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March 2000 Archive

WAVE 2 ACCESSORY SETS PLUS. . . 
03.31.00 | 10:42pm EST | posted by Dustin

Toymaniacs.com has them right now as well as the new Leia, Motti, Swimming Jar-Jar, new Qui-Gon, and the new Destroyer Droid with battle damage!

POLL UPDATE 
03.31.00 | 7:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Due to vote fraud, the multiple, illegal votes on our current figure poll have been removed. Please, when you are voting, do so only once. All illegal votes will be removed.
If you’ve not yet voted in the current Yak Poll, please take a moment to add your choice to the tally. Your vote counts!

PLO KOON COMING
03.31.00 | 6:45pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Rebelscum have confirmed that Plo Koon will be released to stores in November 2000 – head over there for more info!

EPISODE ONE VIDEO
03.31.00 | 6:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Won got his copy of TPM on video (collectors edition) today from Buy.com – seems like they have shipped at least some of their orders before release date.

TRADE FEDERATION TANK
03.31.00 | 6:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

rogue_12 reports: “I was informed by a Toys R Us employee that they are getting the AAT in this weekend!!! A limited number of stores in each district are receiving them.”
This new vehicle should be available at more stores in the near future too. There is a possibility that more could arrive tomorrow, or even Monday, just in time for the video release.

Update: Space Pirate found a Tank at a TRU store in Cincinnati, Ohio today, so these are around now!

HASBRO UPDATE 
03.31.00 | 6:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Hasbro have updated their site with some new information. Nothing new really, but at least they’re trying to keep the site up to date. They mention the upcoming Carbon Freeze playset will be a Fan Club exclusive, and emphasize the fact that the Toy Fair cards were mock ups, and not finished cards. Nothing on R2-D2 with Holo Leia in this update. It is worth reading, so head over and take a look. Thanks to Scott for the news.

TARGET SALE 
03.31.00 | 3:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Target are holding a sale which includes 12″ electronic figures for $5 and masks for $6, among other items. Thanks to all who reported this, and thanks to Matt Stone for the link.

LIVE IN JAPAN?
03.31.00 | 8:00am EST | posted by watto

Please email me. I am looking for some assistance in tracking some items down. I can trade american items or we can work out a deal. Thanks.


OBI WAN w MINI SUB BOXED & MORE
03.30.00 | 3:50pm EST | posted by Gonk

Here are some great new pics. Thanks to Mr Nice Guy for the pics.
Obi-Wan w Mini Sub Boxed
Trophy Assortment Darth Maul Boxed
Mini Rig Darth Maul

FAN CLUB WILL GET WATTO’S BOX
03.30.00 | 2:45pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This is from the Star Wars Fan Club:
“Denver, Colorado, March 30, 2000- Due to customer demand, The Official Star Wars Fan Club announces that it will start taking pre-orders for the Tatooine Showdown and Watto’s Box Cinema Scene set. The Tatooine Showdown consists of Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn and Anakin Skywalker. Watto’s Box features Watto, Graxol Kelvyyn and the twi’lek, Shakka. Both Cinema Scenes come with appropriate backdrops and COMMTECH chips. Cinema Scenes are sold only as a set and will ship in June. The set will retail for $46.00.” 

Pre-orders are being taken right now over the phone, and it should be available for online pre-order tomorrow.

UPDATE! The Watto’s Box has already been sold out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙁

JAPANESE C-3PO PROMO
03.30.00 | 2:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

I just received this awesome promotional item in the mail. It’s an electronic C-3PO bottle topper – and as you might have guessed, it’s one of those great Japanese Pepsi promos. I understand this one was an instant win item, and it coincides with the release of new cans and bottles bearing C-3PO’s face towards the end of last year over in Japan. The cap is sized so that it fits over a standard 500ml bottle, and it features movable arms and electronic sound. It plays the Star Wars theme tune when you press the button on his back (and the quality of sound is excellent – 20 times better than Commtech). Best of all, it comes packaged inside a great window box. It features a front flap with a small window on it, and then it is open inside so you can touch the toy. It is positioned in the box on top of a dummy bottle, which contains a print of the bottle label. It’s very similar to earlier POTF2 12″ boxes, in that it also features a character bio on the inside of the front flap. The box back shows all 40 Japanese bottle caps, the 12 instant win special caps, the display stage and the R2-D2 can holder.
Box front
Box back

UK VIDEO RELEASE NEWS
03.30.00 | 2:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Some news on the UK video release, which of course takes place a day earlier than in the States. Jer wrote in to say that Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) will be making an appearace at Choices video shop in St Ives, Cambridgeshire on April 3rd at 11:30pm to mark the sale of TPM. The shop is running a E1,E4-6 costume competition and the prizes sound pretty decent – plus the chance to get stuff signed by the Green Cross Code man himself! I have found that quite a few stores around the country are running costume competitions, so have a look around this weekend to see what’s going on. I also understand that Ray Park (Darth Maul) will be present at the launch at the Oxford Street HMV store in London.

On a side note, the Big Breakfast TV show will be doing something to mark the launch on Monday, and Jer has been asked to appear on the show, along with other fans, as “Star Wars Obsessives”. Might be worth watching!

UK VIDEO RELEASE NEWS
03.30.00 | 2:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Delaton found POTF2 Snowspeeders – 2 cases of them – at a TRU in Bellingham, MA, for $9.97 each. Keep a look out!

VIDEO FOR *LESS* THAN $6!
03.30.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Just when I thought yesterday’s $5.95 shipped price was a great bargain, here comes somethng about 6 times as good! If you’ve never purchased anything before at Buy.com, you get get $15 off your first purchase by using this link – with their video selling for $15.99, you’ll get it for the awesome price of $0.99 plus shipping! But hurry, the buy.com coupon expires today!!

And for UK readers – Ian reports that Blackstar.co.uk have both videos at a reasonable price, with a free poster offer on. Which pretty much equals/beats all the other UK offers. Check it out!

LOOKING FOR MOTTI?
03.30.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Starshow have updated with Motti, Leia, Vader and Stormtrooper for $8.99, plus wave 2 accessory sets for $7.99. Thanks to Clint for the news!

LEGO SURVEY 
03.30.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Our Lego collecting section, From Bricks to Bothans, have updated with a Star Wars Lego survey. The results will be sent to Lego and WILL be looked at – you tell lego what you want! Please take the time to fill it out.

KB MARK UP AGAIN!
03.30.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Danny sent in this news. Seems that where other stores mark down prices, KB are going up!

AT-AT or ELCTRONIC X-WING
(2 weeks ago was 19.99)
(1 week ago was 24.99)
(This weeks new price 29.99)

CINEMA SCENE asst.
(was 4.99)
(new price 5.99)

coming soon to most K*B stores: ELECTRONIC MILLENNIUM FALCON
(2 weeks ago was 54.99)
(1 week ago was 24.99)
(This weeks new price 29.99)

Oh well. I suppose these are still good prices, just not as great as they’ve been recently.

Update: Nick bought a Final Jedi Duel cinema scene for $5.99 recently, and the next day the price was $6.99. Maybe the cinema scenes have risen an extra $1 above the price I mentioned earlier.

Update 2: Doug sent in this: “I’ve been told by employees (one of them a manager) at 2 different KB toy stores in the North Virginia region that we should all hold onto our receipts, because the prices will go down again. I guess they hope to pull all the money they can out of the early-birds and then sell the leftovers cheap. But some very helpful employees said that if we bring in the receipts, they will refund the difference. This goes for $24.99 AT-ATs all the way down to the $2.97 action figures. Keep your eyes open for lower price stickers or newspaper inserts and don’t be afraid to chat up the hired help, especially the managers. While they didn’t say WHEN the prices would drop, I would suspect very soon, probably starting on a Sunday.”

$5 FIGURES COMING TO KMART
03.30.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Mr Anonymous reports that KMart stores will be selling figures for $5 this weekend, and should have the Sio Bibble wave available. This report is from California, but might be nationwide.

Update: Windu reports this sale in Florida too, so it seems to be nationwide.

GALOOB COLLECTION FOR SALE
03.28.00 | 2:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Deeceman is selling a huge collection of Star Wars Galoob items – classic ships, playsets and battle packs – over on eBay – item number 296442166.


INTERNATIONAL YAKFACE READERS!
03.29.00 | 8:20pm EST | posted by Gonk

Hey you guys and girls outside of North America. You wanna order from the SW Fan Club??? Call the Fan Club at this number (303) 574-0907 and tell the Fan Club you’d like to make an international order and they will ship to you. Yes, this is true and no it’s not a joke.

WATTO’S BOX 
03.29.00 | 4:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Bryan George reports that D&S Toys have the Watto’s Box cinema scene in stock now in a few different packages. Check it out!

DOES IT GET ANY CHEAPER??
03.29.00 | 4:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

ma_t_gus wrote to say that a store called Mobshop.com have the Episode One VHS up for pre-order @ $5.95 – shipped! They’re starting to give it away now….click here for the direct product link.

STAR WARS PHONE CARDS
03.29.00 | 4:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Taz sent in this pic of some classic Star Wars phone cards available in Singapore.

E1 VIDEO AD AIRING IN UK
03.29.00 | 4:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Jer spotted the Episode One video advert on Sky One at 5:45pm. Be on the lookout for all sort of advertising this weekend.

UK NEWS 
03.29.00 | 4:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This was sent in by Darth Paul: “I picked up [The Trade Federation Tank] at the Forbidden Planet store in Manchester for £16.99. They also had the Theed Hanger playset for £27.99, Jabba with Hex & Rex for £12.99 and quite a few of the double packs with bonus battle droids for £9.99-£11.99. hey have all 3 episode 1 cinema scenes in (including Watto’s Box) and both the Rebel Pilots/Skiff Guards for £34.99 (ep1) and £29.99 respectively”

KB SALE 
03.29.00 | 4:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Jeditrainee pointed me towards KBKids.com for a Star Wars sale – not just toys. Go check it out! Sort by price to see the cheapeset stuff.

TARGET MARKDOWNS 
03.29.00 | 4:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Chaps let me know that his local Target have marked down the Kaadu & Opee to $3.24 and the Action Fleet Droid Fighter for $2.44. Target prices ending in a 4 are their final markdown price, so be on the lookout!

INVASION FORCE DARTH MAUL
03.29.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Oliver wrote to say that he’s posted a new scan of the Invasion Force Sith Probe Droid with Darth Maul from a Hasbro catalogue. Click here to head over to the site. It’s in German, but just click the link under “Hasbro Pics”.

AMAZON LOWER VIDEO PRICE
03.29.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Scott wrote to say that Amazon have dropped their pre-order price for the Ep1 widescreen video to $29.99 from $34.99, which is 25% off the RRP.Check it out it you’ve still to order.

TRADE FEDERATION TANK COMING
03.29.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Some news on the Hasbro Trade Federation Tank vehicle. Peter managed to find one of these at Forbidden Planet in Glasgow (UK) for £21.99 (that’s approx $35). Andrew reports that he pre-ordered the Tank fromEntertainment Earth a while ago and his order status has changed to “shipped”. Seems they only managed to fill some/all pre-orders though, since the item is listed as having April availablilty on their site.

SKIFF INFO 
03.29.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

George Collazo picked up a Skiff today, and sent in this picture of the bottom of the box, which shows the actual toy carrying Jabba’s Guards (among others). A very nice touch! George adds, for those who didn’t know this, that the Luke Skywalker figure has a charred blast-mark on his hand, from where he was shot on board.

TRU FALCONS 
03.29.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Justin sent in this great news:

“I went into my local TRU (Minnetonka, MN) yesterday and they ahd signs up and down the action figure aisle stating that a large shipment of falcons would be coming in at $19.99 a piece. The sign also stated that a waiting list for falcons had been started at the service desk. This morning, I received a call stating that the 2 falcons I wanted were in. When I got to the store, the employees were setting up a huge Falcon floor display out of all the falcons they got it. There were 20+ cases (x4 = 80 Falcons) available, so if people missed out on the website, it looks like stores will be getting a lot of them. I missed out on getting any low priced AT-AT’s, so I would be willing to pick one of these up for anyone who could get me an AT-AT.”
If you think you have a spare AT-AT you’d trade, contact Justin here.

RE: WATTO’S BOX @ ANOTHER UNIVERSE
03.29.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Sad to say that if you ordered this item yesterday, it’s not going to get to you. Another Universe seemingly did a Big E style “We haven’t got it in stock but we’ll post it anyway” move yesterday, and the item is now listed as out of stock. Sorry to those who ordered, but they never had the item in stock.
Bret wrote in to say that he received this set in the mail from D&S Toyson Monday.

MORE AT KB
03.29.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Pat: “At the KB Toyworks in Bowie, MD, I found the Cox Radio Controlled Luke Skywalker SuroSuub (sp?) X-34 Landspeeder marked down from $79.99 to $19.99. They had at least 40 of these things. The box included the fuel and starter kit as well.”


HELLO????? 
03.28.00 | 7:35pm EST | posted by Dustin

Hey ! We are having a banner contest here! I haven’t exactly been drowning in entries so let’s get going! Time is running out!!!!

AMERICAN DREAM COMICS 
03.28.00 | 7:15pm EST | posted by Dustin

We welcome American Dream Comics & Collectibles as a new sponsor of Yakface.com and with it a small listing of what they have to offer! Stop by and check them out today!

Watto’s Box & Jabba’s Skiff Guards [sold together]
Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs. Darth Maul Final Duel 2-Pack
Darth Maul Hologram 
Jabba W/2 Headed Anouncer,Gungan Assault Cannon, & Armored Scout Tank [sold together]
Pit Droid 2-Pack

JEDI QUEST CHAPTER 1
03.28.00 | 4:45pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Hasbro’s site have updated their Jedi Quest section with chapter one. This replaces the preview that was linked to from the front page. Worth a look, go download it and check it out!

REEL.COM STAR WARS TRIVIA WEEK
03.28.00 | 4:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Reel.com are holding Star Wars trivia this week, to win points towards money off purchases at their site. Click here to go straight to their trivia page. You’ll need to register before you can enter. The question today is ‘Who spoke the last line in Episode One?’ Think you know? Go enter! Thanks to SWLegoManiac for the news!

WATTO’S BOX @ ANOTHER UNIVERSE
03.28.00 | 4:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Lee H reports that AnotherUniverse have Watto’s Box in stock for $29.95. It comes to $37.90 with shipping, which could be worse, could be better. Don’t forget that D&S Toys are expecting this in soon as part of a package deal (visit their site for more info).

TRU FALCON PROBLEMS
03.28.00 | 4:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This is from Abel:

“I just contacted TRU at 888-869-7932 to ask about my Falcon order. They told me that it will not be filled because they only had 20 of them and they didn’t think it would be that popular”

Might be worth a call to check this out…

Update: Oh oh, here come more. This is from Jeff Richards:
“I ordered the Falcon and some figures from TRU.com, unfortunately some weren’t shipped although listed in stock. I called to complain and was informed that their in stock information does not correspond to a physical number of items in stock. THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE. This is load of total rubbish and not good business (I was charged a bundle for shipping and DIDN’T even get what I wanted). In addition, they charge sales tax from out of state when they shouldn’t. I will not order from TRU.com again.” If you want to make a complaint, you can call the number Abel sent, or write to: Toysrus.com, 155 Tice Blvd., Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07675.

TOYGUIDE UPDATE 
03.28.00 | 2:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Our Episode One ToyGuide has been updated with MP3 recordings of the Commtech lines for Sio Bibble, Pit Droids and Queen Amidala (Battle) thanks to Jedi Jed. Check ’em out!

PRE-ORDER YOUR INTERACTIVE YODA
03.28.00 | 2:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Jeditrainee reports that Suncoast.com has the Interactive Yoda from Tiger for pre-order. It’s priced at $32.99 with a release date of June 15th quoted. Jeditrainee adds: “When I filled the form I got a $5 discount for some reason, so it came up to less that $32 shipped”. Worth a look if you want to be sure you’ll get your Jedi Master!
Update: Here’s a direct link. Total is $33.30 inc shipping. Thanks to Jman for that info!

FREEZE FRAME SET ON EBAY
03.28.00 | 2:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Ben in Australia is selling off some of his POTF2 items to make way for Episode One. One auction he has up just now on eBay is for a set of 58 loose Freeze Frames, which all come inside the mail-away slide holders, complete with the Macrobinocular viewer. This is the first of Ben’s 3 auctions (the others are coming shortly and include an FF Fett with no shoulder emblem, and a set of 56 carded US Freeze Frame figures). All his auctions include free airmail shipping and low reserves. Check out the current one at item number 293905945!

Update: Brian is selling a 12″ vintage IG-88 figure over on eBay. I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that this is one of the toughest to find pieces (excluding variations like vinyl caped Jawas and telescoping sabers) in the vintage line. Starting at $9.99 with no reserve, it’s worth a look! Item number 293338936.

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWS FEED 
03.28.00 | 2:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Wave 28 In Stock Once Again!
The only case of Star Wars Action Figures that contains the elusive R2-D2 with Holographic Princess Leia is once again back in stock! Order SW Fig. Asst. (Wave 28) (Item #84185B, $109.99) now while supplies last.
Only at Entertainment Earth


EPISODE I VIDEO COMMERCIALS
03.27.00 | 10:56pm EST | posted by Gonk

Commericals for Episode I on video started today. I personally saw one on the USA Network tonight. Here’s a short description.
“This commericial showed clips from the movie with a black screens showing up at times with words such as “One Master” “One Apprentice”. The highlight of the commericial had to be when a scene with Anakin was shown the screen then went black. With the words “One Beginning” shown with VADER’S BREATHING in the back. Very cool.

12″ COLLECTION ON EBAY
03.27.00 | 10:35pm EST | posted by Dustin

Hey there is a 12″ collection up for auction on ebay. Reserve is 500$ and the collection boasts more than 60 12″ dolls from 1996 to present! Auction # 294656487.

12″ AURRA SING MASTERPIECE!!!!!!
03.27.00 | 10:05pm EST | posted by Dustin

OH MY GOD!!! Check out who is next in line for the 12″ Masterpiece Collection!!!! The Story ishere at The official Star Wars website!

AT-AT @ TRU.COM
03.27.00 | 4:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Lee H:

“TRU.com has the AT-AT in stock right now for only $19.97. This is a great deal for those who missed them at TRU stores. Search for at-at or 631434 to find it. 631434 is the item# of the AT-AT and also the SKN number at TRU stores for the AT-AT, so if you go to a TRU store ask the employee to look up SKN#631434 in the computer and he’ll be able to tell if they have any AT-ATs”

Update: This item sold out very quickly. Thanks to all those who wrote in to mention it was in stock, and those who reported it was gone. Please note for the future, since I had a LOT of mail about this – if something has been posted like this, you search for it, and the search finds no items, that is because the item is sold out. When TRU.com sell out of an item, it is automatically removed from their site, so you can’t find it with an “out of stock” notice on it. It simply vanishes.

TPM VIDEO RELEASE RADIO EVENT
03.27.00 | 4:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Check out this press release for a video launch event in South Florida:

To celebrate the release of the new Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace on home video, Radio Disney AM 990 is turning the month of April into “Anakin April”. Radio Disney & Aventura Mall are also teaming up to bring a STELLAR event to South FL on April 4th from 6 – 8 pm. Lucasfilm affiliates such as Fox Home Video, Pepsi, Hasbro, Applause, DK Publishing, Interlace 4-D, Intex, Lego, The Star Wars Fan Club & many more have given Radio Disney AM 990 the cream of their crops to give out as prizes. We will be showing the movie with both trailers, SW commercials & have different forms of Star Wars music playing. There will be a costume contest with grand prizes & an exclusive “Jedi Jam” at Rain (Endor) forest Café for all who come dressed as their favorite character. There will also be a dance contest, trivia & games for the whole family. This promises to be a memorable event & should not be missed! Aventura Mall is located at 19501 Biscayne Blvd & their info # is 305.937.0187. We’ll see you there & “May The Force Be With You”.

CLUBS UPDATE 
03.27.00 | 4:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

I’ve updated our Collector Clubs page – check it out!

EE NEWS FEED 
03.27.00 | 1:55pm EST | posted by Gonk

Collection 1 Freeze Frame In Stock
In a final effort to stock some of the most popular Hasbro Star Wars classic action figures ever produced, we are proud to be able to supply you with 1998 Freeze Frame carded action figures. All cases are new and guaranteed to be in mint condition with no price stickers or stamps.
Choose from (newest to oldest)
SW Fig. Asst. Coll. 1 Wave 20 (Item #69570J, $119.99)
SW Fig. Asst. Coll. 1 Wave 16 (Item #69570K, $119.99)
SW Fig. Asst. Coll. 1 Wave 8 (Item #69570H, $99.99)
Only at Entertainment Earth

CHEAP FORCE COMMANDER
03.27.00 | 1:55pm EST | posted by Gonk

Force Commander is on sale at all Best Buy stores at 29.99! That’s a wonderful price for an awesome came! Almost half off! Also note that you can bring the advertisement in to local EB stores and they will price match it! So if you don’t live near a best buy or best buy is all sold out you can go to EB too! Thanks to Brandon for the news.

TRU.COM SALE 
03.27.00 | 1:45pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Trevor Groves wrote in to say that TRU.com have a number of tough to find POTF2 figures and beast packs on sale now. Figures start at $2.97 each and beasts start at $4.97. They’ve got figures like Lobot, Prune Face and Luke Blast Shield, plus most of the beast packs (No Han Taun Taun or Wampa). They’ve discounted many other things too, such as the electronic Episode One accessory sets, so it’s definitely worth a look!

SKIFF AND Y-WING
03.27.00 | 12:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

I’ve heard a few reports of the Tatooine Skiff being found at TRU and other stores besides Target. So I contacted Hasbro and they confirmed that the Tatooine Skiff, and the Y-Wing Fighter, are Target store exclusives, and they are not showing up anywhere else.


SIO WAVE SIGHTINGS
03.26.00 | 9:17am EST | posted by Tarpals

This is from toypirate:

“Bi-Mart stores in Oregon and Washington are receiving the Sio Bibble wave and the Final Lightsaber Duel 2-packs. I found these on Friday, 3/24/00. Also I found OOM-9 and the Classic Han Solo with the white background picture in the Comtech Chip.”

TOYGUIDE UPDATE 
03.26.00 | 7:10am EST | posted by Tarpals

I’ve updated our ToyGuide with some new variation pictures, thanks to Darren. Look in the Episode One section for Amidala (Corusant) with light/dark brown hair, Jar Jar (Naboo Swamp) with no peg holes, and in the Star Wars section, Wuher with and without ring (although the picture of the figure with no ring has a blob of paint spilled on his hand). Variation hunters, check them out!

KB NEWS 
03.26.00 | 7:10am EST | posted by Tarpals

Jim T. went into a couple of local (Sacramento, CA) KB stores and found not only Epic Force Fett for $3.99, but 3 R2-D2s with Imperial slides! Keep your eyes open!

POLL UPDATE 
03.26.00 | 7:10am EST | posted by Tarpals

I just had a quick glance at the poll, and Amanaman is currently leading the pack. If you haven’t already, please take the time to vote, since the winner will go down for our new petition in the coming few weeks. We can get this figure – whoever it is!! – made!
A few people have written to ask when we had this error with the poll. To answer, it was within an hour or so of posting it. So if you’re not sure if your vote has been counted, just vote again, and you will be told if you already voted.

EPISODE ONE BOXED SET COUPONS
03.26.00 | 12:30am EST | posted by dlr

Got this interesting email from Matt tonight-

“Hey guys. . . Cracked open a Widescreen Collector’s Set today at work (we’ve already gotten our shipment in), and thought I’d let you guys know what coupons were included. Here goes:

1. $2 off a CommTech reader and any 3 3/4 figure (don’t know if you have to buy both the reader and a figure to get the $2 off, though)

2. $5 off a Naboo Fighter, Trade Federation Droid Fighters, Anakin and Sebulba Pod Racers, Opee, Kaadu, and Jabba the Hutt

3. $3 off a 12″ Electronic Figure C-3PO, Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Jar Jar Binks

4. $3 off Star Wars Episode I Trivial Pursuit

5. $2 off any Star Wars MicroMachines (includes Action Fleet)

6. $3 off Tiger Toys’ Darth Maul or Obi-Wan Power Fighter

7. $20 gift coupon for merchandise from Lucasarts Company Store with purchase of either The Phantom Menace or Jedi Power Battles for Sony Playstation

8. $5 off any Lucas Learning software title

9. Buy the book “Star Wars: Rogue Planet”, and get the book “The Making of Episode I: The Phantom Menace” for $7.99

10. Buy any 3 Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice books, and get a free copy of “Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice #8”

11. $5 cash back when you purchase over $29/$39 (U.S./Canada) worth of Star Wars Lego products

12. $3 rebate with purchase of Pepsi and Tostitos products.

Well, that’s it. Some pretty good deals to be had there, to be sure. Interesting that the book has coupons for the Jabba beast pack and 12″ Electronic C-3PO toys, which have barely shown up at retail so far. Also, with some things like the Opee and Kaadu already under $5 at some stores, a $5 coupon means you could possibly pick those up for free. The Power Fighters, for those who don’t know what they are, are (I think they’re) 12″ non-articulated figures with an LCD game/display in their chest. I don’t believe these have hit retail yet, but there are some similar wrestling characters that have been out for a while. The Lego coupon also shows a few things, like the X-Wing Collector’s Set and the AAT, which aren’t out yet. They say the AAT should be out in May, and the X-Wing should be out in June or July.”


BRIANS TOYS NEWSLETTER #34
03.25.00 | 8:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Brian’s Toys Newsletter #34 is now available for you to read. This issue’s specials include a POTF2 tri-lingual AT-ST for $50, and the latest giveaway is for a vintage ESB carded Yoda. Check it out for details plus the usual great deals!

AMAZON DEALS 
03.25.00 | 7:25pm EST | posted by Tarpals

I noticed a few good deals over at Amazon.com on the Ep1 6″ figures, 12″ Ceremonial Leia, and the 4 scarce wave 2 Action Fleet sets:
6″ Pit Droids – $4.49
6″ R2-A6 – $4.49
6″ Anakin – $4.99
12″ Ceremonial Leia – $16.90
Action Fleet scene – #8 – Melting Pit – $4.99
Action Fleet scene – #7 – Watto’s Trading – $4.99
Action Fleet scene – #6 – Throne Room Encounter – $1.49
Action Fleet scene – #5 – Federation Raid – $1.49

EPISODE ONE VIDEO HITTING STORES ALREADY
03.25.00 | 6:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Kevin Goddard bought Episode One on video today at a Walgreens in Memphis, TN. Check out a scan at http://www.draddog.com/swvideo.jpg. Seems that if you hunt around, you might strike lucky! It’s like April ’99 all over again, with stock being put out early.

KFC PROMO TO RETURN?
03.25.00 | 6:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Darth Rader noticed that in a newspaper supplement today, a KFC advert had “get your Star Wars Episode One kids meal toys now!” written on it – perhaps they’ll be clearing out old stock with the release of TPM on video.

Update: Bill writes in to say that this probably isn’t anything special, just clearing out stock.

WOOHOO! CHECK IT OUT!
03.25.00 | 4:00pm EST | posted by dlr

Get yer behind over to Rebelscum.com to vote on your favorite custom card in the create a card contest! They’ve narrowed it down to 8 and they are all AWESOME!

STORE REPORTS
03.25.00 | 3:40pm EST | posted by dlr

Store reports section here has closed, however in our new Forums there is a specific section dedicated to just this subject! Please stop by to register and use the forums!

REMINDER
03.25.00 | 2:00pm EST | posted by dlr

Don’t forget about the Yakface.com Banner / button contest going on here! Great prizes and rules can be viewed if you click here!

CINEMA SCENES
03.25.00 | 12:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

I mentioned a while ago that Hasbro had confirmed that the cinema scenes were indeed finished. Well, HunterESB asked Andy @ Hasbro, and got this:

Q: Will there be more Movie Scene 3pks this year?

A: “There are no current plans for any more Movie Scene 3 packs this year; we would love to create new ones (and have some great ideas for them), but unfortunately the current state at retail just does not warrant it. We will monitor the situation closely, and could potentially develop new cinema scenes for Episode 2 and/or Episodes 4-6 in the near future.”

So, perhaps we will see cinema scenes return in the future, but they’re certainly gone for now.

EBAY UPDATE 
03.25.00 | 12:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

A couple of auctions you might want to check out on eBay. Darth Cloud is selling off some of his collection, which includes a mint TRU Droid Fighter display. The Fighter is item number 292053412, and he has a number of other auctions up too.
LiLaZnB0ie wrote in to mention a vintage sample Landspeeder, at item number 287055225.
Don’t forget about that cool Qui-Gon Jinn banner, signed by George Lucas, that we mentioned a few days back. It comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Dan Madsen, and it’s still at a price under the $400 retail. Item number 287679657.
Another Droid Fighter display, item number 289192213.


PIT DROIDS WAVE CASES IN STOCK
03.24.00 | 7:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Entertainment Earth have the new collection 2 case in stock now. This case breaks down as follows: 4x Pit Droid (2-Pack), 3x Sio Bibble, 3x Queen Amidala (Battle) with Ascension Gun, 2x Naboo Royal Guard, 2x Darth Sidious Hologram, 1x Captain Panaka, 1x R2-D2. Check it out! Thanks to Andrew for the news.

OBI-WAN WITH GUNGAN SUB
03.24.00 | 7:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Hasbro have posted a pic of the Gungan Sub/Obi-Wan Invasion Force set on their website. You can go directly to the picture here. It looks like a painted prototype, and the finished figure won’t have such obvious joints. Thansk to IkabelGont for the news!

Update: I found a few more pictures over there. Loose shots of Sio BibblePit Droids and Queen Amidala (Battle).

GERMAN NEWS – PRODUCT RELEASE INFO
03.24.00 | 7:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Some news for our German readers, sent in by Sven Hussock. The following Episode One items are due for release in Germany:

Obi-Wan Jedi Knight, Anakin Naboo Pilot, Darth Sidious (Holograph), Captain Panaka, Naboo Royal Security, Naboo Royal Guard, Final Lightsaber Duel 2-pack, Lott Dodd.
“Bonus Pit Droid” two packs.
All 4 Invasion Force vehicles (Armored Scout Tank, Gungan Assault Cannon, Gungan Sub, Sith Probe Droid).
Trade Federation Tank, Gungan Ammo Wagon with Falumpaset.
Qui-Gon Jinn with Eopie
12″ electronic Qui-Gon Jinn and C-3PO

The following POTF2 toys are also coming:

Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, R2-D2 with holo Leia, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi (all Commtech)

Hasbro Germany say that TPM will be released on video in April, and the original trilogy plus Episode One on video in November. Hasbro will offer a lot of items around the time of the video releases.

Please note that all information is subject to change by Hasbro Germany, and this information is purely for Germany, and not America or anywhere else.

LEGO TARGET R2-D2 GIVEAWAY
03.24.00 | 3:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Check out these scans from an upcoming Target ad for a video release promotion. When you go in for the video on April 4th, you can enter the draw for a permanently assembled special edition R2-D2. To win, you have to guess the number of bricks used to build the 11″ R2. Thanks to Scott for the info!
Whole advert
R2-D2 closeup
Terms and conditions

STARWARS.COM UPDATES 
03.24.00 | 3:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Starwars.com has updated with a new poll (the same one featured in the latest Insider) that asks what background character you’d like to see as a figure. They’ve also updated with some info on a new game from Lucas Learning called Anakin’s Speedway. Thanks to Geoff Wojtulewicz for the news.

FALCON FOR UNDER $20
03.24.00 | 1:45pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Qprod and Jim Sanches wrote in to say that ToysRUs.com have the Millenium Falcon marked down to $19.97!

Update: Sold out. Jeff mentions that if you search for “Star Wars figures” or “starwars figures” you’ll find other items, such as FF luke Blast Shield and Lobot. Worth a try!

MORE KB SALE ITEMS
03.24.00 | 7:30am EST | posted by Tarpals

Shtarth Maul reports finding classic Epic Force figures for $3.99 as well as AT-ATs and Power F/X X-Wings, which were both marked up to $25.

Update: godspeed, who puts out SW items at a KB in Downey, CA. They put out today 42 AT-ATs ($24.99), about 40 cinema scenes including 20 JAbba’s Dancers – $5.99. Also they have lots of Collection 1 2 and 3 figures for $2.99 and 20 Epic Force for $3.99. If you live around there, head over and beat the scalpers!

Update: Godspeed (aka Felix) wrote in again to say that if you’re in-store, you can ask him about product info etc etc and he’ll help you. And he left a tip for you – there are a couple of R2-D2s with Imperial slides in among those figures!

HOMING BEACON ISSUE 6
03.24.00 | 7:30am EST | posted by Tarpals

You can now read the latest issue of the Star Wars newsletter right here. This issue mentions the Episode II script – which is still not finished.

WIN THE FALCON
03.24.00 | 7:30am EST | posted by Tarpals

Patrick, an employee at a TRU store in Springdale, Ohio, wrote in to say that the store are holding a draw for their huge Millenium Falcon display, which they no longer need. This isn’t a promotion, it’s the decision of this particular store. When you pre-order the TPM video with your $5, you are eligbile for the draw. When you pay the rest of the money on April 4th, you are entered into the draw. Check this page out for photos of the Falcon, and details of entering. Remember that this is just at one store.

Patrick also adds that TRU have marked down a lot of Episode One items, with 50-60% off. Might be worth a visit to check it out.


COMMTECH ERRORS / CHANGES 
03.23.00 | 8:32pm EST | posted by Tarpals

A couple of Commtech variations/errors for you. Firstly, Ghost Man reports that there are two mis-spellings on the back of the Admiral Motti Commtech Chip. The words “original” and “operation” are wrongly spelled.

Darth Eddie found a Jedi Duel Darth Maul with a white-background Commtech Chip. Add that to the pile of these changes.

LOOKING FOR SIO?
03.23.00 | 7:17pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Timeless Toys in Lake Oswego Oregon has the Sio Bibble wave in now. Not many left. Call them 503-675-8548. Thanks to Lindsey Howell for the news.

Update: As of 7:55pm EST, they have just 4 each of Amidala and Pit Droids left. Thanks to sHa for the update.

POWER BATTLES PRE-ORDER
03.23.00 | 7:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Christopher Epps sent in this pic of the box he got when he ordered Jedi Power Battles at Babbages today. The gold box contains – as it says – a pewter Qui-Gon and pewter Obi-Wan lightsaber.

LASERDISC UPDATE 
03.23.00 | 6:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

I received this information from Tina from the Fan Club regarding the Episode One laserdisc. Rumors had been going around that they wouldn’t be getting this item at all, but this kinda destroys that idea:

“The Fan Club WILL be offering the Star Wars The Phantom Menace Japanese Laser Disk for sale. We are in the process of negotiating approval for pre-selling rights. Once we have been approved to pre-sell the Japanese Laser Disk I will make it available for sale on shop.starwars.com. The Laser Disk will also be available in the Star Wars Insider Issue 49. To further clarify the Japanese Laser Disk is in the English language with Japanese Subtitles – believed to be in the black “letter box”. (We have not received confirmation on this factor)”

WAL-MART PULLING OLD FIGS 
03.23.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Gonk

Reports are coming in that Hasbro reps have been spotted at Wal-marts across the country pulling old figures off the shelves in order to make room. ABOUT TIME! Thanks to everyone who wrote in about it.

NEW FORUMS 
03.23.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

You wanted a forum. We decided that the one we currently have is a little strange and tough to use, so we’ve upgraded and the all-new Yakface Forums are now open! You’re required to register before you post. Check it out now at http://collectibles.echostation.com/forums

SKIFF UPDATE 
03.23.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Some more reports of the Skiff being sighted. It was found in San Diego, CA at a Target store. Thanks to SanDiegoTrooper and Dark Stasher for the news.

Update: A number of readers have written asking for the UPC code of the Skiff so that it can be checked on the Target computers. With the code, you can tell where the item has been shipped to. If anyone has a Skiff, please e-mail me with the UPC, and when I get it, I’ll post it here for those who asked.

Update 2: Darren, who found his Skiff at a Target in La Mesa, San Diego, sent in the UPC code for those who asked. it is: 76930 26458. If anyone digs up any interesting info on the computers from this, send it over!

D&S TOYS NEWS
03.23.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

D&S Toys have the 4 wave 2 accessory sets in stock for $34.99, and the Final Lightsaber Duel pack for $14.99. They expect the Watto’s Box package deals in stock soon. Thanks to Clint for the news.

KB AND TRU INFO 
03.23.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Michael Kiesewetter wrote in with this info:

“Kay Bee Toys are marking their clearance figures up from $2.50 to $2.99.

Toys R Us has the Millennium Falcon CD ROM game with Han figure for $9.99. (I know that it’s been cheaper in the past, but I thought I’d mention it since I have not seen it listed with the other clearance stuff on the site and people might not see it because these are usually located in the video game section of the store.)”


TATOOINE SKIFF COMING SOON OUT
03.22.00 | 5:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Tatooine Skiff will be on its way to US stores soon! David, who lives in Madrid in Spain, send along a couple of boxed pictures of the vehicle, which hit TRU over there today. It retails there for approximately $20.
Box Front
Box Back
Yet another Yakface petition item that’ll be a reality for collectors very soon!

Update: This toy is out in the States! It was found today for $19.99 at a Target store! The hunt is on.

THE PHANTOM LASERDISC
03.22.00 | 2:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Fan Club apparently has the Episode One Japanese Laserdisc avaialble for $89.95. Reports told me that the item was posted on their website, but I don’t see it there just now…if you’re interested in this item, call the Fan Club to check if it’s still available.

Update: Yep, it’s there. Thanks to Todd and Frank for writing. You can pre-order now for shipment in May. Shipping comes to $14. The numbers are limited, so if you want one, call.

Update 2: Looks like the quantities were very limited. Paul wrote just now (5:10pm EST) to say that he had called to order, but was told it was sold out. Seems they must have taken their maximum number of pre-orders already.

Update 3: Strange. It now isn’t even certain if the Fan Club are going to have this item at all! That would account for it not being online, and for it being “sold out”. I’ll look into it and try to get an answer. Thanks to Paul for the update.

NABOO FIGHTER CAN FLY OVERSEAS
03.22.00 | 2:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

I apologize for the pathetic title. But the M&M Collectibles prize draw for the 6′ Naboo Fighter has been extended to take International orders now. There are less than 100 tickets left now, so hurry if you want a chance to win this great piece! Don’t forget that Episode One figures are buy 1 get 1 free at PhantomMenaceToys through the end of this week, so check it out!

WUHER UPDATE 
03.22.00 | 2:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Many people have reported receiving their Wuher figures from the Fan Club today, all still .0000 cards. If your order status changed in the last few days, expect your Wuher very soon.

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
03.22.00 | 2:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Entertainment EarthStar Wars 12″ Classic Wave 2 Still In Stock

The newest assortment of Star Wars Classic 12inch Figures is still available. 12in. Classic Wave 2 Case (Item #57135A, $13999) includes 6 Star Wars Collector Series Classic 12 inch action figures. Contains: 3x Chewbacca, 2x Princess Leia as Jabba’s Prisoner, 1x Han Solo in Endor Gear. Very limited supply in stock.

TOYS R US HAS ANAKIN PILOT
03.22.00 | 2:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Toys R Us’ website has the Anakin Naboo Pilot figure in stock for $6.99. They’ve still got Sith Lord Mauls left too. Thanks to Trevor Grove for the news.

BRIAN’S TOYS NEWSLETTER #33
03.22.00 | 2:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Check out Brian’s Toys newsletter #33 for some Yoda deals, Star Wars trivia, a character poll, plus news on their latest giveaway!

ETOYS PRICE RISES
03.22.00 | 2:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

It seems that some of the prices mentioned in yesterday’s eToys report have been put up a bit. Please do check the price before you order, just in case it is one of these newly-priced items.

Update: Marv wrote in to say that although the prices aren’t the same on the item pages, when you actually add the item to your cart, it comes up with the sale price. I checked this out: I went to the Theed Hanger page (it said $29.99) and when I added it, it came up as $14.99. So, worth a look.


FORCE COMMANDER POSTERS
03.21.00 | 7:00pm EST | posted by dlr

The official website “Lucasarts.com” has an animated gif down on the right hand side of their page which rotates through all 6 of the posters you can get. Thanks to Jesse James for the info.

NEW LEGO SETS
03.21.00 | 2:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The official Lego site has posted boxed images of the upcoming AAT, MTT and Millenium Falcon sets. Check out From Bricks to Bothans for the full story and direct links.

MARMIT FETT 
03.21.00 | 12:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Check out this picture collage of the upcoming Marmit Boba Fett figure!

ETOYS SALE 
03.21.00 | 12:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

eToys has marked down their prices on a number of Star Wars items:

Queen’s Ship – $49.95
Ceremonial Leia (12″) – $16.99
Tatooine Showdown – $9.99
Slave Leia (12″) – $19.99

Obi-Wan Kenobi (12″) – $11.99
Power Annex playset – $8.99
Theed Hanger – $14.99
12″ Chewbacca – $11.99
Adi Gallia – $3.99
Cox Landspeeder – $49.99
Cox Snowspeeder – $34.99

KB PRICE RISE?
03.21.00 | 12:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Pete S:

“Last Friday I picked up a few AT-AT’s at KB Toys for $19.99 as well as a few other items. Today I went to a different KB store and found a few more. To my surprise they had already raised the price from $19.99 to $24.99. Still a great deal but $19.99 was pretty good too. I don’t know if this is happening for all of the other Star Wars items they have been getting but they too could be raised depending on how well they sell.”

Update: Thanks to all the readers who have written in to confirm this change in price.


FORCE COMMANDER AROUND NOW
03.20.00 | 5:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Clint sent in this info:

“Just wanted to LYK that I preorder my Force Commander game from LucasArts awhile back and it arrived today. I haven’t had a chance to open it, but I guess the bonus CD w/ the music from the game is actually in the box since it didn’t come separately. I also noticed a sticker on the outside of the box that says a recruitment poster is inside. It shows a picture of Darth Vader with his figure pointing outward and the word “You will join us” printed on it. It says that there are six of them. So if your a millionaire and want all six poster you can buy a whole bunch of the games or take the more sensible way look at some websites for someone selling one of the ones you need.”

UPDATE!!!!! – – Tony tells us- “I received my game today from LucasArts as well. There is a coupon inside which allows you to obtain the 5 additional posters “Free”, paying only $6.95 for Shipping and Handling. It requires you to mail in the completed coupon, a copy of the receipt showing the purchase between 3/1/2000 and 9/30/2000, the original Proof-of-Purchase seal, and the $6.95 check made payable to The Express Group.”

STORE REPORTS 
03.20.00 | 5:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Store Reports section has been updated with a whole bunch of area reports. Check it out – the tip you’ve been looking for might be there!

WATTO’S BOX 
03.20.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Bad news. The Fan Club will no longer be getting the Watto’s Box set, due to a problem with the case assortments. They won’t be able to get the assortment they asked for, and so will not be getting these in. So…the hunt continues. Thanks to Dan Madsen for the confirmation.

SITH LORD MAUL
03.20.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Toys R Us’ website has the Sith Lord Darth Maul figure in stock for $6.99. Just search for Maul.


POTF2 CINEMA SCENES
03.19.00 | 6:45pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The FIA store has some new items in stock. Cases of the Aunt Beru wave ($79.99), Motti wave cases ($99.99), plus Rebel Pilots ($25) and Skiff Guards ($27). Check it out! Case breakdowns are given on the page.

Update: Motti cases, and the Skiff Guards, are sold out.

PODRACE REFUEL SET
03.19.00 | 6:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This wave two accessoy set is back in stock at ToyTime for $4.99. Type “Refuel” into the search box to find it. Go grab one if you need this!

NEW SPEAK UP! 
03.19.00 | 3:55pm EST | posted by dlr

Bob asks, ” Are Star Wars fans the biggest complainers?” Check it ou in the Speak Up! section.

G.L. AUTOGRAPHED BANNER ON EBAY 
03.19.00 | 3:00pm EST | posted by dlr

Here’s a very nice item if you collect autographs. . . heck, this is a great deal period! No reserve and the bidding starts at only $1! These banners were sold through the fan club last fall. Only 40 George Lucas signed banners exist and at a cost of originally $400! This auction has NO RESERVE! Bidding starts at $1 What are you waiting for? Go to Ebaynow and punch in a search for item #287679657!!!

NEW CUSTOMS ADDED 
03.19.00 | 2:45pm EST | posted by dlr

I have updated the customs section with some beautiful 12″ pieces by Han. If you are interested in posting your collection online via yakface.com please contact me.

ANOTHER INSIDER MENTION! 
03.19.00 | 2:35pm EST | posted by dlr

The latest issue of The Insider is hitting mailboxes accross the land and our good friend Philip Wise sent in this scan with another mention of our website, yakface.com!

TRU INFO 
03.19.00 | 1:15pm EST | posted by dlr

A little birdie recently sent us this info from the TRU mainframe computer. Some very interesting stuff here- Please note not all TRU’s will have these items.These will take effect March 21:
POTF fig with coin….4.98
POTF commtech fig….3.98
POTF buddies……2.98
POTF diorama……7.98
POTF cinema scenes(newer ones)…..9.98
POTF classic 12″…..9.98 Micro double takes…..9.98
Ep1 cinema scenes……9.98
Ep1 buddies……2.98
Ep1 Electronic accessory……4.98
Ep1 Podracers……7.98
Ep1 epic force…..7.98
Ep1 deluxe figs…..3.98
Ep1 12″ electronic figs……9.98
Ep1 beast w/fig…..4.99
Ep1 small vehicles…….4.98
Ep1 royal starship…….49.98
Ep1 commtech reader…..6.99
Ep1 flash speeder…..4.98
Ep1 accessories…..0.98
Ep1 12″…..9.98
Ep1 large playset (theed)…..14.98
Ep1 small playset (theed)…..9.98
Ep1 blaster…..4.98
Absolutely tons more, all micro merch, as well as shampoo, umbrellas, battle bags, lightsabers, SW Trivial Pursuit, basically anything Star Wars.
Also, on March 23: MILLENNIUM FALCON…..19.97


YAK’S POLL RETURNS
03.18.00 | 11:15pm EST | posted by dlr

Yak’s Poll is now back and operational! Check it out today and give us your input!

BRIANS TOYS NEWSLETTER #32
03.18.00 | 8:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Brian’s Toys Newsletter #32 is now available for you to read. This issue’s specials include the 14″ electronic Darth Vader for $30. Check it out for more cool POTF2/Ep1 and the usual great vintage deals!

CUSTOM CARD CONTEST
03.18.00 | 11:00am EST | posted by dlr

Here’s just a reminder that tonight at midnite is the deadline for Rebelscum’s custom card contest! Good Luck!

NEW MENU
03.18.00 | 11:00am EST | posted by dlr

I’ve had a lot of people asking where things are on the site and feel the pop down menu wasn’t quite doing it’s job so give me some feed back on the new text menu idea to the side. Does it look ok and make things easier to find? LMK!

PHANTOM MENACE TOYS NEWSFEED
03.18.00 | 11:00am EST | posted by dlr

We have had a lot of excitement over our Naboo Fighter Giveway! There are still some entries left…so act quickly. (There was some confusion in our last email – There will only be 250 TOTAL entries sold!).

This is to announce the extra prizes that will be given away –

2nd Prize: Autographed Darth Maul 8×10 
3rd Prize: Luke in Bacta Tank Statue 
4th Prize: Hasbro Naboo Fighter
5th Prize: 6″ Anakin Skywalker Figure 

Special on the website this week! – All Hasbro Episode I Action Figures are Buy One, Get one Free! (Great chance to build up those droid armies, or get some extras to open!). – ALL Currently IN STOCK figures are listed on the website – if it isn’t listed we do not have them! – Thanks and good luck!

Visit PhantomMenaceToys.com today!

TRADE FEDERATION TANK OUT!
03.18.00 | 8:10am EST | posted by Tarpals

Starshow Collectibles have the new Trade Federation Tank in stock now. Priced at $24.99. This is sure to sell out quickly, so hurry if you want to order. Thanks to Bruce McGregor for the news.

Update: All gone.

SKIFF GUARDS AND REBEL PILOTS
03.18.00 | 5:50am EST | posted by Tarpals

D&S Toys have both of these sets in stock for $24.99 each. They also mention they are getting Watto’s Box in soon, inquire for details. Check it out! Thanks to Lee for the news.

NEW FIGURES ONLINE
03.18.00 | 5:50am EST | posted by Tarpals

ActionAce have the Qui-Gon (Jedi Master) and Destroyer Droid (Battle Damaged) figures in stock for $9.99. Jar Jar is sold out. They are holding an offer just now that gives you $10 off a $20 order, so if you can find something else you want there (these 2 add up to $19.98) you’ll get a discount. Thanks to J for the news.

Update: Sold out.


TRU SALE STRIKES BACK
03.17.00 | 7:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This good -and bad – news was sent in by Jedeyeben. The info came from the TRU computers in Indiana:

“The good news is that the TRU computer shows much more classic stuff coming back in again!! yes more figures ships, including AT- AT’s! Now the bad news is that all the prices have gone up. Leave it to TRU to ruin a good thing. Don’t get me wrong – the prices are still cheap but not as cheap. 19.97 for the AT-AT and pretty much anything that was only 9.97 all went up. Same for the figures, someone may have already noticed if their store still has any of them left, but the classic figures that were 1.97 are all now 2.97! same for all the new ones coming back in.”

MARMIT BOBA FETT PICS
03.17.00 | 6:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The official Star Wars website has updated with a short feature on the Tokyo Toy Fair, which includes a couple of pictures of the upcoming Marmit Boba Fett! Head over and check it out!

NEW COLLECTION 2 WAVE
03.17.00 | 3:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Sio Bibble wave has been in very short supply since it was first spotted a week or so ago. Yakface reader Dylan McDermond wrote in having found a full case of the wave, ready to go out on the pegs. The case breaks down as follows: 1 x R2-D2 (slim bubble), 1 x Captain Panaka, 2 x Darth Sidious (Holograph), 2 x Naboo Royal Guard, 3 x Queen Amidala (Battle), 3 x Sio Bibble, 4 x Pit Droids. As previously reported, the Pit Droids and Sio Bibble are .0000 while Amidala is .0100, if that is of interest to you. This case was spotted at a Bi-Mart in Oregon.

WUHER – TAKE 2
03.17.00 | 1:53pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Bunkaroo wrote in to say that his Wuher order status had changed from backordered to processing. I contacted the Fan Club and they have received a new shipment from Hasbro, and more Wuher orders are now being filled. So, check your status and see if you’ll be getting one!

SABE FIGURE PIC
03.17.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Toyfare magazine’s website posted this pic of 3 upcoming figures – Sabé, Nute Gunray (Holograph) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (with plastic, hooded cloak) – the pic comes from Toy Fair in Japan. Thanks to BP for the info!

TRU NEWS 
03.17.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Darth Cloud sent in some TRU info. The TRU he works at in Virginia just got in an extra large shipment of the 3D video cases, obviously gearing up for the release in a few weeks. These are also being given away to those who reserve the Playstation “Jedi Power Battles” game ($10 down to reserve). The store just took down their Episode One display and are raffling off the 6′ Naboo Starfighter – raffle tickets cost $3 each, with no ticket limit.

KB SALE UPDATE
03.17.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Blaze, who works at a KB store, wrote in to say that on a shipment they got in today, the truck printout said the Millenium Falcon was to be marked down to $9.99. When they receive these it will be confirmed.

HOMING BEACON #5
03.17.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Click here to read the latest (issue #5) copy of the Star Wars.com newsletter.

FAN CLUB WATTO
03.17.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Seems that Watto didn’t sell out at the Fan Club at all. I got this e-mail today from a Fan Club rep: “I just wanted to let you know that the Watto Life Size Replica is not sold out. We are currently dealing with difficulties outside our own company that prevent us from offering the Life Size Watto Replica for sale at this time.”
So there we have it. Perhaps it’ll be available in the near future.

ITEMS SHIPPING 
03.17.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

I’ve had quite a few reports of items ordered recently from both Star Show collectibles and Wishbook shipping now, in great condition. Thanks to those who wrote in.

BLOCKBUSTER YODA AGAIN
03.17.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Two more pieces of info on this item:

This is from Jay: “There is a Yoda up on display at my local BlockBuster 67th street and Greenfield ave. in WestAllis Wisconsin. It has all the info plain as day plastered right on front of the cardboard display that Yoda is placed upon. It states “NO PURCHASE NECESSARY”. The promo is suppose to start April 4th and run until April 9th. It is suppose to be a free raffle. My blockbuster is already taking names down on a piece of paper. All they ask for is your name, phone, and address. There were about 20 people on the list so far (yes it was a list..not individual slips)“.

And this is from Toyman4408: “I called a few of the blockbusters in my area this morning. Just to make sure the stories were the same. Seems the promo will start the day that TPM is released 4/4/00 and the drawing will be on the morning of 4/10/00. There will be no rental requirements or nothing to buy just fill out the entry form and hope for the best. I stopped by the Blockbuster up the street from me and the manager let me sneak a peek. This is a VERY cool piece. I can see I’ll be spending the week of the release hitting every Blockbuster in a 50 mile radius.”


UPDATE RE: EP 1 INSIDERS GUIDE @ BEST BUY
03.16.00 | 8:30pm EST | posted by dlr

Jay Shepard write in with this info-

“The boxed Ep1 Insider’s Guide _is_ compatible with Macs, but the promo one handed out with the pre-order of the video is only Win 95/98 compatible. So us Mac fans are basically screwed. FYI –Jay Shepard Hanover, MD”

UPDATE! [LAST ONE, I PROMISE…..]

Jason Reynolds informs us –

“Mac users aren’t necessarily “screwed.” LucasArts is very good about replacing PC versions with Mac if necessary. Usually it involves sending the software back to them. Two possible contact numbers: 1 800 LEC GAME (Company Store) 1-415-448-8000 (Tech Support)”

CARBON FREEZE CHAMBER INFO + R2 UPDATE
03.16.00 | 8:20pm EST | posted by dlr

I just got this email from Dan Madsen-

“We are still waiting to hear on R2 – hoping to know something next week. No pricing on Carbon Freeze just yet but I have seen it and it is awesome!! it comes with an exclusive action figure by the way! “

Sounds pretty cool eh? Now we just have to wait to see how much $$$$ !

KB SALE NEWS
03.16.00 | 6:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

KB are due to have a sale similar to the recent Toys R Us sale! Check out this price list sent in by Danny H, who works at a KB store. They unloaded a first shipment today, and the items are due on sale at the beginning of April. All items are POTF2:

Action Figures $2.50 (coll.3 & flash-back)
AT-AT $19.99
X-Wing $9.99
Mid-Size ( A-wing asst.) $9.99
Gunner asst. $3.99
Deluxe asst. $3.99
Beast asst. $5.99
Electronic Figures $3.99
Electronic X-Wing $19.99

Update: Lou wrote in with this:

“I thought that I would let you know that the local KBs in my area (Baltimore) already have the POTF2 merchandise on sale and have been restocking the shelves with new and improved prices. Unfortunately the amount of merchandise at my stores are nowhere near what TRU got. But I did get (this was last Friday): two AT-ATs for $19.99, Electronic X-Wing for $19.99, and loads and loads of FF figures and older! I just built an army of Sandtroopers and Hoth Soldiers (Green Card with Holosticker). Unfortunately, when I asked about the stack of Millennium Falcons they informed me that those would not be marked down. Sad. SO DON’T WAIT UNTIL APRIL … HIT KB NOW!!!”

NEW ITEMS AT THE FAN CLUB
03.16.00 | 2:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Fan Club has added some new items to their site, including the Pepsi life size Watto and a STAP Scooter! To check them out, go to their main page and hit the “new” link. Thanks to Bill for the tip!

Update: Watto is sold out.

NEW RELEASES AND PHOTOGRAPHS
03.16.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Episode One Obi-Wan Kenobi lightsaber toy is hitting stores now. A few reports of these being found at Wal Mart stores. George Collazo sent in a few photographs, including one of the new lightsaber, one of the Hungry Hero plush Jar Jar, and a couple of the new Holograph figures, which are starting to get a bit easier to find.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber
Hungry Hero Jar Jar Binks
Qui-Gon Jinn & Darth Maul Holographs (box front)
Darth Maul Holograph (box back)

It is quite difficult to get the holo figures in mint packages, due to the bubble shape. But I’m sure it’ll be no harder than it was with Epic Force. Thanks again to George for the photos!

Update: George mentions that the Holograph figures are indeed rotatable, like the Epic Force figures. There is a knob on the site of the holoprojector stand that moves them.

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
03.16.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Rebel Pilots and Skiff Guards – Too Hot To Handle (Entertainment Earth)

We are one of the last stores on the planet to receive a shipment of these popular Movie Scenes from Hasbro’s Star Wars Classic line. Rebel Pilots (Item #84035D, $29.99) and Jabba’s Skiff Guards (Item #84035C, $29.99) will not ship to stores again (we’ve tried to order more but can’t). Order these now. We still guarantee mint condition on the items that are in stock. Once these are gone, they’re gone for good.

DEFENDER NEWSFEED 
03.16.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Defender Collectible Cases, Inc. is having a SUPER March madness sale on the Star Wars 12″ cases. We are selling them at the previously unheard of price of $9.95 each. That’s only 95 cents over the 3.75″ figure case and $3.00 off the regular 12″ case price!!! This is an inventory reduction sale and will last for a limited time only! These are hard acrylic display cases with sliding bottom doors and hangers on the back for wall display. They are a must have for your 12″ Star Wars figures. Designed specifically to protect your figures from dust and damage and to provide an excellent means of display. Act now and order yours today at www.defendercases.com and don’t forget to check out our many other Star Wars cases!

CUSTOM SNOWTROOPER 
03.16.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Check out this cool custom Snowtrooper on a speeder bike! The recipe for this custom is available on FFURG.

ONLINE STAR WARS RPG
03.16.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

“SAN RAFAEL, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 16, 2000– LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC announced today it will partner with Verant Interactive Inc. and Sony Online Entertainment to create the first massively multiplayer Star Wars online role-playing game. Expected to release in 2001, the title will immerse thousands of game players into the classic Star Wars universe. Gameplay will feature a unique combination of combat, specialized missions, and daring quests.”
Click here for full article. Thanks to Koda for the news.

QUEEN’S STARSHIP FOR UNDER $30!
03.16.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Quite a few people have reported finding the Royal Starship vehicle at Target stores for under $30. Some say $29.94, some say $24.94. I expect it’s probably $29.94, but either way, that’s a great deal!

BLOCKBUSTER YODAS 
03.16.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Scott:

“They are the same as the Pepsi Yodas from this summer, but with no grey base. According to my local manager, expect 6000 of these to be on the market (6000 Blockbuster stores) I think the number is high, but who knows…he could be right.”

Update: More info, this time from Doug: “Spoke w/a Blockbuster employee last night. They are a raffle prize, as in tickets must be purchased. No word on how much for each raffle ticket, nor what the proceeds benefit.”

Update: Scott writes again with some more info – “This could be only what the one manager I talked to is saying, but I was told: The Yodas will be raffled among buyers of the EPI video. That makes some sense, as otherwise many people would buy tickets w/o an instore purchase. Pricey raffle, eh? He does not come with a grey base, only the black metal base with the brass plaque.”


FAN HOMEPAGES PROTEST
03.15.00 | 8:50pm EST | posted by dlr

I found this little bit of info at TheForce.net-

“The official Star Wars website, www.starwars.com, began offering free homepages on its site on Wednesday, March 8. Most fans were elated, but others were severely disillusioned by a couple troublesome clauses in Star Wars Fan Homepages’ Terms of Service, which specifies explicitly that any “derivative works” based on Star Wars that fans publish on the service become the property of Lucasfilm, Ltd., which owns Star Wars, “in perpetuity.” A protest and information website has been started atwww.miscellanies.net.

Past incidents involving Apple’s iTools homepage service and Yahoo’s takeover of homepage provider Geocities saw these companies swiftly make changes to the pertinent portions of their Terms of Service agreements (similarly worded to the one Starwars.com uses) after users protested what they regarded as the theft of their intellectual property rights.”

WIN THE 6′ NABOO FIGHTER!
03.15.00 | 5:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Phantom Menace Toys are holding a prize draw which gives you the chance to win this fantastic piece! The 6′ Naboo Fighter was a store display promo that hung (and maybe is still there in your local TRU) above the Star Wars toy aisle. This is one great looking thing! Each entry costs $5, and the grand prize winner will get the Naboo Fighter. Other prizes to be announced soon. You must enter online, and only a limited number of entries are available, so head over to their site now!

FOLD-UP DESTROYER DROID
03.15.00 | 4:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

According to Tomart’s, the upcoming Jedi Powers 6″ Destroyer Droid figure will fold up like they do in the movie. That might even make me buy one of these! Thanks to IkabelGont for the news.

VINTAGE FIGURES AT FIA
03.15.00 | 3:17pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Figures in Action store has a limited supply of vintage toys in stock now. The items include vehicles and playsets. If you’re looking for vintage stuff, check it out, and don’t forget to check out our own vintage figure store.

ETOYS SHIP PILOTS
03.15.00 | 3:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Varad Mehta actually received the Rebel Pilots set he ordered from eToys. It seems that the correct information was that eToys had only limited stocks of the item, and the first few orders were filled.

MORE FROM WISHBOOK
03.15.00 | 3:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Yesterday I mentioned that wishbook had the CG Endor and Tatooine for $9.98 – let me stress that that price is for the pair, not singly (thanks to Adrian for pointing this out). Ramesh reports that they also have a 3-pack of Star Wars buddies – Yoda, Wampa and Figrin D’An for $19.97. Check it out of you’re missing those.

Update: The buddy set is sold out. Thanks to Lee for the news.

EBAY SALES 
03.15.00 | 3:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

A TRU exclusive large Droid Fighter can be found on eBay at item number 282405171. Also, Scott Houseman is selling off his FF collection, which includes Weequay and Sandtrooper – item 279930799.

INSIDER’S GUIDE 
03.15.00 | 3:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Shad in Pheonix, AZ:

“I just went to Best Buy this weekend to finally reserve my copy of Ep 1 Widescreen there, and get the free Insiders guide. It took so long to decide because while I think this is the best deal, I have a Mac and therefore the CDs are useless to me. Well, I was checking out with the free CD packet and told the sales clerk I wanted to make sure that it was the Widescreen version I was reserving a copy of, and that there were no tickets with the give-away packet. He went and asked his manager what to do. He came back and said that the promotion was over since it comes out in a few weeks, and that they had ordered plenty of copies -so not to worry about getting a copy. Then he went ahead and rang everything up. I ended up getting the Ep 1 Insiders Guide packet for $.01 and didn’t even have to reserve a copy at Best Buy. NOW THAT’s a DEAL!! Perhaps this is worth trying at other Best Buy stores?”

Update: Jeff reports that the Insider’s guide is compatible with Macs. Oh well.


EPISODE ONE – NOW SHOWING AT SUNCOAST
03.14.00 | 5:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

IkabelGont reports that today he saw Episode One showing on TV screens at a Suncoast in a local mall.

CARBON FREEZE CHAMBER – EXCLUSIVE
03.14.00 | 4:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The much requested Carbon Freeze Playset is definitely coming this year. It’s going to be a Fan Club exclusive, which is their third of the year, behind Wuher, and the 12″ Senate Guard/Chancellor Valorum set. The playset is currently scheduled to be available around October/November, so there’s a while to wait yet. Thanks to Dan Madsen for the info!

WAVE 2 ACCESSORY SETS
03.14.00 | 3:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Toymaniacs have 2 of the wave 2 accessory sets in stock – as usual, they cost $12.98 and come with a wave 1 accessory pack. The pairs are Rappel Line/Naboo and Tatooine Disguise/Tatooine. If you still need these, check it out! They tend to sell out very fast, so hurry.

Update: Tatooine Disguise pair is gone.

RARE FF COLLECTION SALE
03.14.00 | 2:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Jediwheels is selling his collection of 28 Freeze Frame figures, including rare items such as the Sandtrooper, AT-ST Driver, and more. Check it out on eBay at item number 283566343.

FRED MEYER SALE
03.14.00 | 1:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

JD found the following deals at a local Fred Meyer store:
Accessory packs – $.99
Electronic Accessory packs – $1.99
Epic Force (Maul and Obi-Wan) – $4.99
Comm Tech Reader – $4.99
Naboo Fighter – $5.99
Pod Racers (Anakin) – $5.99
Droid Fighters – $5.99
Beasts (Kaadu and Opee) – $5.99
Electronic 12″ Figures – $5.99
Naboo Fighter game with Anakin – $5.99

DOWNLOAD FORCE COMMANDER MUSIC
03.14.00 | 1:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Lucasarts website have posted MP3 versions of three pieces of Star Wars music from the upcoming Force Commander title for PC. You’ll need a program such as Winamp to play MP3 files. Thanks to Koda for the news.

CLASSIC DEALS 
03.14.00 | 1:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Paul Ybarra reports that Wishbook have the Complete Galaxy Endor and Tatooine sets for $9.88. They also have other items such as the ROTJ 12″ assortment. Check them out!

TROPHY ASSORTMENT MAUL
03.14.00 | 1:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

One of these can be found on eBay at item number 283527945.

3D DARTH MAUL STANDEES
03.14.00 | 1:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Chris Deans:

“I was at my local video store in Oakville Ontario Canada today called Mammoth Movies. They were putting together a promotional standee for Episode 1. It was a very cool 6 foot tall 3 dimensional cardboard darth maul. They said they would most likely but raffling it off to kids who rent the video.”


HALLMARK 2000 PICS
03.13.00 | 7:30pm EST | posted by Gonk

Big Red’s Dejarik Board has posted pics of the upcoming 2000 Ornaments from Hallmark.

LIFE-SIZED YODA @ BLOCKBUSTER
03.13.00 | 6:45pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info was sent in by Jason:

“I work at a Blockbuster in Nashville, TN and last night the Manager unpacked her Phantom Menace Promo. It is life size Yoda. Looks awesome. She said that there were no instructions as to when to put it out only a memo that it was to be raffled off and that if lost the store will be hit for $300.”

EE NEWS FEED
03.13.00 | 4:50am EST | posted by Gonk

It was bound to happen sooner or later. The following items are no longer available from Hasbro. Although Hasbro hasn’t officially discontinued these items, no more inventory is available. We have removed the following items from our website:
Millenium Falcon Carry Case with Scanning Trooper Figure Electronic Snowspeeder
14inch Darth Vader
Complete Galaxy Ewok and Luke Skywalker
Bantha and Rancor Deluxe Creatures
Electronic X-Wing Fighter

What’s next to go?
AT-AT Walker with Figures (Item #69733, $99.99), Rebel Pilots (Item #84035D, $29.99), Jabba’s Skiff Guards (Item #84035C, $29.99), Landspeeder (Item #697703, $12.99) and practically anything else related to Star Wars Classic products.
Any or all of the above may be sold out by the time you read this. We cannot guarantee availability of any 1995-1999 Star Wars Classic Products. Once they say “Temp Out Of Stock”, backorders will most likely never be filled. Only at Entertainment Earth.

MOTTI WAVE AROUND
03.13.00 | 12:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This news is from Jer:

“Forbidden Planet has the new wave of POTF2 figures in stock (Darth Vader & Interrogation Droid, Princess Leia, Admiral Motti and Stromtrooper (articulated)) for £12.99. They also have limited numbers of the Millennium Falcon carry case with Imperial Scanning Technician (£19.95).”

Pricey – but if that’s your only option for these new figures, I guess you’re kinda stuck. I always recommend online buying (where possible of course) for UK fans, because the items are really too expensive here. £12.99 (more than $20!!!) for just one figure is not my idea of fun. You see people all the time saying that $11.99 for new figures at some online and comic stores is too expensive, but when you live abroad, that’s cheap!

Update: Jer wrote in again with a correction – the figures were priced at £10.99 (still expensive!!). They had foreign “Bonus Droid” twin packs for £12.99.

THE TUSKEN TRADER RETURNS
03.13.00 | 8:15am EST | posted by dlr

Our very own Tusken Trader section has gone through a bit of an overhaul and is some what ready for the masses! Check em’ out today!

CONGRATULATIONS TO FBTB!!! 
03.13.00 | 8:15am EST | posted by dlr

Our very own From Bricks to Bothans LEGO section has won Cool Site of the Week! over at Lugnet! Congrats guys! PS- Check out their cool new look!


2 EXCLUSIVE DESKTOPS FROM GRZESIEK 
03.12.00 | 6:00pm EST | posted by dlr

The well know desktop / wallpaper artist Grzesiek has bestowed two lovely desktops featuring toys to us as Yakface.com exclusives! Choose your desktop size below the images!

UPDATE: You can find many more great GRZESIEK desktops over atCountdown’s Multimedia section!

HARD TO FIND & NEW ITEMS IN STOCK (?)
03.12.00 | 5:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Clint:

“According to Star Show collectibles they have some of the harder to find new items back in stock such as the New Leia, Admiral Motti, Stormtrooper, Vader, R2-B1, and TC-14 for $8.99. Unfortunately, no R2-D2 w/ holo Leia. They also have the Jabba the Hutt w/ 2 Headed announcer in for $24.99 and all of the second wave of accessory packs for $7.99 each. It’s happened a few times before that I’ve placed an order and they didn’t have any of the items in stock even though at the time of the order the website said they did. Unfortunately. they didn’t write to me to let me know that they were out of stock so some of the items may actually gone and the website hasn’t been updated to reflect that. However, if anybody still looking for these items and I’m sure they are, it’s worth it to at least try.”

I had a quick look, and they also have Skiff Guards and Rebel Pilots ($24.99 each). Worth a try, as Clint says.

DARK FORCES 3: OBI-WAN SCREENSHOTS
03.12.00 | 5:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Here are a few screen shots from the upcoming Lucasarts title Dark Forces III: Obi-Wan. This game is, in case you don’t know, the sequel to the extremely popular Jedi Knight game. Obi-Wan is currently scheduled for release in the 4th quarter of this year. The scans come from the UK edition of PC Gamer magazine. The same issue contains a review of Force Commander, which scored 90% and is Game of the Month.
Obi-Wan Screen Shot 1
Obi-Wan Screen Shots
Obi-Wan Screen Shots
And no, I didn’t write any of the captions 🙂


STORE REPORTS UPDATED
03.11.00 | 8:41pm EST | posted by Gonk

The Store Reports have been updated. HURRAH!

BRIANS TOYS NEWSLETTER #31
03.11.00 | 6:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Brian’s Toys newsletter #31 is now available for you to read here. This issue’s specials include the Jabba’s dancers cinema scene for $10, and this week’s giveaway is a vintage ROTJ Darth Vader. Check it out for this and the usual deals!

CUSTOM 12″ LANDSPEEDER
03.11.00 | 11:30am EST | posted by dlr

Here is a very nice custom 12″ scaled Remote Controlled Landspeeder up for auction on ebay! [#278411495]

NEW SPEAK UP!
03.11.00 | 10:55am EST | posted by dlr

Sean T. Drinkwater voices his opinion this week as he try’s to figure out what all the complaining is about!? Check it out here!


EE NEWS FEED
03.10.00 | 8:10pm EST | posted by Gonk

It’s not Hasbro. What is it? It’s a Marmit 12in. Stormtrooper (Item #MTS1, $99.99)! This Japanese Exclusive contains a Stormtrooper costume the same way it was created in Star Wars, only for an action figure. Highly detailed armor and accessories fit onto a 12inch highly poseable action figure’s skeleton. This kit includes a hyper-articulate 12inch figure, Black body stocking, armor, helmet and blaster. Some assembly is required. Very limited supply. Once these are sold out, no further units will be available. Only at Entertainment Earth.

BARNES & NOBLE 75% OFF SALE
03.10.00 | 5:33pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Stef McCarter:

“I have been to a few Barnes & Nobles with this sale going on. The have the Young Jedi card game starter decks marked at 75% off or 2.50. and the best buy. The limited Edition Complete unabridged Phantom Menace cd box set. With holographic cover for 75% off also. It is normally $150 but with the discount it comes out to $37.50 plus tax. It is a great deal.”

HOMING BEACON #4
03.10.00 | 1:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Star Wars newsletter issue 4 was sent out last night – click here to read it

BIGSTAR CONTEST 
03.10.00 | 1:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Pete S received this from bigstar.com:

“Enter our Star Wars Sweepstakes and you could win a Darth Maul leather embroidered Jacket, Trivial Pursuit Star Wars Collectors Edition, “Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” VHS Widescreen Edition Boxed Set, and the “Star Wars” Trilogy Special Edition on VHS.”


FAN CLUB UPDATE
03.09.00 | 7:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Fan Club are expecting to get both Watto’s Box…and R2-D2 with Holographic Leia in stock in the near future – possibly as early as next week, or the week after. They’re on the way! Thanks as always to Dan Madsen for the update!

JC PENNY UPDATE
03.09.00 | 6:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Skott sent in more info from a new JCPenny book:

“I got a different JC Penny clearence book in the mail today! They have a few E1 items on pages 73-75, a lot of bedding & bathroom stuff like towels and waste baskets. They also have some toys:
1)small figure pack-12” scale(anakin, pit droids & r2-a6) for $15.99
item #hd 655-0628 A.

2) naboo fighters for $11.99 item#hd 655-0057 A

3)action figure pack(anakin-naboo,qui-gon-naboo, ben-naboo & maul-tat.) for $19.99 item# hd 655-0735 A.

4) deluxe maul & qui-gon set for $8.99 item# hd 655-0107 A

5) comm tech reader for $9.99 item# hd 652-0076 A

I you wish to order call 1-800-222-6161 and you must tell them the price and that you saw them in the clearence book!”

Also, the catalog number for the 12″ 3 pack mentioned yesterday is: HD 655-9454 A. Thanks to Doom2k for that info.

SHRINK-WRAPPED SABER 2 PACK
03.09.00 | 6:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Clint:

“I just wanted to LYK that I was at Sams today looking for their 2-packs, which they didn’t have any and as I was rounding the corner I noticed that they had a display of lightsabers. They have both the Darth Maul and Qui-Gon wrapped together for $14.07. The only bad thing is that they are shrink-wrapped and who ever did it did a really good job because both boxes are pushed against each other. Unfortunately, this causes the boxes to bow, usually in the middle of each of them. I was lucky enough to find one where the Qui-Gon one was only slightly bowed. Since Sams doesn’t do the shrink-wrapping themselves, this is probably going to be a universal problem. Anyway, I still think it’s a great deal 2 lightsabers for one low price, can’t beat that”

EE NEWS FEED
03.09.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Gonk

Thursday, March 9 – 12inch Action Figures with Mace Windu Reserve the next wave of 12inch Episode I action figures now. Choose from these three assortments: EP1 12in. Wave 3 3-Pack (Item #26277A, $74.99), EP1 12in. Wave 2+3 6-Pack (Item #26277B, $139.99) or EP1 12in. Wave 3 Case (Item #26277C, $139.99) only ast Entertainment Earth.

UK VIDEO RELEASE INFO
03.09.00 | 1:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

My buddy Ian got an e-mail from Amazon UK, who just opened a video and DVD section and are offering a £3 discount using this code:
Gift Certificate details:
Claim Code : VLP4-46QUND-59V5ET
Value : GBP 3.00
Expiry Date : April 7, 2000
Of course you can now pre-order TPM from them. On Widescreen it’s £15.99 (discounted from £17.99 RRP), with postage added and the discount total is £15.34.
(Amazon are also hosting a daily DVD player giveaway competition, you can enter once each day until the comp runs out. Pretty sweet deal!!)

This news comes from Simon Winter : I’ve been told by someone who is working on behalf of Fox video, that the official world wide retail launch for the Phantom Menace will take place at HMV, Trocadero London. They are opening the store at midnight on Sunday 2nd April, and there is going to be a big opening event with loads of media and special effects. USA won’t get the video until 4th April, so if you buy it at midnight from HMV in London you’ll be the first in the world to own the video, how cool would that be?!!!

MARMIT PICS AND INFO
03.09.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

An update over on Figuresinaction – they’ve posted boxed shots of the new Marmit Sandtrooper figure, well worth checking out! They also sent in this store update:

A large e-store is claiming they are the only ones who have Marmit Sandtroopers and TIE Pilots available. Contrary to their reports, Figures In Action is selling the Marmit Sandtrooper and TIE Fighter Pilot for $89.99 and $79.99 each respectively. That’s $20 less then those other guys. Don’t get fooled into paying more ElsewherE!

And I promise that I’ve got the site right this time 🙂


12″ KAADU PROTO
03.08.00 | 11:45pm EST | posted by Gonk

Outer Rim posted some pics of the prototype of the upcoming 12″ Kaadu.

STARWARS.COM WEBSITE CONTEST!
03.08.00 | 9:30pm EST | posted by dlr

Are you the biggest Han Solo fan? Want to challenge others with your Star Wars trivia? Do you have a plastic army of Luke Skywalker action figures? Want to share your Star Wars top ten lists? Show us your stuff and win! Build a free fan site and automatically get entered in theStarWars.com Fan Site Sweepstakes! On or around March 23, 2000, we’ll randomly select winners for the following cool Star Wars prizes:

One Grand Prize: Winner gets a choice of either a life-size statue of Darth Maul(approximate value $600) OR a life-sized statue of Yoda(approximate value $400).

Twenty-five Runners-up: 25 people will get one copy each of the soon-to-be-released LucasArts Jedi Power Battles video game(approximate value $39.95).

WATTOS BOX IN @ TOYMANIACS
03.08.00 | 9:30pm EST | posted by dlr

Anthony reports-

“TOYMANIACS.COM HAS THE JABBA w/2-HEADDED ANNOUNCER and OPEE w/ QUI-GON JINN SET …….for 31.98 per set……breakdown = $16.00 ea …… “FANTASTIC”!!!!! ALSO, WATTO’S BOX and MOS ESPA ENCOUNTER SET …..FOR 49.95 per set ….. “

DESTINY CAN & FAN CLUB
03.08.00 | 9:30pm EST | posted by dlr

I have recieved several reports about people recieving Destiny cans in poor condition. Rather than fill this space with negative posts [which seems to be too often these days] I am instead going to post one from David Cordes-

“I received my Destiny can today from the Fan Club (which I purchased with my Debit card, btw). Unfortunately, the corner base of the display was cracked, the wood splintered and bent up with flakes of black paint everywhere. I immediately called the Fan Club. Since I live in Denver, I drove to their offices only 30 minutes away. They were very helpful and went to check to see if they had a replacement, even though they are currently out of stock. While I waited in the lobby, I had a chance to observe their cool life-size statues of Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Han in Carbonite and C-3PO and R2-D2. They returned from their wherehouse with a replacement which was in excellent condition. In spite of the bad rap that the Fan Club has gotten lately, and the fact that it was a slight inconvenience for me to drive out of my way to get a replacement, the Fan Club provided me with outstanding customer service. I hope this will be encouraging news to many frustrated fans. The Force is still with the Fan Club”

EBAY PLUGS
03.08.00 | 9:30pm EST | posted by dlr

Here are two auctions from some friends of ours that are currently going on. One is for a TRU display Millenium Falcon [#277613408]. The other is for a Grafex Flash Luke Skywalker Lightsaber [277931237].

JC PENNY 12″ DISCOUNT
03.08.00 | 5:32pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Skott:

“Today I got a JC Penny clearence book. On page 242 they have a 12″ Hasbro E1 figure set MIB for $19.99 (Watto, Obi-Wan, Battle Droid). The item number is HD 655-9454 A. To order you must call 1-800-222-6161 and tell them you saw them in a clearance catalog, otherwise they’ll charge you the normal $99.99!”

EE NEWS FEED
03.08.00 | 4:00pm EST | posted by Gonk

Coming soon from Marmit, the all new Marmit 12in. Sandtrooper (Item #MTS2, $104.99) and Marmit 12in. TIE Fighter Pilot (Item #MTS3, $99.99). Both figures are Japanese Exclusives! They come with Highly armor and accessories that fit onto a 12inch highly poseable figure’s skeleton. These kits includes a hyper-articulate 12inch figure, body stockings, armor, and a helmet. Some assembly is required. Only atEntertainment Earth.

DARTH MAUL: TROPHY ASSORTMENT
03.08.00 | 1:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Here we go with a new Episode One subset. This is the upcoming Darth Maul from the “Trophy” assortment. It was previewed loose a while ago, and now here is is carded. Darth Maul comes with binoculars, and stands on a base with a protruding Sith Infiltrator mini-vehicle. Thanks go to Droideka for the use of the photos. He is selling this item on eBay just now – check it out at item number 277845766.
Card front
Card back

KBKIDS SALES CONTINUE
03.08.00 | 1:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Some more sale items on KBKids.com:
Royal Starship – $59.95
Epic Force Qui-Gon – $9.95

Update: This came from Peter Bateman about the Epic Force Qui-Gon:

Regarding this item it is definitely “Buyer Beware”. I ordered this item 2 weeks ago to be sent the “Deluxe Qui Gon” (with light saber handle). I called and complained, and they shipped the “correct” item by 2 day air at no charge, which was, another “Deluxe Qui Gon” (oh joy). They finally stopped sending me those deluxe figures and are now supposedly checking with the warehouse to find out whats up. I do get to keep both the Deluxe Qui Gons however 🙁

Looks like it’s an “order at your own risk” item.

Update 2: Many more people writing with the same info. Certainly seems like thu’ve got their code numbers mixed up.

BRIANS TOYS NEWSLETTER #30
03.08.00 | 1:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Brians Toys newsletter number 30 is now available for you to read here. This issue’s specials include the Purchase of the Droids set ($8) and some very rare vintage figures. Check it out!


VEHICLE POLL 
03.07.00 | 4:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

BP from collectstarwars.com wrote in about a new poll on his site, to see which classic vehicle – or playset – would you like to see next. Check it out!

JAPANESE DEFORMED FIGURES
03.07.00 | 1:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Some more info on those “deformed” Japanese Episode One figures shown previously. These are actually talking figures – when you put them on your hand, they speak 5-6 words. In Japanese, of course. They retail in Japan for the equivalent of about $15.
They are due for release on 23rd March.

HUNGRY HERO JAR JAR
03.07.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info on this upcoming now released item is from Chris:
“It’s about 15-16 inches tall.
The 8 phrases are: “Icky icky goo”, “How wude”, “Mesa called Jar Jar Binks”, “Yousa Jedi cawazy”, “Maxi big, da force”, “We dude it!”, “Yahoo!” and “Oyi, mooie-mooie! I luv yous!”.
You squeeze the stomach and the tounge unrolls like a party favor and makes a slurping sound. Stop squeezing and he makes another noise. His tounge also catches the 2 chubas he comes with. It’s a pretty cool toy. I’ve only seen it at 1 Walmart. The price is $17.97!”

Chris picked this toy up over a month ago. So, look out for it at Wal Marts. If you want to, I guess 🙂

EPISODE ONE STORY DISPLAY
03.07.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

My friend Noor Razzak is selling a cool Episode One store display bin from New Zealand on eBay. It was using the promotion for BlueBird snack foods, who did the Ep1 promotions in NZ, similar to Lays. Item number 277842742.


THE NEWS YOU WANTED TO HEAR!
03.06.00 | 4:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Oh yeah, we’ve been waiting years for this! It seems that the Carbon Freezing Chamber playset might well make it to retail after all! The official Hasbro Star Wars site at http://starwars.hasbro.com have posted some news today, in what seems the start of an attempt to use their website more (about time too). One of the things they address is the feedback they’ve gotten from fans on three main subjects – this playset, R2-D2 with hologram Leia, and the new 2000 cards.
They say that the Carbon Freeze playset was delayed rather than cancelled; they decided to wait until after Episode One was released to do the set. They are hard at work on this, and the chances of being able to buy this toy soon look pretty good!
They mention that R2-D2 with holo Leia was pulled from assortments to correct a mistake. That doesn’t really answer anything, because the mistake was corrected ages ago, and the corrected figure has been shipping 1 per case for months. So I don’t know what they’re talking about on that one.
As for the new cards, they say that they’re “thrilled” about having Obi-Wan and Vader on the new cards (I personally think they’d be 10 times better without the Obi pic). They do mention however, that they’re not finalized yet, and they will post pictures of the finished cards in the near future.
That’s the main points from their news update, head over there for the full post!

Update: According to the Hasbro site, there are 2 new Wal Mart exclusive items due out this month. The Falumpaset with Ammo Wagon (noo!) is a Wa Mart exclusive, which accounts for why it wasn’t shown at Toy Fair. The second exclusive item is called “Hungry Hero Jar Jar” – squeeze belly to see tongue extend – speaks 8 movie phrases. Sounds like another Hasbro bestseller.

PLANO CONVENTION 
03.06.00 | 2:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The next Sci-Fi Expo in Plano, Texas is on the 18-19th March. Star Wars guests include: Shannon Baksa (portrays Mara Jade – customers will be able to win a date with her at the show!), Timothy Zahn (Star Wars author who created Jade), Richard Le Parmentier (Admiral Motti), Mike Quinn (played Nien Numb and Ree-Yees – first ever convention appearance!).
Also appearing Linda Harrison (Planet of the Apes) and Richard Herd (V the Final Batle, Seaquest and more).
Check out the Sci Fi Expo website for more details!

HOLOGRAM UPDATE 
03.06.00 | 2:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The holo figures found at Wal Mart this weekend retailed for $9.96. Thanks again to Darth Menace for the info!


CREATE A CARD CONTEST 
03.05.00 | 9:15pm EST | posted by dlr

This pertains to the Rebelscum.com contest for creating a new card back for the figures after seeing what HASBRO is planning to launch down our throats later this year. I found this very well done card through a link over at The Bounty Hunter’s Collective. If you are planning on entering be ready cause some of these are going to look so professional that you will not be able to tell a difference!

UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- Hey guys, I didn’t do these cards- They were done by ENGLEHAST. I found the link to them at Bounty Hunter’s Collective.

HOLO MAUL CARDED 
03.05.00 | 2:52pm EST | posted by Gonk

Here are pics of the new Hologram Darth Maul carded. The pics are kinda small though. Thanks to Jeff for the pics.
Front
Back

CARDBACKS FOR SALE
03.05.00 | 2:44pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Watto has over 200 figure card backs for sale – orange, green, green holo, green flashback, green commtech. Prices are negotiable – if you’re interested in these for customizing, contact watto@yakface.com. All the cards are in excellent condition with the bubbles sliced off.

HOLO MAUL AND QUI-GON HIT SHELVES
03.05.00 | 6:15am EST | posted by Tarpals

Darth Menace reports finding the new Hologram Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn figures in a local Wal Mart. Darth Menace mentions that packaging is similar to Epic Force – you can press the button to light up the figure, but you can’t rotate it. The same store – in Richland center, WI – had TC-14, R2-B1, and R2-D2 with hologram Leia too. This definitely seems to be a big push from Hasbro for the release of the Episode One video next month.

TOYS R US SALE STARTS TODAY
03.05.00 | 6:15am EST | posted by Tarpals

Patrick sent in some info on the new TRU sale, which does start today. There are two offers, buy one get one free, and also if you spend $20 on Hasbro, Parker Brothers or Milton Bradley board games, you get the Star Wars Episode One Monopoly set free! The supplies on the E1 Monopoly are short (Patrick’s store got 50). So, check out TRU today if you get a chance!


NEW AT FBTB – YOU ASK LEGO! 
03.04.00 | 10:15pm EST | posted by swlegomaniac

A new regular feature at FBTB is a monthly Q&A with LEGO! Check out the Yak’s LEGO section in our Menu Selection to the right!

12″ QUI-GON & AMIDALA LOOSE
03.04.00 | 9:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Here is a new loose picture of the upcoming 12″ Portrait Edition Qui-Gon Jinn/Queen Amidala 2 pack. In case you missed it when it was posted a whle back, here is the boxed picture.

BRIAN’S TOYS NEWSLETTER #29
03.04.00 | 7:42pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Brian’s Toys newsletter #29 is now available for you to read. This month’s specials include the Purchase of the Droids for $8, and this week’s giveaway is a 12″ vintage Han Solo. Check it out!

TIGER 2000 
03.04.00 | 12:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

RTM have posted info and pics of Tiger’s 2000 line, which includes some new Star Wars stuff. Go direct to the page here – thanks to Jim Abell for the news!

COLLECTING ARTICLE 
03.04.00 | 11:40am EST | posted by Tarpals

George Collazo sent in an article for you to check out. In it, he looks at the choice of buying the many standard, common figures, or saving your money for those limited edition items, such as a Yoda Limoge. He also gives you tips on how to photograph your items! Check it out, and please send your feedback to George – his e-mail address is at the foot of the article.

MORE TWO FOR ONE
03.04.00 | 11:40am EST | posted by Tarpals

Jer reports that the 2 for 1 deal that is available on TheToyShop is also available in the Entertainer stores (that’s their website). This was at his local store in Milton Keynes. £7 for two figures. They’re not optional though, there are certain “two packs” avaiable.
The store also got a pile of Italian Action Fleet vessels (TIE Bomber, Interceptor, Fighter & Vader’s TIE, Slave 1, Sandcrawler and Rancor) for £7 each, the Star Destroyer and Rebel Blockade Runner from the Collector’s Fleet at £16.


HASBRO’S WHITE KNIGHT 
03.03.00 | 9:30pm EST | posted by dlr

David Gayler writes in for a new SpeakUp! & actually takes Hasbro’s side. Will the insanity ever stop? 🙂

WATTO’S BOX COMING SOON 
03.03.00 | 9:15pm EST | posted by dlr

Many people have inquired to the yakstaff about any knowledge concerning the cinema scene “Watto’s Box” and when if ever the fan club will get this item in stock. Well this email landed in my bin today from fan club pres. Dan Madsen-

“hey there – we are already working on it – we are scheduled to bring in several hundred Watto’s Box Cinema Scenes in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned….”

VIDEO OFFERS! 
03.03.00 | 7:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Jedivalkyrie sent in this info on the video promotions at TRU and WalMart in Jackson, TN:
Toys R Us: There is a sign on the door proclaiming that for every Ep 1 video you reserve, your name is entered in a raffle for the huge Millennium Falcon display hanging in the action figure aisle. Basically, you get one chance for $5. The sign also says that the offer is only good at stores which still have the ship on display. Worth checking into at your local store, even if you pre-order from another place.
Wal Mart: The Wal Mart display is a 10 foot long Anakin’s Podracer hanging from the ceiling, where the pod and cables are inflatable, and the engines are cardboard. I didn’t see that you could pre-order the video there, but they will have it for sale (obviously). It would be a cool item to get ahold of after the video comes out.”

CREATE A CARD CONTEST
03.03.00 | 5:50pm EST | posted by dlr

The folks over at Rebelscum are holding a contest to design what you think would be a cool new Star Wars card! head over there for the details.

REBEL PILOTS 
03.03.00 | 5:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Ok, I don’t want to fill up the news with Rebel Pilots posts, so I’ll make this the last, unless you hear that eToys will actually be shipping your Pilots set.
This info on eToys comes from Matt:

“I called customer service and they told me I should have been informed by now that they don’t have any and will not have any either. They cancelled my order and made sure no charges were made to my card. I then called D & S toys and they still have the Rebel pilots so I ordered on from there. It cost $24.00 plus shipping but I also got the Commtech Leia, Motti, Vader and Jawa and the shipping on the whole package was only $4.50!! I got a personal email about the motti wave so not sure if they have many, and they have a waiting list for commtech stormtroopers.”

ON EBAY TODAY…
03.03.00 | 5:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

A quick mention of a couple of interesting items over on eBay.
Brant is selling off quite a few items from his collection, including some very cool and tough to find foreign Star Wars cans from as far away as Thailand. Look for seller id samtheq@aol.com
Rob is selling a 12″ Lili Ledy Tusken Raider figure, MIB – item number 274574049.

ETOYS UPDATE 
03.03.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Stacks of mail about the Rebel Pilots sets. Some people haven’t been informed of any problem, some have received mail from eToys saying the item has been discontinued! I have confirmation that the cinema scene line is definitely finished, but I don’t know if Hasbro are still shipping them. I think it’s probably just an error on eToys part, and if you’ve not been contacted at all about your order, it might be a good idea to contact them and check it out.

DESTINY CAN
03.03.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Mos Espa have the “Destiny” can – not figures in action! I apoligize about that, just getting a little “copy and paste” happy! Thanks to the puzzled people who wrote in.


TOPPS EP1 3-D CARDS 
03.02.00 | 10:00pm EST | posted by dlr

News on these cards- Each pack only contains 2 cards! One case has 36 packs. Each pack will retail for $2.95! The complete basic set contains 46 cards! There are also insert cards that are motion cards showing different movie scenes! $2.95 for two cards? Nooooooooo!

CASE ASSORTMENTS 
03.02.00 | 9:00pm EST | posted by dlr

I recently placed an order with anotheruniverse.com for a case of MATRIX figures and in the package they sent me some nifty catalogs which list future case breakdowns for Star Wars figures. Now there are no case numbers listed, only SKU’s for their ordering system. I will however list the cases and there is only one case with dates they expect them to be shipping-

Case ? – Shipping late April – [12 figures] – includes – 1 Darth Vader, 1 Princess Leia, 3 Chewbacca’s, 3 Jek Porkins, & 4 Obi-Wan’s.

Case ? – [16 figures] – includes – 2 Capt Tarpals, 2 Pod Pilot #2?, 2 TC-14, 2 Astromech droid, 3 Mas Amedda, 3 Coruscant Guard, & 3 Tusken Raider.

Case ? – [16 figures] – includes – 1 Yoda, 1 Naboo Foot Soldier, 2 Darth Sidiois HOLO, 2 Naboo Royal Guard, 3 Queen Amidala, 3 Sio Bibble, 4 Pit Droid two packs.

Case ? – [16 figures] – includes – 1 Amidala (Coruscant), 2 Darth Maul (sith), 1 Obi Wan (hood up), 1 Jar Jar (swamp), 2 Qui-Gon Jinn, 1 Destroyer Droid, 2 R2-D2, 3 Obi Wan, 3 Queen Decoy.

Now there were other cases listed that had items that are currently shipping and there might have been another case or two that was just a rehash of one above with different numbers in it. Still I just wanted to pass along what seems to be coming- Hopefully these will all hit the end of april 🙂

TRU SALE MEMO 
03.02.00 | 9:00pm EST | posted by dlr

Jason reports-

Just thought I’d pass this along. I was at the downtown Chicago TRU today at lunch and saw a couple of cases in the back. A helpful employee opened one up and it was full of Ki Adi Mundi. I thought it was just a repacked box and figured the other cases were too and left the store. After I got home I went to the TRU in my suburb and the Star Wars pegs were covered with Ki Adi Mundis and Captain Tarpals. I wonder if they are shipping solid cases of figures for their sale or if these were overstock just waiting to be put out for their sale. I don’t know, but it was strange.”

DESTINY BACK IN STOCK
03.02.00 | 5:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Mos Espa have the “Destiny” can back in stock. This is a really cool can…wish I could afford one 🙂 If you missed it last time, they’ve got a few more, so check it out! Thanks to Robert C for the info.

SHMI SKYWALKER & HOLO NUTE
03.02.00 | 4:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Figuresinaction have posted pics of the upcoming Shmi Skywalker and Nute Gunray (Holograph) figures – go see!

WUHER COMMTECH 
03.02.00 | 4:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Jed sent in Commtech chip sounds for the new Wuher figure in MP3 format. Check ’em out!
Droid Alarm
“Hey, we don’t serve their kind here.”
“Your droids, they’ll have to wait outside.”
“No blasters!”

ETOYS UPDATE 
03.02.00 | 4:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Scooby ordered the Rebel Pilots set from eToys, and was told it was shipped. Then 2 days later, he got an e-mail to say that the item was out of stock! So, it appears this item hasn’t shipped. If you ordered and have not been told it it out of stock, or have even received it, please let me know.

Wampa points out that eToys have a sale on just now, and you can pick up the electronic Naboo Fighter for just $6.99!

Update: More on the Rebel Pilots. I’ve heard from a few more people who didn’t get the item, and Jim Kerr sent in a copy of the e-mail he got from eToys. It’s too long to copy out here, but basically, they took orders then discovered that the item wasn’t actually available. They expect more in soon, and – if you choose – they will put it on backorder for you, for when they do get them in stock.

JAPANESE JEDI SPIRITS
03.02.00 | 4:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Paul is selling his set of Japanese bootleg Jedi Spirits, made a few years back. Check em out on eBay – item number 273968484.

GET EP1 DISPLAYS!
03.02.00 | 4:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Pete S:
“Just thought I’d let you know, now is the time to go to Toys R Us for Star Wars displays. I noticed the other day my local TRU was reconfiguring their Star Wars displays to separate regular priced items from sale items. In doing so they are disposing of a lot of the panoramic movies scene cardboard displays in order to accommodate the new arrangements. Seizing the opportunity I inquired what their plans were for the now dismantled displays.Their solution, give them to me. : ) I am assuming that this is probably taking place or soon will be at TRU’s everywhere. If so, now is certainly the time to check your local TRU for some cool freebies.”

EE NEWS FEED
03.02.00 | 9:20am EST | posted by Gonk

The waves keep coming! The latest from Hasbro is now in stock. E1 Asst. Coll. 1 (Wave 11) (Item #84085K, $149.99) contains 3x Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master with cloth accessories) 3x Destroyer Droid with Battle Damage, 1x Jar Jar Binks – Naboo Swamp with Fish, 2x Anakin Naboo Pilot, 2x Obi Wan Kenobi (Jedi Knight), 3x Darth Maul (Sith Lord), 2x Darth Maul Tatooine only at Entertainment Earth.


NEW DEFORMED JAPANESE FIGURES
03.01.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

There is a new series of cool looking “deformed” Episode One figures to be distributed in Japan by TOMY. Not sure if these’ll come to the States…these things haven’t really appeared before. Check them out!
Battle Droid
R2-D2
Yoda
Jar Jar Binks
Darth Maul

COMMTECH DISPLAY 
03.01.00 | 6:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Brad pointed out an unused Episode One Commtech Reader display unit on eBay – item number 272551114. These units make great display pieces.

COLLECTORS CLUBS 
03.01.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Collectors’ Clubs page has been updated, so check it out if you’re looking for clubs in your area!

TIMELESS TOYS 
03.01.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Quite a few items have been found recently at Timeless Toys in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Items include the new Destroyer Droid wave (all gone…), Maul/Obi-Wan Final Lightsaber Duel pack, Mynock Hunts and Rebel Pilots. Thanks to all those who’ve written in about them, and you can call them on (503) 675-8548.

VIDEO WITH EXCLUSIVE POSTER
03.01.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The official Fox site is offering an exclusive free poster with pre-orders for TPM on video. Check it out here – thanks to Pete S for the news. Looks like the same one starwars.com are offering…

FAN CLUB BATTLE DROIDS
03.01.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Fan Club “bonus battle droid” pairs are hitting mailboxes now, with the holo-backed passes. Thanks to CIRE111 for the news!

COLLECTION SALE 
03.01.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

“Deeceman” is selling off his collection over on eBay – search for item number 273163015.

TRU 2 FOR 1 SALE
03.01.00 | 12:55pm EST | posted by Gonk

Just a reminder then TRU 2 for 1 Ep I figure sale starts on Sunday. The sale also applys to figures sold on their website as well. Thanks to Darren for the news.

OUTPOST COLLECTIBLES SALE
03.01.00 | 7:00am EST | posted by dlr

An old friend of mine is trying to clear out what he has left of his Star Wars stock and prices seem pretty good. There’s not much there but it is worth a look. Check it all out here.

January 2000 Archive

Custom Holo Maul and Sidious
posted by Gonk @ 10:45 pm (1/31)

If anyone is interested in a custom Holo Maul and Sidious it is $40 plus shipping for the pair of figs. Here is a pic of the figures. E-mail Watto if interested.

Giant Naboo Fighter Raffle
posted by Gonk @ 10:45 pm (1/31)

It seems that Wal-marts nationwide are now raffling off the giant Naboo Fighters that they had on hanging in their toy aisles. I can confirm this since both Wal-marts near me are doing the samething. Thanks to Brent and Becky for the news.

12″ Darth Maul at Kbkids.com
posted by Gonk @ 10:45 pm (1/31)

Kbkids.com has the 12″ Darth Maul in stock. Thanks to Eric for the news.

Fix your Hyperdrive
posted by Tarpals @ 2:05 pm (1/31)

If you are stuck on Tatooine with a leaking Hyperdrive unit, give Timeless Toys a call on (503) 675 8548. They have the Hyperdrive Repair Kit accessory set in stock for $5. Thanks to David Harrell for the info!

Update: Looks like you’d better head for the local junk shop, Timeless Toys are sold out. They are trying to get more in…but as you know that might prove difficult. Thanks to Brian for the update.

Battle-Damaged Destroyer Droid – Card Back
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/31)

Check out this scan of the back of the new Destroyer Droid’s card. As you can see, no Commtech lines, and bigger text on the movie summary. Many thanks to Kenneth for the use of his scan – he is selling this figure over on eBay – check out item number 250008040!

Cinema Scene Update
posted by Tarpals @ 12:10 pm (1/31)

As we get closer to Toy Fair 2000, it seems even more likely, if not almost certain, that the classic Star Wars cinema scenes are indeed dead, as reported recently by figuresinaction.com. Darthcloud, who works at a TRU store, wrote in to say that they cannot reorder the Classic Cinema Scenes (Rebel Pilots and Skiff Guards). Episode One, however, seem to be available to them, and so we might see more of them at Toy Fair. Be patient just a little longer 🙂

MORE Video News
posted by Tarpals @ 5:20 pm (1/30)

You can pre-order the collectors widescreen edition of the video now at Amazon.com – their price is 25% off retail.
Sax1panam wrote in to say that his Best Buy store in South Texas told him that you get the Insider’s Guide CD-ROM when you pick up the video rather than when you reserve it.

Update: I got two reports, from Brad and A.J., who both got the Insider’s Guide when they pre-ordered the video. It doesn’t come in the normal retail box, but comes in a sleeve. Click here to see a scan Brad sent in.

Update: Here’s what is definitely the best price around just now for the Collector’s Edition of the video: BUY.com have it in for $24.99, but you can use this coupon to get $10 off, and the total is $18.94 including shipping. Great deal – thanks to sHa for the news!
Jedi Joe sent in this bit of info on buy.com:
“Just a note to let you know about buy.com. I have a dvd player and have ordered dvds from them. Buy.com can be cheap but they are very slow, I wouldn’t expect to get EP1 on the April 4 street date from buy.com; sometimes it takes up to 3 weeks to get your order. What I have done is order fromreel.com. The collectors edition is $33 but if you use a $10 off coupon it would only be 23 plus 1.95 shipping.”
You can use this $10 code: REELWEST – Matt Stone contributed this recently, but that news item seems to have vanished!

Update 2: sHa sent in this about Buy.com, against what’s said above:
“I too have a DVD player and have used both BUY.COM and REEL.COM to order DVD’s – this guy’s report is completely untrue – I have noticed NO difference in speed or expedition of delivery between the two. In fact last month I ordered the South Park DVD on a Monday morning and had it Thursday morning via Priority Mail (standard Buy.com shipping). Sure, his orders might have taken awhile but don’t brand BUY.COM as taking forever to ship because of one guys order, because with at least 10 DVD and computer game purchases from BUY, I have had ZERO delays or hassles.
Besides that – can anyone ordering online expect to receive their item on the street date of the 4th ? My understanding is that they will not be able to ship UNTIL the street date, although I could be mistaken here.”

Update 2: OK, more e-mail from others who now disagree with sHa. Let’s just say that it’s a great price, but there is a chance it might not get to you as instantly as you might like. If that bothers you – there are many many other places to order.

New Waves in at New Singapore Store
posted by Tarpals @ 1:10 pm (1/30)

Peter from Singapore sent in this address of a new toy store over there called Toys U1 which stocks Star Wars and Japanese toys. They have Motti wave, Jar Jar Naboo Swamp wave and the Faamba in stock NOW. If you live around there, you might wanna check it out:
Toys UI
35, Selegie Road #03-19
Parklane Shopping Mall
Singapore 188307
Phone #: (+65) 3384300
They are closed Sundays, and do remember that Singapore are 12 hours ahead of EST. This store does not export overseas, but if you want to buy something, e-mail hktoys@hotmail.com to arrange shipping. Store hours are from 12pm – 8:30 pm.

M & M Collectibles newsfeed
posted by Tarpals @ 1:10 pm (1/30)

We want your business. For two days ONLY!!! January 30th and 31st, 2000.
All NEW Customers ONLY will receive 30% off all orders. That’s right EVERYTHING in stock (except 6′ Naboo Fighter) for new customers is 30% off.
Mark and Megan
M and M Collectibles
http://www.mandmcollectibles.com
http://www.phantommenacetoys.com

Jar Jar (Naboo Swamp) Commtech Lines
posted by Tarpals @ 11:15 am (1/30)

Taztaztaz sent in the Commtech lines for Jar Jar, to follow on from the Qui-Gon and Destroyer Droid lines posted earlier. Since the lines are not printed on the card back, you can appreciate that trying to understand Jar Jar’s lines is no easy task!! So this is certainly what is sounded like to Taztaztaz:
“HaWu”
“Have you Ta Bu Visir Val”
“Me sir Jar Ha (or Hug)”
“Exqueeze me….. We should go into the water O Key Day”
As I say, this really must have been hard to understand!! If any readers speak good Gungan (!!) and think they could decipher this, please drop me a line!

Update: Attempt number one (and it looks pretty good to me) comes from Scumdog45. Possibilities for these lines are:
HaWu= How Wude
Have you Ta Bu Visar Val= Mesa take you to da bosses now (?)
Me sir Jar Ha= Mesa Jar Jar
And the last one is pretty self-explanitory.
If you think you can improve on that, write in!

Update 2: We’ve established that “HaWu” is “How Wude”. And John Steede sent in this idea: “The “Have you Ta Bu Visir Val” might have been a yell like when the jedi and the pathetic lifeform go to Ohta Gunga. That really high pitched yell Jar Jar makes when entering the water? Maybe it is a sound the fish makes?” Ok, so we’ve got everything here, even fish Commtech lines 🙂 Will we ever find out what these are?

New Wave: Commtech Lines
posted by Tarpals @ 6:55 am (1/30)

As of the new Classic Motti wave, Star Wars figures are not going to have their Commtech lines printed on their card backs. The Fan Club Wuher figure (at least the first version) does have this printed. There is a piece of black tape, presumably covering an unnecessary warning label, on the Wuher preview photo card front, which means there’s an error on the card. If they changed it during production it is possible that they could remove the chip lines as well. But don’t count on it.
Anyway, here are the Commtech lines for the new Battle-Damaged Destroyer Droid and Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (that’s the name of the soft goods Qui-Gon):

Battle Damaged Destroyer Droid:
“Master, Destroyers…<laser fire and lightsaber sounds>…They have shield generators!”
Sound of Destroyer Droid rolling, opening then firing

Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn:
“You over estimate your skills.”
“Obi-Wan he will bring balance…train him.”
“Obi-Wan, wait, we must attack in on force.”

I think it’s quite sad that they have to make up lines for Qui-Gon since he has so many lines in the movie itself.

Update: This is the case assortment that has been getting ready to ship over to the States. This is a real case assortment and not an indication given out for advance orders (the listings posted recently came from an online source that sells figures by the case). This breakdown was sent in by Taztaztaz:
1x Jar Jar Binks (Naboo Swamp) with Fish, 3x Destroyer Droid (Battle Damage), 2x Darth Maul (Tatooine), 2x Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Knight), 2x Anakin Skywalker (Naboo Pilot), 3x Darth Maul (Sith Lord), 3x Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master).
The following case is the Motti wave. This has been confirmed by a few sources, Entertainment Earth, Dave Ross of Startoys and Collectables and now Taztaztaz too. Again, this case has been found in the Far East:
2x Luke Skywalker, 2x Darth Vader, 1x StormTrooper, 1x Han Solo, 3x Princess Leia, 3x Admiral Motti

Update: The following figures are shown on the backs of the new Collection 1 cards: Anakin Naboo Pilot, battle Droid, Obi-Wan Jedi Knight, Jar Jar Naboo Swamp, Maul Tatooine, Maul Sith Lord, Battle Damaged Destroyer and Jedi Master Qui-Gon. And they’re all .0000 cards.

Final Lightsaber Duel Out
posted by Tarpals @ 6:55 am (1/30)

Jed picked up the Obi-Wan Kenobi/Darth Maul “Final Lightsaber Duel” 2 pack at Timeless Toys in Lake Oswego, Oregon. They had a few cases of them, and for the variation collectors, it was a .0100 card.

Update: It seems that this is priced at $14.99 retail. Thanks to Jed for the update.

Free Lithograph
posted by Tarpals @ 6:55 am (1/30)

If you reserve the Ep1 video at a book chain called Hasting, you get a free limited edition (10,000) lithograph of Maul fighting Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon and also a gift card. You get them when you receive the video. Thanks to Sax1panam for the info.

Brian’s Toys Newsletter #23
posted by Tarpals @ 5:15 pm (1/29)

Brian’s Toys Newsletter #23 is available for you to read now. This issue’s special is the 12″ Slave Leia and R2-D2 twin pack for $45. Check it out for more great deals!

Chronicle Books Postcard
posted by Boba Faid @ 3:45 pm (1/29)

I received a post card in the mail yesterday from Chronicle Books. Written on it is: “Visit us often athttp://www.chroniclebooks.com/starwars.html. Through March 31st, with every Star Wars order over for $25.00 or more, recieve a FREE Star Wars Log Book, a $12.95 blank journal with Star Wars quotes to inspire fans everywhere.”

Thing is, I have no idea how I got this, as I havent solicited my address to any Star Wars related company.

12″ Electronic C-3PO
posted by Tarpals @ 3:25 pm (1/29)

Muftak found the 12″ Electronic C-3PO figure at a Wal-Mart in Lake Zurich, IL. It was $21.96.

Target.com deals
posted by Tarpals @ 3:25 pm (1/29)

Target.com have the Jabba the Hutt beast pack for $12.99, Gungan Sub (Lego) for $12, Maul mask for $6 and Jar Jar mask for $5. Thanks to Shawn and Justin for the news.

Update: Jabba is gone, thanks to all who wrote in. And so’s the Sub, thanks to Keith for the news.

Update 2: Horse_Head pointed me towards this link where you can see the Star Wars sale items. Note that although some items appear on that page, when you click them they are out of stock.

Gungan Assault Cannon
posted by Tarpals @ 1:15 pm (1/29)

I’m have many reports of people finding the Jar Jar Binks and Gungan Assault Cannon set. These are coming 3 per case, along with 3 Armored Scout Tanks. Rob adds that the Jar Jar has no leg articulation. They are all being found at Toys R Us stores at the moment, but they should spread very soon.

Great TRU deals!
posted by Tarpals @ 1:15 pm (1/29)

Lots of people wrote in to say that some TRU stores are putting ut the following vehicles, all at $9.97 each: AT-AT, A-Wing, Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter, Slave I, T-16 Skyhopper. Fantastic deals there, especially on the AT-AT, where you’re getting the great vehicle plus 2 cool figures for under $10.

Holographic Maul and Qui-Gon
posted by Tarpals @ 1:15 pm (1/29)

Toymaniacs have updated their site again with close-ups of the holographic Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Maul figures. I as hoping that their image would be big enough to see if the Maul had been improved since we saw the prototype in Action Figure News recently, but the image is broken at the moment. I’m sure it will be available again later, so check back soon. Thanks to David for the info.

Update: They’ve fixed their link. And no, Maul’s not improved.

Pre-Sell Giveaways
posted by Tarpals @ 1:15 pm (1/29)

Some news on pre-sells. Matt, who works at Best Buy, wrote in to say that they are giving away the FULL version of the Episode One: Insider’s Guide CD-ROM from Lucasarts when you reserve either video at their store! That’s a great deal, it retails for $20. Their pre-sell begins tomorrow (30th Jan) and goes on until the last week of February. Darth Mazza also wrote in backing up this info. Thanks!

TRU, in case you didn’t know, are giving away a special plastic foil video case. Thanks to “Brutal” for the info.

K-Mart pre-sell
posted by Tarpals @ 8:25 pm (1/28)

The K-Mart video pre-sell is due to begin on Sunday. In case you’re wondering why we’ve got so much on these pre-sells today, it’s because almost all the pre-sells start in the next few days, and since some places are giving away better free gifts than others, we think it’s cool to be able to decide what you want 🙂

Gary’s Collection Sale
posted by Tarpals @ 6:00 pm (1/28)

If you wrote to Gary Weaver II about his collection sale, please hold on until the end of the week/Monday. Gary’s been hit with a family emergency, and he’s had to run for a few days. If you haven’t already, please do read the update I added to last night’s post, which regards the list of items for sale I posted.

Video Pre-sell info
posted by Tarpals @ 1:45 pm (1/28)

Some info on the pre-sell of Episode One on video. This first info comes from DarthMazza:
“I work at Best Buy and everyweek a newsletter comes out for employees called, “Retail Weekly”. In the latest, it talks of the Episode 1 presell. Best Buy will be taking two kinds of presells, the first one being the normal movie, the other is the “Collector’s Edition Presell”. The normal movie will presell for $15.99 – $19.99, I can’t remember which. The collector’s edition will presell at $29.99 including extras not found elsewhere. Each presell will go for $5.”

This next piece of info is from “wolves21”:
“I called up my local Suncoast video store to order the collectible widescreen version. I received more information from the store manager. The collectible widescreen version will not be sold in the store (Suncoast,anyway) you can only get it through the preorder. Apparently there is a very limited quantity of this collectible version made. The collectible card you get with the preorder is an unusable gift card with Darth Maul. The first 100 (not 200 as was reported) receive a pewter key chain of a light saber and you pick it up when you pick up the video.”

Also note that Starwars.com have the video up for pre-order now too, as I reported earlier today. It comes with a free poster, that is pictured on the site.

Update: Christopher Epps also wrote in about Suncoast, while he says that the Maul gift card you receive is in the value of your deposit on the video. When you come back to get the video in April, you can keep the card and you can add money to it and give it away as a gift/use it again. So, two comflicting stories on this Maul card – does anyone know for sure the real story?

Update 2: Christopher Epps sent in a scan of the card, which you can check out here. The writing is a little small, so here’s what it says:
CAN ONLY BE REDEEMED FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 – THE PHANTOM MENACE VIDEO.
STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 – THE PHANTOM MENACE AVAILABLE APRIL 4, 2000.
NOT REDEEMABLE BEFORE APRIL 4, 2000
YOU WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP THIS COLLECTIBLE GIFT CARD AFTER VIDEO PURCHASE. ADDITIONAL VALUE MAY BE LOADED ON TO CARD.
CARD MAY BE USED ONLINE OR IN OVER 1300 SAM GOODY, MUSICLAND, MEDIA PLAY, ON CUE, AND SUNCOAST STORES.
TREAT THIS CARD LIKE CASH; NOT REPLACED IF STOLEN OR LOST.

Update 3: Pete S reserved his copy, and he was given a 1996 Applause Yoda figure as well. Don’t know if this is happening everywhere. (Matt Newman adds that this is the Yoda figure that was given away when you pre-ordered the Special Edition videos).

Gungan Assault Cannon pics
posted by Tarpals @ 1:45 pm (1/28)

My thanks go to my buddy Dave Ross from Startoys and Collectables for these images of the upcoming Gungan Assault Cannon with Jar Jar Binks. This ships next month:

Box front
Window detail
Box back
Assault cannon info
Missle firing action.

Invasion Force Gungan Sub
posted by Tarpals @ 1:55 pm (1/28)

The Outer Rim have posted some pics of the prototype Invasion Force Gungan Sub vehicle. The finished version will come with an Obi-Wan figure too, and will be packaged similarly to the Gungan Shield Generator in the post above. Anyway, head over and check it out! I think those colors are nicer than the final one will be.

Case assortments
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 am (1/28)

Here’s a whole run-down of upcoming case assortments thanks to Paul! It gives release dates for items as well, and it does confirm that the Gungan Sub with Obi-Wan and the Darth Maul with Sith Infiltrator are Invasion Force toys 🙁 Enjoy the rest of the list.

Col 1.
Darth Maul (Tatooine)X3
Darth Maul (Sith Lord)X2
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Hood Up)X2
Anakin Naboo Pilot X1
Jar Jar Naboo Swamp x3
Qui-Gon Jinn x3
Destroyer Droid 2
Estimated ship date: February 2000

Col 2
R2-D2 x1
Captain Panaka x1
Darth Sidious (Hologram)x2
Naboo Royal Guard x2
Queen Amidala x3
Sio Bibble x3
Pit Droid 2-Pack x4
Estimated ship date: March 2000

Naboo Royal Guard x2
Queen Amidala x2
Sio Bibble x1
Pit Droid 2-Pack x3
Nute Gunray (holograph) x2
Gungan Warrior x3
Boss Nass (Naboo Temple)x3
Estimated ship date: June 2000

Naboo Royal Guard x1
Queen Amidala x1
Sio Bibble x2
Pit Droid 2-Pack x2
Nute Gunray (holograph) x2
Gungan Warrior x3
Boss Nass (Naboo Temple) x2
Battle Droid (Red Security) x3
Estimated ship date: July 2000

Col. 3
Captain Tarpals x1
Ody Mandrell w/ Pit Droid x2
TC-14 x2
Astromech Droid x2
Mas Amedda x3
Tusken Raider x3
Coruscant Guard x3
Estimated ship date: April 2000

Invasion Force
Battle Droid Laser Pod x3
Gungan Shield Generator x3
Estimated ship date: February 2000

Battle Droid Laser Pod x1
Gungan Shield Generator x1
Gungan Mini Sub x4
Estimated ship date: April 2000

Battle Droid Laser Pod x1
Gungan Shield Generator x1
Gungan Mini Sub x1
Sith Infiltrator x3
Estimated ship date: May 2000

Jedi Power Figures
Obi-Wan Kenobi x3
Darth Maul x3
Estimated ship date: August 2000

Darth Maul x6
Estimated ship date: August 2000

2 pack figures
Darth Maul vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi x6
Estimated ship date: February 2000

Darth Maul and Darth Vader x6
Estimated ship date: August 2000

Carded Soft Goods Qui-Gon and more
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 am (1/28)

Toy Maniacs have posted more (small) pictures of new figures. This time it’s Soft Goods Qui-Gon, Naboo Swamp Jar Jar, and Exploding Droideka. This seems to be the next wave of Episode One figures you’ll see in stores. Thanks to David for the info.

Motti and Leia images
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 am (1/28)

The Toyguide has been updated again, with the promised Admiral Motti and Princess Leia figure pictures. Check them out.

Star Wars Homing Beacon #1
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 am (1/28)

The Star Wars Homing Beacon #1 hit mailboxes last night, and it includes some great info. Startingtoday you’ll be able to pre-order your Episode One video on starwars.com, and get a free exclusive poster! If you forgot to subscribe, you can read the newsletter here.

K-Mart Pre-Sell
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 am (1/28)

K-Mart have a give-away offer when you pre-order their Ep1 video. You can see the offer on the presell ticket. Thanks to Randy for the scan.

PhantomMenaceToys newsfeed
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 am (1/28)

New Products/Specials – Phantommenacetoys.com:

Just in today! The new Armored Scout Tank (Like the vintage Mini-Rigs) with exclusive Battle Droid (Blue Pilot Droid) – $12.99

This weeks web special is a 3 pack of Gungan Figures for $9.99. You get Jar Jar, Captain Tarpals and Boss Nass.

This weeks mailing list special is an Accessory Set 4-Pack – Naboo, Underwater, Tatooine and Sith for only $9.99!

Skiff for sale!
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 am (1/28)

There’s a cool auction up now on eBay for a painted Tatooine Skiff salesman sample. Item number 247782113.

QVC Star Wars
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 am (1/28)

There is a QVC Star Wars show tonight at 9pm (not sure which time zone, check your local listings). Thanks to John for the info.

Gary’s “I Give Up” Collection sale!
posted by Tarpals @ 6:40 pm (1/27)

Gary Weaver II, whom I’m sure many of you will have heard of, has – just like hfsolo – become a little distressed about the state of the hobby just now, and he’s decided to sell of some of his collection. You can bid on parts of it over on eBay. Just hit search, and look for seller id: gw2@ix.netcom.com.

Gary sent in this info for all who’ve got in touch:

“I would like to thank everyone for their support and response. many have had genuine concerns that I am dropping Star Wars altogether. Please let me say that this in not the case. I still love Star Wars and will still continue to do custom figures and accessories (as well as a bunch of other neat things 🙂 Bottom line, I’ll still be around, don’t worry.

The demand to the sale thus far has been overwhelming to say the least 🙂 Sadly, I have not been able to respond as quickly as I might like. My printer failed last night so I was unable to cordinate everything as originaly planned. I will have th problem repaired tonight and hopefully you will hear confirmation late Friday evening. I may not be able to respond to everyone who sent a request (200-300 plus e-mails will do that to you). However, I will strive to do my best. As of right now I have requested the list pulled so I can update everything current and make the addition of some Episode 1 items. There will also, be some E1 Store displays and promo items added as well 🙂

Again, thanks for the response and I’ll seeing you soon,
Gary Weaver II”

IMPORTANT Update: Gary wrote in to say that he’s had a major family emergency and he’s not going to be available until Sunday or Monday at the earliest. Please hold on, and he will be back shortly.

Goodbye
posted by Hfsolo @ 4:10 pm (1/27)

Well I will say this. These past 5 years have been fun. I am leaving Yakface and moving on. I have had a great time with this page. I have enjoyed the friendships that I have made through the site. I will stay in contact and you can still email me. If you have any questions about the site feel free to drop a line to the group email above. I want to thank everyone that I have made deals with over the past 5 years. You have all helped my collecting experience in Star Wars be the best it could. It is a sad state that Star Wars collecting is in now. I have heard many repsonses from the real fans and the real fan sites that they are selling their collections as they are burnt out. The site here is staying and you can always count on the news here being trust worthy and the updates will continue to be as often as they are now.

Have a great time collecting, good luck finding what you are looking for.

Sincerely,

Hfsolo

Jedi Power Battles
posted by Tarpals @ 5:45 pm (1/27)

Gameinformer.com have posted a lot of info and new screenshots of “Jedi Power Battles”, including looks at Maul and Adi Gallia and info on ability to pilot STAPs and AATs! Thanks to Andy for the info!

Big K-Mart Grabs
posted by Boba Faid @ 4:10 pm (1/27)

Darth Eddie from Roanoke, Virginia, found some old figures (and I mean old – HoloFoil Luke, Monkey Faced Leia, Bespin Han, Ceremonial Luke) at his Big K-Mart for – get this – 29 cents each! Apparently, their old stock of toys had to be liquidated to make room for new 2000 merchandise. Not all were 29 cents though, some other old figures rang up to close to $6.00. This is likely not at every K-Mart, but it can never hurt to ask.

Y-Wing in stock at FIA
posted by Boba Faid @ 4:10 pm (1/27)

Figures in Action has obtained the new Target exclusive Y-Wing months before it is to be released in the U.S. $70 shipped for the Y-Wing Boxed, which includes a Rebel Pilot and the built-in R2 Unit. Scans of the box, says Rich, will be added this weekend.

Rebel Pilots in stock
posted by Tarpals @ 4:10 pm (1/27)

Starshow.com have this set in stock (!) for $24.99. Thanks to Don for the info.

Interactive Yoda
posted by Tarpals @ 1:27 pm (1/27)

Pete S wrote in with this: “Here is a photo of the new interactive Yoda that was taken from a mini catalogue I received in the mail along with my Darth Maul phone from Frito Lay. Interestingly the photo shows the Yoda posed next to a blue lightsaber and states, ” Learn the ways of the force from the Jedi Master.”, and “Hone your lightsaber skills with interactive training.” Sounds pretty cool to me.”

Update: Andy sent in this scan of an article from the latest SW Galaxy Collector magazine. It tells you all about what the Yoda’s features are. This is a cool magazine, and it’s worth picking up if you see it.

Custom site
posted by Tarpals @ 11:25 am (1/27)

Quinnarama.com – head over now to see some of the most unusual custom ESB figures you’ve seen in a long time!

Cinema Scenes
posted by Tarpals @ 11:25 am (1/27)

TNC Magic list Rebel Pilots, Jabba’s Skiff Guards and the Ep1 Jabba beast pack on their site. Thanks to David for the info.

Update: Rebel Pilots are gone. Thanks James! So are Skiff Guards, thansk Zeke.

Collection for sale
posted by Tarpals @ 11:25 am (1/27)

Chris is selling off his collection in a huge number of no reserve auctions over on eBay. Search for seller id: 2000diamonds.

Motti and Leia Commtech Lines
posted by Gonk @ 9:40 pm (1/26)

Here are the Commtech Lines for the upcoming POTF figs.
New Leia:

– “I recognized your foul stench when i was brought on board”
– “Would somebody get this big walking carpet out of my way”

Admiral Motti:

– “your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebel’s hidden fortress”

Interesting Ebay Auction
posted by Gonk @ 6:20 pm (1/26)

Just an interesting auction I found in case anyone is interested. Auction #245359151 (Salesman Sample of the NEW Wuher) and #245354070 (Carded Admiral Motti and Hooded Princess Leia) oneBay.

 Interactive Yoda in Argos catalog(ue)
posted by Tarpals @ 4:45 pm (1/26)

Steve W wrote in to say that the Yoda Furby is scheduled for mid-Feb in the new Argos catalogue – which has nothing else in it 🙂 It’s priced at £35. The uk news hasn’t been forgotten – there just isn’t much of it 😉

UPDATE: Philip Ayres sent in more info on the new Argos, and Index catalogues. Argos picture Soft Goods Qui-Gon and Index sho Anakin Naboo Pilot, but as far as I’m aware, they have neither just now (definitely not the Qui-Gon, it’s not out). They will, perhaps, get them in in the future. Index have Maul sabers @ £29.99 and Qui-Gon sabers for £19.99. And the figure prices have been reduced by £1 – that’s something at least – but they are tri-logos…

Battle Droid and Pit Droid packs
posted by Tarpals @ 2:20 pm (1/26)

If you pre-ordered the battle droid 2 packs from the Fan Club, you’re probably expecting them now. Sadly, these have been slightly delayed and we’re looking at early February now. The Fan Club will soon be getting in some of the new Pit Droid 2 packs as well. In case you don’t know already, for 2000 the bonus Battle Droid has been replaced with a Pit Droid. 3 different colors of droid are available – red, orange and white. Each figure that is available comes with each color of droid – so far, the only 3 figures released in these packs are the soft goods wave. That’s 3 figures, but since each figure comes with one of 3 different colored Pit Droids, that makes 9 different sets. Sadly, it seems that these Pit Droid packs won’t be coming with one of the exclusive passes, which is a shame, because they’re really cool. Thanks to Dan Madsen for the info!

New Figure images
posted by Tarpals @ 8:40 am (1/26)

Check out this nice pic of the carded Final Lightsaber Duel 2 pack. The box back features three new figures – Exploding Destroyer Droid, Battle Worn Qui-Gon Jinn and Jar Jar Binks (Swamp version).
ToyManiacs have posted clean, but pretty small pictures of a bi-logo version of this same 2 pack, plus carded Admiral Motti, Princess Leia and the Tatooine Skiff. They’ve also got a loose Wuher pic.

R2-D2 with hologram Leia
posted by Tarpals @ 8:40 am (1/26)

Hope you’re not as sick of hearing about this figure as I am.
Anyway, sHa pre-ordered this figure at ToyTime.com in September. Last night, he received a message that said his order would not be filled because the manufacturer had cancelled their order for the figure. R2-D2 is still shipping in some Stormtrooper cases, so if you’ve not got one yet, Hasbro have not cancelled it, and it is out there.

Update: I spoke to Dan Madsen from the Star Wars Fan Club today about this situation. he told me that the Fan Club were working on getting these in, and it’s looking quite hopeful! So don’t despair – the Fan Club may save us again – hooray!

More on Wal-Mart
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 pm (1/25)

Mike wrote in to say that he found more Naboo Fighters at $8, Droid Fighters at $3, Ponda Baba 12″ wave for $5 each, both podracers at $6 each, and some older 12″ – Tarkin, Luke Hoth, Snowtrooper and Barquin D’an at $5 each, but in badly damaged boxes. Keep checking Wal-Mart stores, Mike’s prices dropped again yesterday. He bought a Naboo Fighter 2 days before for $11.

Update: Jedeyeben found the Theed Hanger playset – which we reported was on sale for $14 just 3 days ago – for only $5 at a Wal-Mart in Indiana.

Update 2: Sebulbadoug got the 12″ Pit Droid 2 pack for $5, even though the price on it was $9!

Target Temporary Price Cut
posted by Tarpals @ 1:50 pm (1/25)

This in from HunterESB: “I was in one of my local Target stores this morning and noticed something new. On one of the pegs was a “Temporary Price Cut” tag that lists an Episode I figure price of $4.99. The special is said to run from 1/16 to 2/5. However, when I checked a hand full of figures at the bar code scanner, only collection 1 figures kicked out the new price, all the rest (collections 2 & 3) came up at the regular price. Not the best price going, but at least it’s something.”

Update: Nathan Boyd saw this sale as well, and when the figures came up higher, he just asked and they put them in manually at $4.99. Just ask!

Rebel Pilots in stock
posted by Tarpals @ 12:15 pm (1/25)

D & S Sci-Fi World Toy World have this cool, but tough to find set in stock now at $24.99. You can visit their website to order or e-mail them at orders@dnstoys.com.

Ray Park.com opens
posted by Tarpals @ 8:35 am (1/25)

The Official Ray Park site has now opened, featuring many different sections, and a store where you can buy autographed pics of Ray. Check it out!

Jedi Knight Obi-Wan
posted by Tarpals @ 8:35 am (1/25)

An interesting observation thanks to Nalan. The Jedi Knight Obi-Wan figure has a braid in his hair…but aren’t Jedi meant to lose the braid when they become Jedi Knights? Not as if Hasbro are going to give all their figures a hair cut or anything, but interesting.

Collection for sale
posted by Tarpals @ 8:35 am (1/25)

Richard Ellis is selling off his collection over on eBay – item number 242062610.

Collectors Collections
posted by Tarpals @ 8:35 am (1/25)

TheJawa.com has opened a section for collectors to display their collections. Thanks to George Collazo for the info.

 Hasbro Canada petition
posted by Boba Faid @ 8:25 pm (1/24)

Fed up with Hasbro putting out figures in Canada months after they’re out in the States? Head over toThe Collector Connector, and sign the petition! We can make a difference!

New Wuher images and Classic C-3PO to come
posted by Tarpals @ 7:00 pm (1/24)

Here are some new images of the Wuher figure:
Bubble close-up
Commtech Chip lines
Our thanks go to Droideka for the use of the images! As you can see, the Wuher Commtech chip interacts with C-3PO, so we can expect a new C-3PO this year. As for what he’ll be, who knows…we’ve had clean, dirty, removable limbs. Dirty twice! I hope it’s a new sculpt of a clean C-3PO, we could do with one. And as Boba Faid mentioned to me, it’s likely to follow in the current trend and be from A New Hope. Will he come with an Oil Bath?

UPDATE: Scott wrote in to say that a toy store owner in Atlanta recently showed him a list of upcoming toys for this year, and among them was a C-3PO – with removable limbs. Not ANH…so it doesn’t really tie in with the pattern and the Wuher interaction…but it’s a thought.

UPDATE 2: Jeffrey and Daniel wrote in to point out that in ANH 3PO loses one arm in the Sand People scene. I must have overlooked that since I was thinking about a 3PO that comes to bits. So, is this simply a Shop Worn C-3PO resulpt? I have also been told, by both Scott and Jeffrey, that this figure is on a couple of store product lists, but listed under Episode One. I don’t seem to remember 3PO with removable arm in Episode One…but hey, R2-D2 with booster rockets was cut and the Pod Race Announcer was changed… Current rumors I’m hearing are that it will have knee and elbow articulation, but these are only rumors.

A DVD Petition
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/24)

David Snedigar pointed out this petition to get the Star Wars DVD made NOW. Before you groan and skip to the next post, this petition seems that it will get quite a bit of exposure to the public. It is being held jointly by 3 websites, thedigitalbits.com, dvdfile.com and askdigitalman.com, and it involves an online petition, plus an open letter addressed to George Lucas in today’s Daily Variety magazine. If we all sign this there’s a chance! Head over to show your support.

UPDATE: There are certainly plenty of names going up on this. The chances of its success aren’t high, considering what George has told the media, but hey – it’s worth a go.

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/24)

Dan Rose wrote in with this little piece of news. Last night on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”, the $500,000 question was “What planet does Luke Skywalker come from?”. The person who was asked the question phoned someone and got the answer in the end. If you don’t know the answer…oh dear 😉

Forums Up
posted by Tarpals @ 11:00 am (1/24)

You asked for them, now you’ve got them! The Collectibles category in the Echostation forums is now up, so you can post messages about your latest finds and moans about the latest resculpts! Head over to http://collectibles.echostation.com:8080/~1, or you can use the link on our Bookmarks menu. Have fun!

Custom Tarpals on Kaadu
posted by Tarpals @ 11:00 am (1/24)

Here’s one you won’t find on the shelves! Mind you the way things are going you might. Anyway, this is a custom Captain tarpals on Kaadu by George Collazo. The Tarpals figure has been modified so that he can sit on the beast, and the Kaadu has been re-decoed slightly. Check it out: Shot 1Shot 2. And one last customs list: Ashley Prester also did a custom Tarpals on Kaadu, which you can see over athis site

UPDATE: A couple of friends of mine sent in pics of the Ertl STAP/Battle Droid kit, which is pretty cool, so here they are. It’s under this post since it’s also a creative sort of thing, like customs. The first one is from George Collazo as well as his Kaadu: shot 1shot 2shot 3. The second is from Jon: shot 1shot 2shot 3. This is a 1:6 scale kit, and it’s pretty nice! You can pick it up now at Wal-Mart for $5 if you’d like to try it. Skill level 2. The paint and glue isn’t included with the kit.

Wal-Mart deals…more!
posted by Tarpals @ 11:00 am (1/24)

Some cool prices here from John, who says while he was in store he heard an announcement about the SW clearanace aisle:
Tatooine Showdown and Mos Espa Encounter – $2.50 each
R2-D2 Carry Case – $6
A Hologram Weequay – $1
Remember that your local Wal-Mart might not reduce items to the same price. Be warned.

How to get the Cinema Scenes
posted by Tarpals @ 11:00 am (1/24)

Recently we reported the Skiff Guards and Rebel Pilots were in stock at…well, loads of places really. Lord Helmutt, who missed them at the time, decided to put an order in anyway and hope that they’d get in touch with him before they listed more on the site. And that’s exactly what happened. Might be worth ordering items like these even if they’re not in stock, it could save you some time and effort.

Electronics Boutique markdowns
posted by Tarpals @ 11:00 am (1/24)

“Shoogypie” (I honestly don’t make ’em up!) saw Mos Espa Encounter for $4.99, plus Han, Greedo, Luke and some Ep1 figures for $1.99-$4.99 at an EB store in NC recently.

UPDATE: Josh Clow found Senate and Travel Amidala dolls for $9.99 each at an EB store in Washington.

PORKINS Prototype pics!
posted by Gonk @ 5:50 pm (1/22)

Porkins pic #1 | Pokins pic #2 | Porkins Head shot

Special Thanks goes to our good buddy Dick from TheOuterRim.com

TC-14 and R2-B1 in STORES NOW!
posted by Gonk @ 5:20 pm (1/22)

TC-14 and R2-B1 have started showing up in retail stores across the country. They have mainly been found at Wal-mart so far. Thanks to everyone who wrote in about it.

Phantommenacetoys.com Deals! 
posted by dlr @ 3:45 pm (1/23)

For this first week, we are offering a great way for you to build up your droid army! Get the Carded Episode I battle droids for only $3.49 each! (No limits, get as many as you want!) This offer is open to everyone…

For readers of Yakface.com! – Get 4 Classic Figures for only $9.99! You’ll get on flashback cards – Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, Leia and Luke. You must mention that you saw it at Yakface.com to get this pricing! GO NOW TO Phantommenacetoys.com!

More on Obiwan & Fan Club
posted by dlr @ 3:45 pm (1/23)

Tony writes in with thsi info-

I called the Fan Club Friday to inquire about exectly what Obi Wan figure they were pre-selling. I was told it was the Obi Wan figure pictured in the most recent Insider with the green lightsaber and the removable cloak. I asked if the figure was exclusive to the Fan Club and I was told “No.” All pre-sales are finished (as of about 3:00 PM Mountain Time Friday afternoon) BUT more will be expected in the coming weeks. I was told the figures that were pre-sold are currently in stock and that they will begin shipping next week. The rep said Friday was a strange day as about 1:00 PM Mountain Time they (the reps) were suddenly told by Admin. … we have ’em… sell ’em.

Yakchat now open!
posted by dlr @ 2:48 pm (1/23)

Check it out here! –> Yakchat!

Wal-Mart deals
posted by Tarpals @ 5:15 am (1/23)

Some good deals at Wal-Mart stores just now. Here’s a list of a few items, thanks to JD Dolan and Ikabel Gont:
Anakin with Pod Racer – $9.00
Theed Genarator Complex – $8.00
Beasts – $6.00
6″ Action Collection – $6.00
Epic Force figures – $5.00
Sith Speeder w/Darth Maul – $5.00
Accesory sets – $2.00
Theed Hangar – $14.00
Mos Espa Encounter – $6.00

UPDATE: Wookie sent in these prices to add to the list:
Model Kits – $5
Droid Fighters – $5
Naboo Fighter – $6
Deluxe figures – $2
6″ Action Collection only $5 at this store
12″ figures – $15
Accessory sets only $1 at this store.

As you can see, the prices can change from store to store.

Fan Club info
posted by Tarpals @ 5:15 am (1/23)

Gasgano called the Fan Club and was told that they’d have Holo Sidious in stock around February, and Darth Maul (Sith Lord) in late Feb.

Brian’s Toys Newsletter #22
posted by Tarpals @ 6:30 pm (1/22)

This issue’s special gives you a FREE green carded Greedo figure with all orders when you mention the latest newsletter! Read it here for more great deals!

TRU Update
posted by Tarpals @ 2:30 pm (1/22)

Here are a couple of new TRU prices found by JD Dolan: Rancor Keeper and Flashback figures – $1.97, Epic Force Luke Bespin – $4.97.
JD Dolan has started taking names for his petition we recently mentioned. It’s to be sent to Hasbro in hope that they will make Amanaman and Plo-Koon. To sign it, head over to JD’s Cantina.

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 9:50 am (1/22)

We have them now! Available for immediate shipment, E1 Coll. 3 (Wave 10) Case (Item #84105D, $144.99) or get E1 Coll. 3 (Wave 10) Half Case (Item #84105E, $75.99). Both cases contain the newest action figures, TC-14 and R2-D1 Astromech Droid.

There has been many questions about the R2-D2 with Holographic Leia action figure. It is true that it is only available in SW Fig. Asst. (Wave 28) (Item #84185B, $109.99). Based on Hasbro’s release list for 2000, this action figure will only appear in this case. Of course, Hasbro has a right to update and change this information. Until then, however, Wave 28 remains the only case that this Star Wars classic action figure will ever appear in. Only at Entertainment Earth

Fan Club Kenobi
posted by Tarpals @ 9:00 am (1/22)

One of the more interesting points about yesterday’s Fan Club happenings was the Obi-Wan figure. It certainly seems that they did mean the new Obi-Wan with cloak. Jedi Patrick sent in the name of the figure from his order form:
EP1 OBI-WAN W/HOOD UP FIGURE W/COMMTECH CHIP
So, it seems as if it is the new figure after all. I’m still not certain if they can keep to their quoted 2 weeks before they ship it though.

UPDATE: Paul wrote in to say that he remembers seeing this same name (Obi-Wan with hood up) used recently to describe the Obi-Wan “Jedi Knight” figure. I personally think it’s more likely that this figure is the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan, although since phone reps were describing the cloaked Obi-Wan, we may have to wait a little while before we can say for sure.

TRU Video News
posted by Tarpals @ 5:20 am (1/22)

Pilot Corran Horn, who works at TRU, sent in this directive that was sent to TRU District Managers and Store Directors today:

“DMs and Store Directors are requested to personally ensure that their stores: DO NOT START THIS (Star Wars Episode 1) RESERVE PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 1st. Lucas Entertainment will hold our chainwide order for the April 4th release date and we will NOT have goods to sell for the street date. This is Lucas’ policy with all retailers and e-tailers. Please ensure that your store is in compliance with this directive, as I’m sure none of you want to be responsible for Lucas taking this course of action”

Slightly strange since other places allow you to pre-order, but there you go.

Robert Carlyle for Episode 2
posted by Boba Faid @ 9:40 pm (1/21)

A Canadian newspaper, The Calgary Herald, recently interviewed Robert Caryle, best known for roles in The Full Monty and The World is not Enough. Episode 2 casting rumors came up in the interview:

“He also co-starred in Trainspotting with Ewan McGregor, which is interesting because Robert’s name is being tossed around for a role in the next Star Wars prequel. He says he’s delighted by the rumor.
‘No one has said anything to me about that, but I do hear this as well and the more people like you who put it out, the happier I’ll be. I think it would be fun… If Mr. Lucas is reading: I’m your man!'”

Carded Wuher with Droid Detector
posted by Tarpals @ 11:30 am (1/21)

Check out these carded pics of the upcoming Fan Club exclusive Wuher figure:
Card Front
Card Back
Thanks to Michael Chan for the use of his images. Michael is selling this item over on eBay, item number 242713125. Starting price only $9.90.

Fan Club New Items
posted by Tarpals @ 1:20 pm (1/21)

Dan Rose and Jeff Richards both wrote in to say that the Fan Club have R2-B1, TC-14 and Obi-Wan Kenobi in stock NOW. If you want them, order now. TC-14 and R2-B1 are bound to sell out quick, and despite lack of articulation on the astromech droid, these are cool figures.

UPDATE: Unless I hear any differently, the Fan Club were taking pre-orders for these 3 figures. The Obi-Wan figure seems to be the removable cloak version. They are meant to ship in 2 weeks, but if this is indeed the Obi-Wan they mean, I’m not so sure. No more orders are being taken – all gone.

New 2000 Figure Info
posted by Tarpals @ 12:00 pm (1/21)

Rich from Figures in Action wrote in to say that he’s posted some new info on the Hasbro 2000 figure line, including some new two-packs, and some nasty looking cancellations. Head over there to check it out.

Skiff Guards and Rebel Pilots…
posted by Tarpals @ 12:00 pm (1/21)

…are in stock now at Entertainment Earth. They come to just over $31 including shipping. Thanks to Bryan George and William for the info.

UPDATE: Surprise! Sold out. I am told by Trouz that they do have Watto’s Box – but with a catch! In a 2 pack with Mos Espa Encounter. Now there’s a clever marketing scheme! If you’ve not bought this yet (I’m sure that many of you are wisely waiting for it to be reduced), then you might at least want to consider this.

EB World Amidala sale
posted by Tarpals @ 12:00 pm (1/21)

Electronics Boutique have the 12″ Amidala in Senate dress and Black travel dress for $9.99 each, and they come to under $25 including shipping. Thanks to Brad for the info.

UPDATE: For those who’ve written in unable to find these. Go to their main page and type “swe1” in the search box. You’ll get a small list of stuff – that’s all they have. Prices look good, but some stuff has been sold out.

Internet Discounts
posted by Tarpals @ 12:00 pm (1/21)

Before you order the 12″ C-3PO from Barnes and Noble (see yesterday’s post) you might want to check out Thatscheap.com, who have discount codes for another $10 off. In addition, they have codes for Amazon, eToys, KBKids and more. Thanks to Mablt for the info.

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 1:50 am (1/21)

Jedi Knight Braid Discontinued
According to Hasbro’s current master price list, item 26272, the Jedi Knight Braid with an Anakin action figure has been removed. Entertainment Earth has had this item on order since January 1999. It did not ship in 1999, and it doesn’t look like it will ship in 2000. All orders for this have been placed on hold, but not cancelled, in case Hasbro changes their mind.

Classic Cases still missing R2-D2?
posted by Tarpals @ 2:40 pm (1/20)

Over at Wizardworld they have an “Advance Order” section. Brew pointed out the following pre-order items – these have a stated shipping date of April 15th onwards:
“all-new” Amidala, Sio Bibble, Pit Droid 2-pack – $29.95 (picture here isn’t quite correct, since pics aren’t available)
Trade Federation Tank – $34.95

While I was checking out these, I noticed that they listed the next Classic case (after Motti) for pre-order, priced at $119.95. According to them, the case breaks down as follows: 2 x Chewbacca (Dejarik Board), 2 x Princess Leia (hood up), 1 x Admiral Motti, 3 x Darth Vader, 2 x Stormtrooper, 2 x Luke with T-16. That’s yet another case with seemingly no R2-D2. This figure is getting slighly easier to find as more and more people get theirs, but it’s not common yet.
They also list the next Episode One case assortment ($139.95): 3 new Amidalas, 3 Sio Bibble, 4 Pit Droid 2-packs, 2 Holo Sidious, 2 Naboo Royal Guards, 1 R2-D2 and 1 Captain Panaka. Let me stress now that these case assortments are always subject to change. I expect that the new Amidala in these is the Naboo version resulpt. I just don’t get why it should be in a Collection 2 case.

Jedi Braid NOT Cancelled
posted by Tarpals @ 2:40 pm (1/20)

OK, here’s the deal with this set. It has been released and has been around for at least one month. The picture on the Outer Rim (see last post on this subject) is a prototype, and I am informed that the actual set is quite different. The packaging is more like the cinema scene box, but bigger and flatter. The actual toys inside are the same as the picture shows. Thanks to Gary for the info.

Toys R Us Vehicles
posted by Tarpals @ 2:40 pm (1/20)

Seems like the earlier post about TRU getting in the X-Wing today for $9.97 was true. I’ve been swamped with reports about this. As for the question of which X-Wing, the answer is both. The 1995 X-Wing and the Power F/X X-Wing are available for $9.97. Great deal on the electronic ship! Other items on sale are the Landspeeder, plus the Endor and Hoth playsets – all these items are $4.97 each. Thanks to all those who wrote in.

UPDATE: I’ve heard of some TRUs haveing the Purchase of the Droids cinema scene for $9.97 too.

Star Wars Auction site
posted by Tarpals @ 2:40 pm (1/20)

Check out Star Wars Auctions.com, which is, just as the title suggests, a Star Wars auction site!

Wizard World Sale
posted by Tarpals @ 3:10 pm (1/19)

Mulder8737 reports that Wizard World have 20% off all toys until tomorrow the 20th. Check it out!

Jedi Braid Cancelled?
posted by Tarpals @ 2:00 pm (1/19)

Seems like we may be seeing another hasbro accessory pack cutdown here. A few months back, the Jedi Braid with holoprojector set appeared on the Amazon.com site, out of stock of course. I requested to be notified when it came back in. I just got an e-mail – as did a few others who’ve written in – to say that this item will not be available in the forseeable future. Since this never appeared anywhere, it’s likely it was cancelled. You can still see a picture of this set at The Outer Rim – there’s a small link at the top of the page.

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 7:30 pm (1/18)

Marmit 12inch Stormtrooper
We are now taking orders for an officially licensed Star Wars item imported from Japan. The popular Marmit 12inch Stormtrooper (Item #MTS1, $99.99) is highly articulated and highly collectible. We have a very limited quantity available. These are scheduled to arrive in mid-February only at Entertainment Earth.

TRU to get in Older POTF2 Toys?
posted by Tarpals @ 5:45 pm (1/18)

JedeyeBen found some interesting items on the Toys R US computers. This relates back to my earlier, mysterious post about the X-Wing. JedeyeBen found that TRU are getting in shipments of older figures, as part of a deal with Hasbro. This includes older vehicles and figures at lower prices….$1.97 for a figure. The AT-AT was priced around $50 still, but most vehicles are about $9.97. Watch out for these things coming in soon.

More on Video Pre-Orders
posted by Tarpals @ 4:35 pm (1/18)

Mike McGowan, who works at Best Buy, wrote in to let us know that The Phantom Menace will be available for pre-order on 31st January. Best Buy are supposedly giving away something for every pre-sell; when I find out what it is I’ll post it.

Fan Club still here!
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/18)

For all those who have been writing in about the Fan Club website and their phone number being disconnected – Dan Madsen, Fan Club President, wrote in saying that it’s due to their relocation to a new building, which will offer better service. The line was being redirected and it will be back up shortly, as with the website.

TRU Ticket Date
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/18)

For those of you wondering about the date on the TRU Episode One video reserve ticket, here’s the story courtesy of the manager of the R-Zone at a TRU in Virginia. The tickets are made up freehand using a DOS-based computer program. These tickets that we’ve seen were either done by a misinformed employee, or they’re just a typing error…it happens 🙂 So, TRU DO know the official release date, and they won’t be – nor anyone else – selling it early.
Interesting though – the store manager adds that if you reserve your copy of TPM at TRU, and pay the $5 deposit, you will receive a TRU exclusive special gift when the video is released.

Bradlee’s SW Sale
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/18)

Pete S in NJ wrote in to say that Bradlee’s department stores are running a sale of 50% off all Star Wars toys, from 16th Jan to 22nd Jan. Pete says that the last time that he checked, they didn’t have a great assortment if items, but the prices on what’s there are good. If you have any reports on your findings at any sales, send them in to Store Reports.

Fan Club 4 – $7.99 each
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/18)

Many of you wrote in with the news that Toymaniacs have the Fan Club four for sale separately for $7.99 each. They are listed under collection 3. Head over to their site if you want to order them.

Action Fleet and Micro Machines E-Mail List
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/18)

Now that Galoob’s Buzz Board is gone, you’re all invited to join this mailing list. You can read it either as separate e-mails, as a daily e-mail digest, or you can read it on the Web. The list has multiple purposes and aims, head over to the website for more details and to join: www.topica.com/lists/sfmm.

X-Wing under $10
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/18)

As of this Thursday 20th, TRU are going to mark down the X-Wing Fighter to $9.97. Thanks to Patrick for the info.

UPDATE: A few people have written in asking if this is the original X-Wing, or the Power F/X X-Wing, and the truth is that I don’t know. Patrick, could you please get in touch and let me know which it is?

Anakin OK in Belgium
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/18)

Gregory Caberis sent in a story from Belgium. Apparently a Star wars fan wanted to call his son Anakin, but it wasn’t permitted – too ridiculous apparently. Anyway, the guy went on TV etc and asked why not, and they eventually let him call the child Anakin. Now that one child is called Anakin, they can’t stop others doing the same, so Anakin is now an official name in Belgium!

Target and KBkids exclusives for 2000
posted by Gonk @ 10:00 pm (1/17)

The new POTF2 Desert Skiff and Y-Wing will be exclusive items for Target and the 12″ Electronic TC-14 will be exclusive to Kbkids. Thanks to an anonymous source for the news.

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
posted by Tarpals @ 2:45 pm (1/17)

Popular Epic Force Figures at Entertainment Earth

For those of you who are looking to add to your Epic Force figure collection, be sure to check out two smaller sets we are now offering: Epic Force Leia/Luke (Item #69700E, $29.99) and Epic Force Stormtrooper/Vader (Item #69700F, $29.99). These figures are individually boxed.

Money Off at EB
posted by Tarpals @ 2:45 pm (1/17)

This news is from Keith:
“Electronics Boutique has some more sales to look for.
Some figures are as low as $2.99 and as high as $4.99. They had both POTF and Ep.1 figures. The Ep.1 figures were usually lower in price. I also got a copy of the Star Wars Monopoly PC game for $9.99. That had a few on the shelves here in Richmond, VA.”

Petitions
posted by Tarpals @ 6:30 am (1/16)

JD Dolan is running a poll to see what popular character you’d like to see as a figure. The choices are Gargan, Amanaman, Plo-Koon, and Queen Amidala (in red outfit). You can vote over at JD’s Cantina. The winner will be put in a petition to be sent to Hasbro. He has not included Aurra Sing because – in case you’re wondering – he rates it quite likely that Hasbro will do this figure either this year or next anyway.

Pete Hoccom is putting together a petition for Great Britain and Ireland residents to be allowed to join the Fan Club again. I have to agree on this one…if we are allowed to buy from the Jawa Trader and we don’t have our own Fan Club, why not? If you want to know more about this, head over tohttp://discserver.snap.com/Indices/58837.html. Britain and Ireland only.

TC-14 and R2-B1 pics
posted by Gonk @ 1:20 pm (1/16)

Here are some new pics of the new TC-14 and R2-B1 figures.

Brians’s Toys Newsletter #21
posted by Tarpals @ 6:30 am (1/16)

Brian’s Toys Newsletter #21 is available now to read – this month’s specials include the R2-D2 carry case with exclusive Destroyer Droid for $12 – limit 2. Check it out for more great deals!

Shopko Sale
posted by Tarpals @ 6:30 am (1/16)

Ian sent in this info:
Cinema Scenes- $3.99
Pod Racers – $5.99
Jabba Glob – $2.49
12″ Episode One – $8.69
12″ POTF2 – $5.99

Shopko Sale
posted by Tarpals @ 6:30 am (1/16)

This report of this weekend’s show comes from Brian Levine. The show is on in Orlando, and still on today if you want to go. The official show website is at www.fxshow.com, head over there if you need details.

“The Star Wars cast was well represented at the show. Jerome Blake (Rune Haako), Richard LeParmentier (Admiral Motti), Jeremy Bullock (Boba Fett), Garrick Hagan (Biggs Darklighter) and Bill Hootkins (Jek Porkins). Got me a deluxe Boba Fett autographed by Jeremy Bullock, but I must admit that the thought that Richard LeParmentier was there and the Admiral Motti figures are still only couple of weeks away had me kinda depressed.

Got to meet the infamous [Orlando scalper, name withheld], who was charging (and getting) $45 bucks for R2 w/Holo Leia.

‘Course, half of the cast of Star Trek Voyager was there, signing away. Boy does that show suffer from 24th century political correctness. Give me the good ole 23rd century when we were saving the galaxy every episode, instead of worrying about some characters dating life. Sigh…

Really disappointed with the amount and quality of Star Wars items this year. Seemed like there was a lot more last year. I did manage to find out where all the missing Watto’s Box Cinema Scenes were…seemed like everyone had them for $35. I did find a POTF Amanaman, unpunched, but it had a tear where the price tag was, and I couldn’t talk the guy down from his $100 asking price so I passed. Then I found a mint ‘Droids’ Boba Fett, but they wanted $700 for it. All in all, not much in the way of vintage carded figures. As expected, this year’s show belonged to Pokemon, which was everywhere in abundance.

Finally, I’ve now gotten a chance to meet and talk to almost every actor from the original trilogy (except for Harrison Ford and Peter Cushing), and I have to say that overall, the Empire guys are nicer than the Rebel guys.”

CommTech Reader 2
posted by hfsolo @ 1:00 pm (1/15)

Well we know what happened to the first commtech reader (shall we say clearence for $2.00). Well with the new design of the new commtech chips, they need a new reader. Well Yakface is pleased to bring you the FIRST look at the new reader. Here it is. Do not use this image ANYWHERE else!

ToyTime Deals
posted by Tarpals @ 2:45 pm (1/15)

Keith sent in this info:
“Order $75 worth of toys at toytime.com and you’ll earn a $20 coupon on your next purchase.Coupons must be redeemed by 2/15/00.

All of their 4″ action figures are $4.99, including POTF figures of Cantina Han Solo and Greedo which are currently in stock.

You can also be notified when the Jabba w/ Hex & Rex are available, as well as when the Tatooine Disguise Accessory pack, and Watto’s Box are in stock.”

Save the Cinema Scenes!
posted by Boba Faid @ 1:45 pm (1/15)

I wanted to alert you to a poll that’s being run to rally collector support for the Star Wars Cinema Scenes. If you get a chance, please vote!

Accessory Packs Wave 2
posted by Tarpals @ 10:00 am (1/15)

Mike wrote in to tell us that Starshow.com have some of the wave 2 accessory packs in stock for $7.99.

UPDATE: Gone. Isn’t it amazing how when you try to get it yourself, it’s sold?

Hear Watto’s Box
posted by Tarpals @ 8:00 am (1/15)

I’ve updated our Toy Guide Cinema Scenes page with recordings of the Watto’s Box Commtech chip sounds.

Pre-Order Interactive Yoda
posted by Tarpals @ 7:45 am (1/15)

You can now pre-order the Interactive Yoda at FAO Schwartz. Priced at $49.99. Thanks to Patrick for the info.

Wal*Mart Sale prices
posted by Tarpals @ 7:45 am (1/15)

This list was sent in by Matt Hedgecock. They were found at a Wal Mart store in Tampa, FL. Wal*Mart prices are the same in some stores, but can be full price at others, so don’t be surprised if you don’t find the same deals..but you might.
Naboo Fighter- $8
TF Droid fighters-$5
Mini-AAT- $4
Podracers-$8
Beast Packs-$5
Epic Force-$5
Cinema Scenes- $6
Accesory packs-$2
Deluxe Figures- $4
R2-D2 Carry Case- $16 dollars (Not too impressive – the Target across the street has ’em for $6)
750 piece two-sided puzzles-$2

Store Reports Updated – January 14th
posted by Boba Faid @ 11:00 pm (1/14)

The Store Reports section has been updated today with a TON of new reports from the last week or so. Remember, when in doubt, submit as a Store Report, not an email. It should also be noted thatCollector’s Clubs should be submitted to ME, not Tarpals.

Pre-Order Episode One at Electronics Boutique
posted by Tarpals @ 3:45 pm (1/14)

Ep1 Pan and Scan VHS – $16.99
Ep1 Widescreen – $29.99
Thanks to jeditrainee for the info!

Commtech Changes – Trouble!
posted by Tarpals @ 1:00 pm (1/14)

BearcatCC wrote in to say Watto’s Box now ships with both holographic…and non-holographic Commtech chips. Yeah, there’s one tough change to track down. As you may have guessed, the holographic chip is the earlier version.
I myself found some changes on classic figures – Han Solo, Stormtrooper and Darth Vader are available with white chips now. And it also ocurred to me that since Vader and Stormtrooper have been changed…R2-D2 will be changed as well. So I’d say it’s safe to assume that soon if you find an R2-D2 with hologram Leia figure…it will be a third version. A variation collector’s nightmare.
On the subject of R2-D2, here’s some news. So far nobody has reported an R2-D2 with a date stamp higher than 92841. In other words, nobody has reported any R2-D2s that were produced later than mid-October. If you have an R2 with a date stamp higher (ie the 3 middle digits are higher than 284) please write in, so we can try to identify if Hasbro have been shipping these out at all recently.

UPDATE: I’ve had quite a lot of e-mails overnight about this. The latest date stamp we’ve come up with is 93211 – that means 321st day in 1999, which is in November. That seems to be the latest lot that have come out of the factory, since R2-D2s found recently have this stamp. Thanks to all who wrote in.

 

KBKids Coupon Codes
posted by Tarpals @ 1:00 pm (1/14)

Keith contributed these KBKids.com coupon codes:
$10 off your first purchase (min order – $30): G21ff23fbe
20% off: Gbc34ef8ba
Both Keith and Jeter reported that KBKids have the cinemacast Vader statue in stock, but on the item page it says out of stock. Blair called KB Kids to order his, and he got them…so it’s worth trying.

TRU.com Lawsuit
posted by Tarpals @ 1:00 pm (1/13)

A lawsuit has been launched against Toysrus.com, because of their realization in December that they would not be able to ship out all orders for Christmas, despite guarantees that they would. You can read the press release here. Thanks to Jason from Texas for the info.

Wal*Mart news
posted by Tarpals @ 1:00 pm (1/13)

A couple of pieces of information on Wal*Mart for you.
Firstly, the sale found yesterday doesn’t appear to be nationwide…some stores have it, some don’t. And some have figures as low as $3 – Niko picked up a Battle Droid and Destroyer Droid army at Wal*Mart in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Justin Cook reports that a Wal*Mart near him has had figures for $5.68 since May 3rd! When it comes to reductions like this, every store can vary. Thanks to Michael Kiesewetter for some of this info.

Now, some info on R2-D2 with Holographic Princess Leia. Firstly, Brian Levine reports that he saw 9 cases of the Vader/Stormtrooper case that should contain an R2-D2, and each one he checked (they were on a palette) had the R2-D2 figure removed. Seems like, as Brian says, an inside job. And that’s for sure, Brian saw the employees wheel the cases out just before he looked at them. That’s in Orlando, FL.
Also, I’ve heard rumors from various places including our own store reports section that tell of a full case of R2-D2 figures that is around. Possible…as Shawn Brander mentioned to me, it’s possible the Action Ace load of R2s was from a full case – since they didn’t have the Vader/Trooper in stock at the same time. However, my R2 that I got from them is date-stamped from mid-October 1999 – meaning it had been around for a while before Action Ace sold it. Staying on the subject of date stamps…if you have an R2-D2 with holo Leia, check its stamp…the 5 digit number that is impressed onto the card back somewhere. It will begin with 9 and end in 1. If you have one that has the middle 3 digits (9-xxx-1) higher than 330, let me know. And if you find a full case of these figures, please send in the case number…so it can be confirmed.

UPDATE: Interesting news. I’ve been contacted by reps from Action Ace AND Hasbro, and both say that R2-D2 has not shipped in a solid case, and Hasbro say it will not. As for the figures being removed from the Orlando cases, it’s the work of a local scalper who apparently does it all the time… If you’re in Florida, or close, there’s a big show on there this weekend, the FX-2000 show. You can find details about it on their website.

Jedi Power Battles
posted by Boba Faid @ 12:30 am (1/13)

Lucasarts has released brand new screenshots from the upcoming Playstation and PC release Jedi Power Battles. So far the game looks promising, and destined to be a top seller. However, I must say I was expecting a Soul Calibur style 3-D fighting game, weren’t you?

New Wave of Japanese carded Galoob Figures
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

I’m sure you all know the miniature carded Galoob figures, a set of 5, which were shown in detail a while ago on Rebelscum.com. Well, a new wave of these has surfaced. This wave has 5 figure packs in it – Maul/Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon/Jar Jar, Anakin/Sebulba, Anakin/Watto, and Nute Gunray/Sio Bibble.Click here for a scan of the whole wave (this is a scan of the leaflet that comes with each figure), andhere you can view a close up of the Nute Gunray/Sio Bibble two pack. And before I get lots of e-mail, I only have the one.

Episode One Video News
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

To begin with, Wes J. Elskamp let us know that VideoFlicks.com now has Ep1 available for pre-order.
Here’s something interesting. Ray T sent in this scan of the TRU Ep1 video reserve ticket…which interestingly enough says that the item will be available on March 1st 2000 at 1pm. We all know it’s meant to be 4th April…so I’m pretty sure this is just a mistake on TRU’s part, but interesting none the less.

Price Markdowns
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

JD Dolan found figures on sale for $5.68 at Wal*Mart and $5.99 at Fred Meyers. Not sure if these sales are nationwide or just a store clearance.

UPDATE: JD Dolan wrote in again to say that he was at a different Wal*Mart a couple of days ago and their figures were still usual price. And the $5.68 figures did not have clearance tags on them. If you see Wal*Mart selling figures reduced, let me know so I can confirm that this IS nationwide rather than just one store.

 

Collection 3 Wave 1 text variations
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

If you can’t stand reading about tiny tiny changes to cards that are called “variations” then skip this post.
Just to clarify, this is from Mike. All Collection 3 wave 1 figures (Mace Windu, Gasgano, Boss Nass, Chancellor Valorum, Ki-Adi Mundi) originally shipped with the word “Electronic” (above Commtech Reader on box back) in a thin font. They were changed to the usual bold font. However, for whatever reason, the number on the card (.0x00) only changed too if another card error was corrected at the same time. The only figure that has the bold font and thin font both on the same card number – .0100 – is Mace Windu. Chancellor Valorum is not known to have been changed at all.

New Figure Images
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

The Outer Rim have posted some nice new pics of upcoming figures, including Wuher, Mas Amedda, and Holographic Qui-Gon Jinn. Head over to check them out.

Jabba’s Guards and Rebel Pilots at Fan Club
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

“Quark’s Waiter” (I don’t make these up…) wrote in to say that The Fan Club has the Rebel Pilots and Skiff Guards in stock for $23.95 each. I’m not sure if they’re on their site or not, you’re best to just call and order rather than trying online.

UPDATE: The Skiff Guards – the cooler of these 2 sets in my opinion, sold out…pretty instantly. The Rebel Pilots supplies are low…I expect that by the time the majority of readers see this in the evening in their time zone, these’ll be gone too. So act NOW if you want to order. Thanks to both Horse_Head and Dan Emmons for the info.
Also, the Luke Bespin figure they had in cheap is gone too…thanks to Keith for the info.

 

$10 off Another Universe
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

Keith from The Moisture Farm wrote in with a code for Another Universe – spend $20, get $10 off with this: 16PR3C. You’ll need the code to combat prices like: Flash Cannon – was $24.99, now $12.98. Anyone got bigger AU coupons…?
UPDATE: $15 off a $35 order: EAACH1. Thanks to Dark Helmet.

Watto’s Box at EE
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

Entertainment Earth have the Watto’s Box cinema scene in stock now for $24.99 each. Thanks to Mark Jeter for the news.

UPDATE: Try not to be too shocked…but this is now sold out.

 

Custom Imperial Hanger
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

Dan Sparks wrote in to show us his custom built POTF2 scale Imperial Hanger – a massive project at almost 7 feet tall and 4 feet wide! You can check it out over atwww.geocities.com/sith_lord_zekk/HANGERPG3.html. If you look closely you’ll see a custom TIE Bomber vehicle in the hanger bay!

TC-14 and R2-B1 in stock
posted by Tarpals @ 5:50 pm (1/11)

Steve let me know that Action Ace now have TC-14 (Sold out…) and R2-B1 (Sold out…) available to buy on their site. Priced at $9.99 each. It said Limit 1 per customer, order more and your order will be cancelled. I’d guess that has something to do with the POTF2 R2-D2’s …

New Obi Wan with Cloak
posted by Gonk @ 2:50 pm (1/11)

Rebelscum has posted a pic of the upcoming Obi Wan Kenobi w removable cloak. It appears that Hasbro may be reusing parts of figures now, since there is very little difference between this figure and the first Obi Wan.

 

Collectors Clubs
posted by Tarpals @ 2:40 pm (1/11)

I’ve started up a page for all these Collectors Clubs that have been writing in. If you’ve been missed…write in! Collecting Clubs

Episode One Video News
posted by Tarpals @ 2:00 pm (1/11)

For those who don’t already know, Starwars.com have posted info that the Episode One video will be released worldwide during the week of April 4th. Ray T wrote in to say that he found $5 reserve coupons for the video at his TRU store. The total price quoted on the coupon is $16.99.

Mos Espa Sale items
posted by Tarpals @ 1:20 pm (1/10)

This news is from Andy: “I was shocked to find 63 action figures at Mos Espa this morning. They have tons of old freeze frames like Lando Skiff Guard, Lando General, and Endor Rebel Soldier for $7.95. I found Bespin Luke and that Expanded Universe or Dark Empire Leia for only $3.99. They also had the new commtech Stormtrooper for $8.95 (Sold out…thanks Laser!), and tons more that I can’t remember. Check it out quick, because I’m sure this won’t last.”

Jon reminds us that they have the Applause Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi mega-collectibles for $7.99 each, and Brad wrote in to say they have the Jeff Gordon Episode One car for $9.99 (usually $39.99).

UPDATE: Glenn called the Fan Club and was told that EU Leia ($3.99) and Kyle Katarn ($7.95) were limited to 1 per customer, and are sold out. They have Clone Emperor in stock, but not on the site…call if you want him – $7.95. Luke Bespin is in stock at $3.99 and there’s no limit on him.

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 7:30 pm (1/9)

We blew through our first shipment. This second shipment is already halfway sold out. Get the current assortment of Star Wars classic action figures here right now. Order SW Fig. Asst. (Wave 28) (Item #84185B, $109.99) that includes the awesome Darth Vader with Interrogation Droid, Stormtrooper with battle damage and blaster rifle rack, R2 with Holo Leia and more. Hear these figures talk using the COMMTech Chip and COMMTech Reader (Item #84151, $17.99). In stock while supplies last atEntertainment Earth.

Mace Windu changes
posted by Tarpals @ 9:00 am (1/9)

Mike sent in some info on new variations to the Collection 3 Mace Windu card. The .0000 and .0100 figures have the word “Electronic” in a thin font, on the back of the card (in the little box with Commtech Reader info in it). same goes for the .0100 card. Mike found a .0100 card yesterday that has this same text in a bold font, like on all other cards. However, the card is still .0100 for whatever reason. Hasbro has really messed up with these numbers lately – I saw yesterday a .0000 Qui-Gon Jinn lightsaber, but the box had the red stripe on the bottom, typical of Hasbro items released recently. This was definitely not the rare .0000 saber.
Mike also mentioned a Commtech chip variations. The new .0100 with the bold Electronic text was date stamped 92681 (268th day of ’99). The figure came with a Commtech chip that has a white photo background rather than the normal holographic background. However he also found a Mace date stamped 928** – meaning it was stamped later than the first one – and it had the usual holographic chip.
Basically, this is Hasbro annoying us all by firstly releasing old toys in .0000 boxes that have been changed 3 or 4 times (and should really be .0200 or even .0300), and also reissuing figures with new commtech chips, without the holographic background on the photos. Obviously not all figures that are out now will be released with white chips because many don’t ship anymore, but older figures that still ship in newver cases will now come with new chips.

UPDATE: Sope wrote in to say that the bold font variation is also available on the Ki-Adi Mundi and Gasgano figures, and it wouldn’t surprise me if it was on Valorum and Nass too.

 

Boxed Technic Destroyer Droid
posted by Tarpals @ 9:00 am (1/9)

Jason Fritch sent in a picture of the Lego Technic Destroyer Droid box. You can check it out here. This retails for about $50.

Utah Collectors’ Club
posted by Tarpals @ 9:00 am (1/9)

If you’d be interested in joining a Collectors’ Club based in Utah, e-mail Tyler.

12 Inch Darth Maul with Sith Speeder
posted by Boba Faid @ 3:00 am (1/9)

Here’s some pics of the upcoming 12 Inch Maul with Sith Speeder:

Main Shot
Combined Views

Methinks this is gonna be one cool item. Looks so freakin’ mean! Thanks to Figures in Action for the images!

The Last on Skiff Guards and Rebel Pilots
posted by Tarpals @ 7:50 pm (1/8)

Okay, more Skiff Guards info. If I ever see one of these sets, I’ll beat it up 
From Mr. Mulder: “KB in Richmond mall (Cleveland, Ohio Area) just got a new Hasbro shipment, I picked up a skiff guards and Rebel Pilots for only 19.99! my friend, who works there says that they got more of them and he’ll be putting them on the shelves tonight! They close at 10 PM, but they won’t go no the shelves till after they close so look tomorrow morning when they open at 9:00 AM”

To put a lid on this before we rename this site SKIFFGUARDS.COM (it doesnt exist; just so you know…), these are not gone completely, but it seems that they may be very soon. No cinema scenes are known to be coming out this year, and we’ve had a lot of info to suggest they’re cancelled altogether, although a source close to Hasbro denies this. This sighting here could be KB finally putting them out, or the warehouse being cleared. Unless these are found in excess all over the place, we can’t tell.

Found anything? Send it to the Store Reports!
If you’re really searching hard for these sets, you have to try lesser places for them. Josh remembers seeing 3 shelves full of the Rebel Pilots at New Year in the Tatooine Traders store at MGM Studios in FL. Derek, also in Orlando FL (seems a good place for these), has seen a lot of them at computer game stores in malls, but not in TRU etc. Keep checking this sort of place, you might find what you’re looking for.

UPDATE: Wow, an update to this saga that I found interesting myself! Brian “Laser” Cowdrey has been in contact with the KB in the Richmond Mall, that is posted above. He was informed that the store have never had Jabba’s Guards or Rebel Pilots in at all, only figures from Episode One. And the rep sounded as if they’d been dealing with a lot of similar calls. This certainly is odd…

Brian’s Newsletter #20
posted by dlr @ 6:15 pm (1/8)

Brian’s Toys has Boba Fett on a red card for $6. All that plus more can be seen here.

Carded Final Lightsaber Duel
posted by Tarpals @ 1:45 pm (1/8)

Figures In Action have posted images of carded Final Lightsaber Duel 2 pack – Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul. This is the one that splits in half. Head over to their site to check it out!

Hasbro Cinema Scene info
posted by Tarpals @ 1:35 pm (1/8)

OK, this is the story on cinema scenes according to the reliable source mentioned in a recent update. As far as Orlando Hasbro reps know, the 2 cinema scenes all this mess has been about will be coming back, and movie scenes haven’t been cancelled either. It seems that Toy Fair, in about 1 month, will bring the answers. As for these cinema scenes not being available at retail, WalMart nor Target have these on their resets for aisles, but they always “flex” stuff in when the DC ships it to them. These things are, according to this Hasbro rep, shipping to all locations in Florida, if stores don’t have them, they are “in transit”. In Orlando, EB had them for $9.99 before the local scalpers grabbed them all. Same goes for R2-D2 with hologram Leia…Wal Mart in Orlando had these, but scalpers took them all. In my own opinion, if we don’t see any new Cinema scenes at Toy Fair, we may have seen the last of them. There have been none in upcoming product lists, and all these stores not having them seems a little bit strange to me. But thanks go to ChuckMc for sending in the official Hasbro word. If you find Skiff Guards, send it in to Store Reports, making sure you tell us where you found it.

Star Wars Collectibles in your House
posted by Tarpals @ 1:35 pm (1/8)

This info is from travis: “I’m not sure if PAX is a national channel or only local, but anyway, last night I saw an advertisement for their next ‘collectibles in your house’ show, and it’s Star Wars. I checked the newspaper and it doesn’t come on again until Monday, so I’m guessing that the commercial meant Monday’s show is Star Wars? I’m close to Louisville Ky, so anyone who wants to watch out for it, the channel is called PAX.”

UPDATE: Thanks to Yakface staffer Havok for this update. PAX is a cable channel, and the program title is “Treasures in your Home”. This particular Star Wars episode is actually a repeat of one previously shown in November.

Order Rebel Pilots
posted by Tarpals @ 7:00 am (1/8)

Scott wrote in to say that a local store has Rebel Pilots, but not Skiff Guards. You can order the Rebel Pilots online for $22.49 + shipping at www.dollskollekt.com.

Soft Goods with Pit Droids
posted by Tarpals @ 7:00 am (1/8)

Toy Maniacs has the soft goods wave with the bonus Pit Droid in stock now…for $29.99. You might wanna wait a bit for those… They also have the Mynock Hunt cinema scene for $34.99. Head over to the “What’s New” section oftheir site for the product links. Thanks to Brad for the heads-up!

Phantom Menace Toys Newsfeed
posted by Tarpals @ 7:00 am (1/8)

Just in the door! – New Carded Hasbro figures with Commtechs

Sith Lord Darth Maul
Obi-Wan Jedi Knight
Anakin Pilot

Back in stock –
Tatooine Darth Maul
Naboo Obi-Wan

Get ’em quick! At www.phantommenacetoys.com!

UPDATE: The soft goods wave are now SOLD OUT.

Series Alpha Naboo Fighter Found
posted by Tarpals @ 7:00 am (1/8)

Steve Moore found all four Series Alpha toys at a Target store in the Seattle area. Keep an eye open for the Naboo Fighter, it’s out there!

E1 Available in Widescreen Box Set
posted by Ob1k @ 11:26pm (1/7)

The Official Star Wars Site has updated with info on the new THX Video releases of Episode I. A special Widescreen Video Collectors Edition will be available in the United States and Canada only. It comes with a bunch of cool stuff for only $39.98!

More on Wuher
posted by hfsolo @ 10:55 pm (1/7)

Here is the final word on the Wuher figure. I spoke with Dan Madsen today and he gave me this exclusive info. Wuher originated as you may recall a petition here on Yakface.com and we were successful with this to get him made. Well the Fan Club was going to get an exclusive window to sell him carded for about 2 months before he was available in the stores. Then he would hit regular retail outlet distribution. Well, that has changed and Wuher will ONLY be available at the Fan Club. He should be available in late February. Thanks to Dan for the news. I believe and this is only speculation, that this happened due to the LACK of sales nationwide on the Star Wars line. This happened with the Leia Hoth Wave if you remember.

Series Alpha Sketches
posted by Boba Faid @ 9:05 pm (1/7)

Head over to the Hunter’s Guild Image Bank for some great shots of the upcoming Galoob Series Alpha Sketchbook Designs.

What’s up with Rebel Pilots and Skiff Guards?
posted by Tarpals @ 9:00 am (1/7)

Chris Yuhas wrote in with this: “According to a very reliable source, who spoke to a Hasbro Rep. The Skiff Guards and Pilots are still in production, and are shipping for sure to Retail stores in the Orlando area. Plus the rep said that there are plenty of interesting items in store for this year…….?”

UPDATE: Oh dear. Now Brian Levine from Orlando wrote in to say that he hasn’t seen these anywhere locally. Nothing at FAO Schwartz or a nearby Wal*Mart Super Center just now…although the Wal Mark did have 1 case 2 months ago. Nothing at TRU, and there’s been nothing at Target for over a month. I think the best way to handle this is this: if you see the Rebel Pilots or Skiff Guards in a NEW SHIPMENT – not finding one set hidden in the doll section – write in.

Series Alpha Info
posted by Tarpals @ 2:00 pm (1/7)

Robert Carlton sent in some info on the new Galoob Series Alpha toys:
“The prototype ship is the larger of the 2, which to me makes a lot more sense. The Droid Fighter comes with a prototype Battle Droid, and the Sith Infiltrator has a Darth Maul figure in white. The Royal Starship comes with a Ric Olie figure.”

UPDATE: Although it is shown on the back of the box, it seems as if the series Alpha Naboo Fighter is NOT currently shipping.

TC-14 and R2-B1 Commtech Lines Added
posted by Tarpals @ 9:00 am (1/7)

I’ve updated the Episode One Toy Guide with bubble views and commtech chip recordings for TC-14 and R2-B1. Follow this link to get the the Toy Guide. These two figures are listed under the Collection 3 heading.
I also thought I’d point out an absolutely tiny thing on the TC-14 card. After doing my usual variation check on the figures, I noticed that, on the UPC code, the name “TC-14 Protocol Droid” is in bold type, whereas on all other cards, including R2-B1, it’s not. As I say, an extremely minor point, but I thought I’d mention it anyway.

Mos Espa News
posted by Tarpals @ 6:45 am (1/7)

An update on Mos Espa. It seems that yesterday, I posted that they had the Fan Club 4 in stock for $12.99 a pair, but Clint wrote in to say that they only have the Snitkin/AT-AT pair, for $14.99. Clint also pointed out that they’re taking orders for the damn cool Muftak and Kabe two pack, for $12.95. Limit 2 per customer.
Chris Yuhas pointed out that they also have clear Star Wars action figure stands, with the SW logo on them. Pretty cool. They have 2 pegs, one for each foot, and are priced at 12 for $6.

UPDATE: A few people wrote in to say that although they quote $14.99 on their site, the price you are charged is $12.99. Complicated…

Watto’s Box and R2-D2 with holo Leia
posted by Tarpals @ 6:45 am (1/7)

Paul Sehgal wrote in to let us know that Big K toys in New York has the Watto’s Box cinema scene for $29.99 and the whole set of 7 Commtech classic figures, including R2-D2, for $75. If you’re interested in buying either of these, Big K accept phone orders to: (516)-243-4566. If you’re still absolutely desperate for R2-D2, this might not be such a bad buy, since you’re lucky to get the figure for less than $60 on eBay, and it’s doesn’t seem to be going into the Admiral Motti wave, which means it’s not going to get any commoner until one of the current case assortments changes.

UPDATE: Neil called Big K and was quoted $90 plus shipping. That must be the new price since they realized everyone wanted the R2-D2 🙂

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 12:47 am (1/7)

Hasbro doesn’t stop. The newest assortment of classic Star Wars action figures is about to be released. SW Fig. Asst. (Wave 29) (Item #84185D, $109.99) is scheduled to contain the following figures with COMMTech Chips included (subject to change): 3x Princess Leia with Hood Up, 3x Admiral Motti, 2x Darth Vader with Interrogation Droid, 1x Stormtrooper with battle damage and blaster rifle rack, 1x Han Solo from Cantina, 2x Luke Skywalker with T-16. Pre-order yours today atEntertainment Earth!

Bonus Pit Droid packs added to Toy Guide
posted by Tarpals @ 7:15 pm (1/6)

I’ve added carded images of the new Darth Maul (Sith Lord), Obi-Wan (Jedi Knight) and Anakin (Naboo Pilot) foreign 2 packs to the Toy Guide, which, this year, come with Pit Droids rather than Battle Droids. Each figure is available with all 3 different colored Pit Droids: white, orange, or red. You can see all 9 carded images over at the Toy Guide.

Upcoming Hasbro items
posted by Tarpals @ 5:55 pm (1/6)

I received a new Hasbro product list today, that confirms some items we announced a short while ago, including Padme in the orange outfit, Quarrens, and Kitster. Interestingly enough, these 2 items were llisted together, alongside the Fambaa:
“Darth Maul w/Sith Infiltrator
Obi-Wan Kenobi w/ Gungan Sub”
At the moment, I’m not sure if these are 3 3/4″ scale vehicles with figures, or if this is the Darth Maul with mini Sith Infilatrator we have already seen, and an Obi-Wan with a mini Gungan Sub. If I find out, I’ll post the info.
Other interesting items on the list are 12″ items. Here is a list of 2000 Episode One and POTF2 12″ figures, many of which are new:

Episode One 12″

Battle Droid Commander
Boss Nass
Mace Windu
Ody Mandrell with Pit droid
Sebulba with Otoga 222
Nute Gunray
Qui-gon Jinn (Poncho)
Senator Palpatine
Gungan on Kaadu
Blue Senate Guard with Chancellor Valorum
Darth Maul on Sith Speeder
Aurra Sing
Shmi Skywalker
Electronic Darth Sidious
Electronic TC-14 Protocol Droid
Fode and Beed

Power of the Force 12″

Bounty Hunter 5-pack
Sandtrooper with Dewback
Biker Scout

The first 2 POTF items stand out as big and expensive, but certainly possible if you consider the Taun Taun and the JCPenny ESB 4 pack.

R2-D2 arrives from Action Ace
posted by Tarpals @ 3:05 pm (1/6)

Chris Yuhas wrote in to say that he got his R2-D2 with hologram Leia and R2-B1 today from Action Ace, in mint condition. I myself received a FedEx tracking number from them, which gives very detailed info about exactly where your item is. Looks like ActionAce have done well with the huge number of orders.

UPDATE (7/Jan): I got my order today. Seems like they put a lot of effort into ensuring I get it, because they sent it from CA to Britain in 3 days – that’s expensive. Great condition toys. If you haven’t received your R2 from Action Ace, it’s coming in the next day or so.

Hasbro Discontining Items?
posted by Tarpals @ 2:00 pm (1/6)

Since I posted that notice about Amazon not restocking Skiff Guards, I’ve had a couple more reports. One, from Utinni, says that eToys have dropped the Skiff Guards, AND the Rebel Pilots. Don’t forget that Hasbro have stopped Cinema Scenes, presumably due to low sales, so this is certainly very possible.
Then I got this e-mail from Tia about accessory packs:
“The Accessory sets line for the Star Wars 3 3/4” figures has been DISCONTINUED!

Although I have no way to confirm this directly through Kenner, I have confirmed it several other ways, see below:

CONFIRMATIONS:
1. PER WALMART – Toys Manager here in Lima, Ohio, reports that the 2nd wave was on their ordering lists, but that Walmart ordered NONE, do to poor sales of the first wave. First wave now clearanced at .99 in all Walmart’s around here. Manager states 2nd wave no longer appears on ordering list.

2. PER TOYS R US – First wave clearanced 1.99. 2nd wave has SKU # in computer, but states 0 in warehouse and DISCONTINUED.

3. PER RITE AID – Acc Sets not on ordering list, period, anymore.

4. AMAZON.COM – Received response to inquiry I emailed, stating that there would be no more Accessory Sets, they are DISCONTINUED.

5. BIG-E.COM – Received reponse to email and via telephone stating that they are sold out of the new 2nd wave accessory sets. I then called and inquired about backordering (like I did the Watto Box Seat CS). When the employee tried to do so, the computer would not allow it. After several days of trying to find out, employee told me he had contacted their warehouse and that these items had been discontinued, and that BigE was not able to order any more of them.”
Pretty conclusive evidence. Keep a look out for the second wave of accessory packs…I know that these haven’t been around at all in Glasgow, or anywhere I know of in Britain, so these seem quite hard to find – to me anyway 🙂

Dan Emmons sent in a copy of the e-mail he received about the Skiff Guards from Amazon.com. It’s a bit long to post, but the basic idea is that it will not be in stock in the “forseeable future”.

UPDATE: Mike wrote in to say that he received similar e-mails concerning Adi Gallia and the Jabba the Hutt beast pack. As Mike states, I doubt that Hasbro would discontinue these items, because there is certainly still demand for them. Maybe the Skiff Guards and Rebel Pilots aren’t dead yet?

Armored Scout Tank at eToys
posted by Tarpals @ 2:00 pm (1/6)

eToys have the new Battle Droid and Armored Scout Tank in stock now, priceed at $9.99. Thanks to Athin Syrd for the info.

New Fambaa Pics
posted by Tarpals @ 2:00 pm (1/6)

Here are a couple of new pics of the Fambaa, for those who don’t have it yet. This image is a close-up of the photo of the upcoming Ammo Wagon with Falumpaset, and this image is a size comparison of the Fambaa with the Kaadu. Thanks to George Collazo for the pics!

Skiff Variations
posted by Gonk @ 12:35 pm (1/6)

It seems that the upcoming Skiff w Luke (Jedi) figure will have a variation. Hasbro plans on releasing a skiff that is “sandy” along with the clean version that has been pictured on the web already. No information on when the “sandy” version will be released is available at this time. Thanks to Mr Anonymous for the info.

Lego prices
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

Amanin69 sent in these prices from K’s Merchandise for upcoming Lego sets:
Armored Assault Tank (AAT) – $19.97
Multi Troop Transport (MTT) – $47.97
TIE Interceptor – $96.97
Millenium Falcon – $96.97
I just hope these items are big and cool enough to make up for these prices.

Mos Espa Update
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

Chris Yuhas sent in the following prices from Mos Espa:
4 set of Battle Droids $19.99
Fan Club Four $12.99 a pair
Slave 1 Lego $15.99
B-Wing and Rebel Center Lego $30.00
A-Wing fighter Lego $15.00
Naboo Royal Guard $8.95
If you’re still after the new Lego or Naboo Royal Guard, now’s your chance.

Mos Espa Update
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

Chris Yuhas sent in the following prices from Mos Espa:
4 set of Battle Droids $19.99
Fan Club Four $12.99 a pair
Slave 1 Lego $15.99
B-Wing and Rebel Center Lego $30.00
A-Wing fighter Lego $15.00
Naboo Royal Guard $8.95

one last Target sales post
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

Ok, this is the last post with Target sales prices. If you find anything else, please send it in to Store Reports.
Mos Espa Podrace – $22.44
Sith Infiltrator – $7.44
Gungan Sub – $11.54
Y-wing and TIE Fighter – $29.90
Droid fighter – $1.34
Mindstorms R2-D2 – $59.90
Thanks to both JMcallaste and James K. Rossiter for that info.

UPDATE: Lee H picked up the AST with Battle Droid for $2.50, and the Technic Destroyer Droid for $12.50 today at his Target, because the checkout operator had some idea that all SW items were 75% off! Lucky Lee – either that, or target will be reducing items further.

Amazon Drop Skiff Guards
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

maul25 wrote in to say that he received a reply to a query he sent to Amazon asking when the Skiff Guards set would be back in stock. Amazon’s reply was that it will not be back in the distant future.

TC-14 12″
posted by hfsolo @ 11:55 pm (1/5)

Here is another Yakface first look for you. Click here to see the TC-14 12″ figure Boxed. Thanks to Tom R for the scan. Please do not use this scan as it was sent to us, and I do not have permission to give it out.

Mos Espa Update
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

Chris Yuhas sent in the following prices from Mos Espa:
4 set of Battle Droids $19.99
Fan Club Four $12.99 a pair
Slave 1 Lego $15.99
B-Wing and Rebel Center Lego $30.00
A-Wing fighter Lego $15.00
Naboo Royal Guard $8.95
If you’re still after the new Lego or Naboo Royal Guard, now’s your chance.

Mos Espa Update
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

Chris Yuhas sent in the following prices from Mos Espa:
4 set of Battle Droids $19.99
Fan Club Four $12.99 a pair
Slave 1 Lego $15.99
B-Wing and Rebel Center Lego $30.00
A-Wing fighter Lego $15.00
Naboo Royal Guard $8.95

one last Target sales post
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

Ok, this is the last post with Target sales prices. If you find anything else, please send it in to Store Reports.
Mos Espa Podrace – $22.44
Sith Infiltrator – $7.44
Gungan Sub – $11.54
Y-wing and TIE Fighter – $29.90
Droid fighter – $1.34
Mindstorms R2-D2 – $59.90
Thanks to both JMcallaste and James K. Rossiter for that info.

UPDATE: Lee H picked up the AST with Battle Droid for $2.50, and the Technic Destroyer Droid for $12.50 today at his Target, because the checkout operator had some idea that all SW items were 75% off! Lucky Lee – either that, or target will be reducing items further.

Amazon Drop Skiff Guards
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

maul25 wrote in to say that he received a reply to a query he sent to Amazon asking when the Skiff Guards set would be back in stock. Amazon’s reply was that it will not be back in the distant future.

TC-14 12″
posted by hfsolo @ 11:55 pm (1/5)

Here is another Yakface first look for you. Click here to see the TC-14 12″ figure Boxed. Thanks to Tom R for the scan. Please do not use this scan as it was sent to us, and I do not have permission to give it out.

Store Reports Updated – January 5th
posted by Boba Faid @ 8:55 pm (1/5)
Store Reports has again been updated today, for even more reading. More please .

Wuher is a Fan Club Exclusive!
posted by Tarpals @ 6:45 pm (1/5)

The upcoming Classic Wuher figure is a Fan Club exclusive (despite earlier rumors of a store release). He will be available to order in February this year. He will be carded with a Commtech Chip, as normal, rather than in an Oola-style box. Thanks go to Dan Madsen for this info!

Rebel Pilots and Jabba’s Guard in stock
posted by Tarpals @ 6:55 pm (1/5)

DNS Toys have the Jabba’s Guards and Rebel Pilots cinema scenes, for $24.99 each. Shipping is around $5. Thanks to Chris for the news.

12″ TC-14 to come this year
posted by Tarpals @ 3:10 pm (1/5)

Matt picked up the new issue of Lee’s Action Figure News and Toy Review magazine today, and he says that there was a picture of a boxed 12″ TC-14 inside. He mentions it looks like a simple repaint of the C-3PO figure, but it speaks 5 phrases and comes with the serving tray and cup. If anyone can send in a scan of this it would be appreciated.

Another 12″ Chewbacca Variation?
posted by Tarpals @ 3:10 pm (1/5)

John Phillips writes: “I’ve recently noticed a variation to the new 12″ Chewbacca’s ammo strap relating to how it attaches to his side pouch at the pouches top. The ammo straps are attached to the pouch either on the front of the pouch or to the rear of the pouch. In both cases the straps are attached to the top of the pouch – with the straps attached in front you can see the v-shaped bases of the straps, and with the straps attached to the backside of the pouch these bases are obscured and instead you see his ammo clips. As for date stamps I’ve seen the straps in the front with date stamps of 254 and 305, and with the straps in the rear 270 and 305; so my guess is that this accessory might be made on two different lines and/or factories.”

Target Sale – More Info
posted by Tarpals @ 3:10 pm (1/5)

This list of price reductions was sent in by Joshua D:
Gungan Catapult & Flash Cannon – $1.94
Jabba Glob – $2.44
Clash of the Lightsabers Card Game – $2.74
Interactive Banks – $8
R2-D2 Carryall Playset – $6.24
Thanks also go to “e” who mentioned the new price for the R2-D2 carry case, and he also said that when Target mark down an item, their final, lowest price always ends in a 4. This certainly works for all items I can think of that’ve been on sale recently, apart from the Interactive Banks. Will they get even cheaper? Who knows.
Ross Jarvis sent in a bit of extra info. He says an employee once told him “If it ends in 4, its next stop is out the door”! So it seems the little tip posted earlier is true. Also, Ross found the Naboo LAser Tag game for only $13.74 down from $59.99. Good deal – and its next stop is out the door, so hurry 🙂

UPDATE: Timstar29 found Battle Droid Blaster Rifles for $2.44 at his local Target, and also he found Lego items on clearance, but didn’t remember prices.

Jerome Blake to attend Plano Convention
posted by Tarpals @ 3:10 pm (1/5)

I just recevied a message from Ben Stevens, from SciFiExpo.com to say that, as a late announcement, Jerome Blake, who plays Rune Haako, Mas Amedda, Oppo Rancisis and MORE characters in Episode One, will be attending the Plano Expo THIS Sunday 9th. Also attending this show, is Benedict Taylor, who played Bravo 2 in The Phantom Menace. Stop by their site for more details on this show!

Ep I on video officially announced
posted by Gonk @ 12:30 pm (1/5)

The Official Site has finally announced the release date of Episode I on video, which is April 4th. On the page are pics of the video cover and details about the normal and widescreen version.

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 12:30 pm (1/5)

The newest vehicle from Hasbro’s Episode I toy line is now shipping. This item, formerly called the Laser Pod with Battle Droid, has been renamed and is now shipping as the Armored Scout Tank w/Battle Droid (Item #84205A, $11.99). We had a very limited supply in stock, which sold out immediately. More units should arrive in a few weeks. Reserve yours today at Entertainment Earth.

Darth Vader with Interrogation Droid for $4.99
posted by Tarpals @ 9:20 am (1/5)

EB World has the Commtech Darth Vader figure on sale now for $4.99! Thanks to Gregg for the news.

Naboo Fighter Skittles Dispenser Reduced
posted by Tarpals @ 9:20 am (1/5)

Target has the Skittles Naboo Fighter dispenser – which really is pretty cool – at 75% off. Now down to $3.24, you have no excuse not to get one! Thanks to Bob Carlton for the info.

Phantom Menace Toys sale!
posted by Tarpals @ 9:20 am (1/5)

Phantommenacetoys.com News:
Collection 1 Episode I Action Figures are on sale for $3.99 each. Sale lasts through Thursday Jan 6.

Choose from:
Darth Maul (Duel), Jar Jar, Obi-Wan (Duel), Qui-Gon (Duel), Battle Droids (all 4 variations), Amidala (Naboo), Qui-Gon (Naboo), or Anakin (Tatooine).

NO LIMITS!!!

Received last week (late) – Episode I Plush Buddies – 6 to choose from.

Store Reports and Rumor Mill Updated – January 4th
posted by Boba Faid @ 7:20 pm (1/4)

Store Reports and Rumor Mill have both been updated today, for some long reading. Keep them coming!

Special Request
posted by Boba Faid @ 7:20 pm (1/4)

Eric has a special request for all you Americans, so go check it out HERE

Canada News Anakin Naboo Carded
posted by Boba Faid @ 7:20 pm (1/4)

Frank from Quebec sent in this great scan of the newly released Anakin Naboo. So far they’ve only been sighted in Quebec, plus an inconclusive report from Ontario. Hopefully they won’t be like Vader with Removable Helmet: only a few cases in Montreal and Toronto and that’s it…

Amazon Prices Back Up!
posted by Tarpals @ 7:00 pm (1/4)

Mike wrote in about the recent Amazon deals: “I saw on Rebelscum.com that the Amazon deals had stopped. I used the links that you posted to get back to the figures and see what the deal was. Seems that all the items are still in stock at Amazon, but have gone back up to full price. I ordered Qui-Gon Jinn (Naboo) for $1.75, now he’s $6.99 again.” Pretty wierd if you ask me. I’d have thought that the point of reducing items is to clear them… Ah well. If you’ve not bought yet – you’re too late!

Target and Walgreens Price Markdowns
posted by Tarpals @ 1:00 pm (1/4)

Joel found the Gungan Catapult and Flash Cannon accessory sets for $4 each, plus the Lego Droid Fighter for $3.50 at a Target store in Baltimore. JD Dolan found the R2-DF2 Carry Case for $14.90, and the interactive banks for $20/21, also at Target.
JD Dolan found the Jabba Glob toy for $5 and the Commtech Reader for $11 at Walgreens, and Matt Hedgecock got the Opee and Kaadu for $10 each at Walgreens in Tampa, Florida. Matt’s Walgreens store had 50% off all Star Wars items!

UPDATE: Target in New Albany, Indiana, has the interactive banks for $8, and the Sith Probe Droid game for $9! Thanks to Travis for the news.

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 11:10 am (1/4)

Hope you had a wonderful New Year! Now that the world is still here, we are proud once again to stock a product from the last century…SW Fig. Asst. Coll. 1 Wave 8 (Item #69570H, $119.99). This set of Freeze Frame action figures contains 2x Princess Leia Organa as Jabba’s Prisoner, 2x Lando Calrissian in General’s Gear, 2x Princess Leia in Ewok Celebration Gear, 2x Endor Rebel Soldier, 1x Han Solo in Carbonite Block, 1x Ben Kenobi, 1x Lando as Skiff Guard, 1x Luke Stormtrooper Disguise, 1x Bespin Han Solo, 1x Han Solo in Endor Gear, and 2x Luke Skywalker in Bespin Gear with removable hand. Very limited supply available. Order now at Entertainment Earth!

R2-D2s shipping
posted by Tarpals @ 3:15 pm (1/3)

I just got an e-mail from Action Ace to say that my order of R2-D2 with hologram Leia, TC-14, and 2 R2-B1s shipped on 30th December. That’s pretty good considering that I just found out I was getting TC-14s and R2-B1s in place of R2-D2s that same day at 3pm PST.

UPDATE: ActionAce are having technical troubles on their site. If your order status is still unprocessed, give them a call to make sure it’s not been shipped. If you want to know, of course 🙂

Australian news site
posted by Tarpals @ 1:55 pm (1/3)

Pete from The Public Universe has set up a news page for citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and other countries. You can check it out at http://216.35.120.23/Indices/91702.html.
Pete also sent in a reminder about the Price Petition. Don’t forget that all over the world, and even in some parts of America, figures are very hard to find, some don’t get distributed, and prices are incredibly high (here in Britain where I live, retail price is more than $12 – for tri-stinking-logos!). Please sign his petition, if you haven’t already, by visiting his page at http://server.com/WebApps/byo.cgi?id=19334.

Vintage Collection for sale
posted by Tarpals @ 1:00 pm (1/3)

My friend Noor Razzak is selling his vintage collection over on eBay. It is item number 229632177, and Noor is offering free shipping anywhere in the world if his reserve price is met.

Fake Prototype Info Page
posted by Tarpals @ 1:00 pm (1/3)

If you are, like me, into collecting the rarest Star Wars variations – prototype figures – you may be aware of a recent attack of fake figures hitting eBay, and other places. My friend Allen Hayden has updated his page with information about these so that you don’t get caught out. You can get to his page HERE. The situation with these fakes it getting quite serious – I have a couple of them myself – so make sure you read the page if you do buy these items.

Brian’s Toys Newsletter #19
posted by Tarpals @ 8:20 pm (1/2)

Click here to read the Brian’s Toys Newsletter #19. This issue’s special offer is a Greedo on the green card for $4. Read the newsletter for more great deals!

12″ Padmé Box Scans
posted by Tarpals @ 9:30 am (1/2)

The Episode One Toyguide has been updated. I’ve added boxed back and front scans of the 12″ Queen Amidala Colecltion “Beautiful Braids Padmé”, plus insert tray and head close-up images, thanks to Jon. Head over to the Toyguide to check them out.

Factory Sample figures at ToyManiacs
posted by Tarpals @ 9:30 am (1/2)

AzNike877 wrote in to say that Toy Maniacs have listed on their site, 2 factory sample figures. The new Episode One Tusken Raider, and Mas Amedda. Mas is already out of stock (if he was ever in stock) but the Tusken Raider is there now. These are loose figures, and from experience these are usually the same as the final production figures, although there are sometimes color variations in the paintwork. Priced at $19.99, this isn’t bad if you’re desperate for the new Tusken Raider now and you’re opening it anyway. Figure has his rifle, but no Commtech chip. This figure should be released with the new chip design in March. If you go to the site, these are listed in the “Loose Figures” section of their Star Wars category. The site also has the soft goods wave in stock for $11.99 each, including Darth Maul.
UPDATE: Typical. Just when I go to get a Tusken Raider…sold out.

Fantom Meanies at ActionAce
posted by Tarpals @ 9:30 am (1/2)

Mark Jeter wrote in to say that ActionAce have the E1 Fantom Meanie Babies set of 6 in stock now for the special price of $14.99, down from $49.95. These are apparently limited to 25,000 sets produced.

Target Lego Markdown
posted by Tarpals @ 9:30 am (1/2)

Target have marked down the price of the Mos Espa Podrace LEGO set – down to $54.00.

Stormtrooper Armor For Sale
posted by Tarpals @ 9:30 am (1/2)

Mike is selling off a set of full size Stormtrooper armor over on eBay. Item number 228995565.

M & M Collectibles Newsfeed
posted by Tarpals @ 7:30 pm (1/1)

Thanks to all of you for a GREAT 1999!
As a thank you for the good year, we’re having a sale to end the year….This is good for Yakface readers only, and until January 1st ONLY!!

20% OFF ANY PURCHASE!!

The only thing that is not included in this sale are normal sized Star Wars Action Figures…Everything else IS included.

Thanks again and hope you had a happy and safe New Year!
M & M Collectibles

UK News 12″ Sale at TRU
posted by Tarpals @ 11:00 am (1/1)

Kris wrote in to say that TRU stores have a sale on all 6 12″ Episode One figures – down to £9.99 each. That’s Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, Jar Jar Binks, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Battle Droid and Watto. I picked up a Darth Maul in the US box for this price, but they had both US and Euro boxes for most figures. I saw Euro boxed Battle Droid, Watto and Obi-Wan, which was the first time I’d seen them. Most TRUs have a large stock of them, but if you want a Darth Maul I suggest you try to get there this week.

November 1999 Archive

Darth Sidious Holo is out!
posted by dlr @ 5:40 pm (11/30)

I have recieved several reports from various parts of the country that Darth Sidious and the Naboo Royal Guard are showing up. All reports have them surfacing at Toys ‘R’ Us stores.

Boxed Fambaa and Eopie Pics
posted by gonk @ 12:10 pm (11/30)

Outer Rim has posted some pics of the Fambaa and Eopie boxed.

Maul Jackets!
posted by hfsolo @ 10:55 pm (11/29)

Once again we here at Yakface are able to offer you the fans a special price on a cool item. Readers of Echostation and Yakface’s Realm are able to purchase these jackets at the same price that they were available at the Fan Club sale in Denver. The normal price on these was $295 at the show in Denver back in May, they have been available on the Fan Club site for the same price. Now, Yakface and Echostation has worked with the Fan Club to get these Jackets at a cost of $150, you the readers can get them for cost plus shipping. The sizes that are available are XL and XXL, If you are interested email me. We make no money on these, and you get all the benefits. This is something we plan on doing for the fans for sometime to come.

4th fig for 1 penny!
posted by dlr @ 5:15 pm (11/29)

K&C has an offer going now as follows:
K & C Collectibles has a buy 3 Episode 1 figures get the 4 one for 1 penny until December 3, 1999. All other specials are null and void under this offer.

M&M Newsfeed:::::
posted by dlr @ 5:15 pm (11/29)

M&M Collectibles has some great deals! Check out their list here!

New Fig News
posted by hfsolo @ 10:40 pm (11/28)

From Dick D over at The Outer Rim:

Maul from the Obi-Wan / Maul 2-pack splits in half. he has a magnet in his waist, allowing him to split.
The Exploding Destroyer Droid is triggered from the hind leg- you jolt it back and the whole droid flies apart from the waist up.
JarJar with Fish has several NEW points of articulation- including pivoting ankles, and an a pivoting neck that lets his his neck and head move straight up, and straight down.

More Toys ‘R’ Us
posted by hfsolo @ 6:00 pm (11/28)

I went to McDonald’s today and they’re offering a Toys ‘R Us certificate on their twenty piece McNuggets. It states that if you have a purchace of over $9.00 at Toys ‘R Us you get $3 off. If you have a purchase over $9.00 at Toysrus.com then you get $9.00 off. This is a good way to get the $50 Han Solo Keyboard Playset (marked down to $9.99) for $0.99 with free shipping. For the McDonald’s discount, go to http://www.toysrus.com/mcdonalds.

Free Figure in Sundays Adds.
posted by hfsolo @ 6:00 pm (11/28)

This add was placed in the Sunday paper. Here are the details:
“Hasbro Ad/Coupon.
It’s located in with all of the coupons that come packed with the Sunday paper. There are two items of interest. One is a form to fill out to sign your kid up for the Star Wars Jedi Quest Kids Club. You receive a free subscription to COMMLINK (the official Jedi newsletter), find out about the newest toys first, and get e-mails of what’s hot in your part of the universe. Second, there is a coupon for a free figure (up to $7.00 value) with the purchase of $20 in Hasbro or Galoob Star Wars toys. It expires on 12/31/99. It also states that it is good only for assortments 84085, 84095, 84105, and 84185.”

Thanks to all that sent in the info.

Cheap Figs in Canada.
posted by hfsolo @ 6:00 pm (11/28)

Thanks to Boba Faid for this news. In Canada you can pick up figures for 5.97 which works out to about 3.80 to 4.00 in US funds. Not a bad price.

Merry Christmas from Toys ‘R’ Us Online.
posted by hfsolo @ 6:00 pm (11/27)

Head over to Toysrus.com These are the type of deals they have. All I did was do a search on Star Wars in the search box “by Keyword“. You will get 41 pages of items. There are so many other deals as well. Don’t forget Toys ‘R’ Us Online now lets you return any item to the store if it is damaged. There is also FREE shipping.

Die Cast Vehicles – Naboo Starfighter Model $9.98
All Galoob/Hasbro Diecast Ships are $2.98
All Galoob/Hasbro Action Fleet Mini-Scenes are $4.99
Episode 1 Electronic Talking Figure – Darth Maul 12″ $14.99
Electronic Talking 12″ Jar Jar $14.99
All 4 Battle Bags Episode 1 are $3.98
Naboo Defense Game $19.99 normally $29.99
Gungan Frontier Win or Mac $9.99
Episode 1 Galactic Battle Strategy Game $29.99
Hasbro Anakin Podracer $13.99 (normally $24.99)
Lego Mos Espa Podrace $66.99
Lego Droid Fighter $3.99
Lego Naboo Fighter $14.99
Lego Anakin’s Podracer $10.99
Lego Light saber Duel $3.99
Lego Tie Fighter and Y-Wing $36.99
Lego X-Wing $21.99 Lego Snowspeeder $14.99
Lego Sith Inifiltrator $21.99
Lego Gungan Swamp $36.99
Monopoly Star Wars for Windows $9.99
Ep1 Monopoly Board Game $29.99
SNES Return of the jedi and The Empire Strikes Back for $14.97 each
Sith Droid Atack Game $29.99
Sebulba’s Podracer $13.99 normally $24.99
Episode 1 Action Fleet are $9.99

Etoys has good stuff instock
posted by hfsolo @ 4:55 am (11/27)

Looking for toys and deals? eToys has 50% off certain Star Wars items. Here are some good deals. The Jabbas Palace pop-up $7.49, Rebel Pilots Cinema Scene in stock, Tatooine Showdown Cinema Scene in stock, Electronic Qui-Gon, Jar Jar, and Darth Maul $19.99 each, Kaadu and Jar Jar 3 3/4″ $12.99, OOM-9 $3.49, Action Fleet mini-scenes are $4.99. Many other deals. Stop in and save some cash for the holidays!

Cool new game for Playstation.
posted by Ob1k @ 4:30pm (11/26)

Lucasarts will be releasing a new game for the Playstation this Spring called
Episode I: Jedi Power Battles. It’s supposed to be a fast action, arcade style game along the lines of Super Star Wars for the SNES! You can choose from 5 different E1 characters including Qui-Gonn, Obi-Wan, Mace Windu, Plo Koon and Adi Galia! Each has special moves and Force Powers!

JC Penney Outlet Stores 
posted by Ob1k @ 4:30pm (11/26)

Still no sign out here of the reported Anakin, Pit Droid, and R2-A6 12″ 3 packs for $14.99, but they did have the Thinkway Darth Maul and Qui-Gonn banks for $17.99. Droid Fighters and Anakin’s pod racer $9.99 each, older POTF II playsets Endor Bunker and Hoth Battle only $6.99!

Yakface’s Realm Toyguide updated regularly!

posted by Ob1k @ 10:35 pm (11/25)

Hi, everyone. This is Ob1 and I’m back on board to help with the Toyguide! I’ve started with an update to the Star Wars Action Figure Page. There are 15 new figures online with vintage comparison images, POTF II carded images, and even wav.files for Commtech Figs! It’s a great reference and we hope you enjoy it. LMK what you think, and have a nice long weekend!

Shop Amazon!

posted by dlr @ 10:25 pm (11/25)

Here’s a few good deals I found this morning at Amazon.com!

Mos Espa Encounter Cinema Scene $9.99
Jabba Glob $4.99
Action Fleet remote control Fambaa $9.49
CommTech Reader $6.49
Action Fleet Naboo Fighter $5.99
Sebulba’s Pod Racer [for the 3.75″ line] $12.49
Pop-up Jabba’s playset with Han in Carbonite $7.49
Flash Speeder $7.49

Use the following coupons during checkout to receive $10 off a purchase of $25 or more at Amazon.com

* PRESENTS-4-ALL (expires ??/??/??)
* GREAT-PRESENT (expires 12/20/99)
* AMZNPRESENT2 (expires 12/21/99)

Yak Poll
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Hey! I want you all to vote for the Yak Poll on teh right side here on which figure you want to see resculpted! It’s pretty much a tie right now between Boba Fett and the Biker Scout!

Re-release of EPISODE ONE
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE TO RETURN TO THEATRES FOR ONE WEEK TO BENEFIT LOCAL CHARITIES

The Phantom Menace will return to motion picture theatres across the U.S. and Canada for a one week run beginning December 3, 1999. One hundred percent of the box-office proceeds from this encore charity release will be contributed to local charities selected by theatre owners. This is the first time in history that total revenues generated from the exhibition of a film in movie theatres across the U.S. and Canada will be contributed to charitable causes.

When Star Wars: Episode I was initially released in May, it did not have celebrity premieres. Instead, the film premiered in 11 cities as a benefit for local children’s charities, raising a total of $5.3 million. Now, in the spirit of the holiday season, Lucasfilm, Twentieth Century Fox and local theatre owners are coming together in about 350 cities in the U.S. and Canada to create this unique release to benefit 174 different charities.

Said Gordon Radley, President of Lucasfilm Ltd., “We’re delighted that so many companies have gotten behind an event that will bring attention and financial support to deserving causes in our communities. The project has gotten the enthusiastic backing of our colleagues at Twentieth Century Fox; theatre owners across the U.S. and Canada; Hasbro and LEGO Systems, which are helping to advertise the release; local newspapers, which are providing movie listings; and many others whom we also want to thank.”

For further information, including a complete list of cities, theaters and charities, see http://www.starwars.com

Thanks,
Jen Donahoe

Darth Maul….. Chick Magnet.
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Here’s Darth Maul with his 67 Camaro Z28!

THANKS TO PETE FOR THE SCAN!

Entertainment Earth’s Automated News Feed:
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

It’s here, and it’s amazing. The new Naboo Royal Starship Blockade Cruiser and Playset (Item #84146, $119.99) includes 3 vehicles, an exclusive red R2 unit and has 15 distinct movie sounds. A Trade Federation Droid Fighter with infrared technology remotely blasts off panels, sets off alarms, lights and explosion sounds. A removable Escape Vessel seats 1 figure and an R2 unit. The starship is 3 feet long.Order yours today!

Different Mauls?
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Nick writes….
“I found this Jedi Duel Maul on a .0000 card at KB toys. They redid the paint mask on the face. You can clearly see the differences. The new one has no pink chin and is technically more accurate. But, I still like the old pink chin better.” Check the scans here.

THANKS TO NICK FOR THE SCAN!

Target sale this weekend
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

TARGET is having a pretty decent sale on some items this upcoming “shop till you drop” weekend. How’s $88 for the Queen’s ship sound? Or how about a $17 Naboo Fighter? Fig for $5? Yes…… check the ad here!

THANKS TO SCOTT FOR THE SCAN!

99 cent figs?!
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Check out the local CVS/Revco stores. I stopped there tonight and found the Royal Security Guards. All of their Star Wars Figures were only $0.99, thats right 99 cents!

THANKS TO Matt G from Dayton, OH

Brians Toys #13
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Brian’s Newsletter #13 can be read right here -> Click me!

Qui-Gon Lightsaber in a new box
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

I noticed a new packaging variation on the Qui-Gon Jinn lightsaber. It is now available in a red box as opposed to the familiar black. The product number is still .0000 on the back. This change is reminiscent of the Darth Vader lightsaber packaging change from red to green.
THANKS TO DAVID CORDES FOR THE INFO!

Custom Costumes!
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Brian writes in with this-

My wife, Jedi Master of the sewing machine, created these from scratch! she beaded, sewed, dyed, and hot-glued all of her costume, and all but my helmet, too (which was store-bought). (my boots were sanded and dyed — she made the “spats” also.)

Check out the pics here! –>>http://members.aol.com/afpi/costumes/

FIA Newsfeed
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Check out what Figuresinaction.com has to offer!

AMAZON.COM COUPONS
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Here are some $10 off coupons for Amazon.com that can be used by anybody. Although they can only be used once per person.

Use the following coupons during checkout to receive $10 off a purchase of $25 or more at Amazon.com

* PRESENTS-4-ALL (expires ??/??/??)
* GREAT-PRESENT (expires 12/20/99)
* AMZNPRESENT2 (expires 12/21/99)

THANKS TO Pete S. in NJ

M&M + PMT Newsfeed
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Hot Deals at M&M plus PMT!

E1 Buddies hit TRU 
posted by Ob1k @ 10:05pm (11/23)

The Buddies are back! A little smaller and a little cheaper. Found them at TRU this afternoon for $5.99 each. The Jar Jar and Watto are especially nice.

Kbkids.com
posted by Gonk @ 12:25 am (11/23)

Kbkids.com is now offering a 5.00 coupon for the inconvinience, plus free shipping after $30.00. Thanks to Andy for the news.

Sale @ Amazon.com!
posted by dlr @ 6:15 am (11/22)

Amazon.com has a bunch of figures, including Episode 1 R2-D2, OMM-9, Captain Tarpels, Nute Gunray, Rune Haako, and Naboo Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, for $3.49, plus both Anakin’s and Sebulba’s Pod Racers are $9.99. I received a $10.00 gift certificate from ordering in the past, so I received 5 figures for $20.95, best deal I’ve found on figures in quite a while.

Thanks to Echutta for the tip!

The 9.99 podracers are the Action Fleet size, not the larger ones with the 3 3/4″ figures.

JC PENNY- ROYAL SHIP
posted by dlr @ 6:15 am (11/22)

A fellow collector writes in:
I ORDERED THE ROYAL SHIP & WHEN I WENT TO PICK IT UP AT THE LOCAL JCPENNY I WAS AMAZED AT THE STUPIDITY OF THEIR SHIPPING DEPT. INSTEAD OF PLACING THE PRODUCT IN A FULL BOX WHEN SHIPPED, THEY PLACED IT IN A SLEEVE AND USED PACKAGING TAPE ON THE EXPOSED ENDS. I REFUSED TO PURCHASE THIS ITEM BECAUSE WHEN I TRIED TO CAREFULLY REMOVE THE TAPE IT REMOVED THE GRAPHICS FROM THE BOX. A FRIEND OF MINE ALSO ORDERED THE SHIP THROUGH JCPENNY & HIS WASN’T EVEN SHIPPED IN ANYTHING. THE SHIPPING INFORMATION WAS ADHERED TO THE BOX ITSELF.

New Reviews Posted!
posted by starforce @ 11:30 pm (11/20)

About 20 NEW Reviews have been posted including first ever reviews of the Battle Droid from the foreign two-packs, Ronto Beast Pack, Complete Galaxy Tatooine, and a TON of Galoob Action Fleet reviews. Too many to list here! Go check it out for yourself.

eToys War Wagon Info
posted by starforce @ 11:30 pm (11/20)

“Kgirl” recently spoke to a manager at etoys and it seems they never even got the War Wagon in stock in the first place. Here is some more info: “When they received their shipment, they labeled a common item with the Gungan War Wagon info. The hold up in shipping was that the item labeled was not matching the info. Why it took them two weeks to figure that out, I’ll never know? I also learned that the customer service reps DO NOT contact the warehouse until their 10 day shipping period is over. In other words, the reps will keep telling us that an item is on its way when in fact they never have the item in the first place. They do not call the warehouse to see why an item has not shipped until their customary 10 shipping days have passed and the item has still not shipped. So, if you had this item on order I would call Etoys at 1-800-GO-ETOYS and have them explain the situation. But, this is the info I was given.” Thanks for the info!

Vader and Stormtrooper Quantity Change
posted by starforce @ 11:30 pm (11/20)

Just a quick note that Mos Espa.com has changed the limit of Vader and Stormtrooper COMMtech from 1 each per customer to 2 each per customer. Thanks to Andrew for the update.

Episode I Send Backs
posted by starforce @ 11:30 pm (11/20)

John noted on a recent visit to Toys ‘R’ Us and Wal*Mart that they were preparing to send back a lot of Episode I figures to Hasbro. About seven cases were packed and ready to be sent back to Hasbro at Toys ‘R’ Us. Looks like stores can’t sell the May 3rd figures, and in order to put out the newer figures they have to send them back to Hasbro. I knew Hasbro was going to over produce Episode I toys!

New Prototype Pics Posted
posted by starforce @ 11:30 pm (11/20)

Head on over to The Outer Rim to see prototype pics of Qui-Gon Jinn with Soft Goods and Swimming Jar Jar Binks w/ Fish.

M&M Newsfeed::::::
posted by dlr @ 7:00 pm (11/19)

M&M, Star Wars toys, and free shipping? More here!

Maul (Sith Lord) Wave carded
posted by Gonk @ 6:20 pm (11/19)

Toymaniacs has pics of the upcoming Maul (Sith Lord) wave.

Defective R2 letter
posted by Gonk @ 6:20 pm (11/19)

Thanks to Qui Gon Jimm for the following news.
“Just wanted to pass along the letter I received in the mail today from Hasbro regarding the defective R2 unit that comes with the Queen’s Starship. It also came with a return label that is postage due to Hasbro.”
Here is a pic of the letter.

Hasbro getting figs back again?
posted by Gonk @ 6:20 pm (11/19)

Thanks to John for the following news.
“Today I was in the Fond du lac area and found that Shopko has marked down the Jabbas Skiff Guards cinema scene to $7.99. I also noticed that TRU and Walmart are starting to send back a majority of the Coll 1 Ep 1 figures. TRU had no less than 7 cases packed and ready to go back to Hasbro. Walmart had a list of send back figures that the clerks were filling shopping carts with.”

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 6:20 pm (11/19)

Theed Generator Complex In stock
“We now have two different Star Wars Episode I playsets from Hasbro in stock. The new Theed Generator Complex (Item #26220A, $24.99) can connect to the Theed Hangar Playset (Item #84055, $38.99) to create the entire generator complex. Order today!” Now at Entertainment Earth

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ!
Posted by HFSOLO

If you were notified as a winner of the STAR WARS INSIDER MAGAZINE, email me ASAP!!! hfsolo@yakface.com. I still need two people to reply!

Defender Newsfeed ::::
posted by dlr @ 8:20 pm (11/17)

See what Defender has to offer right here!

Meijer Price cuts
posted by dlr @ 8:20 pm (11/17)

PAGEWOOD writes in with this-
I work in the toy department at a Meijers store and the following Hasbro Star Wars items have just been put on clearance:
Classic Trilogy 12″ (Luke Stormtrooper, Lightsaber Training Obi-Wan, and Panda Baba) for $9.99
Phantom Menace Epic Force figures for $9.99
Phantom Menace Tatooine Blaster for $6.49
Phantom Menace Battle Droid Blaster for $9.99
Phantom Menace Podracers with figures for $16.99
Phantom Menace Beast Packs for $9.99
Phantom Menace Cinema Scene 3-Packs for $9.99
Plus Phantom Menace 3 3/4″ figures are on sale this week for $5.49

FIA Newsfeed::::
posted by dlr @ 8:20 pm (11/17)

Check out what they have to offer here!

Vader and Stormtrooper at Mos Espa
posted by Gonk @ 7:25 pm (11/16)

The new Vader and Stormtrooper figures are back in stock at Mos Espa. Thanks to everyone who wrote in about it.

Jabba beast pack at Target.com
posted by Gonk @ 7:25 pm (11/16)

Target.com has the Jabba beast pack in stock for only $12.99. They also have Anakin (Naboo) and Adi Gallia if anyone still needs them. Thanks to everyone who wrote in with the news.

Marmit Sandtrooper
posted by Gonk @ 7:25 pm (11/16)

If anyone is interested in the Marmit Sandtrooper you may want to e-mailhktoys. He is taking orders for them now.

Ton Of New Reviews Added!
posted by starforce @ 10:45 pm (11/15)

A ton of new Reviews have been added today including new ones on Queen Amidala Senate Gown Doll, Anakin’s Podracer, Watto’s Box cinema scene, Kaadu, Stormtrooper COMMtech, and much more!!!

Just a quick question – the index page of the reviews is getting near 100k in size which means a longer loading time. My question is would you rather have the reviews section divided into seperate pages like click on POTF2 and you will be taken to a list of POTF2 reviews, or would you rather have a long loading time on the page (probably 15 seconds or more) and keep all the reviews listed on one page. Please let me know what you want me to do!

Episode I On T.V! (Sort Of…)
posted by starforce @ 10:45 pm (11/15)

Several reports have come in of Episode I now playing in several hotels in the pan and scan version. Word is the pan and scan version is horrible, one person said during several scenes of the final battle, Darth Maul was often out of the picture and it looked like the Jedi’s were fighting the invisible man! Look for it on video around March 2000, hopefully a widescreen version will be available on video.

Jar Jar’s Journey Released
posted by starforce @ 10:45 pm (11/15)

This in from the official site: “Lucas Learning Releases Jar Jar’s Journey. An interactive tale with fourteen animated pages, Jar Jar’s Journey is a CD-ROM designed to immerse children ages 4 and up in the exciting story of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. In this adventure book, children will read along with Jar Jar, Queen Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, and Qui-Gon Jinn as they follow Jar Jar on his exciting adventure from the Naboo swamp to Tatooine.” Go to the official site for more info!

Royal Starship Astromech Droid Possibly Corrected
posted by starforce @ 10:45 pm (11/15)

David wrote in that he found a Royal Starship playset at Toys ‘R’ Us with the corrected Astromech droid. For tons of info and pics of the defective Astromech droid, head on over to rebelscum.com!

TPM playing in Hotels
posted by dlr @10:20 pm (11/15)

We had some people write in today saying that The Phantom Menace was a movie option in recent hotel stays @ $9 per view. Then I learned from a trip over to TheForce.Net That they too have had several reports on this and mentioned that maybe a video release is coming sooner that we thought? TFN also mentioned that they had recieved reports of bootlegs from the hotel pan-and-scan already hitting the convention circuit for $15 a pop!

Special Request
posted by dlr @3:30 pm (11/14)

HFSOLO is requesting that anyone who can help him obtain one each of those pit droid packs. He has a Tattoine Showdown, and other figures to trade or I will buy them outright. Drop him and email @hfsolo@yakface.com

Electronic Naboo Fighter CHEAP
posted by hfsolo @7:40 pm (11/14)

An early Christmas from us at Yakface. We have the ability to sell the Electronic Naboo Fighters (This is the $30 dollar one) for $14 BRAND NEW. If you are interested please let me know. We have these in unlimited quantity. If you order you can get one of the Exclusive Denver Celebration T-Shirts included for free. Email me if interested.

More on Pitdroids [sigh]
posted by dlr @2:40 pm (11/14)

Here is some very interesting news on the yet to be released Pitdroids plus some comparisons on the new R2-D2 w/ holo Leia, thanks to Darth Bane for this report:

“Just to let you know I have one of each of the 2-packs and you info is partly incorrect. All three Pit Droids are quite different. Yes one is close to the same color as the Gasgano one but all three have fixed bent arms and knees. The body is much thicker than the Gasgano Pit Droid. The eyes are solid black and the antennas are not painted.The head and waist piece may be the same but everything else is different. They all come with the same tool trunk. I’m not sure if these are going to be in the Droid 2-pack since it would’t look good with two sittin Pit Droids. Maybe one but not two. Also that 3-pack Pit Droids we have seen that was thought to be the same thing is also different. The accessory in that pic is different than the tool trunk these come with. Just some news on that.

My second bit of news is R2-D2 w/holo Leia. I have seen the revised R2 and it is different. First off you will notice the internal bubble shell has changed to deeper cut in square towards the center. The head is now flush with the body. There is a sticker on R2 right hand side on his head that is either smaller or bigger. I don’t remember which but I will have one this week to get a full description. The other thing is the legs. On the side you can see a silver part that is thin and on the new one it is inverted. Why they would change the legs I don’t know. The body is exactly the same. The Leia is the same also. The head looks strange. The center piece on top of his head sticks out more and I think the color is a more bland silver. I will have more news when I have my own. I did when I saw them have them side by side to make the comparison.”

Order some comics and save
posted by dlr @2:40 pm (11/14)

Carmody writes in with this:
Hey guys. No news about any big sausage sales, but here’s a good one for Star Wars comics. Go to NextPlanetOver.com for your first order free up to $15! Not much for toys, but they’ve got plenty of Star Wars comics. i just ordered and only paid $5.95 shipping for my $15 order. later….

K&C Newsfeed::::
posted by dlr @2:40 pm (11/14)

Check out their pre-order list here

New Stormtrooper in Solid Cases!
posted by dlr @11:15 am (11/14)

This report comes from my new best friend Eric 🙂
“I wanted to send you this note about a really wierd find I had today at Meijer. I bought a WHOLE CASE of the new Stormtrooper! Yes, it was a full case of just the Stormtrooper. This Meijer also had the new vader and the whole last wave of flash-back figures also. I was thinking that might be a tid-bit to put on the page. Also the local Target is carrying the Naboo Fighter candy dispenser. It is a very nice sculpt of the fighter that comes with a really cool stand and happens to poop out skittles like limp proton torpedos.”
NOTE*** I have recieved several other reports confirming this today….

New Mexico toy show
posted by dlr @11:15 am (11/14)

Andrew Green sends in this great news for Albuquerque Collectors!
Albuquerque Collectors Show
November 28th, 1999
9:00AM-3:00PM
At the Albuquerque Marriott Hotel
2101 Louisiana Blvd. N.E. 87110 (Across from Winrock Center)
Admission $1.00 Children Under 10 Free w/Paying Adult
“Special Drawings” throughout the day

This is the only show of its kind for the whole year and will feature Star Wars, Anime, Japanimation, Comic Books, Posters Portfolios, Pokemon, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Spawn, ACTION FIGURES and Much Much Much More!

Pit Droid 2 Packs
posted by dlr @ 9:15 pm (11/13)

An old friend dropped this info on me recently while on AOL IM…..
These droids will not be exclusive to those Taiwan 2packs and people WILL be able to get them in the U.S. in a different way. Right now the pics and reports on many sites are leading people to believe otherwise and making them panic or get angry because they think they will have a hard time getting these little repainted pit droids.
Since only 2 are repaints, it is most likely to be a pit droid 2pack with toolbox. Plus on the 2000 product list is a Collection 2 figure “Droids 2 Pack (#84129)”

Shop Target.com!
posted by dlr @ 7:30 pm (11/13)

Go now, check it out! Target.com

Brian’s Toys News letter #12
posted by dlr @ 7:30 pm (11/13)

Brian’s Toy’s Newsletter #12 is here for you!

SW Celebration 2
posted by Gonk @ 6:30 pm (11/13)

Thanks to Ander for the following news he got while at the Fan Club sale in Denver today.
“The BIG News is that there WILL BE ANOTHER STAR WARS CELEBRATION IN DENVER in 2002!!!! THe Tentive Title is Called Celebration2. Thought I would pass this on so we can save even more money for the next event. I asked about where it would be at here in the Denver area and they didn’t know where yet. But there will be one!”

Q&A with Dan Madsen!!
A Yakface.com Exclusive

With recent news of the Fan Club getting Wuher first, fans wrote in with quite a bit of attitude. Click here to find out what Mr. Madsen has to say plus much more!

Lego 2000 Catalog Scanned and Posted
posted by starforce @ 12:30 am (11/13)

Check out this site, Brickshelf.com for what looks to be scans of EVERY page of the Lego 2000 catalog! A lot of interesting Star Wars scans are here including pics of the Millennium Falcon, Battle Tank, Slave 1, Desert Skiff, B-Wing, A-Wing, and much more!!

Fan Club Warehouse Sale This Weekend!
posted by starforce @ 12:30 am (11/13)

Just a quick reminder the Star Wars Fan Club will be holding a warehouse sale in Colorado. VERY good deals can be had at the warehouse sale! Here are the directions to get there from Denver – From Denver, take Interstate 70 east to the Chambers St. exit. Go south on Chambers to 33rd st. The building is 15250 33rd place. The sale will be in the back of the building.

Naboo Fighter From 2″ Line In U.S.?
posted by starforce @ 12:30 am (11/13)

Clavius recently found Naboo Fighter candy despensers with a bag of Skittles to fill it with at Target. The interesting thing he noticed about it is that it appears to the same as the mini Naboo Fighter found overseas which is to scale with the 2″ figures. The only difference is that it has a silver vac-metallized finish and a slot added to the bottom of the fighter for the candy to come out. Thanks to Clavius for the report.

Qui-Gon Lightsaber Variation
posted by starforce @ 12:30 am (11/13)

Clavius also noticed a new variation in the packaging of the Qui-Gon Jinn Lightsaber – “The disclaimer “Now With Battery Protector” is no longer a sticker, rather it is printed directly on the packaging. The package number is .300 plus there is a red stripe on the bottom of the front of the package that wasn’t there before on older versions.” Once again, thanks to Clavius for the report!

Indiana Jones and The Infernal Machine Demo
posted by starforce @ 12:30 am (11/13)

The demo for Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine for the PC is now available at Lucasart’s website. Click here to check out the product spotlight and download the demo for the game which is due out the week of November 15.

New Pics Of Taiwan Pit Droid Two-Packs
posted by starforce @ 12:30 am (11/13)

This years Taiwan exclusive two-packs featured a Episode I figure packaged with a cheap Battle Droid figure, next years two-packs will feature a Episode I figure packaged with a Pit Droid figure. Carded pics of Obi-Wan (Soft Goods)/Pit Droid, Darth Maul (Skirt)/Pit Droid and Anakin (Pilot)/Pit Droid have been posted at Toy ManiacsClick here to check them out. Thanks to Chris for the heads up.

New Reviews Posted!
posted by starforce @ 1:30 am (11/12)

15+ new reviews have been posted including good ones on the Electronic F/X X-Wing, Anakin’s Podracer, Sebulba’s Podracer, Tatooine Showdown, Slave I, and much more!

Help A Guy Out!
posted by starforce @ 1:30 am (11/12)

Andrew Viloria will be running a marathon in December as part of the Leukemia Society’s Team in Training to help raise funds for Leukemia research. Leukemia is the number one cause of death of children between the ages of one and fourteen, and takes the lives of 50,000 people each year.

To help him in his cause, he is selling a good portion of his collection on eBay. Also, if people would like more information, or would like to send separate donations, which they are more than welcome to, they can contact him at aviloria@jps.net. Here are the item #’s of his auctions: #198170352, 198194140, 198216172, 198138409, 198146359, 198158158, 198184864, 198209976. Visit eBay and do a search via item number.

Official Site Update
posted by starforce @ 1:30 am (11/12)

The Official Star Wars site has added a new “Females in the Star Wars Universe” profile of Rystall, one of Jabba’s back-up singers.

New Skiff/Old Skiff Comparison pics
posted by Gonk@ 4:55 pm (11/11)

Here are some new comparison pics.
Skiff Back
Skiff Left
Skiff LeftBack
Skiff Right
Skiff RightFront

FIA NEWSFEED::::
posted by dlr@ 4:55 pm (11/11)

“Head over to figures in action. Their online store action figures is now taking preorders on the Stormtrooper wave, which they expect in any day. In stock at @ction figures are: Captain Panka, Naboo Royal Security Guard, Destroyer Droid, Naboo Anakin/ Obi Wan and Tatooine Darth Maul/ Battledroid Sam’s exclusive 2 packs and much more. While you’re there play Figure It Out, their monthly contest where this month’s prize is an Aunt Beru Assortment Case. Why pay more ElsewherE? Get into the @ction!”

November 11th
posted by dlr@ 6:30 am (11/11)

Today, November 11th is Veteran’s Day. Take the time to thank a vet today if you can. Today is also my birthday, so Happy BIrthday to me! Woohoo! Send me some email today!

TC-14 Carded Image
posted by hfsolo @ 10:00 pm (11/10)

Here is the image of the TC-14 Carded, looks to be coming with a tray and drink.

Pit Droids three pack
posted by dlr @ 10:00 pm (11/10)

Posted on TheOuterRim.com some totally new info regarding the PitDroids w/ toolset.. here’s the lowdown:
“Remember the PitDroid w/ tools pics we saw a while back on Teekay 421? Turns out those aren’t a cinema scene. or an accessory pack.they are infact, the new generation of taiwan 2-packs, being shipped with “Soft Goods” wave figures (ani, ben, maul) in europe in a few weeks. Pics coming soon! ” Not only is the old rumor of it being a cinema scene debunked, but the correct info has been posted 🙂 With pics on the way!”

Ever Build an AT-AT?
posted by dlr @ 6:00 pm (11/10)

Shaun Sullivan has. The exclusive interview with the student who built a minifig scale, 2 ft. tall Lego AT-AT can now be found at From Bricks to Bothans.

Just how tall can we make 3+3/4″ Figures?
posted by dlr @ 6:00 pm (11/10)

We have a nice Comparison Picture of Vader next to that big headed alien from Watto’s box cinema scene. You have to see it to believe it.

Auction House
posted by dlr @ 6:00 pm (11/10)

TheJawa.com has a new auction service they’d like everyone to check out.

Episode I Silver Rings!
posted by starforce @ 2:15 pm (11/10)

Click here to check out pics of a very cool Japanese sterling silver ring of Darth Maul! This looks to be one of many rings as the packaging says “Episode I Silver Collection.”

Episode I Monopoly In Stock At Entertainment Earth
posted by starforce @ 2:15 pm (11/10)

The newest edition of the classic property trading game from Parker Brothers is here! In stock now is the Collector Edition Episode 1 Monopoly Game (Item #41018, $45.99). It includes a 3-D gameboard and 8 collectible tokens of Episode I characters. Great Holiday Gift! And don’t forget, we still have the classic Star Wars Trilogy Monopoly (Item #40809, $32.99) in stock too. Check out Entertainment Earth today!

Brand New Reviews Posted!
posted by starforce @ 2:15 pm (11/10)

Today’s update features new reviews of non-Hasbro products! New reviews of Lego Landspeeder, X-Wing, and TIE Fighter/Y-Wing two pack have been posted. Also the first review of a Galoob product has been posted (Action Fleet Millennium Falcon) and a review on Rubie’s Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber has been included. Click here to check them out.

Official Site Updates
posted by starforce @ 2:15 pm (11/10)

The Official Star Wars site has updated with a new snapshot, an interesting article on the mockup work that was done during pre-production of Episode I and a quick news bite on some actors of Episode II clearing their summer schedule to film the next chapter in the prequel trilogy. They mention Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Ahmed Best (Jar Jar) have cleared their schedule for Episode II.

Etoys has Micro Machines on Sale
posted by hfsolo @ 11:15 pm (11/9)

Are you looking for the Electronic Pod Racing Playset Boonta Eve Challenge or the Trade Federation MTT/Naboo Battlefield? Normally they are $39.99 now $29.99 on sale. Many other good things there. Check outeToys. They also have the Sith Probe Droid Attack for $29.99, normally $39.99, Pit Droid 6″ $12.99

New JC Penny Coupons
posted by starforce @ 2:00 am (11/9)

Darren writes in with info on two new coupons from this years JC PennyChristmas catalog. Both coupons are for 15% off and below are the codes:
#1: ask for operator IN99 expires 12/1/99
#2: ask for operator TE99 expires 12/3/99

Toys ‘R’ Us Site Overloaded!
posted by starforce @ 2:00 am (11/9)

Due to the major promotions and the release of the Big Book of savings, the Toys ‘R’ Us website has been down since Sunday morning. It seems they made a major mistake and under estimated the number of hits they would get! This won’t help much in TRUs battle to dominate toy sales on the web. Thanks to Gene for the alert!
UPDATE!: The site is back online!

Spencer Gifts Halloween Sales!
posted by starforce @ 2:00 am (11/9)

Spencer Gifts are currently having a 75% off on Halloween stuff sale. Any Don Post Star Wars helmet/mask can now be had for less than $20! Not all Spencer stores will have the sale or have the helmets in stock, so it varies from store to store. Thanks to Deak Starkiller for the info!

FREE Shipping @ Entertainment Earth
posted by starforce @ 2:00 am (11/9)

Oh, if shipping were free…. It’s rare in the toy industry. But we’ve decided to try it out this month. We’ve decided to eliminate shipping costs on all continental USA UPS Ground shipments for orders placed beginning November 8th, 1999. It’s just that simple. And it’s Free, with no strings attached. Happy Holidays! VISIT Entertainment Earth!

Action-Figure.com Re-Opens 
posted by starforce @ 2:00 am (11/9)

The toy site Action-Figure.com has relaunched with a new look and many new features including news, reviews, articles, and much more! Visit them today for everything happening in the world of toys!

Yakface EXCLUSIVE WUHER news!
posted by Gonk @ 5:10 pm (11/8)

Dan Madsen informed Yakface’s Realm exclusively today that the Fan Club has an exclusive window to offer the Wuher action figure. Collectors will be able to purchase Wuher from the Fan Club exclusively beginning in February. It will not be available at retail for many months after that but the Fan Club will have it to offer to collectors shortly after the new year.

New Reviews Posted!
posted by starforce @ 1:15 pm (11/8)

A ton of new reviews have been posted today including new reviews on the Naboo Starfighter, 12″ Obi-Wan Doll, Sebulba’s Podracer, Cruisemissile Trooper, Vader & Stormtrooper COMMtech, and many more! Also since the Fan Club is once again receiving the Darktrooper and Spacetrooper Expanded Universe figures, I have posted reviews on these two figures!

Boscov’s Blowout!
posted by starforce @ 1:15 pm (11/8)

WOW! Check out these great prices on some cool Star Wars toys at Boscovs Department Stores: Millennium Falcon (electronic by Hasbro) $10.00, Electronic X-Wing Fighter $7.95, Ughnaught wave figures $1.50, Various POTF cinema scenes $4.00, 12″ POTF Admiral Ackbar, Jedi Luke, Ben Kenobi, C-3P0 – $5.00 each. Thanks to Pete for the info!
UPDATE: I forgot to mention this earlier, but to find out where stores are located, go to their website and check out the store locator. Also some stores may or may not have it, it all depends on how much stock they had.

Attention New Zealand Star Wars Collectors!
posted by starforce @ 1:15 pm (11/8)

The Outerrim.com has officially opened their new collecting section for New Zealand Star Wars collectors, this section will feature collecting news and new finds, sales, etc. If anyone out there is from New Zealand and wish to contribute please e-mail Noor Razzak atbinks182@swmail.com.

Aurra Sing Doll Is From Applause
posted by starforce @ 2:15 pm (11/7)

We are sure that the new Aurra Sing vinyl doll coming out is from Applause. Brad just ordered his from K & C Collectibles and the confirmation mail lists her as from Applause. Plus who else makes Episode 1 vinyl dolls but Applause.

More great skiff pics
posted by dlr @ 7:30 am (11/7)

 

You can bid on this Skiff now over at Ebay, item #195202084.

Obi-Wan Vs. Darth Maul Two-Pack
posted by starforce @ 12:30 am (11/7)

The new issue of Previews magazine has info and a pic of a new two-pack from Hasbro featuring Darth Maul with a half-lit Lightsaber and Obi-Wan with Qui-Gon’s Lightsaber. Good Ol’ Hasbro trying to make a quick buck. Thanks to Phil for this info.

Even Cheaper Action Collection Dolls
posted by starforce @ 12:30 pm (11/7)

Steve pointed out he went to a Toys ‘R’ Us in Dover Delaware and found the R2-A6, Pit Droids and Anakin Skywalker dolls on sale for only $7.98! This was not a sale, but the regular marked down price. Wow what a great deal! It has been confirmed the sale is now nationwide. Thanks to all who sent in about it!

Star Wars Electronic Fighting Figures
posted by starforce @ 12:30 am (11/7)

Another new toy from Hasbro has been announced, Electronic Fighting Figures featuring Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Maul. No info is given, but this looks to be a game like Rock em’ Sock em’ robots. You can now pre-order this set from Amazon.com for $21.99. Click here to order. Thanks to BigEOz for the heads up. Click image to enlarge. UPDATE: The toy has actually been out for a couple months and judging by everyone that wrote in, it is pretty lame.

More on Aurra Sing
posted by hfsolo @ 10:00 pm (11/6)

Our good buddy Chuck Mutch has contacted and gotten a reply from Applause about the Aurra Sing Doll:
“Thank you for your inquiry to our company. We appreciate you taking time to contact us. Unfortunately, we will not be manufacturing the Aura Sing Doll.
Consumer Service Department”
Interesting huh?

Gungan War Wagon in stock at Etoys.
posted by hfsolo @ 10:00 pm (11/6)

Check it out. Go to this section, click on Action figures and seperate by Hasbro. It is right there for $19.99Etoys. Or do a search on gungan. Here is a pic!

Aurra Sing
posted by dlr @ 3:59 pm (11/6)

The Latest Previews Magazine lists a Aurra Sing Vinyl Doll to be released sometime in the future. Thanks to TheForce.Net’s collecting section.

Custom Falcon
posted by dlr @ 3:59 pm (11/6)

Everyone must go check out Ben’s Lego Falcon! Very cool stuff! I doubt the Actual Lego version will be this cool! Thanks to TheForce.Net’scollecting section.

Blue Harvest CD’s
posted by dlr @ 3:59 pm (11/6)

Blue Harvest CD’s are back with #3 for your multimedia enjoyment. Go check em out!

Brian’s Toy’s Newsletter #11
posted by dlr @ 3:59 pm (11/6)

Read it here!

Lightsaber Club
posted by dlr @ 3:59 pm (11/6)

The first rule of lightsaber Club, You do not talk about Lightsaber Club! [well we just had to!] Go check this out- pretty neat stuff!

Wuher @ Amazon Update
posted by starforce @ 2:00 pm (11/6)

If you chose to be notified by email as to when Amazon.com is going to be getting the Wuher figure, you probably are going to get this reply: “We’ve recently learned from our supplier that the item you requested to be notified about, Star Wars Power of the Force Basic Figure with COMMtech Chip: Wuher, will not be available in the foreseeable future.” Has the Wuher figure been cancelled? Probably not, this could just mean Amazon isn’t going to be receiving Wuher. Hopefully more info will be available soon! Thanks to Lee for sending us the letter!

Sales At Kay-Bee Stores
posted by starforce @ 2:00 pm (11/6)

12″ Pit Droids and R2-A6 are now on sale at most KB Toy Stores for only $9.99 each! Also Jabba Glob is only $6, Micro Machines Transforming Heads are $10 each and Action Fleet vehicles were $10 each. Look for more stores to have sales as we get closer to Christmas. Thanks to “Mandalore” for the heads up!

Hate Jar Jar Binks?
posted by starforce @ 2:00 pm (11/6)

If you hate Jar Jar Binks, you must go to this page, Kill Jar Jar Binks Now. With humor, pics, songs, sounds and even animations on hating Jar Jar, this is a VERY funny site! Give it a look! Warning: Not for the squeamish!

Cool Can Idea
posted by starforce @ 2:00 pm (11/6)

“MrDCBlack” sent in this cool idea for creating stuff from the Pepsi Star Wars cans: “For those chaps that collect cans, I have an interesting way to display them. Most of those that have taken a chemisty course have probably seen the old trick of the “smashed can.” The can has been prepared by a strong base (lye or bleach) being put in the can. This absorbs the aluminum, but leaves the paint as a shell. When doing the trick, one just “smashes” the leftover paint husk, looking abnormally strong as the can crumples into shards.

However, if you first spray the outside of the can with a clear laminate (several coats would be good), or even painted it with a layer of clear resin, then disolved the aluminum, you have preserved the paint shell but taken away the can. This is useful for several different projects. My favorite is to install a small lamp inside. After the aluminum is gone, the light shines through the can quite nicely, and makes for an impressive display.” Cool idea, the cans are useful for something afterall!

Like Legos?
posted by dlr @ 7:20 pm (11/5)

Be sure to check out From Bricks to Bothans.

DEFENDER NEWSFEED:::::::::
posted by dlr @ 7:20 pm (11/5)

Are you waiting to make an awesome display out of your Star Wars collection and make your friends green with envy, but your budget has been limiting your options? If your answer is yes then Defender cases is the answer to your prayers. We are over-stocked on the Star Wars deluxe acrylic case, the best case available on the market today. We have to make room in our warehouse before the Christmas rush, and these cases have to go! Take advantage of the lowest price you will ever find on these awesome cases. These cases will turn your Star Wars collection into the immaculate display you’ve always wanted. Available for a limited time only so get yours now!!! Check out this hot deal athttp://www.defendercases.com.

Vader & Stormtrooper EB World Update
posted by starforce @ 5:20 pm (11/5)

Darth Vader and Stormtrooper COMMtech figures are now sold out at Ebworld.com. Also some bad news for some who ordered, apparantly Ebworld took more orders than they were supposed to and have cancelled some of the orders. So don’t be surprised if your backordered order is cancelled. Thanks to everyone that wrote in.

Cinema Secrets Reminder
posted by starforce @ 5:20 pm (11/5)

Just a reminder that the new AMC show “Cinema Secrets” premieres tonight at 10pm Est. The show takes you behind the scenes of some of the greatest SFX films and gives you a peek on how these amazing effects are created. Tonights show will feature behind the scenes footage from the final Gungan/Battle Droid battle in Episode I. Should be interesting to see ILM at work creating the spectacular battle.

Sarlacc Pit Update
posted by starforce @ 5:20 pm (11/5)

I meant to post this earlier but forgot! Just a quick note that sarlaccpit.com is down temporarily and a new version will be up soon!

Official Site Update
posted by starforce @ 5:20 pm (11/5)

The Official Star Wars site has updated with a new snapshot of Qui-Gon and Anakin and a article about the last major international opening for Episode I which takes place today in China.

New Reviews Posted
posted by starforce @ 5:20 pm (11/5)

A bunch of new reviews have been posted today including new ones on Watto’s Box Cinema Scene, Qui-Gon Jinn Naboo, Stormtrooper (COMMtech), AT-ST Walker and more!

Just a quick note – when you submit reviews, they MUST be written by you. Please do not copy reviews from other sites/forums/newsgroups and submit them to me without the authors permission!

Phantom-Menace toys
posted by hfsolo @ 9:55 pm (11/4)

Phantom-Menace toys has the following…..
For a limited time we are proud to offer free shipping on all US orders over $25. We’ve had a great year so far and this is our way of saying thank you to all of you who have made this year great. Think of it as our holiday gift to you. Take this opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping! Offer does apply to sale merchandise also! Again, this applies to ALL US orders with merchandise totaling $25 and over. Orders will be shipped by Priority Mail. Sorry to our customers outside the US that we can’t extend this offer to you.
Arriving Thursday:
Gamorrean Guard Resin Statue – $129.99.
Star Cases (soft shell cases for carded Star Wars Action Figures). Get a case of them (25) for $45.
Also, masks go back to our supplier on Friday. So, if you want one, order it NOW. I’d rather sell them than send them back, and I’ll let them go for $19.99 each. See site for selection.

EE News Feed
posted by hfsolo @ 9:55 pm (11/4)

EE’s News feed:
Autographed Greedo Action Figure
Last month we sold all of our autographed Greedo action figures in 24 hours. Now, we have more. We just had Maria De Aragon (the actress who portrayed Greedo in Star Wars) autograph and number the new Cantina Greedo action figure from Wave 27. Each comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and includes a protective Soft Shell Case. The 4-Pack contains: 1x Autographed Cantina Greedo inside a Soft Shell Case, 1x Jawa with Gonk Droid, 1x Luke Skywalker with T-16, 1x Han Solo from Cantina. Limited quantities are available, so order now.
84185C, Wave 27 Autographed 4-Pack, $49.99

More EE
posted by hfsolo @ 9:55 pm (11/4)

EE also has the 3 12″ Episode 1 figures in stock.
57129B, EP1 12inch Wave 1 3-Pack, $74.99
1x Darth Maul, 1x Jar-Jar Binks, 1x Qui-Gon Jinn.
EP1 12inch Wave 1 3-Pack
26227A, E1 Small Scale Asst. 1, $109.99
3x Anakin Skywalker, 2x Pit Droids, 1x R2-A6.
E1 Small Scale Asst. 1
84075B, EP1 Electronic 12inch 2-pack, $84.99
1x Darth Maul with Power Sith moves and sounds and 1x Jar-Jar Binks with launching energy ball and sounds. Individually Boxed.
EP1 Electronic 12inch 2-pack

BigE offers 40% off
posted by hfsolo @ 9:55 pm (11/4)

Big E is now offering 40% off ALL Star Wars merchandise!! This is everything and anything. Go look for excellent deals.

Gungan War Wagon in stock at Etoys.
posted by hfsolo @ 9:55 pm (11/4)

Check it out. Go to this section, click on Action figures and seperate by Hasbro. It is right there for $19.99Etoys. Or do a search on gungan

A TON of New Reviews Posted
posted by starforce @ 5:55 pm (11/3)

About 20 new Reviews have been added and some very good ones are among them including the first review of a Lego toy, the X-Wing Fighter. Other new reviews include new ones of Obi-Wan Kenobi Epic Force, Stormtrooper (COMMtech), Darth Vader (COMMtech) and many more!

The reviews section now contains 204 reviews and 98 different products reviewed with at least 25 more coming! Thanks to all for making this a great section so people can find out the dirt on a product before they spend their hard earned cash on it!

Stormtrooper & Vader COMMtech @ Ebworld
posted by starforce @ 5:55 pm (11/3)

Ebworld.com now has the Darth Vader w/ Interrogator Droid and Stormtrooper (COMMtech) in stock for $7.99 each. Just do a search for “Vader” or “Stormtrooper” and they should show up.

Naboo Royal Guard carded
posted by hfsolo @ 4:15 pm (11/03)

Here is a nice scan of the Royal Guard carded. Thanks to Amidala-Anakin for the image. He has this available for auction at Ebay, item #193368581

12″ Darth Maul in stock
posted by hfsolo @ 12:55 pm (11/03)

eToys has many items in stock including the Regular 12″ Darth Maul. ** This is now out of stock, check out www.kbkids.com as they have it in stock.

Wuher at amazon, NOT!
posted by hfsolo @ 12:55 pm (11/03)

Wuher at Amazon.com, he is not available but you can click on the link and have them email you when he will comes in. Thanks to J Wesson for the news.

May The Force Be with You! #1 Movie Quote!
posted by hfsolo @ 12:55 pm (11/03)

E! Online Top ten quotes of the past 100 years. May The Force Be with You!

OSWCC
posted by dlr @ 9:30 pm (11/2)

If you live in Ohio [Like me!] Join the The Ohio Star Wars Collector’s Club!

Target poster sale
posted by dlr @ 9:30 pm (11/2)

Chris submits this report:
“I was just in a target store in Knoxville, TN today and they had the 24×36 episode I posters on clearance for $1.04…this is a golden time to pick up the whole set.”
Thanks for the tip Chris!

Action Enterprises Newsfeed :::::::::::::::
posted by dlr @ 7:30 pm (11/1)

In the never-ending quest to bring you an all-in-one Star Wars site,Figures In Action is proud to announce the grand opening of its secure online store, Action Figures. Due to a hold up on the Hasbro side, right now they’re only offering Asian Exclusive mini figures [starting at $9.90], but hope to get the rest of their stock up later this week.

K&C Newsfeed :::::::::::::::
posted by dlr @ 7:10 pm (11/1)

Visit K & C Collectibles web site during the month of November and get 10% off every in-stock item. All you have to do when ordering is put “10% OFF Please” in the NOTE field on the order form. It’s that easy. We have all of the new Star Wars figures including Anakin Naboo, Adi Gallia, Captain Panaka, and Naboo Security Guard. 12″ figures – Darth Maul, Battle Droid, Watto and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Cinema Scene 3-Packs – Tatooine Showdown. We also have a large amount of Vintage Star Wars merchandise.

K & C also has the Episode 1 Press Pass to the SNEAK Preview Showing for sale that is featured in the Star Wars Insider #46 on page 77.

M&M Newsfeed :::::::::::::::
posted by dlr @ 7:10 pm (11/1)

Free shipping (US ONLY) on all orders over $25 until November 15th, forYakfacesrealm readers only!!! Must mention the posting to get free shipping!!! Go now to M&M Collectibles!

Real Stands Newsfeed :::::::::::::::
posted by dlr @ 7:10 pm (11/1)

“Lots of people have received email from Tim at REAL,www.realstands.com , makers of The REAL Action Stand, explaining the delays in shipping out orders this month. Well, they announced today that they’re going include bonus stands in all the delayed orders and they’ve promising to add the bonus stands to every order placed up to the date normal shipping begins again, in about 2 weeks or so. You can take advantage of this by placing your order now, there’s still going to be a wait to receive the stands, but the free bonus stands make it worth it. Here’s how the bonus program’s going to work, all orders of 1 to 4 sets = 1 set free; 5 to 9 sets = 2 sets free; 10 to 19 sets = 3 sets free; 20+ sets = 4 sets free. I’m told the delay is being caused by some problems at the factory and they’re trying to catch up on a sizable order placed by the Star Wars Fan Club. But don’t worry the stands are coming and they won’t charge your credit card until the orders are shipped. Also, If you ordered by check or money order and your just tired of waiting, you can get a refund anytime by calling 1-888-618-REAL, of course you won’t get any bonus stands that way.”

KB Toys.com Maul Refunds
posted by starforce @ 4:55 pm (11/1)

If you ordered a 12″ Darth Maul from KB Toys.com and you were sent the 3 3/4″ Maul, just call them up and they will refund your money AND let you keep the 3 3/4″ Maul! Thanks to everyone that notified me.

Maul Mix Up @ Mos Espa
posted by starforce @ 4:55 pm (11/1)

Clavius sent in this heads up about a Maul mixup at Mos Espa. “If you click on “New Items” and scroll down to the “Darth Maul with CommTech Chip” entry on the list, clicking on the entry brings up a description of the figure, including a photo. However, the photo is of the upcoming Darth Maul resculpt with removable blade and cloth “skirt”, but the description of the chip is of the original Darth Maul “Jedi Duel” version and is priced at $5.98.”

Hasbro Site Is Partially Working
posted by starforce @ 4:55 pm (11/1)

It seems the Hasbro site is still not fully operational. You cannot login, re-register or login as a guest. Thanks to Chad for the tip.

New Reviews Posted
posted by starforce @ 4:55 pm (11/1)

A big update today with a ton of brand new reviews including Flash Speeder, Obi-Wan Kenobi Doll, R2-D2 Carry Case, Jawa w/ Gonk Droid, Oola, Skiff Guards Cinema Scene and more!! As always,comments/suggestions are welcome.

October 1999 Archive

Hologram figure news
posted by Gonk @ 10:40 pm (10/31)

Here is some news on the upcoming Hologram figures from the Ep I line.
Maul and Qui-Gon are being made into hologram figures. Supposedly they will come on a base of some kind which would think is the holoprojector. Qui-Gon is a deep blue with his hands on his belt. Maul has his arms crossed with a greenish blue color. Both have no articulation at all. Thanks to Darth Bane for the news.

12″ monster
posted by dlr @ 11:15 am (10/30)

Our good friend Philip Wise has posted scans from the new Lee’s Magazine of the most hideous 12″ doll ever created to date. That’s right, Chewbacca. Go to Rebelscum.com and cringe away! Also check out Gary Weavers custom Passes he did up for the recent SCI-FI EXPO. Very nice Stuff! Since we are on the subject of passes, here is the one Gary made for us some time ago!

Watto’s Box plus more….
posted by dlr @ 10:50 am (10/30)

I have received a few reports all from around the country this AM on people finding stores stocked with Watto’s Box cinema scenes, the new Vader + Stormtrooper as well as Holo Sideous. Keep your eyes open this upcoming week!

New pics
posted by dlr @ 10:50 am (10/30)

This in from DickDrecy
I’ve added boxed pic of the 12″ purple gown escape from naboo Amidala to http://www.TheOuterRim.Com… The front of the box says “2000” portrait edition instead of 1999, so that pretty much proves TOMY’S date they gave out about it incorrect 🙁

Spacetrooper/Darktrooper at mos espa
posted by Gonk @ 9:45 pm (10/29)

Mos Espa is now taking preorders for a Darktrooper/Spacetrooper 2 pack with exclusive Mara jade pass. It will ship in Nov.
NOTE* The total with shipping is $26.45

Painted Skiff and Luke pics
posted by Gonk @ 10:45 pm (10/28)

Here are three brand new pics of the Skiff w Luke (Jedi).
Pic #1
Pic #2
Pic #3

The Hasbro Site Is UP
posted by starforce @ 12:55 pm (10/28)

If you still get the technical difficulties page or can’t get into the site, try these tips:
1. When you get to the mainpage at starwars.hasbro.com, Hit “Reload” or “Refresh” to update your cache.
2. Try going to this direct link –http://starwars.hasbro.com/starwars/home.cfm?CFID=27365&CFTOKEN=48099719

I am writing this due to the emails I get saying it is still down, when it is indeed up as I have visited it many times since yesterday.

Mini Figs In Mexico
posted by starforce @ 12:55 pm (10/28)

The Hasbro Episode 1 mini figs are available in almost every supermarket and toystore in Mexico and the cost of each figure is about $5.50 usd, there is also a Naboo Fighter available for this scale of figures. Thanks to Leon for the report.

Whats Up Next?
posted by starforce @ 6:15 pm (10/27)

According to the Hasbro site, the next POTF2 figures due out are Admiral Motti, Leia with Hood Up and Tatooine Skiff in January 2000! Look for more figures to be added to that list.

Theed Hanger Playset, WHOOPS!
posted by starforce @ 6:30 pm (10/26)

According to a phone rep at Hasbro, the Theed Hanger Playset hasaccidentally been released. They had a production problem and accidentally released the ALMOST completed hangers. They were finishing the flaws (I. E. Doors, playset base). Note the CORRECTED hangers will be plentiful before THANKSGIVING.

Holo Sidious and Naboo Royal Guard
posted by Gonk @ 1:55 pm (10/26)

Here are some pics of Hologram Sidious and Naboo Royal Guard loose. Thanks to Captain Pikachu for the pics.
Holo Sidious (Front)
Holo Sidious (Back)
Naboo Royal Guard (Firing Position)
Naboo Royal Guard (Front)
Naboo Royal Guard (No Helmet)

Queen’s Ship OUT NOW!!
posted by Gonk @ 4:20 pm (10/25)

The Queen’s Ship is now out in stores. It was found today at a KB toys in LA for $109.99. It is in a box approx the size of the AT-AT box and the red R2 unit is in a window in the front of the box. Thanks to Steve for the news.

Addition:Here is a scan of the box Thanks to Toymaniacs for the pic.

Jedi Hair Braid with Micro Machine?
posted by starforce @ 11:55 am (10/25)

Check out The Outer Rim for info and a pic of a proposed Hasbro toy that features a Jedi Hair Braid accessory and a Micro Machines vehicle. This toy appears to be from the same line of the Darth Maul w/ Sith Infiltrator pic we saw awhile ago.

More LEGO Pics 
posted by Gonk @ 1:10 pm (10/23)

Outer Rim posted some new pics of SW LEGO’s for 2000 from a UK catalog. Included are pics of:
Technic TIE Interceptor, and X-Wing (Limited Edition) (July release)
Millenium Falcon, AAT, MTT (July release)
Also Slave I, B-wing, A-wing, Skiff, Kaadu and Flash Speeder have a January release date.

Vader wave OUT?? 
posted by Gonk @ 10:10 am (10/23)

Thanks to Forrest for the following news. This new case of POTF2 figs has been found in Oregon this week. But there is NO R2 in the case! Weird.
Case number #8415000D
3 Vader
3 Stormtrooper
2 Han
2 Greedo
1 Jawa
1 Luke

12″ Han and Leia 
posted by dlr @ 9:10 am (10/23)

Thanks to Vader 99 for the pics.
Leia (Slave)
Han (Endor)

NEW LEGO Pics
posted by Gonk @ 4:30 pm (10/21)

Rebelscum has posted pics of some upcoming LEGO’s like the Skiff, A-Wing, Slave I and more.

Vader and Stormtrooper pics
posted by Gonk @ 12:00 pm (10/21)

Here are some pics of the upcoming Vader and Stormtrooper. Thanks to Captain Pikachu for the pics.
Vader (Front)
Vader (Back)
Vader (Cape off)
Vader (Bubble)
Stormtrooper (Front)
Stormtrooper (Back)
Stormtrooper (Bubble)

Episode I On Video
posted by starforce @ 10:45 am (10/21)

According to theforce.net, April 2000 looks to be the confirmed release date for the Episode I VHS video. Look for the video to be released in widescreen and pan & scan versions. The DVD on the other hand…

NEW and BETTER Hasbro catalog pics
posted by Gonk @ 5:50 pm (10/20)

Here are some larger scans and a few new ones.
12″ Han (Endor) and Chewie
Inside of AAT
Jar Jar w shield generator
Skeeto w Obi Wan
Skiff and Y-Wing

Corrected Yoda for REAL??
posted by Gonk @ 5:50 pm (10/20)

Looks like the Ep I corrected Yoda may actually exist. This was found just recently in Hong Kong. Thanks to Amidala-Anakin for the pics.
Yoda (carded Front)
Yoda (carded Back)
Yoda (UPC and number)

LEGO Slave I and Kaadu pics 
posted by Gonk @ 5:00 pm (10/18)

Here is the first ever pic of the LEGO Slave I w Boba Fett and Carbonite Block and Kaadu’s w Gungan Warriors. Thanks to Huw’s LEGO Page for the pics.

New Obi-wan, and Anakin pics 
posted by Gonk @ 5:00 pm (10/18)

Outer Rim has posted pics of the upcoming Obi-Wan (Jedi Knight) and Anakin (Pilot).

R2-D2 and Destroyer Droid Creature Handlers 
posted by Gonk @ 12:45 pm (10/18)

Thanks to Dan for the following news.
“Many people have been wondering about the R2-D2 and Destroyer Droid Creature Handlers Hasbro has posted on their site. Well yesterday I found them by accident. I was on the candy aisle at Target in Vegas when I saw them. They are candy dispensers about 4-5″ big and go for $7.99 each. The candy that came with them were mini M&Ms. You press a button and the candy comes out.”

Carded Darth Sidious Holo!
posted by dlr @ 9:35 pm (10/17)

Thanks to NOZ for the images!!!
Darth Sidious holo carded
Naboo Royal guard carded

NEW Ep I Lego Technic
posted by Gonk @ 6:50 pm (10/16)

Huw’s LEGO pages has posted a great pic of the upcoming LEGO Techic Destroyer Droid, Battle Droid and Pit Droid. Really cool stuff. Click here to see the pic.

More Chewie Pics
posted by Gonk @ 10:40 am (10/16)

Box #1
Box #2

Thanks to Amidala-Anakin for the pics.

NEW 12″ Chewie Boxed
posted by Gonk @ 11:00 pm (10/15)

Here are some pics of the upcoming 12″ Chewie.
Boxed (Front)
Boxed (Back)
Closeup

Thanks to Amidala-Anakin for the pics.

Space Trooper and Dark Trooper
posted by hfsolo @ 8:30 am (10/15)

Thanks to Dan Madsen for this news. The Fan Club will be getting in more of these 2 figures as Hasbro is making a special run for them. Look for them to be on the site in the future.

Toys ‘R’ Us time again!!
posted by hfsolo @ 8:30 am (10/15)

Well if you ordered your queens ship you know that today is the first date on the pre-order stub. Guaranteed in-stock: 10/15/99 – 10/28/99. But we all know how the Toys ‘R’ Us Guarantee works. Special note, Etoys has moved their expected date from 10/20 to 11/15 if this is any indicator.

Hasbro Q & A
posted by starforce @ 11:45 am (10/14)

If you haven’t done so already, you should go to rebelscum.com and read Adam Pawlus’s very informative Q & A session with Hasbro! Look for more Q & A’s with Hasbro to be posted tomorrow!

Playdate 99
posted by Gonk @ 12:05 am (10/13)

Hasbro will show off some SW items at Playdate 99 in NYC this Wednesday. They are scheduled to have the Royal Starship playset, and the Ep I Monopoly. It is not known what else will be there. Thanks to Denis for the news.

LEGO for 2000
posted by Gonk @ 10:30 pm (10/11)

According to Outerrim this what we should expect from LEGO in 2000.
Technic X-Wing
Technic Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter
Battle Droid Minstorms kit
Destroyer Droid Minstorms kit
AT-AT Mindstorms kit
Pit Droid Mindstorms kit
Slave I (with Fett removable helmet and Han in carbonite!)
B-Wing Fighter
A-Wing Fighter
Tatooine Skiff
AAT
MTT
Two Kaadus with Qui-Gon Jinn
Millenium Falcon (with Han, Luke, Leia, R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca and Obi-Wan)

Theed Hanger playset
posted by Gonk @ 10:30 pm (10/11)

Here is a pic of the Theed Hanger playset Boxed. Thanks to James Dolan.

Cool Customs
posted by dlr @ 4:45 pm (10/10)

Here are two really cool customs sent in by Chuck Lucero:
Maulakili
Maulbria

Dai Shan Reports from The ILM show in NYC
posted by dlr @ 10:45 am (10/10)

It was pretty damn cool. We were in a small theater and they had a digital projector showing footage that the ILM guys brought with them.

Dennis Muren and Rob Coleman were there, but due to illness and a family emergency, Scott Squires and John Knoll were not there. Dennis presented Scott’s portion while Rob presented Johns video.

Basically what we saw was how they made different scenes and characters digitally step-by-step. It was really fascinating to watch them explain everything. Here’s some interesting highlights from it:

-We got to see scenes half done or crudely done and how they took shape into the final scene.

-Rob mentioned that George had EVERYTHING planned out. He told a story that when one of the ILM guys asked who an alien was, George told him his name, what planet he came from, that he was a good Pod Racer, had won the race 3 times previously but was a Challenger in the Boonta Race, etc… etc… Rob said they were amazed at how much back story everything has.

-Rob also mentioned when they met with George initially he would run over everything he wanted from storyboards…there were literally thousands of story boards mounted on 4ft. x 5ft. squares of foam core………there were 10 rows and 10 columns of the foam core squares…..and the ILM guys would have to gather as much info. as they could. One story he had was an ILM guy asking him..”Uh George, it looks like those aliens on the battlefield with the robots look different.” and George would say, “Oh yeah there’s 26 differnet Gungan races” and the ILM guy would have to furiously scribble, “26 races….”

-The hardest part for ILM to create was clothing for the digital characters and how to create physics for the Pod Race.

-To better understand the physics of the Pod Racing scene, George sent ILM a video full of car racing accidents and crashs.

-ILM used SoftImage to create the animation and Maya for other things, but had to write their own program for doing realistic digital clothing.

-After meeting with George, Rob said that ILM had 2 lists. One list of things they knew they could do (which he showed by holding his two fingers apart an inch)…and a list of things they had no idea how they were going to do..(which he showed by holding his hands about 3 feet apart).

-We saw the deleted scene of Brian Blessed (the actual guy) saying the line, “He will be puuunished. Pummeled unto death.” Quite a bit more graphic fate for Jar Jar. By the way I’m not sure if Pummeled was the actual word he said, but it was close to that.

-They showed footage of Ewan McGregor slowly turning his head around 360 degrees with a stern Jedi expression on which they used as source material for replaceing the stunt doubles faces with the actual actors. They showed the same for Liam Neeson. What was funny is that Ewan 3/4 of the way through the turn lost his composure and started laughing and had to visably regain composure. That didn’t happen to Liam. 🙂

-They also showed some sketch art they used as reference.

-I managed to take a dozen or so pictures, but with the presentation being on video it was hard to capture some of the images as they went by to quickly. Also there was just too many images i’ve never seen before and I had to pick and choose which ones to photograph and which ones to pass up. Made me wish I had a video camera. 🙂

-Rob also mentioned that they did not receive a script from George yet on Episode 2 but should be soon.

-ILM is currently reading scripts and talking with Directors on new products while they wait for Episode 2.

-Dennis Muren says he’s really looking forward to his next project which will be the next Jurassic Park movie. He said a script is being finished.

-They estimated that if they tried to make Episode I 3 years ago (1997) with the lack of technology they have now, it would’ve cost about 1 Billion to make.

Well that’s about it. I should have some of the pictures back to me by the end of the week with the rest 2 or 3 weeks later.

Galoob Transforming Maul
posted by hfsolo @ 9:55 am (10/9)

Galoob Transforming Maul is at Toytime.com.

Star Wars Effects Show
posted by starforce @ 2:15 pm (10/8)

On Saturday, October 9, the Director’s Guild of America Theater (110 West 57th Street) will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the special effects for the Phantom Menace. Hosting the presentation will be four members of ILM – Dennis Muren, John Knoll (cowriter of Photoshop), Scott Squires, and Rob Coleman. The event is called “The Making of Jar Jar,” with tickets priced at $25 for the general public and $17.50 for members of the American Museum of the Moving Image. For more information, call 718-784-4520 or visit www.ammi.org. Thanks to Kris for the cool info!

Hasbro Reissuing “Aliens” Toys As Episode I?
posted by starforce @ 2:15 pm (10/8)

Dan sent in this observation he has about the Skeeto toy pictured herewith Obi-Wan. “Take a look at the head of the “Skeeto”. Do you recognize it? As a fan of the old “Aliens” (from Kenner) line from a few years back, I recognized it the second I saw it. It’s a modified head from the “Snake Alien” figure released in the second year of the line.They omitted the turning joint on the bottom (that attatched to the Snake’s neck) and modified the back of the head so it attatches to the neck/back of the Skeeto.It even retains the attack feature of the original (the inner jaw slides out and the large fangs on either side of the head go up and snap back down). Look along the center line of the head and you’ll see the activator tab and the channel through which it moves forward.”

My thoughts on this is it could be a mockup prototype for pre-release photos, but then again Hasbro/Kenner is notorious for reusing parts from other toys, just look at the entire Batman line! I also don’t remember seeing the Skeeto in Episode 1, could it be another made up toy like the Laser Pod minirig?

B-Wing in 2000!!
posted by Gonk @ 11:35 pm (10/7)

It has been confirmed to us that the POTF2 B-Wing will be released sometime in 2000. The exact release is not known at this time.

New LEGO Pics
posted by Gonk @ 11:35 pm (10/7)

Rebelscum has posted a pic of some new LEGO figs and vehicles for 2000. Pictured are Bobe Fett, Han, B-Wing and the Falcon.

Pepsi R2-D2 Clock
posted by Gonk @ 11:35 pm (10/7)

Thanks to Edward for the following news.
“The Pepsi and Smiths chips action is going to pay off. The Pepsi/7up/Sissi bottles have 10 points. In the Smiths and Doritos bags there are cards with 10 points, you can gamble and your 10 points can turn in 5 of 20 points. For 100 points and $3.50 I picked up the R2D2 alarmclock, there are only 25,000 clocks available. The best part is that you can project a black/white Anakin on the wall out of R2D2 head.” Here is a pic of the R2 D2 Clock.

Commtech Stormtrooper
posted by hfsolo @ 8:55 pm (10/6)

Here is the new Commtech Stormtrooper. This is an example of how the long awaited figure guide is going to be. This will be the most comprehensive guide on the internet. Please let me know what you think of it.

Halloween is coming….
posted by dlr @ 7:15 pm (10/6)

Who are you going as….????

Available this Thursday after 8pm Masks – Just in time for Halloween!!

Darth Maul
Boss Nass
Jar Jar
Nute Gunray
Sebulba
Watto

Also coming…
-C3PO masterpiece edition – “Tales of the Golden Droid” – (get the Anakin Masterpiece edition at the same time and save $10 on the C3PO!)
-Limited Edition Boxed Episode I Portfolio
-Get George Lucas’s first major movie – THX1138 Now on VHS! – $17.99

Go now to …… M&M COLLECTIBLES!!!!!

BIGE.COM 40% OFF!
posted by dlr @ 7:15 pm (10/6)

Can’t remember if we had mentioned this one or not but hey….. BigE.comis having a 40% off sale on all star wars episode 1! WooHoo!

K&C
posted by dlr @ 7:15 pm (10/6)

K&C NEWS FEED:
We have received the NEW 12″ Episode 1 figures which include the Battle Droid, Watto and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Also we have the new Theed Hanger Playset.

Theed Hanger playset Out!!
posted by Gonk @ 4:55 pm (10/6)

The Theed Hanger playset has been found at Wal_mart for $32.96. Here is a pic of the Battle droid and Qui Gon figures The Battle Droid explodes but it doesn’t snap together or anything it connects with a magnet and the hole figure isn’t jointed. Thanks to James Dolan for the news.

More Exclusive New Images!
posted by starforce @ 3:00 pm (10/6)

Here are some more cool new images for your viewing pleasure courtesy of the fine folks at M&M Collectibles! Click on the links below to see the awesome pictures!

>> 12″ Return to Naboo Queen Amidala Doll
>> 12″ Naboo Queen Amidala Doll
>> 12″ Pre-Senate Queen Amidala Doll
>> 12″ Padme Naberrie Doll
>> 12″ Electronic C-3PO Doll
>> Laser Pod w/ Battle Droid Minirig Boxed
>> Swamp Skeeto w/ Obi-Wan & Eopie w/ Qui-Gon Beast figures

Enjoy!

Vintage POTF Adi Gallia
posted by dlr @ 6:00 am (10/6)

Custom Vintage POTF Adi Gallia on sale on ebay! Item # 176070306

New Mos Espa items
posted by Gonk @ 12:59 am (10/6)

Mos Espa has Nute Gunray, Rune Hakko, and Darth Sidious on sale. You can get all three for $9.99, or three of any one of them for $9.99. Also they have the Masterpiece C-3P0 signed by Anthony Daniels for $75.00. Thanks Doug and Hak Beng for the news.

Cool New Reviews Posted
posted by starforce @ 6:30 pm (10/5)

Six new reviews have been added and some really good ones in this batch. The first ever review of the Electronic Gungan Catapult has been added. Is this toy worth the money? Click here to find out! Additional reviews of Adi Gallia, Jabba the Hutt beast pack, Luke Skywalker (COMMtech) and Greedo (COMMtech) have also been added.

Episode I Monopoly Out
posted by starforce @ 6:30 pm (10/5)

The Episode 1 version of Monopoly has been spotted on the west coast. Should hit the rest of the country very soon.

Darth Vader book w/ Doll On Sale!
posted by starforce @ 6:30 pm (10/5)

I have received numerous reports of Sam’s Club stores selling the Darth Vader book w/ exclusive Anakin doll for only $10! This sale seems to be nationwide. Thanks to all who let us know.

Adi Gallia @ Fan Club
posted by starforce @ 6:30 pm (10/5)

The official Star Wars store now has Adi Gallia in stock for $8.95. Note that this isn’t the figure in the two pack with Ki-Adi-Mundi, it’s Adi by herself. Thanks to Chad for the tip.

Battle Droid Comparison Pics
posted by starforce @ 6:30 pm (10/5)

Edward from The Dutch Star Wars Action Figure Archive sent along front and back scans of two Battle Droids from the Taiwan two-packs. The one on the left was packaged with Rune Haako and the one on the right was packaged with Darth Maul.

Front Comparison | Back Comparison

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 2:20 pm (10/4)

They’re back for the last time! We’ve searched and searched for them. And now we’ve found them. This is it. The last ICONS: Darth Vader Lightsabers (Item #IC101, $999.99) ever to be made. These are new, officially licensed, mint condition and in the original boxes. We have 25 of these fantastic art pieces available. The first 10 sold will be $999.99. The next 10 sold will be $1499.99. The last 5 will be $1,999.99. First come-first served at Entertainment Earth.

New Galaxy Collector Out
posted by Gonk @ 2:20 pm (10/4)

Thanks to Pat for the following news.
“I picked up the new issue of Topps’ Star Wars Galaxy Collector magazine in a book store today. It has Queen Amidala and Hasbro’s Royal Starship on the cover. Inside there is a pull out poster of all of Galoob’s MicroMachine/Action Fleet toys from Episode I.”

Exclusive new pics!
posted by dlr @ 10:00 pm (10/4)

It is my pleasure to show to you fellow collectors the very first images of what the new 2000 Commtech carded figs from Hasbro will look like. Also we have final images of the Skiff and Y-Wing. Hey here’s another image, it’s the Faamba with Projectile Launcher!Images Courtesy of M&M Collectibles!

Update! The Faamba with projectile cannon is actually just a image of how you can use Jar Jar’s cannon on back of the FAO exclusive Faamba. Booooo!! 🙁 PLUS….. There are 4 new 12″ Amidalas. One is a Padme, then there is a Return to Naboo outfit, and then 2 collectors versions ($100+) Naboo Palace (red with the lights at bottom) and Pre-Senate (white gown with glass beads).

Epic Qui Gon and more at Mos Espa!
posted by Gonk @ 11:59 am (10/4)

Epic Qui Gon Jinn is now available at Mos Espa. Also, Panaka and Naboo Security Trooper are available not in a 2 pack. They are listed way at the bottom of the NEW ITEM section. Thanks to James for the news.

Vader wave NOT out!
posted by Gonk @ 11:59 am (10/4)

A source today confirmed that the new Vader wave is NOT out. Do not expect it to hit stores until late October.

New 12″ Amidala and Padme
posted by Gonk @ 11:59 am (10/4)

Outer Rim has posted a pic of the Japanese 12″ Padme and Amidala (Return to Naboo) figs.

New Canadian Site
posted by Gonk @ 11:59 am (10/4)

For all you Canadian collectors there is a new site called Power of the North Side out there.

Anakin book at Sam’s
posted by Gonk @ 11:59 am (10/4)

Thanks to George for the following news.
“Sunday I found at my local Sams club in Burnsville MN the book Anakin the story of Darth Vader with the 13” doll for the cheap price of $19.91 + tax they had a full pallet of them, keep an eye at your local Sam’s club.” Not sure if this a national or local sale.

Canadian Yoda
posted by Gonk @ 11:59 am (10/4)

If you are interested in the Canadian Yoda w Ep I on the card contactSope and he maybe able to help you out.

Hasbro 2000 List
posted by dlr @ 5:25 pm (10/3)

RebelScum.com has posted a list of figures due out in the year 2000 from Episode one. There are about 30 listed and in there a few two packs. Go check it out at Rebelscum.com!

Yoda w Ep I on card
posted by Gonk @ 5:25 pm (10/3)

Here it is the first pic of Yoda w Ep I on the card. It is a foreign card though. Thanks to Stan for the news. If you are interested it is item #174858725 on ebay.

TRU sale
posted by Gonk @ 5:25 pm (10/3)

I got a TRU sale brochure in my Sunday paper. It has the following on sale from Oct. 3-9th.

Naboo Fighter $19.99 (reg. $29.99)
SW Monopoly Game: Trilogy Ed. $19.99 (reg. $29.99)
3D Puzzles: Darth Vader & Millennium Flacon $14.97 (reg. $29.99)
SW Intergalactic Board Game (Vader and Trash Compactor Luke figs) $9.97 (reg. $19.99)
EI Lightsaber $4.99 (reg. $7.99)
EI Jedi Dress-up Set (braid, belt, foam saber, commlink and holoprojector) $17.99 (reg.?)
Ep I Electronic Droid Blaster $19.99 (reg.?)

Thanks to Chad for the news.

Wal*Mart
posted by dlr @ 12:15 pm (10/3)

Wal-Mart is redesigning their website for x-mas, look for this soon. The new site will be centered on toys and home electronics. This could be big news, if they are going to sell Star Wars figures on-line. More details will follow.

Panaka Case Breakdown
posted by Gonk @ 10:50 am (10/3)

Case #840950011
3x Panaka
3x Naboo Security Guard
1x C3PO
2x Yoda
1x Nute Gunray
1x Rune Haako
3x Destroyer Droid
2x R2D2

Thanks to Tone-Solo for the news.

2 more dolls
posted by dlr @ 10:00 am (10/3)

This in from http://www.theouterrim.com

“Two new fashion dolls of Queen Amidala will be released in Japan. Queen “Return to Naboo” and Beautiful blaze Padme. Return to Naboo Queen will retail for 6000yen ( $50), and Padme will be 3000yen ($27). Queen “Return to Naboo” will be released on 16th October and Padme will be released in 27th November. These dates are official from TOMY, but they can always change.”

Pepsi can holder
posted by dlr @ 10:00 am (10/3)

The Pepsi can display holder that was sold for $10 at www.pepsi.com is now starting to show up at various collectors doorsteps.
Update: Here is the URL to Order one!http://www.pepsiworld.com/october/print2.html

TPM Total Gross
posted by dlr @ 10:00 am (10/3)

Star Wars Episode 1: $811 Million Worldwide; $386 overseas and $425 in the US. Ranking it third all time globaly behind # 1 Titanic and #2 Jurassic Park

R2-D2 Carry Case sighted
posted by dlr @ 10:00 am (10/3)

R2-D2 carry case has been spotted at both FAO and TRU. The Price at FAO was $29.99, so you have to figure it’s a tad bit cheaper at TRU.

Guinness Book Of World Records
posted by dlr @ 10:00 am (10/3)

Guinness Book of World Records 2000 is now out, listed inside the greatest Star Wars collector: Jason Joiner of England, UK. Jason had worked on the original Star Wars in 1977, and his collection includes a original lifesize C3PO used in the original movie, and R2D2 (original) and Darth Vader (original) custumes.

Defender Cases Newsfeed
posted by dlr @ 11:20 pm (10/2)

Hello Star Wars collecting friends. We at Defender cases are proud to announce the newest additions to our product line.

Cases we’ve recently added:
Acrylic Cylinder cases for loose figs
Soft shell blister cases for loose figs
Action figure stands for pre-1984 and post-1996 figures
12″ Acrylic cases

HOT!!!! The new re-designed star case to specially fit the Destroyer Droid and other larger carded figures! (This is not the same case we advertised before, this is a brand new soft shell case that will hold all of the current Star Wars carded figs as well as the larger ones including the Destroyer droid. This is a Star case (not a Star Trek case) so the carded figure fits perfectlly in the case and will not move around.) Large 24 figure shadow box case to display and protect 24 loose figs in one case All cases are now available for sale from our site at http://www.defendercases.com.

ToysrUs cancelling orders
posted by Gonk @ 9:50 pm (10/2)

Thanks to Shan for the following news.
“I got a phone call this afternoon saying that my order for Naboo Anakin was cancelled. I placed the order on 9/21/99. I realize he was a hot item and had no rush in recieving him, but to cancel it after just ten days? Seems a little fast to me. They said they would compensate me with a 10.00 gift certificate – whoopee, I’m never ordering from them again. I wonder if it was because my order total was 1.66 shipped. I only ordered the Anakin and used the 10.00 Welcome GC.”

Be careful if you order it from toysrus.com you may not get it.

Review Update 
posted by starforce @ 1:00 pm (10/2)

I have posted five really good reviews on Adi Gallia, Mos Espa Encounter, Theed Generator Playset, Pit Droids dolls and Captain Panaka. Click here to read them!

Also a quick note, if your review was previously posted in the old reviews section, it will be posted in the new “Archives” section as soon as I finish formatting the old reviews into the new format. So if I posted your review in the past, it has not been forgotten!

Cheap Battledroid Variation
posted by starforce @ 1:00 pm (10/2)

A variation has been spotted on the Taiwan 2-pack Battledroids. The one on the left comes from Destroyer Droid and Bonus Battle Droid 2-pack, the right one comes from Anakin (Tatooine) + Bonus Battle Droids 2-pack (I think this one is earlier viersion). Click here to see the picture for yourself. Thanks to Grzechu from the Ord Mantell website!

Star Wars Tales
posted by dlr @ 11:05 am (10/2)

I picked up a really cool new comic book from DarkHorse titled “Star Wars Tales”. Issue one has vader on the cover and the comic is a lot thicker than others as it is 64 pages packed of Star Wars! There are 4 short stories inside and at only $4.95 quite a deal. Here is a scan of the cover.

Hot Darth Maul POTF Custom on ebay
posted by dlr @ 11:45 pm (10/1)

Check out this really cool custom vintage potf dath maul. I know it sounds weird but it is really cool looking! Here’s the scan! Head over to ebay to place your bid now! [Current bid – $62, Item #171774310]

Adi Case #
posted by dlr @ 11:05 pm (10/1)

The case # for coll. 3 wave 3 (Adi). Its 84085-000E. 16 figs, 3 were Adi. [Thanks to CosmicBaker]

Mini Fig protection
posted by dlr @ 10:45 pm (10/1)

A good Friend of mine [Jim Abell] has sent in a small scan of one of the Asian Mini figs placed in a hot wheels bubble case. It seems to work really well and looks decent. Check the image here.

Captain Panaka and Naboo Royal Security Guard @ K&C!
posted by dlr @ 10:45 pm (10/1)

They have received more of the popular Captain Panaka and Naboo Royal Security Figures. Back instock is the Tatooine Showdown 3-pack with Darth Maul, Qui Gon Jinn and Anakin Skywalker. They also we have a special offer on the CommTech Reader for only $7.99 each! – regularly $24.99

They just received some 1995 – 1998 Power of the Force Figures and 12″ Dolls. Check out their New POTF Section of our web site for a complete list. 12″ Dolls are under Toys.

12″ Luke Skywalker – Dark Blue Background
12″ Darth Vader – Dark Blue Background
12″ Obi Wan Kenobi – lite Blue Background
12″ Luke Skywalker in Bespin Fatigues
12″ Luke Skywalker in X-Wing Outfit
12″ Luke Skywalker in Ceremonial Gear
12″ Luke Skywalker in Hoth Gear

They also have a Millennium Falcon New POTF 1996 version Loose and the Outrider loose. Luke Skywalker on a Speederbike is also back in stock.

Free Cup Toppers!
posted by starforce @ 6:20 pm (10/1)

Various Taco Bell restuarants are now giving away the leftover Episode 1 cup toppers for free! Thanks to “IamYoda123” for the tip.

Cheap C-3PO Masterpiece Edition
posted by starforce @ 6:20 pm (10/1)

Barnesandnoble.com has the Tales of the Golden Droid book with exclusive pull apart C-3PO doll for only $52. But use this discount to get $10 off any purchase over $40! Enter coupon claim code “CTEN40B” on the online order page. (Don’t use the “Express Lane.”) Coupon ends October 7. Thanks to Dave for the tip.

New Episode 1 Cinema Scene
posted by starforce @ 6:20 pm (10/1)

Cool news from The Outer Rim. A new Episode I cinema scene has been discovered AND confirmed. Tomy (Japanese toy distributor for Hasbro) has confirmed this new Episode 1 cinema scene (includes Boss Nass, Amidala and Padme) and the release date for Japan is the October 23. Also confirmed by Tomy is a new 12″ “Return to Naboo” Amidala doll due out in Japan on October 16. So far, Japan is only scheduled for the cinema scene and doll, but my guess is America will eventually get it.

End of Season Fan Club Sale
posted by starforce @ 6:20 pm (10/1)

The Star Wars Fan Club is having an end of season sale and here are the things that stand out! > Capt. Panaka w/ Amidala- $14.99
> Naboo Sercurity Soldier w/ Gasgano – $14.99
> Ody Mandrell – $4.99
Thanks to Gasgano for the info.

Opee Sea Killer Variation
posted by starforce @ 6:20 pm (10/1)

Brandon sends in this info on a new variation: “Just got back from my local TRU here and Florida and would like to report something interesting on the Opee Sea Killer with Qui-Gon. The warning for small parts is no longer a sticker. It is now prnited on the box. Box is now .0100 insted of .0000”

More New Reviews Added!
posted by starforce @ 6:20 pm (10/1)

New reviews have been added for Destroyer Droid and Greedo (COMMtech) and first time reviews of Theed Generator Complex playset and Captain Panaka have been added. Send in your review TODAY (please use the form in the reviews sections)!

Wal*Mart Stores Receiving New Figures
posted by starforce @ 6:20 pm (10/1)

I have received reports of various Wal*Marts getting tons of the new figures. Ada Gallia, Anakin (Naboo), Yoda wave and Captain Panaka are among the new figures being spotted. Seems some Wal*Marts are putting out the cases they have stored in the back that say “Don’t Open Until October.”

September 1999 Archive

Jedi Luke
posted by dlr @ 8:40 pm (9/29)

RebelScum.com has an image of the Jedi Luke to be sold with the upcoming Skiff.

Full 12″ Darth Maul cases?
posted by hfsolo @ 7:00 pm (9/29)

I have now received 3 emails (thanks to all) that there have been SOLID 12″ darth Maul cases, not the electronic ones, the Action Collection. Good Job Hasbro!

Tatooine Showdown
posted by hfsolo @ 7:00 pm (9/29)

Thanks to Dan Madsen for emailing me to let me know that Fan Club now has these in stock. Head over to shop.starwars.com to order one.

Gungan Catapult and Flash Cannon OUT!
posted by Gonk @ 5:00 pm (9/29)

The Gungan Catapult and Flash Cannon have been spotted at Service Merchandise. Here are some pics of the Catapult.
Carded (Front)
Carded (Back)

New Stand
posted by Gonk @ 12:25 am (9/29)

A new type of stand is now shipping with the Fan Club 4. Click here to see a comparison pic. Thanks to IkabelGont for the pic.

Jawa Hype
posted by hfsolo @ 7:00 pm (9/28)

I would like to let all of you know that there has been a lot of hype on EBAY about the Jawa with and with out holes in the feet. Some calling one or the other RARE. Well, after the numerous emails I have received, it seems both are shipping in MASS quantities. I myself have seen about 30 cases distributed in the past 2 weeks to various locations here in MI, with both versions being found. Thanks to all who wrote in, and please do not be suckered into believing one is more rare than the other right now.

New Accessory Packs Out!
posted by starforce @ 6:20 pm (9/28)

The four new accessory packs have been spotted in the eastern U.S. They are Hyperdrive Refuel Kit, Podracer Fuel Station, Tatooine Disguise and Rappel Line Attack.

12″ Masterpiece C-3P0 OUT!
posted by Gonk @ 3:10 pm (9/26)

Reports have started to come in that the new 12″ masterpiece C-3P0 has started to show up in book stores. It is also in stock at Amazon.com. Thanks to Dave for the news.

R2 Carrying Case
posted by Gonk @ 3:10 pm (9/26)

R2-D2 carrying cases have started to show up at K’s Merchandise, a store that has locations in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Thanks to Aminan for the news.

Hasbro list?
posted by dlr @ 3:20 pm (9/25)

Figures In Action has posted a supposed Hasbro product list. It’s very interesting and well worth a look. Here is a sample of some items listed.

Accessory Sets
Endor Survival Set (POTF) (#264485), Battle Droid Attack Set (#264478), Rolo Droid Set (#264461), Pit Droid Service Set (#264454), Watto¹s Junk Shop Set (#264416), Gungan Defense Set (#264423), Trade Federation Set (#264430), Stormtrooper Set (POTF) (#264447)

New Yakface.com Look
posted by dlr @ 11:59 pm (9/24)

Welcome to Yakface.com! Hope you all like the new look. New sections include a “Games” Section, “Multimedia” section and a “Trivia” section. Also head over to the Rumor Mill and Store Reports sections as their submit forms have finally been corrected. Toy Reviews has moved to the ever growing Toy Guide and Editorials is now titled “Speak Up!” So look around make sure it’s all working and let us know what you think 🙂

Big Weekend At Fan Club
posted by Gonk @ 6:30 pm (9/24)

The Fan Club will be having a big weekend of new items being in stock. Expected to be in stock are: Anakin (Naboo), Captain panaka, Naboo Security Trooper, Adi Gallia, Yoda, Destroyer Droid, Mace Windu, Maul (tatooine) and Amidala (Coruscant). Also, expected to be in stock next week are: Cinema scenes, epic force, 12″ small scale figs, and han wave. Thanks to Dan Madsen for the news.
Addition: Anakin (naboo), Panaka and Naboo Security are in stock as of 7:00 pm EST

Boonta Eve Challenge Spotted
posted by starforce @ 11:00 pm (9/23)

The Boonta Eve Challenge Micro Machines set has been spotted in Northern California. It wasn’t due out until October according to Hasbro’s site.

Lucasarts Supports PSX2
posted by starforce @ 11:00 pm (9/23)

Lucasarts is on the list of developers for the Playstation 2, set to debut in Japan in March and in the Fall for the US. Playstation2 is the next incarnation of Sony’s popular Playstation game console and is really going to be a multimedia console with the ability to playback DVD movies and audio and in 2001, the ability to go on the internet via a cable modem. With the addition of Lucasarts on the already long list of developers for the system, look for the likely possibility of Indiana Jones and Star Wars games on the Playstation2.

Echostation.com Auction Search
posted by starforce @ 11:00 pm (9/23)

Echostation has opened up a great new section that searches all the auction sites (Yahoo, eBay, and Amazon) at the same time when you are looking for a specific product! No need to go to three different sites anymore to look for products, just go to this one site and all three auction sites are searched for you.

New Maul and Tusken 
posted by Gonk @ 8:55 am (9/21)

Teekay-421 has posted pics of the new Darth Maul w Mini Sith infiltratorand a NEW Tusken Raider.

Destroyer Droid from R2 case 
posted by Gonk @ 3:55 pm (9/20)

Banana Joe dropped by and gaves us a few new pics of the rolled up Destroyer Droid from the new R2-D2 case. If you thought the carded Destroyer Droid was small you haven’t seen anything.
Destroyer Droid
Comparison Pic

Lego Contest 
posted by Gonk @ 3:55 pm (9/20)

Thanks to Mutfak for the following news.
Yes, I got a Lego Magazine today and it tells about the contest, and it says “Use the force to build a super lightsaber in the Lego Star Wars Jedi Lightsaber building contest” Three winners (from 3 age categories) in each store will receive a Lego Star Wars Prize Pack including:
– #7101 Lightsaber Duel
– exclusive LEGO Star Wars poster
– exclusive LEGO Star Wars stickers
– Star Wars Duel of the Fates CD from Sony Classical

UK petition 
posted by Gonk @ 3:55 pm (9/20)

Just a quick reminder Outer Rim is running a petiton to help put UK SW collectors. head over there and check it out.

Hasbro Suffering From Episode 1 Sales
posted by starforce @ 4:45 pm (9/19)

Randy sent in some interesting news he saw on CNN, “I was watching CNN Newstand and their topic was “Stock of the Week” featuring Hasbro. Since the Episode 1 merchandise hit the shelves back in May 3rd, their stock has been decreasing slowly as the months go by. Hasbro was given a $600,000 something deal for Star Wars. But from the looks of it, Hasbro might be coming to a downfall after the year 2000.”

I would suspect the main cause of this is the overproduction of many Episode 1 toys. A lot of them are just sitting on the shelves and are not selling. Hasbro already had to take back stagnant figures and they no doubt lost a lot of money already. Also most kids are ignoring Episode 1 in favor of the mega popular Pokemon toys, which is also owned by Hasbro. It will be interesting to see how Hasbro (and other companies like Pepsi) handle Episode II merchandise after the disappointment of Episode I merchandise sales.

No Chancellor Valorum in Episode II, Amidala in III
posted by starforce @ 4:45 pm (9/19)

Terence Stamp has said in a recent interview that he has not been asked back for Episode II and he suspects he will not be in Episode II, meaning Chancellor Valorum is finished for good. Also Cinescape Online reports Natalie Portman will be in Episode III, contrary to some mis-information recently circulating around the net.

Official Site Updates
posted by starforce @ 4:45 pm (9/19)

Episode I has just premiered in Italy and the Official Star Wars site has it covered. Also a new snapshot of Jar Jar dodging enemy fire has been posted and the website for the recently released “Pit Droid” game is now up.

Senate Guard Pic 
posted by Gonk @ 10:50 am (9/18)

Teekay-421 has posted a pic of the Blue Senate Guard from Ep I. Click here to see the pic. Thanks to Jeff for the news.

Vader Wave case breakdown 
posted by Gonk @ 8:00 pm (9/17)

Here is the breakdown for the new Vader wave. Thanks to Chris for the news.
3 – Vader
3 – Stormtrooper
2 – Han Solo
1 – Luke w T-16
1 – Greedo
1 – Jawa w Gonk Droid
1 – R2-D2 w holo Leia

New 2 packs 
posted by Gonk @ 1:25 am (9/17)

Here are pics of the new Obi Wan & Anakin (Naboo) and Maul (Tatoone) & Battle Droid 2 packs that have begun to show up at Costco and possibly Sam’s Club. Thanks to Rick for the pics.

New Pics 
posted by Gonk @ 4:25 pm (9/15)

Teekay-421 has posted pics of Shield Generator with Jar-Jar Obi Wan’s Lightsaber (full size), and Mas Amedda (blue guy with horns from the Senate).

FAO Exclusive Queen Amidala Doll
posted by starforce @ 1:15 pm (9/15)

Coming in December is the new FAO Schwarz exclusive Queen Amidala doll. Queen Amidala comes in a gown of silk charmeuse with multitiered hand-dyed Victory Cape, accessorized with dramatic collar and hair jewels. Limited to 400 pieces. Outfits and accessories may vary slightly. A very rare and nice looking collectible to be sure since only 400 are being made. The cost is $495 per doll! CLICK HERE to view an image of the doll from the catalog. Big thanks to Dave for the info and scan!

Faamba & Gungan Warrior Set Release Date
posted by starforce @ 1:15 pm (9/15)

According to a rep at FAO Schwarz, look for the Faamba and Gungan Warrior set around Christmas time this year. The rep said Hasbro is going to try and ship the set to FAO stores before this Christmas. The price for the set is going to be a whopping $75, but the beast is supposed to be 20″ long. Thanks to Big Jedi Carlos for the info.

Naboo Royal Security Pics
posted by Gonk @ 10:25 pm (9/14)

Here are some nice detailed pics of the newly released Naboo Royal Security figure.
Carded (Front) Carded (Back) Loose (Front) Loose (Back)

New Beanies Pics
posted by Gonk @ 10:25 pm (9/14)

Click here to see pics of some of the upcoming SW Beanies. Thanks to Jedigus for the news.

Two New Figures Released!!
posted by starforce @ 1:15 pm (9/14)

Rob found Captain Panaka and Naboo Royal Security Guard figures at a Wal*Mart in Utah today! Keep an eye out for these new figures as they should be hitting the rest of the country soon.

R2 Carrying Case Pics 
posted by Gonk @ 10:50 pm (9/13)

Rebelscum has some nice pics of the new R2 Carrying Case.

NEW PICS!!!!!!
posted by dlr @ 12:00 pm (9/11)

Teekay-421 has done it again with three new pics! This time it is New 3″ Obi Wan Kenobi w/ lightsaber and lightsaber hilt. Also, pictured is a Pit Droid 3 pack!, that comes with some tools. Lastly a new pic of Queen Amidala about to scale the palace wall. Check ’em out NOW!!!!!
UPDATED: Notice that Ben comes with two different lightsabers? One for Luke? 🙂

Ree-Yees/DS Trooper Delay
posted by starforce @ 9:00 pm (9/11)

According to the fan club, Ree-Yees and Death Star Trooper are currently backordered. Here is the scoop from Tim, who called them up: “The guy I spoke to said the shipment they received from Hasbro was damaged (he believed waterlogged) and they are currently trying to get Hasbro to reproduce some more at the factory to fulfill the orders. They did charge my credit card the full amount so they expect to get them in eventually.”

New 12″ Figs
posted by Gonk @ 5:25 pm (9/11)

Outer Rim has posted a pic of the new 12″ Han (Endor), Leia (slave) and Chewie fully painted. Chewie and Leia are two of the WORST 12″ figs ever, especially Chewie.

New R2 Carrying Case OUT??
posted by Gonk @ 5:25 pm (9/11)

The new R2-D2 Carrying Case w Folded up Destroyer Droid has been found in Oregon. But, no pics of it have surfaced. Thanks to Forrest for the news.

Jabba and Amidala
posted by Gonk @ 5:40 pm (9/10)

Jabba w Pod Race Announcer and Amidala (Coruscant) are both back in stock at Amazon in case anyone still needs them.

Sio Bibble and Swimming Jar Jar
posted by Gonk @ 11:40 am (9/10)

Teekay-421 has posted a few new pics. This time it is Sio Bibble w blaster pistol and what appears to be a new commtech chip design. Also, pictured is Swimming Jar-Jar w Scalefish but soon to be known as the biggest peg warmer since Ric Olie.

Falumpaset with Battle wagon
posted by Gonk @ 12:15 pm (9/9)

Teekay-421 has posted a pic of the upcoming Falumpaset with Battle wagon and Gungan Warrior beast set. Click here to see a pic of it.

Watto’s Box Cinema Scene
posted by Gonk @ 12:01 am (9/9)

Here are the first pics of the Watto’s Box cinema scene boxed. Thanks to Eddie for the pics.
Boxed Front
Watto
Horax
Red Twilek Girl

New 12″ acrylic cases!
posted by dlr @ 9:00 pm (9/8)

The Deluxe Acrylic 12″ Star Wars case. This acrylic case has been designed specifically to display and protect the standard 12″ boxed Star Wars figures. The case fits 12″ Star Wars figures that measure 7″ wide by 13.25″ tall by 3.25″ deep. For more info stop by Defendercases.com

The Phantom Menace Game for PSX Date and Info!
posted by starforce @ 5:45 pm (9/8)

Lucasarts has posted a press release on their website confirming the release date for the new Episode 1 Playstation game. The game is Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and is basically a port of the PC version. The game will come out September 15, and as a reward to the fans who had to wait through all the delays, a full version of the “Duel of the Fates” music video will be included on the disc!

Proto 12″ Han (Endor) 
posted by Gonk @ 11:00 am (9/8)

Here is a pic of the upcoming Han (Endor) 12″ figure.

Elec Qui Gon Pics 
posted by Gonk @ 5:10 pm (9/7)

Here are scnas of the front and back of the Elec Qui Gon. Thanks to Steve for the pics.
Front
Back

Foreign Figs at Fan Club 
posted by Gonk @ 2:15 pm (9/7)

In Jan/Feb of 2000 (or possibly sooner) the Fan Club will have overseas 2 packs (one figure plus a battledroid) available for people to buy. Thanks to Dan Madsen for confirming this and Darth Flatulent (we don’t make up the names) for the news.

UK petition 
posted by Gonk @ 10:30 pm (9/5)

The Outer Rim and several other sites have started a petition to try and help out UK SW collectors due to their unfortunate situation. If interested in signing up head over there.

12″ Elec Qui Gon OUT NOW! 
posted by Gonk @ 3:30 pm (9/5)

The Electronic Qui Gon Jinn has begun to show up at Wal-mart. So far its only been seen in CA. Thanks to Steve for the news.

Japanese Jedi Spirits 
posted by Gonk @ 11:59 am (9/5)

Here is a pic of the exclusive Japanese Jedi Sprits 3 pack. Only 25 of these were made specifically for a SW fan club in Japan. Thanks to Steve for the pic.

Pit Droid Variations 
posted by Gonk @ 10:50 am (9/4)

PitDroid Variation pic
“The one on the left is from Walmart and has a dark grey plastic with lots of body paint with grey ring around his head …the one on the right is from JC Penny’s and has little to no body paint and is a redish color plastic body and has no grey ring around it.” Thanks to Nathan for the news.

8 FAO Exclusives for 2000 
posted by Gonk @ 6:10 pm (9/3)

That’s right 8 exclusive items for FAO next year. Thankfully most are ridicously expensive items but the Faamba that was pictured last night is an FAO exclusive. It was mistakenly called a 12″ 2 pack before due to a miscommunication. So there is no 12″ gungan army 2 pack is it is the Faamba w gungan warrior (they are 3 3/4). Thanks to George for the news.
1 – Queen Amidala white dress (Silk Gown) 19” tall limited edition of 400 pcs. $495.00 (December delivery)
2 – Queen Amidala Trunk set limited edition 200 pcs. $1,200.00 (December delivery)
3 – Queen Amidala Purse full-lead Austrian Crystals Designed exclusively by Kathrine Baumann $2,100.00
4 – Famba and Gungan soldier 2-pack 20” long $75.00 (available Jan. 2000)
5 – R2-D2 Digital watch $195.00
6 – 40″ Plush Jar-Jar $99.00 (Oct. delivery)
7 – 28″ Plush Yoda $99.00 (Oct. delivery)
8 – STAP Vehicle Scooter $1,000.00 (Oct. delivery)

FULL SIZED ATT and FAAMBA PICS!!! 
posted by Gonk @ 12:20 am (9/3)

That’s right a full sized AAT and Faamba. No mini rig, No mini nothing. Just incredibly cool and HUGE. Thank you Hasbro for the pics and also to Noz.
AAT (Battle Tank)
Faamba w Gungan Warrior

Chewie Proto 
posted by Gonk @ 10:50 pm (9/2)

The Outer Rim has a pic of a prototype of the upcoming NEW 12″ Chewie. The proto is pretty beat up though but still neat to see.

Info on new mini-rigs & figs
posted by Gonk @ 12:40 pm (9/2)

Thanks to Noz for the following news on what figures the new mini rigs will come with.
Gungan Assault cannon w/Jar Jar Binks
Sith Probe w/Darth Maul
Gungan Mini-Sub w/Obi-Wan Kenobi
Also, the “Sebubla w cape figure” is presumed to be from when Sebubla was sitting in his chair while the blue Twilek girls were with him. Since he was wearing a cape at that time. Thanks to John for the news.

New Ep I figs 
posted by Gonk @ 10:00 pm (9/1)

Thanks to Rebelscum for the following news.
In the new issue of Previews the following unconfrimed new EP I figs are listed.
– Sebulba w/cape (when in the movie did he wear a cape? did i miss something??)
– Fode & Beed (aka two-headed pod-race announcer)….uhh didn’t he just get released in the Jabba pack a month ago and we’re already getting another one.
– what appears to be a resculpt of the Take Apart C-3PO.
Invasion Force mini vehicles w/figure (aka mini-rigs) – Battle Droid w/Laser Pod (the small ATT lookin THING w blue battle droid)
– Gungan Shield Generator
– Sith Probe
– Gungan Mini-Sub

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. MINI RIGS STINK! We want real vehicles not mini THINGS that kinda look like the full sized vehicles. I waited years for SW to have a tank and now all they release is some goofy mini-rig of it. Thanks a lot Hasbro.

Tatooine Skiff Info and Jedi Luke Pic 
posted by starforce @ 3:30 pm (9/1)

The Outer Rim has managed to get a pic of the prototype of the new Jedi Luke figure packaged with the Tatooine Skiff vehicle coming out next year. Also on the site is some new info about the Skiff itself including the length and some of the play features. Check it out!

Pepsi Can Displays Shipping 
posted by starforce @ 3:30 pm (9/1)

A few reports have popped up of people receiving their Pepsi Can Holders from Pepsi. So if you have ordered one, keep an eye out. If you have not ordered one, check out Pepsi.com for all the info and the order form.

New Galoob Min Scenes OUT 
posted by Gonk @ 12:50 pm (9/1)

The new Galoob mini scenes have started to show up at Wal-mart.

NEW Hasbro Site UP
posted by Gonk @ 12:15 am (9/1)

Hey there folks the new Hasbro site is now up. Nothing really new there except they do list the new Vader and Stormtrooper for Sept release.

August 1999 Archive

Hasbro’s Jedi Quest Contest
posted by Gonk @ 8:50 pm (8/31)

Here is some news on the new Hasbro contest. Thanks to everyone who sent in news about it.
On the back of the figures (now appearing in stores across the country) you find a blue post card that is stuck on. You can enter the contest by filling out the postcard and sending it in to Hasbro. But there is an age limit, you have to be between 4-12. There are to be 4 grand prize winners with 600 additional winners. When you send in the postcard you can become a member of the JediQuest, and you get a subscription to Commlink, which is possbily a newsletter Hasbro is putting out.

Jawa w/ one foot hole
posted by dlr @ 7:20 pm (8/30)

Crazy stuff here…. go to Rebelscum.com to read more about this find and see the pic.

New 12″ at Target
posted by Gonk @ 9:55 pm (8/29)

The new 12″ Obi-Wan, Watto and Battle Droid figs are now starting to show up at Target. Thanks to Matt for the news.

Mini Hasbro Figures
posted by hfsolo @ 2:10 pm (8/29)

Scott has more of these to sell, You can get the Naboo fighter $10.00 or a set of figures and the Fighter for $80 plus shipping. If you have ordered a set already email me and we will include the naboo fighter.

Reminder
posted by dlr @ 9:10 pm (8/28)

The Insider Magazine and Star Wars Kids Magazine trivia giveaway starts on Sept. 1st, 1999 here at Yakface.com!

Tatooine Showdown 3 packs
posted by dlr @ 10:10 am (8/28)

This in from Soch-
I just wanted to let everyone know that EB is starting to get these for $21.99. I have seen them in three EB’s in my area (Southern NH & Northeastern MA). They have also have the new Han wave, although, I haven’t seen an R2D2 with holographic Leia.

Think About It Part II
posted by dlr @ 9:40 am (8/28)

A lot of you all wrote in to remind me that there are three additional figures still missing from the list of vintage figures Hasbro has yet to release. They are Tessek [squidhead], Imperial Commander, and Klaatu from Jabba’s Palace [the klaatu with robe around his waist]. Thanks to all who “reminded” me 🙂

Anakin Naboo Flooding Country
posted by starforce @ 3:45 pm (8/27)

Several reports of the newly released Anakin Skywalker (Naboo) have been sent in. They are showing up all over the country along with the Han/Gonk POTF2 figures en mass. Most sightings are of multiple cases of these figures being found.

Hasbro CFO To Retire
posted by starforce @ 3:45 pm (8/27)

Hasbro’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer John T O’Neill will retire at the end of the year. The resignation comes as Hasbro tries to allay concerns that sales of its newest line of SW action figures and vehicles haven’t been as robust as expected. To fill John O’Neill’s shoes, Hasbro has announced that David Hargreaves, Sr. VP of Finance has been promoted to Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Hasbro’s stock is down 27 percent since May 3, the date that the SW products were introduced. This info from Bloomberg News & Theforce.net.

Multiple Updates at StarWars.com
posted by starforce @ 3:45 pm (8/27)

The official Star Wars site has updated with a few new things. First a new snapshot of a Naboo Pilot during a space battle. Second, an interactive feature about Podracers and what makes them tick. Third is an article about “The Magic of Myth” returning to the U.S. Here is an excerpt: “Beginning this fall, people across the nation will have the opportunity to view one of the most visited Smithsonian exhibitions of all time. “Star Wars: The Magic of Myth” begins an American tour at the San Diego Museum of Art on September 25, 1999, and will be on view in San Diego through January 2, 2000. ” Check out the official site to check out all these new features!

Attention Custom Figure Builders!
posted by starforce @ 3:45 pm (8/27)

If you are interested in making custom Star Wars figures, then head on over to the Sarlacc Pit. The site now has very detailed articles on customizing Star Wars figures. From sculpting to molding, his articles cover the bases in detail and with tons of photographs! While you are there, check out his awesome customs!

Bradlees Sale! 
posted by hfsolo @ 11:40 pm (8/26)

“I was at my local bradlees today and they had a bunch of ep1 stuff on sale for 50% off some things were pod racers for 14.99 commtech reader 11.49 beast packs for 9.99 ceremonial leia 12″ for 17.49 and some other asst things not everything like figs but at those prices pick’em up if you need’em but this may only be a 2 or 3 day sale check your local bradlees out jimmy aka mr sidious”

EE Feed
posted by hfsolo @ 11:40 pm (8/26)

TPM on PSX
posted by hfsolo @ 11:40 pm (8/26)

From theforce.net comes this bit of info. It seems that Lucas Arts will be including something special for PSX owners for having to wait. “TPM will include a special bonus for the long-suffering and endlessly patient fans-the Duel of the Fates video, in its entirety”

Target Clearance 
posted by hfsolo @ 11:40 pm (8/26)

Thanks to Dave for the news. “I went to my local Target in Lakewood, CO today and found the classic assortment with flashback photo on clearance for $.74!!! They had Farmboy Luke, Ceremonial Leia, Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader and Hooded Obi-Wan and Hoth Chewbacca.”

Think about it
posted by dlr @ 10:40 pm (8/26)

I made a list today of the original figures Hasbro has yet to re-release in new form for the POTF2 collection-

General Nadine
Hoth rebel Commander
FX-7
Imperial Dignitary
Amanaman
Snaggletooth [blue?]
Bespin Guard [white]
Bespin Guard [black]
Cloud Car pilot
Chief Chirpa
Teebo
Paploo
Lumat
Romba
Warok

Sure would be nice to have these in some three packs eh? [hint hint hasbro ears….] Also wouldn’t it be cool to have IG-88 carded? just a thought…..

Jawa Variant
posted by dlr @ 10:40 pm (8/26)

Rebelscum.com has pics of two versions of the new Jawa that comes with the Gonk droid. One has holes in the bottom of his feet ones does not- stop on over to see for yourself.

AA 2-Packs
posted by pItDrOiD @ 11:03 pm (8/25)

Chad writes in with this ActionAce.com news:

“Action Ace.com has several 2-pack figures available. Characters include Darth Sidious, Yoda, Droideka, Rune Haako, Nute Gunray, etc. The 2 pack title comes from the fact that each comes with a Battle Droid, “to build your own personal Battle Droid army.” No Commtechs are included, though.”

Upcoming Lucasarts Games
posted by starforce @ 2:45 pm (8/25)

Here is a quick rundown of a bunch of Lucasarts games coming out in 1999:
– Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (PSX) – 9/14/99
– Pit Droids (PC) – 9/15/99
– Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine (PSX) – 9/14/99
– Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine (PC) – 11/16/99
– Episode 1: Racer – (Color Gameboy) – 12/8/99

Episode 1 in Europe
posted by starforce @ 2:45 pm (8/25)

The official site has updated once again with an article on the record breaking openings of Episode 1 in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Norway and Spain. Episode 1’s next international opening takes place today in Switzerland. Also a new snapshot has been posted, Queen Amidala’s ship docks on Coruscant.

Star Wars On…HD-DVD!?
posted by starforce @ 2:45 pm (8/25)

According to a recent interview with Episode 1 producer Rick McCallum, The Star Wars trilogy may not be released on DVD at all! It appears Lucas is waiting for a new format to come out in a year or two called HD-DVD (High Definition DVD). This means a lot more storage compacity and higher resolutions. McCallum also talks about how the Indiana Jones trilogy will be re-released on VHS and Laserdisc this year in Widescreen formats but not on DVD (Talk about backwards). Check out the DVDFilefor the full rundown and a great editorial on the issue.

Anakin Naboo in PA
posted by dlr @ 5:45 am (8/25)

Anakin Naboo is showing up here in Central PA at Wal-Marts. So are the Epic Force Obi Wan and Darth Maul figures. Thanks to Darth Celt for sending in the news!

New Die Cast toys in Jersey
posted by dlr @ 9:15 pm (8/24)

Where I live in N.J. there’s a bunch of new die-cast and micro machine toys by galoob at the local walmart in Roxbury N.J..

I picked up the Sith Infiltrator (AWESOME!) and I saw a Trade Federation battle tank (I think that’s what it’s called) and Sebulba’s pod racer for sale for about $6. There could be more available, but those were the one’s I saw. All of them were die-cast metal and very detailed.

Also I saw some new micromachine two-packs. I can’t quite remember exact combintations, but there was a mini- Darth Maul figure with another Maul on a Speeder; Rune Haako with a land speeder; naboo starfighter with a pilot. There’s more obviously, but I just wanted to let you know. Again, I don’t know if this is new info, but the infiltrator is GREAT!!!! They just need to make a big one for the Hasbro line.

Thanks to Matt for the news!

Star Tours
posted by dlr @ 9:15 pm (8/24)

Disney is curently remodeling the store, and it is currently closed. An employee told me they’re shooting for a mid-September reopening. Thanks to Tom for the news!

The numbers
posted by dlr @ 9:15 pm (8/24)

Episode one has made 418 mil in the U.S. and 689 mil worldwide!

Parkwars.com
posted by dlr @ 9:15 pm (8/24)

Parkwars.com is the place to download the south park styled Episode 1 trailers. Very funny stuff!

Happy Birthday to Kenny Baker!
posted by dlr @ 9:15 pm (8/24)

Kenny Baker, the man who has brought R2-D2 to life for all of us turns 65 today! Happy Birthday Kenny!

Theed Generator with Battle Droid Info
posted by starforce @ 3:15 pm (8/24)

Looking at the scan of the box (see story below), you may be wondering why a Battle Droid figure is packaged with the playset when there were no Battle Droids at all during the lightsaber duel. This comment from Kurt may clear everything up: “I just purchased the Episode I Insider’s Guide CD-ROM (great piece) and when you read the commentary for the saber duel between Maul and Obi-Wan, it says that in the original script Obi-Wan fought off BattleDroids before slicing Maul in half (rather than jumping up from the melting pit the way he did in the final draft and film). I wonder if this is another case of getting the toy done before the movie?” Probably is, or Hasbro decided to throw in a cheap Battle Droid to give more play value to the playset.

Missing R2-D2 w/ Hologram Update
posted by starforce @ 3:15 pm (8/24)

New developments in the Missing R2-D2 w/ hologram Leia story have come in (see story below). I recieved a couple reports from people who ordered a couple cases from online stores and they contained the R2 figure. In contrast, a few more reports of people opening the cases in stores and finding no R2 figure have come in. My only guess is that there are currently two different assortments shipping. One without R2 and one with R2.

On another sidenote, apparantly the Jawa w/ Gonk figure is not pictured on the backs of the new figures, but the R2-D2 with hologram Leia is.

Episode 1 for PSX Goes Gold! 
posted by starforce @ 9:50 am (8/24)

Lucasarts has announced that “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” for the playstation game console has gone gold, which means the game is finished and is now being manufactured for a September release date. The game will be just like the PC version with the same name.

Theed Generator Battle Droid 
posted by starforce @ 9:50 am (8/24)

Philip over at rebelscum.com reports that the Battle Droid included with the Theed Generator playset is the same that is included in the overseas two-packs. Which means less articulation, paint and a molded gun onto the hands.

KFC Name Badges 
posted by starforce @ 9:50 am (8/24)

I meant to post these a long time ago but never got around to it. Anyway, check out the links below to see images of the name badges worn by cashiers and managers. These are probably some of my favorate pieces in my collection.

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NEW Hasbro site
posted by hfsolo @ 11:40 pm (8/23)

This info we posted is incorrect. I have heard from Jen that the site will be up soon. Please be patient! “(incorrect info)Thanks to Carlos for lettin us know what a Hasbro Comsumer Rep e-mailed him back when he asked them a few questions.
“Thank you for contacting us. We appreciate your interest and feedback. The Star Wars web site (http://www.starwars.hasbro.com )will be updated by August 23rd to reflect all the Episode 1 information with tentative release dates.”

R2-D2 Missing? 
posted by starforce @ 10:30 pm (8/23)

Mark sent in an interesting report where he opened a sealed case of POTF2 figures at Wal*Mart. “I opened the sealed case, there were no R2D2 w/ Holographic Leia! The case had 3 Hans, 3 Luke w/skyhopper, 3 Greedo and 3 Jawa w/Gonk, but no R2D2 w/Leia.” I don’t think he is missing, I am pretty sure he is scheduled to come out with Darth Vader w/ Interrogator droid, New Stormtrooper, etc. in September. Correct me if I am wrong.

Theed Generator Boxed
posted by starforce @ 10:30 pm (8/23)

Jedeyeben has sent in a scan of the box for the newly released Theed Generator Complex with exclusive Battle Droid figure. Thanks for the image!

Official Site Updates
posted by starforce @ 10:30 pm (8/23)

The Official Star Wars site has updated with news on the release of the new Star Wars Insider magazine. Highlights from the magazine include an interview with Ahmed Best (Jar Jar), Rick McCallum’s Prequel Update, A look back at the summer of Star Wars, and two different covers. Click here to read the article.

Also a new snapshot of a model from the Theed Palace miniature has been posted.

MosEspa.com Summer Sale!
posted by dlr @ 8:25 pm (8/23)

MosEspa.com is having a summer sale! 100 items are now up to 70% off! Visit the site for more details!

New toys out!
posted by hfsolo @ 6:45 pm (8/23)

Thanks to Padawan for the news. “The Die-Cast Sith Infiltrator and Republic Cruiser are at Wal-Marts now, as are the new Podracers and the “Make Your Own Pod” kit. Also, several local Taco Bells are selling all four of their Ep. 1 posters for around $2, don’t know if that’s nationwide or what.”

Han Wave hits Canada
posted by hfsolo @ 6:45 pm (8/23)

PB200 wrote in to us that they have started showing up in Wal-Marts.

Darth Maul at TRU on-line
posted by hfsolo @ 10:30 pm (8/22)

TRU Online has the Darth Maul Tatooine and Electronic Maul for sale.

New 3″ Droideka [PRT III] 
posted by dlr @ 8:55 am (8/22)

More info in from DubDub:
“I’ve noticed that neither of the Destroyer Droids pictured in your comparison picture have yet to be released. If you compare the Droideka pictured on the left, described as “currently shipping,” with your own Droidaka you’ll notice some differences: 1) There is a noticeable line on the bottom ball shape (perhaps to help make the droid transform); 2) There is detail on the top ball joints of the legs on the current droid that is obviously absent on this one; 3) The head on the current one looks a bit smaller; and 4) The “notches” on the head of the current droid go out straight while this one’s seem to be slanted and shaped down towards the rest of the droid’s head. This could be a prototype of the already released one, but I think it is most likely a transforming Droideka of some kind.”

I guess we will all have to wait and see 🙂 Click here to compare.

New Release Rundown (part 2)
posted by Gonk @ 8:25 pm (8/21)

Here are some more new items that have recently been released. Thanks to everyone who sent in the news.
Anakin (Naboo) (Wal-Mart)
Galoob Deluxe Theed Hangar Action Fleet Playset ($24.99) and the Royal Starship Repair Playset (19.99) (Meijer)
Galoob Build your own Podracer Set (Wal-Mart)

New Release Rundown
posted by Gonk @ 2:35 pm (8/21)

Since there has been a lot of new products showing up this past week I thought i’d post a short rundown of what is out and where so far they have been found.
Tatooine Showdown Cinema Scene (Wal-Mart)
Han Wave (TRU, Wal-Mart)
Adi Gallia (TRU, Wal-Mart)
Theed Generator Complex Playset (TRU)

New 3″ Droideka [PRT II]
posted by dlr @ 10:55 am (8/21)

Thanks to all who wrote in to “remind” me that the R2-D2 carry case droideka does not transform, meaning this new battle damaged droideka will most likely be carded! Here is more news on this from Jim Abell:
“Don’t know if you were the one that posted the update to the story or one of the other guys, but I firmly believe that the new destroyer figure is too arrive carded. My reasoning: 1) the photos were all cataloged by product numbers followed by a letter (a=thumbnail image, b=catalog shot, one letter was for prototype shots, one for packaged shot and there was even one for commtech sounds); 2) the number on the R2 case photo from the site is 26226 (image enclosed…) which matches the numbering convention for Hasbro Direct product, while the battle damaged destroyer’s photo is number 84216 which matches numbering for Kenner Star Wars product; 3) the figure is photographed standing over a commtech chip and, to date, the chips have only been included with single carded figures and boxed 3 packs; and 4) I read somewhere that the destroyer included with the case does not unfold out of the wheel shape and only has 2 moving parts (didn’t say which ones…). Again, these are just my observations, but I’ll stand by them anyday!”
Click here! if you missed yesterday’s post.

Jar Jar Fan Club
posted by dlr @ 11:20 pm (8/20)

Wow! Someone likes JarJar! Check it out here!

New 3″ Droideka coming!
posted by dlr @ 8:20 pm (8/20)

Thanks to Jim Abell from “The Inner Circle” for pointing this out! Apparently when Hasbro had their site up many people went a snoopin’ for new pics… well these two were both up there… the difference in the new Droideka seems to be battle damage! Check the comparison here!

12″ Electronic Maul
posted by hfsolo @ 6:30 pm (8/20)

TRU now has this in stock. Check out the email that was sent to James.

Dear Darth Maul Fan: The Electronic Darth Maul 12 inch Action Figure has just arrived in our warehouse. We are notifying you about this product first, as you expressed interest in a similar item.
Very soon, we will send out an e-mail to other Star Wars fans. So act now! With the Electronic Darth Maul 12 inch Action Figure, there’s a lot to get excited about:
– Top design and realistic detail. Figure comes with Darth Maul Cloak and Lightsaber
– Your favorite authentic battle sounds and voices from the movie
– Lightsaber combat action

Han Solo Wave
posted by hfsolo @ 6:30 pm (8/20)

Thanks to Jake for the news. It appears the Han Wave has hit in Iowa at Walmart.

12″ Anakin and Watto
posted by starforce @ 2:30 pm (8/20)

Jon sent in some nice detailed scans of the recently released 12″ Anakin Skywalker and Watto dolls. Click on the links below to check out the scans.

Watto & Anakin Front / Watto & Anakin Back

eBay Bidding Tip
posted by starforce @ 2:30 pm (8/20)

Just a quick tip for all you eBay bidders, before bidding on a item be sure to check the sellers eBay Feedback rating! This could be done by clicking on the number that is next to the sellers username. There have already been a few people ripped off because the seller was a crook!

DVD News 
posted by starforce @ 2:30 pm (8/20)

Some new info was released during the recent San Diego Comic Con. Looks like you will have to wait awhile to get Star Wars on DVD, Lucas still plans on releasing all 6 movies as a DVD box set after Episode III comes out in 2005. The DVDs are supposed to be the best Lucasfilm can do and look for them to be chock full of extras such as the cut scenes from “A New Hope”. On the brighter side, the Episode 1 VHS release will probably be Spring 2000.

Adi Gallia Case Assortment
posted by Gonk @ 10:50 pm (8/18)

Here is the Case assortment for Adi Gallia.
4x Adi Gallia
3x Ody Mandrell
3x Captain Tarpals
2x OOM-9
2x Gasgano / Pit Droid
2x Ki Adi Mundi
1x Boss Nass
1x Chancellor Valorum

Adi Gallia in Stores NOW!
posted by Gonk @ 2:15 pm (8/17)

Adi Gallia has started to show up in stores across the country. So far it has only been reportd found at Wal-Mart and TRU.

Adi Gallia PICS 
posted by Gonk @ 6:40 pm (8/16)

Here are some nice detailed scans of the new Adi Gallia figure.
Adi Gallia (Front)
Adi Gallia (Back)
Adi Gallia (Cloaked)

Epic Force Darth Maul PICS
posted by Gonk @ 6:40 pm (8/16)

Here are some nice detailed scans of the new Epic Force Darth Maul.
Boxed (Front)
Boxed (Back)
Loose

AAT and Faamba OUT NOW!
posted by Gonk @ 11:25 am (8/15)

The remote controlled AAT and Faamba from Galoob are both now showing up in stores. Both are selling for about $17.99. Thanks to Mr. Quint for the news.

Ep I Epic Force OUT NOW!
posted by Gonk @ 12:10 pm (8/13)

We’ve recieved reports of the Epic Force Darth Maul and Obi Wan showing up in stores in the US. Also, Rebelscum is reporting the case breakdown is 3 Maul’s and 3 OB-1’s.

Topps Hobby Edition Series Two out now!
posted by dlr @ 7:05 pm (8/12)

Well here come 80 more cards! That’s right Topps has released an additional 80 core cards under the hobby edition line. There are also 6 embossed foil & 4 chrome insert cards randomly packaged at the ratio of 1:12 for the embossed and 1:18 for the chromes! I bought all 80 for 18$ at my local comic shop today. Here is a scan of the new packaging to be on the lookout for. Remember you can only get these at hobby shops [comic stores basically]

6″ Ep I Figs OUT! 
posted by Gonk @ 6:15 pm (8/12)

The 6″ Ep I figs are OUT NOW! They are Anakin, R2-A6 and Pitdroids. The case assortment is
3 Anakins
2 Pit Droids
1 R2-A6
Here is a pic of Anakin & R2-A6; thanks to Dan for the pic and news.

Lego Mindstorms Droid Developer Kit
posted by pitdroid @ 2:15 pm (8/12)

Wow! Thanks a million to Knight for this massive package of pictures he obtained of the nifty new little Lego Mindstorms Droid Developer Kit. There is a total of 16 pictures containing everything from parts to screen captures. Check it out:

Box FrontBox Back
Booklet FrontBooklet Front and Back
Parts TrayParts
The Micro Scout
R2-D2 FrontR2-D2 Side
Robot FrontRobot Side
Screen Capture 1/Screen Capture 2/Screen Capture 3/
Screen Capture 4/Screen Capture 5

Electronic Jar Jar Variation!
posted by pitdroid @ 1:15 pm (8/12)

Thanks to Earnest who sent this in. It is a comparison scan of the .0000 and .0100 Electronic Jar Jar Binks. He has both variations circled in neon green. You can see that on the .0100 version they change all but the first sentence of the paragraph and make the www.hasbro.com advertisement not mention anything about “becoming a Master.”

Replacement Gold Yoda Can Scans
posted by starforce @ 3:00 pm (8/11)

Dean has sent in some pics of the replacement gold Yoda can being sent to people who sent in the can in exchange for a replacement can and a $20 check. There are some differences between the store version can and the mail-away can. Check out the scans below.

click on images to enlarge
 

Pepsi Check
posted by Gonk @ 6:45 pm (8/10)

Thanks to Dean for the news and pic.
“I received my replacement gold Yoda can today from Pepsi and it is different than the ones that you find in the store and send in. It has a large starburst that says “Limited Edition Gold Yoda Can” and the phrase “This commemorative replacement can is not eligible for a prize. Not for retail sale.” It also has the standard Pepsi can logo with smaller Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew and Pepsi One logos next to it. The good news is that it is a sealed empty can ideal for display…although mine sounded like it had a few drops of some liquid inside of it.”
Here is a pic of the check you get for the Gold Yoda can.

Pepsi Can Phrase
posted by Gonk @ 6:45 pm (8/10)

Here is the phrase the Pepsi cans make in case you haven’t figured it out.
“Anakin breaks free but may face new enslavement, the Jedi triumph but their future is clouded, one menace is destroyed but another lurks nearby.” Thanks to Tony for the news.

Ki-Adi Mundi 
posted by hfsolo @ 10:00 pm (8/9)

Just trying to head off the rumors. There is a rumor that the Ki-Adi has an error on the card. The rumor is that there is a misprint that it reads that Ki-Adi is a Jedi Knight, not a Jedi Master. This is not an error, he is the only Jedi Knight that serves on the council. Do not be taken in on this, do not pay more money for it.

Pepsi Words 
posted by hfsolo @ 10:00 pm (8/9)

Here are the words to the Pepsi cans, see if you can figur out what the sentence is.
“new, lurks, breaks, but, their, face, but, enslavement, destroyed, future, may, another, anakin, is, free, jedi, but, nearby, is, triumph, menace, the, clouded, one” They are in order from can 1 to 24. Thanks to Ryo for the news.

Box Office
posted by hfsolo @ 10:00 pm (8/9)

Well it had to happen sooner or later. TPM is now at #11 out of the top ten for the first time since its release.

1 – The Sixth Sense $26,681,262
2 – The Blair Witch Project $24,347,345
3 – Runaway Bride $20,772,654
4 – The Thomas Crown Affair $14,600,719
5 – Deep Blue Sea $11,204,559
6 – Mystery Men $10,017,865
7 – Inspector Gadget $9,173,995
8 – The Haunting $6,439,877
9 – The Iron Giant $5,732,614
10 – American Pie $4,146,445
11 – Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace $2,223,198 bringing the total to $412,775,151

Rebel Pilots Pics
posted by Gonk @ 4:30 pm (8/9)

Here are some detail pics of the new Rebel Pilots 3 pack.
Boxed (Front)
Boxed (Back)

Wedge (no helmet)
Wedge (helmet)

Arvel (no helmet)
Arvel (helmet)

Ten Numb (no helmet)
Ten Numb (helmet)

Star Wars Kids Magazine
posted by hfsolo @ 10:30 pm (8/8)

Issue #5 on sale now at MosEspa.com. This magazine is aimed at kids 7-12 years of age. You can get the most recent now. Remember that we will be having a trivia contest starting Sept. 1, 1999 to win 1 of 20 subscriptions right here at YakFace’s Realm.

TRU Cracker Jacks Canister
posted by hfsolo @ 10:30 pm (8/8)

They look just like the Anakin #1 Pepsi can, except they don’t have the nutritional info. The deal is you buy a Pepsi 12-pack and you get the canister for $4.99. The canister is 8 inches high and 5 across. On the lid it has TRU and Cracker Jack logos. Inside it has a small bag of Cracker Jacks, an Anakin mouse pad (he has on his podrace helmet and the podracer is in the background), and 2 coupons. One is for 20% off any one Kids R Us item, and the other is for $5 off any $25 TRU purchase (it pays for itself).

Defeated Darth Maul
posted by Gonk @ 6:00 pm (8/8)

There seems to be a problem with people getting tricked into believing the “Defeated Darth Maul” is a real figure. It is NOT A REAL FIGURE, it is a custom figure. There was an article in a magzine called Toyfare last month on how to make this figure and how to place it into stores to trick people. Do not be fooled into buying this figure, unless you want a custom figure.

Fan Club Denver Passes
posted by dlr @ 10:55 am (8/7)

Hey all, I got my Fan Club Denver passes in the mail yesterday and was wondering if anyone else got this extra cool pass in their set?
*ok, after several what the *%#&? emails I must confess it is just a custom 🙂

E1 AF W2
posted by pitdroid @ 7:14 pm (8/6)

Hunter ESB found the Episode 1 Action Fleet Wave 2 at a local Target in Southern California. The wave consists of Anakin’s Pod, Droid Starfighter, Trade Federation Landing Ship, Gungan Sub, Mars Guo’s Pod, and Flash Speeder. Check out his picture of all of them.

Another Preorder
posted by pitdroid @ 7:14 pm (8/6)

Toys of America is now taking credit-card preorders for the Interactive Yoda toy (Furby Yoda). You can visit the website or call (416) 746-7825.

Jabba the Hutt Boxed
posted by Gonk @ 7:10 pm (8/6)

Here are some nice scans of the new Jabba the Hutt Ep I beast. Thanks to Darksith for the pics.
Jabba Box Front
Jabba Box back

Jabba the Hutt OUT NOW!
posted by Gonk @ 11:40 pm (8/5)

The Ep I Jabba the Hutt beast pack is now showing up at Wal-marts across the country. Thanks to everyone who wrote in about it.

Nifty Japanese Pepsi Stuff
posted by pitdroid @ 3:02 pm (8/4)

Marilyn sent in these links of some awesome Japanese Star Wars Pepsi websites that feature some really cool products. Check them out:
http://www.pepsi.co.jp/starwars/instant/index.html
http://www.pepsi.co.jp/starwars/free-gift/index.html
http://www.pepsi.co.jp/starwars/design/index.html

Cheap K-Mart!
posted by pitdroid @ 2:20 pm (8/4)

bigv wrote in to say that he found the 12″ Electronic Darth Maul figure at his local K-Mart for a low $12.99! Check your local stores to see if this is a widespread incodent!

ActionAce Update
posted by pitdroid @ 2:08 pm (8/4)

ActionAce now has some old orange and green POTF2 carded figures, plus Qui-Gon (Naboo), Obi-Wan (Naboo), and Amidala (Coruscant). Thanks to Gasgano for the news.

MosEspa Update
posted by pitdroid @ 2:06 pm (8/4)

MosEspa.com now has the Rebel Pilots Cinema Scene available for $23.95 + S&H.

Sick of Soft Figures?
posted by pitdroid @ 2:03 pm (8/4)

Here is a little story and some advice on the quality of new Star Wars figures:

“I was just reading several of the action figure reviews, and I think that there is something which needs to be said to the general public…Many people complain about the “soft plastic” used in many E1 figures such as OOM-9. They complain that they cannot make him stand up, etc. First of all, the reason that softer vinyl is used is because of the joints. You’ll notice that OOM-9, for example has skinny arms and skinny joints. If he were made of “hard” plastic, one twist and SNAP! broken figure. The addition of articulation requires softer, more pliable plastic. Don’t believe me? Compare the Destroyer Droid’s tiny “elbow” joint to the shoulder joint of a normal figure. See the construction difference? Second of all, for those of you who can’t get your “soft plastic” figures to stand: 1) Heat with hair dryer for 5 seconds 2) Enjoy standable figure. Vinyl does bend easily making standing difficult, but it is a “memory plastic” and a slight heating will cause it to revert to its original mold.”

Han Wave Case Assortment 
posted by Gonk @ 6:10 pm (8/3)

Case No 84185
3 Luke with T-16
2 Jawa with Power droid
2 R2-D2 with Holo leia
2 Greedo – Cantina
3 Han Solo – Cantina

Tatooine Showdown pics
posted by Gonk @ 5:55 pm (8/2)

Here are some detail pics of the upcoming Tatooine Showdown 3 pack. Thanks to Darth Bob for the pics.
Darth Maul
Qui Gon Jinn
Anakin

Want Some Multimedia?
posted by pitdroid @ 12:42 pm (8/2)

Steve wrote in with his internet find:

“I found this link surfing this site: It’s a Star Wars CD filled with audio and video clips from the movies. It’s $19.99 with a $19.99 rebate, so you pay S/H.”

eToys Savings Correction
posted by pitdroid @ 12:30 pm (8/2)

Looks like I’ve been out of the updating pool for a little too long. I posted something before I researched it, and of course, I screwed it up. Thanks to all who wrote in to set me right on this. The eToys.com refund works like this:

“If you buy something at etoys for 10.00 and find it cheaper for say 9.00 – Etoys would refund you 1.10 (1.00 difference plus 10 % = 1.10)” Thanks to massaua for wording it properly this time.

Classic Han Wave Pics
posted by Gonk @ 10:28 pm (8/1)

Here ya go folks. Tons of pics (carded and loose) of the upcoming “classic” Han Solo wave. Thanks to Darth Bob for the pics.
Han Carded (Front)
Han Carded (Back)
Han Loose (Front)
Han Loose (Back)
Han Card (no bubble)

Greedo Carded (Front)
Greedo Carded (Back)
Greedo Loose (Front)
Greedo Loose (Back)
Greedo Card (no bubble)

Jawa Carded (Front)
Jawa Carded (Back)
Jawa Loose (Front)
Jawa Loose (Back)
Jawa Card (no bubble)

Luke Carded (Front)
Luke Carded (Back)
Luke Loose (Front)
Luke Loose (Back)
Luke Card (no bubble)

R2 Carded (Front)
R2 Carded (Back)
R2 Loose (Front)
R2 Loose (Back)
R2 Card (no bubble)

More Savings Tips!
posted by pitdroid @ 4:38 pm (8/1)

Catherine wrote in to say that eToys.com has a refund policy that goes a little something like this: “if you find the same product in a retail store for a lower price, they’ll refund you 110% of your money.” Now this sounds a little too good to be true, so be sure to check the site before taking advantage of this offer.

Wanna Amanaman?
posted by pitdroid @ 4:05 pm (8/1)

The Galaxy’s Most Wanted now has a poll for an Amanaman figure. Check it out and vote!

Get your thinking caps on!!
posted by hfsolo @ 1:20 am (8/1)

The Realm is VERY pleased to announce that we have been able to make this happen. The Star Wars Insider and Yakface.com have teamed up. We are going to hold a trivia contest to give away memberships here at the Realm. We are going to run 2 contests, the first is for everyone from the age of 13 and up. There will be a 10 question quiz, and a random drawing from all the correct responses, we will choose 20 names to give away a subscription to the Insider. The other contest will be for Children 12 and under, again, there will be a trivia contest with the same results, although they will get a subcription to Star Wars kids. These memberships are courtesy of Dan Madsen and the Insider. More news to follow, so spread the word. The contest will begin on September 1, 1999.

Toy Guide
posted by hfsolo @ 1:20 am (8/1)

We have opened the Toy Guide up, Episode 1 Action figures have been posted. Please feel free to look around. If there is something you would like to see in the figure section that we missed, please feel free to email me.

July 1999 Archive

TRU Reserve Ticket Problems
posted by Gonk @ 11:20 pm (7/31)

Thanks to George for the news.
“For all the people that reserved their 12″ F/X Figures from TRU don’t expect a call from them I just walked in today to see the figures on the shelf like any regular figure, I asked the manager and she told they screwed up with that because they did not take any names or phone #’s to call anybody, so I suggest to start calling your local store to verify if they already have them in, otherwise sit back and let everybody else pick them up before you do it.”

EE news Feed
posted by Gonk @ 11:20 pm (7/31)

Entertainment Earth has Wave 20 (69570J, SW Fig. Asst. Coll. 1 Wave 20, $114.99) IN STOCK.
This assortment contains 2x Mon Mothma, 2x Chewbacca as Boushh’s Bounty, 2x Lobot, 2x Orrimaarko (Prune Face), 1x Princess Leia (all new likeness), 1x Blastshield Luke, 1x R2-D2 with datalink tools, 1x pull-apart C-3P0, 1x Leia Ewok Celebration, 1x Bespin Luke, 1x Bespin Han Solo, 1x Luke Ceremonial Outfit all on Freeze Frame Action Slide cards.

Super Deformed Ep I figs
posted by Gonk @ 11:20 pm (7/31)

The Outer Rim has pics of Super Deformed Ep I figs (non-windup).

New Episode 1 Toys Released!
posted by starforce @ 3:00 pm (7/31)

Electronic 12″ Qui-Gon Jinn and Jar Jar Binks have been spotted at a Toys ‘R’ Us in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. All three Episode 1 12″ electronic dolls are now out! Thanks to “jbeardsley” for the info.

Scans of Insider Celebration Passes
posted by starforce @ 3:00 pm (7/31)

Brian has posted a couple scans of the Denver Celebration Passes being sold at mosespa.com. Click below to check them out!

– Back of pass signed by Ahmed Best
– Front of case the passes come in

Target Lego Yoda
posted by dlr @ 9:10 pm (7/30)

Dack the Lego maniac contacted us saying he was able to handle the Target Lego Yoda and let’s us know this info- “..It’s too light to be solid so It must be hollow, and I was informed it takes 840 pieces to build…”

Rebel Pilots OUT! 
posted by Gonk @ 8:10 pm (7/30)

Reports of the Rebel Pilots 3 pack showing up in the US are now startng to come in. So far it has only been found at Shopko, just like the Skiff Guards when they first came out.

Celebration Passes
posted by Gonk @ 8:10 pm (7/30)

There are no differences in the passes being sold at Mos Espa then the ones given out at the event. This is confirmed by a fan club representative. Thanks to Grant for the news.
**note from dlr- yes there is a difference. On the back there is a small line of text that says somthing about a reproduction, The originals at the denver show had nothing on the back.

Yoda Give-A-Way in Canada
posted by pitdroid @ 3:15 pm (7/30)

Ed sent in this news:

“Just wanted to tell you that Save-on-Foods in Canada has 76 (1 per store) life-size Yoda figures (Approximate value $500). Contest closes August 7, 1999. You have to have a Save-on-more card (free) and purchase a “participating sweepstakes product.” (case of pepsi, lay’s chips, etc…)”

Panaka and Naboo Soldier pics
posted by Gonk @ 1:15 pm (7/30)

Rebelscum has posted pics of Panaka and the Naboo Trooper carded. check it out.

12″ Elec Maul Variation 
posted by Gonk @ 11:00 pm (7/29)

There is a variation on the packaging for the Electronic Darth Maul. Some have a sticker warning label and some have it printed on. Thanks to Brandon for the news.

New Pictures!
posted by pitdroid @ 8:35 pm (7/29)

Alright! Rebelscum.com posted card scans of Gonk with Jawa, Super-Articulated Stormtrooper, and Darth Vader with Interrogation Droid.

Electronic Darth Maul
posted by Gonk @ 3:00 pm (7/28)

The 12″ Electronic Darth Maul is now showing up at K-mart in large quantities but is $29.99

Figures in Action
posted by dlr @ 7:15 pm (7/28)

Figures in Action has opened their doors officially and want you to stop on by to check ’em out.

2.5″ Ep I fig News
posted by Gonk @ 11:30 pm (7/27)

Mr. Anonymous stopped by again and let us know that the “foreign release mini figs will be available through the Hasbro internet eventually as a set. Included will be the mini naboo fighter with anakin.” No word on when though.

“Destiny” Can Picture
posted by pitdroid @ 2:45 pm (7/26)

And after a week of suspense, someone finally posted a picture of the 25th Star Wars Can – Destiny. Check out this site to see a scan of the store display that shows what the can looks like.

Ep I Pinball Game pics
posted by Gonk @ 2:55 pm (7/25)

Here are some pics of the upcoming Ep I pinball game. Thanks to Dan for the pics.
Pic 1
Pic 2
Pic 3
Pic 4

Dave’s Collector’s Companion
posted by starforce @ 9:20 am (7/24)

A while back we posted info about software called Dave’s Collector’s Companion. It is great software that keeps track of your Star Wars collection and it has a lot of great features. He has now completed the final version and you can download a free demo athttp://www.caseclosedgame.com/collector/. If you buy it, tell ’em yakface.com sent you!

12″ Elec. Maul
posted by hfsolo @ 8:00 am (7/24)

He has now been spotted at KB Toys for the hefty price of $37 plus tax.

R2D2 Snapshot
posted by hfsolo @ 8:00 am (7/24)

The scene where R2 falls off the landing platform and uses his jets to save himself is the latest snapshot at www.starwars.com so stop by and check it out. Thanks to Mike for the tip.

Young Jedi CCG
posted by hfsolo @ 11:30 pm (7/23)

If you collect these, you can check out Decipher for the latest release dates for the remaining 2 expansion sets. Thanks to Chris for the tip.

12″ out?
posted by hfsolo @ 11:30 pm (7/23)

The new 12″ wave (ob-1, battle droid and watto) is out. And showing up so far only at FAO around the country.

The Falcon 
posted by hfsolo @ 11:30 pm (7/23)

On sale at Service Merchandise. Only $35. This may not be at all stores.

Mos Espa Encounter
posted by Gonk @ 11:20 pm (7/22)

According to Rebelscum the Mos Espa Encounter is now available to order at Entertainment Earth.

Box OFfice Record in Japan
posted by hfsolo @ 8:00 pm (7/22)

The Phantom Menace earned 21.6 Million (2.55 billion yen) in its first week. Here are the US totals.
1 Titanic (Para) 12/19/97 $600,743,440
2 Star Wars (Fox) 5/25/77 $460,987,469*
3 E.T. (Univ) 6/11/82 $399,804,539*
4 The Phantom Menace (Fox) 5/19/99 $395,201,250

Mos Espa Encounter OUT!
posted by Gonk @ 6:50 pm (7/22)

The Mos Espa Encounter 3 pack (Jar-Jar, Sebubla and Anakin) has been found at Wal-mart in FL, CA and PA.

12″ Elec Darth Maul OUT!
posted by Gonk @ 11:20 pm (7/21)

The 12″ Electronic Darth Maul has started to show up at Wal-mart for $29.96 a piece. So far it has been found in Indiana, Iowa and Illinois.

Pepsi’s Destiny Pt. 2
posted by pitdroid @ 10:35 pm (7/21)

Canadian Pepsi Check!
posted by starforce @ 10:15 pm (7/21)

Theforce.net has posted a scan of the check being mailed out to people in Canada who found the gold Yoda can and sent it in.

Pepsi’s Destiny?
posted by pitdroid @ 3:26 am (7/21)

Okay, sorry about being out of the updating loop latley, but today I saw a display at my local Wal-Mart. It had that Pepsi Star Wars Alien (forgot how to spell his name) and it pictured a new, never-before-seen Star Wars can. It’s full color, not the usual black, white, and gray cans, and it has Anakin in the foreground with Darth Vader in the backround. There was a paragraph that talked about Anakin’s destiny, but I didn’t have time to read it, and the gray plate where the characters names go it said something like “Limited Edition: Destiny.” I can’t find anyone who knows about this can, and I’m wondering if it’s like the randomly inserted Yoda can, or will it be sold in mass as basically a final can? Does anyone know? E-mail me if you do. Thanks.

Recalled Ep I figs
posted by Gonk @ 10:55 pm (7/18)

It turns out the only Ep I figures being recalled by Hasbro are Padme, Ric Olie, Chancellor Valorum, and Senator Palpatine. Thanks to Chris the KB manager for the info.

Ebay and yakface.com email
posted by dlr @ 7:00pm (7/18)

If you have an email account set up with our free email system here you must realize that your email address is “yourname”@yakfacesrealm.com not YAKFACE.COM. We have been recieving emails from ebay from people trying to register accounts with them. If you type in “yourname”@yakface.com it just forwards to the webmaster here at the realm. Please make note of this.

Mos Espa Encounter Boxed
posted by Gonk @ 3:05 pm (7/17)

Outer Rim has pics of the Mos Espa Encounter 3 pack boxed.

NEW 12″ figs for 2000
posted by Gonk @ 11:05 pm (7/16)

Mr Anonymous stopped by again and gaves us a partial list of NEW 12″ figs for 2000 and they are:
– 12″ Biker scout with Speeder Bike
– 12″ Lando Skiff
– 12″ 2-1B
– 12″ Gammorean Guard
– 12″ two-pack of the Queen and Qui-gon in the portrait collection boxes

Hallmark Ornaments
posted by hfsolo @ 10:50 pm (7/16)

Don’t forget that Hallmark will be unveiling thier ornaments tomorrow on the 17th. If you are getting this years ornaments and have not preordered, you may want to stop in your local store in the morning.

KB Pulling Figs
posted by hfsolo @ 10:50 pm (7/16)

Thanks to Vinny for the news. It seems KB Toys are doing the same as TRU. The figures being pulled there are Ric Ollie, Senator Palpatine, Padme Naberrie, Darth Sidious and Watto.

Awesome Customs!
posted by pitdroid @ 2:03 pm (7/16)

If you liked the R2-MaulToo Custom I posted about a couple of weeks back, then you’ll love these! From the same guy, Harry Toor, comesWicket FettEwok Trooper3P-Maul, and the return of R2-MaulToo. If you are interested in these, I’m pretty sure Harry has them on eBay from time-to-time, but you can e-mail him at briareos76@hotmail.com.

Naboo Fighter patch
posted by Gonk @ 11:45 am (7/16)

Don’t forget that today Nintendo and LucasArts will be announcing how to be the Naboo Fighter in Rogue Squadron (PC and Nin 64).

Mini Ep I figs News
posted by Gonk @ 11:20 pm (7/15)

Here is the lowdown on what the deal is with the mini Ep I figs. Thanks to mr. anonymous for the news.
“The mini-figs have been made for foreign release only. They have been produced at a lower cost as a lot of nations have people that cannot afford the high prices because of the commtech, etc. There are also mini vehicles, a naboo fighter for instance.”

Maul Sabers
posted by hfsolo @ 10:30 pm (7/15)

Toys R Us in Springfield has the Maul sabers and they have a little bubble that said “With battery protector.” That means that the safe ones are out in Ohio. Thanks to Joe for the update.

Ree Yees and DST Complaints
posted by pitdroid @ 7:42 pm (7/15)

R’kik D’nec sent this story in:

“On July 26th I ordered the Ree-Yees and Death Star Trooper from shop.starwars.com for 19.96 + shipping. The service and speed of the package arrivin at my house was second to none. The unfortunate thing was that the Ree-yees card must have been stepped on, creased, and then played football with as bad as it’s card was! The Death Star Trooper wasn’t as bad but it was bent and the bubble was smashed a bit. For the last few weeks I have complained and complained and bargained and bargained but to no avail they keep saying that what happens during shipping is not their fault. I can see where they are coming from butI doubt these figures had this happen to them durring shipping. The package looked fine and it was stuffed full of styrofoam but this really sux!”

No need to worry if this happens to you! Simply call 1-800-TRUE-FAN and tell them what happened to you. You should be directed onto customer service where they ask you to send it back via UPS, and then they’ll repay you for the shipping costs and send you a replacement set. This happened to me with the Episode 1 Poster B and I got a mint one a few weeks later!

No Ep I playsets until August
posted by Gonk @ 2:33 pm (7/15)

Thanks to Eric.
“I spoke with a Hasbro Employee at my local TRU and asked about the new playset due in tomorrow (July 15) and she informed me that TRU will NOT be getting them in. In fact they will probably not see them until the beginning of Aug. This is Hasbro’s delay, not the fault of TRU.”

Skiff Guards OUT!
posted by Gonk @ 11:10 pm (7/14)

The first reports of the Skiff Guards being found in the US have come in. We’ve recieved reports of the Skiff Guards being found at Shopko in WI and Idaho. Thanks to Richard and Aaron for the news.

KB Satisfaction!
posted by pitdroid @ 4:00 pm (7/14)

Thanks to Jason for sending in this VERY helpful news. If you had a problem with a KB Online Order, simply go to their Customer Satisfaction page and follow the directions. Hopefully you’ll be able to get what you truely want.

Hasbro fig pulling
posted by Gonk @ 3:45 pm (7/14)

Thanks to Chuck for the following info.
“My wife, Misty, used to work for HASBRO as a rep. She frequently would receive boxes from HASBRO, along with a list of certain figures, and would pull them off the shelves. This only happened at TRU and WALMART. She did it with the SHADOWS figures, Weequay, Ponda Baba, and too many others to remember off hand. They would do this once every quarter in order to clear out low selling figures in order to make room for new assortments. She would pull a certain number of each figure from each store, and whatever was left was left, be it 3 of each or 30. The figures were then left with the store manager, who would apply a UPS shipping label, and send them back to HASBRO. I think the store would receive credit for returned figures. She never found out what HASBRO does with them once they were returned.”

More About Taco Bell
posted by pitdroid @ 1:15 pm (7/14)

Billy wrote in to say his local Taco Bell is now giving away Cup Toppers instead of toys in their kid meals since they are now out of toys.

Fan Club 2-Packs Showing Up
posted by pitdroid @ 1:09 pm (7/14)

Thanks to all who sent this news in. The Ree Yees/Death Star Trooper 2-Packs from the Fan Club are showing up now, and to the dissapointment of anyone still trying to cash in on these “rare” figures, they are .00 invidually carded with slide, just like the ones that were in stores. They come with two action stands, and some other suprises like a Young Jedi Sample Deck and a Mace Windu action figure, depending on your order.

Card Site
posted by pitdroid @ 1:34 pm (7/13)

If you’re out browsing the web today and are wondering about Star Wars Trading Cards, be sure to stop by StarWarsCards.net. It’s a nice site with a price guide, store, and much more!

Amazon Toys
posted by pitdroid @ 1:14 pm (7/13)

Amazon.com has now opened a Toy and Game section that is carrying such items for Tarpals, OOM-9, Ody Mandrell, Mace Windu, and some other hard-to find figures for $7.99 each. I’ve also recieved news from Jason saying that the Darth Maul with Sith Speeder is available there for a nice $6.99 plus shipping, and the Beru wave for only $5.99 each plus shipping!

Only at TRU
posted by Gonk @ 1:10 pm (7/13)

It appears the removing of low selling figs off the pegs is only happening at TRU. I went to my local TRU today and the bins and pegs went from overflowing to half full in 2 days. But, at Target and other stores there were still plenty of Ric Olies, Palpatine, and others. So don’t go paying insane prices for these figures there are still lots out there.

Hasbro recalling figs?
posted by Gonk @ 10:31 am (7/13)

Thanks to Patrick for the follwing news.
“Hasbro is in the process of “recalling” three current figures becasue of low sells and high inventory. The three figures are Ric Olie, Senator Palpatine, Padme Naberrie. The TRU I work at only kept thirty of each figure.
Could this be happening all over the country? Only time will tell.

Carded Gallia
posted by pitdroid @ 12:10 am (7/13)

Here is your first look at the carded Adi Gallia! Click a following link to see each side of her. Front/Back.

12″ Leia Service
posted by pitdroid @ 4:33 pm (7/12)

ServiceMerchandise.com has the 12″ Hoth Leia for a nice $7.92 each. Item # 57110KE. Thanks to Mark for the news.
*Update 6:16 PM*: Seems that they increased the price to around $9.90 plus around $7-8 for shipping. In the end, it’s only about $2-3 cheaper than it is in stores.

Mini Hasbro Figs
posted by Gonk @ 12:15 am (7/12)

It looks like Hasbro is making some sort of mini Ep I line. Take a look at this pic of 2.5 inch Ep I figs from Hasbro.

Cheap KB Toys
posted by pitdroid @ 11:02 am (7/12)

Thanks to everyone who sent this news in. KBToys.com (Now KBKids.com) has these Episode 1 figures for sale for only $2.95 plus free shipping! C-3PO, Darth Sidious, Jar Jar Binks, Queen Amidala (Naboo), Ric Olie, Senator Palpatine, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Duel), Chancellor Valorum, Watto, Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Duel), Padme Naberrie.

KMart Lay’s Posters
posted by pitdroid @ 10:54 am (7/12)

Thanks to Marilyn for sending in a scan of the KMart Circular and this information:

“They are offering 4 SW Limited Edition character posters when you buy two 12 packs or one 24 pack of Pepsi, DP, P1 or MD AND 5 oz. or larger bag of Lay’s Brand Potato Chips or Doritos brand Tortilla Chips.

Poster #1 (Queen Amidala) will be available on July 11
Poster #2 (Anakin) July 25
Poster #3 (Maul) August 8
Poster #4 (Jar Jar) August 22.”

More on Lego Yoda
posted by pitdroid @ 5:35 pm (7/11)

Thanks to Joe for sending in a scan of the Lego Yoda you can win from Target. Check the scan for details on the contest.

Interactive Yoda
posted by pitdroid @ 5:30 pm (7/11)

Jon sent in some information on his discovery of the new Interactive Yoda Furby toy, and about making reservations for one at certain stores. He told us to pass along that you shouldn’t ask for a “Yoda Furby” but an “Interactive Yoda.” They’re made by the same company that makes Furby’s, but that’s not what they’re called.

YakVision LIVES!!
posted by hfsolo @ 5:00 pm (7/11)

After a long delay, I have started working on YakVision once again. I have posted 7 new cards from The Phantom Menace. Please click on the link on the menu and check them out. Send me some feedback if you wish.

Whosa are Yousa?
posted by pitdroid @ 12:50 pm (7/11)

Tommy sent in this information about a life-size Jar Jar:

“I live in Orlando Fl. I was at Albertsons(grocery store) last night to pick up some soda when I saw a life size Jar Jar on top of a shelf. It’s the same one that was at the celebration in Denver. There are ballots to enter as often as you like to win it. I think you can win one at each store.”

Now I ask, would you really seeing this guy in your house all day?

Vintage E-mails!
posted by pitdroid @ 1:26 am (7/11)

Please resend any email to vintageman, his email has been corrupted, if you have emailed him in the past month, please resend.

Guess Who? Yoda!
posted by pitdroid @ 11:58 pm (7/10)

Jeff sent in this nifty information:

“I wanted to let you know that I work at Target and we just got our little Focus card for July. Here is ex excerpt from it:
Star Wars Sweepstakes: A guest may ask you about the Star Wars Sweepstakes, so why not tell you about it! From July 11th through the 25th, Target will be the Star Wars headquarters with our exciting Yoda sweepstakes. Your store recieved a 14 inch Yoda constructed of Legos. To win Yoda, guests must guess the correct number of Legos used to create him. A random drawing will be held at each store. The winning guest gets to keep Yoda!”

I should be working at Target soon, so I’ll see if there is any more information available.

Boxed Epic Force Maul
posted by Gonk @ 12:59 pm (7/10)

Go here to see pics of the Epic Force Maul and OB-1 boxed.

New Images
posted by pitdroid @ 4:37 pm (7/9)

Here is a list of things you can find on the new Hasbro site which will be fully operational soon:
Admiral Motti, Princess Leia with Hood Up, New Super-Articulated Stormtrooper (Only Small Picture Available Currently), Watto’s Box Cinema Scene 3-Pack, Rappel Line Attack, Pod Refuel Station, Hyper-Drive Repare Kit, Tatooine Disguise Kit, Naboo Starfighter shooting game, Chewbacca with Millenium Falcon gameboard and holographic game pieces, Wuher, Qui-Gon Jinn with Lightsaber on an Eopie, plus more we’ll add later!

NEW CLASSIC VEHICLES!!
posted by Gonk @ 2:40 pm (7/9)

In case you missed it at New Hasbro site on the product list the last two items are: Skiff w Luke Skywalker (1/2000) and Y-Wing w pilot (6/2000) WOOHOO!

NEW HASBRO SITE OPEN!!
posted by Gonk @ 2:40 pm (7/9)

Click here to go to the brand new Hasbro site to see TONS of new pics. Including the new Stormtrooper (available Sept 99), Admiral Motti (Jan 2000), and tons and tons more. GO NOW!!!

Hallmark Ornaments
posted by hfsolo @ 10:00 pm (7/8)

Thanks to Philip at Rebelscum for the news. Saturday, July 17, will be the 1999 Hallmark Ornament Premiere day, which is the first day many of their 1999 ornaments will be available for sale. This should include the Naboo Fighter and Queen Amidala, and more. For the best selection, you should find your closest Gold Crown Hallmark store. The list of 1999 ornaments, some of which might come out later should include: Chewbacca – $14.95 Han Solo – $13.95 Max Rebo Band – $19.95 Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter – $24.00 Episode 1 figural (Amidala)- $14.95 Episode 1 ship (Naboo Fighter) – $18.95

Server explanation
posted by dlr @ 9:15 pm (7/8)

Servers servers servers……. Servers make the net go round I tell ya. As many have seen, and have asked about, we have moved servers. All of our URL’s [http://www.yakface.com, http://www.yakfacesrealm.com, and our new one http://collectibles.echostation.com] point to one single IP address. So no matter which one you use you will eventually end up at http://collectibles.echostation.com. This will always remain Yakface’s Realm and we have not been bought out or whatever the latest rumor is. We have formed an alliance with EchoStation.com, becoming their representation in the Star Wars community for collecting. EchoStation will be launching a new look soon and we will be listed in their menu as the option for collecting. We hope this new alliance will better serve more collectors, and fans worldwide plus benefit both websites. If you are currently looking for a webhosting service, might I suggest NovaTech Web Services, which hosts our website as well as EchoStation.com.

Lego Catalog Items
posted by starforce @ 8:00 pm (7/7)

Sean Hambly got the new Lego catalog in the mail today and it contains some interesting Episode 1 items. First are Lego keychains which are $4 each. Click here to see an image of them. Second is the Droid Developer Kit, which contains all 3 Mindstorms Droid kits. The due date is August 27 and the price is $109 (item #9748). Click here to see the Kit.

Adi Gallia Comm Tech lines 
posted by Gonk @ 8:05 am (7/6)

Thanks to Darth Bane for the info. Adi Gallia’s comm tech lines are:

– The Sith should not be ignored.

– The power of the dark side is growing, I fear.

– There is more to this conflict than meets the eye.

Jar Jar Pez 
posted by Gonk @ 10:30 pm (7/5)

Pez Central has pics of the new Jar-Jar pez that is coming out. Thanks to JawaPez for the news.

Various Info 
posted by Gonk @ 10:30 pm (7/5)

– The Darth Maul from the Tatooine Showdown does NOT have a pink chin
– Adi Gallia comes w three sayings on her Comm Tech chip, none were in the movie.

Various Info 
posted by Gonk @ 10:30 pm (7/5)

Barnesandnoble.com is taking pre-orders for the new Masterpiece C-3P0 set. It comes with a book and 12″ figure. The figure is C-3P0 w/cargo net. He has removable limbs very similar to the 3 3/4 fig. It is due out in September. Thanks to Marcus for the news.

Davids Collectors Companion 
posted by dlr @ 8:50 pm (7/5)

Need to get your collection organized? Well then you need to try Davids Collectors Companion! This program looks pretty sweet I must say! Check it out today! Davids Collectors Companion demo is available athttp://www.caseclosedgame.com/collector.

More KB Advice 
posted by pitdroid @ 4:02 pm (7/5)

Neil sent in this follow-up to the “KB Online Scam” post:

“KB operators said I could refuse the UPS box at the door and they would give me a full refund.”

Wave 5 at Mos Espa 
posted by Gonk @ 10:30 am (7/4)

Mos Espa has Wave 5, minus the Destroyer Droid, in stock. Better hurry.

New Wind-up figs 
posted by Gonk @ 12:58 am (7/4)

Go here if you want to see pics of the new Ep I wind up toys. The new ones include, Queen Amidala, Battle droids and a gold Darth Maul.

Anakin (Naboo) OUT? 
posted by Gonk @ 12:58 am (7/4)

There have been several reports of Anakin (Naboo) showing up but still no pictures of the figure to back it up. So it appears it may be out but it is still not confirmed.

Anakin w Cockpit PIC 
posted by Gonk @ 2:52 pm (7/3)

Go here to see the new Anakin w cockpit figure. The picture is from the new issue of Tomart’s.

Wave 5 at Wal-mart 
posted by Gonk @ 2:52 pm (7/3)

Wal-Marts are now getting shippments of Wave 5 (Yoda wave). Thanks to Ed for the news.

3PO on AC 
posted by pitdroid @ 12:35 pm (7/3)

Charlie wrote in with this news:

“This weeks Diamond Preview has for order in it a Book on C3PO that comes with a 12″ figure of him. It says that He’s apart and in a fishnet like on Empire!!”

This is the Action Collection C-3PO that is the continuation of the Action Collection Anakin Skywalker with the book “The Story of Darth Vader” by Steve Sansweet. Glad to see it’s finally coming out.

Lego Vader 2 
posted by pitdroid @ 12:33 pm (7/3)

As a follow-up to my Lego Vader/Maul Wal-Mart post, Milan writes in with this:

“The ‘Zellers’ here in Toronto Canada had a Life size lego Vader in the Toy section with the new star wars figures.”

Maniac Figures 
posted by pitdroid @ 12:28 pm (7/3)

Toy Maniacs.com (The URL is right this time) has these figures in stock right now: Ree Yees ($29.99), Yoda ($11.99), Nute Gunray, Rune Haako, R2 D2, Destroyer Droid, Qui Gon Jinn (Naboo), Obi Wan Kenobi (Naboo), Jabba’s Dancers ($24.99). Thanks to Gasgano for the news.

Pizza Toppers 
posted by pitdroid @ 12:23 pm (7/3)

I recieved an e-mail about this, and then I saw it on TV myself. There is a Pizza Hut commercial promoting the cup toppers for a lower price of $2.99. So it’s a chain-wide discount, not just a local thing. The Taco Bell topper deal still seems to be a local sale.

Echostation 
posted by hfsolo @ 11:00 am (7/3)

Yakface is pleased to announce that we have moved servers and are now on the EchoStation.com webserver. We are now part of Echostation as their collectibles site. We will continue to provide daily updates with ALL the latest news.

Rawcliffe figures 
posted by hfsolo @ 11:00 am (7/3)

I have a set of 6 of these, they include Nute, Watto, Jar Jar, Ben, Qui and Darth Maul. You can see the image here. The set shipped is $120. Let me know if you are interested. These normally sell for $27 or more for each. I only have one set.

Looking for Beru?
posted by hfsolo @ 11:00 am (7/3)

Check out shop.starwars.com for her. She is in stock.

TPM pounds the Dinos
posted by Gonk @ 5:45 pm (7/1)

Just in case you missed it, TPM became the 4th highest grossing film of all time this week by overtaking Jurrasic Park. Next in line for TPM is that Reese’s Pieces eatin freak E.T. GO TPM!

Mac Insider
posted by pitdroid @ 9:52 pm (7/1)

Direct from the Lucasarts e-mail newsletter:

“(Episode 1: Insiders Guide for MAC) is expected in stores the week of July 12, 1999 in the U.S. and Canada.”

There is also a demo video of the software athttp://www.lucasarts.com/products/episode1guide.

Han Solo wave Carded PICS 
posted by Gonk @ 11:50 am (7/1)

Here ya go folks the first ever pics of the Classic Han Solo and Classic Greedo carded. If you want to see Luke, Power Droid or R2 head on over to Outer Rim.

ESB Back
posted by pitdroid @ 12:46 am (7/1)

Our hosted site, “The Emulator Strikes Back” has been experiencing some minor problems and bugs, but they have all been fixed and welcome your visits.

March 1999 Archive

Only One? 
03.31.99 | posted by Gonk

Phillip is reporting that the Ep I sounctrack will cost $11.99 and most likely be only one CD. I was hoping for 2 but as long as everything is on that CD I guess it’s better.

Counterfit Celebration tickets 
03.30.99 | posted by Gonk

Thanks to Sean for this news-
“For some it’s good news, for some it’s bad news. Due to counterfeiting problems, if you ordered the 3-Day Event Pass from the Star Wars Fan Club/MosEspa.com for the Star Wars Celebration (April 30th-May 2nd, Denver, CO) you will NOT recieve them! Some were shipped out but the rest are being held back due to counterfeiting. You will, however, be able to pick them up at the show when you arrive. I’m sure the official site/MosEspa/The Fan Club will release full details on this soon.”

TRU numbers 
03.30.99 | posted by Gonk

Thanks to Kevin for the news.
“I checked the computer for episode 1 figs. It turns out that the Jersey warehouse hasn’t even gotten them yet, but there were some pending. It’s getting 1145 cases of assortment 1, 2144 of assortment 2 and only 583 for assortment 3. This warehouse services between 100 to 200 stores in the greater NY and NJ area. Divide those numbers and that’s how much TRU’s will have on thier shelves, and this is only the first shipment.”

Trailer C 
03.30.99 | posted by Gonk

In case you missed the 60 Minutes segment TheForce.net has combined all the clips from the movie into one quicktime file and called it Trailer C.

Wal-mart begins 
03.29.99 | posted by Gonk

Some Wal-Marts have begun to mark their shelves for Ep I legos. Some of the legos already being listed were: The Jedi Duel, Anakin’s pod, Naboo swamp and the Naboo fighter. Prices ranged from $5.99 to $19.99 Thanks to Jeff for the news.

60 Minutes 
03.28.99 | posted by dlr

Well tonight we did get some peeks at new footage on 60 Minutes, which had a George Lucas interview that ran for about half of the show. New scenes from the pod race, hanger battle, and a certain Jedi duel had me getting goose bumps. The interview also went behind the scenes into George’s personal life and his philosophy on hollywood which was best wrapped up with this quote…

” It’s not a business, it’s an artform.” -George Lucas

Lucas Arts returns to Mac 
03.26.99 | posted by dlr

Night Phantom reports:
LucasArts’ Episode I pod racer computer/video game is coming for Mac OS, in addition to the computing/gaming platforms reported previously. (Source: http://www.lucasarts.com/) This will be the first LucasArts game for the Macintosh in quite some time (the recent hybrid DroidWorks being a Lucas Learning product).

New Ep I poster arriving!! 
03.26.99 | posted by Gonk

It seems the new EP I posters are now shipping and arriving at people’s homes. The follwoing report is thanks to Jess. “Just wanted to report that I recieved my Phantom Menace one sheet poster today from the fan club. I ordered it the day they were put on mosespa. This isn’t the teaser poster, this is the real deal one sheet by Drew. I’m located in Northampton Pa. It was shipped two days ago and I got it from Fedex 2 day.”

SW Celebration tickets shipping soon? 
03.26.99 | posted by Gonk

Thanks to John for the info. “Hey. I just got a letter in the mail today, saying that my “Star Wars Celebration” tickets will ship in late March (it’s already the 25!?). I also received a large purple sticker saying:
STAR WARS CELEBRATION

April 29, & May 1 and 2
It also said that, along with my ticket’s, I would get a “program guide”. I assume this means a guide stating the time’s of the events.”

Gamers Magazines w/ Ep 1 Stuff
03.25.99 | posted by hfsolo

Here are some links to magazine sites that contain Ep 1 Info.
http://www.gameinformer.com 

http://www.videogames.com
http://www.gamefan.com
http:// www.ign.com

Thanks to mr Fett for the news. These have all posted news, pictures, and insights to the video games based on The Phantom Menace For the P.C., PlayStation and Nintendo64 All look very promising !!!!

Ep1 Toys
posted by hfsolo @ 8:00 am (3/25)

Here is something that has been on my mind about all the hoopla going on around the toys. There seems to be a lot of people that say these toys are going to be hard to find. This is what I have found out from talking to various Retail Stores around my area in Michigan. These would include TRU, Meijer, KB, Target and Kmart. All of these store managers have told me that they will have full isles on May 3rd, with more in the back room. Collectors everywhere, THERE is no rush to pre-order. You will be able to get what you want. If any of you remember what Godzilla day was like, it will be that times 10. You will be able to go into any store that sells toys and find something. just my thought on that.

No Advanced Tickets for Episode 1!
03.24.99 | posted by starforce

The official site has updated with info concerning advanced ticket sales: “Although this issue is still being discussed, we believe the best way to make tickets available, to be fair to all of you, is on a same day – first come, first serve basis for the first two weeks. Our biggest fear is that if we sell tickets in advance, scalping will take place and you and your families would either not be able to get tickets or would have to pay above face value. We feel this is totally out of line with our concept of the Star Wars experience. Tickets would go on sale each morning for that day’s performance. After the first two weeks we would allow advance sales. We understand and regret that waiting in line may cause some inconvenience, but we feel scalping or auctioning off of tickets would create a greater disservice to families and fans.” Click here to view the entire article, which also discusses digital sound in theatres.

Figure / ship news 
03.24.99 | posted by dlr

Shabby Reports:
The $100 mothership coming out is definitely the Queen’s silver chrome J-327 starfighter, not the Federation battleship and it DOES come with a red astromech droid there’s a pic of him on TFN from the new Insider the Red droid is Ric Olie’s personal droid I believe his name is R2-A6 I think…..

Chip Reports:
confirmation on the Col.1 figs due in August:
Obi-Wan #2 and Qui-Gon #2 are both in brown robes, Queen #2 is in her Naboo red dress, Anakin #2 is wearing Obi’s hair braid (from the end ceremony), and Maul #2 has a plastic cloak with the hood down.

Ep I at TRU warehouses 
03.24.99 | posted by Gonk

Thanks to Ed for the news.
“I called the toys r us warehouses inventory control in my area. And the lady told me that they have all three basic e1 figure assortments plus the small vehicle assortment is in their warehouse now. And they are expecting alot more. The 12 inch and the commtech arent their yet. But she said they are expected real soon. They will have a ton of stuff that day and they know this will go over real big! and nothing will be in stores before the street date may 3. They will not ship anything to the stores until they are close to the date so nothing sneaks out early. And iam from Indiana and the dc services all indiana stores plus the illinois toys r us stores.”

More K-B news 
03.24.99 | posted by Gonk

Thanks to Dave for more great K-B news.
“Episode I stuff we’ll be receiving at my K-B a week and a half from now. I’ve gotten a couple more interesting tidbits that excited me a bit and show just how big this thing’s gonna be.
-Those 200 cases are almost all peg items. So that’s mostly just figures and carded accessories! Imagine all the other things we’ll get! -Our Kay-Bee, and I assume most others are going to have to move all our action figures(one side of an entire aisle) and replace the whole area with Episode I stuff!
-Lastly, our store and others are going to set up one of those stands, I think they’re called kiosks(sp?) out in the middle of the mall. This stand will be devoted entirely to Star Wars toys!”

Target Ep I news 
03.24.99 | posted by Gonk

Thanks to Aaron for the Target news.
“Episode 1 toys will take up 40 feet of aisle space (both sides). The other toys in the 876 aisle will be moved to their own section. The plano will be set overnight on May 2nd for a street date of May 3rd. No word on how many cases of product we’ll get, but considering that SW toys only get 4 feet of shelf space now.”

Wal-mart prices 
03.24.99 | posted by Gonk

This news comes from Jon.
“I was on my daily trip to Wal Mart, and fell into discussion with the toy dept. manager, who I see most every morning. She showed me the new 12″ AC that showed up (in Memphis TN) and told me that the new figs are going to be selling for only $5.96 (up from $5.76). She didn’t know if this was an interim price (until Ep. 1), or the price for the year.”

Beru Assortment 
03.23.99 | posted by Gonk

Here is the assortment info concerning the Beru wave.
Assortment #69680.002
* 2 Aunt Beru (.0000)
* 2 Anakin Skywalker w/Lightsaber (.0000)
* 2 C-3PO with Removable Arm (.000)
* 2 Luke Skywalker w/Hunting Rifle + Electrobinoculars (.00) (.00)
* 1 Princess Leia (.01) Padme Flashback
* 2 Darth Vader w/Lightsaber (.00)
* 1 Hoth Chewbacca w/bowcaster (.00)

Jimmie’s on the move 
03.23.99 | posted by Gonk

JediJimmie’s has moved to a new host site, Jedinet. His new site can be found by clicking the link above.

Welcome Tusken Trader! 
03.23.99 | posted by dlr

Yakface’s Realm is proud to be hosting The Tusken Trader!

SW in Vogue 
03.22.99 | posted by Gonk

Here is an overview of what is in the Vogue article. Thanks to Shawn for the info.
“My wife has a subscription so this issue may not be at the newstands yet. The cover isn’t Star Wars but is mentions “Star Wars style”. There is a six page spread w/ four full pages on the costumes worn by the Queen of Naboo. It is a feature mainly detailing the designer Trisha Biggar and how she created these very very elaborate dresses. The throne room costume has large lights on the hem! On the second page we read that the dress shown is from “Amidala’s Palpatine Costume #1” that is a direct quote. We also see the “Travel Dress #1” as well as the “Final Parade Costume.” All the dresses are worn by unknown models. All pics are in full color. It shows the amazing detail that Lucas has given to his universe. The article mentions that an alphabet was created for Naboo and the crew members had their names written in Naboo on their uniforms….it is an interesting article.”

EP I by the truckload 
03.21.99 | posted by Gonk

According to a KB employee they have just been informed that they will be recieving 200 CASES of EP I merchandise for May 3rd for just this one store. Given KB usually small SW section compared to other stores finding any EP I product should be a piece of cake.

X-Wing Alliance Demo Now Available!
03.20.99 | posted by starforce

Below is some new info taken from the Lucasarts newsletter:

“LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC is pleased to announce that the Demo version for STAR WARS: X-WING ALLIANCE, the exciting new space combat simulator, is now available.Go to the URL below to find the download path:

http://www.lucasarts.com/products/alliance

The single and multi-player game, developed for the Window 95/98 CD-ROM platform, is expected to appear on store shelves next week (week of March 22, 1999.)

Porkins Fans Rejoice
03.20.99 | posted by starforce

Theforce.net reports William “Porkins” Hootkins will make his first convention appearance ever at the Sci-Fi Expo in Plano, Texas! This is a definate must see for Porkins fans! Click here to visit the official SciFi Expo website.

Entertainment Weekly Pics
03.20.99 | posted by starforce

Entertainment Weekly’s website has posted some of the pics from their new Star Wars cover story in the new issue. On the cover of the new issue is a new pic of Obi Wan Kenobi in action. I would still advise picking up the issue since the website has not posted all the pics in the new issue. Click here to see the pics.

“Weapons of Episode 1” Part 2
03.20.99 | posted by starforce

The Official Star Wars site has updated with part 2 of their 5 part series, “The Weapons of Episode 1.” The weapon featured in part 2: The Queen’s Blaster Pistol.

New Vader & Stormtrooper info 
03.20.99 | posted by Gonk

This info is from Jen at hasbro.
Stormtrooper – massive articulation
Vader – new sculpt witha cool accessory

And, according to Big Red “The Stormtrooper resculpt will be one of the most articulated figures to date, with 12 points of articulation. He also stated that the Vader resculpt would include the Interrigator Droid.”

Popular Mechanics Star Wars Issue
c posted by starforce

Popular Mechanics has announced a special Star Wars: Episode 1 issue called “The Machines of Episode 1.” It is expected to go on sale on May 11th.

Applause Site Update
03.19.99 | posted by starforce

Applause has updated their site with a list of general Star Wars merchandise from Episode 1. All Episode 1 merchandise from Applause will go on sale May 3rd. Click here to check it out.

Beru Wave?
03.18.99 | posted by Gonk

We recieved a report that the Beru wave has been found in Chicago and there are reports of the Beru wave also showing up in an Electronic Boutique in Portland.

More Game Info
03.17.99 | posted by hfsolo

Thanks to Adam for this news. This info comes from the Best Buy PC.

sku# 3611345 SW: Ep 1 Adventure 44.99 expected in stock 5-29 PC
sku# 3611336 SW: Ep 1 Gungan Frontier 29.99 expected in stock 5-29 PC
sku# 3611354 SW: Ep 1 Racer 44.99 expected in stock 5-29 PC
All of these items have prices subject to change and the release dates are only tentative. i imagine the episode one racer will be the same for n64 too. also the game “Gungan Frontier” was classified under “stategy” while the other were under “adventure” and “racing.”

C3PO Take Apart
03.16.99 | posted by hfsolo

Thanks to Inkabel for this news. He emailed this to me. “I was at the 3rd International Toy Expo where the C-3PO pic was taken. I talked to on of the Hasbro Direct Reps there and THEY stated that this was indeed part of a book/figure deal like the Anakin Masterpiece set.”.

New Pics
03.15.99 | posted by Gonk

Rebelscum.com has added some great new pics of the Beru wave andFandomMenace.com has posted tons of REAL pics of EP I figs loose.

More TRU Computer info
03.14.99 | posted by Gonk

Here are some more prices and infor from the TRU computers. Thanks to Fett5 for the info. Comtech-skn#685771- $19.99
12″ Figures-skn#685062- $19.99
Mid Sized Vehicle(???)-skn#685372- $19.99
Episode 1 Epic Force-skn#685372- $14.99
Figures Assortments:
1-skn#685585- $6.99
2-skn#685623- $6.99
3-skn#685666- $6.99
Mothership-skn#685763- $99.99
Figures Accessories-skn#686549- $4.99
Small Vehicles-skn#685755- $12.99
Playscene-skn#685488- $29.99
Transport(????)-skn#685798- $14.99
What Appears to be the Episode 1 Video Game, no system listed-skn#876445- $49.99

Ep1 Digital Release
03.14.99 | posted by dlr

George Lucas announced at the ShoWest convention in Las Vegas on March 10 that digital projection of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace will take place on four screens beginning June 18, 1999. This will be the first public demonstration of a full-length motion picture from a major studio using digital electronic projectors in movie theatres to replace the normal film projectors.

More on this story at :
http://www.starwars.com/episode-i/news/1999/10/digital.html

New Pez Dispensers
03.13.99 | posted by dlr

There are 4 new pez dispensers posted over at Rebelscum.com.

Trailer News
03.13.99 | posted by dlr

Apple announced today that over one million copies of the “Star Wars: Episode l – The Phantom Menace” trailer have been downloaded during the first 24 hours from the joint Lucasfilm/Apple Website hosted by Apple (www.starwars.com or www.apple.com).

The trailer premiered on the Internet yesterday morning, and is available on the Internet exclusively in QuickTime. In the same 24 hours, over 600,000 copies of Apple’s QuickTime, Apple’s industry-leading digital multimedia platform, were downloaded.

“This is the biggest download event in history, and traffic to the Web site has not slowed down,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s iCEO, in a company press release. “Lucasfilms’ exclusive choice of Quicktime over its rivals — RealNetworks RealPlayer and Microsoft’s Media Player — is a real coup for Quicktime.”

Editors Note: As of 2:30pm Sat. Mar. 13th Yakface’s Realm has had 1,199 downloads of the 13MB version and 635 of the 25MB version of trailer “B”….. glad we could help 🙂

New Web Site
03.13.99 | posted by dlr

For cool toy inserts, blueprints, instructions & sticker sheets from both vintage and the new POTF2 lineup please visit the Star Wars Insert Guide.

TRU List
03.13.99 | posted by dlr

This in from Kevin:
I am currently an employee of Toys ‘R’ Us. I had some free time today on my shift and went through the computer system and found some Episode 1 stuff. Included is a list of some items of interests to collectors and other stuff to show the deluge of products we will all see in the next few months.

Jabba Glob-skn#761796- $11.99
Darth Maul 16″ Bike-skn#753459- $79.99
Darth Maul Flip Phone-skn#600059- $24.99
Darth Maul’s Saber-skn#761591- $29.99
Yoda’s Story for Gameboy Color-skn#883352- $29.99
Sith Droid (????)-skn#760455- $39.99
Jar Jar 12″ Bike-skn#752975- $64.99
Dancing Jar Jar (????)-skn#914215- $29.99
Jar Jar Ride On-skn#552100- $9.99
Fed Droid Ride On-skn#552178- $9.99
Droid Ship-skn#551201- $19.99
Anakin’s Pod from Ertl-skn#591619- $14.99
Action Fleet Pod Racer-skn#914347- $19.99
Pod Racer-skn#468126- $5.99
Pod Races for N64-skn#873543- $49.99
Super Soaker Naboo Pistol-skn#561614- $12.99
Naboo Fighter from Ertl-skn#591335- $8.99
Naboo Fighter-skn#685569- $29.99
Gungan Frontier (????)-skn#876399- $29.99
Lego-
Lightsaber- $5.99
Droid Fighter- $5.99
Naboo Swampskn#235784- $9.99
Anakin’s Pod-skn#235946- $14.99
Naboo Fighter-skn#236233- $19.99
Gungan Sub-skn#236918- $49.99
Mos Espa Pod Race-skn#239631- $89.99
There’s a bunch of stuff I left out, including numerous Tiger Elec. games.

I also looked up the new Classic 12″ figures that are coming out (skn# 464511) and found something else. Underneath was 12″ Classic 2 (skn#756156) I guess the Ceremonial Leia is in that but as far as that I don’t know.

New Book
03.13.99 | posted by dlr

This in from Jeff:
I just thought I’d let you guys at the realm know I just purchased an amazing book called “Star Wars – The Action Figure Archive”. It’s mainly written by sw toy guru steven sansweet.I didn’t see any mention of this on your site. All I have to say,is that when you look thru this book your jaw will hit the floor. It’s a sw figure collectors dream. I bought mine for just under $24.00 at barnes&noble.com. It’s the best $24.00 dollars any sw figure collector of the vintage line or the new line (1995 – 98) will ever spend. It’s the true sw toy bible.

N64 Pod Racer
03.12.99 | posted by hfsolo

OK Game fans, head over to your local Toys R us, Some stores are starting to pre-order the new Pod Racer game for a $10 deposit. Expected date is 7/28/99 and the final price is $49.99. Thanks to Chris for the info.

Star Wars Release Date MOVED UP!!
03.11.99 | posted by hfsolo

The Star Wars Release date has been OFFICIALLY moved to the 19th of May. This is also shown on the end of the new trailer.

StarWars.com
03.11.99 | posted by hfsolo

They have updated with the new poster, and the trailers.

Mynock Hunt and Legos
03.11.99 | posted by hfsolo

These are items are available at mosespa.com. Order early…

Star Wars Furby’s
03.11.99 | posted by hfsolo

Tiger Electronics is making a Yoda Furby. This is to ship sometime in July.

Trailer B Info
03.10.99 | posted by dlr

Well…. Countingdown.com does not have the trailer and will not post anything until after Starwars.com does this friday. However it is supposed to be on ET this wed. However ASWN is reporting that it possibly has been pushed back to thurs. nite or fri nite as well. We will have to wait and see…..

Also, Starwars.com has posted this little tid-bit on the new trailer.

The New Episode I Trailer! March 8, 1999 — www.starwars.com is pleased to announce that the new trailer for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace will begin showing in theaters across the U.S. and Canada this Friday, March 12th. With all new footage the trailer introduces the characters and conflict of Episode I, and features glimpses of some of the fabulous environments in which the action takes place. The new trailer will be placed into general release, running on a wide variety of films over the coming weeks. Contrary to speculation, it will not be attached to any particular film, including Wing Commander, and in fact may not even play with Wing Commander. There is no assurance the trailer will play with any particular movie and you will need to contact your local theater for information on where the trailer will run in your area.

Ree Yees and Death Star Trooper
03.09.99 | posted by hfsolo

Jason S spoke with a Customer Service Rep at the Fan Club and he was informed that the EXPECTED date for the figures to be in will be in June. Thanks for the news.

Star Wars Lego’s
03.09.99 | posted by hfsolo

Meijer’s Has begun to sell the Star Wars Lego’s. I found them last night at a local store here in the Detroit area.

ESB Manga #2 Now Out
03.08.99 | posted by hfsolo

The second series of Manga Star Wars:Empire Strike Back is now out at your local comic book store. This issue will have Luke when he meets Jedi Master Yoda and begins his training in the ways of the force. Check your local comic shop.

That 70’s show
03.07.99 | posted by dlr

In an upcoming episode of That 70’s show the plot will deal with the cast of teens viewing Star Wars for the first time.

Yakvision
03.07.99 | posted by dlr

The Yakvision page is back up. If you have never seen the Yakvision cards before please take a look. They are really neat 🙂

Trailer B Release Info
03.07.99 | posted by dlr

We all know now that the new trailer for Episode 1 will be released to theatres March 12th along with Wing Commander: The Movie, but the trailer will be shown before that date on TV. Entertainment Tonight and a couple other news programs are expected to premiere the trailer on Wednesday that same week. Look for the official site to post the trailer on the site a couple days after its theatrical release.

New Action Collection Released
03.07.99 | posted by dlr

The latest wave of Action Collection 12″ dolls have been found at a Toys ‘R’ Us in Indiana. The new wave includes Ponda Baba, Ben Kenobi with training ball, and Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper disguise with dianoga tail. There are 2 of each doll per case and the Toys R Us SKU # is 464-511. Thanks to ed for the info.

Fan Club 4 No More
03.07.99 | posted by dlr

The fan club has stopped taking orders for the Fan Club exclusive figures as of Monday, March 4. If you haven’t ordered them yet, dont worry, the figures WILL be available again sometime in April after all the previously ordered figures have been shipped out. Thanks to Mike and “Oola5” for the info.

Pepsi Info
03.06.99 | posted by dlr

This is the text on the back of the boxes…

Star Wars
Episode I
The Phantom Menance (YES, it says this!)
Every 2-3 weeks a new can design will be available Look for these Chronicle Cans in 12 and 24 Packs of PEPSI.
1) Ankin Skywalker
2) Sebulba
3) Qui-Gon Jinn
4) Watto
5) Jabba the Hutt
6) Senator Palpatine
7) R2-D2
8) Dath Sidious

Look for these Chronicle Cans in 12 and 24 Packs of Montain Dew
9) Darth Maul
10) Jar Jar
11) Mace Windu
12) Obi-Wan Kenobi
13) Canptain Panaka
14) Rune Haako
15) Ric Ollie
16) Destroyer Droid

Look for these Chronicle Cans in 12 and 24 Packs of DIET PEPSI
17) Queen Amidala
18) Padme
19) Shmi Skywalker
20) Battle Droid

Look for these Chronicle Cans in 12 and 24 Packs of PEPSI ONE
21) Chancellor Valorum
22) C-3P0
23) Nute Gunray
24) Boss Nass

FIND A GOLD YODA CAN AND WIN CASH! Over 250,000 Gold Cans Available Look inside this carton. If you find a special edition GOLD can with YODA’s picture on it, then you win a cash prize of $20… (etc. etc. other legal stuff)

(This text is next to a picture of a can with Chancellor Valorum) COLLECT ALL 24 CANS throughout the summer Please empty Collector Cans before saving. This can is one of the four can designs available on Pepsi One and may not be the one inside this carton. One can design per carton.

The sheets I am getting are uncut printers proofs, and I am getting several of each if you know someone who is interested in trade or purchase let me know as I will be posting these to EBAY in a week or so…)

New Star Wars Hallmark Items
03.06.99 | posted by dlr

The new Hallmark catalogue is out and it has some new Star Wars items listed in it. Featured in it are ornaments of Han Solo, Chewbacca, TIE Fighter, Max Rebo Band, and an Episode 1 character and ship. There are no pictures or names listed for the Episode 1 stuff. I am assuming these are all ornaments to be released this Winter.

Episode 1 Don Post Masks
03.06.99 | posted by dlr

Confirmed Don Post masks include Darth Maul, Watto and Queen Amidala. Look for tons of masks to be released from Episode 1 this Summer. More info to be revealed in a couple weeks. Thanks to “buymetoys” for the tip.

FAO Epic Force Exclusives
03.05.99 | posted by dlr

Rebelscum.com has posted an image of the exclusive Epic Force 3 pack (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Ben Kenobi) from FAO Schwarz. Surprisingly, all three come in a single window box. Check out the site for the scan. On a side note, more of these in their normal packaging have been spotted at Shopko stores at retail prices.

Fan Club Promotions
03.05.99 | posted by dlr

The Darth Vader chrome cards are not only coming with shipments of the fan club 4 figures, they are also being included with Mynock Hunts ordered from the fan club. Thanks for “Kimundi” for the tip.

Fan Club 4 Info 
03.04.99 | posted by Gonk

Here is some info sent to us from Kevin regarding the shipping of the Fan Club figures.
“I just got done talking to a customer service supervisor, not rep, of the Fan Club. They are shipping the figures in the order they were placed. Currently, they are shipping the Hoth Leia/DSD to people who already received their Pote/AT-AT driver figures. From what they told me, this should include almost everyone who ordered in the month of November. Once they are caught up with these people and their order has been completely filled, they will start with the rest of us. An interesting note is that they will ship both pieces together for the rest of us, not separately as they have been doing. So the rest of us with get all 4 figures in one shipment, not two.”

No Ep I in Stores 
03.03.99 | posted by Gonk

The rumors that Ep I toys have started to ship to stores is false. Mark Borkowski of M&M Collectibles sent us this news today:
“I just spoke to my Hasbro rep and he said that NO Episode I toys will ship from Hasbro UNTIL APRIL 1 (at least).”

Mos Espa part 3 
03.03.99 | posted by Gonk

Here is some more news, in the never ending Mos Espa saga:
“Was cancelled on the Lobot, Mon Mothma, Luke/Wampa, Orrimaarko, 3PO/limbs figures from mosespa.com earlier in the week. Saw the post on theforce.net about a computer error. I called them this morning, and this is what a woman told me. On some items, they are flagged as “if item is not available, cancel the item, don’t put it on backorder”… these were flagged in this manner. They ran out of the items, cancelled my order, but they got more in. All you have to do is call up, give them the cancelled order #, and they will do another one for you. But hurry, while supplies last!”
Thanks to Bryan for the news.

Fan Club 4 news 
03.03.99 | posted by Gonk

Thanks to Matt for the news on the Fan Club 4 figs.
“I ordered my Fan Club Four in late Jan, and I went to check the progress today, and instead of saying “backordered,” it said, “partial backordered,” which might mean that the are starting to ship some of them….this might be some useful info for those of us who ordered them late.”

Mos Espa Part 2 
03.02.99 | posted by Gonk

We have been getting many reports of orders for Blastwave and Mothma figures ordrs being cancelled. There is a good chance that this is due to a computer error. TheForce.net is reporting that some orders were lost due to a computer error so there is a good chance that the ordrs were cancelled due to a computer error. I advise if you ordered them to check on your order and if your order was cancelled to try and reorder it.

Ep I in states? 
03.03.99 | posted by Gonk

Rumors have been flying around the web that stores like TRU have recieved their shipments of Ep I figures and have now put them into storage until May. Also, rumors of Ep I figs being sold or leaking out of TRU’s are being reported. Which I find very hard to believe since TRU is such an uncorrupt store. These are all rumors and have not been confirmed. Thanks to various sources for the info.

Mos Espa overordering? 
03.02.99 | posted by Gonk

We have recieved a report that Mos Espa has cancelled someone’s order for some of the BS and Mothma wave figs. Could it be that they let people order more figures than available? Thanks to Leif for the news.

Ep I figure info 
03.01.99 | posted by Gonk

here is some new info about EP I figures:

– two destroyer droids, one is coming carded, and the other is the figure pack-in with the R2 carry case
– Theed Hangar FX playset comes with Qui-Gon Jinn and another Battle Droid
– Third cinema scene is Watto’s Pod Race Boxed Seats
– the “Mothership” comes with a red astromech droid

Mindstorm Video 
03.01.99 | posted by Gonk

There is now a Mindstorm r2-d2 video. You need Real Player to watch it. Thanks to Stone for the info.