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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 luck!

Thanks Ted, and good luck to all on finding this game!

 


 

FAO Schwarz Faamba Bottoms Out
December 22, 2001 | 1:11 AM EST | John

Yak-Reader “Paul M.” sends us this final news on the route of the Faamba;

“The FAO Schwarz in Menlo Park Mall in Edison, NJ is closing and their exclusive Faamba with Gungan warrior rings in at $15.00 at the register. There are many pieces of this item as well, approximately 40-50 units.”

Thanks for the information, Paul. Any chance of someone grabbing me, (John), one of these babies for that price? E-mail me if it wouldn’t be going out of your way. There are absolutely no FAO’s in my area of the USA. Thanks again Yakkers!

 


 

The Winner Is
December 22, 2001 | 12:28 AM EST | Bill

The winner of our bi-weekly Ultarama giveaway is Bob Martinazzi. Congratulations to Bob and good luck to everyone as you enter the next drawing!

 


 

Episode II Figures In January – The Final Word
December 21, 2001 | 1:08 PM EST | John

Mark of M and M Collectibles has graciously supplied us with this information;

“You may want the real scoop on this from an actual dealer of Diamond Comics. (Which we are). This was a mistake that they told us about. These are not going to be Episode II figures but one of the later assortments of Power of the Jedi. In fact, I checked on this last night and our order of them is shipping to us next week. More than likely it is the FX-7 wave or the Snaggletooth wave.
They WILL NOT be Episode II preview figures. Hasbro is going to have an assortment of preview figures, but they won’t be out until 2002.”

Thanks so much for clearing that up for everyone Mark! So, the post at The Galactic Senate was invalid, which I kind of figured from the beginning. Fear not folks, we will see Episode II preview figures, but according to sources, they will probably start showing up around late March and not January.

 


 

Ultarama Drawing Tonight
December 21, 2001 | 8:45 AM EST | Bill

The bi-weekly drawing for a free Ultarama will be tonight at 10 pm est. Be sure to get your entry in!

 


 

X-Box’s Obi-Wan Goes Gold
December 21, 2001 | 2:24 AM EST | John

LucasArts Official Site has a slew of information involving X-Box’s newest Star Wars title, “Obi-Wan”, including the information that it has gone gold, (this means it is ready for the production press), and will be in stores later this week! Click here for all the dirt.

 


 

Expanded Universe Charachter In Episode II
December 21, 2001 | 2:09 AM EST | John

StarWars.com is reporting news that leads the reader to believe that the charachter Aayla Secura, a blue-skinned Twi-lek female Jedi, might be making a minor appearance in Episode II! This would be the second time Lucas has used the influence of the Expanded Universe for insertion into the Trilogies, (the first being Dash Rendar’s Outrider in the skies of Mos Eisley). Click here to read the entire article.

 


 

More On The Episode II – January Figures
December 21, 2001 | 1:46 AM EST | John

A big Yak Thanks to Yak-Reader “Steve G.” who pointed our attention to this Diamond Comics Distributor’s List which has this entry for what looks to be like an October ordering deadline for “Pre-Episode II” figures. It reads like this;

OCT013365 STAR WARS PRE EPISODE II FIGURE PI

Now, figuring that you’d have to order by October, January shipment wouldn’t be a far cry from what we’re seeing. But, is the Episode II list I’d mentioned as posted at The Galactic Senate one of these assortments of figures, and why did Hasbro pick a date as early as January even for a “preview” figure. Another thing is, why would they devote an entire case to just one figure? Spoiler warning applies to all links in this article, so again, if you’re spoiler concious, BEWARE!!! As our faithful readers, you’ll know as soon as we know. Stay tuned for this breaking story…

 


 

New Custom Site
December 20, 2001 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jason gave us a heads up on a new Customs Site
that’s just opened on the net for the Star Wars– the Chicago Collectors Maul, a local collector’s group. It’s a brand new Customs & Dioramas Section where Chicagoland Customizers can share their work with there fellow Chicagoans and the rest of the world. Click here for more.

 


 

Episode II Figures… In January?
December 20, 2001 | 8:09 PM EST | John

A post over atThe Galactic Senate is claiming that there are to be 2 case assortments of Episode II figures released in January. I might state here and now that this is a HUGE RUMOR until we, here at Yakface.com, can confirm this. If this is in fact the case, I would like absolute proof of this. Would the person who posted this at The Galactic Senate please e-mail me, and we can talk. You will be assured to remain completely and safely anonymous in any news postings! Remember, any e-mails received that cannot provide proof will be deleted immediately, so no fakers. If this is in fact the truth, this will be a first for any Star Wars toys. Remember, this carries a huge spoiler warning, so those who are wary, stay away!!! No pictures, just alleged case assortment lists.

 


 

Walmart.com Clearance
December 20, 2001 | 2:54 PM EST | Mark

Well if you have been waiting, the time is now.
Here are the prices on some good items. Stop over to Walmart.com!
100th Special Edition: 12″ Luke Skywalker $25.00
12″ Sith Lords: Darth Maul and Darth Vader $25.00
4-Lom Bounty Hunter With Concussion Rifle $15.00
Bossk With Blaster Rifle $15.00
Ig-88 With Rifle and Imperial Blaster $15.00

 


 

New Japanese X-Wing Model Arrives
December 20, 2001 | 3:29 AM EST | Adam

From Reader Jim:

“In response to your November post of this amazing kit I just thought I would let you know that I received my X-Wing model this
morning from Hobbylink Japan. Just thought I would let you know that they have started to ship!”

Thanks, Jim!

 


 

FAO Closure
December 20, 2001 | 3:22 AM EST | Adam

While not exclusively Star Wars, this news might interest some of you.

The Scottsdale Fashion Square FAO Schwarz (Arizona) store is closing its doors once and for all, with all product marked down 50%-75%. Not surprisingly, there’s still a lot of Episode One merchandise still available.

If you’re still in need, there’s various puppets and plushes of Jar Jar and Watto, some Tatooine accessory packs, suction-cup vehicles from Applause ($1 per), and, of course, the obligatory glut of CommTech readers, only $3 each.

Other figure-related items of note included Alien: Ressurection’s Call (Winona Ryder) at $3 and a big box of Universal Monsters Little Bigheads for $30.

Now, we return you to something of actual significance.

 


 

Eeth Koth, Snaggletooth at D&S Sci-Fi Toy World
December 20, 2001 | 3:18 AM EST | Adam

D&S Sci-Fi Toy World has just informed us that they have the newest wave of figures in stock. Jedi Master Eeth Koth is joined by the diminutive furry Zutton (a.k.a. Snaggletooth). Check D&S Sci-Fi Toy World for pricing and availability!

 


 

Need New Deluxe Figures??
December 19, 2001 | 11:44 PM EST | Bill

Jedi Chris is giving away Deluxe Amanaman, Deluxe Princess Leia Sail Barge, Darth Maul Sith Apprentice, Scout Trooper, Boomer Damage Battle Droid and Han Solo Bespin Capture. Click here for more.

 


 

Lucasfilm Greetings
December 19, 2001 | 1:49 PM EST | John

StarWars.com has just posted some images of greeting cards that Lucasfilm will be sending to their employees/affiliates this 2001 holiday season. Chances are that us as the masses will never see these in our mailboxes or collections, but they’re still quite interesting to see what those important few will be receiving this year. Click on over to check these out!

 


 

R4-M9 Image @ Hasbro.com
December 19, 2001 | 1:31 PM EST | John

This new figure looks super! Finally we’re getting an Astomech that’s not an R2-D2 repaint or an R5-arsenal. Hasbro.com has posted a nice image of R4-M9 for us all to gawk at. It looks like it has the same mouse droid included as the old Fan Club 4 exclusive Death Star Droid, so there’s a bit of a reissue, but hey, a new Astromech is a new Astromech! Click here to see this beautiful new piece of 3-inch plastic! Now, if Hasbro would only make a 4-pack of different sculpts with these babies…

 


 

Jawa And Anakin And His Angel Merge
December 18, 2001 | 8:33 PM EST | Bill

The Jawa and Anakin And His Angel have merged sites. Anakin And His Angel (AAHA) is a site dedicated to the SW Prequel Episodes II-III. They have News, Spoilers, the Latest Pictures plus much more. Anakin And His Angel is still a site of its own for the most part, but “hosted” and supported by TheJawa.com.

 


 

LEGO My Toys!!!
December 18, 2001 | 6:43 PM EST | Mark

For all of you LEGO hunters, the hunt is ON!!!!! So far I have seen on the shelves of Target and Meijer stores, the following sets.

Final Duel set one and two
Twin Pod Cloud Car
Ewok Attack
Jedi Defense one
Technic R2-D2

If anyone finds any others send me and email and I will add them to this post.

 


 

Celine Song Debunked…
December 18, 2001 | 1:30 PM EST | John

…but now we must worry about N’Sync. If you missed the post below, Celine Dion was rumored to be singing a song for Episode 2, which was quickly debunked. Another rumor flying around now is that N’Sync will be in the background of some battle scenes as Jedi. Oh puh-leese. Check outTheForce.net for more on these humor/rumors.

 


 

FX-7, Lando & Deluxe, oh my!
December 18, 2001 | 1:21 PM EST | John

We, here at Yak, have been getting reports dribbling in over the last few days, and I’d like to actually post the news as a conglomerate, considering it’s been coming in that way. Ok, here goes;

Deluxe Wave II

The Deluxe Wave 2 Amanaman and Leia with the Sail Barge Cannon have been popping up all over creation. We’ve had sightings in about 20 states that have been sent to us including Kansas, Ohio, California, Florida, and South Carolina, (off the top of my head).

FX-7 Wave

The FX-7 Wave seems to be hitting in force as well. A lot of people are finding either the entire wave or remenants of the wave, (myself incuded, finding only the Amidala Black Travel Gown buried at the bottom of a really poor Star Wars set-up in The Super Wal-Mart in Stroudsburg, PA).

Return Of The Smoothie

The surprise of all these reports? The Lando Wave seems to be popping up in abundance in many reports we’ve received. This is really good news considering the scarcity of this set last summer. Goes to show you that patience pays, and not to bow down to those slimy scalpers and their inflated prices.

Stay On Target…

The Target exclusive Luke with Speeder Bike 12″ seems to be bottoming out for now at around and about $30 to $40, depending on your location. I figured that one wouldn’t go too hot considering that just last year we shelled out the cash and got the Biker Scout. How about that 12″ scale Jabba that was rumored? That would have flown off the shelves. But, in their wisdom, Hasbro saw fit to give us the same speeder bike and another incarnation of Luke. I see the logic…

Thanks to everyone that wrote in about where and when they found the above items. All of us here at Yak really appreciate your intelligable e-mails. And, don’t forget that when writing to us not to forget to mention where you found these items. Thanks folks!

 


 

Michael Stackpole In Trouble…
December 18, 2001 | 1:08 PM EST | John

Faithful Yak-Reader “Todd M.” writes us with disturbing news that had been highlighted on TheForce.net about a week or so ago, but I think it merits another mention considering he’s one of the top Star Wars writers out there today. Todd writes;

“You have probably seen this post from TheForce.net or Stackpole’s website, but in case you haven’t, Mike Stackpole is saying he needs help, or he will not be able to continue writing novels. Click here for details.”

I know that writing is a tough business, but this guy is established as creating some of the Star Wars Expanded Universe continuum. Do what you can to support our fellow enthusiast, and check out the above link.

 


 

Reality Internet Returns
December 17, 2001 | 10:48 PM EST | Bill

Scott over at Star Wars Survivor (O’hair’s Hypoerspace) is proud to announce the reason for the delay in starting week 10 of Star Wars survivor. He is a new father!!!! Scott congrats on your new daughter. With the new addition to his family week 10 is up and ready for fans to vote. Only 7 survivors are left. Click here to vote.

 


 

Need The New Deluxe Figures??
December 17, 2001 | 10:45 PM EST | Bill

Those scavengers over at The Jawa have come up with more giveaways. This time it’s a Deluxe Amanaman and Leia click here for more.

 


 

12″ Dewbacks Still Slouching About
December 17, 2001 | 12:32 PM EST | John

We’ve been getting reports from all around the nation about the 12″ Dewbacks still making it to retail in fresh cases, the most recent being from “Kevin C.” who tells us the shelves in the Princeton, NJ TRU are stock full. I, for one, have seen loads of these at my Allentown, PA and the Phillipsburg, NJ TRU’S that I frequent. I’ve heard of them going for anywhere from full price to a measily $18. So, my point folks, if you still need this, get out there and get it. But please, shop around and find the best price.

 


 

Celine Dion Music In Episode II?!
December 17, 2001 | 12:23 PM EST | John

This scoop comes from TheForce.net. Seems that they can’t confirm or deny this, but what they’re hearing is that a Celine Dion song entitled “That Man in My Life” will be featured in Episode II highlighting a certain romance that will be happening in the film. It is still be treated as a bigrumor, but all the information is listed at the site. In this reporters opinion, I think it may ruin the film if it would be true, (even though she’s a very talented singer, it may not be quite right for a Star Wars film). Time will tell…

 


 

Variation Hunters Beware
December 16, 2001 | 12:05 PM EST | Bill

We are receiving numerous reports of a variation on the newly released Imperial Officer. One version has a flat black shirt, and the other has a gloss black shirt. Thanks to Syczylo and everyone else who sent in the posts on this.

 


 

New Figures Update
December 16, 2001 | 12:02 PM EST | Bill

This will be the last update on the FX-7 wave, since it appears they are hitting across the country.

Some Wal-Marts are selling the FX-7 wave for far below normal retail. Yak Reader mnichols2001 found a whole bunch of the FX-7
wave for just $4.00! What a buy for these sought after figures for far below usual retail. Yak Reader Paul wrote that he “found a case of the FX-7 wave at a Walmart in Niagara Falls NY. The case did not last long enough to make it to the shelf. After i pulled it off of the pallet and opened it up, i scanned one of the figures and it rang up 50 cents!!!!! Needless to say i bought 7 of the 12 on the spot. Another guy came along and grabbed the other 5. We made off like bandits!!! We dont know if they marked them down wrong or they were supposed to be clearance items, but i have NEVER paid 50 cents for a Star Wars figure in 22 years!! At the same Walmart, i also found a case of the 12″ Luke w/ Yodas. Those were going for $29.83. I went to another Walmart in Amherst NY, about 15 miles away from the one in Niagara Falls, and found some of the same FX-7 wave figures for $3.00!!! Great Hunting, Huh??” Thanks to JediJake and everyone else who sent in these reports!

 


 

Wal-Mart Strikes Back!!!
December 14, 2001 | 9:43 PM EST | Bill

The FX-7 waveis appearing at Wal-Marts across the country. Thanks to Bruce, Bill, and Kenny for the news.

 


 

Amanamam And Slave Leia Found At Retail Stores
December 14, 2001 | 8:56 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Aaron wrote in to let us know that Toys R Us in Appleton, WI had a case of the new deluxe figures (Amanmaman and Slave Leia) yesterday.

 


 

Planning a Jedi Christmas????
December 13, 2001 | 11:44 PM EST | Bill

Adam over at The Trade Federation has just announced a new contest geared for all of the customizers and diorama builders out there with a yuletide twist. Create a Jedi Nativity, Christmas diorama with a Star Wars theme– Dagobah meets Hoth anyone??? and send in your photos to the Trade Federation. Click here for more.

 


 

Custom 12″ E2 Bounty Hunter
December 13, 2001 | 10:29 PM EST | Bill

In keeping with our spoiler free policy, I won’t list the name of this 12″ Custom Bounty Hunter, but rest assurred it is worth a look. Click here to see a photo of it. Click here for another photo.

 


 

New Wave News
December 13, 2001 | 10:24 PM EST | Bill

The FX-7 wave is appearing at Electronics Boutique (EB) stores across the country, and readers are reporting receiving their cases of the FX-7 wave from New Force Comics. Thanks to Chad, MRJANGOFETT, Mike, David, and Sidi for the news.

 


 

Dark Horse Talks About March 2002 Comics…
December 13, 2001 | 1:04 AM EST | John

Dark Horse Comics has listed their March 2002 Star Wars releases, and it looks like it’s shaping up to be pretty nice!
Star Wars Tales # 11 will devote an entire issue to our favorite smuggler, Han Solo. He will, of course, be getting into trouble and back out again, as Han has become notorious for. Look for this one on March 11th.

The final installment of Star Wars: Starfighter – Crossbones will also debut in March, and promises to be a great finally to this 3-part series. This puppy is scheduled to be released on March 13th.

Another comic that looks like it’s shaping up to be pretty good is Star Wars # 40. In this first part of a 2-part series entitled “The Devaronian Version”, we meet Vilmahr Grahrk who tells the tale of why he’s hanging around a nasty Jedi. Interesting… Look for this one March 20th.

And, last but not least, comes the second part of a 2-part series called“Star Wars: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan – The Aurorient Express”. They have 43 minutes to set the day right, and that’s a challenge for even our fave Jedi duo. March 27th is when you should find this one.

So folks, the pre-prequel comics are still looking good! Keep an eye out for these babies, hot off the press! If you want to check out the official release at StarWars.com, click here.

 


 

Cantina Diorama Plans!!!
December 12, 2001 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

The next issue of Star Wars Gamer (Issue 8) will have photos and plans to build your own Cantina Diorama. Click here for more.

 


 

Paging Yak Reader…
December 12, 2001 | 8:43 PM EST | Bill

I need to get in touch with Yak Reader Tim Enloe. If you know him or how to reach him e-mail me. We now return to your regular programming.

 


 

RPG Site
December 12, 2001 | 8:36 PM EST | Bill

PeregrinesShadow has done some huge updates to their SW-RPG Website… including new Adventure info, new Links, more Artwork, and stunning Customs! Click here for more.

 


 

FX-7 Wave Hitting Wal-Mart
December 12, 2001 | 8:34 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tim wrote in to say that he found the FX-7 wave at a couple of Wal-Marts in the Kansas City. Good Hunting!!!

 


 

Episode I – POTJ Bracket Tournement In Full Swing
December 12, 2001 | 12:45 PM EST | John

Well folks, another bracket tournament has started over at Hasbro.com. This time, they are pitting the Episode I toys against the newer POTJ’s. Who will win? Will Yoda be left sitting in his chair while K-3PO runs away with the trophy? Will Amidala use her rappel-line to rip the certificate of recognition out of poor Tessek’s slimy mitts? Get on over there and cast a vote! Dozens of action figures ego’s await your cyber-click!

 


 

Teebo Image At Hasbro.Com
December 12, 2001 | 12:38 PM EST | John

Hasbro has just posted a pic of the upcoming Teebo figure. Nice sculpt, decent stance… still a furball. Click here to see this little sucker.

 


 

POTJ Take Price Plunge In Canadian TRU’s
December 12, 2001 | 12:34 PM EST | John

Randy, a Canadian Yakker, writes us with this info;

“The local Toys R’Us has just reduced it’s price on 3 3/4″ Star Wars POTJ figures from a whopping $11.99 to $7.98 each. This now means that TRU has a lower price than both Wal-Mart and Zellers. I’ve been informed that all TRU stores across Canada will be setting these new prices.”

That’s wonderful, and quite a decent discount for our friends to the north! Is this a country-wide occurence, or an isolated incident?

 


 

More on SOTE for Gamecube…
December 12, 2001 | 1:56 AM EST | John

David, helming the Shadows Of The Empire petition for the Nintedo Gamecube, writes us once more to post the newest link for the location of the online petition. He writes;

“My Shadows Of The Empire Petition for Nintendo Game Cube needs some immediate help!!! I had Yakface post a link earlier but had problems with it. I have a new link for it.”

New link for SOTE petition

So, once again, if you’re all for Nintendo making an updated version of this game for their newest system release, the Gamecube, click the above link and leave your digital John Hancock!

 


 

KBKids Sale
December 11, 2001 | 11:06 PM EST | Mark

Visit KBKids.com and pick up these toys at good deals.

Death Star Trooper 12″ Action Figure $9.99 reg $27.99
Episode I: 12″ Royal Elegance Queen Amidala $7.99 reg $29.99
Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace Widescreen Collector Set (VHS) $4.99 reg $19.99

 


 

Custom 12″ Greedo
December 11, 2001 | 10:30 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Draven sent in pics of his custom 12″ Greedo—- from Episode 1. Click here for the photo. Click here for more.

 


 

Trivia Contest Entry Deadline
December 11, 2001 | 10:13 PM EST | Bill

The Jundland Wastes has announced the deadline to enter their trivia contest is 10:00 EST Tuesday. Click here for more.

 


 

Beneath The Dome Part 3
December 11, 2001 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has posted part of R2-D2 “Beneath the Dome”. Click here for more. Thanks to Campbell for the tip!

 


 

Custom Showcase
December 10, 2001 | 9:24 PM EST | Bill

The Private Universe has a regular new feature, Show & Tell, that allows the creative Star Wars fans to display their masterpieces and tell how their made them. It’s not just focussed on custom figures, but what ever form your creative skills take, props, costumes, PC art etc, they are all welcome to participate in Show & Tell. Their first Show & Tell features Paul ofImperial Troopers with his Death Star Trooper, so please head over to TPU to check it out.”

 


 

Attention Trivia Fans
December 10, 2001 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

Jundland Wastes is starting a Trivia League. Signups begin today and once the contest starts it will run for about 3 months. There will be weekly and monthly prizes as well as a grand prize. Click here for more.

 


 

Jabba Article at X-Entertainment
December 10, 2001 | 3:15 PM EST | Adam

Fantastic pop/junk culture site X-Entertainment has posted another great feature on Star Wars, this time, focusing on Jabba. If you’re a product of ’80’s toy culture, this site is well worth a read.

Please note, X-Entertainment features language of a not-G-rated nature, so people easily offended to the point where they shouldn’t be online in the first place and youngsters who can’t read yet, take note.

(Unfortunately, he missed a few Jabba toys in the feature, but you aren’t reading this article for the educational value.)

 


 

Fan Club Troop Builder Details
December 10, 2001 | 9:04 AM EST | Bill

Collect Star Wars has posted more details about the Fan Club’s army builder Stormtrooper set. It will have FOUR, not just two, Stormtroopers. Price is still to be announced. Click here for photos of the figures and box.

 


 

Star Wars Xbox Updates
December 10, 2001 | 3:15 AM EST | Adam

If you’re one of the gamers who invested in Microsoft’s big black behemoth, you might be interested in knowing that Starfighter: Special Edition, complete with multiplayer, is currently available at finer software outlets everywhere.

Obi-Wan, the PC game-turned-Xbox title, has been rescheduled to ship on December 18. The strategy guide, for some reason or another, can be found in stores now.

 


 

More Book Clearance Fun
December 10, 2001 | 3:10 AM EST | Adam

Some Waldenbooks stores here in Tuson have had the Chronicle Books gift set “The Queen’s Amulet” for a paltry $3.99. You get a boxed book of Queen Amidala and a necklace for… the kind of person who might wear the Queen’s Amulet. Hence the name.

Check your local bookstores for details on this and many other fine Star Wars clearances.

 


 

Fact Files Interview
December 8, 2001 | 7:59 PM EST | Bill

The Private Universe is doing an exclusive interview with the men behind the Star Wars Fact Files , and you can put your questions to them! They also have full details of official release dates of the returning magazine. So don’t miss out on this opportunity to ask your questions, head over to TPU for more information.”

 


 

Episode II Lego Poster
December 8, 2001 | 1:34 PM EST | John

TheForce.net currently has a poster posted that depicts the new Lego line coming out for Episode II. There’s not too much to see really, other than a new spaceship. The foreground shadowed charachter is Obi-Wan, so that’s not too much of a spoiler either, but it’s cool nonetheless. It’s still something to tide us over until the 2002 midnight blitz! Click here to visit and see this new eye-candy. Remember, if you’re really spoiler sensative, stay away!!!

UPDATE – As some of our more astute readers have noticed, the picture of the shadowed charachter seems to be Anakin. Sorry for any confusion. I’ve always been a big Obi-Wan fan so I guess I just took it as a foregone conclusion.

 


 

Episode II Figure Scans!
December 8, 2001 | 12:41 AM EST | John

Collect Star Wars has posted a bunch of images from a toy catalog of a load of the upcoming Episode II toys!!! Remember, this carries a heftySPOILER warning, so spoiler-sensative collectors, be aware! You have been warned! Nice stuff however, including the new range of figures labeled Generation Y that seems to be geared at the emerging teen market of Star Wars fans. Imagine Todd McFarlane meeting Hasbro Star Wars. That line will transcend all 5 movies it seems. But, get over there before the powers that be (Lucas Inc.) has these images revoked. It’s almost a sure bet.

 


 

Attakus Round Two Available at Entertainment Earth
December 7, 2001 | 11:19 PM EST | Adam

From Entertainment Earth:

“New Attakus In Stock!

Some of the second wave of Attakus Star Wars statues are in stock and starting to ship – just in-time for the holidays! We have a VERY limited quantity available. Choose from 11 different statues in the entire Attakus Star Wars collection including the new Stormtrooper Cold Cast Statue (Item# AC121, $359.99), Darth Vader Cold Cast Statue (Item# AC116, $399.99), C-3PO Cold Cast Statue (Item# AC120, $369.99) and more!

See all Attakus statues here:
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/hitlist.asp?company=ATTAKUS

 


 

Wal-Mart Dagobah Luke & Yoda Continue to Show Up
December 7, 2001 | 11:18 PM EST | Adam

In case you’ve strayed from the stores, now might be a good time to look around for the new exclusive 12″ two-pack. For $29.96 (give or take a few pennies), you can get the pair in a rather nice box. (Even though Yoda’s face detailling looks pretty awful.)

A local Wal-Mart had nine pieces on Monday and had one left tonight, so they’re not selling as fast as some previous exclusives. But if you’re in need of a present for someone you really care about– i.e., you– now’s a good time to go a-shoppin’.

 


 

The Winner Is…
December 7, 2001 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

The winner of the first Ultarama give-away is Eric Rabenold. Send in your entries for the next give-away. We’ll have another Ultarama drawing two weeks from today. Email us with your entry. Be sure to include your name and address. Good luck to everyone and congratulations again Eric!!!

 


 

Ultarama Give Away Drawing Tonight
December 7, 2001 | 9:02 AM EST | Bill

The first drawing in our new Ultarama giveaway will be tonight at 10:00 P.M. Eastern time. Be sure you’ve sent in your email, with your name and address to us here. Good luck to everyone.

 


 

Star Wars 25th Anniversary Novelizations Coming!
December 7, 2001 | 12:52 AM EST | John

StarWars.Com has just recently posted that, come July 2002, bookstores nationwide will have the re-release of the original Star Wars novelizations! All three novels will be complete in one hardcover edition, (incidentally, for the first time ever), and will feature original conceptual art by none other than Ralph McQuarrie. Click on over to see what this thing is going to look like.

 


 

Speeder Price Drops And Sales
December 6, 2001 | 11:25 PM EST | Bill

It appears that the 12″ Luke Speeder price drop is nationwide, but some Targets are going lower than $39.99. Yak Reader Grayhank found that his Target in Northern California has done a pricecut down to $39.99, and has the speeder currently on sale for $37.99.

 


 

Star Wars Racer: Revenge Preview at GameSpot
December 6, 2001 | 11:11 PM EST | Adam

GameSpot posted a preview of the upcoming PlayStation 2 sequel to theRacer franchise of Pod Racing games. So far, it’s looking pretty sharp and will deal with Sebulba’s return to Pod Racing, as well as Anakin (E2 era) sneaking off to rejoin the races. Sounds like ith as potential, so if you’re interested, be sure to check out the preview.

 


 

Star Wars Books CHEAP
December 6, 2001 | 11:01 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Darthdav found a great Star Wars book sale at Borders in the bay area, C-3PO Masterpiece Edition book and 12″ figure box- set for $19.99, and the Star Wars Scrapbook: The Essential Collection, by Steven Sansweet (the one that contains pictures and reproductions of classic star wars stuff like popcicle wrappers, a premier invitation, etc.) for a mere $7.99. Borders.com has the Aurra Sing Masterpiece Edition (as well as the c-3PO one) for $52.50 (thats 30% off).

 


 

Star Wars: Battlegrounds Patch Available
December 6, 2001 | 2:14 PM EST | John

LucasArts currently has a patch available that corrects the problem withStar Wars:Battlegrounds that some were experiencing while trying to play the game. They include an issue with the Installer that occurred after selecting the Modify feature and deselecting Full Install, and various minor gameplay issues such as a crash that occurred after selecting certain items in the Editor, Wookiee Carbon collection bonus that is at the intended +5%, Rebel Farming Bonus that is at intended +5%, and to make sure that Heavy Artillery is doing proper damage. If you are experiencing these software issues, click on over and get the patch!

 


 

Wave 15.5 Now Available At Entertainment Earth 
December 6, 2001 | 1:42 PM EST | John

Entertainment Earth has the current Wave of POTJ figures in stock and ready for order. They include Queen Amidala Royal Decoy, Rebel Trooper – Tantive IV Defender, Imperial Officer and FX-7 Medical Droid! You can order a set of the 4 by clicking here, or a full case by clicking here. These are one of the nicer waves to come along since the POTJ inception, so, if you want ’em, grab ’em!

 


 

Some Good Deals @ eBay
December 6, 2001 | 12:08 PM EST | John

Sometimes in life it comes time to part with our collections for various reasons. For our fellow Yak-reader “Bill T.”, the reason is buying a home for his family. He’s got a bunch of good auctions going on over on e-Bay, so if you’re looking to fill collection holes, check out his wares. They’re decently priced, and there’s a nice little variety.

 


 

New Figures In Stock At D & S Sci-fi Toy World
December 6, 2001 | 8:54 AM EST | Bill

D & S Sci-fi Toy World has the new FX-7, Amidala, Imperial Officer & Rebel Trooper figures in
stock and ready to ship. And they just got the 12″ Luke Dagobah & Yoda in stock. They have also gotten some older figures back in stock, including Sandtrooper, Biker Scout, Plo Koon, Sebulba, Fode, etc. These will go fast! Click here for more.

 


 

Remember ASCII
December 5, 2001 | 11:03 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Josh brought our attention to a very interesting site. Remember ASCII characters on your computer — you know the ^%!#^@#”[, etc? Well Asciimation has created a version of Star Wars using entirely ASCI characters. Click here for more.

 


 

Meet The Tantive IV Builder
December 5, 2001 | 10:57 PM EST | Bill

The Jawa will have a chat session Friday night at 9 PM with Michael Fright, the Tantive IV creator.

 


 

BoShek Figure Images Released!
December 5, 2001 | 11:24 AM EST | John

Hasbro has just released images on their website of what is promising to be one of the nicer figures this year. Ol’ Boshek should be hitting shelves soon, if not the first quarter of 2002. Hop on over to see this dandy guy!

 


 

More Lucas Auction For America Items
December 5, 2001 | 12:32 AM EST | John

A big Yak thanks goes to “Obi-Shawn” from ShawnandColleen.Com for sending us this information. He writes;

“According to my local SoCal CBS News Radio station KNX 1070, Lucasfilm is parting with some choice items from the archives. Starting tomorrow, Lucasfilm will be auctioning off items in eBay’s
“Auction for America” category. The username seems to be “LucasfilmLtd”, and the first Item appears to be an ILM assembled/detailed Anakin Podracer model. Click here to view this auction.

Soon to follow are an autographed Stormtrooper helmet from ESB (Lucas
signed), a Darth Maul double-bladed saber, and more.”

Thanks again for the information, Obi-Shawn! Looks like some really good stuff is going up for auction there, and it’s for a great cause. So, if you can, bid and give freely to this worth-while fund.

 


 

More Episode II toys… this time Lego!
December 5, 2001 | 12:03 AM EST | John

For all the Lego fans out there, now there are some Episode II toys posted on Action-Figure.Com! Even better than a list, these are actual images of an up-and-coming non-Vader Sith Lord, and a certain Jedi Master with his, um… Jedi trademark. I know this is cryptic, but if you’re not spoiler-sensative, you have GOT to see these images.

 


 

Episode II Figure List
December 4, 2001 | 9:47 PM EST | Bill

Above and Beyond has posted a list of Episode 2 figures which contains nearly 50— that’s right 50 figures. In keeping with our spoiler free policy, we will not post the list here, but click here and go to the Episode 2 figures section on the menu.

UPDATE: Above and Beyond has removed the list.

 


 

Speeder Bike Prices Starting To Drop
December 4, 2001 | 9:44 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Mark from Woburn, MA wrote in to say his Target has dropped the Luke 12″ Speederbike to $39.99. Whether this is nationwide or just an isolated case is still unclear.

 


 

C-3PO Palm Talker Variation
December 4, 2001 | 12:44 PM EST | John

Over at Pegwarmer.com they have posted what appears to be a variation on the Palm Talker C-3PO. The first version was a dull gold color, almost a flat gold paint, while the newer one being spotted has a nice gold luster to it and is much brighter. Quite an improvement. Here’s another one for all you variation hunters out there, good luck!

 


 

Entertainment Earth gets 2nd Deluxe Wave
December 4, 2001 | 1:51 AM EST | John

Entertainment Earth has just received enough cases of the second wave of Deluxe Figures to fill all of the backorders placed through December 2nd at their site. Although this item is not in stock for regular ordering, it is still currently shipping from the warehouses, and can be ordered through their site for future shipments! The case includes;

3x Leia with Sail Barge Cannon
3x Amanaman with Salacious Crumb

So, if you haven’t yet, hop over and order a case if you’re so inclined.Click here for a direct link to the order page. And, as always, tell them Yakface sent ya!

 


 

Obi-Wan Vs. Darth Vader 25th Anniversary 2 Pack Photos
December 3, 2001 | 9:38 PM EST | Bill

Some of the first photos anywhere of the upcoming Obi-Wan Vs. Darth Vader 25th Anniversary 2 Pack have appeared at Action Figure.comClick here for more.

 


 

AT-ST Set Photos Posted
December 3, 2001 | 9:36 PM EST | Bill

Collect Star Wars has posted some pictures of the upcoming TRU Exclusive AT-ST, Paploo, and Speederbike set. It sounds like this set will run about 30 bux — well worth the price for the AT-ST alone (and ths one has a slightly different paint job for variation fans and diorama builders.Click here for more.

 


 

Want The Newest Figures???
December 3, 2001 | 9:33 PM EST | Bill

JediChris.net has just posted a contest with a prize that just about everyone can use– part the next wave of figures– that’s right army builders!!! The prizes are Imperial Officer, Rebel Trooper and Bespin Guard. Click here for more.

 


 

Free 100th 12″ Luke Skywalker
December 3, 2001 | 9:29 PM EST | Bill

Those scavengers over at The Jawa have come up with yet another giveaway. This time it’s 100th 12″ Figure Luke Skywalker. Click here for more.

 


 

12″ Luke And Yoda FOUND!!!
December 3, 2001 | 9:27 PM EST | Bill

It finally happened!!!! The Wal-Mart exclusive 12″ Luke and Yoda are appearing. The news it even better– we have multiple reports from several different states:

Cathedral City Walmart, next to Palm Springs in Southern
California– Yak Reader MachoFrijol

Phoenix,AZ at Wal-Mart on 59th Ave. and Bell Road –SlugBoyJabba
Here is MachoFrijol’s review:

I just came form my Walmart and they have the new 12 inch look Skywalker with Yoda. It looks great! I didn’t know that the front was dome shaped! It is awesome! The price is $28.98 and I am the proud owner of Two! One for the old collection and one for opening! Luke’s fatigues are an exact replica of those in the film and Yoda’s expression is classic! I think this is the best 12 inch figure to date!

 


 

Star Wars Survivor Enters Week 8
December 3, 2001 | 9:03 AM EST | Bill

Star Wars Survivor Hoth is entering Week 8. It might be harder this week to vote a survivor off. The surviving characters in the game are: Aurra Sing, Boba Fett, Darth Maul, Lando, Leia, Mace, Plo Koon, R2-D2, and Wedge.Vote Today!

 


 

REAL Newsfeed: Half Price Sale
December 3, 2001 | 2:36 AM EST | Adam

From the fine folks from REAL:

Half Price Sale on Now!

Happy Holidays!  The No.1 action figure stands in the universe are now on sale at half price.  Act fast, supplies are limited and this sale will end soon, and without notice.
REAL Action Stands are high quality clear display stands specially designed just for Hasbro’s (Kenner) current and vintage lines of 3-3/4″ Star Wars action figures.

Order Now online, or by phone or fax toll free 24 hours
REALSTANDS.COM
1-888-618-REAL (7325)

Check out their site for the full rundown on the latest deals.

 


 

KBKIds.com Sale
December 2, 2001 | 11:06 PM EST | Mark

Here is small list of what is on sale and the prices over at KBKids.com
Technic Pit Droid $5.59 reg $22.99
Lego Tie Interceptor $47.99 reg $114.99
Theed Hander Playset $9.99 reg $39.99
Plus MANY MANY more items, stop over and stock up. Almost all of their LEGO’s are on sale.

 


 

Shadows Of The Empire Game Cube Petition
December 2, 2001 | 9:07 PM EST | Bill

The link for the Shadows Of The Empire Game Cube Petition has been revised. Click here for the new link.

 


 

Episode 1 Figures That Never Were Released
December 1, 2001 | 11:56 PM EST | Bill

Adam over at the Trade Federation has added to his End of the Line section with detailed photos of two two-packs which were planned for the Episode 1 line which never saw the light of day. The two-packs are Jar Jar vs. a Destroyer Droid and Qui-Gon Jinn vs. a Battle Droid. These two packs look incredible, and I’d love to see them released at some point, but rightnow it looks very unlikely. Click here for more.

November 2001 Archive

Trivia Contest Ends Saturday
November 30, 2001 | 8:42 PM EST | Bill

If you are planning to enter Jundland Wastes’ trivia contest time is running out. The contest ends Saturday at midnight EST.

 


 

25th Anniversary Two Pack Photos
November 30, 2001 | 8:38 PM EST | Bill

Boxed photos of the final versions of the Luke/Leia and Han/Chewie 2 packs have surfaced at Collect Star Wars. These appear to be great additions to the line, Click here for more.

 


 

Fan Club Exclusive Stormtrooper 2 Pack
November 30, 2001 | 8:35 PM EST | Bill

Collect Star Wars has updated with more information on the Fan Club exclusive Stormtrooper. It will be a 2 pack, intended for ARMY BUILDERS. YES!!!! It appears that Hasbro is listening to collectors and responding, not only with excellent sculpts and very detailed figures, but also with army builder packs. These should be at the fan club in the second quarter of 2002. Click here for more.

 


 

SOTE for Gamecube?!?
November 29, 2001 | 11:44 PM EST | John

Remember when you first brought home the N64? Remember how amazed you were with the then “state-of-the-art” graphics? Remember how you popped in your “Shadows Of The Empire” cartridge and played for hours on top of hours? Remember how, when you couldn’t get past the IG-88 part, you shoved a roll of toilet paper and open tin of baked beans in the cartridge port then threw it out a 28 story window? Ok… maybe not the last part, but my point is that we all loved SOTE when it first came out. It was the game to play.

With the release of “Rogue Squadron II; Rogue Leader”, some fans are seeing the graphics and wondering; “What would SOTE be like on Gamecube?” And that, my friends, is what prompted this petition. Personally, I’d love to see it done. Kind of like “Mario All-Stars” for the Super Nintendo rehashing all the original NES 8-bit Mario platform games but hopped-up for the 16-bit environment. Interested Yakkers? To sign the petition, click here, sign up, and that’s all there is too it!

 


 

Celebration II Passes On Sale At Official Site
November 29, 2001 | 4:04 PM EST | John

The Official Star Wars Fan Club Store at WotC has posted their passes for the up-and-coming Celebration II scheduled in Indianapolis, Indiana for next May. They have a load, and they all look great. Check them out if you’re planning on going!

 


 

Episode II Expanded Universe Titles looking great!
November 28, 2001 | 12:49 PM EST | John

StarWars.com has recently listed a slew of Episode II titles for all the rabid fans reading pleasure! I won’t list them here due to our spoiler-free policy, but if you’re in the mood for some relatively spoiler-free literature listing for THE Star Wars event of 2002, click here!

 


 

Worlds Largest Custom Made STAR WARS TOY – Update
November 28, 2001 | 12:31 PM EST | John

Michael Frights custom Tantive IV seems to be really shaping up as the world’s largest custom Star Wars toy! To check the newest dirt on this cool ship, click here!

 


 

Wal-Mart Ditching SW Figures?!? …Nah!
November 28, 2001 | 12:27 PM EST | John

In the last few months we’ve seemed to have gotten a few direct or at least a side-mentioning of this topic, and I think it must be addressed. This is the most current letter we’ve gotten. It’s from “Jedi Jake”, and goes a little something like this;

“I went to one of my local Wal-Marts the other day and I couldn’t help but notice there wasn’t a Star Wars section anywhere. I asked a clerk and they said that they aren’t going to be carrying the line anymore. At the other two Wal-Marts by me (Albany, NY) the same thing seems to be happening. Do you know why this is happening? And is it the same for all the Wal-Marts across the country? This is really frustrating, because that is where I got most of my figures from.”

Now, this happens every year around the same time. Towards the beginning of summer to late autumn there is a severe deficit of toys, and Star Wars is not immune. They will restock in time for Christmas. Any news of Wal-Mart not “carrying” Star Wars anymore is a lie. Chances are it’s only idiot stock-people (note I said “idiot” stock-people, not all stock-people…) who like to see people get worked up then laugh about it later. With the approach of Episode II, Wal-Mart would be pretty stupid not to carry the new unified line. Another problem is changing SKU’s. It may look like they’re not going to carry Star Wars at all, and all along it turns out that it’s just a case of SKU’s being changed on the packaging. So, fret not!

 


 

New Episode 2 Figure List
November 27, 2001 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has posted a new list of Episode 2 Figures. In keeping spoiler free, we will not post the list, but you can read it here.

 


 

Ultarama Giveaway Returns To Yakface
November 27, 2001 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

If you still haven’t gotten an Ultarama, and discovered quite simply the BEST loose figure dispay system around, now is your chance. Just in time for Christmas, Yakface is pleased to annouce the return of the Ultarama giveaway. We will randomly select one person every other week to receive a FREEUltarama. You can enter once for each giveaway drawing. Click here to enter. Be sure to include your first and last names, as well as your address so we can get the Ultarama to the lucky winner as fast as possible.

 


 

Virus Warning for Outlook Users
November 27, 2001 | 6:24 PM EST | Adam

I’d like to apologize for taking up valuable Star Wars news space for this, but having been pounded with the virus myself, it seemed appropriate to share this news story with you.

A worm, “Badtrans,” has been infecting Outlook and Outlook Express email applications and it logs your personal information. The worm transmits itself by self-launching and as apparently, there is no actual damage that can be done to your system– it’s an information thief.

I have yet to find if this affects all operating systems or just Windows, but here’s a story at CNN with more details.

We now return you to… uh… us.

 


 

Kay Bee Phantom Menace 1-Day VHS Sale
November 27, 2001 | 1:43 PM EST | John

Steven Y. writes us with this little tidbit of sale news;

“I suppose this would be a good buy for those who don’t want the DVD version. This appears to be a one day limited sale…”

Thanks Steven! To go directly to this sale, click on the following text – 1 Day VHS Episode I Sale Bear in mind that this is the larger box set with the film slide and the booklet included , so it’s a pretty darn good deal, considering that these were originally about $35.

 


 

TPE runs away with FOX ratings!
November 27, 2001 | 12:10 PM EST | John

Found this little tidbit over at The Hollywood Reporter. It may have recently lost out to Harry Potter, but Episode I ruled the airwaves (or would that be cable-waves?) on Sunday!

“Fox was the primetime master Sunday as its world TV premiere airing of “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” blew away the competition on the final Sunday of the November sweep. Fox’s 7-10 p.m. airing of “Phantom Menace” averaged 17.6 million viewers and a 7.9 rating/18 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. Fox won the night in adults 18-34, teens and other key young demos. “Phantom Menace” opened up with a solid 14.4 million viewers and a 6.4/17 in the demo at 7 p.m., peaking from 9-9:30 p.m. with 19.4 million viewers and an 8.7/19 in adults 18-49.”

 


 

Episode II DVD talk already?!?
November 27, 2001 | 12:06 PM EST | John

Maybe… This report comes from “JMB3”, of which I thank for the tip. It seems that DVD France has listed some interesting information involving the time frame of release of the Episode II DVD. Now, the below text has been translated from French, so it’s a bit choppy. But you get the idea.

“Nov. 26 2001 — You will not be able to say that you were not well-informed! Because indeed, the DVD of Star Wars Episode II, the attack of the clones is indeed planned… Do not pay too attention to the jacket above, because it is obviously false. On the other hand, which is true (in any case, that circulates much in the corridors of FPE…), it is that contrary to the phantom Threat, we will not have to wait two years before being able to taste the attack of the clones in DVD. This time, George Lucas is well decided to benefit immediately from the usual time imposed on the video outputs. Then small fast equation: since the film comes out on our screens on May 17 2002 and that in France the legal minimum time between an output rooms and an output video is 6 months, that gives us on November 17 2002. Moreover since the film comes out in the whole world in the neighbourhoods of May 17, one can think that the DVD will be the subject of a world output.”

Now everyone, we all know what “official sources” means, and this is by no means an official source. So, we’re going to mark this with a big R-U-M-O-R until after the release of the film and we hear for certain the video release dates.

 


 

Deluxe Showing Up Everywhere Online
November 27, 2001 | 11:47 AM EST | John

WotC has just recently listed a bunch of different figures from the newer waves, most notably the Deluxe Figures, Shirtless Maul and Bacta Luke. Also offering these at the present time is KB Kids where they’re asking $12.99 a pop. So folks, if you haven’t seen these in the stores yet, here’s your chance online.

 


 

Looking For A 12″ Darth Maul And Sith Speeder… FREE???
November 26, 2001 | 10:46 PM EST | Bill

If you are looking for a 12″ Darth Maul and Sith Speeder, and the price of free sounds good to you, then check out The Jawa’s latest giveaway. Click here for more.

 


 

Ultarama Sale Ends Soon
November 26, 2001 | 10:40 PM EST | Bill

Ultarama.com’s free shipping on Ultarama units ends tomorrow night (November 27th)!!!! if you haven’t ordered yet, do it quick, and be sure to tell them Yakface sent you!

 


 

Entertainment Earth Holiday Newsfeed
November 25, 2001 | 4:35 AM EST | Adam

Entertainment Earth writes:

“We want you to receive your collectibles on time for the Holidays. To ensure Christmas delivery via standard ground shipping methods, please order “in stock” items by Monday, December 10, 2001. The last day to order “in stock” items for UPS 2nd day air delivery is Wednesday, December 19, 2001.

 


 

SW Jr. Line Official!
November 25, 2001 | 4:33 AM EST | Adam

CollectStarWars.com posted a link that pretty much sums up what we’ve been hoping– that these sets are a go!

The Hasbro Preschool Site makes mention of these as “Star Wars All In One Adventures.” The sets names and MSRPs are as follows:
“Duel with Darth Maul” $14.99
“Fast In The Forest” $7.99
“Stompin’ Wampa” $7.99
“X-Wing Adventure” $14.99

If you want a sense of scale for these fine products, just check out the Jurassic Park Jr. toys at your local stores, or take a look at those images on Hasbro’s Preschool Site. So folks, there ya have it– more stuff to waste money on next year. (But it’s cute… I’ll be buying them anyway. Here’s hoping for more!)

Thanks again to all those who informed us on these!

 


 

KBKids.com Sale!
November 23, 2001 | 10:36 PM EST | Mark

Here are some of the latest sales at KBKids.com this weekend.
LEGO Technic Pit Droid $6.99 reg $22.99
LEGO Tie Interceptor $59.99 reg $114.99
LEGO Technic Battle Droid $24.99 reg $32.99
LEGO Star Wars Bonus Set (Inc – Technic Pit Droid, Technic Battle Droid, Technic Destroyer Droid and Gungan Patrol) $79.99 reg $121.99
Theed Playset w/ Qui-Gon and Battle Droid $9.99 reg $39.99
Interactive Yoda $9.99 reg $39.99
LEGO Darkside Developers $59.99 reg $124.99
Plus many others….

 


 

Target Exclusives Online Again
November 23, 2001 | 10:27 PM EST | Mark

Target.com now has the 12″ Luke Speederbike and B-Wing in stock again.

 


 

FX-7 Wave Loose Photos
November 23, 2001 | 9:13 PM EST | Bill

Sandtroopers.com has just posted a batch of photos of the FX-7 wave. Click here for more.

 


 

Celebration 2 Exhibitor Packet
November 23, 2001 | 1:46 AM EST | Adam

From Bricks To Bothans has posted the cover of the second Celebration’s exhibitor packet. Spoiler-free, of course, and it’s pretty cool. Check ‘er on out.

FBTB also has some info on current Lego deals, so if you haven’t visited them lately, it’s probably worth your while to check out this fantastic resource.

 


 

Black Friday Bonanza
November 23, 2001 | 1:44 AM EST | Adam

On the biggest shopping day of the year, we’d like to turn to you, the readers, for the reports from the trenches. Toys “R” Us is having their old Star Wars stock down to 2 for $3 (along with old X-Men movie stock, Pokemon, and Avengers.)

Since many of these products have been blown out by TRU already, the question is, will anyone find anything cool? If you see a Holo Sidious, Pit Droids, or something as equally groovy, we want to hear about it– let us know in our store reports area, or drop us a line if you find something extra gnarly. As the kids say.

 


 

Dewback, Dreamcast Drops Confirmed
November 23, 2001 | 1:40 AM EST | Adam

Fans of all things great (and not-so-great),

We’ve gotten more reports of the Toys “R” Us Dewback dropping to $29.99 in stores, and it seems to be pretty much all over. In the off chance you missed our story earlier or your store actually runs out, you can still order the ugly bugger online at Amazon.com for $29.98 and shipping.

Also, the ill-fated yet still marvelous Sega Dreamcast console has officially dropped to $49.99 in most stores as of Wednesday, so if you need a fairly priced game console to tide you over, there’s a few Star Wars titles to be had, as well as Jet Grind Radio and Crazi Taxi, so you don’t have to have an Xbox or GameCube to get new games this year… unless you have a Dreamcast. (Also available at Amazon.com.)

 


 

More Star Wars Jr. Pics– Are They Coming?
November 23, 2001 | 1:33 AM EST | Adam

Shawn from Cybertron City sent us a link to his site with some fantastic Hasbro 2002 shots– the new GI Joe vs. Cobra line is shown, totally painted, some great new toys from other lines… and what may be the initial releases of the Star Wars Jr. Range.

http://cybertroncity.com/modules/Gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=album32

It’s entirely possible the reports of the line’s death have been greatly exaggerated… the images show the following amazingly awesome sets:

#1: Naboo Fighter, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Pilot Anakin Skywalker, Darth Maul, Battle Droid
#2: 2 Speederbikes, Wicket, Biker Scout, Luke (Endor)
#3: X-Wing, Luke (pilot), R2-D2, Darth Vader
#4: Wampa, Tauntaun, Luke (Hoth), Han (Hoth)

This is, to say the least, a great find. Shawn, thanks for the pics, and Hasbro… we just can’t wait to get our mitts on these, so if you’ve got a release date, do share!

 


 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
November 22, 2001 | 10:29 PM EST | Bill

From all of us here at Yakface.com. We wish you and your friends and loved ones a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

 


 

Another 12″ Dewback Drop?
November 22, 2001 | 3:02 AM EST | Adam

A tidbit from Reader Mike…

“I’m not sure if this is old news or not, but I was a my local Toys R Us (in Erie, PA) today and they had the 12″ Dewback and Sandtrooper marked down to only $29.95 from $79.99!”

Yowza! It’s entirely possible this is going to be all over, especially with the holidays, so it might be worth your while braving the madness that is Black Friday to score one!

 


 

Masterpiece C-3PO Bargain at Borders
November 22, 2001 | 3:00 AM EST | Adam

In addition to the drop at Waldenbooks, reader Rajnidds let us know he spied the Chronicle Books C-3PO Masterpiece Edition at his local Borders store, also for $19.99. Good deals all around, surely the first of many you’ll be seeing this weekend!

 


 

Shirtless Maul Online
November 21, 2001 | 10:13 PM EST | Mark

KBKids.com now has the Shirtless Maul and Luke Bacta Tank in stock for $12.99

 


 

SALE SALE SALE SALE!!!!
November 21, 2001 | 10:08 PM EST | Mark

LEGO Tie Fighter $49.99 Reg $99.99
12″ Dewback $29.98 Reg $79.99
Sith Lords 12″ 2 Pack $29.98 Reg $39.99
POTJ Han Solo $8.99
POTJ Luke Skywalker $8.99

 


 

Trailer Updates
November 20, 2001 | 8:44 PM EST | Bill

A number of Yak Readers have written about the E2 trailer which is supposed to appear with Harry Potter, or rather the absence of the trailer.

Yak Reader Bryan wrote:

I talked to a manager last night after I DIDN’T get to see the teaser in front of Harry Potter. His explanation was a lot more convincing than “told to pull it” or “did not recieve it.” He told me that they only received a certain number of prints, and since they were showing Harry Potter on a record number of screens (for this theater) that some showings got left out when the math was done.

Yak Reader EVILCHUK sent this in:

Corona coming attractions did a bit on the trailer a week or so ago. General Cinemas for example have it, but are holding it in their vaults. Here in San Antonio, Texas, I saw the trailer wwith Harry Potter at a Santikos theatre.

Yak Reader Joe’s experiences even more frustrating:

Sunday we called Hoyts’ cinema in
Clifton Park Center Mall, Clifton Park, NY, to see if it was playing in front of Harry Potter. They said it was playing with all three prints of the movie. So we went to a 12:30 showing today expecting to see the trailer but to our horror and dismay it was not there! Needless to say I was pissed. I tried to keep myself calm and not focus in on what happened to try to enjoy the movie. After the movie ended we promptly walked up to the manager and told him what was going on. We said we called and were told that it was playing with all the prints. He said that was wrong, and that it was only in
theater 1 and the next showing in their was at 6:10. We asked him if we could come back to just watch the trailer. He agreed and we go about trying to kill 2 1/2 hours. At 5:45 we go in to the theater and tell the kid at the ticket booth that we got the manager’s O.K. to go in just to watch the trailer. We show him our ticket stubs and he says we have to wait 10 to 15 inutes before we can go in because they have to clean it. 15 minutes go by, we start to head in and the kid says there’s no trailer. I point out to the kid the huge Episode II teaser banner on the wall and we tell him what the manager said. He goes to fetch the manager and the manager comes out and says that he just talked to his projectionist and they don’t have it. This makes no sense! They have the banner but no trailer.

Yak Reader Dave got some very different information from his theater:

I believe that for those wishing to see the (incredible) trailer for
“Attack of the Clones at an AMC Theater, it is being shown with the new Jet Li movie called “The One”. That’s the scoop here in Kansas City anyway. Why they took it off “Harry Potter” is quite beyond my capacity.

In short it looks like the best advice is if you are going to see Harry Potter just for th E2 trailer, then it would be a good idea to ask first and be sure they are showing it.

 


 

Free Shipping On Ultaramas
November 20, 2001 | 8:32 PM EST | Bill

This just in from our friends at Ultarama

EDISON, NJ–Nov. 20, 2001—Ultarama™ wishes everyone a happy holiday season and is helping collectors to celebrate by offering free shipping within the Continental U. S. for all online purchases from November 20th through November 27th. So, shop early, ship free, and have peace of mind knowing that your Ultarama; will arrive in plenty of time for the holidays!

The Ultarama is a complete action figure display system that is both flexible and customizable. With the use of the Ultarama’s; molded plastic platforms that contain 80 pre-molded peg holes and its proprietary pegging system, collectors can display their collections in three totally unique ways: stacked two levels high in the shape of a semicircle, clipped back-to-back in the shape of a circle, or configured as two separate and complete one level displays. With the purchase of additional Ultaramas, collectors can build their display many stories high! The Ultarama also includes four unique 8 X 10 background scenes, 48 pegs for 3 3/4″ figures, and 24 pegs for 6″ figures. The 6″ pegs also fit most 4 3/4″ figures and most vintage 3 3/4″ figures.

The Ultarama; is available for immediate shipping and can be ordered from the Ultarama web site at Ultarama or by calling toll free at 1-888-269-4386.

 


 

Q&A: 2001 Season Ender
November 20, 2001 | 2:08 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated for the final time this year, bringing the 2001 season to an end.

The column will return just after the new year, so stay tuned for what hopes to be the best season of Q&A yet!

 


 

C-3PO Masterpiece, Star Wars Scrapbook on Clearance
November 20, 2001 | 1:03 AM EST | Adam

Tonight’s toy run yielded an interesting find at a local Waldenbooks: the C-3PO Tales of the Golden Droid Masterpiece Edition, the one with the 12″ removable limbs figure, was only $19.99 and the fantastic must-have Star Wars Scrapbookwas only $7.99. If you’re looking for cheap holiday gifts for friends and loved ones (or yourself), give the clearance racks of your local Waldenbooks a look.

 


 

E2 Teaser Posters & Banners
November 20, 2001 | 12:40 AM EST | Adam

The Star Wars Fan Club Store put their newest wares up for sale today– the $199.99 banners have sold out, but the $19.99 posters remain. So get crackin’.

 


 

Harry Potter Trailer Hit And Miss
November 19, 2001 | 8:54 AM EST | Bill

Several Yak readers have written in to say that they went to see Harry Potter and DID NOT see the new trailer with it. They have been given a number of reasons from the theater did not receive the trailer to they were told to pull it. It appears that the bottom line is that if you are going to see Harry Potter to see the trailer, ask the theater first and be sure they are showing it. Thanks to Dave an everyone else who wrote in.

 


 

Downtime?
November 19, 2001 | 4:57 AM EST | Adam

Over the past few nights, we’ve had some periods of unscheduled downtime, according to more than a few readers. We’re currently looking into this problem, we’d like to apologize for the inconvinience, and also the final updates for Q&A will be slightly postponed, so do stay tuned for that.

 


 

Toys “R” Us Receives More Episode One Toys
November 18, 2001 | 5:50 PM EST | Adam

Roughly two and a half years after the line’s debut, a local Toys “R” Us here in Tucson has just gotten more of the oft-missed Invasion assortment with all four vehicles– including the somewhat tough to find Gungan Scout Sub with Obi-Wan and the awesome Sith Attack Speeder with Darth Maul. While kitschy off-screen creations, the price was right: $1.97 a pop. (Beat that.)

We haven’t had many widespread reports of these showing up everywhere again, but it definitely looks like a good time to check your local stores to see what’s finally getting out of the warehouses.

 


 

Rogue Leader: Impressions
November 18, 2001 | 5:47 PM EST | Adam

While you’ve probably read a ton of reviews on the game, let me just say that for the most part, everything you’ve read is true.

The new game, released for the GameCube (launched today, check your local stores for availability), is nothing short of fantastic. The training mode is you, a Skyhopper, and free access over Tatooine– find crashed a TIE fighter, Bantha herds, Dewbacks, shoot some Womp Rats… and that’s just the training mission. Killer, killer stuff.

The first stage has been in demo kiosks for a few weeks now, and well, it’s still a blast, if you’ll pardon the expression. Fantastic graphics, sound, and play control… and it’s in a Star Wars game for once.

If you have the means (or the parents to beg), this is something most Star Wars fans with even the slightest affinity toward video games need to have. And if you’ve got another fifty bucks to blow, allow me to reccomend Super Monkey Ball for multi-player fun.

Also, Best Buy stores are offering a deal on GameCube software: $10 off two games, or $20 off of three. Not a bad deal if you’ve got the dough to blow.

 


 

R2-Q5 at Entertainment Earth
November 16, 2001 | 11:30 PM EST | Adam

Sponsor Entertainment Earth has informed us they’re selling a four pack of the R2-Q5 wave. Click here for details.

 


 

Need Dagobah Darth Vader
November 16, 2001 | 7:48 PM EST | Bill

If you’re still looking for a Dagobah Darth Vader, The Jawa is giving one away this week. Click here for more.

 


 

“Revenge” Patches on e-Bay again!
November 16, 2001 | 5:50 PM EST | John

Over at e-Bay there is a dutch auction going on for the official “Revenge Of The Jedi” fan club patches. These are the same ones that were available through the fan club some years back. They’re a nice little bit of Star Wars history! Click here to check out this auction!

 


 

Rebel Trooper Wave Showing Up
November 16, 2001 | 12:37 PM EST | John

Yakker “Tony S.” writes to let us know that he picked up the Rebel Trooperfigure last night, which means that wave is starting to show up now in the US. But, he makes an interesting observation;

“Just got the Rebel Trooper figure and its helmet is GLUED ON!! That’s new to me. Last I heard they were removable.”

Thanks for the info, Tony. Anyone else spot this wave?

UPDATE – Tony never mentioned as to where he’s located or what store these figures were found in. Keep checking the local haunts, I.E. Target, WalMart, K-Mart, etc. to find these newest figures, and as always, don’t bend to scalper prices! Patience pays, young Jedi.

 


 

“Forbidden” Mirror
November 16, 2001 | 1:06 AM EST | Adam

Quicktime.com hosts the new trailer as well as several others on a server separate from StarWars.com… so if you’re having problems, don’t forget that you do have another choice to see this TOTALLY AWESOME TRAILER. Anyway, back to the news.

 


 

“Forbidden Love” Trailer at StarWars.Com
November 16, 2001 | 12:30 AM EST | John

As of 12:01 AM, StarWars.Com has made available for download at their site the Forbidden Love trailer that will allegedly be in front of the Harry Potter flick. I personally (John) have tried to connect to download this thing fromStarWars.Com, and it won’t connect to even let me view the site. I think they underestimated the bandwidth issue again, so you may have a better time finding this thing on a file sharing utility if you really can’t wait to see it from the official site. Good luck, folks!

 


 

Xbox Release
November 15, 2001 | 1:04 AM EST | Adam

The Xbox has been released by ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude to find an Xbox?

Two Star Wars titles are coming out for the Xbox, released today at electronics stores everywhere. Star Wars: Obi-Wan is slated for release around December 3, and the Xbox edition of Starfighter is due November 27. The Xbox is at least $299.99 outside of a bundle, and the games are about $49.99 each.

 


 

Convention Exclusive Figure
November 15, 2001 | 12:51 AM EST | Adam

In a move sure to irratate fans the world over, Rebelscum is reporting (by way of Dale Meyers’ copy of the Star Wars Insider) that a figure will be exclusive to the Con. Drat. Now we have to go.

 


 

Hasbro Updates Site, adds Toy Trailer
November 15, 2001 | 12:48 AM EST | Adam

Hasbro’s Star Wars Site updated with images of two of the three Silver Anniversary sets. Han & Chewie and Luke & Leia were posted, although it’s a fair bet you’ve already seen these elsewhere.

One thing you haven’t seen before, though, is a video file of Han & Chewie showing the toy from various angles. It’s the kind of thing one would expect from the “Bells & Whistles” era of the site around 1997… considering how rare updates are, this sort of thing was a real surprise.

 


 

Still Looking For Vader’s Mom??
November 14, 2001 | 10:06 PM EST | Mark

Check out amazon.com for some figures….
Shmi Skywalker $8.99
Sabe – Queen Decoy $8.99
Tie Interceptor with Figure $29.99

 


 

Q&A Update
November 14, 2001 | 4:01 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with the traditional series of updates. And a snide comment to start off with.

With November coming to a close, so will Q&A’s 2001 season. We’ve got two more updates on tap in the next week, so if you want your question to be one of the final twenty (or thirty, if there’s enough questions to make it worthwhile) then please send ’em on in!

 


 

New Prototypes And Other Curiosities
November 13, 2001 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

Gadders has just updated their Prototypes and Rarities sections with the following vintage items:
Mint Carded Double-Telescoping Luke
Ewoks Chief Chirpa Prototype and Proof Card
AT-AT Commander Original Photo Artwork for blister card
Canadian General Veers vacuform
Uzay Chewbacca
Click here for more.

 


 

It’s Official EII Release Date Announced
November 12, 2001 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just announced the official release date for Attack of the Clones. Click here for more.

 


 

Preorder Teebo, BoShek at Entertainment Earth
November 12, 2001 | 5:09 PM EST | Adam

Sponsor Entertainment Earth sent in this newsfeed:

“Pre-order what may be the last Power of the Jedi series of Star Wars action figures! Choose from SW POTJ (Wave 16) 3-Pack (Item# HS84455KK, $29.99) that includes 1x Teebo, 1x BoShek, and 1x R5-D4 or the full case of 12 (Item# 84455K, $89.99) that includes 4x Teebo, 4x BoShek, 4x R5-D4 (Subject to change).”

 


 

E2 Banner
November 12, 2001 | 3:16 PM EST | Adam

Reader BillyFett pointed us out to his auction: 1484992668. It’s notable because it’s the Episode II teaser banner… Hayden & Natalie on a pretty dark red background. Odds are this is the real deal, and even though it’s coming from Thailand we expect to see these selling in the USA very soon.

UPDATE: This auction has since been removed.

 


 

REAL Stands Newsfeed
November 11, 2001 | 5:42 PM EST | Adam

“Our best selling Type 1 action figure stands for the current line of Star Wars figures (`95 to present), are once again on sale at The Official Star Wars Fan Club.  You can now purchase a set of 12 stands for just $3.99, and if your a member of the Fan Club, your price is only $3.49 – that’s just 29 cents each, which is more than 50% off our regular retail price.  DON’T WAIT!  Supplies are limited; and as always, great offers like this one can end at any time and without notice.  REAL Action Stands on sale at The Official Star Wars Fan Club.

Order by phone at 1 – 8 0 0 – T R U E – F A N

Order online at http://swfan.wizards.com/product.asp?ProductID=6425

 


 

25th Anniversary Han And Chewie 2-Pack Photo
November 11, 2001 | 12:42 AM EST | Bill

The Trade Federation has posted a photo of the upcoming 25th Anniversary Han Solo and Chewbaca 2-pack— and this one is painted. Click here for more.

 


 

Bespin Guard Wave on Clearance at Some Stores
November 10, 2001 | 11:01 PM EST | Adam

The Gamestop stores (Gamestop, Software Etc., and Babbages) are starting to mark down a variety of figures in several of their stores, most notably, the Bespin Guard Wave (Bespin Guard, Ketwol, Sabe, Duro.) Prices vary, but mostly we’ve spotted the quartet at $4.99 each, so happy hunting, bargain hunters!

 


 

What’s this MYSTERY all about?????
November 9, 2001 | 5:34 PM EST | Mark

Got the DVD? Go check out the Mystery trailer. My initial reaction was to pick my jaw up off of the floor. WOW!!!!

 


 

New 2002 Lego Images
November 9, 2001 | 12:46 PM EST | John

The Brickshelf Gallery has posted some pretty nifty scans of the up-and-coming “Final Duel” Boxed Lego set and a loose shot of the “Twin Pod Cloud Car”.Check ’em out! Thanks goes to “twinsuns25” for the tip.

 


 

Where to see Vader in the Teaser
November 8, 2001 | 10:31 PM EST | John

 

 


Ok, I’m probably beating this to death, so this is the final word on where Vader is in the Teaser Trailer. Many kind Yakkers out there have sent in photo’s outlining what they see, and all are identical. So, I used one sent in by my friend “ADAM” (not our Yakface Adam P.), of the TradeFederation.Net, (a very cool page indeed!). Thanks again, “ADAM”! But, for all those having problems, take a gander above. Enjoy all, and again, thanks to all those who sent images and wrote in!

 


 

So, You Still Need A 12″ Biker Scout and Bike?
November 8, 2001 | 8:04 PM EST | Mark

Well, while they are not clearence prices, you can pick one up right now atTarget.com for $49.99 plus shipping. They are now listing the 12″ Speeder Bike and Biker Scout. Click on the link.

 


 

More on Vader in the Teaser Trailer
November 8, 2001 | 3:16 PM EST | John

Ok, due to some mail I’ve had, I’ll specify where Vader is in the Teaser, and try to be a bit more explicit as to where to look; As Obi-Wan is flying across the screen with city-scape behind him, on the last couple frames of this you can see it in the buildings behind him. We all know what picture was used on the Darth Vader-Emperor’s Wrath Force-File, right? I’m 99% sure that that is the image that was injected into the scene. It’s there, it’s just very dark. You can’t make out his breathing mouth triangle, but you can clearly see the top of his helmet and down to under his pectoral area. It’s more of a shadow, really, but I could see the shine on his collar-bone silver strips that run from his neck/shoulders to his chest. This is really no big deal, just something cool that was thrown in, like the breathing. Many people have written to me that have found it, and a few just can’t seem to make it out. Freeze the trailer at that point and look directly in front of Obi-Wan’s face. It’s almost as big as him, only in the distance.

 


 

Customs Contest
November 8, 2001 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill

Artoos Customs is sponsoring an Episode 2 diorama contest. To enter, submit a picture of you diaroma from Episode 2 to Artooscustoms . Dioramas must include at least 3 figures in a scene. Click here for more.

 


 

Want To Play Rogue Leader Today?
November 8, 2001 | 2:34 AM EST | Adam

Friends, are you wanting to play Rogue Leader, the new GameCube Star Wars title, right now? Worried you can’t find a GameCube on launch dya? Well, worry no more! Buzz around the web of a working GameCube mod to play Japanese games on a US system and vice-versa HAS BEEN FOUND!

News was posted at uber-news/store National Console Exchange, a fine store, as well as many others. NCS will be selling modded systems (able to play US and JPN software) for $275, and for do-it-yourself-ers, the mod is supposedly very easy to perform, roughly the same as installing the switch on a Saturn if you’re familliar with that. (Because we need our Salamander fixes.)

So if you’re worried you might not be able to find a US system– which, according to some sources, may not be a problem– here’s the solution. Enjoy!

 


 

Darth Vader in Episode II Teaser?!?
November 8, 2001 | 1:59 AM EST | John

That’s what it looks like, at least in this reporter’s humble opinion. “Lord Malakite” sends us this provocative information in which I’ve checked into, and son-of-a-gun if it doesn’t look like Vader’s there, kind of watching. I edited the information “Lord Malakite” sends us to make sure that this article is 100% spoiler-free. He writes;

“I was watching the trailer and noticed something. It appears that Darth Vader is possibly in the Trailer. He appears in last frame of Obi-Wan as he’s quickly flying across the screen, (just before the children in blue suits). It appears on the right side of him on the building. It is really noticable if you can download the large version. If you watch Obi’s expression in the whole sequence it looks like he is actually reacting to the image.”

I doubt it has anything to actually do with the storyline or anything at all for that matter. Lucas may have tossed this easter egg in the teaser to see how many people noticed. Perhaps it’s to go along with the breathing in the trailer itself… who knows. All I know is that, yes, Vader, or moreover something that looks inexplicably like Vader, is in the trailer. Food for thought… A HUGE thanks goes to “Lord Malakite” for sharing this weird information with us. Enjoy, folks!

 


 

2002 Lego K-Mart Shelf Tags?
November 8, 2001 | 1:42 AM EST | Adam

Reader JabbaTheSlutt sent us a few pages of scans of K-Mart shelf tags for some upcoming products. From the look of things, these are most likely (ok, fairly definitely) the new Lego sets. Highlight the following text to discover the names of the 2002 Lego sets and their prices. (Due to the Episode II items, we’ve decided to protect the spoiler-wary despite their odd nature to seek out Star Wars news pages that won’t share any real news.)

7103 Jedi Duel $9.98
7113 Tusken Raider Encounter $9.98
7119 Twin-Pod Cloud Car $9.98
7133 Bounty Hunter Pursuit $29.98
7139 Ewok Attack $12.88
7143 Jedi Starfighter $19.98
7153 Jango Fett’s Slave I $49.98
7163 Republic Gunship $84.99
7200 Final Duel I $6.98
7201 Final Duel II $6.98
7203 Jedi Defense I $6.98

We opted not to include the scans, but the information is interesting if nothing else. Most of the stuff is pretty fairly priced, it seems… can’t wait for the Cloud Car!

 


 

POTJ Package Changes… It’s Official
November 8, 2001 | 12:45 AM EST | John

The latest breaking news over at Hasbro.com is that the carrded FX-7 wave pictures that have been showing up online, (due to hit retail very soon), are to be the first wave to officially have the Force Files axed. They claim that this is a slight transition of what is to come with the new “generalized” blue packaging that will be making a debut next spring sometime before Episode II. Hop on overto read the full article.

 


 

Silver Anniversary Figures
November 7, 2001 | 10:31 PM EST | Mark

Star Wars.com has a new look at the Luke and Leia 25th Anniversary. Click on the link to see it.

 


 

Rebelscumiversary
November 7, 2001 | 3:40 PM EST | Adam

Rebelscum is celebrating their fifth anniversary today, so be sure to stop on by and see what wackiness and fun they have in store!

 


 

Unreleased Figures Hit e-Bay
November 7, 2001 | 11:33 AM EST | John

e-Bay dealer “noble84” has got a load of as-of-yet unreleased figures up for auction. If only to see these finished items carded, head over and check out their auctions. They have listed the FX-7 wave, Eeth Koth and Zutton, and the long awaited Amanaman and Leia Sail Barge, amongst other things! Pretty cool stuff!

 


 

Q&A Update
November 7, 2001 | 1:13 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with everything you need to make delightful throw pillows in half the time. And Star Wars questions. Mostly the second one.

 


 

B-Wings Starting Final Markdown
November 6, 2001 | 11:28 PM EST | Adam

Word on the street has it that the B-Wings, in some regions, are being blown out by Target for around $9.94, surely a great price for all. As the chain has different clearances in different stores, not all stores will have them marked down, so keep those eyes open!

 


 

Store Reports: Where To Submit?
November 6, 2001 | 10:34 PM EST | Adam

Recently, we’ve been getting a lot of Store Reports at our News account. Unfortunately, the news guys are different than the guys who run the Store Reports page, and the reports don’t always make it to him. To insure your Store Reports are received, remember that the correct address to send them to isstore@yakface.com. As always, thanks for reading Yakface.com!

 


 

More Free Stuff
November 6, 2001 | 10:21 PM EST | Bill

The Jawa has come up with yet another set of give aways. This time they have something really different. Ron will be randomingly picking 3 lucky padawan 12″ customizers to attend an online class of 12″ Figure Customizing 101: the construction of a Star Wars character in 12″ figure scale. The custom figure he will be constructing will be BRAINIAC as seen in the cantina scene. Resin parts, cloth material, and a 12″ articulated figure body will be provided by Ron@the Jawa!!!! Shipping also provided!!!

In addition ACPin is sponsoring a second give away for a Falumpaset. Click here for more.

 


 

More And More Info about Ep2…
November 6, 2001 | 8:54 PM EST | Mark

November 9 – Internet Preview at dvd.starwars.com
“The best DVD produced to date” (dvdtalk.com) just got better. Beginning on November 9, 2001, the Star Wars Episode I DVD will be your key to unlock an exclusive Episode II Internet Preview. Completely different than the teaser currently running in theaters, the DVD-ROM exclusive Internet Preview features all-new footage from Attack of the Clones.

This anticipated preview requires a PC DVD-ROM drive, internet access and the Episode I DVD. If you don’t have your copy yet, buy one today.

November 16 – Full Teaser Trailer
The full teaser trailer for Episode II is coming – an all-new trailer will play in front of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone starting November 16 in North America and other territories. Picking up where “Breathing” left off, this new trailer is over two minutes in length and features never-before-seen footage and dialogue.

Lucasfilm and Apple will be presenting this new trailer on starwars.com exclusively in QuickTime 5 format.

November 25 – Episode I and Artoo-Detoo: Beneath the Dome
While major motion pictures typically appear first on cable and pay-per-view, the North American premiere television broadcast of Episode I will air on FOX on Sunday, November 25 from 7-10 p.m. ET / PT. Immediately following the feature, FOX will air a six-minute sneak peek of the upcoming web-documentary series, Artoo-Detoo: Beneath the Dome.

Told in three parts, this documentary will be available only here at starwars.com, unearthing never before-seen footage and interviews to tell the story. It features exclusive interviews with Artoo’s Star Wars co-stars, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Carrie Fisher, Samuel L. Jackson, and with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, the directors who gave Artoo a chance. Click here for more details.

 


 

Deluxe Figures Hit Toys “R” Us
November 6, 2001 | 6:53 PM EST | Adam

Reader Casimir of Plano, Texas scanned a receipt from his purchase of the new Deluxe figures. Toys “R” Us was charging $10.99 each, a buck more than expected by most, but they’re starting to show up in more traditional outlets.

 


 

Star Wars trailer reviewed on CNN.Com 
November 6, 2001 | 12:12 PM EST | John

It’s nice to see, even in the midst of all the worldly confusion, that CNN.com still can post some lightheartedness about our upcoming prequel-sequel. CNN.comdid a nice little write up on the Breathing teaser that hit the net-waves yesterday. Thanks to those who wrote us about it!

 


 

Reminder – Teaser Trailer On MTV Today!
November 5, 2001 | 12:51 PM EST | John

Just a reminder! Today on MTV’s Total Request Line they will be showing the new “Breathing” Trailer that’s been showing in front of Monsters Inc. The show airs between 3 and 5:30pm Eastern Standard Time, so, if you can’t download it, set those VCR’s!

 


 

Amanaman Hits Hong Kong
November 5, 2001 | 11:57 AM EST | John

Only short weeks after the original case assortment of deluxe figures hits the American shelves, reports are coming to us that the Amanaman has hit in Hong Kong. This usually means within a month they’ll be being spotted in the States. My question? Where is Sail-Barge Leia? I’ve heard from a couple different sources that Amanaman is in this new lot, but nothing on Slave Leia. More on this as we get it…

 


 

Teaser Trailer Available NOW!
November 5, 2001 | 11:50 AM EST | John

Alright guys, here it is! Over at Starwars.com, they now have the “Breathing” teaser trailer available for download. Here is a direct link to the download page itself. Please expect delays due to large volumes of downloads, (Anyone remember Episode I’s trailer download? That, on an average, took over a day to download on dial-up…). Good luck, and enjoy!

 


 

Q&A Update
November 5, 2001 | 2:00 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice, the Q&A column with half the content of regular Q&A columns, has been updated with the questions and answers you love so much. Check it out, yo.

 


 

More LEGO 2002 Pictures
November 4, 2001 | 9:16 PM EST | Adam

From Bricks to Bothans posted new, clear scans of a trio of new items: the Ewoks, the Ultimate Collectors Series Yoda, and the Lobot figure. All are very cool, so be sure to give FBTB a visit!

 


 

New Poll, Old Poll Results
November 3, 2001 | 4:12 PM EST | Adam

With the advent of the new teaser for the new flick, we want to know your opinions– do you think it’s the best thing ever, or just the best thing ever? We need to know!

Our last poll breakdown on the Episode One DVD:
After all the waiting, what do you think of the DVD?
60%: Best Deal Ever!
20%: It’s OK
10%: Didn’t buy it/no DVD player
8%: It took them a year and a half for this?

Anyway, don’t forget to submit your vote today!

 


 

Teaser Trailer: Rocks
November 3, 2001 | 12:45 AM EST | Adam

While you’ve probably heard about it or you went out and saw it, I just want to take the time to say that the Attack of the Clones teaser is an amazing piece of work. I was a little surprised by what got stuck in there, and frankly, can’t wait to see it again.

(For the curious, Monsters Inc. wasn’t as great as I was hoping it would be but it was still an enjoyable flick.)

 


 

Rogue Leader GameCube Demos Up
November 3, 2001 | 12:42 AM EST | Adam

This evening’s excursion to Target revealed a GameCube demo kiosk, complete with a demo disc with the upcoming Rogue Squadron sequel, Rogue Leader. The stage available was the assault on the first Death Star, and while what I played was easy, it was loads of fun. The targeting computer alone made for a real treat of a game, plus the controller is actually quite excellent.

If you’ve got a few minutes this weekend, give the game a shot. (Now all I gotta do is hope they’re going to have enough units at launch…)

 


 

Palm Talkers Continue to Ship
November 2, 2001 | 3:30 PM EST | Adam

Jon from New Jersey wrote in today to tell us he saw pegs of over 50 of the little super-deformed buggers in a Wal-Mart in Piscataway earlier this morning. So if you’re still wanting these guys, don’t give up just yet– they’re still coming.

 


 

Attn. Macintosh Gamers
November 2, 2001 | 3:27 PM EST | Adam

Both of you. I got an email today on a petition to get the original Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II game ported to the Mac. Were it to be released, it’d cost around $20, which isn’t too bad for the relatively old game which promises to be updated during the port process.

Since we Mac gamers get the short end of the stick– constantly– this is something I’m definitely in support of. If you want to support it too, sign the petition. The developer is fully aware of it and is very interested in porting the game… the interest just needs to be there. Tell your friends!

 


 

Download “Breathless” Trailer Monday From StarWars.com! 
November 2, 2001 | 11:53 AM EST | John

TheForce.net is reporting that the code-named “Breathless” teaser trailer, (the short teaser before Pixar’s Monsters flick that incidentally opens today), will be available for download Monday from StarWars.comClick here to read the details!

 


 

Attack of the Clones Teaser Today
November 2, 2001 | 5:59 AM EST | Adam

Showing with Pixar’s Monsters Inc., the new trailer promises a brief look of the prequel sequel. StarWars.com has a feature on it here, although as of now there is no place to download it. We assume this will change relatively soon… so be sure to watch official (and other) outlets if you’re unable to see the latest Pixar flick.

(Or you can go see the new Coen Bros. flick. Good choices all around.)

 


 

Q&A Update & E.T.
November 2, 2001 | 2:25 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice, our poorly named Q&A column, has been updated with questions and answers, and even a tidbit on the murmurs surrounding Bloom County toys.

Also, the E.T. 20th Anniversary goods are showing up at Toys “R” Us, where they’re supposedly exclusives. The E.T. figures I’ve seen of the alien are quite large, not in scale with the humans, so for those wanting a SW-scale E.T. senator, looks like you’ve got to wait at least a little while longer.

 


 

Classic Star Wars Shirts Return
November 1, 2001 | 3:22 PM EST | Adam

Many of you have bemoaned the lack of classic trilogy apparel, and apparently, someone has been listening. Last night at Suncoast Motion Picture Co., I found a rack of brand new Star Wars shirts– the artwork is familliar, but these are new. Two regular shirts and a girl’s baby-tee were available, so if you need new shirts, it’s time to hit the mall.

 


 

Bacta Luke Giveaway at JundlandWastes.com
November 1, 2001 | 2:51 PM EST | Adam

East Coast Collector News Site JundlandWastes.com wrote in to tell us that they’re giving away a Bacta Luke as part of their trivia contests, and well, we just thought we’d share that with you.

 


 

Carded Pics of FX-7 Wave!
November 1, 2001 | 12:06 PM EST | John

SirSteve has posted some carded images of the next long-awaited wave of POTJ figures! Awesome shots, and kudo’s to SirSteve! The images include FX-7, Imperial Officer, Queen Amidala-Royal Decoy, and Rebel Trooper. Check ’em out!

 


 

Meet Star Wars Stars in Industry, CA 
November 1, 2001 | 11:59 AM EST | John

Got-Toys proudly presents a signing at Frank & Sons Collectible Toy
Show. The following guest include: Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Michonne Bourriague (Aurra Sing), Phil Brown ( Uncle Owen), Maria De Aragon (Greedo), Hal Wamsley (Jawa), Dave Barclay (Jabba the Hut Puppeteer), Kevin Rubio (Starwars Comic Writer). Figures, Statues, Comics, Cards, Artwork will be avaliable to be signed along with your own Lucas film approved material.

When? Wednesday November 14th from 5pm-9pm

Where? Frank & Sons Collectible Toy Show
19649 San Jose Ave. Industry, Ca 91748.

Contact? For further datails you can reach Brandon Poslof at 818-216-9627 or Donny Ward at 310-346-4568

 


 

Last POTJ Wave Confirmed
November 1, 2001 | 11:54 AM EST | John

The news that Adam had posted below has, in fact, been confirmed by Hasbro. Earlier this week Private Universe reported that an Imperial R4-M9 would be released as part of the POTJ assortment. Now, as we’ve confirmed, it will be released instead of the R5-D4 resculpt early next year, along with Teebo and BoShek. Furthermore, it will be the final assortment from the Power Of The Jediline before Episode II merchandise and figures goes into full swing. So, there you have it, folks. This means one thing; Episode II is just around the corner!

 


 

Brand New X-Wing Model Ordering Info at HLJ
November 1, 2001 | 4:14 AM EST | Adam

Hobbylink Japan posted their preorder page for the new X-Wing kit. For about US$20, you get parts to make Red 1, Red 2, Red 3, or Red 5, multiple droid heads, boarding ladder, and scores of other moving parts and such. It looks to be a fantastic kit, and makes me wish I had any real skill as a model maker. Don’t miss seeing this one, folks, it’s evidence that a model can still be made to make a fan drool.

The kit is due for release this December.

 


 

Free Biggs and 12″ UK Luke
November 1, 2001 | 12:11 AM EST | Bill

The Jawa has scavanged up another set of give aways. This time it’s a Biggs Darklighter Freeze Frame and a UK 12 inch Luke Skywalker. For more information click here.

October 2001 Archive

New Power of the Jedi Wave Confirmation?
October 30, 2001 | 7:09 PM EST | Adam

UK News Site The Private Universe reports that Previews UK is soliciting for a new wave of Power of the Jedi wave including BoShek, Teebo, and a surprise: R4-M9. Previous rumors said we would be getting a new R5-D4 in one of the final batches of Power of the Jedi, so who knows what happens with that one?

Thanks to TPU for letting us know about that one!

 


 

Wal-Mart.com Pulls Exclusive?
October 30, 2001 | 7:06 PM EST | Adam

Reader Ron Cole wrote in to point out that Wal-Mart.com has pulled the 12″ Dagobah Luke with Yoda set from its online store. Why this is, we can only speculate, but you can be sure it has something to do with Daylight Savings Time. Unless, of course, it’s something else.

UPDATE: It would seem that it’s still there at this link, but the item doesn’t come up on a product search or in their product listings under “Star Wars.” So anyway, there’s the story as we see it.

CORRECTION TO UPDATE: …and now that link is dead. So he’s gone from the site now.

 


 

D&S Newsfeed
October 30, 2001 | 6:31 PM EST | Adam

“We have the new 12” Luke Endor on Speeder Bike in stock as well as all the new waves of Shmi and Vader Emperor’s Wrath. Come check us out atwww.dnstoys.com.”

 


 

E2 Trailer with Monsters Inc.? Yup.
October 30, 2001 | 6:29 PM EST | Adam

Several reports have come in describing the all-too-brief teaser which is apparently going to show with Monsters Inc., at theaters near you this Friday. Since all things Pixar are good, clear your calendars for this one folks.

 


 

12″ Luke Bike Rollout Continues, B-Wings
October 29, 2001 | 7:30 PM EST | Adam

We’ve been getting several reports of the 12″ Speederbike Luke showing up at Targets nationwide, and for that, we thank you. It would appear that the item is rolling out and fans aren’t taking to it like they did the first one– many stores just seem stuck with them. The price is $49.99, check your local stores for availability, or wait for clearance and be an irresponsible collector.

Also, some readers have chimed in that their Targets aren’t clearing out the B-Wings. Target clearances usually happen at the whim of the stores, not all stores in a city will have the same clearance prices or at the same times, so keep checking back for the latest and lowest prices if you’re feeling up to the risk. It’s still available online at full price, right here.

 


 

LEGO 2002 Images Online!
October 29, 2001 | 7:13 PM EST | Adam

Tim from From Bricks To Bothans has posted several images from the 2002 catalog, including the new techic Darth Vader, the Ewoks, and many more. Even the new 2002 Harry Potter stuff and new Bionicle goodies. This is gold, folks, so be sure to see the latest images at FBTB!

 


 

Q&A Update?!?
October 29, 2001 | 4:42 AM EST | Adam

It’s astounding! With Every Question For Justice has been updated! Can you survive the dangers of 10 new questions and answers? Will you survive the bombardment of excessive punctuation?!? Read! on! dear! reader!

 


 

More from McQuarrie coming to e-Bay
October 29, 2001 | 2:32 AM EST | John

This information comes directly from John Scoleri at RalphMcquarrie.com

“Based on the successful results of our first auction, we’re pleased to announce that on November 1st, RalphMcquarrie.com will be auctioning off several additional pieces of Ralph McQuarrie production artwork from theStar Wars trilogy on e-Bay. You can preview the pieces that will be available in the November auction here.
This time out, in addition to two pieces from each of the three films, we’ve got two extremely rare pieces featuring unused designs for Lucasfilm cast & crew material as well as three concepts (including one unused and never before seen!) from The Illustrated Star Wars Universe book.”

Hop on over and check these images out. Incredible stuff, Ralph! Thank you goes to Mr. Scoleri for informing us as well.

 


 

POTJ 2nd Bracket going on over at Hasbro.com
October 29, 2001 | 2:25 AM EST | John

That’s right, folks! If you haven’t been there to vote, head on over and do it. It seems like things are starting to filter out again, and the competition is starting to stiffen a little. I won’t ruin the small bit of anticipation as to whom is advancing, so if you’re interested, head over to the page and vote, vote, vote!

 


 

Excellent E1 DVD Easter Egg Page
October 29, 2001 | 2:20 AM EST | John

Eric from JediParadise.com has assembled a super Episode I DVD Easter Eggs section over at JediParadise.com! They have posted pics and instructions on how to access all the known easter eggs as of now in the Episode I DVD. The exact link for the Easter Egg section can be accessed by clicking here. Keep up the good work, fellas!

 


 

Good News, Lego Fans!
October 29, 2001 | 2:11 AM EST | John

“David” chimes in with this interesting info on the near-future of Lego toys in the Star Wars realm…

“I am a part of LEGO Mania club and recieve the Lego Mania Magazine and it has prices and pics of the two new vehicles, Rebel Blockade and the Darth Maul head. Here is some info for ordering them. It won’t be sold in any stores, so you’ll have to order direct.
#10019 Rebel Blockade Runner, $199.99
#10018 Darth Maul, $149.99
This will be shipping Mid-November.
Call to order: 1-800-453-4652
or online: www.Lego.com

Thanks for the information “David”! Kinda steep, but that Darth Maul sounds pretty nifty!

 


 

12″ SCOUT TROOPERS On Speederbikes At Target Now???
October 28, 2001 | 11:53 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Gary wrote in:

“In Illinois we are getting 12″ Scout Troopers on Speederbikes again at Target instead of the 12″ Luke(Endor or Combat) on the Speederbike. Sticker on the shelf says Luke. Anybody else running into this?”

If anyone else is finding this, or did this Target find some VERY old stock. If you are finding Biker Scouts on the speeders at your Target, let us know.

 


 

More TIE Interceptors On The Way
October 27, 2001 | 10:32 PM EST | Bill

As we reported earlier it appears that there are in fact MORE TIE Interceptors on the way, so it looks like there will be a chance for anyone still looking or one. Thanks to all of our loyal readers who have sent in the stock levels at their local stores, and we will stop the semi-daily stock updates now that the shortage appears to have an end in sight.

Thank again, and good hunting.

 


 

Kay-Bee Clearance Reminder
October 27, 2001 | 6:39 PM EST | Adam

In case you missed the news or haven’t hit the mall lately, Kay-Bee Toys has been blowing out Collection 1 POTJ figures ($2.99), Jabba Glob ($1.99), and its remaining stock of Cinemascenes ($5.99) as well as whatever else might be left in the store, so if you’ve got some spare change in the couch, get ye to the mall and snag a new toy.

 


 

TIE Interceptor Updates
October 26, 2001 | 11:34 PM EST | Bill

Here’s the latest sightings of the TRU TIE Interceptors:

Peoria, IL half a dozen
Port Richey, FL 6 on the shelf

Thanks to Yak Readers Jason and Greg.

 


 

Anthrax affects our hobby… 
October 26, 2001 | 1:54 PM EST | John

Well, it was kind of inevitable, but this morning WotC announced the following;

“Due to recent tragic events surrounding the transmission of anthrax via mailed letters, the Star Wars Fan Club, Lucasfilm Ltd., and George Lucas have temporarily suspended fan mail service. Based on corporate security considerations, none of the above will be handling or answering miscellaneous fan mail, and all such mail will be disposed of upon receipt. Once there is no longer a material threat, we hope to reinstate the service and will make an announcement at that time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your continued support.”

For a full report on this, click here. Just a reminder, you have to be logged in at Starwars.com to read this full article.

 


 

TIE Interceptor & Deluxe Figures
October 26, 2001 | 1:16 PM EST | John

According to a Yak TRU insider source who wishes to remain nameless, there are, in fact, more TIE Interceptors on the way. But, after this next crew hits the store shelves, (he said there will be plenty to go around), Hasbro will, or more accurately has stopped making them. What Hasbro has made is now in the warehouses, along with large shipments of Deluxe figures. So, as soon as you see the Deluxe figures starting to hit TRU’s, keep your eyes peeled for the last of the Interceptors if you’ve missed getting one. This should happen in time for Black Friday or close to that date, in time for holiday shopping. So folks, there you have it! Good luck!

 


 

LucasArts Press Release; Jedi Starfighter
October 26, 2001 | 1:07 PM EST | John

LucasArts has just made a press-release about the up-and-coming STAR WARS JEDI STARFIGHTER for the Playstation 2. Sounds great! The article starts out like this;

“The critically-hailed STAR WARS Starfighter™ flight-action game series returns with the power of the Force in STAR WARS Jedi Starfighter from LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC. Inspired by the success of its predecessor, which debuted at the top of the PlayStation 2 sales charts upon release last March (according to NPD/TRST), Jedi Starfighter features the sleek and agile new Jedi starfighter from the upcoming motion picture Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. The game, expected to release spring 2002 on PlayStation 2, also marks the first-ever availability of Force powers in a Star Wars flight action title. Jedi Starfighter presents 15 exhilarating one and two-player cooperative story-based missions set amidst a variety of new and beautifully rendered worlds and environments, as featured in Attack of the Clones. In addition to the Jedi starfighter, players can battle in three other original heavily armed and highly maneuverable craft, the Havoc, Zoomer and Freefall. Missions take place over land and in space, with players skirmishing against more than 40 starships and capital-class vessels – including some notable enemy craft from the upcoming Star Wars film.”

For more information on this excellent game, check out the official page with the press-release.

 


 

Article on Hayden in Entertainment Weekly
October 26, 2001 | 1:00 PM EST | John

For all you paper collectors out there, (and I know it’s no slight exaggeration to say there are thousands), this weeks November 2, 2001 Entertainment Weekly has a nice little article on “The Man Who Would Be Darth Vader”, Hayden Christensen. It goes on about his early career with little information on AOTC, but still something for those who like to save all that stuff for their kids, and to look back on in the future.

 


 

More TIE Interceptor Sightings
October 26, 2001 | 8:51 AM EST | Bill

Yak Readers Spencer, Barry, and Jeff
wrote in with some more TIE finds:

Torrance Ca has some in stock
Poughkeepsie, NY had 5 on hand
West Side TRU in Knoxville, TN has about 20-25 of them on the top shelves

Keep the reports coming t help your fellow collectors find this piece.

 


 

Trailer On, Trailer Off? What Will It Be?
October 25, 2001 | 9:54 PM EST | Mark

Tony sent in this bit (thanks Tony). “I read in USA today newspaper today that the episode 2 trailer will be before Monsters Inc that opens Nov. 2nd. USA today is a national newspapers, so this is a very credible source!!! Please pass this along to your visitors!!”

 


 

Mystery Of The Holes In Bacta Luke’s Solved
October 25, 2001 | 9:42 PM EST | Bill

Because the Bacta tank is designed to be filled with water, the Luke figure has these holes to allow water to fill and drain from the figure easily, whereas without them, water might have gotten in through the joints and not have been able to drain easily if one wanted to display it without the ‘bacta’. This same design was on the Spiderman aqua figures, their holes were midway down their sides. Thanks to Yak Reader Harry for the scoop.

 


 

Deluxe Darth Maul Details
October 25, 2001 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris wrote in with this review of the Deluxe Darth Maul:

I just opened my new deluxe shirtless Darth Maul. As soon as I
tried to move his arm holding his lightsaber, the arm fell off! The
arm is articulated at the shoulder with a regular joint, but at the
bicept and forearm it is a simple “pop” joint (similar to Darth
Vader’s hand). These two joints aren’t very tight. This happens with
both arms. Also his legs aren’t articulated, and seem to be extra
soft, almost rubbery. Also the lightsaber does separate in the centre, it is connected with a small thin peice of the translucent red of the sabre. Picked this up with Bacta Luke at Toys “R” Us in London, Ontario, Canada for $16.99.

 


 

TIE Interceptor Sighting Update
October 25, 2001 | 9:37 PM EST | Bill

With the rumors of a 2nd wave of TIE Interceptors being held until the TIE Bombers are released, we are bringing you an update of where Yak Readers have seen Interceptors in stock.

Phoenix AZ Metro area most stores had 3 or 4 Interceptors
Orem, UT had about a dozen of them on the shelf
Brooklyn had about 2 dozen TIE Interceptors
Nashville has at least 5 Ties at each TRU
Various cities in Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri the TRUs had TIE Interceptors stacked to the ceilings
El Paso, Texas had half a dozen
TRU in Cerritos, CA
TRU carle place long island has 1 left, (box beat up though)
La Mesa, California has 2 in stock.

Thanks to Dan, Tom, Kenny, George, Tim, Steve, T16Skyhopper, Serino, and everyone else for the reports.

Also to clarify the question a number of you have been asking. The latest information is that the TIE Bomber is still going be an exclusive, but that it will be shared by BOTH Wal-Mart and Toys R Us.

 


 

Canadians get Deluxe Figures!
October 25, 2001 | 5:07 PM EST | John

“Barry” from Canada sends us this report to give our Canadian friends hope of finding the new Deluxe figures. He writes;

“I just thought I’d let everyone know that the Darth Maul and
Luke Skywalker Deluxe POTJ figures are out in Canada (I got mine at
Merivale Rd in Ottawa) at TRUs for $16.99. Maul’s Droid has a lever on it that ‘lauches’ the droid from the clean post, and Luke has the two mysterious holes on his back for some reason. They’re not that big though, so it’s not an eyesore.”

Great Barry, and thanks! Now, my fine Northern Friends, keep looking!

 


 

Deluxe Figures @ Entertainment Earth
October 25, 2001 | 12:41 PM EST | John

Screen Scene Deluxe Figures are in stock at Entertainment Earth!

The Screen Scene Deluxe Set 1 (Item# HS84475AA, $25.99) has arrived! The Star Wars Fan’s Favorite “Screen Scene” Deluxe Figure Assortment. Includes: 1x Luke Skywalker in Echo Base Bacta Tank and 1x Darth Maul with Sith Attack Droid. Individually blister carded.

 


 

ILM Items on e-Bay’s “Auction For America”
October 25, 2001 | 12:29 PM EST | John

These are once in a lifetime items that user “Lucasdigital” has on e-Bay right now. They are official items used/made for employees of ILM/Lucas digital, and man, are they going for a few bucks! All have about 5 days to go until the auctions end, and all proceeds go to the 9-11 relief fund, so it’s a worthy cause. If you are financially endowed and are interested, hop over and bid freely! You’ll be helping a great cause, and getting a really cool item in turn. The rest of us 9-to-5ers will sit and watch… 8^) The auctions are as follows;

ILM “Ray Harryhausen Signed Poster” *RARE*
ILM VFX Crew – “Small Soldiers” lunchbox RARE
ILM VFX 25th Anniversary SKAGEN men’s watch
ILM STAR WARS REVENGE OF THE JEDI Sweatshirt
ILM VFX CREW STARWARS Episode I Backpack!
ILM STAR WARS EP2 Attack of the Clones t-shirt

 


 

Star Wars Celebration II page goes online!
October 25, 2001 | 12:13 PM EST | John

The Star Wars Celebration II page has now officially gone online over atWizards.com, and it looks like it’s shaping up to be a bigee! Not only are we, as Star Wars fans celebrating the release of Episode 2 in May of 2002, but we are also inclined to remember that this next May marks the 25th anniversary of the flick that started it all; “Star Wars Episode IV; A New Hope”. The article starts out like this;

“Thousands of Star Wars fans from around the galaxy will gather in Indianapolis, Indiana May 3 to 5, 2002 for Star Wars Celebration II, the only official Star Wars event to celebrate the highly anticipated release of Star Wars: Episode II. Celebration II also commemorates the 25th anniversary of the first Star Wars film released in May 1977.
More than 340,000 square feet of the Indianapolis Convention Center will be filled with Star Wars-related exhibits, displays and events, which will make Star Wars Celebration II a special gathering for fans to express and share their enthusiasm for the Star Wars movies.

For more info and where to aquire tickets, click here.

 


 

There May Be Another Episode I DVD
October 25, 2001 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill

The Force.net is reporting that rumors have surfaced of Lucasfilm releasing another Episode I DVD. This DVD would be an “extras only” disc, with more behind the scenes footage, more cut scenes, commercials, etc. Click here for the full story.

Thanks to Yak Reader Jason for the heads-up.

 


 

Petitions Page
October 25, 2001 | 8:50 AM EST | Bill

If there’s some figure or vehicle that you are dying to see Hasbro produce, chances are that Jacobs Star Wars Petition Page has a petition going. Head on over to support the figures you want to see made.

 


 

POTF2 and EU Inserts On The Net
October 25, 2001 | 8:48 AM EST | Bill

Gadders.com has added to their already impressive collection of Star Wars inserts by including a batch of POTF2 and Expanded Universe inserts.
These include:
A-Wing Fighter
C-3PO Carry Case
Cruise Missile Trooper
Darth Vaders TIE Fighter
Expanded Universe Speeder Bike
Millennium Falcon
Speeder Bike With Princess Leia
Speeder Bike With Luke
Dash Rendars Outrider
Slave 1
X-Wing Fighter (Electronic Power FX)
Swoop With Swoop Trooper
T-16

Click here for more.

 


 

Target B-Wing On Sale
October 24, 2001 | 9:22 PM EST | Mark

The B-Wing is now starting to show up on clearance for $19.90, a special thanks to Tom for the news. Also, just a heads up on this, Target.com has not lowered their price and this is not the final markdown, remember that the final price will end in a 4.

 


 

KBKids.com Sale!
October 24, 2001 | 9:19 PM EST | Mark

Here are some great deals over at KBkids.com, stop over there for more…..
Han Stormtrooper 12″ $14.99
Death Star Droid 12″ $14.99
Death Star Trooper 12″ $14.99

 


 

Q&A Update
October 24, 2001 | 1:59 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated, blah blah blah you know the drill. On to your regularly scheduled news.

 


 

Bacta Luke Impressions
October 23, 2001 | 10:09 PM EST | Adam

Reader Doug was kind enough to share his impressions of the new Bacta Luke figure:

“I found the Maul and Luke deluxe figures today in Spokane, WA at a store called White Elephant (it’s a toys/hobbies/sporting goods store). They were $8.98, but the price was written on the bubble in black marker. I’m sorry I don’t have a receipt scan, but this place just uses adding machines to print receipts, so it wouldn’t tell you anything anyway.

On a similar note, I noticed Luke has two holes in his back, one between the shoulders and one on his underwear, and I have no clue what these are for.”

Weird! Thanks for the details, Doug!

 


 

2002 Hits A Local Website Near You!!!
October 23, 2001 | 5:37 PM EST | Mark

Check out http://starwars.hasbro.com for the most recent images of the Attack Of The Clones figure packaging. CHECK IT OUT NOW!!!

 


 

Phantom DVD Hits Record Sales Status
October 23, 2001 | 11:31 AM EST | John

Yahoo.com News is reporting that Variety is stating that the Phantom Menace DVD has hit incredible sales records. As if we thought it wouldn’t. It starts out like this;

“Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace has set a new first-week sales record, with an estimated 2.2 million DVD units purchased by consumers since the title was released on Oct. 16.

That sales figure, which equates to more than $45 million in consumer spending on the DVD, barely eclipses the old record set by “The Mummy Returns” just two weeks ago, when Universal reported first-week sales at 2 million units.”

Incredible! For more on this article, click here.

 


 

Another Bracket Tournament @ Hasbro.com
October 23, 2001 | 11:22 AM EST | John

It seems that Hasbro.com is also starting another Bracket Tournament to find out who is the ultimate POTJ figure. If you liked the last one, head on over and check this one out! Even the beginning votes look interesting…

 


 

Which package was your favorite?
October 23, 2001 | 11:16 AM EST | John

That’s the question Hasbro.com is asking fans over at their site about the Star Wars packaging through the decades. Here’s your chance to vote and tell them what you liked the best of what was at retail. The choices, although not too diverse, are between;

A. Original – A New Hope
B. Return of the Jedi
C. Power of the Force
D. Power of the Jedi
E. Episode I – The Phantom Menace

 


 

More on Deluxe Figures…
October 23, 2001 | 11:01 AM EST | John

D&S Sci-Fi Toy World currently has the new Deluxe Luke Bacta Tank and Darth Maul figures in stock. They still have a few TIE Interceptors & B-Wings available as well. If you want to jump retail and get those Deluxes quickly, here’s your chance!

 


 

Deluxe Figures Found In Retail Store
October 23, 2001 | 8:58 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Doug wrote in:

“I found the Maul and Luke deluxe figures today in Spokane, WA at a store called White Elephant (it’s a toys/hobbies/sporting goods store). They were $8.98, but the price was written on the bubble in black marker. I’m sorry I don’t have a receipt scan, but this place just uses adding machines to print receipts, so it wouldn’t tell you anything anyway.

On a similar note, I noticed Luke has two holes in his back, one between the shoulders and one on his underwear, and I have no clue what these are for.”

 


 

Deluxe Figures Online
October 22, 2001 | 6:05 PM EST | Mark

You can now order the Deluxe figures Luke w/ Bacta Tank and Darth Maul atToymanics.com. They are $11.99 each.

 


 

DVD Easter Eggs on PS2 Help
October 22, 2001 | 1:17 AM EST | Adam

Got a PlayStation 2 and can’t find the extras? Well, TheForce.net has the solution for you. If you’re having problems, go to their site for the best directions of how to access the extras.

 


 

TIE Interceptor Update
October 21, 2001 | 9:08 PM EST | Bill

Thanks to all the Yak Readers who wrote in with information on the statue of the TRU exclusive TIE Interceptors, including Wade, Ron, Drew, and Mewdude

First — where are there TIEs in stock right now? (at least as of the time we received these reports?)

Las Vegas as 11 on the shelf
Tulsa has some in stock
Freeport/Long island has 12 on the floor
UPDATE: Arlington, Texas also has 5 on hand — Thanks Shawn

Now, what does the future hold? Well if the reports we received are correct, there is good news. It appears that when the TIE Bombers appear in November (yes– we all get to fight for yet another TIE exclusive at TRU in addition to looking for the TIE bomber at Wal-Mart) that TRU will also get more TIE interceptors. NOTE, if the TIE Bombers do start appearing in November this would be a major change from Hasbro’s previous announcements that the TIE Bomber was delayed along with the Crashed Snowspeeder until Spring 2002.

If you have any more news send it in.

 


 

12″ Bantha???
October 21, 2001 | 8:11 PM EST | Bill

Owen Driscoll has created an awsome custom of a 12″ Bantha. Peg Warmer.com has posted over 30 photos of Owen’s great creation. Click here for more.

 


 

TIE Interceptors gone… already???
October 20, 2001 | 11:03 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, a number of Yak readers have been writing in to tell us thatAmazon.com is reporting that they are out of stock on TIE Interceptors, and they do not expect any more stock. If you have any information on whether the TIE interceptors have all been caught by collectors or whether there is another shipment coming (or maybe they are sitting out there in stealth mode) write in and let us know.

 


 

New AT-ST Images At Starwars.com
October 20, 2001 | 1:33 AM EST | John

StarWars.Com has posted some pretty sweet images of the new AT-ST, Speeder Bike, and Paploo set due out in early 2002. The quote from the site reads;

“As seen in Return of the Jedi, Paploo’s speeder bike joyride distracted the Imperial scout troopers allowing General Solo’s team to enter the bunker on Endor. The AT-ST features stomping legs, a rotating turret, pivoting weaponry, and the cockpit holds one pilot (sold separately), all in diorama packaging recreating the movie scene on the store shelf.”

 


 

Deluxe Leia & Amanaman Images!
October 19, 2001 | 11:58 AM EST | John

Right now, over at good ‘ol e-Bay, user “kw-min” has the newest deluxe figures up for auction. He has a couple different auctions up, which means he’s got more than one of each new figure, (if you decide to bid), but for simplicities sake I only included one link to each different auction on this post so all our readers can see these awesome new photo’s!

Carded Amanaman with Salacious Crumb

Leia with Sail Barge Cannon

 


 

Who’s Your Boba?
October 19, 2001 | 11:49 AM EST | John

The official site is reporting that Daniel Logan is playing the part of Boba Fett in the E2, something which fans had suspected since the filming was going on. Another newsworthy note that was sent in about our favorite bounty hunter from Yak reader “Wayne B.”, who’s trained eye noticed on the new E1 DVD link to the exclusive E2 content at the website, was this;

“Found something important at Star Wars DVD link; Watch the Choices Video and look at Jango Fett’s helmet……… IT’S GOT BOBA’S DENT! Can we now assume that Fett does indeed wear the same armor?”

Interesting… Thanks to everyone who wrote in about this. Can’t wait ’till 2/22/02!

 


 

Q&A Update
October 19, 2001 | 4:22 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with questions, answers, my opinions on the DVD, and other junk. More Monday? I think so.

 


 

Plano Convention Reminder
October 18, 2001 | 6:53 PM EST | Adam

From promoter Ben Stevens:

Sci-Fi Expo & Toy Show
October 20-21, 2001 Plano Convention Center: Plano, Tx (10 miles north of Dallas)
Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.

Join us October 20-21 for a weekend of fun as the Sci-Fi Expo presents BATCON. Celebrating the 35th anniversary of tv’s Batman, see original cast members Adam West (Batman), Yvonne Craig (Batgirl), Frank Gorshin (Riddler), Julie Newmar (Catwoman), Bat-vehicles, 30+comic artists and more! Over 200 tables loaded with old and new collectibles, videos, toys, comics, cards, etc.

For the Star Wars fan in all of us, we will have the following celebrity guests:
1) David Barclay (Jabba and Yoda puppeteer in his 1st ever convention appearance)
2) Don Bies (ILM senior model-maker, R2D2 remote operator, Boba Fett in ROTJ:SE, and Cantina band member in his first US appearance!)
3) Michonne Bourriague (Aurra Sing)
4) Phil Brown (Uncle Owen)
5) Shannon Baksa (Mara Jade model for Decipher)
6) Mercedes Ngoh (Rystall dancer in ROTJ:SE)
7) Christian Gossett (Prop designer)

For details check out: http://www.scifiexpo.com

 


 

E2 Trailer News
October 18, 2001 | 6:50 PM EST | Adam

TheForce.Net is reporting that this November, we will not get one, or two, but THREE trailers for Attack of the Clones, truly giving fans something to be thankful for. Check the site for the lowdown of where they will supposedly appear.

 


 

New POTJ Cardback at Rebelscum
October 18, 2001 | 6:47 PM EST | Adam

The fine folks of Rebelscum posted front and back shots of the Imperial Officer figure, carded. The interesting thing? No Force File, and only four figures on the back. Be sure to check it out.

 


 

Clean Scout Trooper Returns?
October 18, 2001 | 2:39 AM EST | Adam

Reader Brian had this to say:

“Just thought I’d let you know that I found a clean Biker Scout at my local Meijer tonight. I remembered alot of people having problems finding that version. I also seem to remember hearing that the dirty version was a running change. Either they changed back or they have more clean Scouts that haven’t been released.

Whoa. Well, one way to tell is that– as far as I’ve noticed– they changed the bubble when they changed the deco. The dirty Scout has a smaller bubble, it doesn’t extend as far out as the original clean one. But regardless, let’s hope that this is a sign of things to come. Because we want more Scout Troopers.

 


 

New Figure Petitions And Figure Wish List
October 17, 2001 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill

Detention Block AA23 has posted ten figures which have either never seen plastic or are in dire need of a resculpt. They also have a list of 47 figures which either need to be made in POTF2/POTJ plastic or have never been made at all.Click here for more.

 


 

Ultarama Hits Boston!
October 17, 2001 | 12:47 PM EST | John

Team Ultarama will be in Boston October 19-21 at the Great American Comic Book Expo 2001 with a show special price of $20. The Con takes place at the Hynes Convention Center and they look forward to seeing you there! That’s a great price for such an awesome display, so if you’re in the area, stop in and grab one, and tell them you read about it at Yak!

 


 

Free Figures At TRU’s All Over!
October 17, 2001 | 12:42 PM EST | John

Thank you from everyone for the overwhelming response! It seems that the deal is, in fact, totally true… or should I say TRU. I have had reports come in from all over the country that people are getting free figures when checking out at TRU; Anything from old Episode I figures all the way up to Saesee Tiin and Dagobah Vader, and in one case, a Shmi! Man, I gotta get out to my TRU and see what they’re offering! Good luck on the grabbings, folks!

 


 

Ewan McGregor Items “On The Block”
October 17, 2001 | 12:39 PM EST | John

Over at QXL.com Ewan has put up some autographed items for auction! I didn’t check out the whole listing of what’s up, but check into it if you’re an autograph collector or just want Obi-Wan’s ol’ John Hancock!

 


 

Poll Results, New Poll
October 17, 2001 | 4:46 AM EST | Adam

Well, first thing’s first: the DVD Poll.

After much deliberation, here’s what you had to say about which of these you would like to see on DVD first:
40%: The Star Wars Holiday Special
22%: The Ewoks & Droids Cartoons
20%: The Ewoks Movies
9%: “Making Of” Documentaries
6%: Old interviews/commercials/trailers from around the world

The most hubbub was over the holiday special– those who have seen it thought those who voted for it were nuts. Those who haven’t seen it are still curious, and rightfully so– it’s a piece of Star Wars lore. The piece most people don’t like and given the opinion of LucasFilm, the piece you will never, ever see on DVD, but still, it’s something every self-respecting fan owes it to him or herself to see at least once.

And now, our new poll, for one week or so only: How are you liking the DVD that they actually put out?

Tune in next week for a far better poll.

 


 

The Day Is Here
October 16, 2001 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

The wait is over. DVD has been released. Write in if you find a good deal on the E1 DVD, and enjoy!!!

 


 

Free Qui-Gon Jinn Jedi Master
October 15, 2001 | 10:11 PM EST | Bill

Looking for a Qui-Gon Jinn Jedi Master to fill a hole in your collection, or maybe just to customize???? Well the scavengers over at The Jawa are giving one away. Click here for more.

 


 

E1 DVD Preview Cards at Wal-Mart
October 15, 2001 | 3:17 PM EST | John

Some Wal-Mart stores are giving away 4 different cards right now that have little bar-code’s on them that are able to be scanned in the electronics department for 30-second clips of the E1 DVD new scenes and the sort at the preview screens by the DVD/video gaming section. The reported scenes include the complete Podrace grid sequence, the extended second lap of the Podrace, the waterfall sequence, and the air-taxi sequence. So, I know it’s only one official day to go, but if you stop by Wal-Mart, check it out. Thanks goes to “jedivalkyrie” for the tip!

 


 

Free E1 figures at TRU?
October 15, 2001 | 3:11 PM EST | John

It is being reported right now that TRU is giving away free figures left over from Episode I. Loyal Yak-Reader “Kenny T.” writes;

“I am shocked that no one caught this but i was told yesterday by a friend at Freeport TOYS R US that there is a promotion that lets you get a “free gift” with any purchase. some of you may be noticing less and less figures in the stores now. they hav e them stock piled behind the counters. he said you can buy a 99 cents soda or a piece of gum and get a figure free. theres a catch, only the figures behind the counter!! (E1 FIGURES ONLY!) the offer is on page 2 of Sundays flyer in the corner.”

I must’ve missed this in the flyer, but it sounds like a good deal. You can’t get any cheaper than free! Has anyone been successful with this yet?

 


 

Episode I CommTech Deal
October 15, 2001 | 1:51 PM EST | John

“Pizza Hutt” sends us this valuable information. We here at Yak can’t vouge for the dealer as being reputable, (personally I’ve never dealt with them), but it sounds like a great deal! That’s not to say they’re not reputable, so if anyone knows anything about them, please let us know. “Pizza” writes;

“A dealer here in the UK is advertising the Swimming Jar Jar case assortment cheap, £25.00 which is around $33.00 I think, plus shipping. Thats like £1.56 per figure!!! The case also includes Qui-Gon Jedi Master and Battle Damaged Destroyer Droid, two other very rare figures, 3 of each.
The dealer is known as Midcotoys, and can be contacted via The Private Universe website.
Hope this information is good to you guys and helps some Americans get some of those hard to find Swimming Jar Jar’s, etc.”

Thanks “Pizza”! What a deal! That’s better than the TRU sale of a few months ago! (Minus shipping, of course.)

 


 

Episode II DVD Teaser: November 9?
October 15, 2001 | 5:01 AM EST | Adam

The Digital Bits posted particularly notable tidbit just a little while ago:

“It’s live, folks! In anticipation of tomorrow’s release of Star Wars: Episode I on DVD, Lucasfilm has officially launched the DVD website. If you have the disc and a DVD-ROM drive, you can access exclusive content on the website right now. The site currently has a video available for viewing that includes lots of new still images from Episode II. AND… the site has officially announced that on November 9th, you’ll be able to download the teaser trailer for Episode II! How’s that for a cool way to kick off the week?”

Wow. Aren’t we non-DVD-ROM drive owners thrilled with this one? Well, you luckier folks better tell us how it is. Still… wow. So all you folks totally wary of spoilers, it’s time for you to disconnect that Internet line…

UPDATE: Mac users, it gets better– Dave sent this in.

“Also add to your list, the DVD ROM portion of the disks is NOT Mac
compatible, as it requires a Windows-only plug-in to work. Nice. All those iMac owners out there with built-in DVD drives are going to be ecstatic.

Well, there’s one more reason why I’m not a fan of DVD-ROM content…

 


 

Q&A Update
October 15, 2001 | 2:51 AM EST | Adam

Crack the bell, homies. With Every Question For Justice has been updated at long last, bringing you something to direct your indifference toward. See the questions. Feel the answers. Be the ennui. Be it.

Anyway, more later.

 


 

E1 DVD: Tower Records Freebie
October 14, 2001 | 4:28 PM EST | Adam

Steve C. sent along this tidbit:

“I was @ Tower Records, in New Jersey and last night and they had an empty ‘SW:Ep.1 DVD’ cases and if you pre-order the dvd, you get 5 Ep.1 trading cards. FREE, so i thought i would pass that on.”

 


 

Episode II Figure Assortment Listed
October 14, 2001 | 1:38 PM EST | Bill

Collect Starwars.com has posted a breakdown of the case assortment for some of the upcoming Episode II figures.

Highlight below to see the figure list– SPOILER WARNING APPLIES!!!

Captain Typho
Boba Fett
Tusken Raider Female with Child
Shaak Ti

According to Collect Star Wars.com this list is from a reliable source, but it has not yet been confirmed.

 


 

Episode I DVD @ Circuit City!
October 14, 2001 | 1:31 PM EST | John

Yak reader “John H.” lends us this information;

“Circuit City has it for $17.99, and you can order it online right now (it’s available, not a pre-order). The only caveat is you can’t order it online and pick it up in the store, you have to have it shipped. Just FYI!”

Thanks John! Keep checking out there folks, it’s out there at a few places already. Either way, it’ll be all over on the 16th, but us Star Wars fans know what it’s like to find stuff before street-date. (I.E. Episode I figures)

 


 

Obi-Wan X-Box Footage At Lucasarts.com
October 14, 2001 | 12:24 PM EST | John

Lucasarts.com has posted a new 6-meg file with excellent shots of the new game coming for Microsoft’s new video gaming venture, the X-Box. The graphics are incredible, I can’t say enough about the actual game! So, if you want to get phsyched for this new title, hop over and download this quicktime flick. You WON’T be sorry… (you’ll just probably end up spending $500 when the system is released.)

 


 

Episode II Trailer With “Monsters, Inc.”?
October 14, 2001 | 12:17 PM EST | John

That’s what Cinecon is reporting. This isn’t official from Lucasfilm yet, but Cinecon is reporting it will be official soon. For those not who don’t know, the new film Monsters, Inc. is the newest flick to be released by Pixar in conjunction with Disney. It’s of the same flavor as Toy Story meets Nickelodeon’s old weekly show, “Arghh! Real Monsters!”, although it has no relation to either. It is due to be released on November 2, which is about the right time frame for the first trailer. Keep in mind it will only be the teaser trailer and not something groundbreaking, so if you want to see a neat new Pixar flick, you’ve got one heck of a bonus!

 


 

Best Buy Freebie
October 14, 2001 | 5:44 AM EST | Adam

UPDATE: If you go to a Best Buy store on Tuesday, the first 100 customers get a CD-ROM of LucasArts game demos. (Well, it’s something. For free.)

If you’re aware of any special and notable offers this week, don’t forget to let us know!

 


 

Starwoids Review Online
October 13, 2001 | 8:01 PM EST | Adam

The Digital Bits posted their review of the third DVD coming out next Tuesday to focus on Star Wars: Starwoids. The documentary features Kevin Smith and an army of fans, and advance press seems to be positive. So be sure to check out their review.

 


 

N64’s “Battle For Naboo” Hit’s Major Clearance Status
October 13, 2001 | 12:16 PM EST | John

I’ve heard a lot on this from various sources, so I checked into it, and yes, the Nintendo 64 “Battle For Naboo” is going for a small percentage of what it was originally released at retail for less than a year ago. At many Targets across the nation it’s selling at closeout price of $29.99, and I’ve heard, at certain Wal-Mart stores, that it’s actually $9.99! If you were waiting for this to go on discount, now’s the time before they all disappear! Considering that this previously long-awaited sequel/prequel to Rogue Squadron went for $50-$60 at first release, these discounts are nice. Grab it before it’s gone, it’s a super game!

 


 

Episode I DVD Commercial On US Television!
October 13, 2001 | 12:07 PM EST | John

The USA version of the DVD commercial is finally hitting the airwaves, and in a big way! Great commercial! It makes the fans drool, and looks to be shaping up to be a major release, (as if we thought it wouldn’t be). Also, the commercial is showing up on preview screens across the nation in Wal-Mart and Target stores in the electronic departments. Kudos to Lucas and Co. for this DVD effort, (which incidentally is already hitting shelves all over before the October 16 official release date), it’s been a long time coming. Now, for the original Trilogy…

 


 

Yak Poll Irony…
October 13, 2001 | 11:45 AM EST | John

It seems that this may be older news now, but I had to let all of our faithful Yakkers know;
It seems that the Ewok movies are scheduled to be released on DVD in the indefinite future! Now, most of us would rather have the horribly dated Star Wars Holiday Special, but this is a start! Rejoice furball-fans! If anyone hears anything like definite release dates or anything else, let me know.

UPDATE – Well, it was nice while it lasted, but I thank the few people that wrote in so quickly. Apparently, this was a hoax. Ashame that, it would have been a nice start to a Star Wars DVD collection besides Episode I and that unlicensedStars Of Star Wars DVD that came out in ’99. Sigh… more petitions?

 


 

TIEs Continue To Be Intercepted
October 13, 2001 | 3:36 AM EST | Adam

Many of you have been worried that we have seen the last of the Toys “R” Us exclusive TIE Interceptor. Well, a local TRU got several in today, and I was lucky enough to find one for the first time– so what does this mean for you? If you live in Tucson, get over to the Oracle store early tomorrow. If not, keep checking your local stores, or go to Toys “R” Us at Amazon.com to sign up for notification of when they return to their online store.

So no need for panicing, my friends. And enemies. None of you need panic. It’s a panic-free kind of thing. Oh, Q&A returns Monday, send in questions, blah blah blah. And vote in the poll if you didn’t already.

 


 

B-Wing Clearance
October 13, 2001 | 3:32 AM EST | Adam

While looking for Count Chocula tonight, I noticed that one of my local Targets– which earlier this week had no B-Wings– now has B-Wings at the price of $27.90, in other words, clearance. So those of you who still need one, check those local Targets again, and then call in some favors because they aren’t going to get any cheaper. Unless, of course, they do.

UPDATE: It should also be noted that this item is still available from Target.com, although at the time we checked it was still full price. So there’s no excuse for missing this one.

 


 

eBay Prototype Round Up
October 12, 2001 | 5:29 PM EST | Adam

eBay has always been a great source of rare and weird products, and this week, there’s quite a few nifty prototypes up for grabs.


Leia Boushh Vintage First Shot Prototype
Jabba the Hutt Vintage First Shot Prototype
FX-7 Unproduced Micro Collection Prototype
Han Hoth 12″ Doll Prototype
Floppy Hat/ Flashback Luke Test Shot Prototype
Luke on Tauntaun Micro Collection 4-Up Prototype
Ewoks Logray Engineering Pilot (preproduction packaging test)
Sandtrooper Test Shot from Cantina Diorama in Red
Painted Watto Hardcopy

 


 

Got News?
October 12, 2001 | 5:16 PM EST | Adam

Hey kids,

Ever wanted to be a reporter for Yakface.com? Well, now’s your chance. If you’ve got a nose for Star Wars merchandising news, some writing experience, and rudimentary knowledge of how an Internet page works, you might just be the person we’re looking for.

If you’d like to try your hand at writing news updates just like this one, pleasesend me a note and we’ll be in touch. As always, thanks for reading Yakface.com!

 


 

Sandtroopers.com DVD Giveaway
October 12, 2001 | 5:11 PM EST | Adam

Sandtroopers.com has a new Fall look and a contest to win Episode I on DVD! Click on over today to see if you can get your copy for free!

 


 

Prototype, New Toy Images at CollectStarWars.com
October 12, 2001 | 4:14 PM EST | Adam

CollectStarWars.com has posted several images of cancelled/delayed product today.

Items include several cancelled Episode I items like the two remaining “vs.” sets, the other two trophy figures, and several others. These have shown up online before, but they’re all there in one nice cluster for your viewing pleasure.

New, however, was the 12″ Luke and Yoda boxed– see the final packaged product, goofy face and all!

 


 

The Newest 12″ Star Wars Figures
October 11, 2001 | 10:08 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, the newest 12″ figues that we all WISH were coming from Hasbro. Ron has produced two more winners– this time it’s Eeth Koth and Dr. Evazan.Click here to see them. It looks like we are going to be seeing a lot more new custom 12″ figures from Ron– I hear he’s been caught into the scavenging clan over at The Jawa — now if we can only get Hasbro to see Ron and put some of his awsome creations into production. With Ron’s help we could be looking at doing some seriously detailed 12″ dioramas, imagine the possibilities…

 


 

Wal-Mart 12″ Luke and Yoda News
October 11, 2001 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Scott gave us a heads up on the exclusive Wal-Mart 12″ Luke and Yoda. Wal-Mart.com is now showing thier exclusive 12inch Luke and Yoda as “Coming Soon”. There is also a picture and price of $28.93. So it looks as though they might be selling these online. Click here for more.

 


 

Live-Size Lego Darth Vader
October 11, 2001 | 6:41 PM EST | Adam

Even though it’s out of stock, I just had to mention this.

Darth Vader Lego Build-Up

FAO Schwarz has the item up on their website for the price of $10,000.00. It’s a life-size, seven foot tall electronic sculpture of the character. As far as Star Wars collectibles go, it’s big, obscenely big, and priced accordingly. Even though it’s not in stock, it’s something you owe it to yourself to see.

(They’ve also still got the Hasbro Fambaa for $37.50.)

 


 

E1 DVD at Blockbuster?
October 10, 2001 | 9:07 PM EST | Adam

Reader Kurt has made another discovery:

“I expect you guys have probably recieved a ton of e-mails on this by now, But I found the SW EP1 DVD on sale at Blockbuster Video Tueday night (late. looks like they had just finished stocking the display, which BTW is very cool, with a large cutout of Darth Maul wielding his lightsaber) $22.99, I have heard other stores will have it cheaper, but sniting over $5.00? Nah. I’m sure you have also been told how incredible the extras are, they make the disc. I found this in Olathe, KS (Kansas City metro area)

 


 

Cheap European Exclusive 12″ Figures
October 10, 2001 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

MidcoToys, a small dealer in the UK, but with a growing reputation for passing on bargains to his customers, have reported some great news that they have the rare Europe only released 12″ Han Quick Draw and Swing Action Luke dolls instock. The best part is the price, only £15 GBP! MidcoToys doesn’t have a site of his own yet so can be contacted via The Private Universe site.

Update: These are now sold out.

 


 

POTJ Pricing Bonanza
October 10, 2001 | 3:56 PM EST | Adam

Some are going up, some are going down… check out these reports, first from reader Bill:

” I was in a local Wal-Mart today(Auburndale,FL) and noticed something odd.The POTJ figures they had(Han Bespin Escape,Chewbacca Mechanic) were priced at $7.88.Last night I was in another Wal-Mart in Winter Haven,where the figure were priced at$6.77(except for marked down E1 figures).”

And here’s one from reader Eddie:

“I was browsing through the Vinton,VA Kroger supermarket last night and was floored to see the new Emperor’s Wrath Vader and Death Star Han on the toy section pegs. This is a bit of a shock to begin with as my local area Krogers usually have nothing on the toy pegs but old Episode I pegwarmers…if THAT much. But to my astonishment there were two of the five newest POTJ along with a Duros and Sabe(sadly,the new X-Wing Luke was nowhere to be found)hanging on a bottom-of-the-row peg marked “Mil Toys.” And HERE’S the kicker…

They were only $2.99 APIECE,ringing up as “MIL TOYS”! For a grand spankin’ total of $6.25 with sales tax I was able to score the new Vader and Han that has been so elusive at regular retailers in my area! I’m still in bewilderment about this find…I don’t know if this is a Kroger-wide markdown or a mistake but GET TO THOSE KROGERS MY FRIENDS!”

 


 

B-Wing Prices Falling
October 10, 2001 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

That’s right, it looks like Target is already reducing the price of their exclusive B-Wing Fighter!!! Reports are appearing everywhere from Yak Readers and other fan sites, of B-Wing prices dropping to $27.90.

 


 

Alternate Episode One K-Mart DVD Cover
October 9, 2001 | 7:21 PM EST | Adam

TheForce.Net’s Episode I News Page posted a nice shot of an alternate cover being offered in Australia for the new DVD. Pretty nifty.

 


 

The Other Star Wars DVD Coming Next Week
October 9, 2001 | 7:09 PM EST | Adam

As most of you know, the release date for Episode One is next Tuesday in most parts of the world. However, we in the US also get treated to one of the many Star Wars parodies. Thumb Wars, a TV special from 1999, gets released next week with an MSRP of $9.99. See the full review at DVD File!

 


 

Big Apple Comic Con: Charity, Ultarama
October 9, 2001 | 6:38 PM EST | Adam

Mort from Ultarama had this news to share:

“Ultarama will be at the Big Apple Comic Book, Art & Toy Convention in New York on Friday and Saturday October 12th and 13th, located at St. Paul Church at Columbus Avenue and 60th Street. The show is being run as a charity event to assist victims of the terrible tragedy of September 11th, with free admission for everyone. In support of these efforts, Ultarama will donate all proceeds from its show special price of $20 per unit to the New York Red Cross. We look forward to seeing you there.

 


 

Bib Fortuna Resculpt Petition
October 9, 2001 | 6:37 PM EST | Adam

David Hicks of Jedisiths, whom you may remember having just sent a petition to Hasbro for General Madine, is now shooting for a resculpt of Bib Fortuna. To cast your vote on the first of what will undoubtedly be many resculpt petitions,send your name to DetentionBlockkAA23@yahoo.com!

 


 

Another DVD Report
October 9, 2001 | 6:34 PM EST | Adam

Reader Lotsofgex sent in this tidbit:

“Hey guys. Just figured i’d let you know that I just picked up the E1 DVD at TRU. It was priced at $22.99 but rang up at $19.99. Dont have time to scan the receipt right now but maybe I’ll send a scan in later. The receipt said:

10/16 SW Episode 415777 19.99

It was at the Bay Plaza TRU, Bronx, NY.

Well, if it’s a-leakin’, we hope to have some additional early impressions from you guys to share soon. (Hint, hint.)

 


 

New Religion Available in the UK
October 9, 2001 | 6:31 PM EST | Adam

Ever wanted to be recognized as a Jedi by the British goverment?

BBC News posted this story which focuses on the major details. According to the story, New Zealand has given Jedi the status previously.

 


 

Sci-Fi Expo 411
October 8, 2001 | 8:50 PM EST | Bill

The Sci-Fi Expo will be October 20-21, 2001 at the Plano Convention Center: Plano, Tx (10 miles north of Dallas) on Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 10am-4pm.

Here’s the newsfeed from the Sci-Fi Expo:

Join us October 20-21 for a weekend of fun as the Sci-Fi Expo presents BATCON. Celebrating the 35th anniversary of tv’s Batman, see original cast members Adam West (Batman), Yvonne Craig (Batgirl), Frank Gorshin (Riddler), Julie Newmar (Catwoman), Bat-vehicles, 30+comic artists and more! Over 200 tables loaded with old and new collectibles, videos, toys, comics, cards, etc.

For the Star Wars fan in all of us, we will have the following celebrity guests:
1) David Barclay (Jabba and Yoda puppeteer in his 1st ever convention appearance)
2) Don Bies (ILM senior model-maker, R2D2 remote operator, Boba Fett in ROTJ:SE, and Cantina band member in his first US appearance!)
3) Michonne Bourriague (Aurra Sing)
4) Phil Brown (Uncle Owen)
5) Shannon Baksa (Mara Jade model for Decipher)
6) Mercedes Ngoh (Rystall dancer in ROTJ:SE)
7) Christian Gossett (Prop designer)

Click here for more details.

 


 

Cheap POTJ At Wal-Mart
October 8, 2001 | 8:47 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Kenny wrote in: “A friend emailed me last night and told me that they had gotten in the Collection 2 figures (Shmi was the one he notably spotted.) I already had a set but I always get 2 of each. I go there and it was a complete box. They had 2 Shmi’s and 2 Obi Wan (Jedi Training) and the rest were Sabes, Ketwol, Duros and Bespin Guard. I took a Shmi and Obi Wan. I bought them up to the register and the Obi Wan came up $6.44 and the Shmi came up $3.25! I didn’t complain! I ran back and checked the other figures but the only ones that came up $3.25 were the Shmi(s). Anyone know why this is the only figure coming up this price? I don’t have a scanner, so I can’t send you a scan of the receipt, but here is what it says:

JEDI ARMOR 6.44 E
SKYWALKER67 3.25 C”

Kenny thanks for the news. I have also found some Wal-Marts in my area marking down some POTJ and not others. As some of our Yak Readers who work at Wal-Mart have pointed out, the area managers have the discretion to mark down some products and not others. If you notice, all POTJ figures have a different bar code (UPC) on them which identifies the figure being purchased. It appears some manager decided that the Shmi figures weren’t selling, were old stock, etc., but decided that the other figures did not need to be reduced.

 


 

Bib Fortuna Resculpt Petition
October 8, 2001 | 8:40 PM EST | Bill

While I am not generally one to push for resculpts, Bib Fortuna certainly has to be one of the figures which could really use a new sculpt. If you want to see the lekkued one in POTJ plastic,
Click here to send in your name and Email!!!

 


 

The Private Universe Change Of Address Notice
October 8, 2001 | 8:37 PM EST | Bill

The Private Universe has moved! So if you want to keep up with the Star Wars news and information in the UK, click here for the new link.

 


 

AisleSniper.Com Opens
October 8, 2001 | 8:34 PM EST | Bill

There’s a new on-line source for Star Wars Action Figures: Aislesniper.com.They are currently celebrating the launch of their new online portal for the coolest collectible action figures and accessories. Aislesniper.com looks to set new standards in your online collectible shopping experience. In celebration of their launch, Aislesniper.com is offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of $25 or more until 10/31/01.

Be sure to tell them Yakface sent you!!!

 


 

Retrolicious Website
October 8, 2001 | 1:54 PM EST | Adam

First Star Wars Website, a page that takes a humorous look at the vintage line with modern toy reporting. Why are fans annoyed with the first shots of the Sears Cantina? Find out at the First Star Wars Website!

 


 

TRL Popularity Poll
October 7, 2001 | 10:17 PM EST | Adam

Heiko let us know about this new poll at MTV, a fine American that tells us what we’re supposed to like:

“There is a TRL poll up at the MTV website asking what movie you are most excited to see and LOTR is currently in the lead over AOTC. I think that it’s our duty ,as loyal Star Wars fans, to make sure that AOTC wins. I have included a link to the poll.
http://www.mtv.com/onair/trl/weeklypoll/

To your duty, gentlemen.

 


 

Want a Star Wars site?
October 7, 2001 | 10:15 PM EST | Adam

JediSiths, a fan site hosted by StarWars.com, wrote in today with this to say:

“I am giving my site: JediSiths or also called The Jedi Remnant, to someone who wants to take it over. If you want to take it over, I will be giving it to someone. I’ll send you the username and password. Who ever owns it can do whatever they want with it.

I also have a Yahoo e-mail which I’m not using and if someone wants that too, they can have it. Just send me a note at:

DetentionBlockAA23@Yahoo.com

 


 

E1 DVD: Best Buy Pricing
October 6, 2001 | 9:03 PM EST | Adam

Reader Brock Landers sent us this scoop:

“Just caught your update on the Episode I DVD at Costco, so I thought I’d fill you in on the situation at Best Buy.

Look for it to be priced at $17.99 for that week, from Tuesday until Saturday. The following Sunday, it should be back up to it’s normal price of $22.99.

The DVD will be advertised in next Sunday’s (10/14) ad as a “Hot Price”, with no price listed, but it will be $17.99.”

Thanks for the scoop, Brock!

 


 

Madine Petition
October 6, 2001 | 9:01 PM EST | Adam

Remember the General Madine petition? Well, looks like a few thousand signatures were capped off and sent to Hasbro. Time will tell if this helps the figure to get made, so stay tuned!

 


 

Another Bacta Tank Luke on eBay
October 6, 2001 | 7:11 PM EST | Adam

Those wanting to drool over every new picture of the upcoming Bacta Luke have another one to gawk at right at this auction, which has an in-hand packaged Luke. Which hopefully means he’ll be around soon, but for those who can’t wait and have too much money, do check out this auction.

 


 

New Star Wars Site, CostCo DVD Price Info
October 6, 2001 | 12:14 AM EST | Adam

Because one is just not enough! The Bothan Spy is just getting started with their Star Wars Toy News site. Be sure to stop by and take a look around!

Rob from The Bothan Spy also had this to share:
“I have a little tidbit of info for all of you who may have a Costco Wholesale in your area.
Star Wars – Episode 1: The Phantom Menace DVD
ITEM # 409717
PRICE: $18.99”

Good news, as this is one of the lowest prices we’ve heard so far!

 


 

E1 DVD In USA
October 5, 2001 | 8:31 PM EST | Adam

Jared has this to share:

“Just read your post about the E1 DVD. I actually picked a copy up from a local game retailer in Glendale, CA on Wednesday. They had just received them from a video distributor, so I would assume that the discs are available for small retailers to order from distributors like Ingram-Micro and pass along to customers right now — assuming they are so kind. 🙂 The included documentaries are worth the price of the 2-disc set alone. They’re far more honest and involving than you would imagine and really do give some insight into the film’s development, flaws and all.”

For the record, the street date is Tuesday, October 16.

So happy hunting this weekend, folks!

 


 

Eopie Backorder
October 5, 2001 | 4:42 PM EST | Adam

With several retaillers allegedly getting more stock of the Eopies, a lot of retaillers have started to put up preorders. One we were notified of wasTheToyShop.com, a site known for carrying hard-to-find Beast Wars and Star Wars toys in England.

Right now, they’re offering backorders for a Beast Combo– all four Episode One beasts for UK£40 plus postage, which to the US is roughly £UK20. This brings your grand total to around $88.94.

If we get word of other Eopie offers, we’ll post them here. So stay tuned, true believers!

 


 

E1 DVD Arrives in Hong Kong
October 5, 2001 | 3:39 PM EST | Adam

Reader Droideka sends in the following:

“I got the just released EP1 DVD in Hong Kong, here are some of the scans of the box and insert. The deleted scenes are awesome, you will see what we have missed!

We opted not to include the scans, but he did include images of the E1 DVD internal inserts, so it looks like it did, in fact, leak out early. Keep your peepers peeled, people.

 


 

Autograph Hounds
October 5, 2001 | 3:37 PM EST | Adam

From the folks of Gadders.com

“Over at Gadders.com we have added a new forum to our forums section for Star Wars Autographs.

“You can discuss any aspect of collecting star wars autographs and use
the forum for exchanging contact addresses and details of any successes
you may have had.

 


 

E1 DVD Easter Eggs Continued
October 5, 2001 | 4:34 AM EST | Adam

DVD Angle posted this page with info on several more new easter eggs– some may be new, some may not be, but those who can’t wait to know everything there is to know about this DVD are advised to check this page out.

 


 

Episode II Software
October 5, 2001 | 4:22 AM EST | Adam

TheForce.Net Games pointed out a blurb on Nintendo’s Swedish site that lists a game entitled “Star Wars: Episode 2 Attack of the Clones.” Can’t wait to see what the story is behind that!

 


 

eBay Prototype Onslaught
October 4, 2001 | 7:08 PM EST | Adam

Looking for a few nifty preproduction pieces? There’s quite a few of these pricey pieces to be seen on eBay today.

Classic 4 Pack First Shot Prototype Set
Multicolored Action Collection Chewbacca Prototype
First Shot Remote Control R2-D2
Electronic 12″ Darth Vader VSP

Neat stuff.

 


 

New LEGO Sets at Online Store
October 4, 2001 | 4:48 AM EST | Adam

Shop.Lego.com posted new images and ordering info for the new Darth Maul Bust and the Blockade Runner.

Thanks to the fine folk of FBTB.net for the tip-off.

 


 

New Deluxe Images at CollectStarWars.com
October 4, 2001 | 4:44 AM EST | Adam

CollectStarWars.com posted shots of the front and back of Bacta Luke and the new Darth Maul in the package– be sure to check these out.

 


 

Target Luke Speederbike Update
October 4, 2001 | 4:43 AM EST | Adam

Numerous readers have chimed in to tell us that the Speederbike price reduction was a temporary fluke and has since been corrected– the price will most likely be $49.99 at your local stores now. If you score a better deal, or hear of a sale, don’t hesitate to let us know!

 


 

Q&A Update
October 4, 2001 | 4:35 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated yet again with more questions and answers and something else for your amusement. And it’s free! Free!!!

 


 

Entertainment Earth Interview
October 3, 2001 | 8:50 AM EST | Bill

The Jawa has posted an interview with Jason Labowitz of Entertainment Earth. It is very informative interview and answers a few questions concerning Entertainment Earth and what they do for the collecting community. Click here to read it.

 


 

Luke Speederbike Available, And For $12.44?!?
October 2, 2001 | 6:27 PM EST | Adam

Reader Joe sent us a scan of a receipt today. Apparently, he picked up a recently released Speederbike with Luke Target this afternoon, and since it uses the same number as the Imperial Scout edition, the last price for the previous version was still in the computer– $12.44.

Numerous stores had to blow out the previous Speederbike last summer due to their just not selling, and it would seem that if you see the new Luke version, it’s definitely worth your while to run that puppy under the price scanner. Thanks for sharing, Joe!

 


 

Mark Hamill Muppet Show Deal
October 2, 2001 | 5:24 PM EST | Adam

Reader Totallyrawe sent in the following news/plug:

“If anyone is interested in The Muppet Show episode with Mark Hamill and C-3PO on DVD, you can get it for only $9.99 plus $3.99 s/h (it goes for $24.99 on the TimeLife website).  Just call 1-800 422-3773.  There are no future committments–cancel at anytime. Here’s the description from their website:

In this classic volume, you get the hard-to-find episode where Mark Hamill appears as Luke Skywalker. Other episodes feature Raquel Welch and a Giant Spider singing Baby It’s Me, and Paul Simon singing his classic hits.
Time-Life Video, Jim Henson Home Entertainment
80 Minutes”

 


 

Wal-Mart Exclusive Release Dates — Revised
October 1, 2001 | 10:49 PM EST | Bill

Collect Star Wars has just posted the revised release schedule for Wal-Mart’s exclusive vehicles.

The new release dates are call for the TIE Bomber to be released in March 2002, and the “crashed” Snowspeeder one month later in April.

Luke and Yoda (12″) is still schedule for November/December of this year.

 


 

Really, Really, Cheap Cinema Scenes
October 1, 2001 | 10:44 PM EST | Bill

Sidster over at The Jawa found out KB is practically giving away the Rebel Pilots and Jabba’s Skiff Guards Cinema Scenes. These three packs that most of us would have killed for about 2 years ago, are not going for just $5.99 at KB!!!!

 


 

Episode II: Important Dates Revealed?
October 1, 2001 | 10:13 PM EST | Adam

The fine folk of ArtoosNews.com posted some scans of what appears to be the important shipping dates for Episode II related releases, like advertising, trailers, and the like. Some are pretty vague, but it’s definitely worth a look.

 


 

REAL Stands Newsfeed
October 1, 2001 | 9:05 AM EST | Bill

REAL Action Stands on sale at The Official Star Wars Fan Club. Get 12 stands for just $3.99, and if your a member of the Fan Club your price is only $3.49 – that’s just 29 cents each, more than 50% off the regular retail price. These are the best selling Type 1 Stands for the current line of 3-3/4″ Star Wars figures (`95 to present). Act fast, supplies are limited and as always, this offer may end at any time.

Order by phone at 1 – 8 0 0 – T R U E – F A N

Click here to order online.

 


 

Q&A Monday Update
October 1, 2001 | 1:59 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated once again with ten answers and ten questions, none of which have anything to do with the as-of-yet-undetermined owner of the toy license for Star Trek: Enterprise.

September 2001 Archive

More UK Convention Action
September 30, 2001 | 7:55 PM EST | Adam

Paul from Jedicon sent us a press release on their upcoming convention… here’s the short of it:

WHAT: Jedicon Episode IV
WHEN: Sunday, December 9 2001
WHERE: Basildon Sports Centre

Guests include Petwe Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Friday Wilson, Alan Ruscoe, Jerome Blake, Mike Carter, Jeremy Bullock, Chris Parsons, Caroline Blakiston, and Claire Davenport as well as many others.

Please visit the Scifishows.com Jedicon Page for the full scoop and future updates.

 


 

Pegs Marked For Deluxe Figures
September 30, 2001 | 3:07 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader TheFly2385 wrote in with an update on the Deluxe figures. At the Fred Meyer in Overlake, WA, not only did they have the Duros and X-Wing Luke wave, but they also had pegs for the upcoming Deluxe wave. The peg stickers indicated the deluxe figures were priced at 9.99.

 


 

Emperor’s Wrath Vader Feature
September 30, 2001 | 3:04 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Girlofgod wrote in to point out:

“just got the new Emperor’s Wrath Darth Vader, and…. HE GLOWS IN THE DARK!! I found out when I turned the light off by my computer and you can clearly see the skull and his spin. It’s awesome. The whole skull glows in the dark. I didn’t know it did that. I haven’t seen this feature published anywhere. Tell everybody. It’s a great bonus!”

 


 

R2-D2 Carryall Playset: $9.99 at KB Kids
September 30, 2001 | 12:30 AM EST | Adam

In case you missed out on this, and didn’t notice it there before, KB Kids has the R2-D2 Carry Case Playset with exclusive Destroyer Droid figure for $9.99. Of course, if you already have it, this information is worthless, but it’s easily Hasbro’s best POTF2-era carry case and with the exclusive figure, it’s a pretty good toy for a pretty good price.

 


 

Jar Jar Tatooine, Bespin Guard Wave, $4.99 Each
September 30, 2001 | 12:08 AM EST | Adam

M&M Collectibles has Jar Jar Tatooine, Ketwol, Sabe, Ellors Madak, and the Bespin Guard on non-mint packaging for $4.99 each– not a bad deal for an army builder or the tough-to-find Jar Jar.

 


 

Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Demo
September 28, 2001 | 8:48 PM EST | Adam

LucasArts’ Battlegrounds Page has a playable demo for the new Windows game. Star Wars meets StarCraft seems to be the order of the day, so it looks like a worthwhile download for users of Windows95 or later.

(Now where’s the Mac port?)

 


 

Polls
September 28, 2001 | 6:19 PM EST | Adam

After a few weeks, we’ve got a new poll for you: which non-film piece of Star Wars do you think should be on DVD first? The options we came up with are on the left, and we’d appreciate you to take the time to click your favorite option.

Also, our last poll has come to an end. The number one choice in “What do you think of our new layout?” was French Toast Please with 32% of over 2000 votes cast.

 


 

Are You Hardcore?
September 28, 2001 | 6:00 PM EST | Adam

Well, are you? Have you ever gone that extra mile– or 100 miles– to track down that one special Star Wars collectible? Have you ever gone through Hell and back to get that one action figure? We at Yakface.com would like to know about it, and we’d like to post your stories of heroism… or despair. If you’ve got a great story about your experiences collecting Star Wars, please send it in and watch for it here at Yakface.com!

 


 

Nifty Dagobah Vader Error
September 28, 2001 | 5:35 PM EST | Adam

While we don’t make it a case to report on errors found on figures, this one was too nifty to not share. Reader Dan sent us this image of a two carded Dagobah Vaders he scored at Kay-Bee Toys that’s missing the face plate.

 


 

Real Scan Used On Episode I Figures?
September 28, 2001 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

Adam over at the Trade Federation ran across an intersting article in an issue of Cinefex from 1999 talking about Real Scan technology for action figures. Could it be that Hasbro tested this technology out on some Episode I figures? Click here for more.

 


 

More Super Detailed 12″ Customs
September 28, 2001 | 8:40 AM EST | Bill

Ron Rodriguez has just completed some new 12″ customs. This time around it’s Sio Bibble and Arleil Schous the Defel Wraith.
To see them click here.

 


 

Postponement Confirmed
September 27, 2001 | 11:18 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum has confirmed some bad news for collectors, but it’s not as bad as it could be. The TIE Bomber and Crashed Snowspeeder have been postponed until this Spring, but as they pointed out at Rebelscum it could be worse, at least these vehicles are not canceled!

The good news is that the 12″ Luke and Yoda is still on track for this Fall.

 


 

Q&A Update
September 27, 2001 | 1:58 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with the questions and answers and all that jazz. Enjoy, or don’t! Next update is scheduled for Monday, unless there’s a deluge of questions, then maybe it’ll be ready for Friday.

 


 

McQuarrie Artwork Auction
September 27, 2001 | 1:29 AM EST | Adam

John from Ralph McQuarrie’s website sent us the following news…

“In case you think your readers would be interested – here’s some never before seen Ralph McQuarrie production art from Star Wars, Empire and Jedi that will be auctioned on eBay starting October 1st. All proceeds from the sale of these pieces will go directly to Ralph McQuarrie.

You can preview the first pieces that will be available at:
http://www.ralphmcquarrie.com/or-art/index.html

As you’ll see, we have selected several recognizable images from each of the three films for this initial offering.

As every Star Wars collector knows, almost all production art resides in the Lucasfilm Archives. This is a rare opportunity for fans to own not only an original work by Ralph McQuarrie, but an original piece of Star Wars history.”

 


 

Vehicles Delayed
September 26, 2001 | 9:04 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has posted a bit of news that will be a great disappointment to the collecting community. According to his sources, the vehicles due out this fall, including the Snowspeeder and TIE bomber, have been delayed until early 2002. Click here for all the details.

 


 

REAL Stands Half-Price Sale Is Over
September 26, 2001 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

The REAL Stands half-price sale is over, but the good news is that their the stands for the current line of 3-3/4″ Star Wars figures (`95 to present) are now available at The Official Star Wars Fan Club Store at a huge savings– only $3.99 a set, and if your a member of The Official Star Wars Fan Club, your price is only $3.49 – that’s just 29 cents each which is more than 50% off REAL stands regular retail price. Order by phone at 1 – 8 0 0 – T R U E – F A N, or click here.

 


 

New Ultimate Lego Sets
September 26, 2001 | 8:13 PM EST | Adam

Earlier this week, From Bricks To Bothans has posted shots, pricing, and preorder info on two new Shop-At-Home exclusive sets: a Darth Maul bust and a fantastic Blockade Runner (Tantive IV) model.

 


 

EB World Specials
September 26, 2001 | 8:10 PM EST | Adam

Video Game Retailler Electronics Boutique has several items for clearance prices on their web site, including select POTJ figures for $1.87 each, Episode I “Simon,” and a $3 mousepad. Check out their site for the latest on what’s still available!

Thanks to jeditrainee for the scoop!

 


 

DNS Newsfeed
September 26, 2001 | 12:16 AM EST | Adam

D&S Sci-Fi Toy World has the Shmi Skywalker, Obi-wan Jedi Training, Darth Vader Emperor’s Wrath, Luke X-Wing & Han Death Star Escape figures in. Also still have a few TIE Interceptors & B-Wings available. Come check us out.”

 


 

Half Price REAL Stands
September 25, 2001 | 8:53 AM EST | Bill

Need some stands cheap??? You’re in luck. REAL Stands is having a half-price sale. The official figure stands of The STAR WARS Fan Club are now available at huge savings. Act fast, supplies are limited and this sale will end soon, and without notice.
You can order by phone or fax at 1-888-618-REAL (7325) or online by clicking here.

Be sure to tell them Yakface sent you.

 


 

Q&A Update
September 25, 2001 | 3:44 AM EST | Adam

Because we’re irregular, With Every Question For Justice has been updated. Late. But here it is, so have some coffee, or not, and enjoy.

 


 

Star Wars Checks Discontinued
September 25, 2001 | 2:36 AM EST | Adam

Those looking for the Star Wars checks are now out of luck, according to reader Derek:

“I tried to reorder mine two weeks ago and got sent some really lame “Cosmos” checks instead along with a package insert telling me that the Star Wars checks have been discontinued and that they thought the replacement checks would be a ‘nice replacement.'”

An unfortunate turn of events, but any news on new Star Wars checks will be posted here at Yakface as soon as we receive the word.

 


 

Cheap LEGOs
September 24, 2001 | 9:44 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jeditrainee gave us a heads-up on a super deal at Amazon.com. They have the Lego Mindstorms Droid Developer Kit which retails at $99.99 on sale for $29.99!!!!! Click here to order.

Looking to build scenes with LEGO’s? Walmart.com has the AT-ST on clearance for $5.00

 


 

FREE STUFF
September 24, 2001 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

Those scavengers over at The Jawa are at it again. This time they have 3 contests going. One of them is for a EP1 Obi-Wan Kenobi Electronic Lightsaber. Another on is for 2 Episode I Applause Statues of Anakin Skywalker and Darth Maul. The last one is for a Han Solo Bespin, Leia Bespin, Chewbacca Mechanic, Aurra Sing and Darth Maul-Sith Apprentice.

 


 

Attention Yak Readers In The UK
September 24, 2001 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

We’re looking for some loyal Yak Fans to cover Empire Day 2001, the Falcon Society’s UK Star Wars Convention, on Sunday, October 7th, in Herts, England. We need YOU, your digital camera (or standard camera and scanner) to attend and take lots of photos for your fellow Star Wars fans everywhere.

All you have to do is email the photo files to us here at Yakface. and we’ll take care of putting together a page for them and posting them with your name and review of the convention.

 


 

Dutch Convention News
September 24, 2001 | 9:00 AM EST | Bill

On October 13th Ray Park and Anthony Daniels will be present at the first Echo Base Con, a convention organized by the Dutch Star Wars Fan Club ‘Echo Base’. It will be a day filled with activities. Among those activities are an official presentation of the Episode I DVD (in cooperation with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Benelux), a PS2 games tournament, a presentation of the Jeff Cioletti documentary The Fandom Menace, and much more. For more information, click here.

 


 

Which Is Your Favorite R2-D2
September 22, 2001 | 2:39 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars site has a new poll up asking which version of the 3 3/4 R2-D2 is your favorite. They have five versions to choose from: the first POTJ2 R2-D2, R2-D2 with launching light saber, R2-D2 with datalink and periscope, R2-D2 with booster rockets, and Naboo Escape R2. Notably absent is R2-D2 with holographic Leia (my personal favorite) and electronic FX R2-D2. Click here to go to Hasbro’s Star Wars site.

Now, if we can just get the R2-D2 bartender!!!!

 


 

Looking For New 3 3/4″ And 12″ POTJ Figures
September 22, 2001 | 12:20 AM EST | Bill

New Force Comics has in stock and ready to ship the new 12″ Legacy dolls (Death Star Trooper, Han Solo Trash Compactor, Death Star Droid)…sets of 3 for $64.99 + shipping and sealed cases of 6 for $119.99 + shipping. They will have their stock of the Shmi/Obi Wan Jedi Training cases in next week, and the Emperor’s Wrath Vader, Death Star Escape Han Solo and X-Wing Luke cases will ship to them next week from Hasbro. New Force charges $69.99+ shipping for a case of 12 POTJ figures — that’s only $5.83 a figure!!! Click here to order and be sure to tell them Yak Face sent you!

 


 

Quebec Star Wars Convention
September 22, 2001 | 12:05 AM EST | Bill

For our Canadian readers, the Holiday Inn Select in Downtown Quebec will be the site of a Star Wars Convention on October 27-28th. The address is 395 De la Couronne.

Guests scheduled to appear are:

David Prowse = Darth Vader
Jeremy Bulloch = Boba Fett
Femi Taylor = Oola
Kenny Baker = R2-D2

Tickets are $10 for a day or the VIP pass at $70, that includes access for both days as well as special priviliges and dinner with the stars. In the Montreal Area, tickets can be purchased at Legends Action Figures, 7104 St-Hubert, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H2S 2M9, phone: 514-277-1867.

 


 

Empire Day 2001— UK Star Wars Convention
September 21, 2001 | 11:59 PM EST | Bill

Empire Day 2001, The Falcon Society’s UK Star Wars Convention, will be Sunday October 7th in Herts, England.

GUESTS OF HONOUR
David Barclay – Voice of Jabba, Jabba lead puppeteer (Return of the Jedi), Assistant puppeteer to Frank Oz (Yoda) (Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi)
Alan Harris – General Dodonna’s aide (Star Wars: A New Hope), Bossk, Bespin Guard, C-3PO stand-in, Boba Fett (prototype suit development & testing) (The Empire Strikes Back), Chancellor Valorum’s stand-in (The Phantom Menace)
Gary Kurtz – Producer (American Graffiti, Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back), vice president of Lucasfilm (1976 – 1980)
Stuart Freeborn – creature creator, incl. Yoda, Chewbacca, Jabba the Hutt(Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Only Star Wars convention of the year
Jeremy Bulloch – Boba Fett, Imperial guard (The Empire Strikes Back)
Colin Skeaping – Mark Hamill’s stunt double. Making his first ever convention appearance

CONVENTION EVENTS
Questions and Answers session the guests; Autograph Sessions; Slide show & talk by Stuart Freeborn, with exclusive, never before seen pictures from the Kurtz/Joiner archive.

Display of exclusive behind the scenes stills and artwork.

Large display of original props and costumes (genuine screen used Star Wars pieces); Life size Snowspeeder on display; Dedicated Star Wars dealers Room; Auction of classic toys and other rare collectables; Modelling and Diorama Competition; Art Competition; Fancy Dress Competition; Leia slave Girl costume competition with £50 prize; Video Room, Video Games Room, Displays, Games, and much more!

INFORMATION
The event is being held at: Wolsey Hall, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Herts, England. Just off junction 25 of the M25 (A10). Follow the signs for Cheshunt. 3 minutes walk from the Cheshunt BR station (trains every 30 mins from Liverpool Street Station, Central London).

Information Line: 01908 671138 (area code if dialling from outside UK: +441908) or email Empireday@nimrod.demon.co.uk

Ticket cost: £8 adults, £4 children (under 10). Tickets will be available on the door, no need to pre-register or pay in advance.
Doors open 11am until 6pm. Main events start at midday.

Entries for the art and modeling competition: Just bring your entries along on the day and hand them in at the admissions desk in the morning.

 


 

12″ Customs With Unbelieveable Detail
September 21, 2001 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

The Jawa has added another to their ranks. Ron Rodriguez is not your ordinary customizer. He does 12″ customs which are simply Hasbro’s equal or even better. Click here to see some of his awsome customs.

 


 

TIE Interceptor at Amazon.com– UPDATE
September 20, 2001 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

Can’t find the TIE Interceptor at your local TRU??? Well, the TRU exclusive TIE Interceptor is now available at Amazon.com for $29.99. To order Click here.
Also available are the following:
Han Solo Stormtrooper 12″ Figure $19.99
Death Star Trooper 12″ Figure $19.99
Death Star Droid 12″ Figure $19.99

UPDATE — The TIE Interceptor is sold out.

 


 

Episode II Preview Figure News
September 20, 2001 | 7:39 PM EST | Bill

The Force.Net is reporting that the release of Attack of the Clones preview figures has been confirmed. According to the reports, we should see AT LEAST 6 carded preview figures, which are scheduled to ship in DECEMBER!!!! Click here for the full post.

Thanks to Yak Reader Greg for the tip!

 


 

TIE Interceptor At Amazon.Com
September 20, 2001 | 8:42 AM EST | Bill

Can’t find the TIE Interceptor at your local TRU??? Well, the TRU exclusive TIE Interceptor is now available at Amazon.com for $29.99. To order Click here.
Also available are the following:
Han Solo Stormtrooper 12″ Figure $19.99
Death Star Trooper 12″ Figure $19.99
Death Star Droid 12″ Figure $19.99

 


 

Phantom DVD Leaks?
September 20, 2001 | 2:08 AM EST | Adam

TheForce.net is reporting that they’ve received word of a store selling the Star Wars DVD, set for an October release, early.

A quick glance at eBay reveals several presells and tons of unlicensed, “region free” discs which, of course, won’t have the glut of cool extras that the official release will have. So keep those eyes peeled, and if you find it early, do tell.

 


 

Q&A Updated
September 20, 2001 | 2:00 AM EST | Adam

Due to server problems last night, With Every Question For Justice has been updated for the second time this week. On to real news.

 


 

The Land Up North Gets More New POTJ
September 19, 2001 | 10:06 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Michael wrote in about his find in the land up North. “Just wanted to let you know that I found a lot of Kewtol waves in the Montreal area Walmarts and TRUs, and I picked up Shmi and Obi Wan Jedi Training Gear at Legends Action Figures.
Good Hunting.”

 


 

ToyFare X-Wing/ Pin Pal Moe Offer
September 19, 2001 | 3:33 PM EST | Adam

WizardWorld.com’s store posted an offer for a bundle with an Action Fleet Dagobah X-Wing Fighter (the very same we use in our title graphic) and a Pin Pal Moe Simpsons figure. The price? A little pricey at $42.99, shipping included. Orignally, the X-Wing went for under $20.

 


 

2002 Lego Descriptions
September 19, 2001 | 3:27 PM EST | Adam

From Bricks To Bothans has posted details on the upcoming Star Wars Lego sets for 2002. Included are new vehicles, a Lobot minifigure, and some modular playsets. Check out the site for the latest Lego information!

 


 

Operation: Superman
September 18, 2001 | 8:34 PM EST | Adam

Operation Superman, a program started to give Superman (and Wonder Woman) figures to those who were involved with the aftermath of last week’s tragedy, is up online. If you’d like to help out, visit their page. Donations are being taken through the end of October.

 


 

Episode One DVD Easter Egg Key
September 18, 2001 | 7:25 PM EST | Adam

DVD supersite The Digial Bits updated their review of the upcoming DVD. Items include alternate menus, outtakes, and more… cool stuff all around. Don’t forget to bookmark the site for when your DVD shows up!

 


 

Lucky Austrians!
September 18, 2001 | 12:50 PM EST | John

Now that’s Austrians not Australians. Matthais from Austria sends us this good news for those on the “continent” over there. It reads;

“The comic book stores in Vienna have tons of the new B-Wing, Tie Interceptor and nearly every POTJ Figure and nobody wants to buy them. The are a BIT cheaper than those in the U.S. We even have Skiffs and Y-Wings ( I got a loose Y-Wing and a carded Bespin Chambre for about 45 or 48 dollars at a sort of Con ). If you don`t find POTJ figures in the U.S. come to Vienna.”

Thanks for the info, Matthais! I always like to hear of countries other than the US and Canada getting loads of stuff and everyone else has to suffer and scrounge. Good show!

 


 

25th Anniversary Obi-Wan & Vader?
September 18, 2001 | 11:40 AM EST | John

According to sources here at Yak, when the Anniversary cases first ship around mid-November, they will include only an even case assortment of the Luke/Leia, Han/Chewie 2-Packs. So where is Obi-Wan and Vader? Fear not, young Jedi! They will be placed in subsequent case assortments within a month or so so the ratio will probably be 1X Luke/Leia, 1X Han/Chewie, and 4X Obi-Wan/Vader. That is an estimated guess on my part as far as the case assortment goes. There are also rumors (I say RUMORS), hither to there being a fourth unannounced 2-Pack. Take that with a grain of salt for now until we get more on that. Honestly, I don’t think it’s true, but hey, you never know.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Offers 25th Anniversary Figures
September 18, 2001 | 11:34 AM EST | John

Entertainment Earth is currently offering the following preorder for their preferred customers;

SW 25th Anniversary Assortment #1
Price – $99.99
3x Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia
3x Han Solo and Chewbacca
Due December 2001

SW POTJ Wave 15 1/2
Price – $89.99
3x Queen Amidala Travel Gown
3x Rebel Trooper
3x Imperial Officer
3x FX-7 Medical Droid
Due November 2001

Keep watching their site for a full order release if you’re not one of the preferred customers! If you are, hop over to EE and go crazy!

 


 

Far More Than Just “Ten” Nunb
September 17, 2001 | 9:56 PM EST | Adam

Keith of Keith’s Star Wars Archive sent this image Keith’s Star Wars Page in response to a recent Q&A update. And I should point out, this is not a Photoshop-created image either. Impressive!

 


 

Carded Deluxe Figure Photos
September 17, 2001 | 9:39 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum has posted photos of all four of the upcoming deluxe figures carded. These pics are from a current auction on Ebay. According to today’s news mail is back to pre-September 11 schedules, and we should see these in the US in a month or so if Hasbro puts the first wave out in October as previously announced. From the photos these look great, hopefully we’ll be seeing them at retail soon.

 


 

Q&A Update
September 17, 2001 | 12:36 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated. As always, columns like this thrive on questions so if you’ve got any, send ’em on in!

 


 

Variations… Variations… Which Is The First Skiff
September 16, 2001 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

Sidster over at The Jawa and the Trade Federation have teamed-up to present a series on variations in Hasbro Star Wars products. As a teaser, a comparison of the two variations of the Tatooine Skiff has already been posted on The Jawa.

 


 

Marmit Fett Clearance
September 16, 2001 | 8:28 PM EST | Adam

Hobby Link Japan has reduced the prices on some of their Boba Fett Star Wars Marmit figure kits, down to 8400 yen (about $72.) The store also has the TIE Pilot for 8800 yen (about $75) as well as the new Sandtrooper Sergeant for 9800 yen (or $84.)

 


 

Marmit Stormtrooper Kit #2
September 16, 2001 | 8:25 PM EST | Adam

An anonymous tipster pointed us out to Marmit’s Page where there’s an image of a seemingly ordinary Stormtrooper. According to the source, Marmit will be producing a left handed version of their Stormtrooper kit. Supposedly it can be preordered from the site for delivery in Japan, but there’s a lot we don’t know due to the language barrier.

 


 

Marmit Sandtrooper (White Pauldron Variant) Comparison
September 16, 2001 | 6:29 PM EST | Bill

What’s different about the Marmit White Pauldron Sandtrooper?? Quite a bit actually.

While armor sculpt is basically the same as the original, there is one major difference. While the black artificial air supply nozzels were separate parts which had to be glued onto the helmet on the previous Sandtrooper (and Stormtrooper), they were already installed on the new version. Further, while the surface of the orange pauldron is smooth, with “bends” to the plastic where the pauldron goes across the top of the shoulder, the white version, had distinct grooves which give the feeling that the pauldron was designed to flex at those points.

Overall, the white pauldron Sandtrooper is the “dirty” variant. While there is some “sand” on the first version, there is a lot more on the new Marmit Sandtrooper. In addition, the paint job on the new version, if anything, is better than it was on the first one. As can be seen in the comparison photos, not only is the placemnt of the blaster clip, and other supply holders different, the sculpts are totally new. There is no set of supply/blaster pack carriers on the left shoulder oopsite the pauldron.

Also, the white version comes with a long blaster rifle (like the Commtech Stormtrooper), while the orange version has a standard imperial blaster. The backpacks for both versions also have very noticible differences. Click here to see comparison photos of the front and back of the Marmit Sandtroopers.

 


 

Luke X-Wing, Wrath Vader, Han at K-Mart
September 16, 2001 | 12:55 AM EST | Adam

People who usually cut K-Mart out of the regular toy runs might want to make a detour– the chain has started getting in this wave of figures, so say a few reports and a first-hand sighting late last night. Keep those eyes peeled, as it seems the new stuff is out there.

Also, the “Oddball Case Assortment” mentioned previously is for real– Sandtroopers are showing up with the new trio. While rumors of a black shoulder pauldron have surfaced, it seems that it’s simply an error where the factory didn’t paint the pad.

 


 

Still In Search of the B-Wing??
September 15, 2001 | 4:42 PM EST | Mark

Can’t find it in the store? NO PROBLEM, click Here to order it from Target.com. Price is $39.99.

 


 

Oddball Case Assortment?
September 15, 2001 | 11:25 AM EST | John

It appears that Hasbro is already trying to anticipate catching up with demand with secondary off-beat case assortments. Yak reader “Phil” writes us with this information…

“Just thought I would let you know that when I pulled a case of the new POTJ wave last night at work it didnt have the 4x for all the figures. Instead it was 4 X-wing Luke, 4 Emperors Wrath Vader, 3 Han Solo, and 1 Sandtrooper.”

It’s nice to see Hasbro trying to fill all the requests for army builders even in such a small way as deleting one “new” figure (Han) from the assortment to add another trooper. Any more news on this? Last I heard they were shipping uniform 4x4x4. Thanks for the info, Phil!

 


 

Got Marmit?
September 15, 2001 | 12:50 AM EST | John

“Felipe M.” from Brazil writes us to let us know where to pick up the latest Marmit with a bonus for a great price;

“For those who are fans of the Marmit Figures, they are at a great price atAction Figure Xpress. The brand new Marmit Sandtrooper (with white shoulder pauldron) is at $99.95 and the buyers receive a Free Star Wars Vehicle or playset! For those who aren`t fans of Marmit Figures, you better take a good look at them, because you certainly will be!”

Thanks Felipe for the freebie tip-off.

 


 

Attack Of The Variations — Again
September 14, 2001 | 9:57 PM EST | Bill

Variation collectors beware!!! The Sidster over at The Jawa has run across what appears to be yet another variation. This time on Jedi Training Obi Wan. The variation has to do with the helmet. On one the finish is glossy, on the other it is flat, possibly made with different plastics. Click here for more. If you have any information on this variation, send it in.

 


 

Collectors Alert– New Return Policy At Target
September 14, 2001 | 9:52 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Dave wrote in with Target’s new return policy. Most of it is what we saw last year, but there are some changes. According to a brochure he received at a Target recently, the poilcy is:

“A receipt dated within 90 days is required for all returns and exchanges. All returns and exchanges must be new, unused and contain all original packaging and accessories. Some items cannot be returned if opened, including music, movies, video games, software and collectibles. Some items are subject to a 15% restocking fee, including camcorders, digital cameras, portable DVD and portable electronics. Other restrictions may apply. Holiday and seasonal merchandise on clearance at time of return will be refunded at the current clearance price. Any purchase made by check may be refunded as a merchandise voucher. All other returns or exchanges – including those without a receipt – will be offered manufacturers’ warranty and repair assistance at 1-800-303-0308.” They also mention: “Target can now look up and find most of your purchases made by credit card, debit card, gift card and check within the last 90 days.”

UPDATE: One of our Bothan Spies who is a Team Leader at a Target wrote in to point out that this poicy goes into effect November 1!

 


 

TIEs Intercepted in Canada
September 14, 2001 | 3:51 PM EST | Adam

Mark L wrote in with this scoop…

“I was in my local Toys R us in Belleville, Ontario, Canada and found 6 TIE interceptors on the shelf. They are 39.99 CDN. They also had the Palm Talkers. The one I saw where Darth Vader, Chewie. They were 14.99 CDN.”

 


 

SW Insider 56 hitting mailboxes now!
September 14, 2001 | 1:22 PM EST | John

The Star Wars Insider, issue 56, is now hitting the mailboxes of enthusiastic subscribers across the US! This issue boasts Episode I DVD interviews with people involved in creating the “lost” scenes, one heck of an Episode II update with all kinds of neat images, a very small Jawa Trader, (huzzah!), and a whole segment devoted to “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”, which it seems is inextricably intertwined with Star Wars euphamisms. If you’re not a subscriber, you don’t know what you’re missing! You can subscribe by clicking here.

 


 

Still need Swimming Jar Jar?!?
September 14, 2001 | 12:58 PM EST | John

Steve from Above and Beyond Direct writes to us here at Yak to let everyone know that they still have cases of the Swimming Jar Jar assortment for sale at their website. The best part? It’s just 32 Pounds! In American money that equals out to about $47.00. The case, for refreshers, includes;
1x Jar Jar Naboo Swamp .0000 card
3x Battle Damaged Destroyer Droid .0000 card
3x Qui-Gon Jinn Jedi Master ..0000 card
3x Darth Maul Sith Lord .0000 card
2x Anakin Skywalker Naboo Pilot ..0000 card
2x Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Knight .0000 card
2x Darth Maul Tatooine ..0100 card
Great price, but check the shipping before ordering, because it’s bound to be more than internal US shipping.
UPDATE – Steve writes back to let us know that the price of 32 is in AMERICAN DOLLARS. So, it’s 32 AMERICAN DOLLARS (not UK pounds), for that case of 16 figures. Even better!

 


 

Wrath-O-Con Is Here
September 14, 2001 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

Yes, this is still a Star Wars site. No this is not a plug for the other Star series. Five sites of the Star Wars Action Figure Humor Web are holding the first ever online Action Figure Convention for Action Figures. The Con is now open and runs through the weekend. Visit the Wrath-O-Con for a few laughs and you might even win some figures or a new B-Wing. Click here for more.

 


 

Star Wars Celebration II News
September 13, 2001 | 7:30 PM EST | Bill

The Star Wars Fan Club is holding an online survey on housing for Star Wars Celebration II which will be held next year in Indianapolis. The dates for Celebration II are May 3 to May 5th 2002. If you are planning to go, be sure to vote on the survey!

 


 

Strange C-3PO– Abandoned E1 Sketch Or E2 Spoiler??
September 13, 2001 | 7:20 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Scott wrote in: “Hey! Take a look at KBkids .com’s Star Wars page. Up in the left hand corner there’s a totally different image of C-3P0. He’s gold and his mouth looks like some kind of vent. Take a look and let us know what you think! This could be what he’s gonna look like in EP II!!!”

UPDATE: The image is, in fact, a piece of Doug Chiang conceptual artwork from Episode I. Astute readers may recall the silver Episode II C-3PO as a cover boy for the Star Wars Insider earlier this year.

 


 

More New Photos
September 13, 2001 | 7:17 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Nick writes in: “I just got my copy of Lee’s toy and action figure guide, and inside there are nice pictures of boxed “Hoth Peril” crashed Snowspeeder, Tie Bomber, and 12″ Luke with Speeder. Unfortunatelly I am not capable of scanning the pictures.”

Check your Lees for these photos.

 


 

More Shirtless Deluxe Darth Maul Photos
September 12, 2001 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum is reporting that this time it’s Toyfare with shirtless Maul photos. There is a clear shot of Maul AND the training droid!!! Click here for the photo.

 


 

Lucasfilm Job Openings
September 12, 2001 | 3:48 PM EST | Adam

Those wanting to work for Lucasfilm Ltd. should check out Lucasfilm.comtoday– they’re currently looking for a nonfiction book editor, a collectible database content administrator, a kitchen supervisor, a tax director, and several other positions.

 


 

Donate Blood!
September 11, 2001 | 8:41 PM EST | Adam

In the aftermath in this black day, there’s a great need for supplies, blood, and other necessities. As a group with a little extra disposable time and income, please consider taking some time out of your week to help the survivors and the families of those who weren’t so lucky.

If you can, give blood via the American Red Cross, and watch your communities for collections for goods. If you plan to give blood, some centers are reportedly having an overflow of donations, so it may be necessary to have an appointment.

Our hearts go out to the victims and their families in this situation, and we wish for the best in terms of an outcome for this tragedy and may whatever entity or entities behind these attacks be brought to justice.

 


 

DVD Bonanza
September 11, 2001 | 4:42 AM EST | Adam

Well, by now most of you are aware that everybody and his brother– not us, though, because we’re not that famous– went to Skywalker Ranch over the weekend to get their copy of the Episode One DVD and, of course, write reviews of it. You can find impressions, interviews, and more at…
DVD File
IGN DVD
Rebelscum
The Digital Bits*
TheForce.Net

DVD File has an amazingly well organized feature, which is well worth reading. The Digital Bits, as of this news posting, still did not have up their review of the disc but did have some other features. Most of the information on all the sites is identical, but the review opinions are quite different, but all very high.

In the interviews, it is hinted that Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi will not be seen on DVD until after Episode III. Reading a little into the comments, it seems we’ll be seeing DVDs for the two remaining movies in intervals like we’re seeing them now.

 


 

Q&A Update
September 11, 2001 | 4:35 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice, the column that just screams “obfuscation,” has been updated with ten questions and answers for your reading pleasure. The next update will be soon, so send in your questions!

URL Corrected

 


 

Starfigher: Xbox Edition
September 11, 2001 | 4:27 AM EST | Adam

Gamespot posted a blurb on the upcoming Xbox edition of Starfighter. New vehicles, multiplayer modes, and more are to be included, so if you’re interested, check out the link.

 


 

More Details on Episode 1 DVD
September 10, 2001 | 7:56 PM EST | Bill

Our Bothan Spy checked in with some more details about the Episode 1 DVD. According to his information, the Special Edition treatment will include:
The scenes reincorporated into the feature are mostly around the pod race. A few more racers are introduced and there is a scene where Anakin’s podracer’s power cable pops off and he uses a magnetic tool to draw it back in and re-attach it. There is also a scene added just after the arrival of the Queen on Coroscant where Jar Jar and Anakin follow the Queen into a taxi and cruise over the city. I think there were a few other lines added here & there but I can’t be sure.

 


 

Color Photos Of Shirtless Maul …. At Last
September 10, 2001 | 7:50 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum is reporting that Star Wars Insider #56 is appearing in mailboxes. It includes Hasbro ads for the deluxe figure line, including a large photo of the Shirtless Maul (the first COLOR photo anywhere). Click here to see the photos.

 


 

Star Wars Jr.– The Phantom Facts
September 9, 2001 | 11:01 PM EST | Bill

The Jawa has posted the whole histry of the kids Episode 1 line that never was. It seems that his line was developed (fairly extensively by the sound of it) and the axed while still in early prototypes. Click here for the details.

 


 

Star Wars Jr. Toys
September 9, 2001 | 7:14 PM EST | Adam

By now, some of you may have seen the shots of the “junior”-ish Star Wars figures of Darth Maul, R2-D2, and the Battle Droid from eBay from the previously mentioned seller “proto-year.” (If you haven’t seen the images, surf on over to CollectStarWars.com.)

The Darth Maul figure sculpt has a pose that’s a dead ringer for Hasbro’s current Jurassic Park Jr. toys– the human figures have the same giant feet and big hands that this Maul does. The entire line has a very “cute” look, and would be something I’d very much like to see. So in case there was any doubt, these are almost definitely coming out of Hasbro’s idea factory.

Urban Toy Legend has it that Hasbro developed a Star Wars line to go with Episode One, but needless to say it never showed up. Could this be that line? Might they still be coming out? We don’t know, but we’re very hopeful that Hasbro releases these figures, and soon. Even if it means buying another Darth Maul figure.

If you’re interested in the “baby” style, check out the other aisles at Wal-Mart and Toys “R” Us next time you go there– the Jurassic Park “preschool” stuff is pretty neat and would be the best indicator of the kind of product the Star Wars figures may end up being.

 


 

They’re In the US…….. Confirmed
September 9, 2001 | 1:54 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Andy wrote in from Tucson, Arizona to let us know that a Target there had ALL the new figures in stock this morning. He found Shmi, Obi Jedi Training, Emperor’s Wrath Vader, X-Wing Luke, and Death Star Escape Han! He sent in a photo of the figures and his receipt confirming his score.

 


 

25th Anniversay 2 Pack Luke Prototype
September 9, 2001 | 11:34 AM EST | Bill

Rebelscum has just posted a photo of the Luke figure prototype from the upcoming Luke and Leia 25th Anniversary 2 pack. Luke’s stance is substantially different from the mock-up we saw several months ago. Click here to see the photo!!

 


 

Episode I DVD Update
September 9, 2001 | 11:31 AM EST | Bill

One of our Bothan Spies wrote in that the Episode I DVD has been given the ‘Special Edition’ treatment. He claims some parts of the film have been re-edited for the DVD. More on this as it comes in.

 


 

Deluxe and Palm Talker Pricing at Meijer
September 9, 2001 | 2:34 AM EST | Adam

Reader BOBB chimed in this morning to say that Meijer has Palm Talkers, but more notable was the addition of price tags up for the upcoming deluxe figures. The price for the new figures was listed at $9.99, the same price many other stores are expecting to charge.

 


 

Carded Shmi, Emperor’s Wrath Vader Pics
September 8, 2001 | 9:48 PM EST | Adam

If you haven’t already seen them elsewhere, we just added shots of Shmi Skywalker and Emperor’s Wrath Darth Vader to our New Images Page. Don’t miss the danger, excitement, and thrills that only Yakface.com JPG files, or perhaps a good coffee, can bring!

 


 

Wal-Mart POTJ Update
September 8, 2001 | 9:36 PM EST | Bill

Once again it’s time for an update on the plight of POTJ figures at Wal-Mart. This time we have a report confirming some GOOD news.

Yak Reader Brian writes “At our local Walmart Superstore (Orlando), POTJ figures have been relegated to the clearence toy section, including the newest waves. There are no tags for them in the aisles. Anyone got a confirmation from Walmart management about this?”

Now for the good news. Our Bothan spies who are work for Wal-Mart have written in with the 411 on what Wal-Mart is doing with POTJ.

One Bothan, WiseJediDawson, writes “I work at Walmart as a Inventory Control Specialist… At this time or {MODS} have changed… What that means is our new layouts for the departments, like toys have been set for Christmas, that doesn’t mean we wont be seeing Star Wars in Wal-Mart… If you ever see Boxes in Wal-Mart that haven’t been opened and you see the shipping label on it One will say WR. one says AD. and one say GO. WR and AD are the things managers can order and have all the time… GO stuff is stuff home office orders for us… Star Wars is no longer a WR or AD item… It will only be shipped to each walmart when a Home Office Rep thinks that we need them,… Sales have decreased in Star Wars and Wal-Mart doesn’t want to have to mark down any more… So they are only shipping out GO so that they can ship small quanities… and when it is a good time for the money… That doesn’t seem right to do but it is the system to making money… But Who knows maybe new {MODS} will come down and they will be back on the shelf for good…”

 


 

Awesome Ultarama Diorama
September 8, 2001 | 9:27 PM EST | Bill

The Sidster over at The Jawa has just posted some pics of the winning Ultarama diorama from TheJawa’s recent contest. To say the least, the winner did an EXCELLENT job. Click here to see it all .

 


 

Hasbro Site Updates
September 8, 2001 | 7:38 PM EST | Adam

Hasbro’s Star Wars Site has been updated again, with a couple of new features. First is an update to the Fan Choice Figure Watch which provides some background on the backstory of Ephant Mon, and provides a nice picture of the elephantine character. There’s also a new bracket tourney for Episode One figures… so if you like to excercise your democratic rights, visit Hasbro’s Star Wars Site today!

 


 

D&S has TIE Interceptor
September 7, 2001 | 3:33 PM EST | Adam

D&S Toys has the newly released TIE Interceptor in stock for $36.99. They also have other vehicles, so if you’re interested, check ’em out!

 


 

The Flanneled One states again, “Definitely NO third Trilogy!”
September 7, 2001 | 1:18 PM EST | John

This news comes from Entertainment Backwire where George states again, despite the wishes of fans, NO THIRD TRILOGY! It reads;

“George Lucas says there will be no more Star Wars films after Episode 3. Lucas had said that he originally planned to make nine Star Wars films. But he says now that once he finishes Episode 3 that will be the end. “I can guarantee to you that I will definitively give up after Episode 3, which will come out into 2005,” he told French magazine Tele 7 Days.”

It also goes on to say that there may be another Indiana Jones flick if his, Steven’s, and Harrison’s schedules permit. I don’t know, I was kind of hoping to see Luke in an “Obi-Wanish” position passing down a lightsaber to the next “new hope”, but alas, it will never be. Now to talk about that Star Wars TV show fans want…

 


 

More Wal-Mart POTJ Sale News
September 7, 2001 | 9:07 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Evan found a lot of the newer POTJ very cheap. “I just got back from a trip to Johnstown, PA and they had, literally, over 100 Ketwol/Sabe/Bespin Guard/Han Capture/Leai Bespin and Mechanic hewies for $3.00. I thought a) odd for the price to be rounded perfectly like that and b) why would they have SO many of each of those…I would say at least 20 of each. And that was it. No other figures to be found.”

 


 

Patience… Always In Motion The Future Of POTJ Figures At Wal-Mart Is
September 7, 2001 | 9:03 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tony wrote in with his experience at Wal-Mart:

“I made a trip to the local Wal-Mart in Lynnwood, WA this morning, found the toy dept manager and asked her where she hid the SW figs. Her reply sent me reeling. She said they were not going to be receiving them anymore and therefore there are no spots for them on any of the schematics. I said, “but what about the exclusives? You’re supposed to be getting some exclusives!” She had no idea.”

Remember Hasbro and Wal-Mart Corporate have reassurred collectors that Wal-Mart will be carrying POTJ figures, including the Deluxe figures. Also, news about exclusive product, upcoming stock, etc., frequently does not make it from corporate all the way down to department managers at individual stores.

 


 

New Images
September 7, 2001 | 5:10 AM EST | Adam

Yakface is proud to present you with images of the latest five releases from Power of the Jedi. Staffer Bill compiled dozens of images for Shmi Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Training,) Han Solo (Death Star Escape,) Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot,) and Darth Vader (Emperor’s Wrath.) They’re all on our new images page.

Be sure not to miss the back of Darth Vader’s helmet– Hasbro’s got another winner with this one, or at least the scans look that way.

 


 

Q&A Update
September 7, 2001 | 4:10 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has been updated with the typical series of updates. Don’t forget, you too can send in your questions, like “is this really the new layout?” and “what did you think of Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back”? (I loved it, by the by.)

Anyway, read or something.

 


 

D&S Has New Figures
September 7, 2001 | 3:12 AM EST | Adam

D&S Sci-Fi Toy World has Shmi and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Training) for your purchase/amusement/etc. Check the D&S site for pricing and availability.

UPDATE: The items no longer appear on the D&S page.

 


 

Welcome Again
September 6, 2001 | 10:52 PM EST | Adam

After many delays, and even though it’s not entirely done yet, this is what you can expect from the new Yakface.com. Yup. This is it. And it took months to look like this, too.

This main page is still not fully finished, but you probably guessed that– some graphics will be added through the wee hours of the morning, and some links, well, aren’t active yet. And some of you should have banners on this page… they’re coming. (Trust me.)

Since the page redesign is a real work-in-progress, I encourage you to contact us and let us know the problems you find– how else will we learn?

Anyway, there’s going to be some more goodies added throughout the evening, so stay tuned. Or we’ll… update anyway. We now return you to legit news. Or something that looks close to legit news.

 


 

2002 Figures Due Soon
September 6, 2001 | 8:58 AM EST | Bill

Collect Star Wars is reporting that the wave with 3 each of FX-7, Travel Amidala, Rebel Trooper, and Imperial Officer is due to be released in Asia THIS MONTH. They are predicting that we may see these figures released in the US as soon as NEXT MONTH.

Good hunting!

 


 

25th Anniversary Prototype Images
September 6, 2001 | 8:53 AM EST | Bill

Collect Star Wars has posted prototype images of the 25th Anniversary Han Solo and Chewbaca. Click here to see the images.

 


 

No More Masterpiece Editions
September 6, 2001 | 8:50 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Todd forwarded us a response he received from Chronicle Books (the Publishers of the Star Wars Masterpiece Editions). Put simply the folks who brought us 12″ Anakin, Removable Limbs C-3PO, and Aurra Sing with their books no plans for future releases.

 


 

A Maul That Never Was?
September 5, 2001 | 9:28 PM EST | Robert

As I continue to write up descriptions for the submissions that I have received to get caught up I thought I would post a mock up presentation piece for a Darth Maul action figure. The write up and pictures can be found in the Sample – Mock Ups section. If you happen to work at Hasbro and are reading this and know something about this piece please email me. 8>)

 


 

More 411 on Wal-Mart POTJ Figures
September 5, 2001 | 8:03 PM EST | Bill

We’ve got more infomation on the Wal-Mart POTJ figure sale.

Yak Reader Phil wrote in:

“Just thought I would write to let you know that none of the Richmond, Virginia area Wal-Mart stores I have been to have reduced the price of their POTJ figures. In fact today was the first shipment of figures my area store has recieved in nearly two months. It was the Sandtrooper wave from the end of the Spring and the Ketwol wave…not with Shmi or Obi wan. So the prices are holding strong at $6.44, unfortunately!

Another Yak Reader whom we will call a Bothan Spy wrote in with some inside information:

“Hi, my name is (deleted) and I work for a walmart in upstate new york. Specifically in the toy department. One of the things that makes Wal-Mart different than say Toy R Us, is that the computer pricing system is in store. Which means, every department head has total control of their product pricing. TRU is controled by a central headquarters, which takes all control out of their hands, save for red tag markdowns.
Recently, my Department Head found a bunch of Star Wars figures that were stashed by a nightshift employee, so he imediatly thought they were old becuase of the card damage. He took out his little alson and marked them down to $2.00 to get rid of them. However, they weren’t old at all. The UPC code than now rang up 2 bucks covered all of the newst ones as well. (Mind you, I didn’t tell him of his mistake until I purchased several figures including the Bespin security guard), but that is why three different stores within the same city can have different prices. These people who run the show most of the time are not collectors and really don’t know whats what.
They think somethings old, boom, they mark it down because Wal-Mart’s policy is to push product out and bring more in as fast as possible. Just thought you’d like to know.”

 


 

Wal-Mart POTJ Sale Getting Stranger And Stranger
September 5, 2001 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Darthzilla wrote in that the Wal-Mart in Midvale, UT had several Collection 1 POTJ figures for $1.00, but that the POTJ Collection 2 figures still rang up at regular price. Very interesting.

 


 

More Lego Bundles
September 5, 2001 | 2:50 AM EST | Adam

More Lego bundle fun– Toys “R” Us has a new set with the Flash Speeder, Gungan Patrol, and Naboo Fighter for $19.99 (or $19.97, depending on if you look at the shelf price tag or the one on the box.) Also available in the land of Geoffrey the Giraffe is a bundle with the Gungan Sub and the Naboo Swamp, also for dirt cheap. Can’t get a better deal for gifts this upcoming holiday season.

If you spot a new Lego Star Wars bundle on your travels, kindly keep us posted!

 


 

Wal-Mart POTJ Sale Hit And Miss… In The Same City
September 4, 2001 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Krayzie113 wrote in with an intersting update on the Wal-Mart POTJ sale. “I live in Dallas and I went to one Wal-Mart and found them (POTJ) for 1.50. Another one had them for 5.00, two others I went to had them for 6.44. Most of them were Chewbaca Mechanic, Leia Bespin, Aurra Sing, Qui Gon Jedi Armor,
and the Ketwol wave “

 


 

Prototype Section Update
September 3, 2001 | 5:18 PM EST | Robert

The prototypes section of the website has had a small update. Included in the update is a look at the unproduced Qui – Gon Jinn vs. Battledroid two pack, which can be found in the first shots section. In addition, I added an entry to the hardcopies section for a pair of Darth Maul head hardcopies.

 


 

Ultarama Free Shipping Ends Tomorrow!
September 3, 2001 | 12:50 PM EST | Bill

Tomorrow, September 4 is the last day for free shipping from Ultarama. When you order, be sure to tell them Yakface sent you.

 


 

Cheap Figures Update
September 3, 2001 | 12:19 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Peter wrote in that KB Toys $2.99 POTJ sale is still growing strong in New England, with an even wider selection. His store has Dagobah Darth Vader and K-3PO.

Yak Reader Lee reports that Wal-Mart’s $1.00 POTJ is not a nationwide sale. In Northern Virginia 4 of the Wal-marts in the area have not lowered prices on figures yet. They have moved them to weird sections of the store(pet supplies, etc.), but they all are selling them for $6.44 each. The good thing is that they are finally receiving enough of the Sandtrooper and Ketwol waves to satisfy demand.

 


 

Edits, Edits, & More Edits…
September 3, 2001 | 3:18 AM EST | John

Well, here we go again. TheForce.net is reporting that now there is another “version” of The Phantom Menace making its’ rounds in the underground fan society; The Spanish Edit. This can now join, in infamy, the LA Edit, the NY Edit, and the UK Edit. The UK Edit I posted information on a while back, and no one could offer me any information on the flick. So, until I get dead proof I’ll call it a rumor. As far as the Spanish Edit goes, is there anyone out there who can thumb me a copy here at Yakface? I’d like to see if it could beat out the NY Edit, which to me was the best done so far. Aside from Lucas’ original editing, of course. Is there anyone else out there who also thinks this has gotten veryold? Just a rhetorical question…

 


 

Newest POTJ Hits Canada
September 3, 2001 | 1:12 AM EST | John

It would seem that Canada is finally not too far behind the states as far as getting the newest POTJ figures and stuff. I’ve had several reports that the Shmi wave is now hitting Canada, along with the TIE Interceptor. So Cannucks, keep on the lookout for the newest stuff, it’s a’coming! The figures are going for the normal $11.99 Canadian,(save one person who scored a Shmi for $2.00 Canadian, probably a fluke) but no price was given on the Interceptor. Thanks to everyone who wrote in from the Great White North.

 


 

More TIE Interceptor Sightings
September 2, 2001 | 10:38 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Mark wrote in from South County, Missouri about his TIE find: “Just wanted to say that I went to my local TRU store today, and it just so happened an employee had stocked a case of 6 Tie Interceptors on the shelf, I picked one up, and as of this evening there were 5 left.

 


 

POTJ Figures VERY Cheap At Wal-Mart
September 2, 2001 | 10:14 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tom wrote in: “Just thought I’d drop some news that I was just at a local Wal-Mart and I found a bunch of POTJ figures for $1.00!! They were in a different area of the store near pet supplies actually, with a bunch of other clearence toys. I picked up Bespin Leia, Chewie (mech.), Jek Porkins, EU Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, and Aurra Sing.”

We do not know if this is nationwide or not, but increasing reports of POTJ cheap at Wal-Mart seem to support that conclusion. If you have any news on these sales, send it in.

 


 

The Eighties Redux
September 2, 2001 | 1:56 PM EST | John

With the apparent lack of good Star Wars news, (which I’m sure will pick up as Episode II gets closer), I thought I’d post this reporter’s opinion of the state of toy collecting since the turn of the century.
Since 2000 has hit, it seems that history is starting to repeat itself all over again! What a spectacular time for us mid-to-late twenty-somethings seeing all of our favorite charachters in a triumphant rebirth! Ok, we saw Star Wars come back in a big way in 1996, (it was really late 1995 to be precise). But now with the onset of the new century, we are seeing a lot of the early 80’s figures come back with a new look.
2000 saw attention turned to GI Joe coming back like the old days. Now, they come in 2-packs, which is nice for team-ups! We saw Cobra Commander, Duke, Mutt, and Baroness just to name a few! Same old bodies, nice new file cards, and, as always, loads of weapons. These are coming now in full force with another wave due in mid-September that includes a Joe favorite, Zartan. To keep up to speed, the best page in my eyes is YoJoe.com. You can see all the newest stuff over there. EXCELLENT page.
Transformer? Who can say anything bad about the rebirth of them? Since the relaunch this year, we’ve seen Optimus Prime, (now as a fire truck, but trust me, the figure is EXCELLENT!), Ultra Magnus, (still a car-carrier), and Megatron, (who is now a Predacon instead of a Decepticon). It seems they took the best part of all the 80’s and 90’s stuff and put it together to make one kick-butt collection. More can be found on these at American Dream Comics. Check them out if you haven’t!
Another 80’s icon was, of course, our favorite master of the universe, He-Man. Apparently, since the classic packs sold so well, Mattel is relaunching the line in a big way! In spring 2002 there will be a total relaunch of the Masters Of The Universe line that really does the figures justice. Imagine McFarlane meets Eternia. If you haven’t, you have to see these. Check out He-Man.org for these delicious images of what is to come!
So, you see, history is, in some warped way, repeating itself. The 90’s was (until Star Wars and with a few other exceptions), a very dead time for companies using the hit-and-miss theory with action figures. Now it appears that they are going back to what made figures great in the first place. It’s like they say; “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

 


 

FREE TIE Interceptor!!!
September 2, 2001 | 1:12 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe is celebrating 2 years of reporting UK Star Wars news
‘During September, and to thank all the visitors for their loyalty over this time, he have 3 prizes to give away!

If you want to win a Tie Interceptor donated by Toy Palace, a Swimming Jar Jar from Ultimart or a 12″ Han in Carbonite supplied by MidcoToys, then check the Competition details here.

 


 

Loads of troops at Disneyland!
September 2, 2001 | 12:55 PM EST | John

Boba Ganoush writes us with this about Disneyland merchandise;

“Just thought you’d be interested…Disneyland in the star tours gift shop has hundreds and I mean hundreds of collection one and two figures…Sandtroopers and scout troopers line the walls in abundance…all priced at $10.00. Also all the bigheads (palm talkers) are in stock too (didn’t get a price, sorry).”

Thanks for the tip! If you’re a local to Mickey out there and still need these, go grab them!

 


 

Aurra Sing changes clothing?
September 2, 2001 | 12:51 PM EST | John

Yea, it would seem that way! Another major figure variation exists on the newest cult favorite Bounty Hunter, Aurra Sing. On some of the newer issues of her that are hitting the stores right now, instead of having a low-cut neck on the figure itself, the “shirt” seems to have been painted right up to her neck-line almost giving her the appearance of a turtleneck. Odd, huh? Thanks to all who wrote in to tell us about this variant, and keep the eyes open out there for this figure!

 


 

Promotional DVD Poster For TPM
September 2, 2001 | 12:41 PM EST | John

TheForce.net has a poster image up that is supposed to be a promotional give away from Coconuts stores in New York. Chances are that other stores may offer this as well. Click here to check it out!

 


 

There Is Something Different On TIE Interceptor
September 2, 2001 | 12:02 AM EST | Bill

That’s right– other than a new paint job, there is another difference and it’s pretty major. Yak Reader Dave pointed out that “the TIE Interceptor wings not the original mold from 1983. I compared my Vintage Version to the New POTJ Version and the wings are very different. The shape of the wings are the same but if you look at them Hasbro Added a lot more details. Most noticeable is the little clear things on the back of the wings and the detail solar panels. So they used the old mold and detailed it to fit with today’s standards.

 


 

TIE Interceptor Observations
September 1, 2001 | 12:09 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader ArtooMeToo wrote in with the following:

“I just wanted to write and let you know something interesting I noticed when I just opened my brand new Tie Interceptor. (A lucky stroke that I was able to pick one up at all, and an exteremely nice TRU employee at Southcenter in Seattle, WA).

Here’s what I noticed: The main body of the TIE is, not suprisingly, very, very similar to the TIE fighter we’ve seen in the past. More than that, it’s the SAME. On the underside of the body reads: (c) 1995 LUCASFILM LTD. This means this is exactly the same mold as the POTF2 TIE we saw back in ’95!

It gets better. The wings, which I unpacked after the body (they’re in the back of the package), are also stamped with a copyright date. (Literally speaking, only the LEFT wing has a date on it.) It reads: (c) 1983. 1983?!?! Hasbro is using a mold from the very year ROTJ came out?!

I should also mention that I’m not surprised that the “unique Imperial
pilot” is only unique from the waist down. His head, torso, and arms are entirely identical to the1985 POTF2 TIE pilot we’ve already seen.”

August 2001 Archive

More Shimi Sightings
August 31, 2001 | 8:48 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Speedy6 wrote in that he found the new Shimi and Obi Wan figures Wednesday at a Target in Niles Illinois. There were
several of each. Both are on .04 cards.

 


 

POTJ Price Dropping At KB
August 31, 2001 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader at CJ writes:

“Today i found all of the series 1 potj figures at K@B toystore today for only 1.99 each . I dont know if this is for the whole country but in florida @ alabama they are realy cheap.”

 


 

Shmi Wave Hits The States!
August 30, 2001 | 9:45 PM EST | John

The first e-mail for the Shmi wave hit Yak-mailboxes tonight. It’s from “Obi-Wan BRENTobi”, and it reads;

“I just picked up a SHMI SKYWALKER and an OBI-WAN Jedi Gear this evening. I scanned them and thought that, maybe, you’d like to post the pic to share with your readers.”

Unfortunately, the image didn’t make it through, but it’s ok, we all know what they look like, now the trick is finding them. Maybe now we can ask the question, “Will I ever see you again?”. Thanks again, BRENTobi! Keep your monoculars switched on, they’ll be out there soon.

 


 

Ultimate Star Wars Home Video List
August 30, 2001 | 8:59 PM EST | Bill

Davis DVD has put together a STAR WARS HOME VIDEO TIMELINE. The timeline covers all four films from their very first VHS/Betamax incarnations to the latest Laserdisc/DVD releases (and every obscure little variant in between).

Click here to see the timeline.

 


 

eBay Star Wars Prototype Onslaught
August 30, 2001 | 1:36 PM EST | Adam

Literally dozens of auctions of what seem to be preproduction samples out of Hong Kong appeared this week on eBay through seller “proto_year.” Some highlights include a boxed mock-up using multicolored Jabba’s Dancers figure– which all look very cool– in a box made from one of BanDai’s many kung fu lines; a multicolored 1995 Han Solo test shot; and what looks like the very first Darth Vader Removable Helmet prototype we saw leaked back in 1997. Very interesting stuff.

Also up are several TransFormers, Lord of the Rings, GI Joe, Jurassic Park, and other other figures. Heck, there’s even a shot of what appears to be an as-of-yet unproduced Batman Beyond villain in an auction designated “mummy!”

 


 

Power of the Jedi at the Fan Club
August 30, 2001 | 12:40 AM EST | Adam

The Star Wars Fan Club Website is offering quite a few recent Hasbro offerings. Highlights include the Sandtrooper, Ellors Madak, Ketwol, Aurra Sing, and many others. The prices are around $8.99 each, so take a gander and see what’s new.

(Unfortunately, no Scout Troopers are currently available.)

 


 

Lego Bundles Continue
August 30, 2001 | 12:37 AM EST | Adam

Toys “R” Us stores are offering the Gungan Sub and Naboo Swamp sets in a shrinkwrapped bundle for $29.99. If you haven’t already snapped these up, it’s a prety good deal.

 


 

Detailed TIE Interceptor Photos
August 29, 2001 | 11:21 PM EST | Bill

Just what you’ve been waiting for. TIE Interceptors are appearing at TRUs all over the country. Click here for detailed photos of the TRU exclusive TIE Interceptor. Just one thing about the TIE Interceptor– the pilot DOES have articulated knees, but the cockpit seat in the Tie Interceptor is identical to the vintage model. There is no way to put the TIE pilot in the cockpit with his knees bent!!!!

 


 

More Vintage Instructions and Sticker Sheets On-line
August 29, 2001 | 9:02 PM EST | Bill

Gadders has updated again, adding a bunch more vintage inserts to the site
including:
Droid Factory Blueprints
Millennium Falcon Stickers
Droids Side Gunner Instructions and Stickers
Multiple playset backgrounds

To see the new additions or submit scans of vintage instructions and stickers, click here.

 


 

Star Wars Muppet Show now on DVD!
August 28, 2001 | 11:44 PM EST | John

Yak-Reader “Red 6” writes to us with this muppet-licious news;

“The Muppet Show is now on DVD, and the episode with Mark Hamill is on Disk 2. The bonus features of this disk include screen tests for The Empire Strikes Back showing other muppets (including Fozzie and Animal) that didn’t get the role of “Yoda.”

It’s only avaialble at http://www.timelife.com and here’s a direct
link
. You can also get 20% off using the TLSAF36 coupon.

Major thanks goes to “Red 6” for this tip. You know, ironically enough, the wife and I were just discussing this the other night, and lo and behold, they finally put them on DVD. Weird.

 


 

Ultarama Sale Time — Free Shipping
August 28, 2001 | 11:07 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Mort at Ultarama.com:

Ultarama.com celebrates Labor Day By Savings Collectors Cash! Offers Free Shipping On All Orders From August 29th Through September 4th!

EDISON, NJ–Aug. 29, 2001—To celebrate Labor Day, we at Ultarama want to help all of our hard working collectors enjoy displaying their figures while keeping some extra cash in their pocket. So, we are doing our part by offering free shipping in the Continental U.S. on all orders placed from August 29th through September 4th!

The Ultarama is a complete action figure display system that is both flexible and customizable. With the use of the Ultarama’s molded plastic platforms that contain 80 pre-molded peg holes and its proprietary pegging system, collectors can display their collections in three totally unique ways: stacked two levels high in the shape of a semicircle, clipped back-to-back in the shape of a circle, or configured as two separate and complete one level displays. With the purchase of additional Ultaramas, collectors can build their display many stories high! The Ultarama also includes four unique 8 X 10 background scenes, 48 pegs for 3 3/4″ figures, and 24 pegs for 6″ figures. The 6″ pegs also fit most 4 3/4″ figures and most vintage 3 3/4″ figures.

The Ultarama is available for immediate shipping and can be ordered from the Ultarama web site at Ultarama.com or by calling toll free at 1-888-269-4386. Be sure to tell them Yakface sent you!!!!

 


 

A-Wing Honda Civic
August 28, 2001 | 7:21 PM EST | Adam

“Obi-Shawn” wrote in to tell us about his pet project: fashioning his 1995 blue/green Honda Civic del sol into something more similar to an A-Wing fighter– complete with decorative cannons. Right now, he’s looking for a name for the car… visit his site for a good look at one of the more unique custom jobs out there.

 


 

Jedicon: UK Star Wars Gathering
August 28, 2001 | 7:14 PM EST | Adam

On Sunday, December 9, the Basildon Sports Center in England will be taken over by Jeremy Bulloch, Chris Parsons (4-LOM), Alan Harris (Bossk), and many other players of the Star Wars galaxy. For more information, visit their website at www.scifishows.com.

 


 

LucasArts Chat Tonight
August 28, 2001 | 6:55 PM EST | Adam

At 5:00 PM pacific/ 8:00 PM eastern, LucasArts will be hosting a chat with some of the minds behind the upcoming GameCube title, Rogue Leader (Rogue Squadron II). Surf on over to LucasArts for details.

 


 

Micromachines Give Away
August 28, 2001 | 8:49 AM EST | Bill

The Jawa is giving away a Micromachines Action Fleet Yavin Rebel Base this week. Click here for more information.

 


 

Cheap Stands Are Back In Stock
August 27, 2001 | 10:36 PM EST | Bill

UPDATE: they are once again out of stock.

The Official Fan Club Website has Real Stands back in stock at unbeliveably cheap prices. If you are not a Fan Club Member, the stands are $1.99 for 12. If you are a Fan Club Member (be sure to login) they are only $0.99 for 12— that’s less than 10 cents a stand!

 


 

Wal-Mart POTJ Update
August 27, 2001 | 9:02 AM EST | Bill

Sir Steves Guide is reporting that new POTJ figures are now appearing in Wal-Mart’s computers. They are now showing Boshek, Teebo, and R5-D4!!! Click here for the details.

 


 

Fanboy Observations: Bacta Color
August 27, 2001 | 3:23 AM EST | Adam

In a discussion with an online associate, the question of the correct color of Bacta came up. As most of you know, a deluxe Luke in Bacta Tank is due out shortly and was shown at the various toy shows in prototype form. The initial prototype had a clear tank, which looked fine. Hasbro later said it would be redone to be the correct red color.

Now the question remains, is red the correct color?

Starwars.com has a brief feature on it that has a picture that looks more or less blue, but it could be that it’s a very faint red that’s being drowned out by the blue or white of the room. The entry specifically states that the “…translucent red fluid nurtures the growth of a bacterial medium…” which tells us that despite how we remember it looking, someone says it’s red.

Decipher’s Bacta Tank card from the Hoth expansion is pretty much the same, except the tank looks unquestionably blue in the picture. The description says “gelatinous red bacta is suspended in a synthetic solution…” which may explain why it looks blue.

Still, much like the purple Hoth Han Jacket of 1996 debate, the red color (seen in this shot from Rebelscum) leaves at least a few fans scratching their heads. Hey, I like the new toy, don’t get me wrong… but it’s not how I remember it.

Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled news.

 


 

Deadline: Action Figure Fanfic
August 27, 2001 | 2:49 AM EST | Adam

Ever thought about making your own story using action figures? Customizer Extraordinare Dan Curto has done just that…

“What started as an idea for a comic book almost 10 years ago, has now gotten new life online! DEADLINE is a fan-fiction series of photonovels set in the STAR WARS Universe starring customized action figures!
It’s at: http://deadline.collectstarwars.com

There will also be a contest to determine the major bad guy in the first storyline, which will tie in to the September Casting Call at FFURG. Complete details can be found at http://www.ffurg.com/casting_call/deadline.htm

 


 

Deadline: Action Figure Fanfic
August 27, 2001 | 2:48 AM EST | Adam

Ever thought about making your own story using action figures? Customizer Extraordinarre Dan Curto has done just that…

“What started as an idea for a comic book almost 10 years ago, has now gotten new life online! DEADLINE is a fan-fiction series of photonovels set in the STAR WARS Universe starring customized action figures!
It’s at: http://deadline.collectstarwars.com

There will also be a contest to determine the major bad guy in the first storyline, which will tie in to the September Casting Call at FFURG. Complete details can be found at http://www.ffurg.com/casting_call/deadline.htm

 


 

Q&A to Return Next Week
August 26, 2001 | 11:13 PM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice will be starting up again next week. For the new installment of the Q&A column, we could use some questions– so if you have one, send it in to me and… uh… we’ll have some questions to answer.

 


 

“From Bricks” to New URL
August 26, 2001 | 11:05 PM EST | Adam

From Bricks To Bothans has moved to and settled in at its new home atwww.FBTB.net, so update those bookmarks. We wish Tim and company the best at their new home and hope them continued success as one of the finest Lego fan sites.

 


 

More Attakus Statues Revealed
August 26, 2001 | 5:10 PM EST | Adam

Attakus, manufacturers of the fine (and pricey) Star Wars statues we’ve come to love, has posted shots of still more product– in addition to the trio shown atTheJawa.com last night, there are shots of the Emperor’s Royal Guard, Luke in his X-Wing Pilot outfit, and the Emperor in his throne, the latter two are unpainted and the former looks like it was somewhat inspired by the last Hasbro/Kenner figure.

But be sure not to miss these!

 


 

Decipher Interview Posted
August 26, 2001 | 12:54 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has posted an exclusive interview with Marcus Sheppard of Decipher UK. Click here to read it.

 


 

New Lego, Hasbro Star Wars, EII, And More In Target Computers
August 26, 2001 | 12:31 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum is reporting that the next batch of Star Wars toys are appearing in Target’s computers. Lego highlights include a Jedi Star Fighter and Republic Gunship. Hasbro highlights include PREVIEW FIGURES. Deluxe Figures will be $9.99, the 25th Anniversary 2 packs will be $14.99, also EII vehicles, beasts, and more. Also the DPCI for the new Speeder Bike with Lukeis 087-06-0112.

Click here for all the details including DPCI#’s!

 


 

New Attakus Statue Photos Posted
August 25, 2001 | 10:01 PM EST | Bill

Sidster over at The Jawa has just posted photos of the new Attakus C-3PO, Stormtrooper, and Darth Vader statues. These are nothing short of incredible.Click here to see the photos!!!

 


 

Another Star Wars E Book On The Horizon
August 25, 2001 | 9:55 PM EST | Bill

The Force.net is reporting that the Official Random House site is now listing an upcoming Star Wars E Book centered on Han and Leia by Troy Denning— the Author of Star by Star– the next New Jedi Order hardcover. Click here for the story.

 


 

Netherlands Star Wars Fanzine
August 25, 2001 | 7:43 PM EST | Adam

Patrick of the Dutch Star Wars Fan Club ‘Echo Base’ sends along this news…

“Next month issue 3 of Echo Base Magazine will be released. Matt Busch created a fantastic Episode II Obi-Wan cover especially for the magazine! We have decided to make this issue available to non-fan club members to get a chance to obtain this fantastic collector’s item. The magazine can be purchased [for $6.95 and shipping] on this order page: http://www.echobase.nl/magazine.

Echo Base Magazine is published quarterly by unofficial Dutch Star Wars Fan Club Echo Base (http://www.echobase.nl).”

The cover’s actually quite nice– pretty cool stuff for an era when any and all fanzines are usually Internet-only.

 


 

Awesome Kay-Bee Deal!
August 25, 2001 | 12:39 AM EST | John

This letter was received tonight from “Blaze”, a Kay-Bee manager;

“Just a little note for all those looking for cheap figures. I’m a manager at KB Toys in Huntsville, AL and today on our truck, we received 96 Power of the Jedi figures priced at only $2.99 each. That’s right only $2.99. The figures included only Collection 1 figures such as Dagobah Darth Vader, Darth Maul Final Jedi Duel, (old)Ben Kenobi, Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi, Anakin with droid, Qui-Gon in Mos Espa Disguise, Leia Bespin Escape and Chewbacca Mechanic. This is a company wide permanent markdown, so all stores should get these and at these prices. Too bad it’s only for Collection 1 waves. I would definitely hurry out to get these as KB usually does their markups/markdowns on Sunday and the way these were flying out of the store today, I’m sure we are going to see a markup.”

If you’re still missing any of these, grab ’em now. Custom fodder, army builders, (an army of little annoying Anakins… Clones, maybe?), etc. Good luck on the hunt!

 


 

Harrison Ford And Wife Separated (Again)
August 24, 2001 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

E! Online is reporting that Harrison Ford and his wife, Melissa Mathison, have separated for the second time in less than a year. His wife recently filed for legal separation in Los Angeles, Ca. Click here to read the whole story.

 


 

Happy Birthday Kenny Baker!
August 24, 2001 | 3:10 PM EST | Adam

Kenny Baker, best known for his roles in Time Bandits and as R2-D2 in Star Wars, turns 67 today. (Thanks go to Jason for pointing this out!)

 


 

From Bricks to Bothans
August 24, 2001 | 5:58 AM EST | Tim

I’d like to thank the Yaks guys for hosting my little LEGO website, but I’m exploring new directions with it and have decided to head back out on my own.

I wish everyone here nothing but the best – especially Mark and Adam.

Respect the Brick
Tim Saupé

 


 

Ray Park: Happy Birthday!
August 24, 2001 | 5:08 AM EST | Adam

TheForce.net reports the actor that played everybody’s favorite villain– Toad from X-Men– turned 27 on Thursday. Happy birthday, Ray!

 


 

Wanna See Vintage SW Trailers?
August 23, 2001 | 10:29 PM EST | Bill

Artoo’s News is now debuting in their Vintage Televesion section, 4 movie trailers from the Original Trilogy, including the trailer for Revenge of the Jedi. To see the trailers click here!!!!

 


 

Pittsburg, PA now has a Star Wars Collecting Club!
August 23, 2001 | 1:12 PM EST | John

For all you fine folks that collect Star Wars merchandise in Western PA, now there’s a place for you to all congregate and match notes. It’s the PITSWCC, (otherwise known as the Pittsburg Star Wars Collector Club… what else?). If you’re in that particular area of the USA, and would be interested in teaming up with these fine folks, click here to go to their hidden Rebel Base… uh… web site!

 


 

A Custom That’s Very… Creative?
August 23, 2001 | 1:06 PM EST | John

This one was WAY too funny to pass up. It shows what you can do with a lighter, some rubbing alcohol, and access to vintage card templates. I won’t even elaborate as to what it is, I will just link it here. I want you, our Yak-readers, to get the exact same chuckle I got when I first saw this. I will say this; It’s a custom figure 2-pack on a vintage backer, and it’s listed on eBay.

 


 

Entertainment Earth: Shmi Wave to Hit Next Week
August 23, 2001 | 1:16 AM EST | Adam

This just in from Entertainment Earth…

“Star Wars Wave 14 arrives next week!

(Item# 84455H, $89.99) http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=84455H will begin shipping late next week. This assortment features two new figures that will only available in this case – Shmi Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Armor. The full case of 12 figures includes 3x Shmi Skywalker, 3x Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Armor, 1x Sabe – Queen’s Decoy, 2x Ketwol, 1x Bespin Guard – Cloud City Security, 2x Ellorrs Madak – Duro – Fan’s Choice Figure #1. Order today!”

 


 

TIEs Intercepted at Toys R Us
August 23, 2001 | 1:14 AM EST | Adam

A few reports of the new exclusive rolled in tonight, so be sure to poke around the colorful aisles of TRU for the latest addition to the POTJ Imperial armada. The price is just pennies under $30.

 


 

Yakface Forums to Shut Down
August 23, 2001 | 1:08 AM EST | Adam

Due to a fairly steady stream of complaints, we will be abandoning our current Yakface Forums in the near future. While we are on the lookout for a new backbone to relaunch them at some point, we aren’t finding much in our price range and since pop-up ads are a big issue, it looks like we might be without the boards for a while in the near future.

While we can’t speak for everyone, the once-great usenet forum rec.arts.sf.starwars.collecting.misc is– in theory– a great place to facillitate a discussion. While part of the great unmoderated Internet wilderness, it’s somewhere I frequently visit, and I could safely say could benefit from some new blood.

(If anyone has a reccomendation as to a new board service to which we could use for our site, we’d go for that as well.)

 


 

Shmi wave now available from Nobletoy.com
August 22, 2001 | 11:54 AM EST | John

For those of you who just can’t wait, Nobletoy.com has the Shmi wave available for order. It’s coming from Hong Kong, so expect shipping to be a bit higher, as well as the price for the set, ($75.00 for all 5). The set includes all from the upcoming wave being Shmi, Obi-Wan Training Gear, Han Solo D.S. Escape, Luke X-Wing, and Darth Vader Emperor’s Wrath. Myself, I’d wait. But again,here’s the link if you just have to have them! Thanks to “blunber142” for the tip!

 


 

The Phantom Editor Won’t Die!
August 22, 2001 | 11:31 AM EST | John

The Phantom Editor on the original LA (Jar Jar) Edit finally speaks! This webpage link was sent to me from a private source for all to visit. It is the story of the Phantom Editor and his life since the infamous edit. It seems that ol’ Georgie ain’t happy with the Editor. Check out the page to read all about it! It really is intriguing, but I still say that the NY Edit with the subtitles was better…

 


 

Tantive IV Full Scale Model
August 21, 2001 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

That’s right. Artoos News is carrying exclusive coverage of the creation of a Tantive IV (Princess Leia’s ship frm ANH) in 1/1 scale for standard 3 3/4″ Hasbro Action Figures. That means that the finished product will be OVER 35 FEET LONG!!!!!!!! Click here for their coverage and photos!!!!!

 


 

EE Newsfeed: Deluxe Boba Fett Helmet Available
August 21, 2001 | 6:57 PM EST | Adam

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed:

“Boba Fett Deluxe Helmet In Stock!

The Boba Fett Deluxe Helmet (Item# DP82101, $749.99) has been missing in action for a long time, but now it has survived a corporate takeover and is IN STOCK NOW! This Deluxe Collector’s Helmet is cast in fiberglass with comfortable padding inside and is extraordinarily detailed, showing the tremendous battle damage Fett has endured.”

 


 

Star Wars; The Definitive DVD Collection?
August 21, 2001 | 11:29 AM EST | John

TheForce.net is reporting from an “insider” who is aparently very dependable, that in 2006 there will be a finalization of all 6 movies of both trilogies to make them congeal even more fluidly than what the Special Editions of 4-6 could. What does this mean? Well, for starters it could mean scenes of Coruscant in Episode 4, or Bail Organa stealing the plans to the original Death Star… The possibilities are endless. Hop on over to voice your opinion of what you’d like to see!

 


 

“Episode II” Crew, Promo Item Images
August 21, 2001 | 5:15 AM EST | Adam

The Star Wars Collectors Archive posted a pair of items for Episode II. There’s a cast and crew black baseball cap with white “Episode II” text, and a gift bag for Mexican licensees for the new flick– which includes the hat and other cool stuff. Visit the archive and be sure not to miss these great new entries.

The items were posted to their site earlier this month, but we neglected to point them out. As the sitcom commercials once said, “if you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you!”

 


 

Simpsons Calendar has new Star Wars Art
August 21, 2001 | 4:49 AM EST | Adam

The 2002 Simpsons calendar features a movie theme this year, and the classic trilogy is not ignored. New artwork featuring Homer as Jabba, Lisa as Bib Fortuna, and numerous other members of everybody’s favorite animated post-modern family parody a scene from Return of the Jedi. Check your better local bookstores for a look at this, it’s actually quite cool.

 


 

GameCube Rogue Squadron II Movies
August 21, 2001 | 4:34 AM EST | Adam

GameSpot posted a series of brand new movies for the upcoming Rogue Leader (aka Rogue Squadron II) for GameCube. Game junkies and tech heads, this is the article for you.

For those who haven’t followed the game’s development, the gaming press is shaping this as being the second coming of decent console-based Star Wars gaming. Don’t miss this feature!

 


 

EII Title Spoofed (Again)
August 20, 2001 | 10:41 PM EST | Bill

And now for our readers who are less than happy with the announced title of Episode II— Attack of the Clones. Yak Reader Jim pointed out a great spoof on Attack of the Clones. Click here for the comic strip on Heart of the City

 


 

Ever wondered what is considered “canon” in Star Wars EU?
August 20, 2001 | 10:21 PM EST | John

Steve Sansweet answers this question as to what can be taken as an official part of the Star Wars universe, and what is a load of dingo’s kidneys. Click hereto read the enlightening answers over at StarWars.com!

 


 

Great new POTJ images at Tomy of Japan!
August 20, 2001 | 10:09 PM EST | John

Tomy of Japan, who handles the Star Wars Action Figures in the great East, now has posted very detailed images of up-and-coming figures. The images include;

Shmi Skywalker
Obi-Wan in Jedi Training Gear
Darth Vader – Emperor’s Wrath
Han Solo – Death Star Escape
Luke Skywalker – X-Wing Pilot

Can anyone see whether that’s a Probe Droid or a blast shield helmet that comes with that Obi-Wan? Even with these clearer images I still can’t make it out…

UPDATE – Reader “Jim” clarifies about the Obi-Wan – Training Gear accessory;

“I just wanted to let you know that the Jedi Training Obi-Wan comes with a “blast shield” helmet, not a probe droid. I can’t remember where I got the info from. If you take a look at the corner of the helmet, you’ll see that it even has a little braid protector!”

Thanks “Jim”!

 


 

New “Outer Rim Show” Now Showing At Artoo’s News
August 20, 2001 | 9:36 PM EST | John

Artoo’s News has just posted the newest edition of “The Outer Rim Show”, and Scott Karde has written to tell us to tell all our Yakkers out there to check it out! If you haven’t seen it, you don’t know what you’re missing! Here’s a direct link to the show.

 


 

Pre-order POTJ Wave 13 , 14, & 15 from Entertainment Earth
August 20, 2001 | 9:29 PM EST | John

Pre-order the last wave of Hasbro’s Star Wars Power of the Jedi action figures scheduled for 2001 – Collection 2 – Wave 15
Item# 84455J, $89.99.
This all-new assortment includes 1x Queen Amidala Travel / Black Gown, 1x Rebel Trooper – Tantive IV Defender, 1x Imperial Officer, 1x FX-7 Medical Droid, 4x Zutton (Snaggletooth), 4x Eeth Koth (Subject to change).
You can also pre-order these other coming waves;
SW POTJ Collection 1 – Wave 13
Item# 84445H, $89.99
SW POTJ Collection 2 – Wave 14
Item# 84455H, $89.99

 


 

TIE Interceptor Shelf Stickers Appearing???
August 20, 2001 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Kris wrote in to let us know that last week in the Star Wars section at the TRU in Elizabeth,NJ there were two shelf stickers (white with red borders); one labeled “Toys R US Exclusive” and the other “Only Available at Toys R Us.” BUT, they were placed under the 12″ Vader/Maul 2pk. There was, however, sufficient space for the TIE Interceptor.

Sounds interesting. If you have any more news on this send it in.

 


 

New POTJ Wave Hits Hong Kong!
August 20, 2001 | 2:58 AM EST | John

“JHLewis2” writes to inform us that the new POTJ wave due out in the USA around September has already started to hit in Hong Kong. These figures include Darth Vader-Emperor’s Wrath, Luke-X-Wing Pilot, Han Solo-Death Star Escape, Obi-Wan-Jedi Training Gear, and of course our favorite misunderstood villians’ Mama, Shmi Skywalker. Keep watch, because with the onset of the B-Wing, the Palm Talkers, and now the new 12″ assortment, these babies are only weeks away from USA pegs.

 


 

New Figure Images from Wizard Con…
August 18, 2001 | 8:26 PM EST | Mark

Check out those great images from our friends over athttp://www.collectstarwars.com as they have all the new figures pictured there. They include Eeth Koth, FX-7, Imperial Officer, Queen Travel, Zutton and the Sandtrooper. Bar none the best images on the net….

 


 

Queen’s Gambit Game??
August 18, 2001 | 7:10 PM EST | Mark

Is this a new game?? I have never seen it before, although the game pieces (which are many) make the game look kinda neat? Anyone seen it or played it??? The Queens Gambit
Amazon also has some great deals like this….
Deluxe Micro Machines Pod Racing Track Set $4.99 normally $39.99

UPDATE – For those of us, (Mark and myself, John), who haven’t heard of this game, “MRCPFIII” sends us a description, and quite a dazzling review;
“The Queens Gambit game has been out for about a year. It’s made by Avalon Hill who are currently making the Axis and Allies expansion games. It’s a roleplaying game that has you playing four games at once, the battle on Naboo,the battle above Naboo, the retaking of the queens palace, and the duel of the fates. I have this game and paid about $55 at a local table top game store for it and believe it to be well worth the price. Just thought I’d give you a heads up.”
Thanks for the info, “MRCPFIII”! It seems like a steal at the price Mark reported above. So what are ya waiting for?!? 8^)

 


 

New 12″ Spotted!
August 18, 2001 | 2:03 PM EST | John

The new 12″ Action Collection series seems to be finally making its’ way to retail. “Edward L.” sends us this report;

“Hey you Yakkers! I just found a case of the new 12″ figures; Han Solo in Stormtrooper disguise, Death Star Droid, and Death Star Trooper! I got them at my local TRU in the city of Bell Gardens! (state not named) They are evenly packed, no shortage, 2x2x2. And they are at their regular price of $19.99. Happy hunting, and May the Force be with you!”

Thanks Ed! Anyone else see these? Keep the peepers popped, because once the warehouse ships they start to show up sparsely for about a week before they hit full-force.

 


 

Max Rebo Band Members and Ceremonial Han Petitions
August 17, 2001 | 10:56 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jake just gave us a heads-up on some new petitions.

The first is working to get the rest of the Max Rebo Band in POTJ plastic. Rappertunie (the lizard like creature on the electornic harmonica), and drummers Ak-Rev and Umpass Stay. Click here to sign this petition!!!!!!

The second is trying to complete our New Hope Awards Ceremony scene with a Ceremonial Han Solo with his spiffy new medal from the end of A New Hope.Click here to sign the Ceremonial Han petition.

 


 

End of the Select Images at StarWars.Com?
August 17, 2001 | 12:12 AM EST | John

It may just be that. Faithfully for months, (only missing 5 or 6 Thursdays, I believe), StarWars.com has updated every Thursday with a new “select image”. But after the name of last week’s image, selectfin.jpg, it may mean that the age of the select image is now over. Reasoning; The page has been updated today sans the new select. Before, if they didn’t update the page on a Thursday at all, the select was overlooked as well, (only a couple of times as I’d mentioned above). Maybe Lucas has something even better in store for us with Episode II closing in? Maybe they skipped a week? We shall have to wait and see, folks!

 


 

The Empire Strikes Back Spoilers, Beware!
August 17, 2001 | 12:05 AM EST | John

Ever wonder what it would have been like for us twenty-somethings if we had had the ‘net back in 1978, a couple years before TESB was released in ’80? Well, wonder no more! This letter was sent to me by Darin, who describes his website;

“Love to tell you all about this new (re-launch) Star Wars site. It takes place in 1978 and has all the news and rumors about the Kenner Star Wars figures (of 1978) and all the rumors about the next Star Wars movie (Empire!) Click here to visit us! Thanks!”

Nice work! Stop on over and check it out!

 


 

Did George name Episode II with this?
August 16, 2001 | 11:53 PM EST | John

It may be a good bet. 8^) Seriously folks, this is a nice little Random Title Generator, and claims, (jokingly, of course), that Episode III will be entitled using this device. Hop on over to Brunching.com and try it! It’s actually fun, and a good way to waste an hour or two… Credit goes to TheForce.net for this one.

 


 

Lucas’ Tucker for sale?!?
August 16, 2001 | 11:48 PM EST | John

I have received information from an undisclosed source that this auction may in fact be for George Lucas’ very own Tucker automobile. Lucas having made the movie of Mr.Tucker, the man whose cars were so good that other car companies stifled him and his production, it’s a good bet that ol’ Georgie is selling it for some reason. Why? I’ve no clue. It’s claimed to be the 3rd off the production line, and in mint shape! Check it out!

 


 

General Crix Madine Petition
August 16, 2001 | 10:52 PM EST | Bill

The Madine petition is going strong with over 1450 signatures. If we are going to see this Imperial defector in plastic it will take a lot more signatures– closer to 10,000 or more. To sign the petition, just send an email to DETENTIONBLOCKAA23@YAHOO.COM

 


 

TIE Interceptors– Details
August 16, 2001 | 10:49 PM EST | Bill

One of our Bothan Spies just checked in with a lot of detail on the TIE interceptors:

Okay, here is the complete run down on the TRU TIE Interceptor-
SKN 239316
cost $17.78 (NOTE this IS TRU’s cost)
retail $29.99
it is packed six per case
it has been on open order (which means there is an unfilled order for it) for about two months according to shipping records, the TIE should be in the stores between 8/29 and 9/3 the warehouse that serves my TRU in (city in the midwest changed to protect our spy) is expected to receive them tomorrow they should be in all regional warehouses no later than 9/13 they have already hit one warehouse on 8/14, so they should be in store somewhere in the next two weeks, at least accordingly to estimated time arrivals there are around 11,000 units ordered for this first wave. Now remember this is all according to computer records. As soon as they arrive in my warehouse.

Back to the price on figs, it is normal to mark up all figs at least $2.00. The Simpsons figs mentioned in one post do cost $4.00 a fig, but they sell for $5.99. Almost a two dollar mark up, just like POTJ. Lets compare figs though. Each Simpsons fig is bigger than a POTJ fig plus they contain a small micro chip that contains recordings of sayings that are much better quality that a comtech chip recording. You get all this for $4.00. Look at the POTJ; smaller fig, some are repaints of old molds, limited articulation, and no electronics. Price $5.00.

 


 

End of Wal Mart Debate
August 16, 2001 | 8:50 PM EST | Kurt

i recieved this message today. in reply to the question I posed to Hasbro on the Wal Mart issue.

Dear Kurt —

Your recent e-mail has been forwarded to my attention. The simple answer to the question is, no, Wal*Mart will NOT be taking Star Wars toys out of the toy department. Wal*Mart has chosen to display within a different area within the department. This will have no impact on fans’ ability to find their favorite Star Wars figures. Similarly, this will have no effect on the new Deluxe figures or the Wal*Mart exclusives.

Should you have additional questions, please contact my colleague, Paula Sacchi, at 401-XXX-XXXX. Once again, thank you for your interest.

Sincerely,

Audrey DeSimone
Director, Corporate Communications
Hasbro, Inc.
(I have removed the didgets of the above phone number as per request)

 


 

eBay: Spaceballs Vehicle Prop
August 16, 2001 | 2:23 AM EST | Adam

We got a few emails on this auction for Princess Vespa’s spacecraft from the Mel Brooks flick Spaceballs. Not a model, but a real working 16-foot-long vehicle, this is really a neat item up for grabs– and the auction ends in under a day.

Sure, it’s not directly related to Star Wars, but fans of props, Mel Brooks, and general fun things to own would be well advised to take a gander at the brand new white Mercedes 2001 SEL Limited Edition today!

 


 

What happened to “What does your collection look like?”
August 16, 2001 | 1:49 AM EST | John

Well, in a word, it flopped. In the beginning a lot of people were gung-ho on the whole thing, but then after about a month, no one sent me any more pics. It may come back in the future, but for now, it’s kaputz.
But, for those of you still wanting to show off your collections, I got this e-mail from The Rebel Base. It reads;
“Attention all Star Wars fans!! Do you consider yourself a hard-core collector? Do you have an impressive collection complete with unique and rare items? Have you ever wanted to show off this collection to the world but never had the opportunity? Well, here it is! THE REBEL BASE is providing collectors a chance to boast their large collections by featuring them on the site. We want your pictures, so send them in and we’ll put up your collection for fans around the world to see. For more information,visit us at The Rebel Base!”

So folks, head on over and check out this budding new page. Seems promising, and when I get some pics of my collection around after everything is set up, I’m going to submit as well. Good job, Rebel Base!

 


 

Happy Birthday PSWCS!
August 16, 2001 | 1:32 AM EST | John

The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society is celebrating it’s 1-year anniversary this week. The groups has grown from the nine people who attended the first meeting to their current membership of 109. The success of the group has lead them to take the next big step in their development. The members of PSWCS are proud to announce the launch of their new web site PSWCS.com! Please check out the site and see what they have to offer to Pennsylvania collectors! Please update your links to reflect the new URL. Thank you!

 


 

Exploding Battle Droids at Entertainment Earth!
August 16, 2001 | 1:08 AM EST | John

Entertainment Earth is currently selling the Exploding Battle Droid that came along with the Motorized Theed Hangar Playset, minus the playset. It comes packaged in a small, clear plastic tray, and will be a nice way to get some different looking battle droids in your diorama. Click on the link below to check this killing machine out…

The Exploding Battle Droid (Item# 84055A, $9.99)

 


 

More New Hasbro Figure Previews
August 15, 2001 | 10:24 PM EST | Adam

Rounding out one heck of a day, StarWars.com has posted some more new figures and information.

New stuff: FX-7, Rebel medic droid; Zutton, better known as Snaggletooth… complete with blaster and glass. Both figures look incredible, showing that Hasbro has come a very, very long way in the past few years.

Interesting to note: Eeth Koth is listed as being “the first figure to feature the new-style sculpted lightsaber.” What this is, we don’t know, because we weren’t paying attention when the new jargon was being decided upon. (Sorry.)

Apparently FX-7, Zutton (Snaggletooth), Rebel Trooper, Imperial Officer, Queen Amidala (Royal Decoy), and Eeth Koth will all be shown at Wizard World in Chicago.

See the preview pics, some more images, and yet another wonderful jab at the Florida Election Committee (man, same recount joke twice in one day) at the official site, right at this link.

 


 

TIE Interceptor Identification Information
August 15, 2001 | 9:41 PM EST | Bill

Yak Face’s Bothan Spies have come up with the SKU number for TRU’s TIE Interceptor. HTH wrote in that the Sku is 239316.

Thanks to Toymanin who pointed out a typo the Sku which has been corrected above. Again, the correct Sku is 239316. Also, he writes that the deluxe figs are also now in the TRU computer for $10.99. No orders yet.

 


 

New Queen’s Decoy Figure Image
August 15, 2001 | 6:15 PM EST | Adam

The Fine Folk From Hasbro sent along a preview image of the upcoming Queen in Black Travel Gown/Decoy/etc. outfit. Click the thumbnail below to see the fairly large image Hasbro sent us. This will be the first of a few figures being shown in the near future, so sit back and enjoy!

 


 

Hasbro News, Poll #3 Results, Site Updates
August 15, 2001 | 2:11 PM EST | Adam

Lo and beholes, Hasbro has updated with shots of two upcoming army builders for your bemusement, as well as the results for the third Fan Choice poll. Ephant Mon barely edged out the Twi-Lek Masseuse, with his 28% over her 25%. The full results can be found here, complete with the oh-so-timely Florida Election reference. Overall, the votes were pretty close, so we remain optimistic that the other figures from this list will eventually see plastic.

The new Rebel Trooper is shown with the ability to kneel, and seems to have articulation similar to 21st Century Toys’ X-Treme Detail 1/18 scale figures. Due to the pose of the figure, it’s hard to visualize how this figure will look when posed normally.

The Imperial Officer has additional articulation and a nice wrinkly outfit. Pretty slick.

Neither has any mention of the “variant” stuff we’ve heard about in the past– different heads or recolored outfits have been tossed around as a way to make for a better “army.”

 


 

Pre-E2 Comic Cover Artwork
August 15, 2001 | 3:04 AM EST | Adam

A piece of cover artwork for an upcoming comic that takes place around Attack of the Clones has been put on the Dark Horse Comics Website. According toJediNet’s Literature Page, it’s the cover of the “trade paperback”– JediNet goes on to mention that the edition will be a scant 64 pages. So you can go find the cover.

Or you could just click here to see it.

 


 

More on Titan A.E. E2 Teaser…
August 15, 2001 | 2:31 AM EST | John

Thank you for all the e-mails folks, and I’m sorry to some of the lesser happy people that wrote to me enraged because they couldn’t find it. As I’d mentioned, I spotted this information over at Sirstevesguide, and reported it giving him due credit. Let me make this clear here and now; I am NOT making a crack at SirSteve! The guy is a good reporter who runs a really cool page I’ve been visiting for years. We all make mistakes. “…from time to time. Dear oh dear…” Apparently he caught on as well, and removed the information sooner than we at Yakface.com did, realizing it was a hoax. Or is it?

Strangely enough, this information on how to access this so-called “Easter Egg”, is also available at this link at Gamewinners.com. Personally, I still think it’s a hoax. Until someone can prove to me otherwise, it will be treated as such. Again I ask, can anyone get screencaps or a rip to prove that this is real? Rest assured people, there will be none. This is a rumor out of hand. If it’s not, then I’ll eat my work sneakers…

 


 

POTJ: The Sky Is Falling, Again
August 15, 2001 | 2:10 AM EST | Adam

Recently, we’ve gotten a lot of reports of discounted Power of the Jedi figures, and of course there were many concerns raised. “Will the stores get the new figures?” “What will happen to Wal-Mart’s two exclusive vehicles?” “Is this the end of Star Wars?”

Well, in all honesty this is really nothing new– history has a habit of repeating itself, especially here. In 1998, Hasbro/Kenner saw more than a few markdowns for their Star Wars figures, including the then-recently released Expanded Universe. But, of course, the line continued despite Hasbro offering $2 off coupons at Wal-Mart and Toys “R” Us on top of discounted prices as low as $2.97.

Heck, just last year there were a few stores– notably Target– with absolutely no Hasbro Star Wars product being sold in most of their stores. Of course, this has changed, and rather dramatically.

While figures are being marked down, it’s the norm for the toy industry especially during “reset” season. Temporary markdowns are a shot in the arm that flushes out old stock in an era where any figure older than six months may as well be a decade old– there are still Wal-Marts with pegs of POTJ Obi-Wan and Darth Maul from nearly a year ago, and nothing else is left.

So in short, enjoy the sales before the stores get their new goods in. Get the most you can out of it, and if you end up finding some extra Biker Scouts and Mon Calamari on the cheap, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Plus with a new movie and a big anniversary next year, you can be assured that stores want to be on the LucasFilm/Hasbro gravy train.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled news.

 


 

Wal-mart POTJ Figure Update
August 14, 2001 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader StarWarsTrilogy wrote in with this update:

“Most (if not all) WalMarts are clearing their computers of Star Wars mecrchandise to prepare for the upcoming holiday season (I know a WalMart toy manager personally) and this is the reason why items (especialy POTJ figures) are shown as deleted. Fear not, Wal-Mart plans to get a lot more figures in late August/Early September as they change over the aisles for the holidays…. “

 


 

Vintage Cardback Scans Available
August 14, 2001 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

In addition to the usual inserts, Gadders.com
have now added vintage cardbacks to the site. Highlights currently include: Star Wars 12, 20 and 21 backs, Power Of The Force and Droids Boba Fett.

 


 

More Information on TIE Interceptors
August 14, 2001 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill

Our Bothan Spies have been working overtime. One wrote in with more information on the upcoming TRU TIE Interceptor:

“Just an update to your post about the Tie Interceptors. I’m a TRU employee and these will indeed hit very, very soon. The Interceptor has not hit any warehouses that ship to stores yet, so the employee that wrote to you was only checking local warehouses. But there are distribution centers where the figures are then sent to individual warehouses for different regions where they are then sent to the store. The Tie Interceptor should be at the distribution centers anytime and at the local warehouses probably soon after that. I would say that we should definitely see the Interceptor by the end of August/beginning of September in stores!

“Secondly, Hasbro has indeed lowered prices on Star Wars figures. The POTJ figs cost TRU $4.99 each, but most stores have only a dollar mark up on small figures like that. Another example is that Simpsons figures cost $4.00 for stores, and most stores sell them for $5. The commtech figures cost stores $5.99 to buy, therefore the dollar mark up to $6.99(and some stores $7.99). Anyway, stores should have lowered their prices and Hasbro has indeed lowered figures by a dollar. Anyway, as a side note the clearance commtech figures cost TRU $1.20 to buy(and think they were $6 back when they came out).”

X-Wing Pilot Tycho Celchu wrote in: “You’ve recently posted info from a “bothan spy” about the Tie Interceptor possibly being off the radar. It sounds like you received information from a new associate or one that just learned how to read one of our (I’m a Manager
at a TRU) many computer inventory screens. Thousands of Interceptors are on Open Order which means they are less than a month out. Also his info about Hasbro not lowering the prices on the POTJ figures is incorrect. Our cost for the Commtech figures were $5.99/ea…Hasbro lowered their price a dollar to $4.99/ea for the POTJ…& yet we still charge $6.99. Just wanted to back Hasbro this time & pass along the info.

Yak Reader Eric wrote to say that he found an auction on Ebay by someone in Clovis, CA for Tie Interceptors– what wedon’t know is whether that seller got the Interceptors through an overseas source or TRU.

Thanks to everyone who wrote in and keep the reports coming.

 


 

More on Wal-Mart POTJ Clearance…
August 14, 2001 | 2:09 AM EST | John

Well, it seems that this thing is nationwide. Here’s what 2 other readers from different regions of the USA had to say.
“Thanos21125” writes;
“Wal-Mart in northwest Houston has also discontinued POTJ.”

…and reader “Mark D.” writes;
“I work at the Pittston, PA Wal-Mart, and about three
weeks ago a co-worker scanned in a POTJ Chewbacca which showed up as
deleted. We thought it was very odd but figured it was a mistake, (there are lots of ordering mistakes), or maybe just that particular Collection was overstocked and was not being ordered anymore. Unfortunately that’s all I know about the situation. Thanks and keep up the good work!”

Fear not, folks. This doesn’t mean Wal-Mart isn’t going to carry Star Wars again, ever. They’d be REALLY stupid to not carry such a seller. Moreover, I think it means that either Hasbro is planning on changing the cards ever-so-slightly to make different UPC’s, which would mean that the old UPC’s are being “cancelled” from the system, or they’re just not reordering until Christmas is closer. Any more insight on this would be appreciated from folks “in the know”.

 


 

Episode II Teaser on Titan A.E. DVD
August 14, 2001 | 2:01 AM EST | John

Sirstevesguide is reporting that on the Titan A.E. DVD there is an Easter Egg that allows you to access an Episode II teaser! Head on over for all the details on how to access this. Nothing huge, but anything is good in the Star Wars news-void we’ve been in lately. It’ll break, but sometimes waiting is the hardest part!
UPDATE – Either it’s only on certain copies, or this report was a hoax. Not having a TITAN A.E. DVD myself, I just went with the news. Now, over at Sirstevesguide, the post was taken down. If anyone DID access this, write me. Or alternatively, if you can do a screencap or rip of this, let me know as well.

 


 

Star Wars “Attakus” in stock at Entertainment Earth 
August 14, 2001 | 1:53 AM EST | John

Entertainment Earth currently has the very nice Star Wars Attakus Statues in stock. Check the links below to see the respective statues!

****Attakus Statues In Stock****
Five different officially licensed Star Wars statues from Attakus are in stock now. Choose from;
R2-D2 Cold Cast Statue (Item# AC112, $229.99)
Han Solo in Carbonite Cold Cast (Item# AC111, $229.99)
Darth Maul Cold Cast Statue (Item# AC114, $269.99)
Slave Leia Cold Cast Statue (Item# AC115, $269.99)
Boba Fett Cold Cast Statue (Item# AC113, $269.99)
Hop on over and check out the great sculpting that is “Attakus”!

 


 

POTJ Figure at Wal-Mart on clearance?!?
August 14, 2001 | 1:05 AM EST | John

“Bryan G.” writes today to give us this disturbing news;
“According a Wal-Mart employee in Terrell,TX the Star Wars figures have been deleted out of their system and are on clearance. She did not know if that meant that they would not be carrying them any longer or that the UPC code was going to change. No space has been alloted for their fall reset.”
Thanks Bryan! I don’t know, I find this a hard one to believe. Do any other Wal-Mart employees out there know about this, or is this an isolated incident? More on this as we find out…

 


 

Free is GOOD– Contest Update
August 13, 2001 | 10:29 PM EST | Bill

The Sidster over at Jawa’s Ultarama contest is going strong. Remember the deadline is August 26, so be sure to get photos of your Ultarama in for your chance to win an Ultarama display to add to your collection. He’s got some great things happening… Click here for more.

 


 

TIE Interceptors At TRU On and Off The Radar and POTJ Figure Prices
August 13, 2001 | 10:04 PM EST | Bill

One of our Yak Readers who will remain anonymous sent in a Bothan Spy repot on the Tie Interceptors:

The Interceptor will not be hitting that soon. I work at Toys R Us in (city omitted) and the Tie has not even hit the warehouses yet. Originally, it was due in July and now the date has been pushed back to who knows whenever. I keep checking everyday to see if it has arrived in the US (at least the midwest) yet. I will let you guys know when it hits. I can give you the SKN number if you need it. By the way, the cost on the Tie is $17.71(that’s Toys R Us’s cost, not the customer’s). Also on the same note, it is not stores that have not lowered the price on the POTJ figures, since the comtech went the way of the dodo. It is Hasbro who has not lowered the price, but raised it. Each POTJ fig cost Toys R Us $4.99! I worked at Target for a while as a night stocker and they are in the same boat, so blame Hasbro for not lowering the prices on the new figs, not the stores!

 


 

“Clones” Stuff Listed at Amazon.com 
August 13, 2001 | 12:13 PM EST | John

Amazon.com is starting to list items from Episode II already, namely books. No spoilers over there, just the listing of 3 books with a release date of January 2002, (which probably is a mistake considering how Lucas keeps things tightly covered as far as surprises in the movies go). The list includes;
Episode II Paper Doll Book
Episode II Ships Schematics Punch-Out Book
Episode II Coloring Book
No pictures, no description, just plain ol’ Episode II merchandise listing.

 


 

Ketwol Wave hits Austria!
August 13, 2001 | 12:04 PM EST | John

For all the Star Wars fans over in the continent, the Ketwol wave has finally hit Austria. “Real Scooby” reports finding 3 of the 4, (minus Sabe) in the TRU in Vienna. Thanks for writing in! So, if you’re in Europe, keep watching! These puppies are sure to rear their heads soon.

 


 

TIE Interceptors Will Start Appearing SOON!!!!
August 13, 2001 | 9:08 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Hak Beng from Singapore wrote to say that his local Star Wars Store— the Falcon Hanger, will have the TIE Interceptor TOMORROW afternoon, for $80.00 (Singapore dollars— this is about $45.00 US).

 


 

Mark Hamill, Rogue Scoundrel?
August 12, 2001 | 11:50 PM EST | Adam

While Kevin Smith fans eagerly await the release of what will most likely be the greatest film since Mallrats, there’s been a lot of press surrounding the stars including Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, both of whom have cameos in the new flick.

News Askew, a news site dedicated to all things Kevin Smith, posted an amusing blurb from Stuff– they say his involvement in the film is weird. “Guess he’ll always be Han Solo to us,” the site reports Stuff as saying. Han? (Good thing they didn’t mix up Biggs and Wedge. Then the fan gloves would come off.)

(Yeah, yeah. Slow news day.)

 


 

LEGO Deals
August 12, 2001 | 5:15 AM EST | Adam

A few deals for some 1999 and 2000 sets have started in local stores…

Target has a set with a Slave I and a Landspeeder shrinkwrapped together for only $14.99.

Some Kay-Bee stores have the Lightsaber Duel, Droid Fighter, and Landspeeder on sale– pick any combination of the three for $10.

These are some great deals for some great toys, and of course cheap potential gifts– assuming you don’t decide to keep them. Happy hunting!

 


 

eBay: Get the Queen’s Couch
August 12, 2001 | 5:03 AM EST | Adam

Readers of TheForce.Net‘s Episode One area may have seen this, but those who haven’t might be interested in seeing this eBay auction for Queen Amidala’s sofa from Coruscant.

The UK based auction ends shortly, and is at around US$900– and shipping to the USA is estimated at $700. Prop fans, this is worth a gander if nothing else.

Just follow this link for a look at the red leather couch!

 


 

UK Indiana Jones Theatrical Screenings
August 10, 2001 | 5:11 PM EST | Adam

Jonny Tull sent in the following notice:

“Just a quick note for all of your UK readers: Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne’s favourite independent moviehouse will be screening the entire Indiana Jones Trilogy back to back from 10.30am on Saturday 18th August.

For those of you who can’t handle all of the Indy action all in one go (or can’t stand the middle one!), then we’re running the films for the whole week prior. The dates for these are as follows:

Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th August
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th August
INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM

Friday 17th August
INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE

with the triple bill on Saturday 18th!

Tickets for the triple are £8 full price and £5 discounts.

Individual screenings are £3 for adults and £2.50 for kids.

Screenings throughout the week are at 10.30am and 1.30pm.

Remember, that’s Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG, UK

Enjoy!!”

Thanks for sharing, Jonny!

 


 

Supersized Cantina Band Update
August 10, 2001 | 8:45 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Brian from Hunnington Beach, California, wrote in that he found the Fan Club was not able to return his Supersized Cantina Band to Micronian size:
“I just got mine (12″ instead of the 4″ I ordered), and was told I am
basicaly SOL – I can return it or keep it if I want, but they are OUT of the 4″ (as well as the free Celebration hat & T-shirt I was supposed to get, even though the on-hold message still claims those freebies are available). The customer service guy said the figures have been reordered (doubtful, considering this was supposed to be a closeout item), and I can keep checking the website myself to see if they show up again. Would have been nice if he could have put in a preorder on the spot, but I guess some things about the Fan Club are just as bad as ever. 🙁 ”

 


 

Hasbro Star Tours Toys: Are They Coming?
August 10, 2001 | 2:26 AM EST | Adam

A fan wishing to be identified only as “Fox” sent off an email to us as well as two other sites late last night on the topic of possible Star Tours products being produced by Hasbro for sale at Disney parks and on Starwars.com. While he most likely means the fan club, he does go into some detail about the releases which include some remakes of existing figures along with the Starspeeder 3000 and its droid pilot.

The full news posting was added to a message board at The Ring Of Collectors. The full posting is right here.

While on rumor mills and wish lists for years, this is news to us. With Hasbro being mum on most exclusives until they’re ready to show them off, it’s possible that this could very well be happening. But we’re checking around to see if we can get you the rest of the story as quickly as possible.

One thing we’re sure of– we hope this is true!

 


 

Palm Talkers Hitting TRU
August 10, 2001 | 2:14 AM EST | Adam

So far, we’ve gotten one report of the Super Deformed, Japanese-esque Palm Talkers hitting the USA– reader Darth Ortsac says he found ’em in a Long Beach, CA Toys “R” Us. So get ye to the stores, keep your peepers peeled, and be sure to leave a Boba Fett behind for your homies.

The initial batch consists of C-3PO, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper, and of course R2-D2.

UPDATE: We’re also receiving reports of them showing up in New York.

 


 

Howard the Duck
August 9, 2001 | 6:36 PM EST | Adam

In quite possibly the first mention in several years, the official site posted this blurb on the 15th Anniversary of a LucasFilm project with the smallest fan following– apparently, his homeworld is Naboo. (Amusin’ stuff.)

The shout-out goes to darthdav to pointing this feature out.

 


 

Obi-Ewan on New Title
August 9, 2001 | 6:32 PM EST | Adam

Fanboy page extraordinarre, Ain’t It Cool News, posted this feature the other day with Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman chipping their two cents in on “Attack of the Clones.” ‘Tis good for a chuckle.

 


 

POTF2 Skiff Prototype on eBay
August 9, 2001 | 5:31 PM EST | Adam

Looking for a gift with the Star Wars collector that has everything? This auctionhas a POTF2 Tatooine Skiff… for only $2,000. If nothing else, you can be assured that the person you’re shopping for doesn’t have this one.

 


 

Star Wars “Read” Posters Available
August 9, 2001 | 5:29 PM EST | Adam

Fans of the infamous “READ” posters at the public libraries around the country, be giddy. The American Library Association is still selling their Star Wars posters– and you can click here for a look at the page out of the catalog.

The posters include Yoda (#5020-1100), Darth Vader (#5024-1397), Artoo & C-3PO (#5024-1697), Chewbacca (#5024-1497), and C-3PO (#5024-1597). Posters are $10 each or $40 for all five. Each poster measures 22″ by 34″.

They are also offering a set of Darth Vader bookmarts– essentially the poster image. 100 for $7, item #5025-1598.

To order, visit www.alastore.ala.org or call 1-800-545-2433 (press 7.)

Other posters offered by the ALA include The Simpsons, a pair based on the new Lord of the Rings flick, and of course there are many others. Be sure to call and request a catalog.

 


 

More POTJ Figures Announced For This Year
August 9, 2001 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill

That’s right. According to Rebelscum.com Entertainment Earth has announced a new case assortment for delivery in December. This means that what many of us have suspected— that the Shimi and Vader waves would not be the last POTJ figures released this year— is true.

The new wave which was announced in Entertainment Earth’s preferred customer news will contain:

Basic Figure Asst. Collection 2 – 84455J
4x Eeth Koth
4x Snaggletooth
1x Queen Amidala Travel / Black Gown
1x Rebel Trooper
1x Imperial Officer
1x F-X7

 


 

Ultarama Contest Update
August 8, 2001 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

The prizes have been announced for the Ultarama diorama contest over at the Jawa. Prizes include an Ultarama, an Emperor 3-D bust, and an R2-B1.

 


 

New LEGO Trade Federation Set?
August 8, 2001 | 9:23 PM EST | Mark

Check out this link over at walmart.com, order it now….
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?cat=4186&product_id=1272433&path=0:4171:4186:51176:51182&dept=4171

 


 

12″ Bounty Hunters Update
August 8, 2001 | 8:07 PM EST | Bill

Collect Star Wars is reporting that Hasbro has announced that the upcoming 12″ bounty hunter set (Dengar, Zuckuss, and Leia Boussh) HAVE NOT been canceled. They have been delayed, but they will be released at some date in the future.

 


 

Factory 2U Finds
August 8, 2001 | 5:44 PM EST | Adam

JBFETT writes in today to inform us of his finds at Factory 2U recently. In addition to some cheap Hasbro overstock, he’s found the two-player customizable card game based on Hoth for $2– not a bad deal for 75 cards.

Other stores like Macfrugals and Big Lots have been getting some notable items lately, so now’s a great time to take the change from your sofa and see what you can scare up from the bargain bins.

 


 

Episode II Poster Concepts
August 8, 2001 | 5:41 PM EST | Adam

With the release of the name, the Internet is buzzing with all sorts of takes on poster concepts– sometimes they look like they could be the real thing, and other times, well, not so much.

Bill from Creature Cantina let us know they posted theirs today, so go check it out and enjoy the madness before the real deal is unveiled… whenever.

 


 

12″ Tally Coming Up Short
August 8, 2001 | 3:08 AM EST | Adam

Fans might be interested in knowing that our friends at Rebelscum are reporting that PlanetActionFigure.com is reporting that the third Legacy assortment– which was to have finished off the set of Bounty Hunters from the Empire Strikes Back– has been given the axe.

To editorialize and speculate, it is unlikely we’ve heard the last of 4-LOM and Zuckuss– Hasbro knows full well how interested fans are in getting these figures, and it’s quite possible they will show up in the future.

 


 

Supersized Cantina Band
August 7, 2001 | 8:30 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Cha.chi just wrote in with an unusual experience with the a Fan Club order:
hey,
i just got my cantina band members that i ordered last week. but to my surprise i opened the massive box to find five 12″ band members instead of the 4″ ones i ordered.
i called the fan club and the guy knew immediately what i was talking about. i guess a few orders got screwed up and