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August 2008 Archive

Big Bad Toy Store Update
August 31, 2008 | 9:22 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com

Hi – Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a
variety of new preorders, more new arrivals and an expansion of our recent
clearance sale.

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550 ITEM CLEARANCE SALE:
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We are continuing to reduce pricing on a variety of older and overstocked inventory. In addition to the 100 items put on sale last week, we’ve added 450 more items from a wide variety of properties. There are three lists of 150 items in addition to the original 100 sale items. Please take a spin through the sale menus and help us clear room in our warehouse. We appreciate any help you can provide in clearing space in our warehouse!

Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Clone Wars TV Series Promo Tonight
August 31, 2008 | 3:01 PM EST | Jayson

Be on the lookout on Cartoon Network tonight after 8pm EST/7pm CST for a exclusive preview of the Clone Wars series airing this October. The promo will air sometime during Ben 10 Alien Force: Alien X Revealed.

Update: Head to Cartoon Network for an amazing looking series preview!

 


 

The Force Unleashed Develop Q & A: Answers Revealed!
August 31, 2008 | 12:33 PM EST | Brandon

 

The Force Has Finally Been Revealed! LucasArts Developers Haden Blackman & Adam Kahn have sent us our YAKExclusive The Force Unleashed Q & A Answers!

Jump over to the official post now! There some interesting details about the upcoming game revealed!

*NOTE: Our Forums have also received an intense TFU skin in celebration of the Q & A and the games release this month. Check it out!

 


 

Gentle Giant Labor Day Weekend Sale
August 30, 2008 | 5:39 PM EST | Jayson

To help you celebrate your Labor Day Weekend Gentle Giant Ltd is offering a 50% OFF Sale on selected items. If you’ve been waiting to add these particular items to your collection now is the perfect time! Take advantage of these special savings through midnight on Tuesday, September 2nd.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Titanium and Tin Boxes
August 30, 2008 | 4:36 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received new Titanium and Lunch Box collectibles this week.

NEW – Tin Box:
Star Wars Workmans Tin Box Set of 3 – Carry-all Size: 6-7/8 x 3-1/2 x 5-3/8″H 6 tins

NEW – Titanium:
TIE Defender
Sandspeeder
Rebel Transport
Trade Federation MTT
Imperial Landing Craft
Wedge Antilles Red Two X-Wing
ARC-170 Starfighter
Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive Ring – Green
Vulture Droid – New Paint
AT-TE – New paint
Cloud Car – New
Republic Gunship – New Paint
XP-34 Landspeeder – Green
Trade Federation AAT – New Paint

IN STOCK –Clone Wars – Action Figures:
Captain Rex – Mail-A-Way version
Holographic General Grievous – Toy’s R Us Exclusive
Clone Trooper – Senate Security – ComicCon Exclusive
Commander Fox – Target Exclusive
501st Legion Clone Trooper – WAL-MART Exclusive

 


 

New Literature Reviewer
August 30, 2008 | 2:42 PM EST | Captain_Charisma

Hi, my name is Aaron, but many forum members here know me from the customizing forums as either Darth Delicious or Captain Charisma. I’m excited to be joining Yakface as the new literature reviewer, and will soon be posting my reviews of Coruscant Nights Vol. 1: Jedi Twilight, as well as the new Force Unleashed novelization. I look forward to being a part of the team here at Yakface, and contributing positively to our little corner of the Star Wars fan community!

 


 

Guardians of Peace and Justice – Part 4 of 6
August 29, 2008 | 11:09 PM EST | Justin2

 


We continue the spotlight of forum member Darth Kikinou’s photonovel premier, Guardians of Peace and Justice – with the fourth installment of this new series in our forums.

Chosen by the Jedi Council to investigate the roots of a terrorist attack, Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas finds himself facing overwhelming odds when he squares off against Kaleesh mercenary Qymaen Jai Sheelal and his deadly droid warriors…

Check out the fourth installment after the jump!

 


 

Surprise Is Imminent!
August 29, 2008 | 10:01 PM EST | Brandon

 

Hello Yakface Fans! It would be wise for all readers to stay tuned for a few surprises to debut in the forum this Sunday, August 31st, 2008! We can’t really say what but the above image provides just a tiny clue of what the forum staff have in store for you! Stay tuned!

 


 

Coruscant Nights 2
August 29, 2008 | 8:53 PM EST | Freebird

Well Ladies, Gentlemen, and Wookiees of All ages. I was just in the middle of beginning to read the second book of the coruscant night series. I got to page 52, and guess what happened. The next page was 21. It continued like this all the way to page 52 again. Then page 85 picked up the story. It’ll be hard to review a book when there are 33 missing pages, so I’m going to have to hold off on a review for it, until I get my copy exchanged. But make sure all of you who were going to purchase it, before reading my insightful thoughts, check your books before purchase. It stinks when you start getting into a story, and hit a brick wall. 🙂

 


 

Pick Your Party… Light side or Dark side
August 29, 2008 | 8:18 PM EST | Bill

Lucasfilm has decided to enter campaign ’08 in earnest. Pick your Party, and then pick your characters, err candidates. It’s all here. If you this year’s terresterial politics aren’t to your liking, then you might way to try our favorite galaxy far, far away…

 


 

But We’re On a…..
August 29, 2008 | 9:19 AM EST | Mark

Diplomatic Mission….

Diplomatic Mission Diorama
 


 

YakTube -STAR WARS EPISODE III ANIMATED!!
August 28, 2008 | 10:55 PM EST | Niktom

 

All I really have to say about this one can be summed up in the following quotes: “What’s up baby?” and “Chirp Chirp Chirp”.

Warning: There is a bit of minor foul language in one part. I apologize for that, but think the humor more than makes up for it.

STAR WARS EPISODE III ANIMATED!!

Discuss here in the forums.

 


 

StarWarsShop: The Return of the “The Weekly 6” 
August 28, 2008 | 5:39 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop has updated “The Weekly 6” section in the Bargain Bay. Here are the specials for this week – 8/29-9/5:

The Clone Wars Standee $69.99

LEGO Rogue Shadow $39.99

The Star Wars Vault $49.99

12-inch Boba Bobble Bank $29.99

Holiday Fett Key $19.99

Basic Case Pack Wave 6 $65.00

 


 

Star Wars Saga Repacked in Trilogy Sets on DVD
August 28, 2008 | 1:39 PM EST | Jayson

From StarWars.com


Returning to store shelves on November 4th are the six episodes of the Star Wars saga on DVD bundled in convenient trilogy sets. Perfect for gift-giving as the holidays approach, the Prequel Trilogy set includes Episodes I-III, while the Star Wars Trilogy includes Episodes IV-VI.

Fans who already own the prequel trilogy double-disc releases (released from 2001-2005) and the Star Wars trilogy double-disc releases (released in 2006) already have all the content that’s available in this set. There’s nothing new in this set you don’t already have. But for friends and family still looking to fill in these gaps in their DVD collections, these sets make it easy and affordable to complete the saga.

 


 

Legacy Wave 3 and More BAD Legacy Variants
August 27, 2008 | 10:49 PM EST | Jayson

While hitting my local Target tonight, I literally stumbled across Legacy Wave 3 and while that was a nice surprise, I came across a not so pleasant one as well as I found repacks from waves 1, 2 and the Greatest Hits “GH” line that also include the same new Wave 3 B.A.D. parts for the Black RA-7 Droid (5D6-RA-7).

Here is a breakdown of the repacks I saw:
Wave 1 BD8: Darth Vader (with 2-piece Helmet) with RA-7 Right Leg
Wave 2 BD9: Obi-Wan Kenobi with RA-7 torso
Wave 2 BD16: Clone Trooper w/Quad Cannon with RA-7 head
GH1: Commander Gree with RA-7 Left Leg
GH2: Kashyyyk Trooper with RA-7 Right Arm
GH4: Imperial Evo Trooper with RA-7 Left Arm

What does this mean? Not sure, but one could theorize that if you held out on picking these figures up when they were initially released, you might miss out on the B.A.D. parts they were packed with as well. So, you might want to check those card backs more frequently to see if it holds the part you need.

And as for you diehard card/figure variant hunters out there… best of luck to you.

 


 

StarWarsShop New Arrivals
August 27, 2008 | 10:08 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with a slew of new items in their new arrivals section, items include:

Mimobots Series 3 including Palpatine, Royal Guard, C-3PO and Wicket available in 1, 2, 4 & 8G capacities. (All ship on Sept. 29)

Clone Wars Wacky Wobblers including Ahsoka, Captain Rex, Anakin, Asajj Ventress and General Grievous. (All ship Oct. 2008)

Star Wars Framed Metal Badge Set including Darth Vader, Yoda, Darth Maul, Boba Fett, General Grievous, Clone Trooper & Stormtrooper (Now in-stock)

New Mighty Muggs including: Plo Koon, Hoth Han Solo, Grand Moff Tarkin, Darth Vader 2.0, Darth Revan and Darth Maul 2.0

New Clone Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Starfighter

Millennium Falcon Passengers Battle Pack including Luke, Obi-Wan, 3PO and R2-D2

New Comic Packs including: Commander Faie & Quinlan Vos and Dark Empire II with Clone Emperor & Luke

All this and more at StarWarsShop.com!

 


 

2009 Legacy Rumor List
August 27, 2008 | 8:16 PM EST | Bill

That’s right the 2009 Rumor lists are surfacing– this time over at Rebelscum.com. This list includes both basic figures, battle packs, and even evolutions! Check it out here.

 


 

R2 Pre-Order
August 26, 2008 | 4:59 PM EST | Mark

Hey all you R2-D2 lovers.. over at Sideshow they have the VCD R2D2 up for pre-order..

R2 VCD
 


 

StarWarsShop.com: Costumes
August 26, 2008 | 4:39 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated today with addition of a few costumes in prepartation for Halloween (which is only 2 months away). Check out these latest items from Rubie!

Secret Wishes Padmé Amidala Costume $54.99

Secret Wishes Princess Leia Slave Costume $54.99

Supreme Edition Stormtrooper Costume $999.99

Super Deluxe Jedi Robe (Child) $49.99

Super Deluxe Jedi Robe (Adult) $99.99

 


 

Guardians of Peace and Justice – Part 3 of 6
August 25, 2008 | 10:39 PM EST | Justin2

 


We continue the spotlight of forum member Darth Kikinou’s photonovel premier, Guardians of Peace and Justice – with the third installment of this new series in our forums.

As Jedi Masters Dooku and Sifo-Dyas attempt to settle a dispute on Dac following a terrorist attack, two professors with questionable intentions have discovered an ancient Sith holocron…

Check out Part Three of this new series after the jump!

 


 

USB Lightsaber For Your Desk?
August 25, 2008 | 9:58 PM EST | Jayson

Gizmodo has posted an interesting item that is sure to be a big hit around your office cubical or maybe the home office.

According to the manufacturer, the $45 Star Wars USB Lightsaber, which connects to the USB port to charge up its battery and glows in the dark with a blue light, is “a lamp”. Sure. Whatever. We see it and the only thing we can imagine is a mini-Jedi mini-duel to mini-death, doing mouth sound effects. And actually, it’s not that mini, as the image of people battling with two of these shows.

It is current available for pre-order at Iwantoneofthose.com. Currently, this item isn’t available in the U.S., but hopefully a e-tailer will surface to supply fans this side of the Atlantic.

 


 

Wattographs VERY Rare Autograph Signing:
Ahmed Best!!!

August 25, 2008 | 8:47 PM EST | Brandon

Love him or hate him, Ahmed Best *is* Jar Jar Binks, the bumbling Gungan who ends up saving the day in Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Aside from his Gungan alter-ego, Best is also a known musician and dancer from the theatre troupe ‘Stomp.’

He’s only ever done a few rare appearances, including appearing (and signing in very limited numbers) at Celebration I in 1999 and doing an in-store signing relating to his appearing in Rolling Stone Magazine as Jar Jar. Ahmed has also signed a limited number of trading cards for Topps’ Attack of the Clones card set. Ahmed will be signing official photos and/or YOUR personal items.

Wattographs has arranged a VERY rare signing with Ahmed, which will take place in early October. This signing is scheduled a bit differently than our regular monthly signings. It will begin IMMEDIATELY and all items and orders must be in to us by September 20th.

Please email us with any questions. Visit the site for complete details!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

Picture Binder Now At Galactic Binder.com
August 25, 2008 | 7:37 AM EST | Bill

ACME ARCHIVES TO PREMIER A NEW ITEM WITH GALACTICBINDER.COM’S “PICTUREBINDER”

Today, GalacticBinder.com is launching a new site feature called “Picturebinder”. This new feature will debut by allowing users to watch a never before seen Star Wars product “Fade In” pixel-by-pixel before their very eyes. The debut item will be from ACME Archives and is seriously too cool for words. Whoever guesses what the picture is first will win some fine swag from ACME Archives! Stop by Monday morning to check it out.

“SOMETHING, SOMETHING, SOMETHING DARKSIDE”
INTERVIEW AT GALACTICBINDER.COM

GalacticBinder.com has just posted a brand new interview with Family Guy writer Kirker Butler. Kirker wrote the upcoming “Empire Strikes Back” spoof episode titled, “Something, Something, Something Darkside”. Make sure to check it out to figure out how Magic Johnson and Carrie Fisher factor into the episode and, more importantly, why Slave 1 will have chicken wings!

 


 

SWAN 3rd Anniversary Show
August 24, 2008 | 10:26 AM EST | Jayson

 


This tonight, August 24th, Star Wars Action News (SWAN) will be celebrating their 3-year anniversary with a live show! The shows starts at 8 pm EST / 7 pm CST! In addition to live call-ins and a chat room, SWAN will be giving away prizes donated from Razor’s Edge Collectibles, Brian’s Toys, DK Books, and more!

Go to the SWAN home page Sunday night for the Now Live URL.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 6 Yarna da’l’ Gargan (FDOI)
August 24, 2008 | 8:39 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of the sixth figure in the Legacy Assortment: Yarna da’l’ Gargan. This is one of those perennial figures that comes along that fans have wanted for a long time, plus this has a history sorts as originally being worked up as a prototype figure during the Vintage era.

Yarna herself is a pretty decent figure from a detail and articulation aspect. She has ball-jointed shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles along with a swivel waist, hips and wrists. As for accessories, she includes a drinking glass, for her drink of choice and for those times when Jabba’s denizens try to get a little “too friendly”, she packs a dagger that is within easy reach stowed in a functional sheath. And for those so inclined or curious, the body is able to separated with some effort to remove the dress portion of her costume in case any customizer wanted to give her an upgraded cloth skirt.

Yarna also includes a leg with booster rocket for the next Build-A-Droid in the series: R7-Z0

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 3 Chewbacca (FDOI)
August 23, 2008 | 11:46 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue tonight with the addition of the third figure in the Legacy Assortment: Chewbacca. This figure is based on a cut scene from Return of the Jedi in which our heroes are caught in a sandstorm after their escape from the almighty Sarlacc.

If you watch closely, frame by frame during the battle over the Sarlacc – right before Han hits Boba Fett with the staff – you’ll see that Chewie has been shot and definitely has a leg wound, hence the need for the leg wrap and the subject for this figure. This figure also completes the toyguide gallery for the first Build-A-Droid figure in TLC Wave 1: R4-D6

There currently 3 different carded versions of this figure available: FDOI, non-FDOI and Blue -Eyed non-FDOI card.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 2 Luke Skywalker (FDOI)
August 23, 2008 | 11:18 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide gets an update tonight with the addition of the second figure in the Legacy Assortment: Luke Skywalker. This figure is based on a cut scene from Return of the Jedi in which our heroes are caught in a sandstorm after their escape from the almighty Sarlacc. There have been a few people that have wondered why does this figure have the gloved hand – didn’t he put that onafter he left Tatooine? That’s true in the film but in some of the cut scene footage you’ll see that he is clearly wearing the glove before leaving.

There are currently 2 different versions of the Luke figure due to an error during production. Initially, Luke was assembled with the belt on upside down with the silver clip on the figure’s right hip, then it was corrected during production and flipped the right way. The trouble is, with the belt position “corrected” it moved the hole intended to receive the lightsaber hilt to the wrong side of his body, as Luke always wears his saber on his left hip.

Speaking of lightsabers, this figure also has errors in this department as well as we are given an Obi-Wan Kenobi lightsaber molded in green for his lit version and the standard Obi-Wan hilt for the accessory that attaches to the belt. A passable shortcut by the factory but errors none the less.

The madness continues with the card to which the figure is mounted. There are, as of this posting, at least 3 different card backs this figure is available on, the First Day of Issue (FDOI), the standard (non-FDOI) card and the new blue-eyed standard card. With all that said here is a list of the variants for this single figure:

FDOI (belt error)
FDOI (belt corrected)*
Non-FDOI (belt error)
Non-FDOI (belt corrected)
Non-FDOI (belt corrected) blue-eyed card

Which ever version you grab though is the closest yet to receiving a Death Star II Duel Luke, so head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

*Version photographed for the toyguide.

 


 

Begun The Christmas Price Wars Have
August 23, 2008 | 5:07 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Rebelscum have updated with photographic evidence of the 2008 Christmas price wars starting early– Wal-Mart has dropped their BMF Falcons to $125.00. Check out the image here.

UPDATE – Apparently a Wal-Mart in the St. Louis area has done the same thing, and also lowered the price on the AT-TE to $75.00.

 


 

Reminder: Wattographs Autograph Signings:
Frank Henson & Matt Sloan!

August 23, 2008 | 12:50 PM EST | Brandon

Just a reminder, the Wattographs August private autograph signings with Matt Sloan, Jedi Master Plo Koon in “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” and actor/stuntman legend Frank Henson, Biker Scout and Stormtrooper in “Return of the Jedi.”

Signing ends August 31st at 11:59:59pm EDT. Be sure to signup for the free newsletter for updates on signings and special offers! BIG autograph signers to be announced soon!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

10 Things to Spot in The Clone Wars
August 22, 2008 | 11:01 PM EST | Jayson

The Official Site updates tonight with an interesting feature entitled “10 Things to Spot in The Clone Wars”. They explore a handful of those fun easter eggs we like so much and it’s a safe bet some of them will be on shelves soon enough. Head over and then head back to the theatre to see if you can spot them!

 


 

StarWarsShop: The Return of the “The Weekly 6” 
August 22, 2008 | 2:41 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop has updated “The Weekly 6” section in the Bargain Bay. Here are the specials for this week – 8/22-8/29:

The Clone Wars Theatrical Poster $9.99

Medicom Super Deformed VCD Boba Fett (ESB Deco) $24.99

R4-P17 Trash Can $84.99

8″ Real Action Darth Vader Metal Figure $64.99

Micro Droid Remote Control R5-X2 Figure $16.99

Exclusive Sam Jackson as Mace Windu 8×10 Photo $99.99

The prices from last week’s 6 have readjusted to their previous prices, except for the Lucas Family Pack which remains at $5. How many of these are they sitting on anyway?

 


 

Legacy Wave 3 Working Its Way East
August 22, 2008 | 1:49 PM EST | Jayson

 


Yak Reader Chad has sent word that he has found cases of Legacy Wave 3 at his local Target in Alabama. Click here for a shot of his purchase….

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
August 22, 2008 | 7:28 AM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com

Our warehouse is getting full so its time to clear out some overstocked and older items. We have a wide variety of Transformers, GI Joe, Indy, Comic, Sci-Fi and other items on sale, many with significant price cuts. We appreciate any help you can give us in clearing space in our warehouse.

Now in stock: PEPSI STAR WARS BEARBRICKS
This set of 16 Star Wars characters in Bearbrick form is from a Pepsi Nex promotion in Japan, but we’ll save you the trouble of going over and collecting all 16! Including characters like Darth Vader, R2-D2 and Darth Maul, these great little collectibles are space-saving and interesting all at once! Check out the assortment here, available for only $59.99!

Be Sure to Check our NEW Star Wars Preorders:
DARTH VADER ROTOCAST BANK
This new bank is a bust of the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. Brandishing his red Lightsaber, this Sith will be able to protect your money like no one else! This new bank is only $12.99, and makes a great gift for any fan!

CLONE WARS MAQUETTES
Two new maquettes from Gentle Giant are up for pre-order – Ahsoka and a Clone Trooper. The Clone Trooper is in a pure whtie outfit, while Ahsoka is in her padawan outfit from the new Clone Wars movie. Each of these maquettes is listed at $79.99 9$10 off MSRP) and both should be here this November – take a look!

NEW MIMOBOT FLASH DRIVES – STAR WARS, HALO, HAPPY TREE FRIENDS
A whole bunch of new MimoBot Flash Drives have been announced, in a few different lines, but all with 2 GB of storage and exclusive brand media. For new Star Wars MimiBots we’ve got C-3P0, Darth Sidious (Emperor Palpatine), a Royal Guard and Wicket W. Warrick the Ewok. The new Halo line includes Master Chief as well as Red and Blue Spartans, and the Happy Tree Friends line includes regular and Gory versions of each Flippy, Giggles and Mole.

Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Yakfinities Update
August 21, 2008 | 10:27 PM EST | Justin2

 


With over a week left, there’s still plenty of time to join in the current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge.

We invite all customizers, new and experienced to join in the fun after the jump!

 


 

Guardians of Peace and Justice… Part 2 of 6
August 21, 2008 | 9:35 PM EST | Justin2

 


Tonight we spotlight the second part of forum member Darth Kikinou‘s photonovel premier,Guardians of Peace and Justice.

Loaded with custom figures, dioramas and an intriguing storyline, the plot thickens…

 


 

The Force Unleashed Demo Unleashed
August 21, 2008 | 7:40 PM EST | Bill

Today, The Official Site took the wraps off demos for several gaming platforms for the Force Unleashed. Check it all out here.

 


 

New Hasbro QnA Schedule
August 21, 2008 | 12:19 PM EST | Jayson

 


Due to the sheer volume of questions submitted by the participating sites, the powers that be at Hasbro have tweaked the QnA format, switching to a new 3-week schedule. Question submissions will be due to them tomorrow and responses will then be returned/posted a week and a half later.

Here is a breakdown for the rest of the year based on the new deadlines:

Questions Due / Answers Returned
August 22 / September 2
September 12 / September 23
Ocotber 3 / October 14
October 24 / November 4
November 14 / November 25
December 5 / December 16

 


 

SLJ and Lucas to Re-Team?
August 20, 2008 | 10:36 PM EST | Jayson

IGN is reporting that Samuel L. Jackson has been in contact with George Lucas in regards to the latter’s World War II project entitled “Red Tails”, which chronicles the exploits of the African-American war heroes known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Head to IGN for the preliminary details…

 


 

Legacy Wave 3 Found 
August 19, 2008 | 11:49 PM EST | Justin2

 


Thought you were caught up on figures? Well our friends over at Rebelscum.com are reporting that Wave 3 of the the BAD Legacy Collection has been found at Target in Manhattan Beach, CA. Good luck tracking down this latest wave!

 


 

Force Unleashed Novelization Finally Unleashed
August 19, 2008 | 9:25 PM EST | Bill

The often delayed novelization of the Force Unleashed videogame(s) has finally been released, hitting newstands today. If you’re an EU fan, or just wanting more material from the post Revenge of the Stih era, this is one you’ll probably want to check out.

 


 

Episode 156: Attack of the Clone Wars Reviews
August 19, 2008 | 3:39 PM EST | Jayson

 


With a new Star Wars movie in theaters, there is a lot to talk about in this week’s super-sized episode of Star Wars Action News. First we discuss the McDonalds bobblehead toys and the new Star Wars collectibles available at your local Barnes & Noble stores.

Then we get to the meat of the episode–YOUR thoughts on Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated movie. Does it live up to the hype? Does it make you more excited for the series? Is it all it can be? First we took phone calls from listeners to get their opinions on the movie, and then the Star Wars Action News staff gather for a roundtable discussion on the movie.

It’s all this week on Star Wars Action News!

And mark your calendar for Sunday, Sunday, Sunday August 24th as it is Star Wars Action News’ 3rd Anniversary and at 7 p.m. CST we’re having a live celebration with a live show. In addition to live callins and a chat room, we will be giving away prizes donated from sponsors Razor’s Edge Collectibles, Brian’s Toys, DK Books, and more! The only way to win is to be at swactionnews.com this Sunday at 7 p.m .CST. We’ll talk to you then!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link:
Regular Version

 


 

Clone Wars Week One
August 18, 2008 | 7:50 PM EST | Bill

So how well did the Animated Clone Wars do in their first weekend in release in theaters? Well if it was an olympic sprint it would be a bronze– 3rd place. Not bad for a sprint, but if we’re talking about an installment in the Star Wars franchise, it would seem that extremely disappointing comes to mind– it grossed only 14.5 million in its first week in release. By way of comparison– the latest installment in the Batman franchise made over 16 million in its 4th or 5th week in release. Check all the numbers out at Box Office Mojo.

 


 

Diamond 1/4 Scale Darth Maul Now Available for $59.99
August 17, 2008 | 9:25 PM EST | Bill

 


The 18″ really 19″ super-articulated Darth Maul is now up for pre-order at New Force Comics– this just in:

Collecting your favorite Star Wars characters just got easier! Launching an all-new line of Star Wars collectibles, Diamond Select Toys is pleased to unveil details surrounding their new Star Wars Ultimate Quarter Scale line of 19-inch dolls – beginning with the nefarious Sith Apprentice, Darth Maul! The first-ever Star Wars quarter-scale line, each release will not only feature fully-layered cloth costumes, but will also include key accessories, a display stand, over 25 points of articulation, and sound effects from the legendary Star Wars films. Maul lists at $79.99 get yours for just $59.99Check it out here.

 


 

Guardians of Peace and Justice – Part 1 of 6
August 17, 2008 | 3:16 PM EST | Justin2

 


Itching for more Star Wars after viewing the new animated movie?

Then check out the first installment in an all new photonovel series by Yakfaceforum member Darth Kikinou, titled Guardians of Peace and Justice!

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Clone Wars and B.A.D. First Day Figures
August 17, 2008 | 11:41 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Clone Wars collectibles have arrived at K & C Collectibles this week.

NEW – Clone Wars – Action Figures:
Captain Rex – Mail-A-Way version
Holographic General Grievous – Toy’s R Us Exclusive
Clone Trooper – Senate Security – ComicCon Exclusive
Commander Fox – Target Exclusive
501st Legion Clone Trooper – WAL-MART Exclusive

NEW – Saga Special – Action Figures:
Disturbance in the Force – Plays the entire dialogue between Vader and Emperor from Empire. (ComicCon Exclusive)

Clone Wars Collection – Regular and First Day Versions:
Anakin Skywalker #1 – First Day
Obi-Wan Kenobi #2 – First Day
Yoda #3 – First Day
Captain Rex #4 – First Day
Clone Trooper #5 – First Day
General Grievous #6 – First Day
Battle Droid #7 – First Day
R2-D2 #8 – First Day

Pre-Order – August 27th, 2008
Star Wars Encyclopedia – Hardcover – SAVE $15.01
Darth Maul Ultimate 1/4-scale Action Figure – SAVE $10.00
Republic Star Destroyer Model Kit
The Clone Wars ARTFX+ KOTOBUKIYA Statues Series one: THE JEDI
Emperor – Bobble Head
Darth Maul – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Asajj Ventress – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Ashoka Tano – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Battle Droid – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Tactics Pocketmodel TCG – Box – SAVE $43.77

 


 

TRU’s Sunday Star Wars Sales Continue
August 17, 2008 | 9:35 AM EST | Bill

 


This week TRU has a free Clone Wars backpack with any purchase of $30 or more. And the seesaw pricing structure continues as the basic figure price has dropped back down to $6.99. Check out the full size ad here.

 


 

Sandblast 2008
August 16, 2008 | 9:42 PM EST | Justin2

Our allies over at Sandtroopers.com are wrapping up the final week of their eighth anniversary of their fan website. They have lots of cool prizes being given out to the fans – head on over after the jump!

 


 

YakTube – Death Star over San Francisco
August 16, 2008 | 10:11 AM EST | Niktom

Big thanks to forum member Theo Zissou for finding this one.

Death Star over San Francisco

Be sure to insert your favorite Death Star movie line here in the forums.

 


 

SWAN Call-In and Live Show!
August 15, 2008 | 9:27 PM EST | Jayson

 


Have you just finished seeing Star Wars: The Clone Wars, or had you seen it previously? If so, Marjorie and Arnie want to talk to you! Our usual voicemail line, 415-508-JEDI, is now open and we will be taking your calls to talk to you about your thoughts on this newest Star Wars theatrical release! Your call may be played on our next show, so call now, 415-508-JEDI!

 


 

Andrewstoyz Newsfeed
August 15, 2008 | 8:11 PM EST | Bill

 


Andrew’s Toyz is celebrating the opening of The Clone Wars in theaters today! There are lots of Clone Wars figures, exclusives, lightsabers, trading cards, vehicles and more available!

Clone Wars Figures Wave 1 ….. $78.00
Set of 8 (Anakin, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Rex, Clone Trooper, Grievous, Battle Droid, and R2-D2)

Clone Wars Figures Wave 2 ….. $35.00
Set of 4 (Ahsoka, Cody, Oddball, and Super Battle Droid)

Clone Wars Figures Wave 3 …. $51.00
Set of 6 (Dooku, Plo Koon, Asajj, C-3PO, Destroyer Droid, and IG-86)

Clone Wars Wave 1 (2009) …. $35.00
Set of 4 (Padme, Magnaguard, Space Trooper, and R3-S6)

Holographic General Grievous ….. $19.99
Senate Security Clone Trooper ….. $22.99
Commander Fox ….. $24.99
Captain Rex Mail-Away ….. $39.00

Clone Wars Pocket Model TCG Expansion Booster ….. $4.75 (starting at)
Clone Wars Pocket Model TCG Expansion Display of 36 Packs ….. $155.00
Topps Clone Wars Hoby Booster Pack ….. $1.99
Topps Clone Wars Hobby Box of 24 Packs ….. $48.00

SAVE $15.00 OFF ANY IN STOCK PURCHASE OF $75.00 OR MORE!! Check out the details in our newsletter here.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: #55th Edition
August 15, 2008 | 6:45 PM EST | Jayson

 


A new movie in theatres and a new QnA? You bet! Hasbro has again provided some insight on our submitted questions for this week. Topics covered include Mailaway Captain Rex details, Lars Homestead features and the story on those 2009 Legacy Cantina accessories.

Head to our forum to find out the answers, then be sure to submit your own questions for consideration as well.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: New Clone Wars Maquettes and more!
August 15, 2008 | 2:29 PM EST | Jayson

 


Just in time for the official movie’s launch, StarWarsShop has updated their site today with the addition of 2 Clone Wars items from Gentle Giant: the Ahsoka Tano and the Clone TrooperMaquettes. These two pieces are available for pre-order now at $79.99 each and ship October 2009

They’ve also added several child and adult Clone Wars costumes to the New Arrivals section, so gear up now for Halloween!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
August 14, 2008 | 9:15 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com
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20% OFF SALE:
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From now until 12:00 Noon Central time on Monday August 18th – save 20% on all instock items except for those marked as ‘new’. We’ve removed the ‘new’ designation from a few hundred more products, and most vintage department products are also included – so there are thousands of items on sale. Choose your favorite menu to start saving.

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS CLONE WARS VEHICLES
We’ve also got a shipment of Clone Wars vehicles. From the Spider Droid to Anakin’s new Modified Starfighter, the V-19 Clone Shuttle to the V-Wing fighter – check out the singles and case assortments here

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PREORDERS:
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SDCC 2008 CAMOUFLAGE SPEEDERBIKE KUSTOMZ
One of Gentle Giant’s SDCC 2008 exclusives, this Kustoms repaint gives green gloves to the Biker scout, and adds fighter plane nose art to his bike, as well as a yellow peace symbol flag. These Kustomz are limited to 500 pieces worldwide.
Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

StarWarsShop Launches Big Savings With “Weekly 6”
August 14, 2008 | 7:56 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop has launched The Weekly 6, an all new section in the Bargain Bay. Appropriate to its name, the new section features 6 products with a deep discount for one week, and one week only. Once the week has passed, so has the discount. So, you’ll want to act fast if you want to snatch up some of the best deals in StarWarsShop history.

This week’s Weekly 6:

Medicom RAH Shock Trooper $74.99

Ultimate Lucas Collection $5.00

Jedi-Con Shadow Trooper 2-pack $8.50

McQuarrie Concept Grievous $9.99

2007 Vintage Ultimate Galactic Hunt Case $84.99

Lego Luke Skywalker Maquette $34.99

 


 

“Blue Lens” Card Variant Hitting Retail
August 14, 2008 | 7:25 PM EST | Jayson

 


Forum Member “Diddly” has sent in a pic he snapped at his local Walmart and it appears Legacy Wave One is already starting to show up on the updated card back. These new back feature Stormtrooper artwork that has been modified to incorporate Blue Lens. Head to our fourms for a closer look.

 


 

Review: Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight
August 14, 2008 | 2:34 PM EST | Freebird

Here it is Ladies and Gents, the moment you’ve been anticipating since you’ve first heard it was coming, my review of Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight. Read all about it here. Be sure and tell me what you think.

 


 

Clone Wars Happy Meals Tomorrow
August 14, 2008 | 1:04 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com has updated today with the official announcement of the Clone Wars Happy Meal promotion at McDonalds. The promotion starts tomorrow and runs through September 11. Head on over to see detailed images of each toy.

 


 

Call-In and Live Show!
August 14, 2008 | 10:26 AM EST | Jayson

 


Have you seen Star Wars: The Clone Wars in theaters? Are you planning on going to one of the midnight showings across the country tonight, or seeing it tomorrow evening for the first time? If so, Marjorie and Arnie want to talk to you! Our usual phone line, 415-508-JEDI, will be answered by Marjorie and Arnie the evening of Friday, August 15th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. CST. Call in and let us know what you thought of the movie, and we may play your call on our next show!

Also, mark your calendars as Star Wars Action News’ 3rd Anniversary is fast approaching. To celebrate this we will be having our second live show the evening of Sunday, August 24th at 7 p.m. CST. Thanks to sponsors such as DK Books, Razor’s Edge Collectibles, Brian’s Toys, Del Rey Books,and others we will be having live giveaways including:

• Asajj Ventress character keys (exclusive to Razor’s Edge Collectibles)
• A full set of Wave 2 Legacy figures from the original Clone Wars cartoon (courtesy of Brian’s Toys)
• Several copies of the new Clone Wars Visual Guide (courtesy of DK Books)
• Copies of the new Clone Wars novelization by Karen Traviss (courtesy of Del Rey Books)
• Copies of the new Clone Wars Sticker Books (courtesy of DK Books)
• Hasbro’s exclusive San Diego Comic Con clone action figure
• Plo Koon Gentle Giant Mini-Bust
• And more…

So come to swactionnews.com on August 24th to listen, join in the chat room, and win! So we will talk to you tomorrow night, and see you in the chat room on Sunday, August 24th.

And as always, may the Force be with you!

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Owen D.
August 13, 2008 | 11:43 PM EST | Justin2

 


With all the playset speculation in the forums lately, the latest Customizer Spotlight goes to diorama master Owen D. for his oustanding scratch built Palpatine’s Office playset.

Check out many more pics of this masterpiece after the jump!

 


 

New Book Reviewer Introduction
August 13, 2008 | 9:24 PM EST | Freebird

My name is Rick, and I’ll be going by the Forum Name Freebird. I’m going to be stepping in to try and fill Nick’s shoes in the book review department. My first review should be up soon, and will be covering Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight. Until then, glad to be here at Yakface, and look forward to talking with all of you in the forums.

 


 

Exclusive ARC 170; Galactic Heroes Cinema Scenes Images
August 13, 2008 | 7:47 AM EST | Bill

Our friends over at JediDefender have updated with a boxed image of the upcoming TRU exclusive ARC 170. Check them out here.

In addition our friends at Galactic Hunter have posted boxed and loose images of the upcoming Dagobah and Carkoon Galactic Heroes cinema scenes. Check them out here.

 


 

SWshop.com: Celebration Japan Artwork
August 12, 2008 | 8:10 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with a section dedicated to Exclusive Celebration Japan artwork. Head over to see these amazing pieces and maybe add a few to your own gallery.

 


 

TRU Clone Wars Sweepstakes
August 11, 2008 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

 


TRU has lauched their Clone Wars Sweepstakes– the grand prizes– that’s right PRIZES are LIFESIZE Clone Wars Statues. Check it out here.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Anakin Skywalker & Durge Comic Pack
August 11, 2008 | 9:01 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide gets an update tonight with the addition of the first 2008 comic pack shot for the Legacy section: the Anakin Skywalker & Durge Set from Star Wars: Obsession #3.

This set features an all-new Durge figure, complete with removable helmet and much improved articulation from the previous basic carded release from 2003, although knee articulation is still absent. As for the Anakin, he is a repaint of the Evolutions ROTS Anakin with more of a subdued gray paint scheme. He also features a new tattered Jedi robe and a new head sculpt, but to me, is seems a tad too big for the body as compared to the original sculpt.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a set you think is worth adding to your ever expanding collection.

 


 

New Legacy Items Have Been Foreseen
August 11, 2008 | 10:50 AM EST | Jayson

The precog droid, 42N-TLR, at Galactic Hunter has had a vision of a plethora of green lit items for the Legacy Collection of figures, vehicles, bigger vehicles and playsets. Head on over for a glimpse at the future!?

 


 

Toys ‘R’ Us Midnight Madness at Times Square
August 11, 2008 | 10:32 AM EST | Jayson

Toys R Us has updated their blog with the addtion of a You Tube video showing the festivities of Midnight Madness at their flagship Times Square location. Head to toysrus.com to vicariously experience “the Madness” for yourself.

 


 

Episode 155: The Clone Wars–Spoiler Free Review!
August 11, 2008 | 10:12 AM EST | Jayson

 


Can you feel the electricity in the air? It’s the feeling of knowing a new Star Wars movie is only 4 days away from being released. It’s The Clone Wars, and for Star Wars fans this is THE summer movie we’ve been waiting for, not some movie about a guy with pointy ears, a rich man in an iron suit, or an aging man who still cracks a mean bullwhip. No, we want to see lightsabers, droids, clones, Sith, and more…and The Clone Wars has all of that and more! But being animated there’s a lot of questions about this movie…primarily “is it any good?” Star Wars Action News attended a preview screening in Chicago and give you the straight, unbiased, spoiler free review of the movie.

Also this week, a few other reviews. Scott from Tulsa has packed up his BMF and returned it to the store. Why? He tells us. Also, Mister Gosh reviews Sideshow Collectibles’ lifesized Salacious Crumb, available on “Second Chance” from Sideshow Collectibles.

With voice mails, a review of the Wal Mart exclusive 501st Clonetrooper, and more, it’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

And if you’re seeing The Clone Wars this Friday, the Star Wars Action News hosts will be answering calls and getting your opinion on the movie from 7 p.m . to 10 p.m. CST. Just call 415-508-JEDI to chat with us and let us know what you thought of the movie!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chronicles Update
August 10, 2008 | 11:33 PM EST | Justin2

 


Pre-production work for the next chapter in The Rykrof Enloe Chronicles has begun, and previews will be available here at Yakface later this month.
Until then, the Grand Army of the Republic has all but taken control of the Kobridor system from the droid armies of the Confederacy. But their victory is short lived as they soon discover that a powerful member of the Jedi Order has turned on his former masters…

Check out the most recent chapter in its entirety after the jump!

 


 

YakTube – Star Wars Duel
August 10, 2008 | 8:41 PM EST | Niktom

 

Nothing better than two kids, two lightsabers and a soundtrack!

Star Wars Duel

Discuss or post your own lightsaber duels here in the forums.

 


 

Clone Wars Reviewed
August 10, 2008 | 5:59 PM EST | Bill

 


The Clone Wars Movie Reviewed by a fan– our friend Pete over at The Private Universe was lucky enough to be included in one of the early screenings of the Animated Clone Wars movie– check out his review here.

 


 

TRU Star Wars Sale
August 10, 2008 | 11:15 AM EST | Jayson

 


TRU this week is running a “Buy one, get one half off” on select Star Wars toys, like Comic Packs, Transformers and Galactic Heroes. They are also having a special on roleplay items offering $5.00 off Electronic Lightsabers and $6.00 off the Clone Wars Clone Trooper Helmet.

Sale Dates: Aug. 10th through Aug. 16th

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Hoth Recon Patrol
August 10, 2008 | 8:03 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface Toyguide gets an update tonight with the addition of the second battle pack added to the Legacy section: the Hoth Recon Patrol. Hoth gets more love in the battle pack segment here with this set. The highlights in this multipack are the Echo Base astromech, R5-M2, and a nice repaint of the Imperial Probe Droid “Probot” from the POTF2 era of deluxe figures. Other notable mentions are K-3PO in terms of articulation as it uses the C-3PO body from the TSC line, the Chewbacca, which brings the Early Bird head sculpt back to the market and finally, a redecoed Han Solo in Hoth Gear from the Walmart Droid Factory set where the coat is a more browish/blue-gray in this offering. Also take note that the goggles on this Han are glued in place.

For the $20 pricepoint of the current battle packs, this one stacks up fairly well in terms of “new” items and value so if you’ve been holding out, head to the toyguide to see if this is a set you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol
August 10, 2008 | 8:02 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface Toyguide gets an update today with the addition of the first battle pack added to theLegacy section: the Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol. This “just offscreen” EU set includes a pair of kitbashed Scout Troopers formed from the legs and arms of the VTSC Imperial Snowtrooper, the rest from the VTSC Scout Trooper with repainted portions of the body suit. We’re also given a set of Hoth redecoed, non-exploding Speeder Bikes (which are in dire need of a resculpt to bring them into the 21st century). Both troopers also include the standard issue blaster and biker scout pistol.

The set itself is not bad, but it would have been nice if they more closely matched the Snow Speeder Bike artwork from the DK’s Star Wars Cross Sections Book, where the Scouts had a temperature regulating hose attached to them from the Speeder. Also, for variant hunters out there, word is that there are 2 versions of the pack; one set with the Galactic Republic insignia on the speeders and other set with Imperial insignias.

If you’ve been holding out, head to the toyguide to see if this is a set you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: 501st Clone Trooper Action Figure
August 10, 2008 | 8:01 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Clone Wars collectibles have arrived at K & C Collectibles this week.

NEW – Clone Wars – Action Figures:
501st Legion Clone Trooper – Join the Clone Troopers!
Clone Trooper – Senate Security
Captain Rex – Mail-A-Way version

NEW – Saga Special – Action Figures:
Disturbance in the Force

New Pre-Order – August 27th, 2008
Star Wars Encyclopedia – Hardcover – SAVE $15.01
Darth Maul Ultimate 1/4-scale Action Figure – SAVE $10.00
Republic Star Destroyer Model Kit
The Clone Wars ARTFX+ KOTOBUKIYA Statues Series one: THE JEDI
Emperor – Bobble Head
Darth Maul – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Asajj Ventress – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Ashoka Tano – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Battle Droid – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Tactics Pocketmodel TCG – Box – SAVE $43.77

NEW – Legacy Collection – First Day Of Issue Figures:
Han Solo #1
Luke Skywalker #2
Chewbacca #3
Ewok – Leektar & Nippet #4
Ak-Rev #5
Yarna Dal Gargan #6
Bane Malor #7
ith Quad Cannon #16
Evo Trooper #4
Darth Vader – Battle Damaged #3
Kashyyk Scout Trooper #2
Commander Gree #1

NEW – Battle Packs:
Battle on Mygeeto
Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol
Speeder Bike Recon
Hoth Recon Patrol

NEW – Evolutions Sets::
Rebel Pilot Legacy – Series II
Imperial Pilot Legacy
Padme Amidala Legacy
Rebel Pilot Legacy

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 1 Han Solo (FDOI)
August 8, 2008 | 9:50 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide gets an update tonight with the addition of the first figure in the Legacy Assortment: Han Solo. This figure is based on a cut scene from Return of the Jedi in which our heroes are caught in a sandstorm after their escape from the almighty Sarlacc. The figure itself is slightly different from what we were initially shown at Toyfair in February, that figure had a different torso. What we have here is essentially a VTSC Han Solo with a new head, belt, goggles and blaster (which is recycled from the McQuarrie Chewbacca figure.)

It’s nice to get a new take on the often visited Han Solo character and it sports a very good likeness to Harrison Ford at certain angles. Although I have yet to try, the head for this figure might make for a good alternate to the “under duress” expression included with the TAC Han Solo with Torture Rack figure. This figure could use a touch weathering considering the scene that he’s culled from and while the blaster is a nice addition, I would have preferred the one that was previously included with the OTC Jedi Luke

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – jeditaz
August 8, 2008 | 4:07 PM EST | Justin2

 


Customizer jeditaz has recently updated with a group of outstanding custom KOTOR figures. Check out all his latest work after the jump!

 


 

The Clone Wars Video Games
August 8, 2008 | 12:43 PM EST | Jayson

 


Visit the newly updated Clone Wars video game site for news, screenshots, videos and more about the two upcoming Clone Wars games from LucasArts.

 


 

McDonald’s Clone Wars/OT Bobble Head Toys
August 8, 2008 | 12:37 PM EST | Jayson

 


McDonalds has updated their Happy Meals Boys’ Toys site featuring the 18 Clone Wars and Original Trilogy themed Happy Meals Toys. Head on over for a preview.

 


 

PhoneSaber iPhone App Pulled by Lucasfilm
August 7, 2008 | 10:25 PM EST | Jayson

 


Mac news site Macenstein is reporting that the popular and free PhoneSaber iPhone application, that allows your iPhone to act (mostly) like a light saber (complete with sound effects) has been pulled from the App Store at the request of Lucasfilm. The developers note:

As of now, PhoneSaber will no longer be available, I’ve had a chat with a guy from THQ Wireless (who own the rights for Star Wars apps on mobiles) and apparently the guys from Lucas don’t want it up there anymore. They didn’t want to go down the attacking cease and desist route, so we’re being dealt with very amicably.

They want to do some sort of official, Star Wars branded version of PhoneSaber, and will be working with us on that one. I don’t know any information beyond that, whether they plan to charge for it, advertise with it or what, but we’ll keep you updated on as much as we’re allowed to tell you.

 


 

Lucas Talks Indy 5; Clone Wars; Live Action
August 7, 2008 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

CNN.com updated today with a feature on an interview with George Lucas about the future of Indiana Jones– specifically Lucas said without Ford, there is no Indy. The article goes on to talk a bit about the animated Clone Wars movie and series, Star Wars Live Action TV show and even Star Wars 3-D. Check it out here.

 


 

UPDATE: Don’t Forget to Watch Cartoon Network Tonight
August 7, 2008 | 9:11 PM EST | Jayson

 

Just a quick reminder that Cartoon Network will be airing a spot tonight for a contest where one lucky winner will be awarded a huge assortment of Clone Wars toys from Hasbro including the AT-TE and an Ahsoka life-sized standee! Viewers will need to watch Cartoon Network tonight (Aug. 7) for a phone number to call to be entered in the contest. 320 second prizes will be awarded as well.

UPDATE: Call 1-800-923-2200 now to be entered into Cartoon Network’s FREE Clone Wars toys contest!

 


 

Clone Wars Web Comics
August 7, 2008 | 8:23 PM EST | Jayson

As announced at Comic-Con International, online Star Wars fans will be able to continue the weekly Clone Wars adventures in between broadcast episodes of the new animated series. StarWars.com will be home to new ongoing Clone Wars web comics illustrated by a quartet of fan-favorite Star Wars illustrators.

Jeff Carlisle, Katie Cook, Grant Gould and Tom Hodges will be doing the artistic duties on these online tales that are meant to supplement what occurs in the weekly show. Look for more information in the coming weeks.

Source: Star Wars.com

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
August 7, 2008 | 8:21 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com
Check out all of our new Star Wars Preorders:
STAR WARS USB HUBS
Cool new electronics for your work desk! You can pick up a USB Hub in either the shape of R2-D2 or else as a bust of Darth Vader – either way, they’re a fun way to bring your hobby to work, or just bring a little joy to your day.

GALACTIC HEROES STOCKING STUFFERS
Brand new galactic heroes, all decked out for the holiday season! These figures have had their weapons replaced by candy canes, christmas trees and more, and they’re ready to help you celebrate the season in Star Wars style. Among the figures in this assortment are Yoda, Darth Vader, R2-D2 — all of your favorites, all decked out in holiday style. Pick them up by the set or the case!

STAR WARS COMIC TWO-PACKS WAVE 5
The newest wave of Comic Two-Packs has also been announced. This wave includes new sets of the Clone Emperor and Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight, and Commander Faie and Quinlan Vos in Jedi robes. We’ve got this set of two listed, or if you’d prefer, you could pick up the case of 8, which includes two each of the aforementioned sets, plus one each of Darth Talon and Cade Skywalker, bue gown Leia and Prince Xizor, Grand Admiral Thrawn and Talon Karrde and Infinities White Vader and Sniper Leia.

STAR WARS CLONE WARS ANIMATED WAVE 3
We’ve also got Clone Wars Animated wave 3 listed. This wave comes as a set of six (one each of Count Dooku, C-3P0, Plo Koon, Asajj Ventress, Destroyer Droid and IG-Series Assassin Droid) or as a case of 12, which includes two each of the figures.

RAH ANAKIN SKYWALKER
We don’t have any pictures yet for this figure, but we do know that any Real Action Heroes line figure from Medicom is bound to be of the highest quality.

CLONE WARS TITANIUM – WAVE 4, 6
More new Titanium waves have been announced. These newest cases include ships such as the Hailfire Droid, a camo redeco of the AT-RT, the Red 3 X-Wing, the Z-95 Starfighter, Aayla Secura’s Jedi Starfighter, a Rogue Squadron TIE Fighter and many more!

STAR WARS MIGHTY MUGGS WAVES 6 & 7
More new Mighty Muggs! The new figures included in wave 6 are a new open-masked version of Darth Vader, as well as Han Solo in Hoth gear, Plo Koon and Grand Moff Tarkin. Wave 7 also includes the new Darth Vader and Hoth Han Solo, but adds a new version of Darth Maul and Darth Revan from the “Knights of the Old Republic” game series.

STAR WARS ULTIMATE 1/4 SCALE – HOTH HAN SOLO, EPISODE IV OBI-WAN KENOBI
We’ve listed two new entries in Diamond’s new Ultimate Quarter Scale Star Wars figures: Han Solo in Hoth gear from “The Empire Stirkes Back” and Obi-Wan in his robes from “Star Wars: A New Hope.” Each figure stands about 18″ tall, with good articulation, a cloth costume and appropriate accessories. At only $64.99, you’ll want to pick up each one!
Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Droid Factory “Build A Droid” Guide
August 7, 2008 | 12:01 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface Toyguide gets a small update with the inclusion of a handy “BAD” Reference Guide for deciphering which “Build A Droid” part is included with each Legacy figure. The reference guide can be accessed directly at the top of the Legacy Section or you can bookmark this link for quick and easy access.

This guide will be updated as soon as new parts and figures are revealed.

 


 

New Disney Star Wars Big Figs
August 7, 2008 | 7:39 AM EST | Bill

 


The latest batch of Star Wars big figs has just been announced, complete with photos. While they run 200 each, these things are BIG and this time around all have light-up effects. Check them out here.

 


 

Saga Legends Wave 1 
August 6, 2008 | 8:03 PM EST | Bill

New Force Comics has just received their case of the 2008 Saga Legends Wave 1, and has a great deal on them– $79.99 for a sealed case, plus, a free Vader figure and coin! They’ve also got lots of other Star Wars in stock and up for preorder— Check it out here.

 


 

Check Your Belts…
August 6, 2008 | 7:34 PM EST | Jayson

Upon the acquisition of my TLC Luke Skywalker figure, I was initially miffed that the one I found had the belt assembled in the upside position, thus placing the hilt (which is also incorrect) on the wrong side of the body. But today while rifling through the pegs, I came across another Luke and the belt was correct! Click the link to see a comparison*.

*Both figures are of the “First Day of Issue” variety.

 


 

Animated Obi-Wan Character Key at SWshop.com
August 6, 2008 | 5:42 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has updated today and has added a limited number of Star Wars: A New Hope Obi-Wan Kenobi Character Key to their new arrivals page. It is available for pre-order now and starts shipping August 18.

The Obi-Wan Kenobi key is limited to 1000 pieces worldwide.

 


 

LAAT Update
August 6, 2008 | 7:28 AM EST | Bill

Maybe there is a dropship after all, say at TRU? Here’s Snowtrooper Torrynn’s insight: “For the record, I have heard that at TRU Canada there are 2 UPC’s attached to the AT-TE product sku. Why would they do that unless they intend to bring out different item under that sku??”

 


 

Millennium Falcon: The Novel
August 5, 2008 | 10:59 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWars.com has updated tonight with the first look at a new novel entitled: Millennium Falcon.

Authored by James Luceno, the best-selling author of Dark Lord, Cloak of Deception, The Unifying Force and Labyrinth of Evil. Millennium Falcon due out in hardcover from Del Rey Books in October 2008.

Head to StarWars.com for a brief synopsis of this latest adventure of the Millennium Falcon and her crew.

 


 

Gentle Giant Airborne Trooper Bust at StarWarsShop.com
August 5, 2008 | 9:36 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has placed the shared exclusive Airborne Clone Trooper Mini Bust from Gentle Giant up for pre-order. This piece is limited to 3000 and ships at the end of November.

UPDATE: Sold Out but don’t fret, StarWarsShop is slashing 25% off the price of all in-stock Gentle Giant pieces for one week (August 5-12)! Head on over to check out StarWarsShop’s selection of discounted Gentle Giant statues, mini busts, maquettes and more!

 


 

Episode 154: Hangover
August 5, 2008 | 9:32 AM EST | Jayson

 


This week collectors everywhere are recovering from their Midnight Madness spending, and coming to terms with their total expenditures. As Marjorie and Arnie were in San Diego during the official toy release, they had their own midnight madness a week later at Central IL Walmarts. They recount their own orgy of consumerism.

Also this week we have a Clone Wars EU report from Nathan P. Butler, and from the UK Steve weighs in on the London Film & Comic Con. Plus a Hasbro Q&A, it’s all this week in Star Wars Action News, so listen now!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

 


 

The Clone Wars Widget
August 5, 2008 | 8:45 AM EST | Jayson

 


With The Clone Wars only days away, what better time to download your very own Clone Warswebsite or desktop widget. Aside from counting down the seconds until the official movie launch, you’ll also be able to watch video clips, play games, view image galleries and even buy tickets.

Note for Mac users: You must have the latest operating system (Mac 10.5 “Leopard”) to utilizes the desktop widget.

 


 

Comic-Con: Best Star Wars Costumes
August 5, 2008 | 8:35 AM EST | Jayson

The Official Star Wars Blog has posted a recap of some of the greatest costumes that were seen parading around Comic-Con. Head over to view some amazing work…

 


 

Star Wars Live Action Series To Be Filmed In Oz
August 5, 2008 | 7:40 AM EST | Bill

According to a reoprt in the Daily Telegraph, Lucas announced in a press conference that he is looking at a return to Australia to film the upcoming live-action Star Wars TV series. Check out the full story here.

 


 

Custom LAAT
August 4, 2008 | 10:00 PM EST | Bill

Before you click on the link to our friends at POTF2.com’s forums, be aware that you’re looking at a custom, which I think we highlighed a while ago, but in the post July 26th frenzy, it certainly bears highlighting, especially for all the customizers out there. Without any further introduction Click here to check it out.

 


 

Fare-thee-well, I’m off to other galaxies …
August 4, 2008 | 9:26 PM EST | Holocron_Master_Nick

I have some bad news and some good news. Which do you want first? Well, we’ll go with the bad I guess, or perhaps to you it is the good news, but I have given-up my position as the Star Wars literature/book reviewer. The good news is that, if there’s anyone out there who would like to fill in the gaping hole left by me 🙂
now’s you’re chance for 15 minutes of fame, or longer. I was proud to be part of the Yakface team and community and I wasn’t afraid to let people know that I enjoyed the heck out of it. But as life often does, things change and I’m no longer able to do my duties as the reviewer. If Yakface would like to keep me on as moderator for the Literature forums and to possibly provide assistance to the new person, well then that’s up to them. You can see the posting, in the forums. 

I want to thank everyone who has ever looked at my postings, and I appreciate the feedback from some people, thank you.
I told myself,(sob), (sob), that I wouldn’t cry … There’s a lot more info, after the jump.

 


 

The Insider Hints About Star Tours 2.0
August 3, 2008 | 7:32 PM EST | Bill

 


The teaser page at the back of issue 103 of the Insider which is hitting mailboxes right now, promises a feature on the past, merchandising, and FUTURE of Disney’s Star Tours ride, could this be the long rumored Star Tours 2.0?

 


 

Yakfinities # 23 – Amphibious Aliens
August 3, 2008 | 7:04 PM EST | Justin2

 


The fans have voted and the results are in – Yakfinities #23 will revolve around Star Wars aliens who have the capability to live on dry land or in aquatic environments.

Whether you’re an old customizing veteran or just starting out, we invite you to join in the fun afterthe jump!

 


 

Wattographs August Private Autograph Signings:
Frank Henson & Matt Sloan!

August 3, 2008 | 12:53 PM EST | Brandon

Wattographs is proud to announce NEW private autograph signings in August with an Original and Prequel actor, Frank Henson and Matt Sloan!

Frank Henson is one of the most famous stunt-men in film history! His work with Star Wars began with “A New Hope” and continued with “Return of the Jedi” where he played a Stormtrooper as well as performing various character stunts. His other film works include “A View to a Kill”, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” and “The World is Not Enough” through movies today. Mr. Henson will be signing fans’ personal items and official photographs.

Matt Sloan played Jedi Master Plo Koon in “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith.” Matt worked as an animatronics technician on both films when he was asked to step in as the Jedi Master. His other special effects credits include work on “The Lost World,” “Pitch Black,” and the second and third Matrix films among dozens of others. Matt will be signing fans’ personal items and official photographs!

Signing ends August 31st at 11:59:59pm EDT. Be sure to signup for the free newsletter for updates on signings and special offers!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

FREE Clone Wars Merchandise from Cartoon Network!
August 2, 2008 | 11:00 PM EST | Jayson

 

While watching a few of my favorite cartoons today, I saw a spot for a Cartoon Network contest where one lucky winner will be awarded a huge assortment of Clone Wars toys from Hasbro including the AT-TE and an Ahsoka life-sized standee! Viewers will need to watch Cartoon Network on Thursday night (Aug. 7) for a phone number to call to be entered in the contest. 320 second prizes will be awarded as well.

 


 

UPDATE: Target Sale Kicks Off on Sunday
August 2, 2008 | 9:41 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at JediDefender have received a tip that Target is starting a new promotion this Sunday (Aug. 3) placing several Star Wars items on sale. Head over to JediDefender to see if tomorrow is worth a trip to your local store.

UPDATE: I just got back from my local Target store and the AT-TE is marked down as well to $89.99. If you have funds… now’s the time.

 


 

Stay on Target with Clone Wars Exclusives
August 1, 2008 | 5:13 PM EST | Jayson

The Official Site updated today with the details regarding a few exclusives slated for release this fall at your local Target store. Head over to get the skinny on the Red Deco Voice Changer Helmet and 2 Exclusive Battle Packs featuring Obi-Wan & 212th Attack Battalion and Yoda & Coruscant Guard Troopers.

 


 

Yakfinities # 22 – Roundup!
August 1, 2008 | 5:02 PM EST | Justin2

 

The latest Customizing Challenge has wrapped up! Check out all 21 entries and see who the winner is in the roundup!

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: #54th Edition
August 1, 2008 | 5:00 PM EST | Jayson

 


The QnA is back after the SDCC break and Hasbro has again provided some insight on our submitted questions. Topics covered include an SA Darth Maul in the future?, Hasbro’s jeers & cheers, and some (now outdated) TLC “repaint/repack” wave details.

Head to our forum to find out the answers, then be sure to submit your own questions for consideration as well.

 


 

Target Lowering Basic Figure Price
August 1, 2008 | 3:18 PM EST | Justin2

The Targets in the St. Louis area have lowered their basic figure prices back to $6.99 (down from $7.99 per figure) and are back on par with other retailers. Let us know if you’re seeing the same thing after the jump!

 


 

NEW Mighty Muggs at Jedi Insider
August 1, 2008 | 2:15 PM EST | Jayson

 


In addition, Jedi Insider has posted loose and boxed shots of Wave 6 in the series of Star Wars Mighty Muggs. There you’ll find Darth Vader with Face Reveal, Han Solo in Hoth Gear (Blue), Plo Koon and Grand Moff Tarkin.

Head over for a peek.

 


 

B’omarr Monastery Assault Images at JediInsider
August 1, 2008 | 2:08 PM EST | Jayson

 


The crew at Jedi Insider have posted hi-res imagery of the B’omarr Monastery Assault Battle Pack. Previewed at SDCC this Clone Wars based Battle Pack includes a new Anakin Skywalker figure that has a new head, articulated knees and soft goods; a Battle Droid with “power surge” accessory and 2 STAP speeders with unique CIS deco.

Head over for a peek.

 


 

Shield Generator Assault Images at Galactic Hunter
August 1, 2008 | 11:04 AM EST | Jayson

 


The crew at Galactic Hunter have posted hi-res imagery of the Shield Generator Assault Battle Pack. As speculated, the battle pack have dropped to the 4 figure format in order to stave off price increases. Here we get an Endor Han (sans Endor Poncho), Rebel Commando Nik Sant in Scout Trooper Disguise, Lt. Renz and a new-ish R2 complete with snap-on “power surge” accessory.

Head over for a peek.

July 2008 Archive

Sideshow PreOrder
July 31, 2008 | 10:27 PM CST | Mark

If you aren’t out of money yet.. then these are for you… Starting Friday at noon PT…

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UK Stormtrooper Armor Copyright Case Goes To Lucas… Sort Of
July 31, 2008 | 8:34 PM CST | Bill

Most prop replica collectors have heard of the ongoing battle between Lucasfilm and a UK company, whose owner designed some of the original Stormtrooper armor for A New Hope. United Kingdom courts have ruled in favor of Lucas on the issue of liabliity (whether the UK company did violate Lucas’ copyrights), but they refused to enforce Lucas’ 20 million dollar judgement which was obtained previously in American courts. The damages still have to be set by UK courts. Check out the full story on Yahoo here.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
July 31, 2008 | 8:27 PM CST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com

Just Arrived:
ARTFX TIE FIGHTER PILOT STATUE
This TIE Fighter Pilot statue stands 11.25″ tall, and shows him in an action pose, all ready to blast whatever rebel is in front of him. This sculpt draws attention to the detail in the costume, from the respirator machine on his chest to the massive space helmet. This snap-fit model kit also comes with a Mouse Droid piece, so the Pilot can have something to talk to, or for target practice.

Preorders:

GENERAL GRIEVOUS 1:1 SCALE BUST
This gigantic life-sized bust of General Grievous stands 23″ tall, and is hand-crafted and hand-painted. Set to ship this holiday season, this piece would make a great centerpiece of any Star Wars collection — get this great-yet-evil piece ordered today!

NEW VCDS – DARTH MAUL, JAWA (REALISTIC)
Two new VCDs from Medicom’s Star Wars line have been announced. For those who are enjoying the super-deformed style of the VCDs so far comes Darth Maul, complete with his double-bladed lightsaber, while those looking for a more realistic style will want to check out the new Jawa VCD. These are priced at $66.99 and $74.99 respectively.

REAL ACTION HEROES HAN SOLO
Medicom’s newest RAH Star Wars figure is Han Solo, the scruffy pirate from the original trilogy. Clad in his usual black vest and pants with white shirt, Han also comes with his blaster and its harness and holster.

TUSKEN RAIDER PREMIUM FORMAT STATUE
This 1:4 scale rendition of one of the humanoids living in the Jundland Wastes of Tatooine is 24″ tall, and cast in polystone. The ifgure is dressed in a reproduction of the original costume, and hand-painted and numbered. This Tusken Raider is standing with his Gaderffii stick raised in a threatening pose, and will make a great addition to any Star Wars collection when it ships early next year. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 8 R2-D2 (FDOI)
July 31, 2008 | 10:23 AM CST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide gets an update today with the addition of R2-D2 to our new Clone Wars section. R2 gets the animated treatment here and boy is it great! This figure combines some of the best features of previously released R2s along with the inclusion of some new goodies that I hope make their way to future non-animated releases. One of the most welcome features is the fact that the sensorscope can be raised and lowered without the need to ratchet the head around, which I think is rather limiting from a displayability standpoint on realistic style sculpts. The rotating dome feature here retracts the rope that deploys from R2’s back panel. R2 also includes removable rocket boosters and 2 working panels that hide his signature scomplink and manipulator arm. Finally, R2 has a removable middle leg (similar to the VOTC sculpts) and each leg has a set of rolling wheels for added playability.

Overall, this is an outstanding figure and while the translation of the animated character to the 3-3/4″ scale might be a poo-pood by some collectors, those who’ve committed to picking up this line are in for a real treat.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Yakfinities Update
July 30, 2008 | 10:37 PM CST | Justin2

 

The latest Customizing Challenge, PODRACING, will be coming to a close Thursday at midnight Pacific Time.

So if you’re still working on a submission be sure to get it in on time, and you’ll be eligible for the monthly prize by entering it HERE.

 


 

The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
July 30, 2008 | 7:42 PM CST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has updated their New Arrivals section tonight with the addition of a pre-order for The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia . Abundantly illustrated with full-color artwork and photos, and now in a new two-volume edition to accommodate its millennia-spanning wealth of detailed entries, the Star Wars Encyclopedia encompasses the full measure of George Lucas’s extraordinary creation. Thirty years of information on all things Star Wars — ranging from science and technology to history and geography, culture and biography to ecology and cosmology, with comprehensive entries from “abo” and “Abrax” to “Zirtran’s Anchor” and “zwil”–has been supplemented with another entire decade’s worth of all-new material.

And because several of the authors currently share Lucasfilm’s Presidio campus with StarWarsShop, customers purchasing Star Wars Encyclopedia online through SWShop will receive an exclusive signed edition by all six authors!

 


 

Star Wars Moving Closer To Entering The Third Dimension
July 30, 2008 | 6:32 PM CST | Bill

It looks like the long rumored 3D editions of the entire Star Wars Saga– both the Prequel and Original Trilogies– are moving closer to becoming reality. This time the team over at The Private Universe has uncovered an article which quotes Jeff Katzenberg, CEO of Dreamworks, as saying that Lucas likes the product produced with the 3-D process and is on board with it. Check it out here.

 


 

DK Books Updates with The Clone Wars 
July 30, 2008 | 1:26 PM CST | Jayson

UK publisher Dorling Kindersley has added several Clone Wars Books to their extensive site along with previews of the five titles. Be sure to check out the links there as they reveal names to (as of yet unknown) planets and characters to be shown in the Clone Wars Movie and TV Series – spoiler rules apply.

 


 

TV Guide’s Special Clone Wars Double Issue
July 30, 2008 | 1:04 PM CST | Jayson

 


On August 15, Star Wars returns to theaters as it’s never been seen before, in the first-ever animated adventure set in a galaxy far, far away: Star Wars: The Clone Wars from Lucasfilm Animation. TV Guide magazine is celebrating the excitement with four collectible covers and a multi-media CD-ROM which is presented exclusively by Toys “R” Us.

For more details and to see all 4 collectible issues, head to StarWars.com

 


 

Rotta on the Go and More Super Deformed Plush
July 30, 2008 | 12:50 PM CST | Jayson

 

  

Now you can have a Huttlet of your very own as Entertainment Earth has listed a few new items to their Clone Wars Section – The Rotta the Hutt Back Buddy.

There is a new Clone Wars R2-D2 Back Buddy as well, along with other Clone Wars Super Deformed Plush characters like Captain RexObi-Wan Kenobi and a crazy, 80s glam looking Anakin Skywalker

 


 

YakTube – Photo Novel Trailer Three-Treat
July 30, 2008 | 9:47 AM CST | Niktom

 

Our Photo Novelists have been hard at work here lately, check out the fruits of their labor.

Episode 7 – A Dark Facade (extended edition) by Darth Depressis

Greco Antilles and the Temple of the Lost Holocron by Robo-Quack

Star Wars: The Drewton Legacy Trailer by Drewton

You can find Photo Novels by these guys and many others in our forums by using the Photo Novel Index

You can also discuss the trailers in the YakTube thread.

 


 

Hasbro AU and Mousedroid Help Give Aussies Capt. Rex
July 30, 2008 | 8:22 AM CST | Jayson

Hasbro Australia, with the assistance of Mousedroid.com is proud to offer the Australian Collecting community the chance to add the Preview Captain Rex figure to their Star Wars: The Clone Wars Collection. Not only that but Hasbro AU has also been generous enough to add a Free Double-sided Poster to this offer as well. With one side depicting the 2008 Legacy Line of Action figures and the other side featuring Star Wars Titanium Mini-vehicles.” … more details at Mousedroid.com

 


 

New Comic Packs Found
July 29, 2008 | 10:15 PM CST | Justin2

 


According to our friends at Coreplanets.com, the newest wave of Comic Packs has shown up a bit early, at a Target in the Kansas City area.

This wave consists of the following:

– Anakin and Durge
– Ventress and Tol Skorr
– Anakin and Assassin Droid (repack)

 


 

AndrewsToyz Newsfeed
July 29, 2008 | 9:25 PM CST | Bill

This just in from Andrews Toyz:

Clone Wars are in stock and ready to ship at Andrew’s Toyz! There are plenty of exclusives listed!

– Clone Wars Wave 1 – In Stock!
– Clone Wars Wave 2 – Pre-Order!
– Clone Wars Wave 3 – Pre-Order!
– 501st Legion Join-Up Exclusive Figure (w/ no Wal-Mart sticker!) – In Stock!
– Commander Fox Exclusive Figure (w/ no Target sticker!) – In Stock!
– Holographic General Grievous Exclusive Figure – In Stock!
– Captain Rex Mail-Away Exclusive Figure – In Stock

The Comic-Con exclusive Senate Security Trooper, Disturbance in the Force Set, and Commander Gree will be arriving in the next week.

Legacy Collection Waves 1 thru 4 are available for order as well!

 


 

The Creator and Director Talk Clone Wars
July 29, 2008 | 8:34 PM CST | Bill

George Lucas and the director of the upcoming Clone Wars series, Dave Filoni gave an interview on the Clone Wars to ENI– Entertainment News International– Check it out here.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 1 Anakin Skywalker
July 29, 2008 | 12:51 PM CST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide gets an update today with the addition of Anakin Skywalker, the first figure added to our new Clone Wars section. The Clone Wars continue and so has the debate on the aesthetics of the figures in the Clone Wars line of figures. Some people love them, others… not so much. What we do have here is a faithful representation of the source material, with the slim lines and angular features. The Anakin figure includes a fair amount of articulation above the waist with ball-joint elbows, neck and shoulders and a swivel waist and forearms. But once you drop below the belt, the body becomes very limited with only hip articulation.

As for accessories, he includes his proper lightsaber along with a “firing force-blast” launcher which is thankfully an optional attachment. He also include a zipline rope with handles on either end – a “Jedi Jump Rope” of sorts, its exact use probably to be made clear in the upcoming movie/series.

Overall it’s a decent figure from a sculpt, detail and accessory standpoint, but it does take a hit in the articulation department. I think it should be mandatory that any/all force users have all points of articulation for optimal play value because anything less would be uncivilized.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Packaging Change on The Legacy Collection
July 29, 2008 | 8:59 AM CST | Jayson

 


The folks at Galactic Hunter have posted high-res images of Legacy Waves 3 & 4 which were previewed over the weekend at Comic-Con. What is interesting is that the card backer appears to be transitioning to a sightly different style by adding a bit more color in the form of blue lens on the stormtrooper artwork. Will there be variants of figures on both card backs? Too early to tell, but we’ll surely have to keep our lens peeled.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Joker Squad Boxed
July 28, 2008 | 7:30 PM CST | Bill

 


By now you’ve seen the loose images of Entertainment Earth’s upcoming Exclusive Joker Squad. Now you can see a gallery of images both loose and boxed on EE’s site here.

 


 

Wanna Watch 4 Minutes of The Clone Wars?
July 28, 2008 | 5:40 PM CST | Jayson

If so head to Yahoo Movies to watch a 3:49 minute battle sequence. Looking good so far…

 


 

ComicCon 08 Pt 3: Star Wars Day and Midnight Madness
July 28, 2008 | 12:06 PM CST | Jayson

 


Still out in San Diego, the Star Wars Action News team brings you up to speed on everything San Diego. The new toys and collectibles from Hasbro, Sideshow, eFX, Gentle Giant, Acme, Museum Replicas, Diamond, and more! With every company using Comic Con International 08 as an opportunity to make you drool over the upcoming releases, we tell you what is and isn’t actually drool-worthy.

But colliding with ComicCon was, of course, Midnight Madness across the globe as the new Clone Wars toys went on sale. We have reports from the UK and the US describing their own Midnight Madness experiences, as well as any Saturday Sadness that may have occurred.

We also have an interview with Karen Traviss talking about writing her new Clone Wars novelization, and she gives us the scoop on new Star Wars books she will be writing in the near future! Plus we have a special interview with the man of your dreams…

All this and more on this week’s super-packed edition of Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show from http://www.swactionnews.com or use the direct links:

You can download this special show here.

 


 

SDCC Exclusives Available at HasbroToyShop
July 28, 2008 | 10:54 AM CST | Jayson

HasbroToyShop has updated today with the addition of Disturbance In The Force and Commander Gree Mighty Muggs. They also have other Con Exclusives from Indy, G.I. Joe and Transformers as well.

Don’t forget to use discount code COMIC2008 for 10% off your order!

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Clone Wars Collectibles Have Arrived
July 27, 2008 | 8:43 PM CST | Jayson

 


The Clone Wars collectibles have arrived at K & C Collectibles this week.

NEW – Clone Wars – Action Figures:
Holographic General Grievous
Commander Fox
Anakin Skywalker #1
Obi-Wan Kenobi #2
Yoda #3
Captain Rex #4
Clone Trooper #5
General Grievous #6
Battle Droid #7
R2-D2 #8

NEW – Legacy Collection – Action Figures):
Han Solo #1
Luke Skywalker #2
Chewbacca #3
Ewok – Leektar & Nippet #4
Ak-Rev #5
Yarna Dal Gargan #6
Bane Malor #7
Darth Vader #8
Obi-Wan with Generals Armor #9
Clone Scuba Trooper #10
SaeSee Tin with Generals Armor #11
Padme Amidala – llum Outfit #12
IG-Series Lancer Droid #13
Mon Calamari Warrior #14
Quarren Soldier #15
Clone Trooper with Quad Cannon #16
Evo Trooper #4
Darth Vader – Battle Damaged #3
Kashyyk Scout Trooper #2
Commander Gree #1

NEW – Battle Packs:
Battle on Mygeeto
Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol
Speeder Bike Recon
Hoth Recon Patrol

NEW – Evolutions Sets::
Rebel Pilot Legacy – Series II
Imperial Pilot Legacy
Padme Amidala Legacy
Rebel Pilot Legacy

NEW – Vehicles:
Homing Spider Droid
V-19 Torrent Starfighter

 


 

Acme Archives: Star Destroyer Specplate
July 27, 2008 | 6:28 PM CST | Jayson

 


Our friends at Galactic Binder has sent word that Acme Archives revealed an Imperial Star Destroyer Specplate this weekend at SDCC. Look for more details on this highly-detailed piece to be announced soon.

 


 

Last of the Pre-Orders…
July 27, 2008 | 12:16 PM CST | Mark

Over at Sideshow they have the new preorders up…

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RAH Figures…

New VCD’s…

Jawa Star Wars Vinyl Collectible

 


 

Portugal’s Midnight Madness
July 27, 2008 | 9:57 AM CST | Bill

This just in from Darth En Ghedi:

Dear Friends,

We would like to present to you our report on Toys’R’Us Midnight Madness where Undercity and 501st Legion: Lusitanian Outpost participated in the launch of “The Clone Wars” collection. The lauch in Portugal happened at 19:00 (GMT Time) so we were among the first throughout the world to get our hands on the new stuff! Check it out here.

We would also like to tell you that Portugal has also been the first in the world to receive the new Wizard’s Miniatures “Knights of the Old Republic” Series. We remind you they’re to be launched only in August 19th. Check it out here.

 


 

Star Wars Convention – Niagara Falls
July 27, 2008 | 9:15 AM CST | Niktom

Another great celebrity opportunity for those in the Niagara Falls area…

“Several actors from the movie Star Wars will invade The Summit in Niagara Falls, New York for the 2008 National Star Wars Convention on August 2nd and 3rd. Appearing at the event: David Prowse who played Darth Vader, Jeremy Bulloch who played Boba Fett and Felix Silla, who played an Ewok in Star Wars – Twiki in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Cousin ITT on the TV Series The Addam’s Family.”

For more information check out The Omega Event and Galactic Productions.

 


 

SWAN Interviews Clone Wars Director Dave Filoni
July 26, 2008 | 5:24 PM CST | Jayson

 


Star Wars Action News Comic-con coverage continues with a special guest. Arnie and Kevin sit down with Dave Filoni, Director of the Clone Wars animated movie and upcoming series. We talk to Dave about what it’s like to go from fan to celebrity, how his Star Wars movie differs from the others, and what kind of Star Wars collection he has. And to make it even better, we are presenting this interview in video! There’s also an audio-only version for those of you who prefer it…but we HIGHLY recommend the video version!

This is by no means the end of our ComicCon and Midnight Madness coverage. Check back later this weekend for an audio wrap-up of the con, the panels, and a couple special interviews, one of which will give you nightmares! And then later we will hae more video coverage of the con ready for you with even more great interviews. So stay tuned to swactionnews.com!

You can download this week’s show here or watch the video version here.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Star Wars Update
July 26, 2008 | 9:24 AM CST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com

We’ve listed every new Clone Wars item that Hasbro has offered to us –
including the awesome new AT-TE and Millenium Falcon vehicles, tons of
figures, titaniums, FX Lightsabers and more. We’ve also listed all the newest from Sideshow and lots more.

Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

July 26 is here!
July 26, 2008 | 5:39 AM CST | Justin2

If you’re even reading this, you must already know that today is the big day…

Good luck on those toy runs folks! And be sure to share your shopping experience in the Yakface Forums!

 


 

Legacy and Clone Wars at StarWarsShop.com: 
July 26, 2008 | 1:31 AM CST | Jayson

StarWarsShop has launched their own Midnight Madness and the SWShop/Comic-Con Exclusive Senate Security Clone Trooper is now in stock and ready for order.

Also available is Legacy Wave 1BLegacy Wave 1C, Clone Wars Wave 1 and Wave 1.5. These case listings include breakdown for figure counts and list which figures are FIRST DAY OF ISSUE.

They also have preorders for Saga Legends, Comic Packs, Evolution Sets, Battle Packs and Comic-Con exclusives and more in the New Arrivals section!

 


 

EE Mystery Set Revealed: Legacy Joker Squad
July 25, 2008 | 3:50 PM CST | Jayson

 


Looks like a lot of you speculators were right as Entertainment Earth as revealed the mystery set to be the Joker Squad from the Dark Horse Legacy Comics. Included in this sweet set are Lord Maleval (Quarren Sith Lord), Sergant Harkas, Anson Trask, Jes Gistang (Female Stormtrooper), Hondo Karr and Vax Potorr

 


 

Friday Pre-Order is Up at Sideshow 
July 25, 2008 | 11:43 AM CST | Jayson

Here are the latest pre-order…

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ComicCon 08 Pt 1: Preview Night
July 25, 2008 | 8:37 AM CST | Jayson

 


Comic Con 2008 has begun and one of the most anticipated things about htis year’s San Diego Comic Con is that it is the official launch of a new Star Wars collectibles company–eFX Collectibles! For those of you who can’t be here at the con, we have interviewed eFX’s Barry Jones and he walks us through all the great items they have on display, such as the 1:1 scale McQuarrie Darth Vader helmet, the Studio Scale Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing, Asoka’s lightsaber from the Clone Wars, and much more! Plus he gives us the rundown on two other licenses eFX is announcing–Battlestar Galactica and Dr. Who!

Also this week, our friends at Sideshow Collectibles have donated a Light of the Jedi art print to give away for those of you not able to come to the convention. Listen for details on how to enter and win!

We’ll be back soon with more ComicCon goodness, so stay tuned to swactionnews.com all this weekend for more from ComicCon International 2008!

You can download this week’s show here.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Clones….
July 25, 2008 | 7:43 AM CST | Mark

So you have been wondering why the online retailers haven’t posted those cases of new figures??? They are under the same guidelines that the stores are under. Nothing until tonight at midnight..

So starting tonight you can order the cases by visiting the site…

New Figures (Clones and Legacy)
Everything Star Wars

 


 

Reminder: Wattographs Autograph Signings
Terry McGovern, Matt Rowan, & Celia Fushielle-Burke!

July 25, 2008 | 12:41 AM CST | Brandon

Just 1 week left to send your personal item from your collection or place an order for Wattographs’ private autograph signings with Terry McGovern (voice of the Stormtroopers), Matt Rowan (Senator Orn Free Taa), and Celia Fushielle-Burke (Jabba’s Dancer, Greeta). All 3 actors are signing official photos, action figures are also available as well as your personal items!

Signing ends July 31st at 11:59:59pm EDT. Be sure to signup for the free newsletter for updates on signings and special offers!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

Yakface/SDCC Coverage: Gallery Updates
July 25, 2008 | 12:27 AM CST | Jayson

 


The 2008 San Diego Comic-Con updates continue still here in the early morning with a few more shots added to the Hasbro Gallery. Plus, we’ve added image galleries for LegoKotobukiyaeFX CollectiblesDiamond Select and Sideshow Collectibles. We’ve also updated the Miscellaneous Gallery to include many shots from the floor and this section also includes shots of products from Mimobots, Funko, Hallmark, Museum Replicas and more.

 


 

Comic Con Sideshow Pre-Orders
July 24, 2008 | 12:39 PM CST | Mark

Now up for pre-order.. go get em…

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Yakface/SDCC Coverage: Gentle Giant Gallery
July 24, 2008 | 11:42 AM CST | Jayson

 


The 2008 San Diego Comic-Con updates continue with the Gentle Giant Gallery. Here you’ll find shots of several Mini Busts, Classic Bust, Animated Maquette/Statues and Mini Helmet

Look for continuing coverage of SDCC throughout the day from Sideshow, Lego and more. Also, be sure to visit the forums to give your thoughts of this weekend’s revelations.

Huge thanks to our man Bill for providing the on-site coverage.

 


 

Yakface/SDCC Coverage: Hasbro Gallery
July 24, 2008 | 9:04 AM CST | Jayson

 


After burning a couple gallons of the midnight oil, our photographic coverage of the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con is now live! We kick things off with the sprawling Hasbro booth. It goes without saying there is a TON of product to look forward to in the coming months and as Count Dooku said: “This is only the beginning!”

Look for continuing coverage of SDCC throughout the day from Gentle Giant, Sideshow, Lego and more. Also, be sure to visit the forums to give your thoughts of this weekend’s revelations.

Huge thanks to our man Bill for providing the on-site coverage.

 


 

This will be a day long remembered…
July 23, 2008 | 10:31 PM CST | Justin2

 


Our friends over at Rebelscum.com have unveiled a great Comic Con sneak peek – an upcoming Target Exclusive Ultimate Battle Pack from a very famous battle on Tatooine!

Share your thoughts on this pleasant surprise after the jump!

 


 

George Lucas in Carbonite?
July 23, 2008 | 10:30 AM CST | Jayson

 


The folks at gizmodo.com have added an interesting piece to their office. They have only one demand for the release of Mr. Lucas: Carrie Fisher in a metal choker and a bikini!

I wonder if they mean Carrie Fisher from the 80’s ’cause I think she’d be less willing nowdays.

 


 

NEW Products from Sideshow Collectibles
July 23, 2008 | 10:19 AM CST | Jayson

Sideshow Collectibles has added a few Star Wars and Indy goodies to their site and hopefully we’ll get a better look at these this weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con.

ANH Darth Vader and Imperial Stormtrooper 1:6 Scale Figures

Rebel Fleet Trooper 12-inch Figure

Tusken Raider Premium Format Figure

General Grievous Life-Size Bust

Indiana Jones “René Belloq” 12-inch Figure

 


 

The Clone Wars Event At The Saber Vault
July 23, 2008 | 7:24 AM CST | Bill

The Saber Vault is welcoming in the Animated Clone Wars by offering what well be your last chance to get Master Replicas’ Star Wars replicas at below retail and with FREE shipping in the US. They have a few Yoda FX lightsabers, as well as the mini lightsabers for the leading Clone Wars heroes– Obi Wan, Anakin , and Yoda. If you act fast, there are also a few mini helmets and mini blasters left to complete your collection, and even a Boba Fett SE Blaster. Check it all out here.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
July 23, 2008 | 7:21 AM CST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com
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CLONE WARS – JULY 26TH
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Our complete selection of Clone Wars figures, vehicles, and gear will be going live friday night at midnight for the July 26th on-shelf date! We will have a good chunk of Clone Wars items in stock at that point
(including the awesome AT-TE!) and preorders will be available for everything else due to arrive throughout the next few months!

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NEW PREORDERS:
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ULTIMATE QUARTER SCALE DARTH MAUL FIGURE
The first figure in Diamond’s new line of quarter scale Star Wars characters, this 19″ Darth Maul figure has a multi-layered cloth costume and has 25 points of articulation to be posed in any style you’d like.
With voice and sound effects topping the package off, these are sure to be a great seller. Put your pre-order in today, at only $64.99!

THE CLONE WARS JEDI ARTFX+ FIGURE SET WITH BUILD-A-FIGURE YODA
This new set of Kotobukiya ArtFX+ figures includes Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano. Each kit comes with part of the Yoda BAF, so with the set you get all four figures without having to worry about collecting pieces. This set should ship this holiday season, so get a leg up on the new Clone Wars story and pre-order yours today!

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STAR WARS KUBRICKS SERIES 9
We’ve also received our shipment of the Series 9 Star Wars Kubricks. We’ve got these available in boxes of 12 or cases of 48, and the chase figure (or figures) is (are) to be includes in the Case. This assortment includes clone troopers, Jango Fett, Qui-Gon Jinn, Count Dooku, Yoda and Anakin Skywalker, so grab yours while they last!

Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Episode 152: Cons Near and Far Far East
July 22, 2008 | 5:59 PM CST | Jayson

 


What an exhausting time for Star Wars fans and Collectors. Never one to let us sleep, Lucasfilm has Star Wars Celebration: Japan the weekend before San Diego Comic Con. Celebration Japan is likely the biggest Star Wars party in the world for 2008 and Star Wars Action News’ Larry is there to cover it. Mark Hammil signing, exclusive items, and new items being shown for the first time. It’s a tremendous time to be a Star Wars fan in Japan, whether you live there or are just visiting.

Then we have San Diego Comic Con which Steve Sansweet promised would be a spectacular party for Star Wars fans. Marjorie, Arnie, and several other Star Wars Action News staff are going to be covering the event in great detail over the next week, starting with our exclusive Premiere Night coverage coming to you right as the doors open 7 p.m. PST. But this week we run down what is coming up at SDCC–the exclusives, the panels, and all the excitement that is to be had.

With a couple international voice mails and a review of the first Coruscant Nights novel, listen to this episode of Star Wars Action News–possibly on your way to San Diego!

And if you are going to this year’s San Diego Comic Con we’ll not only have a Star Wars Action News dinner but also a line party at Mission Bay! Dinner will be at 8 p.m. at Tio Leo, a Mexican restaurant. There are several in the area, we will be going to the one at 5302 Nappa Street in San Diego (it’s near Mission Bay, so close to the TRU). Then between 10 and 10:30 we will head to the Toys R Us at Mission Bay to join the line and have some fun and trivia! There’s a chance that you may be able to carpool with someone from the con to dinner or dinner to TRU, but car capacity may be limited. If interested, RSVPs are requested but not required at our forum post.

Talk to you Wednesday…from San Diego!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 4 Leektar and Nippet (FDOI)
July 21, 2008 | 7:30 AM CST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide gets and update today with the addition of Leektar and Nippet, the first figure(s) added to our new Legacy/Clone Wars section and this figure happens to be a FDOI (1st Day of Issue) as well. I was lucky enough to con this figure out of my local Walmart before the retail police got to it. This Ewok figure set is right on par with previous Ewok releases from a quality of articulation and accessory standpoint. Leektar has ball-jointed shoulders and ankles, a swivel waist and neck and several accessories like a primitive club (perfect for whacking a meal or an Imperial), a knife with working holster and removable headdress. But that’s not all, for a long time, Ewok fans have wanted a wokling in plastic form and we finally get one. Nippet the Wokling has no articulation, but can be removed from its basket accessory for “added play value”. Also, the TLC line continues the Bulid-A-Droid concept that the Droid Factory sets started, and here we get the body of the astromech R4-D6.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth picking up this weekend.

 


 

Toys”R”Us Galactic Star Wars Sweepstakes!
July 19, 2008 | 10:40 PM CST | Jayson

The Ultimate Star Wars Sweepstakes has launched at Toys”R”Us. The 4 Grand Prizes include Life-Size Figures re-created directly from Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars characters – Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka and Captain Rex. These figures are hand crafted and dynamically posed with illuminated Lightsabers! Head over for all the details

 


 

The Drewton Legacy Continues…
July 19, 2008 | 9:46 PM CST | Justin2

 

 

Yakface forum member Drewton picks back up on his visually stunning photonovel series with the second installment in his saga. Head on over to the forums for a closer look!

 


 

FOX Unleashes More on Highly Anticipated Game
July 19, 2008 | 8:29 PM CST | Justin2

 


As gamers and fans everywhere count down the days until the highly anticipated game, Star Wars: The Force UnleashedFoxnews.com reveals a bit more about this multi-media event.

See what LucasArts project lead Haden Blackman has said recently about the game and the bridge it will gap between the prequel and OT era after the jump!

 


 

San Diego Comicon Coverage Coming Soon
July 19, 2008 | 5:24 PM CST | Bill

Once again we’ll be at Comicon in San Diego to bring you that latest 411 on Star Wars Collectibles. Be sure to check back next week starting with Wednesday’s preview night.

 


 

Sponsor News: Andrew’s Toyz New Website
July 19, 2008 | 7:33 AM CST | Jayson

 


Yakface Sponsor Andrew’s Toyz has revamped their website which sports a new look and interface with new features.

This just in from our friends there:

I am very excited about the launch of our new logo and website, and would like to offer all of you $10 off your next purchase at Andrew’s Toyz. During checkout, please enter coupon code NEWSITE and you will receive $10 off your purchase of $75 or more of in stock merchandise. This offer is only valid towards new in stock purchases. Pre-Order items are excluded from this offer. This offer will expire on July 28, 2008. 

They already have a number of Clone Wars items up for order, including some of the retailer exclusive figures! Check it out here.

 


 

ROTS Midnight Showing Record Falls
July 19, 2008 | 6:52 AM CST | Jayson

As you well know, The Dark Knight opened at 12:01 am yesterday, and as a result, raked in a cool $18.45 million at the box office. That impressive stat allowed the latest Batman film to surpass the previous record held by Revenge of the Sith which totaled $16.9 million on its midnight showing.

 


 

The Force Unleashed On CNN
July 18, 2008 | 7:06 PM CST | Bill

CNN.com has an interesting article on the role of Star Wars fans and the release of The Force Unleashed videogame– as Lucas started saying several years ago… Star Wars is forever. Check it out here.

 


 

Rusty Goffe Appearance Reminder
July 18, 2008 | 3:07 PM CST | Niktom

 

Just a reminder for those in the Niagara Falls area Saturday… Rusty Goffe will be signing from 6 pm to 8 pm at Omega Sports inside The Summit Mall.

Rusty Goffe is a British born actor and entertainer. Goffe has appeared as an Oompa-Loompa in the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), as a Jawa, Gonk Droid & Kabe in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and as a Bank Teller in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. He also appeared in the films Willow, Flash Gordon and Fred Claus. He will also make an appearance in the new Harry Potter film: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – set for release in November 2008

If you get a chance, swing by and meet Rusty. While there tell Zach from Galactic ProductionsNiktom says “howdy’!

 


 

The Clone Wars: The VIsual Guide
July 18, 2008 | 5:28 AM CST | Jayson

 

 

The Official Site updates today with the announcement of a new reference guide entitled: The Clone Wars: The VIsual Guide. Written by Jason Fry, DK books is set to visually explore the rich universe of the animated Clone Wars adventures. Mining the feature film and the television series, the Guide examines heroes, villains, technology and events with authoritative text, crystal clear illustrations, and detailed callouts. The Jedi heroes and Separatist villains are showcased, as are pirates and bounty hunters, creatures, aliens and exotic worlds.

The book hits shelves, like most things Clone Wars related, on July 26 and a special limited edition version will also be available through StarWarsShop.com, with bonus content: a card pocket on the inside cover that includes special reproductions of the distinctive Republic gunship nose art. Also inside this edition is a six-page gatefold with details on the various lightsabers seen in The Clone Wars.

 


 

New Legacy Poster at POTF2.com
July 17, 2008 | 9:10 PM CST | Jayson

 


The crew at POTF2.com has revealed a sweet Legacy poster that shows the figures for 2008 including the yet to be revealed third and fourth waves. It’s a safe bet that these will be handed out at SDCC next week. Head over to POTF2.com for a closer look.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – jedistyle
July 16, 2008 | 8:04 PM CST | Justin2

 


Forum staffer jedistyle has been updating with a plethora of new customs lately, including an awesome trio of fan fiction Jedi. Check out his latest work after the jump!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
July 16, 2008 | 7:39 PM CST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com Its time for savings on some older inventory, and instead of the customary 15% off sale, we decided to bump it up to 18% off. From now until 12:00 noon on Friday July 18th, everthing except ‘New’ and ‘Backorder / Preorder’ items will be marked down 18%. This includes thousands of normal items as well as even more from the vintage department. We’ve removed the ‘New’ designation on a couple hundred more items so be sure to browse through your favorite menus for a great deal. We’ve just received in stock the Wicket VCD and ArtFX 4-LOM, as well as adding preorders for Star Wars water toys, starship kits, and the Diamond Exclusive Crimson Empire Crucible boxed Set. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Where Science Meets Imagination Breaks Record in MN
July 16, 2008 | 3:44 PM CST | Jayson

 


The Star Wars Exhibit “Where Science Meets Imagination” is currently showing at the Sciencce Museum of Minnesota and attendance has shattered records. More than 100,000 people had visited the exhibit exhibit as of Monday, marking it the fastest the St. Paul museum has reached that attendance milestone.

“Star Wars” opened June 13 and is poised to attract 250,000 guests by the time it closes on Aug. 24.

 


 

Hasbro/Star Wars Site Relaunch
July 16, 2008 | 1:22 PM CST | Jayson

Hasbro.com has relaunched their Star Wars section chock full of news you can use, most notably adding the Official Clone Wars Handbook and Fall 2008 checklist! Also look for news and confirmations involving the various retailer exclusives.

All this and more and the new Hasbro.com

 


 

Legacy Wave 4 “ROTS” Details
July 15, 2008 | 8:42 PM CST | Jayson

Yak Forum Member Rune Haako has come through today finding some source code for the yet to be “officially” revealed fourth wave in the Legacy line. Here are the character descriptions scrubbed from the source pages:

Commander Faie 
Faie has received specialized training from ARC trooper Alpha, equipping him with the necessary skills to lead an elite battalion during the Clone Wars. He is part of task forces sent to Saleucami and Kashyyyk under the command of Jedi General Quinlan Vos.

General Grievous 
A cyborg composed of melded metal and flesh, Grievous is one of the most chillingly effective military leaders in the Separatist’s army. He is a powerful and frightening presence in battle, exhibiting strategic ingenuity and flawless cunning. 

Bail Organa 
A member of the Galactic Senate, Organa is also First Chairman and Viceroy of Alderaan. When Anakin falls to the dark side and Padmé dies in childbirth, Bail and his wife Breha adopt one of the twins, Leia, to raise as their own daughter. 

Breha Organa 
Queen Breha Organa is Alderaan’s Minister of Education and the wife of Senator Bail Organa. Having longed for a child of her own for many years, Breha eagerly accepts one of Padmé’s motherless twins and adopts her as the daughter she always dreamed of having.

FX-6
FX-6 is one of the medical droids that assist in the reconstruction of Darth Vader after the Sith Lord’s devastating duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar. The droid has multiple arms equipped with a variety of medical and diagnostic tools.

Clone Trooper 327th Star Corps
The clone troopers in the 327th Star Corps are led by Clone Commander Bly and serve with Jedi General Aayla Secura on several planets in the Outer Rim Territories. This elite corps is distinguished by the yellow markings on their armor.

Stass Allie
A skilled warrior, political advisor and healer, Stass Allie serves on the Jedi Council after her cousin and former master, Adi Gallia, is killed by General Grievous. She is leading a mop-up operation on the planet of Saleucami when Order 66 is issued.

Thanks Rune! We’re sure to see the ROTS themed wave in a couple weeks at SDCC, but until then,head to our forums to weigh in with your thoughts.

 


 

NASA Honors The Clone Wars
July 15, 2008 | 8:10 PM CST | Bill

Begun the Clone Wars Exhibit has NASA’s Houston Space Center. Started 4 July 2008, it did. Runs the summer it does.

While you probably wouldn’t expect it, from the pictures that Yodas News has posted it looks like a very nice exhibit. Check it out here.

 


 

New at Toys”R”Us – Star Wars Kotobukiya
July 15, 2008 | 5:07 PM CST | Jayson

 


Toys”R”Us is now officially selling Kotobukiya figures online! Head over to see what they have in stock!

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: New Arrivals
July 15, 2008 | 1:05 PM CST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has added a few new items today in their new arrivals section: The recently revealed Crimson Empire Figure Set, the 
Admiral Ackbar & Shadow Trooper Mighty Muggs 2-Pack
 and the 
Rebel Insignia TIE Fighter.
 All items are available for pre-order now and ship this fall.

 


 

Episode 151: The Hunt for the Great White Cards
July 15, 2008 | 8:03 AM CST | Jayson

 


This week’s episode of Star Wars Action News is like Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick. Only instead of Ahab it’s Arnie. And instead of being really really long it’s only about an hour. And instead of a great white whale it’s an even bigger treasure: white carded figures that have slipped out before release date. Marjorie and Arnie take you on a tour of stores trying to find employees who blithely disregard street dates in the name of efficiency. And we play voicemails from at least one listener who DID capture his great white toy. Where did he get it, and how did he get out without the dreaded sign of “Sale Not Allowed”? Listen to find out!

Also this week, we have a hands-on review of the very high-end collectible Yoshitoku Vader, initially offered up for order at Celebration Japan. This is an item few will own, but listen to our podcast to find out what makes this such an incredible piece.

With Scott from Tulsa and Nathan from the EU, its another great episode of Star Wars Action News as we ramp up for ComicCon!

And if you’re going to San Diego Comic Con don’t forget, Friday, July 25th at 8 p.m. will be the Star Wars Action News dinner, and starting between 10 and 10:30 we’ll be joining the line at the Mission Bay Toys R Us for the line party! RSVPs for the dinner aren’t required, but they are requested so we can tell the restaurant how many people we expect. You can e-mail us at show@reviewstarwars.comto let us know you’re coming, or PM arniec in the Star Wars Action News forums. Stay tuned to swactionnews.com for location information.

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

 


 

Back Off Droids!
July 14, 2008 | 11:33 PM CST | Justin2

 

While it may not be easy to get stores to sell the July 26 items before their street date, more and more reports are coming in of lucky collectors scoring a few items a bit early, such as the AT-TE.

Head on over to the forums for a closer look!

 


 

YakTube – Jedi Gym
July 14, 2008 | 11:25 PM CST | Niktom

 

“…but sometimes, life is about what comes after the joke.”

Jedi Gym by VanRoble

Discuss in the forums.

 


 

Who Wins Those Contests Anyway?
July 14, 2008 | 8:44 PM CST | Bill

 


Well, we can tell you who Target’s “WOW or Never” Contest last year– our friend Adam May over atGalactic Hunter. In addition to a tour of Lucasfilm he is set to have his image immortalized in plastic on an action figure (hence his question in GH’s last round of questions to Hasbro). Checkout his trip here.

 


 

Star Wars Meets Mortal Kombat?
July 14, 2008 | 1:58 PM CST | Jayson

 


BBTS has updated their “Latest Preorders” section with the addtion of a new exclusive figure set titled Crimson Empire Crucible. It includes The Emperor, Vader and 4 Ninja-esque looking trainees from the Crimson Empire comic series. Head over and check it out for all the details, then weigh in with your thoughts on this unique Previews Exclusive in our forums

 


 

Begun the Clone Promotions Have
July 14, 2008 | 12:57 PM CST | Niktom

 


Time to start checking those grocery aisles for promotions again! It would seem we may be in for another busy year with the Release of Clone Wars only a month and one day away.

Check out a full size picture here and let us know what you think about those “gotta have’em” food promotions.

Found one at your local grocer? Let us see them!

 


 

AT-TE… Found and Purchased!
July 13, 2008 | 7:58 PM CST | Justin2

 

While we’ve had reports of Wal-Marts sticking to the street date of July 26 for the new Clone Wars and Legacy items, Yakface reader Gary just sent us an image of his impressive score at his local Wal-Mart!

After realizing the street date, his local store pulled the display off their sales floor, but not before he was able to pick up this most impressive Republic war machine.

 


 

More Legacy Leaks
July 13, 2008 | 6:16 PM CST | Jayson

Yak Reader Chad writes in with his latest Legacy finding:

Alert!!! I was at the Wal-Mart in Hartselle, Alabama this morning and stumbled over a case of the Legacy wave 2. I had the Quad cannon trooper and the Scuba Trooper in my hands. As usual, the street date police was at the register and the figures scanned as “no sale allowed”. So, it looks like I will be waiting ’til the 26th to get my stuff. Keep your eyes open for these. They are showing up earlier then expected.

Thanks for the report Chad. Despite the moratorium on selling or placing these new items on the floor before 7/26, Wal-Mart seems to be lead retailer disgarding the street date for them.

UPDATE – Staff member CHEWIE experienced a similar situation at a St. Louis area Wal-Mart today regarding the mid-sized vehicles and the BMF.

 


 

There Is Another..
July 13, 2008 | 6:14 PM CST | Bill

Hallmark Ornament– It’s a limited edition, like the Tusken Raider last year– this time around it’s the Emperor’s Royal Guard figure. NOTE: It’s not in the “dreambooks” so you may have to ask for it. Thanks to Yak Reader Rick for the information.

 


 

Photo Novel Index Update
July 13, 2008 | 6:11 PM CST | Niktom

Our Photo Novel Index in the forums has now been updated with with nearly 80 additions along with existing links being reconnected. You will find it indexed by Title and Author for ease of use along with a section for Photo Novel Discussions.

We ask that all Photo Novelists please take some time to review their titles and links for any mistakes. Instructions for reporting errors, omissions and/or duplicates are in the thread.

Check it out and enjoy!

Photo Novel Index

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Celebrating 13 Years in Business
Get 13% Off

July 13, 2008 | 2:37 PM CST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles celebrated its 13th year in business on July 1st, 2008. To commemorate this milestone, we are offering customers 13% discount on all in-stock merchandise. The discount code must be keyed into the order form to receive the discount. The discount code is 13years and expires on July 19th, 2008. This offer is only good on in-stock items and is not valid on pre-order items.

IN STOCK – Legends – Last Wave of 2008:
Shadow Stormtrooper
Utapau Shadow Trooper
Commander Neyo
Covert Ops Clone Trooper
Zev Senesca

IN STOCK – Star Wars Miniatures (Wizard of the Coast):
Legacy of the Force
Force Unleashed
Rebels and Imperials
Bounty Hunters
Starship Battles
Champions of the Force
Universe
Revenge of the Sith

IN STOCK – Force Unleashed – Last Wave of 2008:
Imperial EVO Trooper #09
Imperial Jumptrooper #10
Maris Brood #11
Battle-Damaged Darth Vader #12
Rahm Kota #13
Emperor’s Shadow Guard #14
Juno Eclipse #15

IN STOCK – Evolutions Sets:
Vader’s Secret Apprentice
Fett Legacy
Jedi Legacy
The Sith
Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader

IN STOCK – Gentle Giant:
Chewbacca Mynock Hunt Collectible Bust
Senate Guard (Blue) Mini-Bust
Senate Guard (Red) Mini-Bust
Princess Leia Mini Collectible Bust
Luke and Han Bust-up – 2 pack

PRE-ORDER – July 27th, 2008
Admiral Ackbar and Shadow Stormtrooper Mighty Muggs Exclusive
Ecliptic Evader Droid TIE Fighter – Exclusive
Pocketmodel TCG: Force Unleashed Tin
Clone Wars Sticker Fun Packs – Box
Star Wars Insider Special #104 – Newsstand Edition
Star Wars Insider Special #104 – Previews Edition

 


 

Hallmark Ornament Premier TODAY
July 12, 2008 | 9:13 PM CST | Bill

Hallmark has kicked off their 2008 Christmas Ornament line with their premier starting today. This year it looks like most of the Star Wars ornaments are available starting with the premier’s opening– this year Hallmark’s bringing the Imperial Shuttle to your tree, as well as Emperor Palpatine (ROTJ) on his throne, and Luke and Vader’s final Jedi duel on the Death Star 2. In October, they’ll also have a set with a miniature Death Star 2 and imperial class star destroyer.

 


 

Auctions Ending Soon!
July 12, 2008 | 11:29 AM CST | Brandon

 

Hello Yakface.com Fans! Just a reminder that our first wave of Anniversary Auctions ends this Sunday! Hurry up and get into the forums to bid on some amazing auctions using your YAK POINTS! Currently up for bid are:


A Republic Commando Delta Squad Pack


Tim Dry Autograph


Jeremy Bulloch Autograph

And an exclusive Elan Sleazebaggano 8×10 signed by Matt Doranboxed donated from Wattographs.com!

To bid on these auctions jump over to jump over to the Official 2nd Anniversary Auctions Section!!

 


 

Clone Wars TV Episode Screening
July 12, 2008 | 6:07 AM CST | Jayson

 


Ain’t It Cool News is reporting that an episode of the Clone Wars TV series has been screened for select viewers. Take the links if you wish to read what their impressions were. Spoiler warnings apply.

 


 

Yakfinities Rolls On
July 11, 2008 | 10:49 PM CST | Justin2

 

There’s just a couple weeks left in the current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge, so be sure to wrap up those entries by the end of July with your own submission for PODRACING.

For the August Customizing Challenge, CATEGORY VOTING HAS BEGUN.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: #53rd Edition
July 11, 2008 | 6:54 PM CST | Jayson

 


The QnA is back this week after the Fourth of July holiday break with the answers to 3 more questions sent in back on June 27. Topics this week cover, just what can we expect in the aisle on 7/26 (look for the complete checklist next week), penalties for leaked merchandise and what’s the story on the new Republic Gunship? Head to our forum to find out, then be sure to submit your own questions for consideration as well.

 


 

Would It Help If I Got Out and Swam?
July 11, 2008 | 4:31 PM CST | Jayson

 


Big Bad Toy Store updated today with a several pool accessories one of which being a sweet 12′ x 14′ inflatable Millennium Falcon Play Set that includes hose hookup for water blaster as well as two built-in slippery slides. I’m looking forward to the floating R2-D2 Drink Station!

Head over to view and preorder all the fun summer gear!

 


 

Star Wars Bedding is Back!
July 11, 2008 | 3:28 PM CST | Jayson

 


StarWars.com reports that Pottery Barn Kids is bringing your favorite bedding back – and making Star Wars bedding better than ever. Best of all, it comes in every size from Twin to Queen! Sleep like a kid again when vintage-style Star Wars bedding hits Potterybarnkids.com on July 24 and in stores on July 25.

 


 

TFU Stormtrooper Commander with Pre-Order
July 11, 2008 | 12:25 PM CST | Jayson

The crew down under at MouseDroid have come across info that in Australia, EBGames and JB Hi-Fi will be offering the TFU Stormtrooper Commander with pre-orders on the game (while supplies last).

No word yet if this promotion will be the same for us in here in the U.S. but most signs point to yes.

 


 

Wattographs Autograph Signings:
Matt Rowan, Terry McGovern, & Celia Fushille-Burke!

July 10, 2008 | 11:04 PM CST | Brandon

Wattographs is proud to announce 3 NEW private autograph signings in July with an Original and Prequel actor, Terry McGovern, Celia Fushille-Burke and Matt Rowan!

Mr. McGovern played the voice of the Stormtroopers in “A New Hope.” He has worked with George Lucas on many projects which include roles in THX 1138 and American Graffiti as Bill Wolfe. His other film roles include Mrs. Doubtfire and Nine Months among dozens of television appearances. His work with Lucasfilm continues as the voice of rebel pilots, pod racers, and various characters for LucasArts and other video game productions. Mr. McGovern will be signing fans’ personal items and official photos.

Matt Rowan played twi’lek Senator Orn Free Taa in “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith.” Matt worked on some film and extra work when Star Wars came his way. His biggest scenes came in the Senate scenes of Episode II, but were lost to the cutting room. While filming Episode III, he began a career in law enforcement where he still works today. Mr. Rowan will be signing fans’ personal items and official photographs.

Celia Fushille-Burke played Rodian dancer Greeta in “Return of the Jedi.” The exciting dancer trained at the San Francisco Ballet School as a company apprentice. In 1996 she was recruited by Lucasfilm to appear in a trio of Jabba the Hutt’s palace dancers in the following year’s “Special Edition” release. She is now serving as Artistic Director of the Sumin Ballet in San Francisco. She will be signing fans’ personal items and official photographs!

Signing ends July 31st at 11:59:59pm EDT. Be sure to signup for the free newsletter for updates on signings and special offers!

www.Wattographs.com!

 


 

Rusty Goffe- Autograph Signing
July 10, 2008 | 9:16 PM CST | Niktom

 


Our friends at Galactic Productions wanted us to pass along that Rusty Goffe will be signing Saturday July 19 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Omega Sports inside The Summit Mall in Niagara Falls, NY.

Rusty Goffe is a British born actor and entertainer. Goffe has appeared as an Oompa-Loompa in the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), as a Jawa, Gonk Droid & Kabe in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and as a Bank Teller in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. He also appeared in the films Willow, Flash Gordon and Fred Claus. He will also make an appearance in the new Harry Potter film: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – set for release in November 2008

 


 

Ki-Adi-Mundi is up for Pre-order!
July 10, 2008 | 9:15 PM CST | Jayson

Sideshow Collectibles has placed the newest character in the Order of the Jedi Series up for pre-order. This item is a Sideshow Domestic Web Exclusive and is available only from Sideshow Collectibles.

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More books to come …
July 10, 2008 | 1:07 PM CST | Holocron_Master_Nick

Well if you’ve finished the Legacy of the Force series than you probably already know that a book titled Millennium Falcon will continue after the events of Invincible with the Solos and their “new kid” on a grand adventure. I’m guessing this will be a bit more lighthearted and adventerous. Look for it Oct. 21 ’08, by James Luceno. Also this month is the release of Clone Wars by Karen Traviss, which I believe is different than her Republic Commando.

You can see the info here. Plus be on the lookout in August for a DK release of the Ultimate Blueprint book for Star Wars vehicles and such. That should be out Aug. 04 ’08 and be about $19.99. You can find info on the same link as above just do a search for the title.

Now I know everyone is going Clone Wars nuts and I too have been affected by the early put out of toys by a nameless “Ahem Cough Wal-Cough, ACk Mart, hack hack” retailer and they will be fined for it because both me and a buddy were very much upset and wasted gas, money and time. Half these places don’t know what the heck they are doing or can’t read a box, but I feel if it’s out there than it’s free game. Well see you all on Saturday night outside some TRU and look for my review of theJedi Twilight book soon, it’s starting off a bit slow, but I’m hanging in there. I’m sure it’ll pick-up! Bye and remember same Yakface website, same Yakface time …

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
July 10, 2008 | 6:53 AM CST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com We’ve got lots of great new pre-orders and new items arriving daily including Indiana Jones, Batman, Transformers and more. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

More Clone Wars Leaks…
July 9, 2008 | 9:27 PM CST | Justin2

 


As reports are coming in that some readers are finding Legacy and Clone Wars toys at retail, don’t be surprised if you do come across them but are turned down for a sale at the register due to the street date of July 26.

With a bit of luck, I was able to score a Homing Spider Droid today, and we’ve got a few close up pics of it loose… did you know that the top opens up and a figure can sit inside?

Head on over to the forums for a closer look!

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: Bargain Bay Update
July 9, 2008 | 7:29 PM CST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has stocked the virtual shelves of their Bargain Bay with tons of merchandise from the TAC line all the way back to those good ol’ orange card days. Also look for past retailer exclusives like the most recent ARC-170 from Target and last year’s Order 66 sets to Multipacks like the Mandalorian and Imperial Briefing Room sets.

Head over to the Bargain Bay to see if anything tickles your fancy.

 


 

The Clone Wars Soundtrack Coming Aug 12
July 9, 2008 | 2:35 PM CST | Jayson

 


The official site updates today with the announcement of The Clone Wars soundtrack CD featuring the movie’s dynamic score. Composer Kevin Kiner has created a unique musical experience for Clone Wars which builds upon the classic themes created by John Williams. The CD will include 32 tracks for a run-time of 67 minutes, 39 seconds. The soundtrack insert folds out into a Clone Wars poster. The CD is scheduled for release on August 12 from Sony Classical.

 


 

WM Droid Factory Exclusives Hitting Clearance?
July 9, 2008 | 11:45 AM CST | Jayson

 


The deep discounts continue and as fast as they hit retail they’ve already hit the clearance bin. Yakface Staffer Niktom has come across piles of Walmart Droid Factory sets on clearance for 50% off.

Great find my friend!

 


 

SDCC/Gentle Giant Premier Guild Member Info
July 9, 2008 | 11:04 AM CST | Jayson

E-mail Blasts from Gentle Giant have hit inboxes with details regarding their offering for Premier Guild Members at the San Diego Comic-Con. Here are the Star Wars/Indy related details:

Mark your calendars for the upcoming San Diego Comic Con to be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, beginning on Wednesday, July 23rd and continuing through Sunday, July 27th. Come out and visit Gentle Giant Ltd at booth 3513!

Convention Exclusives Pre-Orders for Pick Up
The following convention exclusives will be available to our Premier Guild Members to pre-order for pick up beginning tomorrow, July 9th. Pre-orders for the general public will begin on Friday, July 11th. Links will be provided via email and on the blog tomorrow.

Pre-orders are limited to one per customer. Any duplicate orders will be cancelled.

Anakin Skywalker Mini Bust $55 each
Anakin Skywalker slowly turns to the dark side. As seen in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Anakin gives into his anger and savagely ends Count Dooku’s life at Palpatine’s command. Debuting at 2008 San Diego Comic Con; this highly detailed mini bust measures approximately 6.5 inches tall and captures the evil that seethes below the surface as Anakin readies himself to strike the deadly blow!

Scout Trooper on Speeder Bike Kustomz (Camo Variant) $70 each
In keeping with the ‘car culture’ style of Gentle Giant’s Star Wars Kustomz line; we bring the collectors a nostalgic variation of the Scout Trooper on Speeder Bike. This Scout trooper is wearing khaki-green gloves and sporting a Kustomz camouflage speeder bike accented with a classic shark ‘Fighter Plane Nose Art’ as he proudly waves a yellow flag with the peace symbol.

Indiana Jones Crate Artifact Paperweight (3 collections) $35 each
Each crate features a detachable magnetic whip and fedora, a removable crate lid and rubber snakes.
Collections are randomly packed; therefore we cannot guarantee the contents of each crate ordered. Every crate contains a specific one of three artifact collections. Collection 1 includes the Golden Idol and Well of Souls hieroglyphics Tablet. Collection 2 includes the Sankara Stones and Holy Grail Cup. Collection 3 includes the Crystal Skull.

Sales of products will begin 1 hour after the show opens to the general public daily, except Wednesday, July 24th (see below.) Exhibitors will only be allowed to purchase on Sunday, July 27th.

Wednesday, July 23rd – Sales begin at 6:00 pm
Thursday, July 24th – Sales begin at 10:30 am
Friday, July 25th – Sales begin at 10:30 am
Saturday, July 26th – Sales begin at 10:30 am
Sunday, July 27th – Sales begin at 10:30 am

If you are a Premier Guild Member, we will have the Comic Con Exclusives available for purchase on our website approximately 1-2 weeks after the convention ends. More information will be sent out regarding the details of this offer.

 


 

EW.com Exclusive Trailer for The Force Unleashed
July 9, 2008 | 8:49 AM CST | Jayson

Entertainment Weekly’s EW.com has an exclusive first look at the trailer for the upcoming game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed which will be shipping in the United States on September 16, 2008. The launch trailer will delve more deeply into its storyline, and contains never-before-seen scenes from the game.

Head over for a peek.

 


 

Legacy Finds in Cali
July 8, 2008 | 5:54 AM CST | Jayson

Yak Reader Ryan writes in with his early Legacy finds/denials at a couple locations in California, read on for his story.

Just wanted to pass along that at 2 different Walmarts, Redlands, CA and San Bernardino, CA, I’ve found some Legacy figures put out early, but was prevented from buying them. Each time the message to the cashier was “Sale not allowed”. It would appear Walmart is being strict on the 7/26 release date.

By the way, the figures I came across were the new Evolutions sets: Padme, Rebel Pilots and the repackaged Fetts and Sith Legacy at the Redlands, CA store. And at the San Bernardino, CA store- the former Target exclusive Galactic Heroes Cinema scenes of Jabbas’ Palace and the Luke/Biggs X-wing sets !?! I don’t remember reading about those being re-released.

Thanks for the info Ryan!

 


 

Episode 150: eFX-tive
July 8, 2008 | 5:18 AM CST | Jayson

 


Tuesday July 8th marks a new era for Star Wars collectibles as 500 Star Wars fans will be able to purchase the first product from eFX Collectibles-the retouched version of Master Replicas’ Stormtrooper Helmet. The mold is the same, the grill is a little cleaned up, and the base is totally different. Star Wars Action News has a hands on review of this product so you can make your final decision to whip out that credit card.

Plus have you ever wished to have a vintage mint-on-card collection? If you’ve ever looked on eBay or at your local convention for vintage carded figures every so often you are faced with the question-is that a fake? Our vintage expert Kevin takes a look at professionally recarded vintage figures to give you the lowdown on this niche, sometimes mistakenly bought, collectible.

Also this week we have plenty of news, from a review of the Wizard World con, a high-end item over 50% off hidden in the back of Toys R Us, discuss all the old items hanging out on the pegs and the few street-date breaking leaks of new toys. We preview the upcoming BIG BOOK Star Wars Frames, and run down the latest announcements from Sideshow Collectibles. With Steve updating us with his latest UK report, a slew of listener voicemails, and more; it’s on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

And for those of you going to San Diego Comic Con we announce our plans on this episode for our Star Wars Action News dinner 8 p.m. in San Diego, followed by a SWAN line party at the Toys R Us in Mission Bay. Stay tuned for more details about dinner locations and how to RSVP.

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

 


 

Baltimore? Minneapolis? Chicago? Indianapolis? Orlando?
July 7, 2008 | 7:18 PM CST | Bill

It looks like Celebration V’s location maybe… one of 5 cities according to the Baltimore BizJournal. Baltimore is competing with Minneapolis, Chicago, Indianapolis and Orlando, Fla., for the fan gathering to be known as Celebration V, said Steve Sansweet, director of content management and head of fan relations for Lucasfilm. Check out the full story here. Thanks to Yak Reader Blue Harvest for the info!

 


 

Let The Bidding Begin!
July 7, 2008 | 7:04 PM CST | Brandon

 

Just a quick reminder that over the holiday weekend our first wave of Forum Anniversary Auctions was opened for bidding to the forum public. Remember all you need to do is register with our forum and start posting, participating, buy lottery tickets, or go on YAKenger hunts to earn points for the Auctions! Thanks!

For more details jump over to the Official 2nd Anniversary Auctions Section!

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 24 – SEDITION
July 7, 2008 | 6:36 PM CST | Justin2

 

The Rykrof Enloe Chronicles continue as the Republic has all but taken control of the Kobridor system.

As the remnants of the droid forces are rounded up and defeated, a dark presence has returned to the planet, and a Jedi has recently been slain…

Check out the latest chapter in its entirety after THE JUMP! 

 


 

EFX Collectibles Goes Live
July 7, 2008 | 4:29 PM CST | Jayson

 

In preparation for tomorrow’s preorder of the Stormtrooper Helmet replica, prop manufacturer EFX Collectibles has launched its new site and also gives us a preview of 2 new products coming soon: The Darth Vader McQuarrie/Concept Helmet and the Ahsoka Tano Lightsaber Replica.

Head over for details on these great looking items.

 


 

New The Force Unleashed Trailer This Wednesday
July 7, 2008 | 4:10 PM CST | Jayson

LucasArts today announced that they will debut the launch trailer for the upcoming game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on Entertainment Weekly at 6am Pacific Time on Wednesday, July 9th.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a new chapter in the Star Wars Saga. The launch trailer will delve more deeply into its storyline, and contains never-before-seen scenes from the game.

Head to StarWars.com for more info…

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Phalanxx
July 7, 2008 | 12:42 AM CST | Justin2

 


Yakface forum member Phalanxx has updated with a new custom derived from customizing supply source Trigatecreations.com – take a closer look at this cool fan fiction alien design after the jump!

 


 

Jedi Master Wind Screen
July 5, 2008 | 6:20 PM CST | Bill

 


Yak Reader Steve Sky sent in this awsome pic of the windscreen on his Saturn. Very nice!

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 24 Coming Soon
July 5, 2008 | 3:23 PM CST | Justin2

 

The next chapter in the Rykrof Enloe Photonovel Series will be released in the coming week… stay tuned to Yakface for the latest installment as the end of the Clone Wars draws closer!

 


 

The Clones Are Coming
July 4, 2008 | 8:54 PM CST | Jayson

StarWars.com has updated their site with new Clone Wars WebDoc entitled: The Clones Are Coming. This installment discusses the treatment of the Clones more as individual characters, with their own personalities, rather than the nameless, faceless soldiers as portrayed in Attack of the Clones. Head over and give it a look…

Thanks to Yakreader and forum member Clone_5X for the tip.

 


 

Boba Busts A Move
July 4, 2008 | 7:30 PM CST | Bill

Yak Reader SteveSky sent in this link to us. It’s an amazing fan work of stop animation from You Tube with Boba showing his talents on the kitchen table, err dance floor. Check it out here.

 


 

Happy 4th of July
July 4, 2008 | 9:10 AM CST | Justin2

From all of the staff here at Yakface, we’d like to wish our readers a very happy and safe 4th of July.

 


 

Ki Adi Mundi 12″ Preview
July 4, 2008 | 7:43 AM CST | Mark

Sideshow’s newest Jedi Knight Pre-Order preview is up…

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Another soon to be listed Pre-Order will be the Boba Fett Bronze Statue. Check back for more info on pre-order dates and times.

 


 

Target Price Hike 
July 3, 2008 | 3:06 PM CST | Justin2

Target stores are once again raising prices on two popular 3-3/4″ scale lines, this time their basic Indiana Jones and GI Joe figures to a whopping $7.99 each.

So is this a sign of things to come with the Legacy and Clone Wars figures come late July? Sound off with your thoughts on the matter in the Yakface forums.

 


 

Star Wars Frames
July 3, 2008 | 1:47 PM CST | Jayson

 


The official site updates today with the “official” announcement of Star Wars: Frames, an unprecedented, exquisite collection of defining moments from the revolutionary film series as seen through the eyes of its creator.

Limited to 1,138 Copies, this Elaborate Six-Volume Set Includes Bookplate Signed by Star Wars Creator George Lucas, Who Also Selected All 1,416 FRAMES!

A sample copy will also be on display at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Head to StarWars.com for the official details.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
July 3, 2008 | 6:58 AM CST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com We’ve got lots of great new pre-orders and new items arriving daily including Transformers, Indiana Jones, Marvel, Macross, GI Joe and more. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

San Diego Comic-Con Star Wars Fan Club Breakfast Tickets Now Available
July 2, 2008 | 8:47 PM CST | Bill

If you’re going to San Diego Comic-Con, there’s a hard ticket even you may want to check out. Those of us who’ve attended past comic-cons have found a great way to wrap up the Con is the Star Wars Fan Club Breakfast. If you’re interested in attending this even for the morning of Friday, July 25th,check it out here.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: New Clone Wars Items
July 2, 2008 | 4:01 PM CST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated today with the addition of a few items to their new arrivals section.

The Clone Wars Totem Theatrical Standee
This giant “totem standee”, which measures between 7 and 8 feet tall, features the Clone Wars poster graphic on one panel, Anakin Skywalker on another, and finally Assaj Ventress on a third. The entire standee creates a triangular pillar which will dominate whatever space it occupies.$99.99

The Clone Wars 8×5 Foot Theatrical Banner
This giant vinyl banner, which features a great horizontal take on the stunning new Clone Wars one-sheet poster, measures a whopping 8×5 feet and comes ready to hang with rods and string. You can of course put in your dibs at the theater and hope for the best, or you can guarantee getting one of these fantastic theatrical display pieces which will dominate any space you hang it in. $99.99

The Clone Wars Theatrical Window Clings
Greeting many movie-goers at the door is this pair of Clone Wars window clings, which are removable and reusable die-cut plastic sheets that are simply applied to a glass surface and held by static electricity (can be displayed by laying face-down or face-up). The larger cling featuring the four characters measures 26″x15″, and the smaller with Anakin and Rex measures 25″x12″. These would look perfect on your bedroom window, sliding glass door, or any slick surface you can think of! $23.99

All three items are in stock and ready to ship!

 


 

$15 off select Military Collectibles at Sideshow Toy
July 2, 2008 | 2:29 PM CST | Jayson

Sideshow Collectibles is offering a $15 incentive in celebration of the Fourth of July Holiday on Military themed items in their 12″ scale and Premium Format lines.

A few Star Wars items fall in to this catergory such as:
• Commander Praji
• Nik Sant – Endor Rebel Commando Pathfinder
• Endor Rebel Commando Sergeant
• Endor Rebel Infantry

To take advantage of this offer, you must use the coupon code ‘FOURTH2008’ during the checkout process.

 


 

Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game:
Champions of the Force

July 2, 2008 | 1:11 PM CST | Jayson

 


The First Release of the Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game, “Champions of the Force” to be Released Summer 2008; In-Game Fifth Anniversary Events to be held Throughout the Summer

JULY 2 , SAN FRANCISCO – LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment announced today the Star Wars Galaxies™ Trading Card Game as part of the fifth anniversary celebration for the massively multiplayer game, Star Wars Galaxies. The first release for the online trading card game, Champions of the Force, is scheduled to be released late this summer, following several months filled with in-game anniversary events.

The release of Champions of the Force marks the first ever Star Wars® trading card game offered exclusively online. Available only through a valid, active, fully-paid subscription to Star Wars Galaxies, Champions of the Force provides Star Wars Galaxies subscribers an entirely new gameplay experience by combining the challenge of a trading card game with the adventures and community of the massively multiplayer game.

For more info visit starwarsgalaxies.com

 


 

About Those Target Coupons…
July 2, 2008 | 11:25 AM CST | Jayson

From Target’s Corporate Press Release:


Target Coupon Fraudulently Tampered with and Transferred

MINNEAPOLIS, Jul 02, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Unfortunately, due to fraudulent tampering and transferring, Target no longer is accepting coupon offers for $5 off a $25 or more toy or general merchandise purchase at Target. The coupons state they are valid through October 1, 2008.

Target sent the original coupons for $5 off a $25 or more toy purchase via e-mail to approximately 85,000 guests during the months of February and March. The altered coupon had an image and the word toy removed to make it appear to apply to any purchase.

Kathee Tesija, executive vice president, merchandising, Target, said, Our goal is to always surprise and delight our guests with great values, and we are disappointed that some of our guests may be inconvenienced by our need to respond to this fraudulent tampering and transferring.

Guests who originally received the coupon will be notified via e-mail that the coupon no longer is being accepted, and they also will receive a $5 Target GiftCard by mail. In addition, Target stores are posting signs at all check-out lanes alerting guests that these coupons are no longer valid.

 


 

Hallmark 2008
July 2, 2008 | 9:52 AM CST | Mark

On Sale at the Keepsake Ornament Premiere Weekend – July 12 & 13

  

THE FINAL CONFRONTATION – $28.00 US
Bring the excitement of the Star Wars saga to your holiday celebrations with light and sound from the final battle between Jedi and Sith.

EMPEROR PALPATINE – $15.00 US
A dash of Dark Side for your favorite fan of the Force.

IMPERIAL SHUTTLE™ – $32.00 US
Mark the 25th anniversary of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi with this ornament that lights up and plays the Imperial March.

THE DEATH STAR™ AND STAR DESTROYER™ – $15.00 US
Miniature versions of the Empire’s biggest guns. (Available in October)

And don’t forget that the Emperor’s Royal Guard – $15.00 is this year’s limited release ornament available while supplies last at Hallmark “Gold Crown” Stores.

 


 

Acme Archives: SDCC Obi-Wan Kenobi Character Key
July 1, 2008 | 9:12 PM CST | Jayson

 


Acme Archives updates tonight with the announcement of another SDCC Exclusive Character Key: Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi. Like the Clone Wars Yoda Key, this will also go up for pre-sale on Thursday (July 3). There will be a limit of 2 per customer on this key and ONLY if you are planning on picking it up at Comic-Con.

Thanks to SWAN’s “Scott from Tulsa” for the tip.

 


 

UPDATE: IT’S OFFICIAL! Toys”R”Us Midnight Madness
July 1, 2008 | 1:33 PM CST | Jayson

 


ToysRUs.com has updated their site today with the official announcement that on 7/26 the Force will be strong in stores and online.

Beginning July 26, Star Wars toys will also receive a place of honor in dedicated boutiques in every Toys“R”Us store. Filled with dazzling visuals based on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the boutiques will showcase the largest assortment of Star Wars toys, games and construction sets available, includingseveral exclusive items available only at Toys“R”Us. Star Wars fans should also note that Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will receive regular shipments of new Star Wars: The Clone Wars merchandise.

And, to help prepare for The Clone Wars, www.Toysrus.com/StarWars will become a Star Wars hub, offering Star Wars: The Clone Wars content and the movie trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans can keep up-to-date on the newest Star Wars releases with content on StarWars.com.

UPDATE: For a list of stores participating in the “madness” visit ToysRUs.com

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: Quick Note
July 1, 2008 | 12:34 PM CST | Jayson

 


Just a heads up to all our faithful question submitters and readers, the QnA answers will besuspended this week due to the July 4th holiday. Answers will be posted as they are made available on Friday, July 11th. Until then, take some time to review the past answers from Hasbroand feel free to submit your own questions. And remember, your posts earn you bidding points to redeem for our Forum’s Second Anniversary Auctions!

 


 

It’s Time To Celebrate!
July 1, 2008 | 12:02 AM CST | Brandon

 

It is with huge excitement and anticipation that all the staff at Yakface.com are proud to announce the 2nd Anniversary of our forums! It’s been an eventfull, enjoyable, and chaotic year for the forums. Though we’ve had many up’s and down’s throughout the years it is exciting to know that finally after two years we finally have our new dedicated server and our own place to call home (YakfaceForums.com). It’s a pleasure to make this announcement today on our official anniversary date (we launched officially on Friday, July 1st, 2006!) that all the staff have been culminating a plethora of events, contests, prizes, and more to celebrate and give back to our faithful and awesome community!

For more details jump over to the Official 2nd Anniversary Thread!

June 2008 Archive

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 30, 2008 | 10:08 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com We’ve got lots of great new pre-orders and new items arriving daily including lots of new Indiana Jones items. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

New Clone Wars Battle Pack Images
June 30, 2008 | 8:07 PM EST | Justin2

Our friends over at Jediinsider.com have a couple of images up on their site of some upcoming Clone Wars Battle Packs for your viewing pleasure. Head on over there and check them out after the jump!

 


 

Episode 149: The Girlie Show
June 30, 2008 | 2:27 PM EST | Jayson

 


Girls rule on this week’s episode of Star Wars Action News! In Star Wars collecting women’s voices are not often heard but this week sistas are doin’ it for themselves in this all-female episode of Star Wars Action News. Marjorie and Andrea chat about the new Star Wars build-a-droid packs at Wal Mart, as well as some of their favorite collectibles, and Marjorie also talks to some women Star Wars fans and collectors about what they collect, why they collect, and what makes a Star Wars chick just so dang cool.

It’s girls gone wild on Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

 


 

Gentle Giant TIE Pilot Chase Mini Bust
June 30, 2008 | 12:04 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at YodasNews.com have acquired images of the chase variant Gentle Giant TIE Fighter Pilot Mini Bust. It looks to be a slight deco modification with additional silver accenting applied to the helmet “mouth” and “nose” areas and a numerical designation on the ridge. Head over toYodasnews.com for the images.

 


 

Happy 5th Birthday MOUSEDROID
June 30, 2008 | 9:02 AM EST | Jayson

 


From those scurrying little messengers from down under:

We are happy to announce that after 2 weeks off on holidays Mousedroid.com has returned to celebrate our 5th Birthday of covering Star Wars downunder. The All Australian Star Wars News and Forums site has also had a major makeover with a very Clone Wars colour theme and style being rolled out across the site.

Finally, check back soon for more information on the Hasbro Australia and Mousedroid.com Captain Rex promotion. Stay tuned as we announce more birthday celebration events but for now, join Captain Rex and the gang on the fresh face of Star Wars News in Australia, MOUSEDROID.com.

Welcome back Mousedroid, the site looks great!

 


 

New Exclusive Star Tours Pin
June 29, 2008 | 7:25 PM EST | Bill

 


There’s a new Disney Exclusive Star Tours Pin, titled The Scoop, limited to 2000 pieces. Thanks to Yak Reader Blue Harvest and Endor Express.net (Formerly SW Star Tours.com) for the tip. Check out all the details here.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Theed Palace by The Professor
June 29, 2008 | 1:13 PM EST | Justin2

 

Our latest Customizer Spotlight goes to one of our very own forum staff members, The Professorwho has updated with some enticing images of his new custom Theed Palace playset.

If only Hasbro were to make something like this! Head on over to the forums for a closer look!

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Exclusive TIE Fighter and
Exclusive Mighty Muggs

June 28, 2008 | 12:31 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has the Droid Factory and Expanded Universe Comic 2-packs in-stock this week. Also, Pre-Order the exclusive TIE Fighter and Mighty Muggs Toys!

NEW – Expanded Universe Comic Packs:
Lando Calrissian & Stormtrooper
Anakin Skywalker & Count Dooku
Kashyyyk Trooper & Wookiee Trooper

NEW – Droid Factory Figures:
Plo Koon and R4-F5 (1 of 6)
Darth Vader and K-3PX (2 of 6)
Han Solo Hoth and R-3PO (3 of 6)
Kit Fisto and R4-H5 (4 of 6)
Watto and R2-T0 (5 of 6)
Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 (6 of 6)

PRE-ORDER – July 27th, 2008
Admiral Ackbar and Shadow Stormtrooper Mighty Muggs Exclusive
Ecliptic Evader Droid TIE Fighter – Exclusive
Pocketmodel TCG: Force Unleashed Tin
Clone Wars Sticker Fun Packs – Box
Star Wars Insider Special #104 – Newsstand Edition
Star Wars Insider Special #104 – Previews Edition

 


 

Wizard World Chicago
June 28, 2008 | 11:20 AM EST | Justin2

Our Imperial allies over at Sandtroopers.com are out in full force bringing fans coverage of this year’s Wizard World in Chicago.

So kick back and enjoy the galleries they’ve provided thus far after the jump!

 


 

YakTube – The Closet Unleashed
June 27, 2008 | 2:36 PM EST | Niktom

 

“A Star Wars toy collection has grown so big inside a closet that some of the toys are itching to get out, and have devised an escape plan.”

The Closet Unleashed

Talk about it here.

 


 

UPDATE: Target 30th Anniversary Clearances Begin
June 27, 2008 | 1:05 AM EST | Justin2

Reports are coming in that some Target stores have started marking down their Star Wars items to make room for the big July 26 launch of the new lines.

So far basic figures have been spotted at $4.64 at several Target locations, so be on the lookout for continued markdowns in the coming weeks.

UPDATE: As a follow up, be on the lookout for 30-50% off on the TFU Rancor and the Order 66 sets in those Clearance aisles and endcaps. Thanks Yakreaders “Bob P” and “Steven K” for their reports on their findings.

 


 

Star Wars: Frames
June 26, 2008 | 11:24 PM EST | Jayson

 


Sideshow Collectibles has updated tonight with a teaser ad for a new product to be revealed soon. And after a bit of googling I found this product was revealed at BookExpo America in Los Angeles. Here are the details from Bullycomic’s Blog.


This is Star Wars: Frames, published by Insight Editions:
The ultimate limited edition, Star Wars: Frames brings together master filmmaker George Lucas’s personal shot-by-shot selections from all six legendary Star Wars films. Limited to 1,138 copies and showcased in a sumptuous deco-inspired wooden box, Star Wars: Frames contains six books, each corresponding to one of the movies in the Star Wars saga….all six books reside in the beautiful wood-inlaid box, which is adorned with two exclusive high-relief sculptures of Darth Vader and Yoda…

Holy cow. This thing’s big: 25.75 inches long, 12.25 inches wide, 13.5 inches tall. Each book is 44 inches across when opened. The weight of the whole shebang? A whoppin’ 210 pounds. It’d take a Jedi to levitate that thing!

Click the image above to see a larger image and to read the specs for yourself.

 


 

The Clone Wars Feature Film and Animated Series Novels
June 26, 2008 | 10:53 PM EST | Jayson

LucasBooks and Del Rey, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, announced today (June 25) that Del Rey will publish five novels to tie-in with the upcoming Star Wars: The Clone Wars feature film, premiering on August 15, and the animated TV series that will air in fall of 2008 on Cartoon Network and TNT.

The first novel – Star Wars: The Clone Wars – is written by fan-favorite Star Wars author Karen Traviss, and will go on sale July 26, 2008. Popular science-fiction/fantasy author Karen Miller will write the second novel, to be published in December 2008. Both books will add depth, color and background to the screen stories and characters, making them must-reads for every Star Wars fan.

To read more head to The Official Star Wars Blog

 


 

New and Exclusive Gentle Giant Busts
June 26, 2008 | 10:19 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends over at YodasNews.com have posted a couple high resolution images of two Gentle Giant Mini Busts slated for release as exclusives this year. Head over to see the Holographic Qui-Gon Jinn which will be available at Celebration Japan July 19-21 and the Episode III Anakin Skywalker brandishing his and Count Dooku’s Lightsabers. This bust will be available next month as well at SDCC.

 


 

Steel CIty Con: July 26-27, 2008
June 25, 2008 | 6:47 AM EST | Jayson

 


Pennsylvania ’s Largest Toy and Pop Culture Convention Celebrates 19 years at the Pittsburgh Expomart – Monroeville , Pennsylvania on July 26-27, 2008.

The Steel City Con (a.k.a. The Pittsburgh Toy, Comic & Childhood Collectibles Show) has over 450 dealer tables of new and vintage Toys, Gold, Silver and Modern Age Comic Books, Non-Sport Cards, Anime, Gaming, Action Figures, Sci-Fi/Horror, TV & Movie, Godzilla, Model Kits, Star Trek, Star Wars, Transformers, NASCAR, Diecast, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Johnny Lightning, Barbie, Dolls, Mego, G.I. Joe, Planet of the Apes and much more.

Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Admission: Adult – $7, Kids under 12 – $5, Early Buyer – $10. SATURDAY: FREE DISNEY TREASURES COMBO to the first 1,000 attendees during Early Buyer Event! (this event sponsored by http://www.gameagainstores.com) Early Buyer Event is Saturday 8am-10am and includes All Day Admission!

Celebrity Guests: DAWN MARIE (WWE Superstar Diva), ANTHONY FORREST (“Stormtrooper” from STAR WARS famous “Jedi mind-trick scene), LARRY THOMAS (“Soup Nazi” from SEINFELD – “No Soup for You!); VANESSA BRANCH (“Giselle” from PIRANTES OF THE CARIBBEAN); LAUREN MAHER ( “Scarlett” from PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN); Also featuring the 1966 CLASSIC TV BATMOBILE! (Get your picture taken sitting in the Batmobile!) See the Garrison Carida from the 501st Legion, the R2D2 Builders Club and the Lake Erie Pirates in full Costume! FREE PARKING! HOURLY PRIZE DRAWINGS! CHARITY DRAWING! Check out our SHOW SPECIALS!

For more details and updates go to: steelcitycon.com

Orangestone Promotions, Inc., (412) 213-0224

 


 

Another Indy Wave 3 Find
June 25, 2008 | 3:17 AM EST | Justin2

 


The third wave of Indiana Jones figures continue to pop up at various Wal-Marts, as forum memberDiddly scored some of the new Last Crusade figures at his local store. Check out some great detailed pics of his find
HERE.

Of note, he says that NONE of the figures had a Ticket to Adventure order form, so if you’re planning on buying multiple Crystal Skeletons, be sure to save those forms from the first two waves of figures.

 


 

More Indiana Jones Figures Revealed
June 25, 2008 | 12:12 AM EST | Justin2

 


Urbancollector.com has posted an image of the highly anticipated Temple of Doom wave that is scheduled to be released in October.

Thanks to forum member Lance Quazar for the heads up!

 


 

New Items at Star Wars Shop
June 24, 2008 | 8:09 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with the addition of a few items to their new arrivals section.


If you’re looking to save on a past exclusive or two look no further than the JediCon Shadow Troopers and McQuarrie Droid Bundle Set priced at $21.99


Also available is the Limited Edition Yoda Bronze Medallion. This piece is limited to 500 worldwide and comes in a presentation display and includes a certificate of authenticity for $29.99.

 

For you scaled helmet collectors, StarWarsShop has very limited quantities of the 501 Legion and Commander Gree .45 Scale Helmets from Master Replicas. Both are available now for $49.99 each.

And remember, all order placed in June qualify for a FREE 2-pack of Star Wars Miniatures!

 


 

SDCC/SWShop Exclusive: Clone Trooper Senate Security
June 24, 2008 | 5:01 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at JediDefender have received a couple exclusive images today of the shared SDCC/SWShop Exclusive Senate Security Clone Trooper. According to the backer card this clone is actually under the authority of Commander Thire and as we know, Thire’s troops evolve into the Palpatine’s Shocktroopers in Episode III. Head over for the full report.

 


 

New Galactic Heroes Cinema Scene Images
June 24, 2008 | 8:16 AM EST | Bill

 


Our friends over at Sandtroopers.com have uncovered pics of the upcoming Escape from Mos Eisley Galactic Heroes Cinema Scene over on Ebay. This set’s main unique piece appears to be a dewback!Check it out here.

 


 

Episode 148: More Nice Things
June 24, 2008 | 6:19 AM EST | Jayson

 


This week, the Star Wars Action News hosts are seeing red. They’re red hopping mad, you might even say. Why? Because the new exclusive TIE Fighter “has got some red on ya” (to quote Shaun of the Dead). Yes, someone graffitied a big red garish Rebel symbol on the latest “big wing” TIE Fighter re-release, and they jacked up the price too, $53 at Entertainment Earth. Is this too much for the 4th release of this mold? Have we now got more TIE Fighters than the compliment of a Super Star Destroyer? Find out on this week’s show!

We also discuss this week how the new Wal Mart exclusive Droid Factory figures and Comic Book two packs are hitting shelves, with voice mail reports from listeners. We review the new collectible 10 volume hardcover Star Wars book collection from Dark Horse, and we discuss how we think Titan magazine’s business model is somewhat flawed, punishing the good customers and rewarding the disloyal.

With a UK segment, a Hasbro Q&A, and more, it’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

 


 

Autograph Signing Reminder:
Leanna Walsman!

June 23, 2008 | 11:37 PM EST | Brandon

Just a reminder, the Wattographs private autograph signing with “Attack of the Clones” actress Leanna Walsman ends June 30th at 11:59:59 at EST. She will be signing official photographs and fans’ personal items, so remember to get your items sent to us this week! Please contact us with any questions.

www.Wattographs.com!

 


 

Coruscant Nights Out Now
June 23, 2008 | 10:31 PM EST | Bill

Are you looking for something to do with your time until the big July Clone Wars blitz? Well the latest installment of the Expanded Universe– Coruscant Nights is now on newstands. It takes place shortly after Episode 3 and is the first in a trilogy written by Michael Reaves.

 


 

Star Wars Kubrick Series 9 Chases Revealed
June 23, 2008 | 5:00 PM EST | Jayson

At this weekend’s Medicom Toy Exhibition, attendees were treated to an advanced pre-sell of Star Wars Kubrick Series 9 which is scheduled for release next month.

In addition to the basic set of six Attack of the Clones themed figures (Anakin, Yoda, Count Dooku, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Clone Trooper and Jango Fett), rabid Kuby collectors will be on the hunt for chase figures. This series’ chases are Clone Trooper Commander (Yellow Deco), Shaak Ti and Zam Wesell!

To view shots of this latest series, head over to our friends at JediDefender

 


 

More Medicom Morsels…
June 23, 2008 | 4:41 PM EST | Jayson

Medicom Toy has updated their site today with more Star Wars product as well as a new Indy item.

First up Pepsi “Nex” Be@rbricks
Smaller in scale (70%) than their full-sized brethren, these bear-ified bricks are available in Japan as part of the Pepsi “Nex” promotion. There are 16 pieces in all and the set is current available forpre-order at BBTS.

Next, Celebration Japan will be receiving its own Kubrick and be@rbrick exclusives: the Shadow Guard from the Force Unleashed and a Wicket and Paploo Set.

A few days ago we reported the release of new Clone Troopers from Medicom’s RAH 12″ line and it looks like the AOTC Clone Trooper Commander (Yellow Deco) will be a Celebration Japan exclusive as well.

Our favorite archeologists gets some Medicom love here as well with the VCD (Vinyl Collectible Dolls) Indiana Jones. It is limited to 2008 pieces and I assuming this will show up as an import at Sideshow Collectibles.

 


 

YakTube – Boba’s Down Time Double Feature
June 23, 2008 | 11:22 AM EST | Niktom

 

Ever wonder what Boba Fett does in his spare time? If you said play Guitar Hero… then your right! Check out forums member Sambuca as he whales out Miss Murder

Sambuca – Miss Murder

I was so impressed with Sambuca’s abilities that I had to spoof him a little.

Yak’s Pub – Jukebox (Guitar) Hero

Love it? Hate it? Got your own Star Wars or Guitar Hero videos? Let us know here in the YakTube discussion thread.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: Session #52
June 21, 2008 | 6:36 AM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has sent back answers to “some” of our submitted questions from last week. One thing we did get answer on is that there is a V-Wing Pilot coming! Head to our forums to find out when.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 20, 2008 | 9:55 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com We’ve got lots of great new pre-orders and new items arriving daily. Here’s the some highlights. Just arrived:
BOBA FETT ARTFX STATUE
This is the first of Kotobukiya’s Bounty Hunter line. This line will contain six figures, each with a hexagonal display bas and piece of the bonus Darth Vader figure. When all six are collected and assembled, it becomes a diorama with the six bounty hunters surrounding Lord Vader. Start your collection today!

GENTLE GIANT ANIMATED EMPEROR MAQUETTE
This new release from Gentle Giant is a 9″ statue of Emperor Palpatine himself. Done in the animated style, this figure shows him in his black robes, with a wizened cane and a scowl on his face. Let the dark side flow through you with the help of this kind master!

Preorders:
AT-RT & MILLENNIUM FALCON EASYKIT MODEL KITS
Revell has listed new models in their easykit line, and we’ve got them up and ready for order. These models don’t require any glue to assemble, making them great for younger fans and modelers. This wave includes an AT-RT walker vehicle, as well as the ever-famous Millennium Falcon model kits.

STAR WARS DROID FACTORY TWO-PACKS
This new line pairs a previous character with a new protocol or astromech droid, and each two-pack comes with a piece to build a completely new protocol droid! Choose from Hoth Han Solo with R-3P0, Darth Vader with K-3PX, Kit Fisto with R4-H5, Luke Skywalker with Battle-Damaged R2-D2, Plo Koon with R4-F5, or Watto with R2-T0, or pick up the entire set of six two-packs!

STAR WARS EXPANDED UNIVERSE COMIC TWO-PACKS
A new wave of Expanded Universe comic two-packs are out as a retailer exclusive, but we’ve got our hands on some for our customers. These packs feature Lando Calrissian and Stormtrooper, Kashyyyk Trooper and Wookie Trooper, and Anakin Skywalker and Count Dooku, or you can just order the set of three. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Medicom Madness: A Slew of New Announcements
June 20, 2008 | 9:44 PM EST | Jayson

Medicom had their annual Parco Toy Exhibition today and unleashed a ton of product announcements and previews. Here are some highlights…

Kubricks:
Series 10: Revenge of the Sith
– General Grevious
– Clonetrooper (all white)
– Darth Vader
– Anakin Skywalker
– Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious (Senate Duel)
– Tarfful

Jango and Boba Fett 2-pack:
– Jango Fett (Pilot)
– Young Boba Fett (Training Fatigues)

RAH (Real Action Heroes):
– AOTC Clonetrooper (White)
– AOTC Clonetrooper (Yellow)
– AOTC Clonetrooper (Red)
– ANH Han Solo
– ROTS Anakin Skywalker

 


 

Medicom ’08 Exclusive Kubrick Figure
June 20, 2008 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill

 


Spirit Yoda… You seek Spirit Yoda Kubrick. If you’re a Kubrick collector, this year’s brick which is worth its weight in gold is Spirit Yoda. As always he comes on his own mini blister card. Check out all the goodness at Boba JP’s site here.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Droid Factory Set & EU Comic Packs
June 20, 2008 | 8:06 AM EST | Jayson

 

K & C Collectibles has received new Star Wars items this week.

NEW – Expanded Universe Comic Packs:
Lando Calrissian & Stormtrooper
Anakin Skywalker & Count Dooku
Kashyyyk Trooper & Wookiee Trooper

NEW – Droid Factory Figures:
Plo Koon and R4-F5 (1 of 6)
Darth Vader and K-3PX (2 of 6)
Han Solo Hoth and R-3PO (3 of 6)
Kit Fisto and R4-H5 (4 of 6)
Watto and R2-T0 (5 of 6)
Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 (6 of 6)

IN STOCK – The Force Unleashed:
#09 – Imperial EVO Trooper
#10 – Imperial Jumptrooper
#11 – Maris Brood
#12 – Battle-Damaged Darth Vader
#13 – Rahm Kota
#14 – Emperors Shadow Guard
#15 – Juno Eclipse

 


 

New LEGO Pre-Order
June 20, 2008 | 7:39 AM EST | Mark

Up for Pre-Order!


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Price is $399.99, Ship by 9/16, 3803 Pieces.

Includes 25 heroes, villains, droids and creatures!
• Includes 6 new and exclusive minifigures and droids only found in this set: Luke Skywalker™ (Stormtrooper™ outfit), Han Solo™ (Stormtrooper outfit), Assassin Droid™, Interrogation Droid, Death Star Droid and 2 Death Star Troopers™!
• Also includes Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi™, C-3PO™, R2-D2™, Princess Leia™, Chewbacca™, Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight), Darth Vader™, Grand Moff Tarkin™, Emperor Palpatine™, 2 Stormtroopers, 2 Emperor’s Royal Guards™, R2-Q5™, and mouse droid!
• All-new Dianoga™ trash compactor monster!
• Movie-authentic Death Star environments include the Superlaser control room and target monitor, Imperial conference chamber, TIE Advanced hangar bay with moving launch rack, Emperor’s throne room, droid maintenance room, detention block, trash compactor, and much more!
• Rescue Princess Leia from the detention block cell, then escape through the secret hatch to the trash compactor below!
•Reenact the final duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in the Emperor’s Throne Room!
• Death Star measures 16” (41cm) tall and 16½” (42cm) wide!
• TIE Advanced measures 3½” (9cm) wide!

 


 

Wattographs LFACC Signing Opportunity!
June 20, 2008 | 1:02 AM EST | Brandon

Due to a large amount of requests, Wattographs is taking autograph requests for London Film and Comic Con this July!

The current lineup of Star Wars guests include Jay Benedict (Deek), Bill Weston (Stormtrooper), Nick Gillard (stunt coordinator/ sword master), Brian Blessed (Boss Nass), Kenny Baker (R2-D2 and Paploo), Terry Richards (Hoth Trooper and stunts), Khan Bonfils (Saesee Tiin on TPM), Malcolm Weaver (ROTJ stunts), Annette Jones (ANH Cantina Alien), Lynne Hazelden (ROTJ female rebel pilot), and Jenny Creswell (Han’s girl in the ANH deleted scene).

We are taking orders for show provided images until midnight July 12th. Personal items need to be sent to us by July 3rd. Orders are for Star Wars guests only at this time. Please visit the site or contact us with any questions.

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

More New Indy and Comic Packs Found
June 19, 2008 | 11:12 PM EST | Jayson

YakReader Chad sent in a quick report of his score in Athens Alabama, he writes:

Hey all,

Just wanted to pass on that I found wave 3 of the Indiana Jones figures at the Wal-Mart in Athens before I went to work this morning. I got Dr Henry Jones, Vogal, the Grail Knight and Young Indy. These are the best of the figures. I also got one of the new Comic packs. The one with the Clonetrooper and the Wookiee Warrior. I also saw the Droid sets but passed on them. Heres a pic of my score.

Great find Chad and thanks for the report!

Let us know what you find by emailing us at yaksnews@yahoo.com

 


 

More SDCC Star Wars Exclusives
June 19, 2008 | 10:15 PM EST | Jayson

SDCC will have many other Star Wars and Indiana Jones exclusives up for preview on their official site. Here’s a list of what’s up so far…

AFX (Action Figure Express)
Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi Bobble Head – $15.00 / Edition Size 1500

Diamond/Previews:
SDCC 2008 Holographic Yoda Wacky Wobbler – $15.00 / Edition Size 1500

HasbroToyShop.com:
Mighty Muggs Indiana Jones Fertility Idol –
Mighty MuggsStar Wars Commander Gree
Star Wars & Indiana Jones Mighty Muggs T-Shirts
All Prices & Edition Sizes to be announced

Sideshow Collectibles:
Aayla Secura 12-Inch Figure (Attendee Only) – $64.99 / Edition Size 3000
Shadow Guard VCD (Attendee Only) – $59.99 / Edition Size 600

 


 

Acme Archives: SDCC Clone Wars Yoda Character Key
June 19, 2008 | 9:54 PM EST | Jayson

 


Introducing Jedi Master YODA, the first in Acme Archives’ new Character Key Line from the upcoming Lucasfilm Animated Series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This individually numbered piece features the animated version of Yoda from the new animated television series The Clone wars. This key is complete with character statistics and a reference color key. It is limited to 750 and retails for $35.00

 


 

New Disturbance in the Force Image
June 19, 2008 | 9:38 PM EST | Jayson

 


The official Comic-Con website has a list of exclusives to be on the lookout for next month, and among the listings you’ll see a new shot of the Disturbance in the Force set. As you’ll see, the Emperor holo bust is tied into the base presumably for a lighted effect when the base is activated.

 


 

Revealed The Clone Wars Game Has…
June 19, 2008 | 4:42 PM EST | Brandon

 


HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

In case you havn’t already heard LucasArts has just announced a new game entitled Star Wars: The Clone Wars for the Wii (DS too)! The game looks interesting and styled to match the upcoming movie! Could this be the lightsaber game all Wii owners have been waiting for?

Check out the game website!

And head over to IGN for an exclusive interview!

 


 

Custom Spotlight: Rancor Repaint
June 19, 2008 | 2:55 PM EST | Jayson

 


New Yakface Forum Member “aequitas whill” has posted some gorgeous images of his custom deco Rancor. Head to our forums to see all the details….

 


 

Captain Rex Loose Images
June 18, 2008 | 11:28 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

Yakface Forum Staff Member “Jedistyle” has posted some great loose shots of his recently acquired “dirty” Captain Rex Figure. Head to our forums to see all the details….

 


 

Legacy Collection Boxed Images
June 18, 2008 | 8:23 PM EST | Bill

It seems that the march of new boxed product images continues. This time it’s a set of Legecy Collection Battle Packs– Hoth Recon Patrol, Speeder Bike Recon, and Hoth Speeder Bike Recon. Check out all 3 front and back boxed images at Jedi Insider.

 


 

Clone Wars Republic Gunship Instructions
June 18, 2008 | 4:48 PM EST | Jayson

 


While looking around Hasbro’s Product Instructions Section, I stumbled across the instruction sheet for the rumored/confirmed Clone Wars Republic Gunship. Although there is no indication of deco, the part list does say it includes “labels”. So, will we get the Twilek or Monkey Lizard decals as seen on the Lego version? I guess we’ll find out next month, but at the rate leaks and sneak peeks have been flowing it’ll probably be sooner.

 


 

Clone Wars Update
June 18, 2008 | 4:21 PM EST | Justin2

 


The Official Site has updated with several new features as they gear up for the Clone Wars movie that will be released on August 15.

There’s some very cool features, including a Clone Trooper Sharpshooter game – go check it out and be sure to view the character and vehicle galleries for a ton of awesome renderings.

 


 

Indiana Jones Wave 3 – Follow Up
June 18, 2008 | 1:55 PM EST | Justin2

Following our report last night, forum member YakPurge was able to send in a few more pics of his Wal-Mart find last night.

Check out a closer look after the jump!

 


 

Andrew’s Toyz: Exclusive Wal-Mart Comic Packs
June 18, 2008 | 1:14 PM EST | Jayson

 


Andrew’s Toyz has just received their shipment and they have the set of 3 (Anakin/Dooku, Clone Trooper/Wookiee Warrior & Lando/Stromtrooper) in stock and available for order.

 


 

Worth 1000 Celebrity Star Wars Photoshop Contest
June 18, 2008 | 8:33 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

Popular Photoshop and photography site Worth 1000 has posted the results of their recent contest where artists were challenged to change a celebrity into a Star Wars character. Head over for some of the very creative and disturbing submissions…

 


 

Indiana Jones Wave 3 Found!
June 18, 2008 | 12:31 AM EST | Justin2

 

The third wave of Indiana Jones figures have been spotted at retail!

Thanks to forum member YakPurge for the email alert, who scored these on Tuesday at a Wal-Mart in Orange County – so be sure to be on the lookout for these on your next toy run folks!

 


 

Heart Condition of a Fellow Collector’s Son
June 17, 2008 | 8:10 PM EST | Justin2

Yakface and Rebelscum forum member jediknutt‘s 4-year old son, Ian, has recently undergone a third heart surgery.

Our prayers and best wishes go out to Ian and his family. Read on for more about Ian’s condition or if you’d like to help out.

 


 

There Is Another Star Wars Monopoly
June 17, 2008 | 7:50 PM EST | Bill

New year, new movie, it must be time for new Star Wars board games. This time it’s Star Wars Monopoly– Clone Wars Edition (Star Wars Monopoly v 5.0 if I’m not mistaken). Check out all the images over at Jedi Insider.com.

 


 

Medicom Exhibition 08 Exclusives
June 17, 2008 | 7:43 PM EST | Bill

 


BobaJP has updated with images of Medicom’s Exhibition ’08 Exclusives. This time it’s a series of single carded Kubrick figures, while they’ve been released before, and have at most minor differences, they still make a nice set.

 


 

Wal-Mart Exclusives Found 
June 17, 2008 | 6:36 PM EST | Justin2

 

 

You’re probably gearing up for all the new Star Wars items to be released on July 26, right?

Well, it might be worth your while to swing by your local Wal-Marts well before then, as the Wal-Mart Exclusive Droid Factory 2-pks and Comic Packs have been found!

Update: – Looks like R2 is based of the R2-G9 mold, complete with retractable leg when the dome is rotated… and while we don’t have a super articulated C-3PO yet, THIS proves that Hasbro can pull it off rather easily.

 


 

Lego News: New Death Star Set
June 17, 2008 | 5:31 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Eurobricks.com updated today with confirmation and several images of a new 3,802 piece Death Star mega set. It has 5 decks, moveable turbolasers, hanger bay with Vader’s TIE Fighter, throne room and a ton of figures! Head on over for all the info.

Thanks to Forum Staffer PaulSkywalker and jedinews.co.uk for the tip.

 


 

YakTube – Volatile Vision
June 17, 2008 | 11:21 AM EST | Niktom

 

With the forums back in full swing it’s time for more YakTube! Today’s installment is by forums member Darth Depressis. I must say it’s an excellent addition to his graphically stunning photonovel work.

Volatile Vision Trailer

Like what you see? Tell Depressis about it here in the YakTube discussion and also check out Episode VIII: The Volatile Vision!

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 24 Previews
June 17, 2008 | 1:14 AM EST | Justin2

 

As production continues on the next installment of the Rykrof Enloe series, we’ve got a few previews of what’s to come.

Head on over to the forums for a sneak peek.

 


 

BMF Photos
June 16, 2008 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Jedi Defender have photos posted of the BMF Falcon (AKA Falcon 5.0) in their forums, and to say the least it looks like Hasbro has really out done themselves– this thing is HUGE!Check it out here. Thanks to Yak Reader Blue Harvest for the heads-up!

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Darth Sidious by Herb
June 16, 2008 | 8:55 PM EST | Justin2

 


Our latest Customizer Spotlight goes to forum member Herb who has created his own version of Darth Sidious from the Senate Duel in Revenge of the Sith.

Hopefully Hasbro will come through with this version of the infamous Sith Lord soon, but until then be sure to check out more detailed pics of Herb’s rendition after the jump!

 


 

Previews Exclusives: Muggs and a TIE
June 16, 2008 | 2:42 PM EST | Jayson

No, not a late Father’s Day gift, these new Previews Exclusives from Hasbro just popped up on Big Bad Toy Store’s site. Read on for the skinny…

First up Admiral Ackbar and Shadow Trooper Mighty Muggs


Whether for play or display, this hip version of the Mon Calamari leader, Admiral Ackbar, is sure to bring a smile to the faces of collectors and fans alike! Sporting his usual off-white on white uniform, this funky version of the Alliance Fleet commander proudly flaunts his large character head and chunky body. The whimsical figure is decorated with Ackbar’s amphibious good looks – and is ready to take his rightful place as a must-have for your collection! And, just so the Empire doesn’t feel left out, the Shadow Trooper flexes in his black battle armor and matching blaster accessory – and is ready to take his rightful place as a must-have for your collection!

Next, the Droid Series Pirate Version TIE Fighter


Includes an exclusive Hobbie Klivian figure and Fighter Deco! These TIE Fighters were used by Biggs Darklighter and his mutineers to escape the Rand Ecliptic. Low on fuel, the group returned to the Ecliptic only to find it had been taken over by a Rebel cell led by Hobbie Klivian. The TIEs were then refitted with hyperdrives, astromech sockets, and ejection seats for a mission to steal X-Wings from Incom. Finally, in a bold statement of defiance, these formerly Imperial fighters were emblazoned with the Rebel Alliance symbol! Bigg’s pilots then ejected from the TIE Fighters – with the astromech droids piloting the ships on their own – a tactic that drew off Imperial TIE fighters on patrol around the system, allowing Darklighter and his team the proper distraction to gain entry to the Incom facility!

These are currently available for pre-order for $34.99 and $54.99 respectively and are expected to ship 3rd Quarter 2008.

 


 

Took ya long enough ….sheesh! LOTF: Invincible review 
June 16, 2008 | 2:45 AM EST | Holocron_Master_Nick

 


Ah to my legion of loyal fans …wait, what was that, oh I’ve been informed there is no legion of fans. Okay then to my group of loyal, what now?? Hmmm, okay to my one fan, who I believe I’ve just been told is illiterate, crap! Alright, so whatever, it’s done, you can make the jump, leap, or stumble to it.

Thanks again for this opportunity to be a part of this great website and you Yakkers are the best SW fans as well as decent human beings, well at least I believe most of you are …ha, hahahah, I kid. Please don’t stalk me unless you’re in your early 20’s, blonde hair, ummm, never mind I have a wife and she’s my Princess Leia, love you sweetie. I was just making a funny …Alright people see you for the next review Jedi Twilight, Coruscant Nights Volume 1 by Michael Reaves out June 24th. And to all who live in, near or close enough or flying in for Wizard World Chicago ’08, I’ll be there Saturday 28th. I’m not that hard to pick out of a crowd, I’m a burn suvivor and its fairly obvious, so please come say hi. I promise I’ll behave.

 


 

Episode 147: Cracking the Whip
June 15, 2008 | 6:28 PM EST | Jayson

 


Still frothing at the mouth for new toys, the Star Wars Action News team gathered again this week to look at the upcoming July releases from Hasbro. After focusing on the vehicles last episode, this episode the group talks about the new figures of both The Legacy Collection and The Clone Wars toy lines. Which do the team want more, animated style or non? Will the animated figures sell to kid? And what is Hasbro trying to pull with sending e-mails saying figures won’t go on clearance, only to be found on clearance days later?

Also listen to find out where to get the 16th (and final?) Clone Wars character key (from the first Clone Wars animated series), and to hear Kevin review and discuss another vintage figure, one I’m sure vintage collectors will remember.

All this and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

 


 

Andrew’s Toyz: Roron Corobb Character Key
June 15, 2008 | 6:16 PM EST | Jayson

 


Roron Corobb will be the last animated Clone Wars character key that Acme Archives Ltd. will release. This piece has a very limited edition run of only 750 pieces worldwide. Edition numbers#001 – #100 will be sold exclusively at andrewstoyz.com If you order at Andrew’s Toyz, you will receive an edition number no higher than 100. Andrew’s Toyz will begin to accept pre-orders for the Roron Corobb character key Monday, June 16, 2008 at 3:00pm eastern standard time. Orders will only be accepted via the Andrew’s Toyz website. The character key is expected to ship from Acme Archives Ltd. in late June 2008.

There will be a limit of 2 Roron Corobb character keys per customer. Any customers who place multiple orders will have all of their orders cancelled. A variety of shipping options will be offered for both U.S. and international customers. On Monday, there will be a link on the Andrew’s Toyz homepage to the ordering page for the Roron Corobb character key. The character key will also be found in our Acme Archives shopping category.

 


 

Happy Father’s Day
June 15, 2008 | 11:47 AM EST | Justin2

 

To all of the dads out there, we at Yakface would like to wish you a Happy Father’s Day!

 


 

Yakfinities # 22 Has Begun
June 13, 2008 | 7:21 PM EST | Justin2

 

What are these podrace spectators cheering about? The latest Customizing Challenge, that’s what!

Whether you’re a customizing llama or an aging veteran, join in the latest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge, Episode One Podracer Pilots, Crew Workers & Spectators!

 


 

Evolution of the Imperial Starfleet
June 13, 2008 | 2:04 AM EST | Justin2

 


The folks over at JediInsider.com have come up with more new images for your viewing pleasure, this time boxed photos of the upcoming Legacy Imperial Pilot Evolution set. Head on over for acloser look!

 


 

Legacy Falcon Found!
June 13, 2008 | 1:54 AM EST | Justin2

 


According to a report at Snowtroopers.ca, the Legacy Falcon was picked up at a TRU store in Canada!

Congratulations to this lucky collector for this early score, and thanks to our friends atSandtroopers.com for the heads up.

 


 

Yakfinities #21 Winner Declared
June 12, 2008 | 11:23 PM EST | Justin2

 


The forums are back and so is Yakfinities!

Check out the wrap-up for the most recent customizing challenge, and find out who the random winner is for Role Reversals after THE JUMP!

 


 

Hasbro FX Sabers Ad Surfaces
June 12, 2008 | 10:58 PM EST | Bill

 


The latest Star Wars insider is starting to hit mailboxes, and one of its ads is rather interesting for FX saber fans. Click here to see the large scan of Hasbro’s ad.

 


 

TFU Q & A Deadline Approaches!
June 12, 2008 | 10:46 PM EST | Brandon

 

Reminder Yakface Fans! The deadline to submit your questions for the TFU Dev Q & A is this Sunday, June 15th, 2008! We will accept questions until Midnight. Our awesome staff will then compile the list of the 10 chosen questions to be submitted on Monday, June 16th. So jump on over to the forum thread now and submit your questions before it’s too late. You may also e-mail questions to YAK_Denif need be!

 


 

Star Wars Photo Novels On Wiki
June 12, 2008 | 9:48 PM EST | Justin2

 

Several photonovel fans and creators from around the community have teamed up to create a Star Wars Photo Novel Wiki. While it’s still in development, there’s already some great content on the pages.

Special props to Yakface forum members Darth Depressis and Drewton for their work on this – be sure to head on over and read up on some of the photonovel stories already submitted after the jump!

 


 

Updates at The Custom Alliance
June 12, 2008 | 9:35 PM EST | Justin2

 


Our friend Dan Curto has begun the 10th annual DAILY CUSTOM UPDATES over atThecustomalliance.com. Be sure to check out the latest custom showcases after the jump!

 


 

Free Shipping and Sales
June 12, 2008 | 9:30 PM EST | Mark

Looking for some good sales and FREE shipping… check out both of these sites…

 
 


 

New TFU Web Doc
June 12, 2008 | 1:08 PM EST | Jayson

LucasArts as updated today with the addition of a new webdoc entitled: A New Chapter: The Story of The Force Unleashed. Visit LucasArts to watch this latest installment.

Caution: Mega spoiler warnings apply.

 


 

Animated “Recon” Clone Trooper Revealed
June 12, 2008 | 11:24 AM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends over at JediDefender.com. have posted pics of another Clone Trooper – this time a gray deco version which looks to be of the type that is included with the upcoming Speeder Bike Recon Battle Pack. Images of that piece have also appeared online over at JediInsider.com.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Droid Factory Han Solo & R-3PO
June 12, 2008 | 9:15 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with addition of the third in the series of six Droid Factory sets: Han Solo and R-3PO. In this set, we are treated to a retool of the VTSC Han Solo from last year but this time we head a “hood up” version and in this instance the often debated “blue coat” version. (Fear not for you “brown coats” out there, he’ll be available version soon in the Legacy Hoth Recon Patrol Battle Pack).

R-3PO is a repaint of the TSC C-3PO with Ewok Throne figure, complete with leg articulation and removable arms and head. I can’t help but feel that the original R-3PO from the Saga Collection was a truer representation of that character from a sculpt and deco standpoint.

The set also include kicks off a new “gimmick” in the Star Wars figure line, the Build-A-Droid concept. When you complete your collection with the other sets in the Droid Factory assortment, you will be able to create a unique figure in this case C-3PX. These Wal-Mart Exclusive Droid Factory 2 Packs are slated for release next month although this set was available briefly on online through Wal-Mart.com. With all that said, head to the toyguide and see what you think.

 


 

Andrews Toyz Newsfeed
June 12, 2008 | 7:36 AM EST | Bill

Andrew’s Toyz has added some new products:

Star Wars
Force FX Lightsaber Construction Set – On Their Way to Our Warehouse!
Commander Gree Bobble Head (Previews Exclusive)
Clone Wars Movie Figures Wave 1 (Individual Figures & Set)
Clone Wars Pocket Models TCG by Wiz Kids (Packs & Boxes)
Topps Clone Wars Movie Cards
Legacy Collection Wave 1(Individual Figures & Set)
Legacy Collection Wave 2(Individual Figures & Set)
Saga Legends Wave 6 Figures (Fans’ Choice Figures) – In Stock!
Mighty Muggs Wave 5 (Clone Wars Movie)

Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones Temple of Doom Mini Bust
Ancient Desk Accessories
Indiana Jones Character Key – In Stock!

The Dark Knight
1966 Series Batmobile Replica (Live Action TV Series)

SUPER DEAL
ACME Archives Starfighter Pursuit 3-D Panscape
Limited Edition of 150 (We have edition numbers below 40)
Only $359.00 (Save $241)

Our shipment of Queen Amidala Classic Busts and Emperor Maquettes are expected to arrive next week. Pre-Orders are still available!

Head on over to Andrew’s Toyz for all of the above and much more!

 


 

Return of the Yakface.com Forums
June 12, 2008 | 1:39 AM EST | Brandon

That’s right folks! We’re back up and running! The new forums are up, all information has been transferred, and we are now running smoothly on our new server software / hardware! Check us out at our new url www.YakfaceForums.com! Update those bookmarks and get posting!

*NOTE: Some posts / information may have gotten lost in the transfer process. Please PM YAK_Den if you believe a post /information may have been lost. For most cases the Staff requests you just restart your thread. But we will do our best to locate old information as needed.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 11, 2008 | 11:30 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com We’ve got lots of great new pre-orders and new items arriving daily:

Coming soon — INDIANA JONES – WAVE 3: This wave contains some great figures from the 2nd and 3rd Indy movies, including the River Phoenix Young Indy, and Sean Connery as Henry Jones. Sets & Cases will be in stock next week.

Pre-orders:

COMMANDER GREE PX BOBBLEHEAD
A new bobblehead to add to the Star Wars collection! This Previews Exclusive bobblehead is of Commander Green, and must have been sculpted quickly, since the poor trooper was there and gone in the blink of an eye thanks to Yoda’s sharp senses. Pick yours up this fall.

INDY MIGHTY MUGGS WAVE 2
This wave of Mighty Muggs figures will have an assortment not limited to just one movie. The original Indiana Jones Mighty Mugg is included here, along with Monkey Man from Raiders, Professor Jones from Last Crusade, and Mutt Williams from Crystal Skull.

AMBUSH ON HOTH DIORAMA
This diorama portrays the classic scene where Luke and his Tauntaun are attacked by the Wampa while on Hoth. Standing 18″ tall by 19″ wide, this large-scale display will look great in any collection. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

New CLONE WARS Trailer
June 11, 2008 | 4:22 PM EST | Jayson

Yahoo has posted the theatrical trailer for The Clone Wars on their site in pretty HD. Head over and have a looksee. Very cool!

 


 

New TLC Rumor List
June 11, 2008 | 12:39 PM EST | Jayson

The folks at Rebelscum have come across another rumor list for products in the Legacy Collection. There are rumors for 2 figure waves, vehicles and *shock* playsets. Head over to see what the futuremay hold.

 


 

501st R2-KT Challenge Coin
June 11, 2008 | 7:55 AM EST | Bill

 


R2-KT is back this summer, this time in the form of a challenge coin brought to you by the 501st with proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Wish foundation. Check it out here.

 


 

New 3-D Clone Trooper Images
June 11, 2008 | 1:34 AM EST | Justin2

 

 

Our friends over at Jedidefender.com have posted pics of even more upcoming figures from the Clone Wars 3D series. Head on over and check out full shots of these interestng paint schemes afterthe jump!

 


 

Let The Celebration Japan Exclusives Begin
June 10, 2008 | 11:51 PM EST | Bill

 


Our friends over at Jedi Defender have uncovered the details on a promotion that Pepsi has collaborated with Bearbrick to present at Celebration Japan. If you collect these little guys, brace yourself– there will be 16 different ones. Check it out here.

 


 

Episode 147: The Barbie Dream House
June 9, 2008 | 9:56 PM EST | Jayson

 


July 26th is getting closer and closer (and to see how close check out all the nifty new countdown timers at swactionnews.com) and the excitement is palpable for new toys. None of the new toys has gotten the buzz as the new vehicles, and with Hasbro previewing the instruction sheets this past week even the buzz has buzz. The Star Wars Action News staff convenes for their first roundtable discussion of the season to discuss these upcoming vehicles, and will return next week with another roundtable to discuss the figures.

We also have a call from Rusty in Orlando updating us to the Star Wars Weekends fun at Disney, and talk about how you can own an actual piece of the Captain Rex prop from the Star Tours ride.

With a review of the Hoth Patrol TRU Battle Pack, discussion on where to find all the shadow-y Saga Legends figures, and Star Wars fun in general, it’s Star Wars Action News.

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

 


 

Dagger Squadron B-Wing Image
June 9, 2008 | 8:56 PM EST | Jayson

The fine folks at JediInsider.com have posted the first image of the TRU Exclusive “Dagger Squadron” B-Wing. As you’ll see, it sports a deco straight from the Rebellion Comic, and the label/sticker sheet will allow the collector to customize the markings of the B-Wing to make it pilot specific. Head over for a look.

 


 

TFU Developer Q & A Update!
June 9, 2008 | 8:38 PM EST | Brandon

 

Hello Yakface.com Fans!

With the recent forum downtime and extended install / upgrade time our Q & A thread for the TFU Developers hasn’t been so successful. Since we still plan to not open the forums to the public (Testing New Forum Software / Hardware Internally) for at least a couple more days I’d appreciate it if everybody could e-mail me, YAK-Den, at Browse007X@aol.com with your developer questions! I will compile the questions and we’ll select the most well rounded 10 to submit to LucasArts Developers, Adam Kahn & Chris Baker.

I will accept questions until this Sunday, June 15th, 2008. Please make sure to put TFU Developer Q & A in the subject heading to avoid getting deleted or spammed. Thank you.

 


 

Steve Sansweet to be at Star Wars Weekends
June 9, 2008 | 8:25 PM EST | Jayson

Lucasfilm’s head of Fan Relations and collector extraordinaire, Steve Sansweet, will be making an appearance at the second 2008 Star Wars Weekends this coming weekend, June 13 to June 15 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Head over the the official site’s blog for the full details.

 


 

Best Prop Replica EVER.
June 9, 2008 | 6:02 PM EST | Jayson

I saw this drool worthy presentation while visiting our friends over at POTF2.com. It is a link to a YouTube video of a scratchbuilt Imperial Stormtrooper blaster and must be watched to be believed. This has to be one of the coolest prop replicas I’ve ever seen.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Droid Factory 2-packs & Pocketmodels
June 8, 2008 | 7:15 PM EST | Jayson

 

Pre-Order the following this month at K & C Collectibles

Pre-Order – June 28th, 2008
Plo Koon and R4-F5 (1 of 6)
Darth Vader and K-3PX (2 of 6)
Han Solo Hoth and R-3PO (3 of 6)
Kit Fisto and R4-H5 (4 of 6)
Watto and R2-T0 (5 of 6)
Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 (6 of 6)

In Stock – The Force Unleashed:
#09 – Imperial EVO Trooper
#10 – Imperial Jumptrooper
#11 – Maris Brood
#12 – Battle-Damaged Darth Vader
#13 – Rahm Kota
#14 – Emperors Shadow Guard
#15 – Juno Eclipse

In-Stock – Games:
Thermal Detonation Theme Deck – Scum and Villainy MSRP is $9.99 our price is $5.99 – you save $4

 


 

Quick Look: TFU Incinerator Stormtrooper
June 7, 2008 | 4:22 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

Speaking of TFU 3-packs, I managed to pick up a sample of the Incinerator Stormtrooper from the Vader set so I thought I’d snap some quick shots from the confines of my inner sanctum (i.e. toy room). Click the images for a glimpse.

  
 


 

Final Packed Wal-Mart Force Unleashed 3 Packs
June 7, 2008 | 11:05 AM EST | Bill


It looks like we’ll be seeing the Force Unleashed Wal-Mart Exclusive 3 packs hitting very soon.Andrews Toyz page on Ebay now has both up. Check out the full size photos here on the listings.

 


 

Falcon, AT-TE Demo Videos
June 7, 2008 | 10:30 AM EST | Justin2

Hasbro recently provided a demonstration of the features on the upcoming Millennium Falcon andAT-TE in Manhatten.

Check out a couple of cool videos showing off some of the features these huge vehicles have provided by Extremetech.com

Thanks to reader Darth Lard for the heads up!

 


 

Legacy Waves 1 & 2 Numbering Details
June 7, 2008 | 8:28 AM EST | Jayson

Time to update those checklists, spreadsheets and wishlists. After looking at the recently revealed carded shots that have started to hit and it appears that we gets some answers to the numbering sequence for the first 2 waves of the Legacy Collection. It shows that each number begins with a BD designation (for Build-A-Droid I assume) followed by the number in the wave/assortment.

Wave 1: Return of the Jedi
– BD1: Han Solo
– BD2: Luke Skywalker
– BD3: Chewbacca
– BD4: Leektar & Nippet
– BD5: Ak-rev
– BD6: Yarna d’al Gargan
– BD7: Bane Malar
– BD8: Darth Vader (Multi-Piece Helmet)

Wave 2: Clone Wars
-BD9: Obi-Wan Kenobi (General Armor)
-BD10: Clone Scuba Trooper
-BD11: Saesee Tiin (General Armor)
-BD12: Padmé Amidala (Ilum Outfit)
-BD13: IG Lancer Droid
-BD14: Mon Calamari Warrior
-BD15: Quarren Warrior
-BD16: Clone Trooper (with Quad Cannon)

 


 

First Day of Issue: TLC TFU EVO GH4
June 7, 2008 | 7:55 AM EST | Jayson

 


The folks at JediInsider have posted the first look the Legacy TFU Imperial EVO Trooper which also happens to feature the First Day of Issue foil sticker. On the reverse of the card, it shows that it is designated “GH 4” similar to the TLC TFU Battle Damaged Vader “GH 3”. Head on over for a closer look.

 


 

New Clone Wars Officer First Looks
June 7, 2008 | 4:57 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

Our friends at JediDefender have posted the first look at two Clone Trooper Officers, the Clone Commander (Yellow) and Clone Lieutenant (Blue), from the animated line due next month. Head on over for a closer look.

 


 

B.A.D. Details
June 6, 2008 | 7:30 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at POTF2.com have posted a backside carded shot of the Battle Damaged Vader repack from the Legacy line and it reveals that the B.A.D. (Build-A-Droid) pieces are packed in a similar fashion to the Holo figures from the TSC line. It also reveals that the sculpt for this B.A.D. astromech (R4-D6) has the removable middle leg like the Early Bird/TSC R2-D2 and R5-D4 figures.

Head on over for a look.

Note: This figure also has the designation of “GH 3” which sounds like this figure is the third in a series of “Greatest Hits” figures.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: Session #51
June 6, 2008 | 4:28 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has sent back answers to the latest round of submitted questions. Enjoy!

Q1: Dear Hasbro, there are pics of the new Droid Factory figures floating about and I noticed that Luke’s face is now a “must less expressive” version – essentially a straight repack / redeco of the Vintage X-Wlng Pilot sculpt.

Can you confirm or deny that we are in fact getting this version versus the “smiley” Luke shown in the Droid Factory initial solicitation imagery?

Also Luke is shown having the wrong Lightsaber accessories will this common factory error be addressed.

A1: The smiley version was removed at Lucasfilm’s request and changed back to the vintage version. The lightsabers are the same as the Vintage release, including, unfortunately, the same lack of black paint deco on the emitter on the lit version (the factory took our earlier reference and ran with it for this one, and we missed it). The unlit hilt is great though.

*Note to Hasbro: The unlit hilt is still the WRONG VERSION – it’s Vader’s.

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Q2: Dear Hasbro – Imagery of the Legacy “Legends” Wave has shown up online and the pack in accessory shows “Clone Gear” lockers. What is the breakdown of the “gear” – Rifles? Blasters? Pistols? Armor? Binoculars?

A2: They are all blasters, taken from the Battlefront II Clone trooper figure packs. Not all of the blasters will be included, but some very basic and very cool ones will be included.

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Q3: Has the packaging been finalized for the SDCC exclusive “Disturbance in the Force” set yet? If so, think we could get a teaser image? Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.

A3: Yes, yes it has.

Thanks Hasbro! Here is a link to a larger version of the above image.

 


 

Non-Attendee Pre-Order
June 6, 2008 | 1:35 PM EST | Mark

Now available if you cannot make it to Comic Con…

Also available for pre-order… Man this thing looks awesome!

Ambush on Hoth Diorama
 


 

Disney’s 2008 Star Wars Weekends Start Today
June 6, 2008 | 7:41 AM EST | Bill

Today marks the kick-off for Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney’s MGM Studios), in Florida. As always there will be an avalanche of new merchandise, autograph opportunities, and, of course, Stormtroopers everywhere.

 


 

Droid Factory R-3PO Variant?
June 5, 2008 | 10:58 PM EST | Justin2

 

Those scavengers over at TheJawa.com have discovered what appears to be a possible variant on the upcoming R-3PO figure.

Check out more details on what could be an alternate version of this protocol droid after the jump!

 


 

Shadow Guard Pre-Order Attendee
June 5, 2008 | 11:20 AM EST | Mark

If you are heading to Comic Con this year. The Shadow Guard pre-order is today at 10AM PST…

 


 

Looking for another source for Gentle Giant?
June 5, 2008 | 11:15 AM EST | Jayson

GCS Toys carries several Gentle Giant Mini & Classic Busts, Statues and Maquettes from lines such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Alien vs. Predator, Harry Potter, Hellboy, Lord of the Rings, Transformers, and more! Head on over and see what deals can be had.

Thanks to Yak Reader “BobaJoe” for the tip.

 


 

New Hasbro Instruction Sheets
June 5, 2008 | 10:43 AM EST | Jayson

Yakface Reader “Ghost of QG” has sent in a few great links to new Hasbro official and “unofficial” instruction sheets from upcoming Legacy and Clone Wars vehicles and roleplaying products.

Vehicles:
– B-Wing “Dagger Squadron” Fighter (Rebellion Comic Series)*
– Millennium “BMF” Falcon (Legacy)
– V-19 Torrent Starfighter (Clone Wars)

Roleplaying Products:
Clone Trooper Voice Changer Helmet (Clone Wars)
Ultimate Build Your Own Lightsaber (Clone Wars)

Thanks Ghost!

* Speculation is that this “Dagger Squadron” is tied to the Entertainment Earth’s 2008 Exclusive Mystery Set. We shall see…

 


 

Episode 145: We’ve Got Jungle Fever
June 5, 2008 | 9:52 AM EST | Jayson

 


Over at Amazon.com’s Target store the Jungle Rancor (which is called the Battle Rancor on the box) is still in stock. Star Wars Action News ordered some and they were delivered this week. Will there be a rumble in the Felucian jungle, or are these battle-painted beasties best left on store shelves? We review the Rancor and his rider this week.

Also this week, items are starting to show up in the new Clone Wars packing. Star Wars Action News staff member Kevin has found some at his local Target and he calls in with a report and some photos!

With Scott From Tulsa reminding you of all the upcoming pre-orders, Nathan P. Butler answering the age-old question “Where do I start reading the EU?”, Steve updating us on collecting in the UK, and a tribute to Harvey Korman, you’ll find it all on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 4, 2008 | 11:48 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com From now until 12:00 Noon on Friday June 6th, everything except ‘New’ and ‘Preorder / Backorder’ items is on sale! We’ve removed the ‘new’ designation on several hundred more items, so an even wider variety of items is ready to be purchased at discount pricing. Just browse through your favorite menus and the sale items will be displayed.

Also be sure to check out all of our great new preorders and newly arrived collectibles! Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Wattographs Provate Autograph Signing:
Leanna “Zam Wessell” Walsman

June 4, 2008 | 10:11 PM EST | Brandon

June, 2008 continues with a new private autograph signing with Prequel actor, Leeanna Walsman!

Leeanna Walsman played clawdite bounty hunter Zam Wessell in Attack of the Clones. The exciting actress has appeared in the television series Thunderstone and Heartbreak High and in the films Blackrock and Looking for Alibrandi. She played the lead in the successful La Dispute for the Sydney Theatre Company. Leeanna will be appearing in the upcoming film “$9.99” with Geoffrey Rush and fellow Episode II co-star, Joel Edgerton. She will be signing fans’ personal items and official photographs!

Signing ends June 30th at 11:59:59pm EDT. Be sure to signup for the free newsletter for updates on signings and special offers!

www.Wattographs.com!

 


 

Cards Seek You?
June 4, 2008 | 9:00 AM EST | Bill

 


While it’s not an official part of the Star Wars Weekends merchandise, there’s a new playing card set at Disney’s Star Tours shops on both the East and West coats. This one includes 2 decks of cards, one for the lightside/Jedi, and one for the darkside/Sith. While the backs of the cards in each deck all say Jedi or Sith with the appropriate logo, the face cards are what makes this set special– each deck has Disney characters dressed up as members of the Star Wars Universe. Here’s a breakdown:
Lightside:
A Stitch Yoda
K Mickey/Tatooine Luke
Q Minnie/ANH Leia
J Donald Han Solo
Joker Chip/Dale Ewoks

Darkside:
A Darth Donald Maul
K Stitch Emperor
Q Daisey/Aurra Sing
J Darth Goofy (Vader)
Joker Pete/Boba Fett

 


 

LOTF: Invincible Review- Update
June 4, 2008 | 3:27 AM EST | Holocron_Master_Nick

Let me first say that for those who have been patient, I thank you.
For those who have been impatient, I apologize. I’m nearly done with the book as well as the review so hold tight …it’s not like I was out seeing any movies, “Koff” Iron Man Rocks “Coff” or Indy and the Kingdom of the Crystal Crap, umm, sorry that’s Skull.
So I am nearing the end and I can already say with certainty that if this book had been a movie, it would have been rated “R”. I haven’t seen this much suspense in a Star Wars novel and I still have no idea which way things are gonna swing. There’s plenty of “in your face”, brutal battles. Space, ground, zero-g, it is so scary I’ve wet my pants …oh, wait a minute that was actually when I saw the gas prices today …and a second time when Indy IV ended …STUPID “McGuffin”.
Okay, let’s just say I’m scared for the characters of the Star Wars EU and we’ll leave it at that …for now.

 


 

There’s A New Force In The Galaxy
June 3, 2008 | 7:48 AM EST | Bill

Galactic Binder.com has opened its virtual doors. Here’s an overview of the site and its mission:

GALACTICBINDER.COM – “…IT BINDS THE GALAXY TOGETHER”
Looking for Star Wars on the web? Look no further!

Ever wonder how big the online Star Wars galaxy really is? Well, drop by www.galacticbinder.com to find out.

With over 1,000 sites already listed (and we’re just getting started), GalacticBinder.com is the largest Star Wars specific directory in the galaxy. Use the advanced search and sorting capabilities to find links to Star Wars sites you never knew existed. Rate and review your favorite sites to let others know why they’re the best. Drill down into over 125 specific categories to find exactly the types of sites you’re looking for – eliminating having to wade through non-relevant results from the major search engines.

While you’re visiting make sure to check out our feature interview with Star Wars site owner and Lucasfilm approved artist Randy Martinez.

And please enter our free giveaway for your chance to win a PROMO “Mynock Hunt” Chewbacca mini-bust – compliments of our sponsors at Gentle Giant, Ltd. We’re planning on giving away piles of Star Wars swag in the coming months, including some extremely rare items, so make sure to come back and visit us often for your chance to win.

We hope GalacticBinder.com will become your favorite resource for exploring and searching the Star Wars galaxy online. May the Force Be With You!

 


 

YAKForums Update #3
June 2, 2008 | 8:36 PM EST | Brandon

Hello fans! We’re sorry the forums arn’t up quite yet. You may have noticed some interesting pages when trying to visit this weekend. Our server host is still hard at work performing the upgrades. Our hope is to have the new server up by tomorrow. We can’t promise it will be ready by then but that is our hope. We will keep you updated. Until then… get those posts jotted down on paper and be ready to do some major posting when they return! Sorry again for the inconvenience.

 


 

StarconstruX is Back!
June 1, 2008 | 6:44 PM EST | Justin2

 


This in from our friends over at StarconstruX:

StarconstruX is BACK !!!

After one year of parental leave and building a house we’re back in business !

The first modification of our internet page is the “Weekly Spotlight” ….. here you will find on a weekly basis pictures of the development of our custom figures and dioramas.

Furthermore we will extend the “tips and tricks” section of our internet page ….. and especially in the year of INDIANA JONES also fans of non Star Wars customs and dioramas will be pleased to visit our page regularly ! 

If you’re into customizing, you’ll definitely find some great custom works over there. Head on over and see what’s new after the jump!

May 2008 Archive

May Yakfinities Update
May 31, 2008 | 11:36 PM EST | Justin2

 

As you are aware, the forum server is temporarily down.

Some members have already emailed their Yakfinities entries in today, but we are going to continue to accept entries through Sunday VIA EMAIL.

Please be sure to include your forum username when you send in your entries. The winner will be declared after the forums are back up and running, and we thank you again for your patience.

 


 

CNN Reports on Carbonite Slab In Basement
May 31, 2008 | 10:07 PM EST | Bill

CNN’s I report is running a story on collectors, including those of our favorite Galaxy Far, Far Away. Check it out here.

 


 

It’s Star Wars Weekends Time Again
May 30, 2008 | 10:21 PM EST | Bill

That can mean only one thing– hold on to your wallets, Disney has once again created lots of swag for the on-going annual Imperial Invasion into Disney’s Hollywood (formerly MGM) Studios. Check out some of the goodies atStarWars.com.

 


 

YAKForums Update #2
May 30, 2008 | 1:09 PM EST | Brandon

Good news Yakkers! We have word that the new hardware / software is being installed as we speak. The ETA from the host is 24 – 48 hours. Don’t worry… all data has been backed up and no information has been lost. We thank you for your patience and look forward to hearing from you on the forums soon!

 


 

AWESOME Hoth Preview…..
May 30, 2008 | 7:40 AM EST | Mark

Check this coming soon item out….

Ambush on Hoth Diorama
 


 

UPDATE: What’s Blue, Big, And Has Changable Arms?
May 29, 2008 | 11:50 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends over at POTF2.Com have uncovered images of the upcoming (still unofficial) holographic Grevious figure which is though to be a TRU exclusive. In addition to 2 sets of arms, he includes enough holographic lightsabers to make even a Star Wars collector happy! Check it out here.

UPDATE: The folks at Jedi Insider have come up with front and back carded shots of the TRU Holograhic General Grievous slated for release during the huge 7/26 retail push. Thanks to forum member Rune Haako for the tip.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
May 29, 2008 | 11:46 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com We have another quick update with lots of new preorders and new toys in stock that you’ve been waiting for! Here’s a few highlights– hot off the truck:
1:1 SALACIOUS B. CRUMB STATUE
The monkey-lizard jester of Jabba the Hutt’s court, Salacious B. Crumb finally comes in to his own with this life-sized polystone and fiberglass statue. He comes with a pillow and an optional display base, and he’ll be happy to keep a beady eye on your stuff. Take a look at this great new statue today

INDIANA JONES VEHICLES
We now have all three 3-3/4″-scaled vehicles in stock from the new Indiana Jones movie. In addition to the mighty Jungle Cutter vehicle, we’ve got the Cargo Truck and Troop Car as well, so round out your Indy collection with these great vehicles today!

STAR WARS MIGHTY MUGGS WAVE 4
Hot on the heels of Wave 3 comes the next assortment of Star Wars Mini Muggs. Wave 4 includes Bespin Luke (complete with black eye!) and Yoda for the good guys, and Emperor Palpatine and General Grievous from the dark side of the Force. These cute little guys are all the rage, so take a look at them today!

We have also have the INDIANA JONES FEDORA & KEYCHAIN up for preorder– We’ve got a couple of new accessories available to celebrate the new Indiana Jones movie. If you’re looking for a small momento of the flick you’ll want to check out the Crystal Skull keychain, a pocket-sized version of the treasured relic from the film. On the other end of the spectrum we’ve got a replica felt fedora just like Indy’s available in hat sizes small to extra large. You can get an eyeful of these new items here and here.

Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Droid Factory Luke Not So “Happy”?
May 29, 2008 | 11:39 PM EST | Jayson

 


A member over at the MouseDroid.com forums has acquired a few samples of the new Droid Factory Sets and it appears that Hasbro has thankfully put Luke through “spin dry” and we’ll essentially getting a VTSC Luke Pilotrepack/redeco. Whew – dodged a blast bolt there! Although is looks like we’re still getting the wrong lightsaber and hilt accessories. : (

 


 

Hasbro News: The Massive AT-TE
May 29, 2008 | 11:19 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has updated their Republic News section this week with the full “official” details regarding the highly anticipated AT-TE (All-Terrain Tactical Enforcer) from the new Clone Wars line due on shelves 7/26. Question is will you have enough room for this and the BMF Falcon? Answer: We’ll make room!!!

 


 

Wanna Build Your Own R2?
May 29, 2008 | 11:12 PM EST | Jayson

Yep, me too. The latest edition of Servo Magazine has an in-depth profile of the R2 Builders Club and delves into just what it takes to have your own lifesize astromech sidekick. You can download load the entire article here.

 


 

Sponsor Alert: Entertainment Earth Mystery Set
May 29, 2008 | 10:58 PM EST | Jayson

 


In Entertainment Earth’s latest catalog, there is a “shadowy” ad for an upcoming 6 pack of figures similar to last year’s 2 Mandalorian “mystery” sets. No word as of yet to the contents, but over in the JediDefender forums, Adam Pawlus (EE.comGalactic Hunter16bit.com) has said that this will be a “themed” assortment.

This exclusive set is slated for release in Oct 08 for $35.99 and look for the full details of this “mystery” to be revealed at SDCC 08.

 


 

Sponsor Alert: K & C Collectibles
May 29, 2008 | 10:45 PM EST | Jayson

 

Scum and Villainy, Legacy of the Force, Clone Wars and more

K & C Collectibles has received the below items this week. We will be closed from June 1st through June 4th, 2008. All orders received after 4:00pm Saturday May 30th will be processed on Thursday June 5th.

New – Games:
Thermal Detonation Theme Deck – Scum and Villainy $5.99
Legacy of the Force Miniatures #1 – #60

In Stock – Clone Wars (multi-pack):
Anakin Skywalker and Clone Trooper Lieutenant (blue)
Yoda & Clone Trooper Commander (yellow)
ARC Trooper and Clone Trooper (white)

In Stock – Clone Wars (Deluxe):
Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike
Durge with Swoop Bike
Jedi Knight Army – Army of the Republic
Droid Army – Separatist Forces

In Stock – Episode 2 (Deluxe):
Obi-Wan Kenobi – Kamino Confrontation
Super Battle Droid Builder
Spider Droid
Yoda Deluxe figure – Force Powers
Mace Windu with White Battle Droid
Anakin Skywalker Slashing Action Deluxe
Obi-Wan Kenobi w/Force-Flipping

 


 

Episode 144: Saga Legends Lunacy
May 29, 2008 | 10:41 PM EST | Jayson

 


The final five Saga Legends are an elusive bunch, perhaps because so many of them are “Shadow” troopers they stay well hidden. Despite their best attempts at camouflage Star Wars Action News spotted some this week. They review the figures chosen to be rereleased as well as their special coins. We also talk about the latest for Galactic Heroes packs to be released, with new Jedi and new clones!

Also this week, Kevin brings us another vintage figure review. Which figure from your childhood is being discussed? Listen to find out. We also have a Hasbro Q&A discussing the conflicts between San Diego Comic Con and the release of the new Star Wars toys, Scott from Tulsa gives us an update on his latest store runs, and Arnie reviews the book the Secret History of Star Wars.

And listen for your chance to win one of two copies of the last Legacy of the Force novel Invincible, autographed by author Troy Denning.

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

 


 

YAKForums Downtime Update
May 29, 2008 | 8:17 PM EST | Brandon

Hello Yakface.com Forums Fans!

We apologize for the forum outage many are experiencing. Though this downtime wasn’t originally scheduled our host has decided to go ahead and install new hardware and software on our forum server. Though this downtime currently may seem inconvenient, unsettling, and annoying the future of the server looks bright.

We know many fans have found the recent struggles our current server has been experiencing to be rather unenjoyable please bear with us as we work hard behind the scenes to remedy this situation once and for all. We are aware that this is not providing the best possible service to our fans and has left many viewers with a bad experience and left many current users to leave our forums. We by no means have wanted anyone to have this negative experience and visit at our forums and are working hard to rectify these forum behaviors. Our hope is to have the new software and hardware installed by the end of the weekend and look forward to the Forums working much better and stable from June on.

The good news is the new software and hardware being installed will allow our forums to accommodate the extreme bandwidth we attract and allow for fans to have better stability, access, etc. Our hope is once the installation is complete we will see the massive amounts of downtime, crashes, loading, errors, etc. decrease (IF NOT DISSAPPEAR!). Though this is our goal no promises can be made, Technology after all is unpredictable, but rest assured we have you all in mind and want to provide the best service you come to expect from Yakface.com.

Please note, that we are also still hard at work trying to backup current information and PHPBB coding as we begin the slow transfer process of bringing the forums to the Yakface.com server and away from our current server host / provider. Though we still have no ETA on when we will be YAKside (at home) we hope to move over by the end of summer.

Thank you very much for your loyalty, understanding, and patience young padawans.

*EVENT UPDATE: We know many of you were excited about the TFU Q&A and the end of our YAKfinities contests. We have our mods hard at work extending deadlines. Once the forums are back up and running smoothly we will allow time for everyone to fairly contribute to the events. The TFU Q&A deadline has been extended to Sunday, June 8th, 2008 and the YAKfinities Deadline will be announced by Chewie shortly. Thank you!

 


 

Forum Downtime
May 28, 2008 | 7:44 PM EST | Justin2

As many of you have noticed, our forum host has been experiencing maintenance problems on and off today.

In the meantime, if you are unable to access the forums and would like to send a question in for our Q&A session with the developers of The Force Unleashedgame, please feel free to email them along with your forum username torykrofenloe@yahoo.com no later than Saturday, and we’ll add them to the potential list of questions that will be sent to the LucasArts team.

Thank you for your patience as we work on resolving the forum issue.

 


 

ILM’s Role in Indy’s New Kingdom, And A Star Tours 2.0 Update
May 27, 2008 | 11:33 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Brian sent us a link to this interview with a member of the team on Indy 4. While that alone is an interesting read, the last paragraph lends more semi-official confirmation to Star Tours 2.0 coming to Disney’s theme parks sooner rather than later.

 


 

Announcement: TFU Developer Q & A!
May 27, 2008 | 2:01 PM EST | Brandon

 

Hello Yakface.com Fans!

I am proud to announce that the LucasArts Developers, Adam Kahn & Chris Baker, have awarded our site a 10 Question Q & A for The Force Unleashed. We are very excited to have this unique opportunity to let our viewers ask some questions about this upcoming and exciting game from LucasArts. For further details and to submit your questions jump to our forums now!

 


 

More YakTube!
May 26, 2008 | 10:59 PM EST | Niktom

 

I know it’s two in a row but I just couldn’t pass it up. Our friend Stephen Hayford along with Jessie Vega put together this great video for a contest at work. They even won first place!

News Wars

Great job guys! You can discuss the video in the YakTube thread here and be sure to check out more of Stephen’s top notch work here .

 


 

YakTube: School Board TV Commercial
May 26, 2008 | 8:50 AM EST | Niktom

 

As both a Star Wars fan and educator I must say that this guy would have had my vote!

Christopher Knight for School Board TV Commercial #1

Talk about it here in the forums, plus check out other YakTube selections.

 


 

Yakfinities Update
May 26, 2008 | 12:25 AM EST | Justin2

 

After a brief server delay, we’re picking back up on the current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge – Reversals!

Han Solo as an Imperial Admiral? Leia as a Sith Lord? Luke as a Dark Jedi? This month’s Yakfinities truly falls in the Infinities theme, so be sure to get your entries in before the end of May here in the forums!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TFU Battle Rancor w/Felucian Rider
May 24, 2008 | 1:48 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface Toyguide gets a holiday weekend update today with the addition of The Force Unleashed Battle Rancor with Felucian Rider. This all new Rancor features a ton of articulation, complete with shoulder and ankle ball-joints, a swiveling head with a posable jaw, swivel biceps, wrists and hips. The Felucian Warrior is no slouch either as he is loaded down with poseability as well. Look for these to start hitting shelves officially this week. Oh, and this sucker is BIG!

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: #50 Memorial Weekend Edition
May 24, 2008 | 6:58 AM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has sent back answers to the latest round of submitted questions. Topics covered are force appendages, astromech details on the new JSF, Clone Wars Deluxe figures and just how heavy is the BMF anyway?

See what Hasbro had to say in our forums!

 


 

Non-Attendee Pre-Order
May 23, 2008 | 6:50 AM EST | Mark

Today the Non-Attendee pre-order takes place at 10am PST

Aayla Secura 12-inch Figure - Comic-Con Exclusive Non-Attendee Edition

You can also still pre-order the attendee version…

General- LOTR Uruk-Hai Helms
 


 

Bring on the Ladies!
May 22, 2008 | 3:23 PM EST | Justin2

 

Forum staffer jedistyle was able to get his hands on some of the upcoming Legacy figures a bit early – check out what these ladies have to offer after the jump!

 


 

Target Marking Down Prices
May 22, 2008 | 7:09 AM EST | Mark

Stores and prices vary, however, if you are on a toy run to get the newest Target exclusive Rancor, then make sure you check out the Mustafar and Endor Galactic Hunter sets and the Aayla Secura ship as these have been popping up at clearence prices.

 


 

Legacy #24
May 22, 2008 | 6:53 AM EST | Mark

Darkhorse Comic Legacy #24 is out this week, head over to pick up the latest copy from your local Comic shop. This marks the 2 year anniversary of the series.

Cade Skywalker determines to deal with the Empire once and for all in this conclusion to one of the most important stories of the year!

When a reunion with old friends is compromised by an Imperial intrusion, Cade realizes there’s only one way to stop the Sith-a way that requires a fast ship, a custom-made blaster, and most of all, allies you can trust. Yet not all in his party are who they seem to be, and if Cade’s not careful, he might just doom the galaxy’s last ray of hope to a dark and devastating fate.

 


 

Battle Rancor – In Stock!
May 21, 2008 | 9:59 PM EST | Justin2

 

The Force Unleashed Battle Rancor is listed as IN STOCK… if you’re wanting this item, it might be a good idea to click on over to Target.com

Thanks to Yakface reader Darth Lard for the heads up!

 


 

Sideshow Comic Con Pre-Order Info
May 21, 2008 | 7:27 AM EST | Mark

COMIC-CON ATTENDEE PRIORITY PRE-ORDER INFORMATION
The following information is for newsletter members who are ATTENDING Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA (July 23rd-27th, 2008) and wish to purchase the Aayla Secura 12-inch Figure Comic-Con Exclusive. Newsletter subscribers who are attending the Con, and who qualify, will be given an opportunity to ‘Priority Pre-Order’ the Aayla Secura 12-inch Figure, on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008, from 10am to Noon (Pacific Time) at SideshowCollectibles.com. This two hour pre-order window is only available to ‘Priority Pre-Order’ members. If any items remain available for purchase after the newsletter member pre-ordering window, then these will be offered to the general public who will be ATTENDING Comic-Con. Please note: ATTENDEE orders that are not picked up at our Comic-Con store before Sunday, July 27th at 12:00 PM (Noon) PT will be canceled and offered to walk-up Attendees on a first come, first served basis.

 


 

Episode 142: I Love Star Wars
May 21, 2008 | 6:37 AM EST | Jayson

 


This week on Star Wars Action News, it’s episode 1-4-3 and as those of you with old school pagers know, 1-4-3 means “I love you.” As such, the hosts of Star Wars Action News take some time this week to remember why they love Star Wars and Star Wars collecting.

In addition, last Tuesday saw the release of the final Legacy of the Force novel, Invincible by Troy Denning. Brock finished the book and provides a spoiler-free review, and Arnie sat down with Troy Denning at Borders in Oak Brook, IL to discuss some of the book’s plot points. If you’ve read Invincible this is an interview not to miss! (and if you’ve not read Invincible, save this show in a special location on your hard drive to listen to as soon as you finish the final page).

With a poll of the week, Scott From Tulsa’s store report, and an update on Red 5’s charity walk, we really hope you enjoy this week’s Star Wars Action News.

Thank you for listening.

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Get 10% Off Star Wars
May 20, 2008 | 7:20 PM EST | Jayson

 

K & C Collectibles is offering 10% off all orders over $50. This discount applies to in-stock merchandise. A discount code must be keyed during the check out process to receive the 10% off. The discount code is memorialday and expires on Monday May 26th, 2008. This offer is only good on in-stock items and is not valid on pre-order.

New – Battle Packs:
STAP Attack – Battle Pack
Hoth Patrol – Battle Pack

In Stock – (TAC Wave 2) – Force Unleashed:
#09 – Imperial EVO Trooper
#10 – Imperial Jumptrooper
#11 – Maris Brood
#12 – Battle-Damaged Darth Vader
#13 – Rahm Kota
#14 – Emperors Shadow Guard
#15 – Juno Eclipse

In Stock – Titanium:
T-16 Skyhopper
Baron Fel’s TIE Interceptor
Jedi Starfighter – Fire Red (Prototype)
AT-ST – (new paint)
Mace Windu Jedi Starfighter
Anakin’s Podracer
Slave I

In Stock – Order 66:
Obi-Wan Kenobi and ARC Trooper Commander #1 of 6
Anakin Skywalker and ARC Trooper #2 of 6
Tsui Choi and BARC Trooper #3 of 6
Emperor Palpatine and Commander Vill #4 of 6
Luminara Unduli and AT-RT Driver #5 of 6
Master Sev and ARC Trooper #6 of 6.

In-Stock – 30th Anniversary Comic 2-Packs:
Mouse and Basso in Disguise
Lieutenant Jundland and Deena Shan
Clone Commando and Super Battle Droid
Commander Keller and Galactic Marine
Boba Fett and RA-7 Droid
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Bail Organa (with twins)
Quinlan Vos and Vilmarh Grahrk
Baron Soontir Fel and Hobbie Klivian
Koffi Arana and Bultar Swan

Pre-Order – May 25th, 2008
TIE Fighter Pilot mini-bust
Obi-Wan in Clone Trooper Armor mini-bust
Clone Wars Movie Trading Card box
Dengar – Kotobukiya statue
Uncut Playing Card Poster Set
Star Wars Poker Set
Clone Wars expansion Pocket model box

 


 

The Saber Vault Update
May 20, 2008 | 6:51 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Saber Vault.com:

For the last few months we’ve been warning that our stock of Saber Vault Star Wars items could be considered to be a “threatened species”, now it is truely among the “endangered”! We are down to only one left on SEVERAL items: Boba Fett Return of the Jedi Signature Edition blaster, Luke Skywalker Return of the Jedi V.2 LE lightsaber, The Muppet Show Gonzo photo muppet LE, Captain Barbossa LE sword from the Pirates of the Caribbean, and Qui-Gon Jinn LE
lightsaber. ALL are priced below retail price and once they leave the Vault, they won’t return.

Our stock of Master Replicas FX sabers is dwindling fast too. We have less than than 10 of each in stock. At $85 (including shipping) is it a wonder why they are selling fast?!?

Still in stock are mini lightsabers, helmets and blasters, Pirates of the Caribbean small items (necklaces, rings, key’s, coins) as 2 mini
lightsaber/blaster cases left. Click here to order.

 


 

YakTube – ” A Cardboard Hope”
May 19, 2008 | 10:29 PM EST | Niktom

 

A little cardboard, a few friends, and some extra time… what better way to bring back YakTube!

Star Wars (Sweded): A Cardboard Hope

Thumbs up? Thumbs down? You decide… let us know what you think in theforums.

 


 

A Closer Look at The Force Unleashed Battle Rancor 
May 18, 2008 | 11:36 PM EST | Justin2

 

Not only is The Force Unleashed Battle Rancor larger than its POTF2 ROTJ counterpart, this new beast also features more articulation, has a removable harness, comes with a super-articulated Felucian Warrior, and sports an awesome war paint scheme.

It appears that this gigantic creature will begin popping up on Target shelves throughout the U.S. sometime around May 25. Until then we’ve got a few loose images of this beast for your viewing pleasure in the forums!

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – LukeSprywalker
May 18, 2008 | 10:32 PM EST | Justin2

 

Forum member LukeSprywalker has been hard at work creating several background characters from Mos Eisley and the infamous Cantina that we all know and love from Star Wars: A New Hope, earning the most recent Customizer Spotlight here at Yakface.

Take a peak for yourself at several customs of characters we may never see Hasbro get to, as well as some in-progress figures he has been working on afterthe jump!

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Continues…
May 17, 2008 | 12:45 AM EST | Justin2

 

Construction on the diorama sets for the next chapter in the Rykrof Enloe Photonovel Series has begun. Look for a preview to the next chapter here at Yakface in the coming days…

In the meantime, there’s still time to catch up on the events leading up to it inChapter 23 – REVELATIONS.

 


 

A Pre-Order of Another Kind
May 16, 2008 | 6:59 AM EST | Mark

While NOT Star Wars.. there are those of us who also love the other trilogy… LOTR. Over at Sideshow they have a Priority Pre-Order today for the ‘Dark Counsel’ Diorama – Theoden and Grima .

 


 

12″ RAH Royal Guard
May 16, 2008 | 6:52 AM EST | Mark

If you read the review about the detail and poseability of the RAH figures, then you will want to get one of these. If you have not, then click on the review to the left of the RAH Jango. These are very well made 12″ figures. This Royal Guard RAH – 12-inch Figure is up for pre-order right now at Sideshow.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
May 15, 2008 | 4:57 PM EST | Jayson

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com

We’ve just reduced pricing on 100 heavily stocked and/or expensive items. Most sale items are Transformers, Star Wars, GI Joe, Cars or Marvel, and there are a few other lines mixed in. Some prices have been reduced moderately, while others have been cut in half. This sale runs until next Monday – so be sure to pick up any sale items that catch your eye.

We’ve just received a number of great items, including:

INDIANA JONES – BASICS WAVE 2
A new assortment of Indiana Jones figures has been shipped out by Hasbro, and this wave is full of figures from the new movie, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” We’ve got Mutt with either jacket or python, Irena Spalko, Colonel Dovchenko, various Indys and more in stock and ready to ship out.

SW KUBRICKS WAVE 8
Medicom’s latest wave of Star Wars Kubricks is here! Wave 8 takes its cues from The Phantom Menace, with a lineup consisting of a Battle Droid, Darth Maul, Queen Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, Qui-Gon Jinn and C-3P0. The box of twelve will include some duplicates, and possibly a chase figure.

SW SUPER DEFORMED FIGURES
These Super Deformed Star Wars figures are a brand new offering from Tomy, and we’ve got them in stock. This first case assortment includes Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, R2-D2, C-3P0 and Yoda, and each box includes 12 blind-boxed figures. Pick up these cute SW figures today!

KUSTOMZ TIE FIGHTER
Another great new Star Wars Kustomz Statue has shown up – this time it’s the TIE Fighter! Cruising around a red moon, this caricatured version of the TIE Fighter has the pilot riding on top like a Jocker, with his red-highlighted TIE Fighter like a chariot beneath him. These new styled statues are all the rage, so check him out and place your order today, before they’re gone!

 


 

Space Warrior Rifle?
May 15, 2008 | 2:06 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Yak Reader “YakPurge” snapped a couple interesting shots while visiting his local TRU store yesterday. He saw a “Space Warrior” Rifle which bears a striking resemblance to the Hasbro Battle Droid rifle. Weird… I wonder if Hasbro is aware of this item?

Head to our forums for a closer view.

 


 

A Sad Day
May 14, 2008 | 6:44 PM EST | Mark

Today the Heimlich family laid to rest Richard Heimlich. In loving memory, Richard was the main inspiration to me and my Star Wars collecting. The many toys show we did together, along with the many stores early in the morning to get the exclusives, and the midnight showings of the movies. Richard we will miss you, may you rest in peace…

 


 

Hasbro News: Signature Series FX Lightsabers
May 14, 2008 | 5:00 PM EST | Jayson

Hasbro also updates today with the official announcement of their Signature Series line of FX Lightsabers (previously produced by Master Replicas). Look for these to hit this fall.

 


 

Hasbro News: The Might of Mighty Muggs
May 14, 2008 | 4:52 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Star Wars Mighty Muggs news gets even larger with the introduction of four new Muggs based on characters from the new Star Wars: The Clone Wars animation: Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress, Captain Rex, and Clone Wars Anakin! Mighty Muggs have entered the Clone Wars!

Mighty Muggs may be made from 100% Recycled Awesome but these new Muggs are 100% cool! Collect them all and stay tuned for more news from Hasbro!

 


 

VTLC Rumor Mill Churning
May 14, 2008 | 3:15 PM EST | Jayson

Rebelscum has gathered another speculative list of figures slated for 2009 and it covers the possible return of the Vintage “VTLC” line. Will it include *gasp* Prequel and EU characters? Head over an read the complete list, then weigh in with your thoughts in our forums.

 


 

Legacy of the Force: Invincible
May 14, 2008 | 12:42 PM EST | Holocron_Master_Nick

“Is near, the end of LOTF”, Yoda sighs.

Sorry for getting this out to you guys late, but yesterday they released the final book, in a 9 book series. LOTF: Invincible has Darth Caedus against just about everyone in the galaxy. Many beings want him gone, very few want him alive, and a bunch want him dead …such as Boba, Jaina, Ben and others. So this is it, this book is the culmination of three great authors who have brought us on this crazy ride through happiness, madness, distraught and pain. What will the galaxy be left with at the end? Who will survive? Who wown’t? And who or what is Invivncible?!!

Check out my review coming to Yakface forums soon.

Oh and this is OT, but any Joe fans out there wave 7 has hit stores, and so has the Battle Packs for TRU, the Hoth and Stap one. Also the huge winged TIE fighters are out at TRU, too. And of course Indy, I found a jungle cutter vehicle, so good luck, good hunting and stay safe. I might have heard from a little birdy that sometime in July, there will be a special day for the release of many new Star Wars stuff …

 


 

Episode 142: And the Hunt Goes On…
May 13, 2008 | 8:45 AM EST | Jayson

 


Rancors with blue stripes, Stormtroopers in black armor, Darth Vader with slashes across his chest, battle droids on STAPs and Wampas and Tauntauns…these are the things people are hunting for. This week on Star Wars Action News, our Toys R Us employee bothan spy tells us which of these are showing up at Toys R Us, and in what quantity, and then our listeners fill us in on what they’ve been finding.

Also this week, we take a close look at the remaining 5 Force Unleashed figures, Battle Damaged Darth Vader, Rahm Kota, The Shadow Guard, the EVO Trooper, and the Jumptrooper. Are these worth hunting for, and will the be on pegs for much longer? Listen to find out!

Finally, we have another e-bay charity auction this week to sponsor forum member Red 5’s part in the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk in Dallas, TX May 17th, 2008. Thanks to a lister’s donation we are auctioning off a Gentle Giant animated R2-D2 Yoda maquette! Find the link at swactionnews.com.

Thank you for listening.

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

Thanks for listening.

 


 

Del Rey’s Contract Extended!
May 12, 2008 | 11:18 AM EST | Jayson

Our friends at Star Wars Action News have passed on to us this important information:

With the ad for a new book, entitled Millennium Falcon appearing at the end of the newest Legacy of the Force book Invincible (on store shelves tomorrow), it was widely suspected that this meant Del Rey’s contract with Lucasfilm for more Star Wars books was extended.

We contacted our sources at Del Rey and we can now confirm this to be the case!

Per our contact from Del Rey, Del Rey has received an extended contract for more Star Wars novels. “There are sure there will be more books into 2009” he said, but he could not be more specific about the details of the contract, how many years it covered, or how many books we may see. He did confirm there would be new adult fiction as well as companion books, like the Star Wars Encyclopedia being released this fall.

So that means more great Star Wars fiction to come from Del Rey. We expect an official announcement from Lucasfilm’s Sue Rostoni to be forthcoming.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – sith_fire30
May 11, 2008 | 10:24 PM EST | Justin2

 

Our latest Customizer Spotlight goes to one of the master sculptors in the hobby, sith_fire30, who has just updated with more jaw-dropping custom figures.

Check out his latest works in the forums!

 


 

Rancor Unleashed!
May 11, 2008 | 7:12 PM EST | Justin2

 

Our allies over at Sandtroopers.com are reporting that The Force Unleashed Rancor has been found at a Target in New York.

Be sure to keep an eye out for these folks, and don’t forget – you can always try the DPCI number (087-06-1479) to check if they are in stock at your local Target if you don’t see them on the shelf yet.

 


 

Lego News: Star Wars Fans’ Choice 
May 10, 2008 | 10:57 AM EST | Jayson

 


The LEGO Company and Toysrus.com want to create the perfect set to add to your 2009 Lego Star Wars colletion. Go towww.Toysrus.com/LegoStarWarsVote from May 10 at 12:01 am to May 17 at 11:59 pm to vote for one of three classic Star Wars scenes that you’d like to see transformed into a LEGO set. The Choice Is With You!

And the choices are:
The Arrest of Palpatine
Slave I and Cloud City Landing Platform
Mon Calamari Cruiser Set

Thanks to forum member PaulSkywalker for the tip!

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: #49 Edition
May 9, 2008 | 8:27 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has sent back answers to the latest round of submitted questions. Topics covered are playsets, Han & Luke Stormtroopers, and more details on the BMF!

See what Hasbro had to say in our forums!

 


 

NEW Clone Wars Trailer in HD
May 9, 2008 | 5:02 PM EST | Jayson

 


Head to Yahoo to view the new Clone Wars Trailer in HD.

 


 

New TRU Battle Packs
May 8, 2008 | 7:31 PM EST | Mark

 

Toys R Us

Over at Toys R Us.com they have in stock the Star Wars Hoth Patrol and the Star Wars STAP Attack battle packs. Use the coupon above to save even more money. They are in stock now.

 


 

Droid Factory Sets
May 8, 2008 | 8:04 AM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has updated with info regarding the Droid Factory Sets set to be released exclusively at Wal-Mart in just a couple months. These sets include a figure, a droid and an additional droid part to build a C-3PX droid that is available when all six 2 packs are collected.

 


 

Lars Homestead!
May 7, 2008 | 8:24 PM EST | Justin2

Our friends over at POTF2.com have gotten their hands on what appears to be a mockup of the rumored Disturbance at Lars Homestead Battle Pack!

More and more it appears that Hasbro is listening to what fans have been clamoring for… we can only hope this trend continues with more diorama-esque environments such as this one.

 


 

The Clone Wars Theatrical Poster and TV Spots
May 7, 2008 | 7:48 AM EST | Jayson

 


With the recent announcement of The Clone Wars making its debut in theaters on August 15, fans once again have a chance to add a bona-fide Star Wars theatrical one-sheet to their collection — and once again, you can only get it atStarWarsShop!

Measuring a full 27″x40″ and double-sided, this stunning theatrical one-sheet exhibits the core cast of characters that will soon be continuing the Star Wars saga. This is the very poster theaters will soon be showcasing in lobby light-boxes — a poster you can now display in your own home theater!

Don’t miss this chance to pick up this limited StarWarsShop exclusive now — The Clone Wars are just beginning, and you’ll definitely want to own the poster that launches the latest chapter in the Star Wars Saga! REMEMBER: in the month of May, StarWarsShop is giving away a 2 pack of Star Wars miniatures with every purchase!

Also, look for the official movie trailers to start airing on TV Thursday, May 8 on Turner Networks (Cartoon Network, TNT, TBS, CNN and Boomerang) simultaneously at 7:58 p.m.

You can read more about it here.

 


 

New Star Wars Basic Figure Rumor List
May 7, 2008 | 7:39 AM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Rebelscum have posted the 411 on an as yet unannounced/unofficial, Legacy wave focused on Revenge of the Sith which has some very nice entries. In addition, if true, this rumor list gives us a MAJOR reason to buy the BMF Falcon– think a certain large playset people have been requesting for years. Check it out here.

 


 

New Carded Clone Wars Figure Images
May 6, 2008 | 1:44 PM EST | Jayson

New images have popped up over at the Sandtroopers forum of a few of the new Animated Clone Wars figure line. Forum member Gorkoracing has posted carded shots of General Grievous (with interchangeable arms), Captain Rex (non-mailaway version), R2-D2 (with hidden gadgets) and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The backer card also helps to clarify what we can expect from the upcoming Clone Wars movie and animated series, so spoiler avoiders be aware. March on over for a look see.

 


 

With a Heavy Heart…
May 5, 2008 | 9:10 PM EST | Mark

Today, I received some very sad news. To those of you whom have followed Yakface.com for the many years that it has been online, you will recall, the Vintageman. He sold vintage figrues here on Yakface in the early years. His reputation was very solid. Today, I received news that Richard Heimlich has been hospitalized with Liver Failure due to cancer. Richard was one of the main reasons I started working on a Star Wars website, which became this site you visit. Please take a moment and give a prayer for Richard whom is in need of a miracle…….

 


 

Photonovel Spotlight – Attack on the Legacy!
May 5, 2008 | 7:44 PM EST | Justin2

 

In the tradition of Yakface photonovel spotlights, we’ve got a great treat for readers with the addition of an all new series, The Drewton Legacy.

Check out the beginning of what looks to be a very promising saga, brought to you by forum member Drewton, after the jump!

 


 

Episode 141: The Listeners Speak
May 5, 2008 | 9:11 AM EST | Jayson

 


It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan, isn’t it? There’s not one but two toy lines hovering in the not so distant future, Star Wars returns to theaters in August overcoming all expectations, and there’s a brand new collectibles company, eFX, breaking onto the scene. As such, listeners of Star Wars Action News direct the conversations for this week’s show. We discuss some preferred method of storing loose figures, a re-edited version of Star Wars, some classic Star Wars records, and the trio of Lego Star Wars Nintendo DS Lunchboxes.

Also this week we discuss the new exclusive items from Sideshow Collectibles and Nathan P. Butler (author of the Star Wars Tales issue “Equals And Opposites” which will have a comic book 2-pack coming out soon!) giving us an expanded universe update.

And remember, the Star Wars Action News bookclub is taking sign-ups now to join us in reading Jedi Search by Kevin J. Anderson. Bookclub members read the books together, discuss them on the Star Wars Action News forums, and then members can join in a roundtable discussion about the books which is then released as a Book Club podcast! To join the Book Club in reading Jedi Search, with the first appearances of characters such as Kyp Durron, Admiral Daala, and Exar Kun, go to the Star Wars Action News forums and sign up today!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

Thanks for listening.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
May 4, 2008 | 10:13 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com We’ve just received lots of great Star Wars and Indiana Jones items– check these out:
INDIANA JONES:
We just got in a shipment of these hot toys, and they’re all ready to go! From the “Idaho Jones” Mr. Potatohead and the Sound FX Whip to the deluxes and 12″ figures, we’ve got a great assortment to choose from, with more coming any day!
KUSTOMZ SPEEDER BIKE:
From the Kustomz line comes the first shipping sculpture, the Speeder Bike! With the biker scout holding on tight, this bike zooms!

TUSKEN RAIDER BUST:
From Gentle Giant comes the Tusken Raider bust, and we’ve got them in stock now. With alternate arms, your Raider can either brandish a rifle or wave his gaderffii stick over his head. Don’t miss out – pick one up today!

We also added some great preorders:

PREMIUM FORMAT: ASAJJ VENTRESS:
The newest of Sideshow’s Prestige Format figures is Asajj Ventress, the main antagonist of the Clone Wars cartoon and other media. Timed to be a perfect Christmas gift for any Star Wars fan, this impressive figure is set to release in the fourth quarter of this year. Standing 17″ tall and wielding her twin lightsabers, Asajj is cast in polystone and dressed in an exquisite scaled reproduction of her costume. Show your allegiance to the Sith and pre-order her today!

GENX CORE INDIANA JONES:
Takara’s GenX Core line is the male counterpart of the Cool Girl line, with larger, heavier male bodies, yet the same attention to detail and articulation. If it is anything like the Batman Begins GenX Core figure, this 1/6 Scale figure of Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones from The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will likely be a beautiful upscale version of the classic character, with all of the bells and whistles one could want included. We don’t have a picture yet, but they’re selling fast. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Mighty Muggs and More!
May 4, 2008 | 2:29 PM EST | Justin2

 

K & C Collectibles has received the below items in-stock this week.

Use your “Economic Stimulus Payment” from the IRS to purchase those Star Wars toys you’ve been wanting. Pre-Order your “Clone Wars Movie” Trading Cards today.

New – Titanium:
T-16 Skyhopper
Baron Fels TIE Interceptor
Jedi Starfighter – Fire Red
Naboo Royal Cruiser
AT-ST – (new paint)
Mace Windu Jedi Starfighter
Rogue Shadow
Anakin’s Podracer
Mon Calamari Star Cruiser
Slave I
Luke’s Red Five X-Wing

New – Mighty Muggs:
Clone Commander Cody
Princess Leia
Lando Calrissian
Jango Fett – Sold Out
C-3PO
Luke Skywalker
Mace Windu
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Boba Fett
Chewbacca
Han Solo
Darth Maul

In Stock – (TAC Wave 2) – Force Unleashed:
#09 – Imperial EVO Trooper
#10 – Imperial Jumptrooper
#11 – Maris Brood
#12 – Battle-Damaged Darth Vader
#13 – Rahm Kota
#14 – Emperors Shadow Guard
#15 – Juno Eclipse

Pre-Order – May 25th, 2008
Clone Wars Movie Trading Card box
TIE Fighter Pilot mini-bust
Obi-Wan in Clone Trooper Armor mini-bust
Dengar – Kotobukiya statue
Uncut Playing Card Poster Set
Star Wars Poker Set
Clone Wars expansion Pocket model box

 


 

UPDATE Twi’lek X-Wing Pilot on Ebay
May 4, 2008 | 2:01 PM EST | Justin2

 

A couple images of what appears to be an upcoming X-Wing pilot have surfaced on Ebay.

Is this a new pilot coming out in a variation of an Evolutions set? A carded figure?

Thanks to forum member Rune Haako for the heads up!

UPDATE: This Twi’lek is Cesi “Doc” Eirriss from the X-Wing: Rogue Squardronseries and is rumored to be packed with Keyan “Lucky” Farlander and Desin Ommis in a second Rebellion Pilots Evolution Set.

 


 

Captain Rex Preview Figure Delayed Until Late July
May 4, 2008 | 1:31 PM EST | Justin2

 

Reports are coming in that fans are receiving a notice from Hasbro that the Clone Wars Preview figure of Captain Rex has been delayed due to what Hasbro claims is a production delay.

So, it doesn’t appear that this figure will be a “preview” at all, as it’s not slated to start shipping until the last week of July, which is when the new Clone Wars line will be available in stores.

Thanks to Yak reader Darth Stringfield for the heads up.

 


 

Indiana Jones Trailer
May 4, 2008 | 12:38 AM EST | Mark

The first full length trailer for Indiana Jones IV is now in theaters. I went to see Iron Man today and they have the full length trailer running before the movie. Go see Iron Man and check it out. BTW Iron Man rocked!

 


 

Wattographs Private Autograph Signing:
Angus MacInnes and Oliver Ford Davies! 

May 2, 2008 | 5:45 PM EST | Brandon

May, 2008 continues with new private autograph signings with an Original and Prequel actor, Angus MacInnis and Oliver Ford Davies!
Angus MacInnis played rebel pilot, Dutch Vander aka Gold Leader in “A New Hope.” MacInnis has had a lengthy acting career, appearing in films including Hellboy, The Jacket, The Black Dahlia as well as with several Star Wars cast mates in Superman II. MacInnis will be signing fans’ personal items and official photographs.

Oliver Ford Davies played Governor Sio Bibble in all 3 Prequel movies. Aside from Star Wars, Davies has had a long career on stage, appearing on various BBC productions. He won the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1990 and was nominated again in 2004. He will be signing fans’ personal items and official photographs!

Signing ends May 31st at 11:59:59pm EDT. Be sure to signup for the free newsletter for updates on signings and special offers!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

Clone Wars General Grievous Prototype
May 2, 2008 | 2:07 AM EST | Justin2

Our good friends at The Jawa have gotten their hands on a Clone Wars General Grievous prototype, revealing quite a bit more details about the upcoming animated version of the general of the droid army.

The production figure of General Grievous is slated to be released on July 26, but you can get a better idea of the features of this figure after the jump!

 


 

Indiana Jones Exclusives 
May 1, 2008 | 7:21 PM EST | Justin2

 

This in from Yakface forum member JediTray:

I just wanted to let you know that Hasbro’s Indy site has updated, and there is information on the mailaway offers there. Here’s the link:

TICKET TO ADVENTURE REDEMPTION – EXCLUSIVE OFFERS

Hasbro has also updated their main Indy page as well, with their ACTION FIGURE ARENA.

Thanks JediTray for the heads up!

 


 

NEW LEGO EXCLUSIVE
May 1, 2008 | 3:10 PM EST | Mark

Order it NOW!!!!!


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Over 18″ tall…..

 


 

The Saber Vault Update
May 1, 2008 | 7:56 AM EST | Bill

This just in from The Saber Vault.com:

It’s the end of an era at the Saber Vault. We started out to bring Star Wars props to collectors at prices they can afford. Since Master Replicas license with Lucasfilm has expired, we can’t get any more Star Wars props. Get the ones you want before the secondary market is your only option. We still hase a couple left of Vader ANH and Yoda ROTS FX lightsabers for $85! However once they are gone,
that’s it!

Also still in stock are a few different mini lightsabers and blasters, a couple Luke ROTJ v.2 Limited Edition lightsabers, a couple Qui-Gon TPM Limited Edtion lightsabers, ONE Boba Fett ROTJ Signature Edition blaster, ONE mini Commander Gree helmet, ONE mini clonetrooper helmet and a couple mini Xwing helmets and couple stormtrooper mini helmets.

Need a weathered 212th helmet to go with your weathered 501st helmet? The Saber Vault has one of those too! This was a special done helmet for The Saber Vault…however there is only one! Click here to order.

 


 

Indiana Jones – May 1st Street Date
May 1, 2008 | 3:26 AM EST | Justin2

 

For those that hit Wal-Mart stores hoping to find the new Indiana Jones figures at midnight, hopefully you had a better night than yours truly did. After hitting three stores to no avail (but coming damn close at one), here’s to better luck in the morning…

If you tried your luck tonight looking for these, how did your outing go?

April 2008 Archive

Toys R Us Battle Packs Featured At Hasbro
April 30, 2008 | 10:45 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars site has updated with both boxed and loose images of Toys R Us Exclusive Hoth Patrol and STAP Attack battle packs. While these are largely reissues (even the pilot Battle Droids on the STAPs are a repaint of the battle droid mold, or an upgrade to the E1 pilot Battle Droids, depending how you look at it), there still worth a look, and the STAPs especially have some very nice packaging. Check it out here.

 


 

For Your Clone Wars Reading Pleasure
April 29, 2008 | 11:03 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a full list of all the books coming up for your reading pleasure from the upcoming Clone Wars series. Check it out here.

 


 

Episode 140: Attack of the Pod People
April 29, 2008 | 6:09 PM EST | Jayson

 


On this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast we come to you from the Pittsburgh Comicon 2008 where the Star Wars Action News hosts held panels on Star Wars collecting. We report on the con and scour the vendors’ booths for any Star Wars items available.

Also this week, everyone knows that keeping a large carded figure collection can take a lot of space. A LOT of space. We look at the options of loosing some of those figures from their cards and ways to store the figures in a safe way.

Finally we have a double dose of vintage as Darth Gawth continues reviewing vintage mint-on-card figures in his collection, and Darth Bounty informs us about the ancestors of the Titanium figures, Kenner’s first die-cast Star Wars vehicle line.

And with a Hasbro Q&A that puts the Aayla Secura decal sheet issue to bed once and for all, this is a Star Wars Action News not to be missed!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

Thanks for listening.

 


 

Download Betrayal for FREE!
April 29, 2008 | 2:00 PM EST | Jayson

As a special gift to Star Wars fans, Del Rey will be offering Book One in the series, Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Betrayal, as a free downloadable PDF, audio book, and eBook. This promotional offer will run for two weeks, from 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, until midnight on Tuesday, May 13. The free download, which can be shared, e-mailed or printed, will be available onwww.legacyoftheforce.com

For more info head to www.starwars.com

 


 

Star Wars Deal or No Deal Tonight
April 28, 2008 | 2:12 PM EST | Bill

Remember tonight on NBC is the Star Wars Edition of Deal or No Deal. It should be most impressive.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Strikes Back!
April 27, 2008 | 1:42 PM EST | Justin2

 

After discovering a traitor within Republic Command, Rykrof Enloe must take matters into his own hands in Chapter 23 – REVELATIONS.

However, Rykrof will uncover much more than he bargained for in this latest installment. Find out what happens after THE JUMP!

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA #48
April 26, 2008 | 7:40 PM EST | Justin2

 

Hasbro has sent back answers to the latest round of submitted questions.

Topics covered are Clone Wars vehicles, Captain Rex, and accessory pack-ins. Hasbro was also kind enough to officially confirm the coming Millenium Falcon.

See what Hasbro had to say after the jump!

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Maxxsium
April 26, 2008 | 7:32 PM EST | Justin2

 

Our latest Customizer Spotlight goes to forum member Maxxsium, who has updated with a pair of great looking Mandalorians, as well as an infamous Sith Lord from KOTOR 2…

Check out Maxxsium’s latest customs after the jump!

 


 

Asajj Ventress Premium Format Figure Pre-Order
April 25, 2008 | 7:14 AM EST | Mark

Pre-Order TODAY! Available NOW!

Asajj Ventress Premium Format Figure
 


 

Kubrick Series 8 Chases Revealed!
April 25, 2008 | 5:36 AM EST | Jayson

 


Our fine pals at JediDefender have discovered the chase figures planned for Series 8 in Medicom’s Star Wars Kubrick line. As a recap, this wave has an Episode I theme and includes: Battle Droid, C-3PO, Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin Skywalker (Podracer) and Queen Amidala (Theed Invasion). Now for the chases: be on the hunt for Aurra Sing, Saesee Tiin and *gasp* – Jar Jar Binks! No word yet as to the case breakdown of these HTF chases, but order are being filled will be hitting stateside in the next week or so. Good luck to all you Kubrickaholics out there… you’re gonna need it.

UPDATE: JediDefender has posted the case/box ratio for Series 8… head overfor the lowdown.

 


 

Reminder: Wattographs Private Singing
Ailsa Berk & Hilton Howson

April 24, 2008 | 10:54 PM EST | Brandon

Just a reminder, the Wattographs private autograph signings with Prequel and Original Trilogy actors Ailsa Berk (Amanaman in ROTJ) and Hilton Howson (Sen. Toonbuck Toora in AOTC) ends April 30th at 11:59:59pm EDT.

This is your chance to send in personal items from your collection to be signed!

Both actors will also be signing official photos.

Be sure to signup for the free newsletter for updates on signings and special offers! Stay tuned for our upcoming signings!

www.Wattographs.com 

 


 

Disney Star Wars Weekends 2008 Pins Revealed
April 24, 2008 | 8:33 PM EST | Bill

While Star Wars Weekends in Orlando may still be over a month away, Disney’s pin site has revealed the full set, including the framed editions. Check them out here.

 


 

Hawkeye Reporting In
April 23, 2008 | 11:07 PM EST | Justin2

 

As many of our forum members know, one of our members, Hawkeye recently accepted a contract to work as a paramedic in Afgahnistan.

Although he’s been extremely busy, our friend has still made the time to keep in touch with all of us and even sent in some pics. Check out what what your fellow Yakker has been up to lately after the jump!

 


 

New Photonovels at Yak
April 23, 2008 | 9:24 PM EST | Justin2

 

Although it had been a bit slow on the photonovel front as of late, we’ve got several previews of what looks to be an enticing series by one forum member and an all new chapter from one of the more imaginative members of the community.

So take a minute and grab a sneak peek of Darth Kikinou’s previews ofGuardians of Peace and Justice and don’t forget to check out the latest chapter of The Volatile Vision by Darth Depressis.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
April 23, 2008 | 9:22 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com We’ve added lots of new preorders for Batman, Transformers and much more, in addition we’ve received quite a few highly anticipated collectibles into stock.Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Jedi-Con Shadow Troopers Hitting Doorsteps
April 23, 2008 | 8:48 PM EST | Jayson

From Yak Reader JediTray:

I wanted to drop a quick note to my favorite collecting site and let you know that my Jedi Con Exclusive Shadow Troopers arrived today – the packaging is great! So, keep an eye out for FedEx! 

Thanks JediTray! My order hit my mailbox today as well, Look for your orders to start arriving soon!

 


 

Episode 139: Fit To Be TIE’d
April 23, 2008 | 11:03 AM EST | Jayson

 


The collecting community has been watching the progress of new Star Wars collectibles licensee eFX with great interest, and we were rewarded this week with the announcement of the first product from eFX–a full scale Stormtrooper helmet. Given how sought after the Master Replicas version of this helmet is, and with only 500 being released by eFX, this is sure to be a very hot seller. eFX CEO Bryan Ono sat down with us this week to talk about the Stormtrooper helmet, what’s the same as the MR version, what’s different, and how both domestic and international collectors can get their hands on it.

Also this week, for years Star Wars collectors complained that the Hasbro and Kenner TIE Fighters had wings that were too small, too out of scale with the cockpit to be movie accurate. Then in 2005 Hasbro responded by giving us a Target exclusive “big wing” TIE Fighter. For years, Star Wars collectors complained that the Hasbro and Kenner TIE Fighters were blue, not at all the color they appeared to be on screen. In 2005 Hasbro responded by giving us a gray TIE fighter. From there things can only get worse… Hasbro started to mix and match wing size and colors. Toys R Us recently got in the third exclusive release of the “big wing” TIE Fighter, this time in “whitish gray”. How different is it from the previous Toys R Us gray fighter, and from the Target blue fighter? We discussion those issues this week.

Also this week we look at the latest Target exclusives in both 3.75″ scale and for the Galactic Heroes. From Mustufar to Kashyyyk to Endor, there are battle packs galore, and with a new Jedi starfighter to boot! Which of these items are worth the money and which should you wait to get red tagged?

All that and more will be revealed on this exciting episode of Star Wars Action News.

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

Thanks for listening.

 


 

PSWCS ‘Shows Off’ at the Franklin Institute!
April 23, 2008 | 6:56 AM EST | Jayson

The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society will be presenting a collecting panel entitled “Star Wars Collectible Mania!” at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, April 24th at 7:00pm. The Franklin Institute is currently hosting the traveling exhibit “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” and invited PSWCS to host this panel to enhance the Star Wars experience at the museum. Five members of PSWCS will share their passion and expertise in Star Wars collecting, and will display an assortment of their collectibles for your perusal. The event is free, but if you’d like to attend, the Franklin Institute asks that your register ahead of time, as seating is limited.

Thank you!

Bill Gartner
PSWCS member/event coordinator

 


 

SWS.com: Acme Archives McQuarrie & McCaig Giclees
April 22, 2008 | 3:59 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

StarWarsShop.com has updated their new arrivals section today with the addition of several giclee prints from Acme Archives featuring the artistry of Ralph McQuarrie and Ian McCaig. These items are limited with some having an edition size of 25. Head over to check out these amazing pieces.

 


 

More Unofficial 2008 Product Information
April 21, 2008 | 11:17 PM EST | Bill

Well first it was Target’s upcoming exclusives, this time the source comes from TRU’s computers. Our friends over at Rebelscum have updated with a long list of upcoming Star Wars goodness straight from TRU’s computers– interstingly the ATTE shows to be under $100 and it looks like the BMF Falcon will be in the $150 range. Also there’s mention of an exclusive package involving the Lars Homestead. Check all the details here.

 


 

New Clone Wars Images Online
April 21, 2008 | 4:29 PM EST | Jayson

Empire Magazine as posted a quick tease on their site covering the highly anticipated Clone Wars Movie and TV series and they’ve posted a few exclusive images from the film due in theatres August 15. Head over for a sneak peek and look for the full article due on newsstands this friday.

 


 

Show Your Support for a Fellow Collector 
April 21, 2008 | 1:32 PM EST | Jayson

Help Yakface friend and SWAN Forum Member John “Red 5” meet his goal!

I wanted to take a moment and let my extended Star Wars family know that in May my daughter Cassidy is turning 4 and we are participating in the annual Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk on May 17th, 2008 here in Dallas. We have organized a group, Team Cassiebug, that is raising funds and would greatly appreciate any help anyone is willing to give. Our team goal is to raise $1,000 for our efforts and I wanted to make it fun by throwing a little Star Wars into the mix. If we can raise $500 I will wear my Stormtrooper Armor in the walk, but if we hit our goal of $1,000 I will wear my Darth Vader Costume. Also my wife and her friends have set up some auctions on Ebay and 100% of the proceeds will go towards the CF Foundation. They can be viewed here.

We greatly appreciate any help you all can give. If any of the Dallas area SWANlings would like to participate in the walk you can either PM me or give me a holler at 469-323-9647. Thank you for your time.

Thanks to SWAN member CJ for the heads up.

 


 

Celebration Japan Advance Ticket Sales For Hyperspace Members
April 20, 2008 | 8:17 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Lucasfilm’s Probe Droid:

Worldwide members of Hyperspace, the Official Star Wars Fan Club, here is your link to shop early for limited, Premium tickets for Star Wars Celebration Japan: http://www.pia.co.jp/swcj/, starting this Sunday.

Celebration Japan Tickets On Sale for Hyperspace Members April 20!
General Tickets Sales Start May 18 in Japan, May 17 in the U.S.

Now, when will the exclusives announcements begin?

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Take 10% Off Everything Star Wars
April 20, 2008 | 4:51 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles is offering 10% off all orders over $80. A discount code must be keyed during the check out process to receive the 10% off. The discount code is April10 and expires on Saturday April 26th, 2008. This offer is only good on in-stock items and is not valid on pre-order. 

In-Stock: 2008 TFU Action Figures (Wave 2):
#09 Imperial EVO Trooper
#10 Imperial Jumptrooper
#11 Maris Brood
#12 Battle-Damaged Darth Vader
#13 Rahm Kota
#14 Emperor’s Shadow Guard
#15 Juno Eclipse

In-Stock – Titaniums:
Rogue Shadow
Anakin’s Podracer
Mon Calamari Star Cruiser
Slave I
Luke’s Red Five X-Wing

In-Stock – Order 66 Series 2:
#1 of 6 Obi-Wan Kenobi and ARC Trooper Commander
#2 of 6 Anakin Skywalker and ARC Trooper
#3 of 6 Tsui Choi and BARC Trooper
#4 of 6 Emperor Palpatine and Commander Vill
#5 of 6 Luminara Unduli and AT-RT Driver
#6 of 6 Master Sev and ARC Trooper

In-Stock: TAC Comic Packs:
Mouse and Basso in disguise
Lieutenant Jundland and Deena Shan
Clone Commando and Super Battle Droid
Commander Keller and Galactic Marine
Boba Fett and RA-7 Droid
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Bail Organa (with twins)
Quinlan Vos and Vilmarh Grahrk
Baron Soontir Fel and Hobbie Klivian
Koffi Arana and Bultar Swan

Pre-Order – April 26th, 2008
Hoth Patrol – Battle Pack
Star Wars Insider #102 – Newstand Edition
Star Wars Insider #102 – Exclusive Edition
Clone Wars 16 month 2009 Calendar
Clone Wars 16 month 2009 – mini calendar
Clone Wars 2009 DVD wall calendar
SW from Concept to screen 2009 oversize calendar
Saga 16 month 2009 wall calendar
Animated Darth Maul Maquette
Animated Obi-Wan Kenobi Maquette

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at kandccollectibles.com

 


 

Toys ‘R’ Us Info
April 20, 2008 | 10:08 AM EST | Mark

Over at Toys R Us they have the following…


On sale $34.99


Evolutions Vaders Secret Apprentice

They have many new figures and also up for pre-order are the Hoth Patrol and Stap Attack battle packs.

 


 

Andrews Toyz Newsfeed
April 19, 2008 | 9:58 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Andrews Toyz:

We are now accepting pre-orders for the following items:

– TIE Fighter Pilot Mini Bust $47.99
– TIE Fighter Pilot Mini Bust Case of 6 $249
– Harry Potter Classic Busts Set of 4 $110 (FREE SHIPPING)
– Harry Potter Quidditch Bust-Ups 2 Box Sets $50 (FREE SHIPPING)
– Indiana Jones Mini Bust $55 (FREE SHIPPING)

In addition to the great items above, we have added some new product lines as well:

– Star Wars Bobble Heads
– Star Wars Chubbies
– Star Wars Mighty Mugs
– Clone Wars Figures
– Indiana Jones Statues & Figures
– Batman The Dark Knight Statues, Busts, & Prop Replicas

Make sure you join our free newsletter as soon as possible. We have some big news that you will not want to miss out on! Check it out here.

 


 

Toys R Us: $5.00 Off a $25 Purchase
April 18, 2008 | 3:56 PM EST | Jayson

Check your e-mail! Marketing blasts are hitting inboxes from Toys R Us with a link to a coupon for $5.00 off a $25.00 purchase. This special is valid today and tomorrow only (April 18 & 19) and is good in-store or online.

 


 

Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark Pre-Order
April 18, 2008 | 8:05 AM EST | Mark

Over at Sideshow today…. the PREMIUM format figure is available for pre-order.. hurry, get it while you can… **Exclusive version sold out. Regular version still available. The only difference is the removable hat.

Pre-Order at 10AM PST
Pre-Order at 12PM CST
Pre-Order at 1PM EST

Indiana Jones 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Premium Format Figure - Regular Edition
 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
April 17, 2008 | 9:19 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com With over 100 new items listed this week, you’ll want to check out the full list using the link below. Highlights include: Smurfs, Bowen Statues, Marvel Magazine & Figures, Halo 3 Wallets, Marvel
Plush, Star Wars Plush, Buffy Board Game, The Spirit, Yankee Girl Statue, 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Godzilla & Ghidora, Revoltech Fraulein #006, TIE Fighter Bust, a variety of Kotobukiya items, Lost Kubricks, model kits, 18″ Plush Muppets, Alice in Wonderland, Simpsons Qees, Star Wars Order 66, and much more Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

UPDATE: New TIE Pilot Mini Bust from Gentle Giant
April 16, 2008 | 10:40 PM EST | Jayson

 


UPDATE StarWarsShop.com has added the TIE Pilot Mini Bust to their new arrivals page and is available for pre-order for $54.00 (Hyperspace members receive an additional 10% off). Ships November 2008.

Our friends at Yoda’s News have revealed info regarding a new Mini Bust from Gentle Giant – the TIE Fighter Pilot. Not many details have been released as far and availability or edition size but word is that there maybe an alternate “chase” version of this bust as well. Hmmm,…. could it be an 181st Squadron Pilot or even Baron Fel?

Head over to Yodasnews.com for more details.

 


 

SWShop.com: RAH Shocktrooper
April 16, 2008 | 10:05 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has updated their new arrivals section tonight with the addition of the Medicom RAH Shocktrooper.

The shock troopers of Episode III are among the most recognized soldiers of the saga — not surprising, given their scarlet red armor deco and signature helmet striping. Serving as Palpatine’s personal guard both on Coruscant and offworld, shock troopers are seen searching for Yoda following his battle with Palpatine in the Galactic Senate chamber. They also accompany the Emperor on Mustafar to retrieve the scorched body of his new apprentice.

The Real Action Hero Shock Trooper is the first of the RAH clone trooper series to launch this year. There are only 1,000 of the exclusive shock troopers available worldwide, and they’re all at StarWarsShop!

They are in-stock now and retail for $149.99.

 


 

The Force Unleashed Rancor
April 16, 2008 | 8:58 PM EST | Justin2

 

Expected to start appearing at Target stores soon, The Force Unleashed Rancor receives an updated article over at Hasbro.com.

Check out what Hasbro has to say about this gigantic beast after the jump!

 


 

Yakfinities Update
April 16, 2008 | 12:16 AM EST | Justin2

 

Due to the upcoming forum transfer process, the deadline has been pushed back for the current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge. The current challenge will run through the month of May, and the contest that had been scheduled for May will now begin in June. So in a nutshell, everthing is getting pushed back by one month.

To make this up to everyone, we’ll have two winners once this current contest ends, which you can check out HERE.

Thank you everyone for your patience and continued participation in the Yakface forums, and we hope to have the transfer completed as quickly as possible.

 


 

Crimson Empire Strikes Back!
April 15, 2008 | 9:11 PM EST | Justin2

 

The once internet exclusive Carnor Jax & Kir Kanos Comic Pack is now showing up at retail.

If you missed out on the Quinlan Vos & Vilmarh Grahrk set or the one withPrincess Leia & Darth Vader, be on the lookout as they are now reshipping along with the Crimson Empire set.

Thanks to Yakface reader Darth Stringfield for the heads up, who spotted these at the Wal-Mart in Arnold, Missouri.

 


 

SWShop.com: Vintage Movie One-Sheets
April 15, 2008 | 7:03 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with the addition of a few original “Vintage” theatrical one-sheets unearthed from the Lucasfilm Archives.

They have:
Return of the Jedi “Style B” (Comes Rolled) $49.99 Hyperspace Exclusive
Caravan of Courage “Style A” (Comes Tri-Folded) $19.99
Caravan of Courage “Style B” (Comes Rolled) $24.99
Original Labyrinth Advance (Comes Rolled) $49.99

All four posters measure 27″x41″ and are available exclusively to StarWarsShop.com

 


 

HTS.com: Get Out & Save! 
April 15, 2008 | 5:39 PM EST | Jayson

 


HasbroToyShop.com has started sending out e-mails offering 20% offpurchases through their online store. Simply enter GETOUT20 during checkout and cannot be combined with any other offer or coupon.

Offer expires April 28, 2008 at 11:59 PM (ET).

 


 

SWShop.com: Jedi-Con Shadow Troopers In-Stock
April 15, 2008 | 11:47 AM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has updated today and the Jedi-Con Exclusive Shadow Trooper 2-pack is now in-stock. For those who have ordered them already, credit cards are now being charged so look for these to start shipping soon.

Thanks to JediTray and Yak Reader Keith for the heads-up.

 


 

Episode 138: Something Unexpected…
April 15, 2008 | 10:13 AM EST | Jayson

 


This is a week of surprises.

First, Star Wars fans were surprised over the weekend when the new, full trailer for the upcoming Clone Wars Animated Movie was leaked onto the internet (with Polish subtitles). As our first peek at the story of the seventh theatrical Star Wars release, Marjorie and Arnie give their thoughts on what expectations they have for the film, and discuss forum member’s opinions of the trailer.

Next, Galactic Hunter’s Adam May broke some amazing news about a huge (literally) new release from Hasbro due out this summer. It’s a new Millennium Falcon, and it’s bigger and badder than ever. The Star Wars Action News hosts run down this information and review the pre-release information of the item.

Finally, something unexpected dropped into the Sithsonian this week as Marjorie and Arnie bought an Arcade game. With a weekend’s drive from Illinois to Tennessee, they took this opportunity to hit most of the Wal Marts along the way looking for the elusive Force Unleashed wave of Hasbro figures. Did they buy the arcade game, and did they find any figures along the way?

All that and more will be revealed on this exciting episode of Star Wars Action News.

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

Thanks for listening.

 


 

What Will The Mini Muggs Do Next?
April 15, 2008 | 7:27 AM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Rebelscum have updated with lots of boxed and loose images of the next wave of Mini Muggs– including Yoda, Luke Bespin, and the Emperor! Check them out here.

 


 

Forum Update Part II
April 14, 2008 | 10:19 AM EST | Brandon

Hello Fans!

As many of you have noticed the forums are back up and running. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to have the bandwidth issue fixed. For the time being it looks like the issue has subsided and we will continue to monitor it.

In other forum news, we are going to begin the forum transfer process and be bringing the forums home! FINALLY! YAY! This means that during this time the forum may be disabled as we gather database info and begin the process of transfering the forum from the current host to the yakface server, where it rightfully belongs. We have no eta as to when the transfer process will be completed but as always we will continue to keep you updated.

Thank you as always for your continue patience and understanding. You guys rock!

Keep On Yakkin!

-Brandon (YAK_Den), Yakface.com Forum Administrator.

 


 

Wattographs Private Autograph Signings:
Ailsa Berk and Hilton Howson!

April 14, 2008 | 10:15 AM EST | Brandon

April, 2008 continues with new signings with an Original and Prequel actor, Ailsa Berk and Hilton Howson!

Ailsa Berk played Jabba the Hutt’s fan-favorite alien Amanaman in “Return of the Jedi.” Berk has had a lengthy career as a creature performer, appearing in films including Return to Oz and Fierce Creatures. She also preformed Aslan in the BBC’s The Chronicles of Narnia. Ailsa will be signing official photos as well as fans’ personal, send-in items.

Hilton Howson played Senator Toonbuck Toora in “Attack of the Clones.” Howson works as a television production coordinator for various programs n Australia and who’s help was called in for filming Episode II. This is Hilton’s first private signing ever, and will be signing official photos and fans’ send-in items.

Signing ends April 30th at 11:59:59pm EDT. Be sure to signup for the free newsletter for updates on signings and special offers!

www.Wattographs.com!

 


 

NEW Kotobukiya Bounty Hunter Series Images
April 14, 2008 | 9:01 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

Kotobukiya has released a few new images of the complete Bounty Hunter Series featuring the Build-A-Vader bonus figure. All six bounty hunters include a base that interlocks forming the Imperial insignia with the Dark Lord of the Sith prominently display in the center.

Click these links to view the fully assembled Bounty Hunter Series.

Image 1
Image 2
Image 3

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
April 13, 2008 | 8:17 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a new sale we are running. There are also a few new arrivals and new preorders to mention.

15% OFF INVENTORY CLEARANCE SALE: Save 15% on everything in the store that is not marked as ‘New’ or ‘Preorder / Backorder’. We’ve just removed the ‘New’ designation on over 1000+ products today, so there are a ton of items on sale that have never been offered at less than full price in the past. This sale will end on Wednesday April 16th at 12:00 Noon Central Time. Please take a look through your favorite menus for savings on thousands of in-stock items – including items from the vintage department.
Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

SWShop.com: Star Wars Cycling Jerseys
April 12, 2008 | 6:56 AM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has updated their new arrivals section with Star Wars-themed cycling jerseys for those diehard cyclers out there. These jerseys, made by Primal Wear, are constructed of the finest materials including ProSensor fabric, which will “wick” the sweat away from your body while keeping your core temperature at the maximum level for performance. These jerseys also feature a 3/4 front zipper and three rear cargo pockets.

There are current 3 different styles to choose from:
Tom Jung’s Style “A” artwork from A New Hope
Roger Kastel’s Style “A” poster artwork from The Empire Strikes Back
Kazu Sano’s Style “B” poster artwork from Return of the Jedi

Sizes range from Small to 3X-Large

 


 

Entertainment Earth: Free Shipping
April 11, 2008 | 12:05 PM EST | Jayson

In celebration of Entertainment Earth’s 12 years of service, they are offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over $85.00 for the remainder of April.

Here are the details:
Offer valid on new orders placed from the Entertainment Earth web site between April 10, 2008 and April 30, 2008. Order must total $85 before shipping and tax and must include at least $85 worth of qualifying in-stock merchandise. Free Shipping credit applied to Super Saver USPS Parcel Select shipping only. Valid only to deliveries in the United States. Free Shipping credit does not apply to pre-order items, pre-order items will be charged standard shipping rates. Standard shipping time estimated to be between 9-12 business days. No backorders or rainchecks will be issued for this offer. Not applicable to previously purchased merchandise. This offer does not apply to EE Distribution orders. This offer cannot be used with any other offer. Offer may be modified or cancelled at any time. Offer not valid on phone orders.

 


 

Yakface Review: RAH Jango Fett
April 11, 2008 | 9:46 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

For your viewing and reading pleasure, today I review the RAH Jango Fett from Medicom. Imported and distributed by Sideshow Collectibles, the RAH Jango Fett is quite an impressive figure. Read on to see if this bounty is worth hunting down. After reading the review, you can also weigh in with your thoughts on this piece in our resurrected forums.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
April 11, 2008 | 7:24 AM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com We’ve just added lots of new preorders, and have a number of new arrivals in stock as well. Don’t forget to check out our vintage collection for all of your collecting needs Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Yak’s Pub Continues
April 10, 2008 | 1:10 AM EST | Justin2

 

While the forums are down, now’s a good time for all you Yakkers to catch up on some laughs with our very own Niktom, the founder of Yakspub.com.

Head on over and enjoy his latest original Star Wars jokes after the jump!

 


 

Falcon On Steroids Details
April 10, 2008 | 12:25 AM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Galactic Hunter have started an open forum on the Galactic Blogger answering all of your inquiring questions about the “BMF” Falcon, including its size, features, height, and more. Check it out here.

UPDATE: GH has also added front and back shots of the packaging. This looks to be the collectible of the “millennium”. : P

 


 

Forum Update
April 9, 2008 | 10:18 PM EST | Brandon

Hello All!

First off, I apologize for the forums being down again and the recent outbreak of forum outages you have been suffering. As we updated earlier this month we are experiencing some severe server bandwidth issues. At this time I am working with our host support to remedy the situation. The problem is not necessarily related to just yak but a select few forums that run on the same server host. It seems that even though our forum’s participation is not relatively high some entity is continuously hitting our forums and causing it to crash. We are working heavily to try and figure out a way to stop these ip’s (we are suspecting that these would be programs and bots and not necessarily an actual individual) from bombarding the site and keeping our valued fans from enjoying the server as we want. I apologize once again for the lack of beneficial service we have provided as of late and our staff is striving to provide better service for our future. As always feel free to contact myself with any questions. We all value your fandom and appreciate your daily visits.

Keep On Yakkin,

YAK_Den

 


 

Yakface Forums Down
April 9, 2008 | 12:35 PM EST | Jayson

We apologize as our forums are apparently being subjected to a blockade by the Trade Federation. In other words they are down. We’ll inform you when it is back online.

 


 

Models Wearing Leia’s Slave Outfit… Deal or No Deal????
April 8, 2008 | 9:54 PM EST | Bill

That’s right The blog on the Official Site has spilled the beans on Deal or No Deal’s 2 hour special for April 28th. The models will be wearing a certain bikini from ROTJ, Imperial armor will be present, celebs from the saga and more.Check it out here.

 


 

What a Piece of Junk!
April 8, 2008 | 9:00 PM EST | Jayson

GalacticHunter has revealed a massive image of the much rumored/fabled Mega-Milliennium Falcon. Head over an feast your eyes upon this all new “piece of junk”.

 


 

Yakfinities #21
April 7, 2008 | 10:52 PM EST | Justin2

 

What if Darth Maul had used his powers for good? Or if Luke Skywalker had defeated Vader and taken his father’s place at the Emperor’s side?

That’s just what you’ll see with this month’s Yakfinities Customizing Challenge, which opens up the possibilities of a new path for every character in the Star Wars saga… we invite all of our readers to join in the fun with your own entry after the jump!

 


 

Lucas Clone Wars Q & A
April 7, 2008 | 8:11 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a very interesting Q & A with the “Maker” focused on the upcoming animated Clone Wars series. Oh, and Anakin gets a padawan! Check it out here.

 


 

Episode 137: Execute Order 66. Again
April 7, 2008 | 5:18 PM EST | Jayson

 


We don’t know who at Hasbro the Target executive buyers have dirt on, but it must be someone as so far in 2008 Target has had the largest number of exclusives of any retailer. With the Galactic Hero packs, the Aayla Secura starfighter, the Order 66 2-packs, and the upcoming Force Unleashed Rancor, plus more, Target is the “spot” to shop. This week, the hosts of Star Wars Action News stumbled upon a trove of Target exclusives, and provide a detailed look at the new Order 66 2-packs.

Also on this week’s Star Wars Action News, Starwars.com last week announced the most recent release date for the highly anticipated game The Force Unleashed, and to accompany that announcement was a video showing the game on various platforms including the Nintendo Wii, DS, and the Playstation 2 and PSP. Arnie and Marjorie look at these various Force Unleashed versions to talk about what’s exclusive to each and which they must have.

Finally this week, we have a revised Expanded Universe report from Nathan discussing EU that doesn’t focus on movie-characters, and Jakob ponders the lull in Hasbro product between now and The Clone Wars.

All this and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

Thanks for listening.

 


 

Legacy of the Force: Revelation
April 7, 2008 | 4:04 AM EST | Holocron_Master_Nick

 


It’s finally done …wish I had been able to get the review out quicker to you faithful Yakkers, but it’s here now. So head on over to the forums. And you won’t be dissapointed. Is it worth your time? Does it have cool stuff in it, like ships and weapons? Am I perhaps a bit out there …? Well, head on over to the review.And find out for yourself. Plus there’s a poll, please take part it in, please 🙂

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Titaniums / TFU / Bend’ems
April 6, 2008 | 9:03 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the below items back in-stock this week.

New – Titaniums:
Rogue Shadow
Anakin’s Podracer
Mon Calamari Star Cruiser
Slave I
Luke’s Red Five X-Wing

New – Order 66:
Obi-Wan Kenobi and ARC Trooper Commander #1 of 6
Anakin Skywalker and ARC Trooper #2 of 6
Tsui Choi and BARC Trooper #3 of 6
Emperor Palpatine and Commander Vill #4 of 6
Luminara Unduli and AT-RT Driver #5 of 6
Master Sev and ARC Trooper #6 of 6

In-Stock: 2008 TFU Action Figures (Wave 2):
#09 Imperial EVO Trooper
#10 Imperial Jumptrooper
#11 Maris Brood
#12 Battle-Damaged Darth Vader
#13 Rahm Kota
#14 Emperor’s Shadow Guard
#15 Juno Eclipse

In-Stock: Bend’ems Figures from 1993:
Luke Skywalker
Darth Vader
R2-D2
Princess Leia
Chewbacca
Yoda – the Jedi Master
Obi Wan Kenobi
Han Solo

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The Force Unleashed News: You Are Vader!
April 6, 2008 | 9:00 PM EST | Jayson

While watching the Star Wars Saga on Spike TV tonight, they had an interview with game designer Haden Blackman and he revealed that we get to play as Darth Vader himself during the first level of the game. The footage that was shown included game play shots of Vader force-choking Wookiees. Cool!

 


 

AUSTRALIAN TOY FAIR 2008 COVERAGE
April 5, 2008 | 9:55 PM EST | Justin2

 


Our friends over at Mousedroid.com have some great coverage going on right now covering AUSTRALIAN TOY FAIR 2008! Check out what Hasbro’s shown so far after the jump!

 


 

Make It Better!
April 5, 2008 | 9:28 PM EST | Justin2

Our good friends over at Sandtroopers.comThejawa.com, andWellofthesouls.com have put together a great feature called “Make it Better” that will be helping out several charity groups.

Check out all the details on how you can help out HERE, and also don’t miss the official news release of this great cause at Starwars.com!

 


 

Creature Cantina Turns 7
April 5, 2008 | 9:07 PM EST | Justin2

 

Our crazy friends over at Creaturecantina.com reached a milestone this week in hitting seven years online!

Congratulations to Bill CableTresob Yr, and the rest of the gang on reaching this impressive milestone.

 


 

March Yakfinities Wrapup!
April 5, 2008 | 3:18 AM EST | Justin2

 

The March Yakfinities Winner has been determined – although we had a light month with only 10 entries, the work submitted this past month was spectacular – check out all the details and see who won a MOC TAC Kashyyyk Trooper afterthe jump!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
April 4, 2008 | 9:05 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com We’ve just received some great Star Wars items including:
STAR WARS KOTO – YODA VS PALPATINE: The latest Koto Statue is another big one. The box is huge on this item, and the figures look to be nicely sculpted. In stock now at $35 off MSRP @ $139.99

STAR WARS FX LIGHTSABERS: The Vader, Luke, and Yoda FX Sabers are now back in stock at between $97.99 and $109.99.

In addition we’ve just added some preorders you’ve been WAITING for:

STAR WARS – CLONE WARS: The first products available to preorder for the highly anticipated fall blockbuster are 7 new Bobble Heads from Funko. Each figure is available at $9.99, and the lineup includes: Captain Rex, Anakin, Grievous, Obi-Wan, Asajj Ventress, Battle Droid, and Ahsoka Tano.

INDIANA JONES – MEDICOM RAH: The masters at Medicom have been hard at work creating cool 1/6 figures for Indiana Jones. Indy and his father Henry are each up for preorder at $139.99 – $10 under MSRP. There will be a limited supply of these, so be sure to get orders in quickly. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA #47: April Fools Edition
April 4, 2008 | 6:58 PM EST | Jayson

 


Three new answers todayfor last week’s submitted questions. Topics covered are cardboard playsets, Jumptrooper figure discrepancies, and the TFU Stormtrooper Commander.

Get your Hasbro QnA fix here!

 


 

Hasbro.com: New EU Comic Packs
April 3, 2008 | 6:53 PM EST | Jayson

Hasbro.com has updated today and the Force will be tested as good and evil meet once again in the new Expanded Universe Comic 2-Packs. The Asajj and Tol Skorr and Anakin and Durge 3 ¾” Expanded Universe Comic 2-Packs will be available in late spring 2008 at retail stores. This is just the beginning of the exciting news from Hasbro…stay tuned!

 


 

The Force Will Be Unleashed on September 16
April 3, 2008 | 11:35 AM EST | Jayson

 


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – April 3, 2008 – LucasArts today announced that its highly anticipated videogame Star Wars®: The Force Unleashed™ will be released on September 16, 2008 in the United States, September 17 in Southeast Asia and Australia, and September 19 in Europe.

For the full press release visit LucasArts.com

 


 

Episode 136: Lines, Lines, Everywhere There’s Lines
April 3, 2008 | 7:05 AM EST | Jayson

 


They did it for Episode I, they did it for Episode II, they did it for Episode III, they do it for every exclusive at cons, and most famously they did it to see George Lucas at Celebration III. Yes, that’s right, I’m talking about Star Wars fans forming lines. This year we see what no one expected–Star Wars back in theaters with the Clone Wars animated movie on August 15, 2008 and the Star Wars Action News team have started their own lines. In New York, Dallas, Cincinatti, Mesa, AZ, and Springfield, IL Star Wars Action News staff have broken out their tents, sleeping bags, cellphones and laptops to begin the four and a half month wait for Clone Wars to open.

While standing on line this week, Marjorie and Arnie discuss a couple of the new Funko Bobbleheads, and Arnie returned to the home of the seller who sold him four vintage Power of the Force figures last week and returns with four more vintage carded figures this week. Listen to find out all the details.

All that and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

Thanks for listening.

 


 

Disney Star Wars Exclusive 5 Pack Revealed
April 2, 2008 | 10:50 PM EST | Bill

 


Our friends over at Endor Express have scored images of one of this year’s Star Wars Weekends (at Disney World in Orlando) exclusive products. This one is a 5 pack of Star Tours droid figures along with R2 and 3PO. Check it out here.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
April 1, 2008 | 11:52 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com We’ve just received wave 3 of the Star Wars Titanium series. This new set of Titanium figures includes one each of: -16 Skyhopper, Naboo Royal Cruiser, Jedi Starfighter (Ep III), AT-ST, Mace Windu’s Jedi Starfighter & Baron Fel’s TIE Interceptor. Sets are available for $35.99, Cases at $69.99, and a variety of singles are also in stock. In addition we’ve added preorders for the German exclusive from Jedicon –a pair of very cool Shadow Troopers at $27.99; and also we’ve added preorders for over 40 new Indiana Jones to the site. New items include: 12″ Action Figures, Deluxe 3.75″ Figures, Basic 3.75″ Figures – Wave 2, Mr. Potatohead Idaho Jones, 3.75″ Vehicles, Adventure Heroes waves 2 & 3, Indy’s Sound FX Whip, Mighty Muggs, and Titanium Vehicles. We have images of some of the new items posted now, and more images will be posted later today or tomorrow. Hasbro is doing a nice job of mixing in figures from the first 3 movies, as well as covering the upcoming 4th installment.
Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

IndianaJonesShop.com Now Open
April 1, 2008 | 8:28 AM EST | Jayson

IndianaJonesShop.com has officially opened it’s virtual doors for business. Through their online store you’ll be able to find a ton of Indy collectibles from movie posters and figures to statues and clothing. As a added bonus, for today only (12:01am EST and ends 8:59pm EST) you’ll receive 10% off your purchase, plus for orders over $100, you receive a Free Vintage Indy Comic!

March 2008 Archive

Yakfinities #20 Deadline Approaching
March 30, 2008 | 11:50 PM EST | Justin2

 

Just a reminder to be sure to get your submissions in on time as the latest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge, Ancient Jedi, wraps up Monday night at midnight.

Get your entry in or check out the latest customs created for this month’s challenge after the jump!

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Order 66 and Force Unleashed Figures
March 30, 2008 | 9:44 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the below items back in-stock this week.

New – Order 66:
Obi-Wan Kenobi and ARC Trooper Commander #1 of 6
Anakin Skywalker and ARC Trooper #2 of 6
Tsui Choi and BARC Trooper #3 of 6
Emperor Palpatine and Commander Vill #4 of 6
Luminara Unduli and AT-RT Driver #5 of 6
Master Sev and ARC Trooper #6 of 6

In-Stock: 2008 TFU Action Figures (Wave 2):
#09 Imperial EVO Trooper
#10 Imperial Jumptrooper
#11 Maris Brood
#12 Battle-Damaged Darth Vader
#13 Rahm Kota
#14 Emperor’s Shadow Guard
#15 Juno Eclipse

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Order 66 2 Packs Version 2.0 Case Assortment 411
March 28, 2008 | 11:38 PM EST | Bill

Thanks to Yak Reader Tom for this report:

Found all six Order 66 figures today at Target in New York.
There 2 sets per case. So all six are out there.
Hope this helps.

At least we won’t have to deal with any short packed figures this time around.

 


 

The Saber Vault Newsfeed
March 28, 2008 | 11:36 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Saber Vault:

NEW Star Trek stuff at The Saber Vault bring you the props you want at the prices you NEED! Right now, you can preorder the new Assault Phaser and the new Mark IX Tricorder from Deep Space Nine and Voyager! These are to be shipping late summer, but with accurate sound effects and lights (lights on tricorder only) these will not last long!

Plus as an added bonus, if you say you saw this post on Yakface you get an EXTRA $20 OFF! That means $70 OFF RETAIL with shipping included within the U.S.!!! Check them out here.

 


 

Which Star Wars Concepts Didn’t Quite Make It?
March 28, 2008 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Galactic Hunter‘s Galactic Blogger have added some nice stories on Star Wars license concepts, and 3 3/4 toys that never reached retail, from the Jabba Bean Bag Chair to the infamous Arena Cannon that seems to have been loost in the Unknown Regions, it’s worth check out here.

 


 

The Force Unleashed Figures Hit Target
March 28, 2008 | 9:14 PM EST | Justin2

 

While sporadic sightings of the The Force Unleashed figures at Wal-Mart have been coming in, we’ve received our first report of them hitting at another retail chain.

Thanks to forum member Theo Zissou for the report after picking them up at a Target in California

 


 

Gentle Giant NY Comic Con News
March 28, 2008 | 12:46 PM EST | Jayson

Gentle Giant has updated their blog with details of their presence at the New York Comic Con on Friday April 18 through Sunday, April 20 and also provide a breakdown of their convention exclusives (cost and availability). Head over for the info….

 


 

New Sideshow Pre-orders Today
March 28, 2008 | 11:04 AM EST | Mark

Not Star Wars but…

Galadriel Premium Format Figure

Also low quantity available of the Padme vs Nexu..

Geonosis Arena: Padme VS Nexu Diorama

 


 

Clone Wars Ultimate Battle Pack
March 28, 2008 | 6:22 AM EST | Jayson

Our good friends at JediDefender have come across a new Target DPCI number. This time it’s for a new Clone Wars-themed Ultimate Battle Pack, similar in format to the Hoth and Endor sets from last year. No details are yet known on what it includes so let the speculation begin.

Head on over for more details.

 


 

Forum Update
March 27, 2008 | 10:59 PM EST | Justin2

We’d like to apologize to our forum members for the technical problems we have been experiencing for the past few days.

Thanks to all those who emailed in to inform us of the problems you have encountered, and we hope to have the forum running smoothly again as quickly as possible.

 


 

Order 66 Phase 2 Now Being Released
March 26, 2008 | 8:36 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Rebelscum.com have just added at post of a documented sighting and purchase of Order 66 phase 2, or at least 4 of the 6 of them. Check it out here.

 


 

Tee Off With Star Wars Golf Gear
March 26, 2008 | 8:37 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

StarWars.com has a feature on some new collectible Golf Bags soon to be released from Japan. These bags have a Darth Vader or Stormtrooper theme and are expected to be in the $500 range. Also look for Vader and Stormtrooper Golf Club Covers and Star Wars themed ball markers.

Head on over for more details.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Darth Kozy
March 26, 2008 | 1:36 AM EST | Justin2

 

Our latest Customizer Spotlight goes to forum member Darth Kozy for a type of custom you don’t see every day – a Galactic Heroes style R5-D4.

Check out more of Darth Kozy’s work, including some additional pics of this little droid HERE.

 


 

Yakfinities #20 Update
March 25, 2008 | 10:03 PM EST | Justin2

 

The current Customizing Challenge, Ancient Jedi, has just one week left, so be sure to get your entry in by March 31 to be eligible for a free figure giveaway!

Whether you’re new to customizing or an old veteran, we invite all Yakkers to join in this month’s Yakfinities after the jump!

 


 

New Fans Choice Figures Hitting
March 25, 2008 | 8:58 PM EST | Justin2

Our friends over at Sandtroopers.com are reporting that the latest wave of Saga Legends have been spotted at Wal-Mart in Texas.

This wave includes Zev Senesca, Commander Neyo, and some highly sought after Shadow-esque troopers.

Keep your eyes peeled for these repacks if you’re needing them folks!

 


 

SWShop.com: R2-D2 Webcam and Projector
March 25, 2008 | 6:56 AM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has also added 2 new high-end items to their New Arrivals section – the R2-D2 Audio and Video Projector and the R2-D2 Wireless Webcam from Nikko

R2-D2 Audio and Video Projector features:
• Picture by DLP from Texas Instruments
• Project to ceilings and walls up to a 260-inch picture
• Resolution: 1024×768
• Contrast Ratio: 1800:1
• Built-in CD/DVD player. Also plays MP3/MP4 video
• iPod docking station, memory card and USB slots
• Built-in 20 watt stereo speaker system
$2,995.00

R2-D2 Wireless Webcam features:
• Access R2-D2 Webcam from anywhere in the world using Skype
• Full-function: Forward, reverse, turn 360 degrees.
• Record and playback digital movies (video only) and snapshots
• 2.0 zoom lens with 628×582 pixel resolution
• Lightsaber style IP phone with stand. Has original movie sound effects
• Lightsaber VoIP/USB Phone allows you to make calls using Skype
$369.99

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
March 24, 2008 | 9:57 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com We’ve just added some great preorders including the Padme/Nexu diorama. In addition we’ve got The 2008 Internet only wave 2 case with tons of army builder figures and Titanium wave 3 arriving very soon. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

SWShop.com: Jedi-Con Exclusive Shadow Troopers
March 24, 2008 | 9:10 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has updated today with the addition of the Jedi-Con Exclusive Shadow Trooper 2-pack and retails for $16.99. et yours now!

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Comic Packs & Titanium Back In-Stock
March 24, 2008 | 6:01 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the below items back in-stock this week.

Back In-Stock: 30th Anniversary Battle Pack:
Attack on Kashyyyk

Back In-Stock: 30th Anniversary Vehicles:
Aayla Secura’s Jedi Starfighter
AT-AP Walker
General Grievous Starfighter

Back In-Stock: Titanium Vehicles:
Shadow AT-AT
AT-ST – with Hoth Deco
Imperial V-Wing Starfighter (Gray)
Darth Vader TIE advanced (white)
AAT – Trade Federation AAT – New Color
A-Wing – green
Trade Federation Battleship
Kit Fisto Jedi Starfighter
Blzzard Force Speeder Bike

In-Stock: 2008 TFU Action Figures (Wave 2):
#10 Imperial Jumptrooper
#11 Maris Brood
#13 Rahm Kota
#14 Emperor’s Shadow Guard
#15 Juno Eclipse

In-Stock: 30th Anniversary Battle Pack:
Attack on Kashyyyk

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Rykrof Enloe Preview – Revelations
March 24, 2008 | 3:34 PM EST | Justin2

 

Following Rykrof Enloe’s discovery of a terrorist strike team on Naboo, the former Republic commander will aim to uncover a military conspiracy in Chapter 23 – Revelations.

Look for this upcoming chapter to be released in April, but until then check out a few preview images in our forums!

 


 

Episode 135: The Theory of Evolutions
March 24, 2008 | 2:03 PM EST | Jayson

 


Jedi-Con 2008 was in Germany this past weekend, and while not a lot of hard news, some very interesting and “almost confirmed” rumors were floated about. Star Wars Action News reporter Steve was there and reports back to us with details about Celebration Japan, Celebration 5’s possible location, and even another Celebration in a certain country down under. He also managed to score a Jedi-Con exclusive Shadow Trooper 2-pack for one lucky Star Wars Action News listener! Listen to find out how you can win.

Also this week, have you ever find yourself in a strange house on a rainy Monday night, talking to someone you’ve never met before and then pulling out some cash and filling up a box full of vintage figures? That’s what happened to Arnie when he replied to a local newspaper classified ad for a Star Wars collection for sale. He didn’t expect to find much but ended up taking home a boxload of “new” vintage figures. Marjorie and Arnie share the details of this experience in this week’s episode of Star Wars Action News, and we’ll also give you the lowdown on a licensed one-of-a-kind Star Wars collectible he has for sale.

Finally, Marjorie and Arnie review the three new Evolution sets, Fett, Sith, and Vader’s Secret Apprentice from The Force Unleashed. We also look at some of the new Titanium vehicles and give a proper review to the new Grievous Starship. And Scott From Tulsa checks in with his sightings of The Force Unleashed figures in Hasbro’s 2008 Wave 2.

All this and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

Thanks for listening.

 


 

Toys “R” Us: Free Shipping on Action Figures.
March 23, 2008 | 7:55 AM EST | Jayson

ToysRUs.com is running a new special on selected action figures, vehicles, titaniums. Order $20 or more worth of merchandise and they’ll cover the shipping. Head to ToysRUs.com to see if there is anything you need!

 


 

Toyguide Update: Medicom/RAH Jango Fett
March 22, 2008 | 3:52 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide updates this weekend with the addition of the Medicom/RAH Jango Fett. Imported and distributed by Sideshow Collectibles, the Real Action Heroes Jango Fett is a highly detailed and articulated figure crafted in 1/6th scale, similar to Sideshow’s own 12″ line.

Head to the toyguide for a peek and look for a full review of this great piece soon.

 


 

Where Science Meets Imagination 
March 21, 2008 | 9:45 PM EST | Bill

 


Our friends over at Yodas News have posted a great review of the traveling Star Wars exhibit Where Science Meets imagination’s appearance at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, PA. Check it out here.

 


 

Palpatine In Indy IV?
March 21, 2008 | 4:08 PM EST | Jayson

Yep that’s right Ian McDiarmid has been added to the cast listing of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Dark Horizons and TheRaider.net report that a new cast list was live on Indy’s official site but was pulled shortly thereafter. They also report that McDiarmid will be reprising a role that he portrayed in a episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

Head over to Dark Horizons for additional spoiler information.

 


 

Reminder: Wattographs Autograph Signings
Matt Doran and John Dicks!

March 21, 2008 | 12:16 PM EST | Brandon

Just a reminder, the Wattographs private autograph signings with Prequel and Original Trilogy actors Matt Doran (Elan Sleazebaggano in AOTC) and John Dicks (Captain Lennox in ESB) ends March 31st at 11:59:59pm EDT.

This is your chance to send in personal items from your collection to be signed!

Both actors will also be signing official photos.

Be sure to sign-up for the free newsletter for updates on signings and special offers!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

2008 Disney Star Wars Exclusive Toys
March 21, 2008 | 9:40 AM EST | Bill

 


Our friends over at Endor Express.net (Formerly SW Star Tours) have scored some outstanding images of the 2008 Disney exclusive toy lines– many of which we saw concept art for at Comic-Con last year. The images include the Disney/Star Wars and Muppets/Star Wars crossover figures as well as an outstanding Mickey/Indiana Jones figure, and more. Check it out here.

 


 

SideShow Pre-Orders
March 21, 2008 | 7:38 AM EST | Mark

Over at SideshowToys you can now pre-order the new Padme vs Nexu Diorama.

Geonosis Arena: Padme VS Nexu Diorama

Also up for pre-order is the Palpatine Bust…”Only FIVE of our fantastically detailed Palpatine life-size busts remain available for Pre-Order!”

General- Monty Python Life of Brian
 


 

Bill Cable/CreatureCantina All-Con Report
March 20, 2008 | 11:39 PM EST | Jayson

Bill Cable from CreatureCantina.com gives his full summary of the events that transpired at the Dallas All-Con. Head over for his full report.

 


 

SDCC Exclusive Revealed: Disturbance In The Force
March 20, 2008 | 10:28 PM EST | Jayson

 


Jedi Temple Archives has received an image via Hasbro during the QnA session for this week that reveals the “Disturbance In The Force” exclusive available at San Diego Comic-Con this year. Head over for the full details.

 


 

Lucas Talks Clone Wars Cartoon; Live Action
March 20, 2008 | 9:11 PM EST | Bill

Want to hear the latest on the Clone Wars Movie and the current status of the Live Action TV Series (now looking at 2010) direct from George Lucas? Check out this interview on IGN here.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA #46: Easter Bunny Edition
March 20, 2008 | 6:04 PM EST | Jayson

 


Look at what the Easter Bunny left us, 3 new answers for last week’s submitted questions. Topics covered are the the recent love for Bultar Swan, a fourth Fett Evolutions variant and a certain female slave for ’09!

Get your Hasbro QnA fix here!

 


 

Skywalker’s Ship Has Been Spotted
March 20, 2008 | 2:19 AM EST | Justin2

 

Chalk up yet another Jedi Starfighter to be now showing up, as yours truly spotted Anakin’s green Jedi Starfighter at the Wal-Mart in Arnold, MO.

This is a repack of the ship that was a Toys “R” Us exclusive as part of the ROTS line, and comes with stickers already applied (unlike the new Aayla Secura Jedi Starfighter, which comes with no decals at all).

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
March 19, 2008 | 8:15 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com Now in stock and ready to ship:
STAR WARS – MARA JADE LE LIGHTSABER: Limited to only 750 pieces and getting hard to find, we were able to secure a few more pieces of this saber and they are in stock not at $429.99

We’ve also added preorders for We’ve just listed two of the best maquettes in the entire Gentle Giant series to date. Darth Maul and ‘A New Hope’ Obi-Wan Kenobi are each listed at $79.99 – $10 under MSRP. Kenobi looks fantastic, they have done a nice job capturing his age and wisdom with this piece. Darth Maul comes with rippling muscles and no shirt – an equally impressive piece.
Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

The Force Unleashed Vader’s Secret Apprentice
March 18, 2008 | 12:31 PM EST | Mark

 


Over at TRU.com they have in the new Evolutions set… hop on over and order one.

 


 

Target LEGO Sale
March 18, 2008 | 12:21 PM EST | Mark

I was in the store yesterday and ALL of the Star Wars LEGO’s were on sale. So head on over if you are looking for some of the sets..

 


 

Toyguide Update: Aayla Secura’s Jedi Starfighter
March 18, 2008 | 10:31 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide updates today with the addition of Aayla Secura’s Jedi Starfighter. Hasbro revisits one of their signature molds from ROTS, this time giving Aayla Secura her own “personalized” vehicle pulled from EU source material. What is different about this seventh JSF release is that does not include a decal sheet, nor are there any decals pre-applied to the ship. Also, it foregoes any weathering/damage whatsoever. Essentially you pull it from the box, insert the missile accessories and you’re done. Is it worth $20? Yes, if you like a variety of ships for your Jedi, but it maybe an easy pass for some who are looking to streamline their collecting habits.

This is a Target Exclusive and is hitting store shelves now.

Head to the toyguide for a peek.

 


 

Episode 134: The Incredible Edible Watch
March 17, 2008 | 9:35 PM EST | Jayson

 


As we prepare for Easter and the debut of Spring we find the regular stores full of Easter items. While there was no Star Wars Easter Basket to be found, there were some Easter offerings at Target — A stuffed Darth Vader with jelly beans, an Easter egg dyeing kit, and an…edible watch? Marjorie and Arnie review these items on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

Also this week, the new Hasbro AT-AP is showing up in stores. We review that three-legged walker.

Finally this week, Gawth returns with his latest vintage figure review, and Arnie discusses two recent vintage purchases from a local auction house.

All that and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

You can download this week’s show from http://www.swactionnews.com or use the direct links:

Regular Version
Enhanced Version: 

Thanks for listening.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: New Mighty Muggs
March 17, 2008 | 3:12 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has added several new Mighty Muggs to their New Arrivals section. Available are: Yoda, Emperor Palpatine, General Grievous (shipping June) and Bespin Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Jango Fett and Commander Cody (shipping May). Head over and order yours today.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 23 Coming Soon…
March 17, 2008 | 1:59 PM EST | Justin2

 

Production has begun on the 23rd installment in the Rykrof Enloe Photonovel Series.

Look for a preview to the next chapter later this week, but until then, there’s still time to catch up on the events leading up to it in INFILTRATION.

 


 

2008 Disney Star Wars Weekends Dates Announced
March 16, 2008 | 5:57 PM EST | Bill

This year’s Star Wars Weekend dates are:

June 6, 2008 – June 8, 2008
June 13, 2008 – June 15, 2008
June 20, 2008 – June 22, 2008
June 27, 2008 – June 29, 2008

Thanks to WDW Magic for the info.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Battle Pack and Vehicle
March 16, 2008 | 5:00 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the below new items this week.

New – 30th Anniversary Battle Pack:
Attack on Kashyyyk

New – 30th Anniversary Vehicles:
Aayla Secura’s Jedi Starfighter

2008 Action Figures (Wave 2) – Force Unleashed:
#09 Imperial EVO Trooper
#10 Imperial Jumptrooper
#11 Maris Brood
#12 Battle-Damaged Darth Vader
#13 Rahm Kota
#14 Emperor’s Shadow Guard
#15 Juno Eclipse

2008 Evolutions:
Vader’s Secret Apprentice
The Jedi Legacy
The Sith Legacy
The Fett Legacy

Pre-Order – March 23rd, 2008:
Hoth Patrol – Battle Pack
Kotobukiya TIE Fighter Pilot
Kotobukiya Bounty Hunter – Zuckuss
Darth Vader by Christian Waggoner – Fine Art Giclee
Darth Vader Projector Clock
Scum and Villainy – Pocketmodel box of 24

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at kandccollectibles.com

 


 

More Ultimate Battle Packs?
March 15, 2008 | 6:44 PM EST | Justin2

 

Our friend Dan Curto over at Rebelscum.com has posted a new Legacy Rumor List that among more Droid Factory speculation, contains some possible Ultimate Battle Packs – including a Death Star Escape set and the Endor Celebration.

Check out the complete rumor list here.

 


 

Andrew’s Toyz: New Items In Stock
March 14, 2008 | 4:09 PM EST | Jayson

Andrew’s Toyz has updated their online store with a new items that are in-stock and ready to ship. They have:


The Force Unleashed (TAC 2008 – Wave 2) $79.99


Gentle Giant Han Solo Statue $135.00


Gentle Giant Obi-Wan in Clone Armor Mini Bust $49.00

 


 

Sideshow Collectibles: Padmé vs. Nexu Diorama
March 14, 2008 | 1:26 PM EST | Jayson

 


Sideshow Collectibles has updated their “Ministry of Information” section with a preview of the Padmé vs. Nexu Polystone Diorama. Look for further details on this piece to be revealed soon.

 


 

SWAN Wants to Know What You Think
March 14, 2008 | 12:23 PM EST | Jayson

 


Star Wars Action News, the only podcast dedicated to Star Wars collecting, wants to know what we can do to make the show more about you, the collectors and fans.

As such we have set up a survey on SurveyMonkey.com. It is 10 brief questions, and completely anonymous, and your feedback will help us to make a better show for you.

So please tell us your thoughts using the link below.

Click here to take the survey now

And, as always, thank you for listening to Star Wars Action News.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Psyclonetrooper
March 13, 2008 | 11:32 PM EST | Justin2

 

Our latest Customizer Spotlight goes to forum member Psyclonetrooper who is building an Imperial Dropship for the soldiers of the Empire.

Check out more pics of this great compliment to Hasbro’s Imperial Shuttle afterthe jump!

 


 

TRU Cancels Padme and Rebel Pilots Evolutions Orders
March 13, 2008 | 7:51 AM EST | Bill

It looks like TRU is up to their old habit of canceling orders for upcoming product– usually only to relist the product at sometime in the future. Very frustrating for collectors who don’t want to spend time and gas hunting down exclusives. Here’s the pertinent part of their email which Yak Reader Kodai sent in:

Greetings from Toys”R”Us & Babies”R”Us!

We would like to let you know that some or all of the items from your order XXXXXXXXXXXXX are unavailable at this time, and have been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The following item(s) have been cancelled from your order:
Item: 9E23B16E
Description: Star Wars Evolutions The Padme Amdala Legacy 3-Pack
Quantity: 1 @ $ 19.99

Item: 5BCA0F14
Description: Star Wars Evolutions The Rebel Pilots Legacy 3-Pack
Quantity: 1 @ $ 19.99

You will not be charged for the above item(s).

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
March 13, 2008 | 7:44 AM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com
We’ve just received a lot of great Star Wars items including the GENTLE GIANT HAN SOLO STATUE. This classic statue features Han glancing to his right with blaster in hand; REAL ACTION HEROES DARTH MAUL: Another great new figure from Medicom. Darth Maul comes with his full body hooded cape. We’ve just announced our STAR WARS – ATTAKUS SALE as well. Attakus is offering special pricing on all their statues and metal figures. We have passed these savings on to you and we have opened backorders on many of these items.

In addition we’ve just added pre orders for the STAR WARS TITANIUM WAVE 4: Hasbro keeps this cool line rolling with six new entries including: Death Star, Starfighter & Hyperspace Ring, Gungan Bongo Sub, Sebulba’s Pod Racer, TIE Fighter, and a Battlestar Cylon Base Star. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Last Minute Finds At The Saber Vault
March 12, 2008 | 11:50 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Saber Vault:

Our remaining stock of Master Replicas is rapidly disappearing. Earlier today we were able to get a couple of Boba Fett Helmets and they were sold out in a couple of hours. Don’t miss this chance to grab the weathered 212th Clone Trooper Helmet, and the Luke ROTJ v2 LEs. We have very few of these left. Also we still have in stock are the last two FX lightsabers! Vader and Yoda priced at $85. As always our low prices include shipping in the US FREE. What better use for some of your tax refund! Click here to order.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: SDCC Shadow Scout on the Cheap!
March 12, 2008 | 10:34 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com is listing the 2007 SDCC Shadow Scout with Speeder Bikeat the deep discount price of $10. (Originally $23). A perfect opportunity to army build your stealth trooper ranks.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA #44
March 12, 2008 | 5:43 PM EST | Jayson

 


After a brief delay, Hasbro has sent back a few answers to questions we submitted back on 2/22/08. Topics covered are Midnight Madness ; ), Imperial Knight saber colors and that pesky V-19 starfighter wing.

Get your Hasbro QnA fix here!

 


 

All-Con Dallas Summary
March 11, 2008 | 10:32 PM EST | Niktom

 

After an exciting weekend and a couple of days work I have finally compiled a summary of All-Con Dallas 2008.

Check it all out right HERE

 


 

Toyguide Update: Saga Legends 501st Legion Trooper V2
March 11, 2008 | 10:48 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide gets a quick update today with the addition of the second version of the 501st Legion Trooper. Fans have wanted this version for a long time and to tide us over we bought extras of the Commander Appo figure and removed the pauldron. Eagle-eyed collectors need to lookout for a few things in the toy aisle to be sure they are grabbing this version versus the first Legends release.

Quick 501st Identification Guide:
Look under the helmet: if you see skin = Version 1
Look at the ankle joint: if you see black = Version 1
Look at the torso: if you see a joint below the chest armor = Version 2
Look at the belt: if the ammo pouch detail looks “U” shaped = Version 2

Head to the toyguide for all the photos.

 


 

AT-AP Republic Walker
March 11, 2008 | 9:38 AM EST | Mark

The AT-AP Republic Walker is now IN STOCK at Entertainment Earth.

 


 

Utapau Mini Helmet Orders Now On Ebay– TODAY
March 11, 2008 | 7:33 AM EST | Bill

This just in from our friends at Yodasnews.com:

Once again, Mike from RazorsEdgeCollectibles is letting Yodasnews and all of it’s readers know the specifics on how to get a hold of the Shadow Utapau Mini Helmet Exclusive.

Based on all of the honored sales from last week’s website fiasco, there will be a total of 330 units being sold. The Ebay Item # will be 120231098815 There will be a strict limit of 2 per person. Ebay will be governing the quantity limits per person.

They will be sold at a buy it now price of $55.00 US per helmet plus applicable shipping.This will be a Paypal only listing and will require immediate payment.

Due to the high volume of orders we expect, please allow approximately 1 week’s time for shipping.

Domestic Shipping Options will be UPS Ground or UPS 2nd day Air.

Overseas Shipping Options will be Priority Mail International or Express Mail International.

We will not be shipping these to any PO Boxes inside the US.

Start time will be 2 PM EST / 11 AM PDT. None of them will be for sale at RazorsEdgeCollectibles online website or via phone or walk-in.

If you are only looking to purchase the helmet, please go directly to Ebay Item # 120231098815 at 2 PM EST / 11 AM PDT.

 


 

Return of the Jawa!
March 11, 2008 | 1:10 AM EST | Justin2

 

Many thanks to our our friends over at Sandtroopers.com, who have worked hard to resurrect a beloved fan site to the Star Wars community… we are very happy to welcome back thejawa.com!

 


 

DIY Star Tours Diorama
March 10, 2008 | 9:46 PM EST | Bill

 


Yak Reader Blue Harvest gave us the heads-up on this great idea for a do it yourself diorama for Star Tours Fans– while it’s scaled to the friction powered Disney produced Star Speeder 3000 (which is about 3.5 inches long) it still makes an outstanding display. Check the thread in Rebelscum’s forum here.

 


 

Aayla Secura’s Jedi Starfighter Found!
March 10, 2008 | 8:04 PM EST | Justin2

 

Target’s latest exclusive, Aayla Secura’s Jedi Starfighter, has been found… check your local Target stores by using DPCI # 087-06-2005.

Special thanks to our friends at Sandtroopers.com and at Coreplanets.com for the heads up!

 


 

The Force Unleashed Finds Continue…
March 10, 2008 | 7:59 PM EST | Justin2

 

Yakface reader Chad recently scored the new Force Unleashed figures at the Wal-Mart in Jasper, Alabama. Keep those eyes peeled for these new figures folks!

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: Indy IV Poster
March 10, 2008 | 5:23 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has updated with the addition of the Indiana Jones IV Double Sided Theatrical Poster. Illustrated by renowned artist Drew Struzan, this poster measures 27″x40″ and is printed as part of the original theatrical print run. Order yours today – ships in April.

 


 

Episode 133: MR, GG, and Hasbro. Oh my!
March 10, 2008 | 9:31 AM EST | Jayson

 


Got Utapau Shadow Trooper Helmet? That was the question of the moment last Wednesday as hundreds of computers flooded Razors Edge Collectibles trying to get this final, exclusive Master Replicas Mini-Helmet. This week on Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie discuss the brouhaha surrounding the staggered release of this exclusive collectible, and review another exclusive MR Mini-Helmet, the Shadow Stormtrooper SDCC exclusive (arriving recently on he doorsteps of people who pre-ordered).

Also this week, we discuss the recent news surrounding Gentle Giant’s method of validating Obi-Wan in Clone Armor statue owners for their mini-bust discount, and review the exclusive Holographic Darth Maul mini-bust.

Finally this week we have a voicemail section bursting with Force Unleashed figure finds, and a review of the Wal-Mart exclusive Millennium Falcon Galactic Heroes vehicle, and a discussion on if Bultar Swan is worthy of a place in a figure pack called “Jedi Evolutions”.

All this and more on Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show from http://www.swactionnews.com or use the direct links:

Regular Version
Enhanced Version: 

Thanks for listening.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Evolutions – The Jedi Legacy
March 10, 2008 | 7:11 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide updates today with The Jedi Legacy Evolutions Set. Here we are treated finally to a modern sculpt of Qui-Gon Jinn who gets the full SA treatment; Bultar Swan from AOTC and Luke Skywalker from the New Jedi Order. While the Jedi themselves are great figures, this set really skimps on the extra accessories as compared to other Evolutions sets from the past. We are only given one Jedl robe for Qui-Gon and that’s it. I expected at least some common Jedi field accessories like a another robe or cloak, a communicator or holoprojector, aquabreather and extra lightsaber hilts for each Jedi.

Head to the toyguide for all the photos.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Evolutions and Vehicles
March 9, 2008 | 8:01 PM EST | Jayson

 


Receive a $10.00 off discount code on a future order when purchasing $100 or more between March 9th, 2008 and March 14th, 2008 at K & C Collectibles. After your order has been processed a discount code will be sent to you via e-mail.

2008 Action Figures (Wave 2) – Force Unleashed:
#09 Imperial EVO Trooper
#10 Imperial Jumptrooper
#11 Maris Brood
#12 Battle-Damaged Darth Vader
#13 Rahm Kota
#14 Emperor’s Shadow Guard
#15 Juno Eclipse

2008 Evolutions:
Vader’s Secret Apprentice
The Jedi Legacy
The Sith Legacy
The Fett Legacy

In-Stock – 20th Anniversary Vehicles:
AT-AP Walker
General Grievous Starfighter
Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighter w/Hyperspace Ring

Pre-Order – March 23rd, 2008:
Hoth Patrol – Battle Pack
Kotobukiya TIE Fighter Pilot
Kotobukiya Bounty Hunter – Zuckuss
Darth Vader by Christian Waggoner – Fine Art Giclee
Darth Vader Projector Clock
Scum and Villainy – Pocketmodel box of 24

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at kandccollectibles.com

 


 

Hallmark 2008 Star Was Ornaments Revealed
March 9, 2008 | 8:00 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Rebelscum.com have scored images of Hallmark’s Star Wars ornament lineup for 2008– It looks like we’ll be getting an Imperial Shuttle, Emperor on the Death Star 2 throne, and a Darth Vader/Luke Death Star 2 Duel piece. Check it out here.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TAC08/12 Battle-Damaged Darth Vader
March 9, 2008 | 3:10 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates today with another figure from “The Force Unleashed” line: Battle-Damaged Darth Vader. This rendition of Vader has apparently taken a severe beating from Rebel Alliance forces – the exact how and why will be revealed in the upcoming TFU novel and game. He features several damaged removable armor bits as well as a tattered cape. Overall it’s a decent figure, but the concept to me further strips away the invincibility and lore that Vader had for me as a kid, but to each his own.

FYI: The camera doesn’t lie. Vader’s shoulder and chest armor has a gold/yellowing tint to it. No word as to why, but I’d chalk it up to it being subjected to extreme heat during battle.

Head to the toyguide for all the photos.

 


 

Legacy of the Force: Revelation
March 9, 2008 | 1:59 AM EST | Holocron_Master_Nick

I’m not sure if it was announced, yet. I’ve been laid up from surgery and then the stomach flu. I’m good now. But I haven’t been on the net until today and I was trying to see if anyone posted info about LOTF: Revelation, it came out on Feb. 26th, I think or around there. Anyway I’ll be ripping through it, barring house work, feeding cats, vaccuming, you know all that crappy stuff we have to do in order to maintain a house and pets and my wife.
Also within a few months Michael Reaves, will be publishing the first of the trilogy Coruscant Nights: Jedi Twilight, you can check out that and the sequels Street of Shadows and Patterns of Force plus more at star wars.com
On a lttle side note those of you who are into G.I. Joe as well as Star Wars, the new TRU exclusive battle packs are showing up. One is Snake-Eyes against the Red Ninjas and the other is Cobra Night Watch, very cool sets! And Halo 3 figures are out(Wal-Mart, GameStop), Master Chief, Cortana, CQB Soldier, EVA Soldier, red and blue Spartans as well as a white one. They have the Brutes, Unngoy and those bird-like sniper guys, these figures are really cool and detailed and come with accessories. They also have the Warthog, a Ghost and the Chopper, but they are small, but cool.
So I’ve got to get cracken on this book review. BTW, the battle damaged Vader from force unleashed is one of the coolest and one of the most detailed figures I’ve seen. I was lucky and purchased a case from Toynk, a local toy shop that sells Sideshow stuff as well as a lot of Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and much, much more. Head on over to their site Toynk.com
Till next time …

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – tykrazen
March 9, 2008 | 12:09 AM EST | Justin2

 

Why Kenner never made one of these (or Hasbro for that matter) is beyond me, but forum member tykrazen has made an outstanding vintage style Yavin Transport, which becomes the latest Customizer Spotlight here at Yakface.

Check out more pics of this great custom vehicle after the jump!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TAC08/09 Imperial EVO Trooper
March 8, 2008 | 8:14 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates today with the first figure from the perpetually delayed and now sadly over-hyped “The Force Unleashed” line: Imperial EVO Trooper. This particular breed of trooper has “specialized” armor that gives the EVO Trooper the ability to enact the Empire’s tyranny over star systems with the harshest of climates. He’s armed with a fléchette launcher (Sandtrooper Rifle) that essentially fires shrapnel to maximize lethality. He also packs 2 small (Clone Commander-style) blaster pistols, which don’t fit in his hands very well nor does he have holsters to stow them.

The figure itself has a very McQuarrie-esque feel to its design: from the gray/white color scheme and angular chest armor to the general shape of the helmet.

Head to the toyguide for all the photos.

 


 

Dallas All-Con Has Begun!
March 7, 2008 | 8:15 PM EST | Brandon

 

Hello everyone! If you havn’t already heard the Dallas All-Con has officially begun. Remember that this year we have the exclusive pleasure of sponsoring Sean Crawford (Yakface himself) and Tim Dry at the convention.

So if you’re in or around the area this weekend, stop by and visit them and swing by our very own booth and say hello to our very own Scott Horne (Niktom). We have an impressive booth and some free limited goodies to give away. So stop on by now before the weekend ends!

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA #45: QnA Delayed
March 7, 2008 | 2:50 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has sent us word that the QnA for this week will be delayed a couple days. Until then, send us more of your questions for consideration for next week’s submission.

 


 

Sideshow “Pick Your Favorite Clonetrooper Armor” Poll
March 7, 2008 | 7:07 AM EST | Jayson

Sideshow is holding a new poll on their site asking you/us the fans their favorite Episode III Clone Trooper armor style.

Voters can choose from 501st Legion, Shocktrooper, 212th Battalion (Utapau), 187th Legion (Mace Windu’s Battalion), 9th Assault Battalion (Coruscant) and 38th Armored Division (Engineer).

Sideshow also hints that at least one of these is already in the works for their first Clonetrooper release.

Head over and vote today.

 


 

Yakfinities Customizing Challenge #20
March 6, 2008 | 12:26 AM EST | Justin2

 

The latest customizing challenge at Yakface has begun, as forum members have selected Ancient Jedi to be the category for March.

So if you’ve got an idea for a fan fiction ancient Jedi, or even making a figure of an established Expanded Universe Jedi from KOTOR, we welcome you to join in the fun after THE JUMP!

 


 

TRU Sale
March 5, 2008 | 6:24 PM EST | Mark

Over at TRU.com they are having a sale of buy two get one free. These items consist of the following:

Lightsabers
Action Figures
Mighty Muggs
Galactic Heroes
Comic Packs
Unleashed Battle Packs
Titanium Series

Head on over and check it out.

 


 

Wattographs Private Autograph Signings:
John Dicks and Matt Doran! 

March 4, 2008 | 11:31 PM EST | Brandon

Wattographs is proud to offer two new autograph opportunities! 2008 continues with new signings from original and prequel trilogy actors, John Dicks and Matt Doran!

John Dicks played Captain Lennox of the Star Destroyer Tyrant in “The Empire Strikes Back.” He’s also had a lengthy career on stage as well, as a mini-series regular on various programs on the BBC. Dicks filmed additional footage for Empire but all were cut except for his famous line…”Good, our first catch of the day.” This is John’s first private autograph signing and will be signing official photos as well as fans’ personal, send-in items.

Matt Doran played night club hopper Elan Sleazebaggano in “Attack of the Clones.” Doran 1st hit US theatres with the blockbuster “The Matrix” playing computer programer Mouse alongside Keanu Reeves and Lawrence Fishburne. This is Matt’s first private signing ever, and will be signing official photos and fans’ send-in items.

Signing ends March 31st at 11:59:59pm EDT. Personal items must be sent to us by April 1st. Be sure to signup for the free newsletter for updates on signings and special offers!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: New Arrivals
March 4, 2008 | 9:57 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with several additions to the New Arrivals section. They’ve added a variety of Retro-style Tees featuring both Star Wars and Indiana Jones themes. (Who honestly doesn’t want a Short Round Tee).

And for you philatelics out there, they’ve added an attractively framed First-Day-of-Issue Stamps and Cover set.

Head to StarWarsShop.com and check them out.

 


 

Star Tours Marquee At Home
March 4, 2008 | 8:28 PM EST | Bill

 


Interested it building your own Star Tours ride, or at least the marquee at home? The plans for a do-it-yourself project are right here.

The DIY Marquee’s creator Patrick Hurd, of intothemagic.com and At-Home Imagineering fame, not to mention being a fellow Star Wars fan is a candidate for Disney’s ‘Chief Magic Officer’, Let’s be sure Disney’s Chief Magic Officer knows the true power of the force! Click here to cast your vote!

 


 

Gentle Giant News
March 4, 2008 | 3:14 PM EST | Jayson

Gentle Giant updates their blog today with announcements regarding their Star Wars and Non-Star Wars properties.

2008 Convention Tour Exclusives:
30 Days of Night – Marlow and Iris: Feeding Frenzy Figures – 500 Pieces
Harry Potter – Fred and George Weasley mini bust 2-pack – 2000 Pieces
Indiana Jones – Artifact Crate Paperweight – 3000 Pieces
Lord of the Rings – Tom Bombadil mini bust – 1000 Pieces

Shipping Updates:
Han Solo Statue shipping this week to distributor/retailers

Edition Sizes:
Animated Emperor Maquette – 2000 pieces
Asajj Ventress and Count Dooku Statue – 1700 pieces

Head on over to Gentle Giant’s Blog for more details.

 


 

Want to work for Lucasfilm?
March 4, 2008 | 3:02 PM EST | Jayson

If you’re a Star Wars fan and looking for your “dream job” this listing might be it. Lucasfilm is in search of a Project International Marketing Director to develop the international release strategy for the theatrical release of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS and would be responsible for communicating the strategy to individual territories.

If you think you meet LFL’s requirements, this may be the job for you.

Thanks to Ken Benobi for the heads up. Now, off to update my resumé. : P

 


 

Episode 132: Behold the Power of Cheese
March 4, 2008 | 6:38 AM EST | Jayson

 


This week on Star Wars Action News we have musician Richard Cheese. Perhaps most famous for his version of “Get Down With The Sickness” which plays in the movie Dawn of the Dead, Richard has long been a Star Wars fan. On his latest album, Dick at Night, he has even included a version of the Imperial March! We talk to Richard about how he swank-ifies all the classic hits on his albums, as well as his affinity for Star Wars. Listen to the interview, and then head over to richardcheese.com to buy the album!

Also this week, Marjorie and Arnie discuss their latest toy finds and how a recent figure may just help Star Trek customizers with their collections, and we also look at the Hallmark Star Wars Valentines Day music cards. Scott From Tulsa gives us a store report, and The Ginger Prince gives us an update on his collecting efforts in the UK.

Finally, Nathan P. Butler returns to give us a rundown on all the recent and upcoming EU happenings, as well as another Expanded Universe character focus, this time focusing on a very recent Comic 2-pack!

With an e-bay item of the week that has to be seen to believed, you’ll find it all on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

And next week, Star Wars Action News will be hosting panels and a booth at the Dallas All-Con, as well as having a Star Wars Action News dinner on Saturday night. If interested, come by our forums and find out all the details.

You can download this week’s show from http://www.swactionnews.com or use the direct links:

Regular Version:
Clean
Dirty

Enhanced Version:
Clean
Dirty

Thanks for listening.

 


 

The Force Will Stay On Its Leash A While Longer… Order 66’s Execution Also Delayed
March 3, 2008 | 10:03 PM EST | Bill

EU readers started receiving a notice from Amazon that the shipment of the Force Unleashed and the 4th installment of the Republic Commando Series — Order 66 have BOTH been delayed. Here’s the main part of the text they’re sending:

Unfortunately, the release date for the item(s) listed below has changed, and we need to provide you with a new delivery estimate based on the new release date:

Sean Williams (Author) “Star Wars(r) The Force Unleashed (Star Wars
(Del Rey))” [Hardcover] Estimated arrival date: 08/21/2008

Karen Traviss (Author) “Star Wars Order 66: A Republic Commando
Novel (Star Wars)” [Hardcover] Estimated arrival date: 09/18/2008

 


 

Classic Indy Rides Again On DVD
March 3, 2008 | 9:26 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWars.com updates tonight announcing the release of Special Edition versions of the Indiana Jones trilogy. They will be available individually or in a new boxed set on May 13, which is shortly before Kingdom of the Crystal Skull hits theatres. Head to StarWars.com for a full breakdown of new and updated special features.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: Who’s Scruffy Lookin’? Sale
March 3, 2008 | 2:47 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com is having a non-mint product sale on several items listed in the “Bargain Bay” section of their online store. Discounts of up to 60% off can be had on some items.

Head to StarWarsShop.com and check them out.

 


 

Wal-Mart Unleashes The Force
March 3, 2008 | 2:37 AM EST | Justin2

 

So far this year, Wal-Mart has been the best retailer to find the highly sought after 2008 figures, and the trend continues as The Force Unleashed figures arestarting to show up!

 


 

February Yakfinities Roundup
March 2, 2008 | 8:26 PM EST | Justin2

 

Another Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has come to an end as customizers on the Yakface forums created amazing Cross-Breeds designs.
Check out all the entries from February and see who the winner was after THE JUMP!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
March 1, 2008 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com

We have all the latest Star Wars in stock and ready to ship including the 2008 Waves 1 and 2 figures, Saga 2008 figures, Star Fighters, Mighty Muggs, Evolutions, Sideshow’s latest creation is now in stock at $114.99. This cool double boxed set features Darth Sidious and Chancellor Palpatine. Don’t miss our new Preorder for SIDESHOW – OBI-WAN KENOBI CLONE WARS GENERAL: Another excellent new release from Sideshow. This figure features a fairly elaborate cloak & armor outfit and is now up for preorder at $84.99. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: The Force Unleashed Figures
March 1, 2008 | 4:47 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the new Star Wars Force Unleashed Figures Wave this week. Also in-stock Wave 1 and Evolution sets

2008 Action Figures (Wave 2) – Force Unleashed:
#09 Imperial EVO Trooper
#10 Imperial Jumptrooper
#11 Maris Brood
#12 Battle-Damaged Darth Vader
#13 Rahm Kota
#14 Emperor’s Shadow Guard
#15 Juno Eclipse

2008 Action Figures (Wave 1) – ROTS:
#01 Obi-Wan Kenobi
#02 Darth Vader (Anakin)
#03 Commander Gree
#04 Kashyyyk Trooper
#05 Tri-Droid
#06 Surgical Droid 2-1B
#07 Po Nudo
#08 Mustafar Panning Droid

In-Stock – 30th Anniversary Comic 2-Packs:
Chewbacca Mynock Hunt Mini-Bust
Obi-Wan Kenobi Light-up Spirit Mini-Bust
Senate Guard (Blue) Mini-Bust
Senate Guard (Red) Mini-Bust

In-Stock – 30th Anniversary Comic 2-Packs:
Mouse and Basso in Disguise
Lieutenant Jundland and Deena Shan
Clone Commando and Super Battle Droid
Commander Keller and Galactic Marine
Boba Fett and RA-7 Droid

Pre-Order – March 23rd, 2008:
Hoth Patrol – Battle Pack
Kotobukiya TIE Fighter Pilot
Kotobukiya Bounty Hunter – Zuckuss
Darth Vader by Christian Waggoner – Fine Art Giclee
Darth Vader Projector Clock
Scum and Villainy – Pocketmodel box of 24

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at kandccollectibles.com

 


 

Last Chance!
March 1, 2008 | 2:04 AM EST | Brandon

 

HURRY! Time is running out. This is your last chance to order the All-Con Autographs including our own Yakface himself, Sean Crawford! The Autographs cost only $20.00 and can be personalized (please post your personalization note in the comment box at checkout). This offer ends on Sunday so jump over to the order page now before this exclusive offer ends.

February 2008 Archive

Yakfinities Update
February 29, 2008 | 11:30 PM EST | Justin2

 

The February Yakfinities has been extended! If you’d like to enter a custom for this month, the deadline is Sunday at 6:00 PM Central Time. Check out the latest entries or add your own submission in the current Customizing Challenge,CROSS-BREEDS.

Also, voting for the March category is still underway and all votes must be in by Sunday at midnight Central Time. Cast your vote after the jump!

 


 

Yak’s Pub Roundup
February 29, 2008 | 11:25 PM EST | Justin2

 

Our good friend Niktom has updated with a roundup of the last two months of his comic strip from Yakspub.com.

Sit back and join in the laughter after the jump!

 


 

Museum Replicas Joins With Lucas Licensing
February 29, 2008 | 4:26 PM EST | Mark

Museum Replicas Ltd. announced February 22 an agreement with Lucasfilm to create licensed Star Wars products. The new line will include full-sized, wearable clothing and armor replicas from a wide range of iconic Star Wars characters, scheduled for debut at the 2008 Comic-Con International this July.

Sideshow plans to support Museum Replicas with distribution, and will be offering the Star Wars costume and replica line for pre-order once details have been released. “We’ve been long-time fans of Museum Replicas product,” says Sideshow President and CEO Greg Anzalone. “This new category will allow for expanded opportunities in Star Wars collecting, and Sideshow will be proud to offer these costume replicas to passionate, discerning fans.”

Some collaboration in life-size character representations may even be on the horizon with the creative influence of the Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team. Sideshow Creative Director Tom Gilliland was pleased to hear of this new opportunity, stating, “It was nice to read the good news of the Museum Replicas license, and I look forward to working with them to bring not only their core product of outstanding full-scale costume replicas to collectors, but also the items that result from the combination of our talents in the potential life-size character arena. A good team-effort is invaluable, and our combined creative efforts should produce some great pieces.” Looks like some long-awaited high-end Star Wars costumes are on the way, so keep an eye out for these highly-anticipated releases! If you’re not already signed up for the newsletter, be sure to sign-up today to get the latest Star Wars news delivered straight to your inbox!

 


 

Toyguide Update: Comic Packs
February 29, 2008 | 3:49 PM EST | Jayson

The Toyguide gets a hefty update today with the inclusion of several comic packs released over the past few weeks. Photo galleries have been added for the following:

– Bail Organa & Obi-Wan Kenobi
– Boba Fett & RA-7 Droid
– Commander Keller & Galactic Marine
– Lt. Jundland & Deena Shan
– Mouse (in Disguise) & Basso (in Disguise)
– Clone Commando & Super Battle Droid

Head to the Toyguide for all the photos.

 


 

LEGO Indy Set Exclusive for Brickmaster Subscribers
February 28, 2008 | 11:23 PM EST | Jayson

 

StarWars.com updates tonight with info regarding an exclusive Indiana Jones Lego Set. You can get the LEGO Indy Jungle Cruiser by becoming a LEGO BrickMaster subscriber at www.LEGOshop.com/brickmaster. The set will debut to club members on March 3, so head on over and subscribe today!

 


 

Utapau Shadow Trooper Mini Helmet Ordering 411
February 28, 2008 | 7:09 PM EST | Bill

The final ordering details for Razor’s Edge Collectibles’ Utapau Shadow Trooper Scaled Helmets has just been announced over at Yoda’s News. The sales will be split into 5 different days, with a certain number allocated for each day.Check all the details here.

 


 

New Waves at EE
February 28, 2008 | 9:27 AM EST | Mark

Over at EntertainmentEarth they have in stock these new waves…

HS87500K: Star Wars 2008 Action Figures Wave 1, $83.99

HS87500K1: Star Wars 2008 Action Figures Wave 1 Revision 1, $83.99

HS87500K2: Star Wars 2008 Action Figures Wave 1 Revision 2, $83.99

Each case features the new 2008 Revenge of the Sith figures, including figures such as Commander Gree, the new Kashyyyk Trooper, and many others!

HS87500L: Star Wars 2008 Action Figures Wave 2, $83.99

Features heroes and villains from the upcoming video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed!

 


 

This Ride Under Test
February 27, 2008 | 9:52 PM EST | Bill

 


Yak Reader Malificient sent in this photo that was taken at Disneyland’s Star Tours ride last summer. It certainly looks like the future really is always in motion when it comes to Star Tours 2.0— both literally and figuratively.

 


 

Rohan Nichol and Mike Quinn Autograph Signings at Wattographs! 
February 27, 2008 | 9:48 PM EST | Brandon

Just 3 days left to get in on the private autograph signings with Rohan Nichol (Captain Antilles in Revenge of the Sith) and Mike Quinn (Jabba Puppeteer, Sy Snootles, Ackbar and various others). Both are signing official photos and YOUR send-in items! Time is limited so act fast!

Make sure to signup for the newsletter, for news, and special offers!

www.Wattographs.com!

 


 

Diane Kamahele Memorial Auction
February 27, 2008 | 3:07 PM EST | Mark

This just passed on from Sideshow Collectibles…

‘Duel of the Fates’ Diorama – Faux Bronze – The ‘Golden’ Edition
The ‘Golden Edition’ Duel of the Fates diorama is unique and one-of-a-kind, and will be sent to you as-is. There may be small imperfections, but that is part of the charm of owning this unique collectible. This item will not include any printed box or standardized packaging materials (like our finished products do), but it will be packed extremely carefully by our expert development & shipping staff, using great care. Bid Today!

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA #44: “Surprise” Edition
February 27, 2008 | 2:43 PM EST | Jayson

 


Surprise! Hasbro has sent back a few answers to questions we submitted before Toyfair back on 2/8/08. We know some of the answers at this point, but they’re official answers none the less. Topics covered are hip articulation on new figures, Tiin and Durge helmet features and a breakdown of all the 2007 figures re-carded with stands for 2008

Get your Hasbro QnA fix here!

Also a note from Hasbro:

Despite the delay this past round, we are going to move forward with the Q&A as scheduled, with the next round of questions being due this Friday, Feb. 29 and responses due back a week from Friday (March 7).

 


 

2007 Vintage Coin Set Promotion Expires Friday
February 27, 2008 | 12:13 PM EST | Jayson

 


The 2007 Vintage Coin Set Promotion is set to expire this Friday (2/29/08) andwill NOT be extended. Collectors have just a few days to track down those pesky UGH stickers they’re still missing and mail off for a set of these coins. This also gives collectors a chance to double up on this set to add to their coin album – if space allows of course ; P

Thanks to Mr. Moscone at Hasbro for the confirmation.

 


 

The Saber Vault Newsfeed
February 27, 2008 | 7:27 AM EST | Bill

 


This just in:

Only a few left! That’s right, with these on sale, where most places are selling them for retail, Yoda ROTS FX and Vader ANH FX sabers will be gone very soon! Don’t wait and pay more when you can get them for less!

Also, still less than retail is the Luke ROTJ V.2 LE Lightsaber. This is the last lightsaber Master Replicas will do. It is quite fitting though…MR started with the Luke ROTJ LE and they finished with the Luke ROTJ V.2 LE. The first Luke is selling for three times the retail price when they were originally for sale, and that lightsaber only had 10 seconds of screen time. This one is on Luke’s belt through out the entire movie, as well on the emperor’s chair. There is no telling how much more than retail this one will be in just one year, not to mention five years. Click here to order.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: New Arrivals
February 27, 2008 | 6:50 AM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with a ton of additions to their new arrivals section. They’ve added several Chubby nesting dolls featuring Stormtrooper, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Jango/Boba Fett, Rebel Pilots and Ewoks.

They’ve also added the General Obi-Wan Kenobi and Indiana Jones 12″ figures from Sideshow Collectibles.

Head to StarWarsShop.com and check them out.

 


 

Episode 131: Toy Fair 2008 Redux
February 27, 2008 | 6:36 AM EST | Jayson

 


Ever wanted to go to Toy Fair? Thinking of the glitz and the glamor of as yet unreleased toys? Well, this week Marjorie and Arnie bring you a special video podcast, reporting on all that goes on behind the doors at Toy Fair. Walking you through every step of their two day Toy Fair tour, you will get to see the Toy Fair floor, what’s inside the private Hasbro and Gentle Giant showrooms, and exactly how cool that upcoming Hasbro AT-TE is in full motion video.

Also this week we take a look at mini-mag figure stands. Now new and improved with stronger magnets, Arnie was smitten by these unique items for figure displays. We show you all that we saw at Toy Fair.

And to finish off the episode, the Paducah Imperials, who in our last video podcast were trying in vein to find a McQuarrie Chewbacca when they were so thwarted by Darth Vader in the aisles of Wal Mart, are back on the toy hunt…

We hope you enjoy this special video episode of Star Wars Action News.

You can download this week’s show from swactionnews.com, the standard version directly here and the enhanced version directly here.

 


 

Star Tours 2 Update
February 26, 2008 | 9:14 PM EST | Bill

According to theme park news site Screamscape work is currently under way after hours on Star Tours version 2.0 for Disneyland’s 55th Anniversary. Check out the full details here.

 


 

Ralph McQuarrie Joins the 501st
February 26, 2008 | 9:07 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Official Star Wars Blog reports that Ralph McQuarrie himself has been given an honorary membership into the ranks of the 501st Legion. Head over for the full scoop and the images.

 


 

Indiana Jones IV at Cannes?
February 26, 2008 | 9:01 PM EST | Jayson

Reports have surfaced that Spielberg and Co. are in the process of negotiating a world premiere release for Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at the Cannes Film Festival.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed: 08 Star Wars Figures Arrive
February 25, 2008 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com

The title says in all. The truck bringing these has just arrived, so these will still be listed as preorders on our website until early this evening when everything is checked in and begins processing. We have sets, singles, and cases in stock now. There are a variety of new figures, troop builders, and favorites included in these waves – take a look here – all orders placed now will start shipping tomorrow. We’ve also received the GENTLE GIANT – SPIRIT OF OBI-WAN BUST: Another cool exclusive bust has arrived, this one priced at $54.99 is limited to 2000 pieces. Be sure to check out our new preorders as well: STAR WARS CHUBBY NESTING DOLLS: Another round of Chubby figures is now up for preorder at $11.99 each. Choose from: Stormtrooper, Ewoks, Jango, Luke, Pilots, and Princess Leia. KOTOBUKIYA TIE FIGHTER PILOT: Another cool vinyl kit from Koto, this one is up for preorder at $84.99 and stands nearly 12″ tall

Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Only One Week Left!
February 25, 2008 | 6:36 PM EST | Brandon

Just a quick reminder that there is only one week left to order the All-Con Autographs. Remember a representative for Yak’s Pub and YakFace.com will be able to pick up autographs of Sean Crawford and Tim Dry to our fellow fans who will be unable to make it to the convention. This is your once in a lifetime chance to get that special Yakface autograph. Autographs cost only $20.00 and can be personalized (please post your personalization note in the comment box at checkout). The autograph will be on a photo provided by the actors themselves. This offer will last for only one more week. Jump to the order pagenow for more details.

 


 

2008 Medicom AOTC Collector Box Set
February 24, 2008 | 2:54 PM EST | Jayson

Over the weekend, Medicom officially announced the Kubrick AOTC Collector 5-pc. Box Set. This set includes Padmé Amidala (Arena Battle), Clone Trooper (Captain), Super Battle Droid, TC-14 and an alternate version of Jango Fett with his arena battle jetpack.

Head to Medicom for a closer look.

 


 

Target Toy Coupon
February 22, 2008 | 8:05 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, how does $5 off $25 or more sound? Click here to print the coupon.Thanks to Yak Reader Blue Harvest for the link!

 


 

Decided To Buy A Set Of Replica Armor? 
February 22, 2008 | 7:59 PM EST | Bill

Well soon you’ll have an OFFICIAL option. Just like the preview of EFX we’ll be seeing for prop replicas at San Diego’s Comicon, we’ll also get our first glimpse of Museum Replica’s LICENSED Clothing, Armor and Accessory line. Check out the full story with our friends at Rebelscum here.

 


 

New Toys @ TRU.com
February 22, 2008 | 8:26 AM EST | Mark

Over at Toysrus.com they have the latest comic two packs, figures, evolution sets and they have the Star Wars Battle Pack Stap Attack up for pre-order. Head on over.

 


 

Pre-Order Obi-Wan Clone Wars
February 22, 2008 | 8:06 AM EST | Mark

The Pre-Order the new Clone Wars Obi-Wan 12″ is now available at Sideshow…

The SSC Exclusive version includes a Hologram of Captain Rex!

 


 

Rykrof Enloe – Chapter 22!
February 21, 2008 | 4:15 PM EST | Justin2

 

After a bit of a delay, the Rykrof Enloe Photonovel Series continues with Chapter 22 – INFILTRATION.

Check out the latest events in the saga here!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
February 21, 2008 | 7:49 AM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com

2008 30th Anniversary Collection Waves 1 and 2 will be in stock in the next few days, and they already have Evolutions wave 2– the Sith, Fett, and Jedi legacies as well as The Force Unleashed IN STOCK. In addition they’ve added a preorder for RAH’s Episode 2 Clone Trooper. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Yakface Autograph News!
February 20, 2008 | 9:12 PM EST | Brandon

With all the recent All-Con / Sean Crawford announcements, YakFace.com andYaksPub.com have another exclusive announcement. Representatives for Yak’s Pub and YakFace.com will be able to pick up autographs of Sean Crawford and Tim Dry to our fellow fans who will be unable to make it to the convention. Autographs cost only $20.00 and can be personalized (please post your personalization note in the comment box at checkout). The autograph will be on a photo provided by the actors themselves. This offer will last for only two weeks. Jump to the order page now for more details.

 


 

GenCon Files Chapter 11
February 20, 2008 | 7:01 PM EST | Deron

On the heels of the Lucasfilm action against GenCon. From the GenCon site comes word that they have filed for Chapter 11 protection. Although GenCon Indy and International events look to still be on, there is no mention of other events they host. Follow this link for the release.

 


 

Gentle Giant Holographic Darth Maul Gallery
February 20, 2008 | 5:04 PM EST | Jayson

 


MintinBox.net has posted a detailed image gallery of the Brussels Star Wars “The Exhibition” Exclusive Holographic Darth Maul Mini Bust. Head over for the images.

 


 

Huge Star Wars Collection at Gizmodo.com
February 20, 2008 | 4:02 PM EST | Jayson

Gizmodo.com has a great collector spotlight covering one of the staff members from our friends at JediDefender. Rob Foster’s collection is nothing short of jaw dropping so be sure to head over and view the images and read the interview.

 


 

UGH 2008: First Day of Issue Foil Cards?
February 20, 2008 | 10:46 AM EST | Jayson

 

Rebelscum is reporting that there is going to be a UGH-type promotion of sorts in 2008. It consists of first run packaging of wave 1 in the Clone Wars andLegacy lines that will feature foil cards then later the packaging will transition to non-foil.

Head over for the full story.

*The logo I created above is a mockup of what is expected to adorn the packaging – the design could change.

 


 

New Sideshow Pre-Orders
February 20, 2008 | 9:14 AM EST | Mark

Over at Sideshow they have the day 4 pre-orders up..

 


 

Sideshow Exclusive Indy Sold Out
February 20, 2008 | 8:27 AM EST | Mark

However, in case you missed that one, you can still get the regular version…

 


 

Yakfinities Continues…
February 19, 2008 | 9:47 PM EST | Justin2

 

As we’re in our 19th month of Yakfinities, the customizing challenges continue to go strong!

This month’s Yakfinities category – CROSS BREEDS – is set up to allow for any alien design one can imagine. Join in the fun after the jump!

 


 

2008 Waves 1 and 2 In Stock at New Force Comics
February 19, 2008 | 6:40 PM EST | Bill

New Force Comics has both Wave 1 (The Mustafar/Clone) and Wave 2 (THE FORCE UNLEASHED) waves IN STOCK and ready to ship. What’s even better is that these two waves are just $74.99 a case– or an average of $6.24 a figure– without emptying your gas tank going all over town to score the last of the 30th Anniversary figures. Click here to order

 


 

New Lego Pics: Droid Gunship & Republic Fighter Tank
February 19, 2008 | 4:52 PM EST | Jayson

Forum member Rune Haako has found a few pics in the Eurobrick forums of 2 new Lego Sets due in 2008 – the Droid Gunship and Republic Fighter Tank.Head to the forums for a closer look.

 


 

Toyfair Day 3 @ Sideshow
February 19, 2008 | 9:18 AM EST | Mark

Big News.. other than Star Wars, two of Steven Spielberg’s biggest works, get the Sideshow treatment.

Both Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park are highlighted here…

 


 

The Saber Vault Newsfeed
February 18, 2008 | 10:22 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Saber Vault:

We are down to the very last of our stock on many of Master Replicas final Star Wars props, don’t miss your chance to grab them for below retail with free shipping in the US before secondary market prices run these way up!

The Saber Vault still has Master Replicas Luke ROTJ V.2 LE lightsabers on sale for BELOW retail! These are retailer exclusives, and is the LAST Master Replicas lightsaber made. Not many of these are left, so be sure to pick one up before the prices go above retail!

Also, YODA ROTS FX saber are on SALE! As you know we never charge retail, but now we’re reducing our already LOW prices, to WAAAY below
retail, only $85!!! MR isn’t making these any more either, and with only a few left, these won’t last long at all!!

And speaking of FX sabers, be sure to add the Darth Vader ANH FX saber to your collection at our sale price of just $85. Check it all out here.

 


 

Diamond Select Toys
February 18, 2008 | 6:15 PM EST | Mark

You know them.. you love them… Diamond, your direct sales company. While they do have a sell through store on-line.

Well now you will have even more to love about them… they have introduced both Star Wars and Indiana Jones lines this year..

Here is a review of what we are going to see.. (sorry, absolutely no images allowed)

First up 18″ Posable Talking Figures
These will be on a comparison level of Sideshow 1/4 scale Premium Format Statues, with their 12″ level of articulation, with the bonus added in sound chips.

Here are the highlights:

– Full cloth outfits, from the same maker of Hasbro’s 12″ line. Good quality.
– Electronic Voice chips, with Try Me packaging, voice chip activated in the chest area.
– 3 figures to start: Han Solo (Hoth – he has a brown color coat), Darth Maul, and Ben Kenobi.
– Window packaging

Now get this… hold onto your seats.. the price will be $75.00 retail for each.

However, there may also be more secrets in store for these, as they were show with nice accessories.. Han had his Binocs, backpack, Maul with the droid, and other items. These may or may not ship with all the items shown, as there may be different price points as well, lower price point would mean less items.. This was not for sure, but a possibility. One fact for sure is that there will be chase variants of these, a complete different outfit then the normal items. An example, but not the real thing, Han Hoth could have a variant in a case of “X” amount, it would have 1 Han Bespin.

As they are also doing some Indiana Jones, as was explained to us, look for these to hit in August, two of them listed above, then Indiana in Sept, then another two Star Wars, then another Indiana, and so on.

In talking with Diamond, we learned what we already knew, so to speak, there are not too many main characters for Indiana, and a lot for Star Wars, so they will rotate them in the 2:1 ratio, most likely.

They may also have a Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight in the works.

Next item..

Banks, Banks, and More Banks…
No product was shown, just concept artwork. All included.. here wer the shots shown.

– C-3PO & R2-D2 (think the old style that play the music)
– Darth Vader
– Unmasked Darth Vader bank
– Boba Fett bank that will light up
– The Millennium Falcon flying over and Astoroid (so to speak, with the Blue vapor trail).
– Yoda (one with clothes and one possible without his cloth cape)
– Indiana Jones Fertility Idol Bank, just about full size.. (My fav of the show)

As more details and images are released, we will have it here.

 


 

Day 2 Toy Fair Pre-Orders @ SIdeshow
February 18, 2008 | 9:12 AM EST | Mark

Here are the pre-orders.. and also a preview…

Preview the NEW General Obi-Wan from Clone Wars..
Pre-Orders begin February 22nd at 10AM PDT

 


 

Episode 130: Toy Fair 2008, Gentle Giant, Koto and More
February 18, 2008 | 6:42 AM EST | Jayson

 


Continuing coverage as Arnie and Marjorie travel to New York to bring you the latest news and images from Toy Fair 2008. See and get first impressions of the products your favorite vendors have. This promises to be a big year with The Force Unleashed hitting your console of choice and The Clone Wars animated series coming to both the big and small screen. What products are in store. Tune in to find out.

Arnie and Marjorie were quite busy today and made their rounds to many other vendors at the fair. They got to see the newest offerings from Gentle Giant and Kotobukiya. They also had a chance to visit with Cardamundi, FunKo, WizKids and more. Including a place that has kites! Find out all you want to know about how Star Wars is branching out this year.

Thanks for listening.

You can download part 2 of week’s show and see our pictures from Toy Fair 2008 at http://www.swactionnews.com or use the direct links:

You can download this week’s show and see our pictures from Toy Fair 2008 athttp://www.swactionnews.com or use the direct links:

You can download this week’s show from swactionnews.com, the standard version directly here and the enhanced version directly here.

 


 

Sean Crawford / Tim Dry Autographs!
February 18, 2008 | 12:45 AM EST | Brandon

 

With all the recent All-Con / Sean Crawford announcements, YakFace.com andYaksPub.com< have another exclusive announcement. Galactic Productionshas given us the exclusive ability to sell autographs of Sean Crawford and Tim Dry to our fellow fans who will be unable to make it to the convention. Autographs cost only $25.00 and can be personalized (please post your personalization note in the comment box at checkout). Hurry and get them while they last. This exclusive offer will last for only two weeks. Jump to the order page now for more details.

Feel free to discuss the autograph announcments in our forum announcementthread. And don’t forget to submit your questions to Sean Crawford and Tim Dry on our designated forum thread here.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Comic 2-Packs and TAC Figures
February 17, 2008 | 11:30 PM EST | Jayson

 

K & C Collectibles has received new Star Wars items this week.

In-Stock – 30th Anniversary Comic 2-Packs:
Mouse and Basso in Disguise
Lieutenant Jundland and Deena Shan
Clone Commando and Super Battle Droid
Commander Keller and Galactic Marine
Boba Fett and RA-7 Droid

New – Trading Cards:
Family Guy – Episode IV – A New Hope Set of 50 cards
Family Guy – Episode IV – unopened box with 24 packs – 6 cards per pack

In-Stock – 30th Anniversary Figures:
Darktrooper – Legends
Concept Rebel Trooper #60
Destroyer Droid # 59
Voolvif Monn # 58
Jango Fett # 57
Pamdé Amidala #56
Clone Trooper – Training Fatigues #55
Pax Bonkik – Rodian Podracer Mechanic #54
Rebel Vanguard Trooper – Battlefront #53
Naboo Soldier #52
R2-B1 – Astromech Droid #51
Clone Trooper – Hawkbat Battalion #50
Clone Trooper – 7th Legion Trooper #49
Darth Vader – Hologram #48

Pre-Order – February 23rd 2008:
Kotobukiya Bounty Hunter IG-88
Kotobukiya Bounty Hunter Bossk
Kotobukiya Bounty Hunter 4-LOM
X-Wing Fighter Cross Section 3D Vehicle Set
AT-AT Driver Bust
Jar Jar Binks Bust
Obi-Wan Kenobi Bust
Insider Issue 101 – Newsstand cover version
Insider Issue 101 – Exclusive cover version
Hoth Patrol – Battle Pack
Fett Legacy – Evolutions
Forced Unleashed – Evolutions
Jedi Legacy – Evolutions
Sith Legacy – Evolutions

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at kandccollectibles.com

 


 

MOVE OUT! AT-TE In Action
February 17, 2008 | 11:18 PM EST | Jayson

The fine folks at Galactic Hunter have posted a brief Quicktime movie of the AT-TE in action. Watch and listen for yourself as the button is pushed and the troops prepare for deployment.

 


 

TOYFAIR COVERAGE: Miscellaneous Gallery
February 17, 2008 | 10:58 PM EST | Jayson

The Toyfair coverage updates conclude tonight with the addition of somemiscellaneous items. Included in this gallery are keychains, bobbleheads, backpacks, some very cool Star Wars kites.

 


 

YAKFACE COVERAGE: Gentle Giant, Kotobukiya & Nikko!
February 17, 2008 | 10:05 PM EST | Jayson

The Toyfair coverage updates tonight with the addition of galleries for Gentle Giant and Kotobukiya. Included in these galleries are products from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Spiderman and more.

Also look for products from electronics company Nikko – producers of the R2-D2 home theatre system.

 


 

Toyfair Pre-Order…
February 17, 2008 | 9:30 AM EST | Mark

Here is the first pre-order available from Sideshow..

There will be more each day…

 


 

Episode 130: Toy Fair 2008, Hasbro and Lego
February 17, 2008 | 7:57 AM EST | Jayson

 


Arnie and Marjorie travel to New York to bring you the latest news and images from Toy Fair 2008. See and get first impressions of the products your favorite vendors have. This promises to be a big year with The Force Unleashed hitting your console of choice and The Clone Wars animated series coming to both the big and small screen. What products are in store. Tune in to find out.

The first stop today was the Hasbro booth. Arnie and Marjorie got samplings of the concurrent lines of figures including animated style Clone Wars figures and the realistic style of The Legacy Collection. Many vehicles, mutlipacks, and other products await us. If 2007 was the year of the ewoke, 2008 is Year of the Droid at Hasbro. Our collecting duo also swung by the Lego booth to see all the great sets coming out with tie ins to both The Force Unleashed and The Clone Wars.

Thanks for listening.

You can download this week’s show and see our pictures from Toy Fair 2008 athttp://www.swactionnews.com or use the direct links:

You can download this week’s show from swactionnews.com, the standard version directly here and the enhanced version directly here.

 


 

TOYFAIR COVERAGE: Lego Gallery
February 17, 2008 | 12:37 AM EST | Jayson

The Toyfair coverage continues with Star Wars and Indiana Jones images from Lego. Head to the Lego Gallery to get started!

 


 

TOYFAIR COVERAGE: Hasbro Gallery UPDATE
February 16, 2008 | 6:48 PM EST | Jayson

I’ve started uploading a few shots that I’ve sorted through in Hasbro’s gallery. Some hightlights, V-19 Torrent Fighter, Homing Spider Droid, Droid Factory 2-packs, TFU Rancor and of course the AT-TE. Head to the Hasbro Gallery to get started!

Update: There are now 7 gallery pages full of Hasbro goodies.

 


 

YAKFACE: LIVE From TOYFAIR at HASBRO
February 16, 2008 | 3:34 PM EST | Bill

Here’s an on-site report from Mark at Toyfair 2008. Read on for the details.

UPDATE 1: New Indiana Jones Mailaway info added

 


 

Toyfair Figure Preview at Wizard Universe.com
February 16, 2008 | 12:57 PM EST | Jayson

Wizard Universe has posted jumbo images of a ton of figures to be shown at Toyfair.

They’ve posted Clone Wars Animated figures (yes these are in the animated style with action features) of Anakin, Obi-Wan in Clone Armor, Captain Rex, Yoda, Clone Trooper, Battle Droid, General Grievous and R2.

Also previewed is the ROTJ/Droid Factory wave including Chewie with leg-bandage, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker with Desert Scarf, Ewok with Wokling, Bane Malar, Ak-Rev w/Drum, Yarna Dal Gargan, Vader with multi-piece removable helmet and pics of 2 of the BAF astromechs.

Indiana Jones KOTCS Figures – spoiler avoiders beware. Plus, the give details on IJ wave 3!

 


 

New Indiana Jones Fan Site
February 16, 2008 | 11:47 AM EST | Justin2

 

We all look forward to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull coming May 22, and of course a brand new toy line from Hasbro to support the Indy franchise. To help satisfy your need for Indy news, Dave Castle fromSandtroopers.com has launched an all new website, Wellofthesouls.com.

Check it out after the jump!

 


 

SWS.com: Han Solo Character Key
February 16, 2008 | 7:51 AM EST | Jayson

 

StarWarsShop.com has the next character key from ACME Archive up for pre-order – HAN SOLO.

A character key set is traditionally used as a reference by animators when producing character artwork and background plates. For this limited edition, Han Solo has been reproduced on a clear acetate cel which “floats” above the illustrated backing board. Depicted behind the image of Han Solo is the character’s unique color set, rough sketches, and character stats.

This piece in limited to a 1000 piece production run. It is available for pre-order now and ships in March.

Thanks to “Scott from Tulsa” for the tip!

 


 

Lucas Film to Sue GenCon
February 16, 2008 | 12:04 AM EST | Deron

UPDATE!

Our firends over at Rebelscum have a story that has yet to get much publicity. Seems things didn’t go to well with GenCon and Celebration IV. You can check it out here 

Here is a link to a blog with copy of the action…. reporter.blogs.com

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
February 15, 2008 | 11:07 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com

We have LOTS of Star Wars product news this week. First Hasbro has just shipped out our ENTIRE orer of STAR WARS 2008 – WAVES 1 & 2. We have cases, sets, and singles available for order. In addition, our order of STAR WARS EVOLUTIONS WAVE 2 should be arriving in roughly 5 or 6 days, preorders are available at $89.99 for the full set, and singles start at $24.99 each.

If that wasn’t enough, we have a number of new Star Wars items IN STOCK now, including:
MASTER REPLICAS – RETAILER EXCLUSIVE LUKE EPVI SABER: Limited to only 1500 pieces, this is the ultimate RotJ Saber. Luke has been through a lot at this point and his saber reflects that damage at $15 under MSRP at $359.99

STAR WARS GALACTIC HEROES 2008: Waves 1 and 2 are now both in stock, we have cases and singles available – take a look at the full selection.

STAR WARS TITANIUM 2008: The second wave of Titanium figures has just arrived. We have sets, singles, and cases available. Hasbro included some desireable new figures in this wave.

STAR WARS ELITE FORCES EXCLUSIVE: We have limited stock remaining of this great exclusive set, once these are gone we won’t be able to restock until June. The Mandalorians and Omega Squad sets are available here at $69.99 for all 14 figures.

STAR WARS 2008 – NEW VEHICLES: The brand new General Grievous Starfighter and AT-AP have just landed. Each is in stock now for $29.99, and we also have the Blue Obi-Wan Kenobi Starfighter at $25.99. A case of 5 ships is also available at $109.99.

FAMILY GUY / STAR WARS WOBBLERS: The Blue Harvest crossover wobblers have just arrived. Darth Stewie, Quag-3PO, and Chewbrian are in stock at $9.99 each.

We also have some great new preorders:

GENTLE GIANT – OBI WAN KENOBI CLONE ARMOR BUST: Another nicely executed statue from Gentle Giant. This bust is limited to 5000 pieces and features Kenobi decked out in both his brown cape and clone trooper armor with blue saber blazing. Up for preorder now at $46.99.

STAR WARS KUBRICKS SERIES 9: Medicom continues this popular line of mini-figures with 6 new EpII figures including Yoda, Jango, Clone Trooper, Dooku, Anakin, and Obi-Wan. Boxes of 12 have been listed at $119.99, and master cases that should include any possible chase figures are $419.99.

Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

What to ask a Yak Face and Whiphid?
February 15, 2008 | 8:15 PM EST | Niktom

YakFace.com and YaksPub.com have been granted an exclusive interview time with none other than…

Tim Dry (Whiphid) and Sean Crawford (Yak Face) at All-Con 2008.

So we want to turn to you, the fans, for help on coming up with a great set of questions for these guys.

You can submit your questions here in the forums and also check out some links to find out more about these two talented gentlemen.

 


 

Toyguide Update: CZ-4 Update
February 15, 2008 | 11:22 AM EST | Jayson

 


After reading GalacticHunter’s FOTD article on CZ-4, discussing the discovery of an undocumented pull-apart feature, we update our toyguide today with some photographic evidence. There are definite details sculpted on the peg that join the legs to the torso.

Head to CZ-4’s page to view the new photos.

Will parts of this figure end up in this year’s Build-A-Figure assortment? Maybe we’ll find out this weekend – STAY TUNED!

 


 

New Sideshow Texas Hold’em…
February 15, 2008 | 9:46 AM EST | Mark

Head over to check out the new Star Wars Poker set up for pre-order…

Star Wars Poker Chip Set

 


 

Hasbro Media Release: Read if you dare.
February 14, 2008 | 8:23 PM EST | Jayson

Hasbro has issued a media release on their site detailing what’s in store for us in 2008 and what we’ll surely be seeing over the weekend at Toyfair. Read on for some interesting revelations regarding basic figures with “action features” and “price hikes”.

 


 

Indiana Jones Teaser Trailer Now Available
February 14, 2008 | 9:13 AM EST | Jayson

Head on over to Yahoo Movies for the highly anticipated trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. May can’t come fast enough!

 


 

Hasbro Toy Fair Preview
February 14, 2008 | 7:55 AM EST | Bill

It looks like the first preview of Hasbro’s Star Wars and Indy goodies at this year’s Toy Fair has surfaced on the net (unless, of course you count the appearance of part of the ATTE on CNN a few weeks back). This time the information appeared on Coming Soon.net.

While there are no images, some of the highlights include a release date for Clone Wars toys– July 26, 2008, and a suggested retail price for the ATTE which matches the initial rumors–$99.99 instead of $120+. Check it out here.

Our own coverage of Toy Fair will be brought to you by Mark starting this weekend!

 


 

Yakface Spotlight: Koto/ARTFX McQuarrie Concept Duel
February 13, 2008 | 10:58 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

Tonight we update with a new product spotlight and gallery, this time featuring another product from Kotobukiya, the ARTFX McQuarrie Concept Starkiller/Vader Duel Model Kit. 2007 was really the year of anything McQuarrie derived and I think this piece here, sums up the whole concept rather nicely.

Read on for the review and to view the image gallery.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Gregorbian
February 13, 2008 | 1:03 PM EST | Justin2

 

The latest Customizer Spotlight here at Yakface goes to forum member
Gregorbian for his latest work in upgrading Sideshow’s already impressive Endor Rebel Troopers. Check out full size shots and recipes of these figures after the jump!

 


 

Saga Legends Variants: Now With More Stickers
February 13, 2008 | 9:31 AM EST | Jayson

I strolled into my local Target store today and amongst the sea of figures, a flash of silvery blue caught my eye. They had just restocked the Saga Legends figures which now sport Clone Wars Captain Rex Offer stickers.

Figures that had this sticker were: General Grievous, R2-D2, EII Clone Trooper Captain (Red), EIII Clone Trooper, Darktrooper, Scout Trooper, Pit Droids (white w/New crate accessory), Darth Maul, Battle Droids (Tan) and Boba Fett.

 


 

STEEL CITY CON Announcements
February 13, 2008 | 6:42 AM EST | Jayson

Pittsburgh, — Orangestone Promotions, Inc., Promoters of Pennsylvania’s Largest Toy and Pop Culture Convention, the Steel City Con (steelcitycon.com) has announced very exciting news about it’s upcoming March 29-30, 2008 Convention. A rare opportunity for attendees to see a huge number of Celebrities as well as get some incredible Give-Aways! Star Wars fans will be happy to know that Kenny Baker, who portrayed the famous “R2-D2″� will be doing a special signing appearance. Mr. Baker is flying in from London for this special appearance. Classic TV fans will want to meet Three’s Company Stars’ Joyce DeWitt (“Janet”� ) and Priscilla Barnes (“Terri”� from Three’s Company & star of The Devil’s Rejects). Horror Fans will be pleased to meet Tony Moran who played “Michael Myers”� from the original Halloween I & II. Additionally, Rocky fans will want to meet Tony Burton (“Duke – the trainer”); Mr. Burton acted in all 6 Ricky Films. Finally, artists and illustrators Ken Kelly and Kevin Graham will be meeting fans!

Head to steelcitycon.com for more details!

 


 

Yakface Poll: Anticipation for Toy Fair 2008
February 12, 2008 | 7:55 PM EST | Jayson

We’ve added a new poll to the database tonight asking you the fans what you are most excited to see at Toy Fair 2008. Vote Now! Vote Now!

 


 

Evolutions “Vader’s Secret Apprentice” Set Loose Shots
February 12, 2008 | 1:02 PM EST | Jayson

 


Forum member “Theo Zissou” has posted a few great shots of the Vader’s Secret Apprentice Evolutions set. You’ll see in the photos that the Sith Lord character has 9 lightsaber hilts on his belt. He must lose them often or he’s one bad mutha!

 


 

Things Become Official
February 12, 2008 | 7:32 AM EST | Bill

Confirmed on TV and in theaters the Clone Wars are. Officially announced this,The Official Site has. Check out all the details and new images you must. Click here you will.

 


 

Episode 129: Love is a MOC Vintage Greedo
February 12, 2008 | 7:18 AM EST | Jayson

 


Love is in the air on this week’s Star Wars Action News. First, Vader has found some lovin’ over at Target as bright red lipstick is visible on some Valentines Day items. Also this week, Marjorie gives Arnie his Valentine’s Day gift a little early–Arnie’s first Vintage MOC figure (since the 80’s, that is). Listen to find out all the details.

Also this week, Scott from Tulsa gives us an in-depth report of what he’s finding, Brock fills us in on his thoughts on the two Darth Bane novels, Path to Destruction and Rule of Two, and continuing his monthly vintage segments, Kevin tells us about the next vintage figure in his collection.

All this and more in this week’s Star Wars Action News!!!

Also, Star Wars Action News would like to congratulate Yodasnews.com on their fourth anniversary celebration. Be sure to check out Yodasnews.com as they are giving away some great prizes to commemorate the occasion!

And be sure to tune in next week early Sunday and Monday mornings as we release our special reports from Toy Fair! Our web site will be chalk full of photos, and Marjorie and Arnie will report on the newly revealed products from Hasbro, Gentle Giant, and more!

You can interact with Star Wars Action News:

The Star Wars Action News Book Club is now taking sign-ups for the next book in our series, Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers. Register to read this book simultaniously with a group of friends and you also get access to member-only forums, a special Book Club member forum rank, and an opportunity to take part in the book club’s roundtable discussion of the book, which will be aired in a future podcast. Sign up today in our forum thread.

Also, we are still looking to hear your biggest collecting challenge for our February discussion. Let us know in our voice mail at 415-508-JEDI.

Thanks for listening.

You can download this week’s show from swactionnews.com, the standard version directly here and the enhanced version directly here.

 


 

New Clone Wars Gear at SWS.com
February 12, 2008 | 12:01 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with the addition of 2 exclusive pre-launch Clone Wars T-Shirts to their store featuring Captain Rex and Ahsoka and both shirts come in adult and kid’s sizing.

Also note the date on these shirts – it signifies the much rumored U.S. theatrical debut of the Clone Wars series on the big screen followed by 30 weekly mini-movies premiering on the Cartoon Network with rebroadcasts on TNT. Head to StarWars.com for all the detail and new imagery from this highly anticipated series!

 


 

Pre-Toyfair Rumors…
February 11, 2008 | 8:48 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at JediDefender have come into a hefty bit of insider info regarding major items released this year. These “unofficial” rumors cover the AT-TE, Animated Clone Wars figures, the Build-A-Droid promo, how things are shaping up for the ROTJ wave and more!

Head over to JediDefender for the full story and then come back and weigh in with your thoughts on these revelations in our forums.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Comic 2 Packs
February 11, 2008 | 6:09 PM EST | Jayson

 

K & C Collectibles has received new comic 2 packs this week.

In-Stock – 30th Anniversary Comic 2-Packs:
Mouse and Basso in Disguise
Lieutenant Jundland and Deena Shan
Clone Commando and Super Battle Droid
Commander Keller and Galactic Marine
Boba Fett and RA-7 Droid
Bail Organa and Obi-Wan Kenobi (with twins) – SOLD OUT

New – Trading Cards:
Family Guy – Episode IV – A New Hope Set of 50 cards
Family Guy – Episode IV – unopened box with 24 packs – 6 cards per pack

Pre-Order – February 23rd 2008:
Kotobukiya Bounty Hunter IG-88
Kotobukiya Bounty Hunter Bossk
Kotobukiya Bounty Hunter 4-LOM
X-Wing Fighter Cross Section 3D Vehicle Set
AT-AT Driver Bust
Jar Jar Binks Bust
Obi-Wan Kenobi Bust
Insider Issue 101 – Newsstand cover version
Insider Issue 101 – Exclusive cover version
Hoth Patrol – Battle Pack
Fett Legacy – Evolutions
Forced Unleashed – Evolutions
Jedi Legacy – Evolutions
Sith Legacy – Evolutions

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at kandccollectibles.com

 


 

Dallas All-Con 2008
February 10, 2008 | 11:32 PM EST | Niktom

We are proud to announce that YakFace.com and YaksPub.com will be teaming up with Galactic Productions to help bring Sean Crawford and Tim Dry to All-Con in Dallas, Texas this March 7th – 9th.

For those who don’t know both were in Return of the Jedi as Yak Face (Crawford) and J’Quille the Whiphid (Dry).

We have some really exciting things planned for this special event, including an exclusive interview, personalized autographs, Yak’s Pub prints and more… be sure to watch for updates!

For information about the Dallas All-Con check out their page here. Other notable guest include: Aaron Douglas (Chief Tyrol – Battlestar Galactica), Mike Edmonds (Logray – Return of the Jedi), Tonya Kay (Creature – Who Wants To Be A Super Hero), and Burton Gilliam (Blazing Saddles, Back to the Future III, Fletch)

YakFace.com and Yak’s Pub will also have a booth at this event so if your at the con be sure to stop by and say “hey!” Questions? Comments? Just want to let us know to look for ya at the convention? Discuss it all right here in the forums!

 


 

June Is Star Wars Month At Disney World
February 10, 2008 | 8:10 PM EST | Bill

Well Disney Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney MGM Studios at least). TheOfficial Disney World site has finally updated with the 411 on this year’s Star Wars weekends. This year it looks like they will only fall during the month of June 2008, and of course there will be exclusives a plenty as you would expect from Disney. The biggest question is whether the second wave of Disney Character Star Wars figures will hit for SWW 08 and/or the Muppet/Star Wars figues will hit for this year.

 


 

The Saber Vault Newsfeed
February 10, 2008 | 7:55 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Saber Vault.com:

Have you ever dreamed of owning a super rare SW collectible? Well the Saber Vault is making just that possible for you. Now contests, no drawings, just place your order! We’ve been able to acquire an ultra rare artist proof of Yoda’s ROTS lightsaber!! That better than to have the rarest of items to represent the most powerful Jedi Master! The catch is they only have ONE, so if you want it, you better act fast!! There’s no telling when an opportunity like this will come again!

Also our stock of MR rpoducts is almost gone! The mini items are moving so fast off the shelf that they are in danger of breaking the
sound barrier! Several mini items have already sold out, and only a few are left. Less than 6 mini lightsaber cases are left, and even fewer of some of the other items. Get them fast before everything is
gone! Click here to order.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
February 9, 2008 | 8:34 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com

We have a big update this week with lots of Star Wars items, as well is Joe, DC, and much more. Here’s the Star Wars highlights:

We’ve just received the CHEWBACCA MYNOCK HUNT EXCLUSIVE BUST: This Previews Exclusive is limited to only 2500 pieces – it features Chewy wearing a respirator mask and wielding his crossboy – available now at $52.99.

We will be getting a number of Star Wars items very soon including:
STAR WARS EVOLUTIONS WAVE 2: All 4 of the brand new Evolutions packs should be here in roughly 10 days. Sets of 4 are still available at $89.99 and we have single packs up for preorder as well. The STAR WARS ELITE FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC: These are roughly 1 week out, once they sell out it will be months before we can get more. Reserve yours now at $69.99 per set. The new Grievous Starfighter and AT-AP have just shipped and will be arriving in under a week.

We have also added preorders for SIDESHOW 1:1 PALPATINE BUST: Another huge bust is up for preorder, this one listed at $479.99

Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #08/07 Po Nudo
February 9, 2008 | 6:00 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide updates conclude with the definite pegwarmer of Wave 1, Po Nudo. Not my cup of tea, but this figure will make for excellent custom fodder and/or background Aqualish politicians

Head to the toyguide for all the photos.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #08/06 Surgical Droid 2-1B
February 9, 2008 | 5:54 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide updates continue with the diminutive Surgical Droid 2-1B. Size matters not, or does it? This figure is surprisingly small in person, even smaller than the 80s vintage version!

Head to the toyguide for all the photos.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #08/05 Tri-Droid
February 9, 2008 | 5:42 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide updates continue with the Techno Union Tri-Droid. Another often requested droid gets a added to our collection this year and it doesn’t disappoint. The Tri-Droid is loaded with articulation and can be posed in multiple configuratiosn. No less that a half-dozen will be gracing my shelves, but be wary of the flexible legs – they may be prone to droopage in the future.

Head to the toyguide for all the photos.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #08/04 Kashyyyk Trooper
February 9, 2008 | 5:36 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide updates continue with the Kashyyyk Trooper. When the first Elite Corp Trooper was released fans cried foul as it was a camo repaint of the VTSC Scout Trooper. Hasbro’s stepped up and has given us a proper version complete with flip up visor!

Head to the toyguide for all the photos.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #08/03 Commander Gree
February 9, 2008 | 5:31 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide gets an update this weekend with the first seven figures from wave 1 of the 2008 TAC figures. Next up Commander Gree. Throw your previous version away as this one beat them hands down. Gree takes articulation 2 steps further than previous clones as he now sports hip and wrist ball-joints!

Head to the toyguide for all the photos.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #08/02 Darth Vader
February 9, 2008 | 5:25 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide gets an update this weekend with the first seven figures from wave 1 of the 2008 TAC figures. Next is Darth Vader. Even though it still features the slash-cut elbow joints, this figure is an improved over the Evolutions sculpt due to the hip articulation. He can now “kick” his former master’s butt!

Head to the toyguide for all the photos.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #08/01 Obi-Wan Kenobi
February 9, 2008 | 5:19 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide gets an update this weekend with the first seven figures in wave 1 of the 2008 TAC figures. First up Obi-Wan Kenobi. As we mentioned last week, this figures is a vast improved over the previous “pilot” Obi-Wan incarnations as this one has the added benefit of hip articulation which really lends itself to some dynamic posing possibilities.

Head to the toyguide for all the photos.

 


 

Gentle Giant: Obi-Wan In Clone Armor Mini Bust
February 8, 2008 | 3:37 PM EST | Jayson

 


For many months rumors have been flying around with nothing able to be confirmed or denied about this mysterious piece….until now!

Gentle Giant is excited to announce the Obi-Wan Kenobi in Clone Trooper Armor Mini Bust, a companion piece to the similarly named statue released in January 2007.

We’ve taken one of the greatest Jedi Master’s out of the movies and transplanted him into an outfit he was only seen in, in the world of the animated Clone Wars series. Obi-Wan Kenobi in Clone Trooper Armor Mini Bust has a total edition size of 5000 pieces and stands 6.5″ tall and 7.5″ tall with lightsaber.

Head to Gentle Giant for full details!

This new bust is now available for pre-order at StarWarsShop.com and Hyperspace members enjoy the benefit of an additional 10% off!

 


 

Yakface Spotlight: Koto/ARTFX Utapau Clone Trooper
February 8, 2008 | 7:24 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

We update today with a up-close and personal review of the ARTFX Episode III Utapau Clone Trooper from Kotobukiya. These high-end pre-painted kits are top-notch when it comes to attention to detail and fit and finish and will look gorgeous on any collector’s shelf. Read on for the review and the image gallery.

 


 

Chicken Walker vs. Three Legged Racer
February 8, 2008 | 1:47 AM EST | Justin2

 

A lot of collectors have been wondering just how big the new AT-AP is, and if it’s close enough to scale to warrant adding to their collections.

We’ve got a couple new images to share that might help you make a decision – check them out after THE JUMP!

 


 

Disney PVC Sets Loose Images
February 7, 2008 | 10:04 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Endor Express (Formerly SW Star Tours) have updated to add a gallery of loose images of Disney’s exclusive PVC figures which are produced from Gentle Giant sculpts. Check them out here.

 


 

Calling All Collectors….
February 7, 2008 | 3:51 PM EST | Mark

Are you in the San Diego area? If you are, please contact me…
hfsolo@yahoo.com

Back to the news….

 


 

Vanity Fair & The Force Unleashed
February 7, 2008 | 2:46 AM EST | Justin2

 

As fans eagerly await the release of The Force Unleashed video game, Vanity Fair brings us a step closer to what we can expect when Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice takes center stage later this year.

Be sure to check out all the new details, images, and even a new video preview of the game after THE JUMP!

 


 

2008 Hyperspace Membership Kit 411
February 6, 2008 | 9:05 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with the details on the 2008 Hyperspace (Fan Club) Membership kit. Here’s a list of some of the swag:

George Lucas welcome letter
Special collection Dark Horse comic book with some added surprises!
Four different posters
Yoda fan club patch
Clone Wars Yoda fan club membership card
Topps Star Wars Galaxy promo card
Gentle Giant collector card
One of four Mimbot stickers (Boba, Han, Leia, or Luke)
One of six Mighty Muggs magnets (Boba, Han, Vader, Chewie, Maul, or Stormtrooper)
DK Publishing Star Wars Blueprints ruler
THQ card with redemption code for free virtual wallpaper
Chronicle Books sneak peek bookmark

Check out all the details and images here.

 


 

Yakfinities #19 Starts Now!
February 5, 2008 | 11:44 PM EST | Justin2

 

The latest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has begun!

What do you get when different species in the Star Wars universe mate around Valentine’s Day? Find out after THE JUMP!

 


 

More 2008 Figures Up Close
February 5, 2008 | 11:41 PM EST | Justin2

 

The new Evolution sets are right around the corner and the first wave of 2008 figures are being found across the United States at Walmart stores (though the pickings are sparse at best).

Though he’s not officially out in stores yet, we’ve got a couple new pics to share of Evolutions Jango and if you haven’t been able to find the Tri Droid yet, wait until you see how HUGE this impressive droid is.

 


 

2008 Wave 4 Rumor List
February 5, 2008 | 9:47 PM EST | Bill

Our friend over at POTF2.com have posted a new rumor list, this time for wave 4 of the 2008 line. While we all know that nothing is certain until it is officially announced, this list certainly seems to have a great deal of realibility as it includes a figure which Hasbro semi-confirmed for 2008 at Toyfair 2007! It also includes a certain figure which almost saw plastic in the vintage line, and has been on collectors’ wish lists for over 2 decades. Check it out here.

 


 

New Force Comics Update
February 5, 2008 | 8:46 PM EST | Bill

New Force Comics has just received Gentle Giant’s Chewbacca Mynock Hunt minibust, and has them ready to ship for just $39.99. Check it out here.

They are also taking pre-orders for wave 2 of 2008’s Star Wars Evolutions line– this is the case which includes the Jedi, Fett, and Sith Legacy sets, PLUS the Force Unleashed set— These are the NEW Unleashed sets for this year, and most of the sets include at least 1 figure which has never been released before for just $89.99, snd they are expected to be IN STOCK early next week. Click here to order.

 


 

Episode 128: Yellow Deetoo 
February 5, 2008 | 11:42 AM EST | Jayson

 


The 2008 figures are hitting hard and fast. 2-1B, Mustafar Panning Droids, Darth Vader, and many other Episode 3 figures are being found both in stores and online. Find out where these figures are showing up, and hear Arnie and Marjorie discuss these figures on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

Also this week, Nathan is back giving us an EU update, and it’s an important one. Star Wars comics have NEVER had a cross-over event like the current Star Wars: Vector storyline. Nathan brings you up to speed with everything you need to know in his February EU report.

With a Hasbro Q&A covering Force F/X sabers, Ewoks, and Kybucks (oh my!), a reflection on the yellowing of toys, and a discussion of a possible price increase in Titanium ships, this week’s Star Wars Action News is a must-listen.

And remember, our February voice-mail call-in topic of the month is “What are your biggest collecting challenges?” Leave us a voice mail telling us about your collecting challenges at 415-508-JEDI.

Thank you for listening, and may you find your pegs ever stocked.

You can download this week’s show from swactionnews.com, the standard version directly here and the enhanced version directly here.

 


 

Wave 1 2008
February 5, 2008 | 9:32 AM EST | Holocron_Master_Nick

I was looking for those hard to find comic 2-packs, you know the Wal-Mart exclusives. I’ve been chasing them for over 3 weeks now, while at my local Wal-mart, Rand rd and central, Mt. Prospect, IL, I came across wave 1 of 2008, with medical droid 2-1B, Po Nudo, Commander Gree, Kashyyk Scout trooper with lifting up visor, the panning droid mustafar, and of course Obi and Darth Vader/Anakin. The only one I did not see was the Tri-Droid, but they put these figures two aisles away way from the the action figure aisle and where the peg warmers are still and they were on an endcap, too. Which I almost missed, but luckily, I do a thorough job of looking every where, behind stuff, between boxes, I’ve scored quite a bit of “toys” that people “hide”. Anyway they are out there, so good hunting and by the way they also had the last several figures of 2007 without coins, just with stands. And still no comic packs anywhere and I’ve got 3 Wal-marts fairly close to me, its driving me nuts!!

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Jeditaz
February 4, 2008 | 11:51 PM EST | Justin2

 

Tonight we spotlight the work of a new member to the Yakface forums, jeditaz. Check out his custom depictions of Jedi Master K’kruhk, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and many more after the jump!

 


 

SW.com: Clone Wars Packaging Designs Unveiled
February 4, 2008 | 9:12 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWars.com updates tonight revealing the look and feel of the upcoming Clone Wars brand packaging designs. Dominated by white, the basic figure’s striking new packaging features a cardback reminiscent of the ROTS line with a diecut Clone helmet and the domed blister.

Head to StarWars.com for the full scoop.

 


 

New Indiana Jones Set Photo
February 4, 2008 | 7:26 AM EST | Bill

 

Yak Reader Blue Harvest wrote to give us a heads-up on the latest image of Indy 4 to surface on the net. Check it out at Moviesblog here.

 


 

GIANT UPSET
February 3, 2008 | 10:59 PM EST | Justin2

 

In one of the biggest upsets in Superbowl history, the New York Giants ended the perfect season for the New England Patriots, 17-14.

Congratulations to the Giants, their fans, and of course Yakface reader Dressel Rebel!

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New 2008 Figures and Trading Cards
February 3, 2008 | 7:33 PM EST | Jayson

 

K & C Collectibles has received new Star Wars items this week.

New – 2008 Action Figures (limited supply):
Obi-Wan Kenobi #01
Darth Vader (Anakin) – #02
Commander Gree – #03 – Sold Out
Kashyyyk Trooper – #04
Tri-Droid – #05
Surgical Droid 2-1B – #06
Po Nudo – #07
Mustafar Panning Droid – #08

New – Trading Cards:
Family Guy – Episode IV – A New Hope Set of 50 cards
Family Guy – Episode IV – unopened box with 24 packs – 6 cards per pack

New – Mighty Muggs Figure:
Stormtrooper
Darth Maul

In-Stock – 2007 Action Figures:
Concept Rebel Trooper #60
Destroyer Droid # 59
Voolvif Monn # 58
Jango Fett # 57
Padmé Amidala #56
Clone Trooper – Training Fatigues #55
Pax Bonkik – Rodian Podracer Mechanic #54
Rebel Vanguard Trooper #53
R2-B1 – Astromech Droid #51
Clone Trooper – Hawkbat Battalion #50
Clone Trooper – 7th Legion Trooper #49
Darth Vader – Hologram #48

In-Stock – 30th Anniversary Comic 2-Packs:
Commander Keller and Galactic Marine
Boba Fett and RA-7 Droid
Bail Organa and Obi-Wan Kenobi (with twins)

Pre-Order – February 23rd 2008:
Kotobukiya Bounty Hunter IG-88
Kotobukiya Bounty Hunter Bossk
Kotobukiya Bounty Hunter 4-LOM
X-Wing Fighter Cross Section 3D Vehicle Set
AT-AT Driver Bust
Jar Jar Binks Bust
Obi-Wan Kenobi Bust
Insider Issue 101 – Newsstand cover version
Insider Issue 101 – Exclusive cover version
Hoth Patrol – Battle Pack
Fett Legacy – Evolutions
Forced Unleashed – Evolutions
Jedi Legacy – Evolutions
Sith Legacy – Evolutions

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at kandccollectibles.com

 


 

Half-time Show Reminder
February 3, 2008 | 6:55 PM EST | Bill

While it’s Superbowl Sunday, remember Sideshow Toys has planned a Super Bowl Suprise for fans— there will be a half-time ad on their webpage. Be sure to check it out.

 


 

Superbowl Sunday Kicks Off Yoda’s News 4th Birthday Celebration
February 3, 2008 | 2:50 PM EST | Bill

This just in from our friends at Yodas News:

In February, Yodasnews.com celebrates its 4 year Anniversary and we will be kicking it off on Super Bowl Sunday with a chance to win a MR Yoda FX Saber! Starting today and running all month long we will be giving away TONS of prizes, you can see all of them right here at our Year 4 Giveaway Page, some of the prizes include Gentle Giant Busts, Statues and Maquettes, a Vader Studio Scale LE Helmet, Hasbro and Sideshow Figures, Kotos, and much more!

For your chance to win our first Prize, (the MR Yoda FX Saber) all you need to do is send an e-mail to yodasnewsanniversary@gmail.com and attach a picture of you enjoying SuperBowl Sunday. All pictures must be received by the end of the day Tuesday, February 5th 2008. We will pick one winner at random from all entries received to win the YodaFX. We will also pick our favorite picture and that person will win a Sideshow Princess Leia Boushh Gear Figure!

Good Luck and be sure to sure to check back every few days as we announce more ways to win these great prizes.
Click here to check it out.

 


 

SWS.com Clearance Sale
February 3, 2008 | 7:53 AM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com is having a Clearance Sale with some items being marked down as much as 60%. Here is a highlight of some of the sale items:

– TAC Wave 5 & 6 Cases $70.00 ea. (orig. $83.00)
– Limited Edition Medallion Box Set $25.99 (orig. $49.99)
– Cermaic Cookie Jars $25.00 (orig. $49.99)
– Kotobukiya General Grievous $129.99 (orig. $199.99)
– Kotobukiya Boba Fett $64.99 (orig. $94.99)
– Kotobukiya Luke Skywalker $59.99 (orig. $99.99)
– Gentle Giant Obi-Wan Kenobi Mini Bust $34.99 (orig. $49.99)
– and assorted CIV Gear

Check out all these and more at StarWarsShop.com

 


 

Original and Prequel Trilogy Autograph Signers:
Mike Quinn and Rohan Nichol at Wattographs!

February 2, 2008 | 7:11 PM EST | Brandon

Wattographs is proud to offer several new autograph opportunities! 2008 continues with new signings with an Original and Prequel actor, Mike Quinn and Rohan Nichol!

Mike Quinn played Lando’s co-pilot Nien Numb in Return of the Jedi, Jabba the Hutt puppeteer aboard the sail barge, performed Sy Snootles, ReeYees, Admiral Ackbar and helped animate Master Yoda in Attack of the Clones. Mike has since retired from the convention circuit but is sitting down with Wattographs for this private, in-person signing where he’ll be signing licensed photos and fans’ personal items.

Joining Quinn this month is Rohan Nichol, Captain Remus Antilles in Revenge of the Sith. Nichol has been appearing in films over the last few years including the recent “Fool’s Gold” with Matthew McConaughey. Rohan will sign officially-licensed photos and fans’ personal items in this rare autograph opportunity.

Signing ends February 29th at 11:59:59 EDT. Be sure to sign up for the free newsletter for updates on signings and special offers!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

2008 Vehicles In Stock!
February 2, 2008 | 4:45 AM EST | Justin2

 

Ready to add some more firepower to your Grand Army of the Republic? Or cruise in the General’s personal starfighter? Then head on over toHasbrotoyshop.com while these new vehicles are still in stock!

Star Wars AT-AP Walker

Star Wars General Grievous’ Starfighter

 


 

2-1B really to scale?
February 2, 2008 | 4:39 AM EST | Justin2

 

As we reported earlier in the week, some of the 2008 Wave One figures are noticeably smaller than their past counterparts… in particular, the 2-1B medical droid.

However, according to the Star Wars Databank, 2-1B droids are only 1.5 meters tall, which puts them at slightly under five feet in height.

Also, as illustrated by the photo above, the 2008 version of this droid seems as though Hasbro more accurately sculpted this figure than first thought. Ultimately though, consumers will make the final decision as to whether or not to doom this figure to the shameful honors of pegwarming status.

Do you like how this figure looks? Does the size difference bother you? Share your thoughts after the jump!

 


 

Another Indy IV Image Revealed
February 2, 2008 | 4:29 AM EST | Justin2

With another teaser image revealed at Starwars.com, everyone’s favorite archaelogist appears to be in a world of trouble as he races his enemies for fortune and glory in the return of Indy to the big screen in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

As always, beware of spoilers and check out the image after the jump!

 


 

Hot Off The Truck
February 1, 2008 | 7:36 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Saber Vault:

We have just received two of the three Clone Trooper mini helmets– the Scaled Gree and 501st Clone Helmets have just arrived and are already going out the door FAST, the “standard” white Clone helmets will be here very soon as well. We’ve alreay sold out of the Scaled Boba Fett helmet. Dont’ miss your chance to add the scaled mini helmets to your collection before they’re gone forever.

UPDATE: To say these are selling fast is a huge understatement! The Gree and standard white Clone mini helmets are already sold out! There are a few left of the Stormtrooper, Luke X-Wing, and 501st helmets– get your order in before they’re gone forwever too. Also rapidly vanishing are the Luke Return of the Jedi version 2 1:1 props, with below retail pricing and free shipping none of these will be around for long.

 


 

New Clone Wars Assortment (wave 3) Delayed ‘Til Fall
February 1, 2008 | 6:35 PM EST | Jayson

From Hasbro’s Star Wars Brand Team:

We have previously announced that there would be three waves of our 30th Anniversary basic figures in Spring. That has now been changed – there will be only two. The last wave (on shelf approx. early March) will be The Force Unleashed wave. Due to some last minute delays, the previous third wave has been picked up and moved to the new Fall basic figure line. Nothing will be bumped from the Fall line….these will just be added in.

Fans should not worry as all figures will be coming to the shelf, including General Obi-Wan Kenobi, General Saesee Tiin, Clone Scuba trooper, and more. More details on this assortment will be released at Toy Fair. Similarly, due to production delays, we are pushing back the debut of the next wave of comic packs (including Anakin/Durge and Asaaj/Tol Skorr) until fall as well, but all announced packs *will* be coming out.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA #43: “Back on Track” Edition
February 1, 2008 | 6:28 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Hasbro QnAs are back after an extended break and we have 3 more answers to the questions we submitted last week. Topics covered this session include Mighty Muggs, Galactic Heroes and New Episode I products

Get your Hasbro QnA fix here!

 


 

January Yakfinities Results
February 1, 2008 | 2:23 AM EST | Justin2

 

Lucasarts may be delaying The Force Unleashed video game, but that didn’t stop Yakface forum members from creating an amazing 34 new customs inspired by this highly anticipated multimedia event in the lastest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge.

Check out all the fantastic customs and see who won a MOC 2008 Commander Gree after the jump!

January 2008 Archive

Sideshow Pre-Orders
January 31, 2008 | 10:32 PM EST | Mark

Over at Sideshowtoy.. they have the following two items for pre-order avaialable NOW!!!!!

General- Monty Python Life of Brian

Both are available for pre-order and flex pay. Head over now and reserve yours!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
January 31, 2008 | 9:06 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com

We are expecting some HUGE shipments very soon! In addition, we’ve added a number of great new preorders including Sideshow’s STAR WARS QUI-GON, MAUL & KENOBI STATUE: This cool 3-way statue features Darth Maul hovering in mid-air as he kicks at the Jedi. Preorders have been listed at $279.99

Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Master Replicas: Going, Going, GONE
January 31, 2008 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Saber Vault :

NOW IN STOCK AND READY TO SHIP!!! That’s right, the Retailer Exclusive Luke Skywalker Return of the Jedi V.2 Limited Edition
lightsaber is in stock at The Saber Vault! Don’t miss your last chance to complete your 1:1 replica saber collection with this outstanding piece. It is an exacting reproduction of the actual prop which hung on Luke’s belt during Return of the Jedi. What could be better? How about $50.00 BELOW retail with FREE shipping in the US????

The end is also very near for our stock of REAL MR FX lightsabers, we have less than 20 left of the Yoda ROTS FX lightsaber and Vader
ANH FX lightsaber.

We expect to have in the rest of the scaled helmet replicas tomorrow as well– three types of clones alone including GREE, don’t miss out on these outstanding replicas as they are sure to be very hard to get, given their short sale window with the expiration of MR’s Star Wars license. Click here to order before they’re gone!

 


 

NEW 2008 Lego Pics from UK ToyFair
January 31, 2008 | 1:39 PM EST | Jayson

The news team at jedinews.co.uk have captured several new images of the 2008 Clone Wars Lego Sets. Visit them here and then head back and discuss your thought on them in our forums.

 


 

Clone Wars Animated Series in Theatres?
January 31, 2008 | 9:54 AM EST | Jayson

Well sort of….

Action-Figure.com is reporting from the UK ToyFair and has heard/confirmed? rumors regarding the upcoming Clone Wars Animated Series. Word is that in the UK, the first 3 episodes will debut on the big screen then subsequent episodes airing on TV.

Head over for the full story.

Thanks to forum member “PaulSkywalker” for the tip.

 


 

2008… Year of the Shrinkage?
January 31, 2008 | 3:02 AM EST | Justin2

 

As Hasbro continues to add new standards of articulation and sculpting, they also seem to be making some figures smaller than in years past. This holds true with at least two figures from the first wave of 2008.

Which figures have Hasbro reduced in size for the new ROTS wave? Can the Mustafar Panning Droid support an Anakin figure? Find out the answers to these questions and more after THE JUMP!

 


 

Dr. Phil To Collector: May The Force Be With You
January 30, 2008 | 7:38 PM EST | Bill

No doubt you heard the hype, Collector’s wife wrote Dr. Phil about her husband’s Star Wars addiction. His modest collection currently hits about 6,000 pieces, and apparently one of Dr. Phil’s comments to the collector as filming his collection wrapped up was “that’s some cool Stormtrooper armor!!!!” Check out the full report on CNN here.

 


 

TAC 2008: Clone Wars Images Surface
January 30, 2008 | 12:12 PM EST | Jayson

 


Images for the Clone Wars-themed assortment (Wave 3) and a small image of a Anakin/Durge Comic Pack have surfaced giving us an unofficial look at what we can expect to see at Toy Fair in a few weeks. Visit our forums for the images. Thanks to Sallah from the ‘scum forums for scanning the original image.

 


 

Hasbro Takes It Up a Notch
January 30, 2008 | 7:26 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

There have been a few questions sent in and pondered in our forums asking whether or not the 2008 Obi-Wan and Darth Vader (Anakin) figures are repacked, retooled or all new figures. Thanks to forum member “DarthKozy”, from the SWAN forums, those questions can now be answered. He has sent me a few quick shots of the “area” that has received the most attention by Hasbro’s sculptors:The Crotch. Click on for the super articulated goodness – but not too much or you’ll go blind! ; P

 


 

The Dark Lord Trilogy
January 29, 2008 | 9:38 AM EST | Jayson

 


StarWars.com updates with info on a new trade paperback titled: The Dark Lord Trilogy. This book combines Labyrinth of Evil, Revenge of the Sith and Dark Lord. These stories follow Anakin Skywalker’s last days as hero of the galaxy and transformation into Darth Vader combined into a trade paperback format that collects all the action, intrigue and drama of the three books into one.

 


 

Evolutions Legacy Series Update
January 29, 2008 | 7:25 AM EST | Bill

Adam over at Jedi News UK has done some more digging on these 2 Evolutions Legacy Packs which have appeared at TRU.com, and found some 411 on these sets including the figures expected to appear in each. The short version is that it looks like each set will probably have at least 1 new figure and 2 recycled/rehashed ones. Check out the details here.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Commander Gray
January 29, 2008 | 2:12 AM EST | Justin2

 


The latest Customizer Spotlight goes to a newcomer to the Yakface forums. Commander Gray is an up and coming customizer who has also already created his first photonovel.

Check out his latest customs here and for an entertaining read, be sure to check out his pilot photonovel, the first chapter of the Raft Dangar Chronicles.

 


 

Evolutions Keep Evolving
January 28, 2008 | 7:30 PM EST | Bill

Our friends at Jedi Defender.com discovered the first unofficial word that there will be at least 2 more Evolutions sets. This unofficial word on Hasbro’s Evolutions line, comes from the Official Toys R Us site, which is NOW TAKING PREORDERS for two Evolutions sets– The Rebel Pilots Legacy and The Padmé Amidala Legacy, both of which list a release of February 2008. Check out TRU’s site here.

 


 

Episode 127: What to buy, what to buy, what to buy?
January 28, 2008 | 6:59 AM EST | Jayson

 


One of the great joys of collecting items like Hasbro and Gentle Giant and Sideshow is that it truly seems never-ending. No sooner do you think you finish with one line then another pops up. Such is certainly the case right now with Hasbro figures; as most people are starting to put their 2007 collections to bed, reports are coming in about the first wave of 2008 figures being spotted at Wal Marts, including by our own customizing expert Darth Kozy. Kozy sat down and tore open his Wave 8 finds and recorded his thoughts on these newest of figures.

Of course sometimes you do hit a dry spell with no new action figures to buy, and when that happens…well, Jakob is here to tell us what he did in that situation.

All this and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News

You can download this week’s show from swactionnews.com, the standard version directly here and the enhanced version directly here.

 


 

Indy 4 Trailer Description?
January 27, 2008 | 10:00 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Blue Harvest sent us a heads-up on what purports to be a description of the teaser trailer for Indiana Jones 4– rumored to debut on February 15th on line, and the 14th in theaters. If you want to risk mild spoilers– assuming that the description is accurrate– Check it out here at Ain’t It Cool.com.

 


 

The Force Unleashed Documentary Update
January 25, 2008 | 10:14 PM EST | Justin2

 

The lastest documentary for The Force Unleashed unveils more of the technology being developed for the game, which as we know has been delayed until August 2008.

You’ll also catch glimpses of new Imperial troopers created for the game, more locations, and of course, tons of Stormtroopers getting the Force handed to them. Check it out after the jump!

Also thank you to forum member Paulskywalker for the heads up!

 


 

Captain Rex Revealed
January 25, 2008 | 7:44 PM EST | Bill

 


Well, it looks like the riddle of the Clone Wars Captain Rex has been solved. While Hasbro is keeping the answers under wraps, the UK site Jedi News has scored images off of the Clone Wars Lego packaging. While it’s hard to make out, it appears that Rex is an ARC trooper, or clone officer.Check out the image here.

 


 

Sideshow Collectibles:Palpatine Life-Size Bust
January 25, 2008 | 7:14 AM EST | Jayson

 


Sideshow Collectibles “Ministry of Information” has revealed a teaser shot of the Palaptine Life-Size Bust. More info coming soon…

 


 

Pre-Order Duel Of the Fates!
January 25, 2008 | 7:10 AM EST | Mark

You can now go to Sideshow and pre-order the Duel Of Fates..

Head over there NOW!

 


 

Reminder: Joel Edgerton Charity Autograph Signing!
January 24, 2008 | 10:41 PM EST | Brandon

Just a reminder to everyone, January 31st is the LAST day to get in on the Charity Autograph signing with actor Joel Edgerton (Owen Lars in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith). All of Joel’s proceeds are going to benefit the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Great chance to get this rare signer added to your personal item and collection! Please contact wattographs with any questions, MTFBWY!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

100% & 400% Be@rbrick Wicket (Ewoks™ Version)
January 24, 2008 | 6:14 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Bearbrick.com has updated today with the announcement of the Winter Wonder Festival 2008 Exclusive 100% & 400% Be@rbrick Wicket (Ewoks™ Version). 500 pairs of these will be available at the Japan annual show (Feb. 24) and the remaining 1500 pieces will be available to Japan customers only through the Medicom site. Limited to a total of 2008 pieces. Click here for a closer look.

 


 

Wave 6 Comic Packs Hitting Retail
January 24, 2008 | 7:15 AM EST | Jayson

 


Yak Reader “Ghost of QG” in Kansas City writes in that he found the latest comic pack assortment at his local Wal-Mart. Wave 6 includes: Lt. Shan & Lt. Jundland, Republic Commando & Super Battle Droid and Mouse & Basso.

Great Finds! Thanks for the tip.

If you have any news, feel free to send it in to yaksnews@yahoo.com or visit our store reports thread in the forum.

 


 

Vector, What’s That?
January 24, 2008 | 4:32 AM EST | Holocron_Master_Nick

As some of you may know or may not know, that this year is the year of Vector. Its an on going storyline that starts with Knights of the Old Republic #25-28, then jumps to Dark Times #11-12, then on to Rebellion #15-16 and ends with Legacy #29-32 at the end of 2008. This cross-over spans forty centuries and will “involve, embroil, and ensnare major characters from one end of the Star Wars timeline to the other.”

I’m not really sure how they’re going to pull it off, but it does sound intriguing enough to continue buying the comics. I’ll try to get out some reviews of them when they hit the shelves. Here’s the link to Dark Horse comics. There’s a little bit of info, not much but they do show the cover of that issue. There’s a four page preview which is awesome to say the least, especially the last page. So set your time machine to January 30 2008.

 


 

Darth Bane: Rule of Two Review …Finally
January 24, 2008 | 4:09 AM EST | Holocron_Master_Nick

 


Start the new year with the Sith! The review is in for Darth Bane: Rule of Two, so head on over to the forums and see if its worth your time and money!

 


 

Exclusive Boba Fett Tee
January 23, 2008 | 4:29 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has added an exclusive Boba Fett t-shirt from the UK.

UK Streetwear brand Addict has teamed up with Lucasfilm to produce exclusive boxed tees depicting three of the most iconic characters from the original Star Wars Trilogy!

Called the Icons Series, it’s a one-off set of officially licensed tees illustrated by artist Mitch, known by many for his work in the music industry — Amp Fiddler, Bugz in the Attic, Incognito, The Bees, and Howie B are just a few of the musicians he’s worked with.

As seen here, for the Star Wars Icons Series, the artist’s signature style accurately captures the essence of Boba Fett–not surprising, since the artist counts Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie among his earliest influences (see the artist profile below). And like fine art, the t-shirts come packaged in an illustrated custom box — no cheap metal hangers here.

Retails for $52 and ships March 08.

 


 

Kubrick Series 9: Attack of the Clones
January 23, 2008 | 1:45 PM EST | Jayson

 


Medicom has updated their site today previewing Series 9 in their Star Wars Kubrick line. Common figures include Clone Trooper, Jango Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Count Dooku, Yoda and Anakin Skywalker. Look for these to start shipping in June. Click here for a closer look.

Also shown is the next figure in the series of RAH (Real Action Heroes) – the Phase I Clone Trooper

 


 

Jones The Spud
January 23, 2008 | 7:40 AM EST | Bill

 


USA Today has broken the story of Hasbro’s latest themed Spud– from Taters of the Lost Ark! Here’s their report:

On May 22, Indiana Jones returns to theaters with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, with Harrison Ford again reprising the title role. Perhaps upstaging the actor: a toy. On May 1, Mr. Potato Head: Taters of the Lost Ark hits stores, perhaps with a more versatile wardrobe. The toy spud comes with 12 mix-and-match parts inspired by the daredevil character, including a jacket, whip and fedora. Indiana Jones will probably arrive with a PG-13 rating, but Mr. Potato Head (about $15) has younger demos: ages 2 and up. Check it out here.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Fritzkrieg
January 22, 2008 | 11:38 PM EST | Justin2

 

The Customizer Spotlights at Yakface continue as we highlight a custom Imperial Speeder courtesy of customizer Fritzkrieg.

Check out his latest work and the customs of many other talented Yakkers after the jump!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
January 22, 2008 | 11:33 PM EST | Bill


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com

We’ve got lots of new Star Wars hot off the truck:

STAR WARS 30TH – WAVE 9: We’ve just received the rest of our Wave 9 shipment and full sets of 6 are now in stock at $59.99 each.

STAR WARS TITANIUM: The first round of 2008 Titanium figures has just
arrived. You can get a set of the 6 new figures here at $38.99

STAR WARS EXPANDED UNIVERSE – WAVE 5: Three new 2-packs with comics have just arrived and are in stock at $39.99 for the set. The figures in this set are: Luke Skywalker (Lt. Jundland) & Lt. Shan, Mouse & Able in Stormtrooper Disguise, Republic Commando & Super Battle Droid.

We’ve also got the STAR WARS – 12″ EP IV SIDESHOW LUKE: Sideshow continues its popular 1/6 scale Star Wars series with the version of Luke we’ll always think of first. Up for preorder now at $66.99

Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

The Force Won’t Be Unleashed… Yet
January 22, 2008 | 9:32 PM EST | Bill

Here’s the notice that Amazon is sending customers who pre-ordered The Force Unleashed Novel. It looks like June instead of March:

We’re writing about the order you placed on December 2007 (Order#). Unfortunately, the release date for the item(s) listed below has changed, and we need to provide you with a new delivery estimate based on the new release date:

Sean Williams (Author) “Star Wars(r) The Force Unleashed (Star Wars
(Del Rey))” [Hardcover] Estimated arrival date: 06/26/2008

If there are other items in your order, they’ll be shipped according to the delivery estimates listed in the order details in Your Account (www.amazon.com/your-account).

If you still want us to ship the items when they do become available (though they may arrive later than expected) please visit this address to approve the delay…..

 


 

Exclusive Holographic Darth Maul Mini Bust
January 22, 2008 | 3:47 PM EST | Jayson

 


MintinBox.net is reporting that there is an Gentle Giant Exclusive Holographic Darth Maul Mini Bust being made available February 16 at Star Wars: The Exhibition.

Limited to 2500 copies and sporting a light-up feature that will be sold through the official shop of the exhibition at a price of 59.99 €!

Head to MintinBox.net for more details!

 


 

NEW TFU Carded Images
January 22, 2008 | 2:53 PM EST | Jayson

A member in the Rebelscum Forums has posted new carded images of the Battle Damaged Darth Vader and Juno Eclipse figures from the The Force Unleashed wave. Click on over and have a peek.

 


 

Episode 126: Worst. Customer. Service. Ever.
January 22, 2008 | 6:50 AM EST | Jayson

 

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