Category Archives: Collecting News

September 2002 Archive

That Little Droid Is Going To Get Me In A Lot Of Trouble…
September 30, 2002 | 10:44 PM EST | Mark

Still looking for that little droid R2-D2, well he is now in stock at Target.com and you can pick one up now. I must say, even at $99.99 he is the best collectible I have in the collection. Well worth the money.

 


 

It’s Clearance Season At Target Again
September 30, 2002 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Speedracerx found more sale prices at Target:

“The target mark down is a company wide markdown for 30% – 50% on the Unleashed, Reek and if you are lucky the Acklay (got one in southeast Wisconsin).”

 


 

Want To Join Team Yak?
September 30, 2002 | 8:54 PM EST | Bill

Do you have connections in the toy industry (especially Hasbro or Lego)? Do you live in Chicago, Dallas, or San Diego? Do you want to post news about Star Wars? Email me here with your experience and qualifications.

 


 

Q & A Updated
September 30, 2002 | 8:49 PM EST | Bill

Please join me in welcoming John Muse to the staff here at Yakface. From here on out, John will be answering your questions in our Q & A feature.

Without further introduction, click here for your dose of questions and answers.

 


 

The Sandcrawler Returns
September 30, 2002 | 9:01 AM EST | Bill

The Galactic Hunter is reporting that Hasbro has heard our cries and will be releasing a sandcrawler in the 3 3/4 line in 2003. It will be an exclusive (no store named yet) and will come with 2 figures– a jawa and an RA droid). The weathered paintjob looks awsome. Click here for more.

 


 

The Winner Is…
September 29, 2002 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Chuck Caldwell, the winner of our Free Ultarama drawing. Be sure to enter here for our next drawing. Remember you can enter once every two weeks, and your entry MUST include your name and address to be eligible to win.

 


 

Looking For Newer Toys, Especially Those Found At KB? Check Sears
September 29, 2002 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Danny:

“KB Toys Expands Relationship with Sears Toy Retailer to Supply and Fulfill Wish Book, sears.com Orders

KB Toys and Sears, Roebuck and Co. are expanding a relationship that began last year with a test of 29 “KB Toys at Sears” shops at Sears stores in Los Angeles, Detroit, Mobile and Chicago. Through this expanded relationship, KB Toys becomes the exclusive toy supplier for Sears Wish Book® catalog and sears.com.

Finally, beginning in mid-October 2002, KB Toys and Sears will launch the second phase test of the KB Toys at Sears “store within a store” concept, increasing the number of locations from last year’s 29 to 77 locations for the 2002 holiday season.

“This season, through this expanded relationship with KB Toys, a recognized leader in the toy industry, Sears customers will find one of the most exciting and extensive selection of toys and video games ever offered in Sears Wish Book and on sears.com,” said Dennis Honan, vice president and general manager of Sears Customer Direct.

“It’s our privilege to be working with Sears, one of America’s most trusted retail brands,” said Michael L. Glazer, President and CEO of KB Toys. “These initiatives build upon the success we experienced last year working with Sears within their stores. This expanded relationship is based on our common commitment to offering customers a large assortment of trend right merchandise, exclusive product lines and great service in a variety of retail formats.”

Expanded Toy Selections at Sears Wish Book and sears.com

This year, Sears Wish Book and sears.com will offer customers one of the largest selections of toys for the holidays ever offered by Sears. The expanded merchandise selection offered in the Sears Wish Book includes approximately 900 items. The toy and video game assortment offered through sears.com will reflect even more variety and will include approximately 2,500 items. Now, customers shopping sears.com will enjoy expanded selections in the important holiday categories, including pre-school, learning and video game categories. In addition, a number of new high quality brands will be available at sears.com for the first time including LeapFrog®, Radio Flyer® and Neurosmith®.

KB Toys also will provide fulfillment services for all toy and video game products offered through the 2002 Sears Wish Book and sears.com through its state-of-the-art fulfillment center located in Blairs, VA. Sears will continue to manage all other aspects of the Sears Wish Book and sears.com including customer service, order processing, catalog distribution and site production and design.

KB Toys at Sears Test Expanded

In October 2002, KB Toys and Sears will begin a second phase test of the KB Toys at Sears “store within a store” concept increasing the number of locations from 29 last year to 77 locations during the 2002 holiday season. These ‘stores within a store’ will average approximately 1,000 square feet and will continue to be branded as “KB Toys at Sears.” Each KB Toys at Sears will offer customers a large selection of name-brand toys and KB Toys exclusives. The KB Toys at Sears will operate from mid-October through early January.

In addition to the markets tested in 2001 (Los Angeles, CA; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL and Mobile, AL), KB Toys at Sears will be opening at select Sears stores within Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington.”

 


 

Unleashed Deals
September 29, 2002 | 8:55 PM EST | Bill

Targets in Salt Lake City are appear to be clearancing the Unleashed Maul and Jango Fett figures and the Reek beast for $7.98. Thanks to Yak Reader Delta4Six for the report.

 


 

Masterpiece Edition Book/Figure Sale Update
September 29, 2002 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Rajnidds sent in this update on the Masterpiece Edition sales:

“If you haven’t found the Anakin Skywalker Masterpiece Edition Figure/Book at a chain bookstore like Waldenbooks, you may want to try your local independent bookstore.

I found the Anakin set for $24.99 at the Books, Inc. on Califonia St. in San Francisco, and the price sticker was from a different remainders company than the chains use, so it looks like other companies had a shot at buying these out. And I saw a few at the Waldenbooks at Tanforan Mall for $19.99 if you live in
the SF Bay Area.”

 


 

Wal-Mart Cantina Scenes Wave 2 Mock-ups
September 29, 2002 | 8:51 PM EST | Bill

Galactic Hunter has managed to dig up photos of the upcoming Cantina wave 2. These look outstanding. A new sculpt on Dr. Evazan (customizers get ready this one has LOTS of potential), Wuher has finally served that drink he’s been holding for 2 years and has his hands free to work on new orders, and Kitik Keedkak has a skirt! Click here for the pics!

 


 

And Now The Business News…
September 28, 2002 | 9:04 PM EST | Bill

I know the title doesn’t sound like Star Wars, but, unfortunately, this could affect all of us who drool over the newest toys.

The Trade Federation reported that there is a lockout at West Coast ports associated with the Pacific Maritime Association. It affects the companies which use the Longshore and Warehouse Union. (These are the guys who unload imports — including toys — from ships and get them to companies’ warehouses. The lockout is currently expected to last until the start of the Sunday morning shift.

We’re all hoping the labor dispute is resolved quickly for all concerned.

 


 

Ephant Mon Reviewed
September 28, 2002 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

And now from one of our overseas readers:

“Ephant Mon hits Europe first, I’ve picked him up yesterday!

I don’t know what to say! Impressive, most impressive! I’ve started collecting end of 1997 with POTF2 and I now have over 400 figures, but this… This figure beats everything: Darth Vader Dagobah Spirit, 300th. Boba Fett, FX-7 and even the Bantha! This Fan’s Choice is the best thing since the Cinema Scenes! He’s big, he’s bad, he’s ugly! What more does a collector want? (besides a 3 3/4 Amidala purple dress with Amidala orange handmaiden dress 2-pack maybe) Hopefully this paves the way for Hermi Odle, J’Quille the Whiphid, Tanus Spijek the Elom and a good palace Jabba with bowl and sled. Just look at the size of this thing! Not even the new Chewies are higher. Dexter Jettster, Boss Nass Sacred Place? Babies! Muftak scratch your head one more time. The detail, the weathering: A+ A+ A+!!! Even the articulation is above what you expect from a collector orientated figure like this, so even the play value for kids will be okay. Awesome!

Thanks Hasbro and keep them coming! (the trash-compactor sets look very promising).”

Thanks for the reivew Anton! He got Ephant at Toy Palace Germany for 10.90 euros excl. freight.

 


 

Giveaway At CustomCantina.com
September 28, 2002 | 8:55 PM EST | Bill

This just in:

“Just wanted to tell you that I put together a web site for collectors athttp://www.liveclaypottery.com/customcantina and we are going to be giving a product away next week to someone.”

 


 

New Figures Hitting KB Stores
September 28, 2002 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Brian:

“Found Lott Dodd,Watto,Tusken w/Massif,Padme Pilot,Clone Pilot,Jango Pilot at KB in the SunValley Mall…Pleasant Hill, CA Shipped in the same cases as Anakin,Yoda,Dooku, Ki Adi,Teemto & Endor Rebel without beard. Good Luck!”

 


 

Arena Playset Boxed Photos
September 28, 2002 | 8:51 PM EST | Bill

For your viewing pleasure, we have posted a bunch of boxed photos of the upcoming Arena Playset, along with a couple of loose pics of some of its accessories. Click here for more.

 


 

Maul Sith Training In stock
September 28, 2002 | 9:26 AM EST | Mark

Darth Maul Sith Training $6.99, is back in stock if you are looking for him.

 


 

New Playskool In Stock
September 27, 2002 | 7:38 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com now has the Millennium Falcon Adventure Playskool set in stock. The price is $27.99

 


 

10030 UCS Star Destroyer
September 27, 2002 | 2:47 PM EST | Mark

Coming in at an initial price point of $269.99, this is the largest set ever by LEGO and is due as a LEGOshop.com / S@H exclusive in the very near future.Click here for the official announcement. Starting Jan 1, 2003 this set will rise in price to $299.99, so pre-ordering might not be a bad idea. It will be available for pre-order at the lower price point in October.

 


 

Two New Ships For 2003
September 27, 2002 | 10:20 AM EST | Mark

Here are two more ships that will be showing up next year….
Star Wars Geonosian Fighter
Star Wars Clan Droid
Both are scheduled around March 2003 and are available for pre-order athttp://www.entertainmentearth.com

 


 

Wave 4 Deluxe Figures @ EE
September 27, 2002 | 10:13 AM EST | Mark

EE.com now has the Wave 4 Deluxe Figures in stock.

 


 

LEGO 2-Pack???
September 26, 2002 | 9:20 PM EST | Mark

Well this is an interesting find on Amazon.com. How about a R2-D2 and C-3PO LEGO 2-Pack. This is not the two different sets bundled together. This is an all new packaging with the two sets in one. Check this out…

 


 

Custom Figures Made To Order!
September 26, 2002 | 3:55 PM EST | John

Found a nifty little new page out there from someone who takes Custom Action Figure requests! His work looks nice, and he has very reasonable prices as far as what I’ve seen. He’ll also make you into an action figure if you so request. So, if you ever wanted to be a Jedi, a bounty hunter, or even a nerf herder, this is the guy to see. You can check out the page here!

 


 

Jedi Enters The Dictionary! 
September 26, 2002 | 3:51 PM EST | John

Not exactly collecting news, unless you’re going to buy the book, but the word “Jedi” finally made it into the english dictionary! The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, that is. Along with “Jedi” the word “Klingon” and slang term “get real” have also been inducted. To view the entire article, click here! This info was found on The Force.Net.

 


 

Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Thursday September 26th
September 26, 2002 | 3:36 PM EST | John

After a week of generally uninteresting searches, we’re back with another highlight. This little oddball item comes from Conneticut, but appears to be Italian, due to the “Star Warrio” spelling, although I could be wrong. It’s a Stormtrooper, completely different sculpt from the original carded version – any carded version for that matter – but this one is on a “Shadows Of The Empire”card, and has an AT-ST image on it. Weird! Check this thing out by clicking here.

 


 

EE News…..
September 26, 2002 | 7:32 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock is the Boba Fett Collector Helmet….
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=RU65004

Also available for Pre-order is the Action Fleet Assortment 3….
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS46796CC

 


 

POTF2.Com Reveals 2 More Hasbro 2003 Ships!
September 26, 2002 | 5:11 AM EST | John

POTF2.com has revealed 2 more ships to come in 2003, and these look like real winners! I won’t spoil the surprise, but you have got to see these! Check them out by clicking here!

 


 

Star Wars Birthdays
September 25, 2002 | 9:11 AM EST | Bill

Happy Birthday 51st birthday Mark Hammill!!

Thanks to Yak Reader Sean for the headsup.

 


 

TRU 25th Anniversary R2 Detailed Photos And More
September 24, 2002 | 9:11 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader PackoM sent in some awsome detailed photos of the upcoming 25th anniversary siler R2, and news of a possible error. Click here for the pics and more.

 


 

TOMY Vader Meditation Chamber
September 24, 2002 | 8:22 AM EST | Mark

Another very cool toy from TOMY, Check out this Darth Vader Meditation Chamber. This one is only sold in Japan though.

 


 

Wave 2 @ Disney Orlando
September 24, 2002 | 8:17 AM EST | Mark

Tom writes in that wave 2 of the Star Tours figures have hit Disney in Orlando.

 


 

2003 Sneak Peaks Contine
September 23, 2002 | 11:23 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has confirmed with photos that we will be gettng 2 new speeders next year with figures! We will be getting both Anakin with the Lars Speeder, and Dooku with his speeder. Click here to see the photos.

And if that wasn’t enough… We also have photos of some upcoming Wal-Mart 2 pack figure exclusives which have to be seen to be believed. Before you say “Oh great, Hasbro is making another Han and Luke in the trash compactor, and gee Leia and a wet wookie too, great….” Click here and prepare to be VERY impressed! If those links don’t work, then try http://www.potf2.com/potj/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=944 Try these.

 


 

Interactive R2-D2 @ KBToys
September 23, 2002 | 10:48 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com now has the Interactive R2-D2 in stock if you are looking for it. Their price is $99.99, if anyone has any coupon codes please let us know and we will post them.

 


 

Padme Back In Stock
September 23, 2002 | 10:41 PM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon are the following new toys.
3 3/4″ Landspeeder with Luke $19.99
Darth Maul Sith Training $6.99
Padme Coruscant Attack $6.99
Anakin Tatooine Attack $6.99

 


 

LEGO Ultimate Collector Star Destroyer
September 23, 2002 | 10:16 AM EST | Mark

http://www.starwars.com/collecting/news/2002/09/news20020923.html
Just click on the link and all I can say is HOLLY TOLEDO!!!!!
Experienced the full might of the Empire’s powerful warship with LEGO’s upcoming Ultimate Collectors series Imperial Star Destroyer set. With over 3,000 bricks, this is the biggest LEGO kit ever sold. When completed, the Star Destroyer is almost a meter (three feet) long. The set comes complete with a display stand and placard.

 


 

Looking For Playskool Sets?
September 23, 2002 | 8:49 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Kissmuppet suggests that you:

“Check your JC Penny if you are looking for the Playskool Star Wars sets. I went to 2 different ones in South Florida, and they have The Wampa, Speeder Bike, Naboo Fighter, and X-Wing sets.”

UPDATE:

Yak Reader Cory sent in this info:

“In addition to your comment on jc penneys and playskool stuff, one here in Durham, N.C. has all of theirs at around 25-30% off. They had the Endor, Wampa and Naboo collections…”

 


 

Winnipeg Area Toy Show
September 23, 2002 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

If you live in the Winnipeg area there will be a Toy and
Collectible show on Sunday Sept.29th, from 10am-4pm. It will be held at the Ramada Marlborough Inn, 331 Smith St., Winnipeg, MB. Many dealers from the area will be present as well as those US only and hard to find figures.

 


 

Acklay Review!
September 22, 2002 | 9:02 PM EST | Michael

Hasbro finished off the Arena beasties with the latest release, the Acklay. Big, mean and multi-legged, he’s all you could ask for in a crab-like monster. Or is he? Check out the review with pictures by clicking here!

 


 

Star Tours Wave 2 Out In Florida
September 22, 2002 | 6:11 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Michael sent in this report:

“I went to “Once Upon A Time” today around noon today & they had DL-X2 & R4-M9 (plenty). Tomorrow (Monday) they said they’ll put out WEG-1618 (due to problems with different shipments). And there are also plenty of the cantina sets (except for Greedo which is weird because he’s technically not a new sculpt, just a repaint). I’ve yet to see these sets at Walmart.”

 


 

What Do You Think Of The 2003 Line So Far
September 22, 2002 | 1:05 PM EST | Bill

Well what do you think of Hasbro’s figure plans for 2003″ is the question in The Private Universe’s latest poll. Click here to vote.

 


 

The Latest Arena Update
September 21, 2002 | 11:23 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Rod checked with Wal-Mart.com’s customer service regarding delivery date for the Arena playset. Here’s the response he received:

“We are sorry to report that, due to circumstances beyond our control, there has been a delay in getting the Star Wars Episode II: Arena Battle Playset in stock. We are working with our supplier to remedy this situation, and will fill your order as soon as possible. The item should reach you no later than September 25, 2002.”

 


 

Disney Updates
September 21, 2002 | 11:20 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Adam:

“I just saw your posting on the Cantina Sets at Downtown Disney. Since I just got back from Walt Disney World yesterday I thought I would give you a little more info. The Star Wars stuff is at at the “Once Upon A Time Store” in Downtown Disney and not the World of Disney store. This is a new separate toy store that is all Hasbro toys (Pretty cool stuff). The prices for the cantina set are like $10.00 (same as Walmart). The X-Wing is $50.00 and the landspeeder is $24.99. They also have the new electronic Jango Fett and Obi-Wan for $50.00. The figures are $10.00 a piece (yikes) but they just had up to the Djas Phur wave. As of Wednesday they still only had the first three Star Tours figures.

Inside the Disney MGM park, the “Tattooine Traders” store had the same stuff plus they had the Republic Gunship for $50.00. I also saw somebody buying the Anakin Skywalker F/X lightsaber by Mater Replicas for $150.00. It looked pretty cool but this guy bought the last one. The also had the Yoda Master Replicas lightsaber in a glass case up by the register for $249.00. The guy working at the store said they also had the Luke Skywalker lightsaber but it sold out pretty quickly. The 12″ Luke.Tauntaun was going for $60.00 and they had the 12″ Ki Adi Mundi on the shelves. They also had the new electronic R2D2 (cool) and the new vinyl figures (Jango, Vader) but I didn’t catch the price of them. Wheew…lots of new stuff!

I asked the guy when they would be getting more stuff and he would not give any dates because they did so in the past and people would come to the parks and get upset because the store didn’t have the new stuff yet. He did say they weren’t suppose to get the R2D2 until October but it came early. He also said they are suppose to get the new Star Tours figures soon.

He did say they get their shipments every Monday, Wednesday Friday.

I hope this helps some people out!”

 


 

2003 Hasbro News Teasers
September 20, 2002 | 10:03 PM EST | Bill

Not only has the Official Site updated with pics of some of the upcoming Star Wars figures (again), but if you can get past the eye candy to read to the bottom of the page, it promises photos of 2 new vehicles for 2003 and an exclusive to Wal-Mart from the original Trilogy next week.

 


 

DNS Toys Newsfeed
September 20, 2002 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

This just in from DNS Toys:D & S Sci-fi Toy World has the new Padme, Clone Trooper Pilot & Jango Pilot figures as well as Lott Dodd, Watto & Tusken. We have Mace & Tyranus Unleashed figures in stock. We have the Republic Gunship & also the exclusive Accessory sets with figure. Also Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, Tie Pilot, Clone Trooper & Jango Fett Halloween/Collector Helmets back in stock. We will have a pre-order up for the new EP II Action Fleet coming late next week as well as the last Deluxe Wave. Click here for more.

 


 

Three Cheers To The Newest Star Wars Fan!!!
September 20, 2002 | 9:47 PM EST | Mark

Congratulations to the Robert Musco family for the brand new baby named Thomas Rand Musco. Robert is our prototypes expert here at yakface. Thomas is 7 pounds 3 ounces, 19.5 inches long and was born at 9:22 A.M, with a copywrite @Musco 2002 on his left foot. We believe he is a .0000, Robert will have to confirm…

Now, back to the news….

 


 

Hasbro 12″ Update
September 20, 2002 | 9:45 PM EST | Bill

POTF2.com has posted the upcoming press release regarding the 12″ figure line. The good news is that the Padme pic in now marked “Prototype / Work-In-Progress”.

Click here for the story.

 


 

“Wal-Mart” Cantina Packs At Disney Store
September 20, 2002 | 9:42 PM EST | Bill

The Downtown Disney toy shop at Disney World Florida, the supposedly Wal*Mart-exclusive Cantina packs (Momaw, Greedo and Ponda) are readily available, along with the TRU X-Wing and Landspeeder. No news on the prices. Thanks to Yak Reader Msipher for the report.

 


 

Oppo Rancisis Destined For Plastic????
September 20, 2002 | 8:51 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Machofrijol:

“I was just reading my latest edition of Toyfare magazine and they did a “backtalk” article on Jerome Blake, the actor who played Mas Amedda, Graxol Kelvyyn, Orn Free Taa, Rune Haako, Oppo Rancisis, and Horax Ryyder. He mentions that Hasbro may make a figure of his Character Jedi Council Member Oppo Rancisis. (He’s the one with the tail). He’s up there on my personal list of Jedi figures. Just thought I would let you all know!”

 


 

Amazon Stocks Up
September 20, 2002 | 7:24 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon are the following new toys.
3 3/4″ Landspeeder with Luke $19.99
Padme Coruscant Attack $6.99
Yoda $6.99
Count Dooku (Dark Lord) $6.99

On another note, are you a gamer? Looking forward to the new Star Wars titles??? Well, Amazon is also offering pre-orders on the new titles with FREE shipping. Same price as everyone else, but NO tax and NO shipping.
The Clone Wars (GameCube) $49.99
The Clone Wars (PS2) $49.99
Bounty Hunter (PS2) $49.99
Bounty Hunter (GameCube) $49.99
Knights of the Old Republic (XBox) $49.99
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast(XBox) $49.99
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast(GameCube) $49.99

 


 

The New Mace Windu Debate
September 20, 2002 | 12:21 AM EST | Bill

Most fans who have seen the photos of the upcoming 2003 Mace Windu figure are wondering what the wheel, or whatever it is, on Mace’s back is for. Is this just a kit bashed part on the prototype, or does it work an action feature.Artoosnews.com is debating the issue in their forums. Click here for more.

 


 

Droid 2 Pack Details
September 20, 2002 | 12:13 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Keith pointed out that the upcoming droid 2-Pack is from the deleated library scene involving Obi-Wan and the 2 droids (SP-4 and JN-66), and will be on the DVD when it comes out. Finally figures from a cut scene that we’ll be able to in official footage.

 


 

All Chronicle Books 12″ Figures At Walden For $19.99
September 20, 2002 | 12:09 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Steven:
“I went to pick up the Visual Guide tonight and noticed they had many of the Vader Figure/Book combo. I have seen many Aurra Sing and C-3PO’s but this is the first Vader I have seen. It was priced the same at $19.99 as the others.”

 


 

Target Is Getting More Accessory Sets
September 20, 2002 | 12:06 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Rich:

“Target is getting restocked with the accessory sets and they are receiving the 2 new deluxe figures; Yoda with super battle droid and C3P0 and battle droid.”

 


 

New Jedi Order Ebook At Amazon
September 20, 2002 | 12:04 AM EST | Bill

Now available for download at Amazon:

“Ylesia: Star Wars: The New Jedi Order”
Walter Jon Williams
Our Price: $3.50

The adventures of the New Jedi Order continue in Walter Jon Williams’s “Ylesia.” This original novella includes an exclusive excerpt from the eagerly anticipated “Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Destiny’s Way,” and an interview with the author. “Ripe for the plucking”–that’s Jedi Knight Kyp Durron’s opinion about the planet Ylesia, home base of the so-called Peace Brigade, a group of traitors dedicated to hindering the war efforts of the New Republic and hastening the ultimate victory of the merciless Yuuzhan Vong. Kyp’s plan calls for a lightning-fast strike, backed with overwhelming force, to destroy the Brigade’s offensive capabilities and teach prospective traitors that betrayal carries a heavy price. But young
Jacen Solo, still bearing the scars of his imprisonment by the Yuuzhan Vong, has a better idea: a daring raid into the heart of Ylesia’s capital, with the objective of capturing the Brigade’s top leaders–including the newly sworn-in president, Thrackan Sal-Solo, cousin to Jacen and his twin, Jaina. But unknown to the Jedi and the New Republic forces, Supreme Overlord Shimrra of the Yuuzhan Vong has dispatched reinforcements to the Ylesia system. Instead of a swift surgical strike, Jaina, Jacen, Kyp, and their comrades are about to find themselves locked in a desperate battle for survival, with the odds stacked against them and time running out. No Star Wars fan will want to miss this exciting e-book exclusive adventure from Nebula Award winner Walter Jon Williams. Click here for more.

 


 

Hasbro Announces Figures For 2003!
September 19, 2002 | 12:04 PM EST | John

It looks like a good Episode II assortment year coming up! Hasbro has officially announced 16 figures that will be making their way to store shelves in 2003. They include;

__ # 03/01 Obi-Wan Kenobi, Acklay Battle, with spear stabbing action
__ # 03/02 Mace Windu, Arena Confrontation, with flexible arms for super realistic lightsaber control!
__ # 03/03 Darth Tyranus, Geonosian Escape
__ # 03/04 Padmé Amidala, Droid Factory Chase, with 12 points of articulation!
__ # 03/05 Droid 2 Pack
__ # 03/06 Tusken Raider, Tatooine Camp Ambush
__ # 03/07 Anakin Skywalker
__ # 03/08 Boba Fett
__ # 03/09 R2-D2
__ # 03/10 Lama Su
__ # 03/11 Aayla Secura
__ # 03/12 Barriss Offee
__ # 03/13 Han Solo
__ # 03/14 Chewbacca
__ # 03/15 Yoda & Padawan Jedi
__ # 03/16 Padawan Jedi 2 Pack

This list comes directly from POTF2.com, an awesome site that if you haven’t checked out yet, you owe it to yourself. The information above plus a load more is available at their site. Check ’em out, I do! I wonder what that droid 2-pack is… My only thought is, why another Han and Chewie?

 


 

Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society News
September 18, 2002 | 9:49 PM EST | Bill

The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society begins its THIRD year in
existence by asking for your money!! But it’s not like you won’t get
something in return… PSWCS is running a batch of fundraising auctions on eBay. The money raised from these donated items will be used to pay for club operating costs. They have about two dozen different auctions, ranging from carded POTF2 figures to some very unique items. Among the best offerings are a MOMC Jorg Sacul figure, a German imported chess set, and original artwork from Bill Cable’s “The Cantina” weekly comic strip.

You can view the entire list of items here:

 


 

2003 Figures Revealed
September 17, 2002 | 11:32 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has added pics of 5 upcoming Sage figures:

Mace Windu – Arena Confrontation
Obi-Wan Kenobi – Acklay Battle
Darth Tyranus – Geonosian Escape
Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase
Tusken Raider – Tatooine Camp Ambush

It looks like we can look forward to more figures with lots and lots of accessories!

UPDATE: It appears that the Official Site’s posting is missing in action but you can see the pics here

 


 

Ep I Visual Dictionary
September 17, 2002 | 2:11 PM EST | Mark

Thanks to Scott for this news. The Ep I Visual Dictionary is on clearance at Waldenbooks for $4.99.

 


 

Kotobukiya Clone Trooper@Entertainment Earth!
September 17, 2002 | 1:19 PM EST | John

Kotobukiya Clone Trooper Kit In Stock!

The Clone Trooper Kit from Kotobukiya is now in stock. This 1:7 scale pre-painted Soft Vinyl Model Kit includes 6 parts. Some assembly is required. Imported from Japan. Order yours today, or just check it out by clicking Below!

Kotobukiya Clone Trooper Kit – (Item# KB102, $109.99)

 


 

New Carded Images
September 17, 2002 | 7:31 AM EST | Mark

These auctions are high priced, yet they offer some nice images of the carded Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike, Ephont Man, Force Flipping Anakin, Flying Geonosian, and others. So if you want to check them out, head on over.

 


 

Still Looking For Some Items???
September 17, 2002 | 7:27 AM EST | Mark

Here is a list of what is new and available online. I hope it helps you out.

Attack Of The Clones – Republic Gun Ship $39.99
12″ Electronic Jango Fett $34.99
12″ Electronic Obi-Wan $34.99
12″ Ultimate Villain Jango Fett $39.99
12″ Count Dooku $19.99
12″ Super Battle Droid $19.99

 


 

Star Wars Insider In Mailboxes Now
September 17, 2002 | 12:48 AM EST | Bill

The latest issue of the Star Wars Insider is hitting mailboxes now. This issue includes a list of the 14 most influential Jedi, Jedi lightsaber fighting styles, and more. Enjoy!

 


 

Star Tours Wave 2 Hits Disneyland
September 16, 2002 | 12:14 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader SoCal Stevelet us know that wave 2 of the Star Tours line was found at the Star Trader at Disneyland! They had at least 10 of each —- DL-X2, WEG-1618, and R4-M9.”

 


 

Interactive R2 Found On SALE
September 16, 2002 | 12:12 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Nick:

“I picked up the new interactive R2-D2 at Fred Meyer here in the Seattle area. The good news is all Fred Meyers are having a 25% off all Hasbro action figures or 25% off any action figures depending on the store. And yes, The R2 counted as being eligible at all the Fred Meyers I checked. Good way to cut the cost of this cool but pricey piece!”

 


 

Electronic Battling Jango Review!
September 15, 2002 | 6:52 PM EST | Michael

The new Electronic Battling Jango Fett is out, but how does he stack up against the other 12″ Star Wars figures? Check out our review, with lots of photos! Click here!

 


 

Just Arrived At Entertainment Earth
September 15, 2002 | 6:15 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has justreceived the following into stock, and will start shipping them Monday. Be sure to order yours.

Star Wars Unleashed Asst 3 Set one each of Darth Tyranus and Mace Windu(Item# HS84894CC, $37.99)

Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 3 case with 3x Darth Tyranus and 3x Mace Windu(Item# HS84894C, $110.99)

Clone Trooper Kit — Kotobukiya Clone Trooper 1:7 scale pre-painted Soft Vinyl Model Kit. Includes 6 parts. Some assembly required. (Item# KB102, $109.99)

 


 

Customizers demand answer from “Lucasfilm”
September 15, 2002 | 1:07 PM EST | John

After I have received virtually hundreds of letters from severely disgruntled customizing fans, I pose the question to “Lucasfilm”, who I know reads this page daily;

“Why are customs being yanked from e-Bay at this point in time, and what is considered acceptable?”

I wish someone official would go on record about this, because Lucas has a load of his most loyal fans in a serious uproar over this whole customizing thing, and I’ve been getting swamped with e-mail asking why, as if I know. If anyone official would like to go on record as to “why”, please write to John here at the Yak so I can post it for our fans. This is becoming a very large gripe in the Star Wars community, and it should be addressed by an official source.

 


 

Why Sears Has Kaybee Exclusive…
September 15, 2002 | 12:55 PM EST | John

And we here at Yak have the answer. Reader Dan H. writes to tell us the 411. He states;

“I work for KB toys and we have teamed-up with Sears again this year, But this time KB will open more (store within a store) temp Sear’s toy stores. The Atlanta market will have about 7 KB stores inside Sear’s stores. The KB toys logo will be used on the cover of the new 2002 Wish Book, and will be on lots of pages within the book. Most items ordered from the Sear’s Wish Book will be shipped from kbtoys.com. This teamup is because Sears needed help with there toy dept. and KB wanted to get there name out there, and not be known as the
“Toy Store At The Mall” . KB is doing a lot of change’s inside there stores too. New layouts, Most stores will be moving video games to the wall across from the check out, no longer behind the check out and on Sept. 15 the NEW KB TOY CLUB will start in ALL stores. The more you buy the more you save, after you buy $75 you will get a 20% discount off your next purchase and you can have the discount on video games too.”

Thanks Dan! Now, we’ll have to see if Sears receives those darned elusive transparent Transformers Spy Changers I’ve been seeking…

 


 

Silver Vader Reissue Petition In Need Of Signatures…
September 15, 2002 | 12:45 PM EST | John

My good friend JediDaxter writes to us today with a plea; “Mars Needs Women…”. Whoops! Wrong flick! I mean, “Help me Obi-John Kenobi, you’re my only hope!” All kidding aside, JD has been trying to assemble a petition in hopes of getting the ever elusive Silver Anniversary Vader reissued for fans around the world to be able to purchase. From the get-go, I knew this limited availability would cause headaches. He writes;

I am still looking for signatures of those who would love to sign this petition for a second, larger run of the Silver Anniversary Darth Vader that was exclusive to Toy Fare 2002. Send you full name to:SILVERDARTHVADER@wmconnect.com with the subject “silverdarthvader”. At the moment there are 100 even signatures, so I am encouraging everyone to sign. This can become a reality, so will you sign? Please do so. JediDaxter signing out… 

So, if you are in support of this petition, click the link above and sign up.

 


 

Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Sunday September 15th
September 15, 2002 | 12:08 PM EST | John

With the current hair that lies firmly across Lucasfilms’ backside involving all things “unauthorized”, I thought I’d highlight some bootleg keychains at e-Bay today! These keychains from Argentina are completely unauthorized, but are strange incarnations of the characters they represent. We have a Vader, the Emperor, and, of all creatures, Jabba! Click here to check them out!

 


 

Carded Holiday C-3PO & R2-D2 Images
September 15, 2002 | 11:50 AM EST | John

The fine folks over at Galactichunter.com have aquired some images of the forthcoming Holiday C-3PO & R2-D2 set in its’ packaging. Nice stuff! Click hereto hyperspace over!

 


 

Mexican 4-Pack Showing Up!
September 15, 2002 | 11:47 AM EST | John

There were rumors of this item showing up soon, and lo and behold, it’s hitting retail in Mexico as I type! Hasbro Mexico has released a 4-pack of figures in one beautiful window box. The figures are Vader, Pilot Luke, Rebel Blockade Runner Soldier, and a Sandtrooper. Looks like an “ANH” assortment, so who knows if there’s an “ESB” on in the future? Sirsteve has an nice image of this box set posted for all to peep at!

 


 

$10 Off @ Target.Com
September 15, 2002 | 11:39 AM EST | John

Yak-reader “Sintrr2” writes to let us know that with the code TDSAVESMUCH2utilized at Target’s website, you can get $10.00 off your entire order. Target usually has some good Star Wars stuff on their site, such as the new Electronic R2 and a plethora of figures, so check it out!

 


 

Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Saturday September 14th
September 14, 2002 | 12:44 AM EST | John

Today on e-Bay we find some strange figures from Brazil. They almost look like the Super-Deformed figures from Japan, but they are static and not quite as over-exaggerated. Not quite sure if they’re bootlegs or third-party products, but they are strange nonetheless! The set includes Padme, Darth Maul, and Qui-Gon. Check’em out!

 


 

Arena Playset Shipping Soon
September 14, 2002 | 12:11 AM EST | Bill

Wal-Mart.com is sending the following Email to customers who pre-ordered the arena playset:

“Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent purchase of Star Wars Episode II: Arena Battle Playset. We are writing to let you know that the ship date of September 15 has been slightly delayed due to a supplier inventory issue.

Your item will ship by the end of next week. We have upgraded your shipping to Priority, at no additional charge, so you will receive your Arena Battle Playset as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change may have caused. Your
complete satisfaction is our number one priority. If you have any further questions, please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-966-6546.

Sincerely,

Customer Service at Walmart.com
http://www.walmart.com

Sounds like we’ll have a place for our beasts, Jedi, Clones, and battle droids very soon.

 


 

Imperial Shuttle Information
September 14, 2002 | 12:09 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Andy:

“I just thought I’d let you guys know I ordered the Shuttle today 9/13. The operator told me that only 2500 were allotted for the online number and that they were up to about 1600. I imagine the rest go to the stores. Just thought I’d let you guys know…… I’m glad to finally get one I’ve been wanting it since I got back into star wars in 91”

Update:

Yak Reader Austin just let us know that:

“Just called FAO Schwarz to order an exclusive Shuttle. They said all the catalog orders and online orders that will be taken, have been taken. No more available through the phone or online. She suggested I try a local store in my area. I did, and am currently on a list. Good luck to all in finding this thing!”

 


 

Acklays At Retail
September 14, 2002 | 12:08 AM EST | Bill

Since yesterday’s news post about the Acklay, we’ve received a lot of Emails. These are appearing at Wal-Marts and Targets across the country, but in relatively small numbers. It seems that most stores are getting only a case or two at a time. Good luck.

 


 

Entertainment Earth has 12″ Wave 3!
September 13, 2002 | 1:39 PM EST | John

Entertainment Earth is now offering the Star Wars Episode II (Attack of the Clones) 12 inch figure (Wave 3) Set of 3 Includes Padme, Anakin and Geonosian Warrior;
Item# HS84940AA, $69.99.
Hop on over, and tell them Yakface.com sent you!

 


 

Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Friday September 13th
September 13, 2002 | 1:21 PM EST | John

Eeeesh, what a date! Reminds one of dark things, such as the Dark Lord of the Sith! While scouting e-Bay this morning, I came up with this auction for all of us vintage lovers to gander at. It’s a 1977 Original Movie Lobby Standup of none other than our favorite Darth. It’s in decent condition for its’ age, and you can see it’s of the old-school press photo/artwork type. Check it out here!

 


 

Can’t Wait For The E2 DVD
September 12, 2002 | 8:58 PM EST | Bill

We can’t give you the E2 DVD early, but we can point you to the trailer. Here is the post on IGN with a 4 minute trailer for the upcoming E2 DVD!!! Enjoy.

 


 

Acklay…The Update….
September 12, 2002 | 6:42 PM EST | Mark

This is the word that I received from Hasbro…
“According to the team, it hasn’t been cancelled and is still
shipping – apparently Amazon has chosen not to reorder.”

 


 

Jango Fett Blaster & Holster
September 12, 2002 | 2:10 PM EST | Mark

***Jango Fett Blaster & Holster***

Whether for display, collecting or wearing, the Star Wars Episode 2
Jango Fett Blaster & Holster (Item# RU5089, $24.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=RU5089 is
basically a super-cool accessory for any Star Wars fan.

 


 

Acklay… Where Are You????
September 12, 2002 | 2:06 PM EST | Mark

I just received this from Amazon.com
Greetings from Amazon.com.
We’ve recently learned from our supplier that the item you requested to be notified about, Star Wars Episode II Attack Of The Clones: Acklay, will not be available in the foreseeable future.

I have emailed Hasbro to find out what is going on with this beast, more to follow…

 


 

JCPenney Christmas Catalog
September 12, 2002 | 8:27 AM EST | Mark

Not much here, just the 3-Pack of 12″ Action Figures for $89.99. The 3-Pack includes Zam Wessell, Super Battle Droid, and Count Dooku. This set can also be ordered online via the link provided.

 


 

Carded C3PO and R2-D2 Xmas
September 12, 2002 | 8:22 AM EST | Mark

Mike over at the galactichunter.com has posted a carded image of this Christmas Exclusive. You can check it out HERE at his website.

 


 

Technique, Technique Must You Learn
September 11, 2002 | 11:37 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site is giving a glimpse into Star Wars Insider 62. There will be extensive coverage of Jedi fighting styles and techniques as well as bios on 16 famous Jedi.

The upcoming insider will also have the 411 the upcoming E2 DVD, a guide to E2 starships, and the full EmiEmissary of the Void New Jedi Order story.

The insider ships to subscribers on September 13! Click here for more.

 


 

KB Starfighter w/Obi-Wan NOT Exclusive????
September 11, 2002 | 11:24 AM EST | Mark

Nick sends in this link to the Starfighter w/Obi-Wan being sold online at sears.com, which seems very interesting. The price is the same at $24.99. Now he also points out the statement “Product images may differ from actual product appearance.” In this case, I WOULD SAY SO!!!

Also if you do a search on Star Wars, you will find that they have the following available as well:
Ultimate 12″ Jango $39.99
Republic Gunship $39.99
R2-D2 Interactive $99.99
Master Replicas Darth Vader Lightsaber $99.99

**Update**

Dan Hill from Georga writes in with the following that explains the situation.

“I work for KB toys and we have teamed-up with Sears again this year, But this time KB will open more (store within a store) temp Sear’s toy stores. The Atlanta market will have about 7 KB stores inside Sear’s stores. The KB toys logo will be used on the cover of the new 2002 Wish Book, and will be on lots of pages within the book. Most items ordered from the Sear’s Wish Book will be shipped from kbtoys.com. This teamup is because Sears needed help with their toy departments and KB wanted to get their name out there, and not merely be known as the “Toy Store At The Mall.”

 


 

ACPin’s Tribute
September 11, 2002 | 6:22 AM EST | Mark

For those of you that know ACPin’s diorama work, you know what kind of work he can do. Well he put together a tribute to the FDNY for today, please check it out over at SirStevesGuide.com.

 


 

Amazon Gets Gunship
September 11, 2002 | 6:15 AM EST | Mark

Amazon now has the following in stock….
Attack Of The Clones – Republic Gun Ship $39.99
12″ Electronic Jango Fett $34.99
12″ Electronic Obi-Wan $34.99

If you need them or want them, click on over…

 


 

Welcome To Michael Crawford!
September 11, 2002 | 12:22 AM EST | Mark

Michael will be doing toy reviews for Yakface.com. Check out our new review of the 12″ Super Battle Droid. Excellent commentary with great images. You can also find out a little bit about Michael at the beginning of the review. You will notice the Yak’s Reviews button on the left menu now. Just click on the image. Again, we are proud to have Michael on the page, we hope you enjoy the reviews.

 


 

12″ Padme Photos
September 10, 2002 | 11:10 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has posted an image of the upcoming 12″ Padme, in her white outfit. You can see the photo here. Hopefully the photo is from a prototype and Hasbro is still tinkering with the head sculpt. Padme is scheduld to ship in January 2003 along with a 12″ Anakin and 12″ Geonosian Warrior.

 


 

Original Vs. Special Edition (AKA Who Shot First???)
September 10, 2002 | 10:52 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a list of upcoming comics from Dark Horse for late 2002 and early 2003. Among the offerings listed is an entry for the next Star Wars Tales which will take a look at who really shot first, Han or Greedo. The story will be in the context of a wrongful death suit against Han Solo. Click here for the full story.

 


 

12″ Mace TRU Exclusive
September 10, 2002 | 1:40 PM EST | Mark

“IF” you are still having troubles finding him, the 12″ Mace TRU Exclusive is back in stock at Amazon.com.

 


 

Autographed Exclusive Leia!
September 10, 2002 | 1:06 PM EST | Mark

The Entertainment Earth Autographed Exclusive Leia (Item# HS57110B,
$49.99) http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS57110B is a must for your Classic Star Wars collection. This 12 inch Princess Leia in Hoth Gear action figure was autographed by Carrie Fisher in September of 2002. Carrie only signed 200 pieces! Considering that she rarely signs any Merchandise, this is a very limited edition collectible!

 


 

A Tremor In The Customizing Force – Part 2
September 10, 2002 | 11:53 AM EST | John

After the many e-mails we received on the below article, I thought I might clarify my standpoint on the custom auctions being removed by Lucasfilm on e-Bay. When I wrote this article the fact that Spanky had done a nude custom was not first and foremost in my mind. The fact that he did nice work was. I was impressed by his Vintage K-3PO mainly, the nice Mara Jade, etc. The topless Padme did not stick out in my mind as a “problem” because it was only one of a bunch of figures I had seen. As Spanky informed me in the entire e-mail of which I had posted a portion of last night, the topless Padme was not the first to get pulled, it was the Mara Jade. Then, days later, e-Bay removed all the rest at one shot. So, make of this what you will. Aside from the rest of the controversy with the topless figure, all I was trying to originally do was say that I thought the guy did nice work, figure and card. I was certainly not supporting naked action figures. I’m also not saying I’m against it, I’m just disinterested. To each his own. I would not bid on or be interested in these in any way, shape, or form, but if someone else is, that’s there business. But, I also think there are better and different ways to sell them, unedited or not, off of e-Bay. I just hope customizers are still able to continue to sell their custom wares, in small scale amounts, without being yanked randomly without warning from e-Bay. Enough said about this. On to more news…

 


 

Barriss’ Fate
September 10, 2002 | 8:12 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a new edition of ask Jocasta on Barriss Offee’s fate. The young jedi, who has been rumored to be released in plastic next year, does survive the arena battle even though she is not seen in the circle of survivors. Click here for more.

 


 

New Carded Images
September 10, 2002 | 8:02 AM EST | Mark

In case you have not seen these already…. Here are the Jango Fett Pilot and Clone Trooper Pilot and the new R2-D2 Electronic 15″ Droid

 


 

Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Tuesday September 10th
September 10, 2002 | 2:37 AM EST | John

Well, Spanky’s customs may have been stifled, (see the article below), but the customizing community on e-Bay, sans Spanky, still seems to be thriving. Today I am highlighting three kick-butt figures from the Expanded Universe. E-Bay user “ptmbox”has created some really nice ones. They are Custom Luke from SOTELando in a Stormtrooper Disguise, and finally, one of my personal favorites, Corran Horn. This guy does some nice work! Check his stuff out byclicking here!

 


 

A Tremor In The Customizing Force…
September 10, 2002 | 1:12 AM EST | John

Some disturbing news has reached the ears of this customizing fan, and it smells a little rotten. The other day, in my daily e-Bay article, I highlighted some of the figure-customizer Spanky’s customs he had up for sale on e-Bay. Today he writes me to let me know that Lucasfilm had them yanked from e-Bay. He writes;

“My auctions were taken down by George Lucas’ request due to the e-Bay VERO program, and it just doesn’t seem fair. I use the money from my customizing to fund my hobby, and without this little bit of extra income that’s going into George’s pocket either way you look at it, I will stop collecting. I am purchasing these figures, giving George my $5, and doing with them what I want, and what other fans would like to see, and in the same token pay for my collecting. Is this how money-hungry Lucas has become? I think it’s pathetic to be worried this much about a fan who has already spent his money on Lucas’ product not be able to do with it what he wants. Sure it’s the copyright of Lucasfilm, but they started out as Star Wars figures anyway, right? I am so sick from this right now I am truly ready to stop collecting. If anyone wishes to contact Lucas to tell him what you think about this non-customizing movement, you can contact him at antipiracy@lucasfilm.com. Thanks for your support! This is NOT piracy, it’s expanding on an already enjoyable hobby with people paying for someone’s talent at sculpting and photo-manipulation, NOT stealing from Lucas’ pocket.

Thank you Spanky for your concerned letter. This is distressing to say the least. It’s horrible to think, (and a little unbelievable), that Lucas, after letting fans do a plethora of other things, would stifle customizing sales on a tiny scale to fund their collecting habits. More on this as it unfolds…

 


 

12″ Imperal Officer Boxed
September 10, 2002 | 12:06 AM EST | Bill

Looking for images of the upcoming 12″ Imperial Officer, well here are some for your perusal. While we don’t endorse the auction, it provides you a chance to see some great images.

 


 

LEGO Updates
September 9, 2002 | 11:53 PM EST | Bill

Shop Lego has their unbelieveable Darth Maul bust on sale for 20% off. Click here to check out this unbelieveable deal.

Bricks to Bothans is reporting that LEGO is re-releasing both the 7140 X-Wing and the 7150 TIE Fighter & Y-Wing in approximately six to eight weeks here in the U.S. (and sooner than that in Europe. Be aware that these are being relased for a LIMITED TIME, and only at LEGOshop.com and Shop@Home – they are NOT coming to retail (except to an undisclosed German retail store). If you’re in Germany, France or the U.K. you’ll find them listed in the September LEGO Club mailing.
Click here for more.

 


 

Anakin Tatooine Attack…
September 9, 2002 | 11:02 PM EST | Mark

Still looking for him? Well Amazon now has the Anakin Tatooine Attack in stock.

 


 

Evolution Part 2….
September 9, 2002 | 4:19 PM EST | Mark

By special request, James asked for a Biker Scout and Evan for the Jawa…

 

If you have a character that you would like to see, let me know. It does not have to be vintage to modern, it can be potf2 to saga…

 


 

35mm, Digital, now IMAX
September 9, 2002 | 3:17 PM EST | Ben

Episode II will get the IMAX treatment and will be hitting IMAX theaters in November. Check out the official site for details.

 


 

Republic Gunship Review
September 9, 2002 | 3:11 PM EST | Ben

The Republic Gunship is one of the best ships Hasbro or Kenner has produced. Its features include both a lot of play value, and a lot of display options. At the price of $39.99 it looks like Hasbro has recognized that a lot of its market will no pay over $40-50 for a ship. Hasbro has also wisely chosen not to put electronics on the ship, keeping the price point lower. Another kudo to Hasbro is the decision to paint on most of the detail, there are 20 odd decals, which are small— similar to the hull decals for the Falcon.

The ship itself is big. Its wingspan is approximately 2 feet wide, and it is also approximately 2 feet from the tip of the tail gun to the tips of the 2 bow missiles. The features include: 4 “firing missiles” (2 large missiles which shoot out from the large cannons on top of the ship where the wings meet the body of the ship, and 2 nose missiles), dual cables and grappling hooks at the back of the ship, opening side panels, and a dropping troop platform. Clusters of 4 bombs store under each of the wings, and 2 removable, but “non-firing” missiles, attach to the interior of each of the side panels.

The good:

The side panels glide open smoothly at the push of a button which is by the integrated carrying/playing handle between the 2 main guns. The action of the side panels opening is very similar to the gravity powered wing release on the vintage Imperial Shuttle. The carrying handle is well integrated and is unobtrusive in the overall design. The drop platform accommodates a large enough number of figures to recreate the arena battle scenes from the movie, or just to have a lot of fun playing with this ship. While we didn’t have them in hand to evaluate with the Gunship, the added value of additional turrets shipping with the Clone Trooper Pilots are another plus.

The bad:

I had a hard time finding anything that did not meet or exceed my expectations with this ship. Probably its only shortcoming is the grappling cables wrapping around plastic pegs rather than retracting into the ship. Wrapping the cables around the pegs leaves the “extra” cable visible on the ship and is not complimentary to the overall affect. In addition, the coils of cable make it difficult to secure the grapping hooks to their storage pegs.

Overall this is a ship that you must have (and probably you will decide that you must have several). The quality is excellent and the details are very movie accurate.

 


 

Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Monday September 9th
September 9, 2002 | 1:41 PM EST | John

This item is now closed for sale, but still deserves mention on its’ sheer imensity. “Look at the size of that thing!” This is a built to scale Landspeeder that is actually a fully-functioning vehicle. Built on the chassis and frame of a 1988 Ford Escort, you’d never be able to tell it now. It looks exactly like Luke’s Landspeeder from A New Hope. Just amazing. Like I said, the auction is over, and it did go for $13,100, but you can still see the virtual eye-candy by followingthis link.

 


 

???Question The Yak???
September 9, 2002 | 6:27 AM EST | Mark

I have had several E-Mails asking if we are going to continue the QNA here at Yakface.com since Adam has moved on. Well the answer is this. I have someone that wants to do the QNA, so if you send in the Questions, we will answer them and post them. So if there is anything you would like to know, send in the Question and we will get you the answer….

 


 

Republic Gunship In Stock
September 9, 2002 | 6:01 AM EST | Mark

Walmart.com has the EpII Republic Gunship in stock again. If you want to get it, hop on over…

 


 

Electronic 12″ Figures At Retail
September 8, 2002 | 9:33 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Michael:

“The new 12″ electronic sounds Jango and Obi-Wan were out at the Ypsi Meijers today. Two of each, and $35. Wow. That’s a pretty steep price, especially considering that the head sculpt on Jango wasn’t as good as the 12″ version. The sounds were kind of cool, but not $35 cool.”

 


 

The Winner Is….
September 8, 2002 | 9:29 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Alan Laffoon, the newest winner in our Ultarama give away. Be sure to enter here for our next drawing. Remember your email MUST include your name (first and last) and your address for you to be eligible to win. Good luck!

 


 

Prototype 12″ Plo Koon Pics 
September 8, 2002 | 9:03 PM EST | Bill

Now on EBAY is an auction with the best possible images of the new 12″ Plo Koon Action Figure. These are some excellent shots.

 


 

12″ Bounty Hunters Boxed Photos
September 8, 2002 | 8:59 PM EST | Bill

Death Star Plans has posted some images of the soon to be released 12″ Dengar and Zuckuss. Click on over for the pics. Thanks to Yak Reader John for the heads up.

 


 

YakVision’s Evolution
September 8, 2002 | 3:42 PM EST | Mark

After you have a beginning and a sequel, it is always good to go back and look at the evolution….
Take a moment to look back and see where Hasbro started from and where they are now.. Check out YakVision’s Evolution and let me know what you think. I will continue to work on them, But email me with your comments.

 


 

Star Tours Series 2
September 8, 2002 | 3:22 PM EST | Mark

Steve has once again obtained some sets and is auctioning them off at $39.99 for the three, a little more than retail, but if they will not go higher as this is a dutch auction. Head over there if you want to pickup a set and he has excellent shipping and packaging, nothing gets damaged. Here is the link:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1765869865

 


 

Jorg Sacul Protype?
September 8, 2002 | 12:28 PM EST | John

There is an alleged prototype of the infamous Sacul figure over at e-bay. As of 12:30 EDST it’s at $103. As always, before bidding, make sure you find out this gentleman’s credentials as to where and how he aquired this item. I’m not saying it’s not real, I’m saying to check into it. But, to see this critter, click here.

 


 

Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Sunday September 8th
September 8, 2002 | 12:23 PM EST | John

Today I was looking for some old Star Wars oddities, and came up with this jem! Click here to see 80’s cheese in all its’ glory! This auction involves 2 LP’s that are said to be contain music that is a ‘stunning surreal interpretation’ of the Star Wars Soundtrack. Just look at those covers though! The first one listed at the top of the page also has other “hits” on it such as the theme’s to Star Trek and the Bionic Woman, but the bottom one, the “Patrick Gleesons Star Wars”beats all. The cover is a weak interpertation of Vader… or maybe it’s a Stormtrooper… eh well, whatever it is, it’s weird. Like I said, check it out! These are relatively cheap, and if you’re into acid trips, pop one of these on your record player, (if you even still own one yet), and promised, you’ll never touch the stuff again.

 


 

Boxed Collectors Beware
September 8, 2002 | 11:06 AM EST | Bill

POTF2.Com is reporting that there is a variation on the Acklay packagnig. There was an error on the .0000 box’s graphics. They have posted pics of both the error and corrected version. Click here for more.

 


 

R2-D2 In Stock At Target
September 7, 2002 | 11:23 PM EST | Mark

We have had reports of this guy showing up all over the US, so if you are looking for him, head out to Target and see if you can find one. Thanks to all that have sent in the news. If you find one, send it in to the store reports section, that way we can let everyone know where they are hitting.

 


 

Christmas 3PO and R2
September 7, 2002 | 9:06 PM EST | Mark

Jay over at American Dream Comics has posted mock-up carded images of the rumoured Christmas C-3PO and R2-D2. The design gives new meaning to the phrase “bubble pack”, looking like a snow globe. Customizers will start drooling over the fact that the background can be removed without opening the packaging.
Click here for the photos.

 


 

Republic Gunship Reviewed With Detailed Photos
September 6, 2002 | 8:21 PM EST | Bill

We have just completed a detailed review of the newly released Republic Gunship, along with lots of detailed photos for your reading pleasure. Click here for the story and photos.

UPDATE:

Mike over at Artoosnews came up with a solution for the excess cable on the grappling hooks. Check them out for more info.

 


 

Unleashed Wave 3 In Stores Now
September 6, 2002 | 6:28 PM EST | Bill

We’ve heard that some of the Meijer’s stores have the Unleashed Wave 3 Mace Windu and Count Dooku in stock. The hunt is on. Good luck!

 


 

Petition For Toy Fair Vader Rerelease
September 6, 2002 | 5:44 PM EST | Bill

This just in from JediDaxter:

“I am now collecting name to be in a a list that will go to Hasbro on making a second, larger run of the Silver Anniversary Darth Vader. He’s only made in the quantity of 5000 and a lot of people can’t get ahold of him. I even want one, and can’t get him (too expensive online). I urge all who don’t have a figure of him, and those who do, to send in your name. Send an e-mail with your name (first and last) to: SilverDarthVader@wmconnect.com with ‘SilverDarthVader’ in the subject line and your name in the body. And, while your at it, please visit my petition site, PetitionOrg. I have given it a new background and have added a few new petitions I found online. And, please vote in my poll!”

 


 

Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – New Daily Article @ Yak
September 6, 2002 | 4:57 PM EST | John

With all the weird Star Wars stuff that’s making its’ way around e-Bay, the team here at Yak thought we should do a daily, (hopefully), article involving some of the more oddball stuff highlighted on our favorite, beloved online auction house.

Today, for my first article, I’m highlighting one of my favorite customizers, username “Spanky” on e-Bay. This is the person who did the ‘altered’ Leia we had written about the other day. He’s always got oddball figures up for sale, all created and carded by himself or his wife, (yes folks, this is what amazes me, afemale Star Wars customizer!). Today you can find some of their auctionsincluding an Episode III Dark Anakin, a vintage K-3PO, an incredible Mara Jade – Emperor’s HandKyle Katarn from Jedi Outcast, and another ‘altered’ Padme. Incredible stuff. I think I may go over myself and add another one of their mechanations to my humble collection. To see all the custom auctions by Spanky, click here. This guy doesn’t sock you either. For the work that goes into them he seems to have decent prices. Also, if you contact him, (I have for a custom Jodo Kast – AWESOME job!), he does do requests!

 


 

KBToys.com Hits The Jackpot!
September 6, 2002 | 1:50 PM EST | Mark

New items in stock at KBToys.com include….
Jedi Starfighter with Obi-Wan Kenobi Action Figure $24.99
Teemto Pagalies “Pod Racer” Action Figure $7.99
Chewbacca “Cloud City Capture” Action Figure $6.99
Republic Gunship $39.99
And others, check in to pick them up.

 


 

Republic Gunship In Stock
September 6, 2002 | 9:27 AM EST | Mark

Walmart.com has the EpII Republic Gunship in stock again. If you want to get it, hop on over…
**UPDATE** – Just like that, it has sold out.

 


 

Do You Have The Best???
September 6, 2002 | 8:07 AM EST | Mark

Have you entered into Hasbro’s contest to find the best Star Wars collector? If not, there is still time.

 


 

Sith Lords 12″ 2 Pack @ Amazon
September 6, 2002 | 7:44 AM EST | Mark

The Star Wars Sith Lords 12″ 2 Pack is in stock, but only a few are available, so if you want one, head on over.
Also in stock with a small amount is the 3.75″ Endor Vehicles Set (AT-ST with Speeder Bike).
ATOC Ki-Adi-Mundi is in stock as well.
Darth Maul Sith Training

Also, do you have some cash to toss around or have you been saving for the Replica Lightsabers?? Well Amazon has these two in stock.
Luke Skywalker $299.99
Yoda $249.99

 


 

Silver R2-D2… How Much Would You Spend???
September 5, 2002 | 11:31 PM EST | Mark

Well what is he worth to you? How much pocket change do you want to spend on toys at TRU to get this little guy? $5, $10, $40, $50??? We have heard all sorts of numbers being tossed about. Well the answer is… $20! I do not believe this to be a bad price. I emailed Hasbro about the possiblity of two different figures and I was told there will only be one and you have to spend $20 on HASBRO Star Wars Merchandise to get it. Now when is he going to show up??? We wait patiently… more to come…

 


 

New Toys In Stock @ EE.com
September 5, 2002 | 10:51 PM EST | Mark

Republic Gunship (Item# HS84874, $59.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84874

R2-D2 Astromech Droid (Item# HS84895, $124.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84895

 


 

Padme In The Next Release Of Jedi?
September 5, 2002 | 10:37 PM EST | Bill

Rick McCallum responded to the rumor that Padme will be added into a future release of Return of the Jedi with a flat denial, and some tongue-in-cheek humor. Click here for the whole story.

 


 

Free Jorg Sacul
September 5, 2002 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

POTF2.com is giving away one of the most sought figues of the year— Jorg Sacul. To try your hand at winning Mr. Expanded Universe, go over here and check out the rules. The contest ends September 15, 2002.

 


 

Target R2-D2 Ships
September 5, 2002 | 8:36 PM EST | Mark

Several readers have written in with thank you’s for the posting of the R2-D2 yesterday. Many wondered if they were actually in stock, well the shipment confirmation E-mails were sent out today. There have also been reports from readers that they have been finding them on the Target shelves today. So check your local Target if you are planning on getting one of these guys.

 


 

Walmart Cantina Packs Abounding!
September 5, 2002 | 3:59 PM EST | John

Faithful Yak-reader ‘Jhett’ is one of the many who have written to us to let us know that the Walmart exclusive Cantina packs are making it to retail in his area, and in fact all around the USA. He writes;

“I don’t know if you guys want to share this with your readers or not, but I picked up two of the Cantina packs at Wal Mart today. I got Ponda and Momaw. They had a couple of each, but no Greedo. This was at the San Jose, CA Wal Mart store.”

Thanks to everyone who has written in, and keep your Force-senses honed, they will be all over in a little while. Also, the Greedo pack will be in the next assortment in more abundance, so for right now, for the most part unless you hit the store right when the cases are unpacked, all you’re going to find is the Walrusman/Hammerhead… sorry… Ponda Baba and Mowmaw Nadon sets. (Old school seeping through there!) But don’t pay scalper prices for Greedo, patience pays!

 


 

Landspeeder and More In Stock
September 5, 2002 | 8:07 AM EST | Mark

Amazon.com now has the Exclusive Star Wars 3 3/4″ Landspeeder with Luke in stock for the price of $19.99 so head on over and pick yours up. No driving around needed.
Also in stock….
Teemto
Exclusive Star Wars 12″ Taun Taun with Luke

 


 

Jango Slave I Pilot and Clone Trooper Pilot Available At Entertainment Earth
September 4, 2002 | 9:42 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth reports that they will soon have the Saga wave 7 in stock. The case includes Jango Fett Slave I Pilot (NEW), Clone Trooper Pilot (NEW), Padme Amidala Coruscant Attack, Darth Maul Sith Training, Anakin Skywalker Tatooine Attack, Yoda Jedi Master and Count Dooku Dark Lord. Click here for more.

 


 

Hallmark Ornaments
September 4, 2002 | 8:25 PM EST | Mark

If you have not had a chance to get out and pick yours up, let your fingers to the clicking and stop over to Hallmark.com and pick them up as they are online…

 


 

Star Wars Action Figure Nudism @ e-Bay?!?
September 4, 2002 | 3:08 PM EST | John

Over on e-Bay I’ve noticed an alarming trend with custom figures recently. A load of auctions such as this one have been making their way onto the market. Custom “topless” Leia’s (and wearing even less!), are up for auction now and again. GREAT work, (I wrote to the guy and asked for the “unedited” images, and he really knows his stuff, he’s done others that are absolutely fantastic!), but does it really have a place in our beloved hobby? To each his own… If you’re into that sort of thing, check it out.

 


 

LEGO 2003
September 4, 2002 | 1:58 PM EST | Mark

Seems Tim over at http://www.fbtb.net/ has a scoop on what to expect, head over there… Something about Huttese…

 


 

Star Tours Arriving… BUT……
September 4, 2002 | 10:54 AM EST | Mark

Tom P. sent us this news….
I just wanted to send out a warning to anyone ordering the Disney
Exclusive Star Tours figures from Disney Delivears. I preordered two of each of the first three figures several weeks ago, and they arrived in the mail yesterday in fairly sad condition. The dimensions of the box in which the figures were packed was a half-inch shorter than the figure cards, in all directions. Length, width, and height were all too short, and no packing material ws placed in the box. So, except for diagonal placement, there was no way a POTJ figure could be packed into the box without being bent in some way, and yet the doofus that filled my order managed to cram six figures in there! Luckily I intended to open one of each of the figures, because three of the six figures were folded almost in two, with the fourth figure being bent but reclaimable. The final two figures came out only slightly bent.
Ironically, the box contained a sheet that stated that Disney hoped the order arrived “in excellent condition” and gave instructions on how to return it for a full replacement/refund. So if you’ve ordered from Disney Delivears, be prepared to either receive a bunch of “openers” or to send your shipment back in the hopes of getting mint-condition replacements. I’ll live with what I received, but for $70.00+ for six figures, I would have liked them to arrive in better shape.

 


 

FAO Is The Place
September 4, 2002 | 10:35 AM EST | Mark

Here are a new find…. and it appears to be in stock….
Playskool® Star Wars Millenium Falcon $35.00
So if you are looking for it, head on over.

 


 

Interactive R2-D2 In Stock At Target
September 4, 2002 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader DalGoda wrote in:

“Target.com has the Robotic R2-D2 listed as “in stock” yet Amazon.com has it is “unavailable” and their pre-order for it is gone. If you choose the Target route (as I did), use this coupon code TDWELCME2222 to get an addition $10 off, thus negating the shipping charges. They do however charge taxes. A pretty good deal for a cool item.”

 


 

KB Starfighter Showing up?
September 4, 2002 | 8:43 AM EST | Mark

Those new (old) guys over at galactichunter.com have posted some very nice images of this Starfighter that comes with Obi-Wan in the package. You can check them out HERE!

Also mentioned is the fact that KMart will be doing the same thing with the Slave 1 and one of the Jango’s later this year.

 


 

Force Flipping Anakin Skywalker
September 4, 2002 | 8:24 AM EST | Mark

http://www.americandreamcomics.com has posted carded pics of the upcoming Anakin Skywalker with Force Flipping Attack.

 


 

Farewell…
September 4, 2002 | 12:32 AM EST | Adam

On April 1, 2001, I took over operations at YakFace.com. And today, on September 4, 2002, I announce my retirement from the site. While I’ve had a fantastic run here with With Every Question for Justice, a smattering ofYakFeatures, and even some news once in a while. It’s been fun, but unfortunately, a lot of things have come up, and I’m currently unable to work on YakFace.com in a capacity that would be fair to the loyal readers of the site. I’m handing the keys back over to Mark, and while I’m not yet aware of what plans he has for the site, I’m sure the future here is going to be bright.

As for me, well, I’m moving to a new home, and in more ways than one. Starting today, you can find me at a new site, GalacticHunter.com. I’ll be bringing new reviews and Q&A with me, and the staff includes faces that should be familliar to fans of the online Star Wars collecting scene.

Thanks for your support over the years, for Yak Face’s Realm, myself, and anybody else who’s ever posted a Star Wars toy news article to the Web. But enough from me… back to the news!

 


 

Which Jedi Surive The Arena Battle?
September 3, 2002 | 10:03 PM EST | Bill

The The Official Site has the answer. The newest installment of ask Jocasta has the list of survivors here.

 


 

Target Exclusive Accessory Packs in Canada But Not At Target
September 3, 2002 | 9:53 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Andrew:

“Just writing to let any Canadian readers know that the Target “exclusive” accessory packs are now showing up at Zellers stores all across Canada. I got there late and got the crappier of the four, (Arena & Hoth) but, they are still here anyway.”

 


 

New Star Wars Ebook
September 3, 2002 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

If you can’t wait for the next New Jedi Order novel due later this fall, they you’ll be interested in this newsfeed from Del Rey:

“STAR WARS soars from outer space to cyberspace…

The adventures of The New Jedi Order continue in YLESIA by Walter Jon Williams–the latest Star Wars eBook publication, from Del Rey Books. This original novella includes an exclusive excerpt from the eagerly anticipated STAR WARS: THE NEW JEDI ORDER: DESTINY’S WAY (on-sale 10/15/02) and an interview with the author.”

You can read an excerpt here, and read a description of it here.

 


 

TRU 25th Anniversary Silver R2 Update
September 3, 2002 | 8:37 PM EST | Bill

This just in from a loyal source at TRU. The vacu-chromed R2s are coming (no date yet, but they are in some of the distribution centers). It looks like there will be two different versions. The good news for openers is that the figures themselves will be the same, but the bad news for completist carded collectors is that there will two different cards. One will likely be free to customers without a minimum purchase. The second will be much more limited and will be a gift WITH a minimum purchas. As of now, we have no info on how much the purchase requirment will be.

 


 

Pop-Ups Beware!!!
September 3, 2002 | 6:51 PM EST | Mark

Pop-Ups are going away, hopefully within the next day. I am very sorry that you have endure this nightmare with these. I have hated these from day one. It seems that our sponsor that pays for the bandwidth (IGN.COM) had a foul up on their end and are working to fix it. Again, I apologize for the troubles.

 


 

ATOC Disc 1 Review
September 3, 2002 | 3:47 PM EST | Mark

Those guys over at Aint-It-Cool-News, did it again, this time they have the disc one and have a complete review of it.

Read it here….
http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com/display.cgi?id=13158

 


 

News From Entertainment Earth
September 3, 2002 | 3:13 PM EST | Mark

Star Wars Action Fleet in Stock Now!

***Star Wars Action Fleet In Stock***

This all-new Action Fleet Asst. 1, Set (Item# HS46796AA, $39.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS46796AA
includes 1x X-Wing Fighter, 1x TIE Advanced x1 (Darth Vader’s TIE fighter)
and 1x Millennium Falcon (subject to change). Each plastic vehicle
includes a display stand. Available now!

 


 

R2-D2 Pre-Order Tags
September 3, 2002 | 3:11 PM EST | Mark

Jimmy sent in this info, it appears that TRU is now putting out Pre-Order Tags for the $99.99 Ultimate R2-D2 robot. If you are interested in getting this guy, this may be the way to go.

August 2002 Archive

Republic Gunships Shipping
August 31, 2002 | 11:09 PM EST | Bill

Wal-mart’s on-line Republic Gunship orders are now shipping. Hopefully we’ll see these widely released in stores soon.

**UPDATE**
The Gunship is back in stock if you would like to order one.

 


 

Electronic R2-D2 at Target Soon?
August 31, 2002 | 11:03 PM EST | Mark

Raymond sent in this bit of news. He was at his local Target and noticed the shelf sticker for the $99.99 R2-D2, these may be showing up soon.

 


 

Initial Confimation Of Santa C-3PO And Reindeer R2-D2
August 29, 2002 | 6:49 PM EST | Bill

A couple of very reliable sources at the Trade Federation have CONFIRMED that the Santa C-3PO and Reindeer R2-D2 will happen. These will be an exclusive to the Fan Club later this year. Keep checking back for more as we get it!

 


 

Looking For Old Figures?
August 28, 2002 | 7:37 PM EST | Mark

I have been talking with a few of the readers of this page recently and have been asked for a good source for the 95 and up series of POTF2 figures, without hitting EBAY. I know most people out there collecting have all the figures already, however there are new people to this hobby all the time.Entertainment Earth.com is a top distributor of Star Wars merchandise, and while they specialize in selling in bulk, they do have many of the older figures at good prices for a case or $1.88 for an individual figure. Check out this Star Wars Link for a starting page to look for what you need.

I hope this helps the new collectors out, and anyone else looking for a few odds and ends…

 


 

Need Teemto? Amazon Got Teemto!!!!
August 28, 2002 | 9:59 AM EST | Mark

Teemto is now back in stock, so go get him if you need him.

 


 

12″ Ki-Adi-Mundi at The Fan Club Store
August 28, 2002 | 2:34 AM EST | Adam

The Star Wars Fan Club Store now stocks Hasbro’s new Ki-Adi-Mundi. It’s an exclusive, and it’s about $25. You can buy a maximum of 10 per day, why you’d need that many is beyond me though. Check it out.

 


 

20% off and More!
August 27, 2002 | 1:23 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com now has all their LEGO’s on sale at 20% off prices or more, many are between 30% and 52%. Also they have the Playskool X-Wing and Naboo Fighter sets in stock if you are still looking for them.

 


 

12″ Taun Taun with Luke @ Amazon
August 27, 2002 | 1:14 PM EST | Mark

The 12″ Taun Taun with Luke is now in stock at Amazon.com, with the price of $59.99, so if you want it, click and get it.

Also back in-stock is the ATOC’s Preview Figure: Clone Trooper

 


 

Star Wars Kubricks from Medicom
August 25, 2002 | 2:53 AM EST | Adam

After years of bootlegs, Medicom has gotten off their duff and produced official Kubrick figures. For the full scoop, we defer to Reader Fox:

“The first set of Star Wars Kubricks has been revealed at Medicom’s website:

http://www.medicomtoy.co.jp/new/tsuhan/2002_08/cont1.html

The set consists of Luke & Leia from ANH, Chewbacca, and R2-D2.

The set will not be available until 2003, but Medicom is offering an Early Bird Certificate Pack (similar to the one Kenner offered on the first four figures) through their Collector’s Club.

Details on that are at 
http://www.medicomtoyshop.com/collectors/starwars/index.html.

No information on when and if these sets will be offered at retail outside of Japan is currently available.”

 


 

FREE TRU Exclusive Chrome R2-D2 and Other Iitems
August 24, 2002 | 11:36 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has two competitions running right now. The 1st is sponsored by Hasbro UK with prizes of TCG cards etc, and the 2nd is by one of their sponsors, they put up a brand new silver anniversary R2-D2.

For details please check out The Private Universe.

 


 

New Hasbro Ad
August 23, 2002 | 8:29 PM EST | Adam

From Reader Dan comes this nifty piece of news:

“Last night on Cartoon Network, Hasbro had a TV spot on the Ultimate
Collectors’ Contest.

It showed the prizes including the Jorg Sacul, To enter, you have to go to their website.

Deadline is October 15th 2002. Hope it helps.

Keep an eye out for it.”

 


 

Republic Gunship Available Now???
August 23, 2002 | 7:49 AM EST | Mark

Check out Wal-Mart.com for the ATOC Republic Gunship as it says it is in stock now and ready to ship! Price is $38.86

 


 

12″ Figures Attack Amazon.com
August 23, 2002 | 7:36 AM EST | Mark

Amazon.com now has the new wave of 12″ Action Figures in stock.
Super Battle Droid $19.99
Zam Wesell $19.99
Count Dooku $19.99

 


 

Official Updates
August 23, 2002 | 2:15 AM EST | Adam

When Clones Attack! Desktop Wallpaper
New backgrounds for your downloading pleasure!

Episode I Sweeps the 5th Annual DVD Awards
As one of the most packed DVDs of 2001, it’s no surprise that The Phantom Menace set has earned quite a bit of praise. Find out what the disc won and see a plug for the new full screen edition in this new feature. The full set of awards was posted to (and decided by) DVD Review, so be sure to check out all the winners.

Help from Spielberg?
Once again tackling the omnipresent rumor/hope of fans, Rick McCallum spills the beans on Spielberg’s connection to the prequels.

 


 

More Saga Sightings
August 23, 2002 | 1:56 AM EST | Adam

Reader Jimbo had a good day…

“Today at the North attleboro, MA Target they had six new saga figures,
anakin skywalker tatooine attack
Tusken raider w massiff
Lott dod
Darth maul sith training
Padme amidala coruscant attack
Watto

Not a bad haul, there was no ephant mon, The woman was putting them up on the pegs when I got there and let me look in the case, the cases were the figs above and teemto, and Yoda and ki adi mundi, No new 12 in here.”

 


 

12″ NEW Anakin and Geonosian Warrior Photo
August 22, 2002 | 11:33 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has just put up some AWSOME photos of the soon to be released 12″ Anakin (with robotic hand!!!!) and Geonosian Warrior. To say the least these are unbelieveable. Click here for the photos!

 


 

Imperial Shuttle Update And On-line PREORDERS
August 22, 2002 | 9:34 PM EST | Bill

Adam over at the Trade Federation has scored the 411 on the FAO exclusive Imperial Shuttle. It is still scheduled to appear but it may be in 2003. FAO has it up on their webpage here. check out the Trade Federation for more.

 


 

ATOC Preview Figures Follow-up
August 22, 2002 | 7:27 AM EST | Mark

An add on to Adam’s post from the 20th (seen below), we have had some emails looking for the preview figures. I did a little searching around and was able to find a few online. So if you are looking for them try these places out…
Amazon has these three figures in stock…
R3-T7 $6.99
Zam Wesell $6.99
Jango Fett $6.99
The Clonetrooper is sold out.

And Kbtoys.com has the preview figures available as a set for the LOW price of $19.99. So if you are looking hop on over and pick them up.

 


 

Troop Builder Sets: The Sequel
August 22, 2002 | 2:26 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum has images of the upcoming Endor Rebel Troop Builder set. A quartet of seemingly identical POTF2 Endor Rebel Soldiers come in the box, and they don’t seem to be different (or at least too different) from their original release in Freeze Frame packaging in early 1998. Still, it’s news, and good news for diorama builders.

Now all we need are Imperial Scout Troopers. (Maybe some Ewoks and Jawas.)

 


 

Electronic Jedi Training Lightsaber Coming to the USA
August 22, 2002 | 2:10 AM EST | Adam

Seen previously at Japanese online toy stores was an electronic interactive Jedi Training Lightsaber. A shiny silver replica of Anakin’s blade (or Luke’s, depending on your point of view,) we’re now seeing this item up for preordering at our sponsor, Entertainment Earth. It’s due in November and seems to be the same toy as Japan has had… so at least one vendor in the USA plans on getting this item in the Fall.

 


 

12″ Zam Spotted at Target, With Sticker
August 22, 2002 | 2:00 AM EST | Adam

In case you’re like some of us and haven’t seen these in stores yet, here’s a report from Reader Joe:

“Howdy! Just thought I’d pass on the word that the new 12″ figures have shown up at my Southern California Target. Zam has her ‘face reveal’ mask and has a huge sticker on the box announcing this (I assume it was not on the box originally since there are stickers on the backs of all 3 boxes replacing the text under the Zam photo.)”

 


 

New Army Builder Set
August 21, 2002 | 8:10 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews has gotten the scoop on the second army builder set coming from the fan club. This one will include 4 of the POTF (That’s right NOT the new Saga) Endor Trooper. Click here for pics and more.

 


 

Republic Gunship Scheduled To Ship August 30
August 21, 2002 | 8:08 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Wal-Mart.com. The are sending the following Email out to everyone with preorders pending:

“Dear Walmart.com Customer,

Thank you for your recent purchase from Walmart.com. We
are writing to let you know that the release date of your
item(s) has changed. Please see the information below to
find out the new release date and when you can expect to
receive your order.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change may have
caused. Your complete satisfaction is our number one
priority. If you have any further questions, please contact
our Customer Service at 1-800-966-6546.

Best Regards,

Customer Service at Walmart.com
http://www.walmart.com

DESCRIPTION
——————————————————
Star Wars Episode II: Republic Gunship
Original release date : 15 AUG 2002
New release date : 30 AUG 2002

Here’s how you can cancel your order:

1. Go to www.walmart.com and click “Your Account.”
2. Sign in using your email address and your Walmart.com
password.
3. Click “Purchase History.” Find the number of the
order you want to cancel and click “View Order
Details” for that order.
4. When your order details are displayed, click “Cancel.”

This item can be cancelled online if you are a registered
Walmart.com customer. If you are not registered, they can
be cancelled by contacting Customer Service at 1-800-966-
6546.”

 


 

Anakin (Tatooine Attack) And Sith Training Maul In Stock
August 21, 2002 | 6:51 PM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon.com, the following Saga figures…
Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack)
Darth Maul (Sith Training)

 


 

Japanese Soft Vinyl Obi-Wan Figure Kit
August 21, 2002 | 2:02 AM EST | Adam

Action Figure Express and National Console Support have what seems to be the first images of a brand new Japanese figure kit of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It looks pretty cool, and the action pose is really something. Even though it’s a wee bit expensive, it’s well worth seeing…. and it’s due in October. (And available for pre-sale.)

 


 

Official Site Updates
August 21, 2002 | 2:00 AM EST | Adam

New Episode II Novel Edition
A new hardcover version of the novel will be out along with the video release with brand new cover art.

Jango’s Missing Head
Ask the Jedi Council… where did Jango Fett’s head go when Boba lifted the helmet? It’s something I missed… so it’s easily worth a look.

 


 

D&S Sci-Fi Toy World: Costumes, Watto, Lott Dod and More
August 21, 2002 | 1:43 AM EST | Adam

D & S Sci-fi Toy World has the new Unleashed figures in stock. Also the new Action Fleet vehicles as well as Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, Tie Pilot, Clone Trooper & Jango Fett Halloween/Collector Helmets back in stock. Also have the difficult to find Acklay as well as those Sneak Preview ATOC figures if anyone needs them.. We will have a pre-order up for the new Watto/Lott Dodd wave by Thursday. By the case or in groups.

Check out D & S Sci-fi Toy World for these and more today!

 


 

AOTC Preview Figures
August 20, 2002 | 2:53 AM EST | Adam

We’ve been getting some email on how, when, or if the quartet of preview figures (Zam Wesell, Clone Trooper, Jango Fett, R3-T7) will be made available again. While we’ve been lead to believe they’ve stopped shipping, that doesn’t mean you should stop looking. Here in Phoenix, we still see some at stores like Sam Goody and Suncoast Motion Picture Co., although they do run a bit higher– like $8.99. While not really news, per se, with all the demand we’ve heard for white Clone Troopers, we figured it was worth mentioning. (Oh, and it’s a slow news day.)

 


 

Official Updates… Maybe Old Stuff
August 20, 2002 | 2:14 AM EST | Adam

First, there’s Hasbro US
Downloads
You may have seen these before, but Bryan of the Tusken Trader pointed us out to the fact that there’s some great wallpapers made up of action figures in battle, some print ads, posters, commercials, and more. There’s nothing you haven’t already seen in this installment, most likely, but it’s neat.

And then there’s the Official Site
Pre-Order Your Episode II DVD
The Official Site has announced that Episode II is out for pre-order if you didn’t know already. They also boast a price comparison chart, and for the DVD, it’s pretty useful.

The Search is On for the Best Toy Collectors
Announced yesterday, here’s a plug for the new Hasbro contest in which the greatest collections can be made greater. A suggestion: worst collection prizes. These people really need the support, folks: the kid who’s got a poster tube painted blue and thinks it’s a lightsaber needs those prizes. But for the winner, one of the ultimate prizes: a Star Wars figure in the likeness of the winner!

 


 

Hasbro’s Search for The Ultimate Collector
August 19, 2002 | 2:39 AM EST | Adam

Hasbro’s searching for the ultimate collector. And there’s prizes involved… interested? There are links to two contest categories– above and below 15– right here on the Republic News page. If you’ve ever wanted to see how your collection stacks up against the world, this is your chance!

 


 

AOTC‘s Dwindling Box Office
August 19, 2002 | 2:19 AM EST | Adam

While still performing admirably in Japan, Box Office Mojo shows the first Star Wars flick of the new millennium pulled in a little below $350,000 this weekend… meaning it still hasn’t hit $300 million domestically. (Not that this really maters, as it’ll make gobs of dough on home video.)

 


 

New Phantom Menace DVD– Full Screen
August 19, 2002 | 2:10 AM EST | Adam

TheForce.net has posted a report that another Star Wars DVD will debut November 12– the full-screen version of Episode I. For those who prefer it, well, there ya have it– it’s finally coming out.

 


 

Disney Sightings, 12″ Luke Tauntaun
August 19, 2002 | 2:00 AM EST | Adam

Reader Chuck sent in this report today, with some particularly surprising finds…

“Yesterday I was at the Downtown Disney Store Orlando, and For the following:

MANY Star Tours Figures, $10 a peice.
(Just Arrived) Cantina Sets, $10 a peice, I got Momaw Nadon, and Ponda Baba, Greedo was sold out.
and the 12″ Luke with Tauntaun They had 2 of them, and if i had more money, I would have picked one up. They were $60 a peice, and these things are BIG. VERY Impressive… :)”

 


 

Detailed Padme Coruscant Attack Photos
August 17, 2002 | 7:16 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews has added detailed photos of Padme Coruscant Attack to their Visual Guide. Click here for more.

 


 

Pop-Ups and You
August 17, 2002 | 2:56 AM EST | Adam

In the past few days, we’ve noticed our ad server has suddenly placed pop-up advertisments on Yakface.com. And from your emails, it would seem so have you, and you share our belief that pop-ups are something you’d prefer to live without.

However, Yakface.com is a free resource for all who visit our cyber-home, and as such it needs to be fairly free for us too… which is why the ads are here. We enjoy providing you with our own brand of Star Wars coverage, and we hope you enjoy reading it. While we would not have elected for our ads to be of the pop-up variety, for now, this is something that will be on the page to pay our costs.

Ordinarilly we would prefer not to discuss matters of this variety on the main page of a Star Wars new site, as it detracts from what we’re trying to do. But hey, one of the reasons we’re here is to help answer your inquiries.

As always, thanks for your continued support and now here’s a news article.

 


 

Spain Gets Exclusives… From POTJ and Saga
August 17, 2002 | 2:39 AM EST | Adam

Reader PackoM had some great news to share today…

“I must say that today I’ve found the four Saga Accessory Sets at my local Toys’Rus, here in Seville. They are 11,99 EUR each. I must say I’m very surprised because here there are only a few of the figs and items that are in USA, but Toys’Rus is giving to us great part of the exclusives of the distinct USA shops: we had the POTF2 skiff with Luke, the 25th Aniversary Vader,… and actually they have in stock the exclusives POTJ Tie Interceptor, POTJ Tie Bomber, POTJ Snowspeeder, 12” EXCLUSIVE CLONETROOPERS (red and yellow) and now, the Accesory Packs. They have listed on the computer also “Ki-Adi Mundi”. Could be this the 12″ exclusive from the Fan Club? Will we say here the exclusive 25th Aniversary R2-D2? I’ll let you know it if it finally happens.”

 


 

K-Mart Sale: All Star Wars Toys, Buy 1, Get 1 at 50% Off
August 16, 2002 | 1:02 AM EST | Adam

A K-Mart newspaper circular went around this week advertising a sale on all Star Wars toys– buy one at regular price, get a second of equal or lesser value for half off. The sale is good from August 15-17 only, meaning you’ve got until closing on Saturday. Some K-Marts are getting newer product, so if you’ve been putting of picking up some newer figures, or even 12″ figures, this might be a really great opportunity to pick up some of the more expensive items.

Nowhere in the ad does it specify which Star Wars toys are on sale, so it’s assumed Lego, Hasbro, and anything else would be included in the deal. Since only the figures are pictured, and K-Mart sometimes interprets the sales, your mileage may vary.

Kudos to Hope for the tip-off.

 


 

Unleashed II, Playskool AOTC Still Shipping to Kay-Bee Toys
August 16, 2002 | 12:57 AM EST | Adam

The second batch of Unleashed has been spotted at the Paradise Valley Mall Kay-Bee Toys in Phoenix, AZ tonight… so those still seeking Padme, Vader, and Anakin should add the malls of America to your toy runs. The figures run about $17.99 there, though.

Also, contrary to rumors we’ve been hearing, the same Kay-Bee just received a few of the “Arena Adventures” Playskool set with a mini Reek and li’l Mace Windu, Anakin, and Geonosion Warrior figures. Not surprisingly, the first trio of Action Fleet ships showed up at this same store… meaning there are plenty of reasons to hit the toy stores this weekend, if there’s something you’ve yet to find.

 


 

Star Wars Hidden in McFarlane Toy
August 16, 2002 | 12:34 AM EST | Adam

While looking for new information on the 2002 Masters of the Universe toy line, we stumbled upon this interview with the sculptors of the new line, the Four Horsemen.

In it, they talk about how they used to use chunks of other models and toys to make some of their earlier work at Todd Toys, now known as McFarlane Toys. A closer look at the jet-sled from their Troll figure reveals something many fans probably missed… check out the interview for more.

 


 

A Small Update to the CTC 2 Unproduced Guide
August 15, 2002 | 8:35 PM EST | Robert

A small update has been done to the unproduced second generation of commtech chips guide which you can check out by going here: Unproduced Commtech Chip Guide 
If this link doesn’t work head on over to theJawa and hit the CTC2 Definitive Guide link located in the features section on the right side of theJawa’s main page.
Thanks to Innis and theJawa for helping in putting the article together.

 


 

Clone Trooper In Stock
August 15, 2002 | 7:22 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com now has the Yellow and Red 12″ Exclusive Clone Troopers back in stock for $24.99 each.

 


 

Anakin Tatooine Attack In Stock at Amazon.com
August 15, 2002 | 12:23 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon.com, the following Saga figures…
Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack)
Yoda
Teemto Pagalies
Darth Maul (Sith Training)

 


 

Unleashed Wave 3 Carded Pictures
August 14, 2002 | 10:15 PM EST | Bill

Sith Gorilla over at Death Star Plans has posted carded images of Unleashed Wave 3– Darth Tyranus and Mace Windu! Visit Death Star Plans for more.

 


 

AOTC DVD Pre-Orders Begin
August 14, 2002 | 6:34 PM EST | Adam

The DVD for the prequel sequel are starting up today. Since DVD Price Searchdidn’t have it in their database, we looked around and this is what we found…

Buy.com: $17.99 for either Widescreen or Full Screen. Free shipping.

Suncoast.com: $19.95 for either DVD, less for the VHS.

CDUniverse: $20.99 for either DVD.

Circuit City: $24.99 for either DVD.

Several online stores have yet to add the film to their databases, so odds are in the next week there will be a dozen or more new entries… and hopefully DVD Price Search will be taking care of those.

Also, the actual DVD most likely won’t be in your hands until November 12, but if you want to get your foot in the door early, there’s a few options.

UPDATE:DVD Price Search has added the disc to their searchable database. As of this posting, Buy.com still has the lowest price.

 


 

Kay-Bee Gift Cards… Free With Purchase
August 14, 2002 | 6:17 PM EST | Adam

From Reader Ben:

My local KB (Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa, CA) is giving away $10 gift cards with a $40 purchase, that translates to a 20% discount.

We noticed this deal as well, as well as others offering a greater gift card with a larger purchase. So if you’ve been putting off picking up the two 12″ exclusive Clone Troopers, this might be just the deal to make today the day to grab them.

 


 

Official Update
August 14, 2002 | 3:04 AM EST | Adam

Spanish Star Wars Magazine #8
Today’s official update from Star Wars.com shows the cover of a new Spanish Star Wars magazine… and I must say, I don’t think I’ve seen this Yoda image used on a cover before!

 


 

K-Mart: Saga Bundles
August 14, 2002 | 2:54 AM EST | Adam

Reader Sean sent us his findings of the recently released figure sets…

“Just letting you know I visited the KMART in Lubbock, TX and found a Star Wars Super Pak. It seems that KMART has packaged two different figures in a plastic case and priced it at $9.99. There were several different variations of which figures came together. I picked up the yoda and Jango(kamino escape) because I haven’t seen a yoda in Lubbock since the very first evening they were on sale. There is a big pink and yellow sticker on the package that says ‘super pak’ and the upc on the yoda had a white sticker over it.”

 


 

Jedi Dex Spotted, In Case You (We) Missed It
August 14, 2002 | 2:53 AM EST | Adam

Reader Peter found the Jedi Dex…

“I haven’t heard this reported before. I was seeking the Cantina exclusives at my local Wal-Marts in Phoenix AZ and came across the “Jedi Dex” instead (Wal-Mart, 59th & Bell, Phoenix AZ) – price marked as $30 less a few cents.”

 


 

Saga Ki-Adi-Mundi vs. Episode I Ki-Adi
August 14, 2002 | 2:45 AM EST | Adam

While many have speculated that the new Ki-Adi-Mundi is merely a rehash of the version sold three years ago, we’re glad to report this is a half-truth. While the figure sculpt is the same, the figure has been given an all new lightsaber, right arm, and a new set of copyrights. So if you’re looking for a new figure, and boils down to Ki-Adi-Mundi and another recently released figure, Mr. Mundi doesn’t offer much new.

 


 

New at Star Wars.com: Gen Con & More!
August 13, 2002 | 5:24 AM EST | Adam

Q&A with Star Wars Authors
At Gen Con, four popular authors of original Star Wars fiction participated in a panel, talking up their experiences of playing in The Flannelled One’s Universe. Find out what they had to say in this feature.

TGC Championship Results
Who won the trip to Australia? The big TV? The Jorg Sacul figures??? The answers to some of these festering questions are now available.

RPG Previews at Gen Con
Wizards of the Coast unveils what will surely be a treat for gamers everywhere: upcoming guides shed light on Sith Witches and monsters alongside countless gadgets, guns, and gizmos. Oh, and the Ultimate Alien Anthology. Fun stuff.

Syncing Music
Ben Burtt discusses the job of making music fit when a movie is in a constant state of re-editing… find out who has to do this job in today’s “Ask the Jedi Council!”

 


 

Deluxe Wave 3 Give Away
August 12, 2002 | 9:44 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews is giving away a set of the Deluxe Wave 3 figuers — Yoda/Super Battle Droid and the mix and match C-3PO with a red Battle Droid. Click here for more.

 


 

Wal-Mart Cantina Figures Available
August 12, 2002 | 8:58 AM EST | Bill

Darth Evicerous just wrote in to report finding the new Wal-Mart Exclusive Cantina figures in Mesa, Arizona! He writes:

“Hey, just found Greedo, Hammerhead [Momaw Nadon], and Walrusman [Ponda Baba] at Walmart in Mesa, AZ. $9.96 each. 2x Greedo, and 3x each of the other two in the case of 8.”

Update | Adam
Searching the vast reaches of Phoenix, AZ, I have discovered that several Wal-Marts have received one or several cases of these figures. While the sections and drink glasses seem identical in all three packs, the figures and backgrounds are unique and we hope to have a more in-depth look at these in the near future. But first, some impressions:

Greedo: The figure’s sculpt is pretty close to identical to the CommTech version from 1999. The coloring seems to be based on the Holiday Special Rodian from the Cantina more than Greedo. 1999 copyright dates.

Ponda Baba: New right arm, legs… otherwise same as POTF2 1997 release. Coloring slightly changed. New copyrights on the new feet.

Momaw Nadon: Based on POTF2 1996 sculpt, but with a new torso, seemingly crisper details on the skin, and a dynamite paint job. This figure is proof of what a good paint job can do to make a good figure look great. 1996 copyrights.

 


 

Tomy Star Wars PVCs from Japan: Now Available
August 12, 2002 | 5:43 AM EST | Adam

A few weeks ago, a few sites on the Web showed Tomy’s new series of “trading figures,” unmarked boxes that include small painted Star Wars items from the original trilogy, including: R2-D2 & C-3PO, Darth Vader flanked by Stormtroopers, the AT-AT, and the Millenniun Falcon.

We’re happy to report you can buy a complete set of the small toy and candy sets over at J-List for $25 plus shipping. The site also stocks the recently released plush Jawa and Ewok, also from Tomy, as well as a pretty neat version of Anakin’s Lightsaber and some light-up necklaces.

While Yakface.com’s staff has not had any dealings with J-List in the past, we figured you may be interested in seeing these PVC figures… if you haven’t seen them already.

 


 

Landspeeder Rollout Continues
August 12, 2002 | 3:28 AM EST | Adam

We’d like to thank our readers for the numerous reports of the new Saga Landspeeder (and what must be the ninth) Tatooine Luke showing up to Toys “R” Us stores around the country! From Las Vegas to Monroe, LA, the toy has been showing up in all corners of the country, and apparently its all-new sculpt has been getting rave reviews… so if you’ve been waiting to start looking for this one, start looking.

 


 

New Star Tours at American Dream Comics
August 12, 2002 | 3:11 AM EST | Adam

American Dream Comics has posted images of yet another figure due for release in the upcoming Star Tours range. Coming on a Collection 2 package and reeking of Disney Imagineering, the new WEG-1618 figure should be a welcome addition to everybody’s plastic droid workforce. Be sure to check out the photos of the figure, a close-up shot of the bubble, and the cardback atAmerican Dream Comics when you’ve got a few minutes.

 


 

Clones Box Office Report
August 11, 2002 | 6:42 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is reporting Attack of the Clones brought in another $360,000 this weekend, it’s 13th in release– that brings it’s total domestic gross to $298,857,000. The film ranked at #20, two places up from last week. Click here for more.

 


 

The Winner Is…
August 11, 2002 | 5:07 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Chad Mcdonald, the newest winner in our Ultarama Giveaway Contest. Be sure to enter for our next drawing in 2 weeks here. Remember that your entry must contain your first AND last name as well as your address to be eligible to win. Good luck!

 


 

Star Wars.com Updates
August 10, 2002 | 7:33 AM EST | Adam

Worlds of the Expanded Universe
Star Wars.com updates its databank with listings for non-film locales like Arba, Kashyyyk, and Ord Mantell. Arba, for the uninitiated, is the infamous Planet of the Hoojibs.

What Are The Sails For?
Doug Chiang answers the question of just what those sails are doing on Count Dooku’s unique spacecraft…

 


 

Custom AOTC Padme Doll on eBay
August 9, 2002 | 7:28 PM EST | Adam

While we don’t normally like to plug eBay auctions all that much, a link was sent in for a Custom Attack of the Clones Padme that used the Episode I Qui-Gon/Padme set as a basis for the figure’s construction. While not cheap, it’s definitely worth a glance to see what some enterprising individuals have been doing with their toys.

 


 

Official Updates
August 9, 2002 | 2:51 AM EST | Adam

Today, we start at Hasbro UK
Refer-A-Friend Winners
Two lucky readers won Toy Fair Darth Vaders! Sure, you probably know who you are, but now everybody else can find out!

The Full Basic Figure List For 2002
Hasbro UK has posted what they claim to be the absolutely final list of 2002 basic figures. We should add, though, that we fully expect to see a few more added before year’s end…

And at Star Wars.com
TCG Championship This Saturday
If you’re following one of the biggest Star Wars events at GenCon, you’ll want to read this. The tournament’s prizes include Jorg Sacul figures, a trip to Australia, GameBoy Advances, and all sorts of awesome stuff.

 


 

Toys “R” Us Saga Landspeeder Spotted
August 9, 2002 | 2:35 AM EST | Adam

Reader Sergio sent us this note…

“Today I stoped by a local toys r us, and was surprised too see the new landspeeder with luke. There were 6 of them, along with 4 new x-wings. I just thought I’d pass this info along so people can be on the look out for these, since I had not seen reports that this item was out already. The detail on the new landspeeder is remarkable. The old lanspeeder does not compare. The price was $19.99+tax.”

Unfortunately, he did not include where he found it as far as his region goes. Still, it seems it’s time to start looking.

UPDATE: Another reader, Evilchuk, wrote in to let us know he found both the X-Wing and Landspeeder at a Toys “R” Us in San Antonio, TX.

 


 

Comic-Con Mega-Guide 
August 8, 2002 | 8:51 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Coruscant City.net:

“Some of our staff attended all four days of Comic-Con in San Diego last weekend, and we’ve put together the CCNet Mega-Guide to Comic-Con. It’s taken us a few days to get it all put together, since there was so much to see and we took almost 300 pictures, but the Mega-Guide is nearly done, and we wanted to share the news with fellow Star Wars fans.

The Mega-Guide features reports on and pictures of the massive dealers’ room, including many shots of products at the Hasbro and Gentle Giant booths. There are also pictures of many other collectibles from other genre productions, props, celebrities, and many costumed fans. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet if you’ve never seen 2 fans dressed up as the Death Star and someone frozen in a block of carbonite!

We’ve written up descriptions of everything we saw and experienced, and there are many reports that our fellow Star Wars fans would be eager to read about. The Hasbro and Dark Horse panel discussions, Steve Sansweet’s presentation on AOTC, and perhaps most exciting of all, the filming of scenes for Mark Hamill’s upcoming directorial debut, ‘Comic Book: The Movie!'”

Click here for the guide.

 


 

Lott Dod And Watto Reviewed
August 8, 2002 | 8:48 AM EST | Bill

The Vinyl Jawa over at Pegwarmer.com has just posted a detailed review of these two figures. Click here for more.

 


 

Q&A Hiatus
August 8, 2002 | 4:06 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice, our twice-weekly Q&A column, will be taking an indefinite hiatus. We appreciate your patience in waiting for the column’s return, and with that, here’s some more news.

 


 

Star Wars Metal Lunchboxes
August 8, 2002 | 2:36 AM EST | Adam

Reader IG88oncrack sent us a link to LunchBoxShop.com, a site that has a pair of Star Wars metal lunchboxes for sale. One’s in an A New Hope style while the other is themed after Attack of the Clones. They aren’t cheap, but if you want to see them, here they are.

 


 

The Fan Club Revised… Again
August 7, 2002 | 10:14 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site is reporting that he Fan Club is being revamped yet again as it new owners (that’s right Wizards no longer owns it) announce their plans. First, Bantha Tracks is returning. Vintage readers will remember Bantha Tracks as the name of the Insider’s precurser. The Bantha Tracks will be in addition to Insider Publications. Memberships will be $29.95 a year and membership kits will be returning for new and renewing members starting this fall. Click here for more.

 


 

San Diego Report
August 7, 2002 | 3:52 AM EST | Adam

Mike, aka Bananapunk (formerly of Reblscum and CollectStarWars.com fame) sent us this link to a page full of some great pictures he took in Hasbro’s Star Wars booth in San Diego over the weekend. While there’s no previously unseen product here, the images are nice, big, and crisp in addition to showing product from a new perspective. The shots of the Pilot Clone Trooper (some are on the first page, some appear later) are especially good.

Mike is currently working on a new project, Galactic Hunter, which should prove to be another in a great line of Star Wars websites. So anyway, kill some time and peruse his photos already.

 


 

Deluxe Saga for $5 in Virginia Toys “R” Us
August 7, 2002 | 2:26 AM EST | Adam

Reader Kit found what seems to be an interesting local fluke…

“I’m not too certain if it’s like this around the rest of the country, but I know where I live, Richmond, Virginia, the Deluxe figures are five dollars each! Hope this is helpful to you or some fans!”

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeeds
August 7, 2002 | 2:20 AM EST | Adam

Some new updates from sponsor Entertainment Earth

***Yoda & C-3PO Deluxe 2-Pack***

The Yoda & C-3PO Deluxe 2-Pack (Item# HS84859DD, $29.99) includes C-3PO with Droid Factory Assembly Line and Yoda with Force Powers. C-3PO features interchangeable heads, arms and legs! Mix and match to create different combinations! Yoda features the “force,” hold YodaÕs hand over his lightsaber and it is Force-attracted to his hand!

***Star Wars Unleashed Assortment 2***

Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 2 (Item# HS84894BB, $56.99) includes 3 action figures, 7 inch scale: 1x Anakin, 1x Darth Vader and 1x Padme. These powerful and meticulously designed sculptures capture some of the most compelling Star Wars characters in their rawest and most electrifying moments. Their innermost emotions and essences are frozen in time with stunning artistry and detail. Collect them all for a stunning display of one of the greatest sagas of all time.

 


 

Official Updates
August 6, 2002 | 5:46 AM EST | Adam

At Star Wars.com
International Video Release Dates
If you live in Australia, Central America, Asia, or Europe you can find out whenAttack of the Clones will see its official release in your corner of the world. The dates, all tentative, are this November.

One of Yoda’s Younglings was clearly a Noghri. What is his name?
The Jedi Librarian tackles the species we see of the Bear Clan, the group Yoda educates in Attack of the Clones. While it isn’t spelled out as to what the “Noghri” Jedi was, at least you can find out what non-human Jedi did appear in the scene…

And at Hasbro US
Get A First Look at New Products…
Two full pages of currently unreleased Hasbro product images. While some are the same as the official site posted earlier, there are some new angles, so it’s still worth a gander.

Lastly, at Hasbro UK
Arena Play Set
While we’ve seen it before, this short blurb does mention some things you may not have seen in the images. Count Dooku’s box, a “secret hangar,” and break-apart columns are some of the listed features of this large and apparently fairly priced chunk of plastic.

 


 

Detailed Pictures of Lott Dod, Watto, Tusken with Massiff, and More
August 5, 2002 | 9:25 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews has just posted detailed pics of the soon to hit retail Lott Dod, Watto, Tusken Raider with Massiff, and the new variant beardless Endor Rebel Soldier and Red Battle Droid. Click here for more.

 


 

Custom 25th Anniversary Boba Fett: DIY
August 5, 2002 | 9:15 PM EST | Adam

 

Clarification: We’ve gotten a few emails asking where someone can buy this toy. Answer: it’s a custom. It’s not for sale, it’s home made, and the site has some components that can help you build your very own. (I did not, however, see directions on how to recolor the figure.)

Markus of StarconstruX sent us a heads-up that they posted some nifty scans for a do-it-yourself project for a 25th Anniversary Boba Fett, in the style of the infamous Darth Vader and the upcoming R2-D2. It ain’t perfect, but it’s a great idea for an summer afternoon project!

 


 

Q&A Monday Postponed
August 5, 2002 | 2:20 AM EST | Adam

Due to a small issue we’re having with our file server, With Every Question For Justice will not have its usual Monday update. And now for something we hope you’ll really like!

 


 

Clones Box Office Tally
August 5, 2002 | 2:12 AM EST | Adam

As the summer marches on, and with the inevitable home video release of the flick, the clone attack on the American box office has slowed down quite a bit. Coming in at the top three this weekend were Signs (no big surprise),Goldmember (again, no big surprise), and The Master of Disguise (huge surprise.)

At #20 is Attack of the Clones, coming in with an additional $600,000 this weekend bringing its total take to roughly $298 million and change. At this rate, it could easily break $300 million before September. These figures are borrowed from the fantastic Box Office Mojo.

 


 

More Star Tours Announced at Rebelscum
August 5, 2002 | 1:55 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum has a report regarding more future Star Tours releases. A quartet of Droids are listed, one of which– R4-M9– was released during the final days of Power of the Jedi. Could this be a mistake, a repaint, or simply a placeholder name? Time will tell, but check out Rebelscum for the rest of the droids!

 


 

Potential AOTC DVD Omission
August 4, 2002 | 9:01 AM EST | Adam

While perusing various DVD sites for interesting press releases and early reviews of Lord of the Rings, I stumbled upon this quote at DVD Review, pointing out something I totally missed earlier:

“A couple of interesting sidenotes are that unlike Episode I, Episode II will apparently be released as the theatrical cut, not as a retooled director’s cut or some such nonsense. Oddly missing from the features are the six short discussions of the film from the recent Fox television premieres of the previous Star Wars films which will be present on the VHS tape.”

Looking at the official list of supplements for the VHS and DVD releases, they’re right: the Star Wars Connections featurette is listed as a VHS supplement, and does not appear on the DVD list. The VHS also includes six deleted scenes, which is better than the total absence of deleted scenes seen with the Phantom Menace tapes.

So now you know.

 


 

Toys “R” Us Sales
August 4, 2002 | 8:48 AM EST | Adam

This week, Toys “R” Us stores are having some advertised sales on their Hasbro action figure products. Items included in the sale…

Slave I: was $29.99, now $19.99
Jedi Starfighter: was $24.99, now $19.99
Deluxe Figure Assortment: was $9.99, now $7.99

Given that the prices drop in different amounts in different regions, this may or may not be a good deal. Still, we’d reccomend the vehicles at these prices.

NOTE: David, a TRU Merch Team Leader, sent this in:
“The sale you mentioned is only in some markets, based on when kids go back to school. All other markets will have this sale start NEXT sunday the 11th-17th.”

The circular does list the items as also being available at Amazon via their Toys “R” Us store, and the items are marked down on their web store. So you’ve got options.

 


 

Official Weekend Updates
August 4, 2002 | 3:22 AM EST | Adam

Hasbro Fall 2002 Preview – Part 2
Official shots of all sorts of goodies, including Unleashed Mace Windu, Lott Dod, Jango Fett (Pilot), Clone Trooper (Pilot), the 12″ Bounty Hunters, the Arena, and more. Don’t miss these!

Sansweet at Comic-Con 2002
Uber-Fan and all around Awesome Dude Stephen J. Sansweet made a presentation in San Diego this weekend that included the first showing of a deleted scene from Attack of the Clones! While it will be on the DVD come November, but you can find out what it is right now by viewing this update!

 


 

Ephant Mon, Padme Pilot Carded
August 3, 2002 | 10:10 PM EST | Bill

They weren’t shown at Comic-Con, but SithGorilla over at Death Star Plansscored some pics of these upcoming Saga figures. Visit Death Star Plans for the full scoop!

 


 

Removable Armor Clone Trooper
August 3, 2002 | 3:10 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews has images from the San Diego Comic-Con clearly show not just a removable helmet, but also removable armor on the upcoming Deluxe Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike. Click here for a pic without the armor, and here for a pic of the comparison with and without armor as well as the loose armor.

 


 

Unbelieveable Customs Site
August 3, 2002 | 10:46 AM EST | Bill

Ryan Shaw has some unbelieveable customs up on his website. A few of the best samples include a from-scratch Gargan figure, and Pod Race pilot Ben Quadrinaros! Check them out, these are simply unbelieveable!

 


 

Official Site Updates
August 3, 2002 | 3:08 AM EST | Adam

All’s Fair in Love, War and Comics
Wondering what the phrase “The Attack On Kamino” means as far as future tales are concerned? Future storylines on all sorts of upcoming goodies are revealed, including Mace Windu’s involvement in a future installment of Tales. Good times, indeed.

November 2002 Comics and Mini-Busts
Summaries of: Star Wars: Empire #3Star Wars: Republic #48. Also, some images of the wonderful Darth Vader and Yoda mini-busts… both are exquisite looking, and we’d like to get review samples if anybody out there is reading… aw, c’mon…

Hasbro Fall 2002 Preview
Official photography of: 3 3/4″ Destroyer Droid and Tusken Raider with Massiff, Darth Tyranus Unleashed, Hoth and Endor accessory sets; 12″ Imperial Officer; Action Fleet AT-AT. We assume this means there will be another update with more new photography soon. Of note: the Scout Trooper in the Endor Accessory set is properly assembled, and the deco on the AT-AT is nothing short of mind-bogglingly good. Snow, dirt, the whole ball of wax.

Cargo Bay
Some neat things are there if you missed them before. All six Cantina Diorama sets are listed, with the first wave pictured with an incorrect release date of July, 2002. Wave 2 will include Dr. Evazan, Wuher, and Kitik Keed’kak, and those are listed as due in November.

There’s also a few nice shots of the deluxe Clone Trooper and Geonosian, and other than a few neat new Basic figures being shown, there’s also mention of the upcoming Fan Club exclusive Lott Dod and Nute Gunray Hologram set.

Oh, and take the release dates with a grain of salt. While some are right on the money, or are about $0.15 off, there’s a few that miss the mark by a couple of bucks. And now that this metaphor has been overextended, our next news item…

 


 

Star Tours Figures: Mall Bound?
August 3, 2002 | 2:47 AM EST | Adam

Reader Brent turned us on to this article at the Providence Journal (a newspaper from Rhode Island) with a particularly interesting quote:

“Although the co-branded toys can only be found at Once Upon a Toy, Hassenfeld and Weiss said they will one day be sold at The Disney Stores locations, such as those at Providence Place, Emerald Square and Warwick malls.”

So could this mean the likes of Disney Mr. Potato Head and R3-D3 are going to show up in your neck of the woods? We’ll keep you posted on these and other developments in the world of the ever-elusive Droid figures.

 


 

Target: Final Markdown on Select Star Wars Items
August 3, 2002 | 2:40 AM EST | Adam

While your stores may have different products, tonight we spotted some Tiger Electronics AOTC vehicles for just over a buck, as well as the Ultimate Collector Series Lego Blockade Runner for just $49.94 (was $199.99.) Even though we mentioned it before, we’ll mention it again: be sure to visit your local Target stores this weekend if you’re in the market for new and/or cheap items.

 


 

More Comic-Con Coverage
August 2, 2002 | 8:33 AM EST | Bill

Artoosnews has updated their Comic-Con coverage with more pics and the Hasbro Q&A. Click here for more.

 


 

Yet More Discounts at Amazon
August 2, 2002 | 8:12 AM EST | Mark

If you are late to the LEGO game and are looking for older sets, check Amazon for this deal…
Episode 1 Sith Infiltrator List $29.99, now $14.98

Other items include…
12″ Queen Amidala Ultimate Hair Fashion Doll List $24.99, now $5.29
12″ Figure: Enslaved Leia List $19.99, now $9.96
Episode II: Slave I List $29.99, now $19.99

 


 

Official Goodies, Hasbro Q&A Of Sorts
August 2, 2002 | 2:54 AM EST | Adam

Comic-Con 2002 Q&A with Hasbro
Jedi Points, Playskool, and more… and find out about someone that’s prepared for any mail-away offer Hasbro could come up with, no matter how big!

Hugh Jackman in Ep III?
Rick McCallum tackles this issue and gives a reason for why the rumor has circulated so much…

 


 

Target Accessory Sets: Early Impressions
August 2, 2002 | 2:34 AM EST | Adam

Well, we found our samples of the four Target accessory sets in Phoenix tonight, so here’s some early impressions to hold you over until some reviews get written:

Arena Conflict Accessory Set
Mostly recycled parts. The Battle Droid figure is a repainted version of the Power of the Jedi Security Battle Droid. The backpack is new (and resembles the STAP), but all the other accessories have shown up elsewhere, sometimes in different colors.

Death Star Accessory Set
A good mixed bag. The Death Star Trooper is the 1998 POTF2 figure, complete with removable helmet and unchanged copyright dates. The rifle rack, mouse droid, torture droid, and belt are new sculpts. It’s a well-balanced set that Imperial fans will drool over.

Hoth Survival Accessory Set
The most disappointing set. The Hoth Rebel Soldier is the 1997 Hoth Luke with the 1997 Hoth Rebel Soldier head. The backpack won’t fit over his shoulders. The scanner, rifle, and gas masks are recycled, but the rest is all new. The “power box” wins the award for lamest accessory in all four sets.

Endor Victory Accessory Set
Delightful. The Scout Trooper is the Power of the Jedi version assembled incorrectly, with the waist (crotch) piece put in backwards. The drum set’s helmets are not removable, but there is an AT-ST driver helmet included for Han, and everything else, except the Rebel rifle and the Scout pistol seem to be recolored or resculpted from previous versions. This one’s great.

A full pictoral and slightly more extensive commentary may be coming soon-ish.

 


 

Action Fleet Continue to Roll Out
August 2, 2002 | 2:23 AM EST | Adam

We’ve received numerous reports on the Target Exclusive Action Fleet sets, but tonight we personally sighted all four sets at $5.99 each. Each set has at least one vehicle with a “dedicated” figure stuck to it, so your Speeder Bikes won’t go unmanned.

Also, the Target had the Falcon, X-wing, and TIE Fighter Advanced. So keep checking your local stores if you missed any of these, as Target has marked several items to “final markdown” and many of the stores have reset or are in the process of resetting their toy aisles… which means loads of new toys are showing up.

 


 

Star Wars Adult Apparel at Sears
August 2, 2002 | 2:18 AM EST | Adam

If you’re looking for some cheap adult-sized Star Wars t-shirts, check your local Sears stores. Several adult and young adult sizes exist of classic and prequel designs, and they’re $9.99 each. Neat-o.

 


 

New Vintage Scans at Gadders.com
August 1, 2002 | 9:00 AM EST | Bill

Gadders.com has cardbacks for download for all the Star Wars 12-backs, and they have also added more inserts to the site, including the much requested vintage AT-ST Scout Walker stickers.

 


 

San Diego Comicon Coverage
August 1, 2002 | 8:56 AM EST | Bill

Artoosnews has begun posting their coverage of Hasbro’s offerings at the San Diego Comicon. You will definitely want to check it out here .

 


 

Action Fleet In Stock at Amazon
August 1, 2002 | 7:37 AM EST | Mark

Can’t find them at the store? Head over to Amazon.com…
Action Fleet: Millenium Falcon
Action Fleet: TIE Advanced x1
Action Fleet: X-Wing Fighter

Also, the Episode II Deluxe figures are on sale for $6.99.

 


 

Q&A Thursday Update
August 1, 2002 | 5:17 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has just tackled a dozen– and by dozen, we mean two less than a dozen– questions from you, the readership, on all things Star Wars. Check it out, won’t you?

 


 

Official AOTC VHS, DVD Release and Official Updates
August 1, 2002 | 4:40 AM EST | Adam

At The Official Site
Episode II on DVD and VHS
Looks like the rumor mill was right– November 12 is the date for the North American home video release. Surprisingly, both pan-and-scan and widescreen DVDs will be produced, and the packaging even keeps in style with the Episode I DVD and VHS tape. To see images of the cases as well as a full list of featured extras, check out this feature.

Star Wars at Comic-Con 2002
A brief look at the Star Wars programming at one of the finest events surrounding the world of comics. If you’re in San Diego this weekend, take a look to see what’s in store for you!

Topps Goes Wide with Episode II
Find out about the 80-card Widevision set due this November.

And from Hasbro USA
Join the Intense Battles at the Star Wars Trading Card Game National Championship at Gen Con
Hasbro’s headline pretty much says it all when it comes to this August 10 event. Find out more about the tournament on Hasbro’s site.

July 2002 Archive

Topps Goes Wide
July 31, 2002 | 8:48 PM EST | Mark

On Star Wars.com, a couple of preview cards have been announced alongside the announcement that Topps will be producing Widevision cards for Episode II. The set is due in stores this November, and you can check out the preview images at the official site.

 


 

Deluxe Yoda, C-3PO at Entertainment Earth
July 31, 2002 | 8:22 PM EST | Mark

EE.com now has the Wave 3 deluxe Figures in stock which include Yoda and the C-3PO with Battle Droid. Hop on over to order yours…

 


 

Amazon Exclusives, Pre-Orders
July 31, 2002 | 7:51 AM EST | Mark

The X-Wing with R2-D2 is back in stock. Their other 3 3/4″ exclusive is theLandspeeder with Luke with an expected date of Aug 15th. The 12″ Luke and Taun Taun is due in on Sep 15th.

 


 

Indiana Jones DVDs?
July 30, 2002 | 7:23 AM EST | Adam

Sure it isn’t Star Wars. Sure, we’re fanning the flames of another rumor-fire. But you’ll probably be interested just the same that Ain’t It Cool News is reporting that Paramount is prepping the original Indiana Jones films for a DVD release

Of course, be sure to take this with a grain of salt… while AICN is the source of some fantastic early reports and sometimes notable preview screening reviews, these are the same people that gave us a rather laughable Episode III Obi-Wan makeup test image. Still, it makes us hopeful.

 


 

First Pics Of Clone Trooper Pilots AND Gunship Turrets
July 29, 2002 | 10:25 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, we finally havea photo of what the pack-in for the Clone Trooper Pilot will look like. We have known for a while that the upcoming Clone Trooper Pilot would come with a turret to add on to the Republic Gunship. Thanks toAmerican Dream Comics you can see them here and here.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Automated News Feed:
July 29, 2002 | 6:33 PM EST | Mark

***New Star Wars Figures In Stock***

Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 1 Figure Assortment, Wave 5) (Item# HS84851F, $79.99) http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84851F includes 12 action figures: 3x Darth Maul – Sith Training (NEW), 3x Anakin Skywalker – Tatooine Attack (NEW), 1x Jango Fett – Kamino Escape, 1x Anakin Skywalker – Hangar Duel, 2x Yoda – Jedi Master, 1x Count Dooku – Dark Lord and 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi – Jedi Starfighter Pilot.

While not listed in their newsfeed, quantities of the Ki-Adi Mundi and Teemto Pagalies waves have also arrived.

 


 

Weekend Box Office Estimates
July 29, 2002 | 6:20 AM EST | Adam

The highly amusing laugh-fest Austin Powers: Goldmember has proven an old dog doesn’t need too many new tricks to delight and amuse, pulling in over $70 million this weekend. Of course, since this is a Star Wars site, we checked Box Office Mojo for the latest on AOTC, and the film pulled in an estimate $800,000 for the weekend. This puts the second-to-last Star Wars film at a hair above $297 million.

 


 

New YakFeature: Saga X-Wing
July 29, 2002 | 6:08 AM EST | Adam

While the images were a little rushed, it’s up and ready to go!

The latest YakFeature is on the Web! This time, we take a good, long look at the new Saga Toys “R” Us Exclusive, Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter.

Aside from the overview, we posted…

The Saga X-Wing Packaging Gallery
The Saga X-Wing Review

 


 

Jango Fett Room Alarm @ Wal-Mart
July 29, 2002 | 4:26 AM EST | Adam

During this evening’s toy run, several Jango Fett room alarms were spotted at a few different Wal-Marts in the Phoenix area. Each store’s price varied, but was within the realm of pennies under $29.99. If you’re still hunting for this one, it appears they are continuing to ship.

 


 

Toys “R” Us 25th Anniversary R2-D2 News
July 29, 2002 | 3:57 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum posted news on the new Silver Anniversary Silver R2-D2 figure from Hasbro. The newsbrief discusses a timeframe and quantity, and from the sound of things, it won’t be too hard to get an all-silver Astromech of your very own.

 


 

Q&A Monday Update
July 29, 2002 | 3:37 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice, our Star Wars Q&A column, has been updated yet again with tirades, arguments, confrontations, and some fun trivia. Read on, and enjoy!

 


 

Metal Lunchbox Found
July 29, 2002 | 3:31 AM EST | Adam

Reader Jeffrey had a notable find in Rochester, NY:

“Check out your local grocery and department stores for the new full size metal Star Wars lunch box from thermos. Its black with the Star Wars title and features similar Ep.2 Villains and Hero images as seen on recent T shirts and collectable tins. It includes a small Tupperware type container as well as a plain white thermos.”

The store was not specified.

 


 

Tatooin Attack Anakin: First Report in the US?
July 29, 2002 | 3:30 AM EST | Adam

From reader SPFreedo:

“I haven’t see this listed on your site yet, but today at K-Mart in
Pittsburgh, PA I found the Tatooine Attack Anakin Skywalker.”

Well, this is the first we’ve heard of the figure showing up, so check those local stores!

 


 

New Playskool Set Found
July 29, 2002 | 3:28 AM EST | Adam

After receiving numerous sightings of the Millennium Falcon Playskool set, we’ve finally gotten the first of the “Arena Adventures” package based on Attack of the Clones from reader Michael:

“I was at the KB at Opry Mills in Nashville, TN today and found a new Playskool set that I didn’t even realize was coming out. It was an Episode 2 set that included the Reek, Mace Windu, Anakin and a Geonosian Warrior. It was carded similar to the Hoth and Endor sets.”

 


 

New Entries on the Star Wars Collectors Archive
July 28, 2002 | 5:40 AM EST | Adam

Fans of all things vintage are in for a treat, as some particularly cool late-1980s entries have been added to the Star Wars Collectors Archive. See some Droids companion figures, original box artwork from Brazil, and some other great goodies!

 


 

Another Star Tours Figure Sighting
July 28, 2002 | 2:39 AM EST | Adam

Reader Bruce had a finding in Florida yesterday…

“Here is the word on the Star Tours figures. I got this information from the manager of the new “Once Upon a Toy” store at Downtown Disney here in Orlando. They did a soft launch of the store, which officially opens Thursday, August 1st.

I was down there today to buy the droids, which they had in great supply. There were three, and ONLY three available at this store. I asked the manager about a 4th one that was supposed to be out and he told me that they had only the three and that ‘if these things sell well, there are 3 or 4 waves, of three figures in each wave, that will be issued, one wave about each quarter.’

Here’s the ones I got today. R3-D3, G2-4T and RX-24 (“Rex”) Rex was in the shortest supply as not surprisingly he is the star droid of the Star Tours ride at Disney/MGM.

Anyway thought you might to know since there seems to be some confusion about how many of these figs are actually out.

Disney Land might have a different story, but this is the official word out of Orlando from the manager of the new toy store here.”

From the rumor mill, multiple waves of exclusives are a strong possibility. While many have asked, we still don’t know when the Fan Club will begin offering these figures. Some have called the Fan Club to ask, and we’d like to remind our readers that phone representatives of the Fan Club and other companies aren’t always privy to the information available elsewhere, so don’t always expect the most up-to-date information from a phone rep.

 


 

KBToys 12″ Exclusive Clone Troopers In-Stock
July 27, 2002 | 8:47 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com now has the 12″ Exclusive Red and Yellow Clone Troopers back in stock along with a host of other new figures if you are still looking for any. They also have the 12″ Ultimate Jango Fett in stock.

 


 

Unleashed Continue Assault
July 27, 2002 | 3:59 AM EST | Adam

GameStop stores were next on the list to receive Wave 2 of the Star Wars Unleashed figures, selling the plastic statuettes for $16.99 per. A Phoenix area store received a case with two each of Padme, Anakin, and Darth Vader. (For the curious, it was the Arrowhead Mall location.)

A bit of a surprise with Anakin: he’s got interchangable hands!

We’ve heard from a few readers that some unscrupulous dealers have been telling them Padme is going to be recalled. Not true, kids, it’s just another one of those nasty things that have become known as “Internet rumors.” But looking at the sluggish sales of the initial two figures, any rumor to boost sales might be a good thing.

 


 

Target Biker Scout Assembly Error– Widespread?
July 26, 2002 | 8:11 PM EST | Adam

“CROUCHING HOWARD HIDDEN WILLOW here with a report!

I just got the SCOUT TROOPER WEAPONS SET at target, and my figure has his croth part backwards. See the pic. Is this how it is manufactured, or is this a potential error that will be fixed later….”

He sent us this image, and there’s definitely something screwy with the image. While a single error like this typically isn’t newsworthy, I took a look atRebelscum and elsewhere, and their packaged samples appear to be the same way. We don’t expect this to be fixed if it’s a widespread error, which, it appears, it most certainly is.

 


 

New Saga Advertisment Spotted
July 26, 2002 | 8:01 PM EST | Adam

Reader redtwo3 sent in his impressions of a new commercial for Clones toys…

“Just thought I’d let you know that I just saw a new commercial this morning on the Cartoon Network for some of the new Ep. II toys. The commercial was for the Nexu and the deluxe Yoda. The commercial basically just showed what each of their action features were. The play features for the Yoda look really cool.”

 


 

Saga X-Wing’s R2-D2: Based on R2-B1
July 26, 2002 | 7:19 AM EST | Adam

While examining the new Toys “R” Us Exclusive X-Wing Fighter for an upcoming feature on this site, we discovered an answer to an oft-asked and never-answered question: “Is this a new R2-D2 or a remake?”

The answer: a little bit of each. The figure’s sculpt is, without a doubt, the Episode I figure R2-B1. There’s distinctive markings on the dome and body that are fairly minor, but easy to see if you know where to look. Also, there’s the copyright date, which still reads “2000” and this was the only bipedal R2-style Droid figure released in or since 2000.

Just thought you might like to know that. The full review of the X-Wing toy should be ready early next week… and it’s far more impressive than any review has revealed thus far. There’s quite a few undocumented features that will make a lot of you go after this one, and we plan to show you the whole ball of wax.

 


 

Hands-On PlayStation2 Bounty Hunter
July 26, 2002 | 4:36 AM EST | Adam

GameSpot posted their impressions of the upcoming PlayStation2 and GameCube adventure game. Temeura Morrison and Leeanna Walsman (Jango & Zam from the film) lend their voices to the game, and quite a few details listed make it sound like it could be a fantastic product. Of course, you never know, and the preview doesn’t make any judgement calls on the game’s overal quality. (Mostly because it isn’t done yet.) But anyway, if you’re curious about this title, check the preview out.

 


 

Official Updates
July 26, 2002 | 2:41 AM EST | Adam

To start, we’ve got some happy news from Hasbro UK
10 Jorg Sacul Figures to be Won
Ten lucky, randomly selected members of HasbroJedi.co.uk will receive a Jorg Sacul figure! Even though it’s only open to residents of the UK, well, those in the UK would probably be interested in this.

And at Star Wars.com
The Clone Wars Begin
Nine new databank entries have been added, including a plethora of weapon droids, Clones, vehicles, and more. If the gadgets of the Battle of Geonosis are something you’d like to read up on, be sure you don’t miss this installment.

 


 

Nokia Phone Faceplates: Star Wars Edition
July 26, 2002 | 2:35 AM EST | Adam

Darth Dav sent us this link showing off some of Nokia’s newest Star Wars cell phone faceplates. If your phone needs a new visage, be sure to give the page a look.

 


 

D&S Sci-Fi Newsfeed
July 26, 2002 | 2:25 AM EST | Adam

D & S Sci-fi Toy World – New Arrivals:

We just got in the Playskool Falcon, and we have the Ki-Adi-Mundi & Han Endor waves in stock. Also taking pre-orders for shipment late next week:
Deluxe Yoda & C-3PO, SW Trilogy Action Fleet, Acklay Beast & more!

Visit them today at www.dnstoys.com!

 


 

What? What Did You Say?
July 25, 2002 | 10:34 AM EST | Robert

With the help of Innis at the Jawa.com and Joe from Joetoy.com a joint venture article was written to help fellow collectors interested in collecting the second generation unproduced oval commtech chips both loose and on the card. Innis and the Jawa will be hosting a chat to talk about the unproduced commtech chips this Friday at 8 P.M. EST, so stop by as it should be a good chat! You can check out the article by going here: Unproduced Commtech Chip Guide
Drop us a line to let us know what you think! 8>)

 


 

TRU Exclusive now On-Line
July 25, 2002 | 7:33 AM EST | Mark

Amazon / TRU has the X-Wing with R2-D2 in stock now for $39.99, so if you are looking for this exclusive, head on over.

 


 

New AOTC DVD Release Date?
July 25, 2002 | 5:30 AM EST | Adam

A scan sent to TheForce.Net’s Episode II Area reveals a new release date for Episode II– apparently, November 12, which is slightly earlier than previously speculated. If this list is for real, you can see dozens of other release dates, including Monsters Inc., Crocodile Hunter (but why?), and a few others.

So for now, pencil in November 12 as the day for which you’ll need $20 set aside. Based on early info leaking, it’s going to be a killer two-disc set.

 


 

Xbox Game Prices Drop
July 25, 2002 | 5:01 AM EST | Adam

Two Star Wars Xbox titles, Starfighter and Jedi Starfighter, have been spotted at lowered prices of $17.88 and $37.88 respectively at a Phoenix area Target. If you’re interested in these two titles, be sure to take a detour to the electronics section on your next toy run. They were marked “Temporary Price Cuts,” and those aren’t always national deals, so your mileage may vary.

 


 

Official Site Updates
July 25, 2002 | 4:31 AM EST | Adam

New on the Fan Films Marquee
Read about Trooper Clerks (Smith meets Lucas), Block Wars, and the Hardware Wars Teaser. If you haven’t seen them, they’re all-new!

 


 

Action Fleet: First Wave Found
July 25, 2002 | 4:22 AM EST | Adam

Reader Peter found some new ships this morning…

“I haven’t seen this reported yet, but I noticed this morning that the a Wal-Mart on Bell Road, Glendale AZ had the ‘Falcon, X-wing and Advanced TIE (AKA Darth Vaders TIE). Does not appear to be any figures. The Falcon looks very “dirty” compared to my recollections of the previous version.”

 


 

Q&A Thursday
July 25, 2002 | 4:20 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice, our irregular twice-weekly Q&A column, has been updated with ten questions and answers from you, the readers. Feel free to send in your questions for the next installment!

 


 

Target Excluive Accessory Sets In The Stores
July 24, 2002 | 11:44 PM EST | Bill

I have been getting reports from across the Country of Targets putting out their 4 exclusive accessory sets. The price is $9.99. Some of the reports have indicated that the stores are not “supposed” to put these out yet, but a lot of Targets are stocking early.

 


 

Official Update Fun
July 24, 2002 | 4:38 AM EST | Adam

Today, we start the rounds at Hasbro UK
Be Jango Fett!
A Jango Fett Target Game has just been released in the UK. It’s available only in Index… whatever that means.

Winner of the June HasbroJedi.co.uk Competition
Somebody won a free poster! Find out who!

And next, Star Wars.com
Desktop Wallpaper
From the college (or street) campagin websites, here’s some more of the nifty pop-artwork available for download.

 


 

Unleashed Wave 2 Hits Retail
July 23, 2002 | 10:06 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews is reporting that Unleashed Wave 2 is in the stores!!! This wave is Darth Vader, Anakin, and Padme. Click here for more.

 


 

Insider #61 Arrives
July 23, 2002 | 4:12 AM EST | Adam

Subscribers have started receiving the newest issue of the Star Wars Insider. Yoda’s intent stare on the cover hides several features, including what the colors on Clone Troopers mean, features on some of the handmaidens and Celebration II, and even a feature showing tons of the upcoming Sith Rising card set. All in all, a worthy read, so watch your newsstands and mailboxes!

 


 

Official Update
July 23, 2002 | 3:59 AM EST | Adam

One update today…

Familliar Planets for III?
Rick McCallum gives an “answer” to if we’ll see Alderaan or other familliar sounding planets for the final Star Wars film…

 


 

Star Tours Toy News at Rebelscum
July 23, 2002 | 3:32 AM EST | Adam

Some previously unheard Star Tours toy news has been posted to Rebelscum, including some repackaged POTF2 weapons and the possibility that we’ll be seeing far more Droid figures…

 


 

Entertainment Earth: AOTC Wave 2 12″ In Stock, Newsfeed
July 22, 2002 | 9:59 PM EST | Mark

Entertainment Earth now has the new Saga 12″ Episode II Wave 2 in stock which includes Zam Wesell, Super Battle Droid, and the amazing Count Dooku.Click here to order yours today!

Also, in their Newsfeed today…

***Autographed Jabba’s Dancers***

The Autographed Jabba’s Dancers (Item# 69849A, $24.99), signed by Mercedes Ngoh, the actress who played Jabba’s Dancer “Rystall” in Return of the Jedi Special Edition.

***Star Wars EP2 Epic Duels***

Star Wars EP2 Epic Duels (Item# HG40406, $24.99) game plays out what all Star Wars fans dream about — who is the greatest Star Wars warrior of all time? What would happen if the Force was no longer divided? Jedi Knights could battle each other… Sith Lords could challenge one of their own. What if classic battles could be recreated and have completely different endings?

 


 

Clones Continues at Box Office
July 22, 2002 | 2:35 AM EST | Adam

Box Office Mojo is reporting that Attack of the Clones pulled in about $1.125 million this weekend, bringing the total to roughly $295,725,000. Coming in at 16th place this weekend, the Clones still have a little fight left in them, and the movie seems on track to break $300 million in a few weeks.

 


 

K-Mart Discounts Of Note
July 22, 2002 | 2:13 AM EST | Adam

While it’s still not confirmed as an isolated fluke or a widespread thing, my local K-Mart had a wide variety of Star Wars products marked down to half price– this includes vehicles, beasts, puzlles, and Lego products. If you’re in the market for a few AOTC-themed items, it may be worth your while to see what your K-Mart has in store for you.

 


 

Hasbro Posts Update, New Site on New Electronic R2-D2
July 22, 2002 | 2:04 AM EST | Adam

The widely gabbed about and fully functional R2-D2 due this Fall is the subject at this new post at Hasbro’s US Star Wars site. While the blurb doesn’t have much info in and of itself, they do mention a new site, R2 Droid Factory.com. While there isn’t much of anything there now, it should give a rundown on the toy as it gets closer to release.

 


 

Q&A Monday Update
July 22, 2002 | 1:58 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice, our twice-a-week Q&A column, has been updated with all sorts of fun questions, looking at such varied topics as the upcoming Saga Tusken Raider, the marketability of Star Trek toys, and of course, the oft-delayed Marmit line of Star Wars model figures. Read up, and be back Thursday for another installment!

 


 

Weekly Advertised Specials
July 21, 2002 | 8:35 AM EST | Adam

We combed (some) of this week’s newspaper clippings to bring you the latest specials…

K-Mart
All Saga figures, $3.49. Sale Sunday & Monday only. Stores have received new stock in recent weeks, so it’s most likely worth a look.

Target
Galactic Battlegrounds (PC), $39.99
Star Wars: AOTC Backpack, $11.88
Star Wars: AOTC Insulated Lunch Kit, $7

Best Buy
Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns (PC), $24.99
Includes a $10 gift card by mail
Both Austin Powers DVDs, $20/set (not Star Wars, but cheap)

Since it’s back-to-school time, those needing Star Wars pencils and such might want to keep their eyes peeled.

 


 

BoShek, Teebo, R4-M9 at D&S Sci-Fi Toy World
July 21, 2002 | 5:28 AM EST | Adam

The final trio of Power of the Jedi figures still show up in some isolated areas, but not everywhere. If you missed out on the last series of figures, we’d like to point you to our advertisers at D&S Sci-Fi Toy World. They have a set of all 3 at $24.99, which is pretty close to the cost at most retail establishments at the time of their release.

Other items of note inclued the newly released Playskool Falcon Playset ($28.99) and the Fan Club Stormtrooper 4-pack ($18.99.)

 


 

Star Tours Figure #4
July 20, 2002 | 7:46 PM EST | Adam

A fourth figure has been revealed at American Dream ComicsDL-X2 is shown here for the first time, the fourth of the ongoing series of Star Tours toys.

The initial rumor nearly a year ago called for six figures and a vehicle, and so far, it seems to be following that pattern. So don’t be too surprised if a new Protocol Droid repaint shows up in the coming weeks…

 


 

Star Tours: R3-D3
July 20, 2002 | 5:47 AM EST | Adam

A third robot for the Star Tours line for Disney parks has been revealed atRebelscum: R3-D3. From the look of things, it’s the Power of the Jedi R2-D2 with a different dome. Check it out!

 


 

Official Update
July 20, 2002 | 3:10 AM EST | Adam

This Party’s Over
The only official update this time around contains 8 new or updated entries on the Jedi from the latest of the Star Wars films. Read all about Stass Allie and other favorites! It even explains that no new footage of Adi Gallia was shot for the new flick… enlightening stuff, if you keep up on this sort of thing.

 


 

Dorme Petition
July 20, 2002 | 2:51 AM EST | Adam

At 179 signatures, our attention has been drawn to a Dorme petition. While some of us feel that it is a wee bit early to have petitions for Prequel-based character figures. Still, there are worse choices for figures than a new Naboo Handmaiden, a type which we really haven’t seen much of to date.

 


 

Yoda, You Seek Yoda… OK and 3PO
July 19, 2002 | 11:17 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews has posted detailed photos of the upcoming Deluxe Yoda and C-3PO sets. Click here for more.

 


 

Playskool Falcon At Retail
July 19, 2002 | 11:16 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Chad:

“I just found 3 of the Playskool Millennium Falcons at my local KB in Huntsville Alabama today (7/19). It was a nice looking set but I didn’t get it.The price is 27.99. I also saw some 12″ clone troopers in the 2 assorted the flavors: strawberry and lemon.”

 


 

Official News
July 19, 2002 | 4:21 AM EST | Adam

From Hasbro UK
Test Your Star Wars Knowledge
A brief blurb about the electronic Jedi Dex.

And at The Official Site
The Circle is Now Complete: Classic Marvel Talents
Walter Simonson talks about the recently reprinted classic Marvel tales.

Why cut Droid Ship raid?
Ben Burtt talks a deleted scene involving Ki-Adi Mundi and Plo Koon. If any of this, or the other deleted scenes mentioned, make it to the DVD, we’re in for a real treat!

 


 

New Autograph Collecting Article
July 19, 2002 | 4:11 AM EST | Adam

Wondering if that bargain signature you got was real? Well, check out Autograph Central‘s latest feature on collecting Star Wars signatures. Interesting, enlightening, and well worth a read.

 


 

Anakin, Maul, and Teemto Detailed Photos
July 18, 2002 | 10:05 PM EST | Bill

Artoo over at Artoosnews has posted detailed photos of Anakin, Maul, and Teemto in their Visual Guides. Click here for more.

 


 

Carded Lott Dodd and Tusken/Massiff Pics
July 18, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum has posted carded photos of the upcoming Lott Dodd and Tusken Raider with Massiff. To say the least Lott Dodd is sweet— we finally have a Nemodian with a removable hat– miter in this case. Customizers are going to love this figure to make the Nemodian dignitaries from the occupied Theed Palace.

 


 

Q&A Thursday Update
July 18, 2002 | 3:08 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice, our favorite Q&A column, has been updated this morning with answers, questions, and well, just answers and questions. Enjoy, and come back next week for more!

 


 

Official Updates
July 18, 2002 | 3:01 AM EST | Adam

Today, we start at Hasbro UK
Five To Go!
An updated list of figures for 2002 is now online, but there’s really nothing new on it.

New Arrivals To Look Forward To
Ki-Adi Mundi and new Action Fleet will be coming to the UK… and more. Find out some of the newer stuff here.

The Search For Shaak Ti…
Apparently, Shaak Ti will be easier to find in the UK come the second week of August, so stay tuned for more on that.

Next, there’s Starwars.com
International Clones Continue
Find out who’s getting the film next on today’s new feature on the official site.

 


 

More Model Madness
July 18, 2002 | 2:51 AM EST | Adam

Robert of Jedimodeler.com let us know the review and preview sections of their site are up and running, so if you’d like some more information on the Fine Molds kits out of Japan, you can find it here.

 


 

Mace Windu with Red Battle Droid in Europe
July 18, 2002 | 2:35 AM EST | Adam

Reader Raymond has this to share…

“Hi, i just wanted to pass this on to you.I ordered an AOTC Deluxe Mace Windu w/Battle Droid from The Entertainer (http://www.thetoyshop.com) and i was really surprised when i received it today. The Battle Droid in the set is bright red. Not brown as it is supposed to be, but red. So apparently, the new version is also shipping to Europe.

I wanted to include a pudu scan for your viewing enjoyment, but the bubble was too big, so it ended up being a big bright lighty thing..”

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
July 18, 2002 | 2:32 AM EST | Adam

Some information from sponsors Entertainment Earth:

Stormtrooper Replica
THE LAST ONE! After this one is sold, we’ll never see another one! Standing six feet tall, this full-size, fiberglass replica features all the components of the stormtrooper from head to toe.
Item Number: DP82022
Price: $5,000.00″

 


 

Luke’s Lightsaber Remote: Instructions
July 18, 2002 | 2:21 AM EST | Adam

One of the most commonly asked questions is “hey, where can we find those groovy instructions for the Lightsaber Remote Control?” While it can be found merely by punching in the words “lightsaber instructions” in our search box, well, apparently people aren’t finding it. So to those of you who do need them, please follow this link to a PDF file documenting how to operate this particular instrument.

 


 

New at The Official Site
July 17, 2002 | 7:22 AM EST | Adam

Holographic Artist: Philip Metschan
Wondering what goes in to the designing of the various images of light in the Star Wars Universe? Wondering why many of the holographic transmissions look like the finest special effects 1977 had to offer? Find out in this new update!

 


 

Episode II Breaks Box-Office Record in Japan
July 17, 2002 | 4:45 AM EST | Adam

ShowBIZ Data posted a brief story on how the clones attacked the opening-weekend record in Japan, earning $13.8 million, beating out the recent Harry Potter flick. For the full scoop, check out the article.

 


 

Model Kits: A Dying Breed
July 17, 2002 | 4:13 AM EST | Adam

While many fans have lamented the lack of vehicle-based model kits as of late, model enthusiasts may find a solution from the Japanese company, Fine Molds.

While only one of the three kits they have planned is from Episode II, it should interest fans as it’s a Jedi Starfighter with a Hyperspace Ring.

For more information on the kits, we direct you to HobbyLink Japan, a site stuffed with goodies from the east.

X-Wing Fighter, 2400 yen (approx. $21)
TIE Fighter, 2200 yen (approx. $19)
Jedi Starfighter, 2500 yen (approx. $21, ETA July 2002)

While future plans for the line are unknown, these are truly diamonds in the rough in this era where low-priced, high-grade model kits are a rare commodity. While we have mentioned these in the past, we continue to get questions about such items, and well, these are the only kits we know of– based on vehicles– coming out at this time.

And lastly, we have yet to hear of any information regarding US distribution of these kits.

 


 

Clone Wars Update
July 16, 2002 | 6:29 AM EST | Adam

GameSpot has updated with a preview, complete with new screenshots, of the PlayStation2 title, The Clone Wars. For more, check out this article.

 


 

Star Wars.com Updates
July 16, 2002 | 5:50 AM EST | Adam

Last Magic of Myth Stop: Powerhouse
Dozens of objects, including many from Attack of the Clones, will be on display at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney this September. For more, check out this story.

Wat to do to be a producer?
Rick McCallum uses his Q&A soapbox to answer the question, just what should one do if they hope to be a movie producer some day?

 


 

Boxed Playskool Millennium Falcon Photo
July 15, 2002 | 10:10 PM EST | Bill

Pete over The Private Universe has posted a photo of Playskool’s Millennium Falcon Playset boxed.

 


 

What? What did you say?
July 15, 2002 | 4:01 PM EST | Robert

With the help of Innis from the Jawa.com and some images provided by Joe at Joetoy.com a list has been started compiling what is known of the unproduced second generation of commtech chips. The task of creating the list is quite large, but as a preview of the list I uploaded a sample page of the unproduced Gungan Warrior chip. To view this chip just hit the prototypes link located to the right on the main page. From there head out to the Sample Mock-Ups section of the site, to go check out the preview. As an extra incentive to preview the page I included some small but interesting information on a different character’s chip that was planned but cancelled from production. A big thanks in advance goes out to Innis at the Jawa.com website, and Joe at the Joetoy.com for the help and image usage. Check out both of those sites to view some carded examples. Finally, a big thanks goes out to Jordan Hembrough and Hollywood Heroes for helping to obtain the chips and information used to compile this list. Drop him an email at Hheroes007@aol.com if you are interested in purchasing some of the unproduced chips

 


 

Q&A Monday Update
July 15, 2002 | 3:08 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has been updated again with more answers and questions, hopefully some of which will be informative and entertaining.

If you have a question, feel free to send it in and maybe you’ll see it in Thursday’s update!

 


 

Saga Endor Rebel Trooper: Is That A Lightsaber?
July 15, 2002 | 2:12 AM EST | Adam

Those who read our Q&A column may have seen the debate regarding the unusual image of the Endor Rebel Trooper and what may (or may not) be Luke’s lightsaber. Well, courtesy of several of our very astute readers, we now know that it is, most likely, Luke’s weapon. Take a look at the following two publicity images:

Rebel Endor Troopers with Darth Vader
Endor Rebel Troopers with Captive Luke

The trooper from the figure package is clearly seen in both pictures, but more clearly on the second one– why they’ve “caught” Luke is beyond us, but hey, there it is. (And take note, he doesn’t have a beard.)

Of course, this leads to the question of the figure’s packaging: will it be changed if/when the variant head finally shows up? Frankly, we don’t know, but we don’t think so. The trooper in the photo is not the same guy the on which the figure is based, so they might as well just leave it.

Extra big special thanks to readers Jeremy and Miles, and the others who directed us to this rarely seen pair of images!

 


 

Possible Dooku Running Change Spotted
July 15, 2002 | 1:57 AM EST | Adam

Reader Steve may have found a notable new fix…

“I was checking out the latest assortment to hit the shelves and noticed that the regular (not deluxe) Count Dooku had a “fix” of sorts. His cape has been modified so that it hangs better on the figure (around the neck). My original Dooku’s cape had a bad habit of falling off and they seemed to have corrected the newer ones that are now coming out. The two ends now touch or overlap, keeping the cape wrapped around Dooku’s neck.”

Of course, this also means Count Dooku is shipping again– so keep your eyes open if you’re still looking for him.

 


 

The Force is Still With the Clones
July 14, 2002 | 10:39 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is reporting that Attack of the Clones estimated weekend box office take is $1,280,000.00, for a gross to date of $293,815,000.00. That puts Clones into 13th place on the all time domestic gross list– displacing The Sixth Sense which ended its run at $293,506,292.

 


 

Weekly Newspaper Circulars
July 14, 2002 | 8:25 AM EST | Adam

Browsing the ads of the major ‘marts, department stores, and electronics stores this week, we found one deal of note to share:

Target Stores have the PlayStation 2 Starfighter game (along with Onimusha and Red Faction) on sale for $18. While it’s not a vastly significant markdown from the usual price ($20-$30), it is a bit of a break.

 


 

2002 Hallmark Surprise
July 14, 2002 | 6:33 AM EST | Adam

In looking over our samples of the 2002 Star Wars Hallmark Ornaments released thus far (Death Star, Jedi Luke, Darth Vader) we noticed that they include a trading card-sized gift card with a picture of the ornament on one side and a place to write “to/from” on the back. So for those of you who are jonesing for some new trading cards for your collection, keep an eye out for these.

We will be showcasing the cards, ornaments, and packaging of these three items over the next week.

 


 

The Winner Is….
July 13, 2002 | 10:23 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Preston Gower, our the winner in our latest Ultarama give-away. Be sure to enter our next drawing here. Remember to be eligible to win, your entry must include your name, address, and E-mail– also you can only enter once for each drawing.

 


 

Hallmark’s 2002 Ornament Premiere
July 13, 2002 | 5:20 AM EST | Adam

Your local Hallmark store has been gearing up for today’s big Premiere event– the majority of their 2002 line will go on sale, which includes several new Star Wars releases. While not all of them will be available today, you can pick some up– with some stores offering special Premiere deals, such as giveaways, discounts, and more!

 


 

Insider & Star Wars.com Updates
July 13, 2002 | 4:57 AM EST | Adam

Insider Subscription Update
Find out about where to find new Star Wars RPG adventures, and where you can find out about subscription information for the Insider.

Return to Tatooine
Browse the Databank’s latest ten updates, including Beru Whitesun, the Massiff, and many others. Of particular note to those who follow the toys is the Massiff’s entry, which re-confirms their being native to both Geonosis and Tatooine.

Why a Curved Handle?
Doug Chiang answers the question bugging so many fans these days: Just why was Count Dooku given such a unique weapon?

 


 

Anakin Hanger Duel Variation Found
July 13, 2002 | 4:51 AM EST | Adam

We first heard of this from Andy at Hasbro at Celebration II, and now we’ve got word that a new variation has hit the streets from Reader Mike:

“I was putting off buying an Anakin Hangar Duel because I had heard about crummy magnets. Well I finally bought one, and guess what? No magnet, just a peg. I hadn’t heard of this variation yet, so I was wondering if anyone else had come across it.”

This was, of course, due to the ultra-weak magnet that’s been made fun of on the Internet and even lambasted by Jay Leno during Hayden Christensen’sTonight appearance. So it’s no real surprise.

 


 

Master Replicas Yoda Lightsaber & Star Wars Battleship at Entertianment Earth
July 13, 2002 | 4:48 AM EST | Adam

From our sponsors, Entertainment Earth:

We just received a very limited quantity of the all-new Yoda Lightsaber with Case from Master Replicas in stock. All backorders placed prior to July 11 will be filled first starting next week.

Yoda Lightsaber with Case (Item# MRSW104, $248.99)

Master Replicas LLC brings you the only licensed recreation of Yoda’s lightsaber,fully authorized and endorsed by Lucasfilm Ltd. Limited to 2,500 worldwide. Recreated from original Lucasfilm archival materials, this replica is uncanny in its accuracy to the lightsaber seen on-screen in “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.” This lightsaber has an especially distinctive look with the replicas’ size and elegance reflective of Yoda’s unique stature. Constructed from durable machined and die-cast metal components, each replica is hand-assembled and finished.

Dimensions (6.3″ L x 1.65″ H x 1.15″ W) and weight (approximately 1 pound) are to scale for the original prop. A museum quality walnut and acrylic display case is included. Finished dimensions are subject to change. Numbered and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

Also available is the Star Wars Battleship (Item# HG40804, $58.99) gamefeatures 4 different games as well as solo play or playing with another player. Voice commands guide you through missions. Laptop design folds up to store all game components. 3 “AA” batteries required, not included. Ages 8 and up. 1 or 2 players.

 


 

Roto Figures at Entertainment Earth
July 12, 2002 | 3:19 AM EST | Adam

The large vinyl figures, which are apparently either a highly shared exclusive or a very limited wide release, have shown up at sponsors Enertainment Earth:

***10 inch Star Wars Roto Figures In Stock***

The new Star Wars 10 inch Roto Figure Asst. (Item# HS26493A, $67.99) has arrived! This case of 6 figures includes the “edgiest” heroes from “Attack of the Clones,” Mace Windu and Anakin Skywalker, boasting great attitude (both in character personality and figure sculpting). Rounding out the assortment is removable helmet Jango Fett, the ultimate villain from the new film, and Darth Vader of classic Trilogy fame with lightsaber and cloth cape.

 


 

Tiger’s Jango Fett Room Alarm
July 12, 2002 | 3:02 AM EST | Adam

Proving that Q&A can be a useful resource for readers the world over, we’ve gotten a few responses regarding the availability of the Jango Fett Room Alarm! First, from Reader Scott:

“FAO Schwarz here in Troy, MI had quite a few of them just last week.”

From reader Dan:

“I saw it last month when I was at FAO in Vegas. They had quite a few. It was priced at $34.99. I ended up passing on it, since I assumed it was due out all over and I know FAO tends to run a bit high, plus I didn’t have to carry two back on the plane.”

And reader Eric had this to say:

“FAO Chicago has the Jango room alarm. I saw it while attending a “Star Wars Collector” special event hosted by Steve Sansweet last Sunday. He too was looking for one.”

Since FAO also got the Darth Maul Figure with Sith Speeder Tiger Games in the USA, it seems to be a good place to look for some of the harder-to-find items. Thanks to all who wrote in, and happy hunting!

 


 

Hasbro Confirms Exclusives & More Official Updates
July 12, 2002 | 2:58 AM EST | Adam

Today, we start at Hasbro US
Exclusives….And Where to Find Them…
Hasbro listed pretty much all of the exclusives on tap for 2002, including those already made available. Of particular interest is the 12″ Ki-Adi Mundi listed as “available now…” while we have heard of it showing up in a few special venues, the Fan Club doesn’t have it yet.

Next up, Star Wars.com
Star Wars.com Reader Survey
Want to make your Star Wars.com better? Take a survey and help their staff build a better tomorrow!

New US, German, and French Fan Magazines
See new covers of the Star Wars Insider and some great foreign-born magazines! For what’s coming in the Insider #61 and more, be sure to check out this feature.

Time between II and III?
Rick McCallum answers the question of just how much time will pass betweenAttack of the Clones and the as-of-yet unnamed third Star Wars episode.

 


 

Obi-Wan/Jedi Starfighter Details
July 11, 2002 | 8:42 PM EST | Bill

The Official site’s Cargo Bay has updated yet again. This time they have the details on the Obi-Wan/Jedi Starfighter bundle. It will be a KB Toy exclusive.Click here for more.

 


 

Wal-Mart Cantina Wave 2
July 11, 2002 | 8:19 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum is reporting that there will be a second wave to Wal-Mart’s Cantina exclusives. In addition to Greedo, Hammerhead, and ponda baba from the first wave, we WILL get Kitik Keedkak, as well as retooled versions of Wuher and Dr. Evazan. The second wave should hit this fall!

 


 

Q&A Thursday Update
July 11, 2002 | 3:45 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has been updated today with 10 new answers & questions for your amusement. We’ve received word that some old Q&A updates don’t load for some reason or another on certain browsers… we will try to fix this over the coming weekend.

(And in unrelated toy dork news, the new Masters of the Universe toys are showing up and pretty nice. Hooray!)

 


 

Official Web Updates
July 11, 2002 | 2:18 AM EST | Adam

From Hasbro US
Star Wars Fan’s Choice Figure Update #10
Word on the current production status of Ephant Mon straight from the horse’s mouth… apparently, his design has been finalized! Check out the story for more.

From Hasbro UK
June Refer-a-Friend Winners Announced!
Who won the Toy Fair Darth Vaders from Hasbro UK? Find out in today’s Hasbro UK update!

 


 

K-Mart Saga Sale Coming
July 11, 2002 | 2:15 AM EST | Adam

Reader Stephen sent in a scan and the following…

“There will be a 2 day sale at K-Mart on July 21st-22nd on all Episode 2 basic figures. Here is the ad.”

The ad image shows “Star Wars Episode II Basic 6″ Figures” (amusing, of course, since they’re a hair under 4″) reduced to $3.49.

 


 

Silver R2-D2s Yanked from eBay
July 11, 2002 | 2:08 AM EST | Adam

The Raving Toy Maniac posted this story regarding the upcoming Toys “R” Us Exclusive R2-D2… and how some are being yanked from eBay. For the full scoop, check out the story.

 


 

Ki-Adi Mundi And Teemto At Wal-Mart
July 10, 2002 | 10:32 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Casimir:

“I just thought I’d drop a line to you fine folks that I found the new Ki-Adi Mundi (Jedi master) and podracer Teemto at a Wal-Mart in Plano, Texas this morning.”

Good hunting!

 


 

Huge Update At Cargo Bay
July 10, 2002 | 8:53 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Cargo Bay, has just completed a MAJOR update which inclues EU novels, domestic and foreign promotions, Hallmark Ornaments, and more!!! Click here to see the new entries.

 


 

Clones DVD Insert & Specs Revealed?
July 10, 2002 | 3:52 AM EST | Adam

What may be the real insert for the upcoming release of Episode II has appeared at a website called Latino Review. If it’s real, preliminary work, or simply a hoax, well, we don’t know.

The features are, to say the least, extensive. Highlights: Feature-Length Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, and other talented individuals in Lucas’ employ, eight deleted scenes (not identified), several documentaries, and the usual compliment of website content, trailers, and more are listed on the insert. If this is an accurate reflection of the disc’s content, it’s doubtful anybody will be disappointed.

If this is a hoax, however, I would like to personally give kudos to the genius who whipped up the insert. The style and typeface is very similar, if not identical, to that used for the Episode I DVD set. If for no reason other than to kill some time at lunch today, be sure to give Latino Review a visit to see this particularly interesting document.

UPDATE: These have since been removed… apparently, they’re the real deal!

 


 

Power of the Jedi Multipack– in Spanish– In Singapore
July 10, 2002 | 3:03 AM EST | Adam

Many of you have pointed us to this eBay auction for a boxed quartet of previously released Power of the Jedi figures. While the plans for this item’s distribution– if any– are unknown, you can bid on this items before it ends in the very near future. It’s currently at over $100.

 


 

Official News from Around the Web
July 10, 2002 | 2:57 AM EST | Adam

Posted to Star Wars.com
Desktop Wallpaper: Clone Pop
Despite being dated December 21, 2001, this feature has new wallpaper from the various “college” campaigns from Episode II. Other wallpaper, including similar, trilogy-based graphics, are also available.

Infinities Strikes Back
If you’re wondering what the Empire Strikes Back Infinities series is all about, this informative update is just what the doctor ordered. Find out what transpires in this new elseworlds limited series…

And at Hasbro US
Star Wars Unleashed New in 2002!
Despite having a picture of Anakin, no other upcoming product is mentioned.

More New Figures Shown for the First Time at Wizard World!
Previously seen at The Official Site, now available on Hasbro US’ cyberhome.

…and a press release posted on The Raving Toy Maniac notes that many Warner Bros. licenses formerly held by Hasbro, including Batman and Superman, have been snapped up by Mattel. While Mattel’s action figure presence has been thin in recent years, save for the brief run of its Rock-Em Sock-Em Robots toy line and just-starting-to-arrive Masters of the Universe, this move does denote a significant change in the playing field that is the Male Action Toy market segment.

 


 

Wisdom of the Force Yoda: Preorder at Entertainment Earth
July 10, 2002 | 2:25 AM EST | Adam

From Sponsors Entertainment Earth:

***Wisdom of the Force Yoda***

Let Wisdom of the Force Yoda (Item# HS71099, $25.99)http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS71099 guide you through the ways of the Force and the questions that trouble you. Ask Yoda a “yes” or “no” question and he will use his skills and knowledge of the Force to answer you. But be mindful, the Force is always in motion. Answers may not always be what you seek, but instead what you need. “May the Force be with you.”

 


 

Obi-Wan/ Jedi Starfighter Bundle Pictures
July 9, 2002 | 6:28 AM EST | Adam

In the new issue of Tomart’s Action Figure Digest (#100), you can find what seems to be the only image of the boxed Obi-Wan & Starfighter set. It’s packaged in a nice window box and while it was originally slated to be a K-Mart exclusive, this seems to have changed. Still, it’s neat, and we’ll let you know as soon as we find out who will be selling it.

It appears only the packaging is new, the toys are identical to the original Jedi Starfighter and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Starfighter Pilot.)

 


 

Hasbro Q&A at Rebelscum
July 9, 2002 | 6:18 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum posted a Q&A transcript with Andy from Wizard World this past weekend… it has some new and notable news, so be sure to check it out for confirmations on many of the rumors we’ve heard lately.

 


 

Official Updates: E2 Action Fleet Images, More
July 9, 2002 | 2:20 AM EST | Adam

From Hasbro USA
More New Figures Shown For The First Time At Wizard World!!
The same stuff posted at The Official Site over the weekend has shown up at Hasbro… except they spelled “Momaw Nadon” wrong. I didn’t notice the tower that comes with Padme before, either… all in all, some good stuff.

From Star Wars.com
Hasbro Summer 2002 Preview: Part 2
More new, some previously unseen, official photographs of upcoming product. Highlights include the Flying Geonosian, the first images of Episode II Action Fleet like the AT-TE Walker and the Solar Sailer, the Toys “R” Us 12″ Luke and Tauntaun, and several other great items. Calling this update significant is an understatement, so be sure to check it out.

Fan Club and Insider Update
Apparently the Insider is once again under new management… and Star Wars Gamer has been given the axe. This update gives the lowdown on the new who’s who of the Fan Club, so don’t miss this one, either.

 


 

Official Site, RTM Update with Wizard World Coverage
July 8, 2002 | 3:08 AM EST | Adam

StarWars.com published dozens of new, clean, official pictures of upcoming items to be released in the near future. See the new deco on the Action Fleet Naboo Starfighter, see Force Flipping Anakin, and see the Wal-Mart Momaw Nadon Cantina set! And yes, even more! Be sure to check it out.

The Raving Toy Maniac posted a barrel of updates including the Star Wars stuff you’re seeing elsewhere along with new Joes, TransFormers, and other action figure toys due in the near future. Be sure to have a look-see!

 


 

Q&A Monday Morning Update
July 8, 2002 | 2:24 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has been updated with answers to questions like “just who approves Star Wars merchandise at LucasFilm?”, “Is the new Ki-Adi Mundi just the old one?”, and “Where are the plastic Hyperspace Rings for Jedi Starfighters?” The next update will be up on Thursday morning, so get those questions in!

 


 

Wal-Mart Saga Figure Clearance
July 7, 2002 | 11:51 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Dewayne:

“I don’t know how widespread this is sinc I haven’t seen it mentioned elsewhere. A Wal-Mart near me has clearanced all of their Star Wars Saga figures. The sign by the figures was not the usual generic clearance tag with the price hand written but a printed tag that said “All Star Wars EPII figures $3 were $4.77″. The sign does say EPII but I guess since they are all on the same card now they included all Saga figures. We are always the last to receive stuff so the newest figures they had were Luke Bespin wave but they were all 3.00.”

This appears to be a limited in scope so far, but if your Wal-Mart is running the sale, let us know! Wal-Mart clearance prices (and clearance items) vary by location.

 


 

Jabba’s Palace Diorama Updated
July 7, 2002 | 11:01 PM EST | Bill

Our Jabba’s Palace diorama has been updated with a custom BG-J38 — the hologame player from Jabba’s — along with his 2 player hologame console. Click here to see the new photos, or click here for the diorama menu.

 


 

Han Solo (Endor Raid) Variation
July 7, 2002 | 9:32 PM EST | Mark

The new Han Solo Endor has a variation on the belt clip on his left side. This is the lever that activates the fast draw action. Shown in this picture it is silver. I have confirmed that the new version that is shipping is the silver, and that the original version is ehite. I have both versions so I know they are out there. I hope to have a good image up soon. If you have one already and would like us to post it, drop me an email.

 


 

Clones Still Going At The Box Office
July 7, 2002 | 6:59 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is reporting that Attack of the Clones took in about $3.6 million over the July 4th holiday, for a total domestic gross to date of $291,164,000. The revised domestic total puts Clones just past the Empire Strikes back for the 14th slot on the all time chart. Judging from E2’s performance to date, it looks like it will rise to 13th sometime during coming week, and will certainly top $300,000 before it’s theatrical run ends.

 


 

Mace Windu with Red Battle Droid Discovered
July 7, 2002 | 5:44 AM EST | Adam

Reader Matt has chimed in with one of the first reports on this fairly significant running change:

“Just wanted to let you know that I actually found the RED Battle Droid with Deluxe Mace Windu at a Target in Irvine, California last night. I really wish I had a digital camera to send you a picture, but I don’t. Sorry, but I promise you that they are out there now, so advise your readers to start their searches if they’re into the variant kind of thing. Take care and keep up the great site!”

 


 

Hasbro’s Star Wars Page Updages
July 7, 2002 | 2:08 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page updated. The update includes:

“new pictures of:
Basic Figures: Padme Amidala, Coruscant Attack and Watto, Mos Epsa Junk Dealer.
Deluxe Figure: Anakin Skywalker with Force Flipping Attack
Unleashed Figure: Darth Vader
Electronic 12î Figure: Electronic Battling Obi-Wan Kenobi
12î Figure: Super Battle Droid
Action Fleet: Naboo Fighter
Exclusives: Action Fleet Battle Packs (Endor Pursuit & Mos Eisley Encounter) and Cantina Alien Scene (Momaw Nadon)”

 


 

Carded Deluxe Yoda and C-3PO Pics
July 6, 2002 | 6:10 PM EST | Bill

Two auctions, one for the Deluxe Yoda and one for Deluxe C-3PO have carded photos of the upcoming Deluxe Yoda and C-3PO. These should be out here in a month or so, but here’s some info on the figures’ features: C-3PO will connect to the droid factory on the back of the arena playset. The flying Geonosian’s hive will also connect to the playset!

 


 

Cool Items At Amazon
July 6, 2002 | 10:34 AM EST | Mark

Here are some newly discounted items…
12″ Enslaved Leia $9.96
12″ Plastic Chewbacca $9.96
12″ Han Solo Endor $9.96
Episode I: Naboo Royal Security $5.29

 


 

AOTC Clearances Begin at Target
July 6, 2002 | 8:37 AM EST | Adam

While we’ve been treated to a few price breaks here and there, Target stores have marked quite a bit of Star Wars non-action figure product down roughly 30%. Larger Lego sets, puzzles, Tiger Electronics, and more are starting to get the orange tags, so if you’ve been waiting on a few items, now’s a good time to start buying.

Other toys of note at clearance at Target: Bionicle Toa ($4.80), Kanohi packs ($1.30); TransFormers: Robots in Disguise (30% off), and select GI Joe items. Figure fans, it’s time to go to Target.

 


 

Official Episode III Runtime and More
July 6, 2002 | 4:46 AM EST | Adam

3 Hour Ep III?
Rick McCallum tackles the question on just how epic Episode III’s length may be.

On the Hunter’s Trail
New databank entries surrounding Obi-Wan’s quest to find Jango Fett include Dexter Jettster, the Jedi Archives, and many more. Check this one out.

While no Hasbro or LucasFilm reports have popped up from Wizard World as of yet, the sites mentioned previously are doing a great job– be sure to check them out for the latest.

 


 

Early Pic Of Clone Trooper Pilot Figures, Flying Genosian and Deluxe Clone Trooper Speeder
July 5, 2002 | 5:31 PM EST | Bill

Sir Steves Guide’s Wizard World Coverage has photos of the packaging for the upcoming Republic Gunship. The back of the package clearly shows the upcoming Clone Trooper Pilot Figures in the Gunship cockpit here, and the Deluxe Clone Speeder here.

There’s a LOT of Wizard World Coverage in the web. ArtoosnewsRebelscum, and Sir Steves Guide all have a lot of photos.

 


 

Unleashed Unroll Again
July 5, 2002 | 8:24 AM EST | Adam

Reader Bruce shares his find…

“Might be old news, but I have not seen anything posted about these. I got the Star Wars Unleashed figs, Darth Maul, Jango/Boba Fett and Anakin Skywalker at the Walmart here in Altamonte Springs. $14.96 each and they had a nice supply.”

This is the first we’ve heard of Anakin… so keep those eyes open!

 


 

Hasbro UK Q&A Continues
July 5, 2002 | 8:17 AM EST | Adam

Hasbro UK posted an update to its questions and answers. Find out about future chats and the rumors of Episode I overstock as it pertains to the UK!

 


 

Star Wars.com Updates
July 4, 2002 | 3:15 AM EST | Adam

October 2003 Comics
The lowdown on new issues of EmpireESB: Infinities, and more. Plus cover art! Comics fans, check this out if you haven’t already.

Will the disappearing mystery be solved?
Rick McCallum “answers” why some Jedi disappear and others don’t in today’s Jedi Council update.

 


 

Q&A July 4 Update
July 4, 2002 | 3:10 AM EST | Adam

Today’s All-American-Except-When-It-Isn’t Update of With Every Question for Justice is up and online for your enjoyment for this long weekend… unless you don’t have a long weekend, in which case you can just enjoy it as per usual.

More on Monday.

 


 

The Droid Army is Coming to GameBoy Advance
July 3, 2002 | 7:25 AM EST | Adam

GameSpot posted this feature with information and screenshots of THQ’s new GameBoy Advance title, The Droid Army. It features multiplayer action, Jabba the Hutt, and more… and is due this November.

 


 

AOTC DVD Wish List
July 3, 2002 | 6:18 AM EST | Adam

IGN posted a feature on what they’re hoping to see on the Attack of the ClonesDVD. While it is just speculation– and the rough menu mock-ups give new meaning to the phrase “cranked out”– it’s still fun to read. Give it a gander if you’ve got a few.

 


 

Want to See Some New Product from Hasbro?
July 2, 2002 | 8:36 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Republic News has just updated with Hasbro’s convention appearances for the summer. They promise to unveil more standard and deluxe figures, and to bring samples of the Republic Gunship and the Arena Playset to the conventions. Click here for more!

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
July 2, 2002 | 8:31 PM EST | Adam

Sponsor Entertainment Earth comes through with the next Collection 2 assortment breakdown in today’s newsfeed…

“***Star Wars EII Collection 2 (Wave 7)***

Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 2 (Wave 7) (Item# HS84861G, $95.99). Includes 12 action figures: 2x Ki-Adi-Mundi – Jedi Master and 2x Teemto Pagalies – Pod Racer are new to this assortment. Also includes 1x Captain Typho – Padme’s Head of Security, 1x Dexter Jettster – Coruscant Warrior, 2x Orn Free Taa, 2x Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, 2x Djas Puhr – Alien Bounty Hunter.”

The item is available for pre-order and is expected this August.

 


 

Republic Gunship Details
July 2, 2002 | 9:06 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro UK has just posted the details on the upcoming Republic Gunship. Click here for more.

 


 

Jango Fett Game Screenshots
July 2, 2002 | 4:35 AM EST | Adam

GameSpot posted an article with new images from the upcoming PlayStation 2/GameCube game. 18 hours of gameplay and a whole magic bag of goodies are included in the new title, so check out this feature for the latest on November’s high-profile Star Wars game.

 


 

Official Updates
July 2, 2002 | 3:25 AM EST | Adam

From Star Wars.com
Anthony Daniels: A Touch of Wry
Star Wars.com reprints an interview from the Star Wars Insider way bck from Fall of 2000… if you missed it, it’s new to you!

Track Your Collection at The Cargo Bay
The Star Wars merchandise database has countless products and now boasts a wishlist… so you can give loved ones an oh-so-subtle hint when it comes time to give you a gift.

Is that Qui-Gon?
Was that Qui-Gon talking in Attack of the Clones? Ben Burtt dishes the skinny.

From Hasbro UK
Web Chat with Nick Rabin, Senior Brand Manager, Hasbro UK
Hasbro UK answers some questions and avoids others. Find out some interesting tidbits about collecting in England with this fairly short chat transcript!

 


 

Red Battle Droid #1
July 1, 2002 | 3:51 AM EST | Adam

The first of at least a few red Battle Droids has been spotted with the Deluxe Mace Windu, bringing a new variation to the tables. Read all about it– with pictures– at Rebelscum.

 


 

Q&A Monday Update
July 1, 2002 | 3:44 AM EST | Adam

Ahh, Mondays in Summer. Is there any better time to enjoy With Every Question For Justice alongside a piping hot mug of coffee? We dare say that our ten questions and answers can be enjoyed in many different ways, but nothing beats reading a column on small plastic men before work. More Thursday.

 


 

Niubniub’s Anniversary Contest
July 1, 2002 | 2:44 AM EST | Adam

From Frank over at Niubniub’s…

“Niubniub’s Universe turns 2 years old June 30 and to celebrate is the start of the 2nd annual Where’s Niubniub contest. Grand Prize is my own Naboo Core Diorama

Find the contest rules here:
http://www.niubniubsuniverse.com/contest2/contestmenu.asp

Contest is open to everyone in the WORLD and closes July 30th, 2002.”

 


 

Secondhand Smoke & Action Figures
July 1, 2002 | 2:38 AM EST | Adam

Gamorrean Jedi.com posted a very readable, very visual feature on what smoke can do to your action figures. There’s a few goofy images, and while it’s possible the yellowing could have also come from the light, we’ve never seen POTF2-era figures quite this yellow. Be sure to check it out.

 


 

Plano 3700 Tackle Boxes Sale
July 1, 2002 | 2:30 AM EST | Adam

While that may not mean much to some of you, it will interest many of you. The Plano 3700 tackle box is basically a clear (or clear-ish) plastic case with movable dividers that’s ideal to hold most (but not all) Star Wars action figures from 1978-present, barring a fair number of Saga releases. Each one can hold about 12 figures, and reader Scott has some good news on getting these on the cheap…

“I just came back from Wal-Mart (Columbus GA), and they had a big display of the Plano cases in bundles of 3 for 5$. Seeing as how they are usually about 4$ each, this is a great deal. The label has a 50th anniversary logo, so I guess its some kind of promotional deal. I know you have stated that you use these cases to store figures (like I do), so I just thought I would pass this along in case you plan to buy more soon.

By the way they were near the sporting goods section.”

As the kids say, w00t. While each and every collector will need to find a case suited to their needs, and not every case is ideal for every figure, this is certainly a good deal for the money involved.

June 2002 Archive

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

From a reader that didn’t include his name…

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

And knowing is half the battle.

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

Head on over and pre-order yours today!

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

From our sponsors Entertainment Earth

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IN STOCK NOW!
The Mace Windu (Item# DH11934, $44.99) Episode II Collectible Mini Bust
Mace Windu leaps off the screen and into your hands with this limited edition mini bust. This product is an authentic, licensed collectible designed and developed by Gentle Giant Studios. To assure 100% realism, Gentle Giant Studios three-dimensionally scanned the actors, costumes, and props as well as original uniforms and models from the LucasFilm Archives. This information was then processed, digitally output, and combined with traditional sculpting artistry to create the final sculpture, making these statues the closest one can come to owning a piece of the Star Wars universe.

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

Thanks to those who wrote in pointing out the card.

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

Some notable auctions this morning…

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

Shoot, I’d just kill for the figures…

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

But we digress. Back to the news.

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

“Ice Cream Maker Guy

Bespin’s frozen novelty specialist in all his glory…

Here is my Website giving some background on ICMG

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

And here is the petition which I started yesterday…

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

Austin at The Bounty Hunters Domain sent us this update:

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

Pete over at The Private Universe sent this in:

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

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

 


 

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

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

“Greetings from Amazon.com.

We’ve recently learned from our supplier that the item you requested to be notified about, Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones Figure: __________(fill in name of the figure), will not be available in the foreseeable future.

It’s possible that someone may be selling this item through Amazon.com Auctions or zShops. We encourage you to search for it there if you’re still interested in purchasing this item…”

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

Reader Dave says…

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

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

 


 

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

From sponsors Entertainment Earth:

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

 


 

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

From sponsors Entertainment Earth:

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

“Luke Skywalker Lightsaber in Stock!

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

Reader Rob had this to share…

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

Yak Reader Barry sends in this heads up:

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

Yak Reader Dallas888 reports having a similar experience.

 


 

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

This just in from Dan at The Custom Alliance

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

From our sponsors, Entertainment Earth:

“Han Solo Blaster from Master Replicas In Stock!

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

This just in from Yak Reader Danny:

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

Time to work on those armies!

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

From Entertainment Earth:

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

From our sponsors at Entertainment Earth:

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

Someone named Thrawn sent us this info…

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

Reader Chris sent in his findings today:

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

It’s true, he does.

 


 

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

Mike from Rebelscum sent along this piece of news…

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

May 2002 Archive

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

From D&S Sci-Fi Toy World:

We have the Tie Bomber and Snowspeeder Exclusives in stock!

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

From Entertainment Earth:

***Star Wars Unleashed!***

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

Making Episode II: Reel 6
Geonosian wackiness.

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

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

 


 

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

Yak Reader PackoM sent in this newsflash:

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

New to The Official Site:

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

From the fine folks at Entertainment Earth:

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

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

This item is also available in a set:

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

 


 

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

Reader Rob had a good find this morning:

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

Check it out now at:

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

The results are in:

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

Discounts abound at Entertainment Earth:

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

And another from Steve…

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

 


 

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

Reader Matt had some interesting stuff to share:

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

Reader scoobyonekenobi sent us this:

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

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

 


 

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

Reader Jeff has this to share:

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

So it was, apparently, just an error.

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

Yak Reader BrerDan sent this in:

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

This just in from Yak Reader Prod9:

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

Chris wrote in with this tidbit…

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

Here are the details on the tins:

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

Available exclusively from www.ralphmcquarrie.com.”

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

Darth Dav has an interesting find…

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

April 2002 Archive

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

Reader James sent in this scoop he found in Chicagoland…

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

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

 


 

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

Steve sends in this helpful news….

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

Store Shot
Lightsaber Prop

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

Gary from Autograph Central fills us in this…

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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


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

****Star Wars Clearance****

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

Well, they can’t all be great.

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

UPDATE:

Yak Reader MW points out:

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

Used Speeder
Ride To Naboo

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

This just in from Yak Reader Neo2501:

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

 


 

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

Erik the Viking had a good run the other day…

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

International Magazine Round-Up
Yet more magazines from around the world.

Star Wars: Connections– The Fetts
Info on a segment airing with Empire that you may have missed.

Celebration II Saturday Schedule
The Celebration II Saturday Schedule.

Celebration II Fan Film Festival (And More!)
News & info on fan film special events during the shindig in Indiana. And, for some reason, the director and producer of Blair Witch will be present. I’m not making this up. You can’t make this up.

 


 

Q&A Friday
April 26, 2002 | 7:11 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice, our goofily named Q&A column, has been updated yet again with questions and answers. Hooray!

 


 

K-Mart Scratch Off Promotion Delayed Until April 28th
April 25, 2002 | 9:27 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Pam just sent us this update on K-Mart’s E2 promotion:

“Hey guys I went to Kmart today and asked them for my scratch and win game card and the manager said it wasn’t supposed to be made available until Sunday, April 28th. He even showed me the store guidelines sent by Hasbro. I guess that I will be back on Sunday!”

UPDATE: Artoos’ News has posted scans of these. Click here to see them.

 


 

Figure Errors– A Definition
April 25, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Adam

We’ve received many reports curious about “rare variations” like finding a Shaak Ti on a Captain Typho cardback, a Clone Trooper missing some paint, or a Count Dooku that’s still sealed but missing an accessory. “Are they worth more?” some ask, “How hard to find are they?”

Basically, what these are, are errors. Fairly common in the toy world, an error is a figure that’s somehow a mistake, be it missing a paint operation, in the wrong package, and so forth. In a mass-produced line it’s very easy for a mistake to get through quality control and to the stores, where you might find them.

As to their value, well, that’s up to the free market to dictate. In most toy lines, an error is worth about what it cost at the store– sometimes collectors are willing to pay a premium for an unusual item in the wrong box, others, they just view an item as damaged goods.

An error is always a fun addition to any collection, but don’t expect to pay the bills by finding one. Happy hunting!

 


 

Toy Manager Sets Record On Alleged “Shortpacks”
April 25, 2002 | 5:30 PM EST | John

Just to further set the record straight on these supposed “shortpacks” of new figures, a toy manager who wishes to remain anonymous writes to let us know the skinny of the situation;

“Just to confirm what you’ve already written. I’m a toy manager at one of the national retailers and worked the night of the toy release and have stocked product ever since. In my area everyone is complaining about no Dooku and no Yodas . There’s PLENTY to go around, trust me. this is a case of scalpers and people wanting to make themselves feel big or important that are buying certain figures and creating this artificial demand. It isn’t Hasbro, TRU, Big K, WalMArt or KB conspiring to pee everyone off. There will be more of
the initial assortments shoved into these stores until at least the move comes out, so for God’s sake ….CALM DOWN!!!!!! As a footnote no one is seems to begging for HD anakin and there are plenty on the shelf in my area.”

There you have it. This is one of many confirmations I’ve received here at Yak, so believe it folks, it’s true. There will be enough to go around! Sing along to Obi-John’s song here, you know the words by now…

Patience pays! Don’t feed the scalpers!!!

 


 

Empire Strikes Back Special Edition on Fox Tonight
April 25, 2002 | 5:20 PM EST | Adam

The very first US broadcast airing of ESB will be airing on FOX tonight– consult your local listings for time and channel. New footage of R2-D2 and C-3PO will appear throughout, explaining how it fits in with the upcoming Attack of the Clones.

 


 

Another Star Wars Frito-Lay Find!
April 25, 2002 | 4:04 PM EST | John

Yak Reader “Chris E.” alerts us to this excellent discovery from Target.

“I’m not sure if this has been discussed yet but yesterday at Target I found a gallon size black bucket of Big Grab Bag Doritos & Cheetos. There are 3 different buckets with various pictures from all the movies. Bucket 1 mainly features Anakin & Darth Vader, bucket 2 has the Jedi, and bucket 3 has the droids . I bought bucket 2 for my son to put his figures in. The price was $3.99 per bucket and they come with 2 Big Grab Bag Doritos, 2 Big Grab Bag Cheetos, and 1 sample bag of 3-D’s. I think these are excellent collectors pieces!”

Thanks “Chris E.”! Keep on the lookout folks! Cool things abound at the present moment!

 


 

Master Replicas moving fast @ Entertainment Earth!
April 25, 2002 | 3:18 PM EST | John

Over at Entertainment Earth the Master Replicas are moving fast!

“Episode II: Attack of Clones hits theaters in less than a month and Entertainment Earth may be in danger of selling out of their Master Replicas shipment before it even arrives! If you’re thinking about getting these high quality prop-replicas from Star Wars and Episode 2, act quickly or miss out.”

 


 

Amazon Lowers Prices!!
April 25, 2002 | 7:56 AM EST | Mark

Amazon finally wised up and lowed the prices of their figures, and they added some new ones like this Royal Guard Coruscant Security for $5.99.
Also added are:
Taun We Kamino Cloner
Luminara Unduli Jedi Master
And a few others, they also lowered their prices on the deluxe figures to $9.99. Hope this helps out.

 


 

Jedi Dex For Star Wars Gurus….
April 25, 2002 | 7:48 AM EST | Mark

This is the low down on a pretty cool new item. Attack Of The Clones: Jedi Dex$32.99, The Jedi Dex is a detailed encyclopedia of information from all Star Wars episodes, including the classic trilogy. Included are character bios and information about aliens, weapons, and vehicles. Highlight a character name, alien, weapon, or vehicle to retrieve detailed information and history, along with a detailed graphic image, on an item within the Star Wars universe. The Jedi Dex features a smooth, pushbutton-release opener, an organizer, dot matrix graphics, and movie sound effects. Basic functions include a calendar, a calculator, an address book, an alarm clock/scheduler, a to-do list, and password protection. Test your Star Wars savvy and challenge your knowledge in the Star Wars trivia game.

 


 

Convention Products, More at Official Site
April 25, 2002 | 6:42 AM EST | Adam

Exclusive Celebration II Merchandise
Figures, badges, chairs, jackets, shirts, pins, and more– there’s going to be a lot of stuff here. Follow the link for a sneak preview of what may be available for sale at the Fan Club following the convention.

Get Scanned at Celebration II
Gentle Giant Studios will be on-hand to give a demo of their scanning technologies at the Dark Horse booth. And there’s a contest involved… neat!

Attack of the Clones Excerpt
Looking for a free preview of the just-released novelization? Here’s the opening scenes of the film, in text form!

Celebration II Friday Event Schedule
The Friday schedule for the Con is now online.

Build a Jedi Master at Celebration II
Fans will be given the chance to build a giant Lego Yoda at the Celebration. Neat.

Kevin Smith to Host Sci-Fi Channel Fan Film Award Special
That pretty much says it all.

 


 

EE Newsfeed: Preorder Bespin Luke, Vader and More!
April 25, 2002 | 6:33 AM EST | Adam

From Entertainment Earth:


“Coming very soon: Preorder HS84851D – EII Collection 1 (Wave 3)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84851D

This assortment will contain Jango Fett (Arena Battle), Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel), and Darth Vader (Bespin Duel.)”

 


 

Order Early….
April 24, 2002 | 11:28 PM EST | Mark

Here are some nice Pre-Orders if you like to order ahead of time and save time driving around looking for toys….
12″ Ultimate Villain Jango Fett $39.99 Available June 10th.
R2D2 15″ Droid $99.99 Available August 15th.
Attack Of The Clones Action Figure Full Case Pack $89.99 Available May 10th.
Movie Replica: Master Yoda’s Lightsaber $199.99 Available May 25th.

 


 

Want Detailed Images Of the Bespin Wave
April 24, 2002 | 10:22 PM EST | Bill

The Droids over at Artoosnews have just updated their databanks with detailed scans of the Star Wars Saga Bespin Wave (Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Jango Fett Final Battle, and Mace Windu Geonosian Rescue). Click here to see them.

 


 

Hasbro Promotions
April 24, 2002 | 4:47 PM EST | Adam

Hasbro has announced some new promotions on its website. Don’t get too excited, none of them involve Jedi Points.

Check out Hasbro’s latest Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones promotional offers.

Please Note: These offers are available only at participating retail stores. These promotional offers are not available online. Check with your local store to ensure participation, and check back here for information on other programs.

Kmart
April 23 

Visit your local Kmart store for your chance to win a R2-D2 and C-3PO life-size replica. Receive a scratch and win card with any Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones purchase in the store. Additional prizes include special offers on Hasbro and other licensee product.

KB Toys
May 1

Check out your local KayBee Toy store beginning May 1st to catch a Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast gift-with-purchase offer. With a $9.99 purchase or more of Hasbro’s Star Wars toys and games, you will receive a FREE Wizards of the Coast trading card game promo card (while supplies last).

Toys ‘R Us
May

Check out your local Toys ‘R Us store in May for a special gift-with-purchase offer. With the purchase of Hasbro’s Star Wars toys and games, you will receive a FREE special edition comic from Dark Horse Comics. This is the first in a series of four comics, with the other titles available in subsequent months. Check with your local store for details and timing.

Wal*Mart
May 18 

“A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack…” Kids 12 and under are invited to their local Wal*Mart location on May 18th from 10am to noon to test their Jedi skills. See if the Force is strong with you in the Hasbro Force Flipping contest. Enter the Jedi Chamber to test your lightsaber skills. The challenge will take place in the Toy Aisle of participating Wal*Mart stores. Good luck and may the Force be with you!

So there ya have it. Keep checking back to see what other goodies they add for future offers!

 


 

Toys “R” Us/ Amazon 12″ Mace Windu 
April 24, 2002 | 3:27 PM EST | Mark

Here is a link to Hasbro’s Exclusive Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones 12″ Mace Windu Figure $22.99.

As of yet, we haven’t heard anybody find him in stores, and he’s only shown up online. If you’ve found one at your local store, please drop us a note.

 


 

Q&A Midweek Update
April 24, 2002 | 2:00 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with 9 questions and answers, and a tenth answer to a question– now you too can find Djas Puhr in Star Wars!

 


 

More Stuff at The Official Site
April 24, 2002 | 1:54 AM EST | Adam

Young Anakin and Boba Adventures
Two new ongoing series from Scholastic on these two characters, and there are a few excerpts as well. Worth a look if you like original Star Wars fiction.

Celebration II Ongoing Event Schedule
A tentative schedule, and some word on what that Fan Club lanyard gets you, has been posted so you can figure out which events to see first.

Ben Burtt at Celebration II
Ben Burtt will be at Celebration II.

Midnight Madness: Episode II
See some pics of groovy dude Steve Sansweet and others at Midnight Madness.

Star Wars: Connections — Obi-Wan Kenobi
Info on a short piece being shown with the syndicated broadcast of ANH:SE.

Bounty Hunter Trailer
More info on the trailer posted over the weekend. The game, in case you missed the memo, will be coming out for GameCube and PlayStation 2 later this year.

 


 

Numbers: What Do They Mean?
April 23, 2002 | 9:28 PM EST | Adam

A lot of numbers get thrown around in this hobby, and sometimes it’s hard to keep track of everything. For instance, the other day we posted about how, most likely, all figures available at this point would be numbered 0227 or smaller– but what does 0227 mean?

Basically, Hasbro has now started numbering all Star Wars figures in the basic assortments. So Anakin (Outlander) is 0201, Padme (Arena) is 0202, and so on and so forth. Since each figure has a unique number, it should be easier to spot gaps in your collection.

The first “02” means the figure was released in 2002. The second two digits indicate the figure’s ID number, basically– so that’s that.

For those wanting a breakdown by the numbers of all figures numbered 0201 through 0246, we offer this work-in-progress checklist that lists everything through– most likely– this summer, through Teemto Pagalies.

In the past, figures have been referred to as “.0200”, “.00”, etc.– but this has nothing to do with the numbering system for the Saga series.

 


 

Across The Stars Video Debuts
April 23, 2002 | 5:29 PM EST | Adam

The Official Site has posted the music video for the AOTC single, Across The Stars. But beware, you have to log into the site to see it, so you’ll need to sign up if you haven’t already done so.

 


 

USA Today: Star Wars Countdown Begins
April 23, 2002 | 4:57 PM EST | Adam

USA Today published a story entitled Star Wars Countdown Begins. Don’t expect too much new here, but it’s an entertaining enough read.

 


 

Collectibles Database, More at Official Site
April 23, 2002 | 4:53 PM EST | Adam

Cargo Bay: Collector’s Database Open for Inspection
Over six months in the making, and now it’s finally here. It’s not complete by any means, but it’s a downright great start and we hope to see it continue to flourish. Notable items include…
Arena Battle Droid in a red color (which may not be released), an Endor Rebel Soldier as a troop builder set (no images and not the standard figure, apparently), and several more previously unconfirmed Deluxe figures.

Frito-Lay Presents: Find The Hero Inside
If you don’t already know about Star Pics, this primer can fill you in on the little plastic promotional puzzle pieces.

Episode II in TIME
Time Magazine gave Yoda the cover this week… but you knew that.

Catch The Star Wars Movies at Celebration II
If you need a reminder of why you were going to the Celebration in the first place, the existing four flicks will all be shown in Indianapolis.

Episode II Artists at Celebration II
Five of the men behind the Clones will be at the con… read the feature for more!

Celebration II: Sunday Collector’s Schedule
See customizers like Dan Curto and all around groovy dude Peter Crone, attend panels on the future of collecting, and hear all about props and prop replicas on the final day of the Con!

 


 

Master Relicas Unveils Clones Product
April 23, 2002 | 4:32 PM EST | Adam

Master Replicas announced their new prop replicas– lightsabers from Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi, as they appear in Episode II.

Other available products include Anakin Skywalker’s Lightsaber with effects, Han’s blaster, and Luke’s blade from Return of the Jedi.

 


 

Unique Finds From You, The Readers
April 23, 2002 | 4:16 PM EST | Adam

Reader Mike scored this figure early…

“I don’t know how this happened, but figure #32 Qui Gonn Jinn, showed up at the South Philadelphia Wal-Mart. This was found on the rack and I am holding it in my hand. I discovered this after I came home with the stash. I will be returning to see if there are any more to be had.”

Kenny experienced a little frustration…

“After my midnight run at TOYS R US and early morning WALMART round up for straggling figures i needed, we rushed down to the nearest TARGET. We quickly ran to the back aisle and saw NO STAR WARS whatsoever. we then inquired where the new toys were and the employee told us that they wouldn’t be out UNTIL THE WEEK OF THE MOVIE!! HELLO????? After we gave him an upset look, he then changed his mind and offered to bring out what he had. It wasn’t much. I thought it may have been an isolated incident but I quickly called another friend that was at another TARGET store and he got the same story. Can I be safe to say that TARGET screwed up, once again?”

I myself had some weirdness… one store, upon my entry, told me they had no Yodas. I didn’t ask, but eh, whatever.

And while we usually don’t report on errors, Ross found a neat one:

“I don’t know if you guys are compiling a variation list, but I came up with one that I haven’t seen reported elsewere. At Target in Bryan, TX (poor selection of EII stuff comparatively speaking) I came across an R2D2 with the “try me” part of the bubble filled in making the button on R2’s chest inaccessible. Don’t know if this is a variation or just a fluke, but I thought you might like to know.”

Also, a Wal-Mart in Tucson on Ina had employees telling people that Count Dookus that were put out were an accident and wouldn’t be released officially until May– which is ridiculous, Dooku’s just newer than the other figures. Lots of unusual comments were traded between employees and customers around town, so if you heard something that sounds like a load to you, don’t be afraid to ask around… it might be a fabrication.

 


 

K-Mart Exclusive AOTC SET
April 23, 2002 | 4:08 PM EST | Adam

Some K-Marts last night had out brown cardboard cases with one of each of fourteen figures for $89.99… and it’s online too, right here. It’s the first eight figures from Collection 1 combined with the first four from Collection 2 in one handy box, with a list on the top listing the contents. Truly, one-stop shopping.

Except for the 13 other figures that are also out.

Gift set collectors take note, as it’s a fairly unusual release in this day and age.

 


 

D&S Toys: Bespin Wave Preorder, More
April 23, 2002 | 4:03 PM EST | Adam

From D&S Sci-Fi Toy World:

“We have limited amounts of Episode II toys left in stock, but going fast. New waves for pre-order also, coming in May. Come by and see what we have…”

Amongst the new waves is a set of four figures: Bespin Luke, Bespin Vader, Final Battle Jango, and Geonosian Mace. All four due to ship the week of May 6, and $31.99.

Another nifty item is a cardboard figure display for carded figures, $25.00, and I’ve never seen it elsewhere.

There is much up for preorder, so take a look-see.

 


 

Dooku & Anakin Hangar?
April 23, 2002 | 2:04 PM EST | John

We at Yak keep receiving mail on the two figures Count Dooku, (the single basic, NOT the deluxe), and Anakin Hangar figures. Apparently these are not showing up like some would like, but I would like to say here and now that NO, neither one were “cancelled”. I personally got these figures last night, so they are out there. To dispell any rumors before they start, these figures are NOTshortpacked. Keep in mind folks, these figures haven’t even been out for 24 hours yet, and they will show up. These are main characters, and Hasbro is definitely not going to upset the fans by making some of the same mistakes as Episode I, (IE the Maul shortage in the beginning). Patience pays! Don’t resort to e-Bay, just keep checking the stores! Don’t feed the scalpers! Capiche?

 


 

The Rush Is On!
April 23, 2002 | 2:43 AM EST | John

Well, after just returning from my second toy-blitz, I must say that Wal-Mart did not leave me disappointed! So people, if you’re awake and reading, Wal-Mart stores across the country stuck, (for the most part), to the 12:01AM thing. Me? I, (John), hit the Easton, PA Wal-Mart at about 11:30 and yes, they made us wait. When it finally hit the time we were allowed to “scavenge”, there were a couple of card-bending freaks, but for the most part it was a nice atmosphere. The Stroudsburg, PA Wal-Mart was a lot calmer, and I found everything I needed. This is one happy reporter!

Also, I would like to say a special hello to 2 new friends/fellow Star Wars collectors that I met tonight and stood with. A special thanks to Mark for getting me the Snowspeeder, and especially to Vinnie for trying to get me another Yoda figure! When you guys read this, drop me and e-mail to keep in touch!

Good luck to all the fans out there who hit the midnight thing, and to those who are waiting until tomorrow morning. These figures were well worth the wait!

 


 

Amazon gets Attacked!
April 23, 2002 | 2:28 AM EST | Mark

Here is the Hasbro Exclusive Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones 12″ Mace Windu Figure $22.99, Reek Arena Battle Beast $19.99, Slave I $29.99,Zam Wesell Speeder $13.99, Anakin Skywalker Speeder $13.99,
Deluxe Figures $11.99: Mace WinduDarth Tyranus with Force Flipping Attack,Obi-Wan Kenobi with Force Flipping AttackJango Fett with Electronic Back Pack
Basic FIgures: Dexter JettsterZam WesellGeonosian WarriorSaesee Tiin.
Plus many many more… And here is one last thing that you can Pre-Order with a release date of August 15th. The ULTIMATE R2-D2!!!! This is the toy of the year! They also have all the lightsabers, including the prop replicas for pre-order (Including Yoda’s Saber with excellent pictures of it). Stop in today.

 


 

Clones at KBToys.com…
April 23, 2002 | 1:03 AM EST | Mark

Are you too tired to hit the stores? Do you want to get into the frenzy via point and click?
Well stop into KBtoys.com, as they have many of the first wave of figures and all the LEGOS… UPDATE: They have added the Yoda and Anakin Hanger Duel figures.

 


 

New Model Kits
April 22, 2002 | 11:25 PM EST | Adam

While America seems to be getting snubbed on models, Japan is doing quite well, as seen over at HobbyLink Japan. The fantastic Fine Molds TIE Fighter kitis available now, and it looks great. A Jedi Starfighter is listed as coming soon, and this seems to be the only announced AOTC model kit so far.

 


 

EE Midnight Madness Product List
April 22, 2002 | 11:05 PM EST | Adam

Yak Sponsor Entertainment Earth sent in their product list, which will be available shortly:

“Midnight Madness has arrived at Entertainment Earth!

We are very excited about today’s event (finally!). Order or pre-order over 80 different Star Wars Episode 2 items on our website or by calling 1-800-370-2320 beginning at 12:01am Eastern Time. The selection of items includes products from Hasbro, Lego, Master Replicas, Wizards of the Coast, Rawcliffe, Rubies and more! Telephone operators and our shipping department will be open late to process your orders!

The following is a list of items Entertainment Earth has in stock that will be ready to ship or pick up. Quantities vary. Items are subject to change and will sell out quickly. First come-first served at 12:01am Eastern Time!

HS32493A, EII 12inch (Wave 1) 3-Pack
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi with Lightsaber, 1x Anakin Skywalker with Lightsaber, and 1x Clone Trooper with Blaster Rifle.

HS84851A, EII Collection 1 (Wave 1) Case
12 figures: 1x Padm/ Amidala – Arena Escape, 2x Anakin Skywalker – Outland Peasant Disguise, 2x Obi-Wan Kenobi – Coruscant Chase, 2x Super Battle Droid with exploding battle damage, 1x C-3PO – Protocol Droid with removable panels, 2x Jango Fett – Kamino Escape with missile-firing jetpack, 1x Kit Fisto – Jedi Master, and 1x R2-D2 – Coruscant Sentry with Kouhuns Assassin Centipedes.

HS84851C, EII Collection 1 (Wave 2) Case
12 figures: 2x Zam Wesell – Bounty Hunter, 1x Anakin Skywalker – Outland Peasant Disguise, 2x Anakin Skywalker – Hanger Duel, 2x Count Dooku – Dark Lord, 3x Clone Trooper, and 2x Yoda – Jedi Master. (VERY LIMITED # IN STOCK)

HS84859A, EII Deluxe Figures (Wave 1) Case
6 figures: 2x Jango Fett comes with electronic jetpack and snap-on armor, 2x Obi-Wan Kenobi with force-flipping attack, 1x Mace Windu with blast-apart battle droid, and 1x Darth Tyranus with force-flipping attack.

HS84861BB, EII Collection 2 (Wave 2) Set of 6 Figures
6 figures: 1x Battle Droid – Arena Battle, 1x Jar Jar Binks – Gungan Senator, 1x Nikto – Jedi Knight, 1x Dexter Jettster – Coruscant Informant, 1x Geonosian Warrior, and 1x Saesee Tiin – Jedi Master.

HS84861CC, EII Collection 2 (Wave 3) Set of 6 Figures
6 figures: 1x Luminara Unduli – Jedi Master, 1x Jar Jar Binks – Gungan Senator, 1x Nikto – Jedi Knight, 1x Royal Guard – Coruscant Security, 1x Saesee Tin – Jedi Master, and 1x Taun We – Kamino Cloner.

HS84873, Jango Fett’s Slave 1 Vehicle

HS84883, Reek Arena Battle Beast

HS84886AA, Electronic Lightsaber 3-Pack
1x Count Dooku Lightsaber, 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi Electronic Lightsaber, and 1x Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber.

HS84887A, Speeder Vehicle Assortment
6 vehicles: 3x Anakin Skywalker Speeder with Blast-Off Panels and 3x Zam Wesell Speeder with Blast-Off Panels.

HS84887AA, Anakin & Zam Wesell Speeders
Anakin Skywalker Speeder with Blast-Off Panels and Zam Wesell Speeder with Blast-Off Panels.”

For additional information, cases of figures, and more, be sure to visit theEntertainment Earth website.

 


 

FAO Schwarz April 23 Plans
April 22, 2002 | 6:32 PM EST | Adam

Anyone living near an FAO store that has a few extra bucks and some time to kill may be interested in FAO’s list of stores opening early for AOTC merchanidse. Times, locations, phone numbers, and the rest are listed on their site for your convinience.

As for the items for sale on their website itself, it’s still only one item: a $10,000Life Size Darth Vader Lego model, which, not surprisingly, is out of stock.

 


 

Hasbro Reports First Quarter Results
April 22, 2002 | 4:58 PM EST | Adam

Hasbro posted this press release on their Quarter 1 revenues. The net loss for this term was $17.1 million.

For the full PR-, number-, and gobbledeygook-filled press release, just kindly follow this link.

 


 

Sacul Sanity (Or Lack Thereof)
April 22, 2002 | 4:22 PM EST | Adam

After being announced last Friday evening, the Celebration II figure Jorg Sacul has been the topic of much debate. For those who watch eBay, the as of yet unreleased $10 action figure is already closing for over $100. Right now, there are four completed auctions for the figure at $150. Which is not really indicative of the actual worth of the still-unreleased figure.

The figure, while it will be “limited,” still might show up for sale at The Fan Club, and “limited” is a relative term. There might be plenty available for sale, we still don’t know. But if you’re so inclined, there are plenty of pre-sells for the figure on eBay as you read this news posting… check back for the latest on availability outside the convention, if it is to happen.

 


 

Almost There
April 22, 2002 | 6:46 AM EST | Adam

Now we’re in the home stretch– before you go to bed, odds are many of you will have at least one Clones figure, or are just a few hours away from getting one. As such, we’d like to ask that you please not send in your April 23 Attack of the Clones store reports in to us, unless you find something truly unique or a figure numbered beyond #0227, Count Dooku, since all of them are fair game for release tomorrow.

Even if there’s no midnight event in your area, remember many Kay-Bee stores will open at 8 AM on April 23 and there are several other stores that will be loaded with product by week’s end. Anyway, happy hunting!

 


 

Bounty Hunter Trailer Online
April 22, 2002 | 2:21 AM EST | Adam

LucasArts just put a trailer online for the new Nintendo GameCube and Sony PlayStation 2 game.

Having just viewed it, we cannot reccomend it to those with slow connections– it shows no in-game footage, and the video of Jango Fett is not likely to be the in-game model (but if it is, cool.) If you have a fast connection, it’s probably worth a gander, but overall spend your download time elsewhere.

 


 

Q&A Update
April 22, 2002 | 2:13 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has been updated with all the questiony and answery goodness you’ve come to expect, plus a nice little tirade at the end. Read, and enjoy!

 


 

Deluxe AOTC C-3PO (SPOILER) at Rebelscum
April 22, 2002 | 2:10 AM EST | Adam

A new image and a significant spoiler awaits those who visit Rebelscum, where a picture of a new figure– which is a DEFINITE spoiler. Did I mention it has a spoiler?

 


 

The Winner Is…
April 21, 2002 | 9:41 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to our newest Ultarama winner Dennis J. Slater. Send in your entry for our next drawing. Remember, entries must inclue your name, email, and address. Enter here.

 


 

Saesee Tiin: Double Your Names, Double Your Pleasure
April 21, 2002 | 8:17 PM EST | Adam

For the fun seekers in our midst…

The Star Wars Saga figure of Saesee Tiin, apparently, has two surnames. On the front of his card, in the tray card, he’s called a “Jedi Master.” On the cardback, he’s “Arena Battle.” Interesting. Has anyone else noticed such name changes yet? If so, please write in and let us know!

MORE NEWS: Reader Randy had this observation:
“I didn’t notice the name change, but I did notice that on the back of Dexter Jettster, the fig is pictured with some sort of pipe or hooka, but it’s not packaged. Just a little FYI.”

 


 

Super Deals At Toyzz.com
April 21, 2002 | 4:49 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader William just sent this in:

“Here is a list of deals that I got at Toyzz.com

Admiral Ackbar freeze frame 1.99
8D8 freeze frame 1.99
Luke Gunner station 1.99
Han Gunner station 1.99
Anakin Naboo 0.25
Captain Tarpals 0.49
Darth Maul Sith Lord 1.99
Jabba and Han beast pack 2.99

There are other good deals as well.

Limit 1 on most everything and use SUPERTOYS
in coupon field for 5% off.”

If you’re looking for some custom fodder now is your chance.

 


 

The Phantom Backlash & Acclaim for the Clones
April 21, 2002 | 4:48 PM EST | Adam

It looks like it’s fashionable to hate Episode I in the mainstream press once again, alongside what can best be deemed back-handed “praise” for the new flick, as pointed out by the ever-popular Drudge Report

Time’s Dark Victory
MSNBC’s The Empire Bounces Back

The features tend to explain the recent sextet of college posters, the more action-oriented scope of the toys and film itself, and even why we don’t see fast food tie-ins this time. All in all, good reads.

Also, TIME this week features the aforementioned article (or so I’m inclined to believe) along with Lucas interviews and a Yoda cover. Sounds pretty slick.

 


 

2002 3 3/4 Figure Poster
April 21, 2002 | 1:23 PM EST | Bill

If you want to see pictures of all the standard carded figures for thi year the Dutch Star Wars Fan Club has come through for you. This thing is AWSOME, only one small problem– it appears only Australian Toys R Us stores are getting this poster. Click here to see it all. Spoiler warning definitely applies.

The poster includes five previously unseen figures– including a new Darth Maul and pod racer Teemto Pagalies!

 


 

Star Wars Playskool Tidbits
April 21, 2002 | 6:26 AM EST | Adam

Here’s some interesting notes from Reader Richard:

“I found all four Star Wars Playskool sets at the local Fred Meyers today ($7.99 each for The Stompin’ Wampa and Fast Through the Forest – $14.99 each for X-Wing Adventure and Duel with Darth Maul). I picked up Fast Through the Forest and noticed that there was a sticker on the back amending Luke’s “Force” powers. After peeling it back, Luke was originally able to drop the Scout Trooper’s gun instead of knocking him over. He’s also able to grab onto the back of either Speeder Bike, a fact left out by the sticker.”

 


 

Celebration II Figure Identity?
April 20, 2002 | 1:01 PM EST | John

Ok, I have to address this to clear up a few e-mails we’ve been getting here at Yak. The Celebration figure, which can be seen here, is named “Jorg Sacul”. Now, if you take a VERY close look at the image, notice the greying beard and moustache. Now, take a VERY close look at the first name of this charachter… “Jorg”. Now the last name… Sacul… Hmmm, ironic that if you turn that around it spells L-U-C-A-S, isn’t it? (Don’t you just love eventual comprehension? It took me a bit to figure this one out too. VERY clever on Hasbro’s part!) Enjoy folks and grab those figures at the convention. Like posted earlier, they allow 2 per visitor, so if anyone wants to grab an extra for anyone here at Yak, let me know!

 


 

Official Celebration II Figure News, More at SW.com
April 20, 2002 | 12:03 AM EST | Adam

And The Celebration II Action Figure Is…
The moment you’ve been waiting for, unless you saw the unofficial news minutes earlier, is finally here. Find out why you’re wasting tons of cash to go to the other side of the country for a toy and a good time. The figure is only going to be $10 and two pieces per purchase– not a bad deal, really. It features the scanning technology of Gentle Giant Studios, so the likeness of the individual in question should be spot-on.

First Look: Traitor
News on the New Jedi Order series of book, such as the chronology, and some tidbits on the latest installment.

More International Magazines
More international magazines. Not a toughy, this one.

“Across The Stars” Music Video to Debut
Word of the airing of the video and the release of the soundtrack on April 23.

First Look: Mythmaking
Interviews, images, and more will arrive in this book, which will be due in November 2002. From the description, it sounds very promising.

Free Books at Celebration II
More than 10,000 books and comics– in Japanese, English, and other languages– will be given away absolutely free. Basically, you pick up a sack, fill it, and voila– free swag. Good times for all at Celebration II, kids!

 


 

Celebration II Exclusive Unveiled
April 19, 2002 | 11:18 PM EST | Adam

Sandtroopers.com tipped us off that R2DToys.com is now posting this image of the Convention Exclusive. It is a Rebel Pilot, and there is an X-Wing included in the Saga style packaging, but the character is new to the Star Wars toy universe– if you want to know how it is, just click here. If you’re one of those boring people who wants to wait until the convention to find out, well, don’t click there.

Needless to say, it’s pretty neat to see it early, and we’re glad to say it’s not another Luke pilot or something dull, but something that will be a genuinely nice souvenir for the shindig.

 


 

Target Clearances II
April 19, 2002 | 11:11 PM EST | Adam

Target stores are starting to mark their POTJ-era product down to the second round of clearance prices, meaning you can get AOTC Preview figures for around $3.20 and Deluxe and 25th Anniversary Figures for just under $8, assuming your local store has gone through with the markdowns. Despite the “embargo” on the new product, there’s still plenty of deals to be found at your local stores!

 


 

Software Etc. Card & Toy Leaks
April 19, 2002 | 11:03 PM EST | Adam

Here in Tucson, cases of the Dexter Jettster wave were spotted at just under $9 each at the Park Mall Software Etc., and reader Stef had some unique finds as well:

“Tonight I went to the mall in Middletown, NY. At the Software Ect store they had released the WoTC Attack of the Clones card game, so I finally got to pick up the Dark Side starter and a bunch of packs. The only thing I haven’t found yet are the four card boosters.

“But the best part was the also had out some of the new figures. They had 2 of each of the following. Shaak Ti, Plo koon, Boba Fett, Tusken Raider, Capt. Typho, Battle Droid. Priced at $8.99 a piece.”

So check those malls, kids!

 


 

New HoloNet News Available
April 19, 2002 | 5:34 PM EST | Adam

HoloNet News, the official newspaper of the Star Wars Universe, has a new issue up today. New newsbits involve a “today in history” column, more stories on the Military Creation Act, and a blurb about Circus Horrificus, which fans of the Expanded Universe will recognize as the original employer of Malakili.

To the rest of us, Malakili is the Rancor Keeper, or Peg Warming Poison. Check out HoloNet News today!

 


 

Target.com Backorders Some E2 Product
April 19, 2002 | 4:26 PM EST | Bill

Yesterday, we reported Target.com having a number of E2 products available on their webpage. I’ve gotten a report that Target.com backordered one reader’s order for the Episode 2 Slave I, until at least early May. So this may not be an early order opportunity after all. If you have any information on this, send it in.

 


 

Fan Club Pricing re: Yesterday
April 19, 2002 | 3:31 PM EST | Adam

Yesterday, we published a report on various clearance priced items at the Fan Club, some of which were cheaper than what was seen by some readers.

Due to an oversight on our part, I was logged in as a member when I looked it over– Fan Club members, apparently, automatically get lower prices on items, which is why the Carbon Freeze Chamber was a few dollars cheaper.

So now ya know. Back to real news.

 


 

Toys “R” Us Ad Preview
April 19, 2002 | 3:28 PM EST | Adam

Reader Mr. Fett chimes in with news of an upcoming Toys “R” Us advert, complete with prices:

“I just got my hands on the TRU 4-28/5-4 flyer. The cover is all E2 stuff:Slave-1, Jedi Starfighter for $29.99 & $24.99; Basic figs $5.99 (shows Jango, 3PO, Typho, and someone else; Lego Bounty Hunter Pursuit $29.99;Deluxe figs $9.99 (shows Mace and B Droid).
Inside page has 3 lego sets, Jango’s wrist-shooter, Dooku’s sabre, Trading card packs; and if you buy any SW Lego stuff you get a free SW Lego poster.
The back page has all Spidey stuff.”

 


 

More College Clone Craziness
April 19, 2002 | 2:44 PM EST | Adam

Last night on the University of Arizona campus, I saw several of the “U Seek Yoda” and “Purple Lightsaber” leaflets for Clones, and then a few hours later the maintainance people threw them out– so whoever’s putting them up, best not to leave stacks of them near garbage cans. If there’s a college in your area, it might be fun to see what’s being thrown up– I know I found it amusing.

In addition to that, TheForce.net is reporting three more new sites:
Outlander Club
Acklay Come Home
Droid Tutor

Neat stuff!

 


 

FAO Indeed Taking Shuttle Preorders
April 19, 2002 | 2:36 PM EST | Adam

Fans the nation over are using this handy FAO store directory to contact their closest FAO Schwarz stores to get their mitts on an upcoming Imperial Shuttle. If you don’t live close to one, don’t panic– I live in Arizona and I called the Las Vegas store, and they do ship these things. (It’ll probably cost as much as the toy itself to ship, but such is life.)

So if you want to get your foot in the door, hurry the heck up. I was #56 or so at the Las Vegas store, and if there’s truly only 5,000 of these to go around all 25 or so stores, then best ye pick up the phone and make with the ring-ring.

Once again, the toy is expected to be $125.00 and there’s a December delivery. The $125.00 price point makes this reporter think that a sell-out isn’t as imminent as some might think… that’s a lot of cash to sink all at once.

 


 

2002 Product List at Rebelscum
April 19, 2002 | 2:19 PM EST | Adam

Rebelscum posted a list of Action Fleet, exclusives, and other items due out later this year. There’s quite a few new items listed, so be sure to check it out!

 


 

FAO’s Shuttle Plight
April 19, 2002 | 1:09 PM EST | John

More on this monstrous menace comes in from Yak-reader “Vallis” who sends us this information;

“I just wanted to let everyone know that I called the FAO in Minnesota yesterday, and they told me the shuttle had not been confirmed. When I told them about yesterday’s confirmation, and the memos being sent out, they told me that if it is true, they probably did not get their memo yet, and that I should try back tomorrow (now today).
Well, I just called them and they said that they did get the memo. They confirmed the shuttle, confirmed the price point of $125, and confirmed that only 5,000 are to be produced! And they are taking names!
The moral of the story is, if you tried yesterday, and they didn’t know what you were talking about, CALL THEM AGAIN!
To get on the list, you need to give them your name, address, phone number and a credit card number.”

It seems that the 5000 production number is official. But before everyone gets in a panic, remember that these are NOT numbered limited editions, and Hasbro has been very good as of late listening to the requests of fans. My guess is that, if the initial release goes good, they’ll probably do another wave of these things, no bigee. I could be wrong, but if demand is there for a $125 item, remember folks, Hasbro is in business to make money first and foremost.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Midnight Mirth
April 19, 2002 | 4:58 AM EST | Adam

From our sponsors Entertainment Earth:

“Midnight Madness is coming to Entertainment Earth, 12:01am Tuesday, April 23rd, 2002!

“Order over 80 different Star Wars Episode 2 items on our website or by calling 1-800-370-2320 at 12:01am Eastern Time. The selection of items will include products from Hasbro, Lego, Master Replicas, Wizards of the Coast, Rawcliffe, Rubies and more! Telephone operators and our shipping department will be open late to process your orders!

IF YOU LIVE IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA you can pick up your “in stock” merchandise at 12:01am (Please arrive early – line up begins at 10:00pm)! Here’s how you can do this:

1) ORDER ONLINE at 12:01am Eastern Time. WHEN YOU ARE ON THE CHECKOUT PAGE write “WILL PICK UP TONIGHT” in the ‘comments’ field at the bottom of the page, (the page where you enter your name and address) then on the next page choose the “Will Call / Customer Pick-Up (WC)” shipping method so we can prepare your order. There will be NO walk in purchases. You must place your order either by phone or on our website prior to pick up so we can verify availability and prepare your order.

2) YOU CAN ALSO CALL 1-800-370-2320 to order and tell our customer service representatives that you want to pick up your in stock merchandise at our warehouse here at Entertainment Earth – 12730 Raymer Street, Suite 1 in North Hollywood, California 91605.

3) Line up for will call begins at 10:00pm. Products can be picked up from 12:01am through 12:30am. Please dress warmly!

IMPORTANT POLICES:
“There will be NO walk in purchases. Orders must be placed either by phone or on our website prior to pick up so we can verify availability and prepare your order. No returns or exchanges will be available during the Midnight Madness event at our location. Returns and exchanges are available during the following business days. All other standard return policies apply.

“May The Force Be With You!”

 


 

New at The Official Site
April 19, 2002 | 4:54 AM EST | Adam

Star Wars Connections with R2-D2 and C-3PO
All-new footage of the dynamic droid duo will air alongside The Phantom MenaceThe Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi on FOX-TV in the coming weeks. See everybody’s favorite cybernetic pairing talk up the new flick, alongside comments on the originals. This promises to be interesting.

The New Boba at Celebration II
Daniel Logan, otherwise knowns as Li’l Boba Fett, will be at the shindig in Indiana in two weeks. Also, today (April 19) is allegedly the last last day to order your tickets online, so now’s a good a time to place an order for yours as any. See you there!

 


 

Q&A Friday
April 19, 2002 | 4:45 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated yet again– with no spoilers this time. So it should be fun. Enjoy!

 


 

Episode I Mechano-Chair Mock-Up
April 18, 2002 | 9:55 PM EST | Adam

Our Prototypes Section has been updated with a previously unseens conceptual mock-up of Nute Gunray’s Walking Mechano-Chair. Check it out, even though it’s in pieces, it’s pretty slick!

 


 

Detailed Deluxe Figure Photos
April 18, 2002 | 9:00 PM EST | Bill

Ishi Tib has posted extreme detailed pictures and a review of the upcoming Star Wars Saga, Attack of the Clones Deluxe figures. Check it out, over at The Bothan Spy’s Forums!

 


 

FAO Shuttle Tyderium News at Rebelscum
April 18, 2002 | 4:14 PM EST | Adam

Rebelscum is reporting that FAO Schwarz will be getting the Shuttle after all. It’ll be $125, avaiable this December, and according to the report, limited to only 5,000 pieces– something this reporter assumes has to have been a typo.

UPDATE: Reader Kenny T had this to share:
“I just called the NYC FAO and they said that were not taking pre-orders whatsoever for the shuttle. The woman told me they are still in talks with LEGO (I stopped her immediately and told her it was HASBRO, NOT LEGO) but she said it did not matter, the toy isnt made yet and there are no pre-orders for a toy that hasnt even been made yet.”

YET ANOTHER UPDATE: We’ve received several reports both supporting and refuting the story as seen at Rebelscum. So what’s the whole story? In short, we don’t know yet– but here’s hoping that quantity they posted was a crock.

 


 

Cheap Stuff at The Fan Club
April 18, 2002 | 3:34 PM EST | Adam

If you’re in need of some clearance-flavored goodness, take a look at some of these recent reductions at the Fan Club:

Hasbro
Carbon Freezing Chamber Action Playset, $10.99
Ketwol, $3.99
Sabe, $3.99
Mon Calamari Officer, $3.99
Flashback C-3PO, $1.49
Nute Gunray with CommTech Chip, $1.49
Watto with CommTech Chip, $1.99

Other
Qui-Gon Jinn Mega-Collectible, $6.99

So if you don’t have them already, there’s a few good deals to be found.

 


 

AOTC at Target.com
April 18, 2002 | 3:23 PM EST | Adam

Reader Alan from Tampa wrote us today to share this fairly nice piece of news…

“Just went to www.target.com and searched Star Wars, here is what came up:

Jango Slave I $29.99

Anakin, Dooku, and Obi-wan’s sabre $19.99

Jedi Starfigher $19.99

Lego Yoda $99.99”

Upon closer observation, they also still have the 12″ Luke with Speederbike set at $39.99.

 


 

TFN Reveals More AOTC Books
April 18, 2002 | 2:50 PM EST | Adam

TheForce.Net’s Episode II News Page (which, we should add, contains spoilers) has scans of three new AOTC books: the sticker book, a trivia book, and a Padme Amidala paper doll book. As always, some spoilers will be there, but it’s pretty neat stuff to get a look at.

 


 

Frito-Lay Star Wars Cardboard Standees
April 18, 2002 | 2:16 PM EST | Adam

We were tipped off to this auction which is for two in store promos for Frito-Lay’s Star Wars promotion. Jango Fett and Anakin Skywalker can be seen in a slightly fuzzy photo, but there’s no mistaken the Star Wars and Frito-Lay logos near their feet. Neat stuff, something to watch for at your local grocer’s.

 


 

Playskool, More Spotted at Fred Meyers
April 18, 2002 | 2:14 PM EST | Adam

Reader Richard has a tale of fun to share, with one of very few sightings we’ve heard thus far of the Playskool Star Wars junior-ized sets:

“I went to the Fred Meyers on 19th Street in Tacoma, WA and found the two speeders. A very nice and helpful employee brought out three cases of AOTC figures for me (even though I only had enough to buy six).

“She also put out the X-Wing and Naboo fighter Playskool sets. Those looked great. As for the AOTC figures, they had Jango Fett (Kamino), Boba Fett, Anakin Peasant, Obi-Wan, Kit Fisto, Plo Koon, Shaak Ti, Battle Droid, Super Battle Droid, Tusken Momma and Child, and I’m sure a couple others I’m forgetting. I got the last R2, 3PO, and Padme. It looked as though employees already went through the boxes.

“When she read the box, she said, “On shelf no later than… Oh! No sooner than April 23rd.” I asked her if she wanted the ones I was going to have back since I didn’t want to get her in trouble. She replied, “No, that’s okay. We’ll just say that today is April 23rd.” Whattagal! If I wasn’t already married… :-)”

 


 

Jawa Force #5
April 18, 2002 | 2:11 PM EST | Adam

From the fine folks of Jawa Force…

“Jawa Force 5 is coming out on May 1st and to make sure everyone knows, we’ve just posted a new preview and a short flash presentation.

Flash
HTML Preview

 


 

No TRU Midnight Madness In PA
April 18, 2002 | 11:46 AM EST | John

This one baffles me a bit. I called the TRU hotline to see if any of my local TRU’s were opening at midnight, and I was told that NONE of the Toys R’US stores in Pennsylvania would be opening at 12:01 AM for the Episode II toy release. Being that this is the state I live in, and considering that they did open for Episode I, please, before anyone is disappointed, call the TRU hotline ahead of time to confirm that your local TRU is participating! It could save you a trip, and you still have time, even if you would have to travel a bit, to reschedule to reach a TRU that is participating. The hotline number, for your pestering convienience, is 1-800-869-7787. With that said, now back to our regular news.

 


 

Need A Kubrick?
April 18, 2002 | 11:38 AM EST | John

Who doesn’t? For all of us who would like to enter for one of these, you’re in luck. JediAries sends me this information about their latest drawing over at the Alien Cantina…

“New Alien Cantina GIVEAWAY! Kubrick 300th Fett in Tin!
The Aliens at Jedi Aries’ Tattoine Alien Cantina are pleased to announce their latest free drawing for a Kubrick 300th Boba Fett in a special Fett-labeled Aluminum Tin. To enter the drawing, visit the site now at The Monthly Post

Good luck to all those who enter!

 


 

New at The Official Site
April 18, 2002 | 1:56 AM EST | Adam

Yet another attendee, costume maven Trisha Biggar, has been announced for the second Celebration.

More charity screening updates: now find out how you can see the flick a few days early in California, Pennsylvania, and Washington!

And of course, there’s the Fan Film Voting section, so be sure to check that out.

 


 

Yoda, Anakin Hanger, and Red Clone Trooper Pics
April 17, 2002 | 11:45 PM EST | Bill

Adam over at The Trade Federation has just posted some great photos of three of the newest “yet to be officially released” Star Wars figures. Click here to see them. Spoiler warning applies.

 


 

Got Your E2 Party Goods?
April 17, 2002 | 11:03 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader DCLDesigns sent in this report:

“I was just at a local “party store” and was suprised to see a full section devoted to AOTC. What I saw was a complete world of party favors. All the merchandise had the AOTC images shrunk and fit to package size with gold colored “starwars” logo with ROTJ lightsaber holding hands except for the four sided gift bag. The stuff available included:
-A gift bag with four differant illustrated sides including a a cool side panel photo of Count Dooku with lightsaber
-A four pack of Chinese yo yo lightsabers. Each a different color and
individual handles.
-A four pack of plastic mazes… as in rolling the BB into a hole across photo of Padme,Anakin, etc.
-A pack of AOTC party invitations saying…”be mindful of the force.”
-AOTC party favor gift bags filled with candy and what not’s.
– AOTC themed tablecloths, paper plates, napkins”

 


 

Detailed Photos Of Zam Wesell And Anakin’s Speeder And New 12″
April 17, 2002 | 10:58 PM EST | Bill

For your viewing pleasure, we’ve just added boxed and loose photos of Anakinand Zam Wesell‘s Speeders, and the 3 initial 12″ figures– Obi-Wan Kenobi ,Anakin Skywalker , and the Clone Trooper. Just click on the names of each item to see all the photos. Spoiler warning applies.

 


 

Happy Birthday, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine!
April 17, 2002 | 8:32 PM EST | Adam

Ian McDiarmid, the actor behind the various forms of Palpatine, was born on this date in 1947. At 55, he’s probably off somewhere wondering when the Supreme Chancellor Palpatine figure will be released just like the rest of us. Or getting cake or something. Either way, we wish him the best and hope for many more happy returns!

 


 

Tons of Pics at Rebelscum
April 17, 2002 | 7:30 PM EST | Adam

Rebelscum posted images, front, back, and close-up, of the following packaged figures:
Luke (Bespin)
Vader (Bespin)
Mace Windu (Geonosian Rescue)
Jango Fett (Final Battle)

Check ’em out, they look like they could be some of the finest figures of 2002… and if you’ve seen the AOTC figures so far, that’s really saying something.

 


 

Vader Kit
April 17, 2002 | 6:20 PM EST | Adam

An anonymous tipster forwarded us off to this page at Toys “R” Us’ Japanese website that has a previously unseen 1/7 scale Darth Vader model kit. Check it out, it’s nifty!

 


 

Clone College Advertising
April 17, 2002 | 6:08 PM EST | Adam

Several readers and a blurb on TFN have directed our attention to a trio of websites connected to flyers being posted at colleges to promote the onslaught of Clones this May. Promotional splendor and esoteric weirdness abound at these three sites, which, if you have the right plug-ins, are vastly entertaining. They are:

KaminoRentals.com
PurpleLightsaber.com
USeekYoda.com

Downloads– good ones, not the usual junk we’re treated to– and lots of other awesome extras are here, so spend some time at them. You won’t be sorry. Fans of the work of Art Chantry will get a big kick out of much of Kamino Rentals– the downloads are some of the neatest things I’ve seen in a while.

This is easily one of the most innovative ad campaigns I’ve seen for a movie, and I think most if not all of you will get a big kick out of them.

 


 

Celebration II Collector Schedule
April 17, 2002 | 5:48 PM EST | Adam

A boatload of goodies, great panels, and more await you at this linke as it’s chock full of the collector programming at Celebration II. From panels on unproduced toys to a Q&A with LucasFilm to an auction, there’s a lot to like here.

 


 

Deluxe Anakin at Rebelscum
April 17, 2002 | 5:44 PM EST | Adam

Rebelscum has a shot of the deluxe Anakin figure… and his companion. Don’t miss the picture, it’s pretty nifty!

 


 

Clones at Kohls
April 17, 2002 | 5:38 PM EST | Adam

A report from the field, courtesy of Reader Pete:

“My local Kohl’s department store has their entire Star Wars Episode II line out. The only new thing I saw that I hadn’t before was the yellow Jedi Speeder and Zam Wessels speeder. Pretty cool stuff, thay had most of the regular figures and all of the Deluxe figures out on the pegs. However $9 each for the regular figures is a little steep with only 5 days to go. This is probably the case at all Kohl’s stores since my friend in New York called me this morning to tell me his Kohl’s had put out all of their Episode II stuff.”

 


 

Pewter at Entertainment Earth
April 17, 2002 | 5:36 PM EST | Adam

A newsfeed from Entertainment Earth:

Entertainment Earth now has Star Wars Collectible Pewter Figurines in stock. All of the most popular characters and vehicles are availabe in hand crafted, highly collectible pewter. Made in the USA of the highest quality pewter.”

 


 

Event: Philly Fans Take Note
April 17, 2002 | 5:34 PM EST | Adam

John Paul of the infamous 501st Stormtrooper Legion sends in this news:

“501st Members Gear Up For Toys in Philladelphia Region Just wanted to put the word out to everyone in the Philadelphia, PA area.
FAO Schwartz in the King of Prussia Mall will apparently be the only store in the Philly region to have a Midnight Madness sale on 4/23 for the EP II Toy Release, and the 501st / Garrison Carida will be there!!!
Fans & collectors will have the opportunity to have their photograph taken & interact with the troopers.
FAO Schwartz is located in the King of Prussia Mall Plaza
160 Gulf Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Also, our sister Garrison, the Empire City Garrison, will be attending the huge FAO Schwartz store in NYC.”

 


 

AOTC Card Game Boosters Found
April 17, 2002 | 5:32 PM EST | Adam

Reader Stef Strikes Again…

“I sent you a e-mail Saturday night telling you how I found the two player set at the local mall. We’ll guess what. I went back to the same store today and picked up a 12 card booster pack and a light side starter deck. This time I stopped to talk to the guy behind the counter (after he already sold me the cards). He said that is all they got in and they are coming in here and there. They are coming in as early promos of the game and they are just putting them out for sale early. Once again the name of the store is BC Sports Collectibles (they are owned by EB). Hopefully others will have luck at their local BC Collectibles and find some early cards. Once again I live near Poughkeepsie, NY”

 


 

Looking To Get Mauled?
April 17, 2002 | 7:42 AM EST | Mark

Amazon now has the LEGO EXCLUSIVE (supposed to be a LEGO Exclusive) Darth Maul for sale. Same price $149.99

And in case you missed these deals…. Amazon.com is offering the following books from ATOC on sale. They will ship out on April 23, so if you want to get them and can stand waiting a couple of more days, then save some money and order them here…..
Episode II: Attack of the Clones Novel $18.20 (30% Off)
The Art of Star Wars : Attack of the Clones $24.50 (30% Off)
Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Graphic Novel) $12.57 (30% Off)
Episode II: Attack of the Clones Movie Storybook $7.99
Attack of the Clones (Mighty Chronicles) $9.95
The Hasbro Jedi Starfighter is now in stock at amazon.com for $24.99, They also have the AT-ST w/ Speederbike and Ewok in stock for $29.99
Also available again is the 12″ Dewback & Sandtrooper for $29.98, normally $79.99

 


 

Reek Boxed And Loose Photos
April 16, 2002 | 6:52 PM EST | Bill

For your viewing pleasure, we have added a page with boxed and loose photos of the Reek. Usual minor spoiler warning applies. Click here for the images.

 


 

Entertainment Earth welcomes Episode 2….
April 16, 2002 | 3:44 PM EST | Mark

***News Feed***
***One Week…***
The countdown begins! In one week we will begin accepting orders for Star Wars Episode 2 (Item# HS84869, $31.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84869merchandise from Hasbro, Lego, Master Replicas and more! In the mean time, we have the Jedi Starfighter (Item# HS84869, $31.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84869 and Sneak Preview 4-Pack, Not Mint (Item# NMHS84455LL, $31.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=NMHS84455LLavailable today! See our spotlight section for more details.

 


 

Jedi Starfighter at Suncoast
April 16, 2002 | 2:48 PM EST | Adam

Suncoast Motion Picture Co., a popular mall movie store, has also received shipments of the Jedi Starfighter from Hasbro and is selling them at $22.99 a pop. If you want one and you want it today, it might not be a bad idea to peruse the toy section of Suncoast or its family of stores (Media Play, Sam Goody, etc.)

 


 

eBay Prototype Watch
April 16, 2002 | 1:51 PM EST | Adam

Some nifty items on eBay today…

STAR TOURS
While these have been posted before, they’re still up for your viewing/buying pleasure. Two different droids have been posted by the same seller, and they’re pretty neat to see.
#1723071556
#1723072759

DROIDS
Also, a seller is selling custom figures based on the originals of the unmade second series of Droids figures from the old cartoon show. Pricey, but neat. (Again, these are not prototypes, but look like them.)
Gaff
Vlix
Kleb Zellock

 


 

Frito Lay Lowdown (update)
April 16, 2002 | 1:40 PM EST | Adam

As a result of last week’s worth of postings, we’ve been sent a virtual cornicopia of chip-related news and information. We’ve now chewed it up and spit it up in an easy-to-digest form for your amusement. Enjoy!

STAR PICS
3D “Star Pics” are being given away in specially marked sacks of Frito-Lay snacks like Doritos, Lays, Wavy Lays, and Cheetos. There’s 10 different ones, 9 of which come in multiple colors. Early reports say that one, the Clone Trooper, appears exclusively in yellow. The items combine to form a small puzzle with several images that appear when you assemble (and collect) them all, with the “secret” characters being classic favorites like young Anakin and Luke Skywalker.

As far as the packaging goes, different character photos appear on different bags. So if you want to collect these, there’s a lot of stuff you’re going to have to buy.

Reports indicate that the Clone Trooper will be difficult to find for some reason or another. If you shine light through the back, apparently they go from looking lame to looking like a 3D image of the character in question.

Click the image links below to see them. We’ve gotten questions on a trading ring for these things… well, if anyone sets up a trading site, we’ll give ya a link. Early reports indicate that these things look great, so it might be worth snagging a bag of chips to see them in person. Since, supposedly, they look really cool in person.

Clip Cover (Front)
Clip Cover (Back)
Mace Windu Star Pic (Blue)
Clone Trooper Star Pic (Yellow)
Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Pic (Green)
Padme Amidala Star Pic (Blue)
Padme Amidala Star Pic (Red)
R2-D2 & C-3PO Star Pic (purple)
Yoda Star Pic (Green)

A shout-out to Jarrod Lundberg, Kraig McLaughlin, Todd Clayton, William Dilts, Jeffrey Buholtz, and Todd Bowersox for their contributions.

UPDATE: Reader Ian noted “Yet another thing to add to the collecting here. There appears to be a number of different inserts with the pic. I have found three so for, and I am guessing that there are five altogether to cover the rest of the characters on the 3D pics. The inside of the inserts are all the same.”

 


 

Stickers at Trade Federation
April 16, 2002 | 12:59 PM EST | Adam

Shots of the nifty Attack of the Clones stickers have been posted over at theTrade Federation. Four sheets can be seen, including shots of vehicles, bounty hunters, and more.

 


 

More Books, Chip Bags, Ads at TFN
April 16, 2002 | 12:56 PM EST | Adam

Scans of BBQ Lays, Wavy Lays, and Regular Lays bags with Star Wars iconography have been posted to TheForce.net’s Collecting Page. Pretty neat stuff.

Some fairly hokey, but nevertheless amusing, comic book-style advertisments were also posted to TheForce.net’s Collecting Page which focus on Anakin and the Reek as well as the Slave I vs. the Jedi Starfighter. These were printed in some of the upcoming children’s books.

Lastly, TFN’s Episode II Page posted some images of the AOTC Cross-Sections book. Since the E2 page has E2 news, consider this fair warning for those wary of all things spoilerish.

 


 

Maxim has Star Wars
April 16, 2002 | 12:50 PM EST | Adam

Reader Sergio sent in this news:

“I just recieved the may issue of Maxim magazine (with Kelly Hu on the cover) in the mailbox today and there was a pretty good interview with George Lucas, Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christiansen, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jimmy Smits.

“There are pictures of Obi-Wan, Anakin, Anakin with Padme, C-3PO, and R2-D2, Senators Tikkes and Orn Free Taa, Luminaria Unduli, Wat Tambor, Sly Moore, Mace Windu, and Bail Organa.”

Those brave enough to peruse the spoilery seas should check outTheForce.Net’s Episode II Area for excerpts from a George Lucas interview regarding the fate of N’Sync and another awkward holiday special moment.

 


 

Toys and Tattoos
April 15, 2002 | 11:52 PM EST | Adam

In the “Think You’ve Seen It All” File, we have a new entry: Shane’s Archive of Tattoos and Toys. Featuring toy prototypes, tattoos of Star Wars, GI Joe, and TransFormers, and some other notable things, this is definitely not a the kind of site you see every day– but it is worth a few glances.

 


 

New Book Scans Online
April 15, 2002 | 10:14 PM EST | Adam

TheForce.net’s Episode II News posted shots of two new books: the AOTC Movie Scrapbook and the AOTC Movie Storybook.

The scrapbook is full of neat shots of minor characters in their scans, with a few but not too many spoilers. Basically, if you want a look at background characters in the flick, this is something you’ll want to see.

The storybook, as expected, tells the story. Lots of neat images, but of course there’s going to be a few spoilers due to the nature of the book. If you’re into this stuff, don’t miss it!

 


 

New at The Official Site
April 15, 2002 | 9:38 PM EST | Adam

From new merchandise to new Celebration II guests, there’s a nice chunk of news at StarWars.com today.

The Story Crafter at Celebration II
Co-writer of AOTC Jonathan Hales will be making an appearance at the Star Wars shindig of 2002. Check out the site for a nice bio.

The Classic Trilogy in 30 Minutes!
The University of Southern California School of Theater put on a production of the original three flicks on stage in 31 minutes… find out more and see some pictures on the official site. They will also be playing 11 performances of their show at Celebration II, which should be interesting to say the least.

Replicating the Details
Another featurette on the new Master Replicas line of prop reproductions, highlighting the company and its first two offerings. If you haven’t read it before and elsewhere, it’s new.

 


 

Need A Little Proof?
April 15, 2002 | 9:38 PM EST | Robert

A hard to find proof sheet for the Power of the Force II Theater Edition Luke Skywalker has been added to the prototypes section of Yakface.com in theProof Cards area. In addition, if you have yet to see the carded sample of the the unproduced Qui-Gon Jinn vs. Battle Droid two pack be sure to check that out as well in the Sample Mock-Ups section.

 


 

2002 Exclusives Redux
April 15, 2002 | 9:29 PM EST | Adam

Apparently some of us missed this post at Rebelscum from last March outlining the bulk of exclusives up for grabs this year. While it isn’t final, it does list some interesting items, like the Celebration II figure as a Rebel Pilot with Micromachine X-Wing, the oft-mentioned Stormtrooper four-pack, and the figure and accessory sets. Nifty!

(If you missed it, it’s news to you. And it’s news to us!)

 


 

AOTC Displays on… Display
April 15, 2002 | 9:21 PM EST | Adam

Borders Book Stores are already starting to put up AOTC signage for the prequel sequel. Apparently, they and other stores will all be sharing a similar design: a bright blue background with large images of key characters from the film.

Also, the stores I visited today had pushed a lot of their Star Wars product to the front of the store, meaning more Action Figure Archive books as well as a few more Aurra Sing masterpiece editions books may be at your local store. So if you’re still in need of some papery Star Wars goodness, try those bookstores again.

 


 

Ultimate 12″ Jango Fett Photos Posted
April 15, 2002 | 9:18 PM EST | Bill

Death Star Plans has just posted a detailed photo of the soon to be released Ultimate 12″ Jango Fett with all the skinny on the newest Fett. Click here for more.

 


 

More April 23 Figures With Detailed Photos
April 15, 2002 | 8:17 PM EST | Bill

Adam over at The Trade Federation has posted shots of the Geonosian Warrior, Jar Jar Senator, Saesee Tinn, Dexter Jettster– gotta check out his tattoos and Nitko Jedi. These figures look awesome. Click here for the images.

 


 

AOTC Yoda to Show on April 23!
April 15, 2002 | 5:19 PM EST | Adam

Many readers have asked of the Yoda wave– which includes Yoda, the new Zam Wesell, and the red Clone Trooper– will be out next week with Kit Fisto, Outlander Peasant Anakin, Jango Fett, the Professor and Mary Ann.

We’ve gotten one unconfirmed report and one confirmed report of a reader finding one Yoda in a Wal-Mart, and he said it was the only blue carded Saga figure there. Today, another longtime reader and contributor DarthSlapshot sent in the following case assortment info from boxes he saw first-hand at his local Kay-Bee store:

Box # 84851001G (Collection 1) (Wave 3) (Ratio 3)

Zam Wesell x 2
Clone Trooper (red accents) x 3
Yoda x 2
Anakin: Hangar Duel x 2
C-3PO x 1
Padme Amidala: Arena Escape x 1
Anakin Skywalker: Outland Peasant Disguise x 1 

…along with news that this is expected to be out on April 23. As there was one report of Yoda, along with confirmation that some stores already have the Taun We, Royal Guard, and Luminara Unduli wave, it looks like April 23 is going to be one very, very expensive day for us all. If you find any Yodas or whatnot lying around your local stores early, don’t hesitate to drop us a line, we’d love to hear about it!

 


 

Spoiler Apology, re: With Every Question For Justice
April 15, 2002 | 4:52 PM EST | Adam

While we take great pride at Yakface.com to insure unnecessary spoilers don’t make their way into our features, sometimes the worst happens. As we’re constantly bombarded with information of all sorts, we sometimes forget to double-check our words and, in our haste, things get out that shouldn’t.

Of course, I refer to today’s With Every Question for Justice. I took a question that contained a spoiler regarding a character that may not have been appropriate regarding the timeframe with the upcoming movie, and some of you were highly upset. For this, I am sorry and I hope this accident does not hurt your opinion of this site, high or low as it may be.

The offending spoiler has since been removed from the column so it should be OK for you to read at this point. While we exercise caution in these situations, sometimes they’re unavoidable, especially when there’s a lot of excitement brewing over what promises to be one of the most entertaining films of 2002. Those truly interested in avoiding all spoilers should be wary in the upcoming weeks, as there will be a lot of them coming in from all sides, from a slip in a celebrity interview to a picture of an upcoming toy. Unfortunately, this is the way the hobby works sometimes, and as a result those wanting to be surprised may have their otherwise good time ruined.

Once again, I deeply apologize for the error made in today’s column. But enough of my blabbing, on to the news!

 


 

2002 Wal-Mart Alien Pack Confusion
April 15, 2002 | 4:24 PM EST | Adam

Over the past few months, there’s been much in the way of tidbits and speculation concerning the 2002 Wal-Mart exclusive figures that will be coming from the Cantina sequence in Star Wars and the Nightclub from Clones. While nothing official has surfaced, we’ve been ferreted a bit of info from more than a few sources, and we now present to you what we’ve been hearing in the off sense you’d like to try and make some sense of it.

As always, please note that this posting is full of information that isunconfirmed.

CANTINA PACKS
Late last year, there were rumored to be four packs, each with one of three sections of the cantina, and one would be a duplicate section. Hunter from 4-Inches sent in this list today:

32539 Cantina Alien Scene Assortment
32541 Kitik Keed’kak with Section A
32542 Greedo with Section B
32543 Ponda Baba with Section C
32544 Momaw Nadon with Section C

So our oldest and newest blurbs say that’s what these are. However, earlier this year the buzz was that these were actually going to be two-packs of figures. So what’s the final deal? We just don’t know. We just like to stir the pot sometimes.

As far as the nightclub aliens go, everything we’ve heard so far would indicate they were to be two-packs. But, as always, we’ve seen no pictures or press releases so this may change.

If you have any info on this matter you’d like to share, please write in!

 


 

Hasbro’s Star Wars Site gets Makeover, Toy Checklist
April 15, 2002 | 4:08 PM EST | Adam

Hasbro’s Star Wars Page has been given an AOTC facelift and as such now looks significantly fresher.

New content includes the Toy Showcase that reveals many Attack of the Clones toys, including tons of vintage figures, lots of games and puzzles, and even Hangar Duel Anakin Skywalker and Trilogy Playskool toys. (Don’t miss the first official shots of the Millennium Falcon Adventure, as well as Arena Adventures [formerly known as Rampaging Reek.])

 


 

Frito-Lay, General Mills Trading Site
April 15, 2002 | 4:04 PM EST | Adam

Reader Matt Borchers offered up this nice bit of info for all the food freebie fans out there:

“I’ve set up a trading site for the SW promo items. Tell people to visithttp://jeol.com/~borchers/swpens.cgi and email me if they are interested in joining us.

Disclaimer: Yakface.com must take the time to point out that we are not affiliated with this page in any way, but it’s a great idea and we hope it goes well.

 


 

Celebration 2 Autograph Pictures Revealed
April 15, 2002 | 3:58 PM EST | Adam

Reader Gary Price offered up this link:

“Celebration autograph photo offerings are online! Here is a link to the photos offered by Celebration 2:

http://www.seetwo.com/ezpull.html

Don’t forget, those people who can’t make it can have their signatures picked up by Wattographs & Johnson’s Collectibles for $3 over cost of the photo at the convention. Details at http://www.autographcentral.com/wattographs/special-offer.html (The convention will not be offering mail order)”

 


 

San Mateo, San Francisco Toy Release Party
April 15, 2002 | 3:56 PM EST | Adam

Reader DarthDav tipped us off to a little shindig he’s coordinating for Midnight Madness at a Toys “R” Us in San Mateo and San Francisco , CA. If you’re in the neighborhood and would be interested in attending, kindly click over tohttp://homepage.mac.com/starwarsparty/ for the full scoop on how you can insure you get your Star Wars Go-Gurt while waiting on line!

 


 

Deluxe Clearances Continue
April 15, 2002 | 3:51 PM EST | Adam

In the “how low can you go” file, here’s a note from Reader Roy:

“If you are still looking for the Deluxe Amanaman and Leia, I found them at my local Ames (they had dozens of each) for the amazing price of $3.94. This was in Silver Spring, MD.”

 


 

Attack Of The Clones New York Premier Details
April 15, 2002 | 9:04 AM EST | Bill

Artoosnews found an article on CNN with the details about the New York Premier of Attack of the Clones. The premier will be May 12, 2002. It will benefit 9/11 Victims and underpriviledged children in New York. Click here for the full story.

 


 

Q&A Update
April 15, 2002 | 6:59 AM EST | Adam

WARNING: A spoilery question slipped under the old radar today, so if you’re worried about the fate of one non-major character in the film, please do not read today’s update. Anyway, back to the post.

With Every Question For Justice, our Q&A column, looks at the belt buckle of Snaggletooth (aka Zutton,) rumors on the Celebration 2 figure, and the chances of a 12″ Shmi figure. If you want to know, or at least get some discussion brewing, be sure to check it out.

Also, the final update of Q&A before the release of AOTC will be posted on April 30. So if you have a question, please send it on in!

If the volume of questions kicks up, there will be a Q&A Megathon– that’s 10 questions every work day– until the deadline. So get those question mark-covered suits on and send in a question today!

 


 

New AOTC, Trilogy Masks?
April 15, 2002 | 6:14 AM EST | Adam

TheForce.net Collecting posted a report on new, upcoming masks from the new and old films. Highlights include Jango Fett’s weapons and helmet, a Scout Trooper mask with a flip-up visor, a Clone Trooper helmet, and a life-size replica of the AOTC Yoda, replete with… uh… the accessory that most people are ooh-ing and aah-ing over. If you want to read the whole report, click on over toTheForce.net Collecting and, as always, those not wanting to know anything about the film would be best served by not clicking the link.

 


 

Frito-Lay Lowdown
April 15, 2002 | 2:41 AM EST | Adam

As a result of last week’s worth of postings, we’ve been sent a virtual cornicopia of chip-related news and information. We’ve now chewed it up and spit it up in an easy-to-digest form for your amusement. Enjoy!

STAR PICS
3D “Star Pics” are being given away in specially marked sacks of Frito-Lay snacks like Doritos, Lays, Wavy Lays, and Cheetos. There’s 10 different ones, 9 of which come in multiple colors. Early reports say that one, the Clone Trooper, appears exclusively in yellow. The items combine to form a small puzzle with several images that appear when you assemble (and collect) them all, with the “secret” characters being classic favorites like young Anakin and Luke Skywalker.

As far as the packaging goes, different character photos appear on different bags. So if you want to collect these, there’s a lot of stuff you’re going to have to buy.

Reports indicate that the Clone Trooper will be difficult to find for some reason or another. If you shine light through the back, apparently they go from looking lame to looking like a 3D image of the character in question.

Click the image links below to see them. We’ve gotten questions on a trading ring for these things… well, if anyone sets up a trading site, we’ll give ya a link. Early reports indicate that these things look great, so it might be worth snagging a bag of chips to see them in person. Since, supposedly, they look really cool in person.

Clip Cover (Front)
Clip Cover (Back)
Mace Windu Star Pic (Blue)
Clone Trooper Star Pic (Yellow)
Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Pic (Green)
Padme Amidala Star Pic (Blue)
Padme Amidala Star Pic (Red)
R2-D2 & C-3PO Star Pic (purple)
Yoda Star Pic (Green)

A shout-out to Jarrod Lundberg, Kraig McLaughlin, Todd Clayton, William Dilts, Jeffrey Buholtz, and Todd Bowersox for their contributions.

 


 

AOTC Plo Koon Give-away
April 15, 2002 | 12:55 AM EST | Bill

The Dark Side Collector is giving away a AOTC Plo Koon. The contest starts April 15th and ends April 22. All you have to do to enter, is send in an e-mail with you name and address. (One entry per person/per day) Click here for more.

 


 

12″ Ki-Adi Mundi Spotted… on eBay
April 15, 2002 | 12:51 AM EST | Adam

Readers are reporting that Jedi Master Ki-Adi Mundi has appeared on eBay, right here. While the item is listed as on-hand and ready-to-ship, no official word has arisen on who will be getting this figure, which is presumably an exclusive.

 


 

Order Your Books From Amazon.com
April 14, 2002 | 9:49 PM EST | Mark

Amazon.com is offering the following books from ATOC on sale. They will ship out on April 23, so if you want to get them and can stand waiting a couple of more days, then save some money and order them here…..
Episode II: Attack of the Clones Novel $18.20 (30% Off)
The Art of Star Wars : Attack of the Clones $24.50 (30% Off)
Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Graphic Novel) $12.57 (30% Off)
Episode II: Attack of the Clones Movie Storybook $7.99
Attack of the Clones (Mighty Chronicles) $9.95
The Hasbro Jedi Starfighter is now in stock at amazon.com for $24.99, They also have the AT-ST w/ Speederbike and Ewok in stock for $29.99
Also available again is the Episode I Sith Probe Droid Game for $9.97, normally $39.99

 


 

Want 14 Free Episode 2 Figures?
April 14, 2002 | 9:18 PM EST | Bill

JediChris.net is having a huge Attack Of The Clones giveaway! We are giving away 14 Episode II figures. These include Wave 1 Collection 1 and Wave 1 Collection 2. The only catch is that you must be a registered forum member! Good Luck!

 


 

New Action Figure Talk Show Entry
April 14, 2002 | 9:17 PM EST | Bill

Death Star Plans has launched their first action figure “Talk Show”. The Talk Show will feature DSP staff members and readers along with special guests represented in action figure form. With the use of the figures they will play out many shows interviewing anyone that wants to participate. This first show will include Jim from Federationtoys along with DSP’s webmaster and artoo-seventynine as the hosts. If anyone is interested in appearing as a guest or just a cameo in future shows, click here.

 


 

AOTC Speeders and Board Games Found
April 14, 2002 | 9:14 PM EST | Bill

Credit for the latest find goes to Yak Reader Bearytrek:

“I found the Anakin speeder, Zam speeder and the Reek at the Colma, CA Kmart today…at first the speeder didn’t ring up on the registers but the clerk looked up the price and allowed me to purchase…there were also the Star Wars themed games of Life, Stratego and Epic Duels (with some cool painted figures from all 5 films, allowing a battle between many different characters from the old and new trilogies) and four puzzles also featuring a cross-trilogy image…”

 


 

Toy Fair Vader may be a Freebie in the UK
April 14, 2002 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill

It has been reported on TPU that the Toy Fair Vader will be a freebie in the UK… For more details and how this story evolves check out The Private Universe!

 


 

Wizards Of The Coast Card Game Found
April 14, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Stef picked up the new Attack of the Clones 2 player set at a Sports Collectable store in Poughkeepsie, NY.

 


 

Carded Unproduced Two Pack Added to the Prototypes Section
April 14, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Robert

Unleashed to the collecting community are pictures of a rarely seen unproduced mock up carded sample of the cancelled Qui – Gon Jinn vs. Battle Droid two pack. Just hit Yak’s toyguide link located to the right. From there hit the prototypes link and enter the Sample-Mock Ups section. Since I’ve upgraded to this carded sample I’m parting with my unpainted first shot example. If you are interested in obtaining a first shot example feel free to drop me an email.

 


 

Attack Of The Clones Slave I At TRU
April 14, 2002 | 9:03 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader DarthScooby just sent this in:

“Here in Brooklyn my only hopes came in nicely. (NO Targets or Walmart’s but great Pizza.) Jango Slave 1 at Toys R Us (29.99), and all 4 Deluxe at K-Mart (12.09).”

 


 

Free Toy Fair Vader
April 14, 2002 | 9:01 PM EST | Bill

The Jawa crew over at the Sandcrawler Workshop invite you over to sign up to be notified on the site re-launch and a chance to win a Toy Fair Vader. the Sandcrawler Workshop has been online for several years but has mainly been a restoration service working out of the Chicago area. They are now putting years of expertise online so if you need help with any vintage Star Wars vehicles, stop by the Workshop.

 


 

Free Jedi Star Fighter, AT-ST And More
April 14, 2002 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

Peg Warmer.com is giving away a Jedi Starfighter and in a seperate contest called Primary Targets an AT-ST, Deluxe POTF2 Luke, Cold Weather Obi-Wan and Zam Wesell! Click here for more.

 


 

Looking for the latest on TRU’s Midnight Sale?
April 14, 2002 | 3:55 PM EST | Bill

Death Star Plans has just posted a printout from TRU’s computer listing their April 23rd product. Click here to see the list.

 


 

AOTC: Frito-Lay
April 13, 2002 | 1:27 PM EST | Adam

We’ve gotten a few inquiries (and submissions) lately regarding the AOTC food tie-ins. We’ve been sent a scan of a chips bag with AOTC C-3PO and Obi-Wan Kenobi on it, although so far no tangible goodies like cards, figures, or stickers have been announced (or seen) as premiums.

If anything shows up, we’ll keep you posted.

 


 

POTJ Clearances Continue
April 13, 2002 | 2:26 AM EST | Adam

Lately, we’ve received several reports of the familliar green box being covered by the not-so-familliar red tag of the toy discounter… here’s a list of recent finds and some others in case you missed them.

Electronics Boutique
POTJ figures down to $2.99. Figures spotted include Mon Calamari Officer, Luke X-Wing, Chewbacca Mechanic.

Target
Deluxe figures “down” to $11.10. 25th Anniversary 2-packs down to $11.10. POTJ and AOTC preview figures reduced, in some stores, to $4 and mixed change.

Toys “R” Us
Deluxe figures down to $4.97. So far, Bacta Luke seems to be the only one left in most locations, but it’s still a great deal. Some stores are still getting the BoShek wave ($5.99 per, no discount.)

 


 

Episode 2 Cross-Sections is Out
April 12, 2002 | 8:24 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Ryan just snagged a copy of the Episode 2 Cross-Sections book at his local Books-A-Million store in Brunswick, GA. Price: $19.95 It has spoilers-a-plenty!

 


 

AOTC Comics Adaptation Discovered
April 12, 2002 | 5:18 PM EST | Adam

From Jedi Jake…

“I went to my local Barnes and Noble (Albany, NY) today to get a book and stopped at the star wars section. My jaw dropped when I saw the Attack of the Clones trade paper back! I obviosly brought it. I don’t want to give anything away, all I’m going to say is that it’s really good, very sad, and is nothing like the other movies.”

 


 

TRU Deluxe Clearances
April 12, 2002 | 5:14 PM EST | Adam

Reader Richard sends in this note:

“I was at two TRUs today and noticed that the deluxe POTJ figures were marked down to $4.97 a piece. The first store I was at only had Bacta Luke, but I lucked out at the second one I visited and got me a deluxe Leia. Here’s a receipt scan for you as well.”

(We opted not to repost the receipt. It is dated 04/12/02 and from Federal Way, WA.)

 


 

eBay Fun
April 12, 2002 | 7:47 AM EST | Adam

Star Wars Naboo Fighter Lifesized Prop
While the description doesn’t say anything about what it is or where it’s from, it’s a big Naboo Fighter with a buy-it-now at just under $28,000. If it’s real, it sure is nifty.

Star Wars Giant Darth Vader Prototype
This item appears to be an unusual conceptual piece… well worth a look for those who like the oddball stuff.

FX-7 MicroCollection Figure Prototype
One of the many unproduced figures from the unmade vintage Bacta Chamber playset, it’s pretty slick.

New AOTC Figures
Please note some may contain images consider spoilers. So get off the Web.
Yoda
Anakin Skywalker, Hangar Duel
Zam Wesell, Bounty Hunter
Clone Trooper, Red

 


 

Q&A Update
April 12, 2002 | 7:29 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with answers to questions like “Are the magnets in the AOTC figures weak?”, “Can you get Chewie into the POTF2 Falcon cockpit?”, and “Did they make BoShek just to spite you?” Find out the answers to these and more, in today’s With Every Question For Justice!

 


 

3-D E2 Photos From Cheetos
April 11, 2002 | 9:00 PM EST | Bill

The snack food premiums are here. Yak Reader Ian just sent in this review: “I just got a Mace Windu out of a bag a Cheetos. These are so cool. At first they do not look like much, but when you hold them up to light the image really does look like Sammy in all his a glory. These are going to be fun to collect, especially since it looks like there are at least five colors that each one can come in, although it looks like the rare Clone Troopers one may one come in Yellow.”

 


 

Jedi Starfighters Cheap
April 11, 2002 | 8:58 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Powered Convoy wrote in to give us a heads up on Ames pricing. Thye had the new Episode 2 Jedi Starfighter for $12.99! They also had the Deluxe Leia for $3.94.

 


 

Star Wars A New Hope 25th Anniversary Casting Call
April 11, 2002 | 7:52 AM EST | Bill

This just in from the Forgotten Force Ultimate Resource Guide:

“I’d like to take a moment of your time to let you know
of an exciting feature coming to FFURG in May to
celebrate Star Wars’ 25th Anniversary.

The 25th Anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope is in
May and to celebrate this momentous occassion, FFURG’s
May Casting Call will honor the vintage era of Star
Wars figures. For the May Casting Call, customizers
are asked to submit their renditions of characters
from A New Hope created in the vintage medium. What
this means is that submissions of ANH characters
should be made of primarily vintage Kenner parts or
vintage-like parts. Customs using few modern parts
will be accepted, but we ask that you not submit
customs that are made primarily from figures from the
modern line.

So to submit your vintage ANH customs to FFURG’s “Star
Wars: ANH 25th Anniversary Casting Call”, send your
images to dan@ffurg.com. Then check back with FFURG on
May 25th to see the premiere of this auspicious
Casting Call and celebrate the adventure that is Star
Wars.”

 


 

Tax Refund Burning a Whole In Your Pocket???
April 11, 2002 | 7:45 AM EST | Mark

So we all know the news that Kmart is in serious financial trouble. However one would have to wonder why on earth they would be carrying these in stock on the website in the Toy Department? The Star Wars Phantom Menace Refurbished Pinball Machine is in stock for the low price of $4999.99. But hey, if they continue to do poorly, this may go on clearance.

 


 

Luke-ing For Speed?
April 11, 2002 | 7:40 AM EST | Mark

In case you missed out on this one, the Target.com store has the 12″ Speeder Bike with Luke Skywalker in stock still, but for the not so cheap price of $39.99, of course if anyone knows any coupon codes for them, send it in so we can post it.

 


 

Can’t Find Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter?
April 11, 2002 | 7:20 AM EST | Mark

The Hasbro Jedi Starfighter is now in stock at amazon.com for $24.99, They also have the AT-ST w/ Speederbike and Ewok in stock for $29.99

 


 

AOTC: Toys “R” Us Midnight Opening Flyer
April 11, 2002 | 6:43 AM EST | Adam

Reader Donald had this to share:

“Just got my Preview Figures at my local Toys ‘r’ Us, and was handed this flyerby a very happy and helpful employee. Thought I’d pass it along and let other readers know to be on the lookout! Thanks!

Just click here to see it!

 


 

AOTC: Go-Gurt Impressions
April 11, 2002 | 6:41 AM EST | Adam

Because we all love Star Wars, and because of America’s love affair with yogurt one can eat on the go, we present this report from DD:

“I found the Star Wars Go-Gurt at my local gocery store today. The box has Anakin on the front and pictures of Anakin, Vader, Kit Fisto and Shaak Ti on the back. The tubes of yogurt inside have picturs of Luke or Vader on them and have glow in the dark lightsabers on the tubes!

 


 

Celebration II Updates
April 10, 2002 | 10:57 PM EST | Adam

The Official Site is reporting a few new things about the biggest Convention for Star Wars this year…

First, April 19 is the last day to order your Celebration II badge online. So keep that in mind.

Next, Leeanna Walsman (Zam Wesell) has been confirmed as a guest, as has Bonnie Piesse (Beru Whitesun).

Lastly, they’ve announced an art exhibit– familliar names like Chris Trevas, Dave Dorman, and many others will be showing their fantastic art off to the Star Wars public, so be sure to check it out if you’re there.

 


 

SPOILERS: Visual Dictionary Unveiled
April 10, 2002 | 10:53 PM EST | Adam

Apparently a lot of scans from the visiaul dictionary have shown up here… as it does go into details regarding the film, its plot, and its characters, you’ve been warned that this is spoiler-filled territorry.

 


 

Star Wars Playskool At Wal-Mart, But…
April 10, 2002 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Casimir. The Wal-Mart in Dallas, Texas had two of the Playskool Star Wars sets (X-wing and Naboo Fighter). Unfortunatly, these were coded “do not sell” along with the Episode 2 merchandise.

UPDATE: We later received this:

“Fellow Yak reader Loosetoon from just phoned to tell me he picked up a set of the Playskool series 1 sets for me at a Wal-Mart in Atlanta. (He already found his set in a New Jersey Bosco a few weeks ago.)

“These also rang up as “do not sell” but a knowledgable clerk in the toy section was able to confirm that it was OK to sell these before April 23. So keep trying!”

 


 

Midnight Madness At Fan Club
April 10, 2002 | 9:06 AM EST | Bill

The Fan Club site has announced that the Fan Club will be participating in Midnight Madness. You can order through their servers at midnight plus 1 minute on the 23rd of April.

 


 

Michael Fright Strikes Again
April 10, 2002 | 9:04 AM EST | Bill

Michael Fright has created a 1:1 scale Jabba’s Sail Barge. This thing looks awsome. Go over to Pegwarmer.com and check it out!

 


 

BoShek, Teebo, R4-M9 Continue Shipping
April 10, 2002 | 8:06 AM EST | Adam

We’ve received lots of email on the fear of the final wave of POTJ figures becoming hard to find, and well, we’re glad to say that these figures are continuing to ship to retail. Tonight at the Tucson Toys “R” Us on Oracle, no less than a dozen sets of these three figures were spotted on the pegs. So if you’re one of the many still scouring shelves for them, keep your eyes open and don’t stop visiting the stores– the goods are still showing up.

Also, additional quantities of the Prequel Preview figures seem to be shipping as well, so if you missed those keep looking.

 


 

Viual Dictionary provides AOTC Tidbits
April 10, 2002 | 5:22 AM EST | Adam

TheForce.Net’s Prequel area posted a lot of tidbits from the Episode II Visual Dictionary, from the significance of Concord Dawn to what the little emblem on the arms of the clones is. Lots of spoilerishness, though, but one thing’s for sure: this book is something that all fans of the movie will probably want to read.

 


 

Celebration: Yet More Guests Announced
April 10, 2002 | 5:07 AM EST | Adam

The Official Site posted This Article on guests coming to Celebration: actors from Episode I. Find out who, right here!

 


 

AOTC Puzzle Found
April 10, 2002 | 4:23 AM EST | Adam

Reader Jason submitted this image of a new Star Wars puzzle he found at K-Mart. It features a collage of Leia and Amidala images, and it’s pretty neat. Check it out!

 


 

Racer Revenge On Sale
April 9, 2002 | 8:08 PM EST | Bill

K-B Toys has Star Wars Racer Revenge on sale for $20.00. Click here for more.

UPDATE:

Yak Reader Lumpy’s Agenda wrote in with this tip:

“No minimum purchase, must use code “DENNYVGMS ” at checkout. This pretty much covers the Standard Shipping costs, so you get the game delivered for $19.79!”

 


 

Clones Figures Appearing In England
April 9, 2002 | 8:03 PM EST | Bill

It has been a busy day in the UK, with AOTC figures turning up at a national retail chain store, news on the AOTC Slave 1 and more… and it’s all reported atThe Private Universe !

 


 

EE Newsfeed: Stompin’ Wampa & Fast Through the Forest Now Shipping!
April 9, 2002 | 5:06 PM EST | Mark

From Entertainment Earth:

“We have an extremely limited quantity of the newest assortment of Hasbro’s Playskool line of Star Wars toys for “kids”. The All In One Adventures Asst. 2 (Item# HS2645A, $38.99) http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS2645A contains 2x The Stompin’ Wampa, and 2x Fast Through the Forest sets. All backorders place before April 8th will be filled first. Order today!

Don’t forget the awesome Mini Busts available soon as well.”

 


 

Dark Horse Comics: July
April 9, 2002 | 6:54 AM EST | Adam

Wondering what’s on tap in July from Dark Horse?

July 3
Star Wars: The Hunt for Aurra Sing TPB

July 10
Star Wars: Infinities – The Empire Strikes Back #1
Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago… Volume 2 TPB

July 17
Star Wars #44 – Rite of Passage #3

July 31
Star Wars: Jango Fett — Open Seasons #3

 


 

New Hasbro Ads, Courtesy of… Kevin Smith?
April 9, 2002 | 6:21 AM EST | Adam

Having forgotten to post this earlier, well, I figured it’d interest a few of you since the word hasn’t really gotten out.

Kevin Smith (of Mallrats and Clerks fame) posted to one of his sites in March that the fine folks of Hasbro let him direct two TV spots for the Clones. So for Kevin Smith fans and those of you who lament the lack of advertising for your favorite space toy line, here’s a piece of good news.

Just click here and go down to the March 27 update. But fair warning, some of this site’s content may not be suitable for some readers. (It’s good for us though.)

 


 

Q&A Update
April 9, 2002 | 6:13 AM EST | Adam

Because YakFeatures just aren’t enough, and because I can sleep when I’m dead, here’s another installment of With Every Question for Justice!

Should you be worried about BoShek? Does Kit Fisto look familliar? And are you a Jedi yet? Find out today!

 


 

Spotted: Lightsaber Assortment
April 9, 2002 | 5:17 AM EST | Adam

Spotted on the floors of Wal-Mart tonight (but unfortunately not for sale) was a case of the upcoming Lightsaber assortment.

Several non-electronic versions of these blades were in the case, with different handles and blades in four colors: purple, red, blue, and green. The blades were fully retractable into the handle, and “locked” into place when closed. To extend them, you need to push a button and gravity does the rest. Plus for those who might be of the younger set, there’s a belt clip on them for your Junior Jedi training needs. All in all, they were quite nifty, and will be at fine stores everywhere on April 23.

SRP is expected to be $7.99. They rang up as “see associate for assistance,” which translates to “nice try, fanboy.”

 


 

AOTC: Final Effects Shot Completed
April 9, 2002 | 12:01 AM EST | Adam

In another Official Site Report, we’ve been informed that George Lucas has approved the final effects shot for the upcoming film Attack of the ClonesRead the featured story for the lowdown on what the shot was.

 


 

More Guests for Celebration II Announced
April 8, 2002 | 11:51 PM EST | Adam

The Official Site has announced yet more Star Wars alumni to be attending the Convention in this article. New entries include…

Bruce Boa (General Rieekan)
Michael Carter (Bib Fortuna, ROJ)
Mike Edmonds (Logray)
John Hollis (Lobot)
Mike Quinn (Nien Nunb)
Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar)
Femi Taylor (Oola)

Those looking for the complete list of attendees would be best to follow this linkfor a very nice list of over 35 people coming just to sign goodies at the show. Very cool stuff, eh?

 


 

AOTC ILM Crew Gear Revealed
April 8, 2002 | 11:45 PM EST | Adam

DarthDav sent us a catalog shot (or so it seems) of several new AOTC crew t-shirts from ILM, many of which are quite cool. Click here to see the image.

Highlights include:
– Dexter’s Diner t-shirt
Looks similar to a 1950’s/1960’s diner t-shirt. (I must have one.)
– Rumble in Rain hooded boxing sweatshirt
Jango Fett vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi. White shirt, red imagery.
– Gunship Bomber Jacket
Has an Attack Gunship patch, looks pretty great.
– Classic Crew T-Shirt
Has a nice Episode II logo on the front, and on the back is an Imperial logo with the words “Old Republic” and some colored boxes which correspond with the coloring on the Clone Troopers.
– Droid Work Jacket
“Serving the Dark Side” on the sleeve. Otherwise hard to see.
– Bad Kitty
Available in ladies and adult. It’s difficult to see, but it’s quite colorful.
– Retro T-Shirt
Looks like the old ringers sold in the time of the original Star Wars. The design is really something, available in ladies and ringer.

Right now, I would like to point out that these are crew items and are not made available to the public at large. It is unknown (and unlikely) that they will be sold through the Fan Club or similar venue, but I know I’m really hoping they will, as these are all pretty cool as far as Star Wars shirts go. These are much neater than what they usually sell in stores, especially when compared to Episode I’s offerings.

Don’t miss the catalog scan!

 


 

AOTC Hasbro Toy Catalog Unveiled
April 8, 2002 | 11:30 PM EST | Adam

Rebelscum has managed to obtain, scan, and post the catalog that comes with some Clones toys. Some of the more notable entries include Ultimate 12″ Jango Fett fully assembled, Mace Windu (Genosian Rescue), the 18″ R2-D2 Astromech Droid electronic toy, the board games, the Unleashed figures, and more!

It is by no means a complete rundown of what will be offered in 2002, but it offers a preview of things to come on April 23 and beyond. (Or earlier if you’re lucky.)

 


 

Cloned Cereal Press Release
April 8, 2002 | 10:47 PM EST | Bill

General Mills released a press release today discussing their marketing strategies for Attack of the Clones related products.Read the press release here. Thanks to Yak Reader Ian for the tip.

 


 

Slave I, Deluxe Figures, Sabers At K-Mart
April 8, 2002 | 10:42 PM EST | Bill

Death Star Plans staff hit the newest batch of early E2 toys at K-Mart– Slave I, deluxe figures, and role playing lightsabers . For the whole story and photosclick here.

 


 

Celebration 2 Diorama Workshop Details
April 8, 2002 | 9:03 PM EST | Bill

Here’s the details on the Diorama Workshop at Celebration II. Straight from Frank at Niubniubs Universe. There will be a 60 feet X 60 feet room to build a giant 16 feet X 8 feet Mos Eisley Diorama. All of the details, including blueprints of the Room, Diorama Layout and informatio on how Workshop Builders can bring home a piece of the Diorama as a souvenir 🙂 FOR FREE is available atFrank’s site.

 


 

eBay: ILM AOTC Crew Shirt
April 8, 2002 | 9:34 AM EST | Adam

This auction gives what may be the first glimpse of an Episode II crew shirt. This nifty shirt features a Clonetrooper design, and it’s an unusual design that we hope finds its way to the racks. (I’d buy it.)

Word has it other shirts are on the way for crew members, including one for Dexter’s Diner. We hope to keep you posted as these items come along, and if you see anything cool, please be sure to let us know!

 


 

Entertainment Weekly to give Coverage, Cover to Clones
April 8, 2002 | 9:21 AM EST | Adam

The April 12 edition of Entertainment Weekly Magazine will devote a chunk of its pages to the prequel sequel, and a preview of the feature can be found atEW.com. The Clones will undoubtedly grace the covers of many magazines in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes open at your local newsstand for the latest.

 


 

AOTC Footage Shown on Australian TV
April 8, 2002 | 8:37 AM EST | Adam

TheForce.Net’s Episode II News page posted a short video clip with some previously unseen footage that aired on Australian TV with Episode I recently. If you’d like to see it, surf on over, just be wary that there are some spoilers here.

 


 

Jedi Unleashed Board Game Surfaces
April 8, 2002 | 8:27 AM EST | Adam

Following the reports of puzzles, Star Wars Life, and Star Wars Stratego, Darth Pen sent us word of this other new game hitting stores:

“I wanted to let you know the Jedi Unleashed board game has surfaced. A friend of mine who works at a local 24 hour superstore hooked me up with a few of them. I was worried about it not ringing in the register, but it did no problem. I haven’t had the chance to play it yet, but it looks pretty cool. It surrounds the final arena battle from the film.

Unfortunately he did not mention which superstore, but we’ve since received reports from reader David that Meijer stores had the game for a paltry $9.99.

 


 

Curto’s Customs Returns
April 8, 2002 | 8:22 AM EST | Adam

Dan Curto, after shutting down his old custom site, sent us this message about his new one…

“Last week, I shut down my old site, in order to make way for the new one!

With hundreds of customs by over 100 members, The Custom Alliance is truly ‘The largest online gallery of Star Wars customs.'”

The Custom Alliance

 


 

YakFeatures: Jango Fett’s Slave I
April 8, 2002 | 3:51 AM EST | Adam

Today’s YakFeature is the Attack of the Clones vehicle, Jango Fett’s Slave I. Choose one of the following three pages to start with:

Overview
Full Review
Packaging

The review page has clickable, enlargable images. So be sure to check that out.

 


 

AOTC Slave I Box Easter Egg
April 8, 2002 | 2:25 AM EST | Adam

While doing some scanning for a soon-to-be-posted feature on the upcoming AOTC Slave I, I noticed that on the top and bottom of the box were a bunch of small X-Wing fighters…

I didn’t see these on the Jedi Starfighter box, so this was a neat little hidden thing that you might not have noticed. (Or might have noticed and are now wondering why I just wasted about 40 seconds of your busy day. Either way, there ya go.)

It may be on other packages, but all we’ve seen here at the Yak so far are some figures and two vehicles, so it’s news to us.

 


 

Hallmark Ornament News
April 7, 2002 | 10:22 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Unreal220 sent in some insight into Hallmark’s Star Wars Ornaments:

“When my wife pre-ordered this years batch of Star Wars ornaments she noticed that there were no miniature ornaments(her favorite). When she asked about it they said due to poor response they were not going to make them this year or next(they said they had the 2003 Star Wars ornaments made as well).If their is no consumer feedback the mini ornaments are done for good.

“If anyone wants to promote the mini’s we were told to call the 800 number(1-800-HALLMARK). We were told it takes alot of response.”

For those of you who missed the list ofornaments that are coming out, here’s a list:

– ROTJ – Final Duel Luke Skywalker
– ROTJ – Final Duel Darth Vader
– ROTJ – Death Star II
– AOTC – Slave 1 Starship
– AOTC – Jango Fett
– AOTC – Obi-Wan Kenobi

If you want to see some images, Hallmark’s site has had all but the AOTC ornaments online. Those are shown in the Dream Books sent to Hallmark Club members, or in catalogs at better Hallmark stores.

 


 

Free TIE Bomber
April 7, 2002 | 2:18 PM EST | Bill

If you haven’t been able to get a TIE Bomber yet, we may have some good news for you. Artoosnews.com is giving one away. Click here for more.

 


 

Around the Web: Sunday Morning
April 7, 2002 | 10:23 AM EST | Adam

Looking for some new pictures or other fun? Here’s some goodies…

HoloNet News
The Coruscant-based newspaper has a (relatively) new issue up, regarding Senator Moe from Malastare, Senators Implicated in a Slave Ring, a Garbage Launcher Misfire, and much much more.

Rebelscum
Rebelscum posted new shots of several figures, including the spectacular new Bespin Luke, which is nothing short of an amazing figure. It was well worth the wait. Also, there’s a packaged image of the new Qui-Gon Jinn shown at Toy Fair, and as expected he has his correct green Lightsaber.

Also shown are several images (packaged and unpackaged) of the Geonosian Massiff set, Han Solo (Endor Raid), Jango Fett (Final Battle), Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master), Count Dooku, Taun We, Royal Guard, Luminara Unduli, and the new Chewbacca. And more. Rebelscum’s got some nice images today.

The Official Site
StarWars.com has posted a neat blurb on some upcoming Lego pen sets. Also, a new making-of movie is up online as well as information on Episode II and IV Owen actors as guests for the upcoming Celebration. Lastly, they report there are more rooms available for the upcoming shindig, but only through tonight, so it might be good to get up there and make your reservation.

The Fan Club
The Fan Club still has Carbon Freeze Chambers in non-mint packaging for a paltry $12.99. Also, some members who ordered the Darth Vader (25th Anniversary Toy Fair edition) are being informed that the remaining stock is not mint, giving them the option if they still want them or not. This may means some not-mint figures will show up on the site next week, so check back regularly.

Dark Horse Comics
The feature linked above gives hints about new AOTC comics. It turns out the upcoming Open Season series with Jango Fett tells of his past, and the article specifically names Concord Dawn– a name that I’m sure will ring a bell for many of you.

TheForce.Net Collecting
TFN posted shots of some upcoming (and fairly cool) cake decorations based AOTC as well as previous films, and more importantly, a list of the Toys “R” Us stores participating in the AOTC midnight sale. If this is correct, many states (my own humble Arizona included) will not be treated to any such sale– that’s bad. (Although the source does mention this may not be the final list– that’s good.)

And if you come back here tomorrow morning, we’ve got another YakFeature for y’all. So we hope to see you then!

 


 

For Our New York Readers
April 7, 2002 | 12:05 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Darth Scooby gave us a heads up on The Magic of Myth’s newest stop: the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The show started April 5th. Click here for more information.

 


 

Episode 2 Cereal In Stores
April 7, 2002 | 12:01 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader SWFREAKJPB found some of the General Mills Attack of the Clones Cereal boxes at his local grocery store. Here’s his report”

“Wow, I am really excited now. Its out sooner then I thought it would be. Go to your Local grocery store and in the Cereal isle you will find the new Star Wars Episode Two cereal. The first 2 collector boxes are out know. Unfortunately it does not look like they contain any premiums, but the boxes alone are pretty sharp. Also there are Children’s Movie tickets being given out in Boxes of other Big G Cereals such as the first 2 out, Trix and Lucky Charms. These will all have ads on the front and a Larger ad. on the back. Also There is a mail in offer on the side for Light Side and Dark Side cereal bowl and cup sets. The sets are $6.99 a set with the mail in form and feature Images form the Classic and Prequel Trilogies. There will be a total of 10 Collector Boxes I have been told for the Episode 2 Cereal. Know I have to keep my eyes peeled for the Foreign Kellogg’s boxes and Premiums, as well as the Big G Star Wars Racing team boxes and cars. Wow 2 cereal companies doing promotions at the same time. Great stuff. My Kind of Collecting.”

 


 

Prehistoric Fan Club
April 6, 2002 | 11:59 PM EST | Bill

Well maybe not prehistoric, but defnitely pre-Wizards, and Pre-Fantastic Media.Artoosnews has posted a new feature about Bantha Tracks. If you weren’t a kid, or at least not a Star Wars Fan when the trilogy originally came out in the 70’s, then you are probably wondering what I’m taking about. Bantha Tracks was the newsletter for the first incarnation of the Star Wars Fan Club. Click on over to read the story.

 


 

Amazon Deals….
April 5, 2002 | 9:31 AM EST | Mark

The 12″ Dewback & Sandtrooper is back in stock for $29.99
Along with the….
ATST w/ SpeederBike and Ewok $29.99
Other sale items include some cool things…
Deluxe Star Wars Figure: Amanaman $6.98
Deluxe Star Wars Figure: Leia with Cannon $6.98
Naboo and Droid Fighter Lazer Air Battle Game $19.98 nornally $44.88
Destroyer Droid Animated Room Alarm $14.97 normally $29.99

 


 

Diorama Workshop At Celebration 2
April 5, 2002 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill

The Official site has just announced that Celebration 2 will have a diorama workshop led by Frank from Niubniub’s Universe, who will be coordinating the event. I will be there during part of Celebration 2 as one of the diorama resource staff. Everyone attending the workshop will be working on a 3 3/4 diorama of Mos Eisley. On Sunday, the diorama’s parts will be raffled off. See you there.

 


 

eBay: Star Tours (Again)
April 5, 2002 | 5:53 AM EST | Adam

While you’ve probably seen these by now, I think they’re neat enough to continue plugging, especially since this time there’s new images!

This Auction shows a pair of [supposedly] upcoming Hasbro Star Tours figures, due out this year. Don’t miss the picture, it’s pretty cool stuff!

 


 

YakFeature: Wal-Mart’s Luke Skywalker’s Snowspeeder
April 5, 2002 | 5:23 AM EST | Adam

Today’s YakFeature is the Wal-Mart Exclusive Snowspeeder that includes Dack and Luke. (Which, if you hadn’t guessed, means these have shown up.) Choose one of the following three pages to start with:

Overview
Full Review
Packaging

The review page has clickable, enlargable images. So be sure to check that out.

More next week… including more Attack of the Clones goodies, hopefully stuff you haven’t seen (in detail) yet!

 


 

Saga Rereleases: APRIL FOOLS!
April 5, 2002 | 3:30 AM EST | Adam

While we ordinarily wouldn’t address this here, the inquiries we’ve gotten at the Q&A column make it necessary.

For April Fool’s Day, Rebelscum made two great, hillarious jokes. One of which was that all POTF2+ figures were to be released on the new blue cardbacks. The real kicker is that, apparently, other sites are starting to re-report this as fact. Kudos to Rebelscum on a great prank– Hasbro, a few years ago, said they would not release “old” figures once a new assortment came out. (For instance: POTF2 orange through green, then there was the flashback figures, and then Commtech followed by POTF2. No repeats after the divisions.)

(April Fool’s Day, for the unfamilliar, is a holiday in which pranks are done in the spirit of mirth and joy. It’s every April 1.)

 


 

Wal-Mart Figure Leaks Plugged
April 4, 2002 | 10:10 PM EST | Bill

It looks like Wal-Mart Corporate has taken action to end any more early sales of E2 merchandise (even if it makes it to the floor). Yak Reader MasterJedi wrote in that:

“I went to my local Walmart today and stumbled across a goldmine of Episode 2 merchandise that had been put out early. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t run through the register (which said SALE NOT ALLOWED). This had included 12″ figures, vehicles and some of the role-playing guns.”

Looks like we’ll be waiting until the 23rd for anything else. But on the bright side, the stores should have E2 merchandise in stock for the 23rd.

 


 

Toy Fair Vader Give Away
April 4, 2002 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill

Those little guys in brown robes over at The Jawa have scavenged up a Toy Fair Darth Vader to give away. If you need one click here for details.

 


 

AOTC Games & Puzzles Leak
April 4, 2002 | 5:08 PM EST | Adam

Reader Robert sent in this new tidbit…

“I saw 3 different StarWars games at my local Big K today. Life,Stratego,and one called jedi masters I think.But what I reall want to telll you about are thes 100 pc puzzles I picked up. They blend classic characters withEpisode 1 & 2 images.Not big news but I think it’s the first time I’ve seen images”

Thanks, Robert!

 


 

YakFeatures: Boba Fett (Kamino Escape)
April 4, 2002 | 5:05 AM EST | Adam

Boba Fett: Kamino Escape from Attack of the Clones is the latest subject of our YakFeatures section! Be sure to check it out, unless you have this figure, in which case just go to your shelf and enjoy!

We’ll be posting more YakFeatures on the latest toys, so keep checking back with us for in-depth coverage of the toys that matter! (Well, they matter to me…)

 


 

Q&A: Thursday Update
April 4, 2002 | 5:04 AM EST | Adam

Our Q&A Column, With Every Question for Justice, has been updated with yet more questions and answers. And there will be more next week, if you cats send in your inquiries!

 


 

Dark Horse’s April Line-Up
April 4, 2002 | 4:07 AM EST | Adam

Wondering what to expect this month? Here’s the lowdown.

April 24
Star Wars #41
Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones #1 (photo or art cover)
Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones #2 (photo or art cover)
Star Wars: Episode II — Trade Paperback
Star Wars: Jango Fett — Open Seasons #1 (of 4)
Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith — Trade Paperback
Star Wars: Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan: The Aurorient Express #2 (of 4)

So if the dates on Dark Horse‘s site is correct, there will be one expensive day this month for comic book fans.

 


 

Clones Special on Sci-Fi to be hosted by Kevin Smith
April 4, 2002 | 3:52 AM EST | Adam

NewsAskew, a Kevin Smith news site, has posted information on the Sci-Fi Channel’s airing of a new collection of Star Wars themed shorts, spoofs, and so forth to be hosted by fan fave director Kevin Smith (Mallrats.)

The show will air at 8 p.m. Eastern on May 12. Visit NewsAskew for additional information.

 


 

Master Replicas Site Online
April 4, 2002 | 3:49 AM EST | Adam

If you’re interested in high-end prop replicas (like what ICONS used to do), surf on over to the Master Replicas site. Currently, they show Luke’s Lightsaber from Return of the Jedi, Han Solo’s blaster, and two “mystery” items touted as coming soon.

Taking a missed cue from other collectible companies, they actually had the foresight to start a collector’s society– surely, this is something many of us would like to see elsewhere.

Click on over today!

 


 

E2 Figure Scans Updated
April 3, 2002 | 10:47 PM EST | Bill

WompRat94 and MRJANGOFETT sent up a couple of updates:
Anakin Outland Peasant
Disguise With Poncho 

Anakin Back Scan 
Anakin Outland
Peasant Disguise Without Poncho

Obi-Wan Kenobi
Coruscant Chase

Obi-Wan Kenobi Coruscant Chase Saber
C-3PO
C-3PO Panels Removed
Jango Fett Kamino Escape
Kit Fisto
Padme Amidala Arena
Escape

R2-D2 Coruscant Sentry
Super Battle Droid

If that isn’t enough, how about hearing the sound effects on the new R2-D2??Here is the .wav file– beware it’s about 5 megs!!!

They’ve promised to send even more scans soon, so check back for more!!!!

 


 

Why Should You Go To Celebration 2?
April 3, 2002 | 10:11 PM EST | Bill

You have to ask? You call yourself a Star Wars Fan???? Well, Star Wars.comhas just posted a whole lot of reasons, a few thousand of them, all plastic. Click here for more.

 


 

Free Attack Of The Clones Figure!!!
April 3, 2002 | 10:04 PM EST | Bill

Jundland Wastes has a new giveaway. This time it is nothing less than a technically unreleased Collection 1 Jango Fett (Kamino Escape).

 


 

The Wal-Mart E2 Report
April 3, 2002 | 9:24 PM EST | Bill

It looks like things are starting to dry up at Wal-Marts. While we have had a few more reports of good luck with E2 figure leaks, we have also had growing reports of Wal-Mart employees stating they have been told not to put on E2 product before April 23rd under any circumstances.

Yak Reader Phil’s story represents many readers experiences:

“I just came back from my local Wal Mart. They had just put out about 4 cases of Ep II Collection 2 figures and I was a little disappointed. Got them last night. Well I looked around and found 8 cases of unopened boxes. I grabbed one and sliced it open to find they were the figures from Collection 1. Well I loaded up the figures in my basket and made my way to the counter to checkout. Just when i was about to put them onthe counter, this lady coming off break came up to me and said, “You cannot have those. They are not for sale until the 23rd.” I played dumb and said, “I can’t?” and she told me I had to take them back. Boy was I pissed off. Why was it alright to have 4 cases of Collection 2 figures on the shelf and it not alright for me to get those figures. Well they know my face now so I will have to try out my other Wal Mart again tomorrow night! I guess word has gotten out to the employees. So tell everyone to be quick and sneaky about getting them if they see them on the floor. I was just too slow!”

 


 

R3-T7 Spotted… In Episode I
April 3, 2002 | 9:18 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Kinki Jedi wrote in with some insights on R3-T7 which may shed some light on where we see the little droid in E2. Out of deference to Spoilerphobes, I won’t disclose his theory on R3-T7 in E2, but I will tell you where he found the little astromech in E1. He spotted R3 in the scene where Jar-Jar, Qui-Gonn and Watto are walking into the Podpits and talking. You can clearly see R3-T7 working on a pod!

UPDATE: You can also see what appears to be R3-T7 in ANH and ESB, in Mos Eisley and on Hoth’s Rebel Base, respectively.

 


 

Creature Cantina Turns 1
April 3, 2002 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill

Creature Cantina was created on April 1st, 2001, to mock the galaxy we hold so dear to our hearts. Today they commemorate their 1-year anniversary. Be sure to check out the celebration with this massive update… multiple pages of humorous original content, a new comic strip, headlines, and biting satire. To thank their faithful leaders, CreatureCantina.com is holding a give-away with over $125 in prizes! So go and see what everybody’s laughing about!!

 


 

AOTC Jr. Novelization Leaks
April 3, 2002 | 6:37 PM EST | Adam

Several prequel news sites have posted reviews of this new book, which has scenes, having read many spoiler-filled sites, were news to me. Like big-time spoilers.

If you want to know everything you can about the flick before it opens, read these. They’re fairly informative and had some scenes I don’t believe I’ve seen discussed previously.

If you are wary of spoilers, do not read them. I don’t know how many suprises can be in the film for those who haven’t read the adaptations early, but if you’re looking to not know a few things, give the book summaries a miss.

 


 

Price Drops on Target, Previews
April 3, 2002 | 6:17 PM EST | Adam

Reader Joe spotted the following at his Target:

“Howdy! Went to Target this afternoon & picked up multiples of the Preview figures for $4.55 each. The deluxe figures were “marked down” to $11 and the 2-packs were also at $11.”

For the record, Target has been selling the deluxe figures at the highest price out there at $15.99 each, and the Anniversary two-packs at the same price.

We’ve also received many reports of the Preview figures– and in some cases, other POTJ figures– dropping at or below the $6 mark at Wal-Mart and some Toys “R” Us Stores. Our local Kay-Bees are still charging $7.99 for their preview waves.

As a result, most stores are supposedly charging less for their AOTC figure. The Toy Run I took last weekend in Phoenix yielded dozens of AOTC figures at Wal-Marts (spotted, not bought) at $5.88 each. So if anybody’s going to be good at Midnight on the big 23 for prices, it looks like Wally-World.

 


 

Rebelscum Posts Assortments
April 3, 2002 | 5:49 AM EST | Adam

If you’re curious as to the breakdowns of 2002’s Star Wars assortments, click on over to Rebelscum for the numbers you desire. Good stuff all around.

 


 

Lego Pod Race Bucket at Amazon
April 3, 2002 | 4:21 AM EST | Adam

Did you miss out on this somewhat tough-to-find set back in 2000? If so, Amazon’s got Pod Buckets for $24.99 each.

For those who don’t have this set, it includes Anakin, Jar Jar, and a figure which presumably is Gasgano. Parts for a race archway and a few smaller pods.

 


 

New at Hasbro’s Star Wars Site
April 3, 2002 | 12:50 AM EST | Adam

Hasbro posted two features yesterday: a quick blurb on the official shelf date for AOTC toys, and a voting booth for favorite AOTC basic figure– you can vote for Amidala, Super Battle Droid, Anakin, or Obi-Wan. Currently, Amidala is in the lead with over 40% of the vote.

 


 

Taun We Appears on eBay… Sort Of
April 3, 2002 | 12:23 AM EST | Adam

Attack of the Clones character Taun We is now on eBay. This is the first chance for fans to see this character carded, although the picture is a little tough to see.

The same seller,midpd238, also has the Slave I, Nikto Jedi, Royal Guard, and several other notable new figures. It’s neat stuff to get a gander at, for sure!

Thanks to all the readers who pointed this one out to us!

 


 

Carrie Fisher at Celebration II
April 3, 2002 | 12:18 AM EST | Adam

The Official Site is reporting that one of the hardest-to-find autographs in Star Wars is coming to the Indianapolis convention. Hayden Christensen and many other actors are being announced every week, so keep checking the official site for details!

 


 

Insider #59: 25th Anniversary
April 2, 2002 | 11:59 PM EST | Adam

The latest issue of the Star Wars Insider is now hitting newsstands at fine malls everywhere, and features new interviews with actors from the original trilogy, new prequel pictures including a Barada/Klatooinian Jedi, and a catalog section that’s only a few pages instead of half of the magazine. Highlights include quotes about Mark Hamill from 1970s teen magazines, some of which were pre-Star Wars. Well worth a look.

 


 

Amazon Dewback Back
April 2, 2002 | 11:15 PM EST | Mark

The 12″ Dewback & Sandtrooper is back in stock for $29.99

 


 

Technic Sale
April 2, 2002 | 11:11 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com has the LEGO Technic Star Wars Episode I: Pit Droid for $6.99 on sale from $22.99

They also have the new LEGO Yoda for $99.99 in stock.

 


 

The Winner Is…
April 2, 2002 | 11:10 PM EST | Bill

The winner of our most recent Ultarama drawing is Brandon Knight. Congratulations Brandon!!!

Send in your name, address, and E-mail for our next drawing.

 


 

Wal-Mart Episode 2 Figure Update
April 2, 2002 | 10:23 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris sent in some news on Wal-Mart:

“This morning I went to a Wal-Mart in Jacksonville, FL and discovered
about 10 different AOTC figures on the shelves. I was shoving them into a box and was about to head to the register when a manager stopped me and said they couldn’t sell them to me. He said Wal-Mart could get fined $10,000 for every figure sold before the street date. I told that they were then out $40,000, because I had bought some the night before. He appear stunned at this revelation. He said they could lose licensing rights, and that somebody will lose their job over this.”

If all the Wal-Marts are taking this view, it looks like we may be seeing less product between now and April 23, 2002, but who knows.

 


 

ATOC Image Scans Posted
April 2, 2002 | 10:20 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has just posted scans of AOTC images from the latest issue of SFX mag on The Private Universe. Click here for more.

 


 

Detailed Episode 2 Figure Scans
April 2, 2002 | 9:32 PM EST | Bill

Need I say more?? Yak Readers WompRat94 and MRJANGOFETT have come through with some awsome scans of the new Episode 2 figures. Here they are:
Anakin Outland Peasant
Disguise With Poncho 

Anakin Back Scan 
Anakin Outland
Peasant Disguise Without Poncho

Obi-Wan Kenobi
Coruscant Chase

Obi-Wan Kenobi Coruscant Chase Saber
C-3PO
Jango Fett Kamino Escape
Kit Fisto
Padme Amidala Arena
Escape

R2-D2 Coruscant Sentry
Super Battle Droid

If that isn’t enough, how about hearing the sound effects on the new R2-D2??Here is the .wav file– beware it’s about 5 megs!!!

They’ve promised to send even more scans soon, so check back for more!!!!

 


 

Star Wars: Music Video II
April 2, 2002 | 2:16 PM EST | Mark

OK, so it is not the wonderful nightclub act by Bill Murray singing “Our Star Wars”, however on April 16th you will be able to see the next big injection of new STAR WARS EPISODE 2: ATTACK OF THE CLONES footage on MTV’s TRL. According to Cinescape’s Article, we will see the first music video, “Across the Stars”, for AOTC, ala Duel of the Fates.

 


 

TIE Bomber Overview
April 2, 2002 | 7:57 AM EST | Adam

Curious as if the Wal-Mart Exclusive TIE Bomber is worth picking up? Well, YakLabs may help you make your answer today when you check out this brand new overview of the toy, complete with a review and lots of shots of the packaging.

(In short, I love this thing to death. But don’t take my word for it… take my pictures and all the other words I wrote as well.)

 


 

Q&A Today is A-OK
April 2, 2002 | 7:55 AM EST | Adam

This vowel repetition is brought to you by With Every Question for Justice, the Q&A column with twice the lovin’, from me to you! Enjoy!

 


 

Hasbro Jedi Starfighter At Kay-Bee, K-Mart
April 2, 2002 | 3:18 AM EST | Adam

Obi-Wan’s very own transport has shown up at both Kay-Bee and K-Mart stores here in Tucson (and presumably elsewhere.) Interestingly enough, the toy sells for $21.99 and both of the stores. As this is a preview vehicle, you can most likely expect to see it at several other stores in the coming weeks. The Jedi Starfighter started selling in North America in early March.

And because we love to toot our own horns, don’t miss out Special Feature on the toy, soon to be updated– we’ve discovered that you can, in fact, cram Obi-Wan Kenobi (Coruscant Chase) in the cockpit.

 


 

Wal-Mart Good News, Bad News
April 1, 2002 | 11:34 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Boba 29 wrote in with this from his local Wal-Mart. It looks like although some Attacok of th Clones Figures are making it to the sales floor, the staff may be starting to take them BACK to the stock room:

“I thought i might drop you this line that at the Scottsbluff , Nebraska WAl-Mart, I was able to snag some Episode 2 figures. I arrived at around ten that morning and discovered 18 , yes you read right, 18 boxes of Episode 2 figures. Unfortunately, I was only able to open one box and grab Jango Fett, R2-D2, Padme’ Amidala, C-3P0, Obi-Wan, Anikin, Super Battle Droid, and that weird green guy. But I guess that is rather a find. I grabbed them and right after I did , all the boxes were hauled away to the back till April 23.”

 


 

Looking For The Ultimate Star Wars Toy Wish List??
April 1, 2002 | 8:31 PM EST | Bill

Since 1998, the folks at Beedo Sookcool’s Cool Sci-Fi Page have been collecting ideas for Star Wars toys that the collecting community want to see made. The list has been compiled over several years by poring over books, videos, comics, games, and collectible cards, and asking fellow collectors what they want to see made. The result is staggering. Click here to see it.

 


 

New Custom Figure Site
April 1, 2002 | 6:15 PM EST | Bill

Jeremy just wrote to call our attention to his custom site, Jedime’s Po Boy Star Wars Customs. He’s just finished putting up his 500th custom figure (as well as many others). Check it out here.

 


 

First Figure Variation On AOTC R2-D2 Two Different Leg Molds
April 1, 2002 | 3:03 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Dan strikes again! Here’s his latest:

“I was looking at the AOTC Collection 1 figures I picked up this morning and noticed a true figure variation on the R2-D2 figure. There are 2 different legs molds as the picture shows . I have 3 R2-D2 figures.

2 of the figures are the figures on the left.
1 of the figures is the figure on the right.

All the figures have the same date stamp. I am not sure which is harder to get since I only seen 3 AOTC R2 figures, but as time grows closer to the real Release date it should be easier to tell.”

 


 

Wonder whats under the Super battle droid sticker on the back of the card?
April 1, 2002 | 2:54 PM EST | Bill

Well Yak Reader Dan sent us the scoop!

“I peeled the sticker off the back of a AOTC super battle droid since I was going to open it anyways. Here is whats under it.

 


 

Cheap POTJ Figures
April 1, 2002 | 2:46 PM EST | Bill

Figures and Toys has a great deal on some POTJ figures and more– $3.99 each!!!! This just in:

“OUR HUGEST SALE YET!

Looking