepping Up…
March 30, 2002 | 8:45 AM EST | Mark

Amazon has Preview Figure: R3-T7 for $5.99 down from $8.99
Preview Figure: Zam Wesell for $5.99 down from $8.99
Amanaman for $6.98 down from $11.99
Leia with Cannon for $6.98 down from $11.99
Also all basic figures have been lowered to $5.99 and the still have the 12″ Dewback & Sandtrooper in stock for $29.99

 


 

Looking For Super Detailed Toy Fair Vader Pics?
March 29, 2002 | 10:26 PM EST | Bill

If you want to see the most detailed LOOSE Toy Fair Darth Vader photos around, click here. Artoos News has just posted some incredible images of our favorite vacume chromed villian!

 


 

Midnight Madness Product List Revealed
March 29, 2002 | 10:13 PM EST | Bill

The Trade Federation has put together a list of everything that is coming out on April 23. Or to look at it another way, a check list for your Wal-Mart shopping between now and the 23rd. Either way, this list inclues it all, and, if that wasn’t enough, it even has links for every item so you can look at photos of them too!!!!! Oh, thi list is very official. The Federation found this list in the database on Hasbro’s Star Wars site. Click here to read all about it!!!

 


 

3 Different 12″ Clone Troopers???
March 29, 2002 | 9:52 PM EST | Bill

Death Star Plans has just posted a photo and discussion of 3 different Clone Troopers coming to us. Check it out here!

 


 

Yak Bak Gives You Even More
March 29, 2002 | 8:00 PM EST | Bill

YakBak brings you our latest and greatest contest. This time the prize is one of the year’s most sought after Star Wars items– a 25th Anniversary 2002 Toy Fair Darth Vader!!!!!!

In order to win, just make the 500th post* on YakBak.

*The usual ground rules apply. The posts have to real posts. Posts which are merely I was here, gibberish, etc., as determined by the YakBak Administrator will not be counted in the total number of posts. Any YakBak user who makes this type of posts is not elligible for the prize.

Good luck to all!!!

 


 

The 150th Post-er Is….
March 29, 2002 | 7:46 PM EST | Bill

Congratuations to our 150th poster Todd. Todd won the first YakBak to you contest, and along with the rights claimed the set of 25th Anniversary 2 packs.

 


 

Wal-Mart Keeps Selling E2 Figues Early
March 29, 2002 | 7:39 PM EST | Bill

Wal-Mart’s stock rooms are still producing LOTS and LOTS of Hasbro’s Episode 2 figures. In addition to receiving increasing numbers of Emails reporting finding Collection 2 3 3/4 Episode 2 figures, and the first wave of Episode 2 12″ figures, I personally witnessed it this morning at one Wal-Mart. At least 20 pegs FULL of Collection 2 figures, with more literally pilled on top of the shelf as overstock.

That’s the good news– at least for the collecting community– the bad news is that the E2 figure appearances seem to vary from store to store, even in the same cities. I went to another Wal-Mart– less than 10 miles away and was told no “blue carded” SW product would be put out for sale before April 22. Yes, the clerk said April 22– now whether he meant the morning of the 22nd or late that night for the midnight madness sale is unclear.

Good hunting to all!

 


 

eBay: More Hasbro Star Tours?
March 29, 2002 | 7:44 AM EST | Adam

Looks like another of the long-rumored Star Tours exclusives has shown up on eBay.

#1716141855 has a new Droid figure. The same seller has some prototype unreleased and rare Transformers, like an Obsidian repaint as well as a Gold Optimus. Neat stuff to see if you dig your robots in disguises. Fans of Robots, check this out.

 


 

Dewback in Stock….
March 29, 2002 | 1:48 AM EST | Mark

Amazon has the 12″ Dewback & Sandtrooper back in stock for $29.99

 


 

Bobbleheads: Individual or in Sets
March 28, 2002 | 7:50 PM EST | Adam

For the curious, the new Star Wars Fan Club Bobblehead figures are available individually for $24.99 or as a set for $69.99 ($5 off.) These, still, are open to Internet orders only.

 


 

Sci-Fi Expo Press Release
March 28, 2002 | 7:48 PM EST | Adam

Sci-Fi Expo enjoys 25 years of Star Wars!
May 17-19 Plano Convention Center: Plano, TX (10 miles north of Dallas)
Friday (sneak peek) 3pm-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.

Where can you find 2 Darths, 2 Fetts, and lots of other great Star Wars personalities?

Join us on Episode II weekend, May 17-19, as the Sci-FI Expo celebrates 25 years of everyone’s favorite saga! We are pleased to announce the addition of Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett) to our already incredible celebrity lineup. See Ray Park and Andreas Petrides perform blockbuster fight sequences in a special performance entitled the “Movie Fight Xperience”. Find out what you toys are worth at our Sci-Fi road-show, join other fans Friday and Saturday night in Plano for a DLP (digital) presentation of “Attack of the Clones” (just 3 miles away from the convention center), see great behind-the-scene presentations by Movie Effects crew members, shop 200 exhibitors buying/selling/and trading old and new collectibles, videos, toys, comics, cards, and more. Tickets on sale now. Check out www.scifiexpo.com for all the details, and make your travel plans now!

For the Star Wars fan in all of us, we will have the following celebrity guests:
1) Tem Morrison – Jango Fett. (in his only US summer autograph appearance!)
2) Ray Park – Darth Maul
3) Jeremy Bulloch – Boba Fett
4) Dave Prowse – Darth Vader
5) Jerome Blake – E1 & E2 multiple characters
6) Peter Mayhew – Chewbacca
7) Kenny Baker – R2D2
8) Richard LeParmentier – Admiral Motti
9) Mike Quinn – Nien Numb
10) Garrick Hagon – Biggs Darklighter
11) Andreas Petrides – Ewan McGregor’s stunt double

For details check out: http://www.scifiexpo.com

 


 

Midnight Madness & More TRU News
March 28, 2002 | 7:01 AM EST | Adam

Reader Erik the Viking sent in the following…

“I work at a TRU in the Ca Bay Area and I just want to let collectors know a few things I found out. I asked some corporate people about the “Midnight Madness” deal and supposedly some stores will be doing it(opening at 12:01am on April 23) but it doesn’t look like all the stores will be doing it. Most likely it will be only a few stores per district.

“One more thing, I was browsing through the computer and I found an item listed that I hadn’t seen listed before. The description is: 12″ TAUN TAUN W/LUKE and the number is SKN #549943 . Anyway I thought people might want to know.”

 


 

More Carded AOTC
March 28, 2002 | 6:58 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum has posted carded shots of Jar Jar, Nikto Jedi, Dexter Jettster, the Nikto Jedi, the Genosian Warrior, and Saesee Tinn. Apparently these five cats’ll be out in April with all the rest… a nice surprise.

 


 

Toy Fair Vader Re-Re-Returns to Fan Club
March 27, 2002 | 7:34 PM EST | Adam

Returning for what must be the dozenth time is everybody’s favorite chrome plated Sith Lord. They seem to be going up and down regularly now, so just keep checking The Fan Club for the latest.

Gone again. Surprised?

 


 

Hasbro Unveils Painted Ephant Mon
March 27, 2002 | 5:27 PM EST | Adam

And it sure is a doozy! Hasbro released the paint master of the upcoming Star Wars figure Ephant Mon today! Check it out on Hasbro’s Web Site! Great stuff!

 


 

Toy Fair Vader Arrives
March 27, 2002 | 5:25 PM EST | Adam

Today we finally got some reports of these showing up in mailboxes, but not all of them were totally pleasant. All Around Nice Guy and Reader Kieth had this to say:

“Just wanted to let you know that I got my FC Vaders today and after looking at them, I think there are gonna be a lot of unhappy people out there. Vader is metallic and so is his saber but the saber is painted red metallic. Both of my Vaders have a silver ring on the saber where it was sticking through the bubble. The bubble chipped the paint off the sabers. It doesn’t look that bad in the package but it is very noticable when you (goodness gracious me) open it.”

 


 

Wal-Mart POTJ Vehicles FOUND!
March 27, 2002 | 5:22 PM EST | Adam

Reader Greedo had some fine news to share:

“Found these [TIE Bomber & Snowspeeder] today at 2 different Wal-mart here in the So-Cal area (LA to be
precise……Ontario & West Covina). They were $29.99 each.

Thought you might like to pass the word around!”

Indeed we would, thanks for writing in!

 


 

AOTC Leaks
March 27, 2002 | 5:21 PM EST | Adam

A lot of people have written in lately about sundry Clones figures being sold early. Stores aren’t supposed to be selling them early, so if you’re goofy like me and go to all your Wal-Marts to check anyway, you’re more likely to not see toys than you are to see them. So don’t get your hopes up too much. The launch is only a month away, so anything found early would be a nice bonus.

But, as the other posts indicate, other stuff is showing…

 


 

Bobble Head Figures at Fan Club
March 27, 2002 | 6:10 AM EST | Adam

Looking for some new weird form of classic merchandise? The Official Fan Club has you covered.

Apparently open to club members only, a trio of bobblehead figures is up for grabs. $69.99 for a set containing Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and R2-D2 & C-3PO. 4,000 of each will be made, they’re numbered, and they’re available for pre-order online only.

The items are due for delivery in late April. Items made by Wizards of the Coast. Click here for more.

 


 

Darth Vader (Bespin Duel) at Rebelscum
March 27, 2002 | 6:04 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum has carded and loose images of the upcoming Sith Lord. It turned out quite nice, so be sure to check it out!

It’s interesting to note that a prototype that appeared on eBay a while ago that was supposedly the Bespin Duel figure looked quite different, as the lightsaber had some blaster bolts coming out of it. That aside, it’s still an excellent piece.

 


 

Midnight Madness comes to Entertainment Earth
March 27, 2002 | 5:55 AM EST | Adam

From our buds at Entertainment Earth

“Star Wars Episode 2 Midnight Madness is coming to Entertainment Earth on April 23, 2002.

Initial information is here:
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/spotlight.asp?themename=Episode+2

More details will be posted as we get closer to the release date.”

 


 

AOTC Soundtrack: Early Impressions
March 27, 2002 | 5:48 AM EST | Adam

Through the wonderment that is Strange and Mystical Contacts, I have been handed a copy of the commerical Episode II Soundtrack CD set for release on April 23. 13 tracks and an 14th bonus track clock in at 76:45, meaning that you can most likely expect a two-disc version of the soundtrack at some point in the future.

But will you want to wait? Probably not.

WARNING/GUARANTEE: The following contains track names and impressions of the music included on the CD. Those not wanting to know about such things need to get off the Internet until May 17. You may have read reviews elsewhere, so I’ll keep it briefer than the introduction:

Overall, it’s good. It seems there’s a lot more going on in these tracks than in the Phantom Menace, and like others have said, it sounds a lot more like Empire or Jedi in the style of music and the fact that there’s some more new things in here.

Surprises included an electric guitar on “Zam The Assassin and The Chase Through Coruscant,” cues of much of the Imperial March, Yoda’s theme, and action filled bits all over the place. I expect to hear these in Star Wars video games for years to come, they all just scream slashing, shooting, and other wacky fun action. Heck, it’s even got some of the Droid Army themes from Episode I… neat stuff all around.

The love theme, “Across The Stars,” which has been getting much attention, well, it’s not bad, but it’s no “Duel of the Fates.” (Fates, interestingly enough, is quoted on Track 10, “Return to Tatooine.”) There’s a lot to love on this CD, though, so if this isn’t your cup of tea you most certainly will not be sorry you bought it.

As I am not a student of music, I can’t tell you much about this that will sound intelligent. So I will say this: it’s got electric guitar. It’s very speedily paced. This sounds like a Star Wars soundtrack, there’s no mistaking that. There are somewhat romantic cues, stuff that just seems classic Williams (if you like that sort of thing), and well, you’ll want to get this. Don’t miss this one, kids. John Williams has gone out of his way to earn your money this time.

 


 

Wal-Mart Figure Details
March 26, 2002 | 10:52 PM EST | Bill

At the request of many Yak Readers, I have contacted some of the people who sent in reports about finding E2 figures.

Here’s the list of the 15 figures Yak Reader Dan found:

2 Boba Fetts on .0800 cards with background picture

2 Plo Koon on .1300 card with no background picture

2 Shaak Ti on .2500 card with background picture

3 Captain Typho on .0700 card with background picture

3 Female Tuskin Raiders on .0900 card with background picture

3 Battle Droids on .1000 card with no background picture

 


 

E2 Villian Poll
March 26, 2002 | 9:47 PM EST | Bill

A brand new Episode II POLL is now up at Jedi Aries’ Tatooine Alien Cantina ! The POLL focuses around Episode II villians. Please go and cast your vote today!

 


 

More Wal-Mart E2 Figure Finds
March 26, 2002 | 9:43 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Tony:

“WELL…..TODAY I WAS SHOCKED WHEN I WENT DOWN THE “STARWARS” AISLE AT THE WALMART THAT I HIT “EVERY SINGLE DAY”, TURNED THE CORNER, AND THERE WAS A END CAP…… FULL OF THE STARWARS EP2 AOTC COLLECTION 2 FIGURES (6 DIFFERENT ONES), 3 DIFFERENT 12″ AOTC FIGURES, AND AOTC LIGHTSABER SETS.

TALK ABOUT HITTING THE MOTHER LODE!!!! I WAS THE ONLY STARWARS GUY THAT SHOWED UP TODAY. I BOUGHT THE SOME ACTION FIGURES AND SOME 12″ FIGURES. HASBRO DID A SUPERB EXCELLENT JOB ON THE DETAILS OF ALL THE FIGURES. THEY ARE AWESOME!!!!!!”

 


 

California Wal-Mart Store Sells E2 Figures and 12″ Early
March 26, 2002 | 8:53 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Dan:

“I hit the jackpot at a Northern CA Wal-mart today. The Wal-mart Toy
associate ( really nice elder lady ) accidentally put out the Episode 2 toys early. She said that she just put them on the shelves about 5 minutes before I got there and I was the first to buy them. I bought 15 Collection 2 figures in all. There was no Collection 1 figures. They also had the EP2 12 inch figures, but I passed on them since I don’t collect them.”

He sent us a photo confirming his good fortune. Good Hunting!!

 


 

Carbon Freezing Chamber: Now $10.99
March 25, 2002 | 4:23 PM EST | Adam

The Fan Club has marked down the Carbon Chamber with exclusive Bespin Guard down to a paltry $10.99. Less the $10 coupon you get with a membership, it’s a buck and shipping.

Click here to go to the Chamber playset directly. It’s a nice set, and it’s a steal at $11.

Also, there’s several dozen items for $1.99 or less, like the Mega Collectible Darth Maul (formerly $50), Cantina Aliens cinema scene for $5, tons of action figures for $2, and more. Take a few minutes and peruse their action figure section, you won’t regret it!

 


 

Toy Fair Vader comes and goes Again
March 25, 2002 | 4:09 PM EST | Adam

The Fan Club placed another batch of Toy Fair Silver Vaders on its site this morning, and they’ve once again sold out. The members-only offer was up for a matter of hours, and it looks like they weren’t sold out as implied over the weekend. So keep checking back on the site, it would seem.

 


 

Q&A Update
March 25, 2002 | 2:36 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has been updated after missing last week, with new answers to questions and tirades and all that good stuff. Read, and enjoy!

 


 

ATOC 12″ On The Shelf
March 24, 2002 | 10:20 PM EST | Bill

You read it right. FRED52300 from AFTimes.com just sent us a scan of his recepit from Wal-Mart showing he purchased the first set of AOTC 12″ figures; Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Clonetrooper at his local Wal-Mart. Good hunting!!!

 


 

AOTC Legos Roll Out
March 24, 2002 | 3:51 PM EST | Adam

We’ve received several reports of the AOTC Lego sets starting to show up in various stores all over, from the Tusken Raider Encounter to the all-new Slave I. As a result, it’s time to check your drugstores, your toy stores, your better grocery stores (“better” implies they sell good toys), and so forth if you’re lookin’ for some new Lego stuff.

Of course, this is more or less a fluke when they show up, but not without reason: none of the AOTC Lego sets go out of their way to mention they’re from the new movie in any big lettering or with a new logo or anything. So to Joe Stockboy, they probably aren’t any different than the stuff out there now.

While they haven’t reached any huge levels of distribution, many of the sets have already found their way to eBay– so be sure to poke around there if you’ve got a few minutes to kill and need evidence before you go out looking.

Amusing Anecdote: we later received an email from Shawn that said the following:

“On a trip to Wal-Mart on Sunday March 24th, I found a cart full of boxes of E2 legos(it looked like four or five different sized boxes), of which the box was clearly marked DO NOT PUT ON SHELF UNTIL APRIL 23. However when I went to open a box, I was told promptly to stop because there was a mistake, and that these are not supposed to be out.”

 


 

Toy Fair Darth Vader is GONE
March 23, 2002 | 7:07 PM EST | Adam

The Fan Club has sold out of the Darth Vader from Toy Fair, apparently for good. So hopefully you cats got your orders in!

 


 

Jawa Forums Return
March 23, 2002 | 1:11 PM EST | Bill

Steve over at The Jawa has just re-opened their forums the help of Sandtroopers.com. The forums are called The “Jawa-Sandtroopers Community Forum”, and with the re-opening they are also giving away a Jedi Starfighter. All you have to do to enter is post in the “contest” section of the forum.

 


 

Bounty Hunter Figure Giveaway
March 23, 2002 | 1:07 PM EST | Bill

If you still need eitherZam Wesell or Aurra Sing, then you may want to check outPegwarmer.com — they are giving one of each away this week.

 


 

Preview Figures In Germany
March 23, 2002 | 1:04 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Kai wrote in to let us know that the Preview Figures have invaded Germany now as well.

 


 

Amazon Has The Dewback In Stock
March 23, 2002 | 9:43 AM EST | Mark

Amazon has the 12″ Dewback & Sandtrooper back in stock for $29.99

Also still in stock….
Zam Wesell $8.99
R3-T7 $8.99

 


 

E2 Lego Leaking
March 21, 2002 | 9:00 PM EST | Adam

Reader SWTrilogy shared some interesting finds…

“Not sure if this is new or old news but I landed the following items today at
a New Jersey WalMart:

Lego EPII Slave 1
Lego Technics Jango Fett
Hasbro Jedi Starfighter

He also sent some pictures… here’s a couple of them.
Jango Fett’s Slave I (box, front)
Technic Jango Fett (box, front)

This is definitely news to us. Last time around, several Lego sets showed up early so this seems like we could be up for another round of freak toy finds… stay tuned!

 


 

Racer Revenge for PlayStation2 Price Drop
March 21, 2002 | 6:47 PM EST | Adam

Some Target stores have marked the recently released sequel to 1999’s racing game down to $39.99, so if you’re interested, keep watching for this and (likely) future price drops.

UPDATE: We’ve received reports of Best Buy stores dropping the price as well.

 


 

Video Game News at Official Site
March 21, 2002 | 6:34 PM EST | Adam

The Official Site updated with this feature on a few new video games. Some stuff was new… some wasn’t.

BOUNTY HUNTER
Previously announced for PS2, it’s now also coming this fall to GameCube, filling out its very thin software library.

JEDI OUTCAST
The PC game has been approved for manufacturing and should be out March 29.

JEDI STARFIGHTER (Xbox)
Coming to Xbox this May, no word of additions from the PS2 version.

 


 

Toy Fair Vader BACK IN STOCK (for members only)
March 21, 2002 | 6:25 PM EST | Adam

If you’re a member of the Star Wars Fan Club, you have another chance to order theToy Fair Vader. (If you aren’t logged in as a member, the figure won’t come up with the link.)

The figure is $11.99 and has a “special shipping rate.” Please also note, there is a limit of two per day, four per week on this item.

So if you missed it the first time, like I did, get your tail over to the Fan Club’s web site and order one. Or two.

UPDATE: Because of this and the return of the AOTC Preview figures, their servers have been having some problems, so keep trying to visit the site if you want these great figures.

 


 

April 23 Release List
March 21, 2002 | 6:17 PM EST | Adam

We’ve been getting a fairly steady stream of inquiries on what will and what won’t be available on April 23. For Episode I, we pretty much knew everything months in advance. This time, we aren’t exactly sure. In an interview at Rebelscum.com, a Hasbro representative made mention that (and I quote/steal) “As of now we plan to have at least the first fourteen basic figures available on April 23rd. Although, depending on production, there may be more.”

So, where does this leave you, the reader? Right now, we assume that the items showing up as “in-hand” on eBay (as in “in hand today” not “in hand and will ship next month”) will most likely be available.

Based on what we’ve seen, this is who we assume will be made available, in addition to the preview figures. PLEASE NOTE: the following is not an official list of what will be made available in April. So please, take it with a grain of salt. We compiled this list based on leaks we’ve heard on eBay and elsewhere as well as information fromHasbro’s 2002 Star Wars Press Release. Keep in mind that none of the as-of-yet unreleased vehicles and beasts are currently hitting eBay, which could mean they aren’t going to be out in a month.

Basic Figures
Anakin Skywalker (Outland Peasant)
Battle Droid (Arena Battle)
Boba Fett (Kamino)
Captain Typho
C-3PO (Protocol Droid)
Jango Fett (Kamino)
Kit Fisto
Obi-Wan (Coruscant)
Padme Amidala (Arena Battle)
Plo Koon (Arena Battle)
R2-D2 (Coruscant Sentry)
Shaak Ti
Super Battle Droid
Tusken Raider Female with Child

Deluxe Figures
Jango Fett
Mace Windu & Battle Droid
(Obi-Wan Kenobi & Count Dooku are possible, but not as likely as the others.)

Vehicles/Beasts
Acklay
Anakin’s Speeder
Jedi Starfighter
Reek
Slave I
Zam’s Speeder

12″ Figures
Anakin Skywalker
Clone Trooper
Jango Fett (Ultimate)
Obi-Wan Kenobi

Lightsabers, Unleashed figures, and additional product very well may be coming in April, but it’s tough to tell right now. It’s expected that we’ll see new figures at regular intervals, so keep checking back on your favorite toy sites for the latest.

 


 

AOTC Hallmark Ornaments
March 21, 2002 | 3:55 AM EST | Adam

In case you haven’t already heard, the 2002 Hallmark Dreambook is out and shows images of the entire 2002 Star Wars ornament line. While Darth Vader, the Death Star, and Luke Skywalker (Jedi) were previously known, you can now see pictures of Jango Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Jango’s Slave I. If you’re a Hallmark Club member, you can expect your catalog soon. If not, ask your local Hallmark store for a gander at their book.

Currently, the AOTC ornaments are not pictured on Hallmark’s website.

 


 

Wondering What Else Hasbro Has In Store For This Year??
March 20, 2002 | 11:02 PM EST | Bill

The German Site, 4 Inches.de, has just updated their list of upcoming Star Wars Figures:

They are listing, as upcoming figures from Ep 2, a Tusken Raider #2, Watto, Jango Fett #5, and Ki-Adi-Mundi.

Under Ep IV, they have a picture of Djas Phur [Cantina Alien]

There are also pictures of Luke and Vader – Bespin Duel

Under ROTJ, they list Crix Madine [Rebel Officer] forthcoming.

On their subline section, they list a Lott Dodd with Nute Gunray holo – two pack as well as two Ep2 Nightclub sets.

They list a 25th anniversary speeder with Luke.

Check out the lost toys section for a great picture of the prototype of the Complete Galaxy Hoth with Leia!

Click here to see it! Thanks to Yak Reader Eeebeau for the heads-up!!!

UPDATE:

If you want an even more detailed list of what’s coming up, check out the Trade Federation. Adam over at the Fed has posted a very detailed list of upcoming figures.

 


 

Get Your AT-ST Now!
March 20, 2002 | 6:48 AM EST | Mark

Amazon has the AT-ST Back in stock, so hurry and order it now.

Also new in stock….
Clone Trooper $8.99
Zam Wesell $8.99
R3-T7 $8.99
Jango Fett $8.99

 


 

YakBak To You
March 19, 2002 | 8:55 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, we’re here for you, and YakBak is giving back to our readers. We are going to have a series of contests with LOTS of prizes for our Yak Readers who become active members of the YakBak community.

Tonight we are proud to announce the first of the YakBak To You Contests. The person who makes the 150th post on YakBak will receive a complete set of the 25th Anniversary two-packs released this Spring. That’s right, make th 150th post and you will be the proud owner of one Luke and Leia Swing to Freedom, one Han and Chewie Death Star Escape, and one Ben and Vader Final Duel– shipped right to your door. This contest is for the 150th cumulative post in all of the YakBak forums combined.

There’s just one disclaimer– the posts have to real posts. Posts which are merely I was here, gibberish, etc., as determined by the YakBak Administrator will not be counted, and any YakBak user who makes this type of posts is inelligible for the prize.

Now that we’ve got the ground rules out of the way, click here to go to YakBak and start posting. Good luck to everyone!!! The Winner will be posted on both Yakface.com and the YakBak Forums.

 


 

Wal-Mart’s Just Giving Them Away (Almost)
March 19, 2002 | 8:37 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris M. just sent in this report on his find at Wal-Mart:

“Just wanted to let you guys know, I just bought 2
cases of the teebo wave from Wal-Mart and they all
rang up @ a whopping .85 cents each. That’s right,
22.00 bucks for 24 figures. This wal-mart was in
Barstow, CA on 2-16-02. So, anyone going to Vegas on
the weekends from LA, don-t pass up these rare
opportunities.

P.S. Also, got 2 cases of the E2 figures but @ $6.44 a
piece. Such nice wal-mart employees up there!!”

Looks like Chris got a great deal for himself and his friends!!! As far as we know this seems to be limited to just this one Wal-Mart so far.

UPDATE: It looks like it may not be just one store, but the amounts of the discounts vary, and they may not be posted– if in doubt scan the figures to see what the price is. Here’s another report from Yak Reader P. Ramriez:

“I too got this great deal in which I got 8 figures that I needed(a mix of Koth, Zutton, and Teebo) for a mere $6.00. I would have gotten more but that was all they had ringing up @$0.75. This happened today at a Wal-Mart in Cleveland, TX. I went to other area wal-marts, but no such luck. What I think happened is similar to what happened with the 12″ Luke Speeder Bikes that initially rang up @ $12.00 a pop (clearance price for the 12″ Biker Scout). In this case, the $0.75 was the clearance price for the last wave of POTJ figures at this store. The Sneak Preview figures did not ring at this price because they have a different code.”

 


 

Sneak Preview Figures In England
March 19, 2002 | 8:34 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has justposted all the details about the E2 Sneak Preview Figures in the UK. Click here for more.

UPDATE: Yak Reader Chris B. wrote in to let us know that the comics shops down under have some Sneak Preview Figures as well. He got his set for $75 Austrialian dollars in Melbourne.

 


 

JediDaxter Opens New Site
March 19, 2002 | 8:31 PM EST | Bill

This justin from JediDaxter:

“I have started a new, very detailed site. It is still under construction, but it is going along perfectly. I am nolonger Detention BlockAA23, so that site is nolonger around, cancelled. This one actually outdoes DBAA23.” Click here to see it.

 


 

AOTC Poster at Fan Club
March 19, 2002 | 4:10 AM EST | Adam

The Fan Club now has the Prequel Sequel poster by Drew Struzan online and available for the ordering at $19.99. Order now, or perhaps later!

 


 

Ephant Mon Hard Copy Posted
March 18, 2002 | 11:23 AM EST | Bill

The Trade Federation has just pointed out that Hasbro’s Star Wars Site has just posted some unpainted hard copy photos of the Ephant Mon prototype. It looks really well done. Click here to see it.

 


 

Is Your Creature Cantina A Little Worse For Wear?
March 18, 2002 | 11:06 AM EST | Bill

We have good news for you. Gadders.com have added to their list of vintage inserts. This time it is a very high res scan of the Creature Cantina backdrop and the sticker sheet – ideal for recreating missing or damaged items. They also have some new catalog scans as well. Click here for more.

 


 

The Winner Is….
March 17, 2002 | 11:29 PM EST | Bill

Congratulatons to Joe Tillman, winner of our semi-monthly Ultarama drawing. Send in your entry now for our next drawing in 2 weeks!!! Remember you can only enter once per drawing, and you must include your name, address, and E-mail. Good Luck!

 


 

NASCAR & Cheerios: Together At Last
March 16, 2002 | 4:06 AM EST | Adam

The Official Site reports that cereal giant General Mills has launched a new site that allows visitors to view the brand spankin’ new Star Wars NASCAR designs. There’s a Trilogy car, an Episode I car, and an Episode II car.

In May, selected General Mills cereals will have an offer for 1/64 scale (Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Johnny Lightning size) versions of the cars, so keep your eyes on the cereal aisle for that.

Also, we’ve heard that the other major cereal giant, Kellogg’s, has some deals in the works for the new flick. What they are (and *if* they are) are unknown, so drop us a line if you’ve heard anything.

 


 

EE Newsfeed: Lego
March 15, 2002 | 4:50 AM EST | Adam

From Entertainment Earth:

“Star Wars Lego

We have added select collectible sets of Lego (Item# LG8010, $45.99) to our product lineup. Choose from such items as the Lego Technic: Darth Vader (Item# LG8010, $45.99), Lego Technic: C-3PO (Item# LG8007, $39.99), Lego: Imperial Shuttle (Item# LG7166, $39.99) plus Episode 2 products coming soon! Pre-Order today.”

 


 

Master Replicas Source
March 14, 2002 | 8:49 PM EST | Bill

If you are looking for the Master Replicas, one of your fellow Yak Readers may be able to help. He will be opening his own store in the near future, but he has a small quanity of Luke’s Saber and Han’s Blaster that he will be seling on Ebay. His user name is thephantommenace, or you can contact him by Email at here.

 


 

Wanna Sneak and You CAN’T Wait?
March 14, 2002 | 11:03 AM EST | Mark

Kbkids.com now has the Star Wars: Attack of the Clones – Sneak Preview 4-Figure Setin stock now for $31.99, I am sure even at this price they will sell out quickly.

 


 

New OLD Items In Stock At Amazon.com
March 14, 2002 | 10:54 AM EST | Mark

Amazon received a bunch of old items that they are selling on clearence. Here is a small list…

LEGO Sith Infiltrator $14.98 reg $29.99
Ep1 R2-D2 3D Puzzle $5.98 reg $34.99
Episode I Movie Poster 300-piece Puzzle $2.98
Episode I Monopoly $14.98 reg $39.99

So if you are looking for some deals, head on over there.

 


 

AOTC Soundtrack Cover News
March 14, 2002 | 7:11 AM EST | Adam

Reader Brian found something nifty…

“Got a glance at the new Billboard magazine today and there was both a small banner ad on the main page and a full page ad within the first 10 pages for the upcoming Episode 2 Soundtrack. Their will be 4 covers available: Yoda holding a ball of Force lightning; Anakin & Amidala with weapons ready; & Jango Fett. These 3 are listed as limited editions. The forth will be the new poster art, which was just revealed on line. They are set for an April release, I believe the 23rd. Unfortunately, I do not have a scanner available, but wanted to pass along the news.”

 


 

25th Anniversary Vader: Origins
March 14, 2002 | 6:21 AM EST | Adam

I’ve gotten a few emails to our Q&A column commenting on the strange new sculpting direction that the Toy Fair Silver Darth Vader seems to be taking. Well, there’s a good reason for that: it’s a repaint of 1997’s Final Jedi Duel Darth Vader, which came in a three-pack with a seated Emperor Palpatine and a very nice Jedi Luke. See the comparison below:

As you can (hopefully, the image isn’t perfect) see, it’s essentially the same figure in a great shiny new package.

 


 

YakFeature: Jedi Starfighter Overview
March 14, 2002 | 5:15 AM EST | Adam

Something else was originally scheduled for today, but since YakLabs got their Jedi Starfighter today, I decided to review that instead.



Included: a full review, tons of pictures, scans of the box from all sides (and large enough to read the text), and hopefully answers to all of your questions about this toy, other than “when will it be on clearance?”

All of the pages link to each other, but here’s what is up:

Main Feature/Image Page
Review
Packaging Overview

If you like this feature and would like to see others like it (as far as toy reviews go), please let us know.

 


 

Bounty Hunter Coming to PlayStation 2
March 13, 2002 | 5:42 AM EST | Adam

Another feather in the cap of fans of both Sony’s console and Star Wars, a brand new title was announced yesterday. Bounty Hunter gives the player the chance to play as Jango Fett, and while it isn’t Boba, odds are it’ll be good enough.

A trailer for the game was shown on the recently released Jedi Starfighter game, also on the PS2. The game is on tap for Fall, and as of now, little else is known about it.

 


 

Scout Troopers Return?
March 13, 2002 | 1:33 AM EST | Adam

This evening’s toy run yielded a few Power of the Jedi Sandtroopers and Scout Troopers (Dirty) at Sam Goody and Suncoast stores at my local mall. They were $8.99 each, but if you’re in need of more of these guys, it’s probably about time to check the toy sections at your local music and movie stores.

 


 

Star Tours Hasbro Figures, Dexter at Rebelscum
March 13, 2002 | 1:18 AM EST | Adam

First shots of the long-rumored Star Tours figures and a shot off of an AOTC cardback of new character Dexter Jettster are up at Rebelscum. As far as I know, the shot of the figure is the first shot available of the character so it’s definitely worth checking out.

The Star Tours items are being auctioned off by user Carol8123 on eBay.

FOR THOSE WHO FORGOT: A rumor appeared last year on a message board that Hasbro would be producing a series of toys for Star Tours at Disneyland. There was to have been a series of droid figures, presumed to be around a half dozen, which would include some new figures and some repaints as well as a replica of the ship from the ride itself. The poster originally said that the toys would be available at Disney parks and through the Fan Club, but as this is old and still unconfirmed information, the questions on where these will show up, when, and for how much are still very much in question.

 


 

Santa’s Collectible Toy Show This Weekend
March 12, 2002 | 11:27 PM EST | Bill

This weekend for all toy collector’s and fans,

A really good Toy Show will be holding its spring show for the Year.

“SANTA’S COLLECTIBLE TOY SHOW”, WILL BE GOING ON.
(All Santa’s shows are held four times a year):

They have all types of Toys From STAR WARS, GI*JOE, HE-MAN, HOTWHEELS,
BARBIE, AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

WHERE: In a south suburb of Chicago: DOLTON, ILLINOIS

WHEN: March 17, 2001 (SATURDAY) and March 18, 2001 (SUNDAY).

Show Hours:

March 17, 2002 Saturday from 12pm – 5pm and
March 18, 2002 Sunday from 9am – 2pm.

Tickets are $3.50 for adults and kids from 13 and up!
Kids under 12 are free with adult

For more info call: 708-895-1502

 


 

More Masterpiece Sales
March 12, 2002 | 11:17 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Myke wrote in with this heads-up:

“I was just at Waldenbooks (La Crosse, Wisconsin) and found about 10 Masterpiece Aurra Sings and 20 or so Masterpiece C3-P0’s, they also have “STAR WARS-The Action Figure Archive” for $3.99 (A very nice book). I doubt these will last long.”

 


 

AOTC Poster Revealed
March 12, 2002 | 11:02 PM EST | Adam

The Official Site unveiled Drew Struzan’s latest poster, with images of the happy couple, Jango, Obi-Wan, the droids, and of course, Jerry Mathers as The Beaver.Check it out on the site or wait for it to show up at your local theaters and pop culture shops.

 


 

LEGO Ep2 Starfighter On-Line
March 12, 2002 | 8:01 PM EST | Mark

Tired of coming the streets looking for your first Ep2 LEGO set? Well Walmart.com has the Ep2 Starfighter in stock now for $19.99

 


 

Deluxe Figure Clearances
March 12, 2002 | 3:02 AM EST | Adam

Recent reports and first-hand accounts from toy runs have revealed that many of Hasbro’s POTJ Deluxe Figures (Bacta Luke, Amanaman, etc.) are now being cleared out. Wal-Mart and Kay-Bee stores seem to have the most markdowns, resulting in prices of $7 or less for these figures.

Please note, Target still has theirs priced at $15.99, considerably higher than the norm (on-line or off.) Stay tuned for future clearance notices!

 


 

K-Mart Closures
March 12, 2002 | 3:00 AM EST | Adam

A few readers cued us into this list of K-Mart stores closing as a result of their recent financial woes. Check it out to see if you’ll need to adjust your future toy runs as a result.

 


 

Q&A Update
March 12, 2002 | 1:18 AM EST | Adam

Due to unforseen FTP problems last evening, the Monday dose of With Every Question For Justice was not uploaded. In its place, we instead offer to you the Tuesday installment of With Every Question For Justice. We hope it finds you well.

 


 

Vintage Figure Giveaway
March 11, 2002 | 9:42 PM EST | Bill

Death Star Plans.com is proud to annouce a vintage carded figure giveaway. This time DSP is offering a POTF General Lando a new home straight out of Deathstardroid’s personal collection. Anyone can enter. This figure is mint on a mint card. The bubble is super clear and is in perfect codition. The card is unpunched and is in excellent condition. Click here for more.

 


 

E.T. Senator?
March 11, 2002 | 9:24 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tim has found a 3 3/4 scale E.T. Senator. Best of all it’s free!!! Tim wrote: “If you buy Mac and Cheese from Kraft you can get an E.T. figure. You have to buy a five pack and in the sixth box is an E.T. He very close to scale.”

 


 

Here Come The Fett Variations/Errors Again
March 11, 2002 | 9:22 PM EST | Bill

Yep, you read it right. Yak Reader Chris just gave us this heads up:

“You hate to hear it, but it’s true: I bought 2 today. 1 has no writing on his jetpack, while the other has 3 areas: 2 , where the black circles meet right below and centered under the thruster caps (grey paint), and the other on the orange paint, center right, where the rocket meets the pack body. It looks in English to read “LEAJ,”
but it’s an alien language. Duh. Just a heads up.”

Get ready for revenge of the Fett errors yet again.

 


 

“Clone War” Trailer Mirrors
March 11, 2002 | 6:34 AM EST | Adam

In addition to being available on StarWars.com, there’s a mirror up at Quicktime.com. So if you’re having problems with one of the sites, there is another official alternative.

And if they don’t do it for you, there’s always Morpheus.

 


 

GX1 Short Hauler Recall!!!
March 10, 2002 | 10:23 PM EST | Mark

Check out your local news online at http://www.holonetnews.com for all the latest information. You can also check out your weather forecast for your section of the world.

PS.. This AWESOME site is brought to you by starwars.com

 


 

New Trailer Thoughts
March 10, 2002 | 10:19 PM EST | Mark

Well, I really liked all three of the first trailers. Now I have downloaded and watched this new trailer about 10 times now. I conclude that based on the trailers this movie is going to add life to the dying hobby we call Star Wars collecting. If this movie is only half as good as the trailers we have seen, it is going to be great. This new trailer has so much information coming at you in the short amount of time that it plays. System Overload!!! It is going to rock!!

 


 

FOX-TV Trailer D Re-Reminder
March 10, 2002 | 6:19 PM EST | Adam

Just in case you forgot, or didn’t scroll down, the fourth and final trailer for Attack of the Clones will be on Fox TV tonight between Malcolm in the Middle and the X-Files.

The trailer should be online soon if you miss out, and it’s also attatched to the flick Ice Age. Supposedly they show a lot of new creatures and vehicles tonight, so this seems to best of the bunch as far as trailers go.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled news.

 


 

YakBak Posting
March 10, 2002 | 12:47 PM EST | Bill

Yak Readers are registering in herds to participate in YakBak. Once you have registered, go to the forum you want to post in, and click on one of the topics. Then just click on post in the menu at the top of the page, and type in your comments. Email me here if you have any technical problems.

 


 

New POTJ At Fan Club
March 9, 2002 | 5:59 PM EST | Bill

The Fan Club now has both Zutton and Eeth Koth available, and they still ahve FX-7 and the Queen’s Decoy. Here is the link for Eeth Koth.

Thanks to Yak Reader SWFan3 for the tip!

 


 

Want a Jango? Free?
March 9, 2002 | 4:12 PM EST | Bill

Chris over at The Jundland Wastes is giving away a POTJ Preview Jango MOC. All you have to do is register (if you haven’t already) and post in their forums. The deadline is Saturday, March 16th.

 


 

The Yak Is Bak… 
March 9, 2002 | 4:06 PM EST | Bill

We are pleased to announce the return of Yakface Forums in our new YakBak Section.Click here to register and try it out.
(Don’t worry it’s free). We already have a number of forum threads started. Join in the forums.

 


 

Imperial Officer & Rebel Trooper Head Variants
March 9, 2002 | 7:33 AM EST | Adam

Fantastic site Rebelscum.com posted a new edition of Question Mark, this time having to do with Toy Fair. A most interesting answer came from the long-awaited (and presumed cancelled) head variants of the Imperial Officer and Rebel Trooper, and I quote:

“Yes, the variations are still planned and should be available prior to April 23rd.”

So there ya have it. Be sure to check out the full column for other great morsels of info.

 


 

New Trailer Reminder
March 9, 2002 | 7:15 AM EST | Adam

Just a friendly reminder, the FOX Network will be airing the new “Clone War” trailer ofAttack of the Clones this Sunday between Malcolm in the Middle and the X-Files. From early reports, this applies to the USA only.

The trailer will also be attatched to prints of Ice Age, and, of course, will be available onThe Official Site soon. Sunday if you believe the rumors.

Early reports on the web speak glowingly of the trailer, showcasing new vehicles (which sound like must-have toys if Hasbro decides to do them), action sequences, and more. Lastly, this is the fourth and most likely final preview we’ll be getting before the film on May 16.

We now return you to your regular toy news.

 


 

AOTC Preview 4 A Go-Go
March 9, 2002 | 7:10 AM EST | Adam

It’s a very exciting time to hit the stores, it seems, as people have sent us reports from the US all over about the latest assortment of figures from Attack of the Clones. (OK, it’s the only assortment.)

We’ve received reports from Target, Wal-Mart, and Toys “R” Us having these as well asEntertainment Earth and D&S Sci-Fi Toy World. So one thing is certain from the reports we’ve gotten and the set sitting on my monitor… these guys are most definitely out there now.

So don’t leave any stones unturned on your weekend toy runs… even some K-Marts have been getting in new Hasbro toys lately, so anywhere seems like fair game. Happy hunting!

 


 

Carrie Fisher Signature Study
March 9, 2002 | 7:06 AM EST | Adam

From Gary X…

“She’s one of the hardest-to-get Star Wars autograph signers! Carrie Fisher has sent secretarial and preprint signatures for years. Forgeries run rampant on online auction and dealer sites. Her Evolution signature card has sold for as high as $2,800. What do you have in your collection?

Is it REAL or a SECRETARIAL/FORGERY?

Get the scoop. See a study on Carrie Fisher’s signature here:http://www.autographcentral.com/wattographs/bios/carriefisher/carriefishersigstudy.html

It’s pretty interesting stuff, so if you’ve got a few minutes, take a gander.

 


 

Action Figure Backgrounds
March 9, 2002 | 7:03 AM EST | Adam

Several readers pointed us to the Star Wars Kid site yesterday because they doubled their quantity of downloadable figure backgrounds. There are now six pieces of artwork for you display needs, right here! Enjoy!

 


 

EE Newsfeed: Jedi Starfighter IN STOCK
March 9, 2002 | 7:01 AM EST | Adam

From Entertainment Earth:

“Another Episode 2 sneak preview item is now in stock! The Jedi Starfighter vehicle is available to order and ship to you now!

Jedi Starfighter (Item# HS84869, $31.99)

ORDER NOW!”

Well, there ya have it. The flood begins!

 


 

D&S Sci-Fi Newsfeed: AOTC Previews
March 7, 2002 | 3:20 PM EST | Adam

This just in from D&S Sci-Fi Toy World:

We have Jango Fett, Clone Trooper, Zam Wesell & R3-T7 Sneak Previews figures in stock. Ready to ship!

 


 

Amazon Strikes Back
March 7, 2002 | 2:04 PM EST | Mark

You can now order the Endor Vehicles set at Amazon for $29.99.

Update, OUT OF STOCK NOW.

They also have the Deluxe Leia with Cannon and the Amanaman for the LOW price of $6.98 each.

 


 

Q&A Update
March 7, 2002 | 3:14 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated for this week’s second update, full of gargoyles, demons, and goblins. And Star Wars Q&A. More next week.

 


 

Phantom Menace Novelization Book-On-Tape Cheap
March 6, 2002 | 10:39 PM EST | Adam

While it may not be news, I spotted a few copies of Terry Brooks’ book-on-tape version of the world’s most infamous prequel. A local B. Dalton Bookseller had a few copies on cassette for $9.98 each, not a bad deal for something to listen to on an upcoming road trip. In May. Assuming there’d be something worth going to, of course.

 


 

R4-M9 Variation… Maybe
March 6, 2002 | 8:54 PM EST | Bill

Depending how you define what constitutes a variation, we may already have a confirmed variation on the just releasing R4-M9 figure. Those little guys in robes over atThe Jawa seem to have found one on our newest astromech. They have posted comparison pictures of both “versions”. Click here for more.

 


 

Sneak Preview Figures Sited At Wal-Mart
March 6, 2002 | 8:49 PM EST | Bill

The post says it all. All of the sneak preview figures have been reported at Wal-Mart. Thanks to Yak Readers Randy and Ian for the reports. The hunt is on… again.

 


 

AOTC International Release Dates
March 6, 2002 | 7:54 PM EST | Adam

I’ve gotten a lot of email to my Q&A column lately asking when the newest Star Wars picture would show up in their native soil. Sadly, I’m an Ugly American and know not of these things, unless they appear on the official site. And it turns out, they do.

Posted last November, this feature outlines the worldwide release schedule of the film, showing several countries to have a May 16 release date. Like all of Europe, almost, and the USA and Canada.

Mexico and all of Latin America will have to wait until June or July, but it looks like everybody on the list will have the movie in their moviehouses before August. Nicely done, I must say.

That link again: Episode II Release Dates

 


 

LEGO Tie Interceptor
March 6, 2002 | 4:35 PM EST | Mark

KBKids.com now has the LEGO TIE Interceptor for the low price of $59.99.

 


 

Sneak Preview Figures @ EE.com
March 6, 2002 | 4:24 PM EST | Mark

Jason from EE writes to us with this…

Good morning folks.

Often I need a explanation about what we have in stock.

Today, an explanation is not needed…

Sneak Preview Figures 4-Pack (Item# HS84455LL, $39.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84455LL

More sets of the all-new Star Wars Playskool All In One Adventures 1 Set (Item# HS2651AA, $36.99) http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS2651AA are in stock. This “children’s” toy from Hasbro is already heating up to be one of the newest Star Wars collectibles available. Order your set today!

 


 

The Imperial Shuttle Returns This Year!!!!!
March 5, 2002 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill

The Private Universe has had confirmed by an Official Source that the much rumoured Imperial Shuttle is approaching! I have the official word on the release dates for the UK and US, as well as the rumoured pack ins, so head to TPU to read it here.

 


 

Now Something For Our Readers North Of The Border
March 5, 2002 | 9:19 PM EST | Bill

The “Dark Side Collector” is a Canadian based Star Wars site that we link tom and they are trying to compile a list of toy/hobby stores in Canada that sell new and or vintage Star Wars figures. if you know of any send the name, full address and if they sell Vintage, new
etc. to them here.

 


 

Wal-Mart Has Pegs Labeled For E2 Figures
March 5, 2002 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Chris:

“Hey, just writing to tell u guys that surprisingly I found the hooks at the WalMart in Niles, IL. to be completely empty. But all 8 of them read E2 STAR WARS ! Does E2 mean Episode 2? Does this mean they are already set and waiting for AOTC figures? I found this to be extremely weird and I think u guys will too!”

Remember sneak preview figures are due in March so it sounds like Wal-Mart is getting ready. If you have any more info on this send it in.

 


 

Star Wars mini helmets at Kbkids.com
March 4, 2002 | 8:33 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Scott just gave us a heads up on these at KB Kids.com! They have both the Darth Vader and C-3PO helmets at a significantly reduced price. Both were orininally going for $60. The Darth Vader Helmet is now $29.99 and the C-3PO helmet is $19.99.

UPDATE:

Yak Reader Michael sent in these discount codes:

Toys, Videos, DVDs, Software, Video Games and Collectibles
$5 off your first order of $25 or more with Code: DENNYTOYS (exp: 8/31/02)
$5 off your first order of $40 or more with Code: KIDSLINKS (exp: 12/31/02)

 


 

Amazon Cancels AT-ST Orders
March 4, 2002 | 8:30 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader TNTRons:

I just received a cancellation notice from Amazon Toys R US saying that they are cancelling my order of the AT-St due to being “unavailable at any of our sources” they apologies and then continue to add to my rage by saying that they will add my payment to my account. This really angers me, not only did they cancell my order but the SOB’s kept my money and stuck it in an acccount. For What something else I can’t get. I can’t even begin to express my dissatisfied state with Amazon Toys R US. They didn’t even have the guts to send the notice with a returnable address. Try and find an email address on the Toys R US site, it took me ten minutes of going through hoops to finally find one. You don’t have to print this, but I think Toys R US sucks. Confession is good for the soul. Be sides being disappointed I now have to hunt for the darn thing. I don’t have a TRU within a 100 mile of me. I hope other people get their AT-ST’s and enjoy them, for those who may have gotten the same email I did, voice your dissatisfaction with Amazon TRU.

At this time we don’t know how widespread the cancellations are, if you have any information on this let us know!

UPDATE:

We have been getting lots of E-mail on this. So far no one else has reported canceled ordered, but reports have ranged from AT-STs which were thrown into boxed with very little packing (and arrived damaged) to AT-STs which arrived perfectly mint. Keep the news coming!!!

 


 

Q&A Update
March 4, 2002 | 5:11 AM EST | Adam

Hey kids, do ya like With Every Question For Justice, our Q&A column of fun? Well, we updated anyway, so read, enjoy, etc.

 


 

Looking For The Ultimate Coffee Table Book?
March 3, 2002 | 10:22 PM EST | Mark

Amazon.com has the Star Wars Chronicles book on sale. Normal price for this book is $150.00, now $105.00. Any order over $100 has free shipping as well. This is the best Star Wars book I have ever seen or read.

 


 

Waldenbooks Clearance Updates
March 3, 2002 | 5:22 PM EST | Adam

In addition to the Masterpiece Edition C-3PO & Aurra Sing book and figure sets, theAction Figure Archive, and leftover copies of The Queen’s Amulet we’re getting reports from several readers that the From Star Wars To Indiana Jones softcover book– which is full of fantastic shots of props and storyboards– has been dropped to somewhere between $4.99 and $6.99.

We have also been informed that not all Borders and Waldenbooks are participating in the clearance, or at least not yet. Some stores still have old stock of the books at full price, meaning that their clearance shipments have yet to come in, and that’s assuming they will in the first place.

(Thanks to TimiFett, Dave, ins0mnia, and everybody I left out for contributing to this post.)

 


 

Episode I DVD Easter Eggs: In Case Ya Missed it…
March 3, 2002 | 5:10 PM EST | Adam

The Official Site posted an article on how DVD.starwars.com has links to Easter Eggs on the discs.

As always, Mac users are out of luck as the DVD-ROM content is PC-only.

 


 

The Winner Is
March 2, 2002 | 7:40 PM EST | Bill

Congratulatons to Rick Schmidt, winner of our semi-monthly Ultarama drawing. Send in your entry now for our next drawing in 2 weeks!!! Remember you can only enter once per drawing, and you must include your name, address, and E-mail. Good Luck!

 


 

Action Figure Archive Book hits Clearance
March 1, 2002 | 10:28 PM EST | Adam

Last week we reported the Aurra Sing Masterpiece book had shown up on clearance, and this week, we’ve got another winner.

The fantastic Star Wars: The Action Figure Archive book from Chronicle Books has been spotted at Waldenbooks for $3.99 a copy. (Original SRP was $29.95.) The book has hundreds of photographs from the films, of the toys, and more from the vintage era through the end of 1998. If you’re looking for an excellent (and dirt-cheap) reference book on all things Action Figure, or are looking for a primer on the first two decades of the hobby, run to your local bookstores and be sure to scope out the clearance racks.

 


 

Need To Get Dewbacked????
March 1, 2002 | 5:21 PM EST | Mark

Still looking to pick up one? Well Amazon.com has the 12″ Dewback & Sandtrooper for $29.99 in stock again.

Also available is the Star Wars Episode I Sith Probe Droid Game for $9.97 reg preice was $39.99.

 


 

Amazon AT-ST w/ Ewok
March 1, 2002 | 8:30 AM EST | Mark

There has been some emails going back and forth and miscommunication with some of the operators at Amazon.com as to whether they really had these in stock. Here is the email that I recevied last night that should clear this up.

Greetings from Amazon.com.

We thought you’d like to know that we shipped your items today, and that this completes your order.

The following items were included in this shipment:
———————————————————————
Qty Item Price Shipped Subtotal
———————————————————————
1 Star Wars 3.75″ Endor Vehicles $29.99 1 $29.99
Toysrus.com, LLC item sold by Amazon.com Kids, Inc.

———————————————————————

So for those that were able to get one ordered you should be getting yours next week.

February 2002 Archive

Graphic Talent, Have You???
February 28, 2002 | 11:05 PM EST | Mark

This is a new thing that the fine people at Hasbro are doing….

“Have a great idea for a desktop wallpaper using your Star Wars collection of Hasbro toys? Well, if you are 18 or older, we want to see it. Send us a disk or cd of your wallpaper for an opportunity to have it posted on our website for everyone to see. This is your chance to be in the spotlight. Be creative with your wallpaper and be sure to only feature Hasbro products. Show us how much fun it is to collect Star Wars toys! If Hasbro thinks your submission will be of interest to other collectors, we may post it on our website.”

Visit http://starwars.hasbro.com for more information.

 


 

Trailer D Update
February 28, 2002 | 11:01 PM EST | Mark

This is from starwars.com….

“The full trailer for Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones will soon arrive in theaters and starwars.com, but the world will get its first look at the two-and-a-half-minutes of brand new footage Sunday, March 10 on FOX television.

Shown in its entirety the full trailer, titled “Clone War,” will air between original episodes of “Malcom in the Middle” (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) and “The X-Files” (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The trailer will make its big screen debut with Ice Age beginning Friday, March 15.”

 


 

Master Replicas On Sale at Midnight at EE.com
February 28, 2002 | 10:57 PM EST | Mark

EE will have the Master Replicas available for pre-order beginning at midnight Friday, March 1, 2002. These are Star Wars Prop Replicas.

 


 

Playskool At A Boscovs Near You???
February 28, 2002 | 10:54 PM EST | Mark

Looks like these are starting to hit your local Boscov’s. I know these stores are located in PA and IL, I am not sure of any other places. I have had emails from both states saying that they have found them. So it looks like they maybe hitting stores. Happy Hunting.

 


 

Knights of the Old Republic Coming to Xbox
February 28, 2002 | 9:02 PM EST | Adam

Gamespot.com reports that BioWare’s upcoming Star Wars RPG will be coming to the Xbox in addition to the PC.

Interesting note: the story takes place 4,000 years before the original Star Warswhich by my calculations puts the timeframe at the same time as Dark Horse’sTales of the Jedi comics. Should be neat to see what, if anything, is used from it.

 


 

AT-ST/Bike Spotted in Phoenix
February 28, 2002 | 5:55 PM EST | Adam

SlugBoyJabba sent us a note that he found the set at Toys “R” Us for $29.99 in Arizona, meaning they should be showing up elsewhere soon. Happy hunting!

 


 

AOTC Trailer D on FOX?
February 28, 2002 | 4:23 PM EST | Adam

According to a recent post on DVD supersite The Digital Bits, FOX-TV will be airing the fourth trailer for the prequel sequel on March 10 between Malcolm andX-Files. Which probably means it’ll be on the official site about ten minutes later.

Good news, for sure.

 


 

ArtoosNews Adds E2 Figure Pics To Visual Guide
February 27, 2002 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

This just in from ArtoosNews:

In case you havn’t noticed, we are in the process of redoing our Visual Guides. We are putting the figures into a new format that gives people a better view of the figures, heres one for example.

We’re pretty proud of the images and are getting nothing but positive responses from our readers. We have recently put up 14 Episdoe 2 pics and the 4 preview figures. The 4 preview pics can be found under our POTJ Guide under thePreview Section Heading.

And the 14 Episode 2 pics can be found in our Ep2 Guide.

 


 

AT-ST & Speederbike at Amazon.com
February 27, 2002 | 4:53 PM EST | Adam

You can now preorder the Endor Vehicles set at Amazon for $29.99. It lists the availability as shipping within 24 hours, meaning it should be in stock and ready to go, which in turn should mean it may be in stores soon.

A shout-out to “pdxtoys” for the heads-up!

 


 

DNS Newsfeed
February 27, 2002 | 4:49 AM EST | Adam

D&S Sci-Fi Toy World sent us a note to say they got in BoShek, Teebo, and R4-M9 and they’re ready for ordering.

 


 

Q&A Update
February 27, 2002 | 4:45 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated yet again, with answers… and questions. There are walls… there are doors…

 


 

EE Newsfeed: Teebo, BoShek, R4-M9 Available
February 26, 2002 | 4:43 PM EST | Adam

From Entertainment Earth…

“This is it! The last Power of the Jedi wave of Star Wars figures are here! SW POTJ Collection 2 (Wave 16) (Item# HS84455K, $89.99) and SW POTJ (Wave 16) 3-Pack (Item# HS84455KK, $29.99) are now in stock and shipping. The case of 12 figures includes 4x Teebo, 4x Bo-Shek, and 4x R4-M9! All backorders will be filled first. Order now!”

 


 

This Weeks Prototype Feature From 2001 Collectors Guide!
February 26, 2002 | 1:37 PM EST | John

The “Rebel SRV-1” is this weeks lucky winner! Check out the image and the write-up about this little lost Star Wars prototype.

 


 

Kevin Smith to Write Star Wars???
February 26, 2002 | 1:06 AM EST | Adam

Sort of. According to Newsaskew.com, a fantastic site devoted to all things Smith, the man behind Walt Flannagan’s Dog has been offered a chance to write for Dark Horse’s Star Wars comic book line. Here’s hoping.

 


 

AOTC Jedi Starfighter Early?
February 26, 2002 | 12:24 AM EST | Adam

That’s what The Raving Toy Maniac says. Apparently a little birdie told them that the Hasbro version of the toy– not the Lego one– could be available as early as March. Stay tuned…

 


 

Toys “R” Us AT-ST & Speederbike Set on eBay
February 26, 2002 | 12:10 AM EST | Adam

This auction is for the upcoming TRU exclusive which should be appearing in stores soon. This is one of the first times we’ve seen it for sale, so we thought you’d appreciate the heads-up.

 


 

eBay: Prototype Round-Up
February 26, 2002 | 12:08 AM EST | Adam

Aside from the usual array of unpainted MicroCollection die-cast metal figures (including some from the unreleased Bacta Chamber), here’s some other notable items.

Unproduced Qui-Gon Prototype
This is an auction for the Qui-Gon from the unreleased Qui-Gon/Battle Droid set, which was shown for release at Toy Fair the other week. Notable: the green Lightsaber sculpt looks like Qui-Gon’s, not Obi-Wan’s. It’s multicolored, pricey, and nice. The auction also shows an image of the original two-pack, which I must say looks quite nice.

Prototype Test Shot X-Wing 1978
This appears to be a test shot for the actual original 1978 X-Wing toy. The entire thing is in a white color that has yellowed in some parts… pretty nifty.

 


 

12″ Masterpiece Edition Clearance Redux
February 25, 2002 | 11:59 PM EST | Adam

After yesterday’s report, we’ve gotten more than a few emails on this topic…

Several readers have found the 12″ Aurra Sing masterpiece book set in Borders and Waldenbooks stores. The price is still $19.99.

Readers Joe and Ron have said they found the C-3PO edition in Waldenbooks and Borders, respectively. The price is still $19.99.

Reader Jason pointed us out to a store called HamiltonBook.com which has the Aurra book as well as the Anakin book for $29.95 each. Several other Star Wars books are available here as well.

I didn’t see any of these in my run tonight, but I know I’ll be looking. Happy hunting!

 


 

Q&A Update
February 25, 2002 | 4:12 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated today with news on the AOTC soundtrack, a desparate and selfish plea, and the future of war in western civilization over the next century.

 


 

12″ Aurra Sing Clearance
February 25, 2002 | 3:24 AM EST | Adam

Reader Luis had this fun tidbit to share:

“I went to a book store at Fashion Place Mall in Murray Utah and they had lots of the 12″ Aurra Sing with book for only $19.99. Great deal specially since I couldn’t afford buying it for the original piece. Anyway, the book store is called Walden Books and there was probably about 20 of them left on Sunday Feb 24, at about 2:00 P.M.”

Considering the C-3PO set has pretty much dried up, it’s nice to see this take its place at retail… keep your eyes open!

 


 

The Kessel Run Star Wars Convention (Australia)
February 25, 2002 | 3:23 AM EST | Adam

The Kessel Run Star Wars Convention sent us a big long press release about their new convention. In brief:

“Get Ready! Over Easter this year 5 international Star Wars Stars descend into Brisbane as Honorary Guests:
* Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett)
* Jerome Blake (several EP 1 characters)
* Michael Stackpole (writer of the Rogue Squadron series and many more extended universe books & comics)
* Shannon Baksa (model for Mara Jade in comics, CCG cards and merchandise)
* Michonne Bourrique (Aurra Sing)

Local boy Hugh Fleming (artist of many extended universe book & comic covers) is also an Honorary Guest.”

Several other special contests, exhibits, and tournaments will be held as well, so be sure to scope out their website for the full fact sheet.

 


 

Entertainment Earth: Action Fleet Preorders
February 25, 2002 | 3:18 AM EST | Adam

This just in…

“While at Toy Fair, we did receive clearance to start accepting pre-orders for the new Star Wars Action Fleet Assortment:

HS46796A, Action Fleet Assortment 1, $77.99

New Star Wars Galoob Action Fleet Vehicle assortment for 2002! Includes 6 vehicles – X-Wing Fighter, Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter and the Millenium Falcon (subject to change). Exact assortment unknown at this time. More details coming soon.”

 


 

Which E2 Toys Are You Planning To Buy?
February 24, 2002 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

The Private Universe wants to know, now that you’ve seen all the lists and pictures of the Episode II Attack of the Clones products due to hit the stores in a few months what you will be spending your money on? Will you be buying everything you can get your hands on or will you just stick to the 4″ figures perhaps? Click here for he poll.”

 


 

For Our British Readers — Free Tickets to UK SW Convention
February 24, 2002 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at ThePrivate Universe is giving away a set of tickets to Star Wars Day VI on Sunday 3rd March 2002, at the Honiton Sports Centre, Honiton, Devon, UK. The event is a one day Star Wars convention in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance and Honiton Hospiscare.

Confirmed guests (subject to work commitments) include Dave Prowse (Darth Vader), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Brian Johnson (SFX), Michael Sheard (Admiral Ozzel), Garrick Hagon (Biggs) and Jerome Blake (Rune Haako) … more to be announced soon!

On the day there will be guest talks, autograph sessions, costumed characters, dealers, fancy dress, competitions, a quiz, arcade machines, displays and lots, lots more!

 


 

E2 Coverage In Vanity Fair
February 24, 2002 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill

The March issue of Vanity Fair covers a lot of EP2 with a huge article, and 12-page portfolio. There are pictures of Mace, Obi, Jango, and a bunch more. Thanks to Yak Reader Anybody for the tip!

 


 

Diamond Comics Has E2 In New Catalog And On Webpage
February 23, 2002 | 9:14 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jedijones just gave us a heads up on this:

“Diamond Comics put up the information for the next Previews issue on their web site. The catalog has a lot of AotC stuff. You can view a list of all the items in text on the order form and see pictures of some stuff on the site:
Catalog ; Order form ; Pictures of some items and more here

 


 

TOY FAIR VADER PRE-SELL AT FAN CLUB
February 22, 2002 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

The Fan Club is no taking preorders for the Toy Fair Vader for $11.99 each for Fan Club Members ($14.99 for non-members). There is a limit of 2 per person per day, and 4 per person per week. Order fast before they’re gone!!!!

UPDATE: As of Sunday morning, the Fan Club shows Vader out of stock. Thanks to Yak Reader Chris for the heads-up.

 


 

FX-7 Wave In-Stock at Fan Club
February 22, 2002 | 2:23 PM EST | Adam

The Fan Club, which you do not have to be a member of to order from, has some more new POTJ items added to its inventory, including…
FX-7
Imperial Officer
Queen Amidala Royal Decoy
Rebel Trooper

The best part? They’re $6.99 each before shipping. (Please note items may sell out quickly, blah blah blah.)

 


 

TRU Exclusive Mace Windu 12″
February 22, 2002 | 12:17 PM EST | John

The Death Star Plans has infiltrated a TRU computer, and found out the following information; Toys R’Us will be having a special 12″ Exclusive Mace Windu. We here at Yak have previously heard nothing of this, but, of it’s accurate, it’s still good news. Check out the information on DSP’s forums.

 


 

One Week For Amanaman @ Jedi Aries!
February 22, 2002 | 11:39 AM EST | John

There is one week left to enter the drawing for the free POTJ deluxe Amanaman MOMC give away at Jedi Aries’ Tattoine Aline Cantina! Hurry on over and enter today! While you’re there don’t forget to cast your vote in their new poll regarding Episode II. You can visit their Alien Cantina by clicking here!

 


 

Sandtroopers.com 2002 Toy Fair Vader Give-Away
February 22, 2002 | 11:34 AM EST | John

My good friend Vaughn from over at Sandtroopers.com has written to let us all know that they are holding a new contest. Vaughn Writes;

Here’s the day you’ve all been waiting for… I’m pleased to announce our latest giveaway…

An Exclusive 2002 NYC Toy Fair Darth Vader

Entering is simple. Just email your Name, Mailing Address, and Email Address to contest@sandtroopers.com. Thats it… All I ask is only one entry per person (multiple entries will be discarded!) The winner will be announced on Saturday, February 23rd.”

What a generous gesture! Good luck to all that enter, and while you’re over there registering for this cool treat, check their page out. I’ve always liked their work myself, and there’s a lot of neat things always happening over there!

 


 

More On Toy Fair 2002 Exclusive Darth Vader
February 21, 2002 | 11:42 AM EST | John


Over the past day we’ve gotten a lot of questions about the coming Toy Fair 2002 Darth Vader that is to be offered through the fan club. I’ve checked into this with various sources, and below are some answers to generalized questions I’ve received;

Will it be on different packaging?

No, it will most definitely be on the same card-back that was offered at Toy Fair.

Will it be a different sculpt?

No, it will be the exact same item that was offered at Toy Fair 2002. No deviation, you will not be able to tell one purchased from the fan club as opposed to the one given away at the 2002 Fair.

They will only be selling what is left over from Toy Fair.

This is scalper propoganda. No, they are producing at least 5000 of these babies, probably more. So don’t listen to greedy auction listings claiming to have the only “genuine article”. Patience!

Will they be offering another one at the Celebration II, and will it be offered through the fan club as well?

Probably and probably. That’s the best answer that can be given at this time. Let’s face it folks, it’s the 25th Anniversary. They are BOUND to do something out in Indiana. Personally, I can’t go to the Celebration II, but if I could see a figure come out of it, I’d love to see a chromed Clonetrooper or Jango. That’s nothing I’ve heard, just the wishes of a demented fan.

So folks, again, don’t pay e-Bay prices! There will more than likely be enough to go around, not unlike the latest Bespin Freeze Chamber offering. Still, they say that they will be limited, so to be on the safe side, when you see that they’re being offered I would order it as soon as I could. Even though they do a shipment of these things, they do tend to sell out quickly before Hasbro can make more to satisfy demand. Give the fan club time, and for God’s sake, don’t pay too much for one of these! You’ll be very sorry in the long run, unless you’re incredibly rich and don’t care. ‘Nuff said.

 


 

Ephant Mon Begins Production
February 21, 2002 | 11:25 AM EST | John


The Fan’s Choice figure #3, Ephant Mon, has officially been started for production at Hasbro! What appears to be blueprints is actually a 2-D model called a “sculpt input”, and it is used to later create a wax 3-D model, otherwise known in the trade as a prototype. Some good stuff over at Hasbro, so check it out!

 


 

Gadders.com’s First Give-Away
February 21, 2002 | 12:52 AM EST | John

Gadders.com are proud to announce, through Yakface.com, their first ever competition! The prize is a wonderful signed photograph of Jeremy Bulloch and Boba Fett, signed by Mr. Bulloch himself. The competition is free to enter, so check them out for more information.

 


 

Toy Fair 2002 Exclusive Darth Vader Coming To Fan Club
February 21, 2002 | 12:42 AM EST | John


Wonderful news folks! Hasbro has officially announced that, through the fan club, they will be offering a limited number of the Silver Anniversary Toy Fair 2002 Exclusive Darth Vader for sale to the general public. Please people, do not pay outrageous amounts for this item on e-Bay, it will be coming very soon, and chances are very good that there will be enough to go around. So, bide your time, young Jedi, remember the phrase that beats out scalpers;“Patience Pays…”

 


 

New Episode II Books Highlighted On Official Site
February 20, 2002 | 11:05 AM EST | John



The Official Star Wars Site has posted an article about 2 upcoming Random House Episode II books. They look pretty snazzy, actually! The first, more geared for kids, is the Episode II story book. This one harkens back to the days of the ROTJ storybook with that now famous picture of Luke on top of the Sail Barge trying to escape! The second is the Attack of the Clones Scrapbookwhich seems to me to be more-or-less mirroring the Episode I Visual Dictionary. Either way, if you want to read more about these, head on over!

 


 

Is The Lego Jedi Starfighter A “Preview” Toy?
February 20, 2002 | 10:53 AM EST | John


It seems that way! We here at Yak, (following up reports we made a couple days ago), have confirmed that this is, in fact, a preview toy to be added to the Episode II roster. The strange thing is that our Yak insider source tells me that this was not supposed to hit store shelves until the middle of March. It just goes to show that if a retail chain receives cases of something and they have the available shelf space, they will put the item out for sale, release-date rules or not. So folks, if you’re one of the lucky ones who finds this a bit early, congrats! Actually, it’s been hitting across the US in a big way, if our e-mail reports are anything to go by. Thanks to all who have written in about this!

 


 

Another Prototype Feature From 2001 Collectors Guide!
February 20, 2002 | 1:47 AM EST | John



First off I must apologize to all those who wrote directly to me last week to ask where the next prototype image was. The truth of the matter is that I decided to hold off a week due to the incredible bandwidth being used for our Toy Fair 2002 images. Now with that out of the way, I bring you the next feature from the 2001 Collectors Guide!… Click here to see the lowdown on The Millennium Falcon Cargo Hauler!

 


 

Lego Jedi Starfighter Spotted at Wal-Mart
February 19, 2002 | 4:31 PM EST | Adam

Reader Jim had this to share today:

“Today at the Walpole Mass. Walmart they had a whole end cap with lego jedi starfighter from Episode 2. the cost was 19.97. I dont know if this was an oversight or what I didnt think that stores could put Episode 2 stuff out yet but who knows?”

A few of the sets have leaked to eBay, so it looks like the preview sets could very well be leaking. While I am not sure what Lego’s policy was, I know Hasbro was planning on releasing their stuff in late March, so this could be a pretty good early leak.

Check those local stores, compadres!

 


 

Custom Marge Simpson as Slave Leia Figure
February 19, 2002 | 10:33 AM EST | Adam

In our never-ending quest to keep you abreast of all things grotesque, we foundthis auction with images of a Jabba Homer– if you can call him that– and a Slave Leia Marge custom figure set. The Marge, essentially a repainted Christmas Marge, is actually kinda neat for what it is. It’s worth a look-see.

 


 

Star Wars Jr. Available at Entertainment Earth
February 19, 2002 | 12:43 AM EST | Adam

From our sponsors:

“Star Wars All In One Adventures In Stock

The newest Star Wars collectible from Hasbro’s Playskool division is now in stock. The All In One Adventures 1 Set (Item# HS2651AA, $36.99) includes 1x X-Wing Adventure Playset and 1x Duel with Darth Maul Playset. Quantities are limited. Order now!”

Yowza, this is the first we’ve heard of these showing up!

 


 

Hasbro Releases AOTC Prices, More to Press
February 19, 2002 | 12:39 AM EST | Adam

In this press release on Hasbro’s Star Wars Page, the company names several of its upcoming products as well as rough retail prices and tons (AND TONS) of previously unnamed figures. Some highlights:

The CD ROM figures shown earlier are showing up in the new assortments, just like Hasbro said they would. Darth Vader (Bespin Duel) and Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel) are both listed and arer the only figures on the list obviously derived from the original trilogy. Also, the SRP on the figures is now $5.99-$6.99, meaning there will most likely be no price increase this time around. And this is indeed most welcome.

MicroMachines Action Fleet Vehicles are listed as making a return, although only three ships are listed: the Falcon, the X-Wing, and the TIE Fighter (not Darth’s TIE, but this could be an oversight on their part.)

Star Wars Unleashed will be around $15 each and around 7-inches tall. And the Republic Gunship will only be $40, so everything coming out this time seems a heck of a lot cheaper.

 


 

The Winner Is
February 18, 2002 | 9:00 AM EST | Bill

The winner of our Ultarama giveaway drawing is Mark Nelson. Congratulations Mark!!!

To enter our next drawing for an Ultarama click here. Remember, to be eligible to win, you can only enter once per drawing, and you must include your name, address, and Email. Good Luck!!!!!

 


 

Q&A Update
February 18, 2002 | 2:44 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice, Yakface.com’s very own forum for questions and pie recipies, has been updated with everything that makes it what it is. Including more potshots at BoShek. Read and enjoy, kids!

 


 

Jundlandwastes LEGO Jedi Starfighter Contest
February 17, 2002 | 1:42 PM EST | John

My good friend Chris from Jundlandwastes.com would like us here at Yak to alert everyone that he’s giving away a LEGO Jedi Starfighter! The rules? You must submit an image of your custom Lego Star Wars creation, and the best one wins. Nice and simple! These as-of-yet unreleased Starfighters, (some are being found now and again, but they are still officially unreleased), are nice little items, and the chance to have one now is enough to make me dig out the ol’ colored blocks and start building. The deadline for entries will be Saturday, March 2nd at midnight EST. Good luck to all!

 


 

Racer Revenge For PS2 Released!
February 17, 2002 | 12:24 PM EST | John



LucasArts has finally released the long-anticipated “Star Wars – Racer Revenge”for the Playstation 2, the follow-up game that continues where “Star Wars – Racer” left off! Also, in what I think a very generous offer, LucasArts is offering a freebie to all those who order from the LucasArts Store. The blurb on the official page goes like this;

“Star Wars Racer Revenge Available Now!
LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC is pleased to announce that Star Wars Racer Revenge (PlayStation®2) is now available! You can get your copy at the LucasArts Company Store or a fine retailer near you. Order from the Company Store today and receive Star Wars®: Episode I The Phantom Menace® for PlayStation FREE, plus FREE shipping & handling!”

So, if you want to get this awesome title, head on over and grab it! 2-for-1 ain’t bad these days, especially from a site offering free shipping for a new title.

 


 

Zutton Variant?
February 17, 2002 | 12:15 PM EST | John



Yak-Fan “theron” writes us to let us know that he’s found a variant on the new Zutton figure. He writes;

I found this last night and thought it might be a real variation. A Wal-mart in Dallas had several cases of the zutton wave (all for .75 @ – which was really great). I noticed that some of the snaggletooth heads were light tan colored plastic with flesh colored paint ops and some were a darker tan plastic with small amounts of darker paint ops. What leads me to believe that this is a running variation is that all of the darker ones (8 total) were on a 13441 date stamp. The lighter ones were all (8 total) on 13231 and earlier date stamps.

Thanks “theron”! Anyone else notice this?

 


 

Steep Wal-Mart POTJ Discounts
February 17, 2002 | 12:07 PM EST | John

Yak-reader “Jason” has written us, along with a few other isolated reports in the past few days, that basic POTJ figures are being found at Wal-Mart for anywhere between 25-75 cents each. Good luck on the hunt for this steep discount, because at 25 cents, that 32 figures for $8.36! If anyone else has found deals like this, or can provide a scanned receipt, let us know! The best part? The figures being found at this price have included the Zutton and FX-7 wave!

 


 

Free Toy Fair Vader
February 16, 2002 | 9:11 PM EST | Bill

That’s right– no auction, no sales, just a totally free Toy Fair Exclusive Darth Vader. Chris at The Jawa is giving his AWAY!!!!! (OK well not totally for nothing you do have to expend some effort and enter the Jawa’s latest contest). To enter click here. Good Luck.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Gets Star Wars, Jr.
February 16, 2002 | 9:23 AM EST | Mark

Entertainment Earth received some Star Wars, Jr. sets. They have a limited quantity of the newest assortment

All In One Adventures Asst. 1 (Item# HS2651A, $70.99)

More on the final count once they send us the info.

 


 

LEGO Episode II Jedi Starfighter Found
February 16, 2002 | 9:20 AM EST | Mark

Chris over at Jundlandwastes.com found a bunch of the Starfighters at his local LEGO outlet today in Northern Virginia. Pics and more on his page.

 


 

An Out Of The Ordinary Listing.
February 13, 2002 | 10:44 PM EST | Mark

We typically are against posting collections up for sale. This one however stikes me as interesting. For someone like me that never got into the 12″ figures and seeing the new 12″ for Ep2 and you thought about trying to catch up. This auction has EVERY 12″ figure from 1995, including store exclusives. The set is loose and complete. Check it out if you are interested. I was surprised to see that there are 127 figures. Man that is a lot.

 


 

E.T. – The Second Coming…..
February 13, 2002 | 10:31 PM EST | Mark

In the latest EW magazine, this is a small tidbit about the upcoming E.T. re-release. I found this amusing. “America’s favorite squat, cuddly alien with bad skin is back – and no, we’re not talking about ALF. DIgitally cleaned (and sanitized of firearms), the new print will feature never-before-seen, which we hope will help explain E.T.’s presence in the Galactic Senate of Star Wars: Episode 1.

 


 

D&S Sci-Fi Toy World Newsfeed
February 13, 2002 | 7:20 PM EST | Adam

D&S Sci-Fi Toy World has just revamped their website and they now have the Eeth Koth and FX-7 waves of figures back in stock.

 


 

Sci-Fi Con in Plano, TX: Feb. 23-24
February 13, 2002 | 7:17 PM EST | Adam

Sci-Fi Expo is putting on another one of their expo/toy shows in Texas on February 23-24. Of interest to Star Wars fans…

Peter Mayhew: Chewbacca
Ian Liston: Wes Janson
Paul Blake: Greedo

The show boasts 150 tables of collectibles, and more information can be found at www.scifiexpo.com.

 


 

FLASH: Dark Horse to Reprint Marvel’s Run
February 13, 2002 | 6:11 PM EST | Adam

Comics fans, rejoice!

This article on the official site lists Dark Horse’s upcoming line-up and one of the new additions is a 336-page tome chock full of recolored classic Marvel Star Wars books due out this June!

Entitled Star Wars: A Long Time Ago…, this new series “will collect every Marvel Comics story in eight trade paperback volumes.” The original Marvel run (in the United States, at least) spanned 107 regular issues and three “annuals” as well as a pair of books based on the old Ewoks and Droids cartoons and a mini-series for Return of the Jedi. It’s unlikely, however, that the ‘toon books or the movie adaptations will be making the cut for this new series, which reduces the number of issues that will most likely be collected in this series to 95. (Heck, that’s still a whole bunch.)

This first volume should be of particular interest to fans because of a giant green carnivorous rabbit named Jaxxon which, legend has it, was suggested to Marvel’s creative team by none other than George Lucas. The cost of this first book in this collection and its specific contents are still unknown.

Some fans might recognize the name of the series: in 1999, Dark Horse reprinted some classic titles in six-part miniseries of black-and-white reproductions Marvel reissues. Since these were a little hard to come by, well, the series will be new to most of us. (Unless you read the books from 1977-1985.)

The official site also lists May’s line-up: Jango Fett- Open Seasons #2, Attack of the Clones #3 & #4, and Star Wars #42.

 


 

2002 Exclusives from 2001
February 13, 2002 | 3:34 AM EST | Adam

Word from the Hasbro Toy Fair room has it that the TIE Bomber, damaged Snowspeeder, and AT-ST/Speederbike combo have been shipped to their respective retaillers and should show up in the next month or so. Keep those eyes peeled!

 


 

Q&A Update
February 13, 2002 | 3:31 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice, our regular Q&A feature, has been updated for your amusement. Enjoy!

 


 

Darkside Dioramas Joins Jawa.com
February 12, 2002 | 8:20 PM EST | Bill

Those scavengers over at The Jawa have just announced that they have scavenged the dark side. Darkside dioramas is now hosted at The Jawa click here for more.

 


 

Toyfair 2002: New Image Page
February 12, 2002 | 4:46 PM EST | Adam

For the convinience of our readers, we moved all of our Toyfair 2002 coverage to a new page. It’s a little rough now, but all the images are there, as well as some great new information you might not have heard elsewhere yet.

 

 


 

Toyfair 2002 Exclusive Vader
February 12, 2002 | 10:33 AM EST | Mark

URGENT: Just spoke with Hasbro about the figure and I have been told that this figure WILL BE available at the Fan Club and will most likely be in the same packaging. So I would recommend that if you have placed a bid on any of the ones that have shown up on EBAY, to retract that bid. Don’t overpay for something you will be able to get soon enough. THIS IS CONFIRMED!!!!!

Also, many thanks to SSG for posting his on EBAY. Way to help out the collectors. Always on the lookout he is…..

 


 

25th Anniversary Set at Amazon
February 12, 2002 | 8:53 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock Amazon.com has all three 25th Anniversary two-packs for the price of $16.99 each.
Vader & Ben
Han & Chewy
Luke & Leia

 


 

Toyfair 2002 and The After Effects….
February 12, 2002 | 8:16 AM EST | Mark

We apologize for the delay in the site over the past day. Our site has been disrupted for many reasons. One of which I need to address. If you currently have a website that is posting DIRECT links to our site, PLEASE PULL THEM DOWN! Just post a link to the page and send them to look at the images. I do not like writing these posts, nor should I have to. I thank you for your time, look forward to a post from me about my thoughts on Toyfair 2002 and my reaction to the latest exclusive figure….

 


 

TOY FAIR 2001 Star Wars Yakface Coverage 
February 10, 2002 | 1:41 PM EST | John

In the next hour or so, we here at Yak will be posting highlights of Episode II coverage direct from Toy Fair 2002 with images that are only hours old! Stay tuned and keep checking back! Some good stuff coming that we’ve been literally waiting years for!!!

 


 

eBay: Episode I Opee Buddies Auction
February 9, 2002 | 6:59 PM EST | Adam

An unproduced Opee Sea Killer plush toy is up for grabs on eBay and ends tomorrow. It’s a pretty neat looking item, and only the second time I’ve seen one (possibly the same one) up for sale. It’s currently $199.99 with no bids, but even if you don’t have the money for this one, it’s really something neat to see.

 


 

Tantive IV Arriving At Celebration II
February 9, 2002 | 4:53 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Michael Fright– shipwright of the Tantive IV:

“Here is an E-mail I just received from Jeanette Keblish, Sales & Marketing Manager of the Celebration II.

Hi Michael, we are looking for a spot to park the trailer and model outside the convention center. It is looking very promising. In fact it is a 95% done deal so with that in mind we were hoping you would be able to have it in Indy before Thursday 5/2 at 10 am. We are hoiping to stage a media event with your model and the 501st legion of Stormtroopers. What do you think the possibility of you being able to be there with your model by that time?”

 


 

e-Bay Star Wars Weirdness…
February 9, 2002 | 1:22 AM EST | John



I’ve been alerted to some items on e-Bay, (no, not Episode II stuff… directly), and both are cool and weird at the same time. The irony of it all? They’re both naked to some degree. Yes, folks, N-A-K-E-D. These 2 people do not know each other and are not connected. Talk about coincidence! Still, they look good.

The first auction we were alerted to was a garage-kit Yoda. This one can kind of be spoilerish if you’re really trying to stay away from everything, so beware. In lieu of the circumstance, I won’t tell much about it, but believe me, it’s weird.

The second one is a custom Jana Fett. No folks, that’s right, JANA Fett. It’s a custom 12″ of Boba Fett’s sister. Miss anything in the EU? I don’t think so! This item is totally the brain-child of one “quad-cats”, e-Bay user. This one’s a bit racy, so beware…

After seeing this lot, I think I may need a little “lie-down” somewhere… Seriously guys, good custom work, keep it up!

 


 

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast Trailer At LucasArts.com
February 9, 2002 | 12:54 AM EST | John


LucasArts has posted a trailer for the new game Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcastslated for release March 2002. Some good stuff there, so check it out!

 


 

Toy Fair Preview
February 8, 2002 | 6:53 PM EST | Adam

Reader Thomas had this to share:

“I’m sure they’ll will be much better pictures in the coming days, but I thought I would let you guys know that the Seattle Times Business (2/8/02) section had a couple of photos from the Toy Fair preview, with one including pics of a 3 3/4″ Orn Free Ta, Jango Fett & what looked like Sae Sae Tinn. Sorry no scanner to send the photos.”

Thanks, Thomas!

 


 

Clones Cards Unveiled
February 8, 2002 | 6:46 PM EST | Adam

The Official Site has posted a feature on the new cards, with checklists of promos, chase, and other fine kinds of cards for your amusement.

The cards are set for release on April 23.

 


 

Q&A Friday Update
February 8, 2002 | 5:25 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated yet again, and my eyes feel like they’re going to pop out of my head so it’s time for bed. Read ye the questions and send in some more for next week’s award-winning updates!

 


 

Deluxe Assrt. 2 @ Amazon
February 7, 2002 | 8:16 PM EST | Mark

If you are still looking for:

Deluxe Amanaman $11.99
Deluxe Slave Leia w/ Cannon $11.99

Both are in stock at Amazon.com

 


 

EE Newsfeed: The Game Of Life Preorders
February 7, 2002 | 4:32 PM EST | Adam

…and on the previous post’s note, here’s a newsfeed from Entertainment Earth:

“You can pre-order the new Star Wars Game of Life at Entertainment Earth today!

Game of Life – A Jedi’s Path (Item# HG41491, $23.99)

 


 

The Game Of Life – A Jedi’s Path 
February 7, 2002 | 12:05 PM EST | John

StarWars.com has posted another tidbit of upcoming Episode II merchandise. Remember the old Game of Life boardgame? Well, it’s coming back with a small twist. In the tradition of Star Wars MonopolyThe Game of Life takes a classic board game and works Star Wars mythology into it. You start life as a Padawan, and collect skill tiles along the way, and hope to end up a Jedi… I always wanted to retire and spend my golden years in the “Rodian Roadhouse for The Retired Reckless Jedi”. Okay, maybe not. But check out the official site for an image of the game box and more information on the game itself.

 


 

Jedi Knight II Screenshots @ XGR.Com
February 7, 2002 | 1:47 AM EST | John

XGR.Com has posted a couple pretty tempting screen-shots of Jedi Knight II; Jedi Outcast. Also there you will find a plethora of information about the game including a Q&A session with Brett Tosti, one of the game producers. Jedi Knight II; Jedi Outcast is due out this spring with a definite release date still pending.

 


 

Star Wars Stratego On The Way, Preorders
February 6, 2002 | 3:33 PM EST | Adam

The Official Site posted a preview of the upcoming game, which is astoundingly still a board game. If this is the first of many Stratego facelifts, ala Monopoly, it’s still unknown.

Yak Sponsor Entertainment Earth is taking preorders for the product. Click here for details.

The new game is due in/around March.

 


 

Niubniub’s “Blueprints” Section Revealed!
February 6, 2002 | 12:07 PM EST | John

Think you don’t have the skills to create your own Diorama? Well, there are no more excuses! Now it’s easier then ever to bring a piece of Niubniub home. The Blueprints Section works in conjunction with Niubniub’s Download Section to help you more easily recreate the same Dioramas you see here on my site. Just save them on to your desktop, print, trace, cut and assemble your foamcore. Then, download the appropriate decals (from Niubniub’s Download Section) print and apply. Instant Diorama! Niubniub has really outdone himself this time. This guy does some excellent work, so if you haven’t seen his page, check it out. He’s making this as easy as possible to introduce fans to the wonderful world of Star Wars diorama making, and his newest section is proof. Kudos Niubniub! I’ll be over later to download some of your good stuff… Hoth is calling… Again, to visit his newest Blueprints section, click here!

 


 

Team Yak Will Be At Toy Fair
February 6, 2002 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

We will have a team attending Toy Fair in New York this weekend. Check back for the scoop on Hasbro’s Star Wars offerings.

 


 

Decipher Offers Free CCG’s/TCG’s
February 6, 2002 | 1:25 AM EST | John

Decipher is currently making a generous offer on their website. For a limited time, when you buy a display box of any Decipher Star Wars CCG/TCG product from your local retailer you’ll get a free display box directly from Decipher for just the cost of shipping and handling. Not too shabby for those looking to build a bit of a collection without all the cash. You may want to check out the offer at their official website for complete details. Thanks to “wookieeater” for the heads-up!

 


 

Pegwarmer Giving Away Figure Trio!
February 6, 2002 | 1:02 AM EST | John

Pegwarmer.com is holding a give-away for a Cold Weather Obi-Wan, Jedi Training Qui-Gon and Sith Apprentice Maul. To enter for these figures simply post once in the Forums between now and this Friday! Good luck to all who enter!

 


 

IGN Posts AOTC Gameboy Advance Images
February 6, 2002 | 12:19 AM EST | John


IGN.Com has posted some interesting screenshots of the “AOTC” Nintendo Gameboy Advance game coming this spring in conjunction with the release of the movie! Hop on over to check out the article and see these new images. Thanks to “ysalamiri13” for the tip!

 


 

AOTC Novel Preview At StarWars.com
February 6, 2002 | 12:08 AM EST | John


The Official Star Wars Site has posted a nice new juicy bit about the movie adaptation for Attack Of The Clones that describes a little more of the storyline that what the average non-spoiler enthusiast would have in their head as common knowledge. So, if you’re really sensative, stay away, yadda yadda, you know the drill. Otherwise, head on over.

 


 

Another Fine Give-away At Jedi Aries
February 5, 2002 | 11:54 PM EST | John

Darth Agiline and the Aliens at Jedi Aries’ Tattoine Alien Cantina are giving away a “POTJ Deluxe Amanaman MOMC” for the February free drawing! Please head on over and enter today! Also, The Aliens have just put up a new POLL! The POLL is in regards to Episode II! Head on over an cast your VOTE!

 


 

UK Toyfair News
February 5, 2002 | 10:59 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has just posted an exclusive TPU review from the UK Toy Fair, including some information on the WOTC TCG and RPG. The 2002 UK Toy Fair has, at time of writing this, been going for a few days now. At the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands for the second time, it has settled nicely into the new venue. With Monsters Inc. taking up pretty much every available inch of space, ‘minor’ licences such as The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars were a tad tucked away.

Still, Episode Two did feature on three stands he found on his six hour whirlwind tour of the facilities, and the atmosphere on all things Star Wars was much more positive than last year. The main points of presence for E2 were the open Wizards of the Coast stand and the closed Hasbro/Tiger stand.

Click here for more.

 


 

EE Newsfeed: Star Wars Guitar Merchandise
February 5, 2002 | 9:51 PM EST | Adam

This Just In From Entertainment Earth:


SW Nomad Boba Fett Guitar (Item # FGSWNBF, $319.99)

The Star Wars Nomad Standard Boba Fett Guitar. Officially Licensed. An on board speaker allows you to bring your music on the road without lugging your amp. Check out our entire selection of Star Wars Guitar Products.”

There are several guitars, picks, knobs, cases, and other items available with images so this is definitely something neat to see.

 


 

Q&A Tuesday Update
February 5, 2002 | 4:59 AM EST | Adam

After missing Monday because I was tired, With Every Question For Justicehas been updated with questions, answers, and a nice big tirade about how friggin’ great it is to be a fan of Star Wars toys this year. (Magnets, people… magnets!!!)

 


 

More Prototypes From 2001 Collectors Guide!
February 5, 2002 | 3:44 AM EST | John


As I promised last week, I’m posting a couple more shots from my much raved over 2001 Collectors Guide. You can order this thing from gayne@aol.com, and like I’d said before, it’s well worth it!
With the authors permission, I’m posting another couple of vintage prototypes from the book. I can’t believe how many of you wrote in saying how much you really enjoyed last weeks AT-IC feature, so we’ll keep it up for a bit. It really is a refreshing deviation from the Episode II barrage. This week I thought I’d hit the figure realm, and believe me, these are beauties! Head on over to see these in full bounty. Makes you wonder where the vintage toy line would have gone had it continued for just one more year.

 


 

Calling All Scavengers
February 4, 2002 | 9:36 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews is having their third scavenger hunt– Return of the Hunt. It started yesterday with some AWSOME prizes including Attakus statues. Click here for more.

 


 

Disney Star Wars News
February 4, 2002 | 7:55 PM EST | Bill

I’ve just gotten back from a week’s vacation at Disney World in Orlando, and have some Star Wars and can confim some rumors we’ve all been reading for a while Over a year ago we started hearing rumors that the Star Tours Ride at Disneyland in California and Disney’s MGM Grand Studio Tours was scheduled to be revised with a totally new film. I can confirm first hand that a “rehab” as Disney calls it is in the works for at least the Florida’s Star Tours. When I was on the backlot ride at MGM, which goes through a number of their departments– i.e. costuming etc– the guide made a very interesting announcement as we went through the blacklight painting room. They were working on new backgrounds for STAR TOURS. If you have any more info, send it in.

 


 

eBay: Vader on Freeze Frame Ponda Baba Card
February 4, 2002 | 5:25 PM EST | Adam

We’ve recently been made privy to this auction which shows, as far as we know, the very first public images of what would have been the Freeze Frame Ponda Baba packaging.

In 1998, Hasbro decided not to make the figure on the new package after printing up various catalogs and other materials making mention of the figure. So seeing the cardback– even with the Removable Helmet Darth Vader figure and slide on it– is a real treat. Fans of the unusual, don’t miss this one.

 


 

Vanity Fair Redux
February 4, 2002 | 5:16 PM EST | Adam

Magazine Vanity Fair will be publishing another round of Annie Lebovitz’ photography, this time for Attack of the Clones. The Anakin/Padme cover and a quick blurb about the upcoming issue is posted at the official site, so check it out!

 


 

Lego Preview: Technic Super Battle Droid
February 4, 2002 | 2:11 PM EST | Adam

After this weekend’s glut of new imagery hitting the web, Lego has added another to the mix: the upcoming Technic Super Battle Droid. Check it out at Lego.com. The set will be available this May, so says the site.

Perceptive Bionicle junkies may have noticed the set incorporates recolored pieces from the recently released Tahnok (hands) and Tahnok Va (head) sets in addition to the usual compliment of parts.

 


 

DeathStarPlans.com Holds 1st Give-Away!
February 4, 2002 | 1:26 AM EST | John

DeathStarPlans.com has informed us at Yak that they are holding their first give-away! They write;

“Deathstarplans.com is having its first ever
“Give-Away”. We are giving away a free Episode 1
Tatooine Darth Maul w/ the rare black vest variation
MOC. The black vested Darth Mauls were the hardest to
find, in fact almost impossible to locate. Here is you
chance to get this one for free. Anyone can enter!”

If you haven’t been there, check it out! They offer a very nicely put-together page, and are most definitely a welcome addition amongst the Star Wars Collecting Community. But hey, while you’re there, register for that Maul!

 


 

Artoosnews.com Holds Custom “Spoof” Contest
February 3, 2002 | 12:20 PM EST | John

Maybe you’re a big Space Balls fan, or Hardware Wars has always made you crack a smile. Whatever spoof is you’re favorite, be prepared to get creative. Have a favorite Star Wars Spoof or Parody, that you always wanted to make a character from? Well nows your chance to do it, and maybe win a cool prize. Be creative. Be original. But most of all be fun!
Head on over to the site for the official rules of the contest, and where to send pictures of your custom “spoof” figures. Good luck!

 


 

More On Episode II & e-Bay…
February 3, 2002 | 1:35 AM EST | John

There’s something that’s been building in me for a few days, and I feel I must address our fine readers about this e-Bay situation. If you’re not interested, please scan down to the next article.

Still here? Good! First off I’d like to sincerely thank all of our great readers that scan e-Bay with a fine-tooth comb to report to us about all the Episode II action figure auctions. It really is appreciated and is a great service to all the readers of our page and the Star Wars collecting community. Thank you!

What I’ve been noticing, especially in the past couple of days, is the apparent greed that has been hitting e-Bay with total reckless abandon. However, I’m glad to see that most of you are staying away. I can see the first couple sets of these things selling out at high prices, but to continue trying to sell these as-of-yet unreleased action figures for prices in excess of $500 for 8 figures is insanity topped only by the person paying it. These are plastic toys when it comes right down to it, folks, that will be in stores within weeks. Please, don’t jump on the “gotta-have-it” bandwagon and pay seriously overinflated prices for these toys when you can have them in a little while for a fraction of what these, (and let’s call them what they are), SCALPERS are trying to get for them. This is nothing more than a ploy of greed, and I hope that all of you will be smart enough to not be a party to it.

It seemed like one person got the shipment of cases early, figured, “What the heck, I’ll try them on e-Bay. What’s the worst that could happen?”, and then after others in the same situation saw what they were going for they did the same. $500 for 8 figures. That one killed me. Do the math folks, that’s $62.50 per figure. I could see for vintage, but not for something that’s probably going to be a peg-warmer by August through over-production. Can we say “The Phantom Menace“?

Please, fine readers, don’t patronize these greedy folks, I implore you. All you will be doing is showing them that if, (after the films release with accompanying subsequent assortments), they can make it to the store before you, you’ll pay what they ask on e-Bay. That’s what makes it so frustrating when you go into Wal-Mart and can’t find the latest assortment of figures because some fool walked in moments before so he could purchase the five cases just put out and toss them on e-Bay. Any comments would be welcome. Thanks for listening folks.

 


 

Episode II Lego Images
February 3, 2002 | 12:59 AM EST | John

From Bricks To Bothans has posted a very large image of upcoming Episode IILego sets that are due out in a couple months. These things look great, emulating the quality that you’ve come to expect from Star Wars Lego sets. Kudos to the creators! These carry the same generic spoiler warning as all posts referring to images associated with Episode II, so be wary if you’re sensative. Otherwise, enjoy!

 


 

Big Update @ StarconstruX!
February 2, 2002 | 1:05 PM EST | John

The german based internet site StarconstruX has updated their site with a download area. You will find there more than 50 custom made cards for action figures from Thorsten Heiss. Another new feature is the 360-degree turn of the custom made figures. You have now the possibility to view the figures as an animated .GIF from all sides and of course you will find some new figures for example General Veers, Doalyn from Jabba’s palace, and Senator Palpatine from Episode II. Click here to check them out!

 


 

More Episode II Show Up On e-Bay
February 2, 2002 | 12:59 PM EST | John

Now the two initial Deluxe figures have been placed up for auction on e-Bay. They are (highlight to read) Mace Windu with blast-apart battle droid, andJango Fett with removable armor. They look pretty decent, but you can see that they’re made as core-charachters for the primary market. And those prices! Wow! Looks like someone needs to take a “reality check” pill. Although, I’m sure someone will purchase them. Click here to see the auctions.

 


 

JediChris.net 25th Anniversary 2-packs Give-away
February 2, 2002 | 1:02 AM EST | John

Still need these sets? You’re in luck! That is, someone will be in luck.JediChris.net’s newest give-away is for the three 25th Anniversary 2-packs this time around, so head over for details of how to enter the drawing for these cool sets. Good luck to all who enter, and thanks to Chris, (who else?) fromJediChris.net for informing us of his contest!

 


 

Star Wars Kids Offers E-Valentines!
February 2, 2002 | 12:50 AM EST | John

StarWarsKids.com came up with a cute little idea of making e-valentine cards for kids that are of the Star Wars persuasion to send to each other. For the adult collector it means moreover that we can see some new images of the upcoming May film! Click here to check these out, and hey, send one to someone you love… *ahem* We now return you to news that doesn’t make you nautious…

 


 

Topps Episode II Promo Cards Revealed
February 2, 2002 | 12:41 AM EST | John


Autograph Central has posted some nice big images of Episode II Promo cards coming from Topps. There are only the three of them up, set Promo Cards P1, P2, P3, and the generalized back of the card telling about the flick, but they look pretty nice from what we can see. Check them out, if you dare. Not too much on the spoiler level with these, (like the one above, it offers nothing more than the official site has confirmed so far, visually that is), but if you’re super-sensative, just steer clear. Thanks goes to “Grand Moff X” for the heads-up on this one!

 


 

Nobletoy Auctions More Episode II Figures
February 1, 2002 | 1:35 PM EST | John

This time, Nobletoy has six of the “Collection 2” figures up for auction on e-Bay! I won’t list them here, because, as always, they’re spoilers for a bit yet. But you can click here to go directly to the auction listing. Remember folks, don’t pay an outrageous price just to own them first. In the long run, when everybody’s got them, will it really matter? Just my five-cents worth of free advice there.

 


 

Lego Republic Gunship Images
February 1, 2002 | 12:22 PM EST | Adam

Interested in seeing some of the new Droids and other minifigs that come with the ship? Well, head on over to StarWars.com and take a gander at the preview. It looks like a fairly big set, and since it shows new characters, don’t go if you don’t want to see them.

 


 

Nobletoys Has The Episode II Action Figure Images!
February 1, 2002 | 9:38 AM EST | John

Nobletoys, (the ones who had the Episode II toys up for auction yesterday), now has the images posted right on their site with greater clarity. Click here to see these soon-to-be wide release figures! Along with that, they also, (in a non-spoiler flavor), have carded images of BoShek, Teebo, and R4-M9.

UPDATE – The images, (along with the entire website), seem to be having a down-time. This is more than likely due to exceeding bandwidth with everyone trying to view these juicy images all at once. More on this as we get it.

January 2002 Archive

Episode II Previews On Lego Site
January 31, 2002 | 11:15 AM EST | John

Lego’s Star Wars Page has posted two pretty nifty images of the upcoming (highlight to read spoilers) Jango Fett’s Slave I with Jango Fett and Boba Fett figures, and The Jedi Starfighter with Obi-Wan figure. They are presented in Shockwave, so you can spin these suckers around, zoom in, zoom out, eat them with apple-butter, etc. Pretty nice looking! Click on over to see them in all their colored-block glory.

 


 

Set of 8 Episode II Figures on e-Bay?!?
January 31, 2002 | 11:07 AM EST | John

Yes, it’s true… These two auction are based in Hong Kong, and it sounds like they’re actually “in hand”. Doesn’t make much difference now because they’re both sold, but they guy has posted images of all 8 figures carded! To see both of these, click here or here. Major spoilers lie ahead, so beware as usual.

 


 

Q&A Update
January 31, 2002 | 12:00 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with 10 questions and answers… want to know which Jedi Council members are returning for the prequel sequel? So do we. But we’ve got a complete-as-we-can-make-it answer for ya in today’s update, and more!

 


 

More “in-hand” Figures on e-Bay
January 30, 2002 | 1:21 PM EST | John

Droid figures Imperial “RM-49” and Episode II “R3-T7” (R3-T7 is an Episode II spoiler, folks, so beware!) have also appeared on e-Bay in the last 24 hours, so if you’re feeling plucky, click here to see them. These figures are claimed to be “in-hand”, so it seems like it should be Ok, but check out the location before bidding. These puppies would be coming from Singapore which will be more shipping for Air. And please people, just a footnote, but never accept Surfaceshipping from other countries. It can take up to 8-12 weeks.

 


 

Fan Club Figure Deals!
January 30, 2002 | 11:48 AM EST | John

“Jedichirp” alerts us to some deals happening over at the Star Wars Fan Club Site. They include;

Luke in Bacta Tank – $6.99
Deluxe Darth Maul – $6.99
Assorted various POTJ and POTF figures – $1.99-$3.99.

Not too shabby, especially for the 2 deluxe figures that were only released a couple of months ago. Get there before stock depletes!

 


 

Keep An Eye On K-Mart
January 30, 2002 | 11:41 AM EST | John

Yak-reader “Hurricane” makes an nice little find, and an astute assumption;

“The now-ancient R2-Q5 wave arrived at my local Kmart within the past few days, which leads me to believe that their distribution centers are probably scraping the bottom of the warehouse looking for something to send out in light of the recent Chapter 11 situation… looks like Kmart might yield some interesting finds in the weeks ahead…. thought you might find it interesting.”

We certainly did, and thanks for the input. He’s right, as they get to the bottom of the proverbial barrel, well, I wouldn’t be surprised to find a few odds-and-ends here and around. Also, if they’re overstocked on POTJ’s, watch for closeout on them. It’s funny to say, but K-Mart actually, (and I’ve been told this by higher-ups), starts stocking for Christmas around March. That means the old has to go to make place for the new, and in this case, Episode II items. Good luck!

 


 

Jedi Dex Unveiled On Hasbro.com
January 30, 2002 | 11:29 AM EST | John

Hasbro.com is highlighting another new Episode II toy on it’s site today, this time not being action figure oriented. It’s called the Jedi Dex, (being a word-play on index I guess), and it actually looks kind of snazzy. They claim that the Jedi Dex is a small electronic encyclopedia that contains information on characters, droids, alien species, vehicles, and weapons from Episode II. Also, it includes information and graphic images of over 60 characters and paraphenalia from the original Trilogy. Functions on this thing also include an organizer, an address book, alarm clock, scheduler, calculator, personal lists, trivia game. To read more on this little item Hasbro is putting out through Tiger Electronics, click here. Looks neat, but I have visions of this thing being $30+ when it comes out in late April, and by July it’ll be sitting with the Electronic Pod Race Game from Episode I… you know, the one with the “exclusive” Anakin figure? Uh-huh.

 


 

Sith Apprentice Maul (Armored) Returns
January 30, 2002 | 12:00 AM EST | Adam

A quartet of figures were “accidentally” shipped to stores as Episode II preview figures courtesy of a vendor screw-up or a way to unload old stock. As a result, comic shops and stores in the Media Play/Suncoast/Sam Goody family have received…

• Darth Maul (Sith Apprentice [armor])
• Obi-Wan Kenobi (Cold Weather Gear)
• Aurra Sing
• Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Training)

Since they’re coming through distributors like Diamond, they’re gonna cost a little more– around $9 where we’ve seen them– but they’re going to be around if you need them.

 


 

AOTC eBay Auctions: Buyer Beware!
January 29, 2002 | 8:22 PM EST | Adam

With all the auctions up on eBay lately advertising the AOTC preview figures as “in-hand,” take special care to look for the phrase “presell” hidden in the auction text. Many of the auctions I’ve seen claim to have the four figures available now, yet will not ship for a month or more and often do not have any images, meaning that your $50 bid might make you one of the first people to get these figures… after you had the chance to see them in Toys “R” Us.

With that in mind, people like this seller (the guy we mentioned earlier) has three of the four up now, with some very nice images of the figures in their packages.

Considering these should be widely available by the end of March, be sure to read the fine print of these auctions… there’s nothing worse than paying a premium to get something early only to have to end up waiting anyway.

 


 

Star Wars All-In-One Adventure Images
January 29, 2002 | 1:25 PM EST | John

Rebelscum has posted images of the Playschool Star Wars All-In-One Adventure carded sets of the X-Wing and the Naboo Fighter. Check them out, they look pretty sweet!

 


 

Episode II Preview Toys Start To Leak
January 29, 2002 | 1:06 PM EST | John

I was casually browsing around e-Bay, and lo and behold I ran across these auctions. It seems that the Episode II Preview figures are starting to dribble out to the secondary market. If that’s the case, it’s only a matter of time before they hit the retail chains!

 


 

Prototype Images From 2001 Collectors Guide!
January 29, 2002 | 2:11 AM EST | John


Just for a bit of eye-candy for all our faithful Yak-readers, I got permission from the creators of the 2001 Collectors Guide, (which is still available throughgayne@aol.com for $13.99 shipped), to post some of their many cool prototype images in the book for all our Yakkers to see! Click here to see the full size of the image above along with a bit of a description of what might have been. I know it’s different, but it’s a bit of a deviation from all the Episode II news, and a little something different. Enjoy!

 


 

Toy Fair UK Report
January 28, 2002 | 12:30 PM EST | John

Faithful Yak-reader “MattYUK” has sent us a full report from the UK Toy Fair, happening from January 26th Through the 30th in England. His listing is as spoiler-ific (is that a word?) as you can get, so highlight to read. It fills in the holes that were sent in the report a few posts below from yesterday. Highlight to read;

Zam Wesell
Padme Amidala (Arena Escape)
Anakin Skywalker (Outland Peasant Disguise)
Jango Fett
Battle Droid
Super Battle Droid
Boba Fett (standard and deluxe)
Tusken Raider w/child
C-3PO (with attachable coverings)
R2-D2
Taua We
Orn Free Ta
Shaak Ti
Mace Windu
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Coruscant Chase)
Count Dooku
Padme
The Reek
Vehicles for the 3-3/4″ figures included Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter, Slave 1 (with new paint job), Anakin’s speeder and Zam Wesell’s Speeder. The new Star Wars Unleashed series was present, as were a bunch of electronic games and toys. Both Anakin’s and Count Dooku’s full-size light sabres were there to be played with, along with 12″ figures of Anakin, Obi-Wan and Clone Trooper.
Most impressive (unbelievably) was the Episode II Monopoly set! Why? Well, the box, the board and the cards all featured real spoiler material I’d never seen before such as pics of the Jedi Library, Yoda brandishing a light sabre, Clone Troopers in action. Republic Gunships, Dooku’s Solar Sail and more.

Thank you “MattYUK”! Anyone else have anything to add, like images/pictures? If you do, don’t be afraid to send them in!

 


 

LEGO Preview: Jedi Starfighter
January 28, 2002 | 11:36 AM EST | John

The Official Site has images posted of the new 138-piece Jedi Starfighter from Episode II. They’re claiming that Lego fans “don’t have to wait too long for their first Episode II set”. Hmmm, does this mean that Legos are on a different release schedule from Hasbro’s stringent rules? Click on over to see this beauty!

 


 

eBay Prototype Round-Up
January 28, 2002 | 6:17 AM EST | Adam

Fans looking for nifty prototype Star Wares on eBay can be treated to the following this week…

Unproduced Rancor from Illusive Concepts
An alternate piece from Illusive, who did make a different Rancor maquette. Here, he’s seen bursting through a wall. Cool stuff.

Chewbacca (Dejarik) Unreleased CommTech Chip
This item is notable because it’s one of the unproduced chips that was to have “twice the speech.” This auction is especially cool because it has a .wav file with the chip’s sounds on it.

POTF2 Carbonite Prototype
This preproduction piece is actually different than the one released around the Shadows of the Empire era. Worth a look.

 


 

Q&A Update
January 28, 2002 | 5:44 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with new questions, answers, and information on how you can rescue the president from ninjas. Enjoy!

 


 

Not as clumsy or random as a blaster… Jedigear.com!
January 28, 2002 | 12:13 AM EST | John

Once in a while I find a page I like to highlight on Yakface. Whether it be a small homepage, or a big business. This one seems to fall somewhere in the middle.
We all like to go to conventions and toy shows, and we all know that some of us like to dress up as our favorite charachter. Well, if you ever tried to build your own lightsaber, you know how tedious it can be trying to find parts. Look no further!
Jedigear.com has a load of stuff for sale for the aspiring Jedi! All kinds of add-on parts are available for those of us who just start with a chrome pipe from Home Depot, or are lucky enough to secure a greyflex flash. These guys have decent prices, and are really impressive… most impressive. Check them out!

 


 

Episode II Figure List
January 27, 2002 | 11:47 PM EST | John

Coming from an aquaintence of mine known only as Jedifire, is a total list of Episode II figures that will be out on April 23. This is spoiler material, so highlight to read;


Zam Wesell – Jango Fett – Battle Droid – Super-Trooper – Captain Typho – Boba Fett – Tusken Raider – Battle Droid – Senator Segat – Geonosian – Plo Koon – Senator Jar Jar – Taua We – Nikto – Dexter Jettster – Sasee Tiin – Luminaria – Supreme Chancellor Palpatine – Cantina Alien – Qui-Gon Jinn – Rebel Officer – Mastiff Droid – Orn Free Ta – Fans Choice III (Ephant Mon) – Yellow Astromech – Pod Racer – Shaak Ti – Mace Windu – Obi-Wan Kenobi

Sounds like some classic stuff thrown in as well, but for the most part it’s all going to be Episode II. Complying with Lucas’ wishes, no images accompany this article, just text. Cool nonetheless.

 


 

Official AOTC Merchandise Release Dates 
January 27, 2002 | 11:32 PM EST | John

According to SirSteve’s Guide, the official word from Hasbro is that the preview figures should not be on shelves until March 16th, no images for upcoming AOTC items should be shown until March 26th, and absolutely no AOTC merchandise, (sans the “preview” figures), should be on store shelves until April 23rd. For those of you following this in anticipation of the next midnight toy-blitz you’ll notice that the dates have changed from the original almost-official dates. For more in-depth information on this, check out Sirsteve’s article.

 


 

Image of Episode II Novelization
January 27, 2002 | 12:49 PM EST | John

Raging Dianoga has posted an excellent image of the upcoming Episode IInovelization by Ron Salvatore. Very basic look, not unlike Episode I’s original jacket. I wonder, is this one of a few different charachter covers, or is this all that will be offered? Only time will tell!

 


 

Luminous Being Are We, Not This… Lint?
January 26, 2002 | 11:27 PM EST | John

I guess I’ll thank Yoda72 for alerting us on this… auction. Folks, I’ve been around the Star Wars circuit for nigh on more years than I care to remember, but this has got to be one of the goofiest things I’ve ever seen. Barring the fact that this may be legit, it’s completely absurd. I think, moreover than the actual auction, the fact that bothers me the most is that someone actually BID on the item. But, I digress. Without further ado, click below to view an official auction for…

Mark Hamill’s Pocket Lint

Okay, you’ve been warned.

UPDATE – As reader “Dewayne M.” points out, the location is bogus. I completely overlooked this when I first visited the auction page mainly because I was overwhelmed by the sheer unbelievability of the whole sorry situation. But, to sum up, look at the location once more. It reads “Stu Pedaso, USE”. Now, sound it all together. Got it? Good. If you can’t figure it out, please don’t write and ask…

 


 

Anniversary 2-Packs
January 26, 2002 | 10:12 AM EST | Mark

These are now in-stock over at http://www.kbkids.com, although they are not cheap at $19.99. But if you are having a hard time finding them, head on over and order them. They have all three sets.

 


 

Free Ultarama Winner
January 25, 2002 | 11:46 PM EST | Bill

Tonight’s winner is Alex LiPera. Congratulations Alex, and good luck to everyone on our next drawing in 2 weeks.

 


 

Gadders.com Update
January 25, 2002 | 1:18 PM EST | John

The Ultimate Vintage Insert Resource, Gadders.com, has just been updated with the following vintage inserts:

Tri-Logo One Man Sail Skiff Instruction Sheet
Imperial Cruiser Instruction Sheet
Imperial Cruiser Sticker Sheet

If you haven’t seen this site, you should. They offer an unmatched archive of items/sheets you never thought you’d see again, all for your downloadin’ pleasure!

 


 

Free Ultarama Drawing Tonight
January 25, 2002 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill

Our next free Ultarama drawing will be tonight at 10 pm Eastern. Remember to include your name and shipping address to enter (only one entry per person, per drawing). Also remember that Ultarama is still has their trade up/trade in offer where you can save on an Ultarama display system by trading in your old figure stands!!!

 


 

The Flanneled One On Biography
January 24, 2002 | 9:49 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Stacy wrote in that A&E will have a biography on George Lucas on Sunday at 8 PM.

 


 

ET Story Follow Up
January 24, 2002 | 9:42 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader David wrote in with this summary of the ET story:
(Possible spoilers so highlight to read).

“I just watched the Entertainment Tonight footage and they reported that the images seen (the fight between Jango and Obi-Wan) can be seen tomorrow on the official website. Most of the images were new or shot at new angles (which haven’t been seen before) and it was pretty coooooool. After seeing it, my desire (which has been slipping lately) for the next movie has dramatically increased.”

Sounds good doesn’t it????!!!!

 


 

Preview Figure Image Of Mr. Fett
January 24, 2002 | 1:42 PM EST | John

No, it’s not Boba. Apparently someone got ahold of a preview figure that’s slated to hit retail in the next month or so. This could be considered a “spoiler”, so beware! But, if you want to gander at this baby, click on over to the e-Bay auction. Me? I’ll wait until I see them hit retail. When I went to this auction to report on it, it was already at $227.50! Wow! For a carded figure that’ll be out within weeks! But, still neat to look at. Just a small disclaimer; We at Yakface have nothing to do with this figure or auction, we are simply reporting it. ‘Nuff said.

 


 

Q&A Thursday Update
January 24, 2002 | 4:55 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with more questions and answers, some of which may actually be entertaining and dare I say it, informative! Take a gander, and be back next week for our next update!

 


 

12″ Scale Custom Jabba On E-Bay
January 24, 2002 | 1:33 AM EST | John

This thing is huge, and it’s up for auction! It’s a full-on 12″ scale Jabba The Hutt, and it looks BAD! (Taking that I mean “BAD” in a good sense). This is definitely one of the nicer customs I’ve seen in a while, considering that we’ve only been after Hasbro to make one of these for about 5 years now. This creation was whipped up by Todd M., who sent me the information about this auction. Good luck with the auction, Todd, and for everyone else, be sure to check out this bad boy!

 


 

Attack Of The Clones On Entertainment Tonight–Tomorrow
January 23, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Dave wrote in with this heads up: Spoiler warning so highlight to read.

“Tomorrow on Entertainment Tonight they are going to have “exclusive” behind the scenes from E2 AOTC. Some of the images that I saw included Jango Fett and Boba Fett, and Obi Wan giving a head butt to Jango in a massive fight sequence! It looks good!”

 


 

2001 Collectors Guide, Get It!
January 23, 2002 | 12:26 PM EST | John

I just received my copy of this collectors guide I highlighted last week, and I just have to say, if you didn’t order it yet, do it! This thing is incredible!!! It has loads of vintage and POTF post vintage era, including unproduced and never-before-seen toys. This guy did one heck of a bang-up job on compiling this information! It is so current that Zutton and Eeth Koth are pictured inside. How’s that for timely?

We here at Yak are getting no kick-back from this or profiting in any way, I am just that impressed by the setup of this book. Again, you can order one by writing to gayne@aol.com and asking for information on where to send payment. The book, (and I still can’t believe the value for the meager price), is only 9.99 plus 4.00 shipping. It is worth EVERY CENT. So, when you order, tell them you saw it highlighted at Yakface!

 


 

Unleashed Figure Images Unleashed!
January 23, 2002 | 12:16 PM EST | John

Hasbro has the next wave of previews up, this time being the Unleashed figures we spoke of here at Yak some months back. Pictured are Darth Maul in a blaze of red-lightsaber fury, and Jango Fett with Boba Fett. Looks like Todd McFarlane fell into the Hasbro factory and had his way with the sculpts. Check them out, it’s well worth it!

 


 

Indiana Jones IV News
January 22, 2002 | 11:39 PM EST | Adam

While not our usual focus here at Yak’s, this story at FoxNews.com was too good to pass up. Some comments from Steven Spielberg about what is presumably the final Indy movie (and the final push for merchandising) were included, most notably info on one of the returning characters. Indy fans, check it out!

 


 

Unproduced POTF2 Toy Prototypes on eBay
January 22, 2002 | 9:11 PM EST | Adam

Checking eBay this afternoon, a few notable items were discovered that might interest you.

POTF2 Remote Control Landspeeder
Item #1694282856
Originally shown in 1998, the item was given the axe along with several other products that year. This prototype has a packaging test, a painted sample of what the toy would have looked like, and of course the remote control modeled after the Special Edition Imperial Landing Craft. Well worth a look.

POTF2 Millennium Falcon Flight Controller
Item #1694282956
A follow-up to the poor selling X-Wing-On-A-Stick, this toy has surfaced a few times in various stages of production, including one alleged final packaged sample. Today, a shot of the toy only is available with a less than fully accurate description of why it was cancelled.

Star Wars Jr./Playskool Sets
Item #1694368654
Unpainted/Preproduction samples of the upcoming preschool toy sets that include the X-Wing and the Naboo Fighter. Especially nifty is the Naboo Fighter since it was cast in grey plastic.

 


 

LucasArts Games News Round-Up
January 22, 2002 | 8:57 PM EST | Adam

Some interesting announcements and news of note for all of you game fans… hope you like Jedi in your games.

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Taking place in a post-Return of the Jedi New Republic, this upcoming PC title hopes to continue in the grand tradition of Jedi Knight this April.

Jedi Starfighter
The Attack of the Clones inspired follow-up to the Xbox and PS2 gameStarfighter is coming along in development and IGN.com has a few new shots for your amusement. The title is due on the PlayStation 2 at some point in the spring. One of the neater things mentioned in the brief feature was a playable Toydarian pilot.

Knights of the Old Republic
From the people behind Baldur’s Gate comes this new PC role-playing game late this year.

Racer Revenge
The PlayStation 2 sequel to the 1999 racing game (coincidentally, the 1999 original is widely available for $19.99 or less) is due out in just a few weeks. Play as an Episode 2-era Anakin, a vengeful Sebulba, or someone else. Expect the title in your local stores on or around February 12 for around $49.99.

Starfighter PC
The Xbox and Playstation 2 title has just been released for the PC today. Check your favorite software store for the game, which should be around $39.99.

Indiana Jones ’02
GameSpot.com reports that developer The Collective will be developing the next Indy game on the PC and various home game consoles.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed: 25th Anniversary Sets
January 22, 2002 | 5:52 PM EST | Adam

From Entertainment Earth:

“25th Anniversary Sets Arrived!

Both waves of Star Wars 25th Anniversary assortments have arrived. SW 25th Anniversary Asst. 2 (Item# HS84485C, $104.99) includes 4x Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader Final Duel, 1x Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, 1x Han Solo and Chewbacca. SW 25th Anniversary Asst. 1 (Item# 84485A, $99.99) inlcudes 3x Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia and 3x Han Solo and Chewbacca.”

 


 

Hasbro Strikes Again: AOTC Lightsabers
January 22, 2002 | 5:37 PM EST | Adam

For everybody wondering if there’s a new batch of role-play toys on the horizon, Hasbro’s answered your question right here with two new weapons. One looks quite familliar, and we’re sure many of you will be pleasantly surprised with it…

 


 

Target.com Sale
January 22, 2002 | 1:05 PM EST | Mark

Star Wars Luke Skywalker 100th figure
Star Wars Sith Lords
12″ figures
now $12.44 at target.com
hurry!
Use code SORRY222 for 10% off.

Thanks to JediTrainee for the tip!!

 


 

Jedi Aries Announces New Page Features!
January 21, 2002 | 7:14 PM EST | John

Jedi Aries’ Tatooine Alien Cantina is pleased to announce the debut of two new hot sections. First, the “Custom Figure MUSEUM” features showrooms of various custom figures by loose and carded custom artists and collectors. The MUSEUM has many vacant rooms available for those who are interested in showcasing their customs. You can get to the MUSEUM by visiting the site here.
Also, the “New Figure Review Board” is now up and running as well. The board features reviews and grades for many of the latest action figures and toys by Hasbro. You can get your latest toy reviews via The Alien Cantina Forum here

 


 

Hasbro.com Has The 12″ Goods
January 21, 2002 | 12:22 PM EST | John

Hasbro.com has another preview of the upcoming Hasbro Episode II toys, this time being the first wave of 12″ figures! The first images of this threesome include Obi-Wan, Anakin, and a Clonetrooper. Spoiler alert applies for all 3 of you who are still hell-bent on not knowing anything. But for the non-spoiler-sensative, check out that Clonetrooper! And, I might add that these are done with that new Real-Scan technology, so check out the detail on the Master and Padawan’s faces! Click here to see these guys!

 


 

Q&A Update
January 21, 2002 | 3:13 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice, our long-named and sporadically updated Q&A column, has been updated with 10 all- (or mostly-) new questions and answers! Read, enjoy, and feel the love that is Star Wars flavored yogurts.

 


 

Need Army Builders???
January 20, 2002 | 8:49 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader JediJones wrote this in about his local Wal-Mart:

“My local Wal-Mart Supercenter had one section of a 4-way shelf filled with a new army builder case assortment. There were tons of dirty Biker Scouts (no clean ones, sorry guys) and Sandtroopers, and also Boomer Droids, Leia Generals, and Dagobah Vaders. This is what the assortment contains exactly according to newforcecomics.com e-mail updates:
DAGOBAH DV 2
LEIA MILITARY DRESS 2
BOOMER DAN 2
BIKER SCOUT 3
SAND TROOPER 3

That checks out with what I saw on the shelf, which was about 5 cases worth of this. Now I only wish if they can get 5 cases of these repack assortments that they would have gotten more than 1 case of the Rebel Trooper assortment, where all the army builders sold out before I got there in the morning 2 weeks ago.”

 


 

12″ Line Announced for 2002 Also Kid Play Line
January 20, 2002 | 12:33 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum is reporting the figures which will be released for Episode 2 in the 12″ playline from the Dallas Import Show. Spoiler Warning Applies. Click here to see the list of E2 12″ figures. They are also announcing that Dengar and Zuckuss with a NEW IMPERIAL OFFICER. Hasbro appears to have listened and cut the reissue of Leia disguised as Boussh!!!!

More good news. There will be a number of playsets from the kids line by playschool. Including a Millennium Falcon playset with “damaged” hyperdrive!!!Click here for more.

 


 

Hallmark Unveils 2002 Star Wars Ornaments
January 19, 2002 | 12:53 AM EST | John


The official Hallmark Site has posted three ornaments that will be joining the Star Wars Hallmark ornaments of past years, and although basic, look pretty snazzy. This coming years highligted tree-trimmers appear to all be taken fromReturn Of The Jedi, (my favorite of the four incidentally), and include Luke in black Jedi garb, Vader, (looking as menacing as ever), and the Death Star II.Click here to check them on out in all their holiday glory!

 


 

Acklay Image at StarWars.com
January 18, 2002 | 11:54 AM EST | John

Well, The Official Star Wars Site has done it again! This time they have posted an image of a beast called an “Acklay”. Spoiler material? Yes. Cool? YES.Click here to see this spidery-looking sucker!

 


 

Free Theed Hanger Battle Droids
January 17, 2002 | 10:57 PM EST | Bill

The Jawa has scavanged up yet another giveaway. This time they are giving away 10 Theed Hangar Playset Break Apart Battle Droids. They also have added a new section devoted to video games. Click here for more.

 


 

D&S Toys Has 25th Anniversary 2-Packs
January 17, 2002 | 4:27 PM EST | John


D&S Toys has just gotten a fresh new batch of all three 25th Anniversary 2-packs for your purchasing pleasure! Click here to visit these guys for these awesome new sets!

 


 

Attack Of The Clones Deluxe Figure Images
January 17, 2002 | 11:15 AM EST | John

StarWars.com has again posted something new coming from Hasbro for the new film. This time it’s in the form of four new deluxe figures. Click here to see these new puppies, but remember, these are firmly entrenched in spoiler-country.

 


 

StarWarsKids.com Action Figure Backdrops!
January 17, 2002 | 2:39 AM EST | John


Yak-reader “Kilrobroy19” alerts us that StarWarsKids.com, under their “Fun Features” section of the page, is now offering some cool backdrops for displaying your collections against. Some nice, if not basic, artwork. The three being offered are The Millenium Falcon interior, Endor Ewok Village, and The Death Star interior. Not to be mistaken as an official download for this, but they’d make excellent backdrops for the Ultaramas that we endorse as the best darned display units available in the known universe. To check out these backdrops, click here!

 


 

New Lego Images
January 17, 2002 | 2:39 AM EST | Adam

Looking for shots of the box for the Ultimate Collector Series Yoda, the displays for some Episode 2 sets, or maybe shots of the new Bionicle Bohrok packaging or even the upcoming Monster studio sets?

Well, Marz Distribution has a lot of images for your perusal. Not too much in the way of previously unseen Star Wars images, but surely enough to interest any Lego fan… or the truly ravenous Star Wars news junkie. Take a look, there’s some nice images to see.

 


 

Episode II Comic Adaptation Covers
January 16, 2002 | 1:19 PM EST | John

Comicon.com has images posted of the covers that will be used for the Dark Horse comic adaptation of Episode II – Attack Of The Clones. If you want to see both in high-quality, click here. Nice art… Kinda reminds you of the Special Edition posters in a way.

 


 

Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast Site Premiere
January 16, 2002 | 12:54 PM EST | John


LucasArts has officially unveiled an official site highlighting the upcoming gameJedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast that will be making it’s debut on PC’s across America in Spring of this year. It’s looking to be quite the title, and the screenshots are absolutely mouth-watering! Check out the goodies here.

 


 

A Beast That “Reeks”
January 16, 2002 | 12:37 PM EST | John

The Official Star Wars Site has posted an official Hasbro image of a beast that will be making an appearance in Episode II! Another as-of-yet unseen photo/toy! This one is pretty cool, but, as always, a mega-spoiler tag comes firmly attached to this image!!!

 


 

2001 Collector’s Guide Available
January 16, 2002 | 11:26 AM EST | John

Harald Niedermeyer of Germany has completed his 2001 Collector’s Guide, but this book is available exclusively in the USA only through his associategayne@aol.com If interested please e-mail him for information on where to order. The price? A meager 9.99 + $4.00 Shipping. Not too bad considering the quality! If you order, tell them Yakface sent you!

 


 

Q&A Update
January 16, 2002 | 3:47 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with ten more additional questions, followed by tirades and trivia on everything from knock-offs to those little hexagon-shaped holes on the top some Action Fleet ships. Enjoy!

 


 

Episode II Hasbro “Speeders” At Official Site!
January 15, 2002 | 12:41 PM EST | John

StarWars.com has just posted some spoiler-sensative images of new Hasbro Episode II toys. Folks, if you’ve been following the spoiler images, you haven’t seen these yet. Check them out!

 


 

25th Anniversary Sets
January 13, 2002 | 12:41 AM EST | Mark

You can now pre-order all three sets… Han and Chewy, Luke and Leia, and Vader and Ben at KBKids.com. They are $19.99 each. They also have some good images of them if you want to check them out.

 


 

Sale at Walmart.com
January 13, 2002 | 12:37 AM EST | Mark

Check out http://www.walmart.com for these sales.
LEGO Star Wars: Droid Developer Kit
Clearance! Was $54.83 Now $25.00

4-Lom Bounty Hunter With Concussion Rifle
Clearance! Was $21.96 Now $8.00

 


 

More E2 Pics Officially Released
January 11, 2002 | 10:21 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has posted photos of the Jedi Starfighter from Episode 2.
Click here to see it!!! Thanks to dkd for the heads up.

 


 

Cold Gear Obi-Wan: Origin Finale?
January 11, 2002 | 4:20 AM EST | Adam

Over the past few months, popular consensus was that Hasbro’s snow gear Obi-Wan figure was to have come from Dark Horse Comics’ four-issue series Jedi Quest. It turns out that the design did not appear in the comic after all, confirming what Hasbro originally said about the figure being from a comic that didn’t quite make it.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled news.

 


 

Clearances Continue… Final Markdowns to Follow?
January 11, 2002 | 4:09 AM EST | Adam

In case you’re not of the toy store haunting persuasion, now’s a great time to peruse your local clearance bins.

Wal-Mart has marked down several items in several areas. I spotted a Lego Trade Federation MTT for a paltry $20 tonight as well as many other items, including a few Harry Potter sets for half price and one of the Jurassic Park Jr. sets marked down to $5. This is notable because the line will be compatible with this year’s Star Wars Jr. offerings.

Targets are starting their 50% off reduction, meaning Collection 1 Power of the Jedi figures are around $3.50 and any of the clearance Star Wars Lego (which varies by location) will be reduced accordingly.

Keep your peepers peeled for bargains alongside the new releases!

 


 

Q&A Friday Update
January 11, 2002 | 4:03 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice, our Q&A pages, have been updated with questions, answers, and a tangent on this yesterday’s big announcement.

Given enough questions, the column will be updated next on Monday. See you then!

 


 

AOTC Collection 1 Wave 1: Official Images
January 10, 2002 | 4:51 PM EST | Adam

Both Hasbro’s Star Wars Page and StarWars.com have posted a shot of a trio of Collection 1 figures– Anakin, Padme, and Obi-Wan.

To see the images, surf on over. These figures are the same ones shown in some of the collections of images that have shown up in recent weeks.

The shot itself isn’t very high-res, so making out the quality of faces on the characters– one of the high points of the line with its much ballyhooed use of RealScan Technology– isn’t possible.

 


 

NSync Dropped From AOTC… For Good!
January 10, 2002 | 11:26 AM EST | John

I picked this tidbit up from TheForce.net. NSync will NOT be appearing in Episode II – They have officially been cut from the film because of the “big deal” everyone made about it. (Maybe George saw our poll results?) Considering the 97-percentile of “No’s”, this is good news indeed! The news comes from none other than NSync band member Joey Fatone himself on The Carson Radio Show, station 93.3 FLZ. To listen to the actual MP3 of the show, click here. TheForce.net also has it mirrored, which is reachable from their site. HOORAY!!!

 


 

Star Wars Insider #58 Coming Soon!
January 10, 2002 | 3:00 AM EST | John

Watch your mailboxes, folks! StarWars.com is currently highlighting the newest Insider scheduled to hit post very soon. Looks to be a winner, with loads of juicy Episode II information. Click here for a better look.

 


 

Power Of The Force Deluxe Figures At New Force Comics
January 9, 2002 | 10:05 PM EST | Bill

You mean you still need the second wave of Deluxe Power of the Jedi figures??? New Force Comics has a great deal on the Leia and Amanaman Deluxe figures! They have opener sets for $16.98— thats HALF of what you’d pay at Target, Wal-Mart, etc), and MOMC sets for $19.99 (which is STILL LESS than Target and others!!!!!!).

Amanaman is one of the most requested figures in the Power of the Jedi line, and Slave Leia just rocks. If you haven’t bought this pair already, what are you waiting for?

 


 

Episode II Sneak Peak Figures Coming Soon?
January 9, 2002 | 9:54 PM EST | John

An anonymous Yak-reader, (he would like to keep his identity obscured for obvious reasons), sends us a copy of this e-mail that was shipped off to all the stores in the northeast, apparently today. It addresses the Sneak Peak figures from Episode II. It reads;

“STAR WARS EPISODE II FIGURES
SW-E2 Sneak Peak figures will be shipped under SKN 127623 [This SKN is the same as POTJ basic assortment]. The NEW figures should be arriving IN STORES around the end of this month and will be split according to sales of the old figures. At this time the names of the new figures can not be revealed.”

If this can be confirmed by any other TRU worker/manager, we here at Yak would be much obliged. If it is kosher, well, soon the hunt will be on! We’re looking into the validity of this e-mail, more on this as it comes in…

 


 

Episode II Pez Images?
January 9, 2002 | 7:43 PM EST | John


Thanks to Yak-reader “gilbord16” who alerted us to this posting on a page calledPezHead, we get a chance to have a glimpse at what some of the non-HasbroAttack Of The Clones merchandise is going to look like! It looks like there’s going to be six Pez dispensers to start out with, and depending on how well these go, (hopefully not like the “Wicket” Pez dispensers that are still collecting dust…), we’ll probably see more. Thanks again for the alert, “gilbord16”!

 


 


January 9, 2002 | 7:27 PM EST | Bill

FFURG has a chat tonight on customizing. The main subject of this chat will be to share any tips or techniques you would like to share with your fellow customizers. Sub-topics for the chat will include figure accuracy and sculpting (always a hot topic). To join the chat, goto FFURG.com and click on the Chat link on the top of the page. If you are an experienced chatter using mIRC, use the server named
linkline.ca.us.webchat.org and enter the room named #ffurg.

 


 

2002 Hallmark Ornaments On The Web… Sort Of
January 9, 2002 | 2:16 PM EST | Adam

Reader Jesse informs us that Hallmark.com has posted information on the 2002 Star Wars ornaments– this year, expect new versions of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader as well as an electronic Death Star.

While no images of their new Star Wars ornaments have been posted, much of the 2002 “Dreambook” is posted, complete with images. As of yet, nothing fromClones has been spotted, but then again LucasFilm and friends are doing their best to keep it all under wraps this time, and Hallmark is notorious for trickling out some releases a little late.

 


 

Episode II Slave I from Hasbro: Official Image
January 9, 2002 | 2:12 PM EST | Adam

In a surprise and welcome move, Star Wars.com has posted a single preview image and a brief description of the Attack of the Clones version of the Slave Ivehicle.

The toy has features unseen in the previous models, and the description makes it seem as if it could be an all-new toy, much like the Lego version of the vehicle.

In case you missed them the Official Site also has images of BoShek, R4-M9, and Teebo.

 


 

Episode II Poll At Jediaries.com
January 9, 2002 | 12:29 AM EST | John

The Aliens at Jedi Aries’ Tattoine Alien Cantina are pleased to announce their debut of the first ever Cantina POLL. The POLL is regarding Episode II and how you think it will compare to the other Star Wars films. To cast your vote, click here! Remember, you don’t have to be 21 to enter this Cantina!

 


 

25th Anniversary Han & Chewie 2-Pack – The Answer
January 8, 2002 | 9:38 PM EST | John

Thank you to all our “free-them-from-their-plastic-prison” figure collectors out there, (who are also known as “those sacreligeous openers“), as to all the e-mail addressing the state of this alleged crack in Han’s neck on 99% of the figures spotted in various retail chains.
The fact-of-the-matter is that these are not cracks, but where a seperate piece of plastic fits in to keep the head/neck in place. This should put to rest any rumors of a massive recall, scalpers selling “undamaged” units, etc. They areall like this. Thanks again to all those who wrote in so quickly. Now, if I ever find one of these, I too can open mine up, (just like the rest of my collection…GASP!), and see this “crack”. Good luck on the hunt, folks.

 


 

CCG From Decipher To WOTC… Why?
January 8, 2002 | 9:28 PM EST | John


With the recent move of the Customizable Card Game from Decipher, (who seemed to be doing a fantastic job), to WotC, (for what may appear to be “obivious reasons”), Lucas marketing has had a lot of e-mail with the simple question, “Why?”. Harold Roffman has addressed this issue by sending a letter of explaination to TheForce.net as to the decision that seemed to come from nowhere. Check it out!

 


 

25th Anniversary 2-Pack Warning…
January 8, 2002 | 8:31 PM EST | John

We got this letter from a collector called Walrusman with this disturbing news concerning the new Han & Chewbacca 25th Anniversary 2-Pack.

I just wanted to write & ask if you could pass a question onto your readers? I have been finding the new 25th anniversary 2-packs at both Walmart & Target in the last few days. At both stores, every single Han/Chewbacca 2-pack has a flaw! Every Han Solo I saw had a cracked neck. About 1/8 of an inch below the line where the head meets the neck there is a horizontal crack.
On some figures, it was visible, but slightly. Others were so bad, you could see the shaft of Han’s head inside. Every 2-pack was like this at all stores. Needless to say, we have an over abundance of them. Did Hasbro make the chest with too thin of plastic? Please feel free to warn your readers. Thanks & keep up the best site on the net!

Anyone else notice this, or does Hasbro just have the notion that all collectors keep their items MIB and carded, therefor not caring too much what’s going into the box, as long as the box is mint? Is this a quality control issue? If anyone has opened one of these puppies, drop us a line to let us know if you experienced the same problem as described above. Thanks again, Walrusman!

 


 

Niubniub’s Newest Diorama Lookin’ Smooth!
January 8, 2002 | 1:07 PM EST | John

Across the ‘net at Niubniub’s Universe, Niubniub has been slaving away! Now, after 4 months, he’s finally finished, and man does it look great! Above you can see a sneak-peak image of his latest diorama, the “Millennium Falcon – Blastshield Training”. Click here to hop over and see the whole incarnation. What a super-customizer this guy is! Kudo’s, Niubniub!

 


 

Episode II Figure Images Return
January 7, 2002 | 7:35 PM EST | John

Again, someone has written me to inform our Yakkers that the Episode II Action Figure images are up for our viewing pleasure. As before, get there if you haven’t seen them. The others were taken down relatively quickly, so tarry not!Click here for a direct link to the contraversial pics. Rumor had it that Hasbro was really trying to keep these photos under wraps, but unfortunately now that fans around the ‘net have them safely in their hard-drives, it’s going to be more of a losing battle than it’s worth to the toy-monarchs to try to take every posting of these images down. For a change, I actually feel bad for the old company…

 


 

NSync Totals
January 7, 2002 | 7:17 PM EST | John

Totalling all of our faithful Yak-reader votes, the verdict of what you thought ofNSync being in Attack Of The Clones, even for a brief cameo, turned out to be an overwhelming landslide. With over 1800 singular votes, the total percentage equals this;

NO, I don’t want to see them in the movie AT ALL! – 97%

YES, it’d be pretty cool to see them in the flick! – 3%

Incredible! Again, thanks for all of your opinions. I really got a kick out of some of the negatory venting, especially the venting comparing the welcome return of Jar Jar opposed to seeing this five-some in the movie. The poll was slightlythrown, considering the fact that a few of the “yes” votes were like this;

“Yes, because we will be seeing them being destroyed very quickly”

So, the vote was probably closer to 98% being for no, considering the implication of the “yes” votes that took that overtone. But, all in all, it’s almost a total landslide. Take heed George! And, no nasty sneaking Brittany Spears in Episode III as Obi-Wan’s little sister! I’d have just as soon seen Gary Coleman in Return Of The Jedi squeaking “Bo Shuda? What you talkin’ ’bout Jabba…”

 


 

Monday Q&A
January 7, 2002 | 2:09 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice, our Q&A page, has been updated with super-fun yum yum goodness, or questions, I can’t remember which. Read, and enjoy!

 


 

Free Ultarama Winner
January 6, 2002 | 10:07 PM EST | Bill

The winner of the Ultarama drawing is Jay Dunn from Colorado. Congrats to Jay!!! Click here to enter for the next drawing!!!

 


 

NSync Poll – One More Day…
January 5, 2002 | 1:47 PM EST | John

If you haven’t voted in the Yak-Interactive NSync poll, make sure your voice is heard! Remember, send your e-mail with your choice of YES or NO in the subject to John@Yakface.com, not the “news” mail address. Then, in about 24 hours, (cutoff time being midnight eastern-standard-time Sunday), I’ll tally things up once more and let you, our faithful Yak-readers, know exactly how everyone feels about the (in)famous boy-band making an appearance in Attack Of The Clones. Geesh.

 


 

AOTC Figures Images Posted!
January 5, 2002 | 1:08 AM EST | John


These are being hosted by someone else at Photo.net, and NOT by us Yakkers, we have nothing to do with these images. We are simply providing a link, so be sure to check out these images while they last! Included are images of 12 new Hasbro figures and 2 ships that will be in the up-and-comingAttack Of The Clones, so, as usual, a big spoiler warning applies. They look incredible, however, Hasbro has really outdone themselves for superior quality this time ’round. It seems that this real-scan technology works wonders! Click here before these copyright-infringing photos are removed! Thanks to FitKistofor the heads-up!

 


 

New Toys Online
January 4, 2002 | 10:10 PM EST | Mark

New at Amazon.com
Episode I Collection: Darth Maul Sith Apprentice $8.99
Lego Star Wars Darth Vader $39.99
Lego Star Wars Twin-Pod Cloud Car $10.99

 


 

Yak-Interactive Poll – What do you think of NSync?
January 3, 2002 | 3:14 PM EST | John

Ok folks, time to speak out again. I’ve been getting some indifferent e-mail’s addressing the subject of boy-band NSync being in Episode II. I don’t need any long-winded e-mail defending or downing the band, I simply would like our Yak-readers to send me an e-mail with a YES or a NO in the subject. In other words;

YES – I think it’s cool that NSync will be making a cameo appearance in Episode II. They rock!

NO – I think they should stick to singing… if that’s what it’s called.

Got it guys and gals? Good. Not that this’ll make a bit of difference, because what the flanneled one says, goes. But let’s just do this as, shall we say, a “humanitarian interest” poll. Remember, don’t send the e-mail to the news section, send it to John@Yakface.com.

 


 

Eeth Koth & Zutton Being Found…
January 3, 2002 | 3:01 PM EST | John


We’ve been getting confirmation letters from across the nation that the newest wave of POTJ figures, Eeth Koth and Zutton, are in fact being found in K-Mart, Wal-Mart, and TRU’s. Yak-Reader Michael B. has been kind enough to send a pic from his own personal collection of these 2 new prized figures. Thanks for the pic, and to everyone who has been writing in!

 


 

NSync in Episode II?
January 3, 2002 | 2:28 PM EST | John


Yea, we here at Yak thought it was a rumor, but unfortunately it is not. Word has that popular boy-band NSync, will in fact be in Episode II as background charachters. Good news? They get blown up really fast. Bad news? Marketing galore. Can you see it now? NSync Jedi dolls, the NSync Cantina Revival Action figure multi-pack, NSync Underoos, NSync Lightsaber lip-gloss for pre-teens… “Will this madness ever end?”
Even though I’m sure they are fine singers, no, I am not really an NSync fan. However, I’m sure they will do fine as background charachters in the flick even though they have no speaking parts.
In other news… Justin Timberlake has just been commissioned to play Emperor Palpatine in Episode III. More on this as we get it….

 


 

WANTED Members for the TN Collectors Group!
January 3, 2002 | 2:15 PM EST | John

Another local in the “collectors group” catagory? You got it! Jeditn has written us here at Yak and wants us to let you know that, if you’re in the Tennessee area, to drop him a line or visit their new website if you’re interested in joining. These clubs are usually really fun, and helps to make loads of friendships for people that have a zeal for the same hobby.

 


 

Trade Up!!!
January 3, 2002 | 8:53 AM EST | Bill

Ultarama’s trade up sale is still going. This is your chance to graduate from individual figure stands to an Ultarama figure display system. Remember that unlike traditional stands, Ultaramas have a peg system which uses pegs that fit both vintage and modern Star Wars Figures. Click here for more.

 


 

Q&A Thursday Update
January 3, 2002 | 5:31 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice, Yakface’s Q&A column, has started up again for 2002! Everything you need for an esoteric column on Star Wars is here, with more coming next week. Enjoy!

 


 

Q&A To Return This Week
January 2, 2002 | 3:48 AM EST | Adam

The regular column on all things Star Wars will return later this week. Feel free to send in questions for the upcoming Thursday morning update.

…and yes, I’ve got many a question on BoShek to answer… so stay tuned for the fun in 2002!

December 2001 Archive

Happy 2002
December 31, 2001 | 8:13 PM EST | Bill

From all of us here at Yakface.com, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe 2002.

 


 

What Are The Top Figures And Ships Of 2001???
December 31, 2001 | 7:38 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews has posted their picks for the 2001 Figure of the Year, as well as other categories. They want your input on which are your favorites—the results of the fan vote will be posted alongside theirs. Click here for the Figure of the Year page!!!

 


 

Evolution of CHEWBACCA!
December 31, 2001 | 7:34 PM EST | Bill

Jundland Wastes has posted a “comparison scan” of the “EVOLUTION OF CHEWBACCA”.
If you want to see how our favorite walking carpet has evolved in plastic, now’s your chance.

 


 

REAL Stands Sale Ends At Midnight
December 31, 2001 | 7:29 PM EST | Bill

This just in from REAL Stands:

SALE ENDS MIDNIGHT DEC 31ST Click Here Now!

There’s still time to get the official Star Wars Fan Club action figure stands at half price. But you’ve got to act now! The half price sale will end at midnight pacific time, December 31st, 2001.

These are the No. 1 action figure stands in the universe. Made from clear polycarbonate, designed specifically for Hasbro’s (Kenner) current and vintage series of 3-3/4″ Star Wars action figures – REAL Action Stands set the standard for play and display.

Order Now online or by phone 24 hours 1-888-618-REAL (7325).

 


 

Anniversary 2-Packs At Wal-Mart’s Across America
December 31, 2001 | 12:34 PM EST | John


The Anniversary 2-Packs are starting to show up across the nation, mostly at Wal-Mart. We’ve gotten a slew of reports from happy Star Wars Figure consumers that they’ve picked up the Luke/Leia and Han/Chewie 2-packs, and they seem to be in abundance where they are showing up. As far as the Obi-Wan/Vader 2-pack goes, have faith! They will make it to retail. It will be in the second assortment of cases, no biggee, so don’t pay scalper prices for this set, they will be out there eventually! Good luck in the hunt, fellow collectors! Thanks to everyone who wrote in and sent pics!

 


 

E2 Major Character Figure Photo
December 30, 2001 | 1:47 PM EST | Bill

Sandtroopers.com has posted a pic of a major character’s figure. Spoiler Warning Applies!!!!!

 


 

Ultarama Announces Its Trade-In And Trade-Up New Year’s Resolution Offer!
December 29, 2001 | 2:38 PM EST | Bill

This just in from our friends at Ultarama:

EDISON, NJ–Dec. 28, 2001—To all our fellow collectors and fans, we wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year! And this year, what is your New Year’s resolution for your collection? Thinking about a more exciting and fun way to pose and display your figure collection? Then trade-in and trade-up to the Ultarama™ action figure display system! Simply mail in all of your single figure display stands (it doesn’t matter who made them or what shape they are in!) and we will give you a credit of 25 cents per stand towards the purchase of an Ultarama™ with scenes! You can send in as many stands as you have (no limit!), with a maximum credit of 64 stands per Ultarama™, and can order as many Ultaramas™ as you want. With 64 stands and your check or money order, you can now have the Ultarama™ with scenes shipped to your home for only $19.95! So, what are you waiting for? Send in those stands and trade-up to the best action figure display system ever made! And, as an added bonus, how about a free set of background scenes with your purchase? To get your free set of scenes with the trade-in and trade-up offer, just visit the Rebelscum.com Ultarama™ pages at the www.rebelscum.com/ultarama.asp site for all of the details! Additional offer details are below.

Please send your stands, along with a check or money order and mailing address, email address, phone number, quantity and choice of scene pack (1.1, 2.1, or 2.2) to the address below. Your final cost per Ultarama™ is $35.95 minus $0.25 for each of the stands you send in ($35.95 – [quantity of stands X $0.25]). No more than 64 stands may be used per Ultarama™ ordered.

Morton Simpson
Ultarama™ Trade-In and Trade-Up Offer
5 Acorn Drive
Edison, NJ 08820

The Ultarama™ trade-in and trade-up offer is available only to residents of the Continental U.S. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers. This offer expires at midnight January 31, 2002, unless further extended.

 


 

Still Looking For The New LEGO’S?
December 28, 2001 | 7:10 PM EST | Mark

Amazon.com now has some of the new LEGO’s in stock.
Ewok Attack $12.99
Jedi Defense I $8.99
Jedi Defense II $8.99
Final Duel I $8.99
Final Duel II $8.99

Also if you want to be the first one on the block with the NEW Yoda Sculpture $99.99, the LEGO Online Store has them in stock now.

 


 

Clarification On Target Figure Discounts…
December 28, 2001 | 1:39 PM EST | John

Apparently the discounts are nationwide, but what is being discounted varies from store to store. I’ve gotten a lot of e-mail about this, and no two have really had the same description. Some are saying it’s just Collection One, some are saying only Collection Two. Others are reporting that it’s just certain waves that have been discounted, and others inform that it’s only certain specific figures. So, good luck when going to Target, because I really don’t think there is any rhyme or reason behind what is being discounted besides just lowering the price on whatever the local store you’re visiting has more of. Confusing, huh?

 


 

*Newsflash* The Truth About Hasbro & Episode II 
December 28, 2001 | 3:17 AM EST | John

I received this information from a California Retailer with more on the news we had of the Episode II toys that we reported last week. I’ve had this e-mail for about 5 days now, and I have checked into and verified this. Now, for your reading pleasure, the final truth on the status of Hasbro’s Episode II line;

“Hasbro will not officially be releasing anything until March from their factories. The street date for E2 product is Aprill 22 2002.
As a retailer I am not even allowed to advertise that product will be on sale in store until March 22, wherein I have a source and I will have my product by April 1, Lucasfilm forbids any sale until 4-22-01
There will certainly be smuggled out figures just like with Episode I but I think Lucas is even looking into coming down hard on e-Bayers this year.

Anybody can get away with presells but not until 3-22. I am sure that there are chase figures, mail-in’s, and store exclusives on their way early and of course these will flow from the Orient early as well, but everybody needs to stop looking at Diamonds or anyone else giving us product before these dates. Even though E1 stuff appeared via Diamonds very early I got my cases from them two months after the film came out. I know everyone gets excited – I do too – but hate to tell ya, we gotta wait.”

Well, there it is. That would make the next Toy-Blitz fall on Monday, April 22nd, which means stores will probably be having the midnight thing again Sunday night into Monday. Remember, you read it here at Yak! Thanks for the information, California Retailer, and all that helped me to break this news.

 


 

Outer Realm Terratories Giveaway
December 28, 2001 | 3:09 AM EST | John

Here’s another nice giveaway from a great site, the Outer Realm Terratories. They write;

“A few Aliens from the Outer Realm Terratories have gotten together and decided to hold a Free Drawing at Jedi Aries’ Tattoine Alien Cantina. The giveaway is for a MOMC POTF2 Red Card Long Saber Ben Kenobi. To enter the drawing just stop in The Cantina. While you’re there, Jedi Aries would like to remind you to visit and join his new ad-free Star Wars discussions forum.”

Thanks guys, and good luck to all that enter!

 


 

Target Slashes POTJ Prices
December 28, 2001 | 3:06 AM EST | John

We’ve been getting a trickle of reports telling us that Target’s across America are cutting prices on POTJ figures by about 33%, from the normal $6.44 to between $4.00 & $4.60. This is great for those of us looking to find some Bespin Guard armies! Check those stores because the after-Christmas prices are about to hit with Force.

 


 

Dewback Droppings…
December 28, 2001 | 3:02 AM EST | John

Well, maybe I should have said that differently. The fact of the matter is, the 12″ TRU-exclusive Dewback & Sandtrooper combo has been sighted for the low price of $14.90. This is quite a steep cut from the original price of around $80. This news comes from one known only as “Joe”. Thanks for the tip-off! Don’t know if this is nationwide, or a local event, but still it’s a great deal! Joe didn’t tell us where he was from, but if there are any more sightings like this, let us know!

 


 

Another Great Giveaway At Sandtroopers.Com!
December 27, 2001 | 11:31 PM EST | Bill

George over at Sandtroopers.com has a great new giveaway —- the 1/72 scale X-wing model kit. Click here for more.

 


 

Army Builder Results
December 27, 2001 | 3:20 AM EST | John

Again, thank you all for writing in with your 2-cents! The poll was an incredible success! So, without further ado, the winner of our Yak-Interactive Poll is…

Astromech Droids


These little suckers accounted for slightly less than 1/2 the poll. Ideas from different domed heads to simply repaints of R2 to match the colors of Biggs, Wedge, and some others in the fleet that battled the first Death Star. No matter which way you slice it, these guys are top on every collector’s list.

Death Squad Troopers/Imperial Officers


The amazing thing about these guys was that most of the people that wrote in called them the first and most quickly changed name in Star Wars toy history, “Death Squad Commander” instead of “Star Destroyer Commander”. Also, the Imperial Officers that are most wanted are the grey and olive-colored uniforms.

Hoth Stormtroopers/Rebels


Coming in third on the tally were the ever-popular Hoth Stormtroopers, followed by Hoth Rebels. Most people that mentioned them mentioned both. These would be a hot seller as well, considering the huge battle that took place. I’d love to see them myself, but my vote would definitely go with the majority with the Astromechs.

One thing that’s clear? Collector’s DESPERATELY WANT ARMY-BUILDERS. Hasbro, I know you’re reading. Give the fans what they want. That is what makes a happy collector, whether it be a adult or a child. Other honorable mentions?

Fourth Place – Ewoks
Fifth Place – Droids 
(Not just astromechs, but protocol/gonks/mouse/etc.)
Sixth Place – Tusken Raiders
Seventh Place – The Queen’s Handmaidens
Eigth Place – Gungans

 


 

Army Builder Yak-Tallies Coming Soon…
December 27, 2001 | 12:41 AM EST | John

Well folks, you’ve spoken your mind on exactly what you wanted to see with the Army Builders, and I’m liking what I’m hearing! You guys are just being incredibly creative in your ideas. So, I’ve got to sit here and tally up all the votes and probably within the next couple of hours the results will be posted. I’ve got about 800-plus e-mails to filter through, but a lot of them are of the same minds so it shouldn’t take me all too long. Thanks for making this such a success, and as always, thanks for coming to Yak for your Star Wars news! Standby…

 


 

C-3PO Masterpiece Spotted Very Cheap
December 27, 2001 | 12:36 AM EST | John

Scott A., who happens to be a very good friend of mine, wrote to me today to report the following good news about an awesome “Borders” find;

“Just wanted to let you know that I found A Star Wars Masterpiece Edition C-3PO at Border’s bookstore for a low price of $19.99 Regular price $75.00) I’m sure all the other Yakker’s out there would love to add this to their collection.”

Thanks Scott! Good luck on the hunt for this one folks, that’s one heck of a deep discount!

 


 

Got Clearance Day Finds?
December 26, 2001 | 4:39 AM EST | Adam

Seeing as this is the busiest clearance shopping day of the year, there’s going to be at least a few good deals out there. Once again, we’d love your reports from the trenches– if you scare up something awesome, please let us know so we can share with the rest of the class.

With Target marking their 12″ figures down to $14.99 or less in recent weeks, odds are quite a few of us are going to have a very merry AFTER Christmas toy run…

 


 

E2 Preview Images (Again)
December 26, 2001 | 4:36 AM EST | Adam

German site 4 Inches has a pair of Episode Two figure images up in their “Figuren auf Karte” section. One is an unpackaged image of a minor E2 character, another is the oft-seen image from Hasbro of a new Obi-Wan. If you haven’t seen them, it’s new to you, so assuming they’re still up, you know the drill. Since the site is mostly in German, odds are spoilers– if there are any– aren’t going to be something you’ll notice.

 


 

Happy Holidays!!!
December 24, 2001 | 10:14 PM EST | John

From all of us here at Yakface, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our faithful Yak-Readers a happy and healthy time this joyous season! Happy Life Day!!! I mean…

Happy Holidays From The Yak-Staff!

 


 

E2 Figure Photos!!!
December 24, 2001 | 1:59 PM EST | Bill

The Force.net has posted photos of 4 upcoming E2 Figures. Click here to see them, but remember SPOILER WARNING applies!!!

UPDATE: The photos have been removed.

UPDATE 2: Yavin 4 has posted the pics!!!

UPDATE 3: The photos are no longer posted on Yavin 4.

 


 

Waiting For The Perfect Time, Have You Been?
December 24, 2001 | 9:19 AM EST | Mark

KBKids.com now has the Interactive Yoda for the LOW LOW price of $4.99, stop over and get one if you need it.

 


 

Got a Faamba!
December 24, 2001 | 1:32 AM EST | John

Man, for me casually posting that I needed a Faamba, I am really impressed with all the kind responses, so I will thank all the people that wrote me with an offer to pick one up right here and now. Thank you! I took Scott M. up on the offer, he was actually the first to write, and I want to give him a Super-Yak-Thanks! Having so many offer to do some good makes this ol’ reporter feel like there may be some hope for the hobby out there yet. With the gushy stuff out of the way, I now return you to the actual news…

 


 

Star Wars Figures 20 Cents At Wal-Mart
December 23, 2001 | 10:08 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tim Webmaster of Sebulbashack.com sent an a very interesting piece of news. “On Friday the 21st, I drove to my local Wal*Mart, the store I used to work at, and I ended up buying some Star Wars figures, and when the cashier rang them up, I was totally shocked by the great price, this is something you’ve just got to see. I could of wiped the pegs clean, but the left-overs were nothing but Ketwol.” He added a scan of the receipt confirming his find. If anyone knows if this is limited to one store, state, region, etc., let us know! For more information and a scan of the receipt to see Tim’s site

 


 

More Strange Finds At TRU
December 23, 2001 | 1:29 AM EST | John

Strange things are afoot. Yak-reader and all-around Star Wars figure collector “Brandon B” writes us with this tale of TRU finds;

“I had an interesting find today in my local Toy’s R Us store in Peoria, Illinois. This particular store has not had hardly any product over the past few months with the exception of the 12″ Dewback and some older POTJ figs. Today I came across the newest FX-7 wave WITH 6 300’th Boba Fett figures in the FIRST release packaging. I was under the impression this figure was long gone. They also had one complete set of the Fan Club 4 there also. Was not sure if this is showing up at other stores.”

Yes, oddball cases will sometimes get shoved to the back of the warehouse, and then months down the road show up occasionally in retail as such in this case with the original Fett packaging, (they’re all labeled “Boba Fett 300” so there’s no point to pull the stock or ship out certain cases before others, they’re all just “Boba Fett 300” to the warehouses). But, the Fan Club 4… That is indeed odd. First the Lando wave showing up again, and now this. Keep your eyes peeled folks. It’s that time of year again!

 


 

More on those “Preview” figures in January…
December 23, 2001 | 1:22 AM EST | John

This is getting rediculous! If I didn’t know better, it would seem that Diamond Distributors were trying to pull a coolie on unsuspecting dealers and trying to dump some dead stock. Check this one out from “Brian in Galax”;

“My local hobby shop (D&J Hobby in Galax, Va.) ordered the so-called
“Preview” case from Diamonds in October. Last week, the store’s sales rep at Diamonds told the owner of the store that an “Episode II Preview” case was arriving on Wednesday. What he actually received was 3 cases of Aurra Sings, Jedi Training Obi-Wans, Mechanic Chewies, etc. On the packing slip/invoice is clearly states “Ep. II Preview Assortment.” When the owner contacted Diamonds, they originally refused to allow him to return the cases for credit! Needless to say, there was much disappointment all around. Everything has been straighted out, but it still seems odd that there was so little communication between Hasbro, Diamonds and the dealers in this case.”

Yes, Brian, it does seem strange indeed. I’m not trying to make too big a deal over this, but I figure it is newsworthy, and if it can save some small dealer from making the same mistake, it’s worth posting. Just as a word of caution to all, don’t buy any cases listed as “Preview” figures until you see that they are being officially released via the Official Hasbro Site or pages such as ours right here. It’d be horrible to be stuck with a solid case of Mechanic Chewbacca’s, wouldn’t it? …unless you want an intergalactic army of Wookiee mechanics…

 


 

Target 12″ Deals
December 23, 2001 | 1:14 AM EST | John

“Kenny T.” sends us this cool Target information on 12″ Figures;

“I went into my local TARGET in LEVITTOWN, LONG ISLAND and wanted to pick up an extra 12″ DEATH STAR TROOPER and i went to scan the price and it scanned at $10.40!!! half price from the original shelf tag! Then, i proceeded to check out the 12″ LUKE W/ SPEEDER BIG and this one came up a whopping $27.90!!! Half the price from its initial release! (well,almost half)”

Wow! What a deal! Keep watching out there, Yakkers, you never know what you’re going to find! Thanks for the report, Kenny!

 


 

LEGO’s Online
December 22, 2001 | 4:07 PM EST | Mark

Kbkids.com now has the new LEGO sets online. Check it out if you want to get them.

 


 

What other army builders would you like to see?
December 22, 2001 | 3:48 AM EST | John

With the onset of the Stormtrooper Fan Club 4-pack, I was wondering what other kind of army builders all the faithful Yakkers out there would like to see? I won’t list any suggestions here because I’d like you, the reader, to use his/her imagination. Remember, when I say “army” builders, I mean just “a lot of for a diorama”, not necessarily fighters or troops. Please, only one idea per e-mail, and send your ideas to me, John@Yakface.Com, not the general news address. Then, in a week or so, I’ll post the top 3 requested multi-packs, along with some honorable mentions. This should be an interesting experiment!

 


 

Racer Revenge For PS2 Now Showing
December 22, 2001 | 2:02 AM EST | John

LucasArts has made the upcoming PS2’s Racer Revenge game trailer available for download at the official LucasArts site. The game looks nice, and seems to be shaping up to be a suitable sequel for the Original “Star Wars-Racer” that was released most notably for the N64 in 1999, (and is still available for that platform for around and about $10 at most stores).Check it out! The game is simply scheduled as “due for release in 2002”.

 


 

Fan Films Recognized At Celebration II
December 22, 2001 | 1:33 AM EST | John

StarWars.com has posted an article involving all the fan films popping up over the past few years… and apparently Lucas likes them. The Fan-Film awards will be given during the Celebration II which is being held May 3 through 5 2002, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Original productions that qualify as finalists will compete for top honors, including an award picked by George Lucas himself, so you know there’ll be some stiff competition.

If you’ve never gotten into the Fan Films, you just have to check outTheForce.net’s Fan-Film Theater. Excellent stuff over there, folks! And, a lot of these are probably going to be contending for top honors at the Celebration II. Some personal favorites? “The Empire Strikes Backyard”, “Duality”, “Bounty Trail”, and you’ve got to see “The Invisible Enemy”, (a mix between ROTJ and Predator with a comedic twist). Happy downloading!

 


 

X-Box’s Obi-Wan Hits Best Buy December 22
December 22, 2001 | 1:16 AM EST | John

Kind Best Buy Inventory Supervisor “Ted B.” writes us to verify that there will be many happy Jedi out there today… that is if you’re looking forward to playing LucasArts “Obi-Wan” for the X-Box. He writes;

“I am the inventory supervisor for the Florence, KY Best Buy and I wanted to let you know that we received our copies of “Obi-Wan” today and they will hit the sales floor tomorrow morning. Good l