Category Archives: Collecting News

November 2008 Archive

Yakfinities Customizing Challenge Update
November 30, 2008 | 11:39 PM EST | Justin2

 


The 26th Yakfinities, ENTERTAINERS, continues through the month of December. Check out the recent entries or add your own custom into the mix by clickingHERE.

 


 

Sarlacc Pit Loose Images
November 30, 2008 | 11:35 PM EST | Justin2

Unsure whether or not you want to fork over more than $60.00 for Target’s Sarlacc Pit Ultimate Battle Pack? This is definitely an expensive item considering the lack of new product packed in, but the Sarlacc itself is very well done and DOES come with a very sturdy base that is hidden under the packaging (though a bit small).

Check out some loose pics of this ugly monster and decide if this is worth picking up after the jump!

 


 

Left Overs Have You??? Stew Time It Is!!!
November 30, 2008 | 6:53 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a semi-historical article about Yoda’s infamous pot of stew from the Empire Strikes back– along with a receipe that doesn’t look bad at all! So if you’ve got some leftover turkey, brisket, ham, lamb, or other meat (the recipe calls for lamb or “other meat”) Check it out here.

 


 

YAKstravaganza: Holiday Edition Begins!
November 29, 2008 | 2:42 PM EST | Brandon

 

HELLO FANS! YAKstravaganza is back for round two and we want everybody to participate! YAKstravaganza is a fun new contest that ANYBODY can play! It’s a contest about celebrating Star Wars and everybody’s favorite hobbies & skills! The purpose of YAKstravaganza is for everybody to create something that fuses together a theme (THIS TIME WINTER HOLIDAYS!) for the month, Star Wars, and your favorite hobby / skill / craft. Entries will be received all month long and a winner chosen by YAK_Den at the end of the month. The winner will then get to choose a prize from 5 randomly selected boxes :D!

This time we’re also pulling out all the stops! We’ll be giving MAJOR YAKpoints to all entries recieved and it’s a high possibility that multiple people can win! We hope you all will join us!

For more details jump on over!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
November 28, 2008 | 11:21 PM EST | Bill

 

Here’s the highlights from our latest update:
NEW ARRIVALS:

REAL ACTION HEROES ROYAL GUARD
The first of two new Medicom RAH figures this week, the Royal guard is
clad in his red robe and helmet, and includes a Force Pike for battle. This evil sentinel stands 12″, and is the ultimate defender for your Sith forces. Don’t miss out on this this one, priced at $154.99

STAR WARS EPISODE III ANAKIN SKYWALKER PREMIUM FORMAT
This 1/4 scale figure shows Anakin as he looked in Episode III after
turning to the Dark Side of the Force. Clad in dark leathers with a brown robe, this figure stands 19″ tall and includes his lightsaber as well. This figure is priced at $289.99

REAL ACTION HEROES CLONE TROOPER CAPTAIN
The other new release is the Clone Trooper Captain. This fellow has red markings on his clone trooper armor to denote his rank, and the figure comes with alternate hands and a blaster, in addition to the articulation that has made Medicom’s RAH line legendary. This one is priced at $139.99

STAR WARS VEHICLE SINGLES
Our newest shipment of Star Wars vehicles has allowed us to list a number of them singly. Yuo can choose from Obi-Wan’s and Anakin’s Starfighters, the V-19 Torrent and more, priced at $18.00 – $25.99 each.

STAR WARS UNLEASHED MULTI-PACKS
Our shipment has also restocked our 2″ Unleashed Battlepacks. We’ve got many Clone Wars Hero, Clone Wars Trooper, and Clone Wars Droid sets, among others. These sets are priced at $11.00 to $14.99 each

STAR WARS BATTLE PACKS
Also in stock now are three of the new Battle Packs. This time, we’ve
received the Battle at the B’Omarr Monastery and Assault on the Shield
Generator battle packs, each containing multiple figures or two figures with vehicles. Each is priced at $27.99

GALACTIC HEROES WAVE 4 CASE
This case includes twelve two-packs of Galactic Heroes figures. Some of the sets in this assortment include Anakin with STAP, Commander Rex & Ahsoka with Stonky, Saesee Tiin & Agen Kolar, and more; we’ve got this case listed at $79.99

STAR WARS COMIC TWO-PACKS
We’ve got the Wave 5 set of two in stock, containing the Clone Emperor and Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight, and Commander Faie and Quinlan Vos in Jedi Robes. This set is in stock for $29.99, and we’ve also replenished a number of comic two-pack singles, like Admiral Thrawn & Talon Karrde and Leia & Prince Xizor, and these singles are priced at $12.99 to $14.99 each.

STAR WARS MIGHTY MUGGS RESTOCK
We’ve got a number of Star Wars Mighty Muggs singlles restocked – choose from figures like Darth Vader versions 1 & 2, Han Solo, Boba and Jango Fetts, Emperor Palpatine and more. We’ve got these Muggs priced at $11.99 – $20.00 each, along with sets of four available at $44.99.

NEW PREORDERS:

CLONE WARS VEHICLE COLLECTION 2009 WAVE 1
The first wave of Star Wars vehicles for 2009 is up for pre-order now. This case of five ships includes two of Clone Wars Obi-Wan’s Delta 2 Starfighter, and one AAT Trade Federation Tank , along with one each of new ships the Super Vulture Droid and the Magna Guard Fighter. You can pick up the vehicles singly at $29.99 – $34.99, or pick up the case of 5 at $114.99. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: Black Friday Sale
November 28, 2008 | 7:28 AM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop’s huge Black Friday Sale is now in effect. Save 10% off every item in stock for regular shoppers, and 20% off for Hyperspace members!

And just in case you’re sleeping off a tryptophan haze the day after yesterday, StarWarsShop is extending the sale through the weekend and into Monday, so that’s four whole days to reap big savings on Star Wars, Clone Wars, and Indy merch!

 


 

Black Friday Star Wars Savings on Star Wars Action News
November 27, 2008 | 11:38 PM EST | Jayson

 


Star Wars Action News wants to wish all its listeners a Happy Thanksgiving! And in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are giving you a bonus episode of Star Wars Action News!

Want to know where to shop for the best Black Friday savings on Star Wars items? Or if you’re forced to stores with family, want to know what to look for while there to add to you collection? Find out right now on our annual Black Friday pre-show on Star Wars Action News

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

 


 

The Drewton Legacy Continues!
November 27, 2008 | 1:30 PM EST | Justin2

 


Forum member Drewton treats us all this holiday week with another installment in his dazzling photonovel series!

So once you’ve had your fill of turkey and football today, sit back and enjoyChapter 4 – ARMAGEDDON

 


 

Toht Now Available…
November 27, 2008 | 12:09 PM EST | Mark

If you are an Indiana Jones Fan.. this IS THE MUST have figure. NOT because of the figure.. but because of the exclusive!!!!

Toht 12-inch Figure

The Toht 12 inch Figure features:

12-inch Prometheus male body with 30+ points of articulation
Authentic likeness of Ronald Lacey as Major Arnold Ernst Toht
Shirt
Pants
Tie
Jacket
Trench coat with belt
Shoes
Hat
Glasses
Switch-out melted portrait
Interchangeable gloved and ungloved hands
Interchangeable right hand with medallion burn
Luger pistol
Hot Poker
Collapsable coat hanger w/ chain
Display base with Indiana Jones logo
Sideshow Exclusive: Polystone Ark of the Covenant accessory

 


 

Black Friday @ Entertainment Earth
November 27, 2008 | 12:02 PM EST | Mark

Over at Entertainment Earth they are have their sale tomorrow…

It’s time once more for our annual Black Friday Sale! Save big all Thanksgiving weekend on over 80 awesome products from Dark Horse, Hasbro, Acme Archives, Master Replicas, and more– starting right now!

Black Friday Sale!

Highlights from this sale include…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo Statue, WAS $99.99, ON SALE NOW FOR $49.78

EE Exclusive Star Trek Original Series Communicator Replica, WAS $29.99, ON SALE NOW FOR $22.87

Star Wars Force FX Lightsaber Construction Set, WAS $82.27, ON SALE NOW FOR $59.97

Star Wars Treachery on Saleucami Action Figure Battle Pack, WAS $23.99, ON SALE NOW FOR $15.91

Head on over for the sale….

 


 

Black Friday @ Brian’s Toys
November 27, 2008 | 11:53 AM EST | Mark

Brian’s Toys’ Black Friday Sale has deep discounts on over a hundred products such as action figures, battle packs, and exclusives! Combined with our continuing 15% OFF Sale and $7.99 Flat-Rate Shipping, Brian’s Toys makes the perfect holiday shopping hot spot for the Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformers, and Indiana Jones fans in your life. New this week and in stock are Legacy Wave 2 and GI Joe Wave 13. For more details and great Christmas buys, check out www.brianstoys.com!

 


 

Happy Thanksgiving!
November 27, 2008 | 7:37 AM EST | Jayson

From all of us a Yakface, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

 


 

Gentle Giant: Holiday Sale 2008 on Select In-Stock Items
November 26, 2008 | 10:24 PM EST | Jayson

Gentle Giant is offering Black Friday prices on select in stock items through the end of the year! (Or while supplies last.) Head on over to view the great deals!

 


 

Sideshow Collectibles: 12″ AOTC Obi-Wan Kenobi Revealed
November 26, 2008 | 9:31 PM EST | Jayson

 


Sideshow Collectibles has updated tonight revealing the next 1:6 scale figure in the their Order of the Jedi line: Obi-Wan Kenobi as he appeared in Attack of the Clones. Priority pre-orders start Friday Dec. 7 at 10 am Pacific Time and look for a limited production run of 1000 pieces. Let the speculation begin on the Exclusive Edition’s accessory.

Update: The Exclusive Edition will include the Kamino Dart accessory as revealed in Sideshow’s newsletter. Thanks Sean K. for the tip!

 


 

K & C Collectibles: FREE SHIPPING starts Friday November 28th
November 26, 2008 | 2:51 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles is offering FREE Shipping via UPS ground Starting Friday November 28th until Saturday December 13th to all customers who order $75.00 or more. Your shipping address must be within the continental USA and use a credit card for payment. Exceptions do apply on some collectibles due to size of the items. Offer not valid on pre-order items or orders already placed.

NEW – Clone Wars Action Figure Collection: 
Count Dooku #13
Plo Koon #14
Asajj Ventress #15
C-3PO #16
Destroyer Droid #17
IG-86 Assassin Droid #18

NEW – Battle Packs: 
Training on the Falcon
B’Omarr Monastery Assault
Shield Generator Assault

NEW – Comic 2-pack Collection: 
Commnader Faie and Quinlan Vos
Emperor Palpatine Clone and Luke Skywalker
Leia Organa and Prince Xizor
Grand Admiral Thrawn and Talon Karrde

IN STOCK –Clone Wars – Commemorative Collection:
#1 – General Grievous, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Battle Droid
#2 – Clone Trooper, Anakin Skywalker, and R2-D2
#3 – Both Collections

IN STOCK –Legacy Vehicle:
A-Wing with Arvel Crynyd

IN STOCK – Titanium
A-Wing – Battle Damaged – Blue
AT-RT – Orange Trooper
Hailfire Droid
Biggs Darklighter’s Red Three X-Wing
Shadow Trooper Gunship
Republic Gunship
Imperial Landing Craft
Rebel Transport
TIE Defender

IN STOCK – Legacy Collection – Action Figures
Stass Allie # 23
Commander Faie – #24
General Grievous – # 25
Bail Organa – # 26
Breha Organa – # 27
FX-6 – # 28
Clone Trooper 327 Star Corps – #29

IN STOCK – Knights of the Old Republic:
Miniatures

Pre-Order – November 27th, 2008
Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 Trading Card Box
Obi-Wan Kenobi Maquette – Clone Wars
Anakin Skywalker Mcquette – Clone Wars
AT-AT Driver Mini bust
Kotobukiya – Sith – Set of 4 – SAVE $60
Darth Vader 12inch Talking Bobble Head
Boba Fett 12inch Bobble Head

 


 

New Loose TLC A New Hope Wave Images
November 26, 2008 | 9:12 AM EST | Jayson

The fine crew at POTF2.com has posted several loose images of some of the figures from the upcoming Legacy Collection’s A New Hope Wave. Head over for detailed shots of Trinto Duaba w/Dice Ibegon and Wioslea.

 


 

Sideshow Collectibles: Holiday Savings
November 25, 2008 | 11:38 PM EST | Jayson

Sideshow Collectibles has listed several Star Wars related items that have been discounted for this holiday season.

Look for savings on the 12″ Bespin Luke Skywalker, Kit Fisto Acme Character Key, 12″ Nik Sant – Endor Rebel Commando Pathfinder, 12″ Endor Rebel Commando Sergeant, 12″ Jabba the Hutt and the Luke & Yoda Premium Format Figure.

Head over to Sideshow to see if these or the many other discounted item get you in the holiday gifting mood.

 


 

More UBPs Found
November 25, 2008 | 10:48 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

This just in from Yak Reader “JediJones”

My Target in PA sold out of the GI Joe Ultimate Battle Packs over the weekend and filled the shelf space with 2 each of the Star Wars Ultimate Battle Packs on Monday. By Tuesday those had sold out and the GI Joe set was back in place. Here are the pics to prove it…

Thanks for your report JediJones and congrats on your find.

Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

Yak Spotlight: Premium Format Asajj Ventress
November 25, 2008 | 9:19 PM EST | Jayson

The Yakface Spotlight returns today with a review of the Premium Format Asajj Ventress from Sideshow Collectibles. Click on through or click the review image in the left column to determine if this is a piece worthy of having a place in your collection.

 


 

Target.com: Red Clone Army Ranks Complete!
November 25, 2008 | 5:21 PM EST | Jayson

Here from Japan. Gone in less than a parsec. For Jedi masters and Star Wars fans, a limited supply of Japanese Star Wars collectibles are available now, only at Target.com. Hurry, before they disappear, plus view the Japanese movie trailer and poster.

 


 

Episode 170: Creepy Crawlers
November 24, 2008 | 11:49 PM EST | Jayson

 


When shopping for the Star Wars fan in your life, no matter what the age, you may be tempted to buy him or her something different; something unique. One such item can be found in the craft section of your local Wal Mart, the Star Wars Creepy Crawler Mold Maker. An impulse buy has one added to the Sithsonian’s collection. Listen as we play with the item, burn our finters, and decide if this is a good gift for fans young and old.

And speaking of young fans, our youth reviewer Owen Cheddar is back, this time reviewing the new Lightsaber Duels game for the Wii. Last week we gave you an adult’s perspective on this game, now hear what the kids think of it.

With a Hasbro Q&A, a store report, and as stuffed full of Star Wars goodness as your Thursday turkey, it’s all on Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Josh
November 24, 2008 | 11:14 PM EST | Justin2

 


Forum member Josh has added several new updates to our diorama section, and tonight we spotlight his awesome rendition of Jabba the Hutt’s Sail Barge. Check out his work after the jump!

 


 

Clone Wars AAT Found
November 24, 2008 | 11:09 PM EST | Justin2

 


A local collecting friend mentioned that he had seen the new AAT Separatist Tank at an area St. Louis Wal-Mart. Sure enough, I hit a differnet location and was able to score one for myself. This is a very fresh look for the existing mold – head to the forums for a closer look.

 


 

StarWarsShop: New Arrivals
November 24, 2008 | 10:02 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with the addition of a few new pre-orders to their New Arrivals section. Look for Clone Wars 2009 wave 2, the Sideshow 12″ Stormtrooper Commander from the Force Unleashed, also from Sideshow, the 12″ Han in Carbonite Environment and the Slave Leia Premium Format Figure

 


 

TRU Exclusive Gentle Giant Bust Ups
November 24, 2008 | 9:16 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Editor-In-Chief / Mark ran across a few of the Exclusive Clone Wars Gentle Giant Bust Ups today at his local Toys R Us.

Armada Set 1 includes Captain Rex, a Coruscant Security Trooper and a 212th Attack Battalion Trooper.

Armada Set 2 includes one of Commander Wolffe, a 41st Elite Legion Trooper and what looks like a AT-TE Tank Gunner.

Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

New Star Tours Goodies
November 24, 2008 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

Our Friends over at Endor Express.net have updated with a nice piece on some new collectibles which have surfaced at Disney’s Star Tours Ride, and the best part is that unless you’re getting a set off Ebay, they’re FREE. Check it out here.

 


 

Target Raises Pricing On Ultimate Battle Packs
November 24, 2008 | 1:38 PM EST | Jayson

Watch those wallets! Target has apparently taken aim at the already inflated pricing of the 2 upcoming Ultimate Battle Packs and has raised them from $62.99 to a whopping $69.99. A local collector friend reported this morning that they increased the price at 2 of his area stores, so to confirm this I just ran to my local Target and much to my dismay the DPCI scanner revealed the $69.99 pricepoint.

This must have just happened overnight as the same store had the $62.99 cost yesterday.

So, if you managed to get yours early for the lower price congrats! Let’s hope these to sets make their way to the clearance aisle sooner rather than later.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
November 22, 2008 | 11:43 AM EST | Bill

 


3000 ITEM SALE:
Our sale is still running and there are plenty of great deals available. Take a spin through the sales menus

NEW PREORDERS:

MILITARIES OF STAR WARS 12″ STORMTROOPER COMMANDER
The newest of Sideshow’s “Militaries of Star Wars” line is the
Stormtrooper Commander. His armor includes blue detailing to indicate his rank, and he comes with a BlasTech E-11 Blaster Rifle as well. We’ve got him priced at $84.99

NEW ARRIVALS:

HASBRO FORCE FX LIGHTSABERS – LUKE, OBI-WAN
These new Force FX lightsabers seem to take up where Master Replicas left off. Part of Hasbro’s Signature Series, these blades light up and have four motion sensor- controlled sound effects. The blade is permanently attached to a durable metal hilt, and comes with a display base for when not in use. Obi-Wan’s blade is priced at $99.99, with Luke’s at $109.99. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 18 IG-86 Assassin Droid
November 21, 2008 | 11:06 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with my latest acquisition from theClone Wars Collection: the IG-86 Assassin Droid. Again, Hasbro’s designers have translated the IG-86 perfectly from screen to plastic form and they managed to load this deadly droid with a ton of articulation as well. The IG-86 Droid has a swivel head, waist and wrists, with ball joint shoulders, elbows, hips, ankles and pivoting knees. Plus it features clamp like hands perfect for grasping weapons or prey. For accessories, IG-86 includes 2 batte droid blasters and a removable weapon pack capable of holding the blasters when not in use. Overall a fabulous figure, well worth picking up multiples if so inclined.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is an item worthy of adding to your collection.

 


 

Clone Wars: The Malevolence Saga
November 21, 2008 | 9:33 PM EST | Jayson

Although there is no new episode of the Clone Wars next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, tune to the Cartoon Network next Friday for the airing of the 3 part “Malevelance Saga” consisting of the Rising Malevolence, Shadow of Malevolence and Destroy Malevolence episodes!

 


 

Clone Wars Episode #7: Duel of the Droids
November 21, 2008 | 5:09 PM EST | Jayson

Last week’s new Clone Wars Episode “Duel of the Droids” is now streaming atStarWars.com.

Remember, The Clone Wars episode is all new tonight with Episode 8: “Bombad Jedi” featuring Jar Jar Binks at 9:00 pm EST / 8:00 pm CST. And in case you miss it, you can catch a rebroadcast tomorrow morning 9:30 am EST / 8:30 am CST.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: Black Friday Sale
November 21, 2008 | 2:19 PM EST | Jayson

Starting November 28, make sure you’re in front of a computer to take advantage of StarWarsShop’s huge Black Friday Sale, which knocks 10% off every item in stock for regular shoppers, and 20% off for Hyperspace members!

And just in case you’re sleeping off a tryptophan haze the day after Thanksgiving, StarWarsShop is extending the sale through the weekend and into Monday, so that’s four whole days to reap big savings on Star Wars, Clone Wars, and Indy merch!

So mark your calendars and be camped out in front of StarWarsShop’s virtual doors on November 28 to get the best deals of the year!

 


 

Woot! Special: The Star Wars Vault SOLD OUT
November 21, 2008 | 6:29 AM EST | Jayson

 


Internet bargain site Woot! has posted a special today on the The Star Wars Vault. Written by Lucasfilm’s Steve Sansweet and Pete Vilmur, The Star Wars Vault reveals dozens of rare photos, facts, collectibles, and recordings pulled from both the authors’ collections and from Lucasfilm’s own archives at Skywalker Ranch. But what makes the Vault so different — and so special — are the inserts that accompany nearly every spread: pull-out reproductions of posters, tickets, concert programs, t-shirt transfers, stickers, and scores of other collectible items (50 in all!) abound in The Star Wars Vault, many of which have never even been seen before.

You can get yours today for the low, low price of $24.99 + $5 shipping. A great Christmas present at a great price – head over and get yours today!

Thanks to Yak Reader Jason H. for the sweet find!

UPDATE: Apparently there was quite a run on today’s special as it is now sold out! Hope you got yours while they were available.

 


 

RHEN VAR ASSAULT
November 21, 2008 | 12:46 AM EST | Justin2

 


Rykrof Enloe is back, and this time he’s bringing with him a full scale assault on the Separatist stronghold of Rhen Var.

Head on over to the forums for Chapter 26 in the Rykrof Enlone Photonovel Series after THE JUMP!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 17 Destroyer Droid
November 20, 2008 | 1:50 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with my latest acquisition from theClone Wars Collection: the Destroyer Droid. These “rollers” as they’re referred in the Clone Wars series are a faithful representation of their on-screen counterparts complete with exaggerated proportions. The figure itself features firing rocket launchers in each arm and also utilizes an action feature where the droid springs open at the press of a button located on the droid’s leg housing. The arms have a ton of articulation themselves with swivel and ball joint pivot points and the leg are posable akin to previous Destroyer Droid releases.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is an item worthy of adding to your collection.

 


 

Wattographs “The Wookiees” Conoisseur Series Signing! 
November 20, 2008 | 1:18 AM EST | Brandon

Release from Wattographs.com:

Only 2 weeks left to get in on our autograph signing with the Wookiees of “Revenge of the Sith!” This exciting piece features 9 signatures of the Wookiees themselves including Creature Shop Supervisors Dave and Lou Esley.

We have two different group images available in a stunning 16×20 size. Additionally, we have several individual character images available for this signing.

Orders for “The Wookiees” Connoisseur Series ends 11/30/08 at 11:59:59 EST. Please contact Wattographs with any questions.

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

Customizing Project Updates
November 20, 2008 | 12:19 AM EST | Justin2

 


We’re all busy this time of year, so the deadlines for both the Shaak Ti Group Project and the current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge have been extended to December 31.

 


 

Sarlacc Ultimate Battle Pack Found
November 19, 2008 | 8:16 PM EST | Jayson

 


Yak Reader Matt stumbled across the Battle at the Sarlacc Ultimate Batle Pack ($62.99) at his local Target in Elizabethtown, KY. Click the image above to view Matt’s findings!

And if your feeling anxious about getting this set or want to check to see if it is in-stock at your local Target, here is the DPCI code: 087-06-2070*.

*This code is shared with the Clone Wars UBP as well so if you’re looking to have this pulled from the stockroom it might help to be specific in your inquiry.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: New Arrivals
November 19, 2008 | 8:07 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated today with the addition of a couple items to their “New Arrivals” section. Today’s offering include a Solid Bronze Yoda Statue,Gentle Giant Wampa Statue and a Limited Edition Captain Rex Clone Wars Maquette. As a bonus, Hyperspace members receive an additional 10% off your order!

 


 

Hasbro Corporate Site Update
November 19, 2008 | 11:42 AM EST | Jayson

Hasbro.com‘s web site has received a facelift today head over and explore it for yourself!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 16 C-3PO
November 19, 2008 | 9:41 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with my latest acquisition from theThe Clone Wars Collection: C-3PO. Much like the R2-D2 from wave 1, Hasbro again raises the bar as this latest incarnation of our favorite protocol droid has great features that will hopefully carry on to realistic versions of him in the future. 3PO features several articulation points with ball joint ankles, knees, torso, elbows and head but that’s not all. He also has swivel wrists and a multi piece shoulder ball joint that provides them with a more dynamic range of motion. Another feature that this figure has is “glowing” eyes which do not glow per se but do illuminate by utilizing the light pipe design previously used on certain astromech and Jawa molds. Unfortunately, there are no accessories included with the figure which is a shame, but not surprising, since most of the dollars were allocated to producing one of the best C-3PO figures to date.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is an item worthy of adding to your collection.

 


 

Hasbro Q & A Rounds-Up
November 19, 2008 | 7:49 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s web page has updated with the latest all of the latest questions and answers from the on-going Star Wars Q & A. Check it out here.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 14 Plo Koon
November 18, 2008 | 10:23 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide gets a quick update today with my latest acquisition to theThe Clone Wars Collection: the Jedi Master Plo Koon. Although Master Koon has been translated very well from the series to action figure form, Hasbro still feels the need to short change dynamic characters like Jedi by not including key points of articulation. Here, Plo Koon lacks knee and ankle joints giving him a rather static pose from the waist down. Aside from that shortcoming, Plo Koon rocks as he features ball joint elbows, swivel wrists and an interchangeable hood piece that can be displayed up or down depending on your mood. And what Jedi would be complete without his trusty lightsaber? Plo Koon is armed to the teeth in that respect as he includes 2 lightsabers (one long and one short) and a sweet double bladed lightsaber gauntlet! If that isn’t enough the 2 lightsabers can attach to the the gauntlet forming a quad blade instrument of death!

Head to the toyguide to see if this is an item worthy of adding to your collection.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com Gift Guide
November 18, 2008 | 5:06 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated today with their “Star Wars Gift Guide” which break some of the their most popular items into easy to shop categories just in time for the upcoming holiday season. If you haven’t already, head over and start holiday shopping early for your favorite Star Wars fan.

 


 

Coming Soon… Rhen Var Assault
November 18, 2008 | 12:59 PM EST | Justin2

 


The next installment in the Rykrof Enloe Photonovel Series will be released in the coming days.

Stay tuned here at Yakface for Chapter 26 in its entirety!

 


 

TRU 15% Off
November 17, 2008 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

Been waiting to add an ATTE or BMF Falcon to your collection? There’s a 15% off coupon for TRU that might help. Check it out here thanks to our friends atRebelscum.com for finding the link!

 


 

New Clone Wars Figures Revealed
November 17, 2008 | 5:21 PM EST | Jayson

EntertainmentEarth.com has updated today with a new Clone Wars case assortment that reveals a new wave for this expanding animated line. It shows Jar Jar, Jetpack Battle Droid, Kit Fisto w/Jetpack and a Green Clone Trooper. Head over for a sneak peek!

Thanks to forumer Rune Haaku for the tip.

Also, our friends at YodasNews have posted pretty hi-res shots of these new figures as well.

 


 

Episode 169: Multimedia Blitz
November 17, 2008 | 9:35 AM EST | Jayson

 


It’s been a huge week for Star Wars media collectors. We have the first Star Wars high definition home video release ever with The Clone Wars movie on Blu Ray, and some special high def surprises on the disc’s special features. We discuss this release, and its various exclusive releases.

Also this week not one but two new Star Wars games were released for The Clone Wars. Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels for the Wii, and Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance for the Nintendo DS. We review both these new releases.

And lest we forget, today is the 30th Anniversary of the Holiday Special, and to celebrate the release Rifftrax is giving away their Holiday Special commentary for free at rifftrax.com. We discuss Rifftrax and play an exclusive clip from their commentary.

Finally, this week had the much anticipated release of Robot Chicken Star Wars II. We review this latest Star Wars celebration from Seth Green and Matthew Senreich.

All this and discussion of the eFX Collectibles X-Wing on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

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

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Commemorative Collection Sets
November 16, 2008 | 4:40 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the below NEW items this week. Don’t forget to Pre-Order your box of Star Wars Galaxy series 4.

NEW – Clone Wars – Commemorative Collection:
#1 – General Grievous, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Battle Droid
#2 – Clone Trooper, Anakin Skywalker, and R2-D2
#3 – Both Collections

NEW – Comic 2-pack Collection (very limited quantity):
Leia Organa and Prince Xizor
Grand Admiral Thrawn and Talon Karrde

NEW – Battle Packs: 
B’Omarr Monastery Assault
Shield Generator Assault

NEW – Legacy Vehicles:
A-Wing with Arvel Crynyd Pilot

NEW – Titanium Vehicles
A-Wing – Battle Damaged – Blue
AT-RT – Orange Trooper
Hailfire Droid
Biggs Darklighter’s Red Three X-Wing
Shadow Trooper Gunship
Republic Gunship
TIE Defender

NEW – Legacy Collection – In-Stock:
Stass Allie # 23
Commander Faie – #24
General Grievous – # 25
Bail Organa – # 26
Breha Organa – # 27
FX-6 – # 28
Clone Trooper 327 Star Corps – #29

Pre-Order – November 27th, 2008
Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 Trading Card Box
Obi-Wan Kenobi Maquette – Clone Wars
Anakin Skywalker Maquette – Clone Wars
AT-AT Driver Mini bust
Kotobukiya – Sith – Set of 4 – SAVE $60
Darth Vader 12inch Talking Bobble Head
Boba Fett 12inch Bobble Head

 


 

Battlefront II Sets at Toys R Us
November 15, 2008 | 11:51 PM EST | Justin2

Our Imperial allies over at Sandtroopers.com are reporting that the Battlefront II sets (once a Previews exclusive) were found at TRU for $39.99. Head on over andcheck them out.

 


 

Millennium Falcon Book Review
November 15, 2008 | 4:38 PM EST | freebird

Here’s the latest my fine feathered friends. This time we go for a ride through the history of The Millennium Falcon. To read my latest review click here.

 


 

ARC-170 Fighter at Toys R Us
November 15, 2008 | 10:18 AM EST | Mark

Over at TRU online


The EXCLUSIVE Star Wars The Clone Wars – ARC-170 Fighter is now in stock…

Also available is the Star Wars Battle Pack – Attack of the Clones II – STAP Attack EXCLUSIVE
The Star Wars Dagger Squadron with B-Wing Fighter EXCLUSIVE

 


 

Clone Wars Episode #6: Downfall of a Droid
November 14, 2008 | 5:37 PM EST | Jayson

Last week’s new Clone Wars Episode “Downfall of a Droid” is now streaming atStarWars.com. Remember, The Clone Wars episode is all new tonight with Episode 7: “Duel of the Droids” and in case you miss it, look for it to re-broadcast tomorrow (Saturday) morning on Cartoon Network.

 


 

Force Unleashed Costume Pack #1 Now Available
November 14, 2008 | 4:35 PM EST | Jayson

LucasArts sends word that they’ve released a new costume pack for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners through Xbox LIVE Marketplace and the PlayStation Network, the costume pack allows gamers to play through the game disguised as several new characters.

Costumes in the pack include:

• Hooded Combat Gear
• General Starkiller
• Sith Assassin
• Imperial Commando
• Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker
• Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi
• Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker
• Darth Sion
• Ki-Adi-Mundi
• Kit Fisto

In addition, new themes and picture packs are available for download.

 


 

Another Clone For Christmas…
November 14, 2008 | 7:31 AM EST | Mark

Pre-Orders are available now…

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
November 13, 2008 | 9:03 PM EST | Bill

 


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3000 ITEMS ON SALE:
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We’ve just cut prices on over 1000 items and added hundreds more to our sale menu. There are over 3100 total items selling between 20% – 60% off MSRP or our List Price. This is a great time to pick up some deals on a huge variety of older and overstocked product.

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NEW PREORDERS:
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ULTIMATE QUARTER SCALE MACE WINDU
The newest in Diamond Select Toys’ Ultimate Quarter Scale line will be Jedi Master Mace Windu. Made famous by Samuel L. Jackson, Mace Windu will be loaded with articulation, include his purple lightsaber, and say phrases from the films. Check him out – we’ve got him listed at $64.99, a savings of $15 off MSRP.

12″ HAN SOLO IN CARBONITE ENVIRONMENT
Sideshow’s new Han Solo in Carbonite figure environment is a great addition to the 12″ Star Wars line. This piece includes Han frozen in the block of Carbonite, displayed in Jabba’s alcove. The Carbonite piece is
easily removable from the alcove display, and includes excellent detail work. This great new piece is priced at $189.99 (a savings of $10 off MSRP) and would be great for any Star Wars fan.

STAR WARS BUILD-A-DROID WAVE 5
We’ve got new listings for Wave 5 of the Legacy Collection Build-A-Figure series. This wave is available in either the regular case of 12 or an Internet-exclusive case of 12, each at $99.99, or you can mix and match your favorite single figures, $9.99 – $11.99 each.

CLONE WARS ANIMATED WAVE 5
We’ve also listed Wave 5 of the Clone Wars Animated figures. The set of seven is comprised of White Battle Outfit Padme, Space Clone Trooper, Magna Guard Droid, Jar Jar in Jedi Robe, Jet Pack Battle Droid, Green
Clone Trooper and Kit Fisto, for $79.99, or you can pick up the Wave 5 case and add in five more figures like Asajj Ventress and a Destroyer Droid for just $99.99.

STAR WARS TRANSFORMERS WAVE 6
Anopther new listing from Hasbro is the Star Wars transformers Wave 6. This wave is scheduled to appear in March and includes new transformers like Darth Vader/TIE Fighter, Clone Pilot/V-19 and Plo Koon/Jedi
Starfighter. You can pre-order a case of six for $99.99.

CLONE WARS TITANIUM 2009 WAVE 1, 1R1
We have listed the first waves of the Clone Wars Titanium vehicles for 2009. Up for pre-order now are the Wave 1 case, as well as the Wave 1 Revision 1 case of 12 and set of 11. New vehicles in this wave would include Prince Xizor’s Virago, the Dagger Squadron B-Wing, the Gold Squadron Gold 1 Y-Wing and more

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS PX ECLIPTIC TIE FIGHTER
This Previews exclusive version of the classic TIE Fighter is emblazoned with the Rebel Alliance symbol and piloted by rebel pilots during an Imperial infiltration. We’ve got this ship listed at $52.99, saving you $7 off MSRP

STAR WARS MIGHTY MUGGS WAVE 7
This assortment of Mighty Muggs includes returning favorites Farth Vader Version 2 and Hoth Han Solo, and adds new figures Darth Maul Version 2 and Darth Revan from Knights of the Old Republic. This set is priced at $44.99, and we’ve also got singles available of Hoth Han Solo and Darth Vader Version 2, only $12.99 each

STAR WARS TITANIUM SINGLES – Aaylas SF, Dagger Sq B-Wing, Ecliptic TIE
We’ve received a large number of Star Wars Titanium vehicles as well, and we still have stock of some of the ships. In addition to the Wave 6 Set of six priced at $37.99 and the case of 12 at $69.99, check out the
available single vehicles, such as the Ecliptic TIE Fighter, the Dagger Squadron B-Wing, Aayla Secura’s Starfighter and more.Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Jedi Master R2 Mail Box
November 12, 2008 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

 


Yak Reader SteveSky67 sent up some great images of the scaled R2 Mail Boxes which have started hitting retail. Click here to check them out.

 


 

Sideshow items…
November 12, 2008 | 8:11 AM EST | Mark

Coming Soon…

Still Available to order….

Great Christmas gifts to yourself… 🙂

 


 

StarWarsShop: Airborne Trooper Bust Back in Stock
November 11, 2008 | 9:55 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has restocked and has a few more of the Exclusive Airborne Trooper Mini Busts from Gentle Giant. This must have bust ships at the end of the month and if you’re a Hyperspace member you’ll receive and additional 10% off!

 


 

Episode 168: In the Cards
November 11, 2008 | 4:56 PM EST | Jayson

 


Little hard sticks of pink powdery gum. Wax packs discarded by the hundreds. Chase cards selling for thousands of dollars. If these sound familiar to you then you must be familiar with trading card collecting. This week, Star Wars Action News explores this great hobby focusing on Star Wars trading cards, including an interview with Topps Cards discussing everything from the infamous “dirty” 3PO card to the upcoming new Galaxies series.

Also this week, we run down this week’s Star Wars Clone Wars DVD release. There are exclusives at Best Buy, Target, and Wal Mart. What are those exclusives? And where is the cheapest location to buy the Blu Ray? We tell you on this week’s show.

Plus a discussion of the two new Star Wars video games coming out this Tuesday, it’s all on Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

A Reason To Get Up On Saturday Mornings Again….
November 10, 2008 | 8:46 PM EST | Jayson

Beginning this Saturday, Nov. 15, Cartoon Network will add an encore presentation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Saturday mornings! All-new episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiere at 9 p.m. Fridays. And now, at 9:30 a.m. each Saturday, Cartoon Network will re-air the previous evening’s 30-minute episode, providing a new opportunity to experience the adventure.

 


 

What Are The 10 Most Expensive Star Wars Collectibles At Auction
November 10, 2008 | 8:07 PM EST | Bill

Well, our friends over at Galactic Binder have compiled the whole list for you, including adjustments for inflation and the full cost with the buyer’s premium at auction. Check it out.

 


 

“Duel of the Droids” Preview at StarWars.com
November 10, 2008 | 4:40 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com has updated today with a preview of this coming Friday’s new Clone Wars episode: Duel of the Droids. You can also head over to read a brief synopsisof the episode as well.

 


 

Star Wars Robot Chicken Producers Interviewed at YodasNews
November 10, 2008 | 3:29 PM EST | Jayson

Seth Green and Matt Senreich chat with Mark from Yodasnews.com about the upcoming Robot Chicken Star Wars Episode II Special! The executive producers of “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II” take time out of their busy schedules to talk with them about creating the new special, what was easier this time around, what fans can look forward to and much more…

Head over to Yodasnews.com for the interview.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Star Wars Titanium
November 9, 2008 | 6:29 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received some new Titanium Ships this week. Pre-Order your box of Star Wars Galaxy series 4 today.

NEW – Titanium Vehicles
A-Wing – Battle Damaged – Blue
AT-RT – Orange Trooper
Hailfire Droid
C-9979 Landing Craft
Biggs Darklighter’s Red Three X-Wing
Droid Gunship
Rebel Transport
Imperial Landing Craft
TIE Defender

NEW – Legacy Collection – In-Stock:
Stass Allie # 23
Commander Faie – #24
General Grievous – # 25
Bail Organa – # 26
Breha Organa – # 27
FX-6 – # 28
Clone Trooper 327 Star Corps – #29

NEW – Legacy Vehicles:
A-Wing with Arvel Crynyd Pilot

NEW – Battle Packs: 
B’Omarr Monastery Assault
Shield Generator Assault

NEW – Mighty Muggs (Exclusive):
Admiral Ackbar
Shadow Stormtrooper

Pre-Order – November 27th, 2008
Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 Trading Card Box
Obi-Wan Kenobi Maquette – Clone Wars
Anakin Skywalker Maquette – Clone Wars
AT-AT Driver Mini bust
Kotobukiya – Sith – Set of 4 – SAVE $60
Darth Vader 12inch Talking Bobble Head
Boba Fett 12inch Bobble Head

 


 

BMF Discounts at Target
November 9, 2008 | 9:36 AM EST | Jayson

Check your local Target stores this morning as the Millennium Falcon has been marked down from $159.99 to a more modest $127.99. Also, the AT-TE has returned to $89.99 from its previous $99.99 price tag.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
November 8, 2008 | 3:01 PM EST | Bill

 


We’ve also just cut pricing on 200 items.

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200 ITEM SALE:
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Pricing on 200 items including: Transformers, GI Joe, Star Wars, Gentle Giant, Minimates, Hasbro and more has just been cut. Most items are 20% to 50% off with some discounted even further. Please take a look through the list, there are a variety of good deal – start your holiday shopping early or reinforce your collection.

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE TIE FIGHTER
This nifty pirate version of the TIE fighter has just arrived today and is available for $52.99. The Hobbie Klivian pilot figure is also included.

AMBUSH ON HOTH DIORAMA
This new Star Wars piece shows Luke and his Tauntaun being attacked by the Wampa on Hoth. At 18″ x 19″ x 18″ this piece is truly impressive, and a great piece for any Star Wars collector. We’ve got this one listed at $279.99 , so save yourself $20 off the MSRP and get yours today.

RAH CLONE TROOPER CAPTAIN
Another new Real Action Hero from Medicom is the Clone Trooper Captain
figure. This 1:6 scale figure from “Attack of the Clones” is in Clone
armor with red details highlighting his rank, and comes with alternate
hands and a blaster. He’s priced at $139.99 – take a look!

STAR WARS TRANSFORMERS IN CLONE WARS PACKAGING
The new Star Wars Transformers are in stock now, too. These figures are in the new Clone Wars Star Wars Transformer Crossovers packaging, and we’ve got many singles in stock, like the Anakin/Jedi starfighter, the Imperial Trooper/AT-AT, the Emperor Palpatine/Imperial Shuttle and more, priced at $17.99 each. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Yakfinities Customizing Challenge # 26
November 8, 2008 | 12:49 PM EST | Justin2

 


Yakfinities # 26 has begun! The theme this month is a broad one – Entertainers. So if you’re itching to make a custom of a singer, musician, jester, dancer, etc., this is the Customizing Challenge you’ve been waiting for! Head on over and join in after the jump!

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: #59th Edition
November 7, 2008 | 6:05 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 10/24. Topics this week cover new Greatest Hits figures, news on an upcoming EU themed wave and info on new Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter and it’s future release(s).

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

 


 

Sideshow Preorder
November 7, 2008 | 12:09 AM EST | Mark

Over at Sideshow they now have a new pre-order up for sale…

 


 

What’s Better Than Sliced Bread?
November 6, 2008 | 8:00 PM EST | Bill

 


How abouth Sith on a shingle! Star Wars Shop.com has just announced the toaster from the Dark Side, with Vader himself appearing on your sithed, err toasted, bread! Check it out here.

 


 

TRU Clone Wars DVD Release Specials
November 6, 2008 | 2:10 PM EST | Jayson

On Tuesday, November 11, the animated feature film Star Wars: The Clone Wars will make the jump from the big screen to DVD and Blu-Ray players everywhere. Also on November 11, kids can relive the excitement of the new Star Wars flick on their Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS systems with the release of the new Star Wars: The Clone Wars videogame. To celebrate these exciting releases, Toys“R”Us will offer exceptional values on Star Wars toys, electronics, role play accessories and more for the entire week!

Here are highlights of the great deals Star Wars fans can take advantage of at Toys“R”Us stores from Sunday, November 9 through Saturday, November 15:

· FREE Star Wars: The Clone Wars Force Action Lightsaber with the purchase of any Star Wars 3 ¾-inch Battle Pack
· Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off on select Star Wars Transformers, Star Wars Mighty Muggs, Star Wars Unleashed Battle Packs and Star Wars Comic Packs
· 30% off Star Wars Galactic Heroes Game and Star Wars Battleship
· 20% off Star Wars The Clone Wars Force Action Lightsabers
· Save $10 on select Star Wars electronics
· Save $10 on select Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS videogames with the purchase of Star Wars: The Clone Wars for Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS

 


 

The Clone Wars DVD Reviewed
November 5, 2008 | 9:33 PM EST | Bill

While it’s still nearly a week away, IGN has posted a review of the upcoming DVD release of the Clone Wars. Check out all the digital goodness here.

 


 

Star Wars Holiday Special Topps Cards at StarWarsShop
November 4, 2008 | 6:47 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

For all you Star Wars diehards keeping track out there, November marks the 30th anniversary of the notorious “Star Wars Holiday Special,” a somewhat misguided 90-minute variety show that aired just once on November 17, 1978. In celebration of “The Star Wars Holiday Special” (or, at least the animated segment), StarWarsShop.com is offering an extremely limited edition series of exclusive Topps trading cards FREE to its shoppers while supplies last! There are 11 cards total, with one card being randomly inserted in all StarWarsShop orders starting today. Because these are random-packed, we hope fans will want to trade the cards with others — they are called trading cards after all!

Head to StarWars.com to view all 11 cards.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 26 Previews
November 4, 2008 | 3:14 AM EST | Justin2

 


Production is in full swing on the next installment in the Rykrof Enloe photonovel series. For an early bird glimpse of what’s to come, click HERE.

 


 

Ultimate Quarter Scale Update
November 3, 2008 | 10:11 PM EST | Jayson

Art Asylum has updated their blog with new images of the Darth Maul Ultimate Quarter Scale figure packaging in its near final form. Head on over for a look. Also, they’ve updated their “Ask DST” (QnA #13) which addresses a few questions regarding products from their Star Wars license. Look for a question asked by yours truly answered there as well.

 


 

Exclusive Airborne Trooper Mini Bust at StarWarsShop.com
November 3, 2008 | 9:50 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop has updated tonight with addition of the shared exclusive Airborne Trooper Mini Bust from Gentle Giant. Also, if you’re a Hyperspace member, you’ll receive 10% off your order. Head over and order yours today – ships Nov. 30.

 


 

Coming Soon, Clone Wars 2 Packs Are
November 3, 2008 | 7:55 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Rebelscum have just posted pictures of the upcoming Clone Wars figure 2 packs. While these do not appear to have any new figures and paint operations, they are certainly a new type of packaging, and may be a great way to snag some figures you missed. Check them out here.

 


 

Episode 167: You are an Obsession
November 3, 2008 | 4:15 PM EST | Jayson

 


A few weeks back Star Wars Action News and the publishers of the new trivia book Obsessed With Star Wars teamed up to give away two copies of this book. We had a simple request–tell us why YOU were obsessed with Star Wars. Man, did we get more than we bargained for as the answers ranged from the obvious (Leia is Hot in a Bikini) to the ridiculous (you’ll have to listen to find out what…). We read some of the submissions and announce the winners on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

We also have Steve reporting from the Collectormania Midlands Convention in the UK, telling us about the latest finds and his encounters with several celebrities at that convention.

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

 


 

Yakfinities #25 – Roundup Report
November 3, 2008 | 10:23 AM EST | Justin2

 


The 25th Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has just wrapped up, and the winner declared. Check out all the entries and the winning submission after the jump!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
November 1, 2008 | 10:27 PM EST | Bill

 


The format for last week’s inventory clearance sale is now a permanent
feature on our website. There is a new light-blue ‘Sale Item’ button in the middle of the top navigation bar on our site. We will be adding more new sale items from time to time, so be sure to check through the list.

PREORDER STAR WARS PREMIUM FORMAT SLAVE LEIA
Sideshow has announced a 1/4 scale new Premium Format figure of Princess Leia in her slave outfit, from when she was held prisoner by Jabba the Hutt in “Return of the Jedi.” This 16.5″ tall figure has loads of detail from the movie, with a cloth skirt included as part of the outfit.

NEW ARRIVALS:

ENDOR AT-AT
We’ve secured a limited supply of the Saga Collection’s Endor recolor of the AT-AT. This new version of the classic toy features electronic lights and sounds, and includes both a Biker Scout and an AT-AT Driver to man it.

STAR WARS TITANIUM WAVE 4
The new Wave 4 Titaniums are in stock also. This case assortment includes two each of the camo AT-RT, Hailfire Droid, Droid Gunship and the Red 3 X-Wing, and one each of the Red 2 X-Wing, an Episode I Landing Craft, a blue A-Wing and the Battlestar Galactica Classic Cylon Raider, for $69.99. A number of the vehicles are also listed singly, priced from $7.99. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

October 2008 Archive

ANH Preview Images
October 31, 2008 | 11:20 PM EST | Justin2

Our friends at Sandtroopers.com have put together a nice gallery of the upcoming ANH figures that will be released soon. Check them out HERE.

 


 

Slave Leia?????
October 31, 2008 | 2:58 PM EST | Mark

Over at Sideshow.. a 1/4 scale premium Slave Leia… Get it NOW!!!

 


 

Clone Wars Episode #5: Rookies 
October 31, 2008 | 12:57 PM EST | Jayson

Last week’s new Clone Wars Episode “Rookies” is now streaming at StarWars.com. Just a reminder, since tonight is Halloween, there is no new or rebroadcast episodes of Clone Wars airing tonight. Look for the Clone Wars to return next week with Episode 6: “Downfall of a Droid” which can also bepreviewed at StarWars.com.

 


 

New TLC Comic Packs Found
October 31, 2008 | 10:55 AM EST | Jayson

 


This just in from Yak Reader Marc C.

Just wanted to let you and your readers know that I found all 4 of the newest Hasbro Star Wars action figure Comic Packs yesterday at a Target in the Saint Louis MO. area. I found only 1 of each set plus an extra of the Shadows/Empire Leia/Xizor set. The paint aps on this wave seem to be an improvement over the last wave.

Thanks for the report Marc!

Just a reminder, this wave consists of Grand Admiral Thrawn & Talon Karrde, Princess Leia & Prince Xizor, Darth Vader & Grand Moff Tracheta, Princess Leia & Darth Vader (White).

 


 

Happy Halloween!
October 31, 2008 | 10:26 AM EST | Justin2

 


The Yakface forums are busy with Halloween activities that are winding down – first, there’s still a bit of time to join in the fun with Yakstravaganza that ends on Sunday. Need an idea for your entry? Then check out a cool article at Starwars.com that shows how to make your own Yoda pumpkinHERE.

Don’t forget also, the Halloween Yakfinities Customizing Challenge also lasts through the weekend!

 


 

New Legacy A New Hope Wave Images
October 30, 2008 | 8:03 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Hasbro revealed carded and loose of a few new images today from the upcoming A New Hope Wave. Featured are Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise. Both of these figure are modified versions of the TAC Stormtrooper now with an updated holster to better hold the blaster. Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

Latest Clone Wars And Legacy Rumors
October 29, 2008 | 8:19 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Rebelscum have gotten the newest rumors together on what we may be able to look forward to in 2009 and beyond in the Clone Wars and Legacy basic figure lines. It looks like we’ll see more Clone Wars figures next year, and a certain team from Dark Horse’s comics grace the Legacy line. Check it all out here.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com Non-Mint Sale
October 29, 2008 | 8:02 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has reloaded their bargain area today with several scratch ‘n’ dent items. Here are some of the highlights:

Clone Wars Yoda On Kybuck $49.99
SSC Yoda vs. Count Dooku Diorama $89.99
Republic Commando Figure 7-Pack $26.00
Exclusive Senate Guard ARTFX Statue $49.99
Kotobukiya Pewter Painted Vader $29.99

And many more!

Head on over and see what deals you may find!

 


 

Gentle Giant Exclusives Now Available at Forbidden Planet!
October 29, 2008 | 7:51 PM EST | Jayson

From Gentle Giant, Forbidden Planet’s exclusive Galactic Marine is now available to purchase atwww.forbiddenplanet.com along with our exclusive Coruscant Guard Clone Trooper Maquette. Signed by Karl Meyer, president and founder of the Gentle Giant company, these items represent a unique opportunity.

 


 

Episode 166: You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon?
October 29, 2008 | 7:46 PM EST | Jayson

 


This past week, James Luceno’s newest Star Wars book, Millennium Falcon, was released. Coming out two months earlier than planned, it jumped to .5 past lightspeed and swapped places with Matthew Stover’s Shadows of Mindor, and arrived at your local bookstore. This week we focus on the release of this new book with a spoiler-free (as possible) review of the book, and an interview with the author where we discuss the finer points of Millennium Flacon as well as his cancelled Darth Plageous novel.

Also this week we have a store report and discuss the latest Republic Gunship going for insane amounts on eBay, and the showing of new battle packs, Wave 4 Legacy figures, and more showing up in stores near you.

Fresh back from Dallas and Star Wars Fan Days II, it’s all this week on Star Wars Action News!

Also don’t forget to check out our Clone Wars cartoon coverage podcast, Republic Forces Radio Network. This week from Dallas we cover the latest episode, Rookies. Don’t be a shiner, go toRepublicForces.com ASAP.

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

 


 

Indiana Jones TOD Wave Found
October 28, 2008 | 9:54 PM EST | Jayson

 


Even though the death of the Indiana Jones line is upon us, new product is still making its way to retailers. Yak reader Chad R. unearthed the Temple of Doom wave (Mola Ram, Short Round, Willie Scott and Temple Guard) at his local Kroger store. Reports have also shown that this wave is also being discovered at Meijer’s. So, if you have any of these stores in your area, it may be worth a trip out.

 


 

Kotobukiya: R2-D2 Kiriko Glasses Now Available at AFX
October 28, 2008 | 8:49 AM EST | Jayson

 


Just in from Kotobukiya:

We would like to let KOTOCLUB members know that a LIMITED QUANTITY of Star Wars Celebration Exclusive R2-D2 Kiriko Glasses are now available from ACTION FIGURE XPRESS.

Combining ancient Japanese craftsmanship with the Star Wars universe, Kotobukiya produces one of the most unique Star Wars exclusives previously found at Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles – Kiriko Glassware. Kiriko is a traditional Japanese glass etching technique to make subtle alterations to everyday glass tableware. As Kiriko developed during the Meiji era (mid-19th century), the craft went through many revisions, such as utilizing new equipment introduced from the west, while still retaining the time-honored Japanese techniques utilized until this day.

Kotobukiya has taken the Kiriko technique and blasted it to Tatooine, with the release of the R2-D2 KIRIKO GLASS. The 10oz whisky style glass (approximately 3.75 inches tall) is hand etched at different levels, taking the pattern of R2-D2’s droid body and transforming it into a work of art. You can easily feel the deep engravings when holding the two-toned frosted texture glass in your hands.

Never before available in stores, you can now purchase the item for $49.99 at Action Figure Xpress.

 


 

New Lego Sets Revealed
October 27, 2008 | 9:04 PM EST | Jayson

Yak Forum Staffer PaulSkywalker has posted a few new images in the forums revealing several new Lego sets, most notably Ahsoka’s Jedi Starfighter (with R7-A7) and Vulture Droid, Clone Walker Battle Pack, Hyena Droid Bomber, AAT, the sweet Republic Attack Shuttle, and from Indiana Jones… the Flying Wing! Head to the forums for a preview…

 


 

Coming Soon: TRU Exclusive Hailfire Droid and V-Wing
October 27, 2008 | 5:30 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Hasbro revealed today that the Hailfire Droid and V-Wing are making their way to retail again this time packed with an animated General Grievous and Clone Pilot respectively. Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

Star Wars In TRU’s Big Toy Book
October 26, 2008 | 11:22 AM EST | Bill

 


Toys ‘R’ Us Big Toy Book hit the deck in today’s paper, and there’s a 2 page spread for our favorite hobby. Check out page 1 here and page 2 here

 


 

3000 Item Clearance
October 25, 2008 | 5:49 PM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a big update from bigbadtoystore.com

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3000 ITEM CLEARANCE SALE
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Our warehouse is getting extremely full so we’ve cut prices on about 1500 items, and gathered 1500 previous sale items together in one handy place. This new sale menu will be a permanent link on our site, and all current sale items will be displayed here. In addition to all the great deals 20% to 50% off and higher, we’ve put together a quick little photo tour of our warehouse. We hope you enjoy the pictures and please do what you can to help us make room in the warehouse.

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS & MARVEL PX MIGHTY MUGGS
Our Previews exclusive Star Wars Mighty Muggs are here. Admiral Ackbar is listed singly at $17.99, and a set of Admiral Ackbar and the Shadow Stormtrooper is listed at $33.99. (The Shadow Stormtrooper single is already sold out.) We’ve also received the Previews exclusive Marvel Mighty Muggs – the Red Skull and Thanos are each listed singly at $17.99, with the pair going for $33.99. Don’t miss out on these great bad guys.

SIDESHOW 12″ CLONE WARS GENERAL OBI-WAN KENOBI
This new 1/6 scale figure shows Obi-Wan in his Clone Wars General Armor. A combination of Jedi robes and clone armor, the outfit includes a cloak, as well as lit and unlit lightsaber accessories. We have him priced at $84.99.

STAR WARS BATTLE PACKS – Speeder Bike Recon, Hoth Recon, B’Omarr Monastery
We’ve got a few of the new Star Wars Battle Packs in stock now. In addition to a few cases of Wave .5 Revision 2, we’ve got singles of Battle at the B’Omarr Monastery, Speeder Bike Recon and Hoth Recon Patrol available, priced at $24.99 – $27.99 each, with the case of four Battle Packs is priced at $89.99.

STAR WARS LEGACY COLLECTION BUILD-A-DROID FIGURES
We’ve got sets and singles available of almost everyone in Waves 1-3 of the Legacy Collection Build-A-Droid figures, with singles like the IG Lancer Droid, Jodo Kast, Bane Malor, Darth Vader and many more. We’ve also received a small shipment of cases of Wave 4. Priced at $94.99, this case of 12 figures includes Bail and Queen Organa, Commander Faie, Stass Allie and more, along with a select few figures from previous waves.

 


 

A Different Kind of Review: The Force Unleashed Multimedia Event
October 25, 2008 | 4:10 PM EST | freebird

This time around readers, I’m taking a little bit of a different approach to things, this review covers not only the novelization of the Force Unleashed, but the video game, graphic novel, and audio book. So check here for the review.

 


 

Clone Wars Card Variants Now Shipping
October 25, 2008 | 9:48 AM EST | Jayson

Upon visiting my local Target this morning I noticed that Clone Wars Waves 1 and 2 are now starting to show up on the new blue t-visor cardbacks. Just a friendly heads up for those of you who are stillcollecting packaging variants out there.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – rebelstryker81
October 24, 2008 | 7:20 PM EST | Justin2

 


Movie set? No, that’s an actual diorama! Check out forum member rebelstryker81’s latest diorama update after the jump!

 


 

Clone Wars Lightsaber Duels for Wii Game Trailer
October 24, 2008 | 2:40 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com has updated with the addition of the new Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lightsaber Duels video game for the Wii system. Head over and watch the trailer and look for the game to hit shelves on November 11, 2008… the same day as the Clone Wars DVD/Blu-Ray release.

 


 

Clone Wars Episode #4: Destroy Malevolence 
October 24, 2008 | 2:06 PM EST | Jayson

Last week’s new Clone Wars Episode “Destroy Malevolence” is now streaming at StarWars.com. This episode will also re-broadcast tonight at 8:30 p.m./7:30 p.m. CST followed by an all new episode entitled “Rookies”.

Remember, after the episode airs, be sure to weigh in with your thoughts in our Clone Wars discussion thread… caution for spoilers!

 


 

Legacy Collection Wave 4 Found!
October 24, 2008 | 3:02 AM EST | Captain_Charisma

 


I found a set of Legacy Collection Wave 4 at my local Wal-Mart today during my morning toy run. Start checking your stores, toy hunters! And rest assured, the new Grievous is finally in scale with your other figures, and as impressive as advertised. Happy hunting!

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 25
October 23, 2008 | 10:50 PM EST | Justin2

 


Stay tuned for a few previews of the next chapter in the Rykrof Enloe photonovel series in the coming weeks, which will entail one of the larger battles of the Clone Wars!

Until then, be sure to catch up on the most recent chapter, in which Rykrof learns a shocking revelation about his family. Read more after the jump!

 


 

Coming Soon: Walmart Exclusive Clone Wars Commemorative DVD Packs
October 23, 2008 | 8:42 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Hasbro has passed on a couple high-res shots of the upcoming Commemorative DVD Packs due for release next month in conjunction with the Clone Wars Movie release on DVD and Blu-Ray. Pack 1 includes animated versions of Obi-Wan, General Grievous and a Battle Droid, and Pack 2 includes Anakin, R2-D2 and a Clone Trooper. Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

Coming Soon: TRU Exclusive “Wampa” ARC-170 Fighter
October 23, 2008 | 8:31 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Hasbro has passed on a couple high-res shots of the upcoming TRU Exclusive ARC-170. It features a brighter deco than the original ROTS release and features all-new Clone Wars “Wampa” nose art. Click on the images above for a closer look and watch those shelves as these are starting to hit retail now.

 


 

New Battle Packs at Wal-Mart
October 22, 2008 | 10:43 PM EST | Justin2

 


Sporadic reports have come in that the latest Battle Packs (Shield Generator Assault and Battle at the B’Omarr Monastery) have surfaced at Target stores, and now they have been sighted at a St. Louis area Wal-Mart as well as I ran across them tonight. The hunt never seems to end folks!

 


 

New Clone Wars T-Shirts at StarWarsShop.com
October 22, 2008 | 8:32 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with a few new Clone Wars themed T-Shirts to spice up your wardrobe.

“Heroes” Concept Art T-Shirt
Features original concept sketches from the very early stages of production of The Clone Wars!

“Crumb Bomber” and Twi’lek “Pin-Up” T-Shirts
Feature cool period-style artwork seen on several of the Republic Gunships from The Clone Wars!

Head over to StarWarsShop.com and check them out!

 


 

James Luceno Book Tour
October 22, 2008 | 3:12 PM EST | Freebird

From the publicity department at Random House comes the following appearance tour for James Luceno. Stop in and see him and let him know how much you enjoy his work.

Sunday, October 26 4:30pm

SAN DIEGO CA

Mysterious Galaxy,
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite #302

Monday, October 27 7:00pm

PORTLAND, OR

Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing,
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton

Tuesday, October 28 7:00pm

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Barnes & Noble,
14709 US Hwy 31 North, Carmel

Wednesday, October 29 7:00pm

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Borders
866 Rosedale Center, Roseville MN

Saturday, November 1 4:00pm

ANNAPOLIS, MD

Borders
1115 Annapolis Mall

 


 

Legacy Wave 4 Invades Wal-Mart
October 22, 2008 | 11:23 AM EST | Justin2

Locals at Coreplanets.com have come across into the latest wave of Legacy figures in the Kansas City area. Be on the lookout as our friends at Rebelscum.com have received a report of this wave popping up as well.

 


 

Oh No, The Rancor!
October 22, 2008 | 6:45 AM EST | Jayson

 


Our pals over at JediDefender have scored another preview pic this week, this time it’s the mighty Rancor. As you’ll see, it is a marked improvement over this year’s previous Battle “Jungle” Rancorfrom the TFU game.

 


 

Clones Take the Spotlight in “Rookies”
October 22, 2008 | 12:22 AM EST | Jayson

The spotlight of Star Wars: The Clone Wars shifts to the clones themselves this Friday, October 24, with the debut of “Rookies,” an all-new episode in the hit animated series premiering at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

The episode finds a group of clones standing guard alone at a distant listening post. Clone Captain Rex and Clone Commander Cody must inspire their rookie unit to believe in themselves to stave off a Droid Commando invasion.

Head to StarWars.com for more info regarding this clone-tastic episode!

 


 

LucasArts and BioWare Reveal Star Wars: The Old Republic
October 22, 2008 | 12:18 AM EST | Jayson

LucasArts and BioWare, a division of Electronic Arts Inc., today announced the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic, a story-driven massively multiplayer online PC game set in the timeframe of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic franchise. Star Wars: The Old Republic, being developed and published by BioWare and LucasArts, represents an innovative approach to interactive entertainment, featuring immersive storytelling, dynamic combat and intelligent companion characters.

Head to StarWars.com for the full details….

 


 

Episode 165: Send in the Clones
October 21, 2008 | 10:40 PM EST | Jayson

 


For most of 2008 we have been teased with products from eFX Collectibles. From their first early ads to their premiere at San Diego Comic Con to their email ads. They released the Stormtrooper helmet earlier this year, but that was a tweak to a product previously available from MR. Now eFX brings us the first truly new product they are offering. Going on sale this Saturday morning, eFX brings us the Episode II Clone Trooper Helmet. This week Star Wars Action News has a hands-on review of this new item.

Also this week we answer some of your e-mail questions including what to do with an extra Star Wars promotional vinyl banner, what set of troops the clone Deviss is assigned to, why there are Anakin figures called Darth Vader, and what is the latest on the live action TV Series.

With an update of what Owen is playing with after his latest birthday and a UK Collecting report, it’s all this week on Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

Is Your Luggage Unique
October 21, 2008 | 7:33 AM EST | Bill

If not, here’s your chance to make it stand out! The Official Site has just listed a series of Star Wars luggage tags that will make it really stand out. Check them out here.

 


 

Star Wars Fan Days II
October 21, 2008 | 7:21 AM EST | Niktom

THIS WEEKEND!
October 25-26, STAR WARS FAN DAYS returns to the Plano Centre!

Come meet a wide variety of actors and artists from the STAR WARS universe and the world of Science Fiction. For all the event details, click here!

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE · Meet Star Wars actors! · Meet actor Bruce Campbell! · Meet Serenity actress Jewel Staite! · Meet Clone Wars voice actors! · Special presentation by Lucasfilm’s Steve Sansweet! · Collector panels both days! · Costume contest Saturday 5pm! · Shop our collectibles exhibit hall with 100+ vendors! · Take your picture with costumed characters! · Meet talented STAR WARS artists! · Exclusive merchandise and giveaways!

Where: Plano Convention Center 2000 E Spring Creek Parkway Plano, TX.
When: October 25 & 26, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

See some more details or let us know if your going here in the forums.

 


 

$4.99 Sale at K-Mart
October 20, 2008 | 9:09 PM EST | Justin2

 


If you’ve been holding back on picking up figures this year, or looking for some good priced army builders and custom fodder, K-Mart is running a sale this week with all Legacy and Clone Wars figures on sale for $4.99.

 


 

Gentle Giant Obi Wan and Anakin Clone Wars Maquettes Images
October 20, 2008 | 7:44 PM EST | Bill

 


Our friends over at Yoda’s News have updated with some great high resolution images of the Anakin and Obi Clone Wars Gentle Giant Maquettes and the AT-AT Driver Mini Bust coming in early 2009.

 


 

Halloween Yakfinities Continues
October 20, 2008 | 1:08 PM EST | Justin2

 


With almost two weeks left this month there’s plenty of time to join in the current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge. Check out the entries so far or add your own submission HERE.

Also, with the big election just around the corner, now is the time to cast your vote in the November Yakfinities!

 


 

Republic Forces Radio Network Episode 3: Destroy Malevolence 
October 20, 2008 | 9:18 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

FRONT LINE REPORTS FROM THE CLONE WARS™

This week on Republic Forces Radio Network, the Malevolence story arc ends on an explosive note, and we discuss the episode in a roundtable taped live at the Kentucky Star Wars Collectors Club Fall Festival in Lexington, KY with several of the KSWCC members including Chuck from Jedi Temple Archives.

You can download this week’s show by going to RepublicForces.com..

And next week we will be at the Star Wars Fan Days (with Bruce Campbell?!) in Dallas, TX and a Star Wars Action News dinner is planned for that Saturday night after the con. For details, e-mailshow@republicforces.com.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store 25% Off Sale
October 18, 2008 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a big update from bigbadtoystore.com Check out the entire list below, there are a wide variety of new items from many properties. We also have just started a new inventory clearance sale!

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25% OFF SALE:
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Save 25% on everything except ‘New’ and ‘Preorder / Backorder’ items. Thousands of items are available now with this healthy discount. Our warehouse is getting close to capacity so please help us clear out the old so we can make way for more new stuff! This sale will end Wednesday, October 22nd at 12:00 Noon Central Time. Please browse through your favorite menu to take advantage of this sale. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Photonovelist Spotlight – Darth Depressis 
October 18, 2008 | 3:00 PM EST | Justin2

 


An Idealistic Crusade is a midquel to a fan-fiction sequel trilogy photonovel series by forumite Darth Depressis. Similar to a highly popular science fiction trading card series (released in 1962), the entire story will be presented across 100 two-sided digital trading cards.

Each “card” front and back are numbered, similar to trading cards – you never get them in numerical order when you buy a pack… which is the concept for the presentation of this series.

The format is pretty cool, and very unique. Check it out HERE.

 


 

New Images of Jawa and WED-15
October 17, 2008 | 10:16 PM EST | Jayson

Our new friends at Han’s Hideout have received awesome new images of the Jawa and WED-15 two-pack in response to their latest QnA session with Hasbro. Head over and check them out… that WED droid is a thing of beauty!

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: #58th Edition
October 17, 2008 | 5:03 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 10/3. Topics this week cover a couple Indy related questions and the future availability of the TFU Stromtrooper Commanderr

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

 


 

New Star Wars Display Stand Labels
October 17, 2008 | 2:44 PM EST | Jayson

The fine crew at GalacticHunter has acquired an image of a revamped label sheet for the 40-pack of Star Wars Display Stands. There are names on the list that cover some of the new and upcoming comic pack figures, a trooper from the EE Legacy Battle Pack and a figure from the Previews Crimson Empire Boxed Set and more! Also take note of a new concept figure that was recently revealed at GH as well.

Discuss your thoughts on these revelations in our forums.

 


 

Clone Wars Episode #3: Shadow of Malevolence 
October 17, 2008 | 1:37 PM EST | Jayson

Last week new Clone Wars Episode “Shadow of Malevolence” is now streaming at StarWars.com. This episode will also re-broadcast tonight a 8:30 p.m./7:30 p.m. CST followed by an all new episode: “Destroy Malevolence” which concludes this three-story arc.

Remember, after the episode airs, be sure to weigh in with your thoughts in our Clone Wars discussion thread… caution for spoilers!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
October 15, 2008 | 10:50 PM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a big update from bigbadtoystore.com We got lots of Star Wars for you in our latest update– here’s the highlights:

Hot New Arrivals:

SW MIGHTY MUGGS WAVE 6
We’ve received our first shipment of these Mighty Muggs, and while we’re waiting on more of the Darth Vader Version 2 figure, we’ve still got cases in stock so you can pick up all four figures in this wave, priced at $44.99, and we’ve also got the other three figures in stock – Hoth Han Solo, Grand Moff Tarkin and Plo Koon, priced at $12.99 – $14.99 each.

32″ MILLENNIUM FALCON
We also just received a shipment of the gigantic new Millennium Falcon. It comes with 3-3/4″ scale figures of Han Solo and Chewbacca, and can fit up to 16 more figure in at the same time. The Millennium Falcon has opening hatches, lights and sounds including 20 different movie phrases and sounds, a mini-fighter and more.

STAR WARS LEGENDS OF THE SAGA GIFT PACK
This Gift Pack includes iconic versions of five of the most popular characters from the movies. This box set includes Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, all with weapons and packaged in an attractive display box. Pick up this set for only $21.99.

STAR WARS BUILD-A-DROID SERIES 1 SET
We’ve also restocked the first wave of the Star Wars Build-A-Droid figures, and we’ve now got plenty of sets of 12 at only $99.99, as well as singles of most of the assortment available.

Great New Preorders:

CLONE WARS ARTFX SITH FIGURE SET
The third ArtFX figure set from Kotobukiya, this one focuses on the Sith from the Clone Wars era. Asajj Ventress, Count Dooku and General Grievous all appear in this set, along with display bases, alternate arms for Grievous, and the complete set of build-a-figure parts to assemble a Holographic Darth Sidious, all for only $149.99 – $30 off the MSRP for the set. Check out the pics at the pre-order page, here

12″ 212th ATTACK BATTALION UTAPAU CLONE TROOPER
Sideshow’s newest 12″ Star Wars figure is a Clone Trooper from Commander Cody’s 212th Attack Battalion. This clone trooper is clad in white armor with orange details, and comes with standard articulation and weaponry, as well as a display base. Check out the pics of this new figure here – limited preorders available at $87.99

ULTIMATE QUARTER SCALE
The latest Star Wars Ultimate Quarter Scale figure is Young Obi-Wan Kenobi, appearing as he did in “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith.” Obi-Wan comes with his lightsaber and is priced at $64.99.

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

 


 

Wal-Mart Exclusive Ship Reviews
October 14, 2008 | 2:04 AM EST | Justin2

Contemplating whether or not to fork out the dough for the Wal-Mart exclusive Republic Gunship orRebel A-Wing?

Then check out some loose pics courtesy of our armored allies at Sandtroopers.com

 


 

New Ultimate Quarter Scale Obi-Wan Figure At Toyrocket.com 
October 13, 2008 | 11:57 PM EST | Captain_Charisma

 


It may not see release until April of next year, but the awesome new 18-Inch Ultimate Quarter Scale Obi-Wan Figure looks amazing, and is available for pre-order now at the incredible sale price of $59.99 from our friends at Toyrocket.com! While you’re at it, you might also want to grab the Darth Maul that comes out in December, for only $58.99! With an MSRP of $74.99, and flat-rate shipping of only $7.95, it’s a good time to reserve these!

 


 

Episode 164: Obsessed with Star Wars
October 13, 2008 | 10:32 PM EST | Jayson

 


For weeks Marjorie has been quizzing Arnie on Star Wars trivia taken from the book Obsessed with Star Wars by Ben Harper. This week, Arnie turns the tables by asking some questions to the author himself, and finds out more about the making of this fun and unique Star Wars book, and listen to find out how you can win a copy of this book.

Also this week, we look at another Star Wars book, Order 66 by Karen Traviss–the first hardcover installment in the Republic Commando series based on the beloved games, and we look back on another vintage figure from The Empire Strikes Back.

And it seems you cannot read the news or open a bank statement without being reminded of the current economic downturn which has been spreading globally this past week. We sit down and look at what this means for collectors. With a global tightening of the belt, will exclusives be easier to find, or harder? What will happen to the value of your collection? It’s all discussed on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

New Clone Wars/Legacy Vehicle Rumor Lists
October 13, 2008 | 7:34 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Rebelscum have updated with some new rumors for the Clone Wars and Legacy lines– this time it’s focused on upcoming vehicles. Remember, Hasbro has announced that vehicles would be a “unified” line for both Clone Wars and Legacy. Check it out here.

 


 

Akron Symphony Presents Star Wars: Music & Myth
October 13, 2008 | 12:50 PM EST | Jayson

The Akron Symphony will take audiences on a journey to a galaxy far, far away when it performs music from the Star Wars film saga – LIVE – at The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall on Sunday, October 26 at 3 PM. Star Wars: Music & Myth will explore the films’ major themes through the music of composer John Williams and a cast of collaborators including costumed characters courtesy of the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion, highlights from Chicago filmmaker Cris Macht’s The Force Among Us documentary, on stage lightsaber battles by Masters of the Force and a multi-media presentation of the art of Star Wars concept artist, the legendary Ralph McQuarrie.

Costume Contest and Pre-Concert Activities at 2 PM
Concert attendees are encouraged to arrive in costume. Those wishing to participate can register their costumes beginning at 2 PM in the E.J. Thomas Hall lobby. Guest judges will choose several finalists and winners will be recognized on stage at the end of the concert. The E.J. Thomas Hall lobbies will also hold other activities appropriate for children and their families. All pre-concert activities begin at 2 PM.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, please call the Akron Symphony ticket office at (330) 535-8131 or visit AkronSymphony.org. Single tickets for Star Wars: Music & Myth are $15 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under.

For more information, head to AkronSymphony.org

 


 

Republic Forces Radio Network Episode 2: Shadow of Malevolence
October 12, 2008 | 6:51 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

FRONT LINE REPORTS FROM THE CLONE WARS™

General Grievous and Count Dooku have hatched a plan to attack a Republic medical facility. Anakin and Shadow Squadron are dispatched to protect them, but will they arrive in time? We at Republic Forces Radio Network provide you a full episode summary and then discuss this latest installment of the Clone Wars series, including discussing the first episodes’ record-shattering ratings!

You can download this week’s show by going to RepublicForces.com..

And next week we will be reviewing the episode “Destroy Malevolence” live with members of the Kentucky Star Wars Collecting Club during their fall social. Be sure to look for that episode atRepublicForces.com..

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Legacy Collection Figures
October 12, 2008 | 6:29 AM EST | Jayson

 


New lower price at K & C Collectibles on the newest Legacy Collection. See below list of items we only have one left – Get them before they are gone..

NEW – Legacy Collection – In-Stock:
Set of 6 Figures – $49.99
Clone Trooper – Coruscant Landing Platform – #17 $7.99
Jodo Kast – #18 $8.99
Yaddle & Evan Piell – #19 $7.99
Saleucami Trooper – #20 $8.99
Count Dooku Holographic Transmission – #21 $7.99
Imperial Engineer – Battlefront II – #22 $7.99

NEW – Clone Wars Trading Cards:
Clone Wars – Movie Card set of 90
Animation Cel Cards
Motion Cards
Foil Cards

NEW Pre-Order – October 27th, 2008:
Obi-Wan Kenobi Ultimate Scale – SAVE $15
Kotobukiya Clone Trooper – Set of 4 – SAVE $60
Ahsoka Tano Maquette – SAVE $20
White Clone Trooper Maquette – SAVE $20
Dark Trooper Chubby Figures
Yoda Holographic Bobble Head
Clone Wars United Giclee – SAVE $25
Lightsaber Glow Lamp – USB – SAVE $10
Darth Vader USB – 4 port Hub w/Sound – SAVE $15
R2-D2 – USB 4 port hub – SAVE $5

ONLY ONE LEFT IN STOCK:
Darth Tater – $9.99
Order 66 Series 2 – #6 – $9.99
Juno Eclipse – #15 – $6.99
Clone Trooper – Hawkbat Battalion #50 – $6.98
Luke X-Wing Pilot 4.5 Christmas Ornament – $4.99
Stormtrooper 4.5 Christmas Ornament – $4.99
Darth Vader M & M’s® Ornament – $4.99
Darth Vader Porcelain Ornament – $4.99
C-3PO M & M’s® Ornament – $4.99
R2-D2 M & M’s® Ornament – $4.99

 


 

Welcome Yakface’s Latest Sponsor: Toyrocket.com!
October 11, 2008 | 1:24 AM EST | Captain_Charisma

 


Yakface is pleased to welcome it’s latest sponsor, Toyrocket.com! Toyrocket boasts an amazing selection of figures old and new, and pre-orders at great prices! This weekend they are running an economic bailout sale, which means 25% off all in-stock items, including all new Star Wars comic packs and figures! Just enter BAILOUT in the coupon code field during checkout, but do it soon…it’s this weekend only! You can check out this sale after the jump!

 


 

Clone Wars Series Discussion Thread
October 10, 2008 | 11:16 PM EST | Jayson

Now that we’re a few episodes in to this already awesome series, be sure to stop into our forums to discuss past and current episodes of the Clone Wars. Spoiler warnings apply.

 


 

Meet The Talent Behind The Music Of Star Tours
October 10, 2008 | 9:28 PM EST | Bill

Our Friends over at Endor Express have updated with an indepth interview with Richard Bells, the talent behind the musical tour for Star Tours and the Indiana Jones Rides in the US! Check it out here!

 


 

Star Wars Be@rbricks at StarWarsShop.com
October 10, 2008 | 3:27 PM EST | Jayson

 


Couldn’t make it to Celebration Japan? No worries — StarWarsShop was able to bring back a few exclusive items from overseas to offer their shoppers, pieces you can now get nowhere else!

If you collect the Star Wars Bearbrick line from Japan, this Wicket and Paploo set is a no-brainer — they already resemble teddy bears, after all! Each figure features the Celebration Japan logo on the reverse and comes packaged in a special Celebration Japan box.

 


 

Sideshow Exclusive Utapau Clone Trooper
October 10, 2008 | 7:01 AM EST | Mark

Now available for Pre-Order…

212th Attack Battalion - Utapau Clone Trooper 12-inch Figure
 


 

Republic Commando: Order 66 Review
October 9, 2008 | 11:01 PM EST | Captain_Charisma

 

Well, another installment of Karen Traviss’ exceptional REPUBLIC COMMANDO series is out on the shelves. The Clone Wars are ramping up to their climax, and Omega and Delta Squad, as well as Kal Skirata, Bardan Jusik, Walon Vau and the rest of our heroes are about to be caught up in a little something called ORDER 66. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Find out what I thought of the latest chapterafter the jump

 


 

Toyguide Update: The Clone Wars: Clone Trooper 501st Legion
October 9, 2008 | 10:12 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates conclude today with the addition of the Wal-Mart Exclusive 501st Legion Clone Trooper. Pretty much anything with the “501st” designation is a sure fire way to get collectors into the stores. Thankfully, Wal-Mart didn’t take advantage of that fact as this figure is the same price point as their other “basic figure” assortments. The figure itself is a repaint/repack of the standard Clone Trooper but has the blue accent/flashes of the 501st Legion. Although this group is lead by Captain Rex, the blue hues of Rex and these 501st trooper figures don’t match so they don’t look like a cohesive unit. As mentioned, this is a Wal-mart Exclusive but instead of including a simple clamshell like another retailer, this figure features a Republic Army Identification Card that collectors can sign and add their photo to through Wal-Mart’s Photo Center.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is an item worthy of adding to your collection.

 


 

Toyguide Update: The Clone Wars: Commander Fox
October 9, 2008 | 9:42 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with a series of additions to the ever-expanding The Clone Wars Collection. Next up, the Target Exclusive Commander Fox. Recently featured in The Clone Wars movie, Commander Fox is the leader of a detachment of Coruscant clone troopers assigned to protect Padme during her confrontation with Ziro the Hutt. The figure itself is kit-bashed repaint of the Captain Rex figure with a repainted helmet/head accessory from the Clone Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi and features the emblem of the Galactic Senate prominently displayed on his chest. This figure was available as a Target Exclusive for the initial price of $12.99, but in some areas managed to find its way to the clearance aisle for a fraction of that “premium” price tag.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is an item worthy of adding to your collection.

 


 

ESB Wave Revealed
October 9, 2008 | 9:10 PM EST | Bill

The Build A Droid ESB wave has appeared thanks to Wal-Mart’s computers, and our friends over atGalactic Hunter have updated with all the 411– yes, the Ugnaughts are there, as is a new Luke, and more. Check it out here.

UPDATE: It looks like Wal-Mart has pulled the links off their website. More as we get it.

 


 

Toyguide Update: The Clone Wars: #12 Super Battle Droid
October 9, 2008 | 9:38 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with a series of additions to the ever-expanding The Clone Wars Collection. Next up, the Super Battle Droid. Arguably one of the best figures in terms of translation from screen to plastic, the bulky Super Battle Droid features modest articulation in the upper body and arms, but lacks knee and ankle joints. The SBD also features firing missile launchers that can be attached to the arms for more firepower.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is an item worthy of adding to your collection.

 


 

Toyguide Update: The Clone Wars: #11 Clone Pilot Odd Ball
October 9, 2008 | 9:26 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with a series of additions to the ever-expanding The Clone Wars Collection. Next up, Clone Pilot Odd Ball. A no-brainer on Hasbro’s part here, a simple head swap and presto – new figure! Odd Ball is a kit bash creation of the standard “grunt” Clone Trooper without weathering/battle damage. Odd Ball also includes the Clone Trooper’s weapon accessories as well, but these do not have the silver weathering finish applied to them.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is an item worthy of adding to your collection.

 


 

Toyguide Update: The Clone Wars: #10 Clone Commander Cody
October 9, 2008 | 8:56 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with a series of additions to the ever-expanding The Clone Wars Collection. Next up, Clone Commander Cody. Collectors didn’t have to wait too long to get one of their favorite clones in the Clone Wars line and he doesn’t disappoint. Cody features superior articulation with ball-jointed shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and ankles. His deco is a precursor to his EIII design, but I’d have liked him to have received a weathered treatment similar toCaptain Rex. Commander Cody features a unique head sculpt complete with battle scars, removable helmet, blaster, blaster rifle with rocket firing attachment and 2 rockets.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is an item worthy of adding to your collection.

 


 

Toyguide Update: The Clone Wars: #09 Ahsoka Tano
October 9, 2008 | 8:29 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates return today with a series of additions to the ever-expanding The Clone Wars Collection. First up, Anakin’s “snippy” new Padawan, Ahsoka Tano. Like most of the animated Clone Wars figures, Ahsoka is an all-new sculpt that hold true to her dainty physique in the cartoon. She features the standard fair of articulation points most of which are ball-joints but does only have swivel elbow/forearm joints. Ahsoka’s accessories include her now signature design lighsaber, Republic-issue backpack* and little Rotta the Huttlet (aka “Stinky”). Surprisingly, Hasbro felt the need to articulate “Stinky” as well giving him little swivel arms.

*While the backpack works well for Ahsoka, I think it would have potentially added more play value if the straps were longer so other figures like Anakin or Clones could utilize it as well.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is an item worthy of adding to your collection.

 


 

The Drewton Legacy Continues…
October 9, 2008 | 12:34 AM EST | Justin2

 


Photonovelist Drewton has just completed the third chapter in his eye-popping series, titled Dark Visions Of The Sith.

If you missed out on the first two chapters, it’s worth starting with the first chapter Attack On The Legacy, followed by the second installment, Kaleesh Siege.

 


 

Wal-Mart Exclusive Ships Have Landed
October 9, 2008 | 12:25 AM EST | Justin2

Our allies over at Sandtroopers.com have reported a finding of the new Wal-Mart Exclusive Clone Wars Gunship and A-Wing. Hop on over there for boxed photos of these new ships.

 


 

New Clone Wars: Wild Space
October 8, 2008 | 10:48 PM EST | Jayson

 


Inspired by the full-length animated feature film Star Wars: The Clone Wars and brand new TV series, this thrilling adventure is filled with provocative, never-before-revealed insights into the characters of OBi-Wan, Anakin, Padmé, Yoda, Count Dooku and many other Star Wars favorites. This new trade paperback novel by Karen Miller is due out in December from Del Rey Books.

Head to StarWars.com for a brief synopsis.

 


 

Detailed BAD Cantina Figure Loose Images
October 8, 2008 | 8:43 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Jedi Defender have updated with some detailed loose shots of this year’s new Cantina Patrons coming in the Build a Droid Series. Check them out here.

 


 

NEW Clone Wars Kotobukiya ArtFX Kits
October 8, 2008 | 4:49 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

StarWarsShop has updated received a few new additions to their online store today featuring new Clone Wars model kits from Kotobukiya!

Count DookuAsajj VentressGeneral Grievous each include a bonus part that when assembled makes an exclusive ARTFX-plus statue: Darth Sidious!

These kits are available for pre-order now for $59.99 each and start shipping in March ’09

 


 

Andrews Toyz Update
October 8, 2008 | 7:26 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Andrews Toyz.com:

Legacy Collection Wave 3 is on its way to our warehouse and will be shipping later this week! There are sets and cases available for order!

Arriving Soon:
– Legacy Wave 3 Set of 6 … $52.00
– Legacy Wave 3 Case of 12 … $85.00

New Bobble Head Arrivals from Funko:
– Anakin Skywalker Clone Wars Bobble Head … $10.99
– Captain Rex Clone Wars Bobble Head … $10.99
– Commander Gree Exclusive Bobble Head … $12.99

Diamond Select 1/4 Scale Ultimate Figures:
– Obi-Wan Kenobi (A New Hope) … $65.00
– Han Solo (Empire Strikes Back) … $65.00
– Darth Maul (Phantom Menace) … $65.00

Force FX Lightsabers:
– Anakin Skywalker … $99.00
– Darth Vader … $99.00
– Yoda … $99.00
– Obi-Wan Kenobi … $99.00
– Darth Maul … $99.00

New Star Wars Accessories for Your Computer:
– USB Lightsaber Glow Lamp … $45.00
– Darth Vader USB 4-Port Hub … $65.00
– R2-D2 USB 4-Port Hub … $40.00

Specials:
– Legacy Wave 2 Not-Mint Case … $61.20
– Revenge of the Sith Sculpted Poster … $34.20
– SDCC Disturbance in the Force Set … $19.25
– SDCC Commander Gree Mighty Mugg … $19.25
– SDCC Fred & George Weasley Busts 2-Pack … $64.90
– SDCC Tom Bambadil Mini Bust … $41.20
– 30th Anniversary Wave 4 Case … $68.20
– Family Guy Blue Harvest 24-Pack Box … $51.20
– Durge Character Key … $21.20
– Kotobukiya Snowtrooper … $68.20
– Kotobukiya Princess Leia … $68.20
Click here to order

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – punkreject
October 7, 2008 | 11:45 PM EST | Justin2

 


Forum member punkreject has updated with a ton of new customs in the forums, including some figures that will be sure to interest OT fans. If you’re into the new Clone Wars line you’ll see a diorama treat as well.

Be sure to check out his latest work and share your thoughts after the jump!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
October 7, 2008 | 9:11 PM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a big update from bigbadtoystore.com check out the latest New Arrivals:

PADME VS NEXU DIORAMA
This 1/9 scale diorama portrays Padme in battle with a deadly Nexu in a Geonosian arena. Padme stands atop the pillar wielding a chain, as the creature stalks up the side of the pillar, ready to swing his massive claws at her. This 19″ tall piece is priced at $189.99 – take a look!

12″ RAH EPISODE II CLONE TROOPER
Another new figure using Medicom’s great RAH body, this Clone Trooper comes clad in armor with his T-visored helmet, and includes a blaster and a display base. He’s listed at $139.99 ($10 off MSRP), so grab one before Order 66 is implemented! Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Episode 163: I Can’t See A Thing In This Mask!
October 7, 2008 | 8:40 PM EST | Jayson

 


Judging by the decorations in the department stores, the items stocked in the “Current Events” section of the stores, and the greeting cards placed in highly visible loations, CHRISTMAS is just around the corner! However, before Christmas we have to survive yet another All Hallows Eve, Certain to come to our door begging for candy are ghouls, ghosts, Ghost Riders, and Hulks. But hopefully there will be a few Sith Lords, Jedi Knights, Clones, and other beings from a galaxy Far Far Away as well.

This week on Star Wars Action News we do our annual Halloween costume round-up. Whether you are trying to find the perfect costume for your child or for yourself at a more grown-up oriented event, we tell you what we think of the retail offerings in stores and at StarWarsShop.com

Also this week, Nathan P Butler introduces us to the Legacy comics, taking place 100 years after the events of the Original Trilogy and the subject of several recent comic packs, including the one with Cade Skywalker and Darth Talon. And Scott brings us up to speed on the latest armor offered by Sideshow, and the on sale items at StarWarsShop, Entertainment Earth, and Brian’s Toys, and Arnie tells why he’s now calling StarWarsShop’s Friday e-mails the Weekly Sick.

All this and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

Also, with the release of the first two episodes of Clone Wars on Cartoon Network, we released the first full episode of Republic Forces Radio Network, reviewing and commenting on these episodes. You can download Republic Forces Radio Network #1 here.

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

 


 

We Say Brainiac, Hasbro Says Pons Limbic
October 7, 2008 | 12:05 PM EST | Jayson

Walmart’s webstore has been busy adding placeholder pages for several upcoming Legacy and Clone Wars products but most interesting is the fact that the artist, err cantina patron, formerly known as “Brainiac” or “Brainee” will now be known as Pons Limbic. Looks like the Hasbro team cracked open their anatomy books and named him after a couple brain-related terms. Wow, we get to collect andlearn!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Comic Pack #5: Antares Draco & Ganner Krieg
October 7, 2008 | 8:37 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with a series of Comic Pack additions to the ever-expanding Legacy Collection. Next up, we are treated to 2 all-new figures: Imperial Knights Antares Draco & Ganner Krieg from Legacy #6.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Comic Pack #4: Darth Talon & Cade Skywalker
October 7, 2008 | 8:22 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with a series of Comic Pack additions to the ever-expanding Legacy Collection. Next up, we are treated to 2 all-new figures: Darth Talon & Cade Skywalker from Legacy #2. The scantily clad Darth Talon has gone to the “Darth Maul School of Cosmetology” as she’s decked out in red and black full body tattoos. A great looking figure overall but Talon is severely hampered by the lack of elbow joints. Cade Skywalker suffers from no such oversight as he is fully articulated and, depending on the version* you purchase, fully accessorized with blaster, lightsaber and lightsaber hilt.

*Note the packaging for this set has a printing error on the front of the card that designates it as Comic Pack #2, while the card back and bubble insert states the correct number in the series as “#4”. Also, some versions of this comic pack do not include Cade’s lightsaber or hilt accessories. so choose wisely.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Comic Pack #1: Asajj Ventress & Tol Skorr
October 7, 2008 | 7:47 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates return today with a series of Comic Pack additions to the ever-expanding Legacy Collection. First up: Asajj Ventress & Tol Skorr from Republic #69. Asajj is a decent upgrade of the 2003 Ventress figure with new paint job, soft goods skirt and belt but sadly no attention was given to the previous mold’s lack of leg articulation. And strangely, she include the detachable lightsaber blades from Count Dooku’s lightsabers. Tol Skorr is an all-new figure, chock full of articulation. About the only detriment Skorr has is that the one hand is pre-posed in “the claw” position that hampers its usefulness for anything but scratching your back.

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

 


 

New Battle Packs Listed
October 7, 2008 | 2:08 AM EST | Justin2

 


There’s been a rumor that we’ll be seeing a Clone Wars Battle Pack theme around the illustrious Jabba the Hutt in the near future, and now forumite Rune Haako has just uncovered a listing of this item at Walmart.com

A listing for a Clone Wars AT-TE Assault Squad can be found as well.

 


 

Rebel Technician Image Surfaces
October 6, 2008 | 3:54 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at JediDefender have acquired a nice shot of the Rebel Technician from the forth coming “Scramble on Yavin IV” Battle Pack. Head over for a preview.

 


 

Indiana Jones Part Five?
October 6, 2008 | 12:19 PM EST | Justin2

It looks like the success of the latest Indy film, along with the franchise’s old machinery being revived has Harrison Ford thinking that another adventure for our favorite archaelogist could be on the horizon.

Nothing’s official of course, but read for yourself what Harrison Ford had to say HERE.

 


 

Yakfinities Turns 25
October 6, 2008 | 1:12 AM EST | Justin2

 


The 25th Yakfinities has just kicked off, and this time the customizing theme is Halloween.

Join in the challenge with this fun new theme in the Yakface forums!

 


 

More Price Hikes
October 6, 2008 | 12:53 AM EST | Justin2

It looks like the lead retailers have raised the price on several of the traditional $19.99 retail priced Star Wars items, as reports are coming in that the Battle Packs, Evolutions and Mid-Sized Vehicles are nowing ringing up close to $22.00 at both Wal-Mart and Target.

 


 

The Force Unleashed Group Project – Shaak Ti
October 4, 2008 | 12:28 AM EST | Justin2

 


Hasbro may have plans for a TFU Shaak Ti to be released in about a year, but if you’ve got a little bit of creativity in your blood, there’s no reason to not join in the Yakface Customizing Fall Group Project by making your own version before Hasbro gets to it!

Check out some of the fine work by your fellow collectors on this project, and how you can participate after the jump!

 


 

212th Attack Battalion – Utapau Clone Trooper
October 3, 2008 | 5:01 PM EST | Mark

New Pre-Order coming…

212th Attack Battalion - Utapau Clone Trooper 12-inch Figure
 


 

The Clone Wars Digital Distribution
October 3, 2008 | 3:52 PM EST | Jayson

From iTunes to streaming video and exclusive, online content, Star Wars: The Clone Wars not only premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network, but also paves the way for the most extensive digital distribution effort in the history of Lucasfilm Ltd.
Beginning Saturday, Oct. 4, each week’s new episode will be available at the iTunes Store for $1.99 an episode, or $39.99 for a season pass to all 22 episodes. Both “Ambush” and “Rising Malevolence,” which air tonight, will be available starting Saturday. This pattern will continue throughout the season, with each new episode available at the iTunes Store the day after its Cartoon Network premiere.

Additionally, a half-hour, behind-the-scenes special about the making of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be available on the iTunes store as a free download, beginning today.

Read more at Star Wars.com

 


 

StarWarsShop.com “Weekly 6”
October 3, 2008 | 3:21 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop has updated “The Weekly 6” section in the Bargain Bay. Here are the specials for this week – 10/3-10/10:

Exclusive 12″ x 18″ Padmé Amidala 3-D Animation Lenticular Poster

Exclusive Legacy Vol 1 Broken

Clone Trooper Bobble Head

Clone Wars C-3PO Character Key

CIV Logo Checkbook Cover

Samuel L. Jackson Signed 8×10

 


 

Voice of Vader gets SAG Award
October 3, 2008 | 1:30 PM EST | Jayson

James Earl Jones, who has voiced some of entertainment’s most memorable characters, will receive the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award on Jan. 25. Click on through for the full story.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
October 2, 2008 | 10:22 PM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a big update from bigbadtoystore.com check out the latest:
PREORDERS:

STAR WARS 12″ CAPTAIN ANTILLES
Newly announced by Sideshow, the 12″ Captain Antilles of the Tantive IV is the latest in the Militaries of Star Wars sub-line. The Captain has over 30 points of articulation, and includes a detailed costume and accessories like a display base, interchangeable hands, a helmet and blaster. We’ve got this one up at $67.99 – check him out!

NEW ARRIVALS:
STAR WARS CLONE WARS ANIMATED WAVE 2 CASES & SETS
The Clone Wars Animated Wave 2 figures are in stock, available in both a set of four (Ahsoka & Rotta, Clone Commander Cody, Oddball and a Super Battle Droid) for only $39.99, or a case of 12, with two each of these characters plus General Grievous and more, is only $94.99! Check out both assortments here

STAR WARS CLONE WARS ANIMATED COMIC TWO-PACKS WAVE 2
We’ve restocked waves 2 and 3 of the Clone Wars comic two-packs. We’ve got plenty of singles of many of the sets from the past couple of assortments, like the Imperial Knights, Thrawn & Talon Karrde, Leia & Xizor and more, priced at $11.99-$12.99 each or $49.99-$54.99 for sets of four – take a look:

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

 


 

New BAD Ad
October 2, 2008 | 9:45 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s one of the newest print ads for the B.A.D. line. You gotta love the appeal to “do-it-yourselfers!”

 


 

New Clone Wars & Legacy Vehicles Images
October 1, 2008 | 10:09 PM EST | Jayson

The fine folks at Rebelscum have posted packaged and loose imagery of the new blue deco Clone Wars Trade Federation AAT, the new Clone Wars Obi-Wan Delta Starfighter and a repack of the small winged Imperial TIE Fighter. Also note that the Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighter has a 2 vehicle mode feature that I don’t recall hearing about before now. Head on over for a closer look.

 


 

Boba Fett on The Simpsons
October 1, 2008 | 10:01 PM EST | Jayson

This past Sunday on The Simpsons, infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett made an appearance during the opening title sequence. Click here to watch The Simpsons encased in Carbonite and then escorted off the screen stage left.

 


 

New Wal-Mart Clone Wars 3 Packs
October 1, 2008 | 9:58 AM EST | Jayson

The fine crew at Galactic Hunter as received intel that Wal-Mart looks to be preparing to release a new batch of Commemorative DVD 3 Packs to coincide with the Clone Wars DVD release in November. Head over for a sneak peek.

 


 

For Your Reading Pleasure
October 1, 2008 | 7:38 AM EST | Bill

It looks like the next three years will be rather busy in the Expanded Universe. Sue Rostini’s blog onThe Official Site has just updated with the next 36 months worth of novels, including some which had not been previously announced and new descriptions for others, including Fate of the Jedi!Check it out here.

 


 

Yakfinities # 24 – Roundup Report
October 1, 2008 | 2:46 AM EST | Justin2

 


The latest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge, Assassins, has just wrapped up. With some amazing late entries, this has to be one of the better months we’ve had in quite some time.

Check out for yourself all of the great customs created for this challenge, and see who the random winner is for what wraps up TWO YEARS OF YAKFINITIES!

September 2008 Archive

New CW Galactic Heroes and Vehicles Images
September 30, 2008 | 10:22 PM EST | Jayson

Our new friends at Han’s Hideout have posted images new Clone Wars Galactic Heroes and a couple nice shots of the new deco Trade Federation AAT and all new Clone Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Starfighter. Head over to check them out.

 


 

New Clone Wars Figure Images
September 30, 2008 | 9:17 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Yoda’s News have scored some great carded and loose shots of January’s Clone Wars figure releases. This batch covers 212th Clone Trooper, Padme in Battle Outfit, Clonetrooper (Space Gear), MagnaGuard Droid and R3-S6. Check them all out here.

 


 

Additional Content Coming to Star Wars: The Force Unleashed!
September 30, 2008 | 12:27 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

LucasArts today announced that it is preparing two rounds of additional content for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed this Fall. This new content will be available for Xbox 360 owners through Xbox Live Marketplace and for PlayStation 3 owners through the PlayStation Network.

The first piece of downloadable content will be comprised of additional costumes and character models that can used while playing through the single-player campaign, including Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ki-Adi-Mundi, and Kit Fisto.

The second round of downloadable content, due later this year, will feature an entirely new single-player mission, set in the Jedi Temple on the planet Coruscant. Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice turns to the Jedi Temple to learn more about his father, and while searching through the rubble of the destroyed building he must confront his inner demons.

Both sets of content are being created by LucasArts’ internal development team.

Additional themes and picture packs will also be released over time.

Pricing and availability for these downloadable items will be announced at a later date.

 


 

The Definitive Indy Soundtrack Collection
September 29, 2008 | 8:46 PM EST | Bill

While the Indiana Jones Toy Line may effectively be a lame duck, The Official Star Wars site has just announced the ultimate Indy Soundtrack box set– including music from all 4 movies which has not been released on cd previously. Check out the details here.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com Exclusives Bundle
September 29, 2008 | 8:36 PM EST | Jayson

Six Exclusive Figures from StarWarsShop bundled together at one amazing price. The bundle includes: Concept General Grievous, Jedi-Con Convention Exclusive Shadow Clones, Celebration McQuarrie Concept Droids (R2-D2 and C-3PO) and SDCC Senate Security Clone Trooper. Originally retailing for over $70, this unique bundle can be yours for only $48.99.

 


 

New TLC Wave 5 Images
September 29, 2008 | 5:53 PM EST | Jayson

 


It seems that Wal-mart has gotten their hands on several high quality images of the Legacy Collection’s A New Hope-themed wave. And after some snooping I found images of Han and Luke in Stormtrooper Disguise (both with new blaster holsters), Brainiac in addition to Rune’s finds of Trinto Duaba w/Dice Ibegon and Wioslea.

Click here for a larger view.

Thanks to forum member Rune Haako for the initial tip.

 


 

Episode 162: Waves Crashing In
September 29, 2008 | 5:10 PM EST | Jayson

 


Saga Legends, The Legacy Collection Evolutions Packs, Comic Packs, Clone Wars figures, have we ever had quite so many different lines of Star Wars figures coming out at once? Well right now new figures from all five of these lines of figures are showing up in stores. This week on Star Wars Action News we tell you which figures have been spotted at which stores, and how to shop to get the most figures for your buck.

We also conclude our coverage of The Force Unleashed by taking your voicemails reviewing the game and telling us about your experiences at Midnight Releases. Nathan P. Butler reviews the comic book adaptation, and Arnie reviews the novelization of the movie, and then Arnie and Marjorie discuss what the game’s plot revelations mean for the rest of the Star Wars universe.

With an update of all online offerings, and if khaki is indeed a cool color for a Star Wars vehicle, it can all be found this week on Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

SWAN Presents: Republic Forces Radio Network
September 28, 2008 | 6:57 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

FRONT LINE REPORTS FROM THE CLONE WARS™

For over three years Star Wars Action News has been your podcast source for collecting information. Now the team that brought you the best collecting fan audio in the galaxy brings you the Republic Forces Radio Network: the best Clone Wars animated series coverage as well.

For each new episode of the Clone Wars series, the Republic Forces Radio Network team will bring you plot recaps, reviews, and summaries, including roundtable discussions with Star Wars Action News staff and Republic Forces Radio Network listeners!

With the Clone Wars Preview Show on Cartoon Network this weekend, we now also present you the preview episode of Republic Forces Radio Network.

You can download this week’s show here.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Clone Wars Maquettes and NEW Legacy Figures In-Stock
September 28, 2008 | 6:34 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the following NEW pre-orders items this week.

NEW – Clone Wars Trading Cards:
Clone Wars – Movie Card set of 90
Animation Cel Cards
Motion Cards
Foil Cards

NEW – Legacy Collection – Action Figures:
Clone Trooper – Coruscant Landing Platform – #17
Jodo Kast – #18
Yaddle & Evan Piell – #19
Saleucami Trooper – #20
Count Dooku Holographic Transmission – #21
Imperial Engineer – Battlefront II – #22

NEW Pre-Order – October 27th, 2008:
Obi-Wan Kenobi Ultimate Scale – SAVE $15
Kotobukiya Clone Trooper – Set of 4 – SAVE $60
Ahsoka Tano Maquette – SAVE $20
White Clone Trooper Maquette – SAVE $20
Dark Trooper Chubby Figures
Yoda Holographic Bobble Head
Clone Wars United Giclee – SAVE $25
Lightsaber Glow Lamp – USB – SAVE $10
Darth Vader USB – 4 port Hub w/Sound – SAVE $15
R2-D2 – USB 4 port hub – SAVE $5

ONLY ONE LEFT IN STOCK:
Yoda & Clone Trooper Commander (yellow)
ARC Trooper and Clone Trooper (white)
Anakin Skywalker and Clone Trooper Lieutenant (blue)
Clone Wars Watch
Darth Maul 12″ Hasbro Figure
Princess Leia – Sideshow Figure
Salacious B. Crumb – Inclusive – Sideshow Figure
Imperial Trooper – Scanning Crew Member – OTC #38

 


 

Celebs in Star Wars Gear
September 28, 2008 | 4:06 PM EST | Bill

It’s not just for fanboys any more! Pete over at Galactic Binder has updated with the top 10 Celebs sporting their Star Wars outfits. While not giving away the who, a certain outfit of Leia’s from ROTJ does appear a couple of times. Check it out here.

 


 

Introducing: YAKstravaganza!
September 27, 2008 | 12:19 PM EST | Brandon

 

Introducing……….. YAKstravaganza!
The fun new contest that ANYBODY can play! YAKstravaganza is a contest about celebrating Star Wars and everybody’s favorite hobbies & skills! The purpose of YAKstravaganza is for everybody to create something that fuses together a theme for the month, Star Wars, and your favorite hobby / skill / craft. Entries will be received all month long and a winner chosen by YAK_Den at the end of the month. The winner will then get to choose a prize from 5 randomly selected boxes :D!

For more details jump on over!

 


 

Indiana Jones Toy Line R.I.P.?
September 27, 2008 | 1:02 AM EST | Jayson

Over at Cool Toy Review, the latest Indiana Jones QnA session has revealed/confirmed that the Hasbro Indiana Jones line looks to be headed toward the recycling bin as they state that the line looks to be winding down around holiday time this year. Head on over to read it for yourself.

 


 

Clone Wars Series Preview Trailer
September 26, 2008 | 10:13 PM EST | Jayson

Cartoon Network has posted tonight’s Clone Wars Series Preview Trailer online. Check it out.

 


 

High Quality Comic Pack Falcon Training Images
September 26, 2008 | 9:50 PM EST | Jayson

The fine folks at JediInsider.com have posted high res imagery of the new Comic Packs and the Training on the Falcon Battle Pack revealed yesterday in Previews Magazine. Head over to view the goodies.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: #57th Edition
September 26, 2008 | 7:48 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted bacj on 9/12. Topics this week cover the “Evan/Even” Piell packaging error, more details on the Sarlacc Pit Playset and what we can expect in the Imperial Pilots 2 Evoultions Set.

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

 


 

Inside the Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
September 26, 2008 | 3:07 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

In 1984, Del Rey Books published A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, the first reference book meant to catalog the many items of the fictional universe. The small paperback had about 900 entries in its 215 pages. By 1998, it took 354 pages to fill out the first full Star Wars Encyclopedia. Now, in 2008, these books are are overshadowed by the three volumes found within Del Rey’s upcoming titan, The Complete Encyclopedia, due out on December 9, 2008.

In order to fit in all the characters, starships, species, planets, creatures and details of over 30 years of movies, novels, comics, games, guides and more, Del Rey has split the Encyclopedia into three volumes contained within a slipcase: Volume 1 (A-G), Volume 2 (H-O), & Volume 3 (P-Z).

Head to StarWars.com for more details.

 


 

Wattographs Taking Fan’s Collectibles to Fan Days II! 
September 25, 2008 | 11:21 PM EST | Brandon

Wattographs is pleased to announce that we will be attending Fan Days II in Plano, Texas and will taking Fans’ personal collectibles with us to set signed!

Guests include Robert Watts, executive producer for ESB and ROTJ (rare appearance!), Orli Shoshan (Shaak Ti in AOTC and ROTS), Jack McKenzie (Capt. Alder in ESB), Al Lampert (Commander Jir in ANH), Leanna Walsman (Zam Wesell) as well as voice talents from the NEW Clone Wars feature, Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Matthew Wood (General Grievous and Battle Droids), Tom Kane (Master Yoda, Yularen and Narrator) and David Acord (Rotta the Huttlet and others). We will add additional guests as they are announced!

In addition, we are offering Exclusive, convention provided character photos. Please contact Wattographs.com for details on getting your collectibles or official photos signed!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

New Comic Packs, Battle Pack and Galactic Heroes
September 25, 2008 | 10:56 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at Rebelscum have posted images from the new Preview Magazine that reveal new Comic Packs, the Training on the Falcon Battle Pack and a slew of new Galactic Heroes Head overfor a closer look.

 


 

New A-Wing and Crimson Empire Boxed Shots
September 25, 2008 | 10:24 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at JediDefender have posted 2 new in-package shots of the upcoming Wal-Mart Exclusive A-Wing and Preview Exclusive Crimson Empire Multipack Set. Head over for a look-see.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com “Weekly 6”
September 25, 2008 | 8:07 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop has updated “The Weekly 6” section in the Bargain Bay. Here are the specials for this week – 9/26-10/3:

The Clone Wars Digital Kids Watch $5.99

LEGO Rebel Scout Speeder $11.99

Exclusive Senate Guard ARTFX Statue $75.00

The Clone Wars Totem Theatrical Standee $69.99

Celebration IV Silk Scarf $8.99

Han Solo and Tauntaun Statue $99.99

 


 

Clone Wars on DVD and Blu-Ray Nov 11
September 25, 2008 | 7:52 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The animated adventures of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be coming to television every week starting next week, and you’ll soon be able to also enjoy the theatrical Clone Wars movie in your own home! Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming to home video on November 11, as a single-disc DVD, two-disc Special Edition DVD, and — the first for any Star Wars release — a Hi-Def Blu-Ray release. The single and double-disc standard-definition versions both include the widescreen movie with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX sound, and with feature-length audio commentary.

Head to StarWars.com for the full list of features and a breakdown of retailers exclusive version.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
September 25, 2008 | 7:21 AM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a big update from bigbadtoystore.com about a variety of new arrivals and a ton of great new preorders from Hasbro and other companies. The Preorder list is extensive – many exciting new figures.

JUST ARRIVED:
STAR WARS BUILD-A-DROID WAVE 3
The third wave is now in stock at $52.99 for the full set of 6. This set includes all the pieces needed for a new droid as well as some cool troop builder figures.

STAR WARS 3D CROSS-SECTION X-WING
In stock now at $50 under MSRP – Kotobukiya’s cool new 3D model kit is very nicely crafted and should provide plenty of enjoyment when assembling.

PREORDERS:
STAR WARS COMIC TWO PACKS WAVE 5 & 6
Not to be outdone by GI Joe, Star Wars is also getting some new comic two-packs. Our new set of five, which combines two-packs from waves 5 and 6, includes Clone Emperor & Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight, Commander Faie & Quinlan Vos in Jedi Robes, Borsk Fey’lya & Wedge Antilles, Luke & Stealth Armor Deena and Ki-Adi-Mundi & Sharad Hett. This set is listed at only $74.99, or we’ve also got the wave 6 case listed, which includes all of the above plus 3 previous two packs, and it’s priced at $94.99

STAR WARS CLONE WARS ANIMATED FIGURES WAVE 4
Wave 4 of figures from the new animated Clone Wars series is listed now. New figures in the wave include Padme in white battle outfit, orange Clone Trooper, Space Clone Trooper, Magna Guard Droid and R3-S6 (‘Goldie’), and the set of 5 is listed at $54.99, while the case of 12 (including 2 of each new clone trooper, one each of the others and 5 other figures from wave 3) is only $95.99. Also listed are singles of each of the two new Clone Troopers, at $13.99 each.

STAR WARS CLONE WARS TITANIUM WAVE 5
Wave 5 is up for pre-order, and this assortment includes ships like the Emperor’s Hand Lambda Class Shuttle, the V-19 Torrent Starfighter, a Republic Interceptor Tank and more. We’ve got the set of 6 listed at $44.99, the case of 12 at $79.99, and singles of each ship listed at $7.99 ($9.99 for the BSG Mark II Viper, listed under the BSG Titanium menu).

STAR WARS CLONE WARS GALACTIC HEROES WAVES 4 & 5
Also up for pre-order arre two new case assortments of Galactic Heroes figures. Wave 4 has an assortment of packs from Episodes I-III plus some from the new Clone Wars Animated feature, while wave 5 includes new sets Spider Droid & Clone Trooper, Mace Windu & Clone Troper, Padme & Jar Jar and Luminara & Super Battle Droid among a mixture of other sets. Each case is listed at only $74.99 Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

New Clone Wars Series Video Clip
September 24, 2008 | 10:06 PM EST | Jayson

IGN has posted a brief clip from the animated Clone Wars series featuring Yoda dispatching of a regiment of battle droids.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Luke Sprywalker
September 23, 2008 | 11:37 PM EST | Justin2

 


Our latest Yakface Customizer Spotlight goes to forumite Luke Sprywalker, who has been updating with some great soft goods additions to some well known Jedi. Check out his latest work after the jump!

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: New Arrivals
September 23, 2008 | 8:47 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has added several new items to their online store tonight. Here are a few highlights:

Jawa VCD

SSC Stormtrooper “Militaries of Star Wars” Series 12-inch Figure

Darth Vader Lightsaber Flashlight Keychain

Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter Webcam

R2-D2 Projection Alarm Clock

Diamond Select Obi-Wan Kenobi Ultimate 1/4 Scale Action Figure

Diamond Select Hoth Han Solo Ultimate 1/4 Scale Action Figure

 


 

Force Unleashed is Truely Unleashed By Fans
September 23, 2008 | 8:08 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site is reporting that the Force Unleashed is setting records for Star Wars Games and Lucas Arts– having already sold over 1.5 million units in just its first week. Check out the full story here.

 


 

UPDATE: R2-D2 Whizzwatch
September 23, 2008 | 12:39 PM EST | Jayson

 


Gadget site Gizmodo.com has posted a new Star Wars related item on their site and it’s a definite “must-buy” for any R2-D2 collector. It is an R2-D2 styled watch that also serves as a remote transmitter for mini R2-D2! Head to Gizmodo for the story and then head to Firebox.com for the full details.

StarWarsShop.com has added this fun item to their store tonight. Only $24.99.

 


 

Medicom/VCD Jawa
September 23, 2008 | 12:24 PM EST | Jayson

 


Medicom has updated their website today with the official preview of the Jawa VCD (Vinyl Collectible Dolls) figure. It features a cloth robe, ionization blaster and droid caller. Look for it to be available in April 2009.

 


 

Medicom/RAH Episode III Anakin Skywalker
September 23, 2008 | 12:21 PM EST | Jayson

 


Medicom has updated their website today with the official preview of the Anakin Skywalker RAH (Real Action Heroes) figure. Look for it to be available in May 2009

 


 

OriginalFake KAWS Stormtrooper
September 23, 2008 | 12:16 PM EST | Jayson

 


Medicom’s OriginalFake division has previewed a KAWS style Stormtrooper that will be the perfect companion to the KAWS Vader that was released back in 2007.

 


 

Medicom/Kubrick Star Wars Series 10 Official Details
September 23, 2008 | 11:55 AM EST | Jayson

Medicom has updated their website today with the official details on the Star Wars Kubrick line. The Episode III-themed Series 10 features: Clonetrooper, Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader (removable helmet reveals a charred Anakin face), Darth Sidious (Senate Duel), General Grievous and Tarfful. Look for these around April 2009.

 


 

Episode 161: Star Wars Action News – Reviews Unleashed
September 23, 2008 | 9:25 AM EST | Jayson

 


There have been three weeks in 2008 that fans will remember for years. The first was the Midnight Madness of the Clone Wars toys, then came the release of The Clone Wars. Now our journey to the dark side is complete, as the much anticipated, much delayed The Force Unleashed is released for every major gaming platform (and some not so major).

This week on Star Wars Action News, we look at all things Unleashed, including reviews of the game for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, Playstation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS, iPhone, Atari 2600, Colecovision…. Oh, sorry…got away from myself. Scratch those last 2.

And finally this week, we discuss the release of The Force Unleashed and the incredible hunt for the GameStop exclusive, elusive Stormtrooper Commander figure.

All this and much, much more on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

And keep your eyes on swactionnews.com or the Star Wars Action News YouTube channel for video reviews of each of these platforms, coming this week!

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

 


 

Coruscant Nights II: Streets of Shadows
September 22, 2008 | 5:05 PM EST | Freebird

Hey Boys, Girls, and all my fine feathered friends. Freebird here with your newest review. Tonight I look at the most recent of the Coruscant Nights novels, Street of Shadows. Click here to read my review, and take this poll so I can write the kind of reviews you want. As always, feel free to write me with any comments/suggestions you might have.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Legacy and Clone Wars Figures
September 21, 2008 | 3:18 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the following NEW items this week.

NEW – Gentle Giant Collection:
Tusken Raider – Deluxe Bust

NEW – Comic Book Collection – Action Figures:
Darth Talon and Cade Skywalker
Antares Draco and Ganner Krieg
Fenn Shysa and Dengar
Princess Leia and Tobbi Dala

NEW – Legacy Collection – Action Figures:
Clone Trooper – Coruscant Landing Platform – #17
Jodo Kast – #18
Yaddle & Evan Piell – #19
Saleucami Trooper – #20
Count Dooku Holographic Transmission – #21
Imperial Engineer – Battlefront II – #22

NEW – Clone Wars – Action Figures:
Ahsoka Tano – #9
Clone Commander Cody – #10
Clone Pilot Odd Ball – #11
Super Battle Droid – #12

IN STOCK – Force Unleashed Commemorative Collection:
Emperor Palpatine with two Shadow Stormtroopers
Darth Vader with incinerator Troopers

New Pre-Order – September 27th, 2008:
Crimson Empire Crucible Figure Pack- SAVE $5.00
Ultimate 1/4 Scale – Han Solo – Hoth – SAVE $12.00
Darth Vader Roto Bank – SAVE $2.00
C-3PO – Series 3 – Flashdrive – SAVE $10.00
Darth Sidious – Series 3 – Flashdrive – SAVE $10.00
Royal Guard – Series 3 – Flashdrive – SAVE $10.00
Wicket – Series 3 – Flashdrive – SAVE $10.00
Clone Wars Booster Pack – Miniatures

ONLY ONE LEFT IN STOCK:
Jawa 12″ Figure – A New Hope
Obi-Wan Kenobi 12″ Figure – A New Hope
Luke Skywalker 12″ Figure – Jedi Knight
Gamorrean Guard 12″ Figure – Return of the Jedi
Princess Leia in Boushh Disguise 12″ Figure – Return of the Jedi
TaunTaun with Luke Skywalker 12″ Figure – Empire Strikes Back
Skirmish at Carkoon
Mace Windu – Attack Battallion – Battle Pack
Yoda with Glass
Princess Leia with glass

 


 

Sunday Ad Update
September 21, 2008 | 10:27 AM EST | Bill

While there isn’t a big ad for Star Wars in this Sunday’s TRU flyer, if you haven’t added the Transformers Millennium Falcon to your collection, now may be the time. TRU has it for 50% off or $19.99.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
September 20, 2008 | 6:57 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com
We’ve just listed lots of new preorders and have many hot items hot off the truck too!Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Comic Pack #7: Princess Leia & Tobbi Dala
September 19, 2008 | 4:38 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with another psychedelic comic pack from the Legacy Collection. Next up: Princess Leia & Tobbi Dala from Star Wars #69.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Comic Pack #6: Fenn Shysa & Dengar
September 19, 2008 | 4:35 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the a couple psychedelic comic packs from the Legacy Collection. First up: Fenn Shysa & Dengar from Star Wars #68.

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

 


 

Available To Order Now
September 19, 2008 | 9:40 AM EST | Mark

Here is the newest Side Show pre=-order..

 


 

Build A Droid Wave 3 In Stock
September 18, 2008 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

 


New Force Comics has received the latest wave of Build A Droid figures in stock and ready to ship for just $80.99. Check it out here.

 


 

New Insider Now Arriving
September 18, 2008 | 8:27 PM EST | Bill

The latest issue of the Insider is now arriving in mail boxes. This one includes a lengthy article on Disney’s Star Tours attraction by Alex from Endor Express.net!

 


 

StarWarsShop.com “Weekly 6”
September 18, 2008 | 5:13 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop has updated “The Weekly 6” section in the Bargain Bay. Here are the specials for this week – 9/19-9/26:

LEGO Trade Federation MTT $82.99

LEGO Rebel Scout Speeder $9.99

2008 Saga Legends Action Figure Case Pack Wave 1 Round 1 $74.99

The Clone Wars 8×5 Foot Theatrical Banner $64.99

Star Wars Expanded Universe Comic Figure Assortment $34.99

Jedi-Con Convention Exclusive Shadow Trooper 2-Pack $9.99

 


 

Order 66 Now In Hard Copy!
September 17, 2008 | 9:04 PM EST | Bill

The flinal installment of Karen Traviss’ Republic Commando novel series has just been released by the Emperor, err Del Rey, and is on both brick and mortar and virtual newsstands for your reading pleasure. This one hits the scales at a beefy 432 pages, and if it follows true to the earlier installments in the series, should be a great read.

 


 

2008 Canadian Action Figure Expo September 28th
September 17, 2008 | 9:52 AM EST | Jayson

The 2008 Canadian Action Figure Expo has been announced. It will be Sunday, September 28th at the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre. The show features 2 halls filled with dealers selling Star Wars (a huge focus on Vintage and Modern figures and collectibles), Transformers, G.I. Joe, Super Heroes, and tons of other Action Figures and collectibles. Located at3063 South Service Road the location is directly off the QEW with free parking for everyone. For more details go to the Canadian Action Figure Expo website. You can also RSVP via Facebook for the event.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: New TFU Giclée Prints
September 16, 2008 | 8:33 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with a load of TFU merchandise to coincide with today’s launch of the game. They’ve also added a few new TFU themed Giclée Prints.

Apprentice Crashes Star Destroyer is one of the most well-known concept images from The Force Unleashed, and deservedly so — it’s dramatic and highly evocative of the style of artwork that conceived both the original trilogy and the prequels. From artist Amy Beth Christenson, this 13″x19″ (approx) fine art giclée print on watercolor paper is limited to just 200 pieces.

Vader Knights Apprentice captures the wonderful mood of the Carbonite Chamber scenes from The Empire Strikes Back, but with a darker tone. From artist Chin Ko, this 13″x19″ (approx) fine art giclée print on watercolor paper is limited to just 200 pieces.

Vader on Kashyyyk visually demonstrates the reason Vader has incurred the wrath of the Wookiees following the events of the Clone Wars. From artist Amy Beth Christenson, this 15″x26″ (approx) fine art giclée print on velvet paper is limited to just 100 pieces and is signed by the artist.

 


 

K&C Collectibles: Force Unleashed Commemorative Collection
September 16, 2008 | 8:20 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received a shipment of the Wal-Mart Exclusive TFU Commemorative Sets. Instead of trying to track them down at your local Wal-Mart, head over to K & C Collectibles as they are in stock and ready to ship.

 


 

Custom Star Wars Skateboards Now at Zazzle
September 16, 2008 | 3:26 PM EST | Jayson

 


Zazzle’s got a bunch of new customizable Star Wars professional quality skateboards available now at their site, including designs of Darth Maul, Vader, Yoda, Clones and more! With 14 designs and eight different boards to choose from — competition, mini, and old-school — Zazzle’s got 112 different Star Wars board variations available, including one to fit your style.

Build your custom board today at Zazzle’s Star Wars “On Demand” site: Star Wars Skateboards andClone Wars Skateboards

 


 

Customizing Challenge Updates
September 16, 2008 | 12:56 AM EST | Justin2

 


For all you customizers out there, we have a lot going on in the featured customizing section in the forums this Fall.

The September Yakfinities, Assassins, already has several entries, while voting has now begun forOctober.

Interested in a more character specific customizing theme than Yakfinities? Then check out The Force Unleashed Shaak Ti Group Project!

 


 

‘Star Wars: Force Unleashed’ for iPhone Now Available
September 15, 2008 | 6:55 PM EST | Jayson

THQ Wireless Inc has released Star Wars: Force Unleashed to the App Store. The $9.99 game offers a companion game to the full version due for release on September 16th. The game is described:

Experience the Star Wars universe as never before. The devastating power of the Force is in your hands. You are Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice, trained by the menacing Sith Lord to hunt down the last of the Jedi. Unleash a barrage of Fource Powers – including Grip, Lighting, Jedi Mind Trick and much more – at the flick of your fingers as you tap, touch and swipe your way through enemies using the intuitive touch-screen mechanics and exclusive CellWeaver feature. Your journey will take you across the galaxy to clash with powerful enemies, yet you are destined to clash with powerful enemies, yet you are destined to become something far greater than just Darth Vader’s servant.

Here is a link to the app via Apple/iTunes:

 


 

Episode 160: The Force Unleashed PreGame Show 
September 15, 2008 | 11:01 AM EST | Jayson

 


This Tuesday XBoxes all over will be overheating as Star Wars fans across the country assume the role of Vader’s secret apprentice and proceed to use the Force in never before seen ways to dispatch Stormtroopers and Jedi alike. The book has been atop the bestseller charts, and the downloadable demo on XBox 360 and Playstation 3 have broken records. For may Star Wars fans, this was the Star Wars event of 2008.

However the game was not without its troubles. Originally scheduled to be a 30th Anniversary multimedia celebration of Star Wars, the game’s release time was pushed back numerious times, LucasArts had some highly publicied staff layoffs and departures, and a running joke became to call the game The Force Unreleased.

Now that the game has gone Gold, we sit down with its Executive Producer, Haden Blackman, to discuss the game’s delays, and what fans can look forward to when they finally get the game in their hands. We also review the book “The Art and Making of The Force Unleashed”. Nathan P Butler also provides an expanded universe history of Vader’s other apprentices, from Asoka to the one in the game, and discusses how and why Shaak Ti is able to appear in the game.

Plus we discss the final Force Unleashed toys hitting shelves now from Hasbro, including the GameStop exclusive Stormtrooper figure and the Wal-Mart exclusive 3-packs.

It’s the Force Unleashed all over Star Wars Action News, so listen now!

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

 


 

The Force Unleashed on N-Gage
September 15, 2008 | 7:31 AM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Yoda’s News have updated with some great information, screenshots, and video clips of The Force Unleased on N-Gage Mobile. Check it out here.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
September 14, 2008 | 9:32 PM EST | Bill

 


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

NEW PREORDERS:
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STAR WARS – CLONE COMMANDERS ARTFX KOTO STATUES
Kotobukiya has just announced the second round of cool new Clone Wars statues. This set is priced $30 under MSRP at $149.99 and includes Commander Gree, Captain Rex, and Commander Cody.

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ARRIVING SOON:
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X-WING FIGHTER CROSS SECTION 3-D VEHICLE MODEL KIT
This kit from Kotobukiya has to be seen to be believed. The 1/35 scale snap-together model kit measures over 12.5″ long and features over 100 removable parts so as to see the inner workings of the craft. It even comes with its own Yavin IV hangar display base! We have multiple pics on our site, so make sure to check this one out – only $199.99, saving $50 off MSRP and arriving in about a week.

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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ASAJJ & DOOKU STATUE
This new statue from Gentle Giant shows Count Dooku, warrior of the Dark Side with his apprentice and assistant Asajj Ventress. Both have their lightsabers ready, yet appear to be sharing a moment of some kind. Check out this great piece here – only $199.99, $30 off MSRP!

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

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Pre-Order Crimson Empire Crucible Set
September 14, 2008 | 4:28 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has less than 5 each of the “First Day” versions in the Legacy and Clone Wars figure line.

The first 25 orders today September 14th and first 25 tomorrow Sempteber 15th gets 10% OFF your order. 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 “UNLEASHED”. This offer is only good on in-stock items and is not valid on pre-order.

New Pre-Order – September 27th, 2008:
Crimson Empire Crucible Figure Pack- SAVE $5.00
Ultimate 1/4 Scale – Han Solo – Hoth – SAVE $12.00
Darth Vader Roto Bank – SAVE $2.00
C-3PO – Series 3 – Flashdrive – SAVE $10.00
Darth Sidious – Series 3 – Flashdrive – SAVE $10.00
Royal Guard – Series 3 – Flashdrive – SAVE $10.00
Wicket – Series 3 – Flashdrive – SAVE $10.00
Clone Wars Booster Pack – Miniatures

IN STOCK –Legacy Collection – Action Figures:
Han Solo #1 – First Day version
Luke Skywalker #2 – First Day version
Chewbacca #3 – First Day version
Ewok – Leektar & Nippet #4 – First Day version
Ak-Rev #5 – First Day version
Yarna Dal Gargan #6 – First Day version
Bane Malor #7 – First Day version
Darth Vader – Battle Damaged #3 – First Day version
Kashyyk Scout Trooper #2 – First Day version
Commander Gree #1 – First Day version

IN STOCK –Clone Wars – Action Figures:
Anakin Skywalker #1 – First Day version
Obi-Wan Kenobi #2 – First Day version
Yoda #3 – First Day version
Captain Rex #4 – First Day version
Clone Trooper #5 – First Day version
General Grievous #6 – First Day version
Battle Droid #7 – First Day version
R2-D2 #8 – First Day version

IN STOCK –Battle Packs:
Battle on Mygeeto
Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol
Speeder Bike Recon
Hoth Recon Patrol

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

IN STOCK –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

IN STOCK –Saga Special – Action Figures:
Disturbance in the Force

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 22 Imperial Engineer (Battlefront II) 
September 14, 2008 | 12:53 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the final figure in the Legacy Collection’s third wave: the Imperial Engineer from the Star Wars Battlefront II video game.

This figure is a repaint/recast of the Death Star Gunner from the TSC line, this time molded in a gray jumpsuit. In my opinion, this figure looks markedly better than the previous release due to having more contrast between the color of the helmet, chest armor, gloves and boots when compared to the jumpsuit. The Imperial Engineer does include the standard Imperial blaster, only this time in silver but he doesn’t include any of the weaponry or accessories featured in the game itself, but this is a repack wave after all and as much can be expected. This figure continues the Droid Factory concept and is packed with the left arm of the Build-A-Droid: 5D6-RA-7

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 21 Count Dooku (Holographic Transmission) 
September 14, 2008 | 10:45 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the next figure in the Legacy Collection’s third wave: Count Dooku (Holographic Transmission).

Although we never saw it in the movies, it’s safe to assume that Dooku communicated to those he was allied with via hologram transmission. The figure itself is a recast of the super articulated Evolutions Dooku, but instead of having the cloth cape, he is given a translucent version of the plastic cape accessory from the 2003 Saga Geonosis War Room Screen Scene Dooku. Also, this figure carries on the tradition of giving holographic weapons to essentially non-combat scene figures as Dooku also includes a holo version of his ignited lightsaber. This figure continues the Droid Factory concept and is packed with the right arm of the Build-A-Droid: 5D6-RA-7

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

 


 

Star Wars In The Comics
September 14, 2008 | 10:34 AM EST | Bill

 


This week’s “Get Fuzzy” poked fun at our favorite pasttime. Check out the full size image here.

 


 

25% Off Battle Packs and Starfighter Vehicles at TRU
September 14, 2008 | 8:32 AM EST | Jayson

Toys R Us this week is also running a promotion offering 25% off their Battle Pack and Starfighter Vehicle assortments.

 


 

FREE $20 Gift Card from TRU
September 14, 2008 | 8:18 AM EST | Jayson

Toys R Us is offering a FREE $20 Store Gift Card when you purchase The Force Unleashed Video Game this Tuesday. This offer is valid with the purchase of the game for the Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 consoles only.

Also, their offering 50% off the TFU Game Guide with the purchase ANY The Force Unleashed Game.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 20 Saleucami Trooper
September 12, 2008 | 11:08 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue tonight with the addition of the Legacy Collection’s third wave. Next up is the Saleucami Trooper. Don’t let your eyes fool you, this is indeed a different Saleucami clone trooper than we’ve been offered before. This figure was previously sold to us as Clone Commander Neyo, first available in the Wal-Mart Exclusive Treachery on Saleucami Battle Pack and then again as a Fans’ Choice Winner in the TAC Saga Legends line. With this “new” release, the only difference is the absence of the weathering details. This figure continues the Droid Factory concept and is packed with the left leg of the Build-A-Droid: 5D6-RA-7

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

 


 

Official TFU Stormtrooper Commander Release Info
September 12, 2008 | 5:07 PM EST | Jayson

This just in from Hasbro:

We have gotten word from LucasArts regarding the much-anticipated The Force Unleashed Stormtrooper Commander 3-3/4″ figure — and we wanted to make sure you were equally informed to share the info with your readers!

In the U.S., it will be available at GameStop at midnight on Sept 15th (the first day of sale will be Sept. 16th everywhere). It will be available while supplies last, with a priority for those who pre-order the game.

In Canada, the figure will be available at EB Games for their pre-orders.

In the U.K., it will be available at HMV for their pre-orders.

We hope that helps fans find it!

May the Force be with you,

Joe Moscone on behalf of Hasbro, Inc.

 


 

Del Rey Star Wars Books Continue Through 2013
September 12, 2008 | 1:23 PM EST | Jayson

Maintaining a relationship that began more than 30 years ago, LucasBooks and Del Rey are slated to publish another 45 Star Wars titles from 2009 through the end of 2013. The titles will include 35 novels and 10 nonfiction books.

Head to the official site for more details.

 


 

Hasbro QnA Archive Update for 9/5/08
September 12, 2008 | 11:00 AM EST | Jayson

Hasbro has updated their site today with QnAs from all the participants in the last session. Head on over to review them all and maybe it’ll spark your own question. If so, be sure to come back and submit them in our forums.

 


 

Forbidden Planet Exclusive Galactic Marine Mini Bust
September 12, 2008 | 10:34 AM EST | Jayson

 


After the hugely successful Commander Bly bust in 2007, Forbidden Planet is thrilled to announce the launch of their second Gentle Giant exclusive, taking place at the London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2, on Friday 24th October from 5:00pm

This awesome Galactic Marine will only be available from Forbidden Planet – it can’t be pre-ordered, the first sales will be made on the day! We will also have two other great exclusive items – the Forbidden Planet Exclusive Coruscant Guard Trooper and Bronze Boba Fett Classic!

And we’ll have a representative from toy wizards Gentle Giant, signing the limited edition merchandise available on the day.

AMAZING IN-STORE COMPETITION!
On the day, there will be a once in a lifetime in store competition to be made into a fantastic Gentle Giant Star Wars figure.

One lucky winner will have their head scanned using equipment that has also been used on movies stars such as Angelina Jolie and Daniel Radcliffe.

That image will then be taken back to LA and sculpted into a totally unique model.

Runners up in the competition will also have their head scanned, and receive a certificate showing their own 3D image.

Gentle Giant is the world leader in the development of 3D technology used in the creation of highly detailed limited edition statues and busts for releases such as Hellboy Animated, Halo, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.

The Forbidden Planet London Megastore is the largest of its kind in the World. It’s the true home of Sci-Fi and Cult entertainment, the heart of Geek Chic.

Click the image above to embiggen!

 


 

Inflatable Boba Fett Jet Pack
September 12, 2008 | 10:03 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

Yakreader “Ares X” sends us an interesting item he discovered at his local PartyAmerica. It’s an inflatable ROTJ Boba Fett Jet Pack that actually looks really cool. It retails for $15.00 and is available now and online at PartyAmerica.com. Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

Legacy Jabba’s Rancor with Luke Image Surfaces
September 12, 2008 | 9:34 AM EST | Jayson

 


Forum member Rune Haako sent word that Japanese etailer blister.jp has posted a image of the upcoming Target Exclusive Jabba Rancor with Luke Skywalker Set from the Legacy Collection. Head to the forum to take a gander!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TAC TFU Stormtrooper Commander
September 12, 2008 | 8:34 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of the last carded figure for the 30th Anniversary Collection: the Force Unleashed Stormtrooper Commander.

It seems that images of this figure have been floating around forever and countless questions have been asked of Hasbro as to when and where this figure would be available. Wonder no more as this figure is starting to hit at GameStop locations with pre-orders of the highly anticipated and often delayed The Force Unleashed Video Game. Hasbro participated a similar figure/game promotion back in 2004 with the exclusive Scout Trooper tied to the release of the first Battlefront game.

The figure itself is a repaint of the #20 Imperial Stormtrooper from last year, having a 501st-esque style deco. The paint job is rather attractive with a lot of weathering and detail, but many purist collectors were/are put off by giving the EII/EIII style color treatment to an Original Trilogy style trooper.

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

 


 

TFU Stormtrooper Commanders Hitting GameStop
September 12, 2008 | 12:07 AM EST | Jayson

After reading some success stories on a few of the various message boards out there, I stopped into my local GameStop tonight to inquire about the availability of the TFU Stormtrooper Commander. Much to my delight, the store had them in hand and they are indeed free with a pre-order and $5.00 deposit. The helpful employee also revealed that their store’s allotment for the figure is limited to 24 pieces, meaning these won’t last very long.

So, if you’re looking to complete your loose or carded TAC collection, you’d best make a call or trip to your local GameStop before it’s too late.

EDIT: It appears I lucked out and obtained the figure early as stores should have been instructed to hold these for those who attended the midnight release and purchase the game.

 


 

eFX Trivia Night at YodasNews.com
September 11, 2008 | 9:07 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at YodasNews.com are holding a Trivia Night with Amy from eFX Collectibles and she will be logged in to their forums tonight at 9:00 PM EST/ 6:00 PM Pacific Time to play some Star Wars trivia! Be sure to set aside some time to drop in, it should be a fun time for all!

 


 

StarWarsShop.com “Weekly 6”
September 11, 2008 | 7:53 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop has updated “The Weekly 6” section in the Bargain Bay. Here are the specials for this week – 9/12-9/19:

Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker) Chubby Doll $9.99

Clone Wars MP3 Player Alarm Clock $9.99

LEGO The Twilight $74.99

Celebration Japan Exclusive Remote Control R2-D2 (Transparent) $16.99

A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy by Matthew Reinhart $22.99

Anakin Skywalker Chrome Black Mini Saber $19.99

 


 

We Now Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Program…
September 11, 2008 | 3:46 PM EST | Jayson

It appears our site was down for a brief period due to a malicious attack on our server. Things appear to be in working order now so thanks to all those that emailed us.

 


 

More Repacks for the TLC Battle Pack Line
September 11, 2008 | 2:58 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at Rebelscum have posted a bit of news regarding new (and I use the term very loosely) Battle Packs for the Legacy Collection. Apparently, Hasbro has a caveat when they say battle packs will now be of the 4 figure variety, except when it comes to repacking previously warming… err I mean released battle packs as the Clone Attack on Coruscant, Jedi Training on Dagobah and Jedi vs. Darth Sidious Battle Pack are getting the new “squat box” treatment.

Head over to Rebelscum to view them in all their repackaged glory!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 19 Yaddle & Even Piell 
September 11, 2008 | 1:59 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the Legacy Collection’s third wave. Next up is Yaddle and & Even Piell. These Jedi were previously available as part of 2003’s Saga Jedi Council Cinema Scenes Set 1 & Set 2. This go ’round they receive a paint redeco/upgrade and both Jedi now include lightsabers. Interestingly, the packaging has an error on the insert and card back descriptive copy as it refers to Even Piell as “Evan”. It is not known at this time if that oversight will be corrected. This figure set continues the Droid Factory concept and is packed with the right leg of the Build-A-Droid: 5D6-RA-7

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

 


 

The Return of PhoneSaber
September 11, 2008 | 1:35 PM EST | Jayson

 


Last month, we reported that the free PhoneSaber iPhone app was pulled from Apple’s App Store, now It looks like it will be officially reincarnated and still free with a new look! It will now have aThe Force Unleashed theme, featuring characters, sounds and dueling sound effects right from the game.

Head to themacbox.co.uk for the announcement and images and check back soon for the official release date.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 17 Clone Trooper
September 11, 2008 | 10:56 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of most of the Legacy Collection’sthird wave starting off with: Clone Trooper (Coruscant Landing Platform). I must admit that this is my favorite deco of all the EIII clone troopers and although we’ve received a couple different incarnations of this style trooper previously, this time around there are a few more details on the chest and arms and it utilizes the ROTS #41 clone trooper as a base. These clones can actually be briefly seen in Revenge of the Sith on Coruscant at the staging area before the battle on Kashyyyk. This figure continues the Droid Factory concept and is packed with the torso of the Build-A-Droid:5D6-RA-7

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

 


 

Force Unleashed Interview At The Binder
September 10, 2008 | 10:33 PM EST | Bill

Following Brandon’s Force Unleashed Q & A, Pete over at Galactic Binder.com has just updated with an interview with LucasArts’ Haden Blackman on the Force Unleashed. Check it out here.

 


 

Inside Star Wars Insider #104
September 10, 2008 | 8:14 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

With Star Wars: The Clone Wars just around the corner, Star Wars Insider #104 catches up with supervising director Dave Filoni on all the latest about the new animated series. Sharing the spotlight is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed; Insider visits the Lucasfilm headquarters at Skywalker Ranch and the Presidio to uncover the secrets of this highly anticipated new video game. Star Wars Insider #104 hits newsstands on September 16th. Check Titan Magazine’s official website for more information.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Wave 2 BADs: R4-J1 and R7-T1
September 10, 2008 | 4:08 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue and now that we’ve added images for wave 2, be sure take a gander at the completed galleries for Build-A-Droids R4-J1 and R7-T1

 


 

Toyguide Update: Wave 1 BADs: R4-D6 and R7-Z0
September 10, 2008 | 4:05 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue and now that we’ve added images for wave 1, be sure take a gander at the completed galleries for Build-A-Droids R4-D6 and R7-Z0

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 16 Clone Trooper with Cip-Quad 
September 10, 2008 | 3:53 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue, wrapping up Clone Wars-themed wave with the Clone Trooper with Cip-Quad Cannon. These heavy artillery troopers have specialized weaponry in the form of a pack mounted, four barreled reciprocating cannon and their duty is to take out enemy tanks or other slow movings hostiles. The figure itself is what we’ve come to expect for a clone trooper in terms of articulation and also features a removable helmet and non-removable kama. The clone trooper is also packed with the dome and middle leg of the Build-A-Droid R4-J1.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 15 Quarren Soldier
September 10, 2008 | 3:25 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of another aquatic warrior in Clone Wars-themed wave: the Quarren Soldier. Muscle bound and armed with a trident, the Quarren Soldier is a solid figure in most respects, the sculpt is fabulous (I believe that the head on this figure is also being utilized for the upcoming Sith Lord Maleval) and the articulation is above par except for the glaring omission of knee joints. Have you ever tried swimming without bending your knees? The Quarren Soldier also features a knife with working sheath and a soft goods skirt. This figure is also packed with the dome and middle leg of the Build-A-Droid R7-T1.

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

 


 

The Force Unleashed Demo Shatters Download Record
September 10, 2008 | 12:31 PM EST | Jayson

LucasArts announced today that the demo for its highly anticipated title Star Wars: The Force Unleashed has crushed download records since its release on Aug. 21. on the Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

Eager to experience over-the-top Force powers and a brand-new Star Wars storyline that bridges the events between the two movie trilogies, fans downloaded the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed demo more than 1 million times in just eight days, topping the previous record by an entire day.

In addition to the record-breaking downloads on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360, the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed demo is also available on the PLAYSTATION® Network, and between them has been downloaded more than 2.3 million times worldwide to date.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed debuts in North America Sept. 16 for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Wii™ home videogame system from Nintendo, and Nintendo DS™. In addition Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will be available Sept. 17 in Southeast Asia and Australia, and Sept. 19 in Europe

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 14 Mon Calamari Warrior 
September 10, 2008 | 11:11 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue this morning with the addition of the next figure in this Clone Wars-themed wave: the Mon Calamari Warrior. This figure again is based on their appearance in the first Animated Clone Wars cartoon and is a fairly faithful representation of those characters. The Mon Calamari Warrior or “Knight” features a decent sculpt with a soft goods lower skirt and is well articulated with elbow, shoulder and ankle ball joints and has the standard swivel waist, wrists and hips but sadly lacks any joints at all in the knee area. As for accessories, the Mon Cal includes a cowill-shell shield, energy lance and a shell used as a clarion to call the other Knights into battle. This figure is also packed with the body of the Build-A-Droid R7-T1.

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

 


 

The Force Unleashed Group Project – Shaak Ti
September 10, 2008 | 10:38 AM EST | Justin2

 


Unfortunatetly, Hasbro didn’t release a version of Shaak Ti from the upcoming The Force Unleashed game – so what to do? Easy – join in the Yakface Customizing Fall Group Project and make your own!

Check out all the details on how you can participate after the jump!

 


 

The Force Unleashed Commemorative Sets Found
September 10, 2008 | 10:31 AM EST | Justin2

 


By a stroke of luck, I came across some of Wal-Mart exclusive The Force Unleashed Commemorative Sets last evening. Reports have indicated that these won’t be out until the game is released September 16, but it never hurts to look around the toy section for this sort of thing a few days early.

The price on these was $14.84. Check out a few more pics of the new Incinerator StormtroopersHERE.

 


 

Wal-Mart Price Drop
September 10, 2008 | 10:26 AM EST | Justin2

 


Most collectors of the Indiana Jones line are worried about what the future holds with these figures. It seems that a combination of factors has kept this line from being the success that many hoped it would be… but, reports are coming in that Wal-Mart stores have lowered the prices on the basic figures – down from $6.94 to a much more reasonable $5.44 per figure.

Can this help save the line? Share your thoughts in the Yakface Indy Forum!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 13 IG Lancer Droid
September 9, 2008 | 11:12 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates roll on with the addition of the next figure in this Clone Wars-themed wave with the IG Lancer Droid. This figure is a refit of the IG-88 figure from the VTSC line. They differ in a few key areas as this new figure doesn’t include the holster/bandolier, mines or ax accessories and it’s molded in a darker gray plastic. What this figure does have is a newly tooled head, shoulders and also includes a new lance that is different than the one included with the Obi-Wan from this wave. The lance itself can be attached to the Droid’s arm and, if needed, to its back leaving the arms free to brandish both the blaster and blaster rifle. This figure is also packed with the body of the Build-A-Droid R4-J1.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 12 Padme Amidala
September 9, 2008 | 10:34 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the next figure in this Clone Wars-themed wave: Padmé Amidala. We were first treated to the “Snow Bunny” outfit Padmé in theAmbush on Ilum battle pack in the 30th Anniversary line, but that one missed the mark on several accounts due to the limiting, pre-posed sculpt. This one makes up for it big time. This version is beautifully sculpted with a very good likeness to Natalie Portman and plenty of articulation. She also features a removable hood, soft goods cape, blaster pistol and functional holster. This figure is also packed with the left leg of the Build-A-Droid R7-T1.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 11 Saesee Tiin
September 9, 2008 | 10:03 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the next figure in this Clone Wars-themed wave: Saesee Tiin. Here we are treated to Master Tiin as he appeared while leading a contingent of clones through the vacuum of space to board an enemy vessel in the animated Clone Wars series. Saesee Tiin sports a special space suit with removable helmet and control panel and wields his trusted lightsaber. He features the full complement of articulation points with ball jointed neck, shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles along with swivel wrist, waist and hip joints. This figure is also packed with the right leg of the Build-A-Droid R7-T1.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 10 Clone SCUBA Trooper
September 9, 2008 | 7:23 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the next figure in this Clone Wars-themed wave: the Clone SCUBA Trooper. These specialized clones debuted in the first animated Clone Wars cartoon series and were outfitted for underwater combat, complete with flippers, specialized blaster rifle and an aquatic propulsion pack. This figure doesn’t skimp in the articulation area either as it has the full array of points with ball jointed head, torso, elbows, knees and ankles and the standard swivel wrists and hips. This figure is also packed with the dome and middle leg of the build-a-droid R4-J1.

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

 


 

New Lego Death Star Set Available Now
September 9, 2008 | 5:23 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Lego.com has added the huge Death Star™ set to their online store and it is currently available for order. For a mere $399.99 you’ll get a 3803 piece set with 24 mini figures, droids and Dianoga monster, 6 new and exclusive minifigures plus vehicles and more and the Death Star itself measures 16.5″ wide! Head to Lego.com for all the details!

 


 

Disturbance at Lars Homestead at TRU.com
September 9, 2008 | 5:04 PM EST | Mark

Over at Toysrus.com they now have the Lars Homestead in stock and ready to ship. Head on over and get yours today…

 


 

eFX Collectibles Clone Trooper Helmet Coming Soon
September 9, 2008 | 5:03 PM EST | Jayson

 


The eFX Collectibles newsletter has hit inboxes and they’ve revealed that that their EII Clone Trooper Helmet will be available for sale on Tuesday, October 14 with a limited edition size of 1000 pieces and an SRP of $429.00

Other features include:
• Fiberglass construction
• See through lens/visor
• Fully Padded interior
• Lit reflector on back of the fin/mohawk
• Number plaque
• eFX display stand
• Certificate of Authenticity

 


 

Episode 158: Melancholy Meal
September 9, 2008 | 4:50 PM EST | Jayson

 


The McDonald’s Star Wars promotion is quickly coming to an end. Happy Meal boxes are running out, and kids are forced to eat food….OUT OF BAGS!!!! But one Happy Meal box seems harder to find than the others–Darth Vader. This week, the hosts at Star Wars Action News seek out this elusive box…

Also this week, Scott reviews the latest offerings from Sideshow, as well as StarWarsShop.com’s “Weakly 6” [sic], and Kevin says Nub Nub to the latest Vintage figure he is reviewing for the show.

Finally, what is up with the Stormtrooper Commander figure supposedly being released at GameStop with The Force Unleashed? Like Geraldo at Al Capone’s vaults, we open the doors and see what we find…

All this and more is in this week’s episode of Star Wars Action News, so listen now!

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

 


 

I Double Dog Dare You To Buy This…
September 9, 2008 | 4:39 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

It seems that StarWarsShop.com is not only catering to the everyday collector/fan, but to those who may have a few more discretionary dollars to spend as well as they’ve added a new item with a near 20K price tag. The Limited Edition Darth Vader Bronze Statue by Lawrence Noble stands nearly four feet tall and weighs a whopping 150 pounds, and was forged and assembled at a foundry close to Lucasfilm’s Presidio campus, the same foundry responsible for producing several of the other bronzes adorning the parkland property the company occupies. Each bronze also received an individualized patina, making each piece a unique work of art unlike any other.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 9 Obi-Wan Kenobi
September 9, 2008 | 4:14 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the first figure of wave 2: Obi-Wan Kenobi. Based on a brief appearance in the first Clone Wars Animated Series, General Kenobi here is outfitted with Clone Trooper armor, includes a removable clone trooper helmet, his signature lightsaber and sports a battle lance which he uses to dispatch Durge’s IG Lancer Droid Battalion. This figure is also packed with left leg of the build-a-droid R4-J1 or the torso of 5D6-RA-7, so check those card backs if you’re looking to complete or collect the parts from either droid.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 8 Darth Vader
September 9, 2008 | 3:58 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of Darth Vader. Many Vaders have come down the pike in recent years and this one improves, but doesn’t perfect, one of the better molds (Evolutions Vader) in Hasbro’s arsenal. This figure features a new take on the removable helmet as it is now able to be detached or assembled in stages much like in the brief head reveal scene in Empire Strikes Back or Vader’s final scenes of Return of the Jedi. Vader is also packed with dome and middle leg of the build-a-droid 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. 7 Bane Malar
September 9, 2008 | 3:28 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates return today with several additions to the Legacy section. To kick things off, we start with Bane Malar: one of many of goons that populated Jabba’s inner sanctum and also one of those obscure background characters that Hasbro likes to treat us to every so often, aimed squarely at the older collectors of the Star Wars brand. The character was made famous by being the one that was knocked down the stairs while trying to prevent Boushh’s entrance into Jabba’s throne room.

The figure itself is expertly detailed and accessorized and is modestly articulated having ball jointed neck, shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles and includes the standard swivel waist, hips and forearms. Bane Malar is also packed with main body of the build-a-droid R7-Z0.

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

 


 

Find Fox For a Full Fifty Percent Off!
September 8, 2008 | 10:11 PM EST | Jayson

Reports are circulating that the Target Exclusive Commander Fox is starting to hit clearance. Deep discounts are to be had as much as 50% off, putting it just shy off Walmart’s current exclusive figure price. Go figure! Might be a good idea to hit those bullseye stores to see if you can grab one for yourself.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 25 – IMMOLATION
September 6, 2008 | 10:01 PM EST | Justin2

 


The Clone Wars are about to get even darker for Republic Commander Rykrof Enloe.

Not only has his Jedi friend, Kala Mly Shundi turned on the Jedi Order, but Rykrof learns a shocking revelation just before deploying for an assault on a Separatist stronghold.

Read on for the latest installment in the Rykrof Enloe Chronicles, IMMOLATION.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
September 6, 2008 | 9:58 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
New Preorders:

STAR WARS – LEGENDS OF THE SAGA
Hasbro is packing five fan-favorites into a new inexpensive gift box. This set includes one each of Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul, Boba Fett and Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, and is up for preorder at just $21.99

STAR WARS “DIPLOMATIC MISSION” DIORAMA
This wonderful new Diorama from Sideshow portrays the classic moment as Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers first board the Tantive IV in search of the Princess and the Death Star Plans. Darth Vader is trying to get info out of one of the rebel troopers, whose boots no longer touch the ground. This great diorama is on pre-order at only $209.99, $15 off the MSRP. Take a look!Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Lars Homestead Playset – Inside and Out
September 6, 2008 | 1:54 AM EST | Justin2

 


On the fence about the new Lars Homestead playset? Heard some negative reports on it?

Sure, it’s got some downside to it. But you might find a few positives in this set after reading this diorama fan’s personal review after the jump!

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: #56th Edition
September 5, 2008 | 5:56 PM EST | Jayson

 


After a brief delay, the QnA session with Hasbro resumes today! Topics cover: Will there be reissue of the Dwarf Spider Droid? Is there an end in site for the Legends subline? Is a yet to be produced Jedi Council member in the cards?

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

 


 

The Force Unleashed Launch Party
September 5, 2008 | 2:00 PM EST | Jayson

LucasArts, Sony Computer Entertainment America and Best Buy Invite San Francisco to Celebrate the Launch of Star Wars®: The Force Unleashed™

Party on Sept. 15 Kicks off New Chapter in the Star Wars Saga

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Sept. 5, 2008 — LucasArts, Sony Computer Entertainment America and Best Buy will commemorate the release of the upcoming videogame Star Wars: The Force Unleashed with an exclusive launch party, offering eager gamers a chance to celebrate the Saga and get their hands on the first copies of the game. The party, which will be held at the Best Buy store at 1717 Harrison St. in San Francisco on Monday, Sept. 15, will run from 7pm until midnight and will feature appearances by several very special guests, including:

• Sam Witwer, who plays Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice in the game and who also joined the cast of The CW’s “Smallville” this season; Adrienne Wilkinson, who plays Maris Brood, a dark and mysterious Jedi and Cully Fredrickson, who plays Jedi Master Rahm Kota, a militant General who is the target of one of the Secret Apprentice’s early missions

• Executive Producer Haden Blackman, Art Director Matt Omernick, Lead Engineer Cedrick Collomb, Lead Content Designer John Stafford, Lead Systems Designer Rich Davis, and dozens of other members of The Force Unleashed development team at LucasArts

In addition, attendees will get a chance to play the full version of the game in advance and be able to get their photo taken with some of their favorite Star Wars characters.

Source: LucasArts

 


 

Medicom Toy Site Redesign
September 5, 2008 | 12:51 PM EST | Jayson

 

Medicom Toy has revamped their website today with an all new user interface. Head on over and explore it for yourself.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com “Weekly 6”
September 5, 2008 | 8:36 AM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop has updated “The Weekly 6” section in the Bargain Bay. Here are the specials for this week – 9/5-9/12:

Playing Cards Set $6.99

Ahsoka Tee $12.99

God Save Queen Tee $11.99

Sith Circus Poster Bundle $19.99

Comic Pack Figures #2 $11.99

Legacy Hardcover $11.99

 


 

Your On A Diplomatic Mission
September 5, 2008 | 7:32 AM EST | Mark

Head over to Sideshow to pre-order yours today…

Diplomatic Mission Diorama
 


 

Serving Up Laughs For Two Years
September 5, 2008 | 7:22 AM EST | Niktom

 

Today marks the two year anniversary of the Yak’s Pub web strip.

Yak’s Pub started in the Photo Novel section of our forums and thanks to the continued support and encouragement of readers has produced over 500 strips with no end in sight.

 


 

Yakfinities #24 – Assassins
September 5, 2008 | 2:04 AM EST | Justin2

 


Another Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has started up and the theme is ASSASSINS… whether it be rogue Jedi looking for vengeance after Order 66, bounty hunters on a mission by Darth Vader, KOTOR era assassin droids, or some entirely new concept – customizers as usual have the freedom to go about their custom as they choose.

If you’re new at customizing or an old veteran, we welcome you to participate in this month’sCustomizing Challenge!

 


 

Legacy Wave 2 Comic Packs
September 5, 2008 | 1:58 AM EST | Justin2

 


A few reports have come in that the new Comic Packs are already finding their way to retail, and by chance I stumbled upon a few of them tonight at an area St. Louis Wal-Mart. For a few loose pics of these new figures head on over to the forums.

 


 

Guardians of Peace and Justice – Part 6 of 6
September 4, 2008 | 8:55 PM EST | Justin2

 

Tonight we wrap up the spotlight of forum member Darth Kikinou’s photonovel premier, Guardians of Peace and Justice – with the sixth installment of this new series in our forums.

Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas wraps up his mission as a threat that could bring down the Jedi Order relishes in discovering an ancient Sith Holocron…

Check out the final installment of this first series by Darth Kikinou after the jump!

 


 

Star Tours 2.0 Literally Being Tested?
September 4, 2008 | 8:04 PM EST | Bill

Kevin Yee’s latest report over at Mice Age is reporting just that. Apparently the now closed Body Wars simulators (which are identical to the Star Tors simulators are being used to test a new version of Star Tours. Check it out here.

 


 

OT – Stand Up To Cancer
September 3, 2008 | 11:57 PM EST | Justin2

 


Most of us out there have been affected by cancer, whether it be personally, through a family member or a friend. On Friday, September 5, the official Stand Up To Cancer One Hour Telethon will be taking place at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.

The event will be airing simultaneously on CBS, ABC, and NBC, and is a chance for everyone do their part at finding a cure to all types of cancer.

Special thanks to our friend MistaBinks for helping spread the word in the Star Wars community.

 


 

UPDATE: New Hasbro QnA Schedule: 
September 3, 2008 | 1:06 PM EST | Jayson

 


Due to a scheduling snafu, yesterday’s QnA responses will be delivered this friday (9/5). Hasbro passes on their apologies for any inconvenience.

 


 

Lars Homestead Playset Spotted!
September 3, 2008 | 2:13 AM EST | Justin2

 


Reports are starting to trickle in that Luke’s home in the desert has been found in California – so keep those macrobinoculars on during those toy runs to Toys R Us over the next couple weeks.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 25 – Coming Soon
September 3, 2008 | 1:40 AM EST | Justin2

 

 

The 25th Chapter in the Rykrof Enloe Chronicles is just around the corner… for a preview of what to expect, click here!

 


 

Yakfinities # 23 – Wrap Up!
September 1, 2008 | 11:03 PM EST | Justin2

 


Another fine month of customs has concluded as Yakface forum members created their own fan fiction Amphibious Aliens in the latest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge.

We saw some of the finest customs to date in this challenge – check out all the entries and see who won in the Wrap Up!

 


 

Guardians of Peace and Justice – Part 5 of 6
September 1, 2008 | 10:59 PM EST | Justin2

 


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

Pursuing a deadly terrorist, Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas finds himself face to face with the biggest threat he has ever encountered…

Check out the fifth installment after the jump!

 


 

Episode 158: The Goings On of Star Wars
September 1, 2008 | 9:35 AM EST | Jayson

 


While we’ve all been looking at the biggest Star Wars news to hit in a long time, The Clone Wars theatrical release, a lot has been going on with less fanfare in Star Wars. New books have been released, new toys are hitting shelves, Stormtroopers’ eyes are changing color, and Gentle Giant is slashing prices like a cheap furniture store.

This week on Star Wars Action News we bring you up to speed on all those events, and weight the benefits of the new Star Wars DVD releases coming this November. We also update you on the latest online offerings, including the Sideshow R2-D2 VCD and the “Diplomatic Mission” Polystone Diorama, and also give a collecting update from the other side of the pond.

Holding you over for 15 more days until The Force is Unleashed, listen to this week’s Star Wars Action News!

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

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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HOT OFF THE TRUCK
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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

 


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